Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas: May

What is going on?  Where is Christmas?  Has it been stolen by the Grinch?  No, don't worry.  This is just a brief interruption in our regularly scheduled '12 Kits of Christmas' program, to bring you the 1 kit of Hanukkah.

This month was my turn to host the kit, and I decided it might be fun for everyone to play with some Chanukah stuff, just as a change of pace.  I was pretty sure that I was the only one in the group who owned some of these stamps, and decided to send them out and see what happened.  Suzanne, our resident graphic designer, was kind enough to give us a new, temporary logo for this month, too.

Here is a picture of the kit I sent out.  Doesn't Kara do such a great job of taking photos?

Photo Courtesy of Kara

I found some digital paper on Etsy that had a Chanukah theme as well as lots of fun other patterns, in a color scheme that matched with the PTI colors of Enchanted Evening, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain and Harvest Gold.  I used Mazel Tov, Tranquility Trilogy and an Obsession Impression Jewish Greeting set, plus lots of different die cuts in matching colors.  There is a complete supply list at the end of this post.

Since I was the host, I felt obligated to make a lot of projects.  No need to hold back any supplies to CASE any creations, since I could just make more of anything I needed.

Now for the best part--head on over to the blogs of all the other gals in The 12 Kits of Christmas to see what they have done with their Chanukah kits.

Cathy of Empty Nest Crafter 
Suzanne of The Card Yard
Joyce of Cards-by-the-Sea (that's me!)
Kara of KandR Designs
Jessica of The Paper Parade
Jeanne of A Kept Life
Sharron of On Papillon Wings
Here is a list of all the supplies I sent:
Stamps:  PTI sets:  Mazel Tov, Tranquility Trilogy, Fillable Frames # 4 & #10, Label Basics; Impression Obsession Jewish Greetings
Dies:  PTI dies:  Wine Bottle Tag, Favor-it #3, Tag Sale 3, 5 & 6, TranquilityTrilogy, Fillable Frames #4, & #10, Double Ended Banner, Label Basics, Limitless Layers Circles & Ovals, Make a Wish, Pinking Button;  Memory Box Wimsy Circle, Nestabilities Postage
Paper:  PTI:  White, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain, Blueberry Sky, Harvest Gold;  Patterned paper is a digital kit from Etsy.
Ribbon & Buttons from PTI

Thanks for Visiting


  1. such a fun idea - and now going to see what the others created :)

  2. Joyce, I couldn't wait to see what you came up with - You are my first stop! So many clever ideas here - I love the fancy ribbon treatment on the first one, and the pretty colorful tassel you made on the tag. The ric rac pattern paper caught my eye too - and oh gosh.... the window die with the Menorah! You made so many wonderful things! Thank you so much for changing things up a bit and for all the fabulous supplies! Toda sweet lady!

  3. OK...
    you got me with the window and Menorah...
    wasn't expecting it and just LOVE it!! :)
    I didn't think of it either...
    so we won't discuss what that says about me!
    These are all so fabulously gorgeous...
    love that little ribbon button!!
    You sent such a great kit...
    everything was so much fun...
    thank you for shaking things up...
    it was a blast!! :)

  4. So, so cool Joyce! The menorah in the window is amazing:) And the triangles for the Star of David, wow!!

    And thank you! These are super ideas and will definitely be putting them to use as the season approaches:)

  5. These are all great Joyce. I think my favorite is the menorah (sp?) in the window and how you added texture to the yellow cardstock - it really kicks it up a notch.

  6. This kit thing that you do must be so much fun! What a great idea to change it up and do a Chanukah theme. I love so many of the elements that you used together. I love the Star of David made from Tranquility Trilogy! What a great idea. I adore the Menorah in the window - awesome. What a wonderful collection of creations!

  7. I think you created not only a great kit, but some great cards for yourself too Joyce! I love the little Favor-it, it is so cute and with the great floral die cut, they are so delicate and I loved using them on my cards too. I also really like burlap texture on the first card and how you used the triangles to form a Star of David. My favorite card was the one with the presents those die cuts and it shows they aren't just for birthdays too! Great job this month, you were a fabulous hostess!

  8. Joyce, fabulous kit and your cards are so beautiful. I never even thought of using that window frame that always seems to sneak into some ones cards, so clever. I love all of the bling you added and that little ribbon flower, wow, just too cute. The digital paper you choose is perfect, love the prints and thanks again for being an incredible hostess this month. I really had fun with this kit.

  9. Golly, Joyce! You made such an amazing kit for the girls, Joyce! And you (and the girls) have sold me on that Whimsy die! I must have it! I love the way it looks behind the frames! Your cards are all so pretty! I especially love your first one, and think it was ingenious to make the Star of David from Triagnle Triolgy! I also especially love your menorah peeking out the window with the ribbon flower!!!

  10. Thanks again for this wonderful kit! The Jewish Star made with the Triangle Trilogy looks beautiful on your card. Love the way you added the thread in all three colors on the tag in the second card. All of the projects you made are beautiful as I knew they would be. Your window frame card is adorable also and so creative.

    I love the L’Chaim’ sentiment that means ‘to life’ that you sent. I cant wait to use that one.

  11. Joyce you absolutely brilliant making this fantastic Hanukkah kit! The colours are stunning, I would have never thought to put them together but they are perfect together. I love all of your projects, that first card is stunning. Your present are fantastic with the patterned paper (which also rocks). Love that you were thinking outside the box!

  12. Joyce! these Chanukah projects are fabulous! There are very few in my life who celebrate the holiday, but I love the tradition and the story. The Star of David made from Tranquility Trilogy is just gorgeous! I look forward to seeing the rest of the projects from the other participants. Have a great day!

  13. Joyce, your kit was a wonderful idea and such fun! Thanks so much for sharing your supplies and giving us a chance to make some things for Hanukah. You have been an awesome hostess! Your projects are awesome too! Love the Star of David made with triangles. I have that set but never use it so I was so happy to see different designs using those. The card with the label and different colored thread, the one with the trio of gifts and the window--WOW, they are all stunning! And I love your treat box & tag! I can see the Whimsy Circle die is going on my 'must have' list!

  14. Joyce, the 1 kit of Hanukkah was such a great idea! I'm so glad that I got to play around with such great supplies, and ABUNDANT supplies!! I still have so many left over that I think I could make like 5 more cards! Now for yours, I think my favorite is the tag, I just love it! The way that the tag hangs off the page, the button, and how you cut out the dreidel :) The window card is wonderful, too! Love the embossed snowflakes outside and how you can see the menorah through the window :) The first card is stunning with all the deep blues, and I love the way you layered the triangles!

  15. I love all these super cards Joyce, it's so nice to see a festive card that's not red & green! Such bright and cheery colours, and fab die cuts make for some wonderful cards for this celebration.

  16. Joyce, I love how you used Tranquility Trilogy--I am totally stealing this idea! Wonderful creations, lady, and like many others I especially adore the window with the menorah in it! So homey and touching!

  17. Oh wow! I love your incredible cards Joyce!!!! I have only 1 little lonely menorah stamp and I use it way too much during the holiday season - your card using tranquilty trilogy is amazing and I now have a great card to case come December because I do own that set! Love the menorah in the window card too - just so elegant! What a great kit you made to see some of the other blogs after I fix some food for my little one! :)

  18. Great idea to do a Hanukkah Kit! I am always on the lookout for Hanukkah ideas. Everything you made is great, I especially like the card with the Menorah in the window.

  19. Joyce I love your kit!! I am enjoying seeing all of what you ladies are doing with your kits! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Hi Joyce, love all your cards, especially your scene with the candles in the window. What a great kit you put together!

  21. Joyce first THANK YOU! This kit was so fun and different! Gave me an opportunity to use some goodies that were new to me plus I learned about Hanukkah! Seriously, you are a genius with the menorah and the window! WOW! So very cool! I'm so very lucky to work alongside you in this group!

  22. Great kit you put all your makes with it, especially the Menorah in the window :0)
    Jenny x

  23. What a great idea to have a month focused on Chanukah! I love the cards you made, Joyce, but my favourite is the one with the window where you can see part of the Menorah-- absolutely fabulous!

  24. I had so much fun creating with your kit this month, Joyce! Thank you for helping me stretch my creativity!
    I'm looking forward to using the triangles to make a Star of David. I love the monochromatic blue on that card, too. The menorah in the window is genius, and I can't wait to use the treat box die the way you have. Thanks again for a fun month!

  25. Joyce, thank you for putting together such a gorgeous kit this month. I truly loved working with it - I think it was my favorite one so far because of how unique it was! I love all of your projects, but my fave is the first one. I love the star and the bling, as well as the background stamp that you used. The layout is perfect!

  26. A FABULOUS KIT!! I LOVE all your creations!! What a FUN idea to MIX it up this month!!
    Off to peek at the others!! Have a GREAT day!!


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