Thursday, 30 September 2010

2nd post of the day - don't forget to check out my earlier post!!

Busy day but I can't let that stop me crafting!!!

I've had a couple of letters from ATC swap buddies and needed to make yet more of the little blighters so set about fitting that in with my schedule today. I had some fab metallic plum card (DCWV - like you wouldn't have guessed!) on to which I stamped my seed head stamp in silver and then my FAB new thistle stamp in memento ink in tuxedo black and then (quick before it dried) I brushed gold perfect pearls on it and then sprayed with cheap hairspray to set which, because memento isn't a pigment ink, reacted ever so slightly with the hairspray allowing some of the black to show through a rather fetching happy accident up close and personal!!!

Additionally, I was playing with photos within MS Word last night and happened across some rather neat effects so printed off some photographs of a Florida BBQ from back in May 2010 where the lovely expat friends of our equally lovely U.S. neighbours, Sally and Roger, invited us along to their BBQ and we met four of their friends (also expats) and we had a perfectly splendid evening, as you can see from the scrap layout it turned in to this afternoon. The backing paper is by Brenda Pinnick and the sentiment stamp was a Craft Stamper freebie.
I don't think there's a non smiley face in the group! Except perhaps the lady in the small right hand photo and she simply wasn't smiling because she was concentrating on working her new phone's camera!!!!
I can't believe we're going to be meeting up with Sally and Roger again in under a week - wish we could persuade them over here some time but they've grown accustomed to the Florida warmth (being originally from Mass.) and reluctant to risk a British "summer"!!!! Can't say I blame them really!
Hope you like my crafting work today and please do leave a comment.
I also managed coffee with Jenny and her Lhasa Apso, Robbie, this morning, visiting my pal, Dorothy in hospital this afternoon and delivering wedding snaps to the lady who's daughter got married on Saturday and this evening we're off to Raj's for dinner with another neighbour. Some of you may have seen the photo of the best Indian restaurant around these parts recently - well, that's where we're off to this evening - Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Have a great evening - catch you all tomorrow.

Morning peeps - hope you are all well

Thursday and it's less than a week now till I go away, one of my partners in crime is already on her way Stateside - SAFE JOURNEY to you and Tom, Wynneth.
In a manner typical of my life everything seems to be happening in the last few days before my vacation. Today I am: meeting a friend for coffee this morning, visiting a friend in hospital this afternoon, dining with another friend this evening, I have a hairdressing appointment tomorrow, a craft show Saturday and/or Sunday, dinner and entertainment on Saturday, lunch and shopping with a pal on Monday and then . . . . . . . V A C A T I O N - it's CRAFTAPALOOZA finally. It seemed like it was taking ages to come round and now it'll be here before I'm ready for it at this rate! Watch out for pictures!
Today hardly leaves me much time for crafting but you might want to check back just in case ....... after all, I still need to do that pearls and swirls challenge for I LOVE PRO MARKERS!!! I still cannot believe I made that really nice (in my opinion) card yesterday and only then realised there were (gulps) NO Pro Markers used - oooops, thank heavens I didn't upload it to their blog - imagine what a DUH! moment that would have been.
I hope you will all have a perfectly lovely Thursday - don't know about you but it's nice and sunny here but I bet it'll be a bit brrrrr out there!!!
Later peeps!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Wotcher, me again - don't forget to have a look at my earlier post . . . please!

Me again,

Since the weather's so NASTY out there today and hubby's out all day . . . I've been crafting and there's a rather interesting challenge going on over at I LOVE PRO MARKERS entitled Pearls and Swirls . . . . . . BUT I had a new silhouette stamp arrive today and couldn't wait to use it. But wait, I hear you cry . . . if it's a silhouette stamp how did you incorporate pearls and swirls? Well the quick answer to that is that I didn't but it turned out pretty neat so thanks to ILPM for the suggestion!!! Maybe I'll get round to a proper entry later or tomorrow!

For this one I took a C6 cream card and some DCWV linen effect card in two shades of pink, some black card and some white card. On the white card I masked my shape off using post it (how I LOVE this technique) before using Distress Inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick. Having first removed the post its I then inked my new Imaginations thistle stamp in Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and stamped a little off the bottom of the distressed shape. I then trimmed round my white card and adhered first on to black card and then the lighter pink card. I ran the deeper pink through my die cutter inside the swirls embossing folder and then sanded to reveal the white core before adhering to my image panel. I then stamped my sentiment on white card and trimmed before rounding the two top corners and adhering to my deep pink panel and finished off with two each of two sizes of faux white pearls. I stamped the thistle on both the insert and envelope to co-ordinate the card. SO, I got my pearls and swirls . . . just no Pro Markers! Hope you like it - even it doesn't qualify as an entry over on ILPM's!!

Morning - here it is hump day Wednesday . . . again!

Well what a dull old day it is here today! Properly wintry! Might have to go and put the heating on in a mo. Hubby's gone off to Gloucester on the train again and has taken his umbrella - hope it's not too windy for use, should the need arise!
I'm on my own again today, till mid afternoon so - I've whacked a chilli in the slow cooker and am off to craft!
Last night I printed off some photographs and completed a scrap layout and then used it as the base for a sketch, but I can't show you till the day after tomorrow as it's the layout for Octobers Challenge for the Scrap Addicts group over on craftbubble but do feel free to check it out here on October 1st!

Ever been sat doing something completely unrelated and had a card making thought just pop in to your head? I made a Christmas card yesterday and was watching Foyles War on telly when in to my head popped the thought "TREES! that Christmas card is a themed challenge if ever I saw one"!!! I had been watching QVC's craft show yesterday when they had been featuring embossing paste and I have this lovely (LOVELY) stencil (I know Karen has it too) and some silver embossing paste so I set to work sharpish. Once I'd finished with the embossing paste and removed (and washed) the stencil I hastily sprinkled ultrafine glitter over the top - even more lovely - what do you think? Once my embossing paste was dry I trimmed round the image leaving a small border of the black card before matting on to a lovely Christmas-y red card. I took a slightly larger layer of silver hologram card and laid some check ribbon side to side and top to bottom (like present wrapping) before matting my image and red layers on top and then adhered to my white base card just lower than central, allowing me to finish the card with a peel off sentiment. I hope you all approve and look forward to hearing your comments.

Don't know what's on your work desk but mine just has clearing up so I didn't want to photograph that for WOYWDW over on Craftbubble - plus the fact I work in such a small area that it seldom changes much - aside from the amount of mess that is! So I decided to photograph a different aspect of my work desk and a stamp drawer, full of yummy goodies for you all to salivate over! As you can see, I have my pens and scissors and all sorts of yumminess out on my desk all the time so I can easily reach them. The drawer is one of three which features trees, flowers and leaves - the third one isn't completely full so shares its space with my masculine stamps but perhaps that will be next weeks photo!
I hope you have enjoyed you mini nosey in to my stash - the eagle eyed amongst you will see (on the right and underneath the top pack of stamps) some clear flowers - this is the set which features the lovely (lovely) cone flower featured last week.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

2nd post for Tuesday - please scroll down for the earlier post

Thought I'd best make some ATC's as I had two letters to answer and four ATC's to send out and only two in my collection . . . . Given the close proximity to Halloween I thought it only right and proper (that and the fact one of my good friends kindly gave me some Inkadinkado Halloween stamps) I should make some Halloween ATC's . . . so here they are and yes, you guessed it - I also used distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Dusty Concorde and Black Soot!!! With the "Spooky" ATC I stamped the ghostly image on to white card (using memento ink in tuxedo black) and then coloured using liquitex pearl before sprinkling liberal amounts of holographic ultra fine glitter for extra sparkle! The cobwebs are stamped using Spiced Marmalade. I also added three glittery "water droplet" gems across the Dusty Concorde panel at the bottom.

With the Happy Halloween ATC I stamped the Haunted Mansion on to white card and just dabbed Spiced Marmalade to lose some of the bright whiteness. I stamped a whole cobweb image (doesn't show up that great in the photo though) in Spiced Marmalade too before over stamping the sentiment in Memento ink (tuxedo black, same as I used on the haunted mansion). I finished it off with a couple more of those glittery water droplet gemstones - aren't they great (the gemstones that is) - though I do hope you like my ATC's too.

On a bit of an ATC roll today - I KNOW I SAID I was going to work on Christmas cards OR scrap layouts but hey . . . plans change!! So I set off with my Peeled Paint distress inks and coloured some white card a rather fetching green! I then took my Hero Arts (large) background stamp and inked with Peeled Paint and laid it inked side up before applying my coloured paper on top and then brayered - to ensure good coverage of such a large stamp. I then adhered them to two ATC's and cut them out. I also inked up my skull and my crow images in memento ink (tuxedo black) and cut round them, inking the skull lightly with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and the Crow image with Dusty Concorde just to lose the "bright" white a bit. Additionally, I stamped some bats and then finished the skull card by doodling round the background stamp with my glue pen before sprinkling ultra fine glitter.

For my crow ATC I stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black and also stamped my corner "cobwebs" using Peeled Paint and again finished by doodling with my glue pen and the sprinkling with ultrafine glitter.

I hope you like my spooky selection - your comments are, as always, greatly appreciated.

All of the stamps used in today's ATC's are by Inkadinkado EXCEPT the large background stamp which is Hero Arts.

Hello everybody!

Morning all
Hope your Tuesday is proceeding nicely though in all probability, the weather is perfectly pants!! Sure is here, it's dull, grey positively murky and the ground beneath the feet is quite soggy. Hmm, definitely a day to stay in and craft, methinks!
I had planned to meet up with a couple of pals this morning (for coffee and cakes) but as you all know, sometimes things just don't work out and one of them had something important come up so, when I spoke to the other "musketeer" we both agreed that we too had many other things we probably ought to be doing and have postponed until we can all make it. Shame, as it's always great to catch up with these two.
More time for me to crack on with Chrimbo cards though eh? I'm actually quite pleased as I am now up to 65 so my plan to start early in the year and do so many each month appears to have paid off - this time last year I think I had notched up around 20 and it was such a mad panic in the run up to Christmas. I'm sure my crafting buddies over at Craft Mad & Loving It are a bit sick of seeing another Christmas Sketchie from me week after week (after week!).
It was also so nice to see my Gloucester crafting pal, Sheila, yesterday as we realised this was actually the first crafting get together THIS YEAR!! We really MUST try harder you know. Again, this appears to have been down to real life getting in the way, what with one thing and another and her son getting married and childminding for her two grand daughters and our vacations our free days just hadn't managed to coincide! It was fun to play and I'm so very pleased that Sheila liked the project I chose for us to work on, I'd laid out the paper, stamps, inks, etc before her arrival so we were able to just get straight on. Can't wait to see what Sheila's choice will be for our next meeting . . . as to craft shopping, Gloucester's a bit craft shop deprived and we've done the wonderful Stamp Bug so we just might have to try Bee Crafty in Evesham for a nice little trip . . . .
Anyway, I'm also expecting a little package from Imaginationcrafts today (or possibly tomorrow - depending on Royal Mail) as I was advised that they shipped yesterday!! It would be fab if that arrived this morning - I could maybe use it today in a scrap layout . . . but no, I MUST crack on with my Christmas cards.
I know I said I would try to only do one post each day but today feels like a two post-er so please check back to see whether scrap booking or Christmas cards won!
However you spend it, I hope you all have a Triffik Tuesday!

Monday, 27 September 2010

Afternoon dear reader/s

Where have I been I hear you ask? WELL, I had a crafting buddy join me for a play date this morning, it involved a little light crafting, lunch and then some retail therapy . . . sound perfect? You are sooo not wrong!

Sheila arrived at a smidge after 10:00 so we got a coffee going whilst I explained this morning's project. I wanted to do a challenge card for the Craft Mad & Loving It group over on craftbubble and this week's theme is TREES. I have also found this simple and brilliant technique as demonstrated in the last issue of Craft Stamper and it really does look good (in my mind anyhoo) so I hoiked out post-its and set Sheila to work. Now, apparently, she's never worked with distress inks before either so this was entirely new territory to her. I apologise profusely for the quality of the photo of our two cards but . . . . I'm plainly a rubbish photographer!!! Here you can also see Sheila getting deeply distressed! and LOVING IT!!! I can't believe how differently our two cards came out despite using the same stamp! Here's a better picture of my own entry for this weeks challenge - I used distress inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concorde to achieve the background and the Penny Black Fantasy Tree was stamped using memento ink in tuxedo black. Unfortunately (because I craft at the speed of light) I'm not always as careful as I should be and the Paper Artsy Crow is there to cover up a gap in my tree - DOH!!! but actually, I rather like it! I mounted my image panel on to a pearlised lilac card (very narrow border) and then on to silver hologram card. I then tied some rather yummy lilac organza (courtesy of Michael's Crafts Store) in to a knot at the top before adhering my panel and finishing my card - hope you like it.

Anyhoo, we then abandoned our mess (see earlier photo in my dining room - indicating some form of disaster!) and headed for Carole's Crafts in Whitchurch, Bristol. The same young lady as the Bristol Craftathon trip was on duty and almost ran screaming for the hills . . . but we were too quick for her and shopped, once more, for England - the economy is SAVED peeps! In fact we were so exhausted by our shopping that we had to leave our baskets at the till and go and partake of lunch before going round again!!!! A very nice Red pepper and mushroom quiche with salad was the order of the day and fortified us for yet more shopping. Of course, never ones to give less than our all, we headed to Hartcliffe to visit WHAT! afterwards and bought still MORE craft stuff before heading home to stroke our stash . . . and, in my case, photograph it to post here - cop a load of this lot peeps . . .

Last trip to Carole's Crafts I bought this little set of drawers but Wynneth's need was greater than my own and I selflessly sent her home with my own . . . so I simply HAD to get them again, for my pro markers! I bought cello bags, Cosmic shimmer mist spray, stickles, masculine coloured cord, linen effect card, Crafts Companion stamp, circular template, spare blade and cutting edge for my woodware trimmer, some long pins and some lightly patterned paper in three colourways at 20p per sheet - whaddya reckon? Did I earn that cup of tea?

Hope you've had as much fun as Sheila and I and SAFE JOURNEY SHEILA.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

2nd post of the day - don't forget to check out my earlier post!!

Second post of the day but I think it will also be the last . . . will try to only do one post per day through the week - you guys have enough to do without having to keep checking on what I'm up to - though I do appreciate each and every one of my followers and love to read your comments.
Oh my, the trouble one little card can be . . . . who would have thought that my friend's request for a religious card could possibly have presented me with that much trouble. The trouble is that I'm not a particularly religious person myself and consequently my taste in stamps and images is really pretty secular. I did rather gleefully fall upon this one stamp, which happened to be one my mum left to me - it's plainly a Christmas stamp as it has a holly border and is of the congregation heading in to Church - so there I was, sorted. I embossed the image with silver embossing powder on to heavy weight watercolour paper, before colouring in using a combination of pro markers (which don't really suit embossing particularly well) and mica paints (mixed with gum arabic rather than water - to make the colour stronger). Whilst wet I sprinkled ultrafine glitter over the whole image and shook off the excess, additionally I highlighted areas with holographic stickles. I ripped round the image roughly and then went round the edges using a silver versacolor ink pad. I then "sacrificed" some gorgeous kanban silver and white card to put on my base card (I have been lovingly keeping this since it was part of the Christmas in July TSV in 2009!). I also had some pretty lush deep green linen effect card which I also ripped so that it was slightly larger than my image panel and edged that with the silver pad too. I then wound some twine round the green panel, taping in to place on the reverse before sticking it at a jaunty angle on to the silver/white card and then adhered the image panel in an upright position on top. I computer generated the "O come all ye Faithful" sentiment and then matted on more of the green linen effect card before siting top right. I finished the outside of the card by adding some self adhesive glittery water droplets to the sentiment and dark green panel. For the insert, I printed the words to O come all ye Faithful and for the envelope I stamped a snowflake and highlighted with stickles and there you have it - the closest thing to a religious card I could come up with, I do hope that both Dorothy and her daughter like it. Your comments, as always, are appreciated.

Hope you have a lovely Sunday - I'm off to do a bit of vaccuuming and tidying as we have dinner guests this evening, catch you all tomorrow.

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

Morning peeps.

I managed a second sketch card yesterday and I really think I prefer it to my first . . . see what you think. I took a piece of plain white card and coloured it using distress inks in spiced marmalade, tea dye and fired earth. I then stamped a background image using vintage photo and tea dye (not that you can see very much of the background image left, but hey . . . I know it's there). The dotty and striped card is by DCWV and is foiled and utterly fab. I cut the circle from one of those blooming marvellous double sided papers from Costco. The gorjuss image was coloured using pro markers (mostly cocoa and pumpkin). I wrapped two lengths of narrow satin ribbon (orange and fawn) round the striped DCWV panel and tied in to knots right on the edge. Finally, I finished with one orange faux gemstone and two brown faux pearls and then adhered the whole shebang on to a square white card and there you have it.
Today's project is to make a religious Christmas card, now this is not my normal style at all but I was asked by one of my pals so I'll give it a go - there may be mica paints involved so do check back later to see if I've been successful or whether it's gone in the bin with hubby's plane - read on . . .
My dear hubby (radio controlled model plane enthusiast) has had this model jet plane ready to fly for some while but has been (long) awaiting delivery of some special radio gear . . . . which arrived earlier this week. He spent the first day after its arrival charging the batteries, reading the manual and fondling the dials - much like we crafters spend time stroking luscious new papers etc. Yesterday he went off, full of optimism and armed with his new plane all ready to rock and roll ........................ and came back with it in a bin bag!! Oh the tragedy - like discovering your melt pot's broken dear crafter. He is certain it wasn't pilot error but it hit the ground HARD, he's also hoping it's not the new transmitter radio gear, or the way he set it up but . . . the results of the post mortem aren't expected for a day or so whilst he tests each part - in the meantime, will it ever fly again? Watch this space.
We have guests due for dinner this evening and hubby will be doing his famous asparagus wrap starter followed by pork casserole and then a fruit crumble - mmmmmmmmmmm, comfort food! He's a jolly good cook and I'm sure our friends will enjoy it as much as I will.
Whatever you are doing today then I hope you will enjoy it.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

OMG THIRD post of the day - please don't forget to check out my earlier posts

Ok peeps, finally got on to craftbubble AND got round to the sketchie but first I got treated to my neighbours wedding group heading off for their Special Day which, I discovered was also mum's 60th birthday AND mum and dad's 39th wedding anniversary - so a VERY SPECIAL DAY for all of them - and didn't it look lovely. This was the pair of horses borrowed for the day to take the parties to and from the local Church, the one closest to me was called Duke but I never did find out the other. You will note the PURPLE (though I seriously doubt it was in my honour!) decoration on Duke and his companion!!!

Next we have the bride and her VERY proud father, you may not be able to see it but the brides father was wearing a purple cravat and the brides flowers were cream and purple too - there are purple balloons in the background and purple bows on the wedding cars too - my kind of wedding.
Then we see Duke and his pal taking the bride and her proud father off to the Church where, we were assured, the groom was waiting - and he must've been because not long ago I saw the bride and groom returning, presumably to pick up some more conventional mode of transport to take them onwards to their reception in Gloucestershire. All the best to the pair of them.

Anyway, it was then on to my sketchie, with the twist to use Autumn Shades - well, my regular readers will know how obsessed I have become over Christmas cards recently - as I've realised we're getting closer, I'm about to lose a month's Christmas card making time AND I'm still only two thirds of the way to my goal so today's Autumnal Sketchie entry basically had to be a Christmas card - tricky huh? I DID have some suitable colours (peach/tan/orange) coredinations card "leftovers" which sort of begged to be used AND some Christmas-y paper with presents on in co-ordinating shades so I was all set really. I die cut my white circle and then embossed my image with Crystal Gold EP and then coloured with green and blue distress inks before highlighting with stickles. I then die cut a slightly larger circle and distressed the edges with my Tim Holtz distressing tool before attaching my image panel. I cut my other panels from various leftover pieces, ran them through my die cutter inside an embossing folder and then distressed the embossed pattern using a piece of sand paper. I had one clear epoxy Merry Christmas sticker left so stuck it on to a piece of matching paper and cut it out before adhering to my present panel and there you have my sketchie in Autumnal Shades - like it?
Thanks for your perseverance in checking out my three posts. Craft Bubble is back on-line again, if you fancy entering then why not pop over and check it out! Thanks for looking. Catch you all tomorrow - have a lovely Saturday

2nd post of the day - don't forget to check out my earlier post!!

and probably for a later post too!!!

If you've read my earlier post you will know that there appears to be a problem with the craftbubble web site this morning . . . . well, the ladies on the Design Team of the Craft Mad & Loving It group had already laid contingency plans and set up a blog so have simply posted their sketch on there for the time being. So here is the sketch for this week, as designed by the lovely Lauren. If you want to have a look at the (frankly) gorgeous cards from them then do check them out here. Lauren's twist for this week is AUTUMN SHADES.
Now these call to mind some fabulous colours so it will be interesting to see what everyone comes up with for this fab sketch. Thanks Lauren, Karen and Rosie for your cards - check out their blogs by clicking on their names.
Oh, and do check back as I suspect there will be a third post with my take on the above sketch. Thanks for looking and do have a super weekend.

Morning readers . . . . . Watch out for later post

As it's sketchie day today over on craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group and, if you are a regular reader of my blog, you will KNOW that I enter most weeks. Actually I think I've missed about two!

So here SHOULD be this week's sketch, set by the lovely Lauren EXCEPT that I can't blooming well get on to the craftbubble web site!! Well that's going to put a crimp in my crafting day and I may have to do HOUS***RK instead - YIKES!

Actually, it looks like a lovely day here today so I'm hoping to get out today too - not sure where though I AM fairly sure there will be some food shopping as we've guests coming to dinner tomorrow evening and they are going to want feeding!

I DO hope that you will all check back with me later to see if I've managed to access craftbubble or whether I've chewed my nails down to my elbows in frustration!!!!

Whatever you are up to this weekend then I hope you will all have a lovely time and I hope that, if you've been feeling poorly, you are starting to feel better (Lauren and Jacky particularly as I know they've both had horrible colds - though Jacky's off to Ally Pally today so HAS to be feeling better).

Friday, 24 September 2010

Friday Funny

Hi peeps,

Friday again and it's the WEEKEND! What are you all up to? Me? Nothing much tomorrow but we do have dinner guests on Sunday so I just know that tomorrow will involve food shopping - YAY (once more, with feeling!).

Anyway, been busy today - ordered some goodies on-line from here, only to discover the lovely Wynneth has only bought the same mask - great minds eh? This afternoon we went to Screwfix (husband much obsessed) and then to visit my Aunt and Uncle (yes, the cycling shorts rellies!) and yes, there was indeed cake - of the walnut variety - Steve's fave AND they bought one for him to take home - mmmmmmmmmm

Not much time for crafting so just one card today and of course, you would know it would have to be a Christmas card but I am now definitely winning with my Christmas cards. This one was using an image provided by Karen - thanks Karen. Using a cream A6 card as my base card I simply tied some fawn organza round the card and in to a knot right on one side. I then used distress inks in: Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Black Soot to "age" around the Santa image and then using a watercolor brush and my Fired Brick D.I. I colourwashed Santa. I then highlighted his beard and hair with holographic stickles and the end of his sleeve with a black Atyou Spica glitter pen (also dotting his eyes to give him a twinkle - thanks to Wynneth for that tip). I then adhered him to my base card over the ribbon and called him done! At some point I will festively embellish both an envelope and insert for him and that will be another for my Christmas collection.
Now, as it's Friday, we allow ourselves an alcoholic beverage so it might be about time to crack a bottle as I think the sun is about as far over the "yard arm" as it's going to be today - so CHEERS! Catch you tomorrow when it will be sketchie day ...... YAY!

Slightly saucy Friday funny so, if you are easily offended please don't read on! (my thanks to Liz for this one!)

A chicken farmer went to a local bar, sat at the counter next to a woman and ordered a glass of champagne.
The woman perked up and said, "How about that? I just ordered a glass of champagne, too!"
"What a coincidence." the farmer said. "This is a special day for me. I am celebrating."
"This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating." said The Woman.
"What a coincidence!" said the farmer. As they clinked glasses, he added, "What are you celebrating?"
"My husband and I have been trying for two years to have a child and today, my gynecologist told me that I am pregnant!"
"What a coincidence!" said the man. "I'm a chicken farmer and for years, all of my hens were infertile but now they are all laying fertilized eggs."
"That's great!" said the woman, "How did your chickens become fertile?"
"I used a different cock." he replied.
The woman smiled, clinked his glass and said, "What a Coincidence......................"

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Bet you're wondering where I've been today!

Another one of those funny old days . . . . ever get them?

This morning I decided to visit a friend for a cuppa, as I arrived she and her daughter were in their car ready for the off . . . so I dashed across the road to say "Hi, sorry to have missed you - another time perhaps" but they were going to Kingswood (a local shopping area) and did I want to go . . . so I did. We did a little shopping and then back for a coffee so I was home for a late lunch. Then another friend rang me - did I want a cuppa and a natter with her and that was pretty much my day gone. Home again by 4pm and some crafting!

As you can see from these first two cards I have used the same image and coloured one in a splendid Christmas-y blue and the other in shades of purple - well wouldn't you put money on that then? For the blue card I used some DCWV Christmas-y paper, a white die cut scallop edged oval which I coloured using Broken China distress inks. I cut round the image (leaving a border across the bottom) and, once I'd attached the scalloped oval to the DCWV panel and some spotty ribbon to that, attached my image over the top and then highlighted with stickles. I had some clear self adhesive epoxy stickers saying "Merry Christmas" so took the opportunity to use those on two of these.

The lilac image was cut down just a little and the corners rounded. I used a piece of a Colossal Paper collection as the backing paper and some purple ribbon edged in gold an tied in a knot and then again, the clear epoxy sentiment.

For the third card I again used a stamped image sent to me by a fellow crafting buddy (so my thanks go out to both generous "donors" - Karen and Cherry), coloured using pro markers and then cut out. I die cut a white scallop edged oval and then (using the dtp method) coloured using versamark silver ink. For my backing panel I used DCWV glittered card and rounded the edges. I tied narrow red organza around my DCWV panel and tied in to a knot before attaching the oval panel and then my image and finally finished off with a green epoxy sticker saying "Seasons Greetings" and there you have it - another three cards for my collection.

And, basically, that's what I've been up to today, no housework, no laundry, no food shopping - absolute HEAVEN!!!

Also need to send out get well soon vibes to ScrappyJacky and BlueBertie as they are both underwhelmed by colds! Feel better soon ladies - missing you in blogland!

And I thought I would love to share my sunset with you too.

How about you lot, dear readers - did ya miss me???? (you don't HAVE to answer that!).

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

2nd post of the day - please scroll down for earlier post

Wotcher, me again,

Haven't had the chance to do much crafting today as real life got in the way as it sometimes does. But I DO have two wash loads hanging out on the line and I am hoping they won't get rained on before they get dry!!! I've been food shopping and DIY shopping, posted a pals birthday card and arranged to meet up with two friends. I tried inviting another down for coffee but she was out so that was a no then!!!

Anyway, got round to using the last of my craft club toppers which have proved very quick and easy to make and versatile on the occasion front. This one uses that fab coneflower again as well as distress inks in Tattered Rose, Antique Linen and just a little Spun Sugar. I placed post its in a vague diamond shape and then, starting with the lightest distress ink, started colouring the diamond. Once I finished coloring I removed and discarded the post its - they leave a lovely crisp line too! The silhouette image was then stamped using memento ink in tuxedo black and then the image panel was matted and layered on to two shades of grey card (one being a greener grey) and then on to a panel of distressed pinkish paper (another of the Costco double sided stash - I am getting huge amounts of use from this pack). I tied some twine twice round the panel and then in to a bow (twine courtesy of Lauren, thanks Lauren) and then added two "aged" eyelets to the bottom right. Hope you like it. What occasion do you think this might be best suited to then?

Catch you tomorrow peeps, have a fun evening.

Morning - here we are again hump day Wednesday

I cannot believe where the time goes . . . .

Yesterday we woke to foggy and miserable and today could NOT be more different, woke up to bright sunshine and, as I write this, the sun is so bright and warm on one side that I may have to get up and close the blind a little!!!!!!!!!! One of my fellow crafting buds reckons I have stolen the sun today as she has the fog/mist that we had yesterday! SORRY Wynneth if you are reading this, I'll send it down as soon as I'm done enjoying it!

Not much planned for today, which usually means crafting and tidying, though I do have dull (DULL DULL) stuff to do in the shape of ironing and grocery shopping.

Last evening, whilst hubby was out, I nipped down to have a chat over a cuppa with surrogate daughter and hubby for an hour. Always good to catch up with "family". It did mean that I didn't get much crafting done after yesterdays post just these two . . . using two more of the toppers I made whilst at craft club. It's OK - there's only one more left now! I am loving both the orange and the purple colourway. The purple mottled backing paper was a Christmas gift from a crafting buddy (in pad form) so thank you Sheila. The orange themed card uses two toned pieces of coredinations so I've run the lighter one through a snowflake embossing folder and then sanded the embossed image. On both pieces I've distressed the edges to expose the core. I love both of the stamps I've used on these two and cannot believe that I had not used the pine bough until last year (although I've probably owned it for a couple of years) and the cone flower was inked for the first time at craft club too - wicked lazy of me eh? Obviously the orange one is a Christmas card but the coneflower could be for almost any occasion masculine or feminine and, with the black, even a sympathy card with the right words.
On a brighter note - enjoy the sunshine if you are lucky enough to have it like me, and I'll probably catch you later once I've had a chance to craft some more.

Monday, 20 September 2010

hello - Tuesday again

Hi there readers,

Funny old morning, you know autumn's approaching when you wake up to .......... fog!! YIKES, where DID I put those new (and purple) gloves?

Bit of a busy day yesterday, busy doing next to nothing that is!!! Had a weird weekend and simply couldn't settle to much yesterday. I did, however, get round to using a number of the toppers I made at craft club last Wednesday . . . . AND I made the text themed challenge so it wasn't a day totally wasted. Oh yes, and I did wrap my pal's birthday gift of a poncho - I soooo hope she's going to like it. I certainly did, because I bought myself one at the same time but I discovered a bit of a design flaw . . . if you wear it in the car then the fringe gets caught in the seat belt catch! Ooops - it'll be OK for my friend though, she doesn't drive!!!

I also watched a movie I recorded recently, called NYC Tornado - strange kind of film but very compulsive, didn't even want to hit pause to go make a cuppa!

Anybody watch SPOOKS last night too? Cracking start to the series and nice to see the splendid eye candy in the shape of Richard Armitage still in it. I had been watching the Doctor Who episode "Girl in the Fireplace" with Sophia Myles (splendid episode, one of my faves) and guess what? She's in SPOOKS too - Spooky!

Anyway, back to the crafting in hand . . . . here are the cards I made yesterday afternoon and evening - hope you like them. I was really pleased with the toppers made at craft club last week and they've proved to be quite versatile - maybe I shall "run up" some more to have ready ....... just in case! All you need is some white card, post its (for masking shapes), distress inks in colour families, black ink and silhouette stamps. I seem to be "at one" with the orangey colours at the moment (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and either Aged Mahogany or Fired Brick) but I am so very pleased with the purple combo and more particularly that FABULOUS Paper Artsy flower clock stamp! I hope you like them as much as I do. I was able to make a number of toppers at Craft Club last week, using this technique - and this isn't all of them so stand by to seem some more over the next day or so. Always great to have some in reserve and these seem less male or female so very handy for running up that emergency card.

Anyway, have a terrific Tuesday, I'm led to believe that there are three hours of crafting on QVC today with Amy - Dawn's off today (according to her blog she's decorating!) and I wish her luck - I HATE decorating!

2nd post of the day - don't forget to check out my earlier post!!

Me again!!!, I know, I know - I SAID I was going to start doing only one post per day but hey, what can I say?. . . . sometimes you just gotta blog!!

Post came this morning and I'm one of the lucky ones who will be getting a refund from HM Customs and Revenue!!, so now I have some holiday spending money!! Of course - how ticked would I be if they had asked for money since I've not worked since February of 2007!!!

Anyhoo, good news aside I decided to crack on with this weeks themed challenge over on the Craft Mad & Loving It group on craft bubble and the theme is TEXT ONLY - no images! Now this was tougher than you might think as it is just soooooooooooooo tempting to add an image. I decided to step away from my card making comfort zone and make a gift tag but not just any old gift tag . . . . a wine bottle gift tag!

Materials used:

A4 white card - cut in to one strip, one scalloped oval and the "Lets Party" sentiment and cocktail glass text image (cheating? I don't THINK so!!!!)
Gold mirri card, die cut in to scalloped oval and then embossed.
Orange ribbon
Distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick
Memento ink in Tuxedo Black and a Cats Eye chalk pad in Lemon
Scissors, glue, etc
Oh, and don't forget the bottle . . . Oxford Landing Sauvignon Blanc!!!

I used my fiskars scallop punch across the bottom of my strip and a large circle punch, centrally at the top. I stamped my glass shaped text stamp on the white card and then again on a post it and cut out the post it to use as a mask whilst I stamped the citrus wedge in yellow and then cut out the piece along with the "Lets Party" sentiment. On the long strip and the larger oval I used distress inks in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Fired brick and, once done, used the same sponge to lightly edge the glass text and the sentiment. After assembling and sticking my project together I used a length of narrow orange satin ribbon, threaded through the scallop edge, round the bottle and then fastened in a bow to the front - hope you like it - Hic!!!!

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week

Yesterday was a weird and difficult day. I did lots of things that would have been easier to put off but involved comforting friends so I certainly felt better for having done it and I SOOOOOOO hope the friends involved do too.
Anyhoo, on to brighter things . . . . it's Monday and has dawned bright and sunny with a forecast to be almost SUMMERY!! YAY, perhaps one of the last opportunities to enjoy short sleeves, bare legs and flip flops - short of going somewhere warm and sunny for the winter. Sometimes I do think it might be nice to hibernate for the winter . . . . but then I would miss Christmas and that WOULD be a shame.
Anyhoo, I must congratulate my friend Lauren on her first egg laid - no, NOT BY HER but for her! Well, actually, she did have one already but her Clumber Spaniel snaffled it before she had the chance to enjoy it - so she's taking no chances with this one!
I must also congratulate my pal Wynneth on her first card for the Design Team at Just Cute Bears - it's a doozie, if you love bears then why not go check them out here.
I think I plan to do some housework and some crafting today. If it's still nice this afternoon then I almost GUARANTEE my OH will want to be flying - so I needn't feel guilty. I also need to wrap my pals birthday present - any suggestions for wrapping a poncho?
Have a fab Monday everyone and do check back later as I feel this might be a two post day today!!!

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Bah Humbug - Christmas cards everywhere!

Hi there,

I decided to make a third Sketchie for this week but to try and incorporate the theme for the fab challenge over on the Bah Humbug blog, which is TEXT, so this is just a little bit different from the other two challenge cards already submitted but I hope they will qualify for both.
I used the text paper from DCWV and used a glitter bauble as a template for my white bauble on to which I stamped a See D text stamp and then glittered the top before attaching to the text paper using a silver brad. I used my scallop edge blade on my woodware paper trimmer to cut a white panel and edged with Brilliance Rocket Red Gold before attaching three squares of red and silver holographic card. I then stamped my Santa and coloured his had with Atyou Spica pens and then mounted the whole lot on to a square white card, also stamping the Santa image on both the insert and envelope.
I do hope you like it. As I said, I am submitting this to both the Sketchie challenge over on Craftbubbles Craft Mad & Loving It group and to the TEXT challenge over on Bah Humbug - which you can see here.
Thanks for looking and don't forget to check out my earlier post

Chilly Sunday peeps

Hi there,

Getting chillier, winter draws on - night's are drawing in and I'm forced to put on a dressing gown in the morning!!! Brrrrr, not nice - still, it DOES mean Christmas is approaching - time to start the Christmas shopping soon. My tally of Christmas cards rose by two yesterday with my entries for the Sketchie challenge yesterday - fab sketch too btw. For those of you who missed it you can check it out here - and have a go, why don't you?

This morning was cold and crisp - maybe a chance to break out my new fashion statement . . . . a poncho! I went off to visit an old friend I'd not seen to chat with in a while. She was pleased to see me and we had a lovely chat - I really must see her more often. I didn't stay quite as long as I'd anticipated as she and her daughters were off on a bit of a retail therapy jaunt - I hope you achieve success ladies!

After lunch it's off to the hospital - my pal Dorothy hasn't made the expected recovery following knee replacement surgery and is back in hospital having had a partial hip replacement on Thursday, which I only found out about yesterday when her daughter kindly rang me to let me know. Get well soon Dorothy.

A pal of mine (Lilian) also reminded me about the craft exhibition that will be hitting Bristol for the first time on October 1st, 2nd and 3rd this year. Check out the list of exhibitors and details here, if you think you might fancy popping along. I think I might head along there, leaving hubby at home though!!!
So, all in all, you can probably see that I've not had much time to craft yet today - maybe this evening, doesn't look like much on the Telly!!!
I've not posted this in a while but would like to say a big "HI" and "WELCOME" to my new followers - it's great to see you all - don't be shy, please leave me a comment some time soon.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

2nd post of the day - don't forget to check out my earlier post!!

As my earlier post said . . . it's sketchie day over of craft bubbles Craft Mad & Loving It group and this weeks fab sketch from Karen had the twist of "think Santa" so I rummaged through my collection of Santa's. This was one of my mum's collection - she too was an avid crafter and seemed appropriate for today's challenge.

The spotty background paper and green snowflake paper are by DCWV, I coloured my fab Santa (from Azadi Earles - no honestly, that's what's on the stamp!) using pro markers and liquitex/holograhic glitter. I stamped the image and Papermania sentiment using memento ink in tuxedo black and die cut the oval and three rectangles to complete the card.

And here's a second card - on a roll "Two Cards Kirby" is back!!

Using the same two piece of patterned DCWV paper, some red card which I I punched using a Fiskars scallop edging punch, three squares of holographic gold card, a gold peel off mounted on to red card an dthen cut out and my fab Santa image coloured using pro markers and holographic glitter/pearl liquitex.

Hope you like them . . . . tomorrow is Themed challenge day on the same group so pop back tomorrow to find out what the theme is and what I did for the themed challenge.

Thanks for stopping by my blog for the second time today - and if this is your first stop then do check my first post to see the original sketch.

Your comments, as always, are greatly appreciated.

Morning readers . . . . . Watch out for later post

It's sketchie day once more over on craft bubble's Craft Mad and Loving It group and this weeks sketch has been set by Karen and you are welcome to pop along and enter here - the design team have, as usual, provided some fab inspiration with their own take on the sketch - all so very different. The twist is a simple one, we are told to THINK SANTA!
Now I have quite a few Santa images so my biggest problem is . . . . . which one to choose! Hmmmmmmm - do please check back later and see which one I chose.
To everyone who left messages of comfort on yesterdays post, thank you, they were greatly appreciated. The sad event went off as well as these things ever do with Stairway to Heaven and Wondrous Stories played, both of which I would normally have hugely enjoyed. My thoughts are now with my friend and her family who now have to come to terms with their loss.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Friday again but this one's not funny

Love Penny Black stamps????? Then pop over here then, as Kathy is giving away a fab set of stamps - sign up closes September 20th, so hurry.

I have an unexpected funeral to attend today. I heard yesterday from a close friend that her husband passed away very recently. I am shocked to my core as he was my age. My friend, needless to say, is in far more shock than I - and I shall try to be as supportive as possible. He was my age . . . . I was in his year at school and my friend was in the year below us - guess I'm having one of those "mortal moments".

So, there won't be another post from me today, sorry but I hope to be back on here Saturday in time for the Sketchie set over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It challenge.

There is no Friday fun today, for obvious reasons.

I hope you will have a better Friday

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Happy Thursday

Hi there Peeps,

Went to craft club yesterday evening, with my pal Lilian and her pal Mary. It's a fairly unusual craft club (not that I have much experience on the matter) as everyone brings their own projects and works on them. Last night Lilian was knitting and Mary making jewellery, someone else was doing some chalk work, someone tile painting and another decoupage. It feels kind of odd to have to pack up and take with me everything I think I'm going to need for a project. Last time I took all my pro markers and some stamped images but I sort of spread out over more space than I should have so I wondered what I could take this time . . . . I thought Distress Inks didn't take up much space. Craft Stampers October issue showed a fab technique using a silhouette stamp, some post its and some distress inks which I really liked so this seemed perfect and off I went. Of course, me and my blending tool got really in to it ...... right up until I realised that those trestle tables aren't really very stable - sorry about your coffee Lilian!!!! Anyway, I had some white card with me and my Fiskars personal trimmer and I was as happy as ?????? They're a nice bunch but I'm still not sure about having to think about my evening's project so far ahead - I normally craft organically and my projects sort of grow out of my stash but I SOOOOOO cannot take ALL my stash with me each time!!! Anyway, the time passed really quickly and now all I have to do is find cards for all those "toppers"! It really is such a fun technique and soooooooooooooo easy too.

This morning we trundled off to Gloucester to see our mate, Sheila, for a coffee and a natter. As with most things we always have something else to do or somewhere else to be too so there was a little detour on the way - oh the excitement!!

Sheila made us most welcome, even breaking out those fab choco leibnitz they've been advertising like crazy on the TV recently and can I say - MMMMMMMMMM!

So, it was back to Bristol and straight to Cribbs Causeway as hubby had to return "stuff" to Maplins and buy a new voltmeter (?!) and, as it's only about 100 yards from Hobbycraft you can guess where I went! - whaddya mean, you can't! I spent £1.49 on me (that's more like the unbelievable part) and got a clear stamp set for my pal who's birthday is immmmmmminent! I hope she'll like it. I did get something else which is pretty yummy but I can't share it on here in case she reads this - as it will surely spoil the surprise.

We were pretty lucky with the weather as the piccie on the left is what we left behind as we drove south out of Gloucester down the M5!! It just MIGHT be raining there about now then!

Anyway, here's hoping you are all enjoying a perfectly SPLENDID Thursday and I look forward to reading your comments here some time soon, thanks for stopping by.