Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Wedding Blues and Lilacs


A friend asked me to make up a wedding card in blue and lilac.  I struggled at first until I remembered this beautiful paper from Kaisercraft Utopia.  

I attached some paper to foam board and cut two primitive hearts from an Ellison Thick Cuts die.  I then partially cut one of the hearts from the other so they would nestle up close together and gave them a good coat of glossy accents to make sure they stay that way.


The sentiment is from WMS Big Day Additions.  I've mounted it on a Spellbinders Replendent Rectangle.  I tried some WMS Funky Flowers in the top left corner, but I just couldn't get them to sit right given the space available.  I ended up using these die cut loopy flowers.  They were cut with a Cuttlebug die but I can't remember what they're called since they were one of the first dies I ever owned and the packaging is long gone.  I gave them a liberal dose of Glossy Accents as well.

The envelope is stamped with a WMS Funky Flower.  I also stamped another and cut it out with the matching die to make an elegant envelope seal.  WMS Cutting Edge Dies cut so well that the double sided tape I attached to the back of the image didn't phase it.  If you're sending something through the post any embellishments have to be stuck down well or you risk losing them, or worse having your card mangled.

I'm entering this in the WMS Fanatics Challenge 31 - Flowers.  

Thanks for stopping by,
Kate   

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Baby Girl Card


I recently bought the Memory Box Baby Carriage die and have been itching to use it.  I knew it would be beautifully paired with this sentiment from the WMS Big Day Today set.


I used a partial Label 14 die to frame the sentiment.  It reminds me of a cloud and I've dangled a die cut star, moon (cut one circle from another) and heart from it so it resembles a crib mobile.

The inside easel sentiment is computer generated - it's just something that came to me based on the front scene, though I dare say I'm not the first to think of it.  I tried to keep the font sympathetic to Claire's beautifully scripted Welcome sentiment.  Again I used a partial Label 14 die so that it matched the front.  

The little baby carriage on the envelope was stamped with an old wooden mounted stamp.  I last used  used this ten years ago when I made the birth announcements for Simon.

Thanks for stopping by,
Kate

Monday, 17 November 2014

Sassy Red Dress for Christmas


Evening all.  Using a very old Sizzix Original die I cut this dress, shoes and handbag from red satin.  It looked so festive I couldn't resist making it into a Christmas card though this was not the original intention.  The sentiment is one I thought up myself so I had to rely on the word processor.  I'm not really happy with the sentiment - the spacing of that capital "S" is not right.  I fiddled with character spacing and letter sizes but this was the best I could manage.

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

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Box of Delights



I've made up a box of stamping goodies for Simon's friend Jess who's having her birthday tomorrow.  It was her idea not mine - though I'm always happy to advocate my favourite pastime.


I've upcycled a shoe box.  It was for a girl's pair of boots (courtesy of Simon's friend Niamh) so was already covered in a pretty pink paper.  I've created panels to hide all traces of the box's previous existence using a free stamp from Craft Stamper and WMS Splat That.    The colours are from the last Waltzing Mouse Fanatics Challenge and match the card I made for her earlier.

Using a set like this is not easy for a borderline OCD neat person like myself but once I surrendered to the freedom of mess I really enjoyed it.  Of course it does help that Claire has created a fabulous little set here.

There was a hole in the side of the box so I created a hole in the panel and used it to poke scraps of ribbon through - just what every budding card maker needs.

This may be a bit cheeky but I'm entering this in the November Pyjama Party Wrap it up Challenge.   It's not warm and cozy but I think the splattered background gives a certain comfy and cozy feel to it - like an old pair of dungarees LOL !!!


Once again thanks for stopping by,
Kate

Country Christmas Blessings


Pyjama Party Time Again !!!  Yippee !!!


This is my entry for the Bedtime Sketch, though it is somewhat more ordered than the sketch really called for.  Perhaps I'll go back to the drawing board and try again, if I have time.  Simon and I are going to a birthday party tomorrow, so not sure it will happen.


Using stamps from WMS Country Labels 4,  I built up a background of houses in Festive Berries and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks.  To mute the colours I overlaid a sheet of vellum.  To hide the tape that was needed to secure the vellum, I overlaid photo corners from Tim Holtz ATC and corners.

This is really a Thanksgiving sentiment rather than a Christmas one, but given  the red and green colour scheme and the sprig of holly, I think it works rather well.  The label has been mounted on a gingham panel which was stamped with smallest check from WMS Gingham and Co. set.  I'm getting great use from this set which I ordered just last month for my birthday - should have ordered it years ago !!!


The holly on the card is from the Tim Holtz Holiday Lamppost and has been given the glossy accents treatment to make it shine.   The envelope was stamped with the a sprig of holly from the Festive Foliage set.  I only realised last night that I have the die for the festive foliage holly and could have used it for the card as well. 

I've catalogued all the stamps and die cuts I possess in my iPhoto library and I use key words like sentiment, Christmas, birthday, thanks, baby etc in the description.  When I need something I search this catalogue and it helps me locate where the physical stamp or die cut is stored.  It saves me time usually and helps me when my Mojo is running low.  However, occasionally I slip up - must make a point of  using this die before Christmas.   I would love to know how others keep track of their stash.

I'm also entering it in Festive Friday Challenge 14 which has the following inspirational photo



and the current Make it Monday which has the theme
Berries and Foliage

Thanks for stopping by,
Kate