Handicrafts by Kate Perry and other ramblings

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Rudolph Day Challenge #August

Happy Rudolph Day everyone! I have had a very busy summer with non-stop visitors, (just one son with us now for one more week), but I was so uncharacteristically organised that I had all the cards I needed until September, made by the start of July, including this one for today's challenge.
The star is an old Marianne die, and the angel and dove stamp (they were together but I separated them) is by LOTV. The sentiment stamp is from a clear set by Hero Arts. I stamped the image twelve times and then decided how to use them.
I used pre-cut blank 13.5 cm square cards from Hobbycraft in white and cream, and rooted through my Christmas paper oddments box for backing sheets. Then I matched each paper to a toning glitter card for the star. Finally I coloured the image to go with each set and mounted them up. 
My doves ended up more like pigeons because when I just added grey shading to the white doves, they didn't show up on the cards, so I added a little pink and lilac to them!
So now I have another twelve cards for my stash. I just need to do a few more runs like this to reach my target. 
So I will link these up with the August Rudolph Day Challenge over at Scraps of Life by Scrappymo, and get back to my visitor.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

A Star Led the Way for Rudolph Day; July 2018

As I have so many visitors coming over from UK this summer, I worked hard over the last few weeks, to make all the cards I need during July and August, as I know I won't get much craft time while family are here, and that included my cards for Rudolph Day.

For last month's challenge, our lovely hostess Scrappy Mo used a die that I really liked. It was a Find it Media, Jeanine's Art Christmas die, featuring a pretty Christmas tree. I had difficulty finding anywhere outside of USA  that was selling it, and I have been caught on import tax and heavy P&P too many times to order from there, but Mo helped me find a source and I did buy one, and at the same time I bought another die from the same set, featuring stars, so that is what I have used for my card this time.

I found a half-used sheet of scrapbook paper that was just big enough to cut the die frame twice. The paper is very pretty and where it looks green in my photo, it is actually gold.
I have a huge stash of glitter card from our cheap 'Todo' (means everything) shop, in a great range of colours, so I used a darkish brown one as a hand cut mat behind the frame. It came with a circle die for the aperture, so I made an insert to fit, using a small LOTV stamp of a stable, which I added a tiny nativity scene to for a card I made earlier this year. I generated the sentiment on the computer and added an amber gem to the centre of the star. 
For this one I matched my aperture colour to a plain cream purchased card blank. For the second die cut I had flipped the orientation of the die (by cutting from the back of the paper instead of the front). I followed the same steps as above but mounted it onto a dark brown card. 
The backing paper looks prettier in this one. In both my photos everything looks a bit off kilter, but they are both straight in real life! I must have been having a bad camera day.
So that's two more cards for my collection, but I need to make a big run of one soon, as I have fallen behind somewhat since my excellent start to the year!
I will link this up with Rudolph Day Challenge; July and I 'll be back again in August.