Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Thursday, August 25, 2016

August Rudolph day challenge

When I have enjoyed a visit from family or friends, it always leaves me feeling a little disorientated and deflated when they leave, so having taken our son to the airport on Monday morning, after a lovely fortnight's visit from him, I needed something to get me going. When I realised that it was already 23rd of the month I knew exactly what I needed to do - make some Christmas cards for the Rudolph day challenge on 25th. 
I have several new cutting files in my silhouette cameo library, some that I have purchased and others I have 'designed', so I went to those for some ideas. The file I chose was purchased from Craftsuprint and is a design by Lyn Simms.

I am trying to do some stash-busting, including my overflowing snippets boxes, but I did not have a enough matching green snippets to cut the panel, wreath, leaves and holly, so I started a new sheet of card and cut them three times. It was tricky cutting the holly branch from card, but I have found that Stampin' Up card is the best for using with my cameo, and it did work quite well. I needed to do a couple of repairs on the stems, but they really don't show. Then I found three snippets of fairly neutral patterned paper for the background panel, and matched them to plain snippets for the other layers. I made three A6 base cards from a colour that toned in with the rest, and glued all the layers together. 

The poinsettias were cut from snippets of dark red mirri-card and the white overlays from vinyl, and I used a yellow brad to hold them all together. The red sentiments are the last of my mini peel-offs.

So here are my three cards, all the same but slightly different!

The cut detail on the background panel looks rather 'lost' in these photos, so I wanted to make them a little more noticeable. In her card, the designer had added tiny red gems to all the berries, but I thought I would need too many for my three cards, so I used liquid perfect pearls instead, and then I felt I needed to add it to the berries on the holly branch as well, so here my first card revised!
As you can see, taking this one in natural lighting, instead of  the artificial lighting I used for the others last night, has brought out the colours better, and the details! But I quite like the tiny red berries so I think I'll add them to the other cards as well.
But first I will link this up with Rudolph Day challenge on Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo, and also to Pixie's Snippets Playground.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Three very different cards for three very different people.

Well I kept saying that I had needed a lot of cards for July that I would post about once the relevant birthdays had passed, and now we are in August, so I decided to lump three together in one post, or it might never get done.

1).  So first we have a straightforward birthday card that I made for a very dear friend who celebrated her 89th birthday a couple of weeks ago.

The motif is the Heartfelt Creations stamp - feathered daisy, stamped twice so the large daisy could be cut out and layered over the first one. I added a little colour with Copic markers. The frame is part of the Sue Wilson Greek island Collection dies - Kefalonia,  cut and scanned into my Silhouette cameo machine so I could resize it for the three layers. The daisy lace border, and the sentiment are Joanna Sheen Signature dies, and the background layer was embossed using  the Couture Creations Tied Together folder. Some tiny gems in the corners, a dazzler in the centre of the flower, and some stickles glitter glue in the 'eye' of the feather, finished it off.
Because I used a large sheet of blue card to make the base, there were enough off-cuts to make the frame and other embellishments. So I decided to do the same thing using the lighter blue card of the inner frame. I kept it much the same, but used the daisy lace border differently. So I have a second card to go in my box, ready for an unexpected birthday.

2). My second card is very different. I saw this on Facebook and wanted to give it a try because it relies on a feature of my Silhouette Cameo that I have never used before - print and cut. This is where you open up a picture on the design page, mark the corners of the page with registration marks, and print it. Then you trace the outlines in the software, feed the printed image into the machine, and it uses the registration marks to locate the image and cuts it out on your trace lines. That's the theory anyway! 
The file was a free kit from Extreme cards and Papercrafting, and was intended for hand-cutting, but I e-mailed the lady there,  and she happily sent me the silhouette cutting file for which I sent a donation. All the houses, trees, bridges and boats were fitted on to one page and on my first attempt the cut lines did not match up to my printed page. But I decided this was probably because the original file was on American sized paper, not the UK A4 size, and I managed to adjust it and get a good cut. I then went mad and repeated this twice before I forgot how I did it!
Next I cut the inner layer and with some difficulty I managed to get all the little folds going the right way. Then I had fun arranging and rearranging all the little elements on the various tabs until I was happy with the look of it, and glued each one in place. I cut a diagonal slit in this layer to slot in the largest boat at the front. This view from above, gives a better idea of how it works.
I made a base card to fit this, and because it was a non-standard size, I also needed to make an envelope to hold it. The main element of this card is the 'surprise' inside, so I kept the front very simple. I cut a backing paper layer from a magazine give-away, and again used my silhouette to design a large Happy Birthday, and cut it out in a contrasting colour. To give it a bit of sparkle I traced the letters with stickles glitter glue, and added it to some of the stars on the backing paper.  
I was able to use two of these cards for some of the men in my family, and again I have one spare for my box.

3). My third card was for my second eldest son and again I made it with my Cameo, as I find this easier than doing too much stamping and fussy cutting right now. This was a purchased cutting file from 3DCUTS, and it was intended to make a dimensional shadow box. But as I wanted to post mine, I cut the pieces and layered them up flat onto a base card. There are seven layers so it was still quite a sturdy card, but I knew he would like it, so it was worth the postage!
I started by making the background with an ink duster and several shades of Distress inks. I masked the sun after the first layer, and then added a little darker ink at the end. The sea was a snippet of paper I made years ago, to try out some shimmer mists. I went through my snippets boxes and found black and three shades of green to cut the fence, hills and grass clumps, and a small piece of yellow for the sun reflections. Those and the fence were tricky to cut, but I put a new blade in my machine and I was pleased with the way they cut. I thought the sky was a bit empty, so I used an old clip art from my library to make a cutting file for the sea birds, and added them randomly. I might try making the shadow box one day, but I think I have got a good feeling of depth with it as a flat picture too.
This last card will be finding its way to Pixies Snippets Playground, and I had better get thinking about some August birthday cards now.

Monday, July 25, 2016

July Rudolph Day.

Here we are a whole month on from the last Rudolph Day Challenge, and I have had nothing to show you in all that time. But actually I have been busier than usual making several cards I needed for this month, but I haven't been able to post them until all the birthdays had passed. So be warned, I may inundate you with posts next week.
But for today, I am concentrating on Christmas cards. We are more than half-way through the year, and I certainly haven't made half of the Christmas cards I need, so this month I made a little set. Here is the first one.
As it is too hot to do anything too complicated, I wanted a fairly sinple design, but I fancied a gentle evening of colouring, so I found a digi image in my file by "A Day for Daises", and resized it to fit six onto an A4 sheet of heavy paper. I then printed the six again on ordinary copy paper. 
The copy paper layer was lightly dusted with distress ink, Squeezed lemonade and some Mustard seed around the main star.
On the second set I used copic markers to colour the mother and child image, cut them out and glued them over the dusted backgrounds. Then I cut the whole squares out along the scribbled edges,  so that I had six toppers ready to use.
Next I found a lovely scrapbook paper from one of my digi kits, that was a perfect colour match, and I cut and pasted it to form a 17 x 11 cm rectangle and printed it off six times. 
I made six base cards in cream - normal letter size for out here, which is just a little larger than A6. I also cut six smaller panels of the same card and cut along the lower edge with a Joanna Sheen star border die. I stamped the sentiment which is very, very old Great Impressions stamp, and added a topper alongside it. Then I layered up the card with the blue backing paper, and the topper panel, and finished it off with a little gold-ice stickles on the star in the topper, and the main stars on the sentiment.
And just to prove I did make a set of them, here are all six. I may do a few more of these as they were not too complicated. But first I will link up with the Rudolph Day Challenge on Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June Rudolph Day Challenge.

Here we are at 25th of the month again, so it is time to post a card or other Christmas make. I am still keeping my craft as simple as possible as I cannot work for too long at anything, so once again I turned to my Slhouette library of cutting files for my card. I still have several files that have never been used, so I chose a nice candle card kit. 

It also makes sense for me to make more than one card at a time when I can, so I made three base cards in cream, and used one sheet of 12"x12" green card from SU, to cut the main, shape for the front three times.
Next I cut three pieces of dark red mirri-card to go behind the windows, and mounted both of these to the base card.
Then I raided my snippets box and found tiny pieces of card to cut the two layers of the candle in a very light, and a slightly darker shade of cream, some neutral brown for the candle dish, and I used the green cut-out pieces from the card windows to cut the holly leaves. I then used very tiny bits of red vinyl for the berries and glitter gold vinyl for the flames, and assembled all the layers for each card.
There was still a gap below the candle which I had deliberately added to the cutting file so I could stamp  a more 'wordy' verse, but as I spend all my time dropping things at the minute, I decided not to risk it. Instead I looked through my folder of gold peel-offs and found these very large Happy Christmas stickers. This seemed like a good opportunity to use some of them, and I finished off with thin strips of peel-off holly leaves down each side.
And just to prove I did make three of them....!
I am rushing around now as my choir has it's first ever big concert this evening and another one tomorrow afternoon, so I must get prepared, so I will link this up with the Rudolph Day challenge over at Scraps of Life by Scrappy Mo, and tomorrow when Pixie's Snippets Playground reopens, I will link it there too, and after this hectic weekend, I will be there to see what everyone else has made.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Butterflies for someone special.

Well, despite my good intentions, I haven't managed a post again all month, but this week I need a card for my sister who will be eighty-eight at the weekend, so I decided to look at the latest Butterfly Challenge. I was pleased to see that this week's criteria is 'O' for Oval, which is my favourite shape to use for toppers. But when I also saw that it was 'O' for Olive green I wasn't so sure. Olives are on the table everywhere you go out here, and although they are not my favourite food, some of them taste OK, but believe me, they are not a pretty colour!

However I raided my stash and found a snippet of backing paper printed with olive green blossom and tiny pink butterflies, so that is what I used to make this card.

I do have  quite a lot of plain olive green card as it is a fairly neutral colour and goes well with most things, so I made a base card from that and also cut an oval frame with my silhouette Cameo, adapting a file from my library.
The main image is another cutting file purchased from the Silhouette store and cut from pink vinyl. I used the same vinyl to cut the 'Happy Birthday', another file from my library.
Once assembled I added some pink gems to two of the corners, and a selection of tiny butterfly stickers bought years ago when Lakelands plastics still sold craft materials. There must have been hundreds of them in the packet, as I have often used them, and there are still lots left.
So that's it. It is too hot to handle anything for long so my cards have to be fairly quick to make and assemble.
So now I will pop over to Mrs A's blog to link up to The Butterfly Challenge#56, and see who else is fluttering by.

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.