Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Rudolph Day Challenge - August 2019

Well, contrary to my usual posts, I have in fact done quite a lot of crafting in the past week or so, but as I was mainly making Birthday cards for the next two months, so my visitors could take them back to UK for me, I am unable to show them yet. But I did remember to take some photos this time so I will try to post them when the birthdays have all passed.
But I did also make some Christmas cards for this challenge, and I am writing my post early before the next two lots of visitors take my attention. I will schedule it to post on 25th. It has been a very busy Summer!

I recently sent for some new Sweet Dixie dies. I had to wait a while for them to arrive as they had to be sent from America to the UK store I was buying from, and then be forwarded on to me, but I sometimes get stung for high duties when I buy direct from USA.
For this set I used the Three Kings die, and a star from the stable scene set.

I started off with a playing session with my Brusho crystals. I love the ultrmarine one which splits into turquoise and purple when water is added. For some I sprinkled the dye onto slightly damp card and sprayed it with water, and for others I made the card very wet and added a few dye crystals. 
I also played around with red, yellow and green dyes. Some came out rather dark but I managed to use parts from them. Brushos are very strong pigments and I tend to bit a bit too heavy handed. But practice makes perfect so they say.

When they were dry I cut out the bits I liked best and added them to white or cream pre-cut 13.5cm square cards. Then I cut the kings from either black card, or silver or red mirri-card, according to which looked best on each background. 
The sentiment is cut from two different die sets so they are slightly different fonts, but they worked together OK. For the black ones and the red one I cut the star from gold glitter card, and then cut silver stars for the silver kings.
Apart from waiting overnight for the backgrounds to be properly dry, these cards were relatively quick to make, and I soon had four of each colour-way assembled.

Now I want another play with the Brushos so I may make a few more. I added these eight to my stash and did a quick count-up and was pleased to find I have over ninety cards made so far. I am just about on schedule, which was a dozen cards each month, so I will have plenty ready to write and take with me to UK when I visit in October. They will be left with family members to distribute by hand or pop in the post nearer to Christmas. Our post from Spain has got very expensive at 1.85€ per card, so any I can save in this way is helpful, especially as I send around 120 cards each year!
So now I will schedule this to post on 25th August, AKA Rudolph Day, and when it is published I will link it up with the Rudolph Day Challenge on Scrappy Mo's blog. Why not pop over with me and add a card of your own.

Post Script. I managed to make another set of 8 of this design before my visitors arrived, just varying the colours in the background and the mirri-card.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

July Rudolph Day Challenge

Well the 25th comes round pretty fast each month, and once again it looks as though I have had a lazy month. In fact I needed quite a few birthday cards for June-August, and they were quickly finished so my visitors could take them back to UK to post, (Spanish postage is becoming very expensive), and needless to say, in the rush I forgot to take any photos.  So now it is time for another Christmas card, and here is mine for this month.

As some of you may know, I recently joined a second choir, which sings more classical music, and I am enjoying having the contrast between that and the more popular-music style of my first choir. At the moment we are working on the first half of Handel's Messiah, for a recital at Christmas, including the wonderful piece "For Unto Us a Child is Born". So I thought what better theme for this month's card.
I have just bought part of a new set of stamps and dies from Crafters Companion called Nature's Garden-Poinsettia Perfection, and one piece is this scroll stamp and die. I had the quotation in my digi word art file but I don't know its origin, and the tiny baby is from a page of digistamps bought from craftuprint. I resized both to fit inside the scroll and printed out two sheets of them on parchment coloured paper. Then I used DI walnut stain to stamp the scroll around them and cut them with the die. I used a water brush to blend the ink a little, and a mixture of water based felt tip pens, and alcohol ink markers to add a little colour to the image. A drop of yellow glitter glue (works better than gold) on the star finished them off, and I had eight toppers ready to use.

I cut eight of my favourite size, base cards which measure 17 x 11.5 cms. These are literally sheets of card from a Lidl's pad cut in half, and I find it a much better size than the UK standard, and they fit the standard elvelopeshere in Spain.
Using four sheets of medium weight white paper, I generously sprayed with a mixture of mica sprays, blue, gold, silver, and 'shimmer', and left them to dry, and then cut eight backing papers and glued them to the card fronts.
My intention was to sponge ink through stencils for the shepherds and angles to make them more subtle, and I even cut the stencils with my Silhouette machine, but I found that the ink did not take well over the mica sprays, so in the end I imported the shapes into my silhouette software and designed cut files for the various sizes. Last night I rummaged through my metallic off-cuts and had a cutting session, eight each of the two shepherd groups, and forty angels of various sizes. I felt black would have made them too dominant, so I cut the shepherds from grey pearlised card.
The card above is the only one I have put together so far, but the rest are ready to go and won't take long to assemble.
Happy Rudolph day folks. Fiollow me over to Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo, and why not enter a card yourself in her Rudolph Day Challenge for July while you are there.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Rudolph Day; June 2019

Here we are again at 25th of the month, so this is my offering for June.

Each year I try to make a set of cards with an image that is somehow related to singing, or at least music, to give to my friends in the choir I sing with. Last year I used a stamp of a branch with singing owls on it. This year I found this cute group of singing penguins. It is a Wild Rose Studio stamp, and I stamped it twenty-two times. (I was aiming for 20 but I must have lost count along the way!). I used some pre-cut and folded white A6 cards, and stamped with my Misti to place them directly onto the cards.
Using a mask to cover them, I dusted DI tumbled glass around them, and then I coloured them with my copic pens. Next I cut the snowflake frames using a Memory Box die. I am sure most folk, like me, have several folders of paper and card off-cuts, and I try to use them up, but I just seem to make more. By far my biggest box of off-cuts is the white ones, so I was pleased to find 20+ pieces in there, large enough to cut all my frames. This is supposed to be a "cut and emboss" die, but I simply could not make the emboss part show. I tried all sorts of different arrangements in my Big Shot, but without success. Then I tried adding snow paste through the spaces after I had cut it, but that was too much of a fiddle as I would have had to wash the die between each frame. Next I tried colouring through the spaces with a pale blue ink but I was ruining the nib on my marker. Finally I settled for using a small stencil brush and an ink pad to add the blue dots and snowflakes around the cuts. By this time my Tumbled Glass ink pad was too dry, so I had to change to Memento Bahama Blue which is much darker, but I think it worked OK.
I used Stickles frosted lace which is a fine, low glitter glue, that works well for fur and bobbles on Christmas hats, and glued a frame over  each image.
The sentiment came with the image stamp and I wanted to use it, so again my Misti helped me to place it in the lower left corner of each card. It hit the pattern in some cases but each one was legible except for one. It was rather pale so I stamped it again and managed to move the card a little between stamps, so I printed it again on a piece of paper, cut it as close to the writing as I could and distressed the edges with ink, and covered over the blurred version on the card - waste not want not.
I thought they needed a little bling so I added a more sparkly glitter glue - crystal - to some of the snowflakes and spots, and they are now all spread around my craft room waiting for it to dry. And just to show I really did make twenty-two of them, here they all are.
This set is often made in a rush, the week before they are needed, so it is good to have them all done so early this year.
So Thank you Scrappy Mo for inspiring me to get making each month. Why not follow the link below and make your early Christmas card to add to the post.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Rudolph Day May 2019

When I saw the 25th fast approaching I knew I wanted to make a card or two, but the arthritis in my hands has been so painful this Spring that I didn't think I'd manage much stamping and colouring, so once again I turned to my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine.

I bought a few new designs from the Silhouette store recently and chose one of them to try out. I resized everything to fit onto my favourite rectangular cards which measure 17 x 11.5 cms. I buy pads of coloured card from Lidls whenever they have them, and one sheet cut in half, exactly makes two of these cards. The same size envelopes to fit them are standard out here too, which is useful.

So I chose bright green and bright blue sheets and made two of each.

The front panels are cut from pearlised white paper, and the green foliage sprays from adhesive backed card.
I found a suitable sentiment in a font I liked. It was in my silhouette folder so I must have bought it from their store originally. I shrunk it to fit in the corner of my card and cut it from metallic vinyl, gold for the green cards, and silver for the blue ones. 

I also cut the fancy 'cap' for each bauble to match the sentiment. Then I rifled through my ribbons and found something to tie a bow for each one.
Because the card front had a shaped edge I couldn't use a standard insert, so I stamped a simple verse on a white panel and glued it inside, leaving enough space to write on. (A very old stamp from Great impressions).
So only four cards made this month,but they will all help my collection to grow. And now I will link to the Rudolph day Challenge on Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Rudolph Day: April 2019

Here we go again. This challenge is brilliant. Without it I would have very few Christmas cards in my stash.
I have a friend who make lots of items for charity sales, so folk give her bits and pieces of material, wool etc. But she is not into paper-crafting so when she gets given anything like that, she offers it to me, and a few weeks ago she asked if I would like some small cards she had been given. They were all the same and were roughly cut to around the size of a playing card. I could see their potential and gratefully accepted them, but I knew they were the kind of thing that, if they got put into  drawer, they would never see the light of day again, so I decided to use them straight away. 
I don't often use dark brown for Christmas cards but I had some that matched very closely the silhouette image, so I made the base card with that.
Then I cut a silver mirricard frame using a Gina Marie designs  die, and trimmed the small card to fit it. I also cut a silver star.
I found a very old Hero Arts stamp that fitted across the top of the kings.
To break up the background I found tiny pieces of a silver peel off edge to go across the card and mounted the images over it. 
Then I cut a large sentiment from the same silver mirricard using a die (possibly lawn fawn but I'm not sure), and that was it.
Happy with how it turned out, I then used the rest of the image cards to make a matching set and have twelve more cards to add to my stash.
So now I am off to link with the April Rudolph Day Challenge, on Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo.

Monday, March 25, 2019

March Rudolph Day

Once again this is my first post since the last Rudoph Day Challenge, but this month I have been refurnishing, and rearranging my craft room, so hopefully next month I will be more productive.

In February I showed a set of cards I had made with pieces salvaged from cards I had received last Christmas. I kept back one because I wanted to use the idea again. I found a tiny image of a robin that I liked and wanted a way to use it without overwhelming it. That's when I remembered a new set of dies, purchased but not used at the end of last year. It was a set of Spellbinders Nestabilities simply called Decorative, curved square.

I was pleased to find it fitted perfectly on my favourite 13.5 square cards  which I always have in my stash. I cut the larger and the small dies from white card and used distress inks to add colour to them both. I then cut the image with the small die and trimmed the fancy edge to fit in the centre. I used Corel Photoshop to mute the colours on some backing paper and distressed its edges with the same ink.
I knew I had a very old set of Anita's robin toppers and I was able to cut some of them down small enough to fit on this die. So I found a variety of backing papers and inks and two different robins, and made a set of cards. Here are just four of them. The red is a bit 'fierce' but it makes a nice cheerful card.
I also found three different images from a Jayne Netley Mayhew pad, that could be cut to fit so I made these three.
I have only added sentiments to a few of them. I think the others may simply have one inside, but I may change my mind and add one later.
When I had used up all my little images I found I had thirteen cards. It's a good thing I am not superstitious, and these will make a great addition to my collection.
So I will link this up with Rudolph Day Challenge for March, at Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo, and remember that on 25th of each month, you too can show any Christmas cards that you have made.

Monday, February 25, 2019

February Rudolph day Challenge

Well there was no Rudolph Day Challenge in January so we have had plenty of time to prepare some cards for this month.
When I take my decorations down on 6th January, after the Christmas festivities, I gather all my cards together and look through them once more. There are always many that I don't want to throw away, but obviously I can't keep them all, so I carefully gather all the ones with images, sentiments, embellishments that I think I could use again... but I never do! I am sure I am not the only one who does this?
So this year, I was much more selective about which ones I kept, and made up  my mind to use them straight away. I always make sure that my cards end up very different from the originals, so I feel there is a 'bit of me' in their design, so here are a few sets I made.

The first set use a simple image with a new frame and new background.

The next ones are now mounted onto rectangular base cards, with added frames and stamping. The lower one is a salvaged frame with a new stamped image in the aperture.
And the final ones are back on my favourite 13.5 square base cards with backing papers and stamping, and heat embossed sentiments. N:B: The stars punched from the border under the shepherds, are dotted around the donkey in the set above. 'Waste not, Want not' as the saying goes.
So I am happy that this year my salvaged pieces have not gone to waste, and I have a nice set of cards to start off this year's collection.
So I will be linking up with February Rudolph Day Challenge at Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo, and then I'll start thinking about March's contribution!!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

One last Christmas card.

This is probably my last Christmas card post for 2018. I liked the way these turned out so I thought I would write a post about them.
These were made using a cutting file from craftsuprint. The bird panel has three layers, the blue background, a silver layer (you can see this on the right hand card) and the white detail layer which is all in one with the whole card front. The greeting is also cut out and the silver layer extends behind it.
The bauble is cut out to show the silver layer and then has three white layers added on top. For my third layer I chose two pictures and cut them with a small scalloped circle die. The robin is a photo I took in Ireland last winter, while on holiday there, and the snow scene is one made from several stamps for a project a few years ago, and then saved as a digital file for future use.
This is a versatile cutting file with the option of adding colour to the cut out panel, and adding a range of stamped or printed images to the bauble.
A small bow added to the top of the bauble was the only decoration I felt it needed.
I am linking this to Paper Players Challenge PP421: It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.