Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all,

How's your week coming along? Mine's coming along pretty good .. physio yesterday has eased my aching back AND the decorating must be drawing to a close as we nipped out (after physio) and ordered the new carpet which is coming next week - HUZZAH!!! Been a long time coming but .... it will all be worth it in the end!

Decided to make a Christmas card .... thought I'd like to use this little used set of penguin stamps .. set off on one track, to make a wobbler card but - not happy, so this is the Mark II card ... it's ΓΌber CAS, which is just how I like it these days!

My card
 
The front, back and inside of the card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 9½ x 14cm
  • Two pieces of navy card cut to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • Inkadinkado penguin image and sentiments stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Zig clean colour brush pens (neon yellow, neon orange, violet and cool grey1) used to colour
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen and Stardust stickles used to highlight



I'd like to enter this for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - June 25th - RUDOLPH DAY CHALLENGE
  2. Weekly Christmas card challenge - challenge No. 30 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 287 - USE A SENTIMENT
  4. Simply Create Too - challenge No. 112 - CHRISTMAS IN JULY (ends July 8th)
  5. Chrimbo Crackers - challenge No. 109 - ANYTHING (Christmas) GOES

And, since I don't seem to be able to stop myself .... on to another ATC ....




Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets (scraps) of card in red, navy and white
  • Stamplorations sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink
  • Hero Arts star image stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Signo uniball white gel pen used to doodle a border




I'll be entering this ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting Desert Diva's - Linky Party week 2 - RED, WHITE and BLUE
  2. The Paper Girls - challenge No. 106 - USE YOUR SCRAPS
  3. The Cats Pyjamas - challenge No. 317 - RED, WHITE, BLUE AND A TOUCH OF SPARKLE
  4. Craft Your Passion - challenge No. 318 - ANYTHING GOES
And it's another ATC from me ....




Materials used:
  • ATC blanks
  • Card snippets in black, kraft and white
  • Katzelkraft cat image stamped on to the white snippet using Memento rich cocoa and coloured with alcohol markers (including the background
  • Visible Image mini flourish stamped around the outer edge using Versacolour raspberry (flourish side) and Ranger Archival sepia (border side)
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped randomly using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Stamplorations exclamation mark image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Faber Castell big brush white pen used to doodle a border
  • Black glitter gel pen to dot the cats eyes and nose
  • Stardust stickles to highlight



I'll be entering this ATC for the following challenges:-
  1. SUYP - challenge No. 7 - FURRYTHING GOES (must include a cat)
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - June 28th - July 4th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. A Bit More Time To Craft - challenge No. 22 - ANYTHING GOES

And now, since it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday I'd like to share a look at my desk, I'll be entering my pic over at WOYWW challenge # 369 - where I shall be entry #16




And finally, today is the birthday of my crafting buddy, SCRAPPYJACKY so, wishing you a very




Sunday, 26 June 2016

Welcome to Sunday morning

Morning all,

Hope you are all OK this morning ... hubby and I were out to dinner with my sister in law and brother last night - an Indian BBQ restaurant!!!! Rather unusually for us, we took the bus! Well, parking's really difficult around the location of the restaurant and the bus stop? DIRECTLY opposite the restaurant - how easy was that?

Bit of a change for me .. a card which ISN'T CAS (Clean And Simple) but it does, once again, feature Distress Crayons and Crayola Slick Stix!!!!

My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9½ x 14cm + snippets for both the image and sentiment
  • Two pieces of navy card cut to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • White gesso applied using a dried up baby wipe
  • Once dry Distress Crayons in black soot, hickory smoke and chipped sapphire applied to panel and blended with a moistened finger. It lacked a little something so I grabbed the Crayola Slick Stix red and added/smudged it around the edge
  • Using stencils from TCW and That's Crafty and a baby wipe I knocked back some of the colour and also added some lines using the TCW grungey lines stencil and Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • I stamped the Stampers Anonymous "man with umbrella" (from the set "SIDESHOW") once on to the image panel and a gain on to a snippet of white card, using Ranger Archival jet black ink. I fussy cut out the man from this image and mounted it on dimensional foam tape directly on top of the stamped image
  • I stamped the Stampers Anonymous sentiment border using Ranger Archival cobalt blue ink and the sentiment in Ranger Archival jet black ink - the panel was cut out, dabbed with Distress Ink in hickory smoke (to lessen the stark white of the card), mounted on dimensional foam and positioned above the image
  • Crafters Companion Spray and Shine applied to the project to seal the water based ink/crayons




I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. That's Crafty - June 24th challenge - MASCULINE
  2. Sisterhood of Crafters - June 22nd challenge - CREATE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND
  3. Time Out challenges - challenge No. 59 - MASCULINE with OPTIONAL TWIST of MIXED MEDIA .. which I went with
  4. Seize the Birthday - June 16th challenge - ANYTHING (Birthday) GOES
  5. Pixies Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 235 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE


Happy Sunday


Saturday, 25 June 2016

Saturday and .. it's the weekend!

Hi there readers and followers,

It's the weekend once more and, how's the weather with you? We've had some freaky weather in the U.K. and U.S. (and probably other places too) with flash floods .. I hear parts of Germany have been up in the 90°s (fahrenheit) this week too .... but I'm reasonably confident it will be raining in my neck of the woods this weekend. WHY? That'll be because it's Glastonbury festival weekend and it pretty much ALWAYS rains at Glasto! Hope the attendees have their wellies with them! ENJOY!

Meanwhile, my Saturday mornings are normally taken up making a few things for challenges and today's no different .... it's the time of year when lots of people got/are getting married which means I need a fair few anniversary and/or wedding cards ...

My card
 

The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of red card cut to 14.1cm square
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square
  • Inkadinkado image stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink - so SUMPTUOUS for an anniversary card
  • Stamplorations sentiment builder set stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 431 - WEDDING/ANNIVERSARY
  2. Craft Rocket challenges - challenge No. 18 - WEDDINGS AND THINGS
  3. Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday challenge June 22nd - ADD SOME SHIMMER
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 199 - CAS (Clean And Simple)

And my next make ....


My card
 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels cut to 14 x 9½cm
  • Two pieces of grey card cut to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • One piece of black card cut to mat the image panel with a 1.6mm border
  • Carta Bella stencil through which I applied Distress Ink in hickory smoke using a Tim Holtz mini blending tool previously used with D.I. festive berries which gives a livelier "grey" colour!
  • We R Memory Keepers plane image, Anita's wood mounted art deco sentiment and Cas-ual Fridays small sentiment all stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink





I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 282 - Sketch or Recipe week .. to USE A STENCIL
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 112 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Dragons Lair - June challenge - ONE FOR THE GUYS
  4. Addicted to CAS - challenge No. 91 - Codeword FLY

Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, 24 June 2016

It's time for the Friday Funny again!

Morning all,

Well, here we are .. another Glastonbury weekend ... it's bound to rain! Earlier this week the fields were shown on the television as already waterlogged, and that was BEFORE people even started to arrive - I bet it's a mud bath today!. If you are going this year take care ... and take your wellies! ENJOY!

And I guess that, by now, we all know that the U.K. has voted to leave the E.U. with a 4% margin .... I hope we've made the right decision. Hubby and I trotted off to register our preferences yesterday .. can't complain about the result if you can't be bothered to vote - apparently 72% of the voters turned out too. Just hoping we've collectively made the RIGHT decision although it's probably going to be down to history to record the wisdom or madness of this decision. All I know is that there appears to be no other news this morning!

I'm trying to figure out whether my present obsession with ATC's is because I'm trying to use up snippets or whether it's simply a way of crafting without making cards which I then have to find a home for! Either way, here are another two which are very similar and use the same materials, yet manage to be not (quite) identical.




Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in black (top one), navy (bottom one), red  and white
  • Creative Expressions mini letter background stamped using Memento tangelo ink
  • Kasiercraft mini grid image stamped using Memento rhubarb stalk ink
  • Kaisercraft numbers image stamped using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Stamplorations sentiment and Visible Image mini flourish border stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Old Town Crafts bloom stamped using Vivid! plum ink
  • Lots of Stardust stickles, used to highlight the blooms




I'll be entering the above for the following challenges:
  1. Glitter and Sparkle - challenge No. 193 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 36 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Fashionable Stamping - challenge No. 112 - BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS
  4. Sisterhood of Crafters - June 22nd challenge - CREATE YOUR OWN BACKGROUND
  5. MOD SQUAD - June 22nd challenge - ALL THAT GLITTERS

And now, you probably feel in need of a pick me up so .. Time for the Friday Funny which, this week, comes right at you courtesy of Marsha - with some humorous quotes attributed to the late, great (IMHO) Bob Hope



ON TURNING 70
'I still chase women, but only downhill.'

ON TURNING 80
'That's the time of your life when even your birthday suit needs pressing.'

ON TURNING 90
'You know you're getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.'

ON TURNING 100
'I don't feel old. In fact,   I don't feel anything until noon. Then it's time for my nap.'

ON GIVING UP HIS EARLY CAREER, BOXING
'I ruined my hands in the ring. The referee kept stepping on them.'

ON NEVER WINNING AN OSCAR
'Welcome to the Academy Awards, or, as it's called at my home, 'Passover.'

ON GOLF
'Golf is my profession. Show business is just to pay the green fees.'

ON PRESIDENTS
'I have performed for 12 presidents but entertained only six.'   

ON WHY HE CHOSE SHOWBIZ FOR HIS CAREER
'When I was born, the doctor said to my mother, Congratulations, you have an eight pound ham.'   

ON RECEIVING THE CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL
'I feel very humble, but I think I have the strength of character to fight it.'

ON HIS FAMILY'S EARLY POVERTY
'Four of us slept in the one bed. When it got cold, mother threw on another brother.'

ON HIS SIX BROTHERS
'That's how I learned to dance. Waiting for the bathroom.'

ON HIS EARLY FAILURES
'I would not have had anything to eat if it wasn't for the stuff the audience threw at me.'

ON GOING TO HEAVEN
'I've done benefits for ALL religions. I'd hate to blow the hereafter on a technicality.'

Give me a sense of humor Lord, give me the grace to see a joke, to get some humor out of life, and pass it on to other folk. 

Have a fab weekend




Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Welcome to my midweek/WOYWW post

Morning all,

Hope your week is going well. Sadly, not going quite so well for a pal of mine who had to have some surgery last Thursday - I thought I would make her this card ... here's hoping it will have arrived by now and that she will be cheered by this card and starting to feel better.

My card
 
And the front, back and inside of card, along with the front and back of my envelope

Materials used:
  • White C6/A2, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two white card panels, cut to 9 x 13cm
  • One red card panel cut to fit with a 1.6mm border
  • Stampers Anonymous image and Chapel Road sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Alcohol markers in vanilla, red, poppy, saffron, apricot, senna and cool grey1 used to colour image
  • Stardust stickles to  highlight



I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Alphabet challenge - June 10th challenge - H for HAND COLOURED
  2. Through The Craft Room Door - June 21st challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  3. The Crazy challenge - June 20th challenge - "R" IS FOR ..... in this case .. RED!
  4. Addicted to Stamps - challenge No. 199 - CAS

And now, since it IS What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday, here's a sneaky peek at mine .. I'll be submitting it for the WOYWW challenge #368 post where I shall be entry #16




Sunday, 19 June 2016

It's Sunday .....

Morning all,

How's your weekend? I hope you are all enjoying your Sunday and that the weather will not have spoilt any of your plans. To those of you celebrating with dad's today - have a lovely day.

Me? Well, spent a few minutes at the ToC (Table of Craftiness) ....



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in Kraft, black and white
  • Pink alcohol marker used to colour the white background
  • Chapel Road sentiment and Inkadinkado image stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Paper Artsy splatter image stamped using Delicata golden glitz ink
  • Fine liner alcohol marker (pink) and Signo uniball white gel pen used to doodle borders on two layers
  • Zig clean colour brush marker (violet) used to colour the dress

This is such a cute image and I have two of them, this one (clear stamp) and a larger wood mounted version - no idea why I don't use it more often either - perhaps I will ... NOW!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Pixie's Crafty Workshop - challenge No. 234 - SNIPPETS CHALLENGE
  2. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 31 - ANYTHING GOES

Have a great weekend


Saturday, 18 June 2016

It's Saturday once more ...

Hi there readers and followers, 

Good to see you, hope your weekend is coming along well.

I'm off and running with my challenge makes this morning ....

My card
And a closer view of the shine, twinkle and "faux bleach"

 
The front, back and inside of my card along with the front and back of the envelope

Materials used:
  • White 15cm square, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square + snippet 12 x 6cm
  • Piece of purple card (leftover from a recent purple themed challenge) cut to 13½cm square + snippet cut to 13 x 7cm
  • White gesso applied to small snippet
  • Crayola Slick Stix applied and blended with a finger .... yellow, orange, red and purple .. which rolled out of the photo - darn it!
  • Stencils and a baby wipe used to knock back colour ... TCW (numbers/circles/harlequin and That's Crafty (raindrops) + TCW lines used with cut and dry and Ranger Archival ink, to add interest and "texture"
  • Dee Greunings Coneflower image and Stamplorations sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Crafters Companion spray and shine applied - to protect the water based crayons
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the coneflower



I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 281 - THEME .... FAUX BLEACH
  2. Creative Corner - June 17th challenge - GLITTERMANIA
  3. Creative Friday - challenge No. 155 - FLOWERS
  4. Creative Artiste - challenge No. 15 - ANYTHING (mixed media) GOES
  5. Simply Papercraft for all occasions - challenge No. 31 - ANYTHING GOES
I've an ATC to share with you this morning .... When I went to Craftathon in April my shoebox project was ATC's and I had stamped a number of the crazy birds and accessories which, combined with a whole load of snippets, meant everyone could make a crazy bird ATC. I had a couple of "kits" left over and, well ...... I hate waste!

My ATC
And a closer view of the details
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in Kraft (cut to ATC size), black (cut a little smaller) and white (cut a little smaller again) for my image panel
  • Stampers Anonymous crazy bird stamped on to one white snippet (image panel) and a second for colouring and fussy cutting out, and matching accessories on to a snippet of white card, all stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Alcohol markers used to colour image, accessories and image panel background
  • Paper Artsy splatter image inked using Delicata silver ink and stamped randomly over the pink alcohol marker background
  • Once my image and accessories were cut out and adhered (using a Xyron sticker maker) I used Plaid dimensional gloss in the space left when I cut out the glasses, to simulate glass!

Interestingly enough I subconsciously picked my old school colours of red and grey here - useless trivia fact!!!!

I'll be entering the above make for the following challenges:
  1. Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge - challenge No. 214 - SOMETHING QUIRKY
  2. Crafting with an attitude - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Alphabet challenge - June 10th challenge - H for HAND COLOURED
  4. That's Crafty - June 10th challenge - IN THE PINK
The materials I have left? Well, given that I participate in a materials ATC swap with a buddy on the Isle of Skye, she will be getting this little lot - interesting to see what she will make with hers ..bet it will look loads different to mine too!




ENJOY!


Friday, 17 June 2016

Some humour to set you up for the weekend?

Morning all,

Had a good week? Hope so ... we had a visit from a fellow crafter earlier this week, always great to catch up with friends, isn't it? Sadly, their visit was over all too soon.

We've been decorating this week and have gone from fitted wardrobes to no fitted wardrobes in two days; three trips to the tip to get rid of the wreckage though. The nice lady at the tip is getting to recognise hubby!! Then it was wallpaper stripping! It will all be worth it in the end but, oh, the bit in between!

Unfortunately, for hubby, the weather has turned less "summery" (whatever that means!) so he's not even been able to sneak off for an hour to unwind!!! We both hate decorating and he does the vast majority of it (with me supervising and making tea) so he deserves the odd hour or so "off duty"!

Me? Well, in between the supervising and tea making, I found some time to hit the ToC (Table of Craftiness) and here's what I made ...... no Distress Crayons were harmed in the making of this ATC!


My ATC
And I hope this close up indicates the twinkle of the Wink of Stella
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippets of card in purple, black and white
  • Visible Image mini flourish (border edge) stamped around the outer edge of the purple layer using Delicata golden glitz ink and around the outer edge of the white layer using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Visible Image mini flourish (flourish side) stamped around the outer edge of the white layer using Versacolour raspberry ink
  • Versacolour raspberry and chateau grey used DTP method all over the white card panel, to give a grungey background
  • Stamplorations sentiment and Anita's star stamped (once) using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Anita's star image inked using Vivid! plum in, stamped off once each time to lighten the impression
  • Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen used to highlight the thicker brushstrokes of the sentiment and also the stars - for added twinkle!




I shall be entering the above make for the following challenges:-
  1. Through The Craft Room Door - June 14th - 20th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 48 - ANYTHING GOES
We've a wedding coming up and I thought I should make a card!


My card
And heat embossed with clear embossing powder, not something I do very often!
 

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 250gsm, card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 13½cm square
  • Two pieces of red card cut to mat with a 1.6mm border
  • Inkadinkado heart image stamped using Adirondack watermelon ink and then overstamped with versamark, sprinkled with clear embossing powder and then heat set
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink



I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Mod Squad - June 15th challenge - WEDDED BLISS
  2. Crafting Musketeers - challenge No. 38 - WEDDING

And now for the Friday Funny which, these week, comes to you courtesy of my ATC pal, PatG, so .. you could say I got it off pat!!! lol

Starting to know how this feels and it isn't like this ....



Have a great weekend