Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The loss of a blogging friend.

The members of the The Outlawz Design Teams found out today that one of our sisters had passed on unexpectedly.  It was very sad news to hear, especially for those of us who are on the Alcohol Markers DT as Linda was a part of our little team.  For me, The Outlawz was the first design team I joined and is the only social site of which I am a member and it truly does feel a great loss.
             As with any death, a number of feelings arise and a great deal of emotions are stirred.  Perhaps we remember past losses very close to us, perhaps we recognise our own mortality, maybe we resolve to live life to the fullest, whatever the personal emotions may be, our thoughts also go to the family of Linda and the immense loss they will be feeling.

          I didn't want to post my regular blog posts without acknowledging this sad news.  Although I only knew Linda through blogging, she came across as one of the kindest, most complimentary person ever - she only ever had praise and nice things to say and I for one, will miss her calming presence in blogland.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Photo inspiration at The Outlawz.

Hello all!
Another Friday, another challenge from The Outlawz Alcohol Markers DT and this week we are giving you a photo as inspiration.

               The photo is looking across at the San Francisco skyline from Sausalito - I happen to know this because I took the photo :)  Anyway, you can take inspiration from the colours, the sea, the flowers, the city view, basically anything.................just remember to use alcohol markers as that's what we're all about. We're being sponsored by the fantastic Make it Crafty this month so there's a very good reason to join in!

                                  For my card I used the colours as a starting point but I thought you could also tie in the image with the San Francisco of olden times - saloon gals and the wild west, what do you think?   I used Cheyenne from Kenny K downloads, coloured with Copics and fussy cut her, putting her on a background of smooshed blue and lavender Distress Inks, adding some washi tape and gems and a faded stamped text mat.  The sentiment and the very lightly stamped flower seedheads are two of those bargain dollar stamps from Michaels - I'm really going to miss those stores when I move!!

                             Please take some time to check out the fabulous cards from the rest of the DT - you can find links to their blogs on the Design Team page, just click on the tab at the top.  I would also like to apologise for my absenteeism from your blogs lately - I'm just so pushed for time at the minute as we only have 7 weeks until we move back to England and some of you are just so prolific at card-making, I find it very difficult to keep up!!  

        I would like to enter this into the challenges at MarkerPOPFan-tastic Tuesday4 Krafty Girlz, Paper Crafting Journey and Ruby's Rainbow.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Under the sea

Hello all!
I managed to get 5 minutes away from a painted furniture commission I have been spending all my time on this week, to get this card posted before I completely forgot!  Every month there are 2 different challenges at Make it Colourful - they split them into easy and hard challenges and they really do come up with some original ideas.  This month, the hard challenge is to colour on something other than white cardstock so I decided to try out some vellum.
                  I printed out the very cute Cordelia the mermaid onto the vellum and set to with my Copics.  The first problem I ran into was that Copics do not blend very well on vellum!  You have to do a little bit at a time and if you put down too much ink, you can end up with some nasty inky blotches.  I've seen some people colour on the reverse side of the vellum but my vellum was too thick for this.
                                Anyway, once coloured, I layered the vellum over some patterned cardstock which gave the impression of an underwater scene and used my Silhouette Cameo to cut a seashell frame and some wispy seaweed.  Very "The Little Mermaid", don't you think?

           She looks a bit mottled in the picture but that's the background pattern showing through.  I layered the frame over the vellum as it's always so difficult to stick vellum without the glue or tape showing through.  I did have some special vellum tape but it's somewhere in the black hole that is my half-packed craft room!
                                  Entering this into the challenges at Make it Colourful , Deep Ocean , Through the Craftroom Door , Creative Moments and Addicted to Stamps and More.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Keep Calm, it's Friday!!!

Hello all!
     so we got to Friday once again, (a bit too quickly for my liking) and that means it's time for another challenge from the Alcohol Markers DT at The Outlawz.  In recognition of it being National Stress Awareness month here in the States, we are asking you to fill in the blank with this iconic expression -

Keep Calm and ........................

  I love all the Keep Calm things that are available to buy but did you know that Keep Calm and Carry On was originally a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939, several months before the beginning of WWII and was intended to raise the morale of the British public. It was then rediscovered in 2000 and has been used as a decorative theme for a whole range of products and art work since then.

                    So for my card, I decided to take on board the "Calm" part and used the most laid-back digi ever from Make it Crafty, who are our sponsors for this month.  Urban Johnny was coloured using Copics, as was the computer sentiment - for those of us not in tune with text-talk (that's definitely me!!), 'HBD' is the shortened form of 'Happy Birthday'.  It seems that this guy is so calm and stress-free, he doesn't even talk in full sentences!!

Thanks for popping in and please do take a look at the fantastic work from the rest of the DT - you can find links to their blogs on the Design Teams page, just click on the tab at the top of my blog.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Don't lose your head....................

Hello all!
     there's another challenge at Time Out beginning today and this time our theme is Birthdays with an optional twist of making it masculine!!  As you can see from the DT samples, some of us chose to go with the twist and some didn't - the choice is yours.
We have some fantastic prizes to entice you to join in with us -
Prize 1 will be for those doing the twist, it will be chosen randomly and will be a £15 gift voucher from Uniko Studio
Prize 2 will be the stamp set and dies seen below and this will be for our overall winner along with the GDT position.

Uniko Studio Sponsorship Prizes:

       So I went a bit off-piste with my card this week.  I was truly stuck in the land of no inspiration and so I decided to randomly pick a sketch challenge and just go with it!  Perhaps I should have rethought this strategy as the sketch challenge I chose was this one from Stamplorations - 

          Nothing wrong with the sketch but I had already decided on the image I was using and I'm trying my best not to spend hours agonising over my card designs.  The digi is from my own collection of digitally tidied images from a vintage Sears catalogue.  You can see some of them in my Etsy shop - just click on the link in the sidebar :)
                                          Anyway, you'll see what I mean about not thinking it through when I finally share a photo of the card.  I had to come up with an appropriate sentiment and I finished off the card design with a couple of strips of washi tape.  So without further ado, the card - 

         Well, that took forever to get through so well done if you stuck it out to here - what a very long trip!!  As you can see, he's not quite feeling 100%.............

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Monday, April 7, 2014

Have a wheely great day!

Hello all!
Apologies for the very poor pun but it is Monday morning after all.  I'm just adding a quick post as I want to get this card in for a couple of challenges I like to do -  a very simple card using one of my digis available from Etsy shop.   I bought a vintage Sears catalogue on one of our junking trips and have digitally cleaned some of the copyright free images to use as digital stamps.
                       I have always liked the look of those prints that have an image printed over a text-filled page from a dictionary or something similar and as I also have an old dictionary from yet another junking trip, I decided to try it.  I taped a sheet from the dictionary onto a regular piece of printer paper and ran it through the printer - it worked just fine.
               I added a touch of colour with the card mat, some washi tape and a dymo tape sentiment and that's all folks!

                       Entering the challenges at Addicted to CAS , Addicted to Stamps and More , Crafting by Designs , Little Red Wagon , Brown Sugar and Fussy and Fancy.

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring time challenge at The Outlawz

Hello all!
           well it does seem as if Spring is finally here in the Garden State after what seems to be the longest winter ever and for this week's challenge with the Alcohol Markers DT over at The Outlawz, we are asking you to join in with a "Spring has sprung" theme.

                         Our sponsor for the month of April is the fabulous Make it Crafty and they have generously offered up an extra prize for an additional draw made for those who use a MIC image.  Such a great prize so make sure you get those alcohol markers out and get colouring!

         For my card I coloured up a springtime scene using the Pond a lily digi but I spent so much time colouring it, I ran out of time to make a fancy card with it - so apologies for the very plain nature of the card design but hopefully the bright scene will make up for that.


Thanks for stopping by and please check out the rest of the DT's wonderful creations 

     Finally before I go, I'm having to sell all electrical items as they won't be suitable for use in the UK and I have a barely used Teresa Collins Stampmaker among the 'to go' items.  It retails between $120 and $180 depending on where you look but as I have used it twice, I'm willing to let it go for $50 plus postage - now that's the kicker as I don't know what postage would be .............$25?????  Could be less if I packed it in a smaller box than than the original.  You can buy all the necessary refills for this and I will say that the quality of the stamps is very good - they result in a clear stamp that you fix to acrylic blocks to use.   Please drop me a line if you are interested - don't want to sell it but neither do I want to but a transformer when we get back to England!

                           Thanks for stopping by!