Saturday, 24 December 2016

Merry Christmas to You and Yours

I made a batch of these cards this year and these are the last remaining three that didn't get posted. I'm entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'Y for Yikes and Z for Zoom', The Male Room 'Christmas/December/Celebrations/Winter Wishes' challenge, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use a Sentiment', Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blanks: 5" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Inkadinkadoo 'Merry Christmas to You and Yours'
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles'
Embossing: Stampendous clear embossing powder, Kars tan embossing mat
Ink: Versafine Olympia Green
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Classic Christmas'
Other: Gold gel pen

I layered rectangles of holly paper onto gold mirri card and attached them across the centre of the card blank.  I stamped and embossed the sentiment onto white card before die cutting and embossing the image.  I then attached the die cut with foam tape across the centre of the holly panel.

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas!

Kath x

Friday, 23 December 2016

Festive Scene

I made this card for the Cuttlebug Mania 'Christmas (use any colour but red and green)' challenge and the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge 'Favourite Technique or Product' (I've chosen Inlaid Die Cuts - my favourite technique as I find it very relaxing and I love to see the finished image).  I'm also entering the Crafting with Dragonflies 'Get your Christmas On' challenge, the 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown 'Pick a Previous 2016 Challenge' (I've chosen the July 2016 Colour Challenge - Shades of Blue, plus White and Silver), Happy Little Stampers - Anything Goes with Dies challenge and the Crafty Calendar Challenge 'Christmas Time'.  The paper and card were all from my snippets drawer so I'm off to the Christmas playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Dies: Creative Dies 'Festive Scene' (magazine freebie), Spellbinders Nestabliites 'Standard Circles Large'
Snippets: Blue and silver pearlescent, white hammer, white glitter, thin white silk card and blue paper

I die cut a circle and the Festive Scene from blue pearlescent card and glued the scene onto the backing.  I attached the blue paper onto thin white card (to make it the same thickness as the rest of the card) and then die cut the sky.  I die cut the snow from white glitter card and the windows from silver pearlescent card.  I then inlaid all the pieces into the Festive Scene.  I layered a square of white hammer card onto blue pearlescent card and attached it to the centre of the card blank.  The completed Festive Scene was then attached to the centre.

Kath x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Purple Fairy

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge which for the month of December is 'Fairies, Elves, Gnomes and Pixies'.  I am also entering the Crafty Friends 'Sparkle' challenge, Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and The Paper Shelter 'Anything Goes' challenge.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Fairies' Art Pad
Punch: Woodware Squared Corner
Card: Purple matt
Paper: Tattered Lace
Other: Papermania Transparent Shimmering Dots, Wink of Stella

I trimmed the paper, layered it onto purple card and attached it to the card blank.  The pre-coloured image was trimmed to a square and I punched the corners.  This was layered onto purple card and attached to the centre of the paper.  I highlighted the fairy image with a Wink of Stella and added shimmering dots to the top and bottom corners.

Kath x

Sunday, 18 December 2016

Celebrate your 70th Birthday in Style!

I made this card for my aunt's birthday and am entering  the Cardz 4 Gals 'Anyone for Cocktails' challenge.  I'm also entering the ABC Challenges 'V is for Varied (Anything Goes)', The Paper Shelter 'A Special Birthday Card' challenge and Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Happy Birthday'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Stamp: Bugaboo 'Cocktail Molly' precoloured digi stamp
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Dark brown matt and white silk
Paper: Hot off the Press Cardmaker's Floral Ultimate Pack
Other: Wink of Stella, Computer generated sentiment 'Harrington' font

I resized the digi stamp, added the sentiment and printed it onto white silk card.  I coloured the hair and then trimmed the image to a square.  This was layered onto brown card, pink paper and brown card before being attached to the centre of the card blank.  To finish I highlighted Molly with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Friday, 16 December 2016

Merry Christmas to a Special Friend

Eileen is the host for this weeks Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'For Someone Special' or 'Happy New Year' as the themes. This doesn't have to be a Christmas project, although I've chosen to make another Christmas card.  We are sponsored by A Day for Daisies who are offering a $12 voucher and Crafter's Companion who are offering a £10.00 voucher.

I have used my last snippets of red and green card so I'm heading into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  I am also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'U for Use Something Red', A Gem of a Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes' and Crafty Friends 'Merry Christmas' challenge.


Card blank:  7" x 7" white silk
Stamp: A Day for Daisies 'Christmas Flowers' digi stamp
Colouring: PromarkersCard: Red matt and green embossed
Other: Computer generated sentiment 'Harrington Font', Wink of Stella
Snippets: Red matt and green embossed card

I resized the digi stamp and added the sentiment before printing it onto white silk card.  I trimmed the image and coloured it with Promarkers.   This was then layered onto snippets of red and green card before being attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I highlighted the flowers with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x 

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Snow

This month's Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge is 'Anything Christmas / Holiday' and we are sponsored by Bugaboo.

I'm entering this card into the Merry Monday 'Masculine Christmas' challenge, A Gem of a Challenge 'Snowman/women' Allsorts 'Anything Christmas' and Christmas with the Cuties 'Anything Cute and Christmassy Goes' challenge.


Card blank:  7" x 7" white silk
Stamp:   Bugaboo 'Christmas Words - Snow' digi
Die:  Cheery Lynn Designs 'Smowflake Set 2'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Bronze pearl, white silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley ''Twas the Night'
Other: Crystal Stickles, Wink of Stella, Maroon nailhead

I trimmed the strip paper, layered it onto bronze card and attached it to the card front.  I resized the digi stamp and printed it onto white silk card.  This was coloured with Promarkers to match the backing paper.  The image was trimmed to the width of the stripe paper, layered onto bronze card and attached across the centre.  I die cut a snowflake from bronze card, attached it to the top corner of the card and added a maroon nailhead to the centre.  I added a Wink of Stella to the hat bands and Crysal Stickles to the snow.

Kath x

Christmas Blessings

It's time for a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.  This is a great challenge where the theme is always 'Anything Goes' as long as you use some patterned paper on your creation.

I am entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes', Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use a Sentiment' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" cream silk
Card: Gold mirri
Papers: Hunkydory 'Traditional Christmas' (magazine freebie)

I trimmed the patterned paper, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  The image was trimmed to the edge of the cream border, layered onto gold mirri and attached to the left side of the card.  The sentiment was layered onto gold mirri and attached with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Monday, 28 November 2016

Snowman and Friends

I made this card for the Cardz 4 Gals 'Show a Snowman' challenge and the final Rudolph Day Challenge of the year..  I'm entering A Gem of a Challenge 'Snowmen/women', Allsorts 'Anything Christmas' and Sparkles Monthly Challenges 'Christmas is Coming'  I'm also hopping over the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop with my snippets.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Cuties' Art Pad
Punch; Woodware Squared Corner
Embossing: Sizzix 'Dots' embossing folder
Other: Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella
Snippets: Grey matt and white silk card, Wild Rose Studio 'Painted Poinsettias' paper

I embossed a piece of white silk card, trimmed it, layered it onto grey matt card and attached it to the card front.  The snippet of pink paper was trimmed, layered onto grey card and attached to the left side of the card.  I punched the corners of the pre-coloured image, layered it onto grey card and attached it to the centre.  To finish I highlighted the image with a Wink of Stella and added Diamond Stickles to the snow.

Kath x

Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Perfect Snowman

I made this card for one of my young nephews and am entering the Cardz 4 Guys 'Snowman' challenge.  I'm also entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Cute', Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Christmas is Coming' and Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything 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: 7" x 5" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'The Perfect Snowman' Mini Masterpiece
Die: Cheery Lynn Designs 'Snowflake Set 2'
Other: Clear gem, Stampendous Fun Flock, Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella
Snippets: Blue matt card, silver mirri, blue snowflake paper

I trimmed blue snowflake paper, layered it onto blue card and attached it to the card front.  The pre-coloured image was originally a square, so I trimmed it to a rectangle, layered it onto blue card and attached it to the centre of the paper. I die cut a snowflake, attached it to the corner of the image and added a clear gem to the centre.  To finish, I highlighted the snow with Diamond Stickles, the image with a Wink of Stella and added Fun Flock to the hat bobble.

Kath x

Friday, 18 November 2016

Happy Christmas

Louise is the host for this weeks Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Poinsettias' or 'Snow is Falling' as the themes.

This week we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs who are offering three digis and The Craft Barn who are offering a £10.00 voucher.

I'm entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.  The paper and card are from my snippets drawer so I'm heading to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Die: Creative Expressions 'Contemporary Happy Christmas'
Other: Clear sequins
Snippets: Red pearlescent card, Wild Rose Studio 'Painted Poinsettias' paper

The paper was a part-used sheet from the pad, so I trimmed it to a square, layered it onto red pearlescent card and attached it to the card blank.  I die cut the sentiment and attached it to the upper corner.  A few sequins were then added around the sentiment.

Kath x 

Sunday, 13 November 2016

Celebrate

I made this card for the Cuttlebug Mania 'Tic, Tac, Toe' challenge (I have used Rhinestones, Sentiment, Purple).  I'm also entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Party and Cake' Art Pad
Dies: Poppy Stamps 'Celebrate' and Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Wonky Rectangles'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Purple matt
Paper: Tattered Lace
Other: Clear rhinestones, Wink of Stella

I trimmed the paper to a square, layered it onto purple card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut and embossed the pre-coloured image and attached it to the left side of the card.  I die cut the Celebrate twice, layered them to give depth and attached the sentiment to the lower corner.  I added rhinestones to the top and bottom corners and highlighted the image with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Greetings of the Season

I made this card for the Cardz 4 Guys 'Oh! Christmas Tree' challenge.  I'm also entering The Paper Shelter 'Christmas is Coming' challenge, Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Festive Foliage' Art Pad
Stamp: Paper Smooches 'Joyful Greeting'
Ink: Versafine Olympia Green
Card: Green matt and white silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Festive Trimmings'
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the paper, layered it onto green card and attached it to the card blank.  I trimmed the top and bottom of the pre-coloured Art Pad image, layered it onto green card and attached it to the left side of the card.  The sentiment was stamped onto white card, trimmed, layered onto green card and attached with Pinflair glue.  To finish I highlighted the sentiment and the baubles with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Monday, 7 November 2016

Purple and Gold Christmas

I made this card for the Less is More 'Purple and Gold' challenge.  I am also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'R for Recipe' (I have used Sentiment, Stamp & Embossing), and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.  The card and gold foil are from my snippets drawer so I'm off to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Christmas Bubble Tree'
Ink: Versamarkm Versafine Toffee
Embossing: WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Colouring: Purple Flexmarker
Other: Glossy Accents, Sakura Gelly Roll 'Clear Star' pen
Snippets: Gold foil paper, white silk card

I stamped and embossed the tree and sentiment onto white card before trimming it so it was slightly smaller than the card blank.  I coloured the bubbles with a purple Flexmarker, then highlighted them with the Gelly Roll pen to give a little sparkle before adding Glossy Accents.  I stamped the tree trunk with toffee ink onto gold foil paper, fussy cut it and attached it to the tree trunk.  To finish  I added two smaller pieces of card behind the image before attaching it so it stood away from the card blank.

Kath x

Friday, 4 November 2016

Celebrate in Style

I made this card for the Less is More 'Celebrations and Festivals' challenge.  I'm also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'R for Recipe' (I have used Sentiment, Stamp & Embossing), Classic Design Team Open Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes',


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Bubble Bloom Clarissa'
Embossing: WOW Metallic Gold Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Ink: Versamark, Versafine Toffee
Paper; Making Cards 'Party Girls' (magazine freebie)
Other: Card Candi, Papermania Transparent Shimmering Dots, Mark Richards Gold Nailheads

I stamped and embossed the flower and sentiment onto white card.  This was trimmed, layered onto purple/gold paper and attached to the card front.  I stamped the leaves with Toffee ink onto another piece of the purple/gold paper, fussy cut them just inside the stamped image and attached them to the card.  The flower was decorated with Card Candi, shimmering dots and nailheads.

Kath x

Wednesday, 2 November 2016

Butterflies are the best dancers

A big thank you to Mrs A for inviting me to be her Guest Designer on the Butterfly Challenge.  I chose the letter 'Q' and Mrs A tells me this is for 'Q for Quotes (which must be a butterfly quote) and/or Quick Silver'.  I found some lovely Hunkydory Butterfly toppers and quotes and have used one for my card.

I'm entering Crafty Friends 'Anything Goes' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'


Card blank: DL white pearl
Image: Hunkydory 'The Butterfly Ball'
Card: Silver mirri, Hunkydory 'The Butterfly Ball'

I trimmed a piece of check card, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it to the card.  A section of the floral card was trimmed, layered onto silver mirri and attached to the left side.  Although the butterfly topper was edged in silver, I wanted to layer it to match the rest of the card so I trimmed it slightly, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it using foam tape.

Kath x

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Happy Birthday

It's a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge where the theme is always 'Anything Goes' as long as you use patterned paper.

I am entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Friends 'Anything Goes'. The paper and card are from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 7" cream silk
Dies: Memory Box ' Stitched Happy Birthday Circle', Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Snippets: Cream silk and maroon matt card, Wild Rose Studio 'Man About Town' paper

I trimmed the paper to make a square, layered it onto cream and maroon card before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.  I die cut Happy Birthday from cream card and attached it to a die cut cream circle.  This was then fixed to the centre of a die cut and embossed maroon circle.  I die cut Happy Birthday from maroon card and inlaid the pieces.

Kath x

Elf and Ornament

This month's Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge is 'Santa or Elf' and we are sponsored by Robyn's Fetish.

I'm entering Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes', Classic Design Team Open Challenges 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Stamp:  Bugaboo 'AKV Elf Ornament' digi
Die: Cheery Lynn 'Snowflake Set 2'
Punches: Woodware 'Snowflake Large' & 'Snowflake Regular'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Marianne Designs 'Snow Paper, green and red matt, white silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Classic Christmas'
Other: White Fun Flock, white pearl gem, Wink of Stella

I trimmed the Merry Christmas paper, layered it onto red and green card before attaching it to the centre of the card blank.  The digi was resized and printed onto white card - the elf and ornament were coloured to match the backing paper.  I then trimmed the image, layered it onto red and green card and attached it to the centre of the paper.  I added white Fun Flock to the elf's hat and a Wink of Stella to the ornament.  I die cut a large snowflake from the Snow Paper and attached it to the left of the image.  I punched a large snowflake from green card and a regular snowflake from red card - these were attached to the centre of the die cut snowflake and a small pearl added to the centre.

Kath x

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Warmest Wishes

I made this quick and simple card for the October Rudolph Day challenge.  I'm also entering this card into the Merry Monday 'Birds' challenge, Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Embossing, 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown 'Embossng' challenge, Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use a Sentiment', and Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Image: Upcycled Chistmas card
Embossing: Creative Expressions 'Sparkle Squares'
Card: Red mirri and white silk

I embossed the white silk card, trimmed it slightly before layering it onto red mirri and attaching it to the card front.  The lovely robin image was already glittered, so I trimmed it into a square, layered it onto red mirri and attached it to the card front.  The sentiment was also from the same card, this was trimmed, layered onto red mirri and attached to the card front with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Thinking of You

I made this card for the current Less is More 'Acetate or Vellum' challenge.  I'm also entering the Alphabet Challenge 'Q for Quick and Simple' and Crafting with Dragonflies 'Let's Go Floral' challenges.  The vellum is from my snippets drawer, so I'm also heading to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white hammer
Other: Magenta Style '3D flower' and Stampendous 'Friendly Greetings' peel-offs, Sakura Gelly Roll 'Clear Star' pen
Snippets: White vellum

I attached the flower peel-offs to white vellum and fussy cut them.  I attached the main image to the card front with a dot of tacky glue under the flower centres and the bottom of the stem.  I then shaped the other layers and attached them in the same way.  As the glue could be seen under the top flower, I coloured the flower centres with the 'Clear Star' pen.  To finish I added the sentiment to the lower edge of the card.

Kath x

Friday, 21 October 2016

Snow

Marie is the host for this week's Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Frosty' (either cold colours or snowmen) or 'Well Wrapped Up' as the themes.  This week we have two sponsors - Marianne Designs who are offering a special prize and Bugaboo are offering seven digis.

I have used a lovely Bugaboo image for my card and have chosen the 'Frosty' theme.  I am entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'U for Under the Pile' (I've had the backing paper and Candy BonBon for well over a year), Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Cute or Anything Goes as Long as it's Christmas', Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'Show me a Snowman' and Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Bugaboo 'Christmas Words - Snow' digi
Die: Cheery Lynn 'Snowflakes Set 2'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: White silk, silver mirri
Paper: Snowflake (magazine freebie)
Other: Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella, Turqouise Candy BonBon

I trimmed the snowflake paper, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it to the card front.  I resized the digi, printed it onto white card, and coloured it with Promarkers to match the colours of my paper. The image was trimmed, layered onto silver mirri and attached to the centre of the card. I die-cut a snowflake and attached it to the top corner, adding a turquoise BonBon in the centre.  To finish, I added Diamond Stickles to highlight the snow and a Wink of Stella on the hat bands.


Kath x 

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Thank You

I made this card for the current Butterfly Challenge 'C is for Checkered and/or Cyan'.  I am also entering the Cuttlebug Mania 'Thank You' challenge and as the paper and card are from my snippets drawer I'm heading over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.



Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Dies: Cheery Lynn 'Thank You', Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly', Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Other: Self adhesive shimmer dots
Snippets: Cyan (or as near as I could find to cyan) and white matt card, Lili of the Valley 'Promises' paper

I trimmed a piece of checkered paper, layered it onto cyan card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut and embossed a white circle and then die cut 'Thank You' in the centre.  I attached double sided tape across the back and then inlaid a cyan 'Thank You'.  This was attached to a scalloped die cut, embossed circle and attached to the card front.  I die cut a mini butterfly and attached it to the lower section of the circle. To finish I attached shimmer dots to the top and bottom corners.

Kath x

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Warm and Cosy

I made this card for the ABC Christmas Challenge 'T is for Two' (I have used two cute creatures, two snowflakes and two punches).  I'm also entering the Lili of the Valley 'Christmas' challenge, Christmas Card Challenges 'Decorations' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as Long as It's Christmas'


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Warm and Cosy' Mini Masterpieces
Dies: Cheery Lynn 'Snowflakes Set 2'
Punches: Woodware 'Snowflake' and 'Squared Corner'
Card: Marianne Designs, 'Snow Paper', Red mirri
Paper: Green holly (magazine freebie)
Other: Clear gem, Stampendous White Fun Flock, Wink of Stella

I trimmed the holly paper, layered it onto red mirri and attached it to the card front.  I trimmed the pre-coloured image, punched the corners and attached it to the centre of the card.  I die cut a snowflake from the Snow Paper and attached it to the top corner.  I then attached a red mirri punched snowflake and added a clear gem to the centre.  To finish, I highlighted the image with a Wink of Stella and added Fun Flock to the hat and stocking.

Kath x

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Happy Birthday to a Lovely Sister

I made this card for my sister's birthday and am entering the Alphabet Challenge 'P for Pretty in Pink', Crafting with Dragonflies 'Pinktober' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Bubble Bloom - Felicity'
Pumch: Woodware 'Squared Corner'
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Card: Brown matt and white silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Pastel Dreams'
Other: Pink/brown Card Candi, gold nailheads, Crystal Stickles, computer generated sentiment 'Harrington' font

I layered pink paper onto brown card and attached it to the card front.  I printed the sentiment onto white card and stamped the flower before trimming it and punching the corners.  The image was layered onto brown card and attached to the centre.  I paper pieced the leaves and decorated the flower with Card Candi, nailheads and Stickles.

Kath x

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Orange Christmas Tree

This month's Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge is 'Use Some Orange' and we are sponsored by Freshly Brewed Designs.  For my card I've made an inlaid die-cut Christmas tree (one of my favourite techniques at the moment) but I have found it hard to photograph the mirri card.

I'm entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Winter/Christmas', Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Die: Memory Box 'Sparkling Tile Tree'
Snippets: Orange mirri and white silk card

I die-cut the tree from the white card and backed it with double sided tape.  I then die-cut the tree from several tiny snippets of orange mirri card and inserted these into the white tree.  This panel was then trimmed, layered onto a slightly larger piece of orange mirri and attached to the card front.

Kath x

Vintage Florals

It's a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.  This is a great challenge where the theme is always 'Anything Goes' as long as you use some patterned paper on your creation.

For my card I have used 'Vintage Florals' coordinating papers and toppers from Making Cards magazine.   I'm entering The Paper Shelter 'Blooming Days' challenge and the ABC Challenges 'Q for Quick and Simple'.


Card blank:  6" x 6" white silk
Image: 'Vintage Florals' (magazine freebie)
Dies; Memory Box 'Scrollwork' Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large & Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Card: Brown matt and white silk

I trimmed the floral paper, layered it onto brown card and attached it to the card front.  The image was layered onto brown and white card before being attached to the centre.  I die-cut the Scrollwork and attached it to the upper corner of the card.  The flower topper was die-cut, layered onto a scalloped brown die-cut circle and attached with foam tape.

Kath x

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Wire and White Birthday

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge 'W is for Wire and White on White'.  I'm also entering A Gem of a Challenge 'Female Birthday' and Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenge.  The card is all from my snippets drawer so I'm also heading to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white pearl
Die: Crafts-Too 'Happy Birthday'
Embosisng: X-cut 'Swirls'
Other: Craft for Occasions white wired butterfly
Snippets: White pearl and silver mirri card

I embossed the white pearl card, trimmed it slightly before laying it onto silver mirri and attaching it to the card front.  I die-cut the sentiment from both white pearl and silver mirri card, layering the white sentiment onto the silver one to create a shadow.  This was then attached to the centre of the embossed panel.  To finish I attached the butterfly to the top corner of the card.

Kath x

Monday, 26 September 2016

Good Luck in your New Home

I made this card for my aunt and uncle who are going to move into their new home soon - hopefully it won't be as wonky as this house!  I'm entering the Cuttlebug Mania 'New Home' challenge, Crafty Friends Challenge 'Special Occasion', Classic Design Team Open Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Bugaboo 'AKV House' digi stamp
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares'
Embossing: X-cut 'Small Polka Hearts'
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Light brown matt, white silk
Other: Wink of Stella, Computer generated sentiment 'Rockwell' font

I embossed the light brown card, trimmed it to size and attached it to the centre of the card front.  I printed the digi stamp onto white silk card, resized it and added the sentiment.   This was die-cut with the largest Lacy Squares die. The image was coloured with Promarkers and the windows highlighted with a Wink of Stella.  I cut two squares of white card and attached them to the rear of the image before fixing it to the centre of the card.

Kath x

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Sending you Warm Winter Wishes

I made this card for the Merry Monday 'Keep Warm' challenge.  I'm also entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use a Sentiment', Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes' and the Rudolph Day challenge where 'Anything Goes as Long as It's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" cream silk
Card: Gold mirri
Papers: Hunkydory 'Christmas Traditions' (magazine freebie)

I layered a square of patterned paper onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  The image was trimmed leaving a small outline of cream, before being layered onto gold mirri and attached to the card front.  The sentiment was trimmed, layered onto gold mirri and attached to the card with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Friday, 23 September 2016

Christmas Angel

Christine is the host for this weeks Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Bingo Board' and a 'Sketch' for this week's themes.

This week we are sponsored by Crafty Ribbons who are giving a £10.00 voucher and Becky's Place who are giving the winner three digis.

For my card I have used chosen the middle line of the Bingo Board 'Blue, Sparkle or Shine and Embossing' (although the sparkle doesn't show too well in the photograph).  I am entering Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Cute', Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes', Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'Angels or Fairies' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank:  7" x 7" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Angels' Art Pad
Die: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Lacy Squares'
Embossing: Creative Expressions 'Sparkle Squares', Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Blue Moondust, white silk
Snippets: Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle

I embossed the white card and trimmed it to a square, this was layered onto blue Moondust card before being attached to the centre of the card blank.  I die-cut and embossed a Lacy Square from blue Moondust card.  I trimmed the Christmas Angel so it fitted inside the embossed area of the Lacy Square and then sprayed it with two coats of Spray and Sparkle.  When dry, I layered the image to the die-cut square and  attached it to the card front.

Kath x 

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Happy 35th Birthday

I made this card for my nephew's birthday and am entering Stamping Sensations 'One for the Boys' challenge, Classic Design Team Open Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'. The paper and card was from my snippets drawer so I'm also visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: White DL silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Numbers'
Ink: Versafine Vintage Sepia
Colouring: Faber-Castell coloured pencils
Snippets: Brown matt and white silk card, Lili of the Valley 'Enchantment' paper

I attached a piece of Enchantment paper to centre of the card blank.  I stamped the numbers onto white card and then stamped the two smaller sentiment stamps above and below.  I coloured the numbers to match the papers, highlighting my nephew's age!  This strip was trimmed, layered onto brown card and attached across the centre of the card.

Kath x

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Make the Days Count

The current Butterfly Challenge is 'L for Letters and/or Lavender' and I've used a lovely pre-coloured image from a Lili of the Valley Art Pad for my card.  I'm entering the Cuttlebug Mania 'Anything Goes with Die-Cuts' challenge, Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.  The lavender card is all 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
Image: Lili of the Valley 'English Charm' Art Pad
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large, Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
Other: Sentiment from Docrafts Springtime Papers (magazine freebie)
Snippets: Lavender matt card

I trimmed the image along the top and bottom edges, layered it onto lilac card and attached it to the card front.  I die-cut the sentiment, layered it onto a scalloped die-cut circle of lavender card and attached it to the lower corner with Pinflair glue.  The mini butterfly was die-cut from lavender card and attached to the top corner.

Kath x

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Gold, Black and White Christmas

The current Merry Monday challenge is 'Gold, Black and White' and once again my upcyling box came to the rescue.  I'm also entering Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Image: Upcycled Christmas card
Card: Gold mirri

I saved this lovely card as I liked the beautiful image which has so much detail.  All I did to make this quick card was trim it slightly, layer it onto gold mirri card and attach it to the card front.

Kath x

Friday, 9 September 2016

Vintage Christmas

Cindy is the host for this week's Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Lots of Layers' or 'Wish upon a Star' as the themes.

This week we are sponsored by MR Designs who are offering a 10.00 euro gift voucher and Live and Love Crafts who are offering a £10.00 gift voucher.

For my card I have used Crafter's Companion 'Vintage' papers to create my 'Lots of Layers' card.  I am entering Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Lots of Layers', Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes',  Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Vintage' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" kraft
Image: Crafter's Companion 'Vintage' (magazine freebie)
Die: Memory Box 'Ringed Buckle'
Card: Red matt, kraft
Paper: Crafter's Companion 'Vintage' (magazine freebie)
Other: Cream Ribbon

I layered green paper onto red card and attached a strip of holly paper to the left side.  I die-cut two Ringed Buckles and layered them to give more dimension.  I threaded the cream ribbon through the buckle and attached it around the join in the papers.  This panel was then attached to the card front.  I layered the Santa topper onto red and kraft card and made another panel of the same size using pink snowflake paper. These were then attached to the card front.

Kath x 

Sunday, 4 September 2016

F for Fishing

I made this card for the Cardz 4 Guys 'Something beginning with F' challenge (and I've obviously chosen Fishing).  I'm also entering The Craft Barn Two Weekly Challenge 'What Men Like to Do on a Bank Holiday' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.  I'm also popping across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Gone Fishing' Mini Masterpieces
Snippets: First Edition 'Man Made' zig zag paper, brown card, hessian ribbon

I layered a square of zig zag paper onto brown card and wrapped the hessian ribbon around it  as I thought this looked a bit like a fishing net!. This was then attached to the card front.  The topper was already pre-coloured and die-cut, so I layered it onto brown card and attached it with foam tape.  Quick and easy!

Kath x

Thursday, 1 September 2016

Gold Christmas

This month's Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge is 'Shabby Chic' or 'Monochomatic' and we are sponsored by Elisabeth Bell who are offering two digi stamps for the winner.

I decided to choose the 'Monochromatic' option and used Kanban toppers for this quick and simple card.  I'm entering the Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes', Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Use a Sentiment' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Images: Kanban 'Cosy Christmas'
Card: Gold mirri

To make this super quick card, I layered the gold candle image onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  I trimmed the sentiment image, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the centre of the card ensuring the picture matched.  Why are quick and simple cards often my favourites?

Kath x

Steve the Seagull

It's a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.  This is a great challenge where the theme is always 'Anything Goes' as long as you use some patterned paper on your creation.

I have used 'Steve the Seagull' paper and toppers from Making Cards magazine.  I am entering A Gem of a Challenge 'Summer Fun' and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Image: 'Steve the Seagull' (magazine freebie)
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Card: Burgundy matt and mustard texture
Paper: 'Steve the Seagull' (magazine freebie)
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the seashell paper to a square (I wish they had kept the papers to A4 size instead of reducing them to A5 - just so it looks better on the store shelves!), layered it onto burgundy and mustard card before attaching it to the card front.  The seagull topper was trimmed, layered onto burgundy card and attached to the centre.  I die-cut the sentiment, layered it onto a scalloped circle die-cut from burgundy card and attached it with foam tape.  To finish, I highlighted the seagull with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Kaleidoscope Butterfly

I made this card for the Butterfly Challenge 'K is for Kraft and/or Kaleidoscope' - the flowers remind me of the tiny beads that used to be in my kaleidoscope when I was young!  I bought the Happy Birthday die ages ago and this is the first time it's seen light of day, so I'm heading across to join Darnell's NBUS challenge.  I'm also entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes, Cardz 4 Gals 'Butterflies or Dragonflies' and Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenges.  The card is all from my snippets drawer so I'm off to see Di in the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 7" kraft
Die: Crafts-Too Presscut 'Happy Birthday', Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterfly'
Snippets: Pink floral butterfly. pink and kraft card

I trimmed the pink floral butterfly card, layered it onto pink card and attached it to the centre of the card.  I die-cut Happy Birthday from both pink and kraft card, attaching the pink above the kraft to give a shadow effect.  This was then attached to the top corner of the card to balance the butterfly in the lower corner.  I die-cut a butterfly from a teeny snippet of the flower card and attached it above the sentiment.

Kath x

Friday, 26 August 2016

Brown Snowflakes

Louise is the host for this weeks Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Use white and one other colour' or 'A little bird told me' for the themes.

This week we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments Designs who are offering three digis and The Craft Barn who are giving a £10.00 voucher.

For my card I have chosen the colour theme and have used 'white and brown'. I am entering the August Rudolph Day challenge, Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes', the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Snowflakes' and Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenges.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Die: Memory Box Grand 'Merry Christmas' and 'Snowflake Corner'
Card: Brown matt, white silk
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Krafty Christmas'

I layered brown snowflake paper onto brown card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut the Grand Merry Christmas from white and brown card, inlaying the brown letters into the white die-cut. I then attached the sentiment to the lower edge of the card.  I die-cut the Snowflake Corner from white card and attached it to the top corner.

Kath x 

Sunday, 21 August 2016

V for Vase and Vanilla

The current Butterfly Challenge is 'V for Vases and/or Vanilla'.  I had almost given up finding a vase when I came across this cute vase of snowdrops, saved from a card I received earlier in the year.  I'm also entering Allsorts 'Fabulous Florals' challenge, Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes', Cardz 4 Gals 'Butterflies or Dragonflies' and Crafty Friends 'Anything Goes' challenges.  The paper and ribbon are from my snippets drawer so I'm also visiting the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 4" kraft
Image: Vase of snowdrops (upcycled from greetings card)
Die: Tattered Lace 'Mini Butterflies'
Embossing: X-cut 'Swirls'
Snippets: Vanilla pattered paper, brown ribbon

I embossed the paper, trimmed it and attached it to the card front.  The vase of snowdrops was already fussy cut and I used foam tape to attach it to the centre of the card.  I die cut two mini butterflies and attached them either side of the vase.  To finish, I attached a small bow to the top of the vase.

Kath x

Friday, 19 August 2016

Christmas Angels

I've not had much time for crafting this week as I've been catching up with jobs after our holiday, so was pleased to see that the current ABC Christmas Challenge is 'Q for Quick Layout'.  I've used a pre-coloured image for this quick card which I am also entering into Christmas Card Challenges 'Angels', ABC Challenges 'N is for Noel' (create a Christmas themed project) and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.  The card is from my snippets drawer, so I'm also popping across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Angels' Art Pad
Embossing: Creative Expressions 'Sparkle Squares' 
Other: Diamond Stickles, Wink of Stella
Snippets: Gold mirri and white silk card

I embossed a snippet of white card with the Sparkle Squares, layered it onto gold mirri and attached it to the card front.  I trimmed the Christmas Angels image so it was slightly smaller than another snippet of gold mirri, this was then attached to the centre of the card.   I used a Wink of Stella to highlight the angels and Diamond Stickles on the clouds.

Kath x

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Birthday Candy Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my Birthday Candy and a big thank you for all the good wishes and cards I have received for my significant birthday.

The winner of the Candy, chosen by Mr Random is:


Congratulations Meg!   Please email me at kmbuckell @ btinternet.com with your contact details so I can forward the goodies to you.

We're off on holiday for a couple of weeks, so I'll catch up with blogging on my return!

Kath x

Monday, 1 August 2016

Christmas Ornament Fairy

This is my second post today, please scroll down to see my DT card for Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

This month's Christmas Cards All Year Round challenge is 'Bright Christmas Colours' and we are sponsored by The Stamping Boutique.

For my card I have used 'Christmas Ornament Fairy' from The Stamping Boutique.  I am entering Sparkles Monthly Challenge 'Christmas in July', Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes as long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Stamp: The Stamping Boutique 'Christmas Ornament Fairy' digi
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Squares Large & Lacy Squares
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Colouring: Promarkers
Card: Purple mirri
Paper: Making Cards 'Party Girls' (magazine freebie)
Other: Star Dust Stickles, Papermania Transparent Shimmering Dots

I trimmed the gold/purple paper, layered it onto purple mirri and attached it to the card front.  I attached a square of spotty paper to purple mirri and attached it at an angle on the card. I resized the 'Christmas Ornament Fairy' and printed it onto white card.  I then die cut and embossed the image before colouring it with Promarkers.  This was then layered onto a purple mirri Lacy Square and attached to the card front.  I highlighted the fairy with Stickles and added transparent dots to the top and bottom corners of the card.

Kath x

Let's Dance

It's a new challenge at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.  This is a great challenge where the theme is always 'Anything Goes' as long as you use some patterned paper on your creation.

For my card I have used 'Let's Dance' papers from Making Cards magazine. I am entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes',  the Alphabet Challenge 'K is for Kindness' (I've made the card to send to a friend with a small gift which is wrapped in the same papers) and The Paper Shelter 'Anything Goes' challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Image: Let's Dance; (magazine freebie)
Card: Textura 'Nature'
Paper: 'Let's Dance' (magazine freebie)

I chose patterned paper to match the image background, layered it onto rust texture card and attached it to the card front.  A strip of coordinating paper from the same selection was layered onto rust card and attached across the lower section of the card.  The image was also layered onto rust card.  To ensure it lay flat across the horizontal strip, I attached a small piece of card to the top section before attaching to the centre of the card.  I glued the sentiment onto black card, fussy cut it and attached it to the top of the image.

Kath x

Friday, 29 July 2016

Christmas Bells

Marlene is the host for this weeks Winter Wonderland challenge and she has chosen 'Show us your Gold or Silver' and 'An Embossed Background' as the themes.

This week we are sponsored by Crafts and Me who are giving an £8.00 voucher, A Day for Daisies who are giving $12.00 to spend in their store and Crafter's Companion who are giving a £10.00 voucher to spend in their store.

I have chosen both themes for my card and have used 'Christmas Bells' digi from A Day for Daisies. I am entering Christmas Card Challenges 'Anything Goes', The Craft Barn Two Weekly Challenge 'Clean and Simple' and Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra where 'Anything Goes as Long as it's Christmas'.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk
Stamp: A Day for Daisies 'Christmas Bells' digi
Embossing: Creative Expressions 'Sparkle Squares'
Colouring: Promarkers, Sakura Gelly Roll 'Clear Star'
Card: Silver mirri, white silk
Other: Wink of Stella

I embossed white card, trimmed it to size, layered it onto silver mirri and attached it to the card front. I resized the Christmas Bells digi and printed it onto white card, this was trimmed and layered onto silver mirri.  I coloured the bells and bow with Promarkers and added a Wink of Stella, before attaching the panel to the centre of the card.  To finish I added a dot of Clear Star to the bell clangers.

Kath x