Saturday, 14 January 2012

Morning and welcome to Saturday!

Hi there,

Pleasant evening with pal Naomi last evening - a fish and chip supper and a very sociable evening. She's off to her daughter's today and has tickets to see Les Miserables tonight - ENJOY.

Before we went out yesterday I ran up this little ATC. I tried a spotlight technique on a card earlier this week and received some very nice comments about it so thought I would have another go. I also won some Sugar Nellie images at the Traplet stand at Newbury Artstamps show in July and these two images had never been inked! It was high time to get them inky ..... don't you thinky?


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • "Giddy Up" image by Elisabeth Bell for Sugar Nellie - inked in Memento tuxedo black twice.
  • One image coloured using pro markers, copics and Wink of Stella glitter pens before die cutting a circular section.
  • Blue and green shimmer chalks applied to the base ATC using a cotton wool ball
  • Once the spotlight section was adhered to the non coloured base I then used a Faber Castell Pitt pen to draw round the circle

Hope you like it. Anyway, bit parky here this morning ..... quite a change from the recent weather. When we looked out this morning it looked like everyone round here owned a white car!! Of course, the sun's come out now and the frost is melting fairly quickly but this little chap looked pretty ticked when he spotted me looking through the window at him! He just might have known about the LIM challenge in advance (see below)!

Challenge day again - now I KNOW I couldn't possibly be lucky enough to have a purple challenge again this week but ....... a girl can hope, can't she?

Over on the Simply Less Is More blog the challenge this week is: BIRDS - hmmmm, I might even do a card that simply ISN'T purple!!!! but then again NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



Materials used:
  • 5" square, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • Post its to mask
  • Tim Holtz blending tool and foam pad
  • Distress Inks: milled lavender, dusty concorde
  • Lost Coast Designs crow images inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Recollections sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Faber Castell pitt pen to draw wire freehand

And on Craft Mad and Loving It there's a theme this week, set by Karen, and it's CHRISTMAS PRESENTS - that should get us all started on our stack of Christmas cards then!

Happy Saturday everyone - do feel free to check back and see how I'm doing with my challenges - I DO love Saturdays! And to my pal, who moved yesterday, I DO hope you remembered which box you packed the kettle in matey! - which is by way of saying that I hope the move went smoothly for you all.



48 comments:

Cheryl said...

oh what a super post Hun just love these,to bits,just love the bird,hun,super card and great photo too,and as for your other card its just one super image great design too,hugs Cherylxxx

Fleur said...

Gorgeous creations Kathy, the bird card is awesome
HUGZ Fleur xXx

Debs M said...

great atc, loving the crows and you couldn't resist purple could you? fabby card xx

Anne said...

Love those crows and they look perfect on purple!
Anne
x

Margaret said...

Fab card Kathy and great sentiment
Margaret x

Kimberley said...

Love your card for this weeks LIM challenge - last weeks challenge must have been right up your alley!

scrappyjacky said...

Love the bird card,Kathy....looks great in purple.

Viv's Visuals said...

What an usnusual colour you have chosen for the background....LOL
Really like this Cathy, Great stamps (and the colour's not bad either!)

Michelle said...

Gorgeous card Kathy, I love the purple BG you have used xx

Mandi said...

This i superb Kathy
Love that you snuck in your purple again....so you!
Love those birds
Many thanks
mandi
"Less is More"

Marlena M. said...

I love your spotlight card, Kathy! Your LIM card is awesome, I really need to break down and buy that Tim Holtz tool for my inks. ;)

Suzi B said...

Hi Kathy, fabulous cards ... love the crows in the purple sky!
best wishes for 2012..
Suzi B xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

wonderful design !

xxx Susi
NEW:MOO-MANIA

Gibmiss said...

Hi Kathy
Wowee!!!!
love this ...the birds are Fab.....
Hugs
Sylvie
xxxx

Loli said...

Hola Kathy, i'm so glad to see you in my blog:D.
My tryp to London has been fantastic!!i love London and the cold weather:D, my husband is working there, i'm preparing a post with muy tryp.
Fantastic card !!!!Kathy, i love your photo inspiration and the card is a great idea, well done Kathy!! i love it.
Happy new year from Palma

Gillian said...

Another great card Kathy

Dana said...

LOVE THIS! I love the birds!

Suze Bain said...

This is fab Kathy - and I love the purple! xx

Lizy said...

I love your LIM card Kathy...and more purple too lol!

I also really love your 'spotlight' card...what a great idea! :)
Lizy x

Vicki Dutcher said...

What fun birds!!

Victoria said...

I was really worried about you this morning, wondering how you'd survive reverting to non-purple after a week of it! Glad you've managed to sneak it back in!!! Those are fab crows and love the photo of the cheeky rook.

Victoria said...

me again, is it a rook? Beak looks light, but I can't tell from the angle. Looks a bit small for a rook. I'll stop ranting!

xxxtglxxx said...

I love that spotlight tecnique - it looks awesome Kathy! :)

Have a smashing weekend hun.

hugs

xxalisonxx

Rosemary said...

wow... fantastic card!!

Chrissie said...

What fabulous birds Kathy, they are just great and congrats on last week's efforts too!
Great job!
Thanks so much
Chrissie
"Less is More"

GinaA said...

What a fabulous card, just love the bird images and your design is stunning, nice touch with the hand drawn line.

catherine said...

Beautiful cards today. Love the Sugar nellie image. It was very frosty here this morning too. Have a nice weekend
x catherine

Fiona said...

Superb LIM card Cathy. Those Crows are very original and the sentiment is perfect.

Lilian said...

Kathy love the card and the picture of the bird. It looks really close.
Take care lilian

Marrigje said...

Great card! I love the purple background and your inspirational picture. The spotlight technique made a great ATC.

Diane said...

Wonderful card for the challenge...loving that bird stamp...really unique!!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Terrific card and great post. Thanks for visiting me too xxx

Aileen said...

Kathy I adore this. Love your mat shape and the birds are fab. Super sentiment too. x

Sally H said...

Wow! Your LIM card is awesome, as is the handsome fellow in your garden! What a gorgeous stamp!

Meadie said...

Love your card, those birds and background look fab x x

Craftilicious said...

simply stunning - I love the purple on it too :-)

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Always fun visiting you Kathy! Well done capturing the crow, they always disappear before I get my camera aimed.
Your card for LIM this week is wonderful, a great 'purple' inky shape and the crows fit the bill perfectly, I love the detail on them, Gay xxx
I nearly forgot cute cowboy too LOL x

Vicky Hayes said...

Your birds look perfect against the fabulous purple background Kathy! Love the photo too!

Jenny said...

Great bird to feature Kathy, they are such clever creatures :)
Love the shape of your bkgd...perfct colour too for the newsprint crows :)
Jenny x

Seleise said...

great cards. love the birds and the spotlight is groovy!

Sally said...

A fab stamp Kathy & a great design. Love your pic of the bird.
Sally x

Sue said...

Super cards Kathy. I love your bird card - a great stamp and love your masking with the Distress Inks. Sue.x

Scrapmate said...

Those crows are awesome.

Katiejane said...

I saw the spotlight technique years ago but have yet to try it. Your card looks great, it's very effective.
More gorgeous CAS Kathy, why not use purple?
Katie

Susan said...

Love your spotlight ATC...that's a great technique. Your LIM card is fab...what a cool stamp image!

Angela Weimer said...

A wonderful ATC and LIM card. Love the images you used and the clean design in both. That picture of the bird is fabulous too. Thanks for sharing and have a great day. Angela

Kathleen said...

Fabulous bird card Kathy, love the technique.
Thanks for your comment.

Kath x

Paula Fuller said...

Kathy yup, love the purple too! Your card looks great!