Thursday, November 30, 2006
Just been sitting her listening to some fabulous rythym & blues, and crafting - perfect.
White card, stamped Tim Holtz Scrathes stamp (proving to be very versatile), and embossed with black EP. Then as I really can't just do black and white on its own, I added a purple Angel Kisses, and altered a plain brad into a black one with versamark and black ep.
Stamped the Savvy Solid Paisley stamp in versamark with black EP, and mounted it on Prism Majestic Purple Dark and Soot. Added some MM purple ribbon, and then edged with Black StazOn.
Right off to have a nice sit down and watch some TV.
PS: This will be my 301st post!
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
this actually is a white card, with Chatterbox Blossoms paper, pink ribbon (free from Scrapbook Inspirations last month) then stamped the Solid Paisley Background by Savvy Stamps onto white fun foam with Black StazOn. Then mounted the panel on random pink Bazzil from my stash box, and edged with the StazOn.
I thought that this week's would be difficult, but enjoyed this, and have another piece of black & white paper left on my desk from the Scrapping Angel Retreat great un-pack.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
darling Daughter's play session after I'd gone off to work today.
She'd been playing around with some of the Tag-it tags that were on the desk and PeachPastel fluid chalk in, so I just added the French Letter and then applied the Peeled Paint Distress Ink to my heat mat, spritzed on water, and smooshed the tag through it.
Stamped the holly leave stamp (Rubberdubberdo) in Memories Art Print Brown, tore a strip of the Sweetwater orange spotted paper left on the desk from yesterday, and dulled it down a wee bit with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Added a circle (I think it might be Technique Tuesday) that fell out of the Scrapping Angel Retreat unpacking yesterday. Stamped the angel (also Rubberdubberdo) in SG-me! Galactic Gold embossing powder, and coloured her in with various H20's.
Added gold wired ribbon at the top.
I just love the way that the peachy colour and the green have gone together to give a worn antique look to it. Not bad for about 2 minutes work really, if I say so myself.
I have to also remember to take a couple of shop purchase orders with me to send off, as we are running low on Dew Drops and a few other bits and pieces. Also I need to pay for my Lippy Chick Book order (keep forgetting my cheque book).
I'm aiming for a wee bit more crafting this evening too.
Monday, November 27, 2006
crafting with the girls on Saturday, and then housework and general wifeliness on Sunday.
When I say crafting, what I really mean is that they crafted, I ate cake and chatted, cut out some stamps, and did I 8x8 background for no specific reason.
Managed to whip up a really quick 8x8 layout for this photo I found of me lurking on my desk - I have no idea how it got there, but thought I would seize the day and do something with it.
Floral pattern paper is Chatterbox and orange is Sweetwater, absolutely no idea what the green check one is, another thing found lurking - I have a vague feeling that the photo and papers may have found their way there when I unpacked from Scrapping Angels (tells you a lot about how often I clear up my desk hey)!
Stamps are usual HA Sunny and MM foam ones. Corner stamp is some random thing I've had from ages, and can't remember where I got it. Ink is the usual Memories Art Print Brown and Colourbox Peach Patel and Versacolour Smoke Blue. Angel kisses in blue and white and random blue brad.
I think I was about three in the photo so that around 1964, and I was clearly going for the Red Riding Hood but with style look.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
quite impressed with myself again this week, I've got my entry done in good time.
Also, I got my tag made with the paper Kristy did on the artwork update too - which made me sooo totally happy, as it had been a wee ambition of mine to be featured - thank you girls for deciding to use it.
This is another 8 x 8 entry for my WS Journal, and is entitled "Risky Business" - oh yes, I know all about that being a banker.
Stamp credits: Paper Artsy Letters Plate 5 for image of man and numbers in the background. Tim Holtz Scratches and Sunny Uppercase Alphabets (again, I know). Also used Tim Holtz Harlequin background.
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Antique Linen Distress, Blush Rose and Olive Pastel Fluid Chalk Ink.
Other: SG-me! clear and galactic gold embossing powders, 8 x 8 Bazill cardstock from Spring Pastel pack and sheet 6 x 6 MM Ledger Paper pad. Random black ribbon from Scrap Goods List last year.
PS: I think I might have completely lost it, joined the Team Tennant forum today - what can I say, I was bored!
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
I've just finished this tag card for Guy's Goddaughter for Xmas to carry some cash in - a more acceptable present when you're 16 than something some old fogies pick out for you!
It's a kind of tri-foldish card, with the front flap overlapping the pocket behind.
It would take way too long to describe how I made it - more luck than judgement any way - stamp credits are:
Polar Bears (Inkadinkado)
Scratches (Tim Holtz)
Swirl background (Tim Holtz)
Inks and Embossing Powders: Versamark and Adirondak "Winter Sky" applied to resist panel with brayer, SG-me! Galactic Gold and clear embossing powders.
Other: Brown Bazzil and Wizard Medium Prism cardstock, Gold star brads, MM Purple Ribbon collection.
I really am a silly moo!!
For ages now I thought nobody loved me, as I had not had a single comment on anything - usually my pals are so kind and leave me lovely comments.
Well, turns out the moderate comments had been turned on, and blogger wasn't telling me that I had any.
So to anyone who has posted a comment over the last month or so, thank you soooooo very much, I will be reading all the lovely things you said today, and of course, I will now check it to publish the comments in future - duuuuuhhh stupid moo!
This is another tag for Wednesday Stamper (insert usual comments about light levels and terrible phtography), just using some of the leftover Wild Asparagus paper, some dusky purple card (which is actually embossed with Tim Holtz Scratches and Pearlite EP, then my current favourite stamp (Non-Sequit) coloured in with Lyra watercolour crayons and bit of Glossy Accents on beads, tear and lips, and EP's with Moonglow Midnight Crimson Obsidian round the edges. Added red'ish organza ribbon and ribbon charm with silicon glue (not very successfully, I've split the tube and it's started to dry up inside).
Sunday, November 19, 2006
entry was done today, despite having my Godparent here for Sunday lunch, and all that goes with such a Family occasion.
My friend Sid had put me off the scent a bit on this one when we had a chat in the week, as he'd thought it was another week to go before posting - seems we were both in a panic today when we found out posting was tomorrow - LOL!
The theme was colour, and as I'm sure most of you will probably know by now, for me that means PURPLE, and tone, shade hue, or mixed with another colour (especially green) or on its own.
So despite the tight time scale, I had a lovely time doing this entry.
Kept it simple/stupid and used an AMM Studio Collection paper with co-ordinating Bazzil from an old Scrap Goods kit, and then stamped with some of my new stamps over the top of it.
Stamps: Non-Sequit plate (can't remember the number of this one), which is the woman, key with flames, feather, and text. The alpha stamps are an old Scrap Goods kit, which I can never remember the name, but really like and use quite a bit.
Mmmmmmm, caution is now to be exercised hereinafter, as I think I might have caught the Flo feather fixation after using it today.
Inks: Distress inks every man jack of 'em - Dusty Concord (loving this one at the moment), Black Soot, Milled Lavender and Antique paper. Marvy Metallic Silver marker and Lyra water colours.
Other: Ranger Glossy Accents, diamond gem and MM purple ribbon for the tag. Provo silent setter/hole maker, Sticky Fingers Craft Adhesive.
My UK ST 2nd Circle Journal also arrived on Friday, and I think that I should possibly get on with that asap, and not wait until the day before posting to do that.
It should be an intereting one, because it's about techniques - only problem I will have is which one do I decide I want to do.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
this week's challenge was easy, a tag - but what made it all the easier was the fabulous background paper my friend Kristy designed, and made into a pdf - thanks Kristy, it enabled a really quick tag for Xmas.
Well, that's 1 down and about 10 more to go, but it is a start.
I did do another one with the darker version of the paper that Kristy had, but stamped the image and dusted with pearly powder, so whilst it looks great in real life, the image does not scan at all.
I will try a different one, but with Silver or White EP instead, and see how that comes out.
Still anyway, it's nice to have got an entry into Wednesday Stamper way before Tuesday night.
Stamp: Aud Design Flower & Swirls sheet, my new Non-Sequit stamp from one of the sheets I got in the sale recently, and Hero Arts Sunny upper (Mum) and lowercases (hb, because there are two mothers, and I need to remember which is the right one).
Ink: Blook Soot Distress Ink by Ranger
Other: Tag from SG-me! range, Stickles, green flower brad and blue ribbon which was a giveaway from Scrapbook Inspirations this week.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Glossy Accents and Cut N Dry foam from Ranger. I personally wouln't be able to cope without both of them, which is why I'm tickled pink that I now stock them.
I would say that I use both on a daily basis, and on just about everything.
Also there are all kinds of UTEE waiting to be uploaded, but I just ran out of time last night.
I had to try and fit a tiny bit of craft in too - which is a 1 1/2 inch square bookboard square for the Scrapbook Sister mosaic wall.
So last night I spent quite a bit of time layering Pearl-ex and sealer to create a background for the image - I'm thinking I may well go for the Inkadinkado Polar Bears, and it's started to look a little bit like the glow of northern lights that could be behind them - artistic licence - go with me people!
I'm horribly late in getting ready for the Kingdome of Blahh, and right now having to dig very deep to find any kind of motivation to go and sit for 8 hours with not a crumb to do!
Think of me in this torture - laters all.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
what a difference a scan makes. The piece has now dried, and so I got a better image of it - even if it's a bit of a skew one.
I love that square stamp in the background (Aud's Stamp Sheet), I think I might be using that a lot, as well as the fabbie corner swirl.
Can't wait to see what Wednesday Stamper has in store for us tomorrow - I've made a vow to myself to get it done early - LOL!.
but needs must, as usual I'm late for Wednesday Stamper, and this piece is still drying, so I can't scan it, and the lighting in this bloomin place is dimmer than Wilf's Mother's.
Cheeky interpretation of Wed Stamper this week, which was hands - I realised too late that I don't actually own any hand stamps, so this piece for my 8 x 8 journal says (just in case you can't read it from the pic) "The hands on the clock slowly move wait6ing for her LOVE".
Stamp credits: Clock is Non-Seq; all back ground stamps are Aud's Designs (mixture of both sheets), Woman is Paper Artsy.
Inks: StazOn Jet Black, Versmark, Memories Art Print Brown and Black and Peeled Paint Distress Ink.
Other bits: H20's from sets 652 & 610, clear EP, Stickles, more of the Wild Asparagus paper ang Bazzill Spring Patel 8 x 8 pack, also Ranger Glossy Accents on clock and winds of lady.
and this morning, I'm still no nearer the bottom of the list. I think we have all but 3 of the VersaMagic Dew Drops, and about the same in the Brilliance.
I've also just finished uploading the Opalite re-inkers - I'm so excited about getting these in stock, cos I use them all the time for backgrounds, and they are fabulous little bottles of loveliness.
On an unhappy note, whilst we got the CutnDry foam, the TacknPeel was out of stock.
Right, I have to go to work now, but will push on when I get home.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
is the only thing that I've done remotely craft like all weekend, but I've been doing admin and have been organising moving my craft workstation and my computer terminal downstairs into the redundant music room, so that I can use the office now as more for storage.
I made the card for friends that moved to their new home on Friday, and just need to send it off to them now.
I stamped one of the swirls with versamark and embossed with Sea Foam white. Then brayered the green ink over the top. Mounted on the Wild Asparagus paper, and then cut out the houses from the paper as well, using either side of the paper. Stamped the flower and heart stamp from the Hearts & Baby background sheet and embossed with Pearlite Spearmint EP. the mounted the brayered panel on the front of the card, and added the ribbon down the spine. Ran the Red Staz-on round the card for definition. Inside stamped "New Home" with the Hero Arts Sunny Uppercase stamps.
Stamp credits: Aud Design Flower and Swirls, Hearts & Babies Background sheets and Hero Arts Sunny Uppercase.
Ink & EP: Kaleidacolor Fresh Greens pad, Versamark, Staz-on Blazing Red, Sea Foam White & SpearmintPearlite EP.
Other: Glossy cardstock; QK house die, and Wild Asparagus "Sisters" floral red and polka dot paper. Red ribbon and gold cord were from an old Scrap Good kits in 2005.
I'm off to MFI to look at new desks now.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
which let's face it have been pants up until now. I soooo want to blend it like Flo, and all attempts previous have been sludgy (not in an Alison G sludgy green way, oh no!).
So I dragged out my brayer again, and we eyed each other up over the desk, I reached for my ink pad, and that brayer tried to make a break for it, but I caught him and with shaking hands ran him across, and applied.
Well, it didn't turn out slugdy, and it's not bad for a first attempt - it doesn't have the certain light and dark blending that Flo gets, but I'm really quite pleased with it none the less.
If nothing else, I have more confidence to try and try 'til I get it just right.
Stamped the Hero Arts (LL973) Fanciful Filaments in Memories Artprint Brown, then coloured a piece of glossy cardstock with Brilliance Pearlescent Orange and a bit of Peach Patel Fluid Chalk Ink for good measure. Stamped Aud's flowers and two leaves from the Flowers & Swirls and cut them out. Added Glossy Accents to the centres of them and flung in a few green microbeads.
Then mounted the whole on a piece of the Rustic Gem Collection by Diane's Daughters left over from yesterday, which I tore at an angle and them a tied piece of orange twistel.
Stuck some of the flowers, and both of the leaves straight to the piece, and then silicone glued the largest flower in place (apologies, bloomin scanner has put a dark band behind it because of the 3-dness).
It's not really for anything, it was just a practice, but I might use it on a card.
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
Polished stone technique with alcohol inks for the image, then the words cut out and stuck on in green. "Unspoken Words" and "Ladies First" stamped on top half.
Using 12 x 12 Chloe's Closet paper, made card - I'm rushed to get this loaded up, so will edit later on with full details of how and where I got this idea.
Added gold brad hearts on all foldbacks, and tied ribbon round.
Stamp Credit: Paper Artsy.
Monday, November 06, 2006
childhood memories are made of - we spent time with friends on Saturday at Tunbridge Wells on their alotment (which is right behind Dunloran Park). We had a bonfire, eat soup and jacket potatoes, and watched the spectaular firework display for free - can't be bad.
Yesterday I managed to get my UK STamper's second CJ all done.
I used stampboard and coloured it with Brilliance inks, and my trusty Rubberdubberdo flower, also added mosiac glue to MM letter stickers, and pearlidoodles and a micro bead to the centre of the Angel Kisses. Tied loads of ribbon down the spine, and added the same Rubberdubberdo flower on black shrink and stamped in Moonlight White Brilliance as my sign in tag.
I'll upload the rest later on, because as usual I am short of time.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Now I'm sporting a lovely new bob haircut, and treated myself yesterday to Paul Mitchell's Awaphuhi Shampoo, I've gone the whole nine yards today and splashed out on some yummy smelling Red Ken Extreme Anti-snap conditioner (the very same that the hairstylist was using yesterday). It's one of those leave in treatments, and decided that as my hair felt so silky and healthy yesterday, it wasn't going to be a waste of stash funds. The price hurt a wee bit at £11.50, but assuming I can keep it away for the kids, it should last me like foreevvvver. Insert happy smiley face with lovely bob!
What with the haircut, dental polishing, new clothes that I've been buying lately, and my eyebrow prune booked for tomorrow, Guy is convinced I have a toy boy - nahhh, not got the time or energy for one really - so he's way off the mark there.
The truth of the matter is I've spent so long keeping the kids amply supplied with all their wants and needs, that I've been neglecting me. I supose it could be a sort of mid-life crisis, but who cares, and I don't intend to stop.
the georgeous David Tennant was voted Best Actor, as if we need to be told that, Billie Pipe was Best Actress, and Dr Who won Best Drama.
I Sky+ the whole thing for Lydia so she didn't miss a moment of DT - bless it's her first crush (and mine too, but not the first one) - and she was so excited to see him win.
I should have been crafting, but got sucked into watching it - at least though, Lydia will be quiet this evening, so I can get on with WS and my CJ.