Friday, 31 January 2014

Woo Hoo!! The weekend starts here!

Morning everyone,
It's Friday and the weekend starts here!!! Me and a pal are supposed to be off to Swindon today, we're supposed to be lunching and shopping at Snazzy's but the weather forecast is for HEAVY rain - hmmmm. Shan't mind too much if it holds off till we're on our way - or better yet, till we're on our way home!!!
Either way, I shall be spending time with my friend, Sue, today so there won't be much crafting till tomorrow - when I HOPE to have new stash, weather and Snazzys permitting!
Just one card to share with you all today, it's a CAS (Clean And Simple) card and it's my second entry for the challenge over at CASology where the challenge is: PURPLE - it was made for me! I've made quite a few cards lately that all seem to feature stamped layers and, usually, splats of some description. Given the danger of falling in to this style as a bit of a rut .... I shook myself out of it this morning to share sharply contrasting layers and a clean design ..... one trick pony? Me? NEVER! It also fits with the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge which is also purple

Materials used:
  • Purple C6 card blank and matching sized white envelope
  • Off cuts of card in black and hot pink
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped on the hot pink panel using Memento grape jelly ink
  • A6 piece of purple DCWV linen effect card, for matting my image panel
  • Penny Black "Iris" image from their Allegro stamp set, stamped on to a piece of white card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the iris
And, given that I was able to use another of my enormous stash of coloured card blanks .... here's how the inside looked
Additional materials used:
  • Distress Ink in picked raspberry swiped top to bottom - to pick up on the "hot pink" panel from the front of the card, overstamped again with the Kaisercraft "tiny dots" using Memento grape jelly
  • Penny Black iris image and sentiment by Imagine That both stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Those of you who saw my last red Christmas card may recall the splats and images used .... someoe suggested it might look good in green so, here it is - in green!
Materials used (more briefly than usual as you've already seen this card and read the list:
  • 15cm cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of green and white card
  • Colour wash of green mica paint/blending solution by Imagination Crafts
  • Images by  Kaisercraft and Stamploitations
  • Inks: Memento - pear tart and bamboo
  •          Versafine - onyx black
  •          Adirondack - bottle green
  •          Distress Inks - bundled sage and iced spruce
  • Stardust stickles
And now for the Friday Funny brought to us all this week courtesy of Lilian - thanks Lilian, you're in the draw! I've obviously had it a while though as it came to me in an e-mail entitled "Travel plans for 2013" - I've changed it in a couple of places .
My travel plans for 2014
I have been in many places, but I've never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can't go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.
I've also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognises you there.
I have, however, been in Sane. They don't have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.
I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I'm not too much on physical activity anymore.
I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.
I've been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.
Sometimes I'm in Capable, and I go there more often as I'm getting older.
One of my favourite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart!  At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!
I may have been in Continent, but I don't remember what country I was in. It's an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there. (eeeuuuwww!!!)

You might want to adopt this rule for your everyday behaviour: "Life is short. Smile, while you still have your teeth!!!!."
And the hair? I was at the hairdressers yesterday - we didn't have enough to do the whole head (it was a tube of colour that I provided) so we went with highlights of colour all over ....

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And, of course, I couldn't resist having a play within photobucket and came up with this outrageous purple look

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What do you think? My next profile pic????
Of course, when I get home (with my inevitable NEW STASH) I might like to have a go at at the CASual Friday challenge which, this week, is: "OVER THE EDGE"!

Have a fab Friday and a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Thursday and it's downhill to the weekend!!

Wotcher peeps,
How is your Thursday starting off? I'm off to the hairdresser in a bit, having a colour applied and I just know that SOME of you will know what colour it's going to be too! There may be a photo tomorrow so please don't mistake it for the Friday Funny!!!
Yesterday I shared just about the WORLD'S messiest desk and said that I PLANNED to clear it - and I DID ..... well, as much as I could bearing in mind that storage is at a premium in my craft area!!
There will be some of you who think this still isn't overly tidy so let me just share what it started yesterday looking like ...... improvement?
I also received some polymer gorgeousness from Shery at Stamplorations in California yesterday - in just five days, who would believe she's over 5000 miles away from me!
Needless to say, I really had to crack the seal on both sets ..... and I loved the design I woke up with in my head yesterday so had to give it a go as a Christmas card - rocks huh?!?
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Off cut of white card cut to fit an offcut of red card!!!
  • Stamplorations sentiment holder stamped, directly on to the base card, using Adirondack red pepper ink and then their sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Kaisercraft "bubblewrap" image stamped randomly using Brilliance rocket red gold ink
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" stamped randomly using Adirondack red pepper ink
  • Visible Image "splatter" image stamped randomly using Adirondack cranberry ink
  • On the white off cut panel I "scribbled" Imagination crafts mica paints (mixed with their blending solution) red - it dries to a super soft pearly sheen
  • Stamplorations tree image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Clare set the Rudolph Day challenge over on Craftbubble 2½ (registration required to enter) of Circles, spots and dots .... I think this fits the bill, don't you? And over at Cute Card Thursday their new challenge is: "Something NEW" and three new images were used in the making of the above card so I'm hoping that it will qualify over there too! Because I've used some NEW stash I'm going to enter this over at Addicted to CAS where their challenge is: "NEW". Over at Scribble and Scrap the challenge is: "Anything goes" so I shall be entering my card there too
Happy Thursday

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Hello there,

Don't want to sound overly optimistic but ............. it's NOT RAINING! Huzzah!
Nothing for it when the weather's VILE (like yesterday afternoon) so I cracked on at the table of craftiness and batch made a couple of ATC's - makes sense since I swap with a number of people so having 2 or even 3 the same is never a problem. I had the clear stamps already on acrylic blocks because of the Chrissie cards (from yesterday's post) so - off I went again. I made them both virtually identical so, obviously, I'm only showing you one - otherwise you'd think I might be nuts! (which I MIGHT be ... but not for that reason!!!!) ...... check it out, I keep forgetting how much I LURVE that phthalo green pan pastel - isn't is scrummy?
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Kaisercraft "graffiti" image stamped using versamark ink and then pan pastel in phthalo green applied using a sofft tool, buffed with paper towel and then sealed with hairspray
  • Kaisercraft "film edges" and "tiny dots" stamped using Distress Ink in broken china
  • Hero Arts sentiment and Penny Black "Iris" (from the Allegro set of clear stamps) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Part of me wanted to bling it up with some stickles but, because of the grunge-y "graffiti" image I wasn't sure this would work - any thoughts readers? Your opinions are always welcome.

And over at CASology they've launched the PERFECT challenge for me ..... it's to make a CAS card with the theme of "PURPLE" - right up my street, I'd say! Must have another go at that later, in fact, I might have to have several attempts, you know me and my love of all things PURPLE!

Do you ever dream in craft? I woke up this morning with a definite idea for the CASology challenge in my head ..... and simply had to crack on with it!! THIS is my excuse for the terrible state of my desk further down this post, sorry, but I just had to make the card whilst the idea was fresh! Hope you all think it was worth the crafting carnage at the base of this post ... so, here's my entry for this challenge, or should I say my FIRST entry?!!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cut of white card for the image panel
  • Imagination Crafts solid mica "paint" mixed with blending solution and then "scribbled" on to my white card panel
  • Penny Black "Iris" (from their Allegro set of clear stamps) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Black card for matting
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" and "chequers" as well as Recollections "ink spots" partially stamped using Colour Box purple and Memento grape jelly inks to create a purple border around the image panel

And here's a closer view of the iridescent image panel and the palette used to produce it - you can just see the drips to indicate which shade I used ....

Yesterday morning saw me off out to coffee with a pal from my school days, it was lovely to catch up with her. It turned out to be quite a sociable day as, later in the day ..........

We went out to an Indian restaurant and it WASN'T Raj's!!!!!!!!!!! Promise you won't tell him .... Actually, it's an Indian/Thai restaurant - we don't have a half way decent Thai restaurant for 12 miles! It's so new that its web site is still under construction! It's normally a table for three that we book as we usually go with a friend, but this time our pal brought another friend with her ....... She proffered her credit card only to be told their credit card machine wasn't hooked up so - she had to borrow her "dinner money" - we suspect she might otherwise had been doing the washing up!!! AND I reckon she's a closet crafter as she appeared to have been under one of those glitter clouds we crafters are so familiar with ..... though she SAID it was her  sparkly lippy - yeah, right! We had a very pleasant evening and here they are .... this was around the time Beverley was spotted by someone who knew her - on reflection perhaps we should have asked this person to take a pic of the four of us! Ah well, the benefit of hindsight!

My mates Beverley and Barbie (of the twinkly lippy)!
And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ..... apologies for the fact it looks like a bomb site - I fully intend to tidy it up later - reckon I might have to as there's no space to do anything till I do!!!


Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Tuesday and I wonder what today's weather will bring!

Morning all,

It's kind of a rhetorical question because ..... Tuesday's brought ..... MORE RAIN!! SURPRISED? Me either!!!

Oh dear, this has turned in to a rather photo heavy post - it's pretty obvious to me that Mr Mojo is alive and well, and on a bit of a Christmas-fest!!!

I've been trying not to post every day but, with the hyperactive mojo - if this post is photo heavy - imagine if I'd left it till tomorrow!!! Actually, I blame the weather, if it was sunny and dry I'd probably have been out at the weekend or yesterday and there wouldn't be half so much to share with you all.
I KNOW it's really too early to be thinking about Christmas! Heaven knows it was only a month ago but, if you are like me and had to make loads in November, you might want to consider making a regular amount each month ..... I reckoned that I needed to make eight each month to ensure I had enough. Guess what? Didn't make a single one in January till Clare set the Rudolph Day challenge!! Thought I should get a wiggle on if I was ever going to get back on track ... I am still crazy obsessed with my Kaisers and I revisited a fave make of 2013, just with different background images to fit the challenge - check out today's circles, spots and dots make.
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 5½ x 13½cm panel of white card (x2 as I duplicated this design for the inside of the card)
  • 6 x 14cm panel of black card (x2 as I duplicated this design for the inside of the card)
  • Kaisercraft "bubble wrap" image stamped on to white card panel using Versamark ink
  • Pan Pastel in permanent red applied with a soft tool and then buffed with a paper towel before setting with hairspray
  • Hero Arts sentiment and Chocolate Baroque snowflake image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Here's a close up - I hope you will be able to see the tiny dots better in this one. You can see that I have circles and dots .... even the snowflake has a circle in the centre!
I plan on entering the above in the Rudolph Day challenge over on CB2½ (registration required). Want to see the design I revisited? I LOVED this one and it was using such a non Christmas-y Kaiser (it was called GRAFFITI) - obviously, I needed to make it slightly different to make it worth doing but ....

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I revisited this design because I LOVED it!!!

Having revisited the above card ..... I couldn't NOT use the fab graffiti image .... just once more now, could I? This COULD be my third entry over at Simply Less Is More as it does (more or less) conform to their sketch, although I strongly suspect it was for the LIM challenge that I made the original card and ..... all I've changed is the colour and sentiment, so, perhaps not! It WILL, however, fit with the current Addicted to Stamps challenge which is: "CAS". CAS is definitely a great way to go with Christmas cards, you know how expensive mailing the highly embellished, multi layered cards can be ..... I just sent a birthday card to the U.S. and it cost me £2.88 to post!!! YIKES!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Grey linen effect card and Navy ribbed card, for matting on the card outer and inside
  • Off cuts of white card cut to fit the Kaisercraft images
  • Kaisercraft "Graffiti" image stamped on to the white card using Versamark ink and then pan pastels (a combination of ultramarine and turquoise shade) applied with a soft tool
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" stamped using Distress Ink in broken china
  • Chocolate Baroque "snowflake" and Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

As usual, I've carried the design across the inside of the card and both the front and back of the envelop so here's how the envelope turned out

I made the one below with this challenge in mind (the theme being "Circles, spots and dots") but I just couldn't take to it, even though there's nothing actually wrong with it - it just doesn't flow, IMHO. I used polka dots and a circle punch too ... nice - but no cigar, as they say!
Materials used:
  • Tall thin cream card blank and matching sized envelope
  • DCWV "winter stack" papers in red and red/white
  • Martha Stewart PATP edging punch
  • White card offcut
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to white card offcut using Versafine onyx black ink
  • ? Christmas tree stamped directly on to base card using Adirondack bottle green ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the tree
That's three more made and I think it's safe to say that I'm well on my way to catching up with my January "quota" of Christmas cards - don't you?

Last night I was at dog training with my pal (and, of course, her pooch - Mally) from my school days (that's the pal, not the dog! in case you were wondering!!!)  and this morning sees me heading out to meet another pal from my schooldays, for coffee and a bit of a catch up. Having spoken to them both in quick succession I'm HOPING we can reschedule our evening out, postponed from just before Christmas due to illness.
Have a fab Tuesday, hope the weather is decent where you are and that, if you've been badly affected by the quirky weather, things are easing for you.

Monday, 27 January 2014

Murky Monday

Hi folks,
Well, what a wet and wild weekend we had. I hope it was a little less wet and wild where you are but I suspect that the answer is that you all (in the U.K. anyway) had very much the same - sorry!
In my last post I shared a card which fitted a number of challenges and, once I corrected the fact that my sentiment was "on the wonk" and I hadn't noticed!!!, I liked it but ....... there is just something about that particular Paper Artsy image that keeps shouting at me "MAKE ME MONOCHROME!" - probably just the deco-esque feel to it .... either way, I simply had to have another go ....AND, whilst I was checking out the Paper Artsy blog I saw their current challenge was to draw inspiration from their GDTM .... she used a number of layers and also background images (including some splats) - to create the illusion of layers ...... and I used splats as well as a P.A. image - so, I'm HOPING, that this will be an eligible entry over there too.
Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card for matting
  • Post it's for masking
  • Paper Artsy "starlet" image from the Vintage Nudes - set 4 stamped once on to the card blank and then again (without re-inking) on to a post it and cut out - to form my mask
  • Mask in place and I stamped the Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Mask still in place and I stamped my Visible Image "ink splat" image using Versafine smokey grey
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black
Ahhhhhhhhhhhh much better ... IMHO anyway. As usual, my design carries across both the inside and the envelope too ...
Presto, one all purpose happy starlet card - in monochrome, which made me happy too! And the original? Here it is, using a sketch from the LIM-ettes over at Simply Less Is More

And, since I was on a roll with that particular selection of images ..... I thought to myself - "Why not make a couple of ATC's?" I allowed myself to run out a week or so ago so need to build some stock up again so I made a small batch of the wee beasties!

Materials used:

  • ATC blanks (2)
  • Paper Artsy Vintage Nude (??) stamped in Versafine onyx black on both ATC's and masked
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped using Distress Ink in picked raspberry on one and Versafine onyx black on the other
  • Visible Image "splatter" image stamped once using Distress Ink in picked raspberry and once in Versafine smokey grey ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on both ATC's using Versafine onyx black ink

SCHIMPLES!!! - whilst the images were out anyway! Now I have two more ATC's in the box ready to roll - Yee Haa!

I was trawling my February issue of Craft Stamper (well, what else there to do when it was LASHING it down outside!) and I came across a simple colouring technique ... hmm ... interesting AND I had the very background stamp used in the project too -

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card panel, edged with a gold promarker
  • Kaisercraft "fence" image stamped on to the panel using Memento tuxedo black and coloured with pumpkin and gold pro markers
  • Visible Image barbed wire stamped across the bottom of the panel using Memento tuxedo black and the "goth girl" image from the same set stamped on to white card, coloured with pro markers/copics and Marvey alcohol markers before fussy cutting
  • Copic Atyou Spica glitter pens for the eyes

Jury's still out on what sentiment to use - what are your suggestions readers? Right, and here's the article in question .... of course, in the article the image used (on the right hand page) was stamped on to coloured paper making very little colouring to the image - I chose to complicate mine by colouring a much bigger focal image but I think you can still see where the inspiration came from!

Well, I DID say (in Saturdays post) that I wanted to craft my socks off ..... if you look at the weekend posts (along with this one) then I think you may agree that the socks are definitely OFF!!!!, no wonder my blooming feet are cold!

Have a great Monday, Christmas break is well and truly over now and dog training sessions have resumed on a Monday evening - just me and a pal (with, of course, her dog!), we leave hubby at home and catch up on all the news too!

Sunday, 26 January 2014

Soggy Sunday .... just for a change!!!

Morning all,
I have a HUGE surprise for you ...... IT'S RAINING!!!! What do you mean? You are not surprised .... really? Me either - seems we've had rain pretty much every single day since early December and, frankly, I'm fed up of it - as I'm quite sure many of you (British readers) are too. Mind you, some of my U.S. readers may be happy to swap if you're from the areas affected by the recent two Polar Vortexes. Some SERIOUSLY freaky weather we've been having.

I have a card to share with you this morning - I believe it fits several challenges, check it out

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Distress Ink in squeezed lemonade "swiped" lightly across the card
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped over the D.I. using D.I. in picked raspberry
  • Studiog "circles" image stamped numerous times (without re-inking) in the picked raspberry
  • Circle die used to cut a circle that "almost" fit the image, run through the big shot in a "Swiss dot" embossing folder and then glued on to the base card
  • Paper Artsy "glamour girl" image stamped on to an off cut of white card using Brilliance purple ink before applying a pan pastel metallic (pewter) and buffing to a sheen before setting with hairspray and cutting out. The image panel was attached to the Swiss dot circle using dimensional foam adhesive
 Oops - alright, own up, who noticed my sentiment was on the wonk? Everyone but me huh!?!?! Here's the "correction"

Di, over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop has launched her new snippets challenge which, as always, is to use up some of those pesky little leftover bits of card (snippets). See the snippets ...

The folks at Pan Pastels new challenge is "Anything goes" for the general theme but, if you really want to adhere to the them set to their own Design Team then it's "Use metallic pan pastels" - I only have four of those metallic pots of gorgeousness but, just maybe's a close up of the glorious sheen on those pan pastel metallic ....

And then, of course, there is the challenge over at Simply Less Is More where they offer up a CAS sketch and this week's IS a doozy ....

Don't believe me about the rain and hail? I completely understand ...

Have a good Sunday and, if you have to go out, do take care - yesterday saw gusty winds of up to 60mph and today we're forecast for more of the same!! A perfect excuse to stay in and craft - if you ask me!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Morning and welcome to Challenge Day Saturday ...

Wotcher peeps,
Saturday's are normally challenge days for me, last Saturday I didn't get much of a chance as we had overnight guests and were in clean and tidy up overload for much of the day ..... so, I'm DETERMINED to craft my socks off today!! So there!!!
First item to share with you is an ATC ...... recently I bought some more of those wondrous bits of polymer that are Kaisercraft background images and I broke open the seal on the "Tiny Dots" for Friday's post - you know, I REALLY think this is going to become a much loved favourite - like the "chequer image" ..... not so taken (YET) with the "hessian" image, but there's still time! Without further ado, here is the ATC
Materials used:
  • White ATC blank
  • Distress Ink in iced spruce "swiped" across the ATC, I LOVE how it leaves the darker edges
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped using Distress  Ink in iced spruce too
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped several times using Distress Ink in peacock feathers, which I also used around the edge of the ATC
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and mini blueprint typewriter image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Simple, quick, and pretty cool to boot! I bet it would look great with Faded Jeans and broken china (or tumbled glass) - or dusty concord and seedless grape - hmmmm!

And, following the success (in my own mind) of yesterdays challenge make and the ATC above I find I am using the same stamps again ..... I hope you will agree, however, that I have managed to treat them slightly differently although I DID use the same colour scheme.

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped across my base card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped numerous times using Versafine smokey grey ink
  • Go Kreate scalloped square die used to cut a 6cm scalloped square from an offcut of black card
  • 5cm square cut from an offcut of Kraft card
  • 4½cm square cut from an offcut of white card and stamped with a partial impression of my Inkadinkado "guitar" image, using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Dimensional foam tape was used to attach the image panel to my base card
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped beneath my image panel using Versafine onyx black ink

As usual, these days, my design was carried across to the inside of the card and both the front and back of the envelope. I'm on a roll with these masculine cards lately, but feel I probably have enough now - perhaps it's time either for a Christmas card (HEAVEN FORFEND - it IS only January!!!) or an anniversary card - hmmmmm.

And here it is - a Christmas card using the same basic layout.

Materials used:
  • Same as above but with an Inkadinkado reindeer instead of the guitar and Stampers Anonymous Christmas greeting instead of the birthday greeting as well as using Distress Inks in festive berries and barn door

Whilst it "sort of" works I have to say that I don't care for it in the same way I LOVE the black/grey colour way - is it the image perhaps or is it just the colours? Still, it IS one less Christmas card I'll have to make in November!

Clare posted the new Rudolph Day challenge over on Craftbubble 2½ (registration required) and, coincidentally enough, her challenge is: "Circles, Spots and Dots" so this fits in because of the use of my "tiny dots" image - yee haa - I shall probably have another go sometime within the next couple of weeks too, as I need to make around eight each month!

And, at Simply Less Is More they have launched their new sketch challenge - reckon I can combine two challenges here ....

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square white card panel, edged using Distress Ink in broken china
  • 3 x circles cut using white card off cuts, two edges with Distress Inks ... tumbled glass and broken china
  • Kaisercraft "bubble wrap" image stamped across my image panel using Distress Ink in tumbled glass
  • Inkylicious "dot" image over stamped across my image panel using Distress Ink in broken china
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Craft Stamper freebie "snowflake" (if my memory serves me well then I think this was a Chocolate Baroque image) stamped on to the smaller circle using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Stardust stickles added to snowflake to give sparkle
And here's their fab sketch

And, since I have made TWO Christmas cards I'm eligible to enter Sarn's Rudolph Day challenge (see it here) - WOO HOO, I AM on a roll today!

Do you have a "GO TO" stamp manufacturer? I am LOVING the Kaisers but I also love Inkadinkado, Stampers Anonymous and Penny Black (for their brushstrokes as much as their cutesie!)
I may yet be back with either a second post of, if I'm quick, an edit to this one!! In the meantime ... have a SUPER SATURDAY!

Friday, 24 January 2014

Welcome to the Friday Funny

Hope you are all having a cool Friday and have some splendid plans for the weekend.
Wishing my friend, Andrea, a very happy birthday today - hope it's a good one matey ... see you next week.

This post is a little picture heavy so, if you have a moment you might want to pull up a chair, grab a coffee and then read on ............

I have a challenge card to share with you today, it's a challenge that I've not entered before and, in fact, I'd never heard of them before yesterday ..... it's all Sandie's fault ...... I was blog hopping and stopped by her blog (you should too, if you have the time ... see it here) and was blown away by a stamp set she was using ..... I followed her link and was lost, for a while,  and I now have two sets of their awesome gorgeousness winging their way to me (from the U.S.) AND I checked out their blog and you can see what I was inspired to make following that little visit  .......

Materials used:
  • Coloured 5" x 7" card blank and matching sized envelope (as part of my exercise to use up some of my "overstocks"!!!
  • Black card for matting
  • White card for my image panel
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Recollections "splatter" image stamped numerous times using Versafine smokey grey
  • Inkadinkado sentiment stamped using Versafine smokey grey
  • Double sided tape used to adhere the black and white check ribbon to the image panel (it had paws on it but so little showed that I just went with it!)
  • Go Kreate scalloped square cut three times from off cuts of white card and mounted on grey card and cut close to the scallop edge
  • Inkadinkado "guitar" image partially stamped three times using Versafine onyx black ink and then the panels were adhered to the card using dimensional foam tape

As usual, my design is duplicated on the inside - here's how the envelope looks too
And here's their original sketch, neat huh?
What have I ordered? Well, it CAN'T be because I NEED more stamps but I could NOT resist either of these


Aren't they fab? Rather than blaming Sandie I should really be THANKING her, shouldn't I? Oh, I HOPE they arrive soon as it's never too early to use new stash on Christmas cards!!!

On a non-craft front .... Wednesday afternoon saw me enjoying a cream tea at a local hotel, with a pal. Now this hotel's been in existence for a while but I had NO IDEA it was there ..... mind you, you turn down the side of a sports field and hit a "Private Road" notice so you could be forgiven for finding it tricky to track down but, if you persevere and take the lane to its conclusion .....
Not shown in the best light as it was such a dull and dank day

Quaint lounge, Sylvester came along and lit the fire shortly after I took this

Our cream tea .... and, no, we did NOT finish all those scones though we did have a second pot of tea
And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you this week by ... my pal, Sandra T - ENJOY ....
Far away in the tropical waters of the Coral Sea, two prawns were swimming around.
One called Justin and the other called Christian.
The prawns were constantly being harassed and threatened by sharks that inhabited the area.
Finally one day Justin said to Christian, 'I'm fed up with being a prawn;
I wish I was a shark, and then I wouldn't have any worries about being eaten.'
A large mysterious cod appeared and said, 'Your wish is granted'
Lo and behold, Justin turned into a shark.
Horrified, Christian immediately swam away, afraid of being eaten by his old mate.
Time passed (as it does) and Justin found life as a shark boring and lonely.
All his old mates simply swam away whenever he came close to them.
Justin began to realise that his new menacing appearance was the cause of his sad plight.
While swimming alone one day he saw the mysterious cod again and he thought perhaps the mysterious fish could change him back into a prawn.
He approached the cod and begged to be changed back, and, lo and behold, he found himself turned back into a prawn.
With tears of joy in his tiny little eyes Justin swam back to his friends and bought them all a cocktail.
(The punch line does not involve a prawn cocktail - it's much worse).
Looking around the gathering at the reef he realised he couldn't see his old pal.'Where's Christian?' he asked.
'He's at home, still distraught that his best friend changed sides to the enemy and became a shark', came the reply.
Eager to put things right again and end the mutual pain and torture, he set off to Christian's abode.
As he opened the coral gate, memories came flooding back.
He banged on the door and shouted, 'It's me, Justin, your old friend, come out and see me again.'
Christian replied, 'No way man, you'll eat me. You're now a shark, the enemy, and I'll not be tricked into being your dinner.'
Justin cried back 'No, I'm not.
That was the old me. I've changed.'.........
(You're going to love this................................)
'I've found Cod.
I'm a Prawn again, Christian' (you may groan now!!!)
Have a great weekend folks!!!!! Go on, own up - you ARE chuckling .... aren't you?