Saturday, 9 September 2017

Honey, I Shrunk the Kit - September 2017

Good morning

My fellow honeys and I have got together again recently and been creating cards from an identical kit of crafty goodies.

One of the gang puts together an envelope of the same secret crafty bits and sends the happy mail to each of us, and we then get creative with it.  It was my turn to supply the kit this time so I'm excited to see what my talented teamies have done with it.  The fabulous honeys are:

Hazel Hodgkins - Hazel's Paper Designs
Sarah Platt - Sazzle Dazzle Crafts
Sarah Gray - Funky Fossil Designs
Shona Chambers - Twine Around

I named my kit 'Symbols of Summer'

Here is a pic of the kit and details of what I included
(I went a bit bonkers and included rather a lot, and from many brands too!)

Your Next Stamp - Flippin' Fabulous (crab/sentiments)
Clearly Besotted - Life's a Beach (flip flops/sentiments), So Sweet II (ice cream), Hung Up on You (mini cocktail/sentiments), Good Times II (sentiments), Petite Plushies (lolly/pinwheel)
Hero Arts - Let's Chill (palm/hibiscus/cocktail/beachball/sentiment)
Avery Elle - Sip Sip Hooray (sentiments)
The Greeting Farm - Rain Snow Shine (girl)
Little Claire (beach huts
Clear Impressions - Sea Breeze (deck chair)

Paper Smooches - Warm Wishes, Birthday Words (cheers)
Echo Park - Flamingo Palm die set
Newton's Nook - Hibiscus
Clearly Besotted - Scalloped Edges die collection

Patterned Paper:
First Edition - Paradise Crush (floral)
Decotime - no name (ice creams)

Ribbon - Dovecraft
Gems - Papermania Glazed Gems Iridescent
Reversible coloured card from stash

Here are my makes (and still plenty left to make more!)

Card 1

I used the coloured cardstock, image and sentiment from the kit for this one.  I die cut a white piece of card using an MFT Die-namics double stitched circle die and stencilled some clouds using MFT mini cloud edges stencil with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass (apologies, it's very pale in the pic).  I then layered up the sand and sea and die cut these with the same circle die to create the scene.  I added a mix of embossing powder by Wow! by dotting with an embossing pen, to create the break of the waves on the sand. The crab was coloured with ProMarkers and fussy cut, and the sentiment was cut out and mounted on some leftover blue cardstock. I finished by adding the sun which is in fact part of a chrysanthemum layering die set by Creative Expressions, cut from yellow card, and blended this with Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade.  Oh, and of course some googly eyes!

Challenge entries:

AAA Cards - CAS Game #98 - Creatures Great or Small (a few layers but hopefully still CAS enough!)
Alphabet Challenge - M for Make Your Mark
Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies September Challenge

Card 2

This one uses three of the die cuts from the kit.  I used Distress Inks to colour the flamingo (Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Hickory Smoke, Pumice Stone) and the palm tree (Ground Espresso, Forest Moss, Pine Needles).  The 'warm wishes' I coloured with a black ProMarker.  I used the brush stroke image from Stampin' Up's Work of Art set to create the sand, sea and sky using Versa Color ink in Bisque, Lagoon Blue and Sky Blue.  I used a black fineliner pen for the flamingo's eye and finished by adding my coconuts, Doodlebug Sprinkles in Bon Bon.

Challenge entry:

Just Add Ink - Challenge #376 - Just Add 'D' (Die cuts / Distress Ink)

Card 3

Everything here was from the kit, other than ProMarkers and Wink of Stella to colour and a couple of stitched dies.  I adhered the lolly/ice cream paper to the entire card base, then split a piece of white cardstock on the diagonal and adhered this over the top. The beach huts were coloured with ProMarkers and die cut with an MFT Die-namics stitched rectangle die, and the sentiment was cut from a smaller one in the same set.  I coloured the three elements of the ice cream, fussy cut them out, cut a slit in the ice cream to tuck in the flake, covered with clear Wink of Stella then adhered to the card with adhesive and glue dots.

Challenge entry:

Card 4

This one was predominantly all bits from the kit too.  The image I coloured with Faber Castell Polychromos before mounting onto some of the floral patterned paper.  I wrapped the ribbon around a piece of white cardstock and adhered the image panels on top.  I die cut the sentiment and a piece of the orange cardstock using the Tiny Tags Die by Clearly Besotted and offset these before adhering.  I finished by adding some of the gems to the ribbon and tag, and finally added some Glossy Accents to her sunglasses.

Challenge entry:

Card 5

I wasn't really sure where I was going with this one and it's my least favourite but thought I would share it anyway.  I die cut the pink cardstock and the cocktail image using rectangle dies.  The cocktail was coloured with ProMarkers and some Wink of Stella.  The hibiscus die cuts were colour blended with Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss.  I layered up all the elements, added the 'cheers' sentiment which I kept white and finished with some of the smooth gems.

If you've made it to the end of this post, thank you so much for sticking with it.  I'm now off to see what my honey buddies have made with the kit!

I'll be back very soon with the details of the upcoming challenge at Less is More.


  1. This was a flippin fabulous kit Neets and such a joy to create with. The best bit is seeing what all the other teamies made and I'm just swooning at these beauties. Your colouring is fabulous! Love the circular die-cut scene with the crab ... a neat and super clever idea - but that's you to a T! The cocktail is an absolute delight ... I'm sure you'll know exactly which one it is although I'm not so 'educated' so you'll have to tell me! A fantastic array of summer beauties and thanks for putting this perfect package together. I had so much fun with it. xx

  2. Gosh Neets! These cards are absolutely stunning! I LOVE what you have done with each of the elements! I think we can all agree that the little crab was a firm favourite and he is honestly even more adorable with googly eyes! Love how you popped the brushstrokes behind the flamingo - what a fab idea! Great idea to mimic the colours of that fabulous ice-cream paper on those beach houses! I was so hoping to use them too, but messed up the colouring! Never mind! On the other hand, your colouring looks amazing - love that sweet girl with her glossy shades! And what a great card to finish on! A cheeky cocktail would certainly hit the spot! Anita - this was such a fun kit, and I smiled through making all of my cards! Thank you so much for your generosity! Have a great weekend!

  3. Love, Love, love your crab with the flip flops! So Adorable and colorful. All your cards are awesome! Thanks for joining us at HLS Anything Goes with Dies!

  4. Wow! Great group of cards, Anita. That crab is super fun and CAS. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards.

  5. Fab set of cards Neets, what a fab idea this is. Thought I recognised the 'sun' in the first card!
    Thanks for linking up to HLS Anything Goes with dies this month. :)

  6. Wow! You've been so busy! Love that flip flop holding crab, made me smile. Thanks for sharing it with us at AAA Cards.

  7. All of your cards are adorable and fun! I love the embossing and the googlie eyes on your crab. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

  8. Love your fabulous cards! Great stamping and coloring. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. :)

  9. These are all fabulous cards to come from one kit Anita! I love the summer scene you've created in your second card. The background softly coloured brush strokes is a lovely contrast with your vibrant die cuts. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  10. Your cards are awesome! I love the die cuts you've used on your submission or Just Add ink - thanks for playing along with us this week!

  11. What a stunning collection of cards! The distress inks and dies you chose for Card 2 are a wonderful combination! Love your colouring and CAS layout. Thanks for sharing with us at Just Add Ink this week.

  12. Awesome cards and such a great designs! Thanks for joining us at Happy Little Stampers!

  13. What a gorgeous selection of cards Anita! Great work on using two "D" elements to make such a fun and colourful card! Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  14. Oh my, you have been busy. I'm loving you Die cuts and the way you have used them. I love the bold colours you have use to make them all pop. Chantell Just Add Ink

  15. Gosh, your cards are just delightful with so much attention to detail. I love the crab card, its just flipping gorgeous x


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