Wednesday, 5 November 2014

First Christmas Cards

Hi everyone,

Like many crafters at the moment, I am frantically making Christmas cards! I think I've made about 38 so far, so I am getting there! Hoping to have them all done and dusted by the end of November, so that I can get going on my December Daily and catch up with the Smashbook I'm doing for my little boy's first year. 

So here are the first few Christmas cards I made. I made them using my new Card-io stamps and really enjoyed doing something different. I think they are quite simple but effective.


For these cards, I used the more traditional Christmas colours, so red and green. I also added glossy accents to the baubles to make them 3d. 

I tried some more "modern" colours for this one. I do like blues and purples for some Christmas cards and think they work well with the baubles here. 

Thanks for looking and I hope you like these cards.

Katie xx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Craft Show Goodies & Card-io Stamps

Hi everyone,

Well recently, my mum and I had our annual day out together to the ICHF Craft Show at Westpoint in Exeter. Despite both of us feeling a bit under the weather we both had a great day and bought some lovely things. This is what I bought:

A lot of what I buy now at the show are the general things like glue, stamping card, ribbons, adhesive gems/pearls and a few bits for Christmas. This year I bought a few things from the DoCrafts Bellissima range. I love the colours and the papers in the pack.

The most exciting thing I bought was some little stamps by Card-io. My mum has been using these for years especially at Christmas, but this is the first sets I have bought. They always have a fab stand at the show too, with a lady doing demonstrating and loads of gorgeous samples.

I was keen to have a go with these, so here is the first card that I made using them:

I made this card by stamping the branch and other flowers and using inkylicious brushes to add some colour. I then stamped the butterflies and sentiment and added the border around the edge of the card.

Thanks for looking and I'll be back again soon with some Christmas cards I have been making using these stamps.

Katie xx

Monday, 22 September 2014

A tortoise and a tractor!

Good Evening!

This year for hubby's birthday I had to make 2 cards, one from me and one from our little boy! I struggled for ideas to start with for a card from me this year. I wanted to use some things I hadn't used for a card for him before but didn't have anything new! I therefore had a rummage and found this cute little tortoise stamp that I have had for years.

I paired the image with some papers from the Michael Powell range from DoCrafts and kraft card. The embellishments were all bits and pieces from my stash. 

For the card from our little boy I saw a perfect sticker by DoCrafts which was a Forever Friends Bear on a red tractor. The leaves and "You're the Best" stickers were from the same set. I mounted them on red striped card with a border of plain red card to match the tractor.

Thanks for stopping by. I would like to enter the tortoise card into the following challenges:
I'll be back again soon!

Katie xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Batch Making - Chronology Cards

Hi everyone,

I am a bit late this week as we went away for a few days over the weekend and then had no internet last night, but I've got myself organised tonight to show you some cards I made recently. Since having my little boy I have started doing a lot more things in batches! I have started batch cooking at the start of the month and filling the freezer with easy meals. It saves me time and means we still get a home cooked meal that is really quick to prepare some evenings. Well I've now started batch making cards too. I made a card for my Dad's birthday using the DoCrafts Chronology range, which took me a little while to make. I am now more out of practise at making cards so it takes me a while to get into the swing of things. After I had done one however, I had lots of ideas so thought I would make a batch using that range whilst I had the ideas. Here are some of the results:

This is a small card, which I find great for little thank you cards and for using up little bits of papers. I distressed the tag using walnut stain and stamped it with a little stamp from my stash. 

I cut out the balloon and boat images from the papers to make this card.

For this card I stamped the centre image using black ink several times. I cut out the various parts like the clocks and person from one of the images and distressed them with different distress inks. I used antique linen for the background, walnut stain for the person, and faded jeans and dusty concord for the clocks. I then layered them onto the background image.

Thanks for looking. I'll be back again next week with some more I have made.

Katie xx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Gorjuss Birthday Card

Evening everyone,

This week I am going to share a birthday card that I made for my sister in law using the DoCrafts Gorjuss range. I bought the papers a while ago, but bought the stamps at the beginning of the year and this is the first time I have used them.

I stamped the image and used Copics and Promarkers to colour it in. I then used the papers and buttons from the range. 

I love the rich colours of the papers in this range and the fact that there are loads of images on the packaging for you to use too.

After a visit to a fab local bead shop, I have been making some jewellery this weekend. I have really enjoyed it and I am hoping to make some more, maybe to sell so I will share some of the things I have made with you all soon.

Thanks for looking

Katie xx

Monday, 1 September 2014

90th Birthday Card

Hi everyone, I'm such a bad blogger!! It's been ages and it isn't like I don't have anything to show you! I now have the Blogger app on my phone so I'm hoping that will help me keep up to date better. 

Here's a card that I made for my Gran's 90th birthday earlier this year. You'll probably notice that my cards are simpler now than they used to be as I have less time now! Hopefully the recipients are still pleased with them though. 

I used a mix of bits and pieces from my stash for this card. The hedgehog image is a sticker by Penny Black. I love their images and have has these stickers for years. I haven't used them all as I moved onto more stamping but they are great for a quicker card. 

Thanks for looking  

Katie x

Monday, 14 April 2014

Mother's Day Cards

Well it's been a while since I shared any cards with you all because I've been otherwise engaged with my 9 week old baby! As you can imagine I haven't had much spare time for crafting so had to make some Mother's Day cards fairly quickly. I don't normally use toppers but think I will be using then more now! 

I used Michael Powell toppers for these cards and I think that although they are simple, they are effective. I really enjoyed making them too and little man was good as gold whilst I was doing it! 

Thanks for looking!

Katie xx