Morning all, was it me or was it hot again yesterday? I had thought that the storms circulating all around us might have "laid the dust" and cooled it down a little but .... that was a resounding Noooooooooooooooo then! We DID wake up early this morning feeling COOLER (HUZZAH!) but it's an illusion - same temperature as yesterday -must be the cooling breeze then. Whatever the cause, I'm grateful, I don't really flourish in the heat and have been feeling more akin to the proverbial wilted lettuce for a little while now - being up early I plan on making the most of this - breakfast in the garden?
We were supposed to be heading off to "the surrogates" yesterday, for a BBQ - unfortunately, the littlest surrogate (Zac) has come down with chicken pox and, as hubby's not had this, we thought it best not to risk it - feel better soon little guy.
Most of you know (by now) that I swap ATC materials with a trading card buddy on the Isle of Skye and I usually share the materials and my finished projects with you ....... I recently took delivery of my latest challenge materials and this time I remembered to photograph the incoming ATC that she made using the last batch of materials that I sent her. Whilst similar I think you will agree that they still both manage to look quite different because of the colours, scroll down to see what I received and then scroll down again to see what I made with them!
|The ATC I made - you will have seen this previously in another post though|
|Here's what my swap buddy returned to me - made with my duplicate materials|
|A sentiment stamped on what looks like a fancy paper bag and a die cut fob watch case|
- ATC blank
- Craft Stamper free fob watch image stamped on to white card using Versafine majestic blue ink before cutting out and mounting inside the die cut fob watch case - a virtually perfect fit!! SPOOKY!
- Around the edges I sponged the blue from my Kaleidacolour "pastel" set of dye inks, using a mini blender from Tim Holtz - I then used the same ink to sponge the clock face and also sponged through the Dutchdoobadoo "burlap" stencil finally edging the ATC with Distress Ink in black soot using the same mini blender
All I have to do now is to make an ATC using suitably fiendish materials to duplicate and send back to Pam! so, do you want to see what I'm sending her?
And now, I presume, you would like to see what I turned my copy of these materials in to?
- ATC blank
- Snippet of white card slightly larger than ATC size which I then cut to fit
- Imagination Crafts grunge stencil through which I applied two colours from the Kaleidacolour "pastel" palette using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool - I also used the ink blot section of this stencil.
- Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using Memento rosebud ink
- Clearly Inspired "coneflower" image (apologies to Sarn for using this image YET again!) stamped twice using Versafine Imperial purple ink - sorry Pam but you are going to have to cut your coneflowers out to use them!
- Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
- Spray and Shine - to seal the inks and prevent them running should they get caught up in rain in transit!
Having used a couple of snippets of card I plan to enter this for Di's snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. I can also enter this for the "ANYTHING GOES" challenge over at the Crafters Cafe
Now here's a thing, and I know you've probably all done it - you see something on someone's blog that strikes a creative chord with you. I'm not ashamed to say that I WANTED to plagiarise this fab card by the talented Deepti (see her blog here) .... want to see what it was that got me all excited? Deepti explains that she has recently received this stamplorations set, one of the perks of being on Shery's Design Team - experiencing D.T. ENVY here!!!
|Isn't Deepti's make great?|
- 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
- Stamplorations Christmas tree image stamped once with Versamark embossing ink and then sprinkled with WOW violet ink and heat embossed and the numerous times (stamping twice before re-inking) with Versafine Imperial purple
- Stamplorations sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine onyx black ink before matting on to another snippet of white card, coloured using Distress Ink in shaded lilac
And here's a peek at the inside and the envelope
I think that's more than enough from me today so, have a fab Sunday - catch you later in the week - have a good one; hope you're all managing to stay cool in this heat!