Saturday, 28 July 2012

Alphatag time again!

Hello Everyone,

Well my blog posts don't seem to be getting any more frequent yet do they.  It's so frustrating because I haven't had Alexa here this past week so I expected to be raring to go with my crafting once I got my chores out of the way but ..................... no such luck!  Basically, I think my mojo has gone into hibernation from lack of use, lol, and I almost gave up on my alphatags for the Chocolate Baroque swap this month.  I had quite a few ideas for subjects to fit the letters O and P but just couldn't get them off the ground.  Luckily, lovely Margaret who organises the swap and keeps us all in order gave us a few days longer to get them done as I wasn't the only one struggling and after several nights of faffing about I eventually got something fit to send off.

O is for Oriental, Offset, Oval

I used a piece of Chocolate Baroque design paper from one of their packs and stamped and gold embossed an Oriental style honeysuckle randomly over the tag.  I stamped another CB Oriental  image onto white card and coloured it with something I've not used in an absolute age - my Sakura sparkle pens.  I'd forgotten how lovely the hint of sparkle is.  I die cut it with a Nestability oval, inked the edges with Distress Ink and then cut a scalloped oval in co-ordinating card for matting.  The final touch was something else I've had in my stash almost since I started crafting - the little brocade flowers!  These were a QVC purchase which I never got round to using (like several others in my cupboards :( ).

P is for Pink, Purple, Paisley and Plastic

This one also uses CB Design paper but it was from the lovely paper pack we used to get with our Guild membership.  I used a piece to cut the tag, blended Dusty Concord Distress Ink around the edges and then overstamped a paisley image using the same ink, stamping twice from each inking.  I stamped the paisley mandala several times onto two different shades of purple pearlescent card and two different CB papers and finally once onto white card.  I used Graphite Brilliance ink and clear embossed before cutting them out and layering them, using the white card one for the very top flower and leaves which I coloured with Sakura sparkle pens once again and attached with 3D foam pads. 

Finally I stamped the mandala again onto clear shrink plastic, coloured with pencils, cut out and shrank it.  I attached the shrink plastic embellishment with Glossy Accents and the main mandala with 3D foam pads.

I wasn't too sure if I was happy with my P tag when I parcelled them up but now I'm revisiting it after a few days (and the frustration levels have subsided, lol) I think I quite like it.  Needless to say, the important thing is if the recipient likes it so fingers crossed.

Well I don't know if I'll get any crafting done next week as I have my DD and her two children coming to stay from tomorrow for 3 days (I'm looking forward to lots of hugs and cuddles, lol) and I will have Alexa everyday next week (more cuddles) then next weekend OH and I are off on a little jaunt to my Goddaughter's wedding.   I'll try to be back again with something this side of Christmas ............. speaking of which..........  EEEEEKKKK!!!!!

Have a lovely weekend all.

Lesley  Xx

Saturday, 21 July 2012

A really quick post ............ honestly!

Hi Lovely Visitors,

I've just posted over on the Snazzys DT blog if you have time to pop over and take a look.  I was hoping to get another project finished this week but I've really struggled this last few nights to concentrate on anything.  I think I might have a 'summer' cold (don't laugh....... I know you're thinking 'What summer',lol).  My throat is so sore and everything is such an effort.  I'm hoping my body clock lets me have a lie in tomorrow but knowing me I'll be up at my usual time.  Anyway, here's a sneak peek of my Snazzy project using Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers.

Don't forget Snazzys online shop is now open although there are still lots of items not yet loaded onto the system but there are more and more available to order that way every day.  Or, you could always give them a ring if you prefer.

I hope you all get some of the promised sunshine this weekend.  It would sure make a difference to the horrid weather we've had today,

Take care all and big hugs
Lesley  Xx

Monday, 16 July 2012

Fabulous Goodies from Snazzys

Hello Everyone,

I do hope the sun is shining on us again when I get up in the morning.  We've actually had a nice weekend apart from a few heavy but very quick showers yesterday ............... and not before time.

I'd like to say Hello and Welcome to my new followers and I am so sorry my blog posts have been very few and far between at the moment but I promise to try and do better soon, lol!

This week is my turn to post on the Snazzys DT Blog and here is a sneak peek at my first project using this month's DT goodies.

I hope you have time to hop over to the DT Blog to see the whole project and maybe leave a little comment and if you like the fab goodies we have been working with this month then leave a comment HERE too and you will be entered into the random draw, the winner of which will be announced after Hels' week of projects.

We also have the brilliant news that the Snazzys online shop is now open for business.  At the moment only a fraction of the gorgeous stash that Snazzys stock are on view but Val is adding more on virtually a daily basis so regular visits will reveal more and more.  Oh dear, I think I'm going to have to be really strict with myself as they sell soooooo many of my favourite crafting goodies.

I have to get a crack on with my Chocolate Baroque Alphatags for July now.  I am waaaaayyyyyy behind with them this month.

Lesley  Xx