Monday, 30 July 2018

Monday and another week begins!

Morning readers,

Well, what a change in the weather? Don't get me wrong .. I was DELIGHTED to have the cooler temperatures and I know that gardeners (and water stocks) have been desperately in need of the rain - it's the wind I could have done without! Still, at least we've started to catch up on the sleep lost whilst it was too hot to do anything other than toss and turn all night so I'm calling that a result!

On a crafting front .... I am currently obsessed with Artist Trading Coins and this started out that way too but then ... I had a little think and came up with the idea of stamping the tree background and simply adhering my "coin" on to a regular ATC (since their diameter is that of a regular ATC) - schimples!!!!

And a closer view of the image panel
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in Kraft, green and white
  • I cut a 2½" x 3½" ATC blank using Kraft and also die cut a 2½" circle
  • I cut the green card in to a 2¼" x 3¼" rectangle
  • The white card snippet I die cut in to a 2¼" circle
  • I stamped the zebra image on to my white circle and the background trees (both from a Judikins cube image "African Safari" 67271) using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour my zebra image
  • Black Posca paint pen to doodle borders
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Moving Along With The Times - challenge No. 76 - WILD ANIMALS
  2. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 30 - HAND COLOURED ANYTHING GOES - hope colouring the background works as there wasn't too much to colour on the zebra's!
  3. CardzTV - challenge No. 58 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 306 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. My Time To Craft - challenge No. 376 - ATC's
And now for one of those cards nobody LIKES to make but pretty much every card maker WILL have tackled the issue ..
My card
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • Cream A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of cream card, cut to fit
  • One piece of pearlescent grey card, cut to mat
  • Hero Arts background image (AC026 "Brush Strokes") stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Craft Emotions foliage image (130501 "Herbs/Branches") and sentiment (Dark Room Door DDRS066 "String Sentiments") stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles just to lessen the austerity a smidge
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crazy4Challenges - challenge No. 445 - SYMPATHY or HOPE CARDS
  2. Sweet Stampin' - July 28th challenge - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 150 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Inkspirational - challenge No. 166 - DESIGNERS CHOICE ... see below ... definitely qualifies EVEN with decorating the inside, reverse and the envelope - super simple design!
  5. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 244 - ANYTHING GOES

And ... finally ...... For those of you who visited my blog on Friday and kindly left a comment congratulating Challenges For Days on their 5th Birthday .. you might be wondering about who won the prize featured .... wonder no more! The winner of the prize below is:


Number three, which was Kath ... CONGRATULATIONS to you, Kath, please use the CFD e-mail address ( to claim your prize giving your name, address and which blog prize you are the winner of  (FRIDAY's prize at the 

My thanks to everyone who participated in our week long celebrations - pop along to the blog (here) and see who won the sponsor prizes and the team prizes for the other days - good luck


Sue - said...

Morning Kathy! Never thought I’d be so pleased to see rain! Love your zebras, and a lovely sympathy card too.

Lillianb said...

Love the coin Kathy and te card it stylish,

Well done on your top three


Sarn said...

Congrats on making the Top 3 in the challenge. Also congrats to Kath on her win at CFD.

LOVING your Zebra ATC converting the coin to the traditional shape.

Super CAS sympathy card too.

Bliss - it's still murky and drizzly here after a full day's rain yesterday!


Kath said...

Fabulous crafting Kathy. I spotted I was the winner of your prize at the CFD blog and have already sent an email with my contact details.
Many thanks, Kath x

Viv said...

Great makes again Kathy!, it's been so hot hasn't it too..and more to come yet ;) Viv xx

sandie said...

Hi Kathy, great to see you at Ink and wow you did all this in the time with the insides and envelopes also-you sure rocked the challenge! I really like the serene look of your card, with the mix of the grunge background that has just the right softness to it and then the relaxing feel of the stamp. Perfect for a sympathy card. Thanks for joining Ink

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Super zebra card Kathy. Thank you for joining our challenge at MAWTT

Happy crafting....


Pat said...

I adore your zebras Kathy and a great idea to add ATCoin to the ATC with a lovely scenic background. The sympathy card with the pretty blue flowers and that brush strokes background is perfect and love the style of the sentiment too. x

Christine said...

The soft lavender sympathy card you shared at Jo's Scrap Shack is so simple and soothing. It is sure to be a blessing. Thanks so much for sharing at Jo's.
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Wendy L said...

Perfect for our challenge at MAWTT, xxxx

Wendy Nicola Jackson said...

Ooh I just LOVE that Zebra creation! Gorgeous. Thanks for entering your lovely CAS sympathy card into our 'CAS' challenge at Sweet Stampin' this week. Fabulous entry. Hugs, Wends xoxo Sweet Stampin' DT

CaroleAnn said...

This is a perfect card for our Color Crazy challenge so thank you very much for sharing your lovely card. I really like the whole idea of this ATC card! Good luck and hope you will be back soon.

crafty said...

A lovely zebra card. Thank you for joining us at QKR Stampede.

MagsB said...

Kathy, your ATC is lovely - the zebras look fab against that background!

And your Sympathy card is just right, the soft colours and CAS design are so good. These cards are always so difficult!

Oh - and thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft, too!

love Mags B x

Kylie said...

Kathy, that sympathy card is brilliant. Just so beautiful and elegant. I love the tiny bit of bling. Thanks so much for playing along at Inkspirational xx