I am very excited to introduce our annual anniversary set to you today, Birds & Blooms!
Whimsical wreaths and birds on branches in bloom are the focus of this new set. It only takes four quick and easy steps to a multi-colored layered wreath image that will amaze you with its beauty and detail. The elegant grace of the branch and the mix & match options for floral additions to it are user-friendly as well. Not to mention the adorable little birds and their nest, which can be nestled into the wreath or the branch. All of these things make this set a versatile collection that you will turn to again and again!
This set is a limited edition set, meaning that it will only be available for exactly one year (February 15th, 2013 through February 15th, 2014). This set is exclusive for purchase with Rewards Points only, it cannot be purchased with cash. Birds & Blooms can be yours with the redemption of 24 Rewards Points, beginning tonight at 10pm EST. As I highlighted abit earlier, it will be available for a year, so you have plenty of time to save up your points and earn this set! Have questions about our reward points system? You can check out this page HERE or contact Customer Service for details.
Let me show you a few things I have created with Birds & Blooms!
I could hardly wait to ink up the wreath elements and see if they translated onto paper as well as I hoped when I designed the set! I wish you could have been present when I first lifted the stamp from my paper after stamping the leaf layer, I was giggling like a school girl!
The leaf layer in particular for the wreath is very detailed. With tiny stitched leaves and a variety of sizes and shapes to each branch, you hardly need to add anything else to your project except for the companion floral layers of the wreath! I stamped the leaf layer in Ripe Avocado, then added the largest floral layer in Scarlet Jewel, allowing myself to stamp twice before re-inking for a shadow effect. I then added the tiny hydrangea-like floral layer in Autumn Rose, again stamping twice. Last is the rosebud layer in Sweet Blush. The sentiment was stamped in Dark Chocolate, right across the middle of the wreath.
All of these elements were stamped onto a Mega Mat Stack 5 die cut from Vintage Cream cardstock. I softly swiped the edges with the Tea Dye Duo. For a little unique touch, I adhered just the sides of the die-cut down with foam tape, allowing it "bow" upwards in the middle a bit for dimension. Two small flags of Scarlet Jewel bitty dot paper were adhered to either end for balance.
The Sweet Blush layer on the card front was impressed with the Tiny Types Impression Plate. Everything was adhered to a Classic Kraft card base.
Now for something really bold and bright! I thought it would be fun to experiment with the wreath as an accent on either side of a card front and this is what I came up with! I just LOVE this card and how it really gives another whole use for the wreath image! I stamped the leaf layer in New Leaf, then added the largest floral layer in Raspberry Fizz. I then added the hydrangea floral layer in Orange Zest. Last is the rosebud layer in
The Headline Alphabet letters were die-cut from Stamper's Select White cardstock and stamped with the coordinating images using Raspberry Fizz ink. I adhered them in place with small bits of foam tape. The companion sentiment underneath (from Over Under Easy) is stamped in True Black.
I cut strips of Orange Zest striped paper to create an accent on either side of the card.
Everything was mounted onto a bold Limeade Ice card base.
Now to transition into a softer pastel project, a little something for the bride & groom.
Oe of my favorite details in this set is the two-step nest. There is a solid layer to stamp first, then a detailed line-drawn nest to go on top in a darker color. I did this with Fine Linen & Classic Kraft here. There is even a little stamp to add three eggs to the next, which I did here in Aqua Mist. The adorable little birdies are stamped in Harvest Gold and Melon Berry, with a tiny heart at the top of the stack in Sweet Blush. I added a touch of Prisma Glitter to the heart with a 2-way glue pen.
I added varying stripes of Sweet Blush, Melon Berry, Harvest Gold and Aqua Mist to the Classic Kraft card base. I punched small notches on either side of the card to add button twine and tie it in a bow around the card.
Note that the focal point was stamped onto a piece of Vintage Cream cardstock that was die-cut with one of our popular Half & Half dies.
My next project goes back to the wreath again!
This time the layers were stamped in Simply Chartreuse, Lavender Moon, Winter Wisteria and Spring Rain. I added a few adhesive pearls for some texture. All of this was stamped onto Vintage Cream cardstock.
The sentiment was added using Charcoal Palette ink. One of the little birds was added on top of the sentiment with Spring Rain ink.
The four corners of the cream layer were notches with a circle punch. Everything was adhered to a Winter Wisteria card base.
My next project is something I really had fun experimenting with different color schemes. I ended up with a beautiful mix of Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pinefeather and Sweet Blush! To begin the design, I die-cut the Aqua Mist cardstock with the Card Base-ics #1 die and followed up with impressing it with the Picnic Plaid impression plate.
I stamped the branch image repeatedly onto Aqua Mist card front using Pinefeather ink. Then I heat embossed with Blush Zing! powder on VersaMark stamped flowers. Hawaiian Shores & Berry Sorbet were used to add more layers of blooms.
In the center of the card, the tabs of the card front hold a white layer stamped with one of the frames from Label Basics in Hawaiian Shores. I added the "Hello" from Birds & Blooms in Berry Sorbet and the companion sentiments in Pinefeather. The little bird was stamped in Sweet Blush. I cut out three small flowers and accented the corner of the frame. Before I adhered them, I added tiny leaves stamped in Pinefeather.
Everything was mounted onto a Berry Sorbet card base!
For my last project today, I thought I would focus on a one layer card.
I stamped the sentiment first in True Black, then taped a strip of typing paper over it to use as a mask. I stamped the branch image and several of the leaf images in Ripe Avocado.
I used a sponge dauber to add an extra thick layer of Ripe Avocado right along the edge of the mask for added definition. When I was done with that, it needed something else to define the sentiment area, so I stamped a single line from Faux Ribbon in Terracotta Tile at the top and bottom.
Flowers were added in Terracotta Tile, Orange Zest and Berry Sorbet. The bird was stamped in Berry Sorbet and added just above the sentiment.
As a final note, I just wanted to add (cause I know you'll ask!) that there is not a die collection being released for this set in February. However, we will eventually be releasing dies for Birds & Blooms in the near future. Also, the Design Team will be showcasing this limited edition set with additional projects a bit later on in the month!
Thanks for joining me tonight and I hope you enjoyed the projects I presented to you! We would love to hear your initial thoughts of Birds & Blooms! Is there a particular project that just *speaks* to you? What part of the set is your favorite… the wreath, the branch, the birds, the nest or even the sentiments? I appreciate you stopping by and enjoy the rest of your night!
WITH A GRATEFUL HEART WREATH CARD
- STAMPS: Birds & Blooms
- PAPER: Classic Kraft, Sweet Blush, Vintage Cream, Scarlet Jewel Pattern Pack (bitty dots)
- INK: Ripe Avocado, Sweet Blush, Autumn Rose, Scarlet Jewel, Dark Chocolate, Tea Dye Duo
- OTHER: Tin Types Impression Plate, Mega Mat Stack 5 Die
- FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
BRIGHT & BOLD THANKS CARD
- STAMPS: Birds & Blooms, Headline Alphabet, Over Under Easy
- PAPER: Limeade Ice, Stamper's Select White, Orange Zest Pattern Pack (stripes)
- INK: New Leaf, Limeade Ice, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, True Black
- OTHER: Headline Alphabet dies,
- FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
JUST MARRIED CARD
- STAMPS: Birds & Blooms
- PAPER: Classic Kraft, Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush
- INK: Classic Kraft, Fine Linen, Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush
- OTHER: 1/4" circle punch, Rustic Jute Button Twine, Half & Half die, Prisma Glitter
- FINISHED SIZE: 4" x 5-1/2"
WISHING YOU WELL CARD
- STAMPS: Birds & Blooms
- PAPER: Vintage Cream, Winter Wisteria
- INK: Simply Chartreuse, Winter Wisteria, Lavender Moon, Spring Rain, Charcoal Palette
- OTHER: pearls (Paper Studio), 5/8" circle punch (EK Success)
- FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
MY DEAR FRIEND CARD
- STAMPS: Birds & Blooms, Label Basics
- PAPER: Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
- INK: Pinefeather, Berry Sorbet, Hawaiian Shores, VersaMark, Sweet Blush, Fresh Snow
- OTHER: Card Base-ics #1 die, Picnic Plaid Impression Plate, Zing! Embossing Powder (Blush)
- FINISHED SIZE: 4-3/4" x 6"
GRATEFUL HEART BIRD CARD
- STAMPS: Birds & Blooms, Faux Ribbon
- PAPER: Stamper's Select White
- INK: Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado, Berry Sorbet, Orange Zest, True Black
- OTHER: sponge dauber
- FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Karen B says
Congratulations on your 6th anniversary. Love the special stamp set. Love it all. Beautiful!
Karen Walker says
Just gorgeous! And I’ve saved enough reward points to put it in the basket tonight! Thanks for a great anniversary celebration!
You have done a beautiful job showcasing this stamp set. You are so creative. This has been a wonderful 6th anniversary celebration. Thanks so much.
Wendy ten Hove says
The wreath is super gorgeous! I love the option to put several colors in there! So pretty!!
This is absolutely stunning! I never cease to be amazed at your creativity. Thanks for a wonderful 6th year anniversary celebration.
Holly Saveur says
OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH..SOOOOOO in LOVE with this set..love the wreath and the branch and the birds nest well all about it a SO MUST HAVE set for me……and I have been so stupid the last order I put in all my points totally forgot about the Anniversary set…had a total black out!
I have been so SUPER stupid.. now I will have to wait some time before I have my points again……did I say I am stupid….well I am!
LOVE all the cards you made with it!
Elizabeth S. says
This set is gorgeous! I love the wreath. It will definitely be in my cart tonight. Your cards are so pretty, I especially love your Hello card. The color combo is amazing.
Margaret C says
This is so BEAUTIFUL !!!
Tammy W says
Gorgeous, Nichole!! I love the wreath and all the layers and details that can be added with the different stamps. Your projects are stunning! I love the single layer card highlighting the sentiment, love that look and I have been wanting to try this for awhile. Thanks for the inspiration! Happy Anniversary! Such an incredible release week – inspiring projects by all and simply irresistible products!! Can’t wait for 10:00 pm!! : )
It’s just adorable! I love the new set Birds & Blooms!!! Happy ~ happy ~ 6th Anniversary PTI!
A wonderful set Nichole. I will need to get more reward points before I can get it but glad we have some time. Thanks for all your creative inspiration!
Angela Person says
This is a very elegant stamp set! I love all the attention to detail. Nichole, your last card is absolutely stunning. Happy 6th Anniversary and thank you for these fun, craft-filled 10 days of inspiration.
Love the wreath and those cute little birdies! I am looking forward to earning a few more reward points so this set can call my house home 😉
Tonya Jastad says
I LOVE this set! The grateful card is my favorite, I love the layout and the colors you used. I also really like the wishing you well card and colors, Mothers Day and Easter popped into my mind right away. This set will get a lot of use at my house! Thank you and Happy Anniversary!
What a beautiful set! I’ve wanted a wreath forever…somehow A Wreath for All Seasons always seems to get swapped for something else a on my wsh list right before checkout. THIS wreath is gorgeous, though. I wish I could mega size it and put it on my front door. 🙂
Can’t wait to put this set in my cart tonight! Love the wreath image. But the way you utilized the branch and leaf images, is what “spoke” to me 🙂
Deb H says
You have packed a lot of possibilities in this one stamp set.
The Grateful Heart card is simply gorgeous. I also like the use of the branches with the Card Basics Die. And you have made the wreath a spring and summer one. I just love all your designs.
Linda in NC says
What a lovely set!! I especially liked your “Grateful Heart” card. It’s absolutely beautiful. I’m excited to get my free set. Thanks, Nicole.
Can’t wait to order tonight, bad thing I have to wait until I have enough points to get the special stamp!
Cynthia B. says
So pretty! So perfect for spring. I think the branch is so versatile. Thanks for another great design!
Delicate and beautiful. This set just takes my breath away. Thank you for designing such a lovely set. Happy Anniversary to everyone at PTI. You continue to inspire my creativity.
So happy I saved up my points! This is beautiful!
Kathy McDonald says
Amazing! Love the nest and birds. This one is going to be so much fun!
Jeannie L says
I SUPER excited about this set! I do not own any wreath stamps set so this will be my first one. I can’t wait to ink this set up. Love the sentiments that are in it as well. Thank you for designing such a sweet stamp set set.
Connie Fisher says
What an awesome set!! All of your cards are beautiful; but I really like the last one…just love the colors. This has been an incredible Anniversary release – can’t wait to go shopping =)
Beautiful cards! Loved Grateful Heart the most and Just Married a close second. Thanks for the design, the gift and Happy Anniversary!
Love the wreath and birds. Great Anniversary set. Sure wish I had not used my reward points on a past order. Guess I will have to start saving them!!!
Janice Williams says
Happy anniversary. Always look forward to your releases but this is stunning, especially the with a grateful heart. Can’t wait to get this one.
Karen Rose says
Happy 6th Anniversary Nichole and the gang. It’s hard to believe you’ve come this far from the first set I ordered 6 years ago! This is a cute anniversary set and I really like your projects with it! Here’s to another great year.
Vanessa Shearer says
What a gorgeous, versatile set! I thought I would be needing to save for points, but I actually have enough to put this in my cart tonight! What a nice surprise! Happy Anniversary, PTI – thanks for always coming out with great products!
Debbie S says
This set is just beautiful, Nichole! Wow, I love it, and can’t wait until I have enough reward points to purchase it. Thank you for bringing us such lovely stamps!
Nichole, you’ve used the fabulous anniversary set SO beautifully! I love ALL the sweet images & sentiments. Also, it’s SO good to know that a die collection will be available in the near future.
Thank you for all the wonderful inspiration, & all the daily FUN anniversary celebrations!
Happy 6th Anniversary!
I love PTI!
Toni Storie says
I just love this set! I have a Wreath for All Seasons and love it too! It’s absolutely the wreath that speaks to me and I love the accessories for it too!
Awesome!! So very pretty. I love the wreath and the birdies make me happy!!
Pat Ackley says
Happy 6th Anniversary to everyone at PTI. So happy I have enough points for the very beautiful Birds & Blooms set…I love every stamp in the set!
Barb W says
I am so excited about this set. The wreath is awesome, and the branch is perfect for so many cards. The birds and nest, ohhhh, loving it all. The sentiments fit perfectly. It’s mine tonight, and I can’t wait!! Congrats on a fantastic 6th Anniversary release. Everything is “over the top awesome!”
Linda Nicholson says
Such a beautiful set Nichole! I loved all your project but the one I enjoyed the most is the one with all the bright citrus colors! Happy 6th Anniversary and wishing you much success to come!
Cyndy G says
You out did yourself on this one Nichole! Love everything about it! And, as always, your cards are breath taking. This anniversary release has been so much fun. I looked forward to every morning to sit down at my computer and view the new products and everyones projects. I think on the 16th, I’m going to go into PTI withdrawls. Happy 6th Anniversary!
Such a lovely set! Your projects are so pretty, Nichole!
Peggy Lamb says
What a lovely set and your cards are beautiful! I adore the little birds and the nest with the eggs. The wreath looks like it will go together quite fast and is so pretty. Only 7 more points and this set is mine!
Michelle W says
This set delivers what I truly love about the anniversary sets – it’s versatile and beautiful! I have been wanting a wreath stamp forever, and this will be my first. 🙂
Diana F says
I love all the projects, but the two that strike my fancy the most are the one using the card basics #1 die and the last one with the sentiment With a Grateful Heart. So I guess I am liking the branch the most from the set. I know I also loved the color combination used for the card basics project and I love the design of the last one. Overall, all the projects are beautiful and I can see many possibilities with this stamp set. Thanks so much for sharing.
Oh my gosh!!!! I am so in love with this stamp set! I was kinda upset that I was short on reward points that I wouldn’t be able to get pretty peonies. But NOW! Wow! I love this bird set. So many possibilities. I can tell already that Birds & Blooms will be my new favorite set. I absolutely love it! Great design!
Sandy Kay says
It is gorgeous!! You do not disappoint, Nichole! I love everything about it! The multi-step stamping will make me look (almost) like a pro! I needed some nice little solid birds for my stash too, so this rounds out my collection nicely!
I recently discovered http://www.RubberStampTapestry.com which I love using the individual peg stamps. This anniversary set reminds me of an easier version for those who want some structures but still provides plenty of creativity. This set has lots more possibilities with second generation stamping and some rock and roll techniques. I love the beautiful sentiments. Your last card was my favorite.
Gorgeous set! And your cards are beyond lovely!
Jo R. says
I’m a sucker for bird’s nests, and this is a lovely set. Your “Just Married” card is striking and beautiful.
Kathryn A says
Yay!!!! I’ve been wanting a wreathe! Woot! Woot!
Suzanne B. Webb says
Oh….sigh…….I wish I had found PTI a long time ago, new as of Dec. ’12…..so I don’t have enough points…I guess that means I have to go shopping! 🙂
Barb S says
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I am so envious of those who qualify for this. My budget just didn’t allow it this year 🙁
Barbara S. says
It’s a beautiful set! I am brand new to PTI, so I’ll have to spend for a while (and earn some rewards 🙂 before I can get it, but I will be happily anticipating being able to do just that!!!
Debbie B says
This is a beautiful set. I just hope I can get enough points to get the set.
Julie Gremaud says
Love it! I’m so excited! Love the sentiments too! Wonderful job!
Erin S says
Love the cardstock!!!!!
Sue B says
Gorgeous set and samples. I will be saving my reward points this year to get it.
I absolutely love the wreath!! I can envision making beautiful cards with this set .. can’t wait for the dies to go with it! Glad I have enough reward points to get it tonight.
Nancy Lempinen says
Oh my, what a beautiful stamp set, unfortunately I’ve been using my reward points instead of stashing ’em away for this event! Anyhow I’ll start stashing now, but I love the wreaths and the little birds, the nest, the eggs, the entire thing. My fav card is the last one Grateful heart, the colors are gorgeous! Looking forward to 10 pm tonight.
Maria E. Benitez says
Beautiful set! You can tell all the thought and detail that went into it. All you’re cards were gorgeous as well.
Chris K says
Lovely anniversary set!
Words can’t express fully how gorgeous this set is. Loved the first card but then fell altogether for the ” wishing you well” creation. Now, I have to make another list of new shades of inks and cardstock that I just have to have!
Thanks for a very exciting build-up this month, love all the great new ideas, stamps, dies and the other goodies. Hope you and Julie and Jane plus the design team enjoyed it too.
Cindy H. says
OMGosh, this set is so lovely and apparently versatile! I love the images and that gorgeous script! All of your cards are gorgeous cards but my jaw dropped when I saw the last one – that is just stunning!! Glad I have enough reward points:)
Nancy G says
This set is gorgeous!!
Absolutely another stunning anniversary set! Such a delicate wreath and branch and the little birds so cute! Thank you Nicole for rewarding us with such a lovely set! I have a Grateful Heart!
Linda w says
First, congratulations on your 6th anniversary. I have been here since the beginning. I love this idea of the new wreath. Makes stamping so easy. I am so going to enjoy this set.
Kathy V. says
BEAUTIFUL!!!!! I’m sure grateful that I have plenty of Reward Points! Also grateful for this point system, or I’d probably end up with a dozen or more of this set as I did a couple of years ago. Thanks for this beautiful set.
Colleen M says
SO-o-o happy I saved my rewards points! I love all the little flowers and leaves . . . and the bird nest . . . and the branch . . . and, and, . . . =D
Oh what lovely cards showcasing this gorgeous anniversary set! I especially love the aqua mist card with the pine feather ink! What a wonderful color combo! All of your beautiful cards just make me want the set even more. I love the sentiments, the fonts used and the sweet little swirl flowers! The birds and 2 step nest are gorgeous! Thanks for another incredible anniversary celebration!
Becky Green says
I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE THEM ALLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂
Shauna K says
So excited about this set!! It’s so elegant- love the birdies and the beautiful sentiments 😀 Hoping I’ll be able to get enough points for it this year!!
Karen C fl says
I love love love this anniversary set, I am so glad I have saved my rewards points. Nicole you never let us down. thank you for the lovely wreath and all that goes with this set.
Robyn McMurry says
wow! I especially love the grateful heart bird card. I love the color combo, and the one layer card, and the sentiment strip in the center that you masked and then put the tiny stripe top and bottom :O) Love it!
Wishing you well card is so beautiful. Congrats on your 6th anniversary. This has a been a wonderful celebration and a fabulous release.
Helen LeBrett says
Fantastic set!! I love the birds and the branch and nest!! Love your cards too, Nichole!!
Marianne Blauvelt says
I love the wreath stamps in this set. Especially with the ability to add so many colors to the wreath.
fiona j says
The cards are all so pretty. Very exciting!
paula i says
I love everything about this set. The images are adorable; I’ve wanted a bird image for quite sometime and this one is perfect! And that font …shut the front door!
Just LOVELY! I love the whole set. I’m hoping that I have enough rewards points saved up to get my set tonight.
Colleen F says
YES!! I adore this set, you did a wonderful job designing this Nichole. I can hardly wait to receive it and play with it…it is truly a work of art! Thank you for making this available to us as a way to say thank you for purchasing PTI products all year long! I love your store and all your designs. Great stamps, dies, inks, and all the accessories!
I wish I could have heard you giggling, Nichole. Isn’t it wonderful to be able to have a job doing something that you love so much? The great thing is that all of us get to benefit from it.
This set is beautiful. The sentiments seem to carry on the grace and lushness of the wreath. I adore that last card in particular. It is glorious.
Susan S. says
Gorgeous cards! I’m particularly smitten with the “grateful heart” card – great design and color combo.
Sharon D says
Oh Nichole, I love this set so much–the wreath, the branch, the sentiments–so beautiful! And your projects are gorgeous!
Karen L. says
This is one of the best stamps sets you have designed, Nichole. It is beyond words – unfortunately, I did not realize that I had to use reward points for this set. I spent most of my points on past orders. So, so sad!
Such pretty components in this gorgeous set!
Kathy Mc says
Ooh-la-la, I love this sentiment with the great sentiments. This one definitely fits a void in my stamping arsenal. As soon as I have enough reward points, I’ll order this one cuz it’s a keeper. To pick a favorite of your gorgeous designs, Nichole, is near impossible for me because I really like them all. Congrats on a great 6th Anniversary!
Charlotte hutcheson says
I especially love the wreath and learned a couple of good ideas to accent cards such as the stripe added to the one layer card and using the paper strips as ribbon…I have done that before but had forgotten about how much I liked that touch. Thank you so much for your creativity and hard work every month…I look forward to each and every day of the release. —–Charlotte hutcheson
Marlou McAlees says
beautiful !! so delicate 🙂 i love this new release 🙂 ♥
Carol b says
I so love the wreath and wish I had enough points to get the set now but alas,it will take a few more orders. A die for the wreath will be super wonderful! It would’ve even better to also do a die for the twig wreath from a wreath for all seasons .
Laura Jane says
LOVE the folksy feel and delicate detail of this set! Simply BEAUTIFUL!
Thanks for sharing such beautiful ideas AND for sharing your unbridled joy when you first experience one of your creations being inked up for the first time. I have that experience each time I use a new stamp set for the first time, but I had not thought about what it must feel like to have created that stamp set and then to get to see the results. Love it!
Regina M. Hamilton says
I LOVE this set. The wreath is me favorite. I love how the flowers can be layered on to it. It can be use for any occasion.
Janet B. from WV says
The last card you made is my favorite, but they are all beautiful! Can’t wait to play with my set!
Might just be my fav anniversary set yet!
So so pretty! Happy Anniversary PTI! 😀
jeanine mayden says
beautiful! sad to see you are out of stock on the bunny die!!!!!! wow it sold fast. more on the horizon?
As always, I am SO impressed by the imagination and creativity that go into all your products!
Kimberly Wiener says
I sincerely with the Birds and Blooms set would be resurrected!!!!!!