Friday, 19 December 2014

Welcome to the last Friday before Christmas!

Morning all,

Counting down ......just FIVE full days left before "C" Day - are you ready? Do you THINK you are ready, KNOW you are ready or KNOW YOU ARE NOT!!! GOOD LUCK

And in the interest of catching up with as many people as possible in the run up to Christmas we had a busy day yesterday ..... yesterday morning I was delivering one of my crochet necklaces to a pal then hubby and I were off to visit an aunt and uncle. In the afternoon we were at a pals ... said pal had just completed on a house so we went to have a look round before heading back to hers for a cuppa and a mince pie - nice house mate - looks like a great deal too - ENJOY!
I was pretty sure I was ready for Christmas with the trimmings up, cards posted, presents wrapped and under the tree - been exchanging with friends and relatives for the last week ..... but, you know how it is when the postman delivers a card and you think .... "BUM! I didn't send a card to ....", so, I STILL cannot stop myself making yet more Christmas cards. Mind you, this one is just perfect for mailing abroad as it weighs less than the magic 20g in its envelope!! One Layer and Clean And Simple is the way to go postal!!! Now I'm not a religious person but I have friends who are and I HOPE that this will suit them ...

My card - how I love both of the fonts used for my sentiment


A close up to show the sparkle

And the co-ordinating inside and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Versafine Majestic blue ink
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle all over the front of my card to give a festive twinkle

This might make a great batch card, might try it again - perhaps using gold or silver for the angel .... of course the set with the angel image also has reindeer and a bauble to choose from so, watch this space! 2015 quota here I come!

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday - "SPARKLE"
  2. Little Red Wagon - "Anything Goes, Christmas themed"
  3. Kraftin' Kimmie - "Anything Goes" ...... an extra chance to win IF you use Kraftin' Kimmie images
  4. Just Inspirational Challenges - "Blue and White"
  5. Happy Little Stampers - "Sketch"
So, in the spirit of flogging a technique or design to death ... I tried it again, I'm still thinking it's a cool card to batch make although these two were done entirely separately. What do you think of it using Hero Arts neon blue in place of the darker Versafine? I varied the design just a smidge but all other details remain the same as the above card ..... now, which do YOU prefer?

Mmmm - nice

And the usual co-ordination on the inside and the envelope
I was trawling youtube yesterday and stumbled across this video from Lindsay (aka the frugalcrafter). I think it could be a GREAT idea, a fab way to use your glue gun and all those sticks of glue you have - just waiting for you to use .. check it out, it's just 7 minutes of your life and the possibilities are ENDLESS!

Needless to say ... have glue gun WILL try these things .......

Here's my first batch - run up in about 5 mins so, I should probably practise some more!

And here's a closer view
Lesson 1 learned:- make sure your glue "trails" touch other "trails" otherwise you're wasting your time!

And you would know I couldn't wait to play either - wouldn't you?

I've now had to order more glue sticks so I can have another go and perhaps make my lines thicker and have more points where they cross too.

And now for the last Friday Funny before Christmas ..... brought to you this week by the power of .... Wynneth's magic wand!! ENJOY ... It's called Old Dog
An old German Shepherd starts chasing rabbits and before long, discovers that he's lost. Wandering about, he notices a panther heading rapidly in his direction with the intention of having lunch.
The old German Shepherd thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep shit now!"
Noticing some bones on the ground close by, he immediately settles down to chew on the bones with his back to the approaching cat. Just as the panther is about to leap, the old German Shepherd exclaims loudly,
"Boy, that was one delicious panther! I wonder, if there are any more around here?"
Hearing this, the young panther halts his attack in mid-strike, a look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees.
"Whew!," says the panther, "That was close! That old German Shepherd nearly had me!"
Meanwhile, a squirrel who had been watching the whole scene from a nearby tree, figures he can put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the panther. So, off he goes.
The squirrel soon catches up with the panther, spills the beans and strikes a deal for himself with the panther.
The young panther is furious at being made a fool of and says, "Here, squirrel, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!"
Now, the old German Shepherd sees the panther coming with the squirrel on his back and thinks, "What am I going to do now?," but instead of running, the dog sits down with his back to his attackers, pretending he hasn't seen them yet, and just when they get close enough to hear, the old German Shepherd says...
"Where's that squirrel? I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another panther!"
Moral of this story...
Don't mess with the old dogs... Age and skill will always overcome youth and treachery! Bull Shit and brilliance only come with age and experience.

I heard yesterday that one of my crafting pals is in hospital and another has her husband in hospital - fingers crossed for some improvement to the health of both ... and very soon.

Have a fab Friday and, if I don't see you again before Christmas - Have a great Christmas and New Year too


scrappyjacky said...

Love them both....but do prefer the darker blue.

Lauren Hatwell said...

Love that gorgeous angel Kathy. The darker blue is my favourite but both are great.

Very taken with those gluegun squiggles. What a great technique! The possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing a great technique.

Great Friday Funny, as ever. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!!!! I AM SOOOOO READY :oD


Lauren Hatwell said...

Love that gorgeous angel Kathy. The darker blue is my favourite but both are great.

Very taken with those gluegun squiggles. What a great technique! The possibilities are endless! Thanks for sharing a great technique.

Great Friday Funny, as ever. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!!!! I AM SOOOOO READY :oD


SARN said...

Love the FF! Have heard it before, but it's a GOODUN!

I like both angel cards and can't really decide between them . . . but in your photo's the dark blue shows up better . .. of course it's a different matter IRL. Maybe a silver embossed sentiment with the neon blue instead of black? Only thinking out loud!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Lesley Thomas said...

Phew, long post from you today Love the first card, that peace angel stamp is super, and the sentiment script grabs me too. Love the hot glue technique as well, I keep meaning to have a go, but not got around to it yet

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Kathy. Beautiful cards and a great one layer card for mailing ... always good to stay under the 20g, especially when mailing overseas! Love it done in both colours, but like the contrast between the light coloured angel and the dark sentiment. Ying and Yang and all that! :)

Fabulous technique for using glue and as I mentioned on Happy Little Stampers, I'm going to give this awesome technique a try!

Thanks for the funny story ... always great to have a laugh.:) Loll xx

Hettie said...

I just love your cards Honey. Soo scrummy!
Very good FF - like mine an old un but funny un!
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Carolyn Wolff said...

What a beautiful card. I love the sparkle. Thanks for playing along with us at Little Red Wagon.

crafty-stamper said...

fabulous CAS cards but prefer the dark blue -love the glue gun stencils and great Friday Funny lol
Carol x

Kylie said...

Beautiful, sparkly one layer card. Just stunning! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

MaryH said...

Kathy, Big Merry Christmas, and until I left for Fla, I was doing the same "Oh I didn't send..." routine. I loved BOTH of these cards, (I love angels!) but I think I like the high contrast in the darker blue version. The acqua blue is verypretty as well, and has a lighter 'feel' to it, I think. Great job on the glue experiments. Frugalcrafter is one of my youtube vices too! TFS & Hugs

Debs M said...

They are both fabulous but I think I prefer the darker one a smidge more. Loving the ff! x