Wednesday, 2 September 2015

A new challenge, a GDTM and WOYWDW

Hi readers,

I'm a bit late with today's post but there IS a reason for that, if you read on ......

I was recently asked if I would be interested in a Guest Design Team Member over at Dragons Dream TIO and I said, "yes please" and "thank you very much"! Well, today is the day that this GDTM slot goes "LIVE" and the theme? It is ... the number THREE .... now this is fairly broad, it can be any three's, the numeric three, three images etc .... the choice is yours. I couldn't resist the urge to use 3 stencils, 3 inks and 3 stamps - talk about overkill! Without further ado, here is my tag:-

My finished tag

THREE die cuts and first coat of paint - weathered wood

First stencil and 2nd paint - [icked raspberry

Second stencil and paint number THREE - black soot

The number THREE, as a border

Materials used:
  • White luggage tag - 60 x 120mm
  • Memory box bubble die cut (x3) attached to the tag using Ranger matte gel medium (recently acquired stash from a shopping expedition with pal, Cherry)
  • Distress Paint in weathered wood sponged over the entire tag
  • Distress Paint in picked raspberry sponged through Memory Box grid stencil 
  • Distress Paint in black soot sponged through the TCW faux brick stencil
  • Inkadinkado numeric three stamped as a border using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy image stamped on to white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink and fussy cut out before adhering to tag

Then, being on a bit of a roll, I carried on and made this one:-

And here's how I achieved it ..

Inked and watered!

Three Distress Inks and Three stencils (one of which featured the number THREE

Gooosebumps spritzed

Materials used:
  • White luggage tag, 60 x 120mm
  • Distress Inks, applied with a Tim Holtz mini blending tool:- hickory smoke (all over and then again through a stencil), aged mahogany (through another stencil) and rusty hinge (around the edge)
  • TCW and Memory Box Stencils
  • My three stamps were by Inkadinkado (rock star set), Fiskars (all boy set) and Visible Image (Edgy set)
  • Versafine onyx black ink for the stamping
  • Tsukineko "goosebumps" sprayed randomly. As you can see from the photo above, it was applied unevenly to add interest and texture as well as to protect the water based inks

My THREE stencils

My THREE Distress Inks

And my THREE images

I'll also be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Dragons Dream TIO - challenge - TO USE THE NUMBER THREE
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - September 1st challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Clear It Out - September 1st challenge - ANYTHING GOES - I used lots of inks in this tag AND some goosebumps which I've had so long I had to clear the nozzle before I could use it!
  4. Scrap Creations - September 1st challenge - ANYTHING GOES

Hubby and I had one last trip round the Shaun in the City trail and here are the last few pix, taken August 31st - the last day they were on public display. I was trying to take front view, side view and then a close up of the head ... but it was so busy that I was lucky to get one shot without a crowd! At least I don't mind publishing this one as you can't see the children properly

See what I mean?
BAAlloons Shaun, sited in view of the Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge, which is obviously undergoing some maintenance work

Helter Skelter Shaun, sited in Clifton Village
within The Mall Gardens

Helter Skelter's side view

Off on the trail of the next one

Can you see him yet? He's the red blob on the left hand side

And here he is Jarsberry RAM!

And we're off, on foot, to the next one

Following the Harbourside walk

to see Sgt Shepherd!

With the added bonus of a steam train named Judy!

The Harbourside walk also takes in a dry dock, doesn't this barge look tiny in there?
Someone was onboard, painting it though.

And, finally, Lotus Shaun, sited on Gas Ferry Road, close to the S.S. Great Britain

Feeling hungry ..... again?

Thanks for joining us on our tour of Bristol and the Shaun in the City trail, hope you've had fun, we did and (SURPRISINGLY) didn't get wet either, despite the blackness of the clouds!!! Feel free to click on any of the links I've added, you never know, you might find yourself wanting to visit Bristol too! Despite our best efforts on the trail of Shaun's we still only notched up 46 out of 70!

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ....  here's a sneaky peek at my work desk .... yes, alright, it's as untidy as usual and yes, as always, it's a VERY small area!!! Feast your eyes ....

I have a serious question for you all ...... this morning I received an e-mail purporting to be from someone I was friendly (electronically) about three, four years ago. My question is: WOULD YOU HAVE OPENED THE ATTACHMENT? Let me give you some more information ...... the e-mail originated from a Canadian service provider (last I heard this person was in Devon, England) and was different from the one included in the body of the e-mail. Also, after all this time ... the e-mail wished me merely "Salutations" and included a link to a web site!!

FYI: not only did I NOT open the attachment but I have marked it as spam so no more should be allowed through. If you genuinely sent me this e-mail JSL then please leave me a comment.

And I found out that one of my cards got picked over at CAS-ual Friday .... for my entry for their "pretty patterns" challenge ... I'm chuffed to bits - it's been mailed out already but I HOPE the recipient loves it too.

                                                                                              And this was my card

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Tuesday .... is it just me or does it FEEL like a Monday?

Morning all,

Welcome to the first of September .... not really sure what happened to August as it seems like hardly any time ago we were at August the 1st and now it's September 1st ..... pinch, punch first of the month and all that!

So, there I was, feeling all Monday like and I decided to post ... except it's Tuesday (I know, I'm rambling .... and not for the first time!) so I'll just crack on with the card I have to share with you all today...

My card

And a closer view to show the sparkle

And here is my co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card for image panel, card front and insert
  • Purple card  - ------------  "  ---------------------
  • Visible Image grungey panel (from the EDGY set) stamped using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Visible Image INKognito stem (from the INKognito flower set) stamped using Versamark ink (elsewhere on the card and envelope it was stamped using Memento grape jelly ink)
  • WOW! Purple Glitz embossing powder liberally sprinkled, the excess returned to the pot and then the image was heat embossed
  • Paper Artsy splatter image and Kaisercraft sentiment (from Friendship sentiments) stamped using Memento grape jelly ink

So, who (besides me) reckons this would rock as a Christmas card .... in different colours?

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:
  1. Squirrel's World - Squirrel's Random Challenge - FRIENDSHIP with the twist to .... please include something purple .... not an issue!!! This challenge had my name ALL OVER IT!
  2. Use Your Stuff - challenge No. 189 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 277 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
  4. Crafting From The Heart - challenge No. 75 - ANYTHING GOES

And, despite Bank Holiday Monday starting off seriously cruddy, it brightened up JUST enough for us to head out to make the most of the very  last day the Shaun's are on public display .... so, do join us on the Shaun in the City trail once again .....

Peter Rabbit Shaun, on display in Henleaze

Less menacing from the side!!!

Feeling Groovy Shaun, located in Redland

Loving how some wag has placed straw around Shawn!

RAMble, sited on Durdham Down

Tutti Frutti, sited on Whiteladies Road

Feeling hungry?

Blooming Gorgeous, Clifton

This Church was raising money too - offering Cream Teas ... enterprising?
Christ Church

The rest will appear tomorrow and then that (as they say) will be it!! 

Monday, 31 August 2015

Happy Monday - it's an extra day off for many of us in the U.K.

Morning all,

Hope you have some plans (as well as the weather to match) for your extra day off ...... of course, if you are retired (like us) then every day is a day off!

Yesterday was nice (though not the weather!) as we nipped round to meet up with the surrogates (at real mum's) with the intention of making our Secret Santa draw ..... too early, do I hear you cry???? Well, they're a busy bunch of people and with work, holiday and family commitments this was the only date we could all guarantee - this side of November!!! Blimey, how did that happen? Still, it was a great chance to catch up with them all, with food, drink and chat thrown in. Draw safely concluded and no-one appears to have drawn either themselves or their partner - in itself a bit of a first!!! Can't tell you who the hubster or I got .... just in case one of them checks out my blog ... it COULD happen! Anyhoo, suffice it to say I have an idea for my own S.S. and hubs has an idea for his too - you could definitely call THAT a result! It's going to have to stay a secret until Boxing Day though, the day we normally exchange our gifts .... let the shopping commence!

Domesticity threatened to ruin the weekend, with the washing machine starting last week making a fearful racket!!! It had always been a tad noisy but this was ridiculous. We contacted the people with whom we have an extended warranty policy and arranged that a "man" should come out on Saturday. Said "man" arrived in a timely fashion and both diagnosed and fixed the fault in a professional manner and our washer? It's now whisper quiet but working overtime ... to catch up with the backlog!!! And then, don't get me started, there's  (cue dramatic music) ...... THE IRONING!

A little light crafting to share with you today .....

My card
A close up of the shimmer
The insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White 5" x 7" card blank (300gsm) and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card lightly sprayed first with a mix of water and ultramarine brusho
  • Memory box grid stencil through which I sprayed the blue mix once more
  • Memory box circle stencil (placed on top of the grid stencil) through which I sprayed Dylusions white ink
  • Snippet of white ribbed card to white I applied Distress Inks in salty ocean and stormy sky using an egg shaped sponge
  • Chocolate Baroque snowflake image stamped on to image panel, background panel, insert and envelope using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment (from the Christmas sentiment builder set) stamped using Memento inks, tuxedo black and Paris dusk
  • 5 silver gemstones to co-ordinate
  • Tsukineko silver frost "shimmer" spray applied to image and background panel to give added bling!
And here is how I achieved it ....

Sprayed/misted and stencilled

And my background snippet too

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

  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 239 - "Lucky Dip week" - SPRAYS and MISTS (2nd entry) 
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 192 - USE SNIPPETS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 244 - USE SOME SILVER
  4. Crafting When We Can - five year blog party - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 71 - BLUE - (2nd entry)

And that's another for my Christmas 2015 quota - YAY!

And now for the last of our tour around Bristol on the trail of Shaun the Sheep .... on the Shaun in the City tour

The Fleece Air Arm!!!! , located by the Arnofini

This one was for my hubby!

Rather interestingly titled ..... green poems for a blue planet (????) and
located at the harbourside

This has to be one of my favourite names .... Shaun bean!

And an added bonus of this tall ship turning in the harbour

Beach boy, though I think they missed a trick by not calling him Beach BUOY!

The front of Beach Boy

Baa-Wolf! located right outside the Bristol Hippodrome

Isn't he cute?

And we got off the bus and walked home past this tranquil site, less than ½ mile from  home

Hope you've enjoyed them, I have to say that my feet were sore when I got home! We notched up SIXTEEN in five hours which also included spending about 2½ of those on three buses! We also managed to have a very pleasant pit stop at a small cafe where we enjoyed our bacon and cheese toastie and a speciality coffee - what a pleasant way to while away a day. We'll be sorry to see the Shaun's removed from public display today ..... they will all be on view in one location for a short time before heading to market (sorry, auction) in October - the proceeds will be going to charity. Already looking forward to 2017 and wondering what will be next ..... we had gorilla's first and then, in 2013, we had Gromits ... this year Shaun's so ....... in 2017? Who knows?