Signs of summer 2

We’ve just started our “Butterflies and Bees” challenge over at Crafty Boots and I’m back to share another butterfly card:


I suppose that in a way this is a pastel version of the card that I shared yesterday. I’ve used some fabulous papers from the Gecko Galz Spring Awakening and Wild Roses paper packs. The butterfly is an image from the Butterfly Wings collage set.


Some simple matting and layering is topped off with pastel shades of ribbon and a cluster of sweetheart blossoms.


In keeping with the pastels I added some small faux pearls to the centre of the butterfly.


Hopefully those elusive butterflies are coming to a garden near you very soon!

Thanks for buzzing by.

Signs of summer

Another week and another new challenge starts over at Crafty Boots Challenges. Our theme for the next fortnight is “Butterflies and Bees,” two of my favourite summer motifs! I haven’t seen any butterflies just yet, although I did come across a moth, but there have been a couple of enormous bumble bees buzzing about near my garage. As I used quite a few bees for our last challenge, I thought that today I’d go down the butterfly route:


I used my favourite blend of summery distress inks – Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed and Picked Raspberry, swooshing them on with a blending tool and then spritzing with water. To tone it down a little, I used Rusty Hinge and the fabulous Oodles of Doodles stamp, by Karen Hayselden for Stampotique.


The vine stamp is from my stash and the butterfly by Hero Arts.


The sunflowers, masquerading as giant daisies, are also by Stampotique.

For those of you who are more of the bee persuasion – watch this space, I have plenty of bees coming your way!

Here’s to a calm, and hopefully sunny and summery week. Thanks for buzzing by.

Going round in circles

Good Morning! Having felt like I have spent a lot of time going round in circles this week, there’s a slight irony that this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog has the theme of circles. Set by the very talented Kristen, it is a theme that has inspired some amazing work from both the DT and those who are playing along. I changed my mind about which project to share for this challenge so I hope you like the one I went with in the end!


I saw the idea for this background over on Pinterest (where else!) and you can read about it here. Having created a background for a card very similar to what you see here,  I decided it would also the kind of place a unicorn would be very much at home in! Not only that, as if I needed any more persuasion, it would also enable me to use up my scraps of paper.  So I made another, using a postcard as the base. The pretty papers are all from the Gecko Galz  Spring Awakening pack. I simply cut out strips using my paper trimmer and punched out circles of different sizes.


I added a bit of colour to Magda’s lovely unicorn using Polychromos.


I added a bit of additional stamping around the edge and the appropriate words.

Hope you are having a lovely weekend and thanks for buzzing by.

Simply Bee

Cor blimey guv, thank goodness that week is over! Yet again it’s been a rollercoaster one for me, and I apologise for being soooooo far behind with visiting everyone’s blogs. Hopefully, the weekend will provide a little time to draw breath (although Mr Beez keeps chuntering something about radiators!) and to catch up with you all.

With all the carry on, I forgot to write a post for a card that I am sharing over at Crafty Boots for our “Queens, Princesses and Crowns” challenge:


I’ve combined some stamps from Red Lead with Jo Capper-Sandon’s crown from Stampotique. I kept it fairly simple, stamping and colouring before punching out inch sized squares.


Simple matting and layering finishes it all off.


You still have a little time if you’d like to join in with our challenge, buzz on over to Crafty Boots and find out all the details.

Wishing you a lovely and relaxing weekend and thanks for buzzing by.


Still scribbling

We are entering the second week of our “Queens, Princesses and Crowns” challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges so I have another card, following that theme, to share this morning:


Having enjoyed scribbling for my project yesterday, I decided to include a little when creating this background. I used watercolour paper and Vintage Photo ink, dabbing the inkpad onto the paper and then spreading with a water brush. I added scribbled text and splats using archival ink and stamps from my collection.


Next, I got out my thin, black sharpie and scribbled around the edges and in the corners.


The fairy princess, which you probably recognise as Tim Holtz’ Winged Things, was also stamped using black archival and then coloured with distress inks blended with water.


I added flower trim, book pages and washi tape across the centre of the card and popped the fairy over the top. I added some little gems to the top of the crown to finish everything off.

Wishing you a fabulous week and thanks for buzzing by.



If you go down to the woods today..

Following on from what turned out to be Stampotique Saturday yesterday, it is, once again, Stampotique Sunday here on my blog as I share the project I have made for this week’s challenge over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog. Lovely Arwen is asking us to use scribbles, either hand drawn or stamped, in our projects. I’ve made a little postcard:


At first, I found this challenge a little daunting and a little scary. Scribbling, doodling and mark making was something that I used to do a lot but have got out of habit of doing (except when I am in long and boring meetings!!). I always worry I will ruin whatever it is I’ve been working on. So working on this took me right out of my comfort zone until I relaxed, and then I started to have fun…a lot of fun!


Apart from the stamp, Pajama Party, and the words, everything else is hand drawn/scribbled by yours truly. I began with the trees, using a thin Sharpie to scribble the tree trunks.


Next I added colour by scribbling with my Polychromos, building up layers and texture.


Agatha, in her cute little suit, was paper pieced over the background. It took two attempts to do this as originally, I coloured her in proper bear colours but she got a bit lost amongst the trees!


I used acrylic paint and a white pen to create clumps of “flowers.”

I really enjoyed creating this, it was fun to let go of some of my self imposed boundaries. Expect to see more scribbling very soon – thanks Arwen for this inspiration.

Happy sunny Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.

Birthday Queen

Happy Saturday! I’m back sharing a card that I made for my friend who turned 40 yesterday. It just so happens that this card also fits with our challenge theme, “Queens, Princesses and Crowns,” over at Crafty Boots. The photo’s don’t really do this justice but I’ve done my best!


Don’t you just love that unicorn? It’s another of the new Stampotique releases designed by the lovely Magda Polakow, so a perfect partner for another of her stamps, Agatha Crown. The background paper is from the Gecko Galz Spring Awakening pack. I added a little stencilling using distress inks.


I’ve dressed little Agatha in the colours of my friend’s football team.


I made sure there was plenty of sparkle by adding glitter to the unicorn’s mane, tail as well as a bejewelled number. Everything has been layered on to mats of mirri and glitter card. I think it’s the mirri, added to the very sunny day, that has slightly distorted the photographs!

Wishing you a fabulous and relaxing weekend and thanks for buzzing by.


Queen birdie

I hate to start off another post with a comment about the weather but seriously… sun cream required on Monday and umbrella essential yesterday. I had neither! Who knows what today will bring 🙂 Whatever the weather, it won’t stop me sharing another card I have created for this week’s challenge over at Crafty Boots. The theme is Queens, Princesses and Crowns –  a tribute to our Queen. who is celebrating her 90th birthday.


Love this regal looking bird with her pretty crown – an image from the Gecko Galz Blue Birds of Happiness collage set.


Hopefully you can just make out the glittery finish I have added to the crown.


The papers are also by the Gecko Galz, from the Carnival Paper Pack and Portabella Road pack. I’ve added some musical washi tape and some vintage braid plus my favourite organza rose trim.


Have a great day, whatever the weather, and thanks for buzzing by.


Queen’s Crown

Good morning and happy Monday. This is the start of another busy week for me but I’m hopeful I will be able to buzz in and out of here and over to your blogs. We are starting a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and it’s a super fun theme – Queens, Princesses and Crowns. So many possibilities! I’m starting off with a CAS card:


This super crown stamp comes from Red Lead and comes with it’s own bee! The words are from The Queen of Everything stamp by Stampotique.


I’ve coloured the crown with Promarkers and added some gems.


I hope you can join us for this week’s Crafty Boots Challenge and I look forward to seeing what you create.

Have a good week and thanks for buzzing by.




Sunshine and flowers

Hello! Now when I left you on Friday I was daring to hope of sunshine and sitting out in the garden, possibly even a barbecue. As it turned out, Saturday turned out quite differently but I did get to enjoy lots of sunshine. I ended up making a very, very last minute trip to London to watch the football. My team are leaving their current home, where they have resided for the past 112 years. . Yesterday was their last Saturday fixture and tickets were very hard to come by. But I managed to get my hands on one and dashed off first thing Saturday morning to meet my brother (Mr Beez supports a different team!). It was a fabulous day, full of memories of the highs and lows we have witnessed and we got to meet many of the legends from the past. However, we did get thrashed spectacularly when we should have had a convincing win – but that’s how the cookie crumbles with my team! After the final match, which is on Tuesday evening, they will be auctioning off many of the fixtures and fittings and I’m hoping to get my hands on one of the turrets below 🙂 🙂 🙂


Anyway, on today’s post and it is another Stampotique Sunday – hooray! Over at the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge Blog, the lovely Claudine is the hostess this week and she is asking us to make something with mum in mind. I made a card that could be given to a Mum on any occasion:


I had lots of fun creating this. I used one of the gorgeous new stamps, 3 Daisies, by Terri Richardson. I stamped directly on to the designer paper, which is from the Gecko Galz Spring Awakening paper pack. I stamped the design again, coloured it in and then stuck over the original stamping. Each of the flower heads has been cut out separately and then applied with glue gel to add some dimension.


The centre of the mum flower is Jill Penney by Jill Penney. I added the hearts and letters with pen.


Nina, by Magda Polakow was created in the same way, including applying with glue gel. The words were printed on my computer.


All the colouring was done with Polychromos.


So having changed my plans for Saturday, I did get out in the garden today. It’s been fabulously sunny and warm again and, as anyone who lives in the UK knows, you have to grab the sunny days with both hands, whilst you can, because the cold, cloudy and rainy ones are waiting just around the corner.

I hope you have enjoyed the weekend as much as I have and Happy Mother’s Day if you are celebrating this weekend.

Thanks for buzzing by.