Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Mid week, that means it's downhill to the weekend!

Morning readers,

I'd like to start my post by welcoming Hilary, my newest follower - thanks for stopping by - I'm also your latest follower!

As we prepare to say goodbye to January - yep, ALREADY!!! Is it too early to think about Christmas? It's a VERY festive post from me this morning.

A short while ago I was browsing a web site's Christmas sale ..... and spotted a FAB Christmas stamp ... I just had to order it, so I did. Imagine my surprise, when it arrived and was absolutely HUGE.  Hmmm ... initially I was well disappointed but, as it happens, with the aid of my trusty MISTI it rocks batch making of Christmas cards!! Have to say though, without a stamping platform of some kind ..... I may well have remained disappointed! I LIKE it, if I run out of time to complete my 2019 quota I could easily run up a batch say ... in blue, or green! Way to catch up fast, YAY!


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

Materials used: - given that I made a batch of five, all physical materials are multiplied by five!
  • Cream, linen effect, 300gsm DL card and matching sized white envelope
  • Cream 300gsm card cut to fit as an insert
  • Woodware (FRS341 - "Graffiti Christmas) lined up in my MISTI (for easy repeat stamping) and inked using Versafine Clair tulip red, once the card fronts were done I lined it up again and stamped the envelope backs too
  • Smaller sentiment (Hero Arts CL343) and star image (Paper Artsy JOFY57) stamped using Versafine Clare twilight ink
  • Diamond stickles to bling it up further
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Fashionable Stamping - challenge No. 143 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 422 - ANYTHING GOES + option of NO SENTIMENT .. which I plainly did not use!
  3. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 332 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  4. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 176 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Sparkles Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 96 - ADD SOME SPARKLE

And, whilst I was in full on Christmas mode, I thought I would ink up some NBUS!


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white and navy, for my image panel
  • WRMK nesting rectangle dies, used to cut my image panel and matting layer
  • My images (all from Sparkle 'n Sprinkles 00-468P5 "Woofies Christmas") were stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Sentiment (Hero Arts CL343) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Diamon stickles to embellish
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pile It On - challenge No. 150 - WATER OR LAND ANIMALS - I went with land!
  2. International Art & Soul - challenge No. 50 - CHOOSE A MOVIE - given my pooch appears to be "searching" in the snow I went with "The search for Santa Paws"!!
  3. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 102 - ANIMALS or BIRDS
  4. Winter Wonderland - January challenge - IT'S SNOWTIME
  5. Christmas at Sweet Stamping - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES
And, whilst I had Christmas in my mind, I thought I would try my hand at scrap booking, it's been a while


My scrap layout
Materials used:
  • Doodlebug Designs "spearmint plaid" 12" x 12" paper
  • Michaels red satin ribbon with Merry Christmas repeated in gold
  • Double sided tape, to adhere the ribbon
  • Computer generated journalling, mounted on to red card and then adhered using dimensional foam tape
  • Red card and WRMK nesting rectangle dies + unbranded square dies used to add matting to my photos
  • Paper Artsy (ZA18) images stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stampers Anonymous (Crazy Things) stamped on to snippet of white card using Memento tuxedo black ink, coloured using alcohol markers and Sakura gelly roll glitter gel pens before fussy cutting and adhering to my layout
  • Sharpies, alcohol markers and Sakura gelly roll glitter gel pens used to colour
  • White Posca Paint Pen used to add details
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 43 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - January 29th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 424 - ANYTHING GOES

Monday, 28 January 2019

Monday and the start of another week

Morning readers,

Gracious, we're almost at the end of January .. already? What happened? By the weekend, it will be (gulp) FEBRUARY.

You could ALMOST argue that this card was made .... for January!! Of course, it WASN'T but ..., actually I have NEVER made a miss/missing you card before - thought it was time to give it a go. I chose to use one of my favourite techniques and one which I return to time after time ... layering stamps, as I think the effect often turns out pretty grungey, making it (IMHO) virtually perfect for masculine cards - check it out and see if you agree.


My card
And a closer view of the image panel though the cream card colour is better in the top photo
And the co-ordinating reverse of my card and envelope
Materials used:
  • One piece of 300gsm 8½" x 11" card cut to make my tent fold card, card front and insert
  • ½ sheet of A4, 300gsm dark chocolate brown card cut to mat my card front and insert
  • Matching sized cream envelope with chocolate brown trim ... which I "unearthed" in my stash!
  • IndigoBlu background image (from Itsy Bitsy Backgrounds IBB) stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Kaisercraft "Rocks" image and Inkadinkado "finger print" image (from 60-31295 "Bloody Scene") stamped using Memento grey flannel inks
  • My Minds Eye numbers image (from "Happy Days" KFD143) stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Sentiment (Stampers Anonymous CMS155 "Simple Sayings") and plane image (Royal Langnickel MIN-CCS103) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting By Design - January 23rd challenge - LAYER IT UP ... albeit I layered INK - I hope that works too
  2. Mod Squad - January 23rd challenge - USE MULTIPLE IMAGES (sentiments don't count) .. background grid, overstamped background "rocks", numbers, fingerprint (3 times) and plane image - check!
  3. Crafters Castle - challenge No. 13 - ANYTHING GOES + option of FUN TECHNIQUES .. and I love to layer up stamps and see how it finishes
  4. The Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Fashionable Stamping - challenge No. 143 - ANYTHING GOES 
Despite usually using 300gsm card as my base cards, it always seemed like my tent fold cards didn't really want to support their own weight. I often found that I had to "deal with" drunken cards whilst trying to obtain a half way decent photo. How do YOU deal with this issue with your tent fold cards? I'm thankful that I have now found a solution to this issue but curious to know what other crafters have improvised to solve the issue .......

And now .... for an Artist Trading Card .... I've been making quite a lot of Artist Trading COINS lately and thought it was high time I made the regular ATC ...


My Artist Trading Card
And a closer view of the image
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card, cut to ATC size
  • MFT sentiment (CS-175 "Uncorked") stamped using Versafine Claire nocturne ink
  • Stampers Anonymous image (THMB028 "Wine") stamped using Memento tuxedo black, I also stamped the image a second time on to a sheet of full coverage adhesive which I then fussy cut out, to use as a mask
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour my image
  • With the mask placed over my glass I place the Memory Box stencil (88517) before applying Memento London fog ink using an Aldi stencil brush before changing to Stampers Anonymous stencil (from set THMST035) and Memento grey flannel ink
  • Paper Artsty splatter (from HTPX01) stamped multiple times using Memento rosebud ink
  • I wanted to add a grape border but (wouldn't you just know I didn't HAVE a grape border image!!!) so I improvised with the circles border ( Leoni Pujol LP-ST-Arrow) stamped using Memento sweet plum ink
  • Diamond stickles used to trace the larger fonted sentiment and Anita's dimensional gloss applied to the glass

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 183 - MAKE IT SPARKLE
  2. Creative Inspiration - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES - 3rd entry
  3. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 266 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 98 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Dragonfly Dreams - January 11th challenge - ANYTHING GOES



Sunday, 27 January 2019

Good Sunday Morning and a surprise post from me

Morning readers,

Today is a special day, as we are celebrating the 7th anniversary of the Snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop ..... Di's friend Darnell,  from, across the pond has initiated this surprise Blog Hop to thank Di for the SEVEN years she has managed the Playground where we go to show off our snippets makes, enjoy bonfires, have a few hot toddies, jump rope, play on the Playground equipment, trade beads and baubles, horse-around in the tree house, ride bikes, play with Parsnip (and now Dudley), and generally have an amazingly  fun time! Hope you will find time to join us all .... here's my make for this anniversary


My card
And a closer view of the paper pieced "frock" deploying my "snippet"
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of dusky pink (DCWV linen textured) card, cut to mat 
  • Paper Artsy image (ZA22) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and then heat set
  • I stamped the central part of the image a second time on to a snippet of white card before colouring and fussy cutting and mounting on clear dimensional foam pieces, to give dimension
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils and a couple of alcohol markers used to colour the image
  • CardzTV sentiment ("Just Saying") stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink - I purposely left the insert blank as I thought this might fit a number of occasions
  • Diamond stickles to add interest and texture to the hat, cupcakes and buttons
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 344 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Through The Purple Haze - challenge No. 152 - USE YOUR FAVE COLOUR ... I think the clue's in my blog title .. it's PURPLE!!!
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 219 - ANYTHING GOES + A SENTIMENT
  4. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 282 - FINISH THE INSIDE
  5. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 414 - ANYTHING GOES
Imagine my surprise (and delight) to find out, this very morning, that I am the lucky winner over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop this challenge too - Woo Hoo and THANK YOU DI!



Saturday, 26 January 2019

Saturday morning .....

Morning readers,

Earlier this week I had an "accident" with my snippets box ... it was top heavy  and tipped over so I thought I should go through it and weed out the bits which (on reflection) I'm unlikely ever to use, sort them in to sizes and/or colour families. It's amazing what you find. I found the leftover snippet of masterboard (using Paper Artsy fresco and pebeo iridescent paints and Dylusions stamps) which was virtually THE perfect size for the ATC below, I merely shaved off a tiny border ... the bright blue panel was also less than a cm too big - how ever had I failed to notice this before? So, aside from tossing some of the less usable snippets I've used two to make the ATC below .....


My Artist Trading Card
And a closer view of the detail
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in bright blue and a leftover piece of a painted masterboard (which was created using acrylic paints in blues and white + iridescent pink and Stampers Anonymous stamps with white paint, various bottle tops used to create the painted circles too)
  • On the bright blue layer I stamped the Kaisercraft mini grid image using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • On the masterboard I stamped the Sheena Douglass circles image (from LBS "Grunge Band") also using the cobalt blue ink
  • I stamped the sentiment (CardzTV "Just Saying") using Versaclair nocturne ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and then heat set
  • Finally, to add a bit of glamour I took three glue dots and a piece of multicoloured foil (though I used the predominantly blue section) and "foiled" my ATC ...... I saw this technique somewhere just this week and thought (I have foil and I have glue dots - why not? It adds glamour, texture and shine - I LIKE it!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Everybody Art - challenge No. 439 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 2319 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Paper Shelter - challenge No. 367 - SHADES OF BLUE
  4. More Mixed Media - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES + optional USE BLUE
  5. Love2Create - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
And now for a card ....


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of funky foam, cut to mat the image panel
  • Using copier paper and tissue tape I masked off my triangles and used the "bouncing brayer" technique with Kaleidacolour Denim ink pad
  • Tim Holtz image (man with umbrella - TU-MS105 "Muse") stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Designs by Ryn image ("Rising Bubbles" CM-T8) stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink
  • TCP sentiment (S-5845-CL) stamped on to a snippet of white card
  • WRMK "Banner" die used to die cut my sentiment panel
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 387 - SKETCH - see below (actually based on one of my own cards which I have to say DELIGHTED me, especially as it was a surprise) - my thanks to my fellow LIM-ettes and the Design Team for embracing this design so creatively. - 3rd entry
  2. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 332 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. CardzTV - challenge No. 81 - ANYTHING GOES - 3rd entry
  4. CASonFriday - challenge No. 150 - BIRTHDAY
  5. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 78 - ANYTHING GOES
 

And the "Bouncing Brayer Technique"?




Friday, 25 January 2019

TGIF .. the weekend starts here!

Morning readers,

It's Rudolph Day ... the 25th of each  month I TRY to  make a Christmas card, to help keep me abreast of my card making quota for the year. Today is no different but.....I won't be entering this for the Rudolph Day challenge (as I usually would) over at Scraps of Life because Maureen has very recently had knee surgery and may well still be in hospital and, if not, in the very early stages of recovery so she opted to cancel just the January challenge, she'll be back in February. I'd like to wish her well with her recovery too.

On to my make ...... using a fab set of stamps which I was given at Christmas - 


My card
And a closer view of the image
 

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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of red card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of white and red card, die cut using WRMK nesting dies to die cut my image panel
  • Newtons Nook "Slothy Christmas" image and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black and Versafine Claire nocturne inks
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using gamsol and a paper stump
  • Gold glitter washi tape
  • Diamond stickles and Anita's dimensional gloss to finish off

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty  Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 421 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 43 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. ABC of Christmas - January challenge - "A" is for ANYTHING CHRISTMAS, "B" is for BERRIES
  4. JingleBelles - January 18th challenge - LOOK WHAT SANTA BROUGHT ME ... in this case, the fab Slothy Christmas stamp set
  5. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 424 - CHRISTMAS
And, since I had my new AALL & Create chess pieces still on acrylic blocks it seemed like a good idea to give them another outing!


My card
And a closer view of the image panel
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of chocolate brown card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of white card for my "game pieces"
  • Unbranded faux stitched nesting square dies
  • The Cats Pyjamas sentiment (S-5845 CL) stamped using Versafine Claire nocturne ink
  • Images (chess piece from AALL & CREATE Set #122, Domino from A Stamp In The Hand C-1849, Stampers Anonymouse CMS154 "Mini Blueprints") stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink, coloured using alcohol markers and then either die cut or fussy cut before collaging on my card front
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1903 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  2. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 338 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  3. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 235 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - January 22nd challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Mod Squad - January 23rd challenge - USE MULTIPLE IMAGES (sentiments don't count).. domino (twice), roulette wheel + chess piece - check!
Sadly, there seem to be a fair few blog challenges closing and retarte  is just one of them, I was lucky enough to win their last challenge - thanks peeps

 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Middle of another week ...... hope it's a good one so far

Morning readers,

Hope you all enjoyed a good weekend and that the changeable yet constantly chilly weather didn't affect any of you too badly.

Me? Well, I had new stash to play with so was as happy as the proverbial pig in poo! Wanna see what I was getting up to?


My Artist Trading Coin
And a closer view
 Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in linen textured navy and white
  • Nesting circular dies to cut my 2½" and 2¼" circles
  • AALL & CREATE (set No. 122) images stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Clear embossing powder applied, excess dusted off and then heat embossed
  • Memory Box (88517) stencil placed over my masked chess piece and Versafine Claire tulip red ink applied using an Aldi stencil brush
  • Paper Artsy splatter image (HTPX01) stamped using Versafine Claire twilight ink
  • Copic markers (in shades of grey) used to add colour to my chess piece
  • Placing my Memory Box stencil over the navy card I applied the twilight ink through, using an Aldi stencil brush, I also used this ink to go around the outer edge of both layers too

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 331 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 78 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  3. Simply Create Too - January 4th - 25th challenge - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 235 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 338 - ANYTHING GOES
And, whilst I was at it ........


My card
And a closer view of the detail ... I thought about leaving the "white" piece white but ..
mostly, they go brownish over time anyway, so .....
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of linen textured DCWV blue card, cut to mat
  • AALL & CREATE set #122 images stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne and twilight inks and then heat embossed using clear embossing powder
  • Copic markers used to add colour to the chess pieces
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment (CMS155) stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Memory Box stencil (88517) used in conjunction with Memento Paris dusk ink and an Aldi stencil brush, to add further interest to my card front
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. CardzTV - challenge No. 81 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  2. Creative Friday - challenge No. 222 - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry
  3. Allsorts - challenge No. 503 - MAKE IT MASCULINE
  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1903 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Get Creative - challenge No. 76 - ANYTHING GOES




Monday, 21 January 2019

Monday and the start of another week

Morning readers,

Welcome to my newest follower, Marian, thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Hope you had a splendid weekend. Shame about the weather but hey ...... the one thing you CANNOT predict is the great British weather!

I normally like to enter the (now fortnightly) challenge over at Simply Less Is More and they unveiled a new challenge on Saturday. Imagine my surprise when I spotted that the lovely peeps over there HAD based the sketch on a previous card of mine - thank you so much ladies, honoured, flattered and, frankly, blushing! Naturally, I was off to my Table of Craftiness post haste to make an entry on Saturday but felt I should really enter more than once since they had been so kind .... so here is my 2nd entry.


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of pearlescent brown card (DCWV "naturals" stack) cut to fit
  • One piece of A4 copier paper which I cut down to use as a mask
  • Kaisercraft tiny dots image stamped using Memento dandelion
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped using Memento tangelo
  • Kaisercraft Crackle image stamped using Memento rich cocoa
  • Happy Little Stampers sentiment (HLS "Doodled Flowers") stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Using my mask I also repeated the design on the reverse of my card and envelope
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 387 - SKETCH - see below ..... 2nd entry 
  2. Creative Friday - challenge No. 222 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Daring Cardmakers - January 18th challenge - JUST STAMPING
  4. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 78 - ANYTHING GOES

 

And an Artist Trading Coin using new stash - ALWAYS good to ink up new stash, isn't it? I'm not entirely sure what happened at the Table of Craftiness but I KNEW I wanted to use the PA set and I also KNEW I wanted to make an ATCoin and below is the result! She's not the ideal ATCoin size and yet ... IMHO She ROCKS the whole coin thing!


My Artist Trading Coin
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in white and DCWV "Indian Summer" glittered stack
  • Nesting circular dies for cutting my 2½" and 2¼" circles
  • On the white snippet I stamped the Paper Artsy image (ZA22) using Versafine Clair nocturne ink, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and heat set
  • Alcohol markers used to colour the image and background
  • Mini circles image (from the free with magazine Ranger Wendy Vecchi set from Simply Cardmaking and Papercraft) stamped using Versafine Clair tulip red ink
  • Once assembled I added diamond stickles to bling up the image and then a white Posca paint pen to further highlight the image panel and border
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Sweet Stampin' - January 19th challenge - BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL
  2. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 2 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. CardzTV - challenge No. 81 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 145 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES