DIY Card Kit (Part 1 of 2)

When Shannon and I were at CKC a few months ago, we picked up some $5 little card kits to play with in our room. They included card bases and envelopes, an idea sheet, and little embellishments to put together a set of cards.

I had so much fun that I thought it would be a good idea for me to try doing a similar thing with my stash. I figured it might help me start actually USING more of the stuff I have.

I started with a 6x6 paper stack, Wonderful Day by Fancy Pants, and added 24 card bases cut from Stampin' Up! card stock.


Then I went to my stash and pulled out several stamp sets and coordinating embellishments. I didn't separately pull out punches or embossing folders though, because I really didn't know what I would use.


As you can see, I have a large variety of things that I thought I would use for cards. My goal was to make 24 cards from the kit. I'd like to show you the first 12 of them today:



To keep things simple, I flipped through the Stampin' Up! catalog for some layout inspiration. These cards aren't complex, but a few of them do have multiple layers. I love that when I'm done, I'll have a nice little stash of cards to pull from for special occasions or for thank yous.

Here are closer looks at a few of my favorites.





It's taking me longer than I expected to whip up these cards (mostly due to other things taking priority), but I am loving forcing myself to only use the supplies I pulled out. It is definitely helping me to use some stamp sets I hadn't yet, and use up some of my stash. I think when I'm done with this one, I'll start on another kit. (Possibly Christmas...so I can get my Christmas cards done way ahead of schedule this year!)

8 comments:

  1. I love all the ones you made! Such a variety from one little pile of materials! So genius. I think I could really benefit from doing something like this myself!

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    1. It is interesting - and one thing I like is since I picked out the stamps, it forces me to use sets that I really haven't dug into yet.

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  2. Your kit is awesome and so are the finished cards! You've inspired me!

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  3. Do you have a banner punch/die that you use?
    I've been cutting mine by hand but I like how clean and crisp yours are!

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    1. I have several banner shaped dies, actually:

      http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=132173

      http://www.stephaniebarnardstamps.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=4_33&products_id=285

      and

      http://www.scrapbookpal.com/lawn-fawn-lawn-cuts-stitched-journaling-card/?gclid=COWGwZvXi8ACFU8HvAodOhYASg

      And then I do have a few small banner punches.

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  4. Is the "hello" a die or stamp? Who makes it...just love this idea, gotta find the time to do this.

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    1. It's a stamp: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2011/11/studio-calico-video-1-stamp-3-ways.html

      It's pretty hard to find now though, it seems.

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