Mary, Mary

Happy 4th July to all my lovely friends and followers across the pond and to those who will be celebrating today in the UK. I’m sorry I don’t have a 4th July project to share with you today but I hope you’ll like this pretty little card:


I’d overlooked this card from last month’s Gecko Galz Design Team samples and as I want to get sharing this month’s projects I thought I better get it posted on my blog asap. I’ve used paper from the Carnival paper pack and an image from the June Dreams collage sheet.


I’ve layered them up with pink and green cardstock and then cut out individual flowers from the paper and applied them with glue gel for a bit of dimension and added some Vintage Photo Stickles to the centres.


I’ve used some pretty lace across the bottom to complete the look.


Now as we are at the beginning of the month you can of course buzz over to the Gecko Galz website and pick up some free images and papers. There’s a fabulous whimsical toadstool digi stamp as well as a lush summery paper and an art deco image. In addition there is a buy one get one free sale on.


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Treat me nice…

Today I am in need of from TLC – I feel a bit as if I’ve been through a wringer. On Tuesday I made a flying visit to London in the name of work, stayed overnight and then returned yesterday evening. I love visiting London but on this occasion there was “no time to stop and stare.” Tuesday night I had to work with colleagues through until midnight whilst we set up the venue for our training event and then yesterday an early start without even time for hotel breakfast, the delivery of the training course, packing up and the return home. The course went well and the delegates were lovely but the three of us were exhausted and were not best pleased when we were being hassled out of our venue as we reached the point of collapse. Dismantling and putting away 12 trestle tables is not fun at the best of times and certainly not when you have Mr Jobsworth breathing down your neck.  I then had to summon up the energy to make my way across London to catch the train home to Sheffield finally landing back at 9.30pm. I didn’t even have the strength to buy a doughnut!!!

I am very pleased that my project for today was “one I made earlier” this week!


This is an altered wooden heart that I am sharing over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge which is to include wood. Now Hels is the queen of transforming MDF shapes and frames and also of the paper blocking technique such as I have used here. I would LOVE to do this as a workshop with her (hint, hint!).


I used coordinating papers from my stash, mainly using scraps and cut offs, applied them to the heart and then added a good layer of Mod Podge gloss. This is a technique I learned from Hels and it is one of the best bits of advice ever. The Mod Podge not only seals the papers but also means that any mistakes that follow (and I made plenty!) can be wiped off. I used a Stabilo All pencil to add definition round the papers. I think I should have done this before I sealed it, but am glad I did it afterwards as I made several errors but was able to remove them!


I stamped the butterflies and used Festive Berries to colour the red ones. I used the same ink to colour some seam binding and applied this across the centre.


It’s been quite a while since I used the fabulous Darkroom Door string inspiration sentiment stamps so I won’t apologise for popping one on here!


The finishing touches are some pieces of lace topped with pearls and a few buttons.


Having failed previously with paper blocking I’m very happy how this turned out and I’m itching to make another of these but with a some festive papers (for there are only 5 pay days and 174 actual days until Christmas you know).

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Today I am sharing a tag that uses two fabulous images from The Gecko Galz.


I’ve combined the castle image, from the Ever After collage sheet, and the glamorous lady, from Her Beautiful Colours, together using Microsoft Word. I’ve distressed the edges and then mounted it on some cardstock that has been inked with Walnut Stain. Then have layered it on to a tag with a book page and coordinating card.


I’ve added crochet lace, organza rose trim and seam binding before adding the embellishments – pearls, a wooden butterfly, a button and plenty of bling – after all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend, right? The word was printed on my computer.


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Marbling in the melt pot

In addition to the current “five” themed mini challenge over at Anything But A Card, the spotlight challenge, as set by the very talented Brenda Burfeind, is running alongside it. The spotlight provides the chance for you to learn more about the ABAC Design Team and then join in with their challenge theme. Brenda is showcasing some amazing jewellery and would like to see projects that incorporate marbling. I knew immediately that this was an opportunity for a little bit of melt pot marvelousness:


This is probably the simplest project ever and yet the finished result is, even if I do say so myself(!), stunning results for very little effort!


I melted some Cosmic Shimmer Tropic Red UTEE, together with some clear, and then sprinkled in some gold mica powder and the tiniest bit of black UTEE. I drew the spatula through it to create marbling and then simply poured into the bezel. I found it much easier to pour into the larger bezel that the smaller ones that I used previously. The great thing is that once cool, the shape releases easily so you can use it independently if you wish.



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Maroon Five plus two

This week’s theme at Every Inchie Monday is maroon. I decided to go with the colour rather than the flare (as in distress flare, not seventies apparel) or stranded on a desert island, both of which were thoughts that came to mind.P1080609

I happened to have some maroon card so used that for the base of my inchies, teaming it with white, in the form of spots and dots, and pink card.

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My second set were based on sari patterns and fabrics. I’ve used the same maroon card and this time used gold ink and heat embossed the stamping.


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Now no post about Maroon can go without mention of the devine Adam Levine from Maroon Five so, as he is featuring in the newly released film Begin Again, and because I can here he is!

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Aahh, Happy Monday!


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Five for silver

This month is another that contains five Sunday’s and consequently a mini-challenge over at Anything But A Card with the theme of “five.” Last time round I altered a domino so this month I thought I would stick with the gaming theme and alter a playing card:


I’ve chosen “five for silver”, the line from the magpie song/rhyme and used this fabulous magpie in a “titfer” as the focal point. This is another fabulous design from the brilliant Catslife Press.


I added strips of torn paper to the card  and smeared on a little white acrylic paint. Once dry, I gave everything a coat of watered down PVA. Next, I applied some white texture paste through a leafy stencil and allowed to dry overnight.


The black dots were stamped at random, then I applied the magpie using the tissue transfer technique.


In keeping with the five theme I added five paper flowers, which have been stamped with script, and used Stickles to give them glittery centres that I thought would appeal to the magpie. Hidden amongst the flowers are five silver charms – no doubt mister magpie’s stash!


I have always loved the magpie rhyme and always distraught if I see a single bird anywhere near me. I try to balance it out by remembering that I have never received a stash of silver or gold when seeing six or seven of them!!


I hope you’ll take five and find time to share your project with us all at Anything But A Card, buzz over and be inspired by the rest of the Design Team.

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Down where it’s wetter

I have two little makes to share with you today both of which use a fabulous mermaid stamp from Catslife Press.


Now there is a story behind this stamp. As you know, I’m not the greatest when it comes to the care of my ever growing stamp collection. However, this little mermaid mysteriously disappeared even before she was out of her little plastic bag. I searched high, I searched low, I even resorted to tidying to see if she would appear. In the end I came to the conclusion that I must have thrown her away still in the parcel’s packaging (I went through the dustbin just in case!). Reader, no one was more ashamed and disappointed than myself. Then, earlier this week, I went to get a wooden spoon from the kitchen drawer and there, as bold as you like, was my mermaid stamp tucked safely in her little plastic bag. I have no idea how she got there and she certainly wasn’t there in the two weeks that I searched for her. Needless to say I am now keeping my beady eye on her just in case she has any more tricks up her sleeve!


The first piece was created using Dylusions inks that I sprayed on to card. I’ve then stuck it to a chipboard house shape – cut using Tim Holtz’ Artful Dwellings Alterations die. I stamped the mermaid and then stamped a second on to card and added colour. You may be able to make out a touch of glitter on her diva red tail.


The flowers were stamped on to some of spare the Dylusion dyed paper and then over stamped with dots in Peacock Feathers before applying to the house shape. I’ve scribbled white gel pen over the centres.


For the second piece I used Distress inks – first applying a background and then adding the detail by stippling more ink through a swirly stencil. I’ve stamped then paper pieced the large flower and the mermaid. The flower is by Stampotique.


To finish, I stamped the border and then added the words.


I am sharing these over at Crafter Hoarders Anonymous for challenge #10, which is to get messy with inks, sprays, pastes etc, That’s Crafty Challenge Blog, All at Sea challenge and also over at Sunday Stampers where the theme challenge is green. That’s Crafty have the stamp, and lots of others by Catslife Press, available in their shop :)

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Red, white and blue

Today I had planned to share the card I made for this week’s City Crafter Challenge theme of red, white and blue. Just one slight problem with that/tag – I haven’t quite made it yet. This week, the day job has been a nightmare and even though Friday evening is well and truly under way I still have work to finish, after I’m done over here, before I can switch off, shut down and relax. I hope to get to the card/tag over the weekend but, just in case, here are a couple of ATCs that I rustled up:


The backgrounds were created in the same way – Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire which was then spritzed with water. I’ve over stamped some dots in chipped sapphire and then some stripes and splashes in white.


It reminded me a little bit of the Milky Way.


The heart was stamped onto red card and I added a stamped zentangle border. The words were printed from the computer using a typewriter font.


The second one has some stamped stars that have been cut out and applied to the background. I’ve then used images and paper from The Gecko Galz to create a little collage.


The border is a Dylusions stamp.


Now, please excuse me, I must get back to my work :(

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Moon Kiss

As the end of the month approaches with alarming speed (doesn’t it always when there is something ahead that you are not looking forward to?!) it’s time to make sure I have shared all my Gecko Galz DT samples.


This fabulous image is from the June Dreams individual collage sheet and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to use it. Originally I’d planned to alter a notebook but, as usual, time ran out! So another time perhaps?


I’ve teamed it with mats and layers of paper from the Carnival paper pack, green cardstock and some gold glitter card.


To complete the look there is a coordinating bow, some punched gold glitter stars and a paper rose that, rather conveniently, matches the colours in the image perfectly.


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Pretty maids all in a row

The new word at Every Inchie Monday is “maid.” It took me a while to decide what to do for this one. My first thought was the rhyme by The King’s Breakfast by AA Milne, which involves a dairy maid, one of my favourites. Then I remembered “maids a milking” from The Twelve Days of Christmas and lastly “pretty maids all in a row,” from Mary Mary. So here’s what I chose:


The first two are simply illustrations from The King’s Breakfast and the third is a cute illustration I found on-line for Mary Mary.

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However, I couldn’t just leave you with copies of other people’s work so I decided to come up with my own “pretty maids.”


Having tried and failed to draw this in miniature I decided to produce a large version and then reduce it. I stamped some flowers in rows and then coloured them with Promarkers. I then punched out small circles and added these to the centre of the flowers before drawing on little faces. Finally, I added the words by hand.

Not wanting to short change anyone who has taken the trouble to visit this page I thought I ought to do something with the original image that I made and so I turned it into a simple little card.


I just added a stamped border, coloured in the leaves and berries and then mounted it on some pink card.


So there’s my take on maid. You can be sure the other players at Every Inchie Monday will have come up with some superb interpretations, so be sure to buzz over and pay them a visit.


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