Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Bet you thought I'd forgotten today!

Been a busy old day for me today.

Had to go to Sainsbury's nice and bright and early this morning (if you call 09:15 early that is!) and fill UGLY with petrol - blimey £51 later!!!!!!!!!!!!!! In to Sainbury's for two items - alcohol free baby wipes (stamp cleaning!) as my hubby positively refused to shop for them with the groceries! and some cakes . . . then on to the home of my friend where we had plans to munch on said cakes over tea/coffee and chat . . . . for a couple of hours. She's just had quite a bit of building work and decorating completed at her house and (frankly) I was just plain NOSY! All very nice and the house now looks lovely, and the cakes went down a treat too.

Back home to hubby with the cakes we didn't eat!! (Sainsbury's had a 3 for 2 offer on brownies and macaroons!) and we're sat watching a little of the news when my neighbour rings me to ask if I'd like to join her, and the lovely Robbie, for "walkies" - well, the exercise will do me good so off I went! We are so very lucky where we are to have some lovely dog walking fields, however, some of them are considerably less accessible to my friend with her mobility scooter
and this is, luckily, one of the nicest as there are about five fields of varying shapes sizes and interests so you can go a different way each day! Robbie has now been there twice ....... and LOVES it! Bless - Today we met a "Wichon" - which is, apparently a cross between a Westie and a Bichon Frise - a delightfully curly concoction, answering to the name of TED!!! (methinks, Teddy Bear might be the rationale behind his name).

Anyway, after successfully concluding our walk it was back to Jenny's for a beverage - too hot for tea so a glass of ginger beer was in order before heading home to open my post.
In my post was a letter from my Isle of Skye trading card buddy and the materials for my latest challenge as seen here . . . . do check back tomorrow to see what I make of it!!

Monday, 30 August 2010

3rd post for today - just a quick update - don't forget the earlier posts if you haven't already!

My friend rang me this afternoon to ask me if I would like to accompany her, and her new Lhasa Apso Robbie (aka NIGEL) to the dog walking field for an hour. Well the exercise wouldn't do me any harm (quite the reverse in fact) so we piled in to her car, loaded her mobility scooter and headed for the field. As we were unloading her scooter some wildlife took a bit of an interest - we did wonder whether it was a cat/dog kind of thing and whether World War III was about to break out but it seemed to be more of a cat/car thing and after studying my friends hoist and being petted for a few minutes it just headed off in to the sunset - leaving us to "saddle up" and do likewise - for an hour. Robbie was exceptionally good considering she's only had him for a couple of weeks and it was me that let him off his lead - he didn't cause any trouble with the many and varied other dogs we encountered and came when called - yes, all in all - a success! BLESS!

It was BBQ weather today, Bank Holiday, and we could scarcely believe it when it was still SUPER WEATHER around 4pm so my OH decided to light the BBQ sharpish and make the most of the opportunity. He loves to BBQ as it just makes a change from him cooking in the kitchen - I love it too as it means that not every pot, pan and utensil in the house gets used!!!!

Besides, I was chillin' out over a glass of chilled white and finishing my Dick Francis book - which I now have! My hubby does a very nice BBQ chicken breast with salad and stir fry veg, all washed down with another glass of chilled white! We sat out there for an hour or so and put the world to rights and tried to identify cloud shapes . . . . can you? No, me neither! Still, as clouds go, it was not an unattractive piccie eh?

And, after all, in typical Bank Holiday fashion, there wasn't a whole lot on the telly after all!

Hope you all enjoyed a fun Bank Holiday too.

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Hi there,

What a glorious Bank Holiday it's turning out to be, not at all what we expect traditionally!! Well it is here in Bristol anyway and I hope you are enjoying similar weather where you are, dear reader/s!

Well, hubby and I made the executive decision that, surrounded by busy motorways as we are, we wouldn't try to make a getaway to anywhere - said motorways usually proving to be gridlocked each (and every) Bank Holiday, so he set about putting a weatherproof stain on the shed - who remembers my posts on the ongoing saga of the shed then?????

With hubby doing that I thought - what shall I do? Well after all, I couldn't hang washing out without being in his way now . . . . could I?

I did try sitting out there with my trusty book (a Dick Francis don'cha know?) but, frankly, it was getting a little hot and the sun was making it hard to read the printed word!!!

Nothing left for it but to craft then! Bet you're all surprised to hear this aren't you? I did try surfing t'internet but plainly everyone else is out making the most of the sunshine and it was supremely quiet in all my usual haunts, so crafting it was. The themed challenge of "It's in the bag" came to mind and, having made a tall giftie bag last, a Christmas kind of giftie solution came to mind - thus proving that (with this simple design) I could soon have much of my Christmas gift wrap "in the bag" so to speak!!! So I set about this project. First off, I cut out my basic shape from a piece of red A4 card which left a long thin piece of card . . . .hmm, how to make use of this I wonder. Naturally, a gift tag came to mind and, being long and thin, my wonderful Sparkle'n'Sprinkle snowman leapt to the fore and I quickly stamped him, using memento tuxedo black and cut a long thin piece of red card and a slightly larger piece of gold mirri. I then stamped a To: and From:, mounted it on red card and punched a hole through both panels fixing in place with a brad - oh joy ......... oh no!!! Too blooming long to fit on my little pillow box - BUM! On to Plan B) then . . . . I had a sweet little scalloped circle which proved to be a perfect fit for my Inkadinkado "Joy" wreath so that was plan B), highlighted with a little stardust stickles and with the added embellishment of a twinkly gold snowflake on a string which was threaded through a small hole thus giving movement, before mounting on to a gold circle. Once I'd scored all of my fold lines I stuck down the flap to form the "pillow" and left that to dry over lunch . . . I then attached some more fabby Costco (what a crafting haven that turns out to be?) Christmas ribbon (circa 2009) with the wire pulled out and then I adhered my circle and there you have it . . . Christmas Wrap "In the bag"!!!!, AND a gift tag too!


Monday again - only 36 days till I head off to Florida to meet up with my crafting buddies - not that I'm counting you understand!! M U C H !!!

Anyhoo, back to the more immediate job in hand! Yesterday, Lauren revealed her themed challenge for the week (over on Craftbubble on the Craft Mad & Loving It group) to be "It's in the bag"!!! Well I had the immediate idea for this one and went off and cracked on with it right away and set to work using one 12" x 12" sheet of the fantabulous (and often mentioned) double sided papers (though almost heavy enough to be card) from Costco. I also ran a piece of gold card through my die cut machine inside the fabby swiss dots embossing folder and then tied a piece of pink organza ribbon in to a knot before adding some pink mulberry paper. I stamped the Paper Artsy silhouette stamp on to white card which I then treated to Distress Inks in Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet. Hubby very kindly donated a disc of self adhesive velcro to close the bag and there you have it - front and side views. You can Lauren's own beautiful take on the challenge . . . here

I also managed to notch up an ATC yesterday evening using another piece of the Costco stripey paper and another Paper Artsy image along with two small panels of fawn and ginger card. A retro flower cut from Coredinations brown card, painted with rock candy crackle glaze and Distress Ink in Tea Dye rubbed in to the cracks before attaching to the layered up image panel and held in place with an antiqued star shaped brad (from the Costco scrap book kit). I added some ribbons and thread before attaching the panel to the ATC - hope you like this too. It was getting a bit late in the day so I'm afraid there was nothing for it but to photograph it using the flash, hence the glare from the IKEA easel I use to stand my work on to photograph - sorry.

Sunday, 29 August 2010

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This is the second post for today so do please look further down my blog for the first post of the day
This morning I had planned to visit my friend, Dorothy, who's had a knee replacement. She's been severely restricted in her movements since Christmas and unable to do simple things like making tea, opening the door so you can imagine how happy I was to see her answering her own front door once more, albeit taking a while to do so. She was in good spirits despite a little pain, but a knee replacements not a little op, especially when you're 87 so I think she's doing really well.

We chatted and laughed and before I left she'd had a drink (coffee - honest!) and a snack and I already knew her daughter would be bringing her a hot meal later.

Once I got home I decided to run Dorothy up a "Welcome Home" card as she had been in hospital for a little over three weeks. Well, wouldn't you know I didn't have a "welcome home" stamp but I DID have a "welcome to your new home" stamp so I set about co-ordinating the fab (and simple) technique I learned yesterday (and have already made three cards using) but this time choosing a purple theme with Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord and Chipped Sapphire distress inks and the wonderful Hero Arts stamp being inked up in memento Grape Jelly (for a change). Once inked, stamped and dried I matted this on to a layer of light purple. I tied some gold edged purple ribbon in a knot round a piece of mirri card and adhered to the card before then adhering my image panel. I then stamped my "welcome to your new home" stamp, again in Grape Jelly, and cut out the two words I wanted, ran them through my Xyron sticker maker and stuck them on my card, along with two purple "faux" gemstones. I also stamped the image and a "Best Wishes" sentiment on to the insert and the envelope to co-ordinate ( which may not be clear from the photograph) and there you have it - hope you like it.

It seems like the Craft Mad & Loving It themed challenge for the coming week is going to be a little late this week so it might be tomorrow before I'm able to share this with you - guess it's back to the Christmas cards for me then - I've notched up this many so far . . . but have about the same again to go!! Wish me luck

1st post of the day for Sunday - watch this space later . . .

I was on a bit of a sketchie roll (less fattening than a jelly roll!) yesterday and cracked on with some Christ mas cards . . making three using the sketchie (one of which I posted yesterday too) and another two using KanBan toppers (not overly imaginative cards so I've spared you all!). However, I was so taken with the simple technique as outlined in the new issue of Craft Stamper that here are the two I ran up last night . .

I really do LOVE the combination of Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick and think it IS actually quite a festive combo . . . however, I simply couldn't resist trying it with Peeled Paint, Forest Moss and Pine Needles - eyes right peeps, how do you think THAT works? I'm not sure who the stamp manufacturer is for the wonderful pine bough stamp but the tree stamp on the green card is by Papermania.

Anyway, hubby's gone off to the flying field this morning and I have an appointment with my friend, Dorothy, newly discharged from hospital - so that's my morning taken up.

Do check back later as it's themed challenge day over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group . . . . last week's challenge was acetate so I wonder that this week's will be!!

Saturday, 28 August 2010

And so, here is my 1st sketchie for this week (see post earlier today)

This morning the wonderful Craft Stamper landed on my doormat nice and early and, as always, I flick eagerly through to see what's in there . . . I see my Isle of Skye trading card buddy has had a piece of work published (Pam Harrison) and there are some wonderful creations using a silhouette stamp, post-it notes and some distress inks - inspired or what?

This weeks sketch, as set by Lauren (see her blog here ) was to feature stars, well this didn't really fit in with my plan but . . . never one to give in I simply adapted my planned card AND managed to get ink on the Craft Stamper free stamp too . . . hope you like it.

I cut a panel of orange card slightly smaller than my DL base card, then cut a panel of white card slightly smaller again. I masked a triangular shape (slightly smaller than my Paper Artsy) silhouette stamp and then blended distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick before removing the post-it notes, I then inked up my P.A. stamp using memento Tuxedo Black and stamped over the triangle and slightly offset. I inked up the CS free stamp using the black ink too and then die cut my circle slightly larger than the stamped image and edged with Spiced Marmalade. I cute two triangles from copier paper and turned one upside down to make a template for my star and cut from yellow card, also cutting a strip of this same card as you see in the photo. A strip of orange card was also cut and edged with my Fiskars edging punch and some citrus-y circle patterned ribbon attached to the bottom of this orange strip. Once the card was assembled I stuck the sentiment on to my star and positioned where I thought it looked best and Voila!!! One Sketchie!!! - not sure how many more sketchies I will do this week but I think I might well use the post-it/distress ink technique again - perhaps using green next time! What do you think? Have you received your issue of C.S. yet?????
And here I go with my second sketchie of the day too - this one a Christmas sketchie. Sometimes I'm amazed at how differently the same basic sketch can turn out and when you multiply it by the number of people who will be having a go this week, that's an awful lot of different cards! Anyhoo, this one is blue in colour theme and I managed to fit loads more stars on to this one, the patterned papers are all by DCWV. Hope you like this one too

Sketchie Day over on Craft Bubble's CMLI group - 1st post of the day!

Right, this morning I have to get rid of the woolly feeling from last night. We were round at the "surrogates" last night and got home around midnight. We had an ample sufficiency of wine and slightly more food than was probably good for us (but it was so yummy) but didn't sleep particularly well and were awake before 07:30 (I'm an eight hour girl) so its tiredness as much as anything else - least that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it. As for dinner, Chris is a Head Chef so you know the food's not going to be "pants" but it was giant garlic and chilli mushrooms to start followed by stuffed chicken and veg and then sticky toffee pudding and toffee sauce - mmmmmmm - shouldn't have eaten it all but . . . . .

As the title suggests it is sketchie day over on the Craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It, and without further ado I shall unveil the sketch posted there this morning by the lovely Lauren who also added the twist, which is to feature STARS!!! - Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

So, once I've finally woken up that will be my morning occupied - nothing else to do except watch the laundry going round in the washer - rather like watching paint dry, so always good to have a plan B)!!!

Do check back later and see whether the crafting or washer watching won!

Friday, 27 August 2010

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Well, my days seldom seem to go as planned. I HAD planned to go visit my pal Dorothy but when I rang the hospital to check the visiting times I was told she had changed wards so I got put through to there . . . only to find out she'd been discharged. So, I rang her home only to get her answering machine - blimey she's feeling better I thought! Not so (sadly) she just couldn't get to the phone quick enough and before she had time to ring me back my neighbour asked me to accompany her on a short train journey so now I shall visit Dorothy on Sunday instead.
My neighbour wanted me to go with her as she took the lovely Robbie (aka NIGEL, the Lhasa Apso) on his first journey by rail as she's off to Cornwall next week and it's a long old journey with an upset dog!! We joined the train at Bristol Parkway stopping at Filton Abbeywood, Stapleton Road, Lawrence Hill and then Bristol Temple Meads - a nice little journey of about a twenty minute duration. At Temple Meads we stopped at the coffee shop for two lattes and a little snack before getting on a train and coming back to Bristol Parkway. And Robbie? He was a little treasure, VERY well behaved and got lots of people talking to us including a nice gentleman who offered assistance with getting my pal and her wheelchair on the train and who also shared a photo of his two spaniels with us - dog lovers on average are just such nice people.
The first photo shows the view from Temple Meads in the general direction of northern traffic and the second southern traffic, as seen from my seat at the cafe and bar as signed in the 2nd photo. Temple Meads, for those of you who don't know, was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and is actually quite an attractive and historical building, opening as it did in 1840!!!!
There, that was today's little history lesson - hope you enjoyed your trip to Bristol! Have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend everyone, hubby and I are off to dinner with the surrogate family this evening and, as he's a chef, that'll be very nice.

Friday fun - this one's really for the technophobes!!!

Morning peeps,

Another weekend looming and a long one at that - hoe everybody has something nice lined up - preferably not weather dependent - well, it IS a Bank Holiday and you know that normally means it won't be BBQ weather!!!

I'm off to a neighbours for coffee in a mo, visiting my pal Dorothy in hospital this afternoon and dinner with the surrogate family this evening so a pretty full on day for me. But still time to post the Friday funny - which some of you may already have seen (and I apologise for this) but I thought it too cute not to share with you!
The accompanying caption reads:
"I can't respond to any more e-mails today as something has crashed on my computer and the mouse is missing!!!"
Hope you liked this week's funny!

Thursday, 26 August 2010

I got another award (twice)

. . . . so thank you so very much to my good friends, Lauren and Wynneth, who both nominated me for this award - primarily (I reckon) 'cos they were curious to know the seven things I would come up with.

To qualify for this award I need to nominate 7 more people to give it to and tell you 7 facts about me. So, here goes nothing . . .
  1. I used to be a biker till
  2. I was hit by a drunk driver
  3. My husband thinks I'm crazy because I have a poster of Whitesnake on my wall (at 53!!!)
  4. I once lived in a building built as a Napoleonic prison!
  5. My husband and I once gave a lift home to the star of Carmen Jones - Patti Boulaye AFTER we'd been backstage.
  6. My parents named me after the singer/actress Kathryn Grayson, and yet I can't hold a tune.
  7. After my husband proposed to me the first song that we heard on the radio was by . . . . Kathy Kirby!!!
And now I have to nominate seven people to receive this beautiful blogger award . . . and my votes got to:
  1. Sharon
  2. SallyB
  3. Brenda
  4. Fleur
  5. Georgie
  6. Helen
  7. Judie
WTG ladies - and thanks again to Lauren and Wynneth

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I'm not having such a creative day today, weather's pants and my trip to Costco uneventful - i.e. no new crafting goodies there - though we still managed to spend a truckload on food and drink!

Anyhoo, over on the Craft Mad & Loving It group on craftbubble there is a themed challenge for this week and the theme is: ACETATE! I'm not a huge fan of acetate and seldom think to use it unless challenged so here was my chance to use a double aperture card (a leftover part of a QVC kit just crying out to be used), some acetate and a topper which came from the same QVC kit (probably!.) I also consumed a "Seasons Greetings" sentiment courtesy of Lakeland (when they used to sell crafting stuff), a small red card panel, some clear foam tape, small glass beads and some acrylic confetti, along with three red faux gemstones. It's not a very technical card but it does seem quite festive with the silver mirri card, super Santa image and the "snow" so I do hope one of my friends will like this as a Christmas card this year.

First post of the day - check back later for any updates

Here we are then, Thursday again - hope your week's going well peeps and that the inclement (?!) weather isn't causing too much trouble to you.
Well, as to be expected, last night's dinner went off real well with the menu consisting of mushrooms stuffed with goats cheese and then a Jamie Oliver beef (and stout) casserole accompanied with new potatoes corn and broccoli - Debbie doesn't really "do" desserts so it was organic melon - and very tasty too. All washed down with a couple of glasses of rather nice red!

The decorating? Very nice a fawn-y grey colour apparently called "Potters Wheel" and some smart new Grey/black/white curtains to finish off - all very tranquil and tasteful - wish my house looked so fresh and tidy!
I'm wearing the new top acquired during my shopping foray yesterday too - lush colour isn't it? Mind you, it was like blooming winter last night (should've worn a vest - if only I owned one!) so I kept the black cardi on!
No idea what's on the agenda today, weather forecast's still pants so definitely not planning to go out for a walk anywhere! Hubby's beavering away on the dreaded Tax forms - asked me for a tax declaration on one of my bank accounts - simple? Not so, logged in, got the message that the form was available . . . . click on it . . . BINGO - LOG IN SCREEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did that again just to make sure it wasn't me - which it wasn't. So that was the end of it for the day - got up this morning to have another go before conceding defeat and ringing them and there it was - looking like it was pretending to have been there all the time! So I guess I'm on tea and coffee runs till the form's done - least I can do as it's like having my very own accountant!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

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This is my second post for today so please don't forget to look at the earlier post - unless you already have! Still on a masculine card quest and loving those Kanban clear stamps . . . still my favourite appears to be the scooter but I promise this is the last one I'll post using it, for a while anyway! This is more like the card I had planned to make last night before the other one grew organically in front of my very eyes!

Again, the scooter image is by Kanban and the sentiment byInkadinkado, both stamped using memento tuxedo black. The scooter was coloured using pro markers and Atyou Spica glitter pens and then Diamond Glaze laid over the top (to give it dimension and gloss). The panel was edged with Distress Inks in Weathered Wood and Chipped Sapphire to give it character, before matting on to a ribbed navy panel. The rust panel and fawn panel were from the box of card bought during the craftathon weekend recently (at Carole's Crafts) and the edges of both panels were distressed using my Tim Holtz distressing tool and the fawn panel edged with the same distress inks. The sentiment was cut out using a punch and then two further circles in the fawn and ribbed blue cut using my die cutter and circular dies, the fawn circle distressed and coloured using the same two distress inks. Then, using the already inked foam pad on my blending tool I coloured some cream twill ribbon which I then adhered on to the rust panel before finally assembling my card. There!, I do hope you like it!

Morning - here we are again hump day Wednesday

Soon rolls round each week doesn't it?

How's your week going? Mine is disappearing faster than a magicians rabbit! I've no idea where the time goes.

Anyhoo, nothing planned for today during the day but we are off to the home of our lovely neighbour, Debbie, this evening - for dinner. She's recently been decorating like a banshee and tonight is the grand unveiling over dinner - works for me! She's good company and a good cook so it'll be a laugh, I'm looking forward to it.

Since my "trolley dash" round Hobbycraft yesterday and the acquisition of some new clear stamps by Kanban I have been playing with the scooter and the mini (other stamps in the pack are a beetle and a camper van, along with some sentiments and the numbers 18 and 21) but so far my fave appears to be the scooter and last evening I set out to make a card. Now this card isn't at all like the one I set out to make (ever had that happen to you dear reader?) but it just kind of evolved - probably because of the size and/or shape of my card - I had planned a really grungy layered card but hey . . . . there's always later so do check back and see how it's coming along!!

Have a fab Wednesday and don't venture out without at least a brolly as I hear that most of us are going to get pretty wet weather today - we're told to expect up to 3" so the snorkel and flippers are by the front door!

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

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Hubby wanted to go to Maplins electronics store this morning and asked me if I wanted to go? Well, under normal circumstances hell would freeze over before I would ever want to do this but I should explain that there is a Hobbycraft about 100 yards away! Make sense now? I thought so . . . . he went off to Maplins and I did a trolley dash round Hobbycraft. My shopping list consisted of Klingon (or EZMount) and Peel'n'tack - bad news peeps Hobbycraft don't seem to sell Peel'n'tack so I found myself wandering upstairs (yes, ours is big enough to have an upstairs) which is where all the craft stuff that appeals to me is kept . . . . I just knew I shouldn't but these cute Kanban stamps just fell in to my basket and I couldn't bring myself to put them back on the shelf. Obviously, their shelving is defective because the same thing happened as I was passing the Papermania section and one of their embossing folders slid gracefully in to my basket too!! Whatever next? Well, I can tell you what happened next - a blooming canvas - honestly, I should really complain! Thank heavens they had the Klingon I was looking for though!!! Anyway, once I'd paid up and gone about the serious business of meeting up with hubby and making like I'd bought nothing . . . we came home. Strangely enough, he set about repairing my battery operated Christmas lights whilst I gleefully ripped open my KanBan stamps - wonder who got the best deal!!!!! That would be me then. Bless him - AND I got my Christmas/celebration lights back - a good day in our house then!
I coloured my images using a combination of Pro Markers (inc the wonderful SILVER one for the chrome!) and Atyou Spica glitter pens. I used diamond glaze for the car windscreen and Mod Podge lustre for the paintwork. I then used a page from an outdated road map for the ATC background and some peel off motor related sentiments to finish the ATC - hope you like them.

Tuesday again and I wonder what the weather has in store today

Don't know about you all but yesterday started out to be a beautiful day but before 11:00 it was coming down in buckets and then it was a beautiful day and then again with the buckets!! Just could NOT make up its mind! So, got my waterproofs, wellingtons (galoshes) sun hat and sun cream today - just to be sure!
Anyhoo much of yesterday was spent crafting because of the weather and you may already have seen the three ATC's I posted too. Well here's a couple more I knocked up yesterday evening - having decided I was done with the masculine theme I headed back to my comfort zone! Well, the one on the left (in my fave purplicious colour) started off with the offcut of the white scalloped edge (leftover from a previous strip cut with my new woodware cutter) so I cut two more strips in shades of purple with the same edge, each one a little wider than the last. I had some nice lilac paper with a couple of words on (the words didn't matter as I planned to cover them anyway). I stamped the Paper Artsy Diamond text stamp in Distress Dusty Concord and set aside to dry before attaching the three strips of scalloped card. I then stamped the Harlowesque image, again in Dusty Concord and coloured in her skin and hair with Pro Markers before attaching her to the diamond text/scalloped strip ATC and then finished her off with five purple faux gemstones.
Now to the "I could have danced all night" ATC, I don't recall the stamp manufacturer but I do recall I bought it in Florida at the Clearwater Stampfest on the Bay! I used a fancy fiskars corner punch on my plain black card which I then adhered on to a white ATC and set aside to allow the glue to dry before adding a faux gemstone in the centre circle of the fancy corner. I then die cut a scalloped oval in silver mirri card. I stamped my dancing couple twice, once on white card and once on gold paper. I cut out the dancers dress from the gold and discarded the remains of that image. I coloured the black and white image using skin white copic marker and Atyou Spica glitter pens and then (using my xyron sticker maker) applied adhesive to the gold dress and placed on the black and white image before sticking to the mirri oval and then both panels to the black card and there you have "I could have danced all night"! Hope you like them both - your comments are all read and appreciated so thanks for taking the time to look.
BUT the bad news is that blessed mojos gone walkabout again! I made two more ATC's later in the evening - both pants and not worthy of photographing - it's very hit and miss this week, this creativity lark!!!
Want Halloween candy? Then do pop over to Penny Black at the Daily Marker and check this out!!

Monday, 23 August 2010

WOO HOO - I got an award

The lovely Karen over here, Judie from here and also Dora from here gave me this Cherry on Top award

Apparently, there are a couple of conditions which accompany this award and these are as follows:

  1. Thank the person who gave you the award

  2. Post it with pride on your blog

  3. List THREE things you love about yourself

  4. Post a picture you love

  5. Tag FIVE other people with this award

Hmmmmmmm - some easy, some not so easy - here goes . . .


2) Done - posted with pride on my blog

3) I love: my quirky sense of humour, and (like Karen) my honesty and integrity and I love how lucky I am to have so many lovely friends.

4) This photo is of my all time favourite place - I just love it there . . . . . RYE

5) Now to tag five others - here goes:

In the meantime, what have I been up to today? Well, some of you know that I'm an avid ATC maker and I've been a bit lax on that front lately. I swap letters and ATC's with a number of crafting buddies and I usually stockpile a few but a recent spate of letters has left the cupboard rather bare so I thought I'd best run up some more. Having made a masculine card yesterday I thought I'd have a go at some masculine ATC's too - have a look and let me know what you think . . .

Wotcher peeps

Good weekend? I certainly did, I was indulging my crafting fetish because hubby was out all day each day from Friday to Sunday. Thankfully, he was having fun too so I didn't have to feel even slightly guilty about the lack of domesticity!!

You've already seen (if you've looked through my posts of the last few days) what I've been up to and the only thing left to show you was this card here on the right . . . which I ran up last evening. I always struggle with masculine cards but this wonderful piece of Costco stripey paper was just calling to me to be used. I had some small pieces of DCWV and Coredinations linen finish card left and this seemed like a way to use them as so many of the colors appear within the stripes! So I went with masculine . . . the two images are by Paper Artsy and I distressed the edges of some of the card with my rusty Tim Holtz distressing tool (FABBBBB). I used my spiral edge punch on the olive piece to make it look like a page from a notebook. I used my retro flower punch (in two sizes) and the last little piece of the caramel card for the small flower plus the reverse side of the wonderful Costco stripey paper for the large flower. The centre of the flower was an aged look star brad which came from the Costco Scrap book kit. I had some left over distress ink on a foam pad (colour combo unknown) which I used to tint the white paper the images had been stamped on and make them less glaringly white. Hope you like it.
Have a wonderfully Mellow Monday and do keep checking back on this blog to see what I've been up to, thanks for looking - I do appreciate any and all comments.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

And what a lovely Sunday it is too

It's been a really nice bright sunny day today, such a change from the wet and wild day we had here yesterday - what's that all about??!??!

Anyway, hubby's away at his hobby/model show again today - last day today, and I've been free to indulge my crafting obsession.

Yesterday was sketchie day over on the Craft Mad and Loving It group on craftbubble and I published the sketch and twist on this blog yesterday . . . I made an ATC and an easel card yesterday but actually quite enjoyed the tricky challenge of white on white which accompanied it. SO, I decided to have another go this morning AND CMLI published their Sunday themed challenge this morning, which was "to feature acetate" - well whoop de doo - guess what I already had planned to use as part of my third sketchie? You guessed it . . . acetate so I guess this piece fits both challenges. Of course there IS a third challenge and that is ..... how the heck do you photograph your piece when it's white on white???? Anyway, here is my scrapbook layout and also a closeup which shows the layers much better - hope you like it.

And since I have the day to myself and appear to be in scrap booking mode . . . remember last weekend's craftathon? Well I posted one layout as part of a challenge but still had some photos lying around that needed to be scrapped (in the nicest possible way Lauren and Wynneth!) so I thought I would make a lilac themed ('cos that was the colour scheme of the other layout) co-ordinating page. Of course the white gel pen I used to journal doesn't show up SOOOO very well in the photo but trust me, it's there in purple and white!!!

Have a Stupendous Sunday everyone.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

2nd post of the day - please scroll down to read earlier post

I decided to crack on with my sketchie and my ATC's so it seemed only sensible to make an ATC from the sketchie. A cunning plan Baldrick BUT, you will no doubt have seen the sketch in my post of earlier today . . . and it was tough to work it all in!! Still, never say die! so here is my ATC sketchie on the right . . . I used a piece of embossed Christmas paper left over from an old QVC kit for the base of my ATC. I put a strip of self adhesive "lace" from the fab Costco scrap book kit across top and bottom of this embossed paper and I also had some lace which lent itself to cutting in half so half went across the top and the other half across the bottom. I also had a large piece of the wider snowflake ribbon (also from Costco at about £4.99 for 50m!) which I adhered across the middle fastening to the back of this paper. I stamped my Santa image on a scalloped die cut rectangle and coloured in using Atyou Spica glitter pens. I stamped and cut out my sentiment and adhered this to the base of my image panel before adhering on to the ATC and there it was . . . done!

It's OK but I wasn't as pleased with it as I might have been so I set about another sketchie, this time an easel card - as they look so special when sat on the mantel at Christmas . . . . below left.

For this I used a square card which had been part of my prize when an article of mine was published in Card Making and Papercraft recently. I folded it not quite in half to form the easel and then cut a panel of the embossed white Christmas paper (as above) to the size of my easel card. I cut three strips of white card using my stamp blade and new woodware cutter which I then embossed with two parallel lines (as per the sketch). I then adhered two to the easel card embossed panel and one to the base. To the panel on the base I then attached two iridescent white snowflakes to form the "latch" for the easel to stand up against. I then die cut three scalloped rectangles, two large and one slightly smaller. I left one large and one small rectangle plain and put the other through my die cutter inside my papermania snowflake embossing folder. I tied some narrow white ribbon in to a knot around the plain large rectangle. I stamped my image and sentiment and cut them out. I coloured all but the snowman's body using Atyou Spica glitter pens, but coloured the body using liquitex pearl and adding holographic loose ultrafine glitter. Using silicon glue (for a 3D effect) I attached the image and sentiment to the smaller panel which was then adhered to the embossed large panel and then to the large plain panel with the ribbon. Once this was done I then stamped my snowman and sentiment once more on to the accompanying envelope and there you have it - my second sketchie - hope you like them both.

Here we are, another Saturday ....

and sketchie day over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad and Loving It group. And here is today's fabbie sketch, as set by the lovely Karen and the twist is "white on white", with the only colour allowed being on the actual image - cor blimey, that's a teaser. So, that's my morning taken care of!

My Isle of Skye trading card buddy sent me a piece of plain pink paper, a "special day" sticker, some pink "string" and a funky stamped image - I'm supposed to make an ATC using these materials and then return it to her with my own challenge materials for her . . . we've been doing this a while now and it seems to work reasonably well. You can see what I made, on the left, I stamped my Penny Black "Inclinations" stamp first in Brilliance beige and then again in rust (sadly, photo doesn't show it off to its best. I also punched a hole in the corner, added an eyelet and then threaded the pink "string" through and then added two pink beads. The materials I shall be sending Pam here, eyes (right) peeps! The little pouch contains those super bronze ROXX used on my last canvas project. I would show you the ATC I've made ..... but she has a computer and I would hate to spoil her fun!

Hubby's gone off to the Bristol Engineering and Hobby Show, details (for those interested) can be found here and will be gone ALL day, what ever SHALL I do????? Well, once I've been to get the paper and dropped off my printer cartridge at the post office - the day is mine (cue evil laughter!!) so do check back later, if you'd like to, in order to see how I amused myself!

Thanks for looking peeps.