Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Ooh...La..La...Paris, Je Viens

Bonjour mes amis...I'm off on my travels again and if the Air France flight crew didn't sleep in...by the time you're reading this I'll be waving goodbye to home...
en route to Paris for a jolly...a fun 4 day trip with my good friend...Fiskars colleague and partner in crime...the lovely Enfys.

If you follow our blogs...you'll know that we've had some great adventures together with a few mishaps along the way but hey ho...life is a tad boring if everything always goes according to plan.
We're travelling to Charles De Gaulle Airport separately and couldn't believe our luck that our flights land within 5 minutes of each other...couldn't have planned it better if we tried...unfortunately the luck ran out when it came to booking the hotel.
We are spending Thursday at the Version Scrap Craft Show which is on the south side of Paris and thought we'd found the perfect hotel just across the street from the Expo Centre...the only problem is the show is NOT at the Expo Centre but a 45 minute metro ride away or 2.1/2 hours if you're on foot at Parc de Floral Vincennes....OOPS...SACRE BLUE...MON DIEU OR C'EST LA VIE as our French friends would say so we'll be buckling up and practising our French accents with a nice taxi driver through the scary Paris traffic.
The good news is the hotel is in a cosmopolitan area with lots of cafes and bars and only a short walk from the River Seine...Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysses...so not a complete disaster after all. I'm so looking forward to our girly trip...we'll be painting the town red and having a ball but I leave you with this thought...

when you put a directionally dyslexic person and an idiot 
who locked down an international airport for 20 minutes together...

WHAT CAN POSSIBLY GO WRONG !!!

Au Revoir
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Demolition Derby Weekend...

Hi folks...my Easter weekend turned into a surprise Demolition Derby and I've been so busy I haven't even had time to dive in my Easter chocolate stash yet...all because for some time I've had an itch and Saturday/Sunday seemed like the right time to scratch it. The cubbyhole is closed from tomorrow until Monday next week because I'm off on a little trip...perfect timing to make a start on the long overdue crafty space make-over...an ideal opportunity while Mrs Bossy Knickers is absent for hubby to step in and strip off the old wallpaper so that the nice man with big bucket of plaster can come and work his magic followed by the hunky joiners to lay the new wooden flooring...
and for any major renovation project...the room needs to be empty but where oh where was I going to put all the stuff. Two of the units have been re-housed in the little storage room at the back of the garage and believe me...that was a job and half...emptying them...man-handling them through 3 doorways and refilling them again...
and likewise with the row of bookcases...
which have fitted snugly in to the kitchen after a bit of jiggling around of furniture...
my rule of no crafty stuff outside the cubbyhole has just flown out of the window...the only room in the house that has escaped the craft invasion is the LOO...all that's left in the cubbyhole is my postage stamp "bang in the middle of the floor" workdesk and crafting essentials...
and after that major clearance frenzy...the plasterer called yesterday to say he has torn tendons in his arm and won't be putting in an appearance for 2 weeks so I've also had to delay Hunky Joiners...yes it's that old Project Manager jinx thing again but hey ho...life goes on and although it's not ideal...the cubbyhole production line will continue even though I'll be running hither and thither all over the house for supplies...a bit of a pain when you're used to having everything at your fingertips but you know what they say NO PAIN...NO GAIN and the only one not stressed by the situation is this "takes everything in his stride" laid back dude...
I'm booked in for a much needed pamper today to get the old body mobile again ready for my fun trip away with my buddy Enfys tomorrow...somehow I don't think she would be impressed if we have to hire a wheelchair and she's the one doing the pushing.
Toodle-oo for now
Hugs Kath xxx

Monday, April 17, 2017

Simon Says...Splash It On

Hi Everyone...welcome to another week on the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog...thank you for joining us for last week's "Hip Hop" challenge...we hope you can join us this week too because...

and the theme for this week is...
SPLASH IT ON

I made a card with my most favourite of the Crazy Birds...it makes me smile everytime I see his cute face and his doeful "it wasn't me...honestly" expression. And no surprise that I used Distress Oxide inks to create my "Splash It On" background on Ranger Distress Watercolor Card.
overstamping with Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Birch And Pine inked with Faded Jeans to create a "rain coming down in stair rods" look...
added French Design Tape and big splashes of White Gesso...
and used Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous Type Lower and Purely Random (which I won as a prize for 12 Tags of 2012) stamp sets inked with Black Archival to create the sentiment...
I used Sizzix Small Tattered Florals to die cut the branch and leaves from Sizzix Distress Core'dinations...

I stamped the Crazy Bird on to Distress Watercolor Card and coloured with Distress Oxides...Faded Jeans, Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade and die cut using the matching Thinlits. I stamped the umbrella from this cute stamp set which came with a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit from way back when, coloured with Fossilized Amber and stencilled with Spiced Marmalade using a mini layering stencil from Set 21.

I added Bouquet Findings and coloured the centres with Distress Markers...one of those fiddly "could have been a brain surgeon or I should have gone to Specsavers" tasks. I applied Grit Paste through the Splatters Mini Layering Stencil and I'm sharing a handy tip from the Professor himself if you want your Grit or Texture Paste to stay white. Smear on a little Distress Micro Glaze which comes in the Paper Mosaic Kit but you can purchase it separately, place a small amount on your finger and rub it gently into the texture of the paper, then buff with a soft cloth to remove any excess. It creates a seal and prevents the paste from absorbing any colour from the ink.

You can find all the products I used over at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp online store...just click on the links below...

Why don't you pop over to the Monday Challenge Blog and check out the amazing creations from my very talented Design Team mates and as always you all have the chance to win a $50 gift voucher to spend at Simon Says StampYou have until Monday 8am Ohio time...1pm UK time...2 pm CET to join in...

You can also follow Simon Says Stamp on Instagram
and if you use Instagram...
please add #sssmchallenge to your entry uploads so we can see them on there too
I look forward to seeing what you create this week...
Have Fun and Happy Crafting
Hugs Kath xxx

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