Friday, 16 February 2007

The French Collection

Yesterday was a very long day.
I work in a village about four miles away from where I live and usually, with three drivers in the house, there is someone here to nip me over to the shop in the car.
Unfortunately yesterday they were all on early shifts and I had to go to work on the bus. Luckily this doesn't happen too often these days.
I say luckily because although I only work four miles away from home there is no bus directly to the village where the shop is.
So to start work at 10am I have to leave the house at 7.30am and take an hour's bus ride into town, wait half an hour on what I think must be the windiest street in Britain and then catch another bus out to the shop.
To add insult to injury this costs me nearly an hours wages.
The money doesn't really matter to me though as much as the wasted time......I do so hate the wasted time and the fact that when I get home all I want to do is sleep.
Oh well as I say it doesn't happen too often......thank goodness.
The shop was really busy today which was fab.
The Cricut has taken off really well and is flying out. It seems to have captured the imagination of our customers more than any other die cutting system.
I was very good and came home with my wages intact......only because I was too busy to look at the new!!!
It might be a good idea to save a bit though as we are going to the trade show on Monday and I am sure we will be seeing and ordering lots of gorgeous stuff.
The card I have posted today is another one done on my accidental tissue on holographic card background.
This time it has been coloured with inks from an Ancient Page-Atmosphere Petal Point ink pad.
I just kept dabbing away with the colours until I got a really nice depth.
The image stamp is Inkadinkado from the Tin Can Mail range and that has been stamped in black Versafine.
I then stamped the image again onto a piece of copier paper and cut it out.
Using that as a mask for the image stamped onto the backgound I then inked up a Magenta flower and the Inkadinkado Eiffel Tower with a Brilliance ink pad in Moolight White and stamped over the mask to give a layered look.
The music background on the card blank is from the new Tandastamps background set.
I matted the stamped piece onto some mauve card and just darkened the edges with Stazon-Vibrant Violet.
The idea for the flower embellishment came from Gillian Hamilton
Thank you Gillian
I have had a question from a lady regarding the Rub On Waxes used on the cards I posted yesterday.
The waxes are manufactured by a company called Craf-T Products of Fairmont, MN.
They are also known as Metallic Rub Ons and come in a long slim palette of seven colours.
As far as I know there are four different sets and they are all fabulous but looking at mine and the use they have had Color Kit #1 is my favourite.
They are very reasonably priced at around four pounds and believe me....a little goes a long way so they last for ages.
I have used them not only on paper but also wood and terracotta when I used to do decorative painting.
I hope this helps.
Well all this typing has made me thirsty so I think a nice cuppa is called for before I start to assemble some cards I have been working on for the local shop.
Thanks for dropping by


  1. Oh, I love your style of storytelling. I am glad I don't work in a stamp and paper shop, as I would never make it home with any money in my pocket. I taught first graders for 30 yeears and some of every paycheck went for something connected with my classroom. I have never missed the money; it was well spent

  2. Hi Sheila - Lovely card as usual - can't wait for Cait to be older and get more time to play again - well hopefully anyway. Thanks for your comments re Cait on my Blog - Rachelxx

  3. All your cards are lovely Sheila.

  4. Shelia that is such a pretty card, I love the colours - makes me wish I was back in France again...


  5. hiya hun at last Ive found you - was working throu my list of blogs to update and yah!!! yours is here. Fabby stuff as always but you know Im a big fan of yours wwwhoooOOoooooo *wink*

    have a great weekend xxxx

  6. Thank you for explaining about the the wax Sheila, I think I have seen them around and now can make a decision as to whether to add to my stash or not. Love this card, lovely idea to fold the flower.

  7. great stuff as always - and a new blog layout too - very clever.

  8. this card is just so gorgeous Sheila...
    As always it's wonderful to read your post, and also to find out how you created your latest masterpiece!


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