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The 12 Kits of Christmas: March with Suzanne

It's month #3 of our 12 Kits of Christmas project, and this month's hostess is ME! YAY!

Here's how it works: There are 12 of us in this group, and each person takes turns hosting the challenge each month by mailing to each of the other group members a kit full of supplies - stamped images, patterned papers, bling, ribbon, etc. Any company, any style...it's all up to the hostess that month. Everybody in the group receives the SAME kit of ingredients, and each of us makes a card (or several cards) in secret using those supplies. On the last day of the month, we all post our creations...the fun is seeing what everyone else made with the same ingredients. We are allowed to supplement the kits with supplies from our own stash, but when I do that I will point it out to you.

Here is a photo of the kit I sent to everyone...I've included a complete list of supplies at the end of this post, in case you see anything along this hop that you love. :)

This month, I made four cards with my own kit. The only trouble that I had was that one of our dear team member's kits got lost in the mail, so I had to send my actual kit away...which means I could barely remember what I sent everyone weeks ago. Which stamp was stamped in which color on what kind of paper and cut with which die? LOL.

I'll start with my favorite of the bunch:

12 Kits of Christmas: March

I added a Hero Hues bling to the ribbon, as well as some champagne glitter from A Muse Studio:

12 Kits of Christmas: March

I stamped the sentiment on vellum, because I had a hard time remembering exactly how I stamped this for the kits. The tree diecut is from PTI's In the Meadow.

12 Kits of Christmas: March

I love how this next one turned out too...I am having fun playing with my Teresa Collins designer brads. I ran out of tin pins for myself and figured bling was the next best way to go:

12 Kits of Christmas: March

The gingham ribbon is by May Arts, and you can find it in the Ribbon Carousel Store, along with the red and natural jute twines found on my other cards.

12 Kits of Christmas: March

Do you remember these Thickers from last month? I love them. I am determined to use the whole pack up! The thick knot embellishment is something we learned from Kim Hughes in our class last week. I layered vellum over the patterned papers to soften them and to make the glittered letters stand out more:

12 Kits of Christmas: March

Here is a list of everyone else in our group. Have fun hopping around and seeing our creations!
Jeanne: A Kept Life

I can't wait to see what everyone else makes. Have a fun day!

Supplies Sent in Kits

Stamps: 1. Holiday Birdie with matching die: Poppystamps, 2. Snowman w/ Star: Print Works Collection 2009, 3. Block Art Sparkle Dove M253: Stampendous, 4. Santa's Flight (Sleigh w/ Reindeer & Sentiment): A Muse Studio, 5. Winter Wood (deer with trees & sentiment): A Muse Studio, 6. Vintage Holiday Greetings: A Muse Studio, 7. Swirly Tree with sentiments: Bright Hopes from SU!

Paper: 1. Cherry Shimmer from A Muse Studio, 2. Candy Cane Stripe - A Muse Studio, 3. Twas the Night Before Christmas(text) - A Muse Studio, 4. Spring Moss (PTI), 5. Mitten Weather from Cosmo Cricket, 6. Dear Mr. Claus from Cosmo Cricket
7. SU! Holly Berry Bouquet, 8. The cream lightweight shimmer paper is Stardream Metallics in Opal.

Ribbon: 1. Green satin ribbon (double-faced) & cream lace - Ribbonbazaar.com, 2. The striped ribbon and the red ribbon are from SU!, 3. The twines are two new colors from The Twinery, 4. Polka dot ribbon is Ripe Avocado from PTI

Misc: 1. Metal tin pins, 2. New leaf buttons (PTI), 3. Cosmo Cricket sticker(s) from Dear Mr. Claus collection, 4. Rusty jingle bells 6mm (craftcatalog.com), 5. Labels 1 dies from A Muse Studio

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Paper Smooches SPARKS: hoppy hoppy

Paper Smooches SPARKS March29

Happy Thursday! I hope you're having a great week - mine just seems to be flying by. I had some time last night to make a couple of cards for the Paper Smooches SPARKS Challenge - the inspiration photo is so colorful and fun this week; I was inspired by the bunnies and the rainbow color scheme. I used two PS sets on my cards: A Little Lovin' and Sentiment Sampler.

For the one above, I combined sentiments from the two sets because I wanted to pair Hoppy with Birthday. I used scotch tape on the hoppy sentiment to block the rest of the words, and I used a stamp-a-ma-jig to do most of the stamping on the entire card - I used to be scared of this tool, but it's quickly becoming one of my faves!

On the second card (below), I had the idea of stamping the sentiment in green to make it look like the bunnies were standing on grass, and I masked the heart to stamp it in a cluster of of three. I also stamped each bunny three times on itself to make the image more vivid - you may notice this difference between the two cards.

Paper Smooches SPARKS March29

All of the inks, paper and glitter are from A Muse Studio. That shade of green is called Grass - I love it!

Enough for now - my lunch break is over! But it's close to the end of the month, which means I will be back later this week with some cards for the 12 Kits of Christmas...I am the hostess this month! :)


retrosketches #4

retrosketches #4

On Friday night, I had a great time at the Paper Smooches class! Meeting Kim Hughes and Karolyn Loncon was so fun; I love meeting such sweet and talented people! I left the class wanting every single Paper Smooches stamp!

One of the techniques that Kim taught us was paper-piecing. Though I had used this technique before, I never realized how easy it is to do with her stamps - they look amazing when peper pieced. I decided to use this technique on this card for the Retrosketches Challenge #4.

I used the Spring Fling paper pad by Teresa Collins, as well as some coordinating brads. I cut the metal off the back of the brads and adhered them with glue dots - I feel like this is better for placing them exactly where I want them.

retrosketches #4

I used PTI's Tag Sale #5 die to cut the bottom of the banner. The die is wider than my paper strip but it still gives the same effect...love this trick.

Here I am with Jessica, Christina, Kim, and Karolyn! If you ever have a chance to go to one of their classes, you absolutely should. :)

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For Janelle

For Janelle

Today, there's is a very special blog hop going on for one of our dearest crafty friends, Janelle. We all wanted her to know that we are thinking of her and sending her all of our love as she battles cancer. (If you'd like to play along, you can join us over at Laurie Willison's blog.)

I first heard of Janelle a few years ago when she won the November 2009 Guest Star Stamper contest on Nichole Heady's blog for a card made with the Tree Trimming Trio set; Janelle won for Best Clean and Simple Holiday Card. (She made quite the impression on me...because I still remember this!) The gorgeous pink and orange accents SO impressed me - it is glittery-gorgeous! Later, Janelle would share on her blog all the different versions of the card that she made for that contest; it was great for me to read about her crafty process. As a new stamper, it taught me that this hobby takes practice and patience, but that it's also important to have fun with it too!

So, sweet Janelle, this card is for you. We're all sending you one gigantic glittery cyber-hug today! We love you!