Wednesday 31 December 2014

Happy New Year

Where has the past 365 days disappeared to guys? I cannot recall giving permission for the past 12 months to go up in a puff of smoke.....

Here's to a healthy & happy 2015 for everyone 

Stencil, TH clock & numbers

Some close ups....TH mini cardinal & a juniper sprig

Mini poinsettia, tattered flower, winter greenery & micro beads

Juniper sprigs & free stamp

Juniper, pinecone from winter greenery + some white EP, pine sprigs.


Monday 29 December 2014

Magical fireworks

Final inchie time for 2014.....MAGICAL

Final twinchie is FIREWORKS

I have one more post for this a couple of days time!

See you soon :-)

Sunday 28 December 2014

Last pages

It's the final few days of 2014....
So here is journal 52: circles

Stencilled with weathered wood, black Sharpie, white Posca, blue metallic gelly roll & some Happy Mail circles.

The words are taken from the theme song of "the Thomas Crowne Affair".....the windmills of my mind.

DLP 53: collage a page using your initial as inspiration

We went for a walk with the dog at our nearest local National Trust Property (Crathes Castle)

The sun was shining in a blue sky & some snowflakes were gently falling....that was my inspiration sorted then :-D

I'll be back tomorrow with the last inchie & twinchie of the year.....

Monday 22 December 2014

Zig zag

Our inchie is ZIG ZAG. Washi tape in this case...

And the twinchie is HOLLY. Paper Artsy stamp coloured with pencils.


Last journal 52 page of the to craft by

DLP Christmas traditions....NONE this year!

Done in the style of Brian Andreas of Story People fame

Thursday 18 December 2014

Number 12

I cannot believe that it's all over for my participating in the challenge.

Linda's boutique kindly sponsors the challenge and she has given us some wonderful inspiration - check out the blog! So Christmas is almost upon us, only a week away now and we will all be celebrating.

I loved the wreath on the latest tag Linda created and felt like doing a more dimensional that those I've done so far this year

I've used a 5"x8" base,  embossed some cream card to get a brick wall effect & added antique linen to the raised areas, the door has been done with the same card coloured with brushed corduroy, run through the embossed with a wood grain folder & then walnut added to the raised parts.

I cut out a window and added "glass" it's actually the backing from some stickers. A LaBlanche tree is in the background.

The wreath is a ring of thin card, juniper sprigs cut with the festive greenery, poinsettias cut from tattered flower garland, tiny yellow seed beads have been used to create the centres. A piece of tartan ribbon to finish, i am in Scotland after all!

A circle stamped with a greeting & the edge stamped using a pine twig stamp and the final card is done. 

What fun I've had playing along with Linda's challenge this year, the upside of not having sloped off to the alps for the winter. I hope she'll forgive the almost identical copy....mine is nowhere as good!

Monday 15 December 2014


It's time for me to post my latest card for the challenge sponsored by 

I can't believe the challenge is almost over, it's the first year that I've managed to participate thanks to the fact that we've not flown the coop to spend the winter in our little chalet in the mountains!

This is Linda's tag to inspire us which I love and as ever I've gone & done my own thing inspired by her snowflakes and the industrial silver look.

I rummaged around and found a piece of metal (foil dish) that was large enough to fit the folder that I planned to use. I trimmed, embossed scrubbed with a copper pan scourer and then rubbed some ink into the scratches in the metal, it's gone a lovely shade of blue/grey.
I die-cut 3 sizes of snowflake from different silver card and layered them using foam sticky pads. 
The wishes has also been raised, it's been sitting in the Xmas stash box for about 3 years!
The snowflakes that are embossed around the edge of the frame have had some silvery blue slickwriter
dots added, something else that has been in the craft box for years (probably about 25!!!)

This is a close up of the metal (minus the pearl blue dots)

Only one more to go!

Yellow snow

Ahhhh! I've just realised what I've used as a title.....NEVER EAT YELLOW SNOW!

3 Mondays left & our alphabet is in it's final throes... Y for yellow this time and I've used a fabric label that I received in some Happy Mail

Over at the twinchies it's snow....
Now that it's a larger photo I can see the stamp has slipped slightly on the silver card :-(

Keep safe & wrap up warm, no panicking as Christmas looms ever closer....and I'll see you all again soon.

Thursday 11 December 2014

December tag

Once more & for the final time in 2014 I've been called on to improvise 'au max" as the French would say!

I followed Tim's instructions but as I had  none of the real ingredients it's been fun to try & come up with substitutes :-)

No sprays so it was a blue ink cartridge in a mini mister (added a little water), brushed pewter stain again in a mini mister.

2 different alphabets to die cut winter wishes (inside out & alphabetical )

Deer from reindeer flight

Snowflake stamps (rubber tapestry & freebies)

Vellum embossed with Swiss dots

Festive greenery & memory box for the foliage.

The ribbons, charm, tinsel & bell all came from my stash

On the second version I've substituted the vellum with some wrapping from a winter bouquet that has snowflakes on it, jingle bells (Jolee Boutique ?) and I have a Yuletide muse to add but I cannot lay my hands on my jump rings at the moment!!!

Monday 8 December 2014


Another card creation for the challenge across at who are also the sponsors.

For this one Linda has used several things that I like....trellis die, holly, gold/red colour scheme

I've, as usual, improvised! That's half the fun of course :-)

A 4x4 kraft card for the base, spellbinders trellis die - I put some wide double sided tape on the back of the white card before putting it through the cuttlebug to make life easier. The foliage is from the Sizzix winter greenery & I've used some gold scraps, the poinsettias have been cut from red mirror card (scraps again) using the mini movers & shakers die - I've added gold brads for the flower centres.

Hard to get a decent photo of this one because of the reflections!


I cannot believe the first week of December is already a thing of the past! Soon it will be time for Santa to start yo-yo-ing up & down chimneys across the land & beyond and there you have the 2 clues for Mondays inchie (yo yo) and this weeks twinchie (Santa) 
The yo yo has been drawn by hand.....
Santa came from a free stamp set....

I've had a busy weekend, the Xmas cards are posted, the tree is up & decorated, I've made a start on wrapping the presents ( some will be delivered next weekend to Edinburgh).
I've started my Funkie Junkie challenge - it will get finished today once we return from seeing the hip specialist. My fingers are firmly crossed that Bill will get the all clear and be able to start driving again- he takes the car in& out of the garage for me as I find it too tight a fit! And I still have to decide what to get with my Simon Says Stamp gift money as well as think about the final Tim Holtz tag of the year & maybe  even think about doing the ones from earlier in the year, but that's for another day!

See you all again soon.....

Saturday 6 December 2014


This week across at Journal 52 Chelle wants to see doodling....

I put my tree up on Wednesday as we have visitors this evening for drinks before we all head over to the town hall for the panto (Snow White & the 7 Drawfs) and , YES, I did spell that correctly :-)

Here is my page, websters + distress paint, stain, ink.Tims Branch tree used as a stencil for the outline that I've filled with doodles, added baubles & stars, presents & borders.

Some posca white pen for the snow sitting on the branches. May add more pressies as it looks a bit bare under that tree :-)

Oh no it isn't! Oh yes it is!

I'll be back soon.....

Friday 5 December 2014


Managed a quick create....with remnants that were on my desk after I'd written all my Christmas cards!

A moo for the latest challenge 

Monday 1 December 2014


I got my Journal page on snowmen finished despite many Interuptions 

The real ones will be sitting in the lounge in a few days time when I've done my Xmas decorating by which time I might have also gotten over the shock of being one of the worthies over at Tim Holtz's November tag challenge.

Sunday 30 November 2014

The advent of Xenon

A strange title indeed, is it not? But, honestly, what do you do with a twinchie for ADVENT & XENON as an inchie???

Xenon: atomic number 54. Chemical element Xe. Electron coef Kr4d105s2 5p6.  Melting point -11.8C. 
Atomic mass 131.293+/- 0.006u

Well, let me tell you that all I could think of was xenon a partial print of a car, some blue in it's headlight+ some glossy accent !

Advent.....well I took the soft option it started on Sunday 30th November this year so my twinchie resembles a calendar page

I'm working on my journal52 make a snowman 

and DLP add a hand so I'll be back soon and hopefully I'll have done my funkie junkie share too :-)

Wednesday 26 November 2014


Another little page in my blue book....made after I'd cleared my desk, well 90% of it LOL

The snowman looks as though he's got a bit of a wry grin!

Tuesday 25 November 2014


It's week 9 over at the Funkie Junkie & I cannot believe how the tailend of the year is vanishing, it's scary....

Anyhow, here is Linda's tag for

Now I do like to see a black card with some gold so I could not resist doing something along the same line. I've also use some velum that's been lurking for....2 years I think, and my favourite snowflake.

I've gone with a white 4x6 card, a piece of black card that has had it's corners punched (Martha Stewart) I've stamped & embossed with gold onto the black card and also on the velum - used an assortment of images.

The diecut snowflake has been stamped in gold using Tim Holtz crackle stamp, topped with the snowflake die from the set that's been embossed with gold EP & a clear plastic one on top of that.

 Final add was the stamped circle at bottom right.....not sure who will be receiving this one!

Time for me to hop over and link this to the sponsors at 

Rudolph day

I can't believe that it's the last one of the year before Christmas Day! Anyway, I have some cards to share so without further are my final shares of made/recycled/stamped cards for 2014.....

See you all on Rudolph Day next year :-)

Monday 24 November 2014


One of those cards that none of us, I'm sure, like having to make or send....

Chocolate Baroque stamp with shaded lilac DI, extra  shaded Lilac for the foliage and a lilttle peeled paint/picket fence DS.

Sunday 23 November 2014

Inch by inch

Inchie... X, axis
An X with a screw throughout the middle so that it can spin on it's axis!

Twinchie ...wreath

Moo....trees from Paper Artsy

And to finish off my play weekend...
Some more words in a little journal
Layer of gesso (the paper is blue!!!) then distress paints in picked raspberry,peeled paint, salty ocean.
A little evergreen bough stencilled over TCW Balzer Bits: burlap bits
Some pearlescent white acrylic through sequin waste + fluo orange gel pen & sharpie black dots.
A little stamping with some Craft Stamper free stamps.

I'm not skipping now as I had some sad news shortly after finishing this....