Senior Design Team Challenge: Sweet Love Revisited

February is the month of love…and what better way to celebrate than with a special team challenge that involves revisiting a beautiful previously released set that is all about that four letter word…

Sweet Love was originally released back in 2007, our very first year in business.  It contains some lovely flourished embellishments and frames as well as a couple label stamps that are perfect for coordinating with chocolate nuggets and more.  I've also always adored the font used for the sentiments in the set.

True Love Forever card
For my first card, I decided to create a little project that could be used for either a wedding or anniversary card.  I've always loved Smokey Shadow paired with a bright pop of color and this project does so with Simply Chartreuse.

Scalloped border detail
One detail I wanted to point out is the way I stamped half of the circular label images from Sweet Love along the top and bottom edges of the card front.  It was so easy to do since there is already a "stripe" built into the middle for lining up the image perfectly before each impression.

Focal closeup
I also found that the oval images in this set coordinate well with the Mat Stack 4 die.  I stamped the oval frame in VersaMark and added the sentiment with True Black ink.

Ribbon closeup
I added some loops and layers of True Black grosgrain ribbon under the focal point to add some texture to the project.

I think this project could really be stunning in a variety of different color schemes!

  Kindred Spirits Card

My next project shows how Sweet Love can also go vintage.  It is nearly the same exact layout as my first project, but just by swapping out the colors and patterns, it really has a completely different look.

Focal closeup
This time I used the lines-only flourished oval frame on the die-cut MAt Stack 1 shape.  I stamped the frame with VersaMark and then heat embossed it with Clear Filigree Embossing Powder.  I then sponged Haystack Palette ink over the embossed are to do an emboss resist technique.  I love the "parchment" look this gave me.  I also added a bit of Tea Dye Duo around the edges for more definition.

 Button closeup

Under the focal point is a Double Ended Banner cut from Vintage Cream cardstock, stamped with Polka Dot Basics II using Haystack ink.  A border of Pretty Pastels lies underneath that.  Detail is added with an Aqua Mist button tied with twine.

I challenged the team to each create a special "love" themed card as well as something that could be utilized year-round using Sweet Love.  Just wait until you see their results!

CLICK HERE to read more from Betsy Veldman.

CLICK HERE to read more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to read more from Heather Nichols.

CLICK HERE to read more from Lisa Johnson.

CLICK HERE to read more from Michelle Wooderson.

I hope you have enjoyed all of the amazing projects created with Sweet Love today!  Now, here's your chance to pull out this set for yourself, or possibly something else that may be collecting a little dust, and create!  I would love to see your new creations that might be inspired by what you've seen today, so feel free to add your link in the comment section below!  Happy stamping!



  • STAMPS: Sweet Love, Turning a New Leaf, Polka Dot Basics II
  • INK: Vintage Cream, Haystack Palette, VersaMark, Dark Chocolate, Tea Dye Duo
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Melon Berry, Aqua Mist, Pretty Pastels paper pad (Aqua)
  • OTHER: Mat Stack 1 Die, Double Ended Banners Die, Clear Filigree Embossing Powder, Aqua Mist Buttons, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Corner Chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4.25" x 5.5"


  • STAMPS: Sweet Love
  • INK: VersaMark, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Smokey Shadow, Simply Chartreuse
  • OTHER: Mat Stack 4 Die, True Black Grosgrain Ribbon, 
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4.25" x 5.5"
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Join the discussion 14 Comments

  • 1
    Keva Brown says:

    What a cute set! I live that you guys are showing older sets. Too often we buy, buy, buy (myself especially!’ and “forget” about our first loves. I can’t wait for all of the anniversary goodness!

  • 2
    DiAnn says:

    Thanks for making us think about all the great sets we have bought over the years.

  • 3

    I just LOVE Sweet Love, and was planning on dusting it off for this years Valentine’s cards. Thanks for reading my mind and supplying me with fresh inspiration!

  • 4
    Barb K says:

    Nice job, I love the color combos, they sure make the card don’t they. The set has great potential and it’s one I haven’t bought…I have most of the others. Great inspiration to use with other mat stacks. Thanks.

  • 5

    I am SO super excited to celebrate your Anniversary with you all! I started with PTI around March ’10, so this is my first one! I absolutely LOVE these sneak peaks and have a feeling this will be the best month ever!!!
    You all did a gorgeous job using Sweet Love! Thanks so much for all you ALL do!
    a.k.a PTIlover

  • 6
    Pat Cirrincione says:

    As an Anne of Green Gables fan I love the “Kindred Spirit” saying in this set!!!

  • 7

    These projects are gorgeous!!! Love the stamps here and the colors on the cards are so pretty!
    Hugs, Wendy

  • 8
    Marge (mer) says:

    I just used this fabulous set, but was unable to get it posted in time for Blog Hop. My very simple card can be found here:
    I really LOVE Sweet Love!!!

  • 9
    annheidel says:

    Yeah! I have this set and haven’t used it much, sad to say. Glad to see lots of fresh ideas just in time for Valentine’s Day! 🙂

  • 10
    Kimberli Sarsfield says:

    I love the cards you made! The beautiful color combo of smokey shadow and simply chartreuse–beautiful! I love that pop of color and the way you used the circle stamps as a scalloped border–very clever.

  • 11
    Jeanne says:

    Wonderful creations! This has remained one of my favorite sets! I would say that “Kindred Spirits” would truly describe all of PTI followers. Thanks again and again!

  • 12
    Stephanie says:

    Valentine’s Day is not relly a big celebration day in New Zealand but with stamp sets like these I could start a new trend. Your work is truly inspirational.

  • 13
    Sonia Holland says:

    Nichole, “true love forever” is one of the best cards ever! So gorgeous…I adore the color combination. So elegant, and yet a great masculine card as well. Cannot wait for the anniversary celebration!

  • 14

    Excellently written article, if only all bloggers offered the same content as you, the internet would be a much better place. Please keep it up!

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