Saturday, 2 December 2017

Welcome to Saturday's post ...

Hi there readers,

This time last week I was at a crafting retreat in Swindon and having an absolute blast .. made a good number of cards and card fronts (since I didn't have envelopes with me and I could not, for the life of me, remember the size of an A2 card) with the intention of making them in to finished cards once I got home. Today's first make is one of those ..

My card
And a closer view of the image panel
Materials used:
  • White A2, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 300gsm white card panel cut to 13 x 9cm
  • Washi tape to mask off my image panel
  • Distress Inks: tumbled glass, salty ocean and just a touch of stormy sky applied with a Tim Holtz mini blender
  • With the washi tape still in place I stencilled Distress Ink in evergreen bough through the stencil (from set #20)
  • I borrowed the tree and sentiment from Gay (it's Stampers Anonymous Great Outdoors) and stamped it using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • A touch of stardust stickles to bling up the tree and frosty "ground"

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. CAS-ual Friday - challenge No. 188 - WINTER BLUES
  3. Simply Papercraft - challenge No. 53 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting with friends - challenge No. 56 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Naughty or Nice - challenge No. 46 - SEASONS GREETINGS

And now for my next make ...

My card
And a closer view of the image panel
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 white card panels cut to fit and one of red, to mat
  • Inkadinkado sentiment (from 97734 Warm Holiday Wishes) stamped using Ranger Archival library green ink
  • MFT bear (and sentiment, from the Bitty Bears set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image, blended using a paper stump and sansodor
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the image

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 357 - RED AND GREEN
  2. The Artistic Stamper - December challenge - CHRISTMAS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - December challenge ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Winter Wonderland - November 24th challenge - TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS COLOURS OF RED AND GREEN
  5. Eclectic Ellapu - December challenge - CHRISTMAS


SARN said...

Two very different but equally lovely festive cards here Kathy. Loving the inky background of the first card.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Pat said...

I adore the design of the first card Kathy with the pretty blue stripes and stencilling and the tall tree is perfect, then the sweet bear within that great swirly sentiment wreath also extremely pretty. x

Dotty Jo x said...

Two very different, but equally gorgeous cards! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Naughty or Nice this month, Jo x

Gerrina said...

Your first card looks great; like the bit grungy style; so good for a guy!
And what a great sentiment on your LIM-card! Fun how it contrasts with the sweet guy! Enjoy your weekend!

Lindsey said...

I love that tree on the first card. Why do I not own that tree? Who knows. :P The bear on the second card? I will own him if my order ever ships. :D Two great cards, but on behalf of the first one, thanks for joining us at Naughty or Nice Challenges!

Amy Ottmers said...

Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at NoN, good luck!!! Amy DT

Lillianb said...

Love the cards Kathy,

Had a great time at the retreat as well,


Jackie C said...

Beautiful card, everyone would love to receive this! Thanks so much for sharing with us at The Holly & The Ivy. Jackie DT member xx

Sue - said...

Two fabulous cards Kathy!

Izzy Scrap said...

Two fabulous Christmas cards Kathy ! Love your blue/green background stripes for the first one, they highlight so beautifully the tree ! Your second card is so cute with this little bear and I love how you framed it ! A great CAS take on our red and green challenge ! Thanks so much for sharing and for playing along at Less is More !

Cara said...

Two fabulous but very different cards, can't decide which one I prefer x

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Beautifully CAS Kathy, as ever, and such elegant attention to detail on both cards. Your LIM one is certainly a little cutie one! Thanks for playing along at Less is More this week.

Maaike Uijthoven said...

that's such a cute polar bear andperfect for the lim challenge

Michelle Wallace said...

Love both your cards but I especially love that tree!! Thanks for joining us at CAS-ual Fridays.

Neets B said...

Lovely makes, Kathy, sorry I'm so late this week! That wonky tree is so great, isn't the retreat great for borrowing stuff :) And I love that joy sentiment frame, fab for housing little images.
Thanks so much for sharing with us at Less is More, Anita x

Lisa Mensing said...

Stunning take on the Casual Fridays Winter Blues Challenge. I love the stenciling, so pretty! Thanks for joining us.

Heather said...

Two great cards! Love that cute little bear and he looks really fabulous with that circle sentiment! Thanks for playing with CHNCC2.

Titbelsoeur, mixed-media addict said...

Gorgeous cards ! Thank you so much for sharing your work with us at The Artistic Stamper
WIshing you good luck to win beautiful stamps !

LOU said...

Gorgeous cards Kathy. I love the adorable bear stamp.
Thanks so much for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Hope to see you again soon.
Lou DT xo