Friday, 5 July 2013

Welcome to another weekend

Morning readers,
I've a pal staying this weekend and we have crafting on our minds!!!! For the last couple of years it's been a couple of pals who have come to Bristol for the weekend and we've met up with the sole purpose of crafting our socks off!! We have previously finished off our weekend (which starts whilst the week is still in full flow!) with a trip to the Newbury Art Stamps show at Newbury race course on Sunday, where we meet up with a couple more pals and we shop and chat, break for lunch when stash envy kicks in and then we go round again and buy all the bits we missed first pass!!! You're not wrong, it'll be a blast! My hubby's on catering duty, and I've made my legendary brown bread beano - even better!

I have a couple of craft projects in mind. AND there will be a trip to the lovely Raj's at some point too!

Now, Wynneth's a bit of a laugh-er ....... and we usually have a great time - I just have to HOPE she does NOT wear mascara otherwise, it's ..... Alice Cooper .... LOOK OUT! Do check back after the weekend when I hope to have some WIP photos as well as a peek at the finished (or nearly finished - depends how we get on) project/s

Before I share those projects, I have another make to share with you, recent readers may recall a mojo free Wednesday when I said that I needed to make a wedding card? Well I finally got off my bum and finished it - what do you think?

The card

The coordinating envelope

Materials used:
  • 8" fancy cut square 300 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Unknown flourish stamped twice using versamark ink and pan pastel in violet brushed over and set using hairspray
  • On to white card I stamped the Habico image using Colorbox violet pigment ink and then a WOW tinsel embossing powder (a Christmas gift from a pal, thanks Wynneth!
  • Matting card in black, aubergine and lilac (the aubergine and lilac were edged with a Martha Stewart punch from a PATP set)
  • Stampers Anonymous frame, stamped on to white card, using Memento grape jelly. The sentiment was stamped centrally within the frame, using Versafine onyx black before matting on to black, aubergine and lilac offcuts
  • Lilac gemstones used to highlight the flourish curlicues
  • As you can see, I used the image and sentiment on the envelope too. The insert features the same image and the Imagine That "on your special day" sentiment in Colorbox violet

Coincidentally, the new challenge over at the CRAFT challenge blog is "HERE COMES THE BRIDE" and I think this card will do nicely for that challenge, don't you?

And now for the projects I plan to work on with my weekend guest .....

Project one:

A plain IKEA light wood framed mirror, gesso'd and ready to roll!
Project two:

A mini journal - pocket size!

Got any ideas for how we might decorate these? I've modelling paste, stencils, acrylic paints, dylusions inks, lots of stamps and embellishments - we really OUGHT to be able to come up with something!

There's a new challenge blog being launched today and it's called CRAFTSTOOCHALLENGE YOU and their first challenge is entitled "Choose your era" with a twist of "Anything goes" - oooh, sounds like fun, wonder if my weekend project might be adapted ............?
And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you this week courtesy of Liz and Graeme (though I've seen it before) - ENJOY. 

I dedicate today's Friday Funny to my friend, Lauren, who is expecting the arrival of a new puppy on Monday!!!

Subject: Dog Pack Attacks alligator In Florida

Please read from the beginning, don't skip to the end first!!!!!!! 

Dog Pack Attacks Gator In Florida
Be sure to read to the end - it's surprising!
At times nature can be cruel, but there is also a raw beauty, and even a certain justice manifested within that cruelty. 

The alligator, one of the oldest and ultimate of the predators and normally considered the "apex predator", can still fall victim to implemented 'team work' strategy,
made possible due to the tight knit social structure and "survival of the pack mentality" bred into the canines.

See the remarkable photograph below courtesy of Nature Magazine. 

Note that the Alpha dog has a muzzle hold on the gator, preventing it from  breathing, while another dog has a hold on the tail to keep it from 
thrashing. The third dog attacks the soft underbelly of the gator.

Not for the squeamish,

Happy Friday - have a great weekend!, I KNOW we will .... see you Sunday, Cherry, Debs and Lauren - don't forget your credit card and packed lunch!


Lesley Thomas said...

Kathy, you cracked it will the Wedding card - your mojo is definitely back again. Love the image, and use of shaped card.

Lauren Hatwell said...

LOL - brilliant FF Your Purpleness.

Hooray for the weekend, and WHAT a weekend it's going to be!!! Have fun with Wynneth - missing you both already and SO looking forward to seeing everybody on Sunday.


Debs M said...

great wedding card and can't wait to see what you do with those projects!

Roll on Sunday!! x

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Ha ha! Amusing Friday Funny.

You rocked the wedding card despite the mojo problem!

As to your other 2 projects . . . well I'd like to see you use your new JOFY stamps on 'em.

Sarn xxx

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like you've got a great weekend planned....enjoy.

Cherry said...

Loving the creation, tinsel embossing mmmmm.

Lol at the Friday funny.

Cash, credit card and water bottle at the ready.

Missing the craft sooooo much and loving the possibilities of your two projects. Loving the pocket journals.

Raj - mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Have a ball. See you Sunday for laughs and shopping. Hugs Cherry xxxx

Sheryl said...

Lovely card, fab image and design. Thanks for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week, hope we see you again soon. Hugs Sheryl xx

Lilian said...

great card Kathy, Love the Friday funny. Have a great weekend Hugs

Darnell J Knauss said...

LOL! That was another goodie, Kathy! I am glad to see your wedding card on full display and stunning! Yes, indeed, it's perfect for the challenge!!

Your projects look like fun, if you can ever settle down to crafting, hee hee - wish I could be there!!

catherine said...

Hope you all have a fantastic time Kathy and lots of crafting. Great wedding card and just love the pic at the end of the Friday Funny(just was not expecting that - sooo cute!!!)
x catherine