Friday, 26 August 2016

Welcome to the official start of the weekend! ... and the Friday Funny

Morning all,

What a change in the weather? Still hot and sticky but cooler than the day before and MISTY all day, had to turn the lights on around 14:30!!!

I needed to make a gift card holder for some dinner show tickets for a friend celebrating his 60th birthday ...... he has an awesome sense of humour so I was pretty sure I could get away with the cheeky sentiment too!. Not only that but I had recently seen some awesome masterboards on-line and wanted to see if I could combine that, and some new stash .... here's how it evolved

My finished masterboard card

Materials used: for the masterboard
  • White 200gsm A4 card (Rymans)
  • White gesso applied to the card
  • Fresco paints: Banana*, Bora Bora* South Pacific*. Ranger acrylic dabber in pearl, applied with a brayer
  • Tim Holtz woodgrain stencil used with Ranger pearl acrylic and a piece of cut and dry
  • That Special touch squares stencil* brayered with Bora Bora* and both the positive and negative used
  • Stamposaurus stencil (small squares) and South Pacific paint* applied with a piece of cut and dry foam
  • Seth Apter images stamped using Hobbycraft white and Daler Rowney blue acrylic paints before setting aside to fully dry
Materials used: for the card
  • CAS-ual Fridays WTF, ? and sentiment + Happy Little Stampers numbers stamped with Ranger Archival ink
  • I obviously didn't want to reproduce the same image inside the card (as this is where the dinner show tickets will be) or on the envelope so used the Anita's sentiment, stamping it with Ranger Archival jet black ink
New stash marked with * ...... see the materials used laid out below

I'll be entering this for the following challenge:-
  1. Little Red Wagon - challenge No. 356 - BIRTHDAY
  2. Creative Moments - challenge No. 100 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Through The Craft Room Door - August 23rd challenge - ANYTHING GOES


Here's how it went from a piece of white A4 card to a masterboard and on to a card

Gesso followed by brayered layers of acrylic paint
Followed by some stencilling with acrylic paint
Shows the white stencilling a little better
And then some stamping with acrylic paint
Looks like I have plenty left for more cards and an ATC ... yep! I was right ......

Not bad, four cards AND an ATC from one piece of A4 masterboard
you would hardly believe how little waste there was either!
With one of the smaller pieces left over
A 10cm square card
a 12cm square card
Further materials used:
  • 250gsm card blanks and matching sized envelopes - C6, 10cm square and 12½cm square
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in white, bright blue and navy
  • Inks: Ranger Archival jet black and cobalt blue + Versamark
  • Stamp Cabana cobalt blue embossing powder + heatgun
  • Images by: Imagine That, Stampers Anonymous


I'll be entering the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Galz - challenge No. 86 - EMBOSS IT - that'll be my ATC as it was heat embossed
  • Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 292 - ANYTHING GOES - that'll be my THANK YOU card
  • Cards in Envy - August 15th challenge - HIP TO BE SQUARE - that'll be my SQUARE THANK YOU CARD
  1. Simon Says Stamp - August 24th challenge - HIP TO BE SQUARE - that'll be my SQUARE BIRTHDAY card
  2. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 326 ANYTHING GOES - that'll be my SQUARE BIRTHDAY CARD
  • Stampin' Royalty - challenge No. 343 - BIRTHDAYS - that'll be my RECTANGULAR BIRTHDAY card
  • Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 124 - ANYTHING GOES - that'll be my RECTANGULAR BIRTHDAY CARD
  • The Crazy challenge - challenge No. 229 - BIRTHDAY CARD - that'll be my RECTANGULAR BIRTHDAY CARD

And now for this week's Friday Funny ... I get to thank facebook for this one too .... ENJOY

Have a great weekend

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Welcome to Rudolph Day

Morning peeps.

I know I don't normally post on a Thursday but I DO like to participate in Rudolph Day and this month that's on a Thursday ... this was a really quick card to make but there was drying time involved with both the paint and the stickles - nice for a change though, AND it's another Christmas card towards my 2016 quota - YAY!

My card
And a closer view of the sparkle
The front and back of my card and reverse of my envelope
The inside of my card and front of my envelope
Materials used:
  • 10cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 8½ cm square
  • Two pieces of black card cut to 9.1cm square
  • I brayered Luna lights and Ranger dabber in pearl over one panel of white card and allowed it to dry
  • Once dry Chocolate Baroque snowflake and My Favourite Things sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight, including tracing the sentiment to really twinklify it!


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - August Rudolph Day challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 326 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting by Design - August 24th challenge - GET READY FOR CHRISTMAS
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 208 - HOLIDAYS
  5. Creative Inspirations - challenge No. 256 - CHRISTMAS IN AUGUST

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Welcome to What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday

Morning all,

Here we are again, the middle of the week .. not entirely sure where the blooming things (weeks) keep going but ... at this rate, it'll soon be Christmas. Speaking of which, it's Rudolph Day again tomorrow ... that will be another excuse to make a Christmas card to add to my collection. I've been trying to keep up with my 2016 handmade card quota by making them through the year, one or two a week some weeks ... to save me getting in to a panic as we approach the holiday season! Wish me luck with that project!

Enough of that though since Rudolph Day IS tomorrow and not today .. some mixed media to share with you today. At the weekend I, along with three friends, attended a mixed media workshop at Crafty Ideas and had no idea what to expect, we had been told to take very few materials other than a photograph and an apron!!!

My finished piece
And the journey to achieving it ...

Black gesso and light body gel medium
Colour bloom mica sprays and some foiling
Stencilling and embossing powders
Acrylic ink spray added - this was as far as I got at the workshop
the rest had to be completed at home!
More stencilling and some teeny tiny coloured and glass beads
And a closer view of those teeny tiny beads and just tiny glass beads!
Materials used:
  • A4 canvas board
  • Black gesso
  • Light body medium applied around the perceived area for my photo - applied roughly, using a spatula
  • Colour bloom mica sprays in plumeria and deep teal
  • WOW! embossing ink applied randomly and WOW! bonding powder sprinkled over, heated until clear and then foiling paper in pink and silver applied randomly - to add some metallic shine to my work
  • Light body gel medium applied through the square stencil using a spatula
  • Whilst still wet WOW! embossing powders were applied randomly and heated to set .. colours used were: Pink Opaque, Turkish Nights and Mulberry Mist
  • WOW! Melt It embossing powder (like UTEE) poured in to a foil dish and a little WOW! embossing powder of our choice (I went with silver and black glint) which was then heated from underneath until melted.  It was then set aside to cool and then cracked in to shards which were then attached around the photograph which had been attached with heavy body gel medium whilst the embossing powder was cooling
  • There was also stamping on to metal, card and acetate but I didn't really care for this and, once added to my piece along with some very dimensional paper flower, I removed and discarded them ..... this was the point I had reached when I left the workshop
  • Daler Rowney silver pearl acrylic ink added to a water filled mini mister and sprayed predominantly over the remaining black ares of the canvas
  • Gloss gel medium applied with a spatula around the photo and then silver micro beads applied
  • Gloss gel medium with a VERY small amount of purple lake acrylic ink added then applied through a Memory Box stencil
  • Glamour dust sprinkled liberally over the stencilling
  • Using gloss gel medium and a spatula I "trowelled" it on around the photo edges (to soften) and liberally sprinkled teeny tiny beads, when they ran out I used slightly larger glass beads too!

Is it finished now? Well, who knows? I THINK so but you can never say that it's definitely finished ... especially since your tastes change over time. I may even end up adding some of those flowers back on - but not anytime soon! I liked all the black space left WHEN I left the workshop but, even the following morning, then decided it needed LESS black space so .... there may still be something I'll do but I'm calling it finished - FOR NOW!

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Welove2create - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Crafty Boots - August 15th challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD ... 2nd entry
  3. UNstampabelles - August challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD and NO STAMPING

And the project which we were basing our makes on? This is the original Mixed Media project, by Fran Westmoreland

A Fran Westmoreland original - see more of her work here
And now, since it IS What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday, here's a sneaky peek at the mess which is my desk. I DO need to clear it all away and clean everything down as my dear hubby bought me a new A2 cutting mat so I shall need to have a bit of a tidy and reshuffle .....

I'll be entering this over at WOYWW #377, where I am entry #17
I FINALLY cleaned off my desk .. wiped it, placed my NEW A2 cutting mat
and re-organised my space - YAY! What do you think - IMPROVEMENT or what?

Monday, 22 August 2016

Monday and the start of another week

Morning all

Not a day I normally post but yesterday's post SHOULD have had a journal page in it but it was FAR too photo heavy so I took out the journal page and am posting it today, hope that's OK with you all!

And now here IS the slightly spooky journalling .... this so did NOT start off as a page likely to have spiders and crows on it but hey, life's like that sometimes isn't it?.

My journal page
And a closer view
Materials used:
  • Crawford and Black A5 sketch pad page
  • White gesso, applied with a dried out baby wipe
  • Brayered background using Daler Rowney acrylic inks in pearlised Genesis green and purple lake and then Ranger pearl acrylic paint dabber - set aside to dry
  • Pebeo Studio iridescent green paint applied through a Dylusions stencil using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and a foam pad
  • Pebeo Studio iridescent pink paint applied through a Stamposaurus smaller circle stencil using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and a foam pad
  • Images from Stampers Anonymous, Dylusions, Hampton Arts and Inkadinkad - stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and watering can inks
  • TCW small circles stencil and Ranger Archival jet black ink, applied using cut and dry foam

First background layer with acrylic inks and paint
Building up the background with paints and stencils
Some stamping
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Welove2create - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING (Mixed Media) GOES
  2. Creative Artiste - challenge No. 17 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Boots - 15th August challenge - ANYTHING BUT A CARD
  4. Stamplorations - Stencil Sunday #58 - ANYTHING (Mixed Media) GOES + MUST include stencilling


When I nipped across to enter the panpastels challenge I discovered I had won a prize so, thanks to the lovely peeps there.

Premium Art Brands  with this entry 

Have a great week

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Another lazy Sunday .....


Hope your weekend's coming along a treat, we've had friends here for the weekend but more about that later .... this post IS a little photo heavy - sorry - hope you've got a minute or two to spare.

Got some new stash at a recent shopping trip and hubby also bought me some Sharpie marker pens so there seemed to be a card waiting to happen ..... interestingly enough I wanted to make a DL card as a gift card holder and that's what this project started out as. You know what it's like though, you open a drawer and see an image and want to use it even though it's not suitable for the gift card - and so, a birthday card happened. FYI ... I STILL have the gift card to make, maybe tomorrow!

My card
And its envelope
And now the inside
Materials used:
  • White linen effect, 300gsm, DL card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card for the insert and image panel
  • Snippets of black card - for matting
  • Lavinia image stamped using Memento tuxedo black (London fog for the insert)
  • Sharpie markers used to colour
  • Glossy Accents used on the flower "buds"
  • Anita's sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 243 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. CraftyCatz - challenge No. 334 - ANYTHING GOES PLUS TWIST ... BIRTHDAY
  3. CAS-ual Fridays - challenge No. 154 - TIME TO COLOUR

And now for my LIM entry, was out all day yesterday .. see below, and didn't get around to it until this morning ..

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of black card cut to 14cm square
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square
  • Snippets of card in black, grey pearl and white
  • Length of grosgrain ribbon
  • Dimensional foam tape
  • Plaid dimensional gloss (for the glass and I also dotted around the white space as "bubbles" from the VERY exotic cocktail!
  • Images by: Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (frog in two sizes), Inkahootz (two part sentiment)
  • Ink: Ranger Archival jet black
  • Colouring: Pro Marker alcohol markers + the neon yellow green zig clean colour brush marker

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 290 - SOMETHING EXOTIC!
  2. The Pencil Case - challenge No. 26 - ANYTHING GOES - but MUST use hand colouring
  3. Moving along with the time - challenge No. 27 - Clean And Simple
  4. Little Miss Muffet - challenge No. 144 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. The Paper Players - challenge No. 309 - CAS CHALLENGE - SOMETHING SWEET

As I said at the top of this post, we've had company this weekend. Wynneth and Tom came to visit, Mr Tom wanted to accompany my husband to the Bristol Model and Engineering Exhibition and Wynneth and I managed to find a Mixed Media workshop to attend along with two other long standing craft friends, Cherry and Debbie!

Fran Westmorelands example for the class
Almost ready to roll
Part way through - looks total pants
Debbie and Cherry .... posers!!!!
And here's one taken by Debbie, it's of Wynneth and me!
The four of us managed to produce these "not quite finished" works of art
in six hours, oh, and a little craft shopping too!!
Wonder how they will end up!

Thanks for stopping by and ..... Enjoy the rest of your weekend