Sunday, 28 February 2016

You're How Old?

I made this card for my uncle's 70th birthday and am entering the Allsorts 'Sentiment in Focus', Winter Wonderland 'Must use a Sentiment' and Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' challenges.  The papers were all from my snippets drawer, so I'm also popping across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 8" x 6" white silk tent fold
Stamp: Woodware 'Numbers'
InK: Memento Rich Cocoa
Colouring: Promarker - Blush
Other: Wink of Stella
Snippets: White card, brown, green, maroon and stripe papers

I layered a piece of maroon paper onto green paper and attached it to the card front. I stamped the numbers across a snippet of white card and added the extra sentiments above and below.  This was trimmed slightly and a strip of stripe paper was attached to the top and bottom.  This was then layered onto more strips of brown paper before being attached to the card front.  I coloured the numbers with a Blush Promarker and then paper pieced the '7' and '0' from maroon paper.  To finish, I highlighted the paper pieced numbers with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Friday, 26 February 2016

Another Zoo Animal

I've made another card for the Alphabet Challenge 'Z for Zoo Animals' using some pre-coloured Lili of the Valley Jungle Cuddlies toppers and papers.  I'm also entering the Allsorts 'Birthday Wishes', Seize the Birthday 'Anything Goes' and Becky's Place February challenges.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk tent fold
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Jungle Cuddlies' Honey topper and sentiment
Card: Brown matt
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Jungle Cuddlies' green leaf and green spot

I layered a piece of green leaf paper onto brown card and attached this to the card front.  A strip of green spot paper was layered onto brown card and attached to the card to cover the join in the papers. I cut the three Honey image - a whole image with the backing paper, fussy cut one complete Honey and fussy cut one Honey head.  These were shaped and decoupaged using Pinflair glue.  This panel was then layered onto brown card and attached to the card with Pinflair glue.  To finish, I cut a sentiment, layered it onto brown card and attached it with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Thursday, 25 February 2016

February Rudolph Day

A big 'thank you' to ScrappyMo for inviting me to be part of her Rudolph Day Challenge Design Team for February, April and June.  This is my card for the first challenge using a cute pre-coloured Lili of the Valley topper (I love these images) and a co-ordinating paper.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk tent fold
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Merry Christmas Penguins' pre-coloured topper
Punches: Woodware Large and Regular Snowflakes
Card: Silver mirri
Paper: Turquoise/silver snowflake (magazine freebie)
Other: Pearls, Wink of Stella

I layered the turquoise/silver paper onto silver mirri and attached it to the card blank.  I trimmed the top and bottom of the topper (it was originally a square), then layered it onto silver mirri before attaching it to the card.  I punched three snowflakes, attached them to the card and added small pearls to the centre of each snowflake.  To finish, I highlighted the snow with a Wink of Stella.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's entries into this challenge and don't forget there is a fabulous prize on offer - a Memory Box Holly Leaf Border die!

Kath x

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Christmas Baking

The current challenge at 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown is 'Christmas Baking' and I've used another Lili of the Valley pre-coloured topper for my card.  I'm also entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'D for Don't Overdo It' and the Winter Wonderland 'Clean and Simple' challenge.


Card blank:  6" x 6" white silk
Image:  Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Kids' pre-coloured topper
Card: Matt gold
Paper:  Hunkydory Traditional Christmas red and green (magazine freebie), red, green and white stripe (magazine freebie)
Other: Wink of Stella

I attached red and green papers to a square of gold matt card, then fixed a strip of paper across the join.  This was then attached to the card blank.  The Lili of the Valley topper was layered onto a square of gold card before being attached to the card with Pinflair glue.  To finish I highlighted the image with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Butterfly Post

The latest Butterfly Challenge is 'S for Stamping and/or Sapphire' and I've made this small notelet using both stamping and various shades of blue.  I'm also entering Becky's Place February challenge.


Card blank: 5" x 5" white silk
Stamp: Butterfly Post (magazine freebie)
Punch: Woodware 2" square 
Embossing: Cuttlebug 'Swiss Dots', Stampendous clear embossing powder
Ink: Versafine Majestic Blue
Colouring: Faber-Castell colour pencils
Card:  Turquoise mirri and white silk 
Other: Wink of Stella

I embossed a square of white card with the Swiss Dots embossing folder, layered it onto turquoise mirri (I didn't have any dark blue mirri and my thrifty crafting year is making me use what I have before I buy any more!) then attached this to the card front.  The image was stamped onto white silk card, embossed with clear embossing powder before I punched a square.  I coloured the background of the stamp with a lemon pencil and the butterfly with dark blue, pale blue and turquoise pencils before highlighting the wings with a Wink of Stella.  The image was layered onto a snippet of turquoise mirri card before being attached to the card front with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Monday, 22 February 2016

Birthday Cupcakes

The current Seize the Birthday challenge is 'Cupcakes or Candy'.  I don't have any suitable stamps or dies, but found a card with cupcakes in my upcycling box which was perfect for my card.  I'm also entering the Allsorts 'Birthday Wishes' and the Memory Box 'Tickled Pink' challenges.


Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Die: Memory Box 'Grand Happy Birthday'
Card: Marianne Design 'Snow Paper', pink pearl and silver mirri
Other: Upcycled birthday card

I die cut the Grand Happy Birthday from both the Snow Paper (which is a pinkish glitter card) and pink pearl card, these were trimmed and inlaid onto a piece of silver mirri card before being attached to the card front.   I fussy cut the cupcakes from the upcycled birthday card and attached them to the lower edge of the card with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

We Flamingo So Well Together

I won these cute dies and stamps from Di and have used them to make this card for the Cuttlebug Mania 'I {heart} you' challenge and the Alphabet Challenge 'Z is for Zoo Animals'.  I'm also popping over to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop to show Di (and Sarn) what I've made!


Card blank: 6" x 6" white linen
Stamp: My Favourite Things 'Tickled Pink'
Dies: Die-namics 'Flamingos', Spellbinders Nestabilities Standard Circles Large and Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Embossing: Kars Tan embossing mat
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black
Card: Core'dinations Dark Pink (magazine freebie)
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Perfect Pair' (magazine freebie)
Snippets: Core'dinations dark pink card,  pale pink, grey and black matt card, white linen card

I trimmed the pink paper, layered it onto dark pink card and attached it to the card front.  I then die cut and embossed a circle from white linen card and attached it to a scalloped die cut which I had previously cut for another card and not used.  Then the fun began!  I die cut the flamingos from snippets of pale pink (body and beaks), dark pink (wings), grey (legs and beaks) and black (eyes) card and attached them to the circle.  I die cut a heart from dark pink card and placed it between the flamingos.  This circle was then attached to the card.  I stamped the sentiment onto white linen card, trimmed it to size, layered it onto dark pink card and attached it with Pinflair glue.

Kath x

Friday, 19 February 2016

Blue, Cream and Gold Christmas

The current 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown challenge is 'Blue, Cream and Gold'.  These aren't colours I would normally use for a Christmas card, but this card is similar to a card I made before Christmas and I prefer these colours to the ones I originally used!  I'm entering the ABC Christmas Challenge 'D for Don't Overdo It' and Winter Wonderland 'Keep it Simple' challenges as well as over to the playground to see Sarn at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 6" x 4" cream hammer tent fold
Dies: Memory Box 'Grand Merry Christmas' and 'Mini Holly Leaves', Spellbinders Shapeabilities D-Lites 'Garden Weave', Creative Dies 'Nesting Poinsettia' (magazine freebie)
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Snippets: Cream hammer card, gold mirri card and blue pearl card

I die cut 'Merry Christmas' from blue pearl card, trimmed it to slightly smaller than the card blank and then added double sided tape to the rear before attaching it to the card blank.  I die cut the letters from gold mirri card and inlaid them.  The 'Garden Weave' was die cut and embossed from cream hammer card and attached to the upper corner.  I die cut and embossed the outer poinsettia leaves from gold mirri card and three smaller leaves from blue pearl card.  The leaves were shaped before being glued together and attached to the card front.  The poinsettia flowers were die cut from gold mirri card using the 'Mini Holly Leaves' dies and were attached them to the centre of the poinsettia.

Kath x

Monday, 15 February 2016

Believe in the Magic

This card was made for the current ABC Christmas Challenge 'C for Cute Critters' using an upcycled glittered Rudolph.  The paper and card were from my snippets drawer so I'm popping into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank:  6" x 4" white silk tent fold
Stamp: Paper Smooches 'Joyful Greeting;
Ink: Versafine Onxy Black
Other: Wink of Stella, Rudolph (upcycled from a Christmas gift tag)
Snippets: Gold matt card, tree paper

I trimmed the tree paper, layered it onto gold card and attached it to the card front.  Rudolph was attached to the left side of the card and I stamped the sentiment in the top corner.  To finish, I highlighted the snow at the bottom of the card and the trees with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 14 February 2016

With Love on Our Anniversary

I made this card for my OH for our forthcoming wedding anniversary and am entering it into the Winter Wonderland 'Have a Heart' (there is one on my card), the Little Claire Designs 'Love and Marriage' (our wedding anniversary), Alphabet Challenge 'Y for You Choose' (I love die-cutting, so chose to enter this card) and Becky's Place February challenges.


Card blank: 7" x 7" white silk
Die: Apple Blossom 'Flourish Heart' (magazine freebie)
Card: Red pearl, white silk printable
Paper: Docrafts Forever Friends Classic Decadence (magazine freebie)
Other: Computer generated sentiment (Harrington font)

I layered a square of grey metallic patterned paper onto red pearl card and attached it to the card front.  I printed the sentiment onto white card, trimmed it to size, layered it onto red pearl card and attached it to the card front.  I die cut the Flourish Heart and attached it above the sentiment.

Kath x

Friday, 12 February 2016

White on White Birthday

Less is More is celebrating it's 5th birthday and the challenge is 'White on White' (accents in metallic or b/w are also acceptable) so I've made this quick and simple card for their challenge.  I'm also entering the Allsorts 'Clean and Simple challenge and as the card is made entirely from snippets I'm popping into the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank:  6" x 6" Snow White Centura Pearl 
Dies: Crafty Ann 'Butterfly 7', Memory Box ' Grand Happy Birthday'
Snippets: Snow White Centura Pearl, silver holographic card (upcycled Christmas card tags)

I die cut Happy Birthday from pearl card and then attached snippets of holographic card behind the 'birthday' (this was a bit of a patchwork as the card is from upcycled gift tags!).  I then attached the sentiment to the card front with double sided tape to give a 3D effecct.  I die cut the butterfly from another snippet of pearl card and attached the smallest snippet of holographic card behind the butterfly body before gluing it to the card front.

Kath x

Friday, 5 February 2016

Merry Monday Santa

This card was made with a pre-coloured Santa image from a Lili of the Valley Art Pad and lots of snippets so I'm entering the Merry Monday 'Santa' challenge as well as popping across to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.


Card blank: 7" x 5" white silk tent fold
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Ho Ho Ho!' Art Pad
Embossing: Crafts-Too 'Swirl Frame'
Other: Wink of Stella
Snippets: Blue and white card, peel-off stars

I embossed a snippet of white card with the Swirls Frame', trimmed it slightly and cut out the centre before attaching it on top of my Santa image.  This was then layered onto blue card and attached to the card front.  I found oddments of peel-off stars and attached them around the frame.  To finish, I tickled the image with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Lots of Snippets

Having seen Di's snippets card last week, I decided to make this card using some silver die cuts left over from a Cuttlebug workshop I went to about three years ago!  The Chloe stems had been die cut for another project and not used,so I managed to use lots of snippets for this thrifty card for Pixie's Crafty Workshop challenge.


Card blank: 6" x 6" white silk
Stamp: Woodware 'Going to Seed'
Dies: Cuttlebug 'Celebration Stamp Square' and 'Vintage', Memory Box 'Chloe Stem'
Embossing: Cuttlebug 'Perfectly Paisley'
Ink: Versafine Crimson Red
Snippets: Red and white card, silver mirri card

I embossed snippets of white card with the Paisley folder and then die cut four squares.  I die cut one square from plain white card and stamped the sentiment into the centre.  I attached the white and silver squares onto a snippet of red card using Tombow Mono glue so I could move them to ensure they were all level.  The red panel was then trimmed, layered onto silver mirri card and attached to the card front.  To finish, I trimmed two Chloe stems and attached them to the card front.

Kath x

Monday, 1 February 2016

Blog Candy Winner

Thank you to everyone who has left a comment for a chance to win my blog candy and welcome to my new followers.

The winner of the candy is:



Valerija - please email me at kmbuckell@btinternet.com with your address and I'll pop your candy in the post as soon as possible.

Kath x