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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Jewel colours for Less is More ......

Happy Thursday!

I had all good intentions of trying to blog a little bit more this week ...... but they soon went out the window!!!
I've not really been up to much ..... for a change ...... the old craft room has been busy though.   There's a few fun things coming up soon but my lips are sealed ..... for now!

Autumn is definitely here ...... we've had a right old mixture weather wise this week.  We're still resisting putting the heating on though ...... the 'lightweight' woollies are out of storage and I've just ordered myself a nice new pair of cosy slippers, can't wait for those to arrive.  I did offer to get hubby some but he said he's not old enough to wear slippers!!!!  Is he saying I am ....... Humph!! 

Anyway .... enough babbling .... the real reason for this post is this weeks Less is More Challenge.
It's a Colour week and we have to use .....
Jewel Colours

Now I must say I'm a bit of a magpie ..... anything shiny and I'm there!  I love gemstones .... Tanzanite, Amethyst, Rubies, Diamonds ........ the glorious, warm Citrines or the cool Aquamarine (my birthstone) ..... the choice is endless!

For the challenge I went for the red (ruby), purple (amethyst) and the golden yellow (citrine) ..... all coloured using Copic markers and a touch of Distress ink

The stamps are from a set called DoodleBuds by Wplus9  ...... I've stamped the stems and leaves onto a piece of white card (coloured them Peridot green and Emerald .... actually its was Distress Markers ...... Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn) and then paper pieced the flower heads on the top.

I added a pretty satin bow and a sentiment from the HLS Butterfly Birthday  stamp set

and a few dots of green glitter glue here and there, for a touch of sparkle

I left the inside open ...... just a simple flower, no specific greeting ....... we'll see what occasion comes first for this one

As this month's Happy Little Stampers CAS challenge is all about Paper Piecing I thought I'd link this up there too

That's it from me today .... time to get the dinner on (no rest for the wicked and all that!) 
I've been waiting all afternoon for a phone call from Chris (the eldest!).  He's got a few busy but exciting weeks ahead of him ..... assuming everything goes OK this afternoon.  I don't want to say too much just yet but fingers crossed ......... it's what he's been hoping for ..... it's just come a little sooner than we thought!

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

Cheerio until next time


Saturday, 3 October 2015

A rainbow of colours .......

Happy weekend to you,

It's a little late in the day I know but ...... Happy World Cardmaking Day!  Have you been spending time creating ..... made anything nice?

I've been playing around with DT stuff all day .... and getting nowhere fast!!! Started lots of projects but nothing's finished.  The good thing is, nothing has ended up in the bin ....yet!!

I have managed to play along with the  Merry Monday Christmas Card challenge this week .......

Hmmm ...... use a rainbow of colours ...... on a Christmas card!  Not my usual style but here goes ....

This is about as rainbow coloured as it gets for me.
I've used an old Hero Arts (I think!) clear stamp. stamped in Black Versafine, and then coloured the fairy lights using Copic Markers

A touch of Stardust Gel Pen here and there, and a sprinkling of Chunky White Embossing Enamel to give the snowy look .... .well it is a Christmas card!

I finished off with a festive greeting from the HLS Mixed Christmas Sentiments stamp set .....

and added a few more of those rainbow coloured fairy lights to the inside .....

Rainbow coloured enough do you think?  I hope so!

Well that's it from me today ......... and I've timed it perfectly.  I can hear the over beeping so that means dinner is just about ready ....... yum!!

Thanks for popping by ..... have a lovely evening and enjoy the rest of World Cardmaking Day

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 2 October 2015

It's challenge time again at Happy Little Stampers

Hi folks,

Twice in one day ....... whatever next!  Well actually it's tomorrow already for the Happy Little Stampers Challenge ..... they're in Australia!  I'm always a little confused as to whether I've got the timing right on this one ..... it'll be even worse later in the month because the clocks go back ..... I'll have to do my calculations again!

We've got a fun theme for you this month ....... Paper Piecing

I love this technique ..... it's great for all those of you who don't like colouring in your stamped images too.
Just stamp your image, stamp it again on nice patterned paper, cut out the bits you want to use and paper piece your original image ..... easy!

This month the challenge is sponsored again by the Happy Little Stampers Store

and the winner will receive this fabulous, really useful stamp set ......

So what are you waiting for ........ here's a little bit of inspiration to get you started

I love these little guys and they're perfect for paper piecing.  The stamp is by Clarity and comes with some pretty little flowers which I haven't used here .... and there's also a set of pre-cut masks too which are really useful.

I stamped the image across my card, and then stamped the birds again, this time onto a sheet of patterned paper.
This is a great technique for using up all those scraps of paper that we all horde I mean have.  Go on admit it ..... you have a whole bunch of them that you just can't bring yourself to throw away, just in case you need them!
I found this lovely paper with music notes on which I thought was perfect for the birds .....

It had a whole mix of colour on the one piece so it was easy to get each bird a different shade

I added a touch of colour to the branch with some watercolour pencils and stamped the words underneath ...... they're actually from a set of JOFY stamps but again perfect to go with my birds

I finished off by adding a few ink splatters here and there and of course a little something on the inside ....

This was actually made with someone in mind ...... yes I confess, I forgot a birthday .... shame on me! I'm all forgiven though .... she loved her card (phew!)

Now it's your turn ...... have fun paper piecing.  I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

Thanks for popping by ....... enjoy the rest of your day.  There's a nice glass of something chilled that's got my name on it I think ....... the weekend starts here!

Cheerio until next time


Take time to smell the flowers ........

Happy Friday folks!

It's the weekend again and it's the first Friday of the month ....... only 11 more to go before Christmas (eek!!!)  It also means it's the launch of October's challenge over on the Craft Stamper Blog.

This month it's the turn of ....... Take a Technique, and for this challenge we'd like to involve the strapline from the cover of the new look Craft Stamper magazine .......

Ink Stitch Paint Collage Print Paper

As long as your project includes one (or more) of the above,  and stamping of course! then you're good to go.

This month our sponsor is the fabulous Calico Craft Parts

If you're looking for something different then check out their website.  You'll find lots of wood craft products perfect for altered art projects, home decor, gifts etc.
This month the challenge winner will receive a whole bundle of stuff .... just look at this ......

On the top row left to right is ..... 3" plain ATB (Artist Trading Block) cube kit; mini cogs Style 1; geometric cut out ATC blank
Middle row ..... mini fancy shapes 1 - wood plaques; 2" square aperture ATB cube kit; mini crowns Style 3
Bottom Row ..... Fleur de Lis frame ATC blank; mini butterflies Style 3 and a fancy cut out frame ATC blank ...... phew!  what a bundle.

And ..... there's also the Design Winner, chosen by the DT.  You could have your work published in the Craft Stamper magazine ....... so go on, why not give it a go!

The DT have been spoiled this month .... we were each sent a pair of the Artist Trading Blocks to decorate however we wanted and hopefully give you some inspiration should you be the lucky winner.

Here's mine .......

This was using one of the 3" square ATB's for the base, and a 2" square aperture one on the top!
These were so much fun to decorate ..... I've gone for a garden theme but it could be anything you like .... just take a look at what the rest of the DT have done .... they are amazing!!

I started off by painting my ATB's with Black Gesso once I'd put them together ......  don't worry they're really simple to do.

While they were drying I painted up a couple of pieces of mixed media cardstock using PaperArtsy's Fresco Finish paints in shades of greens and blues. 
Once they were dry I stamped some JOFY flowers (from sets 12, 33, 38, mini 13 and mini 34) across the length of one piece, embossed them with a clear powder and used the paints again to add some more colour.  

I used a brick wall stencil on the other piece of card, with Grunge Paste to add a bit of texture

When everything was dry I cut the pieces of card into squares to fit on the sides of my ATB's and had fun decorating each one!

I added more JOFY flowers here and there .... this time stamped onto white card, painted and fussy cut

The words are also from sets of JOFY stamps

And the butterflies are from Visible Image ....... left over from a previous project.

The small ATB with the aperture is a little planter on the top ...... to hold even more flowers

I used Flowersoft wires for the stems, each one pushed into a large ball of BluTack that's inside the ATB and then I covered it all up with a bit of moss

To finish off I painted some wooden beads and attached them to the bottom as feet

Can you tell I had fun with these!  Now it's your turn.

Whilst the DT have all showcased Artist Trading Blocks for this months challenge, your challenge entries can be anything you like ..... cards, journal pages, scrapbooking, altered art ..... it's entirely up to you. Just remember to include one (or more) of the techniques from the strapline on the magazine cover AND some rubber stamping.  Have fun and good luck!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day and have a fab weekend.  Lets hope the sun keeps shining!

Cheerio until next time


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Something shiny ........

Happy 1st of October!

Where did the last month go ..... that's what I want to know!!!

You've probably noticed that the Christmas Countdown is back.  It might be be bit early for some of you I know ..... sorry ...... but hey! you're lucky it wasn't there in January!!
I'm also aware that it may not be running automatically for some of you .......  boy did that cause me problems last night (argghhh!!!)  Finally figured out that it wasn't the video, or my blog ..... it's all thanks to Chrome ..... my flippin'  web browser!!!! (Hubby figured it out actually ..... my tech support even works in the early hours after a night out!!!)
Chrome no longer automatically runs Adobe Flash videos!!!!  All this started back in September apparently ...... Google waging war against Adobe. They'd rather use HTML5  for videos (whatever that is) It's supposed to be faster and works with just about everything on a web browser without impacting on your battery life! Great!!!
So ...... that means if you have Chrome as your web browser (that would be me!!) you have to actually click on the countdown to see it run (a pain in the you know what!) 
But ..... if you have Internet Explorer or Firefox then it should run perfectly ....... I tried it late last night, or rather hubby did once he'd figured out that it was my browser and not my blog that was the problem, and it works fine (arrgghhh!!!!! again)  
Now I just have to see if I can change the countdown and get it to run automatically using Chrome, or ...... find another cool countdown ........ because it will drive me nuts as it is!
Hmmmm  .......  wonder if the web team at Poker Stars can help? Stephen .......

While we're on the subject of Christmas ....... on to the main reason for this post ....... I thought I'd go a little festive for this weeks Less is More challenge.
It's a Recipe Week and one of the ingredients has to be .....

Something Shiny

Still keeping things CAS, with lots of white space, I decided to go for the shiny, gold, embossed look

I've used an old Chocolate Baroque stamp ...... stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed using a Gold powder ...... love the simplicity of this tree!

I added my sentiment underneath, in classic black..... one of the Mixed Christmas Sentiments from Happy Little Stampers

And finished off by adding a few dots of colour to the tree using a red glitter glue

A layer of black card underneath and jobs done!  A quick and easy stylish Christmas card.  Have you started yours yet?

Thanks for popping by ...... busy day today. I've got DT stuff to finish, blog posts to write and I need to get some serious sorting out done in the old craft room.  I decided to start changing my workspace around yesterday .... not the best idea I've had this week ..... especially when there's three projects on the go!!!!  Let's hope I can still find everything when I go back in there.

Cheerio until next time


Tuesday, 29 September 2015

Time for a bit of Clarity .....

Happy Tuesday!

Hope you all had a good weekend and that this week is being kind to you.  We're having quite the Indian summer over here and I'm not complaining one little bit.  The woolly sweaters and the boots can stay in the wardrobe a little longer I think! As much as I love Autumn, I'm not ready to say Cheerio to my summer sandals just yet!

Did any of you manage to catch Barbara on the telly at the weekend?  Didn't she do well ..... great shows with lots of new products and what an amazing collection of art work from the Design Team.

My name was mentioned a couple of times ...... it's always weird seeing your stuff on TV and I was so nervous I could hardly watch!!!  I actually recorded the shows ...... and watched them yesterday when there was no one in the house!!!

Last week I gave you a little peek at a few of the things I'd been up to ..... well here's a closer look at some that made it to air ......

The gorgeous new Ballerina's ...... from the Beauty and Charm set

Lot's of spritzing and spraying with Distress Inks ...... love these colours!!
And then over the top with a quick spritz of Perfect Pearls .... the ballerina was covered with a mask before I started spraying by the way

The background was done using one of the new stencils along with Grunge Paste .... again coloured using the Distress inks and a touch of Perfect Pearls

I even used my Distress inks to colour a piece of  white ribbon to match .....

This one, I think, was on the shelf behind Barbara ...... this time using one of the dancers from Elegance and Grace .......

Mounted on a canvas .... using another of the new stencils for the backgrounds.

I know I shouldn't have favourites but I love this stencil!  I used Distress inks for the colour on the main image and then clear embossing paste to add some detail to the canvas.

I coloured in the ballerina using Spectrum Noir pencils ..... then fussy cut around her

I added a touch of fine glitter to one of the large circles ...... and placed the dancer on the top to give the look of her balancing on a glitterball.

Next up ..... the new Christmas designs starting with those gorgeous, delicate Snowflakes

How pretty are these ...... and this was such a simple design to do.

I embossed the snowflakes randomly onto white card .... using Versamark ink and white embossing powder 

Then I added the colour over the top ...... using 2 or 3 shades of blue Distress.  I flicked some clean water over the ink, let it sit for a few seconds then mopped up the excess with kitchen roll, leaving the gorgeous speckled background .... looks a little like falling snow

I quickly polished over the embossed snowflakes to remove any leftover ink and bring out the white again, and then added a touch of fine glitter here and there.

A bit of silver thread and some sparkly sequins to finish off ......

and a festive sentiment stamped and embossed, using the Letterbox stamps.

Finally ..... the brand new Best Wishes Sentiments.  What a great set .... covers most occasions.
I kept with the Christmas theme ...... and the traditional festive red and green .....

Coloured with the pencils again .....

And a little more detail added around the edge using one of the stamps from the Santa and Stars set

And to finish off ..... a sprinkling of Chunky White embossing powder to give the look of snow 

Phew!  My first Clarity samples on TV ......  I'm so pleased to be part of such a talented bunch!!

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

Cheerio until next time

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