Vintage Paris

I’m a bit behind with my posts this week, I still seem to have lots of Valentine projects to share with you and I haven’t even made a card for Mr Beez yet. Today I am sharing a card that I have made for the current challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the team are asking you to use this picture for your inspiration:

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I have created this card for a friend and former teaching colleague who has a birthday coming up. She is responsible for organising her school’s annual trip to Paris so I thought this would be appropriate.


It is simply an image from the Gecko Galz Beautiful March collage sheet mounted on to some black card. The little strip of washi tape is a nod to the fact that my friend sings in a choir. I stamped some stars, reflecting those in the inspiration photo’, and the sentiment and added a single organza rose to finish it all off.


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Lacy Valentine

I’m buzzing by today with a pretty little lacy Valentine card that I made as one of my Gecko Galz Design Team samples.


I just loved this adorable little vintage image which is from the Valentine Wishes digital collage set. The red around the edge of it is actually part of the image. I love that – no fussy cutting!


I’ve used some paper from the Oh Cupid! mini paper pack.


A little lace and a tiny red bow are the finishing touches.

Don’t forget that we have a “Love is in the Air” challenge over at Crafty Boots and there is still plenty of time for you to link up your entries, please join us if you can :)

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Back safe and sound from my travels with sore and aching feet! It was very cold and on Monday horribly wet. However, there were compensations:


How cool and cute is that? It tasted pretty good too, although I did manage to spill chocolate filling all over my top :)

I have a super quick, super easy project to share with you today, another of my DT makes for the Gecko Galz:


I bought these sparkly hearts in the post-Valentine clearance last year – they cost just pennies! I’ve topped it with an image from the Valentine Wishes collage set and added a frame of red sweetheart blossoms. A scrap of lace from my stash and job done!


If you’re whipping up a little romantic project, don’t forget that our current challenge theme over at Crafty Boots Challenges is “Love is in the air.” We’d love you to share your work with us.

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Love Potion #9

Gung hay fat choy and Happy Monday, especially to all you little monkeys out there! My Chinese birth sign is an Ox which is appropriate really given all the lugging about of heavy boxes that I do in the line of duty. Today I am off on my work travels once again and it’s destination Hull. Storm Imogen promises to throw some extra fun into the mix as we unload the van later today. To keep my spirits up, I shall focus on the number of steps I am accruing whilst I go about my work over the next couple of days. I might even reward myself with a tasty little treat from a well known supplier of doughnuts that has a stall in Hull, so it’s not all bad.


We’re halfway through our “Love is in the Air,” challenge over at Crafty Boots and we are loving the entries we have had so far. I’ve created a little love potion to share with you today:


I cut the bottle from chipboard using the largest of Tim Holtz’ Apothecary Bottles die and gave it a coat of gesso. Then I added the fancy trellis which is another die cut, this time from the Mixed Media thinlets collection. I also added a few punched hearts. Everything was given another coat of gesso and then I added some soft purple, rubbing the paint on with my finger so I could vary the depth easily.


To decorate the neck of the bottle I’ve used muslin, silver bullion wire and some little “crystal” beads. The stopper is another bead from my stash.



The lovely vintage label is from the Gecko Galz Love Potion #9 kit.


I am also sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their “Fanstastic Plastic” challenge. (In case you haven’t guessed, those little crystals are in fact plastic, as is the heart stopper!).

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Mardi Gras

In the UK we tend to overlook Mardi Gras and instead mark Shrove Tuesday, which is usually accompanied by pancakes. In fact I reckon “Pancake Day,” is how it is more commonly know these days.  Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday,” is all about fun and excess. Both days mark the last day before Lent. Although the amount of pancakes eaten in my household is usually excessive on Shrove Tuesday, Mardi Gras takes fun and excess to a whole new level. With that in mind, I decided that something completely over the top was required for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog. Challenge #230 has the theme of Mardi Gras and I decided to create a carnival mask:


Happily for me, the work and crafting planets collided this week. I shall be out in Hull (again!) this Tuesday and naturally our delegates will be cooking pancakes. As part of our links to the primary school curriculum we will have a display which includes a mask. It was just a plain old white thing until I got my hands on it! Impossible to photograph well, but what can you do?


I started by applying metallic acrylic paints in the carnival colours of gold, purple and green, then adding some gold glittery edges. Whilst that was drying I got in with the embellishments. I used Stampotique’s Carol’s Flower – both the large and small, used Promarkers and mica powders to colour them and then used gold glitter glue to embellish.


The flowers that run off the top of the mask were created in the same way, but before adding the glitter I stuck them on to some of Wendy Vecchi’s Clearly for Art. If you are not familiar with this wondrous medium it is a plastic modelling film that you can heat and then shape. If you get it wrong you can re-heat it back to normal! It’s brilliant. It comes in black white and clear varieties. I’ve used the clear for my flowers. Once the flowers were stuck on the plastic I left them to dry for a good while before cutting out and shaping. I used the film because I wanted the flowers to be able to be rigid enough to be able to float away from the mask itself. I used glue gel to attach them.


I also created some bees in a similar way. This time I stamped directly on to the clear modelling film and then stuck on the body of the bee which had been stamped onto paper and coloured in. When shaped, I tucked them into the flowers.


Finally, I added a little cluster of feathers and gems. I thought of adding ribbons but sometimes even I know where to draw the line!


I am also sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is “Fantastic Plastic.”


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Retro Bunny Girl

Good morning! I have happy news to share  – I managed to do 10,000 steps, not once but twice – yay! It was bloomin’ hard work as I wasn’t able to accumulate them naturally but had to step it up in the early evening. Anyway, so busy stepping I forgot to share the second of my projects that I am sharing over at Crafty Boots for this week’s Love Is In The Air challenge.


The cute bunny girl image is from the Gecko Galz Valentine’s Wishes collage set. The sheets are jam packed with cute and pretty retro images. The paper is from the Oh Cupid paper pack.


I added a little glitter to the hearts.


The gorgeous ribbon is from my stash.

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Love is in the air

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! I’m kicking off the month with not one but two blog challenges. Our new challenge over at Crafty Boots has the theme “love is in the air,” whilst over at the Gecko Galz, the customer challenge is  “hearts and kisses.”  I’m sharing a little canvas that I created using some images from the Gecko Galz.


I started with a 4″ x 4″ canvas and gave it a coating of crackle texture paste. Once dry I added some more paste through a harlequin stencil. However, once this was dry it wasn’t very well defined so I chose another option of adding die cut pieces of card. I used Tim Holtz Mixed Media Thinlets die and applied torn pieces of the cuts to the canvas. When the glue was dry I painted over them using white crackle paint.


I can’t be too precise about the colours I used as I changed my mind halfway through making this!!! I started off with brown ink spray and bronze and copper acrylic paint. However, I decided I wanted to go more pinky so wiped off what I could with a baby wipe and opted for a combination of Candied Apple distress spray and paint combined with Picket Fence distress spray. I sort of just sprayed, painted and blotted until I was happy!


The love sentiment is from the Heart and Soul digital stamp set and the vintage photograph from the Romance Jewel It collage set. I’ve added in a little chipboard heart, plenty of vintage coloured paper roses and a scrap of coordinating lace.


I’ve add a few glimmer gold highlights using some well past its sell-by-date acrylic paint.


Hope you can find time to buzz over to both Crafty Boots and the Gecko Galz to check out the oodles of inspiration created by the respective design teams.

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Tea for two

So there were flurries of snow yesterday but not quite enough for my liking. I almost made 10,000 steps but not quite. I’m wondering if there is a connection!!!

For those of you who are fed up with stormy grey skies I have a burst of colour for you today with a postcard that I have made for the current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge (#229) – Two Much Fun:


Yes, my favourite pairing are back! If you love this little couple as much as I do, and haven’t done so already, check out their adventures in my 12 Days of Christmas series.

I’ve used a rainbow of Distress Inks, together with a selection of my favourite stamps and stencils,  to create the background. Agatha’s Cup is actually three dimensional with the parrot perched on the edge and Agatha herself tucked inside.


I used Polychromos to colour the stamped images.


Hope you have a lovely relaxing Sunday and if it snows heavily, you’ll know I made 10,000 steps :)

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A girl’s best friend

Another long week but I survived my ordeal in the storage unit thanks to my many layers and thermal everythings keeping me warm and toasty. It is particularly grim in the UK right now with storm after storm battering everything in sight. Gertrude came and went keeping me awake most of the night. The way things are going I’m thinking of putting in a bid to get storm “L” named after me. I wonder how you do that?

Anyway, I’m here to share a card that I am sharing over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for this week’s theme is “for the love of pets.”


This adorable little image is from A Day for Daisies. I printed the image on to watercolour card and then used watercolour pencils and a waterbrush to add pastel shades.


I popped a paper rose over the original flower in the image.


I added a little stamping to the card using Spun Sugar distress ink and added the sentiment in black.


I’m hoping for a break in the weather so I can get out and up my number of daily steps. I’m loving my new Fitbit but it is highlighting the fact that my daily routine is woefully inadequate when it comes to reaching the goal of 10,000 steps (although I have received a tree “badge” for climbing 25 flights of stairs over the course of a day!). I am determined that this weekend I will hit target!

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January with the Galz

After what seems a very long time it is once again my turn to be in the spotlight over on the Gecko Galz blog. There’s a new DT for 2016 and am very happy to be part of it. My spotlight day for this year will be the 26th of each month so pop a reminder in your calendar to buzz on over. Some of my samples will have been blogged earlier in the month but I always try to have a couple of new things to share plus a freebie stamp for you to grab for your collection.

We always kick off the month with our Customer Challenge when there is a chance for you to win some goodies from the Galz. This month the theme is All That Glitters and there is still time for you to link up your project. Here’s my DT piece, click on the photo to find out how it was created.


The glitteriness continues with this romantic tag:


Don’t you just love sparkle? Here’s an any occasion card that I created:


I can’t resist a butterfly and there is a fabulous one in this month’s Holiday Icons Kit which is just bursting with fabulous images that are perfect for all the spring celebrations. I’ve chosen to use it in a vintage tag:


I used some paper from the Words and Music paper pack for the base and an image from the Golden Splendor collage set. Some sumptuous golden yellow ribbon, paper roses and gems complete the look.

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Now I promised you a free digi stamp. This one is perfect for all of you crafters out there. Here’s a card I created using it:


I printed the image out onto watercolour cardstock and then coloured it with watercolour pencils and blended with a water brush. I added crystal clear glitter over the bird and roses. The edges of the card have been coloured with a little Worn Lipstick distress ink.


The ribbon was also coloured with Worn Lipstick, spritzed with water to give the ombre look. Right click on the image below and add it to your collection.

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Right click on your computer to save this for your collection.


Be sure to buzz over to the Gecko Galz blog and meet the new design team. If you visit their blogs not only can you see all their amazing work but you can also pick up the freebie stamps they are giving away too.

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