Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Wednesday ... the weekend can't be far away now!

Morning readers,

Honestly, what AM I like? I published this without entering any challenges (and not for the first time) - my excuse? I was out for the day yesterday and was cream crackered by the time I got home too! Still, a dear friend reminded me and I have now fixed that ... and entered a few challenges but, no, Sarn - I can't enter the PerfectlyCAS challenge with my perfectly CAS make as the theme is BIRTHDAY - boo!


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of black card, cut to mat
  • Low tack tape, to mask off my image panel
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blender I added Distress Inks: pumice stone, hickory smoke and faded jeans till I was happy with the colour
  • Using a barely moist wet wipe and a Tim Holtz sunray stencil I knocked back some of the colour .... a little too much ... so, without re-inking my blending tool I smooshed over and added some of that colour back in!
  • Recollections train image and Fiskars sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Sentiments - October 22nd challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - October 21st challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 105 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for a Christmas card ..


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of Designer Paper, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in black, white and D.P. - for my image panel
  • Inkadinkado image and Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Coloured pencils used to add colour
  • Stardust stickles and glitter gel pens used, to bling up the image
  • Silver glitter washi tape




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - October challenge - SNOWMEN
  2. The Holly and Ivy - challenge No. 58 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Happy Little Stampers - October Christmas challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES + (optional) TWINKLE
 

Monday, 21 October 2019

Monday, here comes another week!

Morning readers,

Hope you had a great weekend, get up to much? For me, it was dinner with friends and some light crafting. Due to some stormy weather I didn't make it for my usual morning walk so I have some catching up to do ...... wish me luck with that!

I've been commissioned to make 12 cards (birthday/anniversary and Christmas) and this is one of the Christmas cards! A chance to use some patterned paper too


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • One Piece of white and one of green patterned paper cut to fit
  • One piece of green card cut to mat
  • Snippets of white and green card, for my image panel
  • Recollections tree border stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Recollections sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival vermilion ink
  • Stardust stickles



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 460 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. CardzTV - challenge No. 100 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Winter Wonderland - October 4th challenge - MERRY AND BRIGHT
  4. Happy Little Stampers - October Christmas challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) TWINKLE
  5. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - October challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) twist STARS

And here's one of the cards made as an anniversary card, for my commission ..


My card
And a closer view which, I hope, shows the sparkle detail
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of DCWV (Olde World stack) cut to mat
  • Snippet of white card - for my decoupage heart
  • Studio112 frame stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink (on the card front, elsewhere I stamped using Versafine onyx black ink)
  • Red glitter gel penm pinkish white copic marker and Wink of Stella clear gel glitter brush pen used to add colour to my frame
  • Finnabair heart image stamped using Memento rosebud ink, again adding sparkle using the wink of stella brush pen
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • I fussy cut out the heart (edging again with the rosebud ink, to avoid a harsh white edge) before mounting on dimensional foam squares and attaching to m card front




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 116 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 294 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 368 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 452 - ANYTHING GOES

I also discovered I was a "favourite" over at Happy Little Stampers, with my entry for their September CAS challenge - thank you so much Kylie and the Design Team, much appreciated


 

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Welcome to the weekend!

Morning readers,

Well, here we are ... at another weekend - so? What's happening with you? We're going to be meeting up with friends this evening.

I've also been at the Table of Craftiness ......


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of black card, cut to mat
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado images stamped using Ranger Archival watering can and shadow grey inks plus Memento sweet plum ink
  • Stardust stickles used - to add just a touch of sparkle, not too much though, as it IS a more masculine card




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Perfectly CAS - challenge No. 2 - BIRTHDAYS - must use 1/3 or less!
  2. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 243 - MASCULINE ANYTHING GOES
  3. Freshly Made Sketches - challenge No. 407 - SKETCH - see below
  4. Seize The Birthday - challenge No. 176 - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) FOR THE KIDS
  5. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 368 - ANYTHING GOES

 
 



Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Welcome to the middle of the week!

Morning readers,

Middle of the week? That can only mean one thing ... it's downhill to the weekend! HUZZAH!

My Artist Trading Card
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in pearlised grey, white and textured (DCWV) blue
  • Using Memento London fog ink, an Aldi stencil brush and a Dutchdoobadoo stencil (470.715.120) I applied colour over the white card
  • Taking the Imagination Craftions stencil (broken grid) I repeated the process but using Memento grey flannel ink
  • Tim Holtz Artistry clear stamp set image and sentiment (which I've had so long I couldn't see any reference number/title) stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Creative Expressions chevron (one of my faves but it's been resting for a little while now so ....) from CEC851, stamped using Memento sweet plum ink which I then used to edge the white card panel before adhering first to my blue layer and then to my grey layer




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Dragonfly Dreams - October 6th challenge - USE BLACK A LITTLE or A LOT (I went with a little - the sentiment is black)
  2. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 115 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - October 15th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING GOES
And now, a card - a commission for a friend - masculine, by request ...


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300gsm white card cut to fit
  • One piece of 300gsm black card, cut to mat
  • Dina Wakley star images, stamped using Versafine onyyx black and Ranger Archival shadow grey inks
  • Tim Holtz sentiment (from THJ009 "Saying Stuff") stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Tim Holtz small star (from CSS30201 "Grunge cirque") stamped using Ranger Archival vermilion ink




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1941 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Dream Valley Challenges - challenge No. 211 - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  3. The Paper Girls - challenge No. 185 - BIRTHDAYS
  4. Seize The Birthday - challenge No. 176 - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) For Kids
  5. Crafty Sentiments - October 15th challenge - BIRTHDAY


If you stopped by on Monday then you will have seen that I've recently spent some time in Barcelona, Spain ..... no trip there would be complete without a visit to the awesome La Sagrada Familia - I took so many pix that I couldn't possibly share them all here, or on Monday's post - so, here are some of the outside and inside