Monday, 20 January 2020

Monday? AGAIN!

Morning readers,

Good weekend? I was out to dinner with a pal on Friday evening ... made sense since my dear hubby was away on his "boys night out" weekend! Delicious food and he said his (Indian) was too - neither of us had to cook, reSULT! It also meant that I had a little more time to spend at the ToC (Table of Craftiness) which manifested itself in FOUR makes in  my Saturday post! Well, it was too cold to want to go out! Sunday morning, I set off for my usual walk, it was very slippery underfoot so I didn't go very far - now wish to have to take weeks off from walking by way of a broken limb!

I've a make to share with you today .... I was powerless to resist these adorable little duckies by Aall & Create!

My Artist Trading COIN
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in white and textured deep red card
  • Aall & Create image (from set #135) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Crayola pencils and Kaisercraft glitter gel pens used to colour
  • Faber Castell bullet tipped pitt pen used to doodle the border

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 127 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Inkspirational - challenge No. 204 - FAUNA
  3. Brown Sugar - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafters Castle - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES
And here's a card from me ....... you will not that I've followed the sketch pretty precisely whilst maintaining a ONE LAYER - not making the same mistake as Saturday!


My ONE LAYER 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
  • One piece of white card cut to fit - for insert
  • One piece of Costco double sided card (a leftover snippet) used to cut an aperture
  • WRMK nesting rectangle die (to cut the aperture)
  • With my mask in place and held with low tack tape I applied Memento dandelion and tangelo inks through the That's Crafty "dinky" hexagon/honeycomb stencil, using a makeup brush
  • After removing the stencil and mask I stamped the HLS sentiment ("Doodled flowers") and CArtus bee image using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Kaisercraft ("Stains") and Stamplorations ("Art Marks") splats stamped using Memento tangelo ink
  • Crayola pencils (Golden Yellow, Light Orange and Orange) used to add colour to the bee
  • Stardust stickles to the bees wings



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges
  1. CAS(E) this Sketch - challenge No. 355 - SKETCH - see below
  2. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 411 - ONE LAYER and OFF CENTRE
  3. Happy Little Stampers - January CAS challenge - WINGS
  4. Perfectly CAS - challenge No. 5 - ONE LAYER
  5. Seize The Birthday - challenge No. 181 - STENCILS 

 

 


Saturday, 18 January 2020

Saturday .... it's the weekend!

Morning readers,

How's your weekend looking? Started mine with a bang (rather than a whimper) by going out to dinner with a pal, we went to a local Thai restaurant and enjoyed a lovely evening. Hubby? Well, as it happens, he was on a boys night out in Plymouth! At least NEITHER of us had to cook - reSULT!

I've a make to share with you today .... a grungey layered stamping Artist Trading Card

My Artist Trading Card
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in cream and DCWV pearlised blue 
  • On the cream snippet and using a makeup brush, I applied Distress Ink in stormy sky over the entire panel and chipped sapphire around the outer edge
  • Paper Artsy images (from ESA01) stamped using D.I. stormy sky and Memento London fog
  • Dimension Forth motorcycle image and Studio112 sentiment (from 60.30536 but only partially) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Once everything was dry I gave it a quick application of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to protect the water based inks


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Happy Little Stampers - January ATC challenge - MASCULINE
  2. Your Next Stamp - challenge No. 130 - SHADES OF BLUE
  3. CardzTV - challenge No. 106 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 381 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 166 - ANYTHING GOES

And, since there's a new challenge today ... a CAS (Clean And Simple) card (or two!). I've had both a wedding and anniversary card on my list for a couple of weeks but lacked inspiration to make either. I remembered that it had been ages since I entered Darnell's "TWOFER" challenge and checked it out ... hearts was the theme, it was like it was meant to be!! Darnell's challenge insists that you make two cards using the same image but for two different occasions - perfect. I hope you agree ...

Cards 1 and 2
Card 1
 
The front back and inside of my card (#1) along with the front and back of my envelope

Card 2
 
The front, back and inside of my card (#2) along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • Two C6/A2, 250gsm cards with matching sized envelopes
  • Four pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of gold and one piece of red card, cut to mat
  • Stamps used: Inkadinkado hearts (97637), TCP (S.5845-CL, Rubbadubbadoo "Love doesn't .." and Rubber Stampede "Wedding"A2147E
  • Inks Used: Versafine morning mist, tulip red and nocturne, Memento rosebud
  • Stencils used: Carabelle and Stamplorations
  • Additionally: Clear embossing powder and self adhesive faux crystals, post it to use (stamped and cut out) as a mask whilst stencilling




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 411 - OFF CENTRE (Card 3 - see below, since my original make above didn't adhere to the OLC rule, something I had failed to observe!!!!) 
  2. Krafty Chicks - challenge No. 490 - CAS (Card 2)
  3. Allsorts - challenge No. 555 - MORE THAN A SINGLE WORD (Card 1)
  4. Twofer challenge - challenge No. 23 - HEARTS (1 & 2)
  5. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 177 - ANYTHING GOES (Card 2)
  6. As You Like It - January 16th challenge - ANYTHING GOES (Card 2)
  7. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 462 - ANYTHING GOES (Card 1)
  8. Southern Girls - January 9th challenge - ANYTHING GOES (Card 1)
  9. Through The Purple Haze - challenge No. 163 - ANYTHING GOES (Card 1)
  10. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 108 - ANYTHING GOES (Card 2)
  11. Perfectly CAS - challenge No. 5 - ONE LAYER (Card 3 below)
 

It wasn't until Maaike pointed out that my card SHOULD have been ONE LAYER that I realised my  mistake - thanks Maaike. Do pop along to her blog and check out her card which WAS one layer, first time around too!

Right, seconds out .. round two - I couldn't resist just correcting my "one Layer" mistake so .... here it is my ONE LAYER version of the card above - one which I CAN (and will) enter over at the Simply Less Is More challenge! No list of materials as I used the materials above

Technically this is Card 3!


Friday, 17 January 2020

Friday - yippee! Here comes another weekend

Morning readers

I've a make to share with you today .... a fun little Artist Trading Card

My Artist Trading Card
And a closer view to show more detail
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white and textured (DCWV) deep red
  • On to the white snippet I stamped the Art Impressions image and sentiment (both from "Spring Chicken" AICS40) using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • I used a combination of Crayola and Berol Verithik pencils to colour, blending with gamsol where necessary
  • On the textured deep red panel I stamped the StudioLight border image (from SL409) using Versafine Clair pinecone ink
  • Anita's dimensional gloss for the glasses and ceramic mug and stardust stickles to further bling up the ATC




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 372 - MAKE YOUR MARK
  2. Not Just Cards - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Crafters - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. CRAFT - challenge No. 540 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. As You Like It - January 16th challenge - ANYTHING GOES

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Woo Hoo - it's Wednesday

Morning readers,

Well, after some freaky weather this week I'm kind of hoping Storm Brendan is pretty much done here and ready to move on!! Have to say that my poor garden is awash and squelchy!

Needless to day, I've had an excuse to spend time at my ToC (Table of Craftiness) so, I've a make to share with you today ....


My Artist Trading Card - without glare (flash)
This closer view shows the colours better
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in textured red (DCWV) and white
  • Using a makeup brush I applied Distress Ink tea dye all over the ATC
  • With my Memory Box grid stencil in place I applied frayed burlap through the lower right side and hickory smoke to the top left corner
  • CardzTV sentiment stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Paper Artsy small heart (JOFY JM20) stamped using Memento potters clay ink
  • Rubber Stampede key image stamped using Versafine Clair pinecone ink stamping repeat (and partial) images without re-inking
  • Once dry I applied a light layer of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to protect the water based inks


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 2002 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Use Your Stuff - challenge No. 389 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Stamps & Fun - challenge No. 359 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Cardmakers - challenge No. 248 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Happy Little Stampers - January ATC challenge - MASCULINE - 3rd entry

And another make today ..... I entered the LIM colour challenge recently and discovered I actually quite liked the colours chosen so ... thought I'd have another go, this time making it masculine!


My card
My "coral" background
 
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
  • Using Scotch "low tack" tape I masked off a section for inking
  • Using a makeup brush and Distress Inks in wild honey, worn lipstick and Victorian velvet (to make a coral shade) I applied colour to my panel - not too much as I wanted to keep it masculine
  • With the tape "mask" in place I then inked my Kaisercraft grid and crackle images with the Distress Ink in blueprint sketch and my Kaisercraft splatter (from Stains") using Versafine twilight ink
  • A quick spritz of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to protect the water based inks
  • I then decided it needed a few splats so, having now removed my mask, stamped my Paper Artsy small splatter (HTPX01) using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Finally, I stamped the HLS sentiment (from "Doodled flower") using Versafine twilight ink




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Cardz4Guys - challenge No. 236 - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  2. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 410 - COLOUR THEME (Living Coral and True Blue)
  3. Global Design Project - challenge No. 223 - CELEBRATION
  4. Make My Monday - challenge No. 113 - ANYTHING BUT SQUARE
   



Monday, 13 January 2020

Monday and another week begins

Morning readers,

Hope you had a good weekend and managed to avoid the rain ... I managed my morning walk and avoided the rain but, sadly, I couldn't avoid ALL the puddles - there were just too many of them!

Took a drive out in the afternoon, found a new (to us) garden centre which was nice, had it's own lake and wildlife too 








I've also got a make to share with you today .... an Artist Trading Card

My Artist Trading Card
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white and textured green (DCWV)
  • Impression Obsession foliage stamped using Memento bamboo leaves ink
  • Altenew sentiment (from "Trendy circles") stamped using Versafine Clair morning mist ink
  • Stardust stickles used to trace the stems and bling up the ATC
  • White Signo Uniball gel pen used to doodle corner detail


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 177 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Love To Craft Challenge - challenge No. 42 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafters Castle - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 369 - USE SNIPPETS
  5. DragonFly Dreams - January 5th challenge - ANYTHING GOES

And the opportunity presented itself to get inky, stencil-y and to ink up NBUS (Never Before Used Stash - a term coined by the lovely Darnell) ..... I was powerless to resist!


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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to fit
  • Using low tack tape I masked off a strip on one of the white card panels
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool I applied Distress Inks in old paper and iced spruce
  • With the tape still in place I added the Memory Box grid stencil and applied Distress Ink in bundled sage, using a makeup brush
  • Having removed the tape I then stamped the Inkadinkado tree (from 60-31346 "Trees") image using Versafine nocturne ink and the TCP sentiment (from S.5845-CL) using Versafine Clair morning mist ink
  • Once dry I treated the inked panel to a quick application of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to protect the water based inks, before Adhering the image panel using dimensional foam tape - this dimensional foam tape off sets the image panel whilst still allowing the card to fall within standard rate postage limits 




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Through The Purple Haze - challenge No. 163 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. CRAFT Challenge - challenge No. 540 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 297 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 122 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING GOES
I was lucky enough to be picked as a TOP3 over at Sweet Stampin' for their January 4th challenge to use NEW STASH, with an ATC using an image my husband bought me as a Christmas gift so thanks to both hubby and the peeps at Sweet Stampin'