Sunday, 31 January 2016

Welcome to the last day of January ... did you miss it too?


Hope you are enjoying your weekend; wasn't it NICE to see the sun yesterday? We had sun for several hours and I hope you did too.

Yesterday evening our surrogate daughter (#2) and hubby popped round for a chat, bringing with them the lovely Riddick who, we discovered, is a big fan of ice cubes! Sure too many won't be good for him but he chowed down on a couple with his tail in permanent WAG mode! Love him!

lovely boy!
It's the last day of January today and I find myself wondering where the rest of the month went, tomorrow will be February and I've hardly started my Christmas 2016 preparations!!! No, honestly, I try to make a couple of cards each month - to avoid a mahoosive batch make come November! Thank heavens for Maureen (over at Scraps of Life) who very kindly offered me a couple of Guest Design Team Member slots otherwise I wouldn't even have made the batch of tags I made for their first challenge of 2016!!!

Honestly, sometimes I wonder where my braincell goes when I'm not actively using it! I checked out a challenge yesterday where the theme was "DOWN UNDER" and I said "I have NO appropriate images" ..... a little while later (several HOURS after I'd submitted my lateral thinking make) I realised that I had won the fabulous Stampers Anonymous "Cityscapes" .. nothing for it but to have another go, and here it is

My card
And a closer view
And the insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 9.5 x 14cm and 13.5 x 4.4cm white card panels 
  • 9.9 x 14.4cm and 13.8 x 4.7cm navy card snippets
  • Stampers Anonymous "CMS224 Cityscapes" image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink ... obviously I went with Sydney ..... but the others are fab too
  • Twinkling H2O in mystic blue and pro markers in vanilla, ice grey #1, red and blue to colour image
  • Faber Castell Pitt pen "S" thickness to draw birds freehand

I will enter it for the following challenges:
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 251 - LUCKY DIP - them - DOWN UNDER - 2nd entry
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 214 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  3. Crazy for challenges - challenge C4C321 - DOWN UNDER

Saturday, 30 January 2016

Happy Saturday

Hello readers, 

How's your weekend coming along? 

We've had another couple of wet and wild days when there's been little point in going out unless we've had to .. end result? More crafting!! Mind you, the photographing of said crafting's proven a little tricky as the light has been AWFUL!!!! My project immediately below is lovely and twinkly IRL but it's been hard to capture! I have a little gentle water colour project to share with you - makes quite a change from the loud colours and distressing of my mirror from yesterday ... don't THINK I did it deliberately to prove that I'm not just a one trick pony but .....

My card
And a closer view to show the sheen
My Insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 9 x 13.5cm white card panel
  • 9.2 x 13.7cm navy card panel (Newbury show stash)
  • Katzelkraft cat image (from "Les Chats Russes" set) stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Twinkling H2O's applied water colour style:- mystic blue, golden sand, sandollar, gold dust, English lavender, forest and mustard greens
  • Tsukineko Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to add twinkle to the whiskers
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
I thought afterwards .... how about adding a miaow?, since the cat appears to be yawning/singing or similar .... which do you prefer? I used a dollar stamp for the balloon (Studiog I think) and Michaels alphabet peg stamps, from their dollar bin - which is their now $1.50 bin) using Ranger Archival cobalt and jet black inks on to white card which I then cut round .. I may (or may not) use the miaow "speech bubble" depending on popular opinion!

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

And now on to my LIM entry.... I've left a sentiment off as I think it might fit numerous occasions, will stamp a sentiment once I decide what it will eventually be!

My card
And a closer view to show the twinkle of the Wink of Stella
And the insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9 x 13cm
  • Two orange card panels cut to 9.4 x 13.4cm
  • Two navy card panels cut to 9.8 x 13.8cm
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle "Mon amis umbrella" stamped using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Pro Markers: antique pink, tulip yellow, gold and pumpkin along with Copic skin white used to colour
  • Tsukineko Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to add twinkle

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 261 - LUCKY DIP ... DOWN UNDER - I have nothing OZ related but instead went with under my umbrella! Let's hope my fellow LIM-ettes will allow it!
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 101 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Papercraft - challenge No. 22 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Southern Girls - challenge January 21st - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Crazy4challenges - challenge No. C4C321 - DOWN UNDER
I promise to have a good long think about the LIM project and maybe a second entry!

And now for the further progress of my mirror ....

Here it is ... mirror's back in - FINISHED!
This was the point I decided it was finished ... just need to reattach the mirror now
Materials used:-
  • IKEA Malma mirror (£1.50 - such GREAT value), I removed the mirrored part for the project
  • Liberal coat of gesso
  • Various ephemera:- buttons, tiny beads, micro beads, tiny stars, two bookmark style clips, two guitar brads and a star (with the "legs" chopped off), broad mesh and velvet chevron ribbons .... placed on the mirror and photographed (for ease of re-placement), adhered with Ranger multi medium gel and a paintbrush
  • Pebeo Studio iridescent yellow/green acrylic paint (two coats)
  • Deco Art metallic purple paint applied with a brush and allowed to "almost" dry before knocking back using a damp baby wipe ..... this was just a little too bright so ... repeated the process using black acrylic paint
  • Talc dusted over the "open" space before stamping my Visible Image (bottom) and Kaisercraft (top) sentiments using Versamark ink and then Cosmic shimmer Viola black aurora embossing powder poured over, excess returned to pot and then heat embossed. Both stamped images are NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff - thanks Darnell!) so double huzzah!
  • Liquitex BASICS gloss gel medium mixed with black and white brusho's and then applied randomly through a TCW (lines) and Ranger (grungy circles) stencil using a metal spatula
  • Treasure gold in Amethyst applied around the outer edges using a finger
  • Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel rubbed over "high" points with a finger
  • Finally, using an electrically powered glue gun I re-attached the mirror panel in to my IKEA mirror frame ... hours of fun for little cost and uses up loads of stuff we all have lying around like buttons, beads, paper clips, ribbon and the like!
I'll be entering this for the following challenge:-
  1. Welove2create - challenge No. 2 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  2. Altered Eclectics - December/January challenge - ANYTHING ALTERED GOES (no cards or ATC's
  3. Artistic Stamper - January challenge - ANYTHING GOES
Can't remember the way it all started? Take on plain white IKEA Malma mirror and then ......

Pic1-embellished and gesso'd    Pic2-with the lime paint (two coats)
Pic3- metallic purple, almost dry! Pic4-with the purple knocked back

Friday, 29 January 2016

Welcome to the start of another weekend .. and the Friday Funny


As regular readers will know I was crafting with a pal this time last week, we started working on an IKEA mirror ... mine took FOREVER to dry so I had to watch my pal work! It was Tuesday before I was able to get back to it, with a coat of iridescent yellow/green acrylic paint.

YUM - know what's coming next? Yes, ANOTHER coat!
So, once fully dry it was onwards and upwards with some metallic purple paint to which I sprinkled so purple brusho's to make it a little darker.

Whilst I was tempted to leave it like this ... being purple and all ....
Once that was NEARLY dry, a la tarmac tenchnique, I decided to knock back some of the colour using a couple of baby wipes ....

Frankly, I'm not sure whether I knocked it back enough ... or too much. I looked at this for an hour or so and then set with some black paint and a baby wipe, adding colour randomly ....

With added black acrylic ..... better, or worse??

It was always meant to look a tad "distressed" but (IMHO) it looks positively UPSET! My PLAN is to add a little stamping in the blank areas top and bottom (the star shape has been designated as the top) .... your thoughts, dear reader ..... please!

And, after a real trial I FINALLY managed to complete my grumpy penguin with a Santa hat OLC! I so wish I could get on with my stamp positioner as it MIGHT have saved me a lot of time and effort!

My card
And a closer view which still (sadly) doesn't really show the wink of stella
And the inside and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • All Night Media Santa Hat stamped using Adirondack watermelon ink and then masked off
  • Katzelkraft "Les Pingouins Grumpy" image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Pencil crayons in yellow, ochre, sienna and black used to colour and blended with Sansodor
  • Tsukineko Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen applied over the penguin, to add twinkle
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Brilliance platinum planet ink
  • Crystal stickles applied to the fur of the hat and across the bottom of the image, to "ground"

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. One Layer Christmas Card - challenge No. 24 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Merry Monday - challenge No. 189 - ONE LAYER CHRISTMAS CARD
  3. Use Your Stuff - challenge No. 208 - SEQUINS or GLITTER - hope glitter GLUE qualifies

And now for this week's Friday Funny, provided by Lilian who found this on facebook - thanks mate, a girl can NEVER have too many shoes - can she????

Have a great weekend

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Welcome to Wednesday ......


Welcoming my new follower, Jenny of Cardsarus, thanks for stopping by and following me - I hoep you will stop by again soon

Oh My! What wet and wild weather we've had the last couple of days! There's really been little choice in the matter - it was "stay in and craft" weather! So I did!

My card
And a closer view - to show the effect of the Wink of Stella
Sorry about the quality of pix, the light's awful these days - roll on summer!
The insert
My envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two 9½ x 13cm white card panels
  • Two Raspberry red card panels - 1 cut to 9.7 x 13.2cm and 1 cut to 9.9 x 13.4cm
  • One gold card panel 9.7 x 13.2cm
  • Acid Drops and Whatnots ADFB4 stamped using Delicata Golden Glitz ink
  • Acid Drops and Whatnots AD24 image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to add twinkle to the scarf and hatband
  • Kaisercraft CS913 Birthday greeting stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 80 - RED
  2. Inkspirational - challenge No. 100 - BLAST FROM THE PAST - any previous COLOUR challenge ... I went with challenge No. 71 which was ATG with GOLD
  3. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 101 - SOMETHING NEW - my frame image was brand spanking new, at the Newbury show on Saturday, can hardly get newer than that!
  4. Craft Rocket - challenge No. 7 - Clean And Simple
And, whilst it was such filthy weather, I've another to share with you ... and, yes, it ALSO deploys new stash .... this card STARTED life as a One Layer Card which was meant to feature the penguin below but I mucked up the placement of my Santa hat (turns out it was too big too!!!) so there was nothing for it but to abandon the One Layer element and move on so, not a Christmas card at all just one of general support which may well suit many occasions .......

My card
And a closer view of the image, to show the sparkle
And the inside and envelope
Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope (stash from Newbury)
  • 9.5 x 14cm white card pane
  • 9.7 x 14.2cm navy card panel (stash from Newbury)
  • KatzelKraft's "Les Pingouins Grumpy" partially stamped (no room for all three) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink. Image stamped on to post it and cut out - to use as a mask
  • Image lightly coloured using coloured pencils in yellow, orange, tan and green
  • Paper Artsy image stamped (over mask) using Hero Arts neon green and blue and Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz inks
  • Precious Remembrance Shop and Stampers Anonymous sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue inks
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to apply twinkle (which, sadly doesn't show in the photos due to the poor lighting conditions!) to the penguin

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Make My Monday - January 25th challenge - NEWEST or FAVOURITE STAMP - newest as I only got my Penguins on Saturday!
  2. Stamps and Fun - challenge No. 270 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 96 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 296 - ANYTHING GOES

Over at Cards und More I spotted my name, turns out I won a prize for a recent challenge, thanks peeps. FYI the winning card is below right and featured NBUS (to quote Darnell!), so ... DOUBLE YAY!


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

Oopsie, messy as always!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Welcome to the start of another week

Morning all

I'm delighted to be a Guest Member of the Design Team over at Maureen's (Scraps of Life) Rudolph Day challenge and today is my first outing, of three. I hope you will all show your support of this blog and challenge - especially as it ensures that you can crack on through the year with your Christmas makes, and means you won't have a mad dash to the finish!

I've scheduled this post to appear at the same time as Maureen launches her challenge over at Scraps Of Life too, let's hope that works then!!!

Without further ado, I shall reveal my make and hope you can join me over at the Rudolph Day challenge ...... for a change I decided to go with a non card Christmas project!

My metallic foiled tag
And a closer view of the twinkle of the glitter glue and shine of the foiling
My batch of  tags
The snippets I started out with
My sentiment backed with its dimensional foam, ready to roll
The reverse of my tags all stamped up
My foiled tags ... in progress
Materials used:
  • One sheet of 300gsm white card, cut in to strips and run through my die cutter with a Quickutz tag die
  • Snippet strip of blue card cut in to 4 x 6½cm strips using my tonic guillotine
  • Hero Arts bordered sentiment stamped seven times on to a snippet of white card using Memento Paris Dusk ink and cut out
  • Dimensional foam adhesive applied to reverse of the sentiment and then adhered to the blue panels
  • Fiskars "TO" and "FROM" sentiment stamped on the reverse of the tag using Memento Paris Dusk ink
  • Hero Arts Christmas sentiment stamped on the reverse of the tag using Adirondack watermelon ink
  • Inkadinkado snowflake border stamped around the front of my tags using Flitter glue and Jones Tones metallic foiling sheets - another outing for my foiling sheets - YAY!
  • Using tombow glue I attached my sentiment panel to finish the tag, highlighting with crystal stickles ..... for added bling!

I'll also be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 213 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE ... 2nd entry
  2. Hiding in my craft room - challenge No. 235 - ANY HOLIDAY
  3. My time to craft - challenge No. 313 - TAG IT
  4. Twofers - challenge No. 12 - METAL, Heavy or not! ... metallic foiling
  5. Craftbubble 2½ (registration required) - CMLI group's Rudolph Day challenge - Christmas song .. I went with "Oh Christmas Tree"
  6. Jingle Belles Rock - January 15th challenge - Oh Christmas Tree

Have a great week

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Lazy Sunday

Morning readers,

I was AWOL most of yesterday as I was attending the Newbury Papercraft Show in (surprise, surprise) Newbury! It was a glorified excuse to meet up with a crafting pal I didn't get to see much of in 2015 and therefore well worth the journey and entry fee! The lovely ladies who have organised the show are new to this venture and it was a shame to see just nine stands in the hall, it made for a quick circuit though ... we had to go round three times, just to be sure we hadn't missed anything!. I wish the organisers much luck and hope they get a much better turnout for subsequent shows. In addition to meeting up with Lauren, her pal Heather was there too (as she lives just a few minutes away) and it was back to hers for coffee and chat once we'd done too. Here are some pix - I didn't take my camera with me, thinking that I should use my new phone's camera instead - hmm, my technique needs a little practice but .... hope you will enjoy the virtual visit anyway


Acid Drops and Wotnots!
To those of you who know Lauren personally you will know that ONE photo of her with her eyes OPEN is remarkable, let alone TWO!

Here's my stash, additionally I bought some bulk packs of card blanks and card sheets (in: gold, navy and raspberry) which I haven't shown as they look kind of dull in picture form! Lauren also visited her fave craft store in the days before our meet and personally collected my order ....

I now have Les Pingouins grumpy!!!!!!
In the interests of improving my technique I used my phone to take these photos and, guess what? STILL need to work on that technique! My camera itself has a built in "stabiliser" which I suppose I have come to rely upon - check out my make this morning ...

My card
And a closer view which I HAD hoped might show the Wink of Stella but the light's so grotty!
Left: rear of card and envelope.      Right: Front of envelope and inside of card

Materials used:
  • 12cm square white, 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 11cm and 10cm square white card panels
  • Snippets of card in white and blue (as per pic above)
  • 12.6cm blue card panel, for matting
  • Rubbernecker "floral 497-11" image stamped using Ranger Archival in cobalt blue
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to trace thistle and add a subtle twinkle
  • CASual Fridays sentiment (from their quirky WTF set) stamped using Memento grey flannel ink

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 260 - THEME .... use a SILHOUETTE (2nd entry)
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 213 - USE SNIPPETS
  3. MFP Stamp Shop (previously Speedy Fox) - challenge No. 4 - CAS and BLUE (you may also use black, white and one other colour ....... I used white and grey) - disallowed, not quite blue enough!
  4. Seize the Birthday - January 14th challenge - CAS (Clean And Simple) Birthday

I'm going away to practice using my phone to take pix now! ...... Have a great Sunday