Sunday, 31 August 2014

Lazy Sunday morning

Morning readers,

How are you all this Sunday morning? We got woken rather unceremoniously this morning ... a power spike followed by the chorus of burglar alarms going off - it was 07:00 and I bet I'm not the only person who hadn't really planned on being up QUITE that early!
Over at Addicted to CAS there's a new challenge and they offer us a one word inspiration - this time it's ...
 And what could be more luxurious than an elegant lady in a posh frock with a bit of bling?!?!

My luxurious card

And my co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • C6 Kraft card blank (300gsm) and matching sized envelope
  • White card for the image panel
  • Purple mirri card (how luxurious is PURPLE mirri card too?), for matting
  • Acide Drops and Whatnots images stamped using Memento tuxedo black and sentiment stamped using imperial purple inks
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Glitter "droplet" to embellish bracelet - sadly, it doesn't really show on the card - you can just about make it out on the photo below - is it a really "diamond" bracelet????

This set was purchased at the Newbury Artstamps show and this was their inaugural outing ... so I couldn't just leave it at one project now, could I? ATC's are always such a great way to use up snippets, aren't they?

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card cut to ATC size (because the ATC blank is far too flimsy on its own!)
  • Acid Drops and Whatnots image stamped on to my white card using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Once coloured I stamped the image again on to a posts it, cut it out and used it as a mask
  • Distress Inks in tumbled glass and stormy sky applied to the ATC background using a Color Box stylus and foam blending head.
  • Water was then spritzed on to my fingers and flicked on to the ATC, allowed to develop and then blotted with paper towel
  • Paper Artsy grungy lines stamped (with mask still in place) using the tumbled glass ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped using Versacolour silver ink
  • Acid Drops and Whatnots sentiment stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink

This shows the lines a little better
 AD49 Really?

I shall be entering this ATC for Di's "Snippets Challenge" over at Pixies Crafty Workshop and, on the right ... the stamp set used - cool huh?

Have a fantabulous Sunday

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Morning and welcome to Saturday

Morning readers
Sluggish start this morning ... last night saw us at our neighbours known affectionately as "The Surrogates" - they're like family but we're not ACTUALLY related! It was time to make our Secret Santa draw, yes, we're a bit early (a BIT?!?!?!?) but there are plenty of reasons for this! Of course, I can't tell you who I drew because, well, it's a SECRET and if I told then I'd have to kill you all - a little tricky I think you'd agree! So I'll just have to keep you in suspense till the present exchange occurs around the 25th of December which, by the way, is getting closer by the day! Suffice it to say that no-one drew themselves or even their partner! YAY - re-SULT! We've had to re-draw up to three times in the past! Dinner was a delicious smorgasbord of gammon, chicken and lots of "trimmings" - we hardly had any room for dessert but .......
As my regular readers will know I don't much of this cooking malarkey so imagine my HORROR when it was suggested that we should take dessert! YIKES! Hubby suggested that I make about the only dessert that I DO make!!! Brown Bread Beano - some of my on-line buddy's may even have experienced this in person - it's delish! I spent HOURS making this - yeah, RIGHT!!!
Super yummy

And now back to a different sort of challenge .... of the crafting variety .... over at Simply Less Is More the new challenge is: "I do like to be beside the seaside!" so here is my effort!

Materials used:
  • Kraft C6, 300 gsm card blank and matching sized Kraft envelope
  • Snippets of card in white, black, yellow and blue
  • Crafty Individuals beach huts stamped in Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crafty Individuals sentiment stamped in Versafine majestic blue ink
  • Crafty Individuals gull image stamped three times using Memento London fog ink
  • Alcohol markers used to colour image

This was the set of stamps used

So, do you prefer the cake or the card?

Happy Saturday peeps

Friday, 29 August 2014

Welcome to the last Friday in August!

Morning all,

Hard to think that in just two days it will be ... (gasp!) SEPTEMBER! The year is simply flying by and it will soon be Christmas - how are those Christmas cards coming along? You started your Christmas shopping yet?
Last week  I got an e-mail suggesting I might like to book a half term break! The kids haven't even gone back to school yet - next thing you know, it'll be Easter eggs in the shops!

Recently, I welcomed new follower, Pamellia, but said I couldn't find a link to her blog - found one! You can view her work here
I'm participating in an ATC swap and (so far) there are just three sign ups so I need to make two ATC's on the selected theme of HALLOWEEN. I decided to crack on and make mine but thought I should make a couple of extras in case others sign up as sign up doesn't close until August 31st .. each one the same but just a little bit different whether it be down to shading or the positioning of the images and/or sentiment:-

My little batch - what a hoot!?!?!

A closer view of just one of them - so you can see a little more detail
Materials used:
  • ATC's (x 4)
  • Snippets of white card (x 4) cut to ATC size
  • Inkadinkado owl image stamped on to white card snippet and also on to a post it (I cut out the owl itself - to use as a mask)
  • Circular hole die cut in to a scrap of card - both the "hole" and the mask will be used to make my card
  • With the owl mask and circular "hole" mask in place I applied Distress Ink in antique linen and squeezed lemonade to act as the moon
  • Removing both masks and replacing the off cut from the "hole" I then applied Distress Ink in tumbled glass and faded jeans to the remaining segments of the card
  • Inkadinkado "cobweb", "bats" and sentiment stamped on to my ATC's using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Alcohol markers to add a little colour and shading
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Spray and Shine - to protect the inks in case of rain in transit!!! Gives a nice sheen too
I think they turned out pretty well and if no-one else signs up well then, I have two Halloween ATC's to add to my collection!!! A win/win situation!

Whilst I was making a One Layer Card for the Craftbubble2½ Rudolph Day challenge recently I found that I had a little sparkle medium left on my spatula and the star stencil in my hand so ..... seemed a shame to waste it:-

So I stencilled on to some snippets of white card

Then mounted on another layer of card

Materials used:
  • Snippets of Rymans 200gsm white card
  • TCW star stencil
  • "Diamond" sparkle medium (Imagination Crafts) applied through the stencil using a palette knife and set aside to dry
  • Once dry I die cut them in to circles
  • Taking one piece of 6" x 4" DCWV linen effect card (in a pale beige) I die cut three circles the next size up
  • All Night Media "To" and "From" sentiment stamped on the reverse using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Once my stencil circles were attached to my stamped circles I punched 3/8" holes using my crop-a-dile and then set the star eyelets before threading with twinkly gold string

Yee Haa - three ready to roll gift tags suitable for Christmas or pretty much any other occasion too!

On Wednesday I posted a CAS challenge for the "LETTER" challenge over at CASology using a cheeky set of stamps and one of my pals reckoned the design would rock in PINK so I thought ... "why not?" ... As it happens I can enter this for the "Pink, Pink and more Pink" challenge over at Pan pastels this week - wish me luck

My card - Pink, Pink and more PINK!

And here is the inside of the card and the envelope to match

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm white card panel (x 2 for the insert)
  • Pink card, for matting, with a 1/16" border cut using my perfect layering ruler and craft knife
  • Close to my Heart girlie images stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • "WTF" and border stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink (the Versafine was a tad too juicy for the sentiment and I didn't want it to blur)
  • Faux crystal gemstones to embellish

And the cheeky stamp set? From CAS-ual Friday

Moxie Fab "Stamp" of Approval: Close to My Heart
The Close to my Heart set used

I did start a piece for the CAS Colours and Sketches challenge which was going great guns till I thought C A S!!! DOH! Here's the sketch for this challenge

And here's what I've made for it ... just hoping it's deemed to be CAS enough.

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card - 2 pieces, 1 x 13½cm square and the other cut to be 1/16" larger all round and edged using Distress Ink in seedless preserves
  • Using a Fiskars precision finger cutter I cut the sweeping shape in to a piece of scrap card, using as a mask
  • To the lower half of the card I then applied (using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool and foam pad) Distress Inks :- milled lavender, shaded lilac and seedless preserves
  • Kaiiercraft chevron image stamped using Memento grape jelly ink
  • Reversing the mask I then used the harlequin mask by TCW and the soft purple sparkle medium (applied with a spatula) and set aside to dry
  • An oval was die cut from white card and then my Penny Black image coloured using Memento bamboo and grape jelly inks. I also edged the oval using the grape jelly ink
  • Stardust stickles were used to embellish the flowers
  • Imagine That sentiment was stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

And here's the co-ordinating inside of the card too ...

And now for the Friday Funny , courtesy of Wynneth - enjoy!, it made me chuckle and I hope you will too

It's been pointed out that some of you may not be able to see this week's Friday Funny directly from my blog - if this is the case then check out this link - it's only 23 seconds and worth the effort - ENJOY.

Should you still be in need of cheering then check out Hettiecraft's blog here, it's an oldie but goldie today!

Last evening saw us visiting aunt and uncle ..... "Unc" has a new iPad and aunt a new mobility scooter so we thought we'd got to "check 'em out" - both items passed!!! Whilst I was there I got to speak to another aunt (who phoned) so altogether a sociable evening and today seems set for more of the same.
Have a great weekend ... I'm off to meet a pal for coffee this afternoon leaving hubby to do yet more hedge trimming! All heart me!!!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Thursday and, unusually for me, a post sharing a make for two challenges

Morning all,
I know I don't normally post on a Thursday but my makes to share on Friday were adding up so I thought that I would take pity on you all, dear readers, and spread them over two days!!!
My dear hubby has been waking up at around 06:00-06:30 for over a week now (no idea why) but I'm an eight hours person and I've been struggling to stay awake till bed time on less than my full 8!! Last night I surrendered at around 21:30 and me and my melatonin went to bed ..... I was SOUND asleep before 22:00 and woke a smidge before 08:00 this morning - re-SULT!!! I am my happy self once more!, and ready to face the world. The only thing I had noticed though, was that I seem to have been a bit hyper on the crafting front, now I've caught up on my sleep I wonder whether that will change.
Anyway, whilst making the most of this craft-fest I thought I would share this with you .......... over at Addicted to Stamps and More it's the turn of the photo inspiration challenge and this week's is a doozy

Here's my make for this challenge - I THINK you will see both connections! I am also going to be entering this card over at Cute Card Thursday where their current challenge is: "ANYTHING GOES" - it'll make a change for my CCT entry to actually BE pretty cute!!!

My card
And a close up of the super sparkle too


And the co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • Pink and black card for matting
  • Perfect layering ruler - 1/16" and a craft knife - for the borders
  • Santa Rosa floral image stamped numerous times using Memento rosebud ink
  • Penny Black ballerina cat image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • CS-ual Friday sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • Wink of Stella black glitter brush pen - to accent the whiskers!

That's it from me today, see you tomorrow when I have a few more to share with you - bring a coffee!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Whoops! Here comes another Wednesday ....

OK - hands up ...... who got up this morning thinking it was only Tuesday this morning? Yesterday I thought it was Monday and forgot to send birthday wishes till 10:30 - thank heavens I remembered to send the card!!!

To start today's post I would like to welcome my new followers, Ingrid, Karren and Pamellia (couldn't track down a blog) and to thank you all for stopping by, joining my blog and for leaving me a comment - I'm going to be doing the same with yours (inc Pamellia if I find one) - hope to see you again sometime soon
My OH dragged me to the mall yesterday, we mall walked rather than shopped! The weather outside was pretty dire and, truly, there was nothing we NEEDED at the mall. The kids are still off school so the place was heaving too, so it was probably just as well we didn't actually want to shop!! HOWEVER, my hubby always regards a foray through M&S as an opportunity for a trolley dash followed by some jig saw action! - by that I mean shoe horning it in to the fridge like you might piece together a jig saw but, love him, it keeps him smiling so .... I just go with it!
Not much crafting crafting action yesterday - basically, I faffed about all morning and spent the afternoon at the mall so ...... it was 4pm before I had the opportunity to even stroll round to the table of craftiness to check out whether our very own Boris the Spider (named after the track by The Who - see it here) has relocated from his home under the washing machine and in to my craft area. My husband swears it's the biggest spider he's seen in quite a while! I just want to know what he's feeding it on!

When I won some CAS-ual Friday stamps recently I thought I would select a set that I perhaps might not buy for myself, though I did wonder how often I might use my selection ..... but, it appealed to my sense of humour and that was good enough for me.  However, the clever peeps over at CASology have come up with a challenge that sparked my interest - it's "LETTER" and this set just leapt in to my head, see if you agree....

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 11cm square of white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Black card for matting, using perfect layering ruler (1/16") and my trusty craft knife
  • Close to my Heart "girl with briefcase" image stamped using Memento London fog ink, making it more like a "watermark" than a focal image because the focal image was meant to be the three letters
  • CAS-ual Friday "WTF" letters, "border" and "Wow" sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I am LOVING the way it turned out ... monochrome, modern, humorous and I'm HOPING the recipient will love it too. I can't share the inside with you as it would TOTALLY give away who the intended recipient might be!, be assured that the design will carry across both the inside and the envelope, you'll just have to trust me on this though! I am sooooooooooo gonna be using this set now I've used it in this way.
With it being Wednesday and all, I expect you are all curious to see my work desk - especially those who were so stunned at the tidiness of it last week. Did it last? Is it still tidy or have I reverted to type and it's a blooming mess!! You be the judge of that then ......

You can see that I've also been using my sparkle medium and star stencil -
I'll be die cutting these in to tags, very shortly!
Have a great Wednesday

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday which is going to feel pretty much like a Monday all day!!!


How was your Bank Holiday (UK)? Ours was typical ..... WET! Bank Holidays (in addition to rubbish weather) usually result in major traffic issues so we've pretty much given up on attempting anything during these weekends! Turns out to have been just as well as I managed a bit of a create-fest ..... hope your weekend was as creative as my own! Check out my makes below - all of them!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card for matting
  • Snippet of white card
  • Images:Indigoblu (chicken wire and chevron), Artistic Stamper (coffee stains), Hero Arts ( ink blots, arrows, graffiti sentiment)
  • Inks: Memento - dandelion, rosebud, pear tart, tangelo, Bahama blue, grape jelly
I'll be entering the above over at the "ANYTHING GOES" challenge over at the Tuesday throwdown blog. And on to the next project, another ATC:-
Hopefully, this close up will show off the stencil detail a little better

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card
  • Indigoblu chicken wire image stamped using Adirondack snowcap ink
  • Inkadinkado flourish image stamped using Encore gold ink and gold perfect pearls brushed over
  • Kaisercraft sentiment stamped on to white card using Versafine onyx black ink and cut out before mounting on to kraft card which was then cut in to a banner shape
  • TCW star stencil through which clear gloss gel medium was applied with a palette knife - just to give it a little dimension!
  • Hero Arts border stamped all around the edge of the ATC using Versamark ink and then gold perfect pearls added, buffed and then spray set with Spray and Shine
And, yep, it's ANOTHER ATC!:- ..
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Watercolour panel which had been previously brusho's and then a Memory box stencil used with clear gloss gel medium/copper watercolour powder
  • Tim Holz "man with umbrella" shape die cut from black card before stamping with the Indigoblu checker image stamped with Encore gold ink
And then it was back to week FIVE of  Me Time Messages - the 2015 summer school project set by the lovely CLARE .... if you missed the start of my week five project then you can see it here, otherwise, read on for how it reached completion below ....
FRONT - my one word inspiration was OUTGOING
Materials used (only those used in addition to those listed in Sunday's post):
  • Computer generated journaling (adhered using Cosmic Shimmer glue)
  • Tim Holtz Visual Artistry harlequin image stamped numerous times using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • My Mind's Eye arrowhead/dot image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
So, that's five down and just one left to do - where is this summer vacation going? THANK YOU so much to Clare for the interesting mixed media projects she prepared again this year. I don't know about the others who signed up but I've really enjoyed the projects - makes me think outside the box, Clare has stretched me to try things I perhaps wouldn't normally, which is a great experience. Here's to 2015's summer school!

It's not too late to play catch up - see all of the projects

And finally, since I've been on a bit of a Christmas kick in the last few days and as part of my attempt to make EIGHT Christmas cards each month ......

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 11cm square of white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Red linen effect card (DCWV) for matting at 1/16", cut using my perfect layering ruler and a craft knife
  • Penny Black wreath image stamped on to the white card using Versamark ink before adding a liberal sprinkling of gold sparkle embossing powder and heat embossing (for the insert and envelope the image was stamped using Encore gold ink - didn't want to get glitter in the Royal Mail sorting machinery!!!)
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival sienna ink

And here's a close up of the sparkle on the card front

And the matching inside of the card and the envelope

I will be entering this over at Merry Monday for their challenge #123, which is currently to "USE A WREATH" and also for the "GLITTER AND BLING" challenge over at the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown. Another Christmas card for my collection - YAY! I think this might make a great batch card - should I need to run up a couple come November - what do you think?

Have a great Tuesday

Monday, 25 August 2014

Monday and it's the start of another week but ... it's a public holiday here in the U.K.

Monday morning and I'm hoping you all had a good if not great weekend.

We had a lovely weekend - if you take out the domestic (and necessary) chores like laundry, grass cutting, hedge trimming etc. Yesterday saw us at the surrogates for a BBQ - it was youngest surrogates birthday recently and this was his birthday party

Here's the birthday boy with his big brother - awwwwwwwwwww

And last night saw us heading north to Gloucester, to our friends, where we enjoyed a lovely evening and a delicious meal to boot! It seems like such an age since we last caught up - real life's been getting in the way .. A LOT lately!

Meanwhile, I'm here with a marathon craft-fest ..... starting with.... this ATC

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Kraft piece which I completed whilst Cherry was with me (with the aid of copper water colour powder and clear gloss gel medium applied through a Dutchdoobadoo stencil
  • Craft Stamper free image and sentiment (Tempus fugit) stamped multiple times using Ranger Archival sienna ink and the clock once more on to white card using Ranger Archival jet black ink before applying Distress Ink in antique linen - to soften the starkness of the white card
  • Woodware sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using Ranger Archival jet black ink which I also used to edge the ATC

And then on to:-

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card, for matting
  • Watercolour on to which brusho's had been sprinkled, spritzed and allowed to dry before stencilling through a memory box die with a mixture of gloss gel medium and copper water colour powder
I quite like the ATC immediately above but I'm not quite sure whether I should be adding a little something more - any suggestions peeps?

And .... it's a new RUDOLPH DAY challenge on Craftbubble2½ (membership required) and the theme is: "ONE LAYER and to include SPARKLE" - sounds easy peasy doesn't it? Interested? Off you go then - but here's my make:-

My sparkley one layer card

And a closer view of the gloriousness that is sparkle medium!

Materials used:
  • 12½cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • TCW stencil through which I applied Imagination Crafts "Diamond" Sparkle Medium using a spatula and set aside to dry
  • Penny Black bauble and Hero Arts sentiment stamped in Versafine majestic blue ink

Over at Stampingforpleasure Sarn has specified that TWO cards must be submitted in order to be eligible, so, check out Sunday Sketch and Stamp who have a super CAS sketch which I thought I would have a go at - for my second card .......

And here is my make .....


Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250 gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card (x 2 including the insert)
  • Black card (x 2 including the insert) for matting at 1/16" cut using my perfect layering ruler and a craft knife.
  • The snippet left from the A4 of white card was the perfect size for the image panel so all I had to do was cut to 13½cm width and mat on black card too - perfick!
  • Distress Inks: worn lipstick, festive berries and aged mahogany applied to the panel using a Tim Holtz mini distressing tool and foam pad and set aside to dry
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped on to the white base panel using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Penny Black foliage image stamped on to my distress ink panel using Versamark ink and then pan pastels in bright gold, bronze and a touch of silver added using a pointed Sofft tool - once done it was buffed using a cloth
  • Paper Artsy "splatter" image stamped randomly using the worn lipstick ink
  • Spray and Shine used to set both the ink and the pan pastel

And a closer look at the image:-

And the peeps at Pan Pastels have specified Pink, Pink and more Pink - I know one crafter this would be PERFECT for - Wynneth, you KNOW who I'm talking about!!! Maybe later ....

Have a great Monday