June always brings with it a card making challenge for not only is it my wedding anniversary, it is also Mr Beez birthday and Father’s Day. These three events also fall in quick succession. Therefore I am very relieved that not only have I completed and presented my wedding anniversary card for Mr Beez I have also managed to complete his Father’s Day card and have a design in mind for his birthday. Phew! Today I’d like to share the Father’s Day card which I will be sharing over at Really Reasonable Ribbon for challenge #96 which is masculine and ribbon:


This is based on an idea I saw on Pinterest and I thought it would be perfect for Mr Beez who sports a moustache! This particular moustache is a wooden embellishment I picked up on Ebay and coloured with Promarkers. I did toy with adding some glitter and thought better of it!


I’ve created mats and layers from some Stampin’ Up! designer series paper and cream card. The greeting was printed out on my computer.

P1080445 In the centre I’ve added a piece of diamond satin ribbon, from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and topped it off with a little brad.




Thanks for buzzing by.

Drama Queen & Queen Bee

This week’s challenge at Sunday Stampers is “friend,” how you interpret it is up to you as long as there is some stamping included. I decided to make an ATC for my friend who is a self-confessed drama queen:


The bee stamp and the words are both from Catslife Press. I so loved that Queen Bee stamp I ordered it in both sizes (this is the smaller one) and had it shipped from the USA. (At this point I will ask you if you could kindly overlook the fact that I have broken my New Year’s resolution – again!) I have to tell you that Catslife Press has fabulous international shipping rates and you have the option of having the stamps unmounted.


I stamped the Queen Bee first and then added the flowers (Hero Arts). I swooshed on distress inks with an Ink Duster using a smidge of Spun Sugar on the face and then Tumbled Glass, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers everywhere else. I’ve paper pieced the flowers and leaves to give them some more definition.


Once I was in the groove I couldn’t resist making a second ATC. The words are once again from Catslife Press. For this one I used I first coloured the card using Wild Honey and then added Spiced Marmalade through a honeycomb stencil. The stencil is by Memory Box and the design is distressed. I love how the pattern is captured on the queen’s face. The flowers (Stampotique) were stamped using Mowed Lawn and then I coloured the petals with a white gel pen.




Thanks for buzzing by.

Upholding the law

The new challenge over at Every Inchie Monday has the theme “legal.” There has, as usual, been some inspired thinking and fabulous execution by my fellow players. My creativity seemingly disappeared at the same time as my blog did last week but, unfortunately, whilst my blog is back on line, the same can’t be said of my crafting mojo so I struggled with the theme this week:P1080433

I have chosen the scales of justice, a good old policeman’s helmet, Legally Blond and an umbrella. In case you’re wondering about the umbrella, it’s a nod to the logo of Legal and General.



I didn’t want to short change you so I am also sharing one of my scrappy ATCs. By scrappy, I mean using up some trash paper that has been created in the making of other projects.


This was a fabulous piece of paper and I had a bit of a dilemma about which side to use. I should, of course, taken a copy! Actually, now I’ve said that out loud it may not be too late!!!!



All I have added to the original piece is the stamped flowers, using a stamp by Stampotique and colouring the petals with white gel pen, and also the little bee which has been stamped and paper pieced. I was going to add some words but in the end decided I preferred it just as it is.


Thanks for buzzing by.



A new week and a new challenge over at Crafty Boots. As the summer sporting season gets serious with the start of the football World Cup the theme for the next fortnight is “sports.” Here’s my Design Team sample:


This fabulous vintage cricket image is from the Gecko Galz collage collection Good Sport.


I’ve layered it up with some Stampin’ Up! designer papers, aqua cardstock and red cardstock. The edges have been inked with Walnut Stain. That fabulous ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.


I’ve added some metallic star brads across the top plus a birthday greeting.


Check out the sporting creations from the rest of the Crafty Boots Design Team and we’d love it if you could share yours with us over the next fortnight.


I am also sharing this over at Really Reasonable Ribbon for challenge #96 – masculine with ribbon or trim.

Is it really four years since we were playing our vuvuzelas? Now it’s time for the carnival to start – COME ON ENGLAND!!!!

Thanks for buzzing by.

Sail away

I was disappointed to have missed last week’s City Crafter Challenge Blog’s challenge last week, due to the loss of my blog. If you’d like to see the card I made you can check it out here. Once I was back on line I was determined not to miss this week’s challenge which has the theme “nautical.”


This card uses papers and image from the Crafter’s Companion Halcyon Days CD. This has some fabulous images that have been created from original embroideries.


The bunting is also on the CD.


I’ve added some red ribbon for contrast and made a little arrangement of shells and ribbon and topped it with a matching sweetheart blossom.



Phew! Made it just in the nick of time. Thanks for buzzing by.

Missing in action!

Hello – I’m back. You probably didn’t even notice I’d gone but I have been having a little blog difficulty. Apologies if you buzzed over only to find a message from “my sponsor.” I had some technical issues with my blog and the blog host wouldn’t give it back until I sorted it out. This was not the easiest thing to do as the technical knowledge required went beyond mine whilst at the same time youngest beez, who owns the blog account and holds all the passwords, is on holiday. Add to the mix that my day job became super busy plus I also had a couple of days away (more of that tomorrow!) and the task was even more complicated. It has been very frustrating, a few tears have been shed in the process and at one point I was on the verge of throwing in the towel completely and finding a new hobby! However, despite my fears that my blog would be in tatters it seems relatively OK although there may be a few pictures missing. It will be a painstaking process putting everything back in place but I will get there.


Anyway, I have a few posts to catch up on so without further ado here’s the first:


This is one of my Gecko Galz Design Team samples using this month’s new releases. I am sharing this over at Sunday Stampers where the theme for this week is “girls.” When I was in melt down over my blog and had lost my mojo, Hels’  fabulous samples for her TV shows perked me up no end. Do pop over to her blog and take a look at all the loveliness that is there.


The base of the card is kraft coloured that I’ve inked with Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain. I spritzed it with water and then added a touch more Walnut Stain around the edge. Once dry, I’ve stamped some script using Walnut Stain. However, because I am a lazy and slovenly crafter, the stamp had a residue of white ink (I find the Stampin’ Up! white ink very very wet) so there are touches of that too. (I quite like the effect of this but I bet I won’t be able to recreate it!)


I’ve then layered up some book page, more of the stamped background and the image, which is from the Beautiful Visions collage set. I distressed and inked each of the edges.


I’ve added a strip of lace and some seam binding that has been coloured with a Promarker. The two little sweetheart blossoms have been coloured in the same way.



So aside of blog trauma I have also been celebrating my wedding anniversary with a short break in the historic city of York. I will share more of that with you tomorrow. But Hels, I brought you back a little souvenir (nobody noticed me sneaking it in my pocket!) – just let me know where you’d like me to deliver it  to :)


Thanks for buzzing by.




Every Inchie Monday has the theme of Khaki this week. I must admit to being a bit stuck on this one even though the immediate association was with all things military. I decided to create whilst thinking and see where that took me.


I started by creating the colour khaki by layering up several different Promarkers. Once I’d punched out the squares I added some faux stitching which I thought looked a little bit like the pockets on a military shirt. I was all set to turn one of my squares into just that when I got the idea of the medals. I made these from gold miri card and a scrap of red ribbon.


To the other two inchies I have simply added a poppy and a rose. The words just followed and seemed appropriate this week as we mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.


To all those who risked and gave their lives – thank you.


Thanks for buzzing by.


Anniversary Bees

Today Mr Beez and I are celebrating our 32nd wedding anniversary. Where did the time go? Here’s the card I made him:


The heart image is made from a piece of paper that was stamped in black and then coloured using red ink. The stamp is one from Neil Walker. I then die cut the heart shape.


I’ve mounted the heart on to some cream card and topped it with some cute little bee buttons.


The words were printed off on my computer and the sentence is finished off on the inside of the card.



We are celebrating our anniversary with an overnight stay in the historic city of York which is just a short distance away. I am so pleased to be having a break away from it all. Work has been super busy and super stressful of late so it will be great to take some time out. York is a beautiful place and it has a Betty’s – what more could I ask for apart from the company of my very, very best friend -Mr Beez!

Thanks for buzzing by.


On the beach

Following on from yesterday’s little assemblage, I’ve become a bit obsessed about beach huts. Today I have a card that I made for this week’s City Crafter Challenge Blog challenge which is to use bunting:


I’ve used various papers to build up the scene and the bunting.


Once done I then I added some sketchy lines with a fine black marker.


Thanks for buzzing by.


Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Anything But A Card and the theme for the next three weeks is Summer Lovin’. This is all about celebrating summer. Here’s my Design Team project:


I used to live very close to the North Norfolk Coast near the town of Wells-next-the-Sea, or we locals just call it Wells, which is famous for its beach huts. I spent many days on that beach both in and out of the season. But it was in the summer months that the beach and the little huts, who gave the appearance of hibernating during the winter, came to life.


I made my huts from chipboard and covered them with paper. Then I added a coat of Mod Podge before rubbing on a little white acrylic paint and adding some stamping.



The base is a piece of driftwood that I’ve painted. Once the beach huts were secured with hot glue I added some sand, shells, moss and some pieces of picket fence. The words were printed on my computer.


The finishing touch was the little seagull, which is a button. The shank was perfect for getting it to balance on the roof!


So that’s my little celebration of summer and it’s not without irony that I share this with you as the weather has been so wet and cold that we have returned to having our heating switched on!

Do buzz over to Anything But A Card and see what the rest of the DT have been doing and I hope that you will have time to share your summer celebration project with us.

Thanks for buzzing by.