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I realize it's been a bit quiet around these parts.  Sorry about that.  Ahhh... life this time of year is just insane, isn't it?  Summer is around the corner and it seems like the schools try to cram as much as they can into these last few weeks, summer activities are starting up, and it's just too darned nice outside to be stuck inside!  All of those things add to up a lack of time to tend to this blog of mine!  I have some updates on some things..like a recap of my Paper Crafts magazine editorial board meeting a few weeks ago.  I have some things to share with you and I just haven't had the time to write out my thoughts!  So stay tuned for that.  :-)

BUT, speaking of summer fast approaching, warm weather means...flip flops!  Today I get to share some fun and colorful cards with you that I created using the new Flipping Out stamp set being released by Papertrey Ink on May 15th.  This adorable set was designed by Melissa Bickford and will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website the evening of the 15th.  All supplies are noted and linked in the thumbnails at the bottom of this post.

So let's have some fun, shall we?  I did a little cruising around on the net, gathering inspiration for my projects today.  Let me show you a few things that I found and the projects that were inspired by them.  I happened across this sign on Etsy...

Flip to flop art
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I think the quote is adorable and I figured it would be fun to do my own colorful word-art version for a card.  I would totally give this to my 8 year old daughter and she would love it.  :-)


The "you" is from Simply You, the "flip" is from the Block Alphabet die, the "flop" is from the Script Alphabet die.  I just printed the "are the" and "to my" with my computer.  And the flip flops are, of course, from the new Flipping Out set.  I love all of the cute printed flip flops in the set and the fact that the coordinating dies have all the bits and pieces so you can assemble your own 3D flip flops.  SO cute.  And notice the stripey embossing in the background?  Yup, a new Impression Plate called Simple Stripes.  LOVE this one and can see it becoming a staple that I want to use on just about everything. 


Up next...don't you just love it when you happen across an image that you know instantly you can replicate in a card?  Those projects come together quickly and easily.  

Yellow flip flops
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Here's my card version of the image above...


It reminds me of kicking of the flip-flops on the dock and diving in the cool blue water.  That fun woodgrain paper is from My Mind's Eye.  I embossed a piece of Hawaiian Shores cardstock with the Woodgrain Impression plate to mimic the look of rippling water.  I embossed the sentiment with Zing embossing powder.


Next up, my favorite card of the day.  I didn't have an image to inspire me, but I had these bright colored clothespins from Crate Paper laying on my desk and they were just calling my name.  I went for a more nautical feel for this card, using bright blues, reds, and yellows...almost like the flip flops are hanging on the deck of a ship or poolside.  The life preserver is from the Out to Sea stamp set.


Again I used the new Simple Stripes Impression plate in the background...almost reminds me of wainscoting.  I paired it with a little chevron patterned paper from the Dear Lizzie Neapolitan collection.


And one last project today.  I just couldn't resist pairing those cute flip flops with the Movers & Shakers: Spinners dies.  I was going for a water/beach effect by using some wave print paper from Fancy Pancts along with some new Fine Linen stripe paper from the Fine Linen pack being released this month.  


The fun thing about this card?  When you move the flip-flops along the spinner track, you reveal the sentiment.  I would love to send this to someone going on a beachy vacation!


I used some Rouge Zing embossing powder to emboss the Hibiscus flowers from the Aloha set down in the lower left corner.  


I have just a few how-to shots of how I created the front of this card with the two different patterned papers...

I started with a 4 x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock.  I diecut the wavy track about where I thought I wanted the separation of the sand/water to be.  The I cut 4 x 5 1/4" pieces of blue wave paper and the Fine Linen stripe.  I placed them under my diecut piece of white cardstock and used that as a guide for placing my die (just set it inside the cut-out) and ran it through my machine so it would cut through my patterned papers in the exact same spot.


Here's what my patterned papers looked like after running them through.  I then took a scissors and cut off the top of the Fine Linen strip paper (the part that's above the track).


Then just adhere that over the wave paper.  I actually adhered both to the block of white cardstock before adhering the whole thing to my card because I thought it gave the patterned paper a little more stability.  Then you can just go ahead and use this piece along with the Spinner Die to complete the card.


So fun!  I hope you enjoyed today's colorful projects and let me know if you have any questions!  For more inspiration and peeks at the new sets being release, click around the other other gals....Melissa, Heather, Maile, and Nichole!


Flip-to-my-flop-dtl Finished size = 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Products not linked, but available on May 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Flipping Out stamp set and coordinating dies, Simple Stripes Impression Plate, Summer Sunrise Pattern Pack paper

Vacation-flip-flops2 Finished size = 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Products not linked, but available on May 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Flipping Out stamp set and coordinating dies, Fine Linen Pattern Pack paper 

Happy-Summer-Flip-Flops-dtl Finished size = 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Products not linked, but available on May 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Flipping Out stamp set and coordinating dies

Hanging-Flip-Flops-dtl Finished size = 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Products not linked, but available on May 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Flipping Out stamp set and coordinating dies, Simple Stripes Impression Plate