Thursday, 18 December 2014

Thursday ...... not my usual post day ...

Morning all,
How's your week coming along?
Mine's been once social whirl with visiting friends and relatives alike - it seems that everyone wants to "catch up" at this time of year!
Last night we were out with a pal, nipped to Raj's our fave local Indian restaurant and had a splendid time - which is no more and no less than we've come to expect in the 20+ years we've been going there!!! OH MY! That sounds like SUCH a long time - I wonder how many Indian meals we've consumed there and ... I'm pleased to report, never a dud! Last night was a little different as Dean was in! Now, it should be pointed out that we've never met Dean but ... it was his 55th birthday "DO" and, when the cake came out ... we joined in the Happy Birthday ditty .... shared a few jokes and chat - imagine our surprise when three slices of birthday cake came our way! What a nice party they turned out to be - same time next year peeps?
Anyway, there are some fabulous blingy challenges out there and I don't use loose glitter as often as I should so it seemed like an excuse to break some out ....
My card

And a close up to show the sparkle of the glitter and, hopefully, the wink of stella on the deer
My co-ordinating insert and envelope
Christmas cheer glitter
from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square of white card (Rymans 200gsm) - two pieces, one for the inside of the card
  • Double sided tape (x 3) to the right hand side of the front card panel.
  • Having removed the centre top piece of tape I laid down gilding flakes and burnished.
  • Once this was done I removed the remaining two pieces of tape and liberally sprinkled the gorgeous opaque glitter "Christmas Cheer" from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (which I've had for ages) and tapped off the excess
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado reindeer image stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • Using the clear Wink of Stella brush glitter pen I highlighted parts of the reindeer image on the front of my card
I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday - "SPARKLE"
  3. Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - "USE LOOSE GLITTER"
Quite like the above card but now wondering if I should have put the glitter strips across the bottom .. any thoughts readers?

If you saw my post of yesterday regarding the necklaces I crocheted - I decided to give them to my pals as a surprise Christmas giftie so here they are wrapped!

I made the pillow box but not the cube!!!
 I'd like to think I'm GOOD but not THAT good!!!!

Have a great Thursday

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Morning and welcome to What's On Your Word Desk Wednesday

Hi readers,
Can you believe that there are only seven more sleeps till Christmas? Excited? Me? Nah!! ! Ok, maybe just a little bit - I've always loved Christmas, what can I say!?!??!
As always, in the run up to Christmas most people find themselves trying to connect with all of their friends and I have to confess that I am no different. So, it won't come as any surprise to hear that I was meeting up with pals I've known since my primary school days! Back when Noah was a lad and hadn't even heard of woodworking(!) I met Andrea and Naomi and the three of us have been firm friends ever since. We met at 10:00, at a local restaurant that does a great range of breakfast items (in addition to their usual lunch and dinner menu which isn't half bad either) and had brunch whilst catching up and exchanging Christmas cards too. It was lovely to catch up - they both admired the crochet necklace I was wearing and asked if they might have one - so .... when I got home I decided to watch a Christmas movie and run them up which is EXACTLY what I did ..... I hope you will excuse my "models" but last time I  used a Pringles pack and it caused a number of smiles so I thought "why not try again?" .......
My "models"!!! hope they made YOU smile!

And one of the necklaces
Materials used:
  • Ladder yarn (black thru brown to grey shades)
  • Fancy purple yarn - literally NO IDEA what you might call it!!!
  • Size 5 crochet hook
  • Beads - two large (for the adjustable fastening) and about 12-15 smaller iridescent beads for each necklace
  • Scissors
  • Two beads with fairly large diameter centres - I think they were designed for Pandora bracelets originally!
I crocheted ten strands of simple chain stitch of various lengths (but around 24"), incorporating smaller iridescent beads in to the strands, leaving approximately 12" of yarn spare at each end. Once I had all of my strands I knotted all ten strands together at each end, then threading all 20 ends through my large bead (THIS is why it needs to be a fairly large diameter) and before knotting the 20 threads on the far side of the bead ... VOILA, one adjustable necklace. Takes approximately 20 minutes or so to make, looks cool, twinkly and weighs virtually nothing!
I'll be entering this over at a Little Bit Crafty where their current (and, sadly, LAST) challenge is "Anything Goes but not Christmas" as it's open to all crafts and not just card making and papercraft which are my normal go to craft!
And now, since it's What On Your Work Desk Wednesday, here's a peek at my desk:-
Uh-Oh! In need of a clear up - again!!!
Maybe over Christmas ........
Have a great Wednesday peeps - sent your letter to Santa yet?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Morning ... just NINE days to go till "C" Day!!!

Wotcher peeps,
How are you all this dull and grey Monday morning? Good weekend? Me too!

You will no doubt have spotted that I've put the Christmas decorations up on my blog (festive background) - hope you all approve!
Saturday afternoon surrogate daughter #2 stopped by with presents, she stayed for a chat and a glass of wine - well, 'Tis the season to be jolly fa la la la la lah!
Saturday evening my hubby and I were out to dinner with my brother and sister-in-law and a fine time was had by all, good food and good company - a winning combination. I found myself volunteering to dog sit for my nephew (subject to getting on with said pooch) only to discover hubby's nowhere near as keen as me!! Ooopsie!
Yesterday our pal's Wynneth, Tom and Andy (Wynneth's dad, a crafter known as Sir Andy) stopped by (along with Tilly The Wonder Dog!) for a cuppa and a mince pie so more sociable chat.
I love weekends like that, don't you?
I have looked at the presents under the tree and have a feeling that I SHOULD crack on and make some CAS "Thank You" cards in readiness for THE BIG DAY which, as my post title says is only NINE days away!
Materials used:
  • Snippet of 300gsm Bristol board folded (tent style)
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue
  • Stickles (Crystal) to highlight

I'll be entering this thank you card for Di's "Snippets Challenge" over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop and also for the "Oh Christmas Tree" challenge over at Sweet Stamping

There I was blog hopping (as you do) and I saw a clever idea on Rocky's blog, using something most of us already have (in my case IN ABUNDANCE!) ... old magazines!! So .... I dashed to my stash of old Craft Stampers and whisked one out - it happened to have some purple pages and Christmas projects so I thought it eminently suitable .... and I started folding ....
My "tree"

And a close up which, I HOPE, will show the Spray and Sparkle

Materials used:
  • One elderly issue of craft stamper!
  • A bone folder - for crisper edges
  • Scissors
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle
  • Gold glittery snowflake (actually a mini tree decoration I've had for YEARS!)
Thanks, Rocky, for the idea to bling up a magazine AND make a Christmas decoration - makes a change from a card from me! DO pop over to Rocky's blog if you have a moment and see the difference between the Spray and Sparkle version and the glittered version

Have a great Monday

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Hello and welcome to challenge Saturday

Morning readers,

Woken to a thick frost this morning - thank heavens it wasn't this parky yesterday ... see below.
Yesterday hubby and I were up and out in good time, we'd train tickets booked to Bath for the Christmas market! Now, I've finished my Christmas shopping and my presents are wrapped too so there wasn't much left - the market was packed with fab present ideas, I'm really thinking I should go earlier next time and stock up! It was cold and a little windy but at least the rain/sleet etc kept off, we had a good mooch about, a sausage sandwich for lunch and then came home by train too - Yee Haa. It cost us less than it would have cost to take (and PARK) the car so was perfect except that, one of the items I was looking at was a heavy piece of slate!!! Needless to say, the prospect of walking home from the station (up THAT hill) kept me from buying it! Aside from that, nothing but positives! AND we started to feel pretty festive too - re-SULT!
And over at Simply Less Is More the challenge this week, aside from being the dreaded One Layer Card challenge is:- SNOW ... a bit too close to home for many of us this weekend!!!
My card with its FAMILY of SNOWpeople!!

And my co-ordinating inside and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Personal Impressions snowFAMILY stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt ink
  • Distress Inks (used water colour styleeee): squeezed lemonade, wild honey, ripe persimmon, festive berries, salty ocean, peacock feathers, tea dye, black soot, old paper
  • Kaisercraft sentiment (I used a See D sentiment inside the card) stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle (silver) to seal, protect and add TWINKLE
  • Stickles (icicle) added across the snow line
I'll also be entering this for the "Whatever is urgently needed for Christmas" challenge over at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge, the "Anything Christmas" challenge over at Pink Gem and for the "FAMILY" challenge over at Addicted to CAS
Talking of family, I'll be spending time with mine today ..... Happy Saturday

Friday, 12 December 2014

Friday again - hope it's a good one!

Morning all
I bet many of you have Christmas Parties this weekend - ENJOY!!! I've had a social week this week with dinner with friends, drinks with friends and coffee (and mince pies!) with friends - let's hope this continues till Christmas - my waistband has a nano centimetre of space .... AT THE MOMENT!

Weather and trains permitting I'm off to Bath this morning, to check out the Christmas market, wish me luck! Been talking about it for long enough but always seem to think about it either too early (and then forget) or too late but this year (in true Goldilocks fashion) I was just in time!!!
Anyhoo, some crafting to share with you before I dress for the frozen wastes of N.E. Somerset! ....
My twinkly card
And a close up
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching envelope
  • 14cm square white card panel (the 250gsm blank's a bit flimsy on its own)
  • Snippet of black card and silver card
  • Visible Image heart stamped using versamark ink and sprinkled liberally with silver razzle dazzle embossing powder and then heated
  • Woodware sentiment treated the same way
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped around the outer edge of the image panel using Versacolour silver ink
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. CASology - "SILVER"
  2. Crafting by design - "Silver and White"
  3. Friday Mashup - "Create a project using basic grey or smoky slate and silver OR Creat a project using heat embossing OR use both!"
And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you courtesy of Sandra ... it's a teensy bit cheeky but I reckon my regular Friday Funny-ers can take it! ENJOY!!!

A man entered the bus with both of his front pockets full of golf balls and sat down next to a beautiful (you guessed it) blonde. The puzzled blonde kept looking at him and his bulging pockets.

Finally, after many such glances from her, he said: 
"It's golf balls."

Nevertheless, the blonde continued to look at him for a very long time, deeply thinking about what he had said.

After several minutes, not being able to contain her curiosity any longer, she asked:

'Does it hurt as much as tennis elbow?

I've a pal who, along with her family, are going through a very difficult time right now - she knows who she is .... if you read this mate, be assured, our thoughts are with you and we're both sending the most positive of vibes your way.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Morning all,
Here we are again, it's WOYWDW and mine's as messy as ever ..... but I'll share that with you in a bit ...  I was using my messy desk to make an ATC ..... regular readers will recall that I swap ATC materials with a buddy from the Isle of Skye. I received a packet from her this week, want to see what I received?
My incoming materials:-
One die cut fancy tree and a sentiment circle stamped on to gingham paper

Well, I stared at this batch of materials for a short while before setting off for my desk .... I took a snippet of water colour card and applied Distress Ink in evergreen bough and festive berries all over it - it looked pretty dreadful at this point but it didn't really matter., I had "A PLAN"!!! I've used this technique a fair bit recently and I love how you can turn something pretty dire (check it out if you don't believe me!) in to something pretty neat! .....
My base ATC panel - looking a bit naff at this point!
The next step was to take another snippet of card and punch a few circles out using my 2cm punch and then, using a piece of paper towel (all I had to hand at that particular moment when the inspiration hit me!) I applied gesso through the "stencil" moving it randomly around my D.I. panel until I decided I was happy with the way it looked.
Next step was to scrunch up some cling film and dab some iridescent medium on to my non stick craft sheet. Smooshing my cling film through the iridescent medium I then applied that to my ATC, once again, in a pretty random fashion!
Nearly there! Just needs to be adhered to an ATC blank and cut to fit before
the original materials can be glued in place
Once I'd set that aside to dry and had my lunch I set to finishing the ATC. I used my Wink of Stella brush markers in gold and black to colour the tree. After working out the placement of the tree and circle I applied Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue to the reverse of both "materials" and glued in place, finishing with a couple of self adhesive glitter "droplets" before giving the whole project a quick spray with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine and there you have it ... see the finished project below
Ta Dah! - it's FINISHED! .... or is it?
I'm still debating whether to "decorate the tree" with more of those
glitter droplets - what do you all think?
I'm going to enter the above ATC over at Holly Jolly Christmas where their current challenge is "Anything Goes" .... but I was also inspired by the first example from the DT (Carol) with her use of reds and greens .... Of course, I'm also hoping that my swap buddy will approve of my treatment of her materials - would you like to see what I'm sending her?

A piece of backing card using the same method as above ...... Stamplorations sentiment on to card
Carabelle image on to both card and tissue paper - to give Pam the choice!
And here's how my own ATC ended up:

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Panel of card produced using the same method as my outgoing ATC and Distress Inks in picked raspberry, dusty concord and peacock feathers!
  • Paper Artsy grungey line image stamped using Encore gold ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using Hero Arts Neon blue ink
  • Sentiment by Stamplorations stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Carabelle eye image stamped on to tissue paper using the same cobalt ink and attached to my ATC using Ranger multi medium (matte) which will also have sealed and protected my ATC

Be interesting to see how my Isle of Skye buddy treats these materials ..... I'm also going to enter this ATC over at Shopping Our Stash as their current challenge (#180) is to use a favourite technique and it should be pointed out that I AM LOVING this technique with Distress Inks as a base and then gesso-ing through a stencil to soften the edges.

 And now, it's time to share the messy desk.
Guess what? Yesterday I BROKE the most hated gadget in my house ... the iron!! Well, I SAY broke ... when actually, all I did was plug it in and switch it on - to find nothing happening!! Hmmmmf - well, it's not like I WANTED to iron in the first place but hey ..... Reckon I'd probably had my money's worth as I had been using it almost daily since early 2005!!!! However, hubby was out last evening and was passing Argos (who just so happen to have a 50% sale on such mundane gadgets) so I now  have a new iron - simply the latest model of the dead one - and an added bonus is that this one is ..... wait for it - you won't believe what's coming ...... IT'S PURPLE!!!!!!!!!!! I'm happy!

On to other frustrations now ......

THE ONGOING SAGA OF BLOGGER AND CAPTCHA WORD VERIFICATION: Darnell spotted that, if you don't want to change to embedded comments and want to stay with a pop up window, you CAN compose your reply ... ignore the captcha word verification and go straight to PUBLISH and it works! YAY, thanks for the tip. I STILL haven't remembered why it was I had to change from embedded to pop up in the first place but am happier with pop up ........ I hope the Captcha Word Verification won't deter people from commenting on my blog!! JUST IGNORE IT - and thank you for your perseverance!!

My special thanks to all commenters who have taken the time to leave comments and suggestions regarding the CAPTCHA word verification. I'm going to leave it as a pop up comment box right now and hope my visitors will just by-pass the verification step. IF I find I am getting less comments than usual then I will reconsider the idea of swapping to embedded comments.

Happy Wednesday, have a good one! I'm heading off shortly, to visit my pal, Lilian .... there MAY be mince pies! Laterz ........

Monday, 8 December 2014

OK Blogger - own up ....

What have they changed now? I see I'm not the only suffering from this blight ..... all of a sudden a simple form of CAPTCHA word verification has been activated. FORTUNATELY, it's only a simple form with three or four numbers being required to be typed in but I DON'T WANT IT AND I DIDN'T SET IT.

I have checked my settings and it clearly says that "word verification" is set to OFF so I just know that this is probably another one of those "necessary upgrades" like the one where blogger turned all of my previously orange boxes to grey and started giving me error messages during navigation about my blog - grrrrrr.

It wasn't broken and now it kind of is! Lots of challenge blog DT members will either no longer leave comments on my work or it will take them far longer to make comments which will (OF COURSE) discourage them.

To my regular readers - my apologies - anyone know how to fix it? Because, sadly, I don't! PLEASE don't let it deter you from leaving comments on my blog - I'd miss them!

Thanks for your patience and perseverance peeps!

EDITED: nipped in to my settings, following a suggestion in my comments ...... if you change your COMMENT LOCATION from POP UP to EMBEDDED then this seems to fix it! YAY! and a big THANK YOU to Mary for this suggestion. You might want to try this and see if it works for you too!

Darnell offers this piece of advice which worked for her .... you can just hit publish without entering the numbers!!! Now I WOULD favour this option but I still fear that the appearance of the Captcha Word verification would discourage more people from commenting than the scrolling down to leave a comment but ....... I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
Only problem is ...  I have a little niggle somewhere in my memory ..... I seem to recall that some time ago the fix to another of bloggers little idiosyncrasies was to switch from embedded to pop up so .... be warned - IF something odd starts happening to your blog then you may have to decide whether the CAPTCHA word verification or the OLD/new crazy is more irritating to you! and adjust your comment location accordingly!

WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST OF LUCK!!!! Let me know how it works out for you!

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Welcome to a slightly soggy Sunday!

Morning and welcome to an unfestive Sunday - i.e. it's WET!
I was out to a festive dinner yesterday evening with a pal (LIZ) and a cousin (DEBRA) - we went to a local restaurant and enjoyed our evening tremendously - hey, food was great too .... a nice steak and chips and a really tasty baklava for dessert - we rolled out of there (food related NOT drink!) a couple of hours later and headed home. I was driving and Liz had been dropped at mine so I headed straight home .... we found the hubby's deep in I.T. conversation as Liz' hubby had brought his lap top for Mr K to have a look at! This continued for a couple more hours whilst Liz and I quaffed tea and put the World to rights!!!
On to more craft stuff ......
Di always has a "snippets challenge" over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop and here is this week's take on this challenge ...... it was also designed with the new monthly challenge over on Craftbubble2½ (registration required) group Craft Mad & Loving It, where the new challenge is: "EXCESS" and where the criteria is to use more than one PLUS either glitter or sequins! And for the challenges at: Kraftin' Kimmie's "TAG, you're it" and the "Anything Christmas" challenge over at Pink Gem
My batch of tags
And a closer view to show the twinklification of the Crafters Companion glitter spray!

Here's how this morning's project started life!

With the back stamped and ready to roll!
Materials used:
  • Snippets of white card die cut using a Go Kreate fancy tag die
  • Reverse of tag stamped using a Fiskars "To" and "From" image and Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Front of tag stamped using my gorgeous Sparkle 'n Sprinkle festive crows image and Versafine onyx black ink - for a darker black image
  • Copic Atyou Spica glitter pen in red - to colour the crows hats
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle (silver) glitter spray to both protect and twinklify! my tags!
And there you have it .... a snippets project which features more than one (more than one tag, more than one crow) PLUS plenty of glitter!

Darnell reckoned my super duper crows looked like drinking glasses with hats so .... I'm going to try to enlarge and see if they become "CROW-ier"!!!

Have a great Sunday peeps - hope it's more festive where you are .... fa la la la lah!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Welcome to Saturday chatter day!

Hi everyone,
How's your weekend coming along?
One of my fave weekly challenges likes their first challenge of each month to be a colour challenge and December is no different ... the talented ladies over at Simply Less Is More have gone with glacial blues this week ... want to see what I made?
The finished card
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card coloured using Hero Arts neon blue, Distress Inks in tumbled glass, broken china and salty ocean which were "swiped" across my snippet a la paint sample!!! This did NOT look good but I didn't expect it to as I planned to use gesso as part of my master plan ...

  • I then used a circle punch to make my own stencil using a snippet of card

  • I sponged gesso through my "stencil", till I was happy with the effect created before I scrunched up some cling film and scrunched iridescent medium over my design (a la "faux mother of pearl technique") - to give it a slight texture and an interesting sheen

Here's hoping you can see the iridescent sheen in this one

And the overall design of the bespoke backing paper in this one!

  • I then stamped my Penny Black image using Versafine Imperial blue ink before spraying with Crafters Companion Spray and Shine (to protect in transit) and matting on a turquoise blue layer

And here is the colour inspiration - I didn't have exactly the colours so had to use a little poetic licence but I hope my fellow LIM-ettes will forgive me! I've left a sentiment off thinking it could be a birthday or a get well, thinking of you - it will fit all sorts of occasions in my mind


Happy Saturday everyone

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday again???? How did that happen?

Morning all

Here we are at another Friday and the week has simply flown by - I've been struggling (a bit) with yet another cold - following on so quickly from the last one ...... I'm fed up of it.
Hope you all have something lovely to look forward to this weekend, perhaps a Christmas party? I will be meeting up with a pal and also my cousin - we meet up every now again, roughly as often as we can co-ordinate our busy diaries!!! We've a table booked for Saturday evening and will be leaving the men to sort themselves out! It's that time of year you know, when you try to connect with as many friends and family as you are able ...... I've several meets set up in the coming weeks, some with hubby and some without, our diary is looking healthier than it's been all year so here's hoping I don't hit the hat trick on the cold front!!!

Anyway, time to share a little crafting with you all as I've not been very active the last couple of weeks, not really felt sufficiently creative OR full of energy so please bear with me! Here is what I was up to yesterday afternoon whilst watching a Christmas movie on TV.....

My "OLD" card!

And my co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14.2cm square white card panel coloured around the edges using Distress Ink in antique linen
  • 13.5cm square panel x2, one from white card and one from water colour paper
  • I applied distress inks in antique linen and tea dye to an acrylic block before spritzing with water and pressing on to the centre of my watercolour panel
  • Using my Visible Image flower I stamped images on to the water coloured panel, the insert and the envelope using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • I then stamped the Paper Artsy splatter image around the my flower using stamped off vintage sepia on the card panel and Encore gold ink to the insert and envelope
  • Snippet of white card coloured using Distress Inks in antique linen and pumice stone and then tea dye sponged through a TCW stencil.
  • Paper smooches sentiment stamped on to snippet panel using Ranger Archival jet black before attaching to the image panel with two sugared brads
  • Paper Smooches sentiment stamped on the insert and envelope using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to seal and protect my project

I will be entering this make in to the following challenges:- 
  1. CASology - "OLD"
  2. Freshly Made Sketches - see sketch below
And now for the Friday Funny, this week coming at you from Lilian - thanks mate, you're in the draw! It's a little irreverent so, if easily offended please don't read on! To the rest of you .... ENJOY!


A Catholic priest and a nun were taking a rare afternoon off and enjoying a round of golf.
The priest stepped up to the first tee and took a mighty swing. He missed the ball entirely and said "Shit, I missed."
The good Sister told him to watch his language.
On his next swing, he missed again. "Shit, I missed."
"Father, I'm not going to play with you if you keep swearing," the nun said tartly..
The priest promised to do better and the round continued.
On the 4th tee, he misses again. The usual comment followed.
Sister is really mad now and says, "Father John, God is going to strike you dead if you keep swearing like that."
On the next tee, Father John swings and misses again. "Shit, I missed."
A terrible rumble is heard and a gigantic bolt of lightning comes out of the sky and strikes Sister Marie dead in her tracks.


And from the sky comes a booming voice .

"Shit, I missed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!."

Happy Friday