Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mat Stack #3 Collection and Inside & Out: Birthday

Hello and welcome! Today is day 3 of the Papertrey Ink Countdown and I do hope you are enjoying everything so far. I am super excited to be sharing two new sets with you today... Mat Stack #3 Collection, the next in the series that coordinates with the Mat Stack #3 die. And, Inside & Out: Birthday, a set perfect for completing both the inside and outside of those popular birthday cards. Both sets will be available for purchase on January 15th.

Today I bring you four birthday cards, and each of them contain a sweet surprise inside... First up, this fun polka dot frame from Mat Stack #3 Collection. Which I paired with an oldie but goodie set called With Sympathy. Stamped a Spring Moss card base with the vine image, from With Sympathy, in Ripe Avocado. Then stamped a few blossoms in Raspberry Fizz.
Die cut and stamped the Mat Stack #3 polka dot frame in Sweet Blush and a sentiment (from Inside & Out: Birthday) in Raspberry Fizz. Here's how: To create the opening at the top of the Mat Stack, I started by die cutting a circle from top. Die cut a scalloped circle from Raspberry Fizz cardstock, die cut a circle from the center and then attached over the Mat Stack opening (Circle dies from Limitless Layers: 1 3/4" Circle Die Collection). Wrapped the Mat Stack with white silk ribbon and then attached to the card base with dimensional adhesive.
To complete the card I stamped the vine image, in Ripe Avocado, along the bottom and top of the inside of the card. A sentiment, from Inside & Out: Birthday, and three blossoms in Raspberry Fizz.
Next, I paired one of the rectangle images from Mat Stack #3 Collection with It's Official. Cut a square from cardstock and attached It's Official pattern paper strips on top and then trimmed off the excess. Die cut a Mat Stack #3 from the square and attached to a kraft card base with dimensional adhesive.
Stamped the button rectangle (from Mat Stack #3 Collection), in Dark Chocolate, within the die cut opening. Die cut a circle from Spring Moss, stamped with the bingo card (from It's Official) and a sentiment (from Inside & Out: Birthday), attached with dimensional adhesive and embellished with a Dark Chocolate button. Layered a little Glossy Accents over the stamped buttons for a bit more of a realistic look.
On the inside, I layered a few stamped images (from It's Official) in Simply Chartreuse, Pure Poppy and Versamark inks. Then a sentiment (from Inside & Out: Birthday), stamped in Dark Chocolate, to finish it off.
For this simple number, I paired Damask Designs with the damask frame from Mat Stack #3 Collection. Stamped the damask background builder image, in Scarlet Jewel, across the front of a Sweet Blush card base.
Wrapped Fine Linen twill ribbon around the card base twice and tied into a bow. Die cut a Mat Stack #3 from Scarlet Jewel cardstock and stamped with the damask frame image in Versamark. Tucked the Mat Stack between the wrapped ribbon and attached it to the card base with dimensional adhesive. Die cut a circle from Rustic Cream cardstock, stamped with a sentiment from Inside & Out: Birthday and a flourish from Mat Stack #1 Collection and then attached.
Inside, I stamped the same Mat Stack image, "Sorry I Forgot" (from Big & Bold Wishes) and a small flourish (from Mat Stack #1 Collection) in Scarlet Jewel. Finished it off with a heartfelt sentiment (from Inside & Out: Birthday) stamped in True Black.
And finally, for this little cutie I paired Little Bitty Bird with the checkered frame from the Mat Stack #3 Collection. Attached a strip of Sweet Symphony pattern paper along the edge of a kraft card base. Die cut and stamped the Mat Stack image (using Stormy Sky Distress ink) onto white cardstock. Trimmed off the bottom of the Mat Stack and attached along the pattern paper edge. Wrapped the card base with Fine Linen twill ribbon and rounded the bottom corner.
Stamped a die cut circle with a branch in Dark Chocolate and attached with dimensional adhesive. Embellished with Blueberry Sky buttons, a Melon Berry felt die cut bird (using the Little Bitty Bird die) and Rock Candy Stickles Glitter Glue. Here's a tip: To create the perfect bird wing, trim off the tail of a smaller die cut bird (using the Little Bitty Bird die) and attach over the bird body. Finish the bird off with a french knot eye and then attach.
To coordinate the inside with the outside, I stamped the same branch across the inside top. Perched a bird above and a sentiment (from Inside & Out: Birthday) below. Then embellished with more Rock Candy Stickles. I love the unexpected touch of glitter on the inside.

That's it from me today. Be sure to see what these lovely ladies have in store for you today:
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed!


Happy Birthday Vines:

It's Official Happy Birthday:

Belated Birthday Wishes:

Little Birdy Birthday:


  1. These are beautiful, Maile! I love how you've showed the Mat Stack placed in different directions, it makes it that much more versatile!

  2. Maile I just love these cards! Such wonderful inspiration. Thank you.

  3. Gorgeous ~ you certainly showed the versatility of the Mat Stack and love the birthday sentiments!

  4. Maile, You ROCKED it out! seriously, girl, AMAZING!

  5. Oh my! Maile these are just outstanding. I'm speechless because these are true works of art.

  6. Wow - your cards are incredible. You've definitely inspired me to try these dies in different ways. Very creative - thanks so much for sharing!

  7. Hi Maile,

    These cards are absolutely gorgeous! Love the colors that you use and I love the way you layed them out, they look easy, but you can see there is a well-thought plan behind it, love that!! Very very pretty!!

    Hugs, Wendy

  8. These are all stunners!!!

    It's a good life!
    Terri E.

  9. What a super assortment of wonderful card samples! I love my mat stack 3 die and I often use it. Your sample cards have now shown me even more ways that I can utilize it! You have so cleverly used parts of it as well as, the negative. THANKS a ba-zillion for your great work! I can't wait to buy the new coordinating #3 stamp set. :)

    January 12, 2011 4:06 AM

  10. Lovin this one! A while back I was looking for a birthday card for a friend. I had zero luck finding what I was looking for. I told a group of friends about this problem one night while we were having a few drinks. We proceeded to get smashed and make up a bunch of greeting cards we found funny. I had been writing down the cards we made up and the next morning I read them. Much to my surprise the cards were still funny even when sober.

  11. Oh my goodness, Maile, these are some of my favorite cards I've seen from you (and that's saying a lot!). This is the only Mat Stack I don't have yet, but you have just convinced me to put it on my list! I especially LOVE the last card with the bitty bird--such a sweet color combo and gorgeous use of white space. Oh, and the insides!! I'm always looking for new ideas for the inside of my cards, and yours are so inspiring!

  12. I need an unlimited, boundless budget!!! The stamps and dies are so very yummy and what you created, Maile, is amazing!!!

  13. love your cards today...what a great inspiration.

  14. Such beautiful examples!! Love how you flipped the mat 3 die.... very clever!! Robin

  15. Maile, all of these cards are adorable. I love how you are mixing and matching the old sets with new. I have been working on doing more with the interior of my cards lately so I'm happy to see your wonderful inspirations.

  16. Stunning masterpieces...love the colors, the papers and your creative way of utilizing dies in a different way, very clever!

  17. sigh* Your creations are above and beyond awesome! Love your clever use of the die!

  18. Maile -

    Your cards are outstandingly gorgeous! What I really love is that you've shown us not only what the new release products can do, but you've also shown us the versatility of past releases. THANK YOU!

    Elaine Allen

  19. Oh my, such beautiful cards, and thinking outside of the box too! Love your use of negative space, and turning Mat stack #3 sideways or upside down. Also love how you mixed old stamps with the new. So very creative!

  20. You're always a breath of fresh air... thank you! Pamela~

  21. Maile, I love all of these cards, especially how you carried your design to the inside of the card! Fabulous as always!

  22. Wow - your samples have really put these sets at the top of my wishlist! I love all the different ways you've used the Mat Stack 3 and all the co-ordinated stamping inside the cards. Great stuff!

  23. I simply adore your spring moss card! It is sooo beautiful - the vines, the colors - they're gorgeous!

  24. Wow, I love your work - all of it!

  25. Hi! All of your cards are just gorgeous,you have a lovely style.
    hugs Lou.xx

  26. Maile, thank you for all of your "out of the box" creations! I love your style but also the fresh new ideas that make every product you use twice as versatile. Your my fave :)

  27. You know, I knew I needed the Mat Stack #3 stamp set, but you have showed me that it absolutely MUST BE IN MY COLLECTION! Such a great job of showing off its versatility! And ugh, I feel a big order coming up. Doh!

  28. Absolutely stunning!! Love these!!

  29. I love the Vines card, and had never seen that stamp set, (which I am now ordering!) My question is what die did you use for the flower? It looks like it is die cut. I can't seem to find what you used... thanks!

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