Friday, September 30, 2016

Make It Market: Post & Parcel

The wait for this year's holiday Make It Market kit is almost over! It will be available for purchase tomorrow, October 1, at 10 pm EST in the Papertrey Ink store. 

Betsy once again has outdone herself with this kit! I don't think I've ever been so excited to share projects! But first, here are all the kit details:

The next Make It Market Kit is entitled "Post & Parcel" will be released on October 1st. Betsy's big holiday kit is one of the most highly anticipated releases for our customers each year. The theme for this kit is mail, with hints of all things vintage and days gone by. With the dies you can create large 3D vintage letterboxes to hold small gifts, gift cards, treats and more. There are stamps and dies to create flat mailboxes perfect for card fronts and tags, complete with a working flag you can put up and down! There are gorgeous stencils that are just amazing and can be used in all kinds of ways to give your projects a bit of a mail flair. We cannot neglect to mention the beautiful papers, envelope dies, a separate trimmings kit and MORE! You will not want to miss out on this one!


Post & Parcel stamp set & labels
Post & Parcel 8-1/2" x 11" paper collection (1 sheet each of 14 designs)
Post & Parcel stencil collection (set of 4)
Post & Parcel die collection
Post & Parcel Details die collection
Post & Parcel Accessories die collection
Total Retail Cost: $108


Airmail Twine (2 yards)

Teal Twine (2 yards)

Gray Striped Ribbon (2 yards)
Red/Blue Striped Ribbon (2 yards)
Light Blue Velvet Ribbon (2 yards)
Miniature Ming Pine Garland (5 feet)
Mini Screw Fasteners (1 package)
Mini Paper Clips (1 package)
Mini Mailbox
Airmail Washi Tape (1 roll)
Red Mini Clothespins (5 clothes pins)
Miniature Cardinals (2 Cardinals)
White Flocking (1/2 ounce)
Total Retail Cost: $32

There will be a limited number of these exclusive kits available, so be sure to get yours on Saturday! The "Post & Parcel" Kit will be available for sale beginning on October 1st at 10pm ET, only at Papertrey Ink. Read all the details on Nichole's blog or contact Customer Service with any questions.

I hope you're comfy, because I couldn't stop creating with this kit and have a lot to share. And the best part is that I barely made a dent in the kit contents!

This vintage letterbox has got to be the most adorable packaging ever. I am so in love! My favorite part, after the sheer cuteness, is that the box is so ideal for packaging both a gift card and a small gift or treat. I always feel a little lame giving "just" a gift card, so I try to add just a little something extra, usually a homemade treat of some sort. Here, the gift card goes in the postage slot and the gift goes inside.

I die-cut three postage mats, two from Post & Parcel papers and one from card stock, then clipped them together with the adorable vintage paperclip from the Trimmings kit, topped with Teal twine, also in the Trimmings kit. 

For the gift card holder, I die-cut the bow strings, which allows the card to slip underneath. How clever is that?

Inside the letterbox is a small cello bag of Hershey's kisses. I used more kit contents to tie off the top. (The embellishments go on and on and on -- they seem endless!)

Here's a little peek at how the contents all fit together.

The details are incredible. Check out that darling lock with the embossing detail. Speaking of embossing detail, I added "Post" to the mailbox front using one of the stencils and some transparent embossing paste. I lightly rubbed the edges of the box and the embossing paste with white ink to give it some age.

I decorated the box with ribbons and trims and lots of the beautiful printed die-cut-ready images. I could share a thousand more pictures of this adorable box, but we must move on!

For this card, I've used more of the preprinted elements -- mailbox, greens, post, flag, and the gifts and envelopes inside the mailbox. The flag is attached with a tiny brad for a realistic look. It actually works, too, but here it's behind the acetate for the shaker card, so that detail is just for looks this time.

The background is stenciled using the scenic stencils in the kit. The snow is embossing paste sprinkled with flocking.

I added frames from the Cover Plate: Delightful die to make a shaker card. The "snow" in the bottom is some glass glitter from my stash.

Next are some gift card holders using the large gift card envelope and the postage mat, which fits inside the envelope or works nicely as a layer on the outside.

I die-cut this one from one of the kit papers, then topped it with a postage mat and then some of those absolutely adorable mini-envelopes and postage stamps. I also tucked in some greenery die-cuts here and there. The large postage mat is stenciled with the airmail striped border.

Inside is a Starbucks gift card slipped underneath the die-cut bow strings.

This one uses one of the preprinted gift card envelope designs. These seriously could not be much quicker. Just die-cut, fold, and they're ready. Some of the designs don't need any extra stamping or design, and others come blank and ready to decorate. For this one, all I did was stamp a sentiment, tie on some twine, and add a clothespin and to/from postage stamp die-cut.

Here's the back. I love the script print on the back of the envelope!

One other thing I did was to cut a second postage mat for the back side of the bow strings gift card holder. I think it looks a little more finished with the die-cut added to the back, and it also gives you a place to write a message or just include a to/from.

There are stamps to match all of the preprinted images, so when you run out or when you want different colors, you're all set!

Here I've stamped the greenery and cut the gift card envelope out of card stock.

 I also used some gold metallic embossing paste to stencil "greetings" on the front.

The postal theme carries well beyond the holidays, too. Here's a gift card holder in the traditional postal red and blue combo. 

I love the packages stamped in kraft ink. "Brown paper packages tied up with strings"  ... oops, I'm back to holidays!

The trimmings kit even comes with airmail washi tape -- perfect across the gift card envelope closure!

One more project? 

How about that adorable mini tin mailbox as an ornament? Oh my goodness, I adore this!

In the front are some miniature envelopes tied up with airmail twine. 

On the side is a wreath made from the miniature pine garland from the trimmings kit. 

The two cardinals, also from the trimmings kit, keep watch.

That's it for today! For lots more Make It Market: Post & Parcel inspiration, visit the Make It Market team:


Julia Aston said...

What wonderful projects you created using Betsy's wonderful new kit - I love the mail box in the grey! Julia xx

jan metcalf said...

WOW!! Your aged mail box is my very favorite, great technique!

Holly Saveur said...

Very sweet cards and items..

TLady said...

SO SWEET! I too LOOOVE the postal theme for Christmas! You've done a WONDERFUL JOB on ALL of these projects! I am in LOVE AGAIN with one of Betsy's kits! LOL SUPER JOB!!!

Sandy S. said...

Embossing paste sprinkled with flocking???? Brilliant!!

Betty Sue said...

Adore what you've done with this kit! Amazing!! ❤️📬

María Alba Negrón said...

Hi Amy,

Your work with this Kit is MESMERIZING!!!!! Thanks for the Splendid inspiration!

María Alba

Ohhh Snap said...

LOVE your projects!

Kathy Mc said...

You were definitely on a roll, Amy, and each project is beautifully done. Glad I don't have to pick a favorite.

Skrater said...

WOW, your samples are amazing, that Cardinal in the mailbox ornament is perfect, you are SO talented!

Nancy Penir said...

Good golly Miss Amy!!! Your projects are through the roof! The postal box is a treasure. Love every detail and bit, including what's inside. Btw, your photos are gorgeous. Wait, have to save that word for the rest of your work... Oh my, simply amazing. Love it all!!!

Marybeth said...

Oh my gosh what you have done with this kit Amy is amazing! I love so many of your projects! The mailbox card is darling!