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Saturday, 13 September 2014

Transportation for Merry Monday .......

Happy weekend folks!

I'm having a great time over in the UK ... but then I always do!

Really enjoyed the craft show at Event City on Thursday ....... (so sorry to have missed you Anne, it would have been lovely to finally meet up in person.  Next time we must arrange something!)  
We'd only been in the place about 30 mins (if that!) before we had to make a trip back to the car to get rid of shopping bags!!!  That's the trouble with the MDF man .... you have to buy the lot!!!

Only joking .... it wasn't me that ended up with a dozen bags ...... as you can see I was very good!  Until we got to the handbag stand ....... ooops!  Well ..... I couldn't make up my mind!  And lets face it .... a girl can never have too many handbags!

If you're planning on popping along to the show today, you must check out the Powertex stand.  Oh my goodness!! ......... I've just realised, it's missing from the photograph!! Thought I must have bought more than that!

What's Powertex? ...... well, it's a water based, liquid fabric and textile hardener and sculpting medium. The results are pretty amazing!  (thanks again to the Rob, the MDF man for pointing us in the direction of this!)  
We just had to buy the starter kits, and the reason it's not on my stash photo is that it's currently sat in Susan's craft room all set to go ..... we're having a play day!!!

Before I get stuck into all that though, I wanted to quickly share my card for this week's Merry Monday Challenge
It was a bit of a tough one this week ...... we had to use some form of transportation on our cards

Hmmmm ....... I couldn't find anything suitable in my Christmas stash until I came across this .....  well they're a form of transportation aren't they?

I wanted to keep things simple, with a nice classic look so I went with the colours cream and black with a hint of gold.

I started by creating the background, using a mask cut from copier paper and Tea Dye Distress ink, then stamped the beautiful silhouette image of the three wise men, and added a little more shading underneath just to ground them.

The star has been stamped using IndigoBlu's Flitter Glu and then Chariot of Fire Mega Flakes added
(both the star and the three wise men are from a stamp set called Joy to the World, also from IndigoBlu)

The words are from one of my favourite collections of festive greetings .....  Penny Black's 'T' for Transparent set  Christmas Cheer

Well that's it from me this weekend.  I'm off to the gym (apparently!) then it's time to get the apron on, and some gloves, and get stuck in .... it's going to get messy!

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

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 12 September 2014

Have you taken up the challenge yet? ........

Good morning folks ..... Happy Friday!

This is a scheduled post as I'm currently across in the UK.  Probably drooling over my new craft stash purchased yesterday at the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show in Manchester!!!

I just wanted to remind you about the latest Take It Make It Challenge over on the Craft Stamper Blog ...... it's all about Stamping on Tissue this month.

As always there's a fab prize up for grabs ..... and this month our sponsor is Julie Kirk!

Check out her online store to find some fabulous, unique craft supplies like these .......
Washi Tape Rings .......

How useful are these ..... and for the prize this month you get TWO of them ...... yes TWO!  Not only that, you get the Washi tape as well ..... all 13 rolls!  (The gorgeous purple tote, unfortunately, is not included in the prize, that belongs to our lovely Trish ..... sorry!)
The DT will also check out all the entries and choose a Top 3.   The overall winner will not only get the fab prize from our sponsor, but their work will be published in the Craft Stamper Magazine (whoo hoo!) AND they'll be invited to do a Guest Designer Spot on one of the future challenges ..... so it's worth entering.  Get that tissue paper out!!

Stamping onto tissue eh! ...... this is so much fun to do, and there's so many ways to use the technique.
Last week I showed how to use ordinary man-sized tissues and cover an MDF piece.  This week I've used actual tissue paper .... you know,the stuff you use to wrap gifts.

I've decorated a plain white, inexpensive, church candle and turned it into a pretty Autumnal gift, with a matching card.

I stamped the leaves directly onto some white tissue paper, using a mix of colours of Archival ink. cut around the images and then placed them onto the candle.  Using a piece of waxed paper to hold the tissue leaves in place, I then used my heat gun to 'melt' the tissue into the candle wax.  This doesn't take very long, you can see the stamped images change slightly through the waxed paper and the tissue disappears into the wax completely ...... cool or what!?

I added a pretty ribbon bow to the bottom and some seasonal foliage ......

I used the same stamps to create the matching card ...... the pretty Maple Leaf Clear Stamp set by Clarity

I masked off a panel across the card and used Distress Inks to add the colour ....... Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Festive Berries and a touch of Aged Mahogany.
With the mask still in place I spritzed the ink with water, let it sit, then mopped up the excess removing some of the ink, to give the spattered look.
I then stamped the leaves, still with the mask in place, using the Archival colours again.

I added the sentiment underneath, and finished off by adding a tissue paper leaf directly onto the card

Now it's your turn.

You have until midnight on Wednesday 24th September to get your entries in, and our winner will be announced on the Craft Stamper Blog on Friday 26th.  Good luck everyone!!

Thanks for popping by ..... have a great weekend!

Cheerio until next time


Thursday, 11 September 2014

Time to fly ........

Happy Thursday folks!

I'm a bit early this morning .... the sun's not even up yet!

It's time to find my wings again ........ well, they actually belong to Citywing, but you know what I mean.  I'm off on one of these little babies again, flying across to the UK for a few days. That's the reason for the early start!

First stop when I get over there, is a spot of craft retail therapy over at Event City in Manchester with my best buddy.   Yes, I'm off to the Stitching, Sewing, and Hobbycrafts Show  today, and I have a list ..... and room in the suitcase ..... whoo hoo!!!  Could be expensive!
No doubt there'll be time for coffee and cake too, and a good old catch up with some friends while we're there.  It's going to be a good day!

I eventually got everything finished yesterday, before I closed the old craft room door (no thanks to old Mojo who's gone AWOL!) ..... I even left my workdesk tidy!

One of the jobs on the list was my challenge entry for this weeks Less is More.
It's a Colour Week and we have a yummy combination to work with .....


After Eights anyone?!

I've stamped the image using a brown Archival ink, that's the chocolate bit .... and the mint part is obviously her dress

How cute is she?!!  The stamps are by Phyllis Harris for Unity Stamp Company .... I've recently got my hands on a few of her designs ... I love them!!

The sentiment was also stamped in  mint green

And I used the colour combo on the inside too .....

Sorry, but I must dash ..... I've got a plane to catch!

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

Cheerio until next time


Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Indian Summer ..... IndigoBlu Challenge reminder

Morning folks,

Happy Wednesday!  Looks like we're in for another nice day here on the island ...... September has been lovely so far, a real Indian Summer ..... lets hope it lasts!

It's a bit of a busy week in the old craft room though, no sitting in the sun for me I'm afraid!  Plus we had a house full last night ....... hubby hosted a poker game, so it was cards of a different kind for me. I should have stayed in the craft room ......... it didn't go well ...... but, that's another story!

I'm busy trying to get everything up to date before I head off on my first trip of the month ........ I think Mr Mojo has decided to leave early though, things are not going according to plan (when do they ever!!)
Never mind ...... only one more sleep then I'm off to the UK for a few days .... whoo hoo!!
But,  there's still stuff to do (including the packing!) so must get on.

The latest challenge over at IndigoBlu is in full swing and funnily enough our theme this month is .....

Here's a little something that would make nice stocking filler gifts perhaps (sorry to remind you of the 'C' word ..... especially when the sun is still shining!)  Or, it could even be an alternative to a card .....

a useful calendar and note pad. 

This is so simple to make ... if you'd like to see how I did it pop over to the IndigoBlu Blog today for my regular weekly post.

And why not pop over to the challenge blog where you'll find more fabulous inspiration pieces from some of the Design Team, and also some of the very talented Demonstrators who have recently joined the team.

Oh well, I suppose it's back to the old craft room ....... then I must get my suitcase packed.  I fly first thing tomorrow and as it stands all I've got is my passport and a craft shopping list!!

Thanks for popping by ...... have a lovely Wednesday.

Cheerio until next time


Saturday, 6 September 2014

What a nice start to the weekend ......

Happy weekend!

How's yours going?

It's been another lovely day here, sunny and warm ..... looks like we're having that Indian summer after all!  And, with only two jobs on the list for today, no need to rush around ... perfect!

One of the things was a trip into town for a spot of retail therapy .... got that one done ..... no problem!
That just leaves this week's festive make for Merry Monday's Christmas Card challenge .......

This week our cards must have a gift/present on there somewhere

What do you think ...... I've gone all cute again

The image is from one of the Penny Black 'T' for Transparent sets ...... the Wonder (30-040), stamped and coloured with Copic markers.

The wintry forest behind was created by masking Hedgie and his sleigh, and then stamping the small trees, from the IndigoBlu  Here Comes Santa stamp set, along the edge of a torn piece of copier paper placed across the card.

A touch of fine crystal glitter adds some snowy sparkle to the scene, and there's more of the trees on the inside too .....

With only 109 days to go until the big day ...... have you made a start on your Christmas cards yet?

We've got the little man for a sleepover tonight ........ we picked up the latest Thomas DVD while we were out this afternoon and it's already on it's third viewing ........ I think he likes it!

Thanks for popping by .......Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Cheerio until next time


Friday, 5 September 2014

There's a new Take It Make It challenge ...... grab the tissues!

Good morning ....... Happy Friday!

It's the first Friday of the month, and that means there's a brand new issue of Craft Stamper out today - yeah!!
And, if there's a new magazine ........ then there's a brand new Take It Make It Blog challenge too!

Thanks to everyone that played along last month .... as always we had some fab entries. It was interesting to see what all your favourite techniques were.

This month the challenge is all about ......

Stamping on Tissue

This is a great technique to use to decorate items, especially things curved.  By stamping onto the tissue paper first, you can then place your images exactly where you want them ...... following the curves, or even round corners ....... and the stamped image will remain crisp and clear.  Not always easy to achieve when stamping directly onto some surfaces.

I actually used man size tissues for my project .... nothing fancy just everyday white tissues, a great alternative if you haven't got any white tissue paper

I stamped the images onto the tissues using Versafine inks ...... Imperial Purple for Jane, and Onyx Black for the Vintage Flourish (both of these stamps are from IndigoBlu)

I painted an MDF heart with a coat of IndigoBlu's white GeeSso Good,  then added a coat of Pantry White English Cottage Acrylic Paint.

I carefully tore around the stamped images and then split the tissues down to just one ply ..... you don't need to be too accurate with the tearing, the tissue around the edges will disappear once it's been applied to the MDF.

Decide where you want your images and cover the area with a wet adhesive.  I used IndigoBlu's Slap It On, but you can use Mod Podge, PVA, or gel medium ... whatever suits you.
Lay your stamped image onto the adhesive, gently smoothing out the creases.  Don't overwork it, remember it's tissue paper, and it's wet, so it will tear.
Once the image is down, apply another layer of adhesive over the top to seal the tissue, and leave to dry.

Once it's all dry you can then add colour to the images if you like.  Mine don't really need extra colour however I did add a touch of Distress ink (Worn Lipstick) to her cheeks and lips

I then added more colour around the edges using Dusty Concord Distress, and filled in the background using the small Script stamp from Sarah's Choice

I did more of the same to the back of the heart ...... the Vintage Flourish stamped onto tissue and applied to the painted MDF heart as before.  Coloured around the edge using Dusty Concord and then stamped over the background using the Script

I finished off by adding a few highlights to the flourish using a Stardust Gel pen, and a couple of gemstones for a bit more sparkle.

I added some paper flowers to Jane's hair and a pretty organza ribbon to hang it by

Hope you like it.  Now it's your turn.

Still need more inspiration?  Check out the other great projects and ideas from the rest of the DT over on the Challenge Blog.

You have until September 24th to get your entries in, and the winner will be announced on Friday September  26th. Have fun .... and Good Luck!

I'm looking forward to the weekend.   Hopefully it's going to be a nice relaxing one, before things get a little crazy again next week.
Yes,  I'm off on my travels again first thing on Thursday, and as usual, before I board that plane, I've a shed load to do!  Better make a start then hadn't I!!

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

Cheerio until next time


Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Oh ..... I do like to be beside the seaside .....

Morning folks,

Welcome to September ....... are you singing along yet?
Don't worry, I haven't lost the plot so early in the month ....... the title of this post is the theme for this week's challenge over at Less is More.
Because there were 5 Saturdays in August, the month ended on a 'Lucky Dip' week .... that means basically the ladies can choose whatever theme they like!!!  So ..... we got another song title .......

'Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside .......'

Written in 1907 by John A Glover-Kind, was made famous in 1909 by a music hall singer Mark Sheridan, and it was, for a long time, used as a signature tune by Reginald Dixon MBE, who was the resident organist at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool  1930 - 1970 ......

Here we go ....... come on, join in .......

Oh! I do like to be beside the seaside
I do like to be beside the sea!
I do like to stroll along the Prom, Prom, Prom!
Where the brass bands play:
So just let me be beside the seaside
I'll be beside myself with glee
And there's lots of girls beside,
I should like to be beside
Beside the seaside!
Beside the sea!

Anyway .... enough singing for now (you'll probably be doing it all day ..... sorry!)  If you'd like to find out more, pop over to the Wiki page.

This week the challenge is to use anything to do with the sea, or the beach.  Anything nautical ....... as long as we keep to the CAS rule.
Here's what I came up with .....

The image is from a set of stamps from Acid Drops and Whatnots, that came free with one of the craft magazines (not exactly sure when, or which magazine ..... but it was a while ago)

She's been stamped in Versafine ink and a touch of colour added using a Copic marker.  then I've used Distress ink to add shading for the water and the sun

The words on the front are from an IndigoBlu stamp set ...... Skegness (I couldn't really use anything else now could I!)

I've added a suitable sentiment to the inside .....

And finished off by using ink and clear texture paste through a stencil ....

Even though the Isle of Man is not really the seaside holiday resort that it used to be ..... it's still nice being able to go to the beach whenever we like .....

And walk along the prom ... prom ... prom

It's not a bad place to be is it!

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy your day.

Cheerio until next time

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