It’s time to craft really fast cards with how to craft with a kit…and alternatives!

You can’t help but smile at the By Your Side Kit! In fact, it’s such a cute kit, it’s currently sold out but expected back in stock shortly!

Since so many of us have a dog or cat (or multiples), this kit is purr-fect (sorry I couldn’t resist)!

But there are so many more kits available in our fabulous Kits Collection. Card Kits, Stamping Kits, 3D Kits, Treat Holder Kits! Whether you’re a beginner crafter or been at if for awhile, you’ll be sure to find something here!

Nothing Beats a Kit for FAST Paper Crafting

I have to admit, it’s taken me awhile to appreciate the beauty of a kit.

Beauty, yes as in “the combination of qualities, such as shape, colour, or form, that pleases our aesthetic senses, especially sight.”

But beauty also as in:

  • ease
  • convenience
  • speed, and
  • versatility.

So I guess you can call me a ‘kit convert’!

Here are the 4 different designs in the kit (that makes 8 cards in total).

How to Craft with a Kit...and Alternatives
Adorable and quick cards for the pet lovers in your life!

Two different sketches create some bright and cheery cards.

Package up these 4 with a bow and a little tag and they make a great hostess gift. Or a birthday gift for a pet loving friend.

Or simply send them out far and wide if you’re a big fan of cats and dogs too!

Here’s the entire kit collection. Don’t you love those envelopes?

By Your Side Alternatives

One of the great things about kits is you often get more die cuts than you need for the card fronts included in the kit.

So why not create with some colour for another fun card? This is the one we created together in our Facebook Live crafting You can see the entire video replay here.

How to Craft with a Kit...and Alternatives

Definitely this card has a lot of WOW factor with the Full of Life 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the background. Be sure to check out all the DSP designs in the video!

“Steal” a Sketch From the Kit

Another tip to create with the kits leftovers is to copy the sketch (layout) from one of both of the designs. It makes your card making go so much faster.

And I promise, they’ll look different with the papers and colours you use so no one will even know you copies!

Which is EXACTLY what I did for our playful Petunia Pop card!

(PS. If you’re a sketch lover, be sure to pop on over to my post Use Simple Sketches for Card Making for another idea.)

Feel free to add in a few extra details too, if you like.

We added the ribbon, a couple punched out hearts and the Iridescent Faceted Gems.

How to Craft with a Kit…and Alternatives

I apologize for the less than ideal streaming quality at the beginning and end of the video. Please stick with it to see the edited version of our live where you’ll see me make both the kit card as designed and some alternatives!

If you’d love to join us live, we play together every Tuesday morning at 11 AM Mountain Time and we’re always excited to welcome new paper crafters to our community.

Here’s where you’ll find us: Design with Jo!

Would You Give This to a Guy?

The sample I made in advance has a bright Lemon Lime Twist with a shot of Pumpkin Pie and Balmy Blue. a bit more understated than the one we made together. Do you think you’d give nthe dog one to a fella?

Leave me a comment to let me know!

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Here’s the supplies you’ll need to make an alternative with the left over die cut cats or dogs from the By Your Side kit.

Cuttin’ It Up!

  • Petunia Pop cardstock – 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, scored at 4 1/4″ on the long edge
  • Full of Life 6×6 DSP – 5″ x 3 1/4″
  • Fresh Freesia cardstock – 3 1/2″ x 3 1/4″
  • Basic Black cardstock – 3 1/4″ x 1 1/8″, made into a banner on the left side
  • Iridescent 1/2″ Striped Trim – about 3″

I know you’ll have fun with this kit…or any kit in our Kits Collection.

Take it from a kit convert! Whether you’re crafting as a newbie, entertaining a group of kids, visiting with friends or travelling and want to get your card making ‘fix’, kits are the way to go!

I sure hope you give them a try too. Once you do, I bet you’ll love how to craft with a kit…and alternatives!