Sunday, 20 April 2014

Ink To Paper - While crafting with my neighbour

It was my weekly craft day with Lisa, my next door neighbour. It was once again my turn to design and prepare our card kit. I decided that it is high time I practised more with my Tim Holtz stains. So I set out my TH mat, some water colour paper, and lots of twine, found some sparkly buttons and cut up some Kraft card stock for card bases.

We were off and running! We made a few inky backgrounds and both loved every minute of it! Then we promptly ruined the first couple of toppers by wrecking what we stamped over them. Fits of giggles and then we managed to make some more inky goodness. Whew! We were both happy with our outcomes and Lisa headed home stating that she was going to make more!

Here is my first. We dabbed some stain onto the mat and then picked it up with a H2O brush. I found that made the stain really watery on the card, so we dabbed the stain dauber right onto the now wet area on the card, and then used the H2O pen to spread the stain. Not sure if that was the right way...but we liked how it turned out!

The stamp is just one from the Michael's $1.50 bins. I bought a couple of these inspirational type stamps a couple of years ago. I found the stamp was large enough to make a statement on its own.  I learned my lesson from the sentiment that failed on my last inky card!
I kept embellishments to a minimum.  Just a sparkly button tied through a bit of fine jute twine.

I have not finished the inside as I am writing a letter inside to a friend.

****************This is card #3 of 50. I am on a consumables spending freeze until I have made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************

Card Base - Kraft card cut from my stash
Card stock - snippets of pink and Kraft from my stash
Embossing folder - Darice Woodgrain
Embellishments - Jute twine from my stash; glittery button from my stash
Bling - diamonds from my stash
Ink -  Momento Ink for the image; Charcoal Colorbok Chalk Ink for the shading
Tim Holtz Stains - Broken China, Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed
Jute - fine jute twine from my stash
Stamp - Michael's dollar bins

I am entering this card in the following challenges.
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
2. Two Peas In A Bucket  April Mood Board Challenge
3. MFP Speedy TV Inspirational Challenge - #59 The eyes have it. I chose the colours of the  middle photo for my inspiration.
4. Dream Valley Challenges - #80 Say it with Words
5. Crafty Calendar Challenge - Things with Wings

Monday, 14 April 2014


Here is a birthday card I made with an image I coloured up at the lake last summer. I found it in with my coloured images that I file away in dollar store photo albums.  It sure is handy to colour some ahead and file them away for days like this. lol

I have kept it fairly simple. The background paper is from a 6x6 paper pad I purchased in England last August. The Celebrate sentiment is a found treasure from a recent clean up in my craft room. All the other card elements were chosen from my snippets drawer because they either went with this DP or this sentiment box colour. A girl's got to do what a girl's got to do, to narrow down choices and get on to finishing up a card faster!

I am happy to say that my hip and back are feeling better...all that alternating of ice and heat really took the edge off and I feel on the road to recovery. I will be leaving DH to do any raking, lifting etc. in the gardens, and have been ordered to only do tasks in the garden that require sitting. DH is preparing a list for me! lol

It has been lovely here for the past couple of days and DH has been washing down the siding of the house and the garden shed. He is about 2/3 finished, and is already planning on washing the outside windows next. Then we will be well ready to enjoy spring and summer. We even put out some of the patio chairs and cushions...can't wait to have lunch out there.

****************This is card #2 of 50. I am on a consumables spending freeze until I have made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************

Card Recipe
Card base and envelope -  5 1/2 inch square card and envelope from my stash
DP - Riverbank Revelry from England 6 x 6 pack; green plaid is a snippet of Xmas DP
Card - dark teal snippets from my stash
Dies - Marianne doily die; Memory Box Lavish Branches; Quickuts corner die
Bling - Pearls from my stash
Stickles - Star Dust
Stamp - Stampin" Up

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets.
2. MFP Speedy TV Colour Challenge - Pink Turquoise and blue
3. Two Peas In A Bucket April Mood Board Challenge
4. Stamping Sensations - Dies and Punches
5. The Squirrel and the Fox - All creatures Great and Small
6. Polkadoodles Challenge  - Animal Magic

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Christmas Card Club - Christmas light, Challenge #8

It was Asha's turn to chose the theme for our Christmas Card Club. Her blog is Sunny Summer Crafts if you would like to pop over and take a look at her wonderful cards.

This was a great theme as there are so many different ways to interpret it. I chose to use my Memory Box Village Lamp Post die as I don't think I have ever used it before (NBUS).  This year, I am trying to make a conscious effort to use my NBUS supplies rather than hoard them!

My back and hip are very sore at the moment and working at the craft table is quite painful. I kept this card quite simple, to shorten the time leaning over it. Expect to see me visiting all over blogland as I have been spending quite a bit of time sitting with  my ice pack or heating pad! I had this same problem earlier this year and just got this under control 2 or 3 weeks ago. Today, I felt a slight pop as I was picking up some leaves...forcing me to limped into the house to find the icepack.

Luckily, I have several cards ahead so will schedule posts for the next short while. Enough wallowing...on with the card and the recipe...

And the inside...

****************This is card #1 of 50. I am on a consumables spending freeze until I have made 50 cards (Sook Wang tape and heavy weight card stock are exempt).***************

Card and base - 5 1/2 inches square from my stash
DP - WRMK Yuletide
Cardstock - a very teensy snippet of green card was used for the corner dies and a snippet of white for the sentiment banner
Dies - Spellbinders Labels 26 for the image mat; MB Village Lamp Post; Quickuts corner die
I think the banner is either Impression Obsession or???? To sore to walk downstairs again to check...
Punch - Martha Stewart snowflake
Image - Sassy Cheryl topper
Sentiment - Merry Christmas is a rub on; Inside verse is Stampers Anonymous, Old Fashioned Christmas
Ink - Momento black ink; Ingvild Bolme red chalk ink

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

1. Christmas Card club - must be Christmas Light
2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge Extra - must be Christmas but Anything Goes
3. Pixies Crafty Workshop - must use snippets
4. Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - must cover card front with paper
5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - must be square
6. MFP Speedy TV Christmas Card Club - must be Christmas
7. Two Peas in a Bucket  April Mood Board