Springing in

As you know, last week was another busy one for me as I was away for the majority of it. In typical fashion, the weekend whizzed by at double speed and, when the alarm went this morning I thought (and hoped!) it was Sunday. But no, another Monday and another busy week ahead. On this particular Monday we’ve reached the mid-way point of our Spring challenge over at Crafty Boots and there’s some new inspiration for you to take a look at. Here’s the card that I am sharing:


I love this vintage image, which is from the Gecko Galz In My Garden digital stamp set, of the lady in her Easter bonnet.


I used a label image and some paper from the Victorian Spring Kit.


Now I know roses are not really a spring thing, but I was using them for their fabulous colour as they match the ribbon perfectly.


Hope you have time to share your spring projects with us all at Crafty Boots. Looking forward to seeing you over there.

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Peachy pink

Just a very quick post today as I am, once again, setting off on my travels and will be spending the rest of the week in Hull. I’m hoping that, having missed the Northern Lights yesterday, that I will be able to pick up some eyeware so I can take a peek at the partial eclipse that is due on Friday. Anyway, putting astronomical phenomenon to one side, I didn’t want to miss out again on joining in over at City Crafter Challenge Blog so have a quick card to share with you for their photo’ inspired challenge this week.

CCCB inspiration

I’ve taken the colours and the posies as my inspiration for this card:


The paper and the image are both from The Gecko Galz. Digitally, I removed the background from the image and then layered it on to the paper before printing out.


The only detail I added was to colour the hair with a Promarker and some flowersoft to add colour and dimension to the posy.


A little ink around the edge, a coordinating bow and some heavy lacy trim finish it all off.


Thanks for buzzing by and I shall look forward to seeing you on the dark side of the moon, or is it the dark side of the sun???!!

Magpie Cafe

I mentioned that on Mother’s Day I indulged in a bit of proper painty messing and today I am sharing the results. Welcome to the Magpie Café.


This is another Artist Trading Block, ATB, that I have made to share over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is birds. As with my previous ATBs I’ve used the Sizzix cubes/blocks die to create it. This time I used lightweight chipboard (the sort you might get on the back of an A4 ruled lined pad) and I have to tell you it works brilliantly. It would seem that the sturdier the substrate the easier it is to assemble the cube.


I used the new Dylusions paints – white, yellow, green and turquoise to colour the box just layering the paint on with my fingers. As the paint dries super quickly you don’t have to be too patient when doing this, perfect for someone like me who just can’t wait! Next, I used three different green inks and applied them through a leaf stencil to build up layers on each face of the cube. These did need to be dried with a heat tool.


The little magpie is a stamp from Catslife Press. I used the tissue transfer technique to apply him realising that, because the tissue is so thin, I could reverse the image if I wanted to. I added a little white paint in appropriate places to give him a little more definition.


I’d originally thought I would create a little nest on the top of the block but it didn’t look quite right so, instead, I created a little branchy/mossy woodland dell type of thing. The branches are actually muslin that I’ve dyed with Gathered Twigs distress ink and pulled and twisted into shape. The moss is actual moss wit a few punched daisy type flowers. I used green beads to make some feet to go on the bottom.


In Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast of the UK, there is a famous fish and chip establishment called The Magpie Café. I’ve never managed to eat there as there is always a enormous queue spilling out of the door and snaking along the street. At my version, I’ll make sure that no one ever has to queue!

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All about the bees

Buzzing back with a second post today as there is also a new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures. Challenge #6 is “Anything Goes” and there is a chance to win one of Heather’s lovely digital collage sheets. I decided this was a perfect opportunity to use those fabulous bee papers again.


It wasn’t until I came to photograph this card that I realised just how similar it is to the one I posted earlier today! I chose the pink and aqua papers and layered them up with a tiny bit of white card in between. I’ve used a shabby pink tag and one from the aqua tag sheet on top.


The beehive and the sentiment are from the Vintage Bumble Bee collage sheet.


I’ve used lace, pretty pink and blue ribbon and coordinating roses to bring everything together.


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I hope you had a fabulous weekend, especially if you were celebrating Mothering Sunday. I was spoiled by the three Beez men with even youngest Beez putting in appearance in the early hours before he began his very long shift at work. I also treated myself to a day off from clearing up my craft space and spend a couple of happy hours getting painty and messy.

Time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and the theme for the next fortnight will be “Spring.” Be sure to check out what the rest of the DT have been up to – there fabulous work is bound to put a spring in your step. Here’s my contribution for this week:


I absolutely love this little gardening fairy image from the Gecko Galz Victorian Spring Kit. If only there were a little gardening fairy who would come and work her magic in our garden. It’s looking very sorry for itself after the ravages of a cold winter.


I’ve layered up papers from the same kit, together with some pale blue pearlescent card and then topped it all off with the image.


Lace, ribbon and pretty spring blossoms with pearl centres are the finishing touches.


I hope you will come and play along with us at Crafty Boots and, as ever, there is the chance to win a Guest Designer spot for those who make the top 3.

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Vintage Blues

Sorry I have been so quiet this week. I know you are probably fed up of hearing me say how swamped I am at work but I have been completely swamped. I didn’t want you to think I’d disappeared altogether so thought I’d buzz by very quickly to share a recent project with you.


I made this as a postcard but will probably end up attaching it to the front of a card. I’ve used cream card for the base and then some paper from the Gecko Galz Parisian Dreams paper pack. I inked the paper with Antique Linen and Walnut Stain distress inks before topping with a cream, heart shaped doily.


The image is from the Pretty Victorians collage sheet. Cutting her out would have been far too much faff, so I opted for some random tearing instead. I thought it might look a little odd, but am very happy with how it looks.


I’ve added coordinating bows and some coordinating paper roses.


Hurray for the weekend which is now just around the corner, so a little time to relax. I’m off to the Great Northern Paper Extravaganza, a chance to stock up on some crafting goodies 🙂

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We’ve reached the mid-way point of our “Anything Goes” challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenge Blog and the DT are back with some extra inspiration for you. We are very excited about the diverse range of projects that have been linked up so far. This week I am sharing a vintage style tag: P1100022

This uses some lovely images from the Gecko Galz. Digitally, I combined a tag, from the Vintage Tags collage sheet, with an image from Pretty Victorians and added them to a cardboard tag. Then I added the word “lovely” from the Coquette Kit


I added glitter andpearls to highlight parts of the image.


More pearls, seam binding, lace and organza rose trim complete the vintage look.


There’s lots more inspiration over on the Crafty Boots so be sure to buzz over and check out what everyone has been up to.

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The music of the night

Happy International Women’s Day! I thought it would be apt to share a project featuring one of my favourite little ladies!


I love Agatha in all her incarnations and am hoping that her creator, Magda Polakow, will continue dreaming up new guises for her. This is Agatha Star and I’m calling this an oversized ATC.


I’ve used Chipped Sapphire and Seedless Preserves for the background and then stamped Agatha on top. Then I’ve added some washi tape –  a musical manuscript and a gold and white polka dot one. Agatha has been paper pieced – stamped onto card, coloured with Promarkers and then glued over the original. The little star is highlighted with white gel pen then I’ve added a few more dots of gel pen for a full on starry night effect. The words were printed on my computer.


I’m sharing this over at City Crafter Challenge Blog where the theme for challenge #251 is to use washi tape.


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To Queen Bee or not to Queen Bee?

There seems to be a regular pattern developing to my Saturday’s when I don’t have to be anywhere. It largely involves putting off the things that I know I should be doing but really can’t be bothered to do. I displace those activities with something crafty – usually my entry for the Sunday Stampers Challenge. So, instead of continuing with the endless task of sorting out my craft space, I have been busy adding to the general mess and chaos with the added fun of playing with paints!


I know I am not the only crafter who has been waiting patiently for the new Dylusions paints to arrive in the shops so I was thrilled when they landed on my doorstep this week. With no time to actually use them, I’ve spent more than a normal amount of time looking at them, stroking them and, in a very OCD kind of way, putting them into different rainbow configurations! As the theme at Sunday Stampers this week is warm colours it seemed rude not to open up those pots of loveliness and have a little play.


In real life, the background of this tag has a lot more texture than the camera has picked up. I’ve used the orange, red and yellow paints and applied them with a wet baby wipe, swiping the wipe down and across the tag at random. The paint dries very quickly, perfect for impatient me, so I didn’t have to wait too long to apply some Rusty Hinge distress ink through a honeycomb stencil.


As I began putting the tag together, I left a space so that I could stamp “Queen Bee.” I know I have a stamp that says this, (and yes I did check back through some blog posts just to make sure I hadn’t imagined it!), but can I find it??? So filled in the empty space with the small  Carol’s flower by Stampotique.


Kate Crane’s “Queen of Everything” had been coloured with Promarkers and paper pieced. I chose yellow and black as I wanted her to be the Queen Bee for this tag. The words are some of the new Chit Chat sayings stickers.


When I can find it, I shall add some yellow and black ribbon! I’m loving all my new stamps and one of the reasons that I love the Sunday Stamper challenge is that it encourages me to play with them. A mystery then why it isn’t until the eleventh hour I create and share my project!

So, for my next displacement activity – a cup of tea and a bit of cake, then I really will have to set about that tidying up!

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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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