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Welcome to Day 1 of the April Papertrey Ink countdown!  Lots of the sets I have coming your way this month are being introduced today, so I have so much to show you!    

Here's a quick run-down of what's being revealed today and what I'll be showing in today's projects...

Tiny Town School dies - an addition set to go along with the Tiny Town Basics set that will turn our building base into a cute school house.

Dress Up Dolls: School Days -- some cute school uniforms and accessories for the Dress Up Dolls...great for teacher thank you's, end of the year or first day of school treats, and more!

What the Doodle: Apple -- a fun apple to color, watercolor, stamp, etc. - great for teacher cards, food gifts, and more. And matching coloring sheets!

Paper Clippings: Thank you -- a jumbo-sized thank you sentiment that will take center stage on your projects!

All of these new stamps, dies, and papers will be available to purchase beginning at 10pm EST from the Papertrey Ink website.  

Let's have some projects, shall we?  

 First let's talk about Tiny Town School.  There is just something about miniature paper houses done all in white that I can't resist.  I decided to create a centerpiece using all three of our current Tiny Town buildings -- Tiny Town Basics house, Church, and School. 


I placed them all in a rustic wooden tray that I picked up at a little shop in a nearby town, along with some artificial succulents and small ceramic birds.  Here is a close-up of our latest building - the school house.  You will of course need to pair the School dies with the Tiny Town Basics set, as the main building structure is in the basics set.  I added the separate roof pieces to each of my buildings as well.


Here's a shot of the whole box, with all three of the Tiny Town buildings nestled with the succulents and birds, and also a string of lights to add a little sparkle.


I also took a shot of all three of them lined up next to each other so you can see how they all look together.  They'd be so cute lined up on a mantel!


The assembly for the school is exactly the same as the church -- including the way the windows and front panel need to be lined up, etc.  I showed the church assembly in this video, so I thought I'd link it here again.  Just sub out the school bits and pieces for those I show for the church and you'll be good to go!


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Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Tiny Town School dies

Of course, you can do the Tiny Town School in the more traditional red.  Here I put one together and filled it with chocolates for a fun end of the year or teacher's appreciation day treat.


I cut the main building using the Tiny Town Basics set and diecut/embellished it with the new School accessory set.  I used the Pure Poppy + White polka dot paper to make a cute polka dotty building.  


I folded the roof tabs up and tied some twine through the holes so the box can be opened.  I also added the separate Square Shingles roof die, which I cut in half so I could glue half to each side of the roof, and still allow the top to be untied and opened.  I also attached a tag, which was diecut from the Cuppa Love die set.  I stamped it with the "thank you teacher" sentiment from the new Dress Up Dolls: School Days set, which I'll show you more of in a bit!  The little pencil is also from the Dress Up Dolls set.



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 Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Tiny Town School dies, Dress Up Dolls: School Days stamp set

For my next project, I put together a few little treat buckets that would be fun for end of the school year, kindergarten/preschool graduations, or first day of school.  I attached a tag stamped with a sentiment from the Dress Up Dolls: School Days set that make these perfect for the first day of school.  I tucked some treats and pencils in this bucket, but you could fill them with just about anything you want.


There are cute school uniforms for both the boy and girl in the Dress Up Dolls: School Days set, but I chose to dress mine up in the jeans and t-shirts from the Basics set, since we don't do uniforms in my kids' school.  But all of the pieces in the various Dress Up Dolls sets can be mixed and matched, so you can dress and accessorize them however you please!  The "happy" sentiment here is from the Dress Up Dolls: Easter set, the "first day of school" is from the School Days set.  Of course I had to make him look studious, so I gave him some glasses from the Basics set as well.  Everything was colored with Copic markers.  


The second bucket features the Dress Up Dolls girl, dressed in the same jeans and t-shirt from the Basics set, and accessorized with the backpack and books from the School Days set, this time colored ink pinks and purples.  


The contents of the bucket are a little different, too.  I stuck a pack of colored pencils and a little magnetic booklet I created, which is filled with a magnetic paper doll set.  I was out of the CD tins that Papertrey is carrying for the magnetic doll sets, so I decided to get a bit creative...I think it paid off, because it turned out pretty fun!  I used the Moments Inked: Basic Pages die, and diecut two of them from the magnet sheets, as well as patterned papers.  


I didn't have any spiral binding either, so I created my own binding by simply "stitching" some baker's twine around the little tabs where the spiral binding is supposed to be inserted.  I started at the top and left a bit of a tail.  When I got to the bottom I came back up and ended again at the top.  I tied the starting tail and ending tail into a knot to secure.  I also added a little tag, with my daughter's initial.  I did glue those little spiral binding tabs together too, just so they wouldn't separate and look messy after the cover was opened and closed a few times.  The front cover was embellished with some Petite Places patterned paper and the Tiny Town School dies.  


Here's a shot of the magnetic booklet opened up with the paper dolls inside.  I did not cover the magnetic sheets with patterned paper on the inside so that the pieces would stay put.  The magnetic paper dolls were made by adhering the Adhesive Sheets to the magnet sheets before diecutting.  It's important that you use a lighter weight paper, such as the adhesive sheets, for the magnets to have enough "stick" - heavier paper such as cardstock will interfere with the light-weight magnetic material. I left the pieces uncolored so the recipient could color them with the colored pencils included in the bucket.  My daughter snatched them up as soon as I was finished taking this photo, so they are colored now!  :-)  


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Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Tiny Town School dies, Dress Up Dolls: School Days stamp set and coordinating dies

I also put together a couple of teacher thank you's using the Dress Up Dolls: School Days set.  Here's the girl, dressed in her school uniform and holding an apple for the teacher.  


She has glasses (from the Dress Up Dolls: Basics set), and even a pencil tucked behind her ear.  I colored her with Copics and layered her over a Stitched Circle diecut, which was sponged with a bit of Spring Rain ink and stamped with a sentiment from the Dress Up Dolls: School Days set.  I layered everything over some lined paper from the Pencil Me In paper pad, and added a strip of plaid from the Holiday Plaid paper pad.


I also created a boy version.  I thought it might be cute to have him holding a giant pencil, which was made with the Shaker Shapes: Pencil die.


I filled the pencil shaker with red and yellow sequins.  The curly-q is also from the Shaker Shapes: Pencil die.  He's dressed up in his school uniform too, but you don't see much of it behind that giant pencil.  :-)  I used papers from the same collections as the above card.


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Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Tiny Town School dies, Dress Up Dolls: School Days stamp set and coordinating dies

So this post is already getting long!  I'll share just one project of each of the other sets being revealed today and I'll share more of them in the next few days.

Up first is a card using What the Doodle: Apple stamps, dies, and coloring sheets.  I colored everything with colored pencils and gamsol.  The coloring sheet has all of the flowers printed in the corners.


Just like the previous What the Doodle sets there is an intricate apple die as well as a solid apple.  I used the intricate one here and stamped on it, then colored it with my colored pencils.  There is a small flower and two leaves in the set as well, with dies to coordinate.  I added them to the base of the apple.  The "thanks" sentiment is also from What the Doodle: Apple.  I love the fresh apple-y colors!  


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Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  What the Doodle: Apple stamp set and coordinating dies and coloring sheets

Up next is a card using the new Paper Clippings: Thank You die and stamps.  This was super quick to put together.  I diecut the jumbo sentiment from Linen cardstock and sponged it with Aqua Mist and Spring Rain inks on the sentiment portion.  


To add color to the flowers and birds, I stamped them with the coordinating stamps.  The sentiment stamped along the bottom is also from the Paper Clippings: Thank You set.  There are a few different sentiments included that fit in that open space along the bottom.  Just a soft, pretty card that was quick to put together.


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Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Paper Clippings: Thank You stamp set and coordinating die

 And one last card today using this month's Inspired set, which features the word "faith".   I started with a panel of watercolor paper, which I colored with my Zig pens.  When I was done it kind of reminded me of a photo of a galaxy, so I stamped some star clusters from the Birthday Cheer set in colors that coordinate with the watercoloring.  


This sentiment is from one of my favorite verses and I think it goes so well with the starry background.  I stamped part of it using Stormy Seas ink and added the Inspired: Faith diecut.  I also added a few clear sequins to the background for a little sparkle.


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Supplies not linked, but available on April 15, 2016 from Papertrey Ink:  Inspired: Faith stamp set and coordinating die 

 Thanks so much for staying with me all the way to the end of this post!  So much to share today, but I have lots more in the next few days.  If you want to see more of today's sets, you can visit Danielle, who's using What the Doodle: Apple, and Dawn is featuring Paper Clippings: Thank You.