Snow birds

The first of this year’s challenges over at City Crafter Challenge Blog has the theme Snowbirds. Here’s what I came up with:

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The cute little image of the birds in the snow and their dear little house is from The Gecko Galz and comes from the Winters Garden collection, which has lots of lovely snow images.

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I’ve used a Cuttlebug snowflake embossing folder on white card and then layered this up with red. I’ve used the same red card to make a little mat for the image.

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The red spotty ribbon echoes the snowy feel. I’ve created a little arrangement of red sweetheart blossoms and white berries in the corner. I was originally going to add a frosting of glitter, but decided I liked it just the way it was.

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The finishing touch was to add the sentiment which was printed from my computer.

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The CCCB Design Team have prepared some beautiful samples for this theme so be sure to buzz over and take a look . But be sure to wrap up warm – I believe there is a cold snap coming!

Butterfly thank yous.

Hurray or Fridays! I’ve only been back at work for three days but it seems to have been a long week as far as I’m concerned.

Today  I am sharing some thank you cards that I have made:

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I wanted to go for something fairly simple that I could replicate easily as I needed to make 20 to say thank you to friends, family and colleagues for gifts and help at Christmas time. However, once I got the basic design together, I did add in a few extras – well sometimes it’s hard not to isn’t it?

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Firstly, I cut squares of card 70cm x 70cm and stamped them with the script background. I used Victorian Velvet distress ink, and swooshed on a little more over the whole design, using and Inkduster, and inked the edges.

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Next I punched out the large butterflies and stamped the thank you. Originally, I intended to leave it there. However, I felt it needed something more, so cut some black squares, approximately 75m  x 75cm (the cards themselves are 80cm square), and used them as mats. Once I’d applied the large butterfly I decided to make some smaller ones, using the reverse side of the designer paper. Finally, I added the gems.

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The paper, stamps and both butterfly punches are all from Stampin’ Up!

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Now it’s all very well having made these, the next step is to get them written and sent! Last year I failed spectacularly, only managing to send out a third of my cards which is shameful.

If I could, I would send each and every one of you a thank you card. I am so appreciative of all the lovely comments that have been left, particularly over the festive period, and so pleased that you have taken the time to do so. I also hugely appreciate all of you that have signed up to follow my blog – it means a lot and inspires me to keep going. THANK YOU!

Hope you’ve got something fun planned for the weekend. We’ve just had a skip delivered, which is not my idea of fun, so I shall be working on another of my resolutions – to declutter! I’ll let you know how that works out but I have a sneaky feeling that all may not be sweetness and light in the Beez household this weekend!

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Love the pink!

So I survived my first day back at work and now of course it feels like I have never been away! I have a couple of weeks that are clearly going to be the lull before the storm and then I don’t think my feet will touch the ground until the summer! I will be even more glad to escape to the tranquil world of crafting.

The new challenge, #86, over at Really Reasonable Ribbon is to use pink and ribbon. I decided to make a card:P1060924I’ve used some coconut white card as this is a less harsh white however, in the photographs it looks more cream. I’ve used a script stamp and Worn Lipstick distress ink to stamp the background then, using an Inkduster, added swooshes of ink all over, building up more colour at edges and then finally using the ink pad to apply ink directly to the edge.

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I’ve stamped the heart image, which is one of a set by Hero Arts, in Worn Lipstick and mounted this on to more coconut white.

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The love sentiment is one of the Darkroom Door “String Inspiration” stamps – stamped in Worn Lipstick and then dusted with more ink.

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I’ve then added strips of ribbon from my stash – pink organza rose trim, pink candystripe ribbon and some pink heart trim.

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I think I’ve more than fulfilled the pink/ribbon part of the challenge!!

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Monochrome dream

I was very excited when I buzzed over to Sunday Stampers to find out what the theme for this week’s challenge was. Firstly, the theme is “dream” which straight away I knew would give me the opportunity to use one of my new Darkroom Door stamps. However, I also learned I was the winner of one of Hels’ very generous giveaways so have a haul of crafty goodies to look forward to. What more could a girl dream of (see what I did there?!) when she has resolved not to buy any new stash in 2014.

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I decided not to use canvas for this, but opted instead for a piece of chipboard from my stash that was conveniently cut to the size I wanted. I painted it with white acrylic and left it to dry. I decided to stamp directly on to the background, which is always a gamble, but particularly when stamping on to a pristine white one. I used black Archival ink and one of my new Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamps with the word dream. If you saw the little butterflies yesterday, this is in the same collection.

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I added some Black Soot distress stain around the edge and then stamped blossom sprig again using black Archival ink. I also breathed a sigh of relief that I’d managed to do the stamping without messing it up!

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I stamped the butterfly on to some coconut white card and cut it out, shaped the wings with scissors and the applied to the canvas with glue gel, leaving the wings to stand free.

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Be sure to buzz over to Hels’ blog, there’s a ton of inspiration including a fabulous make over for an old coffee tin. You can also catch her on Create and Craft today doing lots of lovely stuff with a Melt Pot. I of course will not be watching as today, sadly, I am back in harness at work. ;)

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Alice blue

So finally I have reached the last day of my wonderful and very long Christmas break. I intend to spend today being very self-indulgent before the return to the old routine tomorrow.

Today I am sharing my first project of the year for Every Inchie Monday. There are 52 new words for all the players to get their teeth into and I hope I can join in every week in 2014. There are two words to kick off the first week – Alice blue. P1060896For my inchies I first coloured white card with Broken China distress stain which is a lovely “Alice blue.”

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Next I used a script stamp and Salty Ocean distress ink. The butterfly stamps are from a fabulous new set by Darkroom Door called “String Inspiration.” I stamped the butterflies in black Memento ink and then punched out the inchie squares.

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I stamped each butterfly again, coloured them with distress ink, cut them out and then applied them over the top of the original stamped image.

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To finish them off, I inked round the edges, to give a little more definition to the square and then added a tiny pearl.

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The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that I am no longer keeping tally of my craft packages ordered/received. I decided that as one of my resolutions was to not buy any new crafting stash, except essentials, it was probably a little superfluous. However, if I break my resolution I will of course ‘fess up to you all!!

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 12

As promised, I’m popping back with a second post so I can share my final project in the series the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. Originally I had planned to have bees buzzing and bees singing for the days 12 and 11 respectively. However, I then came up with the haunting bees and that left me with a dilemma. So, I have added music and the word “sing” to my piece, but left it untitled so you can decide!

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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…twelve bees buzzing/singing (delete as appropriate!)

Eleven bees a-haunting,

Ten bees kissing

Nine bees dancing

Eight bees a-snowing,

Seven bees a-swimming,

Six bees a-partying,

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Recipe – Distress inks – Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, embossing folder, music manuscript, letter images (from The Graphics Fairy).

Card coloured with distress inks, stamped with bee image and then embossed. Additional bees stamped and decoupaged over the stamping. Letters punched with 1/2″ circle punch and applied with deep foam pads.

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New Year tussie mussie

Today is probably my least favourite day of the year – the day when Christmas finally comes to an end. All the decorations are down and the excuse for a “festive” cup of coffee has gone. For me, there is only one thing to do and that is start planning for next Christmas! Seriously, I do start making notes however, I still end up, like the majority of folk I suspect, having a panic in December!!! Anyway, here’s to 2014 and hope it brings everyone health and happiness and whatever else you might wish for you and yours.

Today also sees the start of a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the theme is Anything Goes. I’m sharing a New Year tussie mussie:

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For this I used a wooden canapé cone from Pipii. These are actually made from bamboo shavings and are incredibly light, much easier than messing about making your own. I covered the cone with some paper from the Gecko Galz Blue Willow collection and then ran some white ruffle lace around the top.

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I cut out a beautiful image from the Gecko Galz Happy New Year ephemera set and stuck this to the front, adding crystal clear glitter for some new year sparkle.

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The handle was made from a silver chenille stem that I hot glued to the inside. I added white paper roses and seam binding to each side. I also added a New Year sentiment – another Gecko Galz image.

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Please do buzz over to the Crafty Boots Challenges site and see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to. We’d love you to share your projects and with an Anything Goes challenge this is the perfect opportunity for you to try out some of your new crafting supplies or to use up old stash.

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I’ll be buzzing back later with my final post for the 12 Bees of Christmas, hope to see you then.

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 11

Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the eleventh day Christmas my true love gave to me…

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…eleven bees a-haunting

Ten bees kissing

Nine bees dancing

Eight bees a-snowing,

Seven bees a-swimming,

Six bees a-partying,

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Recipe – Distress inks – Spiced Marmalade, Seedless Preserves and Iced Spruce. Boo-bees digi stamp from McMahon Five Designs Spider and web stamps by Chocolate Baroque.

If I’d known how I was going to create this I would have moved it higher up the batting order so there were fewer bees!  These fabulous ghost bees were a freebie from McMahon Five Designs and created to mark Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. I didn’t get them in time to do anything useful with them but fully intend to create some projects and raise some money this forthcoming October. There are lots of fabulous digi-stamps on the website, including lots of Breast Cancer awareness designs, but unfortunately these bees seem to be absent from the collections.

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I resized and arranged the bees randomly before printing out two sets. I coloured the background lightly with distress inks and went over the antennae with a fine black marker. I added extra colour to the edge of the card and then stamped on the spider and webs. I cut out all eleven bees from the second set and used small, thin foam pads to stick them over the original images.

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 10

Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the tenth day Christmas my true love gave to me…

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… ten bees kissing

Nine bees dancing

Eight bees a-snowing,

Seven bees a-swimming,

Six bees a-partying,

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Recipe – Distress inks – Mustard Seed, Wild Honey, Mowed Lawn, Mistletoe stamp (by Lavinia), white gel pen, Heart stamp (Stampotique), red card, bee stamp, black fine-tip pen.

Card coloured with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey using an Inkduster. Mistletoe stamped using Mowed Lawn and berries coloured with white gel pen. Stamped hearts paper pieced with red card. Faux stitching and mwah! added with black marker.

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12 bees of Christmas – Day 9

Between now and January 6th I am sharing some little bee related projects – the 12 Days of Christmas with a Mrs Beez twist. I hope you enjoy them.

On the ninth day  of Christmas my true love gave to me…

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…nine bees dancing,

Eight bees a-snowing,

Seven bees a-swimming,

Six bees a-partying,

Five gold bees,

Four holly bees,

Three King bees,

Two snowman bees

and a santa bee with a beehive.

Originally I was going to make these bees ballerinas and give them all tutus but it didn’t really work! Instead I thought I would have them dancing in a circle and was very tempted to put some handbags in the middle. However, I decided these bees would be more likely to be dancing around some flowers.

Recipe: Bee stamp (Stampotique), flower stamp (by Sheena Douglass), Picked Raspberry distress ink, branch stamp (by Lavinia), white pen, yellow and pink  Promarkers.

To get the bees in a circle I cut a circle of card and then stamped the bees round the edge. I will be honest and tell you that it took four attempts before they were correctly spaced, but this was probably less attempts than I imagined! I dusted on some more Picked Raspberry, using an Inkduster and then coloured the bees’ bodies with yellow Promarker. The flowers were stamped on to Japanese rice paper, coloured with Promarkers and dotted with white pen. I crunched them up slightly before gluing to the centre. I added white highlights to the stamped branches.

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