Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday and it's the start of another week but ... it's a public holiday here in the U.K.

Monday morning and I'm hoping you all had a good if not great weekend.

We had a lovely weekend - if you take out the domestic (and necessary) chores like laundry, grass cutting, hedge trimming etc. Yesterday saw us at the surrogates for a BBQ - it was youngest surrogates birthday recently and this was his birthday party

Here's the birthday boy with his big brother - awwwwwwwwwww

And last night saw us heading north to Gloucester, to our friends, where we enjoyed a lovely evening and a delicious meal to boot! It seems like such an age since we last caught up - real life's been getting in the way .. A LOT lately!

Meanwhile, I'm here with a marathon craft-fest ..... starting with.... this ATC

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Kraft piece which I completed whilst Cherry was with me (with the aid of copper water colour powder and clear gloss gel medium applied through a Dutchdoobadoo stencil
  • Craft Stamper free image and sentiment (Tempus fugit) stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival sienna ink and the clock once more on to white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink before applying Distress Ink in antique linen - to soften the starkness of the white card
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using Ranger Archival jet black ink which I also used to edge the ATC

And then on to:-

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card, for matting
  • Watercolour on to which brusho's had been sprinkled, spritzed and allowed to dry before stencilling through a memory box die with a mixture of gloss gel medium and copper water colour powder
I quite like the ATC immediately above but I'm not quite sure whether I should be adding a little something more - any suggestions peeps?

And .... it's a new RUDOLPH DAY challenge on Craftbubble2½ (membership required) and the theme is: "ONE LAYER and to include SPARKLE" - sounds easy peasy doesn't it? Interested? Off you go then - but here's my make:-

My sparkley one layer card

And a closer view of the gloriousness that is sparkle medium!

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • TCW stencil through which I applied Imagination Crafts "Diamond" Sparkle Medium using a spatula and set aside to dry
  • Penny Black bauble and Hero Arts sentiment stamped in Versafine majestic blue ink

Over at Stampingforpleasure Sarn has specified that TWO cards must be submitted in order to be eligible, so, check out Sunday Sketch and Stamp who have a super CAS sketch which I thought I would have a go at - for my second card .......

And here is my make .....


Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Black card (x 2 including the insert) for matting at 1/16" cut using my perfect layering ruler and a craft knife.
  • The snippet left from the A4 of white card was the perfect size for the image panel so all I had to do was cut to 13½cm width and mat on black card too - perfick!
  • Distress Inks: worn lipstick, festive berries and aged mahogany applied to the panel using a Tim Holtz mini distressing tool and foam pad and set aside to dry
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to the white base panel using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Penny Black foliage image stamped on to my distress ink panel using Versamark ink and then pan pastels in bright gold, bronze and a touch of silver added using a pointed Sofft tool - once done it was buffed using a cloth
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using the worn lipstick ink
  • Spray and Shine used to set both the ink and the pan pastel

And a closer look at the image:-

And the peeps at Pan Pastels have specified Pink, Pink and more Pink - I know one crafter this would be PERFECT for - Wynneth, you KNOW who I'm talking about!!! Maybe later ....

Have a great Monday


Lesley Thomas said...

Happy Birthday to the birthday boy Kathy. I love the second ATC you did, that is really beautiful ( not that the others aren't, just that that one appeals to me).

Debs M said...

Wow you have been busy! - great makes - loving that 2nd atc!! hmm a small sentiment if you can bear to cover any of it up? x

scrappyjacky said...

Busy,busy,busy....another group of lovely cards.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Good grief! It looks like the weekend has been a whirlwind of activity this weekend and haven't the boys grown!!! You'll be needing a rest today then... It's pouring down here and we're thinking of a quiet day in after a fairly manic weekend. I might even sneak off to my own craft room for a while. Feels like an AGE since I was there...


Faye Wynn-Jones said...

How many gorgeous photos can you fit in one post?! Fab work x

Stephanie Poteet said...

You are one busy girl! Beautiful work!

catherine said...

You have been really busy crafting Kathy and everything looks fabulous. Glad you had a good time socially with all your friends
x catherine

Sally H said...

Wow, Kathy! Love your christmas cards and your ATCs - the colorus on that second ATC are so beautiful!

mamapez5 said...

There is plenty to look at here. You have been busy, and enjoyed a birthday along the way. You have some lovely effects in that ATC. Two beautiful Christmas cards to add to your collection. Kate x

scrappymo! said...

Great ATC and wonderful cards. You have been so busy.
I love the ATC with the sort of rays in blues and did ask for suggestions so perhaps SHINE as a word it?

Jan Frances said...

Sparkle medium is lovely especially they way you have used it. Your card is so simple but very effective. xx

SARN said...

WOW - love EVERYTHING you've made here Kathy. Good job! xxxx

MaryH said...

I'm saying "WOW" as each card scrolls up. These are some beautiful makes, and I've got to find out more about those brusho-s. That is a stunning card. Really loved the red border with the pine branch, but each card was just lovely. Enjoyed seeing the pictures of those handsome young men too. So glad you had a fun time & good visit with your friends. TFS & Big hugs.

SARN said...

I'm back again! Just to say thank you for entering these beauties into Rudolph Day.