Saturday, 8 August 2015

Saturday and another challenge day

Hello readers,

Before I crack on with this post I should like to welcome my latest follower, pearshapedchris, thanks for your lovely comment yesterday and for following me, hope you will stop by again soon.

And welcome to another weekend - it's the Balloon Fiesta weekend here this weekend and the mass ascents take place at 06:00 and 18:00 - we're hoping to see lots of lovely hot air balloons, from the comfort of our own home!

And whilst I've been waiting I've not been idle! .... here comes another photo heavy post so - time to make that coffee BEFORE you sit down ....

My finished card

A close up of the sparkle on the image panel

The co-ordinating insert and envelope

To show the fab TCW cell theory stencil

And the basic card layout

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14½cm square lime green card panel
  • 14cm square black card panel (x2 including insert)
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2  including insert)
  • Snippets of white and black card (2 of each, 1 large and 1 small)
  • Distress Ink in twisted citron applied to the larger snippet of white card, using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and foam pad
  • Using the same pad and ink I applied this over the base colour through the TCW mini cell theory stencil
  • Visible Image scribbled circle (from their Universal set) stamped using Adirondack citrus ink
  • Taking the smaller snippet I stamped the Stamplorations sentiment (from their HAPPY sentiment builder set) using Memento tuxedo black ink and then sponged leftover twisted citron ink to lose some of the stark "whiteness"
  • I applied Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to the image panel before attaching to my base card, I then added the sentiment panel using dimensional foam tape and then highlighted the scribbled circles (freehand) with crystal stickles to give add pzazz and sparkle!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. CAS-ual Fridays - challenge CFC142 - Pretty Patterns
  2. Crafting for all Seasons - challenge No. 107 - BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
  3. Clear It Out challenge - August 4th - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Try It On Tuesday - August 4th challenge - USE STENCILS (2nd entry)
  5. Quick Quotes - Friday challenge No. 54 - REPEATING SHAPES ... not sure whether this one will be invalid as I have used my shape more than three times .....

I like the challenge over at Simply Less Is More every Saturday and try to enter every week (some weeks work better than others!!).

My card

And up close and personal!!!

Materials used:

  • White C6, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Hero Arts circle stamped using Memento tangelo ink
  • Carabelle image (SMI0126) and Precious Remembrance Shop image (from their new day set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter stamped using Memento dandelion ink

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 236 - THE EYES HAVE IT .... don't forget it's One Layer Card week this week too ... can't tell you how many times I've made a card before realising this!
  2. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 158 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Sister Act - challenge No. 118 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Left of Centre - challenge No. 90 - INSPIRED BY A MOVIE ... I went with an oldie starring Faye Dunaway ... The EYES of Laura Mars!!!

And the Shawn the Sheep Trail continue .. it was a pleasant evening on Wednesday (with nothing on the TV) so we  headed out in search of more Shawn's ... here's what we found:-

"Melon-ie" sited in the Staple Hill area of the city!

"Two Hoots" - at Snuff Mills

Stand by for more Shawn the Sheep tomorrow!

Have a fantabulous weekend


Pauline said...

These are fabulous cards! I love the mix of stamps on your eye card, and your fab stamping on your green glittery card! Very inspiring!

Debs M said...

The stickles look great on your card Kathy, and fabby pix of Shaun x

Tara Cardwell said...

Great eye card Kathy. Enjoy the balloons if they take off - the weather forecast from there didn't look promising :(


Shona Chambers said...

I love Hot Air Balloons so can just imagine your sky being full of bright balloons everywhere....bliss! And you certainly have been busy. Just love the pattern you created and that you even carried it inside your card and on your envelope, its perfect! Love Shaun the Sheep, we see the programme here in New Zealand every now and then. Never seen him as a watermelon though, talk about creative!! And thank you for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays too!!

chrissie said...

Lovely card with matching envelope

Thank you for joining us at atry it on Tuesday

Love Chrissie xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Beautiful cards, Kathy, the green panel is simply gorgeous, love the Shawn photos too, have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

Love and hugs

sirkkis said...

Wonderful post and the card with the envelope is great.
Thank you for sharing with us at TioT.

Darnell J Knauss said...

These are both fantastic, Kathy! I just love the bright lime and the fresh design of the first one and the brilliant way you designed your "eye" card for LIM!! These are winners to me!! Have a fun fiesta weekend! Hugs, Darnell

scrappymo! said...

Two more great cards. I am drawn tot hat first one. There is so much sparkle and yet you still managed to keep it great for a man or women's birthday!
Love the acidy green...such a striking colour.

Barb said...

Again a great and interesting post Kathy. I like your two cards very much. Green is my favourite colour and so the first is my favourite. What a great way to use the Visible Image stamp and the sparkle looks lovely. Those Shauns are really super and hunting them out looks fun. We had a balloon festival close by until a couple of years ago. We could see them from our sitting room window and I really used to enjoy seeing them. Barbxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Oooh! Shaun is VERY distracting , this looks like such a fun trail! I love both your cards, I though the second one was also a Visible Images stamp too until I looked underneath! I love the Carabelle stamps although I don't own any…yet!!!lol! Thank you for joining us again at Try It On Tuesday!, Chrisx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Wonderful post and the cards are so super!
Thank you for joining in at Try it on Tuesday!

Kylie said...

Love the cards. The sparkle is awesome and love your one layer. How cool is Shawn! xx

Linby said...

You are truly spoilt, balloons and Shaun's how fab. Love the eye card and great sparkle on your other card.

Neets B said...

I love the sparkle added to the rings on your first card and the background for your eye stamp is great.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very awesome card

Carole Dion said...

Gorgeous card love your stamps !!

Steph said...

Wonderful cards! I had never heard of the movie before so had to look it up, it sounds like a good one. Love the eye you've used, thanks for joining us at LOC this week.

Chrissie said...

Great image and a superb design Kathy!
Thanks so much
"Less is More"

Sazzle Dazzle said...

WOW! Awesome and eye-catching cards and Shaun the Sheep statues!
Great work and thanks so much for sharing and taking part.
Sarah xx
Less is More

Anne said...

What a perfect image and sentiment for the challenge - fab card Kathy!
Love the Seans too :)
Thanks for joining us this week
"Less is More"

Sid said...

Loving all your cards Kathy !

Connie Mercer said...

These are great~thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes!!

Lynne said...

Fab cards Kathy, love the LiM one. I`m loving the Shauns too
Lynne xxx

Golden Goddess Designs said...

the stickles just make this card pop! wow! thanks for joining us at Quick Quotes this month!


Viv said...

Fab cards again Kathy and love the hot air balloons too.My friend managed to see all of the Shawns.........sooo much walking though she said, uphill was worst she told me! Viv xx

Carol said...

Fabulous work your LIM card. Carol x

Natalie said...

wonderful cards, Kathy! Like your designs.
Thanks for playing along in the Sister Act Card Challenge.

Heather said...

Gorgeous card Kathy, your eyes are beautiful and I love the sentiment.
I got a bit waylaid by the adorable Shawn - what fun - I hope you found them all!!

Heather xx

Susangail Powell said...

Your eye card is FANTASTIC!!!

applejack cards by sue said...

Great CAS cards really lovely image choices. Thank you for sharing this with us over at Crafting for all Seasons Sue DT xx Oh and... where can I find Shawn... we just have dragons around Norwich.

Shelly said...

Fabulous cards! Love your circles pattern! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays!

Claire said...

What a fantastic sparkly creation Kathy - love those pretty circles and the matching insert and envelope make it really special. Your eye card is fantastic too - what a great take on the challenge! Thanks for playing along at CAS-ual Fridays!