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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Card Kit Swap with Nonni and Marina - We're preparing for Christmas #3

I'm doing a "Card Kit Swap" with Nonni of Nonni's Handmade Cards and Marina of My Perfect Life. Each month one of us sends the other two identical kits and we make 4 cards each using mainly the same supplies, but we can add some of our own stash too as we're keeping it really simple, fun and stress-free. 
I made the kit this time, it contained 2 patterned papers, 2 embossed panels (Tim Holtz EFs), a stamped snowman (North Star stamps), various small stamped and die cut images (Hero Arts), a die cut wreath (Hero Arts), reindeer (Kort&Godt) and children (Kaboks). None of us have included sentiments before, but I did add some die cut and DYMO made ones I love to use myself.

Here's a photo of the kit:

Card #1: Snowman
The image and sentiment are from my kit. I colored the image using Promarkers. I masked it and sponged the background with blue DI. Then I added drops of water and dried them gently off to make the snow. A die cut lamp post was used as well.
This card is for: Sweet Stampers - #1 Christmas

Card #2: Winter scene
I used the embossed panel, wreath and stamped images from my kit. From my own stash I added stamped snowflakes and sentiments as well as some silver string.
This card is for: Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge Blog - Anything Christmas Goes 

 Card #3: Children
I used the the embossed panel and design paper from my kit, as well as the die cut children. A  snowflake (Marianne die) and a button onto which I attached a tag and sentiment and there's some of that silver string again.The DP is cut using a stitched frame die from Dienamics.
This card is for: Brown Sugar - #224 Anything Goes

Card #4: Reindeer
The DP, reindeer and sentiment are all from the kit. I've held on to some pearl swirls for so long and decided now was the time to use one. I also added some stamped and die cut pine branches.
This card is for: Christmas Card Challenges - #48 Glitter
Posts with more than one card tend to be heavy and difficult to comment on, but I'd love to hear what card is our favorite and why. I promise - no hard feelings at all, I appreciate an honest feedback:)


KraftyKoolKat said...

Wow!!! Four really gorgeous creations from a small amount of embellies and images. Well done.

cotnob said...

Such a wonderful selection of cards from one kit Pia, you chose your products well - I'm sure your friends enjoyed playing with the kit.

Nonni said...

Wow Pia. You've outdone yourself with these cards, they are all SO GREAT! Your use of dies is amazing (that wreath card, wow!) and I wish I could embellish as well as you do... The card with the children silhouette for example -so well done embellishing it with the snowflakes and the die cut tag for sentiment. And how about the deer card... It's so luxurious! I'll anyway choose the snowman card for my favorite: I love the black contrasts you added to the card (with the lamp post and demo sentiment), it gives the card a completely different look. I love the sky as well. Thank you so much for this fun swap, I've had so much fun and have been very inspired by you and Marina!

Chrissy said...

Oh.WOW..they are all fabulous Pia..#3 would be my favourite and only because I've branched into silhouettes for my overseas[nice and flat]..but Ilove the snowman too..can't look past a lovely happy snowman..well done.


Brenda's Card Corner said...

WOW...all four are fabulous, each in their own way! #1 The snowman is too cute, love how you did the background and the added lamppost is perfect! #2 The wreath frames it so nicely. #3 I love the scene, from the falling snow ef, to the trees and snowflakes and of course the kids sledding! #4 I'm really liking the deer heads this year! Love the gold glitter and the red swirls! Awesome job!


PS...would like to see what the others made, too!

Kuni said...

Such a wonderful christmas card Pia, the Snowman ist so sweet.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you.

scrAPpamondo said...

You aren't happy of these cads, but they are all stylish as is your own style, Pia!
I have two favourites; the second one with that gorgous wreath and the winter scene, the deer seems really come out of the wood! And LOVE the third one, because of its scen; it is so sweet and clean, such a fab silouette and the embossed snowfall is a perfect background for it!The embellishment is adorable!

Mrs.B said...

You've made a fabulous set of cards from the kit, but I must say, I do like No. 3.
This is a great idea and I'm going to look at what the others did with their kits.
Avril xx

Brenda's Card Corner said...

Back again...I looked at their blogs and their cards are fabulous, too! Love how you can have all the same elements and make them so different! Thanks for the offer, I have a few different deer head cut files! But I will let you know if I would like something in the future (and you can let me know if you want something I have! As for the sleigh on my card, it is all colored. The sleigh has some lines printed on it, so maybe that is what you are seeing...hard to tell sometimes in pictures.


Marina said...

What a great kit this was and what wonderful cards you made with it.
Card 1 – I love the soft background and the grey scarf and gloves – are they paper-pieced?
Card 2 – The die cut trees and deer look fabulous grouped together like that and I really like the overall forest theme.
Card 3 – I love how you’ve framed this and the button and tag embellishment is gorgeous.
Card 4 – I love how you’ve added all those swirly bits behind the deer-head – I think this must be my favourite.
Thanks for a great kit and a great swap!

Debbie said...

Wow! These are all wonderful!!
Thanks for playing along this week at Christmas Card Challenges!!
Debbie (CCC DT)
Debbie's Dash of This and That

Darnell J Knauss said...

This is such a great idea! Your kit and your own designs from the kit are really terrific, Pia!! Hugs, Darnell

KT Fit Kitty said...

Love, love, love all of your cards, Pia! What a fantastic kit you put together for your friends! And I'm so impressed with the cards you made from it! I usually like to pick a favourite but no way this time - they are all AMAZING!

Loz said...

All your cards are fabulous Pia..Loz

Laine said...

These are fabulous Pia. So full of festive fun!

Pat K said...

Wow from me too Pia...fabulous collection of cards, each beautiful and unique. Pat K x

Karen Steele said...

These are four fabulous cards Pia! I think it's very hard to pick just one favourite - so I'm picking two! The first is card 2 - I love wreath cards and winter scenes and this is a beautiful example of those and card 4 because of the colours, composition and gorgeous reindeer as the focal point. I have to say though that ALL of them are superb!

Tammy said...

All four cards are gorgeous Pia and beautiful designed! I think my favorite is the second one- I love the colors and that awesome wreath, what a beautiful winter scene!!
Tammy x

Dreja said...

Eine ganz tolle Karte. Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers.
LG Dreja

crafty-stamper said...

Four beautiful cards from the kit love elements from them all especially the die-cut wreath-but the last one just pipped it for me love the red pearl swirls
Carol x

Sue B said...

Hi Pia, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! :-)
Ooh I love all these cards…. the snowman is so sweet - I really love the sky background with the swirling snow… such a great effect! the 2nd card is so elegant and classy…Love the musical paper and silver embellies on the 3rd card and Wow! what a fab die cut image of the children...
And finally the gorgeous reindeer card is so beautiful and elegant. I love the pearl swirls with the gold reindeer… they are perfect together.
Which one is my favourite? well for me, it has to be the 3rd card… I love the layout - it's so perfectly balanced... but also the silhouette takes me right back to my childhood when it snowed in the 60s… my brother would push me round the roads on his home made sledge… hardly any cars back then!! Lol
Hope you are well
Love and hugs, Sue B xx

Monika Reeck said...

Card 1: clever Pia only used the Christmas Dymo sentiment and the Image colored so beautifully
Cad 2: Ach I love inside your wreath sooo beautifully scene of winter
nice Embossing folder Pia ..luv it...
Card 3: I love this silhouoette kids and the button in silver is perfect here great added of TAG and love tiny tag too Pia..
4. hiyyaaaa this one is the final and the complete embellishment here
wooowwww the red swirl is eye catching and love your pine branch the merry I see here you have used are so great at using KIT I am jealous why dont we make our KIT you and me ;) but I love to see your KITS post Pia
today I only visiting you and some Blog hop ladies Blog ..tired now it is 23:31 wanna go to my bed..its cold and inside the blanket is warm hehehe

Chris said...

Cute snowman and a beautiful design. Thank you for playing along with us at Christmas at Sweet Stampin’ this month.

aussie aNNie said...

Love this gorgeous display of cards here, the colours and added goodies are just perfect... Hope your day is good.xx {aNNie}

MaryH said...

My goodness, you did wonders with the kit! I love each one of them, and your designing & coloring are awesome. What imagination to take these elements and turn into 4 cards - each one so lovely & I would have been lost at thinking how to use the kit items. This sounds like a fun challenging idea! Good for all of you for doing this. TFS

Cards Cart said...

Wonderful card.. Thanks for joining us at Brown Sugar Challenge
-Riddhi Shah (DT, Brown Sugar Challenge)

Daniela said...

Beautiful christmas card with a very cute image. Thanks for joining us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge. We would love to see you again.
Hugs, Daniela

Elena Orsi said...

Love your project Pia.
Thank you for playing along at Brown Sugar this week.
We look forward to seeing you again next time.
Brown Sugar DT

Frk. Bogstad said...

Ska sei du har nytta kit'et ditt godt :D
Kjempeflotte kort alle saman.
Eg held eit ekstra knapp på Mr.Snømann -han e soo søt ♥
Beklager at eg ikkje har vore innom den siste tida.
Forrige helg var eg i lag med bl.a 2 venninder på kurs på Bikuben, med Finnabair :)
Før det var det masse postkøyring..
Men no e eg her, med tid-til-overs :)

Paper Profusion said...

Brilliant idea Pia and what a fantastic lineup of cards. Nicola x

Mimi said...

I love reading your blog posts about your exchanges!!! It's like reality TV (which I don't generally watch) for crafters, and if this was a TV show, I'd be addicted!
I think my fave of yours in this episode (HAHA) is the first: I love the snowman, I love the way you mixed your DYMO and diecut sentiments... I'll be CASEing that!
Fun. Thanks for sharing!

*Vicki* said...

Wow Pia, you've done such amazing work with this kit!! I love all of the bling and how you've put it all together to make one spectacular design!! Well done! HUGS

Mervi said...

Fabulous cards again, my favourite is the scene one, so beautiful;-))m

Sonny said...

Four really gorgeous christmas cards.
Thanks for joining us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge.
We would love to see you again.
Hugs, Sonny