Monday, 29 June 2015

One layer card

It was my sister's birthday recently and this is the card I made for her.

I used my Sizzix circle die to do the embossing and then stitched over the circle.

My inspiration

I will be entering this into the challenge "one layer" at CAS on Sunday.

Pattern: 101 ideas for Embroidery on Paper by Erica Fortgens
Sizzix 8 circle Die
Card Stock 160gsm in white
Thread: Purple, green and light blue: Make and code numbers unknown.
Flat backed gems in turquoise and mauve 

Sunday, 28 June 2015


Another challenge

My card

Wish I had thought to pop out all the centres in the peel off!

I also used the little yacht on some small cards 6.5cm x 7cm

Pattern:Stitching Cards Sunset
Card Stock: White 160gsm
Silver peel off for edging
Thread: Silver, red, orange and navy. No brands or codes available
Flat backed pearls in blue
Paper: Publisher
Rolfes metallic marker in blue to edge small card.

Friday, 26 June 2015

Sport tags

I have a couple of tags for you today. They are all around the theme of sport.
I will be entering the first one in the sketch challenge at Sweet Sunday Sketch which is 

These rugby tags where made with buttons, I cut the shanks off.

The next two sets where made with reflective stickers of soccer balls.

I used scraps of corrugated cardboard for these.

The sentiments are all computer generated and I did some faux stitching on all of them with a fine liner.

You will find some more of my tags for boys here.

Rugby ball buttons
Soccer stickers
Paper: Scraps of blue, red, black and green
          Soccer and Rugby balls: Free download from Phillip Martin.
Pilot fine liner in black
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
                   Corrugated card board

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Art Nouveau Roses

It's two days until schools close for the July holidays. Three weeks of me time. Can't wait. I need the break desperately and so do the children. Roll on Friday!

I'm playing in the latest sketch challenge at

This is the challenge

I made two of the same layout. On the rear card I adhered the panels flat against each 
other but on the front one added some dimension by using foam strips. I wanted to see which I preferred and I have to say, I have no idea! Like them both.
I also used different thread. Think I prefer the variegated one, which is the rear one.

The banner is hand cut.
I really like this layout. Will defiantely be using it again, maybe with leaves next time?

In the past I have used these flowers on some small 6.5cm x 7cm cards.

Pattern: Stitching Cards. Art Nouveau Rose 4
Large Card
Thread: Apricot and variegated apricot, scraps of green. Brand and colour codes unknown.
Card stock: White 160gsm
                  Linen effect in aqua 200gsm
Scotch foam double sided tape
Small cards
Thread: Apricot, red, green and burgendy
Rolfes metallic pen in gold
Scrap of home made paper in burgendy
Apricot paper: Free download from Activity Village.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Rainy days and Umbrellas

That is the challenge at Split Coast Stampers Free 4 All, it's rainy days and umbrellas.

I wish we were having that problem here but driving home today the newspaper headlines were all about the possibility of my province experiencing a drought and the possible water restrictions. 
Although we are in a summer rainfall area and so we can't expect rain at the moment, it is still extremely dry so I wouldn't be surprised if we do get some kind of restriction soon.

Oh well, on to my card.

I stitched the umbrellas and then fussy cut them. I also made the little flowers in the top corner.

You can see some cards made with the same pattern here and here.

I will also be entering this in Addicted to CAS challenge

Pattern: Stitching Cards Lady with umbrella
Embossed paper: bought but it is a cuttlebug folder
Card stock: White 160gsm
Thread: DMC metallic effect in gun metal grey, sorry no colour code.
cream satin ribbon
Punch: Olba Q001 and Q006
Liquid pearls in platinum

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Sketch #191

Sneaking in by the skin on my teeth. This challenge closes tomorrow at noon.

Here is the sketch

 And here is my take on it.

I often use this pattern and you can see some other versions of it here and here among others.

I have also made some smaller versions 6.5cm x 7cm


Pattern: Easy Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Large card
Thread: Light and dark pink, dark green. Brand and colour codes unavailable.
Card Stock: white 160gsm
Paper: Pink and green marble (Butterfly 80gsm)
Flat backed gems in pink
Small Cards
Thread: Coral, green and mauve. Brands and colour codes unknown
Flat backed gem in champagne
Metal Dot in pink
Pearl flower embellishment
Paper: Pink and red: Download from published
          Mauve: Paper Pizzazz soft tints

Friday, 19 June 2015


Another fun challenge over at CASology.

Initially I didn't think I had any project which qualified but in the end had to choose between two.

Here is my entry.
It's something totally different for me.

A while ago I attended a course where I was introduced to this technique for colouring.
I don't have any copics and as I wouldn't ever be able to justify the expense, I just don't colour that often, I was excited to learn this.
You colour with an aqua pencil crayon and then use mineral turps to smudge the pencil.
I still have a long way to go with my colouring technique but I had lots of fun making these.

This was made for my niece.

and the next two for my nephews.

Thanks for looking

Digi stamps: Sorry source unknown
Aqua Pencil Crayons
Odourless mineral turps
Ear bud for smudging
Flat backed gems
Papers: All given out at course so no brands available
Peel off sentiment in copper
Card stock: pink, red and white 160gsm

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

An exciting Day

Today is a very exciting day for me. I am the Guest designer over at Butterfly Challenge. #33
My brief was "Butterflies and flowers" and here is my card.

So why don't you pop over there and have a look at all the lovely entries, I know that I will!

Pattern:  Prick 'n Stitch. Agapanthus.
Thread: Pale blue, Pale green, lemon. All brands and colour code unknown.
Paper: Gingham Free download from Activity Village.
           Scrap of yellow
Card Stock: 160gsm in white
Punch: Martha Steward Butterfly
Flat backed pearl.

Monday, 15 June 2015

A single Rose

It's another beautiful winter's day today. Chilly in the shade but divine in the sun. I'm doing the cat thing, following the sunny spots around.
I have the day off as tomorrow is a public holiday and so schools have been given an additional day to make a lovely four day weekend. Loving the time at home.

My card today is for the Case this sketch challenge.

Here is the sketch.

 and here is my card.

Instead of a sentiment I added a bow.

A purple version too.

Pattern: A free pattern I received for filling out a questionnaire. I was unable to locate it on any of the sites, sorry.
Thread: Satin in pink, mauve and light green. No make or colour codes available
Ribbon: white satin
Paper: Gingham Free download from Activity Village
           Mauve and pink 60gsm

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Colour Challenge

I am entering my very first colour challenge, it's over at CAS on Sunday.
Here are the colours and you have to make use of at least three of them.

  I matched the thread colours as best as I could and worked with the matches for Basic Grey and Soft Sky. I stitched on white card stock and the page from the old dictionary which I used at the base is my Sahara Sand.

Here is my card.

My inspiration

Source: Mary Beth's time for paper blog
Pattern: Stitching Cards. Free Sweet Violet Pattern
Thread: Brand and colour codes unknown
Old dictionary
Rolfes Metallic Marker in Gold

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Happy First Birthday

It seems that I have missed a birthday. Two days ago my blog turned one and I didn't even realize it!!!

Happy Birthday Paper Cat

This year has certainly flown past. I've had lots of fun and have learnt so much. Thank you to all who have visited my posts. I really appreciate it.

To celebrate I have decided to round up my favourite cards from each month and feature them here.
You may click on the Months and they will take you to the actual posts.

I love the simplicity of these.

I so enjoyed making these cuties.

Christmas has come early this year.

I like how delicately these wings have turned out. Took a couple of tries before I got them right though.

Getting ready for Christmas

Trying something different

Having some fun with my Cuttlebug

Couldn't decide between this

 and this.
Really enjoyed making these silk ribbon flowers.

Made for a special lady.

One for the boys.

One of my first challenge entries.

Absolutely love how this turned out.

That was a lot harder than I thought it would be but basically that's my first year in a nutshell.

Here's to the year ahead.


Another Butterfly Challenge

Just up my alley, another butterfly challenge. 

Now which one of my many, many patterns or designs should I make this time?!!!! 
Tough decision but I choose this design.

I decided to make a few more with some of the other sentiment patterns that I have too.

For the plain white ones I used my Crafter's Companion to score the corners.

Paper: Red, blue 60gsm Apricot checks
Thread: No names or colour codes available except for white which is DMC Blanche
Small glass beads in navy, red, clear and seed pearls.
Flat backed gems  

Tuesday, 9 June 2015


This is the sketch over at Case this sketch

  and this is my interpretation of it. (not a great photo, sorry)
I turned the sketch on it's side.
I have noticed that there is a lot of doodling out there at the moment, especially on wedding and baby stationery so decided to try my hand at it.

This is one of my favourite flowers pattern from the book "Easy Embroidery on Paper"
I have used it often.
Here are some small cards, 6.5cm x 7cm, using the same pattern 

I did faux stitching around these to complete.

Some other cards using the same pattern.

Pattern:Easy Embroidery on Paper by Joke de Vette
Thread: Make and colour codes unknown.
Pen: Hybrid gel pen in green, pink and purple
Flat backed gem in pink