Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Wednesday Stamper - Halloween.......

just done this in the nick of time - actually, I wasn't going to do anything right until about 7 pm tonight, then I saw a piece of DCWV paper from the floral stack, and remembered a comment about gessoing pattern paper, and away I went.

Grabbed my brayer, and applied gesso over the top of the bright orange paper, then inked with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink (one of my real favos at the moment), then added Maroon Fluid Chalk Ink round the edges, and stamped the free leave stamp from Simply Stamping (Issue 6) in Hot Cocoa Vintage Ink.

Took a white/grey frame, and cut the apature a bit larger, and washed over with Bouganvillia H20 (from kit 654).

Took a laser copy of a vintage halloween image, and coloured very slightly with Lyra watercolours, then triple embossed with Judikins amazing Glaze to make a tile, and placed the frame over the top with 3-d foam.

Then I added Papermania metal letters down one side (prize from Scrapping Angels Retreat), a piece of gingham ribbon, a brown hydrangea and a pumpkin brad.

Oh, and added a heart to the top right hand side of the frame with diamond glaze.

That pretty much took care of the evening.

I'm just attempting to finish off my entry in the flora and fauna CJ, and then I'm off to bed.

Galaxy Girl

I'm a UK STamper header challenge closes today....

and you have til tonight to get an entry emailed to me. The details are here.

Galaxy Girl

Worked on the Flora & Fauna CJ last night....

but have to confess that yesterday was in fact the posting date for it - bad girl!

I've finished the flora bit, and nearly finished the fauna half, so it will go off tomorrow to my posting buddy.

I have yet to even start the UK STampers 2nd CJ, and will have to make a start on this tonight, so girls/guys if you are reading this, the posting date will be Friday for it - it always happens, you have to move the first posting date to accommodate everyone (just a pitty it's me this time).

Actually, I've just had a major panic, one of the other girls is getting a CJ ready, and I don't think she's on the list - oh heavens above, off to check......

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, October 29, 2006

We had a fabulous time at Madame Taussauds...

and Lydia and I had a picture taken with Captain Jack (Johnny Depp) - and bearing in mind I hate having my photo take, isn't too bad. I'm trying to get up the courage to put it on here.

Lydia had loads of photos taken with other waxworks, but we were both bitterly disappointed that there was no Dr Who (David Tennat) or Rose Tyler (Billie Piper) - fingers crossed that they will arrive there one day soon in wax.

I had my piccie taken with the cybourg from Treasure Planet too, but Lydia was too scared of him to go anywhere near, LOL!

Yesterday was belated birthday party for her, and all her pals came dressed up in fancy dress. We apple bobbed, passed the parcel, then I let them free in the orchards to hunt down the glow in the dark skeletons, ghosts, and spiders that I hid. They were convinced that they had got them all, but Lydia found about another 15 today in daylight.

I feel really pooped out, and am looking forward to snuggling up in bed to watch Torchwood. I feel guilty about that - and you would understand why if you could see the state of my office/workshop at this very moment, but tough I say, I need a bit of R&R.

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Found the image...............and here it is........

I've just loaded it in the shop. I've wanted to get this alpha set in for some long.

I just love Hero Arts alphabet sets, they are fabulous value for money, and such superb quality. This one is called Assorted Letter and the code is LL895.

Notice the cute l'il swirly stamp, which will have so many uses.

Galaxy Girl

A bad blogger, I know that I've been quiet for days...

but have been really busy with the store. Loads of lovely Hero Arts stuff was uploaded to the Galaxy last night, and I've done some paperwork today.

Good news, Aud has some more stamp sheets being manufactured as we speak, there is a sheet of greetings, and a sheet of quotes, so I can't wait to get them in stock when they are ready.

We are also really honoured to have Kristy Cockayne (Brayergirl) join Clare Brown on the Galaxy Design Team. I am sure you will be seeing some stunning work on there over the coming months.

I only have one set of Hero Art alphas to upload, but can't find the image for them right at this minute, so I need to shuffle off and have a look at that.

I've really had no time for crafting this week, and feel a bit worn out today, so I think I will try to have an early night.

Tomorrow, Parental Control, Lydia and I are off to Madame Taussauds - looking forward to it we are!

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

I've been having a few days off..........

just chilling really, but I did make a birthday card for Guy's God-daughter, Samantha, who will be 16 on Wednesday.

Well, the land sale completed last week, and I have now loads more pennies to spend on the Galaxy. There is a huge Hero Arts order on the way, and today I'm finishing off the order I've been working on for a few weeks, and will be submitting that.

So it will be very exciting over the next couple of weeks, with loads and loads of products arriving.

As usual, I'm late for the Kingdome of Blah....

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Got a mention on Aud's Blog, and a big tip off....

from her that she is working on some text/greetings type stamps at the moment. I've seen a draft, and they are fabulous - can't wait to get them in store.

I had a good night craftwise, and finished Lydia's invites.

Just in time they break up on Friday - why do I always leave it so late, and then rush to get it done?

Oh well, Kingdom of Blah is calling..........

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Yeah, we exchanged contracts yesterday...

and compeltion is on Friday, thank goodness for that - more pennies now for the Galaxy!!

Other than that I really haven't too much news - I indulged again (bad me I have loads of work to do) and ended up going to bed early with Dr Who - well, obviously not literally - I'd Sky+d him. Although.......mmmm, now that's a thought!

I have some alphabet stamp designs to get ready for pressing, 3 orders to get typed up on to purchase orders, and paper work galore to do - so that is not a good thing. I will try harder tonight.

I did make a start on Lydia's belated birthday invites, which started off elaborate fold out things, but ended up just plain stamped tags - but I just wasn't in the mood.

I still have about 6 to go, and to add the ribbon, as she needs to have them at school by tomorrow really.

Despite the fact that I went to bed so early, I'm running late for the Kingdom of Blah...

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Aud's stamps turned up yesterday, WOW, WOW, WOW....

the images looked great on line, but oh my giddy aunty they are superb in real life.

Aud also enclosed a really love card made with them, which I'm sure she won't mind me putting the the Gallery tonight. Talking of which, I really must update it, and add the new section for her stamps - sorry I haven't done it yet.

I felt completely worn out yesterday and opted for an early night.

Galaxy Girl

Monday, October 16, 2006

Thank you UK STampers for the encouraginging words......

that I've received. I will definitely try Metallic Mixative on it, and also blending solution to de-tensify (is that a word) the colour in places.

It's horrible and depressing weather here, pouring with rain, cold and dull - looks like Winter has set in early.

Hopefully, the funding exercise for the Galaxy invasion will be completed on Friday, and then I can start to look at getting in a whole list of fabulous things. I need to start on putting the orders together - I've done some of them already.

The Kingdom of Blahdom has a big announcement for staff today, when they are announcing half-yearly figures - it must be good we're being taken out to lunch.

Right off to get ready - have a good one.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, October 15, 2006

That you might as well have a good laugh....

I had a go at Trish Bayley's textured alcohol ink background (Simply Stamping Issue 6) - and this is the result - oh yes, I know, it tryly is disguting.

Looks like the dog's been sick on it.

Believe me, the scan has improved it 500%, it really is B.A.D. in real life.

I suspect that is the first and last time I will try it.

Galaxy Girl

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Wednesday Stamper - School days..........

I've manged to get Wednesday Stamper finished early this week - in fact, I've just started on an ATC with a piece I had left over from the background paper.

I know I am always saying it, but sorry for the scan, it's got out of focus over the button - ohmyohmy, oh for a scanner that can take lumpy without having a nervous breakdown.

Started with a piece of MM ledger paper, which looks like school paper I used to use as a kid.

Stippled around the edges with Dark Poppy Fluid Chalk and Memories Art Print Brown ink, and used my trusty Clever Cut Flourish on the corners in Timber Staz-on.

Cut a slit using BG Notch'n'Die tool, and threaded brown check ribbon through. Added a MM cream flower, a Doodlebug Button and pink DMC thread.

I made the alphabet background bit using glossy cardstock, stamping the Paper Artsy (Words Plate 2) in versmark and embossing with my good old Midnight Ruby Obsidian EP. Then applied fluid chalk inks in Wisteria, Warm Red and Dark Poppy and buffed with tissue to take ink of EP, and stamped with Memories Dark Black a clock image (Non-Seq I think) just around the edges.

Then cut up a small piece of calico fabric I had hanging around, frayed the edges, and stamped on with Timber Staz-on and used a couple my Cactus Pink Wildflower stamps (I use them tons, definitely a good buy as far as I'm concerned).

Then image transferred an old vintage school photocopy - using the laser printer and clear packing tape technique (article on this coming soon), and backed it with a small piece of Diane's Daughers Rustic Gem collection paper, and secured it to the page with antinque brads.

Then stamped in Memories Art Print the words "Old School Day" using Hero Arts Sunny upper and lower case letters.

I've got a wee small bit of the background paper left, so am just to start an ATC for Sid, as I have something to send him, and owe him an ATC.

Galaxy Girl

Well, that's just plain annoying.........

as I think I mentioned ages ago, I'd ordered the header cards for the UK STampers embossing powder giveaways. Well, they eventually rolled up yesterday, and I was all set to pack them and get them off to one of our Members for the Port Sunlight do to hand out.

He kindly phoned me last night (thanks Sid for the heads up by the way, it means I won't be doing fruitless stuffing), to remind me that Port Sunlight is today.

I would have had them stuffed and sent off to him long ago, if the bloody supplier had pulled their finger out, and kept to the number of days to despatch. That coupled with the fact that I'd ordered tissue paper, and that had come rammed and crumpled in the bottom of the box, thus making it useless for re-sale, means I will never use them again - arghhhhhhhh!

Fortunately, Sid is going to try and mention to anyone and everyone about UK STampers, so if you are going to Port Sunlight, seek him out.

On a happier note, I heard yesterday that we will be getting very, very soon the most fabulous stamps in stock - Aud Designs. We currently have them on pre-order, and I would advise you get in quick, as I think they are going to fly.

Check them out here.

Well, we've got quite a mundane day today, just shopping, and hanging as Guy is away Clay Shooting.

Galaxy Girl

Thursday, October 12, 2006

A big apology to Wisher, I deleted you by accident.....

please send me an email, so we can re-register you on UK STampers. Sorry, sorry, sorry!!!

One of my fellow UK STampers (and friend of course) Linda, rose to the challenge and created a piece of artwork based on her Fairy name "Bramble Ice Dancer". Check it out on her blog here and Kristy has posted the first stage of her Fairy name "Hex Reedglitter" here.

Can't wait to see what other pieces are posted.

Girls (and Guys), I will try tomorrow to get around to putting a gallery on the Galaxy so we can put them in one place.

I'm so tired, it's been a heck of a day, and I really need a decent nights sleep.

I haven't mentioned the Galaxy Invasion for a long while, and I bet you thought it had died a death, but the good news is no it hasn't, it's very, very much alive and about to happen middle of next week.

Right, I'm off to bed, and sorry again for accidentally deleting you Wisher.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Indexing my stamps is going to be a slow old business.....

but, I am making a little bit of headway.

I bought myself a red index card box, a set of dividers and some index cards, and have been stamping the images out on the cards, and filing them in appropriate sections, i.e. (Aa) = alphabets; (Bb) = backgrounds and textures, (Dd) = domiciles, etc.

I've also tried to write relevant information on the card, i.e. when were bought, cost if none, wood mounted, unmounted or acrylic, and in which storage case it will be.

Heaven alone knows exactly how long it will take me. The individual stamp images don't take too long, but last night I was stamping the Sassassfras Lass Sew Simple alphabet - I got all the way to the end, and then discovered I'd used a y thinking it was an h - poo, going to have to start all over again with that one.

There should be some nice ribbon coming in tomorrow, and also BG Magnetic Snaps, and one or two other things that I can't remember right at this moment in time.

The header cards for the UK STampers embossing powder promotional giveaway still haven't managed to struggle from the supplier yet, despite the fact that they promised they would be delivered today - arggghhhhh.

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

My Fairy name is Hex Yewfilter.............

* I am a weird enhantress.

* I live in places hexed and tainted by black magic.

* I am only seen on midsummer's eve.

* I wear black feathers and rose petals.

* I have russet-coloured wings like a brightly coloured butterfly, and no.........

I haven't lost it completely that my Fairy description.

Thanks to my friend Kristy who posted a link on UK STampers..

This sweet Foxglove Fairy is way too sweet to meet that description, don't you think?
She's part of the Fairie Poppet stamps that we currently have in stock at the Galaxy.

They look really lovely stamped onto acetate, and then Art Institute glitter put on the back. Taking that one step further, use Fantasy Film for the wings. Actually {mental note to self} getting bloomin' low on Fantasy Film, I really should order more.

Anyway, I then decided I would challenge members of UK STampers, and anyone else who fancies joining in, to find out what their Fairy name is from Emma Davies site and create a piece of artwork inspired by your Fairy destription.

Have fun, and if you add a link to my comments, I will post a link on here. I also pick my favourite, and send you some of our new embossing powders.

Galaxy Girl

Monday, October 09, 2006

2 Birds, one stone...............

I'm goooooooood, needed to get my Vintage UK STampers CJ entry done, and enter Wednesday stamper, so combined the two - vintage entry with hearts.

A thousand pardons for the scan - lumpy you see - never good as it throws bits out of focus - can't be fussed to get the camera out and phaff around - I've got a shed load of orders to pack for the Calendar Cases.

Stamps used were: Penmanship (Penny Black), Antique Texture (Hampton Art), Heart Trio Montage (Stampendous).

Other products used: Anita's pre-sticky ribbon, twinkling H20's in Pink Azela & Forest Green, various jewels, Pearl Pearlidoodles, Memories Art Print Brown, Ribbon from the new Cat's PJ's release soon as the Galaxy, oh and my new best friend, silicon glue.

I'm quite pleased how it turned out in the end.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, October 08, 2006

I know that I'm probably wayyyyyy behind the times....

but meet my new best friend - yep, sillicone glue!

I got it yesterday, as I've been having a true nightmare with 3-d pads of late - they just haven't been cutting the mustard, now my crafting is getting more twiddly/advanced.

I had some years ago, which was used once, and then gummed up through lack of use, so as I was planning on a bit of raised work for my UK STampers CJ entry, I grabbed some off the shelf on my retail trip on Saturday.

I'm loving the stuff (apart from the smell, which is akin to vinegar), and am going to be getting some in store - I can't believe what I've been missing out on.

Yesterday went well, Lydia had her friend Louisa over to play, and they were so happy that they pretty much let me get on with some serious crafting.

I've managed to finish my CJ entry, and combine it with the Wednesday Stamper challenge.

I am blatantly not going to get it dry before posting today, so it will go off tomorrow - which will give me time to photograph/scan tonight, and load up with a link to WS.

This CJ entry wanted to see what we did with out vintage stamps, and Wednesday Stamper was Hearts - so I purchased a vintage scroll stamp, and some hearts, and have done a wee bit of my other favourite technicque, image transfer..

Galaxy Girl

You could have blown me down with a feather yesterday....

I ventured off to the craft shop, and had a browse around, but at least 3 or 4 of the stamps I picked up (in particular large background ones) had strong evidence of use, and yet did not appear to have been marked as ex demo, or the retail price reduced - my flabber had never been so ghasted!

The first one I picked up, I was holding in my hand (rubber up) and looking at another stamp, my Mum pointed it out. As there wasn't another one, I put it back and picked up an alternative large background, looked, and yep that was the same, and so on.

My Mother is definitely not a stamper, so if it was obvious to her - then you can image how bad the marks on some of the stamps were.

Running a shop, I understand the need for demo stamps, but what I don't do is then try and flog them to the unsuspecting public as unused - they are marked as ex-demo and the price reflected accordingly. Shame on you shop owner.

Apart from that visit, I freely admit that I didn't cross much off my list yesterday - fingers crossed I do today.

Watched Robin Hood though, looks promising, and then went on to watch Strictly Come Dancing - yeah it's back!!!

Lydia has another friend coming over today, but I seriously need to help her with her room - tip, tip, tip - when did the bomb hit?

Galaxy Girl

Saturday, October 07, 2006

On the agenda today..........

are a few things:-

1. Change the bed and flick the hoover round our bedroom and my studio, which is right next door.

2. Give family the slip, and make a break for Lingfield village, to have me a a bit of craft retail therapy - I know it's madness, I own a shop, but I still like to do retail stamp shopping sometimes - look on it as checking out the competition, plus we don't all carry the same things and I need a heart stamp of some kind to do Wednesday Stamper.

3. Do Wednesday Stamper when I get back.

4. Invite Lydi'a friend Lydia over to play when I get back, so I can get on wth number 3 above.

5. Make a start on the new supplier's order - so much choice, I need to narrow it down a bit, and starting putting it all in a purchase order. Then I need to refine the Hero Arts order that I'm working on too, there are a couple of things that need to be added as they're out of stock, and a few things I think I now need to have in stock.

6. Start bottling the new EP's, and chase the header cards, which don't seem to have made it yet.

7. Watch Robin Hood, and some of the recorded craft day from yesterday.

8. Start on some make'n'take projects for the Galaxy, and really push myself to finish some half finished articles.


Galaxy Girl

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Calendar Cases...............

we've just ordered these little beauties for the Galaxy - Calendar Cases - which are perfect for unmounted stamp storage (even with the stamp already placed on Kling-on), and even better mini albums for Xmas Presents.

We learnt how to do them on the recent Scrapping Angels retreat.
They are £1.75 for a pack of 5 and £3.00 for a pack of 10.

Originally, I had planned to get the metal A5 hinged tins in stock (and probably will later on), but just at this moment in time it's proving difficult. They would be retailing at around £3.50ish per tin, and also are a bit more bulky to store- so these Calendar Cases are really quite ideal.

This evening I got all but one stamp from a whole Paper Artsy plate in a case, and they were all quite large designs. The beauty of them too, is that I should be able to store them in a regular CD storage rack - being see-through I can see the stamp design, but for added clarity and quickness I'm going to slip an index sheet in the front and lable the spine

Thus I can get my own vast basketfuls of stamps that I have stored in just plastic bags organised and put away neatly - hey, when you have an office the size of a postage stamp, that's a huge, huge benefit.

I'm planning on doing more of the wonderful mini albums that Ann(i)e Hafermann showed us how to make, it only took 2 sheets of double-sided cardstock to make the inside cover and 4 pages, so it really is an economical gift for a doting Grandma at Xmas. Take a look at her wonderful example here

Galaxy Girl

Hells Bells, we've overslept this morning......

and it couldn't happen on a worst day - at the Kingdom of Blahness we have the Big Cheesey Feet himself descending from his high pedestal to deliver blue sky thinking amongst us - yipee you hear me cry!!!!

Only good news about the whole sorry episode will be the Chinese lunch at a very nice restaurant near work - I will be sorely in need after I've had sunshine piped up my bum for 4 hours.

I've nearly finished my "home" layout, and am seriously considering submitting to the Creative Scrapbooking Reader's Gallery, as they have a call out for layouts with ink or stamping - both of which it has in plentiful supply. Only problem is I severely lost my confidence submitting to scrapping mags a year or so ago, after some knocks, and I'm really unsure whether to put it up. I think I will get the Slave to take a photo at the weekend, and ask Clare what her opinion is - as she is the most talented Fairy around, and I truly value what she will have to say, if she says it's crap, I really won't put myself up there for rejection.

Right off to prepare my botty for sunshine city.

Galaxy Girl

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Yeah, Wednesday Stamper's new challenge is today......

can't wait to see what the new one is, but just for a bit of a laugh I thought I'd upload (badly scanned, sorry) a picture of me at around 7, which is going on the home layout from last week's challenge. It was taken after I'd just finished riding in our garden in Keddington, Suffolk.

I had a huge box of catalogue's from the a new supplier arrive yesterday, and spent a very happy hour scanning through, so expect to see some really fab products at the Galaxy shortly, as soon as I can narrow down my selection.

I chased up the embossing powder supplier yesterday as the new EP's hadn't arrived. Apparently, the courier (a different one to the ones that normally come here), had rung my mobile last week, and been told I was off sick, so simply hadn't bothered to deliver, despite the fact that I was obviously off sick at home (which was the delivery address, dahhh) - I really wish I hadn't left my mobile in my desk at work! Anyhoo, they are delivering it on Thursday, and somebody has been organised to wait around for the delivery.

The lables for the EP turned up yesterday, and I'm pleased with them, just waiting for header cards and bags for the UK STamper giveaways today, oh and tissue paper for the store.

Right, I'm off to have a wee look at last week's entries on Wed Stamper..

Galaxy Girl

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Wednesday Stamper - Home..........

this is the header that I've made for the Wednesday Stamper challenge, which this week was "Home".

I stamped with my great cheap "love" stamp onto glossy card with versamark, dried off with the heatgun, then spritzed Adirondak "Lettuce" dye ink and wiped off the excess with a tissue - it's given a real mottled effect in the centre, which I really like.

Then I added matted on a sage green cardstock, which has been stamped with my Hampton Art Stamps "Antique Crackle" stamp, and added the reb ribbon with three heart brads, and the Flourish (Stamps Away) to the bottom right corner. The tiles, which are Daisy D stamp chipboard, were painted with Jo Sonja's Pacific Blue and Yellow Green, then with Memories Black Ink I stamped the individual letters (Sassafrass Lass) with Sew Simple alphabet, and triple glazed with Amazing Glaze.

I'm also half way through a 12x12 page to go with it, but thought as I was running out of time I would post this to WS as I didn't get a chance to take part last week.

BTW, I love the Memories Ink pad, it's a permanent ink, and is far more acceptable to use with polymer stamps than Staz-on, and indeed, the stamps seem to take the ink better too.

Most of the products we have in store, but the Stamps Away are a new line of polymer stamps that we should be carrying in store very soon. I really love them, there are some very cute designs. That Flourish, is particularly useful.

Galaxy Girl

Monday, October 02, 2006

Made a start on the Wednesday Stamper.....

entry, I've got the tiles done, and just need to do the background card. I did one last night, but I feel it was a bit small, so will be doing an A5 one tonight.

Going back to work today, for which I am singuarly unprepared, I still feel a bit grotty, and don't really want to go at all.

I've got orders so pack so sorry this post is a bit brief - I'll try to be more entertaining later on.

Galaxy Girl

Sunday, October 01, 2006

The film was excellent.........

I did wonder at first, as the it is slow for about 5 minutes. There are 3 stories being told, and it all comes together in the end to make a fabulous bit of entertainment. I won't spoil it by giving away the ending/villan, but would say that it's defo worth watching.

We're off to Bluewater today to get Minkey a new School coat, and a writing pen - tarhahhh - she is now allowed to write in ink rather than pencil at School - that is a very, VERY big step forward for her.

I have my UK STamper CJ entry, which is vintage to think about today, as well as trying to get the Wednesday Stamper's challenge - Houses - completed. Having been made a regular contributor, I don't want to get kicked off. LOL!

Galaxy Girl