Saturday, 31 August 2013

Saturday challenge day ....

Morning readers and followers,
Today sees the launch of a new challenge over at one of my fave challenge blogs - Simply Less Is More. Their new challenge is to USE A RUBBER STAMP and they have a sponsor this week, in the shape of PENNY BLACK. Now, I've sent out rather too many GET WELL cards lately and needed to stock up a bit. To those friends who are poorly - feel better soon peeps. Anyway, here's today's card ....

Here's the card ...

And a close up - to show the sheen, though the pink's not QUITE dry yet - no patience, me!!!

And a peek at both the card and envelope - trust me, the insert matches too!

The stamps used - lucky I found that errant sentiment set!

And the fabulous radiant pearls too
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and a matching sized envelope
  • Kraft card for matting and white card for my image panel
  • Penny Black Constellations 3867K stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • Imagine That Write big #2 "Get Well" sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Radiant pearls: mayan gold and sugar plum painted on to the ends of the spray, to give interest and sheen - does it qualify as water colouring? Only the LIM-ettes can tell me that ......

Hope you like it and I hope my fellow LIM-ettes do too!

And, since it IS challenge day - here's another card, this time for the Addicted to CAS challenge which, currently, MUSIC ....

Materials used:
  • White, 300 gsm, scallop edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Black and white card for matting and image panel
  • Kaisercraft "rocks" image stamped using Distress Ink in Victorian Velvet
  • Kaisercraft "alphabet" image stamped using Memento London fog
  • Lost Coast Designs ATC sized music image stamped using Versafine onyx black
Here's a little something for you to ponder today too - this came to me courtesy of a regular provider of my Friday Funny - it's not overly funny (so I wouldn't use it for a F.F.) but I wanted to share it ..... thanks Marsha
Here's another trick of Doctor Dementia to test your skills....I've  seen this with the letters out of order, but this  is the first time I've seen it with numbers. Good  example of a Brain Study: If you can read this OUT LOUD,   you have a strong mind. And better than that:  Alzheimer's is a long long, way down the road before it ever gets anywhere near you.


7H15      M3554G3

53RV35      7O PR0V3
H0W      0UR M1ND5 C4N
D0      4M4Z1NG 7H1NG5!
1MPR3551V3      7H1NG5!
1N      7H3 B3G1NN1NG
17      WA5 H4RD BU7
N0W,      0N 7H15 LIN3
Y0UR      M1ND 1S
R34D1NG      17
W17H      0U7 3V3N
7H1NK1NG      4B0U7 17,
B3      PROUD! 0NLY
C3R741N      P30PL3 C4N
R3AD      7H15.
PL3453      F0RW4RD 1F
U      C4N R34D 7H15.


To my 'selected' strange-minded friends: If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to  your friends with 'yes' in the subject line. Only great minds can read this. This is weird, but interesting!


If you can read this, you have a strange mind, too. Can you read this? Only 55 people out of 100  can.
I cdnuolt  blveiee  that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I  was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of   the hmuan  mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it  dseno't  mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt  tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset  can  be a taotl mses and you can still raed it  whotuit a pboerlm. This is  bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey  lteter by istlef, but the word as  a wlohe.  Azanmig  huh?  Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Have a great weekend

Sticky note - this will stay at the top of my blog for a while!

Hi peeps,

Not sure if you all know but I have a page on this blog, dedicated to items for sale - mostly stamps - just in case any of you are interested. You can see it here

Due to the recent increase in postal rates I have included postage at £2.60 for stamps individually, multiple purchases may be bundled together for the same postage so please check with me if you are interested.


Friday, 30 August 2013

Welcome to another weekend

Morning folks,
Don't know about you but I'm having trouble with the fact we change to the month of September this weekend! Where IS the year going? I'll be starting my Christmas shopping in earnest soon - though (hangs head in shame) I HAVE to admit to having started!!

I know it's back to school for many of you with your kids this coming week and I hear uniforms are proving jolly expensive too. Thank heavens for the likes of George!!! When I was at school there was only one uniform outfitter in Bristol and they were blooming expensive too!
I KNOW I said, some time ago, that I wouldn't take on any more ATC swaps because they sometimes get away from you and you end up swapping far more than you were originally expecting ..... Well, I decided to sign up for one on the new CB2½, to help get the swap rolling - AND not least of all because the theme is PURPLE and STARS!! I was hooked at PURPLE!!!! So, since it's been a crafting desert this week, yesterday, I set to work on these ATC's - of course, it will serve me right if (at the 11th hour) another couple of people sign up and I have to make some more! Sounds like an excuse to me too!!!

The above distress inks were "smooshed" on to a craft mat before spritzing.
I then swept my card through the liquid, dried and repeated till I was happy

I then smooshed and spritzed this ink and spooned a little
of the mica powder randomly before smooshing my card again

Which left me with this - fab eh?

I then stamped the "Distress" image using Memento grape jelly (hardly showed, just gave a little texture).
The Alphabet image was then stamped using the Versafine sepia image on each panel

Paper Artsy image and Memento grape jelly. The star images were cut out and shaded lilac D.I.
 blended to soften the stark white. D.I. in black soot blended to the edges

Finished ATC, with the Visible Image edging and the star attached using "dries clear" glue
Materials used:
  • 3 x ATC blanks
  • 6 offcuts of white card (3 ATC sized)
  • Distress Inks: Seedless Preserve, Dusty Concord, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Black Soot
  • Tim Holtz distressing tool with foam pad
  • Perfect Pearls mica powder: BLUSH sprinkled using a teeny tiny glitter spoon
  • Water spritzer
  • Blending mat
  • Heat gun
  • Kaisercraft "Distress" and "Alphabet" images
  • Visible Image (craft Stamper freebie) edging stamp
  • Paper Artsy Star image
  • Inks: Versafine onyx black and vintage sepia, Memento grape jelly
  • Aleene's tacky glue

Trawling t'internet this morning and found a fab tutorial here .... it's using glitter and maimeri medium ...... which just sounds to me like a lot of fun. Maimeri medium? Reckon it's probably just a clear gloss medium - and I HAVE some of that already but I might look in to that a bit more

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of my pal's Liz and Graeme - I HOPE you like this and I'll probably see you in the bed next to mine then!!!

The Bathtub Test.

During a visit to my  doctor, I asked him about my Dad. I said "How do you determine whether or not  an older person should be put in an Care Home?"

"Well,"  he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the  bathtub."




"Oh, I understand," I  said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is  bigger than the spoon or the teacup."

"No" he said. "A normal  person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the  window?"


And maybe I SHOULD be booking my bed, after  all, last night I DID set the alarm for a whole hour earlier than I intended to!!!
Have a great Friday and an even fabulous-er weekend!

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Tuesday and it's back to normal - whatever that is!!!

Morning all,
Busy few days for us ... I'm at the garage again this morning and hubby this afternoon - sounds expensive! At least it's not raining so that's one less thing to worry about!

Yesterday, my hubby decided to treat my car (UGLY) and give it it's annual wash! Must've thought it was it's birthday! Looks great - I just have to hope it's not the dirt holding it together now!

What was I doing whilst he was cleaning my car? Well I just know you'll be pleased to hear that I was trying to track down the errant set of clear stamps that I had lost. Hubby took the drawer out and - nope - it wasn't down the back there. I set about sorting through the CR*P on my craft table and went through the container I normally put all my offcuts in to ... wasn't there either but I threw away (sorry, recycled) all the titchy little bits I now KNOW I'll never use! It had fallen down the gap between the couch and my little table - A-Ha, so glad to have it restored to it's rightful place - alas, too late for the project I planned to use it on but ..... there's always NEXT TIME!
And also ........ Clare has been keeping half a dozen of us out of mischief over the summer vacation time with some projects entitled "It's The Little Things" and, yesterday, she set us a bonus project to complete the set. We now have a full set (hopefully) and they should mostly fit inside the papier mache box we decorated last wee. We've all been given our swap partners and those boxes should be heading off to their new homes over the coming weeks. Thanks Clare, it's been a blast and, to my swap partner, I really hope you like the goodies when they arrive in the post!
My flowerpot became a birds nest

I gussied up my mini cotton reel

My plain little bird got tarted up too

And it all came together like so!
Materials used
  • I was provided with the bird, flowerpot and mini cotton reel, along with the reindeer moss
  • Gesso, white, two coats on the flower pot, the bird and the mini cotton reel.
  • Acrylic white paint with luna light mica paint (raspberry colour - it's the only one I have) and Iridescent medium applied to the mini cotton reel, the flower pot and the bird
  • Judikins text stamp (from one of their cubes) stamped on to the bird, Dylusions checkerboard stamped on to the mini cotton reel and Clarity Stamp feather (just the end of, used to create the wings) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black
  • Black faux pearls for the birds "eye"
  • Reindeer moss was attached to the flower pot using Aleene's tacky glue
  • White net wrapped around the mini cotton reel and tied in to a bow
Must clean all the gesso and paint off my craft mat now - it's in a right old state!

And, honestly, don't these people know the balloon fiesta was WEEKS ago? With the wind in totally the wrong direction for us the entire weekend!!! This kind of sight is quite common all year round which probably goes some way towards explaining why we've never actually attended the  Balloon Fiesta ..... though part of me would really like to see their NIGHT GLOW!! Ah well, maybe one year!

Happy Tuesday, whatever you all have planned!

Monday, 26 August 2013

Monday again and the start of another week ........... or is it?

And welcome to Bank Holiday Monday - I hope you are enjoying the long weekend, though it has to be said it's one of the coldest and windiest weekends in a while! Ah well, we Brits do like to talk about the weather and the great British weather seldom disappoints!
And over on the Pan Pastels blog the challenge this week is PASTEL COLOURS - do pink and grey count as pastel colours? I sure hope so because here's my planned entry for this challenge
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Kaisercraft "Grunge" (NBUS though, in fairness, I DID only buy it on Thursday) stamped using Distress Ink Victorian velvet
  • Kaisercraft Alphabet image (NBUS - same excuse as above) stamped using Memento London fog
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Of course, whilst I was rummaging for the "right" sentiment I discovered that I have "LOST" one of my fave sets - an Imagine That set .... had I found it I had planned to use the "Hope your day is fabulous" sentiment and position it so the "Hope your day is" was above the panel and the word FABULOUS just overlapping the panel - ah well, can't because I can't find it!! Grrrrr
imagine that ... Write Big #2 Clear Stamps
I SUSPECT that I may have proved my husband's case that I have too many stamps and it's fallen down behind the drawers!! This is going to mean taking the drawer unit apart - just hope it's there as how STOOPID will I feel if I've just misfiled it!?!?!? IMAGINE THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (lol)
Have a great Bank Holiday Monday - wot? No James Bond or Mary Poppins on the telly?!?!?

P.S. In case you're wondering NBUS = Never Before Used Stash!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Second post Sunday!!! Woo Hoo

Hello again, second post from me - been a while since I've done that, does this mean that Mr Mojo has finally finished his travels I wonder!!! I know many people suffering the same lack of enthusiasm and I'm blaming the weather!!! And why not? It's not like it can defend itself!
Here we are at the 25th of August and a new Rudolph Day challenge. My regular readers will recall that I normally enter Rudolph Day challenges in several places but that two of these "places" recently deleted themselves from t'interweb, leaving me wondering how to keep up with my Christmas stash. No need to panic as Craftbubble 2½ was started up as the other two were closing their virtual doors ...... Huzzah, challenges simply transferred to there instead and so, here is my make for the CB2½ inaugural Rudolph Day challenge, set by Cherry with her theme of: "USE RED and PAPER PIECING! .....
The challenge card
The insert and reverse of the envelope
Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card for matting and insert
  • 10½cm square piece of white card for insert, 7½cm diameter circle
  • Inkadinkado Santa image stamped on to die cut circle, Kanban silver card offcut and DCWV red offcut, and envelope, using Versafine onyx black ink and on to the insert panel using Memento London fog. I then cut out the hat section from the red and the beard and pom pom from the kanban card and paper pieced (using dimensional foam when siting the pom pom)
  • 10½ x 8½cm panel  and 9cm diameter scalloped circle cut from DCWV (Ho Ho Ho) paper ..... I positioned the image panel lower than centre so that two Ho's are visible above Santa's head - not that you can probably pick up that detail in the photo!
  • 10 x 8 cm panel of black card (for contrast) and then the rest of the gorgeous foiled Kanban card (a remnant from a QVC Christmas TSV that I have been "saving" as too good to use!!!) which just happened to be 9½ x 7½cm and perfect for layering!
  • Two lengths of red/white bakers twine tied in to an offcentre knot
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to envelope and insert using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Crystal stickles to highlight!
Of course, the lovely Sarn over at Stamping for Pleasure also hosts a Rudolph Day, and Di over at Pixies Crafty Workshop hosts a snippet challenge and (since I used a number of "snippets") I shall be entering my make over on both blogs too
Have a great Sunday

Morning and welcome to a mellow Sunday

Morning readers,
How's your Bank Holiday weekend coming along? Been up to much?
Here's the main card - can you see my little dolphin?
And a close up so you can see the dolphin!
Materials used:
  • 14cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card and cerise mirri card, for matting and layering
  • 12cm square white card
  • Distress Inks: tumbled glass, broken china and faded jeans smooshed on to a craft mat and then spritzed before dragging the white card panel through, heat drying and then repeating till I was happy with the pattern and coverage.
  • Art Journey water droplets (by Ryn) image stamped using Memento Paris dusk
  • Tsukineko shimmer GOOSEBUMPS sprayed over the inked panel to A) seal it and B) give it texture and shimmer
  • Blue organza ribbon wrapped around the inked panel and cerise mirri card and tied in to a bow
  • Embossing Art Co dolphin image stamped on to shrink plastic using Ranger Archival jet black ink and coloured using alcohol markers.
  • I punched a 3/8" hole in my dolphin BEFORE shrinking.
  • Heat gun to shrink the image
  • jump ring threaded through the dolphin "charm" and around the knot of the "bow" before fastening closed
It's RUDOLPH DAY on the newly opened crafting forum craftbubble2½ (membership necessary to enter this challenge) and it's Cherry's turn to set this month's challenge. She's gone with "use red and paper piece" and has started the ball rolling with a fab card of her own. Guess I'll be working on that soon. It's one of the first challenges on this new forum arising, as it has, phoenix like from the ashes of the now defunct and Auntys forums and I'm HOPING it will be well supported, especially as it will serve to assist in making sure we all have enough Christmas cards when the time comes rolling round!.

Cherry's own card for her challenge
It's also a new challenge over on the Pan Pastels challenge blog too, so I'll probably be having a go at that later. Their challenge (#34) is pastel colours - it's worth remembering that you don't HAVE to use pan pastels to be able to enter but you DO get the chance to win some of the pastel lusciousness!! GOOD LUCK
Have a great Bank Holiday Sunday and I HOPE the weather is nice where you are!

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Hello Saturday!

Hi peeps,
How's your weekend coming along? It's a long weekend too - got plans? Living, as we do, in Bristol between the M32/M4/M5 we find it easier NOT to try to leave town over this weekend, however, yesterday it was necessary for the hubby to leave and head to Gloucester. The M32 and M4 was already a car park by lunchtime and the M5 southbound would be a nightmare by the time he wanted to head home - back roads and a takeaway was planned! The reality was that the M5 southbound was eerily quiet so himself stayed on the motorway and it was pasta for dinner!! Not sure I wouldn't have preferred the takeaway but ......
Anyhoo, on to my slightly photo heavy post - it DID leave me free to craft so, before I went out for coffee with a pal I put a mixture of iridescent medium and acrylic paint on to my papier mache box and headed out whilst it dried!
It was nice to catch up with my pal, Jenny over coffee and ginger biskwits and with the added bonus of dry paint upon my return. After lunch it was out with the white card and more paint plus stamping ....
Flowers for the embellishment

The inside of the base

Inside and outside of the base

And the inside of the lid

And the lid itself

Outer edge of the lid

Materials used:
  • Paper Artsy Fresco paint in Pansy + ultramarine (to make it a little darker) and iridescent medium - for the gesso'd box lid - applied with a paint brush
  • Luna Mica paint + iridescent medium for the gesso'd box base - applied with a paint brush
  • White card
  • Iridescent medium plus the same paints applied to the white card - on both sides - but using a baby wipe
  • PSX travel text stamp inked using Ranger Archival in jet black on to the painted card
  • EK Success flower punch used to cute five flowers which were then stapled together and curled to give dimension
  • Faux crystal gemstone set in the centre of the flowers
  • White grosgrain ribbon with purple circles on
  • Double sided tape
  • Glossy Accents
  • Distress Inks: tattered rose, Victorian velvet, dusty concord
  • White card (swiped with D.I.s) and black card - for matting and layering the box base and lid
  • Computer generated sentiment (partially obscured in the photo as the recipients name appears and she doesn't know yet!)
  • Bottle cap and domed epoxy sticker
How's it looking?

Of course, it's now on to my regular Saturday challenges - I've had a bit of a crafting drought this week so - if I get on well, it's entirely possible I may be back with a second post!!!

In the meantime, here's my "first) entry for the Simply Less Is More challenge, their theme this week?  "WASHI TAPE" ....

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • White card and chocolate brown card, for matting and layering
  • Tim Holtz tissue tape (pretty identical to washi tape methinks) - two strips, torn
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine Vintage Sepia ink
  • Distress Ink in tea dye applied round the edges of the white card, to soften the stark edge

Have a great (and long) weekend

Friday, 23 August 2013

Welcome to Friday - the weekend really starts .............. HERE!

Morning folks,
Busy old week for me this week with all sorts of "stuff" going on - car service and MOT (it passed, thank heavens) - lots of little trips too. This very morning I'm off out to meet up with a pal for coffee and a catch up.
Yesterday afternoon saw me heading off to Swindon (Wiltshire) to the McArthur Glen outlet village, where I snagged CHOCOLATE .... for my other half - HONEST!!!!!!!!!!!! And then it was across to Snazzy's for a chat with Val about a workshop we're planning later in the year. I wanted to take some photos of projects so my fellow attendees would have a better idea of what's on offer - maybe there IS such a thing as too much choice!
Anyhoo, whilst I was there I simply HAD to do a little light retail therapy, foolish not to having made the 90 mile round trip!
Who doesn't love new stash!?!?!?
Not a lot to show on the crafting front because it's been a busy old week. I have been working on week six of the "It's The Little Things" project but really, it's hardly worth sharing a photo of my papier mache box with two coats of gesso on! I think most of you can imagine what that looks like! I may include it once I have something else to share too, but it's hardly photoworthy on its own! As for the half baked project using the fab water droplets image (by Ryn) well, that hasn't moved at all. My craft desk has only seen me for gesso-ing since Wednesday morning! Ooopsie, I shall be feeling craft starved soon - major crafting might be required this afternoon! At least I'm happy that I have nice things to go INSIDE my gesso'd box!
You can see the base of the box, before I got the gesso out.
I hope it will soon look a great deal more interesting!!!
The end of an era yesterday and today ... yesterday saw the demise of the Auntys forum after seven years - my thanks to Sally and Rich who ran it and to all the lovely souls who made a space for me there. Today sees an end to the Craftbubble forum, a friend for 4½ years. Even as the ship sinks there's some unpleasantness going on over there! SUCH a pity?, maybe it IS a good job the forum is closing! I made a lot of good friends back when it was a lovely place to be, some of whom I have been lucky enough to meet IRL and now count as friends for life and for that, THANK YOU CRAFT BUBBLE.
Now, time to share the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Pat - thanks Pat!
Another e-mail this week, entitled "CINDERELLA" .............
Cinderella is now 95 years old.
After a fulfilling life with the now dead prince,
She happily sits upon her rocking chair,
Watching the world go by from her front porch,
With a cat named Bob for companionship.
One sunny afternoon out of nowhere,
Appeared the fairy godmother.
Cinderella said,
"Fairy Godmother,
What are you doing here after all these years?"
The fairy godmother replied, "Cinderella,
You have lived an exemplary life since I last saw you.
Is there anything for which your heart still yearns?"
Cinderella was taken aback, overjoyed,
And after some thoughtful consideration,
She uttered her first wish:
"The prince was wonderful, but not much of an investor.
I'm living hand to mouth on my disability checks,
And I wish I were wealthy beyond comprehension."
Instantly her rocking chair turned into solid gold.
Cinderella said,
"Ooh, thank you, Fairy Godmother"
The fairy godmother replied,
"It is the least that I can do.
What do you want for your second wish?"
Cinderella looked down at her frail body,
And said,
"I wish I were young and full of the
Beauty and youth I once had."
At once, her wish became reality,
And her beautiful young visage returned.
Cinderella felt stirrings inside of her
That had been dormant for years.
And then the fairy godmother spoke once more:
"You have one more wish;
What shall it be?"
Cinderella looks over to the frightened cat
In the corner and says:
"I wish for you to transform Bob, my old cat,
Into a kind, and handsome, young man."
Bob suddenly underwent so fundamental
A change in his biological make-up,
That when he stood before her,
He was a man so beautiful,
The likes of him neither she,
Nor the world, had ever seen.
The fairy godmother said,
"Congratulations, Cinderella,
Enjoy your new life."
And with a blazing shock of bright blue electricity,
The fairy godmother was gone
As suddenly as she appeared.
For a few eerie moments, Bob and Cinderella
Looked into each others eyes.
Cinderella sat, breathless, gazing at the most beautiful,
Stunningly perfect man, she had ever seen.
Then Bob walked over to Cinderella,
Who sat transfixed in her rocking chair,
& held her close in his young muscular arms.
He leaned in close,
Blowing her golden hair with his warm breath,
As he whispered ...
"Bet you're sorry you had me neutered"
And I bet she was too!!!
Have a fab Friday and a great weekend.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Wednesday again .....

Morning all,
Clare has launched her week six video of the summer project entitled "It's The Little Things" and boy, it's a doozie, this week she'll be expecting us to decorate the box to house all of our "little" treasures. I'm really not sure my box will look as splendid as hers but, I have had an absolute blast making the projects week by week - thank you so very much Clare. I shall be getting round starting that later today ......

Now the postie rang our doorbell this morning and neither of us could remember ordering anything that would be too big for the letter box .... imagine my surprise and delight when I opened the package (yes folks, it was for ME!) and found this inside ...

It was from my lovely crafting pal, known affectionately as Sir Andy of Stafford - it's fandabbydozy and I just knew it had to be hanging in my "office" right away. I slipped in the battery and, as the ticking started, I checked the time - it was only blooming well RIGHT! How could he have known that, I wonder!!! Anyway, here it is in situ and looking quite at home

THANK YOU so much Sir AofS - it's fab and I love it.

And, it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday too ... and I have a project under way but currently stalled. I know I want to do something with this - I'm currently thinking shrink plastic dolphin - since the dolphin recently surfaced as NBUS - what do you think folks?

Have a great day peeps