Friday, 31 July 2015

Another Friday ..... don't worry, tomorrow it will be AUGUST!!!

Morning readers

Well, what started off as a totally empty week in the diary has turned in to something considerably less empty, what with heading out to dinner with friends (twice), visiting relative and crafting my little socks off ... they're on the floor beside me as I type!!! lol!

Anyway, I have more crafting to share with you this find morning .... and FINALLY, the chance to use the Inktense blocks once more .... I was given these by a generous pal a while back. I used them in the beginning but ran out of inspiration. It would appear that I had forgotten just how fab they are but now .... I REMEMBER!!! Brilliant on fabric!

The front of my project
The back of my project

Materials used:-

  • White cotton (mine was an odd pillow case - heaven knows where it's pair is!)
  • Inktense blocks
  • Various stamps (IndigoBlu, Inkadinkado, Visible Image)
  • Various inks (Ranger Archival in jet black, watering can, cobalt blue, sepia)
  • Buttons and thread
  • Sewing machine to sew panels
  • Embroidery hoop - gesso'd and then painted with Deco Art metallic purple paint

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Welove2create  (pan pastels) - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Altered Eclectics - July challenge - Always ANYTHING GOES ... in a previous life the above project was a white pillow case and a natural wood embroidery hoop!
  3. Crafts Galore - July challenge - USE A STAMP
  4. Crafters Cafe - challenge No. 127 - USE SOME BUTTONS ... there are SIX
  5. Addicted to stamps and More - challenge No. 155 - PHOTO INSPIRATION .. I have used reds, yellows, greens, orange - all colours in the photo


There was even a little fabric left over from this piece

Which I thought I would turn in to a bonus ATC project ... which I will enter for the following challenge:
  1. Mixed media - challenge No. 14 - SUMMER DAYS - well, summer colours for sure! .... the ATC below is entered for this challenge ... sunshine and smiles!

Materials used:

  • Fabric left over from the above project
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

And now for the Friday Funny..... called the Boating Lake - an oldie but goldie

New employee at the boating lake shouts "Come in number 9, come in number 9, your time is up" .... only to have a colleague whisper in his ear ..... "we don't have a boat number 9"

New employee shouts "Number 6, are you in trouble?"

And, continuing in the same schoolboy humour vein .... my cousin Debra sent me this one ......

Thirty cows in a field, twenty eight chickens how many didn't?? .... think about it! ... EDITED: try reading it out loud

AND (I'm almost sorry about this one!)

An Egyptian mummy has been found and dug up in Egypt ... It was covered in chocolate and nuts ........... They're naming it ..... Pharaoh Rocher.... (you may groan now!)

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Mid week once more .......

Morning readers and followers,

Hope your week is going well. Mine is ..... I've been cracking on with a fabric project ... and last evening saw us socialising with a pal .... she even cooked us dinner. We had a lovely evening and the food wasn't half bad either! Thanks mate!.

Still found time to craft (you might know I WOULD) ...

My card
And a closer view
My insert and envelope

Materials used

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 14cm square white card panel (x 2)
  • 14½cm square black card panel (x 2)
  • Using the egg shaped sponge for blending I applied Distress Inks in bundled sage, evergreen bough and crushed olive to roughly the area for stamping.
  • Paper Artsy image (from the set shown above) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped randomly using Memento pear tart ink
  • Kaisercraft sentiments (both from the CS913 Birthday set) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and watering can inks
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to the image panel to protect the water based colours in transit

I plan on entering the following challenges with this make:-
  1. CASology - challenge No. 157 - THINGS WITH WINGS
  2. Card Mania - challenge No. 70 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Happy Little Stampers - July challenge - STAMPING
  4. One Crazy Stamper - July challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Aurora Wings - challenge No. 17 - THINGS WITH WINGS
  6. City Crafter - challenge No. 272 - MASCULINE BIRTHDAY CARD
  7. Through the Craft Room Door - challenge No. 28 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES

And here's something I made recently with snippet of fabric, some pens and a pair of scissors, needle and thread - now ALL I have to do with it is decide what to make it in to!

Needs a bit of fanning out but, essentially, it's a flower!!
But you spotted that - right?!?!?!

I've never managed to keep a digital camera long enough to pass the 10,000 shots mark ... imagine my surprise to discover that .... the numbers go back to .... zero. I was looking for my photos everywhere yesterday!! DOH! Found them ..... Guess this means I should probably be looking for its replacement - the manufacturer plainly hadn't accounted for this happening either!

I know many of my blogging buddy's are craft obsessed (MUCH!) and came across this yesterday ... I plan on going (depending on final date as we've a big celebration coming up in 2016) - if any of you might also be interested then  ..... check it out below.

For those of you who are members of the Happy Little Stampers forum or followers of their blog ... Kylie is organising a crafting retreat in 2016 in Swindon. Do check out the details here, and sign up if you are interested (expressions of interest before August 31st 2015). Check out the link as it outlines the location, cost and what's included for your hard earned pennies.

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, here's a peek at my desk ...

Monday, 27 July 2015

Morning, welcome to the start of a soggy week!


What a wet weekend? Well, if I'm honest, Saturday wasn't THAT bad and I DID my sheets and towels line dried ........ but Sunday - total YUCK! Fortunately, I was off out to play with a crafting buddy. After a quick run through of just how frustrating computers can be, we managed to enter a few challenges (Lilian's personal BĂȘte noir) and crack on with some crafting - we made some very inky backgrounds using Distress Inks and stencils. Here are my two, I hope Lilian will share her backgrounds on here own blog, here, some time soon

Ready to stamp!
Materials used:

  • White card snippets
  • Distress Inks: shabby shutters, crushed olive, black soot and fired brick (left)           spiced marmalade, tea dye, vintage photo, fired brick, black soot (right)
  • Tim Holtz mini blending tool and foam pads
  • Stencils: Dutchdoobadoo barbed wire and Tim Holtz faux brick and animal print 
  • Water spritzer and paper towel

Not sure where the time goes but it was soon time to head home for some lunch and to wash the ink from my fingers! - have fun making your backgrounds in to something, Lilian, I know I will! .. and did! I'd like to share the finished card with you ...

My CAS masculine card

A closer view of the panel - see how the spiced marmalade looks like the glow
from a street light and no rain is falling underneath the umbrella ....
or is that just my imagination???

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Image panel (as per previous)
  • 14cm square white card - for the insert
  • Stampers Anonymous "man with umbrella" image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink (the blackest ink known to man ..... unless YOU know differently!)
  • Hampton Arts sentiment (recently incorrectly credited to TPC Studio) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Three black "faux" brads adhered to the card blank
  • Crafters Companion spray and shine applied, to protect the water based inks in transit

I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:-

  1. Stamplorations - July challenge - STAMPS AND DISTRESSING (plenty of distress going on!)
  2. Simply Papercraft - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 156 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 88 - ALWAYS ANYTHING GOES
  5. That Craft Place - WORDS
  6. Gem of a challenge - challenge No. 149 - BIRTHDAY WISHES
  7. Addicted to Stamps & More - challenge NO. 154 - CAS

Following a visit to this blog before I went out yesterday, I found a technique I'd never come across before ... a little research and I found a cunning (and short) video, which kind of had to be tried so ..... as soon as I'd had my lunch it was off to the kitchen; where I gathered up some materials:-
  • a small bowl 
  • a straw
  • some dish soap
  • water 
  • sample size of house paint in lime (don't ask!)
  • non stick craft sheet/oven liner
  • paper towel

and off I went .......

Surprising how much fun this was but ... be warned. DO USE A CRAFT MAT (or similar)
as the bubbles burst and spray small amounts of emulsion paint on your work surface
FORTUNATELY, I had allowed for this!

So much fun and only a little messy too

The first "prints" were a little pale so, froth up the mixture and dunk a
second time - much better!
I imagine a darker colour (like in the video) would yield more dramatic results

Want to watch the video?, here it is ....

Might have to see how this works with Fresco or Distress paints too (I'm thinking picked raspberry or peacock feathers or even black soot distress paint - for that more masculine look or, how about Fresco SQUID INK?!) ..... unless one my creative visitors to this blog can tell me .....?????

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Morning and welcome to Sunday morning


I'm away from my desk again this morning as I shall be crafting with pal, Lilian - wonder what we'll come up with!

Whilst at a workshop recently a fellow attendee was using "Smoothies" and I was quite taken with them. A quick Google found the going rate to be around £4.25 for two well, not knowing whether I would like them or not I set about finding a cheaper alternative and came up with these, at £1.46 for two inc P&P - imagine my surprise when I discovered they shipped from Hong Kong for that price too!!!!

Nothing for it but to try them out, as an alternative to a blending tool!!

And a close up to show the layers of one colour ..

Materials used:

  • Two snippets of 200gsm white card, stuck together as neither is thick enough on its own!
  • Using the sponge shown above I applied Distress Ink in bundled sage all over the snippet of white card which I planned to use as my image panel.
  • Using TCW stencils (mini circles and faux brick) I stencilled bundled sage through both fairly randomly and added the green around the edge again once the stencils were removed
  • Using my Paper Artsy splatter and Visible Image pixellated border (part of the Craft Stamper freebie mini flourish) I stamped with the bundled sage
  • Crafty Impressions sentiment and Penny Black poinsettia stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Crystal stickles used to highlight

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 187 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  2. That's Crafty - STENCILS and MASKS - I used two stencils
  3. Crafting with Attitude - challenge No. 5 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Wednesdays Creative Inspirations - challenge No. 323 - FLOWERS

And the smoothie lookalikes? Well, they performed well enough but it's early days to say how well they perform over time! If they last half as long as smoothies then they'll still be worth the money!

And whilst I was at the table of craftiness yesterday I thought I would try a card for a challenge I saw recently ........

My card
And a close up

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Papermania pad stripes/polka dot
  • Black card for matting
  • 14cm square white card panel - for insert, edged with black ink
  • Snippets of white card on to which I stamped the Inkadinkado guitar and the TPC Studio sentiment
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image inked with Memento tuxedo black ink and randomly stamped around the image
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento London fog ink

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. The Male Room - challenge No. 15 - SPOTS AND STRIPES
  2. Crafts4Eternity - challenge No. R236 - MUSIC
  3. Daring Card Makers - Ruby Rock-it dare - ROCK IT
  4. Sister Act - challenge No. 116 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Polkadoodles - TWO (or more) PATTERNED PAPERS - I used two
  6. Simply Papercraft - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES
  7. Sweet Stampin' challenge - BOYS and their TOYS

Have a great Sunday - by the time you read this I may be getting inky myself!

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Woo Hoo - It's RUDOLPH DAY AND Challenge Day - double Whammy!

Morning all,

Well, it's Rudolph Day once more ... what exactly IS Rudolph Day? Hmm, now that's a tough one .. it's all about preparing for Christmas well in advance of December 24th!!! So Christmas Day doesn't just kind of sneak up on you ... which it can (and HAS, at the Purple Palace!) ..... there are all sorts of sites and challenges to help you prepare - even the likes of the home shopping channels do "Christmas in July" to try to get you "in the mood" to start making your purchases and cards .... I set myself a project to use some images that didn't immediately scream CHRISTMAS at me, in order to make some Christmas cards and I came up with the four below - see what you think ....

CARD #1- utilising a non Christmas image or two .... add a Santa hat, some snow
and a sentiment and BINGO!
My Crazy bird and Visible Image flower stem - NOT CHRISTMAS-y!

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White 12 x 17½cm, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 10½ x 15½cm white card panel (x 2 including insert)
  • 11 x 16cm red card panel, for matting
  • Stampers Anonymous bird crazy image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink .... stamped on to insert, envelope, image panel and separately on to a scrap of white card (makes cutting out so much easier if you don't have to faff with the quiff!!)
  • Alcohol markers to colour the image on scrap card which was then cut out, brushed with Paper Artsy Gloss Glaze before adhering directly over the image stamped on my front panel
  • Santa hat (All Night Media) stamped on to scrap of white card using Versamark ink, sprinkled with Red embossing tinsel and the excess shaken off before heat embossing and cutting out, gluing in to place on my crazy birds head - at a jaunty angle!
  • Visible Image INKognito flower stem stamped using Versamark ink, sprinkled with WOW! white puff embossing powder, excess shaken off and then heat embossed. For the insert I simply stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

And here's another make:

CARD #2 - using a non Christmas-y downtown skyline but by adding
some glitter (snow) and a sleigh and it makes a Christmas card

A close up of the image panel - you just know Santa won't be stopping here ...
not with all those lights on!

The co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Scrap of white card coloured with Distress Inks: tumbled glass, salty ocean, stormy sky and black soot
  • Hero Arts cityscape (not Christmas-y) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Distress marker in spiced marmalade used to colour in odd window  ... lights on!!
  • Inkylicious Sleigh image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • I then die cut the image panel in to a circle and die cut a slightly larger circle of navy, to mat
  • Inkylicious sentiment stamped directly on to the card blank using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crystal stickles dotted randomly, to simulate stars

And another ......

CARD #3 - using a swipe image, a regular tree and it's not too Christmas-y
but add a sparkly snow, some glitter and a Christmas sentiment and suddenly
- it's a Christmas card

A closer view showing the twinkly puff embossing powder!

And the co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:

  • 12 x 17½cm white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 10½ x 15½cm white card panel 
  • 11 x 16cm deep green card panel, for matting
  • Art Impressions tree image (not Christmas-y) stamped using Adirondack bottle green ink
  • Visible Image swipe (SOOOOO not Christmas-y) stamped at the base of my tree using Versamark ink.
  • WOW! White puff twinkle embossing powder sprinkled liberally over the swipe, the excess shaken off before heat embossing - gives a lovely twinkly dimensional feel to the card
  • Penny Black sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • For the insert I used a See D's sentiment instead
And, finally, another of those FABULOUS birdies ...

CARD #4 - using those fabulous crazy birds
Using cool and Christmas-y colours, some twinkle
and a large sentiment and you have another quirky Christmas card!

And a close up of this cutie!!
And  my co-ordinating inside and envelope

Materials used:
  • 5" x 7" white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of card:- water colour card, black and red (linen effect DCWV) card
  • Stampers Anonymous "Bella Lugosi" image (you've never seen Bella Lugosi looking QUITE so warm and fuzzy have you?!?!) stamped twice, on to water colour card
  • Brusho's used water colour style to both colour "Bella" and add the background: lemon, orange, scarlet, dark brown, turquoise. I only painted the wings on the second image, and then cut them out.
  • Signo uniball white gel roller to highlight "Bella"
  • Personal Impressions parcel (not Christmas-y) stamped on to white card snippet using Versamark ink before sprinkling Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "Christmas Fire" embossing powder liberally and then heat embossing. I then cut out the image and attached with a glue dot
  • The spare pair of "wings" was attached over the original with the aid of dimensional foam
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Versamark ink and also "swiped" across the bottom of my image panel before sprinkling with WOW! white puffy tinsel embossing powder which was then heat embossed for the "snow" .... so far not a single truly Christmas-y image .....
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder stamped on to the card blank using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink ... finally a Christmas image .... on a Christmas card!!!!

So, it IS possible to make Christmas cards without using much in the way of a Christmas-y image!!! Woo Hoo. I'll be entering these makes for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftbubble2½ (membership required) Craft Mad and Loving It Group - July Rudolph Day - USE ONE (or more) NON CHRISTMAS IMAGE/S TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS PROJECT ... once I started I just couldn't stop! ...... card # 1
  2. Morgan's Art World - challenge No. 3 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ..... card #1
  3. Crafting For All Seasons - challenge No. 106 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY .... card #1
  4. Penny's Paper Crafty - challenge No. 237 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ......... Card #1
  5. CASology - challenge No.156 - LINE ...... card #1
  6. ABC of Christmas - O FOR OFF THE EDGE ........ card #2 (downtown skyline off the edge)
  7. Crafters Cafe - challenge NO. 126 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ...... card #2
  8. Scraps of Life - July Rudolph Day - A Christmas themed make ..... card # 2
  9. Holly Jolly Christmas challenge - July - INSPIRED BY A CHRISTMAS CAROL/SONG - card #2 (Santa Claus is coming to town)
  10. Christmas Stamping All Year Round - challenge No. 51 - A CLEAN AND SIMPLE CHRISTMAS CARD ..... card #3
  11. Going grey with Scrap Creations - July challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY .... card #3
  12. Addicted to Stamps & More - challenge No. 154 - CAS (Clean And Simple) ..... card #3
  13. Eureka Stamps - challenge No. 150 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ...... card #3
  14. Happy Little Stampers - July CHRISTMAS challenge - TREE - card #3
  15. Ooh La La! - challenge No. 185 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ..... card #4
  16. Deep Ocean - challenge No. 108 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY ......  card #4
  17. Tuesday Throwdown - challenge No. 254 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY  ........ card #4
  18. Scrapbook Stamp Society - challenge No. 71 - ANYTHING GOES/optional HOLIDAY ...... card #4
  19. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 234 - RECIPE, USE SNIPPETS ...... card #4
Hope you will follow the links to see which ones I've entered for which challenge! None of my cards will be entered for all of them so, if the challenges have max numbers of other challenges then I hope I shan't have broken any rules. AND (of course) it means four more Christmas makes to add to my collection for 2015 - I now have 54! ..... Woo Hoo!! Happy Rudolph Day everyone!

Friday, 24 July 2015

Welcome to Friday - the weekend starts HERE!

Morning readers,

Well (TECHNICALLY) the weekend starts today .... and I hope you all have something nice planned this weekend AND that the weather will do nothing to spoil those plans either!

Me? Well, I suspect there will be crafting involved (obsessed much?!) and maybe a few challenges, we shall see!

As for yesterday ... I was going to do so much but, after a trip to the hairdressers, what exactly did I achieve? Well, I balanced my bank statement .... does that count? Oh and got well in to a book and the day just disappeared. Hardly got to spend much time at my table of craftiness at all.

However, I do have a make to share with you this morning:-

My finished tag

The base of my card showing two different sizes of 8s both as
a border and fill in ... the background

A close up of the 8's

Materials used:-

  • White luggage tag - 60 x 120mm
  • Distress Ink in tumbled glass and salty ocean applied using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Kaisercraft mini grid stamp spritzed with water and stamped, allowed to develop and then excess water blotted and allowed to dry fully
  • Inkadinkado number 8 (from the LH set below) stamped around the outer edge of the tag, using Distress Ink in salty ocean
  • Inkadinkado number 8 (from the RH set below) stamped in the midde (four times) using Hero Arts neon blue ink
  • Kaisercraft mini grid image stamped (both partially and randomly) using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Creative Expressions grungey stars image stamped using Versafine Mediterranean blue ink
  • Paper Artsy glaze (gloss) applied with a sponge to seal and protect the water based inks and to add a little texture


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Dragons Dream TIO - challenge No. 196 - TO USE THE NUMBER 8
  2. Through the Craft Room Door - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 25 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Welovetocreate (Pan Pastels) - challenge No. 15 - ANYTHING MIXED MEDIA/CREATIVE/INKY GOES!

The good peeps over at the Happy Little Stampers blog have now released some stamps .... and they are offering us regular crafters the opportunity to win some. Interested? Then check out this link and see how you can do just that - GOOD LUCK!

And now for the Friday Funny, courtesy of Lilian this week - thanks mate

Lesson on Stress

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or half full?' She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."
"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practised.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.

  1. Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  4. Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
  5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  8. Never buy a car you can't push.
  9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
  13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  15. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
  16. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
  17. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
  18. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today. 
  19. AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!

Have a great weekend peeps despite the fact that Cadbury's new parent company appears to be trying to change the status of item number 19 above .... by shrinking the sizes of our fave Cadbury products AND changing the recipe of our beloved Creme eggs! SHOCKING!