Introducing….

… Miss Agatha Bee! As you know, I received this stamp for Christmas and although I have had lots of ideas on how I’d like to use her, I just haven’t had time to do any of it .. until now!

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This is a little triptych that I made using the Tim Holtz Arch Alterations Die. I cut two, the same size, from chipboard and then cut one in half. I’ve covered them with white card and then inked with Broken China, Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn distress inks, then spritzed with water. I’ve then done some random stamping with swirls (Neil Walker) and dots.

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I stamped Agatha on the central panel and then used Stampotique’s Daisy Daisy stamp. The flower heads have been coloured with white gel pen and orange Promarker. I stamped a second image of Agatha, cut her out and coloured her in using Promarkers, paper piecing the bee. The words are from a collage sheet from Lisa’s Altered Art over on Etsy. I think this phrase its probably pertinent to a lot of people and certainly rings true for myself.

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I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s “Wings” challenge.

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I was thrilled and honoured that Magda Polakow, talented artist and creator of Agatha, left a lovely comment here on my blog just recently. I really hope she is dreaming up some more fabulous incarnations of Magda and her super cute stamp sister Nina.

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Thank you in black and white

As you know, I am very bad at getting on with making my Christmas cards. I have to tell you that I am just as bad at getting on with thank you cards. I am so behind this year I am ashamed. What’s worse is that I had already made a few thank you cards before Christmas and with all that time off that I had there is really no excuse.

 

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I made this set as part of my Gecko Galz samples towards the end of last year. Leanne produced a black and white paper pack, Graphical, and I thought the designs were far too pretty to be covered up so, instead, I used them as the main feature of the card. They were so easy to make, I have no excuse for not having made a whole stack!

 

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I’ve matted and layered the paper onto raspberry pink and black card and then popped on the sentiment.

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I originally intended to add a tiny butterfly, but was happy with them just the way they were so left it at that!

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Apologies to all those people who are due to receive one of these – now I have admitted my shame in public I will try and redeem myself at the earliest opportunity.

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Forever

Good morning and I hope you are keeping warm, especially all my blog friends across the pond where, in some regions, there seems to be some super wintery weather. In my part of the world more snow has been forecast and I have put plans in place for cancelling events that are scheduled to coincide with the snow. That probably guarantees that we won’t see one single flake!!!

I’m back today to share another card that I made for the latest challenge over at My Artistic Adventures which has the theme of Love.

 

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I’ve used Heather’s new Vintage Valentine’s Day paper set  and layered up two different colours.

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The heart, cupid and sentiment are from the Romantic Focals collage set. This set actually makes a tussie mussie but the images are so versatile, especially the fabulous shape of the hears, they can be used separately too. I’ve outlined them all with gold glitter.

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Lace, ribbon and a paper rose finish the job!

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Heather currently has a special offer on at her Etsy Shop where if you spend $20 dollars on products before the 14th February 2015 (trust me, that will not be difficult – check out the fabulous backing papers for starters!) you will get the collage sheet set to create this banner

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Back with a butterfly

Gosh, I can’t believed that I haven’t blogged for a whole week. Since my return to work a fortnight ago life seems to have been one hectic whirl and hasn’t yet returned to what passes for “normal” in my world. Having had two weekends where I’ve been away, I finally found a little time to play craft over the weekend. It also meant that I could avoid watching the football! I love watching my team in real life, even if the do often put their fans through the wringer, but I just can’t watch them on TV. If they win, I will watch the highlights but otherwise it is all too painful! Thankfully, whilst a lot of major teams got knocked out by minnows, my side scraped a win in the dying seconds.

Anyway, over at Crafty Boots Challenges we have reached the midway point of our butterflies challenge. I’ve made another card:

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I’d actually made the stamped background for something else and then never used it and although I was tempted to use a bee, I think the butterfly does the job just as well.

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For the background I used Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet inks with a little Walnut Stain around the edges. I’ve stamped some script, using more Victorian Velvet and a swirly flower design using Walnut Stain. The honeycomb was stamped in Frayed Burlap and then I’ve added gold glitter by going over parts of the design with a glue pen. I saw this idea in a recent (ish) issue of Craft Stamper magazine.

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The butterfly was coloured with Victorian Velvet and highlighted with gold glitter. I’ve used scraps of lace and some muslin for the butterfly to perch on.

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Another scrap of lace and some shabby seam binding are topped off with a tiny paper rose.

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I am also sharing my card over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is wings.

As you know, if you read my previous post, it is almost a year ago since tiny Knox, the little boy that captured my heart, lost his battle against Cockayne Syndrome and grew his butterfly wings. The butterfly is the symbol of Amy and Friends, the charity that supports those suffering from Cockayne Syndrome and their families. You can find out more here.  I’d love it, should you feel inclined to do so, if you left a message of support for and/or liked the Amy and Friends page on Facebook. If you make a butterfly project it would be great if you could mention Amy and Friends in your blog post.

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Butterfly how time flutters by

Having been super busy at work all week and then away for the weekend I was little anxious about whether or not I would get my DT sample made for the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. Then on Friday, fate stepped in and played her part – my computer decided it needed to do some updates and very kindly starting shutting itself down I decided to seize the moment and, in the time it took for it to close down, re-start, install the updates and shut down again, whip up my card:

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Amazing what you can rustle up when the chips are down! In case you haven’t guessed, the theme for our new challenge is butterflies.

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I’ve used cream card, coloured it with Broken China distress ink and then spritzed it with water. Once dry I’ve used a variety of background stamps and Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain distress inks to build up layers.

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The butterfly was stamped, using Walnut Stain, on a piece of paper coloured in the same way.

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I’ve coloured some seam binding and crumpled it before tying in a bow. I’ve added a selection of paper roses in coordinating colours. The sentiment is from the Darkroom Door String Inspiration set.

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Make sure you buzz over and see what the rest of the Crafty Boots design team have been up to.

Those of you who buzz by here regularly will know that butterflies have a very special place in my heart as they are the symbol of Amy and Friends, the charity that supports those suffering from Cockayne Syndrome and their families. Sadly, almost a year ago, Knox, the little boy that captured my heart, lost his battle against Cockayne Syndrome and grew his butterfly wings. I am privileged to have met him and his gorgeous family and send them lots of love. You can find out more here. And I’d love it, should you feel inclined to do so, if you left a message of support for and/or liked the Amy and Friends page on Facebook.

 

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Tag Love

As you know, I went back to work on Monday after a long Christmas break and I have to tell you that  my feet haven’t touched the ground since! I seem to have a “to do” list as long as my arm and although I know it will all get done, it would have been nice to have the opportunity to ease myself back in gently! There has been absolutely no time whatsoever to indulge in any crafting or creating. Fortunately I made my samples for the new My Artistic Adventures challenge whilst I was still on holiday so can share one of those with you today. Challenge number two has a love theme and I have created a tag:

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Heather has started designing some background papers that compliment her fabulous collage sheets. Here, I have used papers from the Victorian Vintage Valentine’s collection.

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You can check out all her fabulous designs, including one with bees which I am super excited about, in her Etsy shop.

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I made chipboard heart and a circle and covered them with papers from the set. I’ve decorated the heart with glitter, using a glue pen to create the dots, lace and a tiny paper forget-me-not. The “love” sentiment is from the Romantic Focals collage set.

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I’ve used more lace and another chipboard heart at the base of the tag.

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At the top I’ve added a bow made from seam binding.

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Make sure you buzz over to My Artistic Adventures Challenges and take a look at the gorgeous creations that the other DT members have made. We hope you will share your projects with us.

Love is blue

So the day I was dreading is finally here – after my long Christmas break I have to return work :( I’ve been very lucky to have such a long time off but boy did I work hard beforehand to earn it!! It really has done me the power of good, I switched off completely, began to feel rested and had a wonderful time, full of treats and surprises.

This particular Monday we have reached the half-way stage for the current challenge over at Crafty Boots where the theme is “Out with old and in with the New”.  Use new or previously unused crafting goodies, and possibly team them with something old, to create any kind of project. Today I have a a card to share with you:

 

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The new here is one of Heather’s fabulous collage sheets, Conversation Hearts. There are two sheets in the set and they are filled with little hearts with cute and romantic sayings on them.

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There’s also a similar set that has cute pictures on too  – I think I might need to get them!! You can find these, together with Heather’s fabulous new background papers, over at her My Artistic Adventures Etsy shop.

Also new is some music washi tape that had fallen to the bottom of my stash. I’ve layered it up with my very old muslin and my favourite white organza roses.

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I’ve added a little stamping, behind the heart, using a splatter stamp and some blue ink.

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I love the freshness of the blue and white together.

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Agatha Heart is back

An early post today as I am jetting off to London (well, catching a train!) for the day with a small group of friends. I love a trip to London and this one promises to be fun as we are going to the Shard which, to date, I’ve only seen in the distance.

Today I am sharing a project that is my entry for this week’s Sunday Stampers where the theme is hearts.

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You will see I have given Agatha Moon a break and brought Agatha heart out to play. I suspect that you will be seeing quite a bit of her as Valentine’s Day approaches. I’ve used the base of a box, I can’t remember what it originally contained, that is slightly deeper and taller than a large matchbox. I covered it with book pages and then painted it, using mainly dry brushing, first with pale grey acrylic and then some baby blue.

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Agatha was stamped, cut out and then coloured with Promarkers. I’ve added a tiny sprinkling of glitter to her wings and the heart. To suspend her from the box I’ve used some clear nylon thread and taped it to the underside at the top.

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I’ve used a stamp to add the “xo”. The little hearts were cut using a Siizzix die, coloured with Promarkers and then stamped using Stampotique’s French Text stamp. There’s a little border stamp across the bottom of the box.

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Burlap and book pages

City Crafter Challenge Blog have kicked of 2015 with a challenge that asks you to use burlap or, as we call it over here in the UK, hessian. I have quite a bit of this in my stash but, as I have gone for a CAS card, have only used a small amount on my card.

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I’ve used a square of book page and inked the edges with Frayed Burlap distress ink, which seemed appropriate. On top is a tiny heart that I have cut from a piece of chunky lace. I’ve simply slipped the square of burlap in between the two then topped it off with a small button.

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The sentiment, also stamped in Frayed Burlap, is a stamp from the Darkroom Door String Inspiration, a long time favourite of mine.

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Agatha Moon take 2

There is a big tree shaped hole in my life! I had to wait until the menfolk came home to remove the tree from the living room and the smell was absolutely divine and I will miss that too. However, despite my constant watering of the tree throughout the festive period, this tree shed more needless that I would have thought possible. I think it was protesting at its eviction.

There’s also a “little house” shaped hole in my crafty world but I’m compensating for that by playing with all my new crafty goodies. I promised you that I would show you what I did with the first Agatha Moon impression that I originally created for my little hanging and also the different, but similar, project that I created in tandem with my Crafty Boots DT sample.

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This is a little altered canvas using the reverse side to create a shadow box. I first covered the frame with two layers of tissue, old wrapping from various deliveries and packages. I creased and crumpled it so there was some texture to it. I am indebted to my friend Ruth who used this technique on a recent project of hers. I had been sitting with a larger frame and the tissue contemplating giving it a go and hoping it was an easy way to cover up the staples that are very visible on the reverse side. Coincidentally, Ruth produced an adorable project, on that very day, that did just that so, without further ado, I got on and gave it a go, opting for a slightly smaller canvas so that Agatha wasn’t dwarfed by it. Check out Ruth’s project here.

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I used a piece of card for the the inside of the frame but used the same technique for both inside and out and the same one that I used for my card on Monday. Distress inks – Stormy Sky, Faded Jeans, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves and then gold texture paste applied through a stencil. You might notice those little white blotches – that’s what happens when a lazy crafter doesn’t clean her stencil to rid it of Picket Fence spray. However, I like the effect it created, tiny stars in the distance, so left it as it was. I should also add that I rubbed on a little gold acrylic paint to the outside of the frame before stencilling.

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The stamped stars were leftover from my hanging. Agatha too…

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… she does have a very melancholy look about her but I’d like to think she’s on the verge of a smile.

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