March 31, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas--March


Yes, it's that time again!  The end of each month is quickly becoming one of my favorite times, because I look forward to The 12 Kits of Christmas post.  If you have no idea what this is, feel free to check out my first post from January HERE, but the basic idea is that a group of 12 of us create holiday cards each month using the same kit provided by one of the members.  

This month's kit was put together by my sweet friend, Suzanne of The Card Yard.  It was loaded with goodies, including tons of gorgeous ribbon, a variety of stamped images, pretty papers, and even embellishments.  Here's a peek at some of it (thanks to Kara for the photo!):


I'm embarrassed to say that there were some beautiful stamped images in the kit that I wound up not using, mostly because I wasn't happy with my coloring.  *oops!*  But luckily there were still plenty of beautiful sentiments and images to use.  

The patterned papers in this kit were so lovely, I kept my designs very simple to let them shine.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Patterned paper:  Stampin' Up! (Holly Berry Bouquet)
Stamp:  A Muse Studio (Vintage Holiday Greetings)
Tools:  A Muse Studio (Vintage Labels 1 die), corner rounder
Accessories:  ribbon, pearls, thread


Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Garden Green)
Patterned paper:  Cosmo Cricket (Mitten Weather)
Stamp:  A Muse Studio (Winter Wood)
Tool:  corner rounder
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), ribbon (leftover from Feb. kit), Ranger (Diamond Stickles), thread


Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Pure Poppy), Stampin' Up! (Garden Green)
Patterned paper:  Stampin' Up! (Holly Berry Bouquet)
Stamps:  A Muse Studio (Vintage Holiday Greetings), Waltzingmouse (Vintage Labels 18)
Tools:  A Muse Studio (Vintage Labels 1 die), Spellbinders (Labels 8), corner rounder
Accessories:  Stampin' Up! (ribbon), pearls, thread


Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Kraft)
Patterned paper:  Stampin' Up! (Holly Berry Bouquet), A Muse Studio (Candy Cane Stripe)
Stamp:  A Muse Studio (Vintage Holiday Greetings)
Tools:  A Muse Studio (Vintage Labels 1 die), EK Success (border punch)
Accessories:  thread

I still have tons of supplies left to use on more cards, and I'm sure I'll be CASEing some ideas from my fellow 12 Kit Designers:


Suzanne:  The Card Yard
Kara: KandRDesigns
Sharron: OnPapillionWings
Jeanne: AKeptLife


Be sure to visit all of them for some holiday inspiration--it's never too early to get started on those Christmas cards!

Thanks for your visit!  See you back in a few hours for a new Card Patterns sketch!

17 comments:

Marybeth said...

Christina nothing simple about them to me, with that beautiful stitching! You did a great job using all the papers , so pretty. I do like the way you kept your bows and embellishments simple. I sure love seeing all the different styles of cards everyone comes up with. I think the stitching is such a warm touch to your cards.

Kim said...

Christina, all of your cards are so fabulous! You made such wonderful use of the beautiful patterned paper! That lavender is so awesome with the Season's Greetings sentiment and the touch of red, so stunning!

Amy said...

Christina....I LOVE how you didn't use the images and just focused on those gorgeous sentiments! What a fabulous idea! On that last card you just did an exquisite job with the patterned papers stitched together! I LOVE that card! And you're right.....the sentiment does make the card shine!

Lynn said...

Simple and oh, oh, so beautiful. I love how you highlighted all of the gorgeous paper...so beautiful!

Meadie said...

Your christmas cards are just stunning, I love those beautiful papers, Hugs x x

Renee said...

I'm SO glad I didn't use all my supplies...
I'm SO CASE'ing you!! :)
These are so gorgeously fabulous...
I love each and every one...
the stitching (which Thanks for your secret ;) ) is amazing...
just love the way you mixed these gorgeous papers with the sentiments...
just gorgeous Christina...
as always! :)

Jeanne J said...

Hi Christina! I am amazed by your projects! You used so many things that I didn't that I'm gonna have to CASE you girlfriend! Four cards WOW! Love the first one with the layers of red and green and your beautiful stitching. YEAHHH You used the purple! Love it with that shiny red bow.... The last one reminds me of a beautiful quilt - the colors really jump up against the kraft and again with the beautiful stitching!! LOVELY!!!

Kara said...

love your cards!! you really have a gift for mixing the patterned papers in just the right way! I will be caseing these with my leftovers:)

Suzanne said...

Patterned paper heaven, Christina! And the sewing! I love these. They're so good that it almost doesn't even look like my kit, even though I know those papers were in there. LOL!

The Paper Parade said...

Um, Christina?? You are the patterned paper QUEEN!!! I can't believe how you were able to pick the perfect ones to go together and then do all the gorgeous stitching on them. I think that the first is my favorite (although this was not an easy decision!). I like the layout of it, and the placement of the bow and red pearls. The last card looks so vintage!! I love that little scalloped edge on the bottom, too. The matting on the 3rd card really makes the sentiment stand out, and you know I'm partial to that folded ribbon coming out the side ;) I love the way you tied the bow and matched up the colors on the second, and the stitching.

Tracey McNeely said...

Christina all of your cards are just gorgeous. So elegant, love your layering and your stitching is amazing, it adds such a lovely touch to cards. Fabulous!

Maureen said...

this is such a fun idea!! You gals are so creative :) I love me some black and white images anyways...not much of a colourer myself :) Love that paper on the last one with the little red blossoms...cool for a Christmas card :) Hugs!

Cathy Weber said...

Your sewing machine got a workout this month Christina! My favorite part of all your cards, but wow, what a great job you did on them. I LOVE the stitching around the winter woods stamp. that was genius. My favorite was the last card though, loved all those different patterned papers stitched to the Kraft base. Really good job this month.

Kelly S. said...

Beautiful cards, Christine...loving all of that perfect zig-zag stitching!

JJ Bolton said...

Beautiful collection of cards Christina! I love how you incorporated the traditionally non-Christmasy papers (especially the florals)! Thanks to all of you ladies for such wonderful holiday ideas!

Sharron said...

Beautiful--love how you took images in the kit and framed them with just the right mixture of patterned papers! You certainly have a knack for selecting the perfect ones! Love how you add subtle touches like rounded corners. And the stitching looks awesome. I definitely plan to CASE some of these but unfortunately without the stitching--I've never been brave enough to try that out!

Joyce said...

These are all stunning. You are making me totally regret not being able to sew. I love how you have created designs to really let the patterned papers shine. I'm glad I have so many leftovers, because there is lots for me to case here. Ciao!

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