Thursday, 30 June 2022

Cross Stitch Summer Garland

I took several cross stitch kits away with me our our last campervan 'adventure' as they're quick and easy for me to stitch in the evenings.  This design was a DMC kit for handbag mirror which should have been stitched on 18hpi.  I find it hard to stitch on 8hpi fabric, especially if the light isn't too good, so I changed the fabric to 14hps and made the design into a card.  The cross stitch was attached to the rear of a frame made from stitched square and circle frames.


Kath x

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

June Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another card made with a cover gift from a magazine - which is my RD theme this year.  This card uses a 'Partridge in a Pear Tree' die that was a cover gift with a magazine a while ago, although I can't recall the title of the magazine.

I cut a snippet of white matt card into a square and die cut a stitched circle from the centre.  I attached a snippet of pale green snowflake paper behind the aperture and layered it onto dark brown pearlescent card before attaching the panel to the card blank.  I die cut the 'Partridge in a Pear Tree' from dark brown pearlescent card and attached it to the centre of the aperture.  I die cut the image again from snippets of gold mirri so I could inlay the leaves, pears and swirl on the partridge.  To finish I used a clear Gelly Roll pen to highlight the snowflakes and the eye of the partridge.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Immediate Media 'Partridge in a Pear Tree' die and My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' die
     Snippets of white matt card, dark brown pearlescent card, gold mirri and Wild Rose Studio 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper
     Sakura Clear Star Gelly Roll pen

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - June Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

     Rudolph Day - June Challenge
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 431

Kath x

Friday, 3 June 2022

Sending Smiles Across the Miles

I made this card to send to Dee for the May Card Chain Challenge.  I chose the Colour Option (Peach, Terracotta & Pineapple), the Theme Option (Friendship) and the Product Option (Embossing Powder).

I used the two largest rectangle dies to cut a frame from a snippet of terracotta textured card.  I trimmed a snippet of peach paper so it was slightly smaller than the frame and then placed it into my MISTI.  I stamped the sentiment in the top corner of the paper using brown ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The paper was attached to the back of the frame and then onto the centre of the card. I stamped the butterfly with brown ink onto a snippet of white card and embossed it with clear embossing powder before cutting it with the coordinating die. I coloured the butterfly wings with a yellow Promarker and the body with a peach Promarker.  I attached the butterfly to the card along its body so I could shape the wings.  To finish I attached three small clear shimmering dots below the sentiment.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" tent fold white matt card blank
     Card Making Magic 'The Best of Cardmaking Magic' butterfly stamp & coordinating die
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Practical Publishing 'Slimline Spring Florals' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Promarkers ' Yellow & Soft Peach
     Papermania transparent shimmering dots
     Snippets of white matt card, terracotta textured card and Lili of the Valley 'Bear Necessities' peach paper

I am entering the following challenge:
      Snippets Playground - Challenge 429

This is the lovely card I received from Marga -

Kath x

Thursday, 26 May 2022

May Rudolph Day Challenge

It's time for another Rudolph Day card using a magazine cover gift (which is my theme this year).  This card uses a Hot off the Press stamp set that was a cover gift about ten years ago and is still one of my favourite Christmas stamps.  The lilac card was also a cover gift - it was the back of a card in a cross stitch kit.

I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a rectangle from the centre.  I placed the lilac card into my MISTI and laid the frame over the top so I could place the reindeer and sentiment stamps in the centre.  I removed the frame and stamped the images a couple of times to get a good depth of colour.  I layered the paper behind the frame and attached it to the card.

To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white matt card blank
     Hot off the Press 'Reindeer & Sentiment' stamps
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' die
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Snippets of lilac card and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day - May Challenge

Kath x

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Beautiful Birdsong

This is another quick birthday card which uses a piece of Hundydory card with gold accent foiling - perfect for a friend who likes bright colours.

I trimmed a snippet of gold mirri so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and then trimmed the corner of the foiled card leaving a small border around the edge.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from a snippet of gold mirri and set it aside before die cutting 'Happy Birthday' from the top corner of the card.  I layered the patterned card onto the mirri and attached it to the card blank before inlaying the sentiment.



To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Beautiful Birdsong' gold accent foiled card
     Crafts-Too 'Happy Birthday' die
     Snippets of gold mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything for a Birthday
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Monday, 23 May 2022

Happy Birthday To You

As we're away in our campervan next weekend, I've spent some time making cards for the next few months. I made this card for a friend's birthday using the colours from the Butterfly Challenge.

I trimmed a piece of cream hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut the Springtime butterfly frame from the top of the card.  I placed the panel into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a good deep colour.  I attached a snippet of paper behind the aperture before attaching it to the front of the card blank.  I die cut the Springtime frame from green textured card and inlaid it into the aperture.  I die cut a large butterfly and two smaller butterflies from purple textured card and attached them to the front of the card.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Practical Publishing Memory Box 'Springtime Butterflies' dies and Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
     Clearly Besotted 'Simply Said' stamps
     Versafine Imperial Purple ink
     Snippets of white hammer card, purple and green textured card and Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything for a Birthday
     Butterfly Challenge - I have used two colours (Asparagus and African Violet) with my butterflies
     CAS on Friday - Butterflies
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - May Challenge    
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 428

Kath x

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Sunflower Notecard

I like to keep some small notecards in my box so made a few of these sunflower cards.  

I used a stitched die to emboss a panel in the front of the card.  The sunflower was stamped onto a snippet of white card using brown ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the cordinating die to cut the sunflower before colouring it with Promarkers.  The sunflower was then attached to the centre of the card with foam pads.


To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" white matt card blank
     Card Making Magic 'Best of Card Making Magic' sunflower stamp & coordinating die, My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX
     Die-namics' dies
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Promarkers
     Snippet of white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Addicted to CAS - Flower
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - May Challenge
     Love to Craft - May Challenge

Kath x

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Daisy Coaster

This lovely daisy design was with a kit to make a handbag mirror.  I started the design but was finding it hard going as it was on 18hpi fabric so I stitched it on 14hpi aida instead.  When I had finished the stitching I trimmed the fabric so it fit inside a coaster.  I then die cut a circle from cream paper, laid it behind the stitching and clipped the back onto the coaster.


Kath x

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Bee Happy

I stitched this design when we were on our last campervan trip - it's a lovely pattern from Catkin and Lillie.  I stitched it on 16hpi aida and changed some of the colours so I could use up oddments of thread.  After finishing the stitching I used a stitched circle die to make a frame and then attached the panel to the card blank.

Kath x

Monday, 2 May 2022

If Friends Were Flowers

I made this card to send to Lucille for the April Card Chain Challenge using the Colour Option (Charcoal, Lime & Bumblebee) and the Theme Option (Spring & Friendship).

I die cut lots of spring leaves from snippets of yellow card, the foliage from green card and the loop embellishment from black card.  To make the flower I die cut a circle from white card for the flower base and attached it to my craft mat with a small piece of double sided tape.  I attached yellow leaves around the edge of the circle placing the solid leaves at the back and the cut out leaves on top.  I attached the green foliage over the top of the solid yellow leaves and then the black embellishments between the foliage.  I used black ink to stamp the sentiment onto white card and embossed it with clear embossing powder before die cutting it with a stitched circle die.  I layered the sentiment onto the centre of the flower before attaching it to the card blank.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card
     Practical Publishing 'Spring Leaves' dies (cover gift with Die Cutting Essentials 86 magazine)
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics)
     Crafter's Companion 'Sweet Florals' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Snippets of white matt card, yellow, lime green and black textured card 

I am entering the following challenges:
     Addicted to CAS - Friendship
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 427

This is the fabulous card I received from Brenda:

Kath x

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Special Birthday

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge using the colours fawn and flame with my butterfly.

I die cut a frame from orange textured card using the two largest circle dies.  I attached a snippet of fawn paper to a snippet of white card and die cut a circle to fit inside the frame.  I also die cut an orange butterfly from another snippet of card.  I placed the circle into my MISTI and lay the butterfly on top so I could see where to position the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in orange ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I attached the orange frame to the card, inlaid the fawn circle and attached the butterfly by its body so I could shape the wings.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blak
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Practical Publishing Memory Box 'Springtime Butterflies' die
     Practical Publishing 'Stamps for All Occasions' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Habanero ink

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail embossing powder

I am entering the following challenges:
     Butterfly Challenge - F for Fawn & Flame (I have used the two colours with my butterfly)
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Butterflies

Kath x

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Yacht Race

This is another small notecard I've stitched whilst away in our campervan - the design is 'Yacht Race' by Mouseloft.  After completing the cross stitch I made a frame from square and circle stitched dies before attaching the panel to the front of the card blank.

Kath x

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

April Rudolph Day

It's Rudolph Day again - time is flying by, where is this year going?   My Rudolph Day theme this year is to use items that have been cover gifts with magazines.  This card uses an 'Opulent Baubles' set that was a cover gift a Practical Publishing magazine - although I can't recall which one.

I embossed a piece of white card and trimmed the edges before attaching it to the card blank - the embossing folder had also die cut the bauble shape from the embossed panel.  I attached a snippet of green marbled paper onto a snippet of card and stamped the bauble with black ink before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  I placed the bauble into the embossing folder and die cut it before inlaying it into the card.  I stamped the bow onto a snippet of green textured card using black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  To finish I fussy cut the bow and attached it to the top of the bauble.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Practical Publishing 'Opulent Baubles' embossing folder and dies
     Versafine  Onyx Black ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail embossing powder
     Snippets of green marbled paper, green textured card and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Something Beginning with B (I have chosen Bauble & Bow)
     HappyLittle Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day - April Challenge

   
Kath x

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Gold Bauble

I made this gold bauble for the Perfectly CAS challenge using lots of teeny snippets of gold mirri and gold pearlescent card.

I die cut a stitched rectangle from a snippet of white hammer card and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut the Cabrini Ornament from both gold mirri and gold pearlescent card - embossing the pearlescent bauble so the veins in the leaves were prominent.  I then attached the mirri bauble to the card blank and inlaid the pearlescent pieces.  I die cut the Crisp Bow from gold mirri, snipped the tail from the bow and attached it to the top of the ornament.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white matt card blank
     Memory Box 'Cabrini Ornament' and 'Crisp Bows' dies
     Snippets of white hammer card, gold mirri and gold pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - April Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Perfectly CAS - Gold
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 426


Kath x

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Go Wild

I made this card for my father-in-law's forthcoming birthday.  He doesn't have any hobbies, but he does like wildlife so I thought this Hunkydory image would work well for his card.

I trimmed a piece of the coloured card, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  I used foam pads to assemble the decoupage layers before attaching the panel to the centre of the card.  I die cut '80' from gold mirri and attached the numbers at the bottom of the panel.  To finish I added a small sentiment topper at the top of the panel, sliding it under the foliage.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Perfect Planet Go Wild' Deco-Large topper and card
     Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' dies
     Snippets of gold mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Masculine
     Daisy Chain Challenge - Birthday
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x