Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ....

Morning all,
 
Hope your week is going well, don't worry, it will soon be the weekend.

My hubby's been bemoaning the fact that "something" has been digging holes in our front yard ..... well, there I was, sat in the dining room when I was aware of something moving past the window. A quick recce revealed what is (most probably) responsible for those holes .....




Pesky rabbit!! But they are soooooo cute, aren't they?
 
I've an ATC to share with you today. I've had this card for a while, with an S.U. background image stamped on it - just WAITING to be used and yesterday was the day!
 
My ATC
 
And a closer view
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Card snippet with S.I. background grid stamped using Versafine brown ink
  • Distress Inks applied to the background of the ATC using a blending tool:- salty ocean, faded jeans, weathered wood, black soot
  • Precious Remembrance Shop coffee ring image stamped using D.I. weathered wood
  • Tim Holtz graded circles and arrow stencil used in conjunction with the salty ocean ink
  • Precious Remembrance Shop sentiment and Tim Holtz image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • White gel roller ball pen used to highlight
 
Because it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday I thought I should share a pic of my work space so you can marvel at how anyone can work in such a mess - yep, that would be ME!!!
 
 
 
TOLD YOU!
 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Tuesday, it's sunny but I'm making Christmas cards

Morning all
 
Tuesday once more and I hope you enjoyed the extra day off, those of you lucky enough to actually get the day off. I know that Monday was a Public Holiday in the U.K., U.S. and probably numerous other locations.
 
I have a Rudolph Day challenge make to share with you today. Catherine set a Rudolph Day challenge to make the sentiment the focus and here's my take on this theme:-
 
 
My card
 
I HOPE you can see the sparkle

My co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square white card panel for the insert
  • Snippet of white card for the image panel
  • Snippets of black card and white card for matting
  • For the matting layer of white card I smooshed Memento rosebud ink around the outside, to create a border and then stamped a Stampers Anonymous checker image using Distress Ink in picked raspberry
  • For the image panel I stamped the Stampers Anonymous snowflake in full once and in part twice using Memento rosebud ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied to the image panel to "bling it up"!
 
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership req) Craft Mad & Loving It - RUDOLPH DAY challenge - May/June
  2. The Pink Elephant - TPE300 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Dream Valley challenges - challenge No. 107 - ANYTHING GOES

Yesterday was a public holiday here so we chose to head out for the afternoon - wanna see some pix?

Our destination?
Historic Downtown Clermont








I have a friend (or two) who would like to see inside this store!

The House salad at our chosen pit stop on the way home

Beer me up!
See the stars 'n stripes hat on the server in the background?


It's my Sister-in-law Ann's birthday today so HAPPY BIRTHDAY Ann

 

Monday, 25 May 2015

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning readers,
 
Happy Memorial Day to those celebrating today, I can hardly believe that this is the last Monday in May and that next Monday we'll be in ..... JUNE!!!

Today is officially Rudolph Day and there are a number of challenges launched today, to encourage us all to add to our quota of makes and ensure we hit the festive season with enough (or ALMOST enough) cards in our stash. So, this set me to thinking and .....
 
Some crafting to share with you ...
 
My card

And its co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card for the image panel
  • Snippets of grey/green card, metallic green card and distressed green card for matting and layering
  • Inkadinkado image and Hero Arts sentiment frame stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Distress Inks used to water colour the image and sentiment banner:- cracked pistachio, forest moss, scattered straw, festive berries and fired brick
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied to the image panel
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
 
I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. Crazy4challenges - C4C287 - GREEN
  2. ScrappyMo - RUDOLPH DAY
 

And now I've an ATC to share with you, it's NOT Christmas-y, AT ALL!. You know how sometimes it's really hard to think of something and sometimes it just FLOWS? This was one that just flowed and, frankly, I LOVE IT! - hope you will too.

 
My ATC
 
And a close up to show further detail
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card, cut to ATC size
  • Distress Inks in pumice stone and weathered wood applied using a Tim Holtz blender
  • Using the weathered wood ink I stamped the checker and circles images (by Stampers Anonymous)
  • I then stamped the Stampers Anonymous numbers image (twice) using Ranger Archival watering can ink and the flourish (from the same set) using Distress Ink in tea dye and then the sentiment using Ranger Archival jet black ink.
  • Star image (again, by Stampers Anonymous) stamped multiple times - but stamped off on scrap paper, to further distress the image
  • I also swiped the weathered wood D.I. around the outer edges of the ATC

And I liked it so much that I thought it would "ROCK" as a card!

My card
And a close up

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white, grey, dark grey and black card
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Other materials as per the ATC list above

I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:-
  1. Ink on my fingers - challenge No. 357 - FREE THEME
  2. Robyns Fetish - challenge No. 265 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. AAA - challenge No. 40 - ONE FOR THE GUYS

Have a great week
 

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Welcome to a summery Sunday

Morning readers,
 
Hope you are enjoying your Public Holiday weekend - in the U.S. it's the Memorial Day weekend and in the U.K. it's Spring Bank Holiday.

Yesterday saw us out to dinner with pals (who just so happen to be neighbours too) and we thought we would try a new Mexican restaurant - nice! We'll go again. I tried the enmoladas and I got to try mole sauce which I had never had before .... a strange combination of chilli, chocolate and peanut butter!

Right, on to the crafting, Sally said she was short of girly cards so ..... off I went, trying to rectify that:-
 
My card
 
 
And a close up to show the sparkle

 
My co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card on to which I stamped the Stampers Anonymous "runway" girl image using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Distress Inks: antique linen and spiced marmalade used in water colour style to colour image with Picked raspberry to colour the background and then sponged through a Stampers Anonymous stencil to add texture
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied to the image panel
  • Stampabilities sentiment builder sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Larger snippet of white card (for matting) coloured with picked raspberry ink
  • Penny Black foliage image stamped using Hero Arts neon bright ink in hot pink around the edge of the matting layer and perfect pearls iridescent pink quickly brushed over as it dried
  • Two glittered self adhesive "droplets" added to bling up this girly card
 
There, one GIRLY card, I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - Snippets challenge
  2. All Sorts - challenge No. 312 - HAPPY BIRTHDAY - 6th Birthday challenge
  3. Suzi Bee's blooming challenge - challenge No. 81 - ANYTHING GOES - MAKE IT GIRLY
 
And another make from me ..


My card
And a close up of the image panel

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel for image
  • Black card and bright blue card - for matting
  • Unknown image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Distress Inks, used to water colour:- picked raspberry, scattered straw, forest moss, salty ocean
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied to image panel
  • Stardust stickles to highlight balloon

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 64 - ANIMAL
  2. My Time To Craft - challenge No. 293 - ZOO ANIMALS

Happy Sunday
 
 
 

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Saturday and it's another challenge day from me ....

Hello dear readers, how's your weekend coming along?
 
Yesterday saw me heading out with pal and neighbour, Sally, for a spot of light retail therapy with lunch and nattering thrown in - for good measure! It was one of our more successful trips as Sally got both items on her list and I got a pair of flip flops in the sale!! My old ones had no tread left and were destined for the bin - always good to have a pair waiting in the wings though, especially as we approach SUMMER!!!!

Recently, I made a masterboard (using Bleeding Art Tissue in pink & blue) and made a couple of Christmas cards with it. Had a bit left so thought I would make another as the challenge was still open - finishes on Monday so, who knows? I MAY even get another done by then! Here's the one I made .... my Christmas card quota has increased some this past couple of weeks too - YAY!
 
My card
 
And a closer view of the detail
 
And my co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of masterboard card (made using Bleeding Art Tissue in pink and blue)
  • Navy card for matting
  • Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamped numerous times using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival watering can ink and Versafine Mediterranean blue ink before cutting the end in to a banner shape
  • Distress Ink in salty ocean applied using a sponge dabber and then again applied through a TCW stencil
  • Distress Ink in faded jeans and black soot applied around the edge using the sponge dabber
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
 
I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) Craft Mad & Loving It  group - Rudolph Day - USE COOL COLOURS AND/OR MAKE A MASTERBOARD (this used a piece from my masterboard in cool colours!) 
  2. C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - Challenge No. 312 - CHRISTMAS, no red or green
 
And another make from me ...

My card

And a close up to show the sparkle

My co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Stampers Anonymous snowflake stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine Mediterranean blue ink
  • Distress Ink in salty ocean applied around the image panel using a large sponge dabber
  • Star shaped metal brad attached using a pokey tool to make the hole
  • Luminarte shimmer spray applied over the image panel
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the snowflake
  • Mid blue and dark blue card snippets to mat and layer
  • My Sentiments Exactly (MSE) sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 225 Recipe week - USE METAL
  2. Sister Act - Challenge No. 107 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Fingers - Challenge No. 81 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Corner - team MEL - ANYTHING GOES

Not one but two Christmas cards and it's really only the start of summer this weekend!!!! We have gorgeous weather and temperatures seem set to hit the mid 90's°F today which, sadly, is a little TOO hot for me to sally forth and do much outdoors still, mustn't be churlish - don't get THOSE kind of opportunities too often!

Around 07:30 this morning the hubs and I were startled by the noise of gas burners directly over the house ... so I grabbed my camera and headed for the door (thank  heavens I was decent!!!)




Have a great Saturday
 
 

Friday, 22 May 2015

Welcome to Friday - the weekend starts here .....

Morning all,
 
Another photo heavy post from me folks, I hope you are ready for this!

Before I start with the real photo heavy bit though, I've a card to share with you ....

My card
A closer view of the image panel

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square white card panels (for front and insert)
  • 14.4cm square mid blue card panel
  • Snippets of white card (image) and mid and dark blues - for matting
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Distress Markers and inks to colour: spiced marmalade, tea dry, frayed burlap, cracked pistachio, forest moss, festive berries
  • Peerless Water Colour in sky blue colourwashed around the image
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped (after adhering my image panel to card) using Ranger Archival  watering can and Versafine Mediterranean blue inks
  • Hero Arts sentiment used on the insert, stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. Holly Jolly Christmas - CAS
  2. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - Challenge No. 229 - USE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas EXTRA Challenge - May's monthly challenge - ANYTHING CHRISTMAS

It was my birthday earlier in the week and the day was, frankly, all about me ... mostly because I am blessed with a splendid husband. So, what did we spend the day doing? Well, after a leisurely morning and a dunk in the pool it was off out for a little light retail therapy and sightseeing - wanna see what we did and where we went? Pull up a chari, grab a coffee and ....
 
 
Lake Mirror, Lakeland




Pulled up at traffic lights and saw this suit of armour!!! WHATTTTT!!!!
Yes, that WAS what we saw - I'm sure you would have done a double take too!
Wouldn't you?

Violette's

Violette's

Manny's in Winter Haven

It even says Manny's on the glasses!

My birthday present from me to me!
Even broke the seal on the Hero Arts sentiment set! YAY!

And my birthday gift - from Sephora!
What a thoughtful gift - I was expecting an either/or but not BOTH!
 
And now for the Friday Funny, provided to me courtesy of my pal, Liz - ENJOY!


Why I Like Retirement !

Question: How many days in a week? 
Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday 

 


Question:
When is a retiree's bedtime? 
Answer: Two hours after he falls asleep on the couch. 

 


Question:How many retirees to change a light bulb? 
Answer: Only one, but it might take all day. 
 

 

Question:What's the biggest gripe of retirees? 
Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done. 

 


Question:Why don't retirees mind being called Seniors? 
Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount. 
 

 

Question:Among retirees, what is considered formal attire? 
Answer: Tied shoes. 

 


Question:Why do retirees count pennies? 
Answer: They are the only ones who have the time. 
 

 

Question: What is the common term for someone who enjoys work and refuses to retire? 
Answer: NUTS! 

 


Question:Why are retirees so slow to clean out the basement, attic or garage? 
Answer: They know that as soon as they do, one of their adult kids will want to store stuff there.

 

Question:What do retirees call a long lunch? 
Answer: Normal. 


Question: What is the best way to describe retirement? 
Answer: The never ending Coffee Break. 



Question:What's the biggest advantage of going back to school as a retiree?
Answer: If you cut classes, no one calls your parents. 



Question:Why does a retiree often say he doesn't miss work, but misses the people he used to work with?
Answer: He is too polite to tell the whole truth. 



And, my very favorite....
 

QUESTION: What do you do all week? 
Answer: Monday through Friday, NOTHING..... Saturday & Sunday, I rest. 



Have a great weekend everyone - please join me in wishing my blogging pal, Louise, a very Happy Birthday for today.