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It's time for another Papertrey Ink group post!  Today the team is featuring all sorts of new products geared towards creating cards and gifts for the guys in your life.  Different team members will be highlighting different groups of products, so you definitely don't want to miss visiting all of the team blogs today (like you would want to miss any of them on any day!)

For my projects today I'm featuring this month's Petite Places stamps and dies.  To which petite place are we headed this month?  To the City Station!  The Petite Places: City Station can be turned into a vintage gas station, a fire station, or a garage, depending on how you use the various accessories included in the stamps and dies.  Gifts, wraps, and cards made with this set are sure to delight little boys and big boys alike.  My dad owned a gas station/garage when I was a kid growing up, so this set was so fun to design.  Little bits and pieces of the design were actually inspired by his shop...many of my childhood memories revolve around that place! 

The new Petite Places: City Station stamps and dies, along with any other product I mention as "new" today will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm EDT on May 15.  

Let me show you a few things I made with the Petite Places: City Station collection.  

First up is a gift ensemble perfect for Father's Day with the City Station all decked out as a vintage gas station/garage.


I filled a jar with cashews (my dad loves them, but he reads my blog and he's probably going to see this before I can give it to him...) and topped it off with one of the clear domes filled with the Petite Places: City Station.  For me, these Petite Places are all about the fun little details, and this set is filled to the brim with them! The building itself features an angled front, just like the little old corner stations.  It has garage doors that you can flip open, one on the front and one on the back.  There is a little carport that can be added to the front if you're using it as a gas station, tiny gas pumps, and a sign to go out front.  There is also a little vintage pick-up!


I created a little road to go in front of my City Station by using the stitched stripe from the new Plaid Builder set.  And the filler for the dome?  I went over to the hardware store and bought the tiniest little metal nuts I could find and tossed 6 or 8 of them in, along with some silver star sequins (from the Shakers & Sprinkles kit).  Just a fun little added detail, that will make the recipient smile.


The plaid band around the jar was made with Plaid Builder.  The tag is a Jar Labels 2 diecut, stamped with the coordinating oval from from the Little Labels set.  I filled it in with the little pick-up and the "you're a classic" sentiment from the new City Station set.

Nichole challenged us to create a masculine card based on the design of a more feminine card we had designed previously.  I chose to use this Petite Places: Sweet Shoppe card I created a few months ago as the inspiration for a more manly version using the City Station set...


And here's my new version using Petite Places: City Station.  As with all of the other Petite Places buildings the front can be used alone without the 3D building so you can create flat cards and tags.  My basic layout is pretty much the same as my Sweet Shoppe card, so it came together really quickly!  I just swapped out the fresh white cardstock for some Rustic Cream...which always seems to fit the look and feel of a more masculine card.  Instead of the Loop-de-loop border along the top and bottom I used the stitched stripe from Plaid Builder to create a road across the width of my card and added some plaid paper along the bottom, which was stamped with the new Plaid Builder set.  


Instead of the "you're sweet" sentiment I used the "hoping your day is filled..." sentiment from the City Station stamp set.  Across the top I added the "happy father's day" sentiment from the new Keep It Simple: Father's Day set being released this month.  

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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: City Station stamp set and coordinating dies, Plaid Builder stamp set, Keep it Simple: Father's Day stamp set

Next up is another idea for a wrap or gift topper, perfect for holding a gift card along with packaging a treat.  This time the Petite Places: City Station is all decked out as a fire station.  I diecut two of the pop-up circles from the Party Pops kit from white cardstock, inked the top portion of each circle with Aqua Mist ink and diecut just half of the circle from Limeade Ice cardstock to adhere to the bottom portion.  I layered the Cover Plate: Blue Skies Rays die over the top portion and trimmed off the excess.  I adhered both of the pop-up circles back-to-back on the lid of the pint container - I didn't adhere them together so I could slip a gift card in between the two layers - I stamped the envelope with the flames from Boy Basics: Out of This World.  You could also use this same concept for place cards, birthday party favors, etc!  


I added the fun speech burst from Zappy Birthday, which was stamped with the "sound the alarm..." sentiment from the Petite Places: City Station set.  I diecut, stamped, and assembled the fire station.  I folded the garage door open so I could place a fire truck inside as if it's coming out.  There is even a tiny dog included in the fire station is complete without one, right?  He's sitting quietly beside the fire station, but he would be cute perched on top or beside one of the fire trucks too.  All of the little accessory pieces - fire truck, pick-up, dog, sign -- have extra little "tabs" on the diecuts that can be folded back and adhered to the scene of the base, making them easy to pop up and create the 3D scenes.  Again I made a little road using the stitched stripe found in the Plaid Builder set.


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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: City Station stamp set and coordinating dies, Plaid Builder stamp set

Next is a little card using the Petite Places: City Station as a fire station.  What little boy doesn't love fire trucks?  I layered the City Station building front and some fire trucks over a panel of Aqua Mist cardstock.  I stamped some rays from the Hello Sunshine set and heat embossed them with yellow Zing powder to look like lights or a siren coming off of one of the firetrucks.  I added some clouds in the sky which were cut with the Scene It: Skyscapes dies.  


I added some Pure Poppy striped paper along the bottom and the birthday sentiment from the City Station set was stamped onto a Double Ended Banner diecut.


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Supplies not linked, but available on May 15 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: City Station stamp set and coordinating dies, Plaid Builder stamp set

 My last project today combines Petite Places: City Station with a few previously released products.  I thought Retro Style would be really fun to pair with the City Station set. I used a combination of stamps and dies from the Retro Style Graduation and Birthday sets to create this layered retro sign.  I added several of the cute little details from the City Station set to the sign.  Oh, and the circle/stars I stamped on the sign are from the Make It Market Mini: Clipsters stamp set.


Behind the sign I stamped some clouds from the Blue Skies stamp set.  Along the bottom is a road made with Plaid Builder, a few little pick-up trucks, gas pumps, and the City Station building front which I stamped directly onto my card front. I added the "happy birthday" sentiment from the Retro Style Birthday set.


Supplies not linked, but available on May 15 from Papertrey Ink:  Petite Places: City Station stamp set and coordinating dies, Plaid Builder stamp set

That wraps up my projects for today, but I know the rest of the team has lots of great stuff to show with other products being released this month!  Be sure to hop around and check them all out...

Laurie Willison
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell