Black and white on the beach

We’re moving in to the second week of our black and white challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and have some more inspiration from the DT, and our guest designers, to share. I decided to go for a single layer stamped card:


Cards like this always look nice and easy but we all know that, in reality, direct stamping on to your card is always fraught with danger and the possibility of a disaster.


I started with beach huts and black archival ink,  I think this stamp is one of Hobby Craft’s own. The “shingle” is a stamp from Stampin’ Up!, the Gorgeous Grunge set, and is one of my favourites.


The sentiment is also from Stampin’ Up! but I’m not sure which set exactly.

So, mission successfully completed. Did it take more than one attempt to get it right? Now that would be telling 😉

Thanks for buzzing by and here’s to a good week, it’s going to be another busy one!

A splash of red take 2

When I saw this week’s theme at City Crafter Challenge Blog, “blue green and a splash of red,” I was torn about which way to go. Part of me wanted to do a classic layered card and the other part wanted to play with inks. I chose to do both – well, if you can, then why not?! You can check out what I am calling my classic style card here.


On a square of cardstock, I stamped the leafy pattern, using a stamp from Paper Artsy’s Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna 3 set, then inked it with some of the new release distress inks – Twisted Citron and Mermaid Lagoon, and a couple of old favourites – Mowed Lawn and Tumbled Glass. I spritzed with water, blotted and then quickly stamped a little bit of text using the same colours. I wanted it to be a bit blurry.


Once the ink was completely dry I coloured the leaves with a green Polychromo and added a few white highlights.


I can’t remember where the heart stamp is from but I used Memento ink and then Promarkers for colour. Once it was cut out, I ran a black Stabilo All pencil around the edge, smudging it inwards and then added the white dots.


This is going to be an anniversary card for my brother and his wife who will be celebrating their 14th anniversary in a couple of weeks time. I dithered for a long time about whether to add a stamped sentiment but, in the end, decided to play safe and add that to the inside.

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Blue, green and a splash of red

Things are definitely warming up here in the UK although the sun itself is still being somewhat elusive and I wouldn’t risk going anywhere without my umbrella. However, it has been possible to sit out in the garden and in my book that makes it officially summer. Today’s I am sharing a card that takes up that garden theme:


I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is “blue, green and a splash of red.” I sort of knew that my splash of red would end up being a butterfly!


I’ve used some Anna Griffin papers and coordinating cardstock from my stash and created mats and layers, topping them off with a border strip, also from Anna Griffin.


I’ve created some shabby style flowers using a floral die. The flowers were cut in different sizes, from ivory cardstock. I inked them with Crushed Olive and Tumbled Glass distress inks, spritzed with water and crumpled them up tightly. Once they had dried a little I layered them and adhered the layers with glue.


A new departure for me was to add some proper stamens to the centre. I’ve always been a bit scared of using these for the purpose for which they were intended, but now I have I shall continue to do so. No doubt this will require further purchases!!!


The finishing touch was to stamp, colour and punch out a bright red butterfly.

Have a happy weekend and thanks for buzzing by.




The stressful things in life!

Having started the week by commenting how quickly the weekend whizzed by, I’m finishing it by commenting how slowly this week has gone! On the work front it feels like I have been pedalling very hard only to end up going backwards so I am more that ready for the weekend.

Today I am sharing a card that I have made for a friend and work colleague, like me, is drowning in an ocean of work. However, she has had the added stress of moving home at the same time.


She and her partner have moved from a city apartment into a townhouse in a leafy suburb. This house stamp from the Stampin’ Up! holiday home set is pretty close to the real thing. I stamped the houses directly on to card and then swooshed on green and blue inks with a brush.


I stamped and coloured and extra house and applied it over the original using glue gel.


The stamped hearts and sentiment are from the same set.


Moving house is usually on the list of “the most stressful things in life” along with planning a wedding, which is exactly what this lovely couple are doing ahead of their big day this time next year!!

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Angel wings

Despite yesterday being the longest day, the weekend still seems to have whizzed by in a blur and here we are back for another Monday. Time for a new challenge theme over at Crafty Boots Challenges. For the next fortnight the theme is black and white. Here’s the card I made:


I’m sure you recognise this stamp as Kate Crane’s Angel from Stampotique. Kate’s stamps, released earlier this year, have been hugely successful and no wonder! For my card, I borrowed a tip from Kate herself who, on her blog, suggested that you shouldn’t let the size of a stamp put you off if it was too big for what you were making, just chop a bit off! So that’s what I did.


I stamped the original image and then chopped off her legs before  colouring her and adding some doodling. I cut her out, minus her legs. Then I stamped the little fluffy border, using a Dylusions stamp, hoping it looks little like clouds. Once the border was in place I returned to the angel stamp and inked only her legs before stamping directly on to card. The original angel has been stuck over the top of the legs so just her tippy toes peek out under her dress.


I used mats and layers of black and white and added in some more stamping on the lower layer of white.


The words are from a Tim Holt Chit-Chat set.

Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots and check out the fab projects the rest of the DT created and I hope you’ll join in with this week’s challenge.

Here’s to a good week and thanks for buzzing by.

Chandra Gold

Good morning and, if you are marking the occasion, I hope you are having and enjoyable Father’s Day. Today’s post is not a Father’s Day card but a little something I will be sharing over at City Crafter Challenge Blog. The theme this week requires you to use a gold die cut.


I struggled to get a clear photograph as the gold mirri card I used is highly reflective. I created an inked background using Faded Denim, Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves distress inks. Once applied, I spritzed it with water.


I used the Memory Box Chandra die to cut three gold stems and then added mats and layers of white, black and more gold.


The sentiment was heat embossed in gold and matted and layered in the same way.


Enjoy the longest day whilst it lasts because tomorrow, the nights start drawing in 🙂

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Earlier this week I proudly posted some of my work for the Gecko Galz DT and suggested you buzz over and take a look at my spotlight post on the blog. I’m rather embarrassed to have to tell you I got the date wrong and that instead it is today. However, it gives me a chance not only to share another DT piece but also to revisit my previous projects that have used this month’s designs AND a bonus sample that uses the free digital stamp that Leanne has kindly allowed me to share 🙂

Despite appearances to the contrary and a fact belied by the state of my craft space, I do like things in an orderly fashion. So, first up here are the previous projects I have shared this month. Clicking on the picture should take you to the relevant post:





OK, now here’s the free digi – please help yourself and enjoy:AsAJune

As I mentioned earlier, I have now had the opportunity to have a little play with this. It’s a great stamp that can easily be manned up or down depending on who you are creating for. I think my sample could quite happily be either a male or female card:


I’ve used some papers from my stash and coordinating cardstock to create some mats and layers and popped on some knotted ribbon and voila, job done.


I always think that knotting ribbon instead of creating a bow works well if you want a man card. And whilst we are on that subject, you still have time to link up your projects for the current challenge over at Crafty Boots where the theme is Father’s Day/Masculine.


Lastly, here’s another of my regular samples using the Gecko Galz June products.


I used paper and two images from the High Tea digital kit and layered and arranged them digitally (I use Microsoft Word) before printing out.


The ribbon is wrapped around the front of the card – stuck down on the inside, but loose on the front so I could add an additional piece of ribbon. Coincidentally another knot, but this time I think the card is very definitely feminine!


Another very easy card to create.

Phew! Hopefully I have atoned for my mistake? I still have a few more Gecko Galz projects to share with you and will be doing so over the next few days. If you can’t wait that long then you can buzz over to the blog for a sneaky peek.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Just my cup of tea

First, I have to warn you that this post is picture heavy, bear with it though as at the end I have a little giveaway.

It’s my turn today to feature on the Gecko Galz blog – you can buzz on over and take a look at all my samples for this month before I feature the full details here. I’ve already shared with you the teacup and a tag, click the photo’s if you’d like to read more about them:



This month’s digital kit is called High Tea and, as the name suggests, is crammed full of images and stamps that have a tea theme plus some rather nice coordinating papers. I’ve used these to create some little tea bag gift packages. These were the easiest thing to create and you could add any gift that you like. Take a look:




You can whip these up in a matter of moments and can easily adapt them to any size, mine are 4 inches square. To make them this size you need a strip of card 8 1/4 inches x 4 inches. Score at 4 inches and  4 1/4 inches. This creates two 4 inch square panels and a spine that is 1/4 inch. You will also need a square of card that is 4 x 4 inches. Cut this in half diagonally to create the pocket for the teabag.


To make decoration easy, I cut out 4 x 4 squares of paper, choosing different patterns for inside and outside. Make sure you adhere your ribbon to the base card before you apply your papers. You can stick your ribbon to either the outside or the inside of the wallet, it doesn’t really make a difference, then glue the patterned squares over the top.


I added an additional image on the inside of each wallet.


Use double sided tape to attach the half square of paper, leaving the long side free so that you can pop in your teabag or gift.


I told you it was easy!






As always, whenever I make anything like this my mind turns to Christmas. Well there are just 196 days to go! These would be great to make for my work colleagues using some festive papers and adding one of my favourite Betty’s Christmas spiced tea teabags.

Now, here’s a little gift for you courtesy of Leanne at the Gecko Galz. Each month, the Gecko Galz DT members will be given a digital stamp to share with their followers. If you visit the blog each day you can see which DT member is featured, enjoy their fabulous work and follow the link to find the freebie! Right click on the image to save it to your computer.


Enjoy! Thanks for buzzing by.

Feeling crabby!

Do you ever come back from holiday feeling like you need a holiday to get over it? After a lovely break away, the two days back at work at the end of last week seem to have wiped me out and feeling the need to get away from it all again!! It hasn’t helped that the weekend was another cold and wet one. However, we didn’t let the miserable weather stop us from celebrating Mr Beez’ birthday – I for one ate more than my fair share of cake!

We’re half way through our Father’s Day/Masculine challenge over at Crafty Boots so today I am sharing a birthday card that would make a great “man card.”


The colours aren’t showing up terribly well here, probably the result of the black clouds and rain outside whilst I was taking it, but I started with two of the new Distress Inks – Fossilised Amber and Mermaid Lagoon. I swept them on to some cardstock using an Ink Duster, blending them together where they met in the middle, and then spritzed with water.


Once dry, I added the crab stamp, part of a Stampin’Up! set.


I created a mask for the crab, to cover him up, so I could add some background stamping and stencilling. The script is another Stampin’Up! stamp and the two stencils are by Wendy Vecchi.


Finally, I stamped the birthday sentiment and a couple of dew drops. I love playing with inks in this way but my heart is always in my mouth as with each addition the risk of ruining it increases. I was certainly holding my breath whilst I placed that last stamp down!!

Hope you’ll find time to share your projects with us all at Crafty Boots Challenges. Wishing you a happy and sunny week and thanks for buzzing by.

Tagging it

Hi there and happy Saturday. I’m back and feeling refreshed from my holiday in Seville. After the cold and rain we had been experiencing in the UK before I left, the constant sun and temperatures up in the 30s (one day it was 41C) was just what was needed. And now I’m back, guess what the weather outside today is doing…yep…raining!!

Seville is a beautiful city with everything in easy reach. Major sights aside, and there were many, one of my favourite things was seeing the orange trees. I suppose it’s because it’s something that we just don’t have here.



So on to today’s post, a tag that I shall be sharing over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for this week’s tic TAG toe challenge.


I used a tag image from the Gecko Galz High Tea Kit and added an image from the Pretty Vintage Portraits collage sheet. There’s a pinch of glitter on the scarf.


Around the edge of the tag I used some Frantage embossing powder from a Stampendous Encrusted Jewel Kit. If you haven’t discovered these embossing powders do check them out. They come with all sorts of sparkly additions that you add to the embossing powder before heating.


The butterflies were stamped and punched.


I used a scrap of ribbon and added some words as the finishing touches.


Thanks for buzzing by.