Sunday, 30 August 2015


At Twofers this week we have a 5th Saturday bonus for you.   A competition, list as many different ways you know of stamping (Stamp and medium) and or using a rubber/polymer stamp.   We have a pair of stamps on offer to the most inventive technique and a guest spot for the person who lists the most different techniques.   Twofers is about making pairs and using your rubber/polymer stamps, take a look at the competition and get to know us.

We are also looking for another volunteer (or 2) at
Challenges for Days, if you have an hour a week to spare please check the details on the list site.

Back to just blogging.   Yesterday was kinda momentous, Mark and I spent the afternoon together starting to catchup on 20 years.   For those who do not know Mark is my son and we have been estranged for all those years, until he recently got back in touch with me.  It was a really good meeting and I really enjoyed talking with the man, the first of many such chats and meetings.

Coming back on the train (Standing room only) there was a stunning sunset.   The sky was pink with streaks of blue, the clouds were under-lit reflecting this vibrant pink.  At the centre and just below the horizon an orange pink glow, rays of light and colour spanning out from it.   These rays might disappear behind the clouds and re-emerge above still in formation, more rays could be seen to flow toward the east.    As the train continued north this dramatic sky continued to enthral me as I tried to capture the details the colours the layers and textures to memory.

Back at Newark it was dark, driving the last 50 miles through Lincolnshire the way was lit by a almost full moon occasionally obscured or partially obscured by cloud this was a big moon at about 45 degrees to the earth in the eastern sky.   Memorable skies for a special memorable day.

Then this morning I made this card!   Less is More's challenge this week is to use your sprays.   I've not used them in a good long while, most are clogged.   Clogged is great you get blotches rather than a mist.  Some will not even blotch and have to be unscrewed the contents of the tube can then be tapped/dripped onto the surface.   Others are not blocked and will spray giving a great blast of colour great for saying blow those neat lines away this is an eruption of colour.   The silly sheep are stamped in Archival Sepia.

I'm also sharing this with Suzy Bee's Blooming challenge, where the theme is Make your own Background.   Inspirational One Layer Cards and Sisterhood of Snarky Stampers, image only.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

List manager vacancy

Our little band of list managers at Challenges for Days is shrinking again, we all get a lot out of maintaining these lists but from time to time one or another of us has to drop out.  This time it is Sandra who looks after the Monday list.   Sandra took over the Monday list at the end of May 2014 and has kept it up to date with new sites being added and others removed as changes occurred.   Her contribution has been fantastic, but other family demands on her time mean that she is not able to continue with the list.

Thank you Sandra for your contribution to the team, we are sorry to see you go and as you know there will be slot for you is you want to come back in the future.

Now we need another volunteer (or 2) to help get the team back up to strength.   The role is very simple, you will become the manager of one of our weekly lists.   Each week you will update the list with the new weekly, fortnightly and monthly challenges that change on your week-day.    From time to time there will be new sites to add and others will close.   The time it takes varies from list to list and computer user to user, but on average it is about 1 hour a week.

We have a private face book group where we share news about challenges other news.   Our team is a mix of British and American women but anyone, from anywhere and any gender will be welcome.

You need about an hour a week, a computer with internet access, a blogger account.

The rewards?  Keeping up to date with lots of challenges from all over being one of the first to know when a DT call goes out (at least on your week-day) the friendship of our brilliant team.   And our special badge for your blog.

We would love you to join us, if you are interested please send me Zoechaos@icloud.com an email, and leave a comment here just in case your email gets stuck in my junk mail.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Monochromatic CAS

Carried on playing yesterday, my paper crafting mojo is on the ascent just now at the cost of my jewellery making mojo.   Seems I have mono creativity!

My good friend Jane pointed out the Less is More sketch to me yesterday, thinking yesterdays post "Winged Things" would fit.   Little did she know I already had this card waiting to have its picture taken.

I'm of the opinion that CAS should be flat one layer, but the original cast cards tended to be a blank card with an inchie in the middle vertical line and the base on the middle horizontal line.   The inchie would be of a standout colour or maybe a fabric like hessian on top of this would be a charm.   I really disliked those cards.   If you look at some cards today described as cas they are positively dripping with colour images and embellishments by comparison.   So for this card I trod a middle path.

Wanted monochrome, shades of teal/aqua/green.    The stamp is Kaisercraft the ink Stayzon additional colouring from felt pens.   The main butterfly stamped twice and given a 3d layer.    The ribbon stops this being truly monochromatic even with the green thread running through it.

This is the LIM sketch my card is based on.

I am also sharing this with.
My Sheri Crafts - Thinking of you kind of sentiments
Creative Artiste Mixed Media - ATG with Butterflies and Flowers

Now what sort of a day is this Papercraft or Jewellery?

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Winged things

AKA Birds.

Been spending a lot of time recently looking through my stamps, generally looking one that I cannot remember where it will be.   Makes you realise how much you style and taste has changed over time as well as reminding you of things you enjoyed and might like to try again.  Seems I'm getting into CAS these days.

Used a Stampendous image just in the corner here.   Stamped in Black Archival ink coloured with felt pens.   Added a row of flat back pearls as embellishment.  Having done all the work decided to add a sentiment which I promptly smudged.   Stamped it again onto another piece of card which was then cut to have a fancy bottom edge.   Stuck carefully on to cover the mess a couple of pearls added to the corners.

Sharing this one with
Fab n Funky - Things with Wings
Alphabet Challenge - No Designer Papers.  This is another challenge that has stood the test of time albeit with a much changed DT.   If you look back to their first challenge you'll find an entry from me.  It was to join in with this challenge that I started my blog!
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - Use a Sentiment

Sunday, 16 August 2015


One of the most talented among us blogging paper crafters, Sally Holmes, writes for Creative Stamping.   A publication I've been known to buy a time or two, with projects this month from Sally it was a must have.   The fact that the plate of stamps it came with this time are all lovely bird themed stamps simply endorsed the decision.

The scene on this panel basically duplicates the arrangement of these stamps on the plate.   Stamped on London Fog Memento ink the birds and bird house coloured with ProMarkers.   Bird house masked and the background created with Adirondack inks and Inkylicious dusters.   I love those double ended brushes they help create light and gentle effects.    Completed the card has been turned into a panel with a TH tag die, a carefully placed bow and slots cut into the card to slide the bottom corners into.

Sharing this card with
Less is more - Congratulations
Crafty Catz - New Beginnings
Graph'it Colour Challenge - use one of the colours on this challenge palette I've used olive green for the birds.
Polkadoodles - Use Something New, the stamps
Addicted to Stamps - Make your Mark

OK really have to go and get dressed and then cut the grass!

Saturday, 15 August 2015


The first of our new challenges at Twofers has finished!  Writing the second DT post is a bit of a shock, seems to have flown by.   We had 3 lovely entries and received a lot of support, thank you.

This time it is the turn of Jane to host our challenge.   Jane's theme is Weddings and being open to love and loving people, all manner of weddings are being celebrated.   The idea came to Jane following the Wedding of Clare Balding earlier to her wife Alice Arnold.   As same sex marriages become more common place traditional wedding stationary is going to need a bit of revision.   Our challenge this fortnight is as all embracing any wedding celebration is covered by the theme.

Keeping with my intention to make a set of playing with our first year (if we survive that long) challenges.  

The first used some older stamps a 'You make my heart sing' and an Andy Skinner personal impressions set.   Very disappointed with the polymer stamp it had not been taken off it's backing before and started to disintegrate as it was released.   Whisper pens helped bring the heart song out from behind the word love.

The second card, 2 of hearts, used a Penny Black stamp wood mounted, of two doves.   A cube stamp provided the 2 hearts which were carefully lined up to provide the double image.   The greeting comes from another old stash item, they are rub ons!

Sharing this with
Crafty Catz theme this week New Beginnings.
Simply Create Too, Anything Goes

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Summer Days in the Craft Room

Indulged in a little old school card making yesterday.   An old wood mounted rubber stamp used with Memento brown ink, coloured with Promarkers and Chameleon Pens.  Cut the image out, fancy cut style no dies just scissors and a careful steady hand.  Did not colour all the image just those parts that needed it.    Then took a folded card, and a brand new polymer Stamping' up stamp (it is intended as leafy top of a tree) and stamped that twice with Adirondack ink to give a little background design.   Sticky pads attach the cut out image to the card.

It could have a greeting but I prefer not, once you put a greeting on a card you limit it's uses.   Right now it can be what ever I want it to be,

Sharing this with
Less is More - Use Berry Shades (Blackberry, strawberry, raspberry, gooseberry)
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards -  Use a Flower in your Image, there are 2 which I have coloured raspberry and white.
Fussy & Fancy - Things with Wings

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Start of a new challenge

Oh yes it is that time, a little something that Christi, Jane and I have been cooking up, Twofers.    Primarily a Just for Fun challenge we are aiming to inspire people to make pairs of cards, tags, layouts or whatever else they want to make, based on our fortnightly theme.

The three of us are good friends, we all manage lists at Challenges for Days, but have never met.   Jane & I go back several years first meeting on the old Craft Swap Forum and then getting back in touch more recently thought Facebook.   Christi is American living in the suburbs of Denver, we have never met but frequently spend an hour or so on the phone.   We share a delight in paper crafting but each of us has a different style to the other two, which as a team means we are open to all sorts of ideas.   To find out more check out the challenge, Twofers and share some love with Christi and Jane.

Christi has the honour of hosting our first challenge and has chosen the theme of cats.   No surprise this cat mad lady lives with 5 making my 3 seem a positively sensible number!

For many years now I've wanted to make a pack of playing cards so with this new challenge I'm going to try and make it happen.   We want you to make pairs of things anything based around the theme so pairs of playing cards seems like a good idea.   My cards are 3.5" x 2.5" with big rounded corners.   Here is the first pair, King and Queen of Hearts.

For these cards I used two old much loved stamps.   The Queen is a lovely face image that is so expressive, I love it.   Stamped in old versa black ink and coloured with whisper pens.   The King is a gorgeous simple outline, it was the simplicity that drew me to this stamp in the first place.  Again stamped in versa black and coloured with Whisper pens.    Distress inks and ink dusters coloured the edges completed this pair.

You don't have to make playing cards or even stick with one format for all the challenges, any pair of cat projects is all we are looking for.

I would like to share my playing cards with
Crafting by Designs - Anything goes
Crafty Gals Corner - Anything goes
Fab 'n Funky - No Patterned Papers
Simon Says Stamp - Anything goes