Friday, 3 August 2018

Friday post - the weekend starts ... TODAY!

Morning readers,

We've had a few about turns with the weather this past week or so haven't we? After being "as hot as Hades" for about a month was I alone in being grateful for the cooler temperatures though I did read about one person muttering about putting the heat on!! I HOPE she was joking! Then came the rain .... followed quickly by hail and the most terrific thunderstorms in places - thankfully, I missed all bar the rain in my little piece of the UK. Then those pesky temperatures started creeping up again, like they thought we wouldn't notice!

I have to say that I probably shouldn't eat all day today - still stuffed from my afternoon tea here with my friend yesterday .... but I suspect I WILL!, eat that is! There were originally going to be three of us but one of our number is moving next week and is not getting on terribly well with the packing and felt a better use of her time would be .. you guessed it, more packing!! Poor thing, we'll just HAVE to go again!

OH MY! Yes, all that food was just between the two of us!
The hotel

Recently, I've made quite a few regular ATC's and ATCoins so I thought I would try something else for a change ..... if only to prove I CAN! I have a tag for you this morning ....

My tag
In progress! Waiting on the glittery gorgeousness to dry!
And the gorgeous glass bead glitter gel once it's dry
Materials used:
  • 3mm thick tag
  • I brayered Distress Oxide (candied apple) over the tag - I liked the way it didn't cover the ridges of the tag
  • Distress Oxide (candied apple) sponged through Dylusions circles and TCW uneven rectangles stencils using a mini blending tool with a foam pad - this gave a much denser coverage which provided texture and interest
  • Stamplorations hearts stencil through which I applied Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel using a palette knife - takes a while to dry and reveal its full glory .... so there was nothing for it but to find something else to do for the duration!
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Always Fun - challenge No. 69 - ANYTHING BUT A CARD
  2. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 403 - STENCILLING
  3. Through The Craft Room Door - July 31st challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 73 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Love To Craft Challenge Blog - challenge No. 25 - ANYTHING GOES

And how did it look when the gift was wrapped?

And now for a Christmas card ..... for a theme of "Naughty or Nice". I may even be ready to write my Christmas cards when the time comes, instead of thinking "OMGoodness, I need another dozen .. or so" - as HAS happened in other years, I can assure you!

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 red card, cut to mat
  • One snippet of white card die cut using MFT faux stitched rectangle dies
  • One sippet of red card die cut using a Quickutz nesting rectangle die
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (retired) image "Santa baby" stamped on to my white card snippet
  • Marvy le plume II alcohol markers and Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image and background
  • MFT sentiment (from BB-8 "Jingle all the way") and Paper Artsy sentiment inside the card (JOFY17)
  • Stardust stickles used to bling up the make and highlight the fur trim to my image
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Merry Little Christmas - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. The Holly And The Ivy - challenge No. 33 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. A Snowflakes Promise - challenge No. 53 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 303 - HOLIDAY
  5. Pause, Dream, Enjoy - challenge No. 31 - STITCHED DIES


Lillianb said...

tea look like it was a joy to eat,

Lovely tag and card mate, love the colour of the tag.


Sarn said...

Mmmm . . . that afternoon tea looks delicious. Yes, you'll DEFINITELY have to go back again!

LOVELY tag and festive make. I can't even begin to think about WRITING out Xmas cards yet!

Weather? It's set to be 29 today, but I reckon it's already hotter than that!


Pat said...

What a wonderful looking afternoon tea Kathy and such a pity your other friend was unable to join you, so a repeat would be a must I I love your bright red tag which looks great on the present and the fun lady in her Santa outfit looks terrific, and beautifully coloured too. x

Darlene said...

How nice that you could get together with a friend for tea ... looks yummy! Your holiday card is fabulous and how nice you have a head start on them! Thanks so much for playing in our Merry Little Christmas Challenge! Good Luck and I look forward to seeing you again next month!

Merry Little Christmas DT
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Liz said...

Now that's what I call an afternoon tea! Certainly looks like a place to visit again. Great tag, I usually forget to make a tag for a gift until it's too late! As for your Christmas card, I just LOVE it! xx

Jackie C said...

Great project! Fabulous that you have shared this with us here at The Holly & The Ivy. Good luck hun and do come back again!
Jackie DT @ TH&TI

Jackie C said...

Back again, still fab! So happy that you have linked your great artwork with us here at Pause Dream Enjoy. Good luck hun and do come back again!
Jackie DT @ PDE

Shelly Schmidt said...

Love your tag and the texture of it- and your stenciling is awesome! Also- nice Christmas card!Thanks so much for joining the Tuesday Throwdown Stencil challenge!

Annemi said...

Wonderful tag. Love all the glitter. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
Annemi {My Blog}
Through The Craft Room Door

Debi said...

Nice stenciling on your tag. And the stickles on your Christmas card really show up nicely. Thanks for joining the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown. Debi DT TT

BrendaB said...

Love the sparkly glam girl on your Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at Merry Little Christmas challenges.

Debi said...

Congrats on your win at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Hugs, Debi DT TT

Leslie said...

Thanks so much for entering the Love To Craft Challenge Blog's "August Anything Goes" challenge with your amazing entry! We hope to see you again for our new September challenge! ;)
Leslie, LTCCB DT
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