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.

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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.

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Japanese Garden

Today I am sharing one of my Gecko Galz Design Team projects that uses some of this month’s new releases that have an oriental theme:




In my teens I went through an oriental phase and my bedroom was decorated with blossoms, lanterns, paper parasols and bamboo, so these papers and images instantly appealed.


The pretty image is from the Japanese Tradition ephemera set. Don’t you just love the glow from that lantern? It reminds me of a painting, by John Singer Sargent. I’ve created mats and layers from pale blue and olive green cardstock which coordinate with the background paper which is from the Mori Girl paper pack.


I’ve added some diamond satin ribbon, from Really Reasonable Ribbon, down the side and added a bow that I hope is a little like an obi on a kimono.


The finishing touch was to add a little cluster of sweetheart blossoms, again using colours that reflect those of the background paper.




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Quick March

Quick is the new word this week over at Every Inchie Monday. I had not one thought but several and, once I started thinking about it, the ideas didn’t stop! However, as I am even shorter on time than usual at the moment I’ve limited myself to just three for today :)


Strangely, the first thought that came into my head was “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog,” that famous sentence that uses every letter of the alphabet. This is possibly because I spent more time than I should when I was younger reinventing my handwriting and this was the sentence that I used!


I used Promarkers to colour in a little image I found on-line and also for the background.


Next up is quick march – a vintage image of a music score and some little marching grenadier guards.


Finally, the nursery rhyme Jack be nimble – and I found a little silhouette to which I added a background using Promarkers.

So that’s my trio for this week. Had I had the time I might have added quick sand, quick silver and quick step, but I shall save those for another day. I can’t wait to see what direction the other players have gone in.

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