March 30, 2013

The 12 Kits of Holidays--March 2013

Hello,  I'm back!  I've taken a much-needed break from crafting, but I'm ready to share the latest installment of The 12 Kits of Holidays with you.  What a fun kit we had to work with this month, courtesy of Tracey.

Photo by Kara
The bright colors and spring theme of this kit were just what I needed after the long winter we've endured here in Massachusetts.  Let's get right to the cards, shall we?

The first one is my favorite, with just some negative space to highlight the colorful patterned paper, a sentiment banner, and a trio of pink hearts on a navy background.  Love this design.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Enchanted Eventing, Raspberry Fizz), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Patterned paper:  Pebbles (Sunnyside)
Stamp:  My Favorite Things (Clearly Sentimental About Art)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Fillable Frames #11 die, banner die, Linen & Canvas impression plate), Simon Says Stamp (Holiday Shapes die)

I tried to use lots of the patterned paper in this kit, so this card makes it the star!  Tracey included the polka dotted tag, and I added the smaller tag using one of the sentiments from the kit.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Orange Zest), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Patterned paper:  Pebbles (Sunnyside)
Stamp:  Paper Smooches (Spring Fling)
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Tiny Tags die, Tremendous Tags die)
Other:  The Twinery (baker's twine)

Again, trying to use more of the pretty papers in this kit, I focused on this larger pattern, framing it with a negative die cut and adding a simple sentiment treatment.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Hibiscus Burst), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Patterned paper:  Pebbles (Sunnyside)
Stamp:  Papertrey Ink (Egg Hunt)
Tools:  Spellbinders (Labels 18 die)
Other:  Papertrey Ink (buttons), DMC floss

Tracey included several colorful eggs in the kit, so I grouped a few of them on a strip of green "grass" and a panel of fun, pink chevron paper.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Hawaiian Shores), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Patterned paper:  Pebbles (Sunnyside)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Spring Fling)
Tool:  Silhouette Cameo (original die cut by Tracey)

Finally, one of the large die-cut words included in this kit (I have several more I can't wait to use!).  I added the word "happy", colored a fun little flower and added a button center, and used a cheerful yellow cardstock base.

Cardstock:  Papertrey Ink (Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz), WPlus9 Design Studio (White)
Patterned paper:  Pebbles (Sunnyside)
Stamps:  Paper Smooches (Spring Fling), WPlus9 Design Studio (Spring Post)
Ink:  Stampin' Up! (Melon Mambo), Copic markers
Tools:  Papertrey Ink (Linen & Canvas impression plate), Silhouette Studio (original die cuts by Tracey)
Other:  Papertrey Ink (button), The Twinery (baker's twine)

I thoroughly enjoyed creating with this kit and still have it on my craft desk, ready to CASE the rest of the girls!  You won't want to miss their creations, either:

 Joyce: Cards-by-the-Sea
Renee: ItsAPatchworkLife
Tracey: InMyCreativeOpinion
Sharron: OnPapillionWings

Jeanne: AKeptLife
Amy: Stamp-n-Paradise
Kim: CupcakesCardsandKim
Kara: KandRDesigns
Kelly: GinghamGirl
Jessica: The Paper Parade

Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back later with the winner of my blog anniversary giveaway!


Jill Norwood said...

Love ALL of these cards! The negative die cuts are so striking! I just love seeing all the wonderful cards made with the same supplies - so much incredible inspiration! Your are gorgeous dear!

Kara said...

Gorgeous cards. The break did you came back and made some beautiful cards!! Love the first one the most!! So pretty!!

Kim S said...

I love the paper peeking through each of your windows - a wonderful way to use these bold patterns and colors!

Renee said...

I love them all...
simply perfect! :)
But I think the first and last are my favorites...
love the colors with that 1st...
navy ;)...
and the bold color with the last...
and that button flower...
love them! :)

Jeanne J. said...

Beautiful job Christina - You did so many clever things with dies here - the windows, creating a scene or a pop of color - and you paired up your papers beautifully - I love the turquoise in the center egg that matches the background. You have a beautiful way of seeing the ingredients and putting them together in a spectacular way!

Marisa said...

These are fabulous!! Love the butterfly paper on the third one and that fun sentiment. Happy Easter :)

Maureen said...

what a way to help celebrate Easter than with these gorgeous cards! That patterned paper is fabulous and you've used them in such unique ways :) Hope things are going well and you're having a great long weekend :) Hugs to you :)

Darnell said...

Well, for surely sure, I cannot pick a fave out of these fine cards, Christina! It's wonderful to see you back, full of inspiration for us!!

Joyce said...

These are all so wonderful. I love how you have made the patterned papers the star of your cards. I tried too, but didn't succeed like this. So many great ways to make the paper shine, and I will be casing your ideas with the next kit. So happy you got a break, and now you are all ready to begin crafting again, all refreshed. Happy Easter.

Marybeth said...

How do you do it!!! They are all so gorgeous and elegant, yes elegant in the way you put them together and alway so CAS.
Welcome back from your little break. Hope you enjoy your family time.
Sorry I am no help with comment problems.

Lindsey said...

So happy to see you back. :) I love all the color in these cards! I'm impressed that every single one has a color card base. Your layouts are wonderful. I especially love your second card. Everything about it just makes me smile. I'm tempted to CASE it, but I think I would really just want an exact replica.

Kim Heggins said...

Christina beautiful cards and so perfect for spring time and Easter. So many wonderful ideas too. I love your first card with that beautiful blue and those bright and colorful squiggles and hearts, just too cute. I love how you used your butterfly paper too and the beautiful buttons on both sides of your sentiment, just beautiful. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Easter.

Tracey McNeely said...

Oh my Christina, all of your cards are just beautiful and oh so creative. I love the way you used the sentiemtns and I love how you used the polka dot tag with the mini tag--brilliant! So many ideas to CASE here.

Kelly S. said...

Awesome, crisp CAS designs on these, Christina! Love the spring card with the button flower! The butterflies floating in that sweet window cut out just scream spring. Love the way the rainbow chevrons take center stage on your first card...perfect with the mini hearts and sentiment!
PS...Sent you an email. I am wondering if your Pinterest button is the culprit?!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Love 'em all :)

Sharron said...

Fabulous designs, Christina! I always love seeing what you make with the kits. You create such amazing designs by selecting just the right elements, using the perfect die cut and adding a few well-placed elements! So glad to see you back after you little break. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!

The Paper Parade said...

You were definitely on a roll this month, Christina!! I really like the first one, the sentiment goes perfectly with that fun bright paper. I really like the egg card, those three lined up like that with the layout and bright colors look perfect! Then I love the way you showcased that fun butterfly paper with the perfect sentiment to go along with it :)

Amy Kolling said...

I'm not even sure where to begin here with your cards Christina! But let's start with card #1: LOVE the navy base with the negative die cut #2: the pattern pairing here is amazing! #3: genius way to use that busy butterfly paper and I will be CASEing this card #4: You had me at the chevron paper #5: The color yellow is gorgeous as the backdrop for the die cut! Love the twine threaded button too!

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