Wednesday, 15 February 2017

WOYWW #402

Today is What’s On Your Workdesk  over at Julia’s! This is my desk for today. Yes, I did stop just to take this photograph so that I can prove to you that I  make a mess! Not a creative mess, and nothing to inspire but nevertheless a mess. P1080685 I am in the process of cataloguing my stamps, using poster tape for all the P1080680unmounted ones. However it won’t adhere if there is any old adhesive on the back of the stamp. Hairdryer to the rescue! Heat will ‘melt’ adhesive on the back of stamps and easily removes stamps from their mounts . I store my stamps in 217 cellophane pockets which are normally used to store pressed flowers in, (about A6 in size). Each pocket has the stamp  image printed on  card so that I can see what it is, along with any information. The stamp is placed on acetate within the pocket. If you are looking for sturdier pockets, then try these A6 plastic ones from custom cards Ltd. Stephanie from Clearly Besotted Stamps uses themimg212. 
I  made a Valentine’s card for hubby using a digital image from Gracielle Designs.  It is coloured with pencils ,  and covered with wink of stella shimmer. The Eiffel Tower really is bronze coloured and not dark grey as many people believe it to be!
Last Friday marked the first anniversary when my dearest friend, Sue, went to be with the Lord. She was a wonderful, bubbly, caring and kind hearted Christian lady. I miss her lots but I know that I will meet her again. Sue kept all the cards I  made for her and bequeathed them to the card making group at her church which she founded in her final months on Earth.  Her thoughts were that they could use elements or the card fronts to make new cards for others. I was very touched when she asked for my permission to do this. One of her favourite cards was this oriental screen which she kept on her mantelpiece.
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Thank you all for your lovely comments last week and for your encouragement, so much appreciated! It is the school holidays so I may not be able to comment on as many blogs this week but I still  wish you all a very happy WOYWW! Open-mouthed smile 
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16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   John 3: 16

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

WOYWW # 401

It’s What’s On Your Workdesk Wednesday’ over at Julia’s ‘The Stamping Ground’! A time to scoot around the world and see what crafters are up to!  We all get in a mess creative flow when crafting and that’s half the fun, isn’t it? I clear up a.s.a.p because my workspace is small and the desk, being in the junk  spare room, is used by all. Which kind of means I’m not an ideal candidate for WOYWW, so I cheated…… here’s my workdesk from P1080634yesterday . Nothing was created except a mess and a lightbulb moment scenario-clipart-lightbulb-clip-art1 Why the mess? I am having a clear out of my crafting hoard…why is it that whenever you have a tidy up you create more of a mess?…..  The lightbulb moment? Well three actually, (yes even I had to have lie down after that!), DIY Wink of Stella, revamp a stamp and a  cheapo and less messy way to adhere unmounted stamps on to an acrylic block.  My wink of Stella brush pen was empty, so it seemed. After an internet search I discovered that a few drops of distilled water was enough to revive it, YAY! Then I found my bottle of iridescent watercolour medium, (along with some other things from time immemorial), and so I had a quick play.P1080638 Guess what? A few drops of water added to a teeny bit of iridescent medium recreates the Wink of Stella look at a fraction of the price! The thicker it is, the more dense the shimmer, the thinner you have it the more ‘Wink of Stella look’ you create. Another tip….do you have a Delicata inkpad? It’s water based, so dab a little on an acrylic block,  add some water and you have a similar effect to a coloured Wink of Stella pen. 😊
Ever heard of poster tape? I hadn’t until my friend Joanne sent me some about 2-3 years ago for our son’s posters/pictures. Poster tape is similar to a double sided post-it pad  but much stronger. It works an absolute treat for sticking unmounted rubber stamps to acrylic blocks. You don’t have to cover the whole stamp with tape, just enough to keep it in place. After use, simply peel your stamp off, no mess from glue sticks and just keep reusing it! You can buy poster tape from Amazon if your stationers don’t supply it. 
 
 I had a fuchsia stamp that I liked but hardly used because of it's limitations. So I took a scalpel blade to it and removed those 'limitations', in this case the border. I look forward to using it in a new way now! Never be afraid to cut up your stamps…P1282993                 Just a couple of more photos for you! We had the immense pleasure of meeting up with the delightful, energetic and very talented Coco at an exhibition of her work last week! She is a lovely lady and we had a wonderful time together😁 You can see her fantastic artwork and more photos at Les Folies de Coco  Finally, last Monday we had a beautiful sunrise……
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I’ll leave you with that and bid you all a happy WOYWW day! Thank you for coming to take a look at Teacup Doodles and reading my ramblings. God bless you and have a wonderful day!
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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

WOYWW 399

Bonjour! I am joining in WOYWW, (What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday) over at the Stamping Ground! This is a weekly post hosted by Julia to showcase what you are currently crafting on your workdesk.
I use a small desk, (it only cost €10 new!) covered in bubbles - yes it is my hubby's choice. The desk top was originally covered in woodgrain paper, (hence the price), so I asked hubby if he would choose a roll of self-adhesive vinyl, (sticky back plastic to us former Blue Peter fans), - and now I live with the consequences.....  I don't craft often, making around 80 or so cards a year and I like to clear my table top up after every use, which makes me a rotten candidate for WOYWW!  I have been trying to make a couple of cards for a few days but life, and son with a cold, just got in the way. The best laid plans and all that stuff! 😉 When I want to use a different shape of card I make a template out of scrap card first. Here I am trying out different sizes of 'book' cards to fit my image.Yeah I know I should choose an image to fit my book template and not vice-versa but a lack of chocolate does things to a gal, you know? I'll post a picture of my card when I do get it made..... it WILL work out....
How about an update on my homemade Ikea frame 'misti'? Have you just heard about Ranger's new stamping tool? Boy it is well designed! My Ikea hack and CD case work just dandy for me, BUT I had a problem. My magnetic sheet just wasn't working. The magnets didn't really want to know, they were just interested in swimming all over the page. I guess I got short-changed with wonky polarities or some such. Hubby told me to buy new magnetic sheets, I didn't want to run the risk of wasting money on something that may not work again. Then whilst in SuperU, we found a really cheap magnetic board. Once home we removed the thin metal sheet and cut it to size. Enough for two A4 frames, 3 CD disc cases and two strips to make mini magnetic reminder boards!  Jennifer McGuire recommends using a bar magnet instead of two smaller magnets and laminated grid sheets for the base. I like both those ideas! My homemade 'misti's work really well now. Here is a photo of my CD case tool. Ideal for sentiment and small stamps. Take out the tabs, cut out the raised end of the case base, (I sellotaped the edge to avoid any sharp parts), place some fun foam as a pad and if you desire, a magnetic sheet/metal sheet with a magnet. Otherwise just use poster tape or line your card up to the edge to ensure perfect alignment. Simples!
I am looking forward to hopping over to a few blogs and not feeling guilty that the housework hasn't been done....after all, I have just come down with my son's cold....c'est la vie!
Enjoy your WOYWW viewing and thanks for taking a peek at my non-blogging blog 😀
I just want to add my friend's link to her blog, Les Folies de Coco. She has an exhibition of her work on at her local library PLUS she has just got published in Stampers Sampler Magazine! Way out Coco! You rock mon amie!
God bless you all, enjoy your day!



Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year for 2017 one and all!
I would like to start this New Year by showing you how to make a simple, cheap stamp positioner similar to the 'Misti'. There are plenty of ideas on the internet but I chose to make mine using a €4.50 frame from Ikea called the 'Hemmingsbo', Further instructions can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLYK0XWqZZw
This magnetic opening A4 frame is all ready to use as your positioner. Tape the strut on the back of the frame to the base to prevent it from opening, peel off the protective layer on the acrylic front and voila! You are ready to go! I upgraded mine by taking off the 4 plastic tabs inside, doubling them up and re-attaching them to the inside of the front frame to make opening easier. An A4 magnetic sheet taped inside provides a base on which to use a couple of neodymium magnets to hold down your project. I happened to have a few  overhead projector sheets, so I printed a grid on them, one for the base and the other for the top to provide guidelines to position my stamps. You could always use a thicker A4 acrylic sheet in place of the thin one provided if you wish but the original works just fine.  You can also make a mini positioner using a CD case and some 'fun foam' as a base.  Simply take off the tabs and cut away the end of the base to provide a flat surface. This home-make is very handy for using with sentiments and small stamps.
2016 was a strange year for our family, a real mix of emotions and events which included three bereavements, health issues, school problems and other personal challenges. A year in which I learned a few things about myself and life in general. You can look at the negatives of a year or you can look at how God has provided, taught and blessed you. As the Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3 vs 13-14: But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
May you be richly blessed this year and come to faith in Christ Jesus who died for your sins so that you may be at peace with God.



Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Christmas Koala!

My first attempt at making a shaker card, I have learned a lot from it! I hadn't planned on making a shaker card which was my first mistake. I lacked the correct materials and had to make do. This digital image was a bit 'boozy' looking, ( i.e.drinking too much alcohol), so I erased the eyes and re-drew them with something more appropriate for a koala's first time in the snow. This is for our son's Christmas card after all! The beautiful blue background paper has dimensional snowflakes on it which I highlighted with glitter. I then painted in some foreground and added glitter glue but that buckled the paper. That was my second mistake because this slight buckling inhibits the free movement of the shaker elements. I didn't have proper shaker elements, just some cheap sequins which do look cheap. If you can afford the better quality craft ones, go for them. I added some  pearlescent paper snowflakes, but they don't move very well. As I said, I have learned from this experience! Will our son be critical of my poor attempt? No, he is a truly grateful young chap who will love this fun image! This digitalstamps can be found here: http://www.qkrstampede.com/products.php?cat=digi-stamps%20koalas

Conclusion: Shaker cards are great but you need to practice making them and have the correct materials to pull them off successfully. I don't normally make them because they are expensive to post but I really do like them, they are fun! The question is, do I invest in purchasing the materials to make these cards and try to budget some more for postage?  I am sorely tempted..... watch this space! If you would like to see some gorgeous, properly made, shaker cards; then hop over to see Shaz's blog here: https://calligraphycards-shazinoz.blogspot.fr/2016/12/shaker-card-using-nellie-snellen.html
Thanks for taking the time to read my meanderings! Have a lovely day,whatever you are doing!



Thursday, 1 December 2016

Odds and Ends and new stamps for the wishlist...

One of Crafty Individuals new releases!
I have not had a creative year. Not in the inky sort of way. It hasn't been an easy year but from such things we can learn and be strengthened in our faith. Is it too late to start thinking about what a new year can bring? Of course it is, we haven't finished this year and anyway, January 1st is simply another day. It's the 1st December, which brings excitement to the house when you have a child around, (or two if you include hubby), because advent calendars get opened and Christmas is on the way! WHAT! Already? Am I the only one who still has some Christmas cards to make? Please say no!  I need, (okay want!), some of the gorgeous new Christmas themed stamps just released by Crafty Individuals which you can lust over here:  http://craftyindividualsblog.blogspot.fr/2016/11/new-stuff-plus-giveaway.html If you are lucky, you can win the whole set too! How generous of Jean and Malcolm. My lovely friend Coco has made some amazing samples using these new releases, you can see them here: http://scrapcocofolies.canalblog.com/archives/2016/11/27/34617667.html and be inspired by a very talented artist.

         
I love the way the desgn team uses their C.I. stamps and I would love to try their techniques but I lack the confidence and know how. I wonder if, when I have caught up, I might have some play time, try out techniques, search on the internet and simply have fun! Wouldn't that be great! I stick to CAS type cards because they are lightweight but a friend told me recently that she doesn't really like the CAS style much, so maybe I ought to venture out...... one inky stamp at a time...
For now I have two cards to share with you. One is a photograph which I took during the school summer holiday. By using a programme on the computer, (which sadly is no longer available) I managed to alter it to a watercolour effect and finished it off using coloured pencils and chalk. Château de la Hunaudaye is not far from us and offers a relaxing time out and stunning photo opportunities.



 My second card is rather tame, again, but it is for a friend who has just become a grandmum for the first time! I love this stamp which is stamped on  smooth silk card from Crafty Individuals.I lightly coloured with pencils and mounted on layers discovered  in my sandwich bag of bits and bobs!
  Scans aren't the best way to showcase cards but the light levels are now too low to use photography without the proper lights and reflectors.
It is very cold now, a heavy frost patterned the ground and windows this morning and after scrapping off the windscreen the white glistening frost lay like snow ready to be crunched on by our son. Little things bring much pleasure.... and very blue fingers - brrr!







There, I have managed to write a blog post, which may, or may not, be my last one of the year. After all, this is a non-blogging blog you know!
Whatever you are doing, have fun, stay well and be safe may your Christmas be blessed,  and full of joy and happy memories! Know that Jesus really is the reason for this season. Thank you for visiting!




Thursday, 22 September 2016

CI CAS

I adore Crafty Individual stamps, they, unlike me, are so artsy!   I love to look at their design team creations and drool over their inspiration and talent. I was thus delighted to discover that this month's challenge is CAS, meaning clean and simple! Well I think most of us know what it stands for but what does it actually mean? I looked it up on various sites and blogs and the concensus seems to include the following rules:
  • Lots of 'white space' ..meaning unused areas
  • maximum of one layer
  • None or very few embellishments
  • Simple techniques
  • minimal use of colour.
Now these rules are not set in stone but they helped me to make a CAS card. Well it took several attempts because I was obviously using the wrong stuff and couldn't get my ink to spread, then trying to scan and take a photo of it just proved frustrating beyond belief! It is lacking in spit and polish but owing to a streaming cold and other personal circumstances I ask that you just look at the technique rather than the result! Could be better as my teachers used to say......
Technique:
If you have watercolour paper, this technique will work much better.
Dampen your paper and ink up your stamp with 2-3 colours of distress ink. Stamp out your image, spritz with a little water and watch the colours spread out. Leave to dry.
Ink the same image with black ink, (I used memento), and stamp over the top of your coloured image. Voila!
Son is off school with a cold today, he kept me on my toes throughout the night, pained look on his face, I'm dying mentality, sound familiar? ....see 'man with a cold syndrome' is genetic and it starts at an early age. Pity messages and chocolate can be sent to me anytime......  
Enjoy the rest of your week!