Friday, 25 May 2018

May Rudolph Day

Another Rudolph Day and another of my 4" x 4" card - this month I've made a super quick card using an upcycled Christmas card.  I'm also entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'K for Keep it Simple', the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Christmas Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card blank: 4" x 4" gold matt mirri
Image: Upcycled Christmas card
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Black card

To make this super quick card I die cut and embossed the Lacy Square ensuring the sentiment was in the centre.  This was layered onto a couple of small squares of black card to give some dimension before being attached to the centre of the card.

Kath x

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Happy Birthday James

I made this card for Steve's nephew's birthday using my Oliver digi stamp (I think all the boys have now had cards with this image so I'll need to buy another one soon!).  I'm entering the Allsorts 'Happy Birthday' challenge, the Alphabet Challenge 'D for Dots' and A Gem of a Challenge 'It's a Man's World'. 



Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Lili of the Valley 'Oliver Texting' digi
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: White silk
Paper: Hot off the Press 'Ultimate Floral Pack'
Other: Computer generated sentiment 'Tempus Sans ITC' font

I trimmed the striped paper to a square and and attached it to the card.  I then layered a co-ordinating piece of spot paper to the left side.  I resized the digi and added the sentiment before printing it onto white card, trimming it to a square and colouring it with Promarkers.  I attached two slightly smaller squares of white card behind the image to give a little dimension and attached it to the centre.

Kath x

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Fairy on Present

I made this card for the Christmas with the Cuties 'Let it Snow' challenge.  I'm also entering the Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Things with Wings' and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Christmas Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Fairy on Present' Mini Masterpieces
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' and 'Lacy Squares'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Dark blue pearlescent
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Frosty Christmas'
Other: Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella

I cut a piece of blue snowflake paper, layered it onto dark blue card and attached it to the front of the card.  The pre-coloured image was already die cut, but I trimmed it slightly to remove the 'pips' and then put it into the largest square die and embossed the edge.  I die cut and embossed a Lacy Square from dark blue card.  The fairy image was layered onto the Lacy Square and attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I highlighted the fairy and presents with a Wink of Stella and added Diamond Stickles to the snowflakes.

Kath x

Friday, 18 May 2018

Joy

I made this card for the ABC Christmas Challenge 'J for Joy & K for Keep it Simple', the Christmas Card Throwdown 'Turquoise and Gold' colour challenge and Crafty Cardmakers 'No Patterned Paper' challenges.   The card was from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Die: Creative Expressions 'Festive Collection - Joy'
Embossing: Crafts-Too 'Twinkle'
Snippets: Turquoise and gold pearlescent card, white silk card

I embossed a piece of white card with the Twinkle folder, trimmed it, layered it onto turquoise card and attached it to the centre of the card blank.  I die cut 'JOY' from turquoise card and the swirly 'JOY' from gold card.  I attached the turquoise letters behind the gold outline and attached the completed die cut to the centre of the card using Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Winter Wonderland

I made this quick, cute card using another image from the Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad.  I'm entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Christmas Goes' and the ABC Christmas Challenge 'K for Keep it Simple'.


Card blank: 5.5" x 4.25" white tent fold
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad
Paper: SugarPea Designs 'Happy Holidays'
Other: Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella

I cut the centre out of the brown frame and attached the precoloured Art Pad image behind it, trimming the Art Pad image slightly along the top and one side.  This was then attached to the card.  I used a Wink of Stella to highlight the girl and squirrels and Diamond Stickles for the snowflakes.

Kath x

Friday, 11 May 2018

Christmas in the Snow

It's time for another challenge at Winter Wonderland and the theme is 'Christmas in the Snow'.  We are sponsored by LeAnn's World 101 who are offering the winner two digi stamps of their choice.  I'm entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: LeeAnn's Wold 201 'Snow Friends' digi
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: White silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Classic Christmas'
Other: Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella

I covered the front of the card with green paper, leaving a white border around the edge.  I resized the digi and printed it onto white card.  The image was trimmed and coloured with Promarkers before being layered onto red paper and attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I highlighted the image with a Wink of Stella and added Diamond Stickles to the snow.


Kath x

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Happy Birthday Dad

I made this card for my father-in-law's birthday using the aptly named papers 'Father Knows Best'!  I'm entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge. The card and papers are from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Dies: My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags', Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Hexagons'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Other: Star button, black/white baker's twine, computer generated sentiment 'Harrington' font
Snippets: Black matt card, white silk card, Lili of the Valley 'Father Knows Best' paper

I die cut and embossed hexagons from snippets of paper and attached them to a piece of paper using Collall All Purpose glue to give a little 'wriggle room'.  This panel was trimmed and layered onto black card before being attached to the card blank.  I printed the sentiment onto white card and die cut a fishtail flag.  I drew around the die onto a piece of black card to make a matt layer and then cut the shape out.  The white flag was layered onto the black matt and attached to the left side of the card.  To finish I tied baker's twine through the button and attached it to the left of the sentiment with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Happy Birthday Katie

I made this card for Steve's niece's birthday.  I'm entering the Butterfly Challenge 'Spin the Wheel with the letter D' (I have used D for Dirt [hair], Denim Blue [clothes, butterfly, card and sentiment], Dark Salmon [roses, clothes and butterfly], Digi Image, Die Cut [banner], Dimension [matting and layering] and a Butterfly).  I'm also entering Ally's Angels 'Butterflies', Crafty Cardmakers 'Birthdays' and Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenges.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Bugaboo 'Butterfly Rose Girlz' digi stamp
Die: My Favourite Things 'Fishtail Flags'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card; Denim blue matt, white silk
Paper: Green mottled 
Other: Computer generated sentiment 'Harrington' font, Wink of Stella

I trimmed the green paper, layered it onto blue card and attached it to the card blank.  I resized the digi stamp and printed it onto white card.  I trimmed the image and coloured it with Promarkers before layering it onto blue card and attaching it to the left side of the card. I printed the sentiment onto white card and die cut it using the smallest fishtail flag.  I placed the same die onto blue card and drew around the outside edge to make the matt for the sentiment.  After layering the sentiment onto the blue card I attached it to the lower edge of the card with Pinflair glue to give extra dimension.  To finish I highlighted the butterfly, roses, hair and clothes with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Santa and Reindeer

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and it's 'Anything Goes'.  I've made a super quick card for this month's challenge using a cute Lili of the Valley Art Pad image.  I'm entering the Merry Monday 'No Stamping' challenge and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.


Card blank: 5.5" x 4.25" white tent fold
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Winter Wonderland' Art Pad
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Paper: SugarPea Designs 'Happy Holidays'
Other: Diamond Stickles, Stampendous White Fun Flock, Wink of Stella

To make this quick card I attached the red and white stripe paper to the card blank.  I die cut and embossed the precoloured Art Pad image and attached it to the centre of the card.  I added Diamond Stickles for the snow, Fun Flock on Santa's clothing and a Wink of Stella over the image to give a little sparkle.

Kath x

Thursday, 26 April 2018

April Rudolph Day

It's time for another Rudolph Day and another of my super quick 4" x 4" snippet cards using magazine freebies.  I'm also entering the Die-cut Divas 'Anything Goes' challenge and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes With Dies challenge.


Card blank: 4" x 4" white matt
Die: Creative Dies 'Woodland Scene' (magazine freebie)
Other: Wink of Stella
Cards: Dark blue mirri and white matt
Paper: Emma Ball (magazine freebie)

I die cut the woodland scene from white card and layered it onto a snippet of blue paper before attaching it to a piece of dark blue mirri card.  The panel was then attached to the card blank.  I attached the stars and snowflakes and added a Wink of Stella around the tree and reindeer.

Kath x

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Fairy with Present

I made this quick card for a young friend who likes fairies and anything pink.  I'm entering the first challenge at Back to Basics and Beyond 'Matting and Layering' and the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge.


Card blank: 6"  6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Fairy with Present'
Stamp: Ultimate Crafts L'aquarelle Designs 'Sentiments' (magazine freebie)
Die: Memory Box 'Classic Numbers'
Ink: Brilliance Pearlescent Orchid
Card: Cerise matt
Paper: Wild Rose Studio 'Bella'
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the parcel paper, layered it onto cerise card and attached it to the card front.  I trimmed the precoloured topper, and die cut the '6' from the bottom corner.  I used the 'Today' that I had previously cut from a larger stamp and using my MISTI I stamped it at the side of the die cut '6'.  This panel was layered onto cerise card and attached to the centre of the card.  I die cut '6' from cerise card and inlaid it into the topper.  To finish I highlighted the fairy with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Happy Birthday

I made this card for the Cardz for Gals 'Black, white and one bright colour' challenge.  I'm also entering the Die-Cut Divas 'Anything Goes' and Seize the Birthday 'Vibrant Colours' challenges.  The card is from my snippets drawers so I'm heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white matt
Dies: Apple Blossom 'Cherry Tree' (magazine freebie), Creative Expressions 'Mini Happy Birthday'
Colouring: Black Promarker
Snippets: Black, white and cerise matt card

I die cut two cherry tree dies from black card and then trimmed another piece of black card to make a square the width of the die cut.  I trimmed a piece of white card, layered it onto the black square and attached it to the card front.  I then used Stick and Spray glue to attach the two die cuts to the top and bottom of the card.  I ran a black Promarker around the inside edge of the flowers as I wanted to ensure the white card didn't show around the edges of the inlaid flowers.  I cut the blossoms from several snippets of cerise card and inlaid them.  To finish I die cut 'Happy Birthday' from black card and attached it across the centre.

Kath x

Friday, 13 April 2018

Christmas Reindeer

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and we want to see your 'Cute Christmas Critters'.  We're sponsored by Just Me Digital Stamps who are offering the lucky winner three digis of their choice.

I'm entering the Cutie Pie Challenge 'Delightful Digis', Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'Feature a Creature' and the Holly and Ivy Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.  The card and paper are from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 5" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Just Me Digital Stamps 'Christmas Reindeer digi
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities ' Standard Circles Large' and 'Classic Scalloped Circles Large'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: White silk
Snippets: Brown matt card, Marianne Design 'Wintertime' paper

I trimmed the snippet of reindeer paper into a square, layered it onto brown card and attached it to the card front.  I resized the digi and printed it onto white card.  This image was die cut and embossed before being coloured with Promarkers.  This circle was then layered onto a brown die cut and embossed circle and attached to the centre of the card. Quick and simple!

Kath x

Sunday, 8 April 2018

Over the Hill

I made this card for my brother-in-law's birthday and am entering the Bugaboo Weekly Challenge 'Anything Goes'.  I am also entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Bugaboo 'Gus Over the Hill' digi
Dies: Signature Dies 'Star Bunting', Memory Box 'Classic Numbers'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Green spot, red matt, white silk

I trimmed the spot paper and attached it to the card blank.  The Gus image and sentiment were resized and printed onto white card.  The panel was trimmed and coloured with Promarkers before being attached to the centre of the card.  I die cut the Star Bunting from red card and attached it across the top corner, adding three of the small stars to the right of Gus.  To finish I die cut a 5 and 0 from red card and attached them under the sentiment.

Kath x

Sunday, 1 April 2018

All White Bauble

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round and we want to see your 'All White' creations.  I'm entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and the The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card blank: 5" x 5" white matt
Dies: Marianne Designs Creatables 'Christmas Bauble' (magazine freebie), Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Standard Circles Large'
Embossing: Apple Blossom 'Holly' folder (magazine freebie)
Card: White matt and white pearlescent
Other: White ribbon

I embossed a piece of white card, trimmed it around the border, layered it onto a slightly larger piece of white pearlescent card and attached it to the front of the card.  I die cut the Christmas bauble from pearlescent card and also a circle of the same size. I attached the bauble to the circle.  I then die cut the bauble from white matt card and inlaid the pieces into the bauble.  I normally run an inlaid die cut through my Cuttlebug to ensure everything is flat, but as the bauble had some embossing I rolled it with a brayer instead so it wasn't flattened too much. The bauble was attached to the centre with foam tape.  To finish I made a small white ribbon bow and attached it to the top of the bauble with a blob of Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Friday, 30 March 2018

Magical Fairy

I made this card for my great-niece's 5th birthday.  I'm entering the Cutie Pie Challenge 'Spring Cuties', Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'. As the paper and card are from my snippets mountain I'm also heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Magical Fairies' Art Pad
Stamp: Ultimate Crafts L'aquarelle Designs 'Sentiment'
Die: Memory Box 'Classic Numbers', Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Ink: Versafine Deep Lagoon, Brilliance Pearlescent Purple
Snippets: Making Cards 'Springtime' paper (magazine freebie), white card
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the purple paper to a square.  As it was a snippet there was a chunk missing from one of the corners but I cut the largest square I could and then attached it to the card front.  To hide the missing corner, I cut four triangles from a co-ordinating striped paper and attached them to the corners of the purple paper.  I die cut and embossed the precoloured Art Pad image and die cut the number from the lower edge.  The 'Today' stamp was part of a larger sentiment and I carefully cut the word away from the rest of the stamp (it can easily be pieced back together if I want to use the whole sentiment).  I didn't have the right colour ink, so using my MISTI I stamped 'Today' once in Deep Lagoon and a couple of times in Pearlescent Purple to give the colour I wanted to match the backing paper.  I die cut two smaller wonky rectangles from snippets of white card and attached them to the back of the image before attaching it to the card.  I attached another small snippet of purple paper onto white card, die cut the number '5' and inlaid it into the topper.  To finish I highlighted the fairy with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 25 March 2018

March Rudolph Day

It's time for the March Rudolph Day challenge and I've made another 4" x 4" card.  I have a lot of these small images from the LOTV Mini Masterpiece sheets and have found they work well with snippets, so I'll be using a lot of them in my frugal crafting year!  I'm also entering the Christmas Card Throwdown 'Embossing' challenge, the ABC Christmas Challenge 'E for Embossing' and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.



Card blank: 4" x 4" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Candle' Mini Masterpiece
Embossing: 'Festive Wishes' (magazine freebie)
Other: Wink of Stella
Snippets: Green and white matt card

I embossed a snippet of white card with the holly folder and trimmed it to a square.  This was layered onto green card and attached to the card front.  The precoloured topper was trimmed slightly to remove the 'pips', layered onto green card and attached to the centre.  To finish I highlighted the girl and candle with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Friday, 23 March 2018

Christmas Pud

I made this card for Loll and Bonnie's new CAS Christmas challenge where the theme is 'Holly'.  I'm also entering the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card blank: 5" x 5" white matt
Stamp: Funstamps 'Christmas Pud'
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Red mirri and white matt
Other: Wink of Stella

I stamped the Christmas Pud onto a piece of white card before die cutting and embossing it.  The holly and star were coloured with Promarkers before the panel was layered onto red mirri and attached to the centre of the card.  To finish, I highlighted the Pud with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Spring Bunny with Eggs

I made this Easter card for my niece and her family.  I'm entering Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Spring is in the Air', Cuttlebug Mania 'Springtime' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Spring Bunny with Eggs'
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large' and Lacy Squares
Embossing: Kars tan embossong mat
Card: Dark blue pearlescent
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Sunnyside Up'

I trimmed the yellow paper, layered it onto dark blue card and attached it to the card front.  The precoloured image was already die cut, but I placed it into the Classic Square Die and ran it through my Cuttlebug with the embossing mat to emboss the edges.  This was then layered onto a dark blue die cue and embossed Lacy Square and attached to the centre of the card.

Kath x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Rescue Squad

It's time for a new challenge at Winter Wonderland and our theme is 'Outdoor Fun.  We're sponsored by Dr Digi's House of Stamps who are offering the winner two digi stamps of their choice.

I'm entering the Cardz 4 Guys 'Things with Tails' challenge, Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes + Christmas'.  I'm also heading over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.



Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Image: Dr Digi's House of Stamps 'Rescue Squad'
Sentiment: Marianne Design 'Ice Skating Don' (magazine freebie)
Punch: Woodware Snowflake
Ink: Versafine Crimson Red
Colouring: Promarkers
Other: Stampendous White Fun Flock, Pearl Diamond Spray and Sparkle, Wink of Stella
Snippets: Tree background paper, red matt and white silk card

I trimmed the background paper, popped it into my MISTI and stamped the sentiment in the top corner - stamping it a couple of times to get a deep colour.  I layered the paper onto red card and attached it to the card blank.  I resized the digi and printed it onto white silk card.  This was fussy cut before being coloured with Promarkers.  I added Fun Flock to the edge of the hood and then attached the image to the lower corner of the card with foam tape.  I punched three snowflakes from white card and sprayed them with Spray and Sparkle before attaching them to the card.  To finish I highlighted the sentiment with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Mother's Day Wishes

I made this card for my mother-in-law for Mother's Day.  I'm entering A Gem of A Challenge 'Mother's Day', the Alphabet Challenge 'Y for Your Choice' (I've chosen to make a quick  CAS Mother's Day card) and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Beautiful Blooms' Art Pad
Sentiment: Woodware 'Happy Mother's Day'
Punch: Woodware Corner Rounder
Ink: Versafine Olympia Green
Paper: Lilac (make unknown)
Other: Clear sequins, Wink of Stella

I covered the front of the card blank with lilac paper.  I trimmed the pre-coloured Art Pad image so it had equal borders around the edge and rounded the corners.  Using my MISTI I stamped the sentiment under the floral basket before attaching the panel to the centre of the card.  To finish I added five small clear sequins and highlighted the flowers with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Oliver Texting

I made this birthday card for one of my great nephews.  I always struggle making cards for teenage boys, but these LOTV 'Oliver' digi stamps are perfect!  I'm entering the Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Stamp: Lili of the Valley 'Oliver Texting' digi, Hobby Art 'General Greetings'
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Dark Brown matt, white silk
Paper: Papermania 'Capsule Elements Wood', Hot off the Press 'Floral Ultimate Pack'

I trimmed the wood effect paper, layered it onto brown card and attached it to the card blank, adding a strip of spotty paper across the middle.  I resized the digi stamp and printed it onto white silk card before colouring it with Promarkers.  The panel was trimmed and the sentiment stamped on the left side using my MISTI.  This was then layered onto brown card and attached to the left side of the card.

Kath x

Friday, 2 March 2018

My heart belongs to you

I made this card for Steve for our forthcoming wedding anniversary and am entering the Less is More 'Dry Embossing' Challenge.  I'm also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'Y for You Choose' (I've chosen die cutting and embossing to make an anniversary card) and Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Clean and Simple'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Hannelie's 'My heart belongs to you' digi (freebie from Hannelie's blog)
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Heart'
Embossing: X-cut 'Small Polka Hearts folder
Card: Dark red embossed, white silk
Paper: White silk

I trimmed white card to a square, layered it onto red card and attached it to the centre of the card blank.  I die cut the largest Classic Heart and embossed it with the heart embossing folder.  This was attached to the centre with Pinflair glue so I could easily wriggle it to the centre of the card.  I printed Hannelie's sentiment onto white paper (frustratingly my printer is refusing to print onto the white card I've always used!) which was then glued onto white card, trimmed and attached it across the heart with foam tape.

For those who haven't seen Hannelie's blog, there are loads of fabulous sentiments you can download.

Kath x

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Christmas Flowers

This months's challenge at Christmas Crafts All Year Round is 'Flowers' and I've used the last snippet of a pretty poinsettia paper for my card.  I'm entering the Merry Monday 'Poinsettia' challenge and the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes'.  I'm also heading over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop with my snippets.


Card blank: 5" x 5" white matt
Die: Creative Expressions 'Contemporary Happy Christmas'
Snippets: Red and white matt card, red mirri card, Wild Rose Studio 'Annabelle's Christmas' paper (magazine freebie)

I trimmed my last snippet of poinsettia paper to a square, layered it onto red card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut Happy Christmas from red mirri card and set it aside.  I die cut the sentiment from white card, trimmed it to a strip and layered it onto red card.  I then inlaid the red mirri sentiment and the rest of the white pieces which were still inside my die (for safe keeping!).  I put a piece of paper across the top of the sentiment and ran it through my Cuttlebug to ensure all the pieces were flat and then attached the panel across the card.

Kath x

Sunday, 25 February 2018

February Rudolph Day

It't time for another Rudolph Day challenge and another of my small upcycled, snippet cards - this one also used a magazine freebie!  I'm entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'C is for Clean', the Holly and Ivy Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Always Anything Goes + Christmas'.


Card blank: 4" x 4" white matt
Image: Upcycled Christmas card
Punch: Woodware 2" square
Embossing: Festive Wishes (magazine freebie)
Snippets: White matt and red mirri card

To make this quick and simple Christmas card I embossed a snippet of white card, layered it onto red mirri and attached it to the card blank.  I punched the robin image from a Christmas card and layered it onto red mirri before attaching it to the centre of the card with foam tape.

Kath x

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