Monday 31 March 2014

An early start for the beginning of the week ......

Hi everyone,

Happy Monday ...... it is Monday isn't it? ...... yes. 
I'm home (again!) from yet another busy weekend ..... and what a lonnnnng day it's been!  I've been up since 4am (early flight to catch) so you can imagine .... I'm not firing on all cylinders shall we say!  What with little sleep on Sunday night, and losing the hour on Satuday (clocks going forward) I'm thinking an early night is definitely on the cards for tonight.   Don't know how hubby is feeling ..... he went to work as usual this morning (ZZzzzz!)

It's been worth it though, we've all had a fab weekend across in the UK.  Lauren and the little man caught up with friends and 'Uncle Chris'.  Hubby spent time with his buddies too, and I got to carry on right where we left off a couple of weeks ago, with my crafty ladies. 
Port Sunlight was fun as always ..... meeting up with old friends, and new ..... and great retail therapy too (not to mention the cake!!) 
Ooops ...... how did I end up with this little lot ......

I also met a couple of teamies from the Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge DT ..... Elizabeth and Shirley ..... which was really nice, and of course Nikki was there too demonstrating on the IndigoBlu stand.

It's a fab little show, and the place itself is beautiful.  If you've never been you should make the effort and visit the next one.   I believe it's Saturday October 4th (same weekend as the GNPE in Harrogate .......) Keep an eye on the website for details of when the tickets go on sale.

The rest of the weekend was spent with family ...... Mother's Day meal out and then over to see my big brother.
It's always nice to get home though ....... and open the old craft room door again.   It's the last day of the month and I've still a few bits and bobs to do ..... if I can stay awake long enough that is!

First job on the list was my  March tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014

Here's the Master's inspiration piece ...... or should I say pieces ...... two for the price of one this month!

How pretty are these? ..... love this new stamp set.

This month it was all about 'smudge stamping' and using first and second generation stamps to create two versions of the tag   
Here's my two ......

The design and layout are the same ..... I've just changed the colours a little.  I used more blue shades with a touch of Peacock Feathers.  And then added in a hint of pink at the end .... a bit more feminine

Mine are not that 'smudged' either ..... couldn't quite get it right, but I'll keep trying

I don't have the Distress Marker Spritzer (yet!) or the Lattice stencil so I just went with brushing the ink through the Harlequinn design instead  ......

And I added a couple of little resin birds onto my tags to finish off ......

Find out all the techniques and how to create this gorgeous tag over on Tim's Blog

Well that's one job done ...... I think the rest will have to wait until tomorrow. 

Thanks for popping by today ..... enjoy the rest of your Monday.

Cheerio until next time


Thursday 27 March 2014

What a day .......

Happy Thursday folks (what's left of it!)

It's been quite a day here ....... I've been working against the clock all day making sure that everything's finished, blog posts are done and scheduled, DT projects all done and dusted, and I've tried to leave the old craft room tidy so that I can have a clean start next week. I've even cleared a 'small' space to put all that new stash I'll be bringing home with me at the weekend (hehe!!) 

Not only have I been up against time today, but I've had to keep stopping to answer the flippin' phone!!  The other half must have had a quiet day at work because he seems to have spent most of the morning looking at holiday deals ........ he found one eventually that was too good to miss - apparently!

Looks like we're off to Las Vegas ..........  Disneyland for grown ups!!

We're off on our travels again in July (we'll be there for hubby's birthday) ...... so it's going to be a HOT one!  We've got 11 nights though, staying at my favourite hotel ..... the fabulous Palazzo

I'd better start saving my pennies ..... it's only 14 weeks away!!  So .... maybe not that much stash to make room for ..... yeah right!!  And so the countdown begins.

Back to the present though .... I'm really looking forward to this weekend, not only have I got Port Sunlight, but it's Mother's Day on Sunday and the whole family is getting together for a Mum's meal out.  There'll be 3 generations of Walmsley mum's around the table ....... there'll be Stephen and I with our two (Chris is coming up from Sheffield - my baby!).  Lauren with the little one, and also Stephen's Mum and Dad will be there.  It's not often that we all get together so it'll be nice.
Mind you, if things carry on like this, I'm going to be the size of a small house BEFORE I get Vegas.  Hubby treated me to a lovely meal out this evening at MacFarlane's again in Douglas ....... duck spring rolls (yum!) followed by halibut with manx scallops and asparagus (delicious!) finished off with Chocolate Fondant with  homemade orange and dark chocolate ice cream (nom! nom!).  All accompanied with 2 bottles of a rather cheeky little white number (hic!)  ...... oh well, the diet can start tomorrow I suppose .... or Monday maybe.

Speaking of tomorrow ..... another busy day ahead.  I've got a friend coming round in the morning for coffee and craft, and a good old catch up.  Then, it's my day to post on the Creative Studios DT Blog ....... here's a sneaky peek for you .......

And of course I have a plane to catch.  So, just in case I don't get chance to blog, have a great weekend, and a  Happy Mother's Day to all you mum's out there. If you're going along to Port Sunlight on Saturday and you see me, probably lurking somewhere around the IndigoBlu stand, just tap me on the back and say Hi!

Thanks for popping by......... hubby's got classical music on the computer so I think it's time for bed ..... Night Night!  Cheerio until next time


Wednesday 26 March 2014

Merry Monday #101

Hello again,

Twice in one day ....... things must be going ok (oops! .... let's hope I don't regret saying that!!)

I mentioned earlier I was off to do the latest Merry Monday Challenge ...... the ladies have put out their reminder blog post today so I thought it was a good a time as any to make a start. 
We have another colour challenge again this week ....... a bit more on the neutral side than the last one ......

I love the wreath on the inspiration picture, I think it looks so elegant.   Here's what I've come up with .....

Not that much grey really looking at it now, but there is some on there.

The little winter scene is stamped in Watering Can .... a grey Archival ink, and I've just added a touch of fine Crystal glitter ...

I've then cut out a bauble using one of the Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments set of dies and added a circle aperture to the centre.  It's then been stamped using Versamark ink and my favourite Vintage Flourish stamp from IndigoBlu.  I've then used white embossing powder over the top.

I've used the flourish again to create my backgrounds  .... first onto corners of some red cardstock,

and then also onto a piece of white card.  I used the Versamark to stamp with and then this time instead of embossing powder, I dusted over the design using a white pearlescent chalk

It's come out quite grey looking on the red, and I really like the delicate effect on the white ...... subtle I think you'd call it.

I mat and layered using grey cardstock, placed the winter scene as though it was inside the bauble and finished off with a pretty red bow, a touch of red glitter card and a few gemstones.  The sentiment is a festive favourite from Penny Black.

I must say I do like this colour combo ...... this could even be the family card this year.

Well that's it for today ..... the old craft room door is closed (so I can't see the mess that's in there!).  It's on to the household stuff now ..... things like ironing and cooking dinner (oh joy!)

I'll be back in there tomorrow though .... still lots to do before I board that plane on Friday.

Thanks for popping by (again!).  Enjoy your evening.

Cheerio until next time


I'm Rose Blushing again ........

Happy Wednesday!

It's the middle of the week already (eeek!!) ..... so much to do and the clock is ticking!!!!  Everything is under control though .... sort of. 

Thought I'd pop by and remind you that it's my day to post on the IndigoBlu Blog.  It's Technique Day over there .... always fun ........ and I've gone for layering backgrounds using inks, stamps and stencils, amongst other stuff.  Why not grab a cuppa and pop over there to see what I've been up to.

Speaking of IndigoBlu ...... this month's issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft (Issue 122)  has Kay's regular article in and it's ME!!! who's done the projects for it  (there I go blushing again! ) .......

Can you tell I just lovvvve the new Rose Blush stamp!

And .... as we're talking about magazines ..... the current Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Challenge ends tonight (oooh ... bit of a cheeky link there!) If you have still to get your entry in you've got until Midnight ..... so get your skates on!  There's a fab prize up for grabs ...... these gorgeous Limited Edition JOFY paints ..... sooooo pretty!

Oh well,  it must be lunchtime I think .... tummy's rumbling.  Then it's back in the old craft room for this weeks Merry Monday Challenge.

See you all later ..... cheerio for now


Monday 24 March 2014

All the 3's ......

Happy Monday folks!

Hope you all had a good weekend. 

I can see this week speeding by .... which is great!  I'm off on my travels again at the weekend for another short trip across to the UK - yeah!!  Before I board that plane on Friday though there's loads to do.

I've made a good start to the week though...... so far this morning I've done 2 loads in the washing machine, done the ironing,  made sure Stephen got off  to work on time (he's flying to Dublin this morning, he's working over there for 2 days), got the little one up and dressed (mum's on the breakfast shift), had a quick tidy round, cleaned the bathrooms AND made time to enter this week's Less is More Challenge - and all that was before 11o'clock.  Not bad for a Monday morning!

I got a lovely surprise on Saturday too ..... I'd actually been ShowCASed on my favourite Blog Challenge, for my Spring Flowers OLC - whoo hoo!!

Thanks ladies ...... it's an honour being chosen for the ShowCASe.

We have a LIM Recipe to follow this week ...... in two parts.

First of all we have to use THREE of something on our cards, then for the second bit the ladies would like us to comment on THREE other entries, hopefully ones we haven't visited before.

LIM is such a popular Challenge Blog, and it gets so many fabulous entries each week it's hard to find the time to comment on each one, as much as I'd love to (we all like to get comments now don't we!)  This week, as well as all my regular blog buddies, I promise to visit at least 3 blogs that I haven't visited before.

Here's today's card ..... full of 3's

There's 3 flower heads ..... all on the same rubber stamp - 'quite dandy' from Penny Black.

3 circles ........ I made myself some masks and inked through them using Distress inks.  
3 colours ........ Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade and Mowed Lawn.    
3 words .....  one of the stamps from Tim Holtz's  'Simple Sayings' made into a tag

And to finish off I took a corner rounder to 3 of the corners. Done!  Now all I need to do is go and leave my comments.  I think it's time to get the coffee on don't you.

Thanks for popping by today ..... have a lovely Monday and enjoy the rest of the week.

Cheerio until next time .......


Sunday 23 March 2014

Not my usual colour choice, but .......

Happy Sunday morning to you,

I'm looking forward to a nice relaxing day today, where the only job on the list is cooking a roast dinner .... easy!
The last few days have been somewhat busy but, I got all my DT stuff done, step by steps and photos emailed to the magazine on Friday and parcels in the post before lunchtime yesterday - phew!!  I think today I'm going to spend tidying up in the old craft room, and sorting through my new stash.  I picked up a couple of nice wooden wine crates yesterday whilst we were re-stocking the wine rack from one of our local wine cellars ..... perfect storage boxes. Now I just have to decide what to put in them!

We also picked up my birthday present too ..... I was on champagne at lunchtime (hic!), thanks to the Genesis Gallery in Douglas, when we went to collect these guys .....

I suppose that's another job for today ...... getting these up on the wall.  May just need hubby's help with that one.

Anyway on to the crafty stuff.  Merry Monday, the Christmas Card Challenge is 100 this week 
100 challenges eh! ..... Congratulations! and well done ladies for coming up with such fabulous, fun themes each week.

I must admit though, I was a bit worried about this week's theme .....

The Sketch ..... not so much, but the COLOURS!!!! Deep pink and lime green ..... for Christmas??!!  Don't get me wrong I love the colour combination but, it wouldn't be my first choice for festive cards.

I gave it my best shot though ....... better get those sunglasses ready!

Told you ....... It's a bit on the BRIGHT side, but ..... I quite like it now that it's done.

We had the choice of using the Sketch OR the colours, or we could combine the two ....... so I covered everything ..... and chose both!

The papers are BoBunny Double Dot and the cute little stamps are from an Stampin Up set (I think it was a Hostess set last Christmas)

I've gone for the CAS look with the stamping, with just a hint of sparkle and a pretty gem to top off the tree

And the inside's done too

I'm not sure it will become a festive favourite of mine ..... but the colours make a refeshing change from the traditional red and green!

Well it's time to get the coffee on again I think ....... said I was having a lazy day.
Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy your Sunday.

Cheerio until next time .....


Friday 21 March 2014

Spring Blossoms ....... IndigoBlu Challenge 14

Good morning,

Happy Friday to you all ...... looking forward to the weekend?  I am, this week has flown by.

As it's the 21st of the month we have a brand new theme for you over on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog.  This month it's .......
Couldn't be anything else really could it ... what with all those gorgeous floral images that Kay designs.

Before I show you my inspiration piece, CONGRATULATIONS! to our winner of the last challenge .....
Entry Number 6 ........... Yvonne
A worthy winner indeed.  Check out Yvonne's winning entry here 
And also, don't forget our Top 3 ....... did you enter last months challenge?  Could you be one of them? 
Check out the new challenge post to find out.

On to this month's theme ..... there's so many gorgeous IndigoBlu flowers to choose from, where do you start?  I've gone for the latest addition to my favourite's list ..... the stunning Rose Blush ..... I love it!!!!

I'm not sure you can class roses as 'spring' flowers but I've gone with spring colours so hope that counts.

Finished card size is a nice 6x6, and I started by cutting a square of white cardstock slightly smaller than my card front.
I drew around one of my Nesties circle dies, slightly off centre (only just) and then stamped the pretty Rose Blush, using Watering Can Archival ink, in the corner of my card and across one side of the circle. You can see I also used the stamp to add a little bit of interest in the opposite corner too.
I then cut out the circle, fussy cutting around the flowers in the centre .....

On a separate square of white card, again cut slightly smaller than the first, I made a mark where the aperture would sit and then stamped the Burlap Panel, from the Sarah's Choice stamp set, across the centre so that it would show through the aperture once the card was put together. 

The colours I used for the flowers were Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade and Bundled Sage.  I applied the ink directly to my craft sheet, spritzed with water then used a paint brush to colour the blooms.

A touch of glitter was added to the centre .......

and I also highlighted some of the mesh in the background of the image using a Sakura Stardust pen .... not sure if this comes across well in the photo but trust me, it's there .......

The word 'Friends' is from one of the stamps in the B.F.F. set.  I masked off most of the 'Friendship isn't a big thing ........' stamp, inked it up, removed the masking tape and stamped.
It's been cut using a nestie die and then I've stamped it a little using the Rose Blush again.

I had to do the inside too ..... well it wouldn't be one of my cards if I didn't now would it .......

Well ..... have I inspired you to give this month's challenge a go?  Not quite ..... well check out the fabulous projects from the rest of the DT.  I'm sure by the time you've finished you'll really be in the mood for Spring.

You have until 8pm on April 20th to get your entries in so plenty of time.  Have fun, Good Luck and Happy Stamping!

Thanks for popping by today ..... have a lovely weekend.

Cheerio until next time


Thursday 20 March 2014

First day of Spring????

Happy Thursday folks,

I don't know what the first day of Spring's been like where you are ..... but over here, it's been pretty wet and windy!!!  It's rained most of the day, and we've even had hailstones this afternoon ........ but the sun is shining now and we have blue sky at last.  I think I've said this before but ....... that's Isle of Man weather for you ...... changable!

I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things .... the old craft room is back to it's usual state ..... full of stuff and mess everywhere (just how I like it!).  It's business as usual ... busy!  But I have sneaked in a little entry for this weeks Less is More Challenge .......

As always on the third weekend in the month, it's a Theme week and this time we have


I used both ..........what do you think?

I masked off a circle towards the bottom of my card, then placed my birdcage stencil over the top.  I used Weathered Wood  Distress ink through the stencil to colour my birdcage ...... and then added just a touch of Vintage Photo to the bird ......

I removed the stencil and added some colour to the background (Stormy Sky and Bundled Sage Distress inks) with the circle mask still in place.

The circle mask was removed and I added the branch to 'hang' the birdcage from .......

I replaced the birdcage stencil and continued the chain outside the inked circle to meet with the branch.

To finish off I added the little sentiment and a few highlights to the birdcage using a Sakura Stardust gel pen, and added a few sparkly gems ..... job done!!

Oh well .... quick break over with ..... better get back in the old craft room I suppose.  Thanks for popping by today ..... enjoy the rest of your Thursday.

I'll be back tomorrow with my DT inspriation for you for the next IndigoBlu Challenge .... hmmmm I wonder what the new theme will be?  If you haven't entered this months challenge there's still time ... if you're QUICK that is.  It closes at 8pm this evening so get your skates on.

Cheerio until next time ....


Monday 17 March 2014

Guess Where I've been ......

Happy Monday .......... from the UK!

Well ....... blogging over the weekend happened ..... didn't it!?! It wasn't through lack of trying though ...... no WiFi at the hotel unless I was prepared to take out a small mortgage. And when I could get online (briefly whilst having breakfast) there wasn't enough time to get a post done. In the end I gave up! The number of times this post has been re-written is getting silly now.

Anyway ........ for those of you who don't know, I've just spent a fabulous weekend at the home of IndigoBlu ..... on a craft retreat at their HQ ......... the place where it all happens.

It was a bit of an epic journey getting there ...... our flight first thing on Thursday morning was cancelled due to weather conditions - flippin' FOG everywhere!! So we were booked onto a later one. Mind you when you're flying in one of these little babies the weather is a big factor I suppose.

It did mean that it wasn't such an early start ..... no getting up at stupid o'clock to get to the airport. Much more civilised.
Anyway .... after a further 3 delays through the morning we finally got off the island and I arrived in the UK only 5 and a half hours late!

It was all worth it though, I've just spent three days full of inky craftiness with the fabulous Kay Halliwell-Sutton and my lovely crafty buddies ..... what a weekend!

I can't really share all the details with you just yet ......... the retreat is running again at the beginning of April and I don't want to spoil it for anyone who's booked on.
What I can show you is the workshop area where we all spent the last three days ......

This was Thursday evening ....... before we started. It didn't look that at 5.30 each day I can tell you.

Over the 3 days we did 3 fabulous projects ..... all home decor pieces. Each one full of great techniques which Kay took us through step by step, then you just ran with it and created our own works of art .... so much fun. It was a lovely bunch of ladies .... we all had a real giggle. And, it was nice to finally meet up with some of my blog friends and teamies who I've only ever chatted to via email, Facebook etc. - Karen, Julie, and Laura, hopefully see you all again soon ...... Xx

I think there's still a couple of places left on the April retreat if anyone wants to book on ..... You won't regret it. Check out the IndigoBlu website for details.

I'm still over in the UK ..... I'm in Sheffield today. Stephen picked me up from the retreat last night and we drove over here and had a nice evening out with Chris.

I'll be back on Manx soil this evening ..... and the old craft room door will be open again tomorrow. It's a busy week .....DT stuff to catch up on, a magazine submission to do, and I believe there's a HUGE box waiting for me from IndigoBlu ....... so, back to normal then!

Phew! ..........Finally got to the end. It's only taken me 4 days! ....... and cost me my sanity. Blogging on the iPad is rubbish! I'll never shout at my old laptop again.

Well ..... time for breakfast I think (late start this morning ...... too many champagne cocktails last night!)

Cheerio for now





Friday 14 March 2014

You haven't forgotten .... have you

Happy Friday everyone,

I hope you've had a good week.  Mine's been a little on the busy side but it's all been worth it.  I'm currently across in the UK on a Craft Retreat, hosted by the lovely Kay Halliwell-Sutton down at IndigoBlu HQ. It's 3 whole days of non-stop creativity ...... getting inky and messy using the fabulous IndigoBlu products.

So, while I'm away busy enjoying myself ...... a little reminder for you that the current Craft Stamper Take It Make It Challenge is still under way.
The challenge this month is Monoprinting using an Acrylic Block.  You've got until midnight on March 26th to get your entries in ..... and you could be the winner of the fabulous set of Limited Edition paints by Jo Firth-Young.  The colours are gorgeous and they've been designed especially to compliment her fantastic stamp range from PaperArtsy.  Go on .... you've got to be in it to win it!

Here's a little something to maybe inspire you to give this technique a go .....

Most rubber stampers will have an acrylic block of one size or another in their stash and using it to take prints from is just another way of making your stash go further ...... no need to rush out and buy a Gelli Plate.

I started by applying acrylic paint directly onto the block (mine's about 6 inches square) ...... you can see I used a few different colours, and added in some white to lighten it .....

I spread out the ink using a brayer, then placed a piece of white cardstock over the top, and these are the prints that came off .....

Simple .... but so effective.

I cut a tag shape from one of the pieces and then used a stencil to add a bit more interest and texture (Wendy Vecchi's Brick Wall)

Then I also did some stamping in places, first with Black Archival ink (IndigoBlu Script stamp) and then  using the IndigoBlu Flitter Glu and Mega Flakes (Autumn Blaze) with the gorgeous Vintage Flourish stamp

I also stamped onto some black card and used this to trim the top of my tag.

The pretty little butterflies were stamped onto some of the monoprinted card then cut out and added to the tag for dimension.  This pretty little stamp was actually one of the FREE stamps you get with your Craft Stamper magazine.  I'm not sure which issue it was but, this is one of those stamps that never gets put away in my craft room ...... I love it!!

I stamped it on a piece of acetate too and added this over one of the butterflies.

The words are from the Dylusions stamp set Quintessential Quotes which I've just stamped and then cut into pieces and placed onto the tag.

You don't have to use all your mono-prints just for backgrounds.  Stamp onto them and cut out the images to use as embellishments.  Use them with your dies and punches too .... create your own custom made accents for all your projects ...... Have fun!
Pop over to the Craft Stamper Blog today and you'll find more fabulous inspiration pieces from the rest of the DT, using this technique .

Don't foregt you have until Wednesday March 26th to get your entries in, so get printing!

Thanks for popping by today.  Have a lovely weekend.

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday 12 March 2014

This could all go horribly wrong .......

Hi everyone,

Just a quick post as I try out an app on the iPad, supposedly to make blogging easier on this thing! You know me and technology though .... not the perfect match, but hey! let's give it a go.

I've just downloaded Blogsy and had a quick read through the destructions ...... looks simple enough (famous last words!) so I thought I'd give it a try. You never know, if it works you may hear from me occasionally over the weekend ...... I can keep you up to date on what's happening on the retreat then.

Look .... I'm all packed, well nearly. Just a few bits and bobs left to throw in at the last minute, which is good really as there's not a lot of room left ....... And I need to leave space for shopping!

Fingers crossed this post appears and doesn't completely mess up my blog ..... Otherwise I will be in trouble!

See you again soon ...... I hope!!

24 hours from Retford .....

Happy Wednesday folks,

Well the printer is printing again ...... thank goodness!  The plumber's been to look at the washing machine .... I can still use it (phew!) and the new part it needs has been ordered - yeah!!  And, it's just one more sleep before I'm off to the UK ........ whoo hoo!!!!

Before I go off on my jollies though I've got this weeks festive make for the Merry Monday Card Challenge.

I got another Honorable Mention for my Country Charm entry last week which I'm thrilled about as I was out of my comfort zone a little there ......  thank you all for your lovely comments too!

for Challenge #98

This week we have a bit of a  colour challenge ......

Hmmmm ........ brown, green and gold, with white or cream .... it made me think vintage maybe,  or a distressed look possibly.  Anyway, here's what I've come up with ......

The brown looks almost black on this picture ..... trust me, it's a nice shade of chocolate brown .... honest!  and the gold bit hasn't come up very well either (I'll put that down to bad lighting!)

I've used one of my all time favourite Christmas stamps ..... Santa Collage, and he's been stamped using Vintage Sepia Versafine ink onto some cream cardstock.  I then cut him out in the shape of a tag and inked around the edge using Tea Dye distress ink ....

His glasses have been highlighted using a Sakura Stardust Gel pen.

I created the background card by first applying some distress inks (Tea Dye & Vintage Photo) directly onto my glass cutting mat, spritzed them with water, then smooshed (technical term there) a piece of cream cardstock through the inks until it was all covered.  Left it to dry, then stamped the pretty snowflakes using Tea Dye Distress ink

The Fran-tage has been out again (to be honest..... it never gets put away!), this time I've used the Shabby White Embossing Powder, you can see there's little bits of gold in there as well as some of the chunky stuff.

The 'Merry Christmas' has been stamped using the IndigoBlu Flitter Glu then I've used the Chariot of Fire Mega Flakes  (gold) over the top .....

A pretty satin bow finishes everything off, then I've mat and layered using brown and green cardstock ..... inside and out of course .....

Well that's another one for the Christmas card box, and it's the last project to come out of the old craft room this week ..... phew!  Everything on the list is DONE!! 

I'm off now to double check my suitcase and make sure I've got everything.  Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for popping by.

Cheerio until next time ......