Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Tuesday and another toasty temperature day!!!

Morning readers,
Hotter than Hades here again today - seriously considering dumping everything from the fridge and sleeping in there!!
Enough whining from me, we don't get enough summer so, when we do get some warm (sorry HOT) weather we can't cope for very long! ...... on to crafting! Today's post is a little photo heavy so pull up a chair, grab a beverage and, read on .......!!
Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Offcuts of some super duper magenta mirri card, white card and black card - no new sheets were broken out in the making of this card!! Yee Haa!
  • I stamped the clear stamp (Brocade by WOW!) using IndigoBlu "flitter glu" and a piece of cut and dry (as a stamp pad - I find it better to apply the glu to the cut and dry with a spatula and then pat on the stamp. To dab the cut and dry in the flitter glu and then dab on the stamp often overloads the stamp and blurs the image/gilding) before applying the gilding flakes and then burnished using their scoochy! My panel was then matted on to the magenta mirri card
  • Inkadinkado clear stamp (from their now discontinued Birthday Fun set - see it on e-bay here) stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink.
  • Distress Ink in spun sugar sponged on to the white panel to soften the stark white before matting on to black card and then magenta
  • Crystal stickles applied to the twirls on the stamped image
I've entered this in to the craftbubble group CRAFTERS DELIGHTS challenge which, this month is "Cupcake Birthday"! I think it works, don't you? Well, it IS a birthday card and it DOES feature cupcakes!!! Perfick - and how handy to have had that in my stash - never before inked (though I hasten to add that many others in the set have seen ink).
And, despite the sweltering weather, this months challenge over on the craftbubble group, CARD MAKERS, is "Christmas bear", so here's mine ...
Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • Fizzy Moon clear image and sentiment stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • X-Cut corner round used on image panel and black matting layer (again, an offcut, no new pieces of card were used on this card)
  • Bakers twine in black/white and red/white, wrapped around my card and tied in an off centre knot
  • Three iridescent snowflakes (courtesy of Michael's!) adhered with glossy accents (the Go To glue!)
  • Crystal stickles to highlight the white "fur"
I'll also be entering this card in the "Christmas in July" challenges over on the Fab 'n' Funky blog and also on the Simply Create Too blog

Last evening, as it cooled down, the husband and I headed out in the car .... in search of some gromits. We managed quite a few but I'll share them over a couple of days .... the first one we found was outside of the Redgrave Theatre in Clifton.....

# 50 -Sugar Plum Gromit - artist: Celia Birtwell

The next one proved tricky as the map was wrong .... but we tracked him down!

#51 - A Mandrill's Best Friend Gromit - artist: Vivi Cuevas

I couldn't work out why this one was called SHEEPDOG but .... he's got Shaun the sheep on his rump!

#48 - Sheepdog Gromit. Artist: Richard "GOLLY" Starzak

Next was one of my favourites ...

#53 Shipshape and Bristol Fashion, with the Suspension Bridge in the background.
Artist: Sara Matthews

Shipshape side on!

And a closer view of his Bristol related artwork, with balloons, Brunel and local landmarks

Maybe some more tomorrow .........Happy Tuesday


Debs M said...

great makes Kathy and love those gromit pics x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Fab cards . . . I bet that first one really shines IRL!

What's with the Gromits then? Have I missed something???

Sarn xxx

catherine said...

Fabulous cards Kathy and love the flittering background panel.

Great pics of the Gromits. Are they put all around the place!!
x catherine

Brenda Brown said...

Great post Kathy, love the makes and photos. Lovin' this weather too.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Skye said...

Terrific cards. Love the Gromits. Last Christmas Melbourne had a similar series. They had elephants, can't remember the significance though.

Pat K said...

Fabulous Christmas card. Love the cute image and cas design.

The gromits are fantastic. In Toronto, Canada we had Moose scattered about the city a couple of years ago...they were auctioned off for charity. TFS,

Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Fab'n'Funky. hugs, Pat K x

Angelique said...

Gorgeous cards.
Thank you for joining us at Fab'n'Funky

Huggsss, Angelique

Lesley Thomas said...

Love both cards Kathy and I especially love the Grommets I think they are cuter than the cows were.

Ginny said...

fab card, thanks for joining us at FnF :)

Gerda said...

What a fabulous Christmas card!! I love it!! Thanks for joining us at “Simply Create Too”, hope to see you next time again.

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