Bits and pieces

This week’s Sunday Stampers has the brilliant theme of bits and pieces. Use anything that’s lying around to hand to create your project but make sure it includes some stamping. Ha! Now in my craft space virtually everything is “lying around” as I am too lazy to tidy it all away. However, I also have special places (yep, places) to keep bits and bobs that have either been unused or have just missed the tidying up ship and so have to wait for another day. I know exactly which of the places each one belongs in but anybody else would just think they look like piles, boxes and pots of mess. Stamped images have a place all of their own and it is one of these that I have used to create this card:

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This particular flower is one I use a lot and, was already coloured with distress inks. I’ve also cut a piece of paper from my trash stash to use for the background. This already had the stamped fronds on it and I simply trimmed it to size, mounted it onto some card (my trash stash is the cheapest copy paper ever) and then coloured it with inks – Mustard Seed, Shabby Shutters and Mowed Lawn.

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I’ve used glue gel to give the flower some lift and then added a little button to the centre. Buttons are kept in two “holding” places when not in their proper place - a box they share with unused bows and scraps of ribbon and then a little pile on the floor (and don’t even think of mixing the two up – I have very strict rules about which buttons go where!).

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To finish the card I’ve used a Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamp.   Now I am a bit disappointed that I have merely skimmed the surface of my “bits and pieces” hoard. I may need to dream up something else to use up a whole load more.

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Just to remind you that this week’s challenge over at Crafty Boots is “flowers” and we’d love you to share your projects with us. Thanks for buzzing by.

Private

Privacy is the new theme over at Every Inchie Monday this week. Here’s my little set:

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I’ve used some fabulous images of doors from The Gecko Galz and shrunk them down to size. I’ve used some of my Kate Crane papers as the background and then added in some images of signs.

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I’m also sharing another little Christmas tree collage that is very similar to the one I shared on Saturday.

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This was made in exactly the same way using Kate Crane’s papers and Darkroom Door Stitched Christmas tree stamps. This time I used more of Kate’s papers as the background and white paint to create the blobs of snow plus some faux stamped stitching around the edge.

 

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Summer Sunflowers

Another Monday and the prospect of another tough week ahead. I shall shortly be setting off on my travels but before I go I am sharing my DT project for the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges where the theme for the next fortnight is flowers:

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I have used this Stampotique large sunflower stamp quite a lot but not, until now, in traditional sunflower colours. Naturally, I had to team it with a bee.

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The background is Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean distress inks which I’ve swooshed on with a brush and then spritzed with water. I’ve then overstamped using the Ryn seabubbles stamp with white ink and a speckled stamp using more Tumbled Glass. Then I stamped the bee and flowers in black.

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I’ve paper pieced the sunflowers, first stamping on to white card, colouring them with Promarkers, cutting out and applying over the original image on the background. There’s a touch of Vintage Photo Stickles on the centres of the flowers.

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The bee was paper pieced using the same technique with a little glitter added to the wings.

 

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Make sure you buzz over to Crafty Boots Challenges and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and I hope you’ll be able to share your flowery projects with us over the next fortnight.

Thanks for buzzing by and have a great week.

 

 

 

Birds of Paradise

A new challenge kicks of over at Anything But A Card this week and the theme is Repeating Motifs and Patterns. I have another multi-coloured offering in this little flock of birds:

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The bird image is from last month’s fabulous Gecko Galz digital stamp set Zen Tangle I printed the images off and then stuck them on to some chipboard before cutting out.

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I’ve then simply used different distress inks to add colour. Printing the images out the night before you need them gives them chance to dry thoroughly and prevent bleeding if you are using an ink-jet printer.

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I’ve used a white pen to add some definition and then the words.

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I’ve sealed everything with a coat of Mod Podge sparkle.

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The ribbons are seam binding that have been coloured with the same inks that I used for the birds and I crumpled them up to give a crinkly texture.

Be sure to buzz over to Anything But A Card and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and I hope you have time to share your patterned projects with us over the next three weeks.

Happy Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.

Bright Christmas

The end of another gruelling week – two down and four to go! Not quite as achy and broken this week as I was last but I’m certainly running on below empty right now and in addition to the blisters I seem to have many nicks and cuts on my hands and fingers. One of the things that has kept me going has been reading all the lovely comments that you have been leaving on my blog. It currently feels like I’m living on a different planet so when I am able to touch base with my blog, the comments make it feel like I’m back in the real world. Thank you :)

Back with another postcard and very happy to have given this one the Xmas factor.

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Naturally it had to be something I could whip up quickly and naturally I made a meal of it but I got there in the end. I’ve layered torn book pages on to the postcard then added Stormy Sky distress ink and Storm Cloud acrylic paint.

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Pretend you didn’t spot where it says “FBI” on the book page!

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The little trees are from  Darkroom Door’s Stitched Christmas stamp set and I’ve stamped them on to some of my Kate Crane papers and cut them out. I’ve added a little shading and then topped it off with some printed words.

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I am sharing this over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s Christmas/Winter challenge.

 

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Pigs might fly

The challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog this week is “animal magic.” I couldn’t resist sharing these flying pig cards that I made as one of my Gecko Galz Design Team projects.

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You will see that I couldn’t make up my mind which colour to go for so decided I’d do a set. I’ve used images from the new La Vie en Rose collage sheet and layered them on top of each other using Microsoft Word. Then I simply created a text box for the words.

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The ribbon is seam binding that I have coloured with coordinating inks.

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I simply wrapped the ribbon around the spine and tied a double knot.

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I thought these would make nice cards to send some of my colleagues who are enduring the same punishing work schedule as myself. At the end of next week we reach the half way point and I hope these might keep them going for the final push. We are all dreaming of very simple pleasures such as sitting down for five minutes(!)

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Who’s the boss?

I seem to be struggling at the moment not to make projects in pairs. Today I have two projects that I made simultaneously – I kept dithering about which I preferred and therefore complete so in the end I finished them both!

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I think I probably like the card best which is funny as this started off as a tag that I promptly abandoned. Here’s how they were done, starting with the tag that stayed a tag!

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I started by embossing some white card and then smooshing over it with Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves distress inks. I used a bit of Cut ‘n’ Dry Foam to do this. Then I cut the tag shape (I have an old tag that acts as a template) and created further layers from coordinating purple cardstock and white card.

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I used Sizzix dies to cut a butterfly – I’ve cut two from purple card (one solid and one filigree) and a white one that I dusted with Victorian Velvet. I’ve used a coordinating paper rose in the centre.

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Along the bottom of the tag I’ve used three kinds of white lace and popped on a matching bow. The flower was stamped in Seedless Preserves, dusted with Victorian Velvet and topped with a button.

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The card was made using the same embossing folder, but this time I inked it with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Victorian Velvet and Seedless Preserves. I inked it on the flat side before popping in some white card and running it through my Grand Calibur.

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I’ve mounted it on purple card. The flowers were stamped, punched and inked as before. I created some stalks from thin strips of green card, added in a punched leaf and topped it with a coordinating bow.

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I couldn’t resist adding a little bee and I love the little pop of yellow she adds.

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I’m linking this up with Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog for challenge #12, Who’s the Boss.

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Back on the beach

As I am scheduling all my posts this week I have no idea whether we are still experiencing the heatwave of last week and therefore lots of you will be having a day out, or even longer, at the coast. Whatever the weather, I can be fairly sure my feel would benefit from a little paddle in some salty water.

I have another little beach hut make for you today:

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This is a little canvas that I have made using some images from the Crafter’s Companion Halcyon Days set. This is a bit of a cheat for me as the set came with pre-cut decoupage and that’s what I have used here. I simply layered it on to a canvas using glue gel.

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I’ve added some white muslin around the sides.

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And popped on a few mini shells here and there.

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We are just over the half way point of the summer holidays challenge over at Crafty Boots so you’ve still time to join in if you have a little summer something to share.

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The future is Halloween

This word at Every Inchie Monday is orange. I decided to go with a bit of a Halloween theme as this is what comes to mind when I think of the colour orange. It also continues my personal theme of good times ahead that are nothing to do with work!!! I am sharing these over at Anything But A Card where my DT buddy Margaret is hosting a spotlight mini challenge which has the theme “it’s a small world.”

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I’ve mainly used some images from The Gecko Galz  Autumn Magic digital stamp collection.

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I’m not sure where the little candy corn image came from – if you recognise it then please do let me know so I can give proper credit and a link.

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Here I’ve used some freebie Halloween background papers from Bearly Mine. The pumpkin on the left is from the Gecko Galz digital stamp set and the other was a freebie from Magic Moon. The words  were printed from my computer.

These are especially for my friend Roberta who I know is a big fan of Halloween and looking forward to it as much as I am :)

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Blue, bingo and butterfly

Today I am sharing one of my Gecko Galz DT projects that also uses a cute little girl image from Paper Whimsy.

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I am linking this up with the current challenge, #99, over at Really Reasonable Ribbon which is “Things with wings and Ribbon.” Using Microsoft Word I arranged the image of the little girl over some butterfly wings and layered it on to the bingo card before printing out.

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I’ve then created mats and layers from blue cardstock, book page and one of the papers from the La Isla Bonita paper collection.

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I’ve used scraps of lace and a little coordinating bow to decorate and finished it off with some words printed from the computer.

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So, I’m off for another gruelling week but I shall be keeping in touch via my blog. I have scheduled lots of posts for the week ahead and I shall look forward to seeing what you think!

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