4 of a Kind- California Style

We are finally back!  Our four of a kind group has changed from every month to every three months now with a few changes.  Renee Lynch is super busy concentrating on her responsibilities as a member of Waltzingmouse Stamps Design team and although we miss her, we will enjoy seeing all the wonderful projects she comes up with during Waltzingmouse release time.   Joining our group is another great card maker...Marybeth Lopez.  Marybeth always makes such beautiful cards and I know she will be a great addition to our 4 of a Kind challenge group.  With this change, we also realized that there are now all "California Girls" in our group, so that was a fun coincidence too.

This month our hostess is Kim Heggins of Cupcakes, Cards & Kim.  Kim has such a sweet and cheery personality, it was no surprise when I opened up my kit and saw a package full of bright, happy and Springy ingredients.  Here's a picture of all the goodies Kim sent us.

Aren't all those papers and ribbons pretty?  Don't they make you happy just looking at them?  Here are the cards I made with Kim's great April kit.

Anyone who knows me won't be surprised by this card...I have a special fondness for that window die and when I saw the pretty stamped butterfly from Paper Smooches, I knew it would look so pretty fluttering by my window.  I added a little greenery using a Lil Inker scalloped die and just for fun (and because I have hardly used it) a little floor lamp with a gingham lamp shade.

My second card makes use of the tiny little strips of paper that bordered each patterned paper sheet (Pebbles by Family Ties).  It seemed such a waste not to use those little pieces which had such a pretty pattern on them.

See the little strips at the top?
I cut each strip into a little banner and added some buttons, a frame, sentiment and little butterfly, all ingredients from our kit.

My third card makes use of some of the pretty ribbons Kim gave us.  I have had a card pinned for a long time featuring a similar bunch of cinched ribbons and wanted to give that a try.  The original card is from Kristie at My Bliss.  Isn't that cute patterned paper?  I think this card will be a good birthday card for just about any relative I have.

My last card is my favorite.  I LOVE the birdhouse patterned paper.  I loved it so much I almost didn't even use it because I could hardly stand to cut into it.  I also wanted to use the yellow die cut (My Favorite Things Sentimental Flourish) and decided to hang it from a brad on my card.  I also used some new stamps from Waltzingmouse Stamps 
(A Good Egg) and a few of the cute little die cut birds that Kim sent us in our kit.  I am not sure if I am going to use this card for a new baby or a new house, but either way, I love how it turned out.

I want to thank Kim for a great start to our new 4 of a Kind challenge and I hope you all will visit Kim, Joyce and Marybeth to see what they have made with their April kits.


Renee said...

All of these are fabulous Cathy...
love them all...
but you got me with that bow treatment...
how clever and think I shall be borrowing that idea too! :)
What a fabulous kit...
die cuts...
and I'm dying over those papers...
Kim always sends the most amazing kits and I think this one takes the cake!

Joyce said...

Your cards are just incredible. And, I know you were so busy, too. I love how you used that window, and set the perfect scene inside and out. That lampshade with the little trim--just perfect. I love what you did with the tops of the papers--I'm going to steal that one for sure--it always seems like such a waste of a pretty pattern to just cut it off. And, let's see--I am definitely casing your card with the ribbons pulled over that awesome family paper. And, I think I agree with you, that bird is my fave, too.

Cathy...I am surprised you had the time to do as much as you did with your son's wedding so soon. But you card are so beautiful, each and everyone of them. I love your window (I knew you would do a fabulous window card too!) with that sweet butterfly and your lamp is just too cute. You are so clever to have saved those edges, I put them aside hoping that someone would find a use for them. And what you did was just so adorable, love it. I agree with you, your last card is my favorite, that little bird house is so sweet and what a great idea to use the swirl die to hang it up, love it!!! Fabulous bunch of cards Cathy!

Cathy your cards are all so beautiful and truly creative. Love the butterfly out the window, that pretty blue frame and the birdhouse paper is amazing, love that card. What a fabulous kit you had to work with from Kim.

Marybeth said...

You know I love them all Cathy! I knew you would come up with an adorable widow card and you did not disappoint. Love the ribbon card , such a neat way to showcase all the pretty ribbons Kim sent. Your last one is adorable, funny I have that stamp but did not even recognize it to be WMS. I forgot all about the birdhouse. Nice way to use the end strips of paper as well!

Jeanne J said...

What a neat kit and some clever things you did here - the ribbons gathered with the band, the window (you always rock those) and my fave - the one with the birdies.!

I'm late to the hop this month - just happened to see the April "4 of a Kind" over at Marybeth's. This is one of my favorite and most inspiring hops on the Web! You ladies just amaze me and your cards are no exception, Cathy! Love, love, love, lo ...!!

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