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How was your weekend? We have been helping our eldest son to move into his new flat. Essentially that involved 5 hours in Ikea on Saturday and then yesterday unloading everything and helping unpack all his new purchases. There was much time fro assembling all that flat pack furniture and he has decided to move out gradually over the forthcoming week.

All of which means the weekend whizzed by and over at Crafty Boots Challenges we have reached the midway point of our Red, White and Blue Challenge. You can use just one of these colours, a combination of two or max out and go for all three, which is what I have done with my card.


I’ve used some paper from the Gecko Galz Parisian Dreams paper pack and simply added a few embellishments, so the pretty paper is the star of the show.


Two types of lace and some romantic red roses.


A die cut red heart and a computer generated sentiment et voila!


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The planets have aligned once again and enabled me to create a project that I can share at my favourite blog challenges.


Over at Sunday Stampers Hels is asking us to use a frame on our project whilst at City Crafter Challenge Blog, the birthday celebrations continue and there is another card to CASe, this time created by the lovely Kirsty.


I started with a papier mache shadow box frame and gave it a couple of coats of gesso. I used the tissue transfer technique to add the script, which features in Kirsty’s card. I stamped with Tree Branch Archival ink, which picks up Kirsty’s base colour. After the top layer of Glue ‘n’ Seal had dried I rubbed on a little more ink and then a small amount of gold acrylic paint, taking off the excess with a baby wipe.


The bee was stamped, using black Archival, directly to the inside of the frame. I stamped a second bee onto cardstock, coloured with Vintage Photo distress ink and Promarkers and then used glue gel to apply over the original. The Honey Bee label uses a stamp from Chocolate Baroque. I stamped onto cream card and then inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.


To finish, and again borrowing from Kirsty’s layout, I added a paper flower in the corner.



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Spring Colours

How is your week going? Mine hasn’t quite panned out as I’d hoped but, aside from quite a lot of loading, unloading and waiting for people to collect all manner of things (vans, mats, sinks – you know, the usual stuff!!), it has been a lot calmer and therefore there has been a little window in which to play craft!


This is my sample for the new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures where the theme is “Spring Colours.” I’ve used Heather’s Irish Blend collage sheet which is really a St Patrick’s Day themed sheet but has too many fabulous images for it not to be used for other things, especially as it’s easy to cover up anything you don’t want on show :)


I’ve teamed the images from the sheet with some yellow cardstock and one of Heather’s Golden Yellow Tags.


To create the teacup I cut out a second, slightly larger version, curved the edges and used glue gel to stick it over the original, tucking a little bunch of forget-me-nots inside.


The little butterflies were just the right size to be punched out with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch, meaning I could quickly make plenty to sprinkle over the card. I’ve used some lovely lemon lace across the bottom and a coordinating bow at the top of the tag.


For good measure, I added a few more forget-me-nots, which are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Be sure to buz over to My Artistic Adventures and see what the rest of the DT have created and we hope you will find time to share your spring colours with us.

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Easter may now just be a distant memory but I hope you’ll forgive me for buzzing in with just one last Easter card. I thought it would be OK as I actually made a pair of cards in the same style, using one as a birthday card.




The fabulous cockerel image is from the Gecko Galz Provence Garden collage set. I’ve teamed it with coordinating cardstock and a couple of tags from My Artistic Adventures Cream Shabby Chic set.


I used some garden string in the top of the tags.


I added an extra little tag, topped with punched eggs, a sentiment and Easter themed ribbon to the Easter version.


Whilst the birthday version was finished with some gorgeous chestnut coloured gingham ribbon.


I love it when you can create two similar cards in one sitting, especially as these were both created with men in mind as that is always a tricky job.

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Monday morning blues

Well I can’t say I actually have the Monday morning blues but it fits with my post for today! We have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the theme is “Red, White and/or Blue.”


In case you don’t know this little lady, may I introduce Nina, another fabulous little lady by Magda Polakow for Stampotique. I like to think of her as Agatha’s less melancholy little sister.


I stamped her onto card stock and then stamped the little poppies all around her. The poppy stamp is one I picked up from the GNPE in Harrogate but I can’t remember who it is by. I’ve dusted some Salty Ocean distress ink all over, using a mask to protect Nina.


I’ve then coloured the images with a combination of Promarkers and Polychromos. The Happy Birthday stamp is by Chocolate Baroque. I’ve added a big red gingham bow and some tiny little bows to Nina’s bunches.


Be sure to buzz across to Crafty Boots Challenges and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and we look forward to seeing your red, white and blue projects.

Happy Monday and thanks for buzzing by.

Agatha Bee buzzing back

Today I am celebrating the end of my recent gruelling work schedule. I have been focusing on this end point since mid-January and can’t believe it’s finally here. Things should be on a much more even keel for a few months at least, hopefully giving me more time to get crafty. Although I’m too shattered to do anything much today (I need to save my energy to watch the Sheffield half-marathon tomorrow!!!) I did want to create a little something to share over at two of my favourite craft challenges.


Over at Sunday Stampers, Hels is asking us to use Anything Blue whilst at City Crafter Challenge Blog, who are celebrating their fifth birthday, there is a card by the talented Samra for us to CASe.


I have used the basic sketch and given it my own Agatha twist. I began by stamping the main image, Agatha Bee by Magda Polakow for Stampotique, and the flowers, also by Stampotique. I used black Archival ink so that it wouldn’t smudge when I applied distress inks. I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China and Salty Ocean, swooshing them on with an Ink Duster.


Then I added a little stamping just to break up the plain blue. I stamped extra flowers onto Japanese rice paper, coloured the centres with Promarkers and then applied these over the stamped originals to give some dimension.



I paper pieced little Agatha using black Memento ink this time so that I could colour with Promarkers. I added some extra detail and colour using my new Polychromos. I’ve had these beauties in my possession for a fortnight or so and have been too scared to do anything other than look at them and stroke them. I’ve failed to find a satisfactory tutorial to help build my confidence – if anyone knows of a quite a basic one I’d love to know about it, the ones I have discovered are all a bit complicated.


Anyway, as the final finishing touches I added the sentiment (by Catslife Press) and a doodled border.


Aside from treating myself to some craft time today I did manage one tiny little celebratory act yesterday. My friend and colleague that I have been working with presented me with a goodie bag full of cocktail related edible treats, one of which was some mojito honeycomb – “Honeycomb flavoured with fresh mint, dipped into white chocolate infused with rum, lime and mint.” If you are a fan of Crunchie bars, this takes it to a whole new level and I urge you to seek it out. I’d offer to share mine but I scoffed the lot!

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Cheeky Chicks

Bleugh! All good things come to an end and the lovely long weekend is over and it’s back to work :(  Still, just four days to get through so hopefully it will fly by. And speaking of flying…



… these cheeky chicks are giving their wings a rest and taking off to see the sights in a beautiful pink balloon!! The image and papers are all from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade Kit whilst the little sentiment ticket is from My Artistic Adventures.



I’ve added crystal clear glitter to the balloon egg, or is it egg balloon?, and then punched out little blossoms and placed them over the originals in the image, weaving in a few flower stems. The little pink bows are also positioned over those in the image.


A little bit of lace and the tag sentiment complete the look.


Here’s wishing you a very happy day and thanks for buzzing by.

Bunny and blues

How has your Easter been so far? I am so enjoying this long weekend, it’s been a little oasis of calm in a very hectic schedule. I haven’t even started on my Easter eggs yet but I know I have eaten far too much. Never mind, as next week is another hectic one I can hopefully burn it all off!

I still have a couple more Easter cards to share with you and, don’t forget, our Easter themed challenge at Crafty Boots still has another week to run if you’d like to buzz over and share your projects with us.


This is a card I made using papers and images from the Gecko Galz. The flower paper is from the Flower Power paper pack whilst everything else is from this month’s Easter Parade Kit.


I combined all the images digitally, adding shadows to give a little dimension. Then I printed them out and mounted on some neutral cardstock. I used two papers on the base layer and overlaid some lace and ribbon across the join.


I’ve used ribbon bows and sweetheart blossoms to decorate.


Have and enjoyable day and thanks for buzzing by.

Fool’s Gold?

Happy Easter! I hope you have a lovely day whatever you are up to. I shall mostly be eating chocolate – you just can’t beat an Easter egg :)

It is also time for a new challenge over at Anything But A Card and our theme for the next three weeks is “Fool’s Gold.” You can interpret this anyway you like, when you link up, just provide a brief explanation of how your project fits the theme. It goes without saying that you can share anything but a card! I have a little Easter project to share with you today: P1100299

There is something quite magical and irresistible about gold foiled eggs, especially if they are hidden outside in the garden. That was the inspiration for my little Easter scene. Can you see the little golden eggs peeking out from the undergrowth? Take a closer look: P1100293

Those golden “eggs” are actually little berries that I pulled of a spray of mixed berries. They are perfectly egg shaped. The lovely images are from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade Kit. I’ve given the bunny a little cotton tail fashioned out of a piece of muslin. P1100294

The cracked egg, which is papier mache, was something I rediscovered during my on going tidy up. I gave it a coat of gesso and then a couple of coats of white acrylic paint before filling it with Icelandic moss. The images are secured in the moss using cocktail sticks. I’ve mounted the egg on a painted spool that has also been decorated with moss.


To finish, I decorated the shell with sweetheart blossoms in spring colours.



This will be part of my Easter centre piece on my dining table along with some real chocolate eggs – wrapped in gold foil of course!

I also used that cute bunny image on my Easter card for Mr Beez:


In Microsoft Word, I used two images, reversing one and changing the colours. You can do all this using the options on the picture format tool bar. I created the words in a text box so they could be positioned near the images and then printed out.


I’ve mounted the image on some smoky blue card then added coordinating ribbon and a button. I gave the bunnies the same little cotton tails as before.


Hope you have an enjoyable day and thanks for buzzing by.

Bees box

I’m taking a little break from Easter themed projects today and instead am sharing a little altered matchbox:


This is the project I am sharing over at Sunday Stampers, where the theme this week is Things That  Fly. I’d hoped to have it ready to share earlier in the week but was thwarted when the little beehive stamp went AWOL. It literally just disappeared. One moment it was with all the other bits and bobs I had gathered in order to make my project and the next…gone! After I had re-traced my steps for the umpteenth time it finally revealed itself stuck to a packet of Promarkers!


Anyway, I started by covering a small matchbox, inside and out, with cardstock that had been coloured and stamped with distress inks. I used Antique Linen, Dried Marigold, Victorian Velvet and Iced Spruce with a smidge of Victorian Velvet around the edges. I’ve used stamps from the Beekeeper’s Tea Collection (Plate 13) by Clearly Constructed Stamps, stamping the beehive to the front of the box and the bee on the base of the inside.


I paper pieced the beehive and added the No 13 and a rose, both of which are also in the collection, then added a paper rose over the stamped image.There’s a second image of the little girl bee, which I cut it out and coloured with Promarkers, addling a little glitter on the wings. I used Pinflair glue gel, to give depth, and applied it over the original.To finish, I added a few more roses to the bottom of the box.


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