Friday, 24 October 2014

Welcome to the start of another weekend

Morning all,
 
Hope you've enjoyed a great week.

Be warned! It's been a fairly craft-y couple of days since my last post so you might want to grab a coffee before you start reading properly - it's a photo heavy post!!!!
 
And here's a quick card to share with you, using an image I stamped ages ago ...... the stamp belongs the other side of the pond and I can't remember who it's by but I'm THINKING Art Impressions ... if you know better then please leave me a message in the comments
 
My card
 
And, despite not having the actual stamp in my hot sticky little hands, I THINK
I've managed to co-ordinate the insert and envelope -  hope so anyway!
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 2 x 13½cm and 2 x 14cm white card panels - the larger ones edged with a red copic marker to match the frame of the image
  • Hero Arts "dots" image stamped using Memento grape jelly
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Focal image (see above) stamped using Versamark ink before violet pan pastel applied over the image panel
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant sprayed over the bits that might be damaged by water in transit and then I sprayed Luminarte shimmer spray over the image panel to "bling it up"!
 
 
And another, utilising an image stamped and coloured a while ago ...


My card

And the, hopefully, co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card, black card, snippet of green DCWV card
  • Cream ribbon
  • PSX (I think) image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Since I don't have the PSX stamp to hand I used the Stampabilities image for the insert and envelope, hoping it looks similar enough to co-ordinate!

I'll be entering this card for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Through the Craft Room Door and for the (PIN)spirational photo challenge

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/141581982011016413/

The above cards complete my commission from my neighbour although, should she not like any of those made previously, I may end up making more!

Over at Freshly Made Sketches they have a new sketch - rather fab isn't it?


So ....... I thought I would have a go:-

My card

And my co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • C6 card blank made with 300gsm Bristol Board, matching sized envelope
  • White card, blue card, brick card - for matting and layering
  • Shaving foam experiment panel on to which I stamped my Penny Black image using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Die cut fancy square on to which I stamped my Penny Black sentiment using Ranger Rchival watering can ink
  • Two glitter droplets in an orange tone, to pick out one of the colours in the shaving foam swirls

And, finally, Cute Card Thursday are having a "Trick or Treat" challenge:-


My card

And my co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Black card for matting
  • Snippet of white card on to "witch" I stamped my image ( a little while ago now and I don't have the stamp with me to check who the manufacturer is - can anyone help me out here?) using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Dusty Concorde distress ink sponged around the outside of the image and the base panel before spritzing with water, allowing to develop and then blotting with paper towel. For the insert I cut an aperture in to a spare piece of card, to use as a mask and sponged through - quite effective, IMHO
  • Dries clear glue "painted" on to the moon and then glamour dust liberally sprinkled to glam it up!
  • TPC Studio sentiment and Hampton Art "cobweb" and "spider" stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink

There! Nothing else necessary - in my opinion, don't know what you think .... I DID think about adding a sentiment to the front but, I don't have a "heavy" font "thank you" and anything less would run the risk of just getting lost in the dark purple background.

After having to wait in for several days for contractors (one of whom never did show up!) we decided to take a day out ...... and stopped in downtown Winter Haven

We parked in the lot adjacent to this fountain
Check it out ..... the water is PINK!


And around this little park were some interesting statues

See what I mean? This is made from driftwood


And now for the Friday Funny, courtesy of PatG - a trading card buddy. I hope you will enjoy this reminder that there's some NASTY SCHTUFF going on out there!!!!!
 
 


*ATTENTION: VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION *

A VIRUS is going round called *Housework*.


If you feel the need to start housework - Stop Immediately !!


 


This virus affects your sleep and wipes out your social life.


It causes you to be late for luncheons with friends and disrupts coffee get-togethers.


It makes you grumpy and irritable.



If you should come in contact with housework, go straight to the nearest store and get the only known antidotes, which are called CHOCOLATE and WINE.
 
Please forward this warning immediately to a least 6 friends. If you realize you do not have 6 friends, you are already infected !

 
 
Have a great weekend


Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Welcome to WOYWDW

Hi there,

Enjoying some gorgeous weather here - warm but not too hot and the humidity is nice - perfect!
 
It's that time of the week again, the time when crafters share a sneaky peek at their work desks and I'm no different, but I'll get to that shortly, first I would like to share a couple of craft projects with you ....
 
 
My neon card

And a peek at the insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card, black card and grey card
  • Inkadinkado images and Hero Arts neon inks stamped as seen above
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant used to protect the project
 
I'll be entering this for the "Anything Goes" challenges over at both Party Time Tuesday and Sweetstamps

And now for an ATC ...
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of black and white card
  • Images by Stamplorations, Inkadinkado and Hero Arts stamped using Hero Arts neon inks
  • Stamplorations chevrons and Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
 
And another ATC ....
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of white and black card
  • TCW stencil through which Distress Inks in picked raspberry, barn door and dusty concorde were sponged
  • Hero Arts grungey circle stamped using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Tim Holtz foliage and sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
 
And, finally, the promised sneaky peek at my work desk!
 


 
Happy WOYWDW (What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday)!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

And it's a lazy Sunday here!

Morning,
 
It's another gorgeous looking day out there - really must get out there myself!
 
But, first, I have an ATC to share with you ..
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • DCWV green pearl card snippet
  • DCWV green metallic (linen effect) card snippet
  • White card snippet for image panel
  • Stampabilities sunflower image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped multiple times using Versacolour malted mauve ink
  • Jillibean (by Hampton Arts) sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
Since I used snippets of card I will be entering this for Di's Snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.
 
And then it was on to birthday card ... what can I say? I am LOVING my new neon inks and even broke out some neon PAINT for this one!
 
 
My dayglo card!
 
And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gs, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Hero Arts film strip image stamped using the Hero Arts neon orange ink
  • Snippets of card in black and white
  • Michaels neon yellow acrylic paint swiped over the white card and allowed to dry
  • Stamplorations broad "swipe" image stamped using the Hero Arts neon orange ink
  • Stamplorations oval and Hero Arts small circle image stamped using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Inkadinkado splatter image stamped using Hero Arts neon green ink
  • Stamplorations chevrons and Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant sprayed to set the image panel
 
Think this might work for a young teen of either sex - what do you think? I'll be entering this for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Crafting at the weekend and also for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Seize the Birthday

Last night saw us heading out to dinner with friends (who happen to be neighbours, how lucky are we?) and we tried a restaurant that was new to all four of us ... LIME! The traffic on the journey there was DREADFUL, we tried two routes and neither was trouble free!! Food great, ambience a little less so (bit more cafeteria like than we had expected) but we'd happily go back there if we found ourselves in the vicinity again.

Woo Hoo, I just found out that I made the TOP 3 over at the Pan Pastels challenge blog, for my recent entry for their embossed challenge - no prize for top 3 but it's always lovely to know someone, somewhere, likes your work - isn't it? I'd like to thank those nice peeps at Premium for picking my entry for their top 3 and to congratulate the winner and the other two of the top 3 too!



 
 
Happy Sunday peeps, whatever you have planned

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Saturday and another challenge day here in paradise!

Morning peeps,
 
Greetings from a warm and sunny location! The sun is shining and the pool? Well, suffice it to say that it looks very inviting however, before I go and "chunky dunk" I've some crafting to share with you.
 
I recently bought this set of image and sentiment from my must visit store, Violette's in Lakeland - if you ever find yourself around here then you MUST make a trip!......
 
 
Here's my card

And a close up of the image panel - isn't she so gross she's gorgeous!!!

And the insert and envelope, to co-ordinate

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Mid blue and deep blue card - for matting
  • Art Impressions image (and matching sentiment from the same set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Birthday sentiment (by TPC Studio) stamped using Versafine onyx black, for the insert and envelope

I'm going to be entering the above card over at That Craft Place where the current challenge is:- "girls but no pink" ..... the only pink in my make is that on her cheeks and I HOPE you will forgive me that one!

Now, as you regular readers will know, today is my usual challenge day so check out some of my preferred Saturday challenge blogs - they can be seen in my right hand side bar ..... I usually try to enter some challenges regularly and endeavour to comment on as many entries as possible so, if I haven't visited your blog post then - my apologies - it's nothing personal, I'm real busy for the next few weeks but then hopefully, normal service will resume!

One such challenge blog is Simply Less Is More and, since discovering CAS (Clean And Simple), I have found my card making niche ..... not that it's as easy as it sounds and (TRUST ME) many CAS cards end up either being recycled or in the bin! Their challenge this week is:- "Little Creatures" so I may be back with a card later ..... in the meantime, here IS a little creature that was giving us a bit of a tricky issue we've had with the car ......


Can't go anywhere with this little chap on the wheel!!!


Happy Saturday

Friday, 17 October 2014

And welcome to another Friday peeps

Morning
 
Hope your week has been going just great - it's been fab here but then ..... for me, every day's like a holiday!!

Yesterday saw me out shopping and lunching with my good friend and neighbour, Sally. We nipped to a couple of places and picked up a few things (Sally cracked on with some Christmas shopping) and we then nipped to the Ale House for their meatloaf lunch special ..... we both brought home doggy bags - BIG portions!!! Guess what we're having for lunch tomorrow then???
 
Recently, our neighbours grandson was rushed to hospital with stomach pains .... CAT scan, blood works, the whole nine yards - when you're a young teenager that's a pretty scary thing to happen. So, not much I could do except break out some new stash and make the lad a get well card ....


My card ......

The co-ordinating insert and envelope


Materials used:
  • White gloss card stock DL card and matching sized envelope
  • White and black card snippets ..... the black strips were the perfect fit for the offcuts when breaking in to a sheet for 2 x 14cm panels, for my square cards - don't you love it when a plan comes together?!?!?
  • Kaleidacolour "denim" set of inks, loaded on to a brayer and rolled - at first I was disappointed with the blotchiness but ... it grew on me and I now think it's perfect for a lads card, with the addition of the grungey background stamps
  • Tim Holtz stencil with Distress Ink in faded jeans sponged through
  • Freckled Fawn (A recent prize and, to date, NBUS!) frame stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black and then a Fiskars  sentiment (new NBUS) stamped using Versafine Majestic blue (or is it imperial - blowed if I can remember!)  before matting on to black card
  • Stamplorations grungey dots stamped randomly using Distress Ink in faded jeans
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped using Distress Ink in peacock feathers

As you can see I carried part of my design across the insert and envelope - wasn't sure the whole design would sit well with the insert or envelope though I did seal the card front using Aleene's acrylic spray sealant - anyone else use it? It's a pretty wet and ferocious spray I need to get used to! I've made the dye inks run a couple of times and had to start again - grr!

And I recently tried another new technique ..... with distress inks/gesso and a stencil and (as regular readers know) once I try a technique I like .... then I'll try it a good few times till it's stuck in my head so - guess what? Here's another!!! Memo to self though: If I use ordinary cardstock again for making my own stencil then I'll TRY to bear in mind they are SINGLE USE!!! I THINK you will see what I mean but hopefully it hasn't spoilt the card. See what you think


My card
And the co-ordinating insert and envelope


Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm and 14cm square white card panels (each size x 2 including insert) and snippets for image panel
  • Black card for matting
  • Distress Inks: picked raspberry, spiced marmalade, dusty concorde
  • Gesso applied through my home made stencil (see Wednesday's post) with a piece of cut and dry
  • Stampabilities sketch flower stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Stamplorations sentiment builders stamped on to a snippet of white card (coloured using the same D.I.'s) using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant sprayed to seal the project and then luminarte spray shimmer to bling it up
 
I'm going to be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. "Make your mark" challenge at Addicted to Stamps and More
  2. Photo inspiration at The Card Concept - I've gone with shabby chic/vintage with distressing/layers



And now for the Friday Funny which comes to you by way of Marsha, thanks mate, you're in the 2014 draw. ENJOY
 

Subject: : Ralph and Edna


 


Just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to, doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.
Ralph and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Ralph suddenly jumped into the deep end.

He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there.


Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled him out. When the Head Nurse Director became aware of Edna's heroic act she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable.

When she went to tell Edna the news she said, 'Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you're being discharged, since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of the person you love... I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is, Ralph hung himself in the bathroom with his bathrobe belt right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he's dead.'
Edna replied, 'He didn't hang himself, I put him there to dry.
How soon can I go home?'
 

 
Have a great Friday


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Welcome to Wednesday

Morning all,

Welcome to another WOYWDW - here's hoping that weather has dried up for you all ..... if not, then feel free NOT TO READ the next sentence. It's another lovely day here (sorry) ... mind you, we had a tremendous storm late yesterday afternoon, with thunder, lightning and TORRENTIAL rain - there, feel better now?!?! EDITED TO READ: now chucking it down, apparently we're catching the outer extremity of a hurricane which is passing off the coast. All I can say is thank heavens it's no closer!!

I've an ATC to share with you today ....
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of blue card cut to ATC size
  • Snippet of white card
  • Distress Inks: peacock feathers, crushed olive, faded jeans
  • Stamplorations grungey circle stamped using Color Box white ink
  • Fiskars sentiment and Inkadinkado thistle image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant - to protect the water based inks
 
And I also made a card using a technique I spotted on Julia's blog ..... see it here


My card

And a close up showing the luminarte shimmer spray

And the insert and envelope to co-ordinate
Made my own stencil using two sizes of EK Success retro flower punch

Materials used:
  • White C6 card blank made by using Bristol Board and a shop bought matching sized envelope
  • Black card for matting
  • White Bristol Board snippet, cut to size
  • Distress Inks in picked raspberry and peacock feathers applied using a Tim Holtz blending tool and foam pad
  • Water spritzed over the panel
  • White gesso was then applied through my home made stencil using a sponge dabber (the same method was used on the sentiment panel)
  • Black satin ribbon
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped over the smaller panel using Versafine onyx black ink
  • I used a TPC Studio flower to co-ordinate the insert and envelope
  • Pink glitter "droplet" to highlight the sentiment panel

Basic description of technique:
  1. Apply distress ink to your card, spritz with water
  2. Apply white paint or ink (or, in my case, white gesso) through stencil overlapping/stippling/varying coverage till happy - I didn't wait till the spritzed water dried and I think it makes for a more mute effect if you don't! As a technique it really couldn't be simpler and I am loving the more mute shades from otherwise pretty vibrant colours

I'm going to be entering my card for the following challenges:-

Here is Julia's smashing original make .... if you want more details of this technique then DO check out Julia's blog

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And now for a peek at my desk:-
 

 
 
Happy WOYWDW! I'll close today by sharing a pic of some of the visitors to the neighbourhood!

Cool huh? Taken yesterday morning

Taken yesterday evening (in ALL THAT RAIN) poor little chap - look at the rain,
dripping off his chin and feet!


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Tuesday and an unusual day for me to post ...

Morning all,
 
I know I don't usually post on a Tuesday these days but I have had an unusually creative couple of days and, if I stuck to my regular posting days, these posts would be photo heavy .... so, what have I to share with you today then? It's two cards today ..... without further ado, here is the first of them:-
 
My card - I realised that all of my makes in the last week appear to be MASCULINE cards - how DID that happen?
Time to change tactics .....

And a close up but I'm still not sure you get the full sparkly-ness of the Luminarte shimmer

And here's the inside and the envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including the insert)
  • 14cm green floral DCWV card stock from the Olde World stack (x 2 including the insert)
  • Die cut white cardstock - one plain circle one scallop edged circle
  • Snippets of green floral cardstock (as above) and pearlised green DCWV card
  • Length of lace
  • Penny Black image partially stamped on to the plain circle using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image and outer edge of scallop edged circle
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped around image using Versacolour gold ink
  • Luminarte shimmer spray to bling up the image panel
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
 
And now for the second:-
 
My masculine card - oops, that plan didn't last long did it???

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • DL gloss card stock blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card snippets and black card
  • Bakers twine in black/white, grey/white and tan/white
  • Tim Holtz clock face stencil
  • Distress Inks: antique linen, tea dye, pumice stone
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant - to protect those water based inks in transit!
 
Have a fab Tuesday