Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Blue, Blue Christmas

I am still doing well with the recycling of some of my Christmas cards, and today I used the image of two matching cards I received. With the vast array of cards available these days, it always surprises me when I get two the same, and this year one came from a friend in UK and the other from Spain! But I liked the image and thought it was one I could reuse. So I hunted through my dies to find a suitable one and cut this oval frame in gold mirri-card. I cut the image to fit just under it, and then hand-cut a very narrow navy mat. The base card also had a narrow navy mat and then an off-cut of powder blue card with a white core. I think I did this when I was trying out a new embossalicious folder, and I used a sanding block to reveal the white core. This seemed to fit best onto a white 15cm square card, so I just added a blue bow (rescued from a card some years ago), and gold dazzler to finish it.
For my second card I used a Nellie Snellen die set, cutting the fancy frame again with gold mirri-card, and the image with the matching plain interior die. The backing for this one is a small piece of navy vellum with gold stars on it, that I found at the bottom of my Christmas snippets box. Goodness knows where that came from. Vellum is not my favourite play-thing! (I discovered that the cosmic shimmer clear glue is excellent for sticking vellum, and doesn't really show through at all). I found a suitable strip of navy and gold sticky ribbon and used it to hold a message label at the base of the card. The sentiment is a very old Clarity stamp.

So that is two more cards for my collection, and as I have used several oddments of paper and card, I shall link this to Pixie's Snippets Playground, week 108.
I am also linking it to Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge 160 which is to use 'Shades of Blue'.
Christmas Cards All year Round ; Where, for January, Anything Goes.


Maxine D said...

Beautiful reconstructions using a fabulous image Kate - love the frame of gold you have used on them both.

Di said...

Two beautiful cards Kate - and I upcycled a card today along similar lines - although not as beautifully. Amazing how you got two really different cards from the same image. Love both of them.The gold adds such richness.

Hugs, Di xx

veronica said...

beautiful image Kate, no wonder you used it! 2 lovely cards as a result

SARN said...

Congrats on getting two more lovely festive cards ready Kate. xxx

Lynne K said...

These are both really beautiful, Kate, I just love the gorgeous rich blues and gold. The vellum background on the second one is very effective. Great idea to recycle your Christmas cards!

Lynne x

Jean Straw said...

Your cards are lovely Kate, it is a beautiful image. I really like the die cut frame on the first one and the lovely starry vellum on the second.
I also had this card and have recycled it but not blogged it yet.
Jean x

Hazel said...

Thank you for entering this lovely card for CCAYR January challenge, Hazel, DT - Thanks also for entering your lovely card for CHNC challenge 160 - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for Januaryr - I'd love to see it there too. x

Saskia said...

Both cards are wonderful!

craftimamma said...

Beautiful reuse of those lovely serene images Kate. Love the sanded background you used on the first one.

Lesley Xx

Lynne Knight said...

Thank you for entering this lovely card for CCAYR January challenge, Lynne(DT CCAYR)