Monday, 16 October 2017

Welcome to another lazy Monday!

Morning

Many of my regular readers and/or followers will know that I exchange ATC's with a buddy on the Isle of Skye and this year we are going with monthly themes to our ATC's - this one's for October's "Masculine" theme ...... cue motorbike!


My ATC
Materials used:-
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in Kraft, navy and white
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool I applied Distress Inks: tumbled glass and hickory smoke
  • Visible Image mini flourish (a Craft Stamper freebie) stamped around the outer edge of the ATC using Memento London fog ink
  • Creative Expressions stylised "tyre tread" stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Unknown manufacturers motorcycle image (it's unmounted rubber and at least ten years old - my memory's good .. but not quite THAT good!) stamped using Versafinne onyx black ink
  • Creative Expressions "No.1" image stamped using Versafine smokey grey ink
  • Black "S" thickness pitt pen used to doodle a border on the Kraft layer



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. MooMania - October 4th challenge - AUTOMOBILES, CARS, VEHICLES .... motorbike's a vehicle
  2. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Emerald City - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING GOES
And I have another make to share today too .....


My card - how I love this chicken!
 
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 and a piece of purple (Recollections) card for matting
  • Paper Artsy (ZA17) image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hampton Arts (NBUS recently acquired) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Derwent Coloursoft pencils to colour, blended with a Finesse blending pen




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 54 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. 2CraftyCritterCrazies - challenge No. 7 - FEATURE A CREATURE
  3. A Blog Named Hero - October 2nd challenge - CALLING ALL CRITTERS


Saturday, 14 October 2017

Saturday post

Hi there readers,

Hope you are all having a triffik weekend, we are!

As is my usual habit, I like to make a card for some Saturday challenges and today is no different ... other than it's my personal nemesis .... the dreaded ONE LAYER CARD!

My One Layer  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
  • One piece of white card cut to mat, for the insert
  • Creative Expressions (Urban Beats) star image stamped using Distress Oxide candied apple and the sentiment using Memento luxe nautical blue inks




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 350 - STARS ... and it's One Layer Card week too!
  2. Creative Friday - challenge No. 190 - ONE LAYER CARD
  3. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 215 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  4. Craft Rocket - challenge No. 42 - BIRTHDAY or PINKS .. I went with Birthday!

Thought I would share the photo I took this morning, of this little lizard/gecko .. when I saw him first it looked like he was balanced on the reflection of the security bar on the window .. which you can just see in the pic, if you squint!



Friday, 13 October 2017

Welcome to Friday 13th!

Morning all,

Here's hoping you've had a good week and aren't superstitious about today being Friday 13th!

Reckon I've almost finished my Christmas card quota for 2017 but I got some new stash recently - a set from Paper Artsy - I was determined not to consign it to the drawer as NBUS (Never Before Used Stash - thanks for coining that Darnell!!!) and am pleased to discover I have inked all the images on the set, bar one! YAY!

My card


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

Materials used:
  • White 12.7cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11.5cm square
  • One piece of navy card cut to 12cm square
  • Paper Artsy penguin image (ZA17) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle sentiment stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils and Tsukineko gelly roll glitter gel pens to colour
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the stars, sentiment, sweater and snow!



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. 2 Crafty Critters - October challenge - ANYTHING GOES, providing it features a critter!
  2. A Blog named Hero - October challenge - CALLING ALL CRITTERS
But, before we get to Christmas ... we still have fall/autumn!


My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in Kraft, textured deep burgundy and white
  • Old Time Crafts script stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stampers Anonymous cobweb stamped using Memento grey flannel ink
  • Katie & Co sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stampers Anonymous oak leaf stamped using Ranger Archival sienna ink
  • Using a Tim Holtz mini blender I applied the following Distress Inks: wild honey, vintage photo. rich espresso and black soot - sealing with an application of Crafters Companion spray and shine - to protect the water based inks




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:

  1. Glitter and Sparkle - challenge No. 260 - FALL/AUTUMN
  2. Stamping Sensations - October challenge - AUTUMN GLORY
  3. Paradise of Stamps - challenge No. 59 - AUTUMN or HALLOWEEN
  4. Kraftin' Kimmie - challenge No. 402 - FALL COLOURS


Wednesday, 11 October 2017

A special project for a special birthday

Morning all,

Well I have a very special batch of projects to share with you today ... first, the card ....


My card
  
The front, back and inside of my card, along with the front and back of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White 10cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9 and 9½cm square
  • One piece of navy card cut to 9½cm square
  • My Favorite Things image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers, zig markers and Kaisercraft gel pens used to add touches of colour and sparkle to image
  • Stardust stickles to bling him up a bit!
  • CAS-ual Friday sentiments (from the WTF set) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • For the insert I added Inkadinkado sentiment and numbers stamped using Ranger Archival watering can and cobalt blue inks - highlighting with Kaisercraft gel pens (both glitter and neon)



Here's hoping it will have hit the spot with the recipient! Especially since I have made the gift bottle tag to co-ordinate




Materials used:
  • Snippets of card in white and navy
  • Circle dies
  • Dylusions alphabet (DYB41917), Inkadinkado numbers (31318 Birthday numbers) and MFT chef (from Recipe for Happiness) images all stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour and Kaisercraft glitter gel pens
  • White organza ribbon, to tie it in place - see below


AND the gift wrap!


 
The front view and back view of the gift wrapped item


And the wrap itself

Materials used:
  • Red tissue paper, one sheet, cut in half and lightly dusted using an anti static bag
  • MFT chef (from the Recipe for Happiness set) stamped using Versamark ink
  • Funstamps white embossing powder sprinkled, the excess shaken off and then heat embossed
  • Once the embossed design had cooled a little I stamped the TPC Studio (cupcakes set) sentiment using Ranger Archival jet black ink



Monday, 9 October 2017

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning all,

Hope you all had a terrific weekend. We certainly did - we were celebrating with the surrogates! A milestone birthday, a meal at a local hotel in a side room - a recipe for a fun day - thanks peeps, it was a fab day




A short while back I was faffing about at my ToC (that's Table of Craftiness) and did something fairly unusual (for me) in that I didn't use a black ink on my project (AT ALL) ...... I really liked the results and made a mental note to do it again sometime soon ... and here it is!

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 card (one white and one purple) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • One piece of white card cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Creative Expressions images (from the Urban Beats set - LOVE this set, so versatile) stamped using Ranger Archival mini inks: majestic violet, vibrant fuchsia and paradise teal
  • Paper Artsy splatter image (from HTPX01) stamped using the paradise teal ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the sentiment



I really like how these three coloured inks go together though I don't like how they stain my stamps. I read somewhere about inking with versamark first but I'm here to tell you THAT DOESN'T WORK!, which is such a shame.

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Sheepski - challenge No. 7 - USE SOME PINK ... hope I've used enough pink!
  2. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 53 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. A Perfect Time To Craft - challenge No. 10 - OPEN
  4. Crafts Galore - October challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 121 - FAVE STAMP ... my fave stamp? the star image, I use it quite a lot ... oh and the sentiment ... and the "tyre tread" - I LOVE THIS WHOLE SET


And now ... yet another Christmas card for my 2017 quota .. I'm so NEARLY there that I can't give up now!


My card
And a close up of my image
 
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 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • One piece of red card cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • Paper Artsy image and sentment from ZA17, stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Casterll polychromos pencils used to colour and blended with a Finesse blending pen
  • Tsukineko gelly roll gel glitter pens and stardust stickles used, to add sparkle
  • Tsukineko gelly roll white gel pen used to doodle a border on the red matting layer




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - October challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS
  2. Sparkles Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 81 - CHRISTMAS IS FOR KIDS
  3. One Crazy Stamper - October challenge - WINTER/CHRISTMAS
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 354 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS
  5. Winter Wonderland - September 29th challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS



Saturday, 7 October 2017

Welcome to my Saturday post

Hi there readers,

Good week? I made the mistake of e-mailing one of my pals (last weekend) to ask her that question and got the reply "I'm presently in Italy"!! Ooops, I didn't send back an apology for obvious reasons but .... I'M SORRY!

Apparently it's World Card Making Day today so, with that in mind, I've two makes to share with you today!

As I near the end of my 2017 Christmas card quota, a little early too - thank heavens, I've a NBUS make to share with you, NBUS? That's Never Before Used Stash (a phrase coined by Darnell)


My card
And a closer view to show the Twinkling H2O's
 
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 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • Artistic Stamper image - NBUS! (from Victorian Christmas) stamped using my MISTI and Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils  used to add a little colour
  • Twinkling H2O in icicle, mixed to a runny consistency and then "flicked" using the fan brush, to simulate snow on the card front
  • Hero Arts image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink to the inside and reverse of the card and the envelope front - how handy that they are the same image?!??!!




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. The Holly and The Ivy - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 138 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting with Friends - challenge No. 52 - ANYTHING GOES

And now .. in the words of Monty Python .. for something completely different!


My card
And my hot and spicy coloured image

 

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 white card panels cut to 13.7cm x 9.5cm
  • One Deep orange card panel (DCWV textured card) cut to 14.2cm x 10cm
  • Paper Artsy image (ZA17) and A Muse sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • The "weather" element from Craft Asylum stamped using Memento london fog ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to add the hot and spicy colours 
  • Stardust stickles (to add the silver lining to the cloud!) and Anita's 3D gloss (for the autumnal weather-y puddle!)




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 349 - HOT AND SPICY (who doesn't love hot and spicy chicken!!!! har har!)
  2. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 40 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 40 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Sasayaki challenge - October challenge - USE ORANGE