Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Welcome to my midweek post

Morning all,

Hope your week is coming along well.

After a hyperactive weekend at the ToC I've been avoiding it for a day or so - as I didn't want to wear it out!!! Today, I originally had just one ATC to share with you but recently found out that I don't make non specific occasion cards .... for emergencies like I had on Monday when I found out a friend had a fire at her home. Whilst I wanted to show support a "Get Well", "Good Luck", "Happy Birthday" or the like didn't quite cut it, you know what I found? JUST ONE non occasion specific make, fortunately in fairly uplifting colours so, off it went in the post and, memo to self .... make some more!

I hope this will brighten your day though you may well feel the need to break out the sunglasses!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in both white and turquoise
  • Recollections image and sentiment (sorry but I appear to have lost the details of the name of the set) stamped on to white card snippet using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped on to the turquoise layer using Memento Bahama blue ink
  • Copic markers and Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour the image and background
  • Paper Artsy (from HTPX01) splatter image stamped using Ranger Archival monarch orange ink
  • Tsukineko gelly roll glitter gel pen (gold) for the crown and to add twinkle to the flower petals on her dress too


I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 195 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1807 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creates and Makes - challenge No. 18 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Ike's World - challenge No. 105 - ANYTHING GOES/HIDDEN DESIRES .. who doesn't want to live as a princess in a fairy tale?
And on to a non occasion specific card, using just a generally uplifting sentiment


My card
And a closer view of the image panel

  
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
  • Two pieces of DCWV linen texture card in blue and grey, cut to a narrow mat
  • Precious Remembrance Shop images from their DIY, positive thoughts and new day stamp sets along with Imagination Crafts Distress Set #1 inked using Memento London fog, grey flannel, Paris dusk, tuxedo black and rhubarb stalk inks



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. International Art and Soul - challenge No. 27 - USE SOMETHING YOU ALREADY OWN
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - February 20th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Everybody Art - challenge No. 419 - CAR/MOTORBIKE/CARD FOR A MAN .. I went with the masculine option
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 76 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Retro Rubber - challenge No. 80 - DOTS or CIRCLES (I went with coffee stains) ... the set below was purchased in November of 2015

RRCB 80   

Monday, 19 February 2018

Morning and welcome to another fun filled week!

Morning all,

Least I HOPE it will prove to be fun filled!

I recently set up a swap on a forum I belong to, we didn't have that many sign up but the theme was "FLOWERS" and I set to making my batch of ATC's ..... I'm sharing them today as the batches were returned to the swapees and they should all have received them by now. Originally we had five sign ups but I started making my ATC's before sign up closed so I made two extra (because, obviously, I didn't need to make myself one!) .....

My batch of ATC's .. the same but different!
One of one design
And one of the other design
Materials used:
  • 6 ATC blanks
  • 6 snippets of white card plus snippets in lime, pink, blue and purple
  • My main design was stamped on to the white snippets using Paper Artsy JOFY sets JM13 and JM22 and Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour image
  • Anita's dimensional gloss applied to give texture and sheen and stardust stickles to add a bit of bling!
  • On the coloured matting layers I stamped the chevron image from Creative Expressions CEC851 around the outer edge, using Memento inks in: Paris dusk, bamboo leaves, rhubarb and tuxedo black



I'll be entering them for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 320 - USE SNIPPETS (LOTS of them used on this project!)
  2. Gem of a Challenge - challenge No. 213 - SPRING FLOWERS
  3. Challenge Up Your Life - challenge No. 85 - SPRING FLOWERS
  4. StarStampz - February 15th challenge - MAKE IT GIRLY
  5. Jo's Scrap Shack - challenge No. 221 - ANYTHING GOES
Next ..... yes, you all knew it wouldn't be too long before another Christmas card appeared on this blog .. I don't want a repeat of the year I was making them right up until Christmas week! I decided to use some patterned paper, something I seldom think to do these days but ... I LIKE it! I also thought I'd watermark my pix with my blog address .... now I'm wishing I'd gone with a shorter address!


My card
And a close up of the image
  
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 navy card cut to 13.4cm x 9.6cm
  • One piece of white card and one piece of Christmas paper (from DCWV winter stack) cut to 12.9cm x 9.1cm
  • Two faux stitched nesting circles cut from snippets of white and navy card
  • Penny Black (12 Days of Christmas) image and sentiment along with Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment (Sketchy Christmas) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour, blended using Sansodor and a paper stump
  • Additionally I used a red sharpie (for the hat) and a Tsukineko gelly roll glitter pen in dark blue
  • Wink of Stella clear gel glitter brush pen used to bling it up a smidge
  • Double sided tape used to attach white grosgrain ribbon centrally top to bottom 
  • Dimensional foam tape to attach my image panel over the grosgrain ribbon 



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Happy Little Stampers - February dies challenge - ANYTHING GOES with DIES
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 373 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  3. Happy Little Stampers - February Christmas Challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES with (not used) OPTION OF HEARTS
  4. Jingle Belles - February 9th challenge - A COLOURING WE WILL GO
  5. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 152 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES


        

And, for those of you following the progress of my crochet blanket .... I finished it on Thursday of last week, one week after I started it. I got on pretty well but was definitely flagging towards the end. Sadly, I ran out of wool which kind of limited its size ... I have two tiny amounts of both colours left but not enough for another row - so, I'm calling it done, it's approximately 6'2" square which kind of suits us.




Materials used:
  • 4 x 400g aran wool (from Aldi whilst it was on special at £3.99 per ball) in burgundy and cream
  • Size 6.0mm crochet hook 
  • Stitches used were chain stitch, trebles and a row of double crochet around the outer edge, to form a border
So now we're toastie at the Purple Palace!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Another lazy Sunday comes around ....

Morning all

Been having a pretty busy old time at the ToC lately so decided to post this morning, hope this card will brighten up your day!

Over on facebook, the lovely Karen (this is her blog, not that she's particularly active there these days but she IS talented) is keeping us all on track with our Christmas cards by posting a theme each week (on a Sunday) to ensure we should have at least 50 come November! This past week the theme has been ROUND and I've only just made it in time as she normally posts around lunchtime so I'm sneaking in under the wire. It's not a challenge as there are no winners and no prizes - it's just to keep us all on track, thanks Karen.

My "ROUND" card
 
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
  • Snippets of card in both white and red - one of each for the sentiment and greeting panels and one of each die cut in to both faux stitched and fancy circles (for my themed card)
  • Paper Artsy reindeer (from ZA19), Hero Arts sentiment (from CL343) and Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment (from Sketchy Christmas) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Copic markers used to colour
  • The PRS sentiment was mounted on to red card using dimensional foam tape and then again on to red card (again, using dimensional foam tape) to act as a "stopper" for my easel card - think this makes it a  hand delivery card!
  • Stardust stickles and Anita's dimensional gloss used to enhance the image



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 152 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  2. Christmas Cards All Year Round - February challenge - MAINLY RED
  3. Happy Little Stampers - February Christmas challenge - ANYTHING GOES (optional twist of HEARTS, which I didn't use)
  4. The Merry Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES (+ optional twist which I DID use, of REINDEER)
  5. ABC of Christmas - February 7th challenge - "C" is for CLEAN and "D" is for DISTRESS .. I went with CLEAN


Yesterday I gaily posted two same but different cards for the TWOFERS challenge, I was so pleased with the way they turned out. I photographed and blogged them, found other challenges to enter with them. Didn't realise my mistake - UNTIL the lovely Pat pointed out (in a nice way) that the rules state they must be two DIFFERENT cards, using the same stamps but for two DIFFERENT occasions and I had made mine both anniversary cards - DOH! But thank you so much Pat, appreciate it. Nothing for it but to return to the ToC and try again ... I'm no quitter!

So, Darnell, here's round two! Actually this was round three ... it's not rocket science but .. first time round I made them both for the same occasion and then the second time round I forgot it was hearts! DOH! Still, I now have a whole bunch of cards I wouldn't have had otherwise!!!!

Third time's the charm! Hearts - check, different occasions - check!
I'll be entering these two for the HEARTS challenge #2 over at Twofers and also for up to four other challenges, here are the details for each card below

CARD 1

Card 1 - "flower" hearts!
 
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
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11½cm square
  • Inkadinkado heart image (97637 Hearts) stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle sentiment (from stylin' sayings set 777) stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink, which I also used to edge the image panel
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "swipe" (from the same set) stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 61 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 142 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 517 - ONE WORD SENTIMENT
  4. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 36 - ANYTHING GOES


CARD 2

Card 2
 
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
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 10½cm square
  • One piece of gold card cut to 11½cm square
  • Inkadinkado image (from 97637 Hearts) stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (from Stylin' sayings set 777) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the sentiment


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Friends - challenge No. 76 - LOVE IS IN THE AIR
  2. My Time To Craft - challenge No. 364 - ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE
  3. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 143 - LOVE IS IN THE AIR
  4. Craft Rocket - challenge No. 45 - LOVE



Saturday, 17 February 2018

Saturday and some crafty makes to share ..

Hi there,

This post is a little photo heavy, sorry! May I suggest that you grab a coffee, pull up a chair and read on! Thanks for stopping by

EDITED: have removed the references to my entry for TWOFERS as I realised it didn't qualify - thanks Pat, I'll be off to the ToC to have another go shortly


And now for a simple but effective technique ...

Card 1
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Card 1 - Materials used:
  • White 12½cm square, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card - one cut to 11cm square and the other to 11½cm square
  • One piece of red card cut to 12cm square
  • Inkadinkado heart image (97637 Hearts) stamped using Adirondack red pepper and Memento rosebud ink
  • Stamps by Montarga (of N.Z.) sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Alphabet Challenge - February 16th challenge - "X" is for XTRA SPECIAL OCCASION
  2. Creative With Stamps - challenge No. 23 - HEARTS
  3. Sparkles Monthly - challenge No. 101 - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 279 - CAS

 

And now  .......


Card 2
 
The front and back of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Card 2 - Materials used:
  • White A2/C6, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card, one cut to 8cm x 12cm and the other to 9½cm x 13cm
  • Two white snippets, one cut to 4cm x 12cm and the other to 4½cm x 7cm
  • Two snippets of red card cut to 4½cm x 12½cm and the other to 5cm x 7½cm
  • Inkadinkado heart image (97637 Hearts) stamped using Adirondack red pepper and Memento rosebud inks
  • Sentiment (from Posh Impressions Z600E) stamped using Adirondack red pepper ink



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 143 - LOVE IS IN THE AIR
  2. 4 Crafty Chicks - challenge No. 390 - LOTS OF LAYERS
  3. DL Art - challenge No. 222 - PINK OR RED (got pink AND red)
  4. Card Mania - challenge No. 101 - HEARTS
And now on to my regular Saturday make . . . .


My card
And a closer view of the dry embossing
 
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 of pearlescent grey, cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in both white and pearlescent grey - for my embossed panel
  • Magenta foliage image stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival mini paradise teal
  • Paper Artsy (JOFY14) sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • 5cm strip run through my big shot inside a Sizzix/Tim Holtz embossing folder



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 365 - DRY EMBOSSING
  2. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 283 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting With Friends - challenge No. 61 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 233 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crafting With An Attitude - challenge No. 36 - ANYTHING GOES


I also found out I won a TOP5 slot over at A Bit More Time To Craft - thanks so much peeps. It was for this card