More July/August Kits

Hi! Leo here today :)

Gosh this month is getting away from me I did plan to a do run through of all the kits each day but I've been busy with the new Christmas kits and it's just zooming by this week so today I've got a run through of all of the remaining three kits.
First up let's take a look at 'Hooray'.

The paper a-sides like in Cake Walk are really fun and bright and a mix of everyday patterns and a hint of the party theme that runs through all the kits. The B-sides in contrast are neutrals great for using as backgrounds if that's what you like to do. :)

 You get a full pack of the new Pink Paislee Take Me Away veneer embellishments. These ones have painted details. I liked these from the Take Me Away collection as the collection as a whole is very femanine but thse veneers have lovely bright pops of colour that will work with so many themes and especailly good for documenting the summer months. You also get these cute little house wooden embellishments in a minty green. There is some minty green matching pom pom trim in the kit and it's only when I'm looking back through these photos I've noticed I've not got that here but you can see it on the kit page.

This kit has some fun custom touches. This is a strip of labels to cut out and there are colours to co-ordinate and contrast with every bit in the kit. These are great for adding in bits of journalling or a date stamp. There's a good size too so not too small to be able to actually write on which sometimes with some of these kinds of labels that are included in the packs of die cuts I struggle with doing.

The alphabets in the kit are a good neutral so you'll be able to use them on any of the papers. They have solid 'middle' bits too which will help them to stand out when you use them on the more heavily patterned papers:

Another cute addition are the resin frames from Freckled Fawn. They have a random doodleness to them and the pack has two colours, one a bright yellow and one a little darker, both these colours are through your kit too. These could be great for frame small photos or highlighting areas of journalling or just using as a layered embellishment with some thing smaller inside the frame. They do have a plastic film covering on them when you take them from the packet so rub around the frames a bit and you should see it start to lift away from the plastic so you can then just peel it back.

These are really fun in Hooray. They're tile cards you can use as titles/journalling spaces or layering embellishments. These are also great for building up grids on your layouts, more on that below.

The main kit has these fun booklets with step by steps inside and page sketches on the front. This is the grid idea you can use with the tile cards. The photos used in the sample were taken from a mobile phone, if you've ever printed photos right from your phone sometimes they have a weird long thin format and cutting them into squares like this is a different way of using that kind of long thin size without having to crop them as much as you do to print at 6x4, (these are printed at 3.5x 7).

Last but not least in the Hooray main kit you also get a bottle of Nuvo drops to play with. You can make fun little drops/dots of colour with these that dry hard. The ones I played with have dried in about 2 hours so a lot less that the recommended on the bottle 24 hours but I guess it all depends on where you are and if those conditions are good for drying :)
You don't have to stick to dots you can paint with them too by joining together dots. I had a play doing a heart and a flower for you here. :) One tip I should pass on is to clean the end of the nozzle after you've used them as it's easy to wipe off when it's wet, not so easy when it's dry so keep it clean and clear while it's wet, just a bit of tissue does the trick.
This navy blue colour was picked out for the kits as a good neutral and it will stand up against all those colour in the kit too. We did have more colours in the extras shop and they're going down well so I will add some more to kits in future. These things come in metallic and glitter too, I mean come on how can we not get into that fun-ness!

OK that was Hooray. There are a handful of kits available for single purchase and they're only available while stocks last out, check out the kit page in the shop here.

Next up is the pocket card kit.
PiƱata Custom Cards Kit

Starting with the 4x6 size cards. As with all the kits the colour story is bright and colourful but to contrast that you have black, white and navy.

 Lots of the cards have a hand doodled and hand painted feel.

Some have brighter colours, these all have hand painted looks. Part of the inspiration was the Rio Olympics too.

Embellishments include these fun puffy stickers you can add quickly and easily either directly on your cards or as they're good an sticky you can stick them on the pocket page protectors which is a fun way to embellish over photos without damaging them.

You also get a full pack of the new Dear Lizzy Saturday chipboard tags. Numbers are great for daily scrapbooking or you can relate them to how many people are featured in pictures or any other kind of number in your month/week or just numbering your weeks through your album, (there are 10 tags so enough for every week from August to September). I must say I expected them to be sticky backed so was a bit surprised they weren't but you can stick them down with a bit of glue or tape. We could write a 'Dear Lizzy' letter so see if there are other suggestions to attach these. ;)

You also get these super cute resin words made by Freckled Fawn. They're sized for your cards so you can use them on top or put them in a pocket on their own if you prefer that.

Now last but not least let's look into the embellishment kit 'Dancing on the Ceiling'. 

This kit continues with the party fun influences but there's a bit of a more sophisticated twist to this one as there's a little more black and white that the colours. This is the kits I've been using for photos so it's a little bit scrappy looking without the packaging and I may have *cough* pilfered a clip for my planner already.

The embellishments have a cute way of working together with the doodle/hand paintiness you can pair. The black/white/gold combo you can use independently or work it with the colourful stickers.

The paper clips match the stickers too:

You get a lot of washi tape in the kit, three rolls which are all part of the same pack. I debated if to get this pack as it's a fair chunk of the kit budget to have as just washi but in the end the patterns won out, they'll go with loads of things so you'll get lots of use out of them. These are a nice proper 'washi' too with the tapes being slightly transparent and not papery.

More sophistication with the very posh new Thickers from the dear Lizzy Saturday collection and very cool puffy star stickers from Freckled Fawn. The next picture shows more of the very pretty Yes Please stickers from My Minds Eye and the fun pinstripe button embellishments. If you have wedding photos to document from the summer months all these black/white/gold elements will come into their own.

Now this wouldn't be a Quirky Kit if it got too serious so a curvball of fun-ness has been thrown in with this super cute trim. It's seam binding so you can use it along edges of paper, just like you'd use it to bind a seam in sewing. Or else just use it as you would ribbon. That navy's popping back up here too ;)

More trim in this super fun coral ribbon printed with green stars. If you have the main kit along with the embellishment kit this is the exact same colour as your card stock colour, that lovely glowing coral that's half way pink and half way orange. I put in lots of this ribbon as, to run with the party inspiration through all the kits you could use this for gift wrapping.

That's all folks! Check out the website for all the kit details. New subscription places for the next kits start on September 1st. The next kits have a botanical/autumnal influence and each kit is named for a British native tree. Look out for Oak, Willow, Scots Pine and Hazel coming October 2016! In between kit time there's also the new Christmas Card Making Club kits and classes. There's a new kit every month starting from next week and classes to run along with each kit to give you a kick start to creating your Christmas cards for 2016. In December the class will change to a minibook class and you'll be able to use up all the leftover bits to create your December mini book, cool huh! Check out all the details here.

I'll be back here on Saturday for a fun class using these kits.
xx Leo

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