Saturday, 30 March 2019

Saturday - Woo Hoo!

Morning readers,

It's the weekend once more and I hope you all have something nice to look forward to. I know one of my pals should be welcoming a new grandchild but I also know a pal visiting a relative in hospital and another seeing a loved one moving away from independent living - sad times, wishing all three the best of luck.

In the meantime, I've hit the ToC (Table of Craftiness) already this morning and here are my two makes .... OK, so the anniversary card was actually made yesterday - I didn't get up QUITE that early!


My card
And a closer view of the colouring
 
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 pearl red (from a DCWV jewel stack), cut to mat
  • Crafters Companion tree image (SNOW-ST-CH), and my two sentiments (from MFT CS-82 "Hand lettered Holidays" and Hero Arts CL343) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Anita's dimensional gloss (applied to the baubles and lights) and Diamond stickles applied to the star

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 392 - SHINE A LIGHT
  2. Allsorts - challenge No. 513 - USE YELLOW SOMEWHERE
  3. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 181 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Happy Little Stampers - March Christmas challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES + optional (unused) twist of TAGS

 

And an anniversary card, they roll around every year! Can you guess who it's for?


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

Materials used:
  • White C5, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of red card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white, grey and red, for my image panel
  • Studio Light image (SL365) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image, adding just a "hint" of colour to the brickwork
  • Anita's dimensional gloss on the word panels within the image and diamond stickles on the hearts
  • Red/white polka dot satin ribbon attached using double sided tape
  • TCP sentiment (S-5845-CL) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Inside I added the Crafty Impressions sentiment (PICST073 ... it reads "to the one I love") stamped using Versafine Clair tulip red ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 223 - ANYTHING EXCEPT HAPPY BIRTHDAY - 2nd entry
  2. Moving Along With The Times - challenge No. 94 - FOR A MAN
  3. Southern Girls - March 21st challenge - SOMEONE SPECIAL
  4. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 423 - ANYTHING GOES
The reason for two cards to share today? Well, woke up at the crack (2nd morning running - wonder what's been going past at 06:00 both mornings!!) AND it was positively MURKY out there - nothing for it but to stay in and craft




Friday, 29 March 2019

TGIF peeps!

Morning readers,

I've an adorable Artist Trading Coin to share with you today, using a seldom inked stamp set and, having used it for this, I have no idea why I don't use it more often - the set is adorable - I've used not one image but three AND a sentiment from the same set too!
My Artist Trading Coin
And a closer view of the detail
Materials used:
  1. Snippets of card in white and pearlescent grey
  2. Nesting circle dies to cut the 2½" and 2¼" circles for my ATCoin
  3. Hero Arts images/sentiment/flower border (from CL153 - "Happy Day Animals") stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  4. Crayola pencils and a marvy le plume alcohol marker (B711) to colour image and background
  5. Diamond stickles and a Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen to highlight
  6. Faber Castell bronze pitt pen used to doodle the dotty border - which you can just see above the pooches nose

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - March 26th challenge - ANYTHING GOES - 2nd entry of 2
  2. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - SIMON SAYS "ANYTHING GOES"
  3. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 387 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 2719 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Cardz4Galz - challenge No. 93 - FLORA or FAUNA


Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Wednesday .......

Morning readers,

What a lovely couple of days I've been enjoying, weather wise, a little blowy but lovely and warm in the sunshine - and perfect drying weather too!

I have a little bit of fun to share with you today - I do like the scale of these little Artist Trading Coins (2½" diameter) and Tim Holtz crazy dogs just fit PERFECTLY! - see what you think.


My Artist Trading Coin
And a closer view, to show the colouring and detail
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in red and white
  • Unknown manufacturers nesting circle dies used to cut the 2½" and 2¼" circles
  • Stampers Anonymous dog and bone (from CMS272) stamped on to white snippets using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Crayola coloured pencils used to colour the images, using a Marvy le plume alcohol ink (B711) for the background
  • Once done, I fussy cut out the bone, ready to adhere to my finished ATCoin
  • Using two background stamps I randomly stamped the background using Memento London fog ink - images: Kaisercraft grid and Paper Artsy splatter from HTPX01
  • Posca black paint pen used to doodle the red matting layer border
  • Diamond stickles applied to the pupils of the dogs eyes and also to the name tag

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 102 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. The Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Shopping Our Stash - challenge No. 392 - MAKE AN ATC .... hope coins work as well as cards
  4. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 90 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Make My Monday - challenge No. 92 - GOING ROUND IN CIRCLES

And a card using new stash - I LOVE it when I get the chance to ink new stash BEFORE it gets put away! Not sure which is my new stash? All bar the sentiment and sepia splatters - if you'd like to see the stash then it may be viewed in this post.


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

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card cut to mat
  • Using images by Studio Light, Anita's and Paper Artsy and Versafine, Versafine Clair and memento inks I made this messy kind of grungey "guy" card
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1912 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Cardz4Guyz - challenge No. 216 - LET'S GET MESSY
  3. Through The Craft Room Door - March 26th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Sentiments - March 26th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Ike's World - challenge No. 118 - ANYTHING GOES + twist of CAS (Clean And Simple)


Monday, 25 March 2019

Monday and the beginning of another week and it's Rudolph Day!

Morning readers,

Hope you enjoyed a great weekend ... I had a fab one .... want to see what I got up to? My outing appears at the bottom of this post ...... in the meantime .....

Happy Rudolph Day peeps ... I use the Rudolph Day challenges to encourage me to make Christmas cards regularly through the year, so I don't have squillions to make in November - when I ought to be finishing my Christmas shopping!!!! This one is QCAS (Quick, Clean And Simple) using just two inks and three images


My card
 


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 both white and navy - die cut in to a plain white circle and a slightly larger faux stitched navy circle
  • Inkadinkado snowman image (I've had it so long the packaging is long gone) stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Hero Arts border (CL104 - "The Joy of Winter") and Paper Artsy sentiment (from JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Diamond stickles used to embellish the snowman and snowflake border

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - March Rudolph Day - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 180 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 430 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 223 - ANY SENTIMENT EXCEPT HAPPY BIRTHDAY
  5. Christmas at Sweet Stamping - March challenge - ANYTHING GOES + optional twist of STAMPING
Yesterday I met up with some pals and we attended the craft show at the Three Counties Showground, it was a lot of fun and we picked a gorgeous day to travel too, almost a shame the show was indoors!


Gorgeous day - view from the window before I left home
Not too crowded
Nope, still not too crowded!
Cherry, Debbie and me - enjoying a coffee in the sunshine - bit bracing though!
And the 4th compadre - Pauline, on the left
Lovely view of the Malvern Hills - still lovely weather, but blustery!
Not that I bought much, some of my friends (and hubby) might argue I have too much already!




Saturday, 23 March 2019

Saturday - it's the weekend!

Morning readers,

I recently had need of a generally supportive card, for someone going through the wringer right now - I realised I don't really make those types of card very often. More often than not my cards have an occasion designated, like birthday/anniversary/get well/sympathy and, obviously, none of these were suitable. I made one for this person but thought that perhaps I should have one or too, given that these occasions require support sharpish and I might not always have the time to make one so ..... I made it red and not too girly so it could work for male or female but the addition of stickles PROBABLY makes it a little more feminine - see what you think ...


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 red card, cut to mat
  • Clarity Stamp feather image (AO61-G - "Matrix Feather") stamped using Versafine Clair tulip red ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment (from CL342 - "Everyday Sayings") stamped using Tim Holtz permanent distress ink in hickory smoke
  • Diamond stickles to trace the "vein" of the feather

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 422 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 49 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 340 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 1 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. CardzTV - March 15th challenge - ANYTHING GOES


Friday, 22 March 2019

Friday, it can only mean the weekend is almost here!

Morning readers,

It's nearly the end of my sociable week, having had a nice catch up with friends over coffee and/or lunch this week. Oh, and I had to get a new phone too .... my own had decided it was no longer going to ring .... correct me if I'm wrong but isn't that kind of the purpose of a phone? I know mine doesn't ring often but ...... so, after some research we made our decision and ordered it, arrived the following day, charged it and handed it to the I.T. department (aka the hubby) to set up and then set about trying to work out how the heck it works! Hmm, getting there but ..... gonna be a while! I now know just how much of a technological numpty I am!

In order to escape the feeling of inadequacy, I've been hard at work at the Table of Craftiness and made this, a card for a friend who's heading in to hospital on Monday - wishing you well matey.


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

Materials used:
  • White 12cm square, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of gold pearl card, cut to mat
  • Montarga NZ image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment (from CL342 - "Everyday Sayings") stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Crayola pencils to colour
  • Diamond stickles to highlight

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Cute 'n Crafty - challenge No. 22 - ANYTHING (cute) GOES
  2. Cutie Pie - challenge No. 133 - BEARY SWEET
  3. Simon Says Stamp - March 20th Wednesday challenge - CUTE
  4. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 223 - ANY SENTIMENT EXCEPT HAPPY BIRTHDAY
  5. Craft Rocket - challenge No. 57 - FLOWERS

Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Woo Hoo! It's Wednesday

Morning readers,

How's your week coming along? I hope you've all managed to miss the wind and the rain ... and even the snow!

I'm having a fairly sociable week this week which involves several outings with friends and a possible craft show on Sunday - Yee Haa, it's been a while! Still ... I HAVE managed a little time at the Table of Craftiness and here is one of the makes I've been working on .... a card which I HOPE will uplift a pal who's going through a tough time right now


My Card
A closer view of the colouring and foiling
 
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 neon pink card, cut to mat
  • Aall & Create image (from set #135) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • S.U. sentiment stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Crayola coloured pencils used to colour image
  • WRMK hot foil pen and blue foil used to add highlights to the umbrella, rain and puddle
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 102 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. The Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Ike's World - challenge No. 118 - CAS/ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 89 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Through The Craft Room Door - March 19th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
FYI, my friend loved the card!

Monday, 18 March 2019

Monday - new week, YAY!

Morning readers,

Hope you enjoyed your weekend of freaky weather .... what with the wind and the rain it shouldn't be a surprise that there was snow in the mix too - hope none of you visitors to my blog this morning have been badly affected by either of these phenomena.

It has to be said that we've had a number of days (lately) when there's really been no reason NOT to stay in and craft!!! Here's a mixed media ATC which deploys inks (both brushed on, blended, stencilled and stamped), stencilling (with ink and gel medium), rubber stamping and foiling - IMHO pretty mixed media! AND I got to use up some card snippets so I'm calling this a double result!


My Artist Trading Card
And a closer view of the stencilling, inking and foiling
The Gloss gel medium, whilst wet
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in red and white
  • Using an Aldi stencil brush I applied Versafine Clair tulip red ink across the snippet of white card.
  • Placing a Memeory Box mesh stencil (88517) I applied the tulip red ink in the same manner as before
  • Paper Artsy heart image (from ESN23) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Once the inks were dry I placed my Carabelle hearts stencil (MA60051) over the image panel and taped in place before applying liquitex basics clear gloss gel medium and setting aside to dry
  • Once dry I decided it lacked some definition ..... using a Tim Holtz mini blender and Distress Ink in candied apple I coloured in the areas where the stencil had been, rubbing the excess from the gloss gel medium and setting with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine
  • WRMK hot foiling pen and gold sheet foil for adding the border 
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 348 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Happy Little Stampers - March challenge - HEARTS
  3. WeLove2Craft - March challenge - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES 
  4. Mix It Up - challenge No. 23 - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) INKED BACKGROUND
  5. A Inky Mess - challenge No. 28 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA GOES