Thursday 29 July 2010

Simplicity's OLW 14 challenge.

Good morning to you,
I have attempted Susan Raihala's Challenge over on her Simplicity blog and this week it's  like this;
Rules for OLW14

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of cardstock folded in half.

2. Your card must be square and use an outline stamp. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum.
Sounds good to me:)

I used 3 stamps The main image is by Creative Expressions,
And finally the sentiment is from Hobby Art.

In this photo you can see how little colouring I've done, (Copic, warm grey 1 and milky white for her skin) but I couldn't resist using some platinum stickles on her jewellery:)
Looking back I realise that the biggest challenge was choosing which stamp to use at the begining but having done that it was real fun!!! I think the best part was when I stamped the background  (I masked her off first) and found that her coat echoed the design on the background, a happy accident. Then I had some more fun  balancing her on the word 'with'. That was because when I stamped her she was a bit high on the card (oops!) and I had to ground her:) Hope you enjoy this challenge,  if you take part, because I have. I also found it liberating to leave loads off, it made me think hard about design. So Thanks Susan :)

Sunday 25 July 2010

Seaside fun

Hi there, 

I've just been having fun today, no reason to make this tag. I just love this little boy/girl sitting staring out to sea, it reminds me of holidays to the seaside with my family as a child. 

 Ah! such memories............. burnt shoulders, cucumber sandwiches with gritty sand in them, swallowing gallons(slight exaggeration here) from forays into the sea. He! he! he, you've just got to love it!

Stamp by, Beryl Peters for Personal Impressions I fear it is discontinued, I purchased it from eBay last year and cannot find it anymore:(
Text stamp, Tim Holtz, Good thoughts plate.
Punched foliage, Leone EM
Flowers by Artoz bought at the Craft Barn, Lingfield

Having mentioned the boat we were on in Holland thought I'd share a couple of pics of it

This is the front, Bow?

And this the back, Stern?

As you can guess I'm not that au fait with all the terms although I feel I know the boat intimately:)
We did have many laughs and so much to eat and so many things to see and do, it was really interesting.

Friday 23 July 2010


Hi lovely, crafty people, 
I hope you're all bright eyed and bushy tailed today?.................................... Nah! me neither:)
Back today with a card for the Simplicity challenge OLW, this week Susan has challenged us to make a Christmas card. Have to admit I love Christmas it's one of my most favourite times of the year.

I have used stamps by Hero arts Christmas tree and a Papermania greeting stamp.
The ink is an Adirondack rainbow, wild flower pad. I think this may not be available from them direct:(

It's good to be back and have access to my stamps again, I'm just playing having fun.
Oh! yes family coming tomorrow must get sorted but just got to do one more:) It' s the same old story, good job hubby is calm relaxed and tolerant:)
Thank you to you all, for your welcome back messages, so friendly:) !!!

Wednesday 21 July 2010

Back and dodgy bathrooms:)

Hi, I'm just back, have been holidaying with Hubby and some great friends from Aussie in Amsterdam. A great time was had by all!
We stayed in a hotel for 3 nights at first , run by two lovely guys called Marcel and Berry in the centre of Amsterdam, on a canal it was just magical and we had hot sunny weather:)

Our friends have a narrow boat and travel to Europe for 3 months most years, so this year we met up with them in Leeuwarden. It was great but have you ever had to share a small boat ? Mornings were a bit of a challenge, 4 of us using the bathroom was interesting .................LOL :) especially as the windows of said bathroom had no curtains, dignity, what dignity?

 So back but with nothing to share today, hope to catch up with all my favourite people and get crafting (after all the washing!!) tomorrow with any luck but it's good to be back:-)

Thursday 8 July 2010

A new tag

Hello blogging buddies, hope you've all had a good day? 
I have been playing .......... I know it can be dangerous but hey,  made another tag! This one also has the Tim Holtz crackle paint on it ( from PARTICRAFT)   this time though I inked up over it to give it more depth of colour. 
This photo doesn't really give a good colour representation the top of the tag is bluey green but never mind:) The gold border surrounding the motif is cut from a golden doily and the butterfly is from an Artylicious CD,
The sentiment was from my stash, have inked and embossed with holographic powder.

Monday 5 July 2010

Distress, Crackle paint

Hi again, just a quick post, I was playing this evening with my stuff from PARTICRAFT and found a new item to me. Tim Holtz distress crackle paint, yummy, I love new stuff. 

So I painted a tag and waited, ooh I really liked this, lots of small cracks, I imagined they would be larger, any way, had a good play, this was fun. I added some stamps from Crafty individuals and flowers from Artoz and bingo an inspirational tag to lift my spirits, happy to go to bed now:)

Greetings Earthling

Hi all, at last time to blog!! Been a frantic few days here at coffee headquarters, mojo's been off with the fairies too!
At last a card to share............................

This card is for my nephew who's birthday is soon.
I have used my prize from PARTICRAFT, I can't believe how much Sue sent, it is a fantastic prize, Thankyou Particraft!!!This will keep me going for a very long time!
I have used stamps from the Alien life and Outer Space sets from Creative Expressions.
I had to be a bit careful with the space ship because I only wanted the dome to be in acetate, the alien had to be behind it so, after stamping the spaceship it had  it's dome cut away leaving just the alien sitting pretty, then having stamped the space ship again on acetate in Stazon, I cut it out but left a tab. I made a small slit in the spaceship rim and inserted the tab, bingo. Of course I then had to hide the glueing, under acetate is a bit difficult but you can hardly see it behind his one eye:)
No 2 son update;
He is much better and gingerly at work , wearing trainers though, very fetching with suit................ Thank you all for your lovely get well messages, much appreciated:)