Just buzzing by with a quick post today to share a quick and easy card that uses an image from the Gecko Galz.


You know I can never resist a bee and Leanne has been including quite a few in her products of late. This one is from the French Connections digital stamp set.


I’ve applied Antique Linen and Victorian Velvet distress inks over the top and then spritzed with water. I couldn’t resist adding a touch of gold glitter to the bee’s stripes.


The ribbon was coloured with the same inks and I’ve popped a matching rose in the centre of the bow.


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More bits of green

My week started in a hectic whirl being out and about cooking in strange locations. Once again I am wearing the perfume of the moment “Eau de Chicken Biryani.” The knock on effect has been that I didn’t schedule properly my two posts for Monday and then it turns out that the post I thought I had scheduled for yesterday I hadn’t even written!! So here I am playing catch up and trying to get my brain (yes, I do have one really!) back in gear. Today feels like a day off but in reality it’s a day that I will spend working at my computer rather than being on the road!

I promised you another project that I made for the “Bits of Green” challenge over at My Artistic Adventures, so here it is:


This originally started out as an ATC but I got carried away so turned it into a card instead! Once again I have used Heather’s Shamrock papers, the pink and green St Patrick’s Day Tickets and the St Patrick’s Day Bingo Cards.


I layered everything up, slipping in some cream and green cardstock here and there.


I’ve embellished my card with pink blossoms and buttons, green ribbon, white crochet lace and a sparkly green shamrock that I fashioned out of some punched hearts.


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Anything But A Card

Who took the brakes off? It was Friday a few seconds ago and now here we are again starting off another week. It’s another double this week as both Crafty Boots and My Artistic Adventures kick off new challenges. I decided to double up and create one project that would suit both challenges.


The theme over at Crafty Boots is Anything But A Card, you’ll have to wait until later this afternoon to find out what the new theme is at My Artistic Adventures!  You’ll have to take my word for it that my little tower of ATC blocks fits both challenges perfectly! I’m also sharing this over at Unruly Paper Arts for their March Reader’s Art Quest which has the them of “I should be so lucky.” If you saw my last block you will know that I have a Sizzix die that makes rustling up the base cubes super quick. I don’t even have the extra long cutting pads that are required. The other beauty of these is that, when short on time, I can cut the blocks and get them glued together, assemble the papers and embellies and then, when the crafting window of opportunity presents itself, I can fiddle about and assemble it all.


For these blocks I used olive green cardstock and then used Heather’s fabulous new Shamrock and Spring Green digital paper sets plus the Pink and Green St Patrick’s Day Tickets. I keep the assembled cubes separate until they are decorated and treat each face like a separate little canvas. I’ve layered up the papers and topped them off with a ticket.


I embellished them with dots of glitter, tiny bows, scraps of lace, flowers and buttons.



I made some tiny shamrocks by punching out tiny hearts, creasing them down the centre and the gluing together. I glued two different papers together so they are patterned back and front. Once they were dry, I adhered the shamrocks to a little florists wire and added a gem to the centre.


On the top of the tower I used a little glass vial to hold three shamrocks.


You can of course leave one edge of the blocks unsealed and create a little box. Great for adding a few gold coins to 🙂

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I love all the sentiments on each of the tags. The one below is my particular favourite!


Except I would add in “and cake” after the word tea!!!

Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have created for this challenge. From the sneaky peeks I saw you are in for a treat. I hope you’ll have time to share your Anything But A Card projects with us over the next fortnight.

You can also buzz back here later today to find out more about the new My Artistic Adventures Challenge and see another project that I made using Heather’s papers and images. Meanwhile, I shall be whipping up Speedy Chicken Biryani down at the YHA HQ in Matlock 🙂


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A bit of green

As promised, I am back for the second time today and I can now share with you the theme for the new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures. If you were here earlier you might have guessed, from the project I shared with you, that it is “Bits of Green.” As well as my Artist Trading Blocks from this morning I’ve also made a little card (actually, I made two and you can take a sneaky peek of that over on the MAA blog – I will share all the details with you tomorrow!)


Heather produces the most amazing bingo cards and I’ve teamed up her St Patrick’s Day set with the papers from the Shamrock and Spring Green St Patrick’s Day digital paper sets plus a ticket from the Pink and Green Tickets. I have to confess to being totally in love with these papers.


I’ve layered up the bingo image with several of the papers, adding a little glitter around the edge and a tiny bow at the top.


The ticket has been embellished with glitter, a bow and a tiny pink roesbud then secured to the card with a peg.


A little bit of lace, green buttons and a glittery shamrock complete the look.

Buzz over to  MAA and check out the lovely projects that Heather and the rest of the DT have created and do come and join in with all your lovely bits of green there’s a chance to win some of Heather’s fab collage sheets and a Guest Designer spot too. Ooh, and don’t forget to buzz back here tomorrow to see my second card using these papers and images!

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Is the grass greener?

Pinch and a punch, it’s the first of the month and a happy St David’s Day! The start of the month sees a new challenge over at Anything But A Card and the theme for the next three weeks is “Green with Envy.” You can interpret this however you choose as long as your project is anything but a card (tags and ATCs are fine!). For my DT piece I went with a little altered house shrine:


I’ve taken “green” in the literal sense and also through the little garden scene that I have created. However, I was also thinking of the saying – “the grass is greener.”


To create the house I used my Alterations Dies and chipboard. First I cut the house shape using Altered Dwellings die and then cut out the opening using a Movers and Shapers rectangle die. I cut two more rectangles the same size, cutting one into strips. I then used the strips to build up an open box shape which I then attached to the back of the house. I covered the whole thing with torn book pages and then coloured it with Distress Inks – Mowed Lawn and Forest Moss.


I’ve used an image from the Gecko Galz In the Garden collage sheet, one of this months new releases. I used beeswax over the edges of the image and sprinkled on a little mica glitter.


I also applied beeswax to the outside of the house, building up the wax around the edges.


The fence is a piece of corrugated card that I dabbed with Picket Fence distress stain. The sentiment is from the Gecko Galz Beautiful Words collage set.


I’ve added organza rose trim around the inside edges of the box and paper sunflowers to the outside. The finishing touch was to sprinkle a little flowersoft here and there.

Make you buzz over to Anything But A Card and check out the fabulous work the other DT members have created.

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My angel

Yet another week where it’s been “quite a week!” I can’t quite remember the last time when all was calm. For four days I have been delivering cookery training and am sporting a very interesting perfume which is a hybrid of “eau de biryani” and “eau de scone based pizza.” Next week it is our annual Big Cookathon and I shall be out and about cooking Speedy Chicken Biryani in some weird and wonderful locations. You can join in the fun AND win a cash prize, check out the details here. Without a word of a lie I can tell you that the recipe is super speedy, super easy and super tasty!

Anyway, although there has not been much time for crafting, actually there hasn’t been ANY time for crafting, I have managed to sneak in a little internet shopping of the crafting kind. I had a good excuse because over at Sunday Stampers Hels has asked us to use something new for this week’s challenge.



No, your eyes are not deceiving you, I really did manage to bag myself one (well two if truth be told!) of the new Stampotique stamps designed by Kate Crane. Hels’ Sunday Stampers challenge gave me the perfect excuse to try it out immediately! My project was inspired by Kate’s own inspiration for her new stamp designs and her memory of a story that had an angel captured in a jar.


This stamp is quite long so finding a suitable jar was tricky, but I managed.  However, as if photographing anything in a jar wasn’t difficult enough, the length of the jar (roasted red peppers since you ask!) made it even more of a challenge. I promise I did my best!


I stamped and cut out the angel and then coloured her with Promarkers. Her wings and the little heart are glittered, but you can’t really see that in the picture.


Next I created a little angelic cloud from wisps of muslin, gold stars and some sparkly snow type stuff and placed the angel at the centre.


I decorated the lid with more wisps of muslin and gold stars plus some white organza rose trim and a Stampotique star.


A created a little label as a finishing touch.


Hope you have a very happy weekend and thanks for buzzing by.


Spring blues

Today I have a simple card to share using some paper and an image from The Gecko Galz.


The paper is from the paper in the Coquette Kit and the image is from the Flower Garden Jewel-It set. It’s always worth having a close look at the Jewel It sets as you get two sheets, jam packed with images, for just over £1. This particular image is from a sheet of 1 inch squares but it’s brilliant printed out at a larger size.


I’ve added a little gold glitter around the outside of the main flower.


A strip of white lace trim is the finishing touch.

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Snowy with a hint of summer sun

It’s the midway point in our “use a sentiment” challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the DT have created some new projects to inspire you. Buzz over to take a look and whilst you’re there you can link up your own project 🙂

Yesterday, Mr Beez and I were on the early morning airport run giving a lift to youngest Beez and his girlfriend. It was unbelievably cold and the sleet eventually turned to snow but not the settling kind. How lucky to be jetting off to warmer climes. Originally full of good intentions to carry on with my major clear-up I decided instead that it was a day to snuggle up in front of the fire and do very little other than reach for a hot drink and the biscuit tin. However, the coziness was marred by a mega injustice on the football pitch that led to my having a major sulk! So I took myself off and indulged in a little stamping to chase the blues away.


In need of a card for a friend whose birthday is imminent I opted for a single layer that would be easy to post. Knowing that, unlike me, most people are craving a bit of sun, I thought I’d create the feel of warm summer days to come. The sentiment stamp is freebie fromCraft Stamper Magazine and I’ve combined it with two Stampotique classics.


I’ve used Promarkers to colour in the sunflower and Squeezed Lemonade, Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry distress inks for the splatters, using a mask to protect the sunflower.


I have another super busy week ahead of me but I’m hoping to schedule some posts for later in the week so I keep in touch.

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New kid on the block

Once again I am buzzing in dangerously close to the wire with a project that I would like to share over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge, which is to use orange.


I decided to create an artist trading block so that I could play with inks and stamps to my heart’s content! The only trouble is that trying to photograph these cubes of creativity  is v.v. difficult, especially when the weather outside has gone all wintery to the extent that it actually snowed!! This accounts for the blue toned background.


I created the cube using the Sizzix die that has been designed just for this purpose. As my brain is half empty right now (I have been dealing with A LOT of challenging stuff at work) I decided it would be a risky business to stamp directly on to the cube and get everything pointing in the right direction, so  instead I created mats and layers which I then applied to the base cube.


For all the layers I used a combination of Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and Rusty Hinge distress inks. I used a variety of background stamps – tiny dots, harlequin and alphabet over the top. I created two layers, distressing and inking the edges of each, before adding stamped butterflies.


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The butterflies are the usual suspects from my ever increasing collection with the new addition of one designed by Finnabair.


The cherry on the top of this particular cake, or rather block, was a shabby flower that I created using a Creative Expressions die. The centre is a vintage metal brad.



I am also sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for this week’s Love Metal challenge. (The metal brad!)

Like many in the UK I am coming to terms with the exciting revelations that have been happening in Eastenders. However, that giddiness has been top trumped by the release of the new Stampotique stamp designs and in particular the new range of Agathas. I do hope someone in the country is going to stock them. I am going to need a second mortgage to pay for my wish list!

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Naughty Girl

Today I have a little house to share with you and it’s very different from the ones that feature in my 12 houses of Christmas series.


You’ll recognise the base as my favourite Altered Dwellings die. I’ve used chipboard and covered it with papers from the Gecko Gal  Parisian Dreams paper kit. The photograph is from the Coquette kit. The Gecko Galz now offer themed digital kits featuring images, papers, icons and digital stamps that all work together. There’s a new kit each month  – check them out here.


To my house I added a row of ivory buttons plus lace, organza rose trim and a little punched heart.


The collage words seemed to suit the mood!


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