Sunday, 31 July 2011

Happy Sunday

Morning all,

Been out on a wild goose chase this morning ....... or rather a wild dog chase! Robbie, my neighbours Lhasa Apso had himself an escape! Jenny rang me so I jumped in to some clothes (not being dressed when she rang!) and we spent over an hour looking for him - without success. We've been stopping cyclists and joggers and had a family of five out looking too ..... came home to start ringing the police, RSPCA etc and Jenny opened her gate to find ....... ROBBIE!!  Where HAD he been? Well, he declined to explain what he'd been up to but we're all mightily glad this search ended well.

I am, of course, now all behind - it's almost mid day and I've not yet showered! Just come back in and am cooling off a bit before jumping in the shower.

As is my habit of a Sunday I slob around and often make a card before I get showered and dressed especially if the fancy takes me - as it did this morning.

I decided to roll around in some ink today and took out my old speedball brayer. I'd like to thank the following people for this card: Clare - who posted a brayered card on a challenge and also Debs for asking some questions about brayering and for making me think it was high time I had a go too - especially as I had recently acquired some fabulous Lavinia stamps which are perfect for brayered backgrounds. Check out this mornings effort - my first!!!!

Materials used:
  • C5 white 300gsm card and envelope
  • Bronze/gold ribbon
  • Coredinations panels in tan and red edged with Memento tuxedo black and the red layer distressed with a Tim Holtz Distress tool
  • For the image panel I brayered a combination of DI's and adirondack inks (frayed burlap, mustard seed and spiced marmalade along with cranberry) whilst I had masked off a "moon" and used torn paper to create the illusion of hills
  • Lavinia image inked in Memento tuxedo black

Hope you like it .... if you want to see what it SHOULD look like then check out the technique vid here. HAPPY SUNDAY to you all

Saturday, 30 July 2011

2nd post - challenge entry! If you missed my earlier post then please scroll down

Wotcher peeps,

Me again, busy morning on the domestic and crafting front! Well 2nd wash load in anyway!

I've made two cards this morning, my Less Is More entry and my Craft Mad and Loving It entry. I've decided to try to cut down on waste/scraps so you might see a similarity in these two entries as both were made from one sheet of 6" x 6" card - not that there is much left now though, thank goodness. So, without further ado - here they are. First out of the trap is my "FEELING FRUITY" entry for Simply Less Is More

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white 300gsm card and envelope
  • Olive coredinations card, cut in to panels, edged using Memento rich cocoa and then distressed using my trusty Tim Holtz distressing tool
  • Rubber Stampede image inked in Memento rich cocoa on to white card and then edged with the same ink.
  • Coloured using pro markers
  • Computer generated sentiment printed in brown ink
  • Narrow brown satin ribbon tied in a knot round my olive panel
  • Corner rounder on my sentiment panel

And now for my Craft Mad and Loving It "TREES" entry

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white 300gsm card and envelope
  • Olive Coredinations card cut in to panels. Two panels edged with Memento rich cocoa and distressed using my Tim Holtz distressing tool and the third edged with a fancy blade on my trimmer and then the rich cocoa ink rubbed along the ridge!
  • Artstamps(N.Z.) image inked in Memento rich cocoa and cut in to a panel before edging in the same ink and matting on to an olive panel
  • Sparkle n' Sprinkle background images inked in Memento rich cocoa on to larger panel
  • Narrow brown satin ribbon wrapped round narrow fancy edged panel and tied in a knot well off centre
  • Kaisercraft brown "pearls"

Hope you like them both, have a great Saturday, whatever you are up to!

Morning and welcome to Saturday!

Hi there,

Last evening saw hubby and I at a wedding reception, along with our pal and neighbour, Debbie. We all left here in our finery - by taxi and headed for the venue, Colstons School - a lovely venue for a wedding - very Hogwarts!

The bride looked beautiful and her frock divine and her father looked so proud, seen here chatting with our pal, Debbie

Here's one of the happy couple, Cassandra and Jonathan

And finally, the venue, Hogwarts (sorry, Colston School)

On another topic ......... the Saturday challenges are here again ....

Over on Craft Mad and Loving It the sketch has been designed by Karen and she's added the theme of TREES today

And on the Simply Less Is More blog the challenge is: FEELING FRUITY!

Hope you are having a great Saturday - me? I'm just the teeniest bit jaded from last night's wedding reception! Ooops

Do check back later and see what I managed to come up with for these two challenges!

Friday, 29 July 2011

TGI Friday peeps - and FRIDAY FUN TIME!!!

Hi folks,

Friday again and the weekend starts HERE!!! Hope you have great plans

Right, as my regular followers will know I have been lucky enough to have been selected to be a Guest Design Team Member over at the Bah Humbug Christmas challenge blog, for the month of July. As July is coming rapidly to a close it is time to unveil my final card as part of the Design Team. This week's challenge is LACE and, without further ado, here is my card ....

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white 300gsm card and envelope
  • Burgundy card cut in to two panels and corners rounded
  • DCWV Spotty paper panel with corners rounded
  • Crafty Individuals sentiment inked in Brilliance pearlescent crimson, trimmed and corners rounded before mounting on to the smaller burgundy panel and then on to a silver holographic panel also with rounded corners.
  • Cream lace laid on top of burgundy organza ribbon and then attached to the spotty layer on my base card
  • 3 glittered gold "snowflakes"
  • 4 faux crystal gemstones
Hope you like it - hope the ladies at Humbug Hall like it too!! If you fancy entering then pop across and have a look at the challenge and other Design Team cards ..... here. Thanks to the peeps at Humbug Hall for giving me the opportunity to showcase my work on their blog, I had fun and can even (grudgingly) admit to enjoying the acetate theme!!!

In the meantime - it's time for the FRIDAY FUNNY once again, this week courtesy of Brenda Brown (thanks Brenda) - ENJOY!

This has been recently circulated by e-mail .........

Subject: Fwd: Half price iPads available if you are interested

Hi All

If you are interested in getting an iPad I can get hold of them through a contact. These are straight, not “off the back of a truck” – they are from a cancelled Hospital contract due to the Government cutbacks.

The numbers are limited - he has twenty iPads going for less than half price – so it’s first come first served.
He has already sold one (scroll down for picture below so you can see what you are getting).

Get back to me as quick as you can if you want one.

Full spec as below...........

And the moral of this story? If it sounds too good to be true ........ it probably IS!!!

Happy Friday - have a fantabulous weekend - see you tomorrow at the challenges!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

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

Just a quickie,

Been watching QVC's craft sale shows and crafting whilst they've been on - not bought anything I hasten to add but still watching! I used a retirement card recently and my neigbour bought one from me - these are not cards I use a lot and that was 100% of my stock so I thought I should probably make another!

Materials used:
  • 12.5 cm square white 300gsm scallop edged card and envelope
  • 100 gsm white paper for the insert
  • Oval mask taped down and inked using Distress Inks in pumice stone, bundled sage and crushed olive
  • Anita's gerbera image and Hampton Art sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black directly on to my base card
  • Three papermania glittered water droplets to highlight my sentiment
Same sentiment and image used to embellish the insert and envelope

And, having dusted and tidied following Hurricane Kathy (see yesterdays post) I have now found a home for the lovely Bristol Blue glass pieces my brother and sister-in-law have given us for our anniversary - check them out ....

Hope you are enjoying your muggy Thursday!

Morning all

Welcome to a hot and rather sticky Thursday - well, that's what it's like where I am! Sticky night last night too, so not a great nights sleep - you wake up hot so chuck off the bedclothes, then you wake up cold and so on and so on!

Still, yesterday evening my brother called in his way home from work, and the reason for his visit was to drop in an anniversary card and gift. We don't normally exchange cards and gifts on anniversary but, this being a biggie, they thought they would. Bristol blue glass with a silver pattern on  - very nice (I don't suppose they check my blog but - just in case), THANK YOU Steve and Ann.

I shall be taking everything down from my small "display area" and having a bit of a reshuffle (aka dusting!) later, to make an appropriate space for both pieces.

This morning I nipped out to visit my pal, Dorothy and also wanted to look for some shoes ...... I set off (full of optimism) and headed to the ring road ...... aka PARKING LOT!!!! Honestly, a two mile tail back for 300 yards worth of road works! Hmmmmmf. Parked at Emersons Green and headed off to do some shopping - needed a new pair of shoes, which I tracked down and now have in my hot sticky little hand. On to Dorothy's negotiating the roadwork chaos being caused by Bristol Waterworks and  reached Dorothy's only to find the road up ... so had to park some distance away and fight my way through the cones on foot. Note to self .... go home a different way. Which sounded like a plan until ..... no fewer than four sets of temporary traffic lights and the road blocked by a skip truck making a delivery!!! The journey from hell, I think! Still, it was nice to catch up with Dorothy and I DID need that pair of shoes.

I think I just might spent a few minutes watching the QVC craft sale day this afternoon. Might even do a bit of crafting whilst I'm at it.

Hope you are enjoying your Thursday everyone - have a good afternoon

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

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

Hi there,

Wednesday already! For someone who didn't have anything planned for this week I have no idea where it's going so fast!

Last evening saw some of the surrogate family here for dinner and hubby cooked up a storm - delish as always! We cracked open a bottle ....... and then another ........ and then a third!! Oh My! AND on a school night too! Thank heavens I didn't have to get up for work this morning! Neither did my hubby although he has had to get up and head off for a haircut!

As I said (and you all already know this) it's Wednesday ..... and that means What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday. After a marathon clear up of the dining room yesterday during which I basically stacked all the crafting stuff from the dining room in any crack of space I could find it should come as no surprise to read that my crafting area looks, frankly, a MESS of the highest order! OOOPS, so before any crafting can occur I shall plainly have to tidy up - thank heavens I already made the cards for the wedding on Friday and the hubby's anniversary! I hope to get round to tidying very soon ... in the meantime, here is the trail of devastation left by Hurricane Kathy, prior to dinner yesterday evening!

Hmm - as you can see, access to my table of craftiness is restricted on the right already, without the added stuff on the left - this normally is occupied solely by the glass fruit bowl currently buried in there ..... somewhere!!!

OK, now I KNOW that a vacuum NEEDS to get round there ..... but you've seen the first picture - so the question is .................... HOW!!!!

And, actually, my table of craftiness will only take a couple of mins to clear - once I've cleared the path to get there!! Hmmmf!

Anyway, hope you will all have a fab Wednesday - do let me know what you did last night!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Happy Tuesday everyone

Decided on some shopping this morning as my dear hubby tried on his tux last evening and ....... well, let's just say that whilst he COULD fasten the trousers we're neither of us sure that breathing was also a viable option!!! Mind you, it should also be pointed out that his tux is nigh on 25 years old (doesn't get a lot of wear you see!) and there's pretty much NOTHING in my wardrobe that old and which I could still get in to!, so he's doing way better than me!

We are now the owners of a new (and super spivvie) tux - not that I plan to wear it you understand!. M&S have evening suits at a silly price so we didn't even bother to consider not buying one!! Just gotta hope it holds up for the amount of formal evenings anticipated on our cruise later in the year! Cufflinks and bow tie are at the ready! As for me, I "treated" myself to some lingerie and a handbag sized perfume spray and that was it!

We also did a quick trolley dash round the food hall in preparation for dinner this evening as we have surrogate daughter, Becky, and her hubby, Chris, coming to dinner. We were only out of the house for 65 minutes and 30 of those were spent getting to and from the mall AND we circumnavigated the food hall too so you can tell - we were indeed on a mission and that appears to have been to spend as little time as possible at the mall! SUCCESS!!

Our dinner arrangements also mean that I had to clear out my reserve crafting room - aka the dining room! Since a couple of crafting pals came to play for the weekend (at the beginning of the month) I have "commandeered" the dining room for colouring in and die cutting! Now it looks like I shall have to try to shoe horn those crafting products back in to the tiny space where I craft - behind the couch!!! Wish me luck, it's a tight squeeze as it is! Well, if I didn't do it for tonight I would have to do it for the weekend as we have friends coming to dinner on Sunday too!

Oh how I wish I could wave a wand and have an instant transformation from this cluttered crafty space:

To this ....... tranquil and ready for our Italian themed evening! Except for the dessert which is going to be fruit crumble!!

I hear that QVC has a two hour Christmas Crafting Special on this afternoon (2-4 pm) so I may just check it out but, with 85 Christmas cards already in my stash, there surely cannot be anything I need!!! Well, you'd think not anyway! So my clearing of the dining room may just have to get done in double quick time!

Her's a new one to me ...... just tried to check in with my crafting buddies on craftbubble and all I got was a "WEB SITE DISABLED" message!!!!!!!! YIKES - not had that one before! Anyone else got a problem with I have spoken to the peeps at the Origin on-line department and am assured that the problem is indeed being "looked in to" as ALL of their affiliated websites are affected. The young lady I spoke to did say that she anticipated service being back on-line before 2:30 - fingers crossed otherwise, we can all meet here to put the world to rights!!

Anyhoo, with that particular transformation out of the way it's time to move on to the lounge so, without further ado I'm off to put the TV and the vacuum on!! Laterz peeps! Have a good afternoon

Monday, 25 July 2011

Morning readers and welcome to the start of another week!

Wotcher peeps

Whilst browsing the blogs I follow I checked out Caroline's and she was talking about the KEEP CALM ...... posters. Now, on Saturday I was nipping round to our Tesco Express to get a paper (for the TV guide you know) and saw a T-Shirt on a "substantial" lad which read "Keep calm and eat all the pies" something he had plainly taken literally! - so this was in the back of my mind as I read Caroline's blog. Anyhoo - aside from her super card she mentioned the spoof site where you can make your own so .................... here's my own thought for the year ...

Fancy having a go yourself? Then check out the site here

Whilst on the subject of interesting blogs and web sites .......... those of you who don't already then perhaps you should check out the blog of Suze Weinberg (the fantastic talent behind the melting pot and many other Ranger innovations). She packs more in to one day than I do in a fortnight!! And CREATIVE? - like you wouldn't believe. She recently took up jewellery making and now sells it on her ETSY site - see her here. Glad to share peeps - ENJOY

D'you know? I have NOTHING planned this week except for a wedding do later in the week. Normally, I have a couple of days taken up but this week - nada!! zip, zilch! though my days grow organically since "retiring" from the rat race and I am sure I can find something to do! Like heading to M&S and purchasing some "stuff" necessary to accompany the cocktail dress for my cruise later in the year, or visiting friends - oh, one of my pals did mention the possibility of a communal pedicure ........ of the fish variety so who knows? I COULD end up with an almost busy week! AND I have the wedding card to make! The bride and groom have the colour scheme of navy and silver which sure made for classy invites so I'd kind of like to make a wedding card in the same colour scheme ...... and, as it happens, since starting this post we've spoken to surrogate daughter 2 and she and her hubby are coming round to dinner on Tuesday evening - they are Harry free you see. Their son is staying at Grandma's for the week so are able to go out for dinner instead of having to be home for Harry's bedtime! Yee Haa

I did, FINALLY, get round to making my dear hubby an anniversary card. TWENTY FIVE YEARS married next month so it's not like I haven't known this day was coming ....... and yet at almost the last moment I start thinking about a card! Mind you, I think I must have been thinking about it on a subconscious level as I found the perfect stamp for my plane/Florida/space mad hubby - bet you will never guess what it's like! AND it had never yet been inked so it's not like he's seen it before! I can't really share it with you yet though as it's another two weeks till the anniversary! BUT ..... here's a little teaser of what it looks like!

And I've now done the wedding card for Friday which I can get out in the post c/o the bride's parents, in readiness.



Materials used:
  • 12.5cm 300gsm white scallop edged card and envelope
  • 11.5cm x 11.5cm panel of silver mirri card with corners rounded and a small notch cut for the ribbon
  • Narrow white satin ribbon coloured using a dark blue pro marker
  • Panel of navy ribbed card edged with the Martha Stewart edge punch from a PATP set
  • Kan Ban image inked in versamark ink on to white card and heat embossed using silver tinsel and then highlighted by rounding the corners and "colouring" the wedding dress with Crystal Stickles
  • Simply Stamps sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card and embellished with crystal stickles before matting on to an offcut of the navy ribbed card
  • Three Kaisercraft glitter water droplets to finish

And here is the co-ordinating insert and envelope, both also highlighted with the crystal stickles

Happy Monday everyone

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning

Morning all,

Here we are at Sunday morning again. An hour ago the sun was shining ..... and now? DULL AND GREY  - AGAIN!!! Hubby has gone to the field to play Biggles but isn't overly confident that he'll be there till his normal time, but hey - we've been wrong about the weather before!

Today's challenge over on craftbubble's Craft Mad and Loving It group has been set once more by Debs as a Guest Design Team Member and she has opted to instruct us to use up our scraps!! Well, I don't know about you but I sure have loads of those so it'll be a tough decision about how many and which scraps to use!

Well I made a decision and you would just KNOW it might involve PURPLE, wouldn't you? I can assure you that no new pieces of card were broken in to in order to make this card. I actually had the piece of purple card already embossed - from an experiment with a plastic masking sheet that I tried through my big shot whilst watching the Imagination special on QVC ....... it worked, though not ever so well. I'm not sure the embossed circles will show up terribly well in this photo but, trust me, they're there!!! SO, I'm entering this card in to the "use up your scraps" challenge on CMLI and also the "button/s and/or ribbon/s"" over on the Simply Less Is More challenge blog - wish me luck - not that there's a prize but hey .....

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white 300gsm scallop edged card and envelope
  • 11.7cm panel of embossed purple card with the corners rounded
  • 5cm punched and ribbed circle of lime card
  • The end off a roll of lime grosgrain self adhesive ribbon
  • Purple button
  • Narrow lime satin ribbon threaded through the button holes and knotted
  • Lavinia Poppy head image inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card and corners rounded
  • Black card panel with corners rounded in order to mat the image on to

Hope you like it - look forward to reading your opinions

Last evening saw us out to dinner with friends, Liz and Graeme - can hardly believe that this was our last opportunity for quite a while due to one reason or another - seems like so far away and yet it will be here before we know it. We trekked to Thornbury for our evening out - to the splendid Thai Basil restaurant and it was, splendid that is! We opted for the "Special" menu as it gave us the chance to try several different dishes. Our starter consisted of four each of five starters, then the crispy duck (mmmmmm) followed by three main course dishes plus rice (one prawn, one beef and one chicken) all super yummy and then there was a fresh fruit salad to finish ........ needless to say, we rolled out of there! Oddly enough (and this doesn't happen often in Thornbury or anywhere else for that matter) we were able to park less than 50 yards from the restaurant so missed out on the opportunity to work off any of those pesky calories! As the designated drivers it had fallen to Liz and I to drink ......... water!!! so, a few calories saved there then!

If it doesn't rain later then we have yet another exciting day planned ......... hedge trimming. Yesterday's labours got this far! Still took two hours though!

Happy Sunday - hope the weather's nicer where you are!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

2nd post - challenge entry! If you missed my earlier post then please scroll down

Hi folks,

Just a quickie as I'm off out to get roofing felt!!! I know, I know - I don't know how I can stand the excitement ...... but there!

Two challenges each Saturday so two challenge cards.

Here is my take on the Simply Less Is More challenge of ribbon/s or button/s

Materials used:
  • 12cm square card
  • Lime ribbon
  • Lavinia image inked in memento tuxedo black
  • Hero Arts sentiment inked in memento tuxedo black
  • Lime button threaded with white satin ribbon and knotted

And my card for today's SKETCHIE over on Craft Mad and Loving It which has the added theme of BALLOONS

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white scallop card
  • Costco double sided paper (pink one side and blue flowers the other)
  • Sugared white brads
  • Papermania glitter water droplets
  • Go Kreate fancy shaped die
  • Lavinia dandelion imaged inked multiple times (in studio g pink) and then die cut in to a circle
  • Costco double sided paper die cut in to slightly larger circle
  • Nitwits bear image inked in memento tuxedo black on to white card, colored using marvy alcohol inks and cut out
  • Unknown foam balloon stamp inked in memento tuxedo black and colored using the same colors of marvy alcohol pens and the "strings" drawn using Copic Atyou Spica glitter pen in black
  • Foam pads behind the balloons to give them dimension
  • Narrow white satin ribbon colored using the blue marvy alcohol ink to match
  • White gel pen on the balloons to give them a highlight
  • Glossy accents on the balloons to give them shine

Hope you like them both and are enjoying your Saturday

Hi and welcome to Saturday

which, as my regular readers know, is CHALLENGE DAY.

Yes, there are two "must enter" challenges each Saturday .....

Over on the Simply Less Is More challenge this week it's a recipe to follow when making our Clean And Simple cards and it is to use BUTTONS or RIBBONS (or both) - mmmmmmm. There's already two entries posted and it's not yet 09:30!! Blimey the LIM-ettes are keen!

And over on craftbubbles Craft Mad and Loving It group the sketch this week has been set by Debs as the Guest Design Team Member so here is her sketch, with the added theme of BALLOONS

You might want to pop back later and see what I came up with - it's going to take me a while to clear up from all the canvas and finger painting mayhem of this week first though!!!

Have a great Saturday. I know I shan't have much time today as I've lots to do so I shan't be able to make it to the Patchway Festival which my crafting pal, Lilian, is involved in the organisation of but I hope it goes well Lilian.

Friday, 22 July 2011

2nd post of the day - canvas finished ...... I think!

If you missed my earlier post with canvas "in progress" pix then please scroll down and read the earlier one first - it might help this one to make more sense - then again - it might NOT!

Having poked and prodded and gotten seriously paint covered/splattered/all of the above! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed the process. If you had asked me about this as recently as a week ago then I would surely have told you "No way - I wouldn't have a clue where to start" and it would NOT have been a lie either. Thankfully, I had the good fortune to win two DVD's (by Kate Crane - see her work here) which laid out the basics and filled in a few blanks and (of course) the mighty youtube was seriously handy for a few other wrinkles.

I BELIEVE that the purple canvas is now finished, though I could be wrong about that .......... it's not over till the fat lady sings (and I'm NOT doing that!!!). I invite your opinion ................. please

Thanks for looking and for taking the time to comment too - now I'm off to try to dismantle a house alarm which has been going off all blooming day!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr - apparently, the owners are away in Florida (how jammy is that?) and have left "friends" in charge of the house and cat - guess the cat has found itself in the part of the house that it shouldn't be in!

Have a fab weekend everyone - see you at the challenges tomorrow!

Friday Funny

Morning dear readers,

Well it's Friday again and this means a couple of things .......

1) The weekend starts here!!
2) It's a new Bah Humbug challenge
3) It's Friday Funny day!

Well, you already know about number 1) so on to number 2). Over at Bah Humbug Ann and Max have unveiled their new challenge for the coming week and this week it is: BEADS. As a Guest Design Team Member for the month of July it fell to me to produce a card for this challenge and here it is:

Materials used:
  • 5" square, 300gsm scalloped white card and envelope
  • Narrow red satin ribbon tied round the card and in to a knot well off centre.
  • Die cut white card shape (die cut by go Kreate) and Dark Room Door dot image inked in Brilliance rocket red
  • Go kreate die cut oval in red and a slightly smaller white version
  • Darcies snowman inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card and cut out
  • Image coloured using pro markers
  • Liquitex pearl painted on to the "snow" areas of the snowman and then dusted with crystal glamour dust
  • Glossy accents applied where there would be snow on the ground and micro beads in clear glass and even smaller silver ones sprinkled liberally and left to dry
  • Glossy accents also applied to the steaming mug of cocoa and to the holly leaves on snowie's hat
Doesn't he just make a splendid Christmas-y image? I do so LOVE this set, which I got from Lakeland Art and Glass in Florida on a recent trip.

I also started another canvas ..... the red one has stalled as I have an idea for an anniversary giftie involving and nice photo of hubby and I taken whilst we're away (relying on the good nature and excellent photographic skills of our pals Lauren and Alan) and that's next month so there may not be much activity on that till I know whether to finish it in portrait or landscape!

Anyhoo - canvas number two and, wouldn't you know it, has purplish tendencies!

So, after laying down a layer of gesso (applied with cut 'n dry) followed by a layer of purple acrylic, applied by using a baby wipe - the piece was then allowed to dry. I used the time usefully by nipping round to visit a neighbour!

This was the fabulously messy bit ....... small amounts each of: purple, green, yellow and white acrylic paint was then applied using wet fingers!! How much fun! I felt like I was FIVE! Time to check my e-mails and phone a friend. It has to be said that these layers are pretty thin so it's not like they take long to dry!

Then it was time to start to embellish. I used a couple of masks and sponged paint  or spritzed glimmer mists through in toning shades. I also used the green and black acrylic paint (applied to the lids of household goodies) to mark the circles and dragged a credit card (actually a plastic advertising card) through black to add lines. I stamped my paper artsy grid in green paint too.

At this point it was time to let it dry again and sit and watch Torchwood.

I got up this morning and added a few tweaks, stamped a couple of images using Ranger Archival jet black and even stamped my clock face using liquitex pearl (a gift courtesy of my pal Lauren - thanks mate) and this is how it looks this morning - still not finished but ..... I have an idea which MAY include something recently sent to me by another crafting buddy, Cherry - so thanks to you too. I hope you can see the soft sheen created by the mica spritzing mists in this photo.

I AM loving this colourway - how about you?

And now for 3) the Friday Funny which, this week, has been e-mailed to me by my pal Liz - ENJOY.

You are at the airport ....... your flight has been cancelled due to volcanic ash clouds ...... you and your mates are getting very restless ...... what do you do?

Go for a bike ride through the terminal ...... of course.

DO click on the link, it's not very long and it does show what lads get up to when bored - I thought it was funny and hope you will too!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Morning - Thursday already!

Hi there,

What an excellent week I'm having?! Monday evening saw me and my hubby shopping for acrylic paints for my art journalling projects and then off to the local cinema multiplex in order to catch the latest Harry Potter movie (brilliant btw), Tuesday it was off to Burnham to meet up with Jacky and her pal, Gill and Wednesday saw me wrestling with aforementioned art journalling project and then we both headed off to the theatre to see Legally Blonde, also fabulous, a very high energy performance.

Now, some of you may have seen yesterday's post and will know how my canvas started life ...... well, here's the next stage. Mind you, when I bought my acrylic paints I hadn't really considered how translucent they would be ...... and these aren't so it hasn't turned out QUITE the way it was supposed to but - according to Kate Crane - there are no mistakes in art!!!

Primed, gesso'd and my colours all chosen and lined up, along with some other materials I thought I might need.

This time I remembered my color wheel - though not well enough to not make a hash of it!! Oh well.

I added my base colour (Brilliant red) using a baby wipe - very quick!

It was fingers for colour application for this layer - SPLENDIDLY messy it was too - and, boy, was it FUN!?!? This was yellow and blue along with a little more red over the top of my base coat and a little white to tone it down.

How do you think it's looking?

I started to embellish and layer patterns with masks and sequin waste sponged using acrylic paint in yellow and white and dipping the lids from household bits and bobs in to Inka Gold and black paint and running my Ranger spreader through various paints too. As you can see, it's starting to look infinitely more interesting now. It's not finished by any stretch of the imagination but I had to stop and let it dry AND head off to the theatre so ...... there will be further progress today so do watch out for it!

Happy Thursday - the weekend will be along before you know it!