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Happy July!  Summer is in full swing here, in fact we're actually going to start winding down a few activities this week...summer rec comes to an end and the true lazy days of summer start to kick in.  For the kids, at never seems to go that way when you're a grown up, does it??

The first of the month always means it's time for the Papertrey Ink Sr Team challenge.  Nichole always challenges us to pull out an older stamp set and give it a breath of fresh air with some new projects.  This month we are focusing on Postmarks.  Postal images have been hot in papercrafting for a long time, and they don't seem to be going anywhere any time soon.  This set is jammed packed with great images to give any project a postal vibe.


Often times postal inspired projects have a vintage flair, with muted colors -- vintage creams, browns and krafts, so I decided to try something a little different for my project today and mix the Postmarks set with bright, fresh colors.  Nichole challenged us to find an inspiration piece, and while browsing around, I stumbled upon this, and was instantly inspired by the bright colors combined with kraft.  Totally fresh and inspiring...


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I also came across these adorable confetti postcards from Present & Correct....


I combined these two inspiration pieces into a project of my own - a boxed set of birthday postcards.


I used the Bulk Envelope die to create the box for the postcards.  Eight postcards fit nicely in the envelope.  I embellished it with brightly colored postage stamps which were created with images from the Postmarks set and the Postage Stamp de.  I diecut a window in the front of the envelope using the Limitless Layers: 3 1/2" oval and covered it with acetate which was stamped with several different images from Postmarks using Staz On ink.  


Inside are the confetti postmarks.  These would be fun to drop in the mail to the birthday girl!  To create them I cut pieces of cardstock (A2 size) and vellum pieces the same size.  I stamped all of my images onto the vellum using Versamark and heat embossed with gold powder.  The birthday sentiment is from Tagged Sentiments, the dotted line down the center is from Button Boutique, and the lines are from the Journaling Lines set.  All others are from Postmarks. 


When I had the stamping and heat embossing finished a layered the cardstock and vellum pieces together, sandwiching a bunch of punched circles in between.  They were punched using 1/2", 3/4", and 3/8" circle punches.  I used my sewing machine to stitch around the edges to secure everything and keep the confetti enclosed.  It's like a party in a postcard.  :-)


That wraps up my project today, I hope you have some fresh ideas for using the Postmarks set on your projects!  To see more ideas, be sure to hop around to the other DT girls to see what they've created...

Melissa Phillips
Dawn McVey
Heather Nichols
Nichole Heady
Maile Belles