Thursday, 19 January 2017

Time for a little reminder .......

Happy Thursday ......

It's nearly the weekend .... thank goodness.  It's been a busy old week ...... again, but we're getting there.  I just wish that Mr Mojo would play along!

I've got a little reminder for you today about this month's STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge ...... as always the theme is Anything CAS Goes with the optional colour twist SILVER or GREY

We already had some fabulous entries, but there's still time if you'd like to play along.
Check out the STAMPlorations Blog for all the challenge guidelines and details of the prizes up for grabs

CAS design ..... and making use of the colour twist by doing my stamping in Grey

I do like stamping in grey ink ..... it gives a much softer look than the black.

I've stamped the image (from STAMPlorations  Friends and Flowers) using the Ranger Cool Graphite Dye Ink pad and then added some colour with the Zig Clean Color Brush Markers

I gave the watering can the clear Wink of Stella treatment to add a touch of shimmer .....

My sentiment was stamped in the opposite corner ...... using the grey ink again

And then the whole thing was pulled together by adding a doodled frame around the edge

Don't forget ...... if you place an order on the STAMPlorations website and use the code below, you'll receive a 20% discount on all stamps, stencils and dies

Discount code ....... STAMPGIRLLINDA

Happy stamping!

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

Cheerio until next time ......

Monday, 16 January 2017

Happy Monday ......

Happy Monday .......

The start of a new week ....... how's your day been?
It's been one of those days full of paperwork here, and not the fun kind either!  Forms to fill in, household stuff to sort and letters and emails to write.  It's all done now though so I'm looking forward to the rest of the week.

Friday 13th wasn't so bad either ...... even after a little bit of a shaky start.  Lauren turned up at the house first thing and she'd lost her phone! She got it back though.
Hubby had the day off work and we went to view some houses, and we think ........ fingers crossed ...... that we might have found somewhere suitable.  Not too far away either.  I'm not saying anything else at this stage .... there's still a way to go yet.

I did manage to spend some time on my journal too ...... I'm amazed that I'm keeping this up. I might not be completing a page a day yet, but I am doing something in there everyday.
I actually finished 4 pages over the weekend!!!  Well ...... two 2 page spreads.  A little bit different too ..... a bit more grungy for the first two and then a little bit vintage looking for the second.  See what you think ......

Pages 11 and 12 ......

There's a little bit of everything on here ....... starting with PaperArtsy Infusions for the background (so excited, there's some new colours launching soon!) ....... applied by sprinkling tiny amounts of the powders directly onto my journal pages, then I used a Glazing Medium to spread the colour around.  I simply brushed the glazing medium up and down the page picking up the pigment as I went along and blended the colours together.

A little but of stenciling next with some Heavy White Gesso ........

I stamped the face using a black Archival Ink .....

And then I added a bit more detail to the pages, with some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink through one of my favourite stencils .... the brick wall.
I placed the stencil back over the design and applied the Tim Holtz Crazing Collage Medium over the top and left it to dry.

Look at all that texture ....... it works in a similar way to Crackle glaze only you don't need to add paint onto the top.

Next I did a bit more stamping here and there with various stamps ....... some floral, some background

and a touch of script in there too.
And I finished off the pages with some words from a couple of JOFY stamp set.

On to pages 13 and 14 ........
A touch of vintage ....... my favourite so far I think

Guess who's been watching Tim Holtz on Facebook Live all last week.  Have you seen all the new stuff that's coming out ..... stamps, dies, Idea-ology and then tonight whoo hoo!!! new inks!!!! I cna't wait to get my hands on those.

I do love the grungy, vintage look but I don't seem to create it that much these days so I thought my journal was a good excuse.

I found a piece of tissue paper that must have come wrapped around something .... what I have no idea but anyway it ended up in my stash and it was perfect for the background of this spread.

I scrunched it up a couple of times, opened it out again and stuck it across both journal pages using Rangers Glue and Seal ....... I love the texture that this creates.  I didn't smooth out any of the creases I wanted that old crinkled look

I then gave it a coat of clear gesso and then washed over the top with Tattered Rose Distress stain. Whilst this was still wet I gave it spritz with Biscotti Perfect Pearls ..... I love how the colours gather in the creases

Once everything was dry ........ I did give it a little helping hand with the heat tool ....... I added a little bit of stamping here and there

And, using my finger, I rubbed a touch of Versamark ink over some of the more raised creases in the tissue paper and then heat embossed with a gold powder

This art journaling is making me use some of the bits and pieces lying around on my desk  ........ like the cogs and the clock face .......

Cut from grunge paper and card, and coloured with Distress Paints

And as always I added some of my favourite words ......

Along with a lovely sentiment from Inkylicious

I'm still not up to date ...... but I'm getting there.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your Monday.
I've got a birthday card to write and a present to wrap ..... our little girl is 25 tomorrow!!

Happy Birthday Lauren! ..... love you loads xx

Cheerio until next time ....

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Happy Blogiversary!

Five years ....... WOW!!!

To all my friends and followers ......
Love you all ..... mwah!
Thanks for reading

Friday, 13 January 2017

It's only a number ......

Happy Friday 13th folks ........

Are you superstitious? ..... fingers crossed, touch wood and all that.
Is it going to be one of those days ....... should I just go back to bed now, or will it just be like any other Friday ....... it's only a number after all!

As it's Friday, and the second one of the month, it's time to remind you about the Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge
The challenge is to Take a Stamp and create something fabulous.  It can be anything you like, a card, a journal page, a piece of home decor ....  the choice is yours.  Just remember to include some actual rubber stamping on your project somewhere.

Our sponsor this month is the fabulous Rubber Dance

And the challenge winner will receive this stamp set ...... which is actually featured on the front cover of the February issue of the magazine

January is a busy month for us .... lots of birthdays, so I thought I'd make a start on the cards ......

Here's a really simple design that can be adapted to suit any age
Using the large number dies from Stampin Up! I simply die cut the 25 from the centre of a piece of black cardstock  and again from a piece of coloured card from my stash.
I then inlaid the coloured numbers into the black card .... easy

The sentiment was then stamped underneath and heat embossed with a silver powder

I then die cut more of the numbers from black card and attached them randomly around the edge ..... gives the look of an embossed piece of card I think

A few dots of glitter glue adds a touch of sparkle .....

As I said this can be done for any age, and in any colour .... great for kids!

Check out the Craft Stamper blog for all the challenge details and more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a cosy weekend.
The weather forecast is not great.  I hope it's not too cold and wintry where you are ..... I know that parts of the UK have got snow.  We did have some during the night ..... it wasn't half coming down at about 3am this morning! But ..... it's all gone now, from Douglas anyway. Not sure what it's like up on the mountain though ..... I haven't been out yet.  It is blowing a right old hoolie out there!

We're off to look at some houses this morning ...... not the best idea we've had.  Let's hope Friday 13th is a lucky day for us.

Cheerio until next time ..... stay safe and warm

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Baby .... it's cold outside!

Happy Thursday folks .......

It's been freezing out there today ..... brrrrrr! We still haven't had any snow ....... not yet anyway!  I do hope you're all keeping toasty and warm.

It's been nice and cosy in the old craft room though.  I've had the day to myself .... nowhere to go, no little man popping in and nothing urgent on the To Do list ..... it's great being up to date!
Ooops shouldn't really have said that ..... the postman brought happy mail this morning from the lovely Lucy from Sweet Poppy Stencils ......... lots of gorgeous new designs coming up.  Guess what's top of the To Do list for next week!

I made the most of today and caught up a little bit more with my journal ...... Creative Journaling 365 is very addictive!
Pages 8, 9 and 10 are all done ........ does that mean I'm only 2 days behind?  Whoo hoo!!

Page 8 ...... the other half of the Brusho page.  Remember I coloured both pages at the same time. Sprinkled Brusho onto one page, spritzed with water and then closed the journal ..... easy!

This page has one of my favourite sayings on it ....... I love it.  This version is from a set of Tim Holtz stamps ....... simply stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with a white detail powder

It goes perfectly with the Harmony Girl from Unity Stamps ....... another favourite

To finish off I added some tiny water droplets ..... stamped in Versamark and embossed in clear.  You can just about see them in this close up ..... they're there, but only when the light catches them

 Pages 9 and 10 are a double page spread ..... is that cheating?

The last few days I've spent quite a bit of time checking Estate Agent websites ...... hence the journal spread.  I've mentioned that we were looking to move in the next few months.
Now I don't mind looking for new houses .... when there's plenty to look at.  That's not the case at the moment unfortunately.  We've seen a couple of possibilities and we're viewing a few more tomorrow but have I mentioned I'm a little bit fussy ..... and not that easy to please!  Well come on ..... I need at least one room with loads of natural light!

We should really build our own ..... not ourselves,  but you know what I mean ....... it's just something we've never got around to doing. We've bought off plan before which was nice .... I got to choose everything that went into it ..... the floor tiles, the bathroom tiles and the bathrooms, the wooden floors, the kitchen etc. That was so much fun.

Anyway .... where was I ........ oh yes houses
I started by applying heavy white gesso through a brickwork stencil directly onto the journal pages. When this was dry (it didn't take long) I used Distress Inks to colour the background ..... I love how the gesso picks up the colour

Now to create my little scene ........ all the stamps, apart from one, are from a fab little JOFY set (JOFY 29) I stamped the tree and the fence, masking the tree trunk before stamping the fence, and then heat embossed with a clear powder

I then used Distress inks to add the colour

The house has been stamped onto coloured pieces of cardstock from my stash, and then fussy cut and layered
The house on page 9 is on card coloured using PaperArtsy's Infusions ........ little bottles of colour pigment mixed with walnut stain, that you use a bit like Brusho  ...... I've actually used them again in a different way for pages 11 & 12 but you'll have to wait for those, they're not finished yet!)
The house on page 10 was stamped on a pretty piece of card coloured using a stencil and Brusho's I think

There's little bits of an old book page on there too ......

The Home Sweet Home is from the JOFY set ...... a little bit of doodling there to make it look as though it's hanging on the wall

Another sentiment on page 10 .... this time from Inkylicious ......

And to finish off I stamped the keys (JOFY again) and doodled some more to make them look as though they are hanging over the page.

Well that's me done for tonight.  Time to snuggle under a blanket and catch up on some TV I think.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your evening, and stay warm.

Cheerio until next time ....

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Pages 5 ..... 6 .... AND 7!

Happy Tuesday ......

Hope you're enjoying your evening.  Just had dinner which was delicious, even if I do say so myself, so hubby and I are chillin now ..... he's going after bad guys on his latest computer game so I thought I'd spend time with my blog buddies .....  we're also finishing off the bottle of red we opened ..... or is this the second one. It's been a long day!

It's also been a busy few days in the old craft room .... DT stuff to do, I've been playing around with a canvas, more about that later, and I've even found time to mess around in my journal.
Pages 5, 6 and 7 are done and number 8 has been started. Still not caught up completely but it's fun trying .....  we'll get there!

Page 5 ....... the prompt for the day was 'pinkish' ..... think I covered that one

Quite a simple page.
I painted both sides of my journal page spread using the same colours (PaperArtsy paints again) ........ this makes things easier I think.
I then used the Wendy Vecchi Heart stencil ....... both the outside piece, to ink the heart in the centre (I used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink for this) and also kept the stencil in place whilst I stamped the script onto the heart to give it a bit more interest.

I then covered up the heart in the centre with the inny part of the stencil whilst I added some detail to the background

 The words were stamped and heat embossed in white .....

And I finished off by 'splatting' distress stain straight from the bottle on the journal page .... love doing this!

Page 6 ..... the other half of the pink spread

Back to using old book pages again (something else I love doing!).

Stamped my blooms onto the book pages and fussy cut them ..... love these flowers from PaperArtsy!

I also used more of the stamps from the set to add some detail to the background

The large word is also on the set too ..... perfect finishing touch!

Pages 7 and 8 were coloured together, this time using Brushos

Before I started with any colour I used my stamps first, directly onto the journal page, with a Versamark ink and then heat embossed the images with a white detail powder (page 8 isn't quite finished so you'll have to wait a little longer to see that one)

I then sprayed the right hand side of the journal with water, sprinkled shades of blue Brusho on the top and then closed the book and let the pigment and water do it's thing.
This was repeated a few times until I got the colour and the coverage I wanted ..... mopping up any excess in between with a piece of kitchen roll.
Love how the white embossing acts as a resist to the colour ......

The paint brushes are a stencil, with white embossing paste, applied once the Brusho background was dry

And then I finished off with some more of those Distress Stain splatters ......

Hmmm ...... what shall I try next?!?

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your evening.
Apparently we've been forecast snow for the end of the week. On high ground that is, with a chance of it falling lower.
Not only that, the ferries may be cancelled again tomorrow due to bad weather ....... gales I think, so things could get a little exciting here towards the end of the week.  If the boats don't go then everyone will be panic buying again ..... the supermarket shelves will be empty.  Time to stock up on the essentials I think .... more wine?

Cheerio until next time .....

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