The circus continues

I’ve reached the half way point of my summer work assignment and next week will move to a new location. It’s slightly nearer to home but still too far to commute there and back every day. I’m not sure I’ll notice much difference but it’s a good feeling to know the end is in sight. One of the difficulties of being away from home so much is cramming everything that I might have done over the course of a week into just a weekend whilst still finding time to rest and recover from the physical toll the nature of my job takes. Crafting is a blissful way to wind down and forget all about the madness.

Today I am sharing a set of ATCs that I created for the Gecko Galz.

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I’ve combined papers from the Gecko Galz Life is a Circus paper pack with digital stamps from this month’s Circus Time set. I’ve added colour, embellishments and words to finish them. Take a closer look:

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The clown image here is from the Clowning Around domino set whilst the ticket image is from the Curiosity Shop Kit.

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Here’s the next three:

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I hope you have a lovely weekend and if your life is a bit of a circus right now, I’ll leave you with this little reminder:

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Life’s A Circus

Well my life certainly seems a bit of a circus at the moment. There’s an awful lot of juggling, balancing, twirling and tumbling going on and all without the aid of a safety net. Sometimes, there is also some clowning around, you have to really to keep your spirits up! Anyway, already four days into the new month and I’m only just getting to tell you about the new Gecko Galz Customer Challenge which this month, in case you haven’t already guessed, has the theme “Life’s A Circus.” My DT piece for this challenge is a card:

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With the exception of the glitter and the backing cardstock, my card is entirely digital. I’ve used some paper from the Life is a Circus paper pack and a digital stamp from the Circus Time stamp set. The clown images are from the Clowning Around Domino set.

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I’ve layered my digital collage on to black, then yellow cardstock before adding some red glittery highlights.

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This card is so bright and jolly I think it would make a great card to cheer up someone who is going through a particularly hectic period in their life. Now who do I know that fits that bill? Er… that would probably be me then..and of course any of the 50 or more others that are working on the same project as myself!!

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Life’s A Beach

Another day and another new challenge, this time over at Crafty Boots Challenges. Our theme for the next fortnight is Life’s A Beach/Summer Holiday. I’m sharing a little vintage Beach Hut:

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I made the shrine using the Artful Dwellings and Rectangles Alterations dies by Sizzix, cutting some extra strips of chipboard to build up the sides. I’ve used some stripy paper from the Gecko Galz Here Comes Santa Claus digital paper pack to cover and added some strips of blue to create the roof.

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The image is from the Gecko Galz La Vie collage set.I cut out several and layered up using 3D gel to give her a bit of depth.

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I’ve added a birchwood star to the inside and some little shell, wisps of gauze plus a button to decorate.

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Check out the other inspirational designs from the Crafty Boots DT, we have some new members that we are welcoming on to the team this week so please buzz by and leave them a little love!

Now I really wish I was setting off to the beach today, instead I’m heading back down the M1 for another week of cooking.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Celebration tinged with sadness

Today sees a new challenge begin over at Anything But A Card and the theme, for the 50th challenge is “Celebration.” However, it is a celebration that is tinged with sadness as it is to be the last. I was thrilled when I received an email asking me if I would like to join the DT, wild horses wouldn’t have stopped me from saying “yes!” I’ve loved every minute of the past two years that I have spent on the DT and especially enjoying the work of the  super-talented members of not only my fellow teamies, but those that have played along with us each week. I shall miss it hugely, not least because it was truly a place for those that like to create things other than cards. Here’s my piece for the ABAC finale:

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Well of course it had to be Agatha! Here she is wearing her little crown waiting until you are not looking (I’ve always thought she is a little shy) so she can dive into her pile of presents. Agatha Crown, by Magda Polakow and Piling Thing, by Daniel Torrente, both for Stampotique.

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I’ve used an wooden ATC as the base. Made by Calico Craft Parts, these ATCs are fabulous and come, with frames, in all sorts of designs I love this one in the shape of an arch.  They are so reasonable, I think they make a nice alternative if you want to give someone something that’s a little more than I card. I usually paint the back in white and then add a label with my greeting. Here, I’ve given it a base coat of gesso the applied some Dylusions paints. The text was stamped using black Archival ink and the spots were more Dylusions applies with a stamp.

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Agatha and the presents have been stamped, coloured with Polychromos and then mounted onto some thicker card to make them nice and sturdy. I made a little bit of bunting from some scraps and finished the whole thing off with the sentiment.

We’d love to have a bumper crop of entries so we can go out with a bang, so do come and join us if you can. I’m going to miss creating for Anything But A Card and I hope that something comes along soon to plug that little gap in my creating.

Thanks for buzzing by.

Would you like to fly…

I can’t believe that it is time once again to be saying “a pinch and a punch it’s the first of the month!” It doesn’t seem two minutes since I last did that and yet given how much has happened in between leads me to believe that it really must be the start of August. I’ve completed the first two weeks of my working away from home, some long days last week and, as happened last year, I have blisters on the side of my feet that could be small countries the size they are! I’ve also gone down with a cold and a sore throat, something that I haven’t had in quite awhile, so maybe I’m due but the timing is a bit rubbish. Anyway, I do have a treat in store today as we are off to Manchester to have a special lunch with my son and his girlfriend.

Before I go I’d like to share a card that I have made using some of the new releases from the Gecko Galz.

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I’ve used some lovely vintage images from the Up, Up and Away collage set, and a vintage postcard image from this month’s Curiosity Shop Kit. I’ve layered them onto some sturdy card and roughed them up a bit – not only distressing and inking the edges, but also bending and curling the corners.

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To finish it off I’ve added some ribbon, a couple of manly looking star gems and a birthday sentiment!

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I’m planning on giving this to an elderly neighbour who celebrates their birthday this month and will also be sharing over on the City Crafter Challenge Blog where the challenge this week is to create a masculine birthday card.

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Christmas Continues

If you buzzed by here on Saturday you will know that I was celebrating Christmas in July, and very good it was too :) Christmas continues today as we enter week two of our Christmas in July over on the Crafty Boots Challenge blog.

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To create my card I’ve used the Memory Box Frostyville die and cut it twice using white card.

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The Merry Christmas, cut from gold glitter card, is one of the dies in the Tonic Christmas Cracker set.

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A little bit of red card and voila…job done. You can buzz over to the blog for some more inspiration from the Crafty Boots design team, our guest designers and, of course, the fabulous entries we have so far.

I’m about to pack by bags and head back to my hotel ready for week two of working away from home :(

Have a good week and thanks for buzzing by.

 

Fine twine

So I have completed week one of my working away from home schedule and now have the weekend at home. Being the 25th of the month it is of course Christmas in July, a day I normally celebrate with great gusto. This year it will be a little more feeble but, the tree is up and there are mince pies in the house. As every bone in my body aches after a week of being on my feet for 9 hours a day, I’m not sure I have the strength to pull a cracker but I can definitely manage lying on the settee to watch a Christmas film and will have a super long straw to my Christmas cocktail so I don’t have to lift the glass!!!

Before I disappeared at the beginning of the week, I did rustle up a little card to share over at City Crafter Challenge Blog for their “Hemp and twine” challenge.

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Originally I intended to just use twine for hanging the little birdhouse from. But then had the idea of also using some twine for the centre of the sun – yep, short on time so let’s do something a little more complicated Mrs Beez! I stamped a second sun onto some cardstock, cut out the centre, added glue and then coiled some plain twine from the centre outwards. Once it was dry I added colour with Promarkers then stuck it over the original stamped image.

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All the stamps, except the sentiment, which is by Stampin’ Up!, are from the PaperArtsy Squiggly Ink Flora and Fauna Set 3. You have seen me use the leaves many times before and, coincidently, they have all been on CCCB entries! For this card I have added in the sun (well I’m using it as a sun, it could be a flower!) the owl and one of the birdhouses. The owl was coloured with Promarkers, whilst I used Polychromos for the birdhouse. Both have been paper pieced over the original stamping and I used glue gel to add dimension.

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For the background I used an Inkduster to swoosh on Tumbled Glass and Salty Ocean.

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Now, my next task is to choose my Christmas film – It’s A Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Miracle on 39th Street….?????

Have a great weekend, thanks for buzzing by and er….Happy Christmas!

Being a unicorn

I love it when I get the time and opportunity to create something just for fun and to please myself. Now I didn’t really have time to do these postcards but decided to go ahead anyway. I’d had an idea rolling around in my head for quite awhile, to play with Agatha and create some special headgear for her. However, here I have made a last minute substitution and used Nina, also by Magda Polakow for Stampotique, instead.

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Both postcards were created in tandem and, as I really was short on time, I used one of Kate Crane’s fabulous digital papers that I bought from her Etsy shop. Sadly, these are no longer for sale so I’m glad a snapped them up when I did. I’ve added a little stamping of my own, using some more Stampotique favourites.

 

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Nina was stamped onto cardstock and coloured with Polychromos. I wanted to keep one version “unicorn white” whilst making the other a little more colourful. I used a clip-art image of a horn, added some colour, and then popped it on in the appropriate place. I did have a go at adding a little tail but wasn’t sure so opted for tail-less instead.

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The words were printed out from my computer.

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You’re beautiful

Even though I am now away for my six-week working summer, I am determined  to keep in touch with crafty blog-land, even though it won’t be easy. I was super excited to see that Hels Sheridan was back in action with a new Sunday Stampers’ Challenge.  I’ve missed this hugely in her absence,  and was determined to rustle up an entry before my departure. The theme this week is beauty or beautiful.

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My stamp collection seems to grow on a weekly basis (I’ve really no idea how this happens!) and these two beauties are recent acquisitions from Rubber Moon.  I stamped the “Dreamer Girl,” by Mindy Lacefield, on to watercolour paper and coloured her with Aqua Markers. The moon was stamped on to regular paper and coloured with Promarkers. Both have been paper pieced over the original stamping.

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The background is another cocktail of distress inks – the fab new Blueprint Sketch together with Picked Raspberry and Seedless Preserves. I stencilled on a few stars using a Dylusions stencil and white gesso. The words were printed on my computer.

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It may be summer outside but…

…over at Crafty Boots Challenges our new theme for the next fortnight is Christmas in July! I know some of you will look away now but I also know that many of you have already started your Christmas cards as evidenced by some of the fabulous entries we have seen in our other challenges. As you know I am a massive, massive fan of Christmas, spend all year thinking about it and even have a Christmas in July celebration. However, despite my best intentions I am scarily late in starting my Christmas cards. Each year I say it will be different and each year it never is!

I hope you will join in with the Crafty Boots fun and festivities and share your Christmas projects with us.  Buzz over and take a look at what the rest of the DT have created. Here’s the card I am sharing today:

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A snow globe and little houses – my favourites! To create my card I started with a snow globe template/stencil/mask from Stamps Away. This is the smaller of the two that come in the pack. First I used it to emboss, so the snow globe has some dimension. Then  used it as a mask and smooched on some inks – Walnut Stain for the base and Tumbled Glass for the sky.

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I also smooched on a little ink around the outside of the stencil and then created a hand drawn frame, using a thin, black Sharpie. The wobbles are intentional! I kept the mask in place whilst I stamped the little houses , trees and star which are all by Lindsay Mason. The houses and star have been coloured using Polychromos.

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The finishing touch was, of course, a little sprinkling of snow.

I am also sharing this over on the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog where the theme is Stencils and Masks.

Right, I’m off to whip up a few more Christmas cards because this year it really will be different! Thanks for buzzing by and..er.. Happy Christmas :)