Wednesday, September 26, 2012

What's on your workdesk Wednesday?

Back from beyond, from where and for how long, is anyone's guess... They say you cannot add a single second to your life by worrying, but I am doing my best to prove otherwise. I have indeed been very AWOL from WOYWW? Very AWOL. I've had bit of a rough time at home with baby Ruby and new mummy life. I feel like I have been living on another planet and stuck in a time warp. I could write a book, but will I save you all from the tales of many tears and woe.
In a nutshell baby Ruby's feeding and weight gain issues have been one major 24/7 roller-coaster ride and we would now really like to get off please.Turns out it was all down to a restricted tongue that doesn't want to play along making it very difficult for my wee girl to suck. An operation was planned until further examinations proved it would be too risky and unlikely to improve the situation. So back to popping, clicking and dribbling with a bottle. But we, and 100 bibs a day, are getting there and now we just want to move forward and get our lives back. No matter how many nice things folk say to a new mum, how many other mums you meet, you worry and doubt. Obsessively. All the time. About everything.
So, as you can imagine ye olde craft table is feeling a little rejected and I have had to postpone a fair amount of design work and guest spots just to create some breathing space, be nice to myself and gain a grasp on reality again. Can't wait to start again soon, just awaiting the return of some of my sanity
Nevertheless, there are a few sparks of inkyness. I have an article on Scrap Cards in October's Craft Stamper. I even made the cover...Now of course you are all going to run out and buy a copy but just in case the floods hold you back and your Ark isn't ready I have a spare copy up for grabs. Fancy this Spooktacular issue? Let me know below and I will get it off to someone.
Yesterday I had a great morning out with my girl. We just wandered into town, had a cuppa (and a bottle) together and did some people-watching.
An ordinary day from the outside but a long awaited bit of bliss for us two...and definitely enough reason for bright pink, jazz leggings and a ra-ra skirt!

Enjoy your week!

Sarah and Miss Ruby.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Twinkle, twinkle...

little tag! Not quite the normal lyrics but sparkling all the same! Good morning and welcome to a new week, my blog and the new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! We are in the mood for a bit of the shiny stuff... So if you fancy adding a touch of glitter, join in.
I'm not really a glitter gal and it's waaaaaaaaay too early to even whisper any festive utterings so I went for a last dive into my Summer Distress Inks to enjoy some colour and create a bright and funky tag. Remember... glitter is for life, not just Christmas.
Life is very busy indeed at Chez La-De-Dah as my baby Ruby approaches three months. We've had a bit of a rough start to say the least, and free time is a precious thing, so enter the joys of a tag. Room enough to have fun and petite enough to create a mini work of inky art! So if you are pushed for time or a bit stressed, grab a tag and get thee some inky therapy!
I blended the Summer Distress inks onto a Manilla tag and then used them all for the over-stamping too which gives a great uniform result. l die-cut three hearts, inked them up and then ran them through my Big Shot using the Retro circles embossing folder.
I added a touch more ink to highlight the texture and then a good coat of Antique Linen Distress Stickles. It gives a nice subtle sheen of glitter without being too OTT. l added a few lines of stitching as I feel it gives the hearts a sort of grounding, then finished off with a couple of ChitChat stickers and a big painty 'love' all thanks to my stash of Grungeboard letters. Just blob on the paint and edge with ink for more emphasis. See you can use those Summer Distress colours all year round. Mmm, I think I might be going for bright and funky "Sshhhh don't say it yet" cards later this year.
 Head over to the Simon Says Stamp & Show Design Team Blog and check out all the great makes from my teamies, get creative and who knows this $50 goody voucher could be yours...!
Over and out.
Thanks for calling by, Sarah.

Monday, September 17, 2012

A Rather Sticky Matter....

Monday Greetings to you all! I'll dive right in with the new challenge theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show! where we are all in the mood for tape... It's one of those things that is rather the height of fashion at the mo, and great fun whether you are into cards, art-journalling, mixed media projects or scrapbooking, so get sticky and join in the fun.
 l always like to create my "own" take on stuff as well as enjoying all the fab ready-to-go products out there, so I decided to rustle up my own custom created take on tape.
Years ago when taking my first steps into the crafty world, I started out with card-making and to this day I still get a lot of pleasure out of it... Even with a simple card I still like to play around with design, colour and composition.
l took a sheet of A4 paper from my sketch pad and created a master-board using a variety of stamps and bottle tops. Don't be too fussy... just splat, stamp, flick and splodge, as you will soon be chopping it all up! You can do this with ANY of your stamps and inks, in ANY style you fancy, so just grab and go...
Then I attached strips of Scor-Tape to the other side starting at the one edge so as to get a good straight line when lining them up. It was very quick and easy to do and it also provides you with a guide when cutting. I used a paper trimmer for speed but you could use scissors too.
 l decided to edge them with a little Distress Ink and then tore different lengths to create the background block of tape. I like how the pattern is totally random as it creates interesting results!
 l then over-stamped the Urban Chic images in bold Black Archival ink and added a sentiment from Stuff to Say in Ranger's Plum Archival Ink which I love. The heart didn't come out quite so well as the butterflies, but I'm working on my perfectionism... so I let it be. I finished off with, yes, stitching and some Distressed edges and was all done.
Tape is a versatile and fun plaything! Just take a look at the amazing spread of fab ideas from my teamies on the Design Blog here! You'll love them. Remember there's also this fabulous shopping spree to be won along with the chance of being crowned with the Top Three Title. I had great fun creating this week, how about you? Well, I'm off as new mummy duty is a 24/7 thing. It's time for a 5 day weekend methinks! Thanks for calling by. See you soon.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012


Mary J from Big Mamma's Craftin' House! You have won the $25 Simon Says Stamp shopping voucher. Enjoy the spree and get crafty! Simon Says Stamp will be in touch shortly Mary with your $25 gift voucher. Many congratulations and thank you all for taking the time to leave a comment on my blog.
 Well done, 

Monday, September 10, 2012

I need a Hero....

That was a line from an eighties pop song! It is also the theme over at Simon Says Stamp & Show this week. Who is your hero? Mine is my hubby without a doubt but as there isn't yet a stamp of him I decided to to go down the old school Steampunk route! I was very inspired by the opening of the Olympic Games and the fabulous tribute to the Industrial Revolution.
 I had plans for something completely different and ended up with a fully loaded card. I started out by creating a metal embossed frame by sticking metal foil tape to cardboard before running it through my Big Shot.
I had to move the frame along the folder and try to match the design). Didn't need to be too fussy as I soon splodged on the Alcohol Inks for a rusty look. Then it was a case of creating a setting for Wendy's fabulous chap who I still adore. I dug into my Idea-ology and metal bits and bobs stash to find lots of goodies.
I set eyelets into the frame and set the frame on a Kraft card base matted with a piece of Kraft Resist paper, adding a few stamped numbers along the way. I cut the clock from scrap corrugated cardboard and aged it with a good dose of Vintage Photo Distress Stain and Rock Candy Crackle. Yum! It's hard to see but I also cut the word INDUSTRY with the Chip Block die to add to the left side.
A corner of concentrated Idea-ology 'metal lovelies' are the perfect decoration, all given a lick of Alcohol ink! I love these Steampunk hands and had to add a couple! I also thought an old metal ruler and some rusty corner pieces looked right at home....
 I like to create lots of dimension and layers and popped one hand behind the clock and also added the words imagination, innovation and invention thanks to my fabby old typewriter! Gluing the whole card took a bit of time and my trusty Glossy Accents.
 I decided to go mad and decorate the inside - partly because I needed to add some extra weight to get it to stand up! A few shabby layers and a simple greeting! Nice and simple but I think it works... and finishes it off nicely.
So that was my take on heroes... time for you to dig out the Superman suit! Please take a look at the wonderful creations from my teamies here and join in the fun. There's the great $50 prize and Top Three Title to be won! Okidoke...checking out. Thanks for being here!