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One Of Those Spooky Moments

Definitely had a spooky moment this morning when I visited Yvonne’s blog Meggy’s Way as she was showing a card that she had made with coffee stirrers!!!

The spooky part is that last Thursday I was crafting with a friend who was having a clear out of her old stash.  She had loads of coffee sticks that she had collected from various coffee shops (as you do!!!) and she was going to bin them because she didn’t know what to do with them.  Also she had something new in her stash, Gelatos which she had bought on my recommendation.

Did a quick make for her where I combined 4 of the coffee sticks to make a frame and used the Gelatos for the background to give her a few ideas.

Didn’t get to finish the card whilst with Pam so I took it home with me ready to finish off.  Finished it this morning ready to take the photos.

Delayed the photo taking, as usual, by having a quick hop around blogland and … woah … when I hopped onto Yvonne’s blog she had posted a card where she had used ….. coffee stirrers.  Now tell me that’s not spooky.

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The coffee cup, world and the globe are all stamps from Stampin Up.  The pics are from the Ephemera Pack by Tim Holtz.

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The Saturday Class Was ‘All About The Men’

The FSC challenge this month is All About The Men and again I have combined my card with the Saturday class (two birds with one stone and all that)!!!

To enhance the background I dry embossed onto black cardstock, then using the best tool ever … (my own little itsy bitsy index finger) delicately proceeded to spread gilding wax over everything to highlight the clocks.  Next using the same delicate little itsy bitsy index finger (cleaned it first) dipped it into the Gesso pot and lightly feathered it over the edges.

Definitely not a fan of using mirri card but sometimes a piece just cries out for it and this was that time.  Mat and layered it behind the background and also the stamped images.  You can find the handsome suave hunk (George Clooney lookalike) here.

We had a real disruption in the class this week … Crafty Friend Turned Up … and to say it was raucous would be an understatement.  We probably laughed all through the making of each piece and how anyone got anything made is a mystery to me.

Here is the second card they made.  This time there was lots of inking, white embossing and stencilling going on plus the ripping of vellum.

I would love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.  Also don’t forget that the winner of this challenge has $20 to choose anything they like from Flonz’s store.

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Congratulations My Beautiful Granddaughter

How proud is this grandma and grandad today???

VERY PROUD INDEED

Amber passed her theory test first go and now she has just passed her driving test first time round with zero minors.  This is quite rare apparently.

How cool is that at 17?

Mummy and daddy have already bought her first car for her … just the insurance to find now!!!  Good luck with that Amber.

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New Journalling Classes

My Saturday class have all bought a new Journal book each because they all want to go to another level with their inking, layering and stamping.

I created this page to show them the type of things they will be doing in their new books.

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Time For Some Travel

Below is my make for Vintage Stamping Challenges and the theme this month was picked by the lovely Claire which is all about Travelling.

Seeings as how we are in the holiday season most of us will be travelling around on our hols so what better theme could there be.

I picked two stamps here and here to use on my card from Flonz’s range of beautiful stamps.

Molding paste was spread through a honeycomb stencil then crackle paste added over the top.

The gentleman on the old fashioned bike is tissue paper which was applied with mod podge over the paste and crackle.

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I really hope that you can join us for this month’s challenge.  To enter just click Mr Linky at the bottom of the VSC web page and maybe it could be you who wins the $20 from Flonz’s store.

Please visit the DT’s blogs for more inspiration and also it would be nice to leave them some love.

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Don’t Mess With Me I’m Thinking

Just had to have a stamp fest with one of the Silhouetted Women stamps from Dina Wakley.

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Mister Fancy Pants

Irene and I facetimed each other yesterday, she had to make some last minute cards but I on the other hand got to make a funtime tag.

Whilst talking, Irene reminded me of the little pack of images that we bought whilst on holiday.  So combined Mr Dandy Robot stamps with the pics to make another grungy piece.

By the time I had finished my index finger looked a right ole mess (so much for trying to look after my nails)!!!  Enjoy folks ….

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Cascading Side Card

A few of you asked for a tutorial of the card I made for the 100th challenge at FSC (here) .

Put together a short step by step which might help you make the above card, more pics below

The first two pics are a copy paper template for you to try out yourself.  Sorry girls please notice that I work in – inches and centimeters (I use whichever works best for what I am making).

1st Pic – Shows the little strip that I cut from the end plus the measurements.  Also showing where the cut lines and fold lines should be.

2nd Pic – This is how your card should look when  the corner has been cut off and the score lines added.

Also I have marked where you fold over and glue – #2 onto #1.

#3 is your flap over piece.

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This is how the card should look when glued and folded.  The front flap over should measure 4″ x 4″.

Now for the next part.

First Pic – These are your insides and I usually make three but you can do as many as you like or less.

The measurements are 19.5cm  x  10cm with a 1/2 inch score line at the beginning.

2nd Pic – Use glue or tape only onto the 1/2 inch strip then place onto the card making sure you butt up to the very edge of the 4 inch line.

3rd Pic – As you can see this is how you get start to get your cascading make.

I usually decorate and decide how long or short my next pieces are before gluing and putting everything together.

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As you can see from the 2nd pic below I have stamped the man’s image then cut around him to give the flaps more dimension.

This is how it should look when on the mantlepiece.  This card has only three inserts but it looks equally as nice.  These cards will fit into a DL envelope perfectly.

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Pink and Grungy

When just having a play I love to use as many fabulous mediums as possible (just because I can lol).  It gives me a warm feeling to see the end result and also if everything has gelled together.

Just lately my makes have been devoid of the grunginess (quite crisp and neat for me).  So this one is sweet and pretty but full of grunginess which leaves those puddies very messy indeed.

Flowers cascade around the frame, I seem to have got out of the habit of using them but it works for this make.

Printed off the image onto canvas paper as I love the weaved texture effect it gives to the picture.  The frame was die cut with pearlescent card so there is a little sheen showing through.  Stamped the quote with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder.  After finishing with the paints, inks and stamps I spritzed all over with dylusions white linen.

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Gentleman’s Pen Holder

How guilty do I feel today?  Andrew asked if he could take his pen holder to put on his desk today.

So where does the guilty feeling come from???  I made this 3 months ago and it has been sitting on my desk ever since.  I wouldn’t let hubby take to work until I had photographed it.

Well me and photo taking is still not a match made in heaven but how bad am I to make hubby wait this long?  Shame on ya girl!!!!

Andrew actually brought home the toilet rolls from work for me to make these crafting implement holders for my craft room.  You can see the first one here.

He really liked what I made so asked if I could make one for him.  Cock-a-hoop and thrilled to bits as this was the first thing he has asked me to make specially for him.

It turned out rather well and has the look of leather, just like those expensive pen holders on a Victorian gentleman’s desk.

All done and dusted hunny so you can have it to sit on your desk (sorry)!!!

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I have another one which I want to show as soon as I have taken the pics.

Do you remember Mr Key Box here, well he is nearly finished.  I found this key which I want to put on the front of the box but it needs two holes drilled into the wood and Andrew is waiting for me to tell him where the holes should be!!

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