Sunday 30 December 2012

Happy new year

Hoping to rescue Bill from the hospital tomorrow morning so we can celebrate together! Cannot believe he went & broke + dislocated his arm on Thursday ( the same one he had surgery on on June)

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year
I'm sharing a tag based on the Tim holtz December challenge

Wednesday 26 December 2012

Still white

Well, it's still white rather than wet here although we did have rain at 03.00! So here are a few more wintery scenes

Saturday 22 December 2012


Sorry that I'm not sharing creations with you all at the moment but,,,, I am having so much fun!

Sunday 9 December 2012


Thought that I would post some non Christmas!

Big 'n juicy Hydreangea ink that I have smooshed & spritzed with some silver, the Stampers anonymous dragonfly (kinda blueprint!!!) that I've stamped onto the tag & also onto a spare piece of coloured paper & used some Verdigris EP with. I added a little pearlescent paint to the top layer dragonfly. A length of sheer ribbon that has a gathering thread through it and another white ribbon over the top, some buttons, a dragonfly brad, another length of organza ribbon to finish off.

It's got sparkle & has nothing to do with the season....Hope you've all had a good crafting week-end and ready for the last full week before Christmas!

Thursday 6 December 2012

Check out the candy at Crafty Individuals

Tuesday 4 December 2012

Tim's December tag take 2

....more of yesterday's smooshed background which has also had a few snowflakes stencilled on using versamark + Lilac Pearl iridescent EP.

Stampendous poinsettia was then stamped onto the background using gold ink & EP, onto some old dictionary pages in Peeled Paint & Fired Brick both had clear embossing powder added .

I fussy cut & layered the coloured leaves & "petals", added a couple of gold flourishes (festive greenery sissix die) then used some glossy accents to glue some micro beads to the flower centre .

Peace on Earth (Rubber Stampede) was stamped in red & embossed with Cosmic Shimmer Berry Red Aurora onto an old exercise book page that I had coloured with Antique Linen DI, roughed up the edges & added a little Vintage Photo.

The threads came from the stash box!

That's another tag done & posted on a snowy winters day....Nice to have an excuse to play when one is full of the cold (that stepson had the kindness to share!)

Monday 3 December 2012

Tim's December tag

I just knew that I should have ordered those blueprint stamps, not just the Christmas ones but all of them!

So for this months tag I had absolutely none of the requirements :-(

But not one to fall at the first hurdle...I decided to go with the theme rather than anything else.

A "smooshed" background - Black Soot & Chipped Sapphire DI - a spritz of gold acqua fortis.

Tim's snowman rubber stamp ink & EP in white, the top hat got restamped in gold, cut out & mounted with a few foam pads.

Mini holly Tonic punch gave me some tiny holly sprigs for the brim.

The Music score is also a Tim stamp that I used with gold ink & EP.

A small piece of blue tinsel, don't ask where that came from as I have no idea,

A gold snowflake sequin with an iridescent 3D one glued on over the top.

A short length of knitted iridescent white braid.....

Some gold letters diecut to spell JOY and an edge of gold glitter!

Job done Sally-style! I hope he likes it :-)

Thursday 29 November 2012

CASology 21: TIME

Tick tock, tick tock, 26 sleeps to Christmas! Where has this year gone?

A little something on the "time" front.... A simple card where I have embossed the front panel using a Tim Holtz embossing folder added a thin gold ribbon along the edge of the join and then added a gold ink & embossing powder clock face (also TH). I have made this as a timely reminder for a girlfriend that she will be joining the "50 & overs" in a few short weeks :-).

She is going to hate me!!!

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Champagne time

A new life & a new name for a friend! A simple wedding card using a freebie stamp & some gold ribbon on a white card. Congratulations to the bride & groom :-)

Hope all my followers are keeping safe in all this dreadful weather, I feel so sorry for these poor people flooded out of their homes.

Saturday 24 November 2012

Happy birthday

A quick post to share a card made for a dog-loving relatives birthday. Paper from stash, the stamp was given to me by a friend on Skye, the colouring was done with distress inks. This made a change from the Christmas makes of recent days & I have a wedding card to make too!

Happy crafting week-end

Tuesday 20 November 2012

We three kings...

TIOT challenge this week is about sparkle so I may link this depending on what else gets made this week - here I have used the 3 kings from the Tim Holtz "joyful song" sheet and some "Copper Thunder" gilding flakes on a sheet of matt black paper & added a few golden stitches in the rounded corners.

Monday 19 November 2012

Deck the halls

A little ATC I threw together this afternoon when I was sorting out stuff that was lying around on my desk!

Friday 16 November 2012

Thursday 15 November 2012

Pink #8

I decided that it really was time that I had a go at the " in the pink " challenge. This week it's punches and/or dies so here is my contribution.

Pink roses paper from my stash (make unknown) the central motif was cut from white card stock using Persian Accents which I have stamped with a freebie stamp using Colorbox ink & then coloured the rest of the motif.
The butterfly is cut from the main paper using a sissix die.

Hope it's a go for the challenge :-)

Wednesday 14 November 2012


Some of my recycled Xmas cards....

I kept things simple and used up paper bits, card off-cuts & some "toppers" that came from old cards - my little green efforts for the time of year :-)


Thought I would share something that I made a good number of years ago now & that I rediscovered in a drawer last week!

It is painted silk with some stitching as well, it was done for the Embroiderers Guild Christmas card competition & I was delighted to win (local branch) and I subsequently framed it.
When we are at home for the festive period I usually get it out but we don't seem to be here very often these days.

Sunday 11 November 2012

Dribs & drabs

A creative week-end! I have managed to assemble a dozen Christmas cards for my brother ( no greeting as they go to all nationalities) a card made from oddments lying in the box of stash which won't work for the "less is more: home" challenge because it's not one layer and a topper for a birthday card made from more stuff that is left over from this months Tim's tags challenge!

So now the desk is almost clear and tomorrow I will have to get the sewing machine out to make some alterations to some covers for the car ( in an attempt to stop the dog from dribbling all over the leather seats when we go away!!!)

Friday 9 November 2012

Less Is More: Pink

Second post of the day but it's sometimes a case of striking whilst the iron is hot as they say.

Over at Less is more the challenge is "pink" so should be simple!!! But lots of procrastinating was more the order of the day- I got there in the end & here is my contribution.

Try It On Tuesday memories

Ah! Memories... We all have those but some people have better ones than others and seeing as how I am often told that I have a memory like an elephant I decided to put a twist on the subject!

A cute little elephant stamp that came with Creative Crafting that has been coloured in with Promarkers & the edges have had distress inks applied.

I think this little chap has got lots of lovely happy memories and I hope he makes you all smile despite not being of the "vintage memories" variety (I like to be different/unpredictable).

Happy crafting over the week-end everyone.

Thursday 8 November 2012

CAS-ology 18: orange

I feel like I have been dithering on this one for days but maybe that's because I've not been sleeping well :-(

Anyhow, after a shuffle through the bit boxes (yes I still have quite a few of those despite my sort out!) here is what I decided to go with:

A quarto size card (that sounds fancy I hear you say) a piece of orange card with gold spots that came from the stash box- it was part of a card received years ago & a square design that I stamped in orange, clear embossed & added a little more orange colouring to (Promarkers in mandarin & honeycomb.

I hope there's enough white still in there to qualify!

Tuesday 6 November 2012


I decided that as I had enjoyed making my most recent "12 days tag" I would get inky again....

So a few days ago I got out versamark, distress inks in tumbled glass, broken china, weathered wood, iced spruce & evergreen bough & proceeded to smoosh colour about!

Some overstamping went on too in Big n Juicy hydrangea as well as some archival black....

I added home-made Frantage to the snowman, some juniper & holly sprigs, branches, pine cone & holly berries.

To the snowflakes I added the letters SNOW, some silver embossing to the edges, pleated rosette & 2 snowflakes.

The Christmas tree has 2 mistletoe sprigs with pearl berries, juniper sprigs & twigs with a large brad, silver embossing at the edges & a blue snowflake.

All set to mount these onto Christmas card blanks now. :-)

I had some nice inky (& gluey) fun!

Friday 2 November 2012

12 tags of 2012 November

At last! was my cry on seeing Tim's latest tag challenge - for once I can actually say that I had most of the ingredients (big smug smile).

So I have followed his instructions, my only difference on the base tag was that I used all distress inks & no stains for the simple reason that I currently only have black & white.

I had some "ribbon" in the right colours left over from another project that I have used, it is actually a type of gauze bandage! Takes inks beautifully.
Then as I had no muse tokens I decided to use an Indian corn button that I have attached to the tag with some green wire - I also used a piece of maroon velvet instead of hessian.

So all in all THANKFUL is very apt this month.

Hope you enjoy this months contribution.

Wednesday 31 October 2012

Sweet CAS17 yummy peppermint candy canes

Time for a CAS entry and I need an atc so very quick and easy make this time:

Red & green Colorbox inks + clear embossing powder - the stamps are a DoCrafts mini set.

I can taste these candy canes as I type :-). Hope you enjoy them too

Tuesday 30 October 2012

Less is more week 91 sketch 7

Time to get my skates on as this closes soon & I am able to grab a little me time whilst Bill is busy cleaning out the gutters!

Long panel has been coloured with DI Broken China & stamped with a snowflake stamp in the same colour- cut into 3 panels that have had the edges coloured with DI Salty Ocean.

Once I had stuck these onto the base card I overstamped the panel with Tim Holtz's snowman in archival black, added a few small gems to him & added a "happy holidays".

I cannot believe its only 56 days to go!!!

Monday 29 October 2012

Autumn colour

Suddenly I realised just how much autumn colour I have in my house!