Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Wednesday again .... is it REALLY seven days since the last one? We've been having such nice weather and such a lovely time that I really don't know where the time is going.

Last night saw us both heading out to one of our fave haunts, the Texas Roadhouse where we both enjoyed a fantabulous fillet steak - me 6oz and him 8oz - both good and cooked exactly as we both like them. There were storms heading our way so we went out  a smidge earlier than we would usually but ... it was well worth it as, within minutes of our return to the car it was chucking it down! The lightning was astonishing on the ride home too ... but we stayed dry (as well as FULL!)!
I've been crafting like a crazy crafting person too ... I totted up that I have made 24 cards since the beginning of April - OH MY!!! And here is the 24th ...
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square of white card, edged with a red copic marker
  • 13½cm square of white card for image panel
  • I swiped Distress Ink in worn lipstick and festive berries top to bottom and allowed to dry
  • Using my Versafine onyx black ink I stamped my Tree and sentiment from the Fiskars "Twas the night before Christmas" set and highlighted with stardust stickles
  • Using Memento ink in lilac posies and rosebud I stamped the parcel from the same set on to white card and fussy cut out before adhering to my card using dimensional foam adhesive and then a touch of stardust stickles to make the parcels "pop"
And an ATC I made too ...

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card cut to ATC size
  • Distress Inks: worn lipstick, faded jeans, dusty concord - pressed lightly on to the white card for the background
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using the faded jeans D.I.
  • Stampers Anonymous images and the above D.I.'s plus Versafine ink in onyx black and vintage sepia
  • Luminarte radiant pearls sprayed to give added twinkle - a fab spray - I soooo wish I'd bought two now - oh the benefit of hindsight!

So here is the photo of my work desk ... you will all be hugely surprised to hear that it's as messy as ever!!
Have a great Wednesday peeps

Monday, 28 April 2014

Monday and the start of another week

Morning peeps
Welcome to the last week in April and the start of MAY!!! Is it me? My mother always used to tell me that time starts to whizz by as you get older and I always assumed this was nonsense but - turns out my mother was wiser than I gave her credit for!! Sorry mum.
So, MAY? Got plans? I'm STILL trying to keep up with my eight Christmas cards per month and am doing OK but (if I'm honest) I AM a little behind - you can expect more Christmas cards on my blog sometime soon!
Anyway, today is NOT a Christmas card, it's a guy card. Di sets a "snippets" challenge over on Pixie's Crafty Workshop and this card uses snippets to so I plan to enter it there - wish me luck
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square black card panel (x2 - one for the inside of the card)
  • 13½cm square offcut from a DCWV stack "Rockstar" - having previously used to make an ATC
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle guitar image stamped on to a snippet of white card before mounting on to a snippet of black card
  • Distress Ink: wild honey, tea dye and frayed burlap applied to white image panel using a Tim Holtz mini blender and foam pad
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink on to both the image panel and the DCWV rock star card
  • Kaisercraft "tiny dots" stamped using Ranger Archival watering can
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped below the fortuitously placed ROCK STAR using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Smokey grey faux crystals to embellish (in a hopefully masculine way!)
Yesterday saw us heading out in the afternoon for some mundane shopping followed by dinner at Uno's and then to the Gaylord Palms hotel, where we sat on the schooner and sipped cocktails - oh yes, a SPLENDID way to spend a Sunday

Castillo - hard to believe this is INSIDE the hotel

This too! The bar is onboard

Ever been to the haunted mansion in Disney? Looks a lot like this!

Hope you all have a great week - HAPPY end of April!

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Saturday chatter!

Morning and welcome to Saturday, another challenge day for me!
I recently shared with you the fact that I acquired another set of Christmas stamps - like I needed another set!!! I headed in to Hobby Lobby armed with yet another of those wonderful 40% discount coupons and snagged the super duper "Twas the night before Christmas" set of clear stamps from Fiskars .... I was most taken by the sentiment below and a fab reindeer but I Have yet to ink the reindeer - watch this space!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Sand coloured scallop edged panel from The Paper Cut
  • Black card and white card (coloured with a red copic marker) for matting
  • White Bristol Board panel for focal image/sentiment
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped on to the Bristol Board using Versafine onyx black ink
  • EK Success red "droplets" to embellish
Simple, straightforward and CAS - MY kind of card! AND it's another for my stash of 2014 Christmas cards.

Speaking of CAS .... the new challenge over at CAS-ual Friday is to use three of something .. so I might head off and see if I can come up with something there. And over at Simply Less Is More there is a sketch this week - wanna see?

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Off cut of card with square cut out (used as a mask) attached with low tack tape
  • Tim Holtz mini blending tool and foam pad
  • Distress Inks: worn lipstick and dusty concord
  • Stampers Anonymous distressed star image and border stamped using Memento grape jelly
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

Chrissies Less Is More Sketch

Yesterday saw us heading out for a drive - stopping by Walmart and Target for some mundane "stuff" and a caramel Frappuccino at Starbucks .... and, after a decent interval we stopped in at the Thai Thani on the way home ....

Is it me or did you all think those chairs were upside down too?
Thai Thani at Celebration in Kissimmee

My delicious pad Thai dinner

It's Lovely Ron's birthday today so I hope you will all join me in wishing him a very.......

Happy Saturday peeps

Friday, 25 April 2014

It's another Rudolph Day today AND don't forget the Friday Funny

Morning all,

After a hard days shopping with pal Sally on Wednesday it seemed that Thursday was destined to be way quieter! Not a bad thing .... Sally and I headed to The Loop and hit a good number of stores, sadly, neither of us got to buy much though Sally did try a few things on. We lunched at Panera bread, which was very nice and not overly expensive either. Hubby in my absence? Well, he availed himself of a $5 footlong at Subway ..... and ate the whole thing! Needless to say, dinner was a much lighter meal! Anyway, back to yesterday, a lazy day and meeting friends for an early dinner - perfect.

Sketch Saturday has a challenge using a sketch - I had a new set of Christmas stamps so ... I was thinking Rudolph Day ...... Sarn has been setting a monthly R.D. challenge on the 25th of each month and this requires that participants submit two Christmas cards in order to be eligible so here is the first ....

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • I piece of 3½" x 5" via brick card from the Paper Cut (I had to cut the border creatively and hide the  join behind my image/sentiment panel
  • Off cuts of black and white card for matting and layering
  • Fiskars sentiment panel and snowflakes from the clear stamp set "Twas the night before Christmas" stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Glitter "drops" to embellish and Stardust stickles to highlight

And here's the sketch from which I made my card

I'll also be entering this card for the Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge April extra (now that's a mouthful!). One down, one to go for the Rudolph Day challenge at Stamping for Pleasure, and here is the second ...

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Distress Ink in festive berries swiped across card and also used to ink my Kaisercraft "chequer" image
  • Hampton Art sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Fiskars Christmas bauble stamped using Versafine onyx black ink on to the card and also a second time on to white card and cut out before adding to card (over first impression) using dimensional foam adhesive (just on the central part to give a curve to the image)
  • EK Success red "droplets" to embellish
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the bauble

This card was for the current sketch challenge over at Stamplorations, see the sketch below

The Stamploration Sketch
Woke up yesterday, to this - so not what we expected!!! Mist bordering on FOG! You SHOULD be able to see another row of trees!

And now for the Friday Funny, this week coming to you courtesy of Marsha - thanks mate - ENJOY

When we get older we think differently, don't we? This letter was sent to the Kiwanis Club after they sponsored a luncheon for the elderly. An elderly lady received a new radio at the lunch as a door prize and was writing to say thank you. This story is a credit to all humankind. Forward to anyone you know who might need a lift today.


Dear Kiwanis Club Members:

God bless you for the beautiful radio I won at your recent senior citizens luncheon. I am 84 years old and live at the Sprenger Home for the Aged. All of my family has passed away.. I am all alone now and it's nice to know that someone is thinking of me. God bless you for your kindness to an old forgotten lady. My roommate is 95 and has always had her own radio, but before I received one, she would never let me listen to hers, even when she was napping.
The other day her radio fell off the night stand and broke into a lot of pieces. It was awful and she was in tears.

Her distress over the broken radio touched me and I knew this was God's way of answering my prayers. She asked if she could listen to mine, and I told her to kiss my ass.


Thank you for that opportunity.



Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all
Blimey - here we all are again, it's Wednesday and we're half way through the week and it probably feels more than a couple of days since Easter too!! Hope you all had a great break and didn't eat too much chocolate!!! We had a perfectly splendid afternoon with our friends and neighbours, Sally and Roger and their family. They had enough food to feed a small army but we resisted the temptation to go round again (and again!) and avoided bringing home leftovers for Monday too. They really are most generous hosts - thanks guys.

Yesterday saw us heading to a mall for some clothes shopping and ..... disappointingly enough I came home with ..... nothing! Not a thing!! ASTONISHING! I saw the Vera Bradley bag I had my eye on (in Cranberry magenta) but it was $80 so I left it in the store - maybe I'll try the outlet mall again and see if they have it in the Cranberry magenta. Still, as a consolation I did get a caramel Frappuccino in Starbucks!
Thought I'd make an ATC over the last day or so (allowing drying time) and here's the project in the early stages .......... I had applied ceramcoat pearl paint using a piece of paper towel and set aside to dry before scribbling squid ink gelato over the piece, spritzing water and blending with my fingers. I then roughly blotted with paper towel, hoping it would dry with the texture and/or pattern from the paper towel, which it did - see below

And it appeared to work too - YAY!

And here's the second layer where I added some images: Kaisercraft's "grid" and "chequer" images stamped using Ranger Archival in watering can but stamped off once (you can see the stamped off image on copier paper in the background of the pic) for a muter colour. Kaisercraft "stain" image stamped off and using Versafine vintage sepia ink. Recollections splatter image stamped using Memento sweet plum (NOT stamped off first)

Next step was to glue to an ATC and then think about the focal design .... this is definitely going in a rather grungy direction so ..... I grabbed my Stampers Anonymous sets of stamps and picked a couple which I stamped using Versafine onyx black ink (I stamped off the hand) and Memento grape jelly (eye image but it ended up behind the sentiment so you can hardly make out what the image is) - I'm really liking it and hope you all do too.

Over at House of Cards there's a sketch challenge

Their sketch, this challenge closes Sunday May 4th

I may or may not get the chance to have a go at this one.

In the meantime, since it IS WOYWDW - here's my messy desk ...

Have a great Wednesday

Monday, 21 April 2014

Welcome to the start of another week ...

which, for most, will be a Public Holiday -  hope the weather's good where you are and you get to make the most of the extra day off!

Yesterday saw us spending time with friends and family (theirs not ours!) We had such a long walk home at the end of the day too ...... all the way from, next door!!!! I've posted some pix later in the post ..... but, before heading off armed with beer and chocolate (for the teens too young for the beer!) I notched up the card below, it utilised new stash too and that's always satisfying, isn't it? It may LOOK like a  CAS (Clean And SIMPLE) card but, read on and you will see just how much went in to this card - simple really isn't always SIMPLE .... if you know what I mean!!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of card in white, kraft and black for image and sentiment panels, matting and layering.
  • Taking the image panel, a Tim Holtz mini blending tool (new stash!), a foam pad and Distress Inks in: scattered straw, wild honey, antique linen, dusty concord and worked up my background
  • Using Kaisercraft background images in "woodgrain" and "grid" I inked with D.I.'s used on the background to give a subtle background pattern
  • I stamped the circle from my new Hero Arts set with Brilliance crimson copper and randomly stamped around the edges - being sure to make the majority of the circle off the paper - not wishing to obscure my main image too much.
  • I then inked my Inkadinkado splatter stamp with Versacolour Sahara sand and stamped randomly round the image panel ...... I revisited this image/ink on the base card once all my layers were assembled and adhered as I spotted a tiny mark on the card's "white space" and needed to cover it rather than scrap the whole thing - Problem SOLVED!!!
  • Using my new(ish) Stampers Anonymous set with the man and umbrella I inked him using Versafine onyx black ink and stamped him as far to the left of the panel as I could, leaving the faux "layers" visible .... and also leaving room to attach my sentiment
  • Using my new (sale room) stash of the radiant pearls shimmer spray I simply added a little "je ne sais quoi" of twinkle to the image panel - it's hard to see it in the card photo but I've got a close up below .... isn't it FAB?
  • For the sentiment panel I stamped a Stampers Anonymous frame using Versafine vintage sepia and then a sentiment from the same set using Versafine onyx black. To soften the stark white I simply dabbed the blending tool without adding further ink. I placed some dimensional foam squares (new stash again) behind the sentiment panel and then adhered to my base card, overlapping the image panel but not by too much - it was at this point I spotted the tiny mark on an area of white space .... but too late to adjust my sentiment placing - grrrr!
Now you see what I mean by not simple at all - don't you?
Just look at that twinkle, you can also just make out the pearl finish to the Brilliance circle too

It turned out kind of GRUNGY CAS don't you think? So, it kind of fits with the new theme of "Grungy" over at the Pan Pastels blog so I shall try my luck there. I'm sure they'll let me know if they disagree . Given that using Distress Inks is one of my favourite techniques along with building up a background with stamps I shall also be making this card my second entry over at Stamplorations where their April monthly challenge is "favourite technique"- wish me luck with both challenges! Stamplorations will also be launching their new challenge (number 10) of their bi-weekly challenges so why not pop along and check that out today too? Thanks to a comment I've edited this to add that I've entered this over at the TIME OUT blog current challenge which is to make a birthday card and there's the optional twist to make it a masculine card so this fits perfectly

On a bit more of a masculine kick yesterday too so decided to have a crack at the Male Room's current challenge of "Mans best friend/Pet" ....

Here's the card itself

And here's how the inside and the front/back of the envelope turned out too

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square black card and 13½cm square white card x 2, for the front and inside of the card
  • Offcuts of black card for two matting layers, blue metallic card and white card
  • Dylusions border image stamped on to white card using Brilliance Mediterranean blue ink
  • Using low tack tape I masked off the border before applying Distress Inks in weathered wood, faded jeans and dusty concord - applied using the Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Kaisercraft triangles image stamped using the D.I. in weathered wood
  • Kaisercraft grid image stamped using D.I. faded jeans
  • Inkadinkado image stamped on to white card using Versafine vintage sepia ink and cut out before attaching to the blue panel with dimensional foam pads
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink

As you can see from the lower photo of the two, I carried my card design and images across the inside of the card and also to the front and rear of the envelope.

How did we spend Easter Sunday? Before heading out for our lunch we went out to take the Sunday Selfie for a friend and snagged these pix - wanna see?

Bryan House - Downtown Kissimmee

OLD Osceola Court House

NEW Osceola Court House

Monument of the States - Downtown Kissimmee

Mural on the wall in Downtown Kissimmee

This was the start of a train and a half!!! THREE engines and no fewer than 105 wagons!!! OMG!

You looking at me?

And round at the neighbours you can plainly see that Lulu is still very shy around company

Happy Easter Monday

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Happy Easter Sunday

Easter greetings to all those celebrating today.
The current challenge over at Simply Less Is More is "Makes Me Smile" and I ALMOST bought the perfect stamp recently .... I was browsing in the fab store that is Violette's when I happened across a stamp that said ..... "I think my CHECK LIVER light came on this weekend!"!!! It made both hubby and I chuckle, however, I didn't buy it but I figured that I had to have to have something else in my limited collection here that would "make me smile" and, sure enough ... sunshine ALWAYS makes me smile, especially if we've not seen it for a while!
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Black card panel edged with a Martha Stewart PATP set
  • White card panel (5cm x 9½cm)
  • Memory Box sunray stencil taped over my white card panel using low tack tape
  • Versamark ink pad used to apply ink through the stencil
  • Pan Pastel in Diarylide Yellow applied using a Sofft tool
  • Hairspray to set the PP's
  • Hampton Art sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
Pan Pastels have fortnightly challenges but their current theme is "Pretty shabby chic" so, as you can see, my card isn't really suitable to enter there, rats!

How are those Christmas cards coming along? It'll soon be Rudolph Day once again but, if you can't wait then there's always the "Use a Hat" hat challenge over at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge! Hmmmm ..... well here's a card with a twofer .... that's two hats for the price of one! And, talking of "twofers", this card will also fit the "use embellishments" Rudolph Day challenge (gemstones) over at Craftbubble 2½'s Craft Mad & Loving It group (registration required) - Huzzah!

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Off cuts of card in white and black, for matting and layering
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink and then close cut out
  • Alochol markers used to colour image
  • Inkadinkado flourish image stamped on to white card using a Versamark pad and then permanent red pan pastel applied using a Sofft tool, burnished with paper towel and set with hairspray.
  • On the larger piece of white card I applied the Versamark pad DTP and then applied the red pan pastel using the above method.
  • I used the same Inkadinkado flourish but this time inked up with Versafine onyx black ink
  • Mounting both white/red panels on black card  and then spraying with the Luminarte radiant pearls shimmer spray
  • The image was then mounted on to the red card panel using dimensional foam pads
  • Hampton Arts sentiment stamped directly on to my base card using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the larger text on the sentiment and the "fur" on my penguin's Christmas hat
  • Eight faux crystal gemstones used to embellish the hat band

Having made use of a number of snippets cards I shall be entering this over at Pixies Crafty Workshop too

Have a great Sunday

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Saturday

Morning peeps
Well, it's Easter weekend and I hope you all haven't been eating too many eggs or chocolate.

I'd like to welcome my newest follower, Rocky, thanks for following me, check out her blog here. Yesterday I posted a fab Easter egg that she'd made - check out her blog if you get a chance.
Got an ATC to share with you today, trying to use up some snippets of card:-
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • DCWV glitter card from the Grandma's kids stack, cut to ATC size
  • DCWV embossed purple card edged using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Stamp Impressions image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black ink and close cut out
  • Alcohol pens used to colour the image
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the image and polka dots on the purple panel
Recently, I found myself staring at a pack of "50's diner" gelato's and, being possessed of a 40% discount coupon thought that I would give them another go - I didn't get on that well with them last time round. So, I made and ATC using them, thinking that it wouldn't be too much of a waste if I still didn't get on with them .....

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Off cut of white card which I pre treated with a swipe of Ceramcoat iridescent pearl paint ... a pal told me that Gelato's blend waaay better over gesso or paint - maybe that's why I didn't get on so well with them first pass!!!
  • Banana and blood orange gelato smeared liberally over the dried paint coat, spritzed with water and then blended with my fingers, left to dry ....... the most tedious part!
  • I took a couple of Dylusions mini borders and my Memento inks in rosebud, lilac posies and sweet plum and stamped a background
  • Stampers Anonymous man with umbrella stamped using Versafien vintage sepia which I also used to edge the ATC
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiments stamped using Versafine onyx black for the narrow sentiment and Memento tuxedo black for the sentiment panel - check out the difference in the density of colour and both types of ink took AGES to dry too btw.

MUCH happier with the way these gelato's blended and may crack on with using the other two colours in the set (Aqua and squid ink) as well as the ones I already have (black/white/gold/silver).

CAS Colours and Sketches launched a new challenge on Thursday - this was a colour challenge and I simply couldn't resist - I LOVE CAS and I LOVE monochrome too so this really called to me:

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square black card panel
  • 13½cm square white card panel
  • Hero Arts chevron image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and then again using Ranger Archival watering can, twice, without re-inking between images in order to get the lighter grey required
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink and then a second partial image stamped again without re-inking

Stash used:

Look - I inked up my new Hero Arts stash AND used my new grey ink (see below) - YAY!

Yesterday saw us heading to Lakeland to meet up with crafting buddy, Cheri and her husband (Don). We met at the mighty Violette's because Cheri had never been!! She LOVED IT! After an hour browsing we headed to a new branch of the Manny's chain of four restaurants and the only one we still had to try! As we pulled in to the parking lot the heavens were still emptying on us but we're no quitters and we were lucky enough to get really good parking spaces so we legged it indoors!! We had great steaks and Cheri and Don had great prime rib - Cheri even professed to have left room for a dessert ..... but (even with help) couldn't finish the portion ....

Cheri set off with gusto but none of us could finish the last few bites!

My haul of goodies from Violette's. I had to give up and buy a skin white copic
I just KNOW I have one somewhere but simply cannot find it - being SKIN white it's a pen I use a lot ... had to be done then!

I finally surrendered and joined the wonderful world of Pinterest yesterday - there's a fresh new way to lose an hour or so!!!! How many of you follow Pinterest ...... do you post on there? If so then leave me your links - pretty please!, since I'm such a newbie!

Have a great weekend - Happy Easter