Friday 31 August 2012

Now I'm really late!

Hi folks, I hope you've had a good week?  It's been one of those messy weeks for me, didn't get much done! And now I'm late for one of my favourite challenges LIM many apologies ladies.

A recipe this week, three of something, two of something and 1 of something :0) and without further ado, my cards

The first is using my prize from July, wonderful WOW embossing powders

3 Embossing powders ( Black Twinkle, Metallic Silver Sparkle and White twinkle )
2 Colours blue and black
1 Sentiment

This is also for Rudolph day over at Stamping for pleasure  nearly didn't make this one either, sorry Sarn :0)

 By clicking on this pic you can see how glittery they are :0)

My next card,
I tree/ stamp
2 Layers
3, techniques, Stamping, masking, sponging

I can add more details if anyone would like just let me know, hugs Gay xxx

Sunday 26 August 2012

Candy at the Craft Barn!!!

Hello my crafty friends, just thought you might like a heads up, over at the Craft Barn there is a lovely candy on offer!! Celebrating 1160 followers YAY!!!

Just Click HERE or on the link in my side bar to check it out, Good Luck!!!

Saturday 25 August 2012

Tick tock, that'll be a clock!

Hello and welcome, it's Saturday and the start of the weekend. The weatherman wasn't very positive with his predictions, rain and more rain I certainly hope he's wrong.
This weekend I've made a card all about clocks,  I love the image of the clock face peeking out from behind, it's a cute clock, I  have a bit of a thing about clock faces and am very particular about which ones I really like.........this one certainly pleases me LOL

Well there you have my clock card. Over at the Craft Barn blog the design team have been playing with Tando clocks and all their lovely hard work is  available for you to peruse, I'm sure they would love it if you popped over to check it out :0)
Thank you to everyone who left me comments about my last post on my  father's glassine, I will be coming to your blog soon, it's been a bit busy here with family stuff. I'm just catching up but I would like to say what a lovely response I had! Thank you all for such kind comments, you are a lovely bunch :0) hugs Gay xxx
Update, I'm so sorry, your comments are getting through but I don't post them until I've time to reply and at the moment I have a house full of family and won't be able to answer them until tomorrow, thanks to you all, will catch up soon my friends!! :0) Gay xx

Here is what I used
CI-305 Clock stamps and CI Minatures People and Places book

Our special offer this week:
10% off Tando Creative clocks
in the offer code box as you go through checkout

Also some great news.............................................

It's a Bank Holiday weekend and to celebrate
from 6pm on Friday until midnight on Monday it's
for EU customers postage is free on orders over £30 and
for the Rest of the world shipping is free on orders over £50

Thursday 23 August 2012

Tearing for LIM

Hello everybody,
Welcome, lovely to see you, pull up a chair if you have a minute, grab your favourite tipple and let's have a chin wag! Gosh that's an old saying one from my childhood, I'm reminiscing a lot today :0)

Today I made a card for LIM where Chrissie and Mandi the lovely divas in residence have challenged us to create a card with some tearing on it!

My tearing has been done on the piece of Glassine that's behind the clock, That piece of glassine is really precious, my father made it! More details further down the page if you're interested. I embossed it and tore it then layered it over the stamped image. From a piece of gold holographic card I cut out a Tim Holtz die, the clock. Another TH stamp for the clock face!My sentiment is from Whimsy stamps
Thanks for dropping in, Gay xxx

My Dad's Glassine
Dad has been gone for many years now but he worked as a Calender Man in a papermill, a job that required quite some skill in handling the great rolls of paper as they moved up or down the massive rollers to dry or be treated in some way. He would often check the paper's progress with his hands and he had almost smooth as glass but rock hard callouses on them. He told me that Glassine was the finest paper that they made and he brought some home just to show me, now that must have been about 35 or more years ago so it's very precious to me!

I was surprised when a certain Mr Holtz started a line of Glassine products but his is dyed brown and opaque as you can see my Dad's was translucent and as fine as the best vellum :0) I think this was quite an achievement because I remember him telling me all about it and he didn't often talk about his work at all. Shift work, often 12hour shifts made him grumpy at times and I can remember having to play quietly so that he could sleep during the day, with three young girls, my sisters and I probably made his getting and staying asleep really hard.

He didn't make the glassine alone, it was just one of the products the mill produced but he seemed really proud of that one! I do have a whole pack of it and you would think that after all those years it would have yellowed but no it's still white. I hesitated to use it but what good is it stuck in the cupboard? No I think  he would have wanted it used :0)

A Twinchie for you?

Hello and welcome, It turned a bit chilly this evening. Mr Mustav says not but he's hard!!!!!! Have you got one of those? You know the type I mean, disagrees even if he knows you're right:0) And anyway I'm a woman I'm always right, right?

I made another Twinchie :0) Infectious little guys aren't they? So quick and easy,... not! I make Clean & Simple cards correct ? And these little twinchies take me for ever, it seems the smaller they are the more detail I need, it doesn't make much sense!

This time I've gone for vintage and the theme at Show us your Twinchies is 'Add a Flower' Well I have but it's a tiny one, a small punch with perfect pearls for the centre. The team have made some gorgeous samples, pop over and take a look if you have a minute:0)

 This pic shows the real colours, in daylight, the first (artificial light) is almost yellow by comparison
The stamps are by Oxford Impressions, Regency Fashion, and as often is the case I bought mine from The Craft Barn! Have fun my friends, Gay xxx

Saturday 18 August 2012

Hi Folks, It's Saturday!! Yippee, start of the weekend the weather man says it's gonna be a good one,  hope you have something good planned? Me? I've made a little frame and a card!

 This little picture was made with an Artemio 10cm frame, painted and a little Graphic 45 paper added. The tiny bird from Tando was painted with Fresco paint and stamped with Artemio stamps.

 My card was an idea that came from the tiny bug climbing the grass, I wondered about his routine before he left his house LOL Check it out LOL Just goes to prove you just never know what goes on behind the scenes right? LOL

This week we have been showcasing the Artemio stamps the whole DT have made lovely samples over on the Craft Barn blog
Thank you for dropping in, I hope your weekend is fabulous, hugs Gay xx

I used 
Tando Little bird from the Mini Birds and Branches
Artemio stamps Hedgerow plants (on his wings and throat)
Fresco Finish paints: Little Black Dress, Haystack and Cinnamon.
Frant-age Aged Gold embossing powder

Artemio Hedgerow plants
Crafty secrets Bugs Life
Judikins Micro Glaze to protect the paints.

This week there is 10% off ARTEMIO stamps on the website
just type ARTEMIO 10 into the offer code box as you go through checkout

Tuesday 14 August 2012


Well I don't usually do pink :0) But there is a new challenge on the block called In The Pink and my lovely blogging buddy Sylvia from Poppy's Papercraft Patch is co host so how could I not join in? So I'm wishing Christine and Sylvia the very best for their new challenge!
My attempt at a pink card

I'm sure you can do a whole lot better LOL
I used
Tim Holtz stamps Fabulous flourishes and Papillon
Lots of spun sugar DI and a little helping of watercolour pencil in................ pink of course!!LOL
I hope you like!!!Gay xxx

Monday 13 August 2012

Fur and Feathers?

Hi, hello and a very warm welcome, Gosh what a night, we didn't finish watching the Olympic closing ceremony until 1am, loved it!  Did you watch? I hope you liked it, it was really quite British!

Today I've made a card for LIM 80 and this week Chrissie and Mandi have challenged us to make a one layer card with fur or feathers. Lots of opportunities with this one:0)
My card is of the feathered kind..............
 I kiss stamped the heron with another stamp to get some detail on him. Then masked  and inked through a mask and removed the mask to ink again
I used
Katzelkraft Stamp
Impression Obsession  Stamp 
Thank you for looking in, Gay xxx

Over at the Craft Barn there is a great new challenge, click HERE to check it out! Who wouldn't want £20 to help with new crafting goodies?

Friday 10 August 2012

OLW 100 whoo hoo!!!

Hi folks, It's a lovely warm summer's day here, I hope you're enjoying good weather where you are!
One Layer Wednesday is 100 posts old,  the challenge is at Cheryl's this week and the challenge is
Rules for OLW100

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

2. Make a card using transportation as your theme. Remember to keep embellishments to a minimum and NO ADDITIONAL LAYERS of card stock.
(There are more [rules, not layers LOL] on Cheryl's blog )

Here is my card

 I used
Tim Holtz Stamps, Purely Random and 7Gypsies Collections from the Journey, ink-Travel
A very small swipe of Pan pastels, Bright Yellow Green Tint and Phtalo Green Tint ( Oh! please tell me does anyone know how you pronounce that? )

If you are here to check out the colours that I used in my Twinchie?
They were
Mustard Seed
Picked Raspberry and..........................the blue was

Peacock Feathers      :0)  Didn't they blend well? I thought so LOL.

No-one got it perfectly right but Shirley was the first with two correct guesses, so the ink pad goes to her, please let me know your snail mail address Shirley :0) I will get that off to you toot sweet!!!!

Don't forget to check out the SALE over at the Craft Barn there are some real bargains to be had..................
We are gearing up for Christmas now and we have been buying loads of new goodies for you so we have arranged a massive sale to tempt you and (hopefully!) help us create some space.
The sale starts on line from 9am on Friday (10th) &
in store from 9:30am Saturday (11th)
for one week only

Have a lovely weekend folks, hugs Gay xxx

Wednesday 8 August 2012

Bright twinchie and a little competition for you!

 Hello and welcome, I'm back just like that penny ( hopefully not the bad penny:{ ) I keep rolling back LOL
Today I have joined in with a new twinchie 2"x2" and the theme is Bright Colours over at the 'Show us your Twinchies Challenge'
Well it certainly is colourful!
I used the new old Tim Holtz stamps, classics number three.
I also used 3 ink pads they were distress inks, can you name those ink pads?? A little competition for you, if you name them correctly, the first person to tell me the correct pads will win a brand new unopened spiced marmalade ink pad, my email address is at the top of the page or leave a comment here :0)
Good luck and I wonder how long till it gets snapped up :0) Gay xxx

Monday 6 August 2012

LIM blue and green and Yippee, I won!!!!

Hello my friends, A very happy (and long, sorry) post from me today, brilliant Olympic results for the UK so far, well done to everyone of our competitors, fabulous effort!!! China and USA have done pretty well too LOL
AND I won over at Less is More, the prize for the month of July wahooo!!!! Lucky lucky me and a very big thank you to Chrissie and Mandi, my prize is 12 WOW embossing powders!

They are brilliant embossing powders and I can't wait to check them out :0)
On to this weeks challenge which is.....................................
As it is the first of the month and colour we have chosen
Blue & Green
There is an old saying
Blue & Green should not be seen, Unless there's a colour inbetween!
In this day and age no colour combo is taboo, in some cases the wilder the better.

I chose a new stamp by La Blanche, I love it :0) Blue and green distress inks blended and then the image stamped in olive StaZon. The sentiment is from Whimsy Inspirations stamps.

I would love to just Thank every one of the lovely people who have left me comments here and on the LIM blog, I'm so grateful for all your support so a big THANKYOU from me mwah!!! Gay xxx
I have included a few shots of my gorgeous girlies and some of the happy times that we enjoyed on holiday in Cornwall the first week of the school holidays.

Saturday 4 August 2012

A gift for a friend!

 Hi Folks, welcome to my Craft Barn post for this week! We have been using Stampbord on the blog all week and my teamies have made beautiful examples :0)

I made a box and a card this week, how I covered the box and made the embellishments is on the blog.
Our special offer linked to Stampbord
Spend £30 on Stampbord and accessories between July 30th and August 5th and get a £5 voucher back
(you will find it in your parcel)
Thank you for visiting, Have a lovely weekend, hugs Gay x
I used: