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Tuesday, 2 August 2016

"Put Another Dime In The Jukebox Baby..."

Good evening/morning Gentle Reader.

So after a lot of confusion on my part, I am finally making cards for the Kenny K Krew again.
As I'm sure you know, I have been absent from my blog for a while with only sporadic returns when I really felt like I had to do something before I lost you all forever (thank God for Suze being there for me when I eventually came back, your a good 'un kid xoxo). I came back, lost my Mother, came back again, lost my mojo but I can honestly say I am back for good again as my mojo was found, it was under one of the cushions on the sofa that one of the cats sleeps on, you know what it's like - you'd rather not disturb them while they sleep, it always seems so unfair and I could watch my three girls sleeping for hours, it's so relaxing!
Anyhoo, bought some great new gear: I have some amazing new dies coming from Create and Craft, really large and ornate Spellbinders dies, I got some fantastic stamps and dies from Sheena Douglas, there's a rock 'n roll collection which has one of those fantastic 50's microphones on one of them and a set of Carnival of the Dead stamps and dies which I still haven't had time to use. I did however manage to meet the lovely Sheena again at an open day at my favourite craft shop (Let's Create in Coningsby village). I say I saw Sheena, there was only half the woman she used to be who turned up, I didn't recognise her at first she looks so fabulous. I didn't manage to catch which diet she is using but it clearly allows for cake slices so that could be the one for me!!
I have also been getting through a lot of my Copic Ciao's and my plan was that when one of them died on me I would replace it with a Copic Sketch marker as these can be refilled. Of course, I didn't really think it through as when you buy a Sketch you pay anywhere from £4.50 - £6.00 a pen, then you have to buy the ink refills which are usually well over a fiver each (or they have been where I have been looking!). Long story short, I had a load of pens which needed replacing/refilling so I bit the bullet and treated myself to the inks I needed and filled in all the blanks of the red spectrum that I was missing. This has really got my colouring juices flowing and for the last week that's been me, sat on the sofa, surrounded be cats and a pile of digi images and some of the new Lily of the Valley Seasons stamps (very pretty, as you would expect from LOTV).
So get yourself of to the Kenny K facebook page and have a go at this fortnight's new challenge, as always it is Anything Goes with a twist and the twist this time is Christmas in July. I already posted that one (see below) and the image for this post isn't meant to be posted until the 15th (I have JUST realised!!!!!), I guess that means I will have to come back on the fifteenth and remind everyone, which if I'm honest is not the worst thing I have done recently!!
Card features Kenny K's image - Rock Chick. I have used some old dies and some of my absolute favourite paper from Basic Grey, I have only just recently started using it as I always felt it was too precious for cards and should only be used on a scrapbook page (that way I would still own it for ever, Ha Ha Ha!) and yes, I am that mental about my Basic Greys!!
Why they are my favourites is another matter, firstly I just love the design ethos of the company, they are using some very talented artists and I also find that they go together no matter which set I use with which other set!, now that's some clever forward thinking.
So there it is, a small look into the mind of a crafter who is the same as everyone else out there in blogland, say it with me - One to Use and One to Stroke, One to Use and One to Stroke, One to Use and One to Stroke..... you get the picture.
So, Gentle Reader, I shall bid you adieu until the next time we meet,
love 'n hugs,
x o x o
Entered Into: As You Like It Challenge - Favourite Papers and Why?
Crafting With An Attitude Challenge 18 - Anything Goes/Just For Fun 
Digital Delights By LoubyLou Challenge 12 - Anything Goes (Using a Stamp/Digi) 
DL. Art Thankful Thursday Challenge 185 - Anything Goes
In The Pink Challenge 100 - It's Our Birthday - Anything Goes
Little Miss Muffet Challenge 143 - Anything Goes
Sasayaki Glitter Challenge - August Use A Die Cut
Southern Girls Challenge - Anything Goes with Team Lou!
Crafting By Design - August Anything Goes
Creative Moments Challenge 99 - Anything Goes & DT Call


  1. I have copic Ciao markers Andy and I have refilled mine several times - using Copic Refill Ink. I just take out the chisel end, add about 10 drops or so of refill ink and then replace then chisel tip. I leave them about 5 minutes for the ink to work through the nib and then use them. I love the clef die that you used on the card Andy - is that one of your new ones? Look forward to seeing all your new dies appearing on your cards. Darn those cats hiding your mojo - LOL. Glad to be here when you came back - hope more find their way back to your blog too.

    1. Cheers Suze, the die is a Nellie Snellen if I remember rightly, I have had it for a few years now and I think this card is the first time being used. As for the others finding their way back, I think I am going to have to enter a load of competitions just to get them to look, not tonight though, after Big Bro I have to watch Wentworth so gonna be too busy tonight.
      Thanks for being there kid, appreciate it x


  2. This is really great!! I love all the rock & roll going on there cute image and colored beautifully - really fun design Thanks for becoming a follower and I will do the same. Make sure you check out my you asked for it and shout out video on Sunday.
    Thank you for entering the DL.ART THANKFUL THURSDAY challenge #185-“Anything goes ” for this challenge. Have a blessed day
    DIANA L.


  3. ps I tried to follow and blogger would not let me I will try again later.

  4. Great fun card so lovely Thanks for playing Crafting by Designs Challenge Love and hugs Carole x Design Team

  5. Beautiful card, fab L/O, image and colouring, love the dies you've chosen too! You cetainly seem to have rediscovered your mojo!
    Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Moments.

  6. Just wasted to say that you can refill both Copic ciaos and sketch Markers! ☺️ So you don't HAVE TO replace them if you don't want to, but I get it if you want only one kind in your collection ☺️

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  8. Rockin' card, Andy!

  9. Love your card and your colouring is amazing! Great design too!

  10. this is beautiful! Love the coloring and the pattern paper you used!

  11. Nice card,thank you for joining in with us at world wide open and good luck

  12. I'm glad I'm not the only one who strokes my papers and can't bring myself to actually use them! Fab card Andy and I love the cut-out die you've used.
    Annette - Netty's Cards
    Proud to design for :
    Lili of the Valley,
    My Mum's Craft Shop,
    In The Pink Challenge
    As You Like It Challenge.

  13. A fab and funky card, and gorgeous papers...I like to stroke my papers too!
    Thanks for playing along with us at As You Like It Challenge!
    Kat x

  14. Hi Andy, popping in to say thank you for your fabulous entry to our 'Anything Goes' challenge at Southern Girls and to answer your question as to why we ask you to enter no more than 10 challenges total. When you are doing DT visits to so many blogs, it gets a little daunting to be faced with challenge entries of more than 10. Makes us all a little cross-eyed. LOL. But also, if they've entered loads of challenges, it's unlikely that the crafter has actually used our challenge to shape and inspire their creation. Which apart from our Anything Goes challenges, we hope they will. It's kind of the point of suggesting a challenge theme. It's not at all uncommon for challenge blogs to put a limit on the number of other challenges entered. Some have fewer too. But we think 10 including ours is a reasonable number. I hope that answers your question. Our blog mama is taking some time off, so I'm answering in her stead. We look forward to having you join us again next challenge and are so glad you found your way to us. Wends SGC DT

  15. Your Rock Chick card is wonderful. Love your colouring. Sorry to read about your Mum. Hope your mojo never leaves again. Thanks for joining us at Southern Girls.

  16. Your card is fabulous Andy... I LOVE that sassy Kenny K image and you've coloured her perfectly.

    Thanks for sharing at In The Pink - hope we see you again soon!



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