Friday 13 August 2010

A Little Bit of This and ................. A Little Bit of That!

Hello Everyone,
Well, I've had a lovely 3.5 days with my daughter and granddaughter and I'm absolutely pooped, Lol!  Little Izzy at 2 years 8 months is a proper livewire and just doesn't stop.  She's also a total chatterbox and talks away ten to the dozen from waking up.  Still, there's nothing better than her waking you up by patting your face saying 'Want a Mamma cuddle' and then wrapping her arms round your neck and say 'I love you Mamma!' ................ immediately followed by ' You need to get up and get my breakfast Mamma', Lol!  Here she is straight afterwards grinning like a cheshire cat whilst she sits on Mamma's worktop waiting for her cornflakes.

This is a photo of my other little granddaughter Alexa which I meant to share a couple of weeks ago when she still had her pot on her foot/leg.  As you can see she loved showing it off because it had some of her Daddy's artwork on.

Would you believe that huge pot was for a tiny broken bone in her foot?

The next thing I want to share is another of my Elusive Images DT application makes.  This one had a brief of using their signature colours of  Teal and Brown and I decided to try something using one of my favourite techniques of masking with some stamping over the top.

I love blending the colours to get a soft effect over the masks and then finish off with some stamping.  I used Heidi Swapp masks, first the circle with the butterflies over the top and then I removed the circle, put the butterflies back and finished the blending,  If I remember correctly I used Adirondack Espresso and Broken China Distress Inks.  For the overstamping in the corner I think I used Versafine inks.

To finish the card and balance the design I stamped a butterfly from the Elusive Images Patchwork Butterfly plate, cut it out and coloured the image with Distress Inks.  I then shaped the wings a little with my fingers and attached it to the card with just the body flat to the surface and the wings with a little silicone glue to support the shaping.

I'm off up to Graphicus, home of Elusive Images, in Barnard Castle for one of their fab Open Days tomorrow.  Lots of lovely crafting goodies to buy and wonderful demos to watch.  Glenda is doing special 'back to basics' demos for those new stampers who might be a bit daunted by the more advanced techniques.  She is an excellent teacher as are the other demonstrators and no question is ever too trivial for them to answer so don't be put off if you are new to this creative hobby.  We all had to learn once and this is the way to do it.  I still learn something new every time I go.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend too and hope the weather improves upon today.  I have to say it's been pretty miserable here all morning but with our weather it could well be glorious tomorrow, Lol!  As always, I love to read your comments if you have time to leave one as well as return the visit.

Lesley  Xx


Aquarius said...

Thanks for sharing these lovely pictures with us - I can imagine you had a lovely few days but not much crafting done I suspect. I'm so envious of you being close enough to go to Graphicus and those of us who can't make it always like to hear how you all got on even if we are a pale shade of green LOL!! Val

Suzanne C said...


Love the effect of the masking and layering of stamps. Beautiful! What a sweet picutre of your grand daughter. Adorable!

Phree said...

Stunning card Lesley, very ethereal. Loved seeing the piccys of your grandkids, no wonder Alexa wanted to show of that cast on her leg - her daddy is very talented!

Have fun a Graphicus tomorrow you lucky thing!

Jules said...

Ahhh... what a lovely post Lesley.

Gorgeous photographs of Izzy and Alexa - they are such beautiful little girls!

Great artwork on the pot by the way.

Your card is gorgeous. It feels like you made lots of stunning makes for your DT application. No wonder you were taken on board.

I love this one. It is possibly my favourite of all your application makes.

Have a good time tomorrow. It sounds like you will.

Love Jules xx

veronica said...

gorgeous card Lesley - that blending is really great! You have 2 lovely grand daughters, too, real cuties.
Enjoy the open day, just wish i could get there as well!

Sally H said...

Amazing card! Stunning, elegant, very very beautiful. have a wonderful time at Graphicus and I look forward to seeing you on 24th. let me know what time you would prefer to come - can do you lunch no problem if you want x

Anonymous said...

aaww what cute grandchildren!

Wonderful card...beautifully created.

Lynne K said...

LOVE this card, Lesley! The butterflies look as though they're flying off through the window. And it's one of my favourite colour combos. Hope you enjoy the Graphicus open day. Pity it's not on Sunday. I could have called in on my way up to Scotland.

Sounds as though you had lots of fun with your granddaughter. What bonny little girls they both are. Looking forward to the 24th! xx

Val said...

Just beautiful Lesley - looks very ethereal.

What lovely grand-daughters - no wonder y0u are so besotted with them - they look little scamps.


themessycraftroom said...

Gorgeous pics of your Granddaughters . Mine is exactly the same a real chatterbox and never ever still. Aren't they wonderful. Maddison is 2yrs 7 months. Love your card, stunning no wonder you were chosen to be on the team. Hugs xChrisB

Sheila said...

Oh your grandaughters are adorable aren't they?
Love the colours of your butterfly's gorgeous.
Love and Hugs

brenda said...

Hi Lesley

I'm still on my mad catch up from my holidays, seems to be taking me forever. Mind you not helped by new puppy muts, not the brightest idea right on the back of our hols.

And we have grandchildren arriving tomorrow, so craft on the back burner again I think.

B x

Janet said...

You have two beautiful grandaughters, Lesley! Got your hands full with them. Oh, and by the way your teal and brown card is superb!!

Janet xx

ikki said...

HI TEAMIE,how blessed you are with your little granddaughters! AND, what fun! Love your take on the teal and brown theme - very skillful techniques. How strange so many of us choose these colours - must be an omen - minds in tune! ikki x

Debbie Dolphin said...

simply gorgeous
love debbie xxx