Thursday, January 31, 2013

The 12 Kits of Holidays!

Keeping secrets is hard :).  But today is the day that I get to announce that I am a new member of the fun blog group called "The 12 Kits of Holidays" (formerly known as The 12 Kits of Christmas...but like Prince did in the 90's, they got a new name)!  Tracey McNeely and I are joining the crew.  I was lucky enough to be a guest last November with Jeanne Jachna's kit and now I get to play each month this year, yippee!  Sadly, that means 2 members are leaving :(  Hoping that Cathy and Suzanne still visit.  I will miss getting the chance to work with them!

Each month one member sends out a kit of all kinds of papercrafting supplies including stamped images and sentiments, die cuts, patterned papers and embellishments to each of the participants.  Then after being thoroughly spoiled and inspired, we get to make some cards for the upcoming holidays to share!

This month our theme is Valentine's Day and our kit is sponsored by JOYCE!

I was so in love with the colors and patterned paper from the moment I ripped open my padded envelope!  I decided to use of of my favorite things in the kit right away-the mini envelope die cuts from WPlus9's Love Notes die set...

One of the things I am finding is that getting this box of coordinating new supplies makes you think of ways to freshen up your own older supplies.  I made a card long ago with the little snail from PTI's Baby Button Bits delivering mail and had to try it again with these sweet die cut envelopes.  I will say that by getting a sample of various products, my wishlist is growing longer.  I found myself saying "Oh I want to order THAT and THAT" after finishing my cards...the mini envelope and L'il Inkers Instant Camera dies are first on my list!

Arrows are IN right now and this sheet of paper from the My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love Collection caught my eye...

I glittered up some letters in this sentiment from WPlus9's Love You More set using a glue pen, and then added matching arrows and an embellished heart from the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sweethearts set.

Thought it was time to add a little CAS design into the mix.  This sheet of paper was my favorite of the bunch and it made me think of My Heart from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

I stamped the heart and added some Liquid Pearls.  Cut the sentiment that Joyce sent us from WPlus9's Love You More set and it fit inside perfectly!

My last projects are some little seed packets.  First a fancy that tree from PTI's Love and Marriage set...and how cool that Joyce stamped it in Hawaiian Shores ink!  Why do I always stamp mine in green?!  Added the seed packet frame image and sentiments from Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Garden-Seed Packet set.

And one with a bit simpler style.  I layered the mini heart blooms from Stampin Up's Valentine Defined set with a bigger heart from PTI's Heart Prints.  There's another sweet sentiment from the Waltzingmouse Stamps Vintage Garden-Seed Packet set.

I thought these would make good Valentines for the girls to give to their teachers.  I was thinking of putting Forget Me Not seeds inside.  Added a place for them to write notes on the back...

Can you believe that after all of these projects, I STILL have a ton of stuff left over from Joyce's kit...except for the paper.  I gobbled that right up :)  I will say that I am learning.  It's so hard to use all of the pretty new things and I tend to hoard them a bit.  I still have a TON of stuff left over from Jeanne's kit last November!

I can hardly wait for next month!  Until then, off you go to visit the 11 other blogs featuring projects with Joyce's fun Valentine's Day kit!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Snail card:
Stamps:  Baby Button Bits & Vintage Picnic, Papertrey Ink
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love, PTI white, Pure Poppy, Aqua Mist, Sweet Blush & Hawaiian Shores
Ink:  SU Real Red, Memento Black
Other:  L'il Inkers Instant Camera die, PTI Heart border die, May Arts Chevron twill ribbon, WPlus9 Love Notes dies, My Favorite Things Chevron die, Sizzix embossing folder, PTI Pure Poppy buttons, heart button, twine

Arrow card:
Stamps: Love You More, WPlus9 & Sweethearts, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love, PTI White & Hawaiian Shores
Ink:  A Muse Studio Cherry, PTI Pure Poppy & Fresh Snow
Other:  Spellbinders Standard Square Nestabilities, Queen & Co. Twisted Twine, Doodlebug Lily White Sugar Coating glitter, paper flower, button

Hearts and Doilies card:
Stamps:  Love You More, WPlus9 & My Heart, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love, PTI white & Sweet Blush
Ink:  SU Real Red, A Muse Studio Eucalyptus
Other:  Spellbinders Tear Drop Circle and Standard Circle Nestabilities, White Opal Liquid Pearls, corner rounder punch

Tree Seed Packet:
Stamps:  Love & Marriage, Papertrey Ink & Vintage Garden-Seed Packet, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  My Mind's Eye Lucky in Love, PTI White & Hibiscus Burst
Ink: PTI Hawaiian Shores, SU Real Red, 
Other:  PTI Seed Packet and Buttoned Up #2 dies, Spellbinders Labels 4 Nestabilities, Basic Grey flower button, Queen & Co. Twisted twine, pearl

Heart Flowers Seed Packet:
Stamps:  Valentine Defined, Stampin Up, Heart Prints, Papertrey Ink & Vintage Garden Seed Packet, Waltzingmouse Stamps
Paper:  PTI White, My Mind's Eye Love Me
Ink:  Fresh Ink in Pool, SU Real Red, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other:  PTI Seed Packet die, L'il Inkers Stitched Rectangle die, rhinestones


~amy~ said...

soooo very sweet!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...


Kim Heggins said...

Kelly, welcome to 12 Kits! Your cards are amazing but I knew they would be. You are so creative and that snail mail card is the cutest one I have ever seen. Your second card with all the sparkle and glitter, just perfect but your third card with the seed packet, that is my favorite, so beautiful. Look forward to seeing what you create for next month.

Joyce said...

Glad to see you enjoyed the kit, and really hit the ground running. So fun to be in this group with you, and I look forward to getting to know you better and seeing all your beautiful creations. You did such a great job with all your cards. You had some great ideas with the things from your stash that you added, and now I am making a wish list, too. Love how you paired that WM heart set with the kit, and your snail card is just the cutest thing. Those buttons look like his little wheels. And, those seed packets are really super.

Jeanne J said...

Look at all the things you made - you and Tracey are making me look bad! So neat the way you mixed and matched things together. I always love seeing what you make and you never disappoint!

Kara said...

You are too funny!! I hope our new name is easier to pronounce than Prince's symbol!! Love your cards and envelopes!! The snail is just the cutest ever!! So glad to have you joining us this year!!

Cathy Weber said...

Loved all the different stamp sets you used along with Joyce's kit really outdid yourself. I love the valentines with the seed packet and that snail mail card is absolutely adorable.

Renee said...

I love them all!!
The snail and the cute envies...
how utterly adorable!!
And the heart from My Heart...
And then the seed packet...
how creative to use it!!
You did an amazing job with this fabulous kit...
and now you know why I always have leftovers...
I get to CASE!! :)

Tracey McNeely said...

Kelly I thoroughly enjoyed your post, so excited that you and I have joined the crew! All of your cards are fabulous and there is so much that i NEED to CASE from you. I need that snail now, your glittering is fantastic and I love how you popped in a little Waltzingmouse!

Marybeth said...

Sorry Im late! WELCOME KELLY! Love them all and that sweet snail mail delivery …. just too darn cute! I love the way you added some Waltzingmouse stamps to your cards. Love the tiny pearls you added to the heart. I did not spy any gingham…… So glad you are a part of this fun group . I had so much fun with this one.

Sharron said...

Welcome to our little group, Kelly! I knew you would do wonderful things with this kit. Your snail mail card is beyond adorable! What a cute way to use the tiny envelopes. And I love your WM additions. The heart looks like it was made to go with that paper and how clever to use the seed packet. I fell in love with the "wildflower hearts' image and adore how you added the stamping and the heart.

Amy Kolling said...

Oh you used the sweet arrow paper!!! Oh my little heart goes pitter patter for that one! And the glittered sentiments?? This is just amazing! So glad you are in this fabulous group Kelly!!! Welcome and awesome job this month!

The Paper Parade said...

Snail mail... I just LOVE it!!! I'm so glad you're a member of our group and that you can finally share the exciting news :) What a beautiful array of cards for your first post, I love he seed packet one, too!

Ruth S said...

Stunning cards Kelly - I love the seed packet idea, and your arrows card is super-trendy and fun with the glitter too!
Thanks for the inspiration, Rx

Jill Norwood said...

Oh Kelly! I just love all the cards you made with the kit! I am so happy that you and Tracey are part of it this year. It is so fun to see everyone's take on the ingredients each month! Beautiful cards! Love the WMS heart you added - I just got that set and it hasn't see ink yet!

Christina said...

What a brilliant 12 Kits debut! I can see that I'll be adding your cards to my list "to CASE". :) That little snail carrying mail is adorable! I love the glittered letters on the second card, and your CAS third card is gorgeous. Your little seed packets are the cutest, too!