A warm welcome to all my visitors,
Thank you for taking the time to come and look at my blog, I really do appreciate it. I would love you to leave me a comment, even if it’s just to say Hi. It means I can come visit you!
All my designs are original, so copyrighted to me. If I have been inspired by someone elses work, I have named them in the post, and where able, I have provided a link.
Please feel free to use my designs for inspiration, I just ask you to credit me, and provide a link back to my blog.
Thanks, Shaz XX
Wednesday 28 May 2014
You know its not going to look like this for long.......
.................and it didn't.
WOYWWers everywhere you look.
Julia appears to be having words with Angus..............
...........and attempting to keep us all in order.
Jan, camera in hand..................
Mine and Kylas little corner...........
What you can't see is that we'd also taken over a table against the wall, and the corner of the stage, rofl!.....................
...................But you can from this angle.
Mary Anne and Di standing, Maggie, Lisa and Zoe, Debbie and Nicky ( I think) sitting down.
Jan looks like she's dancing into the kitchen..........................
We have Lunch Lady Jan, now meet Tea Lady Julia, with Sam and Chris waiting for their brew.
Dinner is served........................
.....and rapidly demolished by a bunch of ravenous crafters.
I'm sure you will find a few photo heavy posts this week from all the croppers, so apologies if I've kept you far too long. Have a great week everyone xx.
Wednesday 21 May 2014
So, pic of the week: assorted stuff from the ATC frenzy of the weekend- actual finished ATC's out of shot. Have to admit to getting a little panicky last week- not even started, and not a clue what to do. I'd been waiting for inspiration to strike- more like it had gone on strike :). Then, a comment I spotted during the rounds last week (can't remember who's blog it was on,) from LLJ about dandelion clocks provided the much needed light bulb moment. Jan, you are a sanity saver! There was a lot of winging it involved, but I do a lot of winging it, so I'm well practised at that- but I had the basic idea to get started. Finished them Monday afternoon. Phew.
I'll be taking them to the Crop, and anyone not going who would like to swap, e-mail me your addy and I'll put one in the post. There's an e-mail link in my left hand side bar.
I will be bringing my dies again, this year I will definitely remember the Nesties, lol, and I'll also bring my embossing folders so bring your cardstock/paper! If anyone has seen me use any stamps they'd like to get images of, let me know and I'll bring them too. Here is an idea of the dies etc, from last years post.
Not sure what I'm bringing to actually do- fortunately we've got a 4x4, rofl.
By the way, Beloved Hubby is a bit of a Tech wiz, so anyone with laptop/pc problems, bring them along with you, he'll sort you out. Have a great day everyone, see you later.
Wednesday 14 May 2014
This was my project, I decided to stick with what you know, a card, but I did add extra pressure on myself with colouring the image. All my regular visitors know how I feel about my colouring, but even I was quite pleased with the finished result.
This was actually the second image I coloured, as I tried first stamping onto a piece of mountboard, as I had an idea to add some magnetic photo paper to the back to turn it into a removable fridge magnet, but the Promarkers tended to bleed badly on the mountboard, so I reverted to normal card for the image.
Now I overstamped this piece with a couple of stamps from the Gothic Fragments, one of the Floral Edges and the Wisteria branch from Serenity. So the overstamping stayed soft to match the background, they were all stamped in Salty Ocean, and each time I stamped the image onto scrap before stamping on my background, giving me a paler second generation image. I sprayed a second piece, roughly 3” x 6”, in the same way, then overstamped with another of the Gothic Fragments, finally inking up the Old English Prayer from the Words of Wisdom set in Versafine Majestic Blue and stamping that over the top.
Next I took another piece of white card, and stamped the Buddha image from Serenity in Memento Tuxedo Black, as I was going to colour it with Promarkers. Using the ink left on the stamp, I also stamped a post-it note mask for the image. I trimmed the mask on the lines, so I would not get a ‘halo’ effect around my image. The post it mask was placed over the top, so that I could add colour to the ‘sky’ around the image, using Adirondack inks in Aqua, Stonewashed, Sailboat Blue, and just a touch of Denim at the edges, with a Colorbox Stylus tool. You can do this with sponges, an ink applicator or brushes, whatever your preferred method is. The sky took up roughly 2/3 of the image, so the bottom third was coloured for grass, again with Adirondacks in Willow, Citrus and a little Lettuce. Any of these inks can be swapped for whatever dye based inkpads you may have.
After this was totally dry, I added colour to the image using markers. The final touch was to add gilding flakes to the shrine the Buddha is sitting inside, and to the adornment on the Buddha's head. This I did by using a Versamark pen, Judikins Sticky Stuff embossing powder and gilding flakes.The background sheet, Buddha and the Prayer were each matted onto dark blue card.
The only other interesting(maybe) thing I've done lately is change my hair colour:
This is my hair before:
This is half way through:
By the way, the enormous white thing in the picture is the Memory Foam mattress, ready for the new bed, which DID arrive the next day!
And the end result?
My original red, into purple, then into blue. Needs more purple next time, I think.
This just ceased to be the most exciting thing I've done! Just checked my e-mails, and today I have a Guest Design Team project being showcased on the Chocolate Baroque DT Blog! I did the project a few weeks ago, but couldn't show it yet, so in the next day or two, I will do a post with it.
So thats what passes rather loosely for my WOYWW post this week, I promise to do better for next week,lol. I shall also be laughably attempting to link in when I come out of work using my new smartphone, instead of waiting till I get home. Don't make the mistake of holding your breath on this one, in this case the technology is way smarter than the user. First day while putting all my numbers in, I randomly called four people. So we shall see how this pans out.
By the way, going back to holidays, and flights. Does anyone suffer from ear pain when landing? Or know anyone who does? If so, Hubby found a brilliant cure after a bit of Internet research. I've suffered every time we fly, the pain being so bad I'm almost crying with it. Apparently, its due to having very narrow tubes in the ear, and I've tried all the regular 'cures'-Flight ear plugs/chewing gum (which I loathe)/boiled sweets- nothing works. But Sudafed Nasal spray does! A blast when I got on the plane, one about half way through the flight (I was being ultra cautious), and one half an hour before landing. Result- pain free landing for the first time ever.So it definitely works. Have a great Wednesday everyone, I will leave you with a few holiday snaps.
Its amazing how big the cactus grow.
I has a cocktail, lol. and a ride on a camel.
Food being cooked using Geo-Thermal energy for the restaurant on the Volcano.
................. and 300+ volcanoes.
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