April 30, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas--April


Hi there!  It's that wonderful time of the month again where I get to share my creations for The 12 Kits of Christmas.  If you've missed out on the first three months, this is a challenge between 12 designers where one of us hosts each month and sends a kit of supplies to everyone else for making holiday cards.  We all post our creations at the end of the month and pat ourselves on the back for having a few more Christmas cards stocked up for the end of the year.  *smile*

This month's host is Marybeth from Marybeth's Time for Paper, and here's a peek at the goodies she sent us for April (thanks to Kara for the photo once again!):


This kit had lots of beautiful die cuts, so I set out to work with those first.  I've been smitten with the Memory Box landscape dies since I started seeing them, so I was thrilled to work with this one.  And check out the fun eyelash yarn Marybeth included in our kit!

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Ocean Tides, Vintage Cream)
Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye (The Merry Days of Christmas), Papertrey Ink (2008 Bitty Dots)
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink (Tree Trimming Trio)
Tools:  Memory Box (Country Landscape die, Star of Wonder die), Spellbinders (Banner Ribbons die), Papertrey Ink (woodgrain impression plate)
Accessories:  Martha Stewart (yarn)

See these darling red bells?  They're flocked!  How sweet is that?  I added the silver jingle bells in the corner to go with the pretty sheet music patterned paper.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Cherry Cobbler), Papertrey Ink (Rustic White, True Black)
Patterned paper:  The Paper Studio
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink (Signature Christmas)
Tools:  Memory Box (Jingle bell border die), Papertrey Ink (music score impression plate)
Accessories:  silver pearls, bells, DMC floss

I had a hard time covering up the gorgeous snowflake border on this next card, but I decided to nestle the tree silhouette into the corner.    It's hard to see, but there are a few stamped white snowflakes in the upper right corner, and the edges are inked white for a soft, snowy look.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Spring Rain, True Black, White)
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink (Peace Be Still)
Tools:  Memory Box (Frostyville border die), Papertrey Ink (tree die)
Accessories:  silver pearls, ribbon

Yes, I've used this next layout every month so far, but I love it so much for patterned paper strips!  It's a CASE of a card by Veronica Zalis in the 2011 issue of Holiday Cards & More.  I added my own layered die cuts and a sentiment from WPlus9 to the papers included in this month's kit.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Cherry Cobbler), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, Kraft)
Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye (The Merry Days of Christmas), The Paper Studio
Stamp:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Poinsettia Patterns)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Fancy Tags die), Papertrey Ink (Photo Finishers die), EK Success (border punch)
Accessories:  pearls, thread

My last card has a cute little image that I colored with my Prismas and blinged out with glitter.  It goes perfectly with the fun trim!

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Certainly Celery), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Patterned paper:  My Mind's Eye (The Merry Days of Christmas)
Stamps:  Stampendous (girls), Papertrey Ink (Signature Christmas)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 18), Papertrey Ink (music score impression plate)
Accessories:  Hobby Lobby (decorative trim), rhinestones, glitter, thread
Coloring medium:  Prismacolor Premier pencils

I can hardly wait to see everyone else's cards and CASE them with the supplies I have left!  Be sure to visit them for some holiday inspiration:


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

Thanks for stopping by, friends!  I hope your week gets off to a great start!

30 comments:

Marisa said...

A fabulous mix of Christmas cards, Christina!! Just Love the first two! That Bethlehem scene is fabulous!!

Kim said...

Holy moly, 5 cards and each and every one is just so fabulous. Don't think I could even select a favorite but those sweet little angels are just so adorable and so perfect with the plaid paper. Awesome cards!

Joyce said...

Wow, Christina, you really out did yourself this month. 5 cards, and they are all so beautiful. I love how you used the Country Landscape in two layers--I'm going to try that one myself. I couldn't think of what to do with those bells, and you had the perfect idea. I guess I was saving mine to copy you.

Veronica Z said...

Christina your cards are FABULOUS! I love the memory box dies, they add so much dimension to the cards. I love them all!!

Jean Martin said...

These are so great Christina! I bet you'll be all set for Christmas before October! :) My fave is the first card! LOVE it!

Marybeth said...

Christina I am so happy to see the gorgeous cards you came up with! You are so talented ! Yea, now I have a card to case using the bells , the card you made is stunning! The first one is a favorite of mine love every detail on that one. The one that you layered and stitched is stunning as well , you can just make anything look elegant.The little girls are adorable all dressed up and glittered. Beautiful!

Maureen said...

oh, these are just delicious! So different from the other designers...cool! Love the eyelash trim and those gorgeous dies...how fun! Merry Christmas!

Lynn said...

Oh my goodness...impossible to pick a favorite. I love all the dies in this kit...so delicate and perfect...especially love the landscape card you made.

Stephanie said...

What a delightful post, so much eye candy! Fabulous kit - you've really worked your magic with it Christina :) x

Jenny said...

Five cards from the kit!..... They're all exquisite too, love how you've used the various diecuts, that's five more christmas cards than I've made for this year :0)
Jenny x

Renee said...

I can't pick a favorite...
I just can't...
they're all so fabulous I'm just going to CASE them all! :)
I kept some supplies for that very reason...
and I adore what you did with the landscape...
the angels...
the tree...
jingle bells...
I'm going to have so much fun! :)
These are all just truly gorgeous Christina...
just like I knew they would be! :)

Jeanne J said...

Oh my gosh Christina - I am totally smitten! I love all your cards but the real stand outs for me are that fantastic scene you created on the first one - very clever to cut the border and layer it (why didn't I think of that?) The eyelash yarn and the star just go together perfectly here - LOVE IT!! And those angel girls with the bling on their wings and cuffs - oh so pretty!!!! Your stitching, the embossed bottom, and the little sprinkle of bling by your sentiment - PERFECTION!!!! So pretty!!!

Tracey McNeely said...

Christina all your cards are fantastic! I can't pick a favourite. There is something about each one I love.

Karen B. said...

What an amazing parade of christmas cards!

carol (krillsister) said...

Gorgeous set of cards. Love your coloring of the angels.

Sharron said...

Christina, every one of these is positively amazing. You do such beautiful work--I just want to CASE them all! Love how you used the landscape die cut--and the colors & bling--all so gorgeous! And the first card I want to CASE if the ones with the bells! Adore your tree in the 'snow", the mix of patterned papers and of course those adorable angels. Every little detail is perfect!

xiumaiyuki said...

Ok, your Xmas cards here put mine to shame! ALL of them... from past to present. WOW... you have elegant to adorable to down right classy, traditional. I LOVE all the added details like bells, thread, yarn... they make the perfect finish!

Kara said...

Great cards!! I love the coloring on those angels...superb! I love the music embossed on the bottom portion of the card.

The Paper Parade said...

Oh Christina, I love what you have done! My favorites are the first one and the little angels...I love that you gave them so much glitter! And on the first I love that you cut the scene and pieced it like that, looks so great! You always have the perfect way to place patterned paper, and these cards are no exception! I also love the big red bow on the silhouette tree :)

JJ Bolton said...

I love the variety ! You have such a great eye for detail Christina! And you have a real knack for creating cards that never feel like there's an element lacking or one thing too much. Thanks for the inspiration!

Amy said...

Christina, I don't even know where to start! There are so many great things here! I love the country landscape card soo much! I seriously didn't even think to cut that apart and layer! Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

Cathy Weber said...

You made so many cards! I love them all, but my favorite is the layout you have used before with the strips and the stitching. I didn't even realize you had used the same layout, different papers, different look. How smart you were to cut up that country landscape diecut. I wish I could "see" things like that in my head, but I can sure CASE the ideas. Great job this month.

Suzanne said...

Oh I am just in complete awe! No matter what comes your way, you just nail it! I LOVE the first one - the layout, the color combo, the tinsel, everything! And the last one with all the stitching...sooooo beautiful! Oh, I could just squeeze you so tight for all this inspiration! THANK YOU!!!

Mim said...

Love that landscape one with the hills, houses and trees. What a great way to use that die!

Anne Payne said...

They are lovely cards! So inspiring :)

Aimes said...

Way to totally get the most out of that kit, Christina! Fabulous cards!
Hugs!
x

Susan said...

Wow!! Those are all so spectacular!!

Carole said...

Oh Christina, the cards are all awesome and I especially love the cards with the "sheet music" background, both are so beautiful!

Noelle said...

EVERY single one is fabulously merry! I love them all, can't even pick a favorite:) Hope you are having a wonderful week!! **hugs**

Virginia L. said...

You're simply amazing!! All the cards are work of art, Christina! EACH one of them is PERFECT!

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