Monday, 27 November 2017

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning peeps,

Been away for the weekend, to the second Annual Happy Little Stampers retreat in Swindon. Truthfully, I'm not sure if it counts as the second or the third as Kylie did just one last year (which I attended) but offered two this year, with the other being two weeks ago, in Manchester! Either way, a great time was had by all.

Kylie set a couple of challenges, one was to produce an ATC with a Christmas theme, no problemo!

And side on - to show the "wobbler" mechanism
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in red and white
  • After attaching (and trimming) the red card to the ATC blank I stamped the Precious Remembrance Shop (Sketchy Christmas) scribble image around the outer edge of the red layer using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • On the white layer I applied lucky clover Distress Ink through a Stampers Anonymous stencil (Christmas words from the mini stencil set ?) using a mini blending tool and then lightly coloured the background area
  • Using mowed lawn ink and the spotty stencil from the same set I inked the spots randomly on the ATC
  • Using Distress Oxide in antique linen I randomly stencilled the music stencil (again, from the same set) - not expecting it to show but to give it a "texture" and colour variation once dry.
  • A quick application of Crafters Companion ensured the water based inks would be waterproof but, on reflection I SHOULD have done this AFTER the next step as the ink would NOT dry!
  • Using the Precious Remembrance Shop (sketchy Christmas) sentiment I stamped using Versafine onyx black which, as stated, didn't dry so ..... I sprinkled clear embossing powder, shook off the excess and heat set - job done!
  • On a snippet of 300gsm white card I stamped and die cut my MFT Santa and coloured using Polychomos pencils, blending with Sansodor and a paper stump and highlighting with a Kaisercraft black glitter gel pen and stardust stickles
  • Once everything was dry I attached a Hampton Arts "wobbler" and positioned Santa on to my ATC

This little chap won me a prize at the retreat and the organiser asked if she could take him home with her! YAY!, hope you all like him too

I'll also be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 70 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge NO. 309/310 - USE SNIPPETS
  3. Delicious Doodles - November 1st challenge - TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS COLOURS
  4. Kraftin' Kimmie - challenge No. 409 - CHRISTMAS

The second was a Christmas card, again ... not really a problem at this time of year AND with recent stash acquisition ...

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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to fit and one of red, cut to mat
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (Sketchy Christmas) scribble stamped using Memento London Fog (for the snow)
  • MFT elf (Santa's Elves) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (Sketchy Christmas ... rapidly becoming my fave and "go to") sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour  image with Kaisercraft black glitter gel pen used for hair and buttons
  • Stardust stickles liberally applied to bling up the make

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Happy Little Stampers - November CAS challenge - CHRISTMAS
  2. Happy Little Stampers - November Christmas challenge - ANYTHING GOES (Optional TAG)
  3. AAA Cards - November 26th challenge - CHRISTMAS
  4. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 217 - ANYTHING GOES

And I even managed some crafting whilst I was away

My card
And  ... how does this represent LET IT SHINE? I hear you ask ....

A small LED light, some conductive copper tape and a 3v battery, that's how!
This pic was taken prior to colouring
Materials used:
  • White A2, 300gsm, card
  • White 300gsm card for image panel
  • Chibitronics LED light, copper tape (to create the circuit, 3v battery to power the light
  • Happy Little Stampers (Doodle flowers set) image, leaves and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 356 - LET IT SHINE
  2. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 11 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 71 - ANYTHING GOES

Also took some pix whilst I was away .... it was such a fab weekend and lovely to catch up with friends old and new (mostly friends in blogland already though)

L-R: Kylie, Lilian, Sue, Sue, Val, Gay, Maryanne and Anne
View from my hotel room, complete with frost on the grass!

Have a great week


SARN said...

OOOH Super pictures of the event - glad you had a good time.

Loving the springy jolly Santa ATC and the lit up flower card. The elf is just sooo cute too!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Yeah! Thrilled to see your super classy and ever so CAS light up card in our challenge Kathy and looks like you had another brilliant time at the retreat. Great cards throughout and thanks as always for joining us at Less is More x

Marilyn Webb said...

Super cute Christmas card! Thanks for joining our challenge this week with Kraftin Kimmie Stamps.
Marilyn DT

Sue - said...

One of my fave Santa’s on your ATC! I can confirm that IRL they look even better! It was a fab weekend!

Pat said...

Glad you had a great time at Swindon Kathy, and no wonder you won a prize with your cute wobbling Santa ATC. I love the beautifully coloured elf, and the pretty flower with the little light in the centre, on the inside of the card I presume, or perhaps this pic was taken prior to colouring, anyway, a fabulous idea. Some super photos of the weekend too. x

Jane said...

Fabulous little cheeky elf, love how you've framed him in blue to make him pop. Thanks for playing at AAA Cards.

Di said...

Ooooh, what a fun time you had! LOVE each make for different reasons but the wobbly Santa is brilliant! I've got some of those spring thingies tucked away somewhere - long forgotten of course. And those little lights are delightful - I bet you came home busting with ideas.


Di xx

Kylie said...

As you know I loved all your makes and especially your wobbly ATC. what a great weekend we had and can't wait until next week xx

Liz said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time at the retreat, Kathy. I love all your makes, especially the cute little ATC. I LOVE the little wobble mechanism, I haven't seen those before. Off to search online for them........... xx

sandie said...

I have been hearing from Kylie how much fun you all had and what a super set of cards-adore the light card and that gorgeous colouring of your Xmas card-stunning and thanks for joining us at HLS

Lillianb said...

great cards and Atc,s it was a great weekend


Wendy L said...

Gorgeous cards, our theme is ,add a sentiment not AG but they still fit, thanks for joining us at crafty friends. Xxx

Sue Hickey said...

Hi and welcome to our Challenge this month.Thank you for sharing your project with us good luck with your entry hope to see you again soon hugs Sue DT xx

Susan said...

Looks like you had a great time at your retreat. Terrific how you light up the flower! Thanks for sharing at Less is More!

Melissa L. said...

Great cards, Kathy. I love the cute elf. Glad you had fun with the HLS gals. Thanks for playing along at AAA Cards Clean and Simple Christmas card challenge.

Ina Grehan said...

Cute as Kathy and you got to join Our Boss Kylie - lucky you. I am going to try and get her to do a retreat close to where we both live. Love your cool ATC and that elf is so adorable and that Christmas font is awesome. Thanks for sharing both with us for our HLS November Christmas Challenge and those fabulous retreat piccies.

Gerrina said...

Looks like you had a good and crafty weekend! Great to be together with other stamp/colour-lovers eh?
Your cards look great and thst light in the LIM card is so surprising! Looks goood! Enjoy the week! Hugs, Gerrina

Cara said...

Okay, totally jealous! How odd that you rocked the ATC challenge, LOL! I love that you added a wobbler to him x

Nonni said...

Such a beautiful trio of cards and looks like the retreat was a lot of fun! I hope some year I could join! I love these cards that light up, it's like magic... Your simple CAS layout gives the lights the opportunity to be the star of the card. Great job! Thanks for joining us at Less Is More!

Darnell said...

Great post, Kathy! Made me miss the fun all over again and brought back happy memories, although it was hot during the retreat last year, remember? I love your wobbling Santa ATC! It brought you lots of fabulous goodies which you immediately played with - good for you! Love the fun and CAS elfie and the light-up flower!! Hugs, Darnell

Skye said...

Three great cards. I particularly like your dancing Santa. It sound like you had a great time

Linda said...

Love the cute little Christmas elf. Thank you for playing along with the HLS CAS Challenge xx

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wonderful collection of card. Love that little elf and you've colored him wonderfully. Thanks so much for linking up and playing with us at Happy Little Stampers November Christmas Challenge.

Cheryl S said...

Looks like you had a great time :) I love the card with the elf. So cute! Thanks for sharing at AAA Cards.