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summer inspirations

Welcome to day 4 of the Papertrey Ink May release countdown! Today is a group post day and we are all sharing projects inspired by summer using the great summer themed stamp sets and product that are making their debut this month.

All of the new stamp sets and products that I am sharing today will be available to purchase on May 15th, 10PM ET, at Papertrey Ink.


First up is a few cards to share using my new Keep Swimming set. My husband and I went on vacation in Maine last summer and going whale watching was one of our excursions that we took one of the days on our trip. It wasn't my first time going whale watching, but this time we saw so many whales - it was such an unforgettable experience! The state of Maine sure left an impression on me and this sweet whale set is a result of that. I look forward to going back to Maine again someday - hopefully sooner than later.


For this card I stamped up some waves around the whale using the new What the Doodle: Waves set. I stamped the whale and then masked him off before I did a little ink blending and then stamping to create the water. The sentiment is embossed on the black strip in white and it is the perfect way to encourage someone in a fun and whimsical way.


The whale on this card is stamped first with the solid whale that I inked with Hawaiian Shores and Ocean Tides ink and then I stamped the outline whale over the top. the background on this card is created with one of the new Sun & Surf Stencils. I used some white craft spray that I had to mist over the stencil and create the great wave background on the kraft cardstock. I stamped the sentiment the same way as on the previous card and sprinkled a few sequins around to finish it off.


I am thinking I am going to tuck these cards away to give to my Hana the nest time she has a swim meet - they are going to be so perfect for that!


How gorgeous are the new seashells in the Simple Seashells set? They are stamped in 3 steps: I did the base stamp for all three shells with Fresh Snow ink on kraft cardstock and then added the details stamped over the top in Melon Berry and Dark Chocolate for the conch shell, Dark Chocolate and Americana for the twisted shell, and Melon Berry and Americana for the scalloped shell.

I embossed the Sand Swatch set images in clear on kraft cardstock and trimmed out the bottom piece so that the shells could tuck under it a bit.


The sentiment is from my new Walk By Faith set. I added the sunburst, that is also a part of the set, around the sentiment in Classic Kraft ink to highlight it subtly.


And finally, I added the cute new Dress Up Dolls: Summer outfit to the little magnetic paper doll set that I am putting together for my Tacy. I stamped everything onto an adhesive sheet, added color with colored pencils and blended the colors with gamsol (odorless mineral spirits.)


How fun is the cute summer swim suit and all of the fun summer accessories? I adhered the outfit pieces to a magnetic sheet that I cut out with the coordinating dies. Everything magnetically sticks to the metal CD case and that makes playing and dressing the dolls so easy and fun.

You can see more new products being debuted today for the May release over at Nichole's blog. From there you can link up to other members of the design team who have new things to share with you today too!

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I will be back very soon with more to share! 


all supplies from Papertrey Ink unless noted

Just Keep Swimming Card

size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

stamps: Keep Swimming, What the Doodle: Waves

ink: Jet Black Archival (Ranger), Ocean Tides, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, Versamark (Tsukineko)

cardstock: white, kraft, True Black

other: white embossing powder, corner chomper (We R Memory Keepers)

Make Waves Card

size: 4 1/4" x 4 1/4"

stamps: Keep Swimming

ink: True Black, Hawaiian Shores, Ocean Tides, Versamark (Tsukineko)

cardstock: white, kraft, Ocean Tides, True Black

other: Keep Swimming die, sequins, white embossing powder, Sun & Surf stencil, white craft spray (Studio Calico)

Walk By Faith Shells Card

size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

stamps: Simple Seashells, Sand Swatch, Walk By Faith

ink: True Black, Classic Kraft, Fresh Snow, Melon Berry, Americana, Dark Chocolate, Versamark (Tsukineko)

cardstock: white, kraft

other: Simple Seashells dies, clear embossing powder

Summer Swimming Magnetic Paperdoll

stamps: Dress Up Dolls: Summer, Dress Up Dolls: Basics

ink: True Black

cardstock: white adhesive sheet

other: Dress Up Dolls: Summer dies, Dress Up Dolls: Basics, magnetic sheet, metal CD case, colored pencils (Prismacolor)