Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Birdshop Quartet


Firstly, apologies for being MIA for a few weeks - I had a charity card workshop last Saturday and had kits and guides to prepare.  This month is shaping up to be another busy one - and today in particular so I'll keep it short - well shorter than usual!

I wanted to make this up for my choir director but ran out of time and ended up making a much simpler card.  Fitting this large treble clef and making a musical stave were problems that required more than the day's notice I had - let alone how I was going to work out how to fit enough birds (and their legs) to play out at least some of the "Happy Birthday" song!  I ended up putting double sided tape on the back of a some black card stock and cutting strips for the stave and I used the birds legs to sound out just the last line of the tune (in the key of G) which worked out well because there's just about enough room underneath for dear/to and the recipient's name which will balance the design a bit better!


Seize the birthday #237 has the optional topping of Butterflies or Hummingbirds.  While these birds are not Hummingbirds, they are "Humming Birds"!

These birds and the black card stock used for the stave and clef are all snippets left over from previous projects so this card is heading over to the Snippet's Playground Challenge #427 where sadly I haven't had enough time to play for weeks!

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There is also a Birds/Bird Nests/Bird Cages challenge at Double D Challenges!


I'm also entering the Crafty Animals Challenge #61 - which always has an "any animals go" theme (my first pet was a bird so they're always special to me)!

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I'd also like to enter the Make My Monday Challenge #174 which has the theme Springtime!

I'd also like to join the Daring Cardmakers May Elemental Challenge which has the following elemental inspiration.  I have chosen the swirls on the frame, the striped ribbon and the sheet music as my 3 elements! 

 

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Kate

Sunday, 27 March 2022

Nautical Zig Zags




 I'm currently going through my stash to see what I have half finished - I need to declutter my craft room and I have market coming up soon and I need to build up stock.  I found this panel that I'd stamped and embossed some time ago - the sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse Stamps Ocean Bound and I'd already cut it with this wonky rectangle die (Spellbinders) which I think resembles a sail!

The current challenge at the Sisterhood of Crafters is Sentiment Only and this sentiment does rather take centre stage!  

The current challenge at the Alphabet Challenge Blog is "Z for Zig-Zag" which inspired me to pull out this old Papertray Ink Chevron Stipes die.

The colour scheme is fairly classic for a nautical card but was inspired nevertheless by this {Pin}spirational March Challenge pic.


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Kate

Saturday, 26 March 2022

Lovey Doves

 


Stumped for inspiration, I looked over previous cards I'd made to see if I could CASE them using some of the newer dies and stamps I've acquired in the mean time!  There is something about the 2nd card in this post from 2015 that I just love!  I remember experimenting with grounding the image by adhering strips of black card stock to a white base.  I happened to have some strips of navy card stock lying about on my desk so I thought I'd see where that took me. 

Initially I thought of going nautical but since I'd used such a pretty embossing folder already I scrapped that idea in favour of something more feminine!  Sometimes the fact that I'm a really messy crafter who doesn't clean up completely between projects has it's advantages!   I had some snippets of card in bold yellows, pinks and greens from various earlier projects lying around on my desk which caught my eye and I was reminded of this MFT Birds of a Feather set which arrived last week and then before I knew it this wedding/anniversary card just sort of emerged!  

Firstly I'd like to enter Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #424 since this card was composed almost entirely of snippets!  I haven't entered the Playground for ages because nothing I've made recently has used any snippets - I've generated plenty, just haven't used any!

Next I'd like to enter NBUS Challenge #36 since these love birds are enjoying their first outing!

Next I'd like to enter the Shopping Our Stash Challenge #466 where the theme is Spread Your Wings!

The current theme at the Daring Cardmakers Challenge is "The Early Bird Catches the Worm" so I hope these love birds aren't too late!

I've used an embossing folder so I'm eligible to enter the new embossing folder challenge Can You Handle the Pressure - where the theme is Anything Goes and I even managed to twist a little by adding a touch of green!  Also the Little Red Wagon Challenge #46 which has the theme Emboss Everything.

I'd also like to enter Krafty Chicks Challenge #604 - All Occasions,
and Inkspirational Challenge #261 which has the theme - Critters that Hop since birds are known to hop as well as fly!


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Kate

Friday, 25 March 2022

A Purple Cupcake

Tomorrow is Purple Day - a global grassroots event that was formed with the intention to increase worldwide awareness of epilepsy, and to dispel common myths and fears of this neurological disorder.  So I made up a purple cupcake shaker card for a friend who had her birthday earlier this week.



You can find out more about Purple Day in wikipedia and in this Youtube video the very talented young Zoe Wees' relates her personal struggle with epilepsy! 


My experience of epilepsy is watching my youngest son struggling with this debilitating condition for most of his young life.  Fortunately his seizures are (touch wood) pretty much under control now with a cocktail of medication.  But that comes at a price, as they make him very tired and the most recently introduced medication has caused weight problems.  But it's better than the alternative!   


My little purple Cupcake will be entering the following challenges 


SSS Wednesday Challenge - Food and/or Drink

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Papercraft Challenge #80 - Interactive Cards

NBUS Challenge #36 - the bunting die is new

HLS March Anything Goes with Dies

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Krafty Chicks Challenge #604 - All Occasions

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  If you leave a comment, I’ll be thrilled!  I’ll also know you were here and check out what you’ve been up to so we can get better acquainted!

Kate