Saturday, 31 October 2015

Happy Halloween Saturday

Morning peeps

Well it's Halloween today and, whether you celebrate it or not, I suspect it will have some impact on your day! We're meeting up with friends real early today and heading out - to avoid trick or treaters! We'll have an early dinner and then drive around looking at the Halloween decor and finally ending up at the boardwalk to watch the firework display over a beer! You got plans?

Now, if you've been reading my blog over the last week you will know how fab I found the last challenge over at Simply Less Is More and, although the challenge is finished, I'm still using their sketch!! I almost think I like this make the best, shame I couldn't enter it. I hope the LIM DT will forgive my continuing to use their sketch!

My card

And a close up view

And the insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C7 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card 9½ x 13cm and two pieces of black card 10 x 13½cm
  • Distress Ink in picked raspberry applied to a strip across the card and then through a Tim Holtz stencil
  • Hero Arts "swipe" image stamped twice using Distress Ink in barn door
  • DRD Designs splatter design stamped randomly using Distress Ink in fired brick
  • Hero Arts scribbled circle image stamped using Distress Ink in hickory smoke
  • Distress Glaze applied (with my trusty finger) to protect the water based inks
  • Paper Smooches sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Stardust stickles used to trace the sentiment

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simon Says Stamp - Work It Wednesday's October challenge - A THANK YOU CARD
  2. Creative Fingers - challenge No. 96 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Paper Craft for all occasions - Challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. 4 Crafty Chicks - challenge No. 270 + crazy egg - ANYTHING GOES
Onwards and upwards in the craft room ......


My card

And a close up of the tree piecing

And the insert and envelope

Materials used:-
  • White A2/C7 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • A2 scallop edged Kraft blank from The Paper Cut
  • Panel of black card cut to fit
  • Dylusions Christmas tree image (from their "stocking fillers" set) stamped on to base card/orange spotty/yellow/BAT tissue card using Memento tuxedo black/D.I. twisted citron/Versafine sepia inks 
  • Recollections sentiment (from their "Merry Merry" set) stamped using Ranger Archival watering can ink
  • Gelly roll and Copic Spica Atyou glitter pens to accentuate the design
  • Stardust stickles to bling up the star and grounding
  • Black "S" pitt pen to draw outlines and ground the tree


I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 248 - Lucky dip - PAPER PIECING
  2. Bloggers challenge - October 30th - PAPER PIECING
  3. Allsorts - challenge No. 335 - CHRISTMAS

Happy Halloween!



Friday, 30 October 2015

Welcome to the Friday Funny post

Morning all,

Well we made it to another weekend, got plans? Yesterday saw us at the budget meeting with our H.O.A. - another hour I won't get back but .... what can you say? If you don't go/vote then you surely can't gripe either!

Woke up Wednesday to heavy rain .... and yesterday to this ... couldn't see the houses which are normally opposite!!!



  


Still, I can almost ALWAYS make time to craft and yesterday was no different, however, I originally set out to make a Thank You card but looked what it turned in to ......


My card
And a close up to show the sparkle

And the insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White A2/C7 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of white card cut to 9½ x 13cm, 5½cm square and two pieces of black card cut to 10 x 13½cm and 6cm square
  • Distress Ink in worn lipstick applied to the entire square panel using a Tim Holtz blending tool with a foam pad. 
  • Stamplorations stencil through which I applied Distress Ink in barn door
  • Stampers Anonymous frame stamped on to snippet of white card using Distress Ink in fired brick and then the sentiment stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Distress Glaze to protect the water based inks
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the hearts

I will be entering this card for the following challenges:-
  1. CASology - challenge No. 170 - HEART
  2. Creative Card Crew - Challenge No. 99 - OFF THE EDGE
  3. Cute Card Thursday - challenge No. 397 - SPARKLES
  4. Mod Squad - October 28th challenge - BOLD and BEAUTIFUL
  5. Crafty Creations - challenge No. 301 - COLOURFUL

I thought I would move on to an ATC next ...



Materials used:
  • ATC blank
  • Black card snippet cut to ATC size
  • White card snippet cut slightly smaller than ATC size
  • Distress Ink in wilted violet pressed over the white card panel to give a patchy background
  • Stamplorations background stamps (from their mini mixed media backgrounds set) and Inkadinkado drip (from the mini Halloween assortment set) stamped using Distress Ink in picked raspberry
  • Studiog Botanical background stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Distress Glaze applied with a finger, to protect the waterbased inks
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight

I'll be entering this ATC for the following challenges:
  1. Crafty Galz Corner - challenge No. 43 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 32 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Creative Moments - challenge No. 80 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Shopping our stash - challenge No. 225 - GO PAPERLESS - no patterned paper


And now for the Friday Funny which comes to you, this week, courtesy of Marsha - thanks Marsha, you're in the draw. It's entitled: WHY MEN ARE HAPPIER!

MEN ARE JUST HAPPIER PEOPLE
Needs no explanation...and is a fun read no matter your gender.

Men Are Just Happier People --

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.
Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough.. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original colour.. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.
You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one colour for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look.. You can 'do' your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a moustache. You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives On December 24 in 25 minutes. No wonder men are happier!.

NICKNAMES
· If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
· If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.


EATING OUT

· When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it's only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.
· When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.


MONEY

· A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
· A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need but it's on sale.


BATHROOMS

· A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
· The average number of items in the typical woman's bathroom is 337. A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.


ARGUMENTS

· A woman has the last word in any argument.
· Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.


FUTURE

· A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
· A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.


MARRIAGE

· A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
· A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, but she does.


DRESSING UP

· A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
· A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.


NATURAL

· Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
· Women somehow deteriorate during the night.


OFFSPRING

· Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favourite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
· A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A married man should forget his mistakes. There's no use in two people remembering the same thing!

And there's a bonus this week ....


What kind of car do ghosts drive?

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A BOOick!!!!   


And finally ..... something that is perhaps a little politically incorrect but .... funny!

Certainly raised a chuckle, such a cutie!
Have a great weekend

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Thursday and more to share ....

Morning all

It was absolutely HURLING it down yesterday morning AND Doctor Who was on TV so I sat at the table of craftiness and made a few cards!


My card
A close up of the image panel

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2/C7 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two 9½ x 13cm white card panels and two 10 x 13½cm navy card panels + snippets of both white and navy card
  • Inkadinkado "dog" image (from their "Patterned Pets" set) stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Distress Inks in wilted violet and salty ocean used to water colour the image
  • Stardust stickles to highlight
  • TPC Studio sentiment stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink on to a snippet of white which I then cut in to a banner before matting on navy ink

I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday - October challenge - A THANK YOU CARD
  2. Creative Moments - challenge No. 80 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Create and Inspire - challenge No. 32 - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Penny's Papercraft - challenge No. 251 - ANYTHING GOES
  5. Lia Stampz - challenge No. 93 - ANIMALS

And, whilst we're talking about rain HURLING down ....

Look at those drips coming off the guttering!!


Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Welcome to WOYWDW

Morning all,

Bit of a busy day yesterday what with breakfast out with friends, and then dinner with other friends!!! We've been wanting to try the breakfast joint next to, and owned by, Manny's for some time and yesterday was THE day!! It's called EGGCITY and the menu is EGGStensive (!)


 
 I had the pancakes, didn't expect them to be so huge, Koreen had bacon and egg
 
Hubs had the corned beef hash, Len had more or less the same - hence only three plate pix! 

 
 It was such an interesting diner, cool music too
And my fave, an old BSA motorcycle

Sadly, we were not successful in our original mission which was to acquire ladder yarn (with which to crochet a necklace) which then turned in to breakfast - so, not a total bust then!

However, I still managed a little light crafting ..... if you saw yesterday's post then you will know that one of my neighbours made me a purple paracord bracelet and I needed to make a thank you card, needless to say, it HAD to feature THANK YOU and PURPLE, and be on the masculine side - I think this fits the bill

My card

And a closer view of the twinkle

And the co-ordinating insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two pieces of card cut to 9½ x 13cm and two pieces of black card cut to 10 x 13½cm, for matting
  • Hero Arts "swipe" image stamped using Distress Ink in wilted violet
  • Stampers Anonymous sentiment and row of stars stamped using Ranger Archival jet black ink
  • Ranger Distress Glaze applied (with my trusty finger!) to protect the water based ink
  • Stardust stickles used to highlight the stars, which is what my neighbour is, for making the bracelet!

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Crafting from the heart - challenge No. 83 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Craft your Passion - challenge No. 285 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Through The Craft Room Door - October 27th challenge - ANYTHING GOES
  4. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - October challenge - MAKE A THANK YOU CARD
  5. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 247 - SKETCH - see below (FYI, this is my 5th entry ... I should probably be making it my last too, but the sketch has plainly struck a (para) chord!!!!)


Now, since it's Wednesday and you've probably swung by to check out my work desk ....


OMG! Super messy or what?!?!?!?!??!

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A post from me on a less than usual day!

Morning all,

Decided to post on a Tuesday too this week as I've been on a bit of a creative "bender" (no alcohol was harmed during said bender!!) and it's too much to put in just one post on Wednesday!!! IMHO, that is!

Pizza and pud night with friends last night, I offered to drive so Mr K could have a few drinkies .... knew we were in trouble when the order went in for three large pizza's!! NO WAY we could eat them all, got over half a pizza in my fridge now - and we hardly made a dent in the delicious chocolate Creme Pie!

My lovely neighbour, Len, made me a bracelet out of paracord ...... bet you would NEVER guess what colour he made it too! Thanks Len, it's brilliant.






On to the crafting ..... I bought some U.S.sized card blanks - don't use a lot of these C7/A2 size but they seemed to fit the bill and, as I seem to be in a bit of a Christmas card rut this past few days, got cracking ..... thus proving that today is no exception!


My Christmas lights card full of twinkle and glitter!

And a closer view of the bling, which (because of the glass beads
in the glitter gel) is textured too

And the insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White A2 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • 9½ x 13cm and 10 x 13½cm panels of white card, the larger panel coloured around the edge using Distress Ink in picked raspberry
  • Close to my Heart "string of lights" image (from their D1163 Holly Jolly set, recently acquired at the Violette's garage sale) stamped multiple times (to form the "string" of lights) using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Distress Inks: picked raspberry, twisted citron, salty ocean, mustard seed used (water colour style) to colour
  • Platinum stickles used as colour for the light fitting itself and stardust stickles to highlight the cable
  • Faber Castell glass bead glitter gel applied with a paintbrush to the lights to give them added twinkle - you gotta wash the brush sharpish once you're done though otherwise you will get a twinkly stick!!!
  • Penny Black sentiment (from the brushed pine set)

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:-
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - challenge No. 20 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Hiding in my craft room - challenge No. 222 - ANY HOLIDAY
  3. PolkaDoodles - challenge No. 43 - ADD SPARKLE, BLING or GLITTER
  4. Merry Monday - challenge No. 177 - CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND GLITTER

I have also been very taken with the SUPER CAS sketch over at Simply Less Is More and this will be my FOURTH entry!!! I once made SEVEN for LIM challenge (but I think that was a PURPLE challenge - go figure, but the DT DARED me to make one a day for the week and I'm no quitter!) but I find I often make more than one for this funky challenge and this sketch is super fun and I JUST so happened to have a (new) set of the perfect stamps in the Holiday Silhouette set. This one's a little similar to my last entry but it's such a fab sketch and set of stamps I couldn't resist and I hope they'll forgive me!


My card

And a closer view of the bling - not my best attempt at photography, I'll admit!

And the insert and envelope

Materials used:
  • White A2 card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two 9½ x 13cm and one 10 x 13½cm white card panels, the larger one coloured with a red alcohol marker
  • Inkadinkado mantel image (from their Holiday Silhouette set) stamped using Versafine onyx black ink
  • Platinum stickles used to highlight the bows and candle light, stardust stickles to highlight the swaggers and green stickles to highlight the holly
  • Inkadinkado mini sentiment (from their 98782 Greetings set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink

I'll be entering this for the following challenges:
  1. Brown Sugar - challenge No. 169 - ANYTHING GOES
  2. Simply Paper Craft for all occasions - challenge No. 16 - ANYTHING GOES
  3. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 247 - SKETCH - see below




I've a masculine THANK YOU card to make (bet you can't guess who it would be for then, can you?), so you might even see this sketch deployed yet again!

Have a fab Tuesday peeps

Monday, 26 October 2015

Morning all and welcome to the start of another week

Morning all,

Hope you all remembered to change your clocks!! Hands up who didn't .... until they were reminded!!!

Yesterday I was joined by Wynneth for a little light crafting .. we both made Christmas cards, mine's below. We went out to dinner (Manny's) for the steak special and came home via Lowe's (for the boys) and Michaels for the girls. Both Wynneth and I bought the same stamp set at 40% off but Wynneth broke the seal on hers immediately on our return, with very disappointing results. Mine's going back next time I'm passing a Michaels!

Since it was Rudolph Day yesterday I simply HAD to make a Christmas card, didn't I?

My very CAS card

And a closer view - to show the twinkle

And the insert and envelope
Materials used:
  • White, A2 (US sized) card blank and matching sized envelope
  • Two 9½ x 13cm white card panels and one slightly larger, coloured using a red alcohol marker, which was also used to tint the edges of the insert panel
  • Inkadinkado image (from Holiday Silhouette) and Hero Arts sentiment (from the Banners and Messages set) stamped using Memento tuxedo black ink
  • Stardust stickles to accentuate

It doesn't get much more CAS than this, does it! Anyway, I'll be entering this make for the following challenges:-
  1. Scraps of Life - October challenge - RUDOLPH DAY
  2. Hiding in my craft room - challenge No. 222 - ANY HOLIDAY ... Christmas!
  3. Cardz 4 Galz - challenge No. 4 - CAS
  4. C.R.A.F.T. - challenge No. 334 - BLACK, WHITE and (only) ONE OTHER COLOUR - I went with RED
  5. Simply Less Is More - challenge No. 247 - SKETCH, see below



And then on to another Halloween style ATC


My ATC

And a closer view of the sparkle
Materials used:

  • ATC blank
  • Snippet of white card, cut to ATC size, coloured using Distress Inks: scattered straw, wild honey, barn door.
  • Inkadinkado drip (from Bloody Scene) stamped using the D.I. barn door
  • Inkadinkado ink blot (from the above set) stamped using D.I. scattered straw
  • Distress Ink in spiced marmalade stencilled using a Tim Holtz blending tool and foam pad
  • Hampton Arts Halloween image (bat, cobweb and spider) stamped using Memento tuxedo black
  • Stardust stickles to highlight

At Sarah's suggestion I'm going to link this over at AAA Cards where their challenge (No. 51) is Anything HALLOWEEN goes


Looked out the door last night ... saw this ... grabbed my camera





Have a fab week