Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Niche Launch


Last Thursday saw the launch of the Niche Market - a group of entrepreneurial women hoping to help each other and various charities with our main charity being KIFAD UK.  One of our members has a personal link with the charity and you can't help but be inspired by her enthusiasm and passion for the projects they are undertaking.


My friend Jo's house was decked with bunting in Navy, Pink and Gold and I made a set of cards with a bunting theme for a raffle prize.  Here are close-ups of the cards with the various sentiments.






 As well as the bunting, the cards also featured enamelled birds die cut with the Memorybox Meadow Bird die, WMS Postcards and sentiments from various WMS stamp sets.

The envelopes and insides were stamped with a stamp from my friend Jaine's set Fun of the Fair from Sarah Hurley Special Editions.




 If only I had been faster posting I could have entered this in ColourQ Challenge #295.


Thanks for stopping by, especially if you take the time to leave a comment,
Kate




Monday, 15 June 2015

Tea Party


A last effort for the June PJ Party at Waltzingmouse today I think.  Since I had some plaid left over from the previous project, I thought I'd attempt this brilliant Bedtime Sketch.  As I was making the tablecloth I thought of the WMS Afternoon Tea and Afternoon Tea Sentiments sets.  So I thought I'd stamp and cut a green folk art kettle.  There's no time now, but I intend to glossy accent the kettle to get that old fashioned enamel look.  I'll post another photo here when I've finished it hopefully.
Thanks for stopping by,
Kate

In a Jam


Waltzingmouse has its June PJ Party on at the moment and one of the challenges is Can it - to make a project involving Canning or Jam Jars.  Great, I thought - finally get to use the WMS Jam Jar Stamps and Dies which I've had for ages but haven't actually got around to using yet.  I didn't feel like doing Christmas cards and I don't have Jam Jar Fillers (I thought I had it, it must have been out of stock when I ordered the others) so I used the spots border stamp from the Gingham and Co set to fill the Jam Jar and stamped the sentiment from Big Berry Strawberry to stamp on the label shape.  I just used the pad to paper technique to colour the lid and used the Jam Jar Fillers Cut Files to cut the wee tag which I stamped with a sentiment from Opera Tags Stamps


I knew I wanted to set off the jam jar with a checked tablecloth so I stamped the tablecloth with the Cabin Plaid Backgrounder stamp and cut a scalloped square which I cut on the diagonal.  Then I had the idea of making an easel card and using the table cloth to prop the card open.


As you can see it still folds flat for posting and a strawberry DP stops the card front from looking too empty.  Once the design was done, they're quite quick to make so I'm making up a few more for end of school thanks you cards.


When looking at it from a distance I wasn't happy with the square corners so I've rounded them off.  I think it looks better what do you think?


Thanks for stopping by,
Kate

Freshly Cut Roses


I am loving this WMS Old Country Roses set, and have been playing around with it a lot.  It took me a while to find some inks I was happy with, but in the end I settled on Tattered Rose and Victorian Velvet Distress Inks.   I tried to find a third colour for the middle but in the end I stuck with just 2 colours.  For the leaves I used Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive Distress Inks.

I used the free cut files to cut a whole sheet of roses and leaves in different sizes and set about stamping them so I have a whole batch of flowers ready to add to future projects.  

I also used the cut files provided with the WMS Vintage Postcards set to cut a sheet of postcards and set about stamping those as well so I have a few of them to add to future projects as well.  I stamped the penny stamp in Victorian Velvet and embossed it so it had a raised detail like a real stamp.

The great thing about making your own backgrounds is that you don't need to worry about matching up colours.  I stamped the background with WMS Pinstripe Backgrounder using the Tattered Rose Distress Ink et voila - a perfect match for the roses.  However it still looked a little bare so I overstamped it with the Katzelkraft Mini 09 stamp - cities of the world.  

As it's June PJ party time over at the WMS Blog, I'm entering this card in the Old Pyjamas challenge.



Thanks for stopping by,
Kate