Friday, 26 May 2023

May Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another cross stitch Christmas card - which is my theme this year.  This card uses a 'preloved' Anchor Momentos cross stitch kit I found in a charity shop and stitched whilst in our campervan last week.


To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" cream hammer card blank
     Anchor Momentos 'Bell' cross stitch kit
     My Favorite Things ' Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' die
     Snippet of cream hammer card

After finishing the stitching I mounted it behind a stitched circle aperture that had been die cut in the front of the card blank.  I attached a piece of the same card behind the stitching to cover the fabric.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Love To Craft - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day - May Challenge

Kath x 

Monday, 1 May 2023

Glamour Lady

I made this card for a friend's birthday using a Kanban topper from my 'oddments' drawer, plus snippets of coordinating card.

To make this card I used:
     DL white matt card blank
     Kanban 'Glamour Ladies' topper
     Snippets of gold mirri and purple/gold foiled card

I trimmed the snippet of purple foiled card, layered it onto a snippet of gold mirri and attached it to the card blank.  The topper had got a gold edge, but I trimmed around the edge and layered it onto a snippet of gold mirri so it would match the backing layer.  The topper was then attached to the centre of the card.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - One for the Girls
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

     Snippets Playground - Challenge 453

Kath x

Saturday, 29 April 2023

Happy Birthday Hedgehog

I made this birthday card for a friend who loves hedgehogs - the cute stamp was a magazine cover gift ages ago.

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
     Cosmic Shimmer clear detail embossing powder
     Promarkers 
     White matt card
     Wink of Stella

I cut a piece of card slightly smaller than my card blank and placed into my MISTI.  I stamped the hedgehog and sentiment along the lower edge of the card, stamping a couple of times to get a clear outline, before embossing them with clear embossing powder.  I coloured the hedgehog and balloon with Promarkers before attaching the panel to the card.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Balloons
  
     We Love Stamping - Real Birds and/or Animals

Kath x

Wednesday, 26 April 2023

April Rudolph Day

It's time for the fourth Rudolph Day of the year and another cross stitch Christmas card (cross stitch is my RD theme this year).  I've recently bought a Vervaco cross stitch kit to make three Christmas cards - I love the colours of the cards (shades of red, blue and brown on oatmeal colour aida).  Also the main picture on the packet was Rudolph, which I thought was perfect for the RD challenge!

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Vervaco Christmas card kit (PN-0154080)
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' die
     Snippet of white hammer card

The kit contained everything to make the three cards, including the card blanks.  However, I thought the card blanks were quite flimsy and not the same quality as the card blanks I use so decided to make my own cards.  I didn't have the right size die to cut the aperture, so used a rectangle die that was the correct width but a little too short.  I cut three quarters of the aperture, then moved the die down the card to elongate the aperture and cut the remainder.  I trimmed around the edge of the panel so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  After completing the stitching I fastened it behind the frame and then attached it to the card.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day - April Challenge

Kath x

Tuesday, 25 April 2023

Cross Stitch Rose

This is another cross stitch card I've recently made using another lovely Carolyn's Garden cross stitch kit.



To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Carolyn's Garden 'Rose' cross stitch kit
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Snippet of white hammer card

After completing the stitching I mounted the design behind a stitched square aperture that had been die cut in the centre of the card blank.  A piece of the same card was attached to the inside to cover the back of the stitching.

Kath x

Sunday, 23 April 2023

Cross Stitch Sunflower

We decided on a last minute trip to Cornwall, so no papercrafting this week but I did take my cross stitch with me - this is one of the cards I made.



To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Carolyn's Garden 'Sunflower' cross stitch kit
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Snippet of white hammer card

After completing the stitching I mounted the design behind a stitched square aperture that had been die cut in the centre of the card blank.  A piece of the same card was attached to the inside to cover the back of the stitching.

Kath x

Sunday, 16 April 2023

Upcycled and Snippets Notecard

I've recently won an Easter giveaway from Sarn and my gift was beautifully wrapped in some of Sarn's lovely artwork.  The paper was far too good to find its way into the recycling bin so I carefully opened the packet and used the paper to make this card.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" cream hammer card blank
     Lil'inker Designs 'Modern Mehndi' stamps and coordinating dies
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' die
     Versafine Onyx black ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail embossing powder 
     Wink of Stella
     Snippets of  cream hammer card, purple and turquoise textured card and, of course, Sarn's paper

I trimmed the cream hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and cut the stitched circle from the centre.  I ironed the back of Sarn's paper with a cool iron to remove the creases, cut a square from the corner (saving the rest in my snippets drawer) and attached it to the rear of the aperture.  The panel was then attached to the front of the card.  I stamped the flower onto purple card and the leaves onto turquoise card using black ink.  These were embossed with clear embossing powder and cut with the coordinating dies.  I used a Wink of Stella to highlight the centre of the flower before attaching it to the lower corner of the card.   The leaves were then tucked under the flower around the edge of the aperture.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Die Cuts
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 452

     
Kath x

Thursday, 13 April 2023

Peace and Joy

I made this card for the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown Colour Challenge using a lovely Uniko Christmas stamp.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Uniko 'Rustic Wreath' stamps
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Versafine Olympia Green & Satin Red ink
     Snippets of white matt card and red pearlescent card

I placed a snippet of white card into my MISTI and stamped the wreath and sentiment with green ink.  I placed the berries stamp onto the outside of the wreath and stamped a couple of times with red ink.  I then continued to stamp the berries around the edge of the wreath, alternating the stamp on the inside and outside of the wreath.  The panel was then cut with a stitched die, layered onto a snippet of red pearlescent card and attached to the card front.

I am entering the following challenges:
     52 Christmas Card Throwdown - Red & Green Colour Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     We Love Stamping - Anything Stamped

Kath x

Tuesday, 11 April 2023

Turned 21

I have two 21st birthday cards to make this year so have recently purchased this 'Turned 21' stamp - this is for the first birthday.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Woodware 'Turned 21' stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail embossing powder
     Three small orange sequins
     Wink of Stella
     Snippets of Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper, brown pearlescent card and thin white card

I attached a snippet of paper onto a piece of white card and placed it in my MISTI so I could position the stamps as there are two separate stamps in this set.  I stamped the image several times with brown ink to get a good depth of colour and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I then cut the image with the largest stitched die.  I layered the card onto a snippet of brown pearlescent card and attached it to the front of the card.  To finish I highlighted the small '21' with a Wink of Stella and added three small orange sequins.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 49 (my new 'Turned 21' stamp)
     We Love Stamping - Anything Stamped

Kath x

Sunday, 2 April 2023

Everyone Needs a Friend Like You

I made this card to send to Mia for the March Card Chain Challenge using the Colour Option (Carrot, Shamrock & Spice), the Theme Option (Friendship) and the Product Option (Stamps). 

At first I was unsure how to use the colours and then decided 'Carrot' would be perfect for my new (preloved but new to me!) French Marigold dies.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-Namics', Creative Expressions 'Finishing Touches - French Marigold', 'Finishing
          Touches - Pierced Summer Blooms' and Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly' dies
     Practical Publishing 'Stamps for All Occasions' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Sakura orange coloured pencil
     Snippets of orange, green and brown textured card
     Wink of Stella

I used the largest stitched circle die to emboss a circle in the centre of the card blank and set it aside.  I die cut the three different size French Marigold flowers from orange card and used an dark orange coloured pencil to colour the centres of the petals before layering them.  I cut three different size leaves from green card and the smallest circle from the Pierced Summer Blooms set from brown card.  I placed the card blank into my MISTI and laid the flower and leaves onto it so I could see where the place the sentiment.  I removed the flower and leaves before stamping the sentiment a couple of times with brown ink ensuring a good depth of colour.  I used the orange pencil to colour 'YOU' before attaching the flower and leaves above the sentiment.  I die cut a small butterfly from brown card and attached it above the sentiment.  To finish I highlighted 'YOU' and the centre of the flower with a Wink of Stella.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Die Cuts
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 49 (my French Marigold dies)
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 451


This is the lovely card I received from Marga - 

Kath x

Wednesday, 29 March 2023

Cross Stitch Thank You

I needed a quick 'thank you' card and this design from Stitchrovia was perfect.  The kit was a cover gift with a magazine, but I used my own DMC threads rather than the threads in the kit.

 To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" cream hammer card blank
     Stitchrovia 'Sew Grateful' card kit
     DMC threads
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Snippet of cream hammer card

After completing the stitching I mounted the design behind a stitched square aperture that had been die cut in the centre of the card blank.  A piece of the same card was attached to the inside to cover the back of the stitching.

Kath x

Saturday, 25 March 2023

March Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another cross stitch Christmas card (cross stitch cards are my RD theme this year).  Lynne (Lynne's Craft Haven) contacted me after I posted my February RD card to offer me some Christmas cross stitch magazines.  Not only did Lynne post me several magazines, but she also sent me some cross stitch kits - this cute 'Merry Christmas from Boofle' kit was one of them.  Thank you Lynne!

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" cream hammer card blank
     Cross Stitch Card Shop 'Merry Christmas from Boofle' cross stitch kit
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX Die-namics' die
     Snippet of cream hammer card

The kit contained a patterned card for the cross stitch to be patched.  However, I wanted to place the design behind an aperture so I used the patterned card for another project and die cut a stitched square aperture in the centre of the card blank.  The completed stitching was fastened to the rear of the aperture and a snippet of cream card inserted inside the card to cover the back of the stitching.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Wrapeed Up for Christmas
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes   
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day- March challenge
     The Cutie Pie Challenge - Something beginning with B (I have chosen Boofle)

Kath x

Friday, 24 March 2023

Patchwork Daisy Birthday

I made this card for my great niece's birthday - I tried to find an image that was cute but not too childish as she's a grown up ten year old!  


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Patchwork Daisy' Mini Masterpiece precoloured image
     Clearly Besotted 'Modern Calligraphy' stamps and coordinating die
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Versafine Imperial Purple ink
     Wild Rose Studio 'Anabelle's Meadow' paper
     Snippet of white matt card and white paper

I attached the pink paper to a piece of white paper (to make it the same thickness as the topper) before die cutting the stitched square from the centre.  The frame was then attached to the card.  The precoloured image was cut with the same stitched die.  I used purple ink to stamp 'happy' onto a snippet of white card before cutting it with the corodinating die.  I placed the topper into my MISTI and laid 'happy' on top so I could see where to stamp 'birthday'.  This was stamped with the same purple ink.  The topper was inlaid into the frame and 'happy' was attached with a strip of foam tape.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Cutie Pie Challenge - Something Beginning with B (I have chosen a Bear)
     Happy Little Stampers Birthday Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes




Kath x

Wednesday, 22 March 2023

Happy Anniversary

I've made another anniversary card using my Peek-a-Boo heart die.  When I made my previous anniversary card I inlaid the heart with dark red card but this time I've used a snippet of pink and red marbled paper.  I've also used a different sentiment as I thought the sentiment on the first card was a little small.

To make this card I used:
     6"  x 6" white hammer card blank
     My Favorite Things 'Peek a Boo Striped Heart' die
     Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamp
     Versafine Crimson Red ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing powder
     Woodware Corner Rounder punch
     Snippets of white hammer, thin white card and marbled paper

I trimmed the snippet of white hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and rounded the corners before die cutting the heart from the centre.  I placed the panel into my MISTI so I could ensure the sentiment stamp was in the right place.  I stamped the sentiment with red ink, stamping a couple of times to get a good depth of colour, before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  The panel was then attached to the front of the card blank.  I attached the snippet of marbled paper to a piece of thin white card so it was the same thickness as the front panel.  I then die cut the heart and inlaid the strips into the heart.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - March Challenge
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

Kath x

Monday, 20 March 2023

Butterfly Notecard

I've recently made a few small notecards to send with some cross stitch RAK gifts.  I've made them in different colours so they coordinate with the colours of the items I'm sending - this card is also perfect for the current Butterfly Challengee.


To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" white matt card blank
     Craft Stamper 'Butterfly Post' stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Versafine Deep Lagoon ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Promarkers
     Snippet of white matt card

I used the stitched die to emboss a square in the front of the card blank.  I then stamped the image onto a snippet of white matt card and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I coloured the background with an ivory Promarker and the butterfly with a pale green Promarker.  The stamped panel was then trimmed and attached to the centre of the card with foam pads.

I am entering the following challenges:
     Butterfly Challenge - Spin the Wheel with T (I have used Teal & Tea Green with my butterfly)
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     We Love Stamping - Anything Goes

Kath x