Friday, 23 June 2017

Wedding Bouquet in Gold and Cream



A friend of mine asked if I could make a special wedding card for her brother's wedding.  I was inspired by the invitation (below) to go with a cream and gold theme.  The gift she has for him is square so I was keen to make the card square also.  Postage was definitely not an issue and she quite liked the idea of some dimension.  I found some white resin flowers in a local hobby shop, and covered them with various cream coloured and gold alcohol inks, and surrounded them with a few golden leaves to complete the bouquet.

This is the first time I've made a card which has so much dimension.  Even though it wasn't going to be posted, I thought it would be wise to build up a raised frame and provide a little protection for the flowers.  Happily, it still fitted into a standard (square) envelope.


Supplies : Lemonade, Butterscotch, Sandal, Gold Adirondack Alcohol Inks
Dies : Yvonne Springtastic Flowers (leaves), Spellbinder Labels 14, Spellbinders Label 4, Spellbinders Adorning Squares


I'm entering my card in the following challenges

Timeout Challenge 86 - obviously I'm not twisting


Celebrations with the Optional Twist of One Layer Cards

Fusion Card Challenge -  I was inspired by the Sketch (Frame and 3 flowers though I centred my bouquet) and the foliage surrounding the flowers in the jars.


The Challenge #88 - which has a new challenge of keywords - flowers and square being among them.



Thanks for stopping by, especially if you take the time to leave a comment.  They are always appreciated and I will try and return the favour when my life gets a little more normal 😊

Kate

Friday, 9 June 2017

Last Mojo


Some sad news this week with the announcement that this is the final Mojo Monday sketch.  I never play as often as I want to but they are my go-to place for a sketch when my mojo is in need of a good prod - which it definitely has recently.


It's also a contest challenge so there's Verve Stamp Sets up for grabs - Yay!!!

I've framed my sentiment using WMS Stitched Rectangles and WMS Scalloped Rectangles so I'm entering my card in the Cuttlebug Mania Challenge Frame It




CAS-ual Fridays have a fun challenge this week - to use those Pattern Papers.  I'm on a mission to do just that and managed to use 3 patterned papers on my design.


Thanks for stopping by, especially if you take the time to leave a comment
Kate




Thursday, 27 April 2017

Café Latte


I wanted to create a cafĂ© look with this card, so I used some Spellbinder border dies to create some curtains from some gingham paper which I've had in my stash for ages but I think it's My Mind's Eye!!!  I'm really making an attempt to use up papers however I usually buy them at an ever faster rate !!!

I used more of the DP for a table cloth and topped it with a doily.  I then set the table with a coffee pot, mugs and a sugar bowl stamped and cut from the WMS Coffee set.  There was a lovely milk jug in the stamp set but unfortunately it had no matching die - once you start using matching dies it's hard to go back to fussy cutting don't you think?  Still if you've ordered a LattĂ© I guess you don't need a milk jug on the table right 😄!!!

This gingham paper was a difficult one to colour match - all the colours were either too blue or to green, but then I remembered this embossing powder - which is lucky because Make My Monday has an Embossing Challenge this week.

Both Shopping Our Stash  and Cuttlebug Mania have coffee related challenges at the moment.

I'll also be entering the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge for April and the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which has an Anything Goes Challenge this week.


Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments are always a joy.  I hope you find something to inspire you here,
Kate

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Bag You're It


As a gift for my dear friend's birthday, I put together a package of cards for her.  I was then faced with the dilemma of making her another card and also making a suitable receptacle in which to present them and for her to store them in.  I decided on something a bit different and made this bag/card instead.  

It was a little challenging as it's quite a large area to fill - larger than an A5 card but fortunately I had a little help.


I found this brilliant inspiration at Timeout Challenge #81, and realised a flurry of butterflies in different sizes would be perfect to fill the large area.


I then found more inspiration in this photo at The Card Concept Challenge #71 which provided me with a lovely spring palette and the idea to use doilies at the base for an even more feminine touch.



Thanks for stopping by - your visits and comments are always a pleasure,
Kate

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Glossy Accident - Almost

A friend of mine asked if I could make an anniversary card for some Scottish friends who will be celebrating their silver wedding anniversary.  Luckily it happened to coincide with a NBUS Challenge over at Darnell's Blog so I wanted to post it before to closed.  In my haste to get it photographed, I didn't wait until the glossy accents dried.


Do you see what I mean.  Fortunately I noticed before too much damage was done - phew!  It's going to lay flat for any future photo shoots.   


Unfortunately the silver detail on the hearts isn't visible in this photo because of the extra thick coat of glossy accents I had to reapply.  I stamped and embossed the heart from  WMS Celtic Heritage in silver on navy card.  I then used the heart die from the WMS My Heart die set (though any open heart die would do) and ended up with a celtic patterned heart.  


Here's a closer look at the hearts - boo boo and all!!!

The Cheery Lynn die is NBUS.  I had tried to use it before but the die cut is quite long and won't fit on a card front - if you try to truncate the die cut the middle bits fall out because of the design.  I had a light bulb moment and partially die cut one end, repositioned the die cut in the other end of the die and partially cut the other end.  Now there are three links instead of five so it fits on an A6 card front and the middle bits are intact.



Do pop over to Darnell's blog - you're sure to have a giggle !!! 

So glad you stopped by, your visits and comments always brighten my day,
Kate

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Cupcakes Anyone?


When I saw the Mojo Monday Sketch earlier in the week I knew what I wanted to do, I just had to wait until this evening to get some time on it.  I used the Verve Cupcakes stamp set for the split sentiment.  I used the WMS Crackle Background stamp embossed in gold for the icing on the top of the cake.


Here's the sketch for Mojo Monday #489 - it made me think pull tab element so that's what I went with. 


I've used several dies to get the effect I wanted, so I'm entering in the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - to use more than 1 die or punch.  Here are the die (sets) I used

Marianne D. Cupcake (5 die set)
Crealies Stitched Square
PTI Shutterbug dies (for the pull out element)
MFT Vertical Greeting II (trimmed for the pull tab)

I'm also entering in the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge for March




Thanks for stopping by, especially if you take the time to leave a comment.  Your visits and comments are always a joy,
Kate

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Beeline for London


A friend of ours is leaving Luxembourg to live closer to his daughters and grand-daughters in London.  He has long had the nickname Buzz so I knew I had to use the Verve What's the Buzz stamp set and matching die set.  

I used an old map from an atlas as a background for the slider panel, using a stitched rectangle and the partial cutting technique to create the slider channel between Luxembourg and London.

There wasn't a lot of space to put a sentiment but this one from the WMS Cottage Home fitted perfectly underneath his new Beehive.

I'll enter this card in the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies Challenge for March


Thanks for stopping by - especially if you take the time to leave some feedback,
Kate

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Tattered Poppy



 Sympathy cards are not my fortĂ©, but I felt the Simon Says Stamps Tattered Poppy die would be perfect to make a sympathy card for a dear friend of mine who just lost her father.  I bought this die to do some framed scrap book layouts of my own dear father who passed away last year (he was known as poppy to his 10 beloved grandchildren) so it seemed doubly appropriate.

I cut the petals from plain red card stock and used Black Soot Distress Ink to add a little depth.  I added a dew drop using glossy accents.  The stitched frames and sentiment are from WMS - I do love the elegant script used in the WMS Big Day Today set.


This lovely sketch for Challenge #211 at CAS(e) this Sketch also inspired my card.


The Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is For a Special Lady and as my friend Michaela is indeed a Special Lady I'll be entering my card there.



Challenge #334 at the Paper Players has the theme Cut it Out, and as I've used several dies here, I'll be entering over there.


Happy Little Stampers has just posted a new Anything Goes with Dies Challenge for March, so I'll be entering there as well.

Thanks for stopping by - especially if you take the time to leave a comment,
Kate

Friday, 3 March 2017

A little birdie told me


I made a few of these enamelled birds last night and made them up into cards this morning.  Four of the Memorybox birds were stacked together for support and then the shape was embossed multiple times with a yellow embossing powder and cleat UTEE and If you look really carefully you can see the highlights of gold which were added during the process.  I'm thinking of adding some tiny eggs to that branch (Spellbinders Cherry Blossoms) and making some of the cards into Easter cards.  The Memorybox Small Circle Burst makes a simple but effective backdrop for the bird.



The theme at Make My Monday Challenge #40 is Birds so I'll be entering this card there.


Cuttlebug Mania has the theme It's a Zoo Out There so I'll be entering there as well.


Addicted to Stamps Challenge #231 has an Anything Goes theme this week (yippee)


and Seize the Birthday also has an Anything Goes Birthday theme this week, so I'll be entering there too.

Edited:
I forgot to mention the little bird on the envelope (which is also on the inside of the card).  I created my own stamp by die cutting a bird from funky foam.  With a little water, it will stick to an acrylic block and you can stamp a matching image.  A neat trick isn't it!!!

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by - especially if you leave some feedback.  I hope you're enjoying some sunshine in your part of the world,
Kate

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Making a bee Line


As soon as I saw this {Pin}spirational Pic#184, I knew what I wanted to create.  


I made a bee card a few weeks back which I was pretty chuffed about but I thought afterwards I could do better.  So I devised a spinning mechanism using magnets.  I have a market coming up so I made a few - 15 bees in total, though some are still waiting to be made up.  Here they are all lined up after I had coated them with glossy accents and sprinkled them with glitter.


The best part of all is that the bee can be removed and placed on a fridge or radiator or other suitable metallic surface

video



The current theme at Cuttlebug Mania is It's a Zoo Out There, so I'll be entering there as well - a Bee is an animal after all!!!



Supplies : Verve The Buzz Stamp set and matching die set; Verve Amazing Adjectives; WMS Stitched Rectangles; WMS Scalloped Rectangles

Thanks for stopping by, especially if you take the time to leave some feedback.  Your comments are always a delight,
Kate

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Home Sweet Home



I just saw the most amazing inspiration photo at Timeout's Challenge #77 and just had to finish this pinwheel flower I had half finished.


As the name suggests that flower spins around, which is a bit of fun to make, to give and to receive!

This Flowers, Leaves and Stem #4 die from Sizzix is perfect for making a bold statement and I used some Totally Tropical papers designed by Kate Knight (a free gift from Cardmaking and Papercraft).


 It's an easel card and I took the opportunity to welcome the sunshine we had yesterday with this fun greeting from Verve Rise Above embossed in WOW! Tickled Pink Embossing Powder.

Such a beautiful day yesterday - not a cloud in the sky and no ice on the car!

Hope spring is in the air wherever you are, and if not I hope this brightens your day!!!  Thanks for stopping by, your visits and comments always brighten my day!!!

Kate

Monday, 6 February 2017

Butterfly Mojo 48


A very quick post to sneak in before Mojo Monday 482 closes.  

It very hard to capture this gold mirror card.  Here's another angle.  Once again I used the Verve Fishtail Banner to cut the confetti for the background.

Thanks for stopping by, especially if you take the time to leave a comment,
Kate

Saturday, 4 February 2017

I Heart U


This MFT Abstract Heart arrived last week and with Valentine's Day fast approaching, I thought I should put it to good use.

I'm entering this card in Darnell's NBUS #10.


I was inspired by the colours in CTD428 


This inspiration image from Curtain Call helped me finish the card.  The use of x's and o's prompted me to use the I and U to make up a sentiment, before that I just had a lonely heart.


I'm also entering in this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - The Colour of Love 


I just love polka dots, so I'm glad to have another reason to use them - Inkspirational Challenge 127




Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired.
Thanks especially if you take the time to leave a comment.  Not only do they make my day but they make it possible for me to return the favour,
Kate