Because I love creating my own designs, I don’t often buy card ‘kits’. But when Stampin’ Up!® released the Lots of Happy card kit, I couldn’t resist. The fresh, elegant card designs just called to me!
After playing with the Lots of Happy card kit for a week straight, I can honestly tell you it’s amazing! Here’s the full scoop on this kit, including tips for making the cards, plus a few alternate project ideas.
What You Get in the Lots of Happy Card Kit
The Lots of Happy card kit comes in a reusable kraft box, and includes materials to make 20 cards (4 each of 5 styles).
In this kit, you’ll get:
- A 7-piece all-occasion photopolymer stamp set (exclusive to this kit!)
- One clear mounting block for the stamps
- A Basic Black ink spot
- 4 watercolor pencils in exclusive Stampin’ Up! colors (Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Old Olive, and Rich Razzleberry)
- 20 Sahara Sand card bases in various sizes
- Pre-cut patterned papers in two styles
- White cardstock mattes
- A variety of outline floral images to color
- White-and-gold circle-, square-, and diamond-shaped pieces to stamp sentiments on
- Gold foil banners
- Vellum leaves
- Lemon Lime Twist ombre ribbon
- Black-and-white striped envelopes that coordinate with the various card sizes
- Stampin’ Dimensionals
- An instruction sheet, including full-color photos of each card design
The only other things you need to make the cards in this kit are:
- Your choice of adhesive
- Ruler and scissors for measuring and cutting the ribbon
- A pencil sharpener for the watercolor pencils
What the Finished Cards Look Like
Now here’s a peek at what the finished cards look like.
Card 1 (Standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch card)
Card 2 (Standard 4-1/4 x 5-1/2-inch card)
Card 3 (3-1/2 x 3-1/2-inch Hexagon Card)
Card 4 (3-1/2 x 2-inch card)
Card 5 (4-1/8 x 2-1/2-inch card)
Aren’t they all stunning? With the Lots of Happy card kit, you can make four cards in each of these styles.
Tips for Using the Lots of Happy Card Kit
Although the cards in the Lots of Happy kit are pretty easy to make, a few extra tips never hurt! In this video by Andrea at the Stampin’ Up! home office, you’ll get a full walk-through of the Lots of Happy card kit, including tips on:
- Pressing out the precut pieces
- Coloring the images
- Putting together each of the five card designs
Alternate Project Ideas for This Kit
There’s no doubt that the Lots of Happy card kit designs are gorgeous. However, you don’t have to follow the patterns if you don’t want to! With this awesome collection of materials, you could easily make your own unique card designs as well. Or, you could do what I did: make some of each pre-designed card, and then ‘play’ with the rest of the materials.
Here are a few alternate Lots of Happy project ideas to inspire you. Note that I used some of Stampin’ Up!’s other watercolor pencil colors on these as well.
Alternate Card 1 – Resized Hexagon with Diagonal Banner
How to Make It:
- Use a hexagon card base
- Color a hexagon floral image, then trim about 1/4 inch from each side
- Cut a 3-3/8 x 1-1/8-inch banner from striped paper
- Attach the banner at an angle over the colored hexagon piece
- Cut a 3-1/2-inches-long piece of ribbon, angle the ends, then attach to the center of the banner
- Stamp the image on one of the circle labels
- Color the image, then attach to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals
Alternate Card 2 – Red Roses
How to Make It:
- Use a 4-1/8 x 2-1/2-inch card base
- Layer on a 3-7/8 x 2-inch rectangle of striped paper
- Cut a 1-1/2 x 1-3/4 inch rectangle of the Sahara Sand patterned paper, then cut it in half diagonally
- Attach one triangle piece to the lower left corner of the card, and the other to the upper right corner
- Color two of the above shown image
- Attach the images to the triangle corner pieces with Stampin’ Dimensionals
Alternate Card 3 – Hanging Banner
How to Make It:
- Use a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch card base
- Cut a 2 x 4-1/2-inch rectangle of striped paper, and layer it 1/2 inch from the top of the card base
- Cut about 1 inch from each end of a gold banner sticker, then attach so that they form ‘hangers’ for the striped piece
- Color one of the double-ended rose pieces, then attach it about halfway down the striped piece
- Stamp the sentiment on a circle sentiment label, and attach to the card with Stampin’ Dimensionals
- Tie a ‘friendship knot’ of ribbon, trim the ends, and attach with a glue dot to the top of the sentiment label
With the Lots of Happy card kit, making elegant cards is so easy! Whether you use the materials as directed, or to ‘do your own thing’, you’re sure to get many hours of crafting fun from this kit.
By the way, there’s also a refill available if you just can’t get enough of it (consumables only — stamp set, clear block, ink, and watercolor pencils not included).