Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sing for Joy

Well life has a way of tossing you around and upsetting even the best laid plans, and that is what has happened to me. My planned visit to UK for late October/November has been brought forward by six weeks or so, to enable me to attend a family funeral. However this will also enable me to get a much sooner than expected visit in with my new Great-grandson. Isaac Michael Edward made his appearance on Sunday morning, weighing in at a bonny 8lbs 2ozs. Did I make a card for this event?....Of course I did. Did I take a photo of it?....I thought I had but cannot trace it anywhere on my computer! So when I visit him I will take one then and blog about it later.

I now fly out next Thursday so one thing that won't be finished is my son's scrapbook. However there are only half a dozen pages to go so I will take him what I have done and add a few empty pockets at the end. Then I can post the final pages to him as soon as they are done. I don't return here until 26th September so my blog will be very quiet for nearly a month.For that reason I thought I would try to squeeze in a couple more Christmas cards but was a bit dismayed to find the Bah! Humbug! theme was 'Here come the girls'. Now I don't usually do 'girly' or even 'cute', but as Hazel's challenge over on CHNC was Build it up - lots of layers, I had a browse through my Christmas decoupage. At the bottom of the pile was a very ancient book of images, that I think I bought in Percy Thrower's garden centre at least ten years ago! I quite liked it at the time but I found the images were very intricate so I was lazy about using them. But looking through the book I came across these rather sweet little angels and thought they were probably girly enough. I emphasised their 'girlyness' by using a pink base card and layers rather than red, as the red of their dresses blended in with this quite well. They were very fiddly to cut but they actually layered up rather well. There are four layers which hardly show in the photo but as it is again very sunny this morning, you can see the shadows they cast. I mounted them on a left-over piece of scrapbook paper cut with a nestie label die, and cut a matching frame using a booklet of Christmas papers free with a magazine. They are not the sort of papers I would ever buy, so they have lurked in a box for several years, but I am making a real effort to use some of my 'past its sell by date' stash, and it fitted the bill here. The sentiment came from the same booklet. It still looked a bit stark so I used one more 'oldie' from my stash - a set of docraft peeloffs to add trees and parcels round the edge, and found a scrap of emerald satin ribbon to make a bow.

I hope my little angels are singing for joy, just as I am over our new little arrival.

I do apologise to all my fellow challenge-takers and followers that I haven't managed to comment very much just lately. After a busy fortnight with my visitors I then had to try to change my flights to UK and concentrate on things I need to finish off before my visit. But I will try to get to some of you before I go, and once I get back, normal service will quickly return!

I am entering this card in:
Bah! Humbug! Challenge 34: Here come the girls..
Craft Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge 35: Build it up.
ABC Christmas Challenge: Q is for quote - use a quote or sentiment.
Crafts for Eternity Recipe Challenge 34: Recipe, Anything with a Christmas theme.
Christmas Crafting Challenge 2: Cute Christmas.

And I will link it to Shirley Anne's blog Stamping for Joy.


Shirley-anne said...

Hello Kate.Thank you for thinking of my challenge and entering another card .Love this sweet pair of angels and that frame .
Enjoy the visit to family , stay safe and catch you when you get back .
hugs Shirley-anne

Arline said...

Beautiful card! Hope all goes well whilst you are over here in the UK and enjoy seeing your family. Thanks for joining in with the Christmas Crafting challenge xx

Lizzie said...

Lovely card !!! Hope your visit to the Uk is a good one.
Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

veronica said...

lovely angels Kate, and a very pretty card. Am also having 'girlie' trouble, think will end up just going for bling!
Sorry you had to change your plans for a sad reason, but at least you get to see the new baby - enjoy your trip back

pinky said...

Its just beautiful, love the little girls. Hope your trip goes well and your enjoy your new family member:) Thanks for joining us at C4E this week.

Helen said...

Gorgeous card!
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

Hazel said...

Sorry to hear about the family funeral, but congrats on the birth of a new great grandchild - such a blessing - have a safe and enjoyable trip to the UK. Your card is super - such a sweet decoupaged image - thanks for joining in my CHNC challenge 35 - hope to see you again soon. x

Dot said...

Cute card and some sweet small angels.
Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck.
hugs Dorte
Hope to see you for our R challenge

Lacey Stephens said...

Fantastic card! Great take on the Quote Challenge. Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge. We will have another fun one for you tomorrow! We hope you will play along again.
ABC Christmas Challenge DT

Lacey Stephens said...

Fantastic card! Great take on the Quote Challenge. Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenge. We will have another fun one for you tomorrow! We hope you will play along again.
ABC Christmas Challenge DT

Ruth said...

Thank you, Kate, for the lovely comments on my card. And, congratulations on your new great grandson. (Very sorry to hear the sad news of a funeral, though)
I just love your angels and the choice of backing papers and color combination. It looks very girlie and beautiful!

Di said...

I love this card Kate. Have a safe trip and remember to leave me some stuff to buy at Ally Pally the day after you'll have been there! Look forward to your return to blogland! Di xx

Christine B. said...

Hi, Hope you have a safe journey to the uK and a lovely visit, enjoy your great Granson.Lovely card. Hugs x ChrisB

michele said...

Fabulous! Thanks for joining us at C4E this week hugs x

DonnaMundinger said...

Well, I think you've done a marvelous job twith girly! the angels are adorable and you can't get much more girly than pink! Thanks for joining the Humbuggers this week and congrats on the new arrival. xxD