Monday, 15 January 2018

Another week? So soon?

Morning all,

Hardly seems like yesterday it was Monday and now it's Monday again ... are we SURE there were six days in between? Either way, good weekend? Hope so.

Anyway, new year new start and all that ... thought it was time I updated the look of my blog. The background's a bit different to the old one and I'm canvassing opinion .. LOVE IT? LOATHE IT? or perhaps just ... MEH!?!??! Love to hear your thoughts

Time to share some crafting .. I LOVE Clean And Simple cards but I also LOVE to layer background stamps (they also make pretty good GUY cards IMHO .... using the right colours!) this one fits both bills ... JUST ABOUT!

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 (at 13cm x 9½cm)
  • One piece of pearlised grey card cut to mat (at 13½cm x 10cm)
  • Selection of background images from Creative Expressions sets (CEC828, 851 and Arty Backgrounds) plus Imagination Crafts Distress Set #1 stamped using Memento Paris Dusk, London fog, grey flannel and Versafine satin red inks
  • Funstamps (wood mounted but removed from block) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink on to snippet of white card and cut "banner style" to fit, edging the banner with the satin red ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Allsorts Challenge - challenge No. 450 - NO PATTERNED PAPERS
  2. Kraftin' Kimmie - January 13th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 278 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Emerald City - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 274 - CAS (Clean And Simple)

And now for a Christmas card .... I know!! I swear I'm addicted, you would think I could take January off wouldn't you but no ... I am powerless. Actually that's not true but ... you know what it's like, you get new stash and you can't wait to play with it!

My card
And a slightly better view of the image
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
  • One turquoise and one navy card panel, cut to mat
  • Paper Artsy snowman (ZA19) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • My Favorite Things "swipe" (DC-52 Abstract Art) stamped using Versamark ink, sprinkled with WOW! white puff twinkle embossing powder and then heat embossed
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Paper Artsy sentiments (both from JOFY17) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to further bling it up

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafters Castle - challenge No. 1 (it's NEW) - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin'  - January challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 368 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 512 - SOMETHING NEW (in this case the PA set ZA19, which arrived just this past Friday)
  5. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 149 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES


Lillianb said...

Two great cards Kathy, Love the snownan,

blog is a a bit much but its what you think that counts


SARN said...

Fabulously grungy male card for the first one, and a unique snowman card for the second one. Both BRILLIANT.


SARN said...

OOPS! Forgot to say I LOVE the look of your new blog background.

Di said...

Great cards Kathy! That Santa is a real hoot!

And I love your new blog background! Also like the white panel for the actual post, easy on these old eyes :)


Di xx

Pat said...

You are right Kathy the weeks do seem to fly by, and I know I shouldn't wish my time away but am pleased if we morph into Spring I love your quirky and prettily coloured snowman, and the background stamps you have used on the other birthday card all go together beautifully and great colour comination too. I love your new backgound too... definitely has a touch of pizzazz! x

Kathleen said...

A very artsy card and some super elements used, great design.
Thank you for joining our 'No pattered papers' challenge this week at Allsorts.


Susan Renshaw said...

What a gorgeous Snowman stamp. Love the colouring on your card!
Thank you for sharing with Crafty Hazelnut's Weekly Christmas Challenge!
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

Susan Renshaw said...

Super images on your first card!
Thank you for sharing with Addicted to Stamps and More!
Addicted to Stamps and More
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

crafty-stamper said...

Love the new look blog--fabulous background card -never thought of just using background stamps on their own-love the quirky looking snowman
Carol x

Jeanie Ellis said...

Very cute! Love the hat too! Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Crafter's Castle this week. We hope to see you next time too!
Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
Crafter's Castle

Cara said...

Two great cards, love the layered stamps abs the quirkiness of the second x

Monica Maier said...

I love the graphic design of the set of birthday cards! They are great. Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps and more.


Craftnut said...

Thanks for entering our challenge at allsorts Tracy

Dorothy S said...

I, too, am wondering where all these days are going!
Cute CAS cards... Thanks for joining us this week at the QKR Stampede Anything Goes challenge.
Dorothy S, DT member

Dixie Designs by Gill said...

Great cards Thanks for entering into Emerald City Crafts Challenge

Nana Connie said...

Loving the simple design of your first card, Kathy! I'm here wearing two DT hats for that one. I'm always so glad to see you playing along in our Anything Goes challenges at QKR Stampede and at Emerald City. Thanks and good luck.
NanaConnie DT

Judy Corner said...

Thanks for sharing at Christmas at Sweet Stampin and good luck with the challenge. Judy DT x