Friday, 3 April 2015

Welcome to the weekend - it starts .... HERE!

Morning all
Welcome to the start of another weekend - got plans? It's a busy old time for me, I'm seeing a pal this afternoon. Last evening saw me scheduled to meet up with two pals (dating back to my primary school days!) for dinner - sadly, one pal couldn't make it due to her dad being taken in to hospital. The other pal and I spent a lovely evening catching up .... and the food wasn't half bad either! It's only a shame that a group of drunks singing war time songs (despite only being in their 30's) LOUDLY ensured we settled our bill and then went to another restaurant for coffee!!! Tuesday we were out to dinner with a pal too - a very sociable week all round - and that will SURELY be my shape if we carry on in this way!!! A very pleasant lifestyle though, I m so lucky to have such great friends.
Anyhoo, I'm on a bit of a crafting roll ... I must have the mojo's of several friends too as some have said theirs is missing in action ... it's at mine peeps - will send it to your respective homes very soon. Consequently, there are two ATC's and two cards in this post - I hope you are ready for this!

I'm STILL on the mission to eradicate as many snippets as I can in as short a time as possible, the darn things just breed and breed and my snippet box never seems to get any smaller. Thanks to a conversation with a crafting pal a few days ago I went off in search of a particular set of stamps but, as luck would have it, got sidetracked on to a much better line of enquiry. Those stamped butterflies are history now - in favour of art deco ATC's instead!

I was going to leave it monochrome but then decided to add the touch of red.
What do you think? Was the red a good or a bad idea?
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card cut to ATC size
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle Art Deco image stamped on to the white snippet using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped around the outside using Versacolour cobblestone and silver and also Ranger Archival watering can inks
  • Brushos in black and scarlet used (water colour style) to add a splash of colour
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to protect the water based colour

And another snippet ATC from me ...

Materials used:
  • Rust coloured ATC blank
  • Snippet of black card
  • Visible Image (C.S. freebie - AGAIN!) stamped both top and bottom using Versacolour white ink
  • JOFY lovebirds stamped using Versamark ink and WOW! White puff twinkle embossing powder - sadly you can't see much puff or twinkle in the photo

They don't much quicker and simpler than that AND it uses a snippet from my container which isn't QUITE as full of the darn things as it was at the weekend! HUZZAH!

And, since it felt like AGES since I'd made a card (and you know it really isn't) I was blog hopping for ideas and stopped by Cornelia's fab blog and saw her gorgeous card which inspired me to CASe her design and make the card below - thanks Cornelia.

My card, inspire by Cornelia's make

The co-ordinating insert and envelope

And a close up of the panel

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card panels - for image and insert
  • Cerise pink snippet for matting
  • Dutchdoobadoo hessian stencil through which I sponged the following Distress Inks: mustard seed, ripe persimmon, picked raspberry, dusty concorde and salty ocean
  • TCW numbers stencil through which I sponged the picked raspberry and salty ocean inks
  • Inkadinkado "everyday expressions" sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine - to seal and protect the water based inks in transit

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:-
  1. CAS on Sunday - "Numbers"
  2. Through the craftroom door - "Anything Goes"
  3. Stamps and Stencils - "Anything Goes"
  4. Simply Less Is More - "take three challenges" .... Week 104 sketch (see below, turned upside down), week 28 Use ink and week 132 number
  5. Happy Little Stampers - Sketch challenge - see below


It's been an extremely productive couple of days and here's another card from me - another for my Christmas 2015 quota - I've fallen well behind!

My card

And my co-ordinating insert and envelope
And a closer view to show the glitter
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panels
  • Lilac card snippet - for matting
  • Inkadinkado large snowflake stamped using Memento Mediterranean blue ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Inkadinkado small snowflake stamped using Memento rosebud and grape jelly inks
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the snowflakes

I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. Craftbubble 2½ Craft Mad and Loving It group - Rudolph Day challenge - use cool colours (FYI forum membership required)
  2. Wicked Wednesday - "April fool or your fave holiday" ATC's only
  3. ABC of Christmas - "G is for GLITTER"
  4. Christmas at Sweet Stamping - "Blue Christmas"
  5. Happy Little Stampers - "HOLIDAY" not necessarily Easter! Just as well since I don't make Easter cards!

And now for the Friday Funny brought to you this week courtesy of MARSHA - Enjoy!!
Note: 9 Important Facts To Remember

Nine Important Facts to Remember as We Grow Older:

Number 9 
-  Death is the number 1 killer in the world.
Number 8  -  Life is sexually transmitted.
Number 7  -  Good health is merely the slowest possible rate at which one can die.
Number 6  -  Men have two emotions: hungry and horny, and they can't tell them apart.   If you see a gleam in his eyes, make him a sandwich.
Number 5  -  Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day.  Teach a person to use the Internet and they won't bother you for weeks, months, maybe years.
Number 4  -  Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in the hospital, dying of nothing.
Number 3  -  All of us could take a lesson from the weather. It pays no attention to criticism.
Number 2  -  In the 60's, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird, and people take Prozac to make it normal.
Number 1  -  Life is like a jar of jalapeno peppers.  What you do today might burn your ass tomorrow.
...and as someone recently said to me:
Don't worry about old age; it doesn't last that long.
Have a great weekend


Lilian said...

great ATC's Kathy. I really like the card. loving the snow flakes,

Lesley Thomas said...

My, you are on a roll today! Happy Easter Weekend (and I loved the funny too).

Lauren Hatwell said...

A BARGAIN installment from you today Mrs K. A veritable feast of eye candy. All fabulous. The snowflake card is a particular favourite AND a fab Friday funny to boot. Yeeha! Bring on the chocolate eggs :oD


Debs M said...

wow you have been busy! loving the hessian stencil card and of course the snowflake card is fabulous! x

SARN said...

That sure is one VERY pretty snowflake. Also loving the Art Deco ATC and think the extra red gives it more impact.

Loving the inspired & colourful hessian birthday card.

I have those 2 JOFY birds . . . really haven't used them as much as I should. Maybe that will be my mission today!? Just went out & nabbed a copy of CS too . . . so I have the small VI stamp!

I can feel a craft day coming on . . . it's PERFECT dismal weather for it.


Hugs, Sarn xxx

scrappyjacky said...

You've been a very busy crafty lady.....lovely assortment.
Love the funny....may have to borrow it.

LesLee said...

Great birthday card.. love those bright colors.. and thanks for the LIFE advice LOL

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Love your fun post Kathy and WOW you've been a super busy bee. What a stunning selection of cards to view. Love them all, especially the LIM one of course! Great choice of past challenges and thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Joyce N. said...

Wow!! I'm loving all the different cards you made. I love the colors and also some matching envelopes to go along with it. Great Job:) Thank you for playing along with us at TTCRD's Challenge. Hugs, Joyce

Jenn Borjeson said...

Great projects! We only accept ATCs in our challenges at Wicked Wednesday. :)

Cornelia (fun stamping) said...

So many fabulous cards! And each one is so different and beautiful in its own way - of course I love your CASE card the best ;) - so cool! Thanks for the funnies at the end - we all like a good laugh! Happy Easter and thanks for the CASE, Kathy!

Kylie said...

Great lot of creations here! I love your CASE of Cornelia's card. Very funky!! Thanks so much for playing along at Happy Little Stampers xx

Cherry said...

Glad you are having a ball Kathy. Meeting with friends is lovely. Your creations, as always, are a joy. Loving the birthday card and snowflake in particular. Thank you for my lovely birthday card too. Happy Easter to you and Steve. Hugs Cherry xxxx

Chrissie said...

Just catching up on comments from last week.
Your happy Birthday card is super Kathy!Great composition!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Anne said...

You've been busy again Kathy! Super bunch of creations, love those numbers
Thanks so much for combining challenges at LIM!
Less is More

Loll said...

You've been super busy this week Kathy. Lots of time with friends (and eating!) :) ... and lots of time crafting. Sounds like a great life to me!

Beautiful set of ATCs and cards. Thanks for playing along at Happy Little Stampers. Have a great rest of the weekend!! xx

Dana said...

Fabulous cards!! Love the snowflakes!!! Thanks for playing with us at Addicted to Stamps and More!!

Hettie said...

That is one busy post Kathy! Love the ATCs, the cards are fabulous and I love No. 6!
Happy Easter.

Shelly said...

Such fabulous cards! Thanks for joining us at CAS on Sunday!

Karen Mead said...

Love all your fun cards and your matching envelopes are so cute:) thanks for joining us this week at ATSM xx

Rahmat said...

Lovely set of cards , I particularly love the Christmas one, the snowflake looks stunning. Thanks for joining us at ATSM.

mixamatoasties said...


Thanks for sharing at CASS.


Grenouille Greetings said...

Oh look - another selection of lovely creations including a further entry to the CASSettes Blue Christmas challenge. And these are all fabulous too! Hugs, Lesley

Bettina L. said...

This is gorgeous. Love the snowflake design and sparkle. Thanks for playing at ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck. Hope to see you back wednesday for a new challenge. Bettina DT Member at ABC Christmas Challenge xx

Bożena Adamusińska said...

A beautiful set of cards and envelopes. Great stamp and well used. Such beautiful sets I've seen a lot on your blog :-)