Monday, 30 September 2013

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning readers
Having made a couple of Christmas projects at the weekend (in the form of a Christmas card and ATC) I decided I wasn't done with the wondrous Kaisercraft non Christmas-y Christmas image!!

And here comes another one .....
The card

And the insert
Materials used:
  • 6" square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Red and black off cuts of card for matting and layering on the front and inside of the envelope
  • White card for the image panels
  • Kaisercraft "Graffiti" image stamped on the white card off cuts, using Versamark ink before applying pan pastel "permanent red" using a Sofft sponge. The image was then polished with paper towel before setting with cheap hairspray.
  • Craft Stamper free snowflake image (I'm going out on a limb here and saying it was probably by Chocolate Baroque but I HAVE slept since I ripped it off of the magazine!) and Inkadinkado sentiment stamped on both the image panels using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Crystal stickles to highlight the snowflake
The sentiment and snowflake image were also stamped on the front and rear of the envelope to co-ordinate. There, that's another Christmas card to add to the growing pile - just as well as Christmas WILL be here before we know it!! The nights are drawing in and the mornings are getting chillier so .... winter's on its way!!
Have a great Monday

Sunday, 29 September 2013

Lazy Sunday? I don't THINK SO!

Morning folks,
Me again, busy weekend this weekend so not stopping long - in fact, just long enough to share today's make with you. It's my second LIM challenge entry using their fab sketch (see below), this time, a Christmas card - gotta keep ahead of the game this time of year otherwise I'll only get half way through writing my cards before realising that, actually, I don't quite have enough (GASP!!!!). Having done that one year I have no intention of finding myself in this situation again and this is why you will usually find me submitting Rudolph Day challenges whenever possible! I used to enter three, which ensures that I should have 36 ready for December each year plus others when the fancy takes me .... how many do I NEED? Well I sent out about 80 last year. I COULD argue that they don't ALL need to be hand made but - who do I give shop bought to? I tried that one year and got calls from friends all asking if I'd been ill and not had time to make Christmas cards - oops, no excuses now then! Best I crack on! Here's my make ....

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Red card and white card for matting, inserts and image panels
  • Circular die cuts for the image panel on the front and also for the matting layer
  • Kaisercraft "Graffiti" image (not Christmas-y but I tried it recently and decided it ROCKS Christmas!) stamped on the smaller white circle and across the bottom of the insert using VIVID red ink
  • Stampers Anonymous frame and sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black and VIVID red ink on to white card (and cut out) for the card front, the white insert panel and the envelope (front and back).
  • Inkadinkado Christmas tree stamped using Versafine onyx black ink on to the circular image panel and on to the insert and envelope
  • Crystal stickles on the tree - for added twinkle
A quick share of the insert and envelope too ...

And here's a reminder of the fab sketch my fellow LIM-ettes set us. Apologies LIM-ettes but I may actually not get round to entering it today (because of my busy day) but I really hope to upload it before the end of the challenge!
Have a fab Sunday - however you are spending it - we're having lunch with friends!, been looking forward to this for AGES now!

Saturday, 28 September 2013

Saturday and another challenge day for me

Morning readers
Here we are at another Saturday - and it's dawned pretty dank here, shame really as I have a fair bit of laundry and would really like to have been able to line dry it today! Ah well, you can't always get what you want (to quote the Rolling Stones) .........
In the meantime I'd like to share a bit of an experiment today .... wanted to have a go at the Rudolph Day challenge on CB2½ (registration required for entry) which is ... "A FLURRY OF...." but wanted to use something so very NON Christmas-y. It didn't start out as an ATC but that IS how it ended up - hope you like it. It would also work for the Stamping for Pleasure Rudolph Day challenge IF I hadn't already entered!!! Never mind, there's always next month!.
Materials used:
  • Red ATC blank
  • Offcut of black card, for matting
  • Offcut of white card
  • Kaisercraft "Graffiti" image stamped using Versamark ink and then pan pastel permanent red applied with a Sofft sponge before polishing with a piece of paper towel and setting with cheap hairspray
  • Craft Stamper free snowflake image stamped twice and Inkadinkado sentiment stamped once, using Versafine onyx black ink
And the non Christmas element? The image by Kaisercraft, it's called "Graffiti" and I think you will agree that it wouldn't be the first image you think of when you think of Christmas!!
By now, regular readers of this blog know that there are several challenges I like to have a crack at most Saturday's, one of these is over at Simply Less Is More. I DIDN'T enter last week though as the challenge was felt or fabric and (given the absence of my mojo and the fact that fabric and I are NOT friends) inspiration was a tad thin on the ground - I hope to remedy that this week though!!! Check out this week's challenge here or see the sketch below if you want to see what I have to work with!

Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cut of purple card die cut in to fancy circle
  • Offcut of white card stamped with the IndigoBlu circles image using Memento rosebud ink
  • Rubber Stampede fashionista image stamped on to offcut of card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut out.
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped on to card offcut using Versafine onyx black, cut in to banner shape and edged with Memento rosebud ink

Have a fab Saturday

Friday, 27 September 2013

Here we go, Friday again!!! Woo Hoo

Hi there,

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr - woken by the "mass" murder of crows again this morning, there's blooming loads of them! I have NO IDEA where they've been all summer but they're back now and, for the third time in a week, it was an early start to our day!
FINALLY made it to the table of craftiness and decided on a Christmas card! It was RUDOLPH DAY on the 25th. I shall be entering this in to two challenges - one on craftbubble 2½ (registration required) and the other on Sarn's fabbylicious blog - see it here
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • A6 iridescent glitter card (from a DCWV "naturals" stack)
  • Deep green card for matting
  • White card for image panel
  • Inkylicious tree and sentiment ...... tree inked in Versamark and then sprinkled with green tinsel embossing powder and heated. Sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado snowflakes stamped multiple times using Memento London fog and then highlighted with crystal stickles
Got rellies visiting today so nipped out last night and BOUGHT (shock, horror!) cake for afternoon tea! Whilst we were out we nipped round to the surrogates to return Zac's book, left here last weekend and delivered the Chef card to surrogate S-I-L, he starts his new job on Monday - GOOD LUCK, Chris, hope you will really enjoy this new job.

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Marsha - and, presumably, because we see a lot of this particular type of aircraft around these parts!!! ENJOY
This is tough to see , but hard to turn away.
It just shows the dangers of attending these events.

The amazing photo below shows these dangers in great detail. 
The pilot, operating at low level, had no control over his aircraft. 
It narrowly missed a crowd gathered for the air show and slammed into four buildings.
One can only imagine the horror of the occupants inside those buildings. 
No one   was killed, but it probably scared the crap out of them. 
Go on, own up - you CHUCKLED!!!!
Happy Friday peeps, have a great weekend

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Thursday again ......

Thursday already and the week is getting away from me already and it will soon be the weekend. Ah well, no matter, a couple of lovely evenings out with friends and a few domestic chores and .... THURSDAY!
I have managed just a little crafting this week and I'm getting grumpy about it too. FORTUNATELY, I had the excuse of wanting to enter Clare's challenge (see it here) and I also needed a Congratulations card for surrogate S-I-L on his new job - can you guess what it is?

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Brown and Kraft card for matting and layering
  • White card for image panel
  • Stamps by Art Impressions and Imagine That stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Alcohol markers to apply just a little colour
Materials used:
  • Two pieces of water colour card (A5)
  • Oil pastel crayons (pink/purple/indigo)
  • Circular punch
  • White card die cut using two floral dies
  • Memento ink in grape jelly and rosebud
  • Crackle Accents (which take AGES to dry, don't they?)
  • Large sugared brad
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and frame using the previously listed Memento inks
Happy Thursday

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Monday - sorry TUESDAY!! ..... and it's a pastel day for me!

Hi folks

Bit late for me today (let's be honest, I THOUGHT it was Monday!!!)  - I blame those pesky darn crows/jackdaws/blooming large black squawky birds!!! They have been pretty much absent for much of the summer but they were back with vengeance at 05:30 this morning - grrrrr

Of course, those who know me may be a little confused by the title of my post - knowing that I'm not really a pastel colour kind of girl!!!! Read on and all will be revealed!
Decided that I should have a go at the video challenge which Clare did regarding a project using oil pastels ... I bought a set ages ago (in Hobbycraft of all places .... in my defence they were a BARGAIN at £1.99) and as you will see, have yet to do more than look at them!

So, I punched and stuck and gesso'd!

As per Clare's video I took a couple of sheets of A5 watercolour paper - the last two in my pad! Armed with my circular punch I randomly punched a few circles in one sheet and then, using Claudine Hellmuth matte medium, adhered both the positive and negative on to my second piece of watercolour card. Using a squeezed out baby wipe I applied gesso to the entire sheet and then went off to take a shower whilst it dried .....

Feeling clean and refreshed I headed back to the table of craftiness .... to my oil pastels - see how pristine they are?

I made my selection ....

Here's how it looked once I'd blended, a firm hand is needed, alternatively, you CAN cheat a bit by waving a heat gun briefly over the area to be blended!!!
I'm not entirely sure I'm done with the colour and/or blending so that's it for today - do check back tomorrow and see what else has happened. I still have 5 or 6 days to enter this challenge so hope to finish it in plenty of time though it is a bit of a busy week again at the purple palace!!

Over on the Miscanthuscrafts blog Clare has decided to make a pink project to celebrate Pink Friday's throughout October's Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Would anyone else like to join her, whether for 1 week or all 4 and help spread the word about how important breast awareness matter how old you are! Whether you like pale pink or hot pink, a little or a lot of pink anything goes! If so link up there and pass it on (post the button on your blog please):
Join the fun and Pass it on!

Happy Monday

Monday, 23 September 2013

Morning and welcome to the start of another week

Hi there
Great news peeps, I WON the music challenge over at That Craft Place, not sure what my prize is but ..... thanks peeps, I'm just chuffed they liked my ATC that much. It's the one I featured in this post
Been working on some Christmas tags - it'll be here before we're ready otherwise!!!

Materials used:
  • White card and a Go Kreate tag die used to cut three tags
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle Santa image stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Garnet and Icicle twinkling H2O's
  • Copic Atyou Spica pens in gold, green and red used to highlight
  • Distress Ink in Festive Berries applied to the edges of the tags with a Tim Holtz blending tool

Sunday morning our pal's Liz and Graeme came to call. The hubby's went off together to the model flying field so Liz and I went off for a drive as far as Snuff Mills (part of the Frome Valley Walkway)where we parked up and went for a walk - it's a dog walkers paradise .... ducks too! Never seen so many dogs outside of a dog show!! Must've seen close on one hundred! Some friendlier than others but none showing any aggression - it was so nice to see so many different breeds from Chihuahua's to Rhodesian Ridgebacks! Sadly, I didn't get the chance to photograph the dogs just the scenery and some ducks!

Snuff Mills - a fab place to walk the dog - unless they (or you) are afraid of water!!!

Later in the day, I was minding my own business when I heard a familiar sort of whoosh .... grabbed my camera and legged it outside in time to see this ...... now, we wondered where it was planning to land as it was DEFINITELY coming down! Hope they made it to the playing field the far side of the railway station - otherwise? I guess the trains will be late for a short while!!!

Squirrel's blog is offering candy (by Bunny Zoe Crafts) until September 28th (followers only), if you're interested.

Happy Monday

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Saturday and it's my usual day for challenges


It's the weekend and time for some challenges, but first ...... on my post yesterday I posted a link to the Indigoblu blog which showed a project using two shades of Dylusions ink sprays and some mica powders.
First chance this week to craft really following a busy schedule of "real life" this week so I set out to play yesterday late afternoon whilst hubby was at the flying field and after I had nipped to the mall for some ESSENTIAL and long overdue underwear shopping!! Don't even ask! Suffice it to say I am, once more, fully supported!! nudge nudge! Anyway, what did I do? Check it out
Inky panels using Purple and Pink Dylusions ink and cosmic shimmer mica powder in lilac

You can just make out the cosmic shimmer sheen
This is actually closer colour wise but you can't really see the lovely soft sheen

This shows the sheen better but burns out some of the colour! Ah well, I knew I was no David Bailey!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Navy card offcut, cut to ATC size and adhered to my blank
  • Dylusions purple and pink ink sprays sprayed on to a craft sheet, cosmic shimmer mica powder liberally sprinkled over the ink and then spritzed with water
  • White card offcut dragged through the ink/mica mixture and dried using a heat gun before setting aside for an hour or so to really dry it out.
  • Hobbycraft wooden mounted leaf spray stamped using Memento grape jelly ink
  • Sunshine Designs "teasel" image stamped twice using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Faber Castell metallic silver "Pitt" pen used to draw a freehand border on the navy border
Check out my side bar if you want to see all of the challenges, launched today, that I usually like to participate in - watch out, after a crafting desert I may well be back later with a second post!!!

The Simply Less Is More challenge today is to use felt or fabric! Sadly, I have absolutely NO INSPIRATION for this one ..... yet! So, I decided to publish this post rather than have another day with no post - it's been a bit of a crafting drought this week. Maybe (as I said earlier) I'll get to pop back with a second if the inspiration hits!!!!

Happy Saturday and  ................ KEEP CRAFTING .... !

Friday, 20 September 2013

Here we are then, on the downhill run to the weekend!!!

Morning peeps,

I'd like to welcome a couple of new followers to my blog, Deepti from the U.S., and Carol - nice to meet you both and I hope you will stop by from time to time.

Had a couple of busy days one way and another .... first we've been struggling with technology but think we've more or less cracked it now. Secondly, we've had a fairly sociable week  .... what with dog training, meeting pals, going out for dinner. We had planned to go see the 80 gromits on display in the old Habitat building but the lines were 90 minutes long and the weather dire!! Those hardy souls who did persevere are plainly madder (or more determined) than me! Met up with a fellow crafter on Thursday morning too.

Thanks to the people who've been in touch about the lack of posts and enquiring if all's OK - yes, just busy - honest!

Nett result? Not much crafting done this week so no blog posts ...... I started this post with a view to posting a What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday but, with no crafting, there sure wasn't much going on at my table of craftiness and it ended up just sitting in my drafts folder .... until now!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Navy card off cut - ATC size
  • Orange off cut - edged with Distress Ink - festive berries
  • Stampers Anonymous image stamped using Distress Ink - ripe persimmon
  • Inkadinkado cobweb stamped using Versafine vintage sepia
  • Inkadinkado spider and sentiment stamped using Versafine Onyx black

Now, I follow the Indigoblu blog, as I'm sure do many of you dear readers and/or followers .... if not though - you might want to check out this blog post as there are some fabbylicious cards made using some Dylusions inks and mica powders - schimples!!! Check it out if you have a minute.

And now for the Friday Funny - this week courtesy of Angela - thanks mate!! I can quite see how this happened!!


It is important for men to remember that, as women grow older, it becomes harder for them to maintain the same quality of housekeeping as when they were younger. When you notice this, try not to yell at them. Some are oversensitive, and there's nothing worse than an oversensitive woman.
My name is Frank. Let me relate how I handled the situation with my wife, Carol Anne. When I retired a few years ago, it became necessary for Carol Anne to get a full-time job, along with her part-time job, both for extra income and for the health benefits that we needed. Shortly after she started working, I noticed she was beginning to show her age. I usually get home from the golf club about the same time she gets home from work.
Although she knows how hungry I am, she almost always says she has to rest for half an hour or so before she starts dinner. I don't yell at her. Instead, I tell her to take her time and just wake me when she gets dinner on the table. I generally have lunch in the Men's Grill at the club, so eating out is not an option in the evening. I'm ready for some home-cooked grub when I hit that door. She used to do the dishes as soon as we finished eating. But now it's not unusual for them to sit on the table for several hours after dinner.
I do what I can by diplomatically reminding her several times each evening that they won't clean themselves. I know she really appreciates this, as it does seem to motivate her to get them done before she goes to bed.
Another symptom of aging is complaining, I think. For example, she will say that it is difficult for her to find time to pay the monthly bills during her lunch hour.. But, Boys, we take 'em for better or worse, so I just smile and offer encouragement. I tell her to stretch it out over two or even three days. That way, she won't have to rush so much. I also remind her that missing lunch completely now and then wouldn't hurt her any (if you know what I mean). I like to think tact is one of my strong points..
When doing simple jobs, she seems to think she needs more rest periods.. She had to take a break when she was only half-finished mowing the lawn. I try not to make a scene. I'm a fair man.. I tell her to fix herself a nice big, cold glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and just sit for a while. And, as long as she is making one for herself, she may as well make one for me, too.
I know that I probably look like a saint in the way I support Carol Anne. I'm not saying that showing this much patience and consideration is easy. Many men will find it difficult. Some will find it impossible! Nobody knows better than I do how frustrating women get as they get older. However, Guys, even if you just use a little more tact and less criticism of your aging wife because of this article, I will consider that writing it was well worthwhile. After all, we are put on this earth to help each other.
Frank died suddenly on July 4th of a perforated rectum. The police report says he was found with a Calloway extra-long 50-inch Big Bertha Driver golf club jammed up his rear end, with barely 5 inches of grip showing, and a sledge hammer laying nearby. His wife Carol Anne was arrested and charged with murder. The all-woman jury took only 10 minutes to find her Not Guilty, accepting her defense that Frank, somehow without looking, accidentally sat down on his golf club.

Have a fab Friday

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Soggy Sunday


Another late post from me .... been busy trying NOT to get defeated by technology!! Ever have days when you wish you still used an abacus?
We were threatened with storms overnight and most of today - didn't happen! However, it's been pretty grotty all round, it's windy and it's not very warm and we've had a good few squally showers but nothing "storm" like really - maybe that's still to come .... or not!
Over at the PanPastels challenge blog their new challenge is to "Make it blue" and over on the That Crafty Place their new challenge is "Things with wings"

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Two navy card panels 11.5 x 15cm (sorry about the mixed metric/inches peeps)
  • Two white card panels 11 x 14.5cm
  • Kaisercraft "Distress" image stamped using Distress Ink in broken china
  • Kaisercraft "Rocks" image stamped using Distress Ink salty ocean
  • Kaisercraft "vintage fence" image stamped using Distress Ink faded jeans
  • Stampers Anonymous large "splat" stamped using Distress Ink in broken china
  • Stampers Anonymous bird image and TPC Studio sentiment stamped used Versafine onyx black ink

Oh yes, you're right, it's ANOTHER layered technique stamp but I just LOVE the effect. As usual, I carried the design across to the insert (but slightly lighter so the card can be written in! And I just used the bird and sentiment stamps on the envelope.
Have a great Sunday

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Saturday and another challenge day ......

Wotcher peeps,

Bit of a late post from me today ..... hubby's off in Portishead today at a model flying examiners meeting which left me free to craft to my heart's content but first ..... I had to nip out and get a few things. Well, seemed foolish not to go out for a little drive so Velma and I headed over to visit my pals, Liz and Graeme. It was a little early to be sure they'd be up so I rang them - no answer so I assume they're away for the weekend ..... on round Bristol and I found myself passing another pal's home so I swung by .... guess what? She was out too - sorry to have missed you, Naomi! Ah well, it's not like either of them were expecting me and it was a nice little drive. I wanted to head out this morning (rather than this afternoon) as the forecast seems set to deteriorate as the day wears on.

So, once I got home it was time for lunch and then hit the table of craftiness ......
Saturday's are normally challenge days for me and this week one card will fit two challenges - both Simply Less Is More and the Addicted to CAS challenges cover "Get Well Cards" though the Simply Less Is More is also a One Layer Card!
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Kaisercraft "Distress" image stamped twice, once using Distress Ink pumice and once using wild honey
  • Kaisercraft "Vintage fence" stamped using Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Sunshine Designs wheatgrass stamped using Versafine ink, twice in vintage sepia and once in onyx black
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

And the design was carried through on to the insert and envelope .... like so:

Have a great weekend

Friday, 13 September 2013

Friday again and the start of another weekend

Well, what a funny old week it's been? We've had brilliant sunshine and nights when it's been too hot to sleep under the covers and we've had near frost conditions too - what's this all about? One thing appears certain, autumn is just about here - leaves are turning/falling and there's a nip in the morning air too.
Having nipped to Snazzy's in Swindon yesterday and enjoyed a cuppa with Val and Donald as well as a little shopping I figured I should break the seal on the stash ...... with a little ATC. This means that I'm still not done with the layering technique!! In my last post I did say I might try with brighter reds and greens and I think this rocks too ........ look forward to hearing what you all think too. I wasn't sure when I first finished it but now it's had the chance to grow on me and I'm thinking I could carry this on to a large scale card sometime - just looking for the right focal image .... watch this space!
Materials used:
  • Red ATC blank
  • Off cut of black card
  • Off cut of white card
  • Kaisercraft "fence" image stamped using Adirondack red pepper ink
  • Kaisercraft "distress" image stamped using Adirondack bottle ink
  • Kaisercraft "Christmas feeling" sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Dovecraft trees (a recent card candy win, thanks Sarn) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
And, STILL not done with this layering technique here's another card ...

Materials used:
  • White, 300 gsm, scallop edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Black and deep brown card for matting and layering
  • White card panel for main image panel
  • Kaisercraft "fence" image stamped using Distress Ink in pumice stone
  • Kaisercraft "distress" image stamped twice - once with Memento London fog (bottom left) and once using Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Inkadinkado sentiment and guitar image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

I carried the design across to the insert too but the envelope just had the guitar and sentiment stamped on them. I'm REALLY pleased with the way this background turned out and think it makes for a great guy card too.

I had a lovely surprise earlier in the week too .... I was given a lovely bouquet of flowers from Joe, at Honda, an unexpected surprise, lovely aren't they? Thanks, Joe - most kind and greatly appreciated.
Don't look too carefully at the arranging - I tried to take them straight from the bouquet to the vase
and, frankly, it didn't turn out as well as I had hoped!!!
And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Wynneth (thanks mate), something she came across on FaceBook!! - ENJOY!!!!

Have a great Friday and a fab weekend

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Autumnal Tuesday

Morning peeps,

A touch of autumn in the air again this morning despite the sunshine, it's none too warm but then, it IS September.
Yesterday I pondered whether I could use this current obsession of mine (with the Kaisercraft background images but layered) for a Christmas card ....... whaddya reckon? Did it work?

Materials used:
  • White, 300 gsm, scallop edged 5" x 7" card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card for matting
  • White card off cut for the image panel
  • Kaisercraft "distress" image stamped using Brilliance rocket red/gold
  • Kaisercraft "alphabet" image stamped using Distress Ink in evergreen bough
  • Inkadinkado reindeer and sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black
I believe it worked, I'm happy with this one. Going to try breaking out the numbers set next and am pondering which other background image I might use, perhaps "grid", perhaps "graffiti" - any suggestions? I believe I own MOST of their background range now so plenty of choice! I MIGHT try brighter reds and greens too - who knows? But it's fair to say that I am LOVING this technique and just hope that I'm not boring you all too much!
Have a great Tuesday