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Welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink September 2012 countdown!  September is always the first month of the holiday releases, so once again, the team will have lots of inspiring projects to get you thinking about your holiday crafting!

The set I get to help introduce today is called Snowflake Medley and it was designed by Tiffany Pastor.  It's a gorgeous set of snowflakes done up in Tiffany's signature, slightly distressed style.  Right up my alley.  This set, along with the coordinating dies (and any other products I mention as "new" in this post) will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm Eastern time on September 15, 2012 from the Papertrey Ink website.   

I have three cards to show you today using the new Snowflake Medly set.  First up is a slightly rustic card featuring a kraft woodgrain embossed background.  I embossed the snowflakes from Snowflake Medley onto the background using white embossing powder.  Then I diecut some of the smaller flakes from wood veneer and stamped and embossed with white powder as well.  I love how pretty and detailed they are!  Snowflakes are probably my favorite winter motif to use...snowflakes are to winter as flowers are to spring and summer.  :-)  Notice the border along the top?  New border die alert!  I'm totally loving this one!

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The word "joy" was cut using the Script alphabet dies.

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Next up is a card with a totally different feel.  I've been playing around with some different watercolor effects and this is one I stumbled across and am really loving.  It's a multi-step process, but so much fun to play around with.  I'm thinking it may be a great Make it Monday.  I started off by using the snowflake dies to emboss a piece of Stamper's Select White cardstock.  (Just use the same sandwich you would use with an impression plate -- with the embossing mats -- and ust use your die instead, placing the cutting edge against your cardstock and the embossing mat underneath).  After I embossed them I stamped the coordinating images with versamark and heat=-embossed them with white embossing powder.   

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After that I took three different ink pads (Aqua Mist, Blueberry Sky and Winter Wisteria) and rubbed them directly onto my cardstock panel (already embossed and stamped + embossed).  Then I spritzed it with water (drenched it, actually :-) ) and let the colors of ink bleed together.  I love the watercolor effect!  After it was dry, I took it one step further by spraying the entire piece with spray-adhesive (Elmer's) and sprinkling glitter over it.  (A tip for getting your glitter to stay put?  After the glitter adhesvie is dry, finish it off with a clear coat sealer...no more glitter all over the person you send the card to!!  yay!!).  The sentiment I used is from Bells & Boughs, a set that was release last year, and the frame is from Framed Out #1.

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Last is a much simpler, quick and easy card.  Ok, so I'm a little obsessed lately with using the backside of my stamps...I'll admit it.  I did it again on this card.  I just think it's fun!  I love the juicy color scheme here.  Notice the bright citrus green on the largest snowflake?  New color alert!  The snowflake detail is stamped with Simply Chartreuse and the solid image (from the backside of the stamp) was stamped with this month's new color...Limeade Ice!  Totally loving it!

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The sentiment was done using the Wonderful Words Holiday stamp set and die...still a favorite of mine from last year.  And again, the new Loop de Loop border die along the edge.  That one is going to get a lot of use around here, I can tell already.  

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Well thanks so much for stopping by!  A detailed supply list for each card is shown in the thumbnails below.  

If you're looking for more inspiration and peeks at this month's new products, be sure to hop around the these blogs...

Heather, Tiffany, Lizzie, Dawn, Melissa, Nichole, Erin and Cristina

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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Snowflake Medley stamp set and coordinating dies, Loop de Loop Border die

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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Snowflake Medley stamp set and coordinating dies
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Supplies not linked, but available on September 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Snowflake Medley stamp set, Loop de Loop Border die, Limeade Ice ink

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