Thursday, 10 July 2014

Getting Messy with my Pals !

Apologies to my regular visitors for the lack of new posts recently, I've been dealing with 'stuff' and spending a nice long time with my lovely Dad, plus - as you've probably guessed from the title of this post - having a little fun time with some of my lovely crafting buddies.

You may need a whole pot of tea or coffee rather than a mug as this is a very pic heavy post - apologies !

Part of the time spent with my Dad was in Spain - he suddenly decided that he'd like to visit Spain (his first visit for over 20 years !).  So we headed out for almost two weeks and he thoroughly enjoyed it - apart from the little tumble he had which saw us at the local hospital at 8am one morning.  Only minor injuries thank goodness - although lots of blood as he cut his head - and he was soon patched up and back to his holiday home to continue his holiday. 

Here's my 'little wounded solder' - 'shaken but not stirred'

He had a slight headache from the injuries, but the noisy green parrots in the tree outside the apartment window made it worse LOL

Once he was over the shock of the fall, we were pleased to see he hadn't lost his appetite ! 

"Scampi and Chips por favor"

So, now on to my other reason for not posting lately and the reason for the title of this post.

I spent a couple of days with some of my lovely crafting buddies - pals from around the country gathered at Kathy's house to try out the 'Tarmacking Technique. 

I discovered this technique through the lovely Karen aka The Clock Lady, she has created some fabulous projects using it, you can check it out here on her Blog.  She runs workshops and has also posted up a tutorial on the technique on her Blog.  We followed Karen's tutorial during the weekend and had lots of messy fun - thanks Karen.

Kathy, Cherry, Debs and I gathered at Kathy's house on Friday afternoon to begin the weekend and start our projects.  Kathy had kindly bought an Ikea wooden mirror, wood backed canvas and a picture frame for each of us to work with and also provided the Bitumen Paint and White Spirit needed for the technique.  Plus, the very necessary plastic sheeting, old newspapers and rubber gloves !   Thanks so much for everything Kathy.

Here's 'the gang' partaking of a little 'light refreshment' purely to assist with the flow of the creative process of course

Firstly we sorted through a pile of pieces of white card embossed with various folders, plus some diecut shapes and decided on the designs for our projects.

Here's my canvas after the first step was complete - card pieces, card candy and diecuts stuck down

We then painted our projects using various colours of metallic acrylic paints - painted randomly over the whole item.  Looking good so far ?

Mixing the Bitumen and White Spirit 50/50

Now the scary bit !

Painting the bitumen mix all over the projects - OMG !

Are you SURE this is going to work ?
Finally the 'magic'  - using white spirit and a soft cloth, wiping over the tarmacked area and revealing as much or as little as you like of the painted elements underneath.
Here's my finished mirror
 my finished canvas
and finally my tag
It's hard to believe that all of these can be created using white card, acrylic paints and some Bitumen Paint and White Spirit.  I really enjoyed doing it, it's messy but well worth it I think.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest projects, I have another couple of busy weeks ahead but will post on my Blog if I get the chance.  

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Reach For The Stars

Welcome to Stamping Grandma's crafty space, nice to 'see' you and thanks for visiting.

Reach for the Stars -  is the theme for our latest challenge over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog.   I'm sure we will see some amazing interpretations of the theme this week.   Our prize sponsor is Bunny Zoe's Crafts.

Here's my interpretation of the theme for my DT card


I have to confess that this wasn't my first attempt at creating a project for this week, I had something entirely different in my head !  Does this happen to you ?  You get an idea for a design in mind, start playing around with stamps, inks and other tools but it just doesn't come together how you imagined it would. 

I was looking through my stamp stash trying to find images which would work for this week's theme when I came across the Urban Beats stamp set by Creative Expressions.  This particular set was a birthday gift from a great crafting pal and contains some great images, one of my favourites being this star image.

Firstly I cut a piece of white cardstock and created a background using Crushed Curry ink from Stampin' Up! and Kaiserkraft 'Sketchy' stamp.   I then overstamped the star image using SU! Midnight Muse ink.  I then put this stamped panel through my Cuttlebug using a star embossing folder.

I sprinkled some Shabby White Frantage embossing powder randomly over the panel and heated from underneath with a heatgun.   Touches of Stardust Stickles in the centres of some of the embossed stars gives added sparkle.

Using SU! cardstock in So Saffron and Midnight Muse I layered up the stamped panel and another panel.  The sentiment was sitting in my box of bits and this was also layered onto more scraps of the SU! cardstock.  Finally I added some square gems which I found in my gems stash.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit and today's project, the creations from the other members of the DT can be found on the CCT Blog.

Thursday, 26 June 2014


Here we go again, Thursday again already and another new challenge starting over on the Cute Card Thursday Challenge Blog.  Our theme this week is 'Circles' and our prize sponsor is Rick St Dennis Digital Stamps

Here's my DT card

I created the circular base card using a die from a set of Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities, I then cut the design layer using a size smaller die from the same set.

I just love this circles die set from Designs by Ryn and the theme this week was a perfect opportunity to use it.

Firstly I stamped the main image on the circular layer and stamped the single circle images on scraps of card which I then cut out using circle nesties.  I then added lots of colour using Distress Inks, applied by brush in a random manner.

The sentiment is from a set by Inkadinkado, stamped using Archival Black ink.  I then attached the small circle elements over the main image using Pinflair glue to give them dimension.

Finally, I added touches of Glossy Accents in the centres of each circle.

Thanks for dropping by to check my project today, I hope you enjoyed your visit.  The rest of the DT creations are on the CCT Blog, well worth a visit to check them out.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Beside the Seaside

Don't Thursdays come around quickly, I can't believe it's a whole week since I was telling you we had a new challenge starting over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog, but here we are again with yet another challenge !  This week our challenge theme is 'Beside the Seaside' and our lovely prize sponsor is Whimsy Stamps.

Here's my DT card

This week my card is a little different as there is no stamping on it.  Now my Followers and regular readers will know just how much I love stamping and colouring, but occasionally it is nice to do something different.

I bought a gorgeous 8 x 8 paper pad at the Sincerely Yours show in Taunton a couple of week ago, it's by Craftwork Cards and called 'Harbour Boulevard'.  Each sheet is nice on it's own, but some have great elements to cut out and decoupage or work as elements in a design.

The background on my card is part of a sheet which has the lighthouse image on it.  The sheet was too large for my card, so I used part of it and cut out the lighthouse from the rest and attached it - can you see the join ? Ha Ha !.  I love the shell border around the edges and used the bit I cut off the bottom of the sheet to add another element on the bottom of the card.  I cut the beach hut from another sheet from the pack.  I used a little Distress Ink, applied with a brush to create a cloud effect on the background paper and distress the edges a little.

I used some Marianne's dies to cut out the wave layer, adding some DI and a little Frosted Lace Stickles on the crest of the wave to look like foam.  The sailing boat and seagull were also cut using Marianne's dies and then coloured using Promarkers.  The shells and anchor were cut with Marianne's dies and again coloured with Promarkers.  The fronds of coral were made using a Martha Stewart punch and a scrap of cardstock.

I layered up the wave and strip of shell paper, then attached the beach hut, anchor, shells and coral using Pin Flair Glue to add just a little extra dimension.  I also attached the sailing boat and seagull with Pin Flair.  Finally,  adding Glossy Accents on the anchor and the on the lighthouse glass, windows and door.

This was a really fun card to make, nice to pull all the different elements together to create a scene.

That's it from me today, hope you enjoyed seeing today's project and that you'll be back real soon.

Thanks for visiting.

Thursday, 12 June 2014

So Macho !

Happy Thursday Bloggers, hope you have a wonderful day planned.

We have a new challenge starting today over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog today, this week our theme is 'So Macho' and our lovely prize sponsor is Whiff of Joy Stamps.

Here's my DT card for this week

I decided the 'So Macho' theme fitted nicely into a vintage style design as I always think this style is perfect for a man's card.

I used a number of stamp sets from Tim Holts by Stampers Anonymous and Graphic 45 to create the various elements.  Stamping the images using Walnut Stain Distress Ink and colouring with other DIs applied by brush.  I then added Glossy Accents to some of the elements - pen, nibs and the top hats  - to emphasise them a little.

The background was created using DIs and stencils by Memory Box and the scraps of ribbon were from my box of ribbon bits.

I attached some of the element using Pinflair Glue to give them a little dimension but at the same time keeping the card fairly flat for posting.

That's it, hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, do check out the creations from the rest of the DT over on the CCT Blog, they're full of great inspiration - enjoy !

Thanks for stopping by today, leave me a little comment if you have time, I love it when I have comments to read. 

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Perfectly Pink !

Good morning and Happy Thursday to you wherever you are.  This morning I awoke to a lovely blue sky and sunshine, however it didn't take long for the grey clouds to start gathering so I'm guessing we are in for another day of showers.  Oh well, I'll just have to stay indoors and craft then !

So, as it's Thursday we have a new challenge starting over on the Cute Card Thursday Blog, this week our theme is 'Perfectly Pink' and our prize is sponsored by Bunny Zoe Crafts.

Here's my DT card for this week's challenge.

Last Sunday I went along to the Sincerely Yours Craft Show in Taunton with a couple of my lovely crafting pals.  We had a nice day wandering around all the stands and finding lots of things we never knew we needed !   I couldn't resist a fabby set of flower stamps on the Honey Doo stand and also a very nice paper pad - like I need more paper to add to my huge stash !

I used the Honey Doo set to stamp the flowers onto some very pretty floral paper, which was a magazine freebie.  It's double sided and the other side was the lovely green dotty pattern and I used that side to stamp the leaves.  After cutting out, I curled the petals slightly and assembled a couple of each size of flower to create this multi-petal flower.  I added a pink faux pearl in the centre and a gentle dusting of Stardust Stickles on the petals and leaves to give a little sparkle.

I created the background using another of my new purchases - a stencil by The Craft Workshop - as I thought the hearts design would work well for a pink and girly design.  I used Distress Inks applied through the stencil onto a square of white cardstock, dried with a heat gun and then applied more of the palest DI (Spun Sugar) all over then added Picked Raspberry DI around the edges.  Finally I attached this stencilled layer over a piece of the paper used for the flower, to bring all the design elements together.

The pretty pink ribbon was from my stash as were the tiny pearl heart gems.

The little postcard sentiment is from a set of stamps by Little Claire and, as I wanted this to be a Get Well card, I stamped, cut out and attached the extra words to the postcard.

I hope you've enjoyed seeing today's project, do hop over to the CCT Blog to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the DT, there's a really gorgeous handbag made by Deb which is well worth a look.

Thanks for taking the time to visit my little crafty space in Blogland, I really do appreciate it.

Friday, 30 May 2014

Nutcrackers, Snowmen, a bit of Tartan and a Cute Baby

Happy Weekend !   I hope you've got something nice planned to do over the next couple of days.  Me ? I'm still recovering from jet lag and getting used to the much colder and damper climate here at home brrrrr.......

Today I'm sharing pix of a quilting project I completed in time to take with me to the USA.  I created it as a gift to take to our lovely Cousin Isa who is a huge fan of Nutcrackers and all things Christmas.  As she lives in Las Vegas, she's unlikely to need a warm and snuggly quilt during most of the year, but it will be useful in the Winter I hope, when it can get quite chilly despite being in the middle of the desert.  I collected together lots of pieces of Nutcracker and Christmas themed fabrics, plus a couple of tartan-style fabrics as she was born and raised in Scotland until she married. 

Here's the finished quilt (displayed by my trusty quilt holder !)

I backed the quilt with nice soft red fleece for added cuddle factor.

Here's a close up shot of the fabric

Now for the cute baby. 

Whilst we were staying in Laughlin, NV during our vacation, we took a drive across into Arizona, into the black hills to an old mining town called Oatman.  The mines were deserted many years ago after the gold rush ended and the burros/donkeys they had used to haul loads were turned loose into the hills.  They've since continued to breed and wander around the town freely as they are protected.

As we drove slowly along, we noticed this sweet baby curled up on the edge of the road and as we got nearer I noticed it had something stuck to it's forehead, so got up close to see what it said.....

and it was... STOP do not feed me burro food I'm just a baby.   Huge Awwwwww.... moment !  All the little shops in town sold bags of burro food for $1 and I suppose people were offering some to the baby but it's too young to eat it yet so this was the best way to make sure it was safe.

Here's a couple more pix from our visit to Oatman

It was a fun day out, worth a visit if you happen to find yourself in this part of Arizona.

I'll share more of my vacation pix in posts over the coming days.  Hope you've enjoyed this sneak peek into my adventures.

Thanks for dropping by, hope to see you again soon.