Friday 30 September 2011

My patch or yours?

Hi Folks, I hope you are having a great day today, I'm feeling a little better everyday, going out for a short drive today, to see a good friend:0)
I've made a card for the Stampotique Designers Challenge

and it's supposed to be a humourous birthday card, well I tried !

 This is inside, I searched for  a funny quip for these gorgeous creatures and even asked my friend Sandra
and bless her she had some good ones but nothing really fitted this card so I went with a bit of a pun:0)
Here's the inside greeting, hope you like, Gay xx

Tuesday 27 September 2011

A sketch for LIM a TUT and a RAK, :0)

Cor!! That's a lot for a title, hope you're still here, welcome:0) I've been a bit AWOL recently recovering from an infection after my op but I'm on the mend now so I hope to get back to normal a.s.a.p!!
LIM this week is a sketch, after our marathon effort to get to 1000 submissions last week, Chrissie and Mandi have been gentle with us:0)
This is my card following the sketch, pop over to LIM for the details.

Stamp by Butterfly Kisses Nautical

I  was extremely lucky and received a beautiful card and some stamped images from Sandra over at Stamping for Pleasure, so kind:0) Thanks so much my friend:0)

Look at the super card she sent too!

It really cheered me up and now I've got some brilliant House mouse images and more to colour, YAY I think I'm going to be busy!

I've done a quick Tutorial on my snowman's background, some comments suggested that it could be a good idea, I hope it helps.

Stamped in Memento London Fog

      Masked with Eclipse tape. If you've never had this tape it's sooo good, mine's 6ins tall and is about 33 feet long. I've had mine for about 5 years and there's still quite a bit left, (it's not cheap and I'm mean with it.) You unroll some, lay it on your work mat and stamp your image onto it, then cut it out, simples!! It's all tacky like post it notes but all over and it covers/ masks really well. It also resists distress inks if you're not too enthusiastic with your rubbing, LOL          
Then Sponged with Cut and Dry cut in a rectangle and angled in the direction of the wind. I had some Shabby Shutters green on the sponge but only a little and it took off the real brightness of the Broken China. I usually  dab off some of the fresh ink, you can always add more if you need to.

When that was fairly good I removed the mask and splashed with water and dabbed dry to remove snowy splodges

I coloured with Copics but I've left that off as there are many tuts for those techniques.
I hope I've not bored you to tears and told you loads of stuff you know already, Gay xxx

Saturday 24 September 2011

Calendar pages for March

Good morning and welcome here,  The Craft Barn Blog Calendar Challenge is up and running do join us if you can and if you have already I hope you're having loads of fun:0) Don't forget there are prizes to be won, Good Luck.
Last week's winner was Suze Bain, congratulations Suze, your page was brilliant too!!
This week the Design Team have been using the great Impression Obsession stamps, I've had lots of fun.

I made a card with my new favourite IO cover a page stamp, Vines.
I've made the March pages for my Calendar.One landscape and one Portrait.

I used
Top card
Impression Obsession, cover a page Vines
Pumice distress ink
Crafty Idividuals CI305
Landscape page
Impression Obsession, Shoe balloon by Gary Robertson
Portrait page
Again IO stamp Framed Window. Stamped once then again onto acetate for depth.
More details on the Craft Barn Blog

Hope you like, have a great weekend,
Gay x

Click HERE to go to the challenge for this week

Friday 23 September 2011

Thank you so much:0)

Another card for LIM 33  695 so far not too many to go  now keep them coming:0)

Hope you like:0)

Stamp by Stampotique, Olive Rose
Masks are Crafters workshop Mini Brocade and mini harlequin That I bought at the Craft Barn.
Sentiment from PTI

Thursday 22 September 2011

Let it snow

Hi folks, I have one more card for LIM 33
Stamps byArtemio, colouring with copics and distress.
The latest count was 543, keep going everyone LOL we can do it:0) Good Luck Chrissie and Mandi, xx

Wednesday 21 September 2011

Hallow 'een again, ooaaoahhhh ha ha ha (in best Vincent Price voice!)

Hi All, another card for LIM,33 Going for the 1000 submissions!! This is my number 4

Stamps by Cherry Pie and Chocolate Baroque (bat!)
I hope there is enough clean white/black space this time Mandi? :0)

I included this pic to show that if you use just a part of a stamp you can extend it's use. The skeleton is dancing on the cloud too LOL
I learned this little technique from Jean Hardy of Crafty Individuals fame, at her workshop at the Craft Barn, clever lady:0) !
Hope you like, Gay xxx
p.s Not getting around to see as many folks as I would like, still finding it a challenge to be sitting at the computer for too long, forgive me, :0)

Monday 19 September 2011

1000 facts, Just sayin!!!

In popular culture

 With LIM going for the 1000 submissions, I thought you might like to know a few '1000 facts' I gleaned these little beauties from Wikipedia, I ramble, apologies:0)
Here is another card for LIM33

I used Viva Decor Gold paint no 909 which is so shiny and a surprisingly good surface to stamp onto with Stazon black ink that is:0) The stamp is from a sheet of HIT stamps, I've had them for ages and this is the first time I've used one. I love vintage Christmas, that and sparkle mmmm perfect LOL My golden pearls are from Deborah's candy, oh lucky me! Aren't they swish!!:0)

Christmas for LIM and a lovely surprise!

Hello there, a bright breezy day here, I hope you are having a lovely day too:0)
Here is my second card for LIM 33 a christmas card

Penny Black stamp and sentiment from Waltzingmouse, distress inks and Sakura moonlight pens, easy peasy, I hope you like!!

My lovely surprise was winning Deborah's brilliant candy, Yippee!!It was
Deborahs 1st year blogging, her BLOG
is a wonderful inspiration, check it out!
Look at the fabulous collection of goodies I received, Thank you so much Deborah, you are a star:0)
If you click on the pic, you can see the very pretty card that she made for me, it's gorgeous.
I will try to make some more LIM cards, were going for the round 1000 entries, oh yeah!!!!

Saturday 17 September 2011

Spooky ooooaaaahhhhh!

Hi all me again, entry number one for LIM this week, a spooky creation:0)
The challenge this week is,,,,,,,,,,,,
Now we are going for the 1000 submissions.
Anything CAS Goes
 Chocolate Baroque stamps and distress inks, I had fun with this one!!
The bats and crow have red sakura moonlight eyes ooohhhh ahhhhhLOL Gay x

Feb pages from my Calendars

Hello and welcome to my crafty place:0) It's lovely that you have dropped by! Today is the second installment of my calendar/s / pages at the Craft Barn Calendar Challenge. I hope you found the time and were inspired to join us, if not it's not too late!! LOL
These are my Februrary pages, all about embossing this time
 This page uses Cosmic Shimmer Persian Sea Aurora embossing powder and Paper Artsy stamps Hot picks 1005 plus Crafty Individuals sentiment from the Trees set. Distress inks, broken china and wild honey.
This version uses Cosmic Shimmer Lava  Black Aurora and Tim holtz  Rock Star stamps with Andy skinner winters tale stamps for the ducks. Distress inks broken china, wild honey and spun sugar.
All the products I have used are available at the Craft Barn and on the blog this week there has been lots of inspiring calendar versions. I hope you like and have been inspired to join us. I hope you have a wonderful weekend :0)  Gay x

Monday 12 September 2011

Oh Baby! I'm Seeing double??

Hi there, I'm back and have been making a couple of things. It's great to start getting back into the swing! Hope all's well with you and yours and I'm looking forward to catching up with all my crafty buddies:0) it will take a bit of time but I'll get round soon!!
I'm a bit rusty so go easy on me, this card is for the Less is More Challenge (Double is what you need for this challenge!!!) And the girls are back at One Layer Wednesday, yippee!!!It's over at Jennifer's this week and the theme is a one layer Baby card:0)
I used Tara's technique to transfer the mirrior image, great tutorial from her, Thanks  Tara!!

Still using the laptop and I haven't got my usual editing programme so I'm having to learn how to use paint, slow, slow, slow and that's just me learning, LOL

Coloured with Copics
Stamps by Stamposaurus, Ellie set of 4
sentiment from Papermania, Honey and Hugs

Saturday 10 September 2011

Here we go with our new challenge, YAY!!

It's the Craft Barn Calendar Challenge! {click on the link to take you to the Challenge, it's all up on the blog, Yippee!!!)
Welcome here,  from me to you! I hope you're going to play along with us? Hopefully at the end of 12 weeks we will have a great calendar to show for all our hard work,There are prizes to be won and at the end the overall winner will get £30 to spend at the Craft Barn. All the details are on the Blog!
I'm going to make 2 calendars, one will be portrait and the other landscape. This the portrait version it's simply stamped, I used Paper Artsy stamps and Kaleidacolor ink pad.
 This is the January page of my landscape version, again Paper Artsy stamps this time I also used the Paper Artsy Fresco Chalk paints. I paper pieced the little birds at the bottom of the stamped image because I wanted them to stand out against the grass, I know it's January but I'm willing Spring to get here quickly LOL

There are some very inventive calendars starting on the blog, worth a peek, I think:0)
Hi there folks, it's a challenging day here for your ol' mustavcoffee, I scheduled this post 'cos I'm still sort of trying to get back up to opererating mode physically and blow me down our computer has died again, we have either a real deadly virus on the boot up disk or we have massive hard drive failure. Oh dear:{ I'm on my son' s laptop and it's a bit challenging!!! BUT Thank you all for your comments and if you are going to join us I'm so pleased, it's going to be fun. I'm going to check back as often as I can and I'll do my best to visit you later, TTFN Gay x

 I used, first page
Paper Artsy Hot Picks 1005EZ and Kaleidacolor Creole Spice.

Second page,
Paper Artsy Minis SM26 stamp
Fresco paints, Guacamole and Haystack.I also used the Metallic paint (but it only shows behind the calendar)
All supplies in these projects came from The Craft Barn

Wednesday 7 September 2011

Hi Folks, Just a line to say I'll be around but a bit sketchily, had some scheduled surgery and been told not to lift anything and just bumble around for the next few weeks. So I'll see you from time to time but don't want to sit at the computer for hours on end:0) Thanks to you all for my lovely comments, CU soon Gay x

Oh Thanks so much for all your lovely get well wishes, I really am fine but it will take a couple of weeks to get back into the swing of things. Can't visit you all, sorry! So a big THANKS  hugs Gay x

Sunday 4 September 2011

Metallic, nice!!!

Hi folks,  bit wet here today perfect for crafting, mojo's still off and not sure about these latest offerings but I just plod on:0) Here we have the Less is More week 31 offering! As a member of the Craft Barn DT I won't be in the running for the prize but I didn't want to miss one of my favourite challenges

We'd like to see CLEAN & SIMPLE cards with something that has a METALLIC finish to it... ink, embossing, card, charms, actual metal... come on people let's get creative!

I've used my new die from Memory box, I love it:0) Behind the card you can put a battery candle it looks lovely at night! I cut the die from copper mirri card then cut it out again from the card base and with fine acetate from a small bag mounted it into the die cut shape. Glued it with Art Glitter dries clear,  peel offs to finish, job done!

 This card is using the cut out design from the previous card and some star brads. Again I like it at night when the light behind makes the stars twinkle, LOL
 I hope you like and if you don't already know all about the challenge at LIM pop over and have a look there is some brilliant inspiration and a lot of lovely people there:0)


Saturday 3 September 2011

Andy Skinner week!

Hi Crafty friends, hope you are having a great day today!
Over at the Craft Barn it's Andy Skinner week and I made a couple of cards
Both use Andy's stamp set Winters Tale and I also used Andy's alcohol ink technique on the first, there are many more examples of his great stamps on the Craft Barn Blog.

Here I've stamped onto a chipboard tag and used some Fresco paints, nice surface for stamping!
All week there have been some brilliant samples on the Craft Barn Blog, if you have a minute you might like to check it out:0)
There is free p&p on the Craft Barn website this weekend

This weekend we are offering free postage on all UK orders from 6pm today (Friday) to 8am on Monday.

For our EU customers it's free P&P if you spend over £20 and for the rest of the world it's free P&P if you spend over £30.

We have a brilliant new Calendar challenge!! Check it out, I think it's going to be loads of fun. Just click on the photo in my side bar and you will get all the deets.
I hope you get to enjoy this fab weather today and long may it last :0)

I used Winters tale and the Gothic set by Andy Skinner
Chipboard tag, Woodware
Fresco Paints by Paper Artsy
All the stamps, inks, paints and chipboard that I used are available at the Craft Barn Website