Sunday, 20 August 2017

Song Challenge

Song Challenge

Hi There!

Just in case anyone was wondering
what the song would be this month
here it is:

Summer in The City

Hot town, summer in the city
Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty
Been down, isn't it a pity
Doesn't seem to be a shadow in the city
All around, people looking half dead
Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

Cool town, evening in the city
Dressing so fine and looking so pretty
Cool cat, looking for a kitty
Gonna look in every corner of the city
Till I'm wheezing like a bus stop
Running up the stairs, gonna meet you on the rooftop

But at night it's a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it'll be alright
And babe, don't you know it's a pity
That the days can't be like the nights
In the summer, in the city
In the summer, in the city

For me the song will always be by
Loving Spoonful and invoke
memories of a special summer

Karen Gist has provided us with
another of her inspiring coasters:

If anyone wants to take part then
please upload your project via the
link, which will remain open until
midnight on 10th September

The only requirement I have is that
as before the Song title and the
name of the singer/band should
be shown somewhere

'Till tomorrow

Mickie x

Saturday, 19 August 2017

On the Beach

On the Beach

Hi There!

So, here we are at the end of 
another busy week.  I won't
tell you how many weeks we
have left to that big celebration
during the last month of the
year but there are less than we
think ..................!

Back to today and here is
Angela Radford with another
terrific background no,
(well yes of course but not what
I wanted to highlight!) today
she is going to show us a very
clever trick with a stencil......

.....sit tight, here we go......!

"Hi everyone. I have had so much fun 
making this card and I'm here today 
to show you how I did it.

 Started this by making the background
 paper using Distress Oxides. Just smooth the 
colours onto your craft sheet, spray with water
 and swipe the card through it. 

Dry between colours.

 Next I cut a piece of the background 
paper to fit my card blank.

Using the Tim Holtz Splash stencil and a
 Versamark embossing pen I added
 the wave effect by applying the ink 
just in the areas that I wanted to show
 and embossing with white powder.

Now for the images. 

More Oxide background papers:

Stamp the chosen images.

Cut everything out ready for the next stage.

Next I layered Bazzill card onto the card blank

Cut up sections of the images and layer
 them together then attached them to the 
prepared background card.

This close-up shows the additional
 embossing added to the front
 of the boat to give the effect
 of the waves. 

I also added the sentiment here.

And so to the finished card.

 I added a little shading to the seagull, 
clouds and the boat using an Alcohol pen
 in grey and a little Stickles glitter glue to 
the windows. 

Hope you enjoyed watching me 
make this card. 

Happy crafting, Angela xXx"

Products used:

Woodware stamps:

Love this jolly Tug Boat
and the addition of the
waves is inspired!
Thank you Angela

That was clever; don't you agree
the way Angela introduced the

'Till tomorrow 

Mickie xx

Friday, 18 August 2017

On the Beach

On the Beach

Hi there!

Or perhaps I should should AHOY!?
Maybe not!  Save that for another time

Claire Jackson is here today and she
has brought a really nice card for us
using a very clever background technique

 "Man cannot discover new oceans unless 
he has the courage to lose sight of the shore ― 
André Gide

Using a stamp positioner, stamp the 
gradation stamp in faded jeans 
Distress Oxide ink on smooth stamping 
card approximately 6 1/2” square.

 Re-ink the lower part of the stamp in 
vintage photo and stamp again.

Re-ink parts of the top of the stamp in broken china...

... and stamp once more.

Use masking tape to position the seaside 
template and stencil ‘explore’ in broken china.

Next stencil the ship’s wheel in walnut stain.

Add the quotation, highlights and shading
 with a black fine line pen, a grey alcohol marker
 and a white gel pen.

Ink the seaside memories stamp in faded jeans. 
Without using a block press the stamp onto 
an 8 x 8” card blank so that the outside edges 
are covered. It doesn’t matter if the 
impressions overlap a little.

On a separate piece of card stencil the shells 
in vintage photo and broken china.

Cut out the shells and place them on a 
piece of foam.

 With an embossing tool press gently
 on the back of the card to shape them.

 Assemble all the pieces and mount them, 
adding a few sequins for a bit of sparkle."

Materials used:

Distress Oxides: broken china, faded jeans, vintage photo, walnut stain
Blue Fern Studio: seaside memories
Card blank: 8 x8” scalloped

Super card Claire.  Thank you
Love how you made the background

Have you all seen the Kaisercraft Stencils?
I think they are fabulous value for money
in one 12x12 stencil, you get four individual
6x6 stencils.  Now that can't be bad...........

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx 

Thursday, 17 August 2017

On the Beach

On the Beach

Hallo Everyone!

Hope you are having a good
time and continue to enjoy the

If you are having to have an
indoors day do take a look
at Craftyfield's delightful
scrapbook page - it is sure
to inspire you to make a
page or two..........

"What better way to get in the holidays
 spirit than to look back to our last beach outing... 

Forever late in my scrapbooking, it was 
high time I documented it. The small photo 
immortilizes the day my men went into the mud 
flats and came back with what we named 
"Shrek's feet". I can't remember why, but at 
the time it provoked much hilarity...

Apologies for the main photo, the printer ran out of ink!

I'm using some masking tape to isolate what 
will be a sea impression, made with 
Distress Oxide in Faded Jeans, 
applied with a brayer

I applied the sand (DO in Fossilized Amber) and 
stencilled the sun with regular Distress inks 
in Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw.

Using the masking tape I extend the sun rays.

Kaisercraft have some great washi tape 
but as I didn't have any to hand I made
 my own with some sticky labels and a stamp. 

I stamped with Archival inks and gave a wash
 of colours with DO. 

I then cut pieces from these as I needed.

 A bit of stencilling with a Carabelle stencil
 and DO in Walnut Stain.

 Using gel medium I add shells, sand 
and micro beads.

At this stage I was sorely tempted to turn
 this into a painting, as the DOs did such a great
 job at illustrating a beach, effortlessly...

A bit of stamping with Impression Obsession 
Create-A-Card Canvas. 

I am using it without the acrylic block to 
add small areas at a time. 

I also add some stamping with the same 
Kaisercraft stamp I have used for the "washi tape".

To finish I added some Kaisercraft flourishes 
(Life's a beach pack, of course) and die-cut words.

 Here are a few close up pictures."

Looks such a simple page Craftyfield
but on closer inspection there is 
more and more to see.  Thank you
for the inspiration.  Those Oxides
are a fantastic addition to the 
range aren't they? 

I only ever scrapbook odd memories
and I just love that
you can do as much or as little as
you feel and still have a great page

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx