Friday, 1 September 2017

Welcome to Friday, the OFFICIAL start to the weekend!

Morning readers,

WELCOME TO SEPTEMBER - this year really is dashing past isn't it?

Had a good week? I have ...... before you ask, I'll tell you what I've been up to. Had a friend join us for dinner on Tuesday, Mr Purple Princess did his most excellent red Thai prawn curry with noodles and a rather splendid Russian salad as a starter and, no, I have NO IDEA why it's Russian but it was tasty. Wednesday I caught up with a pal over dinner - Italian. Thursday we celebrated another pal's birthday - this time it was Indian!! Crikey, think I should be fasting today! Note that I said SHOULD not WILL!

Managed to squeeze in just a little crafting time though, as you can see, it's surprising given all that's been going on this week! I am LOVING this colour combination and the glorious and grungey stamps from Creative Expressions ... so much so that I might have to buy another set to keep for use with Memento inks now I've discoloured mine with archival inks (despite using with Versamark first)

My card
The front and back of my card
The inside of my card and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two card panels cut to 14.2cm x 10cm, one white and one purple
  • One white card panel cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Creative Expressions images (CEC851) stamped using Ranger Archival mini's in vibrant fuchsia and majestic violet
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment (New Day set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  2. Mod Squad - August 30th challenge - FOR A FRIEND - it's for a pal who's just a little bit down right now
  3. WaterCooler Wednesday - challenge No. 134 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 209 - FINISH THE INSIDE
  5. Four Crazy Chicks - challenge No. 366 - ANYTHING GOES


Recently I decided I'd had more than enough with my cutting knife, the handle is uncomfortable and the blades too long and thin, when using my layering rulers I get wobbly lines - time to try something new. I looked around online but mostly, it was just more of the same - which I SOOOOO didn't want. That was, until I found the funky green item below ... I was hooked after just a quick look! 

Product review of the SLICE ceramic craft knife
OK, so it was lime not purple but lime IS my 2nd fave colour so I was prepared to overlook that, the blade's real short so I shouldn't have the issue I had been having AND it has a softer grip, plus the shortness of the blade means it's way safer to use too and, frankly, after the bloodshed when I changed the blade on my traditional scalpel and then left it on the table where I all but impaled myself - eeeuuuwwww so, ....... I'm calling that a result. I had the choice of this model or a retractable (and replaceable bladed) model, I went with this model as it was cheaper (at £6.99) than the other ... If I discover I LOVE it then I can always upgrade - the packaging states that the blades last 10x longer than traditional metal craft blades anyway so that's a big plus. Cuts freehand really well (with firm pressure) and with none of the wobble I've always associated with the teeny tiny swivel bladed cutters. However, when I used it with my layering rulers, I found that the shape of the blade and its housing meant I couldn't achieve the 1.6mm of the ruler I was using .. though I can (for the most part) work round that. Think I probably need to use it a bit more and get really comfortable with it before I say definitively whether I like/love/loathe it but I DO love its design! Watch this space....


Pat said...

You have had a busy week with plenty of tasty meals by the sounds of it Kathy and I adore your pretty card with those grungy elements from Creative Expressions which work well in that bright purple and pink. That craft knife is definitely a different concept but looks as though once you are used to it will work well. I got a Tonic craft knife a while ago and although of the traditional type works better than past models I have used and has a nice comfortable grip. x

SARN said...

Fabulously grungey card mate. Love it.

Sounds like you've had a very enjoyable and sociable week.

The new craft knife looks good and it was interesting to read your review of it. I'm still using the old-fashioned knife I've had for years, with the replaceable blade. I don't use it very often.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Heidi Weaver said...

Hi Kathy, yes! You're so right about this year whizzing by so quickly. Love the card you've created. The bright purple and pink work beautifully together. I love those grungey, splattery shapes. Thanks so much for joining our Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Tamie said...

I agree, it is whizzing by so fast. Love, love, love the colors you used and those paint splashes are simply awesome. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful inspiration with us at 4 Crafty Chicks Anything Goes/Crazy Egg Challenge.

Tamie DT

Cara said...

Wow, sounds like you've had a busy and yummy week! Love the card, those stamps are great. Interesting to hear about the knife, I hadn't seen it before so will be interested to hear your final verdict x

Marilyn Webb said...

Fantastic card, love the look!! Thanks for joining our challenge this week with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.
Marilyn DT

Penny Hanuszak said...

Wow Kath sounds like you had a hectic but fun and food filled week! Way to slide into September! I'm amazed you squeaked in the crafting time, but so happy you did with this elegant card and matching envelope (love that you do that). Awesome design and colour mix! Thanks for sharing your card creation and joining us this week for the Watercooler Wednesday "Anything Goes" challenge.

libbystamps said...

Great card! Nice stamped splatters! Thanks for joining us Watercooler Wednesday this week for our 'Anything Goes' challenge!

Joyce Erb said...

Love the whimsey and colors. Thank you so much for participating this week at the Mod Squad Challenge

Kath Ricks said...

Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday! Your card is so cheery!