Monday, 11 June 2018

Monday and the start of another week ..

Morning all,

Time to welcome a new follower, thanks for joining me Swati, hope you will stop by again sometime. My followers list has been a bit up and down the last month or so as, I guess, peoples tastes change but THANK YOU to those of you who've been following me for a while, it's appreciated.

This time last week I was drinking coffee, in the garden, at an idyllic country location following a fabulous weekend of crafting with good friends - what a difference a week makes? Still, there's next years to look forward to and I have some crafting to share with you anyway ... we did a lot of playing with paint at the craft retreat so, I headed to my ToC (Table of Craftiness) armed with my acrylic paints and a  brayer and the ATC you see below is one of the results. It's for a swap with my Isle of Skye trading card buddy and our theme was "INSECTS" - I wouldn't mind but I have a wicked insect bite on my lower leg, as we speak - what's that all about?!?!?!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in dark green and white
  • Taking the white snippet I brayered the turquoise and green paints and set aside to dry
  • Once dry I stamped the bee image using black ink and sprinkled with clear embossing powder before heat setting
  • Sentiment stamped using black ink
  • Sharpie used to add orange to the bodies and pink to the wings 
  • Stardust stickles to embellish the wings
STAMPS: Precious Remembrance Shop "New Day" and C Artus "Bee"
PAINTS: Paper Artsy fresco paints "south pacific" and Limelight + Pebeo iridescent yellow/green
Ranger Archival jet black ink, clear embossing powder
Sharpie pens and stardust stickles
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Patties Creations - challenge No. 147 - ANYTHING THAT FLIES
  2. Simply Papercraft For All Occasions - challenge No. 58 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 328 - USE SNIPPETS
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 83 - ANYTHING GOES

I'm still trying to make at least one Christmas card each week in order to prevent a mad dash to the finish line come November. A friend of mine is posting a theme each week and, sadly, I've fallen a little behind but I'm trying to catch up - seems like it's two paces forward and then one back though as this is week 22 entry - "pine cones" but she will have posted a new one yesterday and I still have weeks 18 (snow globes) and 19 (zentangle or doodling) to do.

My card
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
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11½ and 12cm square
  • One piece of red card cut to 12cm square
  • Image stamped with brown ink and sentiment with black
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour and stickles to highlight
Stamps: Penny Black
Inks: Memento tuxedo black and rich cocoa
Stardust stickles
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 170 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. The Merry Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 23 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 389 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. My Time To Craft - challenge No. 372 - HOLIDAY


Kathyk said...


Lillianb said...

Great ATC and card Kathy just love those bee's and the cones, Great work

Lilian .

Sarn said...

Love the painted bee ATC mate, with fab sentiment.

Terrific pine cone card too, gotta love that stamp.

Happy Monday! Xxx

Sandy Palmer said...

Great sentiment with the bees! Love those sparkly wings! Sweet card! Thanks for sharing it with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!
Sandy DT

Pat said...

I love those sweet glittery bees on the ATC with the pretty green background Kathy, and then the pine cones look great beautifully coloured and with lots of sparkle. x

Janis Lewis said...

So Cute! Thanks for sharing with us at The Merry Christmas Challenge.
Pause Dream Enjoy

Mrs A. said...

Thought I had been following you but seems not. Now
I am but blogger in its wisdom puts me in incognito so I list my blog as the first one when you open my blank icon up. Valeryanne designs.
Super bees on your ATC card. Allergic to any insect bites so this time of the year I always carry my pills with me! Hugs Mrs A.

Di said...

Just checked and am still following you Kathy! Love your snippets card of course (and the Christmas one as well). Lagging behind my card totals for Christmas here as well - basically can't get up the enthusiasm, sigh. I do love how you sparkeled the little insects' wings - lovely finishing touch!


Di xx

Larelyn said...

I just love it, simple and elegant. Thanks for sharing at The Merry Christmas Challenge.

Billie A said...

I like the CAS pine cones and greeting. So pretty. Thanks for sharing over at The Merry Christmas challenges.
Billie A
The Merry Christmas Challenge
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Inspiration Destination
Creative With Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Sunny Day Crafting
Pause Dream Enjoy
Craftaholic R US
Always Happy Birthday
Colour Crazy Challenge GD

Elizabeth Hart said...

These bees are fantastic with the dimensional look and the sparkle in their wings. Fabulous work. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pattie's Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

flossbite said...

Great Christmas card. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge. Good luck!

crafty-stamper said...

Great ATC and love the Bee with it's sparkly wings--Thank you for joining us at Simply Papercrafts
Carol DT x
love the Christmas card set too
Carol x

Pattie G said...

This is perfect for our current challenge “Anything that Flys” at Pattie’s Creations Design Challenge.
What a nice image!
Artist & Owner