Merry mistletoe

Having declared the Christmas crafting season officially open I was thrilled that this week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog has the theme of CAS Christmas. Specifically a one layer card. Not only does it give me an excuse to crack open the Christmas stamps, it also meant I was able to whip up a quick card before my departure to Hull (yes again!!) this morning. Although we all know that quite often CAS cards can take as long, if not longer than something that, on the surface, looks far more complicated. Or is that just me? Anyway, I did manage to make this in super-quick time and added bonus is that I now have Mr Beez’ card under my belt.

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The mistletoe stamp is from Lavinia Stamps and the little heart is by Stampotique. I used Archival ink in “soil” to stamp all the images and then used Stabilo All pencils in white and red to colour the berries and heart. I added a little wintery snow (apparently we are in for an Arctic winter here in the UK) and a scribbled border using gel pen. The sentiment is by Darkroom Door.

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Not many photographs needed when it’s a single layer CAS card, which was lucky, as Mr Beez is at home today and I don’t want him to see this before I give him the original.

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Thanks for buzzing by.

Remembrance – Part 2

As promised I am back to share the details of my second Design Team project for the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. The theme is remembrance. Your project doesn’t have to be poppy related it can be something linked to any act of remembering. I happen to rather like poppies:

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This is the reverse side of a little canvas that I covered with book pages. I used Distress Stains – Broken China and Shabby Shutters, plus a little Walnut Stain distress ink along the edges.

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The little poppies were created by ruffling up some seam binding, creating a little circle and popping a black pearl in the centre. I added some stems using the wire that is left over from paper flowers after I have beheaded them and taken the flowers! I used glue gel to add dimension.

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I added a little Icelandic moss along the bottom.

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If you haven’t already paid a visit to Crafty Boots Challenges be sure to buzz over and check out the wonderful creations from the other DT members.

Thanks for buzzing by.

 

Remembrance – part 1

It’s time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and our theme for the next fortnight is “remembrance.” Those of you in the UK, and many of you overseas too, will know that yesterday was Remembrance Sunday when there were ceremonies, church services and parades all over the world and that tomorrow it is Remembrance Day when at 11am a two minute silence will be held to pay tribute to all those who have been affected by war and conflict. This year has marked the centenary of the start of the First World War and if you are not aware  of the magnificent display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London then be sure to check them out.

I’ve done a couple of projects this week and am sharing the first, a card, today.

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It’s always handy to have a card for more sombre occasions up your sleeve and I have created this one with that in mind. I’ve used coordinating papers in ivory and black, distressing and inking the edges of each.

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The poppy was created by using two different sized punches and some red card. I used a cocktail stick and a scoring tool to stretch and shape the petals. I then inked them with Walnut Stain distress ink before layering them up and popping a black sparkly gem in the centre.

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I tucked in some leafy branches and then added the word which is an Ideaology Chit-Chat sticker. This was a super quick card to make – no more than 15 minutes.

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Be sure to pop over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to. I’ve had a sneaky preview and know you are in for a treat. You can also take a peek at my second project, I will be sharing that with you tomorrow. I hope you’ll have time to share your projects with us too.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Reindeer games

After all the excitement of two blog hops and a new Design Team I thought I’d take a little breather from posting. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been making or thinking about making and I have lots to share with you over the coming weeks. As you know, I love creating little pieces of whimsy, especially tiny scenes and today I have a little shadow box that I have been working on.

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I struggled to find shadow boxes but had invested in a couple of lightweight “proper” boxes. These are proving to be very handy – not too deep and easy to cover with paints or paper. I gave this one a couple of coats of red paint and then dry brushed some white over the top.

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I’ve used Tim Holtz dies for the deer, trees and numbers using patterned papers, glitters and inks to decorate. On the base of the box is some white Icelandic moss to which I’ve added white paint and white glitter for some wintery sparkle. All the elements were secured with glue gel to add dimension.

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I added some holly leaves, red gems and a little sparkly snowflake to finish the whole thing off.

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I’m linking this up to City Crafter Challenge Blog for the current challenge which has the theme of deer.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Thank You – Craft Hoarders blog hop with My Artistic Adventures

Good morning, so pleased you have chosen to buzz by as today the”My Artistic Adventures Challenge Design Team” is Blog Hopping with Gloria’s Craft Hoarders Design Team!!

 Challenge #19 For all that You do, Thank You!

Create a “thank you” gift for this challenge. It can be a Thanksgiving hostess gift or a simple thank you card. It can be a “thanks for helping me out of a jam” present, or a “thanks for being you” scrapbook layout. As long as your project says, “THANKS,” enter the challenge! We want to see you de-hoard some of your stash and say thanks to someone! (Your project does not have to be Thanksgiving-themed!)
One Talented Participant that Links up their “Thanks” project to the
will receive a $25 Gift Certificate to the

Here is my inspiration piece that I have created below.

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This is an old biscuit bar box (you know, the ones that you eat when you are on a diet and kid yourself are more healthy!) that I’ve decorated using Heather’s fabulous Shabby Pink Birthday/Thank You Card Notes digital collage sheet. The sheet comes with two colour options plus additional images and sentiments. As I couldn’t decide which colour way to use I went with both! If you’d like to see more pictures then read on.

We will be starting the Hop at the
You can see her Design Team’s Inspiration Pieces there and on
their individual blogs.  Here is a list below.
 My Artistic Adventures Design Team
How would you like a SECOND chance to win a 

Hop on over to the My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog to get all the details!!

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Thank you for hopping with us and thanks for buzzing by.

Living the dream

Yep, a second post from me today and this time I’m back to share my project for the new challenge over at Anything But A Card. We have an “Anything Goes” challenge for November and I had an internal struggle as to whether to go with a Christmas project or not. You know me well enough by now to know that, naturally, Christmas won out!

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This little scene uses images from some of the new releases by The Gecko Galz. The little girl comes from the Christmas Cuties collage sheet and the stamp is from Christmas Icons. I’ve used the base of a matchbox, covered it with silver glitter card and then adhered it to a piece of chipboard on which I’ve mounted the stamp image.

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I’ve cut out the little girl, who is wearing ice skates, stuck her to the base using glue gel and then added more glitter over the gel. As you can never have too much glitter I’ve added a silver glittery border around the edge of the back board.

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I made the little sign on my computer and inked it with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress ink. I also added a few punched snowflakes.

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I hope you will have time to share a little something with all of us over at Anything But A Card.

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Oh, and in case your wondering about the title of this post, this little scene is one that I would love to be in. All wrapped up in creamy white and ice skating under a huge twinkling Christmas tree! Thanks for buzzing by.

Buzzing with some news

I’m so pleased to be able to share some exciting news with you today. I have been asked by the super talented Heather Hudson, my Gecko Galz teamie, to join her My Artistic Adventures Challenge DT. No matter where you were in the world that day you would have heard my squeals of delight. Obviously it was a no brainer and I replied “yes” as quickly as I could, just in case she had emailed me by mistake!! Not only is Heather an amazing crafter, she also produces fantastic digital collage sheets that are available via her Etsy shop. Ahead of my first “official” project tomorrow I thought it would be fun to make a little something to celebrate my news and it just so happens that Heather had the perfect collage sheet which just shows why this was meant to be!

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Do you see what I mean? For my card I’ve used the gorgeous Vintage Bumble Bee Calm collage sheet which has tags, squares and words. The beauty of Heather’s sheet is that the quality remains the same no matter what size you print out at.

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I printed out two of the tags in different sizes plus one of the squares. The were all mounted on to dark brown cardstock, which looks black in the picture, and outlined with a sprinkle of gold glitter. I used glue gel for the top two layers to add dimension.

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I decided this project was worth sacrificing some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! lace for and used a strip along the bottom of the card and then some scraps on the beehive tag.

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To embellish, I’ve used some seam binding, scraps of a thicker lace and a paper rose from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Not only is this card is also perfect for the current music themed challenge over at Crafty Boots (and you have a whole week left in which to play along), it will also be perfect for my friend’s wedding in December.

Thanks for buzzing by.

 

Día de Muertos

How was your Halloween? Given it was the warmest Halloween on record here in the UK I didn’t think our number of callers was as high as it might have been. There were mainly large groups, rather than twos and threes, and they were accompanied by groups of parents who huddled at the end of the drive looking as if they would rather be doing anything other than chaperone their offspring. By 8.30pm it was clear that there would be no more callers which pleased Mr Beez no end!!

Halloween may be over but I’ve found a way to sneak in a couple more skull themed projects as today and tomorrow is , as suggested by the title of this post, the Mexican holiday “Day of the Dead.” First up is a card that was made using an image from the Gecko Galz Day of the Dead collage sheet and paper from the Coven paper pack:

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I’ve teamed it with bright pink, adding some ribbon, roses and punched black foliage.

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My second project is an altered papier mache skull that I originally intended to use for Halloween:

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I gave it a couple of coats of white acrylic paint and then a top coat of Mod Podge Sparkle. I used Promarkers to add detail to the teeth and eyes. Paper roses, hears and some tiny teardrop gems add further detail.

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Now if you haven’t already check out the Gecko Galz Annual Blog Hop, be sure to check out the post pinned to the front of my blog – there are lots of fabulous free collage sheets to collect as well as loads of inspiration provided by the rest of the Design Team.

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Now Mr Beez is already asking when the Halloween decorations are coming down. Surely an extra day won’t hurt will it? Thanks for buzzing by.

 

Halloween treat package

I’m sneaking in here with an additional post and what is sadly likely to be my final Halloween project for this year :( As usual I haven’t done half the things I wanted to do, have added substantially to my Halloween hoard of stash and just hope that I can remember all my ideas for next year. This is quite a small and simple project but a fun one to do and could be easily adapted for any occasion:

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I’ve made this little treat package for a friend at work who shares my love of all things Reese’s peanut butter flavour. She also shares my love of cocktail-ology but that’s a story for another day! Yesterday we had to go to a meeting together and she very kindly offered to drive so I was doubly pleased that I had this up my sleeve so to speak. I’m including some instructions in case you want to have a go.

You’ll need two pieces of cardstock – one for the outer package and one for the treat itself. All my measurements are based on the size of the treat with a little wiggle room built in. The first piece should be cut and scored as per the photograph below (click on each picture if you would like to enlarge it).

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Now make the two little cuts as indicated by the red lines.

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Now assemble the holder, it will look a bit like the sleeve part of a matchbox but with it’s back missing. Glue Flap B over A.

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And then flap C over B.

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Repeat on the other side.

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Next, take your second piece of card and score as indicated in the photograph below.

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You are now ready to assemble the whole thing by gluing the two small flaps at the back of the holder on to the cover.

 

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It’s easier to decorate the outside of the holder before it is assembled. I simply cut four pieces of cardstock (the design is a digital paper from the Gecko Galz Hocus Pocus paper pack) to go on the inside and out. Before you glue the ones that will be on the front, remember to adhere a strip of ribbon or twine across the middle. I used double sided tape to do this and made sure I had a good length of ribbon to make it easy to tie and secure the box. In addition to the four panels I also added two strips of card to the back and front of the spine. Once all pieces are secured then you can add your decorations. I added a little ghostie, Stampotique’s Cooper, and the word Boo. Remember that one of the panels will have the container part of the package.

Now you can add the treat box – I added more card to the front and sides plus a strip across the base before adhering to the inside of the cover. Once assembled I added the Halloween greeting.

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I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme for this week is stripes.

Jayne, my friend and colleague, was thrilled with her little gift and liked the packaging almost as much as the treat inside. Coincidently, she is the same age as my eldest son who, when he saw what I done, said ” all that just for a chocolate bar!” Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all!

I hope you have lots of treats and no tricks tonight, stay safe and thanks for buzzing by.

Hopping with joy

This post will be pinned here until Sunday 2nd November – please scroll down to view my latest, daily post.

Hello Everyone!

I want to welcome you to the 14th destination of Gecko Galz 4th Annual Blog Hop.

If you started here you might want to go back and start at the beginning at the Gecko Galz blog so you won’t miss anything!  

We have 21 AMAZING blogs for you to visit this weekend, each with some gorgeous projects created using the Gecko Galz collage images, that we are giving you for FREE! Each blog you visit will have another free Gecko Galz Collage sheet for you to download, the one here is

“CHRISTMAS JOY”.

Make sure you collect all the “secret” words on each blog so at the end of the hop you can send in the phrase to enter our draw for a wonderful treat.  So sit back, relax, take your time and enjoy the hop!

We have FOUR amazing prizes up for grabs:

  • First is the Kit Club for each month for an entire year. This is exclusive sets for club members which include a paper set, stamp set, and collage images in each set! That is 12 different sets! This is a $144 value!
  • Second prize is the monthly collage sets for an entire year! Each month you will receive all 4 sets absolutely FREE! This is a $96 value.
  • Third prize is all of the individual collage sheets each month for a year, this includes the jewel it sheets! This is a $90 value!
  • And our Grand Prize ONE FULL YEAR of Gecko Galz PRODUCTS!!! That will Kit Club Set, 4 individual collage sheets, Jewel it set and 4 collage sets each month for the entire year! This is a prize worth $330!

Read on to learn how you can win!

First of all, you will need to visit all 21 blogs and leave a comment on each blog :) **This is important so we know you have been to all the blogs **. Collect all 20 words (one on each blog site except the home site) and at the end of the blog on the Fripperies and Butterflies site there will be a link to email the phrase to Gecko Galz. This enters you in the contest. On November 3rd we will randomly draw the 4 winners and email each of you, then we will post the winning names on the Gecko Galz blog site.

For an extra chance to win make a purchase from the Gecko Galz site and your name goes in again for a better chance of winning (each purchase you make that weekend gives you another chance to win) 

Your Secret Word is:

PATH

Please enjoy this free Gecko Galz Collage sheet “Christmas Joy,” as well as the samples I have made using the images!

(Just click on the picture for link to full size sheet)

 Blog Hop 2014

Christmas Notebook

Hop pad 1

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(Extra Supplies used: Paper and tag from Grandmother’s House paper pack, red card, ivory crochet lace, crimson buttons, crimson bow, mulberry paper holly leaves, gold, red and green glitter glues)

Holiday Triptych

Hop shrine 2

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(Extra supplies used: Chipboard, Alterations die, paper from Grandmother’s House paper pack, bingo image from Alter Me collage sheet, gold Dresden trim, paper rose, gold glitter glue, Modpodge sparkle, chunky clear glitter)

Silent Night Card

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(Extra supplies used: Silent Night image from Altered Christmas collage set, silver glitter card, scrap designer paper, scrap white crochet lace, white lace flower)

Star ornament

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(Extra supplies used: Paper from Grandmother’s House paper collection, gold glitter card, gold glitter, scraps lace and ribbon

Vintage Tags

Hop tags

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(Extra supplies used: Paper from Words and Music pack, ivory crochet lace, red seam binding, gold stars. Sentiment printed from the computer)

Gnome Snow Globe

Snow globe

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CHECK OUT THE TUTORIAL HERE

(Extra supplies used: Plastic wine glass, chipboard circle, beads, red baker’s twine, Snowtex, faux snow, crystal clear glitter, toadstool, synthetic pine branches, pinecone, white paint, berry sprig pick)

Candy Cane card

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(Extra supplies used: Paper from Grandmother’s House paper pack, image from Altered Christmas collage set, deep red cardstock, ivory cardstock, deep red seam binding, punched green fronds, ivory sweetheart blossoms)

Pink roses Christmas decoration

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(Extra Supplies used: Image from Altered Christmas collage set, pink paper roses, pink seam binding, gold, pink and blue glitter)

If You missed checking out one of the blogs or want to go through them again here is the rotation

Sharon Rogers

Joan Liddle

Vicki Romain

Jules Eickmeier

Patti Fisher

Heather Hudson

Diane Bove

Yvonne Garner

Michele Storm

Jessica Moore

Helene Huber

Terri Burnette

Lisette Baker   YOU ARE HERE :)

Barbara Bird

Gerri Herbst

Amanda Phillips

Carol Salisbury

Wendy Waldorf

Leanne Seed 

Thanks for buzzing by.