Saturday, 28 May 2016

Welcome to my Saturday post .....

Hi there readers and followers

Hope you are enjoying your Public Holiday weekend and that the weather isn't (all too typically) grim where you are! Our weekend weather appears to be on the typical side (so far) with a tremendous amount of rain last evening, it was battering the chimney and we could hear it over the sounds of the TV!!! I think hubby's checking to see if Amazon can deliver an ark ... on PRIME!

Anyhoo, on to some crafting as I'm sure that's why many of you stop by my blog ..

My card
The front,back and inside of my card plus the front and  back of the envelope

Materials used:

  • 12cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of 10½ white card plus snippets for image panel and "sea" panel
  • Piece of navy card cut to 11.1cm square
  • White gesso applied to the "sea panel" and, once dry, Distress Crayons in mermaid lagoon and peacock feathers plus Crayola Slick Stix in light blue used to colour panel
  • Using a dryish baby wipe and a Memory Box stencil I knocked back the colour to simulate a sort of bubble background and a TCW grungey lined stencil with Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink I added some lines
  • Hampton Art fish image stamped on to my base card and on to a snippet which was then coloured using Zig clean colour brush marker and a magenta pro marker before fussy cutting out and adhering over the already stamped image. I used the pitt marker to blacken any white space from the fussy cutting .. my eyesight's not what it used to be!
  • Sentiment from The Cats Pyjamas stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

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

  1. That's Crafty - May 27th challenge - THE SEA
  2. Just Add Ink - challenge No. 313 - "B" .... I went with B for BLUE!
  3. Simply Papercraft - challenge No. 29 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. QKR Stampede - challenge No. 193 - BIRTHDAY CARDS
  5. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 278 - SKETCH - see below

Friday, 27 May 2016

Another Friday Funny post ....


Here's hoping you've all had a good week and that you have something lovely to look forward to this weekend too. This weekend has the added bonus (in the U.K. for sure) of being a public holiday so .. an extra day off - Woo Hoo! Let's hope the weather is kind for us all but, well, you know ... it IS a Public Holiday and that does USUALLY mean rain! Either way - ENJOY!

I've been able to schedule time at the ToC (Table of Craftiness) too ........

My card
And the front and back of my card and envelope

Materials used:
  • Red 300gsm card folded in half (with the aid of a bone folder, for crisp edges) die cut in to a card blank using my Big Shot and a scallop edged circle die
  • White 200gsm card cut in to two plain circles, slightly smaller than my scalloped circle "card"
  • Recollections holly image and My Favourite Things sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers in red and green, to colour
  • Plaid's version of glossy accents to add gloss to the holly berries
  • Stardust stickles to bling up my Christmas card
  • 100gsm piece of A4 copier paper used to construct an envelope

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble 2½'s CMLI group (membership required) - Rudolph Day challenge - SHAPED CARD
  2. Crafting by Design - May 18th challenge - IT'S TIME TO GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS
  3. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 306 - CHRISTMAS
  4. Little Red Wagon - challenge No. 343 - ROUND AND ROUND
  5. Sisterhood of crafters - May 25th challenge - LET'S GET IN SHAPE

And now for a card I made using a panel I've been pondering for a few days ..

My card
And showing the co-ordinating card and envelope
Materials used:
  • White 300gsm, C6/A2 card and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel with gesso
  • Black card for matting
  • Dimensional foam used to adhere the sentiment panel to the image panel
  • Distress Crayons in yellow, orange and purple
  • TCW and That's Crafty stencils used with a baby wipe to knock back colour
  • TCW stencil used with Ranger Archival sepia ink, applied with a piece of cut and dry foam
  • Sundays International image and The Cats Pyjamas sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Gals - challenge No. 73 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 279 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 46 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for the Friday Funny, this week brought to you courtesy of my cousin, Debra ... ENJOY .. I could certainly relate to the contents!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL BORN IN 1930's, 1940's, 50's, 60's, 70's and Early 80's !!! First, you survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a tin, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, your baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints. You had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when you rode your bikes, you had no helmets, not to mention, the risks you took hitchhiking .. As children, you would ride in cars with no seat belts or air
bags.Riding in the back of a van - loose - was always great fun. You drank water from the garden hosepipe and NOT from a bottle. You shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. You ate cakes, white bread and real butter and drank pop with sugar in it, but you weren't overweight because...... YOU WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING!! You would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach you all day. And you were OK. You would spend hours building your go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out you forgot the brakes. After
running into the bushes a few times, you learned to solve the problem. You  did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 99 channels on cable, no video tape movies, no surround sound, no mobile phones, no text messaging, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms..........YOU HAD FRIENDS and you went outside and found them! You fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents you played with worms(well most boys did) and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. You made up games with sticks and tennis balls and although you were told it would happen, you did not poke out any eyes. You rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them! Local teams had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing you out if you broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! This generation has produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. 

You had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and you learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL! And YOU are one of them! CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good. And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

Have a great weekend everyone

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Welcome to both Rudolph Day and What's On You WorkDesk Wednesday

Morning all

How's your week coming along? It's downhill all the way to the weekend, if that's helpful. After a busy weekend it seemed like the beginning of the week was always going to be an anti climax but I managed to spend two hours on Monday, chatting on the phone to a pal and, as I explained to her at the time, to make soup (one handed at that!) whilst chatting .. turned out to be quite tasty too though I did perhaps, put a little more tabasco in (because I was so busy chatting) than I might normally ... must remember this for the future! 

Hubby wants to crack on and decorate another room, ok .. so, perhaps WANTS is to strong a word! However, we DO plan to decorate the spare room which has three wardrobes in it and all are full of junk which needs sorting out and either re-homing or recycling! Sadly, much of this is my own stuff so it falls to me to deal with it ... little and often appears to be the way forward with that! WISH ME LUCK.

Now, it's Rudolph Day today (as it is every month on the 25th) and it is my third (and final) outing as a Guest Design Team Member of the R.D. design team over at Scraps of Life and here is my final make for this D.T., thanks to Maureen for the invitation to join her and the other talented members of the R.D. team.

My card
And a closer view of the glass bead glitter gel
The two photos above show the inside, front and back of my card and also the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • 5" square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two 4½" square white card panels + snippet for image panel
  • Two 4¾" square red card panels + snippet for matting image panel
  • My Favourite Things sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Chocolate Baroque (Craft Stamper free polymer stamp) stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel applied through the Dutchdoobadoo fading circles stencil using a spatula and left to dry to a gorgeous twinkly and textural finish

Please feel free to visit the Rudolph Day challenge over at Scraps of Life and also to pop along and visit the blogs of my fellow team members.:-
I will be entering the above card for the following challenges too:-
  1. CRAFT challenge - challenge No. 364 - CHRISTMAS
  2. Crimbo Crackers - challenge No. 107 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Crafting by Design - May 18th challenge - CHRISTMAS
  4. Crafting when we can - challenge No. 119 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE

And finally, since it's WOYWW #364 I'll be entering the untidy mess that is my workdesk over at the temporary home of WOYWW

I was very bad abaout visiting fellow WOYWW-ers last week, being in transit, but I promise to do better this week. HAPPY 7th ANNIVERSARY WOYWW

It's the 7th anniversary of WOYWW
As I explained earlier .. we plan to do some more decorating ... and so, truthfully, I've not been near my desk in a couple of days, this is how it looked last time I was there.

Instead I've been sorting out some old photos, going back to the 1970's! YIKES!! Marathon job peeps, been putting it off for soooo long. I found some amazing photos and memories ... and some tough to explain photos .... but I've done my best. Have to say I looked at some of the photos and thought "what WERE we thinking" but hey, it was the 70's and 80's, I rest my case!! Still, once this little lot's been transferred on to the PC I shall have so much room in the bottom of my wardrobe! We can then start dismantling said wardrobe and then start the decorating, which was the reason for this exercise in the first place! Wish us luck!

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Welcome to another Sunday ....

Morning readers and followers,

How's your weekend? How's the weather? Have to say that it's been rather disappointing (on the weather front) here! Ah well - an excuse to stay in and craft .... as if I needed one!

My card
Here's the front, back and inside of my card plus the front and back of the envelope too

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 14cm square + snippet for image panel
  • Two pieces of navy card cut to 14½cm square + snippet for matting
  • White gesso applied to the image panel snippet
  • Once gesso dry I applied Crayola Slick Stix in light blue, dark blue and purple, blending with a barely moist baby wipe.
  • Using the same baby wipe I knocked back colour using stencils from That's Crafty and TCW
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder and Stampers Anonymous "man with umbrella" stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Ranger collage medium (crackle) brushed over the top, to give added texture .... although (applied by a brush) the crackle was VERY subtle ... might go back to applying it with a foam brush next time!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 230 - SNIPPET CHALLENGE
  2. WeLove2Create - challenge No. 11 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  3. Creative Corner challenges - May 20th challenge - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 194 - CLEAN AND SIMPLE
  5. Allsorts -  challenge No. 364 ..... 7th Birthday challenge - BIRTHDAYS

I also found out that my name was randomly picked as the winner at We Love To Create too - for challenge No.9, thanks peeps

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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Another Saturday, another challenge .....

Hi there peeps,

Hope your weekend is coming along a treat, we had guests join us for dinner last evening and we had a splendid evening. Hubby did one of his splendid curries - yummmm!

Surrogate daughter #2 and her real mum (Dawn) and SD#2 and her hubby, Chris

As you all know, I like to spend Saturday mornings at my craft table and today's no different. I have some new stash (recent prizes as well as shopping) to play with and wanted to play with it along with my old and much loved stash ..... I am loving this colour scheme and these stars and am really happy with this ATC, it made me smile!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in black and white
  • White gesso applied to the white snippet
  • Distress Crayons in mustard seed, spiced marmalade and twisted citron applied scribble fashion and blended with a moistened finger
  • Stencils by TCW and Tim Holtz deployed with the aid of a drying out baby wipe and also Ranger Archival jet black ink with a piece of cut and dry
  • Dina Wakely star image and Stamplorations word stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Recollections splatter image stamped using Delicata silver ink
  • Stardust stickles used to trace the almost complete star, to add some sparkle
  • White gel pen used to doodle a border on the black matting layer

I'll be entering this ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Southern Girls - May 12th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Pennys challenge - challenge No. 278 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Create and Inspire - challenge NO. 46 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 29 - ANYTHING GOES

And now on to my CAS card entry

My card
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces each of white card and black card + snippets of each for the image panel and bird/balloon/hat
  • Stampers Anonymous Crazy bird images stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Glossy Accents to add gloss and dimension to the balloons
  • White gesso applied to the image panel and allowed to dry
  • Distress Crayons: fossilised amber, fesive berries and spiced marmalade + Crayola Slick Stix in yellow and orange - applied scribble style and blended with my trusty moist finger!
  • That's Crafty Dinky stencil and TCW line stencil used with a baby wipe (to knock back colour) and a piece of cut and dry foam with Ranger Archival jet black ink - to give interest and texture
  • Once assembled I drew the "string" using an "F" thickness pitt pen
  • CAS-ual Fridays sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 277 - ANYTHING WHICH POPS OR BANGS!
  2. CAS-ual Fridays - challenge No. 148 - BIRTHDAY BOY
  3. Seize the birthday - May 19th challenge - ADDING DIMENSION
  4. CASology - challenge No. 198 - STENCIL