Thursday 4 January 2024

Something New

It's a brand new year and we have a brand new challenge at Time Out - we challenge you to be 


You can interpret "NEW" anyway you like, You might like to use some new goodies or perhaps a new technique or make something for a new home, job or baby!  Or it may be just to welcome in the New Year!  I can't wait to see how you will be inspired!

Challenge 254 is being sponsored by Gina K Designs and they are very kindly offering our top pick as chosen by the design team a $25.00 store credit.  

We had a new addition to our family in December and so that's where I went with "NEW"!  I also used some new supplies!  I signed up for the Gummiapan Advent Calendar in 2023 so spent the whole of December opening a present every day.  This baby cradle was a lovely surprise on the 10th of December and I started planning a card to welcome baby Zoey straight away!

I created a circular aperture (Waltzing Mouse Stamps Pretty Circles die), placed some foam tape around the opening and then added a snippet of some pretty patterned paper behind it.  

First I started with the curtain which was begging to be cut from vellum and I found some pink vellum which was the perfect shade.  Gummiapan dies are designed so that it's very simple to snip the die cuts apart and layer them up.  The frill at the base of the curtain and the gathering at the top were easily snipped off a second die cut (cut from card stock) and added over the vellum - which gave me a way to hide the adhesive I needed to add it to the card.  

The cradle was cut twice.  The first one was kept intact - I even added a little tape to the back to prevent the heart falling out.  From the second die cut I removed the back of the cradle and the legs and laid this over the complete cradle.  I coloured the heart a deeper shade of pink and added this back into the top layer.

I then created a circular aperture (Waltzing Mouse Stamps Pretty Circles die), placed some foam tape around the opening and then added a snippet of some pretty patterned paper behind it - what's the point of having a vellum curtain if you can't see some pretty wallpaper behind it! 

The "welcome" (Winnie and Walter) was cut from the same snippet I used to back the aperture (also cut twice from pink card and stacked).   

I still had enough to cut the name (MFT Little Alphabet Lower) and the teddy bear (Gummiapan Lying Teddy).

With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight vision, I wish I'd chosen a smaller alphabet for the name or made the aperture higher up the panel but it is what it is ... and it should be winging its way to Australia now!

I would like to thank the inimitable Christine Stokes for showing me the possibilities of these die cuts and also Deb Hallett  - both brilliant card makers (I recommend looking up both and subscribing to their YouTube channels)!  I’ve been watching Christine for well over a year now - it was she who put me onto the Gummiapan advent calendar when she showcased each day last year.  I already had a few dies - one of best crafting buddies is Swedish so of course she drew my attention to them at craft fairs we attended together over the years - but I’m pretty sure they were NBUS before Christine showed me the full potential of these little dies!

I'd like to join the following challenges

NBUS Challenge #58 - NBUS Cradle die and Teddy die;

Snippets Challenge #470 - Anything but Christmas is the theme ... and snippets of course!

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Something New

Paper Minutes Challenge #827 - Something New

Little Red Wagon Challenge #737 - What's New!

If you haven’t already, you might like to check out my next post, which is a blog hop and prize and finishes later today!

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. Wow, this is super cute! Love all the coordinating details like the sentiment die cut from the patterned paper. The recipient will love this for sure!! xx

  2. I think your card is adorable and the young parents will be delighted!!! Gundi x
    Dream Factory

  3. Such a gorgeous personalised card Kate! I love the pretty pp!

  4. Aww.. I love this, Kate! Those Vellum Curtains and the pretty paper that looks like a beautiful wall paper - simply adorable with such neatness too! The new parents will be delighted :)

  5. Was für eine schöne zarte Karte zur Geburt, das passt wunderbar!
    Danke, dass du sie bei Paperminutes zeigst.

    Liebe Grüße -

  6. What a beautiful, thoughtful ad creative baby card to welcome Zoey. I love the wallpaper, the wonderful vellum curtain with the little ruffle on the bottom, the lovely scalloped circle in which the cradle is placed... Just so lovely, and a perfect on "new".

  7. Such a sweet baby card Kate. I love the vellum curtain. I’m sure it will be treasured when it arrives at its destination to little Zoey.

  8. It’s a beautiful new baby card for Zoey. Everything works together perfectly.

    Thanks for coming to play in the Snippets Playground. Xxx

  9. What a special baby card Kate! I love all the layers and vellum curtain adding to the dimension on the cradle. I''m sure it will be much loved by Zoey's family!

  10. So cute, Kate. I really love how you have combined the floweryvpattern paper in the background and on the sentiment. Simply Gorgeous. Hugsxx Deepti

  11. Incredibly cute card for the new baby, Kate! Love all the little details & the pink vellum curtains are over the top! Thanks for welcoming me to the Time Out team--so exciting!

  12. What a beautiful way to greet a new baby in the family, Kate. The 'wallpaper' is perfect for a little girl and that cradle is to die for. Pun intended.

  13. Such an adorable card for Baby Zoe! Very pretty and lovely to see you using the Gummiapan dies so perfectly. I agree, Chrissie is a great crafter - and a lovely person in real life, exactly as she is on her videos!


    Di xx

  14. Totally sweet baby card, Kate. Thanks for joining us @ Little Red Wagon this week and we hope to see you back again often in 2024 !


  15. Zoey's card is a pure delight, Kate! Welcome to your new family addition! I love your thoughtful composition, especially the pretty vellum curtains and matching pp words! Thank you for inspiring everyone to use their NBUS and Happy New Year! Hugs, Darnell


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