Introducing Happiness in Bloom and Polka Dot Parade #3

We've got some serious fun in store for you today, with the introduction of some gorgeous new florals that can be mixed, matched and layered to your flower-loving heart's content and not only that, but they coordinate with dies that you may already own!  On top of that, we've got an adorable take on polka dots this month, so sit back, relax and enjoy!


{photo credit}


{photo credit}


{photo credit}


We are happy to bring you a new floral set to coordinate with the previously released Beautiful Blooms II #1 die collection.  You will love building these gorgeous flowers with multiple layers of style.  Get completely different looks depending on which layers you choose to use.  A fun font combination and multiple sentiment options make this a must-have set!

The Details:

  • Happiness in Bloom will be available for purchase on April 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Happiness in Bloom contains a total of 27 images.  The largest solid flower measures 2" in diameter, the medium flower 1-1/2", and the smallest flower 1-1/8".  The largest solid second layer measures 1-1/2", the medium solid second layer 1-1/4", and the smallest solid second layer 3/4".  The largest third outlined layer measures 1" and the smallest third outlined layer 3/4".  The large solid leaves measure 1-7/8" x 1" and 1-3/8" x 3/4".  The veined leaf layers measure 1-5/8" x 5/8" and 1-1/4" x 3/8".  The large script "Happy" measures 1-1/2" x 1".  "You are my" measures 1-3/4" x 1/8".  "A good life…" measures 1-5/8" x 1-1/4". 



Melissa Bickford has whipped up something fabulous for her next set!  Polka Dot Parade #3 is the third set in a monthly series of fun polka dot images, sentiments and coordinating dies. Each set features adorable designs and a fun font combination that you will love mixing and matching. The coordinating die will make stamping a breeze and give you a perfect image every time you use it. A super fun series that will be a welcome addition to any polka dot fanatics stamp collection!

The Details:

  • Polka Dot Parade #3 will be available for purchase on April 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Polka Dot Parade #3 contains a total of 11 images.  The TV measures approximately 1” wide by 1-1/4” tall. The chair measures approximately 1-1/2” wide by 3/10” tall. The recliner all assembled measures approximately 2-2/5” wide by 1-2/5” tall. ‘RELAX’ measures approximately 2-3/5” wide by 1-2/5” tall. ‘Sit back and’ measures approximately 1-1/2” wide by 1/4” tall.
  • A coordinating die will be available for sale separately, retailing for $6.  This collection includes a total of 1 die (3 wired shapes).  2-1/2" x 2-3/8" (chair2-1/4" x 1-3/8", tv 1" x 1-1/4")



Classic Kraft Pattern Pack (36 sheets, 6 sheets each of 6 patterns): $12

also available….

  • Classic Kraft Polka Dot Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Classic Kraft Bitty Dot Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Classic Kraft Damask Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Classic Kraft Leaves Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Classic Kraft Gingham Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Classic Kraft Stripes Singles (18 sheets): $6


Lemon Tart Pattern Pack (36 sheets, 6 sheets each of 6 patterns): $12

also available….

  • Lemon Tart Polka Dot Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Lemon Tart Bitty Dot Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Lemon Tart Damask Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Lemon Tart Leaves Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Lemon Tart Gingham Singles (18 sheets): $6
  • Lemon Tart Stripes Singles (18 sheets): $6

Now that I've made all of the formal introductions, let's get onto the projects!

Thank You Card

(click on the image above for a larger view)

For my first project today I just wanted to keep it simple and stamp these gorgeous new flowers as a single layer on my card front.  The thing I love about multi-step floral sets like this is that you can achieve gorgeous detailed results like this with just a few simple steps!

I started by stamping the first layer of the blooms with Aqua Mist and the edges rolled in Ocean Tides.  The second layer is in Ocean Tides, then the third layer in Vintage Cream.  The very centers of the flowers are stamped in Dark Chocolate.  The leaves in this set actually have two layers, but I used just the center "shading layer" here in Ripe Avocado.

I added this sentiment from Think Big Favorites #18 in Dark Chocolate, overlapping slightly over the flowers.

I swiped the edges of the focal point with the Tea Dye Duo to add some softness to the project.  I tied some twine around the card cover for texture.  Everything is mounted onto a Ripe Avocado card base.

Good Day Card
My next project allows a single flower from Happiness in Bloom to steal center stage.

I die-cut white cardstock with the largest Beautiful Blooms II #1 die and stamped it with the coordinating first layer in Harvest Gold.  I then added the second layer in Summer Sunrise, third layer in Orange Zest.  I stamped the flower center on a scrap of white cardstock in Orange Zest and cut it out with scissors, adding it to the flower with foam tape.  I cut a slit in each of the petals of the flower to allow me to curve all them upwards, cupping them together a bit for dimension.  I stamped the first layer of the leaves onto white cardstock with Simply Chartreuse ink, adding the second shading layer in Ripe Avocado.  I then cut them out with scissors and adhered them around the flower.

I stamped these new sketchy dots from Maile's set, Sketched Shapes, with Classic Kraft ink onto Classic Kraft cardstock.  The sentiment, from Happiness in Bloom, was added with VersaMark and heat embossed with White Filigree Embossing Powder.

I wrapped a bit of crochet thread around the card front edge and tied it off with a bow to help add vertical interest.

Hello Sunshine Card
Happiness in Bloom includes a fun border building element, which I have used here to create this colorful background.  I love that I can rotate the border and nest a second impression in a second color with this border.  It really opens up a lot of possibilities.

I stamped these flowers in several of the colors that are included in the background.  I wanted to showcase how you an use different layers of these flowers separately for totally different looks.

As you can see here, I used several colors for the background, working from lightest to darkest.  There are so many different effects you could get with this depending on the colors you chose. 

To finish the card, I added a sentiment from Think Big Favorites #15 in Dark Chocolate ink.  the card base was created with Canyon Clay cardstock.

Hello Card
I wanted to get a bit more "artsy" with my next project.

For the all of the bold layers of the flowers and leaves, I "swiped" the ink on rather than tapping it on, creating a painted, streaky look which I love using.  The flowers were stamped with two layers of Pure Poppy ink, and then True Black centers.  For the leaves, I stamped the first layer with Simply Chartreuse.  On the second layer, I did not use the intended second leaf layer, I instead used the bolder teardrop background element in Ripe Avocado.  Tiny Summer Sunrise flowers were interspersed around the larger flowers.

I die-cut the sentiment letters from True Black cardstock using  Headline Alphabet dies.  I adhered them in place with small bits of foam tape.  For added texture, I also added some black rhinestones in various sizes.

Everything was adhered to a Simply Chartreuse card base.

Happy Moments Card
For this project I decided to build a bright & bold background using different elements from Happiness in Bloom.  As I said earlier, I love that you can use various layers of the flowers in different ways to create completely different looks.

After stamping the background elements I added this sentiment, also from Happiness in Bloom, in True Black.

On the Hawaiian Shores card base, I stamped Background Basics: Super Stripes using Prefect Medium and brushed on Perfect Pearls for some subtle shimmer.

I can see recreating this background in many different color combos!

Relax Dad Card
Changing gears a bit, now I have some "masculine" projects to share using the new Polka Dot Parade #3.  I just had to kick things off with this adorable little television set.  I think there are all kinds of options for things you could add to the "screen" when combining this with previously released sets!  I stamped the top half of the white card front with Background Basics: Chevron using Enchanted Evening and Simply Chartreuse.

I added the different elements of the sentiments underneath that with the same inks.  I die-cut white cardstock with the coordinating television die and added the tv image in True Black.  The word "Dad" was also added in Simply Chartreuse.

Everything was adhered to an Enchanted Evening card base.

Retirement Congrats Card
For my last project today, I have a quick and easy retirement card.  I stamped the Dark Chocolate card base with A Little Argyle in Dark Chocolate ink to start things off.

I then stamped a block of Classic Kraft cardstock with the bold "Congrats" from the Celebrations set.  I also added the retirement sentiment at the top with VersaMark and then heat embossed it with White Filigree Embossing Powder.

I die-cut the recliner from white cardstock and stamped it with the coordinating images using Scarlet Jewel and Dark Chocolate inks.  I adhered it in place with foam tape, making it look as though the recliner is holding up the word "Congrats".

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Are you most excited about a new flower set to play with or did that adorable recliner make your heart beat just a little bit faster?  Are your creative wheels already turning for how you can use these sets yourself?  We would love to hear your initial thoughts on everything we introduced!  Please leave a comment on this post to tell us what you think of the new products and you will be eligible to win big!

$75 Papertrey Ink Gift Certificate 

to spend however you choose!  

You have until 7am EST, April 11th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our April Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Betsy Veldman will be highlighting Happiness in Bloom.

Erin Lincoln will be showcasing Polka Dot Parade #3.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.

CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


  • STAMPS: Happiness in Bloom (available April 15th) Think Big Favorites #18
  • INK: Dark Chocolate, Ocean Tides, Aqua Mist, Vintage Cream, Ripe Avocado, Tea Dye Duo
  • PAPER: Rustic Cream, Ripe Avocado
  • OTHER: Rustic Jute Button Twine
  • FINISHED SIZE: 6-3/4" x 4"


  • STAMPS: Happiness in Bloom, Sketched Shapes (available April 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark, Classic Kraft, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Beautiful Blooms II #1 die, White Filigree Embossing Powder, crochet thread, rhinestone (KaiserCraft)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Happiness in Bloom (available April 15th) Think Big Favorites #15
  • INK: Dark Chocolate, Terracotta Tile, Canyon Clay, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Canyon Clay
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Happiness in Bloom (available April 15th)
  • INK: True Black, Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado,  Summer Sunrise
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Simply Chartreuse, True Black
  • OTHER: Headline Alphabet dies, rhinestones (KaiserCraft)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Happiness in Bloom (available April 15th) Background Basics: Super Stripes
  • INK: True Black, New Leaf, Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Hawaiian Shores
  • OTHER: Blue Raspberry Perfect Pearls (Ranger)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #3 (available April 15th) Background Basics: Chevron
  • INK: True Black. Enchanted Evening, Simply Chartreuse
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Enchanted Evening
  • OTHER: Polka Dot Parade #3 dies
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #3 (available April 15th) Celebrations, A Little Argyle
  • INK: Dark Chocolate, Scarlet Jewel, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft, Dark Chocolate
  • OTHER: Polka Dot Parade #3 dies, White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
Nichole Heady

Author Nichole Heady

More posts by Nichole Heady

Join the discussion 712 Comments