Friday, 2 October 2015

Welcome to Friday and the Friday Funny ....

Morning readers,

Well, I don't know about you but I've survived another week and we're here at the weekend!!! Still getting used to our new bed - in a good way, we're both sleeping like Rip van Winkle!!! Who knew a new bed could make THAT much difference?!?!?! Guess we do - NOW!

Busy old day yesterday what with a hair appointment followed almost immediately by lunch with friends and then a physio appointment on the way home!!! YIKES! Hairdresser was ahead of schedule and lunch was lovely and, whilst physio hurt like heck, I DO feel better this morning ....... re-SULT!, thanks Pete!

Finally got the house pretty much back to normal and the top of an old teak unit to the tip - charities don't want solid wood furniture any more - they prefer IKEA! Go figure, so ... off to the tip it went, still, we'd had over 30 years use of it but, in fairness, it was a trap for all things dusty and spider-y! I ALWAYS hated taking everything off, dusting them (and it) and then putting everything back (it always seemed like the dust beat me to it anyway!) - so much better now, just a quick swipe with a duster and I'm done! I'm all in favour as it gives me more time to spend ....... crafting!

My card
My image panel
And my insert and envelope


And here's how the "ombre" technique progressed .... image 1) tumbled glass, image 2) salty ocean added, image 3) stormy sky added and image 4) tumbled glass over the top of the entire panel

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm card and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel and snippet (for image)
  • 14cm square black card panel and snippet - for matting
  • Distress Inks: tumbled glass, salty ocean and stormy sky - applied by swiping and sponging using an egg shaped cosmetic sponge
  • Images from the Stampers Anonymous "Laboratorie" set CMS173 stamped using Memento inks in Paris dusk and tuxedo black
  • Hampton Art sentiment (from SCO170 Happy Birthday) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied, to protect the water based inks in transit!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. CASology - challenge No. 166 - SCIENCE
  2. Artistic Inspirations - challenge No. 141 - ANYTHING GOES/twist of black
  3. Simon Says Stamp - Monday challenge - OMBRE
  4. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 281 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 393 - MASCULINE

I was blog hopping yesterday and came across this amongst the blogs I follow ... Rockyscrafts, what WAS it? I hear you cry .... patience. Rocky even gives directions on how to make it. I made one myself a while back but had to use white cups, well it WAS the 70's you know!!!! Mine was a monster and HAD to be a floor lamp, I used mine (hard wired) with a single central bulb - held in place with that Blue Peter staple, a wire coat hanger! Unfortunately, my Jack Russell, Muttley, never liked it and took it upon herself, one day, to dismantle it by diving at it from the bed ... it was hysterical but I guess you had to be there! By using clear cups (and far fewer of them) in conjunction with multiple LED bulbs powered by solar, Rocky has brought this design bang up to date - check it out

Just heard that
the Craft Barn will be closing its bricks and mortar premises in favour of an on-line only presence. So sad to hear this news but want to wish them luck in this new venture. Their store will close on October 18th 2015.

And now for the Friday Funny brought to you this week courtesy of Marsha, made me chuckle and has nothing to do with my political belief's - could have been a photo of ANY politician or outspoken celebrity in that bottom right square, just so happened to be this one!

Have a great weekend all


Debs M said...

Great make, love the di background, so sad that another craft shop is closing even though they are remaining online x

Lauren Hatwell said...

ROFL - LOVE THAT FRIDAY FUNNY. What a great start to the weekend.

Great image panel. Loving the layering of the lush blue DI's and that image is fab! Not seen it before.

Have a great weekend. Glad to hear the new bed is ticking all the boxes for you and your back is improved.


Barb said...

Love your ombre effect. The image is a great one too. Sad to hear of another craft shop closing. There's nothing like real craft shopping is there. A great Friday Funny from Marsha. Have a lovely weekend. Barbxx

Joyce said...

Love your retro image. So fun. Thanks so much for playing along at CASology this week.

Viv said...

Great Ombre card Kathy, glad you have the house almost sorted now and are enjoying the new bed.Love the Friday funny too he he ;) Viv xx

Sue said...

Your ombre effect looks great, Kathy!

Deb said...

Gorgeous card Kathy, love that stamp and especially how you stamped inside and on the envelope!
Many thanks for joining in our Masculine Challenge at Cute Card Thursday this week! Debx

Hettie said...

Lovely card Kathy. Great funny.
Saw a Nut Hatch later today and a baby one at that as he still had downey feathers on his chest. Beautiful little thing and not worried that I was watching.

Michelle said...

Great card. I love the bleutones.
Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
Good luck, xxx Michelle (DT)

Patricia Alvarez said...

Beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Craft Your Passion. Hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!!

Maura Hibbitts said...

Beautiful blue ombre, and love the steampunk image! Thanks for joining us this week on the Monday challenge at Simon Says Stamp where it's all about Ombre!

SARN said...

Super work Kathy. Great ombre effect. Brilliant FF too xxx

Tracie Pond said...

Creative! Love the experiment set-up and the background.

Carla Brooke said...

Lovely card, thanks for sharing with Artistic Inspirations!