Easter treats

After a hectic week with long days, spent entirely on my feet I am super excited about the long weekend. To kick things off I started the day with toasted Hot Cross Bun from my favourite baker’s – Betty’s.  I plan a little light crafting, a little light shopping and er… a little light housework so I can put up my Easter displays. Today I thought I would share a couple of Easter treats I have been busy with.


First up are these little Easter treat bags that I made for some of my work colleagues. I used a Tonic gift bag die that I picked up at the GNPE in Harrogate recently. The samples on display were so pretty I knew I just had to have it and now I’ve used it I can see lots of possibilities. However, for its first outing I have kept it plain and simple as I needed to make quite a few of these in super quick time.


I printed out the image, which is from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade Kit, onto lightweight cardstock and then used the main part of the die set (it has lots of fancy add on bits!) to cut it out. All you need is a little glue or tape to sea it on one side and that’s it, job done.



I added a tiny bow to the top, added the treats (chocolate chicks and a handful of chocolate eggs) and then used some double sided tape to seal the top.

I used a different image from the same set to create these little tags.


The tags themselves are by Heather Hudson and you can find them in her Etsy shop. I used the cream set but there lots of colours to choose from. I overlaid the bunny image (how cute is that rabbit???), added the words (using a text box) and then printed them out on cream cardstock.


Then I added white lace and white seam binding and popped an ivory rose over the tail. I loved this so much I decided to make a whole bunch to turn into Easter cards. However, once they were made, I realised that I was very low on card blanks so instead decided to send out just the tag instead.


I did create one card, using some papers from the Gecko Galz Flower Power paper set.


I created a larger treat box for the colleague I have been working with this week who has been brilliant at keeping my spirits up and, amongst other things, has continually made all the washing up disappear!

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The photo’s I took were a bit rubbish but hers has come out well. The felt tulip basket is from Tesco and you can just see the little tag poking out at the back. I created the box using a takeaway carton made from kraft card. I made a label using more images from the Gecko Galz Easter Parade Kit and added the words before I printed it out. On top I piled on a few bows and added a little chick and cute pom-pom rabbit.

If you are interested in the “Bunny Bark” you can find the recipe here. It’s a fantastic sweet and salty concoction made using pretzels. For my Easter version I used pastel coloured sprinkles instead of snowflakes and bashed up a couple of bags of Cadbury’s mini eggs to go on top.

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Hippity hoppity

Very excited to have reached the end of the working week with the luxury of a long weekend stretching out in front of me. I shall certainly be putting my feet up in between a little light baking, housework and, of course, crafting!

It’s time for a new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures and, as you might guess, the theme is Easter. Heather has the cutest Easter products, take a browse around her Etsy shop at all the goodies on offer. These are Easter treats that won’t pile on the pounds! Here’s the card that I have created:


I’ve used an image from the medium Easter Eggs collage set and layered it up over an Aqua Shabby Tag,  Easter Bingo Card and tags from the Spring Blue and Spring Green sets together with some paper from my stash.


The tickets are from the Easter Shabby Pink Tickets set.



I’ve used glitter and bows to embellish plus a handful of pastel buttons and paper roses.



We hope you will link up your Easter themed projects with our challenge at My Artistic Adventures. Remember if you use one of Heather’s products in your work you’re in with a chance to win a prize. Buzz over to check out all the details and to see what the rest of the DT have been up to.

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Bunny Brown

Pinch and a punch, it’s the first of the month! As we know, the start of this particular month is always tricky as we try to avoid making fools of ourselves. I am the main trickster in this house but as I am scheduling this post, I won’t be able to let you know if I was successful or if I got caught out myself. Anyway, as it is the start of a new month I am very happy that I can now share my Gecko Galz DT projects with you.


This lovely tag image is from the Easter Parade Kit. I’ve edged it with gold glitter and then layered it onto some cream and brown card then topped it with a brown satin bow. I used an egg-shaped die to cut the card.


I’ve layered up ivory and tea-stained cardstock with some book pages, distressing and inking the edges.


To finish, I’ve used two types of ivory crochet lace and more brown ribbon plus some ivory sweetheart blossoms.


Don’t forget we have an Easter themed challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and there’s plenty of time for you to link up your projects.


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Easter colours

As if Monday doesn’t come around quickly enough as it is, this week it seems to have been super quick due in part, I think, to the clock change. At least it is only a four day week with a long weekend to look forward to. However, for me, those four days are going to be jam packed. So in the calm before the storm I’m happy to share a tag I have made for the new Crafty Boots challenge which has Easter as its theme.


I’ve used papers and images from My Artistic Adventures choosing those that had my favourite Easter colours – yellow and purple. There’s a little spring green in there too as we should always have some green on our plate!


The little bunny comes from a great collage sheet that has loads of vintage images on pretty egg shapes. I’ve added a little glitter to the eggs, which are dead ringers for my favourite Cadbury’s mini eggs, and are from the Vintage Easter Tickets sheet. I’ve layered the images onto a purple tag  and a golden yellow tag with a piece of paper from Vintage Spring Greens.


I’ve added a cascade of purple and yellow flowers which remind me of the fantastically decorated Easter eggs we use to have when I was little and continue to be made and sold at my favourite bakery, Betty’s.


A purple button and some yellow gingham ribbon complete the look! Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots Challenges and see what the rest of the DT have created and if you are making a little Easter something, we hope you’ll share your work with us.

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Spring in Park Lane

Did you remember to put your clocks forward last night? I have to be very strict with Mr Beez as he has a habit of messing with the clocks long before the moment when they change. Although I enjoy long sunny summer days, the sun is often absent here in the UK and, personally, I prefer dark winter nights accompanied by burning fires and candlelight! Anyway, not only is it the start of British Summer Time it is also the fifth Sunday in the month and therefore we have a week long mini-challenge over at Anything But A Card.  You have a week to link up any project that isn’t a card and that links in some way to the number 5. Here’s my DT project:


I know I’ve done little houses before but when I realised that there were exactly 5 cute little houses on my fabulous new Stampotique  stamp it seemed rude not to use them. I stamped the houses twice before colouring them with Distress Inks. I’ve tried to create an “ombre” effect using blues and pinks. For the blues I used Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Stormy Skies and Faded Denim. For the rooves I used Picked Raspberry and Mixed Berries and simply adjusted the amount that I used. I pay pieced the rooves and the doors. I decided to reverse the “ombre” for the doors, going from dark to light.

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The base is a piece of driftwood that has been painted with Dylusions paints, then I’ve added some little clay flowers to give a spring type feel. I know they are out of proportion with the houses, but this is a little fantasy piece so I think it’s allowed.


The title comes from a film that I love which starred Dame Anna Neagle and Michael Wilding. Sadly it hasn’t been shown on TV for decades but I managed to secure a copy via Amazon.

I am also sharing this over at City Crafty Challenge Blog for their “Go Ombre” challenge.

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Bees Block

It seems an age since I last posted something here, although it is less than a week, and in that time I have been a busy bee. All work related as I get ready for a very intense two weeks delivering some in-store cooking sessions for children during the Easter holidays. Consequently, I am shuffling in, once again close to the wire, with my entry for Sunday Stampers.


Yes, it is another Artist Trading Block! For once, I had a clear idea of what I was going to do so was able to whip this up earlier this afternoon and make it past the finishing post. I’ve used the Sizzix cube die to create the base, which is cut from chipboard and painted black.



I’ve layered up black and white card and added stamping to the top layer. You probably recognise the small Carol’s Flower and the little bee, which are both by Stampotique.

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I decided to keep the colour palette simple, just adding some yellow to the flower’s centre and the bee’s stripes. Each side is slightly different.


I added three extra flowers to a little glass vial on the top.

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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.

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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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