Bee -ing relaxed

Is it really Monday again? I must admit I’ve lost track a bit as Mr Beez and I enjoyed a few days rest and relaxation up on the Northumbrian coast. It’s a part of the world I haven’t been to for quite a long time and now I’m wondering why. The coast is beautiful and this was the view from our accommodation:


Each morning we would sit by the window and watch the birds – Cormorants, Sandpipers and Oystercatchers, scurrying about on the beach and pecking at the sand for food.

Boulmer 2

It was a fabulous few days and just what we needed after the busy summer. Now it’s back to earth with a rather large bump as I have to zip off down to London for work. Before I go, there is just time to share a card I have made for the current challenge over at Crafty Boots. We are currently asking you to interpret this sketch for your project:

Crafty Boots sketch

We’re not being too strict on this one, as long as the basic sketch is still recognisable. Here’s my latest card:


I embossed a piece of yellow card using a honeycomb embossing folder. The bee and laurel wreath stamps are by Stampin Up!


I’ve used  coordinating paper rose and some punched leaves along with some gingham ribbon.


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Sketching again

Our current challenge over at Crafty Boots is for you to interpret this sketch:

Crafty Boots sketch

For my second DT piece I decided to turn the sketch on its side and go a little off piste with some of the elements.


All the papers are from a pad by Teresa Collins.


I used a set of Spellbinders nesting dies to cut the flowers and created a centre from a button.


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Berry nice

This week’s challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog is asking you to use fruit and/or a jam jar. Having decided I was going to definitely use a gorgeous pear stamp that I haven’t yet utilised, here’s the card I created for this challenge:


So I went I little off plan and the pear stamp remains in pristine condition! I’ve used a years old strawberry stamp instead and coloured the strawberries with a combination of Polychromos and Promarkers and then cut them out.


I used Squeezed Lemondade distress ink through my Memory Box honeycomb stencil for the background, then die cut some leafy fronds. The little flowers are punched using a Martha Stewart punch and I’ve added gems to the centre.


I love strawberry plants –  a fabulous combination of glorious red berries, many hidden away like jewels, and pretty white blossoms. Sadly, we’re coming to the end of the English strawberry season now, but I have got some fabulous jam, made by a friend, that will see its way to topping several freshly baked scones for a few weeks yet!

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I can hardly believe that we are now in September, this year has absolutely whizzed by. Today’s project doesn’t help either as I’m sharing the first of my Gecko Galz projects for this month the majority of which have a Halloween theme! This month’s customer challenge, when you have the chance to win a $25 shopping spree, is “Tricks and Treats.”

GG Sept CC Badge

Here’s what I made:


These definitely fall into the trick category don’t you think? All the label images come from this month’s Arsenic and Lace kit.


The bottles were cut from chipboard using the Tim Holtz/Sizzix Bigz Alterations die – Apothecary Bottles. I painted them with Dylusions paints and then grunged them up a bit with distress inks.


I added a skull charm and matching jewel to each one.


This black cat label should in fact be a green/grey colour but, quite by chance, my printer was running out of ink and it came out purple instead. I distressed all the labels with scrunching and Walnut Stain distress ink.


I thought these wold look great hanging from a tree so I’ve added some loops to the back.

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A gnome to go to

I have a very small project to share with you today and I’m talking tiny!


I couldn’t resist this little fun guy garden gnome from Rubber Moon. I’ve coloured him with Polychromos and then popped him into a tiny glass vial with some green Icelandic moss and a daisy.


I added the top of a spun cotton toadstool to the cork and tied some twine around the neck of the bottle.


The finishing touch is a tiny butterfly charm.


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Sketchy Challenge

It may be a Bank Holiday here in the UK but that’s not putting us off our stride over at Crafty Boots Challenges where it’s time for a new theme. For the next fortnight we have a sketch for you to play with:

Crafty Boots sketch

Now I’ll be honest and tell you that I don’t always find sketches easy and this one in particular was quite a challenge. Here’s what I came up with:


I’ve teamed some raspberry cardstock with patterned paper from Craftwork cards.


Love that pearl trim from Wild Orchid Crafts that I’ve teamed here with coordinating ribbons from my stash.


The paper roses match the ribbon and I’ve slipped in a lacy doily.


Hope you’ll find time to join in with us and share your take on the sketch.

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Rockin’ all over the world

Hope you are enjoying the weekend and a long, Bank Holiday weekend if you are in the UK?! Each morning I have celebrated the fact that this week there is no loading up and setting off on my travels for work! Ironically, this week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog has the title “World Traveller,” although my work travels have hardly been global, I have certainly covered a lot of miles, both by van and on foot. I sometimes I reckon a must travel a couple of miles just turning a circle whilst I remember what it is I was about to do!! Anyway, here’s the card I made:


Well of course I was going to use Agatha the Traveller!!!! I’ve used some map print paper and used distress inks to colour it, basing my palette on the sort of colours you see on world maps.


I’ve created a little tag using Stampotique’s Agatha the Traveler by Magda Polakow.


The journey stamp is by Tim Holtz and I’ve also added in a little stamped and punched butterfly. All the backgrounds and the butterfly were inked with the same colours that I used on the map.

Before I sign off, I have to tell you that yesterday I finally went and had my Mother’s Day afternoon tea. My youngest son had bought me a voucher for Mother’s Day for afternoon tea for two at the pub/restaurant that is owned by the chefs that he works for. Rowley’s  is also where his girlfriend works. Mr Beez and I went for tea yesterday afternoon and very good it was too. When the tea arrived I discovered that the Head Chef had created some special biscuits in my honour:

bee biscuits

How cute is that?? There was one each for Mr Beez and, like the rest of the afternoon tea, it was absolutely delicious!


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Getting back to normal!

After six weeks and 36 cooking sessions with 36 parents and 108 children, my summer workathon is finally over. Although I still have two van loads of kit to unload today it is a relief that I don’t have to organise myself to do it all again next week!!! So, before the madness of my schedule for September and October kicks in I’m going to be celebrating the fact that I now have a couple of weeks where I can live life at a slightly slower pace, integrate myself back into society and not feel self-conscious because I smell of vegetable fajitas or chicken tikka masla!!! I’ve made a little postcard to help keep me in chilled out mode!


I’ve used Mindy Lacefield’s Dreamer Girl and a flower stamp, both of which are from Rubber Moon. The sentiment is a Tim Hotz rub on.


I used Poly chromos for the colouring and some Tumbled Glass distress ink for the background. The girl was paper pieced.


I’ve added a few highlights with a white Sharpie marker pen.


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Vintage golf

August seems to be the month of birthdays on the little cul-de-sac I live on. This week sees one of our neighbours celebrate his eightieth and I have made him a card to mark the occasion:


Peter is a keen golfer although now I believe he has had to limit most of his action to the 19th hole! I found this vintage golf image over at The Graphics Fairy. I’ve teamed it with browns and golds plus some papers from 7gypsies that I have had in my stash forever.



Love the fold stitching down the sides of the ribbon.


Happy Birthday Peter, enjoy your day!

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Summer bee take 2

I have another Fair and Square project, for the current Crafty Boots Challenge,  to share with you today.


This is a canvas that I have had fun transforming with my favourite bee image from Stampotique.


I began by applying texture paste through a floral stencil. I’m at the end of my pot and think I might have been a bit frugal as there isn’t a huge amount of texture, although more than you can see in the photograph here. Once dry, I rubbed on some Dylusions paint. I used a baby wipe so that much of the colour was removed. I applied the bee using the tissue transfer technique, applying a coat of Glue ‘n’ Seal over the whole thing. The rest of the stamping was done directly on to the canvas.


I’ve added highlights of colour using a white gel pen, Promarkers and Polychromos.

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