Monday, 30 November 2015

Welcome to the start of another week .....

and one in which we shall see the end of November and start of .. wait for it ... DECEMBER!!!!
Morning all,

What a wet and wild weekend most of us had, blooming storm Clodagh!!! We had terrific winds from Saturday afternoon until this morning! I'm out this morning but, I can tell you, I'll be watching for trees and thinking about where I'm going to park too! What am I up to? Well, I'm meeting a pal (from my dim distant schooldays!!!!) for coffee - it'll be great to catch up.

Since the weather has been so vile I'm pleased to report that Mr Mojo was back in the house at the weekend, thank goodness! I've been waiting for him to reappear in order that I could make my last Christmas card for a rather special someone - can you guess who?

My card

And the twinkle! Can you see the granular appearance?
That will be the glass bead glitter gel

And my insert and envelope
And here are the stages of progress ....

My snippets and stencil

My chosen Distress Inks and stamps

The hardest part? Waiting for things to dry!

Materials used:-
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + snippets for image and sentiment panel
  • Two pieces of navy card cut to 14.1cm square + snippets for matting
  • Distress Inks in tumbled glass and salty ocean applied to the larger snippet using an egg shaped blender
  • Tim Holtz snowflake stencil through which I first applied Distress Ink in stormy sky and then Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder and Crafty Impressions sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and cobalt blue + Adirondack water melon inks, which I also used around the edge of the sentiment panel
  • Blue and white twine wound twice around my base card panel and secured with tape
  • Dimensional foam tape to attach the sentiment panel
  • Stardust stickles used to trace the large wording


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 205 - SNIPPETS challenge
  2. 52 Christmas Card Throwdown - November technique challenge - SPONGING or BRAYERING - I went with sponging
  3. Sweet Stamping - November 28th challenge - SPARKLE and SHINE
  4. Crazy 4 Challenges - November 28th challenge - THINK SQUARE


See you again on Wednesday peeps

Saturday, 28 November 2015

It's the weekend!!!

Hi readers,

We've hit Saturday again AND it's the last one in November too - the Christmas chaos starts Tuesday!!! I already  have a pickup scheduled to see a Christmas gift on its way!

It's certainly felt like winter too, this past few days ... I've been wearing long sleeves (which will surprise many who know me personally) AND have the fire lit on several days too - positively brrrrr! However, it's less than four weeks till the shortest day and we all know what that means!

I've had a good few days when my mojo's plainly had a long sleeved sweater on too, and has been snuggled up under a blanket rather than accompanying me to the table of craftiness so it was nice to head round there yesterday and make the card below, which I like .....


My card
And a close up of the image panel
And my insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 2 x 13½cm square panels of white card
  • 2 x 14cm square panel of navy card
  • Kaisercraft numbers and distressed border images using Distress Ink in tumbled glass
  • Close to my Heart numbers stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Kaisercraft ? using my Distress Ink in hickory smoke
  • Kaisercraft bubble wrap image using Memento tangelo ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Distress Ink in blueprint sketch
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder stamped using both Ranger Archival jet black and cobalt blue inks
  • Ranger Distress glaze applied to de-activate the distress inks, to protect from water ingress in transit

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. 4 Crafty Chicks - challenge No. 274 - MASCULINE
  2. Crafting with attitude - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Aud Sentiments - challenge No. 145 - ANYTHING GOES + a sentiment
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - November 24th - 30th - ANYTHING GOES

And then on to another, slightly more GIRLY make ....

My card

And a closer view which (I HOPE) shows the twinkle of the wink of stella pens

And the insert and envelope
Materials used:

  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + a snippet for my image panel
  • One piece of black card cut to 14.1cm + snippet for my image panel
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "One martini, two martini" image stamped on to snippet using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "cocktail stick with fruit" stamped where the corners of my image panel would be adhered
  • Pro Markers (pumpkin, gold, pear, vanilla) used to colour and Wink of stella glitter brush pens (clear and gold) used to colour
  • On the insert and envelope Stamplorations sentiment builder stamped using Ranger Archival jet black and Memento tangelo inks


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

  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 252 - FRUIT
  2. Creative Corner - 27th November challenge - GLITZ and GLAMOUR - what could be more glamorous than cocktails .. with fruit!
  3. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 98 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Simply Papercrafts for all occasions - challenge No. 18 - ANYTHING GOES


What was I been doing whilst the mojo has been conspicuous in its absence? Well, I got my Christmas tree up (ready for a visit from a pal) and decorations up in my office .... not that it took long to site that, at all!!! A nice festive twinkle though and who can fail to be cheered by a bit of twinkle?!?!?




Have a fab weekend ......


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!!!

Friday, 27 November 2015

Welcome to the Last Friday Funny in November!

Morning,

Another weekend looms large and I'm looking forward to it, DESPITE the fact that it's the last one in November and Christmas is just FOUR WEEKS AWAY!!! How's that Christmas shopping coming along?

For those of you who celebrate it then I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and I hope you enjoy Black Friday too - though I shan't be venturing near the shops today!

I've been experiencing in a bit of a crafting drought this week ... thought it was the result of a couple of external issues but, having dealt with those - nothing much. I MADE myself hit the table of craftiness and I have to say that I'm not best pleased with the result but I shall share it with you anyway, and await constructive comments ....




Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm white card panel
  • 14cm black card panel
  • American Art Impression image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Faber Castell "S" Pitt pen used to doodle a border around the stamped image
  • Marvy le Plume II markers to add colour to the hair, flower and cocktail
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Visible Image splatter image stamped using Memento tangelo ink

Well, you know how things run away with your? It got to Rudolph Day (Wednesday 25th) AND we had friends stopping by to visit for the last time before Christmas and I set to thinking about how it might be nice for these friends to call and for us to have SOME decorations up .... one thing led to another .... hubby went up in the loft, next thing we know we have half a dozen assorted size trees up, lights up the ying yang and all sorts - how EVER did THAT happen? So, we're looking jolly festive and it's not even December! Might have to break out some Christmas music ... it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ..... fa la la la la!


Our tree is a tiddler this year, just topping 4'0" (instead of the usual 6'0")
and is black rather than green  and, yes, those are real wrapped presents.

And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you this week

The Explanation

Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe.  Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full, so, too, do humans take longer to access information when their brains are full.

Researchers say this slowing down process is not the same as cognitive decline. The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time. The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more.

Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.  It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people do more exercise..



SO THERE!!



I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names.  So, please forward this to your friends; they may be my friends, too. 

Have a splendid weekend

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

It's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday AND Rudolph Day

Morning all,


Blimey, you DO all realise that it is just ONE calendar month till Christmas, don't you? YIKES!! Whilst I do have this years Christmas card makes under control I DON'T have my Christmas tags under control and my Christmas shopping ..... don't get me started! 

Anyway, it was my turn to set a Rudolph Day challenge for a group of friends - I toyed with all sorts of challenge themes from using a comic image to bright and colourful to a sketch. In the end I sort of combined two (the other one being COMIC) and went with STRINGS ..... now this could be strings on parcels, strings of tinsel, decorations - anything these pals like. Fortunately, I made my card before my mojo went in to hibernation and I went with the more obvious ... strings of LIGHTS! and here's my make . . . . . .

Here's my slightly comic make

And a close up to show more detail .... and the twinkle
And my insert and envelope, check out the String of lights on the mail box!
Materials used:-
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square of white card and 14cm square of red card (duplicated for the insert)
  • Using a PSX stamp positioner I stamped my Sparkle 'n Sprinkle flamingo image with Memento tuxedo black ink ... FYI I don't think I use him anywhere near enough, how cool is he?
  • For the envelope I used the fabulous Stamplistic "envelope dress up" image, stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers and Glitter gel pens to colour both images
  • Inkadinkado ornate sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crystal stickles to highlight and "ground" my image

I'll also be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Scraps of Life - November Rudolph Day - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) - November Rudolph Day -  STRINGS
  3. Crafty Sentiments - November challenge -  CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS
  4. Through The Craft Room Door - November 24th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Clear It Out Challenge - November 24th challenge - IT'S SNOWING - Theme-CHRISTMAS, Stash - GLITTER - I went with my old glitter pens AND glitter glue, I HOPE that works

I also figured that, for those further behind with their 2015 quota, this could turn in to the perfect batch challenge .. take a string of lights or bells or the like, add a smidge of colour and/or glitter, a sentiment and - BAZINGA!

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday ... here's the state of my desk


Mr Mojo's been AWOL this week and my desk hasn't changed since SATURDAY!!!
Lovely meal at one of our favourite restaurants last night and Raj was in attendance to ensure everything went smoothly! Lovely grub and a nice ongoing natter back at our pal's too - Windows 10 here she comes too!

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Welcome to challenge Saturday peeps

Hi there,

How's your weekend going? Cold enough for you? Weather forecasters predicting snow in the UK in places so, if you are in one of those places, then please take care.

I have to be honest, Mr Mojo's been hiding in a corner since our return home to this cold and positively DANK weather but I came across a sketch yesterday which just called my name.

And now I'd like to share it with you ...

My card
And a closer view of my image panel

And the insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White 5" x 7", 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 11 x 16cm + snippet for image panel
  • Two pieces of red card cut to 11.6 x 16.6cm + snippet for layering
  • Black card snippet for layering
  • Posh Impressions heart image stamped on to snippet of white card using Versamark ink and then heat embossed using red tinsel EP, elsewhere stamped using Adirondack red pepper ink before die cutting to a circle and then matting on to a slightly larger die cut circle and scallop edged circle
  • Snippet of red card cut to form the diagonal panel on the card front 
  • Faber Castell "S" Pitt pen used to draw two lines to edge the coloured panel
  • Papermania sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black (an additional Kaisercraft sentiment stamped on the insert)

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 171 - ANYTHING GOES + DT call
  2. Crafting by Designs - November 18th challenge - TIMES 3 - Three layers to my image panel
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 46 - USE SCRAPS
  4. Crafting for all seasons - challenge NO. 114 - EMBOSSING - I went with heat embossing
  5. Bloggers challenge - November 20th challenge - CIRCLES
  6. Friday Mash Up - challenge No.235 - SKETCH and/or THANKFUL THEME - I went with just the sketch


And then, after a crafting drought of a few days ..... cards are like buses ... so, here's another one!


My card

And a close up of the image panel

And my insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square of white card - cut two
  • 14cm square black card - cut two
  • Distress Ink in hickory smoke sponged randomly in the corner and then tea dye through a memory box square stencil
  • Kaisercraft image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder sentiment stamped Ranger Archival inks in jet black and sepia
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Ranger Archival sepia ink
  • Ranger Distress Glaze applied with a finger, to set the distress inks

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 251 - NUMBERS
  2. Craft Rocket - November monthly challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting with attitude - challenge No. 9 - ANYTHING GOES

Have a splendid weekend and ... STAY WARM and SAFE peeps

Friday, 20 November 2015

Friday Funny post .....

Morning

As we start a new weekend I can only hope you all have something splendid to look forward to - perhaps a little (dare I say it?) CHRISTMAS shopping?!?!?!?!?! I nipped out earlier this week (yes, in all that rain - am I bonkers?) and managed to finish quite a few gifts, having waited in all morning for two rather splendid wicker gifties that I'm quite pleased with - now all I have to do is worry about wrapping them! Anyone got any ideas for my brother and sister-in-law, all sensible suggestions welcome. What I have also managed to do is write those pesky Christmas cards which I've spent so much time working on in 2015 ... what I'd really like is for someone to invent a way of them writing themselves once I've made them - any suggestions there either? Am I doing it wrong or does it take AT LEAST as long to write them as it takes to make them?

All this by way of saying that I've not been near the table of craftiness for what feels like weeks but is, in reality, only a couple of days! I have PROMISED myself some quality crafting time today and hope to be on target tomorrow for some challenge entries - YAY!

In the meantime ALL I have to share with you today is the Friday Funny which I found on facebook so ... no entry in the draw this week! I don't drink gin myself but then ... sure I do!





Have a great weekend whether it's gin (or alternate fave tipple) fuelled or not!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all

Up with the lark (or even a little before) this morning, as the hubs is off out for the day, crikey, rather him than me with this alarm malarkey! We are sooo out of the habit! Still, it's only occasionally and it won't do us any harm at all!, we're both a little bleary right now though.

Right, hands up those of you who have just looked at my countdown to Christmas ticker and shaken your head at the fact it's only 37 days to Christmas!!!! I KNOW, me too ... where IS the time going? Fortunately, I'm on the case with the shopping and finished two more presents just yesterday, with delivery scheduled for today .... the gift is kind of round (no they're NOT sleeping bags!) so I'm hoping they will come boxed separately else I'm going to have to wrap ROUND! Ah well, I do love a challenge!

Anyway, the Christmas movies have started on Channel 5 so I can craft in the afternoons with one on in the background - perfick. Next thing you know, I'll be drinking sherry ... p'raps not!


Base tag with Distress paint "swiped" to act as a slight resist

Inked over

Stencilled

Over stencilled with glass bead glitter gel

At this point I THOUGHT it was finished but .....
But I was wrong, I decided that the stripey reindeer didn't look right so,
despite the fact it was already attached to my tag ... distress paint
and Glass Bead Glitter Gel and BINGO! NOW it's finished!

And super twinkley

Materials used:
  • 60 x 120mm white luggage tag
  • Distress Paints in weathered wood and antiqued bronze
  • Distress Inks: weathered wood, tumbled glass, salty ocean, blueprint sketch, stormy sky
  • Ranger Snowflake stencil, sponged first with DI stormy sky and then Glass Bead Glitter Gel (Faber Castell)
  • Gold glittered Christmas Tree ornament, glitter embellishment (Holidays) and chipboard reindeer (distress painted with the antiqued bronze and then the glitter gel)
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using D.I. stormy sky and Ranger Archival cobalt blue inks
  • Dimensional foam pads

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. We Love 2 Create - challenge No. 23 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. The Kraft Journal - challenge No. 250 - ANYTHING GOES - TAGS
  3. HLS - November Mixed Media challenge - TAGS
  4. Creative Inspirations - challenge No. 334 - FESTIVE FUN
  5. Stamping with Loll - November challenge - TWELVE TAGS OF CHRISTMAS

 

It is also What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday (in addition to being only 37 ... count them ... 37 days to Christmas!, so here's how my desk is looking right now.

I STILL have a reasonable space to craft in .... for me, that is!

Go on, you'd best get off and crack on with your Christmas shopping then .. unless you are super organised and have finished - you haven't - HAVE YOU?

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Lazy Sunday, mostly because it's STILL soggy!

Morning all,

Welcome to another wet weekend, looks like this be in for the duration but let's hope not! It was VILE all day yesterday and today has started in a VERY similar fashion, nothing for it but to stay in and craft .... sound like a plan?

As my regular readers will know, I participate in an ATC materials swap with a trading card buddy on the Isle of Skye .. received my latest batch of materials recently ....

Textured blue card, metallic effect die cut and three blue faceted gemstones
And here is what I made ..... 






Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Blue card (provided) run through an embossing folder and then coloured with Distress Inks in blueprint sketch and chipped sapphire
  • Treasure Gold in Amethyst applied with a finger to the raised areas along with just a smattering of glass bead glitter gel (which doesn't show in the photo)
  • Blue/white bakers twine wrapped three times around the ATC and knotted
  • Snippet of white card on to which I stamped the Stampers Anonymous image from the Time Traveller set, using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Distress Ink in hickory smoke
  • I only used two of the gemstones sent to me, attached using Aleene's dries clear tacky glue pen .... which I probably won't use again as it's very difficult to get the glue out as it approaches empty! NOT for those with hand dexterity issues


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 203 - USE SNIPPETS
  2. Super Scraps Saturday - challenge No. 225 - USE SCRAPS


Have a great Sunday, DESPITE the weather but, who knows? YOU might have sunshine, fingers crossed!

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Oooh, is it me or or is it like a wet weekend?!?!?!

Morning all

Welcome to another wet weekend!

However, that said, I have still managed to use the water productively this morning ..... water COLOUR!

My card

And a closer view of the image panel

Co-ordinating inside and envelope
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Unknown Santa image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Distress Inks (used water colour style) to colour:- antique linen, festive berries, fired brick, aged mahogany, black soot, blueprint sketch, vintage photo
  • Crystal stickles to highlight


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 250 - ONE LAYER CARD - SANTA
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 97 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Left of Centre - challenge No. 104 - SPARKLE
  4. Alphabet challenge - November challenge - TIS THE SEASON
  5. Just Us Girls - challenge No. 319 - USE WATER COLOUR