July 31, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas--July

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by today for the latest installment of The 12 Kits of Christmas!  I'm delighted to be this month's hostess, and I can't wait to see what the rest of the gals have created.  First, here's a peek at the kit I assembled, with a photo courtesy of Kara:

I'll keep the chit chat to a minimum since I have a lot of photos to share.

This first one is my favorite, very clean and simple.  :)  The bird and branch dies are from Memory Box.  It's hard to see, but the cream panel is debossed with the Linen & Canvas impression plate.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, True Black), Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Early Espresso)
Patterned paper:  Authentique (Wonder)
Stamp:  WPlus9 Design Studio (Poinsettia Patterns)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red)
Tools:  Memory Box (Perched Reed Bird, Twigs and Berries dies), Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate)
Accessories:  AC Moore (ribbon)

On the next card I used another bird, this time perching it on a stamped pine bough from Hero Arts.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red)
Patterned paper:  Authentique (Wonder)
Stamps:  Hero Arts (Big Pine Bough), Papertrey Ink (Signature Christmas)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Old Olive), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Tools:  Memory Box (Perched Reed Bird die)
Accessories:  AC Moore (ribbon), thread

These beautiful poinsettia blooms are from Waltzingmouse.  I fussy cut a large and small flower from Riding Hood Red cardstock and traced the veins with a red Copic marker.  A second large flower was colored with a green Copic and layered underneath.

Cardstock:  Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red, Old Olive), Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream, True Black)
Patterned paper:  Authentique (Wonder)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Big Bloom Poinsettia), WPlus9 Design Studio (Poinsettia Patterns)
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black), Copic markers
Accessories:  Ranger (Gold Stickles), thread

The next card is very simple, since I let the patterned paper do most of the work.  I think I may go back and add a rhinestone star to the top of the tree.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red)
Patterned paper:  Authentique (Wonder)
Stamps:  Inkadinkadoo (Holiday Words tree), Papertrey Ink (Fresh Alphabet)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Old Olive, Riding Hood Red)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (double ended banner die), We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper)
Accessories:  thread

I paired the olive damask paper with a Spellbinders label, paper leaves, and sparkling "berries".

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red)
Patterned paper:  Authentique (Wonder)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Vintage Labels 18), Papertrey Ink (Signature Christmas)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Old Olive), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 18 die), Papertrey Ink (Diamonds impression plate)
Accessories:  Bazzill (paper leaves), Queen & Co. (gems)

I've made a version of this card almost every month--just stitched strips of paper, a die cut label, and a few buttons.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream), Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red)
Patterned paper:  Authentique (Wonder)
Stamps:  Waltzingmouse (Big Bloom Poinsettia, Vintage Labels 18), Papertrey Ink (Signature Christmas)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Riding Hood Red), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 18 die)
Accessories:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), thread, DMC floss

Finally, we decided to challenge ourselves to use up some of our leftovers from previous months by CASEing each other.  I chose a dove image I hadn't used from the March kit provided by Suzanne.  Like Suzanne's card with the dove, I die cut the image into a tag shape.

For the colors and papers, I CASEd Jeanne's dove card.  Love the purple and green together.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (White)
Patterned paper:  Cosmo Cricket (Mitten Weather)
Stamp:  Stampendous (Block Art Sparkle Dove)
Ink:  Copic markers
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Tag Sale #3 die)
Accessories:  Ribbonbazaar.com (ribbon), The Twinery (baker's twine), buttons, thread, DMC floss

Okay, friends, I think that's enough for one post!  Thanks for staying with me!  Now go see what everyone else made this month:

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

See you back here soon!


Amy Kolling said...

Yep you get the GOLD star....7 cards! Each one has a special place with me. Card #1: CAS and love the white space. Card #2: great use of the ribbon and did you punch a tiny hole for the bird eye? :) Card #3: love the black stitching and gold stickled center Card #4: impeccable stitching skills and I love that other than that, it's CAS. Card #5: love those paper holly leaves and the great little gems (they are a great embellie) Card #6: can never go wrong with using strips of paper like this with perfect button placement Card #7: gorgeous card using non traditional colors again using great stitching and button placement! Thank you Christina for sending such a great kit and I can't wait to CASE you in the coming months!

Joyce said...

Wow--where to start. First of all, thank you for a wonderful kit. All of my ingredients assembled themselves, and I was very pleased with how they arranged themselves. Now, on to your creations--they are all so wonderful. I love every single one. I think my favorite is the second one with the red bird. That bird is just so cute--I may have to get that die. You really did wonderful things here with patterned papers.

Christiana said...

You're smart to get such an early start! Each and every one of your cards is just beautiful! I especially love the purple one with the dove. Fun!

Tracey McNeely said...

Christina, your cards are all so lovely. You put together a fantastic kit!

Betty said...

Alsolutely love the kit you assembled and the beautiful cards everyone have made - I want to pin every one!!

The Paper Parade said...

Wow Christina! You sure know how to work this kit!! I wonder why?? :) So I think I have to agree with you that the first card is my favorite, it is crisp and clean, and such a sweet little scene. But I'm loving the poinsettia card, too...I can't believe I didn't think to layer the small and large flowers, it looks so much more real and full that way and then to add the green in the background as leaves looks SO great! It really is set off by the musical paper, too. I love the last card :) It reminds me of a Christmas quilt. And I love the way you placed the buttons :) Your case turned out great, too! What a good choice :)

Jill Norwood said...

Love ALL of your cards! Love that bird die and branch! Love the idea of sewing strips of paper, adding a label and a few buttons and having some very striking Christmas cards! Thanks for the lovely inspiration! What a wonderful hop!!! and kit!!

Kara said...

Beautiful cards!! Love your first card so much!! Thanks so much for such a wonderful kit. It was hard to stop making cards with it!!

Aimes said...

Totally rockin' Christmas in July, Christina! I think I love the first on the most - so sweet!

Lynn said...

I love all the gorgeous patterned papers...but my favorites are the first two are absolutely stunning. Love the birds on the bird branches. Divine.

Renee said...

I loved this kit SO much!!!
Those papers are some of my favorite so you had me right there!
But then...
you used WMS and I was sunk!!
Labels 18 is still on my list...
I think it shall be coming home to me VERY soon! :)
And now the cards...
you blew me away with the first one and I shall be CASE'ing you very soon with that one! ;)
And you then you just continued wowing me with these incredibly gorgeous cards...
you amaze me!!
Have you figured out I save a lot of my favorite stuff from kits so that I can use it later for CASE'ing some favorite cards...
so glad I have a good game plan because you gave me lots of goodness this month!! :)

Kim Heggins said...

Christina your cards are just so stunning! This was such a fabulous kit, I loved every piece of it! Those little birds were so sweet that I knew I had to play with them first. I love how you used the sweet song birds, very similar to what I did so it is always fun to think like you, an incredibly talented lady! I have to say that first card is my favorite and your red bow is so perfect. Thank you again for an amazing kit!

Stephanie said...

Wowzer you make some awesome cards Christina - gotta love the traditional Christmas look :) x

Maureen said...

a line up of pure gorgesouness! LOVE all the patterned paper and that gorgeous red ribbon on the first card. Merry Christmas...you will all be laughing at those of us who start our cards in December! LOL

Marybeth said...

Yes, I agree with Amy Gold star for you! Wow, your first card had me saying… Oh my gosh, So beautiful and elegant with that red satin bow. I see this one being cased a lot . I always love the cards you make with the strips of paper being stitched together. Love the second bird card too. You sure make beautiful cards Christina. Thanks for a beautiful Kit, and wonderful inspiration.

Marybeth said...

P.S. Love the card you cased of Jeanne’s !

Vickie Z said...

Fabulous Xmas cards! Each one so perfect!

Jeanne J. said...

Wow Christina - I love all your cards. They are all so clean looking! This kit really showcased your style! Love so many things you did - the pine branch horizontal, with the little birdie..the stitching. You have such great balance between the pattern paper, and the stamped images. And your Case card looks 10 x's better than mine - love how you tied all the green accents together! Thanks for the fab kit - I really enjoyed playing along and so thrilled to be on the 12 kits with you!

Cathy Weber said...

First, thank you for such a wonderful kit you sent us all this month Christina...it was so full of great patterned paper and other elements, made this month so easy! I love what you have done with your own kit too, those bird and branch cards are my favorites and that gorgeous red bow on the first one was beautiful. I also love the bird card with the green ribbon around the cream strip..so pretty. Oh, lastly, you sure know how to stitch! Great stitching on your cards. Thanks again for a fabulous month of Christmas fun!

Marisa said...

You have a great stash of Christmas cards now!! Wow! You have been busy!! Not sure which one I like best - they are all wonderfully done.

Diane - oliver.mdiane@comcast.net said...

OMG... gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Love them all, but #1 is my fav.

Lindsay said...

Loooooove all of these Christina! Amazing cards!

Sharron said...

Oh, Christina, this has been such an awesome month! Your kit was SO wonderful! And your cards are just over the top gorgeous! I would love to CASE them all. Only one wee problem--I have never even tried to sew on a card. And you do such an amazing job! But you make me want to give it a try. Of course, I LOVE the bird cards--such a wonderful image! And how did you do the eye? I love seeing how you combine patterned papers and will be visiting your cards again for inspiration. Thanks again for the kit and sharing your amazing creativity!

Ginny said...

Every single card is a winner!! How do you consistently come up with so many beautifully designed cards? You make it look way too easy. But you continue to always inspire me so much. I absolutely love your work.

xiumaiyuki said...

Ya know what? This is the first time I couldn't choose a fav cause each one is a beauty!!! Once again, you did amazing with these kits.

Karen B. said...

I must get that twig and berries die! Wow, what an amazing line up of cards. Each is so different, it is amazing what you can do with this wonderful kit you've put together!

Jean Martin said...

WOWWWW! Christina these are stunning! The kits look like soooo much fun!!!! Love your style girl! Always have. ;)

Cristina said...

Wow. You are cooking with gas, my friend! These are amazing.

Suzanne said...

I am about to pass out from exhaustion....from all the scrolling!!!! And each and every one is so stunning, Christina. I will start at the bottom - that little dove looks gorgeous with the purple!!! And the card above it - I just love your ability to slap buttons on a card and have them look so perfect. The debossing with the green patterns on the one above that looks so elegant, and I love your tree card - love the banner across the front. Then just holy moly with the cut and layered poinsettias, with black thread!! Just wow. And the bird cards...now I need to rehydrate after all that. Thank you soo much for such a fantastic kit!

Bernardine Cuttino said...

Beautiful collection of holidays, great inspiration to gleam from. Thanks for stopping by and leaving the sweet luv. Hugs

Dr. Ivy said...

Love all the cards. I love seeing what you all come up with each month. You created an awesome kit.

My Paper Epiphany said...

I just discovered your blog via Case Study and want to say how awesome all of your Chrissy cards are!

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