Monday, May 9, 2011

PTI: May Count Down, day 1

I can't believe it is time for the Papertrey Ink May Count Down! AND, I am thrilled to get to share with you projects this week from my new stamp set! I am honored to introduce to you: "est. 1776"... a one sheet stamp set with oodles of possibilities!

>> "est. 1776" will release May 15, 2011 at the Papertrey Ink site.
--- Retail Value: ONLY $15
I love the way this set transitions so perfectly between card making, general crafting, and of course SCRAPBOOKING! I will be sharing some cards throughout the week, but I thought I would kick off this count down with a scrapbook page.
You might be starting to notice that I am all about grunge and distressed images. I just love it! And what better than having distressed images for a PATRIOTIC AMERICANA THEME. If I actually had anything that was established in 1776, I am sure it would look worn and loved. So the stars and stripes, as well as eagle, larger stars, and liberty bell all have that fabulous distressed look.
A note about my page... This set is perfect for remembering 4th of July memories (not to mention the many other options: Memorial Day, Veteran's Day, and trips to national monuments, or honoring our troops). This page is dedicated to our 4th of July family dinner last year in 2010. It was very special because nearly all the family ( and bundles of little cousins) gathered together in Colorado Springs to celebrate. We played on the mountain, splashed in the creek, cooked some delicious food, and enjoyed the wonderful fellowship of family. It was also special because after a year of battling cancer, my Papa, was able to come to Colorado (one of his favorite traditional vacation spots). My papa died just a few months later, so the summer of 2010 will always be a special time to remember.
Many of the elements are perfect for making creative tags to use on gifts, place cards at dinner, or as embellishments on cards. I love the look of old tags to add and layer on a project.
I hope you have enjoyed getting a peek at this new stamp set! I would LOVE to hear what kind of projects you might use this set for! There are so many options and it is so great to ACTUALLY have the right set of images and sentiments to fit your Americana needs!
Looking forward to more fun count down projects ahead!



  1. I forgot to thank my awesome Aunt Jennifer for contributing many of these pics from her camera. I think the pictures MAKE the page! What beautiful cousins, silly faces, and sweet family... I love it!

  2. Beautiful layout, Tiffany! I can imagine these stamps would definitely enrich your collection and you are such a star in making distressed-looking stamps, love that!!!
    Hugs, Wendy

  3. Great layout...can't wait to see the entire how you used it here!

  4. Great page and such a wonderful way to remember a special time Tiffany. I love your Americana set! It should prove to be a very fun and useful stamp set!

  5. This set looks awesome, Tiffany, I too love the grunge look and I think it's particularly appropriate for the theme of these new stamps! Can't wait to see the whole set!

  6. Wow, looks like we were on the same page or you used my suggestion from last month. So cool, really hoping there are fireworks in the mix!

    Hey Tiffany,
    It's been a great week and I can't wait till the release. So much to take in and lots of inspiration!
    I would love to see a grunge set with a Patriotic theme...we could use it for 4th of July, Memorial Day, Election Years, Military cards, etc. I think a grunge theme with stars, stripes, swirls and fireworks would be awesome.
    Thanks for asking and for the chance to win!

    APRIL 14, 2011 3:24 PM

  7. Tiffany - love your page and the memories that it holds so dear! I am so sorry for the loss of your Father....what a treasure the memories of this day together are. My husband has brain cancer and more and more I am realizing what a gift each day with him truly is. I can't wait to see the stamps in this set with 4th of July around the corner and I love stars so I would use the stamp set often just for them! Looking forward to seeing more this week! :) Jill



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