Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Hello again. I have a quick post for you today as I am still in Christmas card mode and don't want to lose the burst of enthusiasm that has helped to boost my tiny collection so far, up to a decent collection of around 75 cards this week. That is still only around half of what I want, so I need to crack on with some more sets. Tonight I am making a run of blue and white cards. I did the prototype earlier this week so I know what I need. I have just printed and cut out the backgrounds toppers and base cards. Now I need to colour all the little images, cut them out and start an assembly line. Hence the box of pens on my desk, with the colours I will be using already selected.

You can also see various 'sticking' materials, my favourite pair of scissors and the tiny decoupage snips that I use for the little awkward cuts. The memento ink pad is to distress the middle layer.
And then there is that box at the back to the left of the picture. It is labelled 'Finished cards' but that isn't quite true as a good three-quarters of them need an insert! Every year I say I will do the inserts as I make the cards, but something else always needs to be done first, so it gets left. I do have a folder on my computer of Christmas and Birthday inserts in all sizes, so a lot of these will  get a printed one. But  a few will be stamped, and I also like to stamp a Biblical Christmas verse inside, especially when, as with this year, I have made a lot of cards depicting snow scenes and robins rather than the Nativity. Christmas is important to me as a Christian, so I like my cards to reflect on the real reason for the season. So I  am hoping that box on my table will inspire me to have an 'insert day' this week, so at least half of my cards are ready to write and send!
Thank you to everyone who visited my blog last week. I hope I got back to you all, and a few more beside. I'll do my best to visit you all again this week. But first I will link this up to Julia's Stamping Ground, ready for the happy trip around the work-desks of the world tomorrow morning.


Maxine D said...

You are way ahead of me Kate, but I have one card to make for next month, and then I can concentrate on my Christmas mass production... I think :-).

The Taming of the Glue said...

Wow...75! I've managed 3 so far!! I love how you've stored your Copics, great idea. Hugs. Pam#39

Annie said...

Wow Kate you are so organised....I've not even thought about making my cards yet let alone made one!
A x # 47

Karen Busby said...

I have just started my Christmas cards and your enthusiasm has spurred me on lol! You have some great ideas. the blue and white ones sound lovely. Have a good day.
Karen no.51 x

Karin said...

Well done for getting ahead with your Christmas cards, I've still to complete Hallowe'en projects before I can start on mine!
Happy Wednesday, Karin #54

Neet said...

I must admit I am lazy and very rarely do inserts. Good for you you are an example to us all (that is us non inserters).
Must confess to not making any cards as yet, hopefully will have put some work that is sticking in my head to bed by the end of the week and then I can maybe make a start.
Hugs, Neet 16 xx - thanks for visiting me earlier - my server has been playing up so only just got on.

Monica said...

not a real card maker and after a few attempts have real respect as card making call for discipline and clean fingers, both absent in my persona. I am not sure what inserts are so not sure how that works but it appears complicated. have a great week and good fun.
Monica 33

Robin Spitzer said...

Wow Kate. 75! Simply amazing! I have 10 done...I need to step it up!

Hugs robin74

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I am truly amazed that you have 75 Christmas cards done already. Other than Easter, Christmas is one of my favorite holidays, but I am way behind in the card making arena. Happy WOYWW and Blessings! #24

Julia Dunnit said...

Ohmigosh you oh make a lot of cards Kate! how generous of you. I love blue and white for a Christmas card, it will crop up more than once in my workshop cards, as Saul for the season!