Monday, April 30, 2007

Today, I bought a web cam

now how very modern is that of me!

I'm probably going to have to abandon posting on here in minute so the technical Guy can instal it for me, and explain in very simple language how it works.

I'm guessing there will be no crafting tonight then, but that might be a good thing as I have all those stamps (still) to cut out, so I think I will take to my bed with my Kai's, the laminated sheets and my wallet files for them.

I've also got orders to get packed. Hopefully, I can get a quick Wednesday Stamper contribution done if I get up early tomorrow.

I've been tagged by Linda and Sharon

7 random things about me:

  1. I love purple, you can never get enough.
  2. No surprise to a lot of you, but I adore David Tennant. So it goes without saying that I am a Dr Who fan. I saw Tom Baker the other day and nearly crashed the car.
  3. I was a Donny Osmond fan as a teenager, and a bit of a fashion plate too. I've been to Biba.
  4. I have to make my bed every morning, and it HAS to be done in a certain fashion.
  5. I have a bird phobia - particular pigeons - they are evil flying vermin.
  6. I met the Queen and a Dalek when I was a child - not at the same time - now that would be freeky.
  7. I love the Proclaimers, almost as much as Mr Tennant - they are one of the best bands ever.

I tag Sid.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

This afternoon, I have mostly been

fiddling around with dye ink. This is a small piece of the SEI green dots paper, with Dusty Concord Distress Ink rubbed on my craft sheet, spritzed and the paper run through it. I then add some sea salt and leave to dry.
Trimmed with my A5 Multi Trimmer with the wavy blade in, and added the Shore Cliffe Trim and wording (Stampington) down one side, Judikins Floral Fabric cube images in the background stamped in Starry Starry Night, and the tiny swirl is from my Hero Arts stamped in Savoy Green.
The oriental lady was stamped on cream cardstock and embossed with Galactic Gold Embossing Powder. Then she was coloured with Sakura Glaze Pens, cut out and added on top with silicon glue.
Then I just ran a Brilliance Moonlight White inkpad around the edge.
I've also laminated the index sheets of the new Aud Design stamps, in readiness to cut out the stamps. I've also got quite a few Paper Artsy sheets to cut out - I hate cutting out stamps really I do - I'm seriously considering buying Guy a scroll saw and getting him to do them for me.

Ice Cream ATC

Pattern Paper is SEI (green dots, blue stripe the other side).
Cut the green dots to size, stamped on the Do Craft Ice Cream in Savoy Green Whispers Dye Ink and coloured in with coloured pencils.
Added a piece of the reverse side of the green dot paper, which is the blue stripe to the left hand side and stamped Savvy Stamps Dotted Lines in Timber Brown Staz On.
On a small piece of cream card I stamped the Ice Cream image again, and heat embossed with Galactic Gold Embossing Powder, and coloured in with Twinkling H20's, cut out and added to the ATC with silicon glue.
Typed "What's your flavour?" in word, printed off and painted over the top with green Twinkling H2O's. These were then added to the bottom left side.
Whole thing was then edged with Savoy Green Whispers Ink.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Shore Cliff Envelope

Just the envelope that goes with FIL's card.

More Shore Cliff I'm afraid

but this was all in the persuance of stamping science.

I zipped off down to our local department store in Tonbridge (they stock Do Crafts) and grabbed a few more Whispers colours: Starry Starry Night (dark blue), Savoy Green (limish green), Violet and Sunshine (bright yellow). I also picked up a pack of Paper Mania Latte Square Card Blanks (oh and my are they yummy when you get them out of the packet).

I made a quick ATC with the Shore Cliff bolio again, then remembered that it's FIL's birthday on 7th May, so matted that on my beloved Watercolour Illuminations (Creative Imagingation) paper, which I'd stamped with Whispers Lilac round the edge, and edged it with the Starry, Starry Night.

Stamped the starfish from the bolio in the Savoy Green, and then stamped over with the mesh in the Starry Starry Night, there was a bit of a gap where I joined the image, so over this I added a scrap blue shiney ribbon.

The seahorse image, another purchase from this morning (Do Crafts) was the main focal image on the ATC stamped in the Starry Starry Night, and then stamped on the card with the Lilac.

Actually ahead of myself this year with card's usually I leave them right to the last minute. I just need to do a last minute one for Romilly my God Daughter now though.

Thinking about it, I will probably add some jute and blue fibre round the spine of FIL's card, with a shring plastic sea horse and starfish.

Actually, for ages, I've kept well away from Paper Mania and Do Craft, wrongly perceiving them to be cheap products of poor quality.....but I have to admit that I am wrong about some of their stuff. The pack of cards I got are the most fabulous quality, and a beautiful surface to work on, and I have recently got a couple of albums. I think the reason I am looking more carefully, is the fact that Lydia stalks the toy department at the department store, and the craft items are right next door.

More playing

overnight - I used my craft sheet and tappped on some Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint Distress Inks and a bit of Whispers Lilac, then spritzed with water and ran a piece of smooth cream card through it.
Then sprinkled it with some sea salt and left overnight.
Actually, it's such a shame, but it has a shimmery quality about it (I think that might be the Whispers Lilac). Trimmed down with my Purple Cows Trimmer to get the wavy edge.
I then used the same inks and the Shore Cliff Trim bolio to try and get more of a handle on the grass image stamping.
I don't know about other stampers, but I tend to play around a lot with new stamps to see what they can do, and they almost become like friends - SAD, yes I know!
I'm off to Sevenoaks or Tonbridge today to get a few bits - Lydia needs new sports gear, and my Goddaughter has a birthday coming up (so I need a present for dinner at Di and Neil's tonight to celebrate her birthday).
Also fully intending to bag more Whispers pad - all in the advancement of stamping.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Shore Cliffe Trim

this is the image of the bolio (they call it a cube, but I like bolio as I think of the long ones rather than square ones), and it is indeed by Christine Adolph. They have some other really yummy stamps in that range too, I especially love the sand dollar, and I can feel that coming to a storage shelf in my studio very soon.
I've just been mulling over the whole Whispers pad thing, and have decided that it may just be that it was quite a porous card I was using, therefore purely in the scientific advancement of stamping I should stump up for a few more to test them - see, perfectly reasonable and selfless spending on stash to help the cause of stamping - at least that's what I'm telling Guy!

I've been playing with a few things

with a couple of things.

First used my lovely new Purple Cows A5 Multi Trimmer trimmer with the wavy blade in to cut a small rectangular kraft card, and just tore the edge of it. It worked really quite well, but I've been fiddling around cutting stuff with it, and I couldn't get it to work properly for a little while.

Then, as I'm trying to get to grips with my Stampington bolio (which I have a feeling is Christine Adolph design) I decided I would try it out on the matt that I'd cut.

I also used my new purchase from the other day, a Whispers Lilac Dye Ink pad - turns out that was quite pale - so I stamped the mesh portion down the left hand edge of the card, then over stamped the text with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Using the Whispers Lilac for the starfish images, and first and second generation stamping, and just a single one overstamped in the Dustry Concord.

After that I added the grass image in Weathered Wood Distress Ink in the centre and off to one side. Funnily enough, this is the image that I have the most trouble with. In my stamping I tend to usually have unmounted stamps (on EZ Mount) with a clear block, and with this image I just can't get the positioning right and get them on top of one another, rather than three graduating downwards.

I am seriously wondering if a stamp positioner (stampamajig thing) might not be a bad investment, so if anyone has any thoughts on this post a comment.

I'm not completely certain where I'm going with this yet, but may use a smaller version of it with a secret I was wondering if I could do a beach hut one, as it was such fun.

I also have some more UK STampers Newsletter work to do, so a project along these lines is brewing.

The question is though, should I consider de-mounting the Stampington Bolio onto EZ Mount?

Aud's New Stamps.........

Aud's stamps have now arrived at the Galaxy, and I've been packing pre-orders this morning.

You can get them here
I really can't wait to start working with them, especially that really cute cat!

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Grunge House

This week's Wednesday Stamper was Grunge, so following inspiration from Sid (care of Sugarloaf Video Class) I decided to have a go at a grungy secret house.
Stamps: Aud's Designs, Stampington & Co, Hero Arts Sunny Uppercase
Ink: Wisteria Fluid Chalk ink, Black Soot, Old Paper and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

It was all drama, drama, drama

here yesterday. First poor Lydia had a screaming ear ache, and we had to take her to Doctors, resulting in a day off school. Then Rob had his car broken into, so all the pfaffing around associated with that cancelling bank cards and getting a new driving licence (the stupid boy had left his wallet under the seat).

There was no opportunity then for crafting of any kind, which peeved me in the extreme 'cos I was going to have a go at the secret house project that Sid had done from Sugarloaf's site.

I'm eagerly anticipating loads of things arriving for the Galaxy at the moment - in orbit are Junkitz Acordian Bookz, Purple Cows cutter/laminators, Aud's new stamps, and a few more things - oh yes, a lovely new colour of emobssing powder.

I also talked to a rep of a lovely new paper company, with some stunning papers, which hopefully will be at the Galaxy soon.

Right, I need to dish out medicine and get ready for work.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Pose (2003)

this is my attempt (and probably less than successful) of one of the Design Collective Classes - don't be put off, the original class was lovely, but I lost my way by not concentrating.

There is actually a white border all the way around but it doesn't show up in the scan, and also a bad shadow (because it's lumpy) falls right across the middle - I promise it's better IRL.

I went with the Distress Inks squares all over the background because I dropped the ink pad, and decided to just add more at that point!

UK STampers Colour Challenge #1

Brayergril has very kindly started her colour challenges on UK STampers - they will be published every Sunday on the UK STampers Cyberblog. The first one's this week, and it's red, green and white.
So this is my effort, an ATC using the Hero Arts "K" set of clear stamps, green and red cardstock, white fabric flower, red button, green embroidery thread and tiny green heart gems.
Ink: Peeled Paint Distress Ink, Moonlight Brilliance, and Black StazOn. I also used Sakura #800 Gelly Roll pen on the lips, which I was hoping would dry white, but it's a bit pale in the scan.

Kimono ATC

quick ATC done with Hero Arts "K" clear set of stamps.
  • Cut piece of light blue card 2.5" x 3.5", and stamp the small flower found in the set in Gingerbread Versamagic Dewdrop and Magenta Versacolour cube inks.
  • Stamp circle design in the Gingerbread ink.
  • Overstamp "kindness" in weathered wood distress ink.
  • Ink edges of ATC with Gingerbread ink.
  • Add 3 dots of Baby Blue Pearlidoodles on bottom righthand side of ATC.
  • Next stamp in Versamark ink the Kimono on piece of watercoloured paper (I used a scrap from Creative Imagingations Illuminations pad). Sprinkle on Galactic Gold embossing powder and heat set.
  • Cut out Kimono and mount onto the ATC with silicon glue.

As you will all know, I'm not really a fan of polymer stamps over good ol' rubber, but these Hero Arts one stamp out beautifully. I think they will be making an apperance at the Galaxy very soon.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Smarti's Inchie

this is one of the other Inchies that I received from the UK STamper's swap - it's by Smarti Gliterati.

We've had a few power cuts today, so I felt justified taking myself off to Creative Pastimes for the Hero Arts Demo Day. I was delighted to meet Sharri Carroll (auther of Layers), and I purchased the Layers book, which she kindly autographed.

I also treated myself to a set of Hero "K" set of clear stamps, which have some lovely images on, a new tube of silicon a green Marvy Marker - ohh, and got a free English Stamp Company bunny stamp, which Lydia's grabbed off me. Got to admit, I was very conversative with my spending - actually, it was a bit disappointing that the things Sharri demo'd were not in stock (can't help thinking they missed a trick there).

I've made a really quick ATC with my new set, but can't scan in as the silicon and perlidoodles are drying.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Inchie - The key to 1882

On UK STampers we recently had an Inchie Swap (organised marvellously by Sid), and this is one of the 25 that I received back.

Mady by Clare Brown - just my colours, and I love the swirly pattern in the background.

Lovely thank you card

that I received from Kristy (Brayergirl) recently - I've only just found a moment to upload it. It really is so beautiful, but then everything she does always is!

Thank you Kristy, it was very much appreciated.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

London Duck

this morning I'm off to London for a team build day with the Kingdom of Blah, which is going to be on the Duck and then lunch at TGI's. Hopefully, I will remember the camera, and get some good shots.

Monday, April 16, 2007

New lessons

arrived from the Design Collective the morning we went to Paris, and I hadn't had a chance to look (and print out) until now.

I really love the the three projects, and can't wait to get going. I know the idea is to use the Stash Mountain, but I think I will splash out and get some the lush Creative Imagination Love Struck Papers and Embellishments.

I'm still amazed at just what great value the DC is.

Jester card from Lydia

When we were away, Lydia was reading my Feb/March 07 Stampers' Sampler, and was particularly taken by the Jester template createdby Georgiann Carlson.
I was delighted to get home to find this lovely card that Lydia had produced from the template today - apparently, she spent ages watercolouring and stamping it for me - to let me know how much she loves me! I have the most darling child in the world, and I am truly blessed.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Paris in the Spring

Bon jour....we're leaving in about fives mintues and going off on the Eurostar to sample Paris in the Spring....although we are not taking Husband or Teenagers with us.

I can't wait to soak up all that Parisian Chic and take loads of photos. On Sunday we are planning to go to the Antique Market for a browse round....and you never know I might find some great images for new stamp designs.

I don't think I will manage to get on here to update whilst we are aware, but will upload the photos as soon as possible.

See ya........

Monday, April 09, 2007

Wednesday Stamper - Banish Bare Envelopes

just a quick (and not very successful effort) using what I had on my desk at the time.

I just wanted to make sure that I took part this week, as since Christmas, I haven't had much opportunity to do so.

Aud's Design Inspiration Blog

so exciting, my friend, Aud, has started a fabulous new Inspiration Blog, with some very exciting contributors joining her.

So, if you love Aud's wonderful stamps, or just fancy some inspiration, check out the new blog. I'm sure if you haven't discovered here stamps before, these fabulous pieces of work will inspire you to buy the stamp sets.

By the way, we are eagerly awaiting some new designs to be delivered from the watch this space for news.

Always measure twice and cut once

well, that's what Guy always says, and I hate to admit it, but he is probably right.

I started out yesterday morning to work on the first of my Design Collective lessons, a mini book project, which called for 6.5" chipboard covers.

Now, I've used a centre ruler for ages, and really do know how to use it, but what with interruptions, phone calls, dead fish, and various other things, I mistankenly cut the covers to 7.5" instead. The trouble was that the penny only dropped when I'd got well into covering them, and thought that the size required was a bit on the mean side....and then realised that the instructions were just fine and dandy, and it was my poor concentration/measuring that was at fault.

So I've pushed one with the chipboard covers the size they are, and am just doing a different project with them.

I will cut new chipbaord, and start again for the mini book project. Honestly, sometimes I am a stupid cow!

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Just Clowning Around

I just took a tag from a pack of Tag it all's (SG-me!), and painted with some left over Amethyst Alchemy (Stewart Gill). The other side I covered with some spotty paper by SEI. The edged with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.
Tore a post it note, and covered the top 2/3rd's of the tag, and stamped the Tickets Stamp (Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz) in Dusty Concord DI. I also stamped some of the more of the tickets onto the SEI paper, cut them out, and edged with a Gold Marvey Mettalic Marker.
Removed the post-it note, and then above the stamped tickets, stamped "Just Clowing Around" image from Pierrot Plate 1 (Paper Artsy) in Peeled Paint Distress Ink. On top of that was stamped a section of the tag from the same plate in Dusty Concord, and then on top of that another Just Clowing Around in the Peeled Paint.
I then mounted the cut out tickets on to the tag, the two bottom ones just with double sided tape, and the top one with a tiny bit of silicon glue for a little dimension. I then added Glossy Accents to the top ticket, and stamped some green twill to the top of the Tag it all.

On the spotty side of the Tag it all, I stamped the "Keep this coupon" image in Timber Brown StazOn from the same plate, and the Heart from Pierrot Plate 4 (Paper Artsy) in Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

Happy Easter

hope you have loads of yummy Easter Eggs.

Don't you just hate it, when you think....

that your Diamond Glaze is dry, just pop a finger on it to check ..... and discover that it's not!

Still Cambridge winning the Boat Race is compensation enough - there are some members of this household that a gutted, but not me .... come on you light blues. Well done boys (and girl).

Today, we've mostly been cleaning and putting

up the pool - as we promised to get it ready for Lydia's return.

I've also blitzed the bathrooms and Rob's room, and made a start on our bedroom and bathroom. Just leaving Lydia's room and the store room to do tomorrow morning.

Sadly, there has been a distinct lack of crafting here today, but I am fully itending to make up for this tomorrow. I might do a bit whilst the dinner is on, but Dr Who is on this evening and I need to make cozy in bed ready for that!

Friday, April 06, 2007

I've cracked the whole lamination thing

and worked out a nice quick and very precise way to cut my pages, and then laminate them for my Design Collective lessons. I've printed them at A5 size with 2 per page, the put them back to back.

The other day, the corners were folding over, but I've now worked out that if I push the first piece of artwork right up to the spine of the pocket, that doesn't happen. I can also get 2 lots onto 1 A4 pocket, with plenty of room to cut them down neatly afterwards.

God, I love laminating, and can see that if it doesn't move for long, it will be done!

Lydia is away with her Grandparents until Monday, so tomorrow I am going to try and do at least one of the classes I was sent. Apparently, there are more on the way on 11th, 19th and 23rd of the month.

It certainly is amazing value for money at 10.00 per month, and I can't wait to see my collection of classes growing. I'm intending to put the page planner I got with my MIMI Tote to good use, and start picking/preparing pages for the classes for crops here and in Plumstead.

Altered Box File for my Design Collective Classes

painted with Jo Sonja'a Potting Shed collection paints, then added Amethyst Alchemy wash over the top (Stewart Gill). Papers are by Sweetwater, and stamps are by Aud Designs (swirls and corner swirl and dots), Judikins (Flowers) and Stampington (wording).
All the flowers were stamped onto tissue paper, coloured with Lyra crayons, cut out and collaged on with Golden Gel Medium.
My cropadile made very short work of putting the holes for the ribbon in this sturdy box file.
Inks: Jet Black StazOn and Pearlescent Purple Brilliance Dewdrop.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

I've had fun laminating things.....

after I took Lydia swimming today, we popped off to Tonbridge Post Office, and I got a bit of a bargin a Povo Laminator with a selection of pockets included, and a pack of 25 A4 pockets free when you bought a laminator - all for the princely sum of 12.99.

I bought the laminator to protect my Design Collective lessons, which I've printed out at A5 size. They'll be put in the small box file that I've been altering - for what seems like the last 100 years. I'm on the downward slope now, but have to admit to being a bit bored with the project.

I'm working tomorrow, then Lydia is off to her Grandparents on Good Friday (comes back Monday), so I've got a whole weekend of crafting to look forward to.

Once I've finished my laminating, I will have three fabbie classes to do, and I've also got loads of UK STamper Newsletter work to get done - so it will be a veritable hive of activity round here.