Still sparkling

Having spent the last two days working in York, squeezing in a little visit to my favourite tea shop, Betty’s, whilst I was there, today I am heading back and guess what? I’m having another afternoon tea. Well, you can never have too much of a good thing can you? One of my work colleagues, who is also my line manager, is about to celebrate her half-century so her supervisees have organised a celebratory tea in her honour. We have a few surprises for her along the way so it should be fun.

You might remember this 50th birthday card that I made not that long ago?  I added a gold 50 after I had shared it on my blog:


This design was very straight forward so I decided to use it again, just substituting the washi tape for a gold script design:


I also added a mount of gold mirri card. The reflective qualities of the mirri have made the edges look slightly strange in the photograph.

As my sister-in-law is going to be forty at the start of next month I thought I’d use the same design again, this time opting for ruby red and diamante.


I returned to the music washi tape as she is a pianist.

Finally, I also have friends who recently celebrated their ruby wedding anniversary so adapted the design for their card.


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Softly, softly take 2 and three deer

If you buzzed by earlier in the week you will know that we are having a spots and dots challenge over at the Crafty Boots Challenge Blog. I’ve made a second card, another wintery scene, using some fabulous snowy paper that I’ve had in my stash for ages.


The deer die is the Deer Trio from Memory Box. I’ve added some gold glittery ribbon and some gold tinsel twine. The red stamped sentiment is from Darkroom Door’s Stitched Christmas.

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Softly, softly

We have a new challenge theme starting over at Crafty Boots Challenges. For the next two weeks we are asking you to share projects that have spots or dots.


I really did try to resist my white dots addiction but sometimes there’s not a lot you can do, try as you like the inevitable just happens.


I inked up the background using Faded Denim, Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet. You will recognise the PaperArtsy leafy branch stamp from the Flora and Fauna 3 set. In addition to colouring the leaves in black I also gave them an icy coat of crystal clear glitter and a sprinkle of white glitter. The cute little owl is from Rubber Moon.


I’ve add a mount of silver glitter card and a little arrangement of pine cones and berries.The sentiment stamp has been in my collection for a long time and I’m afraid I can’t remember where it originates from.


I have a white pen with a large bullet tip and I used this to create the falling snow, clustering little groups together to get the blurry effect of tumbling flakes.

Make you buzz over to Crafty Boots to see what the rest of the DT have created and hope you have time to join in the fun by sharing your projects with us.

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November with the Galz

Good morning! It’s that time again when I get to showcase my Design Team samples using the November releases from the Gecko Galz. There are lots of fabulous products this month including lots of yummy vintage Christmas themes. I already shared my Customer Challenge project – take another look here and click on the photo if you’d like to find out how I made it.


Continuing the white theme and again using a digital stamp from the Christmas Sayings stamp set.

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I’ve just added bits and bobs of lace, ribbon and tinsel from my scrap stash.

This mpnth’s kit is called Blue Christmas and it is jam packed with lots of fabulous images. I love this jolly Santa snowflake.



I added crystal clear glitter to his beard and hat and then popped an epoxy dome over the top.


I’m not sure where those cute little distressed jingle bells come from but they were perfect to finish off my jolly card.

I’ve used another image from the Blue Christmas Kit to make a little decoration. This was super quick to make. After printing the image, I stuck it to some chipboard and then applied Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain distress inks. I used a gold leaf pen around the edge and then created a little hanger from some gold tinsel trim.



I picked out some of the lettering using a glue pen and gold glitter.

Finally, another card using a different digital image from Blue Christmas.


First, I sized the image so that each bauble was the same size as my circle punch and then printed it out twice. I punched out each of the baubles and edged them with gold glitter before applying them over the original. I also used a glue pen to help me add more gold glitter to the strings and bows.



Now, I also have a little confession to make. As you know, each month Leanne provides each DT member with a digi stamp to give away on their blog. I forgot that last month there wasn’t one as we had a free collage sheet to give away as part of the Blog Hop and ended up sharing the one that was meant for this month. Oops! So, here it is again, together with the sample that I made using it and the collage sheet that I gave away during the hop!



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As part of the Blog Hop we were challenged to make a Christmas project using one of the images on our sheets. I was thrilled to learn that my little ornament was the winner :)


Don’t forget that there is a free stamp to collect from every Gecko Galz DT member, buzz over to the blog and find the links to grab yours! Enjoy and thanks for buzzing by.



Poppy tag

I was disappointed to miss the spectacular display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London. So imagine how excited I was to learn that part of the display was being installed locally! I was certainly not going to miss out a second time so at the first available opportunity I buzzed over to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park with Mr Beez. My pictures don’t really do it justice but take a look anyway:



Today I am sharing another project I created for the current Crafty Boots challenge which has the theme Remembrance/Giving thanks.


I created this tag using a digital image from the Gecko Galz Victorian Spring Kit. I printed the image out on to some white cardstock and then inked it all over with Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I spritzed it with water and then used a water brush to remove more ink from the leaves and buds.


I printed out two more images and cut out the petal layers, inked them and then spritzed with water and crumpled them up to add texture before paper piecing them over the original.


The bow is seam binding coloured with Antique Linen distress ink and then spritzed with water and crumpled, just like the flower. The little MDF heart has been painted with gesso then picket fence crackle paint before being inked.


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Another Monday, another week and another new challenge begins at Crafty Boots. It’s been a little while since I posted here so let me first show you a couple of pictures from the rest of my week. We were lucky enough to visit the fabulous gardens at Chatsworth House, close to where I live. In addition to their spectacular fireworks display, this year they also had a “fire garden;” lots of sculptures filled with flame! Not easy to photograph but take a look at a couple of the better pictures:

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I’ve also been busy, as usual, out and about cooking as part of my job. Here I am channelling my inner Nigella with a couple of other faces you may recognise:


And I also zipped over to Liverpool to cook at one of our conferences at Goodison Park, home of Everton FC:


Now on today’s project for the Crafty Boots remembrance/giving thanks challenge. I’ve chosen to make a sympathy card for a friend of mine whose father died recently:


The poppy tree is a digi stamp from A Day for Daisies. I coloured the tree with Polychromos and then inked the background and grass with distress inks, spritzing with a little water. Once dry, I added just a whisper of red glitter to the poppy flowers. I used red raffia across the card and secured the sentiment, which is from a Darkroom Door word strip, with a tiny, heart-topped white peg.

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Make sure you buzz over to Crafty Boots to see what the rest of the DT have been up to and we’d love it if you linked up your projects. Anything that commemorates an event or person would be just perfect. Thanks for buzzing by.

Autumn pixie

It’s week two of our Halloween/Autumn challenge over at Crafty Boots and I decided that, as Halloween has been and gone, I would share a cute little autumnal card:


This cute little image is from the Gecko Galz Fall Into Nature collage sheet.


I glittered the leaf and then created lots of mats and layers from coordinating cardstock in autumnal shades. The patterned papers are from the Gecko Galz Autumn Harvest paper pack.


In one corner I added some paper flowers from my stash.


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Sugar plum fairy

The Gecko Galz annual blog hop may have reached it’s conclusion (scroll down if you’d like to see my projects and grab the free collage sheet) but as it is the start of a new month, there’s a whole new batch of fabulous products for you to feast your eyes on as well as a new customer challenge which gives you a chance to win a shopping spree over in their Etsy Store. The theme this month is Sugar Plum Fairies:


Photographing my little altered peat pot basket was a nightmare, particularly on grey, drizzly morning, but I’ve done my best.


The little fairy image is from the Sugar Plum Fairies digital collage sheet. I cut her out, added a little skirt from some cheesecloth and layered on additional wings to give them dimension. Bothe wings and skirt were dusted with crystal clear glitter. Then I popped a little white rose into her hands.


The base is a cheap old peat pot that I coated with gesso and then some of the new Prima Snowflake Paste. If you haven’t come across this, it is a texture paste with sparkle. The sentiment is an image from this month’s Christmas Sayings digital stamp set.


I created the handle of the basket out of some starry tinsel and added some white tinsel around the top.


I used some silvery grey satin ribbon from my stash to create a big puffy bow and topped it off with a little felt snowflake.


I will be featuring the rest of my DT samples over the next few weeks so please do buzz back soon.

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Little witch

Happy Halloween! I have one last project to share with you this morning, a little Halloween decoration featuring my favourite little lady:


Yes, Magda Polakow created a new little Agatha all dressed up as a witch. Don’t you just love her? I’ve coloured her with polychromos and popped her on to a little broomstick. Her cat is also a stamp from Stampotique, he looks so cheeky perched there riding pillion. The little pumpkin is something called a putka pod – a fruit that, apparently, comes from the cheese tree.



I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge which is a free one.


The scene is all set for tonight and battery operated tealights mean the wind and rain won’t put a dampner on things. Mr Beez is all for turning the lights out and pretending we’re not in so it’s my job to answer the door and dish out the treats. However, I won’t be sharing my own new treat find – mini Reese’s peanut butter pumpkins. Oh my!

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