Tuesday, 31 May 2016

K for Kissing

The current ABC Christmas Challenge is 'K for Kissing'.  I was struggling for ideas until my upcycling box came to the rescue again with this mistletoe image.  I'm also entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use a Sentiment' and Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" cream hammer
Image: Upcycled Christmas card
Card: Gold mirri
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Classic Christmas;
Other: Gold nailheads

I layered red paper onto gold mirri card and attached it to the card front.  The image was already die cut and had lovely gold foiled detail so I just had to attach it with foam tape.  To finish I added gold nail heads to the top and bottom of the card.

Kath x

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Jasmine

I made this card for a young girl who loves purple and shopping!  I'm entering the card into the Alphabet Challenges 'G for Girlie, Seize the Birthday 'Dimension' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge where 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Lili's Die Cuts - Jasmine'
Dies: Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday', Creative Dies 'Corner Die' (magazine freebie)
Card: Marianne Design Snow Paper, Purple matt, 
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Bonnets & Bowties (magazine freebie)
Other: Clear gem

I layered lilac paper onto purple card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut the Grand Happy Birthday and the corner die from purple card, attaching the sentiment to the lower edge of the paper and the floral die to the upper corner.  I die cut the lower part of the sentiment and the flower from Snow Paper and inlaid them.  Jasmine was already die cut and was attached with Pinflair glue.  To finish I attached a gem to the centre of the flower.

Kath x

Friday, 27 May 2016

Christmas Cuties

The current challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is 'Little Christmas Critters' and I've used a cute Lili of the Valley pre-coloured topper for my card.  I'm also entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Cute', Sparkles Christmas Challenges 'Christmas Cuties' and Christmas Card Challenges where 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white linen
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Cuties'
Card: Silver mirri
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Festive Trimmings'
Other: Silver nailheads, Wink of Stells

I trimmed green paper, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it to the card front.  I cut a strip of red paper and attached it down the centre of the card ensuring the words matched.  The topper was layered onto silver mirri and attached to the card with foam tape.  To finish I added silver nailheads to the corners and highlighed the image with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Funky Fox

I made this card for The Male Room 'Critters and/or Bugs' challenge.  I'm also entering The Craft Barn Two Weekly Challenge 'Use two different patterned papers'. Allsorts 'Happy 7th Birthday' and Cardz 4 Guys 'It's Hip to be Square' challenges.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white linen
Image: Making Cards 'Funky Fox' (magazine freebie)
Stamp: Woodware 'Salutations'
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Card: White linen
Paper: Making Cards 'Funky Fox' (magazine freebie)
Other: Papermania Transparent Shimmering Dots, Wink of Stella

I attached spotty paper to the front of the card.  I cut a strip of green leaf paper and stamped the sentiment on the lower edge.   This was then layered onto white card and attached to the lower part of the card.  The fox image was trimmed, layered onto white card and attached with foam tape.  To finish I added shimmering dots to the green paper and highlighted the sentiment with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Cute Nativity

This week's challenge at Merry Monday is 'Nativity' and I have used this cute Lili of the Valley pre-coloured topper for my card.  I'm also entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Cute', Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'Christmas Cuties' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge where 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley Cute Squares 'Nativity Play'
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Gold pearl, white silk
Paper: Making Cards 'Traditional Christmas' (magazine freebie)
Other: Papermania Transparent Shimmering Dots, Wink of Stella

I trimmed a piece of pale lilac snowflake paper, layered it onto gold card and attached it to the front of the card.  I die cut and embossed a piece of gold card with the Lacy Squares die.  The image was trimmed slightly so it fitted the embossed area of the gold frame, then fixed in place.  I attached a couple of small pieces of white card behind the image to give a little dimension, before attaching it to the centre of the card.  To finish I added shimmering dots to the corners of the card and highlighted the image with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Monday, 23 May 2016

Tea Time

I made this card for the Cardz 4 Gals 'Tea for Two' challenge using a lovely pre-coloured Lili of the Valley topper called 'Tea Time'.  I'm also entering the Allsorts 'Happy 7th Birthday' and Seize the Birthday 'Dimension' challenges.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Tea Time' pre-coloured topper
Dies: Creative Dies 'Happy Birthday', Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
Card: Brown matt
Paper: Wild Rose Studio 'Blackberry Lane'

I layered blue patterned paper onto brown card and attached it to the card front.  The image was trimmed, layered onto brown card and attached to the upper part of the card.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' and the largest of the butterflies from brown card and attached them below the image.

Kath x

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Angel Snow Globe

I made this card for the current Merry Monday 'Snow Globe' challenge.  I'm also entering the Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Things with Wings' and the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge 'Inlaid Die Cutting'.  As all the card came from my snippets drawer I'm heading over to the playground at Pixies's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Angels' Art Pad
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large, Presscut 'Merry Christmas'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Other: Wink of Stella
Snippets: Gold and dark blue pearl card

I die cut the image with the second largest circle die.  I then used the two largest dies to die cut and emboss a frame from gold pearl card.  The image and frame were attached to the card.  I cut two pieces of gold card for the snow globe base and die cut 'Christmas' in one of them (this die is actually 'Merry Christmas' but I have snipped the join between the two words so I can die cut them separately).  I attached the two pieces of the base with double sided tape.  I then die cut 'Christmas' from dark blue card and inlaid it into the base before attaching it with foam tape.  To finish I added a Wink of Stella to the image.

Kath x

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Butterflies and Furry Friend

The current challenge at Little Claire Designs is 'Butterflies' and I've used one of their 'Cute Bears' Irresistible Images for my card.  I'm also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'F for Furry Friends' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge where 'Anything Goes.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Image: LC Designs 'Cute Bears' Irresistible Images
Die: Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
Card: Purple Core'dinations (magazine freebie)
Paper: Purple and yellow butterfly (magazine freebie)

The image already had a small butterfly on it, but I found a piece of butterfly paper which matched the colours perfectly.  To make this quick card I layered a square of butterfly paper onto purple card and attached it to the card blank.  The image was layered onto purple card and attached to the centre.  I die cut a purple butterfly, curled the wings and attached it to the top of the image.

Kath x

Friday, 20 May 2016

Non-traditional Christmas Tree

Christine is the host of this week's Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Non-traditional Christmas Colours' as the theme.  This month we are sponsored by Crafts are Me who are offering £10.00 to spend in their store

For my card I have used a lovely Penny Black tree stamp and have chosen Purple and Turquoise as my colours - definitely non-traditional!  I am also entering this card into the ABC Christmas Challenge  'J for Jewels', the Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Stamp: Penny Black 'Snowlight'
Embossing: Stampendous clear embossing powder
Ink: Versafine Imperial Purple
Card: Turquoise matt, white silk
Paper: Turquoise 
Other: Turqoise gems

I stamped and embossed the tree on white silk card.  This was trimmed, layered onto turquoise card and attached to the card front.  I stamped the tree trunk and star onto turquoise paper, fussy cut them and attached them to the image.  To finish, I added gems to the tree.

Kath x

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Vintage and Flowers

The current challenge at Allsorts is 'Vintage' and I made this card following this week's sketch at Sketch Saturday.  I'm linking up to Iwona's blog - to celebrate her fourth blogaversary she's asking people to link cards with four flowers for a chance to win her candy.  I'm also visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop with my snippets.


Card blank: 7" x 7" kraft
Image: Making Cards 'Playtime' (magazine freebie)
Punches: Woodware 'Daisy' and 'Grass'
Card: White silk
Paper: Making Cards 'Playtime' beige pattern
Other: Pearls
Snippets: Red, blue and green papers

I cut the the beige patterned paper slightly narrower than the card blank, layered it onto white card and attached it to the card.  I attached a strip of red patterned paper across the lower section of the card.  I cut around the image and attached it with foam tape.  I glued snippets of blue and green papers to make them double sided and then punched four flowers and five stems.  These were then attached to the frame of the image.  To finish I attached pearls to the centre of the flowers and the corners of the beige paper.

Kath x

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Dig It

I made this card for the current Cardz for Guys 'Dig it' challenge using a pre-coloured topper that had been a magazine freebie.  I'm also entering the Crafty Friends 'In the Garden' challenge and the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge.


Card blank: 7" x 5" kraft card
Image: 'Hugs with Henry' pre-coloured topper (magazine freebie)
Stamp: Birthday Wishes (magazine freebie)
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Card: Kraft 
Paper: Jennifer Ellory 'Floral Papers' (magazine freebie), 'Hugs with Henry' papers (magazine freebie)

I covered the front of the card blank with green paper, leaving a small border around the edge.  A strip of orange spot paper was then attached down the left side.  I trimmed the image, layered it onto kraft card and attached it.  The sentiment was stamped onto the reverse side of the same sheet of paper as the image so it was the same white (I find there are so many different whites that I try and use the same paper for sentiments as the main image).  The sentiment was trimmed and layered onto kraft card before being attached to the card front with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Jewel Christmas Tree

The current ABC Christmas Challenge is 'J for Jewels' and I've used oddments of gems for my Jewel Christmas Tree.  I am also entering the Classic Design Team Open Challenge where 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Bubble Bloom - Festive Tree' 
Embossing: Stampendous Clear embossing powder
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Card: Brown matt and white silk
Other: Assorted gems (makes unknown)

I stamped and embossed the tree and sentiment onto white card.  The tree image was trimmed, layered onto brown card and attached to the left side of the card blank.  The sentiment was trimmed, layered onto brown card and attached to the lower edge of the card with Pinflair glue.  I then added various gems and pearls to decorate the tree.

Kath x

Friday, 13 May 2016

Woodgrain, Kraft and White

I made this card for the current Merry Monday challenge which is 'Woodgrain, Kraft and White'.  I'm also entering the Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 5" x 5" kraft
Image: Kanban 'Cosy Christmas'
Card: Brown matt and white silk
Other: Diamond Stickles, Papermania Shimmering Dots, Wink of Stella

I trimmed the woodgrain image, layered it onto brown and white card before attaching it to the card front.  I highlighted 'Christmas' with Diamond Stickles, which has made the letters a lovely coppery colour which matches the kraft card.  I then highlighted 'Merry', the reindeers and snowflake with a Wink of Stella, finally adding small Shimmering Dots to the image.

Kath x

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Santa and Penguins

I made this card using the sketch from the current 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown and I'm also entering  the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Gift' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk tent
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Ho, Ho, Ho' Art Pad
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Ovals Large and Lacey Ovals
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Dark blue pearl
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Frosty Christmas' and 'Classic Christmas' 

I attached blue paper to the card blank before cutting a 'V' into the end of a strip of red paper and attaching it to the card.  I die cut and embossed the image with the Classic Ovals and a piece of dark blue pearl card with the Lacey Ovals.  The image was layered onto the lacey oval before being attached to the card with foam tape.

Kath x

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Winter Princess

I made this card for the current Lili of the Valley sketch challenge.  I'm also entering A Gem of a Challenge 'Favourite Colour Combination' as I love red and green on Christmas cards, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas ' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 4" dark red hammer
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Lili's Die Cuts Winter Princesses - Eleanor'
Punch: Woodware Snowflake
Card: Green holly embossed, dark red hammer and white silk
Other: Small red gems

I trimmed a piece of green embossed card, layered it onto white card and attached it to the card front. I cut a strip of dark red card, layered it onto white card and attached it across the bottom of the card. The Eleanor image was already die cut and I attached it to the front of the card with Pinflair glue.  I punched two snowflakes and, following the sketch, attached them to the card adding small red gems to the centre of each.

Kath x

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Recycle and Ruby Red

The current Butterfly Challenge is 'R for Recycle and/or Ruby Red'.  I have used cardboard from a croissant box and the image was cut from a postcard.  The ruby red card was from my snippets drawer so I'm popping over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 5" x 5" cream silk
Image: Upcycled postcard
Die: Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
Card: Upcycled croissant box
Snippets: Ruby red embossed card

I cut a square of card from the bottom of the croissant box, layered it onto ruby red embossed card and attached it to the card front.  The image was trimmed to a square leaving the flower and a few petals, this was then layered onto red card and attached to the centre.  I die cut a mini butterfly and attached it to the top of the image.

Kath x

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Cute Spring Bear

The current challenge at Little Claire's Designs is Spring Colours and I've used a cute pre-coloured LC Designs image for my card.  I'm also entering Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Image: LC Designs 'Cute Bears' Irresistible Images
Card: Brown matt
Paper: Yellow/green/brown stripe glitter paper (make unknown)
Other: Small green pearls

I cut four squares from the paper and layered them onto brown card before attaching it to the card front.  The pre-coloured Cute Bear image was layered onto brown card and attached to the centre with foam tape.  To finish I added a small green pearl in each corner of the image.

Kath x

Friday, 6 May 2016

Penguin One Sheet Bag

Eileen is the host of this week's Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Anything but a Card' as the theme. You can make or alter anything you like - tags, boxes, sleeves for wine bottles - but it must be a Christmas project.  This month we have two fabulous sponsors for our challenge - Di's Digi Stamps are offering $12.00 to spend in their store and Marianne Designs  are offering two fabulous dies.

I have made a One Sheet Bag (following the instructions in the Everyone Needs a Houghie 2 book) which is perfect for small gifts  I'm entering this into the Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes as Long as it's Christmas' and the ABC Challenges 'G is for Grand (Anything but a Card)' and Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'Christmas Cuties'.


Image: Lili of the Valley 'Merry Christmas Penguins' Mini Masterpieces pre-coloured toppers
Punch: Woodware Snowflake (regular)
Colouring: Promarkers (Lavender & Amethyst)
Card: Purple matt
Paper: A4 lilac/blue paper from Making Cards (magazine freebie)
Other: White organza ribbon, white pearls, hole punch

To make the bag I scored 2½ inches from each long side and 4½ from each short before folding the side sections to make the bag, using Collall All Purpose glue to fasten the sides and bottom.  I trimmed one of the small toppers from the Mini Masterpieces sheet and used the Lavender Promarker to colour the banner so it matched the paper.  I layered the topper onto purple card and attached it to the front of the bag.  I punched three small snowflakes, attached them to the topper and fastened small white pearls to the centre of each.  As I didn't have any purple ribbon, I used the Amethyst Promarker to colour a piece of white ribbon.  I punched two holes in the top of the bag, threaded the ribbon through the holes and made a bow at the front.

Kath x

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Noel

This week's Less is More challenge is 'Use Designer Paper in a CAS way' and I've used one of my favourite paper piecing stamps for this card. I'm also entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'I for Ink', A Gem of a Challenge 'Favourite Colour Combination' (red and green are two of my favourite Christmas colours) and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes as Long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Huge Noel'
Ink: Versafine Onxy Black
Card: White silk
Paper: Dark red and green patterned (from snippets drawer)

I stamped Noel onto white silk card and stamped the letters onto snippets of red and green paper.  The letters were fussy cut and attached to the stamped image.  I then trimmed the card so it was 1.5cm smaller than the front of the card blank.  I attached a smaller piece of white card to the rear of the image panel before attaching it to the card front.

Kath x

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Ombre and Glitter

I made this card for the current Merry Monday 'Ombre and Glitter' challenge.  I'm also entering the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown 'Pick a Previous Theme' challenge (I have chosen O Little Town from May 2015), Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes as Long aS it's Christmas.


Card blank:  6" x 6" white hammer
Dies: Festive Scene (magazine freebie), Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
Card: Marianne Design 'Snow Paper' white glitter, purple and silver Moondust, white hammer, white silk
Paper: Emma Ball blue ombre paper (magazine freebie)

I layered a square of white hammer card onto the purple Moondust and attached it to the card front. I attached a piece of ombre paper to white card (to make it the same thickness as the rest of the card I used for the image).  The Festive Scene was cut from purple Moondust card and the glitter card, the sky was cut from the ombre paper and the centre section with the windows was cut from silver Moondust.  I attached the complete purple image to a purple circle and then inlaid the rest of the pieces from the Festive Scene.  When complete I attached it to the centre of the card.

Kath x

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Don't let life ruffle your feathers!

I made this card for the current CAS Colours & Sketches sketch challenge and I'm also entering the Cardz 4 Guys 'Monochrome' challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Hot off the Press 'Feathers' (magazine freebie)
Die: Hot off the Press 'Feather' (magazine freebie)
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Colouring: Promarker (Cocoa)
Card: White silk, brown matt, bronze embossed

I die cut two feathers from bronze card and two from the brown matt card.  The bronze feathers were layered onto the brown ones to give a shadow effect  I stamped the sentiment in the bottom corner of the white card, this was then trimmed slightly to accommodate the feathers.  As I didn't have any brown card for layering, I used one of Liz's tips and ran a Promarker around the edge of another piece of white card.  I then layered the white card onto this coloured layer before attaching it to the card front.  To finish I attached the feathers following the sketch.

Kath x

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Teal Butterflies

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge 'T for Texture and/or Teal', using inspiration from a card by Carol Lampard in Die-cutting Essentials magazine.  I'm also entering the Cuttlebug Mania 'Butterflies' challenge and the Alphabet Challenge 'E for Embossing Folders'.  The card is from my snippets drawer so I'm also hopping across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white linen
Dies: Tattered Lace ' Mini Butterfly' ,Apple Blossom 'Flourish Heart' (magazine freebie), Creative Dies 'Thank You' (magazine freebie)
Embossing: Floral Border (magazine freebie)
Snippets: Dark and pale teal matt card

I embossed a strip of dark teal card, trimmed the edges, layered it onto pale teal card and attached it to the lower edge of the card.  I die cut two Flourish Hearts from dark teal card (one was just the top section of the heart) and the two butterflies from pale teal card.  The large heart was attached to the left side of the card, trimmed against the edge of the card and the embossed strip.  The upper section of the second heart was the attached and trimmed.  I inlaid the two pale teal butterflies and attached small hearts amongst the flourish.  I die cut Thank You from dark teal card and attached it to the upper edge of the card.  To finish I attached a Tattered Lace mini butterfly below the sentiment.

Kath x