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Sunday, 23 September 2007

Stamp reorganisation

I managed to sort out some of my mounted stamps today. They were already mostly in Tuff boxes, but I have now rearranged them on the shelf so they all fit, labelled them with the Dymo and photographed the contents so I can find them easily.

Just have all the non wood mounted ones to do now!

If you want to see the pictures of the stamps look on the Crafts Beautiful blog - link is at the right hand side!

Friday, 21 September 2007

this is probably the last card for the red, white and black challenge on Paper Craft Junkies forum, and I used shrink plastic and traced the pattern from the DCWV paper using Sakura Glaze pen before shrinking, edged it with red Marvy brush marker, threaded fibres through corner holes and mounted it on black then red card with black eyelets. The fibres went through the eyelets.

This was mounted on to the bottom corner of the card so the pattern on the paper can be seen, and the plastic has the image in negative. Finally the sentiment was stamped with Stampendous Window box stamps with black pigment ink and black glass effect Heat it Up embossing powder. The final embellishements were more of the fibre down the fold of the card and a Queen and Co black heart gem in the bottom left corner which is a bit hard to see!

This is another red, white and black card for the challenge. It is the first time I have made an acetate card, although I have used acetate with peel offs as an embellishment or window previously. I used Stazon black with Stampendous acrylic window box stamps (not to be recommended as you shouldn't use alcohol or you could damage the stamps), coloured in the red with permanent peel off pens and added some gem flowers and a butterfly. I put a white hammered card blank in the middle and punched a hole through both to thread the ribbon through and tie in a bow. The ribbon was from Joanna Sheen and is a sheer red ribbon with silver glitter hearts on it.

Monday, 17 September 2007

Red black and white challenge

I made this card for the next Papercraft Junkies challenge to make a card using only red white and black. This is similar to a card I did before. I hope to make some different cards to enter in the challenge soon.

I am on holiday this week but so is my Hubby! We thought about going away for a few days but he now has a cold, so it looks unlikely at the moment! I would like to be left to my own devices to make lots of cards but I doubt I will get away with that!

I also added a bit of glitter to the card I made yesterday which I thought enhanced it a bit.

Too late but here it is anyway!

Well I just made this card for the latest challenge on Paper Craft Junkies, it was use a letter or letters. I stayed up making it, designed and cut with the Robo and decorated with letters and daisies. I uploaded it and then saw the winner had already been selected! The challenges start on Monday morning at 8 am, or so it says, and last a week. Which I make tomorrow at 7:59 am! The next challenge is already loaded.

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

My day today

I was at a conference in a hotel where I stayed the night. The conference was good and finished at 4 so as I was near to Lakeland shop and a health shop I needed to visit I did that before driving home.

Bought a few things in Lakeland, some crafty some for the house and kitchen!

I bought a mini dougnut silicone "pan", for making pendants with my melt pot and UTEE I hope, I was looking for one for ages and tried to get one from the USA, but when I walked into the shop there it was! £9.99 so not cheap but I thought I would get it. Also bought a teeny tag set with tags, card squares to layer, and foil printed letters, with fibres and ribbons. I also bought a box of blooms, I have tons of them but these were spotty ones!
Got three boxes of glue dots, by two get third free. I also bought a pad of Dovecraft designer Christmas paper - I really should make some Christmas cards as I have tons of stash for them! Finally for crafting I bought some mini icecream spoons which I figured would come in for glitters and powders!

The rest was boring household stuff! I spent over £50 so it would have been better to do it online as I would have got free postage and a free gift!

Monday, 10 September 2007

I won a card making challenge whoo hooo

I won a card making challenge on Paper Craft Junkies forum this week, the theme was something old and something new. I submitted a few cards for this challenge, including this triplets card that won!
I am so thrilled, I have won competitions before but not for my cards! This was was a card I made for a lady who had triplets and was posting on the Crafts Beautiful forum, she told us she was pregnant and kept us posted on that, then was really surprised to be told it was twin girls, but then was called back urgently to be told there was a third heartbeat and she had three little girls as well as one she has already!

Saturday, 8 September 2007


Another parcel from the USA! I had to collect it as they didn't leave it in my parcel safe, which was annoying as it fitted with room to spare! The other item to sign for couldn't be found, the woman in the collection office said she would ask the Postman when he got back and get him to bring it round for me! I hope she does as it is difficult to get there during the week and I may have to wait until next Saturday!

I got some nice goodies, the main item was a Tim Holtz alcohol inks tin tote, which has room for 28 bottles, so my 6 look a bit lost. It has room for the applicator and spare pads too, but I don't think I will get the metallic and mixer bottles in too. I also ordered some papers, chipboard glittery red letters, a Heidi Swap mask, some brads, Heidi Swap blooms and chipboard flowers. Disappointingly the chipboard flowers that go with the papers I ordered were missing from the parcel and two of the four sheets of Junkitz papers were not the ones in the photograph, and I would not have ordered them. Also some of the brads are Clementine in colour which I didn't appreciate, as the photo showed green, white and black ones and though I can see there is an orange dot in the description and perhaps I should have realised that Clementine meant the colour not the range!

I also had some more Rubbadubbadoo stamps arrive, I bought mostly the reduced ones, some Baby ones, Christmas, and some words, and a couple of full price background stamps.

Tuesday, 4 September 2007

Thanks and good Knight!

I made this card to say thanks to someone who was working for me but has transferred to the other part of the team, so hasn't technically left - only my side of the room!

So he didn't get a leaving or good luck card and I thought I should do something to say thanks for all his hard work.

It is stamped with Rubbadubbadoo stamps, stamped with Brilliance copper ink and embossed with Heat it Up copper powder. The knight is matted onto copper paper, using foam pads, and the card is edged with Krylon copper pen which I hope will dry lighter to match!

Monday, 3 September 2007

Theatre blues

A few years ago I worked in an office with a woman who had a small theatre group and asked me to join them. The group consisted of 4 women including me from the office and the mother of one of them.

Once a month we all went straight from work and met up with the others for a meal in a restaurant in Bath, then on to the Theatre Royal to watch a play. We had all voted for the plays we fancied seeing, and the top scoring play was the one we saw.
Then I got promotion to a job that meant I had to work in London for 5 months, then in Bath but travelling to London twice a week. This made it difficult to hook up with the group, in addition one of the group was seriously ill and had to have major surgery and "Mother" also got ill with cancer I heard.

I was reading the local paper and the reviews of what is on at the Theatre Royal this week and realised how much I miss going, despite the really uncomfortable seating arrangements which was for people born in a time when they were all short! I used to fidget a lot I seem to remember, and tried to be in the end seat for aisle room. If the theatre was not full we could move around as two of us were taller than the others!

I must try and get my Hubby interested in going to see a play!

Sunday, 2 September 2007

New stamp

I saw a card using this stamp and thought at first that it was the result of bad stamping. Then I saw the stamp and realised that it was part of the design!

So then I decided I had to have one and have a go. This attempt isn't the best, I think there is some extra bad stamping here, I have some more images that were better and I will make them into cards soon.

I used Brilliance Twilight three colour inkpad and embossed the image, the stamp is an Anita's one, the bloom, brad, gems and sticky braid are all Papermania as is the backing paper.

I wanted to post it as I have had a bad week, not been well with one thing and another so I haven't made much.

I hope to do a lot more with this stamp, the possibilities are many I feel!

Saturday, 1 September 2007

Postie has been!

This year has flown by and it is September already!

I got my Craft Stamper magazine, October issue today! I love this magazine so much I even bought binders to keep it in. It always has such rich sumptious projects in it mixed with simpler ones. Sadly I don't seem to get round to doing the various projects but I live in hope, and every issue has a free rubber stamp which is royalty free. Computer magazines are even earlier, I seemed to have October at the beginning of August!

I managed to enter the August issue competition and giveaways last week, I used to do loads of competitions in all magazines and on products, and I have won a few prizes over the years. I am probably a bit of a saddo, as I have kept my winning letters in a folder going back years. I have won clothes, towels, Microsoft Office Professional (it was the runner up prize, a computer being first prize would have been useful as I didn't have one at the time), toys, tickets to craft shows, a steamer, books, all sorts! The one thing my boys were fairly disgusted that I had even entered for was a box of herbal laxatives, they never got used (well funny thing was I found the box somewhere years later in a box of the boys toys and there were some missing). I won a years supply of tights from the local paper once for creating a caption to a cartoon, a set of Wilkinson Sword scissors that are still in use, and something else that escapes my memory right now! I think the local paper must have blacklisted me after that as I didn't win again!
I have won a few crafting prizes over the last few years, I would love to win one for making a card but they have been draws or logo competitions so far. I need to enter cards in comps to win them, I have entered a few but not enough!

I have an entry in the DoCrafts crafter of the year comp at the moment. I want to enter the card maker of the year in one of the other magazines, there are so many categories I could enter I would have to make more cards than usual but you have to send them in so I wouldn't be increasing my standby stock or stock for sale for charity!

I have never won anything really big like a car or washing machine.

Lately I have so little energy I find that by the time I get round to thinking about entering a comp the closing date has gone. So i was pleased that I managed the Craft Stamper comp, especially as it is something I have been lusting after - Krafty Lady Art Moulds for individual letters of the alphabet all different! I saw something made with them and fell in love, then found out the price!