Thursday, 30 April 2015

A Thursday post from me

Morning all
 
Greetings from somewhere with lots of sunshine!! I'm pleased to say that the rain at the start of the week appears to have given up and been replaced with sunshine - Woo Hoo!
 
In fact, at one point it was so hot here that I simply had to stay in and craft!!! Does that sound like a feeble excuse to you too?!?!?! Anyhoo, here's what I made:-
 
 
My card
And a close up of my "white card" image panel

The co-ordinating inside and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Snippet of white card for image panel
  • Snippet of black card, for matting
  • I applied Memento lulu lavender ink to the white card DTP method - to take off the "white"ness!
  • Tim Holtz checker design stamped using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Kaisercraft woodgrain image stamped using Memento lilac posies ink
  • Tim Holts circles image stamped using Color Box lavender ink
  • Tim Holtz star stamped using Memento rosebud ink
  • Inkadinkado bird image and Jillibean sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
 
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. CASology - week No. 144 "Flight"
  2. Sugar and Bettys - "Anything Goes/Layers" - there are five layers of ink as well as two layers of card so I HOPE that will count!
  3. Through the Craft Room Door - "Anything Goes"
  4. Simon Says Stamp - "Anything CAS Goes"
  5. Crafting by Design - "Anything Goes"
 
And I just so happened to find myself in (the AIR CONDITIONED) Michaels with a 40% coupon in my purse ...
 
Perhaps THESE will encourage me to make some Christmas cards!
 
 

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Welcome to What's On Your Work Desk Wednesday

Morning all,
 
Got stuck in to domesticity earlier this week with the delivery of a new stove/range/cooker (depending on where you are from!) ..... the old one had done sterling service but had reached nearly 21 years old and we figured it was time to retire it!

Yesterday dawned a bit soggy! We knew we were "in for it" when we laid in bed Monday night listening to the thunder! The TV reported 2" hail in places not too far from us but we seemed to have escaped that - thank goodness, though we had cleared the garage - just in case!!!

Still, we needed to get some chairs repaired so there seemed to be no way around heading out in the storms!! Didn't hurt that where we were going just so HAPPENS to be less than ½ a mile from the hubsters fave hobby store!!! I took my kindle so I could keep myself amused whilst he "browsed"!

I finished my book and he got everything on his "wish list" - reSULT! Lunch was at the Dairy Queen in Apopka - scrummy shakes there too

I had a session with shaving foam and acrylic paints at the weekend which meant snippets of background cards so yesterday I decided it was time to deploy them ....
 
 
My card

And my co-ordinated inside and envelope
 
Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card and matching sized envelope
  • Snippets of white card for my image panel and matting
  • Acrylic paints: metallic purple, neon yellow and glow pink
  • Shaving foam and a paper plate - in to which I applied dabs of the above paints before swirling around and then smooshing my card in to
  • Brilliance pearlescent purple applied (DTP method) to the larger white card panel - to create a background
  • Tim Holtz background checkered image stamped around the purple panel using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Stamplorations feather and sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
I'll be entering this card for the following challenges:
  1. AMusing challenge - "Anything Goes"
  2. Corrosive challenge - No. 223 "Hip to be square"
  3. Happy Little Stampers - April Sketch challenge
 
 
I've had my eye on a set of Tim Holtz stamps for a little while and saw it on special offer recently (40% off) and, since I had a further 20% coupon in my hot sticky little hand, I almost felt like I was robbing Joann's when I snagged this set for seven quid! It'll be great for scrap booking (when I FINALLY get back to it) and for a number of masculine cards too
 
 
 
 
Then there was a visit to another Joann's ...



And now for an ATC - using another of the shaving foam/paint snippets .......


My ATC

And a different view which better shows the brightness of the neon and the sheen of the purple


Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol Board
  • Shaving foam technique utilising acrylic paints in glow pink, neon yellow and metallic purple
  • Stamplorations image and sentiment stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Dylusions border stamped using Memento sweet plum ink

And here's a slightly different view of my work desk this week for you to enjoy
 

 
Have a great week
 

Monday, 27 April 2015

Welcome to another working week ..

Morning all,
 
Feeling well stuffed this morning, got an e-mail from the Texas Roadhouse yesterday which offered their 10oz steak special .... for  under a tenner!! No brainer! So, off we went .... needless to say, I came home with a doggy bag - guess what's for lunch?
 
Managed a little light crafting despite the full feeling!
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of card
  • TCW cogs and wheels stencil through which I sponged Distress Ink in antique linen
  • TCW mini texturised stencil through which I sponged Distress Ink in tea dye
  • Recollections splatter image and the Tim Holtz check background image stamped using the tea dye ink
  • Tim Holtz sentiment stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • Tim Holtz man with umbrella stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
 
Have a fab week
 

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Lazy and SUNNY Sunday!

Morning all,
 
Well, what a lovely weekend weather wise and social wise .... sunshine and temperatures climbing to 90°F and dinner with some friends yesterday evening - it doesn't get better than this! We were at the Hurricane Grill and bar - new to us though we visited many times when it was called the Santa Fe!!! Had a lovely rice bowl with mahi mahi and shrimp in a Thai ginger sauce - too hot for Sally so it's lucky she had selected the mahi sandwich instead!
 
Except for a little crafting, which I did some of too!
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol board cut down to ATC size
  • Distress Ink mini's in scattered straw and crushed olive applied DTP method
  • Pam Carriker punchinella honeycomb image stamped (partially) using Memento rosebud ink
  • Tim Holtz distressed star stamped numerous times using Versacolour gold ink
  • Tim Holtz sentiment and eye image stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Tim Holtz hand image stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Hero Arts lightbulb and Dylusions border stamped using the D.I. mini in crushed olive

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Pixies Crafty Workshop - Snippets challenge
  2. Alphabet challenge - "E is for Eyecatching Edges"
 
Whilst hubby was outside doing yard work (and before I took my book out to the deck) I ran up another using NBUS too .... that's Never Before Used Stash, if you are unfamiliar!




Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol board coloured lightly with the Distress Ink mini in picked raspberry applied DTP method - I just LOVE how quickly this gives you a kind of grungey effect even before you're really started!
  • TCW stencil "mini texturised" and picked raspberry ink sponged through with a foam dauber
  • Stamplorations feather image stamped four times and the sentiment (from the same set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to highlight the vein of the feathers

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafty Calendar April challenge - "Add a sentiment"
  2. Splendiferous Creations - "Stencil It"
  3. Crafts4Eternity - Challenge No. 223 "Anything Goes"

You ready for some more pix of our recent short break in Atlanta?
 
Is that the World's largest bottle cap in the middle?


Some of the Atlanta skyline

This was one of the wetter days and the low cloud obscured the tops of buildings!

You could be forgiven for thinking we were in Australia and not Atlanta
with this Kookaburra!
And not at the Atlanta zoo

And a whole heap of budgerigars

Who doesn't love an elephant

Meerkats? ADORABLE

Is that Jeffrey the ToysRus giraffe?

Lowland gorilla family

Sometimes I sits and thinks and sometimes I just sits!!!

And the beautiful clouded leopard
 
 
That's it now folks, you've seen all of the "edited highlights"
 

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Saturday and it's challenge day

Here we are at Saturday once more and I have some more photos to share with you ... this post is a little photo heavy so you might want to grab a coffee before you get started ..... don't say I didn't warn you!
 
First off, some crafting ... a little ATC I decided to run up:-
 
 
 
Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of Bristol board painted using glow paints bought Thursday (see Friday's post here)
  • Pam Carriker "punchinella" image stamped  using Memento lilac posies ink
  • Tim Holtz measure image stamped on both short edges of the ATC using Memento sweet plum ink
  • Hampton Art numbers stamped using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Jillibean sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Tim Holtz distressed star image stamped numerous times using Distress Ink in worn lipstick
  • I also edged the ATC using the watering can ink
 
I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Brown Sugar challenges - #143 "Anything Goes"
  2. Creative Fingers - "Anything Goes"

And, since it IS challenge day ..... here's a card too:-

My card

And my co-ordinated insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • 15cm square white, 300gsm, scallop edged card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 13½cm square white card panels
  • 14cm square blue card panel, for matting
  • Small white banner tag
  • Navy satin ribbon
  • Recollections sentiment stamped using Distress Ink barn door (on tag) and Versafine onyx black inks
  • Recollections splatter image stamped using Versafine blue ink
  • Inkadinkado "street lamp" image stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Stardust stickles to  highlight (sadly, this doesn't show on the photo)

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge #221 - "Use a tag"
  2. Scraps of Life - "Rudolph Day"
  3. Craftbubble 2½'s CMLI group - Rudolph Day - "Use cool colours" .... membership required to allow entry
  4. Christmas Stamping All Year Round - challenge #44
  5. Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge - challenge No. 226 "20 minutes or less"

We spent a few days in Atlanta recently, sadly, a couple of those days were cold and another couple were wet but hey - they need the rain and it's not like we got wet - they have a fabulous public transportation system which we fully utilised .... we also found some great places to visit and some fun restaurant and watering holes too - wanna see some pix?
 
The Margaret Mitchell House
A museum dedicated to the author of THAT book!
 
Isn't this a nice approach to a subway station?
Some of the fabulous art deco style embellishments at the historic Fox Theatre


The Egyptian ballroom


A very Moroccan theme to the d├ęcor at the Fox Theatre


What a whopper?!?! The Atlanta Aquarium











Hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation in Atlanta!, trust me, there's more to come!

 

Friday, 24 April 2015

Welcome to another weekend

Morning all
 
Yesterday was dull and showery ....... seemed like a good day to stay in and craft and I even had new stash as a prize had arrived in the post but ..... I managed another foray at HobbyLobby and then came home via a steakhouse dinner so (when I found nothing on the TV to watch) I set to work ....




Materials used:
  • Page from a Strathmore mixed media journal
  • Acrylic paints: Anita's Glow green/pink/orange and Craft essentials neon yellow - applied using a brayer
  • Dylusions alphabet stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Recollections numbers stamped using Versafine vintage sepia ink
  • Tim Holtz background images stamped using Distress Inks in scattered straw, pumice stone and worn lipstick
  • Jillibean sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Hampton Art numbers stamped using Brilliance pearlescent orchid ink
  • Inkadinkado foliage (from the meadow set) stamped using Memento sweet plum ink

I love to christen new stash so you will note that I have already broken the seal on the Dylusions alphabet stamp set AND the neon paints - YAY!.

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Addicted to Stamps and More - challenge No. 141 "Anything Goes"
  2. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 20 - "Anything Goes"
  3. Through the Craft Room Door - "Anything Goes"


And my new stash from HobbyLobby?

 
 
I was recently in London meeting friends and spotted a couple of the Aardman creations .. Shawn the Sheep....
 



 
 
A while back I was lucky enough to win a prize through Hazel's blog ..... through no fault of hers my prize took quite a while to achieve and ended up as a gift voucher from a supplier of my choice (in the U.S.) but it arrived yesterday - THANK YOU HAZEL ...... and here it is:-

Thanks for the cool card that came with it, Shery

And now for the Friday Funny, brought to you this week courtesy of Marsha .... ENJOY.


 THE WISDOM OF OLD AGE

And old geezer, who had been a retired farmer for a long time, became very bored and decided to open a medical clinic. He put a sign up outside that said: "Get your treatment for $500, if not cured get back $1,000."

 

Doctor "Young," who was positive that this old geezer didn't know beans about medicine, thought this would be a great opportunity to get $1,000.So he went to Dr. Geezer's clinic.

 

This is what transpired.

Dr. Young: --- "Dr. Geezer, I have lost all taste in my mouth." Can you please help me?

Dr. Geezer:  --- "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in Dr. Young's mouth."

Dr. Young: --- Aaagh! -- "This is Gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your taste back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young gets annoyed and goes back after a couple of days figuring to recover his money.

Dr Young: "I have lost my memory, I cannot remember anything."

Dr. Geezer: "Nurse, please bring medicine from box 22 and put 3 drops in the patient's mouth."

Doctor Young:  "Oh no you don't, -- that is gasoline!"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You've got your memory back. That will be $500."

Dr. Young (after having lost $1000) leaves angrily and comes back after several more days.

Dr. Young: "My eyesight has become weak --- I can hardly see!

Dr. Geezer: "Well, I don't have any medicine for that so -- "Here's your $1000 back."

Dr. Young: "But this is only $500"

Dr. Geezer: "Congratulations! You got your vision back! That will be $500."

Moral of story  --  Just because you're "Young" doesn't mean that you can outsmart an old "Geezer "!
 
Have a great weekend