May 2011 Blog Hop

By May 25, 2011Blog Hop

Welcome everyone to the May Papertrey Blog Hop!  We are so thrilled to see you here!  First, the challenge…


May is the month when many flowers finally go into full bloom after a long winter's sleep.  For the blog hop this month we want to see your favorite take on flowers.  You can stamp backgrounds, create custom floral embellishments, showcase unique flower center additions (buttons, rhinestones, beads, etc…), flowers die-cut from different materials (like fabric, felt, vellum, etc…) or anything else you can dream up!  We are looking forward to seeing all of your amazing creations!I have included an inlinkz list below for you to add your link to your blog hop project.  This new type of link list will allow you to select a thumbnail to go along with your link, making it easy to go back and find a project later that might have perked your interest.  

Here's a little something I whipped up for the challenge.

So Kind Card

I thought I would pull out my Bloom Builders #1 dies and create a beautiful dimensional flower with one of my favorite patterned paper collections, Pretty Pastels.

I stamped the frame from Label Basics onto my Kraft card base with Fresh Snow ink.  I then added a second layer of Kraft which I stamped with Year of Flowers Collection (the violets image specifically).  The sentiment is from Everyday Button Bits and it was stamped in True Black.

Flower closeup
The flowers were created with the pink paper from the Pretty Pastels and some vintage book print from an old book.  I love the detail and dimension the Bloom Builders dies can add to a project.  I also think these little Beautiful Blooms #3 shapes complement the Bloom Builders #1 quite well.

We've had lots of questions over the last few months about seeing the Bloom Builders dies in action, so I've thrown together a short video for you showcasing this truly incredible product that was an amazing conception by Betsy Veldman.  Enjoy the show!

Now it's your turn to share your floral wonders with us!

I have included an inlinkz list below for you to add your link to your blog hop project.  This new type of link list will allow you to select a thumbnail to go along with your link, making it easy to go back and find a project later that might have perked your interest.  

You have until 11:00pm EST tonight (May 25th) to add your link to this list.  THREE random participants will be selected to win a FREE Papertrey Ink stamp set of their choice.  They will be announced and highlighted here, on my blog, tomorrow morning.  We look forward to seeing all of your creations!


Susan W used Friendship Jar and Friendship Jar Spring Fillers on this elegant project.  I loved to see the addition of the real ribbon and tulle to her bouquet!  A perfect card to celebrate a wedding or shower!


Jamie Greene created a beautifully layered felt flower that complements her tag perfectly.  Her color scheme is bright and cheerful and the simplicity of the tag is wonderfully executed!

Andrea used nearly every flower in the new Year of Flowers Collection on this beautiful project.  The colors are just delightful and the layout is so pleasing to the eye.  Just a wonderful, wonderful project!

Congratulations to all the winners!  Be sure to email Customer Service with your selected free stamp set and your shipping information so we can get your prize packages out to you!  Thank you to everyone who contributed to this amazingly successful Blog Hop.  You have all inspired me and I hope yo have been inspired as well!



Nichole Heady

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Join the discussion 26 Comments

  • 1
    Fiona says:

    Your card is just beautiful Nichole, looking forward to participating in my first Blog Hop.

  • 2
    Marlena M says:

    I love the soft colors of your card. Really nice. 😉

  • 3

    What a pretty card, Nichole!!I love the soft colors. I think pink and kraft has go to be one of my all time favorite color combos. I can’t wait for all the excitement to begin. I haven’t participated in one for a long time. I’m so looking forward to it 🙂

  • 4
    Sue Lelli says:

    Nichole, Now you’ve done it! I have 4 more things to add to my shopping list and my last order still hasn’t arrived! I just LOVE everything about this card and your tutorial was wonderful and informative! Thanks!

  • 5

    So cute! I wondered how those worked too! I tried it one day and couldn’t figure it out. ha Thanks so much for doing the video!

  • 6
    Carol R says:

    Pretty card. Love the PTI flower dies.

  • 7

    This is so cute, Nichole! Love the video. It really helped me learn how to build flowers using this die! Amazing concept!

  • 8
    AllysonA. says:

    Beautiful card. 😉 Thanks so much for the tutorial and the wonderful inspiration. And thanks for a fun Blog Hop!

  • 9
    Renee Lynch says:

    I’ve loved these flowers since you first released them…
    but have been hesitant because of all the questions re: using them…
    I’m not very coordinated…
    or intelligent enough to figure them out on my own…
    so thank you for this wonderful and very helpful video!
    Love how you used the book print on this…
    your card is gorgeous!

  • 10
    Michelle says:

    Beautiful card! Great blog hop!

  • 11

    Oeh, these are all gorgeous!! I will be hopping around in a minute, first put my own card there! Inspired by the lovely creation of Dawn! Your card is awesome, Nichole, love the white on kraft flowers!! Flowers are my favorites and PTI has sooooo many gorgeous ones!!!
    Wishing you a lovely day!
    Hugs, Wendy

  • 12
    Lynn Put says:

    Beautiful card Nichole! Thank you for the video tutorial on how to use the Bloom Builders die, I was wondering how difficult it was to use and after watching the video I see that it’s not at all.

  • 13
    scrapthat/dolly says:

    Very pretty!
    I have a question…I asked in the forum but I haven’t gotten an answer and being new to the hop I wanted to check with you.
    Are you allowed to post only one project or more than one?

  • 14
    Susan West says:

    So pretty! I had hoped to participate but blogger is not cooperating. I can’t post or sign in so I guess I’ll have to wait until next time to join. I’ll just sit back and enjoy all the talented artists!

  • 15
    Isha says:

    Gorgeous card and thanks for the video Nichole.

  • 16
    carol j (krillsister) says:

    Beautiful, inspiring card as usual. Love the softness of the colors. thank you for putting together the blog so each thumbnail can be seen. Love the blog hop this way.

  • 17
    Lesley says:

    gorgeous card! love the opportunity to see how many ways people use their PTI! Thanks for hosting such a fun day!

  • 18
    Donna C says:

    NICHOLE-I have never heard your voice before! R u as calm IRL as you sound? LOL! Lovely card and great tip on building the flower to save some steps-brilliant!

  • 19
    Leah says:

    Hello everyone! Wanted to come and say that I may have to visit and no comment as much as I would want but still want to say to you all how much I always enjoy the hop and seeing the talent that this customer base has! Just wonderful and glad you all share! Hope you are all having a great week.

    Leah Schaeffer

  • 20
    Karen H. says:

    Love this card. Thank for the video with the builder flower!

  • 21

    Awesome card!!! I just love this cute card.. Those pink flower is looking beautiful.Those petals design are looking nice. I love this tutorial.. Thanks for this great post.

  • 22

    Very pretty card Nichole. You do amazing work!
    I wanted to let you know that I just did a post on a great way to store PTI dies and Nesties. I thought you might wish to share this with your customers! Here is the link to it.

    Have a great day! Elaine

  • 23
    jcasaldi says:

    Wow! 193! Is that a recor?

  • 24
    Andrea says:

    Gorgeous card Nichole!!! I just LOVE how you create your focal points!!! Fantastic!!! So glad to participate in the blog hop and SOOO HAPPY to be a randomly selected winner!!! OMG!!! What an AWESOME surprise!!! Thank you so so much!!!

  • 25
    mel mccarthy says:

    Gorgeous card. So soft & lovely!

  • 26
    Jill S. says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial!! Been asking hoping you would come out with one as I’ve struggled with these. I’ve bookmarked this for future use. Thank you, thank you!!!

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