Friday, 24 March 2017

A Small Thank You Gift

Hello my lovely friends.  A very quick post today as I am off to a meeting with Mum's heart nurse, just so the nurse can have a chat and catch up with how Mum is faring and do some checks.

As I am not going to be able to craft today, I thought I'd share a quick picture of a little bag I made for someone who was very kind to my mum recently.  It's a bag with some cards, envelopes and a small gift, along with a thank you card for her (I forgot to take a picture before sealing the envelope), never mind, here is the bag.



Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.  Have a wonderful day!


Saturday, 18 March 2017

A Five Hour Retrospective For CAS Mix Up


Hello again my lovelies!  I don't know if you caught my post earlier HERE
where I mentioned that I was going to enter the card to two challenges, until I realised there was no stamping on it, so I was unable to enter it in to Loll and Bonnie's 'CAS Mix Up Challenge'

http://casmixup.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/cas-mix-up-march-challenge.html

Well, I was still kicking my self a few hours later (as I loved the way the smooshed panel had turned out), when I had a light-bulb moment and I added some stamping in the form of a partial sentiment - I hope it isn't classed as cheating, as I do think that it was actually crying out for that addition anyway - so, I stamped 'sending' on a tiny snippet of card-stock and adhered it just above the word 'Hugs'.  I hope this is allowed, as it was only made hours ago!  

Anyway, here it is now, let me know if you think that that was what was missing earlier!






Well, there you have it!  Details are as previous post!  HERE

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have visited twice and left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Another Freshly Made Sketches Entry


Hello lovely people!  I do hope you're having a marvellous weekend!  I have been 'playing' in my craft room and have another  card here for the 'Freshly Made Sketches #279', what can I say . . . I'm making up for lost time!  😉

Here is the sketch.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/freshly-made-sketches-279-sketch-by-rita.html

I had started to link this to Loll and Bonnie's 'CAS Mix Up Challenge' too, but then realised . . . it has no stamping!  DUH!  Never mind!  Here are the rest of the photos, as you can see, I followed the sketch completely today!






Again, I used my Starlight Paints - I am completely hooked on their gorgeous shimmer - and as I didn't want to hide it completely, I used a strip of vellum as the top layer, everything else speaks for itself I think!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Friday, 17 March 2017

An Entry For A Long Neglected Challenge


As I have been having a little more time lately to get back in to some of the challenges I used to frequent, I thought I would try and get one done for one of my favourite challenges that has long been neglected . . . Freshly Made Sketches!    I have missed this challenge and their fabulous sketches and am happy to have a card for it today.

This is the sketch.

http://freshlymadesketches.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/freshly-made-sketches-279-sketch-by-rita.html

As you will see, I have changed the orientation of the sketch and also changed the order of the layers, to make it work better for our (UK) card size, which is narrower than the US A2 size - I actually prefer the aspect ratio of the USA card size - but that is by-the-by.  Here is my card.  I will list what I used below.






I used Hero Arts 'Color Layering Poppies' and a new set of Altenew Ink Cubes, the sentiment was from same set and the plaid paper was from a My Favorite Things 6x6 pad.  I finished the whole thing off with a couple of strips of black and white patterned paper from stash and a few drops of black enamel accents to tie it all together!

I really enjoyed making it. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Another Entry For CAS Mix Up Challenge


Today, I have another smooshed entry for Loll & Bonnie's CAS Mix Up Challenge for their first Blogaversary!  Which asks for stamping, 'smooshing' and your choice.

http://casmixup.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/cas-mix-up-march-challenge.html

A really simple one this time, 'smooshed' Starlight Paints on a small panel of card-stock, a 'new' (never used) die-cut panel mounted on foam for dimension and the whole thing adhered to a white base card.  Finishing with a silver heat embossed sentiment on a snippet of black card-stock and a few drops of black enamel accents.  There you have it, smooshing, stamping & die cutting (my choice).





Well, my lovelies, I can't believe it's Friday already, so, have a great weekend whatever you are doing and wherever you are.

Thank you all so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Another Quickie

Hello my lovelies, I hope your week is going smoothly!  I enjoyed making the QAS card so much the other day I couldn't resist another go!

Again, it was another 'Project Life' card that I stamped the greeting on, mounted it to a vellum panel, under which I adhered a silver mesh die-cut and then adhered the focal panel on top of that.  Here it is.





I am really enjoying these at the moment, so you might see quite a few more yet . . . who knows . . . maybe I'll save them until I'm really stuck for ideas!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

CAS Mix Up - 1st Blogaversary!

Hi lovely friends!  Today, I have a card for Loll & Bonnie's CAS Mix Up Challenge  which is calling for 'smooshing', stamping & your choice.

http://casmixup.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/cas-mix-up-march-challenge.html

It is also, their first Blogaversary!!   Oh, my, how time passes by so quickly!  Well, I couldn't let such an auspicious occasion go by without a contribution (up until my mother got so ill, I entered every one of my friend's fun challenges, but of course, was unable to do so for so long).  Even now, I am late to the party - literally - but, better late than never eh ladies?

As always, photos first, explanation after.






First, I took the 'smooshed' panel and cut it with a stitched rectangle die, stamped it  using an old Stampendous stamp set and heat embossed it with platinum embossing powder, next, I cut a vellum panel with a stitched, scalloped rectangle die and adhered it to the back of the 'smooshed' panel.

I embossed another panel with an embossing folder - which I can't remember who's it was,  as it had no manufacturer's mark on it - and cut it diagonally for interest and adhered that to the front of the base card.

To finish, I mounted the focal piece on to the card front with thin foam, to show the vellum better against the white of the card.  Finally, I heat embossed 'Happy' on a piece of black card and stamped 'birthday' on a piece of white card, adhered them together and mounted on to the panel - again with thin foam - so, 

Smooshing = panel ✓
Stamping   = panel & sentiment ✓
My Choice = heat embossing, dry embossing, die-cutting ✓

I had fun and hope to participate a lot more often now that Mum is a lot better!   Fingers crossed!

Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.


Sunday, 12 March 2017

Sometimes, all you want to do . . .

 . . . is make a quick card.


Do you know what I mean, or is it just me?  I didn't feel like doing any clever techniques, loads of stamping, colouring, or anything else, I just wanted to . . . make a card!  This fit the bill perfectly!

All I did was stamp a greeting on a 'Project Life' card (I keep them in case I need a card in a hurry, or I've lost my mojo and can't think of anything).  Then, I just adhered a piece of background paper cut smaller than the card base to the front, then, a sheet of vellum cut smaller than the patterned paper and finally topped it with the 'Project Life' card and some 'Enamel Accents' and called it done . . . a nice QAS (quick and simple) card, which satisfied a need 👍






I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!  Thank you so much for your visit today and especially if you have left a comment.  You are all appreciated more than you know! If you have a question, please be sure I have a way to contact you so I can answer, as a lot of you are 'no-reply' bloggers, so I am unable to reply via e-mail.