Sunday, 28 February 2016

Morning and welcome to another of those lazy Sunday mornings


Here we are, another Sunday morning and, with all the activity of the week, I'm hoping we're due a day off - from the decorating .. yeah, like THAT'S gonna happen - these walls won't paper themselves!. 

Got up yesterday with a WICKED bad back and was on the fabulous cocktail one part paracetymol and two parts ibuprofen!!! Sadly, stayed with me until bedtime .. just hoping it will magically have disappeared by this morning. Sadly, NOT the case, still as bad as yesterday - I feel a trip to see my physio may be on the cards! Whoop de doo!

Still, as you might expect - you can't keep a keen crafter away from her Table of Craftiness so, I have a couple of things to share with you. I recently stumbled across a sketch which inspired my imagination. Now, knowing that the new issue of Craft Stamper was going to have the fabulous INKognito flower stamp (in miniature) did NOT help me as I wanted to make the card THEN> Wouldn't you know, no sooner was the Mark I finished than the postie arrived with the Craft Stamper...... 

My card
And the image in close up, including the sparkle
The front/back and insert of my card, and front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9½ x 13½cm
  • A large-ish snippet of neon green card for matting with a 1.6mm border
  • Visible Image INKognito flower stamped using Versafine onyx black and smokie grey inks, I also stamped on to a post it which I then cut out and used as a mask
  • Deep Red grungey border stamped using Hero Arts neon pink and orange inks
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Hero Arts neon green ink
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Hero Arts neon blue ink
  • Crystal stickles to highlight

Armed with the mini version I set to - to see if I was right about the scale .... see what you think ...

My card

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9 x 13cm - from half a sheet of A4 card so, another snippet!
  • Two pieces of neon pink card cut (from a large snippet) to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • Visible Image mini INKognito flower stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and also on to a post it which I cut out to use as a mask.
  • Visible Image stem (from the full size INKognito flower) stamped using Hero Arts neon pink and green
  • Costco wood mounted dotty stamp (from a scrap booking kit) inked up with Hero Arts neon orange ink and randomly stamped
  • JOFY sentiment from JOFY14 stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

Whilst I really like the first card I do think the proportions work better on the second and I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. CAS Colours and Sketches - challenge No. 162 - SKETCH - see below
  2. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 218 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  3. Seize the Birthday - February 25th challenge - ANYTHING (Birthday) GOES
  4. The Craft Barn - Two weekly challenge - CLEAN and SIMPLE WITH A FLOWER
  5. Twofers - challenge No. 14 - ANYTHING GOES

Woo Hoo! Found out last evening that I won over at the Twofers challenge blog . . . for my entry for their numbers challenge (#13), thanks so much peeps ... and I won with the card below. The prize? An awesome $20 gift certificate from AlleyStamps ... I've e-mailed them, just waiting to hear how to redeem my prize! YAY! Already spent that amount (and more) in my head!

I won here ..... ...........................................and with this card

I won $20 to spend here!

Saturday, 27 February 2016

It's challenge day Saturday

Hey there readers,

Hope you are enjoying your weekend. Woken up with a WICKED bad back this morning - foresee physio in my near future!

As regular readers will know it is my habit to make a Clean And Simple card each Saturday and usually for the Simply Less Is More though it often fits more than one challenge. Want to see this weeks make?

My card
The inside of my envelope and front of envelope
The front and back of my card and back of the envelope
Materials used:

  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9 x 13cm and 9½ x 13½cm
  • Visible image barbed wire image stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Versacolour silver ink
  • Visible image splatter image stamped using Brilliance lightning black ink
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 265 - WIRE
  2. A Bit more time to craft - challenge No. 14 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Gals Corner - challenge No. 60 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Penny's Paper Challenge - challenge No. 266 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Kraftin' Kimmie - challenge No. 320 - CARD FOR A GUY

Have a good weekend

Friday, 26 February 2016

It's that time of the week again - time for the Friday Funny, that is!

Morning all

Had a good week? Hope you've achieved a lot.

We've been decorating .... well, if I'm honest, hubby's been doing the ACTUAL decorating and I've tried to keep him supplied with tea! I even foolishly (and I hope my regular readers are sitting down at this point) OFFERED TO COOK!!! I know ... all I can say in my defence is that I must have been sickening for something ..... I offered to make a corned beef casserole!! WITH DUMPLINGS too - might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb, eh?!?!?! You will be pleased (as well as a little surprised) to hear it was very tasty and the dumplings were fine though a little dry - last time I use a packet mix! And, we're both still alive - always a good sign!

So, of course .... in between SLAVING over a kitchen knife and a hot stove .... I've managed to fill my time with some reading and some crafting in amongst the mundane chores of my everyday existence!!! Here's my latest piece, it uses a flourish stamp I bought in Chicago a number of years ago and which I think has only seen ink once previously - yee haa! It's ALMOST NBUS! (Never Before Used Stash - thanks to Darnell for coining that phrase)

My card
And here are the front and back of the envelope and the back and inside of the card

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9½ x 13.2 cm
  • Two pieces of light purple card cut to mat the white card with a 1.6mm border
  • Snippets of white and light purple plain card and Costco double sided card (previously used on Wednesday's sneaky peek mini books)
  • On the light purple card I stamped Visible Image mini flourish (border edge) using Colour box dusky violet and then a Paper Artsy grungey line using Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz inks, this was repeated on the light purple border around the focal image too
  • Paper Source flourish stamped using Adirondack purple twilight (on the focal image) and Versafine Imperial purple elsewhere
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine used to set the image panel and protect the water based inks whilst adding sheen to the panel too
  • Chapel Road sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crystal stickles used to trace the green design on the Costco card, to give it some bling!

I'll be entering the above card for the following challenges:
  1. Freshly Made Sketches - challenge No. 225 - see below
  2. Kraftin' Kimmie - Saturday challenge February 20th - AMETHYST - use some purple!
  3. Crafty Galz Corner - challenge No. 60 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Penny's Papercraft challenge - challenge No. 266 - ANYTHING GOES

And now for this week's Friday Funny which, once again, is coming at you courtesy of my pal SandraT, thanks mate! It also came in from Marsha so although SandraT got there first and gets the entry, Marsha will get a bonus entry as she sent the graphic!! People of a nervous disposition should LOOK AWAY NOW!!!

I am a Seenager. (Senior teenager)

I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
I don't have to go to school or work.
I get an allowance every month.
I have my own pad.
I don't have a curfew.
I have a driver's license and my own car.

I have ID that gets me into bars and the wine store.  I like the wine store best.
The people I hang around with aren’t scared of anything.
They have been blessed to live this long so why be scared
And I don't have acne.

Life is Good!

Also, you will feel much more intelligent after reading this if you are a Seenager: 
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 this also makes you hard of hearing as it puts pressure on your inner ear.

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.


Have a great weekend

Thursday, 25 February 2016

It's Rudolph Day today

Hi there

Just a quick post from me today - to let you know that it's Rudolph Day over at Maureen's blog - Scraps of Life, I've been lucky enough to snag a (temporary) slot on her Design Team and have three outings, each two months apart. 

This month's Guest Design Team Members are:

GOOD LUCK with your entries ... as a GDTM I can't enter but I've made a card to support Mo and my fellow teamies .... and I'm pleased to report this brings my 2016 quota to 29 ... and counting!

My card
And a closer view of the image panel
And the back of the card and envelope.The front of the envelope and inside of the card

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250 gsm, card blank and envelope
  • Two pieces of white card 9½ x 13½cm
  • Two pieces of gold card cut to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • Snippet of red card
  • Snippets of white and gold card - for image and matting
  • EK Success border punch
  • Stamps Happen image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Distress Inks: peacock feathers, broken china, pine needles and festive berries to use, water colour style, to colour
  • Wink of Stella glitter brush pens in gold, clear and black
  • Alcohol marker ice grey 1 to add shadow to the white bear
  • Crystal stickles to add further sparkle

I will, however, be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Craftubbble 2½ (membership required) - Quarterly challenge - CAS-e this card .. as you can see, I used the sketch element .. details below
  2. Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) - Rudolph Day challenge - CHRISTMAS SONGS - I went with "Twinkle Twinkle Christmas star"
  3. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 293 - CHRISTMAS
  4. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 293 - ANYTHING GOES - as long as it's Christmas

Wednesday, 24 February 2016

It's hump day Wednesday ....

Morning all

Been enjoying watching Leandra Franich at the NEC trade show on periscope  this past few days ... never even heard of it a week ago and, once I decided to sign up, I found it quite tricky ... still can't work out how to "share" broadcast links .... I can copy the URL but have yet to work out how to share/paste - anyone?

However, I DID crack on with some crafting rather than get bent out of shape wrestling with the knotty problem above. I can't share all the details yet but here's a sneaky peek at a project I've been working on ....................

And now, since it is WOYWDW here's a peek at my desk

I'll be entering this for WOYWW this week .. in all its messy glory!

In case you are wondering about the brevity of my post .... all I'll say in my defence is ... STILL decorating!!!

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Another post on an odd day .....


I know, I know, I don't normally post on Tuesday's but, as you can see by the photos in this post, I had a bitty but creative day yesterday .. when I should PROBABLY have been assisting my hubby with the decorating but, honestly? He thinks I'm more of a hindrance so I have to keep him supplied with tea instead! Works for me!

Want to see what I got up to instead?

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of navy card cut to ATC size
  • Visible Image "mini flourish" (Craft Stamper freebie) stamped around the outer edge using Versacolour silver ink
  • Snippet of white card cut to 6mm smaller than my navy snippet and coloured using Distress Inks in tumbled glass and salty ocean, applied using an egg shaped sponge
  • Water flicked on to the blue panel, using my fingers, allowed to develop and then blotted using paper towel
  • Fiskars penguin stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink on to a snippet of white card before fussy cutting out, colouring with alcohol markers (PURPLE ones!!!)
  • Wink of Stella gold glitter brush pen which I picked up by mistake (intended to pick up the clear) coloured over the purple making a rather fab (and SPARKLY) colour
  • Copic Atyou Spica black glitter pen to add depth and sparkle to the black parts of this fabbylicious little penguin
  • Fiskars sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Using a TCW mini circles stencil I applied Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel through the stencil with a metal spatula - making it wonderfully textured
  • Additionally I highlighted the sentiment and skates with crystal stickles which also added texture
Not familiar with glass bead glitter gel? Check this out ....... gorgeous!

Super twinkly and super textural too - just perfick!
 And I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge - challenge No. 197 - BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
  2. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 264 - CAS + USE SOME TEXTURE ... I know this is primarily a card making challenge but my ATC IS CAS and it IS textured so I'm hoping I'll be forgiven!
  3. Bunny Zoe Crafts - February challenge - THINGS WITH WINGS
  4. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 100 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 300 - ANYTHING GOES
Additionally, I found I wasn't done when I'd finished so ..

I made two more little ATC holders
And here are the envelopes they are going out in!
Materials used:
  • Three DL envelopes
  • Grey lightweight card cut in to two pieces 14½ x 10½cm and scored at 6½ and 13 cm on the longer edge and 9½ on the shorter and then trimmed as you see on the topmost photo
  • Inks: Ranger Archival jet black, sepia and watering can, Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz and Memento bamboo
  • Stamps: Paper Artsy (splatter), Stampa Rosa (face), Hampton Arts (quote),  Art Impressions (quill/ink well), Rubberstiltskin (I stamp therefore)
  • Double sided tape to stick down the ATC holder
  • You can (and I did, but not till after this pic) use a small circle punch to add a punch out and make it easier to remove an ATC from the holder.

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Welcome to a not so lazy Sunday!

Hi readers and followers,

A bit late from me today but we were decorating yesterday and, other than my LIM entry first thing yesterday morning I didn't get to my ToC (Table of Craftiness) all day! The decorating is coming along slowly but surely ... having moved all the furniture either out of the room entirely or away from the walls it has certainly revealed how long overdue it IS for decorating!

However, since the weather outside is frightful (sounds like a cue for a song) there was little else to do other than craft so ....  I have been busy beavering away all morning and this little batch of ATC's is what I've come up with ...

ATC Plus front and back of holder, in grey
ATC plus front and back of holder in green
Materials used:
  • ATC blanks
  • Costco double sided 300gsm 12" x 12" card for the little ATC holders, the leftovers of which became the snippets used for the ATC backgrounds
  • Snippets of white card cut to 1cm smaller than the ATC/background card
  • Stampers Anonymous "tyre" image stamped on the white card using Versamark and then a blend of pan pastels (raw umber, neutral and paynes grey) applied to the white card using an egg shaped sponge. The resulting background sprayed with hairspray to set the pan pastel
  • Carabelle image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink and the sentiment using Versafine smokey grey ink .. wishing I'd done that in black too now I look at the photos! Ah well!
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Versafine sepia ink
  • Visible Image mini flourish (C.S. freebie) stamped around the outer edge of the coloured panel using Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz ink
  • That's Crafty mini chevron stencil used to apply Faber Castell Glass Bead Glitter Gel
  • Whilst that was drying I returned to the grey ATC bases and stamped the Visible Image mini flourish (flourish side of the stamp) around the outside edge using Ranger Archival jet black ink .... it took way longer to dry than I wanted ... had time to do the ironing, check my e-mails, have lunch - you get the picture? ALMOST as long as glossy accents!
  • Once I'd "finished" I realised that the sentiment "RIDE" really didn't show through the glass bead glitter gel so I stamped it again on to white card, with the stark white "dulled" with the aid of the Pan Pastel in burnt umber shade, cut out and attached with dimensional foam pads .... what is it they say? THERE ARE NO MISTAKES IN ART!

  • Dylusions alphabet and Hampton Art sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Visible Image mini flourish (this time using the flourish side of the image) stamped around the outer edges using the Tsukineko Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Stamplorations beverage ring stain image (from their Arty Holiday set) stamped using Memento grey flannel ink

So you see, they were only little pieces of art but lots of work and materials went in to the making of them! To that end I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers - challenge No. 53 - M is for MIXED MEDIA
  2. We Love 2 Create (Pan Pastels) - challenge No. 4 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES. Whilst you don't HAVE to use PP's (though I have) you DO get the chance to win some!
  3. Creative Artiste Mixed Media challenge - challenge No. 11 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  4. That's Crafty - February 19th challenge - CIRCLE IT .. my motorcycle is bordered by several circles - hope that counts!
  5. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 217 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  6. Southern Girls - February 18th challenge - ADD A LITTLE SPARKLE - I'm restricted to five challenges so tried to remove my entry, without success

And here's how they looked as Works In Progress
Snippets assembled
Here's the half way point, with glass bead glitter gel stencilled on .. and the decoration of the base card too
And the little cases

And some of my materials...

 The Carabelle and Stampers Anonymous images and pan pastels

Have a fab Sunday - hope you have better weather than we do right now