Tuesday, 30 August 2011

New challenge at Try it on Tuesday is up.....

This week is altered week over at Try it on Tuesday which is as always is being sponsored by our good friends over at The Craft Barn who are giving the winner a £15.00 Voucher.

Remember in order to be eligible for the prize draw you must put a link to the Craft barn in your post.

Now on to this weeks theme and it is "Anything Goes" We want to see all your altered projects. It can be anything as long as it is altered. So Be creative and have a play. This week I decided to alter a notebook into a play journal. I am going to use it to play with all the different techniques I see. it will be a work in progress that will become a technique journal.

This is what i started with. Just a plain notebook.
And here is another shot of it opened.
I used various Distress inks, Dylusions Mica Spray, Patterned paper scrap, Black Twill, Stampotique Stamp " The Crafter", Tim Holtz stamps and a misc key charm(Art from the heart)
Now head on over to the Try it on Tuesday blog to see what my team mates have created for you . They have made some pretty inspirational pieces there to help get you started. Then it is your turn to add your link.

Now on another subject here are 2 pics I snapped today. It seems that after the hurricane we now have a ton of butterflies and dragonflies around. This one was eating one of the yucky peaches that fell from the tree during the storm,. I loved the beautiful blue on the inside and the brown pattern underneath.
And here is the dragonfly sunning his wings on my washing line. (Yes one of the first things I did when we moved back here was to set up a wash line.) The dragonflies seem to love the washing line. They sit there even as I am hanging the wash.
Well that's about it for today. Can't wait to see some fab Altered Art pieces over at TIOT.
Hope you enjoyed your visit and have a wonderful day. Angela

Monday, 29 August 2011

What to do in a hurricane....

Crafting of course. Luckily we did not lose power for any extended period of time. I was able to get caught up on a few projects of course I cannot show most of them yet but soon. This card I created for the Less is More challenge week 30. I feel like it has been forever since i have been able to participate in the challenge. Between the move and everything going on I have had no extra time until Irene decided to roll through.
So the challenge this week is "Take 3". You had to take any 3 of the previous 29 challenges and combine them into 1. I chose Week 2 " Flower or Tree", Week 16 "Butterflies" and Week 26 "Feeling Fruity -use fruit or colours"
For my card I stamped the Rose(The Stamp Man) with Black Archival ink and coloured with Promarkers. The Butterfly is from my Napkin Collage kit. I cut out 2 and layered them. The top one is mounted on white card to make it sturdier.
It felt really good to just sit and do a few hours of crafting. Of course the wind was a bit scary as it was howling most of the day today. We seemed to have skirted through Irene with only minimal damage to our fence around the house. Aside from that we were very lucky. Looks like there were a lot of people who got it really bad especially with the flooding. Mother nature seems to be in a fury lately especially since we moved back to the states. I hope she settles down soon.
Well that's about all for now. Should have some more tomorrow hopefully. Thanks for stopping in, Be safe and have a great day. Angela

Friday, 26 August 2011

New challenge at the Stamp Man

The new challenge is up over at the Stamp Man and the theme this time is "Travel". I had a wonderful idea to begin with but since our container still has not arrived from the UK with all our belongings I had to modify my project. In fact It just so happens to be sitting in port waiting for customs to approve it while the hurricane barrels toward it. Do I have luck or what....LOL. So instead of my originally planned project I chose to make a card. Fitting enough to send to a friend over seas. Sorry the picture is not too great. We seem to be having this horrible muggy weather as a precursor to the coming hurricane so nothing is drying including my glossy accents.

I used:
Stamp Man Stamps "Across the Miles"
Black feathers
Jeweled Pin(The Stamp Man)

Now Hop on over to The Stamp Man Challenge Blog to see the other wonderful creation by the rest of the design team hen add your "Travel" creation. We cannot wait to see them. Thanks for stopping in and have a lovely day. Angela

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Try it on Tuesday wild card week!

Its wild card week this week at Try it on Tuesday and the theme is "Hang it up" we are looking for any kind of hanging wall art. We also have a new team member Bee so be sure to go check it out on the blog as well as all the other wonderful inspiration from the rest of the team.
I chose to make a 3 tier hanging to using as decor in the new bathroom. I started with some wooden bases from Kaiser Kraft and sprayed them with Dylusions ink. Next I used a stencil and added some distress inks in pinks and greens for the harlequin pattern.
I stamped the writing using Tim Holtz stamps inked with Walnut distress ink and spritzed with water. Then I inked the swirls with Walnut ink. I used my Us Artquest Napkin Art kit to create the inside pictures.
Finally I added the flowers, leaves, brads and liquid pearl trim. All the panels are held together with 2 strips of material. Hope you like it!

Now be sure to check out the rest of the lovely inspiration at the Try it on Tuesday blog and show us your creations! thanks for stopping in and have a lovely day. Angela

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Tuesdays Challange

Over at Try it on Tuesday this week is "Anything goes". So after a very frustrating week last week I finally have my quick ship boxes and part of my craft supplies. Although most of my spray inks seem to have disappeared. I would think that they would have to tell you if they take something out of your shipment in customs but i guess not. I am a bit annoyed over that. Not sure what else is missing thought until I can get time to sit and think about what was in the boxes. The rest of the big container will not arrive until the end of August so this is it for my supplies till then. At least I was able to complete my TIOT DT piece this week. I decided to make a mask and this was my inspiration...
A beautiful rainbow in the middle of today's thunder storm. If you look really close you can see the second one beginning to form. they only lasted a moment though before the clouds rolled back in.
For my mask I began with a paper mache mask from the art shop and sprayed it with Dylusions spray inks(Art from the Heart). I then added some Dylusions acrylic paint on top by scraping it along. Next I stamped some images using Across the Miles stamps from The stamp Man onto napkins. I also cut of various images from paper napkins in my stash. They we all decoupaged onto the mask and the trim(a lovely birthday gift from Michelle and Janet) was added at the bottom. Finally the ribbons were added at the sides.
Hope is inspires you as the rainbow did me. Now if you hop on over to the Try it on Tuesday challenge blog you can see some more wonderfully inspiring work from my team mates. then you can go off and show us once of your creations by linking it up there. We cannot wait to see what you create for our challenge this time.
Happy crafting and have a wonderful day. Angela

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Been MIA

Sorry i have been MIA lately. The move has taken over and we have been living in Chaos this past week trying to get the minimal requirements while we wait the month for our stuff to arrive from overseas. I can tell you the weather has been very hot here and I am having to get used to alot of changes around. I did get to take a bit of time out today to go take a class at a store called Scrappers Cove in Milltown. This was my belated birthday present since we were in the middle of the move at the time. It was about a 1.5 hour drive from the house but well worth it. An old friend of mine TA Carbone was teaching and was surprised to see me. We made this lovely cookoo clock. It was allot of fun. Of course DH made me Disneyfy it a bit. Sorry TA.
Sorry , one pine cone spun as I took the picture above. The clock actually works too. It was nice to get out and do a little crafting. Especially since this is what we are living out of till we get some stuff in the house.....
Like our storage???? I cannot wait to stop living out of suitcases.
I did start on my craft room and unpack some stuff I had brought into a shelve we have in my new craft room, but we are still waiting on the 9 boxes of stuff we shipped quick delivery which included our curtains, cooking tools and my needed crafting supplies for upcoming projects. They were supposed to be here this past wednesday and they still have not arrived. So I have been unable to complete any of my projects I needed to get done. I did manage to pick up some stuff today at the store to get me going a bit until they arrive but I am getting a bit worried that they are not here yet. With my luck the main shipment will arrive before they do and that is not due to arrive until the end of August. Guess I might be borrowing stuff from my sis.
Well that is about all for now. I am hoping to at least get a little time tomorrow to catch up of a few projects but it does not look promising. we shall see.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping in.

Thursday, 4 August 2011

So Empty.....

Sorry I have been MIA from blogland lately but the move has pretty much absorbed all my time. Yesterday Sunny left for her trip across the pond. the girls all gave her lots of hugs and kisses before she headed out on her long journey.

She is still not in the new house yet but Poppy is there waiting for her. She has not seen him in more than 2 years.

Now here is what my craft room looked like last night....
And here it is now....So Empty.....
You would never guess there were 5 of us in here crafting away just this past weekend.
All that is left are a few bits and bobs of necessities to help get me through the next month as we wait for everything to arrive in the new house.
Now all that is left to do is to tidy up the house and pack up the last bits. Over the next few days along with the later we will be visiting and spending time with some of the good friends we have made over here and saying so long...Not forever but just till the next time we come back over to visit. And hopefully one day they can make it over to visit with us. Living here in England has been an amazing experience for us. This country is so filled with Culture , History and beauty it is hard not to fall in love with it and be inspired here.

So I am sorry there are no crafty posts today. I have not had a minute to think much less get crafty or get on the computer this week. Soon though...

For now I will bid you good evening.
Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely evening. Angela

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Try it on Tuesday Card week.

It's Card week again at Try it on Tuesday and this weeks challenge theme is "Beach". We are being sponsored this week by one stop Card Crafts.

For my card I stamped the image using Stampin up "beach sketch" stamp and coloured with Promarkers. I then added the Faux sand(tutorial can be found on the side bar), along with so,e shells. Once dry inked the blue water with Broken china Distress ink. This left a nice white section looking like the foam on the water when it washes in. Lastly I sponged the same ink over a mask and added the sentiment stamped using Non Sequitur "Across the Miles" Stamp. Now if you pop on over to the Try it on Tuesday blog you can see some more wonderful pieces of inspiration from my team mates, then go ahead and link up your project.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day. Angela.


Monday, 1 August 2011

Blog candy winners

A very big thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who left me such nice comments throughout the month of July and all the new followers welcome. Now I do apologise for being a little late in posting the winners of the final weeks blog candy. I have been buried in boxes with the packing. Worst bit is someone wants to see the house tomorrow. Now is that horrible timing or what. Oh well such is life.

Now lets get onto the reason we are here....The candy winners.
Belle has her bowl and all the names are in...
and she has pulled out the first name.....

And the winner of the holiday pack by random draw is........

Now Belle has the second name drawn out....
And the winner of the Black and white kit by Random drawing is.....

Congratulations to Mrs A and Brenda. If you email your posting addresses to me at scrapbookcafe2@yahoo.com I will get your prizes out to you asap.

Thanks again to all who entered and joined me on my blog throughout the month of July. Now I am off to my packing once again. Thanks for stopping by and Have a most wonderful day. Angela

August ATc Swap at the Stamp Man

Its time for the start of the August ATC swap at The Stamp Man. This time we have the Theme of "Oceans" . This was a bit of a challenge at first but with a room full of creative minds the ideas began to flow. I chose to do some triple embossing with the UTEE and add a touch of Faux sand on the front one. The back ones I used Tim Holtz Air travel stamps. My full recipe list is below.

To see some more lovely inspirations please hop on over to The Stamp Man ATC blog where my team mates have put together some spectacular ATC's to help inspire you on this theme. You will also be able to find the full swap rules and details.

Sadly I must now go and return to my packing.
Have a wonderful day . Angela

What a lovely weekend!

This weekend we had a girls crafting weekend here in York and it was simply put "Heaven". The weekend consisted of Janet, Michelle, Anne, Belle and myself and all we did was craft, chat and enjoy each others company.

Now for some ATC's. Above and below are my final 2 for the July swap over at The Stamp Man. The theme was Vintage. My favourite is the top one.
And here are some pics of the weekend. All the girls together.
Even the doggies got to have a weekend together. Aren't they just too cute.
No girl. the stamps are not for eating.
We did a swap among us and here is the pressie I picked. Michelle made it. Isn't it just fab!

Thanks girls for making one of our last weekends here in the UK so memorable. Now I shall count the days until we can meet up for another!

Now back to my packing. Have a great day. Angela