Saturday, 11 January 2020

Santa's coming to town ....

... well, he will be in about 11 months!!  Morning!  I had a busy day yesterday, but still managed to get into my craft room and make another Christmas card.  I'm determined to have all my cards made in plenty of time this year and not buy cards like I did last year.  Here's my card:

Stamps: PTI - City Scene, City Scene Christmas Sentiments; MFT - Grand Holiday Greetings, Simply Snowflakes
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx, Kraft, Slate, Fresh Asparagus, Jelly Bean Green, Warm Cocoa, Wild Dandelion, Red Velvet
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Red Velvet

The idea for this card came from the current challenge at Jingle Belles - JB:20:01 where the ladies would like us to use some left over wrapping paper/tags on our cards.  I'm also playing along with Happy Little Stampers Christmas Challenge - HLSXMAS#01, where anything goes.

My recycled item is the large glittered red bus.  This actually came from a card that I received, but I liked it so much that I kept it.  Going through my stash of stamps I came across a fun set from Papertrey Ink which had some layering stamps and included Big Ben and a London bus. I used my MISTI to line up the stamps and get crisp images.  From the co-ordinating sentiment set I stamped the Santa image and used the appropriate sentiment. 

Inside, I cut a mat layer of bright red card and on the white panel added a large greeting and some bright snowflakes.  One of the advantages of having to reorganise your craft room is that you come across stamps sets you'd forgotten about.  You might see a few more of my old Papertrey stamps sets in the coming months!!  It feels good getting back into my crafting groove!!

That's all for now.  Have a good weekend.


Friday, 10 January 2020

Clocks Birthday ...

... Hello again!  I'm on a bit of a roll - long may it continue.  I'm here with another, much needed, birthday card for my stash.  This one has a bit more of a vintage feel:

Stamps: Papertrey Ink - Hands of Time; MFT - Bitty Birthday Wishes, Sassy Pants Birthday Greetings
Inks: Gina K - Soft Stone, Slate, Kraft, Whisper
Dies: Die-namics - Circles Set 1 - #6, Skinny Strips
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Gina K Card - Slate

I got the idea for this card from the graphic on the new Card Concept - CC#126 challenge, I used the colours from Sunday Stamps Challenge - SSC#221 and the layout is based on the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches - FMS#417.

I like the vintage style clock face and found this old stamp set from Papertrey Ink.  I used various stamps to create the soft background.  I stamped the clock face, added the hands and used a circle die to cut it out.  I stamped a clean, simple birthday sentiment and a clean, grey panel.  I used dimensional pads to adhere the birthday sentiment. 

On the inside I cut a mat layer of dark grey card and on the white panel stamps another of the clock faces (very subtle) and added a fun sentiment. Once again the photos have come out a bit dark.  I think I'm going to treat myself to a small portable light studio. 

It's turning out to be a fabulous day here in Northop Hall - the sun is shining, the skies are blue, there's virtually no wind; it's a lovely winter's day.  See you soon.


Blue Birthday ....

.... Hi! Friday has come around so quickly - it's always does when you get back to your normal routine!  I've a birthday card to share with you this morning - it's very clean and simple:

Stamps: CAS-ual Friday Stamps - Rad
Inks: Kaleidacolor - Blue Breeze
Dies: SU! - Word Bubbles
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Pacific Point; SU DP - Pacific Point; Doodlebug Sprinkles - Blue Jean; Copic Marker

I'm submitting this card to CASology - CAS#359 where the key word is Repeat - I've repeated lots of circles.  Also to AAA Cards - AAA#156 where I've used the sketch for the layout and also to Cardz 4 Guys - C4G#235 where they want us to use blue.

I used an old set from Cas-ual Friday stamps - I like the linked circles and they work perfectly for a masculine card.  I stamped the panel using my Misti so easy to move the card round to get good alignment.  I adhered it flat to the card and added thin strips of blue card to finish the panel. I used my blue Kaleidacolor pad to get all the shades of blue. I cut out a speech bubble, added the greeting, edged it with a blue marker pen, and adhere it to the card with dimensional pads. I finished the front with three flat enamel dots.

On the inside I cut a panel of blue design paper for the mat layer and on the white panel added the word "awesome" and some more of the repeated circles.

I've got a busy day today - I need to do a run to our local recycling centre - lots of old paper and cardboard to dispose of!!  That's it for now.  See you soon.


Thursday, 9 January 2020

Snowflake Christmas ...

.... Morning!!  I'm back again.  The title does not refer to the weather in Northop Hall, in fact, it's been incredibly mild for this time of year, it refers to the first Christmas card that I've made in about two years.  So long!  Here it is:

Stamps: Visible Image - Sentimental Christmas
Inks: Gina K - Black Onyx, Sea Glass
Accessories: Kaisercraft DP - Silver Bells; White Lustre Card; Silver Mirri Card; Thread from stash

I'm playing along with this week's challenge at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - 52CCT1-20 and Just Us Girls - JUGS#517.  It's so nice to be able to play along with both challenges - twice this week for Just Us Girls!!

I'm sure that I'm not the only one with a large huge stash of design paper pads.  While in Michigan I became (and still am) a fan of papers from Kaisercraft and I thought it was time to start using some of the stash.  I adhered a sheet of foiled snowflake paper to the card base.  I used a scalloped trim and sentiment from the same pad of papers, adding a narrow trim of silver mirri card above the scalloped border and also as a mat for the sentiment.  I also cut out a snowflake bauble which I attached with dimensional pads and finished the front with a simple bow.

On the inside I used another sheet of design paper for the mat layer and on the white panel added a lovely Christmas greeting and star from my new Visible Image Christmas stamps.  I must apologise about the quality of the photos - it's a bit grey and I'm still trying to work out the best place to take photos and get the right white balance!!  It will get better.

See you all again soon.


Wednesday, 8 January 2020

It's Your Birthday ....

....  Hi! It's not quite the next day, but much better than that last few months! January is a very busy month for our family we have 7 family birthdays and several friends too.  I'm completely out of birthday cards in my stash, so I need to get busy making new ones.  Here's the first:

Stamps: MFT - Simply Snowflakes, Anything but Basic Birthday Wishes
Inks: Versamark; Distress - Picked Raspberry, Fired Brick, Carved Pumpkin; Gina K - Black Onyx
Dies: MFT - A2 Stitched Rectangles Set 2 - #9
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Tim Holtz Watercolour card; Clear Embossing Powder; SU Card - Poppy Parade; Sheer Shimmer - Sparkle

I got the idea for using snowflakes on a birthday card from this week's challenge at Just Us Girls - JUGS#517. The colour inspiration and layout came from Amy Lee, although I've changed them up a bit; I'm so out of practice that I need to CASE at the moment.  I'm also submitting this card to Seize the Birthday - STB#180 where anything goes.

I die cut a panel of watercolour card, stamped the snowflakes in Versamark, heat embossed with clear powder and then added colour.  I wet the card and simply added the three shades of Distress ink and allowed them to blend.  I also added some shimmer to the panel using Sparkle Shimmer Spray - it's so pretty in real-life.  I finished the panel by stamping a simple greeting at the top.  I adhered the panel with double-sided tape.  On the inside I cut a mat layer of red card, a layer of white card slightly smaller on which I stamped another greeting and a few coloured snowflakes.  I like that you can make snowflakes work in any colour!!

That's all for now.  I still have lots of cards to make.  And I've still got quite a lot of sorting out to finish in my craft room - we used it as a dumping ground while all the building/renovation work was going on, so I've got stuff to move!  See you soon.


Sunday, 5 January 2020

Belated birthday card ....

...  First up - Happy New Year to you all.  It's been quite sometime since I posted anything on my blog.  I was very busy last year with renovations on our house and I found it almost impossible to get into my craft room.  However, I made a resolution that this year will be different.  I've spent the last few days getting my craft room tidied up and have finally done it - a card!

Stamps: Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks; MFT - Bitty Birthday Wishes
Inks: Versafine - Black Onyx; Gina K - Onyx Black
Dies: Concord & 9th - Birthday Stacks
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Basic Black; Copic Markers; Nuvo Aqua Shimmer - Clear; Clear Embossing Powder

Sadly, while I've made a card, it is going to be late! Still it's the thought that counts.  I'm submitting this card to Perfectly CAS - PCAS#4 and to Fab Friday - FABF#180.  Please excuse the photo above - the light wasn't great last night.  I'll try to take a new photo tomorrow and change the photo.

I cut a panel of white card, stamped the candles, coloured them with Copic markers, restamped in Versafine ink and heat embossed with clear powder.  I added the sentiment, and then used the co-ordinating die to cut out the candles.  I layered the panel onto a black card base.  I added sparkle to all the candles using a clear shimmer brush. On the inside I cut another white panel, slightly smaller than the card, added a simple greeting and another row of candles at the bottom of the panel.

I took a close up of the candles to show the colours slightly better - you can clearly see the sparkle in the photo above!!

This card will be in the post tomorrow and the recipient will get it when she gets back from her holiday.  That's all for this evening.  I hope to be back tomorrow with another card. Bye for now.


Monday, 30 September 2019

Birthday card ....

... it's been a while - again!! There's so much going on here with the garage conversion that I'm not finding much time to get into my craft room.  However, I did grab a couple of hours last weekend when Kat asked me to make a birthday card for her friend, Melly.  Melly turned 18 years old a couple of days after Kat and she had her party on Saturday night.  Here's the card I made:

Stamps: Visible Image - Random Art of Kindness; Kindred Stamps - Nevertheless She Persisted; MFT - Bitty Birthday Wishes
Inks: Distress - Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke; Gina K - Black Onyx; Memento - Summer Sky, Danube Blue
Accessories: White Lustre Card; Nuvo Aquashimmer Brush; Dina Wakley Stencil - Shape Mashup

I'm submitting this card to Colour Throwdown Challenge - CTD#562 and also to Seize the Birthday - STB#175.  This card is based on one I made last year when I was on the Uniko design team. I stamped the flower and stem images, masked them off and then stencilled a geometric pattern using grey, pale blue and bright blue.  I finished the card by adding sparkle to the flower with a clear shimmer brush.  The inside is very simple - a little feminist logo which works perfectly for both Kat and Melly.

Sadly you can't really see the sparkle on the flower - but it was so pretty in real-life!

That's all for now.  I'm off to go shopping for bits for mum's new flat!!


Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Alice goes Goth ....

... Hello again! I'm back with another card made for Kat's 18th birthday.  This is the one I made for my Mum to give to Kat.

Stamps: Visible Image - Alice in Wonderland, Rays of Light; MFT - Bitty Birthday Wishes; Uniko - Birthday Wishes
Inks: Distress - Hickory Smoke; Gina K - Powder Blue, Jelly Bean Green, Black Onyx; Versafine - Ony Black
Accessories: White Lustre Card; SU Card - Night of Navy; Dylusions Shimmer Spray - Periwinkle Blue, Slate Grey; Nuvo - Aquashimmer Brush; Clear Embossing Powder; Copic Markers

As you can see there's a bit of a theme here.  Kat really loves Alice in Wonderland and when she saw the Visible Image stamps I was told that I had to get them.  This card is 5" x 7".  I created the background by randomly stamping several of the smaller stamps in blue and grey.  I had to add the large number as it's her 18th!! I stamped Alice on white card, coloured her with Copic markers, stamped again with Versafine and heat embossed with clear powder. I inked the edges of the card with soft grey and layered on navy blue card. On the inside, I cut a mat layer of navy card and on the white panel added a super birthday greeting from Uniko.

I'm submitting this card to several challenges.  The layout is based on the sketch from Fusion - FUSION#0509, as there's a number I'm playing at Seize the Birthday - STB#174, and also to Love to Craft - LTCCB#09 where anything goes.

Before I go, I want to share a few more photos of my gorgeous daughter - Kat:

The last one was taken on 4 September when Kat went back to school for her last year - her senior year in the UK!! That's all for now - see you again soon.

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