Jaded heart

Today I’m sneaking in very close to the wire with my project to link up with this week’s Sunday Stampers where the theme is diamonds.


I’m also sharing this over at a new challenge blog, Craft Hoarders Anonymous, for their very first challenge – What’s Your Style? The idea is to use up your hoarded stash, perfect to help me keep my new year’s resolution of not buying anything other than essentials. I’ve used supplies I’ve been reluctant to use and many that I had completely forgotten about.

P1070324Now, if you were lucky enough to catch Hels Sheridan’s shows Sunday you will realise that I have been inspired by her amazing samples. If you didn’t see the shows, you can probably still catch them over at Create and Craft and Hels has many of the samples posted on her blog, as well as fab tutorials. Buzz over to both, I promise you will not be disappointed.


I’ve used a papier mache heart that I bought last year and never used. I gave it a coat of white acrylic paint, including the twine hanger. Then I covered one side with some of the fabulous paper from Teresa Collins that I have been hanging on to for months. I sanded the edges and then applied a little white paint  – just at the edges and then spreading some of it on to the front of the heart. Once dry, I inked the edges with black archival. I used a spotted background stamp and Peacock Feathers distress ink to add patches of spottiness.


The flowers were made using some vintage flower stamps by Heartfelt Creations. I stamped them on to some more of the papers, mixing and matching designs. Once they were cut out I inked them with Tumbled Glass and Black Soot distress ink.


I made a butterfly in the same way.


Before gluing everything down I added some swirly pearl embellishments. I’ve also added pearls and glitter centres to the flowers and tucked in some brads.




Finally, I painted and inked a chipboard bookplate then stuck the stamped sentiment behind it before applying to the heart.


Very happy with how this turned out and thank you Hels for the inspiration and fabulous demos.


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Bee mine canvas

Happy Valentine’s Day and I hope you have been spoiled in some way. I have to show you the card that Mr Beez bought for me:


How clever of him was that? Having several cards to choose from, I ended up giving him this one that I shared earlier in the week:


I also made him a little gift and am sharing this with you today:

P1070316 Would you believe me if I said this started out as little altered vial? I’m not sure how or why I changed course but I am pleased with how this ended up!


It is one of my tiny little canvases upon which I stamped a bee and then paper pieced it. There is a tiny smidge of glitter on the wings.


I’ve used some gold jewellery wire (and you’d be right if you are thinking that I hadn’t put it away after my previous project!), coiled a small portion of it and then wrapped it down one side of the canvas. Wrapping it meant I didn’t have to use glue on the front.


I cut a heart out of some red mulberry paper and then stuck this so it overhangs the top of the canvas.

P1070318The sentiment was printed out on my computer. The finishing touches were to add some faux stitching and a little touch of gilding wax.


This may be the last of my Valentine’s Day projects, but it’s certainly not the last you will see of hearts. Here’s hoping your day is filled with love.

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Simple love heart

I hope anyone visiting from the UK survived last night’s storms. My work colleague is now without electricity and I’m very pleased not to be travelling anywhere my train today as I think that would have been a nightmare. The bright sunshine this morning is a total contrast to yesterday evening.

Now I know I said I would give my Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamps a break but I have to tell you they are back again today, sorry. And there is a butterfly too, :)


I started making this at the weekend but never got it finished until now. I used some gold jewellery wire and covered it with strips of book page. You can’t really see that it’s book page but it does give a vintage type look. Once dry, I shaped it into the heart and added the ribbon.


I punched out leaves and blossoms from more book pages and then inked them a little with Vintage Photo distress ink. Once they were stuck on I added pearls to the centres. (Is it me, or is it quite some time since I used pearls?!)


P1070311I stamped and punched out a little butterfly in the same way.


The finishing touch was to add a little gold glitter.


This would just about fit on a standard sized card but I prefer it as a little decoration. I shall be sharing it over at City Crafter Challenge blog for their current challenge – use the word love.


Aside from the weather, the last three days have been a bit of a whirlwind for me workwise. I delivered my first training course where participants had an exam at the end. I thought the days of exam stress and worry were long gone, but no, here I am worrying on behalf of the twenty delegates who attended the course. Somehow that’s worse!




CAS – butterflies

As I mentioned yesterday, I am having a bit of “a thing” with my Darkroom Door stamps at the moment and I’m sorry to feature two similar projects on consecutive days. I normally like to mix things up a bit, but this week has been a bit tough workwise so I hope you’ll forgive me.


I saw something similar on Pinterest which was attributed to Docrafts and thought the Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamps would lend themselves very well to something similar. Once the word was stamped I simply stamped the butterfly.


For reasons best known to myself, I then stamped the butterflies on to paper, cut them out, coloured them in and then glued them over the top of the stamped image. No, I’m not sure why either except, it meant the colour didn’t bleed over the edges!


As you can see, once I started with colour, I couldn’t stop at just making one.


I did think of varying the sentiment – they would make a nice set done that way, but in the end thought that they make a nice tribute to Amy and Friends, the charity that does so much to support the families and sufferers of Cockayne Syndrome.


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CAS Valentines

If you’ve been buzzing by here of late you will know that I have a bit of a think about my new(ish) Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamps. I love them and I especially love how they make clean and simple cards, which I find quite hard to do, as easy as pie. Hence the reason that I have two, for the price of one, to share with you today.


The stamps do all the hard work and I have to tell you that, being a lazy crafter, I don’t even mount mine on to a block but simply use it as it is.


I stamped the sentiment first and then used a fine-tipped blacked marker to draw the string. The heart is die cut from red mulberry paper.


I used cream card for this and then used my Ink Duster to add a little colour around the edges.P1070299

I’m sharing this card over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme is to use the word love. The DT, as ever, have some beautiful projects to share if you are looking for some inspiration for your Valentine cards, that’s the place to buzz off to.


The second card was stamped on white and this time the heart was a stamp by Stampotique. I also stamped two little bees and coloured them and the heart with Promarkers. I added a little Crackle Accents over the top of the heart.


I love these and I now have a choice of three Valentine cards for Mr Beez.

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Chocolate squares

Last week, the theme at Every Inchie Monday was Cathedrals and, if you buzzed by, you’ll know that this had special significance for me and consequently I did a bumper batch of inchie squares. So, if I tell you that the inspiration word this week is chocolate, you’d be right to guess that I didn’t stop at just one. Well, with chocolate you never do, do you?

So, for the first batch I used some sweet wrappers from a box of well known chocolates that we have been finishing up.

P1070288I kept both the foil and cellophane wrappers and prepared the bases by gluing them to cardboard. The foil under the cellophane gives a lovely sparkly finish.


Then I glued some pieces of foil to card, punched out the butterfly shapes and stuck them to the squares. I love the way the words provide a pattern.



Liking this bunch I wanted to pursue it further and so did a bad thing. I went and bought a batch of Cadbury’s Crème Eggs just so I could have the wrappers! Well obviously I ate the eggs too and that is why my purchase doesn’t qualify as crafting supplies.


This was just  a bit of the wrapper and then an egg punched out of brown card and topped with Crackle Accents.

My last two squares are fondant fancy confections!


These were pink squares, topped with punched shapes and “iced” with a white gel pen.



I could have gone on forever with this one and eaten my own body weight in chocolate as I did so!

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Valentine Spool

This month’s challenge at Anything But A Card has a tic-tac-toe board for you to choose from.


You can find all the details over on the Anything But A Card challenge blog and see all the fabulous projects that my fellow Design Team members have made. For my DT piece I’ve gone for the right to left diagonal – glitter, heart and ribbons/trims. However, I also make the top line of red, recyle and glitter!


My spool was originally black, painted in preparation for a Halloween project and then never completed. I gave it a makeover for one of my Gecko Galz DT projects, tweaking it again before sharing with you here. I painted over the black with a couple of coats of red acrylic paint.  I’ve used an image from the Basic Grey True Love collection and edged it with silver glitter. In the centre is a circle of one of the papers from the Gecko Galz Kitschy Kool papers, also edged with silver glitter.


The main image is from the Gecko Galz Valentine Wishes.

P1070227I’ve added a little cluster of pink bows made from ribbon and baker’s twine, lots of red glittery hearts and sweetheart blossoms.



The sentiment banner is also from Basic Grey.


I am also sharing my spool over at Really Reasonable Ribbon for their anything but a card an ribbon challenge.


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Splash two

Having said yesterday that at some point in the future I would be playing with the black/grey/white and a splash of colour that is the theme for this week’s City Crafter Challenge blog, you’ll gather from the title of today’s post that this has happened rather sooner than I anticipated!


You will see I have used the same stamp as in yesterday’s post, but this time stamped it on to white tags and only used part of the image.


In addition to the flower stamp I’ve also used some of the Darkroom Door String Sentiments.

P1070277The butterflies are also from the same Darkroom Door set, on some I have used my tiniest bee stamp.


I’ve coloured the leaves with a grey Promarker. The flowers and butterfly or bee have been coloured with a different colour.


I’ve mounted the tags on to black card.


I’ve made matching ribbon by using the Promarkers to colour some white seam binding.


If you haven’t done so already, buzz over to City Crafter Challenge Blog and take a look at the wonderful DT samples and entries.

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A splash of colour

This week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog is Colour Splash. The rules are to use black / grey and white as your main colour and a splash one other colour. The Design Team samples, including guest designer Marina’s,  are fabulous, so be sure to buzz over and take a look.


I started by stamping the main image on to some grey and white spotted paper.I could have coloured the main image, but I love the magic of paper piecing so went for that instead. For a simple image, this was quite fiddly to do. I stamped the flowers on to a red designer paper and the leaves on to dark grey paper, cute them out and glued to the stamped image.


I trimmed the image down and the layered it on to black card before applying the ribbon and a separate bow.


Then I created more mats and layers from grey and black card.


As this card would be suitable for a number of different occasions I decided not to add a sentiment at this stage. I did think it would be a good birthday card for a friend whose football team play in these colours.


I love this challenge theme and would love to play around with lots more images and different colours. Unfortunately, I am currently swamped with work but I shall definitely return to these in the next few weeks.

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Love tag

Today, I have a little tag of love to share with you:


The base of the tag is made from music manuscript layered on to black card. I have tags of different sizes that I keep and use as a template.


The main image is from the Gecko Galz and I’ve cut it out, stuck it on and then outlined the heart with gold Stickles.


The sentiment is a digital stamp, also from the Gecko Galz, and I’ve printed it out in red rather than black. I’ve mounted it on to black card and then applied it to the tag with glue gel. Underneath is some gold braid and gorgeous wide cream lace.


At the top of the tag I’ve added a cluster of ivory paper roses, inked and glittered, and a bow made from red seam binding.


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