Saturday, 23 May 2015

Saturday and it's another challenge day from me ....

Hello dear readers, how's your weekend coming along?
Yesterday saw me heading out with pal and neighbour, Sally, for a spot of light retail therapy with lunch and nattering thrown in - for good measure! It was one of our more successful trips as Sally got both items on her list and I got a pair of flip flops in the sale!! My old ones had no tread left and were destined for the bin - always good to have a pair waiting in the wings though, especially as we approach SUMMER!!!!

Recently, I made a masterboard (using Bleeding Art Tissue in pink & blue) and made a couple of Christmas cards with it. Had a bit left so thought I would make another as the challenge was still open - finishes on Monday so, who knows? I MAY even get another done by then! Here's the one I made .... my Christmas card quota has increased some this past couple of weeks too - YAY!
My card
And a closer view of the detail
And my co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of masterboard card (made using Bleeding Art Tissue in pink and blue)
  • Navy card for matting
  • Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamped numerous times using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival watering can ink and Versafine Mediterranean blue ink before cutting the end in to a banner shape
  • Distress Ink in salty ocean applied using a sponge dabber and then again applied through a TCW stencil
  • Distress Ink in faded jeans and black soot applied around the edge using the sponge dabber
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) Craft Mad & Loving It  group - Rudolph Day - USE COOL COLOURS AND/OR MAKE A MASTERBOARD (this used a piece from my masterboard in cool colours!) 
  2. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Challenge No. 312 - CHRISTMAS, no red or green
And another make from me ...

My card

And a close up to show the sparkle

My co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine Mediterranean blue ink
  • Distress Ink in salty ocean applied around the image panel using a large sponge dabber
  • Star shaped metal brad attached using a pokey tool to make the hole
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied over the image panel
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the snowflake
  • Mid blue and dark blue card snippets to mat and layer
  • My Sentiments Exactly (MSE) sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 225 Recipe week - USE METAL
  2. Sister Act - Challenge No. 107 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - Challenge No. 81 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Corner - team MEL - ANYTHING GOES

Not one but two Christmas cards and it's really only the start of summer this weekend!!!! We have gorgeous weather and temperatures seem set to hit the mid 90's°F today which, sadly, is a little TOO hot for me to sally forth and do much outdoors still, mustn't be churlish - don't get THOSE kind of opportunities too often!

Around 07:30 this morning the hubs and I were startled by the noise of gas burners directly over the house ... so I grabbed my camera and headed for the door (thank  heavens I was decent!!!)

Have a great Saturday


Gerrina said...

Two bright Christmascards! (How could you think about that at the start of summer...?) Love the LIM-card most; it is so beautifullt graphical! I love airballoons; you know it is a good day when you see or hear them... Enjoy the long weekend!

Jan Ltc said...

Love them Kathy xx Jan

Nessa's Crafty Place said...

Beautiful Christmas cards-and a fabulous piccy of the balloon :)
Best wishes,Nessa xxx

Becca Cruger said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous and did I say gorgeous? Love the nontraditional Christmas colors and the matching envelopes are just the best!

Clare Lloyd said...

Fab colours.

LesleyG said...

lovely bright colours, and sparkly too xxx

My name is Wynneth said...

Two more great chrimbo cards PP, I just love your BAT masterboard and haven't you made the most of it !

Nice shot of the 'close encounter of the barroon kind' LOL


La Papera Gialla said...

Thanks for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. ChallengeS and good luck!
Monica - DT

Sarn said...

SUPER Christmas cards Kathy. Well done for making them despite the heat and sunshine!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Chrissie said...

Great to see you getting ahead with your Christmas cards Kathy... fab they are too!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Beautiful cards Kathy and loving all that shimmer on the LIM one. Great use of metal and thanks as always for playing along.
Less is More

Neets B said...

Well done for getting ahead with your Christmas cards. Fab use of the brad and great shimmer on your snowflake.
Thanks for sharing with us
Anita x
Less is More

Laurie Unger said...

Wonderful Christmas cards - hard to do when it's 90 out, but glad you did. Cool balloon in the sky too!

Anne said...

Two gorgeous and stylish Christmas cards Kathy!
Thanks so much for joining us
Less is More

sweet art designs said...

Beautiful Christmas cards. Love the colours. Thank you for sharing with us at the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge. - Myrna DT

Furrbster said...

Hiya Kathy,

Not been to your blog before (doubletrouble here). These are lovely cards and congratulations on you win at CRAFT!

Hugz Tinz


This is a beautiful creation
thanks for joining us at CCCblog
Dobroslawa DT