Friday, 21 July 2017

Fond Farewell

Fond Farewell

Hallo Everyone,

Our subject today is the
final farewell and probably
the hardest one to say

Craftyfield is here with
a beautifully simple card

"Bereavement is one of these difficult 
card occasions and it is best 
to be prepared with a ready made card. 

Failing that, this quick and easy CAS 
card should come in handy if you 
need a Sympathy card at short notice.

For subject matters, I err on the side 
of caution and only use flowers, 
these are not times to try out
 the weird, funny or grungy...

I selected this beautiful flower, using
 only the one stem because a single
bloom has a poignancy that a 
(cheerful) bouquet doesn't.

This design will work with pretty much
 any flowers, including all the lovely 
Honeydoo flower stamps.

For a quick card and a CAS design 
dot the cardstock with paints 
and run a palette knife or gift card 
(used up of course!) to spread the paint.

 No need to fuss but I tried to keep 
the surface smooth since I intended
 to stamp on top.

The Fresco paints I used dry quickly and
 do not buckle the card if applied
 sparingly as I did.

 I inked the flower in pink first and 
added some violet towards the 
bottom of the flower. 

With the smaller pads this mixing colours
 on the stamp is a lot easier than with the 
regular Archival pads!

Because the Fresco paints are matt 
there's no need to heat set the inks, 
but to make sure everything is dry 
before handling a quick blast with the 
heat gun is a good idea.

Before sticking to my base card I 
die-cut the cardstock with a simple
 rectangular shape.

As I finished the card, I got commissioned 
to make a tag to for a remembrance,
 which needed to be water resistant, 
since it would be outside (on a flower pot).

 I used the same Archival inks and against 
the white you get a better idea of how 
deep and vibrant the colours are. 

After stamping, I applied gel medium on 
both sides and now my tag will be waterproof.


Thank you Craftyfield
for a beautiful project
and a very handy tip
for waterproofing a

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Fond Farewells

Fond Farewells

Hi there!

What do retired people do
all day?  All the ones I know
are frantically rushing about
cramming into each day
all the things they always
dreamed of .............

Ah yes, time to 
celebrate ............

.......and to get us started
here's Claire Jackson
with a delightful
 retirement card

"The time to wine down stamp designed by
 Francoise Read for Woodware 
is perfect for collage. 

Together with the new sets of mini archival inks,
 which are great for stamping on glossy surfaces,
 this stamp was crying out to be used on acetate 
for a retirement card.

First I created a background by swooshing
 broken china and peeled paint Distress Oxide inks 
on a craft mat, spritzing with water and dipping 
the card into the ink.

 I kept dipping the card into the ink until
 I had the layers I wanted, with some white 
still visible. 

I also added a few tiny spatters of cactus flower 
archival ink.

Next I stamped the image twice on heat resistant 
acetate, once in leaf green and once in 
cactus flower and heat set it. 

I also stamped it once more on white card
 and completely dried the background 
before stamping it for the final time
 in watering can ink. 

I used a stamp positioner as it is quite 
a large stamp and it really helped to 
stamp it twice to get a dark image and
 catch the bits I missed first time.

I cut the glasses and tall bottle from the
 pink sheet and the round bottle from the 
green sheet. 

I rubbed the cactus flower ink pad over
 the reverse of the pink images,
 wiping off the top part of the glasses, 
before heat setting it.

 I repeated it with the green bottle
 and the leaf green.

From the white card I cut out the labels 
and coloured them with pencil. 

While the cheese, leaf and corkscrew were 
coloured in fossilised amber Distress Ink.

Once all the hard work was done I could 
layer up the pieces, gluing them down 
with glossy accents. 

I added cactus flower enamel accents 
to the grapes, a few white highlights
 with a paint pen and a light shadow 
with a grey pencil.

Although not quite ready for retirement,
 it is time to put my feet up, sit back
 and relax I think!"

Materials used:

white paint pen

Thanks Claire, those Woodware
stamps really lend themselves
to some great techniques don't they?

Anyone running Retirement Training

'Till tomorrow

Mickie xx

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Fond Farewells

Fond Farewells

Hallo Everyone!

Thought just for a change we
could tackle the Goodbye word.
It has such an air of finality about
it, I much prefer Auf Wiedersehen,
Au revoir....... or even the more
informal Ciao and Servus that
mean both Hello and Goodbye

We start off with Bon Voyage and

Jane Castle

"I've been working on a pattern for a 
small gift bag recently that 
could be made from a sheet of 
12"x12" double sided paper and 
having got the proportions to balance 
I thought I would share this with you
 for this project.

To begin with I made my template 
( there were a few before!)
 out of a sheet of fairly robust A4 tracing paper.

All dark straight lines are cuts, side and bottom
 and the dotted lines are folds.

 I then cut the main shape from my piece of 
Fabscraps paper.

Then working on my cutting mat 
I scored my folds.

 Most lines are easy to follow as they 
join up several of the v-shaped cuts.

 As I didn't want to make any marks on the paper 
I laid the template on top to check any folds 
I was not certain of.

Most folds all go the same way except
 for the 2 centre side panels.

To stick the bag together I used Comic Shimmer 
Glue as this not only dries clear 
it also dries very quickly! 

I began with the 3 flaps at the bottom, 
then the side fastening, 
then folded over the top 
making a neat edge and
 finally the last flap at the bottom.

4 holes were then punched at the 
top for the cord handles.

Now onto the tag and card:

For this I used a piece of A4 cream 
coloured card which I cut in half (A5) 
for the card and cut the tag from the remainder. 

The edges of the card and tag were lightly 
brushed with D.I. in Pumice Stone.

I then randomly stamped small areas of text 
in Potting Soil from my new set of Archival Inks. 

Then using 3 of the 4 ink pads from the set
 I inked up the main image from 
Deep Red Clingstamps of a train station.

For the tag I didn't ink the area of the roof 
with the clock but I did in the card.

 From the trimmings of my double sided paper
 I cut out a few of the small images and added
 these to the tag and card.

I then cut 2 x 28cm lengths of black nylon cord
 for the handles of the bag. 
These were threaded through and knotted
 on the insided of the bag.

The tag was placed onto the cord before knotting!!

Bon Voyage was added to the card using die-cut letters.

I really like the way the inks blend 
giving subtle shades of the 3 colours.

The bag is a perfect size for small gifts
 for travellers ie sun tan lotion, vouchers, 
jewelery etc and if the bag isn't completely
 full the card fits inside too --- a bonus!

I hope you find these instructions fairly 
easy to follow but if you have any queries 
please leave a comment at the bottom of the 
page and I will get back to you. 

Thanks for stopping by today."

Items Used

Archival Wendy Vecchi Mini Inks Set 1
FabScraps 12'x12' papers In Transit C87
Deep Red Clingstamps Train Station
Distress Ink Pumice Stone
Text stamp 

Thanks to you Jane for a lovely
start to the week. 

'Till tomorrow


Sunday, 16 July 2017

The Song Challenge

The Song Challenge

Hallo!  Happy Sunday!

And we're off......... it
is the beginning of the
holiday season and can
you guess what the song
is going to be this month?

Of course it has to be

Summer Holiday

We're all going on a summer holiday
No more working for a week or two
Fun and laughter on our summer holiday
No more worries for me or you
For a week or two

We're going where the sun shines brightly
We're going where the sea is blue
We've seen it in the movies
Now let's see if it's true

Everybody has a summer holiday
Doing things they always wanted to
So we're going on a summer holiday
To make our dreams come true
For me and you

We're going where the sun shines brightly
We're going where the sea is blue
We've seen it in the movies
Now let's see if it's true

Everybody has a summer holiday
Doing things they always wanted to
So we're going on a summer holiday
To make our dreams come true
For me and you

and for me this has to be 

Cliff Richard

but who will it be for you?

Karen Gist has made another 
of her lovely coasters:

Isn't that gorgeous? 
You could just reach up
and choose the lolly
or an ice cream.......!

So there you have it
now all you have to do is
take inspiration from the
song for your project,
include the title and the singer
and the challenge is to
only use
 turquoise, blue and yellow
with a hint of magenta (pink)

Have fun

You can enter as many times
as you like via the link and
if there is a problem with that
then just email your project
to me along with a link to
your blog or wherever

Look forward to seeing
your projects

Oh! nearly forgot! I am at

Good luck everyone!

'till tomorrow

Mickie xx