Sunday, 31 May 2015

And so it begins .......

Happy Sunday,

Well .... it's started ........ this years Isle of Man TT that is. Or .......  as someone who works with hubby described it .......
The annual international celebration of lunatics travelling at 200mph on two wheels round a deadly road race track watched by damp campers drunk on real ale!! (lol!)

photo taken from the Official IOM TT website
Practice week got underway yesterday (Saturday) although unfortunately it was cut short by the weather.  Let's hope things brighten up during the week and that the weatherman is right (for once!) Apparently we're heading for a heatwave (whoo hoo!) ....... starting on Wednesday, and will probably last until Friday ...... if we're lucky!  Only joking ..... finger's crossed it's going to be the start of a long, hot (well warm at least) summer!

The sun's not shining today, in fact the sky looks pretty grim, but I don't care ... I'm having a lazy morning!  Well, I've no hubby to worry about ...... and it makes up for the early start I had yesterday. I know he arrived in the UK safely but that's it ....... I've heard nothing since.  Their 'lads day out' was supposed to be, starting with a trip to Go Ape ...... swinging through the trees like Tarzan, climbing high rope obstacles and flying down zip wires over water .... no thank you!  Not my idea of fun I can tell you, no matter how breathtaking the scenery is!!
Then, it was supposed to be on to some fancy hotel in Manchester, a meal out in the evening followed by a club ...... and probably ending up in some casino or other.  He's due back later today...... no doubt a little worse for wear!!!

Me on the other hand ..... I had a much more leisurely day spent in the company of my lovely crafty buddies.  Lots of tea, cake and cookies, AND chocolates .......  with the odd glass of something chilled after lunch ..... non-alcoholic of course!  Well .... it is the weekend after all, and .... it's not that often that we all get together ..... there was 6 of us today!

We had quite a productive day too ...... cards were designed, some even made. New stash was used ...... which is always fun, and everyone left with nice long shopping lists!  You know what it's like ..... someone's always got something new in their stash that you haven't, and you suddenly find that it's something you really NEED  ....... you've been there, right!?

Unfortunately I can't share my little project with you, not yet anyway, you'll have to wait a bit longer .... sorry!   I can tell you it was all inspired by something I did on a workshop recently, with one of the girls .... all will be revealed next week .... stay tuned!
I can share the second project we did though ....... from the same workshop.

Once a month we go over to Jill's and have a nice crafty afternoon .... usually trying out a couple of new techniques and getting all inky .... it's great fun!!
One of the things we did last month was using Brusho's with metal stencils.  If you haven't tried Brushos yet .... give them a go, they're little pots of magic!  And ...... the more you play around with them, the more ways you find to use them.

This is using the paints with a metal stencil ..... but instead of colouring through the stencil, in the usual way, we sprinkled the pigment ONTO the metal.  We then spritz with a little water and placed the stencil down onto a piece of card.  Apply a little pressure ....... and this is what happens ........

Pretty or what .... you still get the stenciled imaged, maybe not as crisp in places as you would using it in the usual way, but I quite like that.  You still get those fabulous Brusho backgrounds too .....

And what I also like is ...... no two will ever turn out the same. Clever eh!

Oh well ...... can't stay in my PJ's all day (sigh!) stuff to do and all that.  But first ..... a nice warm cinnamon and raisin bagel and a strong coffee are on the agenda ....... Happy Sunday indeed!

Thanks for popping by.  I see my followers number has gone up again (big smile!)  Welcome to Jan ...... thank you so much for spending time here, it's lovely to have you with us.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend
Cheerio until next time



  1. Sounds like lots of fun going on over there! Love this card! Wonderful technique!

  2. Your brushos card looks wonderful, TFS the technique, Cathy x

  3. Hi Linda, Not often I visit blog land whilst on my laptop - I often visit on my tablet but its a nightmare trying to comment. sounds like a fun afternoon and thats a great idea with the brushosxx

  4. Sounds like you had a fun time with your friends. What could be better than crafting with friends, laughing, eating cake and CHOCOLATES! I mean, seriously, WHAT could be better??!! Life is good on the Isle of Man. :) LOVE that brushos card. Have recently tried this technique (stencil monoprint is what it is called here). LOVE it! Have tried it with distress inks misted with water, and again with spray mists. So fun! Need to give it a go with brushos! xx

  5. Sounds like a fun/creative day, love this idea with the Brushos, will give this a try when I'm back in the craft room. Thanks for sharing.
    Avril xx


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