Monday, 25 July 2016

Starting another week, with RUDOLPH DAY!

Morning all,

I've had a tremendous weekend playing host and tourist guide to Darnell as she stopped off in my hometown as part of her whistle stop tour of the U.K., it explains why I've been a bit MIA this weekend on the visiting blog fronts and I apologise. I had intended to share some more photos of our weekend today but, since it's Rudolph Day AND my turn to present a challenge I thought it might not be my best idea so, stand by for a photo heavy post on Wednesday instead!!!

I'd also like to welcome my new followers, good to have you onboard, hope you will stop by again sometime soon.

It's Rudolph Day today - so, how are you getting along with YOUR 2016 Christmas card quota?

It's my turn to present a Rudolph Day challenge over on Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) and I was a bit short of inspiration for this one ... However, I was rummaging through my ribbon drawers (yes, I have lots of ribbons I seldom use) and thought .. why not? and my card evolved. Originally I thought my challenge could be "to use ribbon" .. as I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in having amassed a collection of bits and bobs! I didn't go with that though as we had a recent challenge which was to "use fabric and/or texture" and I thought it would be a little too close. What IS my challenge? It's "PEOPLE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS" - interpret this how you wish fellow challenge entrants! I should say that, in order to enter this challenge, you have to be a member of the Craftbubble 2½ forum. Anyhoo, here's my person celebrating .....

My card
And as closer view, to show the twinkle of the wink of Stella and the glass bead glitter gel
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of navy card cut to 14cm square + snippet cut to 6.9 x 12.9cm
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + snippet cut to 6½ x 12½cm
  • A snippet of red grosgrain ribbon to add a touch of texture and colour
  • Penny Black image (Mademoiselle Noel 4109K) and My Favourite Things sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image including Pro Marker cool aqua to colour the background of the image panel
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento Bahama Blue ink
  • Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel applied roughly to the bottom of the image panel using a metal spatula, to simulate snow
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight sentiment and falling "snow"
  • Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to highlight the dress and boots

I shall be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Scraps of Life - JULY Rudolph Day challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Crafting by design - July 20th challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  3. Stamping Royalty - challenge No. SR339 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. Just for Fun Rubber Stamps - July challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  5. Christmas Card Challenges - challenge No. 34 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES

And another make from me ..

My card
The inside and the envelope
And a side view of the tactile AND textural frantage
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + snippet cut to 7 x 9½cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14cm square + snippet cut to 7.4 x 9.7cm
  • Snippet of orange linen effect card cut to 7.6 x 9.9cm
  • Papermania sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stampendous "frantage" in shabby pink, with acrylic inclusions heat melted in to the centre of the "O" to give dimension and texture
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento tangelo ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 286 and 287 - USE SOMETHING TACTILE ... why is it TWO WEEKS? Well, that's because a few of the DT and some of the regular contributors will all be at the same crafting retreat next weekend! 
  2. CASonSunday - challenge No. 88 - THANK YOU

Have a great week

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lazy Sunday and some ATC's .....

Morning all

If you saw my recent post regarding the leftover strips from cutting layers for square cards ... in it I warned that this was the start of a swap and ... here are the rest of the "same but differemt" ATC's for my swap ... I used ATC blanks and the strips left over from Navy, Red and White sheets of A4 card

Here are all three together, they're separated below
And here are the three of them along with a list of the materials used ....

Portrait view
At a jaunty angle ..
And landscape, all squared up!
Materials used:
  • Creative Expressions letter background, stamped using Memento angel pink ink
  • Kaisercraft grid image stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stampabilities sentiment stamped using Ranger archival cobalt blue ink
  • Stampers Anonymous star image stamped using Adirondack watermelon ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Delicata silver ink
  • Crafters Companion spray and shine applied over all three ATC's, to seal and protect the water based inks

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  2. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 33 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 38 - ANYTHING GOES

And then I decided to crack on and make little holders for them .... again, the same but each slightly different ... I used both sides of the double sided Costco papers too.

Materials used:
  • One piece of 300gsm Costco double sided paper cut in to pieces measuring 13 x 10cm and folded at 6 and 12 cm and in the other direction at 10cm
  • Small circular punch to make a thumb hole, for the easy removal of my ATC
  • Stamps used: Ditzies Designs, Paper Artsy and Hero Arts
  • Inks used: Ranger Archival jet black, cobalt blue, watering can and Memento rhubarb stalk

And now, since I've had a busy weekend with the lovely Darnell, I've some pix to share, now that I've waved her off on the next leg of her whistle stop tour of the UK. Thanks, Darnell, for making my place one of your stops - we had a blast and I'm looking forward to the retreat next weekend. P.S. so's my husband, he's looking forward to a very peaceful weekend!

St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, under scaffolding!
This recently featured in an episode of the Hairy Builders
Cabot Tower
We thought this made us look like we were waiting to board the
S.S. Great Britain!
Darnell's pre lunch treat
I had to steal this pic from Darnell as I FORGOT to take any pix I can publish .. YET! Since I took this one I clean forgot it wasn't on my own camera ... till I got home!

Liz, Darnell and Ruth
copyright, Darnell Knauss
There will be more tomorrow but this is probably enough for one post!

Saturday, 23 July 2016

It's Saturday but I'm away from my desk again today ...

Morning all

My apologies  if you've swung by expecting to see some challenge makes but I am indeed away from my desk today. 

Why? I hear you ask .. well, the Darnell Roadshow breezed in to town just yesterday, a brief stop in my home town on her way around the U.K. and, today, I shall be attempting to show her around, traffic, parking and weather permitting! Watch out for some pix tomorrow. Of course, Darnell and I had agreed a meet at a named pub .. but who knew there were two, on the same road, but 15 miles apart? Guess what? I went to one and Darnell was at the other!! Still, it was entirely fixable although I was a smidge late .. my thanks to the peeps at the first one for advising me!

From the left: Tony and Pat, Darnell, Kath, Anne and Tony
It was so nice to meet everyone. Traffic was awful but we made it back to the purple palace and got Darnell checked in although they were expecting her to arrive with a child!?!?!?! Nice meal at a local pub in the evening, both Darnell and I had the fish and chips and Mr K tried the gourmet burger and declared it to be quite delicious

I sooo don't like this pic of me but hey - the photographer did the best he could with
the materials available! It's a nice one of Darnell!
In the meantime, I DO have a project to share with you .. I stumbled (ACCIDENTALLY, you understand) in to Hobbycraft recently and came out with two acrylic inks .... and couldn't wait to use them. I had a journal page that I had started at Craftathon (in April) but not returned to.

My journal page
And a closer view of the sheen of the acrylic inks
And a closer view just of the journal page
The original border and stamping
Materials used:
  • Crawford & Black A5, 130gsm, journal (one whole pound - from The Works!!)
  • White gesso applied to page before colouring with Distress Crayons - from the neutrals set
  • The original page had a black border drawn using a Pitt Pen and a Visible Image mini flourish stamped using Memento bamboo leaves all around the edge - sadly, this didn't show up much in the photo or IRL once I'd sprayed the acrylic inks. I also removed some of the colour by placing a Memory Box stencil and using a baby wipe through the stencil, to remove the colour
  • Daler Rowney Acrylic inks in silver pearl and purple lake added to water in a mini misters and sprayed fairly liberally - these are waterproof once dry so I figured it was also help to seal the D.C.'s!
  • Kaisercraft mini grid and numbers along with Carabelle collage image stamped partially using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Art Impressions "ART" image and Fiskars "LOVE" and "LIFE" sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink, which was also used to stamp the Stampotique image on to a snippet of white card, which I then fussy cut out and adhered to my journal page using Tombow glue
  • Image lightly coloured using Zig clean colour brush markers in cool grey/violet and neon yellow
  • White Pitt Big Brush pen used to draw a dot border around my image

Nice to get back to journalling. I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:
  1. LovetoCreate - challenge No. 15 - ANYTHING (Mixed Media) GOES
  2. Stamplorations - July challenge - MIXED MEDIA - must use a stencil
  3. Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) - 3rd Quarterly challenge - NEW CRAFT/PRODUCT/TECHNIQUE .. I went with new product with my acrylic inks
  4. A Inky Mess - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for an ATC ..

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of gold card (for matting) white card (for background panel, image and sentiment)
  • On the larger snippet I first added a layer of gesso before swiping a wide paintbrush across it using a blend of acrylic inks in purple lake and silver pearl and setting aside to dry.
  • Once dry I used a Stamposaurus circles stencil to apply  twinkling H2O in gold using a foam makeup sponge and the same technique using purple and the TCW grungey line stencil
  • Recollections image and sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival black (sentiment) and Memento Paris Dusk (image)
  • Alcohol makers to colour
  • Once cut out and adhered to my ATC I drew around the outlines using a fine Faber Castell Pitt pen, to add definition and "grounding" before highlighting with stardust stickles

I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Moving Along With The Times - challenge - MONSTERS or ALIENS
  2. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 49 - ANYTHING GOES (a just for fun challenge)
  3. Creative Moments - challenge No. 98 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Sisterhood of Crafters - July 13th challenge - ANIMALS - does a "Teddy" Bear count?
  5. Double D - July 20th challenge - SHADES OF PURPLE

That's it, I'd best get off as I expect Darnell will be chomping at the bit!

Friday, 22 July 2016

Some humour to start your weekend ......

Morning all,

You know what it's like ... you have an idea for a card (a square card) using card in three colours; white for your image panel and two matting layers .. you cut the squares for your panel and what are you left with? An A4 length strip of card, in three colours ... so, rather than consign it to my snippets pile I decided to do something about it and make a batch of ATC's, the same but different!

I started off with a strip each of: white, red and black. I cut the red strip in to 8½ x 5½cm (ATC size) pieces, the black in to 8 x 5cm pieces and the white in to 7½ x 4½cm pieces and then .....

You can see I adhered my pre cut panels at a more jaunty angle for this one
Materials used:
  • Hero Arts neon cubes in orange, green and pink used DTP method to give a grungey (yet neon) background.
  • Stamplorations sentiment and Old Town Crafts floral image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the petals of the flower
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Kraftin Kimmie - July 20th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Take a Word - July 17th challenge - FLORAL
  4. Crafting with attitude - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING GOES

Panels adhered in a good old squared up kind of way for this one
Materials used:
  • Versacolour cubes: raspberry, pea green and cement grey applied DTP method to give a grungey background
  • TCW stencil (grungey lines) and a piece of cut and dry foam inked with Ranger Archival black to give just a hint of a line for the grounding of my skateboarding image
  • Stamplorations sentiment and Creative Expressions image both stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Versacolour Raspberry applied around the outer edge of the coloured panel
I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:
  1. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 49 - ANYTHING GOES (a just for fun challenge)
  2. Crafty Sentiments - challenge No. 19 - ANYTHING GOES

And finally ...
I made this one landscape rather than portrait but back to the jaunty angle for the layers
Materials used:
  • Distress Inks in festive berries and picked raspberry "swiped" across the card from opposite ends
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and the festive berries I applied through a TCW numbers stencil
  • Kaisercraft image and Stamplorations sentiment both stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • The TCW grungey lines stencil was used to add some random lines using the Ranger Archival jet black ink again ... in the spirit of using some of the same materials in each!
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the foliage
I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Word Art Wednesday - challenge No. 240/241 - ANYTHING GOES but must be family friendly
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - July 19th challenge - ANYTHING GOES

Once dry I sprayed all three with Crafters Companion spray and shine to both seal and protect the water based inks. I think you'll agree that they turned out quite differently despite starting from the same point! I also joined an ATC swap where six people joined up .. these were three that I made ... stay tuned for the others in a post in the near future! I'm pleased to report that the above ATC's used up ALL of the leftovers from all three strips of card - YAY!

I have an exciting weekend planned as, this very day, I shall be meeting the lovely DARNELL!! Woo Hoo! We've been blog buddy's for some time and she's in the U.K. for a whistle stop tour of a few of her own blog buddys, culminating in a crafting retreat in Wiltshire. I'm looking forward to both this weekend and the crafting retreat - as I'm going too!!! Hubby gets the whole weekend of peace, tranquillity and .... CHOICE as well as - control of the remote! Anyhoo, there will be sightseeing and meeting up with other crafters for dinner and "schtuff" .. so, if you can't find me, that's where I'll be!, there may be photos on Sunday or Monday!

And now for the Friday Funny, this week we can all blame .... facebook!

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Morning and welcome to WOYWW ..

Morning all,

Is it warm enough for you? Honestly? I've been tempted to chuck out the contents of the fridge and sleep in there!! I don't really "DO" heat, certainly not this kind of heat .. is it me? Or is it really hotter than Hades?! Thankfully, the forecasters reckon it should start to cool off towards the weekend - HUZZAH!

I will be meeting up with Darnell as part of the "Darnell Roadshow", she's on a whistle stop tour of the U.K. en route to the Happy Little Stampers forum craft retreat, which starts July 29th. I'm thrilled she's made time in her schedule to stop off and visit with me as part of her trip and looking forward to meeting her on Friday. I'll also be meeting Liz and Ruth on Saturday when Darnell and I join them for dinner, we asked my hubby if he fancied joining four crafters and he ran screaming .. to his shed! Guess that's a NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO then!

Anyhoo, on to a little craft project .... I went to mail a "new home" card yesterday only to discover I was down to my last, so -

My card
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 13½cm square + snippet for image panel
  • Black card cut to 14cm square + snippet for matting
  • Fawn self adhesive textured card, for matting with a 1.6mm border
  • Hero Arts skyline image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Lindsay Mason sentiment stamped using R anger Archival jet black ink
  • Zig clean colour brush marker used to highlight just one window ... "home"!

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Inkspirational - challenge No. 113 - PHOTO INSPIRATION .. I went with a monochromatic skyline and layers, like the cake!!!
  2. Through the craft room door - challenge No. 19 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Sentiments - July 19th challenge - ANYTHING GOES

And now, since it IS WOYWW #372. We're back at our regular host blog as Julia's recuperation is coming along so that's great, our thanks to Jan for being such an excellent hostess recently. I'll be entering my humble desk - and I'm entry #14

Enjoy summer whilst it's here, we'll soon be bemoaning that it's GONE!