Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Joys of Cardmaking

Morning folks....time to share the cards featured in this month's Simply Cards & Papercraft....you are working so far ahead of time when you do stuff for magazines......that I had completely forgotten what they looked like until I saw them in print.... and I must admit that I struggled to get half decent pics on a dreary rainy day but obviously so did the mag photographer....as I thought they looked so insipid in print....not showing off the true colours of these gorgeous papers at all....










and this one... had me tearing my hair out and losing the will to live.....OH CHRISTMAS TREE....not half.  The Editor had seen a Christmas Tree made with the bell images on the Woodware website and asked if I could do something similar......no probs for a veteran cardmaker like me I thought....oh boy did I have to eat my words big time.   I stamped loads of bells in different sizes onto this gorgeous patterned paper...overstamped with a swirly image and embossed with silver......cut each one out....yes including these fiddly little clangers and start to form the tree......this was the point when it all went pear shaped.....using 3D foam pads....it just wasn't  going to work.....by the time I got to the top....it was standing about 3 feet off the card.     Silicone glue was the answer and I never ever use it....can't stand the smell but sometimes desperate measures are called for in the pursuit of art......so started all over again with the stamping....embossing and yes the cutting.
Slowly built up the layers.....waiting for each layer to dry and by the time I got to the top....hours later.....the smell in the cubbyhole....even with the windows open....was horrendous and ME....I was as high as a kite from sniffing all that glue and will definitely NOT be mass producing that one.


 
Papers: SEI....."Winter's Song"
Images & Sentiments.... Woodware.....
 Bells & Bows....Dashing Through the Snow...Christmas Baubles
Ribbon...Stickers and Embellies from my stash

Will catch up with you all tomorrow......some more to share.
Hugs Kath xxxxx

24 comments:

Desire Fourie said...

Oh wow Kath, these creations are simply stunning ... what more can I say. My favourite is the gorgeous Xmas tree created with the bells, this is so creative.
Hugs
Desire

Pia said...

wow what a great cards

Avril Ann said...

Love these cards Kath, but the Tree is my fav, I bet you dreamt about that one for days....great work, Hugs Avril xxxx

Kim Piggott said...

Wow!
These are all so totally amazing!
I am in awe Kath you have the most fantastic ideas and your bell tree is stunning!
hugs
kim x

Liz's creative corner said...

Your cards are stunning Kath,all that effort really paid off, I don't know if you know about it but there's a odourless glue out called Pinflair Glue Gel which is also silicon free, dries crystal clear and has a syringe as well if you want to use that, I'm probably telling you about something you already know, but just in case!!

Hugs Liz xx

Dolly said...

These are absolutely beautiful Kath. That tree made from bells is stunning, well worth all the work. :)xx

tracie said...

Oh wow Kath these are fabulous, love those scrummy papers..stunning !!
Hope your having a good weekend
hugs
Tracie :)x

Julie said...

Wow - a fabulous selection of cards! That paper is gorgeous, such beautiful colours. Think the bell tree is amazing and worth all your efforts!! Juliex

sassy said...

hope your back with us after your glue sniffing....and the card well its perfect and very clever..worth it in the long run....super cards love them all hugss sassyx

Joy said...

WOW, thats all I need say really, just wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pauline C said...

Wow Kath these are absolutly magnificent - totally love the Christmas tree made of bells and all the others are fab too!
pauline x

Nilla said...

Wow, Kath! I love all of your Xmas cards, the blue gingham with the red, stunning! Hugs Nilla

Kris L said...

Kath you know I love this color combo and you've done an outstanding job with all of these! (Hope Buddy snuck out of the cubby hole and didn't get "high" on the glue also-LOL!) ...Kris

Dawny P said...

Mornign Mrs xxx I got the mag the other day and took it up to read last night. Well I squealed when I saw you were in there - about flippin time as well!!!!!! I have to say that my fave is the one that made you tear your hair out. I just love it cos it is so original. But they are all fab and the colours are gorgeous. Hope you are all ok and having a nice weekend. Biggest hugs, Dawny xxxx

Carol Ann said...

Beautiful Christmas cards Kath I saw them in the magazine. I have to say the bell tree was well worth the effort! x

Kat said...

Fantastic cards Kath. Must get a copy of the mag. I got the last one with the other cards in it. The bell tree is amazing. I won the bell stamps from you a while ago but I don't think I will be trying to copy your fabby tree!!!

Kat xx

Ann-Marie said...

Hi Kath, love the colour combo must say I rather like the acetate card. I think someone else has mentioned it but I use the Pinflair glue - brilliant stuff no smell and sticks anything! Have a great Sunday, take care Ann-Marie xxx

Allison said...

they are gorgeous and do show up better in your photos
AllisonX

weewiccababe said...

they're stunning Kath,
had to laugh at you high as a kite - reminds me of the time I was about 13 and I was doing something in my room with Cow Gum - remember that stuff? well of course I didn't have the sense to open a wondow or keep the door open and my dad came up and found me a bit on the woozy side lol
Debz
xx

Jo said...

Fantastic cards Kath, as always. Jo x

Milliesmarvels said...

These cards are simply gorgeous.I love the papers and all the techniques you used. Really clever :-)
Jane
x

Merry said...

Your cards are beautiful. I must admit the Bell Christmas tree is stunning and well worth all those hours of glue sniffing.

Rufus said...

WOW! All of these are just gorgeous ~ but, like everybody else, have to tell you that your Bell Christmas Tree is the best! Can understand why you wouldn't want to do tons of them, but it sure is pretty. Obviously you and Buddy have long since recovered from the fumes! Glad you opened a window!
R/

Dawn said...

Woweee Mrs Kath, you have done a magnificent job and I as jsut wondering how you got the curve on that bell tree - stunning!
LOL at the glue!!

Hugs
Dawn
xx

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