Saturday, 30 November 2019

Saturday and the last day of November!

Morning readers, 

Last day of NOVEMBER? This can only mean one thing, Christmas is only weeks away, and I'm still making Christmas cards! And, how was Black Friday for you yesterday? I had ordered something from a well known online store  which arrived yesterday. It was billed as the perfect solution to an issue I had, even showing photographs of a configuration pretty much exactly the same as I wanted AND it was available in purple. Hmm, you know how you think it's too good to be true? And how it often proves to be that it IS too good to be true? Same thing happened, I filled this FABULOUS (their words not mine) gadget with the items shown in the photo .. some of the items simply didn't fit the space and then the whole thing didn't close - hmmmmffff - disappointed, or what? It's ALREADY on its way back to them! Grrrr, guess I'm still looking for that perfect gadget!

Enough whinge-ing - I've a make to share with you today .... this is the last batch make of my 20 Christmas card commission, I had hoped to have finished the "all occasions but blank" commission too but that was never going to happen as there don't appear to be enough hours in the day!. After an electronic "chat" with my customer we decided to get the Christmas cards winging their way to the U.S. in time for her to start writing (and mailing) them in time for Christmas!!! FINGERS CROSSED . . . . .


My card
My batch make
The front, back and inside of my cards along with the fronts and backs of the envelopes
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card (per card) cut to fit
  • One piece (per card) of navy card, cut to mat
  • MFT image and sentiment (from ) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Elsewhere on the card I used a Hero Arts and Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the images
  • Tsukineko gelly roll gel glitter pens on the nose, collar and dog tags
  • Stardust stickles

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Perfectly CAS - November challenge - CHRISTMAS
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 403 - CAS (Clean And Simple) - 2nd entry
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 241 - CHRISTMAS OR WINTER SENTIMENTS
  4. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 198 - ANIMALS
  5. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 485 - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) CAS
  

Friday, 29 November 2019

Friday - the weekend starts today!

Morning readers,

I've a make to share with you today .... I do so love to layer up stamps and .. well, it's been a while as I've been so busy making commission cards (and Christmas cards) so, I thought I would treat myself to a quick Artist Trading Card.


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card, cut to ATC size
  • Silicon border stamp (from Amazon) stamped using Memento tangelo ink
  • Creative Expressions chevron image (from CEC851) stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • StudioLight (SL409) images stamped using Memento dandelion, tangelo and rosebud inks
  • DRS image splatter (855H) stamped using Memento dandelion ink
  • Old Town Crafts "painted Daisy" image (C430) and Ranger Letter-It sentiment (magazine freebies) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stardust stickles

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - SIMON SAYS ANYTHING GOES
  2. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 2719 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Southern Girls - November 28th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 458 - ANYTHING GOES
And, speaking of Christmas cards, ... I'm still playing catch up on my Christmas quota having been concentrating on a card commission and also selling a number of my own, from stock, so - here's another I've managed to complete. I PLAINLY need to try harder in 2020, I thought I was doing well and then, suddenly, I wasn't!







Materials used:
  • White 250gsm, 5" square card
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of red card cut to mat
  • Stamp Cabana "hand stamped" image, Paper Artsy image (ZA19) and Hero Arts sentiment () stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils and copic markers used to colour image
  • Stardust stickles to add some Christmas twinkle and Anita's dimensional gloss to add some shine




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Try It On Tuesday - November 26th challenge - INSPIRED BY A CHRISTMAS CAROL or SONG - I went with Rudolph the red nosed reindeer!!!
  2. The Holly and Ivy - challenge No. 61 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 403 - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  4. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 459 - CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Wednesday again!

Morning readers

I've a make to share with you today .... having been working hard on a 54 card commission I discovered that I had fallen a little behind with my own Christmas cards. I recently acquired this delightful stamp and it seemed like a perfect way to catch up ....


My card
The perfect batch make
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope
Materials used:
  • White 15cm square, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of navy card, cut to mat
  • StudioLight star image (SL392) stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • For the insert I stamped the above star image using Memento London fog ink and then stamped my Paper Artsy sentiment (JOFY17) using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the cards




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1947 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Get Creative - challenge No. 86 - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) HOLIDAYS
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 179 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Dragonfly Dreams - November 3rd challenge - CHRISTMAS/WINTER
  5. Happy Little Stampers - November Christmas challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) BAH HUMBUG



Monday, 25 November 2019

Monday and another week starting ... make it a good one

Morning readers,

Hope you had a relaxing weekend and have woken this morning ready to start another week! Well, I woke up yesterday and realised I had friends stopping by yesterday afternoon in order to exchange Christmas gifts (last chance before Christmas) and thought it would be nice to put up the Christmas tree and have some festive music on as they arrived - does this make me a bad person or a good (if slightly crazy) person?!??! I hasten to add that I wouldn't NORMALLY put my tree up this early - HONEST




I've been spending time at the Table of Craftiness ... since it's Rudolph Day (the last before Christmas) I have, not surprisingly, a Christmas card to share with you this morning ......


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 Designer Paper, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in black and white, for my image panel
  • Stampers Anonymous snowflake (originally wood mounted) stamped on my card front, using Brilliance sky blue ink, to make my own background
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • MFT splatter stamped using Izink copper metallic ink




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - November Rudolph Day - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Brown Sugar - November challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Dragonfly Dreams - November 3rd challenge - CHRISTMAS/WINTER
  4. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 11 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 366 - USE SNIPPETS
And there's a new challenge over at Simply Less Is More, their last of the year as they're taking a well deserved break.


My card
 
Materials used:
  • White 250gsm, 5" square card
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of red card cut to mat
  • Stamp Cabana "hand stamped" image, Paper Artsy image (ZA19) and Hero Arts sentiment () stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Stardust stickles to add some Christmas twinkle and Anita's dimensional gloss to the eyes



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 409 - PICK A TRIANGLE, reckon you can see which one I used
  2. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 123 - CHRISTMAS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 465 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 179 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Happy Little Stampers - November Christmas Challenge - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) BAH HUMBUG

 OR 


Saturday, 23 November 2019

Saturday - Woo Hoo! The weekend!

Morning readers

I've a make to share with you today .... it forms part of a 54 card commission which needs to go off in the post early next week! Wish me luck with completing it!


My card - one of a batch of four
The batch of four
The front, back and inside of the cards along with the front and back of the envelope
Materials used:
  • Four white A2/C6, 250 gsm cards and matching sized envelopes
  • Eight panels of white card cut to fit
  • Four panels of red card, cut to mat
  • MFT image and sentiment stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Elsewhere on the card and envelope I used sentiments by both Hero Arts and JOFY, stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour images
  • Stardust stickles and gold gelly roll glitter gel pen, to bling up the otherwise CAS (Clean And Simple) card



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-

  1. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 104 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Country View Crafts - November challenge - HAND STAMPED
  3. Sheepski - challenge No. 32 - CHRISTMAS IS COMING
  4. Sparkles Monthly Challenge - challenge No. 122 - IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS
  5. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 373 - ANYTHING GOES


Friday, 22 November 2019

TGIF peeps

Morning readers

I've a make to share with you today .... this batch of cards forms part of a commission for 20 "funny" dog cards - the MFT set is perfect for this brief .....



The front, back and inside of my cards
along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • Four white A2/C6, 250gsm cards and matching sized envelopes
  • Four each of Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • Four each of red card, cut to mat
  • MFT image and sentiment (from CS-348 "Deck the howls") stamped using Vesrafine Clair nocturne ink
  • For the insert Paper Artsy sentiment (from JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colou
  • Stardust stickles on the "fur" trim


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Get Creative - challenge No. 86 - ANYTHING GOES + (optional) HOLIDAYS
  2. Perfectly CAS - challenge No. 3 - CHRISTMAS
  3. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 368 - HOLIDAY
  4. ElliBelles Craft Challenge - November challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  5. Crafty Sentiments - November 19th challenge - CHRISTMAS
  


I've another make to share with you today .... this is another sentiment free make 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
  • Art Impressions image stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Stardust stickles and gelly roll glitter gel pens used to "bling up" the image





I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1946 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting By Designs - November challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Paperminutes - challenge No. 615 - GIRL POWER
  4. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 45 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  5. Art Impressions - challenge No. 271 - ANYTHING GOES

And finally .... again, sentiment free! Not sure this one needs a sentiment though - CHEERS!

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
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image stamped (in two sizes) using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image
  • Anita's dimensional gloss used to simulate glass



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Cutie Pie - challenge No. 141 - ADD AN ANIMAL
  2. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 402 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Through The Craft Room Door - November 19th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 107 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. 2CraftyCritterCrazies - November challenge - ANYTHING (with a critter) GOES