Christmas Continues

If you buzzed by here on Saturday you will know that I was celebrating Christmas in July, and very good it was too :) Christmas continues today as we enter week two of our Christmas in July over on the Crafty Boots Challenge blog.

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To create my card I’ve used the Memory Box Frostyville die and cut it twice using white card.

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The Merry Christmas, cut from gold glitter card, is one of the dies in the Tonic Christmas Cracker set.

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A little bit of red card and voila…job done. You can buzz over to the blog for some more inspiration from the Crafty Boots design team, our guest designers and, of course, the fabulous entries we have so far.

I’m about to pack by bags and head back to my hotel ready for week two of working away from home :(

Have a good week and thanks for buzzing by.

 

Fine twine

So I have completed week one of my working away from home schedule and now have the weekend at home. Being the 25th of the month it is of course Christmas in July, a day I normally celebrate with great gusto. This year it will be a little more feeble but, the tree is up and there are mince pies in the house. As every bone in my body aches after a week of being on my feet for 9 hours a day, I’m not sure I have the strength to pull a cracker but I can definitely manage lying on the settee to watch a Christmas film and will have a super long straw to my Christmas cocktail so I don’t have to lift the glass!!!

Before I disappeared at the beginning of the week, I did rustle up a little card to share over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their “Hemp and twine” challenge.

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Originally I intended to just use twine for hanging the little birdhouse from. But then had the idea of also using some twine for the centre of the sun – yep, short on time so let’s do something a little more complicated Mrs Beez! I stamped a second sun onto some cardstock, cut out the centre, added glue and then coiled some plain twine from the centre outwards. Once it was dry I added colour with Promarkers then stuck it over the original stamped image.

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All the stamps, except the sentiment, which is by Stampin’ Up!, are from the PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna Set 3. You have seen me use the leaves many times before and, coincidently, they have all been on CCCB entries! For this card I have added in the sun (well I’m using it as a sun, it could be a flower!) the owl and one of the birdhouses. The owl was coloured with Promarkers, whilst I used Polychromos for the birdhouse. Both have been paper pieced over the original stamping and I used glue gel to add dimension.

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For the background I used an Inkduster to swoosh on Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.

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Now, my next task is to choose my Christmas film – It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Miracle on 39th Street….?????

Have a great weekend, thanks for buzzing by and er….Happy Christmas!

Being a unicorn

I love it when I get the time and opportunity to create something just for fun and to please myself. Now I didn’t really have time to do these postcards but decided to go ahead anyway. I’d had an idea rolling around in my head for quite awhile, to play with Agatha and create some special headgear for her. However, here I have made a last minute substitution and used Nina, also by Magda Polakow for Stampotique, instead.

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Both postcards were created in tandem and, as I really was short on time, I used one of Kate Crane’s fabulous digital papers that I bought from her Etsy shop. Sadly, these are no longer for sale so I’m glad a snapped them up when I did. I’ve added a little stamping of my own, using some more Stampotique favourites.

 

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Nina was stamped onto cardstock and coloured with Polychromos. I wanted to keep one version “unicorn white” whilst making the other a little more colourful. I used a clip-art image of a horn, added some colour, and then popped it on in the appropriate place. I did have a go at adding a little tail but wasn’t sure so opted for tail-less instead.

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The words were printed out from my computer.

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Thanks for buzzing by.

You’re beautiful

Even though I am now away for my six-week working summer, I am determined  to keep in touch with crafty blog-land, even though it won’t be easy. I was super excited to see that Hels Sheridan was back in action with a new Sunday Stampers’ Challenge.  I’ve missed this hugely in her absence,  and was determined to rustle up an entry before my departure. The theme this week is beauty or beautiful.

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My stamp collection seems to grow on a weekly basis (I’ve really no idea how this happens!) and these two beauties are recent acquisitions from Rubber Moon.  I stamped the “Dreamer Girl,” by Mindy Lacefield, on to watercolour paper and coloured her with Aqua Markers. The moon was stamped on to regular paper and coloured with Promarkers. Both have been paper pieced over the original stamping.

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The background is another cocktail of distress inks – the fab new Blueprint Sketch together with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. I stencilled on a few stars using a Dylusions stencil and white gesso. The words were printed on my computer.

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Thanks for buzzing by.

It may be summer outside but…

…over at Crafty Boots Challenges our new theme for the next fortnight is Christmas in July! I know some of you will look away now but I also know that many of you have already started your Christmas cards as evidenced by some of the fabulous entries we have seen in our other challenges. As you know I am a massive, massive fan of Christmas, spend all year thinking about it and even have a Christmas in July celebration. However, despite my best intentions I am scarily late in starting my Christmas cards. Each year I say it will be different and each year it never is!

I hope you will join in with the Crafty Boots fun and festivities and share your Christmas projects with us.  Buzz over and take a look at what the rest of the DT have created. Here’s the card I am sharing today:

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A snow globe and little houses – my favourites! To create my card I started with a snow globe template/stencil/mask from Stamps Away. This is the smaller of the two that come in the pack. First I used it to emboss, so the snow globe has some dimension. Then  used it as a mask and smooched on some inks – Walnut Stain for the base and Tumbled Glass for the sky.

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I also smooched on a little ink around the outside of the stencil and then created a hand drawn frame, using a thin, black Sharpie. The wobbles are intentional! I kept the mask in place whilst I stamped the little houses , trees and star which are all by Lindsay Mason. The houses and star have been coloured using Polychromos.

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The finishing touch was, of course, a little sprinkling of snow.

I am also sharing this over on the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog where the theme is Stencils and Masks.

Right, I’m off to whip up a few more Christmas cards because this year it really will be different! Thanks for buzzing by and..er.. Happy Christmas :)

All kinds of everything

It’s my turn to be in the spotlight over at the Gecko Galz Blog. Some I have already shared here, I have some new ones to tell you about today plus there are one or two waiting in the wings for another day! If you want a sneaky peek of the latter, you can buzz over and check them out. This will be a picture heavy post and I also have a free digital image for you to snag.  So, grab yourself a cup of tea or coffee and make yourself comfy and lets begin and take a look at something I haven’t shared before:

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There was a beachy/seaside theme going on in many of the Gecko Galz products this month, including some fabulous inchies in the Beachy Jewels collage set. The set contains a sheet of domino sized images and one of inchie squares. I tell you, I could have used every single image in those sets and it was really hard to pick out just four for my artist’s trading block.

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In the end I went for a matching set that each contained an inspirational word.

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The block itself was made in the usual way, using Eileen Hull’s Sizzix die and some chipboard. I gave the block a base coat of white gesso and then painted it with some sea-green that I had left over from my Mermaid Shrine. I printed out the inchies as twinchies, i.e. 2 inch squares, inked the edges and adhered them to each of the four faces of the cube.

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I heat embossed some textured embossing powder in patches and also rubbed some gold paint along the edges of the cube.

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I cut out the individual letters and the inset image on each square and raised them up on foam squares to add dimension.

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I used some beads on the base and added some painted gauze/cheesecloth and little shells, rubbed with gold paint, on the top.

You will have gathered that I made this in tandem with my Mermaid Shrine. Check out the details by reading my original post – just click on the photo’ below.

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Another new project now is this super-fun tag:

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Here I’m using a mermaid image from the Sea Nymphs collage sheet. The sign is from the Sea Side Kit. I created the background using distressinks – Fossilised Amber, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. Then I spritzed water through a bubble stencil to remove some of the ink, moved the stencil slightly and then added some more to create a layered look.

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I added in some stamping and little droplets of Glossy Accents.

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The shell trim and glittery eylash yarn are from my stash.

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You may have spotted that I added some crystal clear glue to the mermaid’s tail. The ribbon is seam-binding that I’ve coloured with the same inks used on the base of the tag, spritzed with water and crinkled up tightly.

Last of my new projects that I’m sharing today is this card:

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The card and paper are both from the Sea Side digital kit and are a perfect match. I’ve slipped in some mats of deep turquoise cardstock.  The ribbon is one of my Really Reasonable Ribbon Club selections – don’t you think it looks like fish scales? it too was a perfect match for this card.

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I made an arrangement of paper flowers, stamens, shells, wisps of gauze and a tiny star in one corner.

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As I had so much to share with you today, I’ve held a couple of other cards back to share at a later date but, as I mentioned earlier, you can buzz over to the Gecko Galz blog and take a look. If you’d like to know more about my dimensional ATC below, you can click on the photo’ to check out my original post.

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Finally, I have this great digital image that you can take for free, courtesy of Leanne at the Gecko Galz:

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Isn’t she gorgeous? I couldn’t resist making this card with her:

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I prepared a background by blobbing some distress inks onto my Splodge Mat, spritzing with water and then dabbling the card in and through it. I coloured the image with Polychromos, cut her out and stuck her to the background.

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The patterned paper is from the Gecko Galz  Portabella Road paper pack. That fabulous coordinating braid is from my stash but, sadly, I have absolutely no idea where it came from.

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That brings me to the end of today’s post, I hope you’ve enjoyed looking as much as I have enjoyed showing you around. Hope to see you back here tomorrow when a new challenge kicks off over at Crafty Boots Challenges, the theme happens to be one of my favourites!

Thanks for buzzing by.

Woodland revels

Happy Saturday! I thought I’d begin by sharing with you a photo’ of the well dressing that is currently on display in the village where I live.

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For those of you not familiar with the art of well dressings, they are created from natural materials, mainly flower petals , pressed into clay. They are thought to have begun as a celebration to give thanks for pure water after the Black Death. They are particularly prevalent in my part of the world. We have two wells in Dore and both are decorated with dressings in July. This one, on the village green, is organised by villagers and anyone can pop in to the village hall and do a bit. This year the tableau represents the signing of the Magna Carta. Sadly, well dressings don’t last very long and, because the weather had been dry, you can see this one is now quite cracked and will be taken down very soon.

As this is my last weekend before I begin a six-week stint of working away from home I intend to make the most of it, starting right here with a card I have made for this week’s City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge.

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The theme is Woodland Animals and if you’re thinking that this delightful little silhouette from The Graphics Fairy is familiar, you would be right. Here’s how I’ve used it before, you click on the picture if you’d like to see that post.

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For today’s card I printed the image on to card stock and cut it to size. Then I stamped the leaves, which are from Paper Artsy, the moon and the starry flowers, both of which are from Rubber Moon. Next, I swooshed on some Distress Inks using and Ink Duster – Shaded Lilac, Picked Raspberry, Broken China, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire were all in the mix.

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I stamped the moon and the star flowers again, coloured them with Promarkers and paper pieced them over the originals. The leaves were coloured with black crayon. I couldn’t resist adding white highlights with a Posca pen. I’ve used mats of black, silver glitter and aubergine cardstock and added a few more stamped leaves on to the white base card.

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Have a happy weekend, and thanks for buzzing by.

 

Gingeriffic

As we have moved into the second week of our stars or stripes challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges I thought I’d share a birthday card that I have made for a friend who is celebrating her birthday at the weekend:

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Did I mention that she also has three cute ginger cats? These kooky kitties are by Kira Nichols for  Stampotique. There are actually four on the stamp and it was very difficult to decide which one was left on the sidelines. The cats were coloured with Promarkers.

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The pile of presents is Daniel Torrente’s Piling Things for Stampotique. I’ve coloured the parcels with Poloychromos and decoupaged them – I think there are four layers in total. Cats and parcels were applied with glue gel to give dimension.

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The Stampotique stars you will recognise from yesterday, I added a little colouring and some crystal clear glitter.

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I added some stamping and inking around the edges and finally, and with huge risk of mucking the whole thing up,  the sentiment.

Today is one of the days when I would really rather stick my head under the duvet and pretend it’s not happening. Now if I were I cat, I could do just that!

Thanks for buzzing by.

Lame suit and a new guitar

It’s Week Two of our stars or stripes challenge over at Crafty Boots and I’m staying with stars.

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I’m still playing with my inks too – this time it’s Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio smooched on to some white card before I popped a Dylusions stencil over the top, spritzed on some water and then blotted with kitchen towel.

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The stars were stamped, using Stampotique’s Text Star, onto card, inked with distress inks and then stuck on to the card.

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The sentiment is from Chocolate Baroque’s Happy Words set and the circle is from PaperArtsy. I’ve added a doodled border.

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Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots not only to see the inspiration from the DT and our guest designers but also to link up you starry projects.

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the title of this post, I was running out of “star” titles so have taken a line from “Your a Star,” which was the theme song of the 1970s talent show “New Faces.”

Thanks for buzzing by.

Mini moon

Just buzzing in with a quick little post this morning and an equally quick and little project.

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This is a little twinchie made using a small artist canvas. I snapped a bunch of these on Ebay with the idea of making some little hanging decorations for Christmas. However, this one was close to hand when I happened to have some leftover paint on my craft mat. I just smoothed over the surplus paints, which were of the Dylusions variety, using my finger. Then I popped a stencil over the top and rubbed through it with a baby wipe.

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Once dry, I stamped the moon using black Archival ink. This is a new stamp from a newly discovered store across the pond called Rubber Moon. They do the most adorable stamps but, before you click on the link, I should warn you that it is a highly addictive site – I am already on my second order! The good news is, for those of us who live far, far away, you can have the stamps either mounted on wood or not. Choosing the latter option makes them cheaper which means you can order more before you hit the postage trigger!

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I’ve added some extra detail, using a fine black pen, and some highlights with a white pen. The actual moon face is paper pieced and coloured with Polychromos.  I absolutely love this stamp and they do an even smaller version which I’m very tempted to pop in my basket. Watch this space!

Thanks for buzzing by.