Saturday, 30 June 2012

Saturday again - it's challenge day!

Morning and welcome to Saturday,

Hard to imagine (in MY Head anyway) that we moved in to our present house on this date in 1994!!! We little envisaged still being here 29 years later. THAT was for old people who were staid and settled and yet, here am I, one of those (old) staid and settled people and can't really see myself moving on a tthis moment in time. It's handy for the motorway and the shops and it's only a seven minute walk to the station - who'd have thought this would be a factor in our choice of where we live!

Of course, we're thankful, this week in particular, that we live at the top of a hill too - with all the rain and the terrible floods we've been reading about - not something we EVER thought about when looking for a home ........ but my parents (spookily enough) also lived at the top of a hill - I obviously come from subconsciously canny stock!!!

Over on the Simply Less Is More blog there is a fresh challenge launched at 08:00 this morning. The challenge this week?



For their challenge they have decided to take the "Less is More" header as the inspiration. The only other stipulations are Clean And Simple and when posting you must explain which part of the logo gave you your inspiration - hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

I hit the table of craftiness this morning and though masculine, always trickier (for me) than a more girlie interpretation but always handy to have in reserve - here's how it turned out. My inspiration came from the fab neutral colours of the logo and also the musical element - I think you'll see where and how!!!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 12 cm black card panel
  • 11½ cm fawn card panel
  • 11 cm white card panel
  • Inkadinkado rock star set used throughout and inked using versafine onyx black, I stamped off the musical image twice before stamping
  • Distress Ink: pumice stone applied to top and right sides using an ink duster (thanks Wynneth for the gift of an ink duster to start my collection).
  • One faux crystal gemstone - remembering it IS a masculine card - a girlie card could be made using the same design but just softer colours and more gemstones!!

I have candy in celebration of my 1000th post (yesterday)  for my more regular/frequent readers, if you missed my post about it then you can see it here, I have just nine names in the draw so far so, if you fancy adding to that number, check it out.

Have a fantabulous weekend. Only six more sleeps till a crafting weekend .... I have a pal coming to stay (and play) AND we're going to meet up with other like minded craft-y souls too, it's gonna be fab and (guess what?) I'm quite excited about it too.

Friday, 29 June 2012

TGIF and the Friday Funny

Morning and welcome to Friday - hooray, it's the WEEKEND and (for many of you) the start of the school summer holidays - good luck with that then!

It's a great big ole HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of my crafting buddies - ScrappyJacky and her brother are celebrating today.

I hear that parts of the U.K. have been enduring some rather freaky weather in the last 24/48 hours and some of the footage shown on TV certainly looks HORRENDOUS. If you're in that area then do take care and try to stay out of the flood waters, though I appreciate that this may be easier said than done.

Yesterday I posted an old photograph of me, taken in 1983 - how I loved that jumper! Anyway, it gave me a bit of inspiration with the brown and the black and the dots and so .... off I went, to my table of craftiness and here's the resulting card ....

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" 300 gsm scallop edged white card and matching envelope
  • DCWV metallic dot card edged with an EK success ring binder punch
  • Black card for matting and distressed at the edges using a Tim Holtz distressing tool.
  • White card for my image panel:
  • Dark Room Door dot image "inked" using a glue stick (briefly heat dried) and then Vintage Photo distress ink applied.
  • Baby wipe used to remove excess ink/resist glue
  • Marion Emberson floral image inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Bronze satin ribbon loop

Here's a reminder of the photo!!!

Hope you like it - I think it turned out rather more masculine than I set out to achieve but hey .... mens cards are always handy!

This is my 1000th post since I started blogging and I decided that I should mark the occasion, so, I have some candy on offer .......... If you leave a comment on my blog between the time I post this and midnight on Sunday July 8th 2012 I will enter your name in to my draw. I'm sorry but I also reckon that you need to be more than just a first time visitor to my blog to be eligible. The winner will be announced on Monday July 9th, 2012. EDITED TO READ: I've 18 names in the draw so far (Friday morning) and it closes on the 8th so you still have a couple of days to enter!

I may add a few more bits like ribbons etc ..... see how many people leave me messages!

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Pat Gilson - thanks Pat - ENJOY!!! It came to me in e-mail form and was entitled : LIFE LESSON ........

As I have grown older, I've learned that pleasing everyone is impossible,

But pissing everyone off is a piece of cake.

Happy Friday, have a great weekend - I intend to!!

Thursday, 28 June 2012

It's Thursday and there's not much going on

Morning folks,

It's one of those funny old days for me today.

Nothing on the telly again last night so we found ourselves at a loose end. A couple of years ago now we bought ourselves a hand held scanner - with a view to scanning all of our old negatives and slides on to the computer and getting rid of a great pile of said slides and negatives. It would also leave me free to scrap a few of the more choice photos from our past and get rid of a pile of albums which neither of us really ever look through. Of course, we unpacked it to make sure it was OK when it arrived and then ............ nothing! It simply sat on the shelf gathering dust - until last night! Hmmmm, not the quickest chore we've tackled as you have to load your slides and/or negatives in to a carrier and, with slides, it's three at a time!

Well, I can tell you that we had a few chuckles .... and a few have already gone in the bin! However, I am prepared to share this one photograph, taken in Manorbier (near Tenby, South Wales, in case you don't know where it is) in 1983 ....... when I was much slimmer!! Ah well - the good old days - when it was OK to wear black with brown (which I STILL like btw) - I DO remember that jumper too ..... it was a real cosy fluffy and snuggly one ...... I probably wore it till it was smooth before I could be parted from it! I remember Manorbier too, it's a tiny little place with two pubs, a post office, church one small hotel and a beach ........ and a castle which is probably most famous as having been the backdrop for The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. I'd been there once, with my parents when I was about 12 or 13 and we rented a cottage just a couple of minutes walk from the beach. So, when I grew up and met my now hubby I took him there too - by the looks of the photo it wasn't exactly warm though!

Now I'm off to take a shower and hubby wants the computer - I MAY be back later, wonder if I could create a project using the photo above as inspiration - whaddya think?

Have a great Thursday

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Hump Day Wednesday - downhill to the weekend!!

Huzzah! - to the "downhill to the weekend" part!

It's dawned as a dull and grey (but mercifully DRY) day here today though dawn IS about the right word as those dang blasted crows got me out of bed before 05:00 this morning and it was nearly 06:30 before I was able to get back off to sleep. Needless to say, bleary is about the right word to describe me this morning. I went downstairs with the express intention of setting the washer going but took coffee cups instead of laundry so now it's 09:27 as I type this and still no laundry under way - oopsie, is this how it's going to be today?

Looks like it so I'd best get on and share my crafting projects and then head off to start the great washathon!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white, scallop edged 300 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Post Its to mask a random shape
  • Cosmetic sponge - used to apply Distress Ink - Squeezed Lemonade - to masked area
  • Marion Emberson Designs image and sentiment inked using Memento tuxedo black

So, that was a simple card and it reminded me of just how much I LOVE the post it technique and my Distress Inks so I tried another ......

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Post Its to mask random shapes
  • Distress Inks (starting with the colour applied first): Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door and finally Peacock Feathers
I HAD planned to use the same Marion Emberson design but changed my mind this morning and went with just the Marion Emberson sentiment (inked in London Fog) and a Sunshine Designs bold floral image inked in Memento tuxedo black and highlighted using crystal stickles ..... like it?

And finally, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ...... here is what's on my work desk .... messy isn't it? Someone once told me that a cluttered desk is a sign of GENIUS but I remain rather less than convinced when I can't find anything!

Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Morning - a different challenge for me .....

Hi there,

Some of my more observant readers may have spotted that I got some Pan Pastels for my birthday ..... well actually, you'd have to either be an irregular reader or have been living in a cave since my birthday to have missed this snippet since I've been raving on about them since acquiring them. They were certainly one of my hubby's finest research projects - thanks Mr K! I can now enter the Pan Pastels challenge!! Apparently I don't HAVE to use PP's but I feel more comfortable sneaking them in to my project!!

Their current challenge is ANYTHING GOES, which suits me just fine.

Materials used:
  • Tag by Sir Tim of Holtz!
  • Layer1: Stampers Anonymous images being inked using versamark before the Pans were applied. I used: Bright yellow green, Hansa Yellow, Bright yellow green shade, Hansa yellow shade, Magenta and Violet. Winsor Newton pastel fixative
  • Layer2: Dylusions inks: Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink - I allowed the ink to run before blotting excess and drying with my heat gun
  • Layer 3: Dylusions template through which I sponged Fresco orchid pink acrylic paint (to top right corner and down the side)
  • Layer 4: Penny Black "Breezy" image inked using Ranger Archival jet black, which I also ran round the outer edge of the tag
  • Layer 5: Seam binding dyed with alcohol inks (cranberry, pink sherbet, caramel) and tied in a loop

Hope you like my effort. Fancy having a go? Why not pop over to the Pan Pastels blog here. You can all of the magnificent entries there too.

Last evening saw hubby and I, plus our friend and neighbour, Debbie, at the wondrous Raj's for a bite of dinner. I of course, being an ardent curry hater had the omelette! YEAH ..... RIGHT!!!! He says Hi to the many curry loving pals that I have introduced to Raj over the years since he opened the doors of his restaurant here in Bristol. I tried one of their "specials" and it was, special that is. I gave Raj the best wishes of my friends who couldn't make it  ..... and he sent his right back! It was home for a glass and a continuation of our chat .... and our pal set us a movie question - to name the movie where two characters fall in love but the female lead sends the male lead away and, at the end of the movie the male lead works out that she sent away because she had become paralysed!! Hmmmmmmmmmm any ideas? Hubby googled and came up with "An Affair to remember" which was, apparently, loosely remade as Sleepless in Seattle but, as I've not seen either I didn't guess - guess the beer's on me!

Have a terrific Tuesday - me? I'm out meeting a pal for coffee and a natter this morning. I'm meeting my crafting buddy, Lilian, at Hobbycraft and I suspect there may be shopping involved; I need some black card and some beeswax for an upcoming project .... laterz

Monday, 25 June 2012

Monday again - good weekend?

Hi there readers,

Hope you all had a good weekend and I hope that the weather didn't interfere too much with any plans. It was certainly rather wet and wild here in Bristol.

It was definitely more of a weekend to stay indoors and craft! So, I did just that on Sunday. Saturday was taken up at the surrogates with the assembly of flat pack furniture but hey ..... makes a change and my hubby is now fully au fait with self assembly furniture!, should we ever find ourselves taking delivery of any!

Yesterday morning I did something I don't normally do which is, to watch Create and Craft! I caught a few minutes of Rosemary Merry's scrapping show and she produced a "brag book" from one single piece of 12" x 12" paper. She called it a MAZE book because of the way it's put together, with just three cuts and six folds!!!! I used double sided paper though you could just as easily use single sided, especially if you plan to heavily embellish. It's probably more important not to use too thick a paper, so that the folds are crisp

The bare brag book .... think I'll die cut some slightly smaller tags - these board tags look as though they will be too thick, once embellished, for the book to close properly

Closed and fastened

Additional materials:
  • Length of satin ribbon, for fastening
  • Piece of stiff card (cut in to two squares very slightly larger than the brag book - I made mine 8cm)
  • Piece of scrap paper to cover the card (I cut mine in to two pieces 10½ cm) cover
  • Tags, ribbons, photos and embellishments - to finish and decorate
  • Circle punch - to cut tabs out of the pockets for the easy removal of tags

Not convinced it was THAT simple? Hmm - well then, I could recommend that you watch this youtube video here, it makes it all look even easier!! My tip would be ..... always make sure you half ½" of excess ribbon across the back opening otherwise your album won't open far.

It really MUST have been that simple because I made more ........

2nd 3" square MAZE book, with all pockets filled with tags

Then I thought I would try a bigger format but fewer pages, using a sheet of A4

You'll see from the last one that I made my album format bigger but with fewer pages by using the A4 card and that I used the leftover card and paper (from the tags and album cover) to make decorative panels within the book. I only used the top opening pages for my tags to make the closure neater.

What do you think? Bigger format or more pages?

I see we got knocked out of the footie - wonder if this means the rubbish on telly will improve!!?!?!? Probably not because, surprise surprise, Wimbledon fortnight begins today and then we're straight in to the Olympics - for a non sportlover like me it's going to hell on earth for the next month or so!!! If you are a sportlover then - ENJOY!!!

Hope you are enjoying a spiffy Monday and that the weather is improving where you are - the wettest June on record? I should say so!

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Sunday .... and my first mini journal page is complete!

Hi there,

Yesterday was a weird old day, first of all the weather - it actually WASN'T raining!!! YIKES. We had agreed to head to the surrogates where the husbands were going to be assembling flat pack furniture. When we got there the other surrogate daughter and partner was there so it was almost like a party. The guys spent several happy (!???) hours assembling the furniture whilst the girls chatted and young Harry was entertained! Becky made us all lunch and then she and I headed to Next looking for bedroom curtains.

The long and the short of it was that I didn't get a whole lot of crafting done! What I DID do, however, was my entry for the Paper Piecing challenge over at Simply Less Is More and also to  finish my first mini journal page.

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" 300 gsm scallop edged white card and matching envelope
  • Kanban image and sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card panel
  • Alcohol markers and a Wink of Stella glitter pen used to colour skin and hair.
  • Scraps of red card, pink paper and a DCWV scraplet for dress, bolero jacket and shopping bags
  • Pink paper (from the dress) and black card panels for matting
  • Three oil on water pink gemstone to embellish

Hope the ladies over on S.L.I.M. like it ..... as well as all my visitors, do please feel free to leave me a comment about this or my journal page below.

As my good friend Debs said - why not make it a double layout? SO, that's exactly the way I was going anyway but thanks Debs for reaffirming what I had thought.

Materials used:
  • Computer generated sentiments, printed on to copier paper and cut in to random shapes, run through my Xyron sticker maker and then distressed using a Tim Holtz blending tool and the excess Dusty Concord ink already on the foam pad.

Happy Sunday

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Saturday and I'd like to share my first SMALL journal page

Weather vile recently and I had finished my kindle book so ...... sat at my computer I paddled about a few blogs before heading to my failsafe inspiration provider - I and pretty much ALWAYS find something to inspire me on there - today it turned out to be a couple of Diane Reaveley videos (from CHA) using her new(ish) Dylusions inks for journaling. I have two journals, one very small moleskin journal and a much larger multimedia journal containing black pages. I liked Diane's free and unstructured style and she doesn't always bother to gesso her pages first - though she does use gesso to add texture .......

I watched several of her videos waiting for inspiration to hit and, sure enough, I reached a point where I hit pause and headed to my craft space. So, without further ado - here's the first page of my mini journal ....

Materials used:
  • Water Spritzer (mini mister)
  • Dylusions Inks: Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink (I've only got the two so you'll see these a lot!)
  • Perfect Pearls spray Sunflower Sparkle
  • Kitchen roll
  • Heat gun to dry
Back to the youtube videos for more inspiration regarding decorative layers ..... I need to think about scale as this journal is pretty darn small (9cm x 14cm) but ..... I MUST have something I can use to build up something fabulous, after all, Diane makes it look so blooming easy!

Materials used:
  • Dylusions template on corners with Pan Pastels in Phthalo Green and Magenta (well, come on, it's not like you didn't KNOW they'd make an appearance!
  • Paper Artsy leave image inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Home made template through which I spritzed the Bubblegum Pink before blotting excess. FYI home made template consists of a piece of acetate from which I've punched a series of circles

Now what I need is some form of focal image and a suitable sentiment/piece of journaling and I think I'm nearly there ..... perhaps a little doodling and highlighting ......

Materials used:
  • White and copper acrylic paint
  • Bottle tops, wine cork and credit cards for applying paint
  • Sequin waste
  • Date stamp inked using Versafine onyx black ink

Well, it's coming along apace but still needs some highlights and some doodling and I'm still pondering my focal image .....

Materials used:
  • Black Pitt pen and White gel pen for doodling and handwritten journaling
  • Crafty Individuals sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Crafty Individuals image inked in Ranger Archival jet black on to an old book page (don't worry there were pages missing when I got it ......)
  • Neocolour II water soluble crayons to colour image and a baby wipe to blend
  • Xyron sticker maker - to apply adhesive to the child image

I'm thinking that it still needs more doodling - your thoughts? I still haven't thought of my main focal image either, for the right hand page.
Meanwhile, over on the Simply Less Is More blog a new challenge was launched at 08:00 and I can hardly wait to get cracking on it, however, I'm out most of this morning (at the surrogates, assembling flat pack furniture - wish me luck!!!). Not that my two fave card styles could be MORE opposite - Clean And Simply and GRUNGY/distressed!! Must try cutesy again as I've not done it for what seems like AGES. Anyway, I digress, this weeks challenge theme is PAPER PIECING - now this is something I don't do a lot so do check back and see what I've come up with

Have a fun day

Friday, 22 June 2012

Morning, TGIF!!!!

Wot?!?! Friday? Again - they sure come round quick - must be a senior moment (see below), doesn't seem like five minutes ago it was Friday before!

Blimey wasn't it another wet and wild night again last night? The rain was lashing the windows and we had to close them because of the noise ..... and WINDY!!! OH MY! Hope you all had a good night's sleep despite the weather.

Having tried a new and easy technique yesterday I wanted to try another tag using the same technique .....

Materials used:
  • Tim Holtz tag
  • Glue stick
  • Heat gun.
  • D.I.: Dusty Concord
  • Baby wipe
  • Background images: Paper Artsy and Stampers Anonymous
  • Foreground images: Tim Holtz and Paper Artsy

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Lilian. This came to me as a link within an e-mail entitled "SENIOR MOMENTS" and is worth persevering with to the end as there are some funny moments - ENJOY. SOUND ON for best (!?!?!)  effect!!!!! I particularly love the reference to Walmart and the medicinal mix up!

Happy Friday - have a great weekend

Thursday, 21 June 2012

A little late but better late than never!!!


Such a dull old day here in Bristol - anything but sunny - in fact, the rains been coming down in stair rods - for those of you who remember stair rods!!! For those of you who don't - it means it's raining .... A LOT!

A day for crafting and reading methinks. I was on-line on the craftbubble forum before lunch and a crafting buddy mentioned the artistic stamper blog (thanks Clare) so I checked it out. Whilst I was browsing I found a link which mentioned finding a use for another of those temporary adhesives ...... the GLUE STICK. Now I've never been a fan as I've always found that pretty much anything adhered with a glue stick is only temporary ..... consequently, I have several gathering dust in my precious storage space. Imagine my delight when I discovered that not only did I have a use for them but that it was fun to do too!! YAY - Re-SULT! I watched Kaz' video and decided to give it a go.

So ..... here was I stuck indoors because of the blooming rain and in possession of some Tim Holtz tags that were burning a hole in my stash ...... check this out.

Materials gathered? check!

This was how my tag looked glued and inked with tea dye D.I.

Resist revealed with the help of a baby wipe - looked a bit pale so stand by for a little application of vintage photo D.I.


Materials used:
  • Tim Holtz tag
  • Seam binding stained with various alcohol inks
  • Glue stick
  • Background images by Stampers Anonymous
  • Distress Inks: tea dye and vintage photo
  • Foreground flora by Sunshine Designs, inked using Ranger Archival jet black and heat set
  • Hampton Arts sentiment also inked using Ranger Archival jet black and heat set

  1. Would I use this technique again? Yes.
  2. What would I do differently? I would use a newer (or different) glue stick - the one I have was so old it was stringy when I applied it to the images. The video recommended a specific glue stick but I wanted to crack on this afternoon so used what I had. Though, having said that - the stringy effect kind of adds to the grungy effect - don't you think? I might also have gone in with vintage photo first time as the baby wipe used to reveal the "reveal" also removed some of the depth of my colour.
  3. Would I recommend this technique? OH YEAH! Super easy to achieve provided you have a heat gun though I imagine that a hairdryer COULD easily be deployed!
  4. Watch the video link above as it gives you some useful tips

Happy Thursday folks - try and stay dry - if such a thing is possible! One of my pals is on holiday in Devon and reckons she'll be swimming home!! Oops - guess the rain's coming down in those stair rods there too then!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Woo Hoo - I've started my art journal!

This is my second post of the day so, if you've missed my first one and would like to stop by (and I'd love to see you there too) then please follow the link here

At last, my first journal page ......

Here's how it happened ...................................................

Materials used:
  • Ebony multi media album - two pages glued together
  • White gesso to seal and prepare
  • Layer 1: yellow and white acrylic paints applied together using a baby wipe in a right to left motion
  • Layer 2: purple and silver acrylic paints applied together using a credit card in a top to bottom motion
  • Layer 3: sprayed with Dylusions inks in Vibrant Turquoise and Bubblegum Pink

Inked and painted

  • Stamps Happen Dolly Mama Christmas image inked in Versafine onyx black (a mistake btw as it didn't react overly well with my alcohol markers - back to memento for me!) and coloured using alcohol markers. When cutting out I removed the star from the umbrella and the Santa hat.
  • KanBan steampunk wings inked in versamark and colouring using violet pan pastel and the crown inked in Memento grape jelly, both images cut out and adhered to the altered Christmas image

This is how my image started ....... before I started altering her!


  • Sentiment generated on the computer using courier and Algerian fonts and cut out before running through my Xyron sticker maker. Once they were adhered to my page I drew loosely round them (twice) using a Pitt Pen

  • I had some acetate which I had punched some holes in so ...... I took some Fresco Orchid pink acrylic paint and some white and put them on to a CD to mix before applying them through my "template" using a baby wipe.
  • Once I'd cleaned the CD I put a little black acrylic on to it and dragged some bottle tops and a credit card through - to add some highlights.
  • Whilst on the subject of highlights I used brass and colonial rub ons to highlight the wings and to tone down the lime dress on my image.
  • I inked a circle stamp using versamark and stamped it twice before brushing with magenta and violet pan pastels (centre top)
  • I also inked a date stamp using Versafine onyx black ink to record the date of my first journal page!

So, here's how it looks - whaddya think?

I think it looks finished - do you think it looks finished? Well, who knows? I MAY revisit it later!!!

Have a happy and creative day


Morning and What IS on your Work Desk this Wednesday????

Further to purchasing some additional storage last weekend my desk is looking a little tidier than of late AND I can see the floor - not seen for quite a while. I just got fed up of moving this to reach that and so on!!

ALSO, the ongoing saga of the pretty card and the LIME GREEN ribbon!! ...... I realised my mistake once I'd stuck the card together and was then just a smidge snookered. Brenda Brown suggested using pan pastels to colour the ribbon to a more suitable colour and it DID look better but the ribbon was so textured that I was unable to achieve  something I was entirely happy with so there was nothing for it ....... armed with a very sharp pair of pointed scissors I carefully cut away all traces of the lime (now magenta) textured ribbon and set about finding an alternative. I found some white grosgrain that was almost as wide and coloured it using a magenta pro marker ..... what do you think?

BEFORE, with the lime ribbon which I loved but it didn't really match!!

AFTER, with the ribbon which matches MUCH better!!!

 I have finally started working on my very first art journal proper. I've done some journal-ish pages and a couple of A.J. style canvases but bought my first journal only last week. Yesterday I managed to gesso and paint the first and second layers of paint and today I feel the urge to break out the Dylusions inks and templates and maybe (just maybe) some pan pastels - watch this hopefully creative space .... someone once said that there are no mistakes in art (it was Kate Crane, on her journaling DVD's - thanks Kate!)

First I laid down a layer of yellow and white acrylic, applied with a baby wipe, wiping from left to right.
Next I squished some purple and some silver acrylic paint and applied using a credit card, from top to bottom and then set aside to dry overnight ..... I had some ideas using masks and stamps, inks and pastels ...........

It's a little fuzzy but you get the idea with the inks added ..

Altered Dolly Mama Christmas image - we're not done here btw!!!

Now for some template and inks/pp's/paints and some phrases ....

Happy Wednesday folks, here's hoping you will all be enjoying a craft-y day.