Saturday, 19 December 2015

Welcome to the last challenge day before Christmas

Hi readers,

Woke up this morning only to find we had no power in the house. A quick look out of the window revealed it was just us! We have one of the more modern consumer units rather than a "fuse box" and it divides the house in to sections (primarily to avoid the whole house being out) and yet, all sections had tripped out! Hmm ... no idea of the cause either, power was out for about 90 minutes and everything seems to have re-started without issue so we still have no idea what tripped out! Still, got us both out of bed a smidge earlier than we otherwise might!

And, to that end, I've been working on THANK YOU CARDS (with Christmas just around the corner), admittedly this is slightly presumptuous of me but, trust me, I'm grateful that so many of my friends have remembered us this Christmas.

My card

And a closer view - to show the twinkle!

And the insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 13½cm
  • Two pieces of black card, cut to 14cm square
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stamplorations long and medium "swipe" images stamped using Hero Arts Neon pink and green inks
  • Stamplorations small coffee stain image stamped using Hero Arts Neon orange
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Hero Arts Neon blue ink
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter pen used to highlight the largest THANK on the card front

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. C.R.A.F.T. - challenge No. 342 - THANK YOU
  2. That's Crafty - December 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Papercrafts - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 51 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Inkspirational - challenge NO. 98 - ANYTHING BUT CHRISTMAS!

NORMALLY Saturday morning's are spent working on a challenge make for Simply Less Is More (my go to CAS challenge) but this week the theme is "homespun" and I was a little short on inspiration initially but ... I'm NO QUITTER! Sadly, I remain unconvinced about it's merits ...... I await your constructive comments peeps!

Materials used:
  • White 5" x 7", 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of card in white, kraft and black
  • Technique Tuesday "sewing notions" stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and Hero Arts Neon pink inks
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Hero Arts Neon blue ink
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to highlight and add sparkle to the larger word.
  • Blue and white bakers twine tied around the card blank ..... to make it more homespun, though the jury's still out on how successful a "homespun" challenge this has been

I am LOVING the image of those pins! I'll be entering this for the challenge over at Simply Less Is More weeks 255 and 256 for their "HOMESPUN" theme

Have a splendid weekend, however you plan to spend it! 


lilian said...

Great thank you card mate,
I like the second card, Loving the pins, I like the colour of the card


SARN said...

Fab bright and beautiful thank you card Kathy.

Good take on the homespun theme .. . which would've had me floored!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Gerrina said...

Looks like you nailed the challenge by being busy doing some homespun yourself by making this card and useing the sewingmachine!
Love the colours on the first card and your inventive approache on the second!
Hope you'll find out about the fuse...anyway: Have a colourfull weekend!

Clare Lloyd said...

Loving the neon ink and the sparky letters,

Chrissie said...

Love the use of your tape measure stamp for the LIM card Kathy... positively inspired!
Thanks so much and Happy Christmas!
"Less is More"

Kimberley said...

Brilliant funky card - have a fab Christmas.

Jana said...

Beautiful card. Thank you so much for joining us at C.R.A.F.T. Ch.'s Thank you challenge.
Have a nice day and happy Christmas!
Jana - DT C.R.A.F.T. Ch.
My blog:

Jackie Maunder said...

What a funky card! Perfect for a teen. Thanks for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Polkadoodles, Jackie x

MagsB said...

Two great Thank you cards, Kathy! I love the spatter on the first, and how you decorated the inside AND the envelope! The second uses such a pretty aqua colour! Thanks for joining in at CRAFT Challenge, have a merry Christmas and a happy and crafty New Year!

love Mags B x

Kim M said...

Great card! Love how the sentiment is the focal point. Thanks for joining us over at Inkspirational! :-)

Anne said...

What a super take on our theme Kathy, I love the stamped pins and tape measure!
Thank you for joining our last challenge of the year and wishing you a very happy new year.
"Less is More"

Jan Ltc said...

Great cards. Hope your having a great Christmas xx Jan

Neets B said...

Wonderful interpretation of our challenge, Kathy, the tape measure and pins look fabulous.
Thanks so much for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

Glittertastic said...

Hello Kathy

Great cards - I do like the subtle glitter on the 'thanks'. As usual, you have a lovely matching envelope - so organised! Thanks for joining in at Simply Papercraft

Sharon (Glittertastic)
DT Member

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Striking, fun and clever take on homespun Kathy.
Great work. Thanks so much for playing along and a Happy New Year to you.
Less is More

Julie Odil said...

So fun! Love the bright colors! Thanks for joining our ATG challenge this time at Polkadoodles Challenge Blog. Julie, DT member