Christmas on the block

Our new challenge over at Crafty Boots is…. Christmas, YAY! My first DT project that I am going to share is some altered wooden blocks.


These were super easy to make. I gave the blocks a coat of gesso and then, on the larger one, a coat of red paint. On the latter I also rubbed the edges with gold acrylic paint. I applied vintage Christmas images (courtesy of the Gecko Galz) using sparkle Mod Podge on the cube and gloss Mod Podge on the ATC. To finish them off, I added some silver glitter along the edges of the cube and tied candy strip cord around the ATC sized one, adding a couple of tiny rusty jingle bells for god measure.



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I love that I have found a great way to utilise lots of nostalgic images and papers.

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Jar, snow globe and glitter

It’s the second week of our “See the wood for the trees” challenge over at Crafty Boots. I have continued with my Christmas theme for this challenge and created a quick and simple card:


The jar stamp is from Red Lead and I’ve used one of Darkroom Door’s Stitched Christmas trees. The words are from a stamp by Karen Hayselden for Stampotique. I added some blobs of stickles for a snow globe effect.



This weekend we had a small family get together to celebratemy eldest son’s birthday. At his request I cooked a proper English Sunday lunch – roast beef and all the trimmings of course! He didn’t have a special pudding request and I was given free rein. He’d already had a cake on his actual birthday so I decided to take the opportunity to try out something that had been in my head for quite some time.


These little edible snow globes were super simple to make. I got the2-part  acrylic baubles from Ebay and they are 100cm in diameter. The dessert itself is a chocolate mousse mixed with chunks of chocolate sponge, white and milk chocolate chips and some dollops of chocolate sauce. The snowy topping is a white chocolate cheesecake. I did make some chocolate Christmas trees and snowmen but, at the last minute, opted to use Christmas cake decorations instead. As you might expect there is also a sprinkling of edible glitter!

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Festive fir

We have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots. For the next fortnight our theme is “see the wood for the trees.” I am very definitely in full festive mode so of course you will see that in my DT pieces:


The tree is a stamp by Hero Arts (wood mounted) and I used a green archival ink. You might just be able to make out a sheen of glitter from where a smooshed on some Stickles.



The tiny little bird, which I have transformed into a robin, is the “chick” that features on Stampotique’s Starbird with chick The words are from Darkrroom Door’s Stitched Christmas.


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Holly Fairy

Today we move into the second week of our Things With Wings challenge over at Crafty Boots and I’ve moved into Christmas mode, well we did have snow last week in my part of the world!



I’m getting a bit bold when it comes to stamping directly onto card. This pretty little fairy is from PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Nut & Meg 6. I stamped her in black Archival and then added a little colour with polychromos. Using my new favourite masking fluid, I gave her a protective coating  before swooshing on some Broken China distress ink.



Once think ink was applied, I rubbed off the blue, rubbery protective coat and added plenty of sparkle.


I also added a few white dots of snow to the background.


The sentiment stamp is from Darkroom Door’s Stitched Christmas.

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Flying by

Over at Crafty Boots we have a new challenge winging it’s way to you for the next fortnight and the theme of it is “things with wings.” Instead of reaching for my bee or butterfly stamps I’ve opted to choose Magda Polakow’s gorgeous little Nina Angel, from Stampotique.


I stamped her onto a plain white tag and then used neutral distress inks – Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and VIntage Photo – and a white pen to add colour. There’s also a touch of Vintage Photo Stickles on her wings.

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Playing with pink – a catch up

Right now I am totally out of the crafting loop as life is demanding my full and undivided attention. Although I have managed to keep up with my commitments for Crafty Boots, unfortunately I have missed a few blog posts to share the DT pieces I have created. Here’s a  pink themed card that I created for the recent In the Pink challenge:



The stamps are Kassa’s Bloom and my favourite little character from Line Up, both from Stampotique.

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Little witch

Good morning. You may have noticed I have been missing in action recently and very neglectful of my blog. 🙁  Since I got back from holiday my attention has been required elsewhere and something had to give. However, I have managed to sneakily buzz over here, albeit briefly, so that I can let you know about the new Halloween themed challenge that starts over at Crafty Boots today. With my crafting space and supplies still upside down after the various work that has been going on in my house, I had to make the most of what is easily accessible which, quite by chance, happens to be my rubber stamps:


I love this little witch, Corie, from Stampotique. I’ve simply stamped her onto some paper from my stash and paper pieced her face.


The words are a stamp from a set by Chocolate Baroque.


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Autumn leaves

It seems highly appropriate that our new challenge over at Crafty Boots has the theme of Autumn in the Air. Since I returned from holiday last week there has been a definite autumnal feel creeping into the air. I’m stubbornly still sporting my summer clothes but I have a feeling that this week may see me digging out a few slightly warmer items of clothing. Here’s the card I have created for our challenge:


The leaf image is another stamp from the Stampin’ Up! Faith in Nature set. I’ve stamped it onto watercolour card and then added colour with distress inks.

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I’ve used some Bo Bunny papers and ribbon from my stash to complete the look.


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Queen Bee Agatha

There’s a new challenge over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge and the theme is “put a bug on it.” I decided to create my very own little bug using the lovely Agatha:


I’ve used Agatha Crown and  Medium Bee in a mash up to create this little queen bee.


The background was stencilled using the Dylusions honeycomb stencil and distress inks. The other stamps are all from my stash.



I’ve created a card but, quite honestly, I’m not sure I can give this away!

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Watercolour flower

Good morning! We are entering the second week of our All Squared Up challenge over at Crafty Boots which, sadly, means the time has come for myself and Mr Beez to leave the shores of the Amalfi coast and return home.

Whilst we journey back, here’s another card that I made for the challenge:


The stamp is another from the Stampin Up! Faith in Nature set and, as I gave it exactly the same treatment as I did the pear last week – used Archival ink to stamp on to watercolour card and then coloured in with distress inks. I also added a thank you stamp.


Once mounted on to the card base I added a couple of scraps of fabric from my stash.


Thanks for buzzing by and I look forward to catching up with you properly later this week…once I’ve unpacked (bleugh!)