Friday, 31 October 2014

Celebrating 1000 Posts with a Giveaway

Morning to all Followers, Friends and Readers ...

... of this Blog,

This is the one thousandth post I've put up on my blog ... that's 1000 posts! Truly an unbelievable number which I certainly could not envisage when I started out almost 4 years ago, on 28th September 2010. I've no idea how many words that amounts to or even the number of photos published ... whatever, it's a huge amount and  I can't tell you what fun it has been and no doubt will continue to be :)

Many of you have been here almost from the word go so to celebrate this momentous occasion and to thank you for all your visits and comments over the last four years I'm offering a wee giveaway.
It's a gift voucher for £30 from The Craft Barn. I've chosen to give away a gift voucher so that the winner can choose whatever takes their fancy from the huge range of products available at The Craft Barn - there's sure to be something to please most crafters. Edit Note #1: I chose The Craft Barn because they will ship internationally.

However, if the winner is a sewer, knitter, crocheter or gardener and would prefer it, I have an alternative in mind ...
... an Amazon gift voucher. I know from personal experience that there is a very wide variety of sewing, knitting and crocheting items available on Amazon, not to mention a huge selection of books on just about any handicraft and gardening you would care to mention.

So, what do you have to do to win? Simply be a reader of this blog and leave a comment on this post. Hopefully, if I can work out how, I'll make this a sticky post and you have until the end of this month, 31 October to add your comment. I will then collate them all in the old-fashioned but tried and true method of putting them all in a hat and ask the EM to do the honours :) The winner's name will be published as soon as possible after that date.

Many thanks in advance for your participation.

Edited Note #2: Sandy at the Craft Barn has very kindly donated a £10 voucher for me to giveaway, how lovely is that! This means that I will now be making a second draw and the EM will be working overtime :) 

Good Luck!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

WOYWW - What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday - Week 281

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I know, afternoon - almost evening! The morning has been taken up clearing up outside after Hurricane Gonzalo, or what was left of him, did his worst. Glad to report the sycamore survived the blast, minus a considerable number of leaves. Other more tender plants fared less well and may take some time to recover but that's another storm over so onto what's on my desk today.
Scrap layouts from a kit I 'shopped' for in my stash ... two double page spreads and four single pages just waiting for the finishing touches. I have only to add embellishments and the journaling to a few and that will be Shimelle's Return to the Collection class completed. The plan is to write about this some time soon. The tray balanced on a couple of boxes contains all that is left of the papers, and the boxes contain bits and bobs that might be useful for embellishing. There's glue setting on the card that's out to the top left ... one of my Rudolph Day makes this month. The other bits and pieces, including the cordless glue gun, are permanent fixtures ... though there position on the desk changes depending on what's being worked on at the time.

Surprisingly brief today ... Julia will be delighted :) Not surprisingly, I'm off to do a bit of blog hopping, over at the Stamping Ground for WOYWW, and will be trying to catch up with as many desks as I can manage before close of play today. Because I won't be here tomorrow. Nope, I'm off to Glasgow in the morning. To the Hobbycraft Fair at the SECC, my annual crafting date with my daughter ... will be toting my camera so a photo post should follow.

Wishing you a happy WOYWW and a great week ahead.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Watercolour Poppy Tag

Afternoon Everyone,

I hope this finds you well and enjoying your day.

Here, the hatches are battened down and we are hunkering in just waiting out the storm. I can see the old sycamore from the window and it is being battered about really fiercely. So much so, I fear it may be just facing one gale too many this time. I hope it survives, not least because if it comes down it will be right on top of the EM's new shed!

So it's going to be a day of crafting for me or, more correctly, a day of tidying up in the craft room. There's so many odds and ends lying about, bits of my experiments, snippets of card, photos to be scanned, etc., etc., that I've decided it all has to be dealt with before I do anything else. Which brings me to this tag:
The grey textured base has been sitting in my 'to be used' box on my desk for, well, I can't remember how long. It could be as long as two years! It was part of an embossing experiment, you might have gathered by now that I like to experiment, a technique using leaves and flowers sandwiched in cardstock and put through the Cuttlebug. This resulted in some interesting textures, most of which I did put to good use at the time but I could never think what to do with this piece. I can't even remember what type of leaf this was but the card was white scrap which, after embossing, was inked with a grey ink pad, possibly Memento London Fog. 

Determined to use it in this tidy up and to try out my newest find, Poppy Field from Rubber Necker, a stamp designed to be used specifically with watercolours, or inks that can behave like watercolours, e.g. Ranger's distress inks. I've never tried this type of stamp out before so it was quite a revelation! The stamp comes in two parts, the first is for the flower part and the second is for the outline and stem part. There's a great set of YouTube demos on how to use these stamps - check out the Poppy Field one here. I used a selection of lavenders and mauves to colour the flowers, Ranger's Milled Lavender and Memento Elderberry, Lulu Lavender and Grape Jelly, and Archival Black for the stem section.
Once dry, I painted in some gold detail with Aquatint paint - better seen here in this photo. The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was stamped in Archival Black too. The butterfly was created using a snippet trimmed from the background, inked over with the Milled Lavender and Elderberry inks and inking the stamp, an IndigoBlu freebie, with the gold paint ... it's a thick paint so works quite well for stamping. Once dry it was cut out and attached to the tag which was then adhered to a base of mauve card - yet another scrap from the snippet mountain. Eyelash fibres and purple gems provided the finishing touch.

I'm submitting the tag to the following challenges:

Butterfly Challenge #16 - Butterfly with a Tag.

Pixie's Snippets Playground - Week 147 - anything as long as there's a snippet used somewhere

That's me done here for now but the storm is still raging outside. Despite that, the EM has ventured out, though only to the local shop in search of a newspaper. One of the plastic pails we use in the garden has blown into the long border, coming to rest under that sycamore tree ... it will stay there until I think it's safe to go out again!

I hope conditions are rather better where you are, but if not do take care and stay safe.
Whatever, I wish you, as usual, much Happy Crafting,