Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Happy Tuesday

Welcome to my new follower, this time from Italy, Kiotto - hope you will find the time to pop back occasionally.

Having been shut out of Craftbubble for much of the weekend and most of Monday there was a flurry of activity once the site was up and running again just after lunch! We all got quite excited, thinking that perhaps the site had been down whilst some anti spam/spambot adjustments were made but no ...... within minutes there were at least half a dozen spammers on the site too - grrrrrrrrrrrrr. A question for you all - do you get many spam posts on your blog? I went through a phase when I had between three and six every time I checked but now it's back to the occasional - must be because I always view before allowing comments and they NEVER see the light of blogdom!

Anyway, all that on-line inactivity caused me to make another go at the LIM sketch ......... I have LOVED this weeks sketch so much - thanks Chrissie and Mandi, and I did SO LOVE the monochrome look of my first entry. I wonder whether my fellow LIMettes would accept this as my fourth entry! What do you all think?

Materials used:
  • White linen effect 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • White card panel
  • Hero Arts old French script image inked in Memento London fog
  • Hero Arts row of houses inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Black card narrow border
  • Silver mirri card panel below houses, edged using a Martha Stewart triple dot punch from her Punch Around The Page set
  • Magenta sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black directly on to the base card

Happy Tuesday all

Monday, 30 July 2012

Morning and welcome to the start of another week

Hi folks,

How was your weekend? Ours started off being HOT and sunny then went cooler and windy and ended up cold, showery and windy!!!  Like three seasons in one weekend! One minute I can't open the windows wide anough and the next minute I'm wearing winter slippers and a woolley!

Hard to imagine that we're virtually at the end of July and summer? Well, we've had one week of decent weather in Bristol!, the nights'll be drawing in before our next batch of decent weather ..... probably!

Composed my first tweet yesterday but not really sure I feel overly comfortable with the whole twitter process - a lot of my friends will tell you that I've been "t"wittering for years though. How many of you tweet? I'm curious. And, do you tweet weekly, daily, hourly? The reason for my first tweet? Well, many of my crafting buddies and I meet up on craftbubble on the group Craft Mad and Loving It but, for some, access was denied over the weekend. Some even Googled craftbubble only to be told the site no longer existed!! YIKES! I haven't any trouble accessing the site but, frankly, there was more tumbleweed than chat as (at times) I was the only one on-line - like Billy No Mates! A tweet account was set up by one of our computer literati and a few tweets were exchanged - we can only hope that the site hosts will turn up for work this morning and sort the site out .... sharp-ish!

Still loving the challenge sketch on Simply Less Is More this week so here's entry number three and, possibly, my last (but no guarantees!), using the faux lace technique . . . . . .

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 5½ x 12½ cm panel of white card, with double sided sheet adhesive laid on
  • Piece of scrap lace applied to the double sided adhesive
  • Glamour dust glitter applied over the lace, pressed down and then excess removed along with the lace
  • Fuchsia pink glitter applied over the remaining double sided adhesive, pressed down and then excess removed
  • 12½ cm x 8cm panel of pink card edged with an EK Success punch
  • Hero Arts sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black directly on to base card

Here's a more close up pic of the faux lace, created with real lace and glitter!

This is going to be winging it's way to a pal who's having a particularly trying time at the mo.

Happy Monday

Sunday, 29 July 2012

A new challenge to test your mettle ........

A new challenge for August over on Craft Mad and Loving It, set by Cherry, and along the lines of "What does colour mean to you?" - hmmmmm AND the inspiration chosen from one of the words in the list below

  1. Peg
  2. Reindeer
  3. Yellow submarine
  4. Maraca
  5. Hosepipe
  6. Wood
  7. Cork
  8. Telephone
  9. Hat
  10. Lead balloon
  11. Garden
  12. Rose
  13. Iron
  14. Silence
  15. Shell
  16. Pen
  17. Brick wall
  18. Plate
  19. Leap
  20. Christmas decoration
  21. Foil
  22. Sing
  23. Copper
SO, I went with number 20 - Christmas Decoration and opted to use the fab sketch from the LIM challenge for a second entry there too .... it also fits the challenge at Annabellestamps so I've entered it there too, the added bling is the glossy accents and the tiny glitter drops in the centres of the Martha Stewart poinsettia punch border!.

Materials used:
  • White DL linen effect card, complete with matching envelope
  • Red paper panel edged using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Three Impression Obsession Christmas bauble images inked using: Memento Paris dusk, Brilliance Poppy and Thyme
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen to draw the threads the baubles hang from
  • Penny Black sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black and stamped directly on to the base card
  • Glossy accents

My regular readers will know that I pretty much ALWAYS enter the CAS challenge over on Simply Less Is More and often more than once. This week there was a simple sketch to follow but it tickled my creative tastebuds and I simply knew I would used the sketch again. My first card was totally monochrome but I loved the design so tried again with more colour, LOTS MORE colour!!! Then I used a different floral image from the same set - still thinking I prefer the original design but hey ..... you have to try these things don't you? So, here's a little reminder of the card I made yesterday accompanied by the two larger photos of the others ..... I hope you like them but I'm always interested to hear which my readers prefer .... and why! Of course, I won't be entering either of these in the LIM challenge as they are far too similar to my first entry but I may well be having a third entry before the week is out!

my original entry

Happy Sunday

Saturday, 28 July 2012

HURRAH, it's the weekend

Hi folks and welcome to the weekend once again, which probably explains the duller, cooler and even wetter weather forecasts! I see the Olympics officially kicked off yesterday and I wonder how many of my readers were watching the opening ceremony? Were you awed or disappointed?

A warm welcome to a new follower too, Lindsaycraftmonster81, hope you will be popping back from time to time too

Yesterday I entered a double journal layout for the pan pastels blog challenge, it was far removed from my regular style and I fretted about it for hours ..... until I decided to have another go at a journal layout which made me happy - the layout below does indeed make me happy. My journal is really titchy (9cm x 14cm) and I think I've taken to this one over my A4 journal because I make so many ATC's

Materials used:
  • My ongoing moleskin art journal, opened at random
  • Dylusions Ink Sprays in London Blue, Grape and Green
  • Images by Stampers Anonymous (dotty pattern), Dimensions (crazy paving), Inkadinkado (splatter and drip) and Paper Artsy (jig saw, clock face, male image and film strip sentiment) inked in either Memento tuxedo black or grape jelly
  • Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz - FROST

Of course, Saturdays also see a new challenge posted at 08:00 over on the glorious Clean And Simple blog Simply Less Is More and today is no different other than this week it's a sketch ..

You know how you sometimes have lightbulb moments? Well this wasn't one of those as it sort of grew as I picked up a piece of scrap paper and then another ..... but I AM very pleased with the way it turned out

Materials used:
  • White 300 gsm DL, linen effect card
  • Scraps of  black and white card
  • Martha Stewart edging punch on the black panel
  • Hero Arts old French script inked in Memento London fog and stamped twice
  • Penny Black flora inked in Memento tuxedo black on to the script panel
  • Hero Arts sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black on to the base card
  • Faux crystal gem to finish

Hope you like it folks and have a great weekend.

Friday, 27 July 2012

TGIF and the usual Friday Funny!!!

Hi folks, as another weekend looms large I hope you all have plans. I'm told the weather's supposed to be on the change over the weekend so, if you've a BBQ planned then you might want to do it tonight or tomorrow as Sunday may be too late!!!

We managed only our second BBQ of the year on Wednesday and our guests (surrogate daughter 2 and her hubby) enjoyed it too. Surrogate daughter 2 is really struggling with the heat as she is due to give birth in early August - thankfully, it had started to cool (slightly) by the time we were ready to eat!!

Yesterday it was out to dinner again for us (bit of a busy week for us), this time at the home of our pal and neighbour, Debbie. Now Debbie is having some contractors in to carry out some work for her and hubby was commissioned to de-install her PC - to avoid any problems with dust and Debbie very kindly offered to turn a relatively mundane chore in to an evening with friends - thanks matey! We had a brilliant time too, Debbie decided it was too hot to cook and enlist outside caterers in the form of Mr Marks and Mr Spencer - they did a great job!

I've done an art journal page which is for the pan pastels blog challenge, this week their challenge is: MAGICAL AND MYSTICAL - removing me from my comfort zone. This is not one of my favourite of my journal pages but ......

Materials used:
  • Pan Pastels and fixative
  • Scrap paper to create moon and hill masks
  • Lavinia stamps
  • Crystal stickles
  • Computer generated journalling attached using a Xyron sticker maker
  • Fabe Castell Pitt pen for the border round the journalling
  • Date stamp
And now for the Friday Funny which, once again comes via the e-mail system from my pal, Pat - thanks Pat! Hope you will all enjoy it this week, sure has the AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH factor!

This has to be one of the best singles ads ever printed. It is reported to have been listed in the Cornish Guardian.

SINGLE BLACK FEMALE seeks male companionship, ethnicity unimportant. I'm a very good girl who LOVES to play. I love long walks in the woods, riding in your pickup truck, hunting, camping and fishing trips, cozy winter nights lying by the fire. Candlelight dinners will have me eating out of your hand. I'll be at the front door when you get home from work, wearing only what nature gave me.. Call 01272-6420 and ask for Annie, I'll be waiting.....

page down - don't give up now ..........

Over 150 men found themselves talking to the Truro RSPCA!!!

Have a fab Friday and a stupendous weekend.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Phewww, what a scorcher?!

Yesterday was!!! It topped 30°c here (that's 86°f) and we're not really used to those temperatures in the U.K. (without the benefit of A/C). After a second restless night with the heat I find myself actually missing the cold wet weather of last week!! Never happy about the weather, we Brits! (well, some of us anyway!)

Yesterday, I met up with two ladies that I had the privilege to go to school with - waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the early 60's and oh my gosh what a lot has happened since then! We don't get the chance to get together anything like as often as we would like but, when we do, it's like our last meeting was only yesterday - fabulous to feel so comfortable with friends, isn't it? You know how real life sometimes gets in the way of the best laid plans? WELL ........ I had arranged to collect Naomi from home around 11 and the plan was to walk her little Maltese terrier, Mally, before shutting him in for a couple of hours. The weather conspired against us as it was plainly too warm to be walking a dog in a fur coat by the time I arrived so we sat in the conservatory enjoying a civilised chat and a coffee. It was at this point that real life stepped in to conspire against us ...... Naomi's daughter asked for a lift to work in the centre of Bristol - in itself not an issue - the problem was that the roadworks prevented us from moving around the town centre for ten minutes!!! ARRRGGGHHHHH and then ...... Naomi suffered a catastrophic wardrobe malfunction with the vent in her dress which, left unattended, seemed likely to render the dress a two piece - with neither piece attached to her! As you can imagine, we decided that was not an option so had to nip home for her to change. It's lucky our other friend, Andrea, is such a good friend that she was patiently waiting for us as we breezed in rather later than planned. We enjoyed a lovely leisurely lunch of grilled chicken and baked potato and we asked our waitress to take the annual lunch photo of the three of us. To those who remember Eddie Shah's TODAY newspaper when it first came out (and the print quality) you will realise that it was only sensible of me to take alternate shots too! Lunch completed we then adjourned back to Naomi's for further chat, coffee and a little light football - with Mally!!!, before I dropped Andrea back at her car and headed home.

Of course, dinner at home turned out to be cheese and biscuits since we ladies had "lunched" whilst watching Superstar, thank heavens RORY has made it to the final!!

I've woken this morning to find it's even hotter than yesterday and I'm already meltinnnnnnnnnnnngggg! We've surrogate family arriving this evening with a BBQ planned so we're hoping it will have cooled slightly by then. Becky's due date looms large and she is suffering more than a little in this heat - let's hope my services as a midwife will NOT be required this evening!

I decided to crack on and scrap yesterday right away ...... so here is the photo of my work desk as I started .... for What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday and below that, the finished layout

Have a fab Wednesday - it's downhill all the way to the weekend now!!

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

The Purple Princess is away from her desk this morning ..... AGAIN!!!!

Hi there,

First of all I would like to welcome my new follower, Bernie Cuttino, from California. Hi Bernie - hope you'll find time to pop back soon.

Now I don't normally watch much in the way of reality TV but I am addicted to the series of programmes that Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber uses to select leading performers for musical theatre and the current show is to recruit a performer for the part of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar. I have to be honest I've been rooting for Nathan and Rory through the series but, as of last night's elimination of Nathan, I'm now rooting for Rory! GO RORY!

Well, I'm off gadding about again today - and today it's lunch with two good friends I've known for aeons! Well, since primary school anyway!!  Must be sure to take my camera - who knows? there MAY be a scrap layout to come.

Actually, there IS a scrap layout to share with you but it doesn't feature those two friends. There's a challenge ongoing this week to feature SEWING over on the craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It and I thought it would be nice to do a scrap book layout so that a few of the newer members know it's OK not to make a card!, so, here it is ..

Materials used:
  • Two sheets of  identical 12" x 12" double sided papers from Costco
  • White card for matting the photographs to give a white border
  • Sewing machine (threaded with white cotton) to sew the floral panel to the plain sheet
  • Computer generated journaling mounted on to an offcut of the floral side of the paper
  • Chipboard heart covered with inca gold paint and stamped with Hero Arts "Old French text" in Memento rich cocoa (though you can't see it in the photo)
  • Seven faux crystal gemstones and some crystal stickles to embellish

Happy Tuesday - have a good one!

Monday, 23 July 2012

Morning - how goes your day?

Hi and welcome to another Monday - hope you have an interesting week planned - I know I do. I was going out for coffee this morning, and AM going out to lunch tomorrow and dinner on Thursday and we have friends due to come to our home for dinner on Wednesday evening - busy, busy, busy! Sadly, my coffee morning has been cancelled because my pal has woken feeling poorly, she wasn't the brightest yesterday when we confirmed our arrangements so it wasn't a huge surprise that she rang to cancel this morning - feel better Jenny.

Yesterday saw a couple of just for fun challenges being launched on the craftbubble group ..... one was CHRISTMAS IN JULY and the other was to feature SEWING (shamelessly pinched from Chrissie and Mandi over on Simply Less Is More - here's hoping they'll forgive me!) but my challenge didn't necessarily have to be CAS or even a card.

I bought a perfectly fabulous Penny Black image whilst in Florida recently and it's going to figure prominently on many of my Christmas projects I'm sure! Certainly this make fitted both of today's challenges as well as fitting the Simply Less Is More challenge ..... it wouldn't have though, if my day had gone to plan but there I was zig zagging away at a 14 cm panel when, horror of horrors .... the bobbin ran out.! Now, it took me a few stitches to realise this and by then I just knew there would be more of a problem if I tried to retrace my steps - I carried on round the outside to make the holes and then hand stitched the border and it looked ...... pants!!! Think it will end up being cut down in to smaller panels! Ah well - my  mother did always say that I was dangerous in charge of a sewing machine - looks like she was right!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm white, 330 gsm, scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • Red organza ribbon knotted off centre
  • Pearlised metallic red DCWV card mat, edges distressed using a Tim Holtz distressing tool
  • Penny Black image inked in Memento tuxedo black on to white card which was then stitched to the pearlised red panel
  • Alcohol markers used to colour image
  • Glossy Accents applied to glasses and parcel bow
  • Red glitter glue, ICE Stickles glitter glue and regular stickles with added Glamour dust (for extra twinkle!)

Aren't those two simply adorable? Here's a bit of a close up which will hopefully show both the glitter and glossy accents as well as the stitching

Happy Monday - have a great day

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Nice meal yesterday

with my bruv and sister in law, Ann. They picked a restaurant closer to us than them and very kindly offered to chauffeur us to and from - HUZZAH! Thanks guys! We had a nice meal and a very pleasant evening. We always have problems co-ordinating dates so Ann had come armed with her diary and we've pencilled in our next meet up for dinner too. Now we just have to decide where!

Sunday has dawned lovely and sunny, shame we're both feeling a little sluggish following what turned out to be (for us anyway) a fairly late night. Hubby's gone flying this morning which has left me free to craft, craft, craft!!! What SHALL I  do first?

Louise has set a challenge (just for fun) over on the craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It - for CHRISTMAS IN JULY! Any Christmas project - so I might have a go at that later but, in the meantime ..

After a few minutes at the craft table and some drying time ...

Materials used:
  • My moleskin art journal
  • Water spritzer
  • Dylusions inks: purple,yellow, lime
  • Cosmic shimmer in a pale pink
  • Images by: Paper Artsy, Paper Mania, Dimension, Stampers Anonymous and Inkadinkado

Hope you approve - I'm still a complete novice at this journaling lark ...... have a great Sunday


Saturday, 21 July 2012


Here's to welcome two new followers, Shirley and Annie Anya - thanks for following me - hope you will find reasons to visit again soon.

Yesterday I was meeting my long time pal, Sue, for lunch at a local out of town shopping area. Now we've done this quite a number of times and, as I left home, it occurred to me it had been a while since we had a "road trip"!!! So, I filled my car at the garage on the way in and put it to Sue that we could have a swift pit stop at the new Subway before hitting the road - she LIKED the idea so after two tuna 6" subs we got back in to the car and headed east. Sue doesn't drive so the place I had in mind was NEVER going to be somewhere she would get to as it's in the middle of an industrial area and a bit off the beaten track unless you know it's there. Where did we go? Why, Snazzy's in Swindon ....... they stock way more interesting things than Hobbycraft and the Range so it made for a nice change for us both as it's been ages since I've been there - which showed as we circled the roundabout whilst I found an exit I liked the look of!!! SatNag was only helpful in getting me to the entrance of the industrial development you see! (at least it didn't tell me I was still 32 miles away like it did when I went to visit a pal in Worcester!!!). Sue liked Snazzy's a lot and I enjoyed the return visit too - what I didn't enjoy (though, thank heavens, I was able to dig myself out of this hole) was the fact that they have yet to install a credit card reader - fortunately we both had sufficient cash to not have to put anything back - PHEWWW! The word is that this unfortunate incident shouldn't happen next time I head there as there are plans afoot to get a card reader installed sharpish! HURRAH

I've not seen my pal since before my birthday either so I got to have another birthday! She dislikes Purple so I was doubly pleased to open my parcel and find these babies nestling inside - thanks so much, Sue.

Saturday sees a new challenge unveiled on the Fabulous CAS (Clean And Simple) blog Simply Less Is More and this week sees the theme of SEWING - hmmmmmmmmmmmm - well I bought a new set of stamps yesterday (see above) which were just ITCHING to get inky so they had to feature .... PLUS it's the last day that the Craftbubble CMLI July challenge is open and it's high time I entered that ..... PLUS whilst I was in M&S cafe the other day I came across a fab napkin so brought one home with me and the results are what you see below!!

Materials used:
  • 12½ 300 gsm white scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • WOW background image inked in versamark on white card panel
  • Pan Pastel in permanent red and permanent red tint
  • Cheap hairspray to fix
  • Having cut out the postage stamp edge (using a 3/8" punch) I stitched the image panel on to a black card panel
  • WOW phone box image inked in Brilliance pearlescent poppy
  • M&S bunting napkin cut out and attached across the corner above the phone box
  • WOW sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black
  • Glossy Accents used over the whole phone box, not just the glass, as most phone boxes started out life uber shiny!!

Hope you like it folks - as always - I look forward to reading your comments and thank you for taking the time to visit.

Happy Saturday

Friday, 20 July 2012

Woo Hoo it's the weekend!!

Hi there and welcome to the start of another weekend - got plans? Hope that none of your plans will be disrupted by the GREAT (??????) British Summer .... or lack of!

I'm out to lunch with a pal today - no idea of where we're lunching only where we're meeting - like a magical mystery tour! - except that I'll be driving!!!

Spot of crafting occurred in the Purple Palace yesterday although I've had a busy couple of days. Visited with friends (one about to vacation and another just out of hospital) and neighbours and also managed to fit in some shopping for flooring and paint - not for us, my hubby would have a fit!!!

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • Black card panel
  • White card panel
  • WOW damask image inked using versamark ink
  • Pan Pastel in Phthalo Green
  • Dark turquoise organza ribbon

Decided that I REALLY liked the combination of squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade and the Hero Arts star - see previous days posts so thought I would try for a triple ...... so, here's my FOURTH and probably last entry for the Simply Less Is More challenge to use THREE - this time I've used three circles and three stamps - hope y'all approve even though it's decidedly similar to one of the other entries!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm white, 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • 4½ cm circular mask
  • Distress Inks: squeezed lemonade and spiced marmalade
  • Paper Mania Just a note, Hero Arts Hello inked in Memento potters clay
  • Hero Arts star image inked in Memento tangelo

And finally, the sort of card no-one LIKES to make but, sooner or later, all card makers have a requirement for one - in this instance it's for my husband to send to the widow of a friend.

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • Post It's to mask
  • Distress Inks: tumbled glass, broken china, black soot
  • Dimensions DAISY image and Hero Arts sentiment inked in Memento tuxedo black

And now for the Friday Funny, e-mailed to me by my pal and neighbour, Debbie ....... ENJOY

I've seen it before and may even have posted it before - but it still amuses me!

Have a great Friday and an even fabber weekend!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Here we are then - how card making SHOULD go!

Morning all,

Those of you who read my post yesterday of the lamentable process my poor CAS card went through on it's way to becoming unCAS (is there such a word?) will probably have felt some affinity as we all know sometimes the creative process works and sometimes it doesn't!! Isn't that part of the fun though? In her Art Journaling DVD Kate Crane says that there are "no mistakes in art" and it was this that drove me on to finish yesterdays card rather than give up and chuck it in the bin! For those of you who missed it, if you've the time and inclinations, check here

Now, THIS is more like how yesterdays card SHOULD have looked! Turns out it's perfect for my pal's daughter who's just graduated 2:1 from Birmingham University and will be doing her Masters in Event Management at UWE - which is close to home, so Congratulations all round and her mother is VERY happy to have her daughter coming home to live!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm 300 gsm white, scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • 4½ cm diameter circle mask placed using low tack tape
  • Distress inks squeezed lemonade and just a touch of spiced marmalade
  • Hero Arts star image inked in Memento Tangelo
  • Paper Mania sentiment inked in Memento potters clay

The close up SHOULD give you just an indicator of the "touch" of spiced marmalade - just enough to warm up the squeezed lemonade.

I am soooooooooooooo much happier with the way this went! In fact, this CAS card makes me so HAPPY that I shall be entering it in to the new CASology challenge where the theme is indeed HAPPY! as well as the Less Is More challenge as it used three elements (circle/star/sentiment).

I enjoyed making it so much that I decided it would make me happy to make another one in ....... PURPLE (well, being the purple princess I WOULD, wouldn't I?). This time I went slightly offset with the circle to one side and the image to the other - not sure. It grieves me to admit it but I think I prefer the yellow/orange combo - how about you lot?

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm 250 gsm white card and matching envelope
  • 4½ cm circle mask taped down with low tack tape
  • Distress Ink in shaded lilac
  • Hero Arts star image and Paper Mania sentiment inked in Memento grape jelly

I don't think the purple one made me QUITE as happy as the yellow one did, but ..... have a great Wednesday however you plan to spend it

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Ever had one of those days?

When circumstances appear to conspire against you?

Well, I have! The card I'm sharing with you today started out life VERY differently ..... it started as a Clean And Simple card and I had PLANNED to use a 5cm circle mask to apply pastel distress inks through and then stamp a heavier and more detailed image over the top.

I had my mask and gaily stamped spun sugar (a lovely pastel pink) through, only to remember that the last time I used the Tim Holtz blender I had been using victorian velvet - not the lovely pastel shade I had hoped to team with squeezed lemonade!! Plan B ....... team it with peacock feather and make an altogether more vibrant card - Noooooooooooooooooo - I dropped my blending tool and yes, wouldn't you know it? FACE DOWN!!! Of course! Plan C involved a third circle - this time going off the edge of the card and using broken china (to cover my blender mark). Hmm. Having planned on two large-ish pastel circles I now have approx 2½ x 5cm vibrant circles and yes, the scale is quite (QUITE) wrong on this size card - hmmmm. Nothing for it but to start again but going off the edge meant that I had to cut a piece of card or paper to cover the ENTIRE card blank. Plan D is what you see below and you will instantly spot that: A - it's NOT quite CAS and, B - there isn't a circle to be seen pastel or otherwise!! This was not without trauma either as I gaily stamped my sentiment with a bit missing so had to turn my card over and start that again too! Still, given the journey to arrive at the finished card I remain amazed it didn't end up in the bin.

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • 12½ cm square black card panel
  • 12 cm yellow striped card panel (part of my pack of 360 double sided card selection from Costco)
  • Stamping Up image inked in Memento tuxedo black and coloured using Pan Pastels (already seen on my blog a day or so ago)
  • Matting and layering using offcuts of black and Costco card
  • Rubbadubbadoo magnetic "make up your" sentiment set inked in Memento dandelion on to white card, cut out and matted before running through my Xyron sticker maker

And there you have it .... a CAS card that took hours to make, one way or another!!! oh, and it isn't CAS to boot!!!

Hope your day is going more smoothly! Have a great Tuesday

Monday, 16 July 2012

Another week - will it rain?

Morning and welcome to Monday,

St. Swithins Day yesterday and we got NO RAIN!! Does this mean the jinx is over? When we got back from Florida we had two glorious days and it's rained all or part of pretty much every single day since! Summer? I DON'T THINK SO! It's raining already today!!!

Of to the dentist for me this morning - whoop de doo - NOT! I don't much care for a trip to the dentist and it's a real chore to make myself go every six months but ........ HUZZAH - no treatment for me and my dentist tells me I'm doing a great job of looking after my teeth too - gold star then! Asked for a receipt for my treatment and they produced this pretty lamentable copy - problems with their printer they said!! I know all about it - read on!

Managed a little light crafting yesterday after I did the card for the pan pastels challenge. I decided on a scrap book layout and set off to print three photos and some journaling. Took me several attempts as my photo printer decided to take itself off-line half way through printing .... not once but twice, GRRRRR. Don't you hate it when technology snarls up? I tried everything I could think of and then gave up and summoned the I.T. department (a.k.a. my hubby) who tweaked and fiddled and pronounced there to be nothing wrong .... and guess what? Presto, the perfect print!!! Grrrr again! On to the finished product whilst still gritting my teeth! I chose to record three photos of my crafting weekend, the top photo shows my pal and I crafting like crazy women!, the middle one just shows my pal with one of her super makes (a maze book)and the bottom one show three pals at the Newbury Art Stamps show on the Sunday - a splendid day. I used a layout from a challenge some months ago ......

Happy Monday - hope it's not raining where you are!

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Morning, sun's shining once again!!

so all is right in my world - easily pleased - me!

I say all is right in my world, that's not strictly true as my poor hubby is wrestling with sinusitis which is painful. I wish I could make it better hon but the doctor's way more qualified than me! Still, he can't be that bad as he's gone to the field for a morning of flying ...... see if that brightens him up out in the fresh air doing something he loves.

Over on the Pan Pastels blog the challenge this week is to use the three elements of Sun, Sea and Sand!!! What an appropriate challenge since the sun is shining for the first time in AGES! If you fancy having a go then pop across, using the link above, and check it out. The talented Brenda Brown, who's on their Design Team, has made a glorious mini book using dominoes as her cover too - clever thing. Me? Not quite such a clever project but I enjoyed making it.

 Materials used:
  • C6 300 gsm Kraft card and matching envelope
  • Two black card panels
  • One DCWV pearlised metallic gold card  panel, edged with an EK Success binder edge punch
  • Narrow red satin ribbon tied in a knot well off centre
  • 7cm x 7cm white card panel
  • Stamping Up image inked using Memento tuxedo black
  • Pan Pastels used to colour - with the pointy Sofft tool

I hope the ladies at the PP blog feel it reflects sun, sea and sand and is a worthy entry ...... it's only the 2nd time I've had the opportunity to enter and I'm still working on my colouring technique with the mighty PP's too.

I had a second attempt at colouring with PP's ... whaddya think? Better or worse?

Here's how the inside of the card and the envelope turned out too ...

Have a fab Sunday and I hope the sun is shining where you are too.

Saturday, 14 July 2012

Woo Hoo! Here comes another post!

2nd post from me today as I was quite taken with the idea of threes this morning but didn't feel I'd done my first card justice. If you missed my earlier post then please feel free to check it out here

Another love of mine is ..... SHOES so a second card featuring shoes seemed like a plan. Someone commented about no purple on my first card too so I thought I could easily rectify that in my second attempt so, here goes .....

Materials used:
  • White DL, linen effect card and matching envelope
  • White card with three 5cm holes punched from
  • Low tack tape to hold the "mask" in place on my card
  • Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Dusty Concord
  • Hero Arts Shoes and Savvy Stamps sentiment inked in Memento grape jelly

I plan to enter this in to the usual challenge over at Simply Less Is More and had planned a new one (to me) at Clean And Simple, right up until I realised I'd been overly creative with the sentiment and that it should have been across the bottom - BUM!!!!. I've entered it anyway and hoping not to be disqualified ....... will have to wait and see. I've not entered this challenge before so I don't know how strict they are with placement. Here's the original sketch:

Hope you are having a great Saturday - we had rain much of this morning but this afternoon is getting brighter by the minute - HURRAH!