Birthday Beez

A new week and a new Crafty Boots Challenge theme gets underway. Or the next fortnight we are asking you to share anything but a card with us – ATCs are fine, but no regular cards please. The first of my DT pieces that I’m sharing with you is this altered heart:


I had great fun get covered in paint, although Mr Beez was not too impressed with the little (well, quite large if I’m honest!) spill that I had. Thankfully, the carpet that took the hit is being replaced very soon!!! In addition to lots of background stamps I have also used some of my Stampotique favourites – medium bee, large sunflower and Agatha text.


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This is also my second project that I’m also sharing over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge Blog for the text background theme. I’ve actual used two different text stamps but you can really only see the typeface one clearly in the photo’s  and not the scribbly one!


Today also sees me becoming another year older as I celebrate my birthday.  Have a look at the fabulous sunflowers that arrived from my lovely, not to mention very kind and generous, friend Dionne:


Aren’t they stunning? Best of all, they make me smile every time I walk into my living room. For only the second time in my entire life I have to work on my birthday so I am looking forward to getting home tonight and having these gorgeous sunflowers waiting to cheer me up!

Thanks for buzzing by.



Alfie has arrived!

I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my friends’ baby since I found out she was pregnant. Happily, little Alfie put in an appearance just over a week ahead of schedule 🙂 It will be a little while until I can visit so I posted my gifts and created a card to go alongside:


This super cute elephant is one of Magda Polakow’s fabulous digi stamps and you get three elephants in the download. I added a sentiment and then coloured the image with Polychromos.


I’ve used paper from my stash (originally from Stampin’ Up!) as a mat and also to create some little photo’ corners.



I’m also sharing this over at Crafty Boots Challenges where we are starting week 2 of our use a stamp challenge.

Thanks for buzzing by, have a great week and I look forward to catching up with later.


Swinging on a star

Good Morning 🙂 I’m very happy to be back with you this morning sharing one of my projects for the latest challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog.  The theme is to use a text background – nothing not to like there! I opted to make a postcard and decided that this was a great opportunity to used the fabulous Great Moon stamp and to combine it with another favourite – Line Up.


I photocopied  a page from a book called The House on Half Moon street and painted the night sky using Chipped Sapphire and Wilted Violet  distress inks. The moon was stamped from another book page and added to the background. I used extra stars from the moon.


I had to create some bespoke little arms for the monsters.


The words were printed from my computer; a border stamp and some white pen finish it all off.


This pairs up nicely with my previous project (click on the photo’) to find out more.


After another busy working week, it was great to have to time to play craft. The only problem is that my hands are now covered in inks and paints that seem reluctant to come off. Hopefully I can get them clean, scrubbed and ready for cooking by Monday morning. I feel a bit like Lady Macbeth! If you’d like to see what I’ve been getting up to, you can check out some photo’s that are in the albums that are here.

Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.


Anniversary Balloons

Well I survived the first week of my summer work assignment – just! I know I shouldn’t wish my life away but I can’t help saying – one down, five to go! After an all too brief weekend, during which I mostly spent the time forcing my eyelids to stay open, it’s time to start all over again. It’s also time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and for the next fortnight our theme is “use a stamp.” We are allowing both traditional rubber/polymer stamps and digital stamps. I’m sharing an anniversary card I made for my brother and his wife:


Sorry this is a little dark – the beautiful summer sunshine, rather ironically I think, makes it difficult to take pictures at the moment! I’ve used a lovely heart stamp from Rubber Moon and combined it with one of my favourites from Stampotique. Once I had stamped onto watercolour paper, I used a water brush and some Salty Ocean distress ink to create a wash background.


I coloured the hearts with Polychromos and paper pieced them. The sentiment stamp is from Darkroom Door.

Wishing you a lovely week and thanks for buzzing by.


July ’16 with the Galz

This month’s customer challenge over at the Gecko Galz has the theme Sun, Moon & Stars. This happens to be one of my favourites so all my samples this month link with that theme.

Here’s the card that I made for the challenge – click on the photograph if you’d like to know how I created it.


Next up is card using an image from the Sun, Moon & Stars collage sheet.



Using the same collage sheet, but a different image I also created a dimensional ATC


Using a wooden ATC, I applied the image words and some Dresden trim and then gave everything a coating of beeswax.


Whilst the wax was still warm, I added a sprinkle of very fine glitter.


Once set, I dusted on some gold mica powder.


Next up is card using some papers from the Curiosity Shop kit and an image from the Angel Darlings collage sheet. The words are from Lisa’s Altered Art.


After distressing and inking the edges of the papers and the image, I raided my stash for braids , gauze and flowers.




Next, I created a tag by making a digital collage using papers from the Hocus Pocus pack and images from the Paper Moon and Pixie Children collage sets.




Finally, I have a free image to give away. Click on the photograph to see the full details of how I created this card.


Right click on the image to save it to your computer.

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Poppies under the sun

The start of a new working week and for me the start of my BIG summer assignment. This means work tends to take over my life and the summer just passes me by 🙁  Fortunately, this year I will at least be at home, rather than working away, for the first three weeks. Today also marks the mid-way point of our picture inspiration challenge over at Crafty Boots.

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I’ve made a card, recreating some lovely summer sunshine and poppies using my stamps:


That adorable sunshine is from Rubber Moon. I stamped it onto watercolour paper and then painted it with Distress Inks. The poppies are from LC Designs.

I also made an ATC using the same sunshine stamp:


I use watercolour paper and then mounted it onto stiff card. After stamping with Archival ink I again used Distress Inks and a water brush to add colour.

Hope you have a lovely day and thanks for buzzing by.


Hello sunshine!

Good morning and Happy Christmas…in July! Yes, it’s time for my annual summer celebration, the one that marks me out as being a bit of a fruitcake! I usually have a bit of a party on the 25th July but, as tomorrow sees me start my massive summer work assignment, this year it will be a little quieter. However, there will still be turkey, stuffing, pigs in blankets, mince pies and a Christmas tree 🙂

So what else would I blog on my day of unseasonable festivities other than a card that just screams summer?


This is my entry for the current Stampotique Designer’s Challenge which has the theme of beach or sea. Naturally, I have both!!!


I’ve used a fab image from the Gecko Galz and coloured it with Polychromos. I’ve chosen the lovely Jill Penney stamp to grace this exotic shore.


The background image is also from the Gecko Galz – from the Seaside Splendour kit.

If you would like to get your hands on that palm tree image then be sure to buzz by my blog on Tuesday when I shall be giving it away 🙂

Thanks for buzzing by and enjoy your (Christmas) day!

Summer poppies 2

We have photo to inspire you for the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges:

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Here’s the second card that I made:


Now this was quick and easy to make. I stamped the flowers first, using green Archival ink and Stampotique’s Daisy Daisy stamp. Once the flowers were coloured in, I added a strip of paper from my stash and some matching red ribbon.


Have a great day and thanks for buzzing by.


Halloween party and it’s only July!

Last week I was sharing Christmas cards, yesterday it was all about summer and now today, I kid you not, I am inviting you to a Halloween Party.


In case you haven’t guessed, this is a project that I am sharing over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog for their new challenge – Party – in honour of the new DT that has just been announced. Now, I was almost late to this particular party, despite the challenges now lasting for a fortnight.


I’ve used the lovely Carousel stamp as the centre piece and then invited lots of my favourite Halloween characters along to join in the fun – the ghostly Cooper, holding a bunch of Skull Balloons, Skull Boy, Corie, and Frankie.




No Halloween party would be complete without some pumpkin lanterns. I used Halloween Cube 2 and some glue gel to add dimension.




Have a great day and thanks for buzzing by.

Summer poppies

Where has the time gone? One minute we were celebrating Christmas in July and the next, we have a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. And for this new challenge we have a little picture inspiration for you:

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Isn’t this the very essence of summer? When I lived in Norfolk a field full of poppies was a common sight, not one that I come across so often up in Yorkshire. However, many of the grass verges and central reservations of the main roads have been planted with a mixture of red and pink poppies that do look very pretty.

For my first DT project I’ve made a very CAS card:


A matter of moments to whip up? Er… I don’t think so! In my world CAS always takes forever! I masked off the strip and dusted on Salty Ocean and Shabby Shutters distress inks in the gap. Once the masking tape was removed I decided not to add a defining border.


I used green Archival Ink to stamp the poppies and then coloured them in with Polychromos. The stamp is from Little Claire’s Designs.


Ironically, it was so sunny yesterday that I struggled to get a decent photo’ of my card – but I’m not grumbling, it was lovely to be able to get out in the garden 🙂

Looks like it might be another scorcher today, hope you get to enjoy a bit of summer sunshine whilst you can. Thanks for buzzing by.