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Welcome to the August edition of the Papertrey Ink News! We hope you're as excited about this month's issue as we are. The Senior Design Team is taking a fresh look at Meadow Greens, we're all looking forward to tonight's Make It Market Kit: Garden Gate release, and we have another batch of Sketch Recipe and Color Inspiration cards ready for download. So kick back, settle in, and enjoy everything this month's edition of the Papertrey Ink News has to offer!
The next Make It Market Kit will be released on August 1st and it is entitled "Garden Gate." There are so many beautiful basics that will speak to any flower or garden lover! The colors in the kit are lush and pretty, just like a summer garden in full bloom. Garden Gate is filled with lots of options for creating stunning cards with some fun interactive possibilities. Old-fashioned flower favorites such as wisteria, hollyhocks, and bleeding hearts are included, and will surely make you feel nostalgic as you use them. Pair these up with the coordinating dies to layer them over a garden gate, lattice, or even a wrought iron garden sign. The papers are cleverly designed to allow for gatefold cards, or you can cut them up to use for other design purposes. 

This kit is sure to be legendary and you won't want to miss out on the chance to add it to your collection!

The total retail cost of the Garden Gate Kit is $96. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours tonight! The Garden Gate Kit will be available for sale beginning on August 1st at 10pm ET, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

Photo Source: Classy Clutter
For the July Blog Hop Nichole shared this bright and cheerful home decor photo from Classy Clutter. The patterns, colors, and contents of the room gave all of you abundant inspiration! Barbara was drawn to the color palette and the patterns on the rug and throw pillow. She used the Cover Plate: Quatrefoil as a base for her Floral Sketches arrangement. The Perfect Pairing sentiment adds a clean, modern touch to her feminine birthday creation. Lynn found her inspiration in the stack of books on the side table as well as the wallpaper and accessories. She created a cozy scene by pairing the Bibiophile stamps and dies with the Fancy Tea Cup Die and a delicate rose from The Sweet Life. Her textured backdrop, courtesy of the Guide Lines Grid Impression Plate, mimicked the geometric wallpaper beautifully, don't you think? Jacquie was also influenced by the geometric wallpaper. She chose matted Hello Sunshine die cuts to represent the graphic style of the paper, offsetting the clean lines nicely with a Wet Paint Cuts sentiment die cut. She tied in the delightful throw pillow by embellishing her greeting with a petite floral from Bitty Bouquets. Thank you for sharing your wonderful projects, ladies! And thank you all so much for playing along this month! We hope to see you participate again soon!
It's Your Birthday Card
by Barbara
A Book Is A Gift Card
by Lynn
Thanks Card
by Jacquie
Make sure to participate in the Blog Hop every month for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Papertrey Ink store. A new challenge is posted the evening of each release on the 15th. We hope to see your link in the mix soon!
The Make It Monday tutorials have been full of fabulous techniques in the past few weeks. Ashey shared her tips for adding texture with embossing paste and stencils. Amy showed us how to incorporate string art into our projects. And Melissa's spritzed stamps video offered a terrific way to get a watercolor effect with less mess. Melissa, Vicki, and Geri all tried out these techniques and shared their projects with the rest of us. A great big hand for these ladies and everyone else that participated in the weekly challenges!
Birthday Wishes Card
by Melissa
You've Been On My Mind Card
by Vicki
Sending Big Hugs Card
by Geri
Did you miss one of the Make It Monday video tutorials? You can check out our YouTube channel to watch (or rewatch) any of our past videos. We also have a Pinterest Board full of Make It Monday goodness.  Make sure to play along every week for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate, good toward anything in our store!

August might bring us the Dog Days Of Summer, but it also comes with a handful of silly holidays sure to make you smile. Here are just a few that we thought might be fun to celebrate with stamps in your collection!
Coloring has been enjoying a resurgence in recent years and now coloring books have their own holiday! Celebrate National Coloring Book Day on August 2nd by spending some time with a pack of our marvelous Coloring Sheets. Want to get some stamping done, too? Try pulling out one of the Botanical Blocks or What The Doodle sets. Get the whole family in on the action by stamping a few Dress Up Dolls for kids to color along side you. After all, coloring is fun for all ages!
Frosty brew fans the world over are raising a glass on August 5th for International Beer Day. Send the draught devotee in your life a celebratory card honoring their favorite lager, ale, or saison with Craft Brew. Raise those Pub Glasses high, my friends, and mind the Drips & Dribbles.
August 9th brings us not only a holiday to honor books, but the people who appreciate the written word as well. This Book Lovers Day who will be on your mailing list? Create book shaped cards with the Book Cover Card Die for your favorite aficionado, complete with the Details that they'll surely appreciate. Or make Bookmarks emblazoned with imagery from All Booked Up and greetings featuring the classic quotes in Book Club. No matter how you decide to fete books and the people who love them, we have you...covered.
Now boarding for National Aviation Day, observed on August 19th. This is the day to laud the achievements that allow us to take to the skies. Fly Away and Blue Skies are just what the pilot ordered to send a card to the flight fanatics in your life. And don't forget those future flying aces! Love You To Pieces: Airplane and the Airplane Die Collection are the perfect way to celebrate with the barnstormers of tomorrow.
August 27th may be one of the greatest holidays all year long. That is the day we celebrate Just Because. Why? Why not? It's the choose-your-own-adventure of holidays! Whip out Keep It Simple: Just Because to create cards that remind your friends and neighbors to have a little fun for whatever reason they like. The bunting in Heart-2-Heart #5 is another festive option for adding a bit of party flair to an otherwise unassuming day. Or add a little confetti to your cards with Good Times. The world is your oyster on Just Because Day!
So there you have it! Make sure to send those cards and snap a photo before popping them in the box. Share your photos each weekend on social media using #saturdaysnailmail and you may see your photo featured in our feed!
In this month's Our Favorite Things feature, we're taking another look at a few projects the Design Team ladies have created using the Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical Die. These dies cut an effortless curved edge on cardstock panels, making decorative layers and card fronts a breeze. Amy cut her Sentiments Splits panel from custom stamped patterned paper that she created with Sweet Shoppe Sentiments. She paired her panel with the coordinating Sentiment Splits stamp set and a festive trio of star sequins to finish her sweet birthday card. Betsy's monochomatic cards use Brushed Blooms stamped in bright colors to decorate her Sentiment Splits panels. She layered two offset die cuts to highlight her sentiments, stamped with Graceful Greetings and Enclosed: Apple sets. Her bold card bases really make those curves pop! Heather chose to create more of a peek-a-boo effect with her Sentiment Splits panel. She stamped a floral collage and sentiment using the Be stamp set onto a white card base before adding her Sentiment Splits layer. The curve on the panel draws your attention to the sentiment, embellished with a trio of rainstones. What inspiring projects! Time to pull out your Sentiment Splits: Curve Vertical dies and try these designs for yourself!
Happy Birthday Card
by Amy Sheffer
Thanks So Much
by Betsy Veldman
Be Happy Card
by Heather Nichols
The Vintage Favor It Box is a handy little box ideal for tasty tidbits and small gifts. Create one-time-use packages with the optional zipper tab or leave one end open for a reclosable treat box. You can even dress up your bitty boxes with the coordinating Just A Little Something stamp set. How convenient is that?! Betsy created her adorable cookie box with a die cut window and seasonal floral embellishments. Enjoy giving your beloved a sweet surprise anytime with Laurie's rainbow treat box. Melissa's wee wedding gift is proof that wonderful things come in dainty packages. What goodies will you use to fill your Vintage Favor It Boxes?
A Treat For You Box
by Betsy Veldman
Sweets For My Sweet Box
by Laurie Willison
Just A Little Something Box
by Melissa Phillips
Our Top Pins this month come from Lizzie Jones, Betsy Veldman, and Amy Sheffer. Check out our Pinterest Page for easy access to all of our designers' release projects! 
Missing You Card
by Lizzie Jones
Be The Star Card
by Betsy Veldman
Night Sky Faith Card
by Amy Sheffer
Check out this month's Signature Sketches! Make sure to click on each image to see the designers' original posts for details on how they created their inspiring cards! Then head to Nichole's blog for the printable downloads!
Click on each Color Inspiration recipe card to go directly to the designers' blog posts for more on these inspiring cards! You can also download printable copies over on Nichole's blog!
Make sure to head to Nichole's blog for the printable downloads!

August 1st, 10pm EDT: Make It Market Kit: Garden Gate Release
August 5th-9th: Sneak Peeks
August 10th-15th: New Release Countdown
August 15th, daytime: Release Party
August 15th, 10pm EDT: Release
August 25th: Blog Hop
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