Thursday, 8 December 2016

Welcome to Thursday - I've another Christmas card to share..

Morning all

I believe I have enough Christmas cards for 2016 so it looks like I'm cracking on with my 2017 quota! That's fine, I TRY to make several each week/month, to ensure I don't have heaps to make come November!! I almost had that issue this year as I was so sure I had enough but had entirely forgotten that a dear friend asked to buy some cards and she plainly bought a number of Christmas cards from my stash too! As I started to write my Christmas cards I quickly realised my pile was going down too quickly, stopped and counted before making a batch of ten and then another batch of five!! Must make more for 2017, to be sure, and these will help!


My card

The front and back of my card

The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 14cm square
  • One piece of black card cut to 14½cm square
  • Acrylic paints in red, rust and white, brayered to create a background
  • My Favorite Things sentiment and Inkadinkado large snowflake stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • For the envelope and insert I used an Inkadinkado snowflake stamped with Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight





I'll enter the above for the following challenges:
  1. Kylie's Addicted to stamps - TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS blog hop - DAY 5
  2. Creative Inspirations - challenge No. 263 - CHRISTMAS
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 223 - HOLIDAY
  4. Crafting by Designs - December 7th challenge - HERE COME THE HOLIDAYS

Downhill to the weekend peeps and, as Christmas is rapidly approaching, I hope you all have something nice planned. 


Wednesday, 7 December 2016

SECOND POST OF THE DAY ... Welcome to THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Hi readers,



Some of you may be following Kylie Purtell's "Twelve Days of Christmas", running from December 4th until the 15th. If you haven't then please do stop by her blog and follow some links to blogs of other participants. Today sees the start of DAY FIVE ... and I am honoured to have been invited to join in today's leg of the hop and, without further ado, here is my make ...


My card
The inside of my card and front of my envelope

The front and back 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 navy card cut to 11½cm square
  • Snippets of card in both white and navy
  • Using a Fiskars finger knife I cut one of the white squares of card using a wavy line and ran through the Big Shot inside two different embossing folders before attaching to my navy card panel, leaving a slight gap
  • Using my Big Shot and MFT dies I cut the Santa, tree and presents and then, with the help of my new MISTI I stamped them using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Pro markers to colour (although on the inside and reverse of my card I used Kaisercraft glitter gel pens) and diamond stickles to highlight
  • I stamped the MFT sentiment, cut out and matted on a snippet of navy card before attaching to my card
Kylie's got some awesome sponsorship too .. $20 gift vouchers from each of the following
  


Additionally, I'll be entering this make for the following challenges too:-

  1. City Crafter - challenge No. 241 - THE TREE IS UP
  2. Passion for Pro Markers - challenge No. 374 - USE YOUR DIES and/or PUNCHES (Dies in my case)
  3. A Snowflakes Promise - challenge No. 34 - Winter theme
  4. Simon Says Stamp - Monday challenge - CHRISTMAS GIFTS

If you missed my regular Wednesday post then please follow this link here


Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Morning all,

I have news today, I will be back this evening with a second post as I've been invited to join Kylie's "Twelve Days of Christmas" blog hop ..... running from December 4th until the 15th - check it out here.

Anyhoo, back to the crafting ... I've a Christmas make to share with you today ... SURPRISE?!?!?!


My card

The front and back of my card

The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
And another four, making a batch of five in total!
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • One piece of pearlescent gold card cut to 9½cm square
  • Penny Black wreath image stamped using Ranger Archival library green ink, for the insert I stamped without re-inking, because the image fills a large portion of the card so I may end up needing to write over part of the image
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Diamond stickles to highlight the ribbon and stars on the image



I'll be entering it for the following challenges:-
  1. Kylie is Addicted to Stamps - TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS blog hop - DAY 4



If you stopped by to visit my desk today you will be surprised to hear I've nothing on it, having come down with a rather nasty bug yesterday which scotched my plans for dinner last night and a day out with a pal today - hmmmf

I hope you will stop by again after 7pm this evening to catch my post too

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Tuesday .. it's the TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Morning

It's still Kylie's "TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" so I'm here with another Christmas card to share with you. This time it's for Scottie loving friends of ours.

My card

The front and back of my card and the reverse of my envelope

The inside of my card and the front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • One piece of gold card cut to 9½cm square
  • Snippets of card in white, gold and navy for my image panel
  • Inkadinkado image stamped on to white snippet using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Tsukineko gelly rol white gel pen used to doodle border
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight



I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 258 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Crafty Boots - 5th December challenge - CHRISTMAS
  3. Dream Valley challenges - challenge No. 146 - CHRISTMAS
  4. Kylie's Addicted to Stamps - TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS blog hop - DAY THREE

Monday, 5 December 2016

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning and welcome to the start of another week

Good weekend? I certainly did ....my cousin came to stay but. more of that later ..

If you checked out my blog yesterday then you will have seen that I posted a photo of the latest batch of ATC swap materials from my trading card buddy ..... this is how it turned out

My completed ATC

A bit more detail and you can see the dimensional gloss better in this one
Can't remember what I received? It was a stamped image of Tweedledee and Tweedledum

I found the image quite indistinct although I don't think that was anything
to do with the quality of stamping by my trading buddy 

Additional materials:
  • ATC blank (kraft) which I "swiped" with Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Three mini playing cards also "swiped" with the watering can ink before adhering to the ATC blank
  • Alcohol markers and glitter markers to colour the image
  • Plaid dimensional gloss on the bottles 
  • Faber Castell pit pen and Sakura white gelly roll gel pen to doodle a border around the ATC

I'll be entering it for the following challenges:-
  1. The Pencil Case - challenge No. 34 - ANYTHING (Hand Coloured) GOES
  2. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 227 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Colour Crazy Craft - challenge No. 27 - ANYTHING (Hand Coloured) GOES
  4. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 121 - ANYTHING GOES
And now, since it's day TWO of Kylie's "TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" blog hop ... and a One Layer Card at that!!


My card

The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope

The inside of my card
Materials used:
  1. White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  2. Crafty Individuals scent and Sparkle 'n Sprinkle sentiment (inside only) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink and the MISTI - thank heavens because I really struggled to get a decent impression of this image
  3. Stardust stickles to give a bit of twinkle on the stars in the night sky



I'll be entering it for the following challenges:
  1. Kylie is Addicted to Stamps - TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS blog hop - DAY TWO
  2. CAS on Sunday - challenge No. 97 - CHRISTMAS
  3. Come and Get It - December challenge - CHRISTMAS
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 137 - CHRISTMAS

At the weekend I was joined by my cousin and a pal and we enjoyed a slap up Christmas meal at a reasonably local hostelry ... see the wall decor behind us? Edging tiles, presumably leftovers - quite effective though.

This was taken by my friend and neighbour who not only happened to be eating
at the same hostelry but coincidentally found herself seated at the next table!!! 

Have a great week


Sunday, 4 December 2016

Welcome to the first Sunday in December!

Morning all,

Oh My Gosh! The first Sunday in DECEMBER!!! What happened to the rest of 2016? Who THOUGHT they had loads of time to make their Christmas cards and are now just realising it's running out!!!



Today sees the launch of Kylie's "TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS" blog hop which will run from today until the 15th, I hope you will visit the blogs of each of the people involved and may gain inspiration for your own Christmas projects.

I made a Christmas card for this ... using the ultimate CAS challenge .. a ONE LAYER CARD!


My card

The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope

The front and back of my card - the MISTI is so handy for this
Materials used:-
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Rubbernecker tree image stamped using (my MISTI and) Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink





I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 310 - VINTAGE or ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Hiding in my craftroom - challenge No. 278 - CHRISTMAS COLOURS ... sumptuous gold - Christmas-y? OH YEAH!
  3. Kylie is Addicted to Stamps - Twelve Days of Christmas - blog hop
  4. AAA Cards - challenge No. 79 - CHRISTMAS
  5. Just Us Girls - challenge No. 372 - WORD WEEK .. the word is CHRISTMAS TREE
  

I also received my latest batch of ATC swap materials - want to see?


Yes, that's right, just the Tweedledee and Tweedledum image, stamped