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Good morning and welcome to the final day of the March Papertrey Ink countdown!  Today I get to show you some projects using a new Make It Market Mini Kit called Bloom & Grow.  Did your kids ever come home from school with one of those Mother's Day cards that's a little pot with a bouquet that pulls out?  This kit is the grown-up version of that classic project!  It features a cute little pot die (which can also act as a stand-up base), three-step shaped stencils, and some cute floral stamps.  It's a fun one to play around with, for sure!

The new Bloom & Grow Mini Kit will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm ET on March 15th from the Papertrey Ink website.

I put together a short video that shows how the 3-step stencils and stamps works together to create the pretty bouquets.  Think of all of the different color combos you could create these in!

Let me show you some projects using the kit!  My first project is a set of little notecards.  These fit perfectly inside the 4x4 square envelopes Papertrey carries in the store.  


The flower pot die cuts a double pot with a slit in the center so you can simply fold it in half and slip the tab at the base of the bouquet into the slit.  There are several sentiments included in the stamp set, which all fit on that tab (or on the pot itself).  The bouquets in this project were done with the stamps and stencils, but there are some pre-printed bouquets that you can diecut for quicker projects, too!


Such a sweet little enclosure card that the recipient can put on display.  


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 My next card was so quick and easy to put together, thanks to the pre-printed diecuts from the kit!


The card base was cut from white cardstock using the Noted: Scalloped A2 Vertical die collection.  The plaid layer was cut from some watercolor plaid paper from the kit, using the large rectangle die from that same Noted die collection.  


I folded the pot diecut in half and put some adhesive along the bottom and sides to create a little pocket which the bouquet can slip into.  I stamped a sentiment from the set onto the tab.  Such a cute Mother's Day card!


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Of course you can do these bouquets up in any color combo you wish!  One of the forum members mentioned that she felt this kit had a Dutch folk-art feel, which I agree!  That comment inspired me to make a "Delft Blue" version.  My mom used to have a whole collection of this type of pottery.  


I stenciled and stamped with Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Enchanted Evening, and Dark Indigo inks.  The pot was diecut from Blueberry Sky cardstock and embellished with some Enchanted Evening on the lip of the pot.  There is a die for this as well as the scallop detail and string/bow.  The "thank you" sentiment I used above the bouquet was stamped with the new Ways to Say: Thanks stamp set.


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Of course the tab at the base of the bouquet die can be trimmed away so that you can use the bouquet without the pot as well.  Just a couple of little snips will free the bouquet from the tab.  Here I combined it with the new Mix & Mat: Flourish dies for a pretty thank you card.


The thank you sentiment is from the Bloom & Grow kit.  I stamped it in black into onto a stitched rectangle which was cut with the Noted: Scalloped A2 dies.  I placed the finished design onto a Prairie Grass card base.


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 All of the flowers in the stencils are also in stamp format, so you can choose to create all kinds of designs of your own - focal points, backgrounds, etc.  I wanted to use the stamps to create a pretty all-over background on my next card.  This was so fun to stamp!  


I wanted a bit of a different color scheme and found some inspiration on Pinterest, which led to this, and I love how it turned out.  It's fun to step out of your usual color box and try something different.  The sentiment I used here is from the Bold & Beautiful set, stamped in Smokey Shadow ink.


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 I hope you enjoyed this peek into just a few of the possibilities for the Bloom & Grow mini kit!  I had so much fun creating with it, and I think you will too!  You can stop by Nichole and Wanda, as they'll both be sharing some more projects using the kit contents!