Handmade Cards – Thanks

This time of year especially, it is nice to send a little note of thanks to certain people. Of course I make all of my cards, but even if this is not the usual, it can be a nice personal touch to thank somebody for a gift.

Here are some cards I have made: JAL 1Sometimes there doesn’t have to be a grand gesture and you simply want to send a little note, this 3x3in card went in a bunch of flowers for a personal touch.Just For You Tag Card (2)

I have a thing about layering elements, as these two cards show! I love the addition of buttons and sequins, just because they’re fun! I always seem to collect little stickers like these dragonflies, leaves and ladybirds! Layered onto plain or patterned paper with some ribbon, and you get a fun card, that isn’t too complicated to make!Smile Thank You Tag CardMy craft stash is pretty monumental, and I am working my way through the paper and sticker sheets, as I want to use more stamped embellishments – they are reusable and mean that all parts can be recycled unlike some sticker elements on cards otherwise.

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I did make the top cat fuzzy because I have a long and short hair cat…. Obviously!

 This cute “Little Meow” stamp set from Papermania, works together as a card in itself, or I can use pieces separately for other things, or use different sentiment stamps in the frame. I like stamping cards, as you can make them look as formal or informal as you like, this one is far more fun than some cards I make!

Do you give Thank You cards?

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Cross-Stitched Christmas Cards

It’s finally happened! The C word.

I held off until November! This month is the lead up to December, so for those of you planning and plotting, or simply looking for some ideas, I will be sharing some Christmas posts, as well as some guest posts throughout November, where people are sharing some of their chosen gift ideas!

Cross-stitching a card takes a little more time than a standard card, though they don’t have to be difficult! They make a great keepsake for any milestone Christmas celebrations, for example a first Christmas as a married couple, or with a new baby!

I used to do a lot of mini kits, most of which came free with cross-stitch magazines!

Here are a few cards I have made over the years:

Christmas card, Nelson, Cat, free gift cross stitch, Kay at Home

Christmas Nelson Christmas card  Free Kit with World of Cross Stitching

All our yesterdays, girl with umbrella, christmas card, cross stitch kit, Kay at Home

All Our Yesterdays by Faye Whittaker Free kit with World of Cross Stitching

Christmas, Friendship, cross stitch quote, Kay at Home

Simple floral and text designs are great for cards!

Mouseloft Jolly Tree, cross stitch mini kit, Kay at Home

Mouseloft Jolly Tree Mini Kit

I once made about 20 Mouseloft mini kits as cards in a month, I don’t really recommend that, definitely make the kits, they’re incredibly cute and fun – just give yourself a little more time!

Then there were fun snowflake themed cards I made one year, on coloured backgrounds.

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Hobbycraft and various other places also do small kits which are perfect for cards – I got this Tatty Teddy kit from DMC last year: IMG_9566[1]

Have you ever cross-stitched a card? Share a link in the comments!

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Handmade Cards – Some of my Favourites

I’ve handmade my own cards for so long, but I don’t really share them on the blog anymore!

I am planning on starting to share throughout the year again next year, so in the meantime, I’m digging out some pics of old cards, so excuse the weird cropping and bad lighting…

Here are a few of my favourites:

Stamped hearts, Silver anniversary card
This one was from a kit, but I do love the car -it’s all 3DThis is possibly one of my favourites ever, pearlescent card, glittery card, lots of shiny things! What could be bad about that!This was another one I really liked, just because of how simple it was.I think this is the only card I’ve made like this! It was fun to make something different, and I really like the colours!Brother Whovian TARDIS Doctor Who Handmade Birthday CardThis one is one of a couple of cards I’ve made, by printing out the main image. I don’t actually like doing this very often, as I like the work being all my own. But my brother is a HUGE Doctor Who fan, and it had to be done! I think it turned out pretty well though!

Do you send handmade cards?

 

Sending Happy – Snail Mail Goals

I love getting “fun” post.

There’s something great about hearing the letter box and seeing more than junk mail and bills, and so over the last few months I’ve been trying to do the same thing.

A while ago now, Claire posted on Instagram about wanting to send out some cards, just a bit of “Happy Mail”, and I jumped at the chance. What a fun idea, and something to look forward to!

Shortly after I received this FAB card, and I really enjoyed sitting reading Claire’s letter.

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So of course, I had to send something back. And I love a chance to make a card that isn’t just for a birthday or other event (as much as I like making those too!) so I sent a card back. And got to use up some of my stash, making something fun!

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The best part is that a little while after that, I received another card! And I started forming a plan…Sunshine Card

Time got away from me, so I have actually only just managed to send back my reply.

But the day I sent that reply. I sent another card! To someone else!

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My idea is a simple one. Send 2 cards, every month. To random people, just to spread a little happiness. I don’t care if I get replies or not, or if I do, whether they are handmade or otherwise, it isn’t about that. It’s just a chance to make and send something nice!

And so, an idea is born. 2 names every month. Will be sent a card.

If you want something cheery in the mail, why not DM me on Facebook, Twitter or Insta, or email me via the link on the blog, I’ll be happy to add you to my list!

As much as I would love to send internationally, I can’t at the moment, though feel free to contact me, and I’ll try at some point!

Do you send any happy mail?

 

Autumn with Colour My Everyday

This past week on instagram I have taken part in a small photo challenge set by @adventuresandteaparties and thought I would share the fun here too.

So here were my photos –

1: Autumn Favourite – Had to be the colours2: Cosy – The beginning of knitwear season! This gorgeous crochet cowl, in lovely autumnal colours was made for me by the Boyfriend’s mum.
3: Food – Any excuse for a little baking – With all the feel of Autumn, I made a carrot cake, with cream cheese frosting! Delicious!4: From the Wardrobe – My Doctor Who scarf – in brilliant autumn colours yet again, this is such a cosy scarf, and it was my first knitted project… Well this one was second, after I’d made the first Doctor Who scarf for my brother!5: Leaves – I love these craft leaves, and I definitely need to find some use for them other than as a photo prop!!6: Spice – Difficult when you’re working with a crafty and handmade theme, but some threads in spicy autumn colours!7: Flatlay – Just a bunch of autumn crafty goodness from my desk to yours!

This was such a fun insta challenge, and got me back in the mood for some blogging and crafting after some time away. It definitely got me in the mood for autumn too!

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa! 2017

*reblogged from my craftblogclub co-host Fizzi Jayne*

#CraftBlogClub Secret Santa….

It’s that time of year again and we are SO excited here at Craft Blog Club! This year marks our fifth Secret Santa, can you believe it?! I think it’s safe to say it’s our favourite #craftblogclub challenge of the year.

Here is how to join in:

  • If you want to take part please email us at craftblogclub@gmail.com.  Please include your name, twitter name, email address and postal address. Email us by 8pm on Tuesday 7th November 2017.
  • We will then email everyone back by Thursday 9th November with the name and address of the person you are making a gift for.
  • You then make that person a Christmas gift, this can be anything you like and made from any craft. It would be lovely for everyone to receive their gift in time for Christmas, therefore we have set a deadline for posting the gift by Wednesday 20th December 2017, which the last day for posting 1st class mail within the UK.
  • Make sure you include a note revealing who you are.  Who you make for won’t necessarily be the person that makes for you.
  • Please only sign up if you can make and send a gift by the deadline. As crafters we all know how much time and love goes into making something handmade so let’s make sure no one misses out.
  • Anyone can take part, don’t worry if you have never joined our chats or taken part in a challenge before, we’d love for you to be involved.

The real excitement then begins as we all receive a special handmade Christmas gift from our Secret Santa! We ask that you write a blog post about the wonderful gift you receive and about the gift you made. We suggest you do this after Christmas (so not to spoil any surprises) and by Tuesday 9th January 2018, which will be our first #craftblogclub of 2018. It will make for a great first chat of the year to discuss our makes and gifts.

I hope you are as excited about this challenge as we are. We love seeing all the amazing gifts you lovely lot make for one another.

Want to know more about the #CraftBlogClub? find all the details here  and here.

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March Card Share

I love giving handmade cards, they feel so much more personal, and are enjoyable to design and plan. It began when I started to struggle to find ‘the perfect card’ for people, in shops.

I now make cards for everyone, and have done fairly exclusively, for several years now. I use a range of mediums from cross-stitch to stamping, though paper layering and embellishing with buttons, ribbon and gems, is a favourite. There are times it is difficult and I will use paper piecing kits, though this is usually when I don’t have an alternative idea in mind, or want something specific I cannot produce on my own.

Every month I will do a card post, to share some of the cards I have made, including recent creations, and makes from the past.

February Card Share

I love giving handmade cards, they feel so much more personal, and are enjoyable to design and plan. It began when I started to struggle to find ‘the perfect card’ for people, in shops.

I now make cards for everyone, and have done fairly exclusively, for several years now. I use a range of mediums from cross-stitch to stamping, though paper layering and embellishing with buttons, ribbon and gems, is a favourite. There are times it is difficult and I will use paper piecing kits, though this is usually when I don’t have an alternative idea in mind, or want something specific I cannot produce on my own.

Every month I will do a card post, to share some of the cards I have made, including recent creations, and makes from the past.