Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Just a Note

My final post today is a set of three notecards.  To make the leaves I stamped the outer image with the dark brown ink and then stamped the rest of the leaf with the lighter ink.  I used the coordinating dies to die cut them.  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment in the lower corner and then attached the larger leaf with double sided tape.  The smaller leaf was attached with Pinflair glue to give some dimension.



To make these notecards I used:
     5" x 5" off white hammer card blanks
     Clearly Besotted 'Fall Flowers' stamps and coordinating dies and Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Sayings stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia and Toffee inks

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Autumn     
     Dies R Us - Nature
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - September challenge

If you would like to share your views on ink and also have a chance to win two Clearly Besotted stamp sets - please see my Questions about Ink and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Upcycled Christmas Hare

This lovely image was the front of a Christmas card I received last year and thought it was far too lovely to pop in the recyling bin.  The image has lots of blue and silver glitter, which unfortunately  doesn't show up too well in the photograph.

The card was quite big as there were trees on both sides of the hare, but I die cut a smaller square framing the hare and moon.  This was then inlaid into a silver mirri frame to make another quick Christmas card.


To make this card I used:
     6 x 6" white hajmmer card blank
     Upcycled Christmas card
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' dies

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - S for Sparkle     
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge ' Anything Christmas Goes

If you would like to share your views on ink and also have a chance to win two Clearly Besotted stamp sets - please see my Questions about Ink and Giveaway post.

Kath x

More Gingerbread Wishes

This lovely precoloured topper is the last one from the sheet I used for my Gingerbread Wishes card I made last week.

For this card I layered pale green snowflake paper onto red mirri and attached it to the card.  Although the topper was already die cut, I used a square die to trim the edges and to add the embossed border.  This topper was then layered it onto a red lacy square before attaching it to the centre of the card with a square of foam.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     The  Hobby House 'Gingerbread Wishes' precoloured topper
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' and 'Lacy Squares' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Wild Rose Studio 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper
     Red mirri card

I am entering the following challewnges:
     Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Christmas/Winter Food or Drink
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Add Lots of Layers
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

If you would like to share your views on ink and also have a chance to win two Clearly Besotted stamp sets - please see my Questions about Ink and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Winter Wonderland Border

I've almost finished tidying my craft area which means that my box of snippets and assorted toppers has grown, so today's cards are all made with snippets and oddments.

This card uses snippets of blue and gold pearlescent card and a snippet of paper that I think was from Making Cards magazine.  I trimmed the paper and attached it to the card front with the darker area at the top.  I die cut the border from blue pearlescent card and attached it to the lower edge of the paper.  I then die cut the windows from gold card and inlaid them into the buildings.  The die cut sentiment was one from my snippets box so that was ready to attach to the top of the card.




To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt tent fold card blank
     Cottage Cutz Scrapping Cottage 'Winter Wonderland Border' and Creative Expressions 'Festive Mini Expressions - Stacked Happy Christmas' dies
     Snippets of dark blue and gold pearlescent card, blue snow paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - September challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

If you would like to share your views on ink and also have a chance to win two Clearly Besotted stamp sets - please see my Questions about Ink and Giveaway post.

Kath x

Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Creative People Don't Have a Mess .....

Before putting my dies away after making my Gingerbread Wishes card, I made my final card today incorporating a card a friend sent to me with a fabulous (and very apt) sentiment.  I made this into a card to send to another friend.

I die cut the topper and layered it onto a slightly larger piece of black card to frame the image.  This was then layered onto the red card and attached to the card blank.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" cream hammer tent card blank
     Upcycled image (sorry, I don't know the name of it)
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Snippets of matt black and red pearlescent card

I'm not entering any challenges with this notecard, I just wanted to share this super sentiment with all of you creative people (especially any messy ones!).

Kath x

Gingerbread Wishes

I'm still on a mission to use all my bits 'n' bobs before buying any new products so there will be plenty of cards using old toppers in the near future.  This is one of the toppers from the bottom of my box - it's a lovely Elisabeth Bell design.

I die cut a frame from red mirri card and attached it to the card.  Although the topper was already die cut, I used one of my stitched dies to trim the shape of it before inlaying it into the frame - another quick and easy card for my box.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" tent told white silk card
     The Hobby House 'Gingerbread Wishes' precoloured topper
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Red mirri card

I am entering the following challenges:
     CAS Christmas - Holiday Treats
     Christmas Crafts All Year Round - Christmas/Winter Food or Drink
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Heart of Hearts

I made this card to send to friends on their wedding anniversary, using the colours for the HLS CAS Challenge.  I love this 'Heart of Hearts' die as it always looks so different depending on the colours I've used.

To make this card I die cut a square of white card and die cut the heart from the centre. This panel was layered onto grey card and a pink stitched die cut square before being attached to the centre of the card.  I die cut the heart from both grey and pink card and inlaid the pieces.


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

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Pink and Grey
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 360

Kath x

Questions about Ink and Giveaway

I was overwhelmed by the number of responses I received to last month's question about card blanks and thank you to everyone who commented on my post.

This month my questions are about ink and, of course, there is another Giveaway.  There are so many different types of ink on the market and I'm sure everyone has their favourite for different uses.  Here are a few questions to start you off:

  - What types of ink do you use?
  - Do you have a favourite brand?
  - What is your favourite ink for stamping?
  - What is your favourite ink for heat embossing ?
  - What is your favourite ink for using with stencils?
  - What is your favourite ink for using with different colouring mediums - alcohol pens, coloured pencils?
  - Please feel free to add any other comments or advice you would like to share.

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 two Clearly Besotted mini stamp sets - 'Bye Bye Butterfly' and Elegant Butterflies'.


I've had a couple of requests to give more time for responses, so please leave all comments by 08:00 BST on Tuesday 24 September.  I'll announce the winner of the stamp sets the following day.

Kath x

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

Summer Fun

My final card today is a super quick card to send to a friend who has a sports card and loves driving in the summer with the roof down.  To make the card I attached a snippet of brown spot paper to the front leaving a small white margin around the edge.  I die cut and embossed the precoloured image before attaching it to the centre of the card - another quick and easy card!


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" tent fold white matt card
     Lili of the Valley Art Sheet 'Toot, Toot' (post updated to thank Jules for letting me know the name of the  image)
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics' die
     Lili of the Valley 'Country Gent' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Anything Goes 
    Tales from the Craft Room - Summer Fun

Kath x

Snowy Friends

I made this card for the Christmas Kickstart challenge using a cute Bugaboo digi stamp (one from my drawer of printed but not yet coloured images).  I die cut the image and then coloured it with Promarkers using the colours from the Christmas Kickstart banner.  A piece of turquoise paper was attached to the card front and the snowman image added to the the centre.  To finish I edged the snowman's hat with Fun Flock and highlighted the snow with Stickles.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Bugaboo 'Snowy Friends' digi stamp
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Promarkers
     Lili of the Valley 'Beach Bliss' paper
     White matt card
     Stampendous White Fun Flock
     Diamond Stickles

I am entering the following challenges:
     Bugaboo Weekly Challenge - Photo Inspiration (I have used the colours blue, red with a little bit of brown and green)     
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - Get a Head-er Start (I have used the snowman and colours as my inspiration)
     Christmas with the Cuties - Let's Build a Snowman
     I Love Promarkers - Anything Goes
   
Kath x

Wishing you Happiness

I made this card to send to Cat for the August Card Chain Challenge (I can post the card as Cat has emailed to say she's received it).  I have chosen the Colour Option (Sunshine, Sea Green & Flamingo) and the Theme Option (Friendship).

I cut a piece of card slightly smaller than my card blank, before stamping and embossing the flower and sentiment.  This panel was then attached to the card blank.  I also stamped the leaves onto snippets of green paper, these were fussy cut and attached to the card.  I added Card Candi to the larger circles and coloured the smaller ones with a yellow Promarker and Glossy Accents.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Woodware 'Bubble Bloom - Clarissa' and Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     Promarkers
     Card candi
     Glossy Accents
     White matt card
     Snippets of sea green paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Feminine      
     Alphabet Challenge 'K for Kind Thoughts'

This is the lovely card I received from Dee in Kenya, who also included two bead medallions which are handmade by the Maasai women.

Kath x

August Rudolph Day

My first post today is a Christmas tree card for the Rudolph Day challenge using one of my favourite Christmas tree stamps.  I stamped the tree onto the front of the card blank and then stamped the tree onto green paper, the pot onto burgundy paper and the holly leaves, bow and star onto pink paper.  These were all fussy cut and attached to the card.  I then attached the nailheads to the tree.  My ink pad is drying out and the inked design looked a bit 'flat' so I ran a Wink of Stella on all the black lines to give some sparkle.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank     
     Woodware 'Holly Tree' stamp
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper
     Burgundy metal nailheads
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Crafts All Year Round 'Add a Tree'
     Rudolph Day 'August Challenge'

Kath x

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Welcome Baby

My final card today is a card for a new baby using a new stamp and coordinating die set.  The pale blue paper was attached to a thin piece of card before being die cut with the stitched circle die.  I stamped the sentiment and attached the circle to the centre of the card.  The stork and baby bundle were stamped and die cut before being coloured and attached to the card with foam tape.  To finish I added a Wink of Stella to the baby bundle.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Clearly Besotted 'Special Delivery' stamp and dies
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Snippets of blue paper and white matt card
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Something for Baby
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - August Challenge
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Something Beginning with B (I have used Baby and Blue)

Kath x

Kobe and Kobi Butterfly

I made this card for a friend's birthday using the colour options from the Butterfly Challenge - Kobe (dark burgundy) and Kobi (pink lavender).  The die cut sentiment is another one from my 'to be used one day box' - the card and paper are from my snippets mountain.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt tent fold card
     Memory Box ''Grand Happy Birthday' and Kaleidoscope Butterfly' die
     Snippets of burgundy textured card, white matt card and patterned paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Butterfly Challenge - With the letter K (I have chosen the colour option - Kobe & Kobi)
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Something beginning with B (I have chosen butterfly and burgundy)
     Seize the Birthday - Butterflies

Kath x

Christmas Eve Night

My second post today is another quick and simple Christmas card.  This card uses a pre-loved die I've recently purchased and lots of snippets.  I die cut the scene from dark blue card and attached it to a snippet of snowflake paper, this was then attached to the card front.  To finish I die cut the moon from gold card and inlaid the pieces.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white matt tent fold card
     Cottage Cutz 'Christmas Eve Night' die
     Snippets of dark blue and gold pearlescent card, pale blue snowflake paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge 'R for Reindeer'     
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - August Challenge
     Pixie's Snippets Playground 'Challenge 359'
     
Kath x

CAS Glitter

I'm in the midst of tidying and sorting my craft area (the corner of the spare bedroom!) and am trying to use all my oddments before buying anything new.  This glitter die cut tree was amongst a box of 'things die cut and not yet used' and this is my last white hammer card blank.  Put together they make a quick and easy Christmas card and are perfect for the CAS Christmas challenge.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Christmas Tree Greetings' die
     X-cut Bronze Adhesive Glitter Sheet

I am entering the following challenges:
     CAS Christmas Challenge - Glitter
     Christmas Crafts All Year Round -Add a Tree
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes
   
Kath x

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

And Another 'Made in Minutes'

My final post today is another quick Christmas card, this time I've used a precoloured image from one of the Lili of the Valley Christmas Art Sheets..  I die cut and embossed the image and inlaid it into a die cut and embossed frame - quick and simple!


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Snowy Friends' Christmas Art Sheet
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' dies
     Purple textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards 'Made in Minutes'
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies 'August Challenge'
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'

Kath x

Made in Minutes

I've made a Christmas card using a Hunkydory topper which had been a cover gift with a magazine a while ago.  To make this quick card I die cut the topper and inlaid it into a silver die cut frame.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" ice gold pearlescent tent fold card blank
     Hunkydory 'Snowy Season 'Deer Winter Wishes' topper
     My Favourite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Silver mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards 'Made in Minutes'
     ABC Christmas Challenge 'R for Reindeer'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Kath x

With All Your Heart

I made this card for my niece and her husband on their wedding anniversary.  The hearts were stamped and embossed before being die cut with the coordinating die.  I embossed a frame on the centre of the card front and attached the nine hearts with foam tape.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Clearly Besotted 'With All Your Heart' stamps and coordinating die
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Versafine Satin Red ink
     Stampendous clear embossing powder
     White matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies 'August Challenge'

Kath x

Answers about Card Blanks and Winner of Giveaway

Thank you to everyone who commented on my Questions about Card Blanks post last week.  I was going to put a short precis of the responses on this post, but I was overwhelmed with the number of responses I received!  As many of the comments are quite detailed I think it best if you pop over to the original post to read the comments if you would like to know more about the card blanks that crafters use.

The other important thing is to announce the winner of the Clearly Besotted 'Miniature Florals' stamp set.  And the winner is:


Congratulations Joan!  Please email me at kmbuckell@btinternet.com with your full postal address and I'll get the stamps to you as soon as possible.

There were be more questions and another giveaway on the first Wednesday in September.

Kath x

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Snowy Friends

This is my final post for today - another Christmas card!  I attached a piece of blue snowflake paper across the centre of the card blank and stamped the sentiment below.  I then fussy cut the six precoloured snowman images and attached them to the card with wet glue to give some 'wriggle room'.


To make this card I used:
     DL white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley Christmas Art Sheet 'Snowy Friends'
     Clearly Besotted 'Cheerful Christmas' stamp
     Versafine Majestic Blue ink
     Making Cards 'Watercolour' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards 'Made in Minutes'
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Jingle Belles 'Blue Christmas'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Kath x

Going Green

I made this card for the Christmas with the Cuties 'Going Green' challenge using an old, and very cute, precoloured Lili of the Valley topper.  The image was die cut and embossed before being attached to the card - I also added a couple of pieces of thin card behind the image to give a little dimension.  A Wink of Stella on the snowflakes added the final touch.


To make this card I used:
     A2 tent fold white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles' die
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Wink of Stella

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Christmas with the Cuties 'Going Green'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'
     
Kath x

Poinsettia Snippets

I made this card following the Christmas Card Throwdown sketch and used lots of snippets to die cut the poinsettias, squares and background strip.  The small squares were die cut and embossed before being attached over the glitter strip with foam tape.  The poinsettia leaves were shaped before being attached to the centre of the squares and small glitter flowers added to the centre.  To finish small gold glitter stars were added to the top corner.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" ice gold pearlescent card blank
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares', All Occasion Dies 'Small Poinsettia' and Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Woodware small star punch
     Snippets of white ice gold pearlescent card, red embossed card and X-cut gold adhesive glitter sheet

I am entering the following challenges:
     CAS Christmas 'Glitter'
     Christmas Card Throwdown 'Sketch'
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge 'Only One Third'
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Pixie's Snippets Playground 'Challenge 358'

Kath x

Sam's Big Present

I made this card for my youngest great-nephew's 3rd birthday using a cute precoloured Lili of the Valley topper.  The image was inlaid into a frame and Sam's age and name were also included.  We met Sam for the first time whilst we were on holiday and he looks just like the little boy in this image!


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley ' Big Present' Mini Masterpiece image
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' and Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Dark blue texture card
     Sakura Pigma Micron 05 brown pen

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday 'For the Boys'
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Anything Goes'

Kath x

Questions about Card Blanks and Giveaway

For the next few months I'm going to post some questions on the first Wednesday of the month as I'm interested in products and techniques that other crafters use.  As a thank you to those who leave a response I'll have a small giveaway too.

This month's questions are about Card Blanks:
  -  Do you use ready made card blanks or do you make your own?
  -  If you use ready made which make do you prefer and why?
  -  If you make your own what card do you like to use and why?
  -  What weight of card do you like to use?
  -  Do you have a preferred colour?
  -  What size do you prefer to make?
Plus anything else you would like to add about card blanks!

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 'Miniature Florals' clear stamp set.


 

Please leave all comments by 08:00 BST on Tuesday 13 August.  I'll announce the winner of the stamp set next Wednesday, together with a precis of responses - just in case anyone else is curious too!

Kath x

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

Upcycled Flowers

Whilst in one of our local charity shops I found a birthday card (for 10p) with these beautiful flowers on it, so I bought the card to use the flowers!  I embossed a frame in the centre of a pearlescent card blank and added the flowers to make this quick notecard.


To make this card I used:
     3½" x 3½ white pearlescent card blank
     Upcycled flowers from greetings card
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares' die
     Kars tan embossing mat

This is my final post for this week.  I'm not entering any challenges - I just wanted to share my charity shop find!

Kath x

More Christmas Buildings

And another Christmas building card!  This quick card was made by layering the paper onto mirri and adding a die-cut sentiment across the bottom.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Simply Cards & Papercraft 'Driving Home for Christmas' paper
     Lawn Fawn 'Merry Christmas Line Border' die
     Bronze mirri
     
I am entering the following challenges:
    Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' 
    Winter Wonderland 'Christmas or Winter Buildings'
     
Kath x

Christmas Buildings

I made this card to join in the Winter Wonderland challenge and say 'hello' to my old teamies.  I covered the front of the card blank with a piece of paper from the A2 pad and inlaid the sentiment using a coordinating paper from the same pad.  I had just finished inlaying the sentiment when I notice a glue smudge, so I highlighted the sentiment with a Wink of Stella to disguise it!


To make this card I used:
     A2 white matt tent fold card
     SugarPea Designs 'Happy Holidays' paper pad
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Mini Expressions Stacked Happy Christmas' die
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'
     Winter Wonderland 'Christmas or Winter Buildings'
   
Kath x

July Rudolph Day

My first post today is a Christmas tree card for this month's Rudolph Day.  I was about to publish my post when I saw that the Christmas Kickstart Challenge is Twofer 'Christmas Tree' Challenge so I got my tree stamp out again and made a second card.


On the first card the tree was paper pieced with my last tiny snippets of 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper.  This paper had been a cover gift with a magazine ages ago and I've loved using the papers - sadly I've been unable to find it for sale anywhere.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Woodware 'Tipsy Tree' stamps
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Brown Promarker
     Snippets of white matt and red textured card, Wild Rose Studio 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper
     
I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Twofer Christmas Tree'    
     Pixie's Snippets Playground 'Challenge 357'
     Rudolph Day - July challenge

For my second card I heat embossed the tree onto kraft card, set it in a thin cream frame and coloured the tree with a white pencil.  To finish I applied several layers of a Wink of Stella to the tree (which sadly doesn't really show in the photograph).


To make this card I used:
     A2 tent fold kraft card blank
     Woodware 'Tipsy Tree' stamp
     My Favourite Things 'A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1 Die-namics' dies
     Versamark ink pad
     Stampendous White Opaque embossing powder
     Bruynzeel Sakura white pencil
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Twofer Christmas Tree'
     Jingle Belles Challenge 'Photo Inspiration' (I have used the tree, rustic cardstock and sparkle as my inspiration)
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Kath x

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Layered Poppy

I love poppies and this summer there seem to be more than ever in the fields - they're definitely one of my favourite flowers.  So I was really pleased to see that the cover gift with this month's Simply Cards and Papercraft magazine is an Altenew 'Layered Poppy' stamp and stencil set.  This is the first card I've made using the layered stamps, but I'm sure it won't be the last!


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Altenew 'Layered Poppy' stamps
     Versafine Onyx Black, Satin Red and Spanish Green
     White matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes'
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge 'Anything Goes 42'

Kath x

Butterfly Notecard

Before putting my Stitched Square dies away after making my Christmas Angel card, I used them to emboss a frame on this card.  The stamped image was heat embossed, coloured with Promarkers and attached with foam tape to the centre of the frame.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Craft Stamper Magazine 'Butterfly Post' stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Squares Stackables' die
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder
     Promarkers
     White matt card
     Foam tape
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:  
     Alphabet Challenge 'I for Insect'     
     Butterfly Challenge ' Spin the Wheel with the Letter J'  (I have chosen the colour option - Jasmine/Juicy Orange/Jade)
     Less is More 'Small Images'

Kath x

Christmas Angel

Whilst tidying my 'oddments' box I came across this lovely Lili of the Valley Christmas Angel that I had already die cut, but not used.  I made a coordinating frame and had another quick card for my box.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Angels' Art Pad
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside in Stitched Square Stackables' dies
     Red textured card
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Festive Things with Wings'
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Christmas in July'
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge 'Anything Goes 42'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Kath x

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Giveaway Winners

My final post today is to announce the winners of my holiday giveaways.  Thank you to everyone for your comments on my posts - I put the comments for each giveaway into a pot to choose the winners and they are:

Blog Candy 1 - Hunkydory Pearl Bouquet - Carol S

Blog Candy 2 - Simply Made Cards 'My Little Memory Book' Dies - Jane Willis

Blog Candy 3 - Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles and Beaded Ovals Dies - Mrs A

Blog Candy 4 - Wild Rose Studio 'Rose Bunch' Die - Pat

Blog Candy 5 - The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady Stamps and Papers - Valerija

Blog Candy 6 - Spellbinders Designer Series Geo Collection Dies - Liz


Congratulations to everyone!  Please email me at kmbuckell(at)btinternet(dot)com with your full name and address and I'll get the parcels posted as soon as possible.

Kath x

Upcycled Gift Box

I save small boxes as I often give gift cards or money to younger family members and like to wrap them as a small parcel.  This box had a lovely white decorative finish, but had the company's logo on the top and two sides so I decorated it to cover the logos.


To make this box I used:
     Hundydory 'Tis the Season Designer Decoupage - Winter Bouquet'
     Lili of the Valley 'Classic Christmas' paper
     Gold mirri card
     Upcycled gift box

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Crafts All Year Round 'Gifts (no cards)'
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Christmas in July'
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'

Kath x

Birthday Wishes

When we went on holiday I took a some stamped images and a small box of Promarkers with me.  We had one wet day and I spent a few happy hours colouring my images to make into cards on my return.  This is one of the images I took with me.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" tent fold kraft card blank     
     Bugaboo 'Ladybug Daisy Vase' digi stamp
     Desert Diva 'Sentiment 796' free digi stamp
     Promarkers
     Purple pearlescent and white matt card
     Wink of Stella

I am entering the following challenges:
      I Love Promarkers 'For the Girls'
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge 'Anything Goes'

Kath x

Traditional Ornament

My second card today is a CAS Christmas card - a super quick card made by attaching paper to the rear of the negative die cuts and stamping a sentiment.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Memory Box 'Traditional Ornament' and 'Crisp Bows' dies
     Woodware 'Festive Verse' stamp
     Versafine Majestic Blue ink
     Making Cards 'Watercolour' paper 
     Gold metallic paper - upcycled from chocolate wrapper
     Matt white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge 'O for Ornament'    
     Allsorts 'Clean and Simple'
     Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Christmas in July'
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge 'Use Negative Space'
     Tales from the Craft Room 'Christmas in July'

Kath x

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

I made this card to send to Dawn for the June Card Chain Challenge and have chosen the Theme Option (CAS, Feathers & Friendship).

I used snippets of paper for the feathers, gluing two pieces together to make the paper double sided as I only attached them along the centre. I also made a few extra feathers which I enclosed with Dawn's card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" cream fleck tent fold card blank
     Hot off the Press 'Feather' die and sentiment stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Snippets of patterned paper
     Small gold bow - upcycled from Christmas card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts 'Clean and Simple'     
     Die Cut Divas 'Anything Goes'
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies 'July Challenge'
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge 'Anything Goes'
     Pixie's Snippets Playground 'Challenge 356

This is the lovely card I received from Jane.


Kath x

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Giveaway 6 - Spellbinders Designer Series Geo Collection Dies

This is my final giveaway and it's for four die sets from the Spellbinders Designer Series Geo Collection.  The Decagon View and Pyramid sets are new, the Rhombus Borders and Tri-Hex have been used a couple of times.



These items are only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add the photo on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

If you would like a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a 'Yes please' comment (or similar) below.  All comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July and I will announce the winner later that day.

Kath x

Giveaway 5 - 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady' Stamps & Papers

My second giveway today is a set of stamps and coordinating papers from 'The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady'.  These were a cover gift with a magazine and are new.


These items are only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add the photo on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

If you would like a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a 'Yes please' comment (or similar) below.  All comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July and I will announce the winner later that day.

Kath x

Giveaway 4 - Wild Rose Studio 'Rose Bunch' Die

My first giveaway today is a Wild Rose Studio 'Rose Bunch' die.  This die is pre-loved but is in great condition.


This item is only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add the photo on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

If you would like a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a 'Yes please' comment (or similar) below.  All comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July and I will announce the winner later that day.

Kath x

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Giveaway 3 - Spellbinders Nestabilities Beaded Circles and Beaded Ovals Dies

My final giveaway today is a set of Spellbinders Beaded Circles and Beaded Ovals Dies.  These are both pre-loved items but in great condition.


These items are only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add the photo on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

If you would like a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a 'Yes please' comment (or similar) below.  All comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July and I will announce the winner later that day.

Kath x

Giveaway 2 - 'Simply Made Crafts - My Little Memory Book' Dies

My second giveaway today is a die set from Simply Made Crafts 'My Little Memory Book'.  This set was a cover gift with a magazine and is new.


This item is only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add the photo on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

If you would like a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a 'Yes please' comment (or similar) below.  All comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July and I will announce the winner later that day.

Kath x

Giveaway 1 - Hunkydory Pearl Bouquet

This is the first of my Blog Candy posts and I am offering a Hunkydory Pearl Bouquet Luxury Card Collection and Paper Pad.  These items are both new.


These items are only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add the photo on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

If you would like a chance to win this giveaway, please leave a 'Yes please' comment (or similar) below.  All comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July and I will announce the winner later that day.  Please remember that 

Kath x

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Blog Candy Coming Soon!

As we're going on holiday on Friday I won't be posting any cards for the next two Wednesdays so will be offering some Blog Candy instead.  There will be three posts on each Wednesday - some of the items are new and some are pre-loved.  If you see an item you would like then leave a 'Yes, please' comment (or similar) in the same post as the giveaway.  It's fine if you would like to be included in the draws for all giveaways, but you must add a comment on each post.

Also, these items are only on offer to my Followers as a thank you for visiting my blog and commenting on my posts.  So please make sure you are, or become, a follower of my blog on Blogger.  If you have a blog and would like to add one of the photos on your sidebar with a link back to my post, that would be lovely but it is not a requirement.

Comments must be left before 08:00 (BST) on Wednesday 17 July.  All comments will be put into a pot and the winners chosen at random before being announced later that day.

Kath x

Happy Birthday - again!

Before putting my 'Grand Happy Birthday' die away after making my birthday card last week, I made another quick birthday card using lots of snippets.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" cream speckled card
     Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' and 'Pippi Butterfly' dies
     Snippets of Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper, cream speckled card and brown textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Die-Cut Divas 'Celebrate the Birthdays'
     Pixie's Snippets Playground 'Challenge 355'
     Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes 168'

Kath x

June Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another Christmas tree card.   One little tip I found useful when making this card is to attach the self adhesive glitter sheet to a piece of thin card as it made it easier to attach to the embossed background.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" ice gold pearlescent card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Christmas Tree Greetings' die
     Darice 'Snowflake Background' embossing folder
     X-cut bronze adhesive glitter sheet
     Ice gold pearlescent card and thin bronze matt card

I'm entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge 'Glitter, Sparkle & Shine'
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies 'June Challenge'
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'June Anything Goes'
     Rudolph Day 'June Challenge'
    
Kath x

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Happy Birthday

Just one card from me this week.  It's a while since I've entered the Butterfly Challenge (sorry Mrs A), so am entering with this card I made for a friend's birthday using two of my favourite dies and lots of snippets.



To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" ice gold pearlescent card blank   
     Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' and Cheery Lynn 'Butterfly 7' dies
     Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper
     Snippets of gold and ice gold pearlescent card, gunmetal grey mirri card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Butterfly Challenge 'G is for ...' (I have used Gold, Granny Smith, Gunmetal Grey and a butterfly)
     Die-cut Divas 'Celebrate the Birthdays'
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies 'June Challenge'
     Pixie's Snippets Playground 'Challenge 354'

Kath x