In September, Stampin' Up! introduced the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit. The kit is designed to introduce stamping and cardmaking to new crafters and includes almost everything you need to make twenty all-occasion cards (you supply the scissors and adhesive). You can make all the cards and have them ready to go, which is what I did, or you can keep the kit stored in its decorative box and pull it out to make a card here or there when needed. And I think even the most experienced cardmakers have times when they need quick, cute, last-minute cards.
One nice feature of the kit is that it comes with a color brochure that includes photos of card designs. So if you're not feeling very creative, you can simply copy one of the samples. I started out looking at the brochure until I had a "feel" for the kit components. I don't think I copied any of the samples exactly, but there were a few that I made very similar with a little tweak or two. I also used a few extra supplies when making my cards: rhinestones, white baker's twine (the kit comes with Basic Gray/white baker's twine, but I wanted to hoard a little of that, so I substituted plain white for some cards), the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, and a paper-piercing tool and mat.
Below are pictures of the cards I made with the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, grouped by the type of card (thank you, birthday, etc.). I think they're all self-explanatory, so I'm not including any other details. But if you have any questions, post a comment below and I will respond as soon as I can.
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