Friday 29 January 2010


Hi there to all my lovely bloggers - I am just sharing this "joy card" with you - I have no idea why it is called a Joy card - I prefer to call it a Duet card because it's two cards in one - Yayyyy!
I made this for a dear blogging friend of mine who is going through a rough time at the moment (and I know she loves birdies) - she has already received the card so it's OK to post it on my Blog (I'm sure Gini won't mind)!!!
The cardstock is Bazzill Basics - the stamp is the freebie on February's Craft Stamper Mag., coloured with Sakura Stardust Gel pens, the papers were freebie downloads from Tinker and  Co, and the greeting was a freebie stamp with a recent Do-Crafts Creativity Mag. Sorry Gini -it's not the cost that counts - love you anyway, and get well soon. 
Thanks for visiting - Hugs, Sylvia xxxxxx

Thursday 28 January 2010


Hi peeps - hope you've all had some sunshine today - it's been pretty good here in West Yorkshire - a real treat after all the miserable weather. 
Today I'm adding a bit more Grunge to my blog - I enjoyed making the Grunge Paper Rose so much for my last card, I've been messing about with more GP, Distress Inks and chipboard.  If you want to see some truly spectacular work, made with these products, do pop over to Wendy Vecchi's amazing blog HERE. Her work is fabulous.
So, here are my rather weak attempts with my new-found Grunge Paper, and boy have I enjoyed having a play!

The chipboard heart has been coloured with Distress Inks. Gingham background from Wendy Vecchi's "Nature's Art" stamp set,  and an old tiny flower stamp used on the green section. The spotty flowers are from Papermania, stamped onto Grunge Paper, cut out and coloured with Distress Inks.  Leaf spray also from the Wendy Vecchi set.  Ribbons from my stash - dark brown wire  bought from a local garden centre.
It's not very clear from the photos, but both projects have been spritzed here and there with a mixture of water and Perfect Pearls.  
The card has been made with the same Wendy Vecchi stamp set -  the butterfly wings have been layered and curled - the head is half of a really old press-stud I found in my sewing box - I've noticed they are quite fashionable on cards right now (and quite expensive) - whoever would have thought!!
The scallop chipboard is layered onto black card spritzed with the Perfect Pearls mixture.  Base card - Core'dinations Cappucino.
Thanks so much for popping by  - Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

Tuesday 19 January 2010


Hi everyone - is it just me, or are the days just flying by?  Just managed to get this one finished in time for week 2 of the Bah! Humbug! Challenge - well I just had to join in this week, as I won the Challenge prize last week - a beautiful set of Elusive Images Christmas stamps!  As this week's theme is to use New or Nearly New Stash,  I decided to use one of the sentiments from my new prize.  The Nestie Label die has only been used once before and the Grunge Paper Rose is totally new to me, in fact it's my first attempt at making one of these - great fun to do.  It's coloured with Shimmerz and a sprinkling of Glamour Dust.
Other items used - CB ornate corner die, Woodware leaf punch. The  paper is from an old Bo Bunny collection - this was my very last piece - absolutely loved it, sob! (Get a grip Sylvia ...).

Thank you for looking - Hugs, Sylvia xxxx
PS: As I have been asked how I made the Grunge Paper Rose, I am including a link to the Tim Holtz TutorialHERE . Of course, Tim's are absolutely stunning!!

Friday 15 January 2010


Morning everyone - just a little update on last week's Challenge at Bah! Humbug! .....have just heard that my card has been randomly chosen as the winner of their very first prize draw, and needless to say, I'm thrilled to bits!
Many thanks to Ann, Irene and Max for such an enjoyable Challenge (and for such a beautiful prize)!
So, come on everyone - pop over to see what this week's Challenge is all about!
Hugs, Sylvia xxxx

Wednesday 13 January 2010


Hi Peeps - another challenge card - yes it's Christmas again!!
This really has been a challenge - thanks to Ann, Irene and Max from Bah! Humbug! for kicking my brain cell into gear!! This is the first Challenge of their brand new Blog and we were asked to recycle old Xmas cards (bought ones), wrapping paper, ribbon, etc. etc. I have used some thin cardboard from a package I received (looks a bit like Kraft card, but cost me nothing!), but my inspiration came from the navy and beige gingham ribbon which was wrapped around a lovely foodie gift from my daughter, bought from Betty's (they sell the most scrumptious cakes, choccies, coffee, etc.). The cardboard was a perfect match for the ribbon. The gold paper mat was a wrapping from a Ferrero Rocher choccie (yum), smoothed out a little with a brayer then wrapped around a rectangle of thin card. The two gold snowflakes were punched from another Ferrero Rocher wrapping, after attaching to a piece of thin card with DSST to give it "body"!!
Cap and Scarf Penguin stamp is from Hero Arts (love him to bits), and the blue snowflake stamp is from an Elusive Images set. Tiny red Papermania gems, Gold Glamour Dust and a red Marvy marker pen, to finish.
Thanks for popping by - Hugs, Sylvia xx

Sunday 10 January 2010


Hi Peeps!  Hope you have had a warm cosy weekend.  At last, another post - have been quite busy with one thing and another, and just longing to create something for my Blog - so here it is.  I absolutely adore this Butterfly Fairy digi image from Chris, whose fabulous digi stamps can be found here.
I am entering the card into two Challenges: -
The image is coloured with Copics which are as near as possible to the required colours, (I used G000 - Pale Green, B12 - Ice Blue and RV13 - Tender Pink plus one or two darker shades to add depth) then added a sprinkling of Glamour Dust here and there. The coloured card is Bazzill and the layers have been stitched with 6 ribbon "kisses". The paper Rose is from Joanna Sheen - it was white and I dipped it into Shimmerz then sprinkled it with Glamour dust!! The small Love stamp is an old one from HOTP.
Keep warm - Love and hugs, Sylvia xxxxxx