Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Rudolph Day, October 2018

I am back with a Nativity scene for this month's challenge. I like to use them on my Christmas cards, and this features Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem, so not the usual picture which makes it nice.
I made it using a very cheap set of dies from China that I bought from Amazon. I have often thought about using these but felt they were almost too cheap to be any good. I had to wait a while for them to arrive, but I can't fault their quality. I liked this set because it makes a small card. This one is A6 size, and I don't really like cards that are too big.
It made sense to cut more than one while I had my Bigshot out, so I made four base cards from some rather dull blue card. Then I went though my snippets boxes and found various offcuts in shade of grey, to cut the two rows of buildings, and some black card for the figures. I used a piece of packaging to cut four strips for the sandy road, and found four pieces of starry sky paper to cut the background. I found I preferred it with a narrow black border top and bottom, and I made and cut the sentiment on my Silhouette cameo from silver vinyl.
These were quick and easy to make so I shall probably make some more. but first i will link up with Rudolph day Challenge at Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo, and I will also take them over to Pixie's Snippets Playground, as it is a long time since I paid her a visit!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Rudolph day September 2018

Well I am back with some slightly 'lazy' cards. My mojo went to sleep during the long hot summer, and it has not woken up fully yet! But I really wanted a card for this challenge and I need a couple of good runs of cards to complete my stash, so when I spotted this year's Hunkydory Christmas packs, I decided to buy them. I tend to steer clear of Hunkydory because so many of their kits are just too big and heavy for me. I don't make very big cards,and weight has to be a consideration as most will be posted internationally. However I could see that these packs had some smaller images and many of them looked like ones I would use, and I was not disappointed. I bought a pack of toppers and papers, and also two blocks of small images which mostly have six of each image in them. Some could be used as a simple topper with nothing added, if that is what you wanted. 

I had decided not to spend much time looking at their worked examples and ideas. Instead I cut sets up, rearranged them, paired them differently, made them up and them embellished them. I chose several images and divided them into either what I call 'Christian' images or 'secular' images. I tend to lean towards ones that depict the Nativity, the real story of Christmas, but I am happy to use the others as well, and I always add a small Bible text inside them anyway. So here are one of each that I made into cards.

I then went on to make a further nine cards so far, with many more planned for the next couple of weeks if I can get myself into action.
For some of my cards I found a stamped and embossed sentiment was all that was needed, or a little added glitter glue etc. For others I made mats and frames either with metal dies, or in my silhouette cameo, and added stamped sentiments and other little bits and pieces from my stash. Each one is a little bit different from the next, and I am looking forward to getting some more done now. Here are the ones I have made so far. (Please excuse the photo. I realised how very messy my table was behind this group, so I cut them out and added them to a plain backing, but I didn't have time to tidy it up much).

That said, it is time to link up with Rudolph Day September Challenge over on Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo.



Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rudolph Day Challenge #August


Happy Rudolph Day everyone! I have had a very busy summer with non-stop visitors, (just one son with us now for one more week), but I was so uncharacteristically organised that I had all the cards I needed until September, made by the start of July, including this one for today's challenge.
The star is an old Marianne die, and the angel and dove stamp (they were together but I separated them) is by LOTV. The sentiment stamp is from a clear set by Hero Arts. I stamped the image twelve times and then decided how to use them.
I used pre-cut blank 13.5 cm square cards from Hobbycraft in white and cream, and rooted through my Christmas paper oddments box for backing sheets. Then I matched each paper to a toning glitter card for the star. Finally I coloured the image to go with each set and mounted them up. 
My doves ended up more like pigeons because when I just added grey shading to the white doves, they didn't show up on the cards, so I added a little pink and lilac to them!
So now I have another twelve cards for my stash. I just need to do a few more runs like this to reach my target. 
So I will link these up with the August Rudolph Day Challenge over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo, and get back to my visitor.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Star Led the Way for Rudolph Day; July 2018

As I have so many visitors coming over from UK this summer, I worked hard over the last few weeks, to make all the cards I need during July and August, as I know I won't get much craft time while family are here, and that included my cards for Rudolph Day.

For last month's challenge, our lovely hostess Scrappy Mo used a die that I really liked. It was a Find it Media, Jeanine's Art Christmas die, featuring a pretty Christmas tree. I had difficulty finding anywhere outside of USA  that was selling it, and I have been caught on import tax and heavy P&P too many times to order from there, but Mo helped me find a source and I did buy one, and at the same time I bought another die from the same set, featuring stars, so that is what I have used for my card this time.

I found a half-used sheet of scrapbook paper that was just big enough to cut the die frame twice. The paper is very pretty and where it looks green in my photo, it is actually gold.
I have a huge stash of glitter card from our cheap 'Todo' (means everything) shop, in a great range of colours, so I used a darkish brown one as a hand cut mat behind the frame. It came with a circle die for the aperture, so I made an insert to fit, using a small LOTV stamp of a stable, which I added a tiny nativity scene to for a card I made earlier this year. I generated the sentiment on the computer and added an amber gem to the centre of the star. 
For this one I matched my aperture colour to a plain cream purchased card blank. For the second die cut I had flipped the orientation of the die (by cutting from the back of the paper instead of the front). I followed the same steps as above but mounted it onto a dark brown card. 
The backing paper looks prettier in this one. In both my photos everything looks a bit off kilter, but they are both straight in real life! I must have been having a bad camera day.
So that's two more cards for my collection, but I need to make a big run of one soon, as I have fallen behind somewhat since my excellent start to the year!
I will link this up with Rudolph Day Challenge; July and I 'll be back again in August.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Birthday butterflies


I am determined to squeeze one post in before the next Rudolph day on Wednesday, so here are a pair of butterfly cards I made, one for my sister's birthday, and the other for a friend.



In each case the flowers and leaves were stamped with an Altenew set of layering stamps. There are six layers to the flower and four to each leaf, and they really do build up into beautiful roses. I am lucky to have a range of coloured ink pads in my stash, so I have plenty to choose from. They are then cut out with the matching dies.
The two sets of background papers were from pads I have bought at Lidls at some time, as is the plain dark pink paper.
The doily on the top card was cut with a cheap Chinese die bought through Amazon, and the lower one is a Gina Marie Design die.
The sentiment on the first card is cut with a Joanna Sheen signature die, and the butterfly is using two Memory box dies.
The sentiment on the second card is one I designed and cut with my silhouette Cameo machine, and the butterfly die is by Wild Rose Studio.
Both cards are the same inside and they use a pop-up arch of butterflies and flowers cut on my silhouette cameo from pearlised paper, using a design by Judith Henry, and bought as a cutting file from craftuprint. It was a bit fiddly to put together, but I loved the end result.
I shall be using this insert again, but I prefer my more fancy card front to the plainer one that came with it.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Rudolph day, June 2018

Here we are at Rudolph day again (25th of each month). I have not posted anything since the May challenge. I have made needed birthday cards, but have been too busy to write about them.

But with my new kitchen now finished and the house back to normal, and our first visitors of the season gone, I thought I had better get myself back in gear. We took our son and his partner to the airport yesterday morning, so in the afternoon I thought about a quick and easy card I could make for today's challenge.


I settled on a bought printable file from craftsuprint. It provided a complete card front with decoupage flower elements and layers of the main image to make a pyrimage. I am not a huge fan of pyrimage and I try not to make my cards too dimensional for international posting, so I decided to use just the main card front and printed it directly onto heavy duty card.
There was a corner element of holly sprays and Christmas roses which I didn't care for either, so I used some Joanna Sheen Signature dies to cut two sizes of poinsettias and some holly. I used copic markers to add pale green and yellow to the flowers, and covered the printed corner with my own. Then I used stickles glitter glue to add some sparkle to the flower centres and the ribbon printed down the spine of the card. A few drops of red perfect pearls added some berries to the holly.
My flowers partly covered the very small greetings banner at the base of the image so I glued a new one over it, from a packet a friend gave me years ago. There were hundreds of them in there, and I forget to use them.
And that's it for this month. I made two identical cards, but I need to make a lot more to catch up with my monthly target. (And I started the year so well!).
Scrappy Mo has not posted the challenge yet so I will call back later and link up  to her when she has.(Now linked).

Friday, May 25, 2018

Rudolph Day Challenge for May.


Well here we are at Rudolph Day again (25th of the month). It has been a bit of a roller coaster month for me, will little time to spend in my craft room, but I have managed to make a set of simple Christmas cards, so here are a few of them.





The words "Joy to the World" was a cutting file purchased from the Silhouette store, and cut with my Cameo machine. I ungrouped it all and carefully removed the letter "O", and replaced it with one of three nativity baubles, also purchased from the silhouette store, and reduced to fit in the space.
I cut the main letters from a variety of coloured card and some metallic embossed card. Because the nativity images were more intricate with some fine lines, I cut them from several colours of vinyl. It is hard to photograph it well, but the top one is cut from green metallic vinyl, the next one from black glitter vinyl, and the last one from silver.
I rooted through my stash and found a variety of backing papers, using transfer tape to position the cut images centrally on them. Then I cut base cards to tone with each one, and used  up oddments of border papers, peel-offs and ribbons to finish them off.
I made eight cards in all, each one different, but all using the same words, and one of the three images.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

April Rudolph Day.

I see my last post on here was for March Rudolph Day and here we are at 25th of April, ready to post another Christmas card. I don't know where the time goes!

This month I am going back to my preferred images for Christmas cards - Nativity scenes.  My first card uses an old pre-loved Woodware (Francoise collection) stamp that I bought from a friend at my sewing group.
It is very sweet, and only needed a little colouring done with my copic markers. I looked through my Christmas paper oddments and found two matching pieces in different colours. Between them I managed to cover the front of a plain, brown card. I inked the edges of my image to tie it in, and used a tiny strip of brown card to make a banner. The sentiment is embossed with Pirate gold powder.
Knowing that after a very good start to the year, I am now falling behind on my monthly target for cards for next Christmas, I made a second one using a mixture of a Heartfelt Creations stamp, overlaid with a Wild Rose Studio one that came free with a magazine last year.
Again it is coloured with copic markers, and cut with a stitched square die. Using the next size up die, I cut a mat from dark blue slightly glittered card, and then mounted it onto a square white card covered with an offcut of starry paper.
I have one more of each image coloured and ready to mount up. But first I will link these two up to Rudolph Day Challenge - April, at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo.