Introducing The Sweet Life & Think Big Favorites #18

Is there a more dreamy flower than the romantic cabbage rose with it's layers upon layers of ruffle-y, fluffy petals?  The cabbage rose is classic.  It is timeless…..and it is what inspired one of today's new products.  Sit back, relax and feast your eyes on these gorgeous layered beauties.


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An elegant take on classic cabbage roses…these blooms each have three step stamping incorporated into layers, allowing you to easily get lots of depth and dimension to your final images.  The natural, realistic beauty created with these will be something that you turn to again and again.

The Details:

  • The Sweet Life will be available for purchase on July 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • The Sweet Life contains a total of 23 images.  The largest single rose assembled measures 2" x 1-1/2".  The large rose trio assembled measures 2-1/4" x 1-7/8".  The small rose trio assembled measures 5/8" x 1/2".  "Life is Sweet" sentiment measures 1-7/8" x 1".
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $10.  This collection includes a total of 2 dies.  They measure 4-3/8" x 3-1/2" (A), 2" x 1-1/2" (B).



This is the eighteenth in a monthly series that includes mega-sized versions of some of our favorite sentiments that were included in previously released sets.  This eighteenth edition stems from the popular Simply Stationery set by Candice Aguilar.  The extra-large format will provide you with all new capabilities and design options.  And for only $5, how can you go wrong?

The Details:

  • Think Big Favorites #18 will be available for purchase on July 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Think Big Favorites #18 contains a total of 3 images.  "Handmade Stationery" measures 3-1/4" wide and 1" tall.  "Thank you" measures 3-1/4" wide and 1/2" tall.  "From the desk of" measures 3-1/4" wide and 1/4" tall.

We have one more additional announcement for you today.  Our highly anticipated stamp cases have now arrived and we are thrilled to make them available for sale this month.  

Empty case
These new cases accommodate the 4×6 size of our stamp sheets and index labels with a little extra room to spare.  The cases are made from a thick, high-quality plastic with reinforced corners for extra durability.  

Filled case open

(This example case is holding Movers & Shakers Sentiments)

The hinges are stronger than ever and the case actually has a small "latch" at the right edge that secures the case when not in use.  

Filled case
The details.

  • Our Quality Clear Stamp Cases will be available for sale on July 15th.
  • A set of six cases will retail for $5.
  • Each case measures  7.5" high x 5.6"  wide and 0.4" thick.  They are thick enough  to comfortably accommodate stamps on the interior of both the front & back covers with minimal sticking.

Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!

Life is Sweet Card
For my first project today I wanted to keep things simple and showcase how little supplies & effort are required to create a show piece when using The Sweet Life.

I started by stamping the three layers of the rose trio in each corner.  This was done with Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose and Scarlet Jewel inks.  I then added the leaves in Simply Chartreuse.  I opted to skip the second layer for the leaves just to give everything a more clean look.  I impressed this layer with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.

I die-cut Fillable Frames #10 from white cardstock and added one of the sentiments from The Sweet Life using True Black ink.

Everything was finished perfectly by adhering it to an Autumn Rose card base.

Desk set
For my next project I opted to create a pretty little monogrammed stationery gift set.  It was easy to create with just a few basic steps.

Card set
I started with the card design first.

I die-cut the monogram letters from Fine Linen Pattern Pack (stripes) using the Modern Alphabet Upper dies.  I stamped the tiny rose trio from The Sweet Life onto a 1" punched circle of Rustic Cream using Melon Berry ink.  I then added the leaves in two layers using Spring Moss & Simply Chartreuse inks.  These were matted with a 1-1/8" circle of Melon Berry.  

Single card
To assemble, I started with a Rustic Cream card base and used Classic Kraft ink t0 stamp "from the desk of", which is included in Think Big Favorites #18.  I then adhered the rose medallion with foam tape above that.  The two initials were attached on wither side of that.  The two bottom corners were rounded with a punch.

Seals rolled
As an extra special touch, I created a spool of envelope seals to coordinate with the cards.  I created several of the same rose medallions just like the ones used on the cards.

Seals unrolled
I ran all of them through my Xyron Sticker Maker and punched them out of the wax paper backing using my 1-1/8" circle punch.  I then adhered the back of the wax paper backed seals to a strip of clear cardstock attached to a wooden spool (leftover from our twine).  They are now all ready for the recipient to peel and stick onto their envelopes.

I created my own little gift bag by using the Front & Center #2 die and a brown lunch bag.  I die-cut two pieces from the Front & Center #2 dies using Melon Berry cardstock.  I stamped them with Polka Dot Basics using Berry Sorbet ink.  I added a notched strip of Fine Linen striped paper to the front of the bag.

Bag label
I stamped the "handmade stationery" from Think Big Favorites #18 in the center of a die-cut Mega Mat Stack 5 with Classic Kraft ink.  I then added the small rose trio around the sentiment using the same colors as the small rose trio medallions above.  I finished the top of the label with a little trio of MElon Berry buttons tied with twine.

Blue Thank You Card
Up next, a simple thank you card that would be easy to mass produce as a gift or just to keep on hand.

I started by stamping the roses onto my background block of Rustic Cream cardstock.  I built the roses in three layers using Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky & Enchanted Evening inks.  The leaves were done with Ripe Avocado & Pinefeather inks.  I swiped Tea Dye Duo around the edges.

I created a sentiment strip from Spring Rain cardstock stamped with Polka Dot Basics in Spring Rain ink.  The sentiment (from Think Big Favorites #18) was added with Enchanted Evening ink.

This was all finished by adhering it to an Enchanted Evening card base.

Grateful for You
I just adore the colors used in my next card, so bright & cheerful and full of sunshine!

I die-cut the single roses from white cardstock and created them with the three layers of images.  This used Harvest Gold, Melon Berry & Berry Sorbet inks.  I also die-cut the leaves and stamped them with Spring Moss & Simply Chartreuse.

For the sentiment block, I die-cut the Mat Stack #1 shape from white cardstock and stamped it with this pretty frame from the Mat Stack 1 Collection using Simply Chartreuse ink.  I then added this sentiment from Half & Half using Berry Sorbet ink.  I layered Berry Sorbet stitched ribbon underneath everything and finished the right side with a Berry Sorbet button & twine.

This was layered on top of Summer Sunrise striped paper and a Melon Berry card base.

Wreath Thank You Card
For my last project today, I wanted to showcase how you can use the tiny rose trio stamp from The Sweet Life to create a beautiful wreath.

I started by drawing a rough circle in pencil on my white cardstock block.  I layered the tiny rose trio images around the circle using Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores & Ocean Tides inks.  I then wen in between each of the layered flowers and added an extra layer in Aqua Mist to fill in the blanks.  I used the tiny leaf image in Spring Moss & Simply Chartreuse to add the greenery around the circle.  When I was all done, I erased my pencil lines.


I die-cut the bow using the Happy Hygrangeas die and then stamped it with the coordinating image using Simply Chartreuse ink.  I finished the center of the bow with a small Hawaiian Shores button.  For the sentiment, I stamped "thank you" from Think Big Favorites #18 in True Black across the center of the wreath.  Everything was adhered to an Aqua Mist card base.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Have you fallen head over heels in love with cabbage roses after today's introductions?  Or were you already smitten with this dreamy flower and find yourself itching to create with these flowers yourself?  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!

$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am EST, July 13, 2012 to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our July Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Melissa Phillips will be showcasing more of The Sweet Life as well as Think Big Favorites #18.

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CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.

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CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.


  • STAMPS: The Sweet Life (available July 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Simply Chartreuse
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Autumn Rose
  • OTHER: Fillable Frames #10 die, Linen & Canvas Impression Plate
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: The Sweet Life, Think Big Favorites #18 (available July 15th) Polka Dot Basics
  • INK: Classic Kraft, Melon Berry, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse
  • PAPER: Rustic Cream, Melon Berry, Fine Linen Pattern Pack (stripes)
  • OTHER: Front & Center #2 die, brown lunch bag, Mega Mat Stack #5 die, 1" & 1-1/8" circle punches (EK Success), Modern Alphabet Upper die, Melon Berry buttons, Rustic Jute Button Twine, empty wooden spool leftover from twine, Clear Cardstock, 1/4" Silk Ribbon, corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" (card)  7-1/4" x 5-3/4" (bag)


  • STAMPS: The Sweet Life, Think Big Favorites #18 (available July 15th) Polka Dot Basics
  • INK: Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado, Pinefeather, Tea Dye Duo
  • PAPER: Rustic Cream, Spring Rain, Enchanted Evening
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: The Sweet Life (available July 15th) Mat Stack 1 Collection, Half & Half
  • INK: Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Melon Berry, Summer Sunrise Pattern Pack (stripes)
  • OTHER: Mat Stack 1 die, The Sweet Life dies, Berry Sorbet Stitched Ribbon, Berry Sorbet button, twine
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: The Sweet Life, Think Big Favorites #18 (available July 15th) Happy Hydrangeas
  • INK: True Black, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: Happy Hydrangeas die (bow), Hawaiian Shores button, twine
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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