It is pretty much universal that everyone loves summer. From the extra sunshine to the cool food, summer is about relaxation and good times. Today's post is showcasing the joys of sweet summertime!

  

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Watermelon supplies

The bright pinks and greens that make up the color scheme of a watermelon always elicit a smile, and now you can recreate that same look with paper. Use these multi-layer dies to build your own watermelon creation. All the details make this a joy to work with and the large scale makes it easy to fill a card front.

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

 

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Pineapple supplies

Use these multi-layer dies to build your own pineapple creation. The tropical look instantly makes everyone think of summer and lots of sunshine. All the details make this a joy to work with and the large scale makes it easy to fill a card front.

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

 

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Cherries supplies

Cherries are a classic and can be used in so many ways. Use these multi-layer dies to build your own cherries with lots of possibilities. All the details make this a joy to work with and the large scale makes it easy to fill a card front.

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

 

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Citrus supplies

Use these multi-layer dies to build your own citrus creation, with the freedom to use whatever colors you wish to reflect the citrus of your choice. Whether it be lemons, limes or grapefruit, they will all look gorgeous in their summery hues. All the details make this a joy to work with and the large scale makes it easy to fill a card front.

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

 

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Fruit Salad supplies

Pair these trendy sentiments up with the new Fruit Salad die collection for lots of fun, summer creations! Whether it is table decor for a party, a tag on a hostess gift or a simple summer greeting, you will find endless ways to create some sweet paper crafty goodness!

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

 

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On the Wagon supplies

Hit the road!  The fun multi-step vintage station wagon in this set can be topped with different cargo, depending on your destination!  The luggage is perfect for travel-themed projects, or use the surfboards for summertime fun.  Or maybe it’s time to head out with the family for the annual Christmas tree cutting!  The various accessories take this fun set through many seasons and occasions.  The trees and waves (which can also double as snow drifts!) offer lots of scene building options as well.  There are sentiments to cover all of these different occasions as well.

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

 

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

Summer Birthday Card

I have always loved the vibrant colors of watermelon and how festive it feels. This large scale version is so much fun to work with and really offers up so many design possibilities.

Sentiment

The fruit was "grounded" by adding a frame cut from the new Infinity Frames die using Sweet Blush cardstock. Note the way the frame acts as the third pop of light pink in addition to the lightest parts of the watermelon rinds.

Seeds

The little seed cut-outs are such a nice little detail. Adding Glossy Accents to them makes them look that much more realistic.

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Sweet Blush
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Watermelon dies, Infinity Frames die
  • OTHER: Comic Markers, Black Pen, Glossy Accents

 

Citrus Hello Card

One of the fun things about these citrus dies is that you can adapt them to any variety of citrus you choose just by changing up the colors. Here I have orange, lime and grapefruit.

Sentiments

The bold sentiments from Fruit Salad Sentiments can easily be used to create backgrounds and borders. Here I started with a dark ink color at the top and worked my way down with lighter ink colors. This leads the eye from top to bottom where the focal point is.

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All of the citrus slices were cut from white cardstock in one pass of my die machine, and all of the color added with Copies. This is a fast and easy way to create with multi-layer dies such as these. 

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: Tropical Teal, Hawaiian Shores, Aqua Mist
  • PAPER: Aqua Mist, Stamper's Select White
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Citrus dies
  • OTHER: Comic Markers, Mini Rhinestones

 

Sweet Summertime Card

I'm loving the way the details of this Fruit Salad: Pineapple turned out! It is so easy to create an amazing focal point when the dies do most of the work for you like this!

Sentiment

I started wit a mat cut with the Mix & Mat: Postal dies. The sentiment was heat embossed in the upper corner, then I used two post-it notes to mask and sponge the upper corner and highlight the sentiment.

Side

The small flower die-cuts are from Fruit Salad: Citrus, but they really pair well with many of the other Fruit Salad dies.

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The three tier top of the pineapple can be layered perfectly like this or slightly off-kilter for a more artistic approach. If you wanted to, small beads or french knots could be added to each of the holes in the base of the pineapple.

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: Simply Chartreuse, Canyon Clay, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Berry Sorbet, VersaMark
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select: Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Honey Nut, Limeade Ice, Simply Chartreuse, Berry Sorbet
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Pineapple dies, Fruit Salad: Citrus dies, Mix & Mat: Postal dies
  • OTHER: Ink Blending Sponges, Q-tip, White Gel Pen, White Filigree Embossing Powder

 

Party Time Card
Who doesn't love cherries?! They are a classic motif that never seems to go out of style. These extra large die-cut versions are an awesome focal point that can be added to all kinds of projects. I opted to create a summer party invitation.

Gel pen details

The pieces of the cherries were all watercolored using ink refills. After they dried I went back in and added a few dotted accents with a white gel pen.

Leaves

The two layer leaves feature great little design details which I highlighted with additional white gel pen dots.

Sentiment

For the party sentiment, I wanted an ombré look for the word "party", so I inked it up in Hibiscus Burst and added a little Raspberry Fizz just along the top edge.

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: Raspberry Fizz, Hibiscus Burst, True Black, ink refills (Raspberry Fizz, Simply Chartreuse, Limeade Ice)
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White, Vellum Cardstock
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Cherries dies
  • OTHER: Watercolor Brush, Baker's Twine, White Gel Pen

Surf & Sun Card

You feel like a true artist when working with multi-step images that are this well designed! Betsy always thinks of everything in both design and function. On the Wagon really exemplifies this.

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I stamped the sentiment in the lower corner of the card front, then masked above it adding a little sponged Aqua Mist ink to create some "ground". After stamping and die-cutting the palm tree, I adhered it in place extending over the edge of the card front a bit. The stamped car and surf board were adhered with foam tape for dimension.

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: On the Wagon
  • INK: Ocean Tides, Smokey Shadow, Canyon Clay, Classic Kraft, Aqua Mist, Simply Chartreuse, Cocoa Bean
  • PAPER: Stamper's Select White
  • DIES: On the Wagon dies
  • OTHER: Ink Blending Tool

     

Wanda-Guess

Wanda Guess is joining me today, featuring On the Wagon.

 

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Wanda does a beautiful job here of allowing all of the bright colors of the wooden car and accessories really shine by placing them on a kraft background. The sentiments from the new Fruit Salad Sentiments can be a great pair for this set too!

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: On the Wagon, Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: True Black, Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, Lovely Lady, Hawaiian Shores, Honey Nut, Dark Chocolate, New Leaf, Green Parakeet
  • PAPER: Classic Kraft, Stamper’s Select White
  • DIES: On the Wagon dies, Circle dies
  • OTHER: Foam Tape, MISTI

 

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There are just so many details to discover with this new stamp set, and Wanda does an excellent job of incorporating many of them here. From the palm tree to the water background building images, everything is here for you to build scenes and add accessories to your woody creation!

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: On the Wagon
  • INK: True Black, Green Parakeet, Spring Rain, Hawaiian Shores, Orange Zest, Lovely Lady, Honey Nut, Dark Chocolate, Smokey Shadow
  • PAPER: Green Parakeet, Soft Stone, Stamper’s Select White, Green Parakeet Bitty Dot
  • DIES: On the Wagon dies
  • OTHER: Corner Rounder, MISTI, Foam Tape

 

ON THE WAGON 1

One of the great things about the new On the Wagon set is that in can be used for Christmas too thanks to some extra details Betsy included in the stamp set! Wanda showcases this beautifully with this particular project.

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ON THE WAGON 2

Supply-list

  • STAMPS: On the Wagon, Spruce & Sprigs
  • INK: Pure Poppy, True Black, Dark Chocolate, Honey Nut, Soft Stone, Spring Rain, New Leaf, Simply Chartreuse, Antique Linen Distress Ink
  • PAPER: Classic Kraft, Vintage cream, Holiday Plaid
  • DIES: On the Wagon dies, Mix & Mat: Postal dies, Spruce & Sprigs dies
  • OTHER: Pure Poppy Ribbon, Diamond Stickles, Sponge Dauber, Foam Tape, MISTI

 

Stephanie-Gold

Stephanie Gold is joining me today, featuring the Fruit Salad collection.

Hello 1

There are so many wonderful citrusy colors to experiment with and pair together, and Stephanie fully takes advantage of that here. This color scheme really screams summer and makes for an excellent summer birthday greeting.

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: True Black, Raspberry Fizz
  • PAPER: Stampers Select White, Plum Pudding, Limeade Ice, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Hawaiian Shores
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Citrus
  • OTHER: Black & White Twine

 

Yum 1

One of the great things about the new Fruit Salad dies, is the scale. It is so easy to put together a card when you have such a large focal point! Stephanie used some beautiful colors here to bring out the vibrancy of a tradition pineapple.

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Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: True Black, Hawaiian Shores
  • PAPER: Stampers Select White, Raspberry Fizz, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Harvest Gold, Summer Sunrise
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Pineapple, Mix & Mat: Postal, Noted: Scalloped A2 Die Collection
  • OTHER: Black & White Twine

 

Fruit Place Cards 1

With the help of Stephanie, we can now all envision setting our own summertime tables with festive watermelon place cards! Pairing the watermelon images with yellow gingham and the companion text covered tag is just a gorgeous combination, perfect for summer!

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Fruit Place Cards 2

Supply-list

  • STAMPS: Fruit Salad Sentiments
  • INK: True Black
  • PAPER: Pure Poppy, Limeade Ice, New Leaf, Lemon Tart, Kraft, Gingham Pattern Paper
  • DIES: Fruit Salad: Cherries, Fruit Salad: Watermelon, Made With Love Tags 1, Made With Love Tags 2
  • OTHER: Seam Binding, Black & White Twine

 

I hope you have enjoyed all the creations that I have shared with you today!  What do you think of the new Fruit Salad collection? Isn't it so bright and colorful? Just makes you want to smile, doesn't it?! And I could gush for hours about the new On the Wagon collection from Betsy! Does it bring back any memories for you? Will it be jumping into your card on release night? 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!

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