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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Forever our Story

Good morning all.

Well the good weather seems to have broken for the time being, we had rain last night with more forecast...never mind I'm sure the garden needs it!!

Chores all done yesterday and managed a little play last night.


7" base card with matting layers cut with square nesties. Stamps are all from Unity Stamps. Butterfly has been stamped with flitterglu and I then applied some Lancashire Rose flakes before shading with DI in Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers and Cracked Pistachio finishing with some pearl metallic wax to give it some sheen then fussy cutting. Sentiment was stamped in memento and heat embossed with clear EP.  Sequins were added to finish.
Not sure about the butterfly and may re-do it again. I think this will end up as an anniversary card for hubby...I'm a little previous as it's not until September!

Challenges entered:
Friends with Flair - link up party
Uniko Studio - things with wings
Crafty Catz - things with wings
QKR Stampede - guy card
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
That's Crafty - keep it simple
Aud Sentiments - things with wings and a sentiment

Friday, 24 April 2015

You Passed!

Good morning all.

Sorry for going awol...don't seem to have stopped since we got home last weekend! We had a lovely few days away with mostly nice weather. Spent time visiting hubby's Aunt and Uncle; had a trip to the Lakeland Aquarium followed by a drive around Coniston Water and a lovely walk around Levens Park, followed by a drive around Lancashire to see some of hubby's old haunts.
This week we spent an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh on Monday; I had a mini spa and afternoon tea with a friend on Tuesday and we went shopping in Edinburgh on Wednesday. Yesterday was a quiet day enjoying the sunshine whilst waiting for Mr Tesco to arrive. Mark left again yesterday for part two of his travels...he's in the Lakes with a friend until Sunday, then after dropping said friend back home on Sunday he's setting off down the west coast of England, goodness knows how long he'll be away this time!

As it's Friday I'm off to join Erika to share a golden oldie.


April 15th 2008 was the date eldest passed his driving test on I think his third attempt...he was so chuffed with himself! The following Saturday I got a phone call about 11pm saying he'd be home a little later than his curfew...when I asked why he said he was in Aberdeen!! He'd set off mid afternoon with his mates to go to a skatepark...needless to say it was a late night while I sat and worried waiting for him getting home again.
The paper was a freebie and the car is a photo of his first car which I decoupaged on the front.

I've got the house to myself this morning so hopefully will get the housework and laundry out of the way then maybe fit some crafting in later...I think the craft room is feeling a little neglected!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Crafting for all Seasons Challenge #100 "Milestone Celebrations"

Good morning all.

Arrived safely yesterday, weather is dry but a little cool. Managed a little detour via Strikes garden centre for a few crafty purchases enroute! Wonder how many more crafty stops I can fit in!

It's celebration time over at CFAS today...we've reached our 100th challenge!! We've lots of sponsors this week with some fab prizes...and our theme is "Milestone Celebrations".
Here is my card:

I've used Moon Girl and Owl from Ppinky Dolls Art who are one of our sponsors. I've coloured with promarkers, then used drawing gum over the image, die cut with a square nestie and inked the background with DI whilst still in the die. Backing paper was a snippet in my stash. Edging stamp was a magazine freebie from Visible Image. Sentiment is from Lawn Fawn. No's stamps are from Bo Bunny. Sequins from my stash.


We are being sponsored by all of the following who gave the DT images to work with:

All Dressed Up Stamps - Prize 2 images
Fabulous Sponsor 2015
Ppinky Dolls - Prize 3 images
Fabulous Sponsor 2015
Just Inklined - Prize $10 GC
Fabulous Sponsor 2015
FaeryInk - Prize 3 images
Fabulous Sponsor 2015
Bugaboo - Prize 7 images
Fabulous Sponsor 2015
Tiffany Doodles - prize 3 images
Fabulous Sponsor 2015

Challenges entered:
Brown Sugar - distress
Crafting from the Heart - anything goes
Craft your Passion - anything goes
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Through the Purple Haze - anything goes
I Love Promarkers - many happy returns
Addicted to Stamps - girly but not pink

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Mini Canvas

Good morning all.

All packed and ready for the off! Just hoping the weather stays dry...I've packed some books and craft mags just in case!

A little 4" canvas to share today.


Canvas is painted with Fresco Finish paints from Paper Artsy. Stamps are all from STAMPlorations and are inked with Wendy Vecchi Archival inks. Stencil is from Imagination Crafts  and I've used Sparkle Medium.

Challenges entered:
Unruly Paperarts - animal instincts
Our Creative Corner - colour your world
Stamps and Stencils - anything goes
Mixed Media World - use bright colours
DL Art - anything goes

Monday, 13 April 2015

Thanks a Million!

Good morning all.

Off to the hairdressers this morning, then I'll have to do some ironing so I can get the packing done! I think there will be lots of layers going in the case as the weather could do anything whilst we're away!

The ladies at LIM want to see splatters this week...on a one layer card. My nephew's wife has been helping Lora with her maths revision over the holidays so we need a card for her.


I got happy mail on Saturday which was perfect for the job...one of several stencils I bought with the gift certificate I won from Tim's Tags earlier this month. The stencil is from The Crafter's Workshop, I taped it down and inked with DI in Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon and Abandoned Coral. Sentiment is from Winnie and Walter, stamped with versamark and heat embossed with black detail EP.

One layer cards, two days running, first execution!! ...I'll lie down in a darkened room now!

Challenges entered:
Less is More - OLC with splatters
Happy Little Stampers CAS - stenciling
STAMPlorations - stamps and numbers
Simon Says - in the middle

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Christmas Card Club "Vintage"

Good morning all.

Gosh it was chilly yesterday, lovely and sunny still but about half the temperature we've been enjoying...and today and tomorrow don't look set to be any warmer! 

It's time once again for our little Christmas Club to show our wares... Rachel asked to see "Vintage" this time.


A very quick and simple one layer card from me! Love this La Blanche stamp...stamped in brown versafine ink onto kraft card and heat embossed with clear EP to give it a nice sheen, although this isn't showing in the photo. The sentiment is from Clearly Besotted.

Challenges entered:
Country Views - use kraft card
Sister Act Card Challenge - anything goes
Addicted to Stamps and More - clean and simple
Crafting by Designs - get ready for Christmas
Crafty Gals Corner - any holiday
Deep Ocean Challenge - things with wings
Merry Monday - angels or cherubs
Simon says Stamp Monday - A is for angel

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Wake Your Soul

Good morning all.

Well our week of sunny weather looks set to end...it's been quite windy here yesterday evening and rain is forecast for today. Eldest requested a haircut yesterday (his first in about six months), he'll be regretting it now!! He's up in Inverness with some mates for the weekend...three of them set off in a little hatchback with two bikes, 3 skateboards and assorted luggage in beside them!!

We managed to get booked up for next week so we're off on Tuesday for a few days...the cottage is actually in Lancashire but we'll be visiting relatives in and around Kendal whilst there. We were going to take the dog but decided to leave her at home with the  boys this time.

Managed to fit in a little bit of journalling last night, this is the result...my pages for April


The stamps are all from the April SMAK kit from Unity Stamps which arrived earlier this week. Background was made on my Gelli plate with acrylic paints. Stamping is a mix of DI and Archival. The bird was stamped and heat embossed on tissue and applied with gel medium.

Challenges entered:
Simon Says - A is for April