Firstly … sorry to still be posting Christmas cards, in the middle of January, but this was one which I couldn’t post before Christmas as it would have spoilt the surprise, so sharing it with you now.
Originally this was a children’s book called Dear Zoo.
It was one of those books which is ‘interactive’. It had opening doors on each page. So I began by cutting those doors out so that the pages lay closely together.
I set to work and first measured out how much of a section I wanted to cut out of the book in order to leave the right size ‘hole’ inside the card/book at the end. Once I’d cut through the pages, I then glued and used double-sided tape to ensure that the pages I wanted to stay shut actually stay that way.
Then … I went to town. Papers, card, ribbons, flowers, baubles, a sleigh, handmade hearts, berries, printed pictures from a CD Rom, cutting, pearls, snowflakes, die cutting … you name it, I think I probably either did it or thought about doing it.
I die cut the Christmas trees, then painted them roughly with a little paint then once dry I added some dimensional ‘snow’ and added a little twinkling glitter. While those dried I stamped the blue backing paper with clear embossing ink and added some softly twinkly embossing powder so that it gave the background a bit of twinkle. The snowflakes are all die cuts too.
I printed this page (above) three times, and cut out various parts of the page so that I could do a little decoupage and give the page some depth.
I added a little white glitter here and there, on these layers, just to catch the light and again, add some depth.
The spine of the book (and spreading round to the front and back) … when you see it in real life, looks like leather. It’s not. It’s actually made from regular craft card and glycerine. (and an embossing folder – but you can use any embossing folder you like). I won’t bore you to death with a ‘how to’, because people have posted how to’s about doing it all over the web. But instead, I’ll give you a video of the fabulous lady who taught me how to make this faux leather: (her name is Sheena Douglass and she’s Scottish – so give yourself chance to adjust to her accent and you’ll be fine then). . .
And that’s all there was to it!
Have to admit that the most difficult bit was actually cutting through those individual pages. Coooo, those were thick and really tough work. But then … I’m a bit of a weakling so taking the top off a bottle can challenge me most days! tsk tsk. drat these muscleless arms!
Well .. it’s Tuesday(or Chewsday as my friend pronounces it), and I think we need a little Tuesday fun, so here are a few jokes to turn the corners of your mouth up . . .
Why don’t you ever see hippopotamus hiding in trees? Because they’re really good at it.
How does NASA organise their company parties? They planet.
My friend recently got crushed by a pile of books, but he’s only got his shelf to blame.
What did Jay-Z call his girlfriend before they got married? Feyoncé.
What do you call dangerous precipitation? A rain of terror.
What do you call a big pile of kittens? A meowntain.
…. and finally ….
Atheism is a non-prophet organisation.
Well even if only one of them made you smile, then I’ve done my job. 😀
Thank you so much for coming. I love seeing you here. Each blog post is, for me, like opening up my front door and waiting for you to arrive . . . and then you all come, one by one, and stop for a coffee with me. I just love it. (and I love it even more when you stay for a chat – so please feel free to chat away in comments. I can promise I’ll reply because, as everyone will tell you, I love to chat!) 😀
It’s true. I do. I really do. Cross my heart, and pinky finger promise.
I wanted to make a card which was fun, but sweet. Not sickly sweet, and certainly not cute, but something which had a nod towards the inner child of a ‘bloke’. A man of years, but still a boy inside.
So I decided that the ‘Love you to the Moon and back’ sentiment sounded perfect … but instead of making the card a more serious ‘love you’, I made one which suggested a rocket …. going forth to the Moon, landing …. collecting moon and star-dust …. and then returning to Earth, spreading sparkly Moon dust as it flew through the atmosphere.
I began by hand painting the background on some watercolour paper, using a combination of purples, blues and white from my Kuretake watercolours. Once dry I embossed all around the edge with silver Tonic powder, which was meant to look like star-dust and moon dust.
I threw a few pinches of embossing powders over the painted background and then heated them slowly and gently so that they melted onto the watercolour background, and looked like twinkly stars in the sky.
Apart from the ‘happy birthday‘ sentiment (bottom right of the card), the stamps I used are from Altenew. But the happy birthday sentiment ….well that came from my ‘sentiment stamps draw’. I cannot remember who the maker was. I just knew that I wanted swirly writing, which might look like the trail of a rocket as it swooshed and swooped and looped the loop through the heavens, and that stamp fitted the bill perfectly.
The Moon is stamped using two stamps, and two different coloured inks, and then using an embossing pen I ‘coloured’ in some areas and then embossed it in Tonic Silver powder.
I used the embossing pen to add a Moon dust trail to the ‘happy birthday’ sentiment. The words themselves were stamped and firstly embossed in black, then stamped over again, but this time I stamped slightly ‘off’ from the first stamp so that just tiny bits of the black (meant to look like a sooty residue) peeped from behind the silver.
I have no idea if space ships leave a sooty trail behind them, but the idea was ticklish to me so I went with it. I loved the silver over the top of it because it kind of pushed the sentiment into the whole picture. Instead of it standing out and shouting, it was just there …. part of the whole moon dust/star shine thing.
And that, as I am want to say, … is all there was to it!
I trust you are well and that nothing is wonky in your world. Although … having said that I know that some of you are having a bit of a ‘wonky’ time at the moment. Please know that I think of you often, and each time I do, I push a prayer out of my heart and head, and send it heaven bound, asking for help to be given to you.
There are some of you who are missing family members, and I know how difficult that can be to deal with the trauma of losing someone. My thoughts are with you, and I send you my love.
One of our blogging friends suffered a stroke just a few weeks ago, while she was off on her holibobs with her husband. There was no warning, nothing odd going on, when suddenly… out of the blue… a stroke happened while she was sat there in the car. Thankfully she wasn’t driving the car at the time.
I know that there are some blogging friends who suffer with depression, for whatever reason(s), and having a family member who suffers with this, I know only too well how difficult life and times can be because of that.
And there are more … lots of people, who have worries of one sort of another. A difficult time. Some difficulty that they are experiencing. Please know that I’m thinking about you. About you all. I may not know you personally, but I know you by heart. By the words you type on your keypad. And because of that I’ve come to care.
You … reading right now. I care about you. I may not always comment on your blog(s), but it’s not because I don’t care. Sometimes I just run out of words. Sometimes I think how grand or brilliant you are. Sometimes I sit here on my side of the computer and smile, giggle, laugh. And sometimes I cry.
But then … there are those of you who are SO amazingly talented that I just sit here wondering how I can possibly tell you how brilliant you are without sounding like I want to stalk you; or those of you who I want to kiss all over the face, leaving visible lipstick marks, for making me laugh like a drain.
Y’know … you’re all uniquely, amazingly, incredibly wonderful. I’m SO so glad that I began blogging, for I’ve found a world of the most fascinating, beautiful people who I never knew existed. Crumbs …. how did I ever get along without you all? My life is so busy now, keeping up with you, sharing your days, getting to know you, your families, your ‘stuff’. I have no idea what on earth I did before blogging. I must have had hours wasted, doing nothing at all!
Blogging really is a magical thing.
So … thank you. Thank you for being the most amazing person. Thank you for keeping me reading, entertained, teaching me, and giving me something truly extraordinary. What would I do without you.? [shakes head while smiling to self]. I’d be terribly bored, that’s for sure!
I am so very blessed. Thank you. Each and every one of you.
Have an incredible day. Be good to yourself…. and to everyone else you meet.
Have you ever wondered where Fairies get their Fairy Dust from? Well wonder no more dear reader, for I think I’ve found out. But more about that in a moment . . .
I need to share with you something which I discovered last month in Aldi.
The photo above shows a large, A3 size, pad of 40 sheets of Watercolour Paper, of 100gsm, which I found in Aldi last month. (July 2017). When I spotted it and had a feel of the paper I have to admit that I wasn’t overly impressed in any great way. I’m too used to my usual thicker, water-colour paper. So I put the pad down and went to walk off. But … this sneaky little thought popped into my head: “hey, it’s just £2.49. Give it a try.” … So I bought it.
Because of a move around in my craft room (and the chaos which that sort of thing creates) I only got chance to have a play with it yesterday, and I’m rather glad I decided to buy it. It’s not the sort of watercolour paper which you can flood with water, as its a finer paper and the water will eventually be soaked up and will then wrinkle your page, but if you know where you’re going, have a plan and don’t soak it, then you can get some decent results. Added to that . . .if you’re putting the resulting painting onto a card, then it doesn’t add any great weight to the card, which is perfect.
Using Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours, and also their Starry watercolours, and with the help of a bit of acetate, I created the background you see above. Because I used the Starry watercolours – in 2 colours of Gold, it was a little difficult to capture all of the patches of gold using my camera. If it were a video, I could have moved it a teeny bit so that you’d have seen the light catch all the areas of the fabulous gold paints. (Anywhere which looks like wet paper, or like I’ve spilt tea on it is actually twinkling gold paint which the light didn’t catch)
After the background had dried (with the help of my dear friend – the trusty heat gun!), I went to work on the flower.
Most parts of the flower were hand stamped, but some parts were drawn because I didn’t have a stamp which was either the right size or shape, using my friend – Stamp Perfect – a stamp positioning tool.(A Christmas present last year, and I love it for moments like this) .
What you’re looking at in the photo above is my Stamp Perfect, with a stamp attached to it, ready to stamp on to the background. The top half of the Fairy Flower had already been stamped, and I was adding the curled back sepals. If you haven’t met a stamping positional tool before and want to know how it works I found a video on You Tube which will help way more than I can here, and be far more entertaining than me too:
The photograph above is the flower after I’d finished stamping, (and drawing parts of it) and after I’d watercolour painted it.
Finally … I embossed around the edge, using a little Tonic Embossing Powder, and then adhered the flower to a 6″x6″ white scored and folded card, added a ribbon and Voila! One hand painted Flower Power Fairyland Card.
And that’s all there was to it!
Apart from explaining the Fairy Dust ….
Do you see at the top of the flower as it’s opening … with what looks like wiggly lines and dots? Well . . . That’s the Fairy Dust, escaping from the Fairy Flower Power Pod. See? THAT’S where Fairy Dust comes from. I know this to be true because my Unicorn, which lives in my back garden, told me so. 🦄 🤣
Did you know . . . that according to research by a tanning company, women look oldest at 3.30pm on Wednesdays? Now I KNOW this to be an outrageous lie because I know that you girls and I look terrific at all times!
I will admit that when I stumble out of bed in the morning, my hair looks like five miniature kittens have been playing in it all night – but that’s easily calmed down with a comb. And … I do seem to have bought a couple of really spiteful mirrors which are obviously designed by cosmetic companies to try to trick us girls into thinking that we have a spot on our chin which is being kept company by a hair to the left of it. But .. I decided quite a long time ago that I would no longer look in those mirrors, and from that moment on I’ve looked practically perfect in every way! (so long as I don’t have my glasses on).
Oldest at 3.30pm on a Wednesday? Don’t make me laugh. I’m ONLY 27 years old – as we all know, for goodness sake!
Did you also know: that a recent(ish) survey in the US reported that bosses are most receptive to requests on a Wednesday? Now I can’t prove this, buy hey, what have you got to lose? Obviously asking the boss when he plans to leave as you want his/her job, might not go down terribly well, but I guess you could give it a go, so long as she/he has sense of humour!
[. . . thinks:- . . .] . . .
“I wonder if anyone is still reading?
Maybe I should buzz off and stop sitting here like a target.
Oooo, what are they talking about on the TV?
Do I need to turn those curtains up? Hmm, I don’t know… what if they shrink when they’re washed?
Aww, look at the dog, she’s so cute when she does that.
Uh Ooooo, here comes Alf Capone (used furniture dealer – but actually a cat), he looks bored, and that means he’s going to cause trouble by playing Cowboys and Indians throughout the house, and trying to get Maisie or Belly, or both, involved in the game.
Coffee…. do I want another coffee, I wonder?” eeek!
I have to agree with that last ‘Did you know?’ for I am, (easily distracted) and I do (talk to myself).
Aaanyhooo – that’s enough from me. All that’s left for me to say is: …. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Find the joy in each moment. 😀
I got involved with the World Watercolour Challenge in July, but I, being me, took it a step further and challenged myself to paint only in ATC (Artist Trading Cards) size, which is just 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. Now although I failed on some of the paintings, I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s ages since I painted so picking up the brushes again was such a joy to me.
However … in the comments, I got into various chats about ATC’s and tried to explain that if you fancied making an ATC, you didn’t have to paint in order to make them. You could glue, stick, adhere, ~ paper, magazine cut-outs, tissue, die cuts, anything basically. And attach all sorts of things. You can make a picture, a statement, a quote, or even a whole story on your ATC.
To try to show you what I mean, I made a quick to make ATC … it could be kept exactly as it is, and stored in a collectors folder. Or you can give ATC’s away to friends, family etc. Or you can swap them with other ATC makers. Or … you could use them on a handmade card or in a scrapbook.
First I made the fairy dress, out of bluey green feathers, a sticker and black card, and using a plain white card, pre-cut to ATC size (2.5″x3.5″).
I firstly coloured the ATC card using two different blues – one was called Freshly Washed Jeans – the other … I’m going to have to call Teal – it was ink left on a bit of sponge, which I’d saved in a sealed plastic bag (I’m such a thrifter!). Then using an embossing ink and gold Tonic embossing powder, I embossed all around the edge of the card.
I stamped the ‘message’ ~ “Don’t let life RUFFLE your feathers”, and stamped a feather over it. Then added the three pearl gems in contrasting colours.
Aw…. nearly forgot … before I began this ATC … I back-stamped it using my favourite ATC stamp:
I tend to stamp my ATC cards on the back before I begin my art work … but I’ve been known to forget and if you do it’s easily solved. You stamp your ATC stamp onto some plain white paper, fill in the details and cut it out to the exact size and simply glue it to the back of your ATC.
And that’s all there was to it!
Well, it’s Monday again. A brand new week, fresh out of the box and gifted to us to do with as we will. Do something good today. Make your day a memorable one. See if you can do something which will make another person smile. It could be a work colleague, a friend, a relative or a complete stranger. Whoever it is … make them smile. Do whatever you can, with what you have available to you. Just make someone smile today and make it a memorable day for you, and for them.
Sending a whole ton of squidges, all sent out in various directions around the globe, in the hope of one of them getting to you and making you smile too. If you’re smiling right now … then one has already reached you.
I saw the technique for making this card demonstrated about 3 weeks ago and the whole thing fascinated me so much that I tried to remember every little thing about how the demonstrator made her creation. Now I know that I haven’t got it exactly the way she did it, but it’s close enough.
Made on an 8″x8″ scored and folded card, using Polkadoodles Stamp Soup stamps, called Regal Peacock. But … that name really is just a suggestion, for you could make a million different creations with these stamps because the results will come from your imagination. You and I could begin with the same stamps and yet we’d make something way different from each other.
Here …. take a look at them:
. . . can you see the peacock stamp in there? . . . No? That’s probably because there isn’t one! I used 7 different stamps to make the peacock. You can pick them out … they’re the ones which are a little darker in colour. I used a black Stazon Ink Pad (solvent ink) so that I could then colour the images using watercolours.
You don’t have to be ‘neat and tidy’ when painting the Peacock feathers, just free-handed with the paint. Then once dry, all the feathers (which were stamped onto spare card, then painted) have to be cut out and then ‘feathered’ at the edges by cutting into the images with light, small cuts. Those peacock feathers are then adhered to the main peacock body which I’d previously stamped and coloured using the watercolour paints, directly onto the card.
Finally …. some parts of the peacock were embossed with gold and green embossing powders.
. . . and that’s all there was to it!
Although simple to make … I had to spread it over three days so it kind of felt a little time-consuming. All the waiting for paint to dry, and cutting out of all the feathers…. little things, but they all added up to time. But it was a totally, thoroughly enjoyable make, I have to admit. A lot of fun – and I can’t wait to make something else with those stamps now.
So anyway … how the divil are you? I feel as if we haven’t got together for a coffee and chat for weeks and weeks.
In my world …the chubby dog (aka the Belly on legs) had to go to the vet this week. I noticed that she had some tiny patches of hair loss on her back so off to the vets we went and after some examination and a bit of testing, we were told she’s got a Bacterial Skin Infection. (That’s the dog not the vet who has the skin infection). So we have a little bottle of stuff which we have to massage into her skin … wait 5 minutes, then thoroughly wash off. And we were given some tablets, which she has to have twice a day.
Now she really doesn’t mind the tablets. She’s called ‘My Little Fat Bitch‘ for a reason. She can eat as if it’s going out of fashion, and she thinks those tablets are treats, so woofs them down!
And . . . she really loves the massage bitof the stuff in the bottle … but … the bit she’s not at all happy with, is the ‘wash it all off’ bit. She HATES the shower. HATES it. Did I say that strongly enough? I’m not sure I did so let me repeat myself: SHE HATES THE SHOWER.
She’s told me time and time again; . . . “Belly is not designed for getting wet. Don’t let Belly get wet. That umbrella …. that’s for Belly. Hold it down here, over Belly – NOT over you! Don’t let Belly Get Wet!!“
She SO hates getting wet that she would rather plait her legs, (‘braids’ for folks in the USA), than go out into the garden to have a tiddle if it’s raining outside. This adorable, much loved pooch even squints in the rain. Yes, seriously. I kid ye not!
So the massage and shower isn’t the most enjoyable task … but then … I don’t have to do it. Mr. Cobs Senior takes on that job, (bless him) because I feel like Cruella de Vil if I try to do it.
When it’s all over and done with … you have to see that rotund little dog absolutely barrel out of that bathroom! She’s like a bullet out of a gun! It’s among the funniest things to watch … and boy can her little legs can move when she wants them to!
So anyhoo . . . what’s going on in your corner that you’d like to share with me while we drink the last few sips of coffee from our cups?
Won the Lottery?Got a new job? Sold your house? Adopted a new pet? Or … by any chance . . . Does your dog have a bacterial skin infection? Your cat? YOU? I can recommend a vet! 🙂
Wishing you a thoroughly enjoyable Thursday. May the hours go as fast, or as slow, as you would like them to. Just find the fun and enjoy it.
Be the reason someone smiles today. Heaps of squidges from me in my corner, to you in yours.
One of my family members was to celebrate their 7th Wedding Anniversary and I wanted to make them an appropriate card. I found out that the 7th Anniversary can be one of two things: The Copper Anniversary or Wool Anniversary.
For a moment it did cross and entertain my childish brain that I should do a little felting project with some wool tops, and make a couple of sheep and fix them to the front of a card, …. of course that would be …. after I’d done a watercolour bit of painting to the card and done the grass; perhaps with a stream running through the field; some hedging; oh and a TREE! Obviously it would have to have a tree! … and some birds standing in the tree; Maybe Blue Birds of Happiness!! And maybe I should add birds in the sky too, and how about a farmer coming through the gate?!!
But perhaps not.I would probably have gone over the top, [snigger] so I decided upon Copper. But a Copper what? Pot? Saucepan? Wire? Copper what? I Googled and up popped copper wire, coil, strands, mines, even copper piping for plumbers, …. and a Copper Kettle card which I loved, but felt it needed a bit of ‘cobwebbing‘ …. so I designed a card kind of like it, but a leeetle beet different. (say that in a French accent, it sounds so perfect. lol)
tsk tsk … back to the topic Cobs!
Copper, Improving society since the dawn of civilization!
I made the kettle from Copper Mirri Card and ’rounded’ it, firstly by gently manipulating it with a bone folder, and then putting different thickness’ of foam pads so that it held the curve.
Although I’d printed the ‘Seven Years’ in a coppery colour underneath the Copper Kettle, I wanted it to be almost like hot coals, so with the help of an embossing pen I added some warm coppery Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powder, embossed it, and LOVED the way it turned out. I embossed the handle of the kettle with another embossing powder (which I’ve had for donkeys years, and never seems to run out) in a darker shade. Finally … I drew dots and flicks with the embossing pen, so that the ‘fire’ under the kettle threw out ‘sparks’ as it crackled with the heat.
I’d printed some ‘steam’ coming out of the spout which, if you look closely, it says Copper… 7 years… and it’s bendy and steam like.
Copper – It’s Elemental!
The card looks way nicer in real life than it does in these photos. I tried my best to get good photo’s but I failed miserably. These are the best of about 25 photo’s.
I will never get an award for photography.
Copper: The best jewellery to turn your skin GREEN!
But anyhoo …. that’s all there was to it! 😀
Happy Sunday! I trust that your weekend has been throughly lovely and that you are getting as much joy out of it as you can. I think we should all treat weekend like dirty laundry. Our aim should be to get that laundry spotless and get every last bit of dirt out. Likewise weekends. Get every last bit of joy out of it. Squeeeze it until it’s exhausted and you’re happily tired.
Hello, and Happy Thursday! I have another mainly white, with a dash of colour from the ribbon, and also from the sprinkles inside the shaker tree – card to share with you, direct from my craft desk.
Made on a 7″x7″ square white, scored card, and with a sheet of 7″x 7″ white card which the tree was cut from.
I love shaker cards – but the one thing I don’t love about them is how boring they can look when they’re stood up on the mantel shelf, and all the fabulous sprinkles fall to the bottom of the tree. It leaves a card looking slightly sad and a bit miserable, because the receiver can only enjoy the card if they sit like a saddo, shaking the card. (Which is fine if they’re a child, but a tad boring if in their 30’s and above). So I devised a way of keeping some interest in the cut of part of a shaker card, and it’s really simple to do. Just add a few ‘stops’ or streamers along the way, which the sprinkles get caught on, and will hold there, so that the shape you’ve cut out stays looking more interesting.
I’ve blown the tree part up in some photos – one with flash, one without, so that you can hopefully actually see the ‘streamers’ I built into this card. This first photograph is with the flash on . . .
This next photo was taken with the flash off, so that it might show the ‘streamers’ better …
If you decide to have a go at this and do it yourself – don’t make your ‘streamers’ straight lines. Give them some curves, so that you don’t end up with lines across your image – which could end up looking worse than nothing being there at all. Oh … and don’t use glitter – because that can totally ruin a shaker card, as it’s a little divil and sticks to the acetate in such a way that it almost ‘fogs out’ anything else you may have in your shaker.
The greeting: NOEL, was stamped using silver embossing ink, teamed up with Tonic Embossing Crystals. The stamp used was from a set of 6 greetings, made by Crafty Individuals. I can recommend this company, both for their service and their products. You can find this particular stamp set HERE <— clickable link. (I ordered these stamps and they were in my hands 3 days later. I can’t say that you’ll get that ‘quickness’ right now, because we’re all living in the silly season right now, but I’ve found them, each time I’ve used them, to be very quick and efficient.)
To make the colours chosen for the sprinkles ‘pop’, I added two lengths of Merry Christmas ribbon, in a lovely rich teal colour. This ribbon was from the DoCrafts selection, and is a really fabulous weight of grosgrain. Finally, I added a pearl star to the top of the tree, and voila … Noel the Christmas Shaker Tree came to life.
I was aiming to get this card posted yesterday (Wednesday) … but you know what they say about ‘plans’:- If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans. He must be having a right old riot of a time up there in Heaven right now, as he reads down my list of ‘plans’.
Mr. Cobs and I went to see Little Cobs in his Christmas Concert with the other young members of his school year, at the Church near his home. Ohhhhh… I was wriggling in my seat and beside myself with joy. I wanted to sprinkle rainbows from my eyes with happy and love. Little Cobs was so over-joyed to see his Grammy and Grandad at the concert that he could be heard over and above any other noise, telling his teacher: “That’s my Grammy! It’s MY Grammy! Look. LOOK. She’s there ” <points finger>. He’s such a darling, and it was such a privilege to be there. (Not really well enough to go, but down right determined that I was going to be there, pain or no pain).
We came home, and Mr. Cobs fed me lunch and then sent me straight to bed, where I spent the rest of the afternoon worn out from trying to escape the awful pain in my back. He (my GP) has given me pain killers – and they do kind of work (they make the pain easier to live with) but they don’t last long enough, and even the smallest bit of doing ‘something’ causes whatever this is to flare up. It’s become one step forward and two steps back.
OK.. moan and grizzle over with. tsk tsk.
Well it’s Thursday ... and I cannot believe how fast this week is flying past. We have ten days until YOU KNOW WHAT DAY! But .. actually, I suppose I should say NINE days – because you can’t count the day itself – so IT’S NINE DAYS TILL YOU KNOW WHAT DAY. (and I still haven’t found a gift for Mr.C! eek!)
Wishing you a truly lovely Thursday. Make someone happy today. Do something to make someones day a little brighter. Buy them one of those big chocolate cookies? Or maybe a magazine to read? Perhaps a cupcake? Something funny to put on their desk? Some Christmas Socks? (men might find those a bit of a laugh). Or just write down your most favourite joke, pop it into an envelope and deliver it to them with a wink. That might get their heart racing, before they open it and fall about laughing.
Or maybe just tell someone how much you like them. That’s bound to have a great affect upon someone.
Sending you love … oh … and do you know why I like YOU so much? It’s because you have that special ‘spark’ about you which makes you fun to be around. I really love seeing you here, and love knowing that you’re on the other side of my computer screen, having a bit of a smile with me. So thank you for that.
Some of you will remember this happy jellyfish which I made when ‘Playing with Polyfilla‘ at the beginning of June. I decided that I couldn’t just sit with this making my desk look pretty (held by one of those GREAT BIG PEGS), so after some thought, I decided today to make a card with it.
I made another ‘clam shell’ from a die cut,(a little like the one on the ‘I’d Swim Oceans for You‘ tag I made a couple of weeks ago), only this time I made the colours inside more muted mother of pearl with softer colours, and edged the ‘shell’ in gold, so that it ‘spoke’ to the card which the Jellyfish was on.
All the shells I’ve used on this card (see one of the bigger photos to spot them all) are all real shells (not plastic or resin), but some of them I hand decorated to add a little colour and interest to them …
This is really easy to do, simply using the very. fine. nib. Sharpies. Because these particular shells are so teeny tiny I had to use the magnifying glass which is on an arm of my craft desk lamp, as I found it really difficult to see the places where my pen had to go next – I was staring so hard I was going ‘boss eyed’, so the magnifying glass was very much appreciated!
I won’t bore you to tears telling you all the elements of this card because you can see them yourself without me yammering on. But … if there’s anything you want to know about, or ask where I got something from, or who’s make of something or other I used … anything. Any thing at all… you just ask away. I’m more than happy to share information.
Before signing off, I just want to say hello to a couple of new followers who have joined our crew here at The Cobweborium Emporium this past week. I won’t name you, but you are very much welcome here.Please feel free to wander around and leave comments where-ever you wish to. I know how it can be a bit daunting to make that first post, but even if you just want to say hello, I promise I’ll chat back to you.
Well, that’s me cooked to a turn! So …What have you been up to this past week? Have you made anything that I’ve missed .. if so please do give me a poke in a comment. I’ve noticed that the Reader can sometimes miss things so I try to regularly visit blogs I follow just in case I’ve missed a post. Been somewhere fabulous? Bought something naughty which will make us all drool? Or just stayed happily where you are and enjoyed the sunshine/breeze/winter/summer/park/dog/ … or anything else? I’m all ears … so do share! 🙂
It’s Wednesday today, and I call that ‘Tipping Day’ – because it tips the beginning of the week towards the end. May the rest of your week be truly lovely. May you be given something to smile about, something which makes you happy and .. may you make at least one wonderful memory every day for the rest of the week.
Take care out there … and … have a blessed rest of your day my friends.
I dedicate this tag to my wonderful husband – because I’d swim oceans for him.
As some of you know(from my last blog post) I had a divil of a job photographing this tag. (Many thanks go to Kim Styles for her helpful suggestions!). I’ve chosen a selection of photos from the two and a half million that I took, and hope that they give you even a little ‘feel’ of this tag, which has an under the sea theme to it. (how strange is it Kim that you and I both chose an under the sea theme for our latest projects?!)
There are various bits and pieces on this tag …
the fishing net – I made myself out of white string, because I didn’t have any proper net.
Two metal charms – the smaller of the two star fish (caught in the fishing net), and the little silver sea-horse.
The two-tone shell,purple and silver, is actually a real shell which I coloured up using Sharpies.
Sequins – in four colours
A tiny plastic shell
The pearl (in the clam shell – bottom left of the tag) – is from a broken necklace.
The Ammonite, the Anchor, Conch Shell, large silvery Star Fish and the Clam Shell – are all made from die cuts.
The ammonite(close up in the above photo) was stamped with embossing ink, then embossed with silver powder from Tonic and finally coloured using Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers. It looks gold in this photograph above – but that’s because (I think) it’s picking up those peach, warm yellow and soft brown colours I used to colour up the ammonite.
The greeny brown looking smudges in the background are actually gold. I coloured up the tag with the teal you see, then sprayed a little misting spray in gold, to just add a kind of warm twinkle to the look of the ‘sea’.
The Clam Shell was cut from a die (top photo, above), backed with some card and then manipulated into the shape I wanted it to be. I used a variety of different coloured embossing powders then, sprinkled into different places, to give it that wonderful, ‘mother of pearl’ look to the inside of the shell.
This (in the above photo) shows the original die cut next to the end result – so that you can see how it’s been shaped to look like a ‘real’ clam.
The photo above shows the two different colours of card I used to actually make the base of the shell, along with the finished shell. The pearl I fixed in place using Glue Gel.
I’ve included this– ↑ –out of focus photo in the hope that you might get a rough idea of what this looks like in ‘real life’. If you squint at the picture and wait a second until your focus corrects itself through your squinted eyes, you might get a different ‘look’ and show you what I was aiming for. (if you right-click on the photo, then chose ‘open in new tab’ – you should get a slightly bigger picture to make things easier for you).
You know when you’re stood on a beach and the waves come in and lap round your feet … then just as the water slips back again, there is that magical moment when the wet sand twinkles magically in the sunlight? Well I was after getting that magical twinkle … and at the same time I wanted things to look like they were floating beneath the sea, being pulled gently by that fishing net. When you’re holding the tag in your hand you get this sort of fuzziness around the net and because it’s all higgeldy piggeldy, it kinda looks like it’s floating beneath the sea.
Stamps and Dies used on this tag are all by Couture Creations, from their Sea Breeze collection.
Various colours of Tonic Embossing Powders
Twinkle Embossing Powder by Personal Impressions, in Turquoise Sparkle
Colouring Pens used are Spectrum Aqua Artist’s Markers.
Card stock used for die cuts was all from off-cuts.
All the rest of the ‘stuff’, is all from stash.
Thank you so much for coming and sharing this tag with me. I cannot explain how much it means to have you here. If you’d like to leave a comment, about this tag or anything else: asking a question, to introduce yourself, or even just to say hello – I’d be thrilled to pieces to hear from you. Comments are such a genuine pleasure to me as I look on them as your way of leaving a footprint behind so that I know who you are, can say hello to you, and it’s just such a lovely way to get us all talking to each other. So please feel very welcome to say hello.
Well, that’s me done and dusted for another day. All that’s left for me to say is … Have a wonderful Monday. May it be the beginning of a lovely week for you. Be safe out there and … if you’re old enough to remember Sgt Stan Jablonski: “Let’s do it to them before they do it to us!”. (I know Sgt Jablonski meant something else, but by thatImean … let’s be nice to other people before they get the chance to be nice to us. Somehow, I’ve found, it makes me feel like I’m walking on air when I’ve made someone else smile. Try it. It’s a wonderful feeling).
It was my much adored Grandsons 5th Birthday a few weeks ago. We weren’t able to go to his special Birthday party on the day of his Birthday so we (Grandad and I) decided we would surprise him with ‘Birthday Party 2 – The Return!‘ at our home the day after his Birthday. (Why have I never had two Birthday party’s? I obviously just wasn’t cute enough).
We took tons of party photographs and I decided that I would make a Mini Scrapbook album to put all the photographs in.
I made him an album just before he started big school, all about the things he did with Grammy and Grandad in the summer before his first day at school. He absolutely LOVES the album. He loves to look through the photographs, pull out the tags and gets me to read them to him, and basically enjoy all the moments or occasions, which are pictured in the album, all over again. So it was a no brainer that I would have to make him another mini to house all the photos of his ‘5th Birthday Party 2 – The Return!‘.
The ‘plan’ was that I wanted to make the mini album as if he’d actually been sat there with me as I made it, choosing everything that went inside himself. So this meant that I had to think like a 5-year-old boy. Those of you who are followers or have read my blog posts before, know that I’d have no trouble thinking like a 5 year old. (I admit it. I never really grew up).
The following photographs are of the pages and tags, photo books, magnetic bits, openings, fun stuff … etc… and, I have to warn you, this post is VERY photograph heavy. Because of this I’ll keep the talking to a minimum so that you’re not here all day reading my yammering on!
The name of the Birthday Boy is all jumbled up on the front there …. he really wasn’t christened with a gobbledygook name.
The long shiny black bit to the far right of the photographs is where the Birthday Boys name is. I die cut all the letter of his name – twice. Once in blue and once in red (Super Hero colours) and fixed them in place so that his name read ‘down’ that black bit. But for the purposes of sharing this mini album on the internet, I blacked out his name. (I’m a protective Grammy)
The poem written on this tag (above) holds such a special meaning to me. My Grandson has Cerebral Palsy. It affects different children in different ways, and for my Grandson it affects his speech to some degree, educationally to a degree, and his walking. He can walk, but he falls over a lot and has trouble walking very far. He suffers dreadful pain in his legs – and has to have injections into his calf muscles to try to help with this and also to relax the muscles in his legs so that walking is made a little easier. He has some other problems too, because of this condition. This is the reason why this poem means so much to me, and why it catches me in my throat whenever I read it.
That big spiders web you can see on page 10, is one I drew on, using an embossing pen. I then embossed it with Tonic Silver embossing powders (because their silver is the best I’ve ever found), and try as I might I couldn’t seem to get a photo to show up how much that spiders web shines!
If you’ve got this far and are still with me …. keep going .. the end is in sight!
Page 13 holds a poem which says it all ….
And finally .... the back….
There actually is a little bit more which I wanted to share with you, not of this album but of something else I made for his ‘Birthday Party’, but I think you’ve suffered enough for one day so I’ll post a little blog post about it another day.
Thank you SO much for coming and taking a look at my Mini Scrapbook Album. I had so much fun making it – although it did take me rather too many days to actually get it finished. I’m such a slow worker! tsk tsk. I know that my little rascal is going to love it. I just have to get all the photos into it now.
If there’s anything you want to know – glues, papers, bits, pieces etc, please just ask away in a comment. I’m more than happy to share information.
Before I sign off, may I just take this opportunity to say a very warm hello to a couple of new followers. Welcome, it’s lovely to have you on-board, please make yourself at home here, and feel free to ask questions, make comments or just grab a coffee and settle down for a bit of a read.
Thank you everyone, for visiting me. I love you coming. I really do. It’s like having a stream of friends popping round for coffee and a chat. Fabulous. Absolutely, totally Fabulous with a capital F.
Have a wonderful day out there, and what ever you’re planning to do today, remember to stop, smile, and make a memory.