Sunday, 23 April 2017

Easy like Sunday morning .....

Morning,

Still wrestling with my fab new polychromos pencils and thought I would try colouring cats - well!! It turned in to an exercise in herding cats! Plainly, I know squat about cat colouring options! Check out my cute cats .. well, the image is cute if the colouring ain't! I wanted my cats to be different colours but I don't know much about cats - guess the one on the left is my version of tortoiseshell!


My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 10½cm square
  • One piece of peach glitter card, cut to mat at a 1.6mm border
  • Rubbadubbadoo image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Stampendous (Card front) and Posh Impressions (insert and envelope) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Plaid dimensional gloss and stardust stickles used to highlight




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Stamplorations - April CAS challenge - PASTEL COLOURS
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - April 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 128 - ANYTHING GOES




And, on a roll with anniversary cards AND possessed of new stash .....


My card, I left the reflection from the flash in the pic as it clearly shows
the clear gel medium at work!
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300gsm white card cut to 13½cm square
  • One piece of 300gsm red card cut to mat the above leaving a 1.6mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, black and red for the image and sentiment panels
  • Taping the Ranger stencil (new stash and from set #24) in place I applied Distress Inks in candied apple and picked raspberry using a Tim Holtz mini blender.
  • Once dry I gave it a quick squirt of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to stop my ink running for the next step .... then I taped the stencil in the exact same place as before.
  • Liquitex Basics gloss gel medium applied through the stencil using a palette knife and then set aside to dry to a lovely gloss finish
  • Posh Impressions sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black on to the insert/reverse of card, envelope and snippet of white card which I then trimmed and matted on to first black and then red, leaving 1.6mm borders
  • Once my gel medium was fully dry I trimmed it and matted on to black and then red, to match my sentiment
  • I added three faux crystal gemstones (also new stash) and the card front was finished .. I felt the other parts needed a little more than just the sentiment so ... I rummaged through my stash and found ... Dina Wakelys grungey heart set - stamped using Versafine satin red - PERFECT (IMHO)




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Addicts - challenge No. 35 - ANYTHING GOES + twist of CAS
  2. The Paper Shelter - challenge No. 290 - SENTIMENTAL (use a sentiment)
  3. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 125 - ANNIVERSARY


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Welcome to another weekend ...

Hi there,

Another weekend is stretching out in front of us - isn't it amazing how we look forward to two full days and yet, come Sunday night, wonder how two full days flashed past? Or is it just an age thing?

Anyhoo, here's a couple of projects I DID manage to fit in to today! The first one is a new home card, I only had two but then a pal came along and bought one of them so I thought I should make another.


My card
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • White 300gsm card cut to 10cm square and 11cm square
  • Blue and black card, cut to mat my card front, leaving a 1.6mm border 
  • Snippets of card in white and blue
  • Hero Arts row of houses and Imagine That sentiments stamped using Versafine inks in Onyx black and smokey grey
  • Using Faber Castel Polychromos pencils I added sky shades and lights at windows along with some "doors". On my main image I realised that the MISTI would have come in handy (had my image not been wood mounted) as my image had a small area not fully inked ... thought it looked like a bush, well - it IS now!




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 26 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Colour Crazy Challenge - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  3. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 45 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
And for my next trick .....

My card
And a closer view of the image
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300gsm white card cut to 13½cm square
  • One piece of aubergine card cut to mat at 1.6mm
  • Snippet of white card for the sentiment in box
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment frame stamped on snippet using Versafine imperial purple
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped in the frame using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Katzelkraft image (from the FABULOUS Les Jungles) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Stardust stickles to add a touch of bling



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 325 - STRIPE
  2. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 178 - USE A STAMP FOR YOUR SENTIMENT
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - April 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES



Friday, 21 April 2017

Almost the weekend .. AGAIN!

Morning,

YAY! It's Friday - got anything nice to look forward to this weekend? Hope so anyway. 

I've had a good week, it was Bank Holiday on Monday and Tuesday saw me enjoying a day out with a pal, I also fitted in a hair appointment, dinner with a pal and today I've a coffee meet with another pal - all go at the purple palace.

That said, you know me ..... I seldom miss the opportunity to craft so I'd like to share a make with you today. Think this one will end up being for a young (male) teen, whaddya think?

My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 10½cm square
  • One piece of black card, cut to mat at 3.2mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, kraft and black
  • Creative Expressions image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Kaisercraft distressed film edge stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • CAS-ual Friday sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Kraftin' Kimmie - Wonderful Wednesday April 19th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Mod Squad - challenge No. 19 - WHEELS (on my skateboard!)
  3. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 339 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Sentiments - April 18th challenge - FOR THE MEN/BOYS



And a Christmas card make .. in an attempt to get ahead of the game in 2017! I thought it was time to get out my alcohol markers as they've been a bit neglected of late - in favour of coloured pencils! I also needed to try out some new cardstock from Xerox, Colotech 300gsm. I've been using Rymans 200gsm so this IS an upgrade though I have yet to try any watercolouring using it ..... the real reason I'm venturing away from Rymans.


My card
And a closer view of the image panel
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • White Colotech card cut to 11cm and 10cm square
  • Red 300gsm card cut to 11½cm square
  • Penny Black image stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the snow and Plaid dimensional gloss for Santa's eyeglass lenses





I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 238 - HOLIDAY
  2. ABC of Christmas - April challenge - H is for HOME and/or I is for INFORMAL
  3. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - April challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  4. Seasons Greetings - challenge No. 5 - ANYTHING GOES + Optional twist ... which I didn't use
  5. The Holly and the Ivy - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES

 

Woo Hoo, I got an honourable mention over at The Male Room for their challenge #57 - a colour challenge

    Honourable Mention Badge
This was my card, it's the second award this card has won, I'm honoured

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Welcome to WOYWW

Morning,

Had a lovely day out with a pal yesterday, weather was nice too which made it even better - thanks for sharing your day with me Amanda - look forward to a July date too!

I swap ATC's with a few people and have done for years ......... I've had a bit of a run on them recently so thought it was time to whip up a few more so .. I have one to share with you today.

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of black card cut to ATC size
  • Snippet of white card cut a little smaller
  • La Blanche collage image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • A dash of colour added to the eyelids and mouth using two crayola pencils 
  • Once the image was dry and using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and foam pad I applied Distress Inks: tattered rose and Victorian velvet before adding picked raspberry around the outer edge finished with a quick spritz of Crafters Companion spray and shine to protect the water based inks
  • Craft Stamper free image (Visible Image mini flourish) stamped around the outer edge of the black layer
  • Deep pink glittered droplet added to the centre of the clock face to "bling it up" a bit




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Cards and more - challenge No. 182 - MONOCHROME
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - April 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Come and Get it - April 16th challenge - IT'S A GIRL THING
  4. Lil Patch of crafty friends - challenge No. 56 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - challenge No. 82 - E is for ELEGANCE

Following the super simple ATC ..... now - a project I started on Saturday by stamping the image for the LIM challenge of Spring walk but couldn't come up with a way to finish it that I was happy with. Having recently acquired some fab pencils I felt the urge to practise so ... had a faff with it and coloured it and here it is .... boy, colouring in is so therapeutic!


My card
A closer view of the image panel and colouring
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
 Materials used:
  • White 5" x 7", 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • White card panels cut to
  • Bright blue card cut to mat with a 3.2mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, blue and bright blue card
  • Jayne Nestorenko image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour before matting on to blue and then bright blue card
  • Blue polka dot grosgrain ribbon
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

 


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 324 - SPRING WALK - my 2nd entry for this
  2. Cards in envy - April 17th challenge - PRETTY PASTELS
  3. Ribbon Girl - April 16th challenge - ANYTHING GOES (but MUST use and image and ribbon)
  4. Crafting when we can - challenge No. 142 - ONE FOR THE GIRLS
  5. Gem of a challenge - challenge No. 192 - USE RIBBON or LACE

And now, since it IS What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday ... my ToC (Table of Craftiness) currently looks a little like this ... I'll be entering this over at the Stamping Ground blog for the WOYWW challenge No. 411 - and where I shall be entry No. 7



Oh and thanks so much to the good peeps at Sweet Stampin', for picking my card as one of their Top3 for their TRAVEL challenge recently, much appreciated. The card was the one below.


grab button for Sweet Stampin     

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Lazy Easter Sunday morning ....

Morning,

Having recently re-discovered some elderly stash ... I decided to strike (again) whilst the iron was hot ...... and do more with these fab Kokopelli and Christmas images and made the three projects below.


My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 10½cm square
  • One piece of red card, cut to mat leaving a 3.6mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, black and red ... with the black cut to leave a 1.6mm border and the red to a 3.6mm border
  • Recollections candy cane image stamped using Versafine satin red ink
  • Piece of red satin ribbon with "Ho Ho Ho" repeated on it attached using double sided tape and my image panel attached over the ribbon using dimensional foam tape
  • Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles and Plaid dimensional gloss added once the card was assembled



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) - March/April RD challenge - CANDY CANES
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - April challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Winter Wonderland - April 14th challenge - CUTE CHRISTMAS
  4. Sweet Stampin' Christmas - April challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  5. Season Greetings - challenge No. 5 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES + OPTIONAL COLOUR TWIST - see below

And for my next "old stash" project .... 




Materials used:
  • White ATC blank
  • Snippet of black card - cut to ATC size
  • Snippet of white card, taped down and coloured (omre style) using Distress Inks: tumbled glass, weathered wood and faded jeans, applied with a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and foam pad
  • Kaisercraft mini dots and border stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Judikins kokopelli image and Stamplorations sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink . . . once dry, I gave the image panel a quick squirt with Crafters Companioni spray and shine to protect the water based inks
  • Using my recent acquisition of a Murano glass dip pen and some pearl acrylic ink I doodled a border on the black matting layer




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No.'s 277 and 278 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 184 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 128 - ANYTHING GOES
Additionally, my kokopelli embellished my envelope too

The ATC is centrally placed over the address, for privacy