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Friday, 22 May 2015

It's the weekend!!! .....

Happy Friday folks!

An early start for me again (yawn) ..... I've to be at the airport at 8am this morning so unfortunately  I haven't got a lot of time to chat.
In fact this is the start of a busy few weekends for us .... I'm away this weekend, it's hubby's turn next week ..... TT starts then too (that's soon come around!)  The weekend after that my brother is over here for a few days .... the beginning of race week.  Then it's the Summer Party where hubby works (always fun!) and we finish off with Senior Race Day (a bank holiday over here) on June 12th ..... phew!!!  Good job we've got a holiday booked for the 19th June ..... we're going to need it!!

Before all that gets underway, and the chaos begins ....... I want to get my entry in for this week's Merry Monday Christmas card challenge ......

Hmmm .... non-evergreen trees ......... will this do? ......

CAS .... but I'm pleased with the result'

I started by masking off a section down the side of a piece of white cardstock.  I then put another mask in place for the hills, and using a masking fluid and a paintbrush, I splattered the fluid across the piece of exposed card.  Once the fluid was dry, I added some colour with Distress Ink (Stormy Sky and a touch of Chipped Sapphire) to create the sky.  Once I as happy with the colour I rubbed away the dots of masking fluid leaving behind the white card underneath, giving the look of falling snow .......

I added a bit more shading down the rest of the panel to give the look of snow drifts and then removed the masks.
I stamped the little twiggy tree .... from Penny Black's clear stamp set ..... on the town ....... over to one side, to create my winter scene, and added a sentiment across the bottom

To finish off I added a touch of fine crystal glitter to the branches of the tree to add an icy sparkle

And of course there's a little something on the inside

Hope you like it.

Well .... I'm going to have to love you and leave you I'm afraid ...... I've got that plane to catch.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend.

Cheerio until next time


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Hello sunshine .......

Happy Thursday!

How's your week been?  I'm so looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend ...... a trip across to the UK to spend some time with my crafty buddy .... a workshop with the lovely, and very talented Maria Simms on Saturday (a little bit of a Clarity fix) then I'm back home in time to spend the Bank Holiday with hubby and the rest of the crew.

I haven't actually spent much time in the old craft room this week .... lots of other stuff getting in the way!   Including a nice afternoon in town with Lauren and the little man yesterday .... we decided to make the most of the nice weather.

Speaking of nice weather ....... the challenge this week over at Less is More, is all about sunshine.
It's Theme week and the theme is .....
Hello Sunshine 

With no time to spend in the old craft room ....... CAS was definitely the way to go .......

I used the Tim Holtz Rays stencil for my sunshine.  Inked using Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Wild Honey and a touch of Dried Marigold, masking off the bottom half of the card first.

I then added my words .....

And a sentiment to the inside ......

Nice and simple ..... but bright and cheery!

Thanks for popping by ...... sorry it's a bit short and sweet.  I've still a few jobs to do before I leave in the morning.  Can't leave Mount Ironing any longer I'm afraid ..... it'll be twice as big when I get back and I'm only away for two nights!!!!
I've got all evening though ....... it's just me and the little man and he's off to bed soon.  Hubby's out on some work thing.  His department are having an 'off site get together' and would you believe ...... they've gone to my favourite restaurant ..... WITHOUT ME!!!!  (sigh!)  He's got some serious making up to do next week I think!

Enjoy the rest of your Thursday.

Cheerio until next time


Tuesday, 19 May 2015

I've been colouring in again ........

Happy Tuesday!

Another short week for me this week ...... I'm off on another trip to the UK on Friday so I need to get my skates on and get sorted!  Lots to do, as usual, before I get on that plane.

Today's out though ..... it's crafting over in Ballaugh this afternoon ...... it's the third Tuesday of the month ...... Maggie's workshop, with time for a quick stop for coffee on the way.

Before I dash off to get my craft bags ready, I've got another card for you using my Spectrum Noir Pencils ...... I'm loving these at the moment (just ordered another set ..... sshhh! .... don't tell anyone!!)

Another of my current favourites ...... one of the latest stamps from Penny Black, this particular one is called demure ...... (it has a matching stencil too!)  They've just released a brand new collection called Sunshine and Smiles with even more gorgeous images ...... watch out for those!

I've stamped the flowers onto a piece of white cardstock and then used my Spectrum Noir pencils to colour each of the blooms

These pencils really do blend well .... with no effort at all, and the colours are gorgeous!

I added a touch of Distress ink around the edges and on to the background, spritzed with water to take some of the colour away and then, using a wet paint brush I splattered the background with even more ink (swiped the ink pad onto my craft sheet ..... spritzed the ink with water and used the brush to pick up the colour and splatter onto the card .... simple!)

Once the Distress Ink was dry I added a few more splatters over the top, this time using the Dylusions Ink Spray in White Linen ..... I love how some of the ink has landed onto the coloured flowers, adds a bit more interest.

I added a sentiment ......

And a little something on the inside ......

Another one for my card stash ...... it's building up nicely again.

Well I didn't get much time to spend in the old craft room over the weekend ..... it was parties, ice cream and playgrounds ...... all with the little man of course.
I think I must have over done the mint choc chip because I didn't feel too good yesterday ......... thought I was coming down with something but I'm fine this morning .... thankfully!  I can do without the lurgy paying a visit this week ...... I've got a workshop to go to at the weekend!!

Got to dash ...... Pyjamas and slippers is not a good look for the coffee shop!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 15 May 2015

Feeling inspired .....

Happy Friday to you!

Are you all looking forward to the weekend ....... I know I am!  I'm hoping to spend some time with one of my purchases from my little trip into town the other day ........

Yes ..... I've bought myself a colouring book it says on the front ......for grown-ups!!!
Although I doubt whether I will get time to play over the weekend ...... we've got the little man.  His mummy's having a weekend away in the lovely Lake District ...... alright for some!! (She's under strict orders to bring me back some Grasmere Gingerbread ...... she'd better not forget!)

Speaking of colouring .......I have been playing with my Spectrum Noir pencils lately and I must say I do like them.  I only have two of the sets ..... at the moment, but I think I'm going to have to get the rest of them ..... soon, especially if I get going with the colouring book.

Anyhow ...... I was recently inspired by an article from March's edition of Craft Stamper, by the very talented Kay Carley, on how to use the Spectrum Noirs .....

How gorgeous are these ........ using JOFY stamps onto Core-dinations cardstock.

Well ...seeing as how I had most of the products Kay had used I thought I'd give it a go.  Here's the result of an afternoon spent with my crafty buddies on one of our weekly get togethers, following Kay's step by steps .......

I used the beautiful Flourish stencil from Tim Holtz, to create the background ..... Milled Lavender Distress Ink onto the same shade of Core-dinations cardstock

Used the leaf stencil to draw round using a black fine liner pen, and stamped the JOFY flowers with Black Archival ink.

Then it was the fun part ..... adding the colour.  These pens blend so well ..... I started with the lightest shade first, all over the petals, then built up the colour gradually, using darker shades, one layer at a time ......

The white highlights are from a white gel pen, and I finished off by adding a little something on the inside .....

Not bad eh ..... thanks to the lovely Kay Carley of course!
The Spectrum Noirs are one of my favourite ways of adding colour at the moment ...... I'll definitely be using them more often.

Well that's it from me ........ Hubby's got the day off so I think we're off out.  We may just stop off somewhere nice for a spot of lunch, before we have to get the little man from pre-school at 3.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy your weekend, whatever you have planned.

Cheerio until next time


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Everything stops for tea .......

Happy Wednesday!

It's the middle of the week and time to get festive .......... yes it's Merry Monday time!!

If it's been anything like it has here today, Christmas will be the last thing on your mind!  We've had a beautiful day ...... clear blue skies and lots of warm sunshine.  I'm just hoping it lasts, this could be summer!  And ..... it's only a little over 2 weeks before the TT gets under way again .... eeek!!

This week's challenge is ..... all about using Stencils to create a Christmas card

Here's mine ......

I've used a Sweet Poppy Stencil and texture paste for my design.  Classic black and white with a touch of sparkle ......

I added fine crystal glitter over the texture paste whilst it was still wet ....... sorry I couldn't capture the effect on camera, but trust me it is so sparkly in real life.

I used white pearlescent paint and a wet paintbrush to create the splatters in the background .....

And I finished off by using the stencil again inside my card, this time with a little Distress ink (Weathered Wood) before adding a festive greeting.

A Wink of Stella pen adds a touch of sparkle to the inside

Another one done for the Christmas box.

Not one to waste the nice weather I closed the old craft room door and nipped into town at lunchtime. Well I had a few bits to do, the bank etc.,  and then I met a friend for coffee.  Well, it was supposed to be coffee but, it ended up being a lovely lunch out in the new tea room that's opened in Douglas .......  The Tea Junction.  It was so nice ..... the guys in there were lovely, the food was delicious, and I even made room for cake (naughty!!!)  Next time I think I'll have to try the Gin & Tonic ice lollies that they have on the menu!!!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

It's One Layer Week ..... yeah!!!

Happy Tuesday evening,

Just a quickie .......... The washing's done (why someone else can't switch on the washing machine when I'm not here is beyond me!)  The mountain of ironing had been started (no chance of anyone taking on that task I'm afraid! ...... that might be a good thing though) ...... and dinner is over and done with .... it's time for the chief cook and bottle washer to relax!

It's also time for a challenge too, I think ...... a blog challenge that is!

It's One Layer Week over at Less is More ....... my favourite! (hmmm) and the focus this week is on .....

What do you think of these little guys ....... they spend time in water

I don't know if I've mentioned it before but, frogs are NOT my favourite things ..... in fact I'm terrified of them! I once ended up stood on the kitchen table ........ which hubby thought was highly amusing.  A friend came round one evening, and as I opened the front door to let him in, a HUGE toad invited himself in and hopped down the hallway.  I just screamed, turned, and ran for high ground!!!  No harm was done and no one got injured ........ including the toad!

Anyway .... I digress.  
These two little guys, I can cope with ...... in fact I have a whole collection of frog stamps!  These are from the Penny Black Transparent set ..... Toadily Happy and have been stamped using Black Versafine ink and coloured with Spectrum Noir pencils ......

The sentiment is from a set of stamps that came free on a magazine ..... I think they're from Acid Drops and What Nots 

And to finish off I added  the 'water' using Distress Ink  (mermaid lagoon) applied with a wet paint brush around the edge of the lily pad.

One Layer done again!  I'll be back tomorrow with this weeks piece of festive fun.  
It's time for that cuppa I think ...... and maybe a cheeky piece of vanilla cheesecake with some fresh fruit to go with it ...... yum!

Thanks for popping by .......

Cheerio until next time


Monday, 11 May 2015

Is it really Monday already!

Happy Monday!

It's been a bit of a slow start to the week .... I'm still getting over the weekend I think!
We had a long, but very enjoyable day on Saturday (the ferry crossing was fab .... both ways.  Not too bumpy at all!!) Then on Sunday, it was lunch for ten round at ours, cooked by yours truly!!!  Another fab day spent with family and friends ..... good food, nice wine and great company.  Oh and the football result wasn't bad either ....... Chelsea 1 Liverpool 1

I've done nothing today though ........ except a spot of tidying up and I've finally got around to unpacking my bags from the trip to Port Sunlight ...... ooops! how did this little lot find it's way home with me ....

Told you we'd had a good day!!  It was so nice to catch up with everyone ...... we never stopped talking all day.
Hopefully I'll get some time to play with this little lot!

I'm starting off this week with another Blog Challenge ...... Happy Little Stampers Sketch Challenge

Here's May sketch ......

and here's my take on it .....

I stamped the little fishy first (from IndigoBlu's Under the Sea stamp set) and embossed him using a clear powder.  I then made a mask for him, covered him up, masked off the bottom of the card and used a bubble stencil over the top along with Distress Inks to add the colour

Once the ink was dry, and with the masks still in place, I replaced the stencil and this time I used a clear texture paste through it to give the bubbles a little shine.

Once all that was dry, I added some colour to the fish using IndigoBlu's Metallic paints ...... the shine you get with these is gorgeous.  I've mixed the blue and the green colours with a little bit of the Snow White to tone them down a little, and then added a touch of water to them before painting onto the image.

I added my sentiment to the bottom and finished off with a little something on the inside

Well that's it for Monday ....... I hope I'm a bit more awake tomorrow!  Early night I think ..... no wait, that's not going to happen ....... it's Game of Thrones tonight! (sigh)  Time for another cup of coffee I think.

Thanks for popping by .... have a great week.

Cheerio until next time

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