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!!!!

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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.



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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 :)


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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.


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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!

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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.


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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.

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Butterfly on the block

Right to the wire for this week’s Sunday Stampers Challenge where Hels is asking you to change something. I’m currently enjoying raiding my stash of wooden blocks so have altered one of those:


I knew exactly how I wanted this to turn out and I have to tell you that this is nothing like it!! That said I’m very happy with how it ended up. I covered the block with some paper from the Gecko Galz Floral Symphony paper pack and then added some stamping. I used my stamp script and Iced Spruce ink then a harlequin stamp and worn lipstick. I also added a few strips of washi tape with a musical score pattern. You can’t really see any of these distinctively as I then added a layer of white acrylic paint. I didn’t want this to be even, so rubbed some of it off and added more to other areas. Once everything was dry I inked the edges with Walnut Stain distress ink.


The top of the block is decorated with strips of muslin that I layered up. I’ve added a paper rose and some metal leaf embellishments.



On the front I made a central plaque from corrugated card, book page and more muslin and, surprise surprise, topped it with a stamped and inked butterfly.


I’ved added a little bunch of paper roses tied with a scrap of muslin and topped off with a metal brad.


I am also sharing this with Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog where the theme for challenge #8 is to use metal or glass.




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Love is in the air

Well my week is just not going as planned. Aside from my grand tour on Tuesday I thought it would be relatively quiet and event free. Not so! Consequently, all my crafty plans have gone out of the window! Never fear though, I do have a little something to share with you today:


Yep, this is another left over scrap project. The background was cut from one of my “working” sheets of cheap paper that I keep stacked up and rest my craft projects on whilst I work on them. The theory is to prevent mess but, being me, I can usually mange to get a great deal of ink over everything.


There were already bits of random stamping on the paper and I’ve simply added a little more.  The coil stamp is by Stampotique. The hearts were cut from the same paper. I just ran a red Promarker over the top of what was already there, cut the hearts out freehand and then added some doodles and shading using a white gel pen and some watercolour pencils.


The words were printed out on the computer.


Hope you have a good day and here’s looking forward to the weekend :)

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Wish tags

So the rain continues to pour down and I have lost my umbrella! Fortunately I have found a “spare” but it is a proper brolly and I’m not sure I can be trusted with it for in my hands it becomes a lethal weapon! I’ve also discovered it’s terribly difficult to juggle when you’re trying to shop. A shopping centre I visited recently, Hull as it happens, had a box of plastic bags at the main entrance specifically designed so that customers could pop their umbrellas in them. Genius idea and hugely appreciated. Sadly, there were none to hand yesterday when I was trying to shop for black trousers. And, incidently, who knew that plain black trousers had become so complicated? Slim leg, wide leg, boot leg, narrow boot leg, narrow leg, cropped, sits on the waist, sits below the waist, pull on, buttons, zips, … someone such as me does not need choices! Of course once you’ve navigated that little lot you have to search out the required and length and size in your chosen style only to find there aren’t any!

On to today’s project –  here’s a set of tags I made as one of my Gecko Galz Design Team Projects:


As you know, I love making things in a whole range of colours and these are slightly different in that I’ve used more muted tones. The beautiful fairy image is from this month’s digital stamp set, Pixie Chicks, by the Gecko Galz. I knew I wouldn’t have the patience to colour this in so instead made the image transparent. I added the “wish” using a computer font and then simply changed the colour. All this was done using Microsoft Word.


Then I’ve layered up each one on to some black card and added a punched star with diamante in the centre. I’ve also added a star to the hole punched in the top.


The ribbon is seam binding that I have coloured with coordinating Promarkers.


The finishing touch was to add some crystal clear glitter to the wings.

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Hard to choose my favourite as I like to see them as a whole set however, I think I might use the white/grey one as the basis for a wedding card that I need to make.


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