Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Welcome to the mid week post ...

Morning all,

With the awful weather of last week my thoughts turned (not unnaturally, IMHO) to Christmas cards ... after all, they don't make themselves!

I've had this wood mounted image in my stash for some while, acquired whilst I was vacationing in Florida .. my pal, Wynneth (who's way smarter than me btw) bought both this one and the similar one with the Mrs Claus (4109k Mademoiselle Noel) ... turns out that I bought the Mademoiselle Noel stamp in October of 2010. As soon as I saw Wynneth's work with the stamp below I knew I had to track it down too! Took me a little while but I succeeded, and I got her in a sale too. Sadly, as is often the case when you have lots of stash, they've BOTH been sitting in the drawer for much of the time since purchase - time to show them some ink then!

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
  • One piece of pearlescent gold card, cut to mat
  • Penny Black image stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Precious Remembrance Shop scribble stamped around the outer edge of the gold card, using Memento rhubarb stalk ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to color
  • Tsukineko gelly roll glitter gel pens for highlighting
  • Stardust stickles, for the snow and large font sentiment
PRS Sketchy Christmas, Penny Black "Christmas usher" 4108K
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Use Your Stuff - March 5th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1809 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 197 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Merry Monday - challenge No. 280 - PHOTO INSPIRATION (see below) .. looks like someone's getting ready for a dinner party and my image has brought the table centre!
  5. The Holly and the Ivy - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

Expect to see the other wood mounted image sometime soon .... now, on to another Christmas card ...
My Holly 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 and one of red, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card die cut in to nesting "faux stitched" squares
  • Kaisercraft Christmas sentiment and Rubber Stampede holly image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour and blended using Sansodor and a paper stump. Colours used: Yellow ochre, Naples yellow, Cadmium yellos, Deep scarlet red, Deep red, Medium cadmium red, Deep cobalt green, Hookers green, Permanent green and Pine green ... now I know why I don't always list the colours used!!!
  • Gold glitter washi tape
  • Stardust stickles and Anita's dimensional gloss
Kaisercraft "Christmas Sentiments" & Rubber Stampede "Christmas Holly"
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. CAS Christmas card challenge - March challenge - HOLLY
  2. Make My Monday - challenge No. 66 - SILVER or GOLD - gold washi tape
  3. A Snowflakes Promise - challenge No. 48 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Happy Little Stampers - March challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

Earlier I mentioned my pal, Wynneth, she's an avid crafter with knitting/crochet and quilting as hobbies too. She recently made a totally GORGEOUS shawl and sent me a pic ... it inspired me to have a go. Now, to say I don't crochet is kind of wrong (since I made a blanket recently) but .... in 30+ years I've  made ... a blanket!!! So, before I shelled out on some fab wool which might just sit around and gather dust, I grabbed what was left following the blanket project and had a go ..... this is as far as I got before the wool ran out, please be nice and bear in mind the fact the leftover wool was both cream and aran, probably no-one's first choices for a shawl!

Am I going to buy some gorgeous wool and crochet a shawl? UNLIKELY, since I don't think I have ever worn one! It WAS fun to do this little bit, even I did go a little wrong on the last row, it was good experience to show I COULD follow a pattern, even if my counting head was a bit out of the zone!


Liz said...

Super cards, Kathy. My favourite is the first one - what a brilliant stamp! Love your crocheted sample, I was going to say that I never got past the granny square stage, but then I remembered that I crocheted a beret when I was seventeen (a very basic design!) and wore it to Buckingham palace to get my Gold Duke of Edinburgh award in the early 70s. I seem to recall that we were told we had to wear a hat, so I thought a beret would go perfectly with my mini skirt! LOL! xx

Viv's Visuals said...

Is there no end to your talents?! Crochet??!! Am envious.
Two great cards - love the first one especially. Enjoy the rest of your week.

Ine Creaine said...

Very nice. Thanks for joining us at A Snowflakes Promise Challenge Blog.
Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Sarn said...

Fabulous colouring of the sketchy Mademoiselle stamp.
Love the layout of the holly card.

Your practice piece of crochet is great too. Some of those patterns are hard to follow.

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Just love both cards & your shawl too! Your glamorous party girl looks amazing, as does your crocheting!! I crocheted a granny square once - eons ago - not good!! So glad you could join us at Merry Monday this week!

Linda said...

What a great take on the challenge. So pretty. Thanks for joining us this week at Merry Monday.

Loll said...

Two awesome Christmas cards Kathy! I can see why you had to have this first image ... so beautifully coloured and sparkled. And the second card is sweet with the holly and sparkly washi tape. Not sure if your panel is a twinchie, but there's a challenge at jingle belles that might work for your holly card as well. Thanks so much for sharing with us at CAS Christmas! Hope the snow is gone soon for you.

And great job with crocheting!! That is a beautiful design for a shawl. I haven't crocheted for years, but I do remember enjoying it ... and so much faster than knitting. :) xx

Lillianb said...

Super cards mate. Well done on the crocheting,


Pat said...

These two cards are so pretty Kathy, and I love your beautifully coloured lady and the added sparkle, so good you managed to dig it out and use it again, and the pretty holly with the red mat and the gold glittery border behind it. You did well with that piece of crocheting too. I had a go at a triangular shaped scarf recently which had quite a complicated border, and like you enjoyed the challenge, but unfortunately the wool was some I had found in a bag and it was a bit too thick for this particular pattern. It didn't look right so I had to undo it all, though I'm not totally sure I got all the pattern x

EmmaT said...

Wonderful cards, love the image on the first one. Thank you for joining us at Make My Monday. Emma

scrappymo! said...

I am having a giggle at your crochet story.
I am impressed that you can follow a pattern! I can do basic crochet and have made dishcloths and I ONCE made a little hat for my daughter. I discovered that I can not for the life of me keep my tension even and that crochet work makes my arthritis flare...That is my story and I am sticking to could not possible be that i am a procrastinator at fINISHINg, oh no!!! lol

Your first card is so darn pretty. I am loving this wonderful image and like the way you finished it. The sentiment is quite fabulous itself!

The second card is lovely. It has so much sparkle...I am impressed!

Bonnie said...

Love your Christmas lady, Kath! She is so fashionable! And your holly bough is so sweet! I love the layout you used with it! I have trouble following crochet directions and think you did a fantastic job! Sometimes it's fun to just putter with it! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Christmas!

Kelly Lunceford said...

What a creative feast! Thanks for sharing all of these fabulous projects! Thank you so much for joining us this week at Merry Monday!

Cindy C. said...

Beautiful cards!!

Notes by Nina said...

Lovely cards, Thank you for joining us for Merry Monday.

Christine Alexander said...

two great Christmas cards, I love that Mrs Clause, she's quite the woman :). Great colouring with the Holly card. Thanks for joining us at CAS Christmas

Stephanie Lanzalotto said...

Wonderful cards, Kathy. I love the wonderful little holly image. You've colored and set it beautifully, and I also love that added sparkle and shine. Thanks for linking up and playing with us at Happy Little Stampers March Christmas Challenge. Be sure to check out the New HLS Stamps Release on the Happy Little Stampers Blog.

Sue - said...

Two great cards Kathy! Thanks for joining us at Make My Monday.

Wendy said...

Boy, do I understand what you're talking about concerning stamp abandonment!! Some of mine are L O N G I N G for some attention! These turned out great!! Thanks for entering the PIP Challenge, it's fun to see seasonal things throughout the year and I'm loving this one ;) Have a great day!!

Susan said...

Two fabulous cards, especially the holly one! Love the gold washi tape on the background, echoing the ribbon on the stamped image. Thanks so much for joining us at CAS Christmas!

Jackie C said...

Pure class! So glad you shared with us at The Holly & The Ivy. Good luck hun, Jackie DT xx