Thursday, 31 January 2013

Thursday - only one more sleep till the weekend

Hi everyone, me again

Welcoming new follower Carole-Ann. I couldn't find a blog for you ..... if you have a blog then please leave me a link and I'll follow you too. Hope you'll pop back from time to time.

Yesterday afternoon I finally made it to my two aunts, having had to reschedule during the snow. It was a nice afternoon though a little blowy. It was nice to see both aunts, one uncle and one cousin too - got a job lot of rellies in just one afternoon then!

Got up this morning to a bit of WEATHER! It's blowing up a storm and the rain is absolutely LASHING down - triffik!! Just what you want ..... NOT! Sounds like the perfect excuse to stay in and craft ..... again!

And I have an update on the challenge materials I received yesterday from my trading card swap buddy on the Isle of Skye.

Materials provided:
  • A length of wide light blue satin ribbon
  • Stamped image on thick card
Here's a reminder of what I received ....

Extra materials:
  • ATC blank
  • ATC sized piece of white card run through my big shot in a text embossing folder
  • Pan Pastel phthalo blue (and a cosmetic sponge) to highlight the text - set with cheap hairspray
  • Go Kreate fancy square die in two sizes (one for the image panel and the next nested size in Kraft card)
  • Kraft card (see above)
  • Double sided tape laid centrally on the wide ribbon and folded over from both sides thus narrowing the ribbon
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Aleene's tacky glue
  • Kaisercraft sentiment inked using Versafine onyx black on to white card scrap and cut out in to a banner ended strip
  • Foam pads to mount the image panel
  • Distress Ink: faded jeans applied to outer edge of the ATC using a blending mat and Tim Holtz blending tool

Hope you like what I did and I sure hope my trading card buddy will approve too, I can hardly wait to see what she made using the same materials.

I also decided to make another ATC - I tend to have little periods of time when I WANT to make ATC's and then long periods when I can't be bothered, so I need to take advantage when the urge comes over me!!! I blame the wings freebie with the new issue of Craft Stamper!

Materials used:
  • Kraft ATC blank
  • Distress Inks: tea dye, aged mahogany, black soot - applied using a blending mat and a Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Lost Coast image stamped on to white card using Memento rich cocoa and distress inks used to colour with a water brush - pumice stone, faded jeans, aged mahogany and tea dye. The image was then cut out
  • Craft Stamper free wings stamped on to white card, using Memento tuxedo black ink and water coloured using Distress ink, aged mahogany.
  • Goosebumpz shimmer sprayed over the wings and left to dry before cutting out to attach behind my image
  • Tim Holtz sentiment stamped directly on to the ATC blank using Versafine onyx black ink.

Another one for my collection! Hope you all like this one too

There's also a new challenge over on the CAS colour and sketches blog too .... check out this week's colour selection - not my norm so I may or may not get to have a go but .... see for yourself

Happy Thursday

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Wednesday again - it will soon be the weekend but before then .....

Hi there,

How's the weather with you all this morning? Having had some seriously freakish weather over the last couple of weeks I'm really looking forward to some milder and DRYER weather - and, HOPEFULLY, SOON!!!! This morning is starting off well (for me anyway) with bright sunshine instead of showers - for a change. Hubby's gone too Gloucester this morning but he's expecting his train to be cancelled as, apparently, the train is cancelled due to what they are calling "an incident" and this usually means a replacement bus service. Hmmm, all being well, he should be home by the time I go out this afternoon - we'll be like ships that pass .... etc!

This afternoon I'm off out to visit the rellies, postponed from last week, which got rescheduled due to the snow! Here's hoping that nothing will happen between now and 2ish to cause either one of us to postpone it again.

Yesterday's nasty weather gave me a jolly good reason to stay in and craft so that's exactly what I did and here's what I ended up working on........

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white 250 gsm card and matching envelope
  • 12 cm square Kraft card panel
  • 11½ cm square white card panel edged with Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Domino image by A Stamp in the hand, inked in Memento rich cocoa and stamped twice in the bottom right corner
  • Imagine That sentiment inked in Memento rich cocoa
I plan to enter this over on the CASology challenge blog where their new challenge cue word is: -

Over on the I Love Pro Markers challenge blog they have launched a new challenge - it is: "LOVE IS ALL AROUND" - maybe my next project?

And as for What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ..... look at the state of mine! I'm told that a cluttered desk is a sign of genius! I'm not so convinced, I think a cluttered desk shows someone who doesn't want (or can't be bothered) to tidy up - my excuse is that I am so short of storage space that there's simply nowhere for it ALL to go which is how come so much ends up on my desk - works for me!

I've had post from my trading card buddy on the Isle of Skye too. We exchange a materials challenge and so - here are my incoming materials.

My challenge is to turn these materials in to an ATC which I then return to her, along with my challenge materials for her to make in to an ATC and return ..... and so it goes on! Geddit?

My new issue of Craft Stamper hit the mat this morning too - so I am about to head off, grab a coffee and settle down for an hour.

Happy Wednesday to you all - Friday will be here before you know it!

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Turbulent Tuesday!

Hi there,

Goodness me - another wild and woolly day here yesterday - how was it with you? It wasn't too bad till about mid day but then the weather went to hell in a hand cart and the rain was lashing down and the wind was rattling the window frames!!

Definitely a day to stay in and craft and so I did .......

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Go Kreate fancy die in two sizes cut once using Kraft card which I then stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink and a Creative Expressions chicken wire image
  • The other fancy die was used to cut a white card shape which I then tinted with Distress Inks: tumbled glass, faded jeans and a semi circle of squeezed lemonade as my space monkey went to the moon!
  • Stampendous images and sentiments were stamped using Versafine onyx black and versamark inks
  • Quickie glue pen and Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "one of a kind" ultra fine glitter were used to highlight the stars
  • I used Marvy le plume II pens to tint the spaceman changito (isn't he fun?)

The above card is for the Cute Card Thursday challenge "OUT OF THIS WORLD" and also the Pan Pastels challenge: "SEEING STARS" - wish me luck, I can always use more of those fab pan pastels!

I also made this card because I'm just not quite ready to leave the distress inks and water flicking technique alone and move on .... yet!!!

Materials used:
  • 300 gsm white, deckle edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel, coloured using distress inks: squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, mown lawn and salty ocean - applied using a blending mat and cosmetic sponge
  • Water flicked from my fingers, allowed to develop and then dried using kitchen roll - set aside to dry thoroughly
  • Paper Artsy line background stamp, Recollections random "drips" inked using versamark ink and then brushed over with various shades of mica powders.
  • Magenta dotty foliage inked using Memento Paris dusk across the top of the design
  • Dimension Fourth foliage image inked using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Matting layers in navy ribbed and silver mirri card
  • Imagine That sentiment inked using Versafine onyx black ink

If I'm honest (and perhaps because I've been obsessed with this style since I first tried it) I think I prefer this one to my first posted card but ....... it doesn't fit either of the challenges!!! But I love the vibrant colour combo - don't you?

It's surrogate grandson's birthday today, he's TEN! Happy Birthday Harry - your present is in the dining room! Harry is the "WHOvian" for whom the IKEA kraft wrap got personalised recently with lots of blue telephone boxes ..... remember? Just looked back and, talk about forward planning, I featured the gift wrap in a post on January 2nd!!!! So, here's a reminder!

Hoping for a more peaceful day, weather wise today for you all

Monday, 28 January 2013

Monday again - will the rain ever stop?!?!

Morning readers,

No sooner do we get rid of the snow then we get rain, rain and more rain! Hail, thunder and some spectacular lightning too - we went for the whole nine yards! BIZARRE weather seems to be the order of the month for January.
We had guests to dinner last evening and I made mackerel pate (anyone who knows me personally will know how unusual this is!), hubby made fresh bread, main course consisted of a sweet and sour chicken recipe a la Hairy Dieters!!! and there was rhubarb fool to follow - unfortunately, one of our guests does not eat rhubarb! BUM! His loss as it was actually delicious. Nice to see these friends too as they're only recently returned from a three week cruise round Thailand, Vietnam and China and had a wonderful time.
What is it about cooking that you (or your husband) spend hours preparing the food only to spend half an hour eating and a monstrous amount of time clearing up again! Ah well, gotta eat you know!

And now for a scrap layout which was for a challenge (over on craftbubble) set by Jacky .... a WINTER themed layout.

Materials used:
  • Hand made paper - 12" x 12"
  • Offcut strip from 12" x 12" sheet - I used the rest to create a cover for a maze book!
  • Punched scraps - a snow flake punch
  • 6 confetti snowflakes and 6 brads
  • Self adhesive alphabet for the title
  • Black card offcut to mount the photos on
  • White gel pen to write the journalling
  • Inkadinkado snowflake inked using a versamark pad before brushing blue perfect pearls over the top and setting with hairspray

Jacky also suggested we should try to use up some scraps so ...... I did!

Happy Monday everyone - hope you didn't get too wet yesterday but not surprised if you did - OH MY GOSH did it rain in Bristol! We were kept awake by it and wakened during the night by it too! at least it got rid of any residual snow!

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday - is the sun still shining with you?

Hi there,

Oh boy oh boy - did it rain last evening? We could hear it above the TV! Looking out of the window, the gutters were completely awash as the drains failed to cope and our path up to the patio was awash too - such a lot of rain feel in such a short space of time that I feel sure if we had been at a lower level then we may well have been at risk from flooding! YIKES. I just hope that others in lower lying areas of Bristol didn't get quite so much in quite such a short time.

Talk about doing a technique to death .... I found a technique that was brilliantly simple and simply brilliant and had one of those "lightbulb" moments - can't seem to stop doing it now .... bit like when I discovered Clean And Simple in the first place! Where did I find this technique? In the November issue of Craft Stamper, an article by Kate Crane - thanks Kate! Ah well ..... so, here's another take on this technique from me. It will be a second entry to the sketch challenge over on Simply Less Is More and also for the "masculine" challenge on the allsorts blog where the challenge is hosted by a craftbubble buddy of mine, Catherine. I used the same technique on my first entry but used much brighter colours and have also successfully deployed it for a feminine card - I just wanted to see if I could make this in to a more masculine card - I THINK it works though (next time) I might try more browns than reds ........ what do you think? Does it work as a "guy" card?

Here's a close up of the image panel

Materials used:
  • 300 gsm white, deckle edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Post Its to mask off my panel for colouring
  • Distress Inks: rusty hinge, barn door and aged mahogany - applied with a cosmetic sponge.
  • Water flicked from fingers, allowed to develop and then moisture mopped up with kitchen roll and set aside to dry COMPLETELY
  • 7 Gypsies ledger image inked using aged mahogany and then perfect pearls (kiwi) brushed over, to give the sheen
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

Oh boy, I LOVE this technique! I'm soo not done with it yet but will try something else for my next project!! I just love the water spritzing and the perfect pearls - those babies spend far too much time on the shelf for something so yummy. Perhaps I should break out my twinkling H2O's - as they spend far too much time in the drawer too. I remember when I bought those, on a trip to Georgia to a fabulous (but now closed) store just inside the state boundary - I knew this place was a gem when there was a bubble machine outside!!! Inside there was more glitter than you could shake a stick at and I'm not even going to mention the Egyptian themed rest rooms - oops, guess I just did though. I was so sad when the doors closed as I never got the return visit. It used to be called Old Town Crafts and was in St Marys ...... now I BELIEVE that the company changed hands and appears now to be in Fort Myers - I sort of feel a road trip coming on during our next trip Stateside! - sorry hubby!

Today sees another challenge launched over on the Pan Pastels challenge blog (see it here) - entries usually pour in from all sorts of mixed media artists so why not check it out. You don't HAVE to use pan pastels to enter but entry does give you the chance to win some of those fabulous little pans of gorgeousness! This week's challenge is "SEEING STARS"!!!

Have a great Sunday

Saturday, 26 January 2013

SUNNY Saturday - yes, you read right!


Oh My Goodness, the sun is shining!! WOO HOO. Went to bed last night listening to torrential rain and woke up to bright sunshine - what a difference a day makes? The snow is virtually all gone, there's just the teensiest little bit left on top of the hedges and on unheated roof's (like sheds and garages) and the rest is HISTORY! Hooray, this from someone who's been confined to barracks for the duration, and going STIR CRAZY. I might forego the table of craftiness and get the car out! Then again, Saturday IS challenge day and I have some doozies to share with you today - without further ado ............

What is it they say? One card fits all!! I know that's not QUITE how it goes but ..... check out this nice bright card (to fit in with the bright and sunny weather)!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Post its to mark off my border (less than 1/3rd of the card)
  • Distress Inks: squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry, festive berries, peacock feathers
  • Water flicked from fingers, allowed to "develop" and then mopped with kitchen roll before allowing to dry
  • Inkadinkado hearts and Imagine That sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Creative Expressions "chicken wire" image inked up with D.I. picked raspberry and applied randomly in the gaps and pink perfect pearls brushed over whilst still wet - to add a pretty sheen

Here's a closer shot - like it?

This card fits no fewer (no more either!) than three challenges .... read on to find out which.

1) There's a new Simply Less Is More challenge this morning, and it's a sketch, now I LOVE a sketch ..... this ones good and simple so they've added some extra restrictions:

Sketch #8
It's simplicity itself, so to add a little constraint, we ask that the card stays in this orientation ie that the band remains in the horizontal plane, in the lower part of the card and that it takes up no more than 1/3rd of the height of the cardbase.

2) A new Addicted to CAS challenge for the coming fortnight was revealed this morning ..... the challenge theme is: HEART

3) Additionally, I stumbled across a new challenge blog yesterday - Addicted to stamps and more - their challenge (launched Fridays) is number FIVE and their theme is: CAS. It can be any project but must be Clean And Simple and feature STAMPING.

There's also a new challenge over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and it's triple time stamping!! With a link to a youtube video here, if you need to know more about the technique

Happy Saturday - enjoy the sunshine or (if you still have snow) take it steady.

Friday, 25 January 2013

It's like a Rudolph Day challenge and a Friday Funny

Morning all,

Is your weather still Christmas-y? Well, have I got a deal for you then ......

A few people commented that they were really behind with their Christmas cards in 2012 and wanted a helping hand for 2013 ...... now, other sites have a RUDOLPH DAY challenge (See Sandra's Rudolph Day challenge here and my card will be entered for this too) - I didn't want to nick the idea but ..... I said how about calling it "Create a Christmas Card Day"? (CCCD for short). I volunteered to set a challenge on the 25th of January so here is my sketch for this months Christmas card .. You gotta concede that RUDOLPH DAY is way catchier! Thanks Sandra, and, SORRY I sort of accidentally (honest) nicked your challenge name! EDITED TO READ: apologies for any confusion as to where the challenge is being hosted - my mistake - I should have said that it's set on two crafting forums, the first being on and the second on the forum

I offered a recipe as an alternative to the sketch which went along the lines of:
  • Take  lots of glitter, add a button, a stamped image and some patterned paper and simmer till a card comes out!

Here's the sketch I designed

And here is my card which actually follows both the sketch AND the recipe - check it out:-

Sparkly and blingy!

In case you can't see how sparkly - here's the close up!
Materials used:
  • 300 gsm white C5 card and matching sized envelope
  • Patterned paper (from an 8" x 8" stack that I've had so long I don't recall its origins
  • Strip of gold patterned card layered on to gold mirri card
  • 11½ cm square of gold mirri card
  • 11 cm square of red patterned card from a DCWV stack
  • Die cut scalloped circle of gold mirri card
  • Die cut plain circle of white card
  • Forever Friends image inked using Memento tuxedo black and coloured with pro markers, flitter glue and crystal glamour dust (for the sparkle).
  • Once the glitter/glue was dry I used a Tim Holtz blending tool (with foam pad) and distress inks in Antique linen and tumbled glass to lightly colour the white part of the image circle
  • Costco wide wired satin ribbon (with the wire removed)
  • White button coloured with classic gold liquid leaf, applied using a cotton bud - so much EASIER than cleaning out a paintbrush!
  • Red/White bakers twine threaded through the button holes
Hope you like it - just lately I've been more or less obsessed with Clean And Simple so this is QUITE a departure for me! In addition to the challenges above, I intend to enter this for Sarn's challenge, the "ANYTHING GOES" theme over on the I Love Pro Markers challenge blog and my own challenges on both Auntys forum and craftbubble - making four challenges - wish me luck!

I have some more wrap to share with you, I'm really very taken with personalised wrapping paper at present (pun INTENDED!) .....

The stamped wrapping

The wrapped gift

Materials used:
  • IKEA brown paper roll (£1.95p for 8m)
  • Hampton Arts sentiment and We R Memory Keepers plane image stamped multiple times using Versafine onyx black ink as it shows the densest - though if it was likely to go through the post I think I'd probably have gone with Ranger Archival jet black but hey .......
  • Red organza ribbon
  • For the tag: I used a Go Kreate tag die, TPC Studio plane and Funstamps sentiment and the versafine ink
And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Pat - thanks Pat. It came in e-mail form entitled "An Essex Winter Story" - ENJOY

An Essex Winter Story

As a lorry driver in Essex stops for a red light, a blonde in her car pulls up alongside. She jumps out of her car,runs up to his lorry cab, and knocks on the door. The driver lowers the window, and she says, "Hi, my name is Sharon and you're losing some of your load!"

The trucker ignores her and proceeds down the street. When the lorry stops for another red light, the girl again catches up. She jumps out of her car, runs up to his cab, and knocks on the door. The guy lowers the window, and she says, "Hi, my name is Sharon and you ARE losing some of your load."

Shaking his head, the driver ignores her again and continues down the street.

At the third red light, the same thing happens again. All out of breath, the blonde gets out of her car, runs up, knocks on the lorry cab door. The driver lowers the window again and she says, 'Hi, my name is Sharon and you really are losing some of your load!

When the light turns green, the driver revs up and races to the next light.

When he stops this time, he hurriedly gets out of his lorry, and runs back to the blonde ....... He knocks on her window and, as she lowers it, he says...

"Hi, my name is Kevin and I'm gritting the road."

Kind of topical given the weather we've been having of late! Have a great weekend and stay warm and safe peeps!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Happy Thursday - there's a thaw on the way

Morning all,

BIG thaw in progress today and I'm soooo not sorry. I've been stuck indoors since last Thursday and going stir crazy. At this rate I should be free to roam again from this afternoon - I may have to be quick though as the forecast is for HEAVY (like amber warning heavy) rain over the next few days! GR8!

Over on the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge blog sketch 9 has been unveiled, and here it is:-

It's a cards only challenge and must contain stamping

And, here's my take on the sketch - hope you like it:

Materials used
  • 300 gsm white, deckle edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • DCWV deep red sticker paper
  • Narrow panel of white card run through my Big Shot in an embossing folder
  • Rubbadubbadoo heart images (two sizes) stamped on to white card using versamark ink before using pan pastels in red and rust and setting with hairspray
  • Imagine That sentiment inked using Versafine onyx black
  • Quickie glue pen used to draw round the smaller heart which was then liberally sprinkled with crystal glamour dust

On to my next project, a tag made using the video below .......

Here's how it looks right now - just pondering where to go with it now - waiting for that all important light bulb moment - wish me luck!
Materials used:
  • Cardboard tag
  • Modelling paste and background rubber stamp - to give texture
  • Dylusions spray inks: Lemon zest, London blue and Craftynotions poppy and grass green
 It's a little brighter than I normally go but bright has been my muse this past week with a few cards so I thought I'd run with it for just a little longer!

And one of my good friends made me this, for my camera, how cool is that? THANK YOU so much Wynneth - isn't it fab? Don't you just LOVE that bead closure too?

Have a great Thursday everyone - it might still be slippy in places so, watch your step whilst you're out.

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Hi there and welcome, once more, to Wednesday!

Morning all,

I'd like to welcome new follower, Sandy, she's a new pal from craftbubble - thanks for stopping by Sandy - hope you will pop back from time to time too.

Sooooo not happy with the weather last evening. We'd virtually completed our thaw by about 16:00 yesterday - hubby came home from a meeting and casually remarked that it was snowing! In about an hour we lost sight of our patio and lawn  - again - arrrrrrrrrrrgggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhh!

You can see from the streaks how much is coming down!
It was even settling on the roads within an hour - despite being "rush hour"
So, another day to stay in and craft ......... and over on the CASology challenge blog their newly unveiled challenge is: DRINK!!! The CASology challenges are set each Tuesday if you fancy having a go! So, here's my take in it - CHEERS!

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • 11½ cm square panel of pinky beige glitter card
  • 11 cm square of silver mirri card
  • 10½ cm square panel of white card
  • Penny Black image inked using Memento tuxedo black and coloured using eggnog pro marker
  • Glossy accents to simulate glass and frosted lace stickles for the bubbles
  • Imagine That sentiment inked using Memento tuxedo black
  • Three faux crystal gemstones to finish

Hope you like the card ..... Happy Wednesday, if you still have snow and/or ice then please be careful out there. Due to last night's snowfall I've rescheduled my plans for today and will be crafting at home! and this is how my work desk looks this Wednesday morning - hope yours is tidier!!!

See - we STILL have SNOW!
Can YOU see what I'm working on?

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Thawing Tuesday


Major thaw happening late afternoon and evening yesterday so wasn't expecting there to be much left this morning! Imagine my surprise to look out this morning and see fresh snow!! Oops, I guess it's "back to the thawing board"!!!!

Hubby was out at a meeting last night and I was overcome with the urge to create something in an art deco styleeeeee, having watched the documentary on BBC4 last evening .... and here it is:

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white card - 250 gsm and matching sized envelope
  • Crop-a-dile used to take a small nick out of the spine and outer edge of the card - for ribbon threading
  • Beige satin ribbon (3mm) wrapped round the card and tied in an off centre knot
  • 8 x 10 cm panel of chocolate glitter card
  • 7½ x 9½ cm panel of rust coloured card
  • 7 x 9 cm panel of white card coloured with distress inks: squeezed lemonade, spiced marmalade, ripe persimmon, barn door and vintage photo
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle art deco image inked using Versafine onyx black

I LOVE the warm colours for this card - I wouldn't have put them down as art deco but David Heathcote (documentary presenter) assures me that the "art deco-ists" were very in to oranges! Who'da thunk it? And, of course, it's another lovely deco image from Sparkle 'n Sprinkle - I have several, some easier to recognise than others - this one reminds me of the David Suchet series "Poirot" - does it you?

Have a great Tuesday - if you still have snow and/or ice then do be careful out there

Monday, 21 January 2013

Is it Monday or is it thaw day!????

Hi peeps,

Just a quickie from me today, and a little late too - been to the dentist! Don't panic, just a check up  - all OK and my teeth passed with flying colours!

CRIPES it was cold out there though! THANKFULLY, the sun is out now and it looks like a thaw may be setting in - soooo not sorry about that. I LOVE to look at snow - but don't like to have to go out in it. Our little road is like an ice rink but we're only a short distance from the entrance, once you get on to the more major road it's not too bad. I'm still not planning any major trips until it's all gone though.

Anyway, last evening hubby headed out to his indoor flying and I set to work on a project using the fab technique from Kate Crane - check it out ....

Woo Hoo - how cool does it look in PURPLE?
And here's a close up of the 3D look for the dragon fly

Most of you will have seen this technique on the card I made yesterday, or in the November issue of Craft Stamper (where I snagged it from) so I won't go in to too much detail (for fear of boring you) if you want to see exactly how it was achieved then please check here. All I'll say is that the flourish is by Inkadinkado and I have no idea where the dragon fly came from as it's unmounted and not in a baggy of any description. I also used the following distress inks (for a change): seedless preserves, spiced marmalade, squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry and shabby shutters. I've also included a close up so you can see how I've curled and attached the dragon fly - hope you like it.

Now, as I mentioned, a bit of a thaw has set in ... even those cats who took the opportunity to stay curled up in the warm have, apparently, gone stir crazy so headed out - those footprints weren't there when we headed out to the dentist!!

Cat prints in the snow
Even the sun is out

Happy Monday, if you still have snow and/or ice then do be careful if you are heading out.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Slushy Sunday


No more snow here at the Purple Palace since the main snowfall of Friday. In fact we had a bit of a thaw yesterday - not much though as it never got above 1°c all day! Just enough to clear the centre of the road (with the help of traffic) but leaving the gutters and pavements full of nasty brown SLUSH!! Mmmmm

Nothing for it but to stay in and craft, if you ask me!!!

So, over on the Pan Pastels blog the new challenge theme, launched this morning, is: NATURE. It's a great opportunity to try to win some pan pastels although you don't HAVE to use them on your nature project. I was very tempted as I DO have a couple of rather lush colours of PP's but wanted to have yet another go at a rather fab technique in glorious colours .... but using several "nature related" images ...... and here it is:-

Materials used:
  • White, 300 gsm, deckle edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • 9 x 12 cm black card panel - it was an appropriately sized off cut - a happy accident!
  • 8½ x 11½ cm white card panel ....
  • Distress Inks (applied with cosmetic sponges): Squeezed lemonade, shabby shutters, peacock feathers, festive berries
  • Water flicked from fingers and allowed to "develop" before wiping with kitchen roll and drying with a heat gun (I'm not known for my patience!) as it should be COMPLETELY DRY before starting the next step.
  • Paper Artsy lines image inked using shabby shutters and then immediately brushed with kiwi perfect pearls
  • Paper Artsy splat image inked using peacock feathers and then immediately brushed with purple cosmic shimmer mica powder
  • Hero Arts (from the delicate leaf clusters set) foliage inked in festive berries and the smaller foliage inked in squeezed lemonade before immediately brushing with red and gold perfect pearls.
  • Large Hero Arts foliage stamped using Versafine onyx black
  • Hairspray lightly sprayed over the finished piece to set the powders.

I THOUGHT about spraying shimmer goosebumpz over the finished project but thought that would conflict with the matte/shimmer thing going on with the project anyway!! F.Y.I. this technique was explained by Kate Crane in her article published in the November issue of Craft Stamper - check it out if you have the mag in your collection! And in case you can't see the matte/shiny thing going on - here's a bit of a close up!

Happy Sunday and, if you have snow and/or ice, please tread carefully