Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Special One, and then Some..

I was a bit non-plussed when Bah! Humbug! challenged us this week to make a card for 'Baby's First Christmas', as I had made the one I needed for my new great-grandson for Hazel's challenge to make a card for Someone Special, a couple of weeks ago. (You can see it here). But I decided to use the same MoManning digistamp as I used then, but a totally different layout and colour scheme, as I have a couple of friends with new baby girls in their families, so one of them may be able to use it. So here is the card I made this time.
It made a change for me, as our family is very weighted on the male side, and I don't get to do girly cards very often. The image is coloured with copics, the papers are all from a magazine freebie booklet from several years ago, the flowers and leaves are all made with Marianne dies, and the teddy is an old, much loved, PSX stamp. The bauble is clear embossed to make it shine.

And then some more of my little cards. I made a set of sixteen of these a while back and really enjoyed the challenge of making a small space look interesting. I sorted through my collection of Christmas cards this week, and although I have some 80 or so ready to go, I realised that I need about another forty so I thought I'd better get stuck in. I started by using Publisher to compile a page of Christmas digistamps, and here it is. The baby picture, Henry's little lamb and the cherub on a bauble, are all MoManning designs, the cute deer images and chicks are from pink cat studio, and the adorable Baby Jesus and the sentiment, is a pink gem design. Having printed this I removed the baby image and replaced it with more repeats of the others, and printed it out a couple more times. (Note to self; Spread them out a bit more next time. It was difficult cutting between some of them!) I had one arm in a sling for the weekend but fortunately it was my left arm so I was still able to use my pens, and I spent my time adding colour to all the images mainly with copic markers. Hiding away in my pre-cut cards I found a set of pale green ones with matching envelopes and a couple of red ones with green envelopes, so I made use of those and cut the rest from heavy white card. I can cut three of these from one A4 sheet, and this time I made sure they would all fit into the 9.9cm envelopes that I recently bought a pack of. Then it was a case of raiding my off-cuts box and using a variety of Nesties, Nellie Snellen and Marianne dies, to turn each image into a card, adding a variety of peel-offs, gems, and ribbons as needed. I tried not to make too many the same, and as I was using up oddments, this was easy. This morning I counted them up and was pleased to find I had made twenty three cards, so I arranged them as best I could, and managed to get them all into this picture. Quite a satisfying few days work. Now I just have to do it all over again and I will have enough!!

I am entering the first card in:
Bah! Humbug! Challenge 44: Baby's First Christmas.
Papertake Weekly Challenge: First Christmas.

And linking the whole collection to :
Make it Monday 63: Anything Goes.
Inspire me Friday 32: Anything Goes.
Digital Tuesday Challenge 137: Christmas time.
and to
Shirley-Anne's blog, where I am sure I must have reached my target of fifty cards by 1st December.


Shirley-anne said...

Hi there Kate .OUTSTANDING !
you were on a roll .well done they all look amazing .
Hugs shirley-anne

Julia Dunnit said...

Every one of them is lovely - well done you, 23! Knowing what I know today, I have to say - great photo staging!

Saskia said...

Wow, hats off! You are on a roll. I do love that card in the bottom left corner, that's a sweet digi you've used.

Jean Straw said...

My goodness, what a busy bee!!Your little cards look lovely, and the babys' first christmas one is just as cute in pink.Jean x

fatmonica said...

Love the baby's first Christmas card-I remember the other one and this is just as fabulous!Love your collection of cards.

Max said...

What an adorably pretty card in sugar sweet pink - and a lovely sentiment to boot. As for your marathon card-making session - well what a fantastic collection and every one different. Thank you for sharing with us at Bah! Humbug!

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Karen said...

Wow! You really have acheived quite something there! All wonderful cards hun.
Your first one is just so cute.
Thank you for joining us at Make it Monday this week.

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Colleen said...

A lovely cute card, love the image of that little baby. Well done on your card making marathon.

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Ann said...

oh Kate you just blow me away - these are just gorgeous - all so special. I would take to my bed for a month if I had to make so many cards - you are a hero.
ann xxx

Samantha said...

So cute hunny, Saw this on MIM.. Hugs Samantha :)

Ps sharing some love candy on my blog if your interested :)

lalkygirl said...

wow what a stunning array of cards,i love them ....you have been busy ,i saw them on MIM and had to come for a closer peep
I hope your arm gets better soon
have a great weekend
tracey x