Saturday, 9 August 2014

Saturday - it's CHALLENGE DAY!

Morning all
Saying "HI" to my newest follower, Kylie, you may already know her from Addicted to Stamps and More and Addicted to CAS challenge blogs and she maintains a personal blog too - welcome Kylie, hope you will stop back from time to time.
Kylie's also responsible for the new forum Happy Little Stampers (not JUST for stampers but for all crafters) and is about to launch the HLS blog - I reckon that makes her pretty busy, don't you?
Join them here
Anyway, most of you know by now that Saturday is usually a challenge day for me - you can see a list of challenges I like to enter visible in my side bar ...
My first challenge of the day is the new Stamplorations challenge  for August which, this month, is: "STAMPS AND DIE CUTS" ...
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 12½cm square piece of watercolour paper to which water spritz and brusho's (scarlet and black) and Perfect Pearls mica mist in sunshine yellow had been applied and dried
  • Close to my Heart "time" and Visible Image "Time Flies" stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Tim Holtz clock face die, cut using Kraft card and then "aged" with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo
I wasn't sure - too grungy? Anyway I then moved on to an ATC ...
Like this better
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of watercolour paper to which water had been spritzed followed by brusho paints in purple and scarlet and a light misting of Perfect Pearls in sunshine yellow - which just give a lovely gold shimmer (but tricky to photograph!).
  • PaperMania sentiment and Rubber Necker thistle stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink, which was then used to edge the ATC
The peeps at Simply Less Is More have launched their new challenge too .... they've gone with "FOLIAGE". It is also the turn of the often dreaded One Layer Card this week too - so glad I went back and checked as a card popped in to my head ... with a backing layer of mulberry paper - so that would have been a NOOOOOOOOO!!!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of card which I die cut an oval from, to act as a mask through which I applied Distress Inks (bundled sage, peacock feathers, mowed lawn) using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool with a foam pad
  • JOFY foliage image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Using peacock feathers, mowed lawn and tea dye and a water brush I added a little colour to my image
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Spray and Shine used to set the design for postal purposes!

And here is the inside of the card and the front/back of the envelope too

Have a fab Saturday


Unknown said...

Super cards Kathy, I think they are all good, so I won't attempt to choose a favourite. I am going to finish off a jumper I've knitted today, then I aim to craft for a while after that, I've been a bit frustrated recently because of lack of time to 'play'

Chrissie said...

I couldn't tell you the number of times that I've made a card that was supposed to be one layer that was actually not... and I set the challenges!
These are all great cards Kathy!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Gerrina said...

What beauties! Love the BG from the clock-card; such warm colours! And the ATC has also beautiful colours! Your LIM-card is delicate, elegant and also beautiful! It was a joy to come look here again! Enjoy your weekend, hugs, Gerrina

Sarn said...

Cor - TERRIFIC painty stuff going on here Kathy. Love the clock face card and the ATC.

Your Topiary Tree One Layer card is also fab!

Playing catch-up . . . xxxx

G Peplow said...

Excellent, love your cards Kathy but the CAS ones are my favourites, so cool!! Have a wonderful weekend :D Gay x

Anne said...

Super cards Kathy, well done on being first for LIM!
Thanks so much for joining us at Less is More
LIM Designer

Margaret said...

Fabulous cards Kathy
Margaret x

Kylie said...

Wonderful cards, Kathy. I love the shimmer you achieved on your ATC. I love the grunge on your first card! Thanks so much for playing along at STAMPlorations xx

Sid said...

Loving your cards, the LIM card is fab, glad you checked that it had to be one layer !!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Beautiful cards Kathy, I'd have to pick the LIM one as my favourite but only because I love how your distress inking has turned out. Gorgeous colour and so effective.
Thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

She's A Busy Girl said...

Love the LIM card and the envelope is a wonderful addition!

Debra James said...

Just gorgeous- love all the shimmer.Thanks for playing along with STAMPlorations.

maria f. said...

Really like your combo of inking, stamping and using die cuts for your Time card. Thanks for joining us at STAMPlorations with this lovely.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Awesome background with this die cut! Thanks for joining in with STAMPlorations~