Friday, 21 December 2012

Tis the last Friday Funny before Christmas!

Hi there,

Boy, we've had some extreme weather the last few days. Loads of flood warnings still in effect this morning and travel chaos predicted on the roads and railways on this, essentially the first day of the Christmas vacation for most. If you have travel plans then I hope you are able to complete them - take care out there. This morning has dawned (just about, as I write this!) dry and mild - it's 6°c (that's 43° in the good old fashioned Fahrenheit). I'm just pleased that I don't have to de-frost my car or break out the snorkel and flippers this morning!! Early start for me as I'm out this morning - having my pre Christmas primp at the hairdressers - treating myself to a facial and massage too - be out most of the morning. I'm leaving hubby in charge at home - just in case of any last minute deliveries though yesterday's last minute present arrived in a damaged condition so has to go back in the New Year. Unfortunately, I don't have a plan B ..... but I do still have a few days to come up with one! Wish me luck! Any ideas?

Loved yesterday's card, technique and image so couldn't resist having another go ..... bet you can't guess what colour I used - can you?

Materials used:
  • 300 gsm deckle edged white card and matching sized envelope
  • 6½ x 6 cm silver mirri card panel
  • 6 x 5½ cm lilac card panel
  • 5½ x 5 cm white card panel
 As per yesterday, for the image panel
  1. Distress Ink, dusty concord smooshed on to a craft sheet and spritzed with water
  2. White card panel smooshed on to the inked section of craft sheet and then dried. Repeated till I liked the depth of colour and variations
  3. Craft Stamper free stamp inked using Versafine black onyx
  4. A small amount of silver acrylic paint dropped on to a CD and then an old credit card run through it to create the lines and a small lid (off my mini mister as it happens) dabbed in to the paint - to create the circles
  5. Goosebumpz shimmer sprayed over the panel to both seal and give a lovely sheen
I am LOVING it in the purple colourway - which do you prefer readers? You tried goosebumpz? What did you think? It took way longer to dry than I anticipated but far less than glossy accents (which might have been plan B if I hadn't used distress inks - I thought the D.I.'s would run and spoil the card if I'd used the thicker and wetter G.A.'s)

Here's how the original looked - using Faded Jeans .....

And now for a Seasonal Friday Funny courtesy of Marsha in the U.S., thanks Marsha - she's cleared up one little mystery that has perplexed me for years - ENJOY

Subject: A Christmas tradition explained:

When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the pre-Christmas pressure.

Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more.

When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where.

Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered.

Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the rum.

In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into a hundred little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor.

He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom.

Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.

The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day?

I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?'

And thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree. Not very many people know this.!!!

Take care out there today, it's a little challenging on the British roads and rail network today and I know parts of the U.S. have been experiencing blizzard conditions too - stay safe


Have a great weekend and a very


scrappyjacky said...

Love the card....the sheen looks great.
Finally we have what seems like a nice day....just hope it lasts!

Debs M said...

ooh loving those cards, the star stamp looks great and the goosebumps effect looks fantastic x

Viv said...

Gorgeous card Kathy and another funny joke too he he.Wishing you & your family a very Happy Christmas too & thanks for all the lovely comments throughout the year :) hugs Viv xx :) Viv xx

My name is Wynneth said...

I love both the cards kathy - you've really rocked this technique and the stars image is just perfick. If I had to choose I'd go with you the p****e one is just perfection ;OD

mr t arrived safely home from 'the frozen north' this evening thankfully.

My name is Wynneth said...

Me again ! forgot to say that the FF made me giggle out loud :OD

Brenda Brown said...

The cards look fabulous and a funny FF.
Have a wonderful Christmas and a blessed new year.
Hugs Brenda xox