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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

WOYWW #416- It's our Birthday!

Indeed, Happy Birthday to us! 416 weeks of amazing deskers sharing their workspace, and of course, 416 weeks of our much loved leader, Julia, organising us from her home at The Stamping Ground- well, minus a few when the awesome LLJ stepped in to help out. But even so, it's an incredible achievement that it's still going strong, and we get to 'meet', 'chat' and share our desks every week.

Not a lot to be seen on my desk this week, just the completed backs of my ATC's, and a randomness of inkpads.

 Sunday night we went to see Iron Maiden, and had a fantastic night.
 Today, I seem to have managed to pull some muscles in my COPD exercise Rehab lessons this afternoon. And I'm just shocked and saddened by the awful event in Manchester. And so I'm struggling a little, to be honest.
 This pic shows how packed it was, and the shot is of roughly half of the hall.
 Everyone having a good time- just like they would have been in Manchester.

So, I'm done. Other than to say my Oncologist appointment got cancelled again on Monday- 45 minutes before we were due there!
 Apparently, they still haven't had time to discuss my scan at the MDT meeting. Which makes me think, as he obviously wants to get other opinions, that there is something that shouldn't be there on the scan. But equally, it can't be all that much to worry about, as I'm clearly not a priority for the team.
 Next appointment will be in two weeks, as his clinic day for Redditch is Monday, and next weeks a Bank Holiday. She did say she would see if she could get me into his Worcester clinic, which would be sooner, so we'll see. Good job I don't let this stuff stress me out, is all I can say.😊
I'll be adding an asterisk to swap ATC, and if there is anyone who I said I'd swap with who hasn't let me have their addy yet, theres an email link in my sidebar.
 So far, the names I have to swap with are:
Ali Wade, Sandra De, Neet, Anne( Copper Beech),Margaret(Glitter& Glue),Sylvia(Little Treasures),Donna Garner(Doone),Twiglet & Wipso,ShazinOz, Sharon Madson,Kay Hammock,Kelly, Kim Young, then Jan, Julia and my swappee. If anyone else wants a swap, just let me know in the comments. I have some spare, and can make more if I need to.😉

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WOYWW #415

Wednesday once more, and a week away from our 8th Birthday. I can't imagine our lovely Leader, Julia, over at The Stamping Ground, had the slightest idea this blog hop would still be going strong after 8 years, when she first started it. On my desk this week, are mainly the makings of my ATC's.
The backs all stamped, ready for filling in. Behind them are some pots of acrylic paint, £1 each in The Works.
 The old Ferrero Rocher tub holds my spare round sponges for the blending tool. A handful of stencils to the left. A selection of inkpads at the back. And of course, the Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamping Platform, which did make stamping all the backs a breeze.
 On Saturday we had an impromptu day out. I'd seen something on Facebook about the RHS Spring Show at Malvern, and as the weather forecast for Saturday was good, we took ourselves off.

Some glorious gardens,this Meditation Garden was so tranquil, and on the left of it was a decking area to sit.

So many beautiful plants, far too many to show them all.

I loved this pure white Aquilegia, they are one of my favourite flowers.

This one too was gorgeous, a sort of Raspberry Ripple type of colour.
 Both were quite short, compact plants, all those I have at the moment are quite tall.

A happy little bee visiting a pansy.

This Iberis was a stunning sight,as white as snow.

Did a lot of walking, bought a number of plants, lol, but my legs ached after all that. But it's the exercise that improves things, so all good.
 I have the appointment now to see the Oncologist again, next Monday the 21st, so they clearly have the info they needed now.

Sound advice.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Christmas Card Club Challenge #10- Christmas Carol

Hi folks, and this 10th challenge of the year is set by Christine. My apologies for being a day late, we had an impromptu day out at the RHS Spring Show at Malvern on Saturday, and boy were my legs and back feeling it yesterday.
I've definitely got one carol on here- Jingle Bells is printed on the backing paper- and I remember reading somewhere that the music background for the Rubber Stampede Angel Chorus Collage stamp is 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing,' so it *may* be two!
 I stamped the image twice, once on white card, and once on vellum, using Brilliance Pearlescent Blue Pigment ink, and heat set with clear EP.
 The white card image was matted onto gold cardstock, then I added a little colour on the reverse of the vellum. Next, I gently tore around the two angels on the vellum, and attached them over the angels on the card. I saw this done in a magazine, many years ago, which was what prompted me to buy the stamp.
 The backing paper is from a Christmas Paper Pad from years ago, and wasn't quite wide enough for my card base, so I filled the edges with some glitter and snowflake peeloff borders.
 I mounted the image at an angle, added some flourishes in the same gold card as the matt. A few white flowers, and a Poinsettia finished it off.

A second version is matted onto an old Kay & Co backing paper, a really thick, embossed vellum.

 You can find the links to see all the other ladies cards at The Christmas Card Club.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

WOYWW #414

Right then folks, here we are at yet another Wednesday, and I'm pretty sure the last one was not a week ago! As usual, we start off at Auntie Julias place, The Stamping Ground. Then travel the world viewing desks of wonderment, delight, and in some cases, shame. 😎
 The first few pics are from Happy Stampers- first pic shows Sarah Brennan(Sarahscraftshed), then me, next to me is Neet(Hickdorums).
 Chris( Pearshapedcrafting) is stood by the doorway.

 This shot has Mark Alexander, from Visible Image, along with a lady called Rachel Fisher. I know Rachel from the Christmas Card Club,(Fishers cards & crafts) and in an amazing coincidence, she had won last week in their Facebook draw to celebrate hitting 3000 likes, so was there spending her prize.

Back at our lunch break for this shot, the lady on the far left is Lyn Hardy, who I met through Neet.
 We also bumped into Cara(Craftingbunnies)  on our way around, but didn't get a photo at the time.

Talking of coincidences, some of you may remember me making some Christmas Cards last year, using the Tim Holtz mixed media dies & poinsettias. I'd cased the card from Pinterest, and linked to the lady who made it first, Avril, of Mrs B's Crafting Addiction. Lo and behold, our Chris knows her, and she was there on Saturday, so Chris introduced us.
The other really funny part was how many ladies came up behind me, tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I was Shaz, or Silverwolf! Rofl. Ladies who'd been visiting my blog, looking at projects I'd done. That was totally surreal.
So, onto the goodies then.

Some lovely new stencils from Sweet Poppy- the tree one at the back has a distinct bonsai look to it, and as that is one of Ants hobbies, will make a great birthday card for him.

On to Lavinia stamps, and top of my shopping list were the Green Man stamps!
 Some lovely fairy houses also dropped into the basket, but that was Hubby.

As were almost all of these. The only one I'd picked up was the Eclectica flowers- Hubby took a fancy to the rest.

These stencils were 50/50. I picked the top two, Hubby liked the two trees.

More Owls.  The stamps are really quite large, but there were some gorgeous samples done with them.

Finally, not a purchase, but a gift from Neet. She knows I love my Stampscapes stamps, and brought this with her for me. I love it, that will definitely get some use when I do some more, thank you so much Neet.

 Almost forgot about these- some loose stamps bought from Chocolate Baroque. There are some fab textures, and a couple of small stamps that will go well with my Lavinia Stamp for scene building.
 Also had a chat with Lesley Wharton, the owner. Lovely lady.
Okay, I'll stop there. I'm sure you will come across more photos of our meeting on the other ladies blogs, and there will be quite a few pics of stamps purchased, I'm sure.
 Oh, almost forgot- went to the appointment on Monday, for the results, only to find they hadn't arrived, as yet. They are chasing them for the next MDT meeting, so we have to go back in two weeks. A bit annoying, but to be honest, we almost expected it. A lot of the hospitals have had services downgraded in the Worcestershire area,including our own, and those services put onto Worcester Royal, and that was where I was sent for my scan. They were struggling under the weight even before that, so it really didn't surprise me they hadn't got here. I had expected my Oncologist to have put my appointment to see him off, when I had the scan date for just a week before we were due to see him. Oh well,  it is what it is.😏

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WOYWW #413

 Not actually a lot on my desk today, as Saturday I had to go for a CT Scan, we get the results on Monday 8th May, so not long to wait.
 On Monday we decided to get my hair dyed- I'd be worth a fortune now if I'd bought shares in a hair dye company when I was younger.😁
Today(Tuesday) I had to go for my annual kidney stent change, and that went fine, lucky me was first on the list, so went down about 9.15, was waking up in recovery at 10.00. Which was great, as I was gasping for a coffee, lol.😈

 So, I'm writing this now and scheduling, as otherwise I will forget it's Wednesday- it only needs a bank holiday to throw me completely.

Something you may be interested in arrived in my hot, sticky mitts on Saturday.

The Tim Holtz/Tonic Stamping Platform. The full post I did on the unboxing and try out is HERE, if you want to read about it, but in a nutshell, it's great!

Things I started last week, and then played with over the weekend are in THIS POST.
 Used some inkpads I've had for years, and some Brushos too.

 This was just some cardstock cut down to roughly A5, then spritzed with an assortment of sprays- some Tim Holtz, some Dylusions, and I think a couple of  Tattered Angels.
 They've flattened down nicely now, so I can use them to stamp on, and also get some cards made up from the others.

We are off to Happy Stampers On Saturday- we drive up Friday afternoon, and stay overnight,- so there will be some new goodies to show you next week. I do have a few items on my shopping list.😎.
 And I have a few people to meet up with, Neet, Sarah Brennan and Cara.Will be lovely to meet the second two for the first time. Anyone else going, let me know and we'll meet up & say Hi.
Final subject, the ATC swap for WOYWW 8th Birthday. I am going to join in- I must tell the truth, despite me keep saying I will make some, this Birthday swap is the only time I actually get round to it!
 Anyway, as well as my swap person, I'm happy to swap with anyone else who would like to do so- I don't mind where in the world you are- so if anyone would like to, please leave me a message in the comments, and email me your snail mail- my email link is in the sidebar. Then I can get an idea of how many I'll need to make, and I'll email you my snail mail too.
 Right then, kept fairly short & sweet, just how Auntie Julia over at The Stamping Ground likes it.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Here it is- The Tonic/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform

Right then, freshly arrived this morning, the long awaited Tonic/Tim Holtz Stamping Platform.
 I had the email to say it was shipped yesterday, and was surprised to get it so soon, as I know in the USA people are still waiting- I think something to do with the Patent case being brought by Sweet Petunia re the MISTI.

Anyway, here first is the unboxing.

It came in a nice strong cardboard box, which was inside a polybag.
 Next layer was what you see above, which is a card sleeve, all inside a plastic layer.

 Remove the plastic and the sleeve, and you see a layer of foam above the tool, which is encased in a strong cardboard outer frame.

Remove the foam and you can see it is also sat on a layer of foam. So, so far, full marks for packaging and presentation.

And here it is out of the box. As you see it comes with two magnets to hold your paper/cardstock in place.

I also like that the hinge is a solid metal bar, and the slots the hinge fits into are also metal lined, so breakage/wear is not going to be an issue.

The lid lifts free, you can probably just see the red writing in the top corners, which tell you which side to use for either rubber or clear stamps.
 The top also has a grid moulded into it, but presents no difficulty for cleaning. The bottom is completely smooth, and again, cleans easily.

Flipped over, non-slip feet at the top, and a foam rubber mat. So, no slipping and sliding.

How well  does it work? I've selected some squares of hammer effect cardstock, which normally would give really poor print results.

Cardstock is held in place with two magnets, and you place your stamp face down on the cardstock, where you want the image to go.
 Close the lid down onto the stamp to pick it up, open up and ink your stamp.

This is the first imprint on the hammer effect cardstock. In honesty, I'd be happy with this as is, but I can simply reink the stamp, and stamp exactly over the top to darken the image.

The re inking has made her raised leg as dark as the rest of the image. By the way, at the moment I'm using Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.

So, a solid silhouette stamp came out very nicely.

Next onto a stamp with more detail, a circle of stars. Both these images are from Lavinia Stamps.

The Memento Luxe is a foam type pad, so overinking your stamp is always a problem, especially if it has a large, open area like this one does.

 Plenty of overinking on the stamp, and onto the lid of the Platform.

No problem, it wipes straight off with a baby wipe, as does the bottom platform.

Close the lid, press down.......

.....and a nice clear image, with no evidence of all that extra ink. This too was the first stamping, I'm very impressed that I get a good image in one impression, so far.

So lets try out some smaller word stamps. This word circle is another from Lavinia Stamps. This time I've placed my cardstock in the top corner, and weighted it down.

First impression, and this one is a little pale. But still no issue with the over inked edges of the stamp.

So, just re-ink, then re-stamp.

Much darker the second time around. Still no smudges.

Okay, this time I've flipped the lid to the 'Rubber' side.
 Stamped twice to get the solid bars nice and black.

Another Rubber stamp, and this is after the first impression, still on the Hammer effect card, this time using Versafine Onyx Black.

I definitely would not be happy with that impression.
 So, re-ink and re-stamp.

Much better, lovely clear image.

I thought I'd do the same image using just the stamp on an acrylic block, then side by side compare.
The image on the left is with a stamping block, the right one I did on the Platform. Not a huge amount of difference, but there is definitely clearer detail in the Platform one, especially on the small butterfly.

A clear wording stamp, again Versafine Onyx Black. First stamping, and the image could be a little darker.

Re-inked, and a much darker image.

So, my thoughts.
 Very well packaged, I'm impressed to be honest.
The Platform itself is sturdy, as are the component parts.
 One side (right), and the bottom are open, so you can use any size paper/cardstock.
 The metal bar for the hinge is very solid & strong, as are the metal hinge linings. Good attention to detail, looks like this will last and last.
 The measurements along the top and side are in metric AND Imperial- which I love as I am totally still working in Imperial!
And they will not wear off either. It's not tape, or painted on, but moulded in black, with the numbers and increments the grey of the platform. Hard to show, but you can actually feel all the increments. Again, made to last.

 All surfaces wipe clean of ink with a baby wipe, even the grid lines moulded into the 'CLEAR' stamp side.

Am I happy with my purchase? Absolutely.
I see an end to accidental smudges from the edge of an over inked stamp, or those from inky fingers, which went unnoticed! As your fingers never go near the cardstock once you've inked the stamp, if this is something you get a problem with, then this Platform will be worth it's weight in gold for all the saved projects!
 I've never been one for making One Layer cards, as the risk of a smudge or blotch was always there, but no more. 😀
Quality- Full Marks, from initial view.
Price- Great value for money.
User Friendly- 100% yes.
 Would I recommend- Totally.


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