Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer Inspirations

Hello and welcome to the second group post for the May  Papertrey Ink  Release! The new products you are seeing here will be available in the store at Papertrey Ink on May 15th at 10:00 EST. 

Today is all about summer and all things beachy! I love tropical and ocean themed products so much! They are second only to Christmas! I adore all of the new products that Papertrey Ink is releasing this month!  I know you will too!

Today we are showcasing the newest in the Paper Doll series by Betsy Veldman, Dress Up Dolls: Summer Fun ( my favorite in the series ) Keep Swimming by Heather Nichols, and Simple Seashells by Nichole Heady. Along with these three amazing stamp sets, I've also incorporated the new Sun & Surf Stencil Collection by Betsy and the Sand Swatch stamps by Nichole!

First up is my card that I created with Heather's new Keep Swimming stamp set and dies. I stamped everything in waterproof black ink and watercolored with my Peerless watercolors. I cut the whale and fish out with the matching dies,, and adhered those with foam tape.

This is a really fun set with some fabulous sentiments!

STAMPS: Keep Swimming
DIES: Keep Swimming
INK: True Black
PAPER: Stamper’s Select
OTHER: Watercolor paper, Peerless watercolors, sequins


Oh this new set Simple Seashells by Nichole is so lovely! Being a native Floridian, I love seashells and everything that goes along with the beach! 

On this card, I blended Hawaiian Shores and Tropical Teal inks onto some watercolor paper. I then layer the Sun & Surf Stencil of the waves over my paper and dabbed through the stencil with a wet sponge. It picked up some of the ink and left a lighter impression of the stencil. I also splattered some water around to give it a splotchy look.  I stamped and cut out one of the waves from the What The Doodle: Waves stamp set and glued that down with foam tape. I stamped the beautiful shells using the MISTI. I used only one color for each shell, but stamped several times to get the darker shades. I then tucked them under the waves with some foam tape. 

I stamped the sentiment in black ink, and added a few tiny white dots and some sequins.

STAMPS: Simple Seashells, Walk By Faith, What The Doodle: Waves
DIES: Simple Seashells, What The Doodle: Waves
INK: True Black, Tropical Teal, Amethyst Allure, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Hawaiian Shores
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White

OTHER: Watercolor paper, Sun & Surf Stencil Collection


And last, but certainly not least, is this adorable little beach girl! I had a lot of fun with this card! I love the new Summer Fun Paper dolls!  I first stenciled my background using the sun rays stencil from the Sun & Surf Stencil Collection. I stenciled it once then turned it slightly and stenciled again to get twice as many rays. I used the Sand Swatch stamps to create a beach for her along the bottom. I stamped it separately and then cut out different parts and glued those down. I then stamped and cut out the wave from What The Doodle: Waves set. I'm getting a lot of use out of that wave! I have more plans for it yet! I glued that down flat along the edge of the sand. I colored the little girl and all of her accessories and added her with some foam tape. 

The sentiment is from Keep Swimming. I stamped it on Smokey Shadow card stock and heat embossed with white embossing powder. I cut it out with the Tag Sale #10 banner. 

STAMPS: Dress Up Dolls: Summertime, Dress Up Dolls: Basics, What The Doodle: Waves, Sand Swatch, Keep Swimming
DIES: Dress Up Dolls: Summertime, Dress Up Dolls: Basics, What The Doodle: Waves, Tag Sale #10
INK: True Black, Classic Kraft, Hawaiian Shores, Summer Sunrise
PAPER: Stamper’s Select White, Smokey Shadow
OTHER: Sun & Surf Stencil Collection, White embossing powder, sequins


Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with a look at more of the amazing new products coming to  Papertrey Ink  on May 15th, at 10:00 EST!

For more amazing inspiration visit the rest of the Papertrey Ink Design team!


  1. Loving how you are putting all the new products together, stamps, stencils, die cuts, colors! Fun!

  2. How's that for getting us into the spirit of summer! What a fantastic array of sensational cards to inspire us. From the calm seas and what swims underneath with that beautiful ocean card to the glorious shell card to the fun and whimsical paperdoll card, each one celebrates a different aspect of summer. You've really outdone yourself here, my talented friend! Outstanding work!! Hugs! :D

  3. Great cards! My fav though is the seashells! Love how you used one ink color! The shells tucked in the doodle waves is just perfect as is your watercolored background!

  4. All three are smashing, but go with the flow is my favourite; the image is just so perfectly simple and mellow, like the sentiment :)

  5. Aw, sensational cards, Kay! What a great release coming our way to welcome our summer! My favorite has got to be "Simple Seashells". Beautiful job......

  6. Oh my goodness, what CUTE summer cards!! Love the last one to bits!!

  7. those first two cards honestly made my heart skip a beat. i love your way with colour and water colour. what a happy visit here this morning!

  8. WOW!!!!! I AM IN LOVE with the water coloring you've done!!! ;) SO PERFECT with the images you've used, the whale & the sea shells & the WHAT THE DOODLE-WAVES! LOL AND SUPER CUTE little paper doll, perfect with the new stencils too....LOOOOOOVE ALL OF THE COLOR you've used! SO BRIGHT & CHEERY!!! ;)

  9. A gorgeous showcase of some of the new stamps, dies and stencils, Kay! I love how your watercoloring brings all the images to FUN!

  10. All three cards are gorgeous, Kay! You sure incorporated lots of new goodies in delightful ways. Your watercoloring looks fabulous.

  11. Wonderful collection of summer cards, Kay...awesome!!!

  12. "Go with the flow" card - I LOOOOOVE IT! Please send it to me;)

  13. Has anyone ever told you, you're backgrounds are every bit as gorgeous as the foregrounds? Girl, I LOVE to study every splash and splatter. Oh my. Love every card, going back to soak it all in, again!

  14. Three awesome cards. You out did yourself

  15. Hi Kay,

    Simply A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E.
    Thanks for the advice. I have tried it but not that way, I will let you know if there is progress with my dinosaur poop! By the way, let us know what is the watercolor paper of your choice!

    María Alba

  16. What a treat for the eyes! Thank you for so much inspiration.

  17. What fun cards!! Love your color choices for the whale card-the sea looks so REAL!!! You totally amaze me with your creativity!!

  18. I LOVE everyone Kay! Go with the flow made me chuckle... I could use that reminder at times. hehe Love the coloring with just that extra detail that makes it fabulous! oh wow, the shell card...gorgeous! and the scripture reminder...good one. Your summer paper doll is super cute! Oh to be a kid again! Your card takes me back! lol Thanks for sharing and making. All your card designing has to take hours! I'm inspired!


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