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 ūüôā

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.

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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.


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Manly moustaches

Clearly I should take a holiday more often! I seem to have blogged far more in my absence than I have done when at home over the past month or so! I’m back with another scheduled post as a new challenge kicks off over at Crafty Boots.¬†Our theme for the next fortnight is an old favourite for this time of year – “Father’s Day/Masculine.”¬†Don’t we all just struggle with “man”¬†cards?¬†For me, June is all about man cards – last Friday was¬†mine and Mr Beez’ ‘wedding anniversary, next Sunday it will Mr Beez’¬†¬†birthday and the following Sunday it is, of course Father’s Day. I’m pleased to report I am well prepared for the last two thanks to the Crafty Boots Challenges. Here’s my DT project for this week:


I’ve used papers and a die cut from Craftwork Cards Suits You set, breaking up those patterns with some mats and layers of coordinating cardstock from my stash.


Over the years we have been married, Mr Beez has toyed with losing the moustache. But as soon as I have given my consent I get cold feet and tell him to leave it just where it is!!!


Can you believe that grosgrain ribbon is not part of the paper set? It is in fact from all the way across the pond at Really Reasonable Ribbon. What a match!


Buzz over to Crafty Boots and check out the rest of the DT’s creations. I’ll be back in the UK tomorrow and¬†will catch up with you all then.

Garden shrine

Whilst I am out and about in Seville there is a new challenge getting underway over at Anything But A Card. The theme for the next three weeks is “Out and About.” Celebrate nature, your favourite place, World Environment Day, ¬†seasonal colours, or having fun outdoors – the possibilities are endless as long as it is anything but a card!

I am not a fan of gardening, but I do like a nice garden, especially one that has lots of treasures and secrets – statues, sculptures, gnomes, fountains, mazes, follies, mirrors – I love them all! My DT piece for the ABAC challenge, a little shrine, reflects that love:


We are lucky to have the fabulous house and gardens of Chatsworth ¬†just a short drive away from where we live. The gardens are endless an include a maze, a squirting willow tree and a spectacular cascade that you are allowed to paddle in. This little shrine is just the sort of thing that you might find tucked away in corner as you wander round on a sunny summer’s day.


I created the shrine from chipboard using my Sizzix Alterations dies – Altered Dwellings and Rectangles – and building up the sides with extra strips of chipboard cut by hand. Once assembled, I gave everything a coat of gesso and then acrylic paint, using sage green, chocolate brown and black to create a stone effect. I inked all the edges and added a delicate spritz of Picket Fence distress stain for good measure.


The green man is a bead that I picked up from Ebay. I cut lots of fronds of ivy from some card that was coloured with green distress inks РCrushed Olive, Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters. The die is by Marianne Creatables.


I’ve added little wisps of gauze, tiny berries and some little yellow flowers. The latter were once big paper flowers that I crushed up to make small!


To enable the shrine to stand, I added some olive green beads to act as feet.


As you know, I am currently on holiday and last night Mr Beez and I were due to visit the gardens at the Alcazar Palace where I believe some of the scenes were filmed for Game of Thrones. Although not a fan of the show, I am hoping there will have been lots of secrets and treasures to discover. I will let you know when I get back!

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Waxing lyrical

Today, Mr Beez and I are celebrating our 33rd wedding anniversary. Hopefully, by the time you are reading this, we will have landed in the Spanish sunshine as we are taking a mini-break in Seville. As part of the celebration I thought I would share a little ATC that sums up how I feel about the man who is not only my husband but my very best friend:


The base of the ATC is an MDF 3D one that comes from Fernli Designs. I added the image, from the Gecko Galz Fables collage sheet.


Then I built up layers of beeswax, adding more around the edges to create texture and dimension.


Once dry, I brushed on some gold mica powder and then buffed with a dry cloth.


The heart is cardboard that I coloured with a Promarker and then added a layer of crackle glaze. The words were printed from my computer and inked around the edges.



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Nice cup of rosey

Over at Sunday Stampers, Hels has introduced a rare old twist for this week’s theme. As you may know, she always links the theme to a song which this week is “Breaking the Law.” She is asking us to break the law by flouting the usual rule of always including some stamping. Yep, no stamping allowed – at all – whatsoever. So, I thought I would share one of my Gecko Galz DT samples, this cute little tea cup gift holder:


This is just the easiest thing in the world to create, there are lots of tutorials over on YouTube, I followed the one here.  You can get two out of one piece of A4 cardstock and once you have the hang of where to score they take but a matter of moments to make.


I used some double sided designer paper and added some domino tile collage images from this month’s Tally Ho jewel it set from the Gecko Galz.



I used two paper doilys for the base and added a circle of card underneath just to make it a little more sturdy. Then all it needed was few embellishments Рa bejewelled, punched butterfly and some paper roses to finish it off. Actually it was fine without anything extra but you know how it is sometimes.


I made up a little gift bag containing some chocolate finger biscuits and different flavoured teas. Can’t wait to make some more of these little beauties, one of the tutorials had some that were Christmas themed, perfect for gifting some of my favourite Betty’s Christmas blend and maybe a macaron?!

Tea for two

We have a new customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz and the theme is Tea for Two. Buzz on over and check out the rest of the DTs amazing samples and find out how you can win yourself a prize.

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Sketchy Bird

Pinch and a punch, for the first of the month, to you all ūüôā We’ve reached the halfway point of our sketch challenge over at Crafty Boots. I love seeing how people interpret sketches is different ways and the entries we have had have been fabulous. Why not buzz over and take a look and you can also see some new samples from the DT and our guest designers? Even better, why not create your own project and link up with us? Here’s a reminder of the sketch:

Sentiment sketch

And here is my new sample:


Two beautiful ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon, a tumble of roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and a little punched birdie and voila! If only it had been that simple!!!


I lost count of just how many combinations of ribbons and flowers I played with before I ended up with the one that you see here!


The bird and branchy fronds were all punched using a Stampin’ Up punch that combines both. The word was printed from my computer.


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Moody Cube

It’s a five Sunday month which can only mean one thing – it’s time for another fun “5” mini challenge over at Anything But A Card.¬†Create anything you like, except a card, that links to the theme of five. Here’s my DT piece:


Yes, a cube does have six faces but, craftily,¬†as an artist’s trading block, only five are on display. And each face is decorated with a …er.. different face.


These moody looking misses with attitude¬†are from a stamp set by AHA¬†and I’ve coloured them with Polychromos.


I used some white coated grey board to make the cube itself. The white coating meant I was able to colour it with distress inks – Ripe Persimmon, Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I then used the ghosting technique with a stencil to create circles.


I used the other stamps in the set plus some background stamps and a white gel pen to create the rest of the background.


Once the girls were stamped and coloured, I added them to each face of the bloc. I created the words on my computer.


Mardy, is a word used a lot in my part of the world, and means sulky.¬†If you are a fan of the Arctic Monkeys, who come from Sheffield, you will be familiar with their song “Mardy Bum.”


Be sure to buzz over to Anything But A Card and see what the rest of the DT have created and hope you will have time to join in with the fun this week.


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