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It's time for the last group post day for the April Papertrey Ink countdown.  It's time to reveal the next Make It Market Mini kit!  Yay!!  I have to say, I think it just might be my favorite so far. I LOVED putting this collection together!  It's called Wee Folk and it's filled with sweet baby images and sentiments, all with a bit of a folk art twist.  I love anything with a folk art's just so inspiring to me.  I love the symmetrical designs - they're just so fun to build and play around with, and I think you'll find that this kit is pretty fun to play around with too!  Many of the images can be used for more than just baby projects, so I think it will be a fun one to have in your collection. 

The Make It Market Mini: Wee Folk kit contains a single sheet ($15) stamp set, a set of dies, patterned papers, a couple of different fibers, tiny heart buttons, and some cute wooden buttons.  The patterned papers are kind of split into two groups - some with a more boyish color combo and some more girly.  

The Wee Folk kit will be available for purchase beginning on April 15th, 2015 at 10pm EST time from Papertrey Ink.  It is not a limited edition kit and will be restocked should it happen to go out of stock at some point.  

Enough talk, let's dig into the projects!  

This first card pretty much embodies my whole vision for the kit.  :-)  I used the pretty laurel stamp and coordinating die to create a wreath which I embellished with a few of the pre-printed animal images that can be found in the patterned papers included in the kit.  There are two sheets of pre-printed colorful little animals - one girly colors, one boyish. 



I also added lots of little diecuts which were stamped with images from the included stamp set -- tulips, butterflies, little birds, and more.  Many of the images have matching mirror images, making it easy to build these kinds of folk-art inspired, symmetrical designs.


That first card is pretty intricate with lots of stamping and diecutting, but there are some quick and easy options included in the kit as well.  Up next are a couple of quick cards that feature some pre-printed papers from the kit.  First is a girl version...


All I did was add a strip of patterned paper to the top and bottom of the pre-printed panel, adhere it to a card base, and add some of the pink paper twine from the kit along the top.  Super quick and easy for those times when you just need something fast!


Next is a boyish version using another pre-printed panel from the kit.  For this one I diecut one of the pre-printed deer from the patterned paper.  This is super easy to do.  The sheets of animals feature an outline that is slightly larger than the die, so all you have to do is center your die inside that guideline and run it through your machine to get a perfectly diecut shape.  There are deer, birds, butterflies, fox, and bunnies.  Each of them have a multi-colored folksy design on them.  There are stamps in the stamp set of each of these animals too!


I just added the diecut deer over top of the deer already printed on the panel just for a little extra dimension, then added a strip of patterned paper to the top and bottom of the panel.  I punched a half circle on each side and wrapped some of the aqua baker's twine from the kit.


Next I have a few more boyish cards.  This one uses the bunny stamp from the Wee Folk stamp set.  I stamped him four times around in a circle, and then added the hearts and other details in between each bunny.  It was super easy, I didn't even feel the need to mark anything and it came out great the first try!


Inside my "wreath" of bunnies I put one of the pre-printed bunnies which I diecut from the patterned paper and adhered him over the stamped sentiment, which is also included in the stamp set.  I added a tiny heart button, and some patterned paper and twine along the bottom, all from the kit.


Next is a little notecard.  I diecut the scalloped card base from the Party Pops kit from Kraft cardstock.  I heat embossed the wreath from the Wee Folk set using white embossing powder, and the sentiment using Zing powder.  I added a couple of birds and a fox which I diecut from the sheet of pre-printed animals.  I tied a little of the aqua twine from the kit around the top and added one of the tiny heart buttons.


This next card might just be my favorite of the bunch. It would work for a boy or girl, and you could do it in any color combination.  I chose to use Harvest Gold, Soft Stone, and Smokey Shadow ink.  It's simple and classy, and has a kind of modern feel.


I started off by stamping the wreath image twice using Soft Stone ink.  Around the outside of the wreath I just went to town stamping all of the different animals and other little elements from the stamp set.  I started with the larger animals first, then filled in all of the smaller spaces with small stamps from the set and just kept going until I was happy with how it looked.  I used the deer and fox at the bottom and filled the top with the bunny, birds, and butterflies.  I painted the edges of one of the wooden buttons with a bit of yellow paint.  The sentiment was stamped with Smokey Shadow ink.  I think this would make a lovely baby announcement too!


How about a few more girly cards?  This next one features a sweet color combo of Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush, Spring Moss, and Autumn Rose.  I used two of the wreath/laurel diecuts and stacked them again to form a frame.  Inside the frame I put one of the diecut pre-printed deer and a few stamped butterflies.


At the top is a little banner which I diecut using the You've Been Framed: Hexagon die set (not included in the kit) and stamp with the "welcome" sentiment from the Wee Folk set.  At the bottom of the wreath is a wooden button topped off with one of the tiny heart buttons and accented with some tulips which were diecut and stamped. I put some of the pretty pink paper from the kit along the bottom.


My next card uses some of the images in a little different way.  I decided to create more of a scene by incorporating the In the Meadow hill dies along the bottom.  I placed one of the diecut pre-printed deer on the hillside and added some tulips as well.


Up in the sky I stamped some clouds (not from the kit - from the Blue Skies stamp set) and added some of the pre-printed bird diecuts and a stamped sentiment.


My last couple projects today show you some examples of how you can use this kit for lots of things besides just babies!  You can pair the images with all sorts of different sentiments. Wouldn't the bunny be cute for Easter cards?  Another set that came to mind as a great complement to the Wee Folk kit is the Sweet Speech set.  I used one of the sentiments from that set to create a birthday card.


I used more vibrant colors here...Limeade Ice, Summer Sunrise, Blueberry Sky, Hibiscus, and Pure Poppy.  If you love building patterns and designs you'll have a ball playing around with this set.  Lot of little elements you can use to I did in the corners here.


And lastly, I have a set of little notecards using the "Cheer up buttercup" sentiment from Dawn's new Lunchbox Love set being released this month.  The fonts in that set are a good complement to the playful images in the Wee Folk set.  I just love this buttercup sentiment and decided to make a set of sweet notecards.


These were quick and fun to stamp.  I started off with the scalloped notecard die from the Party Pops kit.  I stamped the "cheer up..." sentiment onto each using Summer Sunrise ink.  Then I added a pre-printed diecut butterfly to each and accented it with some stamped tulips.  I added some stamping in the corners and a little stamped accent above the sentiment. 


They just turned out so sweet!  They really make me want to go stamp some more.  :-)





Supplies not linked, but available on April 15th from Papertrey Ink:  Make It Market Mini Kit: Wee Folk stamps, dies, papers, and trims.  Lunchbox Love stamp set

So what do you think?  I've been wanting a fun folk art set like this forever and it was a joy to get to stamp with it!  It makes me happy.  :-) Want to see more projects using this new Make It Market Mini: Wee Folk kit?  You can hop around to the other DT blogs to see what sweet things they've created.  I'm going to hop along with you...I can't wait to see what everyone made! 

Laurie Willison
Danielle Flanders
Dawn McVey
Amy Sheffer
Heather Nichols
Laura Bassen
Melissa Phillilps
Nichole Heady
Ashley Cannon Newell