Friday, 28 February 2014

It's that time of the week once more ... time for the Friday Funny

Morning peeps,

Just a quick drive by from me as I'm leaving hubby on his own this weekend and heading north - to Craftathon 2014, which will be held in Rugeley, Staffs. This is the fourth year we've held this and, if you are sitting comfortably then I'll tell you how it all started ...... it was on the original Craftbubble (now defunct) forum and on a group originally called Let's Get Stamping which morphed in to Craft Mad and Loving It - because we do! We were a small group of die hard crafters and got on so well on-line that a meeting seemed almost inevitable at some point. One day whilst discussing our crafting days, a germ of an idea for Craftathon was born. Our first group meeting was in Accrington (Lancs.) and we had a workshop booked at Dawn Bibby's store (now also defunct - don't THINK it was anything to do with us!!!!). My dear hubby trawled t'internet and found us a B&B quite handy to the store (the chain hotels didn't seem interested in offering a good rate so we voted with our feet!) AND who were happy to have a glitter haze of crafters descend for the weekend!! Just six of us made it to that meeting but from all corners of the U.K., some arriving by train and others by car (some of us even managed train AND car!!). Our workshop was taught by Rachel Greig of Dark Room Door and I think it's safe to say that we all had an absolute blast, tried products we'd never even heard of and got on like the proverbial house on fire!!! There was no chance that this would be the only time we would meet!, and THAT'S how Craftathon started! During the following year we decided that the formality of the pre-arranged workshop was great but we thought how much fun it would be to do our own, we had crafters of all types and skill levels so everyone would bring something to the table and that's how Craftathon 2012 was conceived - we hired a hall in Bristol and worked out our own agenda of "workshops", the formula ROCKED so we did it again in 2013 in Hereford, when it was organised by Clare - thanks Clare!.

So, nothing LIKE the quick drive by blog post as I had planned but ..... a number of people have asked about Craftathon so I thought it was high time to explain!

Anyhoo, this year's get together is in Rugeley, kicking off on Friday, and there will be SEVEN of us this time. It's being jointly organised by Wynneth and her crafting dad, known as Sir Andy of Stafford! Our primary workshop will be making an MDF clock (using the blank shown below). Obviously, different crafters will approach this in different ways and at different speeds so we're thinking we may need drying times, catchup time and thinking times so we've each devised a "shoe box" project to fill in those awkward little gaps. What's a shoe-box project? A surprisingly simple concept and perfect for our needs ..... everyone attending has been tasked with making something (needn't be a card, could be a tag/book/ATC etc) which may be completed in 30 minutes or less. Once the item has been produced then each person needs to reproduce all of the materials (x the number of attendees) and bag them individually. and then (shoe) box them. Once at Craftathon every person can then simply take a bagged project from the box and, after studying the original, can then make their own version ...... schimples! Due to the fact the materials are all bagged up then, should we run out of time, people can simply photograph the original and then take their baggy home and complete the project , at their leisure - perfick! WELL, THAT'S THE PLAN!
Our basic clock blank
Additionally, we will be chatting, laughing (if previous years are anything to go by) and spontaneously exchanging ideas and techniques till we have craft overload! Sunday morning, after a leisurely breakfast, we'll all be packing up, saying our goodbyes, heading home and waiting for details of Craftathon 2015!!! Wonder where it will be ......

Anyway, having shot myself in the foot by having a dummy run on the packing and then thinking "what the heck? I may as well leave it packed" I found myself without my first port of call stash and rediscovered an old favourite. You probably saw the set deployed on Wednesday but, in case you missed it - it was this set ..............

C1466 - Instant Memories from Close to my heart

And here's how it panned out this time ...

Materials used:

  • ATC blank
  • Holographic silver paper (originally "broken into" for a recent LIM challenge so it's technically now a "snippet"!!) - I sanded the centre of this piece to give a "key" to adhere my image panel to ..
  • White card snippet
  • All images by Close to my heart except the Paper Artsy "splatter"
  • Inks used: Memento rich cocoa, Paris dusk, London fog, vintage sepia, dandelion, Brilliance copper

Earlier this week it was lovely and sunny ... I was JUST about to walk to the local post box with a card for a pal celebrating a big birthday early next week when ...

Needless to say .... I didn't go!!! I may be many things but terminally stupid isn't one of them!!!

And now for the Friday Funny, brought to us this week by my pal SandraT - ENJOY, it's not so much FUNNY as INCREDIBLE to think how things have changed!! 

Someone  asked the other day, 'What was your favourite  'fast food' when you were growing up?'
'We  didn't have fast food when I was growing up,' I  informed him. 'All the food was slow.'  'C'mon, seriously.. Where did you  eat?'
  'It  was a place called 'home,'' I explained.  ! 'Mum cooked every day and when Dad got home from work, we sat down together at the dining room table, and if I didn't like what she put on my plate, I was allowed to sit there until I did like it.'

By this time, the lad was laughing so hard I was afraid he was going to suffer serious internal damage, so I didn't tell him the part about how I had to have permission to leave the table.
But here are some other things I would have told him about my childhood if I'd  figured his system could have handled it:

Some parents NEVER owned their own house, wore jeans,  set foot on a golf course, travelled out of the country or had a credit card.

My parents never drove me to school... I had a bicycle that weighed probably 50 pounds, and only had one speed

We didn't have a television in our house until I was 10. It was, of course, black and white,  and the station went off the air at 10 PM, after playing the national anthem and epilogue; it  came back on the air at about 6 am. And there was usually a locally produced news and farm show on, featuring local  people...

Pizzas were not delivered to our home... But milk was.

All newspapers were delivered by boys and all boys delivered newspapers
--My brother delivered a newspaper, seven days a  week.  He had to get up at 6 every morning.

Film stars kissed with their mouths shut.

If  you grew up in a generation before there was fast food, you may want to share some of these memories with your children or grandchildren.  Just don't blame me if they bust a gut laughing.

Growing up isn't what it used to be, is it?

MEMORIES  from a friend:
My Dad is cleaning out my grandmother's house (she  died recently) and he brought me an old lemonade bottle. 
In the bottle top was a stopper with a bunch of holes in it. I knew immediately what it was, but my daughter had no idea.
She thought  they had tried to make it a salt shaker or something. I knew it as the bottle that sat on the end of the ironing board to 'sprinkle' clothes with because we didn't have steam irons.  Man, I am old.

How  many do you remember?
Headlight dip-switches on the floor of the car.
Ignition switches on the dashboard.
Trouser leg clips for bicycles without chain guards. 
Soldering irons you heated on a gas burner.
Using hand signals for cars without turn indicators.

Older Than Dirt Quiz:
Count all the ones that you remember, not the ones you were told about. Ratings at the bottom.

1.  Sweet cigarettes
2.  Coffee shops with juke  boxes
3.  Home milk delivery in glass bottles 
4.  Party lines  on  the telephone
5.  Newsreels before the movie 
6.  TV test patterns that came on at night after the  last show and were there until TV shows started again in the morning.
(There were only 2  channels
  [if you were fortunate])
7.  Peashooters
 33 rpm  records
9.  45 RPM records
10.  Hi-fi's
 Metal ice trays with  levers
12.  Blue flashbulb
13.  Cork popguns
14.  Wash  tub wringers

If  you remembered 0-3 = You're still young
If  you remembered 3-6 = You are getting older
If  you remembered 7-10 = Don't tell your age
If  you remembered 11-14 = You're positively  ancient!

I must be 'positively ancient' but those memories are some of the best parts of my life.
Don't forget to pass this  along!
Especially to all your really
OLD  friends....I just did!
(PS. I used a large type face so you could read it easily)





WOW! - how things have changed?!?!

Me? Sadly, I qualify as POSITIVELY ANCIENT - I scored 11!

Here's a bit of a bonus Friday Funny, I was talking to a pal recently (Beverley - you KNOW who you are!!!) and she was telling me about a conversation one of her friends had had with her mum. The subject was holidays and the friend told her mum she fancied going to Idaho in the U.S., to which her mum answered with something along the lines of "why go then?" Confused, she asked her mum to explain - turns out mum thought she had said he fancied going to the U.S. ........ I dunno!!!! Can't help but wonder if the friend's mum might have been a Mrs Malaprop!

Over at CAS-ual Fridays they've been launching a new Design Team this past few days - with prizes and, guess what? I WON one of them!!! This is what I'm hoping will be landing on my mat sometime soon

See the rest of their awesome range of stamps and dies here

Their new Design Team will be launching their first challenge today and I'm sorry to have to be missing it - hope you'll stop by and check it out
here though!

Anyway, my apologies for this somewhat rambling post - hope you found it informative and thanks for persevering right to the end! Have a fab Friday and a GREAT weekend - I know I plan to!

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Morning and welcome to a slightly late What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning peeps,

I haven't been at my craft desk for two whole days so hadn't planned to post today but ... you KNOW what it's like, you just get an idea in your head. I needed some mail art to complete a project to a trading card buddy. I'd started to pack "schtuff" for Craftathon 2014 and my current "fave" stash was already packed but I thought .... "at some point most of my stash has been a current fave, so why not use some of that?" ....... and off I went. I was pretty pleased with the mail art and decided it might ROCK a co-ordinating ATC to include with the letter, after all, we ARE trading card swap buddies - she might like that they match .... wanna see?

Envelope and ATC

stand alone ATC

Materials used:
  • DL envelope and ATC blank
  • White card for image panel
  • Close to My Heart images, Paper Artsy "splatter" and Hero Arts sentiment
  • Inks used: Memento rich cocoa, Paris dusk, dandelion and Brilliance orchid

Here's the stamp set which inspired the above project.

These retail at over $20 a pop but I snagged these at a yard sale for about $7.50 - yee haa!

And here's my present work desk, looking a little tidier than normal but that's because most of my "schtuff" is packed and ready to roll - quite literally since it's presently residing in a purple MIMI wheeled tote!!! Har Har!

Whilst I'm presently packed for craftathon, methinks I'm taking too much as my craft tote is full!! When I attended the first craftathon (in 2011) I managed to pack my clothes in the same tote - not gonna happen this time!, so I may have to have a rethink on what I take!! What's hubby going to do whilst I'm away? Well, he has a super exciting weekend planned - an exam and some computer updates - I DEFINITELY get the better deal!

Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Tuesday and it's RUDOLPH DAY!

Hi there,

Yesterday remained fine (no blooming rain!!) but pretty grey much of the day. We decided to head out to a local shopping "precinct" (not grand enough to be a "mall"!) - hubby was looking for storage and I was looking for a branch of Rymans (for some of their 3 for 2, 200gsm card, ready for craftathon). We headed off down the road but only got about 500 yards when the road closed sign and police tape stopped us, that and the numerous police cars littering the way forward. OH MY! Thankfully, from that distance we couldn't see much .... I'm a bit squeamish! On a lighter note, hubby got his storage and I got my 200gsm card for Craftathon! Woo Hoo.
It's my turn to present the Rudolph Day challenge over on craftbubble 2½ (registration required) and I've gone with a sketch ... and away from my CAS style which I've taken to like a duck to water - no sign of my beloved Kaisercraft images here either!!! What IS Rudolph Day? Well, it's the incentive to help you keep abreast of your Christmas card making by making at least one Christmas card every month - guess it depends entirely on how many hand made cards you send out!!! I sent nearly 80 in 2013 so, over 11 months I need to bat an average or seven or eight! Hence my entering at least two Rudolph Day challenges! and, yes, it DOES need to be a CHRISTMAS project though not by definition ..... a card!
And here's the card I made using this sketch ...
My card

I used mini tree decorations for my embellishments - we crafters waste NOTHING!
Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • 12cm square chocolate coloured card (offcut retained for smaller panel)
  • 11½cm square DCWV plaid paper (offcut retained for smaller panel)
  • Off cut of a Costco double sided paper - for matting
  • Martha Stewart edging punch
  • Red satin ribbon with gold edging (actually, it says Merry Christmas on the other side but I didn't want to use that side)
  • DCWV 6" x 4" glitter stack - red, die cut in to fancy circle
  • Offcut of white card die cut in to a circle and also to a banner panel for the sentiment
  • Recollections bauble image stamped on to circle of white card using Memento tuxedo black and coloured using alcohol markers and a Copic Atyou Spica black glitter pen
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on the banner panel using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Mini Christmas tree decorations in glitter gold (with the hanging loop snipped off)
  • Faux crystal gemstone
Yee Haa! Hope it's going to inspire some entries over on Craftbubble but, either way, I have another Christmas card for my collection too!!!

And, Sarn, has a Rudolph Day challenge starting today too - for the whole of 2014 every entrant has to submit two cards, in the same post, to be eligible so - here is my second card to make my post eligible for her new challenge .........


Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 250 gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • 12cm square chocolate card
  • 11½cm square white card
  • Unknown image (I bought unmounted at a show a number of years ago ..) stamped on to white card using versamark ink.
  • Bronze and bright gold pan pastels applied with a fine sofft tool applicator and set with hairspray
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
Look at that lustrous sheen on those pan pastels ..........

I had also intended to enter it over at CASe this sketch but got my dates mixed up and realised that this particular sketch challenge had closed - ahh well, no matter ...... it IS still another Christmas card to add to my growing collection!

Happy Tuesday, hope it's a creative day for you too

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Morning and welcome to a sunny Sunday

Morning folks,
How's your Sunday coming along? Wasn't yesterday nice? Well it was in our neck of the woods and my fingers are crossed that it was for you too!

A little crafting to share with you this morning, the challenge over at CAS on Sunday (a fortnightly challenge) is to make a masculine card and here's mine ...

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cut of white card ever so NEARLY square so I went with it and matted Kraft and black card with it.
  • Unknown image (unmounted rubber - had it for years and no idea where I got it from - sorry) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Gold, Silver, Caramel and Ice Grey Pro Marker alcohol markers, blown through an empty pen body to create the splatters!
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

Now the above card uses a technique I knew about but keep forgetting ..... take the outer from a cheap biro (like a bic) and an alcohol marker and blow!! It's a lot of fun but might leave you a little light headed - ventilated areas only, fellow crafters!

And, because I used an off cut (snippet), albeit a large-ish one, I'm going to enter it for the weekly snippets challenge over at Pixie's Crafty Workshop and hope the lovely Di doesn't disqualify me!! Wish me luck with that! And a new challenge for me, Cardz4Guyz where their current challenge is CAS! Perfick!

Have a great Sunday

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Saturday again and what will the weather be like?

Morning readers,
Weather update .... yesterday was pretty nice! Not much rain and even a little sunshine - we could get used to this!!! I decided to take Velma out for a spin ...... BAD idea!! Almost as soon as I left the house the heavens opened, by the time I got home? SUNSHINE - what was THAT all about!!!???!??!??

Hope it's OK where you are today though.

Now you all KNOW (by this time) that Saturday is usually a challenge day for me and that there are a few challenges I like to enter every week, for a list of my faves check out the links in my side bar.

Over at Simply Less Is More their new challenge is a CAS card using "METAL", and at 52CCT their challenge is "to use metallic papers" - hmm - I sense a two for one opportunity here! Especially since I have been slightly delinquent in my eight per month Christmas card quota again this month - every little helps! Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge is to use a sentiment and this uses a sentiment so I've entered it there too, and with Addicted to Stamps and More have a "Holiday" theme and Christmas IS a holiday - I've now made this card a four-fer!!!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square silver holographic card. I used a strip of the leftovers to die cut a scalloped circle
  • Low tack tape to mask off a strip across my 13½cm square white card panel
  • I applied versamark ink to the masked off panel before applying pan pastels in pewter, bronze and bright gold with a sofft tool, burnished with paper towel and set with hairspray.
  • Stamplorations Christmas tree image stamped on to a die cut circle using Adirondack bottle and highlighted with stardust stickles
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to the white card panel using Versafine onyx black - I tried the smokey grey (for a change) but it simply wasn't punchy enough with the metallic strip!
  • Metal star brad added to the right hand side of the pan pastel panel, to finish and (hopefully) balance the design
Got some doggy pix to share with you .... you will possibly have seen one of these fine pooches before but Mr Robbie now has a girlfriend! My pal rescued Molly from a puppy farm, she's about 6 and very timid right now but our pal has only had her in the family since last Sunday so it's very early days. She's very small and thin right now but will soon blossom with a little love and attention, check them out ...
Robbie, in 7th heaven having a back rub!

Molly, sitting quietly on "mummy's" lap!
Have a great Saturday everyone

Friday, 21 February 2014

Welcome to another weekend ..... oh, and the Friday Funny too!

Morning all,

Not exactly a busy week but a pleasant week .... Wednesday saw me out to meet up with a crafting pal (Lilian) for coffee (skinny latte and NO CAKE! - honestly!), home for lunch and then out again to the surrogates as hubby was doing some DIY for them, fitting some socket covers and a blind. UNFORTUNATELY, it looked like the previous homeowner may have been a bit cavalier on the DIY front and proved the old "nothing's ever simple" adage - so, it was another trip to B&Q and then a return visit to put a few "extras" right!

I DO enjoy meeting up with like minded crafters and I've just had confirmation that my crafting pal from the Netherlands, Katie, is going to be very close to my part of the U.K. for a whole week in March and we're working on a meet - hope that works out, there WILL be photos! What with that and CRAFTATHON 2014 next weekend (28/2 - 2/3) there's a lot going on craft wise. Must look out my bits and bobs to take with me to Craftathon and ensure the camera's fully charged as there WILL be photographs! I have a separate page on here where I will record most of the goings on but there will also be an "edited highlights" post on my home page once we're all back home but I'm pretty sure the rest of the attendees (Andy, Cherry, Debs, Lauren, Nicola, Wynneth) are looking forward to it as much as I am.
I've been working on mail art this week, as I signed up to a swap amongst crafting friends: Clare, Debs, Louise and Wynneth. Now I couldn't possibly ruin the surprise by telling who will get which but ... if you've a preference ladies ....

Materials used:
  • C5 white envelope
  • White gesso to prepare the envelope - on reflection perhaps I should either have put a thicker coat or a second coat but I was anxious to crack on!
  • Images: Stampers Anonymous "spots" sentiment and "chequers", JOFY "flower stem", "meadow" and "take time" sentiment, Magenta "foliage". Penny Black "Too much" sentiment
  • Various caps, a wine cork and a credit card - for circles, dots and lines
  • Paints: Paper Artsy orchid and pansy, acrylic cadmium yellow, Luminarte mica paint, Distress Paint in spun sugar and seedless preserves (applied with a credit card and smooshed across the front and back of the envelope though you can only see the effect on the reverse)
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Inktense pencils ... did you know that, on gesso, inktense pencils will cause Memento ink to "bleed"? Me either so I ended up having to stamp again on separate paper, colour with alcohol markers, cut out and adhere to my envelope
  • Claudine Hellmuth matte medium to seal (couldn't find it when I started so, my first project got sealed with gloss gel medium ... at least it shouldn't run in the postal system)
Here's how the back looks right now .... I'm still debating the sentiment and whether I should put more colour on it .... after all, the theme is "Bright and cheerful"!

I THOUGHT I'd finished it but ..... I simply had to have another go as the theme was
"Bright and cheerful" and this just didn't seem bright or cheerful enough!!

And here's my final mail art envelope



Materials used:
  • C5 envelope, gesso'd
  • Distress Paints: Seedless preserve and Spun sugar dabbed randomly on to a non stick craft sheet and the envelope "smooshed " through, to cover the front of the envelope.
  • IMAGES: Dylusions check border, vine border, PAPER ARTSY splatter, Hero Arts Bird image, Hampton Arts "ART" sentiment
  • INKS:Memento rhubarb stalk, potters clay, rosebud. Stazon Vibrant Violet, Versafine onyx black
  • IMAGES: Inkylicious stripes, Kaisercraft "grid", "crackle", "stain", "bubblewrap", Inkadinkado memoryscape insects,
  • INKS: Memento: tangelo, rosebud, pear tart, potters clay, rhubarb stalk, rich cocoa, tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Claudine Hellmuth matte medium to seal

I took delivery of some stash which arrived whilst I was coffee-ing with Lilian on Wednesday too, wanna see?.

I'm ALMOST as obsessed by splats as I am with Kaisercraft images ....

Over at The Card Concept they have a new challenge ... to use a floral theme. If you fancy having a go then check it out here

It's also rapidly approaching the 25th of February - designated as RUDOLPH DAY!!! The day a new challenge for Christmas cards is presented. It's my turn to prepare the challenge on Craftbubble (other Rudolph Days are available - Sarn runs one too) and so that was my crafting last night. Of course, since the 25th isn't until ... well, the 25th! I can't share it with you - YET! You will just have to come back on Tuesday and see what fiendish challenge has been set!

And now for this week's Friday Funny, courtesy of PatG - ENJOY!!! This came in e-mail form and was entitled ... FAIRLY LOGICAL ...
On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years."

The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"

And God saw it was good.

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."

The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?"

And God, again saw it was good.

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."

The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"

And God agreed it was good.

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But the human said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"

"Okay," said God, "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.

Life has now been explained to you.

There is no need to thank me for this valuable information. I'm doing it as a public service. If you are looking for me, I will be on the front porch.

And as a bonus funny - check out this video - it's only a minute long, just hope I embedded it right!

AND as a BONUS bonus funny, Hettie has an awesome funny to share today too - see it here



Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Wednesday

Morning readers
How's the weather with you again today? It's true .. we Brits are OBSESSED by the weather and we've had plenty to talk about for what feels like a real long time! Yesterday the sun shone for a couple of hours but the dark clouds didn't disperse but, it never rained!! SURPRISED? Me too!!! HOWEVER, and this is an important fact in our house .... hubby was able to fly outdoors yesterday, for the first time since Christmas - Yee Haa!! He was as happy as a could be,  he even managed to meet up with a few buddies whilst there, improved his demeanour no end! Got my windows cleaned too - first time since Christmas that our lovely window cleaner felt it was worth coming out for!!

This morning I'm leaving my hubby on parcel duty as I'm off out meeting up with a crafting buddy over coffee! I shall be meeting Lilian at our local coffee shop and TRYING to resist the home made cakes - wish me luck with that!

Been cracking on with mail art but felt I needed a CAS project in between and this seemed kind of perfect as it filled the CAS bill, was a sketch challenge over at Stamplorations (I DO love a sketch) AND added another Christmas card to my quota!!!

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cut of white card die cut in to a plain circle to fit my image
  • Red card die cut in to a fancy circle, for matting
  • Scorpal tape and gilding flakes
  • Inkadinkado Santa image stamped on to plain circle using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Inktense pencils and a waterbrush used to add colour
  • Stardust stickles to add twinkle!
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped on to base card using Memento tuxedo black ink

Here's a close up of the gilding flakes and, below that, the sketch I used, you will note that I turned the sketch upside down but I believe this to be acceptable - hope so anyway! Can't believe I managed to squish up the end of the tape (probably as I was removing the paper! - didn't notice until I'd added the gilding flakes - grrrr, don't you hate it when that happens?) however, I'm still liking the finished card - how about you?

Sketch challenge #6
Anyway, here I am, back again, with some more mail art ..... envelope #2, remembering that the theme is "Bright and cheerful" and it doesn't come much brighter than this colourway! .......
Envelope #2 - FRONT

Envelope #2 - BACK
Materials used:
  • Post it and low tack tape to mask off the area for the address
  • Dylusions inks sprayed: bubblegum pink and sunshine yellow and blotted with paper towel
  • Images: Kaiser craft "crackle", "chequer", "bubblewrap". Visible Image "splatter", "ink blot", Paper Artsy Sprig of foliage, sentiment, splatter
  • Inks used: Memento rosebud, potters clay, rhubarb stalk. Brilliance rocket red gold. Versafine onyx black. Color Box gold
Have a great Wednesday, I shall leave you with a piccie of my work desk which looks (for a change) like someone took the pin out of a grenade and then tossed it at my work area. It DOES get tidied but (being so small) doesn't take long to get messy all over again!

Oh My!! Looks like it needs a tidy ... AGAIN!


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tuesday and it seems set to be raining again (for a change!!!)

Wotcher peeps,

A project to share with you today .... I signed up for a mail art swap with a few crafting pals and need to "prettify" four envelopes along the theme of "BRIGHT AND CHEERFUL". Once done I have to send one to each of the others on the list - sounds simple BUT one of the four set the bar very high! Louise opted to zentangle hers (see it here) and made a SPLENDID job of it .... so my project was no longer the "prettification" of four envelopes but had to be rehashed in to a worthy arty project - hmmmmm, HOW to proceed......

ENVELOPE #1 - gesso'd and inked

Stamped and sealed - revealing a gap in my stash .... no MATTE medium! Used gloss instead.
Envelope #1 reverse

Materials used:
  • Address area masked off with a piece of acetate and low tack tape
  • Gesso brushed over the surface and allowed to dry
  • Dylusions ink sprays: London Blue, Bubblegum Pink, Sunshine Yellow
  • TCW stencil - water spritzed through, allowed to develop and then blotted with paper towel
  • Images: cracked glass, large & small pocket watch, wings and sentiment by Visible Image, Splatter by Paper Artsy
  • Inks used: Memento rosebud, tangelo, grape jelly, Mediterranean blue. Versafine onyx black. Color Box gold
  • Basics gloss gel medium
For the reverse of ENVELOPE #1:
  • Distress Paints: spun sugar, seedless preserves, weathered wood, spritzed and smooshed!
  • Number image by Close to my Heart, Small clock with wings by Rubbernecker all other images and sentiments by Visible Image and all stamped using Versafine onyx black with the exception of the Paper Artsy splatter in Color Box gold
Time for a little doodling around the address square - or perhaps some edging stamps?

Sunday was such a glorious day by comparison with pretty much EVERY day since November of last year that we felt we had to take advantage.
My husband is a radio controlled model plane enthusiast and hasn't really been able to fly outdoors since before Christmas so .... with a nice day in progress we thought we would set off and see if the field he and his fellow club members use is accessible. It wasn't via the conventional route but there IS another way and we did get through - but this is what we found ....
This field normally has animals in it

This is the regular parking area!

Guess he won't be flying there any time soon, sadly, but you CAN see what a beautiful day it was - couple more like this and it will soon dry out.

And after such a glorious day on Sunday what was Monday's weather like? Chucking it down much of the day - darn it! A good opportunity to crack on with my mail art though - only four to do so I hope to have them all done by the weekend and may even get to work on the challenge below but we'll have to wait and see about that one.
FYI Stamplorations have a new sketch challenge going (launched Monday 17th) - you until Feb 28th to upload your entries here
Have a lovely Tuesday

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Don't look now but it really IS a SUNNY SUNday!!!

Morning all,
Woke up to BRIGHT sunshine, rather than the rather halfhearted watery (AND temporary) sunshine we've been making the most of (usually in ten minute bursts!) lately. The forecast is for it to last much of today so ...... my husband laughingly suggested we BBQ!!! Not going QUITE that far but I hope we will be making the most of it later.
But, first, a little crafting! Di over at Pixies Crafty Workshop always sets a snippets challenge and I try to enter as often as I can ..... it's a great way to MAKE yourself use up some snippets and, heaven knows, I need help with that. Since I fell in to the habit of using my Kaisercraft background images I seem to have been making my patterned backgrounds instead of using the fabulous stock of patterned papers and cards so ... THANKS Di, for making me break out some patterned bits! I can also use this card as a second entry for the Sketch Saturday challenge and a second entry over at Gem of a challenge (spots and stripes) ...
Materials used:
  • C6 white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Black and red card off cuts for matting
  • Striped and spotty offcuts
  • Fiskars snowflake, penguin and sentiment
  • Inks used: Versafine onyx black, smokey grey, Memento Paris dusk, Adirondack chilli pepper
  • Stardust stickles
Here's how the envelope looks too ..
Snippets? Oh yes, they are ....
And the original sketch? Well, it looks like this:
Premium Art Brands (aka Pan Pastels) new challenge is: "Anything goes or use a PAB stencil" - somehow the anything goes seems like a cheat but I don't have any PAB stencils so I'm not sure whether I'll be entering this week ..... YET!
And over at CASe this sketch there's a fab new sketch where the sentiment encroaches on the image .... check it out below
I just might have to have a go at that later ....

Have a great day, enjoy the sunshine - sadly, it's not set to last much beyond today! Nice to see it though.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Saturday challenge day .....

Morning readers,
Well that saw off another working week .... and what dreadful weather many have suffered. It was bad enough here and I KNOW we've not suffered the worst of it. You have my sympathy if you are experiencing floods, heavy snowfall, drought, wild fires and other extremes.
Phew, that was a bit profound ..... time to lighten it up. Saturday's are normally challenge days for me and I'm pretty sure that today's going to be no different! What have we got that I can have a go at then?
  • CAS-ual Fridays are rocking their "So Long" challenge, a farewell card that is long and thin
  • Simply Less Is More have their new challenge (not a One Layer Card this week, thank goodness though it's strange how many of my cards ARE one layer by choice these days - I blame the LIM-ettes!) .. this weeks challenge is "Masculine"
  • CASology still have their "BOLD" challenge - which appealed to me and resulted in the Christmas cards I've notched up this past few days
  • Addicted to CAS have their new challenge today and their CAS theme word is: "Coffee"
  • Gem of a challenge also launch a new challenge today, their theme is: "Spots and stripes"
  • 52CCT have the theme of: "A Christmas landscape"
  • Sketch Saturday have a new sketch .... and here it is
That should keep me out of mischief then, shouldn't it?! So, off I went this morning and came up with the card you see below - it fits the Simply Less Is More masculine challenge, it fits the Sketch Saturday challenge and also the Gem of a challenge - OK, so it's only one stripe but I'm HOPING they will allow it. Yee Haa!

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • off cuts of white card and beige card used to die cut circles, as shown
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" image stamped using Distress Ink in salty ocean
  • Kaisercraft "crackle" image stamped using Memento Paris dusk
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using Distress Ink in weathered wood
  • Unknown motorcycle image stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and then Distress Inks in salty ocean and weathered wood applied round the image (to soften the white) using an Inkylicious ink duster
  • Cats Pyjamas tiny "Happy Birthday" stamped on to white card using Memento Paris dusk
Last night, despite being Valentines Day saw my hubby spending the evening with pal Graeme at an indoor flying evening. Well, he DID have his new toy (birthday gift from Graeme) and he HAD taken me out to lunch instead AND his wife is my great friend, Liz, who came round to help me out with the a bottle of Sauvignon!!! We had a fine old time putting the World to rights and they had a fine old time trying not to wreck the plane or the hall!!!

Have a great weekend and take care if it's wild weather with you - as I type this I've just been listening to "weather with you" by Crowded House!! What a coincidence?!?!?