Saturday, 21 January 2017

Oh, Dear, What Can The Matter Be?

This old lady was locked in the lavatory
I was there for two hours actually
Nobody knew I was there.

But before I tell you about that, a card.  I'm playing along with Darnell's 5th blogaversary NBUS party, where the prompt is twofold: use some NBUS, and coloured pencils on kraft.

My NBUS stamps are The Bee's Knees Winter Mug and Shery's Coffee For All Seasons.  These were released in November, but because I was away I didn't get to play with them until now.


So.  Back to the bog.  DH was going out to do a bit of shopping and take the dog for a walk.  I'd gone into the bathroom, and as I turned the door handle to come out, the spring broke, and the handle was turning nothing.  I climbed on the bath to shout out of the window only to hear the car driving off.  B*gger!  So I emptied the bathroom cupboard looking for anything that I could improvise with, but surprisingly there were no screwdrivers, lock picks or hammers in there.  DH could be gone for a couple of hours, so I cleaned out the now empty cupboard and sorted the contents.  Did some exercises.  Cleaned a bit more.  More exercises.  Only half an hour had passed....  Fortunately for me, Florence isn't too good on her pins right now, so DH was back fairly soon.

Me (shouting through door):  Can you come up here?
DH: What, now?
Me: NOW!!!
Me:  Can you open the door please?
DH:  It won't open ...

B*gger again!  I'd just thought it would open from the other side.  Cue tool box, shoving screwdrivers under door, sliding credit cards down door frame, resorting to big hammer.  During all this:

DH:  Well, I had my mobile on me, you should have rung.


Currently there is no handle on the door, but there is a screwdriver in the cupboard.

I wouldn't care, but this is the second time it's happened to me.  A few years ago we were in Thailand, we'd checked out of the hotel earlier, but used the shower facilities before our journey to the airport.  DH went first while I sat with the hand luggage, then I went.  There was a changing room and separate shower room, so I got undressed, showered, went back to the changing room, and it had locked me out.  There was an English lady drying her husband's underpants under the hand dryer (I kid you not) and she offered to get the receptionist to sort it out, but there was obviously a language problem (or she'd run off laughing, not sure which) and nobody came.  So out I go into the hotel lobby, draped in two towels, trying to attract DH's attention.  I certainly attracted attention, but it took a while to get DH to look at me ;)  Eventually one of the hotel porters was sent around the back with a ladder to climb through the changing room window and unlock it from the inside.  Meanwhile, another porter had loaded our bags onto the wrong minibus, and our suitcases were already on their way to the airport... fortunately I had my change of clothes in the hand luggage.  Then, when I got to the airport, I went to the loo and realised I had my knickers on inside out.  But there was no way I was jinxing things and changing them!!!

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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Seize The Birthday - Dashes and Doodling

Welcome to Seize The Birthday, where our theme for this challenge is Dashes and Doodling.

This is another card for my great-nephew's stash of birthday cards for his classmates.  The little monster is from a PaperArtsy set by Elina Zinski.  I watercoloured him with Distress Inks and fussy cut him, added a pre-printed sentiment circle that already has dashes on it, then adhered it to a base that I had in my stash.  I stamped the brushstroke then added some doodling above it to make it look like the monster is jumping or bouncing.  Some glossy accents on the eyes and a die-cut 5 complete the card.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and join in with us.  If you don't want to use dashes or doodling, you can still play along with any birthday project.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

It's Not A Card!

Just a quickie.  I treated myself to a new phone, and thought it deserved a pretty, artsy, colourful cover (so that I've got half a chance of finding it in the bottom of my bag!).  The cover is clear, so I can just change out the artwork whenever I want :)

If you want to see how I made it, pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for a picture tutorial.

I'm entering this into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything But A Card.  (I can't display the new graphic for the challenge because it links to the winner's badge instead of the challenge badge.)

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #115 - Dee's Artsy Impressions

It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and this week we're featuring Dee's Artsy Impressions stamps, with 10% off any of Deepti's stamps and 20% off Kathryn and Christmas set - no coupon needed.

I need more male birthday cards, so I used the three frames from the Frames and Flowers set to create a masculine background on white card, then watercoloured with Distress Inks in blues, purples and greens.  I matted this onto a black panel then mounted it to my card base.  Diecut the sentiment from silver card and black card, slightly offsetting the black underneath - it's much more visible IRL.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and don't forget to leave a comment there for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate.

Then pop on over to browse Deepti's stamp collection.  If you my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off these or any other stamps, dies and stencils in the store, even on sale prices, yay!

Sunday, 15 January 2017

CUTplorations - Are You Playing Along?

As promised, I'm back with my happy accident, another version of the perched bird.

I was cleaning the stencil by laying it on scrap paper and using kitchen paper to wipe all the paste to the open areas of the stencil.  And it looked very artsy!  So I quickly got some more black card, dabbed the kitchen paper into the paste and proceeded to wipe and scrub it through the stencil.  Some kitchen paper stuck onto the paste (giving extra artistic texture!!).  I dabbed some more paste at the top of the card as well.  Here's a close up or two.

Finished off with a CUTplorations Word die cut, which is the aim of the game, and mounted it onto gold card.

Here's a side-by-side of both versions.  (The black card is the same size on each, but they're in different sized frames.)

If you want to play along for a chance to win a prize, create a project that is inspired by the graphic and includes die-cut/s, and link it up to the challenge. Don't forget to include the graphic and link back to the CUTplorations post to be eligible for a prize.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Reminder

Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  All you need is a stamp, and anything goes!

This is another 5th birthday card for my great-nephew's stash of cards for classmates.  The little monster from a PaperArtsy set by Elina Zinski is sitting on a wall of numbers (Textured: Big Numbers by STAMPlorations) and I outlined the 5 with Stickles.

So, what can you win if you play along?  This!

That's the random prize.  The winner chosen by the Design Team gets instant fame.  A profile post on the blog, a two-page spread in the mag, and a guest design spot on a future challenge  Fabulous!

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and play along for your chance to win.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

To Someone Special

It seems like ages since I played along with a challenge just for the sake of it.  This one at Altenew caught my eye - love that graphic!

I used the Christmas Rose stamp and die set which came free with a magazine before Christmas.  I stamped, coloured and die cut the image three times, and used a background panel that was in my stash.  The sentiment came in the set, and the background text stamp is from STAMPlorations.