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…

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… 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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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!

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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.

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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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Thanks for buzzing by.

Easter treats

After a hectic week with long days, spent entirely on my feet I am super excited about the long weekend. To kick things off I started the day with toasted Hot Cross Bun from my favourite baker’s – Betty’s.  I plan a little light crafting, a little light shopping and er… a little light housework so I can put up my Easter displays. Today I thought I would share a couple of Easter treats I have been busy with.

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First up are these little Easter treat bags that I made for some of my work colleagues. I used a Tonic gift bag die that I picked up at the GNPE in Harrogate recently. The samples on display were so pretty I knew I just had to have it and now I’ve used it I can see lots of possibilities. However, for its first outing I have kept it plain and simple as I needed to make quite a few of these in super quick time.

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I printed out the image, which is from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade Kit, onto lightweight cardstock and then used the main part of the die set (it has lots of fancy add on bits!) to cut it out. All you need is a little glue or tape to sea it on one side and that’s it, job done.

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I added a tiny bow to the top, added the treats (chocolate chicks and a handful of chocolate eggs) and then used some double sided tape to seal the top.

I used a different image from the same set to create these little tags.

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The tags themselves are by Heather Hudson and you can find them in her Etsy shop. I used the cream set but there lots of colours to choose from. I overlaid the bunny image (how cute is that rabbit???), added the words (using a text box) and then printed them out on cream cardstock.

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Then I added white lace and white seam binding and popped an ivory rose over the tail. I loved this so much I decided to make a whole bunch to turn into Easter cards. However, once they were made, I realised that I was very low on card blanks so instead decided to send out just the tag instead.

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I did create one card, using some papers from the Gecko Galz Flower Power paper set.

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I created a larger treat box for the colleague I have been working with this week who has been brilliant at keeping my spirits up and, amongst other things, has continually made all the washing up disappear!

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The photo’s I took were a bit rubbish but hers has come out well. The felt tulip basket is from Tesco and you can just see the little tag poking out at the back. I created the box using a takeaway carton made from kraft card. I made a label using more images from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade Kit and added the words before I printed it out. On top I piled on a few bows and added a little chick and cute pom-pom rabbit.

If you are interested in the “Bunny Bark” you can find the recipe here. It’s a fantastic sweet and salty concoction made using pretzels. For my Easter version I used pastel coloured sprinkles instead of snowflakes and bashed up a couple of bags of Cadbury’s mini eggs to go on top.

Have an enjoyable day and thanks for buzzing by.

Hippity hoppity

Very excited to have reached the end of the working week with the luxury of a long weekend stretching out in front of me. I shall certainly be putting my feet up in between a little light baking, housework and, of course, crafting!

It’s time for a new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures and, as you might guess, the theme is Easter. Heather has the cutest Easter products, take a browse around her Etsy shop at all the goodies on offer. These are Easter treats that won’t pile on the pounds! Here’s the card that I have created:

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I’ve used an image from the medium Easter Eggs collage set and layered it up over an Aqua Shabby Tag,  Easter Bingo Card and tags from the Spring Blue and Spring Green sets together with some paper from my stash.

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The tickets are from the Easter Shabby Pink Tickets set.

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I’ve used glitter and bows to embellish plus a handful of pastel buttons and paper roses.

 

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We hope you will link up your Easter themed projects with our challenge at My Artistic Adventures. Remember if you use one of Heather’s products in your work you’re in with a chance to win a prize. Buzz over to check out all the details and to see what the rest of the DT have been up to.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Bunny Brown

Pinch and a punch, it’s the first of the month! As we know, the start of this particular month is always tricky as we try to avoid making fools of ourselves. I am the main trickster in this house but as I am scheduling this post, I won’t be able to let you know if I was successful or if I got caught out myself. Anyway, as it is the start of a new month I am very happy that I can now share my Gecko Galz DT projects with you.

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This lovely tag image is from the Easter Parade Kit. I’ve edged it with gold glitter and then layered it onto some cream and brown card then topped it with a brown satin bow. I used an egg-shaped die to cut the card.

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I’ve layered up ivory and tea-stained cardstock with some book pages, distressing and inking the edges.

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To finish, I’ve used two types of ivory crochet lace and more brown ribbon plus some ivory sweetheart blossoms.

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Don’t forget we have an Easter themed challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and there’s plenty of time for you to link up your projects.

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Thanks for buzzing by.

Easter colours

As if Monday doesn’t come around quickly enough as it is, this week it seems to have been super quick due in part, I think, to the clock change. At least it is only a four day week with a long weekend to look forward to. However, for me, those four days are going to be jam packed. So in the calm before the storm I’m happy to share a tag I have made for the new Crafty Boots challenge which has Easter as its theme.

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I’ve used papers and images from My Artistic Adventures choosing those that had my favourite Easter colours – yellow and purple. There’s a little spring green in there too as we should always have some green on our plate!

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The little bunny comes from a great collage sheet that has loads of vintage images on pretty egg shapes. I’ve added a little glitter to the eggs, which are dead ringers for my favourite Cadbury’s mini eggs, and are from the Vintage Easter Tickets sheet. I’ve layered the images onto a purple tag  and a golden yellow tag with a piece of paper from Vintage Spring Greens.

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I’ve added a cascade of purple and yellow flowers which remind me of the fantastically decorated Easter eggs we use to have when I was little and continue to be made and sold at my favourite bakery, Betty’s.

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A purple button and some yellow gingham ribbon complete the look! Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots Challenges and see what the rest of the DT have created and if you are making a little Easter something, we hope you’ll share your work with us.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Spring in Park Lane

Did you remember to put your clocks forward last night? I have to be very strict with Mr Beez as he has a habit of messing with the clocks long before the moment when they change. Although I enjoy long sunny summer days, the sun is often absent here in the UK and, personally, I prefer dark winter nights accompanied by burning fires and candlelight! Anyway, not only is it the start of British Summer Time it is also the fifth Sunday in the month and therefore we have a week long mini-challenge over at Anything But A Card.  You have a week to link up any project that isn’t a card and that links in some way to the number 5. Here’s my DT project:

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I know I’ve done little houses before but when I realised that there were exactly 5 cute little houses on my fabulous new Stampotique  stamp it seemed rude not to use them. I stamped the houses twice before colouring them with Distress Inks. I’ve tried to create an “ombre” effect using blues and pinks. For the blues I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Stormy Skies and Faded Denim. For the rooves I used Picked Raspberry and Mixed Berries and simply adjusted the amount that I used. I pay pieced the rooves and the doors. I decided to reverse the “ombre” for the doors, going from dark to light.

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The base is a piece of driftwood that has been painted with Dylusions paints, then I’ve added some little clay flowers to give a spring type feel. I know they are out of proportion with the houses, but this is a little fantasy piece so I think it’s allowed.

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The title comes from a film that I love which starred Dame Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding. Sadly it hasn’t been shown on TV for decades but I managed to secure a copy via Amazon.

I am also sharing this over at City Crafty Challenge Blog for their “Go Ombre” challenge.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Bees Block

It seems an age since I last posted something here, although it is less than a week, and in that time I have been a busy bee. All work related as I get ready for a very intense two weeks delivering some in-store cooking sessions for children during the Easter holidays. Consequently, I am shuffling in, once again close to the wire, with my entry for Sunday Stampers.

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Yes, it is another Artist Trading Block! For once, I had a clear idea of what I was going to do so was able to whip this up earlier this afternoon and make it past the finishing post. I’ve used the Sizzix cube die to create the base, which is cut from chipboard and painted black.

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I’ve layered up black and white card and added stamping to the top layer. You probably recognise the small Carol’s Flower and the little bee, which are both by Stampotique.

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I decided to keep the colour palette simple, just adding some yellow to the flower’s centre and the bee’s stripes. Each side is slightly different.

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I added three extra flowers to a little glass vial on the top.

Thanks for buzzing by.