Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Black and White!

Good Morning All, I hope everyone is well, and for those who are not too good, sending Hugs!!
I have to say that for the first time in ages, I felt better yesterday, so much so that when I went for a look around my local craft shop one of the girls asked how I was, and I surprised myself by answering "Good".  I've been so miserable and tired for so long I thought that there was no light at the end of the tunnel, so thank goodness I seem to be climbing back up again.  Perhaps, it's the buzz of the weekend that has helped?  I'm sure it has had something to do with it.  I am still of work but, working towards moving forward in terms of planning to meet my managers to discuss going back.  Unfortunately I do have to go back, but I have been thinking of moving on altogether to something else less stressful, but not this side of the year.

My Bus Pass arrived yesterday, a little early as I'm not 60 until June, but it was a nice surprise, imagine looking forward to getting older in order to get a bus pass, gosh the next one to aim for is the free TV licence at 75, there are some perks to getting older.......NOT.  Of course I'm being facetious, not that 60 is old, but  I do wish this country would take care of it's Senior Citizens and vulnerable folk better, it makes me so sad that especially older folk are in many cases not seen as valuable citizens,  gosh sorry I'm on my hobby horse again, rant over.

I would like to give a warm welcom to my latest follower and when I get the opportunity I will ve popping over to visit you.  Thank you to all who have visited and left lovely comments even although one was from a lady in the Netherlands, I think. and I couldn't read it, it was great that she visited and took time to comment.  I appreciated all of your comments.
So to today's card;

Something a little different from me, I've been trying to broaden my techniques, I've embossed the stamp.

I've used;  Crafty Individuals Stamp
                 TH Ranger Embossing  Ink
                 Papermania Clear Embossing Powder
                 Floral Frenzy Embossing folder
                 SB Decorative Labels 22
                 Black and White Core'dinations card
                 MB Fabulous Phlox
                 Marrianne Flourish Die
                 Papermania Capsule paper for flower
                 Black and White Gems

I'm still not too sure of the correct ink to use for embossing, this one seemed awfully sticky and has really marked my stamp.  Can anyone make a suggestion/
However, I't not too bad, and I'll have another go.

Enjoy your day whatever you are doing, and see you soon,
Kate x


Wendy Fraser said...

Wow Kate, this is stunning. It's pigment ink you want for heat embossing, it is quite sticky, or you could use Versamark and black embossing powder. So glad, you're starting to feel a bit better now xx

Sue said...

Glad your feeling a lot better Kate..this card is lovely, I use versamark and whatever colour embossing powder I need..stamps are easy wiped clean...huggles hun Sue xxxxxxxxxxx

Sue said...

This is gorgeous Kate. I love the elegant black and white design.
Glad to hear that you are feeling brighter
hugs Sue xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

Hi Kate a fabulous card! Glad you are starting to feel a bit brighter that is certainly good news! I tend to use Versamark with a coloured EP but if you check on the ink pad they usually say if they are ok for embossing! Susan x

Rita said...

Hi Kate, so glad you feel better. Your card is so stunning and elegant. Hugs Rita xxxxx

Erika said...

Kate just wipe your stamp with a baby wipe to clean afterwards, some inks are more juicy and sticky than others. I love your card, great die!! The embossed background looks good too.
Good to hear you are feeling better, onwards and upwards...and crafting is a great way to relax.
Hugs Erika.

Jacqui's little piece of England said...

Lovely card Kate, love your embossed background
jacqui xx

Patricia said...

Good evening Kate, so glad to hear you are feeling better.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! On getting your Bus Pass hope to see you down here soon.

Your card is stunning, I love it, your embossed background is fantastic. I use Versamark for embossing but most are fine. Just clean your stamps with a wipe.
Happy Crafting

Patricia. xxx

Teresa said...

Ooh Kate this is gorgeous, I love that stamp and the black & white looks great.
Thanks for visiting my blog today :o)
hugs Teresa xx

rachel said...

a great card Kate - I do love black and white - and its so good that you're feeling positive - wonderful stuff and good for you xx

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Great tha you are feeling so much better. Love this card. I use Versamark for heat embossing.

Marianne's Craftroom said...

I was going to email you but can't find it on your blog. How have you got your bus pass as it isn't based on age now but pensionable age? I know as very miffed I can't get mine yet.

Norma said...

Hi Kate:) I'm happy to hear you are feeling much better:) Your card is absolutely beautiful and I love a black and white card. Thank you for sharing and take care of yourself.

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Love this beautiful black and white card....very stunning.

downrightcrafty said...

how gorgeous hun
Hugs Kate xx

Pop's Cards said...

Good Morning sweetie this is just stunning I love the colour choice too, perfect in every way huggles Pops x x x

Marie-Louise said...

Sorry Kate I missed this card yesterday. It is beautiful and I just love the stamp. I always use Versamark or versafine and it cleans off easily with a baby wipe.

Alison Scott said...

Lovely card Kate.
So pleased that you are feeling better. :-)
Just remember not to be rushed back too soon.
Take care.

Sandy said...

I love black and white together - very pretty!!