Friday, 26 May 2017

Morning all, welcome to the start of the weekend ...

Hi there, readers,

Hoping you've all had as good a week as I have - how's the weather? We Brits do love to talk about the weather, but I am curious!

Anyhoo .... there I was shopping away and I saw a gift that I knew my pal would like, it wasn't expensive but I felt she would appreciate it as a RAK. I decided to make it a little more special and wrap it ........ so much nicer than just handing it over, since it wasn't for a special occasion I thought the ..... just because sentiment would work - hope you agree. And the great news is that I didn't write the tag so she can upcycle it for another occasion, the bag came with some craft shopping and the ribbon, well - that came around a set of dish towels so, bag and ribbon already upcycled once but ready to go round again!

My tag
And the wrapped gift
Materials used:
  • Kraft tag
  • Stampers Anonymous crazy (mini) dog and Fiskars sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts film border stamped (to "ground" my pooch) using Ranger Archival library green ink
  • Derwent coloursoft pencils, white gelly roll gel pen and a Signo gold uniball gel pen used to colour the image
  • To complete the package I used a store bag and some off white grosgrain ribbon (which came wrapped around a set of dish towels!)



And on to a masculine card, though I would happily send this to a woman too .. this was part of a 5-10 card commission and had been specified as "leave blank" for own greeting to be added.


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 white card panels cut to 5¼" x 4" and 5" x 3¾" along with a DCWV panel (from the Old World stack) cut to the larger size
  • Dina Wakley star stamped using Versafine Imperial blue ink
  • MFT splatter stamped using Ranger Archival mini in grey shadow




I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Kraftin Kimmie - May 23rd challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Inspiration Destination - challenge No. 128 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Penny's Challenge - challenge No. 330 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Stampavie - challenge No. 287 - MAN or BOY

It's my sister-in-law's birthday today so, please join me in wishing Ann a very

Was lucky enough to be picked for a TOP 3 at Winter Wonderland this week, thanks so much peeps.


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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Welcome to WOYWW

Morning,

Hope you week is going well ... judging from my ATC, mine's simply "flying"!!! - sorry!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in both black and white
  • Stampers Anonymous plane image and sentiment stamped in black using Versafine onyx black and Ranger Archival jet black inks
  • Once dry, I used a sponge to apply Distress Inks ink weathered wood and salty ocean to the white sections and then salty ocean sponged through a Tim Holtz stencil
  • Tsukineko white gelly roll gel pen used to doodle a border



I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Stamp, Ink Paper - challenge No. 100 - CARD MAKERS CHOICE
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - May 23rd challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 344 - ANYTHING GOES

And now, on to the Thank You card, always handy IMHO! I was reading the blog of a pal of mine (the lovely Darnell, perhaps you know her too?) and she mentioned UCB ... which, apparently, stands for Unfinished Card Bits .. well, we ALL have some of those now - don't we? So, I rummaged, and found an image panel ... and, after a few minutes thought - the card below was born .. UCB now FC (Finished Card!) - result!


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card and 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 5¼" x 4" and 5" x 3¾"
  • One piece of grey card cut to 5¼" x 4"
  • Snippets of card in white and grey and previously stamped using MFT splatters and inks in purples and golds ..... I made this a while ago so it would truly be a stab in the dark if I mentioned specific inks however, I reasonably SURE that the gold would be Versacolour
  • Length of white fancy satin ribbon coloured using an alcohol marker to match the darker colour splatter
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • To co-ordinate the remainder of my card (as I like to do) I used the Fiskars sentiment along with some smaller splatter images from the same set, using Versacolour gold and Memento grape jelly inks

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Artistic Inspirations - challenge No. 179 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 160 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Always Fun - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING GOES


And, since it IS WOYWW (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday ... for more details check out Julia's blog here) here's my desk .. Julia and my fellow deskers are celebrating EIGHT YEARS of desk sharing, only sorry I can't join them today but HAPPY ANNIVERSARY or BIRTHDAY .. depending on which way you look at it!



I had a birthday recently and received a fabulous amount of cards and good wishes - I am blessed with terrific friends - thank you to each and every person who took the trouble to make and/or send a card or who passed on birthday greetings by text, e-mail or social media.



Thank you to my cousin and her family for these fabulous celebratory balloons too

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A good Tuesday morning to you ...

Morning all,

Another beautiful day yesterday, I could get used to this but .. it won't last!

Did a little crafting too - used up some snippets ... even some Designer Paper!! A little ribbon, which came around some dish towels, we crafters waste NOTHING!

My card
And a closer view of the sparkle
 
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 5¼" x 4" and 5" x 3¾"
  • One piece of designer paper cut to 5¼" x 4"
  • Snippets of card in white, black and D.P. - for image panel and matting
  • Penny Black foliage stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Off white grosgrain snippet coloured to co-ordinate using alcohol markers
  • Diamond stickles used to hiighlight the foliage and trace the large font segment of the sentiment


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Ribbon Girl - 21st May challenge - ANY IMAGE but MUST use RIBBON
  2. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 44 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies - challenge No. 1721 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 160 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Always Fun challenges - challenge No. 7 - ANYTHING GOES

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Monday - another week begins ...

Morning all,

Hope you had a great weekend and have a great week ahead of you.

Managed a little light crafting over the weekend and even got to use a fancy punched strip which I've had (along with a few of its friends) in an envelope for a while now, glad to have put it to good use.

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 5¼" x 4" and 5" x 3¾"
  • One piece of black card cut to 5¼" x 4"
  • Snippets of card in white, yellow and black
  • Snippet of black card cut using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Inkadinkado wheat ears stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Diamond stickles to bling it up along with a yellow glitter self adhesive droplet




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 58 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Corrosive Challenge - challenge No. 5 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 130 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Morgans Artworld - challenge No. 10 - ANYTHING GOES



Sunday, 21 May 2017

Easy like Sunday morning ....

Morning all,

This past few weeks all my crafting seems to focus on the use of Derwent coloursoft pencils so .... it will come as a surprise to read that NO coloursoft pencils were deployed in the making of this ATC!!!

My ATC
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in: black, yellow and white
  • On the white snippet I stamped the Recollections image and sentiment using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Copic markers used to colour image
  • Recollections splatter image stamped using Ranger Archival monarch orange ink
  • On the yellow card I stamped a border with the Stampers Anonymous check image using Ranger Archival vermilion ink
  • I added some doodles using a Tsukineko white gelly roll gel pen and some highlights using Diamond stickles



I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Knockouts - challenge No. 194 - Humorous .. well, I think he's a funny little monster!
  2. Alphabet challenge - May 12th challenge - "E" is for ENCHANTED CREATURES ... monsters are enchanted creatures too ... aren't they?
And on to another ATC now, a little different to the one above too




Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in grey, navy and white
  • I sponged Distress Ink in salty ocean on to the white card snippet and then sponged it again through a Tim Holtz numbers stencil and then used the same ink to stamp the Dylusions letters image
  • Dylusions border image and the Tim Holtz hand image stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Dina Wakley star image and the Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Tim Holtz row of stars stamped using Ranger Archival vermilion ink
  • I doodled borders using a white gel pen and a black pitt pen
  • Diamond stickles used to highlight the star and Mod Podge dimensional glaze to give both shine and dimension



I'l be entering this for the following challenge:
  1. Hiding in my craft room - challenge No. 301 - MASCULINE
  2. Scrappers Delight - challenge No. 66 - ANYTHING GOES