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It's time for the full reveal of the Make It Market County Fair kit!

County fairs are the highlight of the summer!  From quilt shows to pie baking contests, midway rides and gunny sack races, fair days are filled with old-fashioned down home goodness...and this kit is reminiscent of all those things. I had so much fun designing and choosing all of the elements that went into this kit...and even more fun than choosing them was actually creating with them.  I can't wait to show you all of my projects, but before we do that, a few details... 

The County Fair kit will be available from purchase beginning tomorrow night, August 1st, 2014 at 10pm Eastern time on the Papertrey Ink website.  There will be a graphic on the homepage that will take you directly to the kit ordering page.  As per the new policy, if the on-hand stock of kits sells out within the first 24 hours, it will then be opened up for pre-orders.  Pre-orders do not have a guaranteed ship date, but will depend on how quickly stock can be aquired from the various manufacturers. 

There are so many things packed in this kit!  There are word dies, a Cover Plate die, a full $24 stamp set, an 8 1/2" x 11" paper pad, tons of different embellishments, plus a few other great dies I'll be showing you!  I have included a complete kit content list at the bottom of this post.  For more images of the individual items in the kit (stamps, dies, etc), be sure to visit Nichole's blog HERE where she'll be sharing all of those details!

As usual, I have put together an inspirational Pinterest board filled with images that helped inspire this kit and can hopefully help to inspire you as you create with your kit.  The County Fair Pinterest board can be found HERE.  I'll be adding all of the projects to this board as well, so you can easily refer to it while creating.

Enough talk, let's get to the fun stuff, shall we?  I don't know about you, but I can't wait...and I feel like I've been waiting forever. :-)

Like I said, this kit is filled to the gills with stamps and unique dies...let's start off with a project that I shared a few weeks ago when the kit was first peeked.  This card features the Cover Plate: Bandana die that's included in the kit.  I have a soft spot for pretty bandana prints...there's something so familiar yet beautiful about them and I wanted to transform that idea into a die...


This Cover Plate die is a bit unique in that it both cuts and embosses.  It cuts the scallop border as well as the small fleur-de-lis and paisley elements.  It embosses the dotted borders and some small flower details as well.  There are some small stamps included in the stamp set with which you can embellish the Cover Plate: Bandana die.  The smallest paisley stamp in the set nestles right inside those cut-outs.  There are two small fleur-de-lis elements that nest inside those cut outs as well.  I also used the small paisly to add even more detail to my diecut panel...you can do a little or a lot, it depends on how much detail you want it to have!


I found that I liked a rather subtle look with the stamping, so I used the same color ink to achieve a tone-on-tone look.  For the Pure Poppy diecut I did all of the stamping with Pure Poppy ink.  I had fun playing around other colors and you can see Spring Rain and Enchanted Evening card bases peeking out.


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

I'm anxious to pair the Bandana die with other sets in my collection as well...wouldn't it be cute paired with On the Farm??  I also thought it would be great for creating masculine cards.  Here I diecut the Cover Plate: Bandana from kraft cardstock and added the stamped details with Dark Chocolate ink.


The "enjoy" sentiment is from the County Fair stamp set included in the kit (there's a ful $24 set in the kit with tons and tons of options!).  There is a die to match the Enjoy word. Here I added a star diecut which was cut using the Sketched Stars die (NOT included in kit).


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

What would a fair be without the midway rides?  I included some fun ferris wheel stamps and dies in the kit so you can create your own! The die collection includes the wheel as well as seats.  I should note that the wheel is not a complete circle - it's partial, just like I show it used here on my card with the intention that it be used along an edge as I show here.  There are also colored tickets in the kit for you to layer, stamp on, etc.


For my ferris wheel card here I started off with a panel of watercolor cardstock.  I used my watercolor set and water brush to add some color to the background.  Then I pulled a circle stamp from my collection (not in the kit, but you probably have something in your stash!) to stamp some "bokeh" circles in the background.  I layered the diecut ferris wheel over the top.  At the very top of my card I used one of the paper straws from the kit as a dimensional border.  The "life is beautiful, enjoy the ride" sentiment from the stamp set in the kit finishes it off.  It would be a cute card for a birthday, anniversary, or even a graduate.


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

Up next is another ferris wheel card.  This one has a very boyish feel and would be perfect for a little guy's birthday.  The background is a panel of paper from the County Fair paper pad (a full 8 1/2 x 11" patterned paper pad!).  The "best" sentiment is a word die that's included in the kit as well!


The rest of the sentiment is from the County Fair stamp set.  There are tons of mix and match words and sentiments included in the set for lots of options.  Here I stamped it in versamark and heat embossed with white powder.  I used a few more of the straws here to create some flags.  I found that it works really well to cut the straws in half the long way so that they're flat, then adhere them with a strip of 1/4" Scor-tape.  I love the dimension they give!  The flag portion is another die that I'll be showing you more of up next!


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

So, time to tell you more about the die I used to create the little flags in the card above.  It's a quilt block die!  There are coordinating stamps included in the stamp set so you can stamp different patterns on the chevron portions of the block.


So bright and cheery!  The patterned paper in the background is from the paper pad in the kit.  The sentiment is from the included stamp set, as is the striped border along the top and bottom of the sentiment.  


The little flower sprig might be one of my favorite little elements of the kit!  It has seperate stamps for the stems and the two-tone flowers -- there is a matching die as well.


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

 There are lots of options with the quilt die.  You can stamp on the pieces like I did in the card above, or you can diecut from different patterned papers and nest them back in the die frame like I did here.  Here I placed the block on point in the center of my card base, then used a couple more to fill in the corners.  The whole card front only used three of the Quilt Block dies to cover it (adhere one in the corner, trim away the excess and use it on the other side!). 


I used some of the papers from the kit, but also mixed in a few tone-on-tone papers from the Pattern Packs.  The circular "best" stamp in the corner is also from the kit...there are several small sentiments that can be stamped inside this circle to finish the "best" phrase.  A tiny clothespin and some blue raffia from the kit finish it off.  It would be cute done up as a baby card as well, don't you think?


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

This die can go simple too.  Here I used the same layout, but didn't fill in any of the negative spaces of the die, I just layered them over a white card base.  I thought it would make a beautiful wedding card.  


I used the "best" word die from the kit along with the "wishing you the" sentiment stamps. I did layer in the diecut quilt pieces in the space where I stamped the sentiment, just so I would have an even surface to stamp on.   I added a few of the flower sprigs around the sentiment.  My daughter thought this would make a pretty Christmas card too...I think she's right!  The quilt background with a different sentiment it would be perfect for the holidays.


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

Are you still with me?  I still have quite a few projects to go...I'll post a few more and then save a few for the next few days.  

Up next is a fun use of the paper straws included in the kit.  Like I mentioned earlier in my post, it works great to cut them in half so the backs are flat.  Here I used several pieces to create birthday candles.


Notice the flames?  Any idea what those might be?  Those are the paisley cut-outs from the Cover Plate: Bandana die.  Ack!  I was so happy when I made the discover that they could double as candle flames.  :-)  The fun sentiment is all from the kit as well as the strip of patterned paper along the top.


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

 The last project I'm going to share today is a set of canning jars, all dressed up in elements from the kit.  If you love to give food gifts this kit is perfect for you!



This applesauce jar uses the "enjoy" and "best" words along with the little flower cluster.  I stamped "the" using white Staz On ink.  I adhered the words directly to the jar.  If you have sticker/label paper on hand that would be perfect for this, but I didn't have any so I just used regular card stock and glued it on.


This little jelly jar uses a word die I haven't shown you yet.  :-)  It's a cute "homemade" sentiment in a nice, plump scripty font.  Notice the little cherries tied on?  Their stems are shaped like a heart, so it's perfect for tying on as a tag (I really should have gotten a better picture of it!!).  I stamped the "just for you" (also from the kit stamp set) using Staz On ink.


My last jar has some fun elements (besides what's inside...cherry cheesecake in a jar...yummmm).  The top is embellished with a pleated medallion which was made using the Medallion die that's included in the kit.  I love these little embellishments, but I hate to make them by hand...scoring those fold lines is tedious!  This die makes it super easy.  I'll show you the bits and pieces and how they go together in a bit.


First I want to show you a close-up of this ribbon.  We had some custom ribbons made from some of the artwork in the kit...aren't they fun?  There are three different ribbons included in the kit, fun for cards or gift wrapping!


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All other supplies can be found in the Make It Market: County Fair kit, available on August 1st from Papertrey Ink

So let me show you the medallion die and how it goes together.  The die will cut a scalloped strip and emboss the fold lines at the same time, so there's no need for scoring the fold lines...yay!  It also features some fun oval cut-outs that give it a really pretty look. You will need to adhere two strips end to end to create one medallion.  The finished medallion size is about 3", but you can make smaller ones by trimming down the width of the strip (the finished medallion will be double the width of your strip).  There is a scalloped circle die included in the kit as well, which acts as the center for the medallion.  The circular "best" stamp coordinates with this circle or you can use it plain and stamp or embellish it with something else.


That wraps up my projects for today!  I have more to show you, but I'll save them and share them over the next few days.  To see more, you can visit the other DT girls to see what they've created with the new Make It Market: County Fair kit:

Just to recap, the kit goes on sale tomorrow night, August 1st, at 10pm Eastern time.  Here is a complete content list, along with prices.  The entire kit retails for $105 and you can see the breakdown below...


The following items are exclusive to this limited edition kit and will not be available again after the limited quantity of kits is sold out.

  • County Fair stamp set ($24)
  • County Fair die collection ($16)
  • County Fair Words die collection ($8)
  • County Fair Medallion die ($8)
  • County Quilt Block die ($6)
  • Bandana Cover Plate die ($16)
  • County Fair Patterned Paper Pad, 8-1/2" x 11", 18 sheets ($13)
  • Custom County Fair Ribbons, set of 3 ($2.50)


The following items included in the kit are expendables that may or may not be available for sale separately in our store after the kits are gone, depending upon future customer requests.

  • Berry Baskets, set of 4 ($1)
  • 1 popcorn box (45-cents)
  • 1 peanut bag (35-cents)

County Fair Paper Straw Collection

  • Cherry Pie Swiss Dot Paper Straws, set of  2 (75-cents)
  • Dark Denim Stripe Paper Straws, set of  2 (75-cents)
  • Buttermilk Yellow Stripe Paper Straws, set of  2 (75-cents)
  • Cotton Candy Blue Chevron Paper Straws, set of  2 (75-cents)
  • Pink Lemonade Stripe Paper Straws, set of  2 (75-cents)

County Fair Mini Clothespin Collection

  • Cherry Pie Mini County Clothespins, set of  5 (50-cents)
  • Dark Denim Mini County Clothespins, set of  5 (50-cents)
  • Buttermilk Yellow Mini County Clothespins, set of  5 (50-cents)
  • Cotton Candy Blue Mini County Clothespins, set of  5 (50-cents)
  • Pink Lemonade Mini County Clothespins, set of  5 (50-cents)

County Fair Ticket Collection

  • Cherry Pie Customizable County Fair Tickets, set of  8 (25-cents)
  • Dark Denim Customizable County Fair Tickets, set of  8 (25-cents)
  • Pink Lemonade Customizable County Fair Tickets, set of  8 (25-cents)
  • Buttermilk Yellow Customizable County Fair Tickets, set of  8 (25-cents)

County Fair Fibers Collection

  • 5/8” Burlap Cherry Pie Center Stitch Ribbon, 1 yard (75-cents)
  • 5/8” Burlap Dark Denim Center Stitch Ribbon, 1 yard (75-cents)
  • 2mm Cotton Candy Blue Paper Cord, 1 yard (20-cents)
  • 5/8” Pink Lemonade Wired Raffia Bow String, 1 yard (75-cents)

The total retail cost of this kit is $105. There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available so be sure to get yours tomorrow! The County Fair Kit will be available for sale beginning on August 1st at 10pm EST, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.