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Papertrey Ink January 2013 Release...

Fancy Folk Art...

It's time for group post #2 for the Papertrey Ink January countdown!  Today the team is featuring a new stamp set and coordinating dies called Fancy Folk Art.  If you visit my blog regularly, you probably already know that I love folk art-y things.  I often times take stamp sets and combine the images in a way that gives a nod to the folk art style.  I just love the colors and often times the symmetry of folk art designs.  This new stamp set and coordinating dies will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink site as of 10pm EST on January 15th, 2013.  
For our projects today, Nichole challenged us to find an image from which to draw inspiration for our projects.   I stumbled across this image of these adorable Matryoshka (nesting) dolls.  I have always been fascinated by these -- they are always so colorful and covered with beautiful images.  These are a set of measuring cups from Anthropologie (no longer available though :-( )
Matryoshka measuring cups
In fact, I don't have those colorful cuties, but I do have this set of matryoshka measuring cups sitting on my counter!  I found them a couple of years ago when we were out Christmas shopping and I couldn't resist.  
Matryoshka measuring cups-white
I decided to see if I could create my own Matryoshka doll using this new Fancy Folk Art set along with a few other Papertrey products.  I ended up using the Mat Stack 1 dies and I think they worked out perfectly!  
The large floral image on the doll is from the new Fancy Folk Art set.  I love that it has a coordinating die...it's so lacy looking!  And the best part?  There are tons of little stamps for creating multi-colored flowers.  You could color it by hand of course too, but for someone (like me) that doesn't really enjoy coloring all that much, this is a dream come true!  I did absolutely no hand coloring on the large flowers.  (the small floral bouquet on the tag is hand-colored however).  There are a few great sentiments in the set as well, like the birthday one I used here.  
Nichole also challenged us to create a tag using this new set.  I used the same Matryoshka doll idea, just scaled down a bit.  I cut the smallest Mat Stack 1 die, placing it on a folded piece of cardstock so that I ended up with a tag that opens up.  The floral image here was colored with colored pencils.  
Here are a few visuals as to how I turned the Mat Stack 1 dies into a matryoshka.  I simply cut the "points" off of the top to create a more rounded shape for her head.  
I then diecut a second one (you can just cut part of it as you don't need the entire piece, just about the top third) and trimmed it to form the scarf.  The little "knot" at the bottom of the scarf is one of the leaf images from Heart-2-Heart #7 turned upside down.  
I had so much fun with this set and can't wait to play with it more!  Be sure to hop around to the other DT gals to see what they've created with Fancy Folk Art...
Supplied not linked, but available on January 15th from Papertrey Ink.com:  Fancy Folk Art stamp set and coordinating dies