These two were made in Florida in May and brought home
Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Not much going on craft wise yesterday, being out much of the day but I did rustle up this ATC for my swap buddy, Linda. I believe the patterned paper is from a DCWV stack and the plain pink from my gift wallet crafting recently. The wider purple with gold edge ribbon wrapped a recent incoming gift and I had the exact ribbon (but narrower - how spooky?) which I knotted. I had two die cut butterflies so I adhered the brighter pink to the base ATC by it's body and curled the wings up a little before adhering the outline butterfly (again, body only) and folded the wings out - to give it dimension before adding faux pearls to the body of the butterfly and also to the ends of the flourishes stamped in deep pink on the plain panel and then finally highlighting with holographic stickles.
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Di and my hubby
We came home with eggs fresh from the chicken which, frankly, is just a little bit eeeuuuuwww but we're told the will be DELICIOUS - will let you know . . .
Out to lunch to day with friends who are ex-neighbours - should be very nice as it's been a while. They are both recently retired and making the most of it and with our travels too we've found it difficult to co-ordinate our diaries since Christmas so I guess we've a lot to catch up on. I shall try and get some piccies . . . . . if it doesn't rain. I'm looking forward to meeting D.J. (that's Dorking Junior, their Dorking Cockerel!).
Have a good day and stay cool and dry!
Monday, 28 June 2010
Still hotter here than Hades but we're informed that the weather will break ...... by Thursday. Without the benefits of air conditioning then, sadly, this can't some soon enough for me. Much longer and there will be a puddle - which will be all that's left of the melted Kathyk!! eeeuuuuwww.
As for what's on the agenda today, well I have two commissioned anniversary cards to make (one 50th and one 60th - and us only notching up 24 years this August!) - though neither of these is ultra urgent as one's in August and the other September, and my dear hubby has threatened me (brave man that he is) with (arggghhhhh) grocery shopping!!! Tough choice but I THINK the anniversary cards might win!
I've also received in today's post a lovely letter and ATC's (which I swap) from a lovely crafting buddy in Cornwall, so Hello Linda! Guess I should get on with some ATC's for our exchange . . . . . wonder what I can conjure up for her. She has sent me these two lovely ATC's - the oriental image looks like Hero Arts and the other used a Pink Gem image
Sunday, 27 June 2010
It's another lovely sunny day here and looks like being another hot one so not planning anything, I already feel like a wilted lettuce and it can only get worse! Hubby will be off to the flying field - must remind him to take his hat.
Me? I think a little crafting though truthfully I should push the vacuum through the house and do some ironing before it gets much hotter but I don't feel like doing either, so as they say - maybe tomorrow!
Don't know what you all have planned for today but - STAY COOL
Saturday, 26 June 2010
I'm happy shed owner once more!!!!!
As you can see from the card below, I've now completed my sketchie challenge with the twist "Tutti Frutti". I downloaded a sheet of A4 "fruity" background paper from http://www.freecraftdownloads.co.uk/ and cut a strip to place down the side of my C5 card. I stamped the pear image on textured cream card and using versamark ink and Rubbadubbadoo "Roman Gold" embossing powder and then coloured using twinkling H2O's before distressing the outer edge using shabby shutters and pine needle inks and rounding the corners. Using a fancy corner punch I cut a piece of light green and adhered my image panel. I cut a larger red panel and rounded the corners then, using a white gel pen drew a border. I stamped the sentiment on off white card in Memento Tuxedo Black and cut round it, adding a piece of green ribbon behind. I then finished it off with two die cut butterflies one on top the other, to give an element of 3D and added pearls down the body; then three white satin ribbon flowers and Voila!
Friday, 25 June 2010
Have a fantabulous weekend all, whatever you have planned
Gift wallet, closed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . and open!
Hope you don't think I've wasted my morning!
And since it IS the weekend, why not combine your favourite rock band and a bottle of wine?
Have a great weekend folks.
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Sorting out the window frames and gluing them together
Shed's looking good!!!
Till the morning, bloggers ....................
Here I am - back again as it's several hours later and I've FINALLY managed some crafting. I made this card simply because I wanted to use my beautiful Hero Arts "Silhouette Grass" stamp and my Black Soot Distress Embossing Powder and MICA powders . . . . .I stamped the Grasses first time using versamark ink, sprinkled EP and heated then stamped again (much lower) using Aged Mahogany D.I., sprinkled EP and heated again. Once cooled I rubbed the excess away to reveal some of the finish underneath. I then used my Tim Holtz blending tool and distress inks in Milled Lavender, Dusty Concorde, Chipped Sapphire and Aged Mahogany on the white card and, whilst still a little damp, applied a mica powder in an iridescent pink before setting with hairspray. And yes, there's PURPLE involved . . . . AGAIN!!! Then, taking three each of two designs of holographic butterfly peel off made them 3D and placed them on the grasses. The panel was then layered on to black card and silver mirri card. I stamped the sentiment, using memento Tuxedo black, on to white card and then mounted on to silver mirri card using two silver star brads and then abutted my panel to the main image panel and stuck down, finally finishing the card by applying gold stickles round the sentiment. So, I've shown the completed card below left and a close up of the 3D butterflies below right - whaddya reckon?
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Here I was thinking I'd be all clever and put a slide show of some of my craft works on my new bloglet but hey . . . . . can I work out how to do it? Not yet I can't but I will never let it defeat me and will keep on trying - hmmmmmmmm, wouldn't recommend holding your breath whilst I do so however.
Anyway, the shed has taken up far too much of my day and there was nothing for it but a little light crafting. I rediscovered my favourite punch whilst sorting out my craft stuff last week and I just love collage-y things (though often wonder whether it works when I do it - but then doesn't everyone?)and my new fave toys which are MICA POWDERS and Distress Inks so off I went. I had this fab Paris collage stamp and I used D.I. in spiced marmalade, tea dye, fired brick, aged mahogany and black soot to colour the textured cream card. I then stamped the image using versamark ink before applying mica powders in blue, white, gold and bronze and then setting with hairspray. The trick then was to get a photograph which showed stamp properly - hope you think it works!
Hope you are all having a good day - catch you next time........
No, honestly, I could hardly contain the excitement when my hubby suggested we "fix" the shed . . . well, I can see his point - it's 25 years old and looking decidedly tired but . . . who refurbishes their shed? So, he set to work sawing timber and preserving it and then the banging and hammering started! This morning dawned and I was treated to a trip to Screwfix and B&Q as part of the quest for the perfect shed. So, now it's 3:00pm and I've no crafting done today but the shed is looking nicer than it has for years - yes, the side on the right is the newly refurbished part!!!! Wonder if it will last another 25 years!
Now it's time for a cool drink and some serious crafting . . . . BBL
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Today dawned nice and grey but it HAS brightened up considerably. It was just as well since I was meeting up with a fellow crafter this morning, at our local Hobbycraft. My crafting buddy was Lilian (aka DUDLEY) and we met on the crafting website www.craftbubble.com, she lives about twelve miles from me so we meet up as often as time allows and usually have a mooch round Hobbycraft and then next door to Tescos where there's a Costa Coffee inside. Lilian's a cross stitcher whereas I'm a rubber stamping card maker so we each have very different things on our shopping list which is why I spent less than £20 and she spent over £50!!! Hmmmm - My list WAS very short however, and yet I still managed to buy more than I planned - Pro Markers were SOOOOO not on my list but they WERE half price AND are the newer colours so how could I resist? A nice pot of tea and a chat afterwards until the lovely Ron (Lilian's hubby) came to drag her and her stash screaming off in to the sunshine! Enjoy playing with your stash Lilian.
Here's my own meagre haul