Saturday, 16 December 2017

It's the weekend!

Hi readers,

Yes, it's the weekend and almost the last one before Christmas too .. well you CAN go shopping next weekend but, why would you if you could avoid it so .... hope you have all your gift shopping safely "in the bag" .. if you want, I could come and wrap your gifts!! I do love to wrap presents!

I've an ATC to share with you first today, been a few weeks since I've made any and I DO like their smaller scale. 


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in cream, grey, navy and black
  • Crafty Individuals (CI-372 Crowned bunnies) image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Stardust stickles to add a little twinkle!


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Purple Haze - challenge No. 140 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Little Miss Muffet - challenge No. 178 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 34 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 50 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  5. Crafting with friends - challenge No. 57 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for a Christmas card ..


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 C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • White card cut to fit and red card cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white, black and red die cut using MFT stitched rectangle dies
  • Inkadinkado glass image (from their Making Spirits Bright set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Kaisercraft metallic glitter gel pens used to colour bow and belt buckle
  • Mod Podge dimensional gloss applied to the "glass" areas
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (from the sketchy Christmas set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Black glitter tape (from a set of 3 rolls from Poundstretcher) used to carry the black "belt" across the card



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Fussy and Fancy Friday - challenge No. 202 - CHRISTMAS
  2. CCEE Stampers - challenge No. 1750 - FAVOURITE HOLIDAY STAMPS - this year's favourite new stash as I've managed to use all of the images on this set - more than once!
  3. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 224 - ALL DRESSED UP
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 508 - FESTIVE COLOURS
  5. Jingle Belles - taking back our seventh - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

And finally ....

My card
And a closer view to show the sparkle

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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to fit
  • Clarity Stamp (matrix feather) image stamped using Kaleidascope spectrum ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment and row of dots (everyday sentiments) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • White card panels edged using Ranger Archival majestic violet ink
  • My image panel was attached to my card base using dimensional foam - thin enough not to result in my card becoming "LARGE" letter rate!
  • Wink of Stella clear gel glitter brush pen used to trace the feather and add a subtle sparkle and Stardust stickles to trace the "spine" of the feather and dots of the sentiment



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 359 - BIRDS/FEATHERS
  2. Love to craft - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 53 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 141 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 50 - ANYTHING GOES


Friday, 15 December 2017

Welcome to my Friday post ... and a Christmas card

Morning all,

Pretty sure this must be about the last Christmas card I have to share with you ... for 2017 anyway! Of course, I COULD be wrong, since I don't seem to be able to stop myself making them! This was made for a chicken loving pal - I HOPE she liked it!

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 12.7cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • One piece of white card cut to 11.5cm square
  • Snippet of DCWV (winter stack) patterned paper cut to 11.5cm square
  • One piece of navy card, cut to 12cm square
  • Snippets of card in white and navy
  • String
  • Snowflake charm
  • Paper Artsy chicken image (ZA17) stamped using Memento tuxedo black on to larger white snippet and coloured using Faber Castell polychromos pencils - blended using Sansodor and a paper stump
  • Red Sharpie fineliner used to add stripes to chookie sweater
  • Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the image



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 311/312 - ANYTHING GOES but MUST use SNIPPETS
  2. 4 Crafty Chicks - challenge No. 381 - CHRISTMAS AND/OR WINTER CRITTERS
  3. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - challenge No. 446 - CHRISTMAS
  4. Moving Along With The Times - challenge No. 60 - TWAS THE CHALLENGE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
  5. Little Red Wagon - challenge No. 423 - CHRISTMAS CRITTERS

And I've a Christmas tag to share too ...


The front of my tag, I do LOVE this vintage Santa image
The reverse of my tag
 Materials used:
  • Kraft tag
  • Stampendous Santa image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Recollections "to" and "from" and the "merry merry" and "baubles" all stamped on the reverse using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils used to add colour
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the tag and Mod Podge dimensional gloss for the lenses of Santa's specs!

And the gift? Well, I used a crop-a-dile to punch a hole and set an eyelet to thread my red/gold ribbon through, threaded my tag on to it and then finished in to a bow - Ta Dah!


Hope you've all had a great week and are almost ready for Christmas. We've had some meals with friends and present exchanges. In fact we had a lovely evening and meal on Wednesday but, sadly, returned home to find ... NO HEATING! Boiler was completely dead - a gift that no-one wants in the grip of the recent cold snap. It was off to bed with a hot water bottle and set the alarm for as soon as the maintenance company open ... in our case 07:00. They can't come till today, so I'm waiting in and hoping they will be able to fix it today too ... otherwise I guess we'll be without heat all weekend!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

It's mid week again .... they're coming fast and furious as we approach Christmas!

Morning all,

Many of my regular readers will recall that I recently attended a crafting retreat hosted by Kylie from Happy Little Stampers where I made a good number of card fronts ... blaming a senior moment for not remembering the dimensions for an A2 card! As it happens, I was right, as I was a centimetre out!

I am, however, nearing the end of the conversion of these toppers in to cards! YAY! Naturally, where I have borrowed stash I've been unable to show the total materials used like I usually do but ... here goes . . . .


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 C6/S2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • Using washi tape I masked off my panel to colour before scribbling my Maped version of Distress crayons (in red/pink and purple) blending with a moistened finger
  • Using Tim Holtz mini stencils from sets #13 and #14 and a baby wipe I "knocked back" the colour in select areas (better shown in photograph #2, the close up)
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (DIY stamp set) chevron image stamped using London fog ink
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (positive thought stamp set) double dashed border stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Happy Little Stampers (doodled flower set) foliage and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour foliage on the insert to match
  • I edged the image panel using Ranger Archival mini in fuchsia pink before attaching to my card
  • Stardust stickles to accentuate




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - December 12th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Creates and Makes - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1750 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 187 - ANYTHING GOES

And now ... my last make from the HLS retreat where I was busy making card fronts the entire time, couldn't make them all in to cards as I could NOT remember the size of an A2 card and didn't want to look too dumb by asking!!! I do love to layer my Kaisercraft images, they make such a perfect and grungey backdrop for cards ..... hope you agree.


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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to fit
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Kaisercraft bubble wrap image stamped using Distress Ink in weathered wood
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (DIY set) splatter image stamped using Adirondack red pepper ink and sentiment using Memento tuxedo black ink



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 372 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 56 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 314 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 71 - ANYTHING GOES
Someone pointed out to me that I had put red splats on my get well card - reminded them of blood! I hadn't really thought about it until it was mentioned, perhaps because it hadn't started out as a get well card. 


YES OR NO to the red splatters?

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Tuesday and an unexpected post from me ..

Morning all,

I know, I know, I'm not DELIBERATELY trying to confuse you by posting today but .. yesterday was a funny old day and I treated myself to some crafting that I didn't get to share because I was at a funeral so .....

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 C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • White card panels and one red, cut to fit using MFT stitched rectangle dies
  • Rob Scotton (for Stamps Happen) image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Hero Arts sentiment (from CL343) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles and gold sparkle to bling up the image


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. AAA Cards - challenge No. 105 - SPARKLE
  2. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 159 - SEASONS GREETINGS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 363 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES with optional twist to ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE
  4. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 126 - SPARKLE
  5. CAS on Friday - challenge No. 122 - CHRISTMAS


 

And a Christmas card I wanted to share with you ..... the image panel was made by my five year old surrogate grandson - I made his work in to a card for him to give to his mum and dad! He stamped and coloured the image all by himself, using Memento tuxedo black ink, Stamping Impressions "Carolling snowmen" and a combination of Crayola pencils and Berol Verithik metallics .... the sentiment (added later) is from the Warm Holiday Wishes from Inkadinkado and I just matted it on to red card and then to a C6 card blank - didn't he do well?


Woo Hoo! I found out yesterday that I was chosen as a TOP 3 favourite over at Addicted to CAS, for their "SWEETS" challenge (I used a Quality Street wrapper as Rudolph's bow tie!) - thanks so much peeps


  

And, finally, after needing a few sympathy cards recently, I felt it might be a good idea to make some in readiness for next time - always so much easier than making them because you need one, don't you find?

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
  • Cream and black card panels die cut to fit using stitched rectangle and stitched square dies
  • Clearly Inspired image (from LCS100 Brushed Flowers) and Hero Arts sentiment (from (CL342 everyday sayings) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 71 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 218 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Catch The Bug - December 9th challenge - NAKED STAMPING - no colouring


Monday, 11 December 2017

Morning and welcome to the start of another week ....

Morning readers,

It's going to be a funny old day today; I'm catching up with a pal this morning at a coffee shop, we'll chat and put the world to right but then, we will be heading off to a funeral. Wish us luck, this is the mum of one of our oldest friends, someone we grew up knowing and will miss tremendously.

I thought about not posting a make today but .......I still had some card fronts from my retreat in November! I eventually decided that I would, but I shan't be entering my make for any challenges. 

Thanks for looking peeps


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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, cut to fit
  • Using washi tape I masked off a border on one piece of card and applied Distress Ink in tumbled glass through a stencil (Tim Holtz mini stencil, set #24) with just a little salty ocean at each end of my panel
  • Happy Little Stampers splatter image (from mixed media fun) stamped using Distress Ink in stormy sky
  • Happy Little Stampers sentiment (from Doodled Flowers) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • I also applied a light layer of Crafters Companion spray and shine to set the Distress Inks
  • (for the insert, back of card and envelope I stamped the same splatter and sentiment but using Memento Paris dusk ink)