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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Nancy With Sunflowers

Hi :)  I have another cute new release from CC Designs to share.
This one is a Roberto's image called  Nancy With Sunflowers.
It's such an adorable scene isn't it?!


I just love this stamp and it was lots of fun to colour it!
I do love sunflowers on cards and I also found a perfect sentiment to go with them in the Pool Party set.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Nancy with Sunflowers, Pool Party
Card : x-press it, crumb cake, Bundle of joy - a new edition (EP)
Ink : memento black, suede
Other : linen thread, copics


Copics used:
E 000, 00, 21, 50, 53, 55
B 00, 93, 95, 97
YR 14
YG 03, 17, 91, 95
Y 11, 13, 15, 21, 23, 26, 28
BG 0000, 000, 10, 11
W 00, 1, 3
R 20, 30

I'd like to enter my card into the Papertake Weekly - anything goes challenge

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Birgitta With Heart

Hi :)

It's new release week at CC Designs and there are some really gorgeous designs once again.



I decided to use this super sweet stamp called Birgitta with Heart.  You could use her for lots of occasions and she's just so pretty isn't she?!
The sentiment isn't new, but I just thought it was a perfect fit for her.  It's from the Pool Party sentiment set and it's such a great set of sentiments I think.  And this one fit perfectly on the smallest oval from the Make a Card #5 die :)

Ingredients:

Stamps : Birgitta with Heart, Pool Party
Card : x-press it, slate,  Bundle of joy - a new edition (EP)
Ink : memento black, versamark
Other : Make a card #5 die, Little Man enamel dots, copics

copics used :
E 000, 00, 21, 50, 53, 55
R 00, 20,30
Y 13, 15
YG 11, 13, 17
BG 0000, 10, 11, 15
W 00, 1


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Little Witch Lucy


Hi :)
I have one last card to share from this months new releases at CC Designs.
And this time I have actually made a Halloween card.
It is for a stamping friend in America and her little girl, so I wanted to make it cute, not scary :)
This is Little Witch Lucy and I think she's the cutest witch ever!!!




She was lots of fun to colour and I added some clear wink of stella to her dress.  So it's a bit sparkly but hard to see in the photo. The sentiment is from another cute new set called Hallo-weenies.  I embossed it with silver embossing powder.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Little witch lucy, Hallo-weenies
Card : x-press it, pip,
Ink : memento black, versamark
Other : Make a tag #6 die, Make a card #7 superhero die, wink of stella clear, felt, silver ep, copics

copics used :

W 00, 1, 3, 5, 7
E 000, 00, 21, 50, 53, 55
R 20 30
RV 21, 23,25
YR 14, 16
BG 0000, 01, 10, 11, 13
Y 11, 13, 15


I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Simon Wednesday Challenge - anything goes
Stamp and Create - For the Girls

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy



Sunday, August 23, 2015

Rory

Hi :)

I've used a very cute Pollycraft stamp called Rory today, he's one of this month's CC Designs new releases.
I think he was meant to be a bit scary/cute to be used on a Halloween card but I decided to use him in a different way.



I saw this clean sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and I just had to play along.  It's their 200th Sketch and it's a great one too! :)



I coloured him in with copic greens that I basically never use.  I don't have all that many copics, so it's weird why I've neglected these G markers!  I always reach for my YGs instead but I like how this has turned out and I've decided I need to use these greens more.  After colouring him, I used the blender to create some spots too.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Rory, Valentine Sentiments
Card : x-press it, slate, black, SU dsp
Ink : memento black, versafine black
Other : copics

Copics used :
E 000, 00, 21, 35, 50, 53, 55
BG 0000, 01
YG 0000, 01, 11, 13
G 24, 82, 85, 99
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I would like to enter my card into the following challenges :

Freshly Made Sketches - sketch
7 Kids College Fund - anything goes
Little Miss Muffet - anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy



Monday, August 17, 2015

Embroidered Flowers


Hi :)  I am very excited to be a Guest Designer for Your Next Stamp this month :)

I love their cute and quirky designs, they just make me smile :)

They are celebrating their 6th Birthday and I get to join in the fun! Yay!

I got 2 super cute sets to create with,

Jessica with her Kitty and Phoebe with her Wagon.

I love them both!!!

I made the Jessica with her Kitty card for my daughter's birthday and you can probably tell that she is a "purple-loving girl".  She loves it when I do a bit of stitching on cards too and I thought Jessica would look great walking through a field of flowers :)




It's so nice to do some sewing on a card, it really adds an extra little something in my opinion and I think the receiver can see the love that's gone into the making of it :)

I decided I would try giving Phoebe some flowers too :)
I just did the stems slightly differently and used brighter colours this time.





So I thought I would try to show you how I made the flowers on these cards.  If you're like me, you've tried lots of different crafts before getting totally obsessed with card making :)  Cross-stitch was one of my previous loves and I have LOTS of embroidery cotton sitting around.




I've used 1 strand of green for the stems and 2 strands of a colour to make the flowers.
I've also used an embroidery needle, some white card and a small foam mat.

You could get very precise and particular and measure the stems so they are all even, all the same height, etc, but I haven't bothered about that.  It is all freehand.

So I pierce 2 holes with my needle for the stem, thread it with 1 strand of green cotton and start from the back coming to the front and tape the end to the back of the card. And do a simple straight stitch.  (You could do it without pushing the needle into the card on the foam mat, but I find the card gets bent that way)




Then take the needle out and thread with 2 strands of colour for the flower.  Now you are going to sew a French Knot.  You might already know how to make one, as they are used in some cross-stitch and embroidery work.  They are easy when you know how :) Ha ha

You come from the back of your work again.  Come up through the hole which is the top of the stem you made.  Leave a little thread at back and tape down.

Pull thread through to the front.




Hold the thread tightly in your left hand and wrap the thread over and around the needle.
I did 3 wraps for the flowers in the middle and 2 wraps for the outside flowers.  The more wraps you do, the bigger the flowers are.



Still holding the thread tightly in your left hand, you turn the needle down and into the same hole that it came up from.  Pull slightly on the thread in your left hand to tighten the "wraps" a little.


Slowly push the needle through to the back of the card, while holding your left thumb on the thread and keeping it taut, keep pulling the thread all the way through and you should have a beautiful little French Knot Flower.



I just use double sided tape to adhere all the threads to the back of the card.

As I use a fairly large needle, it leaves quite a largish hole in the card.  The top hole is covered by the French Knot, but I like to cover up the lower hole by using patterned paper as "grass".

For the Jessica and her Kitty card I had the 3 flower stems coming from the same starting hole.  But with the second card, I did all the flowers separately.

I hope you'll give embroidery on your cards a try :)

Kathy
Stamping Still












Monday, August 10, 2015

Monster Eli

I have another new release CC Designs card to share with you.
This one is called Monster Eli and he is super cute!

We don't actually celebrate Halloween, so I wanted to try to use him in a different way.  He is absolutely gorgeous and I thought I might make up my own sentiment to go with him and make something that could be used for a thinking of you, feel better soon or even a birthday card.






I used the Mini Alpha and Numbers Die and the More Scripted Sentiments set to create the Monster Hugs.  And he was So much fun to colour!

Ingredients :
Stamps : Monster Eli, More Scripted Sentiments
Card : x-press it, confetti white, suede
Ink : memento black, versamark, white
Other : Mini Alpha and Numbers Die, white embossing powder, copics

Copics Used :
E 000, 00, 21, 31, 33, 35, 39, 50, 53, 55
BG 10, 11, 13
YG 01, 11
R 20, 30
YR 14


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

Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Ribbon Girl - Everything goes with an image

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Devilish Nancy


Hi

It's time for a new release at CC Designs :)
And this stamp called Devilish Nancy is so cute!

It would make a wonderful Halloween stamp of course but as I don't celebrate it, I decided to create a Wicked Birthday card instead :)




I made the sentiment by using the Pollycraft Super Duper Sentiments set.  I just took the "awesome" out and the "n" in "an" .  And I used the CC Designs Mini Alpha and Numbers Die to make the word "Wicked".

*New Pollycraft Super Duper Sentiments Rubber Stamp

I used a new product too.  CC Designs now make their own Dots - and I LOVE them!
These are from the Princess Enamel Dots set.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Devilish Nancy,  Super Duper Sentiments
Card : x-press it, red, black, SU dsp
Ink : memento black, versafine black
Other : CC Designs Mini alpha and numbers die, Make a card #4 diePrincess Enamel Dots, copics

Copics used :

R 20, 24, 27, 29, 30, 59
E 000, 00, 21
W 1, 5, 7, 9

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

Papertake Weekly - anything goes
Stamp and Create - one for the girls

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy