Thursday 23 May 2024

Magical Day


Challenge #264 has just gone live at Time Out Challenges and this fortnight we challenge you to be


This challenge is generously being sponsored by Picket Fence Studio and they are offering our Top Pick as chosen by the design teams a $25 credit to their store!  The Top Pick will also be invited to join Time Out as a guest designer in a future challenge!

Speaking of guest designers, we are joined this challenge by the incredibly talented Carol McFarland of Saw it. Had to Make it.  Wait until you see what she has created for our challenge this fortnight - do drop by and leave her some comment love!!

What does magical mean to you - magical or mythical creatures, wizards, witches, fairytale scenes?  Carol and my talented team mates have plenty of inspiration for you over on the Challenge Blog!

Today's card is a tribute to a set of books that were pure magic in my family.  Like so many other households across the globe, Harry Potter ignited a love of reading in my boys.  They were the first real novels we read to our boys and it wasn't long before they were reading them themselves (despite not learning to read in English at school).  Before Harry Potter it was mostly Thomas the Tank Engine!  And yes I was one of those people queuing up at 1 in the morning in July 2007 when the final book in the series was released (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) - accompanied by a 14-year old Gavin who started reading it on the way home by torchlight!   Anyway, onto my card.  

The cauldron is from a set I bought earlier in the year from Gummiapan.  To give the cauldron more dimension, I cut it twice and removed the legs from the second.  The I cut just the upper area of the cauldron and snipped away the lip and removed the centre.  I cut the area around the handles from gold  and snipped these away too then assembled the cauldrons.   These dies are made so that the pieces easily separate - it only takes a few snips most of the time.   I have to thank Christine Stokes and Deb Hallett for showing me how to use the beautifully detailed dies properly!  Once assembled,  I rubbed the black cauldron with gilding wax to give it an aged patina (a tip from Christine Stokes).  

The glasses were from a set I had almost forgotten about (Impression Obsessions Sunglasses).  I bought them in Australia last year and then forgot about them after the dreadful trip home and Covid and Christmas!   I have a few sets of glasses but these round ones made me think of John Lennon and I imagined myself making a card for one or two Beatles fans in my life!  The Harry Potter connection didn't occur to me until I started thinking about making up a card for this magical challenge!  Naturally I added glossy accents for the lenses!

 I found a lightning bolt die in a very old weather set and cut it from a snippet of gold mirror card.  
Almost forgot to mention the floor - another die from Gummiapan which has been ever so useful in grounding many of my recent projects!

I'd like to enter my magical card into the following fabulous challenges
NBUS Challenge #62 - the Cauldron die and Glasses are NBUS;
The Heart's Quest Fantasy Challenge #5 - Anything Fantasy Goes (option of Unicorn);

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



  1. I love your implementation of the theme and am really excited about your card.
    And I thank you for your kind and kind words to our furry friends. Hugs Gundi

  2. All these dies are so so cute and pop beautifully from the CAS base! I love how you did the cauldron -I've been thinking how to give patina to some bucket dies I have and this is perfect, I think I have some metallic wax type of products in my DIY cupboard... I'll have to dig in! Thanks for the inspiration! xxx

  3. A very unique take on the theme! I love your fun and CAS design! My daughter is a Harry Potter fan and would love your card too:)

  4. What a great card that elicits the Harry Potter at first glance! And the subtle floor beneath the cauldron...the perfect detail! What a magical card!!!! (no pun intended)

  5. Clever usage of different elements that you've masterfully with simplicity showcased! Thanks for sharing at HQFCB/TFATU! Thanks for checking about the rules. No worries. This is fine! --Becca

  6. Great card, hinting at HP even if you're not an avid fan you can identify it as that. The cauldron is beautifully done, thanks for all the details on how you made the card. Thanks for joining us at the Heart's Quest Fantasy Challenge this month Claire DT

  7. I love this card, Kate and I loved reading the background story about Happy Potter's place in your family. I love all the thought that went into your wonderful design, love the comment about the glasses (imagine), and every detail that you shared. Wonderful make for our challenge!

  8. How very creative and fun, gosh I never did read those HP books, guess I was too busy!!

  9. What can I say but...WOW! Absolutely brilliantly designed card and love that some old goodies were just what you needed!

  10. Awesome CAS design!! Can’t go wrong with a Harry Potter theme. Love the embossed background and the glossy elements too. Thank you for playing with the All Occasion theme with the Krafty Chicks Challenge.
    Diane - KCC DT

  11. What a fantastic custom made cauldron, Kate. It does have wonderful dimension. The glasses look just like Harry's.

  12. Such a fun design and great choice of colors! Thank you so much for sharing at my Crafty Wednesday challenge!

  13. What a wonderful CAS card, Kate!! Love how it turned out , that cauldron is looking so real with your coloring and dimension. Totally love it. I also have a couple of kids in the family who are big fan of Harry potter. You really nailed it. Hugsxx


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