Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Welcome to WOYWDW

Hi there,

Enjoying some gorgeous weather here - warm but not too hot and the humidity is nice - perfect!
 
It's that time of the week again, the time when crafters share a sneaky peek at their work desks and I'm no different, but I'll get to that shortly, first I would like to share a couple of craft projects with you ....
 
 
My neon card

And a peek at the insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card, black card and grey card
  • Inkadinkado images and Hero Arts neon inks stamped as seen above
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant used to protect the project
 
I'll be entering this for the "Anything Goes" challenges over at both Party Time Tuesday and Sweetstamps

And now for an ATC ...
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of black and white card
  • Images by Stamplorations, Inkadinkado and Hero Arts stamped using Hero Arts neon inks
  • Stamplorations chevrons and Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
 
And another ATC ....
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of white and black card
  • TCW stencil through which Distress Inks in picked raspberry, barn door and dusty concorde were sponged
  • Hero Arts grungey circle stamped using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Tim Holtz foliage and sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
 
And, finally, the promised sneaky peek at my work desk!
 


 
Happy WOYWDW (What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday)!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

And it's a lazy Sunday here!

Morning,
 
It's another gorgeous looking day out there - really must get out there myself!
 
But, first, I have an ATC to share with you ..
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • DCWV green pearl card snippet
  • DCWV green metallic (linen effect) card snippet
  • White card snippet for image panel
  • Stampabilities sunflower image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped multiple times using Versacolour malted mauve ink
  • Jillibean (by Hampton Arts) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
Since I used snippets of card I will be entering this for Di's Snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.
 
And then it was on to birthday card ... what can I say? I am LOVING my new neon inks and even broke out some neon PAINT for this one!
 
 
My dayglo card!
 
And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gs, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Hero Arts film strip image stamped using the Hero Arts neon orange ink
  • Snippets of card in black and white
  • Michaels neon yellow acrylic paint swiped over the white card and allowed to dry
  • Stamplorations broad "swipe" image stamped using the Hero Arts neon orange ink
  • Stamplorations oval and Hero Arts small circle image stamped using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Inkadinkado splatter image stamped using Hero Arts neon green ink
  • Stamplorations chevrons and Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant sprayed to set the image panel
 
Think this might work for a young teen of either sex - what do you think? I'll be entering this for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Crafting at the weekend and also for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Seize the Birthday

Last night saw us heading out to dinner with friends (who happen to be neighbours, how lucky are we?) and we tried a restaurant that was new to all four of us ... LIME! The traffic on the journey there was DREADFUL, we tried two routes and neither was trouble free!! Food great, ambience a little less so (bit more cafeteria like than we had expected) but we'd happily go back there if we found ourselves in the vicinity again.

Woo Hoo, I just found out that I made the TOP 3 over at the Pan Pastels challenge blog, for my recent entry for their embossed challenge - no prize for top 3 but it's always lovely to know someone, somewhere, likes your work - isn't it? I'd like to thank those nice peeps at Premium for picking my entry for their top 3 and to congratulate the winner and the other two of the top 3 too!



 
 
Happy Sunday peeps, whatever you have planned

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Saturday and another challenge day here in paradise!

Morning peeps,
 
Greetings from a warm and sunny location! The sun is shining and the pool? Well, suffice it to say that it looks very inviting however, before I go and "chunky dunk" I've some crafting to share with you.
 
I recently bought this set of image and sentiment from my must visit store, Violette's in Lakeland - if you ever find yourself around here then you MUST make a trip!......
 
 
Here's my card

And a close up of the image panel - isn't she so gross she's gorgeous!!!

And the insert and envelope, to co-ordinate

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Mid blue and deep blue card - for matting
  • Art Impressions image (and matching sentiment from the same set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Birthday sentiment (by TPC Studio) stamped using Versafine onyx black, for the insert and envelope

I'm going to be entering the above card over at That Craft Place where the current challenge is:- "girls but no pink" ..... the only pink in my make is that on her cheeks and I HOPE you will forgive me that one!

Now, as you regular readers will know, today is my usual challenge day so check out some of my preferred Saturday challenge blogs - they can be seen in my right hand side bar ..... I usually try to enter some challenges regularly and endeavour to comment on as many entries as possible so, if I haven't visited your blog post then - my apologies - it's nothing personal, I'm real busy for the next few weeks but then hopefully, normal service will resume!

One such challenge blog is Simply Less Is More and, since discovering CAS (Clean And Simple), I have found my card making niche ..... not that it's as easy as it sounds and (TRUST ME) many CAS cards end up either being recycled or in the bin! Their challenge this week is:- "Little Creatures" so I may be back with a card later ..... in the meantime, here IS a little creature that was giving us a bit of a tricky issue we've had with the car ......


Can't go anywhere with this little chap on the wheel!!!


Happy Saturday

Friday, 17 October 2014

And welcome to another Friday peeps

Morning
 
Hope your week has been going just great - it's been fab here but then ..... for me, every day's like a holiday!!

Yesterday saw me out shopping and lunching with my good friend and neighbour, Sally. We nipped to a couple of places and picked up a few things (Sally cracked on with some Christmas shopping) and we then nipped to the Ale House for their meatloaf lunch special ..... we both brought home doggy bags - BIG portions!!! Guess what we're having for lunch tomorrow then???
 
Recently, our neighbours grandson was rushed to hospital with stomach pains .... CAT scan, blood works, the whole nine yards - when you're a young teenager that's a pretty scary thing to happen. So, not much I could do except break out some new stash and make the lad a get well card ....


My card ......

The co-ordinating insert and envelope


Materials used:
  • White gloss card stock DL card and matching sized envelope
  • White and black card snippets ..... the black strips were the perfect fit for the offcuts when breaking in to a sheet for 2 x 14cm panels, for my square cards - don't you love it when a plan comes together?!?!?
  • Kaleidacolour "denim" set of inks, loaded on to a brayer and rolled - at first I was disappointed with the blotchiness but ... it grew on me and I now think it's perfect for a lads card, with the addition of the grungey background stamps
  • Tim Holtz stencil with Distress Ink in faded jeans sponged through
  • Freckled Fawn (A recent prize and, to date, NBUS!) frame stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black and then a Fiskars  sentiment (new NBUS) stamped using Versafine Majestic blue (or is it imperial - blowed if I can remember!)  before matting on to black card
  • Stamplorations grungey dots stamped randomly using Distress Ink in faded jeans
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped using Distress Ink in peacock feathers

As you can see I carried part of my design across the insert and envelope - wasn't sure the whole design would sit well with the insert or envelope though I did seal the card front using Aleene's acrylic spray sealant - anyone else use it? It's a pretty wet and ferocious spray I need to get used to! I've made the dye inks run a couple of times and had to start again - grr!

And I recently tried another new technique ..... with distress inks/gesso and a stencil and (as regular readers know) once I try a technique I like .... then I'll try it a good few times till it's stuck in my head so - guess what? Here's another!!! Memo to self though: If I use ordinary cardstock again for making my own stencil then I'll TRY to bear in mind they are SINGLE USE!!! I THINK you will see what I mean but hopefully it hasn't spoilt the card. See what you think


My card
And the co-ordinating insert and envelope


Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm and 14cm square white card panels (each size x 2 including insert) and snippets for image panel
  • Black card for matting
  • Distress Inks: picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, dusty concorde
  • Gesso applied through my home made stencil (see Wednesday's post) with a piece of cut and dry
  • Stampabilities sketch flower stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Stamplorations sentiment builders stamped on to a snippet of white card (coloured using the same D.I.'s) using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant sprayed to seal the project and then luminarte spray shimmer to bling it up
 
I'm going to be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. "Make your mark" challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More
  2. Photo inspiration at The Card Concept - I've gone with shabby chic/vintage with distressing/layers



And now for the Friday Funny which comes to you by way of Marsha, thanks mate, you're in the 2014 draw. ENJOY
 

Subject: : Ralph and Edna


 


Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.


Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love... I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'
Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry.
How soon can I go home?'
 

 
Have a great Friday


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Welcome to Wednesday

Morning all,

Welcome to another WOYWDW - here's hoping that weather has dried up for you all ..... if not, then feel free NOT TO READ the next sentence. It's another lovely day here (sorry) ... mind you, we had a tremendous storm late yesterday afternoon, with thunder, lightning and TORRENTIAL rain - there, feel better now?!?! EDITED TO READ: now chucking it down, apparently we're catching the outer extremity of a hurricane which is passing off the coast. All I can say is thank heavens it's no closer!!

I've an ATC to share with you today ....
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of blue card cut to ATC size
  • Snippet of white card
  • Distress Inks: peacock feathers, crushed olive, faded jeans
  • Stamplorations grungey circle stamped using Color Box white ink
  • Fiskars sentiment and Inkadinkado thistle image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant - to protect the water based inks
 
And I also made a card using a technique I spotted on Julia's blog ..... see it here


My card

And a close up showing the luminarte shimmer spray

And the insert and envelope to co-ordinate
Made my own stencil using two sizes of EK Success retro flower punch

Materials used:
  • White C6 card blank made by using Bristol Board and a shop bought matching sized envelope
  • Black card for matting
  • White Bristol Board snippet, cut to size
  • Distress Inks in picked raspberry and peacock feathers applied using a Tim Holtz blending tool and foam pad
  • Water spritzed over the panel
  • White gesso was then applied through my home made stencil using a sponge dabber (the same method was used on the sentiment panel)
  • Black satin ribbon
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped over the smaller panel using Versafine onyx black ink
  • I used a TPC Studio flower to co-ordinate the insert and envelope
  • Pink glitter "droplet" to highlight the sentiment panel

Basic description of technique:
  1. Apply distress ink to your card, spritz with water
  2. Apply white paint or ink (or, in my case, white gesso) through stencil overlapping/stippling/varying coverage till happy - I didn't wait till the spritzed water dried and I think it makes for a more mute effect if you don't! As a technique it really couldn't be simpler and I am loving the more mute shades from otherwise pretty vibrant colours

I'm going to be entering my card for the following challenges:-

Here is Julia's smashing original make .... if you want more details of this technique then DO check out Julia's blog

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And now for a peek at my desk:-
 

 
 
Happy WOYWDW! I'll close today by sharing a pic of some of the visitors to the neighbourhood!

Cool huh? Taken yesterday morning

Taken yesterday evening (in ALL THAT RAIN) poor little chap - look at the rain,
dripping off his chin and feet!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday and an unusual day for me to post ...

Morning all,
 
I know I don't usually post on a Tuesday these days but I have had an unusually creative couple of days and, if I stuck to my regular posting days, these posts would be photo heavy .... so, what have I to share with you today then? It's two cards today ..... without further ado, here is the first of them:-
 
My card - I realised that all of my makes in the last week appear to be MASCULINE cards - how DID that happen?
Time to change tactics .....

And a close up but I'm still not sure you get the full sparkly-ness of the Luminarte shimmer

And here's the inside and the envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including the insert)
  • 14cm green floral DCWV card stock from the Olde World stack (x 2 including the insert)
  • Die cut white cardstock - one plain circle one scallop edged circle
  • Snippets of green floral cardstock (as above) and pearlised green DCWV card
  • Length of lace
  • Penny Black image partially stamped on to the plain circle using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image and outer edge of scallop edged circle
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped around image using Versacolour gold ink
  • Luminarte shimmer spray to bling up the image panel
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
 
And now for the second:-
 
My masculine card - oops, that plan didn't last long did it???

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • DL gloss card stock blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card snippets and black card
  • Bakers twine in black/white, grey/white and tan/white
  • Tim Holtz clock face stencil
  • Distress Inks: antique linen, tea dye, pumice stone
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant - to protect those water based inks in transit!
 
Have a fab Tuesday



Monday, 13 October 2014

Good Monday morning peeps

Hey there,
 
Hope your week's getting off to a good start.
 
Me? Well, hubby and I have had a very sociable weekend and I managed both a little crafting AND a little light craft retail therapy as well as a tasty steak dinner yesterday!! My steak was so big I had no chance of eating it all - in fact it was SO big that we are going to both be enjoying steak sandwiches for lunch ..... yes, THAT BIG!!
 
Anyway, I'm not one to not flog a new technique to death so here's another masculine card using the bouncing brayer technique and my new masculine toned Kaleidacolour palette. I also scooted the brayer up and down a couple of times too, to tone down the white areas .....
 
 
My card

And its co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½ cm square white card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • 14 cm square blue card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • Snippets of white and blue card for the image panel
  • Tim Holts chevron stencil was taped down on to my larger white card panels before sponging the "denim" blue ink from the Kaleidacolour palette through it, to make a border
  • After removing the stencil but leaving low tack tape in place I sponged Distress Ink in weathered wood - to soften the starkness of the white and also stamped my Recollections "splatter" image using Distress Ink in pumice stone
  • Fiskars birthdays sentiment was stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • On the smaller white card panel I used the Kaleidacolour palette and a brayer to ink my design
  • Deep blue adhesive "droplet" over the central bouncing brayer "join"
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant - to protect those water based dyes "in transit"!
 
Since snippets were deployed I shall be entering this over at Pixies Crafty Workshop where Di hosts a weekly "snippet challenge" and also for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Crafting at the Weekend ... except (darn it) that between my publishing this post and getting up to actually enter the make ,,,, the challenge closed - OOPSIE!!! That'll teach me!
 
And now for an ATC using one of my shaving foam and ink panels
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card shaving foam and ink panel - cut to ATC size
  • Recollections "tree", sentiment and "bauble" images stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Alcohol makers to colour baubles
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
 
Woken up yesterday morning by the sound of these guys, they were about 50' above us!
 
 
What a beautiful morning AND the moon was still up ... see it?

 
 
And then we nipped out to Winter Garden Village where I hit Joann's because I had a 50% coupn burning a hole in my pocket! What did I buy?
 
You can all see the Tim Holtz stencil but the Goosebumps is the shimmer version and
the paint? Well it's neon yellow acrylic .... I seem to be in to neons right now
 
 
Happy Monday, have a great week

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Welcome to another lazy Sunday

Morning folks
 
Yesterday I was talking about how some challenges are "must enters" and here is a make for the current challenge over at one of those blogs! Simply Less Is More have a new challenge with the theme of: "TWO" .... and, this time, I DIDN'T forget that it was One Layer Card week either!!! Yee Haa ... I cant tell you  how many times I've made a card only to discover that it isn't One Layer and therefore not eligible.

There you go - two bears on a sled!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white , 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Versafine majestic blue ink
  • Inkadinkadosentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Distress Inks in barn door and weather wood used to water colour the image
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
 
You know how you sometimes have what you think is a BRILLIANT idea and crack on ..... only to discover you don't think it's so great when you've finished it? Well, that's how I felt about the card above so, there was nothing for it but to have another go! THIS is the card I will be entering over at Simply Less Is More



Materials used:
  • 15cm square white , 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Hero Arts square image stamped twice using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Hero Arts heart image stamped twice using Distress Ink in barn door
  • Hero Arts flower image stamped randomly using the Hero Arts neon orange ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant to seal and protect - wish I'd used it BEFORE the stickles though - as it dried it bled just a little - grr.

What do you think? Does it ruin the card, SHOULD I scrap it and start again? I really like the way it turned out otherwise so would happily make the same design again but would seal it BEFORE applying the stickles ..... one of the downsides of using Distress Inks I guess.

Here's another challenge I might  have a go at shortly .... over at Festive Friday those good peeps do the best they can to keep us crafters up to date with our Christmas card quota and have a photo challenge this week - check it out, lush isn't it?


Have a fab Sunday .... it's Bonnie's birthday today so - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Bonnie, hope you got that decorating finished!

Saturday, 11 October 2014

Welcome to Challenge Saturday

Morning all and welcome to Challenge Day - for me anyway!
 
I like to enter some challenges as regularly as possible and then some that just take my fancy ......
 
Here's one that ticks both boxes! The sketch over at Happy Little Stampers
 
 
My card

And the co-ordinating envelope
 
Materials used:
  • C6 card blank constructed from 300gsm Bristol board, matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white, black and glittered card
  • Using Hero Arts neon green ink I stamped Stamplorations grungey grid and Recollections splatter image and let dry .... I originally inked this a couple of days ago but the card turned in to a complete disaster so I never finished it - lucky for me, huh?
  • Recollections trio of trees and sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant sprayed to prevent accidental water damage in transit!
 
And the sketch? Well, you can see I rotated it but ....
 
 
If I'm quick I can also make this an entry for the "Splatter" challenge over at CASology too!

Yesterday I was definitely in to messy "fun with shaving foam" mode!!! I recently bought some inks I thought might work for Christmas projects. Want to see?

Add ink to shaving foam - don't worry too much about being neat - you can see that I didn't!!

Swirl it around - have some fun! I used a pencil, necessity being the mother of invention!

Simple materials used

And some finished "pieces" - just waiting to be made in to something else

Materials used:
  • Paper plate (snagged courtesy of my neighbour, Sally, thanks pal!)
  • Shaving foam (shamelessly stolen from my hubby - it's OK, it doesn't use much!) - spread it out evenly - I used an old store card
  • Inks ..... I used a combination: Adirondack red pepper and butterscotch spray inks, Tsukineko lavender and Distress Ink picked raspberry re-inker. Dot (or in my case SPLODGE) inks - not necessary to be too tidy with your placement
  • Swirl the inks around (I used a pencil - everything washes off so can be used again) till you like the pattern
  • Smoosh your paper snippets in to the foam - it's best to have a pile ready to "smoosh" remove, scrape off excess shaving foam (I used a clear plastic ruler for this) and return to paper plate.
  • Place inked cardstock somewhere to dry off properly
  • You can smooth and swirl after each "smooshing" ... as you can see, the colours gradually "mute" a little more each smoosh but you can get loads out of a good squirt of shaving foam and just a few drops of inks ... have fun peeps!
  • It's best to have some paper towel to clean up after each "smoosh" but, once you're done, the paper plate can be disposed of and the pencil, ruler, store card can all simply be run under the tap/faucet and dried, ready to start the next project!

So, here's what made it in to cards, using one of the darker and one of the lighter pieces, some black card and some red and brick coloured card and stamped with trees and sentiment from Recollection


A card made using one of the early prints, with the deeper colours
 
And one of the later (and more muted) prints

I was delighted to find that one of my CAS cards had been showcased over at Simply Less Is More - thanks so much ladies. This is one of my "must enter" challenges!



Have a fab Saturday