Friday, 31 December 2021

Bumble Bee Notecard

Today's cross stitch notecard is made with an Anchor 'Bumble Bee' kit - this is my favourite of all the notecards.  It took a while to stitch, but I may do it again as I'm pleased with the final design.

After stitching the design I used two stitched circle dies and a snippet of dark orange textured card to make a frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the stitching and applied dots of acrylic glue to fasten it to the back of the frame before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.


Kath x

Thursday, 30 December 2021

Seahorse Notecard

Today's 'Seahorse' cross stitch notecard is made with a Mouseloft Stitchlets kit.

After stitching the design I used two stitched circle dies and a snippet of  blue textured card to make a frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the stitching and applied dots of acrylic glue to fasten it to the back of the frame before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.


Kath x

Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Blackwork Notecard

Today's notecard is made with a small blackwork design that had been a cover gift with a magazine.

After stitching the design I used two stitched circle dies and a snippet of black textured card to make a frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the stitching and applied dots of acrylic glue to fasten it to the back of the frame before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.


Kath x


Tuesday, 28 December 2021

Mini Rainbow Heart Notecard

Today's 'Rainbow Heart' cross stitch notecard is made with a design by Fandom Cross Stitchery.

After stitching the design I used two stitched circle dies and a snippet of kraft card to make a frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the stitching and applied dots of acrylic glue to fasten it to the back of the frame before attaching it to the centre of the kraft card blank.


Kath x

Monday, 27 December 2021

Clematis Notecard

I've stitched this Clematis design a few times as it doesn't take too long to stitch and I love the colours of the flower. 

After stitching the design I used two stitched circle dies and a snippet of mauve textured card to make a frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the stitching and applied dots of acrylic glue to fasten it to the back of the frame before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.


Kath x

Sunday, 26 December 2021

Fat Cat

This is one of the many small cross stitch designs I completed over the summer  - this is 'Fat Cat' from a design by Mouseloft.  

After finishing the stitching I used two circle dies and a snippet of dark orange textured card to make a frame.  I trimmed around the edge of the stitching and applied dots of acrylic glue to fasten it to the back of the frame before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.



I've spent time this week making some of my small cross stitch pieces into cards, so will be listing them each day this week.

Kath x

Saturday, 25 December 2021

Merry Christmas

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas - wherever you are and whatever you are doing over the holiday period.

We should have been going away in our campervan for Christmas, but due to the alarming increase in Covid numbers have changed our plans and are staying at home.  Weather permitting we'll go walking over the next few days - we'll have to wait and see!

Take care and stay safe.

Kath x

Friday, 24 December 2021

Rainbow Christmas Tree

As always, my final Christmas card of the year is the one I've made for Steve - this year I've made a rainbow Christmas tree.

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and placed it into my MISTI.  I placed the Christmas tree on the card and lined up the two parts of the sentiment 'To a Very Special' and 'Husband' stamps.  I stamped these several times in dark brown ink to get a good deep colour and then embossed them with clear embossing powder before attaching the panel to the card front.  I stamped the tree trunk onto a snippet of wood effect paper, fussy cut it and attached it to the card.  I then coloured the baubles with red, orange, gold, green, blue and purple Promarkers before adding Glossy Accents to make then shine.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Woodware 'Christmas Bubble Tree' and Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday All' stamps
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Promarkers
     Glossy Accents
     Snippet of wood effect paper and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Christmas
     Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick a Previous Challenge (I chose the November Colour Challenge - Rainbow)
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - December Challenge
     We Love Stamping - CAS

Kath x

Thursday, 23 December 2021

Blue Bauble

A quick Christmas card today using a new die I bought to make some last minute cards.

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut the bauble from the centre.  I trimmed a snippet of pale gold paper so it was slightly smaller than the panel and sprayed it with Spray & Sparkle.  When the paper had dried I placed it to the rear of the white panel and attached it to the card front.  I die cut and embossed the bauble from a snippet of dark blue pearlescent card and inlaid it into the card front.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6"white matt card blank
     Xcut 'Large Ornate Bauble' die
     Snippets of white matt card, dark blue pearlescent card and pale gold paper
     Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Winter
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - December Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 33 (my new bauble die)
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Tuesday, 21 December 2021

Season's Greetings

I made this snippets card for the Christmas Draw Challenge in Pixie's Snippets Playground using snippets left over from other cards.

I die cut five stitched squares from gold mirri and five layered poinsettias from red embossed card.  I placed the card blank into my MISTI and laid the gold squares across it so I could see where to place the sentiment.  I removed the squares and stamped the sentiment a couple of times in dark red ink and then once in a brighter red ink so it matched the colour of the poinsettias.  I attached the gold squares with Pinflair glue to give me a little 'wriggle room' so I could line them up evenly and then attached the poinsettias.  The gold centres were die cut from teeny tiny snippets of gold mirri left over from die cutting the squares - these were then attached to the centre of the poinsettias.


To make this card I used:
     DL white matt card blank
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables', All Occasion Dies 'Small Poinsettia' and Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves' dies
     Clearly Besotted 'Cheerful Christmas' stamps
     Versafine Crimson Red and Satin Red ink
     Snippets of gold mirri and red embossed card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Christmas + Optional Twist Slimline
     Christmas Card Throwdown - Pick a Previous Challenge (I've chosen the March Theme Challenge - Slimline Cards)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - December Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Pixie's Snippets Playground - Challenge 418

Kath x  

Monday, 20 December 2021

Golden Bauble

I made this card using an Anchor kit and although it was called a cross stitch kit it was all stitched in backstitch.  

After stitching the golden bauble I set it aside to make the frame.  I attached a snippet of gold glitter paper to a piece of white card and die cut a frame with two square dies.  I trimmed the fabric so it was slightly smaller than the frame and attached it with red super sticky tape.  I then attached the topper to the centre of the card front with more super sticky tape.


To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Anchor Quickies 'Golden Bauble' cross stitch kit
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX Die-Namics' dies
     Snippets of gold glitter self adhesive paper and white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - If it's Christmassy, Link It Up
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x   

Wednesday, 15 December 2021

Pink and Purple Christmas Tree

I made this Christmas card for Steve's niece - I had already made a similar card in bright colours for her brother but thought these colours were a bit more girlie.

I trimmed a piece of white hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank, rounded the corners and attached it to the front of the card.  I die cut the tree from a snippet of dark purple pearlescent card and attached it to the centre.  I used smaller snippets of lilac and pink pearlescent to cut the leaves which were then inlaid into the card.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Sizzix 'Trees - Leafy' die
     Woodware 'Corner Rounder' punch
     Snippets of white hammer card and purple, lilac and pink pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - If It's Christmassy, Link it Up
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Quick and Easy
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - December Challenge
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

'Tis the Season to Prance

I made this Christmas card for one of my teenage nephews.

I stamped Rudolph onto a snippet of white card and cut it with the coordinating die before colouring it with Promarkers.  I die cut a frame from a snippet of white hammer card using two oblong dies.  I put the card blank it into my MISTI and placed the frame and Rudolph on top so I could see where to position the sentiment.  I removed the frame and Rudolph before stamping the sentiment in black ink.  The frame and Rudolph were then attached to the card with foam tape.  To finish I added Glossy Accents to Rudolph's nose.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Clearly Besotted 'Let's Prance' stamps and coordinating die
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Rrectangle STAX Die-namics
     Promarkers
     Snippets of white matt and white hammer card
     Glossy Accents

I am entering the following challenges:
     CAS on Friday - Christmas
     Christmas Kickstart Challenge - If It's Chrissmassy, Link It Up
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - December Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Christmas Characters (I've chosen Rudolph)

Kath x

Sunday, 12 December 2021

Cross Stitch Nativity

This is the final cross stitch stained glass Christmas decoration I made from a design in Christmas Cross Stitching magazine.  After finishing the stitching I ironed thin interfacing onto the back of fabric, trimmed the edge and inserted into a small plastic frame.  I attached a piece of white felt to the back of the decoration and a small piece of dark blue ribbon to the top.

Kath x

Thursday, 9 December 2021

Merry Christmas Mum

I had made a cross stitch Christmas card for my mum, but as she has recently told me she doesn't like cross stitch cards I thought I'd better make another card for her!  

I attached a piece of gold mirri card to the front of the card blank, leaving a small border around the edge.  I then cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the mirri and placed it into my MISTI.  I lay the tree stamp, 'Merry Christmas' and 'Mum' stamps onto the card and stamped them several times with dark green ink to get a good depth of colour.  I then embossed the tree and sentiment with clear embossing powder.  I used a gold gel pen to colour the decorations on the tree before attaching the panel to the gold mirri.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Woodware 'Delightful Dangles - Christmas Tree', Clearly Besotted 'Cheerful Christmas' and Clearly Besotted 'Happy Birthday All' stamps
     Versafine Olympia Green ink
     Gold gel pen
     Gold mirri and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     We Love Stamping - Anything Goes with CAS option
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x  

Monday, 6 December 2021

JOY

I'm still trying to catch up with making Christmas cards as well as using as much as possible from my snippets mountain.

For this card I embossed a piece of white card and trimmed around the edges before layering it onto a piece of red embossed card and attaching it to the card blank.  I die cut JOY from red card and attached the 'J' and 'Y' to the centre of the panel.  I die cut three poinsettias from red card, layered them and attached them to the centre of the card.  To finish I die cut seven small gold dots and attached them to the centre of the poinsettia.

To make this card I used:   
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Joy', All Occasion Dies 'Small Poinsettia' and Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves'
     Xcut 'Swirls' embossing folder
     Snippets of dark red embossed card, white matt card and gold mirri

I'm not entering any challenges with this card as I CASEd it from Darnell's JOY card in her Christmas Parade - thank you for the inspiration Darnell!

Kath x

Sunday, 5 December 2021

Nativity Bauble

Another Christmas card made with more snippets and a magazine cover gift die.

I trimmed the green paper, layered it onto gold mirri card and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut the Nativity bauble from dark blue pearlescent card and attached it to the panel. I then die cut the swirl bauble and a large star from gold mirri before attaching them over the top of the Nativity scene.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Memory Box 'Nativity Bauble' die (magazine cover gift)
     Snippets of dark blue pearlescent card, gold mirri and Funky Fossil 'In To The Blue' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Use a Die
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Winter Wonderland - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Cross Stitch Bethlehem

This decoration is made with a cross stitch pattern from last year's Christmas Cross Stitch magazine.  After finishing the stitching I ironed thin interfacing onto the back of the fabric, trimmed the edge and inserted it into a small gold plastic frame.  To finish the decoration I attached a circle of white felt to the back and a small piece of ribbon to the top.


Kath x