Monday, July 30, 2012

The 12 Kits of Christmas: July

I can't believe that it is already the end of July.  Not only is summer more than half over, it is also time for my monthly 12 Kits of Christmas post.  If you are wondering what you have stumbled into, please click here for more information.  This month's kit was generously provided by Christina of Sea Glass and Sentiments.  Just take a look at all the goodies she sent.  One of the most fun parts about this group is getting to play with stamp sets and dies I don't have, and this month was no exception.  There were so many wonderful elements--die cuts, stamped images, and papers to play with--all in the traditional Christmas colors that I adore.

Photo courtesy of Kara

I made 4 cards with this kit:

It might be a bit of of a misrepresentation to say that I 'made' these cards, because, in reality, these cards assembled themselves.  Honestly.  Except for the focal point on this last card, which I cut and embossed using UTEE.  So, I have to thank Christina for sending me a self-assembling card kit--the holy grail of our 12 Kits of Christmas group.

As you go through this month's '12 kits' postings, you will see lots of poinsettias.  A bit of trivia for you--what do you think is the poinsettia capital of the world?  Give up?  San Diego County.  That's right.  80% of all the flowering poinsettias in the world get their start right here in San Diego.  Did you know that?

Now, for another little twist--leave it to Renee to come up with good ideas upon good ideas.  Renee has challenged us to add an extra card every month that would be a CASE of another group member's card from a previous month.  What a great way to use up the leftovers we have all been hoarding.  She even put together a pinboard, where we can easily see all the cards we have made with this group.  Check it out here--it's a great source of holiday inspiration.  I chose to case one of Suzanne's card from Marybeth's April kit.  I knew, the moment I saw this card back in April, that I wanted to try to make one myself.  I just love how Suzanne cut the Memorybox Landscape die, and fit it on to a Mat Stack #3.  I was able to use a sentiment and some paper included in this month's kit.

Suzanne's card

Case of Suzanne's card

I had such fun playing with all the goodies in Christina's kit, and now I am eager to see what everyone else has created.  Thank you so much, Christina, for sending such a wonderful kit, and for giving your ingredients such great instructions about what to do once I unpacked them.  If you are curious about anything used to make these cards, head over to Christina's blog, where she will have information on the supplies she sent.
 Here is a list of the other members of The 12 Kits of Christmas.  Please stop by their blogs and check out what they have done this month.
 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

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baby Cards

I fell in love with the sweet baby card Deanna made here, and just had to whip up my own version.  Both cards use images from In the Jungle.  

The colors on the boy card are Spring Rain, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss and Aqua Mist.

The colors on the girl card are Lavender Moon, Harvest Gold, Spring Moss and Aqua Mist.

Which do you think is cuter--zebras or giraffes?

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  In the Jungle, Script Sentiments
Paper:  White, Spring Rain, Lavender Moon
Other:  Striped IP

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

ColourQ #147

My card for this week's ColourQ #147 was inspired by this card by Susan at Simplicity.  I used the PTI colors Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain and Hibiscus Burst.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Think Big Favorites, Distressed Stripes
Paper:  White
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Blueberry Sky, Spring Rain and Hibiscus Burst

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Friday, July 27, 2012

CAS-ology and Happy Retirement

I have a sweet and fruity card for this week's CASology #3 challenge.  I used UTEE on these strawberries, going over them a couple of times to get them thick and glossy.  They really look scrumptious in person.

Sweet Strawberry

A friend from tennis is retiring after many years as a flight attendant.  I was inspired by this card by Christina, to use the cute little airplane from Flying By for her retirement card.

Happy Retirement

Supplies Used (PTI):
Sweet Strawberry
Stamps:  Fruit Fusion, WPlus9 Love Notes
Paper:  White
Other:  Fruit Fusion Die, Cane IP, UTEE
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse

Happy Retirement
Stamps:  Flying By, Mixed Messages
Paper:  White, Blueberry Sky Patterns
Other:  Flying By, Mat Stack Dies, Lil Inkers Cloud dies, Sunshine IP
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Blueberry Sky

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Retro Sketches #21: Hogs and Kisses

I am getting in just under the wire with my card for Retro Sketches this week.  I don't know how the time slipped away from me.  I am glad I made it, because how could I possibly miss making a card with this fabulous sketch from Tracey.

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  On the Farm, Background Basics Farm & Barn
Paper:  Kraft, Rustic Cream, Smokey Shadow
Ink:  Pure Poppy, Fine Linen, Simply Chartreuse, Harvest Gold, Memento London Fog
Other:  Tag Sale, On the Farm Dies, Rustic Jute

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Back in Black

This week's CAS-ual Fridays challenge has that old AC/DC song stuck in my mind.  What a fun challenge, though, since I never use a black card base.  I just bought some Lil' Inker dies, and thought it would be fun to play around with them, since they are the sponsors this week.

I got the small and large sun, and decided to use them as bursts of color.  Think fireworks or star bursts or some other explosion of color.

Color Burst

I took my black card front, and cut the shapes out from all over the card.  Then, I took die cuts in Summer Sunrise, Raspberry Fizz and Orange Zest and used them to plug up the holes.  So, the card is entirely flat, except for my Paper Smooches sentiment, which is popped up with dimensionals.  I thought that would be fun.  I think you can see in this side view picture. 

I had another idea to use those suns as flowers.

On this card, I glued the center of the die cut down, and pulled the 'petals' out a bit from the card.

Stay tuned, because some day, I just may use these dies as suns, too.

Supplies Used:
Color Burst
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler
Paper:  PTI True Black, Summer Sunrise, Orange Zest, Raspberry Fizz, White
Ink:  Orange Zest
Other:  Lil Inkers Sun dies, PTI Half & Half Die

Stamps:  Flower Fusion
Paper:  True Black, Winter Wisteria, Simply Chartreuse solid and patterns, Spring Moss
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  Lil Inkers Sun Dies, PTI Flower Fusion, In the Meadow, Angled Label Dies

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PTI July 2012 Blog Hop and Stamp-A-Faire Recap

Here is our inspiration photo for this month's PTI blog hop:

I decided to use Lovely Layers for my card, since I haven't used it too much yet.  I went with the theme of flowers, and the same basic color scheme, only my colors ended up being much brighter rather than the soft shades of the picture.  I think I am just a bright colored gal.  I like the card I ended up with, although it doesn't resemble the picture much.  But, the picture did inspire me, and that is the main point, right?

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Lovely Layers
Paper:  Simply Chartreuse, White, Summer Sunrise Pattern, Simply Chartreuse Pattern
Ink:  Simply Chartreuse, Summer Sunrise, Berry Sorbet, Memento Rich Cocoa
Other:  Lovely Layers Dies, Tracey's Fabulous Frames Die, Striped IP

And, if you don't mind more pictures, I've got some pictures from Stamp-A-Faire.  I was lucky enough to have two dear friends come over for the day, Kim from Cupcakes, Cards, and Kim and Cathy from Empty Nest Crafter.  I won't show my cards, since we were so busy talking and laughing, that I really didn't do much other than case a few of the DT's creations. 

Here we are on a break from crafting--I took them to the beach near my house.
Cathy, Me, Kim

Kim and I each made favors for each of us from Favor-it dies.

Cathy had the most beautifully wrapped basket of strawberry themed crafts and gifts.  This is what was left of it after I tore it open.  I should have taken the picture first.  She actually made paper strawberries with little gifts inside each one.

Cathy's Gift

Kim made the sweetest summer camp gift bags with card sets inside:
Kim's Gift Bag

Kim's Card Set

Kim had warned me she was bringing my birthday present on the plane, and that it was large.  Imagine my surprise when she came off the plane carrying this.  It was all wrapped up and in its own crate.  She and her husband made me this ribbon holder, just like Nicole's.  Isn't it just amazing?  I thought I had a lot of ribbon, but notice how much empty space there is.....

Stamp-a-Faire was a day to remember.  We had such fun, and still managed to watch a number of the videos and create a couple of cards, too.  I sure hope it becomes an annual tradition.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Fun in the Sun

I have a quick post for this week's Waltzingmouse sketch challenge #107.

Here is the sketch:

Can you tell I am loving My Island?

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  My Island, Pic-Nic Patterns
Paper:  PTI Rustic Cream, Ocean Tides, Kraft
Ink:  Ocean Tides, Pure Poppy, Kraft
Other:  Mat Stack Die, 1 1/4 circle Punch, Striped IP, Red Jute Twine

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Friday, July 20, 2012

ColourQ #146

I just love this week's ColourQ #146 colors, which for me are Pure Poppy, Simply Chartreuse, Kraft and Black.  I think I could create all week with just those colors.  But, time is short, so I have one card today. 

Supplies Used (PTI):
Stamps:  Happy Hexagons, Communique Sentiments, Tiny Tags, Mixed Messages
Paper:  Kraft, white, Pure Poppy
Other:  Hexagon Cover Plate, Tiny Tags Die, Twine

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Amazing fantastic

I am pretty sure that the Washi Tape trend must be coming to an end.  How do I know that?  Well, because I finally caved and got some.  I used this Washi Tape from My Minds Eye called Indie Chic Pictures Tape, and combined it with my latest stamp purchase from Avery Elle, Framed Fonts.  I  created this card below, which was inspired by a card from one of the Hero Arts blogs that popped up in my reader yesterday, but I can't seem to find today.  Oh, well, sorry.  The borders are from Lawn Fawn's Belinda's Borders set.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Avery Elle Framed Fonts, Lawn Fawn Belinda's Borders
Paper:  PTI Kraft
Ink:  Versamark, Memento Rich Cocoa, PTI Pure Poppy
Other:  PTI Happy Day Die, MME Indie Chic Pictures Tape, White Embossing Powder

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

CASology #2

Have you heard about the newest challenge blog, CASology?  This is their second week, and the word of the week is 'HAPPY'. 

What makes me happy?  Well, lots of things, including new stamps.  I just got my first stamp set from Avery Elle, Framed Fonts, and I decided to make a Happy Birthday card with it.  Hopefully, I will make someone happy when they receive this card.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Avery Elle Framed Fonts
Paper:  PTI White, Hawaiian Shores
Ink:  Orange Zest
Other:  PTI Mat Stack and Layerz Mat Stack 4, Polka Dot IP, Twine

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