Monday, 31 July 2017

Monday funday ...

Morning readers,

Good weekend? I HOPE that the decidedly "IFFY" weather didn't spoil your plans. We had originally planned a BBQ for Friday night but had to move indoors, actually, hubby did such a stellar job of the Thai menu he changed to that I'm kind of delighted that the weather turned a little inclement!

Anyhoo, I've a Christmas tag to share with you first of all today, I often forget the tags and have to resort to shop bought if I don't remember in time so .. in addition to trying to make cards all year round I'm trying to make the odd tag too!



Materials used:
  • Kraft tag
  • MFT image and funstamps sentiment (on reverse) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using Sansodor and a paper stump




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge - challenge No. 344 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES with the (not used) option of GINGERBREAD
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 62 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 63 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. Jingle Belles - July 28th challenge - SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN
And now for a project that isn't a Christmas card and isn't an ATC!!!


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one navy and one white) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Snippets of card in white, navy and black for my image panel
  • Creative Expressions images from Inspiring Edges CEC851 stamped using Memento inks in tuxedo black, Paris dusk and London fog
  • Happy Little Stampers sentiment (from butterfly birthday) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink




This was one of these projects that just grew organically, I started out with every intention of making a Christmas card!!! You know how these things happen ... I had to clear a snippet that just so happened to be about 5cm x 9.75cm - perfect panel size for the above card and I started to think ... hmm and the next thing I knew the above card was made and .... I really like it despite the fact it is sooooo not Christmas!!! 

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:-
  1. Seize the Birthday - July 20th challenge - SPLATTER BIRTHDAY
  2. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 49 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. That's Crafty - July 21st - ALL THINGS GRUNGE
  4. 613 Avenue Create - challenge No. 199 - ANYTHING GOES

I recently discovered that I won over at Through The Craft Room Door - thanks peeps


  


Saturday, 29 July 2017

It's Saturday ...

Hi there readers,

Hope your weekend has started with a bang rather than a whimper!!!

Ours did, we invited some of the surrogates round to join us for a BBQ yesterday .. of course, the great British weather sought to destroy our plans and it quickly became obvious it was going to have to be indoors instead! Rather than simply BBQ indoors the menu got changed to chicken green Thai curry/rice and red Thai spicy prawns and noodles - YUM! Lovely evening catching up with Dawn, Becky and Chris too.

Yesterday morning passed in a bit of a blur of domestic activity ... vacumming, dusting, ensuring we had all the right ingredients etc and, more importantly, tracking down those errant chopsticks! Still, managed to find a small window of opportunity for a quick CAS card ...

My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one white, one red) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7 x 9.5cm
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine satin red ink
  • For the insert I stamped Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles added to bling up the angel/stars/snowflakes



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Morgan's Artworld - challenge No. 15 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Cardz 4 Galz - challenge No. 52 - CHRISTMAS OR WINTER
  3. Starstampz - July challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. Crafting by design - July 26th challenge - GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS
  5. Happy Little Stampers - July challenge - ANYTHING GOES + OPTIONAL twist of DIE CUTS
And now for my LIM entry, made this morning as the challenge only goes live at 08:00 ....


My card
Hopefully this will show the paper piercing and colouring a little better
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one red and one white) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Snippets of card in both white and red, die cut using pierced circle dies
  • Penny Black Santa and Snowman image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink (using a mask so I didn't stamp outside of the "stitching"
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image and blended using Sansodor and a blending stump
  • Paper Artsy (from JOFY17) sentiments stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the image and Plaid dimensional gloss on the spectacle lenses

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 339 - PIERCE YOUR PROJECT
  2. Jingle Belles - July 21st - HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS
  3. Through the purple haze - challenge No. 130 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 252 - MAKE YOUR MARK
  5. Watercooler Wednesday - challenge No. 129 - ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS
 

I was out to play yesterday ..... as you will probably see from the silly pix below! My mate likes spontaneity and, apparently, it's catching! We hit The Lock Keeper, it was very nice - shame the day was so dull and grey as I bet it's LOVELY in better weather!


Me, in charge of the GIN menu at the GIN SHACK
The river behind the restaurant
Me, allegedly, pushing this poor hapless tree over


Friday, 28 July 2017

Welcome to my Friday post

Morning readers,

Had a good week? Weather's been a bit (more than) changeable, hasn't it? One day hot and sunny, the next it's cold and then there's been the rain .. the rain!!! Bet the gardeners among us are happy though.

Yes, a couple of days when the solution has been to stay in and craft!! I've a Christmas card to share with you today ......

My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one blue pearl, from the DCWV shimmer stack, and one white) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Snippets of card in white and pearl grey (from the same DCWV stack)
  • Walmart image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink and the sentiment using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • White grosgrain ribbon coloured using blue sharpie pens
  • For the insert I used an Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. ABC of Christmas - N is for NEW, O is for OLD ... as you can see from the photo, my ink pad's pretty new, the stamps? Well they're pretty old!
  2. Frilly 'n Funky - July 26th challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  3. Water Cooler Wedensday - challenge No. 129 - ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS
  4. Crafting by designs - July 26th challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY


And now for something completely different .. no, not Monty Python but ... it's neither a Christmas card nor an ATC!


My tag
Materials used:
  • Kraft tag
  • Katzelkraft rat (KTZ179) and Stampendous sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour and Sansodor used to blend, with the aid of a paper stump




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Welcome to WOYWW

Morning all

I know crafting goes through phases .. I was recently in the U.S. and noted that the big box stores seem to be really keen on the stickers/peel offs. In the UK we did that a number of years ago ... and I had LOADS of them too. When we redecorated and moved my craft space around I decided the time had come to get rid of them all as I hadn't used them in YEARS. Gave many of them to a friend who childminds her grandchildren (all girls)  - her fridge is now adorned with artwork including these peel offs - so, not a total waste then! I also had more patterned paper than I could ever use and have moved towards more Clean And Simple makes AND prefer to make my own backgrounds so, guess what? The BOXES of patterned paper have been languishing in boxes and cupboards ... couple of years back I went to a scrap retreat and took a load with me - left them with a fellow attendee who ran a youth group so, again, not a total waste although I do wonder how much I spent acquiring these "bargains" now given away! WOW! Talk about making a short story long .... the reason I started this epic was to say .... unearthed one of the said boxes of patterned paper the other day - thought I should at least TRY to use some ...... you saw some deployed in yesterday's post and here's another piece deployed too! Woo Hoo - only about another ream (or three) to go!

My card
And a closer view of my image panel
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (white and DCWV linen textured olive) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of patterned paper DCWV from the winter stack cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Snippets of card in the olive and also white and red
  • Uptown Design Company Santa image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image, blended with sansodor
  • Length of red and gold ric rac braid (NBUS - something else I've had for years) attached to my base card layer using Stix2 narrow double sided tape
  • Dimensional foam tape used to attach my image panel to my card panel and again to my base card - probably making this a "hand delivery only" Christmas card!, another item I don't use too often, for this reason!
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the stars and "snowy" grounding
  • For the insert and envelope I added a sentiment by Paper Artsy (JOFY17) using Memento tuxedo black ink and faux ric rac braid (NBUS - in the drawer for so long I forget who it's by though my money is on either Recollections or Technique Tuesday .......... anyone???) stamped using Versafine satin red ink
  • Another piece of neglected stash .... Tsukineko gelly roll gel pen in gold used to draw a line through my stamped ric rac to co-ordinate it with the actual red/gold ric rac
I'm calling this a result as I've used a fair amount of sorely neglected stash AND NBUS along with making another Christmas card towards my 2017 quota! Yee Haa!

Does anyone recognise the border set on the left?
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. City Crafter - July 25th challenge - SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH "S" (I went with Santa!)
  2. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 11 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Unicorn challenge - challenge No. 23 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. A Snowflakes Promise - challenge No. 42 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
And yesterday I shared a sympathy card made using a Woodware floral image in black on white ... here's how fresh it looks simply using some different coloured accents


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one turquoise and one white) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Woodware image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stampendous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival paradise teal ink
  • Papermania tiny faux crystals used to further bling up the Thank You card




I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - July 25th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 353 - BLACK, WHITE AND ONE OTHER COLOUR
  3. Ike's World - challenge No. 93 - ANYTHING GOES + optional (and used) theme of KINDNESS
This was the monochrome sympathy card ..

And here's a peek at my desk, since it IS Wednesday




Tuesday, 25 July 2017

A Tuesday post from me .....

Morning all

I've taken to posting on a Monday lately but, since today is Rudolph Day, I thought I would post today instead!

Lately, I've been using some cool and funky images, some snarky sentiments as well as making mostly ATC's - thought I should get out of this rut!!! To this end ...... I dug out a Christmas image I've not used in an absolute age and thought I would make two cards "the same but different" .... see how they turned out..

My C6/A2 card
 
The front, back and inside of my C6/A2 card and the front and back of my envelope

My 15cm square card
 
The front, back and inside of my 15cm square card along with the front and back of my envelope

And an enlarged view of the colouring panel - quite a
departure for me, style wise, cuter than usual but .. I LIKE IT!
Materials used:
  • One white C6/A2 card and one white 15cm square card, both 250gsm and both with matching sized envelopes
  • Blue patterned ribbon and narrow navy satin ribbon, cut to fit the appropriate card and attached using double sided tape
  • Two card panels cut to 14.2cm x 10cm (one white and one navy) + one white card panel cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm 
  • Two card panels cut to 14.5cm square (one white and one navy) + one patterned paper panel cut to 13.5cm square (DCWV winter stack)
  • Two white card panels cut to 6.5cm x 9cm with a navy matting layer cut to 7cm x 9.5cm - for my image panel
  • Sarah Kay image stamped on the image panel using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Paper Artsy (from JOFY17) sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink



And there you have it, two cards essentially the same, but each just a little bit different, and both a LOT different to makes of mine over the past weeks!. Hope I've surprised you - just a little! I'll be entering these for the following challenges:
  1. Scraps of Life - July Rudolph Day challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES (Square card)
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - July challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES (Square card)
  3. 4 Crafty Chicks - challenge No. 360 - BLUE CHRISTMAS (Square card)
  4. CRAFT challenge - challenge No. 425 - CHRISTMAS (Square card)
  5. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - July challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES (Square card)
  6. Frillie and Funky - July 19th challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY - must be vintage (C6 card)
  7. Starstampz - July challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY (C6 card)
  8. Merry Monday - 2nd annual link up - CHRISTMAS IN JULY (C6 card)
  9. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge - challenge No. 343 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES - C6 cad
Please note that I haven't entered either card for more than five challenges.

And I finally managed to break the chain of ATC's .... I bought a set of florals from Woodware and thought one would make a very nice sympathy card - especially since I don't HAVE to make one .. so, now I have one in readiness


My card
 

The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one white and one black) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Snippets of card in white and black for the sentiment panel
  • Woodware image and Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles on the flower heads, just to break up the monochrome




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Make My Monday - challenge No. 51 - MONOCHROMATIC
  2. Scrapbook Stamp Society - challenge No. 121 - ANYTHING GOES + OPTION OF MONOCHROME
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1730 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 169 - ANYTHING GOES