Friday, 27 July 2018

A "start of the weekend" post and a birthday blog bash

Morning readers

Some of you may know that I'm a floating list manager over at Challenges For Days .... a blog which lists challenges by day, every day. This blog was started in 2013, by Zoe Sanderson, and we have been celebrating it's success all week with some giveaways

Challenges For Day (CFD) came about in 2013 when Zoe thought about putting together a list of challenges out there in blogland, she separated them in to each day ... of course some challenges publish by date rather than always on the same day so there are actually EIGHT lists. The lists are laid out WEEKLY, TWO WEEKLY and MONTHLY and there are links to each challenge blog included - which makes it super easy to access each challenge. It was always intended to be a useful resource to members of the crafting community. Naturally, this was a lot of work for just one person to do .... so Zoe recruited a team to assist, giving each member a list of their own. We currently have a team of nine, including me ..... I'm a floater and cover holiday, sickness etc.

If you would like to join us then I'm sure we'd love to hear from you. Having help on call is always a benefit and Christi (who now runs the CFD blog) has a number of ideas for improvements once we have the extra help. All you need is an hour or so to spare each week, and an active blog of your own - details are on the CFD blog under the tab "Join our happy band" - look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you to all team members past and present, congratulations to the current team on organising and participating in this Birthday Bash, and particularly Donna who's been co-ordinating things.

To celebrate the blog's birthday, each team member has made a birthday card .... and below you can see my own. If you want to be in with a chance of winning today's prize then please leave me a comment (mentioning the CFD Birthday blog celebrations). You can also enter the draw for sponsor prizes offered during our week of celebrations by visiting The Challenges For Days blog here. Only comments made before the week's celebrations finish on Saturday will be eligible for today's prize below. Comments made on the CFD blog may be added any time this week but only one entry per person.

Today's prize on offer at the CFD Birthday Bash - a set of stamps and two sets of stamps & dies
In order to celebrate the CFD birthday I decided to indulge one of my favourite techniques, that of layering stamps to form my design and chose masculine colours for this - I hope you like it

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

Materials used:
  • Cream A2/C6, 250 gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300 gsm card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy 300gsm card, cut to mat
  • Stamps used: Ranger Letter-It LEC59295, Creative Expressions CEC851 and CEC897, Carabelle SA60150, Paper Artsy HTPX01
  • Inks used: Memento tuxedo black, Paris dusk, London fog, sweet plum, Versafine onyx black and Delicata silvery shimmer
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Seize The Birthday - July - ANYTHING BIRTHDAY GOES + optional twist  - STRIPES - do the chevrons count as stripes?
  2. Inkspirational - challenge No. 165 - BIRTHDAY
  3. Crafty Sentiments - July 24th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - July 24th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. The Three Muses - July 24th challenge - SOMETHING GRUNGEY


Tina Z. said...

great technique and such a modern design, I love it.
Happy Birthday Challenges For Days, you are amazing and thank you for the CFD Birthday blog celebrations!
Thank you for the chance to win.
hugs xx

Chandhini Swaminathan said...

Nice card.
Congrats on your Challenges For Days fifth birthday.
Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

Kath said...

A fabulous masculine card and perfect for the CFD Birthday Blog celebrations!
Have a good weekend.
Kath x

karto_flana said...

Nice project, perfect for the CFD Birthday Blog celebrations. Hugs, Ella.

Sarn said...

SUPER layered birthday card mate.

Didn't know about the CFD challenge or your role in it. You are a dark horse! LOL!

Happy FRYday (sizzling hot already!).


Liz said...

Great card, Kathy, I love the effected of the layered stamping. xx.

Liz said...

***that should be effect not effected!! LOL!

Pat said...

Happy Bithday to CFD and you did a grand job on the card and great that you help out on this blog. I love the mix of stamps and that beautiful blue. x

Christine said...

Hi Kathy,
I stumbled onto Challenges for Days earlier this week. What a wonderful resource for crafters! Thank you for all your efforts to make joining challenges easier and more fun. It's been a pleasure to visit your blog! I am partial to all shades of purple and absolutely love the fun graphic look of your masculine card. I am going to go through my stash to see if I have some stamps that work for this technique....probably won't be many as I am drawn to flowers, but one can always shop, right? Thank you for the inspiration, and Happy Birthday!

Subhashini Swaminathan said...

Love the effect of layering, it is real visual treat for my eyes.
My heartiest birthday wishes to Challenges For Days. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway.

Zoe Sanderson said...

Hi, First off what a great card and fab technique. I remember how thrilled I was when you asked about joining the team, having been a follower and admirer for some time it was really exciting to have you on board. You say you are a floater, which is true, you are also one of the pillars or team and very important. X

scrAPpamondo said...

Lovely creation with the layered stamping! Masculine cards are always so difficult (for me) and you have done a fab work.
Happy Birthday Bash to CfD and thanks for the chance in the draw!

ionabunny said...

Cool card. Love how you layered the stamps. Congrats to CFD on 5 years. I have enjoyed sharing the CFD birthday blog celebrations. Hugz

Gillena Cox said...

Nice card, a unique one

much love...

Denise Bryant said...

I'm enjoying the CFD birthday blog bash celebration! Love your fun birthday card! The layering of the stamp designs looks awesome!

Lillianb said...

Great masculine card Kathy

Well done on your birthday CFD boirthday bash


Maryann scrapbooking said...

Very nice card and nice lot.
I hope to have a chance to win even if I live in France.

D.L. Flowers said...

lovely post Kathy! Thanks for being my CFD sister and always helping me...I could not do it without you!

Cheryl S said...

Great card, Kathy! So glad to be your CFD teamie :)

Ashwini Rao said...

That's a spectacular masculine birthday card! Love all the textures that you've created by layering the stamps, looks really cool! Thank you for joining us at Seize the Birthday challenge!