Monday, December 19, 2011

I'm in Love

Maile Belles has captivated me with her style ever since I stumbled across her blog forever ago. When she started designing for Papertrey, I knew my money and I would be parting frequently, and when she released Modern Basics, the set called to just the moment I'd decided to trim my purchasing and resist new stuff while using old stuff.

Darn it all. Darn it all to heck.

When my fabulous SIL gave me a gift card to Papertrey for my birthday, Modern Basics was the first thing in my shopping cart.

And oh how I love it.

Because you can do things like this with it:

One day, I'm going to mask and ink this in two colors and draw crossbars with a ruler so the two strands look like a double helix. And give the card to my chemist aunt. But considering how much is going on in my life right now (so many good and blessed things!), I figured it was best to stick to one color. A double helix will result in mistakes and wasted paper, and I don't have the energy to face that with maturity and without bad words. But one day....

To make this, I used the open petal turned sideways, and stamped it repeatedly across the card, starting in the middle and working my way to the sides. I was amazed at how easy it was to line up with the gridded acrylic block, but the joints were not completely perfect, so they begged for bling. I stamped the Thanks before adding bling, though. I learned the hard way once that bigger bling can interfere with your stamp. So stamp first, bling last.

Y'all are going to get sick of this set in the coming week. I'm on fire with it. But I'm in love and beg your forgiveness for my enthusiasm. You might as well just go buy the set now if you haven't already.

You know you want it.

stamps: Modern Basics (Papertrey)
ink: Memento
paper: Papertrey
accessories: rhinestones


  1. How creative to turn a petal stamp sideways and come up with this! Pure genius. I love the plain sentiment tucked inside. You always surprise me, Susan, with the many different ways you come up with to use stamps.

  2. A fabulous CAS card Susan! Just got back from a weekend away and found the lovely pearly bling that you've sent me! Many thanks and hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas:)
    Val xx

  3. Happy Holidays to you and family! This card is one I would love to CASE - now this stamp set is on my wish list...

  4. Keep the ideas coming for this set ... cause it was in my birthday order!! And, while I haven't had time to pull out any of the sets and use them yet, this is the one set I have pulled out and put into the case properly ... now if only I can find the time to actually play with it. In the meantime, I will gain inspiration from your fun!!

  5. LOVE!
    I too am totally getting my dollar's worth with that awesome set! I'm making holly, poinsettia and wreaths with it at the moment but a double helix is GENIUS! Can't wait to see you try it :)
    Happy Holidays!

  6. LOVE this. I don't need that set ... I don't need that set ...

  7. Oh, I'm so glad you got Modern Basics! It's probably my favorite stamp set of all time. And now I can CASE your cards as well as create my own. Bring it on!

  8. Such a wonderful card with this set. I'm pinning your creations--lots of good ideas to try.

  9. Your aunt will go ga-ga with a double helix card :) What a fabulous idea! Love what you have created here. I learned the bling boo-boo a while ago myself LOL! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy the new set - no apologies needed. Can feel the big smile on your face when using it all the way over here ;)

  10. Another outstanding card - how do you come up with the ideas

  11. Simply fabulous card, no apologies needed, I sympathize completely and am loving your journey:0) Gay xxx

  12. Oh, Susan, I just KNEW you would come up with something NEW with this set. Beautiful! Can't wait to see the double helix. :-)

  13. Very nice card! Love the simple yet sophisticated look of it. I like Modern Basics, however, my fav of Maile's stamp sets is Vines. The companion New Leaf die rocks by itself, as well as, a border and/or stand-alone design element. If you don't already have it, check it out. :)

  14. I did buy it and I do love it. I need you to publish a book. :)

  15. One of the best stamp sets ever made, for sure. Can't wait to see you work your magic with it.


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