I can hardly believe that we are now in September, this year has absolutely whizzed by. Today’s project doesn’t help either as I’m sharing the first of my Gecko Galz projects for this month the majority of which have a Halloween theme! This month’s customer challenge, when you have the chance to win a $25 shopping spree, is “Tricks and Treats.”

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Here’s what I made:


These definitely fall into the trick category don’t you think? All the label images come from this month’s Arsenic and Lace kit.


The bottles were cut from chipboard using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz Alterations die – Apothecary Bottles. I painted them with Dylusions paints and then grunged them up a bit with distress inks.


I added a skull charm and matching jewel to each one.


This black cat label should in fact be a green/grey colour but, quite by chance, my printer was running out of ink and it came out purple instead. I distressed all the labels with scrunching and Walnut Stain distress ink.


I thought these wold look great hanging from a tree so I’ve added some loops to the back.

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A gnome to go to

I have a very small project to share with you today and I’m talking tiny!


I couldn’t resist this little fun guy garden gnome from Rubber Moon. I’ve coloured him with Polychromos and then popped him into a tiny glass vial with some green Icelandic moss and a daisy.


I added the top of a spun cotton toadstool to the cork and tied some twine around the neck of the bottle.


The finishing touch is a tiny butterfly charm.


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Sketchy Challenge

It may be a Bank Holiday here in the UK but that’s not putting us off our stride over at Crafty Boots Challenges where it’s time for a new theme. For the next fortnight we have a sketch for you to play with:

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Now I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t always find sketches easy and this one in particular was quite a challenge. Here’s what I came up with:


I’ve teamed some raspberry cardstock with patterned paper from Craftwork cards.


Love that pearl trim from Wild Orchid Crafts that I’ve teamed here with coordinating ribbons from my stash.


The paper roses match the ribbon and I’ve slipped in a lacy doily.


Hope you’ll find time to join in with us and share your take on the sketch.

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Rockin’ all over the world

Hope you are enjoying the weekend and a long, Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK?! Each morning I have celebrated the fact that this week there is no loading up and setting off on my travels for work! Ironically, this week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog has the title “World Traveller,” although my work travels have hardly been global, I have certainly covered a lot of miles, both by van and on foot. I sometimes I reckon a must travel a couple of miles just turning a circle whilst I remember what it is I was about to do!! Anyway, here’s the card I made:


Well of course I was going to use Agatha the Traveller!!!! I’ve used some map print paper and used distress inks to colour it, basing my palette on the sort of colours you see on world maps.


I’ve created a little tag using Stampotique’s Agatha the Traveler by Magda Polakow.


The journey stamp is by Tim Holtz and I’ve also added in a little stamped and punched butterfly. All the backgrounds and the butterfly were inked with the same colours that I used on the map.

Before I sign off, I have to tell you that yesterday I finally went and had my Mother’s Day afternoon tea. My youngest son had bought me a voucher for Mother’s Day for afternoon tea for two at the pub/restaurant that is owned by the chefs that he works for. Rowley’s  is also where his girlfriend works. Mr Beez and I went for tea yesterday afternoon and very good it was too. When the tea arrived I discovered that the Head Chef had created some special biscuits in my honour:

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How cute is that?? There was one each for Mr Beez and, like the rest of the afternoon tea, it was absolutely delicious!


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Getting back to normal!

After six weeks and 36 cooking sessions with 36 parents and 108 children, my summer workathon is finally over. Although I still have two van loads of kit to unload today it is a relief that I don’t have to organise myself to do it all again next week!!! So, before the madness of my schedule for September and October kicks in I’m going to be celebrating the fact that I now have a couple of weeks where I can live life at a slightly slower pace, integrate myself back into society and not feel self-conscious because I smell of vegetable fajitas or chicken tikka masla!!! I’ve made a little postcard to help keep me in chilled out mode!


I’ve used Mindy Lacefield’s Dreamer Girl and a flower stamp, both of which are from Rubber Moon. The sentiment is a Tim Hotz rub on.


I used Poly chromos for the colouring and some Tumbled Glass distress ink for the background. The girl was paper pieced.


I’ve added a few highlights with a white Sharpie marker pen.


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Vintage golf

August seems to be the month of birthdays on the little cul-de-sac I live on. This week sees one of our neighbours celebrate his eightieth and I have made him a card to mark the occasion:


Peter is a keen golfer although now I believe he has had to limit most of his action to the 19th hole! I found this vintage golf image over at The Graphics Fairy. I’ve teamed it with browns and golds plus some papers from 7gypsies that I have had in my stash forever.



Love the fold stitching down the sides of the ribbon.


Happy Birthday Peter, enjoy your day!

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Summer bee take 2

I have another Fair and Square project, for the current Crafty Boots Challenge,  to share with you today.


This is a canvas that I have had fun transforming with my favourite bee image from Stampotique.


I began by applying texture paste through a floral stencil. I’m at the end of my pot and think I might have been a bit frugal as there isn’t a huge amount of texture, although more than you can see in the photograph here. Once dry, I rubbed on some Dylusions paint. I used a baby wipe so that much of the colour was removed. I applied the bee using the tissue transfer technique, applying a coat of Glue ‘n’ Seal over the whole thing. The rest of the stamping was done directly on to the canvas.


I’ve added highlights of colour using a white gel pen, Promarkers and Polychromos.

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Summer wishes

Just about to begin my final week of working away for the summer. It has flown by, which in some respects is good but, equally, I feel it has been a bit of a lost summer with work/life balance firmly weighted towards work. This I week I will be carried along on a wave of giddiness knowing that next weekend there will be no packing up, ironing of aprons, washing of tea towels, internet shopping delivery and sorting, weighing of flour, checking of registers or cooking of pasta. And….I do have a little afternoon tea date with Mr Beez.

It’s week two of our current “Fair and Square” challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges where we are asking you to share a project that is pretty and square. Simples! Today I have a card that I made using a pretty shell image from the Gecko Galz Beachy Jewels collage sheet.


I’ve layered it up on some hessian/burlap and corrugated card, both of which have been dry brushed with gesso.


In one corner I’ve added some wisps of gauze and some sweetheart blossoms.


The ribbon is seam binding that I have coloured with Dried Marigold and Tea Dye distress inks.


The little stars are tiny beads from my stash.


Don’t forget to buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT and our guest designers have created. We’d love it if you took the time to share your projects with us all and there’s a chance to earn a guest designer spot if you do.

Here’s to a good week and thanks for buzzing by.



I love it when blog challenges come up with a new and original theme and the super talented Stella, over at City Crafter Challenge Blog has come up with a great one. This week she is asking us to work in just one corner, leaving the rest of the space blank. Here’s my card:


Well of course there was going to be a bee, what did you expect?! I’ve used a Wendy Vecchi stamp to create the dog rose in the corner stamping it first directly onto the card and then twice more on to card. I cut out two lots of petals, snipping in between to separate them, and one lot of leaves. Leaves and petals were coloured with Polychromos before folding and layering over the original stamped image.


Before applying them I brushed on a little Salty Ocean distress ink and stamped the bee and the sentiment. The bee has also been paper pieced. I’ve layered the stamped square on to green and then pink cardstock.



This card also fits in nicely with the current Crafty Boots challenge “Fair and Square.”

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Inspired by Andy Warhol

So five weeks down and one to go in my summer work marathon. Last week was probably the toughest being almost the last, but not quite. Next week excitement and giddiness will see me through! No injuries this week but, do you know, I got stung by a wasp again on my return home?!

I think the title of my post probably says it all about this week’s post. This is something that I have had in mind for quite some time so I was thrilled that the current Stampotique Designers’ Challenge gave me the perfect excuse to get on and do it. The super talented Sam Read is asking us to use some sort of repetition in our designs. I’ve used my favourite muse, the gorgeous Agatha, for Stampotique, in this tribute to Andy Warhol’s famous colour screen print series.


I opted to use Agatha Crown, by Magda Polakow for Stampotique, and just masked off the crown. The squares are twiniche sized, 2″ x 2″, and I began by colouring them with distress inks. Next, I stamped Agatha, using a variety of inks, on to each square. I made a second stamping, using the same colour, onto white card. As I had used some Archival and some Distress Inks, I made sure the latter was thoroughly dry before smooching on distress inks. I then paper pieced my multi-coloured Agathas over the original stamping.

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I’ve mounted all the squares onto some chunky black card. This is one of those projects that is for no particular purpose but gave me a lot of fun in the making. Thanks Sam for a great challenge.


This piece also works perfectly for our current “Fair and Square” challenge over at Crafty Boots.

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