Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning peeps,
Raining when I woke up this morning, cool too - hooray!! HOWEVER, it's already warmed up considerably and I am "glowing up a storm"!! I know - Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much information!!
I watched a splendid video by Mr Holtz yesterday on the use of stencils in layering - great idea for interesting One Layer Cards but soooooooooo not Clean And Simple. Of course, I went to look for it again this morning, to post a link and .... guess what? I can't blooming well find it! Anyhoo, Mr Holtz should get all the credit if you like my take on it and none of the blame if you don't!!!!
Take one piece of paper and some acrylic paint - Sir Timmy of Holtz used distress paint but I only have the acrylic dabbers so ...... let's see how they compare, shall we?

Paint applied through two stencils, using a Tim Holtz blending tool and foam pad

Peach Bellini and Pearl, the colours don't really matter as I planned to cover them up anyway!

Next I sprayed the Dylusions ink through this Dylusions stencil and mopped with paper towel

Lemon zest and vibrant turquoise
And then I set to work with my distress inks and blending tool

Once I started to apply distress inks and stamps you can see the base stencils come through like a resist

And my finished masculine card
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card offcut
  • Kraft and black card, for matting and layering
  • Acrylic paint dabbers and a Tim Holtz blending tool, fitted with foam pad - colours: peach bellini and pearl
  • A variety of stencils from TCW and Dylusions
  • Dylusions inks: vibrant turquoise and lemon zest
  • Distress Inks: tea dye, aged mahogany, black soot
  • Stampers Anonymous background stamps inked using tea dye and aged mahogany
  • Stampers Anonymous "Time Traveller" image as my focal point, stamped using Versafine onyx black ink.

I plan on entering this in a "new challenge on the block"! - it's called THE MALE ROOM and all it's challenges will encourage us to make those tricky guy cards - this one, being challenge one is "Anything goes" - I think this fits, don't you?
And now for my work desk, not as bad as some weeks but could still use a darn good tidy!
Happy Wednesday

Monday, 29 July 2013

Welcome to another week, peeps!

Hi there,
Yesterday I set off to make a project for the delightful peeps over at Pan Pastels .... their challenge was to use embossing (Challenge #30) .... I went with dry embossing. You may have seen my WIP yesterday .... no? Here's a reminder of how it looked yesterday then, as a Work In Progress
Work In Progress

Here's how it's looking now ....

The finished project

A closer view of the dimensional elements

Here's hoping you can see the mica flecks of the goosebumps!
Additional materials used:
  • Metallic rub-on wax (bronze), applied with my finger and concentrated on the clock faces.
  • Stampers Anonymous (from the "Time Traveller" set of cling mounted stamps) man with fob watch stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink.
  • Before close cutting out of my image I blended Distress Inks in tea dye and aged mahogany over the image (concentrating the red on his waistcoat), using a Tim Holtz blending tool and a craft mat.
  • Close to my Heart sentiment stamped twice on to the tag using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Tsukineko shimmer goosebumps sprayed over the entire tag which adds both shimmer and texture and has the added bonus of sealing the tag too!
  • Distress Ink - black soot - applied round the edge using a Tim Holtz blending tool and a craft mat
I also caught myself watching a little create and craft as I switched on to find they were featuring the melt pot and embossing powders. I was lucky enough to be given one by a dear friend and am ashamed to say that I haven't used it as much as I should have but ..... they had some lovely pendants featured which have sparked my interest anew and my dear hubby also gave me some very funky UTEE colours (brights) so you may have to just watch this space, especially after the recent success of Wynneth's and my jewellery making on our mini craftathon weekend!

Of course, in amongst this creativity I was cleaning up and tidying up as the surrogates were joining us for a BBQ ..... whilst it wasn't actually raining when they arrived it WAS pretty windy and we opted to have our BBQ indoors instead - safer!

Surrogate daughter 2, Becky, and hubby, Chris, plus baby Zac

Proud grandma and Zac
Zac's walking now (as you can see) and we all (at one time or another) feared for our glass coffee table  but, aside from sticky finger marks - it's fine. He quickly found something FAR more interesting to play with ..... a waste bin and some LED coasters (IKEA) ohhh and, of course, his doting aunty and Uncle - see below!

Surrogate daughter 1, Nik, and partner, Alan, with Zac ... and my poor jellycat abandoned on the floor!!

Have a great week

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Soggy Sunday greetings

Morning readers,
Feeling a little more waterlogged today, the rain started about 16:00 yesterday and didn't stop until well after we'd gone to bed last night. Everywhere smells fresher this morning and the sun is shining but ... I'm getting ahead of myself.
Last night we were out to dinner with my brother and S-i-L, we were heading their way as they've been our way the last couple of meets. They live a smidge over 20 miles from us but with busy diaries it takes some liaising to find a suitable date ........ we had a very pleasant evening though our plan to walk to the restaurant fell by the wayside! The restaurant has recently been refurbished and was all nice and new and shiny! The nachos started was yummy though poor Ann accidentally picked up a jalapeno pepper and this set her off coughing for several minutes! Fish and chips were very nice though and so was the chocolate fudge brownie - though I'm proud to say I only managed to eat ½ of that! Back to theirs for a further round before heading home ..... with road and motorway closures the country lane detour was both interesting and foggy!, though we're still debating fog versus STEAM!!
Today sees the surrogates due, expecting a BBQ but the weather forecast says windy if not actually raining so we're preparing for this BBQ to be indoors!! Ho hum, that means I'll be clearing down my craft annex, also known as THE DINING ROOM! and generally making the place presentable.
I hope to squeeze in a little crafting though and the pan pastels challenge this week is for "EMBOSSING", how hard could that be? I thought I might give that a go! Here's how it's looking .... so far!
A side view so you can see the depth of embossing

And a view of the project so far - so that
you can see the colours properly
Materials used:
  • Tim Holtz tag
  • Distress Inks: dusty concord, squeezed lemonade, picked raspberry
  • Water spritzer and heat gun
  • Embossing folders: animal skin (top) and tri-boss clocks
Have a great Sunday, hope the weather plays ball for your plans today!

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Saturday's CAS day!

Morning peeps,
How's your weekend starting out? It dawned dull, grey and a little chilly - with rain forecast in the not too distant future - whoop de doo! Actually, I really don't mind as I've not coped terribly well in the recent heat wave so it's proved to be a VERY welcome change.
If I'm honest, I've not even felt much like crafting in all this weather, and my alcohol markers feel the same way!! They've been drying almost instantly making blending a tad awkward! Ahh well, another bonus this morning then!
Over on the Simply Less Is More blog their new challenge has been a Pinterest photo and I immediately thought of this image .....  hope you'll agree .... the bow set me off on this track!! My total thanks to Lauren for this too
Materials used:
  • White, 300 gsm C5 card and matching sized envelope
  • X-Cut fancy bookplate cut once in white and once in red
  • Acid Drops and Whatnots image and sentiment stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers used to colour image
  • Sentiment cut free hand and matted on to an off cut of the red card and run through my Xyron sticker maker
And with the red hot and summery image I'm also going to enter my card in to the Delicious Doodles "Summertime" challenge

A simple CAS card - but effective - if you look carefully you will see my image is also wearing KILLER HEELS!!! And the inspirational photo in question?
Killer heels!!! And that fancy bow!!! See the inspiration now?

Have a great Saturday

Friday, 26 July 2013

Welcome to the weekend ..... AND the Friday Funny

Hi folks,

Up at the crack this morning as we're expecting a delivery and also it's the annual service of the boiler - hope he doesn't want to test it for too long today - still hot and sticky here! We're advised our delivery could turn up between the hours of 07:00 and 19:00 - couldn't get MUCH broader than that now, could they?!?!?!? Still, I COULD use the time (since I'm up anyway) and catch up on my ironing before it gets too hot or I COULD clear up in the dining room as we have guests coming to dinner over the weekend - or (because it's already warm) I could sit out on the patio, with a coffee and a book! We have a winner, bet you'll never guess my preference!

Oopsie, this appears to be another slightly picture heavy post but I hope you will bear with me, especially since the Friday Funny may be found at the bottom!
Clare's been at it again, making a marvellously creative pointer video for the summer holiday challenge entitled "It's the little things". Designed to take us crafters through the school holidays with something titchy and creative each week ... last week saw us all making a little mini book using letter cards and this week a dinky little cotton reel - woo hoo. She took the trouble to document her creative thought processes with her own mini cotton reel in the hope it would spark us all in a creative but maybe different way ... doncha just LOVE to see how people can start off with the same materials and yet end up with something so different?? I should point out that we all have the same kit of goodies (which Clare kindly assembled for us) so she knows we all have the cotton reels - as she knew we had last weeks cards too). We also all went on-line and purchased little boxes to put our projects in though the jury is still out on whether we'll be posting them as a swap or keeping them all to ourselves mwah mwah mwah (cue maniacal laughter!!!!)

My little box of delights ..... so far!
So, having watched the video ..... and paused part way through in order to gesso my cotton reel ..... twice! I set to work with white acrylic paint (from a cheap set of tubes which I bought when I thought I'd give art journaling a go ...... now that was an age ago but I STILL enjoy getting covered in paint and ink!. I gave my little reel another coat and set aside to dry over lunch .... then it was dry brushing  a layer of Paper Artsy Fresco paint in orchid (a nice pink) and setting aside to dry, over a cuppa. It's not taking long to dry this weather you know! I rummaged through my stamp drawers looking for some smallish text and came up with a Papermania Urban stamp set, which I stamped using Ranger Archival jet black - check it out so far ....
The top of my reel and the Papermania stamp I used

And the side of my reel - dry brushed
Next I cut a 1.5cm strip of canvas, now I KNOW Clare used canvas and said we could use any old thing we wanted but - well, how often do you break out your canvas either? I KNOW I don't use mine often at all so it seemed too good an opportunity to miss and, besides, it's such a great texture. I slathered gesso on it and headed off for another cuppa!

My gesso'd and daubed and stamped canvas strip!

And the stamp set I used

And here's how it looks before I attach my canvas strip!

Finished project! with my fibres and the charms and ribbon fastening
Materials used:
  • Mini cotton reel
  • Gesso
  • Acrylic paint in white and Fresco orchid
  • Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • 1.5cm strip of white canvas, gesso'd on both sides
  • Papermania urban word stamp
  • TPC Studio cling rubber Vintage Threads images
  • Tim Holtz mini harlequin image
  • 7Gypsies ticket image (cling rubber)
  • Distress Stains in Tumbled Glass, Victorian Velvet and Marigold
  • Penny Black scribble dress image stamped on to clear shrink plastic using Ranger Archival jet black and shrunk using a heat gun
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Tim Holtz Note clip
  • Bead glued in to mini reel and then my note clip glued in to that
  • Padlock and key charms
  • Narrow satin ribbon in three colours + black fibres

Hope you enjoyed my own personal creative journey with this challenge and special thanks to Clare for taking the time to A) organise us, B) assemble the kit which enabled us all to have a go and C) for making these weekly inspirational vids - greatly enjoying them.

And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you this week by ... Marsha in the U.S. - thanks Marsha! ENJOY

Stopped By Police At 2:00 AM
An elderly man was stopped by the police around 2 AM and was asked where he was going at that time of night.

The man replied, "I'm on my way to a lecture about alcohol abuse and the effects it has on the human body, as well as smoking and staying out late."

The officer then asked, "Really? Who's giving that lecture at this time of night?" 


(wait for it)

(no seriously, wait for it)

(it'll be here in a moment .........)


The man replied, "That would be my wife."

Have a great Friday

Thursday, 25 July 2013


Morning readers,
YAY! It is SO much cooler today! That or I'm finally getting used to the heat - which seems unlikely!
Just a quick post today as I already know tomorrow's is going to be picture heavy, what with the Friday Funny AND a little project I've been working on for a day or so! You have been warned!
I feel much more comfortable this morning, so much so that I've already made a Christmas card!!!
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card and green card for matting
  • Recollections Holly image stamped in the corner of a white card offcut and coloured using alcohol markers - it's obviously still rather hot as the alcohol markers dried so blooming quickly it proved rather tricky to blend and I may yet have another go as "seamless" once it cools!
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black (Memento just wasn't black enough on this clear stamp)
  • Green satin ribbon wrapped around the card and taped inside - this card will have to have a concealing paper insert!
I would normally add glossy accents to the berries but haven't in case I want to have another go at blending ..... but I WILL, before I mail it!

I'll be entering this in the following challenges:
  1. Stamping for Pleasure
  2. Craft Mad and Loving It group challenge on the craftbubble forum
  3. Rudolph Day challenge on the Aunty's forum

(FYI both forum challenges require membership in order to be eligible)
Happy Rudolph Day everyone, only four more to go!

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday?

Morning readers,
After a lovely lunch with friends yesterday and a good night's sleep (SOOOO much cooler last night) I awoke refreshed and keen to get my new JOFY's inky ...... so - well, it's KIND of CAS!
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Offcuts of black and lilac/floral double sided card (I used the plain lilac side)
  • Offcut of white card (THE perfect width so I just cut an inch off the bottom - don't you love it when that happens?)
  • All images from Paper Artsy JOFY set #14 and stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol inks to colour (Spectrum noir and Marvy)
  • Faux crystal gemstones (4) to highlight.
And now for What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday - I'm afraid my desk is a train wreck again this week ..... one week it will be SO tidy - but no-one will recognise it! I like to THINK it's (at least) interesting to look at - I do sometimes wonder how I find the space to create!! Enjoy your rummage through my stash!
Have a creative one peeps!

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Thundery Tuesday?

Morning readers,
You lot still got the heat wave? Us too, it's still hot and sticky but we did indeed have the GRANDMOTHER of all thunderstorms during the night and were awake for quite a while with it. The lightning was virtually constant for an hour or so and the rain, short lived but torrential. I had hoped to wake this morning to cool fresh air but, sadly, this is not the case.

Anyway, after all the waiting of yesterday I hear that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are safely delivered of a healthy baby boy and we're now just waiting on a name ... will it be Henry? Got any thoughts?
Having watched the Visible Images segment on Create and Craft on Sunday afternoon it made me re-visit my splat images .......... I wanted their splats but couldn't justify as I have two sets (from Inkylicious and Recollections) + a single splat (from Inkadinkado)
Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Inkylicious splat stamped using Memento dandelion ink
  • Inkadinkado splat stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Recollections splat stamped using Memento tangelo ink
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Memento Mediterranean blue
There, simple, colourful and a bit of fun - don't you agree? Mind you ..... I've STILL got my eye on those Visible Images splats


along with
and maybe even

or possibly

Aah well, who knows? Maybe I will ... and maybe I won't! I love the barbed wire and the cracked glass on those two sets ....
Happy Tuesday

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Sunday morning and time for Hobbycutz challenge #11

Morning all,

It's time for another challenge over on the Hobbycutz challenge blog - this week it is challenge #11 and the turn of my fellow teamie Kim to select her theme of SUMMER. Here's my card for the challenge, using a digital image from digistamps4joy ...

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14 cm square Kraft card panel
  • 13½cm square yellow card panel with a large oval die cut removed from the centre (die was by Go Kreate) to reveal the image behind.
  • Yellow card panel run through my big shot in a Tim Holtz sunburst embossing folder
  • A digi image from this week's sponsor, the image is named Sally Sunshine so, naturally, she's in sunshine colours!
  • Alcohol markers to colour (Spectrum noir "Yellows" and "Browns")
  • Hobbycutz die border left "au naturelle"

Hope you like it and feel you would like to enter this challenge. The Hobbycutz challenges run for two weeks.

This challenge is being sponsored by digistamps4joy and Limited Run

Don't forget that you do not have to use a Hobbycutz die in order to enter this challenge it's just that there are additional prizes available for those who do.

The card above is also going to be entered in to the current challenge on the pan pastels blog where their challenge is also "SUMMERTIME" and also over on the Crafting Café where their current challenge is SUMMER'S HERE.

I also made another card which is going to fit several challenges ....

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square Kraft card panel
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Post its to mask of panel on white card
  • Distress Ink - tea dye swiped across masked off panel
  • Crop-a-dile big bite used to punch holes in my card and to set the bronze metal eyelets
  • Twine (too thick originally so I split the four strands in to two) threaded through the holes and tied in a knot
  • Four large and two small retro flowers punched from canvas and coloured using alcohol markers before layering and then forming in to shape with my trusty pokey tool!
  • GLITTER brads for the centre of my flowers - they're a lush choccie brown but don't really show up in the piccie, sadly
  • Hero Arts foliage image stamped using Memento pear tart (nearest I had to summer starfruit)

Challenges entered:
  1. LIM - Hand made flowers
  2. Addicted to CAS - GLITTER
  3. Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It group monthly challenge - NATURAL (you have to be a craftbubble AND group member to enter this challenge)
  4. CAS colour and sketch - colour challenge - I had to use kraft card and tea dye ink with pear tart to get as close to these colours - here's hoping the peeps on the design team won't think them TOO FAR off.

Have a great Sunday everyone .... on the weather front, I hardly dare say it out loud but it's soooo much cooler today and I am DELIGHTED!!!! I may even get my mountain of ironing (built up because I couldn't face it in the hot weather) done and put away today!!! Perhaps I should have a little LIE DOWN first as I don't normally do ironing voluntarily!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Saturday craftday


Saturday once more and the weather forecasters promised us the weather would last until the weekend, now .... did they mean AT LEAST until the weekend or that the heatwave would be done BY the weekend? What sort of weather do you have where you are today? Right at this moment it's sunny but with a breeze so feels nice and fresh, but that will undoubtedly change as the sun rises higher.
My good pal, Clare has set up a swap on the craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It and it's entitled ""It's the little things". It's a series of projects to keep us amused during the summer holidays and she even thoughtfully provided a little kit for those interested. I took her up on her offer and received mine a few days ago. She also presented a smashing little video (when I say little, it's 25 minutes long and very informative as well a splendidly edited - thanks Clare) to get us all rolling and here's what I made .............. from start to finish
One side of my mini cards, treated with alcohol inks

And the other side!

Made my charms

OUTSIDE of my mini book

INSIDE of my mini book
And some of the materials used:
  • Clare provided - two mini cards, various beads and jump rings and the inspiration
  • I provided: alcohol inks, stamped images, stickers, Glossy Accents, archival black ink, versamark ink, white embossing powder and a heat gun
My basic cards, alcohol inks and straw - it was so much fun .... again!

The images used and sticker from Tim Holtz book - I used the word JOURNEY as the
stamped word was simply too big to fit on my book so I used the sentiment with that cut off
and then substituted the sticker word "journey"
After a little more tinkering,  here's how my little "bookie wook" (thanks Russell Brand) turned out ..... what do you think?
Over on the Simply Less Is More blog their new challenge is "Handmade flowers"
Craftyfriends new challenge has the theme of "Doodling"
Gem of a challenge's theme this week is "Anything but square"
Addicted to CAS new theme is "GLITTER"
The 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown challenge is a recipe this time round ....

See anything that takes your fancy? There's plenty going on above to keep me busy today and I STILL have the "natural" challenge to do before the end of the month and a scrap layout to complete too - so much to do and so little time! Wish me luck!

HAPPY SATURDAY - have a great weekend