Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Hello and welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Hello readers,

Started on a journal-esque card this morning ......


Materials used:
  • 12.8cm x 17.8cm white card and matching envelope
  • 12.5cm x 17.5cm black card panel
  • 12.1cm x 17.1cm white card panel coloured using Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Barn Door, Frayed Burlap and Black Soot
  • Tsukineko sheer shimmer mist
  • Kaisercraft mesh image inked in Color Box Burnt Sienna and stamped twice in diagonally opposing corners
  • Stampers Anonymous dot background inked in Color box Burnt Sienna and stamped multiple times till I was happy
  • Stampers Anonymous large ink blot inked in Versamagic ginger and stamped three times
  • Penny Black circles image inked in Color Box silver and stamped numerous times
  • Stampers Anonymous sketchy crow inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Fancy Pants Designs sentiment inked in Color Box black
Here's how it looked before I took to it with stamps ....



And here's the opposite end of the scale ..... a simple ATC using some scrap patterned paper and a pre stamped image by Magnolia, along with some ribbon and gemstones ....



It's also that time of the week again, it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday and here's whats on mine ....



Have a good day

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Hi there readers

Wotcher,

How's your day? Woke up to fog this morning - OK it was more like a thick mist but hey ...... doesn't happen often!




Last evening we decided to head out for dinner to a restaurant called Smokey Bones (it's a BBQ restaurant) and, whilst we were in there, the heavens opened. When we came out we were sheltering under their awning for 20 minutes before the rain eased off (not stopped mind you) enough for us to make it to the car. We also had to sit in the car when we got home, for the same reason. We had around 2" of rainfall!!!!

Anyhoo, no point in going out again yesterday so I sat in and crafted a little!!



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Barn Door
  • Inkadinkado "twinchie" image inked in Color Box Bronze
  • Inkadinkado sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Credit card dragged through gold paint to create random lines
  • Bottle cap swirled in Color Box frosty white and the gold paint to create the circles



Materials  used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card scrap ALMOST ATC size!
  • Red patterned DCWV scrap edged with Martha Stewart punch
  • Penny Black circles image inked in Color Box frosty white
  • LOTV image inked in Memento tuxedo black and coloured using alcohol markers
  • White gel pen line drawn to join holes in DCWV panel - to simulate stitching
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
  • Gloss Accents used to simulate the lenses on the images glasses
Have a great Tuesday everyone





Monday, 27 February 2012

Hi there, Monday morning and all's well!

Hi there,

Sun is shining and it's warmer than yesterday so all is right with my little world!

Yesterday evening saw us, at the end of a lazy day, heading off to Chilis for a quick dinner - around 6pm. Been a LOOOOOOOOOOOOONG time since we've been to this particular branch and had to wait in line for a table. Whilst always a little irritating to have to wait in line it's a GOOD sign. Our server brought us two for one beer so the wait was worth it! My burger was very tasty as were hubby's chicken crispers so we came home full and happy....... RESULT!

Ever have a project that just sort of flows without having to think about it AND been pleased with the results?!?! Me either!, well, not often anyway but this little ATC did and I do so YAY!


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distress Inks: Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Barn Door - blended using a Tim Holtz blending tool
  • Penny Black circles image inked in Versamagic malted mauve
  • Prima tiny text image inked in Colour Box soft brown
  • Inkadinkado ink blot image inked in Colour Box soft brown, twice
  • My Minds Eye banner image inked in Color Box bronze                 )
  • My Minds Eye sentiment and bicycle inked in Colour Box black     ) all from one $7 set!!!
  • My Minds Eye dot and arrow image inked in Color Box bronze and used to "ground" bicycle - though it may not show particularly well in the photograph.                         )
  • Bottle top swirled in Color Box frosted white and stamped four times also through Versamagic malted mauve and stamped three times
  • Old credit card dragged through Color box gold and used to create random lines
  • Walnut wax rub on applied with finger to the four edges of this ATC
Hope you enjoyed your visit with me, the Purple Princess, this morning and I hope to read your kind comments shortly - thanks in advance

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Hi there and welcome to another not very sunny afternoon

Hi there,

A chilly old day here, warmest part of the day and we've reached the heady heights of 18c which, whilst not cold, is not quite the normal temperature you would expect here! Ah well, I'm sure this cold front won't last and we'll soon be back in shorts and T-Shirts!

An excuse to be crafting in my mind anyway - especially after a trip to the mighty Violette's yesterday and a nice chat with Diana, the owner.

First off - it was my turn to set the Sunday challenge of craftbubble's Craft Mad and Loving It group this week and I chose WILD ANIMALS - not that it really matters as no-one appears to be able to access the site today anyway! All I get is a disembodied picture of myself and a white screen - grrrrrrrrrrrr, AND it always happens at the weekend so you KNOW it won't get sorted till sometime tomorrow - ah well - still more of an excuse to craft! Hmm - I should point out that I dreamt up this theme waaaaaaaaaaaay before I realised that the closest image in my stash here is either a BIRD or a polar bear or reindeer - I went with reindeer!! Hmmmmf, hoisted by my own petard!


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Blue card scrap cut to ATC size
  • Recollections sentiment inked in Brilliance Mediterranean Blue
  • Inkadinkado snowflake image inked in Brilliance lavender and stamped multiple times
  • Recollections reindeer image inked in Ranger Archival jet black on to Bristol board, coloured with alcohol markers and a gold pen and cut out
  • Crystal stickles to highlight
 And then I made this using some of my new stash from yesterdays foray!


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distress Inks: Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Black Soot
  • Penny Black circles image inked in Versamagic ginger
  • Prima tiny script inked in Brilliance gold and also in Versamagic malted mauve
  • Inkadinkado ink blot inked in Versamagic malted mauve and stamped three times
  • Stampers Anonymous Scaredy cat inked in Ranger Archival jet black
Hope you are having a great Sunday folks


Saturday, 25 February 2012

2nd post of the day, challenge entry, please scroll down to read my earlier post

Hi there, me again - back with just a quick post to show you my Clean And Simple entry for this week's "Use up your scraps" challenge over on the Simply Less Is More blog. If you missed my earlier sketchie post you can either scroll down or follow the link here to check it out - there are photos aplenty!


Materials used:
  • C6 white card and matching envelope
  • White offcut of a Martha Stewart edging punch (I had to cut it to make it appear both sides of my square) and coloured using Barn Door distress ink.
  • Polka Dot offcut of DCWV paper 6.5cm square
  • White offcut cut to 7cm square and coloured using a red copic marker
  • Recollections penguin image inked in Ranger Archival jet black on to a die cut circle I had lying around!
  • Copics and Pro Markers to colour
  • Glossy accents to make his boots ultra shiny and Crystal stickles for snow!
  • Recollections sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black directly on to the card blank.
Hope you like my less is more entry - I am soooooooooooo glad to have bought this stamp set recently. I'm only sorry that I will be unable to visit many of my fellow LIM-ettes blogs again this week and hope you will forgive me - I know the standard of entries just keeps getting better and better each week so thanks to Chrissie and Mandi for continuing to challenge us!

And to show you that the painting is coming along nicely, a photo as seen from my craft room!


Happy Saturday everyone!


Hi and welcome to another sketchie Saturday!

Morning all,

Welcome to Saturday - I hope you have big plans

Over on Craft Mad and Loving It (on craftbubble) It is my turn to present the sketchie this week, it's #82 and my theme is MONOCHROME - which isn't to say that it has to be black and white, so I picked, well, can you guess? YUP! PURPLE!!!!

So here is my card and below my card is the sketch I designed



Materials used:
  • 6" square, 300 gsm scallop edged card and matching envelope
  • White card (Rymans) cut in to to rounded corner rectangles, two graduated banner shapes, two plain circles and one fancy circle.
  • Stamping Bella image inked in Memento tuxedo black on to the smallest circle and coloured using pro markers and copics and matting on to ....
  • Slightly larger circle coloured with a pinky purple copic marker and then my magenta background image inked in Memento grape jelly matted on to .....
  • Fancy die cut circle coloured with purple pro marker
  • Cream grosgrain ribbon also coloured with a purple pro marker and then adhered to the smaller rectangle
  • Larger rectangle coloured round the edges with my purple pro marker before adhering the small rectangle
  • Hero Arts sentiment inked in Memento grape jelly before cutting in to banner shape and edged with purple pro marker before adhering to the slightly larger banner shape which had been coloured with the pinky purple pro marker
  • One white paper flower coloured using the purple pro marker and layered with a purple polka dot flower secured using a purple pearl brad.
  • Smaller white rectangle was coloured with the pinky purple copic marker before inking my Inkadinkado dot flourish with Memento grape jelly and stamping numerous times.
On the insert and envelope I inked the Inkadinkado dot flourish, the Hero Arts sentiment and a Cats Pyjamas sentiment in Memento grape jelly



My colleagues on the Design Team have ALL done gorgeous cards so why not check them out over on craftbubble?

Over on the Simply Less Is More challenge blog a new theme has been posted so why not follow my link here and check out this week's challenge, Design Team makes as well as some pretty fab entries. This week's challenge is called DON'T SCRAP IT ....... use up those scraps of card ..... something I've been trying to do this past week - I MUST be psychic!

I also made some ATC's on Thursday but didn't get to photograph them until yesterday ...... didn't want to do a second post (trying to get out of the habit you see!) so here are the mini works of art (!?)

I photographed this outside in the hope the stickles would show up!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • ATC sized white card on to which I scribbled stripes of water soluble wax crayons in: Light green, Magenta, yellow and violet before blending with a baby wipe
  • Kaisercraft mesh image inked in Color Box coral
  • Cloud9 blots (used this time, in conjunction with a Martha Stewart stamping plate) inked in Brilliance purple
  • Penny Black Iris image inked in Memento grape jelly
  • Crystal stickles to highlight

You can just about make out the sheen ...... but not the texture!

Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card cut to ATC size and circles of water soluble was crayon in the same colours as above plus orange and blended again with a baby wipe
  • I then mixed a little modeling paste and some iridescent medium on to my craft mat and dry brushed it all over, to give some texture and sheen.
  • Kaisercraft mesh image inked in Color Box coral
  • Inkadinkado larger ink blot inked in Brilliance purple
  • Hampton Art lady image inked in  Ranger archival jet black
I THOUGHT about highlighting her with crystal stickles but decided against it - what do you think? Was I right or wrong?

And then this last one .....


 Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Piece of white Bristol board cut to ATC size and the following Distress Inks blended: Weathered Wood, Faded jeans and Fired Brick
  • Inkadinkado wax drip image inked in Brilliance crimson
  • Inkadinkado ink blot inked in Brilliance purple
  • Inkadinkado crow image inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Deco Art one step crackle applied liberally over the Bristol board and left to dry/crack
  • I then glued the Bristol board to the ATC blank using Scotch quick dry glue before rubbing Black Soot Distress Ink in to the cracks

Hope you like my ATC's and sketchie card - and have a very Happy Saturday


Friday, 24 February 2012

Hello readers, welcome to the Friday Funny

Hello peeps,

Another weekend looming large and another Friday Fun to (hopefully) chuckle at! Hope you all have some nice plans for the weekend.

Yesterday was a funny old day - hubby on his new and stronger antibiotics so he slept late, napped much of the afternoon and retired to bed by 9:30 so it was pretty much a duvet day yesterday. I did head out on to the pool deck for a while to read but it was pretty muggy here so retired indoors to do laundry and crafting and reading - thank goodness for my kindle! Good job I topped up both my library and the charge recently!

Here's a card I made yesterday, I also made a couple of ATC's but the the light was so bad by the time they were dry I'll be taking photos today and should have them to show either later or tomorrow ..... for those of you interested, you might want to check back later.


Materials used:
  • White C5 card and matching envelope
  • Black card panel slightly smaller than the base card
  • DCWV green patterned card from the ROCKSTAR stack cut slightly smaller than the black panel with diagonally opposing corners given the Martha Stewart corner punch treatment.
  • Offcut of black card
  • Offcut of the same DCWV ROCKSTAR stack with diagonally opposing corners given the Martha Stewart corner punch treatment
  • Pewter metallic DCWV linen look card given the Martha Stewart edge punch treatment (part of the PATP set which included the corner punch used elsewhere on this project)
  • White grosgrain ribbon coloured using alcohol markers
  • White punched buttons coloured using copic marker and threaded with string and tied in a knot
  • Black card punched with medium retro punch
  • White card rectangle coloured with Distress Inks in weathered wood, faded jeans and frayed burlap
  • TPC studio grasses image inked using Versamagic ginger (once) and Ranger Archival jet black (twice)
And now for the Friday Funny. It comes to us this week courtesy of Lilian - thanks matey, you're in the draw!



Happy Friday and have a great weekend - see you here tomorrow for the sketchie and new LIM challenge.


Thursday, 23 February 2012

It's Thursday ..... won't be long till the weekend!!

Hi there folks, guess it's early afternoon where most of you are.

How's the weather with you? It's very dull and grey here, we had a terrific (but thankfully relatively short) rainstorm yesterday evening - unfortunately, it was JUST as we arrived home so guess who spent twenty minutes sat in the car waiting for it to ease off!?? It's a muggy 22c here today

Enjoyed a fab day out with my neighbour, Sally, yesterday - we hit IKEA and got a few bits and pieces and then the mall at millenia where we grabbed a quick snack lunch at the food court - resisting the urge to try the Cheesecake Factory! We also hit the strip mall across from millenia where we tried the liquor store (OMG ..... so many types of alcohol you could almost feel drunk just looking!) and Kirkland Home too but sadly, we didn't buy much!

Back at home hubby was painting like the good bloke  he is! After a hard days work (by hubby, not me!) he deserved something so much better than a trip to the doctors his his persistent sinusitis but hey ....... he SHOULD feel better in a day or so.

And what did I get to make yesterday? I hear you asking (or is it just me?)


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Offcut of white card, ATC size and coloured using Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Dusty Concord
  • Studiog Circles image inked in Color Box lavender and stamped twice
  • Studiog "bar code" stripes inked in Ranger Archival jet black across the bottom
  • Inkadinkado Morphing Birds image inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Gold paint, pearl paint and black ink used in conjunction with credit card and bottle caps to create the journalesque embellishments to the background
  • Faux crystal gemstone added, to finish
 And then this quick little ATC


Materials used:
  • ATC blank coloured with Versamagic malted mauve
  • Kaisercraft mesh image inked with Versamagic malted mauve
  • Recollections floral flourish inked in Memento sweet plum
  • Inkadinkado sentiment and Recollections flourish inked in Memento grape jelly
  • Crystal stickles to highlight

Hoep you like my ATC's - look forward to reading your comments - have a great Thursday 


Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Morning - it's WOYWDW!

Hi folks,

It's Wednesday morning and it's What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday once again! My work desk looks almost tidy (in a chaotic kind of way!) but at least I can see most stuff right away .... no excuse not to craft! I have new stash too - 

What do you mean ..... too much stash?


Happy Wednesday - what'cha got planned? Me? I'm off out shopping with a pal which will include lunch and my hubby is painting the outside of the house - guess I get the best deal!!

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Morning - well it is here!

Didn't blog yesterday - didn't do much of anything if the truth be told!!! We DID go out with all sorts of intentions but ....... hubby's sinusitis put the kybosh on that and we came home after just buying the paint. A little later we hit the grocery store (oh yes, we ENJOY the HIGH LIFE!) and I never got a trip to either a Michaels or a Joanns and more precious vouchers went to waste - oh well, it's like I actually NEED  mores stash now ....... is it?

Anyhoo, what it DID mean was that I had the opportunity to craft a bit more ........ and I made the most of my time. I made what I thought was a lovely ATC background and then decided it lent itself to a Halloween theme and just how lucky (exactly) was it that I had invested in some lovely Cloud9 images on this very topic, recently. Anyone ever used Cloud9 images? I have to say that, although impressed with the images I found myself less than impressed with the quality of the product as the images seemed more banana shaped than flat! I mounted them on an acrylic block and gave them a good old inking and ....... RUBBISH! I tried again using a few layers of kitchen roll to give flexibility - RUBBISH! Last resort (and best result) was to mount the image on a block which already had a layer of peel 'n tack on it and this worked OK but I'm still far from happy. I now have the set reclining under some weights to see if it will straighten them out - at least till I can get myself a foam pad to ease the problem. How very disappointing. Still, with the application of some judicious colouring in with an Indian ink pen ....... see for yourself


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • White card, ATC sized.
  • For the background: Distress Inks in weathered wood, faded jeans and black soot
  • Crop-a-dile to punch holes and set three eyelets
  • Cloud9 house and sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Cloud9 splodges inked in Versamagic ginger
I also made another using scraps of card leftover from cardmaking ....


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Blue card (an offcut which turned out to be only slightly larger than an ATC!)
  • Kaisercraft mesh image inked in Brilliance Mediterranean blue
  • Kaisercraft clock face inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Inkadinkado sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Punched "buckle" from my collection - it was bright pink so I "dulled" it down with my blending tool without re-inking it.
  • Gingham paper given the same treatment as the buckle
And then on to some previously stamped images and offcuts ....... on a roll now!


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • DCWV offcuts in metallic check and brown (I sprayed the brown panel with perfect pearls mist and then used a Martha Stewart freehand deckle edged cutter)
  • Sparkle 'n Sprinkle image inked in Memento tuxedo black and coloured using copic and Pro markers
and finally ..... I couldn't resist having another go using the same colour combination of Distress Inks as my Halloween ATC above .....


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Distress Inks (for background) in weathered wood, faded jeans and black soot
  • Inkadinkado circles inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Inkadinkado ink blots inked in versamark and then brush with Bright Blue and Antique Silver pearl-ex powders before setting with hairspray.
  • Gold metallic and pearl acrylic paint applied using various bottle caps and an old credit card!
Hope you think my day was well spent - I look forward (as always) to hearing your comments and thanks for taking the time to read all the way to the bottom of this longish post!

Must be chilly outside this morning as the heating's been on this morning!!!!

Have a great Tuesday.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Monday Monday .....

Hi there and greetings from somewhere that is warm and sunny!

Settled in nicely and back to the old table of craftiness beavering away on a couple of things. I swap a fair few ATC's in the course of a year and had to have a bit of a splurge in the last couple of weeks, most of which have already headed off in to the great ATC blue yonder, leaving me with only one or two in my ATC box of goodies so I thought it was time to get cracking and make some more - so here's what I got up to yesterday.


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Scrap of black card that was ever so nearly ATC size!
  • Offcut strip of DCWV metallic which had been edged using a Martha Stewart punch
  • Inkadinkado stamps (from new stash - see below) inked using a versamark pad
  • Perfect pearls in several colours (yellow, pink, purple)
  • Brilliance galaxy gold to edge the ATC
And another one, using scraps from an earlier card - using scraps is so satisfying isn't it? And I DO have lots to use up!



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Blue lightly patterned paper - it was a left over from a card
  • Bright blue card offcut ripped in to two strips and edged with Color Box lavender to highlight the edges as "waves"
  • Studiog sentiment
  • Recollections sailboat inked in Brilliance crimson
  • Brilliance Mediterranean blue to edge the ATC once the corners had been rounded.
Hope you like my "leftover" ATC's.

I don't know about you, fellow crafters, but half of the fun of crafting is in the acquisition of STASH and I've been on a bit of a mission the last couple of days ......





Well I DID have a shed load of 50% and 40% vouchers burning a hole in my pocket - I'd like to think I used them wisely and hope you agree.

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Morning and welcome to Sunday

Hi there Sunday readers,

Dull grey day here at the moment but 22c here and set to get warmer - pool lady has been and cleaned the pool ready to rock and roll. It was blooming cold last weekend but seems to have warmed up nicely and a dip might be on the cards later.

In the meantime I've been crafting .... a smidge! Over on Craft Mad and Loving It and Debs has set the themed challenge and this week it's CELEBRATION


Materials used:
  • White C6 card and matching envelope
  • Blue card panel with diagonally opposing corners rounded
  • White card panel, again with diagonally opposing corners rounded
  • Aqua narrow satin ribbon knotted off centre.
  • White card panel with all corners rounded and coloured with Brilliance sky blue
  • Kaisercraft net image inked in Color Box lavender chalk ink and stamped around the above panel
  • Denim effect paper panel with corners rounded and stamped with a Studiog image in Brilliance Mediterranean blue
  • White card panel with corners rounded and edged in Brilliance Mediterranean blue
  • Stampendous agapanthus image inked in Brilliance sky blue
  • Studiog sentiment inked in Brilliance Mediterranean blue
  • Four faux crystal gemstones attached to finish
And in the interest of  using scraps - here's an ATC made using some of the same materials .....


Materials used:

  • ATC blank
  • White card panel coloured roughly, using Colour Box lavender
  • Studiog flower  head image inked in Brilliance Mediterranean blue twice
  • Martha Stewart edging punch used on an offcut of the blue card used to make the previous card
  • Studiog sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Blue faux pearls attached, to finish
Hope you like the above. Have a great Sunday - however you choose to spend it.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

2nd post of the day, challenge entry, please scroll down to read my earlier post

Hi there, me again, second post of the day - if you missed my earlier post (and have time) then please feel free to either scroll down or follow this link here, to catch up - would hate you to miss out!!!

Anyway, on to things crafty once more ...... I've been busy this morning making my Clean And Simple entry for the Simply Less Is More blog which, this week, features PUNCHES or DIE CUTS. I'm only sorry that I won't be able to comment on so many of the luscious entries for the next couple of weeks as I've got a lot of things to achieve - I apologise in advance if I don't get to visit your blog and comment.



Materials used:
  • White C6 card and matching envelope
  • Strip of black card
  • Strip of white card punched with a Martha Stewart punch
  • Inkadinkado flower head image and sentiment inked in Ranger Archival jet black
  • Recollections small grey faux pearls as flower centres

Hope you like it and are having a very Happy Saturday