You are my sunshine

I feel like I have been away for ages, not just a long weekend. We had a great time and I am happy to be able to tell you that my cousin successfully completed the London Marathon in just under 5 hours and we got to see her en route. We got a great pitch at Canada Water, renamed Buxton Water for the day, and were so excited when she came around the corner looking very sprightly at the nine mile mark. We then moved over to Canary Wharf, nineteen miles, but sadly we didn’t manage to spot her. I had a big tub of Haribo for runners to grab as they went by and they went down very well indeed. It was a great occasion, such an electric atmosphere, and we were so happy that Harriet achieved her goal and raised almost £3000 for Hospice UK.

It was freezing cold in London whilst apparently warm and sunny back in Sheffield. Mr Beez and I returned on Monday and then I had to go back to London for the day yesterday. Just as I was heading off to the station it started snowing!! So I thought it would be appropriate to share this card with you today:


Not only is it a taste of summer, the sunflower, as I mentioned last week, is the symbol for Hospice UK. There are also a couple of bees in there too which means I can remind you about our “Things with Wings” challenge over at Crafty Boots!


These are some little buttons that I picked up from Ebay and popped on an inked and stamped miniature tag. Can you also spot that little bee buzzing around on the image?


The fabulous chalkboard image is from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Words collage set and the yellow paper from the Miss Muffet paper pack.


I’ve layered up the papers and image with black card and a doily and used ribbons from Really Reasonable Ribbon to decorate.

Today we are waking up to black clouds and torrential rain in my part of the world. If you are experiencing the same, I hope this card brightens your day a little.

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Blue and brown things with wings

Happy, happy Monday. As I am scheduling this post I can’t yet tell you how my cousin got on in yesterday’s London Marathon and whether we got to spot her or not! What I can tell you is that it’s time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and that our theme for the next fortnight is “Things with Wings.” For me, this opens up all sorts of possibilities to use some of my favourite crafty icons – butterflies, bees, fairies etc Today, I decided to go with…


…butterflies! This beautiful image is from the Gecko Galz Provence Garden digital collage set. I’ve teamed it with some fabulous striped paper from the Easter Parade Kit.


The lace trim is from my stash and the diamond satin ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon.


I hope you will find time to buzz over to Crafty Boots Challenges and check out the rest of the Design Team’s projects.

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21 again?!

My youngest son’s girlfriend, Jess, will be celebrating her 21st birthday this weekend. Whilst she can’t believe how old she is, I would quite happily take that age on again if you offered me the chance! As you know, Mr Beez and I are in London this weekend so will miss the party and celebrations but will make up for it on our return. Like my youngest son, Jess is also a chef so there was clearly only one stamp I could use in the creation of her card:


Yes, this is Agatha the Cook, another super cute creation from Magda Polakow for Stampotique. As someone for whom cooking is a key part of their job, I was beyond excited when this design was released. I think many of my work colleagues will be introduced to little Agatha, via birthday cards, over the forthcoming year.


I began by stamping Agatha and colouring her in using my new favourite combo of Promarkers and Polychromos. I added a hand drawn border and then mounted the image onto pink glitter card.


I’ve done the same with the sentiment which is a stamp from Chocolate Baroque.


The most time consuming bit to create was the bejewelled 21, which are stickers I picked up from Ebay. Some muppet, who will be nameless, managed to throw them away by accident. After several hours hunting high and low the slow realisation of what I, I mean someone(!), might have done. Fortunately, I was able to retrieve them from the recycling bin the day before it was due to be collected!


I opted for black and white gingham ribbon as pink just didn’t look right and it reminded me of cheffy trousers! I had one of my tiny wooden spoon embellishments left so have tucked this in under the bow and topped the whole thing off with a pink rose.


I’m sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is “friends.”

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Moving Out

As you know, my eldest son is in the process of moving out. I thought I’d share the card I have made for him once he has completed the process.


This Dylusions stamp, from the Right Up Your Street set, was just perfect for the job. Jack likes to keep things minimalist with clean lines so I’ve tried to keep the card that way too. I added a little shading with Promarkers a scribbled border and then mounted the image very simply on grey cardstock. My little fun element was to colour one of the third floor windows yellow, which is the level on which is flat is situated.


The sentiment is also stamped and is from Stampin’ Up!

Now I’ll be honest with you and tell you that more than a few tears were shed whilst making this, good job it was CAS!


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Sunflower marathon

On Sunday, my cousin is running in the London Marathon. I am super excited as Mr Beez and I are buzzing down in the hope of catching a glimpse of her. We will be spending a long weekend in London and have lots of treats planned. I created this little card to wish her good luck:


She is running for Hospice UK who have a sunflower as their motif. I tracked down this fabulous, free, sunflower digital stamp which is just perfect. It’s by Tim Coffey, whose Kim and Co papers I have used on many occasions. You can find it  here.


I used a combination of Promarkers and Polychromos to colour it in, adding some distress Stickles in Vintage Photo to the very centre. I’ve used a little designer paper to mount it on and added some green ribbon to the side.


So good luck to Harriet, I know she’ll do it, but I’ll let you know how she gets on.

Je t’aime

How was your weekend? We have been helping our eldest son to move into his new flat. Essentially that involved 5 hours in Ikea on Saturday and then yesterday unloading everything and helping unpack all his new purchases. There was much time fro assembling all that flat pack furniture and he has decided to move out gradually over the forthcoming week.

All of which means the weekend whizzed by and over at Crafty Boots Challenges we have reached the midway point of our Red, White and Blue Challenge. You can use just one of these colours, a combination of two or max out and go for all three, which is what I have done with my card.


I’ve used some paper from the Gecko Galz Parisian Dreams paper pack and simply added a few embellishments, so the pretty paper is the star of the show.


Two types of lace and some romantic red roses.


A die cut red heart and a computer generated sentiment et voila!


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The planets have aligned once again and enabled me to create a project that I can share at my favourite blog challenges.


Over at Sunday Stampers Hels is asking us to use a frame on our project whilst at City Crafter Challenge Blog, the birthday celebrations continue and there is another card to CASe, this time created by the lovely Kirsty.


I started with a papier mache shadow box frame and gave it a couple of coats of gesso. I used the tissue transfer technique to add the script, which features in Kirsty’s card. I stamped with Tree Branch Archival ink, which picks up Kirsty’s base colour. After the top layer of Glue ‘n’ Seal had dried I rubbed on a little more ink and then a small amount of gold acrylic paint, taking off the excess with a baby wipe.


The bee was stamped, using black Archival, directly to the inside of the frame. I stamped a second bee onto cardstock, coloured with Vintage Photo distress ink and Promarkers and then used glue gel to apply over the original. The Honey Bee label uses a stamp from Chocolate Baroque. I stamped onto cream card and then inked with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.


To finish, and again borrowing from Kirsty’s layout, I added a paper flower in the corner.



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Spring Colours

How is your week going? Mine hasn’t quite panned out as I’d hoped but, aside from quite a lot of loading, unloading and waiting for people to collect all manner of things (vans, mats, sinks – you know, the usual stuff!!), it has been a lot calmer and therefore there has been a little window in which to play craft!


This is my sample for the new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures where the theme is “Spring Colours.” I’ve used Heather’s Irish Blend collage sheet which is really a St Patrick’s Day themed sheet but has too many fabulous images for it not to be used for other things, especially as it’s easy to cover up anything you don’t want on show 🙂


I’ve teamed the images from the sheet with some yellow cardstock and one of Heather’s Golden Yellow Tags.


To create the teacup I cut out a second, slightly larger version, curved the edges and used glue gel to stick it over the original, tucking a little bunch of forget-me-nots inside.


The little butterflies were just the right size to be punched out with my Martha Stewart butterfly punch, meaning I could quickly make plenty to sprinkle over the card. I’ve used some lovely lemon lace across the bottom and a coordinating bow at the top of the tag.


For good measure, I added a few more forget-me-nots, which are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Be sure to buz over to My Artistic Adventures and see what the rest of the DT have created and we hope you will find time to share your spring colours with us.

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Easter may now just be a distant memory but I hope you’ll forgive me for buzzing in with just one last Easter card. I thought it would be OK as I actually made a pair of cards in the same style, using one as a birthday card.




The fabulous cockerel image is from the Gecko Galz Provence Garden collage set. I’ve teamed it with coordinating cardstock and a couple of tags from My Artistic Adventures Cream Shabby Chic set.


I used some garden string in the top of the tags.


I added an extra little tag, topped with punched eggs, a sentiment and Easter themed ribbon to the Easter version.


Whilst the birthday version was finished with some gorgeous chestnut coloured gingham ribbon.


I love it when you can create two similar cards in one sitting, especially as these were both created with men in mind as that is always a tricky job.

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Monday morning blues

Well I can’t say I actually have the Monday morning blues but it fits with my post for today! We have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the theme is “Red, White and/or Blue.”


In case you don’t know this little lady, may I introduce Nina, another fabulous little lady by Magda Polakow for Stampotique. I like to think of her as Agatha’s less melancholy little sister.


I stamped her onto card stock and then stamped the little poppies all around her. The poppy stamp is one I picked up from the GNPE in Harrogate but I can’t remember who it is by. I’ve dusted some Salty Ocean distress ink all over, using a mask to protect Nina.


I’ve then coloured the images with a combination of Promarkers and Polychromos. The Happy Birthday stamp is by Chocolate Baroque. I’ve added a big red gingham bow and some tiny little bows to Nina’s bunches.


Be sure to buzz across to Crafty Boots Challenges and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and we look forward to seeing your red, white and blue projects.

Happy Monday and thanks for buzzing by.