Four of a Kind

Edited:  Leigh is the randomly drawn winner of the PTI certificate.  I have sent you a pm requesting your email address for the gift certificate.  Thanks to everyone who looked at our projects.

Four of a Kind is a really good thing when you are playing poker.  Four of a Kind is also a really good thing in cardmaking because today, I am sharing a card and links to three other cards made by my three dear Papertrey Ink forum friends, Renee Lynch, Joyce Mehrberg and Kim Heggins.  For the story behind our Four of a Kind challenge, Joyce has the full story on her blog, but in a nutshell,  we all have challenged ourselves to create cards using the same little bag of materials.  We plan to do this for at least four months, each person hosting a challenge and providing the little bag of materials.  The only rule to this challenge is to use at least FOUR items from the kit.  Get it?  FOUR of a kind?  Clever, right?  This month, it was my turn to hostess and here is the little kit we all are using:
Hope you can see all of the little pieces to the kit using Cupcake Collection.  Also in the kit is some patterned paper by My Minds Eye, Lime Twist and lots of little embellishments, twine, diecut cupcakes, embossed cupcake pattern papers, some sentiments and even some little cupcakes and candles. 
Here is the card I made using my kit:

It is amazing how fast a card can come together when you have all of the "ingredients" right at hand.  I used a dark chocolate cardbase stamped with a gingham background and added a layer of the sweet cupcake patterned paper rounded at the top.  I cut a mat stack #3 diecut from the Berry Sorbet cupcake-embossed cardstock and layered a circle of the reverse side of the cupcake patterned paper.  Hard to see in the pic, but the paper is Houndstooth.  Must be very trendy now as Papertrey Ink just released a Houndstooth background set.  I used the little strip of popped up cupcakes for an accent and added my diecut cupcake and pearls as the focal point.  In our kit, there was a double-ended banner stamped with my sentiment and lastly, I added a candle with some gold stickles for the flame.  What do you think?  I used TEN of my ingredients to make this card.

Now it's time for the fun part.  Here is a link to the three other cards my crafty forum friends have created using this very same kit.
I am offering some blog candy in honor of this challenge and all you have to do to win a $10 PTI gift certificate is:
1)  Become a Follower of all four blogs if you aren't already.
2)  Leave a comment on all four blogs telling us how you like our Four of a Kind challenge cards.

I will draw a random winner on Sun, August 21st.  Make sure you check in to see if you were the lucky winner.  Thanks for taking a look today!


I'm Renee said...

I LOVE it!!!
I went so simple with mine...
and you dressed yours up so fabby!
Love the bling...
that candle...
the way you used the Mat Stack...
it's all fantastic!
A gorgeous card!
And this was FUN...
like a puzzle that fit together 20 different ways! :)

Kara said...

such a fun challenge!! it must be fun to come up with the contents of the kits too!

Stephanie said...

So cute, Cathy!!! Your challenge sounds like such fun and I can't wait to see what Renee, Joyce and Kim came up with. The neatest thing is how different all of them will be even though you all had the same ingredients! Love your card and the idea for the challenge!

What a fun card! I really like the impression on the mat stack!

Susan said...

What a great idea for a fun challenge!! I adore the card you created. Love those bitty cupcakes as embellishments.

Kim said...

Cathy...your card is just too adorable, but then I knew it would be. This has been so much fun to see all four of the cards and see how different each one is from the other. Thank you again for including me, this was so much fun and I am really looking forward to the next challenge.

Oh, how fun! I think it'll be great to see the cards the four of you come up with using the same given supplies! And what a great group of gals! I love your card and the pearls on your cupcake! So pretty!

Denise said...

Such a great idea, Cathy! I love your card and look forward to popping in on everyone else. HUGS

Blew said...

What a cute and clever concept, Cathy! Love your card and can't wait to see the rest.

Leigh said...

This looks great, Cathy! What a fun challenge!

Cathy, this card is adorable and sweet! Love it. Can't wait to see the other 3 projects!

Joyce said...

I LOVE your card. You did such a great job of incorporating all those cute patterned papers. And the bling--just fabulous. Every cupcake should have bling! Thanks for starting us off with such a great kit.

I love this idea! Great concept and way to use up items to get your creative juices flowin'.

Love this! So fun and whimsical! Thanks for the chance to win!

Thank you so much for the opportunity! This sounds like so much fun. I LOVE the PP you used.

Jen said...

Wonderfully creative and super cute to boot! I just am so impressed with you four girls. Such a great challenge. I am looking forward to more. Great job!

Kathy Mc said...

Cathy, your cupcake card would brighten anyone's day. How sweet it is with all the great colors and bling. Your Mat Stack die cut really showcases the cupcake & candle. Very clever and what an awesome idea with your Four of a Kind ~ great kit!

Jen Carter said...

How cute!! This is such a fun challenge! I love your striped candle too, just one more sweet little detail! Love the cupcakes too, but you knew I would right? :)

Chelsea said...

I love your card....I gotta know if the embossed cupcake paper was a folder or if you purchased it that way. It's a must have!!

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