Just buzzing by with a quick post to share a project that I made for the new Crafty Boots challenge – All Squared Up.


To create the card I used a Dylusions honeycomb stencil and blended Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalde distress inks through it, then stamped the bees.


I used my favourite leafy branch stamp around the edge, adding in some little flowers with polychromos. you can see from the close-up that these are nothing more than scribbly circles.


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Notes of lemon

Yesterday I commented that I was looking forward to seeing lemon trees whilst I am on holiday in Italy. I wished then that I had had a lemon themed project to share with you. Well it seems my wishes came true as I then realised I still had this altered notebook to share:


I bought a stack of very basic long, shopping list style, pads quite a while ago. They are very cheap and are perfect for transforming with your crafty supplies.



I’ve used some fabulous papers and images from the Gecko Galz for my citrus transformation.


If you’d like to see more of these notebooks, click on the images below.

Hop pad 1


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All pear and square!

Good Morning and Happy Monday! A very happy Monday as I whizz off on my long awaited holiday 🙂 I have been counting down the days to help get me through my summer work and now departure day has finally arrived and hopefully, by the time you read this, myself and Mr Beez will have landed safely in Italy ready for some fun in the sun.

Whilst I’m gone there is some fun going on over at Crafty Boots as we start a new challenge. The theme for the next fortnight is “All Squared Up,” – it’s easy – use squares in your project or simply make a square shaped project! I’ve noticed that just recently I’ve been favouring square shaped cards. Here’s my project for today:


This lovely stamp is from a Stampin’ Up! set called Faith in Nature. Having missed out on buying it originally, I was super pleased to be able to snap it up, pre-loved, on Ebay.


I used some green archival ink to stamp on to watercolour card and then added colour using distress inks.


To decorated, I used coordinating flowers and ribbon from my stash.


I hope you are able to join in our Crafty Boots challenge and I will look forward to catching up with all your projects when I return.

In the meantime, if you were with me when I visited Seville last year, you will remember I got very giddy about the orange trees. In Italy, it’s all about lemons – I can’t wait!

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Envelope Art

The current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge has the fab theme of Mail Art – anything you can mail – ATC, pocket letter, postcard etc. I would normally jump right in and create a postcard but instead, decided to push the envelope and create…erm… an envelope!


This was such fun to do even though, for me, creating anything at the moment is a bit of a challenge. We have been having work done in the house and consequently lots of things have been moved and squashed into the smallest space possible. Many of my crafting supplies have temporarily disappeared. On the upside though some things that I had misplaced have resurfaced, which was good news in terms of my envelope.


The stamps I’ve used are Big Bee, Hexagon and Large Sunflower. I first created a mask to cover the area that I wanted to leave blank for the address and then stamped the bee and the flower so they slightly over lapped the masked area. Next, I used masking fluid to cover the bee and sunflower. I’m so happy to have unearthed this fabulous product 🙂 Once the fluid was dry I stamped on the hexagon. This is such a fabulous stamp, so easy to tessellate.


When the stamping was complete, I simply added colour using a mix of distress inks and crayons together with polychromos. Naturally, I couldn’t resist adding some clear glitter to he bees’ wings. Who wouldn’t love a bit of glitter on their envelope when it pops through the letterbox?

Now as luck would have it, I have quite a large supply of “spare” envelopes and I can’t wait to get decorating them.

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Sunflowers on a rainy day

As today promises to be a gloomy and rainy one, I thought would share a card that is full of sunshine:


I made this card as one of my DT projects for the current Sunshine challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges.  There’s still time for you to link up your projects and we’d be very happy if you buzzed on over to join us.


The fabulous sunflower paper is by Tim Coffey for K & Co. I used three sheets and cut out different sections which I then matted onto cardstock. I layered them up and added some seam binding which was dyed with distress inks.


Wishing you a lovely weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

Bees are back

Yay! I did it, I survived my six week work marathon and can now return to my regular routine 🙂 But only for a week because then I fly off on my holidays. Happy days indeed.

We’re midway through our latest challenge over at Crafty Boots where the theme is “You are my sunshine.” I’m a little behind with sharing my DT projects and will attempt to catch up this week. First up is this card:


I have had that flower, which is from K & Co, in my stash for ages but decided it was perfect for this challenge. I’ve teamed it with stripy paper and gingham ribbon. I love how the yellow and black compliment one another.


Which is probably why bees decided yellow and black were great for their outfits too! This bee stamp is from Chocolate Baroque.

Whilst I’ve been busy at work, Mr Beez has been busy overseeing some major work being done in our house, including a completely new central heating system. There’s a lot of mess and a lot of dust, both of which I can cope with – a brilliant excuse not to clean in my opinion! However, the downside is that I can’t access my crafting supplies. Good job I’ve got lots of projects tucked up my sleeve 🙂

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Bright sunshiny day

I can’t believe that it is time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots. Neither can I quite believe that I am about to start the last week of my summer work assignment – it really has flown past in a matter of moments. That’s not to say it hasn’t been hard work, because it has, and this forthcoming week has thrown up some additional challenges, including having to work on Bank Holiday Monday, which mean I can’t get demob happy just yet!

Our new Crafty Boots challenge has the theme of “You are my Sunshine,” and we are asking you to use sunny colours in your projects. A major downside of the work I do during the summer is that I miss the lovely weather when we get it – and let’s be honest, this year has not been a bad one as far as British summers go. So my card is a celebration of a sunny summer:


I’ve used distress inks for the background – Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey, plus a selection of stamps from my stash.


The sunshine stamp you will recognise as being from Rubber Moon. (The stamp seems to be missing from the website at the moment but if you email Kae Pea I’m sure she’ll be happy to help!)


We’re looking forward to seeing all your projects for this challenge and hope you have time to enjoy the sunshine too 🙂

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Bees on the bag

Just buzzing by for a quick post so that I can share another of my DT makes for the Anything But A Card challenge over at Crafty Boots.


I’ve has a supply of these little muslin bags in my stash for awhile and this was the easiest project to whip up. I inserted a piece of card to the inside of the bag to make the stamping and colouring easy. I used black archival ink and allowed it to dry thoroughly before using Promarkers to add colour. The bee stamp is from Chocolate Baroque and the others are from Red Lead.


As this is a bag for a queen it only seemed right and proper to add some bling too!


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Sweet bees of mine

Today we move into Week 2 of our Anything But A Card challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. There have been some terrific entries so far and so much creativity. I particularly love seeing how ingenious people can be when it comes to upcycling! I shall look forward to visiting all the new entries this week.

Today I am sharing a little canvas:


I tend to hoard these small canvases, which is ridiculous given that they are readily available. First, I used a scrap of floral fabric to cover the canvas, including the sides. I used glue ‘n’ seal, applying a top coat to the fabric. Once the glue was dry I added a thin coat of gesso before using the tissue transfer technique for the stamped beehive. The topcoat of glue ‘n’ seal allowed me to use Promarkers to colour the image.


I decorated the canvas with scraps of fabric and lace plus a little sentiment.

Wishing you a great week and thanks for buzzing by.


Another exhausting week and this time it isn’t work that’s worn me out but the Olympic Games! Every morning there’s been a new haul of medals for Team GB, it’s been beyond exciting. Hard to pick a favourite moment, there have been so many, but for me, as a lifelong fan of show jumping,  it has to be the magnificent gold earned by Nick Skelton. Unbelievably, not only does his win comes after he previously retired from the sport after suffering a broken neck, he was also riding with a hip replacement!

On the subject of things that are unbelievable (!) it is hard to believe that I have not got around to using the stamp that features on today’s project given that it has been in my stash for quite a few months now. So, without further ado, let me introduce you to Nina Angel:


Isn’t she gorgeous? You will recognise her as one of the super-talented Magda Polakow’s designs for Stampotique. This card is my entry for the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge which asks us to use polka dots in our projects. I stamped Nina onto card and then added in some polka dots using Vintage Photo distress ink. There’s also little whispers of a text stamp in there too. I painted her using more Vintage Photo, mixing it up in places with a bit of Worn Lipstick. Using the same two colours, I painted a wash over the background.


The papers are from Graphic 45’s Ladies Diary collection and have been in my stash for ages. There’s also a little bit of washi thrown in for good measure.



I just love how she turned out! I did think I might conjure up an Olympic themed project but that will have to wait for another day! However, if you’d like to get a fix of Stampotique meets the Olympics then check out DT member Kathi’s ATC which features on her blog.

As the Olympic Games reaches its conclusion, goodness knows what I shall do with all that extra time. Get in training for Tokyo 2020 maybe?! 🙂

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