Monday, 17 October 2016

Lost Love

In spite of this week's title, it's not going to be a piece of romantic fiction, more like a case of forgetfulness/carelessness on my part.

I had decided that I was going to use a variety of Tim Holtz Mixed Media/ Alterations dies in this week's
Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.

I had decided to use the Heart from the Scribbles and Splats set along with the "Love" from the Handwritten Love set.  I had the dies laid out but, unfortunately, when it came to cutting out the Love it had disappeared from where I left it/thought I'd left it.  Anyway I can't for the life of me find out where the heck it has got to but hopefully at some point it will show up and I will utter the immortal words "I wondered where that got to!" (apparently amongst family & friends I'm quite famous for it!).  I tried other sentiments but nothing was working so I had to improvise but I think it worked out ok in the end. 

I Used

White 300gsm Super Smooth - Fabiano
Plain Colour cardstock - Crelando

Stamps, Dies, Embossing Folders
Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, Cats, Dogs - Stampers Anonymous
Dyan Reaveley "How About Never"  - Rangers

Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, Cats, Dogs Thinlits - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Handwritten Love - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Mixed Media #2 - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Scribbles & Splats - Sizzix
Tim Holtz Alterations Stitched Rectangles - Sizzix

"That Folder" - Craft Stash
Hearts - So Crafty

Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ranger
Promarkers - Winsor & Newton/Letraset

I had been playing with some backgrounds using Distress Inks, sprayed water, salt & sprayed bleach. I now have quite a few collected so decided to team some up with some of the Tim Holtz Crazies that I have been colouring & saving up and Dyan Reaveley sentiment stamps. Here are my three latest ones:


The pedestal column was cut from the lower half of "That Folder"

These next backgrounds were originally in browns and greens but the addition of some sprayed on bleach solution changed them into pinks and purples:

The ball of wool stamp and die from their Crazy Cats sets was wound with some twine coloured with Distress Ink.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Crazy, Crazy, Crazy!

Apart from a couple of days & nights of the wind howling down the chimney, it's been a quiet week this week. 

The weather has settled down again, it's actually quite sunny today - well, sort of, when it's not cloudy. I've just been out to check the bird feeder and make sure it's got enough in it, I swear the birds around here are lucky they can get off the ground let alone fly - that's at least 12 fat balls & two lots of mealworm they've gone through since Thursdays & I've just filled it again! Yesterday it was like a scene from "The Birds".  When Jack went out for a nose around the garden they scattered.  They then started gathering on the old telephone lines, in the trees and on roof top aerials.  Once the dog came back in the birds started coming back and were queueing up to get at the feeder - then the squabbling started as to who was next - what a racket! If they are like this in the warm weather I think I better get well stocked up for the winter.

It's only been about 3 months since we started trying to persuade our teenage son to get a haircut, I'd been threatening to get him a couple of barrettes to keep his hair out his eyes! Yesterday, he finally gave in!  He has been asked to give a presentation on the "Career Ready" programme he's been taking part in for the last year or so.  It's to be given at a reception for new participants, local employers & various VIPs at a local 5 Star hotel so he needs to look the part! Oh, and it's school photo time - he's to be in three photos: solo, class & the Senior Prefect Team.  We don't have a photo of him in that school uniform & he's been there over 5 years!  He says he's camera shy but I'm hoping I'll have something for the family album.

Sketch Challenge

When I saw the sketch for this weeks  Freshly Made Sketches Challenge I decided that as it was a simple sketch I should perhaps make a card that was also something quite simple. 

There was a stamp in Crafty Impressions "In the Dog House" set that I had been puzzling over how it could be used so I decided to have a little play with that, and came up with this - I think this is the quickest card I've ever made!:


Thank you Kim for the Honorable Mention in this week's Challenge!

I Used

White 300gsm - Fabriano
Black 300gsm - PayPer Box
Other Colours - American Crafts

Dies & Stamps
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats, Crazy Dogs - Stampers Anonymous
Tim Holtz Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats, Crazy Dogs - Sizzix Thinlits
"In the Dog House" Dog - Crafty Inspirations

Tim Holtz Distress Inks - Ranger
Smokey Grey - Memento
Midnight Blue - Versafine
Onyx Black - Versafine

Bird Crazy, Crazy Cats, Crazy Dogs 

I'd ordered a couple of new sets of Dyan Reavely stamps but although only one set, "Ugh, People!" has arrived it's still been time to play.  I do like them using them with the Tim Holtz Crazy sets - only two complete for now:

I still had some of my coloured Crazy Dog die cuts to use up & decided to team them with some backgrounds I'd put away for future use: