Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Midweek mutterings ...

Morning all,

Another wet and wild night last night, with the blinds rattling .. sure, I COULD have closed the window but then I'd have been hot - it's all about compromise!

What WASN'T about compromise last night was the splendid curry hubby and I enjoyed with a pal - it's been too long - YUMMMM!

I recently mentioned how much I LOVE to layer up stamps ... well, I sat at my ToC (Table of Craftiness) recently and ran up a contemporary card and then wondered, whilst I had all the stamps and inks out, whether I could make a contemporary baby card - jury's still out on whether it worked but I am hoping so - check out both makes below

My Birthday card, which I love
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11½cm square
  • One piece of black card cut to 12¼cm square
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Kaisercraft rocks image stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Creative Expressions chevrons (from CEC851 Inspired Edges) and Happy Little Stampers sentiment (Mixed Media Fun) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Creative Expressions splatter (from the same set) stamped using Memento grey flannel and Adirondack red pepper inks

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Try It On Tuesday - January 9th challenge - MY FAVOURITE THINGS .. and I DO love to layer stamps, ask anyone!
  2. Dragonfly Journeys - challenge No. 109 - HOORAY FOR BIRTHDAYS
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1802 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 315 - USE STAMPS
  5. Artistic Inspirations - challenge No. 192 - ANYTHING GOES

And, here's the card I made deploying the same stamps - well, whilst they were on the blocks, why not?!??! To mix it up a little I used a C6/A2 card blank, matted with grey instead of black and added the extra red splat along with the BABY sentiment. Contemporary? YES, Baby card? Not quite so sure but this was a slightly unusual card occasion

My BABY card using the same images .. not QUITE so convinced but ....
And now, it will probably not come as a surprise to hear that I am STILL making Christmas cards!! I can't seem to stop and my previous reason (that I had new Christmas stash) can't be the reason as the stamps I used are actually pretty old - so old, in fact, that  I have even lost the packaging!

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 9½cm x 13cm
  • One piece of red card cut to mat at 10cm x 13½cm
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado sentiment (from the same set but I'm afraid I don't have the name or number) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to add some festive sparkle!

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Use your stuff - challenge No. 295 - MONOCHROMATIC ... I went with black and white with just a pop of red as the narrow border
  2. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 190 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 275 - PHOTO INSPIRATION (see below) - I went with monochrome and deer
  4. ABC Christmas Challenge - January challenge - A and/or B - ANTLERS OR BIRDS .... got a deer (with antlers) and 3 birds - YAY!)
  5. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 22 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

Found out that I was picked as TOP ADDICT over at Addicted to Stamps and More - thanks so much peeps, really appreciate it



Sue - said...

You’ve been bust Kathy. Love the bir5hday card and the sparkly Christmas card. Not sure about the baby card though!

SARN said...

Lovely grungy layering! Fab Christmas card and CONGRATS on being picked out for special attention.

Karen D. said...

great cards...I'm so with you, love to layer stamps! Playtime is good.
xx Karen

Pat said...

Three wonderful cards Kathy and love the way you have used the stamps for the pretty contemporary birday and the baby card, which I think works OK. I also love your pretty and sparkly tree, and love the font of the sentiment also with that touch of sparkle, and the red frame looks great. Congratulations also on being Top Addict over at ATS&M with that fun Christmas camel. x

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Such beautiful cards! Great to see you at Try It On Tuesday! Thank you for joining us!

Chris C said...

Beautiful card - love the pop of red. Thanks for joining us at Use Your Stuff.

Meggymay said...

A great selection of cards. The stamping looks fantastic. Thank you for sharing your Favourite Things with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

crafty-stamper said...

Great cards nd love the contempary baby one -I agree not blinds but door rattling which means window closed BUT subconsiously I wouldn't have been able to breathe!!!

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a really fabulous project, thanks so much for joining us at TIOT! Hugs, Valerie

Cara said...

Fabulous cards. I think the new baby card works, not every couple like the standard cutesy cards. Have to confess that my favourite card is your Christmas one though, I think it's just stunning x

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love your cards! A really brilliant combination of stamps! Thank you for joining us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

missgailly said...

Some beautiful cards here. Love them all! Thanks for playing along at USE YOUR STUFF - Gail

LesleyG said...

A quick whizz through your recent posts, lots of inspiration, nice to see a non baby baby card! Those 6 days in between are definitely disappearing! Not so windy tonight thank goodness xxx

Tracie said...

I love all of your layering. Great job. Thanks for joining us at PIP Challenges.

Mrs.B said...

A lovely collection of cards, all with great stamping,
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril x

Monika Reeck said...

Wow Kathy
I love the bling on your card
so adorable
and love the red there too
great envelope stamped too
many thanks to joining with us at ATSM this time

Wendy said...

I for one think it worked!!! Beautiful to behold ;) Thanks for sharing and thanks for playing along at PIP Challenges!!

Jeannie said...

Hi Kathy! Beautiful cards and I love the color combination too. Thanks so much for joining my blog challenge :)

Jeannie T.
Dragonfly Journeys

Tammy said...

Gorgeous cards, I love the Christmas card and all the shimmer! Thanks so much for joining us at the Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge!
Tammy x

Helen said...

Gorgeous cards! Love how you managed to combine both of our themes!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x