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"I have the opportunity to provide you with your second "building block" for the card you can create today for Papertrey Ink's latest challenge per Nichole's blog.  Each Design Team member has basic "building block" options for card making to share with you.  The intent is for you to visit each blog and collect all of the building blocks necessary to create a beautiful card.  

Each team member, including myself, has six numbered selections for a specific category.  Roll a die or use a random number generator to select which item number you will need to work with from their list.  If you do not have the supplies for the item you end up with, feel free to roll again.  Collect nine item selections total, one from each team member, and get to work creating your masterpiece!" 

Links to the rest of the DT where you can collect your "building bocks" for the challenge...

Today is group post day #2 for the Papertrey Ink February countdown and anniversary celebration!  Today the team is featuring projects using a new stamp set and coordinating dies called Building Blocks.  It's a great sentiment-based set that also contains some great pattern blocks that can be stamped under the senitments or used for pattern building. This new set and dies will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink site as of 10pm EST on February 15th, 2014.

Let me show you the projects I created using these new stamps and dies. Nichole challenged us to find an image from Pinterest to inspire our creations today.  I couldn't settle on just one, so I have two today, one for each project.

My first inspiration piece is this beautiful quilted pillow.  I believe the pattern is called Friendship Braid (or some variation of that). It's a really fun design, and pretty simple too...my daughter and I made a lap-sized quilt last winter using this design.

French braid pillow

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I knew I wanted to use the patterned rectangles from this set to build a similar pattern...


I used just the stamps here, stamped directly onto the white cardstock panel, but you could sub out a few of them with diecut patterned paper using the coordinating dies.  This was really simple to stamp - I thought lining the rectangles up would be challenging, but it was actually very easy.  The senitment is also from the Building Blocks set.


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 Supplies not linked, but available from Papertrey Ink on February 15th, 2014:  Building Blocks stamp set and coordinating dies

My second inspiration piece has a very different look...


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This fun poster inspired this card...


This time I stamped the "cake" sentiment onto a Building blocks diecut.  I also added some finials to the ends using the Fanciful Finials set.  The rest of the sentiment was heat embossed with white powder.  The cake image is from Foodie Fun.  The card base was created using one of the Card Base-ics dies.


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Supplies not linked, but available from Papertrey Ink on February 15th, 2014:  Building Blocks stamp set and coordinating dies

And now, of course, you're going to want to hop around to the other DT members to see what they've created using this new Building Blocks set...