Dream house

If I tell you that this week’s celebratory challenge over at Sunday Stampers has the theme of “dream,” I’d lay odds on that, without even peeking,  you could name at least two elements of my project.


Butterflies – tick, Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamp – tick, distress inks – tick, glitter – tick, shabby flower -tick. Yep, all my favourites bundled up into one project. This week, Hels Sheridan, the queen of Sunday Stampers, is celebrating 300 weeks of her fantabulous blog challenge. 300 weeks that’s getting on for six years of  super fun challenges guaranteed to give you ear worms and get you singing. This week’s inspiration piece from Hels is a stunner so be sure to pop over and leave her some love. There’s also mega blog candy to be won too so you’d be mad not to.


So I really wanted to use a similar colour palette as Hels but decided that would be a bit cheeky and instead I’ve gone for dusky green which is made up by blending Shabby Shutters, Broken China and Iced Spruce. The house has been hiding in my stash for quite awhile, I think it may have been from Artchix which is a shame as they have sadly closed their shop.


I inked the sides of the house  with Black Soot distress stain, a tip I picked up from one of Hels Create and Craft demos. Then I coloured up some cardstock, using the inks, and applied the card to the front and back of the house. I used Iced Spruce and a harlequin stencil to create the diamonds in the background.


The moon, Darkroom Door String Inspiration stamp and flowers were all stamped using black Archival ink.


I used the left over card that I had inked to create the stamped and punched butterflies and the shabby die cut flower.


The stars were stamped on to more left over card, cut out, glittered and then applied with glue gel to give them some dimension. A smidge of silver stickles was the finishing touch.


So CONGRATULATIONS Hels on your 300 milestone and here’s to many more. You, more than any other crafter (and I’m including Tim Hotz) have inspired me, and I’m sure many others, to get inky and enjoy stamping. Thank you. Let’s hope you can do the same with the Melt Pot – tee hee!

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Pearls, lace and a touch of glamour

Challenge #4 over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous is “Sparkle, glitz or glam” and, not for the first time this year I have gone for a subtle sparkle rather than my full on glittery bling thing.


This started life as a large sized matchbox. I cut open the outer sleeve to make a door, attached it to the box and then covered everything with fabulous Teresa Collins papers from my stash. I particularly love the music manuscript in this collection so I’m a little anxious that my supply is dwindling!!


The image is one from the Gecko Galz Easter Bonnets ephemera set and I’ve mounted it on a couple of more layers of the designer papers. I added a scrap of that gorgeous lace, a glittery padded heart and a tiny peach rose. It’s attached to the inside of the box with glue gel to attach, that way it doesn’t disappear into the background.


The edge of the box is decorated with strips of tiny pearls.







I’ve further embellished the box with organza rose trim, stamped and punched butterflies, more of that lace and some extra pearly swirls.


One thing that did become apparent through making this project is that pearly swirls and me are not a match made in heaven. I love them but applying them, quite frankly, is a nightmare. I’m sure you are far more calm and controlled with them and so don’t have the same problem.

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Go figure

Is it me, or do Monday’s come around far to quickly? It’s another of my out and about weeks finishing up with a stay away from home so I’m not particularly looking forward to it.

However, a new week does mean a new word over at Every Inchie Monday and this week it is figure. First off I played around with numbers but couldn’t settle on anything I liked so instead I came up with these:


Now I know I’m in danger of becoming repetitive as I keep playing around with colour but I just can’t help it. You’ll recognise the figure as the little man with the umbrella from Tim Holtz. I stamped him out and then reduced him in size on my photocopier before adding lots of different backgrounds.


The rainbow effect was crated with Promarkers and is a miniature version of the card that I made the other week. I was going to do a sunset version in a similar way before I realised that a spectacular sunset wouldn’t require an umbrella!


Of course I had to have a snowy one. I used Chipped Sapphire, using a torn edge of paper to create some snow drifts and then full on for the sky.The dark one was created with Promarkers. I added a moon with a white pen, and then went over parts of it with the Promarkers. This is my favourite and also Mr Beez’.


I used distress inks to create the watery looking background – putting inks onto a mat, spritzing with water and then swooshing the inchie through them. The one with the obvious rain has a Promarker background.



Here’s hoping you have a good week.

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Coming up roses

So yesterday it did snow and I got to eat cake :) Eating ice cream didn’t feel quite right as it was pretty cold. The snow didn’t settle but there is still a wintery nip in the air.

I began to wonder if I was ever going to get this project finished in time to link up with this week’s challenge over at City Crafter Challenge Blog which has the theme of Spring in the Garden and has to include some elements that relate to the work aspect of gardening. I’ve made a little altered plant pot with some shabby paper wild roses:

P1070753Always tricky to photograph anything like this so apologies that the photo’s don’t really do this justice. I’m currently enjoying making these wild roses and thought they would be perfect to go in this tiny, tiny plant pot. I love the big one that has a brass brad as it’s centres. The other two are sporting pearls.




The plant pot itself was originally terracotta and was left over from a previous project that failed. Consequently, it was a bit too battered to be used as it was, so I gave it a make over by covering it in book pages, colouring with Picket Fence and Broken China distress stains and then inked with Walnut Stain. I stamped a butterfly on the front, also using Walnut Stain distress ink.



I’ve added a little dark green Icelandic Moss and then arranged the trio of blooms, trying to show each to its best advantage.


I made a little flag to stand at the back. I thought you could put people’s names on, instead of the sentiment, and use these as place settings maybe at Easter with the addition of an egg or too.


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Using up leftovers

This week I have been working on my Gecko Galz DT samples using the products that will be released next month. You’ll have to wait until then to see exactly what I’ve been up to but here’s a little something that I whipped up using lots of left over bits and pieces that were lying around. I’m linking this up with Really Reasonable Ribbon which is Welcome Spring.”

P1070685The base of the tag is made using paper from the Gecko Galz Wild Roses paper pack. I’ve inked the edges with Worn Lipstick before adding all the layers and trims.


I used one of my butterfly stamps and then coloured it with Worn Lipstick and a touch of Picked Raspberry.  I’ve added white highlights and some faux stitching. I didn’t dare get out my Darkroom Door stamps so instead used my large word stamp. This is like a super sized  library date stamp with which you can make words and number sequences of up to 16 characters.


I’ve mounted the image on some white muslin.


I’ve used some white crochet lace and pale pink organza rose trim top and bottom.


The ribbon is seam binding coloured with Worn Lipstick distress stain and I’ve wrapped it around the tag twice and topped with a little bow.


Finally, I added the little paper bee, which is by Anna Griffin from a set I purchased yonks ago. It’s been on and off more projects than I care to remember as I’ve been so reluctant to use him I’ve whipped it off at the last minute. However today I’ve been a little thrifty as the bee is, or rather was, constructed of multiple images stacked one on top of the other with foam pads in between. I’ve carefully removed the bottom layer hence the reason he has remained on the tag!


Hope you’re having a fabulous Saturday. No sign of snow yet, but cake is definitely forecast!

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Just playing

Every once in awhile it’s nice to just play with crafty stash without having a particular end result in mind. Today’s project is the outcome of one of those occasions. I am sharing this over at That’s Crafty Challenge Blog for their second challenge which is “Inky Antics.”


I could have turned this into a card but instead opted for the upcycled corrugated card and made it into a little hanging. You will see that this encompasses all the techniques and supplies I have been using recently plus, you may notice that a new butterfly stamp is making its debut.


I’ve used cream card and a variety of background stamps – text, dots, splats and lines to build up layers. I mainly used Vintage Photo with a little Walnut Stain. I swirled on extra ink using an Ink Duster.


The butterfly stamp is one of the new releases from Sheena Douglass and it is HUGE! I’m very grateful to my friend Dionne for alerting me to the fact that these were on the market as I was able to get them at a bargain price over at Create and Craft. For those of you that are aware of my lockdown on new craft purchases, worry not, butterfly stamps are, of course, an essential.


I inked the antennae and stamped them directly on to the background, then stamped the whole image on to a separate piece of card, cut it out and coloured it with distress inks.


The pretty lace and the paper blossoms, which are inked, are from Wild Orchid Crafts.



Thanks for all your lovely comments this week and here’s to a happy weekend. I have requested cake and or ice cream with Mr Beez. He has told me that it might snow. Now that really would be the icing on the cake.

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Springing into spring

So today is the first day of Spring. In my part of the world we seem to have a return of the winds ,that have played with us for a large part of the winter months, interspersed with bursts of bright sunny weather. It seems the latter has encouraged people to break open their summer wardrobes and I have noticed a rash of bare arms and legs appearing. Way to early in my opinion for it is certainly not warm. Me, I’m firmly entrenched in my winter boots and never without my scarf!

I thought today would be a good day to share a little altered house that I made as one of my Gecko Galz DT projects. I am sharing this over at That’s Crafty who have launched a new challenge blog. Their first theme is Anything Goes.


This was actually made before my little blue and white house but I just haven’t had chance to share  it here before now. I’ve used papers and images from this month’s Gecko Galz collections plus a fabulous paper from Jodie Lee whom the Galz have teamed up with for a cross promotion. Jodie’s papers are seriously pretty so do check them out.


For the front and roof of the house I used papers from the Jodie Lee Nature Garden collection. That pretty fairy is part of the paper’s design.


The paper covering the sides of the house is from the Gecko Galz Solarium paper pack. I added a bit of white  dry brushing and then some sparkle Mod Podge to seal the papers.


I’ve added lace and a cluster of yellow spring flowers to the roof  and a little cluster of daffodils in the corner.


The little rabbit is an image form the Gecko Galz Hip Hop Easter ephemera set and the butterflies are from various Gecko Galz sets. The pretty lace is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and came in one of my Ribbon Club assortments.



The butterfly at the back has been attached with wire.


I am also linking this up with Really Reasonable Ribbon for challenge #91 which is “Welcome Spring.”

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Mellow yellow

I’m really happy to be able to tell you that Monday’s visit to the dentist was successful in that all teeth came away with a clean bill of health. I practically skipped all the way home I was so relieved! :)

Coincidently, today’s post is all about being happy. I am sharing a canvas that I have made for this week’s Sunday Stampers challenge which has the theme HAPPY. There was only one way this could go really, so there was no point offering any resistance, I just had go with the phrase that came straight into my head which, of course involves a bee!

P1070667I decided go with yellow as that is the colour of the character Mr Happy. I used Squeezed Lemonade ink directly on to the canvas and then used a variety of stamps to build up layers for the background using Wild Honey, Mustard Seed and Vintage Photo distress inks.


I really wished that I had the large Stampotique bee for this, the one I have used is the medium. Initially I stamped it directly on to the canvas but it didn’t look quite right so instead I used a bit of roughed up book page. I added stamping to this to match what I had done on the canvas and used Walnut Stain to stamp the bee.


Having enjoyed making some shabby rose type flowers just recently I decided to go with this technique again. I used cream cardstock and dies from Heartfelt creations to cut out lots of different sized layers.  Once they were inked (Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lipstick all edged with Vintage Photo) I spritzed them with water, blotted them dry and then crumpled them up. Once dry, I carefully uncrumpled them, rolled the edges of each petal with a cocktail stick and layered them up. I finished each one with a centre of chocolate coloured glitter – for glitter is surely the very essence of happiness?


The leaves and swirls were also die cut, coloured with Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo and spritzed.


The words were stamped on to some yellow designer paper and popped into a chipboard frame that had been coloured with Walnut Stain distress ink.


The little butterflies are left overs from various projects.



Wishing you all lots of happiness and thanks for buzzing by.

Feather Light

Happy Monday! Except I’m not entirely sure about the happy bit. Do you remember a few weeks ago a postponed my dental appointment? Well all too quickly my rearranged appointment has arrived :( I’ve decided making an appointment on a Monday is a silly idea, I need time to acclimatise to the week and then psych myself up for the inevitable! Let’s hope I get away with nothing more than a clean and polish, although quite frankly I hate that almost more than fillings!

Another clean and simple card to share with you today as a new fortnightly challenge is launched over at Crafty Boots Challenges. The theme is feathers and was chosen by the talented Sara.


Should you ever see a bumper bag of brightly coloured feathers going cheap and think to yourself that you can bleach them and then colour them how you wish, I have to tell you that you can’t. Fortunately, I found a little stash of natural brown and cream feathers, that have got to be at least 14 years old, so was able to turn to them instead. As it happened, and as you can see, I ended up only using one!


I used card (Very Vanilla) and stamps from Stampin’ Up! and some Vintage Photo distress ink.


There’s a tiny strip of music manuscript and a tiny strip of book page plus the feather and neutral tone paper roses.


Be sure to buzz over to the Crafty Boots website and see what the rest of the Design Team have been up to and I hope you’ll join in and share your feathery projects with us.

Now, the only other thing I have to ask you is – what an earth am I going to do with a bumper bag of brightly coloured feathers??

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