Friday, 31 January 2020

Here it is, the last day of January - ALREADY!

Morning readers,

Feels like, this is January, that was!!! What happened to it? It simply flew by for me, how was it for you?

I've spent as much time at the ToC (Table of Craftiness) as possible and I've a make to share with you today ....

My Artist Trading Coin
Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in black and white
  • Nesting circle dies to cut my 2½" & 2¼" circles
  • Using a makeup brush I applied Memento tangelo ink to one half of the white circle and Memento rosebud ink to the other half
  • Using a Dutchdoobadoo stencil (470.715.129) I used the same inks brushed through the stencil
  • Hero Arts foliage image (from CL477 - which I've had for years) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Avery Elle sentiment (from DT.18-07) stamped using Versafine Clair purple delight ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the foliage



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 370 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Everybody Art - challenge No. 461 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 112 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - SIMON SAYS ANYTHING GOES
  5. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 463 - ANYTHING GOES

Time for a Christmas card, well, it HAS been a couple of days since I made one!!!


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card and 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 navy card, cut to mat
  • Snowflake border die used to cut my snowflake border from the smaller white card panel
  • Hero Arts "Merry" sentiment (from CL343) stamped using Versafine Clair tulip red ink
  • Inky Antics "Christmas" sentiment (from 11418MC-"Christmas decorating penguins") stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Stardust stickles used to bling up the blue "line" between my card panel and the snowflake border and also the snowflakes themselves




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. CAS Colours and Sketches - challenge No. 455 - SKETCH - see below
  2. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 466 - CHRISTMAS
  3. The Male Room - challenge No. 128 - IT'S SNOWING
  4. ABC of Christmas - January challenge - "A" is for ANYTHING GOES and "B" is for BINGO - I went with Anything Goes but the BINGO option is shown below
  5. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - January challenge - ADD SOME SPARKLE

 

And now for some personalised gift wrap ..... I had written a card for a teenage lad and wanted to co-ordinate the gift wrap and tag .....


My gift, wrapped!
Ready to wrap and roll!!!!
And the card it needed to match?



Materials used:
  • Roll of brown paper from IKEA, cut to size
  • Inkadinkado image (from 98997) and Hampton Art (from SCO170 "Happy Birthday") sentiment stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Red/white butchers twine
  • Kraft tag
  • Silver bell

I'll be entering my gift wrap  make over at the Love To Craft January challenge.

Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wednesday witterings ...

Morning readers,

I see blue skies this morning, whatever next? A strange yellow orb in the sky? I wonder! Have a good one peeps.

I've a make to share with you today ....


My Artist Trading Card
And the stencilling in more detail
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white, black and textured deep green
  • On the white snippet and using a makeup brush I applied Distress Ink in old paper over the entire snippet and iced spruce around the outer edges
  • With my Stamplorations "bubbles" stencil in place I applied Distress Ink in bundled sage before replacing the stencil with one my Imagination Crafts (IC-STEN-BRKGRD) and applying Distress Ink in peeled paint
  • Once dry I gave the inked panel a quick application of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine, to protect the water based inks
  • On a separate snippet I stamped the Paper Artsy dog image (ZN21) using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Crayola pencils used to colour image which, once coloured, I fussy cut out and edged again (to conceal any white edge to the card) using a black Posca paint pen before adhering to my stencilled background
  • Aall and Create sentiment (from set #135) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 166 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Incy Wincy - January 20th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 360 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 112 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for a card .... whilst I was trawling the internet late last week I came across a piece about sympathy cards and the suggestion that you don't always need to use the more usual wording colours and images for a sympathy card. In conjunction with this I was making a birthday card using a sketch which reminded me of a similar Memory Box stencil so, when that card was done and dusted I set to work on a perhaps not so traditional sympathy card and, for me, not so CAS (Clean And Simple) either - hope you like it as much as I do .... when I was finished I concluded it could actually be used for a number of occasions, just sending a message of support, to cheer someone up or, of course, a sympathy card.


My card
 
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 navy card cut to mat
  • I taped my Memory Box stencil (88505 - just the perfect size for the C6/A2 card size) in place and applied Memento inks using a makeup brush, I started with London fog on the bottom right corner and working towards the top left, changing to grey flannel and then Paris dusk
  • Happy Little Stampers sentiment (from Doodled Flowers) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Daring Cardmakers - January 24th challenge - CHEER SOMEONE UP
  2. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 382 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. CardzTV - challenge No. 106 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 2004 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. ArtyDiva's - challenge No. 14 - ANYTHING GOES
And, with just a change of colour and sentiment .... how different it looks? I matted on to neon orange card and also used Hero Arts neon inks in pink and orange and a sentiment by MFT. Oh, and I added a glitter droplet to the corner. The sentiment inside (also by MFT) says "Happy one year older day"! I'll be entering this one over at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog, for their January challenge.



Monday, 27 January 2020

Monday, here comes another week but there (almost) goes January!

Morning readers,

Hope you had a great weekend and managed to stay warm, avoiding frost, ice and fog of last week - tricky wasn't it? Oh and don't get me started on the drizzly rain of yesterday ... there I was, enjoying my morning constitutional and, before I knew it, I was sopping wet!! It was the kind of rain that gets you wet before you realise it. I finally realised it at about the furthest point from home so there was nothing for it but to suck it up and keep walking! When I got home, I peeled off the layers of wet clothing and chucked them all in the wash!

I've a make to share with you today ..... this time specifically made (unusually for me) to fit both a sketch and colour challenge ..


My card
 
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 navy card, cut to mat
  • Using low tack tape I masked off the shape, using the sketch as a "pattern" before taping my Dylusions stencil (DYS34261) over the top and applying inks through the stencil using a makeup brush - Memento rosebud, bamboo leaves and Paris dusk
  • After removing the stencil I stamped the Ranger Letter-It sentiment using Versafine Clair twilight ink
  • Once everything was totally dry I took my clear glitter gel brush pen (Wink of Stella) and traced over the inked sections, to give it a subtle sparkle which, sadly, does NOT show up in my photo - sorry!


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. CAS(E) This Sketch - challenge No. 356 - SKETCH - see below
  2. Colour Throwdown - challenge No. 577 - COLOUR CHALLENGE - see below
  3. Krafty Chicks - challenge No. 491 - WEEK 4 - ALL OCCASIONS (except Christmas!)
  4. Seize The Birthday - challenge No. 181 - BIRTHDAY + USE STENCILS
  5. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 297 - ANYTHING GOES


  

And another card, made to fit several challenges, check it out

My card
 
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 neon pink card, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white and pink - for image panel, sentiment panel/matting and embossed panel
  • Generic stitched circle dies to cut my image circle
  • Darice floral embossing folder into which I placed one of my snippets of pink card before running through my Big Shot
  • Craft Stamper free butterfly image stamped on to my white snippet which I then die cut in to a stitched circle
  • CAS-ual Friday sentiment (from WTF!) stamped using a Versafine Clair nocturne ink pad
  • Memento rosebud ink used to stamp my "hand stamped by" on the reverse of my card
  • Using double sided tape I "glitzed up a strip" but, sadly, I could NOT persuade my foil to stick evenly to the pesky tape, my quickie glue pen had dried up through lack of use so is now nestling in the bin! I used my hot foil pen without any more success before I came up with the idea that glitz could just as easily be glitter as foil ...... so, stardust stickles to the rescue! I also used them to add yet more twinkle to the butterfly



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Freshly Made Sketches - challenge No. 419 - SKETCH - see below
  2. Allsorts - challenge No. 556 - TAKE FLIGHT
  3. Inskpirational - challenge No. 205 - GLITZ A STRIP
  4. Just Us Girls - challenge No. 520 - PHOTO INSPIRATION - see below
  5. Sweet Stampin' - January 25th challenge - USE YOUR SCRAPS


 

I also discovered that I was a winner over at the Your Next Stamp challenge blog and would like to thank them for picking my entry as the winner of their $15 gift voucher, it's always so nice to find someone likes your work, isn't it? See below for my prizewinning entry


Saturday, 25 January 2020

It's Saturday and also the FIRST Rudolph Day challenge of 2020!!!

Morning readers

I've a make to share with you today .... it's Rudolph Day so it will come as no surprise to see a Christmas card - in reality, I made a batch of three, getting a jump on my 2020 quota! AND I got to use an old wood mounted stamp and some NBUS (that's Never Before Used Schtuff and I must thank Darnell for coining the acronym)


One of my batch of three cards
The front, back and inside of my card along with the back of my envelope
The stamp used was too big to even partially stamp on the front of the envelope
Materials used (three each, of the following):
  • White 5" square, 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, for my focal sentiment
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment (from "Holiday Wishes") and Stamp Cabana "hand stamped by" image stamped using Versafine Clair twilight ink 
  • Penny Black (3017-F "Joy Joy", recently re-discovered and I fell in love with using it to make my own background paper) stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stardust stickles - applied to the hearts, to add the sparkle!


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - January Rudolph Day challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. The Holly and Ivy - challenge No. 63 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Handstamped Sentiments - challenge No. 331 - INSPIRATION PHOTO - see below
  4. Ike's World - challenge No. 128 - "M" is for MALE ... whilst I think this card WOULD be suitable for male or female it IS aimed at the male populace - hence entering it!
  5. Sparkles Monthly Challenges - challenge No. 124 - WINTER BLUES

And now for an anniversary card - I have plenty of Birthday and Christmas cards but not too many anniversary cards so ...... It's kind of CAS and yet kind of not - made a nice change for me as well as using the 6" square format. I really like it's classic yet simple look - I might make more of these, the sentiment sets are new and just the perfect size for this card - IMHO


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

Materials used:
  • White 6" square, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 5" square
  • One piece of purple card cut to 5½" square, for matting
  • Using Picture This words from both "Love and Pride" and "Happy Days" I stamped around the outer edge using Versafine Clair morning mist ink
  • StudioLight heart image (from SL363) stamped using Versafine Clair purple delight ink - makes such a nice change not to use a black ink on my project
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the heart image




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Always Fun - challenge No. 146 - YOUR FAVOURITE STAMP SET - both sets are fairly new (the sentiment was JUST before Christmas) but I LOVE them both
  2. Sisterhood of Crafters - January 22nd challenge - NEW STASH - see entry 1
  3. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. 220 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 243 - ANYTHING GOES + A SENTIMENT

Friday, 24 January 2020

TGIF!

Morning readers,

Hubby's had "manflu" all the week and I've fought it off but ... beginning to feel like I may not have fought it off quite as successfully as I might have liked - DARN IT!

Nice catch up with a pal yesterday ... we headed to a community coffee shop close to me, in a park. We sat and nattered over a coffee before taking the air by waling around the park - a lovely morning AND we got some exercise - win/win!

I've a make to share with you today .... it wasn't all that long ago that I couldn't make anything BUT Christmas cards, that sort of stopped just after Christmas (go figure!) - now that I've had a couple of weeks off, here's a Christmas card!!! I simply don't use die cut apertures enough ... they can add so much extra "texture" and interest whilst still keeping your card CAS (Clean And Simple). I was following a sketch recently and die cut the aperture mask you see below ... it was just too tempting to use it again whilst it was out on the desk! And, of course, the penguin image was just too cool - perfect in light of the recent "darn chilly" weather!! Stay warm peeps!


My card
And a closer view which, I HOPE, shows the sparkle better
- the gifts were coloured with glitter gel markers, for more sparkle!
 
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 navy card, cut to mat
  • Scrap card with aperture cut out, to use as a mask - I made/used this mask for the first time in my Monday post, in case you think you recognise it!
  • MFT penguin with gifts image (SY01 "Sweet Penguins") stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink - I stamped it on to a piece of post it too, cut it out and positioned over my stamped image before placing the aperture mask on top again. With the two masks in place I applied Memento Bahama blue ink over the aperture/image, using a makeup brush and then Memento Paris dusk around the outer edges
  • Tim Holtz star stencil (from set #30) place on top of the layered masked image and applied Memento Paris dusk ink through the stencil with the same makeup brush.
  • Having then removed both masks I coloured the image using Crayola pencils
  • Paper Artsy sentiment (from JOFY17) stamped using Versafine Clair nocturne ink
  • Stardust stickles used to add the sparkle to the stars and I also two glittered blue droplets

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Sparkles Christmas Challenge - January challenge - FOR A CHILD
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - January challenge - ADD SOME SPARKLE
  3. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - January challenge - GIFTS
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 473 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  5. Christmas Kickstart - January challenge - PENGUIN PARADE