Friday, 24 November 2017

Welcome to Friday - the weekend starts about ... NOW!

Morning all

What a truly DISMAL week we've had here, cold wet AND windy! Not great, still, Black Friday today - how many of you will be shopping today? Not me, I'm off to a craft retreat this afternoon and leaving hubby behind so .. can't vouch for whether he will be!

So, if you normally visit my blog of a Saturday to check my make for LIM ... as I'll be away there will be no chance to check the LIM challenge OR to make a card for it. There will be a blog post from me though, as I have a GDTM post to go "live" on Saturday but my next regular "challenge post" will be Monday - you can expect pix from the weekend so you might want to make yourself a coffee before paying that visit! See you then!

In the meantime, a little crafting to share with you all ....


My card
And a closer view which shows the twinkle in the snowman and heart,
along with the embossed "snow drift"!
The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit and one piece of red, cut to mat
  • Snippet of white card cut to form a "snowdrift" and run through my big shot inside a fancy embossing folder before edging with Distress Ink in tumbled glass
  • Darcie's snowman and sentiment (from JCS0062) stamped using Memento tuxedo black and the heart image from the same set stamped using Distress Oxide in candied appled
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils to colour, blended with sansodor and a paper stump
  • Wink of Stella clear gel glitter brush pen used to add a little twinkle along with stardust stickles




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 269 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  2. Crafting By Designs - November challenge - GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS
  3. The Paper Shelter - challenge No. 319 - CHRISTMAS
  4. The Merry Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 44 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES
  5. WaterCooler Wednesday - challenge No. 146 - CHRISTMAS

Have a great weekend and stand by for some pix on this blog, on Monday!


Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Welcome to a chilly and slightly soggy Wednesday ...

Morning all

Recently, I was asked to make some sympathy cards and now, wouldn't you know it, I've had to send a couple too, so it was time to make some more ... I find it easier to make them when I don't actually need them and here's today's.........


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

Materials used:

  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Card in black, grey (176gsm) and white and cream (300gsm) - die cut in to nesting panels using MFT stitched rectangle dies
  • Penny Black "Chandelier" image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink - had this for YEARS (at least five, it was released in 2006)
  • For the inside/reverse and envelope, Hero Arts (everyday sentiments) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink


I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Retro Rubber - challenge No. 76 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Happy Little Stampers - November challenge - ANYTHING GOES WITH DIES
  3. Loves To Craft Challenge Blog - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 56 - ANYTHING GOES
RRCB 76 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Welcome to Monday and the start of another week

Morning all,

I was recently commissioned to make fifteen Christmas cards in a relatively short space of time and figured batch making was the way to go, this turned out to be a small batch (as I didn't have much ribbon or green card!) but .......

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

Materials used:
  • Two white, C6/A2, 250gsm cards and matching sized envelopes
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit and one piece of green card, to mat (for each card)
  • Snippets of card in white and green, for the image panel
  • Impression Obsession "Zenspirations" tree stamped using Ranger Archival library green ink - I used a smaller tree from the same set, stamped in Memento tuxedo black, for the front of the envelope as I thought that stamping only half of the words on the front would look rather odd - rightly or wrongly!
  • Platinum stickles used on the star (for the card front) and gold Gansai Tambi starry water colour paints for the star elsewhere
  • Red tartan/plaid ribbon attached using double sided tape




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. CRAFT Challenges - November 16th challenge - CHRISTMAS
  2. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 145 - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS GOES 
  3. Craft Rocket - challenge No. 43 - CHRISTMAS IS COMING
  4. Simply Create Too - November 3rd challenge - CLEAN AND SIMPLE

This was another from a batch I was asked to make for the girlfriend of a friend, albeit this is a small batch (of just two) but here they are, side by side


And then, as a thank you for dinner whilst we were away recently ....


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

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to fit and one of grey cut to mat
  • Snippets of card in white, grey and aubergine, for my image panel
  • Dylusions row of stars stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • MFT Splatter image (Distressed Patterns) stamped using Memento sweet plum ink
  • TPC Studio sentiment (Greetings set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the stars



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

  1. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 270 - GIVE THANKS
  2. CAS-ual Fridays - challenge No. 187 - GRATITUDE WITH ATTITUDE!
  3. Cardz4Galz - challenge No. 60 - THANK YOU/THANKSGIVING


And some more vacation pix from Lake Tohopekaliga ...


A gator in the wild - this one was about a four footer!

More birds than people around this mini lighthouse - we couldn't get any closer
due to soil erosion as a result of Hurricane's Irma and Maria




Saturday, 18 November 2017

It's my Saturday post!

Morning

And, if you saw yesterday's post you will know that we recently returned from Florida and I have a few more photos to share.

We were there for Halloween ... so took a drive, there's one street near us that REALLY goes all out!

People visit from all over the place to see this Halloween display
Sophisticated light shows co-ordinated to music and all the neighbours get together
to do this, most spectacular
And now for some crafting ... I normally like to enter the Simply Less Is More challenge but their last one was "fireworks" and I really didn't have the images or the inspiration ... typical it was a two weeker too. Therefore, feeling I might enter this one more than once!!


My card
My CASE? I took my inspiration from the stamp manufacturer (MFT) and the elves bell
 
The front, back and inside of the card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • White card cut to fit the inside of my card 
  • White and red 300gsm card die cut using MFT stitched rectangle dies
  • Precious Remembrance Shop (sketchy Christmas) sentiment stamped using MFT Black licorice hybrid ink
  • MFT (Bitty Bears) image stamped using MFT Black licorice hybrid ink
  • MFT (Santa's Elves) bell stamped using Delicata Golden Glitz ink
  • Faber Castell polychromos pencils used to colour blending with sansodor and a paper stump
  • 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. 355 - CASE SUSAN'S CARD
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - November challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 133 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  4. Colour Crazy - challenge No. 46 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 393 - ANYTHING GOES


 


Friday, 17 November 2017

Welcome to Friday and the start of the weekend

Morning all,

I have a birthday card to share with you this morning and I have to say that I've already sold it!! and before I realised the photo below was a little overexposed too! I'm so chuffed to be able to say I have sold 36 cards in the last couple of weeks, that may just be a record!


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 one piece of navy card cut to mat
  • Art Impressions image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils to colour, blended with gamsol and a paper stump
  • Art Impressions sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • A little twinkle added using Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - November challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 183 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. AAA Cards - challenge No. 103 - CELEBRATE
  4. Pause, Dream, ENJOY - challenge No. 199 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE

Recently returned from our vacation somewhere warm and sunny (missing it already) - want to see some pix?


 
A few domestic chores - taking the doors off to repair them, then finding the pump on the washing machine had chucked its hand in!


We rewarded ourselves!


A little trouble with the wildlife!
Right over our heads at around 08:00

Now to get over the dreaded jetlag!