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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Birgitta Rings a Bell

I have another Christmas card using CC Designs products to share today.

This one is using Birgitta Rings a Bell.  She's such a sweetie isn't she?!



I cut her out using the Dotted rectangles die and the sentiment is from an old CC Designs set.

So I have 2 Christmas cards done now, I'm not too sure how many I'll get done this year though.
Maybe I should set myself a target?

Simon Says Stamp - Use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy













Sunday, June 25, 2017

Up in the Air Dog


I’m back to share another MFT card for Anna's Craft Cupboard

I’ve used the Up In The Air set again but this time I have the dog in the balloon J
And I have used the same sunrays (AKA Sunburst or Starburst) technique as I used on my last card but with a few differences.






This time I chose a focal point that’s towards the centre of the card and the rays radiate all around it.

So I cut the paper into 4”x 1” rectangles this time and then cut them into triangles. So they are smaller, but I needed more of them.
There are 24 triangles on my card.

I inked around the edges of them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and glued the triangles onto a brown cardstock this time.  This was cut to 4 1/8” x 6” and I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.

All papers are from the Bloom and Grow collection by Simple Stories.  And they are SO beautiful!

I decided to put the balloon and dog on a tag in the centre of the rays.

I stamped onto white card and coloured just the basket and cut the entire image out.  Then I stamped the balloon part of the stamp again onto patterned paper and cut it out and glued it on top. 

Paper piecing the balloon like this made it much quicker and easier than colouring it.  I could have also cut out each balloon segment in a different colour but I just thought that might be a bit too much on this card. 

I glued it to the tag and then adhered the dog on top. And because I was putting this onto a white base, I didn’t have to bother with the trickier cutting of the balloon that I did on my previous card.

I lightly sponged around the tag with the distress ink and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment which is also from the Up In The Air set.

I hope you’ve liked seeing this technique and that you’ll give it a try too.

Kathy




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Santa's Helper


I decided to make a start on my Christmas cards this month.
And NO, it's not too early!

I've used an older CC Designs stamp called Santas Helper.
I've used her before and she's one of my absolute favourite Christmas stamps!  I love her :)





The sentiment is from a very old and no longer available CC designs set. I think it's gorgeous though and I cut it out using the Layering Tags die.

This is such an adorable Christmas stamp!
She makes me happy :)

Thanks for dropping by today
Kathy

Friday, June 23, 2017

Up in the air


I have another card and tutorial for Anna's Craft Cupboard today.
And I’m showcasing another fabulous stamp set from My Favorite Things (MFT) .

I got the chance to play with Up In The Air this month and it is so much fun to use.
There are just SO many possibilities with this set!  The sky is the limit! :) (ha ha)

I was also lucky enough to get the MFT Die-Namics Die - Spring Scene Builder to use and it is wonderful too :)

So I wanted to use these two together and create an interesting sky for the balloon to float around in.
I decided to create a sun ray background with patterned papers (AKA the Sunburst or Starburst technique).  
Here is how I created my card so that you can try it out for yourself :)




This technique can be wonderful for using up scraps of patterned paper you have in your stash.  You can use all different lengths, widths and designs and make them work.  But I actually cut mine from 2 new sheets of paper and cut them all the same size :)

When using this technique you need to firstly decide where you want the “rays” to radiate from.  I decided to put my sun in the top right hand corner of the card, so all the points of my rays start there.

I also decided to leave a space between my rays, but you can vary the look of the background by butting them together instead.

I used Spring-a-ling and Butterfly Net from the Spring Things  collection by Doodlebug Designs to make the rays.
·        I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.

·        I cut a piece of white card 4”x 5 7/8”. This is the piece you will glue the rays to.

·        Then I cut 5 rectangles from patterned paper 1”x 6”.
(I cut 2 rectangles from one colour and 3 from another).
·        Then cut them in half diagonally.


·        I glued 1 ray along one edge, making sure the point of it was in the top corner of the card.



·        Then I glued a second ray along the other side.



·        I glued the other rays between these two, leaving a little space. They may overlap a little at the points or not be perfect but this is fine as it will be covered over.


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·      Turn the card over and carefully trim away the excess paper.  I found this easier to do by hand, but you can use a paper trimmer.



You will notice some pieces are not quite long enough.  That is okay because I am putting some grass on the bottom of the card.




·        I cut the sun and clouds with the MFT Die-Namics Die - Spring Scene Builder.  I added some ink to the sun and glued it over the top of the sun rays at the right corner of the card.

                                       

·        I white embossed the cute sentiment from the Up In The Air set onto a piece of American Crafts – Key Lime Card. I used the hill piece from the die to cut it out and trimmed it down to fit.  Then I inked the edge of it and attached it to the bottom of the card.




·       There are trees with the die too, but I decided to colour the trees from the stamp set and cut them out and attached them to the hill.

I didn’t get the matching outline die with this stamp so I thought I would show you how I cut out the balloon too. (I guess this is just for people like me who don’t like to cut images out with a knife.)




Maybe you noticed something a bit wrong with this photo? Were you wondering why a dog has suddenly appeared?

Well I had my card all laid out just how I wanted it ready to be glued down when my daughter came in.  So I asked her what she thought of the card and she said “I really love it but there is one thing that would have made it perfect”. 
So I had to ask …. “What?”  And she said ……         
“The CAT”!
So I just had to colour up the cat and swap that puppy out of there so that my card would be perfect! :)

The dog is very cute too though and I will be back here on the blog later this week to show you how I used him on another card.  I hope you’ll come back to see. :) And in the meantime, please check out all the wonderful MFT goodies at Anna’s Craft Cupboard.

Kathy

Friday, June 2, 2017

Cutie Butterfly Fairy


I wanted to make a Birthday Card for a little girl who's turning 5 very soon.
And I thought a fairy card would be perfect.
I used this stamp and  I actually got a bit of shock when I read what it was called
because I assumed she was a fairy!
This is Roberto's Rascals Cutie Butterfly from CC Designs.
Anyway whatever she is, she is super cute :)



I stamped her twice.  On the first image, I put glue all over the wings and sprinkled fine glitter on them and left them to dry while I coloured the other image.

I used copics to colour the second image and cut her out, minus the wings, and then stuck her on top of the glittered wings.
I left her hand "free" so that I could put the twine under it as though she were holding the string.
Then I cut her out again so that she could fly on the cloudy background I created.
I used distress inks and splashed on a bit of water and a few drops of white paint too.

I cut a number 5 using the CC Designs Jumbo Numbers Die and covered it with glue and the same glitter to match her wings.

Copics used :

Y 11, 13, 15
E 000, 00, 21
YR 14, 18
R 20, 30
V 01, 04, 05, 06
BV 0000, 000, 00, 02, 04
W 00

I'd like to enter my card into the challenge at :

Simon Says Stamp : anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bug Birgitta

I'm here to share another card using one of the newly released stamps from CC Designs.
This little cutie is called Bug Birgitta and she's a real sweetheart isn't she?!




I don't do paper piecing all that often, but I thought she would look very cute in this happy yellow outfit.
I coloured the rest of her with copics and used the Circles #1 die to cut her out.
All the papers are from one of my favouritest ever pads by Echo Park called Bundle of Joy.

The sentiment is from an old CC Designs set called HB2U Sentiments, which isn't available any more,so lucky you if you have it :)

Copics used :
R 00, 20, 22, 24, 30
BG 10, 11
B 0000
W 00, 1
Y 11, 15
YG 01, 03
E 000, 00, 13, 21

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Words 2 Craft By - Springtime = Party Time
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy




Monday, May 8, 2017

Butterfly Cinnamon

I have another card to share using one of the new release stamps by CC Designs.
This cutie is a Rustic Sugar design called Butterfly Cinnamon.

I thought she might make a cute thank you card.






I coloured her with copics and then used the Dotted Rectangles Die to cut her out.

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 21, 43, 44, 47, 53
RV 23, 25
BG 0000, 01, 02, 05, 07
Y 13, 15
YG 01, 03
YR 16, 18
W 00, 1, 3


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy