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


Lillianb said...

two more great cars Kathy,


Maaike Uijthoven said...

very cute button and very well thought of card

Marty Fishman said...

Kathy, your card is so cute and clever - what a great idea!! I have that same pack of buttons and now I'll have to check what's left in the pack - LOL! Love this and so glad you played along with our "Vacation" theme at Words2CraftBy!!

Nonni said...

Very fun card! I love the simple color palette, very good for CAS... And how fun you used thread in your button too! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More.

Sazzle Dazzle said...

What a fun idea and great use of that button to create a superb little scene. Sorry to make you reach for things you no long use but it's always a little fun reaching into the 'back of beyond' as if you're like me I forget what I've stashed! Thanks for playing along at Less is More with us.

Claudia said...

Hi Kathy your card for LIM is sooo cool and I think all parents will love it, as this situation is well known. What a great idea!
Hugs and nice weekend

Cara said...

Love how gp your Christmas card turned out in the end and I agree that holly is gorgeous. Great idea for your second card, love the sentiment!

LesleyG said...

Can't help with the knife but I do like the holly border ! Happy RD xxx

scrappymo! said...

Two great cards, kathy. The Rudolph card uses some cute stamps. The Candy Cane looks great and you are right about that holly. It is so versatile!

Thanks for taking part in the August Rudolph Days Challenge.

Jan Ltc said...

Great cards Kathy xx Jan

Pat said...

I adore your candy cane Kathy and the holly border is just perfect and that striped paper in the background really lifts it, then your palm tree and the sweet MM button as the object works really well. x

Anonymous said...

Fab card, Thanks for joining in with our challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge,
hugs Samantha :0)

Sybrina K said...

Kathy, While you might think this is a sad-looking leftover button, you've put it to a great use. And, I just love that sentiment... a perfect sentiment for our W2CB vacation-themed challenge. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Words 2 Craft By. :)

Sybrina K said...

Me again. I noticed you've joined us as a follower at W2cB! Thanks so much. We're thrilled to have you as our newest member. :)

Di said...

Great cards Kathy! As always, your Less is More entry is so clever!


Di xx

Penny Hanuszak said...

Thanks for joining us this week at the Watercooler Wednesday Christmas challenge with your lovely candy cane card. Great design and nice and simple. Thanks for sharing.

Izzy Scrap said...

What a lovely scene with only one stamp and a button! Sometimes it worths keeping old embellishments in our stash ! You managed to make a beautiful CAS take on our challenge with this button ! Thanks for sharing and for playing along at Less is More!

Viv said...

Great makes as ever Kathy. How clever to use buttons on your card, such a beautiful card too. Thanks for sharing at 'Less is More';) Viv xx said...

Hi Kathy so clever the use of that pretty button and I love that it was threaded too such a great touch. As ever two fab cards and an interesting post.


Dr Sonia S V said...

Your candy cane Christmas card is so cute and the border is gorgeous
Thank you so much for joining us at the Rudolph Days Challenge!
Rudolph Days Challenge DT
Dr Sonia

Heidi Weaver said...

What a wonderful card, Kathy! Love the repeat of colours in the mattes and the images. Great design and use of pappers. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Gail said...

What a fun and festive Christmas design! The candy cane is perfect. Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday.

Zw@@n said...

Lovely card, Kathy. I love the image. Thank you for joining us at ABC Christmas Challenge. Luv, Wilma

hester said...

Gorgeous card!
Thank you for joining us at Coulour Crazy Craft! Hester