Monday, 20 November 2017

Gift Voucher Wallet

I made this wallet for a theatre gift voucher I am giving as a Christmas present.  I'm entering Crafty Cardmakers 'Anything but a Card' challenge, Sparkles Christmas Challenge 'More than One Fold', the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes + Christmas'.

Dies: Creative Expressions 'Pierced Tags'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Card: Gold pearlescent
Paper: 'Christmas Greetings' (magazine freebie)
Other: Red ribbon

I measured the depth of the gift voucher and then folded the gold card to make the wallet.  I then covered the top and bottom flaps and the back of the wallet with paper, ensuring the robin was in the bottom corner of the wallet front.  I trimmed a strip of red holly paper, layered it onto gold card and folded it around the wallet to make a belly band.  The overlap was trimmed and fastened with double sided tape.  I layered another piece of robin paper onto gold card before die cutting and embossing a pierced tag.  A snippet of red ribbon was attached to the top of the label before it was attached to the belly band.

Kath x

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Quick CAS Christmas

I made this quick CAS Christmas card for the Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge 'Christmas'.  I'm also entering the Happy Little Stampers Anything Goes with Dies challenge, Crafty Friends 'Christmas' challenge and Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes'.

Card blank: 6" x 4" white silk
Die: Creative Expressions 'Contemporary Happy Christmas', Creative Dies 'Elegant Reindeer'
Embossing: X-cut 'Swirls'
Card: Red mirri, white silk

I embossed a piece of white silk card and trimmed the panel around the edge of the embossing.  This was layered onto red mirri and attached to the card front.  I die cut the sentiment and attached it to the centre of the panel with Stick and Spray.  To finish I die cut three snowflakes from the Elegant Reindeer die and attached them around the sentiment.

Kath x

Sunday, 12 November 2017

B is for ...

I made this card for the Lili of the Valley Challenge 'B is for ...' and I have chosen Bear, Balloons, Baby, Boy, Blue and Bronze!  I am also entering Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 'Anything Goes' and Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.

Card blank: 6" x 6" white matt
Image: Lili of the Valley 'Patchwork Bunch of Balloons' Mini Masterpiece & 'General Sentiments'
Dies: Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Squares Large', 'Lacy Squares' & 'Classic Scalloped Circles Large
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Colouring: Promarker
Card: Bronze mirri
Paper: Lili of the Valley 'Bear Necessities'

I trimmed the blue paper, layered it onto bronze mirri and attached it to the card. The precoloured image was already die cut, but I used the embossing mat to emboss the edges before attaching it to a die cut and embossed Lacy Square.  The image was then attached to the centre of the card.  To finish I cut around the edge of the Baby Boy sentiment, attached it to a scalloped embossed circle before attaching it to the card with foam tape.

Kath x

Friday, 10 November 2017

Rudolph Tag

The new Winter Wonderland challenge is 'Tag You're It' and we want to see either gift tags or tags on cards.  The challenge is sponsored by Crafty Ribbons who are offering the lucky winner a £10.00 voucher to spend in their store.

I've decided to make a tag using snippets of card, paper and ribbon so I'm heading to the playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.  I'm also entering the Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge 'Tags', the The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes + Christmas' and Crafty Friends 'Christmas' challenge.  This is a scheduled post so I'll link to these challenges when I get home from work this evening!

Dies: Creative Dies 'Elegant Reindeer' (magazine freebie), Creative Expressions 'Pierced Tags', Memory Box 'Mini Holly Leaves'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Snippets: Blue snowflake paper, white matt card, dark brown, gold and white pearlescent card, red mirri 
Other: White satin ribbon

I attached the blue snowflake paper onto white card and then die cut and embossed the largest tag.  I die cut the reindeer from dark brown card and attached it to the bottom of the tag.  I die cut it again from gold card, attached the antlers and inlaid the swirl.  I then die cut three snowflakes from white pearlescent card and attached them around the reindeer.  The bow was die cut from red mirri and attached to the reindeer's neck.  As I didn't have any very small red gems for Rudolph's nose, I die cut the Memory Box holly berries from red mirri and used one of them - the perfect size!  To finish, I threaded the white ribbon through the hole in the tag and trimmed the ends.

Kath x

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Thank you

I found this lovely piece of Tattered Lace paper in the bottom of my paper drawer and thought it would be perfect for my quick Thank You card.  I'm entering Crafty Cardmakers 'Thankful' challenge, the Cuttlebug Mania 'Thanks' challenge and Die Cut Divas 'Thanks' challenge.

Card blank: 6" x 6" kraft
Die: Cheery Lynn ' Thank You 2'
CardL Purple matt
Paper: Tattered Lace: Purple floral paper (magazine freebie), white printer paper
Other: Wink of Stella

I trimmed the paper to a square and layered it onto slightly larger piece of purple card.  I die cut the sentiment from the top corner, keeping all the pieces to inlay.  The panel was then attached to the card front.  To ensure the sentiment was the same thickness as the card and paper on the card front, I attached a snippet of purple card to white printer paper and then die cut the sentiment.  The sentiment and pieces I had put to one side were then inlaid into the card.  To finish, I highlighted the purple matt and the sentiment with a Wink of Stella.

Kath x

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Bargello Merry Christmas

A big thank you to Di for inviting me to be her Guest Designer at the fabulous Snippets Challenge - I love this challenge as it's a way of trying to keep my snippets mountain under control!  Amongst my many snippets I always seem to have a lot of thin strips so I've used some of these for the bargello background on my card.

I'm entering Crafty Friends 'Christmas' challenge, the Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge 'Anything Christmas Goes', The Merry Christmas Challenge 'Anything Goes + Christmas'.

Card blank: 7" x 7" cream matt
Dies: Creative Expressions 'Contemporary Happy Christmas', Spellbinders Nestabilities 'Classic Ovals Large' & 'Lacey Ovals'
Embossing: Kars tan embossing mat
Other: White printer paper
Snippets: Lili of the Valley 'Woodland Wishes' Paper, cerise mirri and cream matt card

I trimmed eight different paper strips to 2cm width and glued them across a piece of white printer paper, ensuring the edges of the papers touched.  I then cut strips of various widths and laid them onto the table until I was happy with the 'V' patter.  I then glued them onto another piece of white printer paper.  I trimmed the finished design into a square before layering it onto a slightly larger snippet of cerise mirri card and attaching it to the centre of the card.  If you've never tried the bargello technique, there's a good tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers.

I die cut and embossed a cream oval and die cut 'Happy Christmas' from the centre.  This was layered onto a die cut and embossed Lacey Oval.  I then die cut 'Happy Christmas' from cerise mirri and inlaid it.  To ensure it was nice and flat I put a piece of white paper on top of the panel and ran it through my Cuttlebug again.  The finished panel was attached to the centre of the card with foam tape.

Kath x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Winner of LOTV Art Pad Giveaway

Thank you to everyone that left comments for the LOTV Art Pad Giveaway.  The lucky winner is:

Congratulations to Valerija - please email me ( with your address and I'll post the Art Pad as soon as possible so you have plenty of time for making Christmas cards!

Kath x