Sunday, 5 July 2015

Sunday and what a weekend?!?!?

Morning all,

How was your fourth of July?

I've had the privilege of hosting a mini craftathon at my home this weekend, Cherry and Debs have been with me since Friday afternoon and we've had a blast! I had bought a set of MDF coasters, a door hanger and a clear acrylic album to work on, with tags if we ran out of time. Both Cherry and Debs have been so very busy of late that they were particularly looking forward to the end of the crafting drought!!! Weird though it seemed, we sort of sat staring at our projects for a little while before we could actually get ourselves motivated but, once rolling it just sort of gathered momentum and we could hardly stop ourselves. It never ceases to amaze me how we can start from the same point and with the same materials and yet how VERY differently the projects turn out ......

And we're off again!

In progress

My makes for the weekend

Our collective makes

And here's one make that I was looking forward to ...

And a closer view of the detail

Materials used:

  • One door hanger blank
  • Gesso
  • Emphemera (flowers, leaves, beads, mini keys, MDF frame, beads) stuck down with modelling paste and gloss gel medium and left to dry overnight.
  • Deco Art metallic purple paint applied to the entire tag (2 coats)
  • Iridescent yellow green acrylic paint "dry brushed" over the purple paint
  • Treasure Gold (amethyst) applied over (to highlight) using a finger
  • Amy Wilson sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Faux crystal gemstones to finish the DIVA-esque door hanger!

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Craft Stamper - Make It Take It July challenge - ANYTHING GOES but USE A STAMP
  2. Craftbubble 2½ (Membership required), Craft Mad & Loving It quarterly challenge - FLOWER/S
  3. That Craft Place - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  4. Anything but a card - challenge No. 49 - ANYTHING GOES

And there's more to come this morning so, watch this space!

FYI dinner out with "the girls" was fab - we all enjoyed our meals (thank heavens) - back to ours for more chat, it's been a LOVELY weekend, so far!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Morning and welcome to my news post!

Morning all,

I know I don't normally post this early on a Saturday as I like to enter a couple of challenges and have to wait to find out what they are. So, why is today different? Well, exciting news ...... I have been invited to join the Design Team (on a temporary basis only) over at Addicted to CAS ....... and today sees my inaugural outing ....... and here IS today's challenge:-


Being July 4th I couldn't help but work with stars and stripes in red, white and blue .... without further ado .... here is my CAS make for this fab challenge ...

My card
A close up view of my image panel and it's stars, stripes and red/white/blue colour scheme

The co-ordinating insert and envelope, again with the red and blue ... the white being
the insert and envelope!

My idea concept drawing and materials
Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square white card panel, edged with Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • 7cm square white card snippet on to white I stamped the Paper Artsy distress line (Hot Picks Extra 01) image using Versacolour white pigment ink, white embossing powder and then heat embossed these lines
  • Using Distress Inks in broken china, salty ocean and stormy skies I coloured the white card panel using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Stampers Anonymous (bitty grunge) distressed star (small) stamped randomly using Distress Ink aged mahogany
  • On to a separate white card snippet I stamped the Hero Arts large star and close cut out before matting using dimensional foam tape
  • I then matted on to first burgundy and then blue DCWV linen effect card and cut my borders using a 1/16" perfect layering ruler
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to the image panel, to protect the water based colour
I've left off any sentiment but it's going to be a birthday card and I'll stamp my greeting when I come to use the card and know whether it's male or female as the sentiment makes such a difference. I hope you will pop along and check out the awesome makes from the talented full time Design Team and submit an entry, or two!, tell them I sent you!


I'll also be entering this card for the following challenges:

  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 231 - RED, WHITE and BLUE
  2. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 153 - RED, WHITE and BLUE
  3. Crafts4Eternity - challenge No. 233 - RED, WHITE and BLUE
  4. Seize the Birthday - RED, WHITE and BLUE
  5. Inkspirational - challenge No. 86 - GRUNGE ..... earthy colours/distressed lines/textured background - P

Have a great Saturday  ... I WILL be back tomorrow with more pix and hopefully more makes as I have crafting pals visiting!  . . . . . so, watch this space! Here's how the place looked yesterday, before they arrived!

And here's what I have in mind for us to make ..... if we're not too busy chatting!

MDF doorhanger, acrylic album and an MDF coaster set and storage box
And, as the first day drew to a close ...

Yes, it got messier!

Cherry's makes

Debs makes

My makes

The place now looks like a bomb site but we're ready to rock and roll (and craft) again today!!

Friday, 3 July 2015

The weekend starts here! and WHAT a weekend I have planned!

Morning readers,

Got a fairly full on weekend planned, starting this afternoon ... I've two crafting pals coming for the weekend, we'll craft this afternoon/evening and all day tomorrow. I've a few projects ready for them and I've no doubt whatsoever that they will be bringing art journals with them. My camera is charged so I expect there WILL be photos although I may not get too much chance to share with you today ..... but I hope you will stop by again over the weekend and see how we're getting on.

I also have some rather nice news (IMHO) to share with you tomorrow, but I have some nice news which I can share with you today. A pal pointed out to me that I was one of the June winners over at the Stampotique challenge blog (for their June challenge) for this card, so, thanks for the heads up, Catherine!, I fired off my e-mail right away!, thanks so much peeps.

HOWEVER, before I get on with setting up for the weekend, I have to share a project with you .... honestly I went to my table of craftiness with every intention of cracking on with a ten card commission project but allowed myself to get sidetracked! ...... and may I say just how easily it happened too! A dear friend gave me a tissue box holder some time ago and, after some considerable while, I got round to decorating it and was reasonably happy with it ... at the time. Lately though, I've been looking at it and wondering .... so, I whipped the lid off of my gesso and before you could say David Coverdale it had gone from this

to this:-

By way of this ...

You can now clearly see what was previously flat and what was dimensional!
But you can't see all my tape!! or stamping ... or the blue/green colour
I'm hoping you can see the Treasure Gold highlighting the flower and beads

Materials used:-

  • White gesso, two coats, applied with a sponge
  • Embossing paste applied through TCW stencils using a plastic spatula
  • Beads, bronze Roxx, chipboard heart, metal, silk and paper flowers, small metal key
  • Two more coats of gesso, to smooth the edges
  • Deco Art deep brown metallic paint, applied with a sponge and paintbrush
  • Treasure Gold (amethyst) applied to raised areas using fingers

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-

  1. Pan Pastels (Welove2create) - challenge No. 13 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA
  2. Creative Moments - challenge No. 71 - WET or DRY EMBOSSING
  3. All crafts - June/July challenge - ANYTHING GOES but NO cards
  4. Polkadoodles - challenge No. 27 - USE SOME EMBOSSING

And now for this week's Friday Funny, brought to you this week, courtesy of Marsha - thanks mate!


I was working in my front yard yesterday when I was startled by a car that veered off the roadway, clipped the tree on the lawn and ended up in the bushes at the side of house.  Luckily it missed me by a couple of feet.

I rushed over to see if the driver was OK and discovered it was an elderly lady (older than me, it appeared), who could hardly see over the dashboard.  I helped her out, and I sat her down on a lawn chair.

She seemed to be unhurt, just a bit shaken, but otherwise fine.  I said to her that she appeared to be rather old to be still driving a car.

"Well, yes, I am," she replied proudly.  "I'll be 97 next month (way older than me!)”  I told her I was surprised that she still had a driver's license, and  she said she was now old enough that she didn’t need one any more.

“You don’t?” I asked.  I was amazed to hear that.

"No I don’t,” she said proudly.  “The last time I went to my doctor he examined my eyes and asked if I had a driver's license.  I told him yes and showed it to him.  He got a pair of scissors, cut the license into pieces, and threw them in the waste basket, saying, 'You won't need this anymore,' so I thanked him and left!"

Have a great weekend - I know I WILL

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Thursday post and Birthday greetings .......

Morning all

Many of you will know Darnell from her quirky, funny and inventive blog and I'm sure you will want to join me in wishing her a very (VERY)

I've a couple of other pix to share today too, both taken yesterday about three hours apart! and from my very own garden, the first from our back garden and the second from the front!

What a difference a couple of hours makes?!?!?!

Happy Thursday everyone - be back tomorrow with one of my regular Friday posts!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning readers,

Here we are at the mid week part .... it's downhill all the way to the weekend!

Talking of weekend's ..... last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to craft with pal, Lilian, whilst hubby was at the BBQ hosted by his flying club .... we got inky and painty and covered in all manner of powders, inks and paints - it was fab!

There were a number of WIP's that came home with me ... you may have seen the photo in my post of Monday.

I selected the tag, bottom left, to work on for today's project

Well, I thought I would crack on with one of them ...

My completed tag

And a close up which (hopefully) will allow you to see the home made mica spray

Materials used:
  • White luggage tag "toothbrush painted" with Distress Paint in spun sugar before applying Distress Ink in salty ocean over the remainder of the tag.
  • Using the same ink I added a layer of ink through the Harlequin and vanishing circle stencils
  • Kaisercraft coffee stain inked using Distress Ink iced spruce (Lilian only has the one blue shade of D.I.)
  • Using a mini mister filled to about one third I added some iridescent pink cosmic shimmer mica powder before shaking like crazy (to mix the water and powder) and VOILA! Instant shimmer spray applied to the tag.
  • Once I got home I further added the Visible Image border and Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using Distress Ink in stormy sky
  • Creative Expressions grungey star (still on my acrylic block from recent  use but it IS rather splendid) and Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink to complete my tag

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-

  1. Not Just Cards - challenge No. 21 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. All Crafts - June/July challenge - ANYTHING (but a card) GOES
  3. Use Your Stuff - challenge No. 200 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 268 - ANYTHING GOES

And now, since it IS WOYWDW - here's how my desk looks right now and, befor eyou say anything, yes - it COULD do with a clear up - it's about due one!

I'll be cracking on with a ten card commission today!!! Wish me luck!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Monday and the start of another week

Morning all

Some of you may know ScrappyJacky from her very creative blog and will (I'm sure) want to join me in wishing her a very

I've a card to share with you today too ..... as you might have known I would! Check it out and see what you think

My card
A close up of just the central image section

And my co-ordinating inside and emvelope

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square panel of white card
  • Distress Ink in shaded lilac brushed lightly in a rough slightly off centre square and also through TCW stencils, mini circles and harlequin 
  • Kaisercraft mini grid inked with the same distress ink and randomly stamped over the image panel and used to create a sentiment "box" below ... as per the sketch
  • Clearly Inspired "brushed flower" allium stamped to the left of my "image panel" using Ranger Archival watering can ink, I stamped it twice without re-inking
  • Santa Rosa sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink - I used this and am AMuse sentiment to embellish the inside and envelope
  • Judikins micro glaze applied to protect the water based colour in transit

I was inspired by a stunning card (IMHO) on a blog I visited, I hope to have made my own card sufficiently different that it pays homage rather than shamelessly copies!!! Want to see what set me thinking? Check out the walchow design blog here

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:

  1. Suzi Bee's - challenge No. 86 - Use only two colours - I used watering can and shaded lilac
  2. Paper Artsy - topic No. 12 - STENCILS
  3. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 230 - a sketch

My original card looked like this .... nice - BUT

And I liked it but I just felt that something wasn't quite right ..... the whole thing was a little off centre. I thought I could fix it by adding another image but, wouldn't you know it, I missed a little bit so, there was nothing for it but to make it a two layer card - I think I actually prefer Mark II so I guess it was a happy accident! Lucky it wasn't OLC challenge week! .....memo to self: USE YOUR STAMP POSITIONER next time this happens! DOH!

Yesterday I was getting inky with crafting pal, Lilian ......

Lilian having trouble believing this form of crafting's going to produce anything fun

OK, so NOW I believe you!

We also tried toothbrush painting, ghosting, embossed resist,
brusho's and even found time for some one colour layering

How much fun did we have? LOTS!!!, thanks Lilian! ... now all I have to do is finish one or more of my projects.

Have a great week ... it's sad/happy for me, as my aunt and uncle are moving to Birmingham this week ... they're packing today and leaving tomorrow. We'll miss them terribly but want to wish them well in their new home, which is SO much closer to their daughter. 

And, over at Bumblebees and Butterflies the talented Brenda Brown now has over 700 followers so is offering three giveaways (all fabulous) - you HAVE to be a follower and her giveaway offer closes July 13th - I've got my fingers crossed to be lucky! I have a pic of just one of the three in my sidebar!

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Morning, Sunday again!

Morning all,

Hope your weekend is going great guns .... yesterday was both hot AND sunny - the peeps at Glastonbury must have been delighted - I know I was!

I'm crafting with a pal this morning so may yet be back with more later but, in the meantime, I've a tag to share with you. Recently, a pal and I were playing with alcohol inks in water and "dunked" (yes, that IS a technical term!) a few tags each .... this is one of mine ...

My tag

A closer view

Materials used:
  • White luggage tag (120 x 60mm)
  • Alcohol inks suspended in water through which I dragged and "dunked" my tag! And, no, I can't remember which colours - it was two weeks ago and I've slept since then!
  • Talcum powder (to act as an anti static agent)
  • Clearly Inspired cone flower stamped using Versamark ink before heat embossing with WOW! Purple loulou.
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" randomly stamped using Memento grape jelly ink
  • Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink ... which (I am compelled to point out) didn't stamp well at all and looked decidedly grey so I went over it with a black Faber Castell Pitt pen, highlighting areas with a white Signo uniball gel pen
  • Visible Image border from the Craft Stamper freebie "mini flourish" stamped around the outer edge of the tag using Stazon vibrant violet ink

Have a fab Sunday

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Welcome to Saturday - it's the weekend!


It's Glastonbury weekend .... kicked off yesterday so what sort of weather did we have? Well, it rained!! I hope everyone at Glasto took their wellies! It's not that we're soooo very close to Glasto but we do seem to get their weather annually so it came as no surprise to hear the rain clattering against the windows yesterday afternoon, darn it!

Saturdays are usually challenge days for me and I see no reason for today to be any different ...... first out of the gate is a get well card as my stocks have taken a hit this week with a few pals about to undergo surgery.

My card

And a closer view of the colouring and sparkle

The co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Clearly Inspired coneflower image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink on to a snippet of white card and matted on to further snippets of grey card
  • Brusho (lemon) used in water colour style to add the petals to my coneflower
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using Memento dandelion ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Judikins micro glaze applied to the brusho colour, to protect in transit, with a finger and buffed
  • Crystal stickles used to highlight

Again with apologies to Sarn, I know how much she loves this cone flower and I don't THINK it's still available! 

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Crafting with attitude - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. The Card Concept - challenge No. 38 - a colour challenge - see below .. CAS

On to another card now .....

My card

And close up of my water coloured and stamped panel

And my co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:

  • Unusually for me I used a white DL aperture card ... thought it would make a change!
  • Water colour paper snippet
  • Penny Black hyacinth image stamped numerous times using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Brusho's: lemon, purple and leaf green used to watercolour the image
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped numerous times using Memento dandelion and tangelo inks
  • Judikins micro glaze applied (with a finger) to the water coloured panel, to protect in transit
  • A Muse (shorter) and Santa Rosa (longer) sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Crystal stickles to highlight

It's another get well card as I've had occasion to use several lately ....

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-

  1. Sister Act - challenge No. 112 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 285 - IT'S ALL WHITE (except the image) - this may be a bit cheeky but I'm sure they'll tell me if it's not allowed
  3. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 230 - Sketch - see below

Have a great weekend everyone