Tuesday, 24 April 2012

TIME FOR SUMMER ............

Hello peeps - I'm sure you are all looking forward to some hot Summer weather - I know I am!  But in the meantime,  I am joining in the  Crafty Individuals Challenge - TIME FOR SUMMER. 
You might like to click the pic. to see the detail!
Recipe ~
Backing paper from the Crafty Individuals "Book 7" - Shades of Summer.
Stamped images - CI -309, CI- 320, CI- 302, and CI - 234.

Distress Inks used - Weathered Wood, Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Brushed Corduroy.  
Victorian Velvet, Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose for the flowers.
Other inks used - Coffee Archival and Memento London Fog.
Memory Box die - Wrought Iron Fence.
Machine stitching. 
"Summer" stamp - Layers of Color Art Stamps.
Love to all ~

Saturday, 21 April 2012


Hi lovely blogging friends - I hope you are enjoying your weekend, whatever you are doing.
I recently had the pleasure of spending a whole day with the oh-so-talented  Jean Hardy  of Crafty Individuals fame, at her craft class which was held in a beautiful cottage in Whitby on the East Yorkshire coast. Crafting doesn't get much better than this - believe me.  
It was a wonderful day, with awesome views across Whitby bay - the sun was shining, the home-made lunch was fantastic (not to mention the wine and the never-ending supply of chocolates!). Malcolm and Kay were there too, of course, and I met some lovely crafters on the day.
My "shabby-chic" clock project is pictured below - something quite new for me, but as my regular visitors will know - I do not have a particular "style" - I just love crafting!! 
So here it is (must admit - I didn't finish it at the class - spent too much time talking and eating!), but it is now complete, and all of the  images are Crafty Individuals - either stamps or papers - some of them decoupaged, which doesn't show up very well on the photo.  A few embellishments are from my own stash. 


I would like to enter my project into the following challenges:

The Stamp Man - Shabby Chic.
Anything Goes - Tick Tock Goes the Clock.

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Hi lovely bloggers,  how about this for a WOW colour combination!!  
Here is the fabulous inspiration photo which Steph has provided for this fortnight's 
FYI challenge - so put on your sunglasses, and get out those inks and papers ! 
Don't forget - you have a fortnight to create your project, and you can interpret the picture in any way you wish.

If you pop over to FYI you will find all the challenge details, and some awesome inspiration from the talented Design Team .
My DT offering is a clean and simple design, and here it is ~

I just LOVE  this Memory Box "Madera Corner" die - cut twice from 
SU Pumpkin Pie cardstock.
Base card - Stampin' Up (possibly Lavender Lace - had it for ages)!
The diecuts were attached behind orange satin ribbon and a top layer of purple satin ribbon.
Sentiment and oval punch from Stampin' Up.
Corner rounder - X-cut.
And that's it - short and sweet!
Love to all ~

Monday, 16 April 2012


Hello lovely bloggers and doodlers everywhere!  
I guess some of us love doodling and some of us don't - I'm one of those rubbish "doodlers" who doodles when I'm on the 'phone, and it can be quite therapeutic (hands up those who agree)!
So, when I   saw what the talented Chrissie and Mandi had in store for us this week at LESS IS MORE, my right hand began twitching,  and once I picked up my pen I was like a thing possessed!
I was going to throw this in the bin (OK - who said "you should have")? but  just for fun I decided to share it - sorry!! 
This was the one and only attempt - I had no idea what I was going to draw, but somehow ended up with 3 flowers on stems - everything hand drawn with my extra-fine
Pilot pen, finished off with a little Copic colouring.
Whatever you do in life - enjoy it and have fun!!
Love to all ~ 

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Hello crafty bloggers - thank you for popping by - it's always a pleasure to "see" you!
Have you ever had one of those light-bulb moments as you waken from your slumbers - you've suddenly thought of an idea for the LESS IS MORE CHALLENGE, and hey-presto three LAMP SHADES spring to mind!  (Or is that just me I wonder - mmm, probably....).
Anyhoo - here are those Three Green Lampshades, or was it Three Shades of Green that Mandi and Chrissie asked for??  (Of course it was).

Anyway - here are the Shades peeps ........

All three shades are Distress Inks - from the left -  Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint and Crushed Olive ,  applied with a foam applicator through an old Fiskars cutting template (one of those orange acrylic sheets which partnered the circular cutting tool - does anyone else remember those?!!
From the left, the lampshades were stamped with  - Memento London Fog, Versafine Smokey Gray, Versafine Onyx Black.  I was aiming for a "dull to bright" effect across the three panels.
Handwritten sentiment (well, you wouldn't buy a stamp like that would you)!
The beautiful lampshade stamp is  from the Papermania Chatsworth set.
Lots of love ~

Thursday, 5 April 2012


Good morning lovely crafters - thank you so much for popping by. 
Here's wishing you all a very Happy Easter, no matter what the weather is like!
It's time for another challenge at FOR YOUR INSPIRATION and as this is our first
challenge of the month, there will be a prize for the winner. Our generous sponsor is Regina , the owner of The Cutting Cafe - she is offering 3 digi stamp sets of the winner's choice. 

The Cutting Cafe

As always, we have a picture inspiration for you to work with.
Here is this week's beautiful and atmospheric photo -  you can interpret it in any way your heart desires, so please get thinking and inking - can't wait to see what you create!

.......... and here is my interpretation .............


Backing paper - SU Beau Chateau collection.
Machine stitching.
Layers - SU Night of Navy, and Not Quite Navy.
Lighthouse digi image from Sweet 'n Sassy.
Distress Inks used - Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans, Wild Honey.
Swirl - Tim Holtz Elegant Flourishes
Sentiment - The Cutting Cafe.
I am entering my card into the following Challenges:-
Paper Pretties- Monochromatic.
Crazy4Challenges- Blue, White and one other colour.
Digi Doodles- Something New (Lighthouse image).
Lots of love to all ~

Sunday, 1 April 2012


Hello my lovely bloggerettes - hope everyone is happy and bathed in sunshine!
It seems like only 3 days ago that I was posting a card for the Less is More challenge - 
oh yes - it was three days ago - I was late!!
So, onto the current week's challenge at LESS IS MORE, which is  "Lucky Dip" and Chrissie and Mandi have given us a Picture Inspiration to work with,  and here it is ~
Love these colours!

My take on the theme is a small, plain, and simple little thing, but I hope you like it!

Base card - Certain Celery from SU
Pink layer - Pink Pirouette also from SU
Sentiment - Penny Black
Pearl, gingham ribbon, and gingham  paper - from my craft box.

The Flower/Rosette is not from a die, but hand-made. 
I'm sure lots of you know how to make these, but if anyone would like the details, please e-mail me. 
Other items used - 
Corner rounder from X-Cut, SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
Also entering the challenge at Whimsy Stamps
Have a very happy week ~ love to all ~