The definition of love

I’m always a little apprehensive when Friday 13th arrives and if we have one in February it means we will also get one in March. Having spent three gruelling days away I’m topping it off with a very early start to trek off to Hull for the day. It seemed a good idea at the time but I have a feeling I will not be firing on all cylinders! Great then to be sharing a little love with another of my Gecko Galz Valentine’s Day cards.


I’ve layered papers from the Seeing Red pack having distressed and inked the edges. I’ve slipped in a piece of the book page paper from the Words and Music paper pack just to break up some of the red.

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I’ve added a die cut heart and then the dictionary definition, which is from the All You Need is Love digital stamp set.


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All you need is love

Continuing my little Valentine series with another card that I made for the Gecko Galz.


That lovely paper is from the Seeing Red paper pack and as well as using it for the base layer I’ve also cut out a heart. The sentiment is from the Love Potion #9 kit and the book page is from the Words and Music paper pack.


I’ve used a tiny piece of lace and a small red button to finish it all off.



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Love Me!

I realise that Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and that I am running out of days on which to share my Valentine card projects with you. So, be prepared for a bit of heart fest over the next few days!


Today’s card uses paper from the Gecko Galz Seeing Red paper pack and a heart image from the All You Need is Love digital stamp set.


I outlined the heart with silver glitter and added a small red bow.


Some white crochet lace top and bottom completes the look.


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Steampunk Valentine duo

I’ve been very sad to miss taking part in some of the recent challenges over on one of my favourite blogs – Sunday Stampers. I’ve had the ideas but been short on time to make them a reality. I was determined not to miss out again this week so have gone for a quick and easy card:


Now we all know that when I do “clean and simple” the results don’t quite reflect the process and I did get very messy in the making of this! However, I am very happy at the outcome. I love this little steampunky heart stamp but had to unearth it from my crafty mess before I could get cracking. I stamped directly onto my card (yes, I know!!!) using black Archival ink. Next, I used some Cut and Dry foam to swoosh on Fired Brick distress ink. The sentiment is one of my favourites from Darkroom Door’s String Inspiration set.

The thing was that as soon as I had made that one I was just wondering what if….


…I use a splatter stamp. So I stamped the heart and the sentiment. Then stamped Fired Brick using a splatter stamp. I stamped another heart, cut it out, coloured it with ink and then applied over the top of the original image.


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Hearts, roses and lace

I am in the middle of a major, major clear up of my crafting space. Although I am making progress, it is painfully slow. I have now reached the stage where it is the “storm before the calm” i.e. a blooming big mess!! Consequently, if I want to create anything, the space I have to do it in is minimal. So I am glad that I happened to have a little something up my sleeve to share with you today as we reach the mid-way point of our “Hearts and Valentines” challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges.


I would also like to share this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is Roses and Lace.


I’ve used images and papers from the Gecko Galz  Love Potion #9 kit. and the Words and Music paper pack.  I’ve layered up papers, distressing and inking the edges. I added some glitter to the outside edge of the heart image.


I’ve used some scraps of lace, ribbon trim and ruffled seam binding plus paper roses to decorate.


More lace and a tiny little seam binding bow decorate the top.


So far, my grand tidy up hasn’t revealed any hidden treasure, it’s been more a question of “what on earth did I buy that for?!”  I am now going away for the rest of the week and leaving my big crafty mess behind me. If only the craft fairies would come in and finish the job!


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Cupid, pull back your bow

I promised you I would be back with the second of my projects that I made for the new challenge, “Warms the Heart,” over at My Artistic Adventures.


I’ve used this fabulous collage sheet with cupids together with the conversation hearts  and the hearts paper to decorate a vintage spool/bobbin.


First I painted the spool with a thin layer of white paint, covered the core with the hearts paper and then applied crochet lace around the top and bottom edge. I  used some gauze to cover the top of the spool, pulling at the threads so it was nice an wispy, a bit like a cloud.


The cupid is layered onto some sturdy card stock and then glittered with gold.


Then I’ve scattered more glitter and some tiny gold stars.



I’ve gone overboard with little pink paper roses and sweetheart blossoms and tucked in the conversation hearts here and there.


A little pink bow tops it all off. As well as making a great piece of Valentine décor, this would also look good as a cake topper – chocolate I think!!!

Don’t forget to link up your heart warming creations with our challenge and if you use one of Heather’s collage sheets you will be entered in the draw to win a free sheet or a coupon for 30% off.

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Vintage Ladies

As I said yesterday there is so much happening right now. It’s already the fourth of the month and this is the first chance I have had to tell you about the new Gecko Galz customer challenge – Vintage Ladies.

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Here’s my card:


I saw this idea in an edition of Craft Stamper magazine and thought it would be perfect for some of this month’s new releases from the Gecko Galz.


I printed out the image, from the Vintage Ladies digital stamp set, first onto cardstock and then a second copy onto regular paper. I roughly cut out the paper image to create a mask which I put over the image on the card before stamping splodges using Broken China and Worn Lipstick distress inks.


I used papers from the Parisian Dreams paper pack and tore off strips which I layered below the image, adding in a couple of scraps of lace.


To top it all off I added some  Ideaology Chit Chat stickers.


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Steampunk with a Shabby Chic Twist

There is so much going on in blogland right now I am struggling to share it all with you! This month the Gecko Galz are very proud to have their Industrial digitial stamp set featured in the magazine Quick Cards Made Easy. All the DT have been busy making some samples to showcase this set and they are truly a-maz-ing. Buzz over and check them out here. I’ve made a postcard that has a shabby chic twist.


I printed the image out at postcard size and coloured it with distress inks – Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain. I’ve added some stamping using a blotchy stamp. Next, I printed a second image, cut out the lady and applied it over the top of the original inked image, adding a little colour to her cheeks.


I’ve added lace, seam binding and a little stamped tag to embellish.


So not your traditional steampunk but I hope you like it.

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Bee mine – altered heart

Not one, but two posts today and that’s because there’s not only a new challenge at Crafty Boots, but also a new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures. The new theme is “Warms the Heart.” You’ll remember me telling you about Heather’s super duper new bee digital papers? I’ve been itching to use them ever since I got my hands on them. Take a look at what I’ve been up to:


Isn’t that paper just perfect? I wanted to make something that really showed it off, the hardest bit was choosing which of the fabulous colour options to use. I mean there’s a pink one (pink and bees – swoon!), a divine aqua and a chocolate that’s almost good enough to eat!

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I’ve covered an MDF heart with the paper, sanded and then inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink. Around the edge I’ve put blobs of Cosmic Shimmer vanilla glue. The smaller heart was die cut from chipboard, covered with cream card and then inked in the same way. I then applied a coat of crackle medium over the top. Once those two jobs were done I walked away and left them to dry overnight. If I’d stayed on task I knew I would have managed to ruin the effects before they were properly dry!


To the little heart I added a little bee button and the words, from Heather’s Bee Tag and the Romantic Focals collage sheets, adding a layer of varnish over the top. Be sure to check out the fabulous project my fellow designer Amanda has created project using Romantic Focals.


To the top of the heart I’ve added a cluster of ivory and cream roses.


This is the first of my projects for the My Artistic Adventure Challenge. You can take a sneaky peek of my second one over on the blog, as well as checking out all the fabulous work by the other members of the DT. I’ll be back with a post to tell you all about it later in the week.

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Love – CAS

The weeks seem to flying past, it’s already February (time to get making my Christmas cards – ha, ha!) and I can’t believe it’s already time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. Naturally, the new challenge for the next fortnight is “Hearts and Valentines”. Here’s my card:


This is a clean and simple card that I made using a beautiful digital image from the Gecko Galz All You Need is Love digital stamp set.


I’ve layered the image on to some white muslin, a double layer that I’ve frayed around the edges.


A tiny scrap of lace and a little bunch of miniature red rosebuds are the finishing touches.


I think this would also make a great card for a wedding or engagement too.

Be sure to buzz over and check out what the rest of the Design Team have been up to and I look forward to seeing all your romantic projects over on the Crafty Boots Challenges blog. Remember there’s a guest designer spot up for grabs for our top three selections. Also, you might like to buzz back here later today as I have a second post to share with you.

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