Love tag

Today, I have a little tag of love to share with you:


The base of the tag is made from music manuscript layered on to black card. I have tags of different sizes that I keep and use as a template.


The main image is from the Gecko Galz and I’ve cut it out, stuck it on and then outlined the heart with gold Stickles.


The sentiment is a digital stamp, also from the Gecko Galz, and I’ve printed it out in red rather than black. I’ve mounted it on to black card and then applied it to the tag with glue gel. Underneath is some gold braid and gorgeous wide cream lace.


At the top of the tag I’ve added a cluster of ivory paper roses, inked and glittered, and a bow made from red seam binding.


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Love tickets

Back in the autumn, I had a little phase of making matchbook notebooks. They were so easy and fun to do I had to take out a restraining order on myself to stop me from continually making them. I was pleased to be reminded about them by my fellow Anything But A Card Design Team member Julia, who made a Valentine matchbook for this month’s ABAC tic-tac-toe challenge. Instead of a notebook, Julia has made hers as a holder for love notes and tokens. I love the idea and decided to give it a go.


I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where this week’s theme is black and gold.

P1070252You can see the details of how I made the basic matchbook here. However, this time I made a single flap across the bottom. I loved Julia’s idea of embossing the cover and then lining it on the inside. So, once I’d cut and scored the cover, I used an M’Bossabilities folder through my Grand Calibur.


Then I lined the inside with a strip of red card. Instead of stapling the flap I just used a little glue along the very bottom. I used one of my favourite Darkroom Door stamps for the sentiment on the inside.

P1070258I’ve rubbed gold ink over the embossing to give a grungy/metallic look. I stamped and heat embossed the heart in gold, rubbed a little gold ink over the black card and then layered it on to some red.


P1070254Everything has been edged with a gold leaf pen.


The finishing touch was to add the tiny key, threaded with a scrap of red ribbon.


For the love notes/tokens I stamped different heart images and heat embossed them in gold. The little hearts are by PaperArtsy and all the others. including the one on the front, are by Hero Arts.

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Now all I have to do is think of some nice treats for Mr Beez and write them on the back. Now I’m fairly sure he’d love the opportunity to do the washing up for a month and I know he’s desperate to do a week’s worth of ironing! Just need to think of one more thing …


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Cathedrals and me

This week’s theme at Every Inchie Monday is cathedral and I have a whole pot-pourri of inchies to share. One way or another, cathedrals have had quite a significance in my life. Firstly, when I was growing up, the majority of our family holidays were taken in this country and visiting cathedrals was always part of the deal. I clearly remember the impact of visiting Liverpool’s Metropolitan Cathedral which seemed like an ice rink. I’ve probably been to most of England’s cathedrals with one notable exception – Canterbury. By the time I got to be a bolshy teenager, cathedral visits were so ingrained I never thought to question it or create a fuss. Furthermore, it didn’t put me off visiting some cathedrals further afield – Cologne, Valencia, St Mark’s, Notre Dame and Chartres.

Then, in the later part of his ministry, my Uncle was a bishop. Firstly, he was suffragan Bishop of Lancaster and then, for the ten years until he retired, he became Bishop of Carlisle. He was also one of the 26 bishops who sat in the House of Lords. But to me, he was just Unk, who married me and my husband and baptised both my sons.


So, the first three inchies are inspired by my Uncle. You can probably see that the first is gold glitter pen on blue card and is simply the pattern from his cope.

P1070248The next one was made by stamping and heat embossing in gold and is the pattern on the ceiling of Carlisle Cathedral.


The final one in this trio is from a cope that was designed by Judith Peacock. If I remember rightly, her inspiration was the grasses of Cumbria.



So now it will come as no surprise to you that whilst studying for A’Level art, my written study was of ecclesiastical embroidery. This required yet more visits to cathedrals, including a return to Liverpool where the impact was just the same. However, it is the smaller cathedral of Derby that inspired my next set of inchies. I was lucky enough to have personal guided tour by Canon Leonard Childs (now deceased) who was a leading designer of church vestments and a skilled embroider.


These inchies are based on the amazing stained glass windows, designed by Ceri Richards, and the copes, designed by Leonard Childs, that the windows inspired.






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Love Always

Thank you for all the beautiful messages that you have left regarding dear little Knox. I will pass these on to Knox’ family who I know will appreciate them. You may like to visit Scarlett’s (Knox’ mum) blog as she has posted the most adorable photo’ of Knox that can’t help but make you smile.

This Monday sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and Stephanie-Emma has come up with a great bingo card challenge. This is the grid if you’d like to come and join us:



The stamp is the celtic knot heart image which comes from the Gecko Galz new digital stamp collection Celtic Twist. I photopied it on to some acetate (the special kind for inkjet printers) and then used a fine tipped glue applicator to flood the pattern with clear glue before sprinkling with gold glitter.


Once dry, I added glue to the reverse side of the acetate (the side on which the glitter is) and placed it on som red card. Once that had dried, I cut out the heart image.


The fabulous paper is from the Gecko Galz It’s Not Easy Being Green set. I manipulated it in Microsoft Word so that it was a square, slightly smaller than the card. I created a mat from red card, edged both it and the green with gold leaf pen before layering on to a white card.


I added some gold glitter dots all around the edge and used glue gel to attach the heart so it is raised.


The sentiment is another digital image from the Gecko Galz, this time from the Heart and Soul collection. I’ve printed it on to red card, edged it with gold leaf pen and then applied to the card with glue gel.


Please do buzz over to the Crafty Boots Challenges blog to see what the rest of the design team have been up to and I hope you’ll share your projects with us too.


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Love and recycling

This week’s challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog is to create a Valentine project or to use the word story. I’ve chosen to recyle some canvases that had gone wrong in a previous project This was what they looked like before:


Probably best you don’t ask what I was up to. Anyway, I’ve given them a little love to transform them:


P1070237Because these were both originally coloured with Dylusions ink sprays I knew it was going to be quite a challenge to cover up the colour. Dylusions tend to seep into anything that isn’t granite or cast iron. So for the first one, I decided to cover it with old book pages and then use the reverse side as a little shadow box.


Next, I smeared on white paint, rubbing it off in places so that you can still see some of the text. I used the tissue paper technique for the words – stamping them on to single ply tissue and then using watered down glue. The other stamping, using a Dylusions rubber stamp, I did directly on to the frame. P1070243A added a little crystal clear glitter to the cavity of the frame and then used glue gel to attach the heart, which is made from mulberry paper and smeared with a little gold paint.


to finish I’ve smeared on a little gold paint around the edges of the frame. I’m also going to share this canvas over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge – black and gold.

My second canvas was covered with fibre paste and then painted white. I coloured the sides with red and black acrylic paint.


I applied the paper heart and outlined it with a black Stabilo pencil, then rubbed on gold and bronze paint both on the heart and on the canvas.



The words were printed out on my computer. I’m not sure I’ve got the placement quite right but decided not to mess about taking them on and off again.


I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and is it just me, or does Sunday evening come around far too quickly?

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For a precious child


In loving memory of Knox Haddon Clay July 14, 2010 – February 1, 2014

His life was short but his impact was huge.

Thank you for all the beautiful messages that you have left regarding dear little Knox. I will pass these on to Knox’ family who I know will appreciate them. You may like to visit Scarlett’s (Knox’ mum) blog as she has posted the most adorable photo’ of Knox that can’t help but make you smile.


Thinking of you

Having struggled to catch some decent light, in order to take clear photographs of my projects, for what seems like forever, this morning there is bright, bright, sunshine. Naturally, I have nothing ready that I need to photograph. I also sense that if I go off an busy myself now, the sun will tantalisingly disappear by the time I am ready with my camera! However, it is nice to have a break from the endless rain.

Today I am sharing a card that is one of my Design Team samples using this month’s new releases from the Gecko Galz. Make sure you buzz on over and take a look and don’t forget to pick up the new freebies whilst you’re there.


The image is from the Darling Girls ephemera collection and the paper is from the It’s Not Easy Being Green paper set. I’ve added in some raspberry coloured card to create mats and layers. Everything has been inked with Vintage Photo distress ink.



The sentiment is from Darkroom Door’s All Occasions rubber stamp set.


The ribbon is from my stash and picks up the colours in the image perfectly.



Now sadly, there is a reason I am sharing this with you today. Dear little Knox, is currently in a coma which is heart breaking news. Thankfully, he is not in pain and is surrounded by his loving family. So this is for all the Clay family – please know that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time x.

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Vintage Valentines take two

When I go away, which I do quite a lot for work, I often leave a little note or token for Mr Beez to discover on his return from work. On Wednesday, I tucked one of the altered playing cards I had made under his pillow. However, unbeknown to me, he managed to top trump me as he had hidden a heart-shaped chocolate lolly in my handbag!

So, keeping the romantic theme going I thought I would share some more vintage Valentine cards with you. Both of these were made with images and papers from the Gecko Galz.


This one uses an image from the Valentine Wishes ephemera set and a gorgeous lacy effect frame from the Jump Into January collage sheet. I printed the frame onto coordinating card so that I wouldn’t have to cut it out and then inked the edges with Vintage Photo distress ink.


I glittered the hearts on the main image and then layered both images on to raspberry card stock.


Finally, I added some ivory crochet lace and pearls.


The second card uses some papers from the Basic Grey True Love set.


The central image is from the Gecko Galz Love is in the Air ephemera collection.


The little tag is from Basic Grey’s True Love digital set. I’ve layered it on some neutral card stock and topped it with a tiny pink bow.


I’ve added a strip of white lace and some coffee coloured seam binding across the bottom.


The finishing touch was to add a scrap of lace and a paper rose at the top.



There is still just time for you to enter the Gecko Galz Valentine Challenge when you could win some Basic Grey papers and a Gecko Galz gift voucher. You can also grab this month’s freebies and, remember, there’ll be a new bunch of freebies tomorrow!

After my two days away I am relieved to have a day off. Not only do I feel incredibly tired after two very long days, I don’t think there’s a bone or muscle in my body that doesn’t ache. I even managed to injure the end of my little finger after an unfortunate incident with some ice. But that’s another story!!!

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Double orange

I’m back with another post to share over at  Sunday Stampers where the theme is orange.


These are ATC size but I shall probably turn them into cards. I started by colouring some cream card with Mustard Seed, Spicy Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon distress inks. Then I spritzed it with water to get a variegated effect. I cut the card to size and then used more Spicy Marmalade to stamp the blossom branches all over.


P1070139You will recognise the sentiments, stamps by Chocolate Baroque, from earlier in the week. I used some music manuscript and used a flower stamp, by Stampotique, over the top, colouring in the flowers with Promarkers.


I used the little heart stamp, also by Stampotique, on both cards. I coloured in the heart on one and stuck a little silver star over the other.P1070142


I’ve stamped, cut out and coloured some little butterflies for one and a bird for the other.



I’ve used some deep blue card to create mats and layers.


Be sure to pop over and take a look at what Hels has been up to on her blog. There’s always a ton of inspiration and at the moment some beautifully glittery projects.


Play your cards right

So today I am back on my travels and setting off to Leeds to deliver a training event. You know by now that that involves loading and unloading the van, probably in the rain or, worse, possibly in the snow! As much as I would like a decent fall of snow before spring arrives, this is not the day for it to happen.

I’ve been having a little play and altering some playing cards.


During my decluttering, I happened upon a pack of playing cards minus the lid of the box. Not all the cards were there and after a bit of a dither, I decided to keep them as I thought they would make nice little canvases to work on.


I started by smearing on some white acrylic pain, using my fingers. Once dry, I used Staz On to stamp the bee and the words.


I added some additional stamping, using my honeycomb stamp, and added a scrap of music manuscript.


I covered the reverse side with various bits of scrap paper from my stash, added a layer of Picket Fence distress ink and then over stamped some script using Worn Lipstick. I also added a little more distress ink around the edge. The words were printed out on my computer, coloured with Worn Lipstick.


To finish, I stamped on the little bees.


As I am away, I have tucked one of these under Mr Beez’ pillow.

Only another 40 or so playing cards to alter!

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