Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Welcome to a sunny Tuesday ... not!

Morning and welcome to another sunny Tuesday morning ...... not!, the thunder woke us several times during the night - ah well, never one to let having to stay in put me off so I've been crafting, wouldn't you know it?

Yesterday hubby and I spent some quality time out on the pool deck, reading and soaking up the rays before heading out to IKEA to look for some storage. We decided to stop for dinner on the way home but, when the time came, we discovered we weren't all that hungry so it was a seat at the bar in our local Chilis and a bowl of soup for him and chilli for me - yummmm!

Lucky we were home when Sally rang to see if it would be OK for her and her grand daughter to come round with a lap top that's causing a bit of trouble!!!
 
Our neighbours grand daughter made us a whole batch of frosted chocolate cupcakes, bless, the one each that we've eaten (so far) was delicious and it seemed only fair to express our appreciation in a thank you card. It's also going to be my second entry for the CAS sketch challenge over on Simply Less Is More - just hope they think there is enough white space.
 
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, scallop edged, 300 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Penny Black image stamped on white card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Corner rounder punch
  • Black card for matting
  • White card for matting coloured using water soluble wax crayons and blended with a baby wipe
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut in to a banner end before matting on to black card
  • Faux crystal gemstones to embellish
 
And the co-ordinating envelope
 
Seemed only right to feature a cupcake somewhere!
 
 
Hope you like  it and I hope Brianna likes it too.
 
Happy Tuesday

Monday, 29 April 2013

Hi there and welcome to Monday

Albeit slightly late as I forgot to scheduled this from a draft post - DUH!

Welcoming new follower, Susie, from Austria - hope you'll fine the reason and time to stop by again soon.
 
Must be the fact we were at the wondrous Manny's restaurant last evening with our neighbours, Sally and Roger. Boy oh boy, their food is just great - the salads to die for. Sally ate too much salad and brought most of her steak home in a box - ooops!!!
 
The clever creative minds over at Pan Pastels decided to set a new challenge (#17) this week and their chosen theme was "DREAMS" - hmmmmmm. I also checked out another challenge where the theme was Over The Top - which could be applied to layers, materials etc so ...... despite LOOKING a little like CAS just check out the materials used in order to realise how OTT and hopefully DREAM like this project is .....
 
 
Materials used:
  • C5 Kraft card, 250 gsm and matching sized envelope
  • Black and Kraft card for matting
  • 300 gsm white card panel - another off cut in my attempt to slightly de-stash my card offcuts.
  • Water soluble wax crayons: sahara yellow, magenta, pink and violet
  • Wet wipe to blend
  • Distress Inks: worn lipstick and dusty concorde smooshed on to a craft mat, spritzed and then I wiped my panel through the inks before blotting with paper towel.
  • Recollections splats and drips stamped using Studiog plum and Colorbox white and gold inks
  • Stampers Anonymous harlequin partial image stamped randomly using D.I. worn lipstick
  • Hampton Art steampunk lady stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Hampton Art steampunk alarm clock stamped twice using Memento lilac posies
  • Tim Holtz "Dream" image stamped numerous times using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Tim Holtz "finger" image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink, stamped off once first
 
Think you will agree that this is one OTT production!
 
Have a great Monday, hope you've all got sunshine - I know I do!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Another Sunday morning and what's in store?

Hi there - another lazy Sunday morning and the launch of another challenge over on the Hobbycutz challenge blog. Please don't think that you HAVE to use a Hobbycutz die cut to be able to enter this challenge, you just have to follow the theme.

This one is for Mothers Day on May 12th in the U.S. ..... I went with a fridge magnet. In our house we never really did Mothers Day gifts in a big way, it was always something little like an ornament, fridge magnet, small bunch of flowers.




Materials used
  • Hobbycutz heart (2 part) die cut
  • Indigoblu flitter glue, applied using cut and dry foam
  • Crystal glamour dust (for the outer heart)
  • Silver gilding flakes (for the inner heart)
  • Stencil brush to remove excess flakes
  • Fine embossing tool the remove the stray silver gilding flakes from the sentiment
  • Satin flower embellishment
  • Self adhesive sheet magnet cut to fit
I struggled to get a half way decent photograph of this project in my kitchen, sadly, but it IS on display on my cooker hood - my fridge is (would you believe?) made of aluminium!!!! It's REALLY twinkly IRL ..... I took it down to have another go at catching the twinkle ...



This fortnight's challenge has been sponsored by Floppy Latte


Ever have one of those days when you think you've had a great idea and get all excited and start planning it? THEN you have a reality check and, suddenly, it's not quite such a brilliant plan after all? Had one of those yesterday and spent about two hours fantasising about a vacation but ....... it's turned out not to be quite so great so those plans are shelved with a capital "S"!! - bum (that's with a capital "B"!!!!)

And then I decided to craft some more, with another entry for the Blue Christmas challenge ........



Materials used:
  • 15cm square 300 gsm white, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel edged with Distress Ink in faded jeans and then edged using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Impression Obsession pine bough stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and then highlighted using a Martha Stewart glue pen and crystal glamour dust
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped directly on to the base card using Versafine onyx black ink
 
Ahhhhh, that's better - somehow I don't mind not getting the extra craft shopping now - I have some great stash and I just need to use it!


Have a great Sunday everyone


Saturday, 27 April 2013

What?!?!?! A second post? AGAIN, this is starting to look like a pattern!!

Well, here I am again with my second post of the day ....... couldn't wait to get cracking on the lovely Jen's fab sketch presented this morning over on the Simply Less Is More blog so, without further ado, here is my card ........ hope you like it.
 
 
Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white, 250 gsm card
  • Kraft, black and white card offcuts for matting and layering - still trying to use scraps!! Yee Haa
  • Distress Ink in dusty concorde swiped across the white panel
  • Impression Obsession foliage image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Two faux crystal gemstones to embellish
The sketch? Here it is again and we were instructed to retain their chosen orientation ....
 
 
I didn't get the opportunity to enter the LIM challenge last week and I didn't get to comment on more than the odd one or two entries either, which is not my norm - it's a fab challenge and always gets lots of very creative entries. Sorry to my fellow LIM-ettes, sadly, this week is so busy that I'm not going to get many chances to comment this week either so here's my blanket comment ..... "WOW! fab cards from you ALL".

I also bought a pom pom maker yesterday ...... we usually put something on our antennae to identify the car in the parking lot!! SO, with a further investment of $1.97 in some wool and .....
 
 
 
And the pom pom maker itself - easy peasy!
 
 
If you missed my earlier post then please feel free to check it out here
 
Otherwise, have a great Saturday

Welcome to the weekend

Hi readers,

How's your Saturday started out? I can't begin to tell you how warm and sunny it is here - mainly 'cos I'm pretty sure you don't really want to know QUITE that much!
 
You know how we crafters hate to throw stuff away? Well I'm sure that, like me, most of you have a burgeoning collection of "useful" sized scraps of card and paper that we couldn't bear to throw away ...... I thought it was high time I used up some of these "useful" scraps - before they take over the World!!!!! so, aside from the card blank no new card was cut in to in order to make the following project.
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • White, 300 gsm, scallop edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Black, Kraft and Bronze DCWV metallic stack for matting
  • Kraft card panel swiped with Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Hampton Art image and TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black
  • Martha Stewart edging punch used on one edged of the DCWV scrap
  • Black/white and brown/white bakers twine wrapped round the panels and tied in a knot
 
It's challenge day so check out the great challenges available, some of which are listed in my side bar.

On the Simply Less Is More blog their challenge is a sketch - see it below, fab isn't it? Their only other challenge is that you keep this orientation when using the sketch. I WILL be having a go at this challenge


Have a great Saturday everyone.

Friday, 26 April 2013

Friday and the weekend starts here with the Friday Funny!!!

Morning,

Well, our trip to Woody's restaurant in WinterHaven was interesting. It's run by a guy called Nick and he's from Leeds!!! I went with the all you can eat chicken which, for $7.99 was great value and made even better with a 20% early bird discount - we DO love a bargain! Gr8 food and a pleasant evening all round.

And I managed to make my Christmas card for Karen's RUDOLPH DAY challenge over on the Aunty's forum. Her theme was "BLUE CHRISTMAS"



Materials used:
  • 15cm square scallop edged, 300 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Offcut of white card which I swiped with Distress Ink in faded jeans
  • Hero Arts tree stamped three times on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and then cut out
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Black card and DCWV textured metallics card for matting
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Faux crystal gemstones
  • Quickie glue pen and Crystal glamour dust to glam it up

Hope you like my Blue Christmas card
 
 
And now for the Friday Funny which, this week, has been provided by Pat - thanks Pat - ENJOY, hope it brings a smile to your face!
INSURED FOR SEX:


Make sure you get the Correct Insurance for the sex you are having.

Please find a list of companies below catering for most tastes: 

 

Sex with your wife - Legal & General.

Sex on the telephone - Direct Line.

Sex with your Partner - Standard Life.

Sex with someone Different - Go Compare.

Sex with a lady of generous proportions - More Than.

Sex On the back seat of a car - Sheila's Wheels.

Sex with a posh bird - Privileged.

 
Sex with a prostitute - Commercial Union.

Sex with your maid - Employer's Liability.

Sex with an OAP – Saga.

Sex resulting in pregnancy - General Accident.

 and finally ...............

Sex with a transvestite - Confused.Com.


 
Have a great Weekend everyone, as always, thanks for stopping by.


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Thursday - it's Woody's day!

Hi everyone,
 
Another sunny day here in paradise, warm too though a little on the muggy side but I'm going to try not to sound ungrateful!

Yesterday I was out for the day with my good friend and neighbour, Sally. She took me to a few places as she had things on her list whereas I had nothing .... so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise to you to find out that, aside from lunch, I bought NOTHING. Not so exceptional until I say that we even went in to Michaels and I STILL BOUGHT NOTHING! I even gave Sally my 40% discount coupon as she wanted some paints! Ah well, it was a nice half day with Sally and good to catch up. We lunched at Toojays gourmet deli at Doctor Phillips where I ordered a philly steak sandwich. Now I wouldn't say the portions were big but ....... I ate little of the coleslaw, just a couple of bites of the bread and even left some fries!!! Boy oh boy, it was tasty and ..... big? doesn't come close to describing the portion!! We rolled out of the place! Thanks Sally, for chauffeuring.
 
And now on to the craft front - my love of this new stamp seems set to continue and today's make shows it against a different background ..... I've used a basic design adapted from a sketch utilised some time ago on the Simply Less Is More challenge blog as I love both its simplicity and versatility - thanks Chrissie and Mandi. I'm an avid fan of this CAS challenge blog and try to enter every week though I've been a little lax of late and behind with my commenting since I took on a Design Team commitment as I find myself with a little less spare time - so, apologies to my fellow LIM-ettes. And, guess what? NO Spectrum Noir pens were utilised in this card - that's a first for a few days!, though I AM still making headway with using up some of the card offcuts we crafters seem to accumulate such truckloads of!
 
You can see the matching envelopes behind) it's the back of the envelope you can see
Materials used:
  • Michaels white C5 card - not sure of the weight but my guess is about 230 gsm - not my preferred weight hence the extra layers, to give it extra weight/strength! and a matching sized envelope
  • White card (Rymans 200 gsm) panel with a corner treatment from a Martha Stewart PATP corner punch - sorry, it hardly shows in the photo - but see if the larger close up shows it any better below!
  • Black, Kraft and tan card panels edged with the punch to  match the corner detail and layered
  • White card panel swiped with Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Hero Arts cityscape image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
I've left the sentiment off as I think this could be a really versatile card for many occasions (also would fit as a card for either sex) and will stamp an appropriate sentiment when I decide where it's going! As to the corner details - see if you can see more here .....
 
 
 
Over on two forums I belong to it is Rudolph Day when a Christmas card challenge is set every month (except December) in order to help you make your required number of Christmas cards without that last minute panic!!! Sounds like a great idea doesn't it?
 
On the Craftbubble group Craft Mad and Loving It the challenge is set by Lauren and is "ELF and happiness to you"!!!
 
And on the Auntys forum? Their challenge is scheduled to be set by Karen
 
I suspect that the links to the two Rudolph Day challenge forums will only work if you are a member of the forums AND are logged in but hey - try them anyway!
 
Have a fantabulous Thursday, as for me, as it says in the post title "It's Woody's Day" We're off to try a new (to us) restaurant, called Woodys, in WinterHaven - will let you know if it's worth a re-visit!


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Wotcher peeps,
 
The purple princess is away from her desk this morning - out shopping with pal Sally so this post has been scheduled - unless blogger has an epi and decides NOT to!!! It's going to be a little picture heavy so you might want to grab a coffee or tea and maybe a biskwit! (remember the Fox's advert with the cuddly animal? NO? See it here)
 
Yesterday, we were staying in as we were expecting the A/C repair guy to come and fit a part so we caught up on a few chores including some spring cleaning - which involved taking things off the plant shelves and one of us cleaning them whilst the other vacuumed the shelves themselves - all VERY industrious but DULL DULL DULL!!! Done now though and one less thing to have to worry about. The part arrived about 15:00 (direct from the supplier) and the contractor arrived to fit the part about 90 minutes later.
 
Now, surrogate daughter #1 turns 40 this year and her partner 60 so they're having a joint "Centenary Party"!!! And our invitation arrived in the mail yesterday, it was a lovely invitation with a photo of the happy couple on and they had obviously taken the time to think it out and have it professionally printed so, the least I could do was to make a nice "thank you we'd love to come" card .....
 
 
Materials used:
  • 12.5cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel very slightly larger than the image, swiped with Distress Inks in weathered wood and fired brick
  • Hero Arts cityscape image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • White card and black card for matting - both edged using a Fiskars dot and scallop edging punch
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped directly on to base card using Memento tuxedo black
 
And the insert .... using the same stamps and inks
 
 
 
I also thought it was time I shrunk a few pix to post on here so, whilst I was hanging around waiting for A/C guy - I did just that - and here they are. Whilst we were out for a drive recently we ended up in Lakeland - after a foray round Violettes (and some impromptu stash acquisition) we drove round some of the local lakes. It quickly becomes obvious why they called it LAKEland!!! It was one of the cooler days so we parked up and took a walk about a third of the way round the lake (so, not THAT cool then?!?!?!) - here are some of the sights we caught ..
 
Guess it's breeding season for these protected swans

One swan a swimming!!!
 
Is it just me or did you all start singing the Twelve Days of Christmas too?
 
So? Not a real swan huh?

D'you reckon he/she just washed her hair?

Gone Fishin'
 
 
And now for my work desk ...... oh boy, messy .... AGAIN!!! Not so much a desk as ... abandoned craft materials!
 
 
 
Have a great Wednesday, hope I've not exhausted you with the pix - think of me ...... shopping!! And lunching!, it's a hard life!



Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Sunny Tuesday - yes, really!

Hi folks,
 
Not much to share today as I've been practising with my new Spectrum Noir pens and colouring a lot of images so nothing much has gotten finished.
 
Today, we're waiting in for the A/C contractor to call and fit a new part to our A/C - we've been aware of a slow leak and the A/C's been struggling to keep the homestead cool - to those who know me personally they will KNOW how much this kills me, I don't really "DO" heat! Here's hoping he turns up earlier rather than later!
 
Last night saw us dining out at our local Applebees. Now, when Wynneth and Tom were here late last year they had a very sub standard meal at this establishment but, we thought we would give them another chance ......... and they redeemed themselves admirably with a very tasty selection of hot meals served well and in a timely fashion - all of which was lacking with W&T's meal - sorry chaps, you really MUST have caught them on a bad night. Their current meal deal is two for $24, a shared appetiser and a main course each ...... so, it was potato twists (chips and dips really, but the dip was DELISH!) followed by a half rack of ribs and a yummy chicken dish for my hubby - no room for dessert so we left that till later and nipped in to Publix for some ice cream on the way home! Half fat though - that better?
 
I don't about you lot but, if you use alcohol markers, is it just me that has trouble with reds bleeding more than any other colour? I've tried Pro Markers, Copics, Marvy and now Spectrum Noir .... the deeper reds ALL BLEED!!! How weird is that? Now I know that this latest project was stamped on to lower quality paper but honestly?, there is NO WAY I could have used this image without close cutting out. As it is you can still just see a discolouration around the bag! You should have seen it before I used the blender pen too. I'm not sure who the image is by, part of me wants to say Penny Black but I'm not quite SURE that the face is right for PB so ..... if anyone knows please let me know. She IS cute though. EDITED TO READ: Thanks to the lovely Rosie, I've found out that the image is by the Wild Rose Studio - thanks for the info Rosie
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC Blank
  • Kaisercraft "arty" image stamped using Versamark ink and pan pastels in Diarylide yellow and Permanent red applied, buffed and set with hairspray
  • WILD ROSE STUDIO "Night Out" (sadly, now discontinued) image stamped using a permanent black ink on to white card
  • Alcohol markers used to colour image before cutting out close
  • Crystal and Platinum stickles used to highlight
 
Happy Tuesday, readers - the sun is shining its little socks of here and I hope the sun is shining where you are too!


Monday, 22 April 2013

Monday and another week begins!

Hi and Happy Monday to you all,
 
It's dawned dull and grey here again today and the forecast is for more rain as the day goes on but hey ...... nothing new there and the garden COULD use the rain!
 
I bought some new pens over the last few days, Spectrum Noirs, and I haven't been able to stop "colouring in" with them - my first card to share is proof that I am in my YELLOW phase!! .....
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • 300 gsm white, scallop edged C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Pre cut scallop edged panel in kraft card
  • Pre cut gold pearlised oval
  • Penny Black cling image stamped using Memento sweet plum
  • Alcohol markers to colour
 
And now on to the  next ....... yellow again!
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square, 300 gsm scallop edged white card and matching sized envelope
  • Black, Kraft and Stray offcut from a piece of patterned 12" x 12" of indeterminate origin
  • Bakers twine
  • Corner rounder punch and a Martha Stewart edging punch on the Kraft panel
  • La La land image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink on to white card
  • Alcohol markers to colour
 
Not often I stack up the cards I make, especially not over so short a time but, here's the photo!!! Busy or what?!?!?!?
 
 
 
Hope you like today's makes - I'm off to phone a friend - have a great Monday



Sunday, 21 April 2013

Lazy Sunday but the sun isn't shining!!! Summer's coming!

Well, I HOPE summer's coming anyway!! This morning has dawned dull and grey and there's a 50% chance of ...... RAIN!! Hmmm - summer? I DON'T THINK SO
 
Sunday morning and all is well in my World, last night we were out to dinner with our lovely neighbours, Sally and Roger, we went Mexican! We stopped by a regular haunt of ours which had recently changed ownership. It used to be called Garibaldi's and is now called Tapatio - the food was just as good though, my quesadilla rellena was lovely - we'll go again. After stuffing our faces it was back to ours for another round and a lot more chat.
 
And now, on to the craft, more playing with the spectrum noir markers and my new frame stamp from the dollar range at Joann's recently - a veritable bargain.
 

 
Materials used:
  • White, scallop edged, 300 gsm C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Kraft, Black and white card for matting
  • Recollections fish image and Happy Birthday stamped on to white card using a Memento tuxedo black ink pad, the balloon separated from the fish image and the Happy Birthday cut in to a flag like shape and matted on to an offcut of yellow paper
  • Studio 112 frame shape stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut out, including the middle
  • Alcohol markers used to colour the frame, fish and balloon
  • Frame placed over the fish and then the balloon adhered on top
  • Orange polka dot ribbon to embellish
  • Glossy accents over the balloon to give it a lovely shine
 
Aren't those Recollections fish just fabulous? I love 'em! The whole set is great and includes a rather special lion too.
 
There is also a new challenge over on the Pan Pastels blog. This week the challenge is "RED, WHITE and BLUE" (all three colours must be obviously present). The peeps over at Pan Pastels encourage  us to make projects other than cards so I went with an ATC. I should also point out that you don't have to use Pan Pastels to be able to enter ..... but you do get the chance to win some!!



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card cut to ATC size and coloured with Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Fired Brick and Faded Jeans (red and blue)
  • Water flicked over background, allowed to develop and then blotted with paper towel
  • Inkadinkado drip image stamped using ColorBox bronze ink
  • Inkadinkado Splat image stamped using ColorBox white ink (white) several times.
  • Black ink run round the edge of the ATC
  • Stampers Anonymous telephone image and TPC Studio sentiment stamped (twice) using Versafine onyx black ink

And another ATC, just for fun ...



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distressed Ink in weathered wood swiped across the ATC, to create sky
  • Hero Arts wordy skyline image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

Hope you like today's makes - Enjoy your Sunday, folks


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Second post of the day - a challenge entry

Afternoon readers,
 
How's it with you? It's really DULL and grey here and rain looks imminent - but it's looked like that for hours!!! Apparently, the rain woke my hubby during the night AND kept him awake for over half an hour - not me!! I slept through it all - ooops!
 
Anyhoo, on with the reason for my second post of the day - the challenge over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown blog this week is: SANTA ...... well, I DO love a Christmas card so ...
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • White, scallop edged 300 gsm C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Deep red and striped paper panels from the DCWV winter stack
  • Inkadinkado Santa image stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut out, leaving a generous border
  • Alcohol markers to give the Santa definition and a hint of colour
  • Crystal stickles to highlight the hair
  • Glossy accents for the eye glasses
  • White grosgrain ribbon
  • White card panel cut slightly larger than the image panel and coloured using a red copic and then an Inkylicious checkerboard image stamped using versamark ink and permanent red pan pastel applied over the top - this gives just a subtle check image and does NOT show in the photo - sorry!
  • Black card panel for matting
  • Two faux metal snowflakes attached to the finished card using Glossy Accents - boy, I WISH they dried quicker!
 
Enjoy the rest of your Saturday

Saturday chatterday

Hi folks,
 
How's your weekend shaping up?
 
Yesterday we nipped out for the afternoon and headed up to Winter Garden Village .... we wanted a Target, a Best Buy and a Joann's and they have all of those stores within a 500 yard stretch of parking lot! Hubby went off to Best Buy to release his inner geek and I hit Joann's armed only with my wallet and a 50% discount voucher that I wasn't afraid to use ..... see below for what was on my shopping list. Shopping needs satisfied we took a drive out in the sunshine before ending up at our local Chili's for dinner where I enjoyed a bowl of chilli and hubby a club sandwich - mmm. Of course, it was happy hour with two for one beers too!!! Suits me!
 
Saturday's are usually challenge days for me and there are a number of challenges that I usually like to enter, one of my favourites is the Simply Less Is More challenge ...... this weeks CAS challenge is to CASe one of the two cards shown and made by the Design Team .... hope to BBL  with my take on this one.

There's also the theme of Santa Claus over on the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge blog - hmmmm
 
And now for a card made using the fabbylicious Penny Black stamp recently acquired on a trip to Violettes ..... I needed some yellow alcohol markers and my copic skin white had chucked its hand in ....... so I decided to try out some of the Spectrum Noir pens ...... Joann's had them in packs of six so I came home with a selection of "Essentials" and a pack of "Yellows" - broke the packaging open for this card
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, scallop edged 300 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • Studio 112 frame image (just a dollar!) stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink. I stamped this frame a second time on to a post it and cut out the centre - to use as a mask ....
  • Penny Black image partially stamped inside the frame using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Kraft and black card to mat
  • Clearly Wordsworth Birthday sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
As usual, the frame, image and sentiment was also carried across to embellish both the insert and the envelope - getting lots of mileage from this new stamp. Don't you love it when you realise how versatile your impulse purchase is going to be? I ALMOST didn't buy it and then thought, what the heck? It's JUST a dollar!
 
Have a great weekend, catch you tomorrow for some more challenges


Friday, 19 April 2013

Welcome to the weekend

Hi readers,
 
The weekend starts here, what are you all up to? No real plans at this stage but I'm quite sure that something will come up.
 
My first card of today is for a challenge over at the CASe this sketch blog and ALSO fits the CASology challenge where the one word inspiration is WORD ..... the buildings comprise of words!
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Distress Ink in weathered wood, swiped across the card blank
  • Hero Arts cityscape image stamped on the Distress Ink panel using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Clearly Wordsworth sentiment stamped on to the base card using Versafine onyx black ink
 
And a view of the insert ....
 
 
 
And the sketch....
 
 
Next, a card, just for fun and to use some more new stash ......
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • White, scallop edged, 300 gsm C6 card and matching sized envelope
  • Scallop card panel (from new stash)
  • Black card for matting
  • Penny Black image stamped on to a white card panel using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour and glitter to highlight
 
And the matching insert and envelope - the sentiment is by TPC Studio
 

 
 
And now for the Friday Funny, this week courtesy of my pal (and birthday girl) Liz - thanks matey - you can all blame her!!! ENJOY
 
EXERCISE FOR PEOPLE OVER 50
Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side.
 
With a 5-kg potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can.
Try to reach a full minute, and then relax.
Each day you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer.
After a couple of weeks, move up to 10-kg potato sacks.
Then try 25-kg potato sacks and then eventually try to get to where you can lift a 50-kg potato sack in each hand and hold your arms straight for more than a full minute. (I'm at this level.)
After you feel confident at that level, put a potato in each sack.
 
 
And finally, a view of the wildlife that drew me to the front door this morning - no idea what he was saying but it was loud, whatever it was!!!



Happy Friday - have a great weekend readers