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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Thank you - 102 follower blog candy.

This post is pinned to the top, please scroll down for newer posts.

I planned this card to fit in with the latest Marianne challenge, use your newest Marianne product, as well as numerous black and white challenges, however I can only find one of those now and that is Stampotique (oh and that has ended too - but luckily the bow lets me enter the newest challenge) - so I guess I missed the boat on the rest!
It is a lot different to any card I have made before, change is good.
My latest Marianne product was going to be just the stamp set (CS0858), which I bought recently, but then I spotted this chicken wire embossing folder and die set (DF3404) - ordered it and it arrived this week. 

I stamped the letter from the set and cut hexagons from it with the die, black ink and white card. These were mounted on the embossed hexagons of the black square. Then the negative of the hexagon die, expanded, was trimmed and used on the black embossed square. I stamped the postcard, frank, watch, quill and a stamp from the set, the stamps and quill were coloured with Graphit pen in turquoise, in fact I air brushed the large stamp using my little spritzer and the Graphit marker! The black panel was mounted on a square of glittered white card and attached with white brads. I had some b&w Papermania Designer paper that was just right for the larger panel, around which I tied black and white polka dot chiffon ribbon. I had some black and white Prima blooms that were perfect, and found some polka dot brads for the centres. The sentiment is stamped from a Fiskars set. Finally I added a bow and some black glitter paper hexagons, and two white buttons. I think you can put more clutter on a monotone card without it looking too trashy - I hope so anyway!
This is the inside of the card, same paper and panel cut with Spellbinders scalloped square.

It seems appropriate that the card is a Thank You card.

I have entered the following challenges:
Marianne Design Diva's - use your newest Marianne stash (Wed 13th Aug)
Stampotique Designers Challenge - bows SDC159 (Wed)
We Do Doobadoo - shabby chic (Sat 23rd)
Pink Gem #125 - embossing (Sat)
Allsorts - #271 All sentimental (Sat)
Papertake Weekly - anything goes - optional torn paper (YAY I have torn paper!) (Tues)
Charisma Cardz - buttons and bows (Aug 20th)
Creative Fingers - #45 Anything goes (Fri 22nd Aug)
That's Crafty - use stamps (Aug 22nd)
Stamping Sensations - anything goes (Aug)
Cards Galore - anything goes (Aug)
The Artistic Stamper - Anything goes (Aug)

102 follower Blog Candy.

Here is the first item in my 102 followers blog candy! I was thrilled to find I had got to 100, and even more thrilled that 102 people actually want to follow me, and combined with my recent birthday and several challenge wins myself this year, I decided I should give a little candy to my followers.
I will add some more bits to the candy, the winner will get this Tonic die and some other nice goodies, maybe stamps, ribbons, buttons, charms and more!
Here's a bit more candy, this is a useful set for Christmas.

If you would like to win my candy please leave a comment, and add your link below.

I haven't decided on a closing date - I have set it to the end of August, maybe I will extend it - I will see how it goes!

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Carousel - altered art.

I posted this photo of my partly painted Carousel ages ago, last year anyway. It is a Kaisercraft Carousel that came in white, or off white anyway. I thought it was just crying out for the big white spaces round the edge to be decorated, and I started it - but other stuff got in the way and it stayed on the floor under other stuff until yesterday. I had a kind of life changing moment, which is described in the previous post!

This is the carousel on my desk right now. I can't turn it due to the stashberg next to it, so the next task is to sort that out a little, and I have the pink "Stuff Bucket" which was in that spot before. I went through that and moved a lot of stash over to the carousel, and already I can find it better and organise it better. I found stuff I forgot I had and haven't seen for a long time as well as a couple of mystery objects!

I got my stencils out and "Air Brush" marker spritzer and my Promarkers and Graphit markers and got to work. The stencils are all Creative Expresions ones. I love poppies, and airbrushed them in two colours. I think I need to add a butterfly somewhere, a charm or a stamped one maybe.

This panel has birds on overhead wires and I overstamped with Visible Image feathers, birds and a saying, it is hard to read the saying which didn't work well but it says "free your imagination". You can see the spritzer in the organiser.

This was the first panel I did last year, I didn't have the spritzer then so I used Cut n Dry foam to dab it, then over stamped it with the cogs.

I love this stencilled effect, I used a Graphit turquoise marker to air brush this one. Needs something else.

 Raindrops, I will have to find an umbrella to add!
Finally part of a scene, just the houses.

Then I painted round the rims with some Plaid Folk Art Acrylic paint in burgandy, it doesn't go right the way inside the drawers. The rest of the paint is either by Indigo Blu or Paperartsy. I painted two coats of burgandy then this morning doodled on it with gold Permapaque pen, which was one of two pens I chose with a gorgeous Stampendous stamp as my prize from the Woodware challenge I won.

I think there is more to do to this, more to add to the stencilled panels, more doodling and those drawers look a bit bare now don't they? I am thinking of adding brass charms maybe to the panels.

I have entered the following challenges:
Anything but a card - #38 repeating patterns (Sun)
Allsorts - masking and stencilling #272 (Sat)
Pan Pastels - #20 bold and bright (Sun)
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes (Aug 25th)
Stamping Sensations - anything goes (Aug)
Visible Image - anything goes with a Visible Image stamp (Aug)

WOYWW #272

I haven't joined in with WOYWW for the longest time, I just didn't feel that I could carry on showing you my messy depressing desk that never seemed to change. I have continued to work in a small clear spot about 6"x6" while all around me chaos reigned.
I know this probably doesn't look like an improvement - but it is. First of all I there is my decorated carousel, I showed you the plain white carousel and started painting it - but then I didn't have time to finish it or maybe the room. It ended up on the floor as a trip hazard and the floor ended up with it's own 6"x6" spot in front of the desk one!
Well enough is enough, I have had loads of surplus stash I have been trying to sell for ages in various places. I sort of gave up on it. Then I realised that I just have to try and get rid of it at low low prices - it would be better to have a little for it and the space than to try and hold out for something more, even if that something more was way lower than I paid for it!
So tomorrow I am starting a facebook event and will post simultaneously on a page on my blog and I really hope to shift the tip of the stashberg! I would even consider swapping for something I wanted.Once that has shifted I can sort out some more stash to go, I might be able to let a whole heap more go to better homes as I haven't used a great deal of it. The problem is that I still keep buying more (I am trying to control myself, but it still happens) and winning - I recently won Gayle's fabby candy, Prima doll stamps and pink pearls, pink bits and pieces and my first ever Distress glitter - in pink! Thank you Gayle.
I am even giving some away in my blog candy post pinned to the top - go check it out!

The problem is that the stashberg and the new stash not yet safely stashed is causing a major block to my creativity. The shift in perspective came about after I watched a long video tour of Tassy's newly organised craft room. This was followed by my decision to let the tip of the stashberg float away - requiring some more photos. I wanted my metal ruler to show the size of things, couldn't find it so turned everything upside down on my desk to find it - still haven't yet! While shifting the stashberg around I happened to pick up the carousel and put it in a newly created space on the desk, thinking I could finish this off and get it full of stash on the desk.
Well I went to bed last night with all this going round in my head I guess, and - just couldn't sleep! So I got up again and started stencilling the carousel, and I have done loads but I think I will do more yet. I am going to post the detailed photos in the next post - only because I spotted one challenge I can enter with it.
So this is a bit rambling, and the corner of the desk indicates the tip that the rest looks like - but it has to get worse to get better - right?

Well if you want to go nosy at some other workspaces mosey on over to The Stamping Ground and maybe join in too!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Craft room clear out event on Facebook and Blogger on Thursday

I am so fed up with all the spare stash I no longer want, most of it unused, cluttering up the place. I am going to hold a craft room event sale on Facebook starting Thursday 21st, and sell it at knock down prices.

I have loads of stamps and much more. I have never done this before and don't know how it will go, so bear with me. I don't know if you need to be a facebook friend to attend either, I assume you do.

The event page is here.

If you don't do facebook I will also post each item on the event page, check the tab at the top. I will take the first comment from either blog or facebook going by the time it was posted.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Put a stamp on it - that is Quirky postal!

When I heard the theme I chose this gorgeous Digital Delights Snowy Postbox scene (which is perfect for Cindy's theme) and was provided by Stitchy Bear Digital stamps who are sponsoring our challenge this time. . I added a bit of colour to the very English postbox and scene with Promarkers then die cut it to fit inside the Spellbinders postage stamp die edging it with gold Krylon pen, and to make it more like a stamp I franked it with a Marianne stamp. Keep Calm ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. The paper is Papermania Daisy and Dandelion Christmas paper.  I ran the die cut image through again with the rubber mat to enhance the embossing on it
Although I grew up with post boxes like this on every street they are now quite rare and the ones we have now are modern rectangles on a pole which don't take large items at all. I had to google it to get the colours just right, was the frame of the schedule a different colour? What about the letters and crown? I found lots had the insignia painted over in red, but some had gold. This letterbox must be particularly old because GR is King George, later ones had ER for Queen Elizabeth, the R is Regina of course.

I posted this card into the following challenges:
I love Promarkers - anything goes (19th Aug)
Delicious Doodles - anything goes with a Delicious Doodles image (ends 21st Aug)
Moving along with the times - vintage (27th Aug)
Winter Wonderland - anything Christmas goes (28th Aug)

Still using the postage stamp die, which I ran through with the rubber mat to enhance the embossing on it.  I used Dear Mr Claus with its  three cute penguins and an American style post box and the image is coloured with Promarkers, which is a Stitchy Bear stamp also provided by Stitchy who are sponsoring this challenge exclusively. This time I used the Singing Penguin ribbon exclusive to Crafty Ribbons. The paper is by Papermania.
So two more Christmas cards done, YAY!

I have posted this card in the following challenges:

ABC Christmas challenges - P for Penguin (Wed 20th Aug)
Graphits Markers challenge - Furry (23rd Aug)
Christmas Card Challenges - embossing (Sun 24th)
Crafty Little Fairies - cute and cuddly (Aug)
Winter Wonderland - anything Christmas goes (28th Aug)

Sunday, 10 August 2014

It's time to cook up a Quirky Reminder

This week I decided to make some cooking bookmarks, I often want to keep my place for several recipes I want to make.

This is The Cook from Robyn's Fetish,
I coloured her with Promarkers.
 I cut bookmarks from brown bazzill type cardstock, using a Sizzix Bigz Tim Holtz tag die, and I cut some freebie designer paper (designed by Mary Kilvert in 2012) to fit the tag.
I added cupcake ribbon and Everything Stops for Tea ribbon both exclusive to Crafty Ribbons along the bottom, and gingham ribbon (also from Crafty Ribbons) through the hole in the top. The backs are plain at present.

The first bookmark/tag features The Cook, one of the images generously supplied to the team by Robyn's Fetish. She is coloured with Promarkers and die cut with a Spellbinders die.

The second bookmark features Cookn Mouse.

This image is Cookn Mouse from
Robyn's Fetish, with cupcake and
gingham ribbon
from Crafty Ribbons.

This is My Little Cook from Robyn's
Fetish, and Macaroon and Gingham
ribbons from Crafty Ribbons.

This bookmark features Cake from Robyn's
Fetish, gingham, and Everything Stops for
Tea ribbon from Crafty Ribbons.

Apologies for any doubling up of descriptions - I just discovered the "Add a Caption" feature on pictures and wanted to try it out!
I have added a few buttons to the front of the book......

..... and finished the pages, blue and teal have red gingham paper strips top and bottom, and there are a few hearts from the scraps in places......
......pocket pages got a little love too......

 .....and orange pages got a strip of cupcake paper down the side, both sides. Papers are by Mary Kilvert (c) 2012, looking pretty now......
 ......but I ran out of cupcake paper, so used this afternoon tea strip on the last orange page, and a larger Cake image on two of the pocket pages.
My new cooking bookmarks fit neatly into one of the pockets in the recipe scrapbook.

I have entered the following challenges:
Papertake Weekly - anything goes (Tues)

Sunday, 3 August 2014

What's Quirky Cooking? A recipe for disaster?

 It is my turn to set the Quirky Crafts challenge and I chose What's Quirky Cooking - with ribbon. We have two great sponsors, Robyn's Fetish and Crafty Ribbons. I made a scene with My Little Chef and Cookn'mouse kindly provided by Robyn's Fetish, coloured it with Promarkers and edged it with Turquoise Graphit. I used some clashing colours, inspired by another challenge at Polkadoodles, I would not normally put orange and pink together or pink and red and orange - and bright green. I decided only this morning that it would become a recipe scrapbook so I got the Bind it All out. I also used the Xyron 150 to run all the papers and image through before adhering them to the book covers.
The papers were all freebie ones with magazines.
I found all my gingham ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and tied them to the binding wires, I wanted them to match the paper and the mouse's dress.
My possible big mistake today was to seal the front of the cover with Krylon triple thick glaze (dries in minutes), because it totally changed the papers which all became transparent. I could see gingham through the white card of the image - that was cool - and cake through the gingham, but worst of all the pale turquoise of the double sided paper turned pink from the other side design!  I am hoping that when it has had time to totally dry it will revert to the colour in the last photo below - which is what it looked like before spraying!
I kept it outside in the summer breeze for a few minutes hoping it would dry out, I think it just picked up dust!
I remembered I had some knife and fork charms and added one of each to the bottom of the cover.
 Inside the scrapbook are lots of blank pages in orange, some in pale blue and 4 pocket pages in teal. I used the Bind it All to punch the other side of the pocket and threaded red gingham ribbon through and knotted it to secure the side. I used Cake From Robyn's Fetish, printed twice and coloured with Promarkers, to decorate the pocket.
This is the other "disaster" which is not too bad, I meant to have this page on the outside to match the front, but punched the holes the wrong side! This is what the paper on the front should look like too.
There is more decorating to do, I am adding strips of the gingham paper to the page edges, I ran all the paper and image through the Xyron 150 and I cut the gingham paper into strips so I have lots of ready made stickers to put on.

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts to see more great projects and join in the fun, you could win prizes!

This project has stirred its way into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - other than a card or tag
Divas by Design - anything goes (Wed)
I love Promarkers - #230 Ribbons (Wed)
Cute Card Thursday - Vintage
Allsorts Challenge #270 - Favourite things (ribbons and bright coloured Promarkers) (Sat)
Polkadoodles - clash of the colours (Aug 15th)
My Craft Spot - #147 bright summer colours (Mon)

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

How Old?

I made this card with two challenges in mind, Visible Image July challenge - anything goes using Visible Image stamps of course, and the DCWV July Stackaholic challenge for which there was a sketch.

This is the sketch which I turned upside down. I used the All About Boys DCWV stack for my card, and I thought the cowboy papers went so well with  Silverheels from Visible Image, which I bought from That Craft Place in the sale, bargain!
Tonto is coloured with Promarkers, his hair came out ginger in the photo, I was trying to go for darker but with a red tint and clearly failed! I also coloured the fire and hatchet with Promarkers.
How is cut in grey board from packaging to which I stuck copper slug tape, yes slug tape! Normally this stops the slugs from eating the plants in the pots is it around, not this year! Anyway I thought it was so pretty I could use it on cards somehow. I think it would emboss well too.
Old is cut from brown textured card, all letters are die cut with Sizzix Lollypop alphabet dies. I cut some smoke puffs using a speech bubble die from a Papermania set.
The train is punched from red card with a Martha Stewart punch. The card blank is an 8"x8" Card Craft scalloped blank.

Challenges entered:
Visible Image - July anything goes
DCWV Stackaholic challenge - sketch (Aug 4th for top 12)
Addicted to Stamps - #106 Anything goes (Wed - 10 challenges)
Art By Miran - #11 anything goes (winners 15th Aug)
Creative Fingers - #44 anything goes (Fri)
Fussy and Fancy - #119 Words (winners 15th Aug)
Graphit Markers - July, Hot Colours (Aug 8th)
That Craft Place - anything goes (Sun 3rd Aug)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Further down The Quirky Silk Road....reminder

For my first reminder card, at the Quirky Crafts challenge blog, I used Lucy Loo Fire Dancer from The East Wind. I printed her in two sizes and this was the largest, she is still very intricate to colour and I think she needs to be bigger still!
I coloured her with Promarkers, added a bit of Spica pen to the flames for sparkle then rough cut her out to go on the dark background. The paper is more (other side of red double sided) Papermania, and so are the stickers.

This card has burned its way into the following challenges:
Graphit Markers - wk#30 Hot Colours (8th Aug).
The Paper Shelter - anything goes (5th Aug)
Paula Holifield Crafts - It's Magic (July)

For this masculine birthday card I used Junk Boat from Squigglefly with Chinese Happy Birthday from Squigglefly also. Both are coloured with Promarkers and I added a few waves with a white Prismacolor pencil.
I die cut the Junk Boat after marking the part that came outside the die which I cut around manually afterwards.
Paper is Papermania, and it has a slightly metallic sheen. The sentiment is not straight but the Affixit tape is so instantly permanent that I daren't try and peel it off to straighten it! I added a Chinese coin charm, might be Woodware.

This card has sailed into the following challenges:
Creative Fingers - #44 anything goes (8th Aug)

I thought I should show you the first prize for this challenge, it is so good!

Just look at all the goodies you can win from That Craft Place!
If you come second or third you can win some digis from Squigglefly or The East Wind, both sponsors have highly desirable digital images.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

A very worthy cause

I just found out that Victoria was doing the race for life today, despite her own physical problems she wants to raise money for Cancer Research having lost her father and brother to it.
As some of you may know Shaun had skin cancer and had it removed earlier this year, he was one of the lucky ones and will have to have checks regularly for years to come. So I was happy to help Victoria. 
If you donate by 11:55pm tonight you can enter for the candy as well.

The Silk Road - its Quirky oriental!

Monica set us the challenge to make something oriental. We have two sponsors at Quirky Crafts and they both have great oriental characters and sayings.
My first card is made with Mewshu Pork cat from Squigglefly, with Chinese thank you also from Squigglefly. I coloured them both with Promarkers and a gold Spica pen, and fussy cut them before sitting the cat on top of the sentiment box. The papers are a Make Me pack of Han-Ji papers of two designs. I added a doubled tassled cord to finish. When I tried to tie on the cord I found I had stuck the cat and sentiment on totally the wrong way round so had to cut the panel out again and mount it on another card blank, so easily done!

This little cat slurped his way into the following challenges:
Squigglefly - over the edge (closes today)
Incy Wincy Designs - strings and things (Mon/Tues)
Graphit Markers - #28 Christmas colours (ends 25th July, winners #30)

My next card features Lucy Loo Bookaholic by Unky from The East Wind. She has such beautiful hair, and it is so so long (and full of wildlife)! I coloured her with Promarkers and die cut her with Spellbinders long rectangles. The papers and embellishments are by Papermania, and the ribbon is Crafty Ribbons. Normally I would keep the two sponsors apart but the Chinese proverb about a A book is Like a Garden.. from Squigglefly, which I cut out with a Spellbinders book die, was so perfect for this image - I hope I am forgiven!

Lucy Loo has read her way into the following challenges:
Incy Wincy Designs - strings and things (Mon/Tues)
I love Promarkers - Girls, Girls, Girls - (Wed)
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards - for the birds (bird and nest in her hair) (Fri)
Creative Fingers - anything goes #43 (closes Fri)
Charisma cards - anything goes (23rd July)
That Craft Place - anything goes (Sun 3rd Aug)
Open Minded Crafting Fun - vacation related (I always read lots on vacation) (Aug 9th)
I am thrilled that Pam picked me as her favourite, it means more to me than to be randomly picked for a prize!

Monday, 14 July 2014

Crazy Quirky Christmas cat lady back again.

As promised, here are some more variations using Ike's Art Cracka Cat (see previous post). This time the cat is Siamese, and the papers are magazine freebies. Ribbon by Crafty Ribbons. Layers are die cut with 
Spellbinders and the image is coloured with Promarkers.

I tried to make this one a tabby cat, don't think it worked! Tinsel ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, Poinsettia is punched and embossed with Nellie Snellen punch and emboss sets and I added some tiny gold beads tothe centre. Layers are die cut with 
Spellbinders and the image is coloured with Promarkers. The papers were freebies with a magazine and the tree lights are Woodware embellishments.

I used more of the paper inside.

 Last one for now, and this one is supposed to be a black and white cat. Tinsel ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, freebie papers that came with a magazine, and punched silver bells. Layers are die cut with Spellbinders and the image is coloured with Promarkers. The papers were freebies with a magazine and the tree lights are Woodware embellishments.

So that is it for now, I have two more to colour - which colours I wonder?

Hop on over to Quirky Crafts and enter your Christmas cards with die cuts or punch outs now!

These beauties have purred their way into the following:

Art by Miran - anything goes (Fri)
Left of Centre - add sparkle (Fri)
A gem of a challenge - animals (Sat 19th July)
Glitter and Sparkle - anything goes (Sun)
Christmas Card Challenges - Colour/anything goes (Sun)
Charisma cards - anything goes (24 July)
Graphit Markers - Christmas colours (25th July)
Creative Fingers - #43 anything goes (Fri 25th July)
Polka Doodles - add a twinkle (25th July)
Crafty Boots - Christmas in July (July)