Friday, 9 October 2015

Welcome to the Friday Funny post ....

Morning peeps,

Well, it's been a funny old week weather wise, it started off with foggy mornings which degenerated to plain old wet mornings and now? We have sunshine!!! Not that I'm complaining you understand!!!!

Halloween is coming and many people celebrate like crazy ... speaking of which ... those crazy birds are just so much fun .. so, here's another project featuring the one known (in my circle) as Bella Lugosi!

My tag

And a close up which (I hope) shows the mica powders in the mix

Materials used:
  • White luggage tag 60 x 120mm
  • Distress Inks: twisted citron, squeezed lemonade. hickory smoke, seedless preserves "smooshed" on to tag, along with "blush" mica powder - to give the project a nice sheen
  • Inkadinkado drip image stamped using the seedless preserves ink
  • Kaisercraft "crackle" stamped using Hero Arts neon green ink
  • Kaisercraft "film edges" stamped using the hickory smoke ink - reckon they ALMOST look like trees ... or is that just me?
  • Stampers Anonymous "crazy bird" and "crazy things" (hat and broom) stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink, the crazy bird was also stamped directly on to the tag
  • Alcohol markers to colour, in shades of yellow, green, purple and grey
  • Gold satin ribbon to thread the tag

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. The Paper Players - challenge No. 265 - HALLOWEEN
  2. Scrappers Delight - challenge No. 49 - FALL/HALLOWEEN
  3. De Stempelwinkel - challenge No. 18 - HALLOWEEN/AUTUMN/FALL
  4. Pattie's Creations - challenge No. 115 - HALLOWEEN (must use an image)
  5. DRS Designs - challenge No 195 - SPOOKY or CUTESIE

Just found out that those lovely peeps over at DRS Designs selected my card to win their prize (a gift voucher). I'm thrilled and will be shopping there asap! Thanks so much .... which card did they like enough to win? That would be this one ....

And now ....... it's time instead for the Friday Funny, courtesy of Marsha - ENJOY


Have a great weekend!!!!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Welcome to the first What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday of OCTOBER ...

Morning peeps,

So, remind me again where the year is going? I seem to have blinked and it's nearly Christmas!

I have recently been admiring the work of a fellow crafter and was even lucky enough to receive a card from her, which was gorgeous. I couldn't stop myself and CASe-d the card she mailed to me. Who is the talented crafter that inspired me? LOLL - see her work here .... Loll's been using and experimenting with Inka Gold a lot lately. I don't have any but you can see my own humble offering below, though I had to substitute pan pastels for Inka Gold but I think they stood in admirably.

My card

And a closer view of the shine

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of 300gsm water colour card
  • Brusho's: yellow, orange and scarlet sprinkled on to a craft mat, spritzed with water and then the water colour card "smooshed" through it.
  • Once dried I ran the panel through my big shot inside the swirls embossing folder.
  • Then I tapped Versamark ink over the raised areas before applying gold metallic pan pastel over it which I then set with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine which had the added benefit of protecting the water based brusho's
  • I matted my panel on black linen effect DCWV paper using dimensional foam tape
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and border stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

And there you have it .... my twist on Loll's fabulous work - wanna see the card I CASe'd? Look at the GORGEOUS sheen on her card - do check out her blog if you have a moment, it won't be time wasted!

LOLL's card, not my own

Since I shamelessly CASE'd Loll's design, even down to the colours used!, I won't be entering this for any challenges but hope you like it anyway and thanks for stopping by.

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday I shall share a pic, just to show you that there really isn't a whole lot going on there!

Looks like I'm THINKING about a card!!!

Have a great week, don't worry, I think you'll find that it will soon be the weekend!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Good Morning peeps - autumn's really with us!


I say Autumn's really with us because of a number of things .... foggy mornings, having to de-mist the car before starting morning journeys, daddy long legs, an increase in spiders and a reluctance to get out of bed because it's starting to feel chilly in the mornings, yes, it's here!

I even lit the fire yesterday, albeit just to check it worked ... ready for winter but ... it was nice and cosy for a few minutes!

Fortunately, so far, the mists have lifted by 9-10:00 so it hasn't really interfered with our plans - YET! Hubs went off to the flying field and, for the first time this season, took both wellies and gloves with him! Me? I stayed home and crafted ..... though in deference to domesticity I DID put some washing on so I could craft guilt free! What started as simply an autumnal project took on a bit of a life of its own and became thoroughly mixed media ....... see my card below and then scroll further down for how I made it!, then you'll see what I mean by "took on a life of its own"!

My card

See the dimension

Materials used:

  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of water colour card (300gsm), white card, black card and chocolate glitter card (by DCWV)
  • Tim Holtz sun ray embossing folder
  • EK Success leaf punch
  • Petaluma maple leaf wood mounted rubber stamp
  • Prescious Remembrance Shop sentiment
  • Brusho crystals: dark brown, scarlet and yellow and a water spritzer
  • Distress Stains: tarnished brass and dried Marigold
  • TCW, Memory Box and Dutchdoobadoo stencils
  • Pan Pastel in bronze applied with cut and dry foam
  • Inks: Versamark dazzle, Memento Rich cocoa
  • Liquitex gloss gel medium, applied with a spatula
  • Dimensional foam tape
  • Pro Marker in caramel, to edge the small punched leaves and the image panel
  • Perfect Layering rulers and a craft knife

Smooshing of the brushos and then stencilling with the distress stains

Then run through my Big Shot inside a Tim Holtz embossing folder

Brushos and distress stains used

Versamark ink dragged over raised parts before applying pan pastel

Small leaves punched, distress stain applied and then edged using a pro marker

Having stamped my maple leaf I applied gloss gel medium through a stencil with my plastic spatula

I stamped my maple leaf on to my image panel - to save me fussy cutting the gel medium image

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. WeLove2Create (pan pastels) - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 95 - AUTUMN SPLENDOUR
  3. Fussy and Fancy - challenge No. 149 - AUTUMN COLOURS
  4. Gem of a challenge - challenge No. 145 - AUTUMN
  5. That Craft Place - September 27th - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
Now, I'll leave you with this ... have you EVER put something new/treasured and BLACK in the wash and realised you either washed something fluffy last time or that someone left a tissue in a pocket? If you have then you can relate when I say "HOW ANNOYING IS IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS?" and why is it that you only realise when you take out your now fluffy (previously pristine and) black item out of the wash? Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! Nothing for it but to wash it again! Double Grrrrrrr!

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Morning and welcome to another Sunday morning

Morning readers,

First order of business this morning is to welcome my latest follower, Jo, thanks for stopping by - hope to see you again soon

Hope you are enjoying your weekend, ours (like always) seemed to have nothing planned and then .... there was hedge cutting this morning and the surrogates stopped by for a chat and a glass of wine - you know how it goes!

Anyhoo, a little light crafting has taken place - as it always must!

My card

And the close up of the Plaid dimensional gloss
(cheaper than Glossy Accents but takes JUST as long to dry!)

And my insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white card and red card - for image panel and insert
  • Recollections holly image stamped in opposite corners using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamped using Brilliance pearlescent ivy ink
  • Pro Markers: lime, pear and forest and red and poppy
  • Signo uniball white gel pen to highlight
  • Crystal Stickles to highlight text
  • Plaid dimensional gloss to add a good shine to the leaves and berries

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 197 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  2. Simply Papercrafts - challenge No. 14 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Saturday and it's challenge day at the Purple Palace ....

Hello readers, 

Yee Haa, it's the weekend! Got something nice planned?

Saturday's (particularly mornings) are usually challenge days for me and, since I have a new craft area in which to play, I can't see that changing anytime soon!

My card

And a close up to show the twinkle

And the inside and envelope to match

Materials used:

  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of card in white and purple
  • Sunshine Designs image stamped using Versamark ink and then heat embossed 
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and frame stamped using Memento inks in tuxedo black and grape jelly, cut out and then m ounted using dimensional foam tape

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 244 - JEWEL COLOURS .... wouldn't you just KNOW I would go with a purple jewel - it's either amethyst or tanzanite!!!!
  2. Alphabet challenge - October - "Q" - "Q" for QUICK AND EASY
  3. Friday Mashup - challenge No. 228 - USE A SILHOUETTE or A BACKGROUND FILLED WITH COLOUR or BOTH

And, on a bit of a roll this week - must be my new (and still tidy) craft space!

My card

And a close up to show the sheen of the pan pastels

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of card in white, black, silver mirri and 300gsm water colour paper
  • Brushos: white, turquoise, purple and black sprinkled on to a craft sheet, spritzed and then the watercolour paper "smooshed" through. I thought this first piece was too dark to stamp on - but, I'm not quitter and came up with this use instead!
  • Once dry I ran it through my Big Shot inside a Tim Holtz grungey circles embossing folder
  • I rubber Brilliance lightning black ink over the raised parts and then applied Pan Pastels in metallic gold, sealing with Crafters Spray and Shine
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment frame and sentiment stamped using Memento inks in tuxedo black and Paris dusk which I then cut out and matted on to another snippet of silver mirri card which I attached to the main panel using a crop-a-dile and two "screw head" brads.
  • Having the Stampers Anonymous grungey circles stamps made life SOOOO much easier as I simply stamped them on the insert and envelope using the Brilliance lightning black ink and stamping the sentiment in Memento Paris dusk ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 159 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 393 - MASCULINE
  3. DRS Designs - challenge No. 194 - HEAVY METAL .... metallic mirri card, gold pan pastel and screw head brads!
  4. Crafting With Attitude - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES

Have a great weekend everyone.