Introducing Phrase Play, Circle Scribbles, Be Happy & A Little Inspiration

Well, today you're certainly in for a treat with a little something for everyone!  Typography, trendy circle scribbles, flowers, butterflies, inspiring messages and more…..these are the hot topics for today!  Enjoy…


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This is the first in a series of small sentiment sets designed to coordinate with a stylish, trendy phrase frame die.  These particular sentiments finish the die-cut phrase "You are my…", giving you lots of design options.  Just think of all the texhniques this mini collection opens itself up to!  You can even pop the die-cut words out and use them wihtout the frame.  As an extra bonus, the size of the coordinating die-cut phrase frame will also work well with our Monthly Moments series!

The Details:

  • Phrase Play #1 will be available for purchase on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Phrase Play #1 contains a total of 8 images.  "Reason to smile" measures 1-3/4" x 5/8".  "Moon & Stars" measures 1-1/2" x 5/8".  "Happy place" measures 1-3/8" x 3/4".  "True love" measures 1-7/8" x 3/8".  "Sunshine" measures 2" x 3/8".
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This die measures 2-7/8" x 3-7/8".



We just know you are going to LOVE this one!!!  These scribbled images can be used to accent a word, phrase or image while background building options are also endless.  There are even many nesting options available to you.  The stripes can be used for grounding or accenting a sentiment, or you culd also use it to make plaids!

The Details:

  • Circle Scribbles will be available for purchase on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Circle Scribbles contains a total of 8 images.  The largest circle measures 3" in diameter.  The second largest circle measures 2-1/4".  The smallest circle measures 1/4".  The second smallest circle measures 1/2".  The stripes/line trio measures 2-5/8" x 1/2".




Be Happy, by Melissa Bickford, is a sweet and happy set that features a variety of different coordinating images perfect for creating and sending a birthday message to someone who means so much. There are fun striped and scalloped borders, a striped frame, butterflies and flowers that could easily be used all by themselves or all together, creating the sweetest projects. With these images, as well as coordinating dies, you will have endless stamping possibilities!

PLEASE NOTE: Melissa has created an AMAZING download with sketches on how to use Be Happy for you today!  Since the set has a basic frame and borders, there are lots of ways to use those three elements in your card designs.  Be sure to stop by here blog and download the sketch files HERE!


The Details:

  • Be Happy will be available for purchase on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Be Happy contains a total of 16 images.  The square frame measures 1-3/4” wide x 1-3/4” tall. The scalloped border measures 4-1/4” wide x 1/2” tall. The large butterfly measures approximately 1-1/4” wide x 1” tall. The larger flower measures approximately 3/5” wide by 3/5” tall. ‘HAPPY’ measures approximately 1-2/5” wide by ¼” tall. ‘To someone who means so much to me!’ measures approximately 2-1/2” wide by 2/5” wide.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $9.  This collection includes a total of 3 dies (2 wired shapes + 9 wired shapes + single shape).  4-1/4" x 1", each border about 1/2" tall (A), 2" x 2-1/4" (B), 1-7/8" x 1-7/8" (C).


Erin Lincoln is bringing you a new set that we can all use in our collections.  A Little Inspiration is the perfect sentiment set for when you want to give a little boost of support to family and friends. Not too sappy yet perfectly said, these words of encouragement work nicely on the inside or outside of your next project. For any situation that needs a little sunshine and kindness, this stamp set will have you covered. 

The Details:

  • A Little Inspiration will be available for purchase on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • A Little Inspiration contains a total of 21 images.  The "Courage does not always roar" sentiment measure approximately 2 and 3/4 inches by 1 inch. The "If you are lucky enough" sentiment measures approximately 3 inches by 1 inch. The "One of the hardest things" sentiment measures approximately 2 and 1/4 inches by 1 inch. The "I love you no matter what" sentiment measures approximately 1 and 3/4 inches by 1/4 inch. 



We're bringing you a fun new star die set that you're sure to fall in love with!  You can pop out the center pieces and fill them with an alternate color, or just leave them out.  Imagine them embellished with glitter, gloss accents or rhinestones.  Cut them from clear card stock, cork paper, felt, balsa wood sheets, shimmer card stocks and all kinds of fun stuff!

The Details: 

  • Sketched Stars die collection will be available for purchase on February 15th.
  • It will retail for $6.
  • Sketched Stars contains a total of 3 dies.  2-1/2" x 2-3/4" (A), 2" x 2" (B), 1-1/2" x 1-1/2" (C)


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

Leap of Faith Card

Here I have combined the new Circle Scribbles set with the Sketched Stars dies, and I think they make a perfect pair!


I heat embossed the cirlce scribbles one at a time with different shades of Zing! embossing powders onto Smokey Shadow cardstock.  I then die-cut the stars using Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest and Pure Poppy.  Each star was attached on top of it's coordinating scribble with foam tape.


The heartfelt sentiment is one of the many masterpieces included in A Little Inspiration.  It is heat embossed with Black Filigree Embossing powder here.


I mounted the card front onto a True Black card base to help make the sentiment pop.  I love the colors and layout of this project and think that it would also make a great mascvuline birthday card!

Love You No Matter What Card

Here I have used the Circle Scribbles again, but this time with a watercolor resist technique.


I stamped three sizes of the scribbles in VersaMark and heat embossed them with White Filigree Embossing Powder.  I watercolored over the lines using Hawaiian Shores, Simply Chartreuse and Summer Sunrise ink refills and water.  I love the way the colors overlap!


I wanted something small and understated for the sentiment, so I used this one found in A Little Inspiration.  I stamped it in True Black and then added a tiny heart in Hibiscus Burst that had been punched out with a 1/4" circle punch.


The sides of the card were notched with circle punches to help hold the white crochet thread wrapped around the card front and finished with a bow.  Imagine making these types of cards in a huge rainbow of colors!

You Are My Favorite Card

Here I showcase how you can use the Circle Scribbles to create beautiful flowers!

Phrase frame

First, I die-cut this Phrase Play #1 frame from Tropical Teal cardstock and stamped it with Polka Dot Basics using Fresh Snow ink.


The flowers were created by first stamping with the back of the Circle Scribble stamps.  With each color, I would stamp the backside repeatedly while rotating the stamp to get an artistic look.  I used Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest and Pure Poppy for this.  After the solid splotches of color were done, I flipped the stamps back over and stamped the scribbles in True Black.  Leave It Be had the perfect leaves to add on to this arrangement.  I stamped them in New Leaf and then followed up with the stitching layer in  Pinefeather.  


I finished the flower centers with black rhinestones and the companion sentiment "favorite" was added to the frame in True Black.  To help accent the black card elements and help the sentiment to be more prominent, I mounted this onto a True Black card front.

Try Harder Butterfly Card

This card showcases how you can add elements to the Scribbled Circle to completely change their look and feel!


I stamped the largest Circle Scribble in Limeade Ice and then added several of the adorable striped leaves from Be Happy as well.  I scattered some flowers from the same set in Spring Rain, adding Aqua Mist centers.  Don't you just love the way this looks?  Think of all the other images you could add to the scribbles like this!  The butterfly, from Be Happy,  was die-cut and stamped using Winter Wisteria, Aqua Mist and Spring Rain, folding it in half and adhering just the center portion with Scor-tape.  Both the butterflies and flowers in Be Happy were designed with such a versatile style.  And I love all the layering and color options I can create too!


I stamped the main portion of the sentiment from A Little Inspiration directly onto the card with Charcoal Palette ink.  The "Try Harder" phrase was added with Winter Wisteria ink onto a strip of Aqua Mist cardstock.  I stamped the diagonal striped border from Be Happy in Spring Rain to help highlight the sentiment.  Little touches like this can make a huge difference on a card.  I stapled the strip into place with a mini stapler.


The four corners of this Rustic White card were rounded with a Corner Chomper.

You Are My Sunshine Card

One thing to keep in mind when using Phrsae Play is that you can totally pop the phrase out and use it alone without the frame!  

You are my

Here I have die-cut it from Limeade Ice cardstock, giving you a totally different look than when it is framed.


This fabulous accent was created using elements from Be Happy.  Can I just say, working with this set just makes you grin from ear to ear!  And I can only image how happy it will make a recipient feel!  I die-cut the flowers using a mixture of Summer Sunrise and Berry Sorbet cardstock.  I then stamped them respectively with Orange Zest and Pure Poppy inks.  The Pure Poppy kind of takes on a whole new look when stamped on the Berry Sorbet like that.  The flower centers were finished with dots made with a black pen (American Crafts).  

The leaves were die-cut from Simply Chartreuse and stamped in Ripe Avocado.  My favortie thing in the set, this lovely striped frame, was die-cut from Harvest Gold and stamped in Summer Sunrise.  I layered all of the elements with foam tape.  The last thing I did was add the companion sentiment to a strip of Classic Kraft cardstock and adhere it to the frame.  Everything was mounted onto a Pure Poppy card base.

Reason to Smile Card

Simple + Rainbow = an easy to make card the will bring sunshine into anyone's day!  And it only takes 15 minutes at best! 

Phrase frame closeup

I cut strips of cardstock and adhered them together on my white card cover.   Phrase Frame #1 was die-cut from True Black cardstock and adhered over the rainbow stripes using foam tape.  


I die-cut the bottom portion of the frame from white cardstock and added the companion sentiment with True Black ink.  I love this card and can only beign to image all of the wonderful rainbow color schemes I could use for these stripes!

Don't Ever Change Card

I have one last card for you today using A Little Inspiration.  I stamped this wonderful sentiment on my white card front using True Black ink.


The stripes from Circle Scribbles were added above that in Charcoal Palette ink.


I die-cut the Sketched Star from the white layer, on top of the stripes.  I then die-cut it again from Tropical Teal.  The star was adhered to the Royal Velvet card base, through the opening in the white layer.

Side border

Border strips were added to each side of the panel, stamped with Background Basics: Diagonals Additions using Tropical Teal, Royal Velvet and Raspberry Fizz inks.  I love how these set the project off.


The inlaid star is an easy technique that you could adapt to a variety of occasions.  You could even add glitter to the star before adhering it in the opening if you wanted extra sparkle!

34th Birthday Layout

As my last project for the day I have another Monthluy Moments layout to share with you.  Something I added to the "Our Story" album I started.  Here is the double spread.  These are photos from a little birthday/anniversary getaway David surprised me with one day when the kids were all at school.


This is one of my favorite photos from that day, altered a bit with a special filter from Instagram.  I opted to work with a double horizontal 4×6 pocket page for this.  I die-cut the frame from Be Happy and stamped it in Lavender Moon to help accent the color of the flowers.  I added clear cardstock behins the frame and added the die-cut numbers of my age using the By the Numbers Border die.  The frame accent was adhered on top of the page protector.  Underneath that, I added a clear cardstock strip that was heat embossed with a phrase from Monthly Moments: Library Card.  That strip was stapled in place.


In the pocket underneath that I started with a 4×6 piece of plain white cardstock.  On one half I stamped the Monthly Moments: Library Card in Soft Stone.  "Birthday" (from Be Happy) was added at the top of the card, and underneath that "good times" from Monthly Moments: Slide Frame.  On the other half I added a few more pictures cropped down to size.  The journaling was added in by hand.

Upper page 2

The opposing page using a pocket protector that has two 3×4 pockets at the top and one 4×6 at the bottom.  At the top I created two 3×4 cards in a selection of my colors for this layout.

Phrase frame

Here, I die-cut the Phrase Play #1 card from Soft Stone and backed it with white cardstock.  I then die-cut it again from Lavender Moon and imoressed it with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.  You can have fun experiemnting with different combinations of textures with these Phrase Play dies.  I added the companion sentiment in the opening using True Black ink.

Date strip

I used the Be Happy border strip die and matching striped stamp in Lavender Moon.  The date was added in True Black ink.  I ended up using Calender Basics for the date, it has a slightly more sophisticated look which I loved for this layout in particular.  The small arrow detail was added from Monthly Moments: Slide Frame.  This strip was stapled to the top of my card.

Star & swirls


The bottom photo was accented with Circle Scribbles.  I didn't dare to heat emboss diectly ont my photo for fear of screwing it up, so I did the heat embossing on clear cardstock, cut aorund it and stapled it in place.  The Sketched Star was die-cut from Lavender Moon cardstock and adhered in the scribbled circle.  I added two labels underneath that listing the places we visited that day. 

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Now take a look at what some of the other designers have made!


Betsy Veldman will be showcasing Phrase Play #1.

Erin Lincoln will be featuring A Little Inspiration.

Cristina Kowalczyk will be highlighting Circle Scribbles

Heather Nichols will be showcasing Be Happy.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


So today we have shown you all kinds of fun ways to add *words* to your cards using the new Phrase Play stamp set.  Now it's your turn to give it a whirl for yourself!  Grab your favorite word die, alphabet dies or alphabet stamps and make a project that has a *word* for the focal point.  Have fun experimenting with the potioning of your word, whether it be at an angle, along the edge of your card, etc…  We can hardly wait to see what you make!


1. Create a new project using a large word as the focal point.  The word can be created with a word die, large word stamp, alphabet dies, alphabet stamps on whatever else you can dream up!

2. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product.

3. Upload a photo of your project to your blog, online gallery or any other photo-hosting site (such as photobucket or flickr).

4. Add the direct link to your project on our InLinkz list below.

5. You may create as many projects as you like for the challenge, but each project should have a separate link.

6.  And/or you can leave a comment here to be eligible to win.  Was there a certain product that made your heart beat a little faster?  Something you just can't wait to get your crafty hands on?  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!   (Just click the small "comments" link in blue beside the date in the footer of this post.  If you are reading this as an email subscription, be sure to click through to the actual blog to leave an eligible comment)

7. You have until 7am EST, Tuesday, February 11th to add your project link or comment and qualify for the contest.

8. SEVEN randomly selected winners will be announced on our February Release Winners page no later than noon EST, February 11th.


SEVEN randomly selected winners will each receive a $70 Papertrey gift certificate to spend however they choose! Thank you for joining us today and best of luck with the contest!



  • STAMPS: Circle Scribbles, A Little Inspiration (available February 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Smokey Shadow, True Black, Simply Chartreuse, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy
  • OTHER: Sketched Star dies, Black Filigree Embossing Powder, Zing! Embossing Powder (Rouge, Leaf, Apricot)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 7"


  • STAMPS: Circle Scribbles, A Little Inspiration (available February 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark, True Black, Hibiscus Burst, ink refills (Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Hawaiian Shores)
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder, circle punches (1/4", 1/2" 5/8"), crochet thread, watercolor brush
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Phrase Play #1, Circle Scribbles, Leave It Be (available February 15th) Polka Dot Basics
  • INK: True Black, Fresh Snow, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Pure Poppy, New Leaf, Pinefeather
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Tropical Teal, True Black
  • OTHER: Phrase Play #1 die, black rhinestones (Kasier Craft)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Circle Scribbles, Be Happy, A Little Inspiration (available February 15th)
  • INK: Limeade Ice, Spring Rain, Aqua Mist, Winter Wisteria, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Rustic White, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: Be Happy dies, stapler, corner chomper
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Phrase Play #1, Be Happy (available February 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Berry Sorbet, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, Limeaide Ice
  • OTHER: Phrase Play #1 die, Be Happy dies, black pen
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 6-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Phrase Play #1 (available February 15th)
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy, Canyon Clay, Summer sunrise, Simply Chartreuse, Hawaiian Shores, Hibiscus Burst, True Black
  • OTHER: Phrase Play #1 die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Circle Scribbles, A Little Inspiration (available February 15th) Background Basics: Diagonals Additions
  • INK: True Black, Royal Velvet, Tropical Teal, Raspberry Fizz, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Royal Velvet, Tropical Teal
  • OTHER: Sketched Star die
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Phrase Play #1, Circle Scribbles, Be Happy, Monthly Moments: Library Card, Monthly Moments: Slide Frame (available February 15th) Calendar Basics
  • INK: True Black, Lavender Moon, Soft Stone, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Lavender Moon, Clear Cardstock
  • OTHER: Phrase Play #1 die, Be Happy dies, Sketched Star dies, By the Numbers Border die, stapler, White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: (two) 6×8 layouts

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