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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Kraft and Slate??

Morning folks!

Time to get all festive again with a little something for the Merry Monday Christmas Card Challenge

When I saw this week's theme I must admit I wasn't filled with inspiration.  Hmmm .... Kraft card with slate (grey)???  Wouldn't be my first choice for Christmas cards I must say.  But ...... having had a play, and finally finding the perfect stamp for the job (I think) I really like the results ...... in fact, the more I look at it, the more I like it!

I don't use grey cardstock that much but after this challenge it's now on my favourites list.  I think it works so well with the little wintery scene from Hero Arts,  and the touch of Kraft is a really nice contrast ..... thanks ladies at MM ..... great colour combo!

I stamped the image onto white cardstock, using Smokey Grey Versafine Ink,  and just added a touch of Crystal Glamour Dust

The sentiment on the bottom is from Tim Holtz's Deco Christmas (CMS176) and has been stamped using Versamark then embossed with Silver powder

A bit of mat and layering using the colours from the challenge theme, and of course something on the inside to match ....

and the job's done!   Another one for the Christmas card box!

I won't be making Christmas cards today ....... I've got to knuckle down and get on with all the outstanding DT stuff!  I really should have been in the old craft room yesterday but it was such a nice day it was a shame to waste it.

It's nearly 3 years since we moved to the island and would you believe yesterday was the first time that we'd been up to the top of Snaefell, the highest mountain on the Isle of Man. 
There's a well known saying on the island that on a clear day, from the top you can see the seven kingdoms ..... that's England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, the Isle of Man, Heaven and Mannanan - the Sea
We took the easy way up there and hopped onto one of the trams .......

There's lots to see on the way up there ......

Alex was fascinated by the paragliders, and watched as we got higher and higher

Finally we reached the top ...... it was quite hazy so we couldn't actually see the 7 Kingdoms clearly .....

There's a plaque at the summit pointing out the directions, and distances of them all ...... we're only 31 miles from the closest point ....... the Mull of Galloway in Scotland ....... not far at all.

In a few more weeks this road will be full of motorbikes travelling at top speeds for the TT Races
You can just see the Bungalow down there, which is where we started out from ....

Of course a certain little man had to get as high as he possibly could ......

Here he is stood on the obelisk that indicates the true mountain summit ..... 2036ft above sea level.

After coffee and a nice piece of chocolate cake in the summit cafe (well .... it is Easter after all!) we boarded the tram and made our way down again

As the sun was still shining we finished the day at Laxey Beach ...... finding the perfect stones for skimming across the sea ....

And we even saw the Ben sailing in towards Douglas Bay ..... what a nice day!

Oh well, things to do, people to see and all that.  Hopefully I'll get into the old craft room this afternoon and I'm not coming out until something on the list is finished ..... it could be a lonnnng day!!

Thanks for popping by ....

Have a lovely weekend ....... Cheerio until next time


Friday, 18 April 2014

Another week over .........

Happy Good Friday!

Where did the rest of the week go!?
Oh well, we've got a nice long weekend to look forward to .... the sky is blue, and the sun is shining, lets hope we all get a nice Easter weekend.

I will have to spend some time in the old craft room over the next few days though ..... serves me right for gallivanting this week I suppose ...... out for dinner one evening, two days on craft workshops, an afternoon with the little man and of course I had to go and find the Easter Eggs ..... I've had a lovely week!

It's not all been out and about though .... I have ventured into the old craft room now and again.
Over at Less is More it's One Layer Card Week ........ and the theme is all about

Shadow Stamping

There are several ways of doing this technique ...... using embossing powder as a resist, re-stamping without re-inking, or simply stamping the same image again using a lighter shade of ink ...... this is how I created my 'shadow' image

I masked off the top section of a 7x5 cardblank and used Distress Inks to colour the background (Spun Sugar & Shaded Lilac).  With the mask still in place, I did my favourite trick with the water to remove some of the colour, then stamped the beautiful daisies silhouette (Daisy Fields by Inkylicious), first using the Shaded Lilac Distress Ink, followed by Imperial Purple Versafine, only this time I moved the stamp slightly to the right, and up a bit, to create the shadow.  Inkylicious stamps are clear ploymer so it's easy to see where you're placing them

Using a score board, I embossed some decorative lines underneath the stamped panel and added a sentiment from Tim Holtz's Simple Sayings stamp set ....... OLC no problem!!

I also got around to making something for myself this week ...... and it's actually useful too .....

This MDF piece has been in my stash FOR EVER!!!  Finally I got around to doing something with it this week.  Actually .... I was fed up of moving it to get at other stuff so as I had some time on my hands I got out the paints ..... PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Irish Coffee and Nougat

and some pretty scrapbooking paper .......

And it's now sitting in my kitchen, where it should be ....

Poached or scrambled?  On a toasted muffin maybe, with smoked salmon ....... mmmmm, I think that's lunch sorted!

Enjoy the Easter break .......

Thanks for popping by.  Cheerio until next time.


Saturday, 12 April 2014

Time for a little Merry Monday .....

Happy weekend folks,

I should have kept my mouth shut about the weather warming up ....... I don't know where the sun's gone this morning, but he's definitley NOT here.  We've got grey clouds, and the wind's blowing again ..... oh well, I suppose it could all change by lunchtime, it is the Isle of Man after all.

It's that time of the week to get all festive feeling again ..... time for a Christmas card for Merry Monday

This week the challenge is ....... use a snowman

What do you think of this little guy? ........

He's from Inkadinkadoo and he's been in my stamp stash FOR-EVER!! 

I've gone for the CAS look again (it's becoming a bit of a habit now!!) but ... I do believe it's the way to go when making batch cards, which is what I think this design will turn into at some point.  I can't believe that most of my Christmas cards, if not all of them, are going to be done BEFORE the beginning of December!

I stamped the sentiment across the bottom of a piece of white cardstock using a red Archival ink - it's from a fab little Hero Arts cling set called  Miracle of the Holiday.
The little guy was then stamped above and the wintery scene was created in the background.  All I used was a touch of Weathered Wood Distress ink sponged along the edge of a bit of copier paper cut into the shape of hills.

The little Christmas Tree (from a set of Clarity minatures) was then stamped with the paper mask still in place and I added a few dots of crystal glitter for the snow

His scarfetc., and the little robin have been coloured using Copic markers.   And of course ....... don't forget the inside .....

It's the Big Stamp & Scrapbooking Show this weekend down at Ally Pally ..... 2 fabulous days of crafty retail therapy.  Unfortunately I'm not going this year (sigh!) but if any of you are lucky enough to be making the trip .... enjoy!  Spend loads and get lots of fabulous new stash.

With over 50 of the top craft retailers there you'll find loads of brand new goodies to tempt you I'm sure.  Pop by the IndigoBlu stand and say 'Hi' to Kay and the gang .... Kay will be demonstrating all the latest stamps and products to hit the IndigoBlu range, giving you lots of tips and techniques on how to get the best from your stash. Have fun!

Well that's it from me this week ...... I'm looking forward to another nice relaxing weekend.  A bit of shopping in town this morning, some time in the craft room this afternoon perhaps, then we've got dinner out this evening.  No cooking for me tonight, hubby and I are off to a place called L'Experience  at the end of Douglas prom ....... great food and good wine. Should be a nice evening.

Thanks for popping by today, enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Cheerio until next time .....


Friday, 11 April 2014

Bottles (part 2) ...... the latest Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge

Good morning everyone,

Happy Friday ...... it's time for a quick reminder that the current Take It, Make It Challenge over on the Craft Stamper Blog is up and running.  Have you got your entry in yet?  Need a bit more inspiration?  Well .... hopefully I can help.

The theme for this month is all about ...... Bottles.  It could be anything from an altered bottle, to a card made using a bottle rubber stamp.  Design your own label for a bottle or make a bottle tag.  Use small bottles/vials as the focal point on your project, or you could even make your own bottles from acetate ..... the choice is up to you.

Here's my second inspiration piece for you .......

A cute little wall hanging using one of my favourite Lavinia stamps ...... the beautiful Tree Goddess 'Luna'.  Have you spotted the Bottle?

I started with a plain grungeboard page from a mini book.  I covered one side using a patterned paper, then did a touch of stamping around the edge using the Lavinia Vine stamp .....

For the other side I took some white card stock and printed those famous words from Peter Pan using the computer.  I then attached this to the grungeboard, and cut around the edge.

Using Distress Inks I added some colour and then stamped around the edge using the Vine stamp again.

On a seperate piece of white card, using a mask to create the moon, and Distress Inks to add the colour, I created the backdrop for the fairy.

She was then stamped using Black Versafine ink, and I added the leaves again around the edges, using first and second generation stamping.
I also added a touch of 'fairy dust' in there too.

Her wings have been stamped again onto acetate, cut out, fine glitter added to the underside and then attached over the stamped image to give a bit of dimension.

The edge of the card has had the IndigoBlu Flitter Glu and flake treatment .... one of my favourite techniques for adding the look of an extra layer without using another piece of card  .......... I've just run my phat foam, with Flitter Glu on, around the edge of the card then dipped them into the Mega Flakes - I've used Manchester Tart for this particular project.  Dust of the excess then finish with the scoochy in the usual way. Cool eh! It frames the stamped scene beautifully I think.
It was then mat onto a piece of black cardstock and attached to the front of the covered grungeboard.  Everything was finished off by adding the all important little bottle full of fairy dust.

I added some wire to the top to hang it by, and thread on a few crystal beads for a touch of sparkle.

And there you have it .... another idea for using bottles on your craft projects.   Check out today's post over on the Craft Stamper blog for more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Are you feeling inspired to enter the challenge yet?  Go on, give it a go ..... you could be our next winner and get your hands on this month's fabulous prize - 4 pots of Luminarte Silks Acrylic Glaze! from this months sponsors Artist Trading Post.  You get to choose which colours you want too ...... which could prove a little difficult - there's 72 delicious shades to choose from.
Not only that ....... the winning entry will be published in the Craft Stamper Magazine, AND the Challenge winner will also be offered a Guest spot on a future challenge! Sounds good to me!
You have until midnight on Wednesday 23rd April to get your entries ...... don't forget to follow the rules though ...... you can find these on the Challenge post

Good luck!

Thanks for looking.  Enjoy the rest of your Friday and have a lovely weekend.

Cheerio until next time


Thursday, 10 April 2014

A touch of Turquoise .......

Happy Thursday,

What a lovely day we've had over here, the sun's been shining and it felt as though it was warming up nicely (oops .... the weekend's coming, maybe I should have kept my mouth shut!)

In case any of you were wondering, I've taken a little time off from some of my DT commitments (don't worry I'll be back in full swing next month ..... you don't get rid of me that easy!)  so things are not quite as frantic as usual in the old craft room.  It's so nice to be able go in there and just play.  In saying that though, I haven't really done much playing ........ I'm keeping up with my favourite Blog Challenges though.

This week's Less Is More theme is a colour challenge .....

A Touch of Turquoise

What do you think? .........

I'm trying to use some of that 'never seen the light of day' stash that's been sat around for forever..... this lovely stamp being part of it!

Don't ask me why it's never been used before .......... because I think it's gorgeous, so simple but elegant. It's called 'dreamy' and it's from Penny Black's range of cling stamps.

I've stamped it onto white card using the Forget-Me-Not Archival ink from the brand new Wendy Vecchi range (love these colours!) and Cactus Green, one of the colours from the range of small Stazon ink pads

I added a touch of glitter to the flower head and a tiny gem stone for a bit of extra bling!

The sentiment is from an SU stamp set, and has been stamped in Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi range again) and then it's been cut away using an oval punch.

The panel was then mat onto a piece of turquoise card stock, using foam pads to add a bit of depth.
I added a touch of colour to the edge of the sentiment using Tumbled Glass Distress Ink, and then attached it through the oval aperture.

Job done!

I'm back on Grandma duties this evening, the little man is staying overnight. We've just been down to the local park for an half an hour so he's tired himself out (me as well!!)  It's now Grandad's turn to sit and watch a DVD with him before he goes off to the land of nod!  In fact, it's gone a little quiet down there ..... I wouldn't be surprised if Grandad hasn't nodded off as well .... it wouldn't be the first time ...... Zzzzz! I'd better go and check.

Thanks for popping by ..... Cherrio until next time.


Monday, 7 April 2014

On Yer Bike!!!


Well .... that's Monday over with.  I hope your week's got off to a good start.

It's not been a bad day at all here, lots of jobs done ...... samples finished, boxed up and sent, DT project done for later in the week, birthday card posted and the craft room is tidy - ready to start again tomorrow.

Here's the last of my projects, as promised, from the IndigoBlu Secret Retreat back in March ......

What a way to finish off 3 fabulous craft filled days ..... decorating this cool Penny Farthing from Prima.

I gave mine a quick dry brushing with a coat of Gee-Sso Good, follwed with some of the IndigoBlu Paints.

You can see we used the Fran-tage again ..... love the effects you can get with this product

The scene inside was created by stamping onto layers of acetate then cutting away the excess.  Working from the back, starting with the photo on the inside of the door, the layers were then attached inside the frame each one slightly forward of the last.  some had quite a few layers inside, I kept mine to four .... the photo (one of my favourtites of the little man with hubby), then the words.  Next was a layer with the grasses stamped across the bottom and I finished off with the fence from one of the sheets of Altered Egos.

I added some metal embellishments, and paper flowers

You can see I've stamped onto some of the Altered Egos to add a bit more interest ....... they take colour and ink so well.  My tip is too colour the whole sheet, before you take any of the shapes out, they're easier to handle, and let them dry completely.  You can use a heat tool, just don't let them get too hot!

Well, that was the IndigoBlu Secret Retreat - March 2014. 
Does it look like fun?  Do you fancy joining in with the next one?  Well, the dates have been set ...... for the end of October/beginning of November ....... don't leave it too long though, I believe they're filling up FAST! Check out the website for details or ring the girls at IndigoBlu HQ,  I'm sure they'll tell you what you need to know, and I'll see you there.

Over the weekend there was a rather nice, very expensive looking, large yacht called the Luna moored in Douglas Bay. Little did I know who it belonged too ........

photos from Google
I might have taken a bit more notice if I'd have known ........ Apparently it belongs to Roman Abramovich .... the owner of Chelsea FC!!!  It's a 114 metre 'Super Yacht' and was purchased by Abramovich in 2010 for a ridiculous amount of money  - £115 million!!  How the other half live or what!!

Must dash ..... there's a chinese takeaway just arrived and it's got my name on it!!!  Nom Nom!

Thanks for popping by, enjoy your evening.

Cheerio until next time


Sunday, 6 April 2014

It's a puzzle ......

Happy Sunday folks,

How's your weekend been?
I said I'd be back to show you another of the projects I did a couple of weeks ago, on the IndigoBlu Secret Retreat 
The re-run of the retreat will have come to a close now.   Another group of satisfied crafters will be packing up their stash and getting ready to head off home.

This is what Day 2 was all about ......

We created a beautiful frame that had a jigsaw puzzle attached ..... cool eh!

There was a re-cap on all the techniques used on Day 1 .... paints, texture paste, stencils etc. ..... with the addition of Fran-tage ...... love this product!!

We'd been told to take black and white photos with us, and we used these to make the focal point in the frame ...

The detail behind is made up of self adhesive canvas, that we coloured using the paints and stamps, then cut it into pieces and arranged inside the frame.  We added in some of the Altered Egos along with metal and resin embellishments from the new Prima range (the angles and cherubs are just adorable)

The whole thing is so dimensional and full of texture.

The large jigsaw pieces were coloured to match, and arranged around the edge of the frame ......

The words, and the sea weed, are from the brand new Under the Sea stamp set from IndigoBlu.  I believe this is one of the new stamp sets launching on Create & Craft later this month .... watch out for the show times.

Well, that was another busy day over with.  One more to go ....... I'll be back tomorrow to show you what we got up to on the final day of the retreat.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy your Sunday evening.  The day's ending a lot better than it started over here .... the rain has finally stopped, and we might just get a nice sunset you never know.  I don't know what I'm getting excited about though, there'll be no romantic stroll along the prom this evening .....  I've got an overdue appointment with the iron  (oh joy!)

Cheerio until next time........

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