Saturday, 25 February 2017


Hi readers and followers,

Hope you are all enjoying your weekend? What's going on in your neck of the woods? Not much here right now, my Saturday mornings are often spent at the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness - if yo're not familiar) and today has been no exception ...

My card
Showing the image and ombre a little better!
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
My insert and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:

  • White DL, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • 20½ x 9½cm panel of black card
  • 20 x 9cm panel of 200gsm white card
  • Copier paper cut to fit as an insert (yes, it's a change for me ... let me know if you like it better)
  • Snippet of white card die cut in to a circle and coloured using Marvy le plume alcohol markers (B711, 715 and 717)
  • Snippet of black card die cut to a slightly larger circle
  • Tim Holtz mini crazy bird stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and coloured using inktense pencils and a water brush
  • Inkylicious polka dot image stamped using Ranger cobalt blue ink
  • Happy Little Stampers sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and cut banner style before matting on to another snippet of black card

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 317 - SKETCH ... see below
  2. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  3. Just Add Ink - challenge No. 348 - JUST ADD OMBRE ... my blended background
  4. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 239 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Inky Chicks - challenge No. 79 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY


I'd also like to thank the Design Team over at Simply Less Is More for selecting my card to be showCASed for their "OPPOSITES ATTRACT" challenge

And then it was on to a Thank You project - I went with an ATC today, for a change

Materials used:
  • Kraft ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in chocolate brown, Kraft and white
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool I applied Distress Inks (faded jeans, hickory smoke and black soot) ombre style (light to dark) to a white card snippet
  • I flicked water (from my fingers) on to the inked panel, allowing to develop and then blotting the excess
  • The Cats Pyjamas sentiment was stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine onyx black ink and then (without re-inking) used the mini blending tool to just add a grungey hint of colour to the sentiment panel, to remove the starkness of the white card
  • TCW stencil through which I sponged Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Lost Coast pencils stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • I fastened the sentiment diagonally across the stencilled section before matting on to Kraft then chocolate brown panels
  • Taking a Tsukineko white gelly roll gel pen I doodled a border and also added dots between the stencilled dashes, just to give interest

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Creative Moments - challenge No. 112 - Masculine (I think this has a masculine feel about it .. don't you?)
  2. Watercooler Wednesday - challenge No. 107 - Masculine (As above)
  3. Stamps, ink paper - challenge No. 87 - KINDNESS


lilian said...

Great card Kathy. As you know love those birds. Like the ATC as well. great work


Liz said...

Great CAS card, Kathy, perfect for the LIM sketch challenge. Congratulations on being showcased with last week's card. Super ATC too. xx

SARN said...

Well I see you've been very productive at the ToC this morning! Two lovely makes . . . I'm gonna have an arty day today . . . getting my journal out shortly!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Ankie vd Polder said...

Great LIM card Kathy. Have a nice weekend, Ankie

Barb said...

A great LIM card Kathy. Congratulations on being spotted there last week. Your ATC is lovely too. I like the smokey colouring very much. Barb xx

Pat said...

I adore your brightly coloured Crazy Bird Kathy and l love the way you have him perched on the sentiment banner, and the blue dots make a great border in the background and your insert works well. The thank you ATC is so different with your row of pencils, and the stencilling and your doodled border which finish this perfectly. x

Marsha J Reed said...

Great masculine card, Kathy! Thanks for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday Challenges.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Your thank you card is a great masculine card Kathy. Love the muted colours and your dots and dashes. Thanks for sharing at the Watercooler Wednesday Masculine Challenge (wwc107).

Craft-E-Place said...

Fabulous card, I love those cute birds.

Anonymous said...

Fun card Kathy - your little bird looks a bit frightened. Lovely colours. Chantell JAI

Heidi Weaver said...

My goodness, Kathy, what a lot of steps to create your awesome masculine card. I love the background prep work you did and the stencilling. The pencils are just the right images, especially for the guy who is always looking around for his own. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Kuni said...

Wonderful card.
Your card would also match our current challenge with the Sweet Stampers. Check it out.

Esther said...

Fab ATC Kathy, and I absolutely love your card for our sketch challenge! So bright and fun with that cheeky little bird. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

Gerrina said...

Wow your LIM-set looks so good! The little dots look perfect behind that crazy bird!
(Didn't know there was a miniset of them; haven't seen it here)
And your thankyou card is so beautiful combined!
Enjoy the weekend!

Carolyn Lindenmayer said...

Hi Kathy, the colour first caught my eye then the images. Really cool. I also like the angled greeting. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Stamp, Ink, Paper. Carolyn xx

Heather Hopson said...

Kathy what an amazing card! That pencil stamp is remarkable and what you have done on the side with the dots and dashes completes it perfectly. Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your card with us on Watercooler Wednesday. I love it!

Gail said...

Love those pencil images! Thanks for joining the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Rochelle Blok said...

Fabulous card Kathy. Loving all that white space and then the little pops of colour with the sponged, ombre circle and the colourful little bird. Super fun! Thanks for playing along this week at Just Add Ink. Rochelle xo

Nikki Spencer said...

Great way to add Ombre Kathy. Love the clean lines and pop of colour. Thanks for sharing at Just Add Ink.

Susan said...

Your card is so fun! Love the vibrant color you used! Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

Christine Blain said...

Thanks for entering our ombre challenge at Just Add Ink this week, Kathy. Your bird card is colourful and fun; thanks for sharing! said...

Hi Kathy and thanks for your kind words on my blog. Funnily enough I nearly made a similar card to yours as that crazy little bird came straight to mind for the challenge at LIM and then I saw yours which is fantastic so went another route. I love how you coloured him and the use of the dots the frame in black really makes the colours pop. Love the ATC fantastic stamping and the colour pallette such a perfect match.


Furrbster said...

Great cards - I think they both have a masculine feel about them lol.

Fantastic card for the masculine twist over at Creative Moments,

Hugz Tinz DT

Claudia said...

Hi Kathy
This is so cute and such a great idea.
Love the DIN long C6/5 cards, how they are called over here, and with your layout it looks simply fantastic. Love the cute birds of Tim Holtz.
Thanks also for your lovely comment.
Hugs Claudia

libbystamps said...

Great card! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week!

Kath Ricks said...

Great masculine card, thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge.

Neets B said...

A wonderful pop of colour from your bird, Kathy, and so great to see a DL card too.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Julie B said...

Love your dotty background Kathy and the DL size too. :)

Scrappin Sue said...

Thanks for sharing at Brown Sugar Challenges x

Jen Nelson said...

Oh i love this...

thanks for joining us at Less Is More this week, Jen xx

Valerie Nolan said...

Love your crazy bird Kathy, such a look of determination on his face! The dotty stamp is perfect for this sketch and once again I thought why didn't I finish off my card and envelope!!!!
Val x