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Monday, 15 September 2014

Faux Pearl Technique

Good morning all.

It's actually a holiday up here in Scotland, the kids had both Friday and today off school...we usually go away for the weekend but didn't get around to organising anything this year with all the bugs going around the family!

It was so nice yesterday to log in to my blog and be able to view most of it...wonder how long it will last this time!!

I had a play at the weekend after seeing  Karen's card showing the Faux Pearl technique....this was new to me but looked really nice so I thought why not?

I was a bit heavy handed with the acrylic paint but I'll know better next time! I used peacock feathers and spiced marmalade to colour the piece. Die is from Memory Box, sentiment stamp from a Daisy and Dandelion set and bow is from my stash.

You will probably see a few more cards using the technique over the next day or two as I painted several pieces of card with the acrylic to use up the huge squirt which came out of the tube!!
I'll definitely be having another go using less paint too.
Thanks to Loll Thompson for the tutorial.

Challenges entered:
A Creative Romance - anything goes
Alphabet Challenge - P for pretty petals
Crafty Catz - clean and simple
Delightful Challenges - simple times
OSAAT - anything goes with a die
Pile it On - flowers/feathers
Scribble and Scrap - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - create your own background

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Let it Snow!

Good morning all.

Eldest has announced he is going to Bulgaria next month....oh no a boozy weekend or such thought I....but no he's off with two mates to spend two weeks helping in an orphanage! He doesn't have any details apart from dates at the moment though...there's never a dull moment!

...and thanks to the helpful receptionist at the dentist we were able to confirm he would be back in time for his appointment which he'd forgotten all about.

Sorry my title isn't a plea for a change in recent weather lol!

Today's share is a Christmas tag.

Stamps are all from Anita's, part of a set I was gifted once. Everything was stamped in versamark then heat embossed with white EP. I've used various green and blue distress inks to colour the background. Decided I would resurrect my H2O's to colour in my snowman...I can't remember the last time they saw the light of day. Ribbons, cord and lace are from my stash. Tag is finished off with a few gems, some stickles and glamour dust was used to cover the sticky tape used to fix the lace on.

Challenges entered:
Delicious Doodles - fancy and frilly
Polka Doodles - tag you're it
Dream it Up - Christmas and the holidays
Southern Girls - winter blues
Loves Rubber Stamps - glitter and sparkle
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Wow - my favourite (white EP and distress inks)
Amusing - tags

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Candi Circus Little Abi

Good morning all.

No problems at the dentist yesterday thank goodness but if the new nurse had shoved the squirty, sucky thing any further down my throat during the scale and polish I swear it would have come out the other end!! On the other hand it was nice to find a helpful receptionist who happily checked up to see if eldest had any pending appointments and then changed his details to include his phone no for a reminder....the usual receptionist would have sat very smugly and told me she couldn't divulge any information due to date protection!!

A birthday card to share today, for our neighbour's little girl who will soon be one.

Image is from PPinky Dolls Art, coloured with promarkers. Sentiment from LOTV. Oval dies and circle die are from Spellbinders. All other dies from Marianne Design....the doily die and flower shape have been in my stash for ages and this must be the first time I've used them!  Border punch from Martha Stewart which I've edged with distress ink. Backing paper from Crafty Individuals. Flowers from Petal Lu.

Challenges entered:
Crafter's Cafe - card for a child
Crafting by Designs - pretty in pink
Digi Sketch Challenge - sketch and/or girly
PPinky Dolls Challenge - anything goes/add flowers
Use Your Stuff - border punch
Whoopsi Daisy - flowers
Lia Stampz - girly
Marianne Design Divas - anything goes with min 3 products (used 6 dies)
Wags n Whiskers - for the girls

Friday, 12 September 2014

Seasons Greetings

Good morning all.

I've got a quick trip to the dentist this afternoon for my six monthly check, hopefully there won't be any problems.

A Christmas card to share today.

The stamps are by Tiddly Inks and were a recent magazine freebie. I've stamped onto Neenah Desert Storm kraft card and coloured with promarkers. Papers are from Bo Bunny. Tree die was a magazine freebie; poinsettia die is from Marianne Design; all other dies are from Spellbinders. Sentiment stamp from Anita's. Ribbons from my stash.
All finished inside too :)

Challenges entered:
CHNC Extra - anything Christmas goes
CHNC - do you hear what I hear
Completely Christmas - anything goes
The Glory of Christmas - bingo (red, stamp, tree)
Holly Jolly Christmas - RED (red, ribbon, emboss, dies)
ABC Christmas - R for red poinsettia
Addicted to Stamps - make your mark
Christmas at Sweet Stampin - Christmas critters
CRAFT - Christmas

Thursday, 11 September 2014


Good morning all.

Thank you for all the good wishes yesterday...a quiet day was spent at home as I was a bit under the weather after eating sausages for tea on Tuesday which had gluten in them. Hubby had bought two packs - one with and one without...note to self always check yourself rather than taking someone else's word for it!!!

A birthday card for a brother in law to share today. I was toiling for ideas this year and leafing through my box of stamps came across this reward stamp amongst a set of male stamps which were a magazine freebie...brain cells started ticking after remembering his ice bucket challenge stint on Facebook!

Image was stamped with Memento and coloured with promarkers before being fussy cut. I captured a photo from my computer screen using the snips tool and printed it out to fit the aperture. The backing paper is a freebie from Bearly Mine. Sentiment from LOTV. The lamp and bracket dies are from Marianne Design, fence die is from Magnolia and circle dies are from Spellbinders. I've die cut everything from Kraft card and painted with stone acrylic paint, added a crackle glaze then painted with black acrylic before adding a bit of gold gilding wax. Card is finished with a couple of black gems to which I've also added gilding wax.

Challenges entered:
Craft-room Challenge - something old (sentiment), something new (backing paper)
Artisitc Imspirations - anything goes or round
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Crafty Bloggers - anything goes
Melonheadz - 2 or more dies
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Aud Sentiments - for the men in our life

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Wedding Anniversary

Good morning all.

It's our wedding anniversary today...26 years. I can't believe it's been a year since we were in Venice! Last year I was being wined and dined on the day before our silver wedding, yesterday I spent most of the day cleaning the cooker and it's surrounds!! I had to borrow the baking soda out of the craft room to get the glass in the oven doors clean...I wouldn't mind but most of it was other peoples spills!

This is my card for hubby using greens, golden tones and maroon with black and kraft.

Dragonfly decoupage stamp from Imagination Crafts which I've stamped onto Desert Storm kraft card from Crafter's Companion then coloured with promarkers...I really like how this turned out. I've layered up the dragonfly wings and added stickles for some sparkle. The hessian embossing folder is from Crafter's Companion and is an A4 size...I had to remove the white tray from my GC to fit it through as the hinges are on the side of the folder rather than the top and I still managed to catch the last one which snapped off. The folder is still usable but I'm afraid I won't be buying any more this size! I had added some DI to the folder before I embossed but it didn't show very well so I inked over the embossing too.
After layering everything up I've added some Baker's Twine and a charm to finish.

Challenges entered:
Imagination Crafts - anything goes
Crafty Cardmakers - dry embossing
Love to Scrap - let's fly away
Artistic Stampers - autumnal colours
Creatalicious Challenges - up to the sky
The Stamping Boutique - glitter it up

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Two Tubs

Good morning all.

Another lovely day here yesterday, so washing all done and after putting the tea on I managed to get ahead with some DT work. I did have to say goodbye to my trusty old bone folder which snapped in two :( I have had nearly 8 years service from it so it didn't owe me anything!

Another male card today. 

The image is called "Two Tubs" and is from Digi Stamps 4 Joy and comes complete with the sentiment...when I saw Annie showcasing it last week I knew the image would be perfect for a card needed this week. I've coloured with promarkers. Backing paper is a freebie from Bearly Mine. Lamp die cut is from Marianne Design.

Challenges entered:
Digistamps4Joy - celebrations
Hobby Cutz - for the boys
The Corrosive Challenges - let's hear it for the boys
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes