Catching up

As I am beavering away making my December samples for the Gecko Galz I realised there was a card that I made for October that I haven’t shared here yet!


This uses an image from the Vintage Portraits collage sheet and paper from the Mayflower Paper pack. The Vintage Portraits sheet is a super one to have in your collection as it has a variety of images and each one has a frame that you can choose to use or lose depending on your preference! What’s more, it’s only $1 for an instant download.


I’ve used some neutral cardstock to create mats and layers and then used ivory crochet lace and some organza rose trim to frame the image. There’s a little strip of cream lace across the bottom.


Wouldn’t you like to know the story of this young lady? I wonder what she would think if she knew she was appearing on a card decades later?


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Two more tags

Today I sort of accidently ended up crafting instead of doing what I should have been doing! Not only that but I ended up making two tags as I couldn’t decide which way to go – so did both!


I’m sharing these over at Sunday Stampers for this week’s challenge which is to use black. B

Both these versions were created in more or less the same way. I started by creating a little torn piece of card for the base of the tag, then I stamped the bird image so that the image overlapped on to the torn bit. Then I used the Dylusions leaf stamp to add some branches.


For the black tag, I coloured the main tag with black soot distress ink. The snow was added using a cotton bud plus a dot of white gel pen in the centre. I glittered the edge of the torn piece of card  and stuck it over the top. I paper pieced the leaves and the robin.


On the white tag I used a splatter stamp to create the snow.

On both tags, the torn edge was glittered and I added a brad some ribbon. The words were written in my own fair hand.


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Tags two ways

As promised, I’m back with the details of two samples I made for the new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog If you didn’t buzz over and take a sneaky peek (and you really should make the journey because there are the most amazing samples from the other DT members and guest designers) here are the tags I created:



I made one and then decided I wanted to try another colour version.Once again I am using the Pink Victorian Vintage Holly Girl and this time I’ve combined it with the Vintage Shabby Chic Christmas Holly Tag. This sheet has all the elements you need to make a superb layered tag. The words were created using the Vintage Alphabet Sheet. I’ve outlined everything with glitter and used glue gel to create dimension.




On the first tag I used red seam binding and a little red sweetheart blossom.



On the second, I used pale blue seam binding and a pink blossom plus I added in some bejewelled snowflakes.

I hope you’ll come and join us by sharing your Christmas/Winter/Thanksgiving project and don’t forget Heather as a superb give away going on too.

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For those we have lost

We’re mid-way through our Remembrance Challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and we have some new projects to share with you and to inspire you to join in. We have some guest designers this week, winners from previous challenges, so please do buzz by and leave them some love. Here’s my card;


My post is tinged with sadness this morning as when I returned from my travels on Friday I learned that an old school friend had lost their battle with cancer. It has been heartening to see all the tributes and memories of happy times that have been shared amongst those of us who knew him.



I used a script stamp and Iced Spruce to stamp the background and then dusted on Stormy Sky, Shabby Shutters and a touch more Iced Spruce to create the background. Stampotique fans (yes I mean you Ruth Levy!) may recognise that I’ve used the Daisy Daisy stamp to create the stalk structure and then made tiny little poppies and stuck them on top. I used a small and large circle punch to make the larger poppies and a small circle and a small blossom punch for the little ones. There is a  faux black pearl in the centre of each.


I added some stamped grass and then added some dots of red ink, using a cotton bud, to give the appearance of more poppies or poppy petals in the grass. The words are Ideaology Chit-Chat stickers and seemed appropriate.


In case you are wondering about the little bee, I seem to find that I add that to most projects with poppies. It comes from a line in a poem that my late mother wrote. Unfortunately, many of my earlier posts have lost their pictures (something I working on but it is taking a long time to put right) but if you’d like to read the poem, you’ll find it here (and there is a project to go with it too!!).

I’m also going to link this up with this week’s Sunday Stampers where the theme is to use black.

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My Artistic Adventures

Today sees the start of a new challenge over at My Artistic Adventures Challenge Blog. The theme is Christmas/Thanksgiving/winter and the only requirement is to use at lease one element from one of Heather’s digital collage sheets. Let me tell you that the hardest part will be deciding which collage sheet to pick as there are so many fabulous options to choose from. I opted to use the Pink Victorian Holly Girl and found I just could not stop creating!



The beauty of Heather’s sheets is that not only do the images come in different sizes there are also different orientations so that you can put them back to back. In addition, this little girl has been layered onto a background that makes cutting her out super easy which is brilliant for a lazy crafter like me who has fairly rubbish scissors.



For the card, I’ve combined the little girl image with two more of Heather’s images –  a Peppermint Candy Bingo Card and a Christmas Luggage Tag.the backing paper is from a Tilda pad that I have had in my stash for ages.




I’ve outlined the edges of the girl and the tag with gold glitter.


To complete the look I’ve added in lace, velvet ribbon, and some bows created from peppermint candy baker’s twine. Underneath the ivory antique button there is a little ruffle of seam binding.


For my star tag ornament I first created the star using one of the backing images, which is music manuscript, from the same collage sheet as the little girl. I applied it to chipboard to make it nice and sturdy and then inked and glittered the edges.


The little girl has also been glittered with gold around the edges, pink on her coat and white on the furry parts of her attire. I’ve actually decoupaged her coat and pocket but it doesn’t show up too well in the photograph.



The sentiment is also on the collage sheet and I’ve glittered it and topped it off with a pink paper rose and some mulberry paper holly leaves. The 25 is from the Shabby Chic Advent Countdown collage set which is another project I can’t wait to get started on.


To complete my star I’ve added a pink bow and some pink pearls.

I mentioned at the start of this post that I couldn’t stop creating and I wasn’t fibbing. I also made a couple of tags and will share those with you later this week so I hope you will buzz back and take a look. In the meantime, do go and check out all the amazing projects that the rest of the DT have created.  There are some very special guest designers this month including many of the Gecko Galz Design Team and the fabulous Rebecca Deeprose. As if that wasn’t enough in itself, Heather also has a Giveaway going on right now and you could bag yourself a gift voucher for her Etsy shop that is worth $50.

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Saturday Stamping

There’s nothing better on a misty and murky winter’s Saturday than playing at craft, even if you are supposed to be making sure you’re absolutely ready to go out when Mr Beez gets back with the big shop. (I am not trusted to do the big shop, I spend too much, and, apparently, I am more of a hindrance if I go along to help. Don’t even think of suggesting an internet shop – those internet shoppers even less trustworthy than me!!!!) Anyway, if you were here on Wednesday you will recognise that these ATCs are a continuation of the CAS theme I began then:


I’m sharing these over at Sunday Stampers where this week’s theme is to use sewing and stitches. Obviously in my case the sewing and stitches are of the faux variety. I’ve used a zig zag stitching stamp (sorry, I’m not sure where this is from) around the edge of each one. The mistletoe stamp is from Lavinia Stamps and the little heart is by Stampotique. The tree and the words are all from Darkroom Door.

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I’ve “fabric” pieced the Christmas tree by stamping a second image onto a piece of calico, colouring it with ink and then cutting it out.

Now I’d better dash as I think I here a car on the drive!!!

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Merry mistletoe

Having declared the Christmas crafting season officially open I was thrilled that this week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog has the theme of CAS Christmas. Specifically a one layer card. Not only does it give me an excuse to crack open the Christmas stamps, it also meant I was able to whip up a quick card before my departure to Hull (yes again!!) this morning. Although we all know that quite often CAS cards can take as long, if not longer than something that, on the surface, looks far more complicated. Or is that just me? Anyway, I did manage to make this in super-quick time and added bonus is that I now have Mr Beez’ card under my belt.


The mistletoe stamp is from Lavinia Stamps and the little heart is by Stampotique. I used Archival ink in “soil” to stamp all the images and then used Stabilo All pencils in white and red to colour the berries and heart. I added a little wintery snow (apparently we are in for an Arctic winter here in the UK) and a scribbled border using gel pen. The sentiment is by Darkroom Door.


Not many photographs needed when it’s a single layer CAS card, which was lucky, as Mr Beez is at home today and I don’t want him to see this before I give him the original.


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Remembrance – Part 2

As promised I am back to share the details of my second Design Team project for the new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges. The theme is remembrance. Your project doesn’t have to be poppy related it can be something linked to any act of remembering. I happen to rather like poppies:


This is the reverse side of a little canvas that I covered with book pages. I used Distress Stains – Broken China and Shabby Shutters, plus a little Walnut Stain distress ink along the edges.


The little poppies were created by ruffling up some seam binding, creating a little circle and popping a black pearl in the centre. I added some stems using the wire that is left over from paper flowers after I have beheaded them and taken the flowers! I used glue gel to add dimension.


I added a little Icelandic moss along the bottom.


If you haven’t already paid a visit to Crafty Boots Challenges be sure to buzz over and check out the wonderful creations from the other DT members.

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Remembrance – part 1

It’s time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges and our theme for the next fortnight is “remembrance.” Those of you in the UK, and many of you overseas too, will know that yesterday was Remembrance Sunday when there were ceremonies, church services and parades all over the world and that tomorrow it is Remembrance Day when at 11am a two minute silence will be held to pay tribute to all those who have been affected by war and conflict. This year has marked the centenary of the start of the First World War and if you are not aware  of the magnificent display of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London then be sure to check them out.

I’ve done a couple of projects this week and am sharing the first, a card, today.


It’s always handy to have a card for more sombre occasions up your sleeve and I have created this one with that in mind. I’ve used coordinating papers in ivory and black, distressing and inking the edges of each.


The poppy was created by using two different sized punches and some red card. I used a cocktail stick and a scoring tool to stretch and shape the petals. I then inked them with Walnut Stain distress ink before layering them up and popping a black sparkly gem in the centre.


I tucked in some leafy branches and then added the word which is an Ideaology Chit-Chat sticker. This was a super quick card to make – no more than 15 minutes.


Be sure to pop over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to. I’ve had a sneaky preview and know you are in for a treat. You can also take a peek at my second project, I will be sharing that with you tomorrow. I hope you’ll have time to share your projects with us too.

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Reindeer games

After all the excitement of two blog hops and a new Design Team I thought I’d take a little breather from posting. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been making or thinking about making and I have lots to share with you over the coming weeks. As you know, I love creating little pieces of whimsy, especially tiny scenes and today I have a little shadow box that I have been working on.


A few weeks ago I mentioned that I struggled to find shadow boxes but had invested in a couple of lightweight “proper” boxes. These are proving to be very handy – not too deep and easy to cover with paints or paper. I gave this one a couple of coats of red paint and then dry brushed some white over the top.


I’ve used Tim Holtz dies for the deer, trees and numbers using patterned papers, glitters and inks to decorate. On the base of the box is some white Icelandic moss to which I’ve added white paint and white glitter for some wintery sparkle. All the elements were secured with glue gel to add dimension.



I added some holly leaves, red gems and a little sparkly snowflake to finish the whole thing off.




I’m linking this up to City Crafter Challenge Blog for the current challenge which has the theme of deer.

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