Sunday, 31 July 2016

The Purple Princess is away from her desk again

Hi everyone,

I'm still in Swindon at the Happy Little Stampers first (of many, hopefully) Annual Retreat. I'm pretty sure I shall be having a ball. This weekend has been organised by Kylie and she has come all the way from Australia along with her mum and a couple of pals, to host this weekend. She set us some challenges and, if you stopped by yesterday then you will have seen the Christmas card I made for the "Australian themed" challenge. There was also an ATC swap with eight people signed up so I made seven ATC's, figuring I didn't need to make one for myself! Part of me is wishing I had though!

My snippets
Cut and ready to roll
My ATC holders all decorated and ready to stick
Materials used:
  • Seven ATC blanks
  • Snippets of card (multiplied by seven) in grey and white and also Costco patterned paper, for the ATC holders
  • On the grey matting layer I stamped the Visible Image mini flourish using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • On the smaller white snippet I coloured using Distress Ink weathered wood, very lightly
  • Carabelle tyre track stamped using Memento grey flannel ink
  • Carabelle motorcycle image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Ranger Archival sepia ink
  • Visible Image mini flourish (border side) stamped around the outer edge of the image panel using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Tim Holtz chevron stencil used with Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel
  • Carabelle sentiment stamped on separate snippets of paper using Memento grey flannel ink, cut out and mounted using dimensional foam pads
  • Visible Image mini flourish and Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Dylusions alphabet stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Hampton Arts sentiment and Stamplorations stain image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 240 - SNIPPETS challenge

And another make from me ... a thank you card for the Australian crafter who organised this weekend's crafting retreat - I think you will see the Anglo Australian connection!!!

My card
The inside of my card and back of the envelope
The front of my envelope and the front and back of my card

Materials used:
  • White 5" x 7", 300gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • White card and grey pearl card, for matting
  • Having matted the white and grey card I die cut a circle from the two layers and also die a piece of copier paper which I then used as a mask
  • Stampers Anonymous London and Sydney stamped in opposing directions using Memento Paris dusk ink
  • Ultramarine brusho used to colour, in conjunction with cool grey zig clean colour b rush marker
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and frame stamped on to a snippet of white card using Memento tuxedo black and Paris dusk inks
  • Stardust stickles to embellish

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

Friday, 29 July 2016

As the weekend approaches it's time for a little humour!

Morning all

I'd like to welcome my recent new followers: MelH, Pat, Kath and Mimi ... blogger appears to have changed a few things recently and I'm struggling to find the way to follow back to new followers so I can link to their blogs - can anyone help me? If I click on their image then I just get a list of blogs they follow nor, rather than their blog address! Is it me?!?!?! I found two (as you can see) but if  new followers MelH or Mimi stop by and would care to leave me a message with their blog address then I will happily include a link to either or both blogs.

The Purple Princess is away from her desk today ..... "Where is she?" I hear you cry, well .... and I'm getting quite excited as I type this .. I'm away at the first (hopefully of many) Annual Happy Little Stampers Retreat, organised by Kylie, who's made the trip all the way from AUSTRALIA! YAY In honour of the event Kylie set the challenge  . . . to make "an Australian themed Christmas card" and here's mine ......

My card
A closer look at the twinkle
The back of the envelope along with the inside and back of the card too

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panel x 2 (including insert)  + snippet for image panel
  • 13.9cm square of navy card + snippet for matting my image panel
  • Stampers Anonymous "Sydney" image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Zig clean colour brush pen (cool grey), Pro Markers (red, cool aqua, vanilla) used to lightly colour image ... the vanilla was supposed to represent the Sydney Harbour ferries, which you can see under the bridge and which are also mentioned in the F.F. this week!
  • Plaid dimensional gloss applied over the image and set aside to dry.
  • Once dry, Distress Inks in tumbled glass, salty ocean, stormy sky and chipped sapphire applied over the image panel, blending with a Tim Holtz mini blending tool
  • Water flicked from fingers and allowed to develop, before blotting with paper towel
  • Kaisercraft "grid" image stamped using the D.I. in salty ocean, for a little "texture"
  • Inkyliscious Santa and sleigh stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied, to protect the water based inks and, once dry Tsukineko shimmer spray added to "bling it up"
  • Once panel was adhered to my card the Inkadinkado sentiment was stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink and embellished with gold Wink of Stella glitter brush pen
  • For the insert I also added the greeting by Sparkle 'n Sprinkle, stamped using the Ranger Archival jet black ink

Once I get home from this weekend (on Sunday) I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas challenge - challenge No. 291 - USE A SENTIMENT
  2. Fab 'n Funky - challenge No. 315 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  3. Mod Squad - July 27th challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. Sweet Stampin' Christmas - July challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  5. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge EXTRA - July challenge - ALWAYS ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
So, I've left hubby at home on his own, free to do what he wants, when he wants - not my best move, or is it? I'm packed and ready to roll, never packed such a small bag for two nights but .. my car is a small one and there are three people and their crafting and overnight things to fit in too ... just got to hope whatever it is that I shall have forgotten turns out not to be overly important!


Oh and, just a little heads up ... there will probably be a post on Monday and it MAY be a LITTLE photo heavy as there will be QUITE A FEW people there who are well known in blogland!!!!

And now for the Friday Funny which, this week, comes to you courtesy of Marsha - thanks Marsha. It's topical (to me) as I shall be away this weekend at a crafting retreat organised by Kylie ... so it has an Australian theme to it!

A   young Sydney woman was so depressed that she  decided to end her life by throwing  herself into the Harbour.

Just   before she could throw herself off Circular  Quay, a handsome young man  stopped  her.
"You  have  so much to live for," said the man. "I'm a  sailor, and we are off to  Italy tomorrow. 

I   can stow you away on my ship. I'll take care of  you, bring you food every day, and keep you  happy.."
With   nothing to lose, combined with the fact that she  had always wanted to go  to Italy , the  woman accepted.

That   night the sailor brought her aboard and hid her  in a small but
comfortable compartment in the  hold..

From then on, every night he would bring her three  sandwiches, a bottle of red  wine, and make love to her until dawn.

Two   weeks later she was discovered by the captain  during a routine inspection.
"What  are you doing here?" asked the  captain.
"I  have an  arrangement with one of the sailors," she  replied. "He brings me food and I get a free  trip to Italy."
"I  see," the captain  says.
Her conscience got the best of her and she added,  "Plus, he's screwing me."
"He  certainly is," replied the captain "This is the  Manly  Ferry." (as referred to in my "Materials used" section)

Have a great weekend, I know I plan to! Oh, and, if you've not upgraded to windows 10 yet .. you only have ONE DAY LEFT

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Welcome to another What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all,

Thank heavens the last two days have been cooler than of late ..... I've used them to try and catch up on all the sleep lost in the heat!!! You wait, when it's cold and wet and miserable we shall all be missing the "nice" weather! You just wait and see if we're not!

As another week slips by, I have the last photos of the Darnell Roadshow to share with you, it's a little photo heavy so do grab a beverage, pull up a chair and let's crack on ... I've included links for most photos - to give further information if you are interested

Darnell at the Clifton Suspension Bridge

The Clifton Rocks Railway - living in hope it will soon be restored and back in use
The Cabot Tower
St Georges venue, just along from Cabot Tower
Bristol Harbourside
Darnell at the S.S. Great Britain

The "great man himself" - Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Well I KNOW the harbour isn't good for surfing so ..... ????
The Harbourside Ferry
I guess we all know which movie inspired this boat's paint job!!!
The Mathew .. a replica of a 15th century ship, one which took John Cabot
(see Tower earlier) to Newfoundland in 1497
Chipping Sodbury 1/2 - The Police Station and Tourist Information
Chipping Sodbury 2/2

As if a mahoosively sociable weekend wasn't enough, I found myself in Swindon with my two oldest friends ... they'll always be my friends ... they KNOW TOO MUCH! We had such a laugh - you've only to look at our faces ....

Andrea and Naomi 
YUMMMMMM - my choice of ice creams?
Eton mess and honeycomb - DELISH
And now, since it's WOYWW and challenge No. 373, here's my desk - I'm entry #7 this week, being up with the lark,not entirely sure why but hey .....

I'm sorry there's been no crafting to share with you but, as you can plainly see, I've had no time!

Have a great week

Monday, 25 July 2016

Starting another week, with RUDOLPH DAY!

Morning all,

I've had a tremendous weekend playing host and tourist guide to Darnell as she stopped off in my hometown as part of her whistle stop tour of the U.K., it explains why I've been a bit MIA this weekend on the visiting blog fronts and I apologise. I had intended to share some more photos of our weekend today but, since it's Rudolph Day AND my turn to present a challenge I thought it might not be my best idea so, stand by for a photo heavy post on Wednesday instead!!!

I'd also like to welcome my new followers, good to have you onboard, hope you will stop by again sometime soon.

It's Rudolph Day today - so, how are you getting along with YOUR 2016 Christmas card quota?

It's my turn to present a Rudolph Day challenge over on Craftbubble 2½ (membership required) and I was a bit short of inspiration for this one ... However, I was rummaging through my ribbon drawers (yes, I have lots of ribbons I seldom use) and thought .. why not? and my card evolved. Originally I thought my challenge could be "to use ribbon" .. as I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in having amassed a collection of bits and bobs! I didn't go with that though as we had a recent challenge which was to "use fabric and/or texture" and I thought it would be a little too close. What IS my challenge? It's "PEOPLE CELEBRATING CHRISTMAS" - interpret this how you wish fellow challenge entrants! I should say that, in order to enter this challenge, you have to be a member of the Craftbubble 2½ forum. Anyhoo, here's my person celebrating .....

My card
And as closer view, to show the twinkle of the wink of Stella and the glass bead glitter gel
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of navy card cut to 14cm square + snippet cut to 6.9 x 12.9cm
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + snippet cut to 6½ x 12½cm
  • A snippet of red grosgrain ribbon to add a touch of texture and colour
  • Penny Black image (Mademoiselle Noel 4109K) and My Favourite Things sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers to colour image including Pro Marker cool aqua to colour the background of the image panel
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento Bahama Blue ink
  • Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel applied roughly to the bottom of the image panel using a metal spatula, to simulate snow
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight sentiment and falling "snow"
  • Zig Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to highlight the dress and boots

I shall be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Scraps of Life - JULY Rudolph Day challenge - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES
  2. Crafting by design - July 20th challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  3. Stamping Royalty - challenge No. SR339 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  4. Just for Fun Rubber Stamps - July challenge - CHRISTMAS IN JULY
  5. Christmas Card Challenges - challenge No. 34 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES

And another make from me ..

My card
The inside and the envelope
And a side view of the tactile AND textural frantage
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + snippet cut to 7 x 9½cm
  • One piece of black card cut to 14cm square + snippet cut to 7.4 x 9.7cm
  • Snippet of orange linen effect card cut to 7.6 x 9.9cm
  • Papermania sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stampendous "frantage" in shabby pink, with acrylic inclusions heat melted in to the centre of the "O" to give dimension and texture
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Memento tangelo ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 286 and 287 - USE SOMETHING TACTILE ... why is it TWO WEEKS? Well, that's because a few of the DT and some of the regular contributors will all be at the same crafting retreat next weekend! 
  2. CASonSunday - challenge No. 88 - THANK YOU

Have a great week

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Lazy Sunday and some ATC's .....

Morning all

If you saw my recent post regarding the leftover strips from cutting layers for square cards ... in it I warned that this was the start of a swap and ... here are the rest of the "same but differemt" ATC's for my swap ... I used ATC blanks and the strips left over from Navy, Red and White sheets of A4 card

Here are all three together, they're separated below
And here are the three of them along with a list of the materials used ....

Portrait view
At a jaunty angle ..
And landscape, all squared up!
Materials used:
  • Creative Expressions letter background, stamped using Memento angel pink ink
  • Kaisercraft grid image stamped using Memento London fog ink
  • Stampabilities sentiment stamped using Ranger archival cobalt blue ink
  • Stampers Anonymous star image stamped using Adirondack watermelon ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Delicata silver ink
  • Crafters Companion spray and shine applied over all three ATC's, to seal and protect the water based inks

I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  2. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 33 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 38 - ANYTHING GOES

And then I decided to crack on and make little holders for them .... again, the same but each slightly different ... I used both sides of the double sided Costco papers too.

Materials used:
  • One piece of 300gsm Costco double sided paper cut in to pieces measuring 13 x 10cm and folded at 6 and 12 cm and in the other direction at 10cm
  • Small circular punch to make a thumb hole, for the easy removal of my ATC
  • Stamps used: Ditzies Designs, Paper Artsy and Hero Arts
  • Inks used: Ranger Archival jet black, cobalt blue, watering can and Memento rhubarb stalk

And now, since I've had a busy weekend with the lovely Darnell, I've some pix to share, now that I've waved her off on the next leg of her whistle stop tour of the UK. Thanks, Darnell, for making my place one of your stops - we had a blast and I'm looking forward to the retreat next weekend. P.S. so's my husband, he's looking forward to a very peaceful weekend!

St Peter and St Paul Cathedral, under scaffolding!
This recently featured in an episode of the Hairy Builders
Cabot Tower
We thought this made us look like we were waiting to board the
S.S. Great Britain!
Darnell's pre lunch treat
I had to steal this pic from Darnell as I FORGOT to take any pix I can publish .. YET! Since I took this one I clean forgot it wasn't on my own camera ... till I got home!

Liz, Darnell and Ruth
copyright, Darnell Knauss
There will be more tomorrow but this is probably enough for one post!