Since my last post I haven't had much time for any crafting and nothing else to report on. But whilst looking back on my blog a realised that I hadn't shown you the paper pumkins I made as decoration for my Pumpkin Party.
So here they are:-
I found the inspiration for them whilst surfing the internet. A website called I ♥ naptime is a wonderful source for all different crafts and I will be visiting it often.
Talking of inspiration there are the Daring Cardmakers and I was very pleased to have won one of their birthday presents, a set of Christmas stamps from Crimson Cloud. These stamps arrived this week and I was able to play with them today. The stamps are self cling and very strong, not flimsy at all and I made these two Christmas cards.
I stamped the images onto some Basic Grey papers and embossed them. The backing paper on the bottom one and the mat on the top card are my own Gelli Plate backgrounds. (I'm finally getting round to using these haha).
I don't know if you are the same as me? (probably not as I can be a bit strange sometimes :)) but I find that when I sit down to make a birthday card I go off on a tangent and end up making another three or four as well.
And that is just what I have done here. I had to make two birthday cards and ended up with two extra. These are now added to my stock of cards for emergency/oops I forgot birthdays.
All I need to do now is get my head around Christmas cards. I think I might stamp out some images and colour them during Strictly this evening.
I was a little disappointed the other day when I went to use a self cling stamp I received free with the Craft Stamper magazine. It had started to "melt" for want of a better explanation. I'm not sure why this should have happened to these two but my others are fine. The ones I am refering to are the dancing hares and the sunflower.
They were stored on a laminated sheet in my lidded cardboard stamp box with lives under my bed. It is a mystery as to what has happened to them and I was only glad that the other stamps on that page had not been affected, although I did have to throw one away that had got stuck into the front on these stamps and the cling had disappeared off the back. Very strange.
If you have any ideas as to what you think might have happened please comment on this post. Thank you.
Back to the routine now the summer holidays have ended and this has been the first time I've been able to get on here to blog.
Thought I'd update you with the progress of my pumpkin. My son and I tried to weigh it before we went on holiday but the digital scales just said "error" they weigh upto 3kg so I'm guessing that it is heavier than that. :)
So here is a photo taken about an hour ago just before the rain came down.
Well it had to happen the Summer Holidays have come to an end for another year. I have managed to blog more and create more so that is a bonus. Household jobs some of which have got done others haven't plus we have had a wonderful week in Turkey.
Not been before and I must say I would like to go again. We all had a relaxing and fun time in the sun and a well earned time to recharge our batteries for the British winter weather.
We stayed in Fethiye at a fairly new hotel and the facilities were superb. You can see our room (Top left - with the yellow shorts on the balcony) from my sun lounger on the beach.
My son and I enjoying the sea which was lovely and warm.
Plenty of these were consumed during "ice-cream time" 3 - 4pm. This day I chose pistashio and tutti fruitti yum yum.
A few of these were also drank a cocktail called a "Falcon" they went down very nicely with pistashios bought in Fethiye town. My husband and son also went into Fethiye to watch the local team play football. Of course the custom kebab afterwards was more authentic here in Turkey. hahaha.
And just to prove I did let my body see the sun - the customary beach shot. Haha, I don't really tan so I don't really have a sunkissed appearance so the photos are my only evidence that I've been abroad. hahaha.
We went on an excursion to Dalyan and visited a mud bath and this was my husband and I after ours. We then had a boat trip, handmade carpet demonstration and visited turtle beach where we did see a Loggerhead turtle. He was massive.
My daughter and I went for afternoon tea at One Aldwych yesterday as a late birthday treat for her.
The menu was inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and boy was it delicious.
I haven't any photos of the savoury side of our tea as we munched our way through those pretty quickly and even had seconds of the devine stilton and leek quiches and the Heritage tomato tarts.
I do however, have photos of the sweet side of the afternoon.
I chose a Organic Lavender Grey tea and my daughter had a Smooth Caramel tea. Water was very much needed to quench the thirst after the sweetness of so many gorgeous desserts.
This was how the desserts were presented to us. Yes that is candyfloss and it was delicious. Our waiter didn't tell us of their flavours it was a guessing game which we guessed correctly after devouring them all. haha.
On the left are Eton Messes and on the right Chocolate Caramel Milks, the eggs in the middle are dusted with gold (I think these were my favourite). We also had scones, brioche and 4 Cocoa Bean Financiers, which my daughter ate, they were far too chocolatey for me and you can just see them in the photo at the bottom dusted with gold too.
Now this is how I would like my egg in the morning and no it is not a normal "Cadbury's creme egg". This one is filled with vanilla cheesecake and mango. It was so delicious that I ate half of my daughter's "shell" too. ooops
It was a wonderful afternoon and I was very full coming home on the train.
I used another of my Gelli Plate backgrounds, reminds me of my favourite Basic Grey Christmasy Papers but actually made with a Tando mask. Papers and Father Christmas sticker from Bella Road "Everybody Loves Christmas" (I think - oops) with a new sentiment I recently bought as I needed some more Christmasy greetings.
Hazel must have known I ordered more Christmas word stamps as for her challenge this week she has chosen, " A No Sentiment" prompt, hahaha nice one Hazel. x
Next I just wanted to update you on my pumpkin.
Bigger than a tennis ball, bigger than a small babies head, it now could be used for football. :)
Well I made loads of gelli plate prints the other week but now what do I do with them??? hahaha
Whilst looking at this blue and white paper I thought it looked cool and frosty so used it to make a Christmas card. I coloured in a Gorjuss girl in blue tone Copic Sketch Markers and added some acrylic rings (using a toilet roll of all things :) ) and then sprinkled on some silver glitter whilst the paint was still wet.
As I had some blue acrylic paint handy I painted an envelope and used the loo roll stamped into black this time to create some mail art. Pink dots added with a cotton bud and some green lines stamped on top using a piece of corrugated box complete the make over.
I think I've just got time to show you the current Daring Cardmakers Challenge for this week, just before a new challenge is set tomorrow.
So the current challenge is a colour combination, Citrus colours. I've come up with two cards to show you today but have plenty more of these gorgeous Paper Smoochie/ Lawn Fawn characters left to create more cards. Yay that's what I like.
The first is very C.A.S. (clean and simple) but I had great fun using my H20s again to colour the drinks in. A hand stamped sentiment and "cheers!"
The next card I've added some Bo Bunny patterned paper and used some more Paper Smoochies stamps and a sentiment from a different set. A bit of doodling round the edge et voila.
I've made a birthday card for my neice using my Gorjuss Awashed mermaid and her fish friends. Coloured using H20s, Copic Sketch Markers and the sea is mica powder. The letters are well and truely mix-media'd (hahaha) with them being gesso'd, Copic coloured and Stickled and then because the colour wasn't right H20'd too. (hahaha)
Thanks for visiting my blog today and do check out the Totally Gorjuss blog to find out what everyone else has come up with.
Whilst looking for my pearl pigments mica powder I came across my box of H20 paints. It was a pleasant surprise and I had forgotten how lovely they are to work with.
So seeing as I have quite a few cards to make during this month I thought I had better make a start.
The first card is for my Dad and I went with this fun Snoopy image (my Dad's not into motorbikes but nevermind hahaha)
I've painted Snoopy's bike with H20s and Copic Sketch Markers and mat and layered using Bo Bunny papers. I think the adverture and chevron stamps are also Bo Bunny.
ooops just noticed that I forgot to colour Woodstock in - haha he will of course be yellow! tee hee
The next card is for a friend's birthday. The background is pearl pigments mixed with water swooshed over the card with the script versamarked onto the card and pearl pigments brushed over the top. The butterfly is painted using H20s. You can't really see with my dreadful photographic skills but the card does have alot of shimmer on it.
I've another card to finish also using pearl pigments and H20s and I'll show you that tomorrow - when I've finished it. hahaha.
:) no not the skipping song we used to sing as kids . . . am I showing my age????
I've bought myself a gelli plate and have spent the afternoon playing with it only having to stop and tidy up just before dinner tonight. Why oh why do we need to eat dinner when I want to play? I tidied away and thought I would show you what I came up with.
I've cut the prints down to the size of my gelli plate 6 x 6 - I only bought the small one (that was pricey enough at £19.99) and used a variety of acrylic paints and things laying around the house to make patterns. I printed onto copying paper as I didn't have any white cardstock spare, hence why some of the prints look crumpled.
I've also included some close ups of some of my favourite patterns and colourways. I like the fact that you never really know how the prints will turn out.
Thanks for stopping by and do leave a comment if you are able.