Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Happ Birthday to Dorothy

Hi there folks,

It's HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY to my pal, Dorothy today - hope she has a good day and lots of cards and visitors, sorry I won't be one of them.
Well our lovely neighbours granddaughter committed a RAK (that's Random Act of Kindness to those not familiar with the term) recently and made us a batch up cupcakes - chocolate glazed too, and VERY tasty. Rude not to make her a thank you card I thought, so .....

And a close up which I hope will show the twinkle1
Materials used:
  • White C5 card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card, purple pearlised card and white card (coloured with co-ordinating markers) for matting
  • Martha Stewart floral border punch
  • EK Success fancy scallop punch
  • Imagine That sentiment and unknown cupcake image (it's unmounted and I've had it a while) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles
  • Xyron sticker maker and clear gel dimensional dots
Now, don't get me wrong, I LIKE this card but I don't LOVE IT ..... can't quite put my finger on what it is that I don't like either. I've said it before (and it's TRUE, I swear it) we're our own worst critics!!! It could simply be that I'm so used to  making more CAS cards that it looks a tad busy but ...... anyhoo, as long as the twelve year old recipient likes it then that's enough for me.

Monday saw us heading out to dinner, I'm going to share the photo and will see how many of my regular readers will recognise the location ....

Where in the World?
And now for my What's On Your Work Desk shot this week ... it's looking particularly messy but fairly creative - ENJOY

Happy Wednesday, hope your desks are very creative too!

Monday, 28 October 2013

It was a wild and stormy Monday ....

Morning peeps,
If you are fans of the PEANUTS comic strip you will be aware that the intrepid Snoopy is an avid writer and often starts his would be novels the way of the title of this post! PLUS, it seems appropriate as the U.K. battens down the hatches for the storm.
Hope you all remembered to change your clocks yesterday AND are managing to stay safe if you are in the path of the storm/hurricane laughingly called St Jude in memory of the patron Saint of lost causes and who's Saint day is about now too.
Managed to do a little more to my journal page before heading out yesterday, I still think it needs a little something but the jury is still out on what that something might be .... ideas?
Additional materials used since my last update:
  • Hampton Art steampunk woman stamped using Brilliance purple and coolourwashed with Distress Inks ink faded jeans, barn door and tea dye
  • I used the offcut from the bottom border to attach to the "Creativity" panel - it was virtually the PERFECT length!! How cool?
It was simply gorgeous weather yesterday, sunny but with a little breeze and with temperatures in the 70°'s (Fahrenheit) it was simply too nice to stay in so we headed for one of our favourite walks. It's a half mile round the lake itself but, by the time you've bobbed off the path here and there and then doubled back a few times, looked in a few stores - I'd say it was a mile! A lovely afternoon rounded off with a hazelnut frappuccino (sp.?)at the Starbucks, mmmmm. AND the sighting of Mr. Al-e-Gator!

Mid way round the lake at Celebration

One of the main streets at Celebration

We spotted Al-e-Gator masquerading as a lily pad!!! - this one's about 7'0" in length, you wouldn't want to meet him when he's hungry!
And over on the Pan Pastels blog, their new challenge is "SHADES OF GREY".
Have a fab Monday - hope you all manage to stay safe if you are in the path of this storm, the worst in over a decade so, don't go out if you don't need to.

Saturday, 26 October 2013

A second post from me - don't miss the first - link included!

Hi peeps,
Second post from me today - don't get used to it!!! If you missed my earlier post and want to check on what I've been up to (with photographs) then either scroll down or follow this link - would hate for you to miss out on some sunshine! I hear the weather's a tad bleak in parts of the U.K. this weekend. The South West appears set to get hit by hurricane force winds on Monday so, do take care if you live and/or work in these areas - stay safe peeps.
Rudolph Day has rolled round again and I will be entering this card in to two challenges, Sarn has a regular challenge on her blog to create a Christmas project and Debs has set the challenge on Craftbubble 2½ (registration required in order to enter) Craft Mad and Loving It group - her challenge is to include embossing (Dry or Heat embossing both count).
Materials used:
  • 14½cm square, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square pearlised metallic green card from a DCWV stack
  • 13cm square black card panel
  • 12½cm square of white card for my image panel
  • Three lines embossed using my paper trimmer and a bone folder (necessity being the mother of invention!!)
  • Penny Black image (NEW stash) stamped on to the image panel using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight areas and add both interest and texture
  • I used paper piecing of pearlised red card for the Santa Hat and skirt
And here's a peek at the card and envelope ..
Have a great Saturday, we're out to dinner with neighbours this evening so that should be fun

Hi there and welcome to the start of another weekend

Hi there
Still enjoying the sunshine here .... hubby went off to Lakeland's Linder Airfield yesterday as there was a MONSTER PLANES R/C show. Me? I took the car and hit the shops .... Violette's, HobbyLobby, Michael's, Joann's, the mall for lunch - even managing a little Christmas shopping - WOO HOO

Lakeside Mall

Stash Haul!
Hubby had a good time too

This was NOT a model!! It was in the parking lot when I returned to collect hubby!!!

What a BEAUTIFUL day he had for his show?!
A pal of mine has been ill recently and I made her a get well card, which I couldn't share until I knew she had received it ... which she has, so ...

Showing the co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 14.5 cm square, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14 cm square brown patterned card from the DCWV "Rock Star" stack
  • 13.5 cm square Bristol board panel
  • Images from the Hero Arts Graffiti set, Penny Black "tweet tweet" set and Imagine That sentiment stamped using various inks: Memento rosebud, Lulu lavender, Brilliance purple and orchid, Studiog purple and Memento tuxedo black
And ..... how's my journal page looking? Check it out below

Materials used:
  • Dylusions and Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous (clear stamps) images stamped on white card using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Distress Inks: tea dye and black soot
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen "F" thickness

Is it finished? Not sure ..... will just have to wait and see!

The new CAS challenge over at Simply Less Is More is to use String or Twine - I can do that!!!

Have a great Saturday - it's challenge day so I may be back later AND we're out to dinner with friends this evening - PERFECT!

Friday, 25 October 2013

It's Friday and that can only mean one thing .... the Friday Funny ...

Hope there's been a lull in the rain for you all and, just maybe, some sunshine. We've just been bumming around. I did try to do some Christmas shopping but .... what I bought had to go back - don't you hate it when that happens? I did have a day shopping with my pal, Sally, again we didn't spend much at the time but .... I have a few ideas for gifties as a result so it wasn't a total waste of time and it WAS good to spend the day with a pal, nattering!
Still, I HAVE managed some crafting lately (though perhaps not as much as I might like - perhaps I'm missing my crafting compadre, Wynneth) and even got to use up some stash on layering - something I've gotten out of the habit of since I discovered Clean And Simple!! It's GOOD to revisit techniques though, don't you find? Anyhoo, here is a card I made using new stash and layers ....
Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white card and matching envelope
  • 12cm square (x 2) of black card
  • 11.5cm square of Canvas Corp striped kraft card and white card (for the insert)
  • Off cuts of black, chocolate and Kraft card PLUS a scalloped rectangle in Kraft card
  • Brown and silver ribbon
  • Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped on to Kraft card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Distress Ink in black soot used to distress the edges of the kraft layers
As is my usual habit these days, the sentiment layer was duplicated on the insert and elements of the card design were used on the envelope too
Still working on my second art journal page, here's how it's looking right now ...
Mid pastel ..
Pastel layer complete
And once I'd finished with the pastel layer, it felt oily (no surprise there, the pastels being OIL based) so ... in the absence of gesso I had to improvise
And put down a layer of mod podge - yes, only got the SPARKLE version - ah well, it will add a certain je ne sais quoi!!!
Additional materials used:
  • Versamark ink
  • Penny Black dotty image
  • Diarylide yellow pan pastel applied with a soft tool wedge sponge
  • Oil pastels in lime, purple, orange, blue and yellow - blended with a warm finger!
  • Sparkle mod podge, applied using a baby wipe
Now to lay down some images ..... do check back on page two's progress.

And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of Marsha - thanks Marsha - ENJOY peeps
The Winter Boots
(Anyone who has ever dressed a child will love this)
Did you hear about the teacher who was helping one of her pupils put on his boots?
He asked for help and she could see why.
Even with her pulling, and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on.
By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.
She almost cried when the little boy said,
'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.'
She looked, and sure enough, they were.
Unfortunately, it wasn't any easier pulling the boots off, than it was putting them on.
She managed to keep her cool as, together, they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the correct feet.
He then announced,
'These aren't my boots.'
She bit her tongue, rather than get right in his face and scream,
'Why didn't you say so?'
Like she wanted to.
Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet.
No sooner had they got the boots off when he said,
'They're my brother's boots. But my Mom made me wear 'em today.'
Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry.
But she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots BACK onto his feet again.
Helping him into his coat, she asked,
'Now, where are your mittens?'
He said,
'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

She'll be eligible for parole in three years.
Have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend everyone

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Hi there peeps,
How's your week shaping up? I hear tell that the weather is PANTS, and hope it improves sometime soon for everyone. It's due to cool down dramatically here too - if it's of any consolation.
I lost a follower to my blog, these things happen. I've done it myself  ..... I appreciate that crafters change their preferences and styles over time but, to whoever you are, sorry to lose you and thanks for following in the first place. To my remaining followers, thanks for sticking with me, I do appreciate it.
I have some projects to share with you this morning. My pal, Sally, asked if I could make her some get well cards so ....
The card itself
The insert and envelops
Materials used:
  • 5" square white card and matching envelope
  • White card for matting and layering and for the image panel
  • On the larger white panels I used Memento lulu lavender ink before stamping the Kaisercraft vintage fence and studiog purple ink to provide a border
  • On the image panel I stamped the Kasiercraft distress image using Brilliance purple ink and the Kaisercraft alphabet image using Brilliance orchid ink. I then stamped the Imagine That sentiment and Stampendous image using Versafine onyx black ink
As you can plainly see, I carried the design across both the insert and envelope too
The card, see the string? That'll be where there was a hole in the card  .. what did I do to get round it?
See below
There was a hanging hole through the pad, inconvenient? Yes, but I got round it ..
Materials used:
  • Kraft C5 card and matching envelope
  • Harlequin card from a pad by Canvas Corp
  • Off cut of DCWV Rockstar stack
  • Black and Kraft card for matting and layering
  • EK Success corner punch to create tag
  • Crop-a-dile and black eyelet, again, for the tag
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to Kraft card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Black/white and tan/white bakers twine
I only have very limited art supplies here but ... I'm no quitter and I decided to have another go at art journaling with frugal stash .... so, having had a good rummage I started by laying down a mix of my gold and pearl acrylic paints, applied with paper towel ..... it came out a shimmery beige! So far so good.

Materials used:
  • Strathmore mixed media journal
  • Gold and pearl acrylic paint applied using paper towel and set aside to dry

And now for my Work Desk this week - heaven knows, it's a mess, but here it is .......

Have a great Wednesday

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Another post ... for a Sunday

Hi folks,

It's Sunday morning and the weather is pretty nice, despite the fact we're told it will be cold by mid week - I'm making the most of the warm weather whilst it's here.
Some more crafting from me, guess what? It's an ATC this time - you've not seen one of those in a while, have you?
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distress Inks in barn door and fired brick, applied to ATC using a Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Leaf background stamped using the fired brick ink
  • Other images stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight
And, following a trip in to Hobby Lobby ..... I used my phone app to get a 40% discount off of the mixed media book ..... which then had to get started!

Materials used

My first page
Materials used:
  • Strathmore mixed media journal
  • Distress Ink in worn lipstick, swiped across the page
  • Distress Ink in barn door sponged through TCW bingo stencil
  • Distress Ink in tea dye sponged through the Balzer Designs (by TCW) stencil
  • Gold and pearl acrylic paint applied to a non stick craft mat. I then squished a plastic top through and placed on the page.
  • Credit card dragged through black ink
  • Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous images stamped using Versafine onyx black and vintage sepia inks
Have a fab Sunday

Saturday, 19 October 2013

Morning, welcome to the weekend

Hi readers,
It's Saturday once more and it's usually challenge day for me, I've posted a list of the challenges I like to enter, along with links, in my side bar so do feel free to check some out sometime. I may well be back with something later.

Yesterday saw our friends heading home after a couple of weeks stay close to us, we thoroughly enjoyed time with them and some fantastic meals/day trips/shopping etc. Safe journey home Wynneth and Tom and a very Happy Birthday to their son, who's birthday is today.

For our last meal out - on Thursday -we opted for Manny's, despite deciding (as we headed out the door) that we were going to the outback steakhouse!!! Funny how these things work out. Now Roger is a firm advocate of the ribs at Manny's (though I USUALLY get the steak) so I decided to try the half rack of ribs, at $14.99 they were not expensive. When they arrived, it was a plateful and, to be honest, I rested my knife on the top and it simply slid through the meat - now THAT's what I call succulent ..... and tasty too, with the added bonus of being on an earlybird special at just $11.49 - OMG! Great value. Our server, Josie, was a great enhancer of our experience too and offered to take some photos for us and to pose too. Here are some photos I'd like to share with you all .....

Josie's revenge!!

Party of four, ready for dinner

Fab cloud formation, about 10:00pm
Bye Bye Wynneth and Tom

Of course, on our way home W&T's car "accidentally" turned in to the parking lot of Michaels - for Wynneth to have one last look ...... churlish not to use my 40% discount coupon that had been burning a hole in my purse!

And now, for some crafting. I recently got the great news that a pal had passed her exam so I made her a card and mailed it but had to wait till I knew she'd received it before I could share it with you all, she has, so here it is .....

My congratulations card

Showing the insert and envelope too

Materials used:
  • White C5 card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card for matting (x2 - including insert)
  • White card for image panel (x2 .... as above)
  • Kaisercraft woodgrain image stamped using Brilliance orchid ink
  • Kaisercraft numerals image stamped using Brilliance purple ink
  • Inkadinkado coffee stain image stamped numerous times using Memento grape jelly ink
  • Tim Holtz circles image and TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

And over at the Simply Less Is More blog their new challenge is .... TREES.

Materials used:
  • 14.5cm square white, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 13.5cm square of bronze textured card from a DCWV metallic stack
  • 13cm square white panel for image
  • Main Hero Arts image stamped twice, once on to scrap card (for mask) using Memento tuxedo black
  • Smaller Hero Arts image also stamped twice, using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to lightly colour
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust and Platinum stickles used to highlight

Have a great day - hope you liked today's makes and photos ..... sorry my card photo shows what a lovely sunny day it is here but hey!

Friday, 18 October 2013

Welcome to the start of another weekend!!

Yee Haa, Friday again! Got plans?
Our dear friends, with whom we've spent much of the last couple of weeks, are heading home and we're gonna miss them, safe journey mateys. Hope to see you again soon.
I have a pal who's poorly and I'm sending get well vibes to you, Lauren, feel better soon pal.
I have some ATC's to share with you today in this photo heavy post (AGAIN!!)  ......
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Off cut of textured black card (left over from the star book)
  • Doodle bug Inc sticker border (also left over from the star book workshop - we crafters waste .... NOTHING!)
  • Stampendous agapanthus image stamped using ColorBox white ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
I'm going to be entering this one in Clare's Pink Project Party in order to raise awareness of Breast cancer throughout the month of October

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Skeleton card off cut, from a DCWV ROCK STAR stack
  • Bat, drippy border, BOO sticker and postage stamp border - all left over from the star book (again with the bit about waste!!!)
  • Prima steampunk skeleton image stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut out.
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card cut to ATC size
  • Off cut of textured DCWV OLDE WORLD stack, edged using an EK Success punch
  • Hero Arts "exotic bloom" (new stash - see below) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight
On Wednesday, four of us set off for Spring Hill and Crystal River, it's a fair old distance from us so it was always going to be a "road trip"!! We left here about 10:30 and reached our first destination (Stamp and Scrap-a-latte) around 12:30 where Nancy was there to greet us and show us around her lovely store. It was such a shame that most of her stock was wood mounted otherwise we would probably have done a lot more damage to our credit cards! Storage and transportation being the problem that it is we had to be RUTHLESS! Then it was across the parking lot to a small independent café for a bite of lunch. Sadly, the iced tea was a little bitter but the grilled cheese sandwich was very tasty and the boys said their pancakes were DELICIOUS - all round, a hit! It was then on to Crystal River where we had hoped to see some manatees heading inland to warmer waters but it would seem that the sea hasn't yet cooled sufficiently for them to make this journey in any numbers and we didn't see a single one, though it's obviously about that time of the year as a manatee spotting boat trip has already started ...... I have some pix to share with you all and I hope you will still enjoy them, despite the absence of manatees!
My stash haul from Stamp and Scrap-a-latte
Obviously manatees are expected soon, judging from the boat tours!

Such a nice little park/dock to spend an  hour

We moved to another spot .... in the hope of seeing manatees

But still no luck, I guess we're probably a couple of weeks too early
And now it's that time of the week ....... time for the Friday Funny, courtesy of Lesley Thomas, thanks to her!
Today’s picture of true concentration.
It was later reported that his wife got out safely, and that he did indeed par the hole.
He says the divorce isn't going to be that bad, now that there’s no house involved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
Have a great Friday