Monday, 27 April 2015

Welcome to another working week ..

Morning all,
 
Feeling well stuffed this morning, got an e-mail from the Texas Roadhouse yesterday which offered their 10oz steak special .... for  under a tenner!! No brainer! So, off we went .... needless to say, I came home with a doggy bag - guess what's for lunch?
 
Managed a little light crafting despite the full feeling!
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of card
  • TCW cogs and wheels stencil through which I sponged Distress Ink in antique linen
  • TCW mini texturised stencil through which I sponged Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Recollections splatter image and the Tim Holtz check background image stamped using the tea dye ink
  • Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • Tim Holtz man with umbrella stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
Have a fab week
 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lazy and SUNNY Sunday!

Morning all,
 
Well, what a lovely weekend weather wise and social wise .... sunshine and temperatures climbing to 90°F and dinner with some friends yesterday evening - it doesn't get better than this! We were at the Hurricane Grill and bar - new to us though we visited many times when it was called the Santa Fe!!! Had a lovely rice bowl with mahi mahi and shrimp in a Thai ginger sauce - too hot for Sally so it's lucky she had selected the mahi sandwich instead!
 
Except for a little crafting, which I did some of too!
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol board cut down to ATC size
  • Distress Ink mini's in scattered straw and crushed olive applied DTP method
  • Pam Carriker punchinella honeycomb image stamped (partially) using Memento rosebud ink
  • Tim Holtz distressed star stamped numerous times using Versacolour gold ink
  • Tim Holtz sentiment and eye image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Tim Holtz hand image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts lightbulb and Dylusions border stamped using the D.I. mini in crushed olive

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - Snippets challenge
  2. Alphabet challenge - "E is for Eyecatching Edges"
 
Whilst hubby was outside doing yard work (and before I took my book out to the deck) I ran up another using NBUS too .... that's Never Before Used Stash, if you are unfamiliar!




Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol board coloured lightly with the Distress Ink mini in picked raspberry applied DTP method - I just LOVE how quickly this gives you a kind of grungey effect even before you're really started!
  • TCW stencil "mini texturised" and picked raspberry ink sponged through with a foam dauber
  • Stamplorations feather image stamped four times and the sentiment (from the same set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the vein of the feathers

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Calendar April challenge - "Add a sentiment"
  2. Splendiferous Creations - "Stencil It"
  3. Crafts4Eternity - Challenge No. 223 "Anything Goes"

You ready for some more pix of our recent short break in Atlanta?
 
Is that the World's largest bottle cap in the middle?


Some of the Atlanta skyline

This was one of the wetter days and the low cloud obscured the tops of buildings!

You could be forgiven for thinking we were in Australia and not Atlanta
with this Kookaburra!
And not at the Atlanta zoo

And a whole heap of budgerigars

Who doesn't love an elephant

Meerkats? ADORABLE

Is that Jeffrey the ToysRus giraffe?

Lowland gorilla family

Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits!!!

And the beautiful clouded leopard
 
 
That's it now folks, you've seen all of the "edited highlights"
 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday and it's challenge day

Here we are at Saturday once more and I have some more photos to share with you ... this post is a little photo heavy so you might want to grab a coffee before you get started ..... don't say I didn't warn you!
 
First off, some crafting ... a little ATC I decided to run up:-
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol board painted using glow paints bought Thursday (see Friday's post here)
  • Pam Carriker "punchinella" image stamped  using Memento lilac posies ink
  • Tim Holtz measure image stamped on both short edges of the ATC using Memento sweet plum ink
  • Hampton Art numbers stamped using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Jillibean sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Tim Holtz distressed star image stamped numerous times using Distress Ink in worn lipstick
  • I also edged the ATC using the watering can ink
 
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Brown Sugar challenges - #143 "Anything Goes"
  2. Creative Fingers - "Anything Goes"

And, since it IS challenge day ..... here's a card too:-

My card

And my co-ordinated insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panels
  • 14cm square blue card panel, for matting
  • Small white banner tag
  • Navy satin ribbon
  • Recollections sentiment stamped using Distress Ink barn door (on tag) and Versafine onyx black inks
  • Recollections splatter image stamped using Versafine blue ink
  • Inkadinkado "street lamp" image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to  highlight (sadly, this doesn't show on the photo)

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge #221 - "Use a tag"
  2. Scraps of Life - "Rudolph Day"
  3. Craftbubble 2½'s CMLI group - Rudolph Day - "Use cool colours" .... membership required to allow entry
  4. Christmas Stamping All Year Round - challenge #44
  5. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 226 "20 minutes or less"

We spent a few days in Atlanta recently, sadly, a couple of those days were cold and another couple were wet but hey - they need the rain and it's not like we got wet - they have a fabulous public transportation system which we fully utilised .... we also found some great places to visit and some fun restaurant and watering holes too - wanna see some pix?
 
The Margaret Mitchell House
A museum dedicated to the author of THAT book!
 
Isn't this a nice approach to a subway station?
Some of the fabulous art deco style embellishments at the historic Fox Theatre


The Egyptian ballroom


A very Moroccan theme to the d├ęcor at the Fox Theatre


What a whopper?!?! The Atlanta Aquarium











Hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation in Atlanta!, trust me, there's more to come!

 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Welcome to another weekend

Morning all
 
Yesterday was dull and showery ....... seemed like a good day to stay in and craft and I even had new stash as a prize had arrived in the post but ..... I managed another foray at HobbyLobby and then came home via a steakhouse dinner so (when I found nothing on the TV to watch) I set to work ....




Materials used:
  • Page from a Strathmore mixed media journal
  • Acrylic paints: Anita's Glow green/pink/orange and Craft essentials neon yellow - applied using a brayer
  • Dylusions alphabet stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Recollections numbers stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • Tim Holtz background images stamped using Distress Inks in scattered straw, pumice stone and worn lipstick
  • Jillibean sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Hampton Art numbers stamped using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Inkadinkado foliage (from the meadow set) stamped using Memento sweet plum ink

I love to christen new stash so you will note that I have already broken the seal on the Dylusions alphabet stamp set AND the neon paints - YAY!.

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 141 "Anything Goes"
  2. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 20 - "Anything Goes"
  3. Through the Craft Room Door - "Anything Goes"


And my new stash from HobbyLobby?

 
 
I was recently in London meeting friends and spotted a couple of the Aardman creations .. Shawn the Sheep....
 



 
 
A while back I was lucky enough to win a prize through Hazel's blog ..... through no fault of hers my prize took quite a while to achieve and ended up as a gift voucher from a supplier of my choice (in the U.S.) but it arrived yesterday - THANK YOU HAZEL ...... and here it is:-

Thanks for the cool card that came with it, Shery

And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you this week courtesy of Marsha .... ENJOY.


 THE WISDOM OF OLD AGE

And old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: "Get your treatment for $500, if not cured get back $1,000."

 

Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic.

 

This is what transpired.

Dr. Young: --- "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth." Can you please help me?

Dr. Geezer:  --- "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."

Dr. Young: --- Aaagh! -- "This is Gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."

Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Doctor Young:  "Oh no you don't, -- that is gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see!

Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so -- "Here's your $1000 back."

Dr. Young: "But this is only $500"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."

Moral of story  --  Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old "Geezer "!
 
Have a great weekend
 
 

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all,
 
Funny old week it's been and now we're at Wednesday again - they seem to come round quicker and quicker!

Those readers who follow my blog with any regularity will know that, lately, I've been on a drive to eradicate those pesky SNIPPETS and here's an ATC which used one of those - wish it could have been more but .. hey, I'll use every snippet I can get my hands on! I've also been relentlessly making ATC's as my stocks had become depleted - this one should see them back up and running although it won't take long to run them down again so, no doubt, I'll continue to make a few more!
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card on to which I stamped my Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image and sentiment using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Brusho water colour crystals: lemon, orange, scarlet, turquoise and leaf green used, water colour style
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to protect the water based colour
 
I'll be entering this over at Addicted to Stamps and More where their current challenge is No. 141 Anything Goes

I guess I SHOULD share a pic of my desk with you, since that may well be why you stopped by! Here it is then.... What's On MY (particular) Work Desk this week!

Memo to self: MUST TIDY UP WORK SPACE! ... maybe tomorrow ....
 

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Welcome to Saturday,

Morning peeps, it's the weekend!
 
Hope you all have something nice planned - I know I do but I can't share it with you just yet ... however, I CAN share this card.

I've a very busy weekend ahead of me and won't have time to enter my usual Saturday gamut of challenges so, if you've stopped by to see what I've made for my usual challenges then you are probably going to be a little disappointed - sorry chaps, normal service should be resumed next week!

I do however, have a card to share with you .. I made it for my pal's big birthday, which is today so - HAPPY BIRTHDAY matey - hope your day is extra special and, say HELLO to "Boris" for me! - I hope the two of you will be VERY happy together!
 
 
My music themed card

And the co-ordinating insert, envelope and gift tag
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm squares of white card (for image panel and insert)
  • Quickutz tag die used to cut a tag from a snippet of white card
  • Black card for matting at 1/16" using my perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • Snippet of white card on to which I stamped the All Night Media keyboard image using Versamark ink before heat embossing with clear embossing powder
  • White card panel and tag coloured using Distress Inks in shabby shutters and peeled paint, applied with a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Kaisercraft music image inked using the shabby shutters ink and then partially stamping randomly
  • Creative Expressions Birthday sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • All Night Media clarinet image and Dark Room Door musical words stamped using Memento bamboo leaves ink
  • Dark Room Door treble clef stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter stamped randomly using Hero Arts neon green ink
  • Dark Room Door piano keys stamped directly on to my base image panel using Versafine onyx black ink
 
Have a great weekend
 

Friday, 17 April 2015

Welcome the the weekend and the Friday Funny

Morning all,
 
Hope you have enjoyed your week and have plenty of "schtuff" planned for the weekend, I know I have ... so much so that I'm afraid I shan't be entering the challenge over at Simply Less Is More this weekend ... I KNOW! I always try to enter this particular CAS challenge but this is one week when it's just not going to be possible - I hope my fellow LIM-ette's will forgive me!
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card snippet cut to ATC size
  • Water colour card coloured using Distress Inks: tea dye, vintage photo, aged mahogany
  • Visible Image (Craft Stamper Freebie ... yes, AGAIN!) stamped around the edge using the aged mahogany ink
  • Tim Holtz Bird Crazy image stamped twice, once on to the watercolour panel and once on to a snippet of white card, using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Pro markers to colour the image
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied, to protect the water based colours
 
 

And still on the snippet eradication trail, here's a batch of three ATC's which used one strip left over from cutting two 13½cm square card panels from a piece of A4 card stock .... never one NOT to flog a new technique to death!!!, yes, it's another deploying both the retiform technique and THAT stamp again!




  • Materials used:
  • ATC blanks (3)
  • Strip of white card stock
  • Post it's to mask
  • Distress Inks: tea dye, vintage photo, frayed burlap
  • Ranger Archival inks: jet black, watering can and sepia
  • Images: Visible Image (C.S. freebie ... and AGAIN!) flourish, Magenta foliage, Paper Artsy sentiment and splatter image, C-Art US alarm clock
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to seal and protect

And now it's time for the Friday Funny, this week coming at you courtesy of Marsha, ENJOY
 
THE BAGPIPER

       
Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life. As a bagpiper, I play many gigs.

Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova Scotia back country.
       
As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for
directions.


I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.
       
I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.
       
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.
        
And as I played "Amazing Grace", the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my
head was hung low, my heart was full.
       
As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
       
Apparently I'm still lost....it's a man thing!!!!.

 
Have a great weekend