Guest Designing for the The Card Kitchen Day One

Happy December, I can't believe it's already here! This year flew by so fast and now Christmas is quickly approaching!! Ive gotten all my Christmas cards ordered (and their just waiting to be addressed), and half my shopping list is done and wrapped. Even though Christmas is approaching, it's nice to do some non-Christmas activities, like creating cards for The Card Kitchen using their fabulous December kit. For four days straight, I'll be sharing two cards a day, showing you a ton of fun ways to create a variety of cards using just one kit. The kits are AWE-MAZING! They come with everything you need to make eight cards, with coordinating envelopes. 12" x 12" patterned paper and great embellishments. So, here we go with my first two cards.
For my first card, I wanted to play with a lot of patterns, but not overwhelm the card with too much visual interest. So, I decided to loosely weave some patterned paper strips, and anchored the sentiment with a polaroid die cut from the kit and the "celebrate" sticker.
I notched and trimmed the edges of the strips with various punches and peaking sheers to soften the straight lines and draw the viewers eye to the weaved paper. I finished the card with a little machine-stitching.
For my next card, I was inspired by the bright and festive yellow card base. I wanted to use colors that contrasted well, so I added a few strips of mainly gray patterned paper and highlights of rich blues in the ribbon and flowers.
I machine stitched a line of thread and let it hang a little over the sides, and then layered a fun folded ribbon treatment under some floral and geometric die cuts. I adore the sentiment stickers too--I think I used them on each card, they're the perfect touch!

Hope to see you tomorrow when I share two more fun cards using this month's kit from The Card Kitchen

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