Sunday, 17 November 2019

Cross Stitch Paperweight

It's Sunday so time for another of my non-cardmaking posts.  I enjoy cross stitch and over the years have made many pictures, mainly to give as presents.  Nowadays I prefer smaller projects which I can finish quickly.  This cross stitch picture has been placed into the base of a paperweight - there's also a small piece of green felt on the bottom which both finishes the project and also ensures that it doesn't scratch furniture.


I have struggled with the photo as the glass shines which has pulled some of the colour out of the flowers - they're far more vivid than the photo shows.

Kath x

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Let It Snow

My final card today is one I made for the Allsorts 'White on White' challenge and I'm also entering a few of my other favourite challenges.  The photo looks a bit washed out as we're in the middle of a storm and the light has totally gone - I'll take a better picture when it's light tomorrow!

I embossed a piece of card with snowflakes, trimmed the panel and rounded the corners before attaching it to the front of the card.  I die cut 'Let It Snow' twice and layered them to give some depth  before attaching the sentiment to the centre of the card.  To finish I added some tiny clear gems to the centre of the snowflakes on the sentiment.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" tent fold white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Let It Snow' die
     Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder
     Woodware corner rounder punch
     White hammer card
     Small clear gems

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - One Image     
     Allsorts - White on White
     Alphabet Challenge - Q is for Quick and Easy
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Snow
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Christmas

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die set - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.


Kath x
   

Happy Birthday

This is the card I was making in my WOYWW post - it's now in the post and in its way to my friend for her birthday this weekend.

I embossed the swirl frame, trimmed the edges, layered it onto lilac card and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut the sentiment and butterfly from lilac card and attached them to the centre of the card - quick and easy!


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Crafts-Too 'Happy Birthday' and Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly' dies
     X-cut 'Swirls' embossing folder
     Lilac pearlescent and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Alphabet Challenge - Q is for Quick and Easy
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die set - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.


Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 545

It's time for another visit to Julia's WOYWW blog and a chance to share what's on my desk today.


I've been working on Christmas cards over the past few weeks (I'm sure most of us are) and then realised I needed a birthday card for this weekend so I'm making a quick card which will also be entered into a couple of blog challenges.  On my mat I've got the embossed panel which is about to be layered onto the card.  My Cuttlebug is set up to die cut the sentiment and butterfly then it's a bit of tape and a dab of glue to assemble the card, write it and get it in the post!  I'll post the finished card later today.

At the back of my desk my kraft box is full of  'stuff'.  There are a couple of other cards I'm in the throes of making as well as lots of gift tags as I'm going to wrap more Christmas presents this afternoon.   There's also a ball of Sirdar Firefly Metallic knitting yarn which I bought for £1.00 from a charity shop and it makes a lovely alternative to ribbon around my presents and it's cheapter than ribbon too. My jam jar of pens and campervan mug are in their usual place at the back of my desk.

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die set - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Snippet Gift Tags

I'm in the throes of wrapping Christmas presents - yes, I know it's early but we're visiting our families in a couple of weeks so I need to be organised.  I made these gift tags for my mother's presents using snippets left over from my Christmas cards.

I folded snippets of white pearlescent card to 2.5" squares and added a strip of gold glitter paper down the centre of the front.  The small white squares were die cut and embossed before being attached to the centre of the tags with foam tape.  I die cut and embossed the poinsettia leaves from red embossed card and the small flowers from gold glitter paper and layered these in the centre of the embossed square.  To finish I attached double sided tape to the rear of the tags to attached them to my parcels.


To make these tags I used:
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares', All Occasion Dies 'Small Poinsettia' and Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Snippets of white ice gold pearlescent card, red embossed card and X-cut gold adhesive glitter sheet

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - November Challenge     
     Tales from the Craft Room - Tags and Trimmings (I've obviously chosen the tags option)
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 365

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die set - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Folksy Christmas

Spread a little handmade joy this Christmas.  Buy something made with love in studios, sheds and at the kitchen tables across the British Isles from Folksy - the UK's largest online craft fair.

Watch the wonderful animation by Yas Bowley and then find the perfect gift on Folksy!

See the Folksy Christmas Video

And then go Christmas shopping at Folksy

Kath x

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Knitted Cable Hat

I made this hat with one of my charity shop finds - 400g of Wendy Chunky wool for £3.50, banded and brand new.  It was definitely a bargain that was too good to miss and up to now I've made two cable hats but also have yarn that is still to be knit.


Although I enjoy cardmaking I find it easier to take knitting or sewing when we go away in our campervan.  I enjoyed knitting this pattern and thank goodness for YouTube so I could remind myself how to sew it up with mattress stitch to get a tidy seam at the back.

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Wednesday, 6 November 2019

Rockin' Robin

My final card today uses another Clearly Besotted stamp and die set to make a card for another teenager.  As it's for the sister of the person who will receive my 'Tis the Season to Prance card I've used the same layout.

I stamped the robins onto snippets of white card, coloured them with Promarkers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  I put the card blank into my MISTI and laid the robins onto the card so I could see where to place the sentiment.  I removed the robins and stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a dark image as I was stamping onto hammer card.  The robins were attached to the card with double sided tape and I attached the hat with foam tape to give some dimension.  I then added a Wink of Stella to the hat.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card
     Clearly Besotted 'Rockin' Robin' stamps and dies
     Mememto Tuxedo Black ink (for the robins) and Versafine Onyx Black (for the sentiment)
     Promarkers
     Snippets of white card
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Christmas

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Zig Zag Happy Birthday

This is the finished card I was making in my WOYWW post.

To make this card I die cut the zig zag die in white card and set it aside.  I die cut it in lilac pearlescent card and removed the inlaid zig zags leaving the frame inside the die.  I then inlaid the white zig zags - this is what I was doing in my previous post.  I covered the back of the die with double sided tape and removed the whole piece from the die and laid it across my card blank, trimming the ends flush with the card blank.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' once from the yellow card and twice from red card.  I layered the two red die cuts on top of each other and then offset this on the yellow die cut to give a shadow.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Clean and Simple - Zig Zag Border' and Crafts Too 'Happy Birthday' dies
     Snippets of lilac, red and yellow pearlescent card, white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Maximimum White Space + Optional: Geometric
     CAS Colours and Sketches - Colour Challenge
     Perfectly CAS - Birthday




If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.

Kath x

'Tis the Season to Prance

I love these Clearly Besotted coordinating stamp and die sets as they make lovely cute cards that aren't too twee - perfect to send to a teenager.

To make this card I stamped the reindeer onto snippets of white card, coloured them with Promarkers and die cut them with the coordinating dies.  I put the card blank into my MISTI and placed the reindeer onto the card so I could see where to position my sentiment.  I removed the reindeers and stamped the sentiment.  The reindeer were then attached to the card with double sided tape.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Clearly Besotted 'Let's Prance' stamp and die set
     Memento Tuxedo Black ink (for the reindeer) and Versafine Onyx Black (for the sentiment)
     Promarkers

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - 'Tis the Season
     Jingle Belles - Rudolph and Friends
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Christmas
 
If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.
  
Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 544

Where has this week gone?  It's hard to believe it's Wednesday again and time to share my desk at Julia's blog for WOYWW.   Here's my desk this morning.


My workdesk today shows a card I'm making for a few challenges. On my desk I've got a zig zag die which has got the lilac die cut inside the die and I'm inlaying the zig zags I had previously cut from white card.  My Cuttlebug is ready for die cutting the sentiment when I've finished faffing with the zig zag die!  At the back of my desk are my plastic folders of snippets that I'm using for this card and my die storage box is underneath the snippets folders.

My kraft box has all the bits 'n' bobs in it, including a small ball of tinsel knitting yarn left over from my Christmas trees as I'm going to use it for some tags I'm making for my Christmas presents.  As usual at the back of my desk by the lamp is my campervan mug of tea and my jam jar of pens!

I'll post the finished card later today.

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Printers and Giveaway post.


Kath x

Questions about Printers and Giveaway

This month my questions are about Printers.  I need to buy a new printer as my current one has never been able to cope with printing on card, but it now won't print in colour either.  A couple of crafty friends have told me what they use, but I'm curious to know about other printers being used too.

  - What make and model printer do you have?
  - What thickness card is your printer able to print?
  - Do you print anything else other than card and paper?  If so, what do you print on?
  - Do you use your printer for printing digital stamps and/or papers?  If so, what weight paper/card do you use?
  - Do you have a favourite card/paper for printing?  If so, what is it?
  - What do you like/dislike about your printer?
  - If you were going to buy a new printer - would you buy the one you have now?
  - And, of course, any other advice you can give about buying a new printer.

All comments will be entered for the giveaway, unless you specifically say that you don't want to be included.  As this is going to be my last 'Questions' post I have two Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets to give away to two people - these are 'Jingle Bells' and 'Christmas Pudding'.


Please leave all comments by 08:00 BST on Tuesday 26 November.  I'll announce the winner of the giveaway the following day.

Kath x

Sunday, 3 November 2019

Tinsel Christmas Trees

As well as my normal Wednesday cardmaking posts, I've decided to post on Sundays too.  These posts will all be non-cardmaking things I've made - most of which will be for sale on Folksy.

Today's post is three knitted tinsel Christmas trees.  A friend gave me a ball of tinsel yarn she had bought and then found she didn't have the patience to knit it.  I found the yarn easy to knit, but not so easy to sew around the polystyrene cones!  The trees were knit as triangles and then sewn around the cone with shirring elastic around the bottom edge to pull the knitting tight over the cone.


Kath x

Wednesday, 30 October 2019

P for Poppies

My final post today is the card I was making in my WOYWW post.  I initially made this card for the Alphabet Challenge 'P for Poppies' and then found it also fit some of my other favourite challenges.

I die cut the poppy from white card and coloured it with red and green Promarkers, colouring on both sides of the card several times to give a good depth of colour.  I had already had a 'trial run' with a scrap of paper in my MISTI to line up the sentiment, so I placed the card blank into MISTI and stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a lovely deep green.  I then attached the poppy with Stick & Stay glue.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" warm white hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Prim Poppy' die
     Woodware 'Wheat' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Olympia Green ink
     Promarkers

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Maximum White Space     
     Alphabet Challenge - P for Poppies
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - October Challenge
   

Kath x

Season's Greetings

I love the simplicity of this card and whilst I had the dies and stamps on my desk I've made a few for my Christmas card box.  They're also a great way of using some more small snippets of paper and card.

To make the card I attached dark blue and pale blue snowflake paper to white card and die cut a medium and small triangle tree.  I placed the triangles onto the card front and using my MISTI I added the sentiment to the lower edge.  I removed the triangles and stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a deep shade of blue to match the largest tree.  The dark blue tree was attached directly onto the card and the smaller one was attached with Pinflair glue to give some dimension.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Sizzix 'Leafy Trees' dies
     Clearly Besotted 'Cheerful Christmas' stamps
     Versafine Majestic blue ink
     Snippets of dark blue and pale blue paper, white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Maximum White Space & Optional Twist Geometric
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - October Challenge
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 364


Kath x

Winter Wonderland

I was so pleased to have found an old Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad for sale as this was one of my Christmas favourites!  I've used one of the cute images to make my sister's Christmas card.

I covered the front of the card blank with holly paper, leaving a white border around the edge.  I trimmed the precoloured image into a square and die cut 'Sister' from the top corner before attaching it to the centre of the card.  I die cut 'Sister' from a snippet of brown textured card and inlaid it into the image.  To finish I highlighted the girl and holly with a Wink of Stella.





To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt tent fold card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad
     Creative Expressions 'From The Heart - Female Relations' die
     Wild Rose Studio ' Annabelle's Christmas' paper
     Snippet of brown textured card
     Wink of Stella
    
I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas with the Cuties - Personalise It
     Cutie Pie Challenge - Anything Goes As Long As It's Cute
     Fab 'n' Funky Challenges - Christmas

Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 543

It's time to show my desk again for Julia's WOYWW blog.  At the moment on my desk are the makings of a poppy card for the Alphabet Challenge.


On my mat is a scrap of paper that I've used to try out the placement of my poppy and sentiment before I ink my card blank.  The card and stamp are ready in my MISTI for stamping.  My kraft box at the back of the desk has got all sorts of bits 'n' bobs in it that I put in there to keep my desk tidy.  To the left of the box is the die storage box which has my poppy die and also the packet for the stamp.  I tend to keep stamps and dies out until I've listed them on my blog, this saves having to rummage around to find out the names!

In front of my kraft box is my black tray which has scissors, tapes, knives, etc and, of course, my jam jar of pens.  My campervan mug is in it's usual place at the back of my desk.

I'll post the finished poppy card later today.

Kath x

October Rudolph Day

My first post today is my Christmas tree card for Rudolph Day.  I bought this Woodware tree stamp preloved many years ago and still love using it.

To make this card I covered the front of the card blank with black, orange and yellow paper leaving a border around the edge.  I trimmed a piece of white card and used my MISTI to stamp both the tree and sentiment, before heat embossing the image.  I coloured the baubles with various shades of orange, gold and yellow Promarkers to match the backing paper.  I stamped the tree trunk onto black pearlescent paper, fussy cut it and attached it to the tree.  The panel was attached to the card and I added Glossy Accents to the baubles.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt tent fold card
     Woodware 'Christmas Bubble Tree' and Clearly Besotted 'Cheerful Christmas' stamps
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Orange, gold and yellow Promarkers
     Snippet of black pearlescent paper
     Glossy Accents

I am entering the following challenges:
     I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes     
     Rudolph Day - October Challenge
     Winter Wonderland - Merry and Bright (I used the word Merry and some bright colours)
   
Kath x

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Opulent Baubles

My final post today is the finished card I had started to make in my WOYWW post using the Opulent Baubles embossing folder and dies.

To make this card I embossed a piece of white card - the folder also die cut the bauble.  I trimmed the panel around the embossed edge so it was slightly smaller than my card blank and attached it to the front of the card.  I used the die inside the embossing folder to die cut a bright pink bauble and inlaid it.  I attached pink floral paper to a piece of white card and die cut the intricate bauble before attaching it over the bright pink backing.  I didn't like the bauble top that came with the set so I die cut a the top of a tag using gold mirri and attached the circle to the top of the bauble.  To finish I attached a small gold bow (upcycled from one of last year's Christmas cards) to the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Practical Publishing 'Opulent Baubles' embossing folder and dies
     Creative Expressions 'Pierced Tags' die
     Snippets of bright pink and gold mirri card, white matt card, pink floral paper
     Upcycled small gold bow

I am entering the following challenges:
     Jingle Belles - Pink Christmas
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - October Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Have a Wonderful Day

I love these large Woodware flower and sentiment stamps and have several different ones.  This card used the flower from one set and the sentiment from another set.

I put a square of white card into my MISTI and placed the flower and sentiment stamps on top.  When I was happy with the layout I stamped them several times with dark brown ink and then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I layered the panel onto green paper before attaching it to the card.  I stamped the leaves onto a snippet of the same green paper and paper pieced them.  The large dots are pink card candi, the medium ones are silver nailheads and the small ones have been coloured with a pale pink Promarker with Glossy Accents on the top.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Woodware 'Bubble Bloom - Judith' and 'Bubble Bloom - Felicity' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper
     Pink Card Candi
     Silver nailheads
     Promarker
     Glossy Accents

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Use Something Gold and/or Silver (my card has silver nailheads)
     The Flower Challenge - CAS



Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 542

It's Wednesday which means it's not only time for me to post to my blog, but it's also time for another trip to Julia's WOYWW blog.

I've just started to make a Christmas card with an 'Opulent Baubles' emboss, cut and stamp set that was a cover gift with a magazine. I bought the magazine a couple of weeks ago when we were away as I thought the cover gift looked interesting and then forgot to use it last week!

On my cutting mat is the embossed background with the die cut bauble.  I've die cut the bauble again with a snippet of cerise mirri and in my Cuttlebug is the smaller die just about to be cut from a snippet of floral paper.  The box at the back has my 'bits 'n' bobs' in it and the Opulent Baubles packaging is on top.  To the left is my box of Cuttlebug plates and scraps of card to use a shims.  My folder of cerise card and paper pad are to the left of the Cuttlebug box.  Just behind my jam jar of pens is my favourite campervan mug of tea!


I'll post the card on my blog later today and will also pay a visit to other blogs o see what other crafters have on their desks.

Kath x

Answers about Die Cutting and Winner of Giveaway

I'm a little late with my 'Answers' post today as we away in our campervan until yesterday afternoon and I forgot to choose the winner last night.  But better late than never, so here is my post!

Thank you everyone who left comments on my Questions about Die Cutting post.  It's interesting to find out what other crafters use so thanks for taking the time to comment.  There are also a lot of very good tips too, so it's well worth having a read through everyone's answers if you haven't already done so.

The other important thing to announce is the winner of the Clearly Besotted 'Rockin' Robin' stamp and die set.  There were 15 comments and I've used Random.Org to choose the winner


The winner is Glennis F of Creating Cards.  Congratulations Glennis!  Please email me at kmbuckell@btinternet.com with your full name and postal address so I can get the stamps and dies sent out to you.

There will be more questions and another giveaway on the first Wednesday in November.

Kath x

Gold Heart of Hearts

I made this card for a Golden Wedding Anniversary using one of my favourite dies to inlay the hearts.

To make the card I die cut a stitched gold mirri frame and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut a stitched square from white hammer card and then die cut the 'Heart of Hearts' from the centre of the square.  I put the small hearts to one side before inlaying the square into the frame.  I die cut the heart from gold mirri and inlaid the gold and white hearts into the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Impression Obsession 'Heart of Hearts' die
     Gold mirri and white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Add Some Gold and/or Silver (I've obviously chosen the gold option!)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - October Challenge

Kath x

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Rainbow Birthday

I love rainbows so when I saw this week's prompt at Less Is More is 'Rainbow' I knew I had to get all of my snippets out to find some bright rainbow colours.  This is the card I was making with my WOYWW post.

To make this card I cut my snippets of card to 1/8" width.  I placed the strips across the corner of my card blank and made a pencil mark by the top strip.  I placed the card blank into my MISTI and lined up the 'Happy' stamp so it was just above my pencil line and then stamped it in black ink.  I removed the pencil line and attached the rainbow strips across the card using wet glue to give some 'wriggle room' so I could make sure there were no gaps between the strips.  I then trimmed the ends of the strips level with my card blank.  I stamped 'birthday' onto white card, die cut it with the coordinating die and attached it along the top strip.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Clearly Besotted 'Modern Calligraphy' stamps and coordinating die
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Snippets of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet textured card, white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - One Corner   
     Allsorts  Spots and/or Stripes (I've obviously gone for the stripes option!)
     Less is More - Rainbow
     Perfectly CAS - Birthday
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 363



If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Love

A friend sent me this lovely glittery sentiment die cut a while ago.  It's such a lovely die cut (I don't know the name of the die) that I've not wanted to use it, however it's perfect for this month's Alphabet Challenge.

To make this card I attached a piece of pink floral paper onto white card before die cutting and embossing a heart. The heart was attached to the centre of the card blank.  I then attached the sentiment with wet glue to give me some 'wriggle room' so I could line it up along the embossed edge of the heart.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Heart' die
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper
     'Love' die cut - make unknown

I am entering the following challenges:
     Alphabet Challenge - O for One Word Sentiment
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - October Challenge

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 541

Is it just me or are the weeks flying by?  It's Wednesday again and time for another WOYWW.

At the moment I've got lots of rainbow snippets out to make a card for a few challenges.  I'm taping each snippet to my mat with washi tape so it doesn't move when I cut the 1/8" strips.  The folder to the left of my mat is all my textured card snippets - as part of my craft tidy-up I've put snippets in different folders (one for plain card, pearlescent card, mirri card, etc).  My MISTI and ink are on the desk ready to stamp the sentiment.  At the back of my desk is my box with the card blank and stamps and all the other bits 'n' bobs that I may need.



If the card works out okay I'll post it later today!

Kath x

Joy

I'm posting a bit late today as I've been waiting for the day to brighten up so I can take some photos.  This is a simple CAS card using one of my favourite dies.

To make this card I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the card blank and rounded the corners.  I die cut 'JOY' from the centre of the panel before attaching it to the card blank.  I die cut 'JOY' from pale blue card and inlaid it before die cutting the fancy 'JOY' from brown card and attaching it over the top.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white pearlescent card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Joy' die
     Woodware 'Round Corner' punch
     Snippets of pale blue, pale brown and white pearlescent card

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Alphabet Challenge - O for One Word Sentiment     
     Christmas Card Throwdown - Colour Challenge (White, Blue & Brown)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - October Challenge

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Happy Birthday

My final card today follows on from my WOYWW post - here's the card I made.  I have a few male birthdays during the autumn and thought these Clearly Besotted leaves would make some CAS birthday cards (I actually made a few cards whilst I had stamps and ink on my desk).

To make this card I used my MISTI to stamp the outline of the leaves with Vintage Sepia ink and then the solid stamp with a mix of Toffee and Habanero inks to give a lovely autumnal colour.  I also used some Spanish Moss on the rounded leaves.  I then used the coordinating dies to die cut the leaves.  I placed my card blank into MISTI and then laid the leaves onto the card so I could place my sentiment.  I removed the leaves and stamped the sentiment a couple of times with Vintage Sepia ink to give a lovely depth of colour.  The large leaf and rounded leaf were attached directly onto the card blank and I used foam pads to attach the smaller leaf.





To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" off white hammer tent fold card
     Clearly Besotted 'Fall Flowers' stamps & coordinating dies and 'Fancy Sayings' stamps
     Versafine Habanero, Spanish Moss, Toffee and Vintage Sepia ink

I am entering the following challenges:
     Die Cut Divas - Fall or Fall Colours
     The Male Room - Stay CAS


If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 540

Thank you to everyone for your kind comments after my first WOYWW post last week.  A few people commented that my desk was very tidy - that's the way I work as I begin to feel overwhelmed if my desk gets messy or cluttered!

So here I am with my second visit to WOYWW and second photograph of my (tidy) desk.


This week I'm making some autumnal birthday cards.  The box at the back of my desk allows me to keep my desk tidy.  In it there are cards to be made, the blank cards for the ones I'm making at the moment as well as stamp packets, notes and any other bits 'n' bobs.  There's a piece of  kitchen paper by my lamp (just behind the jam jar of pens) which is for stamps that need cleaning - I put them on there as soon as I remove them from my MISTI.  There's a little box on my mat which has some leaves that I stamped for a previous project and not used so they may get used today.  And, of course, my MISTI which is perfect for stamping the leaves as I can overstamp in different colours to get the colour I want.  When all the leaves are stamped, they will be die cut and added to card blanks - see my post later today!

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Merry and Bright

This card also uses another image from a LOTV Art Sheet - this is the last one from the North Pole sheet to make another quick and simple card.

I die cut the image and placed it into my MISTI so I could ensure the sentiment was in the middle of the card.  I stamped the sentiment in Satin Red ink, stamping a couple of times to get a lovely deep red sentiment.  The panel was then layered onto dark red card and then attached to the centre of the card blank.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white hammer card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'North Pole Christmas Art Sheet'
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' die
     Snippet of dark red card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Winter Wonderland - Merry and Bright

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Peace on Earth

This is one of the last images from my LOTV Art Sheets - I wish I had bought more before they stopped selling them.  I know they still sell their coloured images but I can't print them on my ancient printer (I may have to ask Santa for a new printer!).

I lay the precoloured image on my MISTI and placed the die around it so I could see where to position the sentiment.  I removed the die and stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a deeper colour to match the kraft card blank.  I then die cut the image and attached it to the centre of the card.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" kraft tent fold card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Girlie Christmas' Christmas Art Sheet
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' die
     Versafine Toffee ink

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Nativity
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Santa's On His Way

As part of my craft clearout I've emptied my box of upcycled cards to see which ones I will really use.  I've been a bit ruthless and those that I've decided I won't use have gone into the recycling bin, I've made cards from some and a few have gone back into the box.

To make this card I used a lovely Santa and soldier card.  I've kept the card quite simple as there's so much detail in the picture.  The soldiers and Santa are highlighted with gold so I trimmed a strip of gold glitter paper and attached it across the lower part of a red card blank.  I them trimmed the Santa card and then attached it across the centre of the glitter strip.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" red embossed tent fold card blank
     Upcycled Christmas card
     Xcut gold adhesive glitter sheet

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - U for Upcycle
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Twinkle

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

Lots of snippets

Following on from my WOYWW post earlier today, here is the final result.  I've spent several enjoyable hours this afternoon making gift tags out of snippets of white card, papers and ribbon - a total of 65 tags!

To make the tags I glued various snippets of paper onto snippets of white card.  I cut and embossed as many tags as I could with the largest die, then moved on to the middle size and finally made some with the small die.  I then added snippets of ribbon to the tags - most of them don't have ribbon yet as I've run out of small snippets and don't want to cut into my longer lengths or ribbon at the moment.


To make these tags I used:
     Creative Expressions 'Pierced Tags' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Snippets of white card, various patterned papers and ribbon

I am entering the following challenges:
     Dies R Us - Anything Goes  
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 362

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 539

This is the first time I've linked to WOYWW.  As regular visitors to my blog will know, I'm in the midst of having a clear out which also involves trying to use some of my snippets mountain.   On my desk today are lots of snippets of paper, glued to snippets of card to make some gift tags.


At the back of my desk is a pile of cards to be listed on Folksy - the ones in the box have already been listed.

As you'll see I use a Cuttlebug although I'm interested to hear what other crafters use. If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die set - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Santa, Rudolph and Gifts

I love this cute Lili of the Valley image and it's a perfect card for one of the younger members of our family.  Sadly it's also one of the last images left from this lovely LOTV Christmas Art Pad.

To make this card I die cut the precoloured image and inlaid it into a die cut and embossed red frame - it doesn't get much quicker and easier than that!


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Dark red embossed card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - It's a Gift
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Amything Christmas Goes

If you would like to share your views on die cutting  and also have a chance to a Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets - please see my Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Questions about Die Cutting and Giveaway

This month my questions are about die cutting and there is also another Giveaway.

Here are a few questions to start you off:

  - Do you use a manual, electronic or computerised die cutting machine?
  - What to you like (or not like) about the machine you use?
  - As well as card and paper - do you cut anything else?
  - Do you have a favourite manufacturer of dies?  If so, what do you like about them?
  - Do you like coordinating stamp and die sets?  (If so, you may like this month's prize!)
  - Do you have any favourite techniques with dies?
  - And, of course, any other information you would like to share about die cutting.

All comments will be entered for the giveaway, unless you specifically say that you don't want to be included.  This month I'm giving away a Clearly Besotted 'Rockin' Robin' stamp set and coordinating dies.


Please leave all comments by 08:00 BST on Tuesday 22 October - I'll announce the winner the following day.

Kath x

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

I'm Starting to Sell on Folksy

My final post today is a quick message to say that from 1 October I'm going to be selling cards and gifts on Folksy.  I've previously sold items to family and friends but feel that this is the next move for me.  I'm sure it's going to be a steep learning curve and it will take time to get everything right but I have to start somewhere!


If anyone who sells online or at fairs would like to share any tips or advice, please either leave a comment below or email me on kmbuckell@btinternet.com

Kath x

Enjoy the Peace and Quiet

This card was made with my last topper from a LOTV Art Pad - perfect to send to a cat loving friend.

To make this quick notecard I attached a snippet of Antebellum paper to the front of the card.  I die cut the precoloured topper and attached it to the centre - simple!


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white tent fold card blank    
     Lili of the Valley 'Garden Delights' Art Pad
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics' die
     Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Die Cut Divas - Free Fun Time (as life is so busy at the moment, we enjoy going away in our campervan and enjoying the peace and quiet)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - September Challenge

Kath x

Another Year Flies By

I made this card for my nephew's birthday using more card and paper from my snippets box - which doesn't seem to get any emptier no matter how many snippets I use!

To make the card I trimmed a square of white card slightly smaller than my card blank before die cutting and embossing a circle from the middle.  I attached the cloud paper to the rear of the circle and used my MISTI  to stamp the sentiment.  As I didn't have the right colour ink to match my hot air balloon I stamped it with both Vintage Sepia and Deep Lagoon ink - stamping lightly with each colour to blend.  The panel was then attached to the centre of the card.  I glued two snippets of paper together before die cutting and embossing the hot air balloon.  The balloon was attached to the card with foam pads.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Memory Box 'Beautiful Balloon' and Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles Large'
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Versafine Deep Lagoon and Vintage Sepia inks
     Sniippets of Quick Cards magazine 'Let's Fly Away!' and Docrafts Papermania 'Wood' papers, white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Alphabet Challenge - M for Masculine
     Dies R Us - Planes, Trains & Autobobiles (I had wondered if a hot air balloon would be okay for the challenge and then saw that one of the DT
     members had used one)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - September Challenge

Kath x

September Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another of my Christmas tree cards - I can't believe how quickly this year is going!  I've used crystal candy bonbons and a Wink of Stella to add some sparkle to this month's Christmas tree.

I placed the card blank into my MISTI and lined up the tree and sentiment stamps.  As I was using a hammer card blank I had to stamp the stamps several times to get a good depth of colour (thank goodness for my MISTI!).  I then attached the sparkly bonbons to the card and highlighted the tree and sentiment with a Wink of Stella.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Woodware 'Bubble Bloom - Festive Tree' stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Purple and turquoise Crystal Stickers Candy Bonbons 
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - S for Sparkle     
     Allsorts -Trees and Leaves
     Fab 'n' Funky - Christmas
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day Challenge - September 
 
Kath x