Friday, 4 July 2014

It's Friday!! And July 4th

Morning and welcome to the Friday post ....
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY to those readers in the U.S. - busy week as we already had Canada Day on Tuesday, apologies if I've missed any other National Holiday dates.

Since it's July .... and I've no other craft commitments right now -  I signed up for an ATC swap where the theme is VINTAGE. There are only three of us so this means I only have to make two ATC's and I thought I would crack on with the project. I have until the end of July to submit them but .... the more time I have the more likely I am to simply forget until it's almost too late and I would hate to muck them up because I'm in a rush. Anyway, I know one person in the swap doesn't check my blog and the other is only an occasional visitor so I'm going to take a chance and share them with you .....

Materials used (twice!):
  • ATC blank
  • Kraft card, black card - for matting and layering and white card, for my image panel
  • Craft Stamper free image (edited to add: by Rogue Redhead) stamped using Memento rich cocoa
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Distress Inks: wild honey, tea dye and pumice stone
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image partially stamped using pumice stone (sadly - didn't s how in the photograph, you have to look fairly carefully IRL now that the texture spray has dried!!!)
  • Recollections corner flourish stamped using Memento rhubarb stalk ink
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Faux crystal gemstones (tiny ones - to keep the postage under the LARGE postal rate too!)
  • Tsukineko shimmer "goosebumps" to seal and give both texture and shimmer

Suitably VINTAGE? Now I just have to hope the swap-ees don't see them and, once they receive them, that they like them! I had the option to make them individually or virtually identical - I think you can see which way I went ... almost identical but with subtle differences .... makes 'em unique!

Found out yesterday that my anniversary card was picked as a prize winner over a Cute Card Thursday - thanks peeps. Their current challenge? "Reach for the stars" - sound fab? Then check it out here, this more than made up for the mind numbing moment when a car failed to stop before making a right turn in front of me, missing me by millimetres!!! Both shaken but, THANK GOODNESS, neither of us hurt and no physical contact between the cars - that might have ruined the planned weekend, I can tell you! It was, however, the nearest miss I've ever had or ever wish to have! Please drive more carefully driver of black Ford Focus - you KNOW who you are.

Still, no harm done so let's move on .... here's my entry for this week's "Reach for the Stars" challenge:-

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square panel of white card (materials duplicated for insert)
  • Blue card matted at 1/16" with the aid of my trusty perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • Hero Arts star image stamped using Memento Bahama blue ink
  • Inkadinkado star banner stamped using Memento Paris dusk
  • Inkadinkado sentiment (from the same set as the star banner) stamped using Versafine majestic blue

You can see both the insert and the front and back of the envelope below - I think it turned in to a fresh looking card, with those zingy blues, suitable for all sorts of people - wonder who I'll send it to

I'll also be entering this over at Addicted to Stamps and more where challenge number 102 is "MAKE YOUR MARK" - it's a very blue mark, rather than a black mark!!! lol

One of my cards was also a "top pick" over at Stamplorations too - thanks peeps, the June prize winner was actually a blogging pal of mine too - Louise, CONGRATS to you.

Earlier in the week my dear hubby suggested he might take me out to lunch, he was making one of his regular trips to Gloucester and thought I might like to go too. He dropped me off at Hobbycraft for a mooch round (all I bought was a magazine!) and then I wandered through the much publicised Gloucester Quays before meeting up with him for lunch at the delightfully 50's themed American diner known as Ed's! After lunch we had a walk round the docks - never been? Check out some pix below ...

This barge had all sorts of flowers and plastic cats, etc on the top!

The Oliver Cromwell? Locally known as a bit of a party boat!

You can see Gloucester Cathedral in the distance,
where some scenes from the Harry Potter franchise were filmed

The Mariners Church in the foreground
Exciting weekend for me as I've crafting pals joining me later today, they're staying the weekend; no doubt there will be laughter, mess, chat, photographs and (above all) a GREAT TIME and hopefully there may even be crafting to show for it!!!
My long suffering husband will be on tea and coffee duty! THANK YOU dear, for your kindness on the beverage front and for your patience whilst four crazy crafters take over the dining room!
It gets better too .... on Sunday we'll be heading off to Newbury race course, to the Newbury Art Stamps show where we'll be meeting another crafter for a day of more mayhem, chatting, laughter and .... SHOPPING! Wish Newbury LUCK, they're gonna need it! Hubby? Well, he'll be dealing with the fall out from the weekend - he'll probably be happy with the silence though!

If you saw my Wednesday post you will recall that I said I had received a card telling me I had a package with underpaid postage and that it was going to cost me £1.73 to find out what it was! Well my dear hubby went to collect said package this morning and it was ..... a letter with TWO standard first class stamps on it and contained four ATC's. Both he and the nice man at the post office looked at it for a while as neither could see why it had bounced ... turns out the stamps, whilst appearing unfranked, had been previously used!! YIKES! Who knew they could detect that electronically? He was absolutely right though, hubby watched whilst he peeled back the stamp, firmly attached to a white envelope and revealed it's previous occupation was that of a stamp on a MANILA envelope. SO, if you've ever been tempted to re-use a stamp that looks unused - don't - it COULD cost the recipient dearly.
And now for the Friday Funny, this week's is short and sweet and brought to you courtesy of pals, Mary and Barry - thanks peeps - hope you ENJOY!!! Don't forget that Hettie usually posts a Friday Funny too.


Pfizer Corp. announced today that Viagra will soon be available in liquid form, and will be marketed by Pepsi Cola as a power beverage suitable for use as a mixer. It will now be possible for a man to literally pour himself a stiff one. Obviously we can no longer call this a soft drink, and it gives new meaning to the names of 'cocktails', 'highballs' and just a good old-fashioned 'stiff drink'. Pepsi will market the new concoction by the name of: MOUNT & DO.

Have a great weekend everyone, hope to see you tomorrow, I may have some more pix as our weekend of mayhem and crafting progresses and .... it's also challenge day!


Lauren Hatwell said...

Morning Your Purpleness. I expect excitement in the Purple Palace is at an all time high. I am SO looking forward to seeing you all on Sunday. Have a fabulous time.


Lilian said...

Great pictures of the Docks Kathy, Been awhile since we have been there,
ATC is great,

Have fun this weekend.

Lesley Thomas said...

Lovely pics Kathy, I have never been to Gloucester. The ATCs and card are great, I really should make an effort and decorate the envelope like you do, they look so interesting, and much nicer to open. Enjoy your spending, I'd love to go with you. We don't have one dedicated card show in Ireland, just some stalls in the Knitting and Stitching show. Sigh.

scrappyjacky said...

Love the 'vintagey' ATC. Have a great I'm sure you all will!!

Loll Thompson said...

Hi Kathy. Two fabulous cards ... for vintage ATC is amazing - love that girl, and you've colored her perfectly. Fabulous star card - bright and fun. Thanks for joining us at ATS&M.

Lee-Anne said...

Love your vintage ATC...gorgeous! Great job with the alcohol markers! Your star card is so it! So happy you could join us at ATSM!

Hettie said...

Sounds like you have had a bit of a rollercoaster week!
Lovely ATCs, great card and funny joke. I have heard it before but still funny.

SARN said...

Thanks for the wander around Gloucester docks!

Loving your vintage ATCs and your star card.

I saw a much longer version of your FF via email . . . talking about using Viagara in antibiotics . . . called Mydyxafloppin! xxx

Katie Melhus said...

Two fun cards! Thanks for sharing with us at ATSM!

Anonymous said...

Love the blues in your starry card, and your colouring of the Rogue Redhead image. Thanks for joining us at ATSM this week. Monika