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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Our Story Bookmark

I have another MFT card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

I wanted to send someone a gift card to a book shop and I thought it would be nice to make a little bookmark to go with it too :)

I obviously wanted to use the MFT set called Our Story to make the bookmark.  I LOVE this set!!!

And I used the MFT Bold Stripes Cover Up die to hold it and the gift card in place on the front of the card, for something a little different :)




I cut the die from grey card and then cut an extra piece to adhere to the bottom.

I then decorated it using papers from Photoplay's  beautiful Vintage Girl collection.

I used glue to adhere the die to the base layer but I only glued around the very outside edge. 
So that I was free to insert the gift card and bookmark through the stripes/slats.





I was happy with how this turned out.  The die held everything in place really well.
I think this would also be a great way to send someone a photo or tickets to a show, for example.

I'm sure the recipient would get a lovely surprise when they took this card out of the envelope :)

Thanks for dropping by today

Kathy

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Floral Birds


I have a card to share for Anna's Craft Cupboard today.

I used a stamp set from the American Crafts, Vicki Boutin All the Good Things collection called Floral Birds.

It has these beautiful butterflies and pretty flowers, plus some other goodies I'll use another time.
I loved colouring them!





I used Copics to colour and I took my inspiration from this gorgeous paper in the 7 Dots Paint Chip collection. 
I added a few drops of Tonic Studios Nuvo Crystal Drops - Morning Dew to the flower petals to try to mimic dew drops.  
I also added some accents to the large butterfly with a white gel pen.

The set also comes with some dies, which I used for the flowers. 
I cut the butterflies out myself, which was easy enough to do.




I used a white card base and cut the 7 Dots paper the same size. Then I lightly distressed the edge of it before adhering.
The paper is thick and card-like and it left a nice white edge after distressing which I liked.

I used the MFT Bold Stripes Cover Up Die over the top of the paper.  This is such a versatile die and looks great with these flowers and butterflies!

I stamped a sentiment from the MFT New Best Friend set onto one of the stripes of the diecut.
The stamp actually says "Pets make life sweeter" but I masked off the first word to change the sentiment :)

The "YOU" is from the MFT Love You die.  
I cut it out of black card and trimmed around the YOU to fit in between the stripes of the cover up die.  Then I cut it out again, this time from white card.  I inlaid the white letters into the negative space and glued it all down.




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

Fashionable stamping challenge : One for the girls

I hope you find some time to be creative this week and thanks for stopping by :)

Kathy

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Wild About You Art Journal


I have something other than a card to share for Anna's Craft Cupboard today.

For Christmas, I bought myself and my girls Art Journals and we've had lots of fun creating together.

I must admit I've only done 2 pages so far but I've really enjoyed it.
The first was purely just experimenting with how paints and pens etc looked on the page.
Then I created this one and I was really happy with how it turned out :)




Firstly, I used Dylusions Paint and some Tim Holtz stencils to create a fun background.

I decided to do blocks of 3 different colours and then used an alphabet stencil over the top in the same colour paint.  I love this effect with Dylusions Paints!  The yellow didn't stand out as much as the other colours though and so I went over it with distress ink instead.

I also added some white and black dylusions paint to the background through some circle and arrow stencils.





I am hoping to use favourite quotes, lyrics and sentiments that mean something to me in my art journal.  And I love this sentiment from the MFT Wild About You set and decided to use it with the animals from the set too.

I stamped and coloured the animals with Copics to match the colours of the paint  and cut them out.

I then stamped this sentiment and used the Love You Die-namic from MFT with it as well.





I glued the elements down flat but they look as if they have a lot of depth and dimension because I drew around them with a charcoal pencil.  

I then drew a border around my page added a few details with a white gel pen and finally called it done :)




I love that I can use my stamps and dies and other crafty supplies in my journal.

While it's great making and sending cards to people, this is artwork that I actually get to keep.

And it doesn't have to be perfect, I can experiment and make mistakes and that's okay.

This journal is about me and is for me :)


I  really recommend giving art journalling a try if you haven't already :)

Kathy





Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Love the Music from my Guitar

I have some really exciting news to share today!

I'm now on the Design Team at Dreamerland Crafts.  Woohoo !!! :)

I absolutely adore their stamps!  They are just so sweet and so beautifully drawn.
They make me say "awwwww" every time I look at them :)
I have loved all the Dreamerland stamps for so long and I feel so very lucky to be a part of their Team.

So this is my first Dreamerland card.  I couldn't resist this stamp of a boy and his guitar.
It's called Love the Music from my Guitar and I loved colouring it :)




The little dog and the sentiment are from a coordinating die and clear stamp package for this character stamp.  In this set there are 4 cute animal stamps and the dies to cut them and the guitar boy out.  I love the saying and the font it's in, the little animals are adorable and the dies are real time savers too :)

I can't wait to play with some more of the Dreamerland Crafts range :)


I would like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Love to Scrap - anything goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - anything goes

Thanks so much for dropping by today :)

Kathy








Wednesday, January 24, 2018

New Best Friend Gift

I have something other than a card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share today.

I made a little post-it note holder and decorated it with the cute girl and kitten from the MFT
New Best Friend set.

They are both so gorgeously cute!
I coloured her to match this very beautiful paper from the Photoplay Vintage Girl - tiny prints collection.
I am really loving these papers and I think they work perfectly with these sweet little girls from My Favorite Things :)






Post-it note holders are great little gifts to give people of any age and for any occasion.

They are very quick and easy to make too!

I cut a piece of black card 7.5" x 3.25"
Scored at 9, 10 and 11 cm.
(Yes. I know!  I mix up the way I measure to make it easier :) )
Fold it in half at the 10cm score line and cut two times to the next score line.  This makes the little pen holder bit.
Put glue between the 9 and 10 cm score lines, missing out the pen holder.
Push forward the pen holder part but glue down the rest.
Glue a post-it note to the inside and you're done :)


Actually the hardest thing about making this holder was trying to find post-its that weren't fluoro!
I looked in so many places and had almost given up when I finally found a pretty pink set which was just the right colour.  You can see it poking out a little in the bottom photo.

The pen was a pretty good match too.  I had bought a set of these small pens in lots of different colours a while ago, just so that I would have one at the ready when I needed to make a little post-it note gift for someone special :)





I don't think anyone could resist this little girl and kitten on this beautiful floral background!
Unless perhaps they have a thing against pink I guess :)

I'd like to enter my project into the following challenges :

Love to Scrap - anything goes
Tuesday Throwdown - anything goes


I hope you can use your stamps to create a gift for someone this week.

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy









Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Our Story

I have another My Favorite Things card to share for Anna's Craft Cupboard today :)

It's an older set called Our Story.
I've wanted it for a very long time because it's super cute and I love all the different little elements in it to make an inside scene.  As well as the lamp and table I used in this card there is also a ceiling light, book shelf, vase of flowers, pile of books, cup, cat and boy.
It is also full of punny sentiments which are great :)

I also love that it's book themed because I love to give books or bookshop gift cards for birthdays and christmas.






I coloured the stamps with Copics but I also did a little bit of paper piecing again.
This time it was much easier though :)

I used the Vintage Girl - Tiny Prints Collection Pack by Photoplay again to help create a lounge room.  I just cut a strip of the green paper for "carpet" and after glueing it down I cut a thin strip from white card and attached it over the edge for the skirting board.

The lounge chair is also paper pieced.  After colouring the girl, I cut her out, close to the line and then stamped again onto the pink paper and also cut the chair out close to the line.  I then glued the girl onto the chair but attached the chair to the background piece with x-press it foam mounting squares to give it more dimension.

This set is a lot fun to play with and it has just so many possibilities!

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

Love to Scrap - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes with sentiment
The Cat's Pajamas - make a scene


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy











Wednesday, January 10, 2018

New Best Friend Cat

I've had a lot of fun colouring and creating with the fabulous MFT set New Best Friend for Anna's Craft Cupboard :)

This time I've used the adorable girl and cat image.
Aren't they so sweet!!!






I decided to do some paper piecing on this card.

Well to be honest, I only "decided" to do it because I made a mistake.
I had used copics to colour the girl and the cat and I was very happy with it except that I hated how her dress looked so I decided to try to "fix" it :)

By paper piecing the dress, it meant that I really needed to think of this project as a little paper tole really. 
I had to colour and cut out certain areas of the stamp again to position them correctly.
Her arm is on top of the dress and then the sleeve on top of that and the cats head and paws are cut out and are above the other arm, for example.
There are raised areas as in a paper tole, except that I stuck the pieces down flat with glue rather than raising them up. 

Usually when I paper piece, it's with a much simpler image than this one. 
This was a little tricky, but I love how it turned out and all that fussy cutting was worth it I think :)




I also used the beautiful Vintage Girl - Tiny Prints Collection Pack by Photoplay again.
I really love these papers!
Even the sentiment is cut from one of the sheets in the pack.


Sometimes a mistake can actually lead to something better than what you first envisaged.
I hope you have fun crafting this week and embrace your mistakes :)

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :
Love to Scrap challenge - anything goes
Penny Black and More challenge - Something New
Tuesday Throwdown - Layer it up
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with a sentiment

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy