Thursday, 30 September 2010
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
With the Happy Halloween ATC I stamped the Haunted Mansion on to white card and just dabbed Spiced Marmalade to lose some of the bright whiteness. I stamped a whole cobweb image (doesn't show up that great in the photo though) in Spiced Marmalade too before over stamping the sentiment in Memento ink (tuxedo black, same as I used on the haunted mansion). I finished it off with a couple more of those glittery water droplet gemstones - aren't they great (the gemstones that is) - though I do hope you like my ATC's too.
On a bit of an ATC roll today - I KNOW I SAID I was going to work on Christmas cards OR scrap layouts but hey . . . plans change!! So I set off with my Peeled Paint distress inks and coloured some white card a rather fetching green! I then took my Hero Arts (large) background stamp and inked with Peeled Paint and laid it inked side up before applying my coloured paper on top and then brayered - to ensure good coverage of such a large stamp. I then adhered them to two ATC's and cut them out. I also inked up my skull and my crow images in memento ink (tuxedo black) and cut round them, inking the skull lightly with Distress Ink Peeled Paint and the Crow image with Dusty Concorde just to lose the "bright" white a bit. Additionally, I stamped some bats and then finished the skull card by doodling round the background stamp with my glue pen before sprinkling ultra fine glitter.
For my crow ATC I stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black and also stamped my corner "cobwebs" using Peeled Paint and again finished by doodling with my glue pen and the sprinkling with ultrafine glitter.
I hope you like my spooky selection - your comments are, as always, greatly appreciated.
All of the stamps used in today's ATC's are by Inkadinkado EXCEPT the large background stamp which is Hero Arts.
Monday, 27 September 2010
Sheila arrived at a smidge after 10:00 so we got a coffee going whilst I explained this morning's project. I wanted to do a challenge card for the Craft Mad & Loving It group over on craftbubble and this week's theme is TREES. I have also found this simple and brilliant technique as demonstrated in the last issue of Craft Stamper and it really does look good (in my mind anyhoo) so I hoiked out post-its and set Sheila to work. Now, apparently, she's never worked with distress inks before either so this was entirely new territory to her. I apologise profusely for the quality of the photo of our two cards but . . . . I'm plainly a rubbish photographer!!! Here you can also see Sheila getting deeply distressed! and LOVING IT!!! I can't believe how differently our two cards came out despite using the same stamp! Here's a better picture of my own entry for this weeks challenge - I used distress inks in Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Dusty Concorde to achieve the background and the Penny Black Fantasy Tree was stamped using memento ink in tuxedo black. Unfortunately (because I craft at the speed of light) I'm not always as careful as I should be and the Paper Artsy Crow is there to cover up a gap in my tree - DOH!!! but actually, I rather like it! I mounted my image panel on to a pearlised lilac card (very narrow border) and then on to silver hologram card. I then tied some rather yummy lilac organza (courtesy of Michael's Crafts Store) in to a knot at the top before adhering my panel and finishing my card - hope you like it.
Anyhoo, we then abandoned our mess (see earlier photo in my dining room - indicating some form of disaster!) and headed for Carole's Crafts in Whitchurch, Bristol. The same young lady as the Bristol Craftathon trip was on duty and almost ran screaming for the hills . . . but we were too quick for her and shopped, once more, for England - the economy is SAVED peeps! In fact we were so exhausted by our shopping that we had to leave our baskets at the till and go and partake of lunch before going round again!!!! A very nice Red pepper and mushroom quiche with salad was the order of the day and fortified us for yet more shopping. Of course, never ones to give less than our all, we headed to Hartcliffe to visit WHAT! afterwards and bought still MORE craft stuff before heading home to stroke our stash . . . and, in my case, photograph it to post here - cop a load of this lot peeps . . .
Last trip to Carole's Crafts I bought this little set of drawers but Wynneth's need was greater than my own and I selflessly sent her home with my own . . . so I simply HAD to get them again, for my pro markers! I bought cello bags, Cosmic shimmer mist spray, stickles, masculine coloured cord, linen effect card, Crafts Companion stamp, circular template, spare blade and cutting edge for my woodware trimmer, some long pins and some lightly patterned paper in three colourways at 20p per sheet - whaddya reckon? Did I earn that cup of tea?
Hope you've had as much fun as Sheila and I and SAFE JOURNEY SHEILA.
Sunday, 26 September 2010
Saturday, 25 September 2010
Next we have the bride and her VERY proud father, you may not be able to see it but the brides father was wearing a purple cravat and the brides flowers were cream and purple too - there are purple balloons in the background and purple bows on the wedding cars too - my kind of wedding.
So here SHOULD be this week's sketch, set by the lovely Lauren EXCEPT that I can't blooming well get on to the craftbubble web site!! Well that's going to put a crimp in my crafting day and I may have to do HOUS***RK instead - YIKES!
Actually, it looks like a lovely day here today so I'm hoping to get out today too - not sure where though I AM fairly sure there will be some food shopping as we've guests coming to dinner tomorrow evening and they are going to want feeding!
Whatever you are up to this weekend then I hope you will all have a lovely time and I hope that, if you've been feeling poorly, you are starting to feel better (Lauren and Jacky particularly as I know they've both had horrible colds - though Jacky's off to Ally Pally today so HAS to be feeling better).
Friday, 24 September 2010
"What a coincidence." the farmer said. "This is a special day for me. I am celebrating."
"This is a special day for me too, I am also celebrating." said The Woman.
"What a coincidence!" said the farmer. As they clinked glasses, he added, "What are you celebrating?"
"My husband and I have been trying for two years to have a child and today, my gynecologist told me that I am pregnant!"
"What a coincidence!" said the man. "I'm a chicken farmer and for years, all of my hens were infertile but now they are all laying fertilized eggs."
"That's great!" said the woman, "How did your chickens become fertile?"
"I used a different cock." he replied.
The woman smiled, clinked his glass and said, "What a Coincidence......................"
Thursday, 23 September 2010
And I thought I would love to share my sunset with you too.
Wednesday, 22 September 2010
Yesterday we woke to foggy and miserable and today could NOT be more different, woke up to bright sunshine and, as I write this, the sun is so bright and warm on one side that I may have to get up and close the blind a little!!!!!!!!!! One of my fellow crafting buds reckons I have stolen the sun today as she has the fog/mist that we had yesterday! SORRY Wynneth if you are reading this, I'll send it down as soon as I'm done enjoying it!
Monday, 20 September 2010
Sunday, 19 September 2010
After lunch it's off to the hospital - my pal Dorothy hasn't made the expected recovery following knee replacement surgery and is back in hospital having had a partial hip replacement on Thursday, which I only found out about yesterday when her daughter kindly rang me to let me know. Get well soon Dorothy.
Saturday, 18 September 2010
Using the same two piece of patterned DCWV paper, some red card which I I punched using a Fiskars scallop edging punch, three squares of holographic gold card, a gold peel off mounted on to red card an dthen cut out and my fab Santa image coloured using pro markers and holographic glitter/pearl liquitex.
Friday, 17 September 2010
I have an unexpected funeral to attend today. I heard yesterday from a close friend that her husband passed away very recently. I am shocked to my core as he was my age. My friend, needless to say, is in far more shock than I - and I shall try to be as supportive as possible. He was my age . . . . I was in his year at school and my friend was in the year below us - guess I'm having one of those "mortal moments".
So, there won't be another post from me today, sorry but I hope to be back on here Saturday in time for the Sketchie set over on Craftbubble's Craft Mad & Loving It challenge.
There is no Friday fun today, for obvious reasons.
I hope you will have a better Friday
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Went to craft club yesterday evening, with my pal Lilian and her pal Mary. It's a fairly unusual craft club (not that I have much experience on the matter) as everyone brings their own projects and works on them. Last night Lilian was knitting and Mary making jewellery, someone else was doing some chalk work, someone tile painting and another decoupage. It feels kind of odd to have to pack up and take with me everything I think I'm going to need for a project. Last time I took all my pro markers and some stamped images but I sort of spread out over more space than I should have so I wondered what I could take this time . . . . I thought Distress Inks didn't take up much space. Craft Stampers October issue showed a fab technique using a silhouette stamp, some post its and some distress inks which I really liked so this seemed perfect and off I went. Of course, me and my blending tool got really in to it ...... right up until I realised that those trestle tables aren't really very stable - sorry about your coffee Lilian!!!! Anyway, I had some white card with me and my Fiskars personal trimmer and I was as happy as ?????? They're a nice bunch but I'm still not sure about having to think about my evening's project so far ahead - I normally craft organically and my projects sort of grow out of my stash but I SOOOOOO cannot take ALL my stash with me each time!!! Anyway, the time passed really quickly and now all I have to do is find cards for all those "toppers"! It really is such a fun technique and soooooooooooooo easy too.
This morning we trundled off to Gloucester to see our mate, Sheila, for a coffee and a natter. As with most things we always have something else to do or somewhere else to be too so there was a little detour on the way - oh the excitement!!
Sheila made us most welcome, even breaking out those fab choco leibnitz they've been advertising like crazy on the TV recently and can I say - MMMMMMMMMM!
So, it was back to Bristol and straight to Cribbs Causeway as hubby had to return "stuff" to Maplins and buy a new voltmeter (?!) and, as it's only about 100 yards from Hobbycraft you can guess where I went! - whaddya mean, you can't! I spent £1.49 on me (that's more like the unbelievable part) and got a clear stamp set for my pal who's birthday is immmmmmminent! I hope she'll like it. I did get something else which is pretty yummy but I can't share it on here in case she reads this - as it will surely spoil the surprise.
We were pretty lucky with the weather as the piccie on the left is what we left behind as we drove south out of Gloucester down the M5!! It just MIGHT be raining there about now then!
Anyway, here's hoping you are all enjoying a perfectly SPLENDID Thursday and I look forward to reading your comments here some time soon, thanks for stopping by.