Strawberries but no cream

Our new challenge over at Crafty Boots is “summertime.” Today’s card is featuring something that encapsulates the taste of summer – the strawberry!


This adorable little strawberry image is a stamp from Rubber Moon. I’ve stamped it onto watercolour paper and then coloured it in with Promarkers.


I wanted to keep my design clean and simple so opted for one of my favourite additions – some torn and frayed scraps of fabric. I also added a tiny sweetheart blossom.


Now as the title of this post suggests, I prefer my strawberries without cream and tend to eat them just as they are or, just occasionally, I’ll add a little ice cream and some crunched up meringue! What about you?

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A little crabby

I can hardly believe it’s already Monday again AND time for a new challenge over at Crafty Boots. Our theme for the next fortnight is “Summertime.” Here’s one of my DT cards that I am sharing:


This was the Father’s Day card I made for Mr Beez. I know it was yesterday but I thought this design could be easily adapted for a summer birthday. One of my favourite seaside resorts in the UK is Cromer on the North Norfolk coast and it’s famous for its crabs. In my opinion they are the best in the country and whenever we visit we always bring back a supply for the freezer. When my sons were young they would fish for them off the pier using bits of bacon for bait. They would always end up with a bucket full that were then dutifully returned to the sea.


This cute little guy is one of Magda Polakow’s fabulous digital images and I wouldn’t want to eat him. I’ve coloured him with polychromos and then added a little dusting of ink. The Father’s Day sentiment was printed from my computer. The background papers are from my stash.


After a run of fabulous hot and sunny days the weather seems to have resorted to the more traditional British summer of rain, rain and more rain. I know we are not the only household who have resorted to turning the central heating back on! Maybe this Crafty Boots challenge will inspire the sun to come out to play and we look forward to seeing all your summery entries.

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The smiles are on me

Happy Sunday and Happy father’s Day 🙂 It is indeed all about the men today as the lovely Carol is asking us to “Man Up,” over at the Stampotique Designer’s Challenge this week by using a male image on our projects. I decided to go with Smile:


I’ve used some paper from the Gecko Galz Curiosity Shop Kit as the background plus some bits of washi and then added an image of Smile that was stamped onto kraft paper. I paper pieced his smile, having stamped it onto white paper first, so it really stood out. If you’ve ever seen the episode of Friends where Ross has his teeth whitened you’ll get the idea!


I created the bunch of balloons in the same way.


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Mr Beez Birthday

Mr Beez celebrated his birthday on Tuesday and today I am sharing the card I made for him:


After our very special holiday last December, New York holds a special place in our hearts so I thought this would be appropriate.


I combined Stampotique’s NYNY, 1879 Postmark and Daniel’s Hearts to create this little scene. Stamping the cityscape first and then overlaying with a mask before stamping the hearts. A light swooshing of Salty Ocean and a pop of red on the hearts adds a little colour.


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Not as organised as I thought!

I’ve realised that there is such a thing as being too organised! Despite more recent evidence to the contrary, I am normally a well organised person. Messy and untidy but definitely organised but like the majority of people there are times when things slip. Sometimes I end up doing something twice simply because I forgot that I had already done it. However, this time I thought I’d done something well ahead of time only to find I hadn’t and therefore had to quickly pull it all together at the last minute. Now that I’m back on track I can take a minute to share this card with you:


This is another of my DT cards for the current masculine challenge over at Crafty Boots. The chalkboard sentiment is from the Gecko Galz collage set of the same name and I’ve teamed it up with some papers from the Coven and Hocus Pocus paper packs.


I decided to add a pop of colour with some purple card and a purple star.


Wishing you a lovely week and thanks for buzzing by.


Circle in the sky

The lovely Nellie is hosting this week’s Stampotique Designers’ Challenge and her chosen theme is All Creatures Great and Small. For me this was a great excuse to get out Jo Capper-Sandon’s adorable little Starbird with Chick stamp to create a card:


I have had this stamp in my Stampotique collection for a little while but not used it. If you don’t know this particular stamp, there is a smaller version on the side as well as the one you see here.  I created the moon by masking off a circle and swooshing on distress inks with a brush.


Next I stamped the bird and then added some Picked Raspberry distress ink with a waterbrush, incorporating the blues that overlapped the image.


I’ve used a torn off piece of washi tape for the musical notes and then some additional stamping for the branches. The eagle eyed amongst you will spot that the washi is actually upside down!


The stars and words are rub-ons by Tim Holtz.

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Shirts, collars and cuffs

Time for me to share another of my DT projects for this week’s Crafty Boots challenge which is all about masculine cards.


I’ve used a vintage image from the Geck Galz Gentleman’s Club digital stamp set and teamed it with some black ribbon and black buttons.


I’m thinking this might make a fun card for anyone about to celebrate their Prom.

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Rugby Football

We’re starting a new challenge over at Crafty Boots and our theme for the next fortnight is “masculine.” I’ve made a card using some fabulous papers and an image from the Gecko Galz.


The papers are from the Autumn Harvest pack and the image is from the Good Sport collage sheet.

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I’m not sure if the ball is an American football or a rugby ball but here I am using it as the latter as this card is for a friend who is a big rugby fan.


I ‘ve added in some strips of ribbon and a stamped sentiment to top it all off.

Be sure to buzz over to Crafty Boots and see what the rest of the DT have been up to and we look forward to you sharing your projects with us.

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It’s Sunday and that can only mean one thing, time for some Stampotique! The lovely and talented Coby has asked us to use the word “Boo” in our projects for this week’s Stampotique Designers’ Challenge.  Those of you that buzz by here regularly would, quite rightly, expect me to dive in to some Halloween related project but, instead I opted to take a different path. Take a look at my postcard:


I can take no credit for the concept of today’s project, but I have given the idea my own Stampotique twist. A couple of years ago I picked up some free digi stamps that were produced by McMahon Five Designs to support Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. Sadly, the stamps are no longer available but I loved the concept that was created to deliver a super-important message. Each year I think I will make some cards to raise awareness and at the same time raise some money for this fabulous cards, and each year I fail. As my friend is organising a strawberry tea fund raiser at the beginning of July I thought I could make a few of these postcards in addition to whipping up a batch of scones.


I transformed the adorable little Cooper from a ghost to a bee with some appropriate colouring and the addition of wings from the Medium Bee and some hand drawn antennae. I’ve used Carol’s large flower for the blooms.


Wishing you a happy Sunday and thanks for buzzing by.


It’s a man’s world

As we begin the new month, a new challenge begins over at the Gecko Galz. And, as it’s June, its the month during which we celebrate Father’s Day the theme is “Man O Man.” . You can find out all the details, including the fantastic prize you could win, over on the Galz blog and remember that as each DT member falls under the spotlight, they will be giving away a free digital stamp so be sure to check back often. Here’s the card I created:


I’ve used papers from this month’s Spring Awakening pack and teamed them with an image from the Texture Jewel It set.


Decorative elements include this fabulous ribbon which was a present from the lovely Dionne. I’ve been hoarding it for ages but it was just right for this card. I’ve also used some black Dresden trim, faux black pearls and a samped tag.


As well as Father’s Day this month, June also happens to be Mr Beez’ birthday and our wedding anniversary so for me, it’s very much about making cards for my OH!

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