Friday, 23 January 2015

Welcome to Friday - it's the WEEKEND!!!

Morning readers,

After all the cold and all the wet weather we've had lately I have just GREY to report in the past couple of days ... dull and grey!!! Hmm, I would almost (note I said ALMOST) rather have the frost and snow but, I shouldn't complain as I've not had to defrost the car in order to leave home and that's a big plus at this time of year!, especially since some of my blogging buddy's are more likely to have to dig their cars out of the snow - so I'll try not to sound ungrateful! That said, there's a hard white frost out there this morning and I'm so glad I've nowhere particular to be today!!!

Anyhoo, the grey has not encouraged me to go  out simply for the sake of it so what I've been doing instead is .... crafting which, as you surely all know, is something that I love to do - it makes me happy. I'm retired (yes, rather early I know) so HAPPY is GOOD! Want to see what I've been up to since my last post?
I've some pals with a special anniversary coming up .....
My card
My co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square  and a 14½cm square of white card (I edged the larger panel with Versafine crimson ink - to co-ordinate the image panel)
  • Black card for matting
  • Heidi Swapp heart stencil, gloss gel medium and copper watercolour powder mixed and then applied through the stencil, using a plastic spatula
  • Inkadinkado hearts stamped multiple times using Versafine crimson
  • Imagine That sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine onyx black ink, the Inkadinkado heart added and then matted on to a larger snippet of white card which I edged using the crimson ink

Inkadinkado : HEARTS
The Hearts set I used

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:
  1. That Craft Place - "Love/Valentine" - I went with an anniversary card / LOVE
  2. CAS on Sunday - "Stencil It"
  3. Simon says stamp - "Have a Heart"
  4. Penny's Paper Craft - "Anything Goes"
Someone's got a birthday coming up in the not too distant future and was out one afternoon this week ... so I set about wrapping his giftie and making a tag ...
He'll NEVER guess what's inside - trust me!!!!
And my hand made tag to co-ordinate
Materials used:
  • IKEA gift wrap
  • Stretchy yarn to embellish wrap
  • White card snippet
  • Go Kreate fancy tag die cut .....
  • I drew around the very outside of the tag so I knew where the die cut would be ...
  • Narrow double sided tape - to add "stripes" to co-ordinate with the wrap
  • Red tinsel embossing powder heat embossed
  • We R Memory Keepers plane image stamped on to another snippet using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Dimensional foam tape to attach plane to tag
Now all I have to do is the card - I can't believe I'm so ahead of myself this year with his giftie - hope he likes it!.

My card

And, as usual, the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • WE R Memory Keepers "plane" image stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine onyx black ink and again on to a post it to use as a mask
  • Unknown manufacturer (whilst it's wooden mounted I can no longer read the name!!) "cloud" image stamped over masked image using Memento London fog ink
  • I matted the image panel first on to snippets of red and then on to black card using my perfect layering rulers (1/16" and 3/16") and a craft knife
  • Using double sided tape I made my stripes on to another snippet of white card (first dusted with talc to avoid as many "stray" specks as possible before sprinkling red tinsel embossing powder, dusting off the excess and then heat embossing.
  • The striped panel was then matted on to yet another snippet of black card to create a 1/16" border
  • On to the base card I stamped my Inkadinkado "Party" sentiment twice,  using Hero Arts Neon pink ink and then, using Versafine onyx black ink I stamped my Imagine That sentiment

Loadsa snippets used again for this card - HUZZAH! I wasn't sure about the neon pink when I first did it but, boy, is it growing on me? So much so that I went on to start another neon card later ...

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Gals Corner - "Let's Hear it for the Boys"
  2. Crafting for all seasons - "Things with Wings" - planes have wings!!!
  3. MooMania - "Anything Goes" - doesn't HAVE to be a Moo
  4. The Paper Players - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  5. Left of Centre - "Layer it up" .. count them, there are five ... six if you count the double sided tape/embossing powder!
  6. Fussy and Fancy challenge - "Things with wings"!

Having had a few days where my mojo had gone walkabout it would seem to have gotten bored and come home ....

My card

And my co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • White DL, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Brusho's water colour crystals in orange and emerald green colour washed on to my image
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to seal the water based colours
  • Snippets of black card and green card for matting and layering in conjunction with my perfect layering templates (1/16" and 3/16")

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - "Friends"
  2. Happy Little Stampers - "Water Colour"
  3. Uniko Studio - "Love and Friendship" - using the friendship element
  4. CASology - "Friend"

MORE snippets used too!!! And, if Darnell's NBUS challenge hadn't closed I'd have been able to enter it as that Friends image has just seen ink for the first time .... but hey .... enough of the crafting though I confess, I'm so glad the mojo's back! ..... now for the Friday Funny - brought to us this week courtesy of ScrappyJacky - thanks matey - keep 'em coming!
Subject:- Profound Thoughts
~ John Glenn...
As I hurtled through space, one thought kept crossing my mind - every part of this rocket was supplied by the lowest bidder.
~ Desmond Tutu...
When the white missionaries came to Africa they had the Bible and we had the land.
They said 'Let us pray.' We closed our eyes.
When we opened them we had the Bible and they had the land.
~ David Letterman...
America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked.
~ Howard Hughes...
I'm not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. I'm a billionaire.
~ Old Italian proverb...
After the game, the King and the pawn go into the same box.
~ Betsy Salkind...
Men are like linoleum floors. Lay 'em right and you can walk all over them for thirty years.
~ Jean Kerr...
The only reason they say 'Women and children first' is to test the strength of the lifeboats.
~ Zsa Zsa Gabor...
I've been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage.
~ Jeff Foxworthy...
You know you're a redneck if your home has wheels and your car doesn't.
~ Prince Philip...
When a man opens a car door for his wife, it's either a new car or a new wife.
~ Emo Philips...
A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kickboxing.
~ Harrison Ford...
Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself.
~ Spike Milligan...
The best cure for Sea Sickness, is to sit under a tree.
~ Robin Hall...
Lawyers believe a person is innocent until proven broke.
~ Jean Rostand...
Kill one man and you're a murderer, kill a million and you're a conqueror
~ Arnold Schwarzenegger...
Having more money doesn't make you happier. I have 50 million dollars but I'm just as happy as when I had 48 million.
~ WH Auden...
We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea.
~ Jonathan Katz...
In hotel rooms I worry. I can't be the only guy who sits on the furniture naked
~ Johnny Carson...
If life were fair, Elvis would still be alive today and all the impersonators would be dead.
~ Warren Tantum... (School photo album).
I don't believe in astrology. I am a Sagittarius and we're very skeptical
~ Steve Martin...
Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap
~ Jimmy Durante...
Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is.
~ Doug Hanwell...
America is so advanced that even the chairs are electric.
~ George Roberts...
The first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone
~ Jonathan Winters...
If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport.
~ Robert Benchley...
I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.
Enjoy your weekend - hope you're not sitting in a hotel somewhere and wondering about the Johnathon Katz comment!!


Lauren Hatwell said...

Splendid tag and card there. I knew EXACTLY who they were for STRAIGHT AWAY and they are bound to go down well with said enthusiast :oD Also loving the gorgeous stripey paper.

Love your use of snippets too. A veritable triumph!

Have a great weekend. Lx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Splendid tag and card there. I knew EXACTLY who they were for STRAIGHT AWAY and they are bound to go down well with said enthusiast :oD Also loving the gorgeous stripey paper.

Love your use of snippets too. A veritable triumph!

Have a great weekend. Lx

Squirrel x said...

Oh Kathy, your cards never fail to delight hunny, and these are all gorgeous and so stylish, you are a clever bean. Love the quotes, they certainly raised a smile. Hope your weekend is a super one. Hugs xx

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful cards! Thanks for joining us at Moo Mania and More, Valerie

Rosie Schirrmeister said...

lovely cards

Thank you for joining us at MOO-MANIA & MORE.

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Just LOVELY and amazing artwork and post!
Thank you for sharing with us at MOO MANIA & MORE!

Viv's Visuals said...

Great quotes Kathy - cheered me up a bit! Still snowed up here... but I like it!
Great collection you have shared - the aero set is real good - love the little tag. Your friends will love the anniversary card - and I really like what you did to create your LIM entry! Have a great weekend.

cotnob said...

Wow! You have been having fun, a wonderful selection of cards, such variety of designs - I love the way you decorate the envelopes as well, must give it a go myself.
Have a lovely weekend.

Lesley Thomas said...

Great funnies, great gifty and tag, Happy Birthday to DH! (love the card too, lol)

Gillian R said...

Wow you have been busy and what great cards too. Thank you so much for joining us this week at CASology and at Uniko Studio.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Fantastic cards all round Kathy and so thrilled you've linked up at both Less is More and Uniko Studio.
LIM & Uniko DTs

SARN said...

Perfect wrapping and tag for the enthusiast (I guessed who it was!).

Really lovely Friends stamp which you've made a pretty card with on its first outing.

Thanks for the FF too!

Happy Friday.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

scrappyjacky said...

Lovely selection of cards today....your anniversary one would be perfect for Valentines Day as well.

Lisa Mensing said...

Everything is so pretty! Love the plane very cute. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Gals Corner.

Lorraine A said...

Fabulous cards, tags and wrapping ! I would love to know what is in that parcel ! an airfix model aeroplane ? ooh I wonder what it is :-)
LOVE your anniversary card, absolutely stunning ! :-)

thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Lols x x x

Sid said...

Fab cards !

Amanda said...

Hi Kathy, Lovely cas card for our Love/Valentines challenge. Thankyou for joining us at That Craft Place and hope to see you again soon.
hugs Amanda

Samantha A. said...

All projects are wonderful!
Thanks for playing along with our Let’s Hear it for the Boys Challenge this week at Crafty Gals Corner!
Crafty Gals Corner - DT Coordinator
Crafty Gals Corner

Karen Letchworth said...

Great work, Kathy!
You're invited to come play along with us! Word Art Wednesday has weekly Anything Goes Challenges with GREAT prizes every week. We hope you will join us here:


Kylie said...

Great set of cards Kathy. I am always in awe of your insides and envelopes. You are so clever and creative! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Chrissie said...

This friend card looks so gentle Kathy... just lovely
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Debs M said...

Great makes, loving the heart stamp set and I suspect I know who the prezzie is for too x

My Card Attic: Hazel said...

Some lovely cards there Kathy, they're all so great it's hard to pick a favourite, but I think, if pushed, for me it would have to be the first one, with all those cute, little hearts! Hazel xx

Céline said...

fab cards
thanks for playing with us at fussy and fancy

Joyce said...

A real treat to come over here for your CASology card, and see these other beauties. Love how you also do the insides and envelopes. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Anne said...

Gorgeous bunch of cards Kathy and I'm laughing my socks off at those quotes
Thank you so much for sharing your card with us at Less is More
Less is More

Zw@@n said...

Wow, all your cards and projects look stunning. Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday. Luv, Wilma

Lynne said...

WOW!!!! Your cards are all sew amazing!!! I love all the added detail.
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner and good luck!
Lynne, Crafty Gals Corner DT

Helen said...

Great cards and I love your matching envelopes.

Thanks for joining us at Penny's.

Helen x

BEX said...

Love love love the airplane stuff particularly. Popping! Thanks for sharing at LOC.

Lou Lou said...

Great use of ikea packing tape. Thanks for sharing at LOC lou x

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous Card so Sweet love the Paper and the Image.
Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.
Hugs Elfie

Loll Thompson said...

Wow ... looks like you've been having lots of crafty time ... so fun!! Great cards Kathy! Thanks again for playing along at Happy Little Stameprs. xx