Still looking on bright side

This week I was determined that I wouldn’t do anything with houses for my Sunday Stampers project and, if you buzzed by yesterday, you will know I was true to my word. Then this happened:


And if that were not bad enough, I followed it up with this:P1080983

What can I say? Except in my defence I was thinking about a card for our new neighbours and then just started playing, next thing I have two little projects and no card for our new neighbours. I’ll do that tomorrow! Anyway these stamps are by Kat Fullman and are about a couple of inches high, just to give you an idea of size. For my first piece, I had a scrap of card, slightly larger than an ATC. which I thought I would use up. I coloured it with distress inks – Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry. Then I used Neil Walker’s alphabet soup background stamp and Vintage Photo over the top. The border is a stamp by AHA and the flowery sprig, one of my “go to” stamps is from Stampin’ Up.


The houses were stamped separately and coloured with more distress inks. Similarly, the sun/moon (you decide) which is by Inkadinkado.




For my second piece I used all the stamps in the set and joined them together by mounting on some neutral cardstock. Then I simply coloured them with distress inks, white pen and Promarkers.

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Wishing you all a very bright weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

On the bright side

Those of you that are with me on Facebook will know that yesterday I set about the mammoth task of re-organising all the kit and paraphernalia for my job. When it’s not being used, everything, and there is a lot, is stored in my garage at home. Many of the boxes have been around for almost seven years and were beginning to show signs of wear and tear. So I set about re-boxing and re-organisaing the lot, ditching quite a bit on the way. I did the classic thing of losing the will to continue but had made such a mess I had no option but to see it through to the end. Take a look:

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At this point, it all seemed fairly manageable. All I had to do was take everything out and put them into my bright new shiny boxes with proper lids. Then it all got a bit messy:

junk b

It won’t surprise you that it was at this stage I lost heart. But I did it and everything got cleared away:

junk c

Someone said it looked like I had cleared up a murder scene! However, that blood-like stain is actually rust left behind from a skip! Anyway, despite my aches and pains I feel so pleased to have tackled it and done it. I now need to do the same with my crafty stash. As I’m feeling much brighter, although VERY achy, after my labours, today’s project reflects that:


I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is to use bright colours. The base is one of my old Stampin’Up invitation postcards that I’ve covered with card. I used up what was left of my Dylusions ink sprays to create the background and did a little ghosting with a circle stencil, also by Dylusions. Then I stamped script and leaves using three different shades of green to try and create depth and layers.


The bird was stamped, coloured with distress inks and then paper pieced.


I used vintage photo to stamp the little butterflies – these stamps are from the Darkroom Door String Inspiration set that you see me use so frequently.


To finish I used my rotary stamp for the words and my favourite Dylusions border stamp around the edge.


I’ve created two or three pieces using this postcards and have a stack more to use up. I’m thinking I need to put them altogether in an album or journal of some kind. Any ideas?

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Very vellum

Having recently been very close to the wire with my projects, and failing completely last week :(,  for City Crafter Challenge Blog I thought I’d grab the opportunity to get in super early this week. I actually completed this on Tuesday, the first day of the challenge, and then the light decided to play daft (bright sun, grim cloud and no happy medium) and put paid to my plans! However, I’m still a lot earlier than I have been and am very happy to share this with you today:


The theme for the challenge is to use vellum. I wondered if I would be able to find my stash as it’s not seen any action for about a year when I was making tealight cards. Anyway, I needn’t have worried as my super tidy way of crafting (ahem!) meant that, naturally, there was a piece just lying around underneath my printer.


First off, I made the background from vellum. Then I remembered that important thing you need to factor in when using vellum and that is that sticky stuff generally shows through – even if the packet says it won’t. Had I known how the finished card would end up I could have got away with it, but as I only had a vague plan I swapped the vellum for standard white card. I embossed the honeycomb and then lightly brushed on Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade distress inks and mounted it on some black card.The flowers were stamped onto vellum and heat embossed with white embossing powder before cutting out. I added a tiny bit of colour with distress inks just to add a subtle tint. I coloured the centres orange and added a twinkle of clear glitter.


The butterfly was created in the same way except I used a plain die and then over stamped the top layer with script.



This card probably needs a sentiment or some words but I decided that, at least for now, I would leave it as it was as I rather liked the simplicity and I prefer to then personalise a card when I know who it is going to and why.


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This week over at Every Inchie Monday we are channelling the Renaissance. As always, there are some fabulous creations, not to mention inventive thinking, from the other players. Do buzz over and take a peek. I’ve opted for some little collages :


These were made using some papers and images from The Gecko Galz. The backgrounds are from the Background Jewel It collection which I have combined with images from the Leonardo’s Visions collage set.


Because the designs were very detailed and small I manipulated and combined them digitially. I’ve used a gold leaf pen around the edge.


I think the one on the right above is my favourite. I love how her face fades into the background. A complete fluke achieved by playing with different tools on the formatting tab!


Now, this collection only partly reflects the first thought that came to mind when thinking about the word Renaissance and it would have been wrong of me not to create an inchie that truly represents my intellectuality. So I present to you:


When my boys were younger we lived through a very Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle (they were, for some reason, not allowed to be called Ninja turtles back then) period. When I asked my eldest son (now 25) what colour band Leonardo wore he rattled them off for each turtle with frightening speed. Glad to know their education wasn’t entirely wasted!!!

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Sweet sixteen

Pinch and a punch it’s the first of the month! I’m pleased to report that my working summer ordeal is finally over and I survived…just! I think it will take me awhile to recover and get my sparkle back but it’s a joy this morning to know that things are slowly but surely returning to normal! I’m also excited that we have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme for the next fortnight is “sweet sixteen.” Here’s my DT piece:


I’ve used one of Julie Nutting’s doll stamps and stamped it onto some book page designer paper. After colouring her face, hair, arms and legs with Promarkers I have paper pieced the dress using some of my favourite paper from the Gecko Galz Wild Roses paper pack. Crystal clear glitter adds some sparkle to the bodice and I used some organza rose trim along the bottom of the skirt.




I couldn’t resist adding some silver glitter to her shoes.


To showcase the girl I’ve layered up some designer papers after distressing the edges. The ribbon is seam binding that I’ve coloured with Spun Sugar distress ink. I’ve added in extra pieces of ribbon to create additional tails and some scraps of lace to frame the image.


The finishing touch was to add the sentiment and a tiny pink heart brad from my stash.


We hope you’ll find time to come and join us over at Crafty Boots Challenges – you have a fortnight to link up your sweet sixteen projects.

Thanks for  buzzing by.



Take 5…houses

Five Sundays this month means a mini-challenge over at Anything But A Card and of course, in keeping with tradition, the theme is five. Now with my current obsession, there was only one way this could go with my DT piece wasn’t there?


Yep, you guessed correctly. However, this time not one but a whole street of houses. Having cut the houses from chipboard using my Sizzix Artful Dwellings die I covered them with plain white cardstock. I used Antique Linen and a teeny bit of frayed burlap to colour the body of the house and then used a rainbow of colours for the rooves.


I’ve used a dictionary stamp and some dots with Walnut Stain distress ink to stamp on the body of the houses. Each roof has been stamped using black ink and my Dylusions border stamp.

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The flowers were stamped, cut out and then inked to match the rooves.


The words are from a set by Kat Fullman and the little dog and cat are rom a set by AHA Arts.



Just to remind you that Anything But A Card challenges has a Design Team call out right now.  If you love to create and share your creations with others and you love to create projects that are ANYTHING BUT CARDS then get in touch as we’d love to hear from you. The DT is supportive, friendly and truly international and I’d highly recommend it. Buzz on over to the ABAC challenge blog to find out how you can join the team :)

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Out of the depths

Okay – if you don’t want to see a little house project then look away now!


I really did try to do something different, especially as this is for Sunday Stampers and my last two entries were house based. The theme this week is to create depth and I played around with all sorts of wooden bits and mdf bits and canvases and then I put the tiny canvas on top of the house shape and that was it!


I used chipboard and the Sizzix Artful Dwellings Alterations die to make the house base and then covered it in card. I swooshed on some distress inks – Tumbled Glass, Peacock Feathers and a smidge of Mowed Lawn. Then I used my fancy script stamp and some more Peacock Feathers over the top. The mini canvas got exactly the same treatment.


I originally intended to use texture paste through a stencil but having mucked it up once, I decided to heat emboss instead. Now you may think I have mucked this up also but the slightly smudged effect was intentional. I came across this technique over at The Artistic Stamper. In that project, the embossing powder was just applied randomly. I didn’t think I could successfully pull off random, so instead used a stamp, added gold embossing powder and then spread it out with my fingers before applying heat. Love the effect it created.


I glued the mini canvas to the house and then made a matching butterfly. The little green roses were tinted with a touch of Peacock Feathers. dipped in gold embossing powder and then heated. I brushed some of the embossing powder off before heating.


The finishing touch was to add the little red heart. It’s a wooden heart that I coloured red and then topped with a layer of Crackle Accents. Once it had dried overnight I rubbed in some Walnut Stain distress ink.


I’m scheduling this post for Thursday – the final day of my summer work project. Tomorrow I shall mostly be lying in a collapsed heap wondering how I managed to survive!

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Quartz inchies and a wish

Crystal Quartz is this week’s theme over at Every Inchie Monday. I decided to go for those amazing agate slices that you see in gift shops.


These did not want to sit still whilst they were photographed! I used Promarkers to create the colour and then topped them off with some chunky glitter.



Now I didn’t really feel that these were enough for a blog post if you’ve taken the trouble to buzz over here so here’s another little project to feast your eyes on.


This is a little mixed media piece that I made quite a long time ago and never shared. Subsequently I made another one that was very similar and so this didn’t get to see the light of day. I used Dylusions ink sprays and a swirly stencil to create the background before applying all the elements.


The starfish is a wooden one that I’ve covered in clear glitter and a tiny bit of mixed gilding flakes.


Then there are some fusible fibres plus buttons, music manuscript and some punched branches.


I’ve added in some dew drops and the words.



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Bathing beauties and Bank Holiday blues

It may well be a Bank Holiday here in the UK but sadly I’m off to work :( However, before I can go I have to weigh out a load of flour and cook 3kg pasta (it’s probably best that you don’t ask!). As I feel that this summer has passed me by I thought I’d share a card that captures all the fun of a seaside holiday or a run out to the coast on a Bank Holiday Monday:


This is one of my Gecko Galz Design Team projects and uses a postcard image from the Umbrella Cuties collage set. (And whilst we’re on the subject of postcards, that’s the theme of the current challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges Blog – you still have a week to share your projects with us.)


I’ve teamed the image with some paper from the Mori Girl paper pack and then layered them up with coordinating cardstock and a red paper cocktail umbrella.


The finishing touch was to add a strip of olive green chevron ribbon which was saved from some packaging. I opted for a knot rather than a bow.



Hope you enjoy your Bank Holiday Monday and thanks for buzzing by.


Cutie Pie

Once again here I am sneaking in close to the wire with a project to share over at City Crafter Challenge Blog. This week there is a picture to use as inspiration:


Here’s the card I created:


I decided to use a cute little girl image, albeit she is slightly older than the one in the photo’. This comes from the Gecko Galz Darling Girls collage set.


I’ve used the neutral tones in the photo to create mats and layers and added in some embossing to echo the pattern on the hat.


Little clusters of miniature roses reflect the ditsy flowers on the dress.


The finishing touches were to add a strip of scallop edged lace and a white button.


Next week is the final one of my summer work marathon and Friday can’t come soon enough. All your comments have done much to keep my spirits up (and boy have they been low at times) and for that I want to say an enormous thank you.

Thanks for buzzing by.