Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A Fun Trio

Yesterday I set out to make a card featuring something we eat at Christmas, and I settled on this cheeky trio of chicks with their candy canes.They are a digistamp from pink cat studio, which I printed out and coloured in plain, bold colours using some promarkers. I then cut them out with deckle-edge scissors and coloured the edges with my distress ink pad, barn door. For the base card I chose a yellow DL because I have a huge stack of pre-folded cards that I am determined to work my way through, and this was one of them. Rooting through my Christmas paper box I came up with these two pieces which I joined to make a background, and I thought I would cover the join with some lace. Another root through some boxes brought up this short piece of very grubby, screwed up broidery-anglais, which I rubbed with distress ink in antique linen and mustard seed. I then washed it out to encourage the inks to spread and blend, and ironed it dry with my craft iron. I threaded some red satin ribbon through the top. There was about a quarter of an inch lace to spare on either side so I was able to tidy up the ends and then I attached it across the card with double sided tape. I used some more of the ribbon to make a matching bow but I wanted something else small to finish it off, so on the spur of the moment I dug out my box of fimo. I haven't used this since I came to Spain almost three years ago, and I can't remember how long before that, so I was surprised to find it was still very pliable. I quickly made up a set of tiny candy canes which I baked first thing this morning. (I couldn't do it last night as I already had the aircon on cooling down our bedroom before we go in there, and the dishwasher was on, so I couldn't risk turning on the oven as well. Too many appliances at one time and everything fuses. Our electricity supply in the village is a bit suspect, but you learn to live with it!) once cooled, I varnished them with glossy accents and used some more to stick them down the side of the card. For the greeting I used another forgotten find that I unearthed on my root through my boxes, another of my spur of the moment QVC shop buys I suspect, and that is a set of very large metal brads with a matching set of rub-ons to go with them. I chose a yellow brad and a plain greetings and added these to the top corner of my panel. It is nice to make a card that has used so many odds and ends from my stash!

I am entering this card in:
Crazy Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 31: Feature some Festive Food.
Bah! Humbug! Challenge 30: Use Lace.
Christmas Cards all Year Round August Challenge:Choose 4 items from a list. (Inking, ribbon, metal embellishment, rub-on greeting).
Sketch and Stash Challenge 67: I've used lots of stash and followed the sketch, (more or less).
Stamping Sisters in Christ Challenge 100: Any Creature, Great or Small.

I am also linking this to Shirley-Anne's blog , Stamping for Joy, towards my target of 50 cards.


Jean Straw said...

Lovely cheery card, the little chicks are so cute and I love the candy canes, they look good enough to eat.Jean x

fatmonica said...

I love these little birds!They look so great on this card.

Hazel said...

What a cute image and well done for making the candy canes - so much detail and work in this yummy card. Thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 31 - hope to see you again soon. x

Di said...

It's gorgeous Kate - and how many little things you put together is amazing. The Fimo canes are great - laughed about the elctrics, one of the penalties of living in glorious Sunny Spain! I'll take the dodgy electricity supply anytime when we're trying to dig ourselves out of snowdrifts! Hope your visitors preparations and their visit go well honey - I'll still be here when you get back to doing some crafting. Have fun! Di xxd

Jemima's Jems said...

Oh my what an adorable lil card, just love your sweet image and the border looks fabulous,Well done on using lots of neglected stash too...brilliant:)

thanks for joining us at SnS


CraftinGranny said...

What an adorable and fun card! Love that image.

Thanks so much for joining us at CCAYR with this fun creation. Hope to see you back soon. "Hugs" Carol

Shirley-anne said...

Hello again Kate .Wow you are so clever at using great finds from your hidden stash to create another wonderful Christmas card .Now I love this image but i must admit as I began to read your post ...re;something we eat at Christmas I thought that this card was about the chicken!
But no, the candy cane was the feature and I think it is amazing that you actually made them .
Love the deckled edging and sponging of image piece .Have added this to your tally which is now 8 .Thanks Kate .
hugs Shirley-anne

Jaqi said...

What a cute card using all your 'old' stash! Your candy canes are just brilliant.

Max said...

This card is super and I love how you have revamped the tired and grubby lace with ink, ribbon and some super cute candy canes. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

Max's Craft Creations
Bah! Humbug! Challenges DT

Angy B said...

Another great card Kate. Love both image and candy canes.
Great way of using scraps, think we're in tune cos have just done same for anniversary card. See my blog.
Good luck with the challenges. I'm still trying to work out how to link to them. Maybe you could show me in September please. Angy x

Di said...

Kate, the embossing folder on my blog posting today is a Quickutz one. My original machine was the Epic Six but I had so many problems and bits flying off it I switched to a Cuttlebug. I think the folder came with the machine originally and I've just found it here: http://www.stampeezee.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=2547

Now why didn't I just email you? Thinking head not on today!!

Hope that helps? Di xx

clare said...

what a fun card and well done for digging out the fimo, those candy canes are fab!! thanks for joining us @ CCAYR. x

Abi said...

Brilliant idea with the lace!! Love the addition of the ribbon too & a super cute image. Thanks for sharing at Bah Humbug & apologies for taking so long to get here x

Jackie said...

Fabby card, adore those little candy sticks, goes perfectly with image. xThank you for joining us at S n S this time. hugs J xx