Thursday 31 January 2013

Twinchies II - Made Up

Hello Friends

Do you remember the Snippets I made HERE?  Well, this is what I did with them!  Gathered up some Snippets, stamped some backgrounds, used my new Sizzix dies that "fell" into my basket when going on a Santa's Elf trip to Hobbycraft to buy a Big Shot for my friend for Christmas on behalf of her Hubby!   Well, I did have a 25% off voucher so it would have been so rude not to have used it! I also bought two other sets for both Lesley and Mandy and boy did they nearly not get them!!  

Four cards made ready to send to various peeps!   The sentiment is Hero Arts.

Thanks for popping by.  It is nearly the weekend! Yeay!!!  Got anything nice planned?   I can hardly believe it is the end of the first month of 2013 - whereditgo?!!



Wednesday 30 January 2013

Ooooo! New Spellbinders die!

Hello Friends

Just a quick post today to show you a lovely new Spellbinders die that I took delivery of the other day.  It just "fell" into my shopping basket!  Honest!!

The Penny Black image was in my box waiting to be coloured in and I adhered some micro beads to the centres with glossy accents.  I had to rifle through my Christmas Snippet box to get the gold cardstock, but I do like it and the recipient liked it too! 

Happy Hump Day!  Downhill now to Friday :-D


Tuesday 29 January 2013

Pivo O'Clock - Scrapbooking Tuesday

Hello Friends

Well would you believe, I was having a tidy up in my room, when I came across a photograph of Hubby on our first Christmas trip to Prague?  Should I put it back in a box, (not with all the other photos of the same trip as it would take too long), but in a box with mixed photos?  Or should I scrapbook it?  Well I think you can guess which option I chose, or you wouldn't be seeing a layout below!!

So I started with a sheet of plain cardstock and I took some acrylic paints and various paintbrushes and even a toothbrush and flicked some black and gold paint over the card.  Leaving this to dry I carried on with the rest of the elements.  The swirly piece is half of a shaped page being used as a template, cut out of Kaisercraft and then mounted on a piece of green co-ordinations cardstock and trimmed to about 1/4-1/8th inch. I then took some Technique Tuesday stamps and stamped with Black Soot DI.
The large rectangular piece was made one evening when I had a video clip of Donna Arkle playing with spray inks and a glass of wine on the go!  I created several sheets of sprayed paper and this is one of them.  I did not have any plain white/cream 12x12 at the time so I followed Donna and used the backs of some papers I did not particularly like! I have mounted this on to more of the green cardstock.   The clock is one of my new stamps which I won on the FB CC101 challenge.  Love those TPC Studios stamps!  The rosette was left over from my Christmas Tree projects.

The layered piece was made using a mixture of EK Success punchouts and Tim Holtz Lace die cuts.  The text was cut using my Cricut (not sure what font but if you want to know I can tell you - though there was chocolate involved!).  
The clock is a Tim Holtz of course!  Die cut using a scrap of chipboard, painted and then waxed with Treasure Gold.  A little TH embellishment and the Remember is another TPC Stamp.  The Ironwork stamps are all Technique Tuesday stamps and the large corners were double stamped with Black Soot DI and bronze Distress Stain . 
The top part of the layered square was stamped with Wendy Vecchi stamp with a mixture of TT and TH stamps.  
Look at those glasses - they look huge now but were all the rage back in 2000!!  Tee Hee! 

Hope you like and thanks for popping over.  If there is anything else you want to know please do not hesitate to ask.


PS  Why Pivo O'clock?  In Prague it is always time for a beer!  It is one of our little sayings! As well as "It is 5 o'clock somewhere!" or my favourite "Is it Baileys time?"

Sunday 27 January 2013

Rudolph Day - First of 2013

Hello Friends

Do you remember last year I joined in with my friend Sandra of Stamping for Pleasure  to celebrate Rudolph Day on the 25th of each month?  Well, I am joining in again this year in order to ensure I get ahead and have Christmas cards ready in time for the Big Day!!  So here are the first two cards which I have made and I have four more similar cards cut out ready to rock'n'roll.

You may recognise the stamps as being from the lovely Sheena Douglass set which I was lucky enough to win in the Playground draw! Thank you Di, they are gorgeous.  Lots of potential and I am having great fun playing with them!

I inked up backgrounds using Pine Needles, Seedles Preserves, Gathered Twigs and Festive Berries Distress Inks.  I spritzed and flicked with some water and once dried I inked the border ivy stamp with Archival ink, stamped down the side of each piece and embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I thank made teeny tiny "berries" with liquid pearls. 

For the main image, again using Archival ink, I stamped the large mistletoe image onto cardstock and embossed the image with clear embossing powder.  I coloured the leaves and stems with a mixture of Copic markers and Distress Markers.  I cut around the mistletoe image but felt the background was too white.  So using distress inks I "washed" the backgrounds using a water pen.  I cut the gold/silver background using my Spellbinders die, punched my new EK Success punch, inked the SU tag and stamped with the sentiment which was in the SD set.  Plenty of Snippets used on these cards!

For those of you who know I go dancing on Wednesday evenings, I thought I would let you see how I celebrated Burns Night last night!  Dancing a Seann Triubhas in front of a packed room (about 100 guests) and an old friend Archie piped for me!  This was the first time I have had the crowd clapping to time and a standing ovation!! 

Sorry it the photo is not quite in perfect focus but I kept moving!!

Tee Hee!

Saturday 26 January 2013

Friday Funny on Saturday


Mr Cadbury met Miss Rowntree on a Double Decker.
It was just After Eight.
They got off at Quality Street .
He asked her name. ‘Polo, I’m the one with the hole’ she said with a Wispa.
… … ‘I’m Marathon , the one with the nuts’ he replied.
He touched her Cream Eggs, which was a Kinder Surprise for her.
Then he slipped his hand into her Snickers, which made her Ripple.
He fondled her Jelly Babies and she rubbed his Tic Tacs.
Soon they were Heart Throbs.
It was a Fab moment as she screamed in Turkish Delight.
But, 3 days later, his Sherbet Dip Dab started to itch.
Turns out Miss Rowntree had been with Bertie Bassett and he had Allsorts!

I could not resist sharing this one with you today!!


Friday 25 January 2013

Friday Funny


1. A nursery school pupil told his teacher he'd found a cat, but it was dead. 'How do you know that the cat was dead?' she asked her pupil.  
'Because I pissed in its ear and it didn't move,' answered the child innocently.

'You did WHAT?' the teacher exclaimed in surprise.
'You know,' explained the boy, 'I leaned over and went 'Pssst' and it didn't move'

2. A small boy is sent to bed by his father. 
Five minutes later.....'Da-ad....'
'I'm thirsty. Can you bring a drink of water?'
'No, You had your chance. Lights out.'
Five minutes later: 'Da-aaaad.....'
'I'm THIRSTY. Can I have a drink of water??'
'I told you NO! If you ask again, I'll have to smack you!!'
Five minutes later......'Daaaa-aaaad.....'
'When you come in to smack me, can you bring a drink of water?'

3. An exasperated mother, whose son was always getting into mischief, finally asked him 'How do you expect to get into Heaven?'
The boy thought it over and said, 'Well, I'll run in and out and in and out and keep slamming the door until St. Peter says, 'For Heaven's sake, Dylan, come in or stay out!''

4. One summer evening during a violent thunderstorm a mother was tucking her son into bed. She was about to turn off the light when he asked with a tremor in his voice, 'Mummy, will you sleep with me tonight?'
The mother smiled and gave him a reassuring hug.
'I can't dear,' she said. 'I have to sleep in Daddy's room.'
A long silence was broken at last by his shaky little voice:
'The big sissy.'

5. It was that time, during the Sunday morning service, for the children's sermon. All the children were invited to come forward. One little girl was wearing a particularly pretty dress and, as she sat down, the minister leaned over and said, 'That is a very pretty dress. Is it your Easter Dress?'
The little girl replied, directly into the minister's clip-on microphone, 'Yes, and my Mum says it's a bitch to iron.'

6. When I was six months pregnant with my third child, my three year old came into the room when I was just getting ready to get into the shower.
She said, 'Mummy, you are getting fat!'
I replied, 'Yes, honey, remember Mummy has a baby growing in her tummy.'
'I know,' she replied, but what's growing in your bum?'

7. A little boy was doing his math homework.
He said to himself, 'Two plus five, that son of a bitch is seven.  Three plus six, that son of a bitch is nine....'
His mother heard what he was saying and gasped, 'What are you doing?'
The little boy answered, 'I'm doing my math homework, Mum.'
'And this is how your teacher taught you to do it?' the mother asked 'Yes,' he answered.
Infuriated, the mother asked the teacher the next day, 'What are you teaching my son in math?'
The teacher replied, 'Right now, we are learning addition.'
The mother asked, 'And are you teaching them to say two plus two, that son of a bitch is four?'
After the teacher stopped laughing, she answered, 'What I taught them was, two plus two, THE SUM OF WHICH, is four.'

8. One day the first grade teacher was reading the story of Chicken Little to her class. She came to the part of the story where Chicken Little tried to warn the farmer. She read, '.... and so Chicken Little went up to the farmer and said, 'The sky is falling, the sky is falling!'
The teacher paused then asked the class, 'And what do you think that farmer said?'
One little girl raised her hand and said, 'I think he said: 'Holy Shit! A talking chicken!''
The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.

9. A certain little girl, when asked her name, would reply, I'm Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter.'
Her mother told her this was wrong, she must say, 'I'm Jane Sugarbrown.'
The Vicar spoke to her in Sunday School, and said, 'Aren't you Mr. Sugarbrown's daughter?'
She replied, 'I thought I was, but mother says I'm not.'

10. A little girl asked her mother, 'Can I go outside and play with the boys?'
Her mother replied, 'No, you can't play with the boys, they're too rough.'
The little girl thought about it for a few moments and asked, If I can find a smooth one, can I play with him?'

Thursday 24 January 2013

Simple Pleasures - FSC - Snippet

Hello Friends

I was sat in my room the other day (when it wasn't quite soooo c-c-c-cold in there) playing with my new Artistic Outpost stamps and a lickle idea formed in my head.  Hope you like it......

Over at FSC the current challenge is Trains, Planes and Automobiles (any transport) so I shall be linking this lickle bit of silliness over there.  The card itself has gone in the post to my Cousin as I wanted to make her smile.  One of my feathered chooks is named after Tracey and another is Hettie and they are the mischief makers of the troop!!  

The green foilage stamp is another freebie from Craft Stamper and I added some drawing of grass with a Copic pen.  The chook stamps are Artemio and the green card was out of my Snippet box. I used Archival inks in Cobalt, Black and Vermillion.  The bike was embossed with embossing powder and then coloured using Copics.  A little faux stitching around the edge and hey presto a card for Tracey.  Not sure when it will get there with this weather holding the country up though!

Thanks for calling by.


Wednesday 23 January 2013

Twinchies - Anything Goes II..

Hello Friends

I was having a little bit of a tidy up in my Craft Room the other day and I came across this lickel stamp on the front of a recent Craft Stamper.  Well, had to have a play didn't I? 

Stamped with Archival and embossed with clear embossing powder then coloured with either Copics or Distress Markers. 
I stamped and coloured two flowers in each colour, masked one and stamped the background stamp with matching ink, cut out the other one and shaped them before adhering over the bottom flower.
I shall be entering these into the Twinchie "Anything Goes".  

Thanks for calling by.  As I am reading this Mother Nature is covering all the ground with white stuff again.  We could do with some pretty flowers right now!


Tuesday 22 January 2013

Birthday Girl

Hello Friends

You will recall that I showed you a birthday card I made for my Scottish Dancing Teacher and I also showed you a photograph of her, well I could not resist making a scrapbook layout of that photo and three others now could I?  So as it is Tuesday, I thought I would share it with you....

The main papers are Daisy D which I bought a while ago and the blue are Co-ordinations and the red and white are Bazzill some of which are left over from my Christmas Album.  I have used an EK Success Punch, and Sizzix Daisy die as well as my Cricut for the letters.
Both pages side by side.  Yep, that is me on the far right photo and Angela is with Jo on the left of me.  Angela is Jo's granddaughter. 

Some close ups.
The right side. On the letters I have used Stickles but it is difficult to tell from here!
Here you can see I have embossed all the daisies.  The stamps used are Tim Holtz, Hero Arts and Wendy Vecchi.  The rhinestones up the left side were scrounged given to me by Lesley, however, after she left I realised I wanted some for the right hand side.  No worries, I just got some clear ones and inked with a mixture of blues of alcohol inks!  Ever resourceful.  They should have let me be a Girl Guide.  As far as I know I am still on the "list"!!  There was a waiting list in our neck of the woods.  The buttons were a present on my place at the retreat last year!

Thanks for calling by.  I will take this to the Playground if you wish to have a closer look!


Monday 21 January 2013

Sending a Hug...

Hello Friends

You may recall this Twinchie I made on a recent post, well this is what it turned into..

I am hoping the recipient will have received it by now and that this post will not be seen too soon.  I have sent it to a Playground friend over the water who is having a bit of a rough time right now.  I hope it cheered her up a little and let her know she is thought of.  The sentiment, which is partly obscured by the ribbon, says "Wishing you strength for today and hope for tomorrow" and is made by Kaisercraft.

The card is Bazzill and I used Victorian Velvet DI the same as in the image.  The ribbon was out of my Snippet tin having been on a birthday present of mine last year!  I don't waste anything. 


Sunday 20 January 2013

It's Snow Fun!

Hello Friends

I thought I would share with you some of this weekend's photographs...

Don't quite think I shall sit out today!

Hettie thinking of coming out of the coop!
Assessing the situation with Betty..
Not happy with that idea!! Going back in.
Feeding my lickle ones..Caitlin, Tracey and Mrs A (left to right).  If you are wondering how I can tell who they are, tail feathers and colour.
Dobby with his posh coat on, acting like a nutter!
Would this be a cold call?
A lamp post to lean on!
A Snow Chook for the Playground.  Well, anyone can build a Snowman!
Our Cottage looking pretty.
When you cannot use the horsepower use Broom Power!
And finally, keeping a light on for my friends!

Hope you like my and Hubby's pictures.  Expect to see some pr all on a Scrapbook layout soon!  These photos have made me smile this weekend.  

Hugs.  Stay safe and warm


Friday 18 January 2013

Nature is Unique..

Hello Friends

For those of you who visited my desk this week you will know that I had a layout on there that I was working on so without further ado here it is.....

The photo is of one of Hubby's Bees who was out for a beautiful early February day two years ago enjoying the sweet nectar of Snowdrops.
I started this layout with a sheet of plain creamy yellow cardstock which I sprayed with Ranger Colourwash in Lettuce, Terracotta and Pesto whilst using Heidi Swap, Tim Holtz and Crafters Workshop masks.  I sprayed the colourwash in sections and then unscrewed the spray part, removed the tube and then flicked the ink to get some small splodges.  Well, gotta get inkey haven't we?  The flourish stamp here is from Crafty Individuals and most papers used are 6x6" My Mind's Eye - Tangerine. 

I stamped up a new stamp which I bought from Ebay and unfortunately there is no makers name on it.  I inked it with Archival, embossed with embossing powder and coloured it in with Copics.  The bakers twine is Stampin Up and finished with a little button from my jar. 
I cut the "Nature" letters using my Cricut and Quickutz self adhesive paper (cuts like a dream, glad I rediscovered it).  I went around the edge of the letters with Forest Moss Distress Marker to make them pop as well as stamping them with Stayzon Forest using a Hero Arts flourish stamp.  The word "Is" was made using Grungeboard letters adhered onto a grungeboard block which I adhered then painted with Paperartsy Fresco in Snowdrop,  with colourwash and flicked again then a little Adirondak Lettuce.
The Unique was stamped with A Lettuce again and embossed with embossing powder and trimmed then flicked with Colourwash and edged with A L.    The Stampotique Bees were stamped with Archival ink and embossed with embossing powder.  They were coloured with Wild Honey Distress Marker and an embossing pen was applied to the wings along with some Pearl Perfect Pearls.
I used the lace mask from TH which has given the effect of a crown at the bottom of the page. I will have to remember that for future projects!  I added some lace and Stamping Up bunting below the photo too. On the pink strip of paper you can see a little of a Pink Paislee stamp and the shimmer of the bee's wings.
The layout came a sketch from Liz Chidester of thescrappiest blogspot - so thanks Liz.  I really liked this one and hope you do too. I am linking this up with Simon Says Stamp - Lace, Facebook CC101 - spray ink, as well as the Snippets Playground.  Here is the Sketch....

Thanks for reading all the way to the end and hope you like.  I look forward to receiving your comments.

Have a great snowy weekend and please be careful.  Do heed the advice of the Police and other bodies of only going out if necessary.  



Friday Funny

The Four Cats 

Four men were bragging about how smart their cats were. 

The first man was an Engineer, the second man was an Accountant, the third man was a Chemist and the fourth man was a Government Employee. 

To show off, the Engineer called his cat, "T-square, do your stuff." 

T-square pranced over to the desk, took out some paper and pen and promptly drew a circle, a square and a triangle. 

Everyone agreed that was pretty smart. 

But the Accountant said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, "Spreadsheet, do your stuff." 

Spreadsheet went out to the kitchen and returned with a dozen cookies. He divided them into 4 equal piles of 3 cookies. 

Everyone agreed that was good. 

But the Chemist said his cat could do better. He called his cat and said, "Measure, do your stuff." 

Measure got up, walked to the fridge, took out a quart of milk, got a 10 ounce glass from the cupboard and poured exactly 8 ounces into the glass without spilling a drop. 

Everyone agreed that was pretty good. 

Then the three men turned to the Government Employee and said, "What can your cat do?" 

The Government Employee called his cat and said, "Coffee Break, do your stuff." 

Coffee Break jumped to his feet....... 

ate the cookies........ 

drank the milk......... 

sh*t on the paper....... 

s*****d the other three cats....... 

claimed he injured his back while doing so....... 

filed a grievance report for unsafe working conditions....... 

put in for Workers Compensation...............

and went home for the rest of the day on sick leave............ 


Thursday 17 January 2013

Birthday Card for my Niece

Hello Friends

Well, I am not sure whether it is Friday or if the weathermen have got it wrong again as it is currently tipping it down with snow here!  I guess it is the latter!

I forgot to post this card on my blog (it did go by post on time) which is the one I made for my niece for her birthday at the beginning of the month.  As you can see I used my new favourite stamps from Artistic Outpost (which reminds me, I have some more coming and hope they don't get delayed 'cos of the weather :0( ) and it I have used the card I made it in a similar style to THIS one but more friendly to go in the post.

I used a piece of K&Co matting paper for the background, Tim Holtz Co-ordinations for the Bingo which is a TH embossing folder, then sanded it and inked with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  The "ribbon" across the bottom is the strip off a MME paper (you know the bit with the name of the paper that you cut off - don't waste nuffink me!), run through my ribbler, inked and adhered with a button out of my pot.  I can now share this with the Playground where a few of us are going to build a Snow Chook later!  Woo Hoo!

Some more of that lace someone gave me, flowers that I have had in my jar for eons with a brad and hey presto a card for my niece.  Not sure if she liked as I have not had any feedback!!  

I can also enter this into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge as it contains lace and their theme this week is Lace Love.  Well it was for my niece who I love very much, as I do both my nieces of course!

Have a great day and mind how you go in the snow or even better, stay warm in your crafting room!


Wednesday 16 January 2013

WOYWW 189 Again? How did THAT happen?

Hello Fellow WOYWWers

Guess what?  It is Wednesday AGAIN!!  How did that happen? I only managed to finish visiting desks from last week and here we are again.  If you don't know what I am prattling about then go HERE and visit the Lovely Hostess of this worldwide - yes WORLDWIDE blog hop that happens every Wednesday by daft lovely bloggers. 

So without further ado this is my desk as I left it last night.....

I am currently procrastinating over a layout and am hoping to post it on my blog later this week to meet a current challenge.  Ho Hum!  I can see my herbal tea there and Monkey has his feet on the mug keeping them warm. I can see some stamps there that need cleaning and putting away - oops!  Any volunteers?  The pad on the left is where I am jotting down what I use so I am not racking my brain as to what I used.  
For those of you who commented on my tin and my keeping ink pads on their sides, I have modified my tin slightly for you.   I have kept my ink pads on their sides for quite some time in Cadburys tins to no ill effect but several peeps commented that they should be kept flat.  Actually, this tin on its side works well, as they are easy to get at and look!  Another place to dump rest stuff on!!  Why two ATG guns?  One is for scrapbooking and the other is for cardmaking and gift wrapping (non acid free).  Well they were on offer at a ridiculous price so why not?  
And for those who asked what was in my used Yankee Candle jar, here is a close up.  Clothes pegs with ribbons on. I popped some in here so they were kept clean and to hand whilst working on my (nearly completed) December Album but now I think they will stay in there, and I have another jar(s) which I can recycle this way.  

A lickle birdie has told me it is Darnell's Anniversary today so Happy Anniversary to you and the Hunk!

Right.  That is my desk today.  I shall call by later on today (have to work to earn the pennies to pay for my habit).  Don't forget to stop by the Lovely Lady and see some other desks.