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Friday, 28 August 2015

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Weather not been too bad here this week, just hope it stays okay over the weekend as we're off up to Pitlochry for a couple of nights. Not done an awful lot of crafting apart from DT stuff the past couple of days so no scheduled posts for over the weekend.

We went house viewing again on Wednesday...found something only about a mile from where we live which we're expressing an interest in but we need to get some flood risk assessments done before we can think of making an offer....hence yesterday afternoon was spent speaking to estate agents and solicitors instead of doing the ironing - that got done about 11pm last night!!

Popping over to Erika's to share another oldie today and since I've been in Christmas card mode I thought I'd share some of my 2009 specials with you.

Toppers were all from Flower Soft, I think these photos were taken before I added the "snow". These would go to my brother and three sisters so would have had personalised sentiments added to them.

Have a good weekend whatever you're up to and I'll catch you all at the beginning of the week.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Rudolph Day

Good afternoon all.

Another lovely day today and just back from the hairdressers so had a relaxing morning. Doctor managed to get blood first time yesterday from my right arm so the nurse had to use my left arm to inject the dye for my scan...I'm a little bruised and battered today, oh to have some prominent veins somewhere!

Another month is nearly over so we've reached Rudolph Day...here is my offering which I managed to make last night.

I'm making a concerted effort at the minute to get some of my special Christmas cards done and dusted...this is only number three so still a few more to go!

Topper is from Wild Rose Studio, die cuts all from Spellbinders, papers and bow from Docrafts, sentiment from LOTV, border punch from Tonic and button and gems from my stash. I've used a similar layout to my other two specials so making a little dent in my stash of backing papers.

Challenges entered:
Rudolph Day - August challenge
A Snowflakes Promise - anything Christmas goes
Crimbo Crackers - snowmen
ABC Christmas - Q for quantum leap ( c for colourful)
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
Winter Wonderland - Christmas Carols or songs (Frosty the Snowman)

Monday, 24 August 2015


Good morning all.

Doctors appointment this morning which will probably incur blood tests and an MRI scan this afternoon which involves being pumped with dye...I just hope they can find some veins or I'll end up looking like a pin cushion!

Today's share is a small canvas. I bought a set of Gelatos quite some time ago and haven't really spent any time playing with them. I made amends yesterday and here is the result:

Using yellow, orange and red I scribbled over the canvas which I'd primed with gesso. I used a baby wipe to blend the colours. Then I decided to have a play with some Tim Holz goodies! Texture paste was applied through the sunburst stencil and left to dry. I stamped and die cut a Crazy bird from some waste gelli print card cutting the smaller pieces from contrasting card and glueing them in place. Sentiment was stamped on tissue with black archival. I used black soot DI to ink around the canvas then used gel medium to attach the sentiment and bird. Canvas was finished with some texty words.

Challenges entered:
A Vintage Journey - things with wings
Love to Create Challenge - anything mixed media/creative/inky goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Artistic Stampers - anything goes
Country View Crafts - summertime
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Christmas Card Club "Santa Claus is Coming to Town"

Good morning all.

It's time once again for our little Christmas Card Club to show our wares...it was my turn to set the  theme of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".
Here is my make:

Using my favourite Father Christmas image from Joanna Sheen's Vintage Christmas CD. Papers are from DoCrafts. Mat dies are all from Spellbinders, reindeer from Tattered Lace and snowflake was a magazine freebie. Border punch from Tonic. Sentiment from LOTV. Finished with a few gems from my stash.

I've used virtually the same layout as my last CCC card and that's another special to add to the pile.

You'll find a list of the girls in my sidebar if you'd like to see their interpretation of my theme.

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
ABC Christmas - Q for quantum leap (d for die cuts)
A Snowflakes Promise - anything goes
Winter Wonderland - Carol's or songs (Santa Claus is Coming to Town)

Friday, 21 August 2015

Spotlight Week Day 5

Good afternoon all.

It's Day 5 of Spotlight Week over at STAMPlorations and sadly the final day. We've had some gorgeous inspiration from my team mates.



Remember you have to comment to win and the more comments you leave the more chances you have of winning! Commenting closes on August 23. Winners will be announced on August 24.

Check out what the team have made today! You'll find links to all the projects here.

Golden Oldie

Good morning all.

Gosh it was so muggy here last night, whilst I like warm weather I do prefer a cool evening! Domestic goddess duties calling this morning then it's off for some pampering this afternoon.

As it's Friday I'm off to join Erika to share a Golden Oldie.

My share today is a tag from 2011, the original post of which can be found here. The background is done with distress inks using a Tim Holz technique....sadly the link no longer works but I think the technique involved heat embossing one colour then inking over with the other so it just filled the white spaces (I could be wrong though!).
Image is from Polka Doodles, mounted on a SP bauble and a gold glittered snowflake.

Challenges entered:

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Spotlight Week Day 4

Good afternoon all.

Another warm and sunny day...typical after the kids go back to school!

It's day 4 of the spotlight week over at STAMPlorations, I hope you're enjoying hopping along with us each day...remember you have to comment to win!



Check out what the the team have made today! You'll find links to all our projects here.

  • FIVE (5) commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

STAMPlorations DAY 3 July Stamps Spotlight Week - FOND EXPRESSIONS 2

Good afternoon all.

This is my second post today...click here if you'd like to see my guest design card for Freshly Made Sketches 200th challenge.

It's a spotlight week over at the STAMPloration blog and today I get to inspire you all using stamps from FOND EXPRESSIONS 2.



Here is my project:

I've opted to do some journalling pages. I started by adding some stencilling using texture paste, added some pieces of tape from my last STAMPlorations delivery and did some stamping with black archival ink. Everything was then coated with white gesso, once dry I used distress paints in Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral randomly over the pages. Once all the paint was dry I did some more stamping with black archival. All the sentiments were stamped onto tissue and applied with gel medium.

Products used:

ARTplorations stencils - Oh My Stars, Hearts all Over and Gridlocked.

And some close ups to show the details:

As always at STAMPlorations there are lots of fabulous prizes up for grabs to those who comment here and on the other girls blogs.

  • FIVE (5) commenters randomly drawn from the designers' blogs will each win the stamp set featured for the day.
  • ONE (1) commenter randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a $25 gift certificate
Check out what the rest of the team made! You'll find links to all our projects here.

Challenges entered:
Mixed Media Monthly - get texty

We Love 2 Create - anything goes mixed media
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything MM goes

Freshly Made Sketches 200th Challenge

Good afternoon all.

Well thank goodness someone in the house was prepared for going back to school today....in my head it wasn't going to happen until next week! Lora is most disappointed not going to college but they can't offer her all her course choices and it's all but impossible to contact them. Just waiting now to see how long it takes the accommodation provider to respond!

My first post today...I'll be back again soon with my inspiration for the STAMPlorations spotlight week.

Freshly Made Sketches are celebrating their 200th challenge today and since Shery from STAMPlorations is one of the many sponsors us design girls were asked to join in.
Here is my make:

I started by masking off an area of my Wplus9 die cut and used a paint splatter technique with acrylic blocks to create my pattern. I used twisted citron, cracked pistachio, peacock feather and picket fence distress paints...pooled them onto my mat and sprayed with water then applied them to my card with an acrylic block. You need to dry each colour and keep layering until you get the desired effect. 
Sentiment is from STAMPlorations Fond Expressions 2 set. I added a few sequins to finish and propped the die cut on foam to add to the base card.

and here is the sketch:

Challenges entered:
AAA - maskerade
The Sisters of Craft - anything goes
Great Impressions - add a sentiment
Pile it On - bright colours