Friday, 27 March 2015

Welcome Little One

Hi everyone,

Well here is a new baby card I made recently for the arrival of a little girl. For the main image I used a Forever Friends sticker by DoCrafts and used stickles to add some sparkle to the edges of the towel. I then matched that with pastel colours - mainly pinks with dashes of other colours too.

The embossing folder that I used is a fairly small one, as I use a cuttlebug, so I embossed the white piece of card twice and hid the join underneath the strip of pink stripy paper. As the pattern is random, it is impossible to tell. I then added a few tiny pink star buttons randomly over the card.

I would like to enter this card into the Crafting Cafe Challenge "Welcome Little One"

I hope you like this card and thanks for looking. 

Katie xx

Little Boy Cards

Hi everyone!

Today I want to share some cards I made for little boys' birthdays. I have never had to make cards for children before, so this was completely new to me! I really enjoyed the challenge though and it was nice to make something different.

When starting I knew that I wanted to use bright colours and keep the cards quite simple as they were for young boys.

The first is a first birthday card. I used the main image of a lion, which I cut out from some wrapping paper. You can get so many nice images from wrapping paper at a good price and you often get lots of different images on one sheet. I kept the rest of the card simple with a plain blue background and different colour blue stars. I picked the colours to match the "Happy Birthday" banner that I used. Obviously I had to include the number 1 too as it's such an important birthday!

The second card is for a boy's third birthday. I used more colours on this card, but again used wrapping paper for my main images of a boat and a bus. I then added a large number 3 and some stars in colours to match.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing my cards and thanks for looking.

Katie xx

Friday, 9 January 2015

Flower Card

Hi everyone,

Hope you all had a fab Christmas and New Year. I managed to make nearly 60 Christmas cards and had to do a few last minute quick ones too! I am still working on my December Daily at the moment. Hoping to get that finished soon so that I can get on with thank you cards. 

Here is a birthday card that I made for my Mum in December. It was a nice change from all the Christmas cards!

I stamped flowers onto patterned paper and cut them out before arranging them on the embossed white card. I outlined this using a black rectangular glitter peel off, which I think makes it stand out. I like the black lines against the colour and pattern of the papers used. 

Thanks for looking!

Katie x

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