Beach love

Good Morning! I’m happy to be joining you today from the south coast of Devon. As you know, my friend got married here on Saturday and Mr Beez and myself have stayed on for a couple of extra days. Appropriately, I have a seaside themed card to share with you today:


We have reached the halfway point of our summertime challenge over at Crafty Boots and this is one of my DT samples that I am sharing there today. Do go an check out what the rest of the DT, including our guest designers, have been up to.


I stamped my beach hut on to some watercolour card using Chipped Sapphire, adding a little red pencil for a nautical feel. I think this stamp was just a random purchase from Hobbycraft a few years ago, the sentiment is by Darkroom Door.


I added some swirly waves using Sea Bubbles by Ryn.


The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

If you’d like to see my other project that I’m sharing on the Crafty Boots Challenge Blog today then click on the picture below.


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June ’16 with the Galz

As we approach the end of the month it is time once again for me to share my Gecko Galz projects. The theme this month was “Man O’ Man” so lots of masculine cards to share today. As usual, click on the photo to see the original post which will have all the details of the products that I used. Make sure you pick up your free digital stamp which as at the end of today’s post.



Rugby card


Shirts, Collars and Cuffs Card


Chalkboard Birthday


If I only had a heart

My Dad was a huge fan of the film The Wizard of Oz and, in particular, the Tin Man. I created this card with him in mind, even though he is no longer around to see it. The image is from a fabulous Jewel It set which has images from both the Wizard of Oz and Alice. The paper is from this month’s Spring Awakening paper pack. I added some ribbon and a stamped heart which is by Rubber Moon. The sentiment was a freebie very generously included in an order from LC Designs.


Golden Owl


The owl image is from a set called Text Ture and the paper is from the High Society paper pack.

Free digi


I printed the image out in sepia tones and teamed it with some paper from the Dapper Dan pack and kraft card. I thought this would make a great card for someone who has a new job which is why I chose the “congratulations” sentiment. I used washi tape to adhere it to the card. Help yourself to the image by right clicking on it and saving to your computer 🙂

Gecko Galz June freebie for me two gents



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Wedding Day Blues

Today my friend is getting married 🙂 We have been celebrating and counting down to the big day for quite some time and now it’s actually here! When I realised the wedding was on the 25th of the month I decided to make her a little Advent style Countdown Calendar:

Jayne's countdown

There were 25 little gifts to open, starting on June 1st and now we have reached the final one! (A small bottle of Prosecco!). Today I am sharing the card that I made for the big day. Although I know some of the plans and details for today, I have purposely asked not to be let in on every secret so there are still lots of surprises to come. The card I have created for the lucky couple is based on the details I do know!


I have based my card on the colour scheme for the day. I know that bride is having hydrangeas and gypsophila in her bouquet and that the groom will be sporting an ivory rose. I know Jayne was in a quandary about how to finish the buttonholes off and the hessian and pearl idea you see here was one of the possibilities!



As I have used navy as the base for my card, I’ve decorated the inside of the card so that it can be written on in ordinary ink!



Now the bride may have faced many dilemmas when it came to making choices about the details of her big day, but this guest has had her own going on too – what to wear/!!!! I have tried on and returned more outfits than you would ever think possible and finally narrowed it down to three – yes just three!!! Although I think I know which one will make the cut, on the day of departure I was still undecided so, just to be sure, I’ve taken them all with me! Watch this space 🙂 🙂 🙂

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On a summer’s day

Good morning. Today I am super excited as Mr Beez and I are heading off on a little break …to the seaside, yay! My friend is getting married on Saturday, in Salcombe, on the south Devon coast. It is a long way from here so we are breaking our journey with an overnight stop in Bath, somewhere I have never been. Being me, it is of course not about the famous Roman baths or the Royal Crescent but all about the Sally Lunn’s teashop 🙂

Before I go, I just have time to share a card I have made for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge blog. The lovely Jackie has chosen a theme of “Flowers, Butterflies and Garden.” I only had a short time to turn this project around and whip up this little card:


I’ve used Agatha Bee and Agatha’s Watering Can together with Daisy Daisy and added in a light brushing of distress ink together with the tiny stamped butterflies.


I raided my stash of fabric scraps to place at the base of the card. Their haphazard application was entirely intentional and I know it will upset some of you, but I like the randomness of it 🙂


This card also fits in very nicely with our current “Summertime” Challenge over at Crafty Boots.

Now I promised Mr Beez I would be ready to leave at 9ish, hence the early post. Whether I achieve that or not remains to be seen, but before we leave there is that all important vote to cast!

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Strawberries but no cream

Our new challenge over at Crafty Boots is “summertime.” Today’s card is featuring something that encapsulates the taste of summer – the strawberry!


This adorable little strawberry image is a stamp from Rubber Moon. I’ve stamped it onto watercolour paper and then coloured it in with Promarkers.


I wanted to keep my design clean and simple so opted for one of my favourite additions – some torn and frayed scraps of fabric. I also added a tiny sweetheart blossom.


Now as the title of this post suggests, I prefer my strawberries without cream and tend to eat them just as they are or, just occasionally, I’ll add a little ice cream and some crunched up meringue! What about you?

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A little crabby

I can hardly believe it’s already Monday again AND time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots. Our theme for the next fortnight is “Summertime.” Here’s one of my DT cards that I am sharing:


This was the Father’s Day card I made for Mr Beez. I know it was yesterday but I thought this design could be easily adapted for a summer birthday. One of my favourite seaside resorts in the UK is Cromer on the North Norfolk coast and it’s famous for its crabs. In my opinion they are the best in the country and whenever we visit we always bring back a supply for the freezer. When my sons were young they would fish for them off the pier using bits of bacon for bait. They would always end up with a bucket full that were then dutifully returned to the sea.


This cute little guy is one of Magda Polakow’s fabulous digital images and I wouldn’t want to eat him. I’ve coloured him with polychromos and then added a little dusting of ink. The Father’s Day sentiment was printed from my computer. The background papers are from my stash.


After a run of fabulous hot and sunny days the weather seems to have resorted to the more traditional British summer of rain, rain and more rain. I know we are not the only household who have resorted to turning the central heating back on! Maybe this Crafty Boots challenge will inspire the sun to come out to play and we look forward to seeing all your summery entries.

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The smiles are on me

Happy Sunday and Happy father’s Day 🙂 It is indeed all about the men today as the lovely Carol is asking us to “Man Up,” over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge this week by using a male image on our projects. I decided to go with Smile:


I’ve used some paper from the Gecko Galz Curiosity Shop Kit as the background plus some bits of washi and then added an image of Smile that was stamped onto kraft paper. I paper pieced his smile, having stamped it onto white paper first, so it really stood out. If you’ve ever seen the episode of Friends where Ross has his teeth whitened you’ll get the idea!


I created the bunch of balloons in the same way.


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Mr Beez Birthday

Mr Beez celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and today I am sharing the card I made for him:


After our very special holiday last December, New York holds a special place in our hearts so I thought this would be appropriate.


I combined Stampotique’s NYNY, 1879 Postmark and Daniel’s Hearts to create this little scene. Stamping the cityscape first and then overlaying with a mask before stamping the hearts. A light swooshing of Salty Ocean and a pop of red on the hearts adds a little colour.


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Not as organised as I thought!

I’ve realised that there is such a thing as being too organised! Despite more recent evidence to the contrary, I am normally a well organised person. Messy and untidy but definitely organised but like the majority of people there are times when things slip. Sometimes I end up doing something twice simply because I forgot that I had already done it. However, this time I thought I’d done something well ahead of time only to find I hadn’t and therefore had to quickly pull it all together at the last minute. Now that I’m back on track I can take a minute to share this card with you:


This is another of my DT cards for the current masculine challenge over at Crafty Boots. The chalkboard sentiment is from the Gecko Galz collage set of the same name and I’ve teamed it up with some papers from the Coven and Hocus Pocus paper packs.


I decided to add a pop of colour with some purple card and a purple star.


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Circle in the sky

The lovely Nellie is hosting this week’s Stampotique Designers’ Challenge and her chosen theme is All Creatures Great and Small. For me this was a great excuse to get out Jo Capper-Sandon’s adorable little Starbird with Chick stamp to create a card:


I have had this stamp in my Stampotique collection for a little while but not used it. If you don’t know this particular stamp, there is a smaller version on the side as well as the one you see here.  I created the moon by masking off a circle and swooshing on distress inks with a brush.


Next I stamped the bird and then added some Picked Raspberry distress ink with a waterbrush, incorporating the blues that overlapped the image.


I’ve used a torn off piece of washi tape for the musical notes and then some additional stamping for the branches. The eagle eyed amongst you will spot that the washi is actually upside down!


The stars and words are rub-ons by Tim Holtz.

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