Summertime is just around the corner and with it comes all sorts of fun in the sun!  We know you might be spending all your time outdoors, once summer is in full-swing (or maybe you'd rather stay inside and stamp!!), but until then, we hope these new stamps and dies with their summery twist, will keep you busy dreaming of those lazy days to come and have you creating super cute summertime projects while you're at it!


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Coloring isn’t just for kids!  The What the Doodle series was inspired by the current coloring craze.  Stamp these intricate images over and over and color ‘til your heart’s content.  Use your favorite medium – markers, colored pencils, pens, or watercolor.  Or go for a completely different look and just stamp or heat emboss the outline images and skip the coloring!  The images in the What the Doodle: Waves set are perfect for creating backgrounds and fun focal point on summery projects and beyond.  Collect all of the What the Doodle sets and create your own coloring books to give as gifts, or enjoy for yourself!

The Details: 

  • What the Doodle: Waves will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • What the Doodle: Waves contains a total of 5 images. The large wave measures 4” wide and 1 ½” high.  The boat measures 1” wide and 1 1/8” high.  The “thanks for keeping me” sentiment measures 3” wide and 1/8” high.  The “afloat” sentiment measures 1 5/8” wide and just under ½” high.
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $9.  This collection includes a set of 4 wired dies.  Solid and detail waves (4” x 1-1/2”), boat  (1” x 1-1/4”), flourish/droplets (1” x 5/8”)




Betsy has also designed a paper collection that draws from the images found in the stamp set, which can be colored much like the adult coloring books that have become so popular lately!  Color these pages in, add a stamped sentiment and you've got a card front just waiting to be added to a card base!  Have fun coloring these images in, and when you're finished, you have something beautiful that can be given away!

The Details: 

  • What the Doodle: Waves paper collection will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • There will be two styles offered, Watercolor Sheets printed on high quality watercolor paper, and Coloring Sheets printed on Stamper's Select White.
  • What the Doodle: Waves Watercolor Sheets will retail for $9, and the Coloring Sheets for $8.
  • What the Doodle: Waves paper collection contains 18 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") sheets, 3 sheets each of 6 designs.





If you loved playing with paper dolls as a child, here’s your chance to enjoy them all over again in your paper crafting!  The Dress Up Dolls: Summer Fun set contains all of the fun accessories you’ll need to get your Dress Up Dolls ready for the summer!  Cute swimsuits, sweet summer treats, a sunhat, and even a cute floatie that slips around the doll’s waist!  You can use the Dress Up Dolls: Basics and accessory sets, along with their coordinating dies, to create your very own set of paper dolls, but of course they’re perfectly at home on cards, tags, party invitations, and wraps, too.  The fun and playful images in the Summer Fun set are perfect for creating paper-crafted goodies for your little beach bum!

The Details: 

  • Dress Up Dolls: Summer Fun will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Dress Up Dolls: Summer Fun contains a total of 14 images. The assembled dolls wearing head-to-toe swimwear and accessories measure approximately 2-1/4” wide and 3-1/2” high.  The “make a splash” sentiment measures 1” wide and 7/8” high.  The girl swimsuit measures 5/8” wide and just over 1” high.  The beachball measures 7/8”.  The floatie measures just over 1-1/4” wide and just under 1/2” high.
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This collection includes a set of 11 wired dies.  Hat (2” x 1”), floatie (1-3/8” x 1/2”), beach ball (1”), swim trunks (5/8” x 3/4”)




Here’s a whimsical whale character to add to your stamp collection! There are so many possibilities to stamp and create cards to cheer someone on and send encouragement. Try coloring the outlined images with a variety of mediums or stamp with the solid stamps to discover all the ways you can bring this fun character to life on your projects.

The Details: 

  • Keep Swimming will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $15
  • Keep Swimming contains a total of 20 images. The whale images are 3” wide and just under 1 3/4” tall. The largest round fish is 1/2” tall and just under 5/8” wide. The “just keep swimming” sentiment is just over 2” wide and is just under 1/4” tall.
  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $4.  This collection includes a set of 3 wired dies.  whale die (3” x 1-3/4”), round fish (1/2” x 5/8”), smallest fish (5/8” x 1/4”)



Here is a sweet little collection of multi-step images from the sea. By starting with a solid layer and building from there, you are able to create a little piece of sea in only a few minutes. Designed to be paired up with all kinds of techniques, such as stamp spritzing, generation stamping, embossing and much more! Coordinates beautifully with the mini set, Sand Swatch. 

The Details: 

  • Simple Seashells will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $15.
  • Simple Seashells contains a total of 12 images. The final assembled tulip shell measures 1-1/2" x 1". The final assembled conch shell measures 2-1/4" x 1-1/2". The final assembled scallop shell measures 1-1/4" x 1-1/8". The final assembled sea urchin measures 1-1/8".


  • A coordinating die/collection will be available for sale separately, retailing for $8.  This collection includes a set of 4 wired dies.  tulip shell (1-1/2" x 1"), conch shell (2-1/4" x 1-1/2"), scallop shell (1-1/4" x 1-1/8"), sea urchin (1-1/8") 





Use this little swatch of sand to ground your favorite beach and sea themed images. You can layer the two sizes on top of one another or use them separately.  

The Details: 

  • Sand Swatch will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $5.
  • Sand Swatch contains a total of 2 images. The large sand image measures 3-1/4" x 1-7/8". The small sand image measures 3-1/4" x 7/8". 



You are in for a real treat with this new stencil collection, designed by Betsy!  You will love experimenting with techniques with these delicate and fun, summertime stencils!  Use them to create backgrounds and striking focal points alike!


The Details: 

  • Sun & Surf stencil collection will be available for purchase on May 15th.
  • It will retail for $9.
  • Sun & Surf stencil collection contains a total of 3 stencils, each measuring 6-1/2" x 6-1/2"


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

For You Card

My first project is relatively simple in design, keeping it flat and easy to mail.


I stamped the base layer of this conch shell onto the white card front using Aqua Mist, then added the secondary shading layer with Soft Stone. The final detail layer uses Stormy Sea. To help ground the shell so it didn't appear to be floating, I stamped Sand Swatch in Soft Stone a few times and added shadow directly under the shell with a T1 Copic marker.

TIP: One of the tricks for working with these shell stamps is to make sure the color you use for the second layer (or shadow stamp) needs to be subtle and only a shade or two darker than your base layer. Soft Stone in particular layers nicely over many of the lighter ink colors for this step.


The "For You" sentiment from Calligraphy Classics was a nice fit underneath the shell. This was stamped in Stormy Sea as well, being sure to overlap the top of the flourishes over the shell for balance.


As a finishing touch, I wrapped crochet thread around the card front a few times and finished it with a bow.

Just Keep Swimming Card

The whale in Heather's new set is just the cutest thing ever, I could hardly wait to put him to work!


There are both outline and solid versions of the whale, and I selected the outline version to work with. To be a bit outside of the box I opted to not color him in, but instead add solid stamps and layer the with the star of the show. The whale is stamped in Blueberry Sky and his friends in Orange Zest and Summer Sunrise.

TIP: When building a design like this, stamp your outline image first and then fill in the pattern. It is easier to adjust the polka dots as you go around the whale's design features rather than the other way around.


The large slightly irregular polka dots I added to the bottom are actually the base layer of the sea urchin from Simple Seashells. These were stamped in Aqua Mist. Finally, the sentiment was added in True Black. I love this phrase and think it will be perfect to give a light-hearted twist to someone who has been having a rough go of it.

Scribbled Stencils Card

I've had a lot of fun experimenting with stencils lately and I was excited to do something a little different with this one from the new Sun & Surf collection.


I started by stamping this great sentiment from Floral Sketches in the lower corner using True Black.

TIP: If you are doing a technique that is somewhat time intensive to a single layer card, stamp your sentiment first. This way you eliminate the chances of messing up your hard work right at the end of the design process, and it help you to plan where the design/technique should go so it accents the sentiment nicely.


Next I laid the stencil down and used my handy Pigma Micron pen with the .01 tip and worked my way from one side to the other. I outlined each spot first and then filled it in with scribbles with the stencil still in place. If you leave the stencil there the whole time, there is no need to worry about going outside the lines and it is a very easy and fun process!


I chose to keep this project a simple black and white, but you could go in and add Copic coloring behind each of the scribbled areas for more definition and contrast, especially with bright colors.

Scallop Shimmer Card

My next three cards are a mini series that showcases my experimentation with Perfect Pearls and the new Simple Seashells sets. The results are just so gorgeous! But alas, very difficult to photograph! I wish there was some way I could show you these in person! 


This first card uses the pretty scallop shells. The base layer is in Vintage Jadeite, shading layer in Aqua Mist and the final layer in Versamark, brushed with Blush Perfect Pearls.


The sentiments for this set of three cards are all from the fabulous (previously released) Scripted set. I stamped the main phrase in Aqua Mist and the companion sentiment in Charcoal Palette.

Tulip Shell Shimmer Card

This next card was created much in the same way, only with the tulip shell and a different color scheme.


The base layer is stamped in Lovely Lady, shadow layer in Melon Berry, and the detail layer in VersaMark with the same Blush Perfect Pearls.


Loving the way that Lovely Lady looks on Melon Berry cardstock, you need to go try it right now! 

Urchin Shimmer Card

For the last one in this series I used the sea urchin on Sweet Blush cardstock. The base layer is in Lovely Lady, the shadow layer in Lavender Moon and the detail layer in VersaMark with Blush Perfect Pearls.


Now that you have seen a few of my creations, here are some of the amazing things that the team has created!



Amy says, "Today's summer-themed products have me longing for summer break! Birthdays, picnics, pool parties, the last day of school — there's so much to celebrate over the next few months! Between Heather's adorable whale and fish, Betsy's cute summertime accessories for the Dress Up Dolls series, or the simple elegance of Nichole's seashells, there's surely something for everyone today!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Amy Sheffer.



Ashley says, "The season of summer is full of fun in the sun activities. From beaches to swimming pools, there's always something interesting to do during the warmest months of the year. The new product introductions today will not only gear you up for all things summer, but also can be used throughout the year. Take a peek at my party invitations. Venture over to my blog to see the different types of parties you could use the invitations for outside of the summer months too!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Ashley Cannon Newell.



Betsy says, "We’re celebrating the sun, the sand, and the waves today!  Who doesn’t love a bit of summer?  Today’s product line-up will help you bring a bit of summer into all of your projects, no matter what the occasion! I hope you’ll stop by to check out all of my projects today!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Betsy Veldman.



Danielle says, "Waves, surf, sand and sunshine! Summer will be here before you know it! We have a multitude of summer-themed inspirational projects for you to see today. I am excited to show you my three cards…all completely different in style and technique, hope you will stop by to take a peek!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Danielle Flanders.



Dawn says, "Summer fun is just around the corner, but until then, there are lots of new summertime stamps and dies coming your way, that will tide you over with some summery stamping until you can get outside and play!  Pop over to my blog to see the variety of summer-themed cards I've made with these fun new products!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Dawn McVey.



Heather says, "Creating projects for today's post has me dreaming of warm weather and sandy beaches! I love all of the options for summer themed projects using the new products that are debuting this month- the possibilities are really endless."

CLICK HERE to see more from Heather Nichols.



Kay says, "Summer themed stamps and dies are my second favorite next to Christmas! And I am in love with all of the fun beachy  products coming out this month! The Summertime paper dolls and What The Doodle: Waves are my favorites in the series so far! That little girl in her beach attire is too cute! Heather’s Keep Swimming set is among my favorites too, with some really great sentiments! And the Simple Sea Shells set by Nichole is absolutely gorgeous! Stop by and see how I mixed and matched these amazing new products!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Kay Miller.



Laurie says, "Today's projects make me think summer….but are so versatile for any occasion.  I have a beachy trio of cards to share so stop by and check them out!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Laurie Willison.



Lizzie says, "The summer themed sets that we're introducing today are so much fun! And you'll be amazed at how versatile they can be. You can create for everything from bon voyage to birthday with these fantastic new stamps. I hope you'll stop by to see just how great they can be for all of your summertime needs!"

CLICK HERE to see more from Lizzie Jones.



Melissa says, "The new Summer inspired products from Papertrey Ink will have you ready for flip flops and the beach in a hurry!  These products lend themselves so well to many different playful techniques to experiment with during those long summer days."

CLICK HERE to see more from Melissa Phillips.


I hope you have enjoyed all these amazing creations that both the team and I have shared with you today!  Time to fess up….which has you more excited?  Summertime or summertime paper crafting?  Hopefully this summer, you can find some time to enjoy both the season and some crafting!  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 14th 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!



CLICK HERE to see more from Erin Lincoln.



CLICK HERE to see more from Maile Belles.




  • STAMPS: Simple Seashells, Sand Swatch, Calligraphy Classics (available May 15th)
  • INK: Aqua Mist, Soft Stone, Stormy Sea
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Mint Julep
  • OTHER: T1 Copic marker, white crochet thread
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Simple Seashells, Keep Swimming (available May 15th)
  • INK: Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky, Orange Zest, Summer Sunrise, True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Floral Sketches (available May 15th)
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Sun & Surf Stencils, .01 fine tip black pen (Sakura)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Simple Seashells (available May 15th) Scripted
  • INK: VersaMark, Vintage Jadeite, Aqua Mist, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Mint Julep
  • OTHER: Perfect Pearls (blush)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Simple Seashells (available May 15th) Scriped
  • INK: VersaMark, Melon Berry, Lovely Lady, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Melon Berry
  • OTHER: Perfect Pearls (blush)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


  • STAMPS: Simple Seashells (available May 15th) Scripted
  • INK: VersaMark, Lavender Moon, Lovely Lady, Charcoal Palette
  • PAPER: Sweet Blush
  • OTHER: Perfect Pearls (blush)
  • FINISHED SIZE: 4-1/4" x 5-1/2"


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