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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Summer Solstice

Happy Summer, are you making the most of these lovely long days we have at this time of year?  Or perhaps you are from the southern hemisphere and will be looking forward to lengthening days.   Which ever we are at one of the years notable turning points an occasion I always like to mark.

Today was the first day of the Lincolnshire Show it is a great day out.  This year one of the many interesting things to see was this little chap.



He is so small at first Jill and I thought he was an ornament, it was a pleasure to just stroke his chest.   He is a year old and his flying training is being undertaken indoors, being so small he would be easily lost to his owners/trainers and he would be a tempting morsel to a sparrow hawk.

I've also been busy with new jewellery to be added to the site when the shop sale is over, here is a little preview of some Mexican Black Opals.



Of course there has been a craft project in the works as well and I'm ready to share it with you now.




For this little vanity case I thought I'd use cooking foil and do a little basic embossing.   Flowers leaves and swirls were die cut and stuck to the bare top.  Foil cut to cover the top and sides with enough to tuck inside the lid.   The foil is secured with discreetly placed double sided tape.   The shapes below the foil were then carefully rubbed and their outlines marked out.   When the embossing was completed the rest of the case was painted with chalk paint, crackle medium and then another cost of contrasting chalk paint with has cracked delightfully.

Time for Alcohol inks in shades of green, orange and yellow.  Tissue tape stuck round the edge and texture pastes spread over some areas.   Butterflies, 5 of them, were stamped coloured and fussy cut and glued on.   I wasn't sure if this had worked as intended, but coming in today from my lovely day the finished case looked fantastic.  So I got out a camera and decided to share it with you now.

Love to share my makes with different challenges and this is no exception.  The challenges that were in my mind are:

Eclectic Ellapu - A long standing monthly challenge with the ever popular Anything Goes theme.

Double D - OK this is the first week of the fortnight challenge so not in my mind when doing the project but with a theme of Butterflies how could I not enter it!

Love to Create - A monthly challenge whose regular theme is Anything Mixed Media Goes.  My favourite sort of challenge as they encourage you to experiment and explore while expressing yourself.

The Mixed Media Monthly Challenge -  Yea another monthly challenge I cannot always manage a theme but this one "Wrap it up" married my desire to use cooking foil to wrap this case.  Sadly this is also their last challenge.

Time to start winding this day down now, got a couple of hours work in the morning and then We'll see how the creative spirit moves me.


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Monday, 11 June 2018

It's a Hen Nite

Heard from a friend today, she has spent 2 months travelling round Europe in a camper van.   They had a great time but the weather there was not as good as we have been enjoy apparently.   Nice to know that sometimes this is the best place to be.

Which has nothing to do with this postcard.


Two Saturday challenges inspired this.   Allsorts  weekly challenge with the theme of Ladies Night Out.   the other challenge is Less is More week one of their two week challenge theme Friendship.

As soon as I saw these two challenges I knew what to do.   The Penny Black chicks series is a firm favourite.  There are 3 stamps in the set and recently the third joined my collection but has yet to be inked.  

Post card cut to size and the image stamped with Archival Ink.   Masking tape place above the image so that yellow DI could be dusted over the image with it going every where.   A simple black line is drawn under the image.   My trusty old Whisper Pens coloured the girls in, well it's a post card and you do not really want bleed through from alcohol pens do you.

I can imagine someone sending a card like this to her girlfriends inviting them to her Hen Nite.

Sunday, 10 June 2018

My brave Harley

While I was working on the project I'll show you in a moment I got a big surprise!  Glancing up and at the garden I noticed one of the neighbourhood nuisance cats.  Normally Harley my tuxedo marked boy would run and hide from this one.  But no there was Harley and he seemed to have the upper paw.   With no idea where this was going I grabbed my iPad and turned the camera on.



Sorry about the picture quality, iPad not really good a zoom.   Moments after the 2nd picture was taken there was a short scuffle (out of shot) and the intruder slunk off.   So Harley soft lad is not so soft after all!  He has however told me this morning that a little tray is still a necessary facility.


Proud of the little chap never seen him anything other than scared, remember earlier this year when my son came to stay, Harley ran out of the house into the next doors garden and then for 2 days could not get back until I dug a hole under the fence for him to use.   So pleased he now seems to be getting a little more confident.

On to the project which I finished this morning.   It is a book cover, specifically the book I used for the ink soaked cord technique a couple of weeks ago.


A few years ago (lets face it most of my stash waiting to be worked on is a few years old now.)  One of the big name artist supplies came out with a range of sketch books with blank canvas covers.   I've used an artist quality acrylic paint for the base cover and on the die cut hanging board.   Other black acrylic painted the hanger arm, this was touched with gold alchemy wax.   The hanging board had first been embossed with a sun burst style embossing folder and when the yellow was dry it was sprayed with red paint.   The checker board effect strip is a place mat cut down.   The letters are die cut, two old paint brushed cut down.  Glues used are both PVA and a gel medium.   Everything left over night to dry and settle.  This morning the 3 sponges of distress ink poured on and a few dots of other spray paint dotted about.

This was fun.  Hoping some of these people think so as well:

A Gem of a Challenge - There is a new theme at this fortnightly challenge, Use more Yellow than any other colour.

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge - This is a monthly challenge that is always Anything Mixed Media Goes.

Altered Eclectics - This is one of the original Anything Altered/Mixed Media but no paper crafts. 

More Mixed Media Challenge - It does what it says in the name!  Anything Mixed Media Goes with an optional twist.  This time the twist is Purple, my purple this time is de-constructed.

Unfortunately the challenge that inspired this book cover, Stamps and Stencils, require either stamping or stencilling or both.   Unusual for me but this has neither.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

One tag leads to another and another ....

As mentioned last post Tags are a terrific way to try out different ideas.  They are also a smashing format to work with but if you like them who needs an excuse?


This tag is a direct response to The Artistic Stamper challenge of Blue this month.   It occurred to me that a single statement stamp on white card with shades of blue DI surrounding it would look good.   The stamp, a poppy image from Hobby Art, embossed with some very old Blue Glass ep.   Different shades of blue were dusted over the edges.   When it was done it occurred to me that colouring just the petals Red would make the blues more alive.   It just so happens that Red White and Blue are the colours of the Union Jack symbolising the United Kingdom that I hope will continue as a united group of nations for a long time to come.

I'm also sharing this tag with:

Shopping our Stash - Our favourite things.   Blue Glass ep it was one of the earliest coloured powders and is both a glorious shade of blue and gives a lovely glossy finish.   The Hobby Art poppy stamp I love Poppies and this much loved stamp is a beautiful image.   Tags just because and blending with DI inks the effects and results are always fabulous.

Retro Rubber - Their Anything Goes theme for the first 2 weeks of the month.   The rule here is that your stamp must be over a year old.   I know I got this stamp before moving from Hampshire and guess it must be about 10 years old.  Gotta love wood mounted red rubber look after it and it will last and last giving beautiful impressions each and every time.

Do-Al (l) Creative - This is a Germany based monthly challenge.   Being very aware of the impending Football World Cup, they invites us to use our national colours.



Liking the result so much I did it again with a different stamp and three different shades of blue DI.   Love this but think the Poppies are the better result.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Did someone say Make a Tag?

Not something I need to be told twice!   Tags are a great format they are a good size to try new ideas on and easy to store, we all have a tag book or two don't we?

White card stock and the trusty TH Tag die.   Blank stamped, not sure who makes this stamp it is one I've had for many years.   Then DI inks dusted over, aiming for Ultramarine, Turquoise, and Sand Stone.   Colour laid down water sprayed over the tag and blotted with paper towel.   The stamped image was then watercolored with Metallic paints more or less keeping them in the same colour families.

The tag needed just a little something to give it a lift.   An older Hobby Art butterfly stamped onto a scrap of card and coloured with Cosmic Shimmer paint.   The butterfly has been fussy cut out complete with antenna it is attached to the tag just at the body so the wings are raised.

It is such a shame you cannot see the shimmers in the photograph.


It will not surprise you that it was Rubber Dance's June challenge that inspired this tag.

Also sharing this with
Love to Create - Always Anything Mixed Media Goes, a fun monthly challenge

and

Love to Craft - and their Anything Goes June Challenge.

Another week has begun hope you have fun with it.

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Black and Blue, with notes of White and Green

Casting around as I often do in the alterable things was a box from The MDF Man.   Yesterday I knew exactly what to do with it.

Painted it all over with Black Gesso.   The lid was then painted over again with green chalk paint.  Not the greatest success but it gave me a base to work on.   The two doves stencil is from Imagination crafts and it is their structural paste that was embossed through it.   While the paste was drying a good dig around in various boxes un-earthed some Tando Chipboard elements and some metal ones.    With these stuck in place Blue chalk paint applied taking care not to paint the embossed doves or the leaves that frame them.   Green chalk paint coloured the leaves making the white doves stand out.   Imagination Crafts alchemy wax in bronze touched around the rim.

The sides have been embossed with more stencils and paste.   Chalk paint in blue used on the base and inside the box.  More wax rubbed around the base edge.  Finally the box was sprayed with varnish to seal it all and hopefully help it survive regular use.  I'm thrilled to bit with how this worked out.




I'm bringing this to the attention of:

A Bit More Time To Craft - This fortnightly challenge is always Anything Goes.

Crafts Galore Encore Challenge - This is a monthly challenge and that much loved theme of Anything Goes.

A Vintage Journey - Another monthly challenge, this month their theme is Stencils.  I'd describe my style here as a little bit vintage, a little bit shabby chic.

Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge - Here is yet another monthly challenge whose theme is always Anything Mixed Media Goes.

A Inky Mess - This challenge runs from the 25th of each month, a nice opportunity for people who like to have lots of Anything Mixed Media Goes type challenges to enter.

This box will be something to keep some of my personal jewellery makes in.


Friday, 1 June 2018

September's calendar page

My arm is still tender, I've taken to wearing an elastic stocking on my arm to give it a little support.   It's taking it's own sweet time to recover.   I did try some chainmaille the other day but this arm still resists the small movements.

So turned my attention back to next years calendar.  September has had me stumped for a while but as soon as I rediscovered the stamp it all came together.   September the long school holiday is over and the youngsters have all gone back to school or moved onto Uni.   Holiday prices fall making this a perfect time for those of us who don't have to worry about such things as children's school.

If sunny day on the beach or beside the pool are you thing there is still lots of sun to be found.   If it is an exciting nightlife you seek you'll find that is definitely on offer as well.


Using a piece of glossy card stock it was coloured using brayer and big and juicy ink pads.   They may not be available anymore but my collection of these ink pads remains in good working order.   Once the beach and nightlife themes were in place the stamp was inked and placed.  Glossy card stock is harder to stamp as the surface is slippy making the images smudge.   So to get a good impression was very pleasing.   The sentiment "get away from it all" over written with white pen to make it clear.    The flourishes were added just for fun, I like them.  Marked in white Brilliance ink through a die cut negative and cotton wool.   The white pen was touched around the edges through the "stencil".

So that is September 2019 sorted out.  So I'm sharing this with;

Aud Sentiments - second week of this fortnights challenge, Summer + a Sentiment.

Crafty Sentiments - Summer.  Some would say today the 1st June is the first day of summer but I'm an old fashioned pagan.  Summer starts on the 20th June and Autumn starts on the 20/21 September making September part of Summer.  Not a stretch the Solstice is much more meaningful than some man made date!

Country View Challenges - 1st of the month so a new challenge this time it is.  The Written Word (add text in some form)  Hand over writing the sentiment and separately stamping September.

Well it is 17:00, the heat is going out of the day, the green stuff cutting thing is not to heavy so think t is time to cut the grass.  Enjoy your evenings, and summer holidays.



Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Ebony and Ivory

White on Black a little bit of a challenge but the results are almost always worth it.   Getting a good white ink/paint is key.


Getting your head round the idea of this negative effect takes a little time but basically you do the same things but your "paper" is black and your pen is white.   Here I've used TH sketchy elephant stamp which I love and teamed it with a Clarity stamp.  Behind the elephant is another TH stamp.  The elephant has been drawn over with a white pen to make it stand out.   Try as I might there does not seem to be anything else that this page needs.  So another sketch book is started.  Isn't that always better? get ink on the first blank page and the others will follow.

Alphabet Challenge with their current theme of Ebony were are significant influence for this page.  Thank you to the team for making a top pick recently.

Addicted to Stamps and More, they have a prompt this week, Clean and Simple.

It has taken me hours to write this with various distractions going on so I post this now and attend to the cats.


Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Driving Miss Daisy

It's been a busy few days but don't seem to have done anything.   That is often the way isn't it we cannot seem to find any time but do not appear to have anything to show for it.   Really we do get quite a few little things done but as crafters we are used to having results to show don't we.

Well for the last couple of days I've been putting this mixed media canvas together.   Having received some new texture medium and stencils recently I had a play on a canvas but didn't know what else to do with it.   Then the idea of using TH old jalopy die, everything then went from there.


Having cut the vehicle and decided on it's placement the idea to give it wings occurred to me.  A sort of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang!    To build the background blue and green were first sprayed over the canvas.   Next the happy smiling sun and the button flowers were stamped over it.   These were coloured with ArtQuest shimmering water colour paint.  Then I found some long saved (and forgotten) brads,  three become part of the floral theme while 2 gold coloured ones were added to the wheels.  Finally three white paper flowers have been glued onto the car and had their centres coloured  yellow.  I'm very pleased with this happy cherrie canvas.

Well you just know there will be challenges to share this with!

{Pin}spirational Challenges -  This is week two of the current picture, think the image has been in the back of my head since the challenge went up last week.

Artistic Inspirations - Always an anything goes with a twist, this fortnight the twist is Anything Goes.


Checking the challenges has just reminded of some others I'd like to try to entry so guess tomorrow will be a craft room day! :-)

Saturday, 19 May 2018

I like to learn new techniques and experiment.

Well now the excitement of the wedding is over and we turn off our televisions, or tune into the football, our day to day lives carry on.    Another warm day so until the heat of the day had passed I stayed indoors.

Result, Turquoise and Stirling Silver pendant.   This will be popped into the shop in a day or two.



Then time to get inky, I'm honestly not sure which I enjoy more.   If you are on Face Book you might have seen an interesting technique in recent days involving ink and a piece of twine.   Well of course I had to have a play.   Mixed results, still experimenting with paper/card, inks and thickness of twine.


I've used what I think is the most successful attempt and I've used both halves.   First trimmed down to a 5 1/2 inch square.    The patten put me in mind of a floral arrangement but rather than trying to stamp flowers all over it I used Glimmer Mist.   This bottle is blocked and will not spray, but if you take the spray mechanism out and hold it over the card then press a drop will fall from the tube.   You can get more ink into the tube by putting it back into the bottle, pressing and releasing the spray button.   I've chosen to add dragonflies to this piece the larger one coloured with Sakura pen in a silvery shimmer ink then over marked with white pen.  To soften the stark white edges a misty colour was dusted over them.


Then the other half of the impression, which gave me an excuse to use this much loved calla lily stamp.  Stamped it directly onto the card but that did not seem quite right.   In the past I've used this image with vellum and made 3D designs with it.   Dug out some vellum and green stayzon, which has been overlaid on the stamped image, the vellum wrapped around the card all held in place with eyelets.

Sharing both of these with:

Inkspirational - They have a picture inspiration, it was the greens (my favourite colour) that drew me into the picture.

Crafty Calendar - Things with wings.

Crafty Creations - Anything Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More -  Make your Mark.

Fussy and Fancy - Favourite Florals

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Monday, 14 May 2018

Flowers

Well the sun is still shining but there is a lovely breeze, I've just been out for a walk the breeze made it a comfortable walk.  This is my kind of weather long may it continue, will have to get the watering can out later.

Came home and finished the card I'm going to show you now.  I love being in my craft room with the patio doors open onto the back garden.  Wimp Harley does not venture out through the cat flap if he can avoid it.  That cat is a master at avoiding using the cat flap.  However if I go into the garden or am at least in paws reach he will pop out for a quick look around.   He was still in the craft room with me when a Starling stopped by to check out the green stuff.  Harley flew out and was almost on the bird before it realised.   The bird did escape but not before a paw strike, so Harley can move when he wants to.

The card.   My flower stamps are real treasures some of them are 20+ years old, good old wooden back red rubber stamps.  Floral cards are very much to my taste I'm not a fan of a lot of the more "modern" stamps and styles.  It is always a real pleasure when there are challenges that allow me to indulge myself.




The old music sheet background is genuine sheet music which has yellowed and aged.  All I needed to do was distress the torn edges to blend in.  The main stamp is Inkadinkado in the style of PSX.  The oblong panel was die cut, coloured with ink remaining of an Inkylicious duster and stamped.   The sunflower was stamped again, coloured with Chameleon Pens and fussy cut out.  I wanted the image to go over the edge of the panel, with this does silicon glue gives it lift.   The second image tucked behind is from Penny Black, colour has been brushed over the image rather than carefully painted on.  Edges torn and dusted with Rusty Hinge.

So who gave me permission to indulge myself?

Fashionable Stamping - Floral,  Thank you for my recent win girls,

Studio 75 - Fussy Cutting, something else I love doing.

Creative Artiste - This monthly challenge is always anything goes mixed media

Retro Rubber - Beautiful Flowers, the challenge that encourages you to use your older stamps.  And why not new is not always better.

Going to go and carry on enjoying this weather now.


Saturday, 12 May 2018

Chicken Pox!

It's a very still Saturday afternoon now, and as the clouds close in it is getting darker.   Think the promised rain is on its way.  The ducks and gardens will be grateful.

Having munched the green stuff with the munching machine I was at a loose end so had a little look around craft challenge blog land and got some inspiration.   The themes that attracted me were;  Use a Cute Stamp, D for Dots, Humorous, and a colour challenge Yellow, Blue, Grey.   Here is the post card that resulted, when it is used it will be a get well card I think.    The challenge sites are listed below.


This is an older Penny Black stamp, they made a short series of the chicks I've got 2 have been unable to get the third yet. ......  Stamped in Black Memento ink and coloured with ProMarkers using different shades of the 3 colour challenge selection.   

Less is More - Theirs is the colour challenge and of course all entries have to CAS.

Creative Knockouts - Humorous, there are some brilliant bright and bold samples there.

Alphabet Challenge - D is for Dots.   This challenge is the same age as my blog, & it is great to see it still going and to be able to play along once in a while.

CAS on Friday - Use a Cute stamp, and keep it CAS!

By for now, Harley is bored so I have to play with him now.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Washed up

There is a story to this canvas, isn't there always?   The Humber inspired this project one area especially, Barton was the home of the rope making industry locally and the old rope factory is a fascinating place to visit.   Part of the works were out doors in a section known as the rope walk this leads to what is now a nature reserve.   There is a trickle feeding into the Humber at this point, there are muddy banks that make me think of primordial earth, bare mud with the marks of running water veining it down to the trickle and then into the river itself.



















These pictures taken a few years ago might give you an idea of the area I'm trying to describe.   The impression I got then has remained with me.   Can't you just picture those first creatures climbing out of the water and starting life on land?  Of course bring the focus back out and the modern world pops into view, there's the Humber bridge.  Somewhere I love to drive over, I've not walked it yet, the climb up is more than I can contemplate at the moment.











So with this imagery in mind this canvas got started.   The base layer is bronze/brown Powertex spread over with some texture balls included.   Some ribbon and and a natural fibre shower scrunchy were coated with Ivory Powertex and laid over the canvas.   The shell came with a scallop I treated myself to, and some Viva Terra applied to add more texture.   Then I lost my way and set it aside for a year or two.

The canvas has been scratching away inside my head for a little while.  Looking at it again decided to spray it with Glimmer Mists sprays in Blue, Purple, & Pink.   Looking better more texture, florists moss and some hessian ribbon.  More Glimmer Mist spray, this time Green.   The note in the little bottle reads Help!, Glossy Accents secured the bottle and it's cork.  Finally shell pearls, I'm not a fan of these for my jewellery they came in a kit and were set aside.


So there you have it Humber Inspired, All Washed Up.  Sharing it with

Frilly and Funkie, This fortnightly challenge has a theme of Surf's up and it must be vintage.   

Creates and Makes, Monthly Anything Goes Challenge.

Love to Create, Monthly Always Anything Mixed Media Goes.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Non crafting post

Today I'm sharing a few photo's I've taken when I've been out and about recently.  They'll give you a bit of a flavour of this area.   The name Grimsby has been a bit of a joke over the years but in fact this really is a lovely part of the world.


While Bob was here we had a couple of walks out.  This is a picture of the Humber Estuary taken from Cleethorpes shore line, 13th March.  That dot on the horizon is one of two forts built in WW1 to protect the Estuary.   


This is a view of the Freshney whose banks I often walk along listening to the song of local birds.   The area round here is marsh and there is a drainage channel along the right side of the river as you view it here.  This channel is full of bull rushes and I'm looking forward to watching them develop over the year.  This picture was taken on the 19th April this year when we had a few lovely days between wet spells and the muddy bank was pretty much dried out.  Mind you I did come home with muddy boots.


A few days later (1st May) at the beginning of the current dry spell I took this picture, it is the same stretch of the Freshney from the other end.   It looks like a bird had started a nest on the pipes that cross the river at this point.  On the same walk I also had fun looking out for plants that had escaped their gardens and had become weeds.   Weeds are after all plants growing where they are not "wanted".



Here is the Freshney again, well it is just round the corner no travelling required to enjoy these walks.   This time we are looking across from one bank to another and a beautiful old church.  This was just last Monday in the early evening.


If you read my last post you will know I didn't go for a walk yesterday (8th May) but got very excited when I realised how fantastic the sun set was.  That whole section of sky was an array of pinks shot through with sunshine yellow.

It is cooler today so I will be out and about again, who wouldn't when they live in such a lovely part of the world.






Tuesday, 8 May 2018

To go for walk or not?

Had a little battle with myself today, part of me wanted to go for a walk but it is still so hot that the other part of me didn't want to.  So spent time in the craft room debating what to do.   Not walking seems to have won out.  Not working tomorrow so perhaps I'll go for a wonder somewhere then.

While in the craft room I came across some thick card die cuts sent to me by a friend many years ago while I still lived in Hedge End.  Yes I've carried these bits of cardboard with me through 2 house moves, knowing they would be useful one day.



Door hanger from the MDF Man given a coat of chalk paint.  I am so in love with chalk paint it is so adaptable giving a great base to do all sorts of different things on.   Today it is just a base, background to the coloured card.   Each die cut has been coloured with ink or paint and then glued in place.    The ribbon on the floral side has been glued on along 3 flat sides, bows tied in same ribbon added on top.   Also dug out from eons old stash the paper flowers and sticky back pearls.

Sharing this with:

Try it on Tuesday - This time their theme is Stencils and/or Die Cuts.  My door hanger is all about die cuts.

The Cats Pajamas - Before my little crafting break some challenges did not seem "right" for me.  Coming back this year I've changed either in style or how I view things not sure which.  Anyway this is all because this is the first time I've entered this monthly challenge.  Their theme for May is Die Cuts.

Artistic Inspirations - The is a fortnightly challenge I've come to love, their regular theme is Anything Goes.

A Inky Mess - This challenge runs from the 25th of each month and is all about Mixed Media, (Anything goes).

Here on the east coast the forecast is for this weather to carry on for a few more days, getting cooler anyway a bit wet but mainly sunny.   Still to see if it will be cool enough for a walk tomorrow.

Sunday, 6 May 2018

Glorious Bank Holiday week-end, and it aint over yet.

Here on the Humber the weather the last few days have been glorious.   Been quite a full on week as well, sending Bob off onto his next success;  reclaiming the house, well starting to at least there is still a lot of Bob's stuff to be packed away.

I've also been working on the garden for a couple of months now.  For one reason and another I've not  really tackled it before but this year I'm going to claim it.  Just about got it back to it's base now ready for what ever I decide to plant.   Far to embarrassed to take any before pictures, it looked something like my neighbours now.




To much time in the sun is a serious no no for me, my skin burns and I end up feeling very ill.  So as the day heats up I retreat to the craft room, just behind the patio doors.  My right arm has been strained for a couple of weeks now which rules out chainmaille, and small repetitive movements such as bead knotting so no jewellery for now.

Messy inky arty stuff on the other hand is just fine.  Didn't want to make a card.  Wanted to do something different it's the exploration of techniques and styles that appeals to.   There were 3 arches and one frame left from a Tando set, they had been gessoed previously and I decided to use them this time.

Start then with these 4 pieces of chipboard.   Time to ferret around in my stash for stamps that would fit.   Penny Black brush strokes are firm favourites of mine and we are just entering Strawberry season!   The stamp was inked with Whisper felt pens and pressed onto the chipboard.   Loved the water colour effect that resulted but it felt flat.   Re-inked that stamp and used it on white card.  Now this type of image is not really designed for fussy cutting but that is what I attempted to do.   The rest of the white arch was dusted with a previously used Inkylicious duster that had not had all the ink worked off.   This gave the edges a lovely sort of pastel turquoise/teal shade.  The second stamping was added with dollop of silicon glue at the bottom.  To celebrate the summer feel a little smiling sun charm has been attached near the top.

The frame needed some patten to compliment the arch, out came my tapestry stamps, lots of little leaves, flowers and butterflies stamped all over it.


Side one complete the other side demanded to be done.   The arch for this piece was fitted inside the frame and stamped with the Clarity stamps bird.  This went onto the frame but as both pieces were stamped together they were a perfect match.   The bird has been coloured with Chameleon Pens.   Again the bird was stamped a second time on card, coloured and fussy cut.  Adirondak inks dusted over the arch and frame this time.   Second bird attached with silicone along the length of the birds body.    The Clarity blossom branch stamped over the frame this time.  

A third arch sandwich between the two decorated ones and fitted into the frame.   Now to find a way of making this little piece of home decor stand up alone.   Tucked away in my stash this empty spool, a little D frame saw and some files created a channel to fit the arch into.   Just to make sure everything stays in place a little more silicon glue holds everything in place.





This was so much fun to make it is very rewarding.  Hopefully these other people will enjoy it as well.

Love to Create - This monthly challenge always puts a smile on my face it is so bright, cheerful and inviting.   Their theme is always Anything Creative Mixed Media goes.

Penny Black and More - A challenge I always enjoy, this month their theme is Anything Goes with Rubber stamping as at central feature.

Crafty Calendar Challenge - Calendar refers I think to the fact that this is a monthly challenge.   Umm kinda into monthly challenges for this.  For May the prompt is Things with Wings.

Creative Artiste Mixed Media - And another monthly challenge, always anything mixed media goes.

Pause Dream Enjoy - It was only recently that I found this weekly challenge but like so many it is a lot of fun.  Their theme this week is Lots of Layers.

OK work tomorrow, then maybe a trip to the garden centre.  So by by for now.


Friday, 4 May 2018

Just another sunny day

Are you enjoying the long week-end?  Great opportunity to get some work done in the garden, or perhaps a visit to the park.  Garden for me there is a bed I want to dig out and that might just mean a trip to the garden centre.

Then of course there is the new data privacy law, need to write a policy for the shop.  Something along the lines of.  I only have access to the information that is needed to correspond with you and to send your purchase to you.   This is not shared with anyone else or used for anything other than the business transaction between us.  How does that sound?

So today after a working morning, nice long walk to the shop over the road, I went the long way around 2k in fact.  It is all part of a little program to help with my overall wellbeing.   Now it is rather still feels a bit like the calm before the storm, love thunder and lightening but very much want to play in the garden this week-end.

There is a lovely lady who goes by the name Mac Mable who is a frequent visiter here and always leave a lovely comment.   Mac Mable is on the design team for CAS Mix Up, a monthly challenge.  The requirement is that you make a card and include the 3 challenge elements in a CAS, mixed media style.  This month I've got my act together and have made a card for the May challenge.

The requirements this time are, Gelatos or Crayons, Stamping and your own choice from a list on the sidebar.   I chose cork, in fact I got very excited at the prospect of using cork.



Pennyblack brush stroke stamp picked out in Gelatos then spritzed with water to loosen the medium up.   Even though I wanted a loose effect the outlines did need to be defined a little with black outline pen.   The cork element is a die cut on sticky back cork, card is finished with a stamped sentiment, this time with Memento ink.  

I'd also like to share this with:

CAS Mix Up - See explanation above picture.

CAS-ual Fridays - This fortnightly challenge opened their challenge to all styles some time ago, still a nice one to join in with.  The prompt at the moment is "April showers bring May flowers".

Creative Fridays - Week 2 of this fortnightly challenge and the theme of "For a Woman/Girl".

Double D Challenges - May Flowers and a very pretty mood board to inspire you.

Always Happy Birthday - This is a monthly challenge who ask that your project be Birthday themed and follow their prompt, May's prompt is Flowers.

Better get the washing in, just in case that storm happens.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Baby Boy on his way to Ibiza

Bob's 3 month long 2 week stay is over, yesterday he went back to London to sort a couple of things out before heading off to the sun.   There is an event catering business that he going to "sort out".  The plan is that at the end of the season he and another person will take ownership of the business.   So that's my holiday plans sorted then!

Time now for me to reclaim my home with a good tidy up.   House work, not my thing really so I went for a walk.   Little by little everything will go back to the way I like it.

Clearing out the fridge this appeared lurking at the back!  Don't know why but I've never up cycled one of these cheese boxes before so today I put that right.



The roses are old sale items from Hobbycraft stash.  You never know when these things will come in handy so I grab them when I see them.    TH tissue tape the perfect for the edges of both the box and the lid. DP cut to fit the top of the lid glued in place and the glue also spread over the tissue tape edges.   The roses were then stuck onto the lid.    The butterflies are from my all time favourite butterfly stamp from Hobby Art, stamped in archival ink and coloured with felt pen.  These were glued just along the body of the insect.   For a final flourish 3 dots of glossy accents on the red rose as morning dew.

Another little trinket box, well can you ever have to many?   I'm sharing this little alteration with:

Sunny Day Crafting - Butterflies and other garden critters.  This is a weekly challenge I've not visited before but thought they might enjoy this.

A Perfect Time to Craft - Monthly challenge with their usual theme of anything goes.

Altered Eclectics - This is one of the monthly challenges I simply have to enter, always anything goes so long as it is Mixed Media Altered Objects.

Eclectic Ellapu - Another monthly challenge that is on my must do list each and every month.   In honour of America's Mother's Day this month their challenge is Mother's Day.

Love to Craft - This monthly challenge is always anything goes.

Early evening now time to sit back and watch some telly!

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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Get well soon Stephen

The sun is back not quite so hot but lovely blue skies again, and we might even find it continues until after the Bank Holiday on Monday.   And tomorrow I get my home back, it has been lovely having Bob (formally know as Mark and whose next name will be Dingbats) here, well most of the time.  But it was just for a couple of weeks, it's been 3 months and I do miss having the place to myself.

Cats will miss him especially Harley who thinks Bob is the best thing since tinned cat food.   For those concerned about these things Harley does not get tinned cat food, but has a healthy dry food diet.

Before Christmas my hairdresser friend had what was initially thought to be a stroke, it was down graded to a migraine but now 5 months on he has been told it is some sort of brain damage.   I have been intending to send him a card but just had not got round to it.    I suspect getting one now will come as a complete surprise and I hope it will cheer him up.


Another stamp from many years ago this one marked Whipper Snapper Designs, Inc.  Don't think I've heard of them either before or since.   A dark blue mat on top of white card and a piece of DP cut down to to fit inside the blue.   Topper coloured with felt pens and fussy cut tit has been stuck down on double sided sticky pads.  Below a rectangle of shadow stamped card over stamped with the sentiment, the sticky pads were slightly shorter allowing me to sit the sentiment under the dog giving him somewhere to "sit".

I'm sharing this card with

A Gem of A Challenge - This is a fortnightly challenge week 1 of 2 of Get Well/Sympathy cards.

Allsorts - A weekly challenge I've been a fan of since it started in 2009.   This week the challenge is "all about pets".

Tuesday Throwdown - Another weekly challenge and their Theme is "Critter Crazy", but perhaps this 3 are more Crazy Critters.

Hope you all enjoyed May Day and are making plans for the Bank Holiday to come.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Messin' around

British weather, now the sun is behind clouds again and it is cold.   Did get out this morning to cut the grass got me thinking that the spring flush is not happening yet this year.   Still helps make it easier for me to get the outdoors into the shape it should be this year, and the Thyme is flourishing.

So this week-end has been craft room based.   Time for a little play, favourite animal, things with wings, pets were the prompts that were on my mind.  Where did it all go wrong?


Well first off i wanted a different format and I've not used anything from my Tando pile.  Two frames and a base used.  White base coat over the grey board, then acrylics in Blue, Yellow and Red mixed media style.   Then I really went off track!  dug out my old collection of broken watch parts and Steampunk style metal charms.   Arrangement decided everything stuck together with silicon glue and glossy accents.   Left overnight to settle, needed natural light to see it properly.

This morning I felt the whole thing needed wings, could not find my "Time Flies" stamp and no other text seemed right.   Blue card and the Bigz wings die, it really should be a TH die but it's not! hahaha.  Wings cut out they were embossed with a cogs folder.   Finally different metallic waxes applied.   I've ended up with a fun little piece of home decor.

Entering this into

Creates and Makes - My second entry to this monthly challenge this month.  They are always Anything Goes.

Pause, Dream, Enjoy - This is a weekly challenge I've not joined in with before but their theme this time is Anything but a Card.

Art Impressions Stamps - Winged things, well I had to didn't I.

Still feeling the need to stamp and ink I went on to look at a postcard.  This is a very popular format and they can be used in so many ways.  Card toppers, sending a post card as a greeting or make a set and frame them as home decor.  In a gentler mode this is what came out.


I've used 3 stamps here, not sure who made the text but it fits this space perfectly.  The wild rose or dog rose on the left is a PXS stamp or part of one at least the stamp along the top is a Kaiser Stamp and at about 4 years old the newest of those used here.   Everything was stamped in Archival Sepia all the colouring was done with felt pens.  Sort of card you might send to a friend just to say I love you.

Sharing this one with

4 Crafty Chicks - Another weekly challenge I've not joined before.  Their prompt this week is CAS, some might say this is not CAS but the definition seems to move from one challenge site to another.

Simply Papercraft - This monthly challenge runs from the last Friday of the month.  Theirs is also Anything Goes.

Creative Friday - This challenge is based in Germany, don't you love how international our hobby is.  All about the art none of the political stuff.   The Theme this fortnight is For a Woman.

Crafty Friends - I love any opportunity to use my collection of floral images, the theme here this fortnight is Flowers.  Perfect for me and this postcard.

Retro Rubber - I love their theme this fortnight, Old is New Again.   Since coming back from my break my style is definitely going back to those images and styles that really appealed to me first time round.

Hopefully the creative urge will visit again soon and there will be something else to share with you.
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