There's really a little something for everyone, in all that we have to show you today!  Whether you're a collector of series stamp sets, you love florals and coloring images, or you can't resist a good basic die set that can be used again and again, you're in for a treat.  Sit back, get comfy and enjoy this showcase of gorgeous new products!



Psalms progress

The Psalms are filled with verses of thanksgiving, praise, encouragement, and comfort.  Each month, the Year of Psalms series will feature a verse set in a beautiful font combination.  The verse chosen for May is Psalm 18:2 and is perfect for creating cards and projects for sympathy, encouragement in difficult times, and more. 


Available for purchase May 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



Mix & Mat progress

Betsy's bringing you another great masculine product that can get a lot of mileage. The photo corner detail is especially enticing! 


Available for purchase May 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



Especially You progress

A beautiful outlined floral set waiting for you to bring it alive with your own coloring techniques. The large peonies work wonderfully alone or filling an entire background. The large script words can be used to create a variety of phrases when using the corresponding sentiments.


Available for purchase May 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



KIS Thank You II progress

Keep It Simple: Thank You II is the forty-fourth 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. This is a second edition we are focusing on "thank you", giving you even more font selections in addition to what was included in the first thank you set!


Available for purchase May 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.



Cover Plate Angles

A simple cover plate design with geometric style. Overly the outlined frame over ombre ink blending or watercoloring. Use just portions of it, inlaying different colors of cardstock. Create a stencil and use it with embossing paste, etc. A great companion for many of the masculine things being offered this month!


Available for purchase May 15th. CLICK HERE for further product details.


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

Floral Thank You Card

My first project is for those who don't like to watercolor or feel intimidated by it!


I heat embossed the floral image onto Aqua Mist cardstock, then added just a little color to the leaves, and some shading to the petals.


Since the cardstock base is colored, it helps to cover up any "mistakes". The heat embossing helps to stay in the lines and helps pool the color in specific areas.




  • STAMPS: Especially You, Keep It Simple: Thank You II
  • INK: VersaMark, Smokey Shadow
  • PAPER: Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
  • OTHER: Zig Clean Color Brush Markers, paint brush, White Filigree Embossing Powder


Grateful Card

This next project uses the large floral from Especially You to create a beautiful background.


I heat embossed the flowers all over then used sponges to apply ink to bring out the details.


This sentiment from the set is one of my absolute favorites, I think it is a wonderful way to communicate gratitude.




  • STAMPS: Especially You
  • INK: VersaMark, True Black, Simply Chartreuse, Spring Moss, Pale Peony, Berry Sorbet
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Linen Vellum
  • OTHER: ink blending tool, sponge, White Filigree Embossing Powder


Especially For You Card

This next project is all about layers and texture!


The new Mix & Mat: Herringbone die collection is simply awesome and offers so many design options.


Here I used I trimmed out the herringbone portion only to create a unique mat. I layered some die-cut florals and sentiments from Especially You on top of it.




  • STAMPS: Especially You
  • INK: Summer Sunrise, New Leaf, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Harvest Gold, Green Parakeet, Mint Julep, Stormy Sea
  • DIES: Mix & Mat: Herringbone dies, Especially You dies, 
  • OTHER: White Filigree Embossing Powder, adhesive pearls


God is my Rock Card

The Year of Psalms series continues this month with this meaningful verse that is appropriate for so many occasions.


I die-cut the stitching lines only from the white cardstock.


Three different colors of ink were sponged on in a circular format to create a unique backdrop for the sentiment.




  • STAMPS: Year of Psalms: May
  • INK: Summer Sunrise, Canyon Clay, Ocean Tides, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Classic Kraft
  • DIES: Mix & Mat: Herringbone die
  • OTHER: Perfect Pearls (perfect gold), ink blending tool


Rainbow Thanks Card

My last card today is more of a modern look using the new Cover Plate: Angles.


I die-cut all all the pieces from white cardstock and selected a few pieces to color with Copics and replace into the frame.




  • STAMPS: Keep It Simple: Thank You
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • INK: Smokey Shadow
  • Dies: Cover Plate: Angles die
  • OTHER: Copic markers



Keeway Tsao is joining me today, featuring Especially You and Keep It Simple: Thank You II.


Talk about a showstopper! This beautiful blue creation by Keeway is truly breath taking. The flower heat embossed on vellum has color added to help define the details. The bold pop of gold with the die-cut sentiment is the perfect finishing touch!




  • STAMPS: Especially You
  • DIES: Especially You
  • INKS: Stormey Sea
  • PAPER: Enchanged Evening, Linen Vellum, Versamark, Luxe Gold
  • OTHER: Zig Clean Color Brushes, Nuvo Crystal Drops Gloss White



This simple layout is fabulous and you could completely change up the look by swapping out colors and the sentiment. Because there are coordinating dies, it's easy to create a mask from post-it notes and layer the images to your heart's content.




  • STAMPS: Especially You, Keep It Simple: Thank You II
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Watercolor paper
  • OTHER: Post it, Precision Scissors



Keeping it classic always works, just like Keeway did here. The subtle watercoloring in the background creates the perfect backdrop for the flower and grounds both the focal and the sentiment.




  • STAMPS: Especially You
  • DIES: Especially You
  • INK: Dark Chocolate, Prarie Grass, Autumn Rose
  • PAPER: Stamper’s Select White Cardstock, Watercolor Paper
  • OTHER: Copic Markers, Watercolors



Melissa Phillips is joining me today, featuring Year of Psalms: May and Mix & Mat: Herringbone dies.


I am loving this chalkboard looking tag from Melissa. The bold colors of the flowers and vines just pops from the black. I love the way the photo corners help to carry the eye around the project.




  • STAMPS:  Year of Pslams:  May and Ivy & Bloom
  • INK:  Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Ocean Tides, Stormy Sea, Mint Julep, Spring Moss
  • TOOLS:  Ivy & Bloom, Mix & Mat:  Herringbone, and Monthly Moments:  Journal Card 6 
  • CARDSTOCK:  Fresh Snow, Smokey Shadow cardstock



Melissa used the Mix & Mat: Herringbone dies to perfection here. The texture and detail is a wonderful complement to the floral elements that are die-cut and layered on top of it.




  • STAMPS:  Ivy & Bloom, and Keep it Simple:  Thank You II
  • INK:  Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Olive Twist, Spring Moss, Prairie Grass, Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Stormy Sea
  • TOOLS:  Mix & Mat:  Herringbone, Ivy & Bloom
  • CARDSTOCK:  Pale Peony, Fresh Snow



The sparkly embossing used on the sentiment is a real attention grabber and helps keep the focus on the verse rather than the other elements. The colors are just spot on and so beautiful. Melissa is always fantastic about all the little details!




  • STAMPS:  Year of Pslams:  May
  • INK:  Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, Spring Moss, Limeade Ice
  • TOOLS:  Mix & Mat:  Herringbone
  • CARDSTOCK:  Fresh Snow

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  Talk about something for everyone!  Which product are you most excited about?  Are you excited to color those flowers from Especially You?  Are you an avid collector of all the Year of Psalms or Keep It Simple sets?  And how about those new Mix & Mat dies?  Don't you think those will be super versatile?  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!

Leave a comment today and you're automatically entered to win a $75 Papertrey Ink gift certificate!

You have until 7am EST, May 15 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 ET the same day.  Thank you for stopping by today and best of luck with the contest!




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