Monday, 12 December 2011

Happy Monday

Afternoon all,

Tell me ...... is the weather as totally bonkers where you are? We seem to be alternating between light showers, downpours and bright sunshine - what on earth!?!?!??!

Sounds like the perfect excuse to stay in and craft and use up some of those scraps of Christmas paper.

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Backing paper from CM&P
  • Green card cut in to a triangle
  • Scraps of Christmas paper cut in to strips and adhered to green "tree"
  • Faux crystal gemstone
  • Faber Castell pitt pen to outline tree
And then here's another ATC ..... using the DTP (direct to paper) method

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Brilliance thyme direct to paper to colour the white blank
  • Inkadinkado image and Kaisercraft sentiment inked using Ranger Archival jet black
  • Quickie glue pen used to draw randomly on stems and leaves and allowed to dry
  • Gold foil applied to glued areas
  • Faber Castell pitt pen used to draw freehand border
And for those of you who think that CAS (Clean And Simple) is easy peasy here's one of my failures ..... it started off as a result of looking at a card on Susan Raihala's blog (she does such beautiful CAS work see her blog here). She inspired me to have a go at something similar - especially since I needed a new home card anyway ...... well, as you will see below - CAS doesn't always work. Whilst there's nothing ACTUALLY wrong with it - it just doesn't work at all - too many variables. Perhaps if I had used a white card, perhaps if the sentiment had been smaller/plainer, perhaps if the row of houses had been shorter ... CAS really is NOT just as simple as putting two stamps together and calling it done, so, the next time you see a CAS card that REALLY DOES work - just spare a thought about how many dummy runs the maker MAY have had to achieve it!

Materials used:
  • 300 gsm Kraft card and matching envelope
  • Hero Arts houses inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle sentiment inked in Memento paris dusk

Happy Monday everyone - hope yours isn't too bad.


Debs M said...

great idea with the scraps and love the atc! hmm didn't think that cas card was too bad..i binned 3 thank you cards last week as frankly they were pants! big cas failure!

scrappyjacky said...

I think it's just a case of the sentiment being a little too the row of houses.
Our weather is definately bonkers as well!!!

Kerryp77 said...

love the new home card Kathy.x

Bev said...

I really like the first and the 2nd is not nearly as bad as you think. I too think the sentiment could be a bit smaller and maybe one more colour would give it a lift but it's all a learning curve isn't it.
Hope I manage to post this as I have not commented on anyone's blog previously, I didn''t know how to.

Fleur said...

Gorgeous creations Kathy, love them all especially the new home card.
Thanks for your lovely comment recently, I really appreciated it.
BIG HUGZ Fleur xXx

Katiejane said...

Now I can see you are making the most of the rain LOL! What a lovely selection, I'm a sucker for Kraft -Love your CAS design!
Katie x