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


Barb said...

Two super cards Kathy. The first is a very elegant design. The BBQ might not have happened but the menu sounds yummy. Some lovely photos. Barbxx

Sarn said...

Aww - shame about the BBQ, but the revised plans sound great! Looks like you enjoyed your meal out with your pal too.

TWO brilliant festive makes here. I particularly like the coloured snowman.

Happy Saturday.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pat said...

Two fabulous festive makes Kathy and what a sweet cherub and the black, red and white colour combination is so elegant, and the snowman and Santa have been coloured beautifully and love the stitched mats. Sorry the weather spoiled your barbecue plans but the Thai food sounds delicious. Great photos too. x

Cara said...

What no ATC? Two fabulous cards instead, I particularly love the second. Glad that the weather didn't spoil your fun x

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful cards and envelopes! Thank you for sharing your pictures too, looks like you were having a lot of fun. :) Thank you for joining the challenge at Star Stampz! We hope to see you again!
Sherry x - DT for Star Stampz
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads – My personal Blog

Arlene said...

The angel card was simple and striking in its simplicity. So glad you joined us at Morgan's ArtWrold.

I loved the cute Santa and Snowman too.

Penny Hanuszak said...

Wow Kathy you've certainly been busy and oh so creative this week. That cooler weather paid off. This snowman and Santa for the Watercooler Wednesday Christmas challenge is simply delightful. I really like how you showcased in with the stitched circles, and I also love how you've finished the insides and envelopes for your cards. Wonderful.

Nonni said...

Two wonderful Christmas cards! I love al the stamps you used and the use of red card gives a lot of Christmas feel! The pierced circles in your LIM card look fab and I love the layout -fun idea not to place the circle in the middle but the the bottom half of the card. Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

Cardsbymaaike said...

very cute card and perfect piercing ;-)

libbystamps said...

Additionally, two nice cards. The simple black and red is very pretty. Thanks for joining my All About Christmas challenge this week at Watercooler Wednesday.

Esther said...

What lovely pics, Kathy! Glad you had a good day. Loving your Christmas cards! Crisp, stylish perfection for the first one, and what a fab traditional look with the imagery and stitched circles on the second. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Less is More :)

Claudia said...

Hi Kathyk, oh how sweet are they two, the snowman and Santa. Love them and how you put them in focus. Why all the time put the subject in the upper part, the effect you created with putting them in the lower half of the card is perfect. Hugs Claudia

Vicki Dutcher said...

Your snowman & Santa card is so cute!

Jan Ltc said...

Fabulous cards and photos. Thanks for the lovely comment xx Jan

SmilynStef said...

Love those two cuties ... they do look like they'll be having a happy Christmas indeed ... so glad you helped us celebrate Mr. Claus at Jingle Belles.

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Kathy, two gorgeous cards, either of which could have easily been linked. Love the Santa image with Mr. Snowman. They make an unlikely pair but the obvious love between them makes me smile. Great job with the colours. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Gail said...

Very cute! That Santa and snowman image would make anyone smile. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

Judy Markowitz said...

This Santa image is fabulous and your colorizing of it is wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us this week at Watercooler Wednesday!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Squeal! These cards are so fun. I love how different they are, and how cute they are. What fun!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Cardz 4 Galz! - Chris, DT

lauren bergold said...

what a beautiful CAS card, that sweet image and your amazing coloring skills elevate this to the next level! so pleased you could help us celebrate santa at JINGLE BELLES!

Ina G said...

Lovely cas cards. Perfect for mass production especially at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing with us at Happy Little Stampers.

Babs said...

It sounds like your second plan worked just fine, beautiful and gorgeously cute festive cards, I just looked love the Santa and snowman one.thank you for sharing your beautiful cards with us at Cardz4Galz hope t see you again soon.
Hugs Babs x DT

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

Both of these cards are fabulous. I have this angel stamp set as well, about time I bought her back out... Love color combo and CAS approach. Thanks for playing along with us this fortnight at Star Stampz. AJ DT SS

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

I so love your quick CAS card that you snuck in between the duster and the vacuum cleaner! That angel is fantastic! I love her. Thanks so much for playing with us at Happy Little Stampers July Christmas Challenge.

Daffodil Cards said...

A Gorgeous Christmas card. Beautifully CAS. Thank you for joining us at Morgan's Artworld. Faith DT

cotnob said...

Super cards Kathy, such a jolly Santa and Snowman image.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob