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Sunday, 20 August 2017
Finally getting some of those card fronts put together. All these images are from Honey Doo stamps, those on the left here are all a design called Butterflies & Flowers Large Corner. All the sentiments are from sets by Phill Martin.
I've added some Sue Wilson Dies ribbon & bows to them, the Red one uses Lattice Bow over the Classic Bow, which is plain. The green ones use Filigree Bow over the Classic.
The sentiment on all three is from Butterfly Elegance sentiments, and the stamping was done in Brilliance Pearlescent scarlet, and heat embossed with WOW! Sparkling Poinsettia EP. I used the same ink & powder to stamp the image onto red vellum, after cutting them out, I shaped the petals using an embossing tool, the added tiny red seed beads to the centres with Glossy Accents.
The greens were done in the same way, this time using Brilliance Pearlescent Jade, and WOW! Golden Pine EP. A corner rounder was used to add some interest, doing opposite corners in the left hand card.
Both these cards use the same stamp, Floral Corner Flourish, but in the black card I placed it centrally, and in the purple card, it's in the corner. I added clear gems to the dots in the black card, and purple one to the purple card.Purple Glitz WOW! EP was used there, and on the black one, I used Clear Hologram Sparkle.
The sentiments are from Scribbled Sentiments, and Scribbled Corner sentiments.
Again, I rounded opposite corners on all the layers, and also on the base card of the purple one.
This blue card is stamped with Shower Bouquet, In Brilliance Pearlescent Blue, embossed with Arctic Blue WOW! EP. Acrylic gems added to two opposite corners, and sentiment from Scribbled Sentiment Corners. The backing paper is from an old Papermania pad.
Back to Floral Corner Flourish for the pink card, stamped in Pearlescent Coral, and Clear Hologram Sparkle powder. Pink gems, a Scribbled Corner sentiment, and rounded corners finish it off.
So thats all the Honey Doo cards finished, next post will be some Emboss resist with Brushos, amongst others.
Wednesday, 16 August 2017
I said last week that I intended to get some of my UFO's made into cards, and at the very least, most of them are now matted & layered. A few are now completed cards.
These need a sentiment adding, which is why some have a longer piece of backing card.
These, using Honey Doo stamps, need finishing off. I've got the vellum flowers to go on top already cut out.
The scenic card is finished, the Teasels needs a sentiment.
Same here, just waiting for a sentiment to be added.
I was fixing a bracelet the other week, and had so much trouble threading a needle with the elasticated Crystal string. So I did a bit of an internet search, and found these.
The eye is like a needle threader, which will make things so much easier.
Now, I did say I wasn't going to start anything else until I'd cleared my UFO mountain. However, I saw a fabulous card on Facebook, which basically uses a laminator to attach hot foil to stencil paste. So, I got some foil ordered- I'd not got any biggish pieces- and I've done up a batch of stencilled images, ready to give this a go.
This is a handful of the pieces I've done, they need to dry overnight, then I can try it out. I've also since read that hot transfer foil can be applied with a hot iron, so I'll be testing that out too. There should be a post about it towards the weekend.
I'll be really pleased if this works as well as the project I saw, it means my laminator will get some extra work. At the moment it gets used to laminate sheets to store my stamps on, other than that it just sits on the shelf.
Right, I'm done then. Be round to see you all a bit later. And thanks to everyone for the birthday messages, and cards for us both. Much appreciated.
As Doug was working on Monday night, we went out Saturday night for a meal. Did our exchanging of gifts when he got up Monday afternoon.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017
I have a cunning plan...well a sort of plan anyway. I have not really crafted a lot these last couple of weeks, I suspect my mojo is still sitting in a bar on Kos, sipping on cocktails.
Exhibit A is some Stampscapes scenes, an experiment with some glitter paste, a few masterboard pieces and the bits for some Honey Doo stamped florals.
A couple of plastic wallets with half done projects in.
A whole load of those Mixed Media die cuts, matted up and waiting to be finished.
A Christmas snow globe scene, and another wallet with some backgrounds in.
These are the backgrounds from the wallet- some just sprayed, some had white heat embossed images done with Brushos.
I found these in the same wallet- heat embossed dragonfly images, and I think smooshed through Distress Inks on my craft mat. Shows how long they've been there, having to try and think how I did them.
The Mixed Media die cuts.
So, the project for later this week is to turn most of these into cards.
And I've barely made a dent in the UFO box! I've told myself no more experiments until I've at least made all these up.
Finally, a quick giggle for everyone.
Quick edit I forgot about last night:
I've had my PET scan, last Friday, and Monday morning I had my Radiotherapy planning session, and my first Radio is scheduled for the 31st of August.
Wednesday, 2 August 2017
But be honest, can you blame me? These are AWESOME! Love those shaggy ravens/crows.
I also fell for a couple of new stencils, and an older one while I was at it.
There were a lot of other things, so I think I was quite restrained, in the circumstances.
I'd ordered from Art From The Heart, and what a pretty package they came in, inside a bubble wrap envelope of course.
Isn't that just a great way to package orders?
I also bought these two stamps from Bee Crafty- Love the Moon stamp, been waiting a while to get it, it sells out super fast.
All that brings me to our Thought for the Day.
And on another note,had my Oncologist appointment Tuesday afternoon. Lovely man, took to him straight away. Got a nice sense of humour. Discussing the Radiotherapy I'll be having, he's explaining that it's very new, only been in use for the last 18 months, so they are still collating data as they go on. 'I prefer to use the term Pioneer', he said, 'rather than Guinea Pig'. He's arranging a PET scan for later in the week, just to make sure there is nothing else happening, then the course of Radiotherapy. As it's a condensed form, I'll be having it 5 times, every other day, so taking just under two weeks. So at least that's sorted, and we know where we are going with it.
So, I'll be seeing you all later, have a great Wednesday.
Wednesday, 26 July 2017
The bag full of scrabble type blocks- 200 of them- was £4. I also got a pack of ATC cards & envelopes, a quite large Happy Birthday stamp that was £2.50, and two pots of metallic paint, one blue, one white. Both a quid, I think.
Both of these arrived while we were away- a set of Posca paint pens, and a set of waterbrushes with various sizes & shapes of brush.
So, the holiday then. Those of you that know us via Facebook will know about the Earthquakes felt on Kos while we were there, on Wednesday night/Thursday morning. Made the holiday far more exciting than necessary, I can tell you.
We visited a Roman Amphitheatre that had been excavated.
On a boat waiting to go out on a trip.
The sun going down behind us.
This was a view from one of the restaurants along the main street.
The harbour did take a lot of the effects of the eathquake.
I can tell you that nothing wakes you up faster than the bed shaking and stuff falling off shelves & tables at 01.30 in the morning.
This cycle lane had a split develop the whole length of it's joint to the main footpath.
A whole section of the harbour path- about a mile in length- dropped by between 4" and 12" for the whole length of it.
The cracks even went straight through the grass.
Large sections of slabs from walls fell away.
Here you can see the top from a stone pillar which has fallen to the pavement, with the toppled pillar above it.
The last earthquake felt by Kos was in 1933, the major tremor we felt was on the border between Kos & Turkey, which is just a few miles away across the sea.
This was a sort of bandstand in the centre of the old town square.
Many of the buildings in the older part of town suffered damage, and sadly, two people were killed by falling masonry.
The part that really amused us the next day was how the Greeks dealt with it. All along the path they just tied red & white plastic tape, and then put plywood boards over the affected footpath so people could still get on & off the boats. If this had been the UK, the whole town would have been evacuated, and the various committees formed would still be talking about what needed to be done!
So, that's something that can come off the bucket list, rofl!
Oooh, I almost forgot my exciting news! Some of you may have seen the announcement by Art From The Heart that they have Tim Holtz over for 3 days in September. As we were on holiday I asked my lovely friend, Debbie Rock( Tattered Rocks), if she would try to get me a place when she tried to book hers. And she got us both a place! So I get to meet the God of Crafters!
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Right, this desk shot is going to be a bit of a shocker. All of those joining us from The Stamping Ground will find this hard to believe.😲
I decided it needed a complete clear up, and cleaning- I had a few rainbow stripes at times, as stray Brusho crystals got activated!
But as we are off on our holibobs tomorrow, I thought it ought to be done. So that's what it's going to look like for the next 10 days, but I'm sure it won't last past us getting home again.
There has been some stuff done in the last week- that canvas I was working on is very almost finished- these are some wooden pieces I wanted to add.
Sprayed with a mix of Dylusions and Distress sprays, and a Cosmic Shimmer pearl one for good measure.
I'd added some paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.
Then stuck down my various pieces using Glossy Accents. Apart from the clock face- that has silicone glue so the spinner will still turn.
I'm just going to add some runs from the top with diluted ink once this is all dry, and then I think I'll call it done.
Well that's it, I'll be round to visit as many people as I can today, and I shan't be joining you next week, but I'll be back the week after.
I'm sure this will make a few of our WOYWWers laugh!
Wednesday, 5 July 2017
It has a few things on it, to be honest. First off is this fab Dragon, kindly sent to me by Sue Dyer (Graceful Greyhounds) , when I admired a dragon on her desk a week or two ago.
He's smashing, thank you Sue.
Then I started work on a couple of canvases. I keep saying I'm going to, and I have two ideas in mind, but I'm only right at the start of the process.
The first one so far has had a mix of yellow & orange Acrylic paint spread on with baby wipes.
That's as far as I am with that one at the moment, as I'm more concerned with getting the second one done, as I'm planning on adding it to Eldest Sons Birthday pressies, and that's the end of July.
And I'm already on to Plan B, as Plan A didn't work as well as I hoped.
The canvas has been coloured using the ink & shaving foam technique. Wasn't sure how well it would work, but it works fine.
Used an assortment of blue Distress Inks, and as I had plenty of usable foam left over, also covered 3 sheets of card.
Still had foam left, so I tried something else. Patting it through a stencil.
I did try spreading it, and dragging some off, but you end up with it going under the stencil, so I took to just scooping up a little on a palette knife, then patting it on, and leaving it to air dry with the foam still on, after I'd removed the stencil. This does seem to take a few days, especially if you leave the foam too thick.
Like I say, they don't turn out perfect, but I reckon I will be able to stamp an image over the mistakes.
Used all the blue, then made a small batch of green.That ones still not dried out completely yet, so remains to be seen how successful it was.
For the non knitters, just substitute any craft item of your choice, lol.
Had my MRI on Tuesday, and I now have an appointment to see an Oncologist at the QE on the 1st of August. They did actually offer me one for next Tuesday, the 11th, but I asked them to swap it. Partly because I don't want to run the risk of getting there, and they haven't had the report from the MRI- it would only be 4 working days after the MRI, and partly because I really don't want to be doing it two days before we go on holiday!