Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Colour mess, or could it be art !

Hi everyone.  Something a little different to share with you today.  I decided to have a little play in the craft room yesterday and got a bit messy.

Here is what I ended up with.


I started off with a little wooden plaque and gave it two coats of Gesso - I treated myself to some the other day.  I have already fallen in love with this stuff - it prepares the surface so well.

Then I got messy with some CTMH inks.  I used foam sponges to apply the four colours, (clockwise) Lagoon, Gypsy, Cranberry, Autumn Terracotta.  It went on so well on the prepared surface.

Next, I inked up some stamps with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and just had some fun.  The Dream Believe Succeed stamp is a wooden stamp by InkaDinkaDo.  The rest of the stamps are from a Recollections butterfly stamp set.


And there you have it - a little bit of messy that turns out good.

I am entering this creation in the following challenge.


My inspiration for this creation was to try something different and outside my comfort zone, of sorts :-)  I am hoping to delve into a few new things over the next few months and that is why I love the quote on this creation "Dream, Believe, Succeed".

I really enjoyed this little bit of me time.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Great weekend :-)

Hi everyone - just sharing a little bit of life with you.

We had a fabulous family weekend, with Andy being home.  Took him to the airport yesterday afternoon, back home again at the end of June :-)

We spent the whole day, Saturday, at the 2013 Ambassador Cup Tae E. Lee Taekwondo Championship, watching the opening ceremony and then waiting for the girls to be called to take part in their catergory.

A picture of the display team - they put on one amazing display!


They both did well and we are very proud of both of them.  Shannon was 1/2 point off getting the Bronze medal and Emily just 2 points off getting her Bronze.  They did, however, both come away with their participants medals and they were really pleased :-)


Here is a close-up of front and back of the medals.



We went out for supper to celebrate.

Sunday, Andy cut the lawn for me - looking nice and tidy again now.  I cooked a lovely Spaghetti Bolognese for supper, with lots of yummy garlic bread :-)

Yesterday, we had to go to the bank and stuff like that.  Whilst we were at the bank, Shannon rang to say the High School had been closed because of a leak of some sorts, that was causing people to be sick, fainting and generally feeling sick.  So she had the day off school.

All in all, a great weekend.

Hope you all had a great weekend and for my American friends, a fabulous Memorial Day weekend.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Back to crafting now :-)

Friday, 24 May 2013

Using Dies - hmmm!

Hi all you crafty crafters.  How has your week been?  Guess who comes home tonight, till Monday?  Andy of course - yay!  So looking forward to seeing him.  We also have to take the girls to their Taekwondo Competition tomorrow, so it's good that he is home to see them take part.

It's another weeks challenge at Polka Doodles, we are at Week 21 and this weeks theme is To Die for - use dies on your card.

Now, I did take this one literally.  I know I have my Silhouette and my Cricuts, but I decided to see if I could come up with something, just using my Spellbinders dies.  Now if you recall, when I showed you my craft room, I also showed you how I stored my ton's of dies (LOL), see below in the photo - that is the extent of my dies.


Exciting or what :-)

Anyways, I did come up with something, let me know what you think.


My papers are all from the Polka Doodles All Around and Everywhere CD.  The flower is from the Cherryblossom Lane CD, cut and layered and a little pearl dot added to the centre.

I used the Spellbinders Big Scallop rectangle, the two smaller sizes, and then inked and layered them together.  I popped up the rectangles to add a little depth.


I couldn't resist and had to scrap lift an idea from Jessica over at Chic-n-Scrap, she had made a card with some fabric ribbon and had stamped a sentiment on it.  It looked so cool that I had to give it a go.  I used Memento Tuxedo black ink and the sentiment is from the Polka Doodles Fairy Flutterfly rubber stamp set, Meeshelle.  I added a couple of little pearl dots either side of the sentiment.  It didn't even bleed into the fabric, fab or what!

For the inside I used the same papers.


And there you have it. 

Polka Doodles has free shipping worldwide on all purchase of £10 (around $16) or more.  These fabulous CD's have so much on them and there are so many other fabulous things to add to your cart, why not pop over and take a look at all the yummy stuff, Polka Doodles.

Hope you can take the time to enter the challenge this week.  You have until the Sunday 2 June (12pm GMT) to get creative.  Please, do not forget, that you can only enter a total of 10 challenges including Polka Doodles, to be eligible for any prizes.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

New to me technique (3) - Smacking Acetate

Hi everyone.  Its time to share another new to me technique, and I am also sharing this with everyone over at Sheila's blog, She's a Sassy Lady.

This is called Smacking Acetate or I would prefer to call it "Messing around with ink and water!" LOL!

You can make some fabulous background papers or papers that you want to cut and make flowers - the uses for this are endless, and you get a unique result every time.

Here is my finished card.


Firstly, you will need a piece of acetate, either some water based markers or some re-inkers.  I used CTMH  water-based dye ink markers.  Some white paper, I used the Recollections white paper, you want something that is a little porous - to take the ink and water. A mini mister or water spray.


I found this technique by Gina K on Stamp TV, she uses re-inkers and here is a link to the video for this method.

I do not have any re-inkers, as such, so I used the markers instead and was still really pleased with the results I got.

So, cut a piece of card stock a little bigger than you actually need.  This will enable you to trim to your desired size afterwards.

Take you acetate, and as many markers as you want to use.  I chose 3 colours, that I felt I could work with. Don't do too many, or I think you will end up with just a muddy mess.

Now comes the fun part.  Just scribble randomly over the acetate with your markers.  I have done two to show you.



Get you water mister and spray gentle over the inks until you see that the whole area is wet, but not soaking.



Place you piece of paper (smack) down on top of the inked acetate and press out gently.  Lift the paper away and wait to dry - or use your heat gun.  Your acetate sheet can be just wiped clean and used again.


Here are the two papers, and I even tried it with some doilies.




Now all you have to do is use them on your cards.

For my card I used a 6" by 4" base and then layered up my papers.  The designer paper is from a stack by Me & My Big Ideas called Forever Water Colour.  The ribbon flower was made by my daughter Shannon.

The sentiment is from a set called Hooray for Birthdays by Scrappy Mom's, stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black.


For the inside I used the same papers and stamped a little flower in two of the corners.


I hope you will give this technique a go - it is so easy and yet so effective and of course unique every time.

Have fun.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Happy Birthday to my darling Hubby :-)

Hi every peeps.   How are you all doing?  Are you having a good week?

Today I would like to wish my husband a very (nearly over the hill LOL) Happy Birthday.  As he can't make it home this weekend, for the long weekend, he is going on a road trip (I wish we were going with him).  So, his birthday present is a trip for 3 days down to Mount Rushmore and Devils Tower.  A good twelve hour drive from Winnipeg, but he seems up for it :-)

I gave you a sneak peek on Sunday of his card.  So here it is.  I used the same Mojo Monday Sketch #292, this one can't be entered in the challenge though, but I so liked this sketch that I had to use it again.


Not sure where I was going with this one, but am really pleased with how it turned out.

The papers are all from a DCWV stack called The Timeless Type.  If you look close to that top script layer under the clock (clicking on it might make it bigger), I managed to find a section in the 12" by 12" piece with the words, you are my everything, to love forever, heart and love conquers all :-)  Thats how much he means to me.


The clock and key are from a Miss Kate Cuttables file called Lock & Key.  I just used the key and the clock from the file, using my Silhouette Cameo to resize them and they cut perfectly.  

All the layers and the clock have been inked with Tim Holtz Tea Dye distress ink and I added a little black to the face of the clock too.

Used my sewing machine to stitch around those three main layers.  I have shown a close up at an angle into the light, as I wanted to show you that the bottom section with the keys on is actually glossy.


For the inside I used the same papers as the front.


One of those pesky men cards completed :-)

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Paper Creator's Crafts - Challenge #8: For the Boys (closes 17 May)

DL ART Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge: Anything Goes (closes 31 May)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

They made me do it! They did!!

Hi everyone, bit of a non-crafty post today.

I spent the whole morning today in the craft room, but I did not craft!  After seeing the awesome craft rooms on Craftin Desert Diva's Craft it Up & Link it Up for this week, I thought it was about time I had another move around and sort out.

Grab a coffee and then settle down for a peak into my little world :-)

So here are a couple of before photos - bit messy.



My room is in a corner of the basement and those two windows are the only natural light source.

And now for the makeover.



Now for a little closer look at each section.  Working our way around the craft area, from left to right. This first section below, the rolling trolley on the left contains all my scrap papers, and scraps of solid colours.  The white shelving unit - top shelf, 8.5" by 11 solid colours are in those magazine holders.  My little X-Cut paper trimmer and my Martha Stewart trimmer. The iris cases on the second shelf, hold wooden stamps, adhesives and special papers.  My Martha Stewart score board sits on top.  The two photo boxes, one holds floral embellishments and the other my glue guns.  The bottom shelf holds Chirstmas papers, Christmas wooden stamps, heat embossing glitters and heat gun.


On the side of that white unit I have put some magnetic sheet to hang up the only Spellbinders dies I have - sad in it :-)


Onto my desk, this is the little area I work in, I have my Spectrum Noir pens and some little bits and pieces. Over to the right there is where you can see my Silhouette Cameo.


Next the other side of my desk.  On the wall unit, some wooden stamps up top, working down, my little containers of brads, then some inks and art glitter.  Next some glossy accents, embellishments and the more glitter and flocking.  On the shelf of my desk, the first little unit on the right is where I keep scissors, craft knives, some inkers and misters, pop dots and foam tape, and my brayer.  The next two are full of bling, pearl dots, embellishments.  The next two containers hold the small amount of acrylic stamps and some wooden stamps. 


Next stop is another spot for paper stacks, 12" by 12" solid colours and my ink pads.  Also my little calender and notice board to keep track of my DT commitments.


The photo boxes hold pre-folded cards and envelopes.  See there, that is how big my new little sewing machine is - isn't she cute.  My big one sits nicely under the desk, the little one fits nicely over to the left when not in use.  The pencil holder unit, and the drawer holds my scraps of ribbon.


This is my home made photo box.  It is sitting on my ribbon storage (the four drawers), general ribbon, then xmas ribbon underneath, then themed ribbon, and then twine and stuff.  Next to it you can see my rolls of vinyl and in the drawer are lots of bits and bobs, from packed buttons, to embellishments, stickers etc.  The fancy box to the right holds a lot of the cards that I have made.


My Cuttlebug and it's folders sit on my kids craft drawers. I have turned it so that they can still get into the drawers for their things, in the mean time, the top is great for me to use my Cuttlebug.


And there you have it - my nice little cosy area - all nice and tidy and ready to get back in there and craft.


I hope you have enjoyed taking a look around my craft room.  Now you have to head on over to Craftin Desert Diva's and show us all your craft space.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Spring or more like Summer!

Hi everyone.  My migraines have finally abated and I hope they don't come back any time soon.  Thanks for sticking with me.

I managed to get into the craft room briefly this week and managed to make two cards. One I can share with you today, the other will have to wait till Wednesday, as its for Andy's birthday.

A bloggie friend Naomi of Creative Bug on the Loose is not at all well at the moment, so I thought I would make a lovely summery and colourful card to cheer her day and make her smile.  Lisa of D├ęcosse's Dynamite Doodles is helping out with Naomi's blog at the moment and she put a request out for some Get Well Wishes, so of course as soon as I was able I made a card.


I really enjoyed making this card and using Mojo Monday Sketch #292.  I really needed to get some mojo and loved this sketch.  Here is the sketch I used.


My papers are all from an  8" x 8" stack by Me and My Big Ideas, called Forever Watercolour.  


All the edges of all the layers have been inked with Cranberry CTMH ink.  And the Get Well Soon stamp is a Hero Arts Stamp.  The little flower on the front is from the same papers, just cut out by hand and popped up for some depth.

I was lucky enough to find a real bargain the other day, a little Singer sewing machine, it was $50.  I do have a full use sewing machine, but really didn't want to ruin it with paper sewing.  So I treated myself for Mother's Day :-)
 Singer Pixie Plus Electronic Sewing Machine
It's such a lovely size, doesn't take up much room and it's very light - perfect for moving around the craft room.

Of course, I had to use it and the sketch was perfect.

For the inside I used the same papers as the front.


I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend, it has been glorious weather here for the last two weeks. It's rained the last couple of days, but the gardens really needed it.  Hoping the sun comes back and just the occasional rain shower will do, until October would be nice!

Here is a little sneak peak of Andy's card, I used the same sketch :-)


This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Mojo Monday #292 - Sketch (as above)  (closes 12 May)

DL ART Thankful Thursday Linky challenge: Anything Goes (closes 31 May)

My Time to Craft - Challenge #221: Show us the Inside (closes 17 May)

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Happy Anniversary

Hi my wonderful blogland friends.  How are your doing this week?  This is a scheduled post, but I am pleased to say that my migraines are getting less and less each day.  Thank you for all your great comments and support.

We are here for another challenge at Polka Doodles for week 19! Only another 7 weeks and we will be half through the year!

Our theme this week is Anniversaries and I decided to go with a CAS style card, well nearly anyways.

Here is my little bit of inspiration for you.


Wouldn't this also make a wonderful Wedding card.  The little heart embellishment was a candy win from last year, when I first started my blog.

The papers are from the the All Around and Everywhere CD, such a fun CD, full off fabulous papers and sentiments and tons of back to nature elements.

The sentiment is from the Cherryblossom Lane CD and I merged this with the backing paper.


I couldn't resist adding a little bit of tulle, it was just too CAS for me :-)  All the edges of all the layers were inked.

For the inside, as the norm, I used the same papers and finished it off with some little flourishes.


I just love these classy looking papers.

Don't forget you have just over a week to enter, the challenge closes on the 19 May (12pm UK time).  Please remember, if you take part in the challenge, and to be eligible for prizes, you can only enter a total of 10 challenges including Polka Doodles.

This card is being entered in the following challenges.

Totally Paper Crafts - Challenge #166: CAS (Clean and Simple) (closes 16 May)

Sister Act Card Challenge - Challenge #6: Anything Goes (closes 17 May)

Eclectic Ellapu - Go Pinkies - Anything Goes (closes 11 May)

Crafty Catz - Challenge #182 - Anything Goes (closes 16 May)

Five Simple Things - Inspire Me Fridays #102: Anything Goes (closes 16 May) 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy crafting.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Alls Well - ish :-)

Hi everyone.  Just thought I had better put a post on my blog :-)

All is well here, I am sorry for lack of postings, have been suffering from some really bad migraines since Thursday.  Am hoping that I soon will be able to wake in the morning without my head feeling as if it is in a vice.

I thought I would share a little bit of life with you.

My youngest daughter Emily (12) had Taekwondo testing today. She was a blue belt and today she achieved her red stripe.  Next belt is red.

Here is a picture of her proudly showing her stripes and her certificate.


Also, to let you know that Spring definitely did spring!  However, we seem to have skipped Spring altogether and gone straight for Summer.  Temperatures have been up in the mid 20c (77f) most of this week and is forecast for the same next week.

My blossom tree in the garden is looking fabulous.



Hope you are all doing well out there in blog land - I have been visiting and if I haven't left a hello, my apologies, hope to get round to you all and back to posting this week.   

If any of you have any good remedies (other than chopping my head off) for headaches - any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy crafting everyone.

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