Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Welcome ot What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all
Blimey - here we all are again, it's Wednesday and we're half way through the week and it probably feels more than a couple of days since Easter too!! Hope you all had a great break and didn't eat too much chocolate!!! We had a perfectly splendid afternoon with our friends and neighbours, Sally and Roger and their family. They had enough food to feed a small army but we resisted the temptation to go round again (and again!) and avoided bringing home leftovers for Monday too. They really are most generous hosts - thanks guys.

Yesterday saw us heading to a mall for some clothes shopping and ..... disappointingly enough I came home with ..... nothing! Not a thing!! ASTONISHING! I saw the Vera Bradley bag I had my eye on (in Cranberry magenta) but it was $80 so I left it in the store - maybe I'll try the outlet mall again and see if they have it in the Cranberry magenta. Still, as a consolation I did get a caramel Frappuccino in Starbucks!
Thought I'd make an ATC over the last day or so (allowing drying time) and here's the project in the early stages .......... I had applied ceramcoat pearl paint using a piece of paper towel and set aside to dry before scribbling squid ink gelato over the piece, spritzing water and blending with my fingers. I then roughly blotted with paper towel, hoping it would dry with the texture and/or pattern from the paper towel, which it did - see below

And it appeared to work too - YAY!

And here's the second layer where I added some images: Kaisercraft's "grid" and "chequer" images stamped using Ranger Archival in watering can but stamped off once (you can see the stamped off image on copier paper in the background of the pic) for a muter colour. Kaisercraft "stain" image stamped off and using Versafine vintage sepia ink. Recollections splatter image stamped using Memento sweet plum (NOT stamped off first)

Next step was to glue to an ATC and then think about the focal design .... this is definitely going in a rather grungy direction so ..... I grabbed my Stampers Anonymous sets of stamps and picked a couple which I stamped using Versafine onyx black ink (I stamped off the hand) and Memento grape jelly (eye image but it ended up behind the sentiment so you can hardly make out what the image is) - I'm really liking it and hope you all do too.

Over at House of Cards there's a sketch challenge

Their sketch, this challenge closes Sunday May 4th

I may or may not get the chance to have a go at this one.

In the meantime, since it IS WOYWDW - here's my messy desk ...

Have a great Wednesday

Monday, 21 April 2014

Welcome to the start of another week ...

which, for most, will be a Public Holiday -  hope the weather's good where you are and you get to make the most of the extra day off!

Yesterday saw us spending time with friends and family (theirs not ours!) We had such a long walk home at the end of the day too ...... all the way from, next door!!!! I've posted some pix later in the post ..... but, before heading off armed with beer and chocolate (for the teens too young for the beer!) I notched up the card below, it utilised new stash too and that's always satisfying, isn't it? It may LOOK like a  CAS (Clean And SIMPLE) card but, read on and you will see just how much went in to this card - simple really isn't always SIMPLE .... if you know what I mean!!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of card in white, kraft and black for image and sentiment panels, matting and layering.
  • Taking the image panel, a Tim Holtz mini blending tool (new stash!), a foam pad and Distress Inks in: scattered straw, wild honey, antique linen, dusty concord and worked up my background
  • Using Kaisercraft background images in "woodgrain" and "grid" I inked with D.I.'s used on the background to give a subtle background pattern
  • I stamped the circle from my new Hero Arts set with Brilliance crimson copper and randomly stamped around the edges - being sure to make the majority of the circle off the paper - not wishing to obscure my main image too much.
  • I then inked my Inkadinkado splatter stamp with Versacolour Sahara sand and stamped randomly round the image panel ...... I revisited this image/ink on the base card once all my layers were assembled and adhered as I spotted a tiny mark on the card's "white space" and needed to cover it rather than scrap the whole thing - Problem SOLVED!!!
  • Using my new(ish) Stampers Anonymous set with the man and umbrella I inked him using Versafine onyx black ink and stamped him as far to the left of the panel as I could, leaving the faux "layers" visible .... and also leaving room to attach my sentiment
  • Using my new (sale room) stash of the radiant pearls shimmer spray I simply added a little "je ne sais quoi" of twinkle to the image panel - it's hard to see it in the card photo but I've got a close up below .... isn't it FAB?
  • For the sentiment panel I stamped a Stampers Anonymous frame using Versafine vintage sepia and then a sentiment from the same set using Versafine onyx black. To soften the stark white I simply dabbed the blending tool without adding further ink. I placed some dimensional foam squares (new stash again) behind the sentiment panel and then adhered to my base card, overlapping the image panel but not by too much - it was at this point I spotted the tiny mark on an area of white space .... but too late to adjust my sentiment placing - grrrr!
Now you see what I mean by not simple at all - don't you?
Just look at that twinkle, you can also just make out the pearl finish to the Brilliance circle too

It turned out kind of GRUNGY CAS don't you think? So, it kind of fits with the new theme of "Grungy" over at the Pan Pastels blog so I shall try my luck there. I'm sure they'll let me know if they disagree . Given that using Distress Inks is one of my favourite techniques along with building up a background with stamps I shall also be making this card my second entry over at Stamplorations where their April monthly challenge is "favourite technique"- wish me luck with both challenges! Stamplorations will also be launching their new challenge (number 10) of their bi-weekly challenges so why not pop along and check that out today too? Thanks to a comment I've edited this to add that I've entered this over at the TIME OUT blog current challenge which is to make a birthday card and there's the optional twist to make it a masculine card so this fits perfectly

On a bit more of a masculine kick yesterday too so decided to have a crack at the Male Room's current challenge of "Mans best friend/Pet" ....

Here's the card itself

And here's how the inside and the front/back of the envelope turned out too

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square black card and 13½cm square white card x 2, for the front and inside of the card
  • Offcuts of black card for two matting layers, blue metallic card and white card
  • Dylusions border image stamped on to white card using Brilliance Mediterranean blue ink
  • Using low tack tape I masked off the border before applying Distress Inks in weathered wood, faded jeans and dusty concord - applied using the Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Kaisercraft triangles image stamped using the D.I. in weathered wood
  • Kaisercraft grid image stamped using D.I. faded jeans
  • Inkadinkado image stamped on to white card using Versafine vintage sepia ink and cut out before attaching to the blue panel with dimensional foam pads
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

As you can see from the lower photo of the two, I carried my card design and images across the inside of the card and also to the front and rear of the envelope.

How did we spend Easter Sunday? Before heading out for our lunch we went out to take the Sunday Selfie for a friend and snagged these pix - wanna see?

Bryan House - Downtown Kissimmee

OLD Osceola Court House

NEW Osceola Court House

Monument of the States - Downtown Kissimmee

Mural on the wall in Downtown Kissimmee

This was the start of a train and a half!!! THREE engines and no fewer than 105 wagons!!! OMG!

You looking at me?

And round at the neighbours you can plainly see that Lulu is still very shy around company

Happy Easter Monday

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter Sunday

Easter greetings to all those celebrating today.
The current challenge over at Simply Less Is More is "Makes Me Smile" and I ALMOST bought the perfect stamp recently .... I was browsing in the fab store that is Violette's when I happened across a stamp that said ..... "I think my CHECK LIVER light came on this weekend!"!!! It made both hubby and I chuckle, however, I didn't buy it but I figured that I had to have to have something else in my limited collection here that would "make me smile" and, sure enough ... sunshine ALWAYS makes me smile, especially if we've not seen it for a while!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card panel edged with a Martha Stewart PATP set
  • White card panel (5cm x 9½cm)
  • Memory Box sunray stencil taped over my white card panel using low tack tape
  • Versamark ink pad used to apply ink through the stencil
  • Pan Pastel in Diarylide Yellow applied using a Sofft tool
  • Hairspray to set the PP's
  • Hampton Art sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Pan Pastels have fortnightly challenges but their current theme is "Pretty shabby chic" so, as you can see, my card isn't really suitable to enter there, rats!

How are those Christmas cards coming along? It'll soon be Rudolph Day once again but, if you can't wait then there's always the "Use a Hat" hat challenge over at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge! Hmmmm ..... well here's a card with a twofer .... that's two hats for the price of one! And, talking of "twofers", this card will also fit the "use embellishments" Rudolph Day challenge (gemstones) over at Craftbubble 2½'s Craft Mad & Loving It group (registration required) - Huzzah!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of card in white and black, for matting and layering
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink and then close cut out
  • Alochol markers used to colour image
  • Inkadinkado flourish image stamped on to white card using a Versamark pad and then permanent red pan pastel applied using a Sofft tool, burnished with paper towel and set with hairspray.
  • On the larger piece of white card I applied the Versamark pad DTP and then applied the red pan pastel using the above method.
  • I used the same Inkadinkado flourish but this time inked up with Versafine onyx black ink
  • Mounting both white/red panels on black card  and then spraying with the Luminarte radiant pearls shimmer spray
  • The image was then mounted on to the red card panel using dimensional foam pads
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamped directly on to my base card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the larger text on the sentiment and the "fur" on my penguin's Christmas hat
  • Eight faux crystal gemstones used to embellish the hat band

Having made use of a number of snippets cards I shall be entering this over at Pixies Crafty Workshop too

Have a great Sunday

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Saturday

Morning peeps
Well, it's Easter weekend and I hope you all haven't been eating too many eggs or chocolate.

I'd like to welcome my newest follower, Rocky, thanks for following me, check out her blog here. Yesterday I posted a fab Easter egg that she'd made - check out her blog if you get a chance.
Got an ATC to share with you today, trying to use up some snippets of card:-
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • DCWV glitter card from the Grandma's kids stack, cut to ATC size
  • DCWV embossed purple card edged using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Stamp Impressions image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink and close cut out
  • Alcohol pens used to colour the image
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the image and polka dots on the purple panel
Recently, I found myself staring at a pack of "50's diner" gelato's and, being possessed of a 40% discount coupon thought that I would give them another go - I didn't get on that well with them last time round. So, I made and ATC using them, thinking that it wouldn't be too much of a waste if I still didn't get on with them .....

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Off cut of white card which I pre treated with a swipe of Ceramcoat iridescent pearl paint ... a pal told me that Gelato's blend waaay better over gesso or paint - maybe that's why I didn't get on so well with them first pass!!!
  • Banana and blood orange gelato smeared liberally over the dried paint coat, spritzed with water and then blended with my fingers, left to dry ....... the most tedious part!
  • I took a couple of Dylusions mini borders and my Memento inks in rosebud, lilac posies and sweet plum and stamped a background
  • Stampers Anonymous man with umbrella stamped using Versafien vintage sepia which I also used to edge the ATC
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiments stamped using Versafine onyx black for the narrow sentiment and Memento tuxedo black for the sentiment panel - check out the difference in the density of colour and both types of ink took AGES to dry too btw.

MUCH happier with the way these gelato's blended and may crack on with using the other two colours in the set (Aqua and squid ink) as well as the ones I already have (black/white/gold/silver).

CAS Colours and Sketches launched a new challenge on Thursday - this was a colour challenge and I simply couldn't resist - I LOVE CAS and I LOVE monochrome too so this really called to me:

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square black card panel
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Hero Arts chevron image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and then again using Ranger Archival watering can, twice, without re-inking between images in order to get the lighter grey required
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink and then a second partial image stamped again without re-inking

Stash used:

Look - I inked up my new Hero Arts stash AND used my new grey ink (see below) - YAY!

Yesterday saw us heading to Lakeland to meet up with crafting buddy, Cheri and her husband (Don). We met at the mighty Violette's because Cheri had never been!! She LOVED IT! After an hour browsing we headed to a new branch of the Manny's chain of four restaurants and the only one we still had to try! As we pulled in to the parking lot the heavens were still emptying on us but we're no quitters and we were lucky enough to get really good parking spaces so we legged it indoors!! We had great steaks and Cheri and Don had great prime rib - Cheri even professed to have left room for a dessert ..... but (even with help) couldn't finish the portion ....

Cheri set off with gusto but none of us could finish the last few bites!

My haul of goodies from Violette's. I had to give up and buy a skin white copic
I just KNOW I have one somewhere but simply cannot find it - being SKIN white it's a pen I use a lot ... had to be done then!

I finally surrendered and joined the wonderful world of Pinterest yesterday - there's a fresh new way to lose an hour or so!!!! How many of you follow Pinterest ...... do you post on there? If so then leave me your links - pretty please!, since I'm such a newbie!

Have a great weekend - Happy Easter

Friday, 18 April 2014

HAPPY EASTER greetings to all my followers, friends and occasional visitors

It's Easter weekend so I hope you all have plans and I hope the weather will be kind to those of you with any outdoor plans.
Here's a card for a pal not having a great time in her life right now - hope it cheers her, if only a little
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of Bo Bunny card, black card, white card, kraft card
  • Distress Inks: scattered straw, wild honey, worn lipstick
  • Water spritzer
  • Inkadinkado "Meadow" image and Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Over at Freshly Made Sketches on Wednesday they posted a doozie of a sketch and here's what I made of it  ...

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square panel of black card plus block die cut oval
  • 13½ x 14cm panel of DCWV metallic turquoise card
  • Fiskars corner punch used on two corners only
  • Turquoise glitter "drops" used on the remaining two corners
  • Dylusions mini couture image stamped on to white die cut oval and coloured using alcohol markers
  • Kaisercraft mini dots image stamped over masked image using blue chalk ink
  • Stampers Anonymous frame stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped in to frame using Brilliance sea blue ink
  • Two faux crystal gemstones used to highlight throat and  belt areas

And the sketch itself?
How cute is this?

With it being Easter many of you may be decorating eggs either as a craft project or simply to entertain the kids. I was blog hopping yesterday and came across Rocky's Crafting Blog and she had just finished blogging about a fab effect on a goose egg, check it out here

Rocky's Crafting Blog make - the finished egg - fab isn't it?

And now for the Friday Funny, courtesy of friends Mary and Barry - thanks guys! ENJOY!
Daddy , how was I Born? 

A little boy
Goes to his father and asks 'Daddy, how was I born?'

The father Answers,
'Well, son, I guess one day you will need to find out anyway!
Your Mom and I first got together in a chat room on Yahoo.
Then I Set up a date via e-mail with your Mom
and we met at a cyber-cafe..
We Sneaked into a secluded room, and googled each other.
  There your mother Agreed to a download from my hard drive.
As soon as I was ready to upload,
We discovered that neither one of us had used a firewall,
and since it was too Late to hit the delete button,
nine months later a little Pop-Up appeared that
Scroll down ............
Keep scrolling down..........You'll love this .....


'You got
I have a number of friends celebrating their birthdays today so, to Liz and Tom have a good one and to Di, hope your special birthday is just fab. Dave's birthday is tomorrow - to you all .....

Have a great weekend everyone, see you tomorrow - it's challenge day!!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Hi and welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning peeps
Another beautiful day looks like it's developing here, with sunshine and warm temperatures - ah yes, this IS the life!
I've a get well card to share with you, now, before you panic, it's for stock rather than because someone I know is poorly .......
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of card: white, black, green metallic (DCWV) and green patterned card (DCWV Olde World stack)
  • Martha Stewart edging punch
  • Inkadinkado foliage from their "meadow" set and Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Faux crystal gemstones
As is my usual habit these days both the image and sentiment appear inside the card and on the front and back of my envelope. I'll be entering this for the "Anything goes" challenge over at Addicted to Stamps, wish me luck!

I also snuck bag to the Vera Bradley shop at the Premium Outlet Mall  ....... stonking value!

And, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, here's a glimpse at my mess table of craftiness right now ....

Have a great Wednesday

Monday, 14 April 2014

Welcome to the start of another week

Hi folks,
Sorry to be so late to the Monday blog post party, what can I say? I simply FORGOT to schedule this post before I went to bed last night - oopsie!!!
I have a couple of ATC's to share today - I've been trying to use up off cuts of card so these MAY be eligible for entries over at Pixies Crafty Workshop - not sure if entries MUST be a card, will have to re-read the rules before entering!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Off cut of white card cut to ATC size
  • Distress Ink in wild honey placed multiple times on the white off cut (for background) and then also used to ink up the Kaisercraft "triangles" image
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped randomly using both Memento rosebuds ink and Color Box silver ink
  • Mini couture image partially stamped on to another off cut of white card using Versafine onyx black and then carefully coloured with alcohol markers(because we all know what normally happens when colouring with alcohol markers and versafine ink!)
  • Hampton Art sentiment stamped on to the base ATC using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the "belt" and larger text
  • Faux crystal gemstone added at "throat"

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Off cut of DCWV card from the Grandma's kids stack
  • Recollections "monster" image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Hampton Art sentiment stamped on to white card and then cut out before mounting on to yet another off cut of card, this time a piece of DCWV metallic green card
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight image and larger text
Recently had occasion to visit Kissimmee Old Town - ever been? Wanna see?
This is how it looks as you approach. Fabulous day too, with a light breeze to make it PLEASANT
Quaint? The main street, full of all sorts of eclectic stores
Creepy? The HAUNTED mansion

Cute? The kids roller coasters

We were walking past this store and saw both Elvis AND Marilyn!! Had to take this as a pal is a big fan of Marilyn .... hope he appreciates this pic!
Have a great Monday

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Hi there and welcome to a lazy Sunday

Wotcher peeps,

Sunday again, looks like a lovely day in the offing.

We had a splendid evening with our friends (and neighbours), Sally and Roger, at TGI Fridays yesterday - back to theirs afterwards, their little dog is still nervous around us!

Had a busy day crafting and I have a rather art journal inspired ATC to share with you today - how I love my Kaisercraft background stamps which I've incorporated with new stash for this project ....
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Offcut of white card cut to ATC size
  • Distress Ink in antique linen pressed on to the white card to create a slightly geometric background
  • Kaisercraft "stains" images stamped using Distress Ink in antique linen and wild honey
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using Distress Ink fired brick
  • Stampers Anonymous "numbers" image stamped numerous times (partially only) using Versamagic Sahara sand ink
  • Dylusions mini border stamped twice using Versafine vintage sepia
  • Hampton Art steampunk lady and Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
It's been such an age since I did any art journaling and my last post reminded me how much I enjoy it so I decided to carry it across in to an ATC - with limited supplies available to me right now I wasn't able to make either the page or this ATC truly multi medium but hey .... one does what one can!!! Hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it. I shall be entering it for the current "Anything goes" challenge over at That Craft Place .... actually it's really Easter/Anything Goes but I don't "DO" Easter cards so .....
Have a fab Sunday