Wednesday, 1 April 2020

Garden Delights

I made this card to send to Suze for the March Card Chain Challenge.  I used the Theme Option (Things with Wings, Flowers & Friendship) and the Product/Technique Options (Embossing/Designer Paper).

I trimmed a piece of beige/green paper so it was slightly smaller than the front of the card and attached a strip of pink paper down the left side - ensuring that my sentiment would fit across the bottom.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment along the lower edge and attached the panel to the card.  I die cut the precoloured image with a circular stitched die and attached it to the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Garden Delights' Art Pad
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' die
     Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams' stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Bunnies, Birds and/or Bears 
     Try It On Tuesday - Beauty of Nature

This is the lovely card I received from Linda:


Kath x

Just for You

Jess from Lincolnshire Marbled Art has sent me some snippets of beautiful marbled papers.  The designs are fabulous and I used one to make this quick card for the AAA Cards 'Made in Minutes' challenge .

I trimmed a piece of paper and used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment - stamping it a couple of times t get a good depth of colour.  The paper was layered onto black mirri card before being attached across the lower edge of the card.




To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" cream tent fold card blank
     Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Sayings' stamp
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Marbled paper from Jess
     Black mirri card

I am entering the following challenge:
     AAA Cards - Made in Minutes

Kath x
   

Beautiful Balloons

My first card today is one I made for my father-in-law's birthday.

I attached a piece of dark blue sky paper to the top of the card blank leaving a border around the edge.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from white hammer card and attached it across the bottom of the card, lining it up with the edge of the blue paper.  I die cut two balloons - one from mustard card and one from bronze metallic card.  I attached the mustard balloon directly onto the card and attached the bronze balloon over it using foam tape.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from mustard card and inlaid the letters in the the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' and Memory Bob 'Beautiful Balloons' dies
     Snippets of dark blue sky paper, mustard card, bronze metallic card and white hammer card

I am entering the following challenge:
     Allsorts - Men and Boys

Kath x

Sunday, 29 March 2020

Cross Stitch Best Wishes

I made this card with another cross stitch kit that was a magazine cover gift.  I didn't like the card blank that came with the kit as it was too flimsy so I trimmed a piece of dark red textured card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a scalloped circle in the centre.  I fastened the cross stitch behind the aperture and attached it to the card.


Kath x

Wednesday, 25 March 2020

Let it Snow

My final card today is a Christmas card for the Rudolph Day challenge - this one uses dry embossing.

I embossed a piece of white card and trimmed it before layering it onto a piece of dark blue foiled card and attaching it to the card front.  I die cut the 'Let it Snow' from the dark blue foiled card and used strong glue to attach it to the centre of the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Let it Snow' die
     Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder
     Snippets of dark blue foiled card and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - E for Embossing   
     Fezziwig's Festive Frolics  - Anything Christmas Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day - March challenge
     Winter Wonderland - Blue Christmas

Kath x

Jack, Patch and Puss

This card is for Steve's niece's 18th birthday, made using a cute Lili of the Valley Art Pad image.

I attached pink heart paper to the front of the card, leaving a border around the edge.  My square dies were all the wrong size to trim the Art Pad image, so I cut it into a square and then placed it into a die to make the stitched border around the edge.  The panel was then attached to the centre of the card.  I die cut '18' from red card and attached it to the lower corner of the card.  There were three small hearts on the image, but to balance the '18' I punched one medium and three small hearts, attaching the larger heart over the middle one on the image and the three smaller hearts around it.  To finish I added Glossy Accents to the two smaller hearts.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Jack, Patch and Puss' Art Pad
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' and Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' dies
     Woodware Regular and Small Heart punches
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper pad
     Glossy Accents

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything in the Animal Kingdom
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - For the Ladies/Girls
     
Kath x

Happy Birthday to You

My first card today is for Steve's nephew who will soon be 16 - hence the 16 candles!

I stamped the sentiment onto the lower edge of a piece of white card.  I then die cut four blue, four brown, four green and four red candles before attaching them in a line above the sentiment.  I trimmed the panel slightly before layering it onto a piece of brown card and attaching it to the card front.  To finish I die cut 16 flames from gold card and inlaid them into the candles.


To make this card I used:
     DL white matt card blank
     Tattered Lace 'Mini Candle' die
     Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Snippets of blue, brown, gold, green and red textured card and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - March Challenge
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 374
     
Kath x

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Rabbit Fridge Magnet

This cross stitch rabbit was another cover gift with a magazine I've recently purchased.  Although the kit was to make a card the finished cross stitch fit perfectly into a Framecraft fridge magnet.


Kath x

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Happy Anniversary

My final card today is an Anniversary card for a few of my favourite challenges.

I die cut the wicker panel from a snippet of warm white hammer card and attached it across a square of the same card.  I rounded the corners before attaching the panel to the card blank.  I stamped the sentiment below the wicker panel using grey ink and clear embossing powder.  I die cut four hearts from snippets of red textured card and four hearts from snippets of raspberry textured card.  I attached the red outline hearts to the wicker panel and inlaid the pink centres.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" warm white hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Wicker Panel' and Creative Expressions 'From the Heart - Female Relations' dies
     Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamp
     Woodware Regular Corner Rounder punch
     Memento Gray Flannel ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Snippets of white hammer card, red and raspberry textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Use your Favourite Technique (for me, that's die-cutting)
     Less is More - Colour Challenge - Red, Raspberry and Grey   
     Perfectly CAS - Die-cuts
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 373




Kath x

Enjoy the Peace and Quiet

Just two cards from me today - my first is a note card I made to send to a cat loving friend.

To make this super quick card I covered the front of the card with spotty paper, leaving a small border around the edge.  I die cut the precoloured image with a stitched oval die and attached it to the centre - it doesn't get any easier than that!


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt 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 'Country Gent' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Lots of Dots
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - For the Ladies/Girls
     Tales from the Craft Room - Furry Friends

Kath x

Sunday, 15 March 2020

Best Mum

Today's non-cardmaking item is another cross stitch key ring, made with another preloved cross stitch kit.  In the kit, the cross stitch was for a small picture but it fitted the keyring perfectly.


Kath x

Wednesday, 11 March 2020

Decorating the Tree

My final card today uses another LOTV Art Pad image - unfortunately I don't know the name of the pad but the images are lovely and make super quick, cute cards.

I covered the front of the card with burgundy paper, leaving a small border around the edge.  I die cut the precoloured Art Pad image with a stitched oval die and attached it to the centre of the card.  To finish I added metal nailheads to the top and bottom corners.



To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley ARt Pad - name unknown
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics' die
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper pad
     Dark red metal nailheads

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas with the Cuties - Anything Christmas Goes, with optional Clean and Simple
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Kath x

Gorgeous Greens

I've recently managed to find some Lili of the Valley Art Pad images and love this cute James Bear image - perfect for a Mother's Day card.

I attached green paper to the card leaving a small border around the edge.  I die cut the precoloured image with a stitched oval die and attached it to the left side of the card. To finish, I used the waste card to die cut 'Mum' before attaching it to the lower edge of the card.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'James and Jenny Bear' Art Pad
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics' and Crafts-Too 'Mum' dies
     Wild Rose Studio 'Annabelle's Meadow' paper pad

I am entering the following challenges:
     The Cutie Pie Challenge - Gorgeous Greens
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - For the Ladies/Girls

Kath x

You are Fabulous

My first card today is the one I sent to Mia for the February Card Chain Challenge.  I chose the colour Option (Soft Navy, Blush Pink & Silver Grey), the Sketch Option and the Theme Option (Nature & Friendship).

I die cut the wicker panel from white card and attached it across the centre of the card and trimmed the card blank so it was the same width.  I stamped and embossed the butterfly and 'you' sentiment before die cutting them with their coordinating dies.  I placed the card into my MISTI and laid the butterfly and 'you' onto it so I could place the 'are fabulous' stamp before stamping and embossing it.  I coloured the butterfly with Promarkers before attaching it to across the wicker panel and attached 'you' on a thin foam pad.  To finish I highlighted the butterfly wings with a Wink of Stella.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Card Making Magic 'The Best of Card Making Magic' butterfly stamp & Clearly Besotted 'Modern Calligraphy' stamp and coordinating dies
     Memory Box 'Wicker Panel' die
     Versafine Magestic blue ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Snippets of white card
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything with Wings     
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - March challenge
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Use your Favourite Technique (mine is die cutting)

These are the lovely cards I received from Dee:


Kath x

Sunday, 8 March 2020

House Key Ring

Today's post is another key ring.  This one has a small cross stitch house which had been a cover gift with a magazine to make a postcard.   After stitching the house I found it fitted perfectly into a Framecraft key ring, so I trimmed around the edge and fastened it into the frame. 


I enjoyed stitching this house as it didn't take too much concentration whilst I was watching television in an evening.  The design is also perfect for using oddments of thread so I'll be making more of these to sell.

Kath x

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Christmas Flowers

My final card today is another CAS Christmas card - perfect for a few of my favourite challenges.

I die cut and embossed a square from white hammer card, layered it onto a square of red textured card and attached it to the centre of the card.  I die cut and embossed the three different size poinsettias, layered them and attached them to the centre of the square.  To finish I die cut holly berries from gold glitter card and attached them to the centre of the poinsettia.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large', All Occasion Dies 'Small Poinsettia' & Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves'
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Snippets of red textured card, white hammer card and gold glitter paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Maxi White Space 
     CAS Christmas - Winter Flowers
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Your Favourite Technique (die-cutting)
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 372




Kath x

Oh Christmas Tree

Another Christmas card for a new challenge that I've recently discovered - Fezzwig's Festive Frolics.

To make this quick card I die cut the Christmas tree from black self adhesive glitter paper and attached it to the centre of the card.  It doesn't get much quicker or easier than that!  I do like unfussy cards to send to the men in our family and this one is perfect for a friend who supports Exeter Chiefs.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Christmas Tree Greetings'
     X-cut black self adhesive glitter sheet

I am entering the following challenges:
     Fezzwig's Festive Frolics - Oh Christmas Tree
     The Male Room - Team Colours (Exeter Chiefs)


Kath x

Joy

Whilst making my red 'JOY' card a few weeks ago, I used some snippets of blue paper and card to make this version.  It's also perfect for the new challenge at The Male Room 'Team Colours' - a Christmas card for a friend who supports Chelsea.

I trimmed a piece of white hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the front of the card and die cut 'JOY' from the centre.  I rounded the corners before attaching the panel to the front of the card.  I attached snippets of blue checked paper onto thin white card and die cut 'JOY'.  The letters were inlaid into the card.  I die cut the fancy 'JOY' from dark blue textured card and attached it over the top.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Joy' die
     Woodware regular corner rounder punch
     Snippets of dark blue textured card, white hammer card and white matt card, blue checked paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Use your Favourite Technique (for me, that's die cutting)
     The Male Room - Team Colours
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes Tribute Challenge


Kath x

Sunday, 1 March 2020

My First Granny Square

I've never been able to crochet, despite several attempts after reading books and watching videos.  So last week I attended a 'Learn to Crochet' course.  It was only a two hour course so just covered the basics - a chain and treble stitch to make a granny square.  This is my first attempt!


We were also shown how to understand patterns and charts so I'm hoping to be able to build upon the skills I learned last week!

Kath x

Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Jenny Bear

My final card today uses one of my favourite precoloured Lili of the Valley 'Jenny Bear' images to make this cute Mother's Day card.

I covered the front of the card with pink paper, leaving a small margin around the edge and ensuring the hearts showed on the right side of the card.  I die cut the precoloured LOTV image with a stitched oval die and attached it to the left side of the paper.  I attached a piece of pink paper from the lower edge of another sheet of pink paper onto card and die cut 'MUM'.  I die cut 'MUM' from two pieces of white card and layered them with the pink layer on the top.  I also trimmed the top of the first 'M' so the sentiment would lie flat on the card as it overlapped the stitched panel.  To finish I attached 'MUM' on the lower corner of the card ensuring the writing on the backing paper matched.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'James and Jenny Bear' Art Pad
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics' and Creative Expressions 'From the Heart - Female Relations' dies
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper
     White card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Make it Girly
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - February challenge
     The Cutie Pie Challenge - Cute and Cuddly Animals

Kath x

February Rudolph Day

My first card today is for the February Rudolph Day Challenge and I have used both wet and dry embossing (embossing is my Rudolph Day theme this year).

I embossed a piece of white card with the holly embossing folder and trimmed around the edge.  Using my MISTI I stamped the sentiment in the centre with green ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I trimmed a piece of dark green card for my matt layer, but it looked rather 'flat' against the shiny embossed sentiment.  To give the green card some shine I applied Versamark around the edge of the card panel and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I layered the holly panel onto the green matt and attached it to the centre of the card.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Woodware  'Festive Verse' stamp
     Apple Blossom 'Holly' embossing folder
     Versafine Olympia Green ink
     Versamark
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Dark green and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Moving Along With The Times - No image - sentiment/quote as focus to your card     
     Rudolph Day - February challenge
     The Male Room - Use Embossing
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes Tribute Challenge


Kath x

Sunday, 23 February 2020

To Mum

This Mother's Day card was made using another preloved cross stitch kit I have recently purchased.  I didn't like the patterned card that came with the kit as it was a bit too fussy for me, so I die cut a stitched circular frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the completed cross stitch before attaching it to the rear of the frame and the centre of the card.


I do enjoy stitching these small kits and have several more different designs to stitch over the coming weeks.

Kath x

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

Floral Display

My final card today was made for the AAA Cards Optional Twist 'Use Those Older Supplies'.  This is a wood mounted stamp that made its first appearance on my blog in 2012 for a Get Well Soon card.

It's a long time since I've used wood mounted stamps so I first stamped the flowers onto a scrap of paper so I could see how they would fit in the corner.  I then stamped the image in the corner of the card and used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment along the lower edge of the card.  To finish I coloured the image with coloured pencils.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hobby Art 'Floral Display' and Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Sayings' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Faber Castell Coloured Pencils

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - One Corner + Optional Twist Love Those Older Supplies   
     Seize the Birthday - Show Me Your White Space
     Uniko - 8th Birthday Linky Party
   




Kath x

Happy Birthday Hedgehog

A friend saw the hedgehog card I posted a couple of weeks ago and asked me to make a similar card for a birthday.  The stamp set has five different hedgehog images so I chose the one holding a balloon.  Although there was a 'Happy Birthday' sentiment in the set I prefer my Hobby Art sentiment as it's slightly smaller.

I cut a piece of card slightly smaller than my card blank and placed into my MISTI.  I stamped the hedgehog and sentiment a couple of times to get a clear outline and then embossed them with clear embossing powder.  I coloured the hedgehog with Promarkers before attaching the panel to the card.  To finish I highlighted the balloon with a Wink of Stella.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Immediate Media 'Make Special Cards' hedgehog and Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamps
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Promarkers (Cinnamon, Royal Blue & Satin)
     White matt card
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Cute  
     AAA Cards - One Corner 
     Seize the Birthday - Show Me Your White Space
 



Kath x

Beautiful Blooms

My first post today is a Mother's Day card made with a precoloured Lili of the Valley image.

I covered the front of the card blank with pink paper, leaving a small border aroiund the edge.  I die cut and embossed the LOTV image and then die cut 'Mum' from the lower corner, before attaching the panel to the centre of the card.  I die cut 'Mum' twice from white card, inlaying and layering these before attaching the 'Mum' I had set aside from the floral panel.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white matt card bland
     Lili of the Valley 'Beautiful Blooms' Art Pad precoloured image
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles' and Creative Expressions 'From The Heart - Female Relations' Dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper
     Snippets of white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Dies and/or Punches
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Use Dies and/or Punches
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - February challenge

Kath x

Sunday, 16 February 2020

Cross Stitch Clematis Fridge Magnet

This fridge magnet was made using a design from a magazine cover kit and a Framecraft fridge magnet I've recently purchased as part of someone's craft clearout. 

The cross stitch kit used 16hpi aida, but I used 14hpi so the design fitted better in the fridge magnet - and it was easier to stitch too! 


Kath x

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Ruby Wedding Anniversary Card

My final card today is a Ruby Wedding Anniversary card using one of my favourite heart dies.

I die cut a stitched red pearlescent 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 red pearlescent card and inlaid the red and white hearts into the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' and Impression Obsession 'Heart of Hearts' dies
     Red pearlescent and white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Add a Heart
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Use Die Cuts/Punches
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - February Challenge
     Pearly Sparkles Challenges - Include Some Red

Kath x

Another Cross Stitch Heart

I made another small cross stitch heart using the remainder of the aida and threads from the kit I used to make my Cross Stitch Key Ring.

I used a Lacy Square and Classic Square Die to make a small frame.  I trimmed the aida around the completed cross stitch heart before attaching it to the rear of the frame.  I then used extra sticky tape across the back of the aida to attach the framed heart to the centre of my card.


To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" warm white hammer card blank
     Future Publishing Needlecraft Magazine 'Heart' cross stitch kit
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' and 'Lacy Squares' dies
     Snippet of red mirri card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Up to One Third + Optional Twist: Hearts
     Allsorts - Add a Heart
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Include Some Red


Kath x

Joy

Another red card using one of my favourite dies to make this CAS card for some of my favourite challenges.

I trimmed a piece of white hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the front of the card and die cut 'JOY' from the centre.  I rounded the corners before attaching the panel to the front of the card.  I die cut 'JOY' from three small snippets of red mirri card and inlaid them in to the card  I die cut the fancy 'JOY' from dark red textured card and attached it over the top.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Joy' die
     Woodware regular corner rounder punch
     Snippets of red mirri, dark red textured and white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Up to One Third     
     CAS Christmas - Joy
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Red
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - February Challenge
     Moving Along With The Times - Sentiment/Quote as Focus
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 371


Kath x

LOTV Christmas

I've recently bought a few Lili of the Valley Art Pad sheet and have used one to make this quick Christmas card.

I cut a piece of red textured card slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a circle from the centre.  I rounded the corners before attaching the red panel to the card.  I die cut the precoloured image and inlaid it into the frame.  I added Diamond Stickles for the snow and lots of Wink of Stella on the little's girl's fur clothing.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" kraft card blank
     Lili of the Valley Art Pad (I don't know the name of the Art Pad as the cover was missing)
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & t Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' die
     Woodware regular corner rounder punch
     Red textured card
     Diamond Stickles
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Include Some Red

Kath x