Wednesday, 28 February 2018

That's it then, today sees the end of February!

Morning,

How WAS your February? The way this year is going I'd best start my Christmas shopping!! Har Har - no seriously, this year is already running away with me! Am I alone in this?


My ATC
And a closer view, which shows the "ice" texture
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of black card cut to ATC size
  • Snippet of textured grey card cut slightly smaller than the black mat layer and Ranger Archival jet black ink "smooshed" top to bottom, to grunge it up a bit, and then set aside to dry
  • Taking the Ranger Archival jet black ink pad and a piece of silver "mirri" card I "smooshed" the ink, top to bottom
  • Creative Expressions image and sentiment stamped using the archival ink too ..... I then heat set the mirri card before proceeding
  • Taking the versamark ink pad I "smooshed" top to bottom again, liberally sprinkled clear embossing powder (shaking off the excess) and heat set before assembling my ATC ... VOILA! The "black ice technique" - fab isn't it?

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Ike's World - challenge No. 105 - HIDDEN DESIRES .. I've always wanted to be able to skateboard, haven't you?
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - February 27th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Take A Word - February 25th challenge - SILHOUETTES
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 196 - ANYTHING GOES
And then it was on to a card, another non specific occasion card . . . . . .

My finished card
And a closer view of the image panel
The front and back of my card along with the back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • Snippets of card in white, DCWV textured grey and raspberry
  • Gourmet Rubber Stamps (EM7073) image stamped on to a snippet of white card using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Stamplorations sentiment (from their Noteworthy set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Adirondack watermelon ink used to edge the image panel, to co-ordinate with the raspberry  matting layer
  • Silver glittered washi tape
  • Dimensional foam tape, used to attach the image panel to the card base

And I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Sentiments - February 27th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 62 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Get Creative - challenge No. 66 - USE RIBBON or WASHI TAPE
  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1808 - ANYTHING GOES
To those of you experiencing (or yet to experience) the Beast from the East, please take care out there

Monday, 26 February 2018

Welcome to the start of the week .....

Morning all,

Hope you all had a great weekend.

Many of my regular readers will recall how I swap ATC's with a buddy from the Isle of Skye. We used to trade the materials to make an ATC but decided to ring the changes and switch to themes for a while and see how that works out for us. My next theme to make ATC's for is "MUSIC" and here's one of the ATC's I've made along these lines ....

My ATC - sentiment says "Music soothes the soul"
Materials used:
  • ATC blank - I was given some very flimsy ATC blanks so I always just use them as a base ...
  • Snippets of card in navy and white
  • On the navy card, once I'd adhered it to my white ATC blank and cut to fit, I stamped the lines and script from Imagination Crafts Distress set #1 using Brilliance moonlight white ink
  • On the white card snippet I stamped my focal musical image (from Close to my Heart D1523) using Memento Paris dusk ink and the treble clef and sentiment (from the same CTMH D1523) using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Allsorts Challenge - challenge No. 456 - I SPY .. SOMETHING BEGINNING WITH "B" - I went with blue card and both black and blue inks
  2. Elliebelle's Creative Moments - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 222 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 76 - ANYTHING GOES
I almost forgot Rudolph Day ... it was yesterday, I try to enter every month as it keeps me on top of my Christmas makes for the year


My card
And a closer view of my image panel - to show the twinkle
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white and navy
  • Fiskars image and sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and snowflake using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • For the insert and envelope I stamped the sentiment from Precious Remembrance Shop's "Sketchy Christmas" - it's rapidly become about my FAVE Christmas sentiment
  • Scalloped and faux stitched rectangle dies used to cut the image panel and mat
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blending with Sansodor and a paper stump
  • Tsukineko gelly roll glitter pen in black and blue - to add twinkle to the penguin and his scarf
  • Blue glitter washi tape
  • Stardust stickles used to bling up the snow





I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - February Rudolph Day challenge - CHRISTMAS MAKE
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 374 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES with optional twist to USE GOLD
  3. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - February challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 518 - CUTE CRITTERS
  5. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 152 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES



Saturday, 24 February 2018

Welcome to the last weekend in February! ..

Morning all

Gotta say that I fear I may blinked and missed February!! It's almost over and I'm not really ready for March - what happened to my plans for the month of February? 

Today, I have an ATC to share with you, made for my trading card buddy on the Isle of Skye, for the theme of MUSIC ....


My ATC ..... I hope you can all see the guitar and not JUST the skull!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in Kraft and white
  • Having cut the Kraft card to ATC size and adhered it to my flimsy card blank ... I stamped the harlequin image from Imagination Crafts (from Distress set #1) using Memento rich cocoa ink
  • I then stamped the Kaisercraft Graffiti image on the white card using Memento rosebud ink and then the Kaisercraft tiny dots image using Memento grey flannel inks
  • Imagination Crafts lines (from the Distress set #1) and the Inkadinkado "rock and roll" image (from their rockstar set) stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. DL Art - challenge No. 223 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 36 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 360 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Moments - challenge No. 137 - ANYTHING GOES


Friday, 23 February 2018

Whoop de doo .... it's another weekend!

Morning all,

WARNING: Photo heavy post - you might need coffee before reading!



Thank you to my new follower, Sam, welcome, hope you will stop by again soon.

I started my craft shares today by making what might be termed a masterboard ... I hesitate to call it so though, as it IS only brayered paint rather than mixed media piece with stamping, stencilling and the like but - you call it what you want (as long as you keep it polite!)


Simply brayering fresco dolly mixture, squid ink and orchid paints, whilst still leaving some white space
 ... I then set it aside to dry
Then it was on to cutting up my piece .. which was only a little larger than A5, I wondered just how many projects I could make with it. My first card is a little different from my usual, these days, not even a little bit CAS really!!! That said, I really enjoyed the experience and the image is FAB (Moth fab in fact!!!)


My card
And a closer view of my image panel - without the
reflective glare from the camera flash
  
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White 12½cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Grey card and Costco double sided card cut to fit and distressed with Ranger Archival jet black ink which I "swiped" down the panels
  • I cut a panel from my masterboard and stamped my Stampotique design (Moth Fab) on it using Ranger Archival jet black in, stamping a second time on to white card
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image and, once finished I fussy cut round her .... not worrying too much if I snipped a bit off the dangly bits (from her hair and skirt) as I already had those stamped on the masterboard panel
  • I stamped my Stamplorations coffee ring (from Holiday Artsy) and my Kaisercraft large coffee ring (from the set entitled "Stains") using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Grey grosgrain ribbon attached using double sided tape
  • Dimensional foam tape used to attach my image panel to card base
  • For the insert, back of my card and my envelope I stamped the sentiment from Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday using Memento tuxedo black ink




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 161 - Have a Heart .. check out Moth Fab's bag
  2. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 2 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Love2Create - challenge No. 5 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES
  4. Get Creative - challenge No. 66 - USE RIBBON or WASHI TAPE (I used ribbon)
  5. Simon Says Stamp - Monday challenge - GRUNGE IT UP
Next - this one was back in my "wheelhouse", being really CAS - I don't often use dies so, here was a perfect opportunity .....


My card
  
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm x 9½cm
  • Piece of my masterboard cut to 13cm x 9cm 
  • MFT numbers dies (MFT091 By the numbers) cut from one piece of the white card and laid over the masterboard
  • Hampton Art sentiment (from SCO170 Birthday set) stamped using MFT black licorice hybrid ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Happy Little Stampers - February dies challenge - ANYTHING GOES WITH DIES
  2. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 359 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. CraftaholicsRUs - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Seize The Birthday - February 15th challenge - BIRTHDAY with (unused) optional twist of COFFEE OR TEA

Another card, hopefully you'll join me in thinking these are all a little bit different ...


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of DCWV textured plum coloured card, cut to mat
  • Snippet of my masterboard card and a snippet of DCWV textured light grey card (left over from my Wednesday card make) and die cut using MFT faux stitched nesting rectangle dies
  • Penny Black Iris image (from their Allegro set) stamped using MFT black licorice hybrid ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set, twice - to give gloss and texture
  • Hero Arts sentiment (from set CL343) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink




I'll be entering the above for the the following challenges:-
  1. Colour Throwdown - challenge No. 481 - COLOUR CHALLENGE - see below
  2. Inspiration Destination - challenge No. 44 - USE A REAL STAMP
  3. Artistic Inspirations - challenge No. 194 - ANYTHING GOES + optional twist to USE FLOWER/S
  4. Crafty Sentiments - February 20th challenge - SPRING
  5. Just Add Ink - challenge No. 397 - JUST ADD "H" .... my "H" was HEAT embossing!


And finally .... an ATC as I still had a little of my masterboard left, has to be said, there's really not enough left to make anything else!


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of my masterboard, cut to fit
  • That Special Touch "distressed dots" stencilled using white acrylic paint
  • Tim Holtz mini stencil from set #28, stencilled using Luna Lites ... (see below)
  • Stamplorations images (from Art Marks) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and watering can inks
 

For those of you unfamiliar with the luna lites - this little pot of gorgeousness is a fab deep iridescent red and just glorious for adding depth and sheen. I've had mine for YEARS and I'm not even sure you can still obtain it. I looked at the label and it was originally produced by Stamp Oasis of Las Vegas, and an address on Sahara Avenue .... which just so happens to be very close to Viva Las Vegas stamps so I find myself wondering if they took over Stamp Oasis and whether they now produce these fab paints - might have to Google ... but, does anyone actually KNOW the answer?

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. More Mixed media - February 5th challenge - ANYTHING Mixed Media GOES + OPTIONAL TWIST TO USE RED
  2. Stamplorations - February challenge - PAINT IT RED
  3. Make My Monday - challenge No. 65 - MESSY BACKGROUNDS
  4. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND
  5. Three Muses - February 19th challenge - A LITTLE BIT OF GRUNGE

Hard to say which was my favourite really, as I enjoyed making all of them, thanks for stopping by and for persevering to the end of this post!

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Welcome to my midweek post

Morning all,

Hope your week is coming along well.

After a hyperactive weekend at the ToC I've been avoiding it for a day or so - as I didn't want to wear it out!!! Today, I originally had just one ATC to share with you but recently found out that I don't make non specific occasion cards .... for emergencies like I had on Monday when I found out a friend had a fire at her home. Whilst I wanted to show support a "Get Well", "Good Luck", "Happy Birthday" or the like didn't quite cut it, you know what I found? JUST ONE non occasion specific make, fortunately in fairly uplifting colours so, off it went in the post and, memo to self .... make some more!

I hope this will brighten your day though you may well feel the need to break out the sunglasses!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in both white and turquoise
  • Recollections image and sentiment (sorry but I appear to have lost the details of the name of the set) stamped on to white card snippet using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped on to the turquoise layer using Memento Bahama blue ink
  • Copic markers and Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image and background
  • Paper Artsy (from HTPX01) splatter image stamped using Ranger Archival monarch orange ink
  • Tsukineko gelly roll glitter gel pen (gold) for the crown and to add twinkle to the flower petals on her dress too


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 195 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1807 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creates and Makes - challenge No. 18 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Ike's World - challenge No. 105 - ANYTHING GOES/HIDDEN DESIRES .. who doesn't want to live as a princess in a fairy tale?
And on to a non occasion specific card, using just a generally uplifting sentiment


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 A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • Two pieces of DCWV linen texture card in blue and grey, cut to a narrow mat
  • Precious Remembrance Shop images from their DIY, positive thoughts and new day stamp sets along with Imagination Crafts Distress Set #1 inked using Memento London fog, grey flannel, Paris dusk, tuxedo black and rhubarb stalk inks



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. International Art and Soul - challenge No. 27 - USE SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - February 20th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Everybody Art - challenge No. 419 - CAR/MOTORBIKE/CARD FOR A MAN .. I went with the masculine option
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 76 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Retro Rubber - challenge No. 80 - DOTS or CIRCLES (I went with coffee stains) ... the set below was purchased in November of 2015

RRCB 80