Thursday, 23 May 2019

Thank You

I was lucky to win the latest Stamps by Chloe Cardmaking Collection from Liz's blog - thank you Liz - and have used the stamps, dies and paper from the collection to make this Thank You card.

I'm entering the Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'The Colour Purple', Die Cut Divas 'Flowers' challenge and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies challenge.   I also used a couple of snippets for the card so am also heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


6" x 6" cream speckled card blank
Dies, stamps and paper from the 'Stamps by Chloe Cardmaking Collection 3'
Stampendous 'Cling Thank You' stamp
Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
Kars tan embossing mat
Versafine Imperial Purple ink
Snippets of cream speckled and purple pearlescent card
Papermania Transparent Shimmering Dots
Wink of Stella

I die cut the flowers from cream speckled card before die cutting and embossing the largest Stitched Square.  Using my MISTI I lined up the flower stamps and over-stamped them onto the die cut flowers.  I also stamped the sentiment into the top corner.  I covered the back of the panel with a piece of paper from the Collection before layering the panel onto purple pearlescent card and attaching it to the card front.  To finish I added a Wink of Stella to the flowers and sentiment and Shimmering Dots to the flower centres.

Kath x

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Happy Birthday to You

I made this quick card for a friend's birthday.  I'm entering the Allsorts 'Happy Birthday challenge (to celebrate Allsorts 10th  birthday), Crafty Cardmakers 'Birthdays' challenge and Tales from the Craft Room 'Floral Frenzy' challenge.


Docrafts 'Full Bloom' Card Kit (cover gift with Crafts Beautiful magazine)
Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamp
My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags' die
Versafine Onyx Black ink

I trimmed the pink card blank from the kit to make a 6" x 6" card.  I covered the front with the floral card leaving a small border around the edge.  I stamped the sentiment onto the offcut of pink card before die cutting and embossing the fishtail flag. To finish I attached the sentiment to the lower corner of the card with foam tape.

Kath x

Monday, 13 May 2019

Happy 17th Birthday Katie

I made this card for Steve's niece's birthday and am entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge, Fab 'n' Funky Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.


7" x 5" white matt card blank
Lili of the Valley 'Jasmine' Art Sheet image
Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles' and My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags' dies
Kars tan embossing mat
Lili of the Valley 'Galaxy Stars' paper
White matt card
Computer generated sentiment Footlight MT Light' font

I trimmed the paper and attached it to the card blank.  Using the largest Wonky Rectangle I die cut and embossed the precoloured image before attaching it to the left of the card.  I printed the sentiment onto thin white card before die cutting and embossing it.  This was then attached to the lower corner of the card with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Monday, 6 May 2019

You're How Old?

I made this card for my great-nephew's 17th birthday and am entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge and the AAA Birthday Card Challenges 'Anything Birthday Goes.  All the card is from my snippets box so I'm heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


7" x 5" white matt card blank
Woodware 'Numbers' stamp
Tattered Lace 'Mini Candle' die
Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
Snippets of blue, brown, green, red and turquoise texture card, brown, yellow and white matt card

I die cut 17 candles from blue, brown, green, red and turquoise card and attached them to white card and then die cut 17 yellow flames which were inlaid into the candles.  I trimmed the panel and stamped the sentiment below the candles.  The panel was layered onto brown card before being attached to the card blank.

Kath x

Friday, 3 May 2019

Christmas Trio Block

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and our theme is 'Anything But a Square Card'.  We're sponsored by Bugaboo who are offering the lucky winner a $12.00 gift code.

I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'For a Child', the ABC Christmas Challenge 'K for Kids' and the Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


DL white matt card blank
Bugaboo 'Christmas Trio Block' digi stamp
Promarkers
Red mirri and white matt card
Stampendous white Fun Flock
Wink of Stella

I resized the digi stamp and printed it onto white card.  This was trimmed and coloured with Promarkers before being layered onto red mirri card and attached to the card blank.  To finish I added Fun Flock to Santa's hat and highlighted the images with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

Let's See Some Holly

It's time for another challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and our theme is 'Let's See Some Holly'.

I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes', the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes', the Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Chistmas Goes' and Crafty Creations Challenges 'Anything Goes'.


6" x 4" red textured tent fold card blank
Lili of the Valley 'Festive Foliage' Art Pad
Silver mirri card
Wink of Stella

I have used one of my favourite LOTV Art Pads to make this quick card.  I trimmed the precoloured Art Pad sheet so it was slightly wider than the image and layered it onto a strip of silver mirri.  This was then attached across the centre of the card blank.  To finish I highlighted the berries and holly leaves with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Elf Ornament

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and we want to see 'Ornaments'.

I'm entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'K for Kids',  Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'For a Child', the Alphabet Challenge 'C for Clean and Simple' and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


6" x 6" white matt card blank
Bugaboo 'AKV Elf - Ornament' digi stamp
Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Squares Stackables' dies
Lili of the Valley 'Galaxy Stars' paper
White matt card
Wink of Stella

I attached a piece of Galaxy Stars paper (this is becoming one of my favourite paper pads) to white card to make it slightly thicker before using the two largest dies to die cut and emboss a frame.  This was then attached to the card blank.  I resized the digi and printed it onto white card.  I die cut and embossed the image using the second largest die, coloured it with Promarkers to match the stars in the frame and inlaid it.  To finish I highlighted the elf and ornament with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Kick up your Heels

I made this card for my brother-in-law's partner's birthday and am entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge, Crafty Creations Challenges 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.


6" x 6" white matt card
Bugaboo 'JJ Tequila and Shoes' digi stamp
Promarkers
Lili of the Valley 'Galaxy Stars' paper
White matt card

I merged the image and sentiment using Word, resized them and printed onto white matt card.  I trimmed the panel to a square and coloured it with Promarkers.  This panel was then layered onto pink star paper and attached to the card blank.

Kath x

Thursday, 25 April 2019

April Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another Christmas tree card.  I'm also entering the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Nature', the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'.  The card is from my snippets drawer so I'm heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


6" x 4" white matt card blank
Sizzix Framelits 'Trees, Leafy' stamp and die
Versafine Haberna ink
Snippets of green texture card, orange and white matt card

I stamped the tree onto white card using the Haberna ink before trimming the panel to size.  This was then layered onto a slightly larger snippet of orange card and then onto a snippet of green textured card before being attached to the card front.  I used the coordinating die to cut the tree from green textured card.  This was attached with liquid glue to give some 'wriggle room' whilst I ensured the die cut tree lined up with the stamped image.

Kath x

Sunday, 21 April 2019

Hunkydory Product Review

I was delighted to be invited to review some Hunkydory products and I chose a wide selection of  items.  These are some of the cards I've made and my review of the products is further down this post.

Using Deck the Halls backing card and topper from the  Hunkydory Design Collection Box
Magazine Issue 6 and 1mm Foam Pads


Using Winter Wishes backing card and toppers from the Hunkydory Design Collection Box
Magazine Issue 6, 1mm and 2mm Foam Pads


Using images from The Square Little Book of Florabunda


Using Peony Dreams Adorable Scorable card for card blank,
Peony Dreams backing card and topper from Member's gift


Using 4" x 4" Miniature Corner Rounder Aperture Card


Using Deck the Halls backing card from the Hunkydory Design
Collection Box and Merry Christmas die


Using Peony Dreams Adorable Scorable card for the box base, Peony Dreams
backing card and toppers from Member's Gift for box top, Contemporary Ribbon Reel
and Foam Pads 2mm Deep


After using these products, this is my personal review:

This is a bumper Christmas collection!  Inside the box there's a magazine of design ideas which gives clear instructions on how to make the projects, two card collections (Deck The Halls & Winter Wishes), six dies, a set of co-ordinating stamps and an embossing folder.  The quality of all the products is excellent.  Each card collection contains card, papers and toppers which are easy to mix and match.  The dies cut well, the stamps are good quality and give a clear stamped image and the embossing folder gives a lovely clean image too.

The Square Little Book of Florabunda - Product Code LBSQ105
This is a fabulous block of images, slightly smaller than 5" x 5".  There are 150 pages of beautiful blossoms and floral designs with 25 different designs and six of each which allows for decoupage or layering the images.  The paper has a slightly matt surface which means that it stamps well.  The colours are beautiful and work well with kraft card.

Peony Dreams Adorable Scorable Pack - Product Code: CLUB-AS19
I love Adorable Scorable card as it can be scored and folded without cracking and this pack contains beautiful subtle colours.  I chose this pack as it matches this months's Hunkydory Club Gift.  If you're not already a member of the Hunkydory Club, you can join for free and get the member's gift for just the cost of postage.  The images in the Peony Dreams collection are beautiful and can be used for so many occasions.

This is the only product that I found a little disappointing.  The quality of the card is very good and I love the unusual shape of the card and aperture.  The size is perfect for making small cross stitch cards - they just need a small piece of card to cover the rear of the fabric.  There were a few small 'pips' on the card which I needed to snip, which wasn't a problem, but the rounded corner on the folded edge wasn't cut very cleanly and I had to use a sharp pair or scissors to neaten the corner.  I know it's not a big issue, but I'm not sure I would buy these in the future.

Contemporary Ribbon Reel - Product Code: RIBB15 & Metallics Ribbon Reel - Product Code: RIBB16
These ribbon reels are lovely rich colours.  The Contemporary Ribbon Reel has Pink, Lilac, Silver and Blue ribbons and the Metallics Ribbon Reel has Deep Purple (I would have called it Burgundy), Silver, Grey and Red.  I would have liked to see a gold ribbon in the Metallics set instead of both Silver and Grey.  Don't buy these ribbons if you want a traditional satin ribbon to tie in small bows as the reels are more of a paper type of ribbon as used in gift wrapping.  For me, this was perfect as it meant I could use the ribbon on my cards (and box) without having to tuck edges under to prevent them fraying.

Foam Pads - 2mm Deep - Size 19mm x 38mm - Product Code: FOAM127 & Foam Pads - 2mm Deep - 19mm x 38mm - Product Code: FOAM128
I've not used the Hunkydory foam pads before which is why I wanted to try these two thicknesses.  I like the larger size of foam pad as I can either use them as one large pad or trim them to a smaller size.  The backing peeled off easily and the quality is very good - definitely a product I'll buy in the future.

Kath x