Tuesday 28 February 2012

Stampotique in the Pink!!

Well I can't believe this but  I'm still here they haven't disconnected us yet, I bet they do before I get to post this.................:0) Well maybe not! ( I'm getting a new internet supplier and may not be around for a week or so, I will be back as soon as I am able)

Hi there!, here is my card for the Stampotique designers challenge, this time it's purple pink, and black! A very nice colour combo:0)

I got really messy and inky today but you're not going to see the mess I made, I should rephrase that, you wouldn't want to see the mess I made LOL
 Stampotique's cute characters lend themselves to being cut up and grouped together, I did enjoy making this.
Thanks for stopping!! Gay x

Rudolph day !!

Hi there everyone,  I'm getting in quick before they cut me off:0) A quick post for Rudolph day at Sarn's
I'm a bit late but feel it's probably better late than never LOL

 This little Santa is a lot of fun, I love the whole idea of "you have to be good for pressies!!"
Talk about bribery and corruption LOL. Santa was coloured in copics and Diamond glaze added to the lights, hope you like!

I hope to be back soon, Gay x

I used a stamp from a company that's ceased trading for the Santa and the lights are from Stamps by Judith.
PTI sentiment

Sunday 26 February 2012

OLW 80 and awful internet !!

Hi there everybody, I am fed up!! I've had no internet since Friday and basically it's driven me nuts although I got a lot more done LOL
 I hope you are having a great weekend:0)
Over at Susan's blog Simplicity she has set us a challenge that goes like this,

 OLW80 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single layer of card stock folded in half. No other layers allowed.

2. Use two colors PLUS two images PLUS masking. Sentiments, if included, must be in one of the two colors.

3. Keep embellishments to a minimum.

4. Upload your card somewhere on the internet and then link to it using the InLinkz tool on the sidebar of Simplicity!

5. Most importantly, HAVE FUN!!!

Well I had a go and I had fun. There's just one cat on the stamp sheet so I used my brayer to do the mirror image and on this card it's not immediately obvious that it needed masking but I wanted a background so I masked the little cats, you can just see the shape through the post its, I just had a thought......fancy if they made transparent post its now wouldn't that be grand???

 I hope to post my Rudolph day card a little later, if we still have internet :0) Sorry Sandra, I'm late!!!
And I'm going to try and visit, you have left me so many lovely comments, Thanks so much,. Gay xx

I used
Stamps by Paper Smooches, Chubby Chums.

 Edited to say, I will probably not be around much , my connection is dreadful and on Tuesday will be switched off completely,. So Wednesday BT come ( if we're lucky!!) To connect us again for the telephone but not to their internet that won't be for 1 maybe even 2 weeks but by then we're off for a holiday break! It may be quite a while till I get back to see you again, don't forget me folks LOL

Saturday 25 February 2012

A little vintage shabby?

Hello and welcome to Saturday here on my blog and also at the Craft Barn, we have been a bit vintagy! I have attempted, vintage and simple? Well I tried LOL

I had a lot of fun doing this card, I love taking cards to the bare minimum and here I hoped to suggest vintage rather than show it and these dies are just brilliant! A lot of detail around the edge suggests a doily, to me :0)
This next card is using one of the motif dies from the same Spellbinders set . I'm totally hooked on these lovely shapes. All the details of these cards are on the Craft Barn blog and the stuff I used is available at the Craft Barn online
Thanks for stopping to have a look, I hope you have a wonderful weekend, Gay xx
 p.s Still having massive problems with my internet so I may have to rely on some scheduled posts and I hope you will forgive me if I can't respond. Rest assured I will be back! Said in good  'ol Arnie fashion LOL!

Thursday 23 February 2012

I have Candy for you

Hee hee, I've got candy for you,  if you are a follower, no strings attached just be one of my lovelies and you qualify, as long as I can reach you if you win that is:0) Details at the top of my blog, Good luck my friends, Gay xxx

Sunday 19 February 2012

More Die Cutting?

Hello and welcome, I hope you've had a great weekend. Today I have made a card for LIM 55 which is all about
                               Punches or Die Cuts

I've been stamping and spraying and cutting all afternoon, loads of fun! I really enjoy the LIM challenges, all clean and simple, just fun:0) The shimmer just doesn't show, the light was very difficult today, bright sunshine (whooppee!!) made for too much contrast and my poor camera couldn't cope :{

 Right, Thank you for visiting my blog! I'm now off to have something to eat and when I come back I hope that I will have better service from my Interenet provider because it's been pants all day long and has taken me forever to do this post this evening, I am very hungry now! Hopfully  I'll be at your blog soon and checking out your wonderful creations :0) Here's wishing you a brilliant week, Gay x

I used:
Mini Tattered Flowers, Movers and Shapers, Tim Holtz
Sentiment from PTI
Hero Arts Stencil Flower
Cosmic Shimmer Mist Pearl Mist  and  the smallest amount of Golden Mint!
I bought mine at the Craft Barn

Update, Monday Evening;
I have tried the whole day to connect to the internet and have had no luck till tonight, I'm sorry  I will try and visit soon, Thanks for all your lovely comments.  

We are going to change our internet provider and face 1 or two weeks without internet service and perhaps loosing our telephone number. At home here we are  so fed up with the service we are getting a sacrifice may be called for! What the big companies don't explain when you leave BT is that to get a BT line (which we need for another provider)  an engineer has to come to your house and physically reconnect you. That can be expensive and of course you have to join a queue! Oh I'm so sorry for the rant but I needed to get that off my chest.
Now I'm off to catch up and I really hope my connection stays live TTFN Gay x

Saturday 18 February 2012

Dies cutting at the Craft Barn

Happy Saturday and welcome here! Over at the Craft Barn we have been die cutting like crazy.  All the team came up with brilliant examples, I was lacking inspiration so I hunkered down and concentrated mmmmmmmmmmm I hope you like what I made,
I was thinking Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Arabian nights, Scheherazade,(baggy pants tee hee) get the picture? 
LOL Well I tried LOL 

 My team mates have thought of some totally brilliant ways to use dies and put me to shame LOL
Check them out here
I used
Spellbinders Fancy Tags
Tim Holtz stamps
Lace stamp fom Katzelkraft

Wednesday 15 February 2012

OLW 79 Stamp, stamp, stamp!

Good morning to you, I'm glad that you've stopped here:0)

I have been playing in my craft room again and made a card for the Simplicity Challenge that is OLW, This week it's at Jennifer's and the  challenge in Jennifer's own words is,

"The challenge this week is to make a one-layer card using as many different stamps as you can. You must use at least three;  more is better!"

I used Gel-a-tins, Chocolate stamps and a little Inkadinkadoo clear stamp, Chocolate Therapy.

I make the count for stamps here to be 7 different in total Yay !! This was fun, see you later, Gay x

Losing Google friend connect?

Hi there crafty friends, it seems we are losing the google friend connect facility on the 29th of February I think it affects Wordpress and other blogging formats. I've signed up for the new Mr Linky Followers button, please sign up if you would like to stay following me:0) There is more information available HERE and thanks go to Daisy Mae (Viv) for reminding me I needed to do this LOL

Monday 13 February 2012

LIM 54 Crikey! One layer and Stripes!

Hi folks, After a weekend with hardly any internet I'm so happy to be back up and running today. I hope your weekend was a good one?

It was so sad this weekend to learn of Whitney Houston's untimely death, the world is a poorer place without her fabulous singing. We are loosing so many of our shining talents.

I have made a card for the LIM 54Challenge which this week is for a one layer card withstripes.
I thought you might like to see how it was masked to achieve this stripy look so I included the photos of the process, The image was stamped in two colours of Versafine, Onyx black and vintage Sepia and then more depth of colour with copics.

 A card for a chap, I'm practising and by golly I need it LOL Men's cards are difficult for me. Hope you have a great day, TTFN xx
I used:
Stamp by Paper Artsy, Gentleman plate 1
Stripes stamp by Impression Obsession, Thin Stripes Cover a Card

Saturday 11 February 2012


Good morning, I hope you're having a good morning!
Yep that's right, we've been modelling, at the Craft Barn LOL Using modelling products that is.
My first project is a ceramic frame. I used Modrock, which is  plaster of paris on a bandage! I dipped the Modrock in water to moisten then moulded into the shape of  waves which I painted and bingo.......... 3D movement on my frame, loads of fun :0)
Here I've used a photograph of my grand daughter having a moment at the beach LOL

 Next, and for the first time ever, I have used Pardo jewellery clay. It's lovely stuff, so easy to use just like fimo but the colours and effects are similar to what you would find in jewellery.  Mine was Mother of Pearl  (white with a subtle sheen) Onyx (black) with Glitter.

I made some cufflinks. More examples of modelling at the Craft Barn blog and all the products I used are at the Craft Barn website
and on the blog The little jewellery box is on the website too! Here

 It was great to branch out and try something new and although a bit daunting at first I'm glad I had a bash. Here the design on the onyx cufflinks is the impression from the top of an embossing pen, it had nice even ridges, you can just about make it out on the pic.

Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend, Gay xxx

p.s don't forget the AJ challenge on the Craft Barn blog it's all good fun and closes on the 25th Feb, Good Luck:0) 

Friday 10 February 2012

OLW 78 Circles !!

Hello my crafting friends, I hope it warms up soon, I'm a bit of a chilly mortal at the best of times:{ Lately I've been cold, cold, cold :{ Never mind the seasons come and go and soon it will be spring:0)
In the meantime over at Simplicity Susan has challenged us to come up with a one layer card with at least 5 circles on it,

OLW78 Rules

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single sheet of card stock folded in half. No other layers of card stock allowed!

2. Use at least FIVE circles on your card. If you feel so inclined, one of them can be the card base itself, but do NOT use punched or die cut circles!

3. Upload your card somewhere on the internet and link back to it here via the InLinkz button on the sidebar.

4. The most important rule of all is to HAVE FUN!

I used a Crafters Workshop template, Mini Circle Explosion and Red Barn and Forest Berries DI inks. A stamp by Docrafts,
Just a little aside over on the Craft Barn we are running a Journal challenge this month  'Feb' it's all about hearts, we'd love to see a page with your hearts filled with things that you love, check it out HERE
There is a prize too :0)

I've been thinking about dropping my 'mustavcoffee' tag, not sure I need it anymore. What do you think? I'd love to know, if you have a minute :0) Thanks for dropping in, Gay x

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Another LIM in Aqua!

Hi my crafty friends, I'm baaack! Just love that colour, here is another offering for Less is More I'm also using the new blogger settings, ooeeerrr LOL here goes
I used the new Memory Box die, Quinn Flourish, mine was from the Craft Barn
I hope you like my card;0) I'm off to try and get warm this house is like a freezer today, going to light a fire methinks, love to watch the flames and listen to it crackle. I hope you're warm and cosy , Gay x

Tuesday 7 February 2012

Another OLW Bird :0)

Hi folks, I didn't realise how many bird stamps I have in my stash. Here is another card for OLW This time I hope it makes you smile, I love these little ducks and mum's expression
 Although you can't see it in the photo, I added diamond glaze to their beaks :0)
Here are the rules for OLW this week

1. A one-layer card is defined as a single piece of cardstock folded in half.
2. Make a one-layer birthday card incorporating at least one bird.
3. Please share your creation by posting your card online and then using  Inlinkz below to link to it.
4. Please make sure you are linking directly to the relevant post – not just to your blog.
5. Most important of all…HAVE FUN!

The stamp is called Ducks in a Row and from Whipper Snapper, the sentiment is 7 Gypsies and called Travel. I'll bet if you checked your stamps you'd find many birds in there! Have a wonderful day x

Monday 6 February 2012

An aqua bird?

Hello crafty people, lovely to see you here,:0) Just a quick post today for LIM and OLW. This has to be a good day it's the first time I've combined my entry for these very special challenges. LIM is I year old this week, Happy Birthday to LIM and OLW is at Jennifer's for the first time this year :0)
My offering is a one layer card with a bird for OLW and in aqua for LIM.
I used Basic Grey, Aviary stamps and Hobby Art sentiment and flowers.
Thank you for stopping to look and now I'm off to do a little peeking myself, TTFN X
p.s Click on the links above to take you to the challenges where all will be explained !

Saturday 4 February 2012

Metal and Acetate? Yes please!

Hi folks, me again:0) Some cards for the Craft Barn's metal and acetate focus this week. More inspiration from my team mates on the BLOG
 Acetate is a bit of a challenge to photograph:0)
A DL card from a sheet of 12 x 12 acetate, using Tim Holtz Dies and EF and copics to colour
 and another acetate card, TH dies and EF again this time with KatzKraft stamps, love the little angel writing he's cute!

 You should be able to make the pics bigger if you click on them.

 The back was difficult because everything was visible,  I covered the brads with card candy so that they matched.

Then I made a card with the KatzeKraft stamps and metal, I loved making this card!!!

The little guy reading is an absoloute delight and I love the sentiment, it's just so right!

Update; I just noticed on Hotmail it's National Libraries day, lucky coincidence :0)
I hope you liked my cards, more details on the Craft Barn Blog and I hope you have a wonderful Saturday, Gay x