Sunday, 19 February 2017

Easy like Sunday morning .......

Morning,

Having slept like a log last night I am up and raring to go this morning .. not at all like my grumpy cat below!

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 11 and 11½ cm square
  • One piece of black card cut to 11½cm square
  • Snippets of card in white, black and grey - for image panel and matting
  • Katzelkraft cat stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink and the mouse using Memento London fog ink
  • Derwent Coloursoft (a gift from a good friend, thanks matey) pencils used to colour image and blended with Sansodor and a paper stump



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 269/270 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Allsorts - challenge No. 403 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 465 - NO PATTERNED PAPER


Saturday, 18 February 2017

It's a Saturday post .....

Hi there,

Hubby's away so I've been free to play!!! He's gone off on an annual reunion boys night, in sunny Plymouth!! So, the door closed and I hit the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness if you didn't know) ....


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:
  • Pearl, 300gsm, DL card and matching sized envelope - an uncommon size for me these days but the image seemed a smidge too long for the C6 I've been using lately
  • Water colour paper, for image panel
  • Snippets of navy and red card, for matting
  • White card cut to 20 x 9½cm
  • Katzlekraft "Les Jungles" image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Derwent "Inktense" blocks used to colour image and background
  • Anita's sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 238 - BIRTHDAY
  2. Alphabet challenge - February 17th challenge - Y = YOU CHOOSE .. I also went with YELLOW!
  3. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 43 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING GOES

And my next craft project .....


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 11½cm square and one to 11cm square
  • Circle die cut from scrap of paper, to use as a mask
  • Distress Ink in twisted citron inked through the mask using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • With the mask still in place Creative Expressions letters image stamped using Memento bamboo leaves ink
  • CAS-ual Fridays sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Self adhesive "faux brad" positioned top right, for added interest and texture




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 316 - ALPHABET
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 125 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Friday - challenge No. 173 - MASKS
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 465 - NO PATTERNED PAPER




Someone on facebook posed a tricky crafting question: 

You are going on a trip. You can take pre-cut white card stock and ONLY 5 other items, to include ONE stamp set. What would you take ? If you can, share a picture of the stamp set.

Here's my FIVE, based purely on the trip taking place TODAY - you KNOW how your faves change!!!



Feel free to add your choice of FIVE in comments .. if I get more than ten people posting their FIVE then there WILL be a prize (FOLLOWERS and UK posting only, sorry). I'll be closing the book on this on Friday Feb 24th.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday and the start of another weekend ...

Morning all

Hope you all have plans for a great weekend, after the flurry of activity last weekend and earlier this week we have no plans of any kind but .. something usually comes up.

Earlier in the week we were celebrating my dear hubby's birthday which was a short while ago but this was the first time our diaries coordinated with friends. We met at a Caribbean restaurant and enjoyed a very tasty (and spicy) meal and then cooled things down by visiting a new "boutique hotel" as their bar opened that very evening ... It was obviously popular (despite the fact there are no people in my pic) - the hairy bikers (both Dave and Si) were in too!




Well, my phone's camera's not brilliant, even with flash! Sorry .. but it should give you an idea within this sneaky peek!

Right, on to a crafty ATC make .....


Materials used:

  • Kraft ATC
  • Snippets of card in black and red
  • Watercolour paper
  • Crazy birds mini's and matching die - stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink then die cut
  • Neocolour water soluble wax crayons and a wet paintbrush to both colour my bird and to colourwash the pink/red background
  • Kaisercraft background images stamped using Memento rhubarb stalk and potters clay
  • Magenta foliage stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Once the ATC was assembled I used a ruling pen and pearl acrylic ink to doodle a border on the black layer



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-

  1. Inspiration Destination - challenge No. 122 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Kraftin' Kimmie - Wonderful Wednesday challenge - ANYTHING GOES (with optional sketch ... I didn't use the sketch)
  3. Creative Inspirations - challenge No. 268 - ANYTHING GOES

Have a great weekend


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Morning peeps,

I've a card to share with you this morning .. I was watching a youtube video (posted by Jennifer McGuire and which you can see at the end of this post) and thought to myself  "I'd like to CASE this". However, I wanted to make a more masculine card so, no flowers here! Check out my take on the resist embossing technique using Jennifer's tutorial, adding my own twist with scale ....... otherwise it's just copying, right?!

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:
  • C6 white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 14.3 x 10 and 13.8 x 9.5cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14.3 x 10cm
  • Snippet of white card for my sentiment panel
  • Dina Wakely stars (2) stamped using versamark ink on my base panel (before applying clear embossing powder and heat setting) and Versafine onyx black ink elsewhere .... on the sentiment panel I sprinkled black sparkle embossing powder and heat embossed it too
  • Happy Little Stampers sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink which (on the sentiment panel ONLY) I used the embossing powder and heat set
  • Distress Inks applied, using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool: tumbled glass, faded jeans, hickory smoke and black soot making a much more masculine card - imagine this in pinks and oranges - perfect for a more girly look?
  • A quick spray of Crafters Companion spray and shine to seal the water based inks
  • I attached the image panel to the inked panel using dimensional foam tape



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Hiding in my craft room - challenge No. 288 - SUPER SCRAPS SATURDAY - use snippets
  2. Sweet Stampin' - February 11th challenge - MASCULINE
  3. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 230 - ANYTHING GOES or EMBOSSING
  4. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 43 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Cardz4Guyz - challenge No. 157 - NO PATTERNED PAPER

And now, since it IS WOYWW (unfamiliar? That's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday), I'll share my desk with you - worryingly enough, STILL looking pretty tidy! 


And the video by Jennifer McGuire? As promised ....




Sunday, 12 February 2017

Yippee, it's Sunday!

Hey there readers and followers,

Having a good weekend? Hope so. Got a birthday party ..... all sorts of things coming up, I hardly know where to start. Got a pal who was at Stamperama yesterday - deeply envious - hoping she had a great time.

A little crafting to share with you today ....  sort of grew organically as I had a new ruling pen and some acrylic inks I wanted to play with .....


My ATC
And an angled photo which I hope shows the background stamping perhaps a little better
This photo is also a more "true" colour representation than the first but I couldn't reproduce it head on!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in black, purple and white
  • Paints brayered over white snippet: iridescent pink, metallic purple and P.A. Fresco dolly mixture
  • Whilst that dried I "doodled" lines and dots on the black and purple layers using acrylic inks in purple, purple pearl and pearl
  • Creative Expressions letters, 49 and Market water droplets and Inkadinkado numbers stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment and Craft Stamper Free face image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink



Small, but perfectly formed and using paints/brayering, stamping, doodling and drawing with acrylic inks ..... I'll be entering the above for the following mixed media challenges:

  1. Love2Create (pan pastels) challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Creative Artiste - challenge No. 23 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES

Now, I made this card yesterday for the One Layer Card week challenge of OPPOSITES ATTRACT over at Simply Less Is More, using black and white as "opposite" colours .... can you see my problem? Yep ... soooo NOT a One Layer Card with four layers - DOH! Can't tell you how often I've made that mistake! Still, it's a nice card, albeit for a sad occasion, and one less I'll have to make when I next actually need a sympathy card. I also got to use a very elderly Magenta foliage image which I reckon I've probably owned (and loved) for 15 years - high time it got more use! Great weekend for using older stash as the mark II version of the card below (you can see it here) deployed stash ten plus years old too - yee haa!


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:
  • White C6, 250gsm, card and matching envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 14.3 x 10cm and 13.8 x 9.5cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14.3 x 10cm
  • Snippets of white card (9.5 x 1cm) and black card (10 x 1.5cm )
  • Magenta foliage image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine smokey grey ink




I was very happy with this card .. right up until I realised that ONE LAYER IT WASN'T!! Might use this layout again - perhaps in brighter colours ... IMHO it would work for many occasions.

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Inky Chicks - challenge No. 78 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  2. Pennys challenge - challenge No. 315 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING GOES

Enjoy your Sunday