Monday, 27 April 2015

I'm Back! and some winners.......

 Firstly, let's chat about today's card, I used the Friends Forever stamp set from Clearly Besotted - great stamp, and so easy to colour. The border is by Papertrey Ink, and embossed with Wow metallic silver embossing powder. It goes without saying that I used my MISTI stamp tool to make quick work of the stamping........






Now on to the winners of the giveaways posted two weeks ago (I have never been away from the blog for this long!)


Promarker winner is ELLAS DESIGN


Aquamarker winner is RHIANPENNANT

Congrats to you both, email me with your address and they will be on their way to you. If I don't hear within one week, I will draw another winner from those who commented on the original post

Next, huge thanks to all of you for your kind comments, emails and cards during our recent family crisis. I can't tell you how much both Mike and I appreciated them. My stepson James stumbled and fell, sustaining a very serious fracture of his skull. Obviously, as with all head injuries, there was a lot of concern about the outcome, but he has been discharged from hospital with no apparent after effects, and is doing well - the whole family are grateful for his recovery and to the skilled staff on the Neurosurgery ward at St Georges Hospital, Tooting, London

So now I am back home, and back at the desk in the crafty cupboard, trying to make up for lost time...see you tomorrow x 

Thursday, 16 April 2015

News

Hi, I will be missing from blogland for a little while, my stepson had a fall last weekend and suffered a serious head injury so we are down in London taking care of the children. He is now out of ICU and on a high dependency ward, so how long we are needed is like a piece of string really. But I will be back soon, happy crafting until then x

Monday, 13 April 2015

Quilters Templates

 I had never heard of these plastic template sheets, marked with a grid pattern until I saw a discussion on a Facebook page about using them with the MISTI. So I ordered some from Amazon, and cut them up to fit the new flavour of the month tool, the MISTI. But I had some left over........


So I used a Spellbinders die to cut out a circle.......


and taped this over my cardstock - it makes a perfect stencil for sponging circles (or squares/ovals etc), and when you have finished, you just wipe it clean.....


and here is the finished card. I used a Clearly Besotted stamp from a set called Friends Forever and just coloured in the bottom half of the stamp, letting the sponged circle be the star of the show. 



I have a little notebook that I carry around with me, and while I am sitting with a coffee I whip it out and jot down anything that strikes me as funny/strange/bizarre to share with you later. Can I find it? Nowhere to be seen,
vanished, pouff, gone..... I probably left it on the table at the coffee shop, so somewhere, someone is sitting and scratching their heads over my very random notes and jottings - they probably think it belongs to some crazy demented person with a vivid imagination. They could be right

See you tomorrow x

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Sunday Giveaway

Here's another giveaway - this set of Aquamarkers from Letraset.......


The winner will get five Aquamarkers, a fine liner black pen, some watercolour paper and a instruction sheet. I have taken it out of the original packaging to save on postage costs. I will mail worldwide

The colours of the markers look strong - don't be afraid of this, when diluted with water to blend, they are the most gorgeous shades. The set is called Floral, so you have everything you need to paint some pretty florals - either your own creations, or stamps. The colours are Raspberry, Mahogany, Sunburst Yellow, Fern Green, Peacock Blue, Cranberry. These are watercolours, so are incompatible with ProMarkers

All you have to do is leave your name under this post and I will draw a winner on Friday. Good luck x 

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Weekend Giveaway

No card from me today, but I thought I would have a couple of weekend giveaways to brighten someone's day

Saturday's giveaway  is this set of six ProMarker pens - five shades of yellow and a blender



Perfect Spring colours! To be in with a chance, all you need to do is leave your name under this post and I will pick a winner on Friday. If you get my emails, click on the grey Going Buggy header on your email and it will bring you over here so that you can comment

I'll be back with another givaway tomorrow. Have a great start to the weekend x

Friday, 10 April 2015

Daring Cardmakers - Maths!

So today is the second of my guest design team spots over on Daring Cardmakers, and as always, I have been challenged! The dare today is using Math symbols - pie chart, Venn diagram, etc etc

Now Maths was always my weakest subject at school, and that was a long time ago now. On a daily basis for the whole of my life I have been very grateful that I have five digits on each hand, always handy when you are trying to look and act intelligent when doing something really complicated like working out a bill and tip in a restaurant (I told you I was rubbish, and I am!)

So, as this is, as far as I know the first time in my life that I have heard of a Venn diagram, let alone use one. here is my card for the dare, and yes, Google did come in handy......


  
So go HERE to see the rest of the team's take on the dare - and be sure to take a peek at Kathy's interpretation, which I think is totally genius, and play along with us

See you tomorrow x

Thursday, 9 April 2015

MISTI video

Here's another MISTI video for quite a simple little card - although I went  wrong with the camera angle on this one, but after all the hassle of setting it up and editing etc, I thought 'what the heck, they can click away........'


Go HERE to watch it on YouTube or watch below




I'll be back tomorrow with my Daring Cardmakers card for this week - this week seems to have flown by!

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Using a Background.....

So I wanted to use this lovely background stamp by Scrapberrys - I just love those overlapping circles......and these stamps are superb quality, they stamp beautifully, and you should take a peek at their site, the prices are amazingly low and you can get everything over there - gems, washi, papers etc at a fraction of the usual cost


My first inclination was to use a riot of bright colours with this stamp, but after I heat embossed the stamp in white onto white cardstock, and started sponging distress inks over the whole panels - I stamped it three times - the end result was quite a pleasing pastel palette...... I used a MFT die to cut up the panels.....


and then mounted the whole lot onto a black card, and prettied it up with some gemstones. Sentiment is by Clearly Besotted Stamps


I like the clean and graphic look of the finished card.

So it begins............whilst doing a bit of food shopping yesterday, feeling very comfortable and a bit Springlike in jeans and a sweater but without a coat, I saw an assortment of people who clearly think that miraculously the sea has made some huge surge towards the geographical center of England where I live, and were happily doing a spot of shopping before heading for the beach - I was tempted to ask a couple of them in strapless maxi dresses and flip flops if they charge for deck chairs at this new beach that has appeared somewhere in the area, overnight, like a mushroom.

 Probably best not to ask, but it was very tempting when I shared a lift with a girl in a bikini top and shorts. Since the nearest beach is a two and a half hour drive away, they need to get a move on before the sun goes behind those clouds. I blame the EU (mind you, I blame the EU for most things), putting all these nonsensical ideas about long hot days and carefree cafe cultures into the minds of sensible UK citizens, who a few years ago would never leave home without a brolly........

See you tomorrow x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Silhouette Meadow........

 I found a little silhouette of a child  (A Childs Year Cricut cartridge) on my desk, and had to turn it into a card.....


The sentiment is by Simon Says Stamp, the cloudy sky was hand sponged - I used a Clarity template, I just dabbed away until it looked right. The stitched hill dies are by Lawn Fawn, and the black grasses and flowers are by Inkadinkadoo


I hope you all had a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful Easter break, I have been enjoying the first warm sunshine of the year today - bliss to feel that warm sun after the chill of winter. I am almost, but not quite tempted to dig out a few lightweight clothes, but I'll resist, as soon as I do that it starts snowing - happens every year, so I will wait a while, maybe June will be safe!

See you tomorrow x

Friday, 3 April 2015

Daring Cardmakers


This month I am guest designer over on my favourite challenge blog, Daring Cardmakers, this week the dare was to make a card using this photo as inspiration........



Here's a peek at what I came up with, to see all the cards go HERE, cheer me on if you have time, and if you have a spare crafting hour or two why not join in the fun and make a card for the challenge



I hope you all have a wonderful Easter weekend xx

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Dabbling with Watercolours

So I told you yesterday that I had some new watercolour paints........


and that instead of doing one of the dozens of things I have lined up for them, I started messing around with little scenes, no, I am definitely not Monet, but I figured they were good enough to pop onto a card for a truly handmade greeting........or maybe not, what do you think?



Don't ask me what these flowers are meant to be - roses? peonies? I haven't a clue, but I had such an absorbing afternoon painting them, I found it totally relaxing and will be dabbling again when I have time........



We were supposed to be going down to London tomorrow, but plans have changed and now daughter Alex and her boyfriend are arriving here later today, so it's off to the shops to stock up with some food, then a bit of cooking is the only thing that will be on the cards today - but I'll see you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Another new addition!

Even though I am totally enthralled with the MISTI, I thought I better move away from it for a day, so I'm showing you yet another new arrival on my craft desk, these fabulous Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolours that were a mothers day gift (a not very subtle hint having been dropped by me well in advance of the day!).........



I love watercolour as a medium, and these  colours are so concentrated and vibrant. I have wanted some decent watercolour paints to do various techniques for a while, and here they are........


Number 10 on the bottom row is white, and 95 next to it is the most gorgeous pearly white, I can see that being used up quickly. The little pans all lift out when you are using them, just gorgeous design.....


I really wanted them to use with various stamping techniques, so what did I do? I started to do some tiny watercolour paintings, freehand. Now I haven't done that since I was doing my Art exam in school, and in those days I had a boyfriend who was an art student so he used to do all my homework for me. I used to get some very quizzical looks from my art teacher when I handed in 'my' homework. But I did get a very good mark in the exam, so I must have picked up a few tips from him along the way!

The winners of the pens and CD have come forward, thank goodness, so that is the end of that saga...

And to make you smile this morning, Max aged 7 and Milo aged 5 are on holiday in Dubai. Their verdict after 36 hours in the country?
Max: The WiFi isn't very good, but the watermelon juice and the bread are the best in the world
Milo: Dubai isn't for me. It's too hot. I like it better in The England

See you tomorrow x

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Another MISTI video

I couldn't resist doing another little MISTI video, and you must be gentle with me - I had so many problems making this!



To watch on YouTube go HERE




Next time, I'm going to go back to doing a practice run first!

Now, you are not going to believe this, but neither of the winners of the Polkadoodles CD or Letraset pens have stepped forward to claim their prize. If you commented on either of these posts, scroll down to yesterdays post to see if you are the winner. I'm getting a bit bored now with people not coming forward to claim. Watch this space, they may be drawn yet again!

See you tomorrow x

Monday, 30 March 2015

A MISTI video - and some winners

So many of you were intrigued by the MISTI, that I wanted to do a quick video to show how easy it is to do repeat stamping with this tool - there is no way that I could have placed this narrow border stamp so perfectly without it.  I hope you enjoy it



To watch the video on YouTube go HERE



Those of you who wanted to know where to buy, I got mine from the manufacturer HERE

Now to some winners. The THIRD time I have drawn a winner for the Polkadoodles Work and Play CD. Third time lucky for

CRAFTYJO

and the winner of the set of Letraset Fineline markers is

LEANNE S

Congrats to you both, please email me so that I can get your goodies in the mail. If I haven't heard by Friday, I will draw again - sigh

See you tomorrow x 

Thursday, 26 March 2015

New toy.......

So I gave in after weeks of longing, and got myself a MISTI. What is it? Go HERE to watch a video



So I decided to put it to the test to make a spotlight sort of card, where the flowers on the base are continued onto the circle, normally this would require all sorts of fancy measuring and lining up, but it was a breeze with this tool (apart from a couple of mistakes that you are not supposed to notice.....)


This was just a prototype really so I could get the hang of it, but I thought it was good enough to show you....

I just watched the video link I gave you above, would you believe they make a right hand and left hand version. I'm left handed. Guess which one I ordered? Yes, the right handed one.Sometimes it pays to do a bit of research before ordering, but I think my right hand has got quite nifty after all these years, so it's working fine for me. I also didn't know that the little magnets came as extras, so I have had to source some on Amazon. When my parents went to school parents evenings they were always told 'Enfys has so much potential, if only she could learn to listen before rushing into trouble'. I guess all these years later, they would say the same thing today! 

See you tomorrow x 

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Using a die for backgrounds....and a giveaway

Here's another idea I picked up from the Online Card Classes latest class called Stretch your Dies...........


 I die cut this wavy border die by Lawn Fawn out of acetate, then just used it as a guide to blend panels of different distress inks across the cardstock........

My intention was to use to with the 'stripes' going horizontally across the card, but then I stuck on the 'happy' die cut word (from Clearly Besotted) and it was too late...never mind. The stamp is by ???, sorry I can't get to my stamp supplies at the moment, and it's one I coloured ages ago using Prisma pencils and outlining with my Letraset fine liner pen


Fine Liners

Talking of which, I have a set of all four black fineliner pens from Letraset to give away to one of you. They really are the bees knees - you can colour in tiny details that haven't stamped properly, outline stamped images to make them crisp, add detail to a stamp and so on. The beauty is that you can colour right over them with alcohol markers and they don't smear. Just leave your name under this post if you would like a chance to win them.  

The winner of the Polkadoodles CD - Glennis - hasn't come forward. I will give her until Saturday to claim her prize, and if I haven't heard from her I will draw (yet another) winner from the original comments, and let you know on Sunday who has won the fineliners and possibly the CD if it hasn't been claimed

A couple of you have noticed that I haven't been making my usual posts on the Letraset blog for a while, yes, I am still on the team, I have just had a bit of a break, I have been on the team since it started, and I think a bit of a sabbatical is good every so often, but I will be back over there very soon

See you tomorrow x


Monday, 23 March 2015

Altering a stamp....and a winner...


My favourite little funky cat from Scrapberrys is back again.......



but this time, I started by inking through a Scrapberrys stencil (forgot to take a photo, but you will see what I mean in the finished card) and realized that, to make sense, the little cat needed to be facing the other way. Too lazy to start again, I stamped him onto a rubber mat, the sort you use for a bigshot or cuttlebug.........


then I quickly and carefully pressed my cardstock onto that stamped image, and voila, here he is, facing the other way!


I then went over the lines with a Letraset 0.1 Fineliner pen........


and coloured him with ProMarkers........I decided I didn't need the boat he was holding, so cut that out, I love stretching my stamps.....


Here's the finished card, now you can see why I needed him to face that way.....


The winner of the Polkadoodles CD is

Glennis

Congrats, email me at enfysc@yahoo.co.uk with your details, and I will get it in the mail

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Day Three Stretch your Dies.....

So yesterdays lesson was all about using your basic shape dies. I have made this sort of card before, they are so difficult to photograph! Jennifer McGuire showed a stunning example using a heart die for the aperture, which I don't have, so I made do with a basic circle, and my cute little BasiK For You stamp set from Scrapberry made it's debut as well - I love the way the little cat is looking up, so I gave him some fish dangling tantalizingly just out of his reach..... I've taken lots of photos to try and make it clear what the card looks like closed..............




and open..............




I had a lovely and fun evening with the Fiskars crew, as always we put the world to rights and had a lot of laughs along the way......


the waiter thought that Hina looked like the boss of the little group, so this is how her plate came out....



I said to my son Edward when chatting on the phone 'did you see the photo of me with the kids? I love it, must get it printed out'....so less than 36 hours later, this turned up......yes, the photo I loved, printed out in black and white and professionally framed. He must have been ordering it as I was chatting to him, it arrived so quickly.....Thank you darling xx


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Day Two - homework!

So I am being a good student and still playing along with the techniques in the Online Card Classes 'Stretch your Dies' class, here's my homework........




and a simple but fiddly inlaid die cut technique......


So today, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and I am meeting up with my pal Kath and the Fiskars crew for dinner tonight.  All is well with the world. They are at the big consumer craft show at the NEC opening tomorrow, and although it is only ten minutes away, and I have a free pass, I am not going. Such strength of character I am uncharacteristically displaying! I just don't need anything, and if I go I will spend, spend, spend. Feeling smug!