Sunday, 3 August 2014

A new crafting forum

Like to chat? I KNOW I do!!! Found another crafting forum .. it's called Happy Little Stampers though it's by no means confined simply to stamping. It's a fledgeling forum right now and set up by though peeps at Addicted to CAS and Addicted to Stamping and more. Why not pop along and check it out - I'm the Purple Princess there so, if you sign up then do let them know I referred you by commenting here
Become a Happy Little stamper here
This post will remain as a sticky for a little while peeps

Monday, 28 July 2014

Another week? Wot? Already?

Morning all,
Hope you all had a great weekend. Ours was ordinary - we didn't do anything exciting but it was very pleasant - much of it spent just trying to stay cool though Sunday did dawn much fresher than of late - thank heavens! And we certainly found it much easier to sleep last night too, if you take those pesky crows out of the equation!!

Managed a little crafting though (on Saturday) it was seriously warm in my little craft cubby hole!!! Still, I bore it with courage and fortitude (lol!!!)

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card cut to ATC size
  • Distress Inks: tumbled glass, stormy sky, salty ocean, pumice and black soot applied using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Imagination Crafts "BINGO" stencil and stormy sky ink applied using the same blending tool
  • Kaisercraft "triangles" image stamped using salty ocean ink
  • Paper Artsy image and sentiment stamped using Versafine majestic blue ink
  • Spray and Shine applied to seal

I also totted up the number of Christmas cards I've made so far this year and found a staggering 62 in my collection so I'm feeling smugly self righteous here .... you would think I'd be able to take a day off wouldn't you? That would appear to be a no then ..... thought I'd try a stencilled card - after all, what could be quicker or simpler? Of course the answer to that is ... several things COULD be quicker and simpler but ... I so wanted to try this - not my best card ever but I do so love this colour combination... 63 it is then! And another Rudolph Day card at that, as it's in non traditional Christmas colours AND features trees!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Imagination Crafts tree stencil
  • Kaleidacolour "pastel" palette and Color Box stylus blending tool used to apply the purple and pink combination
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
And I finished week #3 of Clare's Summer School (link below the photos) yesterday too:-
FRONT - the pic is of me ... NOT overthinking it with the pensive pose!! lol

Materials used:
  • Scrap envelope, journaling inside, sealed and gesso'd shut - no-one's reading MY message!
  • Gesso - two coats, applied with a foam "brush"
  • Dutchdoobadoo stencil "dots" and Imagination Craft stencil "wall" and "grunge letters"
  • Kaleidacolour "pastel" palette - Color Box stylus and foam blending head
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image, Dylusions "flower head" stamped using Versamark ink, black embossing powder and a heat gun
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen "F" thickness used to doodle
  • Sentiment and photo printed using my computer and laser printer
  • Imagination Crafts "Diamond" sparkle medium, applied with fingers, to give texture and twinkle!!
Bring on week FOUR - I'm enjoying this as, mostly, these are projects I probably wouldn't make time to do without being guided in that direction so, thanks a bunch Clare
See her summer school workshop "Me Time Messages" here
Have a great Monday

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Lazy Sunday

Wotcher peeps

Morning all, was it me or was it hot again yesterday? I had thought that the storms circulating all around us might have "laid the dust" and cooled it down a little but .... that was a resounding Noooooooooooooooo then! We DID wake up early this morning feeling COOLER (HUZZAH!) but it's an illusion - same temperature as yesterday -must be the cooling breeze then. Whatever the cause, I'm grateful, I don't really flourish in the heat and have been feeling more akin to the proverbial wilted lettuce for a little while now - being up early I plan on making the most of this - breakfast in the garden?

We were supposed to be heading off to "the surrogates" yesterday, for a BBQ - unfortunately, the littlest surrogate (Zac) has come down with chicken pox and, as hubby's not had this, we thought it best not to risk it - feel better soon little guy.

Most of you know (by now) that I swap ATC materials with a trading card buddy on the Isle of Skye and I usually share the materials and my finished projects with you ....... I recently took delivery of my latest challenge materials and this time I remembered to photograph the incoming ATC that she made using the last batch of materials that I sent her. Whilst similar I think you will agree that they still both manage to look quite different because of the colours, scroll down to see what I received and then scroll down again to see what I made with them!

The ATC I made - you will have seen this previously in another post though
Here's what my swap buddy returned to me - made with my duplicate materials
And what has she sent me this time?

A sentiment stamped on what looks like a fancy paper bag and a die cut fob watch case
Hmm - had me stumped when I first saw them, I can tell you. Still, with an almost ATC sized sentiment there wasn't really a lot of room to "faff" about so this one came out fairly straightforward.

Additional materials:
  • ATC blank
  • Craft Stamper free fob watch image stamped on to white card using Versafine majestic blue ink before cutting out and mounting inside the die cut fob watch case - a virtually perfect fit!! SPOOKY!
  • Around the edges I sponged the blue from my Kaleidacolour "pastel" set of dye inks, using a mini blender from Tim Holtz - I then used the same ink to sponge the clock face and also sponged through the Dutchdoobadoo "burlap" stencil finally edging the ATC with Distress Ink in black soot using the same mini blender

All I have to do now is to make an ATC using suitably fiendish materials to duplicate and send back to Pam! so, do you want to see what I'm sending her?

And now, I presume, you would like to see what I turned my copy of these materials in to?

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card slightly larger than ATC size which I then cut to fit
  • Imagination Crafts grunge stencil through which I applied two colours from the Kaleidacolour "pastel" palette using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool - I also used the ink blot section of this stencil.
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Clearly Inspired "coneflower" image (apologies to Sarn for using this image YET again!) stamped twice using Versafine Imperial purple ink - sorry Pam but you are going to have to cut your coneflowers out to use them!
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Spray and Shine - to seal the inks and prevent them running should they get caught up in rain in transit!

Having used a couple of snippets of card I plan to enter this for Di's snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. I can also enter this for the "ANYTHING GOES" challenge over at the Crafters Cafe

Now here's a thing, and I know you've probably all done it - you see something on someone's blog that strikes a creative chord with you. I'm not ashamed to say that I WANTED to plagiarise this fab card by the talented Deepti (see her blog here) .... want to see what it was that got me all excited? Deepti explains that she has recently received this stamplorations set, one of the perks of being on Shery's Design Team - experiencing D.T. ENVY here!!!
Isn't Deepti's make great?
So, what did I make using Deepti's idea? Well, I had the exact same set of stamps that Deepti used so ..... I chose to make another entry for my Rudolph Day challenge which was "to feature NON traditional Christmas colours AND trees" - yep! Got it! Thanks, Deepti - another Christmas card to add to my collection!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Stamplorations Christmas tree image stamped once with Versamark embossing ink and then sprinkled with WOW violet ink and heat embossed and the numerous times (stamping twice before re-inking) with Versafine Imperial purple
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped on to a snippet of white card using Versafine onyx black ink before matting on to another snippet of white card, coloured using Distress Ink in shaded lilac

And here's a peek at the inside and the envelope

I just WONDER if I'm cheeky enough to enter this for the "Stamps and Glitter" challenge over at Stamplorations? Well, it DOES use stamps AND glitter but it was a design shamelessly lifted from one of their own Design Team - what do you think ... should I dare? Whether I dare or not, I SHALL be entering this over at Completely Christmas.

I think that's more than enough from me today so, have a fab Sunday - catch you later in the week - have a good one; hope you're all managing to stay cool in this heat!

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Saturday morning - it's the WEEKEND

Morning all,
It's challenge day today and there are some doozies about - if you want to see the challenges I like to enter (when time allows) then check out the side bar on the right of this blog.

Over at Simply Less Is More the brief for week #182 (and Chrissie's birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Chrissie!) is: "ANYTHING GOES" ... now I found this trickier than a specific theme because, well, frankly, the World is my "lobster" and I had to first rule out what I DIDN'T want to use!! No mean feat when standing in front of the stash drawer .... did I want to do Christmas/birthday/get well/good luck/anniversary .... did I want to do masculine/feminine/youngster - see where I'm going with this? I'm not an indecisive person but, give a girl too many choices and ..... watch the fall out!!! (ask my pal, Wynneth!!!)

And the envelope?

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white card (x2) and black card
  • Clearly Inspired rose image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Dutchdoobadoo stencil and Distress Ink shaded lilac sponged through, using a mini blender from Tim Holtz and a foam pad
  • On the second snippet of white card I coloured the border with the shaded lilac before I sponged through the stencil for a darker, almost negative feel
  • CAS-ual Fridays sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink (felt the versafine would be too juicy for such a fine font)
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
I'm also going to be entering this over at Addicted to Stamps and More as they've a photo inspiration that was right up my street - being purple and having flowers - if you see what I mean!!

More crafting to share with you, sometimes, when I have no challenges to enter but feel like crafting (just for fun) I like to do "mail art". Now, I know that some people like to paint/ink the entire envelope but I'm not sure Royal Mail like that!!! Still, an envelope that's been hand decorated has to make you more interested in seeing the contents - doesn't it? Someone called it HAPPY MAIL - not sure who coined that phrase but .... YEAH!
The card laid across the envelopes is just to obscure the recipients addresses
and has no artistic bearing on the project but ... you knew that, didn't you?
Materials used:
  • Two DL envelopes
  • Distress Inks: Picked raspberry and salted ocean - one swiped top to bottom and the other bottom to top
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Hero Arts "scribble circle" stamped using the picked raspberry
  • Inkadinkado "circle design" stamped using Versafine imperial blue ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using Encore gold ink
I've also started week 3 of the Me Time Messages project at Clare's SUMMER SCHOOL

Materials used:
  • Kraft envelope
  • Gesso (two coats each side) applied with a foam pad
  • Stencils (from my recent foray to Dandiecrafts) by Dutchdoobadoo and Imagination Crafts
  • Kaleidacolour "spectrum" pad, applied through the stencils using a Color Box stylus tool and foam blending pad

Join us here

Happy Saturday

Friday, 25 July 2014

It's Rudolph Day once more ... only four more left till Christmas!! YIKES

Morning all,
Of course, being Friday there is also the Friday Funny but we'll get to that in a minute! In the meantime, it's a craft heavy/photo heavy post so .... pull up a chair!
It's Rudolph Day (the 25th of each month) and I know of two challenges intended to help us crazy crafters keep up with the making of our Christmas cards - thus ensuring a less stressful Christmas - because we're not up till midnight making cards!! Can I just point out that there are only FOUR RUDOLPH DAYS left before Christmas so, if you've not started making your Christmas cards .... you're gonna be playing catch up so why not get started with one of the challenges below ....
Over at Craftbubble2½'s group, Craft Mad and Loving It, it's my turn to prepare and present the challenge and I've gone with:-
"Trees AND non traditional colours"
Being the Purple Princess I find myself wondering if any of my astute readers would care to make a guess as to which colour I've gone with? A toughie, I know but .....
Just HAD to be purple now .... didn't it?!?!?!
Materials used:
  • C5 white, 300gsm, plain card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Purple sparkly card
  • Purple plaid card and sentiment strip (both by Kanban, part of a QVC kit I've had, like, FOREVER!)
  • Purple hand made glitter paper - for matting my sentiment layer
  • Inkylicious Christmas tree stamped on to white card using a Versamark embossing ink and WOW Purple sparkle embossing powder
  • Heat gun - for embossing
  • Inkylicious sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Glitter and vellum paper snowflakes
  • Iridescent snowflakes (from Michaels)
  • Faux crystal gemstones
  • Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue - my current fave adhesive!
I'm also going to be entering the above card over JingleBelles where the challenge is to be inspired by their header; and also at Addicted to Stamps and More where they've a photo inspiration which almost looks like it was designed for ME!!!!.

I see everything in terms of PURPLENESS!!!!

Sarn over at Stamping for Pleasure has set a challenge for the entire year, which is to submit TWO entries in one post - thus ensuring that all those participating will have at least 22 made come November - thanks for keeping us all going there matey! In order to make this post eligible ... here comes the second card ..... using new stash acquired from my recent trip to Hobbycraft, with Jan. Strangely enough, Jan and I even talked about this almost EXACT design of card, so I'm hoping she will agree that it was a great used of this new sentiment!
Wouldn't this make a great "batch" card?
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scalloped card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Blue card matted using the 1/16" perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • DoCrafts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado large snowflake stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink .... I lined the giant snowflake up with the bottom of the sentiment star
  • Stardust stickles to highlight and just plain add some twinkle!

I'm also going to be entering the above card over at Crafting for all seasons where their current challenge is: CHRISTMAS IN JULY and also for the CHRISTMAS IN JULY challenge at Creative Knockouts. It also rocks the photo inspiration challenge over at Festive Friday, where the photo makes me think of the cold weather - snowflakes - being indoors warm and cosy in front of that fire!

Now isn't this cosy and festive?

I've also been working on week two of Clare's FREE on-line workshop entitled "ME TIME MESSAGES", and here's how it shaped up this week, starting on Tuesday ......

Pick another word from your six and journal about it before sealing it inside a coloured envelope
I went with Kraft - well, it IS a colour!

Start to decorate the envelope with paint
Then add card and doodles - FRONT

With card and doodles added - BACK, yes, bet you've spotted my deliberate error!
Finished FRONT - deliberately soft focus!

Finished BACK - deliberately soft focus!
Voila! Just in time for the release of week three's project - Yee Haa!
Materials used:
  • Kraft envelope
  • Offcut of white card almost envelope size - for journaling using a felt pen
  • Kaisercraft gold and "Pound store" acrylic red, mixed with a credit card before using said card to apply "lines" of paint to both front and back of my envelope
  • Costco papers cut in to strips and attached pretty randomly
  • More paint - this time Kaisercraft gold mixed with pound shop violet (had to be done!)
  • Doodles drawn using a Pentel white paint pen and a Faber Castell pitt pen ("F" thickness)
  • Photos and journaling printed from my laser printer and cut out, adhered with Cosmic Shimmer acrylic glue

See all of Clare's ME TIME MESSAGE projects here

It's my nephew's birthday today so, Happy Birthday, Jason - have a good day mate - card's in the post!

Hubby took me out to lunch yesterday, we nipped across the severn crossing, almost as far as Pontypridd and found Dandiecrafts where I shopped (just a little) before heading here for our lunch where we enjoyed their specials menu - we really OUGHT to do that more often. Want to see what I bought?

And now for the Friday Funny, this week it's winging its way to you courtesy of my friends Mary and Barry. It's entitled Holy Humour and is a little irreverent - if this is likely to offend you then please don't read on - otherwise ... ENJOY


There was a very gracious Lady who was mailing an old family Bible to her brother in another part of the country.
"Is there anything breakable in here?" asked the Postal Clerk.
"Only the Ten Commandments." answered the Lady.


"Somebody has said there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good morning, Lord," and there are those who wake up in the morning and say, "Good Lord, it's morning."


A Minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn't find a space with a meter.
Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: "I have circled the block 10 times. If I don't park here, I'll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses."
When he returned, he found a citation from a Police Officer along with this note "I've circled this block for 10 years. If I don't give you a ticket I'll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation."


There is the story of a Pastor who got up one Sunday and announced to his Congregation: "I have good news and bad news. The good news is, we have enough money to pay for our new building program. The bad news is, it's still out there in your pockets."


While driving in Pennsylvania , a family caught up to an Amish carriage. The owner of the carriage obviously had a sense of humor, because attached to the back of the carriage was a hand printed sign... "Energy efficient vehicle: Runs on oats and grass. Caution: Do not step in exhaust."


A Sunday School Teacher began her lesson with a question, "Boys and girls, what do we know about God?"
A hand shot up in the air. "He is an Artist!" said the kindergarten boy.
"Really? How do you know?" the teacher asked.
"You know - Our Father, who does Art in Heaven... "


A Minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The Attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him. Finally, the Attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.
"Reverend," said the young man, "I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip."
The Minister chuckled, "I know what you mean. It's the same in my business."


People want the front of the bus, the back of the church, and the centre of attention.


Sunday after church, a Mum asked her very young daughter what the lesson was about.
The daughter answered, "Don't be scared, you'll get your quilt."
Needless to say, the Mum was perplexed. Later in the day, the Pastor stopped by for tea and the Mum asked him what that morning's lesson was about.
He said "Be not afraid, thy comforter is coming."


The Minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular Organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute..The substitute wanted to know what to play.
"Here's a copy of the service," he said impatiently. "But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances."
During the service, the Minister paused and said, "Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need £4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge £100 or more, please stand up."
At that moment, the substitute Organist played "God save the Queen"
And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!
Tee Hee!

Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend, see you tomorrow for some challenge makes

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Thursday and an extra post from me

Morning all,

Been a while since I've posted on a Thursday but ..... I have a card to share with you all

There's a new colour challenge over at the Card Concept, now this is an interesting blog because you get to pick the style from CAS to Collage, you just have to explain which style you've used when entering .... as you might expect I went CAS with loadsa white space! Not sure where the inspiration to use the stamps I did came from but .... I LIKE it and I hope you will too .....

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm white image panel
  • Lime card matted to 1/16" using my perfect layering ruler and craft knife
  • Stamplorations scribble image stamped in Versacolour lime ink
  • Stamplorations swipe image stamped using Brilliance light blue pearlescent ink (from a triple pad entitled PEACOCK) 
  • Stamplorations stain image stamped using Brilliance lime pearlescent ink (another colour in the triple pad)     
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using the Brilliance light blue/aqua ink                
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped numerous times (to the left of the design only) using the Brilliance lime ink

And here's a close up of the sentiment and the inside and envelope ...

So you can see the sentiment more clearly

And the original colour concept?

Zingy colours huh?!?!

Have a fab Thursday - see you tomorrow for the Friday Funny

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all,

Well, what a scorcher of a week we've been having? It's been tricky to sleep at night and we've had the windows open and the fans going 24/7 - still sticky. I shan't be sorry when it starts to cool to temperatures more like those we're  used to!!! Does that make me a bad person or is it just that I'm cranky through lack of sleep!?!?! Plus side? We've been able to BBQ most evenings and to sit outside and chat till 20:00 and beyond - how we'll be missing that in a month or so?!

A pal of mine recently sent me a stamp and (I'm ASHAMED to say) it's been sitting in my drawer since it's arrival just daring me to use it.  A challenge arose this week which just cried out to me to deploy this image and I hope you will agree with me about its suitability for this one. It's a pretty big image so doesn't require much embellishment but I couldn't resist adding a little bit here and there - just hope I haven't overdone it! Over at CASonSunday their current challenge is one we  cardmakers all have to make but hate to make: "Sympathy". At least this gives me an excuse to make one whilst I don't actually need one! Oh, and I just KNOW that Darnell (as well as the lovely SARN who donated the stamp) will be delighted to see my own NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff!!!!) in use - thanks for the stamp, Sarn, check it out , in action below .......

Lots of white space? - yep, it's CAS alright!
Materials used:
  • 12½ x 17½cm white, 300 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card panels (2) cut to 11½ x 16½cm
  • Black card panels (2) cut to mat using the 1/16" perfect layering ruler and craft knife
  • Distress Ink in pumice stone lightly swiped top to bottom and then bottom to top
  • Kaisercraft "grid image" stamped using Memento London Fog ink
  • Penny Black "brush stroke" flower in vase image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Penny Black "splatter" image stamped multiple times using Versacolour silver ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
This may help you see the "grid" a little better

And the inside and the envelope?

How's your week shaping up? Mine's been pretty good so far .... I've arranged "Dictionary Corner" with a crafting pal - we both bought our outdated dictionary for last summer vacation but first one thing then another seemed destined to get in the way and it just never quite happened ..... we've re-scheduled for early August and I'm HOPING that we'll actually get to do this thing, this time round.

I was also out to brekkie on Monday with some pal's I've known since almost FOREVER!!! We met at a local eaterie and gave three different brekkie's our very best shots!
The cinnamon French toast, with granola, pecan and nutella,
whilst not the best looking dish of the three I CAN vouch for its yummy taste!

Lounge eggs with a muffin and mushrooms

Lounge buttermilk pancakes with fruit
There .... now, don't they all look yummy?

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, I am HAPPY to share a before and after pic this week!


 I think you can all see which is the before and which the after ... can't you? Bet you would hardly recognise the second shot as being mine if it wasn't for that foliage in the background! Bet you are sooooo proud of me for having tidied that mess up! Don't think it'll be like it for long though.

Have a fab Wednesday