Friday, July 31, 2015

Its me age

yes it has been awhile (again)
but I have just hit my half century and life has been a bit hectic.
I celebrated by having a day shopping in Exeter with Carys (I had a necklace and some flannels. I know how to live) followed by a fear conquering trip on the big wheel in Torquay.
Now that is done I don't have to do it again do I?

We went on our long family holiday to (welsh) Newquay. Just after this photo was taking we had our one and only sighting of a dolphin all holiday despite this being the dolphin watching capital of the WORLD (well, Wales anyway)
(look how much taller than me my baby is now...)

We returned to celebrate number 2 son doing very well with his degree (Yay! I always feel able to boast when I am rubbish at what they study) and then my friends from school came down to visit for more birthday celebrations
(shenanigans slighty tempered by me having to get up and work the next day....)

So crafting has been sorely neglected lately - except for the last two Daring Cards,

Last week there was a sponsored dare by Ruby Rockit who sent us an amazing bundle of goodies... our theme was Birthday Rock with the added challenge of some ruby red colour in as well...
I took one of the tags we were sent and stuck lots of wooden numbers onto it. If I do this again I will be more careful with the glue because the glimmer mist I used to paint over it resisted some of the glue splodges over the side :( With a red pen I made the little cardstock cake have more of a red trimming than it had been. I die cut a star from vellum and embossed it, used a Paper Smooches stamp (first time I think) then mounted it all on some paper from a Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 pad. My "rock" element, aside from the message are the little crystal rocks aka stick on gems.

This week the theme is New Beginnings - and Nat is our lovely host.  
Apart from a little bit of patterned paper my card is all hand drawn and painted.

I used my Kuretake Clean Colour (I know they are Color really but I can't write that) pens along with a Black Soot Distress Pen. Those pens have such beautiful colours I think. 
The first card base I wrote "New Home" on, I wrote it too far up - even this time I had to cut a little off the bottom of my drawing to get the balance right - doh! A few more sparklies and job done. I think the secret to this sort of writing is to add the grey/platinum pen afterwards as it gives some extra dimension.
oh and some Wink of Stella pen to the heart and trees. Hard to see on photos but so pretty in real life






Friday, June 26, 2015

I'm not here

All being well that is true. I will be on Holy Island with my lovely friend Rachel.
But I wanted to make sure that my DCM post went up so I have scheduled this.
We have a dare sponsored by the fabulous Ruby Rockit this week, which is to make a card for a baby which has some sort of swinging/rocking motion to it.
I did both.... but kind of cheated.
I made a round, rocking card. BUT if you look carefully I did just snip a tiny bit off the bottom so it would stand straight and not rock for the photo. And the two swinging charms? You can just see the foam pads under the "joy" which gives away the fact it will not swing back. Hopefully the card still fits the challenge!

Those two charms might be 10 years old! 
I folded a card base over and cut it with a circle die, making sure to leave a gap for the fold.
I chose two toning papers, one from the Lily Bee Sweet Shoppe pad and the other is Fancy Pants (I think) Everything else comes from the Ruby Rockit Fundemental line.

I gave everything the black Sharpie treatment and when it was all stuck together smooshed some Stickles onto the train. I've strayed from the Stickles since discovering Wink of Stella but this shiny surface needed something with a little more dimension.

Ruby Rockit have offered a prize for this dare (Winner will be drawn randomly just after next weeks dare is revealed). For more details and to find out more about this great company, head for the Daring Cardmakers blog right now!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Oooh blogging on a Friday

its a rare thing these days....
Maybe its because I made my card for this Friday last Friday? 
This Friday the theme is Bokeh style cards. Mine is a blatant case of Laura Bassen's amazing card.
I pinned it (also rare for me) and it is one of my lonely little pins which has been repinned. Laura's card isn't quite bokeh but I thought just a few more circles would do the trick.
 A photo doesn't do justice to this card. It is so pretty and sparkly and dimensional in real life. It is one of my top faves ever/ The circles were punched out of Bazzill cardstock and I painted them with Zig Kuretake paints, adding Wink of Stella over the top for extra shine
 I die cut the thank you several times, the top layer being glitter cardstock and stuck them all together. I mounted the panel on black card and a white card base.

I have been remiss in blogging my scrap pages. I have a new one up of the Quirky Kit blog which you can see here, but I have also being doing some just for fun. I don't think I will have finished layouts about last years holiday before going on this one but I am not going to cry about that!

This page was about being unimpressed by Hill Top
 It mostly uses scraps from the last Basic Grey Christmas papers and also some Crate Paper washi tape and ancient scroll stamps

I did one about our recent trip to Teignmouth using a Fancy Pants collection I have everything of and have hardly used - Trendsetter


There is a big mistake on this layout - we went in 2015. Doesn't time fly! I also used a blue pen to write with and really don't like it. Ah well

And finally
 Again this uses up lots of bits and bobs. I unified all the patterns by adding black lines to them all. It is time consuming but worth it.
The story is about the youth group we have started running and I hadn't had permissions to use their photos at the time of making it, so it is our ugly mugs again :)


Saturday, June 13, 2015

I followed the crowd and ended up at Tescos

On of my favourite lines from Max Boyce that.
I share it because this week a few of the Daring Cardmakers shared some cards. So I produced mine for the dare - only at the last minute to discover those cards were for NEXT week. Ah, we all know what assume makes don't we?

Its been a bit of a week though. Phil is on his trip motorbiking round Britain and the house feels strange without him. Also my computer died :( A new one is coming next week and I suppose the upside of Pip being away  is that I get to use his computer.... But nothing is quite the same so everything takes forever (Moan moan)

I'm actually behind as well on last weeks dare (the computer failed last Friday) so will cover that as well in a minute.
This weeks dare was a challenge to use Neon colours - Glowing Neons
I'm not a big fan of neon. Funnily enough as I slaved over my card I thought "the last time I was into neon was when I had that orange t-shirt with "relax" written on it and my lovely friend Cathrinehas just posted a photo of me on Facebook wearing said neon shirt (and fairly bold trousers). I reckon it must be around 1984. I've cropped it so it is just me and her legs :)

It would have taken ages to get my hair that foofy!

Anyway enough nostalgia for the days of neon. Here is the card
 I was initially rather panicked but then decided to borrow some highlighters from my student daughter. (Ulp, I have just realised she is probably exactly the same age now as I was in this photo. I think it was taken in the summer I turned 19, which is where she is now . I can say exactly the same age with confidence as we have the same birthday...)
 I have just bought a new stamp and die set - Doodle  flowers from WPlus9 and some Clean Color (sic) brush pens (never got into copics but I adore these) I stamped the flowers and leaves in black ink. Then I scribbled some neon highlighter onto a perspex block and used a water brush to pick up the colour. It worked really well! I did add some depth and contrast with some of the Clean Color (hate spelling it that way) pens but the highlighters did most of the work. If you look closely at the card, you will see that I used green, orange and yellow as a wash on the background as well. It is more visible to the naked eye than the camera was able to pick up.

I added Wink of Stella clear shimmer over the images, used a black pen to redo the ink sections and added some dots with a white pen. Then I die cut/hand cut the elements out , adding some with foam pads for dimension. The sentiment is from the same set. It was finished off with some sequins and I also raised the panel with foam pads (the thick black line at the top and right hand side is a shadow as it was really sunny when I photographed it)

The week before was an inspiration month and Leo came up with this
 (I would show the pictue here but blogger is mucking me about)
I basically decided to be inspired by the whole thing and had a go painting a face

"Brave effort" I reckon :) I also watercoloured a yellow/grey panel and added paint, stripes and dots to my background patterned paper as well. I raised the Clearly Besotted sentiment onto foam pads and added some sequins. For a change.

I'll quickly share my first outings with those Clean Color pens. They are such fun to use. Here are two cards using Clearly Besotted stamps

and four using the same Woodware stamp, just playing around with colours
If only you could see the Wink of Stella sheen, it is so pretty :)

I'll be back next week - hopefully with my hard drive full of photos of other things I have made.... (back things up? ME who has had two hard drive failures?)



 

Monday, June 01, 2015

Poor old blog

I have rather slowed up on the old blogging - I am never in when the Daring Cardmaker challenge is posted and then rather forget as time goes by. And May was my bloggerversary and everything (9 years blogging now!)

Ah well. I can only do what I can do. (V. philosophical)
So lets have a crafty catch up again shall we?

Two weeks ago the Daring theme was Science Fiction. Svenja wanted us to portray an sci-fi hero of our choice. I didn't read that properly and just went for a sci fi sort of vibe. I'm not sure what I would have done if I had read it properly but the rest of the team filled the brief with some AWESOME cards.
 I dug out my old Purple Onion space people/rocket stamps. They are a bit Futurarma-y aren't they? I coloured them with watercolour paints (the awesome kuretake gansai tambi set) and while they were drying I cut out a rectangle of watercolour paper and added a dark blue wash over it. I took a Heidi Swapp stencil and some diamond glitter embossing paste to create stars. I cut out a spotty planet but looked a bit dull so spread some of the paste on that as well. I loved the shimmer so gave my aliens and rocket the same treatment.
and popped them up with foam pads. The only thing left to do was a hand written sentiment.

My middle son was 21 during that week. He was still at Uni and it is too far to nip in to say hello, plus he was still in the middle of the presentations for his finals. Instead we sent him a fruit cake through the post with a pic of a teddy bear with balloons  - one of those you can write your own greeting on and will go through a letter box. Cool eh? (Don't have a photo of that yet)
And this card
The glittery letters were given an ombre ink treatment that I rather like... I used papers from an old MME pad

This week's Daring Card also featured glitter. I do love glitter.
It was a bit of a challenge. Sharon asked us to try out the Mirror Mirror technique - mirror stamping, mirror die-cuts or patterned papers featuring a mirror image.
I went for mirror stamping - why? I am not the best stamper in the world. But I had finally got my hands on those cute Unforgettable stamps from WPlus9 so had to try. I stamped the image onto some vellum and then placed the vellum on cardstock, tracing over the inked area with a pencil. It was still quite faint but enough to go over with a black pen
I used prismacolour pencils - not totally successful to colour my little grey friends and then cut out party hats, balloons and bow ties with the matching dies to the stamp set. The paper is from the Doodlebug Sunkissed paper pad. The glitter card is from Craft Creations.

Lets see if June is a more blogably productive month! 
 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Some musical interludes

Once more I have been dismally failing to keep my blog up to speed.
That is due to either being very busy, health issues or having fun!

Health - between having another mole removed; blood tests to check if my thyroid medication is the right strength and issues with my teeth - I'm fine!

Work - just always busy in different ways

Having fun - much nicer to talk about.
A week last Saturday I went to two concerts! one was in my church in aid of Save the Children and there was a good mix of different instruments and styles. It was also the day of the first (and maybe last?) Yellowfest music festival held at Torquay United football ground - which is 10 minutes walk from my house. The main acts were Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from Squeeze and 10CC. Squeeze were a favourite when I was young and 10CC when I was even younger so a group of us went along. We bumped into a bunch of old guys on our way in - they were going one way and we were going another and did the sidestep dance. Turns out that was 10CC (v. embarrassing). Squeeze were good - although it was just the two of them on guitars, and they played some newer solo stuff too. 10CC were just awesome. In both cases they were all well into their late 50's and 60's and it was inspiring to see the love of making music hasn't left them.

This Saturday was Phil's birthday - we arranged to go out for lunch as there was another concert booked at church for the evening and I was doing the raffle (a first for me!). We walked down to the Cary Arms, a local pub/hotel right by the sea.
Birthday boy enjoying his birthday pint :)
A bit more of the view from the terrace. We live a street back from the white houses to the left of the rock fall.
After a delicious meal we walked along to the other cove (the one you can see in the picture) That is Oddicombe beach and so where we live should be called Oddicombe. Obviously people  preferred Babbacombe for some reason. It was quite warm anyway but Oddicombe is sheltered so we sat and had an icecream. I had just bought a new £7 sunhat to go with my £4 sunglasses...
We then had the extra treat of the Cliff Railway back to the top. It is a very steep walk otherwise (and we were full of food)
The evening concert had been cancelled so we biked over to Dartmouth for the music festival, to listen to a group called Wildwood Kin. Who are very good. (I say "biked over" so casually. It was sensible to go on the motorbike but I absolutely hate it. I was screaming "nooooooo" in my head most of the way there....)

Enough of your wittering, show us the cards I hear you say.
Or not.
Two weeks ago the theme for Daring Cardmakers was Doors, with the idea of having an opening door on our cards.
I made a card for a family who will be moving away to an exciting new adventure quite soon
On the front I used some Cricut gold self adhesive glitter card with a Paper Smooches die and an alphabet die. The middle of one of the "o"s became the door knob. I also stamped the rest of the sentiment using the Milo alphabet and white embossing powder. The papers are very old My Minds Eye
Here is the inside of the door. This sentiment was stamped with Delicta gold ink and clear embossing powder. The Christian fish symbol started life as a breast cancer hope one but they are very similar!
Then on the inside of the card
I wrote this with an embossing pen and added tinsel gold embossing powder but that didn't work too well so I went over the outline with gold krylon as well.

This week we made monochromatic cards based on the colours of the rainbow. I have to say that the blog looks so pretty :)

I bought some new shaker dies from Clearly Besotted and made this cheerful card for my lovely husband
Although I made a bit of a dogs dinner of it all...
I pulled out lots of different yellow papers and also inked up the white card in yellow distress inks.
What I should have done is die cut the "star" bit out of a large piece of paper. Instead I cut it from a smaller one and used another star die cut around it (from Spellbinders), using the larger star to cut acetate from as well. All of that was straightforward, it was the fiddly little bits of foam tape that was difficult. I thought I had just about got it all around, but then I filled the star with big beads and also some micro beads. Which all fell out again. You can just about see some of them left here
(right on the very edges of the star) but every time I moved it more came out. Ah well - I share my mistakes so you don't have to do them :)






Monday, May 04, 2015

Bank Holiday washout

I was hoping to have a crafting bonanza this weekend seeing as it was (Inter) national scrapbooking day.
But no.
Friday was filled with the sorts of things a day gets filled with right before a building project and then a little bit more. If you are a Church related blog reader rather than a crafty one (or both!) then my tip is - get a Project Manager - worth every penny. I think I would have exploded with stress without one :)

All of which meant that most of Saturday was taken up with work and by the time I had finished I had no hywl left at all. If you don't know what that means, allow me to quote from The Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru (the big dictionary of Welsh recently published by the University of Wales) 
Hywl: A healthy physical or mental condition, good form, one’s right senses, wits; tune (of a musical instrument); temper, mood, frame of mind; nature, disposition; degree of success achieved in the execution of a particular task &c; fervour (esp religious), ecstasy, unction, gusto, zest; characteristic musical intonation or sing-song cadence formerly much in vogue in the perorations of the Welsh pulpit.

Yea, I had none of that.
Sunday afternoon's just a bit of planning for the youth group and then crafting actually turned into mostly planning and a little crafting. I've had a little time today although it has mostly involved a misty walk around Shaldon and Teignmouth. Lovely, lovely, lovely even in the mist although when we walked over the Shaldon bridge the estuary tide was out. We walked for aaaaaaages, right from the top of the car park in Shaldon, did the whole of the Ness beach through the Smugglers Tunnel and back; through Shaldon, across the bridge, on a little path that winds round the sea/traintrack right almost through until the train tunnel stops play at the other end of Teignmouth. And almost back again except we cheated and got the little ferry across the channel. We now have a very tired old dog. And two almost as tired old owners :)
That is the ferry across with the bridge we walked over to the far right. What a lovely boat eh?
The cliff on the far left is one side of The Ness cove (tunnel is through that I think!)
Proof that we were really there (you see this from the train. In the picture above this one, you see the walkway on the right and then a cliff? In between is the train track. It is an awesome run up country along the coast just here)
Tired dog availing herself of water in the "O"
The old codgers. I like this photo so expect to see it on a layout soon.

What we discovered was that the really nice places to eat are in Shaldon so we shall do this backwards another time. All of this is 15 minutes drive from our house. Just fab.

All of which is a long introduction to my Daring Card this week. May already! And it was my turn to choose a pictoral inspiration which turned out to be sadly in keeping with the weather just now.
I was inspired by the colours, the little handdrawn houses, the large amount of green and the kite on the string.
I used an Echo Park paper pad (Here and Now) which had almost the exact shades of papers all together.  Result! I added an embossing folder background to a white panel (which i had already drawn the black lines onto) and hand cut all the elements from different papers. I also used some new Lawn Fawn alphabet dies and some bakers twine for the string. Pretty basic lift really - some of the team have gone for more sophisticated take than me but I'm still happy with what I have done.
Here is hoping I have more craft time/better weather soon :)