Wednesday, 21 February 2018

For Mum on Mother's Day

I made this card for my mum on Mother's Day and am entering the Alphabet Challenge 'X for X-stra Special Occasion' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Cute Cottage Garden' Art Pad
Die: Crafts-Too Presscut 'Mum'
Card: Pale gold pearlescent
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Heartfelt'
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the heart paper, layered it onto pearlescent card and attached it to the card front.  I trimmed the precoloured image and die cut 'Mum' from the lower corner.  This was then layered onto pearlescent card and attached to the centre.  I die cut 'Mum' from the pearlescent card and inlaid it into the image.  To finish I highlighted the flowers, butterflies, hearts and parcel with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Twofer Hearts

It's time for the second Twofer Challenge and this month the challenge is 'Hearts'.  I've used my Impression Obsession 'Heart of Hearts' die to make an anniversary card and a birthday card.

Onefer - Happy Anniversary

I'm also entering the Die cut Divas 'Love is in the Air' and Crafty Cardmakers 'Love and Romance' challenges. I'm also dashing across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop with my snippets.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Stamp: Hobby Art 'General Greetings'
Die: Impression Obsession 'Heart of Hearts'
Ink: Versafine Crimson Red
Snippets: White hammer, red pearlescent and red mirri card

I die cut the Heart of Hearts from white hammer card and set aside the small hearts for my Twofer card.  I trimmed the card and stamped the greeting below the heart.  This panel was then layered onto red pearlescent card.  I die cut the heart from snippets of red pearlescent and red mirri card and inlaid the small hearts.  I placed a piece of paper over the panel before running it through my Cuttlebug to make sure the inlaid hearts were flat and then attached the panel to the card front.

Twofer - Another Year Flies By

I made this birthday card using the hearts I had set aside from my Onfer card.  I'm entering the Butterfly Challenge 'Spin the Butterfly Wheel with the Letter P' (I have chosen Purple and Patterned Paper) and the Cuttlebug Mania 'Colour Challenge' (I have chosen Purple, Lilac and White),


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Stamp: Ultimate Crafts 'Another Year Flies By' (magazine freebie)
Dies: Impression Obsession 'Heart of Hearts', Memory Box Kaleidoscope Butterfly, Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Ink: Versafine Imperial Purple
Card: Purple pearlescent
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Timeless Victorian' 
Other: Wink of Stella

I glued the hearts around the edge of the card front (I noticed there was a smudge of glue by one of the hearts and used the Sand Eraser I won from Di to remove it - it worked a treat and there's no sign of the mark).  I die cut and embossed a circle from a snippet of purple paper and using my MISTI I stamped the sentiment on the paler part of the paper.  This was layered onto a die cut and embossed purple scalloped circle and then attached to the centre of the card with foam tape.  I die cut a Kaleidoscope butterfly from purple card and attached it to the top of the circle.  To finish I highlighted the sentiment with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Friday, 16 February 2018

Winter Wonderland Special Tribute Challenge

It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland.  We have a special tribute challenge to Eileen who owned and ran Winter Wonderland before sadly passing away last year.  Our theme is 'Anything Goes' and we are sponsored by Imagine That who are offering the winner a $10 voucher to spend in their store.

I'm entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'C for Clean and Simple' and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Stamp: Imagine That 'Poinsettia digi
Embossing: X-Cut 'Swirls'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: White silk, red mirri
Paper: White silk
Other: Wink of Stella

I resized the digi stamp and printed it onto white card and then embossed it, ensuring the poinsettia was in the centre of the oval.  I trimmed the edges and coloured the image with Promarkers before layering it onto red mirri  and attaching it to the card front.  To finish I highlighted the poinsettia and pine cones with a Wink of Stella.


Kath x

Monday, 12 February 2018

Hope your day is glorious

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge 'Spin the Butterfly Wheel with the letter C' and I have chosen Crimson and Charm (edited to say that Mrs A has also spied the Checks - I must admit I hadn't seen them, just the flowers!).  I'm also entering the Crafty Calendar Challenge  '2 or more layers' and Allly's Angels 'Flowers' challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Stamp: Woodware 'The Hedgerow'
Die: My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags
Ink: Versafine Crimson Red
Card: Dark red and white matt
Paper: Wild Rose Studio 'Always and Forever'
Other: Butterfly charm (upcycled from a birthday card), red twine

I trimmed the flower paper, layered it onto dark red card and attached it to the card front.  I used my MISTI to stamp the sentiment onto a piece of white card card before die cutting the banner.  I placed the banner die onto a piece of dark red card and cut around the edge to make a matting layer.  The white banner was then layered onto the red matt and the left edge trimmed before it was attached to the card.  I tied red twine through the top of the butterfly charm and then attached it with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Ride my Bike

I made this card for one of my great nephews and am entering the Lili of the Valley 'One for the Boys' challenge.  I'm also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'W for Wheels', the Crafty Calendar Challenge '2 or more layers' and Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Reding my Bike' precoloured topper
Stamp: Woodware 'Salutations'
Ink: Memento Gray Flannel
Card: Dark Grey matt
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Candles and Cakes'

I layered red paper onto grey card and attached it to the card front.  I then attached a piece of spot paper to the left side of the card.  I trimmed the precoloured image and using my MISTI I stamped the sentiment in the top corner, stamping it a couple of times so the ink was the same colour as the grey matt.  The image was then layered onto grey card and attached to the centre with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Friday, 2 February 2018

Christmas Penguins

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and our theme is 'All Boxed Up' so we want to see one or more boxes, this can be gift boxes, the image on a box or any other interpretation..  We're sponsored by Sasayaki Glitter who are offering the winner one digi stamp of the winner's choice.

I'm entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Christmas Goes' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white wilk
Image: Sasayaki Glitter 'Christmas Penguins'
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Labels One' and 'Decorative Labels One'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Red mirri, white silk
Paper: Kaisercraft 'Christmas Wishes' (magazine freebie)
Other: Wink of Stella, Stampendous Fun Flock

I trimmed the lilac paper, layered it onto red mirri card and attached it to the card front.  The digi was resized and printed onto white card before being die cut and coloured with Promarkers.  The coloured image was layered onto a red mirri Decorative Labels One and was then attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I highlighted the penguins with a Wink of Stella and added Fun Flock to the bobble on the penguin's hat.

Kath x

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Happy Christmas

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and we want to see Christmas crafts that are 'Mainly Red'.  I'm also entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Always Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white matt
Dies: Creative Expressions 'Contemporary Happy Christmas', Memory Box 'Lydia Ornament' & 'Crisp Bows'
Card: Dark red embossed
Paper: Joy Crafts 'Earth Bloc'
Other: Spray & Sparkle Pearl Diamond

I die cut a sentiment, ornament and bow from dark red card and set them aside.  I trimmed a piece of beige paper so it was approximately 1.5cm smaller than the card front and die cut the sentiment, ornament and bow before attaching the paper to a slightly larger piece of dark red card.  I then inlaid the die cut pieces, other than the ornament background.  I sprayed Spray & Sparkle onto another piece of dark red card and when it had dried I die cut another ornament and inlaid the background pieces.  When the panel was finished, I placed a piece of paper across the top and ran it through my Cuttlebug to ensure all the pieces were secure.  To finish the panel was attached to the card front.

Kath x

Sunday, 28 January 2018

January Rudolph Day

It's time for the first Rudolph Day challenge of the year!  As part of my frugal crafting year, I've decided this year my Rudolph Day cards will all be small 4" x 4" cards and will also be either upcyled or snippets cards - or maybe both!  I'm entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'B for Birds' and The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Christmas Goes'.  I'm also hopping over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop with my snippets.


Card blank: 4" x 4" cream fleck matt
Image: Upcycled Christmas card
Punch: Woodware 2" square
Other: Diamond Stickles
Snippets: Gold pearlescent and bronze mirri card

To make this quick Christmas card, I punched the partridge image from the centre of the Christmas card.  This was then layered onto bronze mirri, gold pearlescent and bronze mirri card before being attached to the centre of the card.  To finish, I highlighted the partridge with Diamond Stickles.

Kath x

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Happy Birthday To You

I was pleased with Oli's birthday card and decided to tweak the design for another birthday card to put in my box of spare cards.  I'm entering Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes', Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Ally's Angels 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Beautiful Blooms' Art Pad
Stamp: Hobby Art 'General Greetings'
Dies: My Favourite Things ' Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner'
Ink: Versafine Crimson Red
Card: Dark red matt
Paper: Green spot

I trimmed the green spot paper, layered it onto dark red card and attached it to the centre of the card blank.  I die cut the pre-coloured Art Pad image, ensuring the vase of flowers was in the middle of the die.  As I wanted the image to cover the full length of the card, I die cut the flat end of the banner on the piece of waste card from the top of the vase.  I drew around the die onto red card to form my matt layer and trimmed it to size.  The flower image was attached to the bottom of the matt layer and I trimmed the die cut scrap to cover the top.  I stamped the sentiment onto the waste card from the bottom of the die cut image (this ensured all the whites are the same), layered it onto red card and attached it across the join using foam tape.

Kath x

Sunday, 21 January 2018

May all your dreams come true

I made this quick birthday card for a friend using my last piece of this lovely butterfly paper.  I'm entering the Alphabet Challenge 'V for Vellum', Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 5" x 5" white matt
Stamp: Woodware 'Most Wonderful Birthday'
Ink: Brilliance Graphite Black
Card: Black matt
Paper: Forever in Time ''Vintage 2', Vellum
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the butterfly paper to about 1cm smaller than the card blank and layered it onto black card.  I stamped the sentiment onto vellum and trimmed it when the ink had dried.  I wrapped the vellum around the top of the paper and attached it on the rear with tape.  The whole panel was then attached to the card front.  To finish I highlighted the butterfly with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Friday, 19 January 2018

Santa Collage

I've had this Rubber Stampede 'Santa' stamp on my wish list since I saw Kathy's post last year.  As Kathy mentioned the stamp is hard to find, so I was over the moon to see some used Christmas stamps for sale on eBay, and Santa was in one of the boxes!  I'm entering Merry Monday 'Red & Turquoise' challenge, the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card: 5" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Rubber Stampede 'Santa Collage'
Die: My Favourite Things Die-namics 'Tag You're It'
Ink: Versafine Crimson Red
Snippets: Turquoise matt and white silk card, Lili of the Valley 'Festive Trimmings' paper, turquoise ribbon

I used my last piece of red paper from the 'Festive Trimmings' pad and tidied the edges to make a square.  I layered it onto a piece of turquoise card to highlight the writing on the paper before attaching it to the centre of the card front.  As the die is solid I decided to die cut the tag first and then stamp the image.  The stamp was wooden mounted but I was able to peel it carefully from the wooden block so I could use it in my MISTI.  I placed the die cut tag into MISTI before laying the stamp on top and stamping the Santa image a couple of times using Crimson Red ink.  The tag was attached to the front of the card with double sided tape and I attached a small bow made from a snippet of ribbon using Tacky Glue.

Kath x

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Twofer Feathers

I made these cards for Darnell's first Twofer Challenge where the prompt word is 'Feathers'.  My first challenge was to find some feathers and remembered this stamp and die set that were magazine freebies a while ago.


Onefer - Thank You

I'm also entering this card into Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Thank You', Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies challenge and  Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Dies: Hot off the Press 'Feather', Cheery Lynn 'Thank You 2'
Card: White silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Enchantment'
Other: Upcyled gold bow (from a Christmas card)

I decided to inlay the dies so attached two pieces of dark green paper to thin white card so they would be the same thickness as the card into which they would be inlaid.  I die cut 'Thank You' and the feather before setting them aside. Although it doesn't show in the photographs, the paper has small flowers and thin lines that look like feathers and I managed to cut the feather without flowers and had just the feather lines showing.  I trimmed a piece of white card so it was a couple of centimetres smaller than the card front then die cut 'Thank You' and the feather.  This panel was layered onto another piece of the Enchantment paper before being attached to the front of the card.  I inlaid the die cuts and added a small gold bow.

Twofer - You are in my Thoughts

I'm also entering this card in the Less is More 'Purples' challenge, the Alphabet Challenge 'Use Three of Something' (I used three stamps) and Allsorts 'No Patterned Papers' challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Stamps: Hot off the Press 'Feather, Woodware 'Wheat'
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Purple, Versafine Imperial Purple
Card: White silk, purple matt

I trimmed a piece of white card so it was a couple of centimetres smaller than the card blank and then placed it into my magic MISTI.  I stamped the sentiment in the lower corner, stamping it a couple of times to get a darker colour ink.  I stamped the solid feather die in Pearlescent Purple.  When this had dried I lined up the lined feather die and stamped it in Imperial Purple.  The panel was then layered onto purple card and attached to the card front.

Kath x

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Enjoy your Special Day

I made this card for a friend's birthday and am entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge, Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Paper Creator 'Anything Goes challenge.  The papers and card are from my snippets drawer so I'm heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" cream mat
Stamp: Hobby Art 'General Greetings'
Punches: Woodware 2" square & regular corner rounder
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Snippets: Lili of the Valley 'Father Knows Best' paper, Cream, burgundy and dark brown card
Other: Heart stick pin

I punched five 2" squares from the 'Father Knows Best' paper and rounded opposite corners on four of the squares.  These four squares were attached to a square of cream card which was then trimmed to size.  The square was then layered onto burgundy and dark brown card before being attached to the card front.  The fifth square had all four corners punched and was attached to the centre.  I stamped the sentiment onto cream card, trimmed it to size and rounded the corners.  This was then attached to the centre panel with foam tape.  To finish I pushed a heart stick pin into the foam tape.

Kath x

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Especially for you

I've had this cute image in my upcycling box for a while but haven't used it as I didn't want to make a mess of the card by stamping a wonky or incomplete sentiment.  So when Father Christmas gave me some money I decided to buy a MISTI - I now wonder how I managed without it!

I'm entering the Allsorts 'Something New' challenge (I've used my new MISTI), Paper Creator 'Anything Goes' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Upcycled birthday card
Stamp: Clearly Besotted sentiment (magazine freebie)
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Card: Brown matt
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the upcycled birthday card image so it was slightly smaller than my matt layer.  I popped it into my MISTI  and placed the sentiment nice and level at the side of the flower stem.  I stamped the sentiment twice to make the colour a little more intense so it matched the brown matt.  After stamping the sentiment I layered the the image onto the brown matt layer and attached it to the card front.  To finish I highlighted the flower with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Footballer's 10th Birthday

I made this card for my great nephew's 10th birthday and thought the image would be perfect as he's nuts about football!  I'm entering the Lili of the Valley and Allsorts 'Something New' challenges and Die Cut Divas 'Do or Use Something New' challenge (I've used my new Jumbo Fishtail Banners die).  I'm also entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley ' Action Time' Art Pad
Dies: My Favourite Things Die-namics 'Stitched Jumbo Fishtail Banner', Memory Box 'Classic Numbers'
Card: Dark red matt
Paper: Wild Rose Studio ' Man About Town'

I trimmed the football paper, layered it onto dark red card and attached it to the centre of the card front.  I die cut the pre-coloured Art Pad image ensuring there was an equal amount of white space around the footballer.  As I had used the largest die for the image and I wanted a red matt layer I drew around the edge of the die before trimming it it to shape.  I attached the footballer and trimmed the top of the matt layer so it would fit against the top of the paper.  This was then attached to the card.  I die cut the numbers and attached them with Collall glue so I had some 'wriggle time' to get them in the right place on the football.

Kath x

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Lots of Love Snippets

I'm on a mission to try and use lots of snippets this year, so made this anniversary card to take across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  I'm also entering the Die-Cut Divas 'Do or Use Something New' challenge (I've used a new die) and Ally's Angels 'Anything Goes' challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Heart'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Snippets: White hammer and red matt card, Wild Rose Studion 'Always and Forever' paper, white paper

I trimmed several snippets of paper into one centimetre strips and glued them onto white paper.  I die cut and embossed a heart, ensuring the sentiment strip was across the widest part of the heart.  I then trimmed a piece of white hammer card so it was slightly larger than the heart, layered it onto a slightly larger piece of red card and attached it to the centre of the card.  The heart die cut was attached using Collall glue so I could move it around until it was in the centre of the card.

Kath x

Monday, 1 January 2018

Thank you for our gifts

Happy New Year!  It's the start of a New Year, a new month and a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round where we want to see 'Thank You' cards.  I'm also entering my card into the first challenge at Ally's Angels  where 'Anything Goes'.



Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Bugaboo 'Rudolph Presents' digi (Friday freebie)
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: White silk
Paper: Turquoise snowflake (magazine freebie)
Other: Silver card candi, Glossy Accents, computer generated sentiment 'Tempus Sans ITC'

I trimmed the snowflake paper and attached it to the card.  I resized the digi and added the sentiment before printing it onto white card.   I then die cut and embossed the image before colouring it with Promarkers.  As I wanted the image to stand away from the card front, I cut two more wonky rectangles with the smaller die and layered these to the back of the panel before attaching it to the centre of the card.  To finish I added silver Card Candi to the top and bottom corners and highlighted Rudolph's eyes with Glossy Accents.

Kath x