Saturday, 31 December 2011

The last day of 2011 - stand by to get used to writing 2012!

Hi folks,

New Years Eve, ALREADY? What on earth happened to the rest of 2011, one minute it was October and now it's about to become 2012. Got plans for this evening? Whatever you are going to be doing I'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year - I hope that 2012 will be kind to you and your family.

A little New Years Eve crafting - a Clean And Simple ATC - this is intended for my trading card buddy Denise - Happy New Year Denise!

Materials used:
  • White ATC blank
  • New Year cat image, Cheers sentiment and Champagne bottle image by the Cats Pyjamas and inked in Ranger Archival jet black - highlighted with Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens
  • Crystal stickles
  • Numeric stamps (from the might Costco scrap booking kit an age ago - manufacturer not listed) inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen to hand draw border
  • Distress Ink in bundled sage stippled on to torn card edge to "ground" my images

Alright, own up, WHO'S been on-line shopping in the sales? Yes, me too! I've bought a couple of presents for people with birthdays coming up and (OF COURSE) I fell for some craft stuff too - I'm dithering about dylusions paints (last day today as they're being withdrawn though who knows why) and pan pastels - can't make a decision and am in danger of missing the sale prices - that would NEVER DO!

Some new stash arrived yesterday and my mini moleskin journals arrived this morning - now I'm double dog torn with what to start playing with first! Here's my That's Crafty stash

Love those crows - had a touch more indecision about the crows as there was an identical set but, instead of the sentiment the crows were all wearing party hats. Decided on the sensible crow set as I thought ...... well you could always ADD THEIR HATS!! DUH! aren't they great? The Inkadinkado set was less than a fiver (Hobbycraft now want £12 for Inkadinkado sets!!!) and I love the ATC sized trio at the bottom - maybe these were behind my decision on the size of my moleskin journals ......... hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Yesterday also saw us visiting my little brown pal below, Robbie, and his owner Jenny - for coffee and a catch up as they had been away over Christmas. Isn't he just soooooooooo cute? Who could have abandoned a face like his? Well, their loss has certainly been Jenny's gain as he's sweet natured as well as cute.

New Year new profile piccie - well, I couldn't leave the Christmas one on the blog all year now .... could I? Like it or prefer the old one? I'm undecided. Dare one ask about New Years Resolutions? If I was a resolution making person (which I'm not) I'd probably have to go with take more exercise and lose some weight but hey ......... cheers! EDITED TO READ: decided I didn't like the new pic so reverted to the old one once more, ho hum, still a WIP!

Happy whatever day! Have a GREAT New Years Eve and .........

Friday, 30 December 2011

TGI Friday peeps - and FRIDAY FUN TIME!!!

Hi folks,

Busy old morning for me this morning, first off I nipped on-line this morning and ordered some goodies for an alcohol ink workshop for Craftathon 2012 - more about that as it draws nearer. Then our house became a bit like Paddington station with people ringing the bell - I've had no fewer than three deliveries this morning and (SADLY) have been rumbled by hubby over SOME of my sale purchases - oops! I fell for some fab Lost Coast rubber images at That's Crafty - gotta love those crows.

Now, I'm SUPPOSED to be going out this morning, for coffee with a pal but, now that my new rubber's arrived, I'd almost rather stay in and play! Of course, time with pals is irreplaceable so I shall be heading out shortly but on the way there and back you just KNOW I'll be planning projects! It's just a shame that my moleskin journal didn't arrive this morning too - ah well, there's always tomorrow!

And now for the last Friday Funny of the year, brought to us by ...... JACKY - thanks Jacky - ENJOY. Next week I'll be drawing names from my list of Friday Funny contributors so, if you sent me a Friday Funny in 2011 you better watch out!


I already knew I was thicker than 11 year olds ...But now it's the pre-schoolers??


Which way is the bus below travelling?

To the left or to the right?

Can't make up your mind?

Look carefully at the picture again.

Still don't know?

Pre-schoolers all over the United Kingdom were shown this picture and asked the same question.90% of the pre-schooler's gave this answer.

"The bus is travelling to the right."

When asked, "Why do you think the bus is travelling to the right?"

They answered: "Because you can't see the door to get on the bus."

How do you feel now???

I know, me too!!!.

Happy Friday one and all - last one of the year so make it a good one! I'll be back later with a photo of my new rubber and possibly even a project - MAYBE!!!

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Hi there - Thursday already!

Hi there,

Hard to believe we're already at December 29th - the last Thursday in 2011 - how's your year been? I've had ups and downs and I'm sure most people have had the same. I hope that 2012 will be better for you if you've had more downs than ups.

Just a quickie journal panel today - been a while since I did any but I ordered a moleskin journal on-line this morning so thought I should get some practise in!

Materials used:
  • 300 gsm white card
  • black card panel
  • Neocolour II water soluble wax pastels to colour the background
  • Baby wipe
  • Tanzanite shimmer spritz and icicle mask
  • Lid from toothpaste pump rubbed on versacolour gold ink pad and applied randomly
  • Plastic "cork" from bottle rubbed across versafine ginger ink pad and applied to centre of gold circles. I REALLY like the effect this achieved as it's not an even application of colour.
  • Credit card dragged through the gold ink pad and used to draw "lines"
  • Paper Artsy images inked in Brilliance crimson, memento london fog and memento tuxedo black
  • Inkadinkado animal skin image inked in versacolour gold
  • Stampers Anonymous star and check background inked in versacolour silver and studiog plum
  • Faber and Castell Pitt pen used to draw freehand border

Hope you like it and I hope you are enjoying your post Christmas break too. May see you all tomorrow with more "stuff" - thanks for stopping by

Wednesday, 28 December 2011

The LAST What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday of 2011


After a blowy old night and a murky morning the sun is now shining its socks off!! What IS it with our weather?

I've not crafted since before Christmas and got lots of lovely stash that I wanted to play with so ...... here's how my work desk looked this morning....

Anyway, I took a circular mask and some low tack tape and a card blank and then, using just three of my water soluble wax pastels ....

And then .....

Materials used:
  • C5 300gsm white card blank and matching envelope
  • Neocolour II water soluble wax pastels in violet, yellow green and purple
  • Baby wipe
  • Dark Room Door sentiment and Imagination image inked in Ranger Archival jet black

How do you like my neocolour's first outing - I'm sure my blending will get better with practise but I quite like this harder edge.

Fed up of left overs and far too many chocolates yet? Me either! Happy Wednesday everyone

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Hi there it's the post Boxing Day Boxing Day!!

and, if it's anything like usual there's just something a little flat about today ...... after all the frantic activity over recent weeks with the present buying/wrapping/giving and the same with the cards!, yet today? NOTHING except a fridge full of left overs and the feeling that you can't face another turkey sandwich!

Must be time for some on-line surfing of the sales then! I did some trawling yesterday and am now expecting two parcels to arrive in the coming days - yee haa! Might do some more today as I have received a whole load of e-mail sales notifications, now .... where DID I put my credit card?

Yesterday saw us at the home of one of the surrogates (actually, real mum's home this year) for dinner, a few drinkies, silly games and (of course) the Secret Santa exchange. Harry (surrogate grandson) played Santa and sometime photographer and I'm going out on a limb here and saying that everyone was delighted with their selection this year, as most years. What did I get out of yesterday's entertaining evening? Well, aside from my giftie of a DVD and Amazon gift voucher, I began to realise that I shouldn't be trying a spelling competition after I've had a few! OOOPS. The boys challenged the girls to a "pub quiz" and (given they had the benefit of Steve, Chris and Alan on their side - all of whom have a passing interest in sport) we girls came second!! I was pretty proud of getting three whole sports questions right but it STILL wasn't enough! Becky and Dawn have about as much sporting interest as I do and Nick was asking the questions. We enjoyed the company, the food, the games and the gifts - thanks, Surrogates and a Happy New Year.

My Secret Santa giftie

My S.S. gift was for Becky - I think she liked it!

Steve's S.S. was for Nick and she liked hers too

As the games draw to a close we realise there's a joker in every pack!

However you spend your Tuesday, I hope it's a good one - all the best. I'm off to play with some of my new craft stash in a mo so I may yet be back with a second post - watch this space!

Monday, 26 December 2011

Happy Boxing Day

I hope that Santa brought you all everything (or at least something) you asked him for! Me? I was VERY LUCKY and got LOTS of lovely things - some crafty and some not. I got the Harry Potter boxed DVD set, a Whitesnake CD (Mmmmm), some Marc Jacobs "Daisy" (mmmmm), slippers, chocs, soaps, and lots LOTS more - here's a photo of the bulk of my craft goodies and one beneath which will (hopefully) show up the wondrous colours of the embossing powders.

WOW! indeed!

Happy Boxing Day peeps - hope no-one's hung over! And if you are well I hope you will soon be feeling more chipper! Later peeps, I'm off for a spot of on-line shopping in the sales

Sunday, 25 December 2011

The briefest of posts this Christmas morning ...


Just wanted to stop by and wish everyone who visits blogland this Christmas Day the HAPPIEST OF CHRISTMAS' and my very best wishes for a great 2012 too.

Ho Ho Ho hope you get everything you asked Santa for too!

Saturday, 24 December 2011

2nd post for Christmas Eve - challenge entry!

Afternoon all,

Second post from me today (to make up for lack of post tomorrow perhaps!) - if you missed my earlier post then feel free to check it out here

My card is for the Simply Less Is More challenge and the theme this week is ONE WORD - I selected HAPPY and inside I can make the card in to anything I want ...

Materials used:
  • 5" square 300gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Bronze DCWV metallic card panel
  • White 300 gsm panel with rounded corners.
  • Circular mask coloured using Distress Inks in Pumice Stone, Victorian Velvet and Worn Lipstick
  • TGF image inked in Memento tuxedo black and coloured using pro markers
  • Imagine that mix and match sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Fawn polka dot ribbon

Hope you like it and I hope that it's quite Clean And Simple enough for the last challenge of 2011 - perhaps not quite as much "white space" as desirable but lots of "plain" space - fingers crossed anyway.

The Arty Carty blog has candy on offer, celebrating birthdays, 100 posts and, ooh lots of things! The candy will remain on the blog until December 31st and a winner will be picked on January 1st 2012 - you just have to post about the candy and become a follower ..... easy peasy?

Happy Christmas Eve and Merry Christmas to all my readers and followers and an even Happier New Year

It's Christmas Eve - only ONE MORE SLEEP!!!

Morning all,

It's Christmas Eve, it's just before 11:00 a.m., hubby's been to Sainsbury's already and I've been out for my constitutional and now he's doing what has become traditional in recent years ...... booking a holiday!

My brother is coming round tomorrow morning and we'll exchange presents with him - his wife's a nurse and is working, which is a shame but hopefully they will enjoy their Christmas together at some time.

I still can't believe that I don't need to be making Christmas cards at this late stage and guess what? I made another one yesterday!!! DUH! At this rate I won't have any to make at all in 2012! I have really found the challenges over on Bah Humbug to be helpful in making up my quota this year and I shall certainly miss them in 2012 as the fine ladies at Humbug Hall are resting the challenges - we regular contributors are missing them already!

Anyway, here's what I hope will be my last Christmas card of the year!

Materials used:
  • 5" square, 300gsm white card and envelope
  • Inkadinkado image and sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
In case you find yourself in want of craft challenges, there's a challenge over on the Simply Less Is More blog and this week's Clean And Simple theme is ONE WORD - start your crafting engines!!!

In the time it's taken me to compose this post my dear hubby has managed to book our holiday to San Francisco and Orlando - how fabulous!

Have a great Christmas Eve and a Fabulous Christmas Day - there seems little point in my posting tomorrow as I doubt many of you will be checking out my blog tomorrow!!

Friday, 23 December 2011

TGI Friday peeps - and FRIDAY FUN TIME!!!

Hi there,

Friday again - another week gone and not long now till Christmas - how are your preparations coming along? Only two more sleeps so - if you've got much left to do then I wish you much luck with achieving it!

No crafting for me for the past several days and I missed it. A new member joined Craft Mad and Loving It and is on the DT over at Cute Card Thursday so ....... with CMLI resting their sketches till the New Year it seemed like a good idea to support Shary. I checked out the sketch and it makes a nice change from the Clean And Simple layouts I've been doing of late .... so, here's my card and then underneath is the Cute Card Thursday original challenge sketch - hope you approve.

Materials used:
  • 8" square 300 gsm white card
  • 7" square of green DCWV paper
  • Black panels with rounded corners (as matted layers)
  • DCWV metallic paisley card for matting
  • DCWV bronze card strip edged using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Metallic ribbon
  • Red paper - free with Card Making and Paper craft recently
  • LOTV image coloured with Pro Markers, Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens and Stardust stickles
  • Retro flower punch in two sizes and DCWV, cream, bronze, metallic and black card
  • Faux crystal gemstones as flower centres

and now for the sketch ..

And this week's Friday Funny is not so much a funny as a humorous seasonal greeting - not that it feels particularly seasonal here as it's absolutely chucking it down in stair rods here - boy, am I glad I took my constitutional earlier AND in the dry!


Happy Friday - make it a good one!

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Hi there and welcome to whats left of What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!

The last What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday before Christmas. I imagine that lots of people are sick to the back teeth of Christmas cards and yet, that was the last thing on my work desk - I blame the arrival of those new Dark Room Door stamps!!

A great big festive welcome to my latest follower Katina Killey - if you've time then do pop over and check out her blog.

Well, some of you may recall that hubby and I weren't putting decorations up this year - place looks really sad and bare. Last night we decided to have a little drive round to see what other people have been putting up this year - boy there's a lot of blue LED lights this year! We passed one house (Forest Road, Fishponds) and they had this display - which we could never hope to compete with!!

Yes, these two photos are juse ONE HOUSE!!!!

Happy Wednesday folks - make it a good one!

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Only FIVE more sleeps ....

till Christmas!.

Yesterday saw me out to lunch with my pals from school days. Boy have we known one another a while then?!?!??! (rhetorical question but the answer IS ..... YES!). We met at a local restaurant and enjoyed a Christmas lunch with a lot of chat in between. It was such fun ladies - we should do it again ...... SOON!

Remember yesterday?, when I told you all that we weren't putting up decorations in our house this year? WELL, we're just waiting for the neighbours to complain about our Bah Humbug impression ..... after all, look at their displays! Between the three of us you almost feel like we could be seen from space!

It's Roger's birthday today - he's my lovely neighbour in Florida - HAPPY BIRTHDAY Roger. My pal, Wynneth, is home from the hospital and starting her recovery - good luck matey. That just leaves one other pal who's been poorly to make some significant improvement - fingers crossed for you too. Surrogate family have had a few illnesses of late too and I hope they've all started to feel better too - there's a lot of it about this time of year.

Happy Tuesday

Monday, 19 December 2011

Only SIX more sleeps .......

till Christmas! Anyone else (over the age of 21) getting really excited?? Or IS it just me then? I do love Christmas. Normally we have lots of lights up (inside and out), though not an obsessive amount - like you see in the papers! We usually have a 6' tree in the lounge and a 4' in the dining room and a 2' tree in our bedroom - twinkling away ....... but not this year. All of our trees and decorations are still up in the loft. Since my hip op I've not really been up for scampering up and down ladders to assist hubby in their removal from the loft or their siting in and out of the house so we decided that, this year, we wouldn't do it. So, about the only trace that it's Christmas in our house this year is a 2'5" fibre optic tree in the lounge and a couple of USB trees attached to our PC's - BAH HUMBUG I say!! Look out for next year.

Fortunately, our neighbours opposite have put up their usual show and, when I remember, I'll take a pic and post on here - it's lovely to look out and see.

Last evening saw hubby and I out with a pal (and neighbour) for an Indian at our local favourite restaurant - it was well up to it's usual standard and the boss is always pleased to see us.

Today I am off out to Christmas lunch with friends from my dim dark (and distant) school days. The three of us will meet at the restaurant and attempt to catch up on what's been happening in each of our lives since our last meeting during the summer school holidays! Wish us luck!

I did manage a little crafting yesterday and, would you believe, both cards are only blooming Christmas cards! The first one is on a Kraft card base and started life as a CAS music themed card for the Simply Less Is More challenge this week. The great thing about CAS (esp One Layer CAS) is that, if it goes wrong, you can simply mat and layer over it - as had to happen in this case!

Materials used:
  • C6 300 gsm Kraft card and matching envelope
  • Patterned papers (free with a recent CM&P)
  • Red card
  • Santa image (unknown manufacturer) on white card, die cut in to scalloped oval
  • Pro Markers to colour
  • Merry Christmas satin ribbon
  • Faux crystal gemstones
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
And now for the second card .... following my recent purchase of some dark room door stamps I felt I just had to get them inky ....

Materials used:
  • 5" square, 300 gsm scallop edged white card and matching envelope
  • Dark Room Door sentiment inked in versacolour gold and inked twice on to my base card
  • Dark Room Door image inked in Brilliance chocolate
  • Crystal ice stickles (the larger textured glitter glue) to highlight the antlers and reindeers nose!

Hope you like them - I just hope I can remember where I put them when it comes to writing the 2012 cards!!!

Have a great Monday everyone - check out this video .... and don't forget one of my faves, located at the top of my side bar too!

Sunday, 18 December 2011

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

Morning all,

Welcome to Sunday - is it a nice lazy day for you? After dinner guests on both Thursday and Friday it was nice to be "just the two of us" last night, so it was a nice dinner and a nice bottle of wine and the final of Strictly! I've been rooting for Harry Judd for a couple of weeks now - so was pleased to see him triumph last night. Everyone was indeed "just wild about Harry"!!

I'm saving White Christmas and Miracle on 34th Street for this morning whilst hubby is out at the flying field and am hoping that the weather won't bring him home before I've watched both! This will set me up for the upcoming festivities. I'm also out to Christmas lunch tomorrow with two pals from my school days, Andrea and Naomi - this should be fun - we simply don't get together as often as we would like.

On the craft front, yesterday afternoon saw me cracking on with a second entry for the Simply Less Is More blog's "MUSIC" themed challenge and, if the truth be told, I like this one a little better than my first and I wonder whether you (dear readers) will too ........

Materials used:
  • 8" square 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Circular mask attached to the lower right corner (with post its) and coloured using Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Pumice Stone
  • Dark Room Door musical image inked in Memento cocoa bean
  • Dark Room Door music definition inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Taupe organza ribbon tied around the card and in to a knot above centre
  • A piece of 100gsm copier paper was cut 9" x 8" and folded 1" in from the 9" end before inking with a Penny Black sentiment in Memento cocoa bean. The dictionary definition and instrument image was inked on to the envelope, to match, too.

Hope you are having a nice leisurely Sunday and didn't overdo any Christmas "Do's" last night!

Saturday, 17 December 2011

2nd post - challenge entry!

Wotcher peeps, second post of the day from me. If you've missed my earlier post and card then please check it out here.

In the meantime here is my card for the Simply Less Is More blog challenge which, this week, is to feature the theme of "MUSIC".

Materials used:
  • 5" square, 300 gsm scallop edged white card and matching envelope and insert
  • Dark Room Door sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Unknown manufacturers music image inked in Memento london fog
  • Quickie glue pen and glamour dust to highlight the rounder letters of the sentiment
  • Narrow white satin ribbon, coloured using a pro marker - ice grey1 and tied in to an off centre knot and trimmed

Hope you all like it - I look forward to reading your valued reviews

Have a fab Saturday

Morning and welcome to Saturday!

Morning all,

Great news, my pal's operation was a success. Her hubby rang last evening to say that, although she had gone to theatre late in the afternoon, she was now back on the ward and starting her recovery. Fingers crossed this will go well and she will be home in plenty of time for Christmas.

My get well card for her should have reached her this morning so I can now reveal it .....

Materials used:
  • 6" square 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • Dark Room Door sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Nitwits image inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card and cut out
  • Pro Markers and Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens to colour
  • Xyron sticker maker used to attached adhesive to my bear
Over on the Simply Less Is More blog the new challenge has been revealed. This week's challenge does not have to be a one layer card but DOES need to be Clean And Simple and with lots of white space. The theme for this week is....... MUSIC. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm, interesting - may BBL! 

Happy Saturday, if you are sallying forth to the shops then ..... don't forget the shin pads - it's supposed to be the busiest shopping day in the run up to Christmas!!