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Hey there!  Welcome to the first day of the Papertrey Ink July countdown!  Today I get to help introduce TWO new sets!  I've got a ton of projects for you, so sit back, relax... and grab a drink!

The first set is a fun ice cream cone building set by Melissa Bickford that is just as its name implies...Sweet As Can Be!  The matching die makes this set extra fun and tasty!

The second set I'm previewing for you today is also by Melissa Bickford and it's called Hanging's an adorable clothesline set filled with the most adorable little items to hang on it.  It's baby themed, but I guarantee you'll find more uses for it than just baby!  The matching die makes all of those little items to fun and easy to more fussy cutting...yay!

Both of these new stamp sets, along with the coordinating dies, will be available for purchase on the 15th of July from the Papertrey Ink website.

So, on to the projects.  First off, let's have some sweet treats using Sweet As Can Be...

First up is a super simple set of tags.  Bright and summery, these could dress up any gift, act as party favors, place cards and more.  I diecut several tags using the Button Card die and stamped it with the coordinating frame.  I then stamped the cones in coordinating ink colors, then stamped the icecream with VersaMark and embossed with white embossing powder.  


I topped each one off with a yummy cherry from the set and a little flag made with Banner Builder, stamped with "sweet" from the new Sweet As Can Be set.  




Next up, what's better than one scoop?  How about 3 scoops?  That's the ultimate in ice cream cones, isn't it?  Here I printed a punny sentiment using my computer.  This would make a fun birthday card, or just a "brighten your day" kind of card.




When printing the sentiment, I left just enough room to squeeze a diecut number three from the By the Numbers die set.  In the background I stamped three ice cream cones, each one growing and building up to that ultimate three scoop cone...which, of course, is topped off with a cherry!  :-)


Now how about some fun with the coordinating die.  I couldn't resist creating a felt ice cream cone.  Here I diecut some Harvest Gold felt for the cone and Vintage Cream for the scoops.  I added a bit of chunky glitter for sprinkles and topped it off with a Flower Fusion felt flower and button.  


The fun background paper is from October Afternoon (black) and Jenni Bowlin (pink).  The "sweet as can be" sentiment is from this new set.  Notice how I did quite a bit of stitching on the cone to give it lots of texture!



For my last Sweet As Can Be project, just had to do something a little different.  How about a cupcake?  Just trim off the tip of the cone and voila!  A cute little cupcake.  Notice the "sweet" banner?  That's the cone!  How fun is that?  :-)



Notice also the stamped half circles under the buttons?  That's the ice cream scoop just stamped along the edges of the Mat Stack 5 diecut.  I added a border strip from Ribbon Tails to add a little grounding to my cupcake.

Sweet-Birthday-dtl about a few more projects?  Still with me?  I've got three fun projects to share with you using the new Hanging Out set.

First up is a sweet baby girl card.  I couldn't resist paper piecing a few of these adorable dresses.  I diecut several of them from assorted scraps from my scrap bucket.  The coordinating die has all the bits and pieces seperate which make is so easy!  The little pockets are seperate, so I could just adhere them with some pop dots.  


I of course had to add a few clouds to the sky using Up, Up and Away and the little birdie perched on the clothesline is from Itty Bitty Bird.  



And of course, this set isn't just for girls.  There are lots of little boyish items for your clothesline as well.  For this next project I chose not to use the full clothesline image, but to use bits and pieces of it strung across some Alpha Blocks instead.  


This was a fun project to make and it came together very quickly!  I just stamped the clothesline across a few of the stamped Alpha Blocks, added the adorable little clothespin image and added some of the smaller clothing pieces.  The last empty block gave me a larger spot to work with tha made for a great spot to hang the onesie.  The "welcome little one" sentiment is from the new Hanging Out set as well.  The background is embossed with the Picnic Plaid Impression Plate.



And lastly, I mentioned that I thought this set would be great for other things besides baby!  How about a fun love/valentine/engagement card?  I was so excited to discover that the Wonderful Words "happy" die works perfectly to string across the clothesline!  It's a perfect fit!  



And of course there needed to be a few things hanging on the clothesline, so I diecut some socks from Bitty Dot Basics 2009 paper collection and adhered them with pop dots.  The "together" sentiment is from Wonderful Words Additions and the hearts are from Love Lives Here, and again, the clouds are from Up, Up and Away.


Whew!  That's all I have for you tonight, but Nichole will be showing more of these two sets, as will Melissa.  Heather, Lisa, and Maile will also be showing projects with the sets they are releasing this month!  Have fun and happy countdown day!  :-)



Supplies not yet linked:  Sweet as Can Be stamp set




Supplies not linked:  Sweet As Can Be stamp set




 Supplies not linked:  Sweet as Can Be stamp set and coordinating die


Supplies not yet linked:  Sweet As Can Be Stamp set and coordinating die


Supplies not yet linked:  Hanging Out Stamp set and coordinating die



Supplies not yet linked:  Hanging Out stamp set and coordinating die


Supplies not yet linked:  Hanging Out stamp set and coordinating die