Wednesday, 29 August 2012

WOYWW 169 - a late entry, with Dominos....

Morning Afternoon all!!!

I'm a bit late getting here this week, what with one thing and another.  I actually have the day off, and the weather is dismal.  I didn't take my photo last night for a change, and this week I've actually been quite busy creatively...

So here's my desk today....

On it you can see the creative remains of a domino fest.  Over at Third Coast Challenges this fortnight, they've had a domino challenge, to alter a domino using one of their stamps.  Gauntlet thrown down, I entered three.... 

"Captured" - details here

"North Wind" - details here

"Key to the Castle" - details here
Now I just need to wait and see who randomly won the prize of $25 dollars to spend in their online shop.  As I have about $70 of desires from them, I've got everything crossed.  And I'll keep entering.  I love their stamps, they have both quirky and beautiful ones, and their whole catalogue is a delight to peruse....

See you in a comments box near you....!!

TCCC#3 Altered Dominoes - Key to the Castle

Helloo again!  Here's my third piece, entered within the last hour of the Third Coast Rubber challenge.  This week's challenge is TCCC#3 Altered Dominoes.  It's been a challenge in more ways than one this week - first up, the ink moved (rather than ran, just in one place), then the glossy accents remained a bit foggy, maybe that adds to the piece, the silver and clear beads added just look like air bubbles, so a waste of time just adding one or two, and then the glossy accents gained a scratch.  Grrr.  Oh, and the proper ribbon clasps I bought on Saturday have gone AWOL in the craft room - I swear we have a poltergeist!

Anyway, the piece is now done, and looks like this:

The stamp used is Third Coast's Hillside Castle Silhouette, the order code is FA-325-E and can be found here.

The black sparkly rocks on the left are called Goldstone - it usually comes in a carnelian colour but is available in other shades.  It's man made, but beautiful....

As for a story behind the piece, well, I will leave it up to your imaginations.....

I would say join in, but the challenge is just about closed....  instead, hop on over to Third Coast, and see what the next challenge is.

Me, I'm waiting for an order to arrive, so I can hopefully join in some more!

Sunday, 26 August 2012

TCCC#3 Altered Dominoes - Captured

Here's my second entry to the  fabulous Third Coast Rubber Stamp challenge blog - Third Coast Challenges. The prize is usually a voucher to spend in their online store, and with prices starting as low as 50cents, its well worth stocking up (and you get quite a lot for your money too!) The current challenge is TCCC#3 Altered Dominoes, and here is my second entry...

It's funny, I never really had in mind to create a themed piece but this dragon's eye peering out of the domino at me made my imagination run wild - and made me think of a wizard's amulet, where he'd captured a dragon and trapped it in an micro-world....  Yes, I'm slightly mad.  Anyway, this gave me a bit of theme, and you'll see hanging from the pendant a key, and dragon's egg, and a skull.... I added carnelian chips and swarovski crystals.  It was only after I checked out the packaging properly, that I realised that carnelian represents courage!  I was just looking for something to go with copper and green - LOL...  Unfortunately, my crackle glaze didn't crack properly (only along the top edge) so I've got to work on that part....

The stamp used is "Dragon Eyes" and its reference code is CH-780-H.  You will find it here in their catalogue, and it cost $4.  It's actually a pair of eyes and the bridge of the nose and brow - I have the large version of the stamp and it doesn't actually fit on a domino!  I used other parts of the stamp to just fill in a couple of the blanks around the edges...

Anyway, I hope you like it, and if you've a mind to, head on over and join in!

Thursday, 23 August 2012

TCCC#3 Altered Dominoes - North Wind

Just in case I haven't mentioned it before, the fabulous Third Coast Rubber Stamp company have a new challenge blog - Third Coast Challenges.  As you can see from the above title, they're only on their third challenge.  The prize is usually a voucher to spend in their online store, and with prices starting as low as 50cents, its well worth stocking up (and you get quite a lot for your money too!)  The current challenge is TCCC#3 Altered Dominoes and you might have seen the start of the dominoes in my previous post yesterday... Well, today I have one of the pieces finished.

The stamp used is TCR's "North Wind"  - the reference code is ES-042-D and you can find it on their catalogue here.  It costs the princely sum of $3.00.  I love it, it's very versatile, and as you can see, fits nicely on my domino.

It kind of set the theme for the necklace, which I've been arty enough to actually call "North Wind" - and have created a piece that seems to float on your skin with a hint of the snow and ice of the north.  Well, that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!

The image was stamped with black Stazon, on a background of denim, stonewash and silver alochol inks.  I then lifted some of the colour with a very fine paintbrush and a touch of alcohol blending solution.  If you're careful, you can manage it without smudging the stamping!  It ensured, though, that some of the important detail wasn't obscured (like the face).  I edged the domino with silver krylon and coated the face with glossy accents.

Hope you like it - I had fun doing it!  And stay tuned for the other two pieces I'm in the throes of making....

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

WOYWW 168 - here we go....domino!

Helloooo again!  Happy Workdesk Wednesday to you!  Again...If you've got here by accident, please head here for all the deets and a chance to add your own mess desk to the Linky List.

So, here we go again.  My desk this week is busy busy busy.  Pictures were taken Tuesday night - but there'll be no change on Wednesday!

I'm in the throes of making some altered dominoes to join in over at Third Coast Creative Challenges.  Feel free to go and join in if altering dominoes is your thang...  To be in with a chance to win, you need to use their stamps, but if you don't have any, you can still enter and possibly get spotlighted if your project is particularly gorgeous.

I love Third Coast, and whilst I only have a few (with a few more on the way) they were suitable for the challenge.  At the moment they're in the drying phase but I should be able to finish them tonight.  Yes, that's a dragon's eye.  And the bottom one is the North Wind.  Not particularly clear, as the glossy accents is semi-opaque at the moment, but I'll update you on the progress.  Top one is coloured with copics, bottom two have alcohol ink backgrounds, and the middle one I've added extra alcohol ink colour with a very fine brush.  The bottom one, I've actually taken some colour away with the same brush and some blending solution.  I'm looking forward to seeing how they turn out!

Here's a touch of obscurity for you.  The wonderful Mrs Dunnit was at crop, and she'd got these lovely border stickers.  Well, when you peeled the back off, you were left with waste that was equally lovely if a little plain.  It was headed for the bin, so like any good frugalista, I grabbed it, much to Mrs D's amusement, and took it home.  I've coloured it with the remains of the alcohol ink I was using - and it will shortly appear on a card near you....

You'll also have heard about Kraft Krazy moving.  Well, here's Shopkeeper Gal, and SG Jr, outside the rear entrance of their shop on opening day.  A fab time was had by all..... some of us shopped whilst others attended a workshop by SG Jr.

Not everyone was keen on having their photo taken....

.... but many found the cupcakes hard to resist!

See you in a comments box near you!

Friday, 17 August 2012

Sketch Saturday 220


I did it, but was three hours too late to enter the challenge!

Anyway, here's the sketch:

And here's what I did with it!

3D decoupage, embossing using sizzix embossing folders (Tim Holtz), sentiment stamped with Stamp Tapestry alphabet.... bling provided by card candi.

Maybe next time I'll finish in time for the end of the challenge! LOL...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

WOYWW 167 - skin o' me teeth....

Woohooo!!! Happy WOYWW to y'all.... it's Wednesday again and time for more desk hopping mayhem courtesy of the delightful Mrs D...  If you think I've gone nuts and don't have a clue what I'm on about, visit here for all the info and Mr Linky if you want to join in.

Why "skin o' me teeth"? Because I *just* managed to visit everyone who visited me.  LOL.

So here we go again.

My desk?  VoilĂ !

Not a lot to see really.  The latest sketch from Sketch Saturday which I fancy having a go at this week, plus supplies.

However, I figured I should show what I did at the crop on Saturday, and thanks to Julia showing my ugly mug on her blog this week, and said pic showing me holding a layout involving her, I realised courtesy of BJ that I'd not actually blogged said layout when I did it.  Which was back in May.  And that was when said photo on said layout was said... lol.... taken I mean!  Heheheh.

So, four - yes FOUR - weeks' worth of Project Life, plus a double layout from two years ago (long awaited that one!) from the crop.

And the layout with LLJ and Julia.

 See you in a comments box near you!

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

WOYWW 166 - Keepin' it brief....

Happy WOYWW to you!  For all the deets visit Ms Julia here and join up with the weekly bloghopping wonder that is What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday.  And here is my effort....

Ta dah!


I'm having a week off from crafting. 

But just so it doesn't look like I've done nothing - remember the mystery item?  Several of you guessed that it was a tissue box, but no-one guessed from the other items on my desk that it would be a little bit steam-punky, and look like this:

Least of all our LLJ for whom it was intended.  Having safely handed it over yesterday, I have now been able to reveal it.  Can't wait to do another!

Hoping you all have a lovely day today - I'm off to Glastonbury with Mr B and Lil Miss B, so if you see us at the top of the Tor, give us a wave!

Thursday, 2 August 2012

The Great British Blog Hop, Day 2

Welcome to day 2 of the Great British Blog Hop, as organised by Nicola, aka Sunshine Girl....

I thought about what I was going to do for this, and to be honest, I didn't have to think long!  Most of my friends said that the one thing that is quintissentially British, is afternoon tea (and yesterday you'd have seen Tea @ The Ritz...LOL) so I decided to make a card which rocked cakes.... sorry about the pun.  I thought I'd make something not too fancy or flouncy, a bit British stiff upper lip, if you like....

Image is Pink Petticoat, papers are from Designer Digitals.  Frame is Spellbinders Floral Frames.  Sentiment, Papermania (Clare Curd collection).

You're off on your way to JAK now - if you get lost, use the button on my sidebar to take you back to Nicola's blog and the full circuit...

Enjoy your day and the Hop!

Wednesday, 1 August 2012

WOYWW 165....... WOOF!


Welcome back to another round of WOYWW, the weekly wonder that is set up by the fabulous JD herself.  I missed taking part last week but real life got in the way unfortunately.  Only so many hours in the day!

First up - Happy Birthday to ya, LLJ!  Hope you have a fabby day!

Secondly - here's my desk:

Bit of a mess, eh?  This was how I left it on Tuesday night, and I can't show what I was working on 'cos it's not finished and it's meant to be a surprise for someone!

I have worked on other things this last fortnight, including these two cards:

I don't know about you, but all the cards in the shops say "a new baby", "leaving to have a baby" or just "leaving".  What about those ladies intending to come back?  So I made the above for work.  Main topper courtesy of Crafts U Print.  Copious amounts of Stickles were employed, along with slap dash use of general bling.

And Lil' Miss B had a birthday too, so I made the following.  I see I missed a bit.... LOL

Lastly, meet the new member of our pack.  I won't go into the boring details, but he's a rescue from Hull and his name is Hamish.  Peeking out from under him is Arwen, and just to the right of the picture is Twig.  On the left, Mr B (but I guess you knew that already!) We've had him 10 days now, and he's starting to settle, though at not quite 4 years old, he's still quite a puppy in some ways, and has his nose in everything!

 Well, not quite as short and sweet as I would have liked, but heigh ho! 

It appears I'm taking part in the Great British Blog Hop on Thursday.  Eeek....

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