Friday, 27 March 2015

Welcome to weekend - mine starts HERE!

Morning all,

It's the start of the weekend - yee haa. I've had a funny old week with a family funeral on Wednesday. This afternoon I'm meeting a pal for coffee which will be nice - we've not caught up in a while so there will be lots to chat about too .... there may EVEN be scones!
However, back to the crafting .... I started on a brusho/spray starch background on Tuesday and whilst it was drying something else popped in to my head which I simply had to act on ....  I have now returned to the original project and actually finished it.
It was another attempt to use up some of the growing pile of snippets, so a duplicate set of materials will be winging it's way (at some point) to my trading card swap buddy - looking forward to seeing what she will make of them ........ and here they are:-
So, what am I sending?
  • Pink card snippet
  • White card snippet with the Tim Holtz bird crazy image (Boris, to his friends) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Glossy white card snippet that's been coloured using brusho's in lemon and scarlet and those crystals activated with spray laundry starch and allowed to dry in a "greenhouse" of cligfilm!
All of the above snippets are larger than ATC size, to give my swap buddy flexibility

And here's how my original materials ended up .. I can't help but wonder how my swap buddy will treat these identical materials - it's interesting to note that, despite swapping ATC's for quite a number of years now, our return makes seldom look even close to identical. I think they've been pretty similar on just a hand full of occasions and I should point out that we exchange our swaps about every four or five weeks so that's a LOT of swapsies!
"Look in to my eyes"!!!! and think those happy thoughts!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Pink card snippet cut to ATC size
  • Brusho/starch snippet cut to slightly smaller than ATC size in order that the pink border should show
  • Tim Holtz Bird crazy image stamped twice (once on to a snippet of white card and once directly on to the brusho/starch panel) using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Masking fluid painted over eyes and beak
  • Using the speed colouring method to colour my bird and Distress Inks in mustard seed, shabby shutters and peeled paint before fussy cutting out .... didn't bother with his legs as these were stamped on the brusho/starch layer.
  • Signo Uniball white gel pen  used to highlight the eyes and wing features
  • Paper Artsy gloss glaze brushed over "Boris" to protect the distress inks, though maybe next time, I'll use either a baby wipe or a better quality brush as you can probably even see the brush strokes in this small pic!
  • Clearly Inspired foliage stamped around the edge of the brusho panel using Ranger Archival sepia ink
  • Paper Artsy sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Once my ATC was assembled I used a Kaisercraft border and Memento rosebud ink to stamp around the edge
I'm liking it though I DID (at one point) wonder whether I should be putting those colours together ... I reckon the brightness of the background kind of compensates for the colouring of the bird .... or should I say "Boris"? Talking of these birds ... I am SOOOOOOOOOOOO glad I've had my set for around a month as they are, apparently, out of stock pretty much EVERYWHERE!!!! If you are looking for them and find somewhere that has them in stock can you let me know please? I've a pal looking for a set! THANKS

I'll be entering the above ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Inspirations - "Feathered Friends or Animals"
  2. Inky Impressions - "Bold and Bright"

The 25th of every month (except December) is designated as RUDOLPH DAY to encourage us crafters to make Christmas cards all year round and to avoid a last minute panic, come November!! This month the delightful Debs set the challenge over on Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) grou Craft Mad & Loving It ... her challenge? To Either use "cool colours" or to "Make a Masterboard" OR to do both .... well, after thinking about it - I decided I'm no quitter so I went with both too!

My masterboard

Materials used:
  • White card
  • Distress Inks: tumbled glass, broken china and salty ocean simply pressed on to the white card
  • Kaisercraft "old script" stamped multiple times using the broken china ink
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped using Memento Mediterranean blue

With my masterboard almost finished  ..... I added a Hero Arts star image using the memento ink AFTER I photographed it!!! ...... it was time to chop it up and use it ..

Card number One

and it's co-ordinating insert and envelope

Card number TWO

And it's co-ordinating insert and envelope

And two tags as well re-SULT!!!!

Further materials used:
  • 2 x 12½cm square white, 300gsm, card blanks and matching sized envelopes
  • A4 of blue card for matting
  • Chocolate Baroque snowflake, Inkadinkado sentiments, stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering these for the following challenges:
  1. Craft Mad & Loving It - "Rudolph Day" - use cool colours and/or make a masterboard
  2. Scraps of Life - "Rudolph Day"
  3. Sweet Stamping - "Blue Christmas"
  4. ABC of Christmas - "F is for Frosty"
  5. Fab 'n Funky challenges - "Christmas"

And now for the Friday Funny brought to you by ATC buddy PatG this week - ENJOY! It's called "Why you shouldn't lie!"
Why You Shouldn't Lie
A minister told his congregation, "Next week I plan to preach about the sin of lying. To help you understand my sermon, I want you all to read Mark 17."

The following Sunday, as he prepared to deliver his sermon, the minister asked for a show of hands. He wanted to know how many had read Mark 17. Several hands went up.

The minister smiled and said, "Mark has only sixteen chapters. I will now proceed with my LONG sermon on the sin of lying!."

and there you have it ..... the reason we shouldn't tell lies!!! 
And, as if the fact it's the weekend wasn't enough ..... yesterday I received my prize from the peeps over at Pan Pastels ...... thanks so much guys. Look, it's VIOLET, I wonder if that was merely a coincidence?!?!?

Hope you will enjoy a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

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

Morning all,
How's the week coming along for you all? I'm doing great with my week - finally got a card made that had been bugging me for weeks. It's not like I didn't WANT to make the card, it's for one of my dearest friends and it's a special birthday - I so didn't want to muck it up. Sadly, I can't share it with you yet as her birthday is a short distance in to the future!!! So, why the hurry? Because I'm seeing her next week and then not again till after her birthday so it had to be done in time. I made the tag to match so now all I need to do is wrap her gift to co-ordinate and ... BINGO, I'm done! but here's a peek, in case you can't wait!
Was having little fun yesterday, thought I'd make some ATC's as my recent make reminded me how much fun the challenge with the scale issue can be .... so off I went, with spray starch and brushos ....

Slightly glossy card this time, lemon/scarlet brushos, spray starch and clingfilm

Now I'm just waiting for things to dry and, yes, it's one of THOSE birds again!

And here I was, waiting for things to dry and suddenly ... something got in the way and I went off at a tangent. Strangely enough, the above project remains exactly as you see it, the tangent project? Finished! Want to see what I did?

My finished ATC

And a closer view of the detail

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of black card cut to ATC size and adhered to my ATC blank ... the blanks (as I think I've said before) are a bit flimsy so I tend to layer them.
  • Snippet of white card to which I applied (roughly) Distress Paint in copper before allowing to dry
  • Once dry I ran it through my Big Shot inside my cog embossing folder
  • I then applied Claudine Hellmuth's black acrylic paint and allowed it to start to dry before knocking back with a slightly moist baby wipe - to add a patina to the otherwise bright copper.
  • Next came some amethyst treasure gold but I'm not sure it added much to the party - but how I love the smell!
  • With my finger I simply smeared a little (a VERY little) of the copper distress paint, randomly and tried to restrict the paint to the raised sections
  • Stampers Anonymous image (from the Time Traveller set) stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival ink
  • Distress Inks: antique linen, weathered wood, black soot, shabby shutters and peeled paint used, (water colour style) to colour the image. At this point my image looked a little garish against the aged patina of the base ATC ..... so I applied walnut stain to the image and immediately wiped again with a slightly moist baby wipe, to take most of the stain back off, this definitely took the colour down a couple of notches.
  • Having trimmed the image to fit my ATC, whilst still leaving enough of the background detail showing I then took a Pitt pen in copper and a metal edged ruler and drew a border around the outer edge, leaving some of the black border showing too - making it look like another layer but without adding the weight

Hope you like it ....... I know I do. Some of you (readers) will recall at the beginning of the year I was tring to make a concerted effort to use up a whole bunch of snippets ....... I pretty much always end up with an A4 length strip of white card every time I make a card which uses 2 x 13½cm square card panels - gr8 for ATC's! SO, I'm THINKING that I will duplicate my materials and send them (at some point) to my Isle of Skye buddy, be really interested to see what she makes of the materials. This will, of course, use DOUBLE the snippets - reSULT!

And my duplicate materials - ready for a future swap ....

I'll be entering the finished ATC for the following challenges:
  1. Loves Rubber Stamps - "Create your own background"
  2. Through the Craft Room Door - "Anything Goes"
  3. Not just cards - "Anything Goes
  4. Pixies Crafty Workshop - "Snippets challenge"
  5. Crafty Gals Corner - "anything Goes"

And now for the weekly What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday shot - you ready for this? You can still see the box of snippets (behind the stencil) - I never seem to make much of a dent! and I GOTTA have a clear up!

See my brusho's are still out?!?!? Maybe I'm not done yet!
Happy WOYWDW peeps! Hope you enjoyed your peek at my advance project and the two shown in more detail - a diverse bunch for you today!

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Another lazy Sunday

Morning all
I set up an ATC swap recently where the theme was kept fairly broad ... "What makes you happy" .... What makes me happy? Getting inky and using the fabulous bird crazy set that recently landed on my mat. Come on ... you've seen them, don't they make YOU smile? There were four people signed up (including me) so I set out to make three ATC's - one for each person signed up.
Here's how they developed:-

First, I applied some brusho crystals to a snippet of card (the leftover strip from cutting two 13½cm squares from a piece of A4 card) - I really didn't need to use much although I ended up with more at one end than the other ... check out the photo below! Once I'd sprinkled the crystals I sprayed some aerosol laundry starch, which activated the crystals. Then, armed with a piece of pre scrunched cling film I "smooshed" the colour about until I was happy before leaving it for about 30 minutes. I then removed the clingfilm and set aside to dry .... LOVING the pattern it leaves in the colour!
Stamped and brusho'd snippets
Once dry, I took my ATC blanks and, after selecting which parts of the strip I wanted to use, glued my ATC blanks to my background panels. Once dry, I cut them in to ATC's

My ATC's attached to the brusho'd snippets
On separate snippets I stamped my images and applied masking fluid to the eyes and beaks, to keep them white. I then "speed coloured" them, removed the masking fluid and cut them out. Whilst they dried I set about further decorating my ATC backgrounds ......

My ATC's
Then I set about decorating them in a way that made me smile!

And a better view of one of the set
Materials used:
  • Snippets of white card to which I sprinkled brusho water colour crystals in lemon and turquoise before spraying with starch and crunching cling film on - leaving aside to dry
  • Once dry I attached the ATC's to the snippets using Cosmic Shimmer glue
  • I stamped the Art Journey droplets image using Memento Mediterranean blue (except to the darker ATC where I used Color Box white) inks
  • I stamped the Tim Holtz Bird Crazy image three times on to snippets of white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink and also on to each of the ATC's
  • I applied masking fluid to the beak and eyes before I "speed coloured" the birds using Distress Ink in shaded lilac and mustard set before cutting out and attaching over the stamped images on the ATC
  • Using the barbed wire image from Visible Image and Ranger Archival jet black ink I stamped somewhere for the bird to stand on to each of the ATC's
  • Using a white Signo uniball gel roller I highlighted the droplets and doodled a very rough frame outline to the ATC
I'll be entering the project in the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - "Snippet challenge"
  2. Creative Fingers - "Anything Goes"
  3. That's Crafty - "Wings and things"
  4. The Craft Barn - weekly challenge "make your own background"
This past week has been the doggiest I've spent in years! What with staying with our friends with one dog, accompanying Mary walking her neighbours dog too and then visiting her sister and her four .... as if that wasn't enough we were on Riddick sitting duty on Friday too ..... we took him for a reasonable walk but he's still a puppy and was still chock full of beans when we got him home ...
Play with me!
Happy Sunday

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Welcome to the weekend and todays' challenge make

Hi everybody,
YAY! I finally finished the journal, it's totally done. Started in June of 2012 and finished nearly three years later in March of 2015.

Materials used:
  • A6 moleskin journal page
  • Gesso applied liberally
  • Distress Paints in mustard seed, ripe persimmon and seedless preserves and blended with a dried up baby wipe - so much easier to clean up by simply tossing in the trash! None of this tedious brush cleaning!
  • IndigoBlu "honeycomb" and Bo Bunny small "bubble wrap" images stamped using Ranger Archival sepia ink
  • Carabelle image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Brushos in orange and dark brown mixed with a little gloss gel medium before applying through a Paper Artsy stencil using a spatula
  • Kaisercraft "numbers" inked with Ranger Archival watering can ink and stamped both partially and randomly .... both the stamp and ink are newly acquired stash - impressed that I managed to use them so quickly too!
  • Faber Castel "F" black pitt pen and a Sign uniball white gel pen used to highlight various areas
  • Computer generated sentiment which I then coloured using leftover ink on my blending tool, cut out and highlighted - using the pens listed above
  • Stationers date shop (think I got it from a pound shop!) and Ranger Archival jet black ink
So, that's it then ... it's finished ...... no more excuses not to move on and start the larger journals I have had waiting in the wings since (if I'm honest) BEFORE the A6 journal. I just found the smaller format less daunting to start with. Wonder how I'll get on now the training wheels are off! Mind you, having been SOOOOOOOOOO obsessed with finishing this journal, I've not made a card since last Saturday - and that's ALMOST unheard of!

IF you've been following my recent journal-fest you will no doubt have noticed my new stamp set .... the Tim Holtz "Bird crazy" .... if you love this set too but perhaps wonder what you would do with them .... wonder no more, simply check out some of the awesome makes featured here

Did you all see the eclipse yesterday? Was it me or was it all a bit dull when you can only see it pinhole camera style? Still, it DID go pretty dark and was pretty near to a total eclipse

During our recent foray to Blackpool to visit friends you might have known that I would visit a craft shop it at all possible!!! Within the Burnside Garden Centre is a Craft Cabin and here's what I snagged for less than £9!

The Kaiser image has been on my list for a while but I snagged it for just £1.99!!!
And now, since it's Saturday and you probably swung by to see my challenge entry make .....
My card

Showing the gold shimmer

Hopefully showing the line and foliage detailing in the shaded lilac!
 Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card and black card for matting
  • Distress Inks: shaded lilac and dusty concorde applied to white card panel using a Tim Holtz mini blender
  • Magenta foliage and Paper Artsy lines stamped using the shaded lilac ink
  • Kaisercraft number image inked with Adirondack violet before partially stamping
  • Penny Black Iris image stamped twice using the dusty concorde ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Color Box white ink
  • Imagine That sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Tsukineko gold shimmer spray spritzed over the image panel (to reflect the use of metal on the DT butterfly)
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftycatzweekly - "No designer papers"
  2. Fairytale challenge - "Flower power"
  3. Polkadoodles - "Birthdays"
  4. Kraftin Kimmie - "Birthdays with a catch of no blue or pink"
  5. Time Out Challenges - "CAS" which has an OPTIONAL twist of black and white ... well I DID use black and white so I hope that will also count
  6. Simply Less Is More - "CASe a previous DT card" Chrissie's make from challenge #49 predominantly purple (had to remove this challenge entry as I misread the brief .... see further down the post)

This was Chrissie's original card I CASe'd
EDITED: Thanks to Sue's comment I realised that I had misread the brief over at Simply Less Is More .... there was nothing for it but to have another go then!!! And here it is:

My card

And my co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm x 9cm white card panels for front and insert
  • Black card for matting
  • Cats Pyjamas image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Brushos in yellow, orange and scarlet to colour along with a pro marker in pear green
  • A Muse sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Faber Castell pitt pen "S" thickness to draw the border
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to seal and protect my water based colours

I WILL be entering this for the CASe this DT card over at Simply Less Is More, I have CASe'd Anne's fab card but left off the twine.

 I'll also be entering my card over at One Crazy Stamper's challenge blog where the challenge is "Anything Goes"

Friday, 20 March 2015

It's Friday! - the weekend starts here!

Morning all,

Hope you are ready for another photo heavy post .... got coffee/Tea? Sitting comfortably? Then please read on ...

Here's hoping you've all had a good week - got up to much? We've spent a few days visiting friends in Blackpool. Our friends are celebrating their GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY today and we wanted to spend some time with them. Congratulations Mary and Barry - wanna see some pix?
My pal, Mary, spotted me with my camera!!!
Apparently, we wore Ella out!

Hard to believe this couple are celebrating
FIFTY YEARS of married life!

Mary's lovely sister and some of her menagerie of 4 dogs and 3 cats!
Still on a journaling kick and very nearly finished that A6 moleskin journal. After sharing today's make I can confirm that I just have the single back page left and my journal is complete - YAY! I started this journal in June of 2012!! It feels good to be so close to finishing, let's hope I don't leave it the best part of another year before completing that last page! Want to see this latest piece?
My finished page
Close up of the left side
Close up of the right side
Materials used:
  • Moleskin A6 journal
  • A layer of white gesso, applied with a brush
  • Darcies "newsprint" image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Distress Paints in mustard seed, ripe persimmon and seedless preserves, applied with a dried up baby wipe
  • Recollections ink splat/drip image stamped using Ranger Archival sepia ink
  • Bo Bunny coffee rings stamps twice using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink (stamped off once because it was just too dark)
  • Magenta foliage image stamped around the outside edge using Memento potters clay - but, frankly, it hardly shows ..... so I had another go! IF you look carefully you MIGHT just be able to see it!
  • IndigoBlu check background image stamped around the outside edge using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy "General failure" image (and I know Lesley won't care for my choice) stamped on to tissue paper using Ranger Archival jet black which I then ripped around (shows less than a cut edge) before adhering using Ranger matte gel medium
  • Close to my heart sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

And now for the Friday Funny provided this week by Lilian, thanks pal - ENJOY
Ocean – ALL you Need to Know!! Children Writing About the Ocean….

1) - This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles. (Kelly, age 6)

2) - Oysters' balls are called pearls. (Jerry, age 6)

3) - If you are surrounded by ocean, you are an island. If you don't have ocean all round you, you are incontinent. (Mike, age 7)

4) - Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson. She's not my friend any more. (Kylie, age 6)

5) - A dolphin breaths through an asshole on the top of its head.
(Billy, age 8)

6) - My uncle goes out in his boat with 2 other men and a woman and pots and comes back with crabs. (Millie, age 6)

7) - When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean. Sometimes when the wind didn't blow the sailors would whistle to make the wind come. My brother said they would have been better off eating beans. (William, age 7)

8) - Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? like, really? (Helen, age 6)

9) - I'm not going to write about the ocean. My baby brother is always crying, my Dad keeps yelling at my Mom, and my big sister has
just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write. (Amy, age 6)

10) - Some fish are dangerous. Jellyfish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock. They have to live in caves under the sea where I think
they have to plug themselves in to chargers. (Christopher, age 7)

11) - When you go swimming in the ocean, it is very cold, and it makes my willy small. (Kevin, age 6)

12) - Divers have to be safe when they go under the water. Divers can't
go down alone, so they have to go down on each other. (Becky, age 8)

13) - On vacation my Mom went water skiing. She fell off when she was going very fast. She says she won't do it again because water fired right up her big fat ass. (Julie, age 7)

14) - The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don't drown I don't know. (Bobby, age 6)

15) - My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean. what he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mom.
(James, age 7)

And, WOW (wow, wow!) I nipped across to the Simply Less Is More blog - a regular "go to" CAS challenge of mine and what did I find? ONLY that I won their great FEBNicoruary prize (WOW embossing powders) - Yee Haa! Thanks Ladies, I've already e-mailed you! Why wouldn't I??

Have a great weekend everyone

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Welcome to WOYWDW!

Morning all

Monday was a properly dull old day with intermittent rain so, aside from a quick foray to get a prescription I decided to stay in and craft .. and catch up on some domestic chores too, interspersed with a nice natter with a couple of pals either on-line or by phone! It's a nice life!

This post's a little photo heavy again so do take a seat and make yourself comfortable!
Still on the journaling kick - I'm so close to finishing my first ever journal that I don't want to stop till I'm done - is that SAD?!?!??! Anyhoo, decided to go with a darker colour scheme this time ..... hope you all approve
My finished layout
Oh, how I am LOVING these birds!

And also LOVING my new mini numbers and recently re-discovered
faux brick stencils too!
Materials used:
  • A6 moleskin journal
  • Gesso layer (as there was some paint leaking through from the other side's layout
  • Distress Paints: black soot, spun sugar and picked raspberry
  • Visible Image "barbed wire image" stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Tim Holtz "Boris" from the bird crazy set, stamped twice, using Ranger Archival jet black ink; once on to the journal page and once on to a snippet of white card
  • Tsukineko walnut stain applied around the edges using a dried out baby wipe, to further distress the edges
  • Using my TCW mini number and faux brick stencils I applied black soot Distress Paint with a baby wipe
  • On the white card bird I masked the eyes and beak before "speed colouring" the bird using Distress Inks in wild honey, vintage photo and black soot
  • I then highlighted him using a Signo uniball white gel pen and a gold and grey alcohol marker to colour the beak before fussy cutting him out
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" stamped randomly using Versacolour silver ink
  • JOFY grid stamped around the edge and my Art Journey water droplets - both stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival jet black ink.
  • Using the same ink I stamped the Visible Image sentiment
  • Using the white gel pen I highlighted the water droplets and then using my date stamp and Ranger Archival jet black ink I finished my page
It felt good to step away from the brighter colour combinations of the last few journal pages. "Boris" was the last bird in the Bird Crazy set to get inked - yee haa, can't remember when I last inked an entire set within such a short time of taking delivery!!, re-SULT!

Recently, I introduced a crafting pal to the joys of brushos. WELL! Let me tell you that she took to it like a duck takes to water and has really embraced them as a medium. I was checking out Karen's blog a few days ago only to find she'd teamed them with ..... SPRAY STARCH - who knew? I DID know that we crafters are an enterprising bunch but I USUALLY smile at my own can of spray starch ..... and move on! However, thanks to Karen, I gave it a go .... my results weren't quite a lovely as hers but ... practice makes perfect!

My three "first attempts"!

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, here's a sneaky peek at the mess mine's in! ENJOY

My super messy desk

And in close up!!!
It's downhill to the weekend! There, that's it, I'm done! You can get back to your day now but I'd like to think you'll stop and leave me a comment first - many thanks peeps