Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Friday, April 10, 2015

Another Bargain, and a whole bunch of snippets

In my previous post I used a new stamps and matching dies set that I bought , at a very reduced price, from Sizzix, so this time I am using a second set, bought from the same sale, at the same fantastically low price.
For just 6.67 € I got two large and two small flower dies plus two sizes of centres, and three large flower stamps plus two smaller ones, and six alternative centres. Quite a bargain. 
Of course you don´t need to use of them but as I wanted to try them out, my first card has one flower on it that incorporates all the flower stamps and dies, and one set of centres, and here it is.

This is not a very clear photo so some of the stamping is not visible, but what look like plain white petals in the second layer have fine script stamped on them. To match the flower I raided my pink snippets box and found a piece of the pink and mauve mottled paper that I had a whole pad of at one time, but now I mostly have off cuts. I trimmed the base of it with a Marrianne lace die and distressed the edges with Memento Rose bud ink.

The bright pink card at the bottom is packaging from a Heartfelt stamp set, which I kept because it was so bright and has a high gloss finish. I used some more of this to cut the large sentiment with a Joanna Sheen Signature Die.

If you read my previous post you will realise that this one is much the same design as I used then, with a different flower, and they are both CASing a card that I received at least two years ago from a crafting friend.
It works well with this type of topper, and enables me to make smaller (A5) cards which are better for posting to UK. 
As I was making this it struck me that, although it is not a poinsettia, this flower would sit well on a Christmas card too. So then I found several snippets of mirricard in red, green and gold and cut out some flowers in each size and style. Next I used Brilliance dew drop ink pads in pearlescent poppy, pearlescent thyme, and galaxy gold, and stamped some of each design in each colour and cut them out. Then I set about assembling them in various combinations. I was hoping to make six flowers, but I found I had a few pieces left at the end so made them into a seventh one. (It probably looks better for being less crowded!).
I have a huge box of Christmas paper snippets, so I made seven white base cards and mixed and matched my papers to make seven pairs. Then I chose something to use for the join, either with a sticky ribbon, a trim from my stash, or by die-cutting an edge. I assembled my panels and glued them to the card fronts. I added a flower to each one, and then added something to decorate them. For some of them I die cut a sentiment, or cut one with my Silhouette, and for the others I die-cut holly leaves etc.

Here is the first one finished. I liked the star paper which was left over from a sheet I made with Imagination crafts Sparkle medium and a star stencil. The sentiment was cut on my Silhouette using a purchased file, and gold sparkle vinyl. It cut out beautifully.

I had to make one of my cards in landscape orientation because I wanted to use a piece of card I had made with my cover-the-page  holly stamp, embossed in gold, with the berries coloured with a red glitter pen, and I did not have a deep enough piece to make the card portrait like the others.

Anyway, I did get all seven cards made and they will be a useful addition to my very slow-growing stash for next Christmas.
So I will link these up in Pixie´s Snippets Playground, and get over to my other blog to write about what has rocked my world this week.
A big Thank you to those who look at my creations and leave me nice comments, and especially to those who have the patience to read my ramblings on Kate´s Adventures each Friday too. I do appreciate you all.
Sally has kindly pointed out that Stamping Sensations theme is Pretty in Pink this month, so I shall link my first card over there too. Thank you Sally.


JoZart Quilts said...

Such a bargain and you have certainly put the dies to good use. Beautiful cards... off now to your other blog for a catch up of Spanish culture.
Have a good weekend,
Jo x

Jean said...

Your flowers look great Kate, I love all your colourful christmas cards. A great way to use up all those snippets too.
Jean x

Sally H said...

Wonderful snippet cards, Kate! All fabulous! Do enter the pink one in this month's Stamping sensations challenge, where our theme is pink. Hugs, Sally

Di said...

Lovely flowers Kate and beautiful cards too. How clever to think outside the box and use them on Christmas cards!


Di xx

brenda said...

A great collection of cards Kate, but it's the gorgeous pink one that jumps out at me with the pretty flower.

It's lovely to see you at Stamping Sensations, thanks so much for joining in.

B x

Sally H said...

Thanks for joining us with your gorgeous pink creation at Stamping Sensations this month and good luck!

Mrs A. said...

The flower die looks fab used as a Christmas theme. So totally different. What a bargain too.
Hugs Mrs A.

Maxine D said...

Oh Kate these are all fabulous - love the pink one with the bold sentiment balancing the bright coloured base and flower. You are so creative when it comes to using your snippets!

Veerle said...

I love your flowers Kate they look gorgeous. And aren't you a lucky girl, being able to buy these lovely items for such a reduced price ?!!
Enjoy your wonderful purchase my friend ;-)
Hugs, Veerle xx

Lynne K said...

The flowers are all fabulous, Kate, and the design of your cards really shows them off to perfection. So glad you've entered the pink one at Stamping Sensations!

Lynne x

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Stamping Sensations with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x