Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Welcome to hump day Wednesday

Which, of course, also doubles as What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!!! Not much is the answer!

My regular readers will know that I've just returned from Florida and it's always so very sad to have to pack away my crafting goodies - till next time, crafting goodies!!! It'll soon come round. Of course, taking wonderful vacations is not without it's downside ..... you should see the mountain of mail we've come back to and OMG!!! THE GRASS!!!

It was, however, like coming home to a second birthday! Having had lots of lovely cards in Florida here's the batch I came home to - that you all so very, very much if you sent me a card - hope you can see it here.

These are the cards that were waiting on my mat when we got home yesterday - THANK YOU EVERYONE

Here's how my craft room looked on Monday! Boo sob. FYI the hairdryer you can see on the floor came in very handy for drying inks but has now been returned to the bathroom where it can, once again, be used for the purpose it was intended for!

And here's how my work desk looks now .......

Now all I have to do is find room for all my new stash!

Happy Wednesday - just think, it's downhill all the way to the weekend!

Monday, 28 May 2012

Mellow Monday's here again

Hi folks,

Short post from me today, some of my regulars will know why ...

I've lost one of my followers, which is always sad, not sure who it was but thanks for following me and  - BYE! I'm sure we all lose one now and again as our crafting tastes change.

Funny old day yesterday, full of domestic chores and not much crafting but, you know me, I managed a quick ATC with the aid of my trusty new Pan Pastels (so quick to do a background), one stamp and a pre stamped image - YAY! We were invited to dinner with our friends and neighbours, Sally and Roger too - so a nice sociable end to the day.

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • ATC sized panel coloured using magenta Pan Pastel and sealed with hairspray
  • Inkadinkado MEADOW image inked in Memento lilac posies all around the outer edge
  • Pre stamped Magnolia image coloured using alcohol markers and cut out (to make 'em fit!)

Have a fab Monday, we're going to be squeezing a quart in to a pint pot today so I won't be about much today or tomorrow - back in time for What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday!

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Hi there, lazy Sunday morning

Still scorching hot? Me too.

Yesterday evening saw us out to dinner with our neighbours, Sally and Roger, and we elected to try a Japanese restaurant. We had a fab meal and a lovely evening ..... check out the web site and a couple of photos I took.

The hibachi grill at the Oishi Restaurant

Just forward of our chefs right hand is a lighted "volcano" formed from sliced onion!!!

So, not much time for crafting what with reading my kindle on the pool deck and taking a dunk in the clear blue of the pool. This means I only have an ATC to share with your and I've now put the Pan Pastels away for the journey ....

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • TPC Studio foliage inked using versamark ink
  • Red Pan Pastel
  • Cheap Hairspray to set
  • Inkadinkado image from the MEADOW set inked using Hero Arts HUES in black

I can't believe that I have to start packing away my crafty bits and bobs - where DOES the time go?

Happy Sunday - enjoy the weather, it's blooming hot here and I believe you are all experiencing the same. Stay cool peeps

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Happy Saturday

Morning and welcome to another weekend, since the weather has been pretty glorious of late, I IMAGINE that one or two of you may even have a BBQ planned - ENJOY

I should warn you that this  post is just s SMIDGE heavy on the photo front, so I hope you have a coffee (or tea) with you - no? You might want to make yourself a drink, pull up a chair and ....... read on

Thought I'd give you all a break from my Pan Pastels journey today and go all cutesy! I acquired this image recently at the Scrap Booking and Stamping Expo in Kissimmee - isn't she cute? I'm vaguely reminded of Anya's from The Greeting Farm and how I love those? It's kind of CAS (which my regular readers will know I also love) but obviously not enough white space for the CAS purists, but CAS or not I hope you like it and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Materials used:
  • White 300 gsm card and matching envelope
  • White card panel cut slightly smaller than card and edged using an Amethyst pro marker
  • DCWV card from the Grandma's kids stack
  • La La Land image inked in Hero Arts HUES black ink and panel corners rounded
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • White card panel cut slightly larger than image panel and edged using an Amethyst pro marker
  • White grosgrain ribbon coloured using Amethyst pro marker
  • Four faux crystal gemstones placed in the corners of the image panel

It's Saturday so there's a new challenge over on the Simply Less Is More blog, so, if you like CAS cards then why not nip over and check out today's challenge! This weeks challenge is "NOT A SQUARE"!!!

Was busy playing tourist yesterday and would like to share a few pix with you .........

I know they said it was HISTORIC Downtown but ..... honestly?!!!

Historic downtown Winter Garden village
Historic downtown Winter Garden village

Downtown Disney!

Home Sweet Home

Happy Saturday

Friday, 25 May 2012

A new challenge - 2nd post

Second post of the day and it's a bit of a late one but I realised that (because of the five hour time difference) I would miss it if I waited till the morning to post it!! If you didn't read my earlier post then please, if you've time, check it out here

Since I first got my PP's on Sunday I've been playing with them daily. There's a Challenge (#19) over on the Pan Pastels blog (well you would know that I would start entering these now I have the means, wouldn't you?)

Materials used:
  • 12.5 cm square 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 12 cm white card panel edged with copic V12 (pale lilac) marker
  • 11.5 cm white panel
  • Versamark ink used to stamp Tim Holtz (circles), Inkadinkado (small circle clusters) and Penny Black (small dots) images in conjunction with the following Pan Pastels: Yellow Ochre Tint, Violet Tint, Permanent Red Tint and Bright Yellow Green
  • Hampton Arts steampunk image and Fancy Pants Designs sentiment inked using Hero Arts HUES in black
  • Hairspray to fix

You know, I looked at it once I'd finished it and can't help but think of Captain Scarlet and the mysterons - anyone else see that?

Hope you've all enjoyed the warm weather today - have a great weekend

TGIF Folks

Hi there,

Another weekend looms large and it LOOKS like the weather plans on being kind to us all - HURRAH!

Been playing with another ATC using the Pan Pastels, this time without setting between the layers - I'm liking this and hope you will too.

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Recollections splats, Inkadinkado splats/drips and drip image inked in versamark
  • Pan Pastels, the yellow/green was applied over the entire ATC but the pink and peach were applied JUST to the versamark images using a much smaller tool to allow for more accurate application.
  • Inkadinkado crow image inked using Memento sweet plum
  • Hairspray to seal

And now for the Friday Funny, for what is Friday without a few laughs with mates ....... this week's funny comes courtesy of Wynneth.

It came to me in e-mail form and entitled .........  Subject: How to identify a meth lab

How to identify a meth lab

As a law enforcement officer I have been approached by several people lately wanting to know how to identify a Meth Lab

Here is a picture of four Labs. I think it's pretty obvious which one is the Meth Lab. I hope this helps.

Let me know if I can be of any further service in this matter.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone and make the most of the good weather.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Thursday again, it'll soon be the weeken at this rate!

Hi there,

A few of things to share with you today and only two will involve pan pastels (my current fave). So, starting with the pan pastels cards - I can't believe the coverage of these babies! If not for the time taken to mount the image panel and cut the ribbon then the second card would have been made in about a minute!!! I LOVE CAS and I LOVE Pan Pastels but ..... bad  news folks, my cheap hairspray (which I've been using as sealant) ran out!!! Guess this means we'll be nipping to a store nearby - to buy a new can. I usually buy a travel size as I don't use it on my hair and a teeny tiny can takes up less room. Of course, the first one below DID take longer to produce but - you KNEW that, didn't you?

Materials used:
  • 12.5 cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • 12 cm grey card panel
  • 11.5 cm black card panel
  • 11 cm white card panel
  • Pan pastels: red tint, yellow ochre, magenta, violet, grey
  • Versamark ink pad used to stamp my inkadinkado circles, Penny Black circles and Recollections splats
  • Hero Arts HUES black ink used to stamp my Fancy Pants Designs Sentiment and Inkadinkado MEADOW thistles
Woo Hoo I am loving how this is working for me - the PP's blend so beautifully

Materials used:
  • 12.5 cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Grey card panel
  • Black card panel
  • White card panel
  • Inkadinkado image inked using versamark ink on to white card panel and then grey pan pastel applied using cut and dry and sealed with the last of my cheap hairspray
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment inked using Hero Arts HUES in black
  • Black/white ribbon cut in "V" shape and adhered behind panel before adhering image panel to base card

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Black card panel
  • Blue metallic DCWV linen effect card panel edged with EKSuccess punch
  • White card panel edged with Hero Arts HUES in black
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image inked using Hero Arts HUES in black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Faux crystal gemstones in place of buttons on image dress
  • Blue glitter "water drops" in the centre of the punched circles
  • Inkadinkado sentiment inked using Hero Arts HUES in black
  • STIX2 double sided tape adhered top to bottom before adhering image panel and then sky blue glitter applied

Hope you like both projects and yes, the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle (Becca with tulips) image was acquired at my recent foray to the Scrap Booking and Stamping expo in Kissimmee. 

Happy Thursday, we're out this evening with our neighbours, Len and Koreen - no idea where we'll go but I'm SURE we'll find somewhere!, and before you ask - no, I'm not taking my PP's with me!!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Wednesday again and more Pan Pastel experiments to share!

Hello readers,

Boy oh boy, I am LOVING these Pan Pastels but then, everyone with some has said that I would!!!

I have a few experiments to share with you today, the first one was just indulgence, I bought this lovely La Blanche image at the Scrap Booking and Stamping Expo in Kissimmee last Friday and wanted to get it inky, the second was an experiment in layering and the third? Well I decided to see if I could "paint" with pan pastels and (just to make it more interesting) chose to use chunks of cut and dry to paint with!! Did it work? I leave that to you to judge - be nice!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • La Blanche image inked using versamark embossing ink
  • Pan Pastel MAGENTA applied over the whole ATC
  • Cut and dry square
  • Cheap Hairspray as a fixative

Phase 1 of my layering experiment

I masked and set each colour before proceeding to the next colour

And then I did the same, but in the opposite direction - may not have been my best colour choice but hey ....

Then I inked my sentiment and image - the dye ink took a little longer to dry because of the hairspray used as sealant

PHASE 4 - the finished project

Added a black card mat and VOILA!!!
Materials used:
  • White card offcut, trimmed once the image panel was completed
  • Black card cut to slightly larger than image layer
  • White 250 gsm C6 card and matching envelope
  • Pan Pastels
  • Cut and dry squares
  • Cheap Hairspray
  • Low Tack double sided tape
  • Inkadinkado image from the MEADOW set
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment
  • Hero Arts HUES ink in black

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Art Impressions image inked using Versamark embossing ink
  • Cut and dry squares to apply pan pastels: red tint, violet and magenta
  • Cheap hairspray to set
So, no prizes for guessing what the predominant item on my workdesk might be this week then!!!

Have a fab Wednesday everyone.

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Welcome to another sunny Tuesday

and here's hoping that's the kind of weather you all have, as you read this!! Morning readers!

A couple of cards made using my new Pan Pastels - still getting used to how they differ from chalks and pastels but liking the journey so far! I wanted to be able to use these bad boys in my journaling so thought this was something I should crack on with right away but ....... still haven't decided on which sort of journal to get, should I go with spiral bound or regular book and what sort of paper and weight for the pages? HELP, help me NOW you journalers out there ........ PLEASE!!!

I cracked on with two cards this morning, one I stamped BEFORE I started with the pan pastels and one I stamped afterwards - one using pastel colours and the other much bolder - love to hear your thoughts ..... if you can spare a moment to comment.

Materials used:
  • 12.5 cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • 12.3 cm square black card panel
  • 12 cm white card panel
  • On to the white card I stamped my Dylusions dot image four times using Brilliance pearlescent orchid. Inkadinkado image (twice) and my Clearly Wordsworth sentiment using Hero Arts HUES ink in black and set this aside to dry.
  • Once this was dry I applied a pale pink pan pastel over the card panel and sprayed with cheap hairspray to set.
  • Next I applied the pale violet to the top 2/3rds of the card, blending the edges and again set with hairspray.
  • Finally, I used the deeper violet pan pastel to the top 1/3 and again set using hairspray before matting on to the black card panel and then on to the base card.

Materials used:
  • 12.5 cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • 12.5cm square black panel
  • 12 cm square white panel dragged with yellow/orange, cerise and violet pan pastel which were then set using cheap hairspray - I don't have proper pastel fixative!!
  • Dylusions harlequin and circles images inked in Memento sweet plum but stamped off once before each impression.
  • Wine cork dragged across ink pads before "stamping" on to panel
  • Various plastic "tops" either dragged through ink or pearlised paint and applied to panel
  • Credit card dragged through Ranger Archival jet black ink pad, to draw lines
  • After this had dried I inked my Clearly Wordsworth sentiment and my Inkadinkado grasses image using Hero Arts HUES in black and stamped where I thought it looked best

Hope you like the way my pan pastel journey is going. I've also tried some finer colouring using the sofft small fine sponge on an image received with a birthday card (thanks Louise)

Materials used:
  • Stamped image coloured using pan pastels, Crystal Glamour Dust and Sparkle 'n Sprinkle TOMATO tinsel glitter - what a fab colour it is too.

I haven't quite made up my mind how I plan to use this image.

Have a fab Tuesday

Monday, 21 May 2012

Morning and welcome to Monday

Hi there readers, hard to imagine that it's 364 days to my birthday!! I had a fab day and was indeed spoilt rotten with my husbands gift of perfume and PAN PASTELS (can you tell that I was excited about the PP's? I've been positively LUSTING after some for ages ..... and ages!) and a lovely bag from a crafting pal (on the outbound journey so I cheated and have been using it!) and some nice Italian wine from our neighbours/pals, Sally and Roger.

I was taken out to dinner and enjoyed my meal (Pad Thai) and, once we got home again there was a bottle of something fizzy nicely chilled in the fridge - a fab ending to a fab day - not sure I have the patience to wait until next year - I LIKE Birthdays!! Recently I bought the best ever sentiment stamp which says ... If I've learned one thing in my 29 years, it's to lie about your age!!!! Priceless! So, yes, I'm 29 too.

I'd like to offer a warm welcome to new follower, Claire, too - hope you'll find a reason to pop back from time to time too.

As regular readers may recall, I went to the Scrap Booking and Stamping Expo here in Florida on Friday and bought a couple of things which I could hardly wait to ink/pastel up so here are a few projects to share with you all - hope you like them.

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • Two panels of white card (one slightly smaller) and the larger panel coloured using a red copic marker
  • Art Impressions image and sentiment inked in Hero Arts HUES in black. I am LOVING this elegant lady image and feel sure you will be sick of her because I'm using her so much!
  • Faux crystal gemstone (coloured with red pro marker to match border) adhered as an earring

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Purple pearl card cut and white card panel cut slightly smaller for image panel
  • Art Impressions image and Clearly Wordsworth sentiment inked in Memento grape jelly
  • Narrow white satin ribbon coloured using purple alcohol marker, to match border

Materials used:
  • Card offcuts
  • Inkadinkado MEADOW clear image inked using Versamark embossing ink
  • Pan Pastels and Sofft tools
  • Cheap hairspray to fix - must track down some non aerosol fixative but Michaels don't keep such things!

OH WOW!! Pan Pastels are so vibrant and so creamy and dreamy!!! I think I'm going to have fun playing with these. Just look at how many I have to choose from. A set of 20 AND the three super yummy ones you see on the lid - couldn't resist the violet, cerise and limey colours now, could I?

And here she is again (that elegant Art Impressions image) on a PP'd panel - oh boy I think I'm loving them!!

Have a great Monday - I'll leave with a photo of me saying CHEERS at the Thai Thani last evening!!

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Happy Sunday - second post

Today's a special day for me, it's my birthday - so I allowed myself a lie-in, then guess what? I woke up before 07:00 - what's that all about?

Anyway, thank you to everyone who has sent me a card, wherever you sent it!! I took some photos and you can see them at the bottom of this post ..... don't forget - you'll be excited for me, I'm sure

If you missed my earlier post then please check it out here, if you've time.

In the meantime ................ I GOT PAN PASTELS!!! I'm so excited and can hardly wait to play but, in here are a couple of cards for you to look at whilst I'm away playing with them ........ do pop back later to check out my cards and any makes I've managed. Thanks for popping along to share my special day.

Materials used:
  • C5 300 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • DCWV metallic pearl stack - purple, for matting
  • White card
  • Art Impressions sentiment and image, inked using Hero Arts HUES in black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Glossy Accents for the glasses
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
  • Narrow white satin ribbon coloured using a purple alcohol marker and tied in a knot way off centre!
  • Two faux crystal gemstones to finish

Materials used:
  • ATC blank coloured using Squeezed Lemonade distress ink
  • Offcut of DCWV stack edged with an EK Success edging punch
  • Inkadinkado sentiment and flower head inked using Hero Arts HUES in black
  • Image (unknown as I've had the stamped image a while - it's a set of four deco ladies) coloured using crystal stickles and colourwashing the squeezed lemonade D.I.
  • Two large and two small yellow gemstones
  • String of Grey faux pearls

And the next two are basically very similar but the colours are brighter on one and I've used and extra stamp layer to make it look pretty different - hope you think it worked!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distress Inks (Squeezed lemonade, peacock feather and shaded lilac) - used on both ATC's
  • TCW template 266 (used on both ATC's) with shaded lilac sponged through
  • Penny Black circles image inked using shaded lilac
  • Dylusions letters image inked using shaded lilac
  • Inkadinkado Wheat ear image from the MEADOW set inked using Hero Arts HUES in black

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Techniques as previous ATC including the TCW template but a stronger application of base colours
  • Dylusions harlequin image inked in Memento sweet plum (stamped off first)
  • Inkadinkado Wheat ear from the MEADOW set inked twice using Hero Arts HUES in black
Did I mention that I got Pan Pastels? I DID? Well here's the evidence!!

Hope you like the above pieces - looking forward to hearing what you think - play nice!!

Have a great day