Tricks and hopefully treats!

Monday morning – again! But I have  four day week this time and a treat to look forward to on Friday so mustn’t grumble eh? I have two projects to share with you today and, yes, still going down the Halloween autumnal route. First up is a tag that was one of my Gecko Galz DT projects.


Isn’t that owl fantastic? If you buzzed by yesterday you might just recognise him. However, if you look carefully, he’s a little different. The base of the tag is an image from the Altered Halloween collage sheet and the owl and the witch are from Haunted Ephemera.

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I’ve used black lace and orange pom-pom trim along the base and used lime eyelash yarn and black ribbon at the top. A couple of buttons and some Halloween baker’s twine complete the look.

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My second project uses a fabulous digital image from the Be Thankful digital stamp set.



I’ve coloured it with distress inks and then added burlap ribbon, buttons, a few berries along with a tiny orange paper rose and a glittery star. I don’t know what happened with this photograph but it has made the card look a bit mis-shapen which, in reality, it isn’t!

I’m sharing both of these over at Crafty Boots Challenges as we reach the midway point of our Autumnal/Halloween challenge. I hope you will have time to join us.

I’m off to Bradford today to watch a cooking competition in a Children’s Centre, which should be fun. Bradford is also hoping that today it will once again be named as Curry Capital of Britain so perhaps it would be appropriate to pick up something tasty on my travels too!

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Book of spells

Happy Sunday! Today I am sharing another Halloween project, a book of spells notebook using some fabulous papers and images from The Gecko Galz:


I started with a very cheap notebook that has lovely kraft paper pages. The front cover is an image from the Haunted Ephemera collage set and I added the cat’s head and potion bottles, which are from the same sheet, in Microsoft Word before printing out.



The back is covered with paper from the Coven paper pack another image, an owl from Haunted Ephemera.


I’ve added a ribbon as a bookmark and used images from the collage sheet, plus a few little gems, to decorate it.

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This is one notebook I won’t be giving away because I plan on using it myself!


Don’t forget there is an Autumn/Halloween challenge over at Crafty Boots and you still have a whole week in which to share your projects with us.


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Little witch

Now there is being late with a post and there is being late with a post and this is being so late with a post it’s almost rude. I was so tired after my four very long days away in Leeds that I would need an extra baggage allowance for my eyes if I was flying on a ‘plane! However, I really wanted to join in with this week’s Sunday Stampers’ challenge I summoned up just enough energy to create another little house:


The theme at Sunday Stampers this week is stars and as you can see I’ve used some starry paper for the roof of the house and a little stamped star to twinkle along with the moon (Stampotique).


The little witch is Stampotique’s Corie and I stamped her directly on to the paper that covers the house and then paper pieced her face.


The words are from a collage sheet by Lisa’s Altered Art over on Etsy.

It would seem youngest son’s move went well and he is happily settled into his new flat. I haven’t been brave enough to go in his empty room yet! He is clearly enjoying his new found independence including the big pile of washing he left behind because apparently I know how to do his designer t-shirts properly and asking his dad to take him to work over the weekend because there isn’t a bus!!!!

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All about the boys

Today I have to go away again for work – a full three nights means I won’t be back until Friday evening, by which time I should think my feet will be frazzled. This time I have mixed feelings about being away. Youngest beez is leaving the hive and moves out tomorrow. He is more than ready to go but it’s still a hard thing for this mum, who will miss him dreadfully. I’ve been pretty brave up until now and I’m wondering if going away, and not actually seeing the move happen, will help. On the other hand it’s going to be very strange returning home and knowing he won’t be around :(

Of course I have made a card to wish him and his girlfriend well in their new home:


As you know, I have no shortage of house stamps so it was just a question of choosing which one! I used inks and Promarkers to add colour and then die cut a little glittery heart to pop in the window. I decided to opt for a clean and simple look and love how it turned out.


My second card is to celebrate my brother’s birthday which is tomorrow.


Like me, he is an ardent fan of West Ham United FC and, as he lives in the south, is lucky enough to be a season ticket holder. Each year I try and come up with a new twist on the West Ham theme. I picked up this retro playing card on Ebay and despite my best attempts, managed not to throw it away each time I thought the envelope it was in was empty!!!!


I’ve used some spotted designer paper to pick up the green and then decorated it using team colours. The little glass drops are there to represent bubbles – the club song is the classic “I’m forever blowing bubbles” which they have made their own.



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Autumn Wreath with rusty pumpkin

No, you’re not imagining it I really am posting twice today. I was lucky enough to win a guest designer spot over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog and so am sharing project for their current challenge, #17, which has the theme “Happy Fall Y’All.”


I love making wreaths, even though I do get in a right old mess and making this was no exception!


I’ve used some paper by Bo Bunny, that has been in my stash for a couple of years, for the background and layered it on to a mat of terracotta cardstock, distressing and inking the edges of both. Next, I punched out lots of branches and sprigs from scraps of card in autumnal colours. To create the wreath I drew a circle onto the base layer and then simply, if somewhat messily, arranged the punched branches. To create depth I did several layers, tucking in extra pieces until it felt right and then adding berries and tiny acorn buttons.


I made a little arrangement in one corner using a rusty mini pumpkin together with more branches and berries, a die-cut heart and a paper sunflower.


On the other side is a mini tag.


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Halloween Countdown

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and I can’t believe that a fortnight has gone by as it doesn’t seem two minutes ago since I was heralding the previous challenge. Before I show you today’s project I just want to remind you that the Crafty Boots DT call is still open and we’d love to hear from you. We welcome applications from all crafters and this would be a particularly good team to join if you are finding your feet in the crafty blogging world and would like to get some experience. Don’t be shy, come join us.

Our theme for the next fortnight is Halloween/Autumn and I am sharing some Halloween countdown jars that I made for my nephews, Freddie and Henry:



They get very excited about Halloween so I thought I would help them count the days until it gets here. There are 31 sweets in the jar – one for each day. I used plastic jars as I thought these would be easier to send through the post. The pumpkins, which I picked up on Ebay, are papier mache. I painted them with acrylic paints and added details with Promarkers and a white gel pen. I used a great tutorial that I found over at The Vintage Dresser as a starting point.




I made a ruffle from some black crepe paper and used glue gel to secure the pumpkin on top before adding a bow, a stamped tag and some glittery stars.


The labels were created in Word using simple shapes, text boxes and clip art.


Now despite Mr B giving gloom and doom prophecies about how much these would cost to post they were a snip and, impressively, arrived the next day and in one piece! Although I think they now weigh a little less than when they arrived!!!

F & H pumpkins

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Make sure you buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and I hope you’ll link up your Halloween/Autumn projects as well as considering joining our DT.

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Pumpkin Postcard

Here in the UK, Autumn is playing its usual tricks on us with chilly rainy days one moment and warm sunny ones the next. I love Autumn and wish we celebrated it more, just as they do across the pond.

Today, I have another postcard to share with you, similar, but different, to yesterday’s:


I am sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their leaves themed challenge. This is a different take on a pumpkin patch. You don’t see the white pumpkins so much and I absolutely love them. To create mine I used my Bo Bunny stamp and some Orange Blossom Archival ink on cream card and paper pieced it.


The background was created using distress inks – Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge and a touch of Mowed Lawn. Once all the inks were applied I spritzed on some water to create the mottled effect. I used Lavinia’s vine stamp and some green Archval ink for the leaves and then couldn’t resist adding the little bees.


I felt I wanted to add some words or something else to complete the design, I tried some stars but they were not the answer. I became so worried about mucking it up that, in the end, I decided to leave well alone. I’ll maybe do another take on this and see what evolves.

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Be Afraid

Just a quick, and very late, post today as I am once again playing catch up after my mid-week work excursion to London. I decided it was time for some Halloween fun and so created this postcard:


I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is to add leaves. I began by stamping the border, words (Chocolate Baroque) and the moon(Stampotique) using Stazon and then added Pine Needles and Spiced Marmalade distress inks. Once the ink was applied I gave it a spritz of water, left it for a few moments before dabbing with kitchen roll. The I used a water rush to remove some of the ink from the moon.


I dried the ink with a heat gun and then stamped on some splatters using a Stampin’ Up! stamp and Rusty Hinge ink. I borrowed this idea from Ruth who has used it to great effect on her projects, especially this cute tag. Next I stamped the pumpkins (stampotique) in green, followed by the vine leaves (Lavinia) using Forest Moss distress ink.


To finish, I stamped the pumpkins using Orange Blossom Archival ink and then coloured them with distress inks – Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge.


If you can, buzz over to Hel’s blog and leave her some love as she’s not feeling too well right now.


I am also linking this up with City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is also leaves. The DT are saying farewell to their designer Anna who creates the most beautiful projects.  Hope you’re having a great weekend and thanks for buzzing by.




Glamour girl

Today I am sharing another of my Gecko Galz DT projects, this time one that is using some of the new releases for October.


For this month’s cross-promotion the Galz have teamed up with Song in my Heart who gave us some fabulous papers to marry up with the Gecko Galz images. This one is from the Glamour Girls Jewel It Set. Although the collage sheet is designed to use on domino sized projects, the images enlarge beautifully and so can be used for other projects too.



I’ve layered up the papers and matted them onto some pale blue cardstock. The image is layered onto black and mustard card. I’ve added some lace and coordinating ribbon plus paper flowers with glittery centres. It’s only looking at the image now that I realise I have missed an opportunity to add a couple of bits of bling to her hat so I may go back and do that!


The sentiment was printed on my computer and is attached with a little orange peg.


Today I am off down to London with an overnight stay for work so will once again have to put my crafting on hold, but not for long and trust me, Halloween is firmly on my radar! Thanks for buzzing by.


Paris in Pink

Following on from yesterday’s pink pumpkin I thought I would continue with the pink theme today.


This card is a Gecko Galz DT sample from August that got buried away and forgotten about. The stamp image is from the La Vie En Rose collage sheet and I’ve mounted it on a piece of kraft card.


I’ve used organza rose trim and scraps of crochet  lace from my stash plus a little pink butterfly to frame the image. The sentiment was printed on my computer, mounted on to kraft card and popped on to another scrap of crochet lace.


The hardest thing about a project like this is being confident enough to stop to keep the look fairly simple.


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