Friday, 19 September 2014

TGIF - another weekend looms large

Morning peeps
Welcoming new follower, Asha, thanks for following me and I hope you'll find a reason to stop by again.

Yesterday was a delightfully sociable day with me meeting up with pal, Liz, for coffee at a local farm shop in the morning and another pal, Sue, for dinner in the evening. Between those two meets I really do feel like we've set the World to rights!!, as well as drunk too much tea and coffee!

Still on a Christmas card roll despite being nearly at the end of my quota - at this rate I'll be getting a start on 2015!!!

My card - looks super festive and yet totally modern - doesn't it?

A close up of the rich and sparkly colours

And a view of the insert and the co-ordinating envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • Red card matted at 1/16" border (x 2 including insert)
  • One acrylic block used as a stamp with versamark ink, gold dazzle and red tinsel embossing powder sprinkled liberally (and excess shaken off) before heat embossing
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamped on to snippet of white card before matting first on to black and then red card snippets
  • Spray and Sparkle to both seal and give a lovely twinkle to the card and insert (kindly donated to me by crafting pal, Lilian, who can't stand the smell!!! my gain eh?!!)
  • Spray and Shine applied to the envelope to seal the Adirondack (red pepper) and Encore (Gold) inks used on the front and back

Challenges entered:
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - Holiday challenge (Well, Christmas IS a holiday!)
  2. 52CCT - colour challenge (I used black, red and gold - see below)
  3. Stamplorations - Sketch challenge (see below)
  4. ABCofChristmas - "S" for Something Festive (red and gold? Doesn't get much more festive than that!)


And then on to one of those (often) tricky cards ... the masculine card:-

My card, masculine, CAS and somewhat grungy .....

A close up - which I HOPE will allow you to see the "flight" element a little better
The insert and co-ordinating envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including the insert)
  • Black card for matting (x 2 including the insert) at 1/16", cut using perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • Wide (self adhesive) metal tape (courtesy of Jan - thanks Jan!) adhered to snippet of white card and then run through my "pocket watch" triple emboss folder before matting on a snippet of black card
  • Black acrylic paint brushed on to the metal tape panel and allowed to "almost dry" before knocking back with a tissue to "age" the panel
  • Studio 112 "flying machine" image stamped on base white card panel multiple times using Memento London Fog ink
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink and then matted on to black card
  • Dimensional foam adhesive attached to one side of the sentiment and regular glue to the other (to allow for the dimensional difference with the triple embossed panel)

And there you have a CAS, masculine card featuring metal and .... I went along the lines of "time flies" for my flight connection but also included the flying machine like a "water mark" ... in case you couldn't make it out .....

This is the stamp I used

I'll be entering this card for two challenges:-
  1. The Male Room - "use metal" challenge
  2. Inskpirational - "flight" challenge

Thanks to Jane of Purplejet Loves Cards I was pointed at a different technique which involves re-inkers and a baby wipe as a stamp pad! I followed her link to the blog of Nicole Heady ... and snagged this youtube video to embed - thanks (and credit) to all concerned, including Barbara Grey who's video I've also embedded!

A little research and I also found this youtube video by Barbara Grey which uses cut and dry instead of a stamp pad. I've included this as it offers a couple of interesting changes (i.e. stamping the outline first ... and storing your "pad") - you might only want to watch one but you MIGHT be missing out!!

I may well be trying one of these, or a combination of both .... some time very soon! T To those ardent fans of the brusho water colour crystals check out the make in this post - very cool

And now for the Friday Funny, this week coming atcha courtesy of  Sandra .... these came to me in e-mail form which I couldn't transfer directly but ... a quick Google search and I'm happy to share her suggestions with you this morning, they're a little focused on age but hey, we're none of us getting YOUNGER - ENJOY!!!
Out of estrogen ...

If only ....

Mis-spent youth

Resistance is useless!

Happy Friday, have a fantabulous day .... if you haven't had enough of the funnies then don't forget that the Hettiecraftz blog also features a F.F.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all

How's your week going?

Yesterday I picked up new glasses, of the optical kind - nothing to do with Darnell's comment about PUBS (Piled Up Backgrounds) as per Sarn's blog yesterday and I already love them. My last pair had been hated almost since I got them AND I was FOREVER pushing them back up my nose - not these new ones ... AND they're purple!!!


I'm still creatively clearing the backlog of snippets of card which I have lying around following recent experiments with brushos/mica/distress stains etc (aided and abetted by Sarn - see link to her blog in the previous paragraph) and here's another ATC made using one of them.

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of card following an experiment with Distress Stains (tumbled glass/tarnished brass) and cling film
  • Visible Image INKognito flower head and stem and Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Sparkle (and Lilian's right, it IS a strong smell and it DOES linger!! Despite the fact I sprayed outdoors!!)
The peeps over at Stamplorations have launched their latest challenge and it's a sketch .... and below is my card for this challenge - I'm pretty pleased with it too - ever have one of those days when things just seem to come together?

Materials used:
  • White C6, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Stamplorations "swipe" image stamped using the Brilliance "twilight" trio of inks (pink/purple/blue)
  • Imagine That sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

And the inside of my card? and the envelope? - check 'em out here .....

Well, I WAS pleased with it but .... you know what? When I looked at the sketch again I saw that I should have offset the stripes according to the sketch - do ya think the nice peeps at Stamplorations will still allow it? Here's hoping .... Would you like to see the sketch? ....

My work desk is tiny and has to have lots of stuff on it because, well, basically .. there's nowhere else for it to go!. Historically, my WOYWDW pix have been of a space that is a total mess but, just lately, it's been of a tidy table so, how does it look today?

Tidy? WOT? Again? I'm sensing a pattern!

Another section of my work space, in close up!
Happy Wednesday

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Tuesday morning has rolled around again ....

Morning all,

Hope your Monday went well - for some of you it will have been the start of the working week. For me it meant heading off to visit a pal in South Gloucestershire ..... I first met Lilian via the now defunct Craftbubble forum and we've remained friends. It was round to hers for coffee and a chat. Apparently, she bought some Spray and Sparkle aerosols but doesn't like the smell so I was the lucky recipient of them - thank you so much Lilian and I hope you enjoy the magazines I brought as a swap; an American publication Scrap and Stamp.

On to the crafting ... I have another Christmas card to share with you today, and guess what? It fits a few challenges too:-

Materials used:
  • White C6, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Chocolate Baroque (actually a free image with Craft Stamper) snowflake stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Inkadinkado small snowflake stamped using Encore gold ink
  • Spray and Sparkle iridescent sprayed over the entire front of the card to seal and sparkle!

Here's the view of the inside of the One Layer Card and its envelope too ...

Challenges entered: 
  1. Merry Monday's challenge is entitled "The Words Have It"!!!
  2. Jingle Belles have a sketch
  3. 52 CCT (Christmas Card Throwdown) have a colour challenge (I went with: Blue, Black and Gold)


Have a great Tuesday ... I'm off to pick up my new glasses today and hubby says he'll treat me to brunch too!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Here we are at the start of another week ....

Morning folks,

Hope you all had a lovely weekend - weather was pretty nice though the mornings started off dull and grey.

If you read my post of Sunday you will know Hubby and I took ourselves out for a walk on Saturday morning. Well, I decided that I would endeavour to do it again during Sunday and headed out (OK, I admit it ... in the car!) - I parked my car at a nice park just a couple of miles from home and set to with my invisible dog (!?!??!? well everyone else present seemed to be walking theirs!) to take a stroll in the lovely surroundings. It was lovely - and I'm sure it will have done me no harm whatsoever!
Ever had one of those days when you wanted to make something and head to your craft area ... only to discover lots of snippets of things you started but perhaps haven't finished? Happened to me on Sunday morning - I headed to the table of craftiness which turned out to be loaded with bits of card which I had been experimenting with (brushos/mica powder and the faux mother of pearl technique) so, I thought perhaps I would make a couple of ATC's to usefully use those snippets and to add to my collection to swap. Then I had an unexpected visitor and that was Sunday morning - GONE in a flash!
Want to see the snippet finishes? Well, here's the first one:-
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Gloss cardstock coloured using brusho's and mica spray (with clingfilm)
  • Anti static bag swiped over the gloss card
  • Visible Image INKognito flower stamped using Versamark ink before liberally sprinkling Black Sparkle embossing powder over the image and heat embossing
  • Hero Arts small sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
And now a faux mother of pearl ATC ..... no doubt you've spotted that I managed to use new stash in the form of my fab INKognito flower too - love it when a plan comes together now, if only I could fix it permanently!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Panel of faux mother of pearl - utilising iridescent medium/D.I.'s ripe persimmon & picked raspberry
  • Visible Image INKognito flower and stem stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink

And now, for the card design which was in my head when I steered myself towards the table of craftiness in the first place!!! This card is PERFECT for mailing as it's only One Layer!!! Of course, I SHOULD have felt guilty whilst making this card as my dear hubby was out cutting the lawns and then servicing the mower (he's a little early in laying it up for the winter!?!?!) but ..... NAH!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Gash (scrap) card with an aperture ripped to a rough rectangle (I was going for the slightly grungier look to this project and sooooo did NOT want straight lines!)
  • With my "mask" taped in place on my card blank I used a Tim Holtz mini blender (and foam pad) to apply Distress Inks in picked raspberry, seedless preserves and stormy sky
  • Paper Artsy grungy lines stamped twice using the stormy sky ink
  • Visible Image INKognito flower head and stem and also my Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped numerous times using Versacolour silver ink
  • Given that I used Distress Inks which react with water I gave the card and envelope a good spray with Spray and Shine - to keep it looking like this when it arrives at its destination!

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

I'm pleased with the way this turned out and even more pleased to have used new stash not once but on THREE projects within a day of receiving it - reSULT!!! I decided against carrying the colour across to the insert on the grounds it was a bit dark - my writing's quite big and I wasn't sure I wouldn't need to write across the deep colour ..... any thoughts on the topic, readers?

I'll be entering this card for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Suzy Bee's and also for the "Birthday celebrations" challenge at My Sheri Crafts - wish me luck peeps!

And now I'd best get a wiggle on as I'm heading off to meet up with the lovely Lilian (who's known crafting forums as Dudley or LittlelillyB! We're meeting for coffee as we do when time allows - see you in a bit, Lilian
Happy Monday

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Lazy Sunday

Morning peeps
The husband and I (cue Regal wave!) decided to take a walk yesterday in order to acquire the weekend paper and some milk ..... it was dull and grey and looked considerably cooler than of late. I ALMOST took a jacket but thank heavens I didn't! I understand that ladies don't "sweat" they "glow" but, by the time I got home, I'd like to point out that (FRANKLY) I was "glowing" up a storm! - so much so that a second shower seemed appropriate ... out of consideration to my dear hubby! Plainly much warmer than either of us had expected!!!
Enough of that and on to more craft-y schtuff..... here's a second entry for the Simply Less Is More (often dreaded) One Layer Card challenge to the theme of:- "BEVERAGES", which I will also  be entering for the "SENTIMENTAL" challenge over at That Craft Place

Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • American Art "Eating, Drinking" image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • I die cut a scalloped square to use as a mask before sponging Distress Ink in worn lipstick through a dutchdoobadoo stencil
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using the worn lipstick ink
  • Inkadinkado "martini glass" image stamped using Ranger Archival sienna ink And sentiment from the same set stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Brusho's used to water colour image .... lemon, leaf green, brown and scarlet
The perfect way to invite a pal round for dinner, doncha think?

And I had some happy mail yesterday .... my order from Visible Images turned up - YAY! What did I order? Scrummy INKognito images .....
Scrummy new stash
Hmm, now .... what should I turn one or both of the above in to? Well, over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop they have a weekly challenge where you just have to use snippets, then there's  Sketch Saturday they launched a new challenge sketch, and at Avenue 613 their challenge is  "Anything Goes" .and the same challenge at Scribble and Stamp ....
And here's how my make turned out ..

My twinkly heart card
And my slightly less twinkly but co-ordinating insert and envelope
How twinkly is that tinsel embossing powder?

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2, including insert) PLUS a 13½cm 5½cm panel of white card and a snippet large enough to stamp my image on
  • Red card, for matting and a snippet to edge, which I did - using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Visible Image INKognito heart stamped on to white card using Versamark ink before sprinkling red tinsel embossing powder and then heat embossing
  • On the white card snippet I sponged D.I. in picked raspberry through the Tim Holtz stripes stencil before sponging D.I. in worn lipstick through the Dutchdoobadoo circles stencil
  • I stamped the Visible Image splat image using the worn lipstick ink and the Paper Artsy splatter using the picked raspberry ink
  • Once I'd assembled and adhered my panels to my card I then stamped the Hero Arts Sentiment beneath my image panel and there you have it!
Using the following .....

 Visible Image Heart INKognito stamp   0 Visible Image Ink Splats stamp Hot Pick Xtra 01 - Backgrounds       Hero Arts Clear Design Stamp - Everyday Sayings CL342

Happy Sunday - have a good one peeps!

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Welcome to a Saturday morning

Morning readers,
Here we are, challenge day again and those lovely peeps over at Simply Less Is More have challenge us bloggers to use the theme: "BEVERAGES" and, oh yes, like that wasn't enough of a challenge ... it's One Layer Card week too!

My card

And the co-ordinating envelope
Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Impression Obsession image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Kaisercraft (NEW stash) sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival sienna ink
  • Kaisercraft (also new stash) holly image stamped using Adirondack bottle ink
  • Brusho in lemon, brilliant red, ultramarine and leaf green used to water colour image
  • Stardust stickles to highlight image
  • Red glitter glue used for the holly "berries"
And here's the set the fab "beverage" image came from ...

Yesterday I was AWOL much of the day as I headed to Swindon to meet up with Jacky, a crafter from Hastings. I met her off the train and we had an early lunch - well she HAD been making her way to Swindon since a smidge after 07:00 ... around the same time as I was woken up by someone with a broken forklift (yes, that's right, and it's probably still broken too since I can't fix them!). We lunched at the Sally Pussey Inn once again - the sausage and chips have to be seen to be believed!! Amazingly enough ... neither of us deployed the camera so (sadly, as it happens) there are no pix to share - sorry! Following our lunch we headed to Snazzy's where Val and Donald were skyping their son which gave Jacky and I plenty of time to browse ... and shop. Well, you ought to know (by now) that the chances of me escaping without some purchase.... were less than ZERO! Want to see what I came home with?
It wasn't an easy decision but I simply HAD to break open that Kaisercraft set for today's project!!!
Yeah, right, like I NEEDED more Christmas stamps too - but both Jacky and I were taken with these and we've both come away with them! Val finished skyping so we had a nice little chat with her about the state of things!!?!?!?!? Then it was off to Cirencester for us ..... now, it's a route I'm unfamiliar with so the satNAG was deployed and, as we neared Cirencester, we started seeing signs for the "Royal Agricultural University" and, as we pulled in to the parking lot satNag said I was 14 miles from my destination!! Never slavishly follow the blooming things!!! That would be my advice. Anyhoo, Jacky was heading to her crafting retreat and I jolly well hope she's having a fab time - hope she set her alarm too as their room was going to be available from 07:00 this morning!!!! Me? I headed home via the back roads - through Tetbury and passed the Westonbirt Arboretum so my journey home was delightful as was my day - thank you, Jacky, for suggesting that we meet up once more. Here's to next time!
Have a great weekend peeps ... I'm off to see what other new and interesting challenges are out there ...