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Rubber Art Stamping & Card Making.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

WOYWW #468- The 9th Birthday Edition!

 Indeed, a HUGE Happy Birthday to us all, but especially to our amazing leader, Julia, from The Stamping Ground, whose baby this blog hop was, and who has kept it running for so long.
 Looking back on my blog, it looks like my first join up with WOYWW was back in January 2011, which was week number 84! I was doing terrible posts back then, lol, no info on what I'd made, no labels, nothing. (Hangs head in embarrassment). But, as I blogged I learnt, especially from other blogs, so I grew. I only started my blog as Beloved Hubby kept telling me I should- I saw no reason anyone would be interested in what I did, and tbh, looking back at early posts, I would not have blamed them, lol.
 But here we are, in my case 7 years later and still going strong. And we still get new people joining in, which is lovely, and there are a number here who have been visiting for many years, so whether you are an old friend or a new one I'm always happy to visit everyone  pretty much every week.
 So, onwards then. All my ATC's are in the post Tuesday afternoon, apart from my PIF, of course. I've already received 2, which I'm not opening till Wednesday. What else has been happening? I'm not sure if I've already shown you these, the medallions I die cut and layered.

Managed to get them in a patch of sun so you can see the sparkle from the Foil & Glitter.

Visible Image had some new stamps & stencils released last week, so a couple of each fell into my basket.

In one of my planters I have a Goth Petunia!

At Christmas, one thing Doug & I bought each other was a DNA testing kit. Due to me being on antibiotics for weeks, we waited till I was off them to do the test.
 This week we got the results back,Doug posted the results on FB a few days ago, but for those who haven't seen it, you may be interested. Dougs was exactly as he expected- mainly English with about a quarter Welsh-his Dad came from a Welsh family.
 But mine- WOW! was mine a surprise!
I'm a Viking! And given that the Vikings invaded pretty much everyone else on their World Tour, that explains the others as well๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ So, go me.๐Ÿ˜ˆ  If you need any invading & pillaging, you know who to call. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

               And finally...............

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

WOYWW #467

Well here we are again, and now it's just one week away from the big 9! Links over at Julias, The Stamping Ground, to desk hop, and also info about the ATC swap for our birthday.
 I finally have mine finished this afternoon.
 The names on my swap list are, My PIF, then
Julia, LLJ,Margaret (Glitter & Glue),
Annie (Wipso),Jo (Twiglet),Cindy,Suzanne Alexis, Angela Radford, Sarah Brennan, Neet,Nikki, Heather Marshall & Zsuzsa. Thats 14 all together, and I have 3 more spare, so if anyone else wants to swap, let me know.

Friday afternoon we spent at the RHS Spring Show at Malvern. Vast number of gardens to look at, sculptures galore and a huge variety of plants to buy.

  This garden sculpture was amazing, so beautifully done.

A bonsai, I took the photo to show my son, as it's his hobby these days. Quite a selection of magnificent specimens.

Needless to say, we came home with a good selection of plants for the garden, which will be this weekends job, as there has been digging on our back patio to fix a water leak. Not ours, I hasten to add, a couple of doors up, but as we are on an old Victorian street, 3 houses run off the same supply, so we all have had new piping laid.

 This card was quickly put together for a work colleague who was retiring on Friday, but had kept it quiet until Wednesday! Those Stampscapes scenes I did came in really useful here, and are perfect for this subject. Especially useful when the retiree isn't someone with hobbies you can theme the card to.

....And finally......

Right, I'm done. See you all later!

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

WOYWW #466

Hi folks, I'm back, and hoping you've all had a great Bank Holiday weekend, with some fabulous weather. Didn't have very good weather for our week away, in fact it wasn't till Sunday that we saw any sunshine. Speaking of which, I have to show you this. Facebook friends will have already seen it, but I thought you all deserved a laugh! There was a really interesting Science Museum close to where we were staying, so we went for a visit.

They had one of those Static Electricity gadgets there, and needless to say, Hubby was determined he was having a go.

 Even the attendant asked to take pictures, as they'd never had anyone with hair as long as Dougs have a go on it.

On the desk, I've die cut and layered up all those medallions, now they just need to go on cards.

But first-

yes, I've finally started my ATC's. So anyone else who would like to swap, leave me a message, and send me your snail mail, and I'll do the same.

Right then, pop your link over at Julias at The Stamping Ground, and let us all come look at your desk!

And finally.....................
That is so true, ๐Ÿ˜.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

WOYWW #464

Hello everyone, I hope you are having a good day! Just a few bits and pieces going on this week:
I made some of the Mehndi Flowers and glittered them, then cut them out with the matching dies.

Just need to be layered up, then I'll do a blog post on them.

While I was at it, I used  up a load of leftover paste from another technique to make some more that I intend to do the Hot Foil laminator technique with.

They'll be die cut & layered then too. One or two may be done 'as is' , as the colours came out too nicely to cover!

I also sat and trimmed down those unmounted stamps from the grab bag. I like to have mine as close trimmed as possible, although I admit that now I have a Stamping Platform, it's no longer so critical, as any ink around the edges of a stamp no longer transfer. That's been one huge bonus with it.

Now here's a thing. I don't know it's proper name, but I'm sure LLJ and Annie (Wipso) will be able to tell us. I do know it's used for transferring pattern markings to fabric. I spotted it in my sewing box yesterday, and wondered if it would 'cut' into card, and yes it does. So you can get the 'stitched' look around pieces of card, although they are more dot like than the little slits of a die, but still decorative.

I shall do my best to visit as many people as possible, but it's going to depend on Internet access and reliability. I forgot to mention last week we are off on our holidays today, we're going to Gran Canaria for a week, so probably by the time most of you see this, we'll be up in the air!  Funny bit, the plane we are flying on is the same type the engine exploded on in the US last week!  Luckily, we have prebooked seats at the front, so we're well away from the wing area!
So that's it from me, just have a little last minute packing to finish this afternoon (Tuesday), and we will be heading off to see if we can contribute to a cocktail shortage in Spain, lol. Link yourselves up via Julia at The Stamping Ground, who it appears is also on her holibobs this week!
 And finally.....................................
....or indeed any sort of crafting products!

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

WOYWW #463

Good Morning all, and here we are again, and heading rapidly towards our 9th birthday. Julia has a page on The Stamping Ground with details about this years ATC swap. I will be up for this, so if you'd like to swap, then please leave me a message in your comment, and if you'd email me your snail mail addy, (worldwide) I'll send you mine.
 And moving on to the desk:
First make this week is using a Sweet Poppy stencil, and its matching die. I bought the die at Ally Pally, as I already have the stencil. It lets you cut out 3 sections of the piece, so you can layer them up.

There is also a Poinsettia stencil and die  too, and you can see that in the Christmas Card post below this one.

You could of course fussy cut, but I hate doing that!

I had made a couple of each design, but you can cut them all from the same one, and add some cardstock at the back of the base to mount your layers onto.
 I think these would look fab done in glitter, or the hot foil technique, which I'll be giving a try next.

These I did to try out using two colours in an image, by masking off the leaves and doing the flowers, then when that was dry, doing the reverse.

Then I spent some time using my Silhouette to cut out some stencils. I dusted the poor thing off -literally- I can't remember when I last used it, as I wanted an arch stencil, but couldn't find one the size & shape I was after. So I thought I'd have a go at making my own, using some OHP film.

I only want them for sponging ink through, so I think they'll be sturdy enough for that, but I don't think they'd be strong enough for anything more. 

Anyone thinking of getting a digital cutter, I can say it's one of the best investments I ever made. You can see here how I've been able to resize each image as I wanted, which is the main thing I love about it.

 I've also kept the inner bits, to use as masks.

I want to CASE a card I've seen done in a Facebook post, from the Loving all things Lavinia group, and the lady had used an Arched Clarity stencil that doesn't seem to be around now. It was a tall, thin one, rather than the smaller one they have now.

I'd also had a go at hand cutting some from some plastic packaging, but not tried them yet, and I don't know how smooth my cutting has been.๐Ÿ˜

 The window shape below was not only resized, I also changed the actual windows to just 4, as it had multiple small panes in it. Plus, it cost me 99 cents from the Silhouette store!

 I have some round-topped ones to cut as well.

These cotton buds may interest you. I picked them up by the tills in Primark yesterday. I thought both ends should be very useful in crafting.

 Now for a couple of other items you might find useful.

  Firstly, those die storage pockets from Avery Elle I was storing all my dies on magnetic sheets on?
 Now, they are not exactly cheap, although they are good quality and very sturdy.  They are around £7-£10 for a pack of 50, depending which size you want, and I have found they are often out of stock over here.

Last night, while browsing You Tube, I came across a video from a lady who had made her own using a laminator & pouches. As she says, it's sheer genius! They look great and are nice and strong too. The upside of course is you can have custom made sizes to suit your storage method. Hers don't have a flap, but I'm sure that'd be easy to figure out if you wanted them, she just puts a thumb grip at the end with a 1" circle punch. Anyway, it's only a 10 minute video, and the link is HERE if you are interested.
 So I reckon, even if you don't have a laminator, you can pick up a basic bog standard one for around £15, and packs of laminating pouches on Amazon are about £7.50 for a hundred (and you can even get them in Pound stores too), if you have a number of dies- or even stamps- you wanted to put into pockets,then it's cheaper to buy a lamintor and make your own. I know I shan't be buying any more of the Avery Elle ones.

Second thing of note was a tip I saw on a Joanna Sheen newsletter, from a crafter called Dawn Knight, about the annoying way silicone dries in the tube- (especially I find, Pinflair.) She said:
'I found that no matter what I did to protect it, whenever I wanted silicone glue, I had to spend ages gouging plugs of cured glue out of the top of the tube.  I have now taken to squeezing the glue up to the very top of the tube and covering it with a piece of cling film before replacing the cap.  Since then, I have never had to dig out the cured glue.           Dawn Knight
So hopefully that will be a helpful bit of advice.
And finally.......................... 

I reckon we all qualify! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Christmas Card Club Challenge #8- Poinsettias/ Christmas Greenery.

 Back with another of our fortnightly challenges, and this time it's Mary who has set the theme for us.
 Whilst at Ally Pally last week, I bought a new Sweet Poppy Stencil and matching die for Poinsettias, so that's what's getting an outing this week.

For this one, I stencilled in a Red glitter paste- made using Translucent paste and mixing in some glitter. This works great, as when it dries you have no glitter shedding! The stencil and die have 3 sizes of flower, so you can match them to the size of your project, or layer them up for some real wow! I used all three layers here, and filled the centre with some tiny beads and Glossy Accents. These beads are red & gold, and were amongst 3 tubes I bought the the NEC Hobbycrafts show last year.
 The sentiment was stamped in Versafine Satin Red, and is from Circa Design.Stamped onto white card, and matted onto red pearl paper, as was the main front of the card.
The same red pearl paper was edged with an X-Cut border punch called Lace Trim. The Holly sprig behind the Poinsettia is, I think, one of the Cheap from China dies, as I have no brand for it.

A similar version, this time in gold & white. I'd made some white Glitter paste, but this time I only used the two smallest flowers to layer up, and the centres again filed with small gold & white beads & Glossy Accents.
 This sentiment came from a Hobby Art set called  Winter Wishes. I stamped in Encore Metallic Gold Pigment ink, and heat embossed with Gold detail powder. After I trimmed it down, I ran the gold pad around the edges, then sprinkled with the detail gold powder and heat set that.
 I double matted the sentiment onto gold paper & white card. I cut a piece of gold to fit the card front, then a sheet of white slightly smaller, which was run through an Embossing Folder called Poinsettia Trellis, from Creative Expressions, by Sue Wilson. The folder is about 8x8. Another piece of the gold paper was edged with an old Fiskars Holly Border punch. A sprig from the Tim Holtz die set Winter Greenery was added behind the bottom one, and a small flourish behind the top one.

This is the stencil & die from Sweet Poppy.

So those are my cards for this challenge, but just before I finish, I thought the rest of you ladies might like to see this:

Sylvie and I met up at Ally Pally! It's always lovely to meet in the flesh crafters you have known through the Internet.๐Ÿ˜

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

WOYWW #462

Hi folks, back again for another WOYWW as we settle into April. Our lovely leader Julia, awaits your link over at The Stamping Ground, so do go visit her if you're new here, and read about WOYWW, and especially about Septembers Crop, and also Donna's September retreat.
So to start with- what I did at the weekend, lol. Meet crafting friends and spend money at Ally Pally!

Mainly stamps purchased this time round - Lavinia, VI,Cardio, Paper Artsy, and some fab Woodware birds, as well as some great Phill Martin Collage stamps, amongst others. Link to the full blog post here.

Think this was the bargain of the day though- when I tipped them out at home, there was 60 stamps in the bag, mixed sentiments and images, for £3.

In other news, HERE is a link  to a post about the Gilding Waxes. Seems that Cosmic Shimmer ones are not alone in drying out. Another fix suggested by one of my commenters is Food Grade Glycerine, which should be easy to find in any supermarket baking aisle.
 And HERE you can find the Retiform Technique cards I made from last week.
 Best part of the day was meeting friends at Ally Pally. Met up with Helen early on, and we both forgot to take a picture,๐Ÿ˜‰. Also met up with a FB friend, Dawn Geater, whilst we were visiting the Visible Image stand, but again didn't get a picture.

 Pictures I did get: Dolores (Cardarian) and her Hubby Alan.

Erika Philpott and Cindy Ashplant - respectively Sum Bunneh and Plants List.

Cindy & Erika doing a Make & Take at Lavinia stamps, and we stopped by to say our goodbyes, as we were totally worn out!

I also met the lovely Sylvie, who takes part in the Christmas Card Club that I'm in. She had come over for the whole weekend with a friend, from Gibraltar- which makes any craft travelling we do pale in comparison!

  Think you can tell from my face that my feet hurt! As did Dougs, we'd been there all day.

This was at dinner the night before- a mojito or two may have been consumed.

But I don't think you'd truly want to drink too much alcohol in the restaurant- this was the tiled floor!
 I loved it, such a great optical illusion, however I have to admit to my first thought being-' I've got an embossing folder like that'

Just remembered, and Finally..............