Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Monday, February 19, 2018

Butterfly Challenge #95, P is for........

Yes there is a new Butterfly Challenge and this time the letter is 'P' which stands for Pink, Purple or Peach, Pearls, Paper Piecing and Patterned Paper. So there was quite a choice, but because I need a challenge to motivate me at the moment, I decided to try to use all six, and here is what I made.

I started with Paper Piecing which I quite enjoy. I used my Silhouette cameo to cut a hexagon grid from dark Purple card, and raided my snippets box for any Patterned Papers that were Pink, Purple or Peach. I cut out several hexagons from each and rearranged them several times until I was happy with them, then glued them in place, and covered all the joins with the grid. I thought it looked quite pretty.

I then chose a set of Tonic dies that have never been used, and cut the main piece from black card, and then some more solid and lacy butterflies from snippets of bright Pink and Purple mirri-card, and some from black. I cut several lacy flowers from Peach glitter card.
I tried my Paper Pieced background on white, Pink and Purple card, and decided it looked best on the Purple (lilac actually!), so I cut a base card from that and glued the grid in place. 
Then by trial and error I eventually placed the main die cut across the upper half and added Pink mirri card butterflies with black lacy overlays on them. Then I added the Peach glitter flower, and used two more in the bottom corner with a Pink mirri-card butterfly in place of a bow.
There was a tiny mistake in the top right corner where I had trimmed the grid too closely, so I covered that with a Purple lace butterfly over a solid Peach mirri-card one.
The sentiment die (Joanna Sheen Signature dies) comes in  two sizes, and I thought this card needed something quite bold so I went for the larger size, and cut it from the Purple mirri-card.
To finish off I used Pink Pearls on the bodies of two butterflies, and a tiny Peach Pearl on each flower.
So there we have it, a card with all six 'P's' on it, and I have quite a few extra die cuts that might make up in to a second card.
So now I will flutter over to Mrs A's blog to enter in the Butterfly Challenge #95, and also go and play in Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Up and running for the first Rudolph Day Challenge of 2018

For those who don't know, Rudolph day is the 25th of each month, when we are encouraged to make a card, or other Christmas related item, to help us build a stash and avoid a panic at the end of the year.

I have been out of action for best part of a month with the dreaded cold virus, but I am beginning to feel 'human' again, so I wanted to find my mojo and get some crafting done. So here is the first card I made.

Last year I fell woefully behind my target of 12 Christmas cards each month, and I want to do a bit better this year. I needed something fairly straight forward to get me started, so I browsed some fairly old craft CDs, really to see whether I need to keep them or pass them on to someone who would make better use of them, and I came across one called Romany Christmas, which I have never used. The images on it are sort of 'folk art', very simple and muted. There were some sheets of toppers, with six designs to a page so I printed off two each of two pages. The images ranged from robins to Christmas trees, from puddings to snowmen, and even old Rudolph himself. Here is another one made into a card. Very simple but quite effective.

Because of the type of images they were, I felt it would spoil them to add too much embellishment to them, so I found various pre-cut cards from my stash, and several dies for frames. Then I decided which shape worked best for each image and cut them out with a corresponding mat.
Then I used snippets of patterned paper from my Christmas offcuts box, digi scrapbook papers sized down to a fit a square card, and printed off some of the matching papers from the CD, and between all of those I made a backing paper for each card and added the relevant topper.
Then I used oddments of sticky ribbon, die cut lace borders, and elements salvaged from old Christmas cards (I found a bag of these from years ago in one of my scrap boxes!) to add some interest.
I used my misti to position a sentiment stamp on each design and stamped them.

So now I have a collection of 25 cards! WOW. That is a great start to my collection for this year. Just in case you don't believe me...

Sorry the photos are a bit dark. This may be January, but we have unseasonably bright sunshine in the mornings here this month. I am not complaining, but it makes photographing cards quite difficult.
So I will link these up to Scraps of Life by scrappymo, for the Rudolph day challenge.
I won't keep up the momentum of twenty-four cards every month, but I do hope to get some smaller runs done, so I can stay on target this year.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Roses in December

A long time ago, when my Mum died and I had the task of sorting out some of her papers, I found a little text that has stuck in my mind ever since. It read "God gave us our memories that we might have roses in December". These days we hardly need our memories for that, as roses seem to bloom most months, and I have had a flower in my garden at Christmas. But when I needed three cards for December birthdays I remembered the text and I decided to make them using my newest Altenew set of rose stamps and dies. I have had their small roses set for a while, but they have now released a single larger bloom and I love it. So here is the first card I made.

There are six layer stamps for the flower and four for the leaves, enabling you to build up the colours to give a very realistic image. Fortunately I used to have a passion for collecting complete sets of ink-pads, and although I don't use a lot of the different coloured ones now, I was able to find six toning shades of pink for my flower. So I stamped my flower once - my Misti stamp positioner, or a similar one, is essential for aligning the layers of these flowers - and the leaves twice, and cut them out with the corresponding dies. 
The background is a white card blank lightly dusted with pink distress inks. I then used a leaf stencil with Prima Art Alchemy acrylic paint in Rose Gold. I bought this new recently and wanted to try it. It is so pretty, and ideal for adding some gentle shimmer to my card.
I sorted through my green snippets for a piece large enough to cut out the mat using another new purchase - a die by Gina Marie designs. I put them all together and cut a sentiment with another green snippet using my Silhouette cameo and Desire pro font.

I was pleased with this card, so I decided to repeat it using other roses that I had stamped in various colourways when I was first playing with the set. So I ended up with four card in all.
I used white snippets to stamp all the flowers and leaves, and a variety of plain and patterned snippets for the backgrounds, mats and sentiments. I like the darker rose best, but prefer the backing of the first one, but they have all been sent now so I guess I could be trying out some more!

But first I will hop over to Pixie's Snippets Playground with these. It is a while since I made them, but they have not been shown yet. I have been really poorly with a cold virus ever since Christmas, so I have not been down in my chilly craft room very much. But I am trying to get working again now, so hopefully I will have something more recent to show for my next post.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Rudolph day extra.

Our friend Maureen who hosts the Rudolph day Challenge on 25th of each month, is, this year, offering an extra challenge for anyone who has entered every month from January to November this year. As I qualify for that, I thought I would share a little Christmas project that I managed to finish this week. It is this Christmas tree.

I bought the cutting file from svgcuts, and found there were 18 sections to the tree itself, and a further 10 sections to make the base plus sixteen decorative panels to go on the base, and two layers for the star on the top! So it took a lot of card, but fortunately I had three huge sheets of light-weight green card in my cupboard that I bought for something last year and didn't use, and they were just enough for the tree. Of course, I cut it all out using my silhouette cameo machine.
Included with the cutting files was a pdf showing which lines were mountain folds, and which were valleys, and also showed which tabs could be inked. I decided I would ink them and used a new pad of DI picket fence. I am glad I did, because it helped me to see which tabs should be glued on the outside, and which should tuck inside and be glued later.
There was a 59 minute tutorial video for the assembly of the pieces, and without that I might not have managed it!
It was a fiddle to do, especially for the last joins on the tree, but it did go together very well, and was a very clever piece of design work. 
The original had a single candle lamp inside it, though they recommended replacing the bulb with a brighter LED one, but it did say in the instructions that a string of 100 LED mini-lights would also be suitable, and that is what I had to use. I took my photo when all the main lights in the room were on so you can't see them twinkling, but in a darker spot it is very pretty when it is lit up. There are lots of holes for the lights to shine through, and also holes for inserting plastic 'pretend lights', which apparently are intended for replacements in ceramic Christmas trees? I bought a pack of 100 from Amazon, and they are a nice extra touch. This second photo shows the lights better, and the base.
So now I will link this up at Scraps of life by Scrappymo. before you know it, it will be time to post our January cards. Why not make a new year's resolution to join in with us.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Getting carried away.

Here we are at the last Rudolph Day of the year, (25th of the month when we write a blog about a Christmas card or project). So here are two of mine.

I got  bit carried away this month and did some 'batch-baking'. I knew I was a bit behind with my card making so I chose a digi file and printed it off several times. The file is a cute group of singing owls, and is yet another LOTV image. I have used a lot of their images this year, and I am really pleased that they now release a lot of them as digi files. This means I can choose what size I use, but this time I just fitted several on a page and printed them, and then made them a little smaller and printed some more. They didn't need a lot of colouring, so I used my copic markers and got them all coloured, just changing the theme to keep it interesting. Some are red/green, some are blue/turquoise, and a few are purple/pink.
I then raided my die folder and found a few rectangular dies that fitted either the image or made a suitable mat, and cut them all out. For some I used the die for a mat and hand cut a rectangle to go inside it, and others I used the die for the image and hand cut a mat. And for some I drew round the inner and outer edge of the die and fussy cut them. 
In the end I had thirty-five toppers all ready to go on cards! In the card above, the pretty stitched lace frame is from a set of nesties by Gina Marie Designs. It is the first time I have used these and I really like them. I can see them coming out quite often. For the others I used one from Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, and one from Spellbinders A2 Distressed Edges sets. The large sentiment is a Creative Expressions die, and the tiny one on the image is from a Gina Marie set of stamps.
I found the slightly larger images did not fit on my standard rectangular cards, so I used some 13.5cm square cream cards that I bought in Hobbycraft several years ago. Some of the backing papers are from new pads that I bought in UK this year, and others are from my huge stash of Christmas snippets.  All the mats were cut from odd pieces of glitter, or mirri-card left over from previous projects, and chosen according to the colours used on the images.

I made fourteen of these square cards.

Next I decided on an A6 base card for the smaller images and once again I was delighted to find several very ancient pre-cut cards in my stash, in colours I could use, and for the rest I cut white ones. The backing papers are mostly from my stash, and I used up some very small off cuts of  the glitter and mirri cards to make various embellishments to match the image mats. This picture shows the different colour-ways I used.
Most of the embellishments are cut with Joanna Sheen Signature dies,  but the snowflake border is a Memory box die and the snowy corner is by Jeanine's Art. That is not a company I am familiar with but I picked it up in a small independent craft shop that I visited in UK.
And here are all twenty-one of the smaller cards.
That is a  huge thirty-five card added to my stash which brings my total up to 140, so now I am ready to get them all written and the overseas ones posted.
I will link up to the Rudolph Day Challenge at Scraps of life by scrappymo, who I am very grateful to for encouraging me to at least get some of my cards made throughout the year, because 140 in a rush at the end of the year, may have been a step too far!

As I used so many off-cuts of paper and cards, I am also linking to Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Across the miles for Rudolph Day

Last month our friend Rudolph nearly caught me napping. This month I am on track, so I am writing this a day early as Wednesday is my busiest day, so not a good one for blog posting.
This has been a crazy month with a visit to UK that included a wonderful 70th birthday celebration for me, and a family funeral, as well as some retail therapy and a good few miles of travelling. I brought my sister back with me for a week or so, but yesterday we saw her safely on to her plane for home, so now I have to get back into routine and do some crafting. And what better way than to make a Christmas card for Rudolph Day.
When I am in UK I usually treat myself to a couple of craft magazines as it is way to expensive to subscribe to one out here. This visit I returned with not one or a couple, but five magazines, so for this card I decided to use all the free items that came with one of them.
The set included an embossing folder of the postbox in front of iron railings, so I embossed it on red card and cut around the post box. I used a permanent marker to colour the base black. There was a tiny die to cut out the letter slot, and another with a matching stamp to make the letters.  There was a stamp for the little girl and a separate one for her hat, which I coloured with copic markers and fussy cut. A variety of word stamps were provided for the front of the letter box and I chose the Happy Mail one. (There was also a little bird and a sprig of holly stamps and matching dies which I didn't use this time).
When I opened the magazine and started flipping through it I found a big pack of backing papers to go with these. I chose an A4 snowy scene and cut a piece from the end of it to go behind my scene, and glued it all to a plain white card. I rounded the post box a little and attached it with silicone glue to give it a little dimension. Then I just added some star-dust stickles on the lamp, the ground and randomly on some of the snowflakes, to add a bit of sparkle.
The 'Happy Christmas across the miles' was also from this set and seemed appropriate for my card. I was pleased with how this turned out and may manage to make a few more before I have to post them.
But for now I will link this up to the October Rudolph Day Challenge as soon as it appears.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

A quick dozen (almost) for my Christmas card stash.

Once again feeling I am falling behind with my Christmas card collection, I decided I needed to do a run of a something fairly straightforward, so here is what I made.

The design, including the script, is a cutting file from Silhouette cameo library, which I am sure I bought from the Silhouette store a while ago.  I resized it for a 12cm square card and fitted it six times onto cutting mat. Then I cut it from black vinyl. While the machine was set up I cut the six images again and set about weeding them. This is the tedious job of removing all the unwanted areas using a pricking tool, which can be difficult with the tiny pieces inside the letters 'e' and 'd' etc. However this design didn't prove to be too time consuming so I soon had my cuts all ready to go on cards.
I trawled through my Christmas snippets box and found a range of suitable designs for the backing papers, so  I cut the squares out and used transfer tape to lift each image from its backing paper and position it onto one of the squares.
Next I cut a mat for each one from various colours of the glitter card I mentioned in my previous post.
I was about to cut lots of base cards from white, thinking that this is an extravagant size card to make as you can only cut one card from each A4 sheet, when I remembered the huge stash of precut cards and envelopes still lurking in a bottom cupboard. So I had a look and sure enough, there was a whole box of 12cm cards in a wide range of colours. Amazingly I found one that was a perfect match for every one of my cards so I did a little happy dance and got them all mounted up, and I am really pleased with them. These cards and envelopes must be at least twelve years old, so I am really glad to be making use of some of them.
The more alert of you will notice that there are only eleven (almost a dozen) cards here. I did cut twelve but one didn't make it through the weeding-transfer process so I had to discard it. But still, eleven cards in one evening is a good result.
Now I am rushing off to Pixie's Snippets Playground to join in the fun before the gates are closed for this week.

Monday, September 25, 2017

September Rudolph day Challenge

Goodness; is it really the 25th already?! Rudolph nearly caught me out this month but fortunately I still had four of my little LOTV digi images ready to make into cards.
I printed the image four times and coloured them all in the same way with copic markers, just changing the colour for the little bird house.

I have been making a lot of 17 x 11.5 cm cards, which is sort of the European version of A6. They have just a little bit more space to work in and I really like them. (Plus they are exactly one half of a sheet card from the blocks I buy at Lidl's!).

However I have run out of the matching envelopes, and the shop where I buy them had restocked with the ones for A6 cards, so I have gone back to the smaller size for these.

The image includes a narrow, slightly rough edged border, so I decided to make white base cards and use my pens to colour the image border, and then distress the edges of my backing paper to match them, rather than cutting a mat for it.

So I started with two red ones. I was looking for some backing paper and found a small piece left over from an old papermania 6 x6 block, that I have mostly used up now. It was just right for these cards so I cut a tile from my snippet, and used a graphics programme to seamlessly cover an A4 sheet of paper, and printed it out.

I then did the same for the other two using green for the border.

The snowflake border is cut with a Joanna Sheen signature die, using some pretty, glitter card. This is lovely and sparkly IRL, but quite soft and smooth to touch and it die cuts beautifully. I can buy it in about eight different colours from our local 'Chinese bazaar'. It comes in huge sheets, possibly A2 for just 45 cents a sheet, so I thought I had better try to use some. The sentiment is one that turned up when I was sorting my stamps out recently and I am sorry, it had lost its packaging so I don't know the manufacturer.

So that is another four cards for my stash, which is coming along quite nicely. I have another two weeks out with visitors and visiting, so I still need to do one big run of something simple. The rate this year is flying by, I'll soon be posting the overseas ones.
But for now I will pop over to Scraps of Life by scrappymo, and enter this in the September Rudolph Day Challenge.