Saving snowflakes

Just a quick post so I can share with you another project that I have made for the new Winter Wonderland challenge we have over at Crafty Boots.


This little jar of snowflakes was super simple to whip up in a matter of moments. I have had the label, which comes from Magic Pug, in my collection forever. I simply printed it off, edged with ink, and applied it to the little vial.


I added some fake snow and a few silvery snowflakes.


To make the hanging loop, I used some wire and threaded it through the cork, having first made a hole with a pokey tool. I added a scrap of muslin and a little bow to the wire just to finish it off. I suspect it would be a good idea to glue the cork stopper in place to avoid a surprise snow flurry!

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New York Christmas

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and our theme is Winter Wonderland.  As many of you know, last December I was lucky enough to fulfil a lifetime’s dream and spend a week in New York. It has to be my favourite holiday of all time and I don’t think a day goes by when I don’t think about it. Mr Beez is just the same and so for his Christmas card this year I thought I would capture a little bit of the magic in a snow globe card:


The die and the stamps are all from Clearly Besotted. Having cut out the snow globe, I created the little scene by stamping directly on to the circle that was left over. I added a little acetate to the back of the snow globe itself and applied a light coating of clear glitter glue for added sparkle.


I used small foam pads to apply the snow globe frame over the stamped centre.


A tiny glittery heart in the corner finishes it off.

Having sworn I wasn’t going to make my own cards this year, I ended up doing just that and finally got the last few finished last night. Next year I am definitely buying them!!!

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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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