Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Whoops! Here comes another Wednesday ....

OK - hands up ...... who got up this morning thinking it was only Tuesday this morning? Yesterday I thought it was Monday and forgot to send birthday wishes till 10:30 - thank heavens I remembered to send the card!!!

To start today's post I would like to welcome my new followers, Ingrid, Karren and Pamellia (couldn't track down a blog) and to thank you all for stopping by, joining my blog and for leaving me a comment - I'm going to be doing the same with yours (inc Pamellia if I find one) - hope to see you again sometime soon
My OH dragged me to the mall yesterday, we mall walked rather than shopped! The weather outside was pretty dire and, truly, there was nothing we NEEDED at the mall. The kids are still off school so the place was heaving too, so it was probably just as well we didn't actually want to shop!! HOWEVER, my hubby always regards a foray through M&S as an opportunity for a trolley dash followed by some jig saw action! - by that I mean shoe horning it in to the fridge like you might piece together a jig saw but, love him, it keeps him smiling so .... I just go with it!
Not much crafting crafting action yesterday - basically, I faffed about all morning and spent the afternoon at the mall so ...... it was 4pm before I had the opportunity to even stroll round to the table of craftiness to check out whether our very own Boris the Spider (named after the track by The Who - see it here) has relocated from his home under the washing machine and in to my craft area. My husband swears it's the biggest spider he's seen in quite a while! I just want to know what he's feeding it on!

When I won some CAS-ual Friday stamps recently I thought I would select a set that I perhaps might not buy for myself, though I did wonder how often I might use my selection ..... but, it appealed to my sense of humour and that was good enough for me.  However, the clever peeps over at CASology have come up with a challenge that sparked my interest - it's "LETTER" and this set just leapt in to my head, see if you agree....

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 11cm square of white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Black card for matting, using perfect layering ruler (1/16") and my trusty craft knife
  • Close to my Heart "girl with briefcase" image stamped using Memento London fog ink, making it more like a "watermark" than a focal image because the focal image was meant to be the three letters
  • CAS-ual Friday "WTF" letters, "border" and "Wow" sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I am LOVING the way it turned out ... monochrome, modern, humorous and I'm HOPING the recipient will love it too. I can't share the inside with you as it would TOTALLY give away who the intended recipient might be!, be assured that the design will carry across both the inside and the envelope, you'll just have to trust me on this though! I am sooooooooooo gonna be using this set now I've used it in this way.
With it being Wednesday and all, I expect you are all curious to see my work desk - especially those who were so stunned at the tidiness of it last week. Did it last? Is it still tidy or have I reverted to type and it's a blooming mess!! You be the judge of that then ......

You can see that I've also been using my sparkle medium and star stencil -
I'll be die cutting these in to tags, very shortly!
Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday which is going to feel pretty much like a Monday all day!!!


How was your Bank Holiday (UK)? Ours was typical ..... WET! Bank Holidays (in addition to rubbish weather) usually result in major traffic issues so we've pretty much given up on attempting anything during these weekends! Turns out to have been just as well as I managed a bit of a create-fest ..... hope your weekend was as creative as my own! Check out my makes below - all of them!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card for matting
  • Snippet of white card
  • Images:Indigoblu (chicken wire and chevron), Artistic Stamper (coffee stains), Hero Arts ( ink blots, arrows, graffiti sentiment)
  • Inks: Memento - dandelion, rosebud, pear tart, tangelo, Bahama blue, grape jelly
I'll be entering the above over at the "ANYTHING GOES" challenge over at the Tuesday throwdown blog. And on to the next project, another ATC:-
Hopefully, this close up will show off the stencil detail a little better

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card
  • Indigoblu chicken wire image stamped using Adirondack snowcap ink
  • Inkadinkado flourish image stamped using Encore gold ink and gold perfect pearls brushed over
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut out before mounting on to kraft card which was then cut in to a banner shape
  • TCW star stencil through which clear gloss gel medium was applied with a palette knife - just to give it a little dimension!
  • Hero Arts border stamped all around the edge of the ATC using Versamark ink and then gold perfect pearls added, buffed and then spray set with Spray and Shine
And, yep, it's ANOTHER ATC!:- ..
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Watercolour panel which had been previously brusho's and then a Memory box stencil used with clear gloss gel medium/copper watercolour powder
  • Tim Holz "man with umbrella" shape die cut from black card before stamping with the Indigoblu checker image stamped with Encore gold ink
And then it was back to week FIVE of  Me Time Messages - the 2015 summer school project set by the lovely CLARE .... if you missed the start of my week five project then you can see it here, otherwise, read on for how it reached completion below ....
FRONT - my one word inspiration was OUTGOING
Materials used (only those used in addition to those listed in Sunday's post):
  • Computer generated journaling (adhered using Cosmic Shimmer glue)
  • Tim Holtz Visual Artistry harlequin image stamped numerous times using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • My Mind's Eye arrowhead/dot image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
So, that's five down and just one left to do - where is this summer vacation going? THANK YOU so much to Clare for the interesting mixed media projects she prepared again this year. I don't know about the others who signed up but I've really enjoyed the projects - makes me think outside the box, Clare has stretched me to try things I perhaps wouldn't normally, which is a great experience. Here's to 2015's summer school!

It's not too late to play catch up - see all of the projects

And finally, since I've been on a bit of a Christmas kick in the last few days and as part of my attempt to make EIGHT Christmas cards each month ......

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 11cm square of white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Red linen effect card (DCWV) for matting at 1/16", cut using my perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • Penny Black wreath image stamped on to the white card using Versamark ink before adding a liberal sprinkling of gold sparkle embossing powder and heat embossing (for the insert and envelope the image was stamped using Encore gold ink - didn't want to get glitter in the Royal Mail sorting machinery!!!)
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival sienna ink

And here's a close up of the sparkle on the card front

And the matching inside of the card and the envelope

I will be entering this over at Merry Monday for their challenge #123, which is currently to "USE A WREATH". Another Christmas card for my collection - YAY! I think this might make a great batch card - should I need to run up a couple come November - what do you think?

Have a great Tuesday

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday and it's the start of another week but ... it's a public holiday here in the U.K.

Monday morning and I'm hoping you all had a good if not great weekend.

We had a lovely weekend - if you take out the domestic (and necessary) chores like laundry, grass cutting, hedge trimming etc. Yesterday saw us at the surrogates for a BBQ - it was youngest surrogates birthday recently and this was his birthday party

Here's the birthday boy with his big brother - awwwwwwwwwww

And last night saw us heading north to Gloucester, to our friends, where we enjoyed a lovely evening and a delicious meal to boot! It seems like such an age since we last caught up - real life's been getting in the way .. A LOT lately!

Meanwhile, I'm here with a marathon craft-fest ..... starting with.... this ATC

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Kraft piece which I completed whilst Cherry was with me (with the aid of copper water colour powder and clear gloss gel medium applied through a Dutchdoobadoo stencil
  • Craft Stamper free image and sentiment (Tempus fugit) stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival sienna ink and the clock once more on to white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink before applying Distress Ink in antique linen - to soften the starkness of the white card
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using Ranger Archival jet black ink which I also used to edge the ATC

And then on to:-

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card, for matting
  • Watercolour on to which brusho's had been sprinkled, spritzed and allowed to dry before stencilling through a memory box die with a mixture of gloss gel medium and copper water colour powder
I quite like the ATC immediately above but I'm not quite sure whether I should be adding a little something more - any suggestions peeps?

And .... it's a new RUDOLPH DAY challenge on Craftbubble2½ (membership required) and the theme is: "ONE LAYER and to include SPARKLE" - sounds easy peasy doesn't it? Interested? Off you go then - but here's my make:-

My sparkley one layer card

And a closer view of the gloriousness that is sparkle medium!

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • TCW stencil through which I applied Imagination Crafts "Diamond" Sparkle Medium using a spatula and set aside to dry
  • Penny Black bauble and Hero Arts sentiment stamped in Versafine majestic blue ink

Over at Stampingforpleasure Sarn has specified that TWO cards must be submitted in order to be eligible, so, check out Sunday Sketch and Stamp who have a super CAS sketch which I thought I would have a go at - for my second card .......

And here is my make .....


Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Black card (x 2 including the insert) for matting at 1/16" cut using my perfect layering ruler and a craft knife.
  • The snippet left from the A4 of white card was the perfect size for the image panel so all I had to do was cut to 13½cm width and mat on black card too - perfick!
  • Distress Inks: worn lipstick, festive berries and aged mahogany applied to the panel using a Tim Holtz mini distressing tool and foam pad and set aside to dry
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to the white base panel using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Penny Black foliage image stamped on to my distress ink panel using Versamark ink and then pan pastels in bright gold, bronze and a touch of silver added using a pointed Sofft tool - once done it was buffed using a cloth
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using the worn lipstick ink
  • Spray and Shine used to set both the ink and the pan pastel

And a closer look at the image:-

And the peeps at Pan Pastels have specified Pink, Pink and more Pink - I know one crafter this would be PERFECT for - Wynneth, you KNOW who I'm talking about!!! Maybe later ....

Have a great Monday

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Lazy Sunday - again

Mind you, when you are retired, every day's a weekend!!! Har Har - how lucky am I?

So, to the Doctor Who fans .... did you enjoy yesterdays season premier? Was it just me that was a bit confused or was I just not paying attention? Mind you - not sorry to have changed the character a little as I was never a Matt Smith fan it has to be said! He did the job brilliantly but just wasn't my cup of tea - I shall wait and see how Peter Capaldi shapes up in the coming weeks. Looking forward to the next episode already ...
I've an ATC to share with you again this morning - I love these little works of art - they don't (usually) take too long to make and are great swaps - I've made some fab friends swapping ATC's along the way too. I'm really rather liking this one too - and I'm pretty sure Sarn (of Stampingforpleasure) will too as she loves this coneflower image of mine!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of black card (for matting) and water colour card
  • Water Spritzer and Cosmic Shimmer mica spray in pale pink though it looks kinda gold in the light!
  • Brusho water colour crystals in: Purple, Lemon, Scarlet and Black
  • Clearly Inspired coneflower image and Penny Black sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
And whoops, discovered I had enough of a snippet to make a second although I had to use another layer as my watercolour snippet wasn't QUITE big enough ....

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of yellow and orange card (for matting) and water colour card
  • Water Spritzer and Cosmic Shimmer mica spray in pale pink though it looks kinda gold in the light!
  • Brusho water colour crystals in: Purple, Lemon, Scarlet and Black
  • Penny Black image and Woodware sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

Took longer to dry the watercolour inks/papers than it did to make the rest of the ATC's! I'll be entering the above multi layered ATC for Di's snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop.

Yesterday was SUPPOSED to be the day I caught up with the ME TIME MESSAGE project but .... turned in to an ATC-fest as well - I made no less than SEVEN! Of course, you won't want to see them all in one post so I'll share them out over a couple of posts ....

I also took yesterday as an opportunity to return to summer school and start week five of Clare's marvellous mixed media project "Me Time Messages"

Photo (1)

Photo (2)
Photo (3)

Photo (4)

Materials used:
  • 4" square envelope containing my message sealed inside
  • Gesso - two coats
  • Various Hero Arts images stamped using Ranger Archival sienna ink (1)
  • TCW stencil through which Gloss Gel Medium was applied using a plastic spatula (2)
  • Dylusions Inks - as photo above sprayed and allowed to dry naturally (3 & 4)
Now, as per Clare's lesson - it's time for more stamping to finish it off!
It's not too late to join in - see Clare's SUMMER SCHOOL here
Happy Sunday

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Saturday and another challenge day looms large ...

Morning all,
First order of business is to welcome another "purple" blogger ... Jane - great to see you - we purples must stick together!
As most of you know, Saturday mornings are usually spent at the table of craftiness conjuring up entries for my fave challenges .. but, in the absence of challenges yesterday I cracked on with a couple of ATC's instead!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of watercolour card and black card (for matting)
  • I spritzed the watercolour card with water and Cosmic shimmer mica spray  (a pinkish hue)before adding brusho watercolour powders in lemon and scarlet and setting aside to dry
  • Sunday International image and Woodware sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Spray and Shine to ensure no water damage in transit!

What a fab warm ATC this turned out to be - I'm loving brusho's but still very much a beginner when it comes to shaking the right amount and then spritzing the right amount - ah well, what is it they say? Practice makes perfect! In the meantime - my bin's litter with failed experiments! Thank heavens I only bought the cheap watercolour paper and not the GOOD stuff!

One of my trading card buddy's sent me a decoupage ATC yesterday and I was struck that I had in stamp form - if not the same image, then very very similar and set out to locate it.

Here is the decoupage ATC sent to me by Maggi

And here is an ATC I have made to send to her, using the stamp which turns out is not the same but, I think you will agree, IS pretty similar ... Maggi's is plainly the Christmas version whereas mine is the art deco version which is also why the person who gifted it to me did so!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card snippet on to which I stamped my Personal Impressions scene image using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Cosmic Shimmer (dries clear) acrylic glue
The image does have a black border all around it but this made the entire image just a smidge larger than ATC size so I ended up having to chop off the border

Now, back to challenge day .... over at Simply Less Is More they have introduced a sketch - I DO love a sketch and this one's a doozy!

So, here's my make with it:-

Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white and black card
  • Distress Ink in worn lipstick applied to the white card using a blending mat and a Tim Holtz blending tool/foam pad
  • Kaisercraft "chevron" image stamped on to the D.I. panel using Adirondack red pepper ink
  • Craft Stamper free snowflake image (Chocolate Baroque?) stamped twice on the panel using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Faux crystal gemstones added to the centre of the snowflakes and Stardust stickles added to highlight too
  • Stamplorations grungy border image stamped using Adirondack red pepper ink, directly on to the card blank
  • Stamplorations sentiment (from the same set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

I'll also be entering this one over at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge, the theme is: MERRY AND BRIGHT" ... and here's a glimpse of how the inside and the envelope look too ....

Have a great Saturday

Friday, 22 August 2014

Welcome to Friday - the weekend starts here!!!

It's that time of the week when you can actually start to look forward to the weekend - that said, we have nothing planned! For the last two weekends I have been privileged to have the company of fellow (TALENTED) crafters visiting, first Cherry and then Wynneth and her talented dad, Andy (sorry, no blog link for him) - had an absolute blast both weekends and can't wait for the next planned meet - pal, ScrappyJacky in September.

Before I go any further, I should welcome my new follower, Lesley, thanks for your comment and for following me - hope you will stop by again from time to time too.
I get easily sidetracked whilst crafting - I never realised this until I started to add up the number of times I went looking for an image to make a project and then ended up making something else entirely - ever had this  happen to you?
Whilst I was rummaging recently I found this cute little Inkadinkado ducky and decided I wanted to use him to make a second entry for the "ANIMAL" challenge over at Simply Less Is More. As a result of the crafting last weekend I decided (since they were fresh in my mind) that I wanted to use Inktense pencils and off I went .... if you read my post of Monday then you will already know that it was not without trauma and after three stamped images and various degrees of success with colouring I achieved one that I was reasonably happy with ..... and here he is ... isn't he adorable (disregarding the dodgy colouring!) .... whilst this was a WIP (Work In Progress) I allowed myself to get sidetracked and made both the card and ATC featured in my post of Wednesday ... see what I mean?
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of blue card cut to ATC size
  • TCW stencil through which I applied Distress Ink in old paper (recently rediscovered and now loved) using a Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Inkadinkado duck image stamped on to watercolour paper using Ranger Archival sienna ink
  • Inktense pencils, paintbrush and water used to colour him .... or is it her? Given those eyelashes!
  • Black card for matting using my perfect layering ruler (1/16") and a craft knife
  • Inkadinkado sentiment (from the same set as the ducky) stamped on to the ATC background using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Spray and Shine used to protect my "art" in case of rain whilst "in transit"!
So, he never did make it as a card but he's pretty cute as an ATC!

The Male Room launched its new challenge on Wednesday opting for a theme of: "STARS" and there's still the "JAVA" challenge over at CASology and, at Addicted to Stamps and More their new challenge (launched Wednesday) is: "CAS" ... so which of these challenges am I sharing with you?

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square white card panel (x 2)
  • Black card for matting at 1/16" using perfect layering ruler and craft knife (x 2)
  • Creative Expressions "tyre track" and Stamplorations "coffee stain" stamped using Memento London Fog ink
  • Creative Expressions star image stamped using Versamark ink and a black sparkle embossing powder before heat embossing
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image repeated randomly using Versacolour silver ink
  • Creative Expressions sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

You're not wrong .... I will be entering this for the STARS and CAS challenges at the blogs linked above.

And a close up of the sparkly embossing .... and below that, the inside of the card and the envelope too

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
I am LOVING this star image and already wondering what it would look like in purple ... or red ...... or? Rest assured, I'm pretty sure you will be seeing this stamp set again! - it's called "URBAN BEAT"

I made a late sketch card entry for the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge on Wednesday and then thought ... that would be a great idea to send as a thank you card to each of my pals who popped round for dinner on Tuesday (after all, they both came armed with wine and even chocolates) so .... I thought I would make another AND this one I would even enter for the JAVA challenge at CASology. Of course I COULD have entered both but they both feature the same images and sentiments as well as the same colours so ... kind of pointless - two cards the same but just a little different (and therefore unique), missed my first one? See it here

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card and snippets for image and sentiment
  • Rust and Kraft card for matting
  • Fiskars coffee bean image and sentiment stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink
  • Stamping Bella (Javabelles) image stamped on to white card using Memento rich cocoa and then matted on to both Kraft and rust card

Having read the above and in case you are curious .... a bottle of red and some lovely chox and a bottle of bubbly arrived with my pals on Tuesday evening, how kind? - how spoiled was I? Thanks ladies - cards are now in the post!

And now for the Friday Funny, courtesy of friends Liz and Graeme, some are a little  risqué or not quite P.C. so if easily offended feel free not to read on ..... you've been warned .... to the rest of you - ENJOY!
Paddy decides to take up boxing and goes for the required medical. A few days later the doctor ‘phones and says “Paddy, you realise you’ve got sugar diabetes.”
Paddy says, “Nice one, when do I fight him?”
It was hard getting over my addiction to the Hokey Cokey. But I’ve turned myself around and that’s what it’s all about.
An Irishmen wanting to become a Priest went to see the Bishop who said "You must answer 3 questions on the Bible".
"1st - Who was born in a stable?"
"Red Rum" he replied
"2nd - What do you think of Damascus   ?"
It kills 99% of all germs" he replied.
"3rd - What happened when the disciples went to Mount Olive?"
"That’s easy" he said "Popeye kicked the **** out of them!!"

Little boy gets home from school and says "Dad, I've got a part in the school play as a man who's been married for 25 years."
His Dad replies "Never mind Son. Maybe next time you'll get a speaking part!!"

Two Irishmen looking through a mail order catalogue.
Paddy says "Look at these gorgeous women! The prices are reasonable too."
Mick agrees "I'm ordering one right now"
3 weeks later Paddy says to Mick "Has your woman turned up yet?"
"No" said Mick "but it shouldn't be long now though. Her clothes arrived yesterday!!
In hindsight I should have posted my Facebook status as: "I've blown the head gasket on my 1997 XR3i" rather than "I've just buggered a 14 year old escort".
The police still haven't seen the funny side, my lap top's been confiscated, and the wife has gone off to her mother.
Need another shot of funny? Check out Hettiecraft's F.F. here

Have a fab weekend - see you tomorrow for some challenges

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Oh My Gosh - it's Wednesday and my desk is .... TIDY!!!

Put that in your diary peeps - doesn't happen often and don't get used to it but I decided not to have JUST a little tidy but to scrub my cutting mat and have a little re-think whilst I was at it - hope you all approve. Now, don't faint but .... here it is - STILL NOT BIG but at least it's TIDY! I'm going to make the most of it by sharing more than one pic too .... normally you can't see the carpet and everything has to be done "on the wonk" because there simply isn't enough room to stand squarely in front of my table .... and don't even THINK about adding a chair because then none of the drawers could be opened! I REALLY don't have much space to manoeuvre in let alone craft!!!!
Doesn't this look better? In case you wondered ... the cutting mat is just A3

Not just my desk either ... I can see carpet!
And my office drawer unit - A4 size
Oh WOW! Wonder how long it will stay like this?!?!?!
See how tight I am for space?
Can't remember the previous chaos? Well check out last week's desk here. Impressed by the change? You SHOULD be - mind you, if you were impressed by that then - read on ......
Last evening saw me cooking for a couple of my pals - don't faint!! Those who know me personally will know that (like the tidy desk) this doesn't happen often either! Hubby likes to cook and I LIKE to let him!! However, being a master of the "bung-it" school of cookery I can (and will) tackle chilli, spaghetti, soup and the occasional dessert! So there I was, slaving over a hot slow cooker before 09:00 yesterday morning - the great thing about the slow cooker is that you can have all the signs that you've cooked at all cleared, washed and put away before your guests arrive and they think they've come on the wrong night!!! Then, all I have to do is cook some rice and serve - VOILA!
All I can say is that I hope I haven't killed either of them! They certainly seemed to enjoy it and managed to walk out on their own!!! I've known them too long to want to lose them now! I know I had a lovely evening and hope they did too.

And now - on to some actual crafting ....... the talented peeps over at Stamplorations launched their new sketch challenge on Monday and yesterday was the first chance I had to get around to it. My inspiration? Well that came from the equally talented ladies over at the Simply Less Is More blog where their challenge was animal - the set I cracked open for their challenge had just too many sweet images not to use another ........

OK, hands up ..... who is now thinking of Beverley Hills Chihuahua!!!
Is it just me?????
Here's the sketch I used:

Here's a close up so you can better see that I did indeed deploy a STAMPLORATIONS border stamp
Materials used:
  • 300gsm C6 Kraft card and matching sized envelope
  • White card snippets, black card snippets (for matting a 1/16" border) and a Kraft snippet too
  • Using a Tim Holtz blending tool and Distress Ink in squeezed lemonade I coloured the tall thin piece of white card and then overlaid my TCW stencil and went over the panel again with D.I. mustard seed
  • Using the snippet of Kraft card I edged with my EK Success paper binder punch before stamping the Stamplorations grungey border using Encore gold ink
  • I stamped my Woodware sentiment centrally on my panel using Ranger Archival sienna ink (New stash from the weekend) and then my Inkadinkado doggy using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour my image and to "ground" him to my sentiment and a Wink of Stella glitter pen in silver over the black "spots" on the dog
  • Using a Colour Box stylus and a foam blending head I applied Distress Ink in antique linen and old paper around the edge of my snippet, drawing it in towards the image and sentiment but not covering it all.
  • Spray and Shine sprayed over my card and insert to protect the precious ink .... in case of rain whilst in transit!!

As is usual for me, these days, I carried my design across the inside of the card and to the envelope too, including colouring the outer edges


Now, if I'd JUST had a little more white space it could have been a second entry at Simply Less Is More but I'm just not sure there's quite enough .... should I risk it?

Back to the Beverly Hills Chihuahua ..... check this out and I THINK you may see where I was coming from ...

Just look at those ears!

Now, when I bought the Distress Inks used in the project above I tried them (like you do) and didn't like them at all so they've been sitting in my drawer, unloved and somewhat neglected. For some reason I got them out yesterday to use on the card above and .... SUDDENLY ..... fell in love with them so used them on another project and using another animal image ....

Now I'm thinking Cheshire cat - you with me on this one too?

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card snippet cut to ATC size
  • Inkadinkado cat image and Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers used to colour image
  • Distress Inks: antique linen and old paper applied with a Tim Holtz blending tool leaving a border around the cat
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using Encore gold ink
  • Kaisercraft border image stamped around the outside of the ATC using the old paper ink

You can just make out the border - unfortunately Picasa has posted the
watermark pretty much where I'm trying to highlight!! Oops!

At CAS Colours & Sketches I'm making a late entry

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card
  • Rust coloured card for matting
  • Stamping Bella (Javabellas) image stamped on to snippet of white card using Memento rich cocoa ink and matted on to both Kraft and rust card
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Fiskars coffee bean image and sentiment stamped using Memento rich cocoa ink

And the sketch? Check it out

Woo Hoo! I got an Honourable mention for challenge #108 (thanks, Ardyth for picking my Angel card) over at CASology. Check out their current challenge #109 - "JAVA". I have displayed the H.M. button in my side bar - thanks again peeps.

Have a great Wednesday peeps