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Thursday, 29 January 2015

12 Tags of 2015

Good morning all.

Looks like we've missed the snow again, we had a couple of flurries yesterday but not enough to lie...would love to see a nice covering in the garden for the dog to play in!

Decided I would try and join in with the Tim Holz 12 tags of 2015 this year so scraping in at the last minute with one for January.

I didn't have everything needed to make the tag so there is a fair bit of improvisation here. I stamped some plain tissue with some new TH stamps to make the background, then used a bit of acrylic paint which was left over on my craft mat from yesterday's ATC. I used a new vintage photo spray stain once dry. Numbers are foam ones from my scrapbook drawer. I typed up my own words...this was the point I realized the printer wasn't working but finally managed to print with blue ink. Once the words were in place I distressed them with black soot then gave the tag a spray with picket fence spray stain. Numbers were glued in place along with a few bits found the bits boxes, gave it a spray with gold Cosmic Shimmer and added the ribbon.

I think the school report would read could do better...hopefully by December I'll improve.

Challenges entered:
12 tags of 2015 - January
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Crafty Ribbons - anything but a card
Mixed Media Mojo - New twist 15

Wednesday, 28 January 2015


Good morning all.

Off to the beauticians later for some threading!! Hope the snow holds off until I get home again.

An ATC to share today.

Inspired by Pam's Journal here I got hold of some plumber's tape and picked out some netting, sequin waste, odd die cuts and plastic gridding and deciding to start small set to, to make an ATC.
After gluing everything in place I covered it all with the foil plumber's tape. Then the fun part with acrylic paints using a sponge and various colours. After each colour was applied I rubbed back to expose the high parts.  Once happy with the colours I added a die cut Hello from Memory Box which was layered up three times and gold foiled. Finished with a couple of gold foiled hearts.

Challenges entered:
Paper Artsy - Shiny Stuff

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Merry Christmas

Good morning all.

I seem to have solved the "resolving host" and crashing problems I was having with Google Chrome by making a new profile on the computer for myself....unfortunately the majority of pictures on everyone else's blogs are now not showing properly which makes life very difficult when trying to comment. Grrrr one step forward....I'll be bald shortly at this rate!!
Now shock wave keeps crashing and my printer heads won't align...I'm heading up the wall!!

A simple Christmas card to share today...slightly alternative again but I do love this splatter sentiment background!

Sentiment stamps are from STAMPlorations Holiday Artsy set...did I say I love this set! Ornament die is Spellbinders and the stamp was a magazine freebie. Stitched die from Spellbinders. Background die is from Impression Obsession and I've only partially cut it and inked the card base below it. Ribbon and gems from my stash.

Challenges entered:
Rudolph Days January - any Christmas card
STAMPlorations - sketch #26
STAMPlorations - anything goes challenge
The Corrosive Challenge - winter blues
Christmas Card Challenges - anything goes
Stamping Sensations - dies and punches

Monday, 26 January 2015

Happy Birthday

Good morning all and welcome to my new follower Robin....not sure whether you have a blog or not!

Have you seen the polar vortex thing heading our way??? Looks like we could be in for some horrific weather in a few days time....think I'd better do some panic buying in case we get snowed in lol.

One of the bearings went in my Grand Caliber at the weekend and it is now rattling...it has been repaired once before so not sure it's worth having it done again. It's four years old and doesn't owe me anything and is still working fine at the moment so I'm hoping it keeps going for a little while longer as I really liked the look of the new Spellbinders machine which was showcased at CHA...not sure when it's due out though.

Sharing my brother's birthday card today...he shares his birth date with our youngest nephew so I've used the same card stock but made a completely different card. 

Square stamps and die from Papertrey Ink. Happy die and birthday stamp both from Whimsy. Mat dies from Spellbinders. Mostly new goodies...yes I've had a bit of a spending spree but the expensive handbag that hubbie bought me for Christmas had to go back so I bought a much cheaper one to my taste and now I'm busy spending the difference on new crafting goodies! (PS don't tell him that though!!!).

Squares have been cut out of the white mat, stamped then inlaid again...this worked perfectly first time (it needed two cuts as there are only six squares on the die), then disaster struck and I dropped the back dewdrop ink pad and of course it landed ink side down on the mat!! Four attempts later I again had one I was happy with! Happy has been cut twice and layered up to make it stand out.

Challenges entered:
Less is More - sketch

Craft for the Craic - favourite word (happy)
Seize the Birthday - anything goes + opt sketch
Inspiration Destination - anything goes

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Hip Hip Hooray!

Good morning all.

Laundry done, online shop done so managed some time playing yesterday. Got my gelli plate out..ended up with a couple of usable pieces but they weren't exactly masterpieces! Did manage to finish a DT project and make my brother a birthday card which you will see in due course.

Today I'm sharing a birthday card for my youngest nephew which I made the other day.

When I saw this Hip Hip Hooray die from Papertrey Ink being showcased I just had to have it!! The stamps are a separate set and comes with a variety of sayings. Footballer stamp (this has been lurking around un-inked for well over a year now!!) is from LOTV and is coloured with promarkers before being fussy cut and mounted with foam pads...I did think I should have "grounded" him but he's just like Thomas who never has his feet on the ground! I think I should go and put a number 11 on his shirt, although I'm sure I'll get told the number belongs on the back of the shirt not the front lol.

Challenges entered:
Dream it Up - birthday wishes
Sassy studio Design - it's raining men
Scrapbooker PHd - masculine plus die cut
Crafty Creations - something old (stamp), something new (die)
Crafty Gals Corner - let's hear it for the boys
I Love Promarkers - men at work
Cardz 4 Guyz - anything goes
Loves Rubber Stamps - things beginning with B (ball, boy, blue, black, birthday)
A Gem of a Challenge - birthday card for a boy
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Sparkle and Shine

Good morning all.

A day of washing and general housework yesterday, then several hours (to little avail) spent trying to sort out Google Chrome again as it kept crashing grrr! It appears to be this new profile thing causing the problems and every time it happens I have to re-start the computer...it's exasperating!!

A Christmas card I made on Thursday to share today...this was meant to be a quick 15 minute card...hmmm two hours later....

Base dies are from Spellbinders and the snowflake mat is being used for the first time. Penguin stamp set and die are a new acquisition from Lawn Fawn coloured with promarkers. Landscape die also from Lawn Fawn. Christmas die from Clearly Besotted. Snowflake dies from Paper Smooches, they've been heat embossed with blue lagoon EP from WOW. Finished with a few gems and some stamped snowflake and a happy.

Nice and flat for posting.

Challenges entered:
Cut it Up - embossing
Fussy and Fancy - things with wings
Jingle Belles - bring in the new
Patties Creations - fun in the snow
QKR Stampede - shaped cards
Penny's Paper-Crafty - anything goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - winter dreams
Holly Jolly - lots of sparkle
Tuesday Throwdown - embossing

Friday, 23 January 2015

18th Birthday

Good morning all.

Another quiet day yesterday, did manage to get some crafting done last night which you'll see in a day or two.

Today I'm heading over to see Erika at Snappy Crafts to share a golden oldie.

I think this is the earliest card I have a photo of...from June 2006 it was for hubby's cousin's daughter. Another overload of peel offs and a pretty envelope to match! I think everything on this card came from Create and Craft...gosh I must have spent some money with them in those days!

Enjoy your weekend whatever you have planned.