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:

CB poppy field

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:

CB poppy field

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.


Naughty or Nice

Sorry I have been missing in action for a few days and a whole week has gone by without me managing to squeeze in post. I’m two weeks away from my busy summer work assignment and there has been a lot to get organised and sorted. But I’m happy to back with you today to remind you we have reached the half way point of our Christmas in July challenge over at Crafty Boots Challenges.  Here’s another card I made as one of my DT samples:


Now I bought this fabulous vintage label image from Chocolate Rabbit, over on Etsy, ages and ages ago and have never used it. Isn’t it fabulous?


I’ve teamed it here with some coordinating cardstock and some snowflake paper from my stash which I have had even longer than the image itself!


The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon and the snowflake and jingle bells are from my stash.


You’ll find lots of fabulous Christmassy inspiration over at Crafty Boots Challenges and is a real treat visiting all the fabulous entries – It make me want to light candles, snuggle in front of the fire and eat mince pies!

Thanks for buzzing by.

173 days to go!

Anyone who knows me, knows just how much I love Christmas, so much so, that I have a second celebration in July. Over at Crafty Boots Challenges, our new challenge is also celebrating Christmas in July so I have been very excited to have the opportunity to focus on everything Christmassy that is in my stash.


For this card I’ve used Starbird with Chick and dressed him/her up as a robin. The holly is by Dylusions, the sentiment by Darkroom Door and the sleigh image is from Clearly Besotted.


I created the moon by masking off a circle and then swooshing on distress ink.


Then I stamped the holly and bird in the opposite corner and coloured them with distress inks and Polychromos.


I had to get my white pen out and add a little snow. I hope my friend Roberta (Robin!) will approve! Having created a little scene that I was very happy with, I struggled to finish my card off. In the end I opted for a simple mat and a pop of colour from some snow red ribbon.

Hope you’ll find time to join in with our challenge and I’m looking forward to a big dose of early Christmas joy 🙂 🙂 🙂

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, or American Independence Day I hope you have good one. Thanks for buzzing by.

Carrying moonbeams

After my break in Devon I am even more certain of the fact that when you’ve been on holiday, you need another one, immediately, to get over it! I’ve been feeling shattered ever since we returned and it’s not as if I have been particularly busy at work! Take a look at the amazing view we had from our hotel room:


Can you see why I’m struggling to come back down to earth?! And I have to tell you that the weather was pretty much like this the whole time we were there!

I’ll share a few pictures of the BIG day, for those of you that would like to see them, at the end of this post. In the meantime, on with today’s post which is, of course, all about the Stampotique Designers’ Challenge. This week, the lovely Nellie has asked us to use black and white only. I made a little card:


I’ve used Small Moon and my favourite little character from Line Up to create my little scene. The jar stamp is from my stash and the hanging stars are part of Great Moon.


I added a little sparkle to the moon and stars.


The words were printed from my computer and, after last time, I made a special effort to get the washi tape the right way up!!!


Now for those wedding photo’s:

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Did you spot the fudge bar and the cocktail bar? 🙂 🙂 🙂

Have a lovely Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.

The moon’s a balloon

Time to offer you all a pinch and a punch as we start a new month 🙂 We are starting a new challenge over at the Gecko Galz too and the theme is right up my street – Moon and Stars. There is only one rule, and that is you need to use at least ONE  product from Gecko Galz!!  It can be one of the free products, stamps, collage images, or digital papers!!  It is up to you!!The winner will receive a $25 Gecko Galz Shopping Spree. Here’s my DT sample:


I’ve used an image from the Sun Moon and Stars collage sheet and combined it with words that are an image from the Scripted collage sheet.


I’ve used papers from my scrap box – the stripes originally came from the Portabella Road paper pack and the patterned paper is from the Kitchen Sink pack.


A little seam binding and an MDF star finish it off.

I’m just playing catch up after my little break in Devon. We had a lovely time, the wedding was just fabulous AND we even got some gorgeous weather. I will be back to tell you all about it just as soon as I can.

Have a lovely day and thanks for buzzing by.

Beach love

Good Morning! I’m happy to be joining you today from the south coast of Devon. As you know, my friend got married here on Saturday and Mr Beez and myself have stayed on for a couple of extra days. Appropriately, I have a seaside themed card to share with you today:


We have reached the halfway point of our summertime challenge over at Crafty Boots and this is one of my DT samples that I am sharing there today. Do go an check out what the rest of the DT, including our guest designers, have been up to.


I stamped my beach hut on to some watercolour card using Chipped Sapphire, adding a little red pencil for a nautical feel. I think this stamp was just a random purchase from Hobbycraft a few years ago, the sentiment is by Darkroom Door.


I added some swirly waves using Sea Bubbles by Ryn.


The ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

If you’d like to see my other project that I’m sharing on the Crafty Boots Challenge Blog today then click on the picture below.


Have a lovely day and thanks for buzzing by.



June ’16 with the Galz

As we approach the end of the month it is time once again for me to share my Gecko Galz projects. The theme this month was “Man O’ Man” so lots of masculine cards to share today. As usual, click on the photo to see the original post which will have all the details of the products that I used. Make sure you pick up your free digital stamp which as at the end of today’s post.



Rugby card


Shirts, Collars and Cuffs Card


Chalkboard Birthday


If I only had a heart

My Dad was a huge fan of the film The Wizard of Oz and, in particular, the Tin Man. I created this card with him in mind, even though he is no longer around to see it. The image is from a fabulous Jewel It set which has images from both the Wizard of Oz and Alice. The paper is from this month’s Spring Awakening paper pack. I added some ribbon and a stamped heart which is by Rubber Moon. The sentiment was a freebie very generously included in an order from LC Designs.


Golden Owl


The owl image is from a set called Text Ture and the paper is from the High Society paper pack.

Free digi


I printed the image out in sepia tones and teamed it with some paper from the Dapper Dan pack and kraft card. I thought this would make a great card for someone who has a new job which is why I chose the “congratulations” sentiment. I used washi tape to adhere it to the card. Help yourself to the image by right clicking on it and saving to your computer 🙂

Gecko Galz June freebie for me two gents



Thanks for buzzing by.