Vintage stash

Challenge #3 over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog is Vintage or Retro Style. I decided to make a card that would make a nice any occasion card:


I’ve used papers and an image from The Gecko Galz plus some music manuscript and book pages. All of the papers were taken from my box of leftover pieces that I keep from all my projects. To be honest this could do with a big sort out so that I know what I’ve got. Anyway, I was thrilled to find I had a big enough piece of my favourite roses paper to cover the base of the card. I added some faux stitching using a stamp Shabby Shutters distress ink.


There are three layers of book pages that I distressed and inked before topping off with a piece of music manuscript. I’m having a few palpitations about the music manuscript as my hoard is dwindling a little too quickly for my liking! I love the depth that this little assembly gives the card.


I’ve topped all the layers off with this gorgeous image from The Gecko Galz Easter Bonnet ephemera collection to which I’ve added a strip of rose trim.


Down the side of the card is a strip of treasured net lace. I often get this out to use and then put it back as I can’t bear the thought of not having any left. However, on this occasion it was just too perfect.


The ribbon is seam binding, coloured with Shabby Shutters distress stain.


Paper roses, a little muslin and a punched butterfly complete the look.



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Lucky Tag

Today  I am sharing a tag that I shall be linking up with Really Reasonable Ribbon’s “Show me the green and ribbon” challenge.


I used some paper from the It’s Not Easy Being Green collection by the Gecko Galz for the base and ran a border of shamrocks,using an image from The Graphics Fairy, down the side and a strip of music manuscript along the bottom.


Along the bottom of the tag is a strip of ivory crochet lace and I’ve studded it with some green gems from my stash.


The lucky bingo card is from BW Scrapbooking and I’ve edged it with gold glitter glue. I’ve also added some dots of glue to the top and bottom of the tag.


The cute little boy image is from the Gecko Galz.


I made the lucky clover by die cutting four hearts, gluing them together and topping it off with a green sweetheart blossom.


I’ve coloured white seam binding with Shabby Shutters distress stain and used it to thread the tag and also to create a double bow. Both have been topped with some thin emerald green ribbon.


More sweetheart blossoms,a paper rose and a green star shaped gem complete the look.


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Monday – bleugh!!! In fact double bleugh!! This is a mixed week for me. Up until about 4pm on Wednesday I’d rather hide under the duvet and pretend it’s not happening. However, after that I’ve got some great things to look forward to so I have to keep focussed on those to see me through the first three days.

It is always nice to start the week with Every Inchie Monday. The rest of the players are such a talented bunch I can never wait to see how they have interpreted the word of the week. This week, it is engrave:


These are stampbord inchies. I’ve coloured them with alcohol inks and then stamped in black. Once everything was dry it was just a question of scratching in to the design, this creates texture and highlights.


I picked up a bumper bag of stampbord pieces at the Harrogate craft show last year, but don’t have any of the proper tools so just used a pokey tool which works just fine.


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I am renowned for being a bit of a magpie, glitter and bling are my kinda thing. During conversations I am easily distracted if I spot something sparkly! So when we decided that the next challenge at Anything But A Card would be sparkle, I couldn’t wait to play with my glittery stash. Surprisingly, I have ended up making something quite subdued by my standards:


I’ve used one of my MDF crowns as the base but wanted to give it a vintage/shabby feel rather than a full-on princess bling look.


I covered the base with some music paper from Teresa Collins. I inked the edges and then added silver glitter all around the edge. I used the new flake/glitter glue from Creative Expressions which does the job brilliantly.


I used more paper (it’s double sided, with a peach coloured pattern on the reverse) to die-cut some flowers, shaping the layers with a cocktail stick and then adding silver glitter glue. Some of the flowers have clear gem centres and others have  silver glitter.


I added more gems to the points of the crown and also at the base.


The words were printed on my computer – I must give credit to Artchix Studio as something similar appeared on one of their collage sheets. I’ve outlined them with silver glitter glue.


The finishing touch was, naturally, a butterfly.


Be sure to buzz over to the Anything But A Card blog and take a look at what the rest of the Design Team have been up to. There are still two weeks left to run for this challenge so you have plenty of time to sort out your sparkles if you’d like to join us.


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Smile for the camera

This week’s challenge at City Crafter Challenge Blog is to use a black and white photograph in your project. I love using vintage images but find it really hard to choose, spend ages looking then forget why I’m looking and have to start from the beginning!! I hope you like the one I eventually chose for my card.


I’ve used some designer papers from my stash and black card to create mats and layers to showcase the photograph. Coincidently, the papers were part of a prize, donated by Artful Delight, that I won over at City Crafter back in November,


Along the base I’ve applied a strip of white organza rose trim and sandwiched it between two strips of white crochet lace.


The butterflies were punched from some of the same designer papers and, as luck would have it, the little bow was in my box of scraps and I added a stamped sentiment that I felt was appropriate.




Isn’t that just one cheeky little madam in the photo?


I’m allowed to say that because, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, that cheeky little madam is yours truly, aged about 3!

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Bright Birthday

This is, for now, the last of my brightly coloured projects for this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge and uses up some of the leftover paper from yesterday’s tag to make a birthday card.


I just added some script to the background, using Shabby Shutters distress ink.



I’d always planned to do a bright red butterfly but, following my current obsession, just had a tiny preview of what it might look like with a white one. Unfortunately, it looked good which then, once again, left me in a dilemma. However, this time I decided as this was a bright colours challenge I’d use the red.


Whilst yesterday’s tag was a bit Hawaiin tropics this is a bit more Amazon rainforest.


It’s finally Friday and I’m finally feeling fit, let the weekend commence!

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My happy place

I’m very happy to report that today I am feeling a bit better. Still not 100% but for the first time in about 3 weeks I do feel like there is an improvement. I managed to sneak in a few extra pancakes yesterday evening so I’m wondering if it might have been them that did the trick!

Today I have another project that I will be sharing over at Sunday Stampers challenge which is to use bright colours. I have maxed out on brightness, but the photographs are little more subdued than the reality.


Of late I have been craving a holiday in the sun, not to escape the winter, because I love it, with all inclusive pampering. My demands are not high – sun, palm trees and someone to bring me exotic cocktails on a regular basis. In my dreams there would be oodles of big tropical flowers in colours like these!


I managed to squeeze out some final droplets from my Dylusions inks to create the background, spritzing some colours through a variety of stencils. Whilst still wet, I also used some Picket Fence distress stains through the same stencils. This tends to take on some of the colour and create further tones.Once dry, I used Mowed Lawn distress ink to stamp butterflies all over. Using the green just adds an extra layer to the background.  I used black ink and a stamp to create faux stitching all around the edge.


The flowers, all stamps by Sheena Douglass,  were stamped on to white card and then coloured with distress inks.


I couldn’t resist including a little bit of monochrome, a trend I’m enjoying at the moment.


Looking at this I can almost smell the Pina Coladas!

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Bright and beautiful with small creatures

Yesterday I spent a large part of the day in York, still feeling a bit rubbish, and I didn’t even make it to Betty’s.  What’s more, I only managed three pancakes which is way below my personal best. :(

The theme for this week’s Sunday Stampers is to use bright colours – yay, an excuse to play with inks.


Sadly, my Dylusions ink sprays are almost all gone so for this I used distress inks. I’ve used Salty Ocean, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Worn Lipstick, Squeezed Lemonade and a smidge of Shabby Shutters. I used cut and dry foam to apply them, overlaying colours here and there. Then I applied white ink to a dotty stencil and pressed this onto the tag so it left a negative impression.


I’ve used black inks to stamp the branches and flowers using some Inkadinkado stamps. The twirly coils are by Stampotique and the sentiment is from a set by Chocolate Baroque. I’ve used a white pen to add highlights here and there.



A bit of a dilemma when it came to the butterfly. I intended to colour it with distress inks, but then quite like the effect of the white on top of the vivid colours so left it like that.


But you know me, once an idea is in my head I have to try it out. I was itching to know what a colourful butterfly would look like so, with the technology that is glue gel, held another audition for the lead role and this was the result.


I have a feeling I’m not done with this challenge yet so watch this space!

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This week’s word at Every Inchie Monday is “explosion.” I had ideas of a little paper engineering but…er… did these instead!


The first two are simply watercolour pencils – I wanted to add the word boom, but didn’t trust myself not to muck it up so created one especially.


The next two are stamped, using distress inks and a “splat” stamp.


Lastly, I just wanted to play with Promarkers and see what happened if I did a little pointillism.


Because these were so simple, I felt I owed it to you to have something extra for you to take a look at and so created this vintage playing card.

P1070523I’ve called it a playing card as it is larger than a standard ATC but it is just a piece of kraft card. I’ve used Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Gathered Twigs distress inks for the background stamping. You will spot that I used a script stamp, honeycomb, dots and then the same splat stamp I used for the inchies.


I stamped the bee, B and Honey Bee in jet black Archival ink and then used a water brush to paint out the bee’s wings.


This looks like it belongs in the library at Hogwart’s!


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Showing the green

It’s time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and the theme this time, chosen by ME, is Show us the Green. The challenge is open for a fortnight which gives you plenty of time for you to share your green projects with us in the run up to St Patrick’s Day on the 17th March. I’m sharing some beer bottles that I’ve given a makeover:


I’ve used papers from the Gecko Galz Not Easy Being Green Set and images from the Blarney Ephemera set to spruce up some regular bottles of lager.


I cut the papers into strips that would wrap all the way around the centre of the bottle and used slightly thinner strips for the bottle neck and crossed these over.


Then it was just a question of choosing the images and printing them out in two sizes, using the smaller of the two for the bottle neck.

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This were so quick and easy to do you could easily rustle up lots in a short time if you wanted to have them at a party. You could even personalise them if you wish.


I’m not sure how pleased Mr Beez was to find that two of his beer bottles had disappeared in the name of craft, especially as I refused to give them back until they had been photographed. However, I have to say he looked pretty stylish when he was allowed to drink them!!!

Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to and  I look forward to seeing your green themed projects over there.

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