Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Beautiful Birdsong

This is another quick birthday card which uses a piece of Hundydory card with gold accent foiling - perfect for a friend who likes bright colours.

I trimmed a snippet of gold mirri so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and then trimmed the corner of the foiled card leaving a small border around the edge.  I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from a snippet of gold mirri and set it aside before die cutting 'Happy Birthday' from the top corner of the card.  I layered the patterned card onto the mirri and attached it to the card blank before inlaying the sentiment.



To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Beautiful Birdsong' gold accent foiled card
     Crafts-Too 'Happy Birthday' die
     Snippets of gold mirri

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

Kath x

Monday, 23 May 2022

Happy Birthday To You

As we're away in our campervan next weekend, I've spent some time making cards for the next few months. I made this card for a friend's birthday using the colours from the Butterfly Challenge.

I trimmed a piece of cream hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut the Springtime butterfly frame from the top of the card.  I placed the panel into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment a couple of times to get a good deep colour.  I attached a snippet of paper behind the aperture before attaching it to the front of the card blank.  I die cut the Springtime frame from green textured card and inlaid it into the aperture.  I die cut a large butterfly and two smaller butterflies from purple textured card and attached them to the front of the card.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Practical Publishing Memory Box 'Springtime Butterflies' dies and Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
     Clearly Besotted 'Simply Said' stamps
     Versafine Imperial Purple ink
     Snippets of white hammer card, purple and green textured card and Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything for a Birthday
     Butterfly Challenge - I have used two colours (Asparagus and African Violet) with my butterflies
     CAS on Friday - Butterflies
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - May Challenge    
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 428

Kath x

Saturday, 21 May 2022

Sunflower Notecard

I like to keep some small notecards in my box so made a few of these sunflower cards.  

I used a stitched die to emboss a panel in the front of the card.  The sunflower was stamped onto a snippet of white card using brown ink and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  I used the cordinating die to cut the sunflower before colouring it with Promarkers.  The sunflower was then attached to the centre of the card with foam pads.


To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" white matt card blank
     Card Making Magic 'Best of Card Making Magic' sunflower stamp & coordinating die, My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Square STAX
     Die-namics' dies
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Promarkers
     Snippet of white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Addicted to CAS - Flower
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - May Challenge
     Love to Craft - May Challenge

Kath x

Thursday, 19 May 2022

Daisy Coaster

This lovely daisy design was with a kit to make a handbag mirror.  I started the design but was finding it hard going as it was on 18hpi fabric so I stitched it on 14hpi aida instead.  When I had finished the stitching I trimmed the fabric so it fit inside a coaster.  I then die cut a circle from cream paper, laid it behind the stitching and clipped the back onto the coaster.


Kath x

Sunday, 8 May 2022

Bee Happy

I stitched this design when we were on our last campervan trip - it's a lovely pattern from Catkin and Lillie.  I stitched it on 16hpi aida and changed some of the colours so I could use up oddments of thread.  After finishing the stitching I used a stitched circle die to make a frame and then attached the panel to the card blank.

Kath x

Monday, 2 May 2022

If Friends Were Flowers

I made this card to send to Lucille for the April Card Chain Challenge using the Colour Option (Charcoal, Lime & Bumblebee) and the Theme Option (Spring & Friendship).

I die cut lots of spring leaves from snippets of yellow card, the foliage from green card and the loop embellishment from black card.  To make the flower I die cut a circle from white card for the flower base and attached it to my craft mat with a small piece of double sided tape.  I attached yellow leaves around the edge of the circle placing the solid leaves at the back and the cut out leaves on top.  I attached the green foliage over the top of the solid yellow leaves and then the black embellishments between the foliage.  I used black ink to stamp the sentiment onto white card and embossed it with clear embossing powder before die cutting it with a stitched circle die.  I layered the sentiment onto the centre of the flower before attaching it to the card blank.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card
     Practical Publishing 'Spring Leaves' dies (cover gift with Die Cutting Essentials 86 magazine)
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics)
     Crafter's Companion 'Sweet Florals' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Onyx Black ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Snippets of white matt card, yellow, lime green and black textured card 

I am entering the following challenges:
     Addicted to CAS - Friendship
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 427

This is the fabulous card I received from Brenda:

Kath x

Sunday, 1 May 2022

Special Birthday

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge using the colours fawn and flame with my butterfly.

I die cut a frame from orange textured card using the two largest circle dies.  I attached a snippet of fawn paper to a snippet of white card and die cut a circle to fit inside the frame.  I also die cut an orange butterfly from another snippet of card.  I placed the circle into my MISTI and lay the butterfly on top so I could see where to position the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in orange ink and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I attached the orange frame to the card, inlaid the fawn circle and attached the butterfly by its body so I could shape the wings.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blak
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Practical Publishing Memory Box 'Springtime Butterflies' die
     Practical Publishing 'Stamps for All Occasions' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Habanero ink

     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail embossing powder

I am entering the following challenges:
     Butterfly Challenge - F for Fawn & Flame (I have used the two colours with my butterfly)
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Seize the Birthday - Butterflies

Kath x

Thursday, 28 April 2022

Yacht Race

This is another small notecard I've stitched whilst away in our campervan - the design is 'Yacht Race' by Mouseloft.  After completing the cross stitch I made a frame from square and circle stitched dies before attaching the panel to the front of the card blank.

Kath x

Tuesday, 26 April 2022

April Rudolph Day

It's Rudolph Day again - time is flying by, where is this year going?   My Rudolph Day theme this year is to use items that have been cover gifts with magazines.  This card uses an 'Opulent Baubles' set that was a cover gift a Practical Publishing magazine - although I can't recall which one.

I embossed a piece of white card and trimmed the edges before attaching it to the card blank - the embossing folder had also die cut the bauble shape from the embossed panel.  I attached a snippet of green marbled paper onto a snippet of card and stamped the bauble with black ink before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  I placed the bauble into the embossing folder and die cut it before inlaying it into the card.  I stamped the bow onto a snippet of green textured card using black ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  To finish I fussy cut the bow and attached it to the top of the bauble.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Practical Publishing 'Opulent Baubles' embossing folder and dies
     Versafine  Onyx Black ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail embossing powder
     Snippets of green marbled paper, green textured card and white matt card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Something Beginning with B (I have chosen Bauble & Bow)
     HappyLittle Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day - April Challenge

   
Kath x

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Gold Bauble

I made this gold bauble for the Perfectly CAS challenge using lots of teeny snippets of gold mirri and gold pearlescent card.

I die cut a stitched rectangle from a snippet of white hammer card and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut the Cabrini Ornament from both gold mirri and gold pearlescent card - embossing the pearlescent bauble so the veins in the leaves were prominent.  I then attached the mirri bauble to the card blank and inlaid the pearlescent pieces.  I die cut the Crisp Bow from gold mirri, snipped the tail from the bow and attached it to the top of the ornament.


To make this card I used:
     5.5" x 4.25" white matt card blank
     Memory Box 'Cabrini Ornament' and 'Crisp Bows' dies
     Snippets of white hammer card, gold mirri and gold pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - April Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Perfectly CAS - Gold
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 426


Kath x

Thursday, 14 April 2022

Go Wild

I made this card for my father-in-law's forthcoming birthday.  He doesn't have any hobbies, but he does like wildlife so I thought this Hunkydory image would work well for his card.

I trimmed a piece of the coloured card, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  I used foam pads to assemble the decoupage layers before attaching the panel to the centre of the card.  I die cut '80' from gold mirri and attached the numbers at the bottom of the panel.  To finish I added a small sentiment topper at the top of the panel, sliding it under the foliage.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Perfect Planet Go Wild' Deco-Large topper and card
     Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' dies
     Snippets of gold mirri

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Masculine
     Daisy Chain Challenge - Birthday
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Wednesday, 13 April 2022

Iris Cross Stitch Birthday Card

This card was made with a Derwentwater Designs cross stitch card kit I've recently bought from ebay. - although it was sold as pre-loved the kit was complete, including the card and envelope.

After completing the stitching I attached the stitching inside the tri-fold card that was included in the kit.


Kath x

Sunday, 10 April 2022

Just Wanted to Say ...

I made this notecard to send to a friend with a small gift - the gift was in shades of blue, cream and white so I wanted to make a card in the same colours.  The butterfly strip was one of the many items I chose from 'WOWVOW' when I spent the gift voucher I won in the Allsorts challenge.

I trimmed the strip of marbled paper and layered it onto purple card.  The butterfly strip had a plain band across the top which I snipped off and fussy cut around the top of the butterflies and flowers before attaching the panel across the marbled paper.  I placed the card blank into my MISTI and laid the panel across the card so I could line up the sentiment.  I removed the strip and stamped the sentiment in dark blue ink - as it looked a little too bright I overstamped it in purple ink so it matched the colours in the marbled paper.  To finish I attached the butterfly strip across the card.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Decoratif Papillon Pearlescent Ivory strip
     Hobby Art 'General Greetings' stamp
     Versafine Majestic Blue and Imperial Purple inks
     Snippets of blue marbled paper and purple card

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

Kath x

Friday, 8 April 2022

Celtic Cross Fridge Magnet

This fridge magnet was made with a Textile Heritage kit I found in a charity shop.  After stitching the design I trimmed the aida and mounted it in the acrylic fridge magnet.

Kath x

Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Hello

When Hilary sent me my Card Chain Challenge card she also enclosed the pink die cut from her card which I've used for this notecard.

I trimmed around the edge of the pink die cut, layered it onto a snippet of dark maroon, blue and grey marbled paper and attached it to the card  I attached another snippet of the marbled paper to a piece of white card and die cut hello.  I also die cut 'hello' twice from white card.  I layered the two white die cuts and attached them to the bottom of the card before attaching the marbled die cut, slightly offset to create a shadow.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Lisa Horton 'Background Collection Solar Circles' p
ink die cut panel (thanks for the die details Liz)
     A
ltenew 'Simply Hello' die
     Snippets of white card and marbled paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 425

Kath x

Saturday, 2 April 2022

Friends are the Best Gifts

This is the card I made for Tina for the March Card Chain Challenge.  I used the Colour Option (Green, Pink & Brown), the Theme Option (Friendship) and the Product Option (Patterned Paper).

I trimmed my last snippet of the lovely pink Antebellum paper and layered it onto brown textured card.  I placed the panel into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment in brown ink before embossing it with clear embossing powder. The panel was then attached to the front of the card.  To finish I die cut two small brown butterflies and attached them alongside the sentiment.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterflies' dies
     Practical Publishing 'Stamps for All Occasions' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Snippets of Lili of the Valley 'Antebellum' paper and brown textured card

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

This is the lovely card I received from Hilary -

Kath x

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Happy Mother's Day

I made this card for Steve's mother for Mother's Day, using a kit that had been a cover gift with a magazine.

After stitching the design I used two stitched circle dies and a snippet of gold 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

Friday, 25 March 2022

March Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day card and another card using a magazine cover gift, which is my theme this year.  This Creative Dies die was a cover gift with a Practical Publishing magazine several years ago (I first started using it in 2018) although I can't recall the title of the magazine.  

I die cut the woodland scene from white matt card and placed the image in my MISTI so I could line up and stamp the sentiment along the lower edge.  The panel was then layered onto a snippet of blue paper.  I die cut and embossed a square in dark blue card and layered the scene onto it before attaching it to the card blank.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white matt card blank
     Practical Publishing - Creative Dies 'Woodland Scene'  and Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' dies
     Woodware 'Delightful Dangles - Christmas Tree' sentiment stamp
     Versafine Majestic Blue ink
     Snippets of dark blue card, white matt card and blue paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Daisy Chain Challenges - Use Dies
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day - March Challenge
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 424

Kath x

Tuesday, 22 March 2022

Christmas Tree and Presents

This is another card made with an upcycled image from one of the Christmas cards I received last year and was a super quick card to make.

I found a snippet of brown and gold striped paper and attached it to the front of the card leaving a small border around the edge.  The Christmas tree had been on the front of a pop-up card, so the top section was already fussy cut.  I removed it from the card and fussy cut the lower section around the presents before attaching it to the front of the card with foam tape.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Upcycled Christmas card
     Snippet of brown and gold stripe paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Winter Wonderland - Christmas Presents

Kath x  

Sunday, 20 March 2022

Cross Stitch Violets

I've recently bought a number of these small floral Textile Heritage designs and this is the first I've made.  I love stitching flowers and enjoyed stitching this design,  although I was glad it wasn't a large design as it was stitched on 18 hpi aida.   After finishing the stitching I mounted in the tri-fold aperture card that was in the kit.


Kath x

Saturday, 19 March 2022

18th Big Birthday Wishes

I love this MFT die as it's perfect for quick cards and a great way to use snippets too - this card is for Steve's nephew's 18th birthday.

I die cut the sentiment from a kraft card, trimmed it so there was a border down each side and attached it to the front of the card.  I cut strips of cream hammer card and attached those on both sides of the panel.  I glued a snippet of marbled paper to a snippet of thin card so it was the same thickness as the kraft panel and die cut 'BIG' from the paper before inlaying it into the card.  The rest of the sentiment was die cut from more snippets of cream hammer card and inlaid into the panel.  I die cut three stars (one medium and two small) from the marbled paper and '18' from kraft card.  The numbers were attached to the larger star before the stars were attached to the card with foam pads.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" kraft card blank
     My Favorite Things 'Big Birthday Wishes', Memory Box 'Classic Numbers' and Xcut 'Nesting Star' dies
     Snippets of kraft card, cream hammer card, thin white card and blue and cream marbled paper

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

Kath x

Wednesday, 16 March 2022

Happy Holidays

I was looking through my drawer of cards to upcycle and came across a card with this cute Santa Claus - perfect for this weeks Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge.

I trimmed a piece of red mirri so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  The blue scene paper was a little too big so I trimmed the left side and bottom so it was slightly smaller than the mirri layer.  I placed the paper into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment in the lower corner with red ink before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  I layered the paper onto the mirri and attached it to the card.  Santa was already fussy cut as he had been attached with a foam pad to the original Christmas card.  The paper also had some trees on the left side, so I positioned Santa so he covered the trees and looked like he was walking down the hill.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Upcycled Christmas card
     Versafine Satin Red ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Paper Discovery paper (from a Papercraft Society Box)
     Snippet of red mirri card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - Santa Claus
     Happy Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Friday, 11 March 2022

There's No-one in the World

I saw this large die in a sale and bought it for £1.00 - it's not often I find a bargain!

I cut a piece of white card slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut the globe from the centre before attaching the panel to the card blank.  I die cut the globe from dark red pearlescent card, embossed it whilst it was still in the die and then inlaid it into the front of the card.  I die cut the words in the centre of the globe from gold pearlescent card and inlaid them.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Xcut 'There's No One in the World' die
     Snippets of white matt card, red and gold pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - March Challenge
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 36 (my new die)

Kath x

Monday, 7 March 2022

Our Wedding Sampler

As today is our Pearl Wedding Anniversary, I thought I would share the wedding sampler I made for us.  The sampler is no longer displayed as our tastes have changed over the years, but I can't bear to part with it as it took me ages to stitch.


Kath x

Wednesday, 2 March 2022

Hello

I made this card to send to Gundi for the February Card Chain Challenge.  I used the Colour Option (Aubergine, Crushed Rose & Coffee Cream), the Sketch Option and the Theme Options (Hearts & Friendship).

I attached a piece of cream patterned paper to the front of the card blank, leaving a border around the edge before attaching a strip of burgundy paper (the nearest I had to aubergine) down the left side.  I die cut three hearts from snippets of pink and cream patterned paper and followed the sketch to attach them to the card.  The largest was glued to the card and the smaller hearts were attached with foam tape.  I die cut 'hello' from another snippet of burgundy paper and attached it to the lower edge of the card.  To finish I added dark red enamel dots to the hearts.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Hearts' and Altenew 'Simply Hello' dies
     Snippets of Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt' and 49th and Market 'Vintage Artistry in Blush' papers
     Dark red metal nailhead stickers

I am entering the following challenges:
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 422

This is the lovely card I received from Jo - it's so pretty and arrived on a day when we were both in need of a few hugs.  Thank you Jo!

Kath x

Monday, 28 February 2022

Happy Birthday Mum

My mum told me she liked the birthday card I sent her last year as she loved the layers in the Flourishing Florals card so I decided to make her another decoupage card this year.  

I trimmed the green floral backing card, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the card blank.  I used Pinflair glue to build the layers of the floral panel.  The 'Happy Birthday to You' strip wasn't long enough to go across the card so I cut it in the centre.  I attached the strips to the card ensuring there was a small butterfly on the left of the panel and the full sentiment and two butterflies on the right.  I used a foam sheet to attach the panel to give more dimension.  As my mum likes to see 'Mum' on her cards, I added a gold die cut 'Mum' to the top of the flowers panel.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 7" white matt card blank
     Hunkydory 'Floral Favourites Floral Fancy backing card, base layer and Deco-Large'
     Crafts-Too 'Mum' die
     Gold mirri card

I am entering the following challenge:
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Friday, 25 February 2022

February Rudolph Day

My Rudolph Days theme this year is to use something that has been a cover gift with a magazine.  This card uses a 'Noel' die that was a cover gift with Simply Cards & Papercraft Issue 222 last year.

I attached a piece of white hammer card to the front of the card blank leaving a small border around the edge.  I placed both the border and letter dies onto green mirri card and used washi tape to hold everything in place.  After die cutting them, I removed the letters and attached the border to the centre of the card blank.  I attached a snippet of gold glitter adhesive paper to a piece of white card and die cut the letters.  The glitter letters were then inlaid into the frame.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Practical Publishing 'Noel' die
     Snippets of  white hammer card, bright green mirri card, gold glitter adhesive paper and white paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Card Challenge - C for Clean & Simple
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - February Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Rudolph Day - February Challenge

Kath x

Sunday, 20 February 2022

Cross Stitch Lily

This card was made with another pre-loved Mouseloft kit I've recently purchased.  After stitching the design I placed it behind a frame made from stitched circle and square dies and attached it to a white hammer card blank.


Kath x

Thursday, 17 February 2022

Joy

I'm in the process of using bits from my 'die cuts' box that were die cut for a various projects but not used.  This card uses the 'JOY' letters that were die cut from a snippet of green card that had splatters of gold ink.

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank, rounded the corners and die cut 'JOY' from the centre.  The panel was attached to the card and the green letters inlaid into the panel.  I die cut the fancy 'JOY' from s snippet of gold glitter paper and attached it over the green letters.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white matt card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection -Joy' die
     Snippets of white matt card, green and gold card and Xcut gold glitter paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - Clean and Simple
     Allsorts - CAS + Elegance Option
     Christmas Card Throwdown - Colour Challenge (green, gold & white)
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge -  Anything Goes

Kath x

Monday, 14 February 2022

Cardinal Butterfly

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge using the colour option and, of course, a butterfly.

I attached a piece of marbled patterned paper to the front of the cream card leaving a small border around the edge.  I die cut the 'Grand Happy Birthday' from cream card and attached it to the lower part of the card.  I die cut it again from a snippet of cardinal red card and inlaid the pieces.  To finish I die cut a butterfly from cardinal red card and attached it to the upper corner of the marbled paper.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" cream hammer card blank
     Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday' and 'Kaleidoscope Butterfly' dies
     Snippets of cream hammer card, red textured card and marbled paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge -Pattern (I have used a lovely marbled patterned paper)
     Butterfly Challenge - Spin the Wheel with C (I have used the colours Coral, Celadon and Cardinal with my butterfly)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - February Challenge
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Sunday, 13 February 2022

Skating Snowman

I love stitching Mouseloft designs as they're quick and easy to stitch whilst I'm either watching television or when we're away in our campervan.  I bought this 'Skating Snowman' chart and left over threads in a 'craft clearout' and used a piece of pale blue aida that was in my snippets drawer.  After stitching the design I placed it behind a frame made with a stitched circle and stitched square dies before attaching it to the card.


Kath x

Saturday, 12 February 2022

You Have My Whole Heart

I was fortunate to win a gift certificate for an online store in the AAA Cards Micro Hop and chose a voucher for Dies to Die For.  I'd had this MFT stamp and die on my wish list for a while so took the opportunity to buy it and make this card for Steve for our forthcoming wedding anniversary.  It's not our anniversary until 7 March but as he doesn't read my blog I can post the card now. 

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and rounded the corners.  I die cut the heart in the centre of the panel and embossed the edges.  I placed the panel into my MISTI to  line up the sentiment before stamping it a couple of times with black ink.  I then attached the panel to the front of the card blank.  I die cut the heart from a snippet of black textured card and inlaid the frame and then die cut it again from lots of teeny snippets of red glitter card and inlaid these into the heart.


To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt pearlescent blank (pearl for our Pearl anniversary)
     My Favorite Things 'Heart Burst Hellos' stamp and coordinating 'Heart Burst' die
     Versafine Onyx black ink
     Woodware Corner Rounder Punch
     Snippets of white matt card, black textured card and red glitter card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Black, White + One Colour (I've chosen Black, White & Red)
     Addicted to CAS - Hearts
     Allsorts - CAS + Elegance Option
     CASology - Affection
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies - February Challenge
     NBUS - Challenge 35 (my new MFT stamp and die)
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 421

Kath x

Saturday, 5 February 2022

Big Birthday Wishes

I've recently bought this MFT die as I thought it would be perfect for male cards and a great way to use snippets too.

I die cut the sentiment from a kraft card, trimmed it so there was a border down each side and attached it to the front of the card.  I cut strips of cream hammer card and attached those on both sides of the panel.  I glued a snippet of check paper to a snippet of thin card so it was the same thickness as the kraft panel and die cut 'BIG' from the paper before inlaying it into the card.  The rest of the sentiment was die cut from more snippets of cream hammer card and inlaid into the panel.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" kraft card blank
     My Favorite Things 'Big Birthday Wishes' die
     Snippets of kraft card, cream hammer card, thin white card and red check paperI

I am entering the following challenges:
     CAS on Friday - Male
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 35 (using my new MFT die)
     Seize the Birthday - Anything Goes

Kath x

Wednesday, 2 February 2022

May All Your Dreams Come True

For various reasons, I missed a lot of the CCC challenges last year but hope to do better in 2022! I made this card for Marianne for the January Card Chain Challenge using the Sketch Option, the Theme Option (Scraps & Friendship) and the Product/Technique Option (Sequins & Embossing).

I trimmed a snippet of blue paper, embossed it with the hearts embossing folder and attached it to the front of the card blank.  I die cut the precoloured Lili of the Valley image with a stitched circle die.  I placed the card blank into my MISTI and laid the circle topper on top so I could see where to position the stamp.  I removed the topper and stamped the sentiment a couple of times with dark blue ink before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  I die cut a circle of thin foam (slightly smaller than the topper) and glued it to the rear of the topper before attaching it to the card blank.  To finish I added three white sequins to the bottom of the card.

To make this card I used:
     7" x 5" white matt card blank
     Lili of the Valley precoloured topper
     My Favorite Things 'Inside & Out Stitched Circle STAX Die-namics' dies
     Clearly Besotted 'Dandelion Dreams' stamps
     Xcut 'Small Polka Hearts' embossing folder
     Versafine Majestic Blue ink
     Cosmic Shimmer Clear Detail Embossing Powder
     Snippet of blue paper
     Small white sequins

I am entering the following challenges:
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Try It On Tuesday - Add a Quote

This is the pretty card I've received from Mia, as well as some lovely cross stitch gifts - thank you Mia!


Kath x

Sunday, 30 January 2022

Christmas Teddy

I stitched this cute Christmas Teddy when we were away last year.  I have a box of completed designs waiting to be made into cards and this one was perfect for the 'Real Stitching' challenge at Christmas Card Throwdown.

I made a frame from two stitched dies and then trimmed the stitching so it was slightly smaller than the outer edge of the frame.  I attached the stitching to the back of the frame and then to the centre of the card.

To make this card I used:
     4" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Cross Stitch Card Shop 'Christmas Teddy' cross stitch kit
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' die
     Snippet of white hammer card

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - A for Anything Christmass
     Christmas Card Throwdown - Real Stitching
     Love to Craft - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes

Kath x

Friday, 28 January 2022

Have a Gorgeous Day

I was lucky to win one of the prizes in the Snippet's Playground Grand Draw (two lovely Uniko stamp sets).  Di sent pretty notecards with the prizes and challenged the winners to upcycle the front of the card. 

As the card is so pretty I didn't want to cut away too much, so just trimmed the edges. I stamped the sentiment (Lil'inker Designs 'Modern Mehndi) in the lower corner with Versafine Deep Lagoon ink.  It looked a bit too dark to match the turquoise matt layer so I stamped over the top with Brilliance Pearlescent Sky Blue ink.  As the ink wasn't drying well I was about to sprinkle it with embossing powder when disaster struck and I smudged it!   So out came my Tombow Sand Eraser (a prize a few years ago in the Snippets Playground) and I managed to remove the smudge, dabbed the missing inky section with a Versamark pen and then embossed it with clear embossing powder.  To finish I layered the panel onto the turquoise pearlescent card before attaching it to the card blank.

Thank you Di for the pretty card and the sand eraser!

Kath x

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

January Rudolph Day

It's time for the first Rudolph Day of 2022!  For the past few years I've enjoyed working to a theme for my Rudolph Day cards.  In 2017 I used images from a Lili of the Valley Art Pad, in 2018 my cards were 4" x 4", in 2019 all cards had a Christmas tree on them, in 2020 I used wet and/or dry embossing on my cards and last year I used something that had been upcycled on my cards.  This year my cards will all use something that has been a cover gift with a magazine.

This month's card uses a 'Nativity Bauble' die that was a cover gift with Die-Cutting Essentials magazine. I trimmed a piece of white hammer card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and rounded the corners.  I die cut the Nativity Bauble from the centre of the panel before attaching it to the card.  I die cut the bauble from dark blue pearlescent card and inlaid it into the aperture.  I attached a snippet of gold patterned paper onto a thin piece of card (so it was the same thickness as the aperture) and die cut the bauble before inlaying the background.  To finish I die cut the star from gold mirri and attached it to the top of the bauble.

To make this card I used:
     5" x 5" white hammer card blank
     Practical Publishing 'Memory Box Nativity Bauble'
     Snippets of white hammer card, dark blue pearlescent card, thin white matt card, gold mirri and gold patterned paper

I am entering the following challenges:
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes
     Merry Little Christmas Challenge - Anything Christmas Goes
     Rudolph Day - January challenge
     Snippets Playground - Challenge 420

Kath x

Sunday, 23 January 2022

Joy

I've used this 'JOY' die many times but I think the silver and gold combination (for the CAS Christmas challenge) is one of my favourites.

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 card.  I die cut the 'JOY' letters from silver mirri and embossed them.  The embossing gave me a 'happy accident'.  My embossing mat is scratched and I usually put a piece of paper between the card and mat to eliminate marking the card, but forgot to do that so have got a lovely textured finish to the letters!  These letters were then inlaid into the card, together with the white middle of the letter 'O'.  I die cut the fancy 'JOY' from gold pearlescent card and attached it over the top.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 4" white hammer card blank
     Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Joy' dies
     Woodware 'Corner Rounder' punch
     Snippets of white hammer card, silver mirri and gold pearlescent card

I am entering the following challenges:
     ABC Christmas Challenge - A for Anything Christmas
     CAS Christmas Challenge - Silver and Gold
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Anything Goes
     Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes
     Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

Kath x

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Happy Birthday Butterfly

When I made my previous 'Happy Birthday' card I stamped lots of butterflies in different colours.  I'm using this purple one for the AAA Birthday Card Challenge as two of my favourite colours are purple and pink.

I die cut a frame from white card using the two largest stitched dies.  I placed the card blank and frame into my MISTI so I could see where to position the sentiment.  After removing the frame I stamped the sentiment a couple of times in purple ink to get a good depth of colour before embossing it with clear embossing powder.  I attached the frame with foam tape in the centre of the card.  I coloured the butterfly with purple and pink Promarkers and attached another butterfly shape to the rear to cover the marks where the pen had bled through the card.  To finish I attached the butterfly along the body so I could shape the wings over the frame.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Card Making Magic 'The Best of Card Making Magic' butterfly stamp and die
     Clearly Besotted 'Fabulous Fuchsias' sentiment stamp
     Lawn Fawn 'Outside In Stitched Square Stackables' dies
     Versafine Imperial Purple ink
     Cosmic Shimmer clear detail embossing powder
     Promarkers
     Snippets of white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Two Favourite Colours (I've used purple and pink)
     Butterfly Challenge - Spin the Wheel with Letter T (I have used Thistle and Tickle Me Pink + my butterfly)
     Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies - January Challenge
     Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge - Anything Goes

Kath x

Saturday, 15 January 2022

Make a Wish

I stitched this card with a design by Catkin and Lillie.  After finishing the stitching I trimmed a piece of green textured card so it was slightly smaller than the card blank and die cut a square from the centre.  I then attached the stitching to the rear of the frame.


Kath x

Tuesday, 11 January 2022

Happy Birthday

I made this card for a friend's birthday using one of the sentiments from a new set of Clearly Besotted stamps I bought in their half price sale.

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was slightly smaller than the front of the card blank and used a zig-zag die to emboss a pattern across the top.  I stamped the butterfly in dark blue ink onto a snippet of white card and cut it with the coordinating die before colouring it with grey and blue Promarkers.  I placed the embossed panel into my MISTI and laid the butterfly onto it so I could see where the position the sentiment.  The sentiment was stamped in dark blue ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The panel was then attached to the front of the card.  As I had coloured the butterfly with Promarkers the colour had bled through the card, so I die cut a butterfly from a piece of scrap paper and glued it to the rear before attaching the butterfly to the card and shaping its wings.

To make this card I used:
     6" x 6" white matt card blank
     Card Making Magic 'The Best of Card Making Magic' butterfly stamp and die
     Clearly Besotted 'Mini Calligraphy' stamps
     Creative Expressions 'Clean and Simple - Zig Zag Border' die
     Versafine Majestic Blue ink
     Cosmic Shimmer clear detail embossing powder
     Promarkers
     Snippets of white card

I am entering the following challenges:
     AAA Cards - Moodboard (I have picked the colours Blue and Grey)
     Allsorts - Anything Goes
     NBUS - Challenge 34 (my new sentiment stamps)
     Seize the Birthday - Blue and Gray'
     We Love Stamping - Wings

Kath x