Monthly Archives: April 2007

Today, I bought a web cam

now how very modern is that of me!

I’m probably going to have to abandon posting on here in minute so the technical Guy can instal it for me, and explain in very simple language how it works.

I’m guessing there will be no crafting tonight then, but that might be a good thing as I have all those stamps (still) to cut out, so I think I will take to my bed with my Kai’s, the laminated sheets and my wallet files for them.

I’ve also got orders to get packed. Hopefully, I can get a quick Wednesday Stamper contribution done if I get up early tomorrow.

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I’ve been tagged by Linda and Sharon

7 random things about me:

  1. I love purple, you can never get enough.
  2. No surprise to a lot of you, but I adore David Tennant. So it goes without saying that I am a Dr Who fan. I saw Tom Baker the other day and nearly crashed the car.
  3. I was a Donny Osmond fan as a teenager, and a bit of a fashion plate too. I’ve been to Biba.
  4. I have to make my bed every morning, and it HAS to be done in a certain fashion.
  5. I have a bird phobia – particular pigeons – they are evil flying vermin.
  6. I met the Queen and a Dalek when I was a child – not at the same time – now that would be freeky.
  7. I love the Proclaimers, almost as much as Mr Tennant – they are one of the best bands ever.

I tag Sid.

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This afternoon, I have mostly been

fiddling around with dye ink. This is a small piece of the SEI green dots paper, with Dusty Concord Distress Ink rubbed on my craft sheet, spritzed and the paper run through it. I then add some sea salt and leave to dry.
Trimmed with my A5 Multi Trimmer with the wavy blade in, and added the Shore Cliffe Trim and wording (Stampington) down one side, Judikins Floral Fabric cube images in the background stamped in Starry Starry Night, and the tiny swirl is from my Hero Arts stamped in Savoy Green.
The oriental lady was stamped on cream cardstock and embossed with Galactic Gold Embossing Powder. Then she was coloured with Sakura Glaze Pens, cut out and added on top with silicon glue.
Then I just ran a Brilliance Moonlight White inkpad around the edge.
I’ve also laminated the index sheets of the new Aud Design stamps, in readiness to cut out the stamps. I’ve also got quite a few Paper Artsy sheets to cut out – I hate cutting out stamps really I do – I’m seriously considering buying Guy a scroll saw and getting him to do them for me.

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Ice Cream ATC

Pattern Paper is SEI (green dots, blue stripe the other side).
Cut the green dots to size, stamped on the Do Craft Ice Cream in Savoy Green Whispers Dye Ink and coloured in with coloured pencils.
Added a piece of the reverse side of the green dot paper, which is the blue stripe to the left hand side and stamped Savvy Stamps Dotted Lines in Timber Brown Staz On.
On a small piece of cream card I stamped the Ice Cream image again, and heat embossed with Galactic Gold Embossing Powder, and coloured in with Twinkling H20’s, cut out and added to the ATC with silicon glue.
Typed “What’s your flavour?” in word, printed off and painted over the top with green Twinkling H2O’s. These were then added to the bottom left side.
Whole thing was then edged with Savoy Green Whispers Ink.

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Shore Cliff Envelope

Just the envelope that goes with FIL’s card.

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More Shore Cliff I’m afraid

but this was all in the persuance of stamping science.

I zipped off down to our local department store in Tonbridge (they stock Do Crafts) and grabbed a few more Whispers colours: Starry Starry Night (dark blue), Savoy Green (limish green), Violet and Sunshine (bright yellow). I also picked up a pack of Paper Mania Latte Square Card Blanks (oh and my are they yummy when you get them out of the packet).

I made a quick ATC with the Shore Cliff bolio again, then remembered that it’s FIL’s birthday on 7th May, so matted that on my beloved Watercolour Illuminations (Creative Imagingation) paper, which I’d stamped with Whispers Lilac round the edge, and edged it with the Starry, Starry Night.

Stamped the starfish from the bolio in the Savoy Green, and then stamped over with the mesh in the Starry Starry Night, there was a bit of a gap where I joined the image, so over this I added a scrap blue shiney ribbon.

The seahorse image, another purchase from this morning (Do Crafts) was the main focal image on the ATC stamped in the Starry Starry Night, and then stamped on the card with the Lilac.

Actually ahead of myself this year with card’s usually I leave them right to the last minute. I just need to do a last minute one for Romilly my God Daughter now though.

Thinking about it, I will probably add some jute and blue fibre round the spine of FIL’s card, with a shring plastic sea horse and starfish.

Actually, for ages, I’ve kept well away from Paper Mania and Do Craft, wrongly perceiving them to be cheap products of poor quality…..but I have to admit that I am wrong about some of their stuff. The pack of cards I got are the most fabulous quality, and a beautiful surface to work on, and I have recently got a couple of albums. I think the reason I am looking more carefully, is the fact that Lydia stalks the toy department at the department store, and the craft items are right next door.

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More playing

overnight – I used my craft sheet and tappped on some Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint Distress Inks and a bit of Whispers Lilac, then spritzed with water and ran a piece of smooth cream card through it.
Then sprinkled it with some sea salt and left overnight.
Actually, it’s such a shame, but it has a shimmery quality about it (I think that might be the Whispers Lilac). Trimmed down with my Purple Cows Trimmer to get the wavy edge.
I then used the same inks and the Shore Cliff Trim bolio to try and get more of a handle on the grass image stamping.
I don’t know about other stampers, but I tend to play around a lot with new stamps to see what they can do, and they almost become like friends – SAD, yes I know!
I’m off to Sevenoaks or Tonbridge today to get a few bits – Lydia needs new sports gear, and my Goddaughter has a birthday coming up (so I need a present for dinner at Di and Neil’s tonight to celebrate her birthday).
Also fully intending to bag more Whispers pad – all in the advancement of stamping.

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Shore Cliffe Trim

this is the image of the bolio (they call it a cube, but I like bolio as I think of the long ones rather than square ones), and it is indeed by Christine Adolph. They have some other really yummy stamps in that range too, I especially love the sand dollar, and I can feel that coming to a storage shelf in my studio very soon.
I’ve just been mulling over the whole Whispers pad thing, and have decided that it may just be that it was quite a porous card I was using, therefore purely in the scientific advancement of stamping I should stump up for a few more to test them – see, perfectly reasonable and selfless spending on stash to help the cause of stamping – at least that’s what I’m telling Guy!

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I’ve been playing with a few things

with a couple of things.

First used my lovely new Purple Cows A5 Multi Trimmer trimmer with the wavy blade in to cut a small rectangular kraft card, and just tore the edge of it. It worked really quite well, but I’ve been fiddling around cutting stuff with it, and I couldn’t get it to work properly for a little while.

Then, as I’m trying to get to grips with my Stampington bolio (which I have a feeling is Christine Adolph design) I decided I would try it out on the matt that I’d cut.

I also used my new purchase from the other day, a Whispers Lilac Dye Ink pad – turns out that was quite pale – so I stamped the mesh portion down the left hand edge of the card, then over stamped the text with Dusty Concord Distress Ink.

Using the Whispers Lilac for the starfish images, and first and second generation stamping, and just a single one overstamped in the Dustry Concord.

After that I added the grass image in Weathered Wood Distress Ink in the centre and off to one side. Funnily enough, this is the image that I have the most trouble with. In my stamping I tend to usually have unmounted stamps (on EZ Mount) with a clear block, and with this image I just can’t get the positioning right and get them on top of one another, rather than three graduating downwards.

I am seriously wondering if a stamp positioner (stampamajig thing) might not be a bad investment, so if anyone has any thoughts on this post a comment.

I’m not completely certain where I’m going with this yet, but may use a smaller version of it with a secret house….as I was wondering if I could do a beach hut one, as it was such fun.

I also have some more UK STampers Newsletter work to do, so a project along these lines is brewing.

The question is though, should I consider de-mounting the Stampington Bolio onto EZ Mount?

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Aud’s New Stamps………

Aud’s stamps have now arrived at the Galaxy, and I’ve been packing pre-orders this morning.

You can get them here
I really can’t wait to start working with them, especially that really cute cat!

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