Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Brenda's giveaway

Brenda, from Floral fantasies, needs to give up some of her design teamwork due to ill health, and is currently running a generous giveaway of pre-used dies and stamps. She has six bundles to give away.
To be in with a chance to win one of these bundles, leave a comment on her blog HERE, and the winners will be chosen by Random.org. over Easter.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Butterfly Challenge #97

We were given a pretty range of colours to choose from this time, as well as some very varied additions. The letter was 'L' for Lemon, Lavender and Light Blue, plus 'L' for Lace, Layers and Letters. Once again these are a choice, along with a Butterfly of course, but I like the challenge of incorporating as many as possible. I only managed six out of the seven this time unless you call the flap of my envelope Lace. But I used several Layers of card, Letters for my sentiment, and all three colours, which again proved a challenge to photograph accurately. My lemon looks very washed out, and the blue was lighter in real life, but I did my best.
I made this card with my Silhouette cameo cutting machine and a design sold as a svg file by The Dreaming Tree. It is one of a set of three cards which are available to buy on their web site, but this week they were offered as a free gift with an order above 10$. So I thought I'd have a go at making one of them.

The base card is Light blue and there is a cut-out swirl in the Lavender front panel to let it show through. The flower and sentiment were cut from Lemon card, with the smaller flower centre cut from a darker yellow heavy vellum (It looks green here but it isn't). I used a pale green card to cut the leaves and held the flower and leaves together with a lavender gem brad. The sentiment was a file already in my Silhouette library, and I am not sure where it is from.
I think all the elements are here, including some tiny butterfly stickers, but the main butterfly can be seen when the card is opened.
I used the same green and lemon card to cut the flower and leaves, and a slightly darker shade of lavender card to cut the butterfly. Then I cut a backing for its wings from the yellow vellum which shows nicely when it pops up.
There was a file for cutting an envelope in the folder, which I wouldn't normally bother with, but as the card was not a standard size, I did cut its envelope this time, and backed the Lace flap with some more of the green card.
So I will link this to Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge #97. Why not fly over and see who else is there, and maybe add a butterfly of your own.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's snowing again.

I am sure my friends in UK have seen enough snow for this year, but here in Spain we don't see any, so it is a novelty to use it on a card now and then. In fact I rarely make snowy Christmas cards, but last Autumn I bought three Stampendous stamps that caught my eye, and they arrived too late for my cards, so it is time this one saw some ink.
I stamped it with Memento ink in tuxedo black, so that I could add some colour with copic markers. Then I fussy cut it out, and used Tumbled glass DI ink to distress the edges (It doesn't show in my photo, but it is there!).
For the background I cut a pale turquoise base card and a piece of white card to almost cover it. I embossed the white piece in my falling snow EF, and again used Tumbled glass DI to add a little colour to it.
I used some bright white glitter card to cut a snowflake lace strip (Joanna Sheen signature die) and a small snowflake (Gina Marie Designs), and assembled it all. For a final touch I added glitter glue to the snow in my image.
I am entering this card in:-
ABC Christmas Challenge - E for Embossing and G for Glitter, and

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Butterfly Challenge #96

I've left it a bit late for this challenge but there are still a couple of days to post in. This month our challenge was to use, obviously a butterfly, and anything from this options wheel.

As you know I like a challenge so I decided to try to use all the options again this time. It is not a colour combination I might normally choose, but I think it worked quite well. Here is what I made.
It was a difficult one to photograph and the colours are not very true. The yellow is brighter and the navy much darker. I had so much trouble finding navy card when I made stationery for my son's wedding and this was all I could get. It is quite dark with a pearlescent sheen which reflects the light and makes it appear paler in a photo. The yellow was a very harsh shade, but I found the  shiny back to a brochure that was the nearest I had to the naples yellow in the challenge. I looked up Napier green in google and it is quite a yellowy shade of green, so I found the nearest I could in my stash of green snippets.

I started with the leafy frame which is from a Sizzix die set. I then used the software in my Silhouette Cameo machine to design the oval mats to fit it, and cut them from blue, yellow and green card. The butterfly is my favourite die from Wild Rose Studio, cut from the navy card, backed with white paper and coloured with my new watercolour brush pens to match the cards. I attached it to my frame by just its lower wing so that it stands out a little to give some dimension.The tiny butterflies are a Presscut die.

The yellow card proved too heavy and tough to cut the sentiment, which I wrote and shaped in the Silhouette, but fortunately I found a snippet of vinyl that matched perfectly so I used that, and it cut just fine.
I needed a card for a 40th birthday that is coming up soon, but I know the recipient doesn't follow this blog so I am fine posting it ahead of the day, and it was a good excuse to include the 40 on it, thus using the last of the challenge criteria - to use numbers.
So now I will quickly link up with the Butterfly Challenge#96, before it is too late.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

February Rudolph day Challenge

Something a bit different for me this month. This is not my usual style but I wanted to try it, and also to try out a new stamp and die set.

I like cards that have a suitable verse on them, especially if it is Bible verse that tell us the true reason for Christmas. But in this case I had a nice little verse that I saved from a greeting card from a few years ago.
The red, inner white, and green holly, frames came as a set of dies by Amy Designs. I cut a trial set to see how much space I would have and then typed the verse using a font from my library called Asphodel, and played around with it until it fitted inside my frame.
The poinsettia is stamped and cut with my new set that I bought recently in an Altenew sale. The stamps are again layered with four shades of red, and two shades of green for the leaves. My Misti is perfect for getting the layers just right. The matching dies cut with a white edge around each petal which I don't care for, so I inked it to match the petal or leaf.
The ivy and holly sprays are Joanna Sheen signature dies, I layered them all up to cover the 'empty' part of the frame, and used green distress ink around the base card edge.
This month I made a set of six cards all the same, so not quite as good as last month's twenty-five, but a good addition to my stash all the same.
So I shall now go to Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo, to link this up with the February Rudolph Day Challenge.

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.