Friday, 19 January 2018

Hi, another post using Christmas stash!

Morning all

I love to use stash before it hits the drawer (in case I forget about it ... it HAS happened!) and this main image today was a Christmas gift from my dear hubby. It just cried out to be CAS to the Nth degree, on this occasion, perfect for a masculine card - IMHO! Mind you .. I keep looking at it and thinking about a skyline and reflection in water - that might be my next project!

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 and one of maroon, cut to mat
  • Bee Crafty (Soundwaves) image stamped using Versafine crimson red ink
  • Happy Little Stampers (Butterfly Birthday) sentiment stamped using Tim Holtz Distress mixed media ink in black soot



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pause, Dream, Enjoy - challenge No. 3 - PHOTO INSPIRATION (see below) I took the red and the white along with the linear design, I thought it would make a change from Christmas cards!
  2. CraftaholicsRus - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 153 - MASCULINE
  4. Deep Ocean - challenge No. 172 - SOMETHING NEW (Christmas gift and this was its inaugural inking)
  5. Stampavie - challenge No. 297 - SOMETHING NEW (see above)


 

And now for another make using the FAB-u-LOUS Katzelkraft "Le Jungles" ... and yes, I DO know that you don't see too many blue monkeys but .... my pal is partial to the colour! I can share this as I happen to know she's received it!


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 at 13cm x 9cm
  • One piece of navy card cut to mat at 13½cm x 10cm
  • Snippets of card in white and navy, for the sentiment
  • Katzelkraft zen monkey (from Les Jungles - KTZ168) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • The Cats Pyjamas sentiment (from S5845-CL) stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Precious Remembrance Shop chevron image (from DIY Stamp Set) stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image
  • Stardust stickles used to "bling it up"




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Fab 'n Funky - January 17th challenge - GIRLY
  2. Sunny Day Crafting - challenge No. 3 - "C" is for COLOUR IT
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 157 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 513 - SOMETHING FUN!
  5. Moving Along With The Times - challenge No. 63 - CAS (Clean And Simple)
I've a couple of friends who definitely didn't have a good day yesterday for one reason or another and I'd like to say "Thinking of you ladies" - Lilian, Clare and Debbie


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Midweek mutterings ...

Morning all,

Another wet and wild night last night, with the blinds rattling .. sure, I COULD have closed the window but then I'd have been hot - it's all about compromise!

What WASN'T about compromise last night was the splendid curry hubby and I enjoyed with a pal - it's been too long - YUMMMM!

I recently mentioned how much I LOVE to layer up stamps ... well, I sat at my ToC (Table of Craftiness) recently and ran up a contemporary card and then wondered, whilst I had all the stamps and inks out, whether I could make a contemporary baby card - jury's still out on whether it worked but I am hoping so - check out both makes below

My Birthday card, which I love
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11½cm square
  • One piece of black card cut to 12¼cm square
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Kaisercraft rocks image stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Creative Expressions chevrons (from CEC851 Inspired Edges) and Happy Little Stampers sentiment (Mixed Media Fun) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Creative Expressions splatter (from the same set) stamped using Memento grey flannel and Adirondack red pepper inks



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Try It On Tuesday - January 9th challenge - MY FAVOURITE THINGS .. and I DO love to layer stamps, ask anyone!
  2. Dragonfly Journeys - challenge No. 109 - HOORAY FOR BIRTHDAYS
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1802 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 315 - USE STAMPS
  5. Artistic Inspirations - challenge No. 192 - ANYTHING GOES

And, here's the card I made deploying the same stamps - well, whilst they were on the blocks, why not?!??! To mix it up a little I used a C6/A2 card blank, matted with grey instead of black and added the extra red splat along with the BABY sentiment. Contemporary? YES, Baby card? Not quite so sure but this was a slightly unusual card occasion

My BABY card using the same images .. not QUITE so convinced but ....
And now, it will probably not come as a surprise to hear that I am STILL making Christmas cards!! I can't seem to stop and my previous reason (that I had new Christmas stash) can't be the reason as the stamps I used are actually pretty old - so old, in fact, that  I have even lost the packaging!

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 9½cm x 13cm
  • One piece of red card cut to mat at 10cm x 13½cm
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado sentiment (from the same set but I'm afraid I don't have the name or number) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to add some festive sparkle!



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Use your stuff - challenge No. 295 - MONOCHROMATIC ... I went with black and white with just a pop of red as the narrow border
  2. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 190 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 275 - PHOTO INSPIRATION (see below) - I went with monochrome and deer
  4. ABC Christmas Challenge - January challenge - A and/or B - ANTLERS OR BIRDS .... got a deer (with antlers) and 3 birds - YAY!)
  5. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 22 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

Found out that I was picked as TOP ADDICT over at Addicted to Stamps and More - thanks so much peeps, really appreciate it


 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Another week? So soon?

Morning all,

Hardly seems like yesterday it was Monday and now it's Monday again ... are we SURE there were six days in between? Either way, good weekend? Hope so.

Anyway, new year new start and all that ... thought it was time I updated the look of my blog. The background's a bit different to the old one and I'm canvassing opinion .. LOVE IT? LOATHE IT? or perhaps just ... MEH!?!??! Love to hear your thoughts

Time to share some crafting .. I LOVE Clean And Simple cards but I also LOVE to layer background stamps (they also make pretty good GUY cards IMHO .... using the right colours!) this one fits both bills ... JUST ABOUT!

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 (at 13cm x 9½cm)
  • One piece of pearlised grey card cut to mat (at 13½cm x 10cm)
  • Selection of background images from Creative Expressions sets (CEC828, 851 and Arty Backgrounds) plus Imagination Crafts Distress Set #1 stamped using Memento Paris Dusk, London fog, grey flannel and Versafine satin red inks
  • Funstamps (wood mounted but removed from block) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink on to snippet of white card and cut "banner style" to fit, edging the banner with the satin red ink



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Allsorts Challenge - challenge No. 450 - NO PATTERNED PAPERS
  2. Kraftin' Kimmie - January 13th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 278 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Emerald City - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 274 - CAS (Clean And Simple)

And now for a Christmas card .... I know!! I swear I'm addicted, you would think I could take January off wouldn't you but no ... I am powerless. Actually that's not true but ... you know what it's like, you get new stash and you can't wait to play with it!


My card
And a slightly better view of the image
 
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
  • One turquoise and one navy card panel, cut to mat
  • Paper Artsy snowman (ZA19) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • My Favorite Things "swipe" (DC-52 Abstract Art) stamped using Versamark ink, sprinkled with WOW! white puff twinkle embossing powder and then heat embossed
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Paper Artsy sentiments (both from JOFY17) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to further bling it up



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafters Castle - challenge No. 1 (it's NEW) - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin'  - January challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 368 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  4. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 512 - SOMETHING NEW (in this case the PA set ZA19, which arrived just this past Friday)
  5. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 149 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES

Sunday, 14 January 2018

A Sunday post from me - bet that's surprised you!

Morning

Bet you're surprised to see me today ... AND at an odd time too .. given that I normally post at 08:00 but ... in my defence ..... I only spotted the fab sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches this morning. With only a day left to enter the challenge and two cards on tomorrow's post already there seemed little left to do - except a Sunday post! So, here it is ....

My card
And a close up of the colour, gloss and 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 fit at 13cm x 9½cm
  • One piece of red card cut to mat and 13½cm x 10cm
  • Carabelle hearts image (SA60156) stamped using Memento tuxedo black including once on to full coverage post it sheet which I then cut out to use as a mask
  • With the mask in place ... MFT splatter (DC52 - Abstract Art) used as a border and stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Crafty Impressions sentiment (PICST 073) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using Sansodor and paper stumps
  • Anita's dimensional gloss on the pink heart and Stardust stickles around the outside of the red hearts



I think that's taken care of hubby's Valentine's Day card anyway!

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. CAS Colours and Sketches - challenge No. - SKETCH .. see below
  2. Allsorts - challenge No. 450 - NO PATTERNED PAPERS
  3. CAS on Friday - challenge No. 124 - MAKE A CARD FOR LOVE OR FOR VALENTINES DAY
  4. CAS-ual Friday - challenge No. 190 - ALL THAT GLITTERS
  5. Colour Crazy Challenge - challenge No. 2 - ANYTHING (Hand Coloured) GOES


 

Saturday, 13 January 2018

A Saturday post with tags and cards!

Hi there readers,

Hope you've all had a good week - probably starting to feel like Christmas was so last year! Sorry, couldn't resist that one!

I availed myself of some of the sales, well, one actually - Hobby Art Stamps - and snagged this fabulous image! So here is it's inaugural inking .......

My tag
The reverse of my tag
Materials used:
  • Kraft tag
  • Hobby Art image (from CS132-D Funky Chicken) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Anita's dimensional gloss on her eyes and stardust stickles to highlight
  • For the reverse of the tag I stamped my Posh Impressions "TO" and "FROM" using Memento tuxedo black ink


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 228 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 512 - SOMETHING NEW
  3. As You Like It - January 4th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 156 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Creative Moments - challenge No. 134 - ANYTHING GOES

And now ...... the LIM challenge has gone fortnightly this year so I don't have to wait every Saturday morning to see what the challenge is .. only every OTHER Saturday, so, I was NOT up bright and early this morning to make this one ..... I was able to make this yesterday instead!


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
  • One piece of purple card cut to mat
  • Using washi tape to hold my That Special Touch (MaskDistDots) stencil in place I applied Distress Ink in wilted violet through the stencil using a mini blending tool and foam pad
  • Close To My Heart (from D1523 - Sweet Music) saxophonist and musical notes (not on card front) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Happy Little Stampers Butterfly Birthday sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink




I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 362 - PURPLE - 3rd entry .. I SOO love purple!
  2. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 274 - BIRTHDAY
  3. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 127 - MUSIC
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 274 - CAS Clean And Simple
  5. WaterCooler Wednesday - challenge No. 152 - ALL ABOUT OCCASIONS