Monday, May 24, 2010

Manic Monday...and Allsorts

Morning folks....Monday morning and I've been up since 5.00am and got a couple of crafty hours in...blimey I hear you all say...has she completely lost the plot.....and the reason for being up and about at that ungodly's going to be a running about like a cat on a hot tin roof kind of a day....I am skiving off for two days this week on a little jolly and with still lots of stuff to do it's going to be nose to the grindstone and all hands to the pump......but I did manage to get a challenge card done amid all the mayhem.
The challenge this week over at Allsorts is......


Hero Arts: Old Letter Writing
Friends Background
Wildflower Garden
Gems..button and String from stash
Sentiment: My Little Shoebox Tiny Alphas
HOTP Sentiment Stamps

I have just had a bit of a rare brain activity moment and made a huge momentous discovery....I have been struggling with the large acrylic block needed for the Hero Arts Large Cling's heavy..cumbersome and quite difficult to hold until I saw a Hero Arts video over on Twitter and they were using this

blimey how could I be so dumb....being a Fiskars Demonstrator I have several of the Fiskars Stamp Press lurking somewhere at the bottom of my Demo Kit.....and I can't believe how easy it is and works if you too are struggling with large acrylic or cling stamps....get one of these....they come in 2 sizes....this is the larger one but the clings would fit perfectly on the smaller too.
And how did the car boot go....didn't exactly break the bank...lots of folks milling around but not too interested in buying our old tat...we did manage to get rid of some of the clutter but it was so hot and humid by the time I got home I felt a bit like a greasy plook (that translates as a greasy spot) and my feet were like puddings.....but what better way to finish off the day and cheer a girl up...snuggled up on the sofa for an hour and 15 minutes of sheer bliss... An Audience with Michael Buble......I trotted off to bed one very happy bunny.  It's time for our morning stroll and then it's WORK WORK WORK...tomorrow I will let you into the secret of my little jolly away...time for this old crafter to let her hair down with some girlie friends.
Hugs Kath xxx
To answer a couple of questions from my lovely bloggy buds....the two Tinas.....yes I did stamp the Friends Background from Hero Arts onto a plain flower.    The Wildflower Garden Stamp was inked with 2 colours of Distress Inks and then spritzed with water with Tim's fabulous Mini Mister....I love the watercolour effect this gives and if you add a little Perfect Pearls to the get an amazing shimmery effect.


Kim Piggott said...

Oh my what a stunning card!
Those colours are so very beautiful and your design is amazing!
Have a wonderful day!
kim x

pinky said...

Crikey woman were do you get your energy from? Great idea alright for those big stamps and your card is just gorgeous. Wasn't Michael brilliant!

cornishmist - thats me ju x said...

Hi Kath, I am just loving the colours you have been using lately the browns and blues go together wonderfully thanks for your inspiration ju x

Suzanne said...

Fantastic card. Lovethe colours. Imagine you not thinking of using the fiskars stamp thingy, lol.
Suzanne x

brenda said...

Hi Kath

Lovely card as ever.

I had the same problem with the big block for those Hero stamps - I now use a cuttlebug plate, it's perfect.

Thank for joining in at Allsorts.

B x

Jo said...

Hi Kath, just having a catch up, fantastic cards as always and have had a lovely chuckle. Your blog is fab!! Hope Buddy is coping with this heat OK!! Hugs Jo x

Lynda said...

This is one stunning card - the flower image is gorgeous - another 'must have' lol and the colours work so beautifully together. Thanks for the lovely comments over on CC blog too Kath.

Love Lynda xxx

Barb said...

You create the most beautiful cards, Kath! I love this one! Gorgeous watercolor effect on the flowers! Love the choice of background stamps and your added tag is fabulous! Love reading your blog! Always puts a smile on my face! :)

Mummylade said...

absolutely stunning card Kath! And thank you for joining the Allsorts challenge this time.

Bettythebaglady said...

Another beauty Kath. Those colours are stunning. Is it a touch of Tim? Hugs BettyXXX

Carol D said...

Another super card Kath. love the colours.

Hope you had a good weekend and can't wait to hear your new.
Shame about the car boot, not much to show for your hard work. Did one once, never again, people are so cheeky, they want you to pay them to take it away.

Have a good day,

Big Hugs Carol xx

sparklygirl-Tina said...

Hi Kath a lovely card - I have a question the flower image looks watercoloured - has it come out like that because of the stamp itself or have you done something with the inks to make it look like that?? cos its a lovely effect.

I too watched Michael Buble last night is he just sensational or what! I love his cheeky grin as well as his fab voice - you can tell a good artist when they sound exactly like they do on the CD and he certainly does - when I play the cry me a river track in my car I have the volume up full pelt and just LOVE it and play it over and over again! (note to self - put this cd onto your itunes on the computer and you could listen to it whilst blogging too!)



Rosietoes said...

Beautiful card and gorgeous colour tones too Kath. Love it!

PS I managed to use 1 sheet of my lovely stash and three (shock, horror!!) of my flower centres in my latest card. Love them and thank you once again. :)
Edna x

Anonymous said...

Hiya Gorgeous..Your card is `beautiful` the tags...
Hope your enjoying the sun:)xxx

Macpurp said...

this is beautiful.
I love the big bloom, have you stamped a plain one?
have a lovely time away with the girls. I loved An Audience with Michael Buble! i listen to his CD's all the time just now, drives DH to despair!

love tina x

coops said...

stunning card kath, i love the big flower image and the scrip background.gorgeous colours.luv coops.xx

G Peplow said...

Hello Kath,
I've popped over from Kay Carley's blog and I just wanted to say what a beautiful card you've made, I love the colours and composition. I'm now off to have a go with the mica in the water, Thanks, x

Emma (metalicbutterfly) said...

Hi Kath

Well my lovely bloggy buddy I beat you this morning up at 4.50! not to craft unfortunately but to watch the last episode of lost as it was aired all over the world at the same time!lol......

Fab card hun I love the background the effect you get with the distress inks looks fab Thank you for joining us this week at Allsorts

Emma xxx

Kathy said...

What a lovely card, Kath. The stamp is so delicate and pretty.
I haven't a clue about stamp presses and all that techie stuff you're on about, but it sounds very impressive! hehe

nnalorac said...

Ooo Kath, this is stunning. Just love the colour combo, love the pocket idea and the flowers stamp (one of the many I now own). Thanks for your continuous inspiration you share with us. Wasn't he just gorgeous! Nearly forgot to watch him. I too find the large stamp awkward, have dropped it on a few occasions before I have got it positioned right. Will be checking it out.

Lin said...

Aaaaaahhhhh, I love this card. Just so pleasing in so many ways. Love the effect you got - thanks for explaining the process. Might have to get this one. :)

Cardarian said...

Oh such a lovely card! Thank you for the tip on the Fiskars Stamp Press! Very practical - must get one!

Anonymous said...

A stunning card, as always, love everything about it!

Kat said...

This is just stunning Kath. I love to check out your blog every day to see your wonderful creations.

Kat xx

Enfys said...

What a gorgeous card Kath, love it. Have a great time with the girlies, wherever you are going,
big hugs
En xx

Lavender Rose said...

I love everything about your stunning card. It's very elegant.