Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Problem Solved Thanks to the Internet

As you can see I've solved my dilemma about Google followers.  A quick trawl on the internet revealed the solution and I've managed to restore my followers all by myself.  I've also found another signature too, so all-in-all a very eventful day.  Phew!! I'm off for a lie down.


Oh No!!

As you can see, I've changed the background yet again and really like this one.  It's from Plumrose Lane and you can just make out the link in the top left-hand corner. 
Unfortunately though, whilst tweaking the side bar to add some of the lovely labels for this background, I accidently deleted my list of followers.  I've tried to reinstall them but can't manage it. 
If you know how I can do this, please, please reply and let me know.  If you don't but you were a follower before or are a new visitor, please add your link.
I can't believe I was so daft as to do this.  Oh yes, you'll notice I deleted the signature as well !!!!!

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Graduation # 2

This is the first scrapbook layout I've completed since my JYC album at Christmas.  It's another graduation page for Louise's second graduation ceremony, this time from Warwick University.
Warwick is a closed campus and there was a lot going on for the Winter 2014 graduation.  We had a great day and although the ceremony itself was fairly short, it was very enjoyable and inspirational, with a student choir who injected a bit fun into the proceedings when they sang some more contemporary songs as the guests left the auditorium.
As always we are very proud of her achievements and look forward to her third graduation ceremony for her PHD.
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Saturday, 15 February 2014

Valentines Day 1915

It was 09.00 hours and George was in the trenches.  Cold, hungry and up to his ankles in water there was little comfort for him or his comrades except for the occasional letter and this cherished photograph of Elizabeth. 
This month's challenge at  CRAFTY INDIVIDUALS is A Fine Romance and as we are celebrating a 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War, it made me think of those soldiers fighting in appalling conditions, hanging on to the few personal possessions they had with them. 

Here's my entry using a Crafty Individuals' tag and an image from CI Love Letters 1.  The stamps
used are CI-017 script stamp in Pumice Stone Distress Ink, CI-350 lace stamped in black StazOn, CI-239 tickets stamp (I used a small element from this which is the 'Passed by ... Censor' and one of their free postal stamps.
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Thursday, 13 February 2014

All Neat and Tidy - At Last !!

I quick post to share my recent purchase. 
I have been looking for a way of storing my ever-increasing stock of rubber stamps for ages now.  Until recently they were in plastic poly pockets in an old A4 ring binder which meant they slipped all over the place and were difficult to 'flip through' to find the one I wanted.
That is until I saw these for sale on a well-known craft shopping channel. 
 I was a little sceptical about quality, durability and that sort of thing but was getting so desperate to organise my craft space that I ordered a set of three.  I'm so glad I did.  They have made not only my little craft corner tidier but looking for a stamp is easy and pleasurable.
Each large plastic folder will store about 20 stamps in individual plastic pockets which are approximately 15.5 cm x 12.5 cm.  You can see the stamp through the pocket so it's easy to find the one you want.  A great idea.
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Sunday, 9 February 2014

Layer It Up Lace and Flowers

I often make 'open' cards without any sentiment, especially feminine ones as I can add the appropriate wording when I need to send it.
This is one of those cards which I'm entering into two challenges:
CRAFT ROOM - Ribbons and Lace
I started by stamping over the card blank using Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp and Distress Ink in Seedless Preserve, varying the position and orientation of the stamp.  Next I used CI-350 Lace stamp with the same DI and stamped the wide panel of lace down the side.  I added the cream lace onto the stamped edge and the ribbon next to that. 

I die cut the various layers of the flowers using the Cricut Flower Shoppe cartridge and a selection of light and dark coloured card.  These were then pieced together with Glossy Accents and finished with a pearl.  The swirls were cut from the Cindy Loo cartridge.  The leaf was stamped using a free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine and heat embossed with Frantage Aged Scarlet heat embossing enamel. 


Sunday, 2 February 2014

The Voyage of the Mary Celeste

There has been another reported sighting of the Mary Celeste, sailing the high seas around the coast of Spain.  Headed towards Gibralter the ghostly image appeared briefly on the horizon before once more, disappearing into the setting sun.

For this tag I cut a piece of plain, dark blue card and rounded the corners.  I then pasted some crinkled-up white tissue paper over that and when dry inked over the wrinkles with Distress Ink in Blue China.  I spritzed over the top of that with Cosmic Shimmer Vintage  Mist in Astral Mystery and just as this was drying, sprayed lightly over the top with water and dabbed randomly over the area with a baby wipe.  This created the very dark, mottled patches around the edges.
For the main image I used a piece of very pale blue watercolour paper and using my watercolour pencils coloured the sea and the sky using a mixture of blue, green and red.  I left a feint white line for the horizon and then blended the colours of both halves with water.  Onto this I stamped the Crafty Individuals CI-295 Voyage of Discovery stamp, having masked out the surrounding area, using Black Soot.  This gave a nice ghostly image.  This was then matted onto a piece of white card which had been inked with  Vintage Photo and a little Pumice Stone.  The postcard image is from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous collection.

Some of the watches were stamped onto white card using Frantage Aged Teal embossing enamel, although due to the fine outlines it doesn't really show up.  I then inked the centres with Rusty Hinge.   The others were stamped onto acetate using StazOn black ink.
I'm entering this piece into two challenges:
CRAFT ROOM - The Age of Aquarius

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Saturday, 1 February 2014

First Challenge of the Year at Altered Eclectics

Yes it's the 1st of February and that means the first altered art challenge of 2014 over at
Take a look at the great Design Team projects for February to inspire you and then get creating but remember, altered art only please, no cards, scrapbook layouts or ATCs.
Here's my DT project for the month: an altered photo frame, picked up from the charity shop for £1.99. 
 It had a few scuffs on it so I gave it a coat of Artists' Acrylic paint in Vintage white before covering it with white tissue paper which had been stamped using Distress Ink in Tea Dye and the Crafty Individuals' CI-017 script stamp. 

I then die cut two frames using the Cricut and Elegant Edges cartridge.  The frames were heat embossed using Frantage Aged Scarlet embossing enamel.  The centres were inked with DI Tea Dye and the sentiments, from Tim Holtz Stuff to Say and Craft Stamper magazine, were stamped in DI Black Soot.  I also cut a frame blank using the same cartridge, again inked with Tea Dye and stamped using Dusty Concord with a free CI stamp.  This was glued to the base using a tab of card as a hinge.
The sentiment in the centre of the heart frame is from Tim Holtz again, stamped using Dusty Concord, the same colour being used to stamp the sentiments around the frame.  I can easily change the sentiment for a photo or another saying if I want to, which makes this frame really versatile.
Good luck with your entries over at Altered Eclectics!!
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