Wednesday, 23 August 2017

CAS Mix Up ......

Happy Wednesday ......

Well here we are .... the  middle of another week.  At least the sun is shining again!
I thought I'd catch up with everyone seeing as I have a little bit of time on my hands.  I'm waiting in for the carpet cleaner to arrive.  Hubby had a mishap with a glass of red wine ..... on the lounge carpet (oh no!).  He couldn't have spread it any further if he'd have tried!
I managed to get it all off the sofa! and most of the wine off the carpet but it's left a lovely pink stain on my nice light coloured carpet. As you can imagine ..... hubby's on the naughty step!  Let's hope the carpet cleaner can get it out, otherwise I'll be buying a rug!

Anyway .... onto alcohol of a different kind.  I'm playing along with this month's CAS Mix Up challenge today.

and as you can see, this month it's all about using Alcohol Inks ...... I really don't use these little bottles enough!!

The pretty background is a piece of glossy cardstock which has been smooshed with alcohol inks .... I I'm not exactly sure what the colours are as this was done some time ago and it's been lying in my bit box waiting to be used ......

I love the delicate shades, and the hint of pink looks so pretty .... not sure it really comes across that well in the photo though.

I stamped the flowers over the top, using Versamark ink and then heat embossed them in gold .....

Using the MISTI ........ I placed a piece of white cardstock down and then laid the alcohol inked card on the top, and then stamped my sentiment so that the words went across both pieces.
I removed the inked piece of card and stamped the sentiment again just to make sure that I got the full image without any gaps around the edge ...... I do love my MISTI 💗

To finish off I added a few dots of the Nuvo Jewel Drops in the Sea Breeze shade ..... one of my current favourite products, they're going on everything!!!

So ..... I've done the stamping, used Alcohol inks and the 'my choice' element is heat embossing.

It's been a bit of a mixed bag this week in the craft room ..... DT stuff, Blog challenges, a workshop at the weekend to prep for and, a little bit of Christmas.  Yes, the December workshop is sorted!! Project is finished ..... two different looks done, and I must say I'm pleased with the results.
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!  Look away now if you don't want to see a sneaky peek.  Talk about sparkle!!!!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day, and I hope the sun is shining where you are.
Now where's my carpet cleaner got to?!

Cheerio until next time .....

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Where did the last week go?

Happy weekend folks .....

What happened to the last 7 days!!?!! It doesn't seem five minutes since we were having Sunday lunch with Chris and Sam, relaxing in the sunshine.
Since then it's all been going on!  We've had sunshine, strong winds and LOTS of rain  ........ a nearby road was closed because part of it had washed away! Thank goodness the rain didn't last long, and the roads been repaired.
We had a lovely big cruise ship in the bay ...... luckily not on the day it rained.  One of the IOM ferries is out of action (again!)  The Manannan hit the quay side whilst docking so that's in for repair. Just in time for the start of the Manx Grand Prix (MGP) ..... practice week gets underway this evening (oh joy!) And ...... LLB (Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen) has been on the island!!!  Apparently he's filming for a new TV series and has been out and about on the Isle of Man.  He was at a store just around the corner from me earlier in the week, and then yesterday he visited my friend Claire down at Grenaby Studios ..... he even bought some of gorgeous her jewellry (exciting or what!) He'd better not have bought my ring that she's making for me!!

Most of my week has been spent in the old craft room.  It's been like a little holiday for me, Lauren, Robbie and the little man are in Spain, so I've not been on Grandma duty this week. It's been very quiet around here .... too quiet in fact.  I've missed them!
It has been busy though ...... I had a lovely day with my craft buddy.  I actually made a card, Lilian on the other hand spent the afternoon on the internet ....... craft shopping!!
I've also been catching up with all my crafty commitments ...... DT stuff is up to date, and this year's Christmas workshop project is almost finished...... the craft room floor looks like backstage at Strictly Come Dancing!  I think there's more glitter on the floor, my table and me than is left in the pot.
Note to self ..... add glitter to the shopping list!

I've also had time to play along with a couple of Blog Challenges ....... this month's CAS Watercolour Challenge, and if I can get a move on ...... I'll also be linking up to the current  Snippets Playground. This does close in less than and hour though so I'm going to have to be quick!

This month's CAS Watercolour challenge is  ...... use Salt

This is something I haven't done before ..... surprisingly! so I thought I would give it a go .... what do you think? I quite like the results

I just used rock salt from the kitchen cupboard .... sprinkled onto a smooshed Distress Ink background whilst the ink was still wet.  I did use watercolour card with quite a bit of water, and I left the crystals to dry overnight.  I love the result ......

I thought it had a frosty look to it so I went with snowflakes over the top.
I die cut a little piece of the card and heat embossed the snowflakes ..... don't they look pretty

A simple die cut frame and a stamped sentiment and we're done

I had to add some sparkle on there so I finished off with a few dots of sparkly glitter glue

I'll definitely be playing around with this technique again.

As I only used a piece of my inked cardstock I'm playing along at the Snippets Playground again .... hopefully I'm in time .....

It was my first time playing along with this challenge a couple of weeks ago and I got a lovely welcome from Di ...... thanks for the mention hun. I'm going to try and play along more often.

Thanks for popping by .... have a lovely weekend.
I'm off out today ..... one of my crafty friends is hosting a Stampin Up party (craft shopping ... always fun!) and as it's also her birthday there's a little celebration going on ..... that means cake!!

Better dash and make those challenge deadlines .........
Cheerio until next time ....

Friday, 11 August 2017

Good Friends .......

Happy Friday folks ......

The end of another busy week ....... let the weekend start now!

Have you played along with this month's Craft Stamper challenge yet?  No .... well there's still plenty of time.  And ...... if you have already entered don't let that stop you joining in the fun again .... you can have up to three entries, just as long as they all have their own blog post!

The theme is Anything Goes ..... as long as there's rubber stamping somewhere on your project.

Here's an idea for you ....... a pretty little wall hanging

I spotted this idea of using black ink with this type of stamp, and stamping onto Kraft card and I LOVE IT!!!  Thanks to Heather Hoffman (one of the Penny Black DT) for showcasing such a fab technique, I'm hooked.

I simply stamped the image onto a piece of Stampin Up Crumb Cake cardstock, using an old Black Versafine ink pad. I used my MISTI so that I could repeat stamp the image (Penny Black's dancing daisies) until I got a good depth of colour ......

Even though you're using a black ink you still get all the shading on the stamped image ..... love it!

I then stamped and heat embossed in gold, the sentiment ....... you can see I've gone slightly over the top of the flowers with this as it's a lovely large stamp (from Stampin Up's Lovely Friends clear set)

A little tip for you ...... make sure that the black ink is completely dry first, and use an anti static bag over the card before you stamp the words .... this way when you sprinkle on the embossing powder it will only stick to the stamped sentiment, and not on the flower image too. Why am I telling you this ..... I've no patience so the first attempt saw gold powder everywhere!  Oh well .... it's only a piece of card.

I added a few splatters of Black Soot Distress Oxide ink onto the background and a few dots of glitter glue to the centres of the flowers.

I then mat and layered using black and white card and edged the white layer using a gold leafing pen to create the look of a pretty frame.

To mount the design I used an 8x8 square canvas ..... I added a little texture paste here and there using my favourite brick wall stencil

then I painted the whole thing black with a couple of layers of black gesso .... I love the matt finish.

I finished off with a touch of gold wax ..... gently rubbed over the brick wall texture to bring out the detail.

As always we have a challenge sponsor .... this month it's Keep On Crafting

And the prize for the challenge winner is ....... 2 fab stencils along with 2 great stamp sets (see the picture below)

All the challenge info can be found over on the Craft Stamper Blog, along with full details of the prizes ... don't forget we have a monthly Design Winner too!!
You'll also find more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team too ..... Happy Stamping!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy your Friday and have a great weekend.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the weather holds out ..... we've got a whole load of friends coming round for a BBQ this evening, so guess where I'll be this afternoon ..... yep! in the kitchen ..... prepping!  Hubby does have these great ideas. At least I just have to get everything ready ..... he'll be doing all the cooking!

Cheerio until next time ....

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Do you like to doodle ......

Hello there ...... I'm back again

It's been a busy day ....... and it's not over yet! That'll teach me to go galavanting at lunchtime.

It's time for another blog challenge this evening ....... do you like making ATC's? If you do you're in the right place ....... it's time to get this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC challenge underway.

The theme is Doodling ....... do you doodle?
I must admit it's not something I do a lot of however a little bit here and there can give a project a real fun look.

My ATC's have got a bit of a floral theme going on but there is doodling on there too ......
They started out as plain Kraft card and each one has been given a coat of pretty metallic paint from Sweet Poppy ....... Persian Blue

Bamboo .....

and Strawberry Sorbet .......

I then stamped the flowers (from PaperArtsy EEG14) over the top using a black ink and heat embossed them with a clear powder.
Each one was then coloured using PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Acrylic Paints  ..... these paints are fab and cover brilliantly

Spotted the doodling? (sorry!)  I added the dots to this flower, using a white gel pen

More dots on this one ...... ditsy groups of three, I love how this looks.

and stripes on the last one.  All of my ATC's have the faux stitching around the edges and a handwritten word on the bottom

I suppose you could say the painted dots are also doodled ...... I didn't use my usual brush to splatter the paint, instead I picked up the colour with the tip of an embossing tool and dotted the paint around the blooms

What will you doodle? .... I can't wait to see.

The challenge is sponsored by the HLS Store  and the winner will receive a $20 Gift Certificate to spend on their next order .... get doodling!

Thanks for popping by .... .enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time

Are you feeling festive? ........

Happy Thursday ......

Fancy some Christmas ideas? Have you started on your festive makes yet?  No ...... me neither. Having said that though I did spend yesterday playing around with this year's Christmas workshop .........  Ho! Ho! Ho!
It's coming along nicely too ..... very sparkly!  When I get them finished I'll give you a sneaky peek.

Speaking of Christmas, I mentioned yesterday that I'd have some festive Sweet Poppy Stencil designs to share with you.  I think a couple of the new stencils might just make it onto the show on Friday ... so here they are ......
There's a beautiful new Christmas Tree ...... Snowflake Tree

This is such a pretty design ..... I've used it here straight onto black card with the glossy white paste then sprinkled over the top with the fine glitters ..... Crystalina and one of the pretty gold shades

A simple sentiment added to the side of the tree ..... and you're done

Here's the same stencil used on a coloured background ......

White paste again ...... Crystalina glitter over the top

Just look at the sparkle ..... and all that detail ....... gorgeous!

One of the brand new Inspiration Words down the side ....... and you've got yourself a really simple yet stunning design.

Why not use those Inspiration Words as the focal point on your cards ....... this one's perfect for Christmas designs ......

CAS ..... and the colour comes from those fabulous glitters again ....

Use your rubber stamps to add more detail ..... this cute little guy comes from an old Penny Black set.
He's been stamped, coloured with pens and inks and then fussy cut

A few sequins here and there and a touch of glitter glue ......

And I finished off the sentiment using my rubber stamps again

Here's another of the new stencil designs ....... perfect for quick and easy cards ...... Let it Snow

Classic black and white ..... a touch of gold, and lots of sparkle ......

Or use your favourite colours to change things up a little and get a completely different look.

Last but not least ...... Northpole ..... brrrrrr!

Another great sized stencil that will fill a whole card front ...... I've actually added to it here because my finished card is 8x8 so if you like making larger cards it's a great one to use.

I created a little winter scene first before using the stencil ....... stamped the trees along a hill shaped mask across a piece of white card and used Distress Ink to colour the sky .....

Added in the little bunnies at the bottom ......

I then used the stencil with glossy white paste and sprinkled the design with glitter .... white onto the snowy areas and red to add colour to the pole

I used Black Archival Ink to stencil the signs onto white card and fussy cut them to attach over the top and make them stand out a little.
Because I was making an 8x8 (inch) card, the stencil design didn't actually fill the whole of my card so I simply added more falling snow where it was needed using a dimensional glue and fine crystal glitter.

Hope you like the new designs ........ and I hope I've given you some ideas for this years Christmas makes.

Thanks for popping by ........I hope you're enjoying your day.
We've just been to the Little Fish Cafe for lunch.  It was lovely down on the quay ..... sunshine, good food and great company.  Chris joined us too which was nice.  We haven't seen much of him since his pub refurb started.  Things seem to be going to plan .... it all looks a bit of a mess at the moment but I'm sure it'll look great when it's finished.

Don't forget the Sweet Poppy Stencil shows are 12 and 4pm tomorrow (Friday) ...... on HOCHANDA Sky Channel 663/Freeview 85/Freesat 817.  I'll be watching.

Cheerio until next time
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