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Welcome to day one of the July 2013 Papertrey Ink countdown!  We have so many new goodies to share with you this're going to love it.  All of these new stamping supplies will be available on July 15th at 10pm Eastern time from the Papertrey Ink website.

I get to help introduce one new set today and it's called First Place.  It was designed by Melissa Bickford and it's filled with all sorts of bits and pieces for creating county fair-style ribbons.  It also has lots of great sentiments for creating cards for those more challenging recipients like coaches, teachers, teens, etc.  

Let me show you a few projects I created using this set (I snuck in a few other new goodies today as well, so keep your eyes out!).  

First is a card that uses First Place to create a very traditional style ribbon.  This would be the perfect card for my son to give his baseball coach as we wrap up the season. 


There is a large circle image with a pinked edge in this set that acts as the base for the ribbon.  There is also a die that coordinates.  The smaller circle die is part of the set also.  There are several different images that will fit inside this circle for you to add sentiments, etc.  For my ribbon on this baseball card I chose to stamp the baseball from Have a Ball instead of one of the images from the First Place set.  Notice the ribbon tails...there are several different patterned ribbon stamps in the set and a die for those also.


Supplies not linked but available on July 15th from Papertrey Ink:  First Place stamp set and coordinating dies

For my next project I created a ribbon using First Place and combined it with some images from the Friendship Jar collection.  Fair ribbons remind me of food, of course, so this seemed like the perfect combination!  I did not use the large pinked-edge circle as the base for my ribbon this time as it felt a little large for my jar, so I added a fan-folded medallion instead.  Notice the banner in the upper right corner - that was made using the ribbon tails.  It's super simple.  Just trim the length, fold them over and secure with a bit of foam tape, then string them on some twine.  


A little about my jar...I diecut it from Aqua Mist cardstock and vellum.  I sandwiched the strawberry image from Friendship Jar Summer Fillers between the two layers.  I then stamped this adorable Thank You sentiment from the new Scrolling Script set (also being released this'll hear and see more on that later!) with Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder.  It looks very realistic, don't you think?  


Supplies not linked but available on July 15th from Papertrey Ink:  First Place stamp set and coordinating dies, Scrolling Script stamp set

Up next I used the elements from First Place a little differently.  That's one really fun thing about this set...there are lots of bits and pieces that can be used as intended, to create ribbons, but they can also be used in so many other ways.  Here I cut several of the ribbon tails and diecut a strip of stars down the center of each using one of the dies from the Star Gazer set.  


I strung them all on some twine secured in the corners with tiny clothespins.  Behind it all is a vellum pocket filled with star confetti.  All of the elements on the sentiment were done with images from First Place.


Supplies not linked but available on July 15th from Papertrey Ink:  First Place stamp set and coordinating dies

Last but not least, I decided to give First Place a more elegan feel by pairing it with a few different sets.  This is one of those cards that was so hard to photograph - it's much prettier in real life!  I heat embossed the ribbon topper portion and tails onto Vintage Cream cardstock using gold embossing powder.  I diecut the center circle from gold cardstock and heat embossed the flower cluster from the Simply Jane set.  The sentiment is from the new Scrolling Script set I mentioned above.  


The background is covered with vellum which was stamped with the same flower cluster using White Staz On ink.  The result is a very pretty, subtle pattern which in real life looks very much like'll have to play along with me and use your imagination as I could NOT get it to photograph!  :-)  But I dare you to try it at really is pretty!



Supplies not linked but available on July 15th from Papertrey Ink:  First Place stamp set and coordinating dies, Scrolling Script stamp set

Thanks so much for stopping by for Day #1 of the Papertrey Ink July countdown!  For more inspiration, be sure to stop by Nichole's blog to see her projects and she'll have even more links to check out more projects using the new July goodies.