Introducing Bigger Blooms, Polka Dot Parade #5 & Live Love Life

We've got a mixed bag of new release goodies to share with you today, that will hopefully leave you feeling inspired and excited to get crafting!!  And we've covered quite a few bases with the variety of styles we're tapping into…..a little something for everyone!  


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Bigger Blooms is a larger version of the previously released Mini Blooms stamp set by Maile Belles.  It features a vast assortment of coordinating larger sized flowers and leaves; plus sentiments that pair perfectly with some included in Mini Blooms.   Achieve endless possibilities by combining Bigger Blooms with Mini Blooms, or by pairing it with other stamp sets already included in your stamp collection.  Used alone or with others, this set is a must-have at any stamper's side. 

The Details:

  • Bigger Blooms will be available for purchase on June 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Bigger Blooms contains a total of 19 images.  The largest bloom image measures 1 1/8" in diameter, the smallest bloom measures 3/8" in diameter, the longest leaf image measures 1/4" x 7/8", the "Congratulations" sentiment measures 3 1/4" x 5/8", the "Get Well Soon" Sentiment measures 1 1/8" x 1 1/8" and the "Best. Day. Ever" sentiment measures 1 1/4" x 1/4". 
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $7.  This collection is a single die (10 wired shapes).  3-3/8" x 3-1/8"




Polka Dot Parade #5 is the fifth set in a monthly series of fun polka dot images, sentiments and coordinating dies designed by none other than Melissa Bickford. 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. This is a super fun series that will be a welcome addition to any polka dot fanatic's stamp collection!

The Details:

  • Polka Dot Parade #5 will be available for purchase on June 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Polka Dot Parade #5 contains a total of 14 images.  The bird measures approximately 1-4/5” wide by 1-1/5” tall. The flower measures approximately 1/5” wide by 1/2” tall. ‘BIRTHDAY’ measures approximately 1-3/5” wide by 1/5” tall. ‘HAPPY’ measures approximately 2-1/4” wide by 2/5” tall.
  • A coordinating die collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $3.  This collection includes a single die (3 wired shapes).  2-5/8" x 1-3/8"


Here’s an exciting mix of chevrons, arrows and sentiments perfectly executed by Maile Belles.  These trendy design elements give you endless options; they are perfect for stamping focal points, colorful borders and interesting backgrounds.  A fun mix of sentiments and two options for the word “you” let you create projects and cards that are uniquely suited for the recipient.   These modern designs are easy to work with and are ones you will not want to be without!

The Details:

  • Live Love Life will be available for purchase on June 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Live Love Life contains a total of 19 images.  The large chevron image measures 1 3/4" x 2 1/4", the rectangle chevron image measures 3 1/16” x 5/16”, the longest arrow measures 2” x 1/4", the small arrow measures 7/8” x 1/8”, the letter “U” measures 1/2” x 7/8”,  the sentiment “Today Is A Good Day” measures 1” x 1 1/4", the sentiment “Live Love Life” measures 1 1/2” x 1/4" and the “Rock” measures 3/4" x 1/2”.




We are so excited to be bringing you two new Cover Plates this month — both in a stylish chevron pattern, one that is oriented horizontally (as shown above) and one that runs vertically (see below).  The design options are endless with these fantastic new cover plates!  Die cut more than one and switch out the colors of the die cut pieces for a colorful background!  Die cut them and pop out the die cut portions, layering the "frame" portion on another color of card stock!  Or even use them to impress the chevron pattern into card stock as you would with an impression plate!  The sky's the limit!

The Details: 

  • Cover Plate: Chevron Horizontal die will be available for purchase on June 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Cover Plate: Chevron Horizontal die measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".



The Details: 

  • Cover Plate: Chevron Vertical die will be available for purchase on June 15th.
  • It will retail for $16.
  • Cover Plate: Chevron Vertical die measures 4-1/4" x 5-1/2".


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

You're Sweet Card
I could hardly wait to start creating with Bigger Blooms and pairing the flowers up with their "little sisters" found in Mini Blooms!

Pierced holes

To begin, I focused on my background.  I started with a block of Winter Wisteria cardstock and impressed it with the new Cover Plate: Chevron Horizontal, using the same sandwich that I would normally use for an impression plate.  I then pierced holes at each intersection of three stripes using a paper piercer and foam mousepad underneath.  These holes gave me the perfect opportunity to do a bit of stitching with some bold white crochet thread.  

Stitched borders
The stitched stripes are a fantastic background detail and also add some fun texture!  I'm looking forward to experimenting with this technique some more using various colors of embroidery floss, metallic twine or even stringing a few beads along the way too.

Flower comparison
Next I die-cut & stamped my flowers.  This photo shows the sizes from the two different sets side-by-side.  I used Blueberry Sky, Hibiscus Burst and Royal Velvet to create these.

By having small and large versions of each design, I am able to stack them on top of one another to create amazing dimension!  A few Blueberry Sky felt leaves (die-cut with a Bigger Blooms die) were added around the flowers to add balance.  Mini rhinestones dot the centers of the flowers.


I used Fillable Frames #7 to ground the sentiment.  The frame was stamped with Blueberry Sky and the sentiment (from Bigger Blooms) was added in True Black.  Everything was mounted onto a Royal Velvet card base.

Today is a Good Day Card
Next up is a fun chevron card that uses a new favorite color scheme!  I die-cut the Cover Plate: Chevron Vertical from Classic Kraft cardstock and popped out the extra stripes.  TIP: Start saving the stripes you take out of this die!  You'll end up with a bin of several different colors that you can use on future projects!  I then cut additional stripes using Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist and Hawaiian Shores.  Everything was adhered together onto the front of a white card base.

I die-cut a circular window from the front cover using the Limitless Layers: 1-3/4" Circle die.

I heat embossed one of the fabulous sentiments from Live Love Life onto Clear Cardstock using VersaMark and white Filigree Embossing Powder.  It was then adhered behind the circle using Scor-tape.

Bottom edge
I cut the bottom edge of the cover along the tops of the triangles that made up the first stripe.  This made a great finishing detail.

I adhered a block of Soft Stone cardstock inside the card to provide contrast behind the white heat embossed sentiment.

Live Love Life Card
I was going through some older supplies the other day and stumbled across my Claudine Hellmuth Studio Sticky-back Canvas, in natural specifically.  I thought it might be fun to play around with it using one of the new Cover Plates.

So, I die-cut the sticky-back canvas with the Cover Plate: Chevron Horizontal die.  I removed the stripes and prepared to watercolor them using Hawaiian Shores and New Leaf ink refills.  I found it was best to wet the canvas stripes a bit with water and then add my color from the outside edge, working my way inward.  This was I ended up with a really pretty ombre look.  I allowed the stripes to dry and then popped them back into the natural Cover Plate frame.  The finished effect is amazing, especially in real life!

I die-cut the ADORABLE birdie from Polka Dot Parade #5 from white cardstock and stamped the main body using New Leaf.  For the wing, I inked the coordinating image with Hawaiian Shores and New Leaf to repeat the ombre-style.  I die-cut an extra belly piece from vintage book print and adhered it in place.  For the legs, I glued two pieces of black twine on the back in just the right spot.

The sweet bird is grounded on top of a strip of Aqua Mist cardstock that has been stamped with one of the sentiments from Live Love Life using True Black ink.

Framed Thank You Card
My next project is just a simple little thank you card, but I think it has an understated elegance to it!

I stamped the Bigger Blooms (and a touch of Mini Blooms) flowers and leaves first onto white cardstock.  Melon Berry & Berry Sorbet were used for the flowers.  Then I layered Aqua Mist & Hawaiian Shores with leaves from both sets, finished with some Pinefeather berries and Ocean Tides accents.  a touch of Prisma Glitter was added to the berries using a two-way glue pen.

The sentiment (from Live Love Life) was added to the center of the focal block using True Black ink.  I then used a black pen and ruler to add the black frame around the entire block.

For the card base, I began with Aqua Mist cardstock.  I then stamped the cover vertically with Super Stripes using Fresh Snow ink.

Heart Happy Card
For my last card today, I used this amazing chevron stripe from Live Love Life, just one of the cool pattern building elements found in the set.  

I stamped the stripes several times in a row using lots of different colors to form a rainbow of sorts.  Scarlet Jewel, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Rip Avocado, Aqua Mist and Enchanted Evening.

I added the sentiment and arrow to the middle of the row of stripes using True Black ink. I heat embossed the large chevron pattern from the set with White Filigree Embossing Powder onto the back of vellum cardstock and punched out a small circle.  I added the "U", stamped in black, on top of it with foam tape.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Now that we've come to the end of today's post, what inspired you most?  A particular project?  A particular product?  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, June 13th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our June Release Winners Page before noon EST the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!


Maile Belles will be showcasing Bigger Blooms and Live Love Life.

Jessica Witty will be highlighting Polka Dot Parade #5.

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Bickford.


  • STAMPS: Bigger Blooms (available June 15th) Mini Blooms, Fillable Frames #7
  • INK: Blueberry Sky, Hibiscus Burst, Blueberry Sky, Royal Velvet, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Winter Wisteria, Royal Velvet
  • OTHER: Cover Plate: Chevron Horizontal die, Mini Blooms dies, Bigger Blooms dies, Fillable Frames #7 die, paper piercer, crochet thread (DMC), mini rhinestones (Paper Studio), Blueberry Sky felt
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Live Love Life (available June 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Soft Stone, Classic Kraft, Simply Chartreuse, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Melon Berry, Hibiscus Burst, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Clear Cardstock
  • OTHER: Cover Plate: Chevron Vertical die, Limitless Layers 1-3/4" Circle die, White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Polka Dot Parade #5, Live Love Life (available June 15th)
  • INK: New Leaf, Hawaiian Shores (+ refills for painting), True Black
  • PAPER: Rustic White, Stamper's Select White, Aqua Mist, vintage book print from old book
  • OTHER: Cover Plate: Chevron Horizontal die, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Natural Sticky-Back Canvas, black twine
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Bigger Blooms, Live Love Life (available June 15th) Mini Blooms, Super Stripes
  • INK: Fresh snow, Melon Berry, Berry Sorbet, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Pinefeather, True Black
  • PAPER: Vintage Cream, Aqua Mist
  • OTHER: Bigger Blooms dies, Prisma Glitter, black pen
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Live Love Life (available June 15th)
  • INK: True Black
  • Scarlet Jewel, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Ripe Avocado, Hawaiian Shores, Enchanted Evening, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Vellum cardstock, True Black
  • OTHER: 1-1/8" circle punch (EK Success), White Filigree Embossing Powder
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"
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