Saturday, 1 September 2012

Welcome to September - nights are drawing in

Morning all,

My regular readers will know that, for me, Saturday mornings are usually given over to card making challenges and today is no different .....

Yesterday I set a challenge for the month of September over on the Card Makers group and it is to "Make a Christmas card" and on the Monthly Craft Challenge Tinz also set a September challenge of "SPARKLING" - it seemed like a great idea to combine these two, so here's my card.

Materials used:
  • C5 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Two panels each of green and gold card (the gold card was originally gift packaging - how's that for recycling?)
  • Sentiment strip originally from a Kanban kit purchased several years ago from QVC
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle snowman image inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card.
  • Martha Stewart "Poinsettia" corner punch from a PATP set
  • Distress Ink - evergreen bough used to colour the edges of the image panel
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Liquitex iridescent medium used to colour body of snowman before liberally sprinkling crystal glamour dust
  • Snowflake punch used to cut three snowflakes from a sheet of double sided adhesive, once positioned, the top layer was peeled off and crystal glamour dust liberally applied - to give plenty of sparkle to the snowflakes.

And another challenge has been set for the month of September, by Debs, over on Craft Mad and Loving It and it's "Quotes from the movies"!

The weekly challenge on Simply Less Is More was unveiled at 08:00 and this week is a colour challenge .... the lovely Chrissie and Mandi have chosen the colour scheme PINK and BROWN for this week - fabulous examples on their blog too - why not pop over and check it out? Now I didn't get to play last week and need to pass my apologies to Chrissie and Mandi (being a regular - perhaps they even missed me!) and to all the entrants that I didn't get to visit either - hope to rectify that this week. Here's my entry - howzat for keen?

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 11½ cm square white card panel stamped multiple times with the Tim Holtz checker stamp inked in Memento rich cocoa
  • 11 cm square white card panel
  • Circular mask taped in to place
  • Dark Room Door dotty background stamp inked with versamark ink before stamping in the masked circle
  • Pan Pastel permanent red tint applied using a cosmetic sponge and set with fixative
  • Imagination thistle image inked using Memento rich cocoa (don't you LOVE the way the pinkness of the spots changes colour but shows through the rich cocoa?)
  • Imagine That sentiment inked using Memento rich cocoa

Hope that all of my visitors will like this entry.

There's still time to enter the CASology challenge this week, until mid day tomorrow, which is to take their one word cue and make a Clean And Simple card - the single word this week is "RELAX"

That should give me some food for thought!

Have a great weekend everyone - Doctor Who's back on the telly tonight so I'm happy (though I still haven't taken to Matt Smith as The Doctor)!


Chrissie said...

I love your LIM card this week Kathy and you were missed!
That teasel image is fabulous over the spotty background... just super.
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Lilian said...

great cards Kathy and as you say hows that for keen.
Hugs lilian

froebelsternchen Susi said...


Anonymous said...

Lovely cards, your LiM card has such a fresh look to it.

Debs M said...

Love that snowman, fabby Christmas card and your lim card is lovely! Great sentiment and i love that colour combo! x

Suzilou said...

Great cards, do like the pink and brown combo and love your creation.

Where did you get your little easel from? Have been looking for one for ages :)

Mandi said...

Of course we missed you Kathy!
Your card this week is extra FAB
Super image
Thanks as always

RebeccaJaneHoy said...

Love the soft tones of pink and brown- well done, great card.

Rebecca x

scrappyjacky said...

Love your pink/brown card.

Anonymous said...

Two gorgeous cards Kathy! Love the sparkle on the first one and your LIM card is superb!

Inkyfingers said...

This is such a fun and pretty card at the same time Kathy. Great job!

Bea said...

fab card Kathy - love how you have used the background - really effective

Loli. said...

Hola Kathy, what original design for your card!!!, i love the stamp with the spotty background, clever idea!!!beautiful work Kathy.
Hugs from Palma

Brenda Brown said...

Certainly lots of sparkle on your first Kathy and I love the pink and brown card.
hugs {brenda} xox

Skye said...

Two lovely cards. I like your sparkly snowman. Great design and combination of checks and spot for the pink and brown card. I like the thistle image.

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog

One of our tv stations start showing the Dr Who series over again. This meant I could catch up with the some episodes I had missed.

Carole said...

Wonderful, wonderful cards Kathy. What an awesome stamp, Tim's checker, new to me and I think it's fab!

Jan Ltc said...

Great cards Kathy. Nice to see you back xx Jan

Suze Bain said...

What a fab thistle Kathy and great masking and stamping. A gorgeous card. xx

Rosemary said...

wonderful set of cards... your LIM card is fabby!!

Lynne said...

Your LiM card is super Kathy.
Lynne xxx

Suzi B said...

I echo the cards sentiment, fabulous!
suzi b xx

Gay Peplow said...

Hi Kathy, Super card for LIM that thistle stamp is glorious! I love it with the polka dots over, very nice! Super Christmas card too, that snowman is a smashing shape and so glittery, brill! Gay x

Margie said...

Really like that teasel stamp over the dots. Very nice.

Daen'Ys said...

Both cards are very nice. The one with the snowman is very original and the thistle on the LIM card pleases me very well.


My name is Wynneth said...

Lovin that snowie card kathy, nice and sparkly too.

Great LIM card, that thistle looks fabulous and I love your chequerboard edging. Pink and brown is one of my all time fav colour combos so you know I'd love this one !

Sue said...

Super cards!

Jo said...

Beautiful card, love the image :-)