Thursday, 29 July 2021

Fabulous Fuchsias

I made this gift tag for my sister's birthday present using lots of snippets and a set of new to me 'pre-loved' stamps.

I covered a piece of white card with a snippet of cream paper and die cut the tag. I put the tag into my MISTI and stamped 'sister' in the lower corner -stamping a couple of times to get a good deep colour before embossing it with clear embossing powder. I stamped the flower with purple ink and the leaves with green ink before embossing them with clear embossing powder and cutting them with the coordinating dies.  I attached the leaves across the tag and trimmed the stem on the right side so it was flush with the side of the tag.  The flower was attached with a foam pad.  To finish I threaded a snippet of white ribbon through the top.

To make this card I used:
     Clearly Besotted 'Fabulous Fuchsias' stamps and coordinating dies
     Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday All' stamps
     Versafine Imperial Purple and Olympia Green ink
     Cosmic Shimmer clear detail embossing powder
     Snippets of white card, cream paper and white ribbon

I am entering the following challengs:
     Allsorts - Feminine/For a Lady
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - July Challenge
     NBUS - Challenge 28 (my fuchsia stamps and dies)
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 408

Kath x

Wednesday, 28 July 2021

Teddy with Present

I always take some cross stitching away in our campervan and this is one of the pieces I completed on our last 'adventure'.  This was an old magazine cover gift that was amongst a bundle of kits I bought earlier in the year.


The frame was made with a piece of Lili of the Valley paper that I attached to card before trimming it, rounding the corners and die cutting a circle from the centre.  I attached the teddy behind the aperture and layered it on the card.

Kath x

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Chocolate Box Christmas Tree

I missed last month's Rudolph Day as we were away in our campervan, but have made a quick upcycled card (upcycling is my theme this year) for this month's challenge.  This card is made with the patterned card from the top of a box of Waitrose chocolates.

I trimmed the purple and gold card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and attached it to the front.  I trimmed a piece of white hammer card and die cut the Christmas tree from the centre - setting it aside as I wanted to use the leaves.  The panel was trimmed and attached to the card.  I die cut the Christmas tree from the purple and gold card before inlaying both the tree and white leaves.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Sizzix 'Trees, Leafy' die
     Upcycled Waitrose chocolate box
     White hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day - July challenge

Kath x

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Birthday Wishes Just For You

Before heading off on our last campervan 'adventure' I bought a pack of Hunkydory Deco-Large 'Flourishing Florals' to take with me.  We don't have much room to take many crafting items, but these fit into a small box together with my Pinflair glue and a few tools.  I made all the decoupage toppers whilst away and now have a drawer full of pretty floral images to make into cards.

I trimmed a piece of the co-ordinating card, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it to the card front.  The floral decoupage topper was attached to the centre of the card and a small sentiment topper attached to the lower corner with Pinflair glue.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Flourishing Florals Deco-Large - Purple Petals' card, base layer, decoupage flowers and sentiment topper
     Silver mirri

I am entering the following challenge:
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Kath x

Friday, 23 July 2021

Happy Birthday

I made this card for my youngest great-nephew's forthcoming birthday.  As I haven't made any cards for a while it took my longer to find everything than it did to make the card!

I trimmed a piece of pale blue paper and layered it onto brown paper before die cutting an oval from the left side and placing it into my MISTI.  I stamped the sentiment with dark brown ink and then attached the paper to the card front.  I die cut the precoloured LOTV Art Pad image with an oval die and then die cut a number '5' on one of the sails before inlaying the topper into the card front.  I attached a small snippet of brown paper to a piece of card before die cutting '5' and inlaying it into the card.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Action Time' Art Pad
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Oval STAX Die-namics' and Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' dies
     Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Lili of the Valley 'Bear Necessities' and 'Enchantment' papers

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - July Challenge
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes


Kath x

Thursday, 15 July 2021

The Harbourside

We're back from the first of our adventures in Zebedee following Steve's retirement, although we have plenty more trips planned for the rest of the year.  This is the card I made for Steve's 60th birthday using a Hunkydory Deco-Large card kit.  He loves visiting seaside harbours so I thought the image would be perfect for him.

I trimmed a piece of the backing card, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the front of the card blank.  I removed the decoupage layers from the backing sheet and layered them with Pinflair glue.  After the glue had dried I attached the topper to the centre of the card.  To finish I die cut 60 from gold mirri and attached the numbers to the lower corner of the card.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" cream matt card
     Hunkydory Deco-Large 'The Harbourside' backing card and decoupage
     Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' die
     Gold mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Masculine
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Friday, 28 May 2021

Life Begins at Retirement

Although Steve's actual retirement date is his birthday next month, today is his final working day so I've made this card for him.  Hopefully he will have lots of 'me time' in his retirement as well as many adventures in Zebedee.  

I attached dark blue paper to a piece of white paper and trimmed it so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  I die cut a stitched circle from the centre and rounded the corners before attaching it to the front of the card blank.  I put the precoloured image into my MISTI and lay the circle die on top so I could see where to stamp the sentiment.  I removed the die and stamped the sentiment before die cutting the image.  The circle was then inlaid into the aperture.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Vintage Boys' Art Pad
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics die
     Practical Publishing 'Stamps for All Occasions' stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Lili of the Valley 'Father Knows Best' paper
     Woodware Corner Rounder punch

Our first adventure in Zeb starts on Monday and we're going to be away for several weeks so I won't making any new posts until mid July.  I'm not sure how much commenting I'll be able to do either - that all depends on the weather and the wifi signals on our campsites.

Kath x

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

May Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day - I can't believe that another month has flown by.  My Rudolph Day theme this year is 'Upcycling' so this is another card with an upcycled image from a Christmas card I received last year and a gold frame made from an old birthday card.

The Christmas card had got three angels on the front and I used a stitched rectangle die to cut this angel from the left side (I also cut the angel from the right of the card to make another Christmas card). The gold die cut stitched frame was from an old birthday card.  The frame was attached to the card and the angel topper inlaid into it.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white hammer card blank
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Upcycled Christmas card and birthday card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day - May Challenge

Kath x

Monday, 24 May 2021

Christmas Choir

This card is made with another Hunkydory Deco-Large topper which was amongst some preloved cardmaking items I've recently bought.

To make this quick card I layered the main image onto silver mirri and then onto red patterned paper before attaching it to the front of the card blank.  The images in the Deco Large kits are die cut so I removed them from the backing sheet and trimmed any small 'pips' around the edge before using Pinflair glue to add the decoupage layers to the card.  There were some small sentiments with the toppers pack but I chose to leave the card without a sentiment.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt ard blank
     Hunkydory 'Christmas Choir Deco-Large' topper
     Snippets of red patterned card and silver mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Use Some Silver
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 23 May 2021

Whale Cross Stitch Keyring

I made this keyring with a mini 'Whale' cross stitch kit that I've recently purchased as part of a preloved selection of cross stitch items.  The design is by Graphworks.


After completing the stitching, I trimmed around the whale and inserted the fabric into an acrylic keyring.  I cut a small piece of white textured card to fit behind the stitching before clicking the two part of the keyring together.

Kath x

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Thank You

I've recently bought some Hunkydory 'Flourishng Florals' Deco-Large images to put in my crafting box when we go away in our campervan.  Most of the designs are quite delicate but I love this vibrant design which is perfect for Allsorts '12th Birthday - Anything with Bright and Sunny Colours' challenge.

I trimmed the gold from around the edge of the main image and layered it onto gold mirri as I wanted to add an extra layer.  I then removed the decoupage layers from the backing sheet and used Pinflair glue gel to build the image.  I trimmed one of the sentiments to cut out 'Thank You' before layering it onto a tiny piece of gold mirri and attaching it to the corner of the topper with a small piece of foam tape.  Once the glue gel had dried I attached the topper to the card blank.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" cream hammer card blank
     Hunkydory 'Flourishing Florals - Retro Radiance' Deco Large
     Gold mirri


I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - 12th Birthday - Anything with Bright and Sunny Colours
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Kath x

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Enjoy your Special Day

I've recently been very fortunate to win two Chocolate Baroque stamps from the Allsorts Challenge - they're both lovely but this one is my favourite.  The stamps have lovely fine etched details which stamp beautifully.

I placed a piece of white hammer card into my MISTI and stamped both the floral panel and the sentiment in brown ink.  As I was stamping onto hammer card I stamped several times to get a good depth of colour.  I coloured the shaded parts of the roses with an orange pencil and then the rest of the flowers with a yellow pencil.  The leaves were coloured with two shaded of green.  I then gently rubbed the side of the tip of a pale pink pencil across the netting to give a slight colour behind the flowers.  I used a corner rounder punch to round the corners of the panel before attaching it to the card blank.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Chocolate Baroque 'Floribunda Net' and Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Faber Castell Colour Grip coloured pencils
     Woodware Corner Rounder punch
     Snippet of white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Happy Birthday
     AAA Cards Challenge - Happy Birthday
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 26 (using my new Chocolate Baroque stamp)
     Seize the Birthday - Make it a Bouquet
     We Love Chocolate Baroque - Bright Sunny Colours

Kath x

Monday, 17 May 2021

Pretty Girl

I made this card following the Less is More sketch and used the image from the cover of an old Lili of the Valley Art Pad.

I die cut the girl from the front of the Art Pad.  The first cut was down the right side of the image to remove the Art Pad number.  I then lined up the die along the stitched outline ensuring the frame from the Art Pad cover was removed down the left side.  The topper was layered onto the reverse side of a snippet of card from my 69th and Market Art Pad (the reverse side of the papers are a more solid colour than the patterned fronts).  The panel was then attached to the upper edge of the card blank.  I stamped the sentiment onto another snippet of the same pink card and die cut it with a circular die.  The sentiment was attached to the lower corner of the topper with a foam pad.



To make this card I used:
     7" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Pretty Girls' Art Pad (the image from the front cover)
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' and 'Inside & Out Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Practical Publishing 'Stamps for All Occasions' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Snippets of 49th and Market 'Vintage Artistry in Blush' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Happy Birthday
     AAA Cards Challenge - Birthday
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Less is More - Sketch 26

Kath x

Sunday, 16 May 2021

Cross Stitch Bow Card

Last week I posted a cross stitch heart card - this bow is from the same pattern and uses the same colours and fabric as the heart.

After stitching the bow I frayed the edges of the fabric before layering it onto red mirri card and attaching it to the centre of the card blank.


Kath x

Thursday, 13 May 2021

Happy Birthday to You

I made this card following the new sketch at Freshly Made Sketches although I chose to rotate the sketch for my card.

I die cut a snippet of white card to make a fishtail flag, cutting it from each end to elongate the shape. I placed the flag into my MISTI and used black ink to stamp the sentiment along the lower edge before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  The flag was then attached along the lower edge of the card.  I used black ink to stamp the flowers onto gold textured card and the leaves onto green textured card.  These were embossed before being cut with the coordinating dies.  I coloured the decoration on the flower with a green Promarker and green sparkle pen.  The leaves were attached directly onto the flag and the flower was attached with a foam pad.

To make this card I used:
     8.25" x 4" white matt card blank
     Lil'inker Designs 'Modern Mehndi' stamps and coordinating dies
     My Favorite Things 'Fishtail Flags' dies
     Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamps
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Lush Green Promarker
     Spectrum Noir Soft Jade Sparkle pen
     Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder
     Snippets of gold and green textured card and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenges - Happy Birthday
     AAA Cards - Up to One Third
     Freshly Made Sketches - Sketch 485
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 402I

Kath x

Monday, 10 May 2021

Winter Wonderland

I made this card using a lovely Hunkydory Deco-large topper which was part of a preloved pack of goodies I've recently purchased.

I trimmed the green floral paper, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it to the card front.  The Deco-large toppers are die cut, so I popped them from the carrier card and used Pinflair glue to layer the image.  Once the glue had set I attached the decoupaged panel to the centre of the card.  The small 'Festive Wishes' sentiment is also from Hunkydory (although as it was from my oddments box I don't know the name of the topper sheet it was from) and this was attached to the card.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Winter Wonderland Deco-Large' toppers
     Hunkydory 'Festive Wishes' topper 
     Kaisercraft Christmas paper 
     Silver mirri card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - May challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 9 May 2021

Cross Stitch Heart Card

I've made several of these small cross stitch hearts - stitched in different shades of pink and red thread on a cream coloured aida with a gold thread running through it.  I have made some of the hearts into keyrings and others have been made into cards.  

For this card I frayed the edges of the fabric before layering it onto red mirri card and attaching it to the centre of the card blank.

Kath x

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

Hello (again!)

I made this card to send to Mia for the April Card Chain Challenge.  I used the Colour Option (Walnut, Lavender and Jade), the Theme Option (Friendship) and the Product/Technique Option (Die Cut).

I used brown ink to stamp the flowers onto lavender textured card and the leaves onto jade textured card, stamping them a couple of times to get a good depth of colour before embossing them with clear embossing powder.  I then used the coordinating dies to cut the flowers and leaves and highlighted the pattern on the flowers with a brown Copic pen.  The two smaller flowers were attached directly onto the card and the larger flower was attached with a foam pad with the leaves tucked underneath the flowers.  I die cut 'hello' from dark brown textured card and attached it to the lower corner of the card.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lil'inker 'Modern Mehndi' stamps and coordinating dies
     Altenew 'Simply Hello' die
     Copic E25 pen
     Snippets of dark brown, lavender and jade textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Pearly Sparkles Challenge - Clean and Simple

This is the lovely card I received from Gundi:

Kath x 

Sunday, 2 May 2021

Cross Stitch Cat on Pile of Ironing Card

This is the third Mouseloft cross stitch kit I received in the Easter cross stitch swap.  This one is called 'Perfect' which I made into a small card for a cat loving friend.

After completing the stitching I trimmed the fabric and frayed the edges before layering it onto a small piece of white card and then gold card.  

Kath x

Wednesday, 28 April 2021

Hello

I needed to make a few more notecards and used the last snippets of my 49th and Market 'Vintage Artistry' paper pad.  

I had made another card with the top section of the paper, so used the Curved Border die to cut the largest shape possible from the remaining paper.  After die cutting, I embossed along the edge of the curved border.  I die cut 'hello' from the paper, setting the pieces to one side, before attaching the paper to the lower corner of the card blank.  I die cut 'hello' twice more from more snippets from the same pad - the papers have a coloured core so I wouldn't get a white edge when stacking the sentiment.  I inlaid one 'hello' together with the small snippets I had set aside before layering the other two sentiments.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank 
     Spellbinders Borderabilities 'A2 Curved Border' and Altenew 'Simply Hello' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Snippets of 49th and Market 'Vintage Artistry in Blush' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - April challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - April challenge
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 401

Kath x

Tuesday, 27 April 2021

April Rudolph Day

It's time for the fourth Rudolph Day challenge of the year - I can't believe how quickly time is flying by.  As my RD theme this year is 'Upcycling' I've used a tiny Rudolph image and some red shiny card that have been upcycled from two Christmas cards.

I die cut the Rudolph image with a stitched die and then layered it onto a shiny red square that had been die cut and embossed around the edge.  The tiny topper was then attached to the centre of the card.

To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' and Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' dies
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Tiny Rudolph image and shiny red card (upcycled from two Christmas cards)

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Fezzwig's Festive Frolics - Oh Deer
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - April challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day Challenge - April challenge

Kath x  

Sunday, 25 April 2021

Cross Stitch Vintage Car Keyring

This Mouseloft 'Vintage Car' cross stitch kit was another gift I received in the Easter cross stitch swap.  After stitching the car I trimmed around the edge of the design and placed it inside an acrylic keyring.

Kath x

Wednesday, 21 April 2021

Thinking of You

Today's card is another 'Thinking of You' card - it's probably a sign of the times but I sold this card as soon as it was listed on Folksy.

I die cut the Prim Poppy from white card and coloured it with a red and green Promarker.  I put the card blank into my MISTI and lay the poppy onto it so I could see where to position the sentiment.  After removing the poppy I stamped the sentiment a couple of times to give a good depth of colour.  To finish I then attached the poppy to the card.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Prim Poppy' die
     Clearly Besotted 'Fancy Sayings' stamp
     Versafine Olympia green ink
     Red and Dark Green Promarkers

I am entering the following challenges:
     Addicted to CAS - Flower
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Kath x

Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Vintage Boy

A friend saw the 'Vintage Boy' birthday card I recently made and asked me to make one for her father.  I didn't have the same image, but I used another image from the Art Pad.

I die cut the precoloured image with a rectangle die, die cutting from both ends so I could elongate the shape.  I then die cut 'DAD' from the upper corner and set the pieces aside.  I trimmed a piece of wood effect paper so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and attached it to a thin piece of white card.  I then die cut an elongated rectangle from the centre, ensuring it was the same size as my topper.  I attached the frame to the card and inlaid the image.  I die cut 'DAD' from a snippet of the wood effect paper and inlaid it into the card.




To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Vintage Boys' Art Pad image
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' and Creative Expressions 'From the Heart - Male Relations' dies
     Papermania 'Capsule Elements - Wood' paper
     Snippets of white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     The Male Room - Wood

Kath x

Sunday, 18 April 2021

Cross Stitch Meerkat Keyring

I took part in an Easter cross stitch swap and one of the gifts I received was a Mouseloft 'Meerkat' cross stitch kit.  The yellow lines on the design should have been longer, but as I wanted to make a keyring I adjusted their length to fit the acrylic keyring.


Kath x

Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Isabella Butterfly

I made this card for a friend's birthday - someone who doesn't like 'girlie' colours.

I covered the front of the card blank with purple and teal patterned paper 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 up the edges with the paper.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from dark purple pearlescent card and inlaid the letters.  To finish, I die cut a butterfly from dark purple pearlescent card and attached it above the sentiment.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' and Memory Box 'Isabella Butterfly' dies
    Snippets of Lili of the Valley ''Antebellum' paper, dark purple pearlescent card and white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Butterfly Challenge - L is for ... (I have chosen Lattice with my filigree butterfly)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - April Challenge
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 400
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 11 April 2021

Hope and Chances Charity Kit - April 2021

The April Hope and Chances Charity Kit is being sold to support Tiggiwinkles, the world's busiest wildlife hospital.

The kit has everything to make a lovely Spring card, other than gems and foam tape.  Full instructions are included with the kit and, for once, I made the card following Christine's instructions and didn't make any changes.  

The sentiment was already stamped onto the panel so I attached it to the front of the card.  I cut the oval decorative tag in half and fixed it behind the pierced tag before attaching it to the front of the card with foam tape.  The bird table and bird were than attached to the centre of the panel with foam tape.  The flowers were attached in the lower corner of the die cuts and I added small transparent shimmering dots to the centre of the flowers.

Kath x

Thursday, 8 April 2021

Hello

This is another notecard I made with paper from my Vintage Artistry paper pad - this card was to send with a cross stitch swap.

I trimmed the paper so I had the flowers in the lower corner of the card and then die cut 'hello' from the upper corner.  I layered the panel onto green textured card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut 'hello' from green card and inlaid it, together with the small pieces of the pink paper.  

I then used the pink 'hello' I had cut from the card to seal the tissue paper I used to wrap my swap gift.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Altenew 'Simply Hello' die
     49th and Market 'Vintage Artisry - Blush' paper
     Green textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Kath x

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Happy Mail

I like to keep a supply of notecards to send with gifts and swaps and made this one with a couple of small snippets of a lovely Vintage Artistry pad.

I die cut two squares from snippets paper - one of the squares had a butterfly in the corner and the other had a plainer background.  I put the plain square into my MISTI and placed the stamp in the centre before stamping it with black ink.  I used wet glue to attach the squares to the card to give me some 'wriggle room' and ensure they were level.  To finish I used a silver gel pen to colour the paper aeroplane on the sentiment.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Practical Publishing 'The Best of Cardmaking Magic' stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Silver gel pen
     Snippets of 49th and Market 'Vintage Artistry in Blush' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Two Quarters
     CAS on Friday - Happy Mail
     Love to Craft - April Anything Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 4 April 2021

Cross Stitch 'A' Notebook

I made this notebook for a cross stitch swap where we had to stitch our swap partner's initial onto a notebook.  I had previously used these Framecraft initial charts for a cross stitch trinket dish and decided to use them for this notebook.  Although I liked the lilac initial and flowers they didn't really stand out in the design so I backstitched them in the dark purple thread.

After finishing the stitching I die cut two scalloped circles, one in dark purple and one in lilac textured card.  I die cut the aperture in the darker circle with a plain circle die and used a scalloped die for the lilac circle.  The two coloured frames were layered and the cross stitch mounted at the rear of the frame before being attached to the notebook with strong tape.  

Kath x

Friday, 2 April 2021

If Friends Were Flowers ...

I made this card to send to Greta for the March Card Chain Challenge using the Theme Options (Spring, Women and Friendship).

I trimmed a piece of dark brown card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and them trimmed a piece of patterned paper so it was slightly smaller than the brown card.  I attached the patterned paper to a piece of white card and then die cut a stitched circle from the left side.  I placed the paper into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment in the lower corner.  The panel was layered onto the brown card and attached to the card blank.  I die cut the precoloured Lili of the Valley image with the stitched circle and inlaid it into the front of the card.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Best Friends' Art Pad
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' die
     Crafter's Companion 'Sweet Florals' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper
     Dark brown textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - April Anything Goes

This is the lovely card I received from Alex:

Kath x

Wednesday, 31 March 2021

Monochrome Reindeer

Another Christmas card using lots more snippets - although my snippets box doesn't seem to be getting any smaller!

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank, rounded the corners and die cut a stitched circle from the centre.  I attached the wood effect card behind the aperture and attached the panel to the card.  I die cut three reindeers from dark brown pearlescent card and the swirl and bow from a lighter brown card.  I layered the three bodies, cutting the back leg of the bottom layer so it would lie flat across the card, before attaching it.  I layered the antlers and attached them.  The light brown swirl was inlaid into the reindeer body and the bow attached to his neck.  To finish I added three small brown snowflakes around the reindeer.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Creative Dies 'Elegant Reindeer' and My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Kanban 'Cosy Christmas' wood effect card
     Snippets of dark brown and light brown pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Monochromatic
     Christmas Card Throwdown - Wood Background
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes

Kath x    

Sunday, 28 March 2021

Cross Stitch Teddy in Chimney Pot

A friend sent me this cute Mouseloft 'Teddy in Chimney Pot' cross stitch kit as a gift.   After stitching the design I made a frame from a piece of Lili of the Valley paper and mounted the stitching before attaching it to the card.


Kath x

Friday, 26 March 2021

Floral Patchwork Quilt

I was fortunate to win a gift voucher from Seven Hills Crafts as part of the Less is More 10th Birthday Celebrations.  After looking at my 'Wish List' I chose a Quilt Die I had first seen on Liz's Blog' and used it to make this snippets card.   As I've kept all the small pieces I've not used to make this card I'll be making another card with all the tiny snippets made from snippets.

I die cut the frame from dark purple pearlescent card and attached it to the front of the card blank. I attached the snippets of paper to a piece of white paper and then die cut the quilt.  I inlaid the yellow and white floral paper in the centre of the quilt and the darker pink paper around the edges. 

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     My Favorite Things 'Quilt Square Cover Up' die
     Snippets of Wild Rose Studio 'Annabelle's Garden' and 'Annabelle's Meadow' papers and dark purple pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Feminine
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - March Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - March Challenge
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 24 (my new quilt die)
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 399

Kath x

Thursday, 25 March 2021

March Rudolph Day

It's time for the third Rudolph Day of the year and another upcycled card.  I didn't receive this lovely card - I came across it in our communal recycling bin and thought it would be perfect for upcyling as it's such a good quality card and the sky background is even more beautiful than in the photograph.  I feel like I've cheated with this one as it was a very simple make.

To make this super quick card I trimmed around the front of the card as it was much larger than the front of my card blank, layered it onto gold mirri card and attached it to the card front.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Upcycled Christmas card
     Snippet of gold mirri card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day - March Challenge

Kath x

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

Vintage Boy Birthday

I made this card for my father-in-law's birthday using one of my few remaining Lili of the Valley 'Vintage Boys' Art Pad images.

I die cut the precoloured image with a rectangle die, die cutting from both ends so I could elongate the shape.  I then die cut 'DAD' from the lower corner and set the pieces aside.  I trimmed a piece of wood effect paper so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and attached it to a thin piece of white card.  I then die cut an elongated rectangle from the centre, ensuring it was the same size as my topper.  I attached the frame to the card and inlaid the image.  I die cut 'DAD' twice from white card, layered these before inlaying them into the image and attaching the coloured sentiment on the top.


To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley 'Vintage Boys' Art Pad image
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics' and Creative Expressions 'From the Heart - Male Relations' dies
     Papermania 'Capsule Elements - Wood' paper
     Snippets of white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Patterned Paper
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 21 March 2021

Follow Your Heart Cross Stitch Notebook

This cross stitch design was a magazine cover kit designed by Emma Congdon.  The finished piece should have been mounted in a plastic frame but I chose to use it to decorate the front of a notebook for a gift.  


After completing the stitching I trimmed around the fabric and frayed the edging before ironing a piece of thin interfacing onto the rear.  The cross stitch panel was layered onto a snippet of pink card and attached to the front of the notebook.

Kath x

Friday, 19 March 2021

Vintage Artisty Birthday

I've recently been given a new 49 and Market paper pad - I've not seen them before but the designs are lovely and the thickness is more like card than paper.  I one of the sheets to make this birthday card.

I trimmed a piece of paper so it was slightly smaller than the card blank - setting aside the trimmings I had removed.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from the upper corner - setting aside the pieces from the die cut.  The panel was then attached to the card.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' twice from white card.  I inlaid one sentiment into the front of the card, together with the pink pieces I had set aside.  I layered the second white sentiment with the pink one on top and then attached them to the card.  To finish I die cut three small butterflies from the strip of card I had set aside and attached them around the sentiment.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     49th and Market -Vintage Artistry in Blush' paper 
     Crafts-Too 'Happy Birthday' and Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterflies' dies
     Snippets of white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenges - Patterned Paper
     Crafty Calendar Challenge - Feminine
     NBUS - Challenge 24 (my new paper pad)
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Wednesday, 17 March 2021

Twofer Squares

I made these cards for the Twofer Challenge - this month there is a 'Free Choice' so I have chosen a small Lawn Fawn stitched square die to make a birthday card and a Christmas card.


Twofer One - Happy Birthday

I attached small snippets of green, purple, turquoise and yellow star patterned paper to a piece of thin paper to give them a bit more strength for die cutting.  I then die cut four small stitched squares from each colour.  I attached the squares to a piece of white card using wet glue to give some 'wriggle room' and line up the squares.  Once the panel had dried I trimmed around the edge and attached it to the centre of the card.  I then die cut 'Happy Birthday' from white card and attached it to the upper corner of the patchwork panel.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' and  Crafts-Too 'Happy Birthday' dies
     Snippets of Lili of the Valley 'Galaxy Stars' paper and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Patterned Paper
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - March Challenge
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 398

Twofer Two - Christmas

I die cut the small stitched square from kraft card and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut the three different sizes of poinsettia leaves from dark red textured card, layered them and attached them to the kraft square. I die cut six small berries from kraft card and attached to the centre of the poinsettia.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables', All-Occasion Dies 'Small Poinsettia' and Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves' dies
     Snippets of kraft card and dark red textured card

I am entering the following challenges:
     CAS Christmas - Kraft, Red and White
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Monday, 15 March 2021

Big Present

I made this card for one of my great nephews for his forthcoming birthday.

I attached a snippet of wood grain paper to a piece of white paper (this made it the same thickness as the topper) before trimming it so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  I die cut a stitched square from the centre and attached the frame to the card.  I then die cut the precoloured topper and inlaid it into the frame.  To finish I used a fine pen to write 'Jamie' on the label.


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 Stacklables' die
     Docrafts Papermania 'Wood' paper
     Sakura Pigma Micron Pen

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Challenge - Patterned Paper
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - March Challenge
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 14 March 2021

Cross Stitch Daisy

This daisy card was made with another magazine cover gift and I thought it would make a pretty spring notecard.

After completing the cross stitch I die cut a purple frame which matches the backstitch outline on the daisy.  The stitching was adhered to the back of the frame before being attached to the card.

Kath x

Thursday, 11 March 2021

Love Heart

I made this card for the latest challenge at AAA Cards which is 'One Inchie'.  I wanted to have both an image and sentiment on the card, but struggled to find anything small enough to fit within an inch.  This Clearly Besotted heart with 'love' running across it was perfect to fit into the inchie frame.

I used a small die to cut a one inch aperture in the front of the card blank and then embossed around the edge.  I used red ink to stamp the heart onto white card and embossed it with clear embossing powder before cutting it with the coordinating die.  I attached a piece of patterned paper inside the card and then used a foam pad on the back of the heart, placing in the centre of the aperture.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card
     Clearly Besotted 'With All Your Heart' stamp and die
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares' die
     Kars tan embossing mat
     Versafine Crimson Red ink
     Cosmic Shimmer clear embossing powder
     Snippet of Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - One Inchie
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - March challenge

Kath x

Tuesday, 9 March 2021

Sparkling Tile Tree

I made this card for the CAS Christmas Challenge Third Birthday Celebration 'Use Kraft, Red and White'.

To make this quick CAS card I cut the Sparkling Tile Tree from a snippet of kraft card and trimmed 1/8" around the edge of the tree before attaching it to the centre of the card.  I used lots of tiny snippets of red mirri card to die cut the baubles and then inlaid these into the tree.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Sparkling Tile Tree' die
     Snippets of kraft card and red mirri card

I am entering the following challengs:
     CAS Christmas Challenge - Kraft, Red and White
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - March Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 7 March 2021

All of Me

It's our Wedding Anniversary today and this is the card I made for Steve.  It's from a design by Zindagi Designs that I first saw on Jo's blog.

After completing the stitching I attached the fabric behind a red aperture and then a stitched cream aperture before attaching it to the card.

Kath x