Introducing Colorful Words, Sweet Dreams and Americana

Is there anything so sweet as a baby in footie jammies?!!  Probably not, so we think you're gonna love what we're introducing today!  Not to worry though, we've got a bit of something for everyone, with a variety of product introductions to share with you!  Let's get right to it!




Colorful Words brings the coloring craze to your favorite sentiments. Open letters invite your favorite coloring medium to come out to play as you add a custom palette to your latest project. Imagine matching your sentiment to your favorite colored image! If you are looking for a quick project, we've got you covered there, too. The words will look just as great without a drop of color on them. If you are looking for a basic sentiment set with unmatched versatility, add Colorful Words to your collection today.

The Details:

  • Colorful Words will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Colorful Words contains a total of 25 images. The "Celebrate" sentiment measures approximately 1/2" x 3-5/8". The "Hi" sentiment measures approximately 1/2" x 3/4". The "with sincere" sentiment measures approximately 1/4" x 2-3/4". The "in a big way" sentiment measures approximately 1/4" x 2-3/4".






Those little kid's pajamas, is there anything sweeter?  Cute, matching sets are such a staple for childhood today.  Every kid you know has multiple pairs in various themes, so projects created with the Sweet Dreams set will appeal to everybody from babies to tweeners. Have fun customizing with colors, themes, and felt patches for any holiday or occasion.  Just like the real thing, stamped pajamas will make everybody smile.

The Details:

  • Sweet Dreams will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $24.
  • Sweet Dreams contains a total of 26 images. The "Poof" sentiment measures approximately 1 3/4" x 1". The "I love you morning, noon, and night" sentiment measures approximately 2 1/4" by 5/8". The footed pajama stamp measures approximately 1 1/4" x 2 1/2". The pajama bottom pants measure approximately 1 1/4" by 2 1/4". The long sleeve pajama top measures approximately 2" by 1 5/8". The stuffed softie stamp measures approximately 5/8" by 1". 
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $14.  This collection includes a set of 11 wired dies.  Star: 3/4" x 3/4", Kitty: 3/4" x 1-1/4", Tree: 5/8" x 1", Bear: 3/4" x 1", Heart: 5/8" x 5/8", Footed One Piece Pajama: 1-1/2" x 2-5/8", Slippers: 7/8" x 7/8", Long Sleeve Top: 2-1/8 x 1-3/4", Long Pants: 1-1/4" x 2-1/4", Short Sleeve Top: 2" x 1-3/4", Short Pants: 1-3/8" x 1-3/8"
  • The coordinating Sweet Dreams: Pajama Patches die collection will also be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This collection includes a set of 7 wired dies.  Heart Shape & Hole: 3/4" x 5/8", Tree Top Shape & Hole: 1/2" x 3/4", Tree Shape & Hole: 1/2" x 7/8", Star Shape & Hole: 3/4" x 3/4", Heart Holes Only: 3/4" x 5/8", Tree Holes Only: 1/2" x 7/8", Star Holes Only: 3/4" x 3/4"




Keep It Simple: Bless the USA is the thirty-third in a series of stamp sets allowing you to build a collection of basic, medium-sized sentiments, in a nice variety of fonts, that you can turn to again and again. With this edition we are focusing on phrases perfect for the 4th of July and general patriotic projects.  They can be used to create tags, gift enclosures, favors, decor and of course cards!

The Details:

  • Keep It Simple: Bless the USA will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Keep It Simple: Bless the USA contains a total of 8 images. All of sentiments average between 2-1/4" and 2-3/8" long.  They average between 1/8" and 3/8" tall.




 We're excited to introduce another new color this month. We definitely needed a new addition to the earthtones and this pretty Americana color is excellent for that. It is a soft brick red with brown undertones and a slight blush. It is in the same color family as Melon Berry and is a great companion for it.

The Details: 

Americana products will be available for purchase on May 15th in the following options:

  • Americana 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (12 sheets), $3
  • Americana 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (24 sheets), $5
  • Americana 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock (50 sheets), $9
  • Americana full size ink pad, $5
  • Americana cube, $2
  • Americana ink refill, $4



We are also pleased to introduce the new Americana + White Basics pattern pack.  These include a few basic patterns printed in bright white with Americana on our famous white linen textured paper.  With a large polka dot, bitty dot, thin stripe and diagonal stripe, you will have all of the basics covered and find yourself using them time and time again!  

The Details: 

  • Americana + White Basics paper packs will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $9.
  • Americana + White Basics paper packs contains 12 (8-1/2" x 11") sheets, 3 sheets each of 4 designs.
  • Printed on our signature white linen paper.


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

Hello Friend Floral Card

It's always fun to experiment with fresh color combos when there is a new color to play around with. I think this might be one of my new favorites:



I snuck in a little early peek of Dawn's new Floral Sketches set because it just felt like a good match for this color combo. I layered Melon Berry & Americana together and they look fabulous when paired up. Stormy Sea has the perfect tone to be matched up with these, as does Canyon Clay.

TIP: When you get your hands on a new ink color, experiment with different color combos on a piece of scarp cardstock using a small solid stamp. You never know when you will find your next favorite! It feels a bit less restrictive since you aren't committing to a full project. 


I stamped the sentiment from Colorful words in Scarlet Jewel. For a fun twist, I filled in the centers of the letters with a gold paint pen. That little hint of shimmer really complements the color scheme. The "friend" companion sentiment was added with Smokey Shadow.


Definitely one that could be recreated in other color schemes too!

Celebrate in a Big Way Card

Of course one of the big advantages to the new Colorful Words sentiments is that you can easily add multiple colors. I took full advantage of that with this project, incorporating an entire rainbow.


I stamped the word "celebrate" repeatedly to fill the top 3/4 of the card front using Charcoal Palette ink. This was really easy to do and you could do it with any of the words in this set.


I selected one of the words towards the bottom to color in with Copic markers. A tiny bit of shimmer was added to them using a Gelly Roll pen. The companion sentiment was added in Smokey Shadow.

  • TIP: When you are coloring in small spaces like this with Copics, color from the inside of the area out, almost pushing the color outward as you work rather than the opposite. You will have more control and get cleaner results.


I die-cut several stars using the Sweet Dreams: Pajama Patch die and colored them with the same Copics I used in the letters, allowing the colors to fade into one another.

Happy 4th of July Card

This little 4th of July creation came together pretty quickly and would be easy to mass produce for party invitations or just summer greetings.


I heat embossed the sentiment from Keep It Simple: Bless the USA with White Filigree Embossing Powder, then watercolored around it using a ZIG watercolor marker.


I cut the stitching holes only star die from Sweet Dreams: Pajama Patches from the area around the sentiment, three times. Using red floss, I stitched the stars up providing a pretty contrast with the soft gray blue I picked out for the watercoloring portion.


I distressed the edges of the white cardstock layer by bending and folding, then rolling the paper through my fingers. Running your fingernail or distress tool around the edges can help a lot in the process too!

TIP: When doing distressing like this, try ripping small tears in the paper here and there and rolling those areas to the layers of the paper separate. When the top layer of the cardstock curls back slightly, you achieve a great distressed look.


This was all mounted on a bright Pure Poppy card base.


I have one last card for you today, this one using Sweet Dreams. We have an upcoming trip where we will be away from the kids overnight for a few nights and I wanted to create a few cards to leave behind for the sitter to give to Ethan at night. Bedtime and getting tucked in are important to Ethan, so I wanted him to see that even when I am away, it is important to me too!


The sentiment is stamped onto the kraft cardstock using Fresh Snow ink. I used a T1 Copic marker to outline the main phrase just a bit.

Love You Morning Noon and Night Card

The pjs were also stamped in Fresh snow and colored with Copics. I added a softness around the kraft layer by swiping my Fresh Snow ink pad around the edges.There are some great sentiments in Erin's set for projects like this, so it will be easy for me to make a small set of them.

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  So after all of that, what jumps out at you most?  Which goodies will you be putting to use in your own paper-crafting sessions first?  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, May 12th to leave your comment and be eligible to win.  Only one comment per person please.  One randomly selected winner will be announced on our May 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 featuring Sweet Dreams, Sweet Dreams: Pajama Patches.



Heather Nichols will be featuring Colorful Words.



CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.



CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.



CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.




  • STAMPS: Colorful Words, Floral Sketches (available May 15th)
  • INK: Americana, Scarlet Jewel, Melon Berry, Canyon Clay, Stormy Sea, Smokey Shadow
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: gold pen
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Colorful Words (available May 15th)
  • INK: Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Sweet Dreams: Pajama Patches die, Copic Markers (R29, YR18, Y35, YG25, BG11, BG23, G16, RV17, RV19) Sakura Gelly Roll Pen (Clear Star)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Keep It Simple: Bless the USA (available May 15th)
  • INK: VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Pure Poppy
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder ZIG Clean Color Real Brush marker (Blue Gray), Aqua Brush Pen, Sweet Dreams: Pajama Patches die, red embroidery floss
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Sweet Dreams (available May 15th)
  • INK: Fresh Snow
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • OTHER: Copic Markers (G16, BG23, Y35, T1)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


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