The future is Halloween

This word at Every Inchie Monday is orange. I decided to go with a bit of a Halloween theme as this is what comes to mind when I think of the colour orange. It also continues my personal theme of good times ahead that are nothing to do with work!!! I am sharing these over at Anything But A Card where my DT buddy Margaret is hosting a spotlight mini challenge which has the theme “it’s a small world.”

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I’ve mainly used some images from The Gecko Galz  Autumn Magic digital stamp collection.

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I’m not sure where the little candy corn image came from – if you recognise it then please do let me know so I can give proper credit and a link.

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Here I’ve used some freebie Halloween background papers from Bearly Mine. The pumpkin on the left is from the Gecko Galz digital stamp set and the other was a freebie from Magic Moon. The words  were printed from my computer.

These are especially for my friend Roberta who I know is a big fan of Halloween and looking forward to it as much as I am :)

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Blue, bingo and butterfly

Today I am sharing one of my Gecko Galz DT projects that also uses a cute little girl image from Paper Whimsy.

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I am linking this up with the current challenge, #99, over at Really Reasonable Ribbon which is “Things with wings and Ribbon.” Using Microsoft Word I arranged the image of the little girl over some butterfly wings and layered it on to the bingo card before printing out.

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I’ve then created mats and layers from blue cardstock, book page and one of the papers from the La Isla Bonita paper collection.

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I’ve used scraps of lace and a little coordinating bow to decorate and finished it off with some words printed from the computer.

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So, I’m off for another gruelling week but I shall be keeping in touch via my blog. I have scheduled lots of posts for the week ahead and I shall look forward to seeing what you think!

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Dreaming of Christmas (a white one hopefully!)

To get me through my current work commitments my head is focused firmly on things to look forward to once I am done. Christmas is very definitely on that list!! I’m still feeling a little deprived after not having had any significant snow last winter and I hope there will be something of note for this year. Today’s cards are a reflection of that little dream.

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Don’t ask me why I am making two cards – it just sort of happened!

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I’ve used a Memory Box die to create the little scene and then layered if over some inked card. The gold star was heat embossed and I added a hefty snowfall with a white gel pen.

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The sentiment is a stamp from Darkroom Door and the ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

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My second card uses a stamp by Hero Arts. I’ve heat embossed it using white embossing powder. The embossing acts as a resist when the ink is applied.

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I used some texture stamps and white ink to create the snowy look.

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I am sharing this card over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their Christmas Card Challenge.

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That was the week that was

Oh my goodness, what can I tell you about last week??? I knew it was going to be tough but wasn’t ready for quite how tough. Four very long days working in excess of thirteen hours with the majority of that on my feet. No time to stop, no time to sit and certainly no time to eat. Factor in the hottest week of the year and you’ll get the measure of it. I think at one point I may have actually died but there really wasn’t time to check! Despite a long soak in a very hot bathI still feel numb from the waist down and have blisters the size of Wakefield on my feet. But I survived and I can look forward to doing it all again next week :)

Determined not to miss my favourite blog challenges I have summoned up the energy to whip up a little something for this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge – dreams. Very therapeutic it was too:

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I’ve had a good old play with some new stamps  from AHA designed by Ashley Goldberg. The background is distress inks – Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky – applied directly from the pad and just swooshed around. I brushed on some Spun Sugar over any white bits. Then I over stamped some splats and lines using white ink.

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The stamping has all been paper pieced over the background. The girl and flowers were stamped onto some of the background paper that I got from Kate Crane. The heart is a separate stamp in the set and has been paper pieced too. The flowers remind me of parasols or to be more accurate, cocktail parasols.

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The moon, by Stampotique and the stars (AHA) were stamped on to white card and then brushed with Spun Sugar distress ink. The words were printed on my computer. To finish it off, I added a stamped border in white.

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My work schedule allows me the luxury of a non-working day on Fridays. This week this fell on July 25th which is normally the day I have my Christmas in July party. I was gutted not to be able to host one this year. However, on Friday morning when I finally managed to stagger downstairs I found that Mr Beez had secretly put up my Christmas in July tree (for I have such a thing you know!) complete with gifts – Mr Kipling French Fancies, honey roast peanuts and salted caramel truffles. I have the best husband in the world!

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Postcard from the beach

Today I am sharing another project that I made for this week’s Summer Holiday challenge at Crafty Boots.

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As you know, I have a bit of a beach hut thing going on at the moment and have made a little postcard collage. Actually, this was just an excuse to use some fabulous digital background papers that I bought from the super, super talented Kate Crane. You will know that Kate is a journal genius and she has now made some of her fabulous backgrounds available, as digital downloads, in her Etsy shop.  I simply cut into them to create my collage (some of the left overs were used to make yesterday’s inchies).

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I added a wash of acrylic over the top of the background (which included that fabulous sun like shape)to help the beach huts stand out. I added some stamping to create a dotty shingles and some waves. Each house was cut as a single piece and then I added eaves and a door, using a black Stabilo pencil to add some depth. I also added a few doodles of my own.

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The words were printed on my computer.

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Odd

The new theme at Every Inchie Monday this week is odd. No question as to how I would interpret this, it had to be socks!!! Odd socks are the bane of my life. Mr Beez is innocent but the other two males in my household, my sons, are guilty as charged. They have a dreadful habit of leaving odd socks lying around in their rooms with the result that only one makes it to the wash. Consequently, I have a whole box of odd socks that I keep in the hope that its partner will turn up. On days when this happens I am strangely elated over such a small thing. One day, I thought all my Christmases had come at once when I recognised that there were three socks for which I had had their missing partners for months. Imagine my upset then when I realised that youngest son had simply raided the odd socks box and worn whatever was to hand. Therefore the socks I thought I had “found” were just the original odd ones back in circulation. Grrrrrr! Anyway, here are my inchies that were created from this constant source of irritation:

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These were made using some papers that I will tell you all about tomorrow. I used some to create the background squares and then stamped on to them and cut out the little socks. The socks are actually Christmas stocking stamps that I’ve cut the tops off.

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Even just looking at these is making me anxious!!!

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Summer holidays

This week sees the start of an extremely punishing and work schedule which will last throughout the summer. I will be working some very long days and staying away from home for a lot of the time. The last few weeks have all been in preparation for this moment. Consequently, I will have a lot less time than normal for craftiness and I will be making fewer blog posts than usual. Without wanting to wish my life away, I can’t wait until September when the madness will, hopefully, be over and I can look forward to a late summer holiday! In anticipation, here is a little project that is one of my DT pieces for the new Crafty Boots challenge “summer holidays.”

P1080730This card uses an image from the Gecko Galz Splish Splash ephemera collection. It reminds me of one of my Godmothers who used to swim in the sea at Brighton every day come rain or shine and did so well into her seventies!

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I’ve layered the image on to red and black card and then set it at an angle on some spotty paper. I’ve added lace and pom pom trim across the bottom and then made a little rosette from some spotty fabric, topping it off with a button and some baker’s twine.

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Be sure to buzz over and see what the rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team have been up to. Dionne has made the most gorgeous little beach hut scene. I will be back here on Wednesday with a beach hut project of my own – you can take a sneaky peek over on the Craft Boots Challenge Blog. Hope you will have time to link up your projects too.

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The Little Mermaid

This week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog is to use at least one chipboard on your project. I love chipboard, both as a base and as an embellishment. I don’t know if it’s just me but I find blank chipboard shapes quite hard to get hold of  – there seem to be lots available on the other side of the pond. I’m trying to build up a collection of Sizzix Bigz dies as these do the job on chipboard brilliantly. Today I’ve used a frame for my little under the sea scene:

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I covered the chipboard with some paper from the Gecko Galz La Isla Bonita papers before running it through the Bog Shot to cut the frame shape. In reality the frame is an oval shape but I snipped into it to make it sit more snugly against the tin which forms the base of my project.

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I coloured the tin with alcohol inks to give the appearance of something that had been sitting on the seabed for a while. This would be brilliant if it weren’t for the fact that I have covered most of it up!!The mermaid image is from the Gecko Galz Merry Little Mermaids collage sheet. I use the complete image on the base of the tin and then cut into several more, building up the layers using glue gel, to give lots of depth and dimension. I’ve given her tail a glittery coating and popped some white Icelandic moss on the bottom of the tin.

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The finishing touch was to add some shells.

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Sail Away 2

I’m sorry if the title of this post gives you ear worms in any way. I have been alternating my choice of tunes firstly by singing the Enya song and then Rod Stewart’s “We are Sailing.”

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This little canvas was made using an image from the Crafter’s Companion Halcyon Days CD. This CD is jam packed with fabulous images from original embroidery pieces by Abigail Mill. The yacht image was left over after I had made a card. First I created the background using a mixture of paints, ink and stamping.

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Then it was just a case of applying the image and adding a little shading and the words.

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Wonder where this boat is heading?

On a different note, look what arrived in the post for me today:

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It’s Mrs Beez in lLgo form! Look at that cute little honey pot. I couldn’t resist and made a dramatic last 10 seconds bid on Ebay to secure her. This is going to be my little mascot to help me through my gruelling work schedule. I might just add a tiny bit of glitter to her wings.

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The final goodbye

If I tell you that today’s post is again about the departure of my work colleague you’ll be thinking “hasn’t she gone yet?” Well, yesterday really was the final goodbye – as in the work sense as we shall be keeping in touch. Yesterday we met for the final time for a formal handover and to say goodbye away from the chaos of the office where the “official” leaving do was last week. You can see the card I made for that occasion here. Having previously made and blogged what I intended to be her leaving card I had a change of heart and made her this instead:

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I am keeping the butterfly one I made earlier for her birthday. I found this vintage image, an old cover from Good House Keeping magazine, on Etsy and decided it would make a great card for Sue.

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When we were out delivering training(ooh past tense now:( !!!!) I took responsibility for all the equipment and very possessive and protective I was about it too. People didn’t dare touch the boxes as they knew they would incur my wrath! That’s the nature of the job you see, if things are not in order it can all easily fall apart. Some things I would only allow out if you had a passport, a letter from the Queen and vial of blood!! Rolling pins was one of them – strictly for high days and holidays –  and don’t even get me started on lemon squeezers or wooden spoons! (Can you see why perhaps I need a new job?!) So this card was made with that in mind.

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I’ve used red card and kraft paper to create mats and layers and then added lace, ribbon and tiny roses. It was hard to find the words to put inside and yesterday when we finally parted I decided it was best just to go! The tears came later in the evening when I opened the card and gift she had given me. Take a look:

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How perfect is that?

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