Monochrome butterflies

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme for the next fortnight is ribbon and/or lace. Here’s the first of my DT samples:


I’m also sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their butterflies challenge. I just love this gorgeous satin ribbon which is almost, but not quite, silver.


The butterfly stamp is by Stampin’ Up! I have many butterfly stamps but I generally revert to this one when time is short as it comes with a matching punch! I added a smidge of Hickory Smoke distress ink to soften the monochrome.


I used a Memory Box die to cut the Chandra stem and used the negative rather than the actual die cut itself.


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So it finally happened – we got snow :) Not masses and it doesn’t look like it will last very long but after weeks of warmth and endless rain it is good to feel a little bit wintery. In contrast, the project I am sharing today has a spring like feel to it.


I created this tag for the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge  #227 where Arwen has asked us to use colour blobs! First I inked the base of the tag with Squeezed Lemonade, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac and Twisted Citron distress inks. Next, I added more colour, to create blobs, through a stencil. I used black and white pens to highlight the blobs. I created some extra blobs by punching out circles from some inked paper, applying them to the base and then highlighting them with pens as before.


I stamped Agatha Flower on to the base and then separately on to card so I could paper piece her. I created some extra flowers by stamping and fussy cutting them.


I’m also sharing my tag over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is to make something pretty.


I can’t quite decide whether to go out in the snow or not. I’m lacking in some sensible snow footwear at the moment having chucked my leaking willies out just before Christmas. Maybe I’ll just sit and admire it from the window, whilst drinking a Bailey’s laced hot chocolate of course :)

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Rainbow thank you

Today is my first day back at work after my lovely, long Christmas break. It will be especially hard as I have to go into the office (I generally work from home) and of course Mr Beez will be staying at home enjoying his retirement! Sigh! It feels like the last fortnight just whizzed by and already we have reached the halfway point of our something old/something new challenge over at Crafty Boots.


I have combined new and old supplies to create this little thank you card. The frame stamp is an old one and I’ve coloured the interior with distress inks to create a watercolour rainbow effect. The Thank You stamp is new, picked up in the sales.


The front of the card is slightly smaller than the back so I added a strip of colour down the exposed strip.

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Agatha in Narnia

One of my New Year crafting resolutions was to get back into the swing of entering blog challenges on a regular basis, something that proved difficult last year when I was working away from home so often.  One challenge firmly in my sights was the Stampotique Designers Challenge. I was very excited when I saw that the first challenge(SDC#226) of the year, set by Claudine, was trees. This gave me the opportunity to craft something that had been rolling around in my head ever since I bought Stampotique’s Lampost stamp:


The Narnia books, the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in particular, are one of my all time favourites and as a child I spent more than a normal amount of time in a wardrobe trying to make it to the magic land itself! When I first visualised creating  this scene I had intended to add antlers to one of the existing Agathas. Then the brilliant Magda Polakow designed Agatha Antlers – perfect! The trees in my scene are from a Tim Holtz Alterations matching stamp and die set.


The words are from my original copy of the book which I have photocopied and enlarged.


For colour I used everything in my stash – distress inks, Polychromos and Promarkers. I’ve also used a little snow paint for texture.

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Embossed snowflake

Today I am sharing the second of my DT pieces for the Crafty Boots “something old something new” challenge. As previously, I’m using some new/old supplies i.e. things that have been in my craft room for quite awhile but have never been used.


I can’t quite believe that I have never used this Tim Holtz/Sizzix Layered Snowflake die and embossing folder set before!


The words are from the Holiday Words thinlets die set.


First I prepared the base by roughly covering an old piece of corrugated card with gesso. Then I scraped on a little Snowflake Texture Paste and left it to dry. I cut the words and snowflake from grey card and used the matching texture fades folder to emboss the snowflake. Next, I rubbed on a little gesso and once that had dried a little Tumbled Glass and Chipped Sapphire distress inks. Finally, I dotted on some crystal clear glitter glue. The ribbon is seam binding coloured with Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass distress inks.


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12 Days of Christmas Agathas – Day 12

So, sadly, I have reached the last of my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas which alas also means it is the official last day of Christmas. Mr Beez and I have been busy taking down the decorations. We’re nearly done so, consequently, everywhere is looking a little bare, not to mention a little dusty. It was only right that Agatha should go out with a bang and I chose Agatha Crown to lead the cacophony of sound coming from this little lot:


Twelve drummers drumming (background from Kate Crane) and looking particularly pleased with themselves I’d say! I hope you’ve enjoyed this series and now I have to get my thinking cap on as to how to represent the Twelve Days of Christmas at the end of this year. And if you think I’m joking – I have already started counting down the days – 353 just in case you were wondering!

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12 Days of Christmas Agathas – Day 11

Before I began my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas, I had planned out many ideas in my head. However, for some of the days I didn’t have a clue and hoped that inspiration would strike! Day 11 – Pipers Piping, was probably the one that I found most difficult. Then it came to me, instead of musical instruments I would use a tobacco pipe which, naturally, would be in the hands of a snowman!


You may have to peer quite closely, but I promise you that each of those cute little snowmen is raising a pipe in their right hand!


I found this adorable vintage snowman image over at Studio Shine on Etsy. I love their candy cane walking sticks. I didn’t feel it would be right for Agatha Christmas to be smoking a pipe so I drew a little flute for her to hold. You may have noticed that Agatha doesn’t have arms so I created some for her using a pair of legs!


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12 Days of Christmas – Day 10

When he was alive, my uncle, who was the Bishop of Carlisle, was one of the 26 “spiritual peers” – bishops who sit in the House of Lords. In 1997, the first election in which Tony Blair’s Labour party gained victory, he invited us to the Houses of Parliament on the day of the State Opening. It was very exciting as we got to go behind the scenes, including having lunch in the House of Lords dining room. One of my favourite memories of that day was going to the toilet – yes, seriously! In the “Ladies” were lots of real life “ladies” in their tiaras and hitching up their long gowns to adjust their petticoats underneath. It was very difficult not to giggle. Therefore it wouldn’t surprise me if somewhere in Westminster, hidden away, you might come across Lords-a-leaping!


For Day 10 of my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas, I chose to turn the little parrots into Lords by dressing them in red, complete with ermine collars, and giving them little crowns. Agatha Moon is sitting centre stage completely unphased by their behaviour, although maybe, like me, she is supressing a smile!

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New and Old

Our first challenge of 2016 begins today over at Crafty Boots and the theme is “Something old, something new” – an opportunity for you to show off your new craft supplies and to perhaps return to some old favourites. I have quite a few supplies that I consider to be new/old! These are things that have never been used but have been in my stash for quite some time. So for my DT piece today I thought I would combine some new/old supplies with some old/old ones – are you with me?


I bought Stampotique’s NYNY and 1879 Postmark several months ago but haven’t had the opportunity to use them. This evokes some very, very happy memories of my recent trip to New York!


After stamping on to card I applied distress inks – Fossilised Amber, Picked Raspberry (one of my very first distress inks!) and Wilted Violet. Then I added the stars using a stamp that I have had in my stash forever. The sentiment is from a set by Darkroom Door, I have used some of the stamps from this set before, but not this particular one.


Do buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and remember you have a whole fortnight to link up your projects.


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12 Days of Christmas Agathas – Day 9

Today’s postcard in my series of postcards – the 12 Days of Christmas Agathas was truly a labour of love. I’ve used two of Magda Polakow’s stamps that I’ve not used before – Agatha Antlers and Reindeer.


This postcard was part inspired by my visit to the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York. The curtain rose and the  Rockettes appeared dressed as glittery reindeer, each hoof and antler was perfectly synchronised as they preformed the opening number. (You can take a sneaky peek on YouTube) I was mesmerised and had I been considerably younger would have made being a Rockette my career choice!


Anyway, having tried, and failed, to recreate the dancing line of reindeer using stamping and masking I opted to stamp each one individually, cut them out and layer them over each other. I used spray mount to make the job a little easier and removed the left leg of each one so that these could be applied separately. I opted to make Agatha Antlers one of the dancing crew. The background paper is from Blonde Moments.

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