Friday, 23 June 2017

Welcome to (almost) the weekend!

Morning readers,

Well after a week of being hotter than Hades it was fabulous yesterday, managed to cool my bedroom by nearly 7°during yesterday, and slept MUCH more comfortably last night - YAY!

I've an ATC to share with you today. Many of you will recall that I swap with a buddy on the Isle of Skye and whilst we USED to swap materials, we now swap themed ATC's and September's theme is HOUSES ... what better excuse to break out the "haunted" house images, ready for Halloween! I know ... a little early but hey, when it gets here I'll be ready!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of card in black, orange and white
  • On to the larger snippet of white card I stamped the Inkadinkado haunted house image using Versafine onyx black ink
  • On the smaller white snippet I stamped the Graphic 45 sentiment using Memento tuxedo black ink and then cut it out
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool I applied Distress Ink in stormy sky to the remaining white area, using the leftover ink to colour the sentiment snippet
  • Recollections "drip" border stamped using Ranger Archival majestic violet
  • Taking a white Tsukineko gelly roll gel pen I added  highlights to the text and "whitened" the windows of the house and then, with a pitt pen, I drew a border around both the image and sentiment panels
  • Finally, I applied a layer of Crafters Companion spray and shine to seal and protect the Distress Ink



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. CASology - challenge No. 254 - HOUSE
  2. Crafty Sentiments - June 20th challenge - ADD A SENTIMENT
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 128 - ANY HOLIDAY ... Halloween!


And on to another holiday .. this time Christmas and an ATC ... I just can't seem to stop myself making them!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of red card cut to ATC size
  • Snippet of white card cut to slightly smaller than ATC size
  • Carabelle truck image and sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Distress Ink in tumbled glass applied to the white card, avoiding the glass of the truck, using a Tim Holtz mini blender
  • Once dry I applied a light coating of Crafters Companion spray and shine to both fix and protect the water based ink
  • Carabelle tree image stamped using Ranger Archival library green ink
  • Carabelle snowflakes stamped using Memento Paris Dusk ink
  • Creative Expressions tyre tread stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the tree
  • Plaid dimensional gloss applied to the truck
  • White Tsukineko gelly roll gel pen used to doodle a border around the outer edge



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. ABC of Christmas - June challenge - L=LOVE and M=MORE THAN ONE (I went with more than one .. snowflake and tree)
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - June challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 344 - ANYTHING GOES



Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Welcome to WOYWW!

Morning readers,

Hope your week is going well and that you are finding time to craft (or whatever hobby gives you joy). Is it hot enough for you? Crikey - was it me or was it HOT at the weekend? I had my cool towel almost permanently round me! Cool towel? ..... check here. Today is scheduled to be hotter still ... if anyone wants me, I'll be camped out - in my fridge!

I'm stuck making ATC's right now, didn't specifically decide on that but just keep making them! I've another to share with you now ....

My ATC
Materials used:-
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Costco's double sided paper - patterned side used
  • Snippet of white card
  • Viva Las Vegas plate #921 image and Stamplorations sentiment (from the noteworthy set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Image coloured using Marvy le plume II alcohol markers, including background
  • Creative Expressions border image (from their arty background set) stamped using Ranger Archival paradise teal and the dots from the same set stamped using Ranger Archival library green
  • Tsukineko gelly roll white gel pen used to highlight text and doodle a border
  • Plaid dimensional gloss applied to the hat and shorts!



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Sentiments - June 20th challenge - ADD A SENTIMENT
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - June 20th-26th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 164 - ANYTHING GOES
It's been so hot that I thought I'd try making a Christmas card - to see if it might cool me down .. sadly not! Oh well, worth a try!


My card
The inside of my card
Materials used:
  • Navy 300gsm card die cut in to a scallop edged circle and a much smaller plain circle - to mat the sentiment
  • White 200gsm card die cut to two slightly smaller circles and a much smaller circle (for sentiment)
  • Kaisercraft mini grid stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Kaisercraft script stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter stamped using Versafine satin red ink
  • Cartabella truck and tree image and Penny Black circular sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the sentiment circle
  • Plaid dimensional gloss on the truck




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) - June/July Rudolph Challenge - SHAPED CARDS
  2. Holly and the Ivy - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Ike's World - challenge No. 91 - ANYTHING GOES + OPTIONAL TWIST OF BLUE CHRISTMAS
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - June challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES

And, since it's WOYWW, here's the messy desk/colouring station




I also found out that I was the May winner over at Dragons Lair - thanks peeps


  
This was the card which won me the prize

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Welcome to a summer Sunday

Morning readers,

What a lovely day it was yesterday? The sun shone and we spent time with our surrogate family - perfick .. oh, and we got a little exercise too (that would be the walk to and from)!

Things are a little sluggish at the purple palace this morning, due to a late night and a bevy (or two!). Maybe this explains why I simply HAD to position my image panel "on the wonk"!!! So, is my image a chessboard or a futuristic image? I remain undecided


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of black card and white card 
  • Lost Coast image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Distress Inks in carved pumpkin and candied apple applied using a Tim Holtz mini blender and colour bleached out in a couple of spots using water, allowed to develop and then the excess blotted away
  • Creative Expressions border image stamped using Memento rich cocoa just to add a little interest and depth around the edges
  • Once dry I applied a layer of Crafters Companion spray and shine to seal and protect the water based inks
  • Using a Tsukineko gelly roll white gel pen I doodled a bit of a border and accented the sentiment


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 255 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 132 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Morgans ArtWorld - challenge No. 12 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 198 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 28 - ANYTHING GOES
And since I didn't get around to the LIM challenge yesterday ....


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

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square
  • One piece of neon pink card cut to mat at 1.6mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, black and neon pink - for personalised panel
  • Rubbudubbadoo sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • JOFY circles (from the JOFY14 set) stamped using Rangers Archival vibrant fuchsia ink
  • Using the Cooper black font I computer generated the name, printing on to 200gsm card before cutting in to my banner shape and matting on neon pink and then black
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the mini circles




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 333 - PERSONALISE IT
  2. Crafting with dragonflies - challenge No. 83 - SENTIMENT AS THE MAIN FOCUS


Saturday, 17 June 2017

Saturday = lazy day!

Hi there readers,

Morning all, the sun is shining and it's a lovely day, I hope yo have the same where you are

Today's make? .. an ATC ... got to play with my new stencils too!, so nice for a change. This is for a swap with my Isle of Skye trading card buddy where the theme is "MASCULINE"


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card cut to ATC size
  • Tim Holtz faux brick mini stencil through which I applied Distress Ink in tea dye
  • TCW cog stencil through which I applied Distress Ink in spiced marmalade
  • Carabelle number stencil through which I applied Distress Ink in vintage photo
  • Paper Artsy man (from their Ink & The Dog collection - Gentleman plate 2 - probably more than 10 yrs old) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Kaisercraft border image (from their "Edges" set which is certainly at least two years old) stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink
  • I applied a layer of Crafters Companion spray and shine, to seal the water based inks



I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:
  1. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 135 - FOR THE BOYS
  2. StarStampz - June 8th challenge - MAKE IT FOR A MAN
  3. CRAFT Rocket - challenge No. 38 - FOR THE MEN/BOYS
  4. TGIF - challenge No. 112 - LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS
For those of you who usually swing by, to see what my make is for the Les Is More challenge ... I've not yet had my inspiration so I MAY be back later with a second post or it may be in tomorrow's blog post!

Have a great weekend

Friday, 16 June 2017

It's (almost) the weekend!

Morning

I've been a fan of Doctor Who since it started (first time around, in black and white!!) and today I've a "WHO"vian themed ATC to share with you this morning, having recently acquired a set of WHOvian stamps from Viva Las Vegas. This  ATC was inspired by one of my favourite episodes of the rebooted series - the weeping angels episode "BLINK", from series III!


My "weeping angels" ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card cut to ATC size
  • I stamped my weeping angels image (from Viva Las Vegas plate #925) using Memento tuxedo black ink on to the white card and again on to a full adhesive cover post it which I then cut out and used as a mask
  • I stamped my TARDIS over the masked angel using Versafine majestic blue ink and then again on to a full cover adhesive post it note which I then cut out and used as a mask
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blender I applied Distress Inks in tumbled glass, weathered wood and salty ocean around the masked images
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the TARDIS and angel image
  • Once completed I applied a layer of Crafters Companion spray and shine, to protect the water based inks against the weather the ATC might encounter in transit!
  • I stamped the sentiment (from the same VLV plate) using Memento tuxedo black ink before adding cool grey and antique white alcohol markers to take the edge off the bright white of the card. The sentiment didn't fit across my ATC in one piece so I cut round it, ran it through my Xyron sticker maker and adhered in two pieces, drawing around the outer edge using a Faber Castell pitt pen
  • Finally, I used a black alcohol marker around the outer edge of the ATC .. basically because the ATC blank was bright red and it looked odd!




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - June 13th-20th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Ike's World - challenge No. 90 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 163 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting by Designs - June 14th challenge - THINGS WITH WINGS