Saturday, 21 March 2015

Welcome to the weekend and todays' challenge make

Hi everybody,
YAY! I finally finished the journal, it's totally done. Started in June of 2012 and finished nearly three years later in March of 2015.

Materials used:
  • A6 moleskin journal page
  • Gesso applied liberally
  • Distress Paints in mustard seed, ripe persimmon and seedless preserves and blended with a dried up baby wipe - so much easier to clean up by simply tossing in the trash! None of this tedious brush cleaning!
  • IndigoBlu "honeycomb" and Bo Bunny small "bubble wrap" images stamped using Ranger Archival sepia ink
  • Carabelle image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Brushos in orange and dark brown mixed with a little gloss gel medium before applying through a Paper Artsy stencil using a spatula
  • Kaisercraft "numbers" inked with Ranger Archival watering can ink and stamped both partially and randomly .... both the stamp and ink are newly acquired stash - impressed that I managed to use them so quickly too!
  • Faber Castel "F" black pitt pen and a Sign uniball white gel pen used to highlight various areas
  • Computer generated sentiment which I then coloured using leftover ink on my blending tool, cut out and highlighted - using the pens listed above
  • Stationers date shop (think I got it from a pound shop!) and Ranger Archival jet black ink
So, that's it then ... it's finished ...... no more excuses not to move on and start the larger journals I have had waiting in the wings since (if I'm honest) BEFORE the A6 journal. I just found the smaller format less daunting to start with. Wonder how I'll get on now the training wheels are off! Mind you, having been SOOOOOOOOOO obsessed with finishing this journal, I've not made a card since last Saturday - and that's ALMOST unheard of!

IF you've been following my recent journal-fest you will no doubt have noticed my new stamp set .... the Tim Holtz "Bird crazy" .... if you love this set too but perhaps wonder what you would do with them .... wonder no more, simply check out some of the awesome makes featured here

Did you all see the eclipse yesterday? Was it me or was it all a bit dull when you can only see it pinhole camera style? Still, it DID go pretty dark and was pretty near to a total eclipse

During our recent foray to Blackpool to visit friends you might have known that I would visit a craft shop it at all possible!!! Within the Burnside Garden Centre is a Craft Cabin and here's what I snagged for less than £9!

The Kaiser image has been on my list for a while but I snagged it for just £1.99!!!
And now, since it's Saturday and you probably swung by to see my challenge entry make .....
My card

Showing the gold shimmer

Hopefully showing the line and foliage detailing in the shaded lilac!
 Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card and black card for matting
  • Distress Inks: shaded lilac and dusty concorde applied to white card panel using a Tim Holtz mini blender
  • Magenta foliage and Paper Artsy lines stamped using the shaded lilac ink
  • Kaisercraft number image inked with Adirondack violet before partially stamping
  • Penny Black Iris image stamped twice using the dusty concorde ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Color Box white ink
  • Imagine That sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Tsukineko gold shimmer spray spritzed over the image panel (to reflect the use of metal on the DT butterfly)
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftycatzweekly - "No designer papers"
  2. Fairytale challenge - "Flower power"
  3. Polkadoodles - "Birthdays"
  4. Kraftin Kimmie - "Birthdays with a catch of no blue or pink"
  5. Time Out Challenges - "CAS" which has an OPTIONAL twist of black and white ... well I DID use black and white so I hope that will also count
  6. Simply Less Is More - "CASe a previous DT card" Chrissie's make from challenge #49 predominantly purple (had to remove this challenge entry as I misread the brief .... see further down the post)

This was Chrissie's original card I CASe'd
EDITED: Thanks to Sue's comment I realised that I had misread the brief over at Simply Less Is More .... there was nothing for it but to have another go then!!! And here it is:

My card

And my co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm x 9cm white card panels for front and insert
  • Black card for matting
  • Cats Pyjamas image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Brushos in yellow, orange and scarlet to colour along with a pro marker in pear green
  • A Muse sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Faber Castell pitt pen "S" thickness to draw the border
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to seal and protect my water based colours

I WILL be entering this for the CASe this DT card over at Simply Less Is More, I have CASe'd Anne's fab card but left off the twine.

 I'll also be entering my card over at One Crazy Stamper's challenge blog where the challenge is "Anything Goes"


Sue - said...

Well done on finishing your journal! You saw more of the eclipse than I did - thick cloud here till lunchtime. Pretty card for LIM love the gold shimmer BUT I thought the challenge is to case the cards posted today.

Kathyk said...

Thanks for your comment, Sue, and I've been back and re-read the brief! I fear you are right ... oh well, I'll just have to make another LIM entry won't I?

Sounds like an excuse to me!


Unknown said...

Ooh, a lot to see today, Love all the cards etc., but not a sign of the eclipse - too cloudy!

scrappyjacky said...

Great to see your journal finished.
The eclipse just looked like a grey day here!!

Lauren Hatwell said...

Yeeha! A great last page for your journal AND I love both your CASE'd cards too. Top job.


thassos456 said...

Fab get well card, love the matching envie. Great last page of your journal too. Congrats on finishing it :)

Debs M said...

2 fabulous cards and love your final journal page! well done on finishing it - I have lots of half done ones!! x

Sarn said...

Ah well . . . you got another card out of having to REDO the LIM challenge. Result!

I was lucky enough to have a GLIMPSE at the fingernail smile in the sky . . . the clouds parted just enough for me to see it without going blind! Another RESULT!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Becca Cruger said...

Congrats on finishing the journal!! Now I can't wait to see what you make without the "training wheels". Great job on your super cute cards!

Gerrina said...

With making two cards you still were quick! Love the purple one and think your second for LIM is so great! Fun and sunny! Enjoy your sunday, Gerrina

Chrissie said...

You got there in the end Kathy with your cute take on Anne's card.
It's fabbo!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sue - said...

Love the new one Kathy!

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Oh no sorry to see you rushed in on the LIM challenge. I do love that purple card though so keep it up your sleeve for another time eh Kathy!
Your second card is a fabulous take on Anne's super fun image with that sentiment just made me giggle!
You might also like to link up at Uniko Studio as it’s anything goes.
Thanks for playing along at LIM. Sarah x

joanne wardle said...

Love your take on Anne's card. That image works perfectly with the layout

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Both of your "cases" are fabulous!What a fun card for your second take :)
tHank you for stopping by my Blog to say hello-i appreciate it :)
Nessa xxx

Monica said...

Such a cute card, yours is and what extra effort to make the envelope to match along with it.

Thanks for the kind comments,


G Peplow said...

Fab cased cards Kathy, congrats on your win too, very well deserved :D x

Leanne said...

This is great Kathy, love the image, and the twine is sure a nice touch. Very cool CAS card. Thanks for entering our challenge at One Crazy Stamper!

Leanne DT!

Loli said...

Fantastic cards for this challenge,great colouring technique for the background on the purple card and the Anne CASE is so cute, well done!
A hug from Palma

Anne said...

Hi Kathy, what a fab CASE, thanks so much for sharing it! Well done on finishing your journal and also your stash bargains
Thanks so much for your entry
Less is More

Karon said...

Fabulous card and great stamping! Thanks for joining us for our Birthday's Polkadoodles Challenge

Karon DT, Polkadoodles

Di said...

Hi Kathy! Oh I do see what you mean about us both CASE-ins Anne's card and also leaving the twine off. Spooky!

I did love your first card too BTW :)


Di xx

Naomi Johnson said...

Gorgeous creations. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz. Naomi x

Carol said...

Two fabulous CASEs Kathy, love them. Love your journal too. Carol x

Shona Chambers said...

Well, your card may not have worked out for the other challenge but it works perfectly for us!! I love iris flowers and this is such a beautiful panel you've created. I especially like all the thin black framing around the card. So very glad you joined us at TIME OUT!

TantiK Creation said...

Beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

Alexis Crossland-Smith said...

Love these cards!

Thanks for playing with us at Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.

8kidsandstillfindtimetocraft said...

Stunning creation thanks for joining the fun over at Polkadoodles and good luck.
Anita (DT)