Monday, 25 May 2015

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning readers,
Happy Memorial Day to those celebrating today, I can hardly believe that this is the last Monday in May and that next Monday we'll be in ..... JUNE!!!

Today is officially Rudolph Day and there are a number of challenges launched today, to encourage us all to add to our quota of makes and ensure we hit the festive season with enough (or ALMOST enough) cards in our stash. So, this set me to thinking and .....
Some crafting to share with you ...
My card

And its co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card for the image panel
  • Snippets of grey/green card, metallic green card and distressed green card for matting and layering
  • Inkadinkado image and Hero Arts sentiment frame stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Distress Inks used to water colour the image and sentiment banner:- cracked pistachio, forest moss, scattered straw, festive berries and fired brick
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied to the image panel
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. Crazy4challenges - C4C287 - GREEN
  2. ScrappyMo - RUDOLPH DAY

And now I've an ATC to share with you, it's NOT Christmas-y, AT ALL!. You know how sometimes it's really hard to think of something and sometimes it just FLOWS? This was one that just flowed and, frankly, I LOVE IT! - hope you will too.

And a close up to show further detail
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card, cut to ATC size
  • Distress Inks in pumice stone and weathered wood applied using a Tim Holtz blender
  • Using the weathered wood ink I stamped the checker and circles images (by Stampers Anonymous)
  • I then stamped the Stampers Anonymous numbers image (twice) using Ranger Archival watering can ink and the flourish (from the same set) using Distress Ink in tea dye and then the sentiment using Ranger Archival jet black ink.
  • Star image (again, by Stampers Anonymous) stamped multiple times - but stamped off on scrap paper, to further distress the image
  • I also swiped the weathered wood D.I. around the outer edges of the ATC

And I liked it so much that I thought it would "ROCK" as a card!

My card
And a close up

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white, grey, dark grey and black card
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Other materials as per the ATC list above

I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:-
  1. Ink on my fingers - challenge No. 357 - FREE THEME
  2. Robyns Fetish - challenge No. 265 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. AAA - challenge No. 40 - ONE FOR THE GUYS

Have a great week


Lauren Hatwell said...

Time IS flying isn't it... Don't know where it goes sometimes. You'll be needing that beautiful Christmas card before you know it :oD Love your ATC and card Kathy. Great colours and it's nice to see some of those Tim Holtz stamps again. They do, indeed, ROCK! Lx

scrappyjacky said...

Love the second card.

Lesley Thomas said...

Love them all, Kathy - esp. the Christmas card. It looks to me as if you have been enjoying your new stash.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

You've been busy Kathy and your cards are fantastic. Love the males ones in particular and I'm thrilled you've linked up at AAA Cards. Sarah x

catherine said...

These are just both fabulous Kathy and love how you co-ordinate them all together
x catheirne

Kathleen said...

Stunning Christmas card and love the image and the lovely colours.
Thank you joining in this months Rudolph Day challenge.

Kath x

Sue - said...

A great trio of makes!

Di said...

Realyy stylish Christmas card Kathy - and a great ATC too! Me? I'd just be happy floating round in your pool to be honest :)


Di xx

mamapez5 said...

A beautiful card. I love the way you have used the same image inside, and on the envelope. Kate x

scrappymo! said...

Wow! Love this pretty Christmas card. The spray sheen really makes it gleam!

The ATC and subsequent card look fab...a definite masculine feel. I always love to see your finished inside, and back of your cards as well as the matching envelopes.
Thanks for taking part in the May Rudolph DAys Challenge.

Sally H said...

What a great card for Rudolf day! I love it!

Hels Sheridan said...

love all your creations... the xmas one makes me feel ever so slightly panicked that it isn't long in craft months lol The second is so "me" love the grunginess of it.... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

Laurence said...

All your creations are great and I particularly like the one with the stars. Thanks for sharing it with us at Robyn's Fetish Challenge.
Laurence DT

MaryH said...

Loved seeing these beautiful cards this afternoon. Loved the marbling on that fab Christmas ornament. Really loved this card. Liked all the creative energy that I'm seeing on your ATC's as well. TFS

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

All of your cards are wonderful. I especially like the masculine cards!! Love the colors, love the composition. nice touch of scalloped edges on the last one. Thanks for linking up and playing along with us at AAA Cards!

Victoria Lavender said...

Great guy cards, nice design & colors and the scallops work well too. Thanks for playing AAA Cards, Cheers, Victoria Lavender

Linda Beeson said...

Great creations, so glad you could join us at AAA Cards