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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

WOYWW #166 - Stamp Addicts DT Samples +

Hi Wiggers... yet another 2012 Wednesday has flown into my window and on to my desk... don't know where it came from, but it came along like a bullet!!! Never saw it till it arrived then opps!!! get a pic of your desk to share - and why you ask, if  you have been travelling to Mars with Curiousity!!! Well cos Julia says so, here...

Hope you have had a good week... mine has been ok and fairly uneventful, which is FABULOUS for me, eh??? not much going on is a TOTAL blessing!!!! tee hee. Hands are getting so much better and holidays to Turkey only a few weeks away, so I am feeling more optimistic... knee op when I get back, but that's then and THIS is now!!!

I have been making a couple of samples for Stamp Addicts next show on Create and Craft, later this week... they sent me two beautiful stamps and this is what I made... First three are made from a lovely snowy village scene + some extras from last year...
 Made this like a window in a Tudor house looking out... there is acetate for the glass, I also used the floral stamp.
 This one is all silver and snowy cold and I used the SA "twas the night" stamp and flakes as a background.
 Tried for vintage and different from Christmas colours... very distressed!!!
 This Christmas bouquet is very pretty, and I decoupaged it here with some stamps from last year as contrast.
 This is the make a mess technique. Stamp on acetate then emboss and turn over... put glue and inks and alcohol inks and glitter etc in a swirly, messy gloop, then scrumple tissue and leave to dry. This is a great way to get inky and dirty... be sure to have a scrubby ready !!!
This last one is trying to be vintage and shabby and non- crimble colours... I think I like it the best... I did the emboss with clear ep and knock some off and heat, then put inks to show up the embossing - for the backgrounds of everything... hope that makes sense!!!

And the other thing I have done is my TIO tag, which is very dark this week, the theme having been chosen by my dear friend, BlackDragon. Walking with her in her grief... It's called "Nightmare" and the recipe is a murder of crows, a blue moon and a chill wind.... oooo she knows how to pick em!!!!
 "Caw" croaked the crow... "Nevermore" quoth the raven...
 OOO it;s a cold, blue moon in my nightmare... and the chill wind has stilled the tree...
 "A murder of crows" is such an evocative phrase... love it!!! Anyone know what a gathering of ravens is called then??
 I think it's "an unkindness" but you may know differently.... Anyway, enough of all this - where is the DESK!!!! opps!!! I almost forgot!!! here you go -
 Alongside those cards etc, I am still working on my cruise album... putting in the embellies now, and planning the photos and journalling... it's a great one just to turn the pages... some of you asked how it's made... it's a hybrid of Kathy Orta's "hidden hinge" technique and Laura Denison's pages... they are both fab to follow and watch on UStream... The former is Paper Phenomenon and the latter is Following the Paper Trail...

Well off to post this now then to bed... perchance to ??? dream or have a nightmare!!! Why not join us at DragonsDream TIO this fortnight for this GREAT recipe, the team has done some AMAZING work, again!!!
Love and light


Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

There has got to be something wrong with my internet. I can't see your photos, and I couldn't see Julia's either. Hope to return once I get this sorted out better.

Neesie said...

I thought I'd get a head start on my desk hopping even with Mr Linky going AWOL...but then I don't see a photo on your post either?
Not sure if that's intentional or not or just Blogger being tempermental.
It all sounds like things are going well for you this week...which is great and a holiday looming to boot!
Perfect ~ enjoy!
Neesie ~ no number ;D

Helen said...

Wonderful cards, and the tag - I struggled with this one!! Glad you have had an 'uneventful' week - long may the continue!!

Francesca said...

Lovely samples you have done and the TIO tag if fab, love the colours! At least I could see your pics. Francesca

Julia Dunnit said...

Wow, a qwuiet week and Christmas cards..I think you must be giddy! Lovely stuff as always, the tag is very dark I must say, but as usual, very clever. Loving your cruise album, bet you're enjoying it enormously, it's getting like therapy!

Francesca said...

Linky up now so I.m Francesca #31

Sunshine Girl said...

Love your nightmare tag - might try and join in this week (have been meaning to for so long!).

Gabrielle said...

Love what you have made for the DDTIO tag - it was a 'Nightmare' for me in more than one way! Love the samples and your cruise book looks delicious! All so inspirational this week! Glad it's been uneventful too - I am sometimes exhausted reading your antics! Much love and happy Wednesday x

HeARTworks said...

Blogger certainly has been temperamental today! When I was going to publish my post, it kept saying something was wrong and I kept clicking on the publish button only to find out I had 5 posts published already!!!
Love your cards, my favorite are the vintage ones especially Let it Snow.

Patsy from
HeARTworks and

Claire said...

wow! what gorgeous creations - tho' i confess, i simply cannot think about c-mas in august!!!
LOVE the cruise journal :)
happy WOYWW!!
no. 11

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh have done a tag for your Nightmare challenge but dont know where to link it to? can you let me know - cheers. Just spotted that Peppa Pig card - so sweet!

Ann B said...

Loads to see on your desk this week, and all of it so good I can't decide which is my favourite. Beautiful cards with the village scene, especially the blue one.
Happy WOYWW.
Ann B

May said...

Love your selection of DT cards Frankie..Great Christmas stamps...your journal is looking good and a fabulous tag as always... so Glad you had a peaceful week x thank you for your help! Hugs May x x x#40

nerllybird said...

That tag is stunning, well done!
Helen S #89

Hazel said...

Your crafting is so beautiful and creative - you are so inspirational. Thanks for sharing your workspace. Hope you have a good week. Hazel WOYWW #99 x

Sue said...

Lovely Christmas cards Frankie, think I may have to make some now. Sometimes an uneventful week is just what you need isn't it. Love your tag, very atmospheric x

SandeeNC said...

I always forget that a group of crows are called a murder, I think it's pretty bad, but now to find out that ravens are called unkindness...who thought these things up in the first place? regardless, your tag is errily wonderful! Love the cards for Christmas too! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

butterfly said...

What fabulous card trios! The church stamp is so lovely, and your three treatments really show off its versatility. I LOVE the browns with the music manuscript... two obsessions of mine - so predictably my favourite. The arched window tag is sensational, and there are two possible collective nouns for ravens: an unkindness of ravens, and a conspiracy of ravens (though that's less common). Can't wait to see the finished cruise album. Basically... great post!!
Alison x

Mary Jo said...

Lovely cards!
And beautiful album!!
Happy WOYWW.
Mary Jo #74

Cath Davidson said...

Those samples are brilliant love the acetate tudor house, gotta get thinkingcap information murder of crows though :)

Minxy said...

Super selection of dt cards, Your TIO tag is awesome and WOW on the album, where do you find the time!
Hugz Minxy #50

Danielle said...

All of the cards are lovely, but I am particularly fond of the first one. The color with the grid design is great! dani 101

505whimsygirl said...

You have been busy! I love all the cards and tags. I confess, I LOVE ravens. I wonder why they have the dark stereotypes?

Today is my one year anniversary. Blog candy will be announced soon. I'm taking a poll so pop over and put in your 2 cents.

Kay #96

Tertia said...

My goodness, you were busy this week. So many cards! and all of them lovely!
The cruise album is looking fabulous too!
Happy belated WOYWW
Tertia 86

Elizabeth said...

Fabulous post - love all those cards, particularly the vintagy non-traditional coloured one - think I saw some yesterday whilst watching the programmes. Your tag is very dark - and I think you may be right, I've heard the term an 'unkindness' referred to ravens but they can also be referred to as a conspiracy - which seems appropriate too. Here in Scotland we call crows 'corbies' and another collective term for them is a storytelling of crows - much kinder than a 'murder' methinks :)

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #18

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Frankie, you've been very busy and creative. All the pieces are fantastic, I especially love the tag.

Monique's art said...

wow Frankie I love all the things you made especially the tag, that one is so awesome, love the spooky feel of it.

diane said...

I stumbled upon your blog .... and I'm soooooo glad I did .... :-D