Friday, 20 October 2017

Welcome to Friday and the start of the weekend!

Morning all,

Hope you've had a good week, as I have, although I thought I was coming down with a cold. I don't know about you but I always SEEM to have a pattern, starting off with a scratchy throat and a funny taste in my mouth .. next day it's like all hell's let loose in my head and I need a kleenex truck to follow me for the next few days - can you say eeeeuuuuwwww! So, imagine my surprise when I got day one on Wednesday and then ...... nothing, nada, zip - day two same as day one - not really sure what's going on but, I'll take it!

Anyhoo, before it turns in to the cold from hell, I hit the ToC (that's Table of Craftiness) with vengeance, to work it out of my system!

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 white card and two pieces of navy card (Recollections brand)
  • Stampers Anonymous (Grunge Cirque) images stamped using Ranger Archival inks in shadow grey, cobalt and vermilion
  • Creative Expressions (Urban Beats) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Black glitter glue used to accentuate the sentiment



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Dream Valley challenges - challenge No. 165 - ONE FOR THE BOYS
  2. Water Cooler Wednesday - challenge No. 141 - Heidi's MASCULINE ANYTHING GOES
  3. CraftaholicsRUs - challenge No. 41 - ANYTHING GOES
And another make to share with you today ....


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 white card cut to fit and two pieces of grey card, to mat
  • Using low tack tape I masked off the lower portion of my image panel and applied Distress Inks in wild honey and fired brick, using a Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Penny Black image (Woodland Beauty set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Krylon matte sealing spray applied before removing my mask, to protect the water based inks in transit
  • My Favourite Things (Distressed patterns) splatter image stamped using Distress Oxide candied apple ink
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment (from Just Saying) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink 




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Cards and More - challenge No. 195 - GET WELL
  2. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 264 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  3. Inky Chicks - challenge No. 89 - ANYTHING BUT SQUARE



Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Welcome to my hump day Wednesday post

Morning all,

How is your week coming along? I HOPE that Hurricane Ophelia didn't cause you much trouble and/or damage and that it has gone, leaving a pleasant autumnal feel behind - this is kind of my inspiration for the card below . . . . .


My autumnal toned 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 white card cut to fit as my image panel and insert and one snippet of DCWV patterned card from their Old World stack, cut to mat
  • Using low tack tape I masked off a strip and applied Distress Inks in mustard seed and spiced marmalade using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Using a Tim Holtz graded circles stencil, a blending too and Distress Oxide in candied apple I applied colour fairly randomly but with image placement in mind.
  • Inkadinkado image (from their meadow set) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Krylon matte fixative applied to seal the water based inks




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Love to Craft - October challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 54 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1742 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Cards and More - challenge No. 195 - GET WELL
  5. Through The Craft Room Door - October 17th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
And now for a really cute image deployed on a card ... NBUS stash too, I'm calling this a result!


My card
And a closer view of the colour and sparkle
 
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 and one piece of pink cut to mat
  • Stampendous mouse image (HMCV19 Cling Ballerina Baby) and sentiment (SSC1115 Birthday wish) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils used to colour and blended with a Finesse blending pen ..... is it me or have they changed the pens? This ones brush nib is dulling after blending just three images! Hmmf
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter gel brush pen used to bling up the "fur" and stardust stickles to bling up the tutu!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. 2CraftyCritterCrazies - challenge No. 7 - MUST FEATURE A CRITTER
  2. A Blog Named Hero - October 2nd challenge - CALLING ALL CRITTERS
  3. Incy Wincy - October 16th challenge - DRESS UP
  4. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 365 - ANYTHING GOES


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