Sunday, 30 April 2017

Lazy Sunday

Morning,

Enjoying the hot weather and sunshine?? I know!!! Hasn't it been cold in the UK all week? I've some spring like crafting to share with you in the hope it will brighten you up ..

My card
The front and back of my crad and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 4.75" x 4"
  • One piece of purple card cut to 5" x 5.25"
  • Snippets of card in white and purple
  • Organza ribbon snippet
  • Stampabilities image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink (on image panel) and Versafine onyx black elsewhere
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils used to colour and blended with a finesse blending pen
  • Mod Podge dimensional gloss applied over the flower head and set aside to dry
  • Penny Black (from the set "Tweet tweet") sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink



I'll be entering the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 129 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES


And another festive make for my 2017 quota ..


My card
Front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (in white and burgundy) cut to 5" x 4"
  • One piece of white card cut to 4¾" x 3¾"
  • Inkadinkado candy cane stamped using Versafine onyx black
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils used to add colour to my candy cane
  • Mod Podge dimensional gloss added to candy cane and stardust stickles to the large font "Candy" and "Cane"
  • My Sentiments Exactly sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink





I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Sparkles Christmas challenges - challenge No. 75 - CANDY CANES
  2. Christmas at Sweet Stampin' - April challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. ABC of Christmas - April challenge - "H" for HOME and "I" for INFORMAL
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - April challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES





Saturday, 29 April 2017

Welcome to the weekend

Hi there,

Been at the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness to those unfamiliar with the term) and come up with these makes ....

I used the FABULOUS Santa image (by Habico in both large and small) quite a b it when I first got it a few months ago so wanted to do something slightly different with it. I'm also still getting used to my polychromos pencils so wanted to see how they performed on kraft card so ...

My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • C6 kraft, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • HABICO Christmas sets featuring the large and small Santa, which I stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • MFT sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils and Kaisercraft metallic glitter gel pens used to add colour to the kraft card
  • Plaid dimensional gloss to add "glass" to Santa's specs
  • Stardust stickles to add a sparkle to Santa's beard



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-

  1. Winter Wonderland - April 28th challenge - ADD SOME SPARKLE OR BLING
  2. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 131 - KRAFT CARD
  3. Loves to Craft - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES

And then it was on to this one ..







Materials used:

  • A2/C6 white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card (one white and one grey) cut to 5" x 4"
  • One piece of white card cut to 4¾" x 3¾"
  • Penny Black image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and 2nd generation stamping, to creat a kind of shadow
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Stampers Anonymous splatter image partially (and randomly) stamped using Hero Arts neon yellow ink, to break up the stark monochrome
  • Stardust stickles to bling it up a bit





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

  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 326 - SHADOW
  2. Rubber Dance Art Stamps - April challenge - BLACK/WHITE + ONE
  3. Creatalicious - challenge No. 113 - ANYTHING GOES with OPTIONAL twist of BIRTHDAY
  4. TGIF - challenge No. TGIFC105 - CELEBRATE and isn't a birthday the perfect reason?



 



Friday, 28 April 2017

Well, it's the start of another weekend! Woo Hoo!

Morning all,

Well, what a mixed week we've had weather wise? I appears some people have even had the snow featured on my card below .. hope there's not much of it left if you were one of those affected.

We've had more sunshine than snow, it has to be said! Still, I felt I would put the snowy weather to good use and make a Christmas card!

My card
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square
  • One piece of grey pearl card cut to 14cm square
  • Snippets of card in white and pearl grey
  • Katzelkraft elephant image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Penny Black Santa Hat stamped on to a snippet of white card
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Once I had coloured and cut out the Santa hat I attached it to the laid back elephant using tombow glue
  • For the insert, reverse and envelope I used an All Night Media Santa hat stamped using Versafine satin red ink
  • My Favorite Things "snowflake" image stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Christmas card challenges - challenge #11 - Photo Inspiration
  2. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 348 - CHRISTMAS
  3. The Holly and the Ivy - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 330 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES with the (unused) option of FOR A CHILD
  5. Scraps of Life - April's challenge - RUDOLPH DAY - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
 

And then ...... following a trip to a craft store and finding a blending pen, I thought I would have another go at colouring ..

My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9½ x 12½cm
  • One piece of DCWV textured card from Grandma's kids stack cut to mat with a ¼cm border
  • Snippets of card in white and the DCWV card for the sentiment banner
  • Nitwits image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink (I tried using archival ink ... see what happened below)
  • Derwent Coloursoft pencils used to colour and the Finesse blender pen to blend
  • Penny Black sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Memento tuxedo black ink, cut in to a banner shape and then matted on the purple polka dot DCWV card
  • Stardust stickles to add some bling!


 

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. The Sisterhood of Crafters - April 26th challenge - "B" is for .. in my case BEAR!
  2. Paper Shelter - challenge No. 291 - BIRTHDAY CARD
  3. Addicted to stamps and more - challenge No. 239 - CAS - Clean And Simple


And THIS was the result using different inks - on the left the archival and right, memento - hmmmf



Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Welcome to Hump Day Wednesday ...

Morning

I made this ATC a little while back - for an ATC swap with my buddy on the Isle of Skye - the April theme is "ANIMALS! and these dancing bears in hats was (IMHO) perfect for this theme



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in black, grey and white
  • Inkadinkado bears image (wood mounted) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink, stamping again on to a post it which I then cut out to use as a mask
  • Alcohol markers to colour the image and background
  • With the mask in position I stamped the Kaisercraft crackle background using Brilliance pearlescent olive ink and the mini grid using Memento bamboo leaves ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Stardust stickles to blink it up and "ground"m dancing bears!

Have a great Wednesday - it's downhill to the weekend!


My messy workspace today!

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Easy like Sunday morning .....

Morning,

Still wrestling with my fab new polychromos pencils and thought I would try colouring cats - well!! It turned in to an exercise in herding cats! Plainly, I know squat about cat colouring options! Check out my cute cats .. well, the image is cute if the colouring ain't! I wanted my cats to be different colours but I don't know much about cats - guess the one on the left is my version of tortoiseshell!


My card
The front and back of my card and front of my envelope
The inside of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 10½cm square
  • One piece of peach glitter card, cut to mat at a 1.6mm border
  • Rubbadubbadoo image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Stampendous (Card front) and Posh Impressions (insert and envelope) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Plaid dimensional gloss and stardust stickles used to highlight




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Stamplorations - April CAS challenge - PASTEL COLOURS
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - April 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 128 - ANYTHING GOES




And, on a roll with anniversary cards AND possessed of new stash .....


My card, I left the reflection from the flash in the pic as it clearly shows
the clear gel medium at work!
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300gsm white card cut to 13½cm square
  • One piece of 300gsm red card cut to mat the above leaving a 1.6mm border
  • Snippets of card in white, black and red for the image and sentiment panels
  • Taping the Ranger stencil (new stash and from set #24) in place I applied Distress Inks in candied apple and picked raspberry using a Tim Holtz mini blender.
  • Once dry I gave it a quick squirt of Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to stop my ink running for the next step .... then I taped the stencil in the exact same place as before.
  • Liquitex Basics gloss gel medium applied through the stencil using a palette knife and then set aside to dry to a lovely gloss finish
  • Posh Impressions sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black on to the insert/reverse of card, envelope and snippet of white card which I then trimmed and matted on to first black and then red, leaving 1.6mm borders
  • Once my gel medium was fully dry I trimmed it and matted on to black and then red, to match my sentiment
  • I added three faux crystal gemstones (also new stash) and the card front was finished .. I felt the other parts needed a little more than just the sentiment so ... I rummaged through my stash and found ... Dina Wakelys grungey heart set - stamped using Versafine satin red - PERFECT (IMHO)




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Addicts - challenge No. 35 - ANYTHING GOES + twist of CAS
  2. The Paper Shelter - challenge No. 290 - SENTIMENTAL (use a sentiment)
  3. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 125 - ANNIVERSARY


Saturday, 22 April 2017

Welcome to another weekend ...

Hi there,

Another weekend is stretching out in front of us - isn't it amazing how we look forward to two full days and yet, come Sunday night, wonder how two full days flashed past? Or is it just an age thing?

Anyhoo, here's a couple of projects I DID manage to fit in to today! The first one is a new home card, I only had two but then a pal came along and bought one of them so I thought I should make another.


My card
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • White 300gsm card cut to 10cm square and 11cm square
  • Blue and black card, cut to mat my card front, leaving a 1.6mm border 
  • Snippets of card in white and blue
  • Hero Arts row of houses and Imagine That sentiments stamped using Versafine inks in Onyx black and smokey grey
  • Using Faber Castel Polychromos pencils I added sky shades and lights at windows along with some "doors". On my main image I realised that the MISTI would have come in handy (had my image not been wood mounted) as my image had a small area not fully inked ... thought it looked like a bush, well - it IS now!




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 26 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Colour Crazy Challenge - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING (hand coloured) GOES
  3. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 45 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
And for my next trick .....

My card
And a closer view of the image
The front and back of my card and the front of my envelope
The inside of my card and the reverse of my envelope
Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 300gsm white card cut to 13½cm square
  • One piece of aubergine card cut to mat at 1.6mm
  • Snippet of white card for the sentiment in box
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment frame stamped on snippet using Versafine imperial purple
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped in the frame using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Katzelkraft image (from the FABULOUS Les Jungles) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour
  • Stardust stickles to add a touch of bling



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 325 - STRIPE
  2. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 178 - USE A STAMP FOR YOUR SENTIMENT
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - April 18th challenge - ANYTHING GOES