Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Happy Birthday to my Lovely Husband

My final card today is the one I made for my OH's birthday using an upcycled card I spotted in our communal recyling bin - I thought it was far too lovely to be thrown away!


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" kraft card blank
     Upcycled birthday card
     Dark blue mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Masculine'
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge 'It's a Man's World'

Kath x

Elf Presents

Another Christmas card using one of the images I chose with the gift card I won at last week's Bugaboo Weekly Challenge.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Bugaboo 'Deacon Elf Presents' digi stamp
     Desert Diva free sentiment stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' dies
     Kars tan embossing matt
     Promarkers

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge' 'The Elves and the Shoemaker'
     CAS Christmas 'Gifts'
     Dies R Us 'Kids'
     
Kath x

L is for Little

It's Wednesday, so time for a new post and a little Christmas card.


To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" white hammer card blank     
     Bugaboo 'Christmas Block Trio' digi stamp
     Promarkers
     Stampendous white Fun Flock
     White matt and red mirri card

I'm entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge 'L is for Little'
     Jingle Belles 'Santa Baby'
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'

Kath x

Friday, 7 June 2019

Frosty the Snowman

It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland and our theme is 'Use Red and Green'.  We are sponsored by Dr Digi's House of Stamps who are offering the winner two digi stamps of their choice.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" red embossed card blank
     Dr Digi's House of Stamps 'Frosty the Snowman digi stamp
     Imagine That 'Snowman Trio' digi sentiment stamp
     Promarkers
     Dark green and white matt card

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Bugaboo Weekly Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'



This is my final month on the Winter Wonderland Design Team - I've so many other projects at the moment that I've stepped down from DT duties.  This was a hard decision to make as I've been on the team for over three years.  A big thank you to Helen and the rest of the team for making it such fun to be part of this lovely DT.

Kath x

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Enjoy Your Day

It's Wednesday which is now the day I will be posting my cards (maybe one post or maybe more each Wednesday!).  I made this card for one of my great-nephew's birthday - although the image is a cutie I thought 'Lazy Afternoon' was appropriate for a teenager!


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Lazy Afternoon' Mini Masterpiece (precoloured image)
     Best of Cardmaking Magic Sentiment Stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Brown card

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Tales from the Craft Room 'Let's Hear it for the Boys'
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge 'It's a Man's World'
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Masculine'

Kath x

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Rudolph and Presents

It's time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and we want you to 'Include a Reindeer'.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Bugaboo 'Reindeer Presents' and Imagine That 'Poinsettia' digi stamps
     Promarkers
     Green mirri and white matt card
     Glossy Accents

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Bugaboo Weekly Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'For the Kids'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

This is my final month on the Sparkles Christmas Challenge Design Team - I've so many other projects at the moment that I've stepped down from DT duties.  A big thank you to Caz and the rest of the team for making me so welcome over the past six months.

Kath x

'Tis the Season

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and our theme is 'Garland/Flowers/Leaves'.


To make this card I used:
    7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Vintage Christmas - Winter Berry Bouquet' card and topper
     Gold mirri

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'
     Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

This is my final month on the Christmas Crafts All Year Round Design Team - I've so many other projects at the moment that I've stepped down from DT duties.  A big thank you to Deanne and the rest of the team for making me so welcome over the past three years.

Kath x

Friday, 31 May 2019

Sending Smiles Across the Miles

I made this card to send to Lucille for the May Card Chain Challenge (I can reveal the card as Lucille has told me she's received it).  I made my card following the Colour Palette Option, Sketch Option and Theme Option (butterfly and friendship).

The card and ribbon are from my snippets drawer so I'm heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


6" x 6" cream speckled card blank
The Best of Cardmaking Magic Butterfly Stamp and Die
Stamps for All Occasions sentiment stamp
Versafine Olympia Green ink
Red and yellow coloured pencils
Snippets of cream speckled and green matt card, yellow ribbon

I trimmed the cream speckled card to a square and stamped the sentiment in the top corner.  I wrapped a yellow ribbon around the lower section before layering the panel onto green card and attaching it to the card front.  I used green ink to stamp the butterfly onto cream speckled card and cut it with the coordinating die.  I coloured the butterfly with red and yellow coloured pencils before attaching it to the card.

This is the lovely friendship card I received from Greta.

Kath x

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

May Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another Christmas tree card.  I'm also entering the Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


7" x 5" red embossed card blank
Lili of the Valley 'Festive Foliage' Art Pad image
Dark green matt card
Wink of Stella

To make this super quick card, I trimmed the sides of the pre-coloured image, layered it onto green card and attached it to the card front.  To finish I highlighted the baubles with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

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

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Upcycled Christmas

I made this card for the Jingle Belles 'Peace on Earth Day' challenge using two upcycled Christmas cards.  I'm also entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes', the Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and Crafty Hazenut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


7" x 5" dark red embossed card blank
Two upcycled Christmas cards
Woodware Corner Rounder punch
White card

I trimmed the front of the Christmas card with the aperture so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and rounded the corners.  I laid the aperture over the second card and trimmed the image so it was slightly larger than the circle and attached it to the rear.  As the second card was square and not oblong I added a small piece of white card above it before attaching it to the card.

Kath x

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Snowy Friends

I made this card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Frosty and Friends'.  I'm also entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Include a Snowman, Woman or Family and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge.


5" x 5" white matt card blank
Lili of the Valley 'Snowy Friends' Christmas Art Sheet
Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' and Lacy Squares
Kars tan embossing mat
Turquoise pearlescent card

I die cut and embossed the turquoise frame using the largest Lacy Square and the second largest Classic Square.  This was attached to the card blank.  I used the second largest square to die cut and emboss the snowman image from the Art Sheet before inlaying the image into the frame.

Kath x

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Penguin Trio

I made this card for the Jingle Belles 'Three of a Kind' challenge.  I'm also entering the Bugaboo Weekly Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


DL white matt card blank
Bugaboo 'Penguin Trio Blocks' digi stamp
Lili of the Valley 'Galaxy Stars' paper pad
Promarkers
Purple mirri and white matt card
Diamond Stickles
Wink of Stella

I trimmed the turquoise paper, layered it onto purple mirri and attached it to the card blank.  I printed the digi stamp onto white card and trimmed around the edge leaving a white border.  The penguins were coloured with Promarkers before the panel was layered onto purple mirri and attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I added Diamond Stickles to the snow and highlighted the penguins' clothing with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Monday, 8 April 2019

Upcycled Easter Card

I made this card for Tales from the Craft Room 'Easter/Splring' challenge.  I'm also entering the Crafty Gals Corner 'Spring is Here' challenge, Crafty Cardmakers 'Easter' challenge and Crafty Creations Challenges 'Anything Goes'..


5" x 5" white matt card blank
Upcycled Easter card
Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die3s
Making Cards 'Landscapes' paper
White card

I attached the paper to thin white card to make it sturdier for die cutting and also so it was the same thickness as the upcycled card.  I then used the two largest dies to make a frame and attached it to the card blank.  I used the smaller of the two dies to cut a square from the Easter card, ensuring the sentiment was in the middle of my die cut.  I then inserted this panel into the die cut frame.

Kath x

Friday, 5 April 2019

Christmas Owl

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and this month our theme is 'Cute Christmas'.  We are sponsored by Imagine That Digistamp who are offering the lucky winner a $10 voucher to spend in their store.

I'm entering the Imagine That Digistamp 'Anything Goes' challenge, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes' and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


7" x 5" white matt card blank
Imagine That Digistamp 'Christmas Owl' digi stamp
Promarkers
Red mirri card, white matt card
Wink of Stella

I resized the owl and sentiment and merged the images with Word before printing them onto white card.  The panel was trimmed and coloured with Promarkers before being layered onto red mirri card and attached to the card front.  To finish I added a Wink of Stella to the owl's candy body and hat, the cupcake and snow.

Kath x

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

One Sheet Easter Bag

I'm so pleased to be invited to join the Cuttlebug Mania team as their Guest Designer for the 'Make a Project with the Easter Bunny' challenge.  My project is a one sheet bag that I've decorated with an Easter rabbit and filled with small Easter eggs.

I'm entering the Cardz 4 Gals 'Flora or Fauna' challenge and the Dies R Us 'Anything Goes' challenge. The card and ribbon are from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Joanna Sheen 'Easter Rabbit', Spellbinders Shapeabilities 'Garden Weave', Creative Expressions 'Pierced Tags' dies
Kars tan embossing mat
Woodware 'Regular Daisy' punch, hole punch
Stampendous 'Joyous Easter' stamp
Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
Hunkydory 'All Things Bright and Beautiful' paper
Snippets of brown pearlescent card, green textured card. pink, black, white and gold matt card.

I scored down each long edge of the A4 paper at 2½ inches and down each short side at 4½ inches, and folded along the score lines a few times to make them flexible.  With the patterned side of the paper facing down and the paper in portrait position I brought the long narrow panel over the middle panel and folded it back diagonally.  This was repeated on all corners. (If these instructions don't make sense, they can be found in the 'Everyone Needs A Hougie 2' booklet.)  I decorated the bag before the final assembly as I find this easier.

I die cut and embossed the Garden Weave from green textured card, trimmed it slightly so it was the same width as the bag and attached it to the front.  I die cut the Easter Rabbit from brown pearlescent card, the ears from pink card, nose from black card and bow from gold card before attaching them to the bag.  I punched six daisies from white card and three small circles from gold card to make the double layer daisies which were attached to the lower edge of the bag.  The bag was assembled by gluing the sides and I punched two small holes in the top.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card before die cutting and embossing the tag.  To finish I fastened the bag with white ribbon, attached the tag and tied the ribbon in a bow.

Kath x

Monday, 1 April 2019

Feature a Creature

It's time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and we want you to 'Feature a Creature'.

I'm entering the Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Delectable Die-Cuts', the Dies R Us Challenge 'Anything Goes', the Alphabet Challenge 'A is for Animals' and the Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


5" x 5" white matt card blank
Creative Dies 'Woodland Scene' die, Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' & Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large'
Making Cards magazine 'Together' paper
Dark blue pearlescent card, silver mirri card and white matt card

I die cut the Woodland Scene from white card and snipped the tree away before attaching to the blue paper and trimming around the edge.  I die cut and embossed the largest stitched square from blue pearlescent card and the largest classic square from silver mirri card.  I layered the scene onto the silver square and the blue square before attaching it to the card front.

Kath x

Snowman Friends

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and our theme this month is 'Family/Friends'.

I'm entering the Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Delectable Die-cuts', Imagine That Digistamp Challenge 'Anything Goes', Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge' Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.


6" x 6" white matt card blank
Bugaboo Stamps 'Snowman Friends' digi stamp
My Favourite Things 'Stitched Jumbo Fishtail' and My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags' dies
Kars tan embossing mat
Promarkers
Lili of the Valley 'Woodland Wishes' paper
Dark cerise textured card, white matt card
Wink of Stella
Computer generated sentiment 'Copperplate Gothic Light' font

I trimmed a piece of paper to a square, layered it onto cerise card and attached it to the card front.  I resized the digi stamp before printing onto white matt card. The image was die cut and embossed with the largest fishtail die.  As I wanted to extend the length of the fishtail, I also die cut and embossed a piece of white card with the square end of the die.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, matching the colours to the backing paper.  I drew around the outside the the fishtail die to make a matting layer for the image before cutting it out.  The image and white extension card were layered onto the cerise matt and attached to the card.  I printed the sentiment onto white card and placed the fishtail flat die onto the sentiment before die cutting and embossing halfway along the sentiment.  I removed the die, lined it up at the other end of the sentiment before die cutting and embossing the other half.  The strip was then layered onto cerise card before being attached to the card to cover the join in the image fishtail banner.  To finish I added a Wink of Stella to the snowman's clothing and the snow.

Kath x

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Spring Bunny

I made this card for Janine for the Lili of the Valley Card Swap.  I'm entering the Crafty Gals Corner 'Spring is Here' challenge, the Crafty Creations Challenge 'Anything Goes' and the Dies R Us Challenge 'One for the Ladies.  The card was from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading into the playground at Pixies Crafty Workshop


5" x 5" white matt card blank
Lili of the Valley 'Spring Bunny with Daffodils' image
Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamp
Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' and My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags' dies
Woodware Large and Regular 'Daisy' punches
Kars tan embossing mat
Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
White matt card
Snippets of  patterned card and white matt card
Yellow sparkle dots
Wink of Stella

I used the two largest dies to cut a frame from the patterned card and attached the frame to the card front.   I used the second largest die to die cut and emboss the precoloured image and then inlaid this into the frame.  I stamped the sentiment onto white card and die cut the fishtail flag.  I trimmed the end of the flat and attached it to the lower edge of the card with foam tape.  I punched two large and two regular daisies, layered these and attached them to the top corner.  To finish I added two yellow sparkle dots to the centres of the daisies and highlighted the sentiment with a Wink of Stella.

This is the lovely card I received from Janine as part of the swap.

Kath x

Monday, 25 March 2019

March Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day challenge and another Christmas tree card.  I'm also entering the Fab 'n' Funky 'Christmas' challenge, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Inspired by a Christmas Song or Carol' (I've chosen 'Oh, Christmas Tree') and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge'Anything Christmas Goes'.


6" x 4" white matt card blank
Memory Box 'Sparkling Tree Tile' die
Green mirri and white matt card

I trimmed green mirri card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and then trimmed the white card slightly smaller than the green matt layer.  I die cut the Sparkling Tile Tree from the centre of the white card, layered it onto the green matt and attached the panel to the card blank.

Kath x

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Happy 70th Birthday

I discovered last night that one of my neighbours is 70 today, so made this quick card this morning.  I'm entering the Butterfly Challenge 'Spin the Wheel with the Letter C' challenge (I've used cerise and, of course, butterflies).  I'm also entering the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge 'Special Day' (70th birthday) and the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge.


6" x 6" white matt card blank
Bugaboo 'Tulip Jar' digi stamp
Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
Kars tan embossing mat
Promarkers
Cerise texture and white matt card
Wink of Stella
Computer generated sentiment 'Imprint MT Shadow' font

I resized the digi and added the computer generated sentiment before printing it onto white card.  I die cut and embossed the image using the largest stitched square die.  The tulip jar was coloured with Promarkers before being layered onto cerise card and attached to the card front.  To finish I highlighted the tulip, butterflies and water with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Elegant Reindeer

I made this card for the CAS Christmas 'Deer' challenge.  I'm also entering the Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Mooves on Hooves', the Cardz 4 Guys 'To Die For' challenge and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge.


5" x 5" white matt card blank
Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles Large' and Creative Dies 'Elegant Reindeer' dies
Kars tan embossing mat
Making Cards magazine 'Contemporary Christmas' paper
Brown and white matt card, silver holographic card

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank before die-cutting and embossing a circle from the centre.  I attached a piece of red paper behind the aperture and attached it to the centre of the card.  I die cut three reindeer bodies and two antlers from dark brown card and one swirl from silver holographic card.  I layered two bodies and two antlers and attached these to the front of the card.  I inlaid the silver swirl into the reindeer body and then attached the third brown body layer to give some depth to the reindeer.

Kath x

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Twofer Balloons

I made these cards for the Twofer Card Challenge where the prompt is 'Balloons' and have used a Memory Box 'Beautiful Balloon' die to make my cards.


Onefer - Let Your Dreams Take Flight 

I'm entering the Cuttlebug Mania 'We are Not Blue' challenge (I have two different blues on the paper, the blue card and blue ink), Die Cut Divas 'Anything Goes' challenge and Crafty Creations Challenges 'Anything Goes'.


5" x 5" white matt card blank
Memory Box 'Beautiful Balloons' and Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles Large dies
Kars tan embossing mat
Hot off the Press 'Feathers' sentiment stamp
Memento Paris Dusk ink
Quick Cards magazine 'Lets Fly Away' paper
Dark blue pearlescent and white matt card

I trimmed blue pearlescent card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  I trimmed a piece of white matt card slightly smaller than the blue layer. before die cutting and embossing a circle from the centre.  I cut a piece of cloud paper to fit behind the aperture and stamped the sentiment in the lower corner.  The white aperture card, cloud paper and blue card were layered and attached to the card front.  I die cut and embossed a Beautiful Balloon from blue pearlescent card and used foam tape to attach it to the card.

Twofer - Sending Birthday Wishes

I made this card for the The Flower Challenge 'Anything Goes' and The Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies  challenge.  The paper and card were from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading in the playground at Pixies' Crafty Workshop.


7" x 5" cream matt card blank
Memory Box 'Beautiful Balloons' and Memory Box 'Prim Poppy' dies
The Best of Card Making Magic sentiment stamp
Versafine Habanero ink
Snippets of Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper, bronze pearlescent card, green and orange textured card

I trimmed the edges of the paper so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and using my MISTI stamped the sentiment in the lower corner.  I die cut two Beautiful Balloons from bronze card and snipped the middle of one of them to form a small channel halfway down the centre (this was for the flower stems to slot into).  I then layered the two balloons.  I die cut the Prim Poppy stem from green card and two flowers from orange card.  I snipped the flowers from the green stems before attaching the stem to the back of the balloon vase and then onto the card.  I attached the two layers of flowers to the tops of the stems, snipping the lower orange flower so the bottom layer was attached around the stem.

Kath x

Monday, 11 March 2019

Beautiful Blooms

I made this card for my mother on Mother's Day and am entering the Tales from the Craft Room 'Lovely Ladies' challenge.  I'm also entering the Fab 'n' Funky Challenges 'Spring Colours' , Die Cut Divas challenge 'Anything Goes' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


7" x 5" white matt card blank
Lili of the Valley 'Beautiful Blooms' Art Pad image
Simply Cards & Papercraft 'Hello Spring' frame and Crafts-Too Presscut 'Mum' dies
Kars tan embossing mat
Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper
Thin white card

I attached pink paper to a piece of thin white card and trimmed it so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  I then die cut the frame from the centre and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut and embossed the precoloured Art Pad image using the same frame die.  I die cut 'Mum' from the lower corner before attaching it to the centre.  To finish I die cut Mum from pink paper and inlaid it into the card front.

Kath x

Thursday, 7 March 2019

With Love on our Anniversary

I made this card for my OH for our wedding anniversary - which is today!  I'm entering the Imagine That Digistamp Challenge 'Anything Goes', the Cardz 4 Guys 'Clean and Simple' challenge and the Bugaboo Weekly Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


7" x 5" white matt card blank
Imagine That Digistamp 'Love Swans' digi
Papermania deep pink and grey card, white matt card
Computer generated sentiment 'Colonna MT' font
Wink of Stella

I resized the coloured swan digi and added the sentiment below before printing onto white card.  I trimmed around the image, layered it onto deep pink and grey card before attaching it to the card front. As I had used the coloured image I added a Wink of Stella to the bow tie and flowers to lift the colour.

Kath x

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Beary Merry Christmas

I made this card for the Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Have a Very Bear-y Christmas' challenge.  I'm also entering the Christmas with the Cuties 'Beginning with B' challenge (I have chosen bear, brown & blue), the Cuttlebug Mania 'We are not Blue' challenge (my four different blues are James' hat and scarf, the pale blue snowflake paper, the dark blue strip of paper and the blue pearlescent card) and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


6" x 6" white matt card blank
Lili of the Valley 'James Bear in Snow' Mini Masterpiece image
Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Labels One' and 'Decorative Labels One'
Kars tan embossing mat
Lili of the Valley 'Frosty Christmas' papers
Dark blue pearlescent card
White Fun Flock
Diamond Stickles

I trimmed a square of dark blue card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and attached two pieces of pale blue snowflake paper at the top and bottom with a strip of darker blue paper across the centre to hide the join.  I die cut and embossed the precoloured image before layering it onto a die cut and embossed Decorative Label that had been cut from dark blue card.  This panel was then attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I added Fun Flock to James' hat and Diamond Stickles to the snowflakes.

Kath x

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Over the Hill

I made this card for my uncle's birthday and am entering the Seize the Birthday 'Make us Laugh' challenge.  I'm also entering the Dies R Us Challenge 'For the Men/Boys in our Life', the Cardz 4 Guys 'Clean and Simple' challenge, The Male Room 'No Designer Paper' challenge and the Bugaboo Weekly Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


6" x 6" white matt card blank
Bugaboo 'Gus Birthday - Over the Hill' digi stamp
Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
Kars tan embossing mat
Promarkers
White and green matt card, dark blue textured card

I resized the digi and sentiment and used Word to merge them into one image.  This was printed onto white card before being die cut and embossed with the largest stitched die.  I then coloured the image with Promarkers.  The coloured panel was layered onto green matt and dark blue textured card before being attached to the card front.

Kath x

Friday, 1 March 2019

Winter Berry Bouquet

It's time for a new challenge at Sparkles Christmas Challenge and we want to see 'A Vintage Christmas Card'.

I'm entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use Some Gold', Jingle Belles 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' challenge (my topper has sheet music on it) and the Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


6" x 6" cream matt card blank
Hunkydory Vintage Christmas Collection 'Winter Berry Boutique' topper
Creative Dies 'Elegant Reindeer' die
Kaisercraft 'Christmas Collections' paper
Gold mirri card

To make this quick card I trimmed the gold patterned paper, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  I removed the die cut topper from the backing card and attached it to the left side of the card.  I die cut the antlers and small swirl from the reindeer die and attached them to the lower corner of the card before using foam tape to attach the sentiment.

Kath x

Fuzzy Wuzzy Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and this month our theme is 'Fuzzy Wuzzy Christmas'.  We want to see something that is furry, frizzy, fluffy, puffy or fuzzy wuzzy - think of furry animals, fluffy hats or mittens, puffy coats or frizzy beards (like Santa).  We are sponsored by SheepSki Designs who are offering the lucky winner three digi stamps of their choice.

I'm entering the Cardz 4 Guys 'Clean and Simple' challenge, the Imagine That Digistamp Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


5" x 5" white matt card blank
SheepSki Designs 'Taking a Break' digi stamp
Desert Diva 'Free sentiment 700' digi
Promarkers
Black matt and red textured card
Wink of Stella

I resized the digi stamps and combined the images using Word before printing them onto white card.  I trimmed the image to a square and coloured it with Promarkers.  The panel was then layered onto black and red card before being attached to the card blank.  To finish I highlighted the fur on Santa's outfit with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Meet me Under the Mistletoe

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and our theme this month is 'Under the Mistletoe (or Kisses/Love)'.

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


6" x 6" cream fleck card blank
Studio Light 'Winter Days' image sheets 
Polkadoodles 'Fourini' paper
Black mirri card, cream fleck card

I trimmed the paper, layered it onto cream card and black mirri card before attaching it to the card front.  The topper had got a small cream edging, but as I wanted it to match my matted layer I trimmed around the edge of the black image.  This topper was then layered onto cream card and black mirri before being attached to the left side of the card with foam tape.  To finish I removed a small die cut heart from the sheet, shaped it and attached it to the lower corner with Pinflair glue.

Kath x