Birthday Queen

Happy Saturday! I’m back sharing a card that I made for my friend who turned 40 yesterday. It just so happens that this card also fits with our challenge theme, “Queens, Princesses and Crowns,” over at Crafty Boots. The photo’s don’t really do this justice but I’ve done my best!


Don’t you just love that unicorn? It’s another of the new Stampotique releases designed by the lovely Magda Polakow, so a perfect partner for another of her stamps, Agatha Crown. The background paper is from the Gecko Galz Spring Awakening pack. I added a little stencilling using distress inks.


I’ve dressed little Agatha in the colours of my friend’s football team.


I made sure there was plenty of sparkle by adding glitter to the unicorn’s mane, tail as well as a bejewelled number. Everything has been layered on to mats of mirri and glitter card. I think it’s the mirri, added to the very sunny day, that has slightly distorted the photographs!

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


Queen birdie

I hate to start off another post with a comment about the weather but seriously… sun cream required on Monday and umbrella essential yesterday. I had neither! Who knows what today will bring 🙂 Whatever the weather, it won’t stop me sharing another card I have created for this week’s challenge over at Crafty Boots. The theme is Queens, Princesses and Crowns –  a tribute to our Queen. who is celebrating her 90th birthday.


Love this regal looking bird with her pretty crown – an image from the Gecko Galz Blue Birds of Happiness collage set.


Hopefully you can just make out the glittery finish I have added to the crown.


The papers are also by the Gecko Galz, from the Carnival Paper Pack and Portabella Road pack. I’ve added some musical washi tape and some vintage braid plus my favourite organza rose trim.


Have a great day, whatever the weather, and thanks for buzzing by.


Queen’s Crown

Good morning and happy Monday. This is the start of another busy week for me but I’m hopeful I will be able to buzz in and out of here and over to your blogs. We are starting a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and it’s a super fun theme – Queens, Princesses and Crowns. So many possibilities! I’m starting off with a CAS card:


This super crown stamp comes from Red Lead and comes with it’s own bee! The words are from The Queen of Everything stamp by Stampotique.


I’ve coloured the crown with Promarkers and added some gems.


I hope you can join us for this week’s Crafty Boots Challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create.

Have a good week and thanks for buzzing by.




Sunshine and flowers

Hello! Now when I left you on Friday I was daring to hope of sunshine and sitting out in the garden, possibly even a barbecue. As it turned out, Saturday turned out quite differently but I did get to enjoy lots of sunshine. I ended up making a very, very last minute trip to London to watch the football. My team are leaving their current home, where they have resided for the past 112 years. . Yesterday was their last Saturday fixture and tickets were very hard to come by. But I managed to get my hands on one and dashed off first thing Saturday morning to meet my brother (Mr Beez supports a different team!). It was a fabulous day, full of memories of the highs and lows we have witnessed and we got to meet many of the legends from the past. However, we did get thrashed spectacularly when we should have had a convincing win – but that’s how the cookie crumbles with my team! After the final match, which is on Tuesday evening, they will be auctioning off many of the fixtures and fittings and I’m hoping to get my hands on one of the turrets below 🙂 🙂 🙂


Anyway, on today’s post and it is another Stampotique Sunday – hooray! Over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog, the lovely Claudine is the hostess this week and she is asking us to make something with mum in mind. I made a card that could be given to a Mum on any occasion:


I had lots of fun creating this. I used one of the gorgeous new stamps, 3 Daisies, by Terri Richardson. I stamped directly on to the designer paper, which is from the Gecko Galz Spring Awakening paper pack. I stamped the design again, coloured it in and then stuck over the original stamping. Each of the flower heads has been cut out separately and then applied with glue gel to add some dimension.


The centre of the mum flower is Jill Penney by Jill Penney. I added the hearts and letters with pen.


Nina, by Magda Polakow was created in the same way, including applying with glue gel. The words were printed on my computer.


All the colouring was done with Polychromos.


So having changed my plans for Saturday, I did get out in the garden today. It’s been fabulously sunny and warm again and, as anyone who lives in the UK knows, you have to grab the sunny days with both hands, whilst you can, because the cold, cloudy and rainy ones are waiting just around the corner.

I hope you have enjoyed the weekend as much as I have and Happy Mother’s Day if you are celebrating this weekend.

Thanks for buzzing by.


Black and white bees

Phew – what a week! An incredibly busy one for me to the point where it felt as if I disappeared into a parallel universe. Despite that, and the fact that Monday was a Bank Holiday, the week hasn’t half dragged!! At one point, a colleague and I looked at the clock and despaired that it was only 3.30pm and it was still Wednesday! Looking on the bright side – it has been bright …and sunny and the weekend seems to be promising more of the same. It’s hard to think that just a week ago it was snowing. Anyway, I’m here to share another of my monochrome creations for our current Crafty Boots Challenge.


Back in my comfort zone of black and white!  My favourite Stampotique bee combined with an assortment of stamps on the background panel.


The swirls are Stampotique, the script is by Stampin’ Up and the words are Chocolate Baroque. Faux black pearls and black twine bring everything together.


Now Mr Beez and I have been daring to discuss getting out the garden table and chairs and the “b” word, as in barbecue, was even mentioned. I can’t help but feel we are tempting fate 🙂

Wishing you all a happy, sunny weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

More monochrome

I’m buzzing in today with a reminder of our current challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme is monochrome. I have been in awe of my friend and DT teammate Dionne’s ability to whip up, with ease,  monochrome cards that are not black and white. So, inspired by her creations, I fought hard against my black and white blinkers to create my card!


This is quite appropriate really given my recent trip to the Netherlands as the blue and white reminds me of the famous Delft pottery, a place we visited whilst there.


You will recognise the design from a card I made previously and you can find all the details, including a link to the template I used, by clicking on the picture at the end of this post.


All the patterned papers are from the Gecko Galz Blue Willow paper pack.


I hope you are enjoying the long weekend – it looks like things might be warming up….just a tiny bit! 🙂

Thanks for buzzing by.

Garden of Dreams

Good morning and Happy May Day to you all! Back from my various travels I am highly relieved that there is now a long weekend to enjoy as after one day at work I feel in need of a rest!!!! 🙂 Today I’m excited to be sharing my Gecko Galz DT project for this month’s customer challenge. The theme is “Garden of Dreams” and, as usual, there is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz!!  It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!!  It is up to you!! The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree. I’ve created a little shabby chic hanging:


The main image is from the Vintage Vixens collage set and I’ve layered it up with gessoed corrugated card, paper from the Spring Awakening pack and some seed packet images.


I’ve added in some die cut ivy leaves, paper flowers and tiny wooden butterflies.


I threaded some rusty wire through the top and then covered the joins with some shabbied up seam binding.


I think that like for many of you, being able to sit out in the garden is, with the unseasonable weather, a dream right now!

Thanks for buzzing by.



Monster Birthday

Just squeezing in a cheeky little post with a cheeky little card for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog. The lovely Corrie has set the theme and says “”I really struggle with cards for men. So this week I would like to see what you make when you need a masculine card.” Here’s the card that I am sharing:


I love this little guy, Plushy, that is one of the new releases and is designed by Arwen. Here, I have combined him with another of her stamps, the Skull Balloons.


I created a mask for Plushy so that the balloons strings appeared to be behind him when I stamped them. Cutting another mask for the balloons, I swooshed on some ink and added some stamped splatters for the background. The images were coloured with Promarkers.


The torn strip of paper is from the Geco Galz Freak Show paper pack. The words were printed on my computer. This is going to make a great card for a friend of ours who has a birthday next weekend, particularly as I don’t have any male themed cards in my stash right now, so thanks Corrie for getting me moving on this one!

Thanks for buzzing by.

Leave a little sparkle

As if a little spring break wasn’t enough, today I am zipping off to London for a posh afternoon tea 🙂 A friend of mine is getting married in June and this is a little pre-wedding treat for her. I hardly need an excuse because, as you know, afternoon tea is one of my favourite things to do and London is one of my favourite places in the world! As today I will be in my element, I will probably be leaving a little bit of sparkle wherever I go too!!!


This is another of my DT samples for the monochrome challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. I actually started making it for the previous challenge, use a sentiment, but decided to switch themes. The chalkboard sentiment is another from the Gecko Galz Chalkboard Sentiments collage set. I’ve teamed it very simply with some silver glitter card as a mat, and also as little punched stars.


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April ’16 with the Galz

So here we are approaching the end of the month and it is once again my turn to be in the spotlight over on the Gecko Galz blog. You know how it works by now! Click on the photographs for full details of projects I have previously shared this month and pick up your free digital stamp before you leave. Enjoy!

Vintage Butterfly ATB


Shabby Chic Paris Card


Vintage Paris Card


Spring Blooms Card


Spring Garden Card


Glittery Butterfly Card


Vintage Lady Tag

I’m sharing this tag for the first time. I’ve used an image from the Vintage Vixens Jewel It set.


For the base of the tag I used papers from Linen Closet and the Spring Awakening  paper packs.


The butterfly was cut from one of the Butterfly Kisses images. I used some ivory crochet lace and some vintage sequin trim. The latter was kindly given to me by a friend who was clearing out her Great Aunt’s house.


I shabbied up some seam binding with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo distress inks and topped the bow of with a piece of organza rose trim.


Now to this month’s freebie image, right click on the image to save it for your collection. But first, here’s the card I made:


I coloured the image with VIntage Photo and Antique Linen distress inks, then added some colour by applying more distress inks with a brush. The papers are from the Spring Awakening Pack and I distressed and inked all the edges before layering them up.



You’ve probably spotted the glittery wings!


Thanks for buzzing by.