Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween

Morning all

Well here we are at Halloween so I have a Halloween project to share with you ..

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card and black card
  • PB image stamped on to white snippet using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Squid ink gelato used to colour the background
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the "moon"

I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. Cute Card Thursday's - Razzle Dazzle (because of the dazzling purple/orange and the  moon's "bling")
  2. Addicted to Stamps and More - CAS challenge (because it IS!)
  3. Creative inspirations - Colour challenge -purple/orange/black (yes indeedy)
  4. Inky Impressions - Halloween

I  had a bit of a journal-fest yesterday .... a while ago I had started this journal page with plaid acrylic paints .... then thought I would have some fun!

Adirondack red pepper and butterscotch inks, Dylusions grape ink .... and a straw!!!

A little gesso to knock back the colour
Hero Arts neon inks, pan pastels in permanent red and diarylide yellow, Neon yellow acrylic paint,
Versamark ink, Pam Carriker, Stampers Anonymous and Stamplorations images

Add some Hero Arts grungey circles, Recollections splatters, Stamplorations dots using more neon inks
then some Dina Wakley image and sentiments stamped using Memento tuxedo black and Ranger Archival
in watering can inks

and this is what you get .....

A quick spritz with Aleene's acrylic sealant to protect

Yesterday we finally had our oak tree removed ... it had become such a monster and when we contacted company's about trimming it they all said it had gotten too big to be quite so close to both house and drive way so, we made the decision that it had to go. Such a shame as it was an attractive and healthy tree but, foundations are more important. We now have to decide what to replace it with. Our first contractor quoted and offered a start date and then simply didn't show up!!! Didn't show up on the second date choice either so we started again! FORTUNATELY, this second company seemed a lot more professional as they quoted (LESS too!!!) and offered a further discount if we accepted a date of their choosing (due to a cancellation - trust me, we were happy to do this!). They even called Wednesday to confirm their intention to show up around 08:00 Thursday and then ..... SHOWED UP!, and ten minutes early at that!!! Yee Haa

In progress
This was all we had left by about 10:00!!!
The stump measured 27" in diameter, quite a change from the 6" when we first acquired it!

Recently we drove around a local area looking at Halloween decorated homes but we kind of got side tracked and ended up walking around the town centre and stopping at a bar!!! Go figure!

The bar!

And now for a couple of Halloween funnies courtesy of the internet so, no, they're NOT in the draw!!!, but I hope you will enjoy them anyway!


Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Hi peeps,
It's another lovely day here - I shall be away from my desk today as I'm off gallivanting with my pal, Sally, who just so happens to live next door - it just doesn't get better than that .... there will be shopping, chatting, lunching and more chatting!! No idea where we're going yet but it really doesn't matter - I have nothing on my shopping list but am sure I can find something! It's just nice to get out and have a girly natter.
Anyhoo, after a couple of really creative days where I've posted three and four makes I have little to share with you today - Mr Mojo appears to be cowering under the bed ..... I just can't find which one!
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card and grey card for matting
  • White card to which I applied Distress Inks in picked raspberry, barn door and peacock feathers
  • Stamplorations (from their mini grungey backgrounds) images stamped using the same D.I.'s and the spotty image was stamped using Color Box white ink
  • Dylusions border image and Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Hampton Arts number image stamped using Memento sweet plum ink
  • Distress Ink in dusty concorde applied around the edge of the image panel to define the edge
  • Aleene's acrylic sealant used to protect the water based inks
I'll be entering this for the "Anything Goes" challenges over at the Pink Elephant and Not Just Cards

Over at Addicted to Stamps and More they have launched their new challenge which is: CAS - so you may be seeing a piece for that, providing Mr Mojo can be persuaded in to operation!!!

Yesterday I caught myself watching breakfast TV - the weather forecaster was talking about fog, so I thought I should look outside. To the back it looked like this.
So, I took a look out the front and was treated to this ......
A little different to the view to the back - the sun was trying very hard to make an appearance
Last evening saw us heading out to look at some Halloween home decorations ...

There were half a dozen houses on the same street and they were all co-ordinated,
right down to the light interaction with the music - AND there were MINIONS (from Despicable Me)!!!

I just LOVE the spooky effect of that moon and cloudy night sky - don't you?

And, it's WOYWDW so I suppose I should share a pic of the work desk with you - sadly, it's a bit of a shambles again this week - sorry! I PROMISE I'll clear it up soon!
Happy Wednesday - have a creative one!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Tuesday ... keeping you on your toes as you don't expect a post from me on a Tuesday - or DO YOU?

Morning fellow blog hoppers, followers or just visitors, and WELCOME
Can't keep a good crafter down so, despite having had a terrifically busy weekend I still managed a quick card using new stash from my recent foray to Lakeland!!!:-
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white card, black card and patterned card (DCWV Grandma's kids stack)
  • Art Impressions image and sentiment + Stampers Anonymous birthday sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts grungey circle stamped using Hero Arts neon pink ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
I'll be entering this for the sketch challenge over at The Paper Players, check out their sketch below
And a couple of photos from a wonderful weekend trip!
The original steam engine from Church Street Station

Just pulling out on the Pumpkin Patch run
Parrish Railroad and Museum

Approaching the Skyway Bridge

The Don Cesar Hotel!! Impressive?

Just your average view on the 699 north  bound!

And what a contras Monday morning was?
Happy Tuesday, hope you have a good one

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Morning and it's another Sunday

Morning all and welcome to another Stupendous Sunday - least I hope it is with you.

Hope you all remembered to change your clocks (in the U.K.) and weren't caught out this morning!
I know that the dregs of Hurricane Gonzalo swept through the U.K. recently and I hope it's well and truly gone by now and that you are all OK readers.
You know how easy it is to get side tracked when you are crafting? Well it IS in my particular crafting area anyway. I set off to make a thank you card and was rummaging through my stash when I spotted a set of stamps recently acquired - they were calling to me!!
My card - so much for THANK YOU!
And the co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • C6 card blank made from Bristol board and matching sized envelope
  • Kraft card, black card, white card snippets and two pieces of patterned card from the DCWV Grandma's kids stack
  • Art Impressions image stamped on to white card using Memento tuxedo black
  • Alcohol markers to colour - now I broke out my stash of Spectrum Noirs which are less than one year old and don't get used a whole lot - THREE of them had completely dried up and, yes, the lids WERE firmly capped too! Disappointed? Hell yeah .... so much for being a cheaper alternative to copics - shan't be buying any more of those.
  • Luminarte shimmer spray to bling it up a bit, as if those earrings weren't enough!!!
I'll be entering this card for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at Simon Says Stamp. Of course, they are being sponsored by Hero Arts but ... as part of my being side tracked guess what? Forgot to use H.A. image!! Oooops, fortunately it's not a MUST use this challenge. I'll also be entering this over at Di's snippets challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop

It's Rudolph Day over at Stampng for Pleasure and Sarn has established the rule for 2014 that all entries must feature TWO Christmas cards in order to be eligible. And, over on Craftbubble (registration required) Nicola has set a Rudolph Day challenge with the theme of "GIFTS" so .....

My card
And my co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13.5cm square white card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • 14cm square gold linen effect card from a DCWV stack
  • Recollections parcels stamped using Memento rosebud, sweet plum and tuxedo black inks
  • MSE sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Stickles (stardust and green) to highlight

Of course, I also used the sketch for Crazy for CAS so will be entering it there too.

The Crazy for CAS sketch I used

And my second entry ......

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300 gsm, scallop edged card
  • Die cut white plain and scallop edged circle
  • Distress Ink in barn door used to colour the scallop edged circle - I then overstamped the Stamplorations grungey grid using Versacolour gold ink
  • On the smaller circle I stamped the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image using Memento tuxedo black, the Recollections star image using Versafine vintage sepia and the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle pine bough with the Versacolour gold inks
  • Alcohol markers to colour the image and stardust stickles to highlight .... in the case of the stars I sprinkled gold glamour dust too!
  • Recollections sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

This will also be entered over at Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge where her theme is: "If you want to get ahead get a hat"

And, lastly, on the crafting front .... over at Simply Less Is More the new challenge is to create a Clean And Simple card with ....... newsprint!

Materials used:
  • 15 cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and a matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of black, grey, metallic green card ..... and (of course) newsprint!
  • I dabbed Hero Arts neon inks (green/orange and pink) on to the newsprint and scrap of white card
  • Inkadinkado foliage stamped on to the newsprint and the TPC Studio sentiment on to the white snippet using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Crop-a-dile used to punch two holes in to the sentiment strip and two silver brads added
  • Aleene's acrylic spray (to protect in transit) and Luminarte shimmer spray to bling it up!

Last night saw us out to dinner with friends who also happen to be neighbours - this is becoming a bit of a habit, and a very pleasant one at that.

Not the normal thing you see in a hotel!

And the bar!

Have a fantabulous Sunday

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Saturday challenge day

Hi folks,
Most of you will know that Saturday mornings are normally spent making cards (or other papercraft projects) for challenges. Well, weirdly enough, I headed to my craft table this morning fully intending to make a card for the new "NEWSPRINT" challenge over at Simply Less Is More but .... being of the easily side tacked persuasion this is what came to exist instead .... sorry peeps, guess that the newsprint CAS card is still a work in progress!!!! You might want to check back later...

My "side tracked" card!

And co-ordinating insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White, Black, grey and patterned card snippets, white card, black card
  • Deep Red image (new stash - see below) stamped on to a white card snippet using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Copic markers (new stash - see below) to colour image
  • Penny Black sentiment stamped on to large white card panel using Ranger Archival watering can ink
I'll be entering this card for the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Sister Act blog and also for the "For the Boys" challenge over at the Chocolate, coffee, cards blog. It's back to the drawing board for me with the LIM card .... and, of course, there's a new Rudolph Day challenge over at Stamping for Pleasure, where you have to submit two makes (in the same post) so I guess I'll be pretty busy later.

Yesterday saw me heading off to Lakeland with hubby, dropped him at the air field as there was an air show he wanted to attend ...... me? Well, I had a list of places to visit: Violette's, Corner Scrapping, HobbyLobby, Michaels and Joann's!!! Yee Haa! Looks like we both had a good day planned! It's another photo heavy post from me again today ..... enjoy!

The mighty Violette's in Lakeland

More sneaky peeks at Violette's

Diana (the owner) at work behind her counter

What a smashing setting in a quiet historic downtown street

The Corner Scrappin' Shack - a new store to me

Manny's in Winter Haven - for a steak dinner on the way home

I'm not hungry any more - those steaks are HUGE!

My Corner Scrappin' Shack stash

Stash from Violette's

And some cool green copics from Violette's

Happy Saturday - see you tomorrow folks!