Friday, 12 February 2016

It's time for another Friday Funny


What a fun week we've had - vile weather/sunshine/cold/vile weather/sunshine - sort yourselves out - do we need umbrellas, shorts or thermals!

Mustn't complain though as we've enjoyed meals with friends, friends popping in, got friends joining us for dinner this evening so it's been very sociable too.

Next order of business today is to welcome Angela, my latest follower, hope some of you will stop by here blog here and check out her creativity.

In between pals popping in and us visiting other friends yesterday I managed to run up this Christmas (yes, I said CHRISTMAS) card using the adorable Cats Pyjamas image that I don't use anywhere near enough - isn't he just the cutest critter?

My card
And a closer view to show the twinkle
And the insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9½ x 13½cm
  • Two red card panels cut to fit with 1.6mm borders
  • Cats Pyjamas image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush pens in: clear, gold and black and Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens in: green and red to add colour and twinkle

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. The Cats Pyjamas - challenge No. TCPTUES 307 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. ABC of Christmas - Challenge 3rd February - C IS FOR CUTE CRITTERS
  3. Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) - challenge January's RUDOLPH DAY - CHRISTMAS SONG/CAROL - "Have yourself a Merry little Christmas"
  4. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 39 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Southern Girls - challenge 4th February - ANYTHING GOES

And now for the Friday Funny, a video link sent to me by Marsha, thanks mate! It's a little risque at the end so, if easily offended - please DON'T watch.

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Welcome to another What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ....

Morning all,

Hope your week is coming along well and that you haven't been too badly impacted by the horrible storms earlier this week, what are we up to now? Henry? ... No, Imogen just blew through bringing winds of between 70 - 80mph??? Crikey, if you've still got the dregs then do take care out there.

We went out yesterday because we had to ... Costco! For hubby's eye test! We had three things on the list which I "shopped" for whilst he had his sight test .. they were out of filter coffee!!!! Crumbs, has there been a run on coffee in this area? Where's it all gone?

Whilst stuck indoors in the recent "squalls" it seemed like a great opportunity to craft .. now, I have a few meetings this year, for craft purposes, and will be meeting lots of new people and hubby has recently taken delivery of a box of name badges, which set me thinking ...... since I'm known as Kathyk on some forums and blogs and the Purple Princess in other places too I thought I'd crack on and make a purple name badge ..... featuring both!

My name badge / ATC!
And a close up view which I hope shows the granular and twinkly nature of the glass bead glitter gel

Materials used:-
  • ATC blank
  • Cosmic shimmer iridescent  purple violet water colour paint colour washed background and then sponged through a Stamposaurus mini squares stencil
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento grape jelly ink
  • Dylusions alphabet stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Visible Image mini flourish (Craft Stamper Freebie) stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Signo Uniball white gel pen, to accentuate angles of the letters
  • Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel applied using a metal spatula through a TCW brick stencil 

It's an ATC / name badge which will be coming in handy several times this year! and, at the end of it I can still use it as a mixed media ATC! .... I'm not sure a name badge would spring to everyone's mind for mixed media but it was fun to make.

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Stamplorations - February challenge - STENCILLED MIXED MEDIA
  2. We Love 2 Create (Pan Pastels) - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING CREATIVE AND MIXED MEDIA GOES 
  3. Glitter 'n Sparkle - challenge No. 174 - FIREWORKS or GLITTER ... lots of twinkle from the glass bead glitter gel
  4. Sweet Stamps - February challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Country View Crafts - February challenge - MAKE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND

And now, since it IS WOYWDW ... here's a sneaky peek at my desk ...

As messy as ever
And I'm making headway with my spoon!

Materials used:
  • One spoon
  • White gesso
  • White acrylic paint
  • Visible Image "Molly Rules" - just stamped the eyes .. then outlined them using a Faber Castell Pitt Pen "S" thickness
  • Blue Promarker to add colour

The wire? Well that MIGHT turn in to the hair ... it's a little something I'm working on right now!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Another lazy Sunday

Morning all

OH MY GOODNESS! Wasn't the weather VILE yesterday? It was lashing down when we woke and stayed like that much of the day .... I had NO chance of hanging out any washing (even if I was that crazy!) - definitely a day to stay in and craft ....... turned out to be quite a productive day at that! Overnight wasn't much better, window closed against the wind and guess what? I was so HOT!, nap later - maybe!

A friend of mine pointed out a pretty cool sketch she planned to have a go at working with .... I checked it out. Nice sketch .... and in to my head popped this card - couldn't stop myself! Well her blog may be found here, she should be posting her make tomorrow. Mine's distinctly masculine and grungey ..... curious to see which direction Lilian went with hers ....

My card
And a closer view of the image panel
And my insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C5, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 19 x 13cm white card panels
  • 19.4 x 13.4cm navy card panels
  • Snippet of white card die cut in to an oval using a Go Kreate die
  • Deep Red "Chevelle" image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink on to the base card, snippet, insert and envelope
  • Creative Expressions "tyre track" from their "Urban Beat" set, stamped using Memento grey flannel ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Creative Expressions sentiment (from the earlier set) stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Image panel overlaid on the base card using dimensional foam tape

I'll be entering it for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 179 - CAS (Clean And Simple)
  2. CASe this sketch - challenge No. 158 - SKETCH - see below
  3. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 215 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  4. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 12 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Stamping Sensations - February challenge - ANYTHING (stamping) GOES

And the sketch I used
You might remember my post yesterday outlining some ATC swap materials I received from my Isle of Skye ATC swap buddy ...... want to see what I made?

These were the (IMHO) mismatched materials .... after a bit of a think I went a bit grungier, but still cute!
And a closer view of the twinkle!
Materials used:
  • Hessian and framed image - supplied by my swap buddy
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card cut to ATC size 
  • Snippet of black card, to mat the frame
  • Narrow white ribbon
  • Using Claudine Hellmuth multi medium I attached the hessian panel to the white card snippet
  • Once dry it received a coat of white gesso and two coats of iridescent pink acrylic paint
  • Treasure gold "onyxite" applied over the pink paint, to give a grungier appearance to the raised areas
  • I fussy cut out the central image of the frame as I couldn't reconcile the image with my planned ATC!
  • Visible Image girl (Molly from the "Molly Rules" set) stamped on to a snippet of white card, using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image .... I also used the same pink alcohol marker to add colour to the frame and white ribbon
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to add twinkle to the image and frame
  • Ribbon (once coloured with the alcohol marker) tied in to a bow and attached to the frame using a hot glue gun
  • image panel then attached to ATC using Dimensional foam tape
  • I felt it still needed something at this point and hit on what I think was the perfect solution .... Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel, applied with a finger!

I'll be entering this ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 102 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Alphabet challenge - Y challenge - Y for YOU CHOOSE
  3. Simply Papercraft - challenge No. 22 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Southern Girls - Challenge 4th Feb - ANYTHING GOES with team Trace
  5. Happy Little Stampers - February challenge - Mixed Media challenge

Happy Sunday - stay warm and dry peeps!

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Welcome to another Challenge Saturday post ...

Hi there readers,

Many of you will know that I bought a Candy Box MDF box a while ago .... in January I started work on it, painting the inside and then assembling it. It then sat, a little neglected for a few days, whilst I ordered more black paint as mine had solidified beyond redemption! Once it was painted black inside and out the poor project sat once again, neglected. Whilst chatting with a friend recently I challenged her to start sorting out her photos and she challenged me to finish my Candy Box Crafts project - challenge accepted!

The finished box
The two ends
 The front

The Top

Materials used:
  • Candy Box Crafts MDF box
  • Gesso
  • Black acrylic Paint
  • Cosmic Shimmer glue (for assembly)
  • Nut and Wingnut (from hardware store) for handle
  • Watercolour paper (300gsm)
  • Brusho's: black, white, turquoise, leaf green
  • Water spritzer
  • Ranger Archival jet black and Tsukineka Delicata Golden Glitz inks
  • Images: Dylusions alphabet, Art Journey droplets, Ditzies Designs "Art is from the heart", Art Impressions framed "ART" and Chocolate Baroque "Wisteria Lane"
  • Signo Uniball white gel pen, to add highlights
  • Claudine Hellmuth multi medium matte gel - to seal and protect the water based paints

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. We love to Create (pan pastels) - challenge No. 3 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Creative Artiste - challenge No. 11 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES

In case you were wondering .... the inspiration for the above box decoration came about because I already  have some boxes (made in early 2015) using the same colour scheme (and the wingnut configuration) and wanted this project to co-ordinate ... here they are again.

My previous two projects, which I wanted to "co-ordinate"

And now ... it's the FIFTH birthday of the Simply Less Is More challenge blog - I can't believe I've been following them for five years - haven't missed many either!! However, before I share this make I'd like to say (in my defence) the light this morning is TOTAL PANTS for photographing White on White ....... hope you can see the details sufficiently ...

My card
And a closer view of the twinkly embossing powder
You can hardly see it but the image has been stamped on the envelope using Platinum Planet ink
Materials used:

  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9½ x 13½cm, one of which was run through my Big Shot tucked safely inside a Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Snippets of card in white and silver mirri card (LIM rules say touches of black or metallic are allowed)
  • Chocolate Baroque (from the new set recently acquired "Wisteria Lane") stamped using Versamark ink and heat embossed with WOW! white puff twinkle embossing powder

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

  1. Simply Less Is More - Happy 5th Birthday challenge - WHITE ON WHITE
  2. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 81 - BLOOM
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 102 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Fussy and Fancy - challenge No. 156 - Monochrome .. hope the tiny amount of metallic won't invalidate this entry


Regular readers will recall that I swap ATC materials with a buddy on the Isle of Skye - received my latest materials yesterday and, this time, remembered to photograph the incoming ATC made with the materials I sent last letter ...

I sent these materials to my trading card buddy
She made not one but TWO ATC's using them. Above right was my original ATC

And these are the materials she has sent me .... any suggestions?

Raffia lengths, hessian and an image panel already coloured

Friday, 5 February 2016

And as another weekend looms large, it's time for another Friday Funny


I've had a funny old week, what with yucky weather then two lovely days, dinner out with hubby, a really nice get together with a pal, and some NEW STASH to boot. Doncha just LOVE new stash? I know I do. I set to wondering whether I could use any of it to bump start my enthusiasm for the Candy box box which has been sitting (looking sad and sorry for itself) on the sideboard for a couple of weeks now .... first order of the day though, cut out all the unmounted rubber ..... I can never quite make up my mind whether to mount on cushion foam or not but, ever since a nasty occurrence with a much loved stamp coming off the cushion mount, I've chosen not to bother. Instead I tend to use peel 'n tack (or is it tack 'n peel .. I can't remember!) which is fabulous although it does discolour and get harder to position images over time - guess nothing's perfect! Anyhoo, there's me, digressed all the way from an MDF box project to cling mounting! 

Same applied to my crafting ... I hit the Table of Craftiness (ToC) with every intention of doing some more to that box and, instead, just look what happened ...

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card cut to ATC size
  • Stamposaurus brick stencil through which I sponged Distress Inks: fossilised amber, carved pumpkin and ripe persimmon using an egg shaped sponge
  • Having removed the stencil and without re-inking the sponge I stippled colour on to the ATC background, to soften the starkness of the white card
  • Using images from the Chocolate Baroque "Wisteria Lane" and Chapel Road "Vertical Greetings" and Versafine onyx black ink I added my design
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine to set the water based inks

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Sentiments - challenge 2nd February - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - challenge 2nd-8th February - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Cards und More - challenge No. 151 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Card Crew - challenge No. 105 - ANYTHING GOES

And then on to another ...

And a closer view of the sheen of the Delicata ink
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of navy card, cut to ATC size
  • Using Chocolate Baroque "Wisteria Lane" images and Delicata golden glitz and Versacolour silver inks I stamped my design

I'll entering this ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Lemon Shortbread - challenge No. 8 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. The Cats Pyjamas - challenge No. 307 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 97 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Craft your passion - challenge No. 297 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES

And now it's time for the Friday Funny, this week it's coming at you courtesy of SandraT, thanks mate!


A man walks into a restaurant with a full-grown ostrich behind him. The waitress asks them for their orders. The man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke," and turns to the ostrich, "What's
yours?" "I'll have the same," says the ostrich.

A short time later the waitress returns with the order. "That will Be $9.40 please" The man reaches into his pocket and pulls out the exact change for payment. 

The next day, the man and the ostrich come again and the man says, "A hamburger, fries and a coke."

The ostrich says, "I'll have the same."

Again the man reaches into his pocket and pays with exact change.

This becomes routine until the two enter again. "The usual?" Asks the waitress. "No, this is Friday night, so I will have a steak, baked potato and a salad," says the man. "Same," says the
ostrich. Shortly the waitress brings the order and says, "That will be $32.62." Once again the man pulls the exact change out of his pocket and places it on the table.

The waitress cannot hold back her curiosity any longer. "Excuse me, Sir. How do you manage to always come up with the exact change in your pocket every time?"

"Well," says the man, "several years ago I was cleaning the attic and Found an old lamp. When I rubbed it, a Genie appeared and offered me two wishes. My first wish was that if I ever had to pay for anything, I would just put my hand in my pocket and the right amount of money would always be there."

"That's brilliant!" says the waitress. "Most people would ask for a Million Dollars or something, but you'll always be as rich as you want for as long as you live!"

"That's right..Whether it's a gallon of milk or a Rolls Royce, the exact money is always there," says the man.

The waitress asks, "What's with the ostrich?"

The man sighs, pauses and answers, "My second wish was for a tall chick with a big ass and long legs who agrees with everything I say.."

Enjoy your weekend