Monday, 18 September 2017

Welcome to the start of another week . . . .

Morning all,

Welcoming new follower Tracey Thurston, thanks for stopping by, hope you will pop back again soon

I know that nobody enjoys making sympathy cards ... but they are occasionally necessary, so, I find it's better to make some when you don't actually NEED one, then you always have one (or more) on hand when the sad occasion arises. Here's one that I made recently ... whilst it doesn't have the largest amount of white space I would still class it as CAS (Clean And Simple) as it's just one focal image, has white space, minimal layers and embellishment AND I hope it's elegant in its simplicity which (IMHO) makes it suitable as a sympathy card .....

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

Materials used:
  • 12.7cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11.5cm square and one piece of black cut to 12.2cm square
  • PSX lilies image (K1276 .. can hardly believe that I've had this image since around 1994 and probably haven't used it in ten years!) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • touch of colour added using Faber Castell polychromos pencils and the lightest touch of stardust stickles
  • On the envelope and insert I used Hero Arts sentiment (from set C1342) which I stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 37 - ANYTHING hand coloured GOES
  2. Emerald City Crafts - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 120 - FLORALS

And then a more cheery birthday card also using stash I've had for AGES, I love the fun border, I think it really lifts the image too - hope you agree

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

Materials used:
  • 12.7cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Three pieces of white card, two cut to 11.5cm square and one to 12.2cm square
  • On the smaller card panels (reverse of card and on envelope) Inkadinkado tree image (Utopiary set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • TPC Studio birthday sentiments (from the Cupcakes set) stamped using Ranger Archival paradise teal ink
  • On the larger white card TPC Studio border stamped using Ranger Archival paradise teal ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 346 - TAKE FLIGHT ... all those birds in the tree!
  2. That's Crafty - September 15th challenge - FLY AWAY
  3. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 206 - ANYTHING GOES

And, whilst I was thinking "TREES" I decided to use some NBUS

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in both black and white
  • Inkadinkado trees (60-31346 Trees) inked using Memento tuxedo black on to white snippet and twice on to full coverage post which I then cut out and used as a mask before inking and stamping again with the mask in place.
  • With a second mask in place (to cover the second batch of trees) I applied distress inks in tumbled glass and stormy sky, using a Tim Holtz mini distress tool
  • With the masks still in place I stamped the Inkylicious sleigh image (Santa's Sleigh) using Versafine onyx black ink
  • With the mask removed I then applied Crafters Companion spray and shine to protect the water based inks
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the "snow" on the ground and trees
  • Once the image panel had been adhered to the black matting layer I thought it looked a bit bare so ... using the Color Box frost white ink and the Technique Tuesday border (border notions) I stamped the border around the outer edge and BAZINGA!


I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 299/300 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 66 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. The Corrosive challenge - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES

A few nights ago my hubby was out for the evening so I decided to visit with a neighbour. He plainly came home before me as I got this text saying "Beware toad outside dining room window"!!! He wasn't wrong though



Clare Lloyd said...

Great cards kathy..
Not so sure about the toad though!

Lillianb said...

Great cards and ATC Love the top love both images and would love the tree stamp lol


SARN said...

Two very cool tree cards here and a lovely sympathy card too.

Aarrgh TOAD!

I had to watch out for a suicidal squirrel on my drive to work this morning! Wild life is dangerous!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Nonni said...

You've been busy, wow! Great projects! I love the tree-stamp you used for our challenge at LIM, all those swirly details look amazing! The border adds a fun touch the card. Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

The Red Mullet Band said...

Nice card!!!!
Thanks for sharing it
Ana Isabel DT Coordinator at Corrosive Challenge blog

Izzy Scrap said...

OMG, Kathy ! You are so productive ! Another fabulous array of cards ! I love the whirlwinds that birds make when flying away from the tree ! Even more magic with the stickles ! Thanks for sharing and for playing again along at Less is More !

Sazzle Dazzle said...

WOW! You really are a busy bee with your crafting Kathy and a brilliant collection of cards here. Loving that tree image with the swirling birds - a great eye-catching take on this weeks challenge and thanks for playing along again with us at Less is More

Susan said...

Your entry is just beautiful! Love it! Thanks for sharing at ATCAS!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

What a beautiful stamp you have used for your entry to the Fly Away Challenge over at That's Crafty. You have created a stunning card. Thank you very much for sharing with us all.
Best Wishes Tracey.

Pat said...

We none of us want to have to make sympathy cards but these lilies are perfect Kathy, and your pretty tree with the border is really elegant, and lastly the beautiful wintry scene with the wonderful sparkly trees. x

Cara said...

You've been busy again. Love your sympathy card, that stamp is so pretty. You're right about the border adding to the second card and I love your sweet little ATC. Your hubby's text made me smile too!

Di said...

I love all of these cards Kathy - especially the snippets entry of course :) Thanks for coming to play and for your BD wishes!


Di xx

Barb Ghig said...

Your lilies are so pretty and I love your selective coloring! I also love how you added a touch of sparkle to this card, too! Beautiful card, Kathy! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at Addicted to CAS!

Dixie Designs by Gill said...

Beautiful cards, thank you for entering in the Emerald City Crafts Challenge xx

Sherry said...

Beautiful Card ... Thanxx For Sharing At Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends .
Sherry Lynn

Claire said...

Wow beautiful makes, you're on a roll! Thanks so much for joining is at Colour Crazy Challenge this time
Claire xx