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Introducing the Make It Market: Nostalgic Notions kit...

Welcome to kit reveal day!  Today the Papertrey Ink Make It Market team is sharing the full reveal of the newest Make It Market full kit called Nostalgic Notions.  The Nostalgic Notions kit is filled with all sorts of lovely things you might find in your grandmother's sewing basket, inspired by fabrics, linens, and notions from the 1940s.  Many of you expressed interest in a full kit with this theme after last year's Stamp-a-Faire 1940s era mini kit.  I absolutely love things from this era, so I was more than happy to fulfill that request!  

The Make It Market: Nostalgic Notions kit will be available for purchase from the Papertrey Ink website beginning at 10pm Eastern time on June 1st.  This is a full-sized kit, and as per usual with the full kits, it will be limited edition.  If the current stock happens to sell out within the first 24 hours it will be opened up for pre-order.  The pre-order will take place for a limited amount of time, which will be stated at the time the pre-order is made available (the pre-order period usually ends within the first 4-5 days of the month).  

Before we get to the projects, here is a complete list of the kit contents:

  • Nostalgic Notions stamp set (2 sheets)
  • Nostalgic Buttons mini stamp set + label
  • Nostalgic Notions die collection
  • Nostalgic Notions Accessories die collection
  • Nostalgic Notions paper collection, 36 A2 sheets
  • (12) Fold & Go Air Mail Envelope sheets
  • (2) Vintage Paper Lace Trim Strips, 3" x 39" each
  • Blue Floral Crochet Edged Bias Tape, 1 yard
  • Red Dot Crochet Edged Bias Tape, 1 yard
  • (3) Light Blue Resin Bows
  • Nostalgic Button Assortment, 15 buttons total
  • (1) Red Mulberry Flower bouquet, 5 flowers total
  • (1) Yellow Mulberry Flower bouquet, 5 flowers total
  • (2) Denim Mulberry Flower bouquets, 10 flowers total
  • (2) Light Blue Mulberry Flower bouquets, 10 flowers total
  • Notions storage box

The total retail cost of the "Nostalgic Notions" Kit is $100.

I put together a video so you can get a look at all of the items included in the kit.  I also go over a few details and quick tips for diecutting the buttons and assembling the fold-and-go envelopes.  


Edited to add:  I always put together a Pinterest board for the full kits, filled with inspirational images pertaining to the kit theme, as well as all of the team projects.  I forgot to share that link in this post!  If you'd like to check out the Nostalgic Notions board you can find it HERE.  

Now let's get on to the projects!  I just had so much fun creating with this kit, but I am sort of partial to this look, so everything seemed to just come together so easily.  

First up is the very first card I created with the kit and I shared it in my sneak peek photo.  I started off by diecutting the scalloped panel from Rustic White cardstock.  I stamped the corner image twice using Sweet Blush ink.  Over that I layered some stamped and diecut flowers from the kit.  These are all multi-step images so you can really have fun playing around with color...and I love the result! The little daisies actually have four steps - the base of the flower, the shading on the petals, the center, and an extra little detail to add to the centers.  I used Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold, and Pure Poppy ink to stamp them.  You could definitely simplify it and use just the daisy and the center too...lot of options.  The leaves were done with Aqua Mist and Tropical Teal.  The pink flowers were done with Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst, and Pure Poppy.


I stamped one of the sentiments from the set in the center at an angle.  In the upper left corner I added two buttons - one red flower button from the kit and the other was diecut using the button dies from the kit along with the pre-printed buttons found in the paper pad.  I layered all of this over a sheet of floral paper from the kit.



My next project uses the flower stamps and dies again, this time paired with the corner accent die from the kit.  I diecut three of them - two from Pure Poppy and one from Aqua Mist.  I actually wove two of them together for a fun effect.  I layered the flowers over the top and nestled a sentiment in between the diecuts.  I love this corner die and I think there are lots of options for could have a very graphic feel if paired with different elements...maybe layer some star diecut instead of flowers for a masculine card!


I also stamped the smaller corner elements that are found in the Nostalgic Notions Buttons mini stamp set included in the kit, nesting them inside of the larger diecut corners.  I also tucked in one of the aqua resin bows from the kit.


On my next card I went to town with the button dies and stamps!  Before I started on my kit projects I sat down and diecut a bunch of buttons from different colors and stamped them.  I had a whole pile of them to play around with...mixing, matching, and layering.  Very fun!  


I layered nine of them over one of the scalloped panels which was actually inset into a panel of patterned paper from the kit.  The patterned paper had the polka dot frame printed on it, but I wanted more room for my buttons, so I just cut it out using the die and inset a panel of plain cardstock instead.  I used the printed polka dot frame on a mini card I'll share a bit later in the post.  I stamped one of the sentiments from the main set and added a few little flower clusters from the button additions set. 


Like I mentioned earlier, everything in this kit was inspired by things from the 1940s...lots and lots of letter writing happened in this era, with families separated because of the war.  That's was inspired me to include these fold-n-go airmail envelopes.  I embellished one to coordinate with my card.  I added a stamped button by stringing some twine through some of the diecut details.  I stamped a few little flower clusters using Pure Poppy ink and added a cluster of the blue paper flowers from the kit.  Such a pretty way to present a card!


A little more info about the envelopes included in the kit.  There are two different sizes - A2 and gift enclosure size (4 1/4" x 2 1/2").  They are printed on our linen cardstock and simply need to be trimmed with a scissors around the guidelines and scored on the marked score lines.  Then you can just fold to assemble.  I show this in detail in the video at the top of this post.


My next card uses more buttons, but this time I didn't stamp them, I just diecut some of the pre-printed ones included in the paper pad.  The dies and paper feature little guides that help you line everything up and get perfect cuts every time!  Watch the video at the top of this post to see this shown in detail. 


I layered a stamped and diecut scalloped panel over a sheet of floral paper from the kit.  I stamped a sentiment from the Nostalgic Notions main stamp set in the center and accented it with several small floral elements from the Buttons Additions set.  The little images in this set definitely aren't just for adding to the buttons...they make great little accents for sentiments, etc.  I lined up a bunch of the diecut buttons along the bottom edge, layered over a strip of the paper lace that's included in the kit.


Next up is one more card that uses the buttons, this time arranged in a circle around the sentiment found in the Nostalgic Notions Buttons Additions mini set included in the kit.  It would be perfect for a get well or encouragement card, or even just for a friend that loves to quilt or sew.  My little button wreath includes some diecut/stamped buttons as well as some actual buttons from the kit and a few of the little floral images just stamped directly onto my card front.


I added a strip of patterned paper from the kit to the bottom edge, which was trimmed with the polka dot double fold bias tape from the kit.  Super easy - just add a strip of adhesive along the bottom edge and insert the paper between the two layers of the bias tape.  Again, you can see this in action in my video above.  The little corner accents from the Buttons Additions set finish off the corners at the top.


My next card was really quick and easy.  I started off with just a white card base and stamped some of the larger flowers from the stamp set on the lower right corner.  These are multi-step flowers, but I just used the one layer for a simpler, more open look.  I stamped the leaves and flowers, along with the sentiment, in Pure Poppy ink and Aqua Mist inks.  


Along the top of my card I added a strip of the paper lace from the kit - it's made of a glassine material, so it's a bit translucent and very pretty!  I also added a few diecut scalloped borders, which I cut from the patterned paper using the scalloped border die from the kit.  One of the airmail envelopes is the perfect way to wrap up this card.


My next card uses one of the sheets of patterned paper from the Nostalgic Notions pad as the starting point.  I simply stamped a few flowers and a sentiment inside that pre-printed polka dot frame.



I added a diecut heart button which was cut from the pre-printed sheet of buttons and threaded some of the polka dot bias tape through it, along with some yellow baker's twine (not included in the kit).  I love how the bias tape fits perfectly through that heart!  


Up next I wanted to create a card in one of my favorite summery color schemes - Pure Poppy, Spring Rain, and Blueberry Sky. It just screams summer to me!  I started off by stamping the scalloped panel in Spring Rain ink and diecutting it with the coordinating die (I find this one is easier to stamp first and diecut second - it's an open die, so it makes it a little easier to line everything up).  I trimmed off the top of the scalloped panel and added some of the blue/red floral bias tape from the kit, as well as a diecut scalloped border, cut from the patterned paper.


I went to town layering the stamped flowers and leaves.  I love all of the color possibilities for these flowers!  I layered my finished panel over some red patterned paper from the kit.



Speaking of color possibilities for the flowers, my next two projects step way outside of the kit color scheme...which is part of the fun!  The kits usually have a color scheme with the papers and embellishments included, but nothing says you need to stick with that!  That's the beauty of stamps, isn't it?  You can create with whatever colors your heart desires.  I was itching to stamp these florals in some juicy, summery colors!


For this first card I just used the two sizes of daisies included in the stamp set.  I stamped them in summery colors and created a little bouquet by stamping some stems using one of the stamps in the main set, topped off with one of the resin bows. 


My bouquet is layered over the scalloped panel, stamped with the polka dot frame using Hibiscus Burst ink and layered over a Harvest Gold card base.  A sentiment from the main Nostalgic Notions set is stamped under the bouquet.


My next card goes all out, using all of the floral stamps from the main stamp set.  These flowers are meant to have a carefree, hand-painted look to them, much like many of the table linens that were very popular in the 40s, making them super easy to stamp! 


I created a large bouquet of flowers and bright and fun!  I layered this over a scalloped panel which was diecut from Aqua Mist cardstock and stamped with Tropical Teal ink.  I cut it in half and just used the bottom portion.  I layered a square of white cardstock over the top, stamped with a sentiment from the Nostalgic Notions set and finished off with some diecut scallops along the bottom edge.


Last, but not least, I dressed up some simple packaging using elements from the Nostalgic Notions kit.  The paper lace is just perfect for gift wrapping.  Here I just wrapped it around some simple brown paper wrapping.  



I threaded a few diecut buttons on some twine (not included in the kit) and tucked in a little bouquet of the paper flowers from the kit.  Inside the small enclosure envelope I tucked a small card that was created with the scalloped panel that I cut out fo the patterned paper from the card earlier in this post. 


 I simply folded it in half, stamped a sentiment and some flowers to the front, and it fit nicely inside the little envelope.


My other wrap today is just a simple brown bag.  I trimmed of the bottom gusset and diecut it into a scallop using one of the Edgers dies (not included in the kit) and stitched it closed.


I wrapped it with a strip of paper lace and added a diecut button, a regular button, and a cluster of flowers.  It a pretty way to present a small gift, or even a set of handmade cards.


Well, my goodness...what was a lot of projects!  And I still feel like I have lots of things I'd like to create using this kit!  If you're itching to see more of the Nostalgic Notions kit in action you can hop around to the other Make It Market girls...

Just a reminder, the Nostalgic Notions kit will be available for purchase beginning at 10pm Eastern time on the Papertrey Ink website, and this one is a limited edition kit!  


 All other supplies not linked are from the Make It Market: Nostalgic Notions kit, available at 10pm Eastern time on June 1st from Papertrey Ink