Friday, 13 December 2019

TGIF and a festive weekend on its way!

Morning readers

I'd like to start my post by welcoming new follower Patricia Gomez, nice to meet you, hope you will stop by again sometime.

I've a make to share with you today .... apparently, I just can't stop myself from making Christmas cards! What can I say - I do LOVE a Christmas card! This uses a lovely set of snowflakes from HLS and a very elderly wood mounted stamp from Hero Arts.


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5" square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white and navy
  • Hero Arts scribble tree image (D2020), stamped using Versafine Clair
  • Happy Little Stampers snowflakes (from "Let it snow") stamped using Versafine Clair twilight and Memento Bahama blue inks
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (from JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Stardust stickles



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) CANDY CANES
  2. Try It On Tuesday - December 10th challenge - CHRISTMAS IS COMING
  3. Sisterhood of Crafters - December 11th challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS
  4. Mod Squad - December 11th challenge - SNOW or STARRY NIGHT
  5. Creative Inspirations - December challenge - FESTIVE FUN


So, I was FINALLY able to break the spell and hit the Table of Craftiness and produce something OTHER than a Christmas card!



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in navy and white
  • Inks used: Memento tuxedo black, Paris dusk and London fog. Versafine Clair nocturne and twilight
  • Stamps used: Penny Black 3017-F "Joy Joy", "Giving and Receiving, Creative Expressions CEC851 "Inspiring Edges"
  • Stardust stickles



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Penny Black Saturday - December 7th challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) SPARKLE & SHINE - I used stickles too
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 367 - USE SNIPPETS
  3. Moo Mania - challenge No. 206 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting By Designs - December challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 404 - ANYTHING GOES
And the gamut of Christmas lunches/dinners has started! Another one just yesterday, with my two oldest friends. We met at the home of the pal nearest to our lunch destination, for coffee and mince pies (so glad I declined the pie and that was BEFORE I knew about the portion sizes!), full on Christmas lunch followed by pudding (I couldn't get the toffee meringue in a doggy bag!)

OH MY!
Back to our pals house for Secret Santa gift exchange - Merry Christmas ladies, and thanks for your company!

Our gifties under the tree


Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Wednesday and it's downhill all the way to the weekend!

Morning readers

I've been rummaging in the drawers of Christmas stamps and making a concerted effort to use some older images .... here's a make with one of my "finds" and also using a card size I seem to have neglected for too long too!
My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White DL, 300gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Dolly Mama image (Stamps Happen 80388 "HO") and Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Pro Marker alcohol markers, Kaisercraft glitter gel pens, Black Pitt pen (to extend the bauble line above the image), Signo Uniball white gel pen used to colour the image
  • Stardust stickles




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Catch The Bug - November challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Just Us Girls - challenge No. 516 - WILD CARD WEEK
  3. Inkspirational - challenge No. 201 - NAUGHTY
  4. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 375 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Passion For Pro Markers - challenge No. 523 - MEGA CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE - ANYTHING GOES

 

And, whilst I had my DL card head on and before I put away the FAB Paper Artsy set with the giant Rudolph nose .... it also uses another "hidden gem" from my wood mounted collection!


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White DL, 300gsm aperture card and matching sized envelope
  • One piece of 300gsm white card, for the insert
  • Snippet of white card, for my image
  • Paper Artsy image (from ZA19) and PSX sentiment (G-1591) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Pro Markers used to colour my image
  • Stardust stickles and Anita's dimensional gloss to give texture, twinkle and shine



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crazy4Challenges - challenge No. 514 - FAVOURITE STAMPS OR DIES
  2. Winter Wonderland - December 6th challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 165 - ANIMALS or BEARS - MUST STAMP
  4. My Crafting Corner - challenge No. 11 - CHRISTMAS
  5. Try It On Tuesday - December 10th challenge - CHRISTMAS IS COMING


Monday, 9 December 2019

Monday, here comes another week

Morning readers,

With storm Atiyah with us all day - take it easy out there peeps.

I've a make to share with you today .... despite it being December 9th, I'm STILL making Christmas cards! I unearthed this cute snowman image whilst rummage for something else entirely - had it for years and simply don't use it enough.


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Inkadinkado snowman (99507 "Holiday sentiments") stamped using Versafine Clair morning mist ink
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment (Sketchy Christmas) stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Imagination Crafts stencil through which I applied Memento Paris dusk ink, using an Aldi stencil brush
  • Pro Markers, Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen and Kaisercraft glitter gel pens used to add colour and twinkle
  • Stardust stickles



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Sweet Stampin' - December 7th - challenge - CHRISTMAS
  2. Allsorts - challenge No. 549 - SNOWMEN and/or SNOWFLAKES
  3. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - December challenge - PICK A PREVIOUS CHALLENGE - I went with Octobers theme - SNOWMEN
  4. Stamping Sensations - December challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crafters Castle - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING GOES
 

And here's another make ...... still Christmas! but, this time, a brighter but chilly make!

My card
And a closer view of the sparkle
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5" square, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Creative Expressions border image (CEC851) and Stamp Cabana "hand stamped by" image stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the frosty blue snowflakes!



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. AAA Cards - challenge No. 155 - ALONG THE EDGE + (optional) TIME TRAVEL
  2. Perfectly CAS - challenge No. 3 - CHRISTMAS
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 180 - COLD AND FROSTY
  4. Sparkles Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 107 - WINTER WONDERLAND
  5. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 124 - ANYTHING GOES

  

I discovered that I was "Highlighted" over at the Use Your Stuff challenge blog, for my entry to challenge No. 386, thanks peeps, always good to know people like your work isn't it?

 


Saturday, 7 December 2019

It's the weekend!

Morning readers

I've a couple of makes to share with you today .... this first one uses a PSX wood mounted image which has been in my collection for aeons, I think PSX went out of business YEARS ago too (around 2000ish). Always good to rediscover hidden gems in your collection.


My card
And a closer view
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5" square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of purple card, cut to mat
  • PSX snowdog image (G2044) and Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink - for the insert I partially stamped the image using Memento London fog ink
  • Pro Marker alcohol markers, Wink of Stella gold gel glitter brush pen and zig watercolour brush pen (cool gray 1) used to colour my image
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the image




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 419 - STAMP ON YOUR ENVELOPE
  2. Crafting By Designs - December challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Cards4Galz - challenge No. 112 - CUTE CHRISTMAS
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 611 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 327 - CHRISTMAS DELIGHT

And now for another make ..... which also uses some more hidden gems from my wood mounted collection - and MAY yet see again since I don't seem to be able to stop myself making Christmas cards! I'm well on my way to my 2020 quota!!!!


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5" square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in both white and navy - for my sentiment panel
  • Penny Black sentiment ("Joy Joy" - 3017-F) stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • PSX sentiment (G1591) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. The Holly and Ivy - challenge No. 61 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. CCEE Stampers - challenge No. 1949 - BOLD CHRISTMAS STATEMENT
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 241 - CHRISTMAS/WINTER SENTIMENT
  4. International Art & Soul - challenge No. 72 - CHRISTMAS WITH NO IMAGE
  5. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 467 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES


Friday, 6 December 2019

TGIF peeps!

Morning readers

I've a make to share with you today .... I've written my Christmas cards and yet .... it seems like I'm just not done with making them!!! This snowman is just so darn cute that I was powerless to resist!



My card design
My four card batch
 
The front, back and inside of each card along with the front and back of my envelopes

Materials used:
  • Four 5" square, 250gsm cards and matching sized envelopes
  • Four sets of two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • Four pieces of red card, cut to mat
  • Paper Artsy snowman image (ZA19) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Pro Marker alcohol markers used to colour image (Poppy, Hot Pink, icicle), glitter gel markers to highlight 
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the "bobble" on the hat and the grounding snow



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Always Fun - challenge No. 139 - SNOWMAN
  2. Use Your Stuff - challenge No. 386 - SNOW .... pretty sure a snowman should count! The brief says "Mostly white with just a pop of colour" - in my case, RED!
  3. The Holly and Ivy - challenge No. 61 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Creative Inspirations - December 4th challenge - FESTIVE FUN
  5. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 403 - ANYTHING GOES
And another make - been a little while since I used a sketch but I quite enjoyed the recent LIM sketch so, when I saw this super CAS sketch I knew I wanted to have a go.


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5" square, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Hero Arts snowflake border (from CL104 - "Joy of Winter") stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the image


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Freshly Made Sketches - challenge No. 414 - SKETCH - see below
  2. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 419 - STAMP ON YOUR ENVELOPE - though I had to leave my details in comments as they're having trouble with their linky tool
  3. Mod Squad - December 4th challenge - NON TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS
  4. Happy Little Stampers - December Christmas challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) CANDY CANES
  5. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 295 - ANYTHING GOES
 

First of my Christmas get together's on Wednesday evening with my cousin and a mutual friend heading out for a delicious Thai meal and a great evening. We all get on so well that the evening just transitioned in to an overnight stay (cousin only). Turns out my cousin's a cold mortal and she was well impressed with the electric blanket we put on her bed! So much so that she bought one before she even reached the motorway on her way home!! Now, THAT'S dedication to the mission!

Here we are - so very rock and roll - it's not even 10pm and we're
back in for the night!
Thanks ladies, such a lovely evening, can't wait till Florida 2020! Get yours cossies ready!