Friday, 31 May 2019

Woo Hoo! It's Friday

Morning readers

I'd like to welcome my two newest followers, Kath Buckell and Karen Finkle, thanks for following - hope to see you both again soon. Naturally, I've reciprocated and am following them too.

If you want to see pix of my recent vacation then please check out the page here. I hope you will enjoy seeing my pix of the slightly less "touristy" places we visited.

I've another commission make to share with you today, this time "masculine" themed birthday!


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 with matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of maroon card, cut to mat
  • Kaisercraft woodgrain image stamped using Ranger Archival grey shadow ink
  • Kaisercraft crackle image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Kaisercraft marble image stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Craft Stamper free image stamped using Ranger Archival monarch orange (which is really petty close to the matting colour!!! Go figure!)
  • Stampendous sentiment (SSC1115 - Birthday wish) and Stampers Anonymous "man with umbrella" image (CSS27843 - "Purely Random") stamped using Versafine onyx black

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Try It On Tuesday - May 28th challenge - MAKE A MARK
  2. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 223 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Cardmakers - challenge No. 234 - BIRTHDAYS
  5. Dream Valley Challenges - challenge No. 203 - ONLY BOYS ALLOWED



Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Wednesday ... now it's downhill to the weekend!

Morning readers

I have a card to share with you this morning, part of a commission for a friend, good news is that she liked it!

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 mat
  • One piece of maroon card, cut to mat
  • One piece of scrap card, cut to size and an aperture cut out - to use as a mask.
  • With my mask in place I applied Distress Inks in aged mahogany and barn door, using the aged mahogany to sponge through a TCW stencil (437S - textures)
  • Using a Dylusions squared stencil I applied glue stick adhesive through, burnishing with my fingers
  • Having removed both the stencil and the mask I then applied a sheet of gold foil, again, burnishing with my fingers before setting aside for a couple of hours to "cure"
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment (V009 - Everyday greetings) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 283 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Inkspirational - challenge No. 187 - DESIGNERS CHOICE ... see below - I went with the gold foiling
  3. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 158 - BIRTHDAY
  4. Seize The Birthday - challenge No. 166 - ANYTHING GOES + (unused) option of PRESENTS
  5. Corrosive Challenge - May challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  

I've recently returned from a WONDERFUL trip to Florida - took lots of photographs - too many to put in one (two or even three) post/s - if you would like to have a look at my pix then either check out the page in my side bar 


Monday, 27 May 2019

Monday and another week begins ....

Morning readers,

Hope you all had a lovely Bank Holiday weekend have something nice to look forward to today and, indeed, for the rest of this week, I know I have but I can't share that with you just yet .....

Been spending some time at the Table of Craftiness and using up some more of those pesky snippets again - I do so love it when I can use more than one! Many readers will know that I exchange themed ATC swaps with a pal on the Isle of Skye and this is another ..... with the theme of "Colours of Autumn", which made me think of Halloween but there are the shades of yellow, ochre and rust there too .....

My Artist Trading Card
And a closer view of the sparkle
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in light rust, Textured ochre (from DCWV Premium "Naturals" stack) and white
  • On the white snippet I stamped the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image (Spooky Sally)
  • Alcohol markers (Pro Markers, Copics, Marvy le Plume)
  • Sakura white gelly roll gel pen used to add highlights and doodles to the border on the ochre layer
  • Wink of Stella gold glitter gel brush pen used to doodle a twinkly border on the light rust layer
  • Diamond stickles applied to the "moon" section of my image
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Gem Of A Challenge - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 110 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  4. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 164 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 353 - USE SNIPPETS


Saturday, 25 May 2019

Saturday, is the weather good enough to BBQ?

Hi there readers,

Well, here we are .. at another Bank Holiday weekend. I know the weather's been glorious much of the week but hey .... BANK HOLIDAY people so, is it raining yet? It' looking pretty nice here right now but then, the BBQ's still in the shed, wait till we think about getting it out!

Managed a little time at the Table of Craftiness, a pal asked for a couple of masculine cards so, armed with my washi tape - here's one I made earlier!


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 black card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in both black and white, for my image panel
  • Washi tape
  • Tim Holtz plane image (from THMM105) and sentiment (from THJ009 - "Saying Stuff") stamped using Versafine onyx black and Ranger Archival cobalt blue inks

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 222 - ALL ABOUT OCCASIONS
  2. Allsorts - challenge No. 520/521 - BIRTHDAY
  3. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 463 - MONOCHROME
  4. Moving Along With The Times - challenge No. 98 - MONOCHROME
  5. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 349 - ANYTHING GOES



And, since my friend asked for "several" masculine cards, here's another .......


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 grey card, cut to mat
  • One piece of scrap card (cut to size) and a rectangle die cut from the piece, to use as a mask
  • With the mask taped in place I applied Distress Ink in hickory smoke, to give an even coating
  • Using two Tim Holtz stencils (THS006 "dot fade" and THS013 "clockwork") I applied the hickory smoke ink through both, obtaining a nice (IMHO) mottled layering look
  • Kaisercraft "crackle" image stamped using Ranger Archival grey shadow ink
  • Kelly Creates large sentiment (348273) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • A quick spritz of Krylon fixative (having first placed the mask back over my inked panel)
  • Scribbles "night star" (black) 3D glitter glue used to trace over the large sentiment - to add both highlight and texture
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Patties Creations - challenge No. 158 - BIRTHDAY
  2. Just Add Ink - challenge No. 458 - Q, X, Y, Z ...... I went with "Y" with my happY birthdaY
  3. CardzTV - challenge No. 90 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 243 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Sweet Stampin' Challenge - May 25th challenge - BIRTHDAY BOYS

Friday, 24 May 2019

Friday and the weekend starts this afternoon!

Morning readers,

You got plans for the weekend? We'll be catching up with friends at some point and, I imagine, I'll be hitting the ToC (Table of Craftiness) too

Meanwhile, I've an inky creation to share with you this morning .... sentiment free, as part of a commission


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 black card, cut to mat
  • One piece of scrap card with aperture cut out, to use as a mask
  • With the mask taped in place I applied Distress ink in tea dye and frayed burlap using a mini blending tool
  • Tim Holtz stencil (THS022 Crocodile) placed over my image panel and Distress Ink in frayed burlap applied through the stencil and then allowed to dry before removing the mask
  • Plane image (Stampers Anonymous (THMM105) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Replacing the mask I applied a quick coat of Krylon sealant, to protect the water based inks in transit

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 2219 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 391 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Addicts - challenge No. 60 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. CRAFT Challenge - challenge No. 514 - FATHERS DAY/MASCULINE
  5. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 51 - ANYTHING GOES

And another card, for my sentiment free commission


My card
And a closer view of the colour 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
  • Purple card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white and black, for my image panel
  • Snippet of purple card to which I added the Stamplorations "Nestlng circles" stencil. I then applied a liberal coating of Ranger collage glue stick, burnishing with my fingers. I removed (and cleaned) my stencil before applying a layer of gold foil over the glue stick - again, burnishing with my fingers. I let it cure overnight before removing foil and cutting to size
  • Stampabilities image (rom 1573807) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Pencils used to colour

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Dream Valley Challenge - challenge No. 202 - ONLY GIRLS ALLOWED
  2. Simon Says Stamp - Monday challenge - USE A STENCIL
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 342 - MAKE YOUR MARK
  4. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 431 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. The Happy Craft Challenge - May challenge - ANYTHING GOES

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Welcome to Wednesday

Morning readers,

Another sentiment free card, for a commission - somehow, I was just itching to use some of the funky sentiments that came with the stamp set used! But ..... I was asked for sentiment free so -


My card
And a closer view of my 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
  • Three pieces of white card, cut to fit and mat
  • MFT image (CS-305 "Toucan do it") stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and the border stamped using Memento lilac posies - which I also used to colour the outer edge of the matting layer in conjunction with Brilliance pearlescent orchid
  • Derwent coloursoft and Prismacolour scholar pencils used to colour image
  • Glitter gel pens and Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen used to add highlights

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1920 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crazy For CAS - challenge No. 17 - BIRDS
  3. Get Creative - challenge No. 80 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 94 - ANYTHING GOES


And now for an Artist Trading Card ...

My Artist Trading Card
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white and purple
  • On the white card I stamped the image and sentiment using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Derwent coloursoft and Prismacolour scholar pencils used to colour, accented with glitter gel pens
  • Simon Says Stamp (Falling Backgrounds SS101503) stamped using Memento lilac posies ink
  • Silver glitter gel pen used to doodle on the purple matting layer

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 243 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Dream Valley - challenge No. 202 - ONLY GIRLS ALLOWED
  3. Dragonfly Dreams - May 5th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - May 21st challenge - ANYTHING GOES

I recently celebrated a birthday and would like to thank each and every one of you that sent me a card or a birthday e-mail/text/call, all so very much appreciated





Monday, 20 May 2019

Welcome to Monday May 20th

Morning readers

Hope you all had a fab weekend - get up to anything nice? We had dinner with friends which is always nice. This time we got to try a new (to us) restaurant and one which we think we'll be returning to in the not too distant future too.

Managed some time at the Table of Craftiness and have a make to share with you this morning, another sentiment free make, for a commission


My card
And a closer view of my image panel
 
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 patterned paper, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white and black, for my image panel
  • Stix2 double sided tape and gold sheet foil
  • Inkadinkado image (99109 - "Patterned Pets") stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils used to colour image
  • Gold glitter gel pen and stardust stickles to highlight

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. CardzTV - challenge No. 89 - ANYTHING GOES ... 2nd entry
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 164 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 110 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. A Gem of a Challenge - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES


Saturday, 18 May 2019

Saturday ... time to craft!

Morning readers


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

Materials used:
  • White A2/C5, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of Black card, cut to mat
  • Car image (Art Gone Wild - MI2511) stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink - I also have this on a full cover post it which I used as a mask
  • TCW 437s stencil used with a sponge which had previously had picked raspberry and barn door on the sponge
  • Krylon spray fixative - to protect the water based ink stencilling

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 462 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. The Male Room - challenge No. 111 - ANYTHING GOES + optional twist (unused) ORIGAMI
  4. Creative Friday - challenge No. 229 - FOR A MAN/BOY
  5. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 51 - ANYTHING GOES


And I made time to make another card today ....


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 my envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of grey card, cut to mat
  • Low tack tape used to mask off my chosen image panel
  • Using a mini blending tool I applied Distress Inks: peacock feathers, salty ocean and faded jeans, spritzing with a little water and then flicking water from my fingers, to obtain slightly larger splats - I left it to "develop" for a few moments before blotting with paper towel
  • TPC Studio Sentiment (from "Greetings" ST93416) and Stampers Anonymous foliage (CSS27836 "Natures Elements") stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • I replaced the tape to mask off my card before giving a spritz of Krylon sealant, to protect the water based inks
  • Stardust stickles to "bling up" the foliage

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Alphabet Challenge - May 19th challenge - "D" is for DISTRESS INKS/PAPERS
  2. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 348 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Create Too - May challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Through The Purple Haze - challenge No. 156 - I'VE GOT THE BLUES
  5. The Happy Craft Challenge - May challenge - ANYTHING GOES