Monday, 3 September 2018

Welcome to the first Monday in September!

Morning readers,

Hope you all enjoyed a great weekend. For us, it was a BBQ with the surrogates! A BBQ! I hear you cry! Yes, but ... the forecast was for decent weather and - most of us struggle to seat nine indoors so a BBQ gets round that one! Surrogate daughter #1 came to collect us (along with real mum) and we shared a cab home - perfick! I suspect this will have been the last of the season too!

Even the surrogate granddog!
And a balloon flypast too
I'm delighted to announce that I have joined the Design Team over at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog and this morning's first make is my inaugural project for them. It's a monthly, Anything Goes challenge, you can enter up to five times and combine with as many challenges as you wish. I hope you will consider popping along and having a go this month too, I'm looking forward to working with the lovely ladies there.

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Regular readers will probably recall that a couple of friends and I have been challenging ourselves to complete at least one journal page each week and we've been choosing a one word prompt to get us rolling. This week it is my turn to set the word and I've chosen "DOODLE" - check out my doodle inspired layout below, I've chosen warm autumnal colours of reds, ochre-like yellows and a bright yellow too. It has to be said that this is one of my favourites of the ones I've done lately - not sure why, is it the washi tape (I'm not usually a fan), the colours (what's NOT to love?), the doodling? Or perhaps it's the fab stencil (always good to use new stash) ..... any thoughts?

My journal page
And a closer view of the doodling
Materials used:
  • One page of my Crawford and Black journal (£1 from The Works)
  • Washi tape (two polka dot rolls)
  • Paper Artsy paints used: London Bus, zesty zing, banana and pumpkin soup
  • Paper Artsy stencil PS085
  • Art Impressions sentiment and Dylusions alphabet images stamped using Ranger Archival onyx black ink
  • Posca paint pens (black and white), for the ½ hour of therapeutic doodling and highlighting
In addition to being a Design Team make .. I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. WeLove2Create - challenge No. 12 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES
  2. More Mixed Media - August challenge - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES + optional twist of BRIGHT
And now ... since Christmas is rolling towards us .... I thought I would use the less traditional choice of a turquoise matting layer and also chose navy for the snowman's hat ... just because I could!

My card
And a closer view of the colouring/gloss/sparkle

The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to 13cm and 14cm square
  • One piece of turquoise card, cut to 14cm square
  • I stamped the Snowman and sentiment (from JOFY58) using Memento tuxedo black ink and, with the same ink stamped the "happy Christmas" (from JOFY17) on the insert
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Stardust stickles, Anita's dimensional gloss and Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen used to embellish the image
I really liked the effect with the turquoise ... might even try purple for my next Christmas card!!!

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Winter Wonderland - August 31st challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 166 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 185 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 545 - MAGICAL .. come on, tell me a snowman's not magical!!!
  5. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 35 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES


Sarn said...

The BBQ looks fun and what fun to see a balloon go over too!

CONGRATS on joining a Design Team. Good luck!

What a fantastic journal page. I wholeheartedly approve of your doodling theme!

LOVING the snowman card with that super sentiment too.

Happy Monday. xxx

Lillianb said...

Congratulations on joing te design team. looks liie you all had a great time at the BBQ. Loving the colours of the doodle page, Cute snowman


Shary said...

Loving your jolly snowman! Thanks for aying along with us at CCT. X

serendipity said...

Hi, congratulations on your design team job, I bet it'll be loads of fun. I love your journal page, great doodling. I wouldn't have the confidence to do that; I would need a stamp. Your snowman is lovely and such a great sentiment. I'm going to try to remember it for when I need excuses this Christmas. 😀

craftysahmiam said...

Your first project as one of the newest DT members for Love To Craft is such fun ! The snowman card is simply adorable, too. Welcome to the team !

crafty-stamper said...

Congrats and welcome to the team Kathy-fabulous journal page love all the brilliant doodling not tried that!Cute little Christmas card too
Carol x

Carol S. said...

A cute snowman and thanks for joining us at Winter Wonderland. Carol S. DT

Pat said...

First congratulations on joining the DT over at Love To Craft Kathy and love your bright journal page and the doodle theme, and the pretty white doodling on the page looks great. I love your Jofy snowman, such a fun image and lots of glitter and gloss, and the sentiment is perfect. Looks like the BBQ was a big success too. x

Loose Stitches said...

Congratulations on joining the DT! Fabulous journal page and card! Wonderful pictures! I'm your newest follower. :)
Crafty Hugs, Sherry xx
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Helen said...

A very cute snowman with a wonderful sentiment, Kathy. Makes me smile! Thanks so much for joining us at Watercooler Wednesday Challenge this week.

Lady Joyful said...

Such a fun Christmas card! Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge - Charlotte/Lady Joyful, DT

Sue - said...

Congrats on your DT spot! Love the page, the colours, stencil and doodling really go well together. Nice Christmas card too! Definitely go for a purple one.

Debs M said...

great makes and well done on the dt slot! x

Crystal Komara said...

Kathy, I LOVE this plump snowman, but the coordinating sentiments makes it even better!! So cute. Thank you for joining us at the Watercooler Wednesday challenge this week. Happy crafting! Crystal

Granmargaret said...

Lovely work. Thank you for joining the challenge at More Mixed Media. Hope to see you again next time.

Jackie C said...

Just perfect for the Challenge! 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

Connie Wallenbrock said...

Super jealous of that BBQ! But what a great journal!!

Marie said...

Such charming card with lovely fun sentiment and cute design. A card to make someone smile. :) Thanks for joining my Christmas Joy challenge over at Winter Wonderland.
Love n hugs