Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Just in time...I hope!

One of my sisters has a birthday next weekend, and I should have posted her card yesterday at the latest, but last night I was still adding the finishing touches, so it went to the Post office this morning. It might just get there in time.

Although I don't watch Create and Craft on TV, I do follow Sue Wilson's blog, and she often features the dies she has demonstrated on the program. Just recently she has teamed up with Joanna Sheen to do a video of a specific card, and all the materials and equipment used can be bought from Joanna's online shop. I particularly liked one she did a few weeks ago, and as I love daisy type flowers I sent for the Heartfelt Creations set of aster stamps and matching dies. I used most of the techniques shown by Sue in the video, but my card ended up quite different from hers.

I prepared a white 15cm square card, and then stamped and cut several of the flowers using an Adirondak peach bellini ink pad, and some leaves using Memento bamboo shoots. I coloured some size two accent beads with mountain rose and snow cap alcohol inks, and when they were dry I glued some to the centre of each flower. (I used two die-cuts  for each of my flowers ). I sorted through my pink/orange offcuts and found a small piece of card that matched the flower centres. It was only just big enough. In fact the white trellis across the lower edge is hiding a join in the pink card. The pink is stamped and clear embossed with a tiny flower background stamp. It hardly shows in the photo, but it does add another layer of interest. I found a small piece of pink patterned paper that toned well with the background and cut a fancy frame, (a Nellie Snellen die I think). From the centre cut out, I cut two corners from the same die set to hold the sentiment. I used some white off cuts to cut a mat for the frame and the trellis which is a lovely Memory box die. The mat was embossed with a folder from Crafts-too, (Thank you Di), and the sentiment is an old Elusive Images stamp.
When I had assembled it all I didn't think it was quite balanced so I used a Joy die to cut out a butterfly and inked it through the die with the same pad as the flowers. I used a pen to colour the body and added some stickles gold ice, and tiny orange pearls for a bit of bling.
I shall enter this in  Pixie's Snippets Playground week 112, where I understand the playmates are considering constructing an ark!
I shall also link it to the new Butterfly Challenge which you can find out about HERE. The first challenge is to use at least one flower and one butterfly on your card.


JoZart said...

That is just beautiful and I am sure your sister will be thrilled to receive it,
Jo x

Maxine D said...

This is a stunning card Kate - I am sure your sister will love it. That trellis die cut is wonderful.

Mrs A. said...

This is beautiful Kate and so my favourite colour too Glad you added the butterfly. Thanks for reminding me about Sue's brilliant blog. I have just been and had a catch up. I can feel a spending spree coming on!! I can just see the tiny embossed flowers on the pink background paper which gives that added interest. Thank you so much for fluttering by my new venture. Hugs Mrs A. (butterfly challenge.)

SARN said...

Lovely colour and such a beautiful card altogether Kate. Very very pretty - I'm sure your Sis will love it. xxx

Jean Straw said...

Very pretty Kate, I love the daisies. Dorothy will love it.
Jean x

Kathleen said...

Superb card, love all the daisies, they look stunning, great colour choice and a fab layout.

Kath x

scrappymo! said...

Stunning. Your asters are fabulous and the layered dies are beautiful!
Love the colours too!

Di said...

WOW Kate, this is absolutely stunning! I love it loads.

Sorry I'm a bit late commenting - playing catch up here!



Karen Petitt said...

Wow! A fabulous use of snippets and I love the colours you have used, a really beautiful card, thank you for sharing it with us x

Lynne K said...

Love this, Kate, it's so pretty and feminine. I can see you'll be enjoying the new Butterfly Challenge as much as I will! x

MaryH said...

Love the peach-y tones of this beautiful card. I especially like the way you used the frame over the EF embossing and I love the MB die border. Your flowers are lovely too, and your glitzy butterfly was a beautiful balance to the pretty flowers. TFS

Maxine D said...

Hi Kate - just to let you know I have nominated you for an award here