Friday, 12 January 2018

Welcome to Friday and the weekend starts ... with crafting!!! Well, it does here!


Hope you've all had a great week and aren't too fed up "post Christmas"! I don't seem to have done much since the New Year - just chillaxed and avoided the mad weather we've had!

Yesterday I felt the urge to head out for a walk (post Christmas weight and all that!) and we just so happen to have a The Range within easy reach ... not that I bought much. I'd not been home five minutes when my friend phoned to ask if I was up for an outing as she needed to go to IKEA and fancied company .... nice impromptu afternoon and a coffee in to the bargain and a piece of their DAIM cake which is a bit like millionaires shortbread and probably as many calories - oopsie, counteracted the benefit of the walk then!

New Year = new challenge - the lovely Darnell (she who coined the phrase NBUS = Never Before Used Stash) has chosen to launch a fairly challenging challenge, which is: to make two cards for two different occasions but using the same stamps! Fancy having a go? Then click on the link below and it will take you there and you can check it out. Meanwhile, here's my make .. now I would NORMALLY post these separately but one of Darnell's rules is that both cards must appear in one photograph. The stamps I picked just kind of lend themselves to a sympathy card, hence the one on the left but, having made the one on the right .. I can't help but think that (in silver or blue) it would also make a pretty neat Christmas card - looking a little (as it does IMHO) like a SNOWFLAKE!! Anyone else see it too?

My two "same but different" cards
The front and back of both cards along with the front of both envelopes

The inside of both cards along with the reverse of both envelopes
Materials used:
  • Two white C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelopes
  • Four white card panels, cut to fit
  • One turquoise card panel, cut to mat - for the get well card only
  • Stamps used: Precious Remembrance Shop feather (from DIY STAMP SET) and sentiment (from their POSITIVE THOUGHTS STAMP SET) and Hero Arts sentiment (from CL342 EVERYDAY SAYINGS)
  • Inks Used: Memento London fog and tuxedo black, Versafine onyx black  and Ranger Archival fuchsia
  • Tombow glue and Dimensional foam tape (on the sympathy card only)
  • Stardust stickles (on the get well card only)

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Twofer - challenge No. 1 -  FEATHERS TO MAKE TWO CARDS (for different occasions) USING THE SAME STAMPS AND/OR DIES - both cards
  2. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 152 - ALL ABOUT OCCASIONS - both cards
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 274 - CAS - Sympathy card only
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 189 - ANYTHING GOES - Sympathy card only
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 156 - ANYTHING GOES - get well card only
  6. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 158 - ANYTHING GOES - get well card only

Given that Darnell's brief was merely FEATHERS - I hoiked out all the alternatives .... Di Wray had already mentioned that she thought I had lots of feathers!!! Would YOU have used the same one I did?

So many choices!
And finally .. an ATC using some very old stash .. very VERY old stash!

And a closer view of the image panel and background detail
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in both white and navy
  • On to the white image I stamped L117 Julia and L120 Pamela images (both from 2003 and by Stampendous) and the sentiment (07392-6 from Magenta) using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blending with Sansodor and paper stumps
  • Wink of Stella clear gel glitter brush pen used to highlight the image and sentiment
  • White Tsukineko gelly roll gel pan used to doodle a border on the navy matting layer

Felt great to rummage amongst my stash and pull out some really old stash and get it inky once more - these girls are perfect ATC size too.

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Sentiments - January 9th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - January 9th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Inspiration Destination - challenge No. 141 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 376 - LET'S BE HAPPY - shopping makes ME happy!!!!


Lillianb said...

Great card and ATC Kathy, love the stamp on the card,

Di said...

Wonderful feathery cards Kathy! And, yes, the second one does have the air of a snowflake about it. Bet you work on that using cool blue or shimmery white. I fink you like feathery stamps, yes?


Di xx

Beverly S. said...

You did a good job with the Twofer Challenge. (I also like how you did the matching envelopes.) I would have chosen the feather stamp you did. ;)

Pat said...

Two superb feathery cards Kathy and the different colour versions work perfectly for each occasion, and definitely has some mileage for Christmas too. Glad you enjoyed a trip out with a friend too. x

SARN said...

Yep - reckon the 2nd card done in blue/silver (or even white heat embossed with some colour inked around it) would look fab as a Christmas card! Can't wait to see if you use it like that.

Both Twofers look great. Also loving the ATC made with your older stash!

Happy weekend.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

I Card Everyone said...

Kathy!! Your POINSETTIA [that's what I see from my view!] is perfection!!! What a brilliant idea, no matter what it's called ... perfectly done twice!

Liz said...

Great ways of using the lovely feather stamp, Kathy. Definitely could be used for a snowflake stamped in blue or silver....or even white on a dark background. xx

Liz said...

...forgot to say what a cute ATC too. xx

Susanne Vargas said...

Yes, that is just what this challenge is all about: Using your supplies in new and unexpected ways! Your sympathy card is beautiful and soothing in the neutral colors. How creative to make a flower out of the feather in the second card! The bright and cheerful color should make the recipient feel better immediately! I could definitely see a snowflake or how about stamped in red, multilayered... I could see it as poinsettia...!? Or would that be too far fetched? I also had several feather stamps and dies, and even more birds but you just have to make a decision and I think you made the right one. Although, of course, you could enter the challenge again if another feather is calling to you! ;)
Thank you so much for joining us in the very first Twofer Card Challenge!

Julia Dunnit said...

I missed your link when I joined the challenge, but I cannot understand why! love the colour that you used, unusual with feathers, which is a real big part of the challenge isn’t it. I don’t know which of your feather stamps I’d have used...I think it as well that I don’t have that many to choose from...procrastinating AND dithering would get me abs nowhere! Great to touch base again K.

Heidi Weaver said...

Wow Kathy! All that with a feather! Love both cards but the one in magentas really appeals, perhaps because it makes me think of a snowflake (yes, under a microscope they look like puffy feathers). We've had so much of that white stuff these past days that I might be seeing snowflakes everywhere. Love the diagonal get well wish. It gives a bit of whimsy to the image. Great projects. Thanks so much for joining our Watercolour Wednesday Challenge this week.

Loll said...

Fantastic Twofer cards Kathy!! Great job with the challenge. Love the black feather with white for your sympathy card - elegant and classy. And love that bright pink for you get well soon card. It looks like a flower, but I could definitely see it as a snowflake, like you mentioned. So creative and fun to think of different ways to use your stamps! Thanks for playing along at Twofer Card Challenge.

Darnell said...

I have a bunch of feather stamps, too, Kathy, which is why I thought it would be nice to bring them back up in Blogland, especially since some of mine are still NBUS from the last time they went 'round, lol! I think you chose well and I love how your creative mind came up with your designs. You've made a beautiful sympathy card and get well card! I can see a snowflake and even a poinsettia ... and I love that you brought the old gals out for another shopping trip on your ATC! They don't look a day over the last time you got them inky!

Thank you so much for the shoutout and the support! I can still sense those juices flowing as you look at that pile of feathers ... you can play three times! And thank you for helping Carol out with the whole FB album thing! Mwah! Hugs, Darnell

Penny Hanuszak said...

Great job with the Twofer challenge and with both these beautiful, yet distinctly different cards. Your sympathy card is so soft and serene while your pink floral one is definitely leaning towards the wild side. Terrific use of one stamp set for both cards. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at the Watercooler Wednesday Occasions challenge this week.

Marina said...

I think I've got that woman with the shopping bag stamp somewhere...must dig it out , as your ATC is great.
I love what you did with the feathers - lots of colour and very stylish.

Anita in France said...

A beautiful, serene sympathy card, Kathy, gorgeous in that neutral colour combo ... and yes, I see the feathery snowflake ... and it's so deliciously eyecatching in the vibrant pink! I do love that PRS feather ... though we'd be very happy to see you in the gallery again if you have an urge to use more of that feather stash!! In the meantime, thanks so much for playing along with us at Twofer! Anita :)

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your feather cards are so fantastic. And, I agree that the one if done in silver or blue would look like a snowflake. That is such a lovely feather image and looks awesome both ways you used it.

AlisonC said...

A fantastic contrast for your feathers. I love the pink treatment and it would make a great Christmas card.

Cara said...

Love your two cards, and I totally see the snowflake! I'm impressed at how many feather options you had. Your ATC is fab too and perfectly coloured x

Kleri F said...

Gorgeous set of cards!Very inspiring!Thank you for sharing with us at the Crafty Gals Corner this week!Hope you join us again soon!
Kleri DT (My blog)

KatheD said...

I love all your work - cards, envies, ATCs - and am most impressed by the bright pink flower/snowflake made from a feather!

Helen said...

Your feathery cards are so beautiful Kathy. I love that simple sympathy card and such a clever idea to use the feather stamp to form a snowflake! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge!

Anna said...

Very beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week! Anna Dt

Jane Willis said...

Beautiful - and yes, that second one does look like a snowflake, you could totally use it as one!

Gail said...

You've done a wonderful job of showing the versatility of a feather stamp - and highlighting your creativity! Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday this week.

Amy Ottmers said...

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

Kath Ricks said...

Cute duo!Thanks for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday!

Judy Markowitz said...

I love how different these two cards are and both are really fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us at Warercooler Wednesday!

Rae Ann said...

Hard to believe you created these cards with the same stamp! They look so different. Great job!

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Anything Goes challenge.

K M Meena Herale said...

Beautiful card, Thank you for joining at Addicted to Stamps and More and waiting to see next time.

Meena DT

Bożena Adamusińska said...

Two great cards, Kathy. Both the idea and the implementation of the project stunning! I love the pink flower you created with feathers.