Sunday, 31 July 2011

3 days left to join in with the Tanda Teaser!

Thank you for all your kind comments, private messages and phone calls re my Dad. He has had a bad week but has rallied a little this weekend. My brother is going to fly over from Boston to see him and I will be going down to stay with them next weekend. Needless to say blogging has taken a bit of a backseat lately.

Crafting has still been happening though....still need to make all those birthday cards, as I haven't blogged the last "Tanda Teaser" ,this is a little reminder that if you want to join in the teaser runs until Wednesday first thing. You just have to use acetate somewhere on your card. As well as acetate I used coke cans...cut out using spellbinders dies and coloured with alcohol inks. Over on the "alphabet challenge site" M is for Metal this this card counts, but as I had blogged this card previously on the Tanda site I thought I should probably blog one I've just made...

My Brother in law will have been married for 10 years in August, I was going to do a gooey lili of the valley anniversary card until I checked out what the gift was supposed to be for 10 years...turns out it is tin or aluminium.

Bit of a result there so their card is a metal fest....two coke cans and one tomato puree tube, some alcohol inks, embossing folders, Tim Holtz dies and a bit of glitz and hey presto! Metal Fest!

Sunday, 24 July 2011

So how do you say good bye to your dad?


He's still here, but he's going down hill fast. He has a biopsy booked for 9th Aug..results a week later. Surgery is not an option apparently.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

K is for Kitty

Just a quick post as I should be doing other things, but I just couldn't resist this challenge on the "Alphabet Challenge blog" For this card I used a Clarity stamp and distress inks. I think the "Purr fect day" stamp is penny black. I used various punches and some papers from ages ago...I've almost finished them, which is a shame as they were so useful.

Sorry about the picture quality, the light wasn't very good when I took this.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

'Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge'

Phew, I had an idea in my head but wasn't sure how it would turn out.....there had to be an ATC somewhere and the theme was "Calling Card". This morning when I was checking the blogs I follow, I noticed a technique using alcohol inks demonstrated on You Tube by Andy Skinner. I thought that this would make a good background for my Calling Card. So out came an ice cream container, some alcohol inks, some water and some atc size white card. So could I get the inks to work like Andy?....Nooooo! They just stuck to the side of the tub and refused to coat the card.

So onto plan B! Basically the above technique should work something like marbling, so I had a rummage around and found the marbling inks that I bought when my daughter was doing her GCSE art exam. A few drops of blue and purple on the surface of the water did the trick! A quick blitz with a hairdrier meant that I was ready to stamp.

Calling cards have a certain nostalgic quality so I wanted to use some vintage images, the Tanda retro stamps fit the bill and I stamped them in black archival ink, the words were made using the Tanda Mack alphabet set. I chose these as they suited the era of the girls with their bobbed hair.

So this atc triptych is my entry for the "Creative Expressions Calling Card Challenge" ....

One great thing about marbling is that both sides of the card get coated..result! This is the back of the atc triptych.

Monday, 11 July 2011


Ooops! haven't posted here for ages! Sorry,I just had to prioritise the Tanda Blog when time was short.

Quick update so far...Em has had to postpone her op date...she wants to be able to swim on holiday, but apparently if she cancels the date she was given, government rules say she has to go back to the be referred back to Dudley hospital to get another ridiculous is that! She isn't an urgent case so the op date had been already deferred since the original fault of Ems that the dates now fall in the time when all families with kids are looking at going on holiday and postponement takes it outside what is permissible?!

Dad is getting weaker by the day, and mum hasn't been well they are struggling... apparently the hospital cannot get the right size needles for biopsy dad needs..this has been going on since the beginning of Jan....where are the government guidelines on this?!

Creative Expressions are looking for new design team I thought I might just have the weekend to prepare for this...then...DH has a serious nose bleed....we ended up in A&E on Friday night!!!!...Not a good time to hit A&E!...DH had to stay the night as they couldn't stem the flow...I got to bed at 2am...and obviously didn't sleep..then back up to hospital in the morning. Had to leave him there as I'd promised to do my bit for the village gala painting faces...DD2 rowing Sunday morning...loads of washing to do....where did the weekend go? Now can I get something made to fit their challenge and get it posted by 5pm?....maybe/maybe not

Today I made a card for one of our nephews and thought I would share it...just had to play around with Tim Holtz dies and fruit juice cartons! thanks to Meikoningin for the juice carton tip....for some reason I don't seem to be able to paste her link here...but if you go to the tanda steampunk teaser challenge you will find her in the comments. Her work is fab so you really should visit!

I decided to enhance the metal effect by triple embossing my juice carton embelishments, this added to the thickness, helping to enhance the effect.