Sunday, 29 November 2009

Allsorts - Buttons

Second posting today, well its so dark and wet staying in and playing is the only thing to do. Hope you are all safe and dry and we do not get a freeze anytime soon be a bit to rink like for my preference! So back to the cards and this one might just be my last Christmas card not promising but could just be Christmas carded out...

The challenge at Allsorts this week is to use buttons, thank you Lisa. Got boxes of buttons some I inherited from my Grandmother 45 years ago!!!others are more recent the buttons on this card all come from cloths long since forgotten only the buttons remain now. Have I mentioned that Yellow and Red is one of my favourite Christmas card combinations? Yellow and Red is one of my favourite Christmas card colour combinations. The blue kitchen paper is a recycle, a while ago I used Blue Stayzon and then cleaned the stamp using a spray cleaner mopped up with kitchen paper which made a wonderful background sheet. Gems and stickles and ribbon for sparkle and texture.

SCD - Red & Green Snowman Tanda Teaser Xmas Song

Gosh it has been a week since I posted, have been busy playing (& working not so much fun) but this is the first make to show you at the moment.

It is the last week of Christmas cards at Something completely different don't know which one of the DT set the challenge but they are looking for Red, Green & a Snowman. Have done something a little different with the inside of this card. After posting remembered that this will also fit with Tanda Teaser which is a Christmas song Waling in the air is one of the most popular Christmas songs of recent years! Thanks for the challenge Wendy

The idea came from a promotion card we received at work the folds are simple I have taken a couple of pictures as this one was made up.

The paper starts square and is pictured from the reverse. The horizontal is a vally fold on the reverse and the two diagonal are mountain. Trim off the corners so that just under 50% of the sides remains.

Push the folds so the the paper is folder in half on the horizontal fold. Attach to the inside on the card with the horizntal fold line up with the card fold sticking the paper at just the top and bottom of the card. there is a slightly mor complicated version of this that i'll share with you another time.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

SCD - Blue White and Snowflake

Hope its OK that there are other colours on this card? It is such a shame that Ang (not the same Ang) is not keeping her blog anymore, used to enjoy popping over and seeing her lovely work but very happy that she is still on the Something Completely Different design team. This week it was Ang's turn to set the theme, we are making cards this month very different for this challenge site! The task this week is to use Blue, white and a Snowflake.

Background the spellbinder snowflake die onto white copy paper and brayered with Hydrangea torn in half layered under and over the snowman vellum. Blue pen dragged down the top piece to make sortof icicles, washed with blue glitter sakura, clear sakura washed over rest of torn page. Snowman stamped in blue and coloured with Prokarkers, love the Snowman and wanted to impart the warm glow hence the yellow outline. Cut out and decouparged with sticky pads of different height so the snowman's tum sticks out a bit. Snowflake brads to help hold all the layered papers in place.

Lots to do - November Recipe Swap

Every month there are lots of swaps amoung the Lots to do forum one regular is Ang's recipe swap. This month we are making an ATC, a FBP, and a Skinny each of which has to have a Moo, an animal, Stars, a hat, red and green.

Black card and Green Moos 3 of the 4 wonderful little Lindsay Mason fun stamps I have collected. White puff paint, sakura pens, stickles, black ep and even some star shaped gems. Did actually stamp in versamark Dazzle on the corragated black card but because it is corragated the mark faded away.

The Lots to do challenge this week is a free theme. I found the forum after joining the challenges for a few weeks so will enter this into this weeks challenge.

Have fun this wet windy sunday.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Allsorts - inspired by a Christmas song

Kirsten Has given us all a great theme this week at Allsorts your piece has to be inspired by a Christmas song. The DT work is all Fabulous if you have not visited go and be insspired.

My song is the 12 days of Christmas, this partridge in a pear tree stamp was one of my first stamps from oh gosh years ago. Still a firm favourite he just looks so silly. Another first having given up with the cuttlebug a Big Kick now has pride of place in the crafting area and it cuts nesties! Yes I know but for what ever reason just could not get a decent cut with the bug now finally my cards can be adorned by nestie plates just like everyone elses!

Corragated card white vellum brayed with Big n Juicy 'Hydranger'. Main image stamped in Memento black cut to shape card dragged over Big n Juicy, and coloured with Promarkers. Holly stamped several times also coloured with Promarkers and cut out. Images and mats layered up, main image and holly coated with glossy accents.

Friday, 20 November 2009

A card for Mags and Jack

On Monday Mags had baby No 3, a little boy. Finally time to use my bargain Penny Black word stamp! Congratulations Mag and all the family.

Background from Anna Griffin paper pad. Words embossed in Silver Pearl, Marshmallow the hand and foot embossed in blue the rabbit coloured with Promarkers. A little fringed ribbon to add texture and softness.

Remember my offer to make something for you?

Well it followed on the same offer being made by Hilda In the post today this stunning canvas arrived, took me a moment to realise what it was for. Thank you Hilda it is Beautiful.

For those who took me up on my offer i have not forgotten and am working on it!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Went to Brighton today

Back in February read an article about the flocks of stirlings coming to roost on Brighton pier at dusk. Since then it has been an ambition to go over and watch. Today was the perfect day, after the storms the skys were clear and the wind was calmer so I hopped into the car and went. Decided not to take my 'big' camara suspect it would be to hard to get a worth while picture. My 'little' camara is always in my bag.

Got to Brighton parked near the seafront with time to wonder around the town before dusk. There are two piers in the town one active with amusements on the end even in November the place is alive and busy. The other is just the ruined end standing alone in the water un-attached to the beach in its own way very beautiful. Anyway walked along the front and up toward the shops and the famous lanes. Met an artist Mervin selling his black and white portraits on a steet corner he also had a fabulous picture of the ruined pier was hard walking away from that.

Finally the day wore down and over toward the sea a small flock was playing in the sky, time to head for the seafront. By now I was very near the active pier and so was a growing flock of stirlings. Admission to the pier is free I wondered up on the left hand side watching the amazing show of birds swirling around in formation, swooping as a group toward the sea, which was churing, and back up into the sky. Coming closer and closer to the pier then out to sea and spreading out coming back togather in a ball of flight, smaller flocks flew in to join the main group and other groups split off flew toward the beach and then back out to the main flight. The formations undulating in rytham with the sea. Birds would fly under and over the pier but the main action was on the left (east) side near the amusement area. Sometimes a group would fly along the length of the pier lower than i was standing and it was possible to see into the formation and grasp the whole 3D structure of the group.

The whole time the sky from the horizan up provided a back drop to the action with the dark dull sea churning and meeting a beige coloured sky the beige turned yellow then orange and green and finally blue broken only by streaks of white cloud.

The birds were settling, silent in flight, their chatter could be heard from beneath the pier floor especailly close to those areas with solid floor rather than the main pier planks. The sun was setting so I cut across the pier to take a couple of shots with my bag camara. Out over the wrecked pier swirled a big black cloud, more birds obviously coming in to roost there for the night. This was a big group and seen from a distance the patterns and formations they made were magical watched them for perhaps half an hour until the sun was gone and the last now much smaller group slipped out of sight.

It was the perfect day to go and watch this fantastic sight. Amazingly only one other person even seemed aware of the action she joined me early into the show and we enjoyed it togather from then on going our seperate ways at the end in the early dark.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Lots to do - Embossing

This week the challenge at Lots to do is embossing. Does anyone still use a light box? asks Sam Well could'nt resist a challenge so out came the stencils and the light box this is one of the cards made all Christmas cards, well tis the season.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Body parts ?

On leave this week last few days before the year ends. Started with the storm on Saturday and pretty grotty weather until today, not to mention the power cuts but Southern Electric have adopted me as their new best friend and are now keeping me fully informed and want to make sure I'm happy with them! Wonder if that means they will call me before the next power cut? Well no power no vacumn works for me.

Had a great day yesterday with Carol we did'nt actually make anything well apart from the mess but had a lot of fun. Thanks Hun.

Hilda is running an atc swap at Lots to do you have to include Body Parts in your pieces! These 3 uses Nick Bantock inks, English Stamp Company hand and foot and a Judykins cube I picked up at Ringwood the other week. Glimmer mist just to add a bit of sparkle.

Saturday, 14 November 2009

SCP - Pink & Christmas Tree

Friday 13th nothing to it, Saturday 14th now thats another story. I have a week off now but thought it would hit the fan by about Wednesday... nooooo had to go back in to the office this morning just for an hour or so. Not a hard thing to do with the storm we lost our electricity about 9am so guessed it would be back on by the time I got home...... nooooo got home two and half hours later no power. You would think this was an ideal opportunity to craft? ....... noooo seems there has to be background noise and a heat gun for that! After 3 and half hours, just when I was calling to find out how long the power cam back so thats OK then. No idea what happened but very much hope no one was hurt by the cut.

So now it warm & noisey again the second of two cards made for Something completely different challenge this week has been finished.
The challenge calls for a Pink Christmas card that must include a tree. Crackle embossing paste through a tree stencil with glamour dust sprinkled down each side. Peeloff parcels on different papers some of last year 'Anita's' gold printed vellum and a stamp/embossed greeting. The greeting was what the hear gun was need for.

Card one uses the cuttlebug tree folder touched with glue and given some pink leaf gilding. the BG is Crafty Individuals 'Travels in Italy' fell in love with the pad at Ringwood a couple of weeks back. Some of last years 'Anita's' vellum has been layered with the CI paper, a strip of CI tops it all off. Season's Greetings from a Tanda set.

Friday, 13 November 2009

The Claus'

Good morning in case you have not noticed Christmas is coming! Like most of us have been busy making seasonal cards and thought I'd share these two with you.

A avid visitor to craft shows (made it to 5 this year!!!) one stand i make a beeline for is the Penny Black and their bargain box. It was in this box that Mr. & Mrs. here were found. Stamped in memento black and coloured with Promarkers the images were then torn out of the card. The 'white' areas have been touch with puff paint that has not been puffed. Backing paper is from this years Do Craft pad the pre-printed greetings came from the same 'goodie bag'. Peel offs just add a little sparking trim.

yep used peeloffs and did not alter them! used pre-printed greetings and only altered them with some glittery chalk!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

A sad anniversary

On the 12th November 2008 a colleague was killed on his way to work in a RTA. Tomorrow some of us from work are going to lay flowers at his memorial stone. My cards are not always popular at work but the only cards in the shop are 'in sympathy' feels wrong for an anniversary so i made this. Wanted it to be very plain and simple just white and silver with the leaves just tinted in green. Inside it simply reads 'thinking of you.'

Monday, 9 November 2009

SophistiCat - Wings

Don't think I have entered this challenge before but this week's SophistiCat challenge is Wings. Had the idea for this card using this lovely pair of angles. Stamped onto acetate and coloured with Promarkers. Backed to white paper with eyelets and then attached to white card with the cord.

Colouring could be better sorry about that. BTW have you seen the new season sets of Promarkers?

Sunday, 8 November 2009

SCD - Holly & Ivy Gold Green Red

Dawn set this weeks Something completely different challenge. A very traditional Christmas card using Holly & Ivy in the colours Gold Green and Red. Dawn made an inspiring sample as have all the DT.

Gave me a reason to get my favourite holly stamp out stamped onto green card cut out and given some green glitter glue and red 3D crystal Lacqure for berries. A simple sample of season greetings stamped and embossed in gold on cream card which has been dry embossed and stroked with a red ink pad. The holly stamp has been used in dazzle versa mark onto the red card and a gold met seperates it from the greeting.

The longest and hardest part of this card waiting for the sticky stuff to dry..... Wonderful way to pass a damp dull Sunday afternoon.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Distressed, Metal, Winter Wonderland

Hilda is running a 4" x 4" wall hanger swap at Lots to do forum these are my swaps.

3 fat book squares firstly painted with Gesso. Walnut hollow metal sheet embossed on a fiskers texture plate, a 4" square cut out and divided on the diagonal stuck to fbp a strip added to the top of the third square. Viva Terra Smeared on and dried with hot air (it bubbles) Viva Ferro smeared on smoothly and stamed into. Sprayed with Glimmer mist 'Frozen Lake' maybe my new fav colour and 'Marshmallow' Trees stamped on card cut out and made to stick to image. Main images stamped onto metal and embossed. Alcohol inks used on embossed main image, Viva precious metal colour add to higlights of the assembled pages. Ribbon hangers stapled on! Several hours of fun and inky fingers.

Challenges this week that these hopefully comply with are:
Lots to do distressed (by the end the card was crying for mercy)

Tanda Teaser Working with Metal

By the cute and girly
Winter wonderland, clear skys crisp snow and sparkle.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Winter weddings can be so magical with cool colours and lots of sparkle. Amanda set the Allsorts challenge this week. Following a family wedding recently the DT are looking for wedding related pieces cards,scrapbook pages, gift boxes anything fitting the theme.

This card uses Gold and Green as the principal colours, the bride and groom were stamped onto card and embossed in green, stamped again onto lace paper embossed in gold and just the bride cut out. Kanban cardstock provided the frame all embelished with paper & silk flowers and a few gems strategically placed. Inside one of Wendys pop out stencils provided the arch, sides of the paper punched with twined hearts the piece sprayed with glimmer mist 'Frozen Lake' and 'iridescent gold'. the card inside has been lined with a sheet of basic gray stamped and embossed in gold with the defination of Love (a Craft Stamper freebie) finally more of the Kanban card has been cut and trimmed to go under the arch & the punched hearts filled with glossy accents sprinkled with Glamour dust.

Now who is getting married that this card can be sent to?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Strange Links

While I am sure Kym's cards are lovely they are nothing to do with me. Links to someone else's site have appeared at the bottom of the comments section of at least my last 2 postings. These links my lead people to think that I in someway endorse this other site . The site you are directed to has nothing to do with me and does not have my permission to add a link from here.

We all go 'blog hopping' and follow all sorts of links its part of the fun of being part of this community quite possibily you found your way here on a blog hop! We all enjoy (hopefully) the journey and lessons found along the way, where you go next is a treasure waiting for you to find it. Trying in direct more traffic your way by cheeky opportunism on others Blogs is on, at least not in my world view.

Have a good all and enjoy your travels.

Thank you, the links have now been removed.

Monday, 2 November 2009

Lots to do - Inchies

Lots to do is asking for inchies this week anything goes just include an inchie. Do go and look there are some fabulous entries.

Gave me an excuse to play with some of yesterdays acquisations. The inchie stamps are inkadinkado 'Spring is here' stamped with dye based inks that I have not used before but fell in love with yesterday. The ones that come in a square metal case with an inchie image in the lid. Images coloured with sakura and then given a clear glaze with ep. A border folder run through the bug and lots of direct to paper in different directions just for the heck of it.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

RSS 8 - Black Silver & Lilac Christmas

This is the card I really wanted for the Ready Steady Stamp challenge but for some reason thought it had not been stamped until my friend pointed at the Merry Christmas stamped and embossed down the side! Just completely absorbed by the Diamension crackle paste. Perfect pearls just sprinkled while the paste was still wet.

No crafting this week-end what with computer probs yesterday and today going to a small Craft Fair at Ringwood. Had a wonderful time spent far to much and left wondering why bother with the bigger ones?! Hope to catch up with challenges in the week and of course drop by your blogs to see what you have been up to. Have a good week.