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Saturday, 26 May 2018

Saturday crafting ...

Hi there readers,

Well, what a great welcome home - rain! Mind you, I SHOULDN'T be surprised since it IS a Bank Holiday weekend and the one earlier in the month was glorious so ..... methinks it must be a "stay in and craft" day!

Cracked the seal on a recent acquisition (the Art Impressions get well set) and here's an ATC I made using it on kraft card. I don't do this often enough which is such a shame as coloured pencils work so beautifully on kraft card - hope you agree

My ATC
And a closer view of the colouring
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in black and kraft
  • Image and sentiment stamped using black ink
  • Pencils used to colour
Derwent coloursoft and Prismacolour scholar pencils
Art Impressions SC0681 and Stampers Anonymous THJ009 "Saying Stuff"
Memento tuxedo black ink
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 297 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 21 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  3. Crafting with Friends - challenge No. 68 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 147 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 166 - ANYTHING GOES

And now, a "thinking of you" card - it's my belief that CAS (Clean And Simple) works great for this topic, one we all hate to make cards for but which we inevitably must....


My card
And a closer view of the image

  
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White 12½cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • One piece of white card cut to 11½cm square, for inside
  • Sentiment stamped using black ink which I also used to edge the card front
  • Leaf image stamped using the green and the splatter shadow using the grey
STAMPS: Concorde & 9th Lace leaf set and Avery Elle ST 18-07 "loads of wishes"
INKS: Ranger Archival library green, Memento London fog and tuxedo black
I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 372 - ONE LAYER CARD WEEK and THINKING OF YOU
  2. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 39 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Penny's challenge - challenge No. 381 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. M2318 - ANYTHING GOES


Friday, 25 May 2018

Welcome to the weekend

Morning all

Have to say that I'm EXHAUSTED - just back from a wonderful U.S. vacation and am (frankly) a little jet lagged! Not only that but I've a MOUNTAIN of laundry to catch up on .... and don't get me started on the mail, or the grass!!!!

Anyhoo, as a way of taking my mind off the piles of things around me I have been at the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness) and have a little something to share with you today ..... thought I would play with some colouring in - it's so therapeutic!


My card
And a closer view of the colouring
  
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • Cream A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two  pieces of 300gsm cream cardstock, cut to fit
  • One piece of 300gsm chocolate cardstock, cut to mat
  • Snippets of both cream and chocolate cardstock die cut using MFT "faux stitched" nesting rectangles
  • Narrow spotted satin ribbon
  • Dimensional foam tape 
  • Image stamped using black ink .. with the sentiment and dragon's "smoke" stamped using cocoa ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils
  • Stardust stickles added - to give it a  bit of "get well" sparkle!
MFT stamps BB-37 "Magical Dragons", Hobbycraft satin ribbon
Memento inks:- tuxedo black and rich cocoa
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 324 - ANIMALS
  2. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 164 - RIBBONS
  3. The House That Stamps Built - challenge No. M2318 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Simon Says Stamp - Monday challenge - INSPIRED BY A SONG ... I went with "Puff the magic dragon" 

And now for an ATC ......


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white and DCWV patterned card from their rockstar stack
  • Image and sentiment stamped using the black ink .... I stamped on to a piece of scrap paper which I then cut out and used as a mask
  • Stencils and a 1" brush used to apply the orange and red inks
  • Pencils used to colour
STAMPS: S.U. "beautiful You"
INKS: Memento tuxedo black, LadyBug and Tangelo
STENCILS: Tim Holtz THS022 "Crocodile" and THMS005 Set No. 5
Derwent coloursoft pencils

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Dragonfly Dreams - May 6th challenge - HERE COME THE GIRLS
  2. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge - USE MORE THAN ONE STAMP
  3. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 367 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 166 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Incy Wincy - May 21st challenge - ATC, TAG or BOOKMARK


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Half way through the week ...

Morning all,

A little while back I saw a fabulous card from Paula Whitaker and was taken with her work .... her make was in yellow and grey but I decided to experiment with pink and, aside from discovering my rosebud ink pad has all but dried out, I'd like to think it was a success ...... perhaps because of the pale pastel of the dried out ink!


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
  • On the smaller piece of white card I used washi tape to mask off a border before applying Memento inks in rosebud (almost time to replace!) and London fog using the Aldi blending brushes (see photo below)
  • Using the Imagination Crafts stencil I applied London fog ink through the chevron, circles and dots areas of the stencil
  • Sunshine Designs foliage image stamped using the London fog ink
  • HLS sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Paper Mania mini faux crystal gemstones applied (using my trusty pokey tool) to bling up the foliage images
PaperMania faux crystals, Imagination Crafts mixed media stencil,
HLS doodled flowers, Sunshine Designs CPSD078D
And now for an ATC, I used to make so many but not so much these days as I don't swap as many as I used to either, however, this image and sentiment seemed just perfect for an ATC - hope you agree.

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in purple and white
  • Image and sentiment stamped using black ink, including image on to scrap paper which I then cut out and used as a mask
  • With my mask in place I taped my stencil down and applied the pink ink through it, using a brush
  • Splatter image stamped using the same pink ink
  • Pencils used to colour image
  • I doodled the white border and then blinged up the lady's frock with my glitter pen
Prismacolour scholar pencils Tim Holtz stencil, Recollections splatter and the SU knock off
set of "Beautiful You" that I bought in good faith recently, Memento rosebud and tuxedo black inks
Tsukineko gelly roll gel pen (white) and Wink of Stella clear glitter gel pen

Monday, 21 May 2018

Alright, new week, new start

Morning all,

Ever see a card you just have to CASE? Well, I came across a card by Paula Whitaker, which she had made for Bee Crafty. I had no idea which stamps/stencils/inks she used but this was the card I made using her inspiration. I hope you will pop along to her blog, using the link above) and give her some good feedback, if you like my interpretation of her card. I've tried to vary my design from hers as I have no wish to copy .... just lift some inspiration but, I won't be entering this for any challenges.


My card
  
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my card
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit
  • One piece of yellow DCWV linen texture card, cut to mat
  • Using washi tape I masked off a strip on my image panel before using my Aldi blending brushes and Memento inks in dandelion and grey flannel. 
  • I stencilled the chevron and circles using the grey flannel ink too
  • Hobbycraft foliage stamped using Memento grey flannel ink
  • HLS sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
HobbyCraft foliage 12698, HLS "Doodled flowers", That's Crafty stencil TC023,
Memory Box stencil 88568 "Zippy Dots" + Memento dandelion, grey flannel & tuxedo black inks

Saturday, 19 May 2018

It's Saturday, got plans?

Morning all,

Hope it's turning in to a lovely weekend for you and that the weather is being kind to you too.

I've been at the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness) quite a bit of late and I have a CAS (Clean And Simple) card to share with you this morning. Yes, I'm still loving the effect of pencils on kraft (and not one for NOT doing a technique to death!) ... I made this card as a thank you to my pal, who not only buys a lot of my cards but also sells them (on my behalf) to friends and family - thanks Sally

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
  • One piece each of white and kraft card, cut to fit and one piece of black card, cut to mat
  • Image and sentiment stamped using black ink
  • Pencils used to colour
  • Stardust stickles used to trace the "thank" part of the sentiment
  • Clear glitter gel pen used to bling up the dress and hat of the image
STAMPS: Avery Elle ST 18-07 and S.U. knock off of "Beautiful you"
Derwent coloursoft pencils, Tsukineko Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen
INK: Memento tuxedo black