Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Rudolph Day is here again

My word, the 25th of each month comes round fast, but it was a bit of a shock to open my blog to write this, and see that I haven't posted since Rudolph Day last month! Hopefully I will do better after this one as I have just made some birthday cards to post while I am in UK, but I can't show them on here yet. 

So instead I turned my attention to making a couple of Christmas cards and here they are.

Both are made using a set of Hobby Art stamps that I bought last Christmas, but they have never been inked up before.
I tend not to go for 'Cute', and these are bordering on it, but I rather liked the simplicity of the figures, and they were not too challenging to colour. So as time was in short supply, I thought I'd give them a whirl.
I used masks to stamp the figures in two groups, and them masked them all while I dusted distress ink on the backgrounds. Then I used copic markers to colour the images.
I should have learned by now to chose my frame/mats before I stamp, but I haven't, so once again I spent ages going through my dies to find something that would fit my arrangements. In the end I chose the outer layer of Spellbinders labels 46, Decorative Elements for the top one, hand-cutting around the second size for the image, and Nestabilities Decorative labels 8 and the matching plain one, for the lower card.
I cut the frames from mirri-card and also used some for a border on the blue card. The lines from a carol are from a set of stamps by Our Daily Bread.
I couldn't fit a word stamp on the second card so I added a banner from a set I was given many years ago.
Both backing papers came from my Christmas snippets box so I will take these cards over to Pixies snippets playground
I am flying to UK early tomorrow morning to attend my brother's funeral, which is a sad occasion, but it does mean I will get to spend the weekend with my sister Jean, and also meet up with distant relatives whom I have not seen for many years. So I will  publish this a little early, and do my best to link it up to the Rudolph day Challenge on Scraps of life by Scrappy Mo, when I arrive.

Monday, April 25, 2016

April Rudolph Day

Here we are at the 25th of the month again, so time once more to make a Christmas card or two. If you still don't know what this is, pop over to Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo and find out all about Rudolph Day.

Between some health issues within the family, and my new found interest in trying more complex crochet designs, I do not seem to have had much time for card-making, but I am happy to be getting a head start on my Christmas cards, so I was determined not to miss this challenge.

A long time ago I purchased some nice Christmas corner flourishes (cutting files), from the silhouette store, but I have never got around to using them. So this week I made some templates for card fronts in the Studio software, and played around with the corners, some script cutting files, and a stamp that hasn't seen ink in a long while, until they all fitted on my template, and came up with two designs.

The first fitted best on a rectangular card so I stamped the image in Memento pistachio ink, added colour with my copic markers to the holly around it (all part of the stamp), and cut it out with a plain oval die. I distressed the edges, added a small amount of glitter glue to the trees and holly, and set it aside. 
Next I embossed a piece of plain white card with my snowy embossing folder - sorry there is no make on it and I can't remember where it is from- and added it to a light green base card.
I cut the corner flourish and sentiment from matching green vinyl, and assembled it all.
The base card was made from half a sheet of the European-size card sometimes sold in Lidls, so I used the other half to make a second one the same.

My other design fitted better on a 15cm square card, so I rooted around in my Christmas snippets box and found a piece of holly paper for the background. I made a dark green base card, and cut the corner and script from dark green vinyl.

I then made a white base card, used a snippet of blue and silver backing paper, and cut the corner and script from navy blue vinyl.

So that is four more cards to add to my stash, and I shall now link them up at Scrappy Mo's, and as I haven't visited lately, I will also take them to Pixie's Snippets Playground.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Butterfly Challenge #51

I wanted to make a card for a friend who is having major surgery tomorrow, so I decided to have a go at the Butterfly Challenge for this fortnight, which is to use a butterfly of course, but also to use 'M' is for Margins and/or Mint. I love the colour mint and it just so happens that I have a fairly ancient versacolour ink pad called Mint, and also a Brilliance Pearlescent jade pad which is almost identical but with a sheen, so I was off to a good start. (These ink pads amaze me. They really are years old but they still work perfectly).

I do like making square cards, and when I was in UK earlier this year I bought a 12" x 12" pad of white card, so it is easy to cut a sheet in half and make two 6" square cards (or 15cm as I prefer to call it these days!).

I took a slightly smaller piece of white card from my eternal stash of white snippets and stamped it with my much loved, Impression Obsession Cover-a-card stamp, using the versacolour ink pad.

My margins were made from snippets rescued from a brochure from a well known High Street bank, which have been in my snippets box for ever. (We don't even bank with them any more!). I edged them with a Marianne border punch, and when they were attached to the card, I laced them together with mint embroidery thread. The tails of the thread were used to tie on a tag made from more snippets of the card and a Hot off the press sentiment stamp.

I wanted to add another colour so I used Memento ink pads, Pink blush and Rose bud, and my Altnew layered rose stamps, and the corresponding dies, and made three roses. - I love these stamps. There are three or four stamps for each flower which you use with increasingly pale ink and it gives a lovely result. The Misti stamp positioner is a great help when doing this.

The leaves were also cut with the Altnew die, from pieces of darker card from the same bank brochure, but they were too shiny to stamp on so I used a permanent marker to add a few lines.

I rubbed a small off-cut of white card with the Brilliance ink pad, to completely cover it, and when it was dry I punched out some tiny butterflies using X-cut and Marianne punches, and glued these randomly over the card and tag.

To me the card looked a bit 'unbalanced', and being a Libran, I didn't like this, so I rummaged through some boxes and found a green and blue butterfly on a cheap sheet of stickers from our todo shop. Putting this in the top right hand corner balanced it up for me. Then a few flat-back mint pearls gave the margins a lift and with the addition of a tiny pink and mint bow, my card was complete.

So I will link this up with Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge#51, and then, as I haven't been to play for a while, I will also take it over to Pixie's Snippets Playground, and see what my crafting friends have been up to.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Ring out the bells for Rudolph Day

For a couple of nights this week our internet has been playing up - hopefully just weather interference - so I took the opportunity to make a quick pair of cards for Rudolph Day.

As you can see, they are both the same except for the  glitter glue that I used to give them a little 'lift'. They were both clear, ice type of glues, Dovecraft 'Crystal' which has very fine green and blue glitter in it, and Stickles 'Icicle' which has a coarser gold glitter in it. On a snowy image the difference is almost unnoticeable, but on this dark background it really shows up.
I spotted the image in the Silhouette store and bought it as a cutting file. I love to hear the bells ring out on Christmas morning, but they are not often featured on Christmas cards these days. I cut the file twice in my Silhouette cameo, using dark blue card. (The frame is attached to the bells and cuts in one piece). 
The backing paper looked as though it was from a magazine but it was a good quality, slightly glossy paper so I am not sure. I found it in my Christmas paper box so it is probably quite old! There was sufficient to back both cuts. It was graduated shades of blue, so they look slightly different. Then I mounted them onto plain white base cards and used a very old Hot off the Press stamp for the sentiment.
I thought they looked a little flat, so I added the glitter glue. There is actually a touch of it on the stars in the background too, but that doesn't show in the photo. A bit of bling was what they needed and I am happy with the results. So I will link them over at Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo, for the March Rudolph Day Challenge. You have from 25th to 31st to add your Christmas make, so I hope to see you over there.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Butterfly Challenge#50 Buttons and/or Bronze

Another last minute entry from me, but I wasn't able to do the last Butterfly Challenge so I was determined to get a card made for this one. And here it is.
It is not the best photo as I was having trouble with the reflections.
I cut a white base card to the European dimensions 11.5 x 17 cms. I like it because it gives me just a little more space to work in. It also meant that I could use my newest  Creative expressions die - Lattice window by Sue Wilson.
I looked up Bronze on the internet and Wikipedia said it is 'Metallic brown', and it just so happened I had a sheet of metallic brown textured card in my stash, at least fifteen years old, so it is time it was used. I cut my die from it twice, omitting the centre part, and glued them side by side on the base card. I then cut the centres from white card and added them on top.
The butterfly is a Wild Rose Studio die (Butterfly lace), cut from the same bronze card. For the back layer I cut around the outside of the die from white card and painted it with Imagination crafts Starlights paint - Mediterranean Sky - and added red perfect pearl drops to the circle holes. I cut a small banner from some more of the painted card and cut a sentiment with Signature dies in bronze.
To finish it off I raided my boxes and found a mixture of blue and red buttons and brads and glued them randomly on the lattices.
So now I am off to link this at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge#50: Butterflies with Buttons and Bronze.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Sing us a Song, You're the Piano man

Our youngest son Ben plays the piano and sings, often his own songs, but also covers of other people, and one of his favourites is Billy Joel's "Sing us a Song, You're the Piano Man", so when I saw a lovely 3D piano inside an exploding box, featured in Pixie's Snippets Playground several week ago, I just knew I had to make it for Ben. The original, was made by Alice for her young niece, and you can see it here. This was my inspiration, but I think I managed to put my own stamp on it. I bought the template from Card Carousel. It arrived in PDF format so the first thing I did was to change it into a svg so I could cut it with my Silhouette cameo, giving a much more accurate cut-out to work with.
I assembled the piano and left it over-night to dry completely. Then I added embellishments and filled the empty top with small flowers, some of which I made, but most were purchased ones from my stash. They needed a lot of glue to stay in place, but once it was all dry, it felt quite robust.

Then I turned my attention to the box. It went together well, and I had already got it in my mind how it would be decorated. I cut and assembled it from sturdy blue card and then added a white panel to each inner side, which had been embossed with a music folder and lightly rubbed with Memento Paris Dusk ink.

I have a selection of musical sayings and images in my silhouette library, either saved when I have seen them somewhere on the net, or purchased from the silhouette store, and I used four of these as embellishments on the inside of the box. I cut them from navy vinyl and used transfer tape to place them on the embossed panels. These are the four designs I used. And below is the box when it is open.
For the outside of the box I used panels of printed backing paper and another musical image, the same one on all four sides.
The lid was made with the same paper and image but I used a larger image with a lighter shade of blue vinyl, and added a punched lace trim around the edge. (Marianne punch).
I was only able to make this for Ben because I knew I would be travelling to UK in January and could hand deliver it. I wrapped it in bubble wrap and placed it in a large ice-cream tub in my luggage, and miraculously it arrive undamaged.
It was his birthday on Monday of this week, and he kept it until then to unwrap, and I am happy to say he loved it. So much so that he posted a video on Facebook, of how it opens to reveal the piano, and it has received lots of nice comments, so it was worth all the work.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Sparkling Poinsettia Candles for Rudolph Day

Because I have done very little crafting lately, I seem to have a pile of new stash that hasn't yet seen light of day, so I have chosen a new stamp set for my cards - Sparkling Poinsettia Candles by Heartfelt Creations. And here is my first card.

I stamped the image twice onto white paper and coloured one with copic markers. I chose fairly traditional colours. 

Next I cut  a mount with the largest of the Spellbinders Elegant oval die set. I laid the die over my image and drew around it's centre opening, and cut it out, cutting around a few leaves and petals that extended beyond it. 
I made a mask for the candle and dusted a yellow glow around it.
Then I chose a backing paper from my snippets box - from a magazine giveaway I think, and assembled the card. 

I stamped a sentiment from the same set, with a versafine pad and heat embossed it with gold powder. Sadly it seems I have kept my gold powder for too long, and it is no longer very gold, so I must have a hunt, because I am sure I bought a new one recently.

Finally I added yellow glitter glue to the candle flame and the centres of the flowers, and a little clear frosting to the leaves.

I was pleased with the result and as I had another stamped image, I made a second card using less traditional colours. (I had stamped two images intending to decoupage the flowers, but as postage of dimensional cards is becoming a problem, I decided that one layer was enough). This time my backing paper did not have its own edge so I cut a holly border using a Signature die. The sentiment is a peel-off.

I really want to keep up with my Christmas card making this year as I failed miserably last year and had my usual last minute rush, so last night I made four more toppers, experimenting with different colour combinations. Some worked better than others, but the one I was least sure about (orange candle) ended up as the one I liked best!
I chose a backing card for each one and cut the matching mounts as above. Then I rummaged through my Christmas snippets box and found coordinating backing papers, so now they are ready to assemble and I just have to find/make some embellishments and I will have a set of six to add to my collection.
Happy Rudolph Day everyone.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Blue butterflies for the Butterfly Challenge.

I  feel that I am getting back into the swing of things after my holiday and visitor, and as I sat wondering what I could make last night, I suddenly realised that there are still two days left to enter Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge where the theme is 'S' for Stamping or Sapphire, or both, and of course, a butterfly or two, so here is what I made.
Dark blue (Sapphire?) card from my stash for the base card and trellis which are cut with a Memory Box die.
Pale blue paper strips under trellis are snippets from an old magazine giveaway.
The centre panel is a piece from my huge collection of white snippets.
Butterflies are by Crafty Individuals. Each one is two stamps. The bottom layer - the fill in - was stamped with a Brilliance rainbow pad, and the top layer - the detail - was stamped using an Archival dark blue pad.
The butterflies were masked while I stamped the flowers in the background, using the same ink pad, and a new set of Altnew stamps called Persian motifs.
The sentiment is from another Altnew set.

So I will quickly link this up with Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge#48 and see who else has fluttered by,

Now to make some Christmas cards for Rudolph Day on Thursday!