A little birdy told me

After being away for a couple of days I am, as usual, shattered. I think doing my job in the heat makes it more draining but it is also more exhilarating, when we are all done and packed up, to head for home in the sunshine. Of course another reason for feeling shattered could be celebrating England’s fabulous performance in the World Cup….!

Today I am sharing another little altered matchbox that I have been working on as one of my Gecko Galz DT samples.

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Inside the box is a matching mini greetings card and a tiny paper clay bird. That cute image is from the June Dreams collage sheet and I’ve used it to top the front of the matchbox and also for the little card.  The inside of the box is lined with paper from the Carnival paper pack.

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After covering the box with paper, I added the image to the top and then wrapped some raffia around the bottom edge. Then I’ve popped on a few punched blossoms and tucked in a little blue feather.

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The little bird was made in the same way as the one I made recently at a Kate Crane workshop. I know I said the next one would be pink, but it just didn’t look right!

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Altered CD hanging

Today I am sharing one of my Gecko Galz DT projects that uses images from this month, including some from Opticillusions who are featured in the current cross-promotion:

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As you will have seen from the title of this post, this started life as a CD, one that is no longer in use. I’ve covered it with the clock image from Opticillusions.

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The main image of the lady is from the Gecko Galz collage set Her Beautiful Colours. I’ve combined with a fabulous Opticillusions butterfly. I’ve cut a duplicate set of wings, sealed them with glitter ModPodge and layered them over the original to give some dimension. I’ve placed a paper rose over the top of the original that is in the image.

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There are  some extra butterflies in different sizes, adding Glossy Accents to the wings.

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I’ve added lots of seam binding and a little ivory crochet lace to create a hanger and popped on a few more roses. Both the seam binding and the roses were coloured with a Promarker so that they coordinated with the colour of the butterfly.

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To finish it all off I’ve added the words, printed from the computer, and a scrap of muslin.

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I am linking this up to the new challenge, #97, at Really Reasonable Ribbon, which has the theme of anything but a card.

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Houses triptych

It is no secret that I am a fan of little houses and collect favourites on my Pinterest board. Today I have a little trio of my own to share:

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I originally made these as beach huts for my DT sample for the Anything But A Card Summer Lovin’ challenge. However, after I had covered them with paper they looked more proper house than beach house plus they were two big to fit on a piece of driftwood. So instead I made a smaller version:

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I’m pleased that I have been able to return to the originals and finish them off in honour of this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge which has the theme of patterned papers. I have used the Tim Holtz Artful Dwellings Alterations die to cut houses from some sturdy chipboard – some packaging from 12 x 12 card! I am indebted to my blog pal Ruth Levy for giving me the idea – make sure you check out the fabulous triptych that she made as well as the rest of her fabulous work.

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I covered each base with a variety of pattered papers from my stash and added some doors. Then I gave it all a coat of Mod Podge gloss – this not only seals it all but, and this is a tip I learned from Hels Sheridan, but she uses Glue and Seal, if you mess up when you start adding extra decoration, you can wipe it off and start again. Perfect for someone like me.

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I’ve added smears of white acrylic paint and stamping.

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The words were also stamped, using my large random word stamp, on to kraft card. The hearts were die cut. Both have been sealed with more Mod Podge gloss. I’ve added some additional shading, for depth and highlights, using black and white Stabilo All pencils.

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To hold it all together I’ve used some spotted duck tape front and back, this also allows it to concertina/fold.

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I’m off on my travels again today – not far, but far enough to necessitate an overnight stay and I don’t want to go :(

 

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Lavender’s blue…

Lavender is the theme over at Every Inchie Monday this week. Now I love lavender, but it doesn’t love me – it makes me sneeze! So I like to look at lavender from a distance and appreciate the colour rather than catch a whiff of it’s soothing scent. My inchies this reflect that in that I have used the colour rather than the plant itself:

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Having Milled Lavender distress ink and a lavender Promarker I was all set! Any pink tinge you can see was created by using a little Spun Sugar in the mix.

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For the toadstool I used a Hero Arts frond stamp and Mowed Lawn distress ink adding in some pink Promarker and white highlights with a gel pen

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The flower stamps and dragon fly are also by Hero Arts.

As ever, the creativity and imagination by the other players is amazing so be sure to buzz over to Every Inchie Monday and enjoy this miniature works of art and if you’ve time, why not play along too?

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Oiseau vintage

Firstly, thank you to those of you who left birthday messages for Mr Beez. He was very touched and also surprised! He was thoroughly spoilt over the weekend and I didn’t even keep him waiting too long after he had very kindly taken me to Hobbycraft, although he did make me jump by appearing, arms folded, at the end of the aisle I was browsing. Secondly a big thank you to all your support – those who follow, those who comment and in particular to those of you that were so encouraging when I was downhearted after my blog issues got on top of me last week! I really do appreciate your continued support.

Once again I am coming in close to the wire for the project I would like to share over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where this week’s theme is “for the birds.”

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I’ve used a stamp by Hero Arts as the focal image and combined it with designer papers, ribbon, lace and lots of paper flowers plus a tiny feather. The feather wasn’t planned, it just appeared as I was finishing off. Who am I to argue with serendipity?

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I stamped the bird, using Vintage Photo, on to some book page paper that is actually from a pad of paper that I have had forever – the Conservatory Collection by 7 Gypsies. The other layers, which are just scraps, are from the same pack. I love the little “oiseau” ticket, especially as it helped provide the title of my post! I distressed and inked all the edges.

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Down one side I also tucked in some bias binding and then added lace and bow.

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I inked the paper flowers using Antique Linen and added the centres using Ivory Cosmic Shimmer glue. The finishing touches are the chit-chat sticker and the feather. Adding it at the last moment meant I had to remove the bow before it was stuck firm and take care not to spoil the centres of the flowers that were still wet. (Well I couldn’t possibly wait could I???!!)

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Happy Father’s Day

So having celebrated Mr Beez’ birthday yesterday, today he gets another day in the spotlight for Father’s Day. I already shared the card I made for him earlier this week. Today I have a different project to share:

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This is one of my MDF crowns that I have altered using some papers and an image from the Gecko Galz. I’ve covered the crown with paper from last year’s Dapper Dan collection. This is a fabulous paper that looks like a torn collage of different papers. I’ve inked the edges with Walnut Stain and then given it coat of glossy Mod Podge.

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I’ve added some metal stars and some buttons that have been painted with bronze acrylic paint. There’s a smidge of Vintage Photo Stickles too.

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The chipboard frame has also been painted with bronze acrylic. The image is from last month’s Who’s the man collage set. I’ve layered the frame on a scrap of muslin that has been dyed with Brushed Corduroy Distress Stain and then flooded the aperture with glossy accents. The words were printed on my computer.

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Happy Birthday Mr Beez

Mr Beez is celebrating his birthday today, always good when it falls over the weekend and he has the prospect of watching England play their first World Cup match tonight.  Today I am sharing the birthday card that I made for him.

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I picked up this vintage football card on Ebay. I’ve created mats and layers using his team’s colours to create the background, adding some punched stars in the corner.

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In the opposite corner I’ve used white seam binding and some blueberry twine to create what I hope looks like a little rosette and topped it with a star shaped brad.

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This card would be great to share over at Crafty Boots where our current challenge is sport. There is still a week left for you to share your projects with us and we would love it if you could join us.

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Of course Mr Beez will be thoroughly spoiled all day, I already got up and made the early morning cup of coffee and tonight I will be cooking steak with pomegranate. In between I have promised him a trip to Hobbycraft – how thoughtful am I ????!!!!

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ZZZZZZZZZ

From the title of this post you might be wondering if I have either fallen asleep or possibly that I have finally metamorphosed into a bee. Well it’s neither, on this occasion the Z is for the type of fold I have used for my card.

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I am sharing this over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous where the theme of this fortnight’s  challenge is to use a “fun fold.” I shall also be linking it up as my second project for this week’s “friend” challenge at Sunday Stampers.Before I became a serious crafter I used to use this fold a lot so I am pleased to be able to revisit it again for this challenge. There are tutorials all over the internet if you would like to see how it’s done. It woks really will with double sided cardstock but as I didn’t have any, or any that I wanted to use for this, I used plain cream card and then covered it with designer papers. These are from my long held stash that are in an Anna Griffin kit.

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Once the panels were covered, I added some pretty lace along the top of the front facing panels. Then it was simply a question of adding the butterflies. I made mine using Stampin’ Up! stamps and matching punches. They have been coloured on both sides using distress inks.

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I’ve added seam binding across the front and a stamped sentiment. The finishing touch was to add some tiny pearls.

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Now here’s the thing, this card was just the most annoying thing to photograph well. It didn’t help that I was attempting this just as a thunderstorm was brewing.

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I shall be giving this card to my friend and work colleague who is leaving next month. We have worked together for six and a half years and we both joined our organisation right at its inception. We formed a strong bond on the day we started and have remained as thick as thieves ever since – we are often taken to be sisters (with me obviously being the younger one!!!). I have been very lucky and I will miss her.

 

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Moustache

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:

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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!

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

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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:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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