Monday, 29 September 2008
Missing you all like MAD!!!
Wednesday, 24 September 2008
Monday, 22 September 2008
And this one on the right was from my friend, Shirley, in NC. A blog award I have received a few times now, but every time I do, it is very humbling to think that people would go out of their way to bring a smile to someone by recognising their work. It's like a pat on the shoulder that says, "You did good." And who can complain at that. :o)
Saturday, 20 September 2008
The stamp is from Whipper Snapper, and is the one I mentioned below that I won in a blog candy draw from Maria. Apologies to the purists, but I just HAD to draw in a mouth! In order to get her in on this sketch, I also dropped the wording from the side. (To see the stamp image in its entirety, scroll down to my RAKs & Blog Candy post a couple of entries ago.)
Distressing techniques used:
- Distressing the edges by dragging them through the blades of my scissors
- Inking the edges
- Embossed the background paper with the distressed Harelquin-style folder from Cuttlebug (can't remember what they call it.. diamonds, I think)
- Stamped a rough shadow panel on the patterned paper with dark brown Chalk Eyes ink
- Used 'Field of Sky' stamp to apply some aging 'dots' around the edge of the DP panel
- I used Timber Brown StazOn ink to 'age' the metal embellishments
- Instead of brads, I used old office paper fasteners, which I salvaged from my dad's office when he passed away.
As well as two lots of stamped images, and various packs of stash, I have been meaning to photograph these cards for a while now.. They arrived to wish me well in my new job (which I start on Monday). :o)
The top one is gorgeousness from my lovely bloggy friend and fellow Inspirational team member, Jane, and the second sweet card is from my Funky Hand team-mate, Ruth.. a lovely, and very talented lady who loves her ribbons!! ;o)
Thank you, both, once again! They're lovely cards!
Then there is this little beauty which arrived this morning! :o) I am very happy about this! It's blog candy that I won last month from Maria, but she hadn't realised that she'd sent it surface mail. Bless you, Maria, I'm just happy it got here! Thank you! It was very well worth the wait, and I can't wait to get her inked! (Any minute now!! lol) And isn't that card sweet? I love it! :o)
Friday, 19 September 2008
It's wonderful! It means that when you're working your way through a list of challenge entries to have a nose at all the crafty goodness, you don't have to dig through their blog to find the relevant card. It's such a boon to fellow challenge anoraks! :o)
I learned how to do it from my pal and talented Funky Hand team-mate, Kath. She has generously offered to extend this knowledge to anyone who asks her! If you go to Kath's blog HERE, you'll find her invitation lodged at the top of her blog.
It's a VERY simple thing to do, and very elegant. Why don't you give it a try?
Thursday, 18 September 2008
"I have a special award for all the sweet blogs I visit...
I am giving this award to all the wonderful people that I visit almost every day....they have inspired me and shared their wonderful lives with all of us.... I only ask that you nominate some of the wonderful people you visit each and every day...."
Wednesday, 17 September 2008
Unfortunately, it was dark by the time I'd finished, and I wanted to get them packaged up ready to post tomorrow, so there will be no photos.. sorry.. Maybe the recipients might show them on their blogs in due course. Some of them are going to a land down under, so it could take a while! :o)
It doesn't end there!! THEN... I came back to my 'puter to find that my DT boss over at the Basic Grey Challenge blog, the lovely Martine, had made a blog header for me as she noticed I hadn't put one up. It was a total surprise. How sweet is that? :o)
That's twice in one day that someone has gone significantly out of their way to surprise me with something nice! How delightful!! :o)
Thank you, Martine and Gina! :o)
Monday, 15 September 2008
There were two people whose comments were inappropriate to publish (I mean that they were out of context, not that they were rude, or anything), but two negatives out of 137 is a pretty clear indicator of how people feel on this topic. (One person in the draw commented on the wrong post, but I included her.)
One of the issues that came to light through someone's comment is that apparently the Captcha letters can't be read by the screen scanners used by visually-impaired people, which significantly hinders their ability to participate fully in the blogging community. Isn't that a good enough reason by itself to give a switch to comment moderation a try?
How I chose a Winner
I spent the last few days going to every blog, and saying hi, made a list as I went of how many entries each person was entitled to, based on the rules I stated at the outset. Then I made a spreadsheet with all the entries on. The total came to 412.
I then used a random number generator at Random.org to pick 11 numbers.
Yes, there was originally only going to be a single prize, but as there was such a wonderful response, I am going out tomorrow to buy some little token prizes for another ten people who left comments. I was thinking perhaps little packs of Studio G stamps (if I can find them), or something of equivalent value.
These are the numbers and I've added the names of the winners:
Random Integer Generator
Here are your random numbers:
217 ~ Suzanne (wins main prize)
264 ~ Allison
185 ~ Kitty Kats Krafts (Sam)
11 ~ Lori Barnett
299 ~ Shirley
165 ~ Tip Top
252 ~ Sammi
357 ~ Tegan
30 ~ Ultramum
77 ~ Roxy
321 ~ ink'n'rubba
Timestamp: 2008-09-15 18:11:26 UTC
Please would the winners email me with their addresses, and I will send your prize in the next few days. :o)
Sunday, 14 September 2008
The title of this blog is now 'Craftling's Crafting', but in order to avoid breaking any links, 'Craftling's Cosy Corner' will remain the URL. It will also be the title for the new blog, which will be invited readers only. Confused? Yes, so am I. It's easily done. ;o)
IMPORTANT ~ I don't mind who reads my personal blog, but I'd like to have some control over who does, and some knowledge of who you are. Reasonable? So if you would like access to my personal blog, please leave a comment here, and I'll send you an invitation. Don't forget to send me your email address (privately) if there isn't an email contact point on your profile. (Please note that anyone who has hitherto left comments here will be welcome on the new blog. If you are a regular lurker, but have not yet left any comments, you will also be welcome! Just let me know.)
If you're just here for creative stuff, then you're in the right place.. you're very welcome and you don't have to do anything! :o)
Meanwhile, it will take me a little while to move my personal posts across, so ~ crafting enthusiasts ~ please bear with me.
Anyone any thoughts on this move?
Saturday, 13 September 2008
This week's challenge (HERE) is to make an ATC using at least one Basic Grey product. If you have yet to venture into the world of ATCs, it could not be easier, and you will find it very addictive! Possibly even more so than making cards, if that's possible!
What is an ATC?
ATC stands for Artist's Trading Card. Originally, these were used by fine artists to produce miniature versions of their paintings to promote their work. This still happens, but their use has been expanded to cardcraft. Cardmakers use them as another avenue for their creativity, and ~ rather than selling them ~ the idea is to swap them with other enthusiasts to build a library of ATCs displaying different techniques.
Most people who produce ATCs swap them through clubs, at craft events and internet forums.
Personally, I find it hard to part with them!! lol ;o) My focus has always been on card-making, but I do love making ATCs.
The size of an ATC is 2½ x 3½ ins (or a standard playing card size). You can purchase blanks, or make your own. (Make up a template, and use it as the ‘master’ to save you measuring out every time.)
On the back, put your name, address and/or email address, and the title of your miniature piece of art, or a reference code. If you are going to use your ATCs for swapping, it might be helpful to keep notes on how you made each one, so that if anyone contacts you for details, you will have them handy.
Any kind of artwork goes.. have fun and be expressive!
Here is my DT card for this week's challenge...
I have used a sheet of beautiful blue paper from the Basic Grey Cupcake 6"x6" pad. The main image is a cropped section of a stamped image I received in a swap. To echo the butterfly in the image, I stamped another one separately, and mounted it on the ATC, wings akimbo. The button is also BG.. from the Archaic range. The 'Hope' sentiment is actually a metal embellishment for extra dimension, although that's not clear in the photo. The scroll stamp used in the corner is by Rhonna Farrer from her 'Elegant Flourishes' set in the Autumn Leaves collection.
Thursday, 11 September 2008
BUT I need to get in touch with this lady who commented... sm3WKL... Have you noticed that you haven't been getting any comments on your blog in the past week? I think not only did you turn off word verification, you must have inadvertently also turned off the facility for visitors to leave any comments at all!! :o/
There is also no email contact button on your blog, so I hope you see this message!!
Monday, 8 September 2008
I have also submitted it to Sassy Crafts for my DT card for this week, as it uses Basic Grey 'Cupcake' paper, which is available on the Sassy Crafts web-site, HERE.
I thought I had a stamp with birthday candles on, but couldn't find it, so drew my own and covered them with Glossy Accents.
Sunday, 7 September 2008
All of them crafty, and so many to choose,
Scrapping and stamping, distressing and such
RAKs and blog candies to keep us in touch,
Trading cards for artists to swap,
Sketches and challenges for our weekly hop.
How would we cope without our card craft?
We’ve papers to stroke, and some think us daft,
But with others to share our sweet obsession,
We spend and we spend to increase our possession
Of stamps and ribbons, brads and gems,
Pencils, paints and lots of pens.
When will it end? Hopefully, never..
But one things for sure, we’ll have friends forever!
If you would like to see Anice herself, and you're not doing anything at 9.00am this Thursday 11th September, she will be appearing on Create & Craft offering some inspiration on how to use some of the papers from her CDs.
Other items used: Piece of leftover Basic Grey paper, Rhonna Farrer flourish stamp, a stitches stamp, Making Memories 'Heidi' rub-on letters, some Craft Planet irridescent glitter glue, some brads and twine, and some doodling on the brackets.
I used some obscure Christmas papers from a pad I picked up yesterday which was on offer, some Sizzix snowflakes in white glitter CS, some gorgeous little sparkly crystal snowflakes by Dress-It-Up, and some Ixie Dust around the angel (a bit like Beadazzles). And, of course, I Stickled everything with Star Dust.
The bottom edges of the rose papers look straight, but they are torn and then rolled and inked. The photo also doesn't show that the papers, the sentiment and the butterfly are all raised on 3D pads.
- Papers: HOTP Paper Pizzazz
- Flourish stamp: Rhonna Farrer
Saturday, 6 September 2008
The theme for August was 'Heavy Metal', and you had to use some kind of metal embellishment on your design.
You can find the new blog HERE.
Meanwhile, this is my card for the first challenge, using BG 'Archaic' papers, stickers and buttons, with some twine, some white cardstock and a little bit of doodling in the corners, and I've given Dino some extra spots. :o)
I also used the sketch from Challenge #3, but because my card ended up being quite masculine looking, I couldn't fit the second challenge... lace... onto it. Will try to incorporate that into my card for Challenge #4. :o)
The papers are Basic Grey, from an 8½" x 8½" Designer Paper Pack. Pearly brads are Papermania.
And this cute card arrived yesterday from Allison!! You must know I have a thing for bees! Thank you, honey! hehe! ;o)
Friday, 5 September 2008
I am late with my entry because of exciting events in my life lately, but the layout is based on the wonderful Sketch #2 from my very talented Funky Hand design team-mate, Carol. (Do check out her blog.. she is an amazing designer! And she will be posting her sketches every fortnight. The next one is due to be revealed on Tuesday.)
Now, I do not possess a sewing machine, and wouldn't know how to operate it if I did! So check this out.. this card is hand-stitched! Took forever and made my hand hurt! I think it may be a while before I do that again!
The cream paper is an interesting thing... one of those happy accidents. You can't see from the photo, but it has a lovely soft, velvety texture. It was the result of a mistake. I decided I didn't like a panel I'd adhered to a previous card, so tried to remove it, but it was stuck fast and only the surface came away, leaving this rough creamy-coloured stuff underneath. I was trimming it off to salvage the card base to use for matting, and was about to dispose of the rough bit of card, when I noticed its beautiful texture. I stamped and chalked the rose on it, and it looked wonderful, and inspired the rest of the card!