Cracking up!

Did you get snow yesterday? In my part of the world it was very cold all day and then, just as I was going out, down came the white stuff. It was quite fast and furious and some did settle, but not enough to grind everything to a halt!  If you are feeling the cold then I hope the project I am sharing today might just warm you up!

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Yes, it’s Stampotique Sunday again and the challenge, set this week by Kathi, over on the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge Blog   is “you crack me up!” Kathi would like us to “humorous project that also has a crackle texture.”  I have gone for full on crackle with my little gnome house. As I was creating it, I was concerned that, once all the images were attached, you may not see the full extent of the crackle so I took some pictures beforehand.

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I used Finnabair White Crackle Texture Paste, slathering it on thickly so I got dimension as well as deep crackle. The base of my house was created from chipboard that I cut freehand. I used a mixture of Dylusions Paints and Distress Crayons for colour and a Stabilo All pencil for definition. Then it was time to get happy with my stamps.

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I was already super excited that my jumbo order of stamps had arrived from the USA. I have been patiently counting down the weeks. I will confess to feeling a little queasy when I saw just how many stamps I’d ordered but what’s a girl to do? I saved a fortune by not ordering everything on my list 🙂 Anyway Mushroom Forest is the first of my newbies to get an airing. I’ve coloured it with Polychromos and decoupage to create depth.

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The little gnomes are from 3 Dwarfy Gnomes and 4 Dwarfy Gnomes whilst the kitty is perching on the mushroom is on the Kitty Squad stamp. Some of the images are attached with glue gel to give further dimension.

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I painted a paper flower with crackle paint and the coloured it with Dylusions Paints and Distress Crayons as before.

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The stem is a scrap of card to which I added black stripes.

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Finally, I used my computer to create the words and frame. It was actually these words, seen on Pinterest, that started the whole idea of in my head.

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Wishing you a lovely Sunday, keep warm and thanks for buzzing by.

Night Owl Take Two

For our new challenge over at Crafty Boots we are asking you to use a sentiment. Here’s a second card that I created:

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If you think this looks vaguely familiar, you’re not wrong! I actually used an idea from a canvas I created in order to create a birthday card. This is for my cousin’s husband who is a big Sheffield Wednesday fan. If you know your football your will know that their nickname is “The Owls.”

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I used the fabulous owl stamp that was given away with Craft Stamper magazine. I masked off a circle for the moon, and then smooched on Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Faded Denim distress inks and then spritzed with water. The leaf stamp is from Paper Artsy’s Flora and Fauna 3 set. The little owl was coloured with Polychromos and applied separately.

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If you’d like to see the original post, click on the photo’ below.

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I get a little sentimental

Good Morning! Another week and a new challenge is kicking off over at Crafty Boots. The theme for the next fortnight is to use a sentiment. When I make cards, unless I am making them with a specific event or occasion in mind, I generally leave them plain so I can utilise them for any occasion. Sometimes I will add a sentiment later but, more often than not, I grab a card from my stash in a last minute panic and send it as it is; choosing instead to add appropriate words on the inside! So, for one of my DT pieces for this challenge I have gone all out on the sentiment and used it as the focus of my card:

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I originally made this as a Valentine card for Mr Beez but decided at the very last minute to save it for our wedding anniversary win June. Let’s hope he doesn’t buzz by here and get a sneak preview!

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The lovely chalkboard sentiment is from the Gecko Galz Chalkboard Sentiments set and the paper is from the Coven paper pack.

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The heart, stamped onto red card, is from Rubber Moon.

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I’ve added in mats and layers of red, white and black cardstock and a smidge of gold glitter, because I could!

Make sure you buzz on over to Crafty Boots and see what the other DT members have been up to and we look forward to seeing your inspirational projects.

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Why does it always rain on me?

Yep, I’m still banging on about the weather in true British fashion!! After my various soakings the week before last I thought that was it. Oh no, Mother Nature had other ideas. Having got to the end of my big work assignment, the final task was to unload the van and pack everything away. This is not my favourite task at the best of times so imagine how thrilled I was to be part way through, with stuff all over the drive, to have the heavens open! If you live in the UK it won’t surprise you to know that up until that point it had been beautifully sunny. I had to quickly shove everything back in the van until it stopped, which thankfully wasn’t after too long.

So today’s post is part inspired by all that shenanigans and the Travis song that always pops into my head when I’m getting drenched! It also just so happens that the challenge theme over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge Blog, chosen by the lovely Arwen, is “Nature – no humans or animals.” I have made a chunky ATC:

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Before the rain inspiration stuck, I had a long debate about whether I could use a bee or not, but decided in the end to err on the side of caution and stick faithfully to the brief. I covered a chunky, ATC sized, wooden block with card that I had first coloured. I had given the card a wash of Broken China Distress Stain and then spritzed water through a stencil to bleach some of the stain out. Next, using the same stencil, I added layers of colour with the appropriately named Stormy Skies followed by Mermaid Lagoon.

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I used the large sunflower stamp on the front and then added Magda’s raindrops. I stamped extra raindrops onto some spare card, cut them out and stuck them on the front. The sunflower was coloured using the new Distress Crayons and some extra doodling before being paper pieced over the original stamping.

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I opted to add some glossy accents over the raindrops and was so glad I did as it just lifted the whole thing.

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To finish it all off I created a little cloud using one of Magda’s little speech bubble from her Dog with Cat digital stamps.

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Now today looks like it’s going to be a sunny one, but after my recent experiences you won’t catch me going anywhere without a coat!!

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Spring Blossoms

We are entering week two of our Spring challenge over at Crafty Boots and I have thoroughly enjoyed catching up with all the entries we have had so far. There’s still time to play and, as always when we reach the midway point, there is some further inspiration over on the blog this morning.

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The stamp I have used here is actually called Tall Poppies and comes from LC designs, but I think it works just as well as a wild flower in spring colours. I’ve coloured the blooms with Promarkers and then stamped some grass over the top to anchor them. I swirled on a little ink with an inkduster and created a base mat from some pink gingham card.

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I’m back off for week 2 of my supermarket cooking and will look forward to catching up with you at the end of it when, hopefully, I will have a big, but tired, grin on my face 🙂

If you’d like to see the other spring project I’m sharing this week, just click on the photo’ below.

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Spring Cleaning

Do you spring clean? I wonder if it’s a thing of the past now we have so many gadgets and potions to help us, although I am sure there will be some who will? I’m not big on cleaning full stop so I am certainly not making an exception when it comes to spring! Today’s project, therefore, could be a little corner anywhere in my house. Take a look:

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This is my entry for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge where Valerie is asking us to make “what is old, new again” – so to repurpose and upcycle. I have used a handy little box that I saved from a purchase I made to cheer me up when I had post-Christmas blues.

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I wish I had bought a few more of these as, firstly, they were delicious and secondly the box is perfect for crafting. I also used a scrappy piece of card, that was leftover from other projects, for my stamping.

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First off I undid the box and covered what would be the inside with some dotty paper. I thought this would contrast nicely with Mr Stripes. Once the box was reassembled, I gave it a couple of coats of gesso and then a topcoat of acrylic paint. Finally, I applied scraps of gauze that were coloured with Antique Linen distress ink.

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Mr Stripes was stamped and coloured with Polychromos. I didn’t want this to turn into an out-of-season Halloween project so used some bright spring colours. I attached a piece of nylon thread to suspend him from and a coordinating feather duster!! I felt the whole thing needed a further lift of colour so added the little spring blossoms.

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Spookily, whilst I was making this, the tiniest of spiders, dangling from its thread, made its way down from a nearby light fitting (I told you I don’t believe in cleaning!!!) to take a peek at what I was making.

Don’t forget we have a Spring themed challenge over at Crafty Boots and there is still plenty of time for you to join us.

Wishing you a happy Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.

Hurray for Saturday!

Did you survive April Fool’s Day? I had no time for those kind of larks this year as I have been busy with my current work assignment. At the moment I am running cooking sessions for children in a supermarket cafe. There are two sessions a day and when I say cook, we really do cook – flatbreads, scones, chow mein, salmon pilaff, fruit kebabs, toasty bagels  … All good stuff, but long tiring days which is why I am particularly thrilled that it is the weekend and I can recharge my batteries, plus I have reached the halfway point.

Anyway, with all that going on I almost forgot to share one of my DT projects that I made for the current Spring themed challenge over at Crafty Boots.

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I’ve used a pretty image from A Day for Daisies and coloured it with watercolour pencils.

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I’ve kept the rest fairly simple – a few spring coloured blossoms and a tiny bow.

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I have to say that the spring I am currently experiencing is pretty far removed from what is portrayed here! Snow on Monday, heavy rain on Tuesday and then rain and hail on Thursday. I guess we can call the last two “April showers,” I got caught – without a coat or umbrella – in both of them!

Thank you to everyone who left comments here over Easter and throughout last week. I really do appreciate each and every one, especially when I am so busy at work.

Wishing you a lovely weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

 

Butterfly box

I feel as if I have been missing in action this week. After a very relaxed Bank Holiday Monday, the rest of the week has been taken up delivering Easter Holiday cooking sessions for children. It’s been very full on so I am very much looking forward to the weekend. At this stage I haven’t quite decided whether to add some April Fool’s fun into the mix – I’ll let you know!

As we start a new month it’s also the start of a new challenge over at the Gecko Galz. The theme is roses, lace and butterflies and you can check out all the details over on the blog. I’ve managed to squeeze all three into my artist’s trading block:

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The base of my block is actually an old face cream box! It’s not actually a cube, but near enough for it to merit a transformation. Once the lid was glued down I made some panels from cardstock which I embossed and inked.

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The panels are all images from the Gecko Galz Butterfly Kisses collage set. I’ve layered them on to some neutral cardstock after first distressing and inking the edges.

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The butterflies have been decoupaged to add further dimension.

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I wrapped a band of lace around the box before applying the panels to each side and adding a cluster of roses to the top. You can’t see them, but I created some “feet” from some giant brass paper fasteners.

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Springing in

I hope you are enjoying the long weekend. It seems to have whizzed by bringing the working week closer far too soon. Today I am indulging in a spot of spring madness by taking a day trip to London for a football match. It’s not an ordinary match, but a testimonial for a long-serving player so the result won’t matter, it’s about having fun!! Not sure Mr Beez is overly thrilled as we support different teams, but he’s coming along to keep me company. I’ve promised him chips on the way home from the best chip shop in the world!

We have a new challenge starting over at Crafty Boots today and as you might have guessed from the title of the post, the theme is Spring.

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My card uses an image from the Gecko Galz February Dreams collage sheet that is full of spring  flowers.

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I opted to print it onto watercolour card and then ransacked my “scraps” bag for bits of lace, trim and fabric to frame it.

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I’ve also thrown in a few buttons for good measure.

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I haven’t added a sentiment to this yet as, if I haven’t made a card with a specific purpose in mind, I prefer to wait.

Sadly, today may well be my last trip to Upton Park as my team is moving to their new ground, the Olympic Stadium, at the end of the season. I am not particularly happy about this move even though the new stadium promises to be an all-singing and dancing one. I will probably need an extra-large portion of chips to cheer me up 🙂

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Egg-stra Egg-cited for Easter

Happy Easter! If you’re in the UK have you remembered the clocks have gone forward??? I’m here with an eggstra special little something or two to share with you today and trust me, the puns get worse. First up, being Sunday, I am sharing my entry for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge blog. Nellie is asking us to use birds and “stuff related to birds” in our projects. She is sharing the most fabulous card, be sure to buzz over to her blog and check it out.

Now I tried, I really did, but in the end I couldn’t help myself and I’m bringing back my favourite duo for this particular challenge!

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This is actually a card, but only because I had a “failed” card lying close to hand and practiced the layout of the stamps on it. Currently, this is propped on my sideboard as a piece of art. I started with one of Kate Crane’s backgrounds as I knew I hadn’t got time for messing with inks and that I would probably muck at least one attempt up (and I did!). I stamped my parrots and Agatha, followed by the flowers and leaves.

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Agatha, and the parrots masquerading as chicks, were coloured with Polychromos and then paper pieced over the originals.

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I die cut some eggs from brown card, cut some broken edges and then added dimension by rolling them over a pencil and applying with glue gel. The shine comes from Glossy Accents.

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You’ll notice the chicks have little chocolate stained faces!

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I added a few hanging eggs to the branches of the tree and the words were printed from my computer.

Sometimes a project just comes together how you imagined. I’m so pleased that this was one of those occasions – even if it did take two attempts!

Now I told you to egg-spect a little eggstra something and here it is:

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I made this little hanging decoration for one of my Gecko Galz DT projects. I’ve used this image, which is from the Easter Parade Kit, a lot. Here it’s displayed in a chipboard frame that I have painted with white crackle paint.

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Lots of yellow spring flowers and some coordinating seam-binding finish it off perfectly.

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I hope you have a lovely Easter Day, doing whatever you like to do at this time of year. Me? Well obviously I will be eating more chocolate and cake than is good for me! 🙂

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