Thursday, 15 June 2017

Life is Sweet .......

Hello again  ......

It's nearly the weekend  ...... whoo hoo!!!
Just one more day to go before we pick up the boat for our little trip along the Norfolk Broads.  The kids are joining us Saturday morning ....... then it's anchors away!!

Before all that though, I'm playing along with this week's Less is More Challenge ....... yes, in all the chaos and holiday prep earlier in the week I actually found time to have a little fun in the old craft room.  I should really have been tidying up the place but hey! who's going to see it.

It's one of my favourite weeks this week ....... the One Layer card, and the theme is ....
Sweet Things

You either love them or hate them ...... One Layer cards that is!  They may only be one layer but boy can they sometimes take ages to make!
Not so much with this little chap though ..... good thing really as I didn't have time to mess around.
He was stamped, and coloured first time (thanks to the MISTI!!)

And doesn't he look pleased with himself ..... a bit like I did earlier today when I was also eating a rather large, delicious double scoop ice cream ..... yum!!!

He's one of the Penny Black frogs ..... .sorry but I can't check exactly which one as I'm currently sat in my hotel room and if I open up too many websites the internet will start to complain!!  Enough said about that.

He's been coloured using my ZIG Clean Colour Brush pens, and then I've added my sentiment underneath ..... which is from a freebie set of stamps from one of the monthly craft mags (again not sure which one as I've left it a t home!!

To finish off  I added a few tiny dots of Liquid Pearls around the sentiment.

I haven't brought any craft stash away with me ..... apart from one magazine.  I did think about bringing my journal, but couldn't decide on what else to bring along so it's all stayed at home. I do have an empty notebook with me though ... so plenty of space to jot ideas down.

No time for that today though ... we were up and out early, off to the BBC Good Food Show.
We've walked miles!!!
We've munched our way through cheeses, continental meats, dips, and sauces.  Spices, chutneys, and jams, not to mention the gorgeous pastries and the hog roast ..... yum!
We tried the odd tipple here and there ..... well it would have been rude not too, and finished the day with a walk around the Gardener's World bit too!
Like I said .... a busy day, and now we've even more stuff to fit in the back of the car

As well as that little haul .... there's a case of rather nice wine on it's way to the Isle of Man ..... and hubby got an early Father's Day present ...... a lovely new BBQ!

Not what I thought we would end up buying ..... boys and their toys eh!  Let's hope we get the weather to use it.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy your evening and have a fabulous weekend.
The weather forecast is looking good, so we've decided to skip the Good Food show tomorrow and spend the day in the Cotswolds.  We're off to Bourton  ..... well it would be a shame not to visit, we're only about an hour away.

But now ...... it's time to relax a little and try out one of our purchases ........

Cheers everyone!

Until next time .....

We're on our holidays!!! ........

Happy Thursday ......

I hope you're having a good week.
This is a scheduled post as I'm currently making my way around the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC in Birmingham ..... foodie heaven!
Yes ... hubby and I are across in the UK making a start on our annual family post TT holiday. We loaded the car and took the ferry Wednesday evening ..... and we're now in Birmingham until Saturday when we pick up the kids from the airport, and then we're off to the Norfolk Broads to spend the week on a boat!

But ..... there's still Blog challenges going on .... still DT work to do.
It's time to remind you about this month's STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge.  Remember this is the last one until October.  We're taking a little break over the summer to recharge our creative batteries .... it also gives Shery time to design lots of new STAMPlorations goodies too!

As always the challenge is ....... Anything Goes, and the optional colour twist for June is ......
Masculine Colours

Here's a little inspiration for you ....... remember you don't have to use the Colour Twist, this is just my take on what I think are Masculine Colours

I've used the STAMPlorations 4x4 stamp set Good Books and Coffee, and my ZIG markers to colour the image

I stamped using a brown ink, and the image has been fussy cut before attaching to the card front, using foam pads to add dimension

A few highlights using a gold gel pen ......... and a little smooshed Distress Ink in the background adds a little more interest

and a sentiment from the same stamp set finishes everything off on the front .....

'it's your birthday' comes from Kathryn's Big Wishes ..... I do like it when stamp sets work so well together.

Full challenge details and information on the prizes up for grabs can be found over on the STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge Blog, along with more inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.  Why not pop over, take a look and join in the fun.  It's your last chance until October.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm no doubt having a great time ..... good food, drink and time to shop .... what's not to like.

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

And we're off ........

Good morning ..... and Happy Wednesday!

Sorry I'm a bit late sharing the workshop from the weekend ...... I've been a little busy so far this week.  We're going on holiday today .... whoo hoo!!

We did have a great workshop though .... lots of fun decorating wooden boxes using acrylic paints, gorgeous shimmer paints  (Finnabair's Art Alchemy Sparks range and the Imagination Crafts Starlights), gilding waxes and lots of embellishments.  It's funny how everyone follows the same techniques, but the end results are always so different .... I love it!

Here's a look at my inspiration pieces I created to get them started ......

You've already seen one of these up close, in a blog post from last week, you can find the details here if you missed it.

This box has actually been altered quite a few times ...... there's quite a few layers of paint on there now.  That's the thing ..... if you don't like how it's turning out, paint over it and start again! Or if you love the box but just don't like the colour anymore, paint over it again  ..... easy!

We used various embellishments to create the detail on the boxes ...... paper flowers, metal and chipboard cogs .....

Metal charms and tiny Art Stones ..... anything to add interest and texture

I even but a pretty drawer handle on the top of one box .......

I love how the crown looks on this particular box ..... I used gilding waxes over the paint to bring out all the detail ......

You can see there's more of those Art Stones on here too ..... some larger ones as well as the tiny version

We used texture paste and stencils to add more interest ..... and there's pieces of cotton lace in there too

Once all the detail and the embellishments were on, then came the paints.  The whole thing was painted over, some used just the chalk finish acrylics, others went for it and used all metallics and shimmer, and some even used a bit of both.   We got a fabulous mix of colours and styles ...... here's a look at the finished boxes ......

Aren't they all gorgeous .... love the pink, very feminine.

The golden honey colour looked so rich ....... and as I said, everyone did the same thing but each one ended up totally different.

I'd love to stay and chat but ...... I still need to pack!
Then it's time to load up the car and start on our journey.  Once we're across in the UK our first stop is Birmingham.  Hubby and I have 3 nights in a hotel .... 2 days at the BBC Good Food Show which is on at the NEC, and then dinner booked on Friday evening at a favourite restaurant.
Happy days!

Thanks for popping by ... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time ......

Saturday, 10 June 2017

A brand new Blog challenge .... HLS ATC Challenge

Happy Saturday .......

I hope you've had a good day.  It's been a busy one for me ...... with a workshop.  We had a full house, with a group of ladies having fun decorating some pretty wooden boxes.  Using paints, shimmer and waxes and lots of embellishments.  More about all that some other time though.

The exciting event of today is ........... (drumroll please) ........ a brand new challenge starting on the Happy Little Stampers Blog!!
It's dedicated to those miniature pieces of artwork known as ATC's and I'm proud to say I'm part of the Design Team!  

ATC's ........ or Artist Trading Cards, are a great way to create miniature pieces of artwork that you can keep and collect yourself or trade/swap them with friends or ATC groups.
The only official rule is, that they have to be a certain size ........ 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
See .... size does matter!!!

Each month HLS will give you a theme to follow to get you started ..... for the very first challenge the theme is a nice easy one  ..... Flowers 

Here's what I came up with .....

I always like to do sets of ATC's ....... usually in threes but that's just me.  Don't worry, to play along with the challenge you can make as many ATC's as you like.
There's just  a few simple challenge rules to follow .....

  • Your entry must be an ATC (Artist Trading Card) ..... and be the correct size
  • You must follow the monthly theme
  • Provide a link to the HLS Blog in your post
  • Link your entry back to your actual ATC post ...... NOT just your blog
  • You can enter the challenge as many times as you like .... each entry must be different though
  • and Have fun!!
I used the HLS Doodled Flowers to create my ATC's.
The flowers were stamped onto pieces of white card coloured using Distress Oxides and the smooshing technique.  A touch of water splattered over the top gives a nice effect and adds a little more interest, and you can see that I've also added a few ink splatters on there too

I stamped and clear embossed the flowers and then coloured this one using a white gel pen ....

along with my ZIG markers for the leaves

The words on all three ATC's are from JOFY stamp sets ......

A few gold paint splatters add the final touch .....

ATC's are so much fun to make ..... and you might find they become very addictive!!
Are you new to ATC's or have you been making them for ever.  Either way, why not have some fun and play along with this brand new challenge.
As with all the HLS challenges, the winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to spend in the HLS store.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your weekend.
It's time for me to grab a glass of something chilled, put my feet up, and relax.  I think we may just watch some of the television coverage of the TT.
It's all over again for another year ..... the weather held out eventually and the final day saw a full race schedule.  Although the Senior Race had to be red flagged due to an incident on the second lap.  Ian Hutchinson was injured when he came off his bike on the second lap.  It was all a bit tense down at the Grandstand waiting to hear what had happened.
He was reported to be conscious and was airlifted to hospital with a broken leg.   Best wishes for a speedy recovery and hopefully he'll be back next year.
The race was restarted and run over 4 laps, instead of the 6, with Michael Dunlop taking first place.
The fortnight was brought to a close with a spectacular fireworks display over the promenade .... we had a great view from the terrace outside my craft room!

It's going to be a busy week coming up ... hubby and I go across to the UK on Wednesday evening and then, it's the Walmsley family post TT break .... can't wait!  Neither can the kids ...... they've both been working flat all out for the whole fortnight, Lauren working two places most of the time and Chris running the beer tent at the Grandstand.  It's funny ... I still call them kids ...... but they are 27 and 25!!!

Cheerio until next time .......

Friday, 9 June 2017

Only 351 days to go ......

Happy Friday folks ......

This is a scheduled post ..... I thought it a good idea just in case last night's summer!!!!! party went on into the early hours.  A few too many glasses of the bubbly stuff means there's a good chance I'm feeling a little delicate this morning. Either that, or we stayed up to watch 'the results' coming in. Fingers crossed the UK got the right result ....... and that's all I'm saying with regards to the general election!
As for Summer ........ are they having a laugh!! Yesterday's weather was dreadful ..... it rained nearly all day.  I feel so sorry for all the TT visitors, especially those camping! The racing was delayed for three hours in the morning before being cancelled completely for the day yet again!

But enough about the weather ......... It's time for a quick reminder about this month's Craft Stamper Challenge ....... have you played along yet?

As always the theme is Anything Goes ..... as long as there's actual rubber stamping on there somewhere ..... no Digi's please.

Our sponsor this month is our very own Just Jolande .......
and there's a fabulous prize for the challenge winner ..... a gorgeous stamp set .....

and a fab stencil .....

Don't forget there's also the Design Winner .... chosen by the DT.  They also get a great prize .....
  • their winning project published in the Craft Stamper magazine
  • they will be invited to be a Guest Designer on a future challenge ... .and
  • they get a Winner's profile published on the Craft Stamper Blog 
Need a touch of inspiration ...... what about a bit of Spotlighting ......

This was so easy to do ..... I simply stamped the image onto a piece of grey cardstock ..... I saw someone on Pinterest  using grey card to stamp on and I thought it looked really cool .... something different. I also stamped the same image onto a piece of white and then die cut the part I wanted to highlight.

The pretty image is a recent release from Carabelle Studios ..... La Femme aux Papillons
I coloured in the die cut piece using ZIG markers and a water brush ....

And then the circle was placed over the top of the stamped image on the grey card using foam pads to add dimension ...... I love how the coloured piece just pops!

A simple sentiment on the front and a few dots of sparkly glitter ......

and I stamped the image again to decorate the inside ......

adding a little colour to just the butterflies this time .....

Here's another idea for using the same technique .......

Happy stamping folks!!

Today sees the final day of this year's Isle of Man TT (weather permitting that is) ...... only 351 days to go though until it all starts again!
There's a full day of racing scheduled with the big one of the day being the Poker Stars Senior Race. It's also a Bank Holiday on the island so everyone gets the chance to watch ..... well nearly everyone!
We'll be there ..... assuming it's not raining of course.  Can Hutchy win again .... let's hope so!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a great weekend.  Let's hope the sun shines.

EDITED ......
Hello again ..... after the lovely comment from Nancy and the nudge about this month's CAS Watercolour challenge I'd like to link up my lady with the butterflies and play along (Thanks Nancy xx)
The theme is Summer ..... she fits in perfectly I think

Cheerio until next time .....
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