Back on home turf!

So, another month of madness is over and I’m hoping that things will start to be a little less crazy on the work front. I shall still be zipping off on my travels, but the journeys will be closer to home. My week in Brussels was exhausting but also fun and I met some great people from all over the world and had a privileged insight into the world of one of the biggest global brands in the world – Mars Foods, who were fantastic hosts. A highlight of the trip was working with one of their development chefs. Here’s myself and my colleague ready for the factory tour:


Oh the glamour!!

Hopefully, I will not be missing in action quite as much over the next few months and get my craft on a bit more, especially as we have the fun of Halloween and Christmas, not to mention the Gecko Galz Blog Hop, ahead of us. Today we have reached the midway point of our current challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme is “Gold or Silver.” I was hoping to have a silver project in place for this morning but didn’t quite get there so instead I’m sharing the second of my gold themed projects:


I love getting inky! Here I’ve blended Cracked Pistachio, Peacock Feathers, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire into an ombre effect. The gold splatters were created by using a splatter stamp and gold heat embossing. I ran a Krylon gold leaf pen around the edge of the card.


The butterfly was die cut from cardstock and was inked using the same colours. I used a script stamp and more heat embossing and then ran it through a Texture Fades embossing folder. The antennae were created by winding some gold wire around a cocktail stick.


When I returned after my week in Europe, my flight was late in the evening and so I stayed overnight in Manchester before finally returning home first thing on Saturday morning. Mr Beez picked me up from the station and this little surprise was waiting for me as we pulled up onto the drive.


I think he missed me!!!

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Musical butterflies

Pinch and a punch it’s  the first of the month, which also means it’s time for a new customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz and the theme is The Music In Me. If you buzz over to the blog you can see all the fabulous projects that the rest of the DT have come up with. Here’s mine:


The base is a piece of chipboard that I have covered with paper and then inked and stamped. I also added some punched leafy branches.


The image is from this month’s La Boheme digital kit. I printed it out on to watercolour cardstock and then swooshed it through some watercolours that I had mixed on my crafty mat. Once it was applied to the base, I gave everything a dry brushing of gesso. I printed a second image , left it white and cut out the butterflies which were then added over the top of the original.


There’s a cluster of roses in one corner and they too have been dry brushed with gesso. I saw an idea similar to this in Craft Stamper magazine.


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Gold stars

Another week and for me, another country! Having been over the border in Scotland for the last fortnight I’ve made another quick turnaround, unpacked and repacked, and, yesterday, jetted off to Brussels. I’m due to spend the week there so forgive me if there is a slight delay in visiting your blogs and I’m MIA for challenges. However, I couldn’t let my Crafty Boots DT teamies and leave the country without producing a project for our new “Gold/Silver” challenge.


I’ve gone for gold, in the crafting sense, and a bit of a CAS look. The musical notes are washi tape whilst the sentiment is stamped. I used punches to cut the stars from gold glimmer card.


This card will be perfect for my musically talented friend whose birthday is coming up next month.


Buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and hopefully you will have linked up your own Gold/Sliver project by the time I’m back on Saturday :)

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Monochrome for men

In between all this to-ing and fro-ing to Scotland my colleague also celebrated their birthday. Luckily, it was on Saturday so hopefully he was able to celebrate properly before setting off on our long journey yesterday. I created this card for him:


This card is also acting as a reminder that we have reached the halfway point of our monochrome challenge over at Crafty Boots. Do buzz over and take a look at the projects our guest and regular DT members have created.


Once again I’ve used black and vanilla as my monochrome palette. The backing paper is another from Stampin’ Up! I cut the stars from cardstock using the Primitive Stars Alterations die and a punch. The little black pearls are from my stash.

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Piecing it all together

Having landed back home late on Thursday followed by a full on day in the office on Friday I am today heading back to Scotland again! It’s never much fun working on a Sunday but, on this occasion needs must. I’m struggling to have any sort of work life balance right now, the scales are still firmly weighted towards work. However, it does come with some rewards. Take a look at how fabulous it was whilst I was there, going over the Forth Bridge from Rosyth to Edinburgh:




The delegates on our two-day course were absolutely lovely. Myself and my two colleagues were each presented with a gift bag containing a selection of local treats:


If you look carefully you might just be able to spot the little sprig of Scottish heather and a miniature bottle of Scotch whisky in amongst the sweet treats :)

Whilst I am doing all this to-ing and fro-ing I am striving not to miss out on joining in with my favourite craft blog challenges.  I have to be quick whilst creating, there’s no time dither – this is not my strong suit!! So yesterday there was just time to whip up a card for the current challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog. I have been particularly pleased and excited that my cards for the last two CCCB challenges have been chosen for the Spotlight Artist award. Click on the pictures if you’d like to learn more.



The current challenge is to use paper piecing. I love paper piecing and use it a lot, in fact, both of the cards above have utilised it. Firstly for the main Agatha image and then then for the bee in the second card. These images were stamped and coloured before placing over the original image, allowing me to keep the detail of the images without intricate cutting out. But paper piecing also works brilliantly with patterned papers and cardstock:


For my card I used the Stitched Houses stamp by Stampotique. In keeping with the stitching that outlines the houses, I used a paper pad from Craftwork Cards that has lots of fabric like designs. The houses were stamped on to white card and then stamped a second time on to the patterned papers. The images were cut out and then placed over the original stamping.


I layered the card on to another piece of the paper, adding ribbon, resin flowers and a stamped sentiment.



Whilst I was away, I got to sample some lovely local food including haggis, which I love. On our last night I also got to try the naughtiest local speciality – the  famous deep fried Mars Bar! I’ve been wanting to try one of these for ages  and it didn’t disappoint. The batter was light and not greasy and the inside was warm and gooey. I may just have to try another whilst I am there this time :)


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September with the Galz

Good Morning! It’s my turn to feature on the Gecko Galz blog today. I’ve been a bit slow this month in sharing all my DT samples partly because, as you know, I have been super busy with work but also because many of them are Halloween themed. The Galz have a fabulous selection of Halloween products which you can check out in their Etsy shop.

If you take part in this month’s Tricks and Treats Customer Challenge you could also bag yourself a $25 Gecko Galz shopping spree. Click on the image below to find out more!

GG Sept CC Badge

As always, lots of pictures in todays post and, if you keep reading, you can pick up a fabulous FREE digital stamp.

If you haven’t already see my Poison Bottle post you can find all the details by clicking on the picture below.


And click on the image if you’d like to find out more about my Witchy Monochrome card.

Witch black magic

Next up, taking a little break from Halloween, is a card I made using an image from the Tattoo Girls collage set. This is a brilliant set and the images are so versatile. It was hard to pick which one to use and in the end I chose one that reminded me a little bit of a Pierrot.

Tattoo birthday


I teamed it up with coordinating cardstock and some fabulous spotty organza ribbon.

So back to Halloween again!


How cute is that little kitty peeking out of the jack o’lantern? The image is from the Halloween Night collage set, whilst the the chalkboard is from the Arsenic and Lace Kit. The papers are from the Freak Show pack.

As you know, every month each DT member has a free digital image to give away and you can grab the one below for your collection.



I used it to make another card:


The chevron paper is from the Freak Show pack, the black paper is from the Arsenic and Lace kit. Digitally, I layered the image on to some paper from Hocus Pocus. I used a stamp from Chocolate Baroque and stamped onto some coordinating paper from my stash.

I have a couple more projects that I will be sharing over the next couple of weeks so be sure to buzz back soon.

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Witchy monochrome

Continuing the monochrome theme that is our challenge over at Crafty Boots I thought I’d share a card I made as one of my Gecko Galz DT projects:

Witch black magic

I absolutely love this witch image which is from the Halloween Night collage set. I’ve teamed it up with some equally fabulous paper from this month’s Arsenic and Lace Kit.



The little tag is also from the kit. I’ve added in black lace and tinsel trim together with some spooky spider ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.


If you can, pop back on Friday when I will have a couple more Halloween projects to share with you as well as fabulous FREE digitl stamp, courtesy of the Gecko Galz.

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Monochrome Monday

Time for a new challenge at Crafty Boots and our theme for the next fortnight is monochrome. The DT have created some fabulous projects to inspire you so make sure you buzz over and take a look at what they have been up to. Here’s my card:


I’ve used lots of designer papers from Stampin’ Up and created lots and lots of layers, slipping in coordinating cardstock in between.


As soon as fished these papers out of my stash I knew I would end up with a bee or a butterfly and that there would certainly be some organza rose trim and pearls thrown in for good measure!


I know myself too well!!


I hope you can find time to join in with our challenge, we’d love it if you did.

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Nature Girl

Having scraped in close to the wire yesterday for the Sunday Stampers Challenge I’m hoping to be first off the blocks for this week’s! Tomorrow, I am hitting the road, in the name of work, once again and this time it’s the high road to Scotland. It’s quite exciting to be going way of my normal patch but it’s also going to be yet another tiring escapade. Still, I’m sure it’s nothing that Haggis and deep fried Mars Bars won’t get us through!

So the theme for this week’s Sunday Stamper’s Challenge is nature and guess who I brought to the party-


Say hello to Agatha Flower by Magda Polakow, one of the designs for last month’s new releases from Stampotique. I don’t know if you agree but this incarnation of my little friend seems a little less melancholy? I would also like to share this card over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their current challenge which is to make a card that is flat as possible so it doesn’t need extra postage! Ironically, I intend to give this card to one of our freelance staff who will be supporting myself and my colleague in Edinburgh this week.


I use Polychromos to colour all the images and added a couple of extra flowers. The little bees are from the Agatha Bee stamp.


I suppose I better get on and pack, this is not my strong suit as I’m an “everything but the kitchen sink,” type of girl. I may be a while!

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Night Owl

I was so excited to see the lovely Hels was back with the Sunday Stampers challenge that I was determined not to miss out on entering even though it’s been a busy old week. So when I should have been making sure that I was ready to go out the minute Mr Beez returned from the shops (I was on a final warning!) I probably shouldn’t have been messing about with inks and things.


The theme for the challenge this week is to include a bird. You might recognise this adorable little owl as the freebie that came with this month’s Craft Stamper magazine. I’ve coloured him in with Polychromos and added some white highlights.


For the background, I masked off a circle for the moon and then smooched on Seedless Preserves, Blueprint, Faded Denim, Chipped Sapphire and Smocked Hickory distress inks. I spritzed with water and then with Picket Fence Distress Stain. The moon was coloured with more distress inks – Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Fossilised Amber and a bit of Smoked Hickory.


Don’t you just love that cheeky wink? I’d like to think he was keeping my little secret but, as it happens, I was ready (just!) in time.

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