Monday, 30 April 2012

Morning folks


Hope you all enjoyed a great weekend, hope the weather wasn't too bad for you though I hear some parts of the U.K. have had some rough weather of late.

Last evening saw us heading out, with our lovely neighbours, to Garibaldi's - a fab Mexican restaurant on the 192 in Kissimmee. As usual, I had one of my faves - a fajita quesadilla - mmmmm. Then it was back to ours for a bit of chat over a beer - a very pleasant evening. Nothing on the TV after our neighbours went home so Steve watched a little sport and I retired to my craft room!

So, just a quick card to share with you and one that just sort of lent itself to a thank you card. I bought the thistle image whilst in San Francisco and had been just itching to use it - isn't it great?

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 12.2cm black card panel
  • 11.8cm white panel coloured using distress inks in wild honey and worn lipstick
  • Inkadinkado thistle image inked in Ranger Archival jet black on to white card which was then matted on to a black panel
  • Cream ribbon coloured using copic markers and allowed to dry before tying in an off centre knot round the black and white panels.

Hope you like it - I'm absolutely sure I have just the right someone to send this to.

Have a great Monday

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sunday and it's a funny old day

Hi there,

Sunday again and, from what I hear, most of my readers will be enduring pretty ghastly weather. One of my crafting buddies tells me that the River Trent burst its banks as a result of all the rain and I hope that no-one was injured or flooded out as a result.

Me? I regret to inform you all that it's warm (27c) and cloudy here but enough of my weather and on to the days crafting.

With the imminent demise of the weekly challenges over on Craftbubbles Craft Mad and Loving It a Sunday challenge hadn't been set. I had thought of my own challenges in to June so set one of my own which is no longer needed ........ and my theme is ON MY HOLIDAYS I TOOK .....

my teddy bear!

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 12 cm and 7.5cm of black card
  • 11.5cm and 7 cm panel of white card
  • Recollections image inked on to smaller white panel in Memento grape jelly
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
 Now I CONSIDERED entering my bear card over on the Simply Less Is More blog for this weeks sketch challenge but thought this had entirely too many layers and too little white space but perhaps someone else will visit and tell me - Chrissie and/or Mandi??

And I'd also like to share this ATC with you

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Purple card cut to ATC size and edged with Memento grape jelly
  • Hampton Arts bunting inked in Memento grape jelly on to white Bristol board and cut out
  • Hampton Arts sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Hampton Arts party hat inked in Walmart yellow pigment ink on to white Bristol board and cut out
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
Hope you've enjoyed looking at my projects this morning.

Have a great Sunday crafting (since it hardly sounds like it's worth leaving the house unless you have to!) and try to stay dry!

Saturday, 28 April 2012

2nd post - challenge entry

Hi there,
Me again, with a challenge entry. If you missed my earlier post then please either scroll down or follow the link here, if you have time that is!

Those talented ladies over on the Simply Less Is More blog have set us a sketch this week and told us to keep the proportions and retain LOTS of white space!!!! The sketch is awesome in its simplicity.

And I chose a Christmas card - don't want to be playing catch up in November you know!! Hope you like it.
Materials used:
  • 5" square 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 5cm square white card panel        )
  • Blue DCWV linen metallic panel  ) all corners rounded
  • Black card panel                         )
  • Inkadinkado image inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Crystal stickles and Glamour Dust to highlight
  • Inkadinkado sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
Hope you are having an awesome Saturday, it's lovely here

Morning and welcome to Challenge Saturday


This post's a bit photo heavy too - sorry, but here's hoping you will enjoy them.

Over on Craft Mad and Loving It it has fallen to Karen to present the sketch or theme today and she has chosen "LET IT SNOW" as her theme for challenge #91 - this is an attempt to have us making cards throughout the year and to not have a mad panic come late November. I applaud the sentiment, Karen - thanks.

Materials used:
  • Scallop edged 5" x 7" 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Holographic blue card cut slightly smaller than base card
  • White card cut slightly smaller than holographic panel and coloured with blue chalk
  • Fiskars snowflakes in various sizes inked in Memento Paris dusk, Versacolour silver and Brilliance lavender
  • Blue/white polka dot grosgrain ribbon
  • DCWV winter stack paper and white card cut in to nesting fancy rectangles using a GoKreate die set
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle penguin image inked in Memento tuxedo black on to the smaller white panel.
  • Panel edged using a Tim Holtz blending tool and D.I. tumbled glass
  • Image coloured using alcohol inks, Gloss accents and crystal Glamour Dust
  • Fiskars sentiment and snowflake inked in Memento Paris dusk and Brilliance lavender on to white card and die cut in to a small circle
  • Blue holographic card die cut in to a slightly larger circle
Hope you like it. If you fancy having a go and are already signed up to craftbubble then why not pop across to the Craft Mad and Loving It group and have a go?

It's also time for a new challenge over on the Simply Less Is More blog and if you follow the link here then you will see what it is. Go on, have a go - you KNOW you want to!!!

Meanwhile, here are a few more photos of our trip to San Frnacisco - ENJOY (I know we did!)

A beautiful fountain in central San Francisco

San Francisco's civic centre

Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco - but you probably didn't need me to tell you that!
Amadeus the dog, parked outside of a pet shop run by his owner. You should have seen the cow bell round his neck. Yes, he was very friendly too, parking on my foot when I stopped to scratch his ears!

Have a fabulous Saturday and a great weekend - do check back later and see whether I've managed a Clean And Simple card for Chrissie and Mandi over on Simply Less Is More!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Morning - warning!!!! WEEKEND APPROACHING

Hi folks,

First of all, let me welcome a new follower, Sally, hope you will find time to pop back every  now and again.

Next I should warn you that this is a photo heavy post but the Friday Funny is at the end so please bear with me .........

Sorry to have been AWOL so much this past week but hubby and I have been enjoying a short break in San Francisco, as some of you may have realised from the video of the sea lions on Pier 39.

What a pretty place, Livermore - California, so friendly too

We drove past this wild turkey and he was kind enough to pose for us!!!

San Francisco's famous Pier 39 - sadly bereft of most of its resident sea lions

Sacramento's capitol building
Sacramento's magnificent art deco style Crest Theatre

Half Moon Bay - blimey, just how low do those clouds look?

Half Moon Bay looking out to sea - bit different from looking inland isn't it?

San Francisco's famous cable cars - on the turntable at the end of the route

I have more photos but figured that was enough for one day! Hope you've enjoyed them
And now for the Friday Funny, forwarded in e-mail form by my dear husband a.k.a My I.T. department - this plainly tickled his funny bone and I hope it will tickle yours too - apologies if you've received this yourself already!

Your morning chuckle.

Short, sharp and straight to the point.

Wife by text to husband at work :-

"Windows frozen up - what will I do?"

Husband :-

"Spray some de-icer or hot water on!"

Wife a few minutes later :-

"Done that, ......... now computer won't work at all".

Hmmf - bet there was a ruckus after THAT one!! Have a fantabulous weekend all

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

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

Can't tell you where I am again this week though some of you will already have guessed and/or know!

My work desk is looking a terrible mess and I really MUST make it a priority to tidy it up at the earliest opportunity - yeah ...... RIGHT!, like THAT's going to happen!!

Anyway, for better or worse, here it is!

OMG!!! What a mess?!?

Happy Wednesday - hope your creativity is tidier than mine!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Morning and welcome to Challenge Saturday

Hello - Saturday again - blimey they roll round fast don't they?

Over on the craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It the challenge has been set this week by Lauren and she's chosen a rather Clean And Simple sketch this week with the added twist of JUST BECAUSE. This group has been enjoying a background buzz of chat recently regarding art journaling with several people signing up to on-line classes so I wanted to give this challenge a bit of a journalesque feel to it - hope you think I've managed it! So .... mine turned out to be pretty much as far from CAS as you can get!!! - but I really enjoyed making this

Materials used:
  • C6 300 gsm Kraft card and matching envelope
  • Black card panel cut slightly smaller
  • Bristol board panel cut slightly smaller again
  • Black and deep red inktense blocks scribbled over the Bristol board panel and then blended with an alcohol free baby wipe
  • Tim Holtz harlequin image inked in Versacolour topaz
  • Recollections inkblot and drip inked in Versacolour cinnamon several times
  • Inkadinkado splat inked in Versacolour silver several times
  • Paper Artsy line image inked in Versacolour cinnamon
  • Paper Artsy small splat image inked in Versacolour gold numerous times all over the Bristol board panel
  • Lost Cost Designs crow image inked in Ranger Archival jet black on to white card, die cut in to a circle and then coloured using distress ink blending tool (with no ink added), black and brown inktense blocks and a baby wipe and then black ink run round the outside edge.
  • Twine attached top to bottom of the Bristol board panel and held in place with tape
  • Wine cork inked in Versacolour gold and applied three times
  • Bottle top smooshed in a black ink pad and then positioned round the outside of the wine cork image
  • Hero Arts sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
Here is Lauren's sketch ....

On the Simply Less Is More blog there is a new challenge this morning too - why not follow the link here, and check it out too?

Have a super weekend and don't forget to check back later to see if I've managed an entry for the Simply Less Is More challenge!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Welcome to the weekend .... and the Friday Funny!

Hi there everyone,

Now I'm away from my desk right now but I couldn't leave you lot without a Friday Funny now, could I?

Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible but, in the meantime ....... can you guess where I am?????

And now for the Friday Funny, courtesy of Pat Gilson again this week. You could say I got it off Pat!!! Thanks Pat - ENJOY


Sylvia and Wanda meet at the gates of heaven ......


Hi! Wanda.


Hi! Sylvia. How'd you die?


I froze to death.


How horrible!


It wasn't so bad. After I quit shaking from the cold, I began to get warm & sleepy, and finally died a peaceful death. What about you?


I died of a massive heart attack. I suspected that my husband was cheating, so I came home early to catch him in the act. But instead, I found him all by himself  in the den watching TV.


So, what happened?


I was so sure there was another woman there somewhere that I started running all over the house looking. I ran up into the attic and searched, and down into the basement. Then I went through every closet and checked under all the beds. I kept this up until I had looked everywhere, and finally I became so exhausted that I just keeled over with a heart attack and died.


Too bad you didn't look in the freezer ---we'd both still be alive!!!!!.

Happy Friday and have a great weekend all

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Morning and welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday


Can't tell you where I am today (because then I would have to kill you!) but I'll just say that you probably wish you were here!

Anyway, it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday and my workdesk doesn't really change much - it's ALWAYS messy! but this week I thought I would show you a different view ....

There, doesn't that make you want to rummage and have a bit of a tidy?

Have a messy and craft-y Wednesday!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Just a fleeting post and challenge entry


Just a quick post from me, busy day today following a busy weekend.

Had some friends round to dinner last evening so it was all hands to the pumps with the preparation before their arrival. Fortunately (for me) my hubby does enjoy cooking (unlike me who ENDURES it!) and produced a splendid meal which all four of us enjoyed.

This morning I was visiting my aunt and uncle and this afternoon I've been visiting a friend in hospital. My aunt and uncle are well but sadly, my friend in hospital is not - otherwise she wouldn't be there! Get well soon matey.

I needed a new home card so I DID manage a second entry for the LIM challenge of DOODLES for the Simply Less Is More blog and that's why I've nipped on to post this .....

Materials used:
  • Linen effect DL card and matching envelope
  • Craft Stamper freebie inked in Memento rich cocoa
  • Anita's sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen to doodle the zentangle path and corners

Of course, nothing is ever simple and my first attempt looked absolutely fine until I realised two things. The first thing was that I really didn't card for the font of the sentiment or the fact I inked it in grape jelly and the second? Well, I know we've all done it but how stupid did I feel when I realised I'd only made th eblooming thing upside down! DUH! Guess I'll be using that card blank for matting and layering!

Happy Monday, what's left of it! Blooming parky this morning and not really warmed up much all day ..... but at least it's neither raining nor snowing! Works for me!!!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Morning and welcome to a rather chilly Sunday

Hi there,

It's been a little while since I've had a new follower but it goes like that some times doesn't it? Anyway, I have a new follower to welcome, Anniebanks - Hi Annie, welcome, I hope you will find time to pop back from time to time too.

Over on the tinybluebutterfly blog Jen has candy, a really cute magnum stamp - check my sidebar if you don't believe me!!!

Over on the craftbubble Scrap Addicts group, ScrappyJacky set us the challenge to include stamping on our layout - no problemo as I often do anyway. Of course, from the moment she set the challenge right up to today the weather has been rubbish and my camera has stayed snugly in its little pouch!! I decided that I could so not let that defeat me and prevent me from entering the challenge - I'm nothing if not determined so I set out to prepare a layout for our next vacation .... as you can see, I have laid it out for a 6" x 4" photograph and have stamped a border (using a stampers anonymous check cling stamp) using Memento grape jelly ink. It should come as no surprise to see which colourway I selected either!!!

Talking of the weather (as we Brits LOVE to do) it was a chilly 2°c this morning and yet the sun was shining its socks off when I got up this morning!!! I'm pleased to say that, two hours later, it has now reached the balmy heights of 5°c (that's 41°f) so still a bit on the chilly side if you are my husband - he's standing in the middle of a field (for pleasure) this morning ...... sooooo not my idea of fun!. Me? I shall be stood at my table of craftiness and contemplating a project over a cup of coffee - much better, warmer too!

Have a great day

Saturday, 14 April 2012

2nd post of the day, contains challenge entry

This is my usual Saturday second post and contains my entry for this week's CAS challenge over on the Simply Less Is More blog. This week features the double whammy challenge as it needs to be a ONE LAYER CARD and it has the theme of DOODLES. I struggled with this for a couple of hours and eventually resorted to opening drawers of stamps looking for inspiration until my eyes lit on this underused image ..... whoa! I can do something with this, I thought and here's what I came up with ...

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white, 300 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Paper Mania sentiment inked in Memento rhubarb stalk
  • Inca image inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Additional doodles added using a Faber Castell Pitt pen and a Wink of Stella glitter pen and cats eyes and mouth using Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens
I made it in to a get well card as my regular readers will know that I've had to deplete my stocks of late with a few poorly pals - you know who you are Andy, Jenny and Dorothy - hope you will all be feeling better very soon.

If you missed my earlier post then please either scroll down, or if you came here by a link then follow this link directly to it.

Thanks for stopping by and please feel free to leave me a comment as I do so love to read them.

Morning and welcome to challenge Saturday

Hi folks,

Now here was an interesting challenge! Over on the craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It it is the turn of a Guest Design Team Member and this weeks guest is Cherry, she has drawn a sketch and added some story blocks for us to take our inspiration from!!! Hmm - must be honest I was a bit flummoxed when I first saw the blocks but ..... after a couple of moments it just popped in to my head! I was looking at the cactus and the glass and I just thought margaritas! And I thought Clean And Simple too

Materials used:
  • C5 white 300 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Black card edged both sides with a Martha Stewart punch from a PATP set
  • White grosgrain ribbon coloured using a Pro Marker
  • Three faux crystals to embellish
  • Two pieces of white card cut in to nesting fancy rectangles using a GoKreate die set and my trusty Big Shot
  • Two pieces of white card cut in to nesting banner shapes
  • Larger rectangle and banner shape coloured with Brilliance pink and then my Tim Holtz harlequin image inked in Colour Box purple, several times - to cover both panels
  • Smaller fancy rectangle stamped with my Sparkle 'n Sprinkle cocktail image inked in Memento tuxedo black and coloured using alcohol markers and glitter pens
  • Glossy accents applied over the cocktail fruit and glass and set aside to DRY!! WHY oh WHY do glossy accents take so long to dry!?!?!?
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black on to the smaller banner panel
Hope you like it ...... and here is Cherry's original sketch idea.

Over on the Simply Less Is More blog there is a new challenge set this morning, why not pop over there and check out the new challenge and fabulous entries by following this link. This weeks it's the turn of the dreaded One Layer Card challenge and the theme is DOODLING!!! Have fun!

Have a great Saturday - whatever you are up to!

Friday, 13 April 2012

Welcome to the weekend (it starts here!) and the Friday Funny

Well here we are at the weekend again, here's hoping the weather holds out and we all have a great weekend.

No crafting that I can share with you today, as all the projects I've managed this week have been for a Design Team and need to be kept under wraps for just a little longer.

I did, however, have a lovely evening out with friends last night. Hubby and I went, with a neighbour (and friend) to meet up with ex neighbours/friends - we headed across the old Severn Bridge to a restaurant just the far side of Chepstow. Now, I'm not going to name and shame this restaurant as we were assured by the owner that it's not their normal standard but I will say that ....... two meals were deducted from the bill (they were burnt) and another meal was so small it was less than a starter ...... but when this was pointed out another was cooked freshly and (as it was mine) I can vouch that it was delicious - mushroom and red pepper stroganoff! Allegedly, they ran out of rice (!?) at 7:15 in the evening! but served it anyway - hmmm. Not sure I'll be in any hurry to dash back there but our friends, who live locally, just might give them a second chance - to see if their normal standard is as fabulous as we've been led to believe. Thank heavens the evening was great otherwise, it's been a while since we've all had the chance to catch up and it will be another while till we get the chance again - thanks for a great evening peeps - they know who they are!

And now for the Friday Funny which I shamelessly admit to filching from someones blog (follow link to said bloggy - thanks for this btw) and just like Stef did on her blog I'd like to say that I hope no-one will be offended by this, it has NOTHING to do with my political beliefs I just thought it was funny and hope you will too.

A man died and went to Heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter answered, "Those are lie-clocks. Everyone on Earth has a lie-clock. Every time you lie, the hands on your clock will move."

"Oh", said the man. "Whose clock is that?"

"That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating she's never told a lie."

Incredible," said the man. "And whose clock is that one?"

St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock; The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life."

"Where's Obama's clock," asked the man?

St. Peter smiled, "His clock is in Jesus' office. ...........

wait for it ....... wait for it ...........................................................

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He's using it as a ceiling fan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!."

Anyway, Happy Friday and have a great weekend too.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Here's an important message to all my followers


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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Happy Tuesday, Easter's over for another year - who ate too many eggs?

Hi there

Tuesday again and yesterday was such a nasty old day here that I stayed in all day, watching TV, reading and crafting.

Over on Craftbubbles Craft Mad and Loving It Rosie threw down the challenge to complete a project on the theme of SUNSHINEY MOMENTS and here is my take in summery colours .....

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • Blue card panel
  • Pink DCWV white core panel, distressed using a Tim Holtz distressing tool
  • DCWV spotty backing card
  • Magnolia image inked in Memento tuxedo black and coloured with alcohol markers and glitter pens and cut out
  • Oval DCWV spotty panel and Scalloped oval blue panel
  • Lime green patterned ribbon tied in a knot off centre and positioned so it looks like Tilda is sat on it.
  • Retro punch (large) blue card and (medium) spotty flowers curled
  • Lime button with narrow white satin ribbon tied through
  • White satin ribbon (narrow) coloured using green, peach and blue alcohol markers (to match spots)
  • Computer generated sentiment banner ended and then matted on to blue card
Hope you like my little Sunshiney Moment!

Happy Tuesday

Monday, 9 April 2012

It's a Public Holiday and guess what?

It's only blooming well raining and has been most of the night!! Fortunately, we hadn't planned a BBQ but that's not the point - what is UP with our weather? I've said it before and will probably end up saying it again!, our weather is FREAKY!

Hope it hasn't spoiled any plans you may have for today.

Yesterday my neighbour (and friend, I might add) took her young nephew here, bet she's soooo glad she didn't arrange to go today - can't imagine anything worse than a soggy day at a British (and therefore chilly!) theme park!

We went to visit one of "the Surrogates" yesterday but discovered a whole load of cars parked outside the house so didn't intrude on their party! preferring instead to carry on out and just admire some scenery. It was, however, a pretty dull old afternoon and my camera stayed firmly in its pouch - so no pix to share with you all.

However, I did decide to have another go at the three greens challenge over on the Simply Less Is More blog and did something a little different from my last entry ...... I like this one a lot and think it could do duty as a sympathy card, a get well card or even a male birthday card - what do you think?

Materials used:
  • 6" scallop edged 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Sage green panel
  • Black panel
  • White panel coloured with Distress Inks: Peeled paint, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough
  • Paper Artsy splat inked in Iced Spruce
  • Paper Artsy line image and harlequin image inked Versacolour gold
  • Art Impressions quill pen inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Kaisercraft sentiment inked in Memento bamboo leaves

Rosie set a challenge of "SUNSHINEY MOMENTS" over on Craft Mad and Loving It and I chose to combine it with the "ANYTHING BUT A CARD" challenge on the same group and came up with this - not my finest work but it IS a bit of fun! The moment I read Rosie's challenge I thought of childhood Bank Holiday journeys to the seaside and the plaintiff cry "are we nearly there yet?"!!! Images are by Fiskars, Hampton Art and an unknown source (basically I DESTROYED the packaging trying to remove the blooming things and it was quite a while ago). Having rediscovered this set though, I'm thinking the car might come in handy again! And, of course, after yesterday's project featured no stamping whatsoever - it was obvious that there would be quite a bit on the next project (see card above)!

Hope you've enjoyed your pit stop at my blog, hope you'll find time to leave me a comment too.

Enjoy the remainder of your Easter break.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter

Hi there, how's your Sunday coming along?

A challenge has been thrown down, over on the craftbubble forum, to make "anything but a card" and I needed to make a gift tag featuring fuschia pink!! Here's how it came out! ... and (unusually for me) there's NO STAMPING!!!!

Materials used:
  • Grey card die cut to tag shape
  • Fuchsia pink wrapping paper run through a xyron and then adhered to white card before due cutting two circles and a hole reinforcer
  • Black card die cut in to two circles
  • White card cut in to two circles
  • Faber Castell Pitt Pen (F) used to draw border freehand
  • Two grey faux pearls
  • Narrow white satin ribbon coloured using alcohol inks to make ½ black and ½ pink

Like it? I hope the recipient will too.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday/Easter - weather's sunny though a little on the chilly side here, but better than rain and most CERTAINLY better than snow!