Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Midweek and it's What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday ..

Morning all,

Well, after a GORGEOUS Bank Holiday weekend, what a change yesterday was? Crikey, woke to dull and grey mind you, it was just typical of the day I had planned .. a trip to the tip, then to a charity shop ..... we'd been having a bit of a clear out! And our day of domesticity was rounded off with a trip to the grocery store, had to be done as we'd guests due to join us for dinner and it would have been rude not to have any food in! Thankfully, dinner went really well and food was tasty .. I don't cook so I really do have it cushy but, shh, don't tell my hubby!

Managed a little time at my ToC but this card was not without trauma, I thought I was going to be doing something clever with masking but .... it turned in to an absolute disaster when my mask moved. I tried to fix it but .... it was no good, the snow melted! har har! This was plan B instead and I hand drew the rolling hills and clump of trees (be nice people, I make no claims to being an artist) instead. How I LOVE this Raymond Briggs snowman


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

Materials used:
  • White 12.7cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300gsm white card cut to 12cm square
  • Crafters Companion snowman image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour snowman, snow and skyscape
  • MFT "Merry" and "Christmas" sentiments (from their hand lettered Holiday set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • MFT "snowflakes" stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink which I also used to edge the  panel
  • Stardust stickles

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Merry Monday - 2nd Annual link up - CHRISTMAS IN JULY - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Dream Valley Challenges - challenge No. 162 - USE A STAMP or DIGI
  3. Get Creative - challenge No. 61 - FAVE SONG or MUSIC - I went with the theme from THE SNOWMAN (Walking in the air)
  4. Shopping Our Stash - challenge No. 318 - YOUR FAVOURITE SEASON - I went with Winter/Christmas
  5. The Holly and the Ivy - challenge No. 13 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES - 3rd entry
Have a great day, in spite of the weather (it's raining here!). Given that I usually share a pic of my workdesk on a Wednesday ... here it is, mess and all!

Needs a bit of a tidy, as always!

Monday, 28 August 2017

Morning and welcome to another week

Morning all,

Hope you are all enjoying your Bank Holiday weekend - well, it IS in the U.K.. And, what a surprise about the weather? It often rains at public holiday time so it was so nice to look out on this yesterday morning!




The year is zipping by so fast that, despite the sunny weather, I thought I should really crack on with my Christmas cards so it will come as no surprise to see the project below! This was a pretty simple design and COULD end up as a batch card if I run short come November, always good to have a backup plan!


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 300gsm white card, cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • Snippets of card in shades of green (taken from the DCWV Mat Stacks)
  • Inkadinkado snowflake stamped using Versamark ink and then heat embossed using WOW! white puff twinkle embossing glitter
  • Recollections holly border stamped using Ranger Archival ink in library green (I love how this looks in the green). 
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • I also used the library green ink to edge the white base panel for my card before attaching to my card blank using dimensional foam tape




I like how this turned out (loving that green ink), CAS despite the image panel consisting of three layers.

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge - challenge No. 348 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. The Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Stamping Sensations - August challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Hiding In My Craft Room - challenge No. 215 - ANY HOLIDAY
Have a great week and enjoy what's left of the Bank Holiday weekend!


Saturday, 26 August 2017

Welcome to my Saturday post

Hi there,

Had a good week? I have .. though I'm thinking I need a new craft knife - any recommendations?

Yesterday was Rudolph Day and I published a blog post .... having totally forgotten about it. Needless to say, yesterday afternoon I set to making a Christmas card. I stamped a holly panel and started assembling the background, I stamped the lovely (IMHO) holly border and ..... BAZINGA! I realised the image panel really sucked! So, it was on to Plan B. I am really liking the crisp green holly border so be prepared to see it again between now and Christmas! (you have been warned!)

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 white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • One piece of striped DCWV paper from the winter stack, cut to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, deep green and red - for my image panel
  • Recollections holly border stamped using Ranger Archival library green ink
  • Recollections candy cane image stamped using Versafine satin red ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image and background before matting first on to white, then deep green and finally red
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (from JOFY17) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight ribbon and holly berries



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Scraps of Life - August challenge - RUDOLPH DAY - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 133 - ALL ABOUT CHRISTMAS
  3. ABC of Christmas - August challenge - P, Q, R (People, Quick and/or Red) - I went with red!
  4. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 13 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

And now .. for my next card .... the challenge was to use an actual object. Hmm, since going CAS I don't tend to keep much in the way of embellishments anymore. I had a rummage and initially thought of stamps but, I found this sad looking MM button (having been part of a pack of 6 and the last one left!) and an idea formed. It was nice to use such old stash too, even the stamps had been hanging around languishing in the drawer!


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 white 300gsm card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Fiskars clear stamps (which I've had for so long I even had to mount some of them on cushion foam!) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils to colour
  • Lime green button (which had adhesive on the back - had that so long too, that I had to use glue to attach!! Since going CAS I've drastically reduced my use of embellishments)
  • Dimensional foam tape to attach my image panel to my base card - tape I've been trying hard to use since 1993!!! It's really been a card to use old stock




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 343 - USE A REAL OBJECT
  2. D.L. Art - challenge No. 211 - VACATION
  3. Words to Craft By - challenge No. 44 - VACATION
  4. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 34 - ANYTHING GOES

Friday, 25 August 2017

Friday post and the start of another weekend ..

Morning all,

Hope you've had a good week, we've had all sorts of weather and commitments so I would say that my week has been "interesting" but I've booked a few days away visiting a crafting pal who's a bit poorly, so I'm looking forward to seeing her. Hubby will be staying home and taking the opportunity to catch up on a few things without me as a distraction!

I managed to hit the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness) earlier this week and I've a jolly little card to share with you ....


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

Materials used:
  • White 12.7cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card cut to 12cm square (one white and one DCWV textured deep red)
  • One piece of ochre DCWV textured card cut to 11.5cm square
  • One piece of white card cut to 11cm square
  • Snippets of card in the deep red, ochre, white and Bo Bunny striped card
  • Using a Martha Stewart (PATP set) punch I cut the snippet of deep red in to a border
  • Studio 490 stem and flower head (from The Gift of Art SCS141) stamped using Ranger Atchival minis in paradise teal and monarch orange
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment (from NEW DAY set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Stardust stickles to highlight




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - August 22nd challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No 48 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Try It On Tuesday - August 15th challenge - IN MY GARDEN (I'd love to see these colour flowers)
  4. Sisterhood of Crafters - August 23rd challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 256 - ANYTHING GOES

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Welcome to my Wednesday post

Morning readers,

I hope your week is coming along well, mine started off with my car going in for service and MOT .. after some confusion it all went ahead on Monday - fortunately the car sailed through the MOT so I'm all sorted for another year - pheww! Be lost without my car these days.

Anyhoo, time for a little crafting to share ...


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

Materials used:
  • White 12.7cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one red and one white) cut to 12cm square
  • One piece of white card cut to 11.5cm square
  • Penny Black (Holiday Hugs) image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image and blended using Sansodor and a paper stump
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder (Christmas and New Year) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink (for extra BLACK)
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight fur and hair and Plaid dimensional gloss for the spectacle lenses and orange nose




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. The Paper Players - challenge No. 358 - CAS + colour in any image
  2. Christmas Card Challenge - challenge No. 19 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES + OPTIONAL  photo inspiration
  3. Merry Mondays - 2nd Annual Christmas in Summer link up - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. The Holly and the Ivy - challenge No. 13 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
 

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Welcome to another lazy Sunday

Morning all,

My hubby is still working at the model and hobby show today which leaves me free to craft without guilt and that's exactly what I've been doing. On the first day of his show I nipped to The Range and acquired both the card blank used below and the Gorjuss girl image - doncha just love it when you can get to use new SCHTUFF right away?

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

And a closer view of the image panel
Materials used:
  • White 12.7cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card cut to 12cm square (one white and one navy)
  • One piece of white card cut to 11½cm square
  • Snippets of card in white and navy, for my image panel
  • Creative Expressions snowflakes (from CEC803 Snowflakes Kisses set) stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink on both my image panel and as a border on my base panel
  • Santoro "Gorjuss" Girl stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell poplychromos pencils used to colour image and background of my white card panel
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight
  • Penny Black sentiment (from the giving and receiving set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. TGIF - challenge No. 121 - GIRL, YOU ARE FABULOUS
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 347 - ANYTHING GOES but with OPTIONAL challenge to MAKE IT GIRLY
  3. Gem of a challenge - challenge No. 201 - SNOW FUN ... be sure to include snowflake/s - DONE!
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - August challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  5. Happy Little Stampers - August challenge - ANYTHING GOES with the OPTIONAL (and not used) theme of POINSETTIA
And then I decided it was time to deploy some images a friend sent to me a short while back, thinking I might use them, be rude not to then, wouldn't it?

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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card cut to 14.2cm x 10cm (one white and one navy
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Carabelle washi tape images (SA601 by Birgit Koopsen) stamped using Memento Paris Dusk and Versafine satin red inks
  • Paper Artsy (JOFY14) sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Creative Expressions (CEC851 - Inspiring edges) arrows stamped using Memento Paris disk ink



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 64 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. That's Crafty - August 18th challenge - ONLY CARDS
  3. Emerald City - challenge No. 2 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 132 - MAKE IT MASCULINE

And finally, I saw this and couldn't resist sharing



Saturday, 19 August 2017

Saturday - YAY!

Hi there readers,

Christmas will be here before we know it ...... I sold some of my Christmas cards this week too .. so I thought I'd best get a wiggle on and make some more!


My card
And a closer view of my coloured image
 
 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 14.2 cm x 10cm - one white and one red
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Creative Expressions border stamped using Adirondack watermelon ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Tsukineko gelly roll gel pen in white used to highlight the polka dots




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. 2CraftyCritterCrazies - challenge No.5 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 33 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. CRAFT - challenge No. 429 - CHRISTMAS
  4. Southern Girls - challenge No. 166 - ADD SOME STAMPING
  5. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 342 - PERFECT HOLIDAY ... Christmas is my most favouritest holiday!