Sunday, 30 June 2013

Sunny Sunday??????????????????


Well it was scheduled to be another sunny day here in paradise!!!  It DIDN'T happen! We had thought we might even get the BBQ out later but ..... shhh - don't tell anyone! Just going to wait and see if it brightens up later.
One of the challenges I had a go at yesterday was to make a Christmas project for the Craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It's Rudolph Day challenge - this months theme? A batch in black .....Over on Auntys forum, the new Rudolph Day challenge is to make a tag, so this fits perfectly there too, but the red one is really the tag for the Auntys challenge - hope you like them

And here's a single one so you can see the detail a bit better
And a close up of the tag too - so you can see the glitter pen in action
Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged cards and matching sized envelopes
  • Black card and blue holographic card, for matting
  • White card for image stamping and die cutting in to tag shape
  • Stampers Anonymous snowman blueprint image stamped on to white card and tags using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens in red and green, to highlight the holly sprig on the snowman's hat!
Auntys tag challenge
Materials used:
  • Go Kreate tag die used to cut two large (one red, one white) and one small (red) tag 
  • Large red tag run through my big shot inside a Tim Holtz embossing folder before gluing to the large white tag
  • Small red tag was stamped all over using my Dark Room Door dotty stamp, white pigment ink and WOW white puff twinkle embossing powder
  • Inkadinkado snowman image stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and then cut out. I tried using the white pigment ink/WOW EP on both black and white card and also gold pigment ink/WOW EP - DIDN'T SHOW UP!!
  • Crop-a-dile used to set a black eyelet to attach the tags together
Over on the Simply Less Is More blog the challenge this week is SAND and your can clearly see the sand rolling down to the sea in this card ...... it also fits the TAKE FLIGHT challenge over at Addicted to CAS - I thought it would make a change from me always using a plane for flight related challenges!!!!!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card and bright blue card - for matting
  • Inkadinkado image stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink, I stamped only the birds a couple more times to achieve a flock of seagulls in flight.
  • Distress Inks: mustard seed, tumbled glass, faded jeans, pumice stone, tea dye and weathered wood - applied with water and a paintbrush to give the colour wash look
Have a great Sunday readers - of course, there are a number of  new challenges this morning too - so I may yet be back later!!! In the meantime, I'm getting quite excited as my hubby's wondering about his "birthday present" - his will be a "special" birthday and it NEEDS to be marked - any suggestions?

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Welcome to the penultimate day of June

Morning and welcome to what looks like it's going to be a beautiful weekend,
As I said, the penultimate day of June - where did the rest of it go? Hard to imagine that Monday will be July 1st!!!! For those of you using Google Reader, don't forget that you will no longer have access to it after Sunday - if you haven't made alternate plans then you still have two days! I've imported all my "followed" blogs in to bloglovin but have to admit that I don't really understand the implications - I don't THINK it's going to affect me overly much as I don't view blogs in Google reader.
Saturday, being my normal challenge day set me off and crafting. Just as well really as I've not had the chance to craft for almost a week! Hard to imagine that this time last week Wynneth and I were about to head off to Swindon to meet up with Lauren and Debs for a crafting workshop at Snazzys! Still .... onwards and craftwards! I NORMALLY try out for the Simply Less Is More challenge first on a Saturday but was particularly taken by two other challenges first ... these are:
  1. ULTRA BRIGHT from the Craftbubble group Monthly Craft Challenge, though you do have to be a member of craftbubble to see and enter this challenge
  2. BLING, challenge #5 over at Crafty Friends
And here is my card which I think you will feel fits both challenges ....

Materials used:
  • White 300gsm, scallop edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of hot pink card and black card and a surplus die cut chevron in neon lime
  • Close to my Heart image (from the Fashionista set) stamped twice on to white card using Versafine onyx black (once on to a post it, cut out and then used as a mask)
  • Kaisercraft wood grain image stamped over the post it using Memento dandelion ink
  • Faux crystal gemstones to highlight the shopping bag and chevron

this may show the ULTRA BRIGHTS a little better

Happy Saturday, whatever you happen to have planned - sending HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to Jacky (aka ScrappyJacky) as it's her birthday today - hope you're having a good one!

Friday, 28 June 2013

Welcome to the start of the "official" weekend!

Hi folks,
The weekend starts here (and now!), mind you, we've nothing planned as we've just come back from a few days in Blackpool. We've been visiting pals who live there. We headed up on Tuesday morning and got home late afternoon yesterday. They took us to some lovely eateries and, on Wednesday, to Lake Windermere - it's just over an hour north of them so too good an opportunity to miss! I have some photos to share so pull up a chair and grab a coffee!

This was our lunch venue, we sat outside and enjoyed a splendid view of the lake

You can just make out the outline of a C130 performing a flypast! I wasn't ready with my camera when a tornado flew by!

This swan certainly seemed to be having some fun!

Me and my friend Mary
Just how many birds can congregate in one place?
Awwwww, look at this fledgling family of cygnets

These birds beg shamelessly hence the "I've no food left" dance by the man on the left!!

What a lovely view

The town of Bowness on Windermere

Leaving Lake Windermere
We also managed to pat some of the local wild life ....... in the forms of ....
Our hosts own pet, Ella

And the little Manchester terrier they look after occasionally too, her name is Lily!

Hope you've enjoyed your trip to the Lake District with me today ..... needless to say - there's been no crafting but I do hope to rectify that today!

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of ...... Marsha and it takes me back to the days of schoolboy humour - enjoy!

The Talking Centipede

A guy decided life would be more fun
 if he had a pet.

So he went to the pet store
 and told the owner 
that he wanted to buy an unusual pet.

After some discussion,
he finally bought a talking centipede
(100-legged bug), 
which came in a little white box
 to use for his house.

He took the box back home,
 found a good spot for the box, 
and decided he would start off
 by taking his new pet 
to church with him.


So he asked the centipede in the box, "Would you like to go 
to church with me today?
 We will have a good time."

But there was no answer
 from his new pet.

This bothered him a bit,
 but he waited a few minutes 
and then asked again, "How about going
to church with me
 and receive blessings?"

But again,
 there was no answer 
from his new friend and pet.
So he waited
 a few minutes more, 
thinking about the situation.

The guy decided
 to invite the centipede one last time.

This time
 he put his face up against 
the centipede's house and shouted,
"Hey, in there! 
Would you like to go
church with me?

This time, a little voice came out of the box,

"I heard you the first time! -
I'm putting my shoes on!"

Have a great weekend

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Thursdays project

Morning all,
I need a ruby wedding anniversary card in the coming weeks and this is what I came up with - I'm still debating the sentiment. Part of me is thinking a sentiment panel across the bottom and part of me is thinking banner shaped sentiment diagonally across the top left - whaddya reckon? I'd value your opinions readers ........
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black and red card for matting and die cutting in to scallop oval
  • White card for matting, run through my big shot in a Tim Holtz embossing folder and then rubbed with a Color Box gold ink pad
  • White card die cut in to a plain edged oval
  • Kaisercraft crackle image stamped on to the white oval using Color Box gold ink
  • Kaisercraft Checkerboard image stamped on to base card using Memento rich cocoa
  • Habico couple image stamped on to white card using Color Box black pigment ink and then triple embossed with clear white embossing powder to give a high gloss finish
  • Alcohol markers to colour the dress
  • Red/white bakers twin tied round the black/red/white panel and in to an off centre knot incorporating a heart charm
Have a great Thursday

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Hi fellow bloggers/readers,

I received an e-mail from Fiskars UK earlier this week, telling me that their blog/forum (which I subscribe to) is closing its doors. This is sad news and I'm hoping that none of the other blogs and/or forums I subscribe to will go the same way. I didn't see a date for it's closure though perhaps, if you know, you could leave me a comment. I'm only an occasional visitor but might like to say goodbye .... if I'm not too late.
Having attended a workshop at Snazzys in Swindon recently I also managed to return home with some stash in addition to the finished workshop project (as did my fellow attendees). Needless to say, I find that new stash always heightens the senses and I couldn't wait to crack open some of my JOFY's. My last blog post featured a CAS card using the two lovebirds (JM20) and this is the splendid boat mini - JM17
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • JOFY JM17 image stamped on to white card using Memento Paris dusk ink and cut out
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Versamark pen and clear embossing powder used to triple emboss the hull of the boat
  • Turquoise pearlised card, bright blue card and deep blue holographic card - for matting and layering
  • Blue/white bakers twine
Since it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday I suppose I really SHOULD show you what's on my work desk - to those who know me (or pop by regularly enough on a Wednesday) it will come as no surprise to find that my desk is, once AGAIN, a total WAR ZONE - look at the state of it, how's a girl supposed to craft here!?!??! It's "kid of" a rhetorical question but, honestly, if you have any suggestions .......

Happy Wednesday

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Sunday morning and time for Hobbycutz challenge #9


It's time for Hobbycutz challenge #9 - ANYTHING WITH "H" - don't forget that you do not have to use a Hobbycutz die cut in order to enter this challenge but there ARE additional prizes available to those who to. Our sponsors this week are: KennyK Digital Designs 

Challenge Blog

Well, my H turns out to be HOT pink!!! Naturally I've used a Hobbycutz tag for my sentiment - and guess what? it's another "H"!! ..... here's my card:


Materials used:
  • 250 gsm white C5 card and matching sized envelope
  • Hot Pink card for matting and also run through my big shot with a DIEnamics chevron die
  • White card for matting
  • KennyK's "Download Diva" digital image printed on to white paper and cut out close
  • Alchohol markers to colour image
  • Hot pink satin ribbon (recent blog candy won from Natali at Ivanovachest)
  • Hobbycutz tag die cut - painted with white acrylic paint
  • Unknown stamps inked using Versafine onyx black ink

I will also be entering this for the current AddictedtoCAS challenge where their theme is: TEENAGER! - this "download diva" is just perfect for the challenge, isn't it?

And also, this card fits the first birthday of The Cupboard Trilogy blog - their challenge is, therefore, to make a birthday card.

As for my absence ...... Wynneth arrived on Friday afternoon and we chatted, laughed (long and hard - Wynneth's mascara quickly made her in to an Alice Cooper lookalike!) and crafted. Anyone else ever used the We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board? Hmmm

Anyhoo, we dined out at the fabulous Rising Sun where my sticky ribs were piled so high on the plate there was NO CHANCE of dessert!!

Yesterday saw me meeting up with a group of crafting friends .... we met at Snazzys in Swindon, for a private workshop entitled "The Queen of Art" - a mixed media project..... well, actually, we met at the outlet village about 1½ miles away (for a brief shop (mostly at the Cadburys shop!) and lunch beforehand). We were pretty spread out, coming from Cornwall, Essex, Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire!! - but it was a great chance to craft together and to try a different venue. Of course, there were photo opportunities, SOME of which I am happy to share with you!

Wynneth hard at work
Works in progress! Who looks guilty then?!?!??!

L-R: Lauren, Debs, Wynneth and me!

Four crazy crafters with their finished projects!

My project
Materials used:
  • Black card, white card,
  • Die cut frame (I think it may have been sizzix) and alphabet
  • Images by Dark Room Door (playing cards)
  • Unknown crossword image and alphabet stamps
  • Hero Arts definition of ART image.
  • Shrink plastic (for the joker .... I had to have three goes at this because I forgot the hole in the first one, the 2nd one did what shrink plastic likes to try and so did the 3rd. Although I DID succeed in flattening the 3rd by far the best was indeed the 1st so I hit it with a crop-a-dile to punch a hole - VOILA!)
  • Playing card and crown charms
  • Jump rings and chain to hang our project
  • Embossing folder for the white card
  • Treasure Gold in white fire - to highlight the letters, frame, joker edges and embossing
  • Distress Inks in antique linen and vintage photo
  • Versafine inks in black and red, applied with an ink duster
  • Embossing pen and clear embossing powder (to protect the ART panel)
  • 3D foam pads
  • Brown brads to attach the art panel

I added a Recollections "splatter pattern" image (using Memento rich cocoa) when I got home

A little shopping!
Our thanks to Val, from Snazzys, for her patience in dealing with four "crazy crafters" for four hours! AND extra thanks for those fabulous biskwits and muffins, really enjoyed the workshop.

Have a fabulous Sunday, me? I'll be trying to catch up on what I missed today - may be back later!Saturday challenge from Simply Less Is More is "A Card for Jen" as it was her birthday yesterday.

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • My new JOFY JM20 lovebirds stamps (cut to separate) stamped on to a white card off cut using Memento rich cocoa
  • Inkylicious foliage for these birds to sit in, stamped using Versafine onyx black and highlighted with CG1 spectrum noir
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment inked using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Pearlised turquoise off cut and blue card off cut - to mat and layer

And, over at Pan Pastels, their new challenge is "Lots of Layers" - I think my Queen of Art should be perfect for that, don't you? I hope the peeps at P.P.'s will think so too

Friday, 21 June 2013

Friday Funny alert!

Morning readers, the next weekend starts today!

I'm quite excited today (a 9½  a scale of 1 - 10!!! ask me again later though and it will probably be an 11) as I've a crafting pal heading my way (shortly) as I type this .......... her train should arrive a little before 15:00. We can craft the afternoon away and I've a table booked at a local restaurant tonight. And tomorrow? Well, we're heading to Snazzys in Swindon where we will meet up with two more crafting buddies for light shopping and lunch before a mixed media workshop! WOO HOO!!! There it goes, just hit 10!

Yesterday, I had a little clear up, my crafting bud is staying the night so I figured I'd better at least clear up the bedroom so she could get in to a bed!!! Having dusted and vacuumed to within an inch (if you believe that .........) it was time for a little light relief in the shape of some crafting, after all, I KNEW I would have to clear a space to craft tidily with Wynneth so ....

I needed to cunning "conceal" a bottle ......... I found a bottle bag in my stash and decided to make a tag and a Clean And Simple thank you card to accompany said bottle .....

Bottle bag and tag with the card too
A better view of the card

Materials used:
  • Bottle bag
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Offcuts of red card, stamped with my Inkylicious checkerboard image and Versafine onyx black ink
  • GO KREATE fancy tag die - cut two, one red (now stamped) card and one white card
  • Black card for matting
  • Craft Stamper free circular image, stamped on to white card, die cut to a circle and sponged with Distress Ink festive berries
  • Red organza ribbon (for tag and also tied round the co-ordinating panel on the card)
  • Imagine That sentiment stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink. Cut in to banner shape at one end before matting on to red and then black layers
  • Faux crystal gemstones (6) to finish

As usual I carried the design across to the insert by swiping the festive berries down one side before stamping the checkerboard and sentiment using Versafine onyx black ink. The above project is for our friends Mary and Barry who we'll be seeing on Tuesday, it's been too long.

Of course, all on purpose, we were wakened this morning to the dulcet tones of the crows (or jackdaws or whatever the heck they are!!) Someone once told me that crows are more solitary so they were more likely to be jackdaws, Since the collective noun for jackdaws is a train or a chattering I prefer to think in terms of the collective noun for crows, which is MURDER!!! At 04:30 that is really what I'm thinking!!! Grrrr, this morning it was our own turn as they were stomping around on our roof wearing their little Doc Martens!, and, because of this I only had the opportunity to photograph a very small percentage (10-15%) of the total of the feathered wee beasties but, trust me, at that time in the morning it sounds like there are MILLIONS up there!

Crows, jackdaws ...... whatever!

 I recently found a new challenge blog, just about to launch (July 5th) and signed up as a follower. It's called Crafts-toochallengeyou. They now have over 50 followers and have decided to add more bits and pieces to their launch giveaway, see details here

And now for the Friday Funny, passed on to me by my hubby this week, please read carefully and  .... ENJOY

This is a deceptively simple philosophy I have been refining for most of my life.

I am delighted to say I believe I have its essence - at least sufficient to share it with a select band of friends who will appreciate its proportions, elegance and simplicity.

Have a great weekend peeps.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Welcome to the mid week ...

Afternoon readers,
It's a lovely day here and there are plans afoot for a BBQ - hubby's been shopping this morning and returned laden with BBQ-esque food - bring it on!
However, before that can happen I've an afternoon visiting with a pal so I mustn't stop long otherwise I'll be late!
Not much in the way of crafting but ..... on a recent trip to Costco I returned home with a perfectly splendid roll of red polka dot ribbon, to use with my brown kraft paper so, this morning, I set about making a tag for a guy ....
The reverse of the tag

And the front!
Materials used:
  • Tag blank die cut using Rymans white card
  • Dark Room Door spotty background image stamped using Brilliance rocket red gold
  • Stampers Anonymous Clock and moustache images stamped using Versafine onyx black. I stamped the clock twice, once on to the tag and once on to white card which I then cut out. I applied the same method to the moustache as I didn't want either to be spotty! 
  • I stuck the second clock face on using Aleene's tacky glue but the moustache used dimensional foam pads.
  • I used the free stamp from the latest issue of craft stamper and the Brilliance rocket red gold to stamp the "distressed" border to the left had edge.
  • For the reverse of the stamp I used a Penny Black and an All Night media stamp and Versafine onyx black ink
It's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday today too, so here's what's on mine......
Oopsie, needs tidying AGAIN! Best I do that as I have a crafting pal due at the weekend!
Have a fab day

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Tuesday Trivia

Morning readers
Well, yet another dull and grey day has dawned here but at least it's not raining!!! Yee Haa

Imagine my surprise last night when I swung by my blog to check out new posts from followed blogs and any new comments that may have appeared on my own ....... Opened up my dashboard and found about 30 new posts from blogs I follow ..... except that they were ALL from an on-line loan company that I'd never heard of, let alone followed! Grrrr, spammers!! Needless to say, I just left well enough alone as I imagine that the very thing I wanted to do (which was visit their blog and give them a piece of my mind) was EXACTLY what they wanted - I HOPE they won't be back though as I may miss some genuine posts from blogs I follow. So, if you don't see me visiting your blog it may NOT be due to laziness on my part and I apologise.

Anyhoo, on to the real reasons for this post ..... 1) I have a card to share with you and 2) I have news of a new blog I spotted on a blog hop earlier.

First out of the gate is the card I have to share with you all - a bit of a marathon make, if you ask me ... read on:

Materials used:
  • 12½ cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • 12½cm square piece of Kraft card and an off cut for matting
  • 12cm square piece of Teresa Collins designer paper, free with a recent issue of Card Making and Paper Craft
  • Black card for matting
  • Tan organza ribbon knotted off centre
  • White card panel colour with Distress Ink in wild honey, splashed with water and allowed to develop before blotting with paper towel
  • Inkylicious floral background stamped on to image panel using Memento tangelo (stamped off once each inking to make it more subtle)
  • Dina Wakley image stamped using Memento rich cocoa

I can tell you now that this is recycling at its very best as I had made what I felt was a sub standard card .... I knew as soon as I finished it because I never quite got round to the insert or envelope! This explains the edge to edge use of the patterned paper. It gets better, my original image panel was distressed using tea dye before stamping with a stark black thistle image. It's a shame I ever glued it down as .... guess what? I NEVER LIKED IT. So, it sat on my desk for two days whilst I thought about it .... or should I say dreamt about it as I woke up this morning with the finished card you see before you, in my head!! Phewwwwww - I used to like making QUICK cards - this was NOT one of them!
And the new challenge blog on the block? .... launching on July 5th 2013 but offering a giveaway as we speak. It's called CraftsTooChallengeYou and is open to all crafters - why not pop across and check them out to see if it's for you.
Fab giveaway huh!?
Thanks for stopping by -  have a fun day