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I can't believe we've made it to the last day of the April Papertrey Ink countdown already!  We saved something that I think is kind of fun for the last day.  I have a new mini kit coming out called Simple Impressions: Celebrations. 

This Simple Impressions kit is geared towards new stampers or stampers that want something quick and easy to grab for some relaxing crafting, or crafting on the go!  Looking for the perfect gift to get someone started with stamping?  This is just perfect for that.  It's filled with everything you'll need to just sit down and create!  There are stamps, ink cubes, patterned papers, pre-scored card bases and envelopes, sequin embellishments, even adhesive and a stamping block!  And everything is simple to stamp, perfectly coordinated, and stored in a cute plastic storage container, so it's all right at your fingertips.

But wait!  You have no need for the inks and other items?  Good news!  We're also offering the stamp set on it's own, as well as coordinating dies.  The dies are not included in the kit, as it's geared towards easy grab and go, or new stampers, who likely don't have a diecut machine.  But, they are being offered separately, so you can get just want you need and want.  

The kit also contains idea sheets, tips, and sketches, making it so fun and easy to just sit and create.  

I'm excited to share a whole bunch of projects with you using this kit!  My first several projects were all done using JUST the items from the kit - no other tools, dies, or inks.  And like the name implies, this kit covers all sorts of celebrations and occasions...baby, wedding, anniversary, birthday, graduation, and more. 

First off are a couple of baby cards.  There are elements perfect for both boy and girl cards.

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The sweet butterflies are perfect for baby cards, (or birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings, too!).  I paired them with one of the patterned papers from the kit, along with the congratulations sentiment.  A few sequins from the kit give it just enough sparkle.

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The boy version uses some Aqua Mist paper from the kit along with the cute banner stamp and star background.  The patterned papers all have circles or rectangles on them, making it easy to just stamp a focal point and sentiment!

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There are sentiments and images that work great for anniversary and wedding cards as well.

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For this card, I stamped the flowers from the stamp set directly onto one of the white card bases.  You can expand your ink colors by using the "stamping off" technique, which is what I did here to get the various shades of pink and green.

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This anniversary card again uses the flowers, but this time stamped onto the circle of one of the patterned papers.  

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Of course a Celebrations kit would not be complete without some options for birthday cards, which is probably my most crafted-for occasion!

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This one uses the balloon stamp along with the matching string, and the fun sentiments from the stamp set.

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You can never go wrong with candles!  I stamped a whole row of them, along with the "it's time to celebrate" sentiment along the bottom.  This is perfect for just about anyone, but you could change up the colors to make it more feminine.

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Graduations are another occasion that I make a lot of cards for, so I included a little graduation cap in the set as well.  You've maybe noticed that popping up on a few of the other projects earlier in the countdown.  It's the perfect size to pair with so many things.  I stamped three of them here, along with the star background and the "congratulations on your graduation day" sentiment. 

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I did not include a supply list for the cards above, as they use strictly the items from the kit.  Of course the Simple Impressions: Celebrations kit can be stepped up and paired with the matching dies, as well as all sorts of other dies, products, or techniques if you're looking to create more layered, detailed projects.  My next few projects show some "stepped up" projects that incorporate other items from outside the kit.

This first one just adds in the matching dies so I could do some layering with the banners and balloons.  I also masked off the center rectangle on the patterned paper and did some ink blending.

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I also cut the patterned paper with the new Noted: Simply Stitched die to add a stitched detail to the edges.  The sequin stars from the kit add just the right amount of sparkle. 

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My next graduation card uses the same kind of techniques as the card above, but I also added in some heat embossing to add some gold shine to the banner, stars, and sentiment.

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I layered three of the diecut graduation caps over the banners.  

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My last card uses the balloons and banner from the Simple Impression: Celebrations kit paired with my new Fence Line: Spring set to create a cute birthday scene.

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I started off with the Noted: Simply Stitched card base and large rectangle.  I sponged the large stitched rectangle with Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal inks along the top, and Green Parakeet and New Leaf along the bottom.  I added some diecut clouds (using the Blue Skies dies), and layered some of the balloons from Simple Impressions set over the top.  The strings were added using the Balloon Strings dies.

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The banner from the Simple Impressions set fits perfectly on the fence!  I love it when that happens.  I added some of the flowers and grass from the Fence Line set.  The sentiment is actually from the Fiesta Flag stamp set.

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New make it band

Supplies not linked, but available on April 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Simple Impressions stamp set and matching dies, Fence Line: Spring stamp set and matching dies, Noted: Simply Stitched A2 Vertical dies

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed today's projects and the introduction of the Simple Impressions: Celebrations kit!  Have fun shopping when everything goes live in the store tomorrow night!

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