Monday, 31 August 2015

Happy Monday - it's an extra day off for many of us in the U.K.

Morning all,

Hope you have some plans (as well as the weather to match) for your extra day off ...... of course, if you are retired (like us) then every day is a day off!

Yesterday was nice (though not the weather!) as we nipped round to meet up with the surrogates (at real mum's) with the intention of making our Secret Santa draw ..... too early, do I hear you cry???? Well, they're a busy bunch of people and with work, holiday and family commitments this was the only date we could all guarantee - this side of November!!! Blimey, how did that happen? Still, it was a great chance to catch up with them all, with food, drink and chat thrown in. Draw safely concluded and no-one appears to have drawn either themselves or their partner - in itself a bit of a first!!! Can't tell you who the hubster or I got .... just in case one of them checks out my blog ... it COULD happen! Anyhoo, suffice it to say I have an idea for my own S.S. and hubs has an idea for his too - you could definitely call THAT a result! It's going to have to stay a secret until Boxing Day though, the day we normally exchange our gifts .... let the shopping commence!

Domesticity threatened to ruin the weekend, with the washing machine starting last week making a fearful racket!!! It had always been a tad noisy but this was ridiculous. We contacted the people with whom we have an extended warranty policy and arranged that a "man" should come out on Saturday. Said "man" arrived in a timely fashion and both diagnosed and fixed the fault in a professional manner and our washer? It's now whisper quiet but working overtime ... to catch up with the backlog!!! And then, don't get me started, there's  (cue dramatic music) ...... THE IRONING!

A little light crafting to share with you today .....

My card
A close up of the shimmer
The insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White 5" x 7" card blank (300gsm) and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card lightly sprayed first with a mix of water and ultramarine brusho
  • Memory box grid stencil through which I sprayed the blue mix once more
  • Memory box circle stencil (placed on top of the grid stencil) through which I sprayed Dylusions white ink
  • Snippet of white ribbed card to white I applied Distress Inks in salty ocean and stormy sky using an egg shaped sponge
  • Chocolate Baroque snowflake image stamped on to image panel, background panel, insert and envelope using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment (from the Christmas sentiment builder set) stamped using Memento inks, tuxedo black and Paris dusk
  • 5 silver gemstones to co-ordinate
  • Tsukineko silver frost "shimmer" spray applied to image and background panel to give added bling!
And here is how I achieved it ....

Sprayed/misted and stencilled

And my background snippet too

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

  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 239 - "Lucky Dip week" - SPRAYS and MISTS (2nd entry) 
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 192 - USE SNIPPETS
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 244 - USE SOME SILVER
  4. Crafting When We Can - five year blog party - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 71 - BLUE - (2nd entry)

And that's another for my Christmas 2015 quota - YAY!

And now for the last of our tour around Bristol on the trail of Shaun the Sheep .... on the Shaun in the City tour

The Fleece Air Arm!!!! , located by the Arnofini

This one was for my hubby!

Rather interestingly titled ..... green poems for a blue planet (????) and
located at the harbourside

This has to be one of my favourite names .... Shaun bean!

And an added bonus of this tall ship turning in the harbour

Beach boy, though I think they missed a trick by not calling him Beach BUOY!

The front of Beach Boy

Baa-Wolf! located right outside the Bristol Hippodrome

Isn't he cute?

And we got off the bus and walked home past this tranquil site, less than ½ mile from  home

Hope you've enjoyed them, I have to say that my feet were sore when I got home! We notched up SIXTEEN in five hours which also included spending about 2½ of those on three buses! We also managed to have a very pleasant pit stop at a small cafe where we enjoyed our bacon and cheese toastie and a speciality coffee - what a pleasant way to while away a day. We'll be sorry to see the Shaun's removed from public display today ..... they will all be on view in one location for a short time before heading to market (sorry, auction) in October - the proceeds will be going to charity. Already looking forward to 2017 and wondering what will be next ..... we had gorilla's first and then, in 2013, we had Gromits ... this year Shaun's so ....... in 2017? Who knows?


Craft-E-Place said...

Another great card, Kathy. The mixture of sprays and inks resulted in a beautiful panel, brilliant Christmas card.
I have really enjoyed your Shaun photographs - they make up for not being able to see them myself!

Debs M said...

Great makes and really enjoyed seeing all the shauns - have a lovely (if a bit wet) BH x

Di said...

Lovely shimmery Christmas snippets card Kathy! Beautiful design too.

Thanks for showing all the Shaun piccies - I've loved seeing them! :)


Di xx

Lauren Hatwell said...

Smashing card and thank you for the virtual tour of Bristol and the surrounding areas. I've thoroughly enjoyed all the Shaun's. They really are so cleverly done aren't they.

Enjoy your bank holiday whatever you end up doing.


Barb said...

A lovely card Kathy. Your shimmery panel looks really good. Another great set of photos. Ironing ugh! Barbxx

scrappyjacky said...

The weather is diabolical here....luckily our only plans are lunch out to celebrate a friend's birthday.

SARN said...

Fantastic inky Christmas card Kathy.

Thanks for showing even more Shauns. I've really enjoyed seeing them and travelling round Bristol on a virtual tour!

Hugs, Sarn xxx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

A beautiful shimmering Christmas card Kathy and thanks for playing along again at Less is More and a stunner for our gallery at ATCAS too! Thanks so much.

Neets B said...

The shimmer over the blues looks gorgeous, such a lovely combo on Christmas cards.
Thanks for sharing with us.
Anita x
Less is More

My name is Wynneth said...

Gorgeous Christ card kathy, so fresh looking in the blue shades, love it.

More fabby Shauns, my fave from these is the Beach Boy/Buoy he's so cute !


Chrissie said...

There's a lovely sheen on this one Kathy, lots more cute sheep too!
Thanks as ever
"Less is More"

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 244 - hope to see you again soon

Ceal said...

Great Christmas card, so pretty in the blues. Thanks for playing at ATCAS

Poppet said...

Looks like you had a busy day Kathy. Shaun the sheep looks great in all his guises. Great looking Christmas card, love the blue.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us at Crafting When We Can Challenges. :-) xx

Jaydee said...

Love your sparkly Christmas card and I am in love with the sheep. Thanks for sharing the pics with us, they really brought a smile to my face. So gld you joined us at Addicted to CAS this week