Monday 3 February 2020

Bit O' Grunge

Good Monday Morning Ladies,

I hope that you are all well and relaxed after the weekend.  I'm not so sure we could call ours 'relaxed', I have been talking about re-organising the Pantry since Christmas, I had no idea that it was going to take virtually a WHOLE day to do !!  It is the size of a small room, in all honesty and it was FULL!
Paul and I had breakfast and cleared away, made room and started by taking everything out, which took a good couple of hours.  I then spent another hour or so, cleaning containers, getting all of the 'half' packets of things together and putting them all in one container, how did I manage to have 3 half used packets of Icing sugar? that wasn't the only thing either, I think some of the things had got pushed to the back of shelves, out of reach.
It's a pleasure to walk in there now though, I keep going and having a look, appreciating all of the hard work, we bought some Shelf Raise Racks to make it easier to see things that are stacked up, the most exciting new addition is a 'Lazy Susan' for my Herbs and Spices, it was only £3.50 in Wilko's but my goodness it's brilliant, I have spent ages standing there lifting individual jars to look for a particular spice, now I simply spin it round!  I have warned the girls not to get too carried away with the spinning or we may end up with our very own spice blend!!

Today's card is the first of two 'Pretty Grunge' Cards that I made last night, I made 'twin' cards for the girls birthday (still in shock that my babies will be twenty!!)
This one is mostly pink, the Distress Oxides I used were Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, shaded Lilac & Peacock Feathers. I used the 'Smooshing' technique, after I laid the first colour layer down and dried it I used a cello bag to put the ink on and spritz, that way I could just add little dabs of colour in a more controlled way.
A Quick Tip : If you have used Distress Oxides for your background and want a less 'muted' colour use the matching original Distress Oxide to add little specks of colour here and there, it really lifts the colours.
The Stamp that I used is one that I bought from Val and 'Snazzy Studio' it's a Studio Light 'Grunge' stamp, I couldn't find it's name.
After I created my Background I put the stamp in my stamping tool as I knew I would need more than 1 impression because of the amount of black, I also added Clear Embossing Powder to this one.
I stamped the flower part onto another piece of Watercolour card that I had coloured with mainly pink shades, I then fussy cut it and then covered it with versamark and added more clear embossing powder to the whole flower.
I thought that this would make the flower stand out from the background a little more.
I mounted up onto Black and then Berry Burst card, to pick the pink out of the card.
I hope you like my card xx

I think that I am going to enjoy this challenge!  I hope you do too x

I hope you all have a lovely day,

Love and hugs to all of you,



  1. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-gorgeous Card & I’m sure the girls will love their cards. You sound like you had a very productive day yesterday.

    Once I’d find the housework & had lunch I thought I’d settle in my craft room but then as it was fine we went for a short walk (hubby wanted to be back to watch the Rugby) so I dropped some books off at the Station (there a help yourself bookcase there) then we walked through a couple of roads & completed the circuit home. Had a fun couple of hours in my craft room playing & sorting.
    All too soon it’s Monday morning & that means work!


    1. Sounds like you had a lovely walk Michele before getting down to some crafting.

  2. Morning Everyone
    A lovely card SANDRA.

    At last we had a quiet day yesterday. They are very rare these days.
    Back to normaltoday.Jim's on duty so perhaps I can get an early start on my CC.We will see.

    The CAFE is OPEN so pop in when you can.
    HUGS are on their way to you all.Take care and stay safe xxxx

  3. Your card is gorgeous and love the colours of it I’m looking forward to seeing it’s twin! Gosh! 20 years old I bet you think where did that time go
    Your day sounded very productive I have a l
    Lazy Susan on my desk for rulers, scissors, pokey tool, glues etc It is brilliant Providing I put the items back (ahem!) they’re easy to find
    Week 1 of the month is my busiest at work so I’d better get a wriggle on
    Take care all xx

  4. Hi everyone.
    I love the card Sandra and so will the girls. Where did the years go ? I'm looking at my son and I can still remember this screaming little thing and wondering ,what happened 😊
    Someone give me a kick in the backside please. I can't get anything done and that's including card making and it makes me so frustrated, hate these days 😞 We just went out for a little walk to get some air and that we got for it is windy and cold outside so heating now on.
    Sending hugs to all and some extra for you who need some.
    Take care, Maria xxx

  5. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    Lovely Grunge card, what a clever idea to make a ‘twin’ I’m sure the girls are going to love their cards. Thank you for your brilliant inspiration. xx

    Today I remade one of the cards I was going to send to you for the last challenge, it was really satisfying, I used my Copic pens, I’m not very good to be honest but looked at UTube for inspiration and felt it worth having a go. I wasn’t disappointed with the results. As they say in Primary School ‘Working towards’ !!!

    Have a lovely evening everyone, Love Brenda xxx

  6. Hi All, it’s so cold , haven’t been able to get warm all day, dread to think what the gas bill will be.

    Sandra love your card, just my style, lovely colours, sure the girls will love them. I know what you mean about years flying by, my son ( youngest) was 48yrs last week, makes you realise how old you’re getting.

    Going to have a rearrange in my craft room, to see if I can make more room, hopefully. Hugs to you all Lilian

    1. Hi Lilian
      I keep popping into my craft room and thinking where do I start. Shuffle things around and they come out again. I’m slowly going around the house and sorting things out. I have a load of glasses to wrap up and take to the charity shop.

  7. Hi Sandra & ladies
    A lot very card today, and looks very nice in the flesh as well.
    Sandra asked if I could do Wed instead of Tues as it was the girls birthday. I couldn’t as I would be at the theatre in the afternoon. So I ended going up today as I have a full week.
    As per usual we put the world to rights before getting down to some work, card & groovi wise that is.