Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Thursday, December 1, 2011

For two sisters.

Actually the two birthday cards I needed this week were one for my sister and one for my sister-in-law. One is in her late seventies and one in her eighties, and I know they are both very fond of flowers so that's what I went with. My sister in particular is forever linked by the family to pansies, presumably because they were her favourite as a little girl and it just stuck. So I used my Joanna Sheen Fabulous Flowers CD to print out a few copies of a pretty lilac pansy and decoupaged it. I used a DL lilac card, a backing paper I found in my stash, (I had printed it but I can't remember it's origin), and two Marianne dies for the foliage. A cuttlebug ribbon slider for the greeting, some lilac organza ribbon and some matching gems finished it off. (It looks very blue in the photo but it is lilac!)

For the second card I again chose a DL blank, this time in white, and an off-cut of pink paisley paper which again is one I printed off too long ago to remember it's origin. I found some blue card to match the blue on the backing paper and softened it with silver glimmer mist, painted on because none of my sprays want to work these days. I used the same Marianne die as before for the side foliage, plus a Spellbinders lace border and nesties labels for the frame. The sentiment is a Chocolate Baroque stamp. The flower is one I made when I had a couple if friends over so that I could show them how it is done. It was made using the wet paper technique which is my favourite method of making flowers, and although they are quite chunky, they are also very robust, and I know they will survive going through the post. There is an excellent tutorial for making these flowers on Carole Claxton's blog . While mine are still wet I rub an ink pad onto a white tile, spritz it with water and wipe the flower through it, as many times as necessary to reach the colour I want. I finished this card with a butterfly made using my new Framelet set of Sissix dies with Hero Art stamps, which I can see being very well used in the future. The set contained three sizes of the butterfly and two flowers.
I am entering this card in:
The Craft Room Challenge: Make your own flowers;
and both cards in
Make it Monday linky party 65: Anything goes.


Zoechaos said...

Beautiful cards love the big paper flower on the second card. Thank you for telling your friend Veronica about us as well.

Spray paints I find if you run the top complete with tub under the tap getting water down the tube will with a little patience generally clear them. Storing them on their side is also said to help.

thank you for joining us at Craft-Room challenge XOXO Zoe

Maria said...

Gorgeous card and such beautiful flowers! I particularly like the second one and will definitely check out the tutorial - it almost looks real! Good luck, and thanks for joining us at the Craft-Room Challenge. Maria x

veronica said...

pretty cards Kate, I especially like the lilac pansy one. thanks for pointing out the craftroom challenge, not come across it before

Jean Straw said...

Both very pretty cards Kate, the pansy one is my favourite though. Jean x

Chrissy said...

Beautiful Kate, so feminine and so very pretty.

Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’


Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

Di said...

Both lovely cards Kate, no way could I pick a favourite - and thanks for the flower link too! Di xx

Shoshi said...

Beautiful cards, Kate! Love the frame and flower on the second one. Gorgeous.

Thanks for the nice comment on my blog! I'm feeling tons better today after a really bad day yesterday and a terrible night - I think I'm on the mend now although my throat is still quite sore.

Glad you like the cards I've made! There should be something for everyone in there. I had fun doing the box too.

Hugs, Shoshi

Chris Powell said...

Two lovely cards , I would love to have received ever of them

Shoshi said...

Hi Kate, thanks for your lovely comment on my blog! Perhaps your Silhouette will arrive at the same time as my kitty! It's all very exciting. I'm looking forward to making some pieces with embossed metal - some jewellery and or hair ornaments, perhaps, and bits for mixed media. I'm busy trying to mug up on Youtube tutorials etc. so I'm not completely in the dark when it arrives! Have a great weekend. Hugs, Shoshi

Karen said...

Lovely creations hun - thank you so much for sharing with us -
Thank you for joining us at Make it Monday this week.

Hugs Krafty Karen - DT for Make It Monday.

Remember, to leave a comment for the other entries & be sure to mention you saw
them on Make It Monday.

Esther said...

two beautiful cards, I'm sure both ladies will love them. I too am a fan of the wet paper flowers and your is lovely..Thanks so much for joining our craft-room challenge..Esther xx

P.S - every now and then my sprays clog up too so I take the nozzle and tube out of the bottle and run it thoroughly under hot water, sometimes even taking the nozzle bit off the top..seems to do the trick.

Nikki Byrne said...

Such beautiful cards, and perfect for our challenge at Craft-Room challenge. good luck, hugs


hazel said...

A couple of beautiful cards, your large flower is fabulous. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
xxx Hazel.

Shoshi said...

Kate, both cards are simply scrumptious and are bound to go down a great treat! Very well done. I love the sentiment on the second one! What a lovely picture, getting up in the morning and "unwrapping" your birthday!! With your permission I'd like to save this sentiment and use it on some of my birthday cards!!

Hope you are having a truly wonderful time with your son visiting. It will be good to spend time with him, I am sure. The crafting can wait!

Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. We're still hoping to make it to the funeral. Have a good week! Hugs, Shoshi

Debi said...

beautiful cards and flowers the pansy's especially pretty, thanks for joining us at carft room challenge, debi x

Ruth said...

Gorgeous cards! I love pansies, too, and this one is stunning.

fatmonica said...

These are both gorgeous.I'm sure they'll be loved.

Shirley-anne said...

Kate ,they are both stunners with colouring that is truly inspirational .
I'm partial to pansies so 1st card touched my heart .
Lovely leaves .
The hand made flower for second card is beautiful


Shoshi said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog, Kate. We got back this evening from the funeral. I shall be posting about it soon.

Thanks for the info about the card sentiments.

Glad your cutting machine has arrived! We collected mine on the way home this morning, which saved me the cost of carriage and insurance. She's called Sheba and she's been told to sit tight in her box till after Christmas when I will have time to play with her! Meantime she'll have to put up with the Cricut finishing my projects! Glad you've gota bit of time in hand to start learning yours.

Hugs, Shoshi

Shoshi said...

Kate, thanks yet again for lovely comments on my blog. I found the whole concept of "roots and wings" very moving - very simple, and very profound. I'm glad you enjoyed reading about my uncle, and how exceptional he was. Hugs, Shoshi

Shoshi said...

Hi Kate, me yet again!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog. So far Sheba has been sitting patiently in her box. Jiminy Cricut has had steam coming out of his ears today, I've been working him so hard! I've had some steam coming out of my ears too because he's so inaccurate and it's so frustrating, knowing Sheba is just across the room sitting idle! She's having her coming out party in the New Year. Been busy today with my bag skirts and making good progress! I'm having such fun!!

Hugs, Shoshi