It’s a man’s world

As we begin the new month, a new challenge begins over at the Gecko Galz. And, as it’s June, its the month during which we celebrate Father’s Day the theme is “Man O Man.” . You can find out all the details, including the fantastic prize you could win, over on the Galz blog and remember that as each DT member falls under the spotlight, they will be giving away a free digital stamp so be sure to check back often. Here’s the card I created:


I’ve used papers from this month’s Spring Awakening pack and teamed them with an image from the Texture Jewel It set.


Decorative elements include this fabulous ribbon which was a present from the lovely Dionne. I’ve been hoarding it for ages but it was just right for this card. I’ve also used some black Dresden trim, faux black pearls and a samped tag.


As well as Father’s Day this month, June also happens to be Mr Beez’ birthday and our wedding anniversary so for me, it’s very much about making cards for my OH!

Have a great day and thanks for buzzing by.


Oops I did it again!

Having been very proud of managing to do quite a few blog posts last week, I completely forgot to post one of my DT projects for the current Crafty Boots Challenge! I find this often happens if when you get too well organised. So, without further ado, here’s my little bee tag:


Using a white tag as a base, I used my cute little flower stamp, from Rubber Moon, all over, leaving space for the bee and words, both of which are from Red Lead.


I added colour with Polychromos. The spots were made using a Promarker.


I’ve added a little scribble around the border and then layered the tag onto some pale blue card and popped on a coordinating bow.

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month and thanks for buzzing by.

Hapbee Monday!

Good Morning! We’re half way through our Butterflies and Bees challenge over at Crafty Boots and so this morning the DT, along with our super guest designers, are sharing a little more inspiration with you. Having opted for butterflies last week, this week my focus has returned to bees:


I’ve used some watercolour paper and applied a wash of distress ink before stamping on some script and the fabulous Stampotique bee.


To decorate, I’ve used scraps of fabric and a little paper rose.


A little mat of black and job done!


Have a lovely day and thanks for buzzing by.

Starfish on Sunday

Good morning. If it’s Sunday then it must be time for me to share my make for this week’s Stampotique Designers Challenge. This week the amazing and super, super-talented Sam Read is asking us to create a project that uses absolutely NO black whatsoever! Now that is a challenge for I, like Sam, generally reach for a black ink pad when I am stamping. In actual fact I nearly did just that when I started this project, but checked myself just in time. I opted to create a card using Daniel Torrente’s Starfish Cube.


For my background, I used Distress Paints in Cracked Pistachio, Lucky Clover, Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers. I layered on the paints fairly randomly and added further layers and texture by using a bubbles stencil – either to apply a single colour, or to remove some of the paint with a baby wipe. Further texture was created using Karen Hayselden’s Oodles of Doodles stamp and Hydrangea, Forget-me-not and Leaf Green Archival Inks.


I used Dandelion and Orange Blossom Archival Inks to stamp the starfish and the coloured them with distress inks before cutting out and applying to the background. The bubbles were created with a white Sharpie and white Stabilo pencil.



Here in the UK we seem to have been blessed with warm, sunny weather for our long Bank Holiday weekend so I hope to get out and about today and soak up some rays.

Thanks for buzzing by.



May ’16 with the Galz

Good Morning. I’m normally amazed at just how quickly my monthly spotlight over at the Gecko Galz comes around. This month however it seems to have been a long time coming! It feels as if some of these projects were created years ago. As usual, I have added links to the original posts so that you can find out all the details of how these were created.  At the end of the post there’s a free digi stamp  for you to grab for your collection.



The papers that the Gecko Galz produce are so pretty that sometimes it’s nice to let them be the star of the show. Here are a couple of projects that does just that.

Elephant card

There are details of how this was made, including a link to the template, over at the original post. The papers are all from the Blue Willow paper pack.


The papers also go well with more contemporary images. The Spring Awakening pack is one of my all time favourites and was perfect to go with my favourite brand of stamps!

Pastel Papers with Stampotique


Pastel Butterfly Card


Vintage Girls ATCs


Alice Card


It was creating the background for this card that inspired the Stampotique version with the unicorn. For my Alice card, I cut slightly wonky strips of paper from the Spring Awakening pack then adhered them to a piece of card. Cutting the strips takes a matter of moments if using a paper cutter. I then cut the top of the card to make it wonky, I felt it fitted with Alices’s Wonderland journey.


The Alice image is from the Ask Alice collage set. If you are a fan of Alice’s adventures, there is also a Wonderland paper pack.



Free Digi

Regulars here will recognise the background that I have made to showcase my free digital stamp. If you’d like to learn how it was created check out my blogpost here.


I printed the image onto some brown paper which was actually included as padding for a package I received. There wasn’t just one sheet either but a whole thick pad!


I shabbied up some seam binding with Vintage Photo distress ink. I swoosh the pad over the ribbon, spritz with water and then crumple up in kitchen towel to remove excess ink. The little flower is from my stash.




Thanks for buzzing by.


Digital ATCs

Three posts in a row – how’s that happened?! Truth is, it’s my Gecko Galz spotlight tomorrow and I realised I needed to get up to speed. Here are some ATCs that I whipped up in a matter of moments!


I had such fun creating these it was hard to stop myself. I combined images from the Colourful Cuties collage set with papers, shrunk to ATC size, from the Wild Roses paper pack. Now the Wild Roses paper pack is one of my favourites but I couldn’t find it in the Gecko Galz Etsy shop. If you think you might like to have in your collection, do email the Galz.  The ATCs were printed on to card before adding some words from an Artchix collage sheet. Here are some close-ups.

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Thanks for buzzing by.

Signs of summer 2

We’ve just started our “Butterflies and Bees” challenge over at Crafty Boots and I’m back to share another butterfly card:


I suppose that in a way this is a pastel version of the card that I shared yesterday. I’ve used some fabulous papers from the Gecko Galz Spring Awakening and Wild Roses paper packs. The butterfly is an image from the Butterfly Wings collage set.


Some simple matting and layering is topped off with pastel shades of ribbon and a cluster of sweetheart blossoms.


In keeping with the pastels I added some small faux pearls to the centre of the butterfly.


Hopefully those elusive butterflies are coming to a garden near you very soon!

Thanks for buzzing by.

Signs of summer

Another week and another new challenge starts over at Crafty Boots Challenges. Our theme for the next fortnight is “Butterflies and Bees,” two of my favourite summer motifs! I haven’t seen any butterflies just yet, although I did come across a moth, but there have been a couple of enormous bumble bees buzzing about near my garage. As I used quite a few bees for our last challenge, I thought that today I’d go down the butterfly route:


I used my favourite blend of summery distress inks – Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry, swooshing them on with a blending tool and then spritzing with water. To tone it down a little, I used Rusty Hinge and the fabulous Oodles of Doodles stamp, by Karen Hayselden for Stampotique.


The vine stamp is from my stash and the butterfly by Hero Arts.


The sunflowers, masquerading as giant daisies, are also by Stampotique.

For those of you who are more of the bee persuasion – watch this space, I have plenty of bees coming your way!

Here’s to a calm, and hopefully sunny and summery week. Thanks for buzzing by.

Going round in circles

Good Morning! Having felt like I have spent a lot of time going round in circles this week, there’s a slight irony that this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog has the theme of circles. Set by the very talented Kristen, it is a theme that has inspired some amazing work from both the DT and those who are playing along. I changed my mind about which project to share for this challenge so I hope you like the one I went with in the end!


I saw the idea for this background over on Pinterest (where else!) and you can read about it here. Having created a background for a card very similar to what you see here,  I decided it would also the kind of place a unicorn would be very much at home in! Not only that, as if I needed any more persuasion, it would also enable me to use up my scraps of paper.  So I made another, using a postcard as the base. The pretty papers are all from the Gecko Galz  Spring Awakening pack. I simply cut out strips using my paper trimmer and punched out circles of different sizes.


I added a bit of colour to Magda’s lovely unicorn using Polychromos.


I added a bit of additional stamping around the edge and the appropriate words.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

Simply Bee

Cor blimey guv, thank goodness that week is over! Yet again it’s been a rollercoaster one for me, and I apologise for being soooooo far behind with visiting everyone’s blogs. Hopefully, the weekend will provide a little time to draw breath (although Mr Beez keeps chuntering something about radiators!) and to catch up with you all.

With all the carry on, I forgot to write a post for a card that I am sharing over at Crafty Boots for our “Queens, Princesses and Crowns” challenge:


I’ve combined some stamps from Red Lead with Jo Capper-Sandon’s crown from Stampotique. I kept it fairly simple, stamping and colouring before punching out inch sized squares.


Simple matting and layering finishes it all off.


You still have a little time if you’d like to join in with our challenge, buzz on over to Crafty Boots and find out all the details.

Wishing you a lovely and relaxing weekend and thanks for buzzing by.