Monday, 28 February 2011

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week


Welcoming new follower, Sam, I hope you will return again and find something to amuse and/or entertain you.

Last evening Clare posted the March scrap layout challenge on Scrap Addicts giving a title for the challenge of JUST B'COZ and giving a list of things beginning with B to choose from in order to construct our layout, and left us free to crack on with any design we choose. Clare's posted early because she will be at work on March 1st . . . well, never one to resist a challenge AND because (or should that be B'COZ) I have all the fab photos from last weeks craftathon to scrap AND because my hubby was out last night I decided to crack on and do my layout. I inserted a whole bunch of photos in to a word document and played about with their size and borders / effects till I was happy, before printing on to gloss photo paper (what DID we do before we went digital?), did some journalling in "word" too and then set about my layout - I also hand wrote some journalling once everything was stuck in place and added bling and brads to comply with the challenge brief and below you see the results . . . . and it's not even March till Tuesday!!! Where's the year going? It does rather seem to be galloping away at a fair old pace . . . soon be Christmas at this rate!

Materials used:
  • DCWV BEIGE crackle paper from a stack
  • BLACK card for borders
  • White printer paper for journalling
  • Three black sugared BRADS
  • Five faux crystals (BLING)
Happy Monday everyone!!! It's a chilly grey one here but at least the wind has died down and it's not raining - so that'll do me. I'm waiting in for a parcel at the moment, not with exciting contents sadly (like my TSV) but a door seal and grill pan for the cooker!!! but maybe something nice will drop in too - like my new issue of Craft Stamper perhaps.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

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Well, what a funny old day Sunday turned in to? Don't know about you but it started off like a beeeeoootiful day here in Bristol but, by 09:30 it was already clouding over and a hail storm predicted. We've not had the hail storm . . . .  yet, but we've had rain and a fair amount of it. We had thought about going out this afternoon but changed our minds - not so pleasant driving around in the rain, is it?

Decided to stay in and make some anniversary batch cards as I have several anniversaries pending. Now, rather than photograph several same old same old I have just selected one to show you what I've been up to - hope you like it (especially if you have an anniversary coming up!!!!). After a while though, you do find yourself getting a bit bored ........ so I thought I'd have a bit of a change and make an ATC.

Following our recent foray to craftathon 2011 and how everyone seemed taken with the simplicity of gilding flakes I thought I would use some more. Honestly, one little pot goes MILES and MILES!!!! I keep mine in a Chinese takeaway container but there sure is a static charge involved and a little gets all over the place. Once I've done this post then I'm off back down to my little craft area with the hand held vacuum . . . . to clear up!

Materials used:
  • Mauve C6 pearlised card and white envelope
  • Funstamps sentiment and Habico image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crystal glamour dust applied after colouring areas with a quickie glue pen

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Double sided sheet adhesive
  • Xyron adhesive applied to acetate
  • Gilding flakes
  • Francoise Read peel off coloured using a green pro marker
Forgot to mention that hubby and I nipped out for a curry last night! Our friends, Liz and Graeme met us as the restaurant. What were we celebrating? Well, my hubby's recent birthday (for one) but we were away for that so this was the first opportunity for a get together. Liz has also recently left full time employment to concentrate on her musical career and to study for her Grade VIII practical and Grade VI theory in order that she can begin teaching piano - something she's wanted to do for ages (and ages). We wish her much luck and success with this and I hope to be blogging about her fab scores in the near future. The curry was great, the portions huge and it was LOVELY to catch up with Liz and Graeme - so glad to hear that you are feeling so much better Graeme.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

The sun is shining here in Bristol so all is right in my world. Hubby WILL be going flying and this WILL leave me free to craft. Who knows? I MIGHT even get to play with my TSV. So far time has been against me and all I have been able to use has been one of the clear Sir Tim stamps and a little alcohol ink .... see below, not my finest effort but I AM well out of practice as it's been a while since they came out.

Materials used:
  • Silver C5 card and white envelope
  • White panel of glossy paper (should have used card but couldn't find any and I only had ten minutes to play!)
  • Tim Holtz blending tool with felt pad
  • Alcohol inks: yellow, gold, peri peri, plum
  • Blending solution
  • Embossing folder (acquired at Dawn Bibbys shop but I can't remember the make and we all threw the packaging away so we had room for all our purchases!!!)
  • Memento ink in grape jelly
  • Docrafts sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
On another subject, I want to thank everyone who offered constructive criticism and helpful suggestions regarding my sketchie yesterday - it IS kind of growing on me so I guess everyone who said it was fine and I was still in the CAS zone was spot on ........... so thank you very much for taking the time to comment.

Anyhoo, the Sunday themed challenge has been posted by Cherry this morning and is "INDULGENCE and OPULENCE"!!! Hmmmm - someones already mentioned chocolate! After the problems I experienced with yesterdays card I thought I would stick with something I knew I previously liked which was collage stamping . . . hubby and I have both "retired" well early in order to INDULGE one of our favourite pastimes which is TRAVEL! so this was the theme for my card. I recently received a package from Crafty Individuals which included the "Postcard" stamp and Sir Tim's TSV stamps had the "Enjoy the journey", the "ticket" and the "Frank" stamps in so it seemed like a great idea (at the time) to go with a postcard outlining our indulgence - hope you like it. It's waaaaaay different from the CAS cards I've been "INDULGING" in lately too!!!

Materials used:
  • Cream C6 card and matching envelope
  • Panel of black card
  • Panel of white card distressed using: Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap, Rusty Hing, Vintage Photo
  • TPC Studios, Hero Arts, Crafty Individuals, Tim Holtz and Art Impressions stamps inked in Ranger Archival jet black
Hope you are all having a fab Sunday - it started out gloriously sunny so hubby's gone off flying but now it's soooooo black I'm sure he'll be home early!!!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

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

Me again, been a while since I managed three posts in one day and I've only done this one because I sometimes feel like a post with too many challenge photos in sometimes loses it's punch.

Welcoming my new follower Arvy Arvy - hope you'll come back again and again!

Over on Less is More (see it here ) this week's challenge is THREE SQUARES and there have been some fab examples to show just how diverse that simple challenge can be. Here is my take on that and it's different again!

Materials used:
  • White linen effect DL card and white envelope
  • Ranger Archival Jet Black ink
  • Magenta image
  • DoCrafts sentiment
  • Quickie glue pen and Crystal Glamour Dust
  • Twinkling H2O in green - I think it's called Irish Mist
Hope you like it

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

Me again,

Ever had a card that ticks all the boxes for a challenge and yet you don't like it? Sadly, I'm having a day like that today. This mornings sketch said "All that glisters, glistens, shimmers, sparkles, twinkles, shines..." and my card does all of that and yet, for me, it simply does not "shine" - hmm - perhaps one of my lovely readers can (in as gentle a way as possible) tell me where I went wrong!

Materials used
  • C6 morphing mauve card and white envelope
  • Scalloped oval die cut of double sided sheet adhesive with silver gilding flakes applied once the image was adhered.
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image inked in memento grape jelly stamped on to white card and cut out.
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped as above
  • Purple sequin waster
  • Silver Card candy adhered with dimensional sticky pads
  • Purple satin flower and two lilac glitter chipboard flowers adhered with a glue gun
  • Two purple faux gemstones

Hope your Saturday is going better than my own appears to be - perhaps I'm still in the CAS zone and my Less is More challenge later may turn out much more satisfactory, here's hoping anyway.

This morning sees fab news

Morning all and happy Saturday,

It's perhaps especially happy for my brother and his family today as they are celebrating his new job. My brother was made redundant (in his 50's) in September 2009 and has been seeking permanent work since that time and found out, yesterday, that he has a permanent job which starts on March 1st. I am sooooooo pleased for him as there is little quite so demoralising as wanting, and not having, a job. GOOD LUCK bro - needless to say - a card was in order AND I managed to use one of the limited edition clear stamps by Sir Tim of Holtz from the recent TSV in to the bargain thus making me one well happy bunny this morning!! Another CAS bites the dust too - they are just so perfect for masculine cards too, don't you think?

Materials used:
  • One tall thin white card, used landscape, and envelope
  • Tim Holtz clear image and do crafts sentiment stamps, inked in Ranger Archival jet black

It's also SKETCHIE DAY over on Craftbubbles Craft Mad & Loving It group and today it has been the turn of CHERRY to present the sketchie. And her twist? "All that glisters, glistens, shimmers, sparkles, twinkles, shines..." - now THAT is clearly going to take me out of CAS obsessive comfort zone this morning! isn't it?

HAPPY SATURDAY PEEPS, whatever you find yourself doing - ENJOY it!

Friday, 25 February 2011

TGIF and it's been a busy old day

Happy Friday people, hope you've all had a good day. Sorry that this post is a bit late (for me) but I've had a busy old day which started with me getting up and out to meet with a pal for coffee this morning. It was lovely to catch up with my friend, Sue over coffee. She sent me an e-mail earlier in the week asking if she could borrow a butterfly punch - IF I had one that was less than 25mm in size! WELL, those of you who have been to my house would know what the likelihood of my having a butterfly punch might be ....... so I took it with me! She's making place cards for her sisters wedding reception - hope it all goes off well for you, Wendy.

Home in time for lunch and a chat with  hubby. I also managed to crack open my QVC TSV - yes, I succumbed (along with thousands of others, no doubt!) to the smashing range of stamps, inks, foils etc and can hardly wait to play but . . .  it would just have to wait as I had also been invited to the home of my friend (and neighbour), Debbie, this afternoon for a cuppa and a natter and that accounted for this afternoon as I returned home at 5:00 - just in time to put my chicken casserole in the oven Again, those of you who know me will be putting that in their diaries and, worse than that, it's the SECOND time this year I've cooked!!!!! (I HATE to cook). Still no time to play with Sir Tim's lovely goodies.

AND over on Bah Humbug this week's challenge is to feature "Anything that flies" and I decided that I had the perfect new stamp . . .

Materials used:
  • Linen effect white DL card (used landscape) and envelope
  • Crafty Individuals stamp inked in Ranger Archival jet black on to white card and cut out
  • Panel or maroon card and panel of black card
  • Maroon glitter ribbon
  • Three faux crystal gemstones
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
No Friday funny from me as I've had zero time to rummage amongst my collection to find one - sorry - have a fab Friday evening and a smashing weekend.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

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Hi peeps,

Me again, I know it's not been long since my first post of the day but I DID say I had paint drying and now it is . . .  this is for my Snowman's chocolate dream challenge - hope you like it!

Materials use:
  • Crafts UK Ltd 300gsm white card and matching envelope
  • DCWV 6" x 4" Christmas glitter stack backing paper
  • Iridescent snowflake which was actually part of a Christmas chain and I used my button shank remover to turn it in to an embellishment
  • Nellie Snellen die cut on shimmery chocolate brown paper
  • Sentiment and image by Darcies Country Folk stamped in Ranger Archival jet black on to white card and cut out.
  • Pro markers to colour
  • White pearlised paint with Glamour Dust sprinkled liberally whilst wet

Hi there and welcome to a slightly soggy Thursday!

Hi there,

Late posting from me today but we had to set an alarm today - for the second day on the trot and boy it was hard to get up too.

We were at the theatre last evening, we had two tickets to see the touring production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat at the Bristol Hippodrome. We had watched the BBC selection process to find a Joseph and had been rooting for the eventual runner up, Keith Jacks, all the way through. Well, how lucky were we then to find Keith appearing as Joseph last night!! It was a great show and we enjoyed ourselves despite things conspiring against us!! The traffic was so dire on the M32 that we turned off early and fought our way through St. Pauls THEN the road we needed to turn down to get to our preferred car park was closed and FINALLY (this was so funny to watch!) as we walked away from the car . . . . the sole came off of hubby's shoe almost to the toe!! OOOOPS. We still managed to find our seats just minutes before the show started and enjoyed the evening. FYI peeps, those shoes are now in the bin!

This morning we had to get up and head off up the M5 to Gloucester in order to meet with our management agents and this meeting went well although it did take 2½ hours and we almost missed lunch! Still, done now. Back home via Sainsbury's - deep joy, how I love grocery shopping!

So, it was four pm before I had the opportunity to start getting creative. Now, I belong to a sort of Design Team for Christmas recipes - over on Craft Mad & Loving It. Every two weeks one of the three of us sets a recipe for a Christmas card. This week it was my turn to set the recipe and I had chosen: Snowman's chocolate dream! with my ingredients listed as below:

•One snowman,
•Stir in a cup of hot chocolate
•Throw in some marshmallow colours
•Decorate with a snowflake or two
•And sprinkle the obligatory glitter!!!

Fancy having a go? Then do head on over and have a go here

Of course, due to my late start I don't actually have my Snowman's chocolate dream finished - I am, as I type this, waiting on paint drying! So do check back later in order to see what I came up with.

In the meantime, I'm hoping that you are all enjoying your Thursdays.

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

This week over on the Simplicity blog there was a post about a challenge to "make a background" and a lovely example using a crackle stamp and a tea cup. Hmmmmmmm - now, the originator of this challenge is SplitCoastStampers and I find their web site singularly un-user friendly so I shan't be uploading this but I was quite taken by the idea and decided to have a go anyway. Since I've started following the simplicity blog I have found Susan to be tremendously talented. Having tried CAS I KNOW it's not quite as simple as it looks! I've also taken to entering the OLW (One Layer Wednesday) challenge, this week's is set here and must feature, aside from being only one layer, a musical theme!! Well, you could blow me down with a feather!!! How VERY handy that I recently acquired the musical set by Rachel of Dark Room Door!  

Materials used:
  • Morphing mauve C6 card blank and lilac envelope
  • Dark Room Door musical stamps inked in memento grape jelly and ranger archival jet black
  • Three faux lilac gemstones
Just realised that you can't really see the text stamp - so I thought that I would add another photo.

And here's the make a background card I made but won't be uploading!

Materials used:
  • Linen texture DL card, used landscape, and envelope
  • Post its to mask
  • Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet, Dusty Concord
  • Hero Arts Swirl inked in Cats Eye Wisteria chalk
  • Imagination thistle and Papermania sentiment inked in memento Grape Jelly
  • Crystal stickles to highlight

Materials used:
  • Tall thin white card, used landscape, and envelope
  • Double sided sheet adhesive
  • Piece of real lace
  • Jones Tones Silver and blue glitter
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped in Ranger Archival jet black

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Tim Holtz Tissue Tape
  • Distress inks in frayed burlap and rusty hinge
  • Paper Artsy image stamped in Brilliance pearlescent rust and then cut out
  • Gesso to seal
As you can see, Tuesday was a real busy day and this morning has started this way too so there may not be much more crafting but it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday . . . so here is my work desk!

Have a fab Wednesday and, if you've made it to the end of this post then thank you for your perseverance!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Hi and welcome to Tuesday

Hi there,

Just need to welcome my newest followed, Cindy Adkins who joined me last evening - Hi Cindy.

Here we are at Tuesday again and have any of you seen the FAB Tim Holtz TSV over on QVC today? You may want to hurry if you're interested though 'cos it looks set to sell out early. There's a video of the presentation he made when he unveiled it if you are interested too, check it out here

Recently, I availed myself of the fab Crafty Individuals seaside set of unmounted stamps - beach huts seem to be very on trend this year and I've had a number of admiring comments about projects I've made using them so ..... here's an ATC featuring, you've guessed it .....

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card (also ATC size)
  • Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Wild Honey
  • Beach Hut image and sentiment by crafty individuals and stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Pro Markers to colour
  • Clear Gesso to seal and adhere the ....
  • Micro glass beads to give texture to the sand
Almost forgot - one of my crafting pals managed to snag a photo opportunity with the Bibster at the weekend (it wasn't me though - I was taking the photo) . . . .

Dawn and Wynneth

Have a great Tuesday peeps

Monday, 21 February 2011

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Hi there,

Over on Bah Humbug the current challenge is to make a Christmas card using a CD. Apparently, it can be a card or a CD/DVD gift box. I went with a card because I just so happened to have a number of CD's as hubby and I went through the myriad of DVD/CD's acquired in daily or weekly papers that we kept because we thought we might watch/listen to them - and yet never have! So, before they hit the bin I hoiked one back out and gave it the Christmas card challenge treatment!

Materials used:
  • 300gsm scalloped square card and envelope.
  • One CD
  • Circle of white card with deckle edge
  • LOTV image stamped in memento tuxedo black ink and coloured using pro markers.
  • Highlighted with a quickie glue pen and Glamour Dust
  • Hero Arts Scroll background stamped in Brilliance pearlescent ivy
  • Narrow red satin ribbon
This was my own set themed challenge for week commencing Sunday Feb 20th 2011 and I went with SNOWDROPS, although if taken laterally this could also have meant a Christmas card!!! I have had this image for EVER and don't recall having EVER used it either . . .  until today and now it has been used three times (card, insert and envelope). It is intended as a thank you card for the lovely people at the Maple Lodge where we stayed this past weekend for our Craftathon 2011 and had such a fabulous time - only sorry we left a haze of glitter in our wake - thank you so much Phillip and Sandra - you may never know JUST how much we appreciated your generosity. I shall also be entering it in to the SPRING challenge over on Simply Less Is More

Materials used:
  • Tall thin white card, used landscape, and matching envelope
  • Docrafts sentiment and Creative Stamping image stamped in Ranger archival jet black
  • Imagination mica paints in turquoise and green and Twinkling H2O in Icicle to colour

 Hope you've enjoyed your Monday - night then, catch you tomorrow

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week!


I hope you all slept well. I have to say that I slept much better last night - back in my own bed - than the previous two nights away at Craftathon 2011. Of course, that might have been the excitement of being away from home with like minded crafters and able to"craft at will"!!!!

Either way, I have woken up refreshed and ready to roll again . . . thought I would post some piccies this morning too. The lovely Wynneth made us all little badges which the ladies at Carol's Crafts and Dawn Bibby's  Design Studio all found entertaining and we all found to be a really nice gesture. One fellow workshop attendee thought they were our craft club logo . . .  and I guess it is, so take a looksee . . .

Either way, thanks so much for making them Wynneth, they're lovely.

Before I went I posted photos of some things I no longer had a need for and Debs bagsed one item and swapped the die below along with a duplicate pro marker (mulberry) for it - thanks very much Debs but I'm thinking I got the best deal.

And then, of course, there was ................... THE SHOPPING!! We all discovered that, big though it was, Cherry's estate car had arrived in Accrington loaded to the gunwales so in an attempt to use minimum space we ditched all the excess packaging practical, prior to our return home. A quick chat to Phillip revealed the extent of their recycling and we split it in to piles of: real rubbish, plastic, card/paper and left it with them - thanks peeps, it helped I'm sure . . . . though Cherry's car did get up that slope a tad more slowly than when we arrived!!! Here's my stash:

Although they look blue in the photograph, trust me, those scissors are PURPLE!! as are the card candy, the gemstones and the mica paint pot and two of the pro markers! The distress ink is pumice stone and the tape is Tim Holtz tissue tape. The embossing folder is of a tree that we saw Dawn Bibby use to demonstrate some fab techniques with - just hope I can remember them ... the eagle eyed amongst you will spot what I should LIKE to call my deliberate error in that my tinnie of Dark Room Door stamps is upside down - I'd like to point out that it was deliberate and in honour of Rachel Grieg being Australian . . . . but, actually, it was indeed just a simple mistake!!!! Rachel says she plans to put photos of our finished project on to her blog when she returns home at the weekend so you might want to check it out sometime soon after then.... here

And for those of you who thought we might have been all crafted out . . . . we made good time on the journey southwards and the lovely Cherry decided we had enough time to take in a trip to Webb's of Wychbold and inside there they have ...... a Hobbycraft!!! Well, it wasn't as good as the two shops previously visited but hey - I STILL managed to buy a set of clear sentiment stamps by Papermania and some clear gesso! - so I was even more happy!
Do check back later to see if I've made anything with any of the above but, whether you can or can't join me later, have a fab Monday.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

I'm back!!!! 2nd post of the day - do please scroll down for earlier post

Oh boy, we had such a fab time during our 2011 Craftathon in Accrington!! We all made our way there on Friday - it was planned like a military manoeuvre with Jacqueline heading up from Cornwall and ringing me once she was safely on the train at Temple Meads so I picked up the same train at Bristol Parkway. We got off at Worcester and loaded our bags in to Cherry's car and headed to Stafford to pick up Wynneth and to meet the fabulous ANDY at the motorway roundabout!! I then played Satnag to Cherry as we headed north, regularly updated by Karen, who arrived first and Debs, who wasn't far behind!!! We fell foul of slow traffic on the M6 and arrived last, around 4pm to find a chilled bottle and some glasses under way - start as we mean to go on!!

Phil and Sandra, our hosts for the weekend, had kindly offered us the loan of their dining room for crafting purposed, despite being warned that the forecast was for haze (of glitter, that is!!!) and we wasted little time in getting started . . .

And here you can see that we have got our priorities right, cheers Debs!!!

This was my room at the Maple Lodge . . . .

And this is the Maple Lodge Guard Dog Seven (of nine, as in Jeri Ryan's character from Star Trek Voyager)

Wynneth and Jacqueline at the workshop within the Dawn Bibby Design studio
Front to back, Karen, Debs and Cherry

Rachel Greig, the owner of Dark Room Door rubber stamps and a keen workshop attendee admiring the finished books made at the workshop 

And this was our project ..... a booklet made from scratch featuring grungepaper cover decorated with ferro textured paint and stamped in before allowing to dry and then highlighting with metallic paints in turquoise and gold and then a concertina insert decorated with distress inks (scattered straw, frayed burlap, vintage photo and walnut stain) and then decorated using images by dark room door stamped in Ranger archival Coffee and then embellished with printed images also by dark room door. A fab and messy project.

After coffee and biscuits we even had time to chat with Dawn herself and watch her demonstrating alcohol inks used with stazon and embossing folders - fab, thanks for your time Dawn.

We rounded the day off with a pleasant Chinese meal at the Moutai - shame about the service!

Sunday morning came around all too quickly and we had to squeeze our goodies, clothes and purchases back in to our cases and wend our weary way home. Thanks to my fellow craftathoniers for making this such a fun weekend - must do it again some time ...... soooooooooooooooooooon

My extra special thanks to Cherry for being chauffeuse this weekend and driving from Worcester to Accrington, and back - I really appreciated it. Cherry and Debs both did the driving for the craftathoniers in and around Accrington and I like to think I speak for us all when I say thank you both.
Hope you have all had a great weekend too

Afternoon, welcome to Sunday

I have scheduled this post in my absence ('cos I'm on my way home from Craftathon about now). I'm absolutely sure I shall have had a fabulous time and made some cards to give to my fellow craftathoniers! (is that a word? I'm going with no - and yet, I LIKE it!, coined by fellow craftathonier, Wynneth). I hope that blogger is not having an epi and will post this as it should . . . . fingers crossed! I wanted to thank the other five craftathoniers who took time out from their families to make this trip and enjoy (hopefully we SHALL have enjoyed) the workshop! 

Materials used:
  • 5 Tall thin white cards (used landscape) and matching envelopes
  • Stamp Attack free stamps (a recent issue of Craft Stamper)
  • Impress Purple and Cerise inks
  • Faux crystal gemstones (3 on each card)
  • Quickie glue pen and Crystal Glamour Dust
  • The insert also features the fob watch and also a sentiment from Crafty Individuals "Happiness is time spent with a friend"
I am currently a temporary member of the Craft Mad & Loving It Design Team and it is my turn to present the sketch (yesterday) and theme for the week today.

My theme for the following week will be SNOWDROPS - to be interpreted however you choose (I'm also thinking that this COULD include either a Christmas card or the advent of spring) it needn't be confined solely to the use of snowdrop images!!!  Fancy having a go? Then pop over to here and check it out . . . .

Once I'm back home I shall be working on my own themed entry so do pop back and see what I've come up with.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Happy Sketchie Day!

Hi everyone,

I have scheduled this post as I am away at Craftathon 2011 in Accrington and shall be attending a Dark Room Door Workshop at 13:00 at Dawn Bibby's shop - I'm looking forward to this and hope we shall all enjoy it. Fellow Craftathoniers are: Cherry, Debs, Jacqueline, Karen, Wynneth and myself and we've been looking forward to this for weeks.

Of course, my regular readers will know that Saturday's are Sketchie Days over on Craftbubbles' Craft Mad & Loving It group and today is no exception. I am currently a very temporary member of the Design Team and believe this may be my last week as such as the lovely Lauren is (frankly) itching to get back to her seat as the regular DT member currently AWOL! It is, however, my turn to present the sketch this week and I've decided to take some of my fellow crafters out of their comfort zone . . . . with this

I've added the following instructions too . . . . Use a DL card (210mm x 100mm - in case card sizes are different, I know the U.S. have different paper sizes) AND I want to see WHITE SPACE on the card - come on, don't be frightened!!!!

So, here is my take on the challenge 

Materials used:
  • White DL card (used landscape) and matching envelope
  • WONDROUS lilac organza from the mighty Michael's
  • Lilac faux gemstones
  • Penny Black image stamped in memento tuxedo black on to white circle
  • Distress inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concord (to fix the white circle!)
  • Paper Artsy image stamped in Grape Jelly on to white card and the leftover ink on blending tool used to colour the card
  • Fiskars corner rounder
  • Fancy round nestie used on black card

 Hope you like it!