Monday, 24 July 2017

Monday morning once more ...

Morning all,

Got yet another ATC to share with you this morning - hope it will brighten your Monday. Honestly? Yesterday was so grim that I just wanted to get out of the house for a bit .... we have a new The Range which opened not too long ago so I've not had the chance to visit too often - YET! Thought I would wanted around there for half an hour, it worked too, as I missed the heaviest showers! Bought myself some new stash and couldn't wait to rip the seal off them - don't you love it when that happens?

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in bright orange and white
  • Kaisercraft border (from the Aztec borders set) stamped using Memento potters clay ink
  • Woodware (from the succulents set) images and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Sharpie pens in pink, light green, turquoise, yellow, orange and red used to colour - I felt such strong designs needed strong colours and I have NEVER used sharpie pens to colour before!
  • Plaid dimensional gloss applied to the cacti, to give them texture



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Come and get it - July 23rd challenge - SUMMERTIME - well go on, tell me the ATC doesn't say summer to you!!
  2. Glitter and Sparkle - challenge No. 249 - SUMMER SUNSHINE
  3. Stamping Sensations - July 18th challenge - FLOWER POWER .. do cacti count?
  4. Pile it on - challenge No. 132 - PRIMARY COLOURS + SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH "S" ... Succulents, that begins with an S, and so does Sharpie!

My stash? It's not like I bought a lot but ..



And then, using some slightly older (but no less fab) stash on another ATC

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in navy, grey pearl and white
  • All images from Creative Expressions Inspiring Edges (CEC851) and stamped using Memento tuxedo black and dandelion inks as well as Versafine satin red inks



Considering the simplicity of this design I was surprised QUITE how much I liked it and I'll be entering it for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 61 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Corrosive challenges - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Dragonfly Dreams - July 2nd challenge - ANYTHING GOES

And, for all the Doctor Who fans .. Christmas IS coming!



Sunday, 23 July 2017

Welcome to a lazy Sunday post from me ......

Morning readers,

Having a good weekend so far? I made this card recently and thought I would share it with you, hope you like it too - I love these snarky, sassy women .... not only am I making a lot of ATC's but I'm using the snarkier images and sentiments - oopsie!

My card
And a closer view of the image/colouring
 
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 white card cut to 14.2cm x 10cm and 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Turquoise and navy card, to mat with the narrowest of margins
  • Art Impressions (Celeste 4326) image and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • For the insert and envelope front I selected the sentiment from Paper Artsy's JOFY14 also stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour and blended using sansodor and paper stumps
  • Plaid dimensional gloss for the spectacles and jewellery



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crazy 4 Challenges - challenge No. 395 - RELAXATION
  2. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 29 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  3. Fussy and Fancy - challenge No. 192 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Making Memories - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING BUT SQUARE
  5. Seize the Birthday - July 20th challenge - BIRTHDAY + OPTIONAL twist of Splatter

And, yet ANOTHER ATC .. I keep saying I won't make any more but ...


My colourful ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in navy and white
  • Inca stamps cat image stamped on to the white snippet using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Marvy le plume II and copics alcohol markers to colour
  • Paper Artsy (JOFY14) circles image stamped using Ranger Archival monarch orange ink
  • Tsukineko white gelly roll gel pen used to highlight the circles and to doodle a border
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and Kanban "crown" stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts grungy border stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Plaid dimensional gloss applied to the crown




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 48 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 487 - SUMMER COLOURS
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 134 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 291/292 - USE SNIPPETS


Saturday, 22 July 2017

Welcome to my Saturday post ....

Hi there readers

Now, I made this ATC a couple of weeks ago but never got round to blogging it, not entirely sure why - there's nothing actually WRONG with it, after all.

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in deep brown and white
  • Crafty Individuals CI197 image stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Distress Inks in tumbled glass and iced spruce used, water colour style, to add just a dash of colour to this vintage style image
  • Once dry I sealed the ATC using Aquawax applied with a baby wipe and, once dry, buffed with paper towel
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 134 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 148 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Little Miss Muffet - challenge No. 167 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. DL Art - challenge No. 208 - ANYTHING GOES

And, now, since it IS Saturday a challenge make .... now, I DO NOT use dies much so was aghast to find my usual go to challenge saying "No Stamps" this morning - however, I'm no quitter!


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

Materials used:

  • White 15cm square, 25-gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 14cm square
  • One piece of card cut to a 13cm square and with a circle die cut off centre (lower and to the right) to use as a mask ..... and washi tape to tape in place
  • Stamplorations dies "Happy" and "Birthday" die cut from snippet of black card which I then ran through my Xyron sticker maker for attaching to the card base
  • Distress Inks: fossilised amber, carved pumpkin and festive berries - applied using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Dutchdoobadoo hessian stencil through which I applied the Glitzcraft gold glitter embossing paste using a metal spatula. Interestingly enough .. I've not used this embossing paste before and was a little surprised that, as it dried, it seemed to have bleached some of the DI colour!!!
  • For the insert I used Delicata golden glitz applied through a Tim Holtz mini stencil (set #14) using a mini blending tool
  • For the insert and envelope greeting I used a Dovecraft and Funstamps sentiment, stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to the circular inked area, to protect from the elements in transit


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 338 - ANYTHING BUT STAMPS
  2. Craft Rocket challenges - challenge No. 39 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Emerald City - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 14 - ANYTHING  GOES





Friday, 21 July 2017

Almost the weekend! Woo Hoo!

Morning all,

Welcome to my latest followers: Sharon Gibb and NanaConnie - hope you will stop by again soon

I have two makes to share with you today, both ATC's and both a smidge on the snarky side! Hope you approve readers!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card, cut to ATC size
  • Katzelkraft mini 086 stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image and background
  • Smeared Ink grumpie sentiment and "Sweetie" from Viva Las Vegas plate #925 stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Memento tuxedo black ink used to edge the ATC on completion



I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 251 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafty Addicts - challenge No. 338 - ANYTHING GOES + OPTIONAL TWIST ... SUMMER COLOURS
  3. Little Miss Muffet - challenge No. 167 - ANYTHING GOES


Oh My Goodness, I just can't stop myself making ATC's ..... I've another for you today .


My ATC
Showing the edges "rolled in fairy dust!"
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white and pink (created using red watercolour wash and then Paper Artsy splatter, from HPXT01, stamped using Memento rhubarb stalk)
  • Katzelkraft rat (from KTZ179) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using Sansodor and a blending stump
  • Marvy le plume II alcohol markers (B711 and BV735) used to colour the background
  • Kaisercraft mini grid randomly stamped and Imagination Crafts line image stamped using Memento grape jelly ink
  • Woodware sentiment (the snarky bit!) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Swiping Versamark ink around the outer edge, sprinkled with WOW! embossing powder (lilac shimmer), the excess shaken off and then heat embossed .. as the "fairy dust"
  • Paper Artsy splatter (HPXT01) stamped using versamark ink and the same embossing powder
  • Once I'd "finished" the ATC I looked at it a while and figured it needed just a little something so ... headed to the computer and ran up the "I DARE YOU" sentiment using Mackintosh font which I then printed on my laser printer and coloured with the same two alcohol markers and edged with the grape jelly ink .... NOW it's finished!



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 338 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 346 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. CRAFT Rocket - challenge No. 39 - ANYTHING GOES


Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Welcome to WOYWW

Morning,

Hope you've all been enjoying the recent good weather .. or are you (like me) wilting? Had a lovely day out with a pal yesterday .. I'm going to harp on about the lunch but, suffice it to say, I didn't pay for mine! ('nuff said - nor will I name and shame the restaurant). We treated ourselves on the way home, with a trip to The Range ... want to see what I bought?


Coffee, cake AND stash - PERFECT
My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in burgundy (textured) and white
  • Katzelkraft (KTZ179) image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils to colour image
  • Stampendous (CRE250) sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink 
  • White Tsukineko gelly roll Gel pen used to highlight sentiment and doodle border
  • Paper Artsy (from HPXT01) splatter stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. 2 Crafty Critter Crazies - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING GOES .. with critters!
  2. IKE'S World - challenge No. 93 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Through The Craft Room Door - July 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 46 - ANYTHING GOES

And on to a small Christmas project .. in an attempt not to be in a panic when the time comes to wrap my gifties! I'm thinking kraft paper but with some OTT ribbon!


My tags
And a close up to show colour and shine
Materials used:
  • Kraft tags
  • Recollections candy cane stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Paper Artsy "Happy Christmas" sentiment (from JOFY17) and Posh Impressions "To" and From" stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Plaid dimensional gloss and Stardust stickles  used to highlight





I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. The Holly and the ivy - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Unicorn challenge - challenge No. 23 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. City Crafter - challenge No. 371 - KRAFT CRAFTING

And, since it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday .. here's a peek at mine! It's been a while but I'll be entering this over at The Stamping Ground for WOYWW #424, where I shall be entry #10. I've not entered for a while because I've had issues with my wrist but .. I kind of miss visiting everyone - HAPPY WOYWW peeps, see you shortly



Monday, 17 July 2017

Welcome to Monday and the start of another week ...

Morning all,

Who doesn't love new stash? I know I DO!!! Last week my long awaited (despite only ordering on Monday) stash arrived on Wednesday! Couldn't wait to cut the images out and get cracking, however, it should ALSO be pointed out that I've had the Kaisercraft Aztec borders for some while - so, good to crack the seal on NBUS too - YAY!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card
  • Katzelkraft KTZ179 image and Studio490 LCS072 sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour and Copic alcohol marker in cool shadow used for the background
  • Kaisercraft Fiesta Aztec edge (NBUS) stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink, around the outer edge of the ATC



I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 62 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Dragonfly Dreams - July 2nd challenge - ANYTHING GOES





Sunday, 16 July 2017

Easy like Sunday morning . . . .

Morning readers,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend peeps, up to anything nice? Hope the weather has been kind to you if it involves the great outdoors!

Answer me a question, if you will, I normally post pix of the finished card along with smaller pix of the front, back and inside of my card and the front and back of my envelope - do you LIKE to see those or do you simply scroll past them? 


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card snippet
  • Full coverage (adhesive) post it note
  • Katzelkraft KTZ152 image stamped using Memento tuxedo black stamped on to both the white card and the post it note, which was then cut out to use as a mask
  • With the mask in place I coloured the background with a Marvy le plume alcohol marker P793
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped using Memento rose bud ink
  • Kaisercraft bubble wrap image stamped using Memento dandelion ink
  • Kaisercraft crackle and film edge images stamped using Memento tangelo ink
  • Paper Artsy (from HPXT01) splatter image stamped using Memento rhubarb stalk ink
  • Removing the mask I then coloured the cat using Faber Castell polychromos pencils, blended using sansodor and a paper stump
  • Fiskars sentiment (handwritten stamps) stamped using Memento tuxedo black, which I then also used to edge the white card panel before adhering to my ATC blank using tombow glue



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 134 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 48 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for a card, this one uses another set from Katzelkraft - new stash too! YAY!


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, cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Katzelkraft image (from KTZ179) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image, blended using sansodor and paper stumps
  • Sentiments (both by A Muse) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Making Memories - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING BUT SQUARE
  2. Emerald City Crafts - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. That's Crafty - July 7th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 28 - ANYTHING GOES

I also discovered I made Top3 at That's Crafty for their Keep It Simple challenge, thanks so much peeps


 

MUST stop myself making ATC's (for a short while), look how many I have!




Saturday, 15 July 2017

Welcome to Saturday ...

Hi there,

I'd like to welcome my latest followers, hope you stop by again - leave me a comment so I can follow you back to your blog too.

Here we are, at a weekend in July and what have I got to share with you this morning? Why, a Christmas card, of course!!! Time is marching on .. last year I sent out around 70 handmade Christmas cards so I TRY to make a few each month in order to prevent a last minute sprint to the finish line come November! One year I was still making them Christmas Eve! I'm determined not to make that mistake again, I can tell you! Anyhoo, onwards and upwards - let's get to the card ....


My card
And a closer view of the panel, to show the colouring
 
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 red) 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, for the image panel
  • Red satin ribbon
  • Fizzy Moon (little messages set) image and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using Sansodor and a paper stump
  • Stardust stickles to highlight


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Unicorn challenge - challenge No. 23 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  2. A Snowflakes Promise - challenge No 42 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 184 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 136 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Deep Ocean - challenge No. 159 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY

And another make, this time a birthday card and using a Katzelkraft image


My card
 

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


And a closer view of Holmesy's monocle!
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one white and one red) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Katzelkraft "Holmesy" KTZ083 image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using sansodor and paper stumps
  • CAS-ual Friday sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink (for the insert and envelope I also used Imagine That sentiment from the YOU ROCK set stamped using the same ink)
  • Plaid dimensional gloss for Holmesy's monocle!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 202 - BIRTHDAY WISHES
  2. CRAFT Rocket - challenge No. 39 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 131 - DO IT FOR THE DUDES (masculine project)
  4. Crafty Addicts - challenge No. 38 - ANYTHING GOES/SOMETHING HUMOROUS
  5. Watercooler Wednesday - challenge No. 127 - ALL ABOUT THE BIRTHDAYS