Sunday, 30 October 2011

Challenge Number 8 card

Here is a quick and simple card I have made for my Uncle (it's the closest I can get to a single layer card!):

Have decided it counts towards my challenge as I have dusted it with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls! hee hee.  Also used Kraft card, music paper, T!m tag, Vintage photo dyed ribbon, Making Memories celebrations stamp, T!ms Artful Flight bird and birds nest.  Distress Inks I used were Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap, and Walnut Stain.

Thanks for looking :)

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Away with the pixies!

Have completed the pixie layout that was on my desk on Wednesday:

Not really much to it as the gorgeous Prima Pixie Glen papers do it all for you really. 

Here I used a sheet of "Garden Gate" with my photo mounted on two pieces of white cardstock, one inked with Bundled Sage and Vintage Photo and the other just edged with Vintage Photo.  Then all I had to do was cut out a few elements from a sheet of "Psyke Cuts", ink over a Tattered Angels Ironworks Gate, stamp out the Lavinia Fairy Washing Line (see it in the bottom left hand corner there?  it's my bestest, bestest stamp! so cute), then added some Shabby Chic Treasures (a bird, a birdhouse and a mushroom all lightly inked) and some prima flowers (Annalee Essentials 9 and Melody). 

I finished off the birdhouse by placing it on some branches (from T!ms Autumn Gathering sizzix die) and some punched out and handcut leaves.  Really pleased with the finished result even though it has got a pink background!

Also a big hello to Bridget - thank you for following me :)

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 26 October 2011


Well here I am for the fourth week running! not bad considering I was only able to play along once every few weeks earlier in the year! didn't visit many of you though last week as things kind of caught up with me.
Here is my desk as of this morning though:
half way through a layout there (couldnt resist these Pixie Glen papers even if they are a bit pink!) - I say half way as it looks finished but nothing apart from the photo is stuck down yet!  The reversed tag there is from a quick tutorial I put together for my fortnightly challenge (on the post below if you are interested) and is nothing to do with the layout, other than that just the tools I am using and some stuff out that really should be tidied away but I am not sure where to put it!  Just out of shot is some material I bought the other day in the hopes of sitting down for a sewing session and making a nice big pile of leaves to use with some of those fabulous Prima flowers I have, UTEE is also out as I now have a brand new melt pot thanks to Ranger replacing my broken one and just piles of stuff really. 
If you would like to join in the fun over at Julias then pop over and upload a picture of your workspace so we can all come and have a good nosey!

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Lets Think Creatively challenge no 8

It's Tuesday! so

Am really rather excited about this next challenge as it's all about housework!  Yes honestly!  The challenge this fortnight is to make either a tag/card and/or layout using your worst housework chore as inspiration!  My worst chore is the dusting - what a waste of time that is, once you have dusted 2 hours later the dust pixies have been again and no-one can tell!  my house is constantly dusty as I refuse to give in to the dust mites and refuse to dust everyday!  so you can bet there will probably be lots of cobwebs on my challenge creations!

This challenge is not as difficult as it might sound -  so here are some other ideas that you could use:

Worst chore ironing?  then how about this trust old background technique:

Take your background paper (here I am using a tag) and crumple it up:
ink it, here I have used tea dye and vintage photo distress inks:
then get out the dreaded iron and iron it!
you now have a flat aged piece of cardstock to kick start off your fabulous creation!

Other ideas are:
Hate cleaning?  try stamping with bleach
Hate Washing up? use a cloth or some string (am thinking of those string mop brushes here!)
Hate dusting? put some cobwebs or dust some perfect pearls onto your creation
Hate cooking? use a food theme or stamp with chocolate coloured ink

see the world is your oyster here - this challenge has already got my creative juices flowing - can't wait to start playing and er dusting! tee hee.

If you would like to join me on my journey to get creative whilst thinking about housework then please leave me a link here so I can come and have a look at your creations.  The challenge is to make either a layout (let's), a tag (think), and/or a card (creatively) - you can make just one item or all three or even lots of each them if you so wish!

Thanks and have fun!  :)

Monday, 24 October 2011

Challenge Number 7 layout

Well again I was the only one who played along with my challenge this fortnight - but hey ho at least it got me creating stuff which is the main reason why I set these challenges!

Here is my layout, which I managed to do in under 2 hours yesterday!, which is why its quite plain for me - but it does have three different types of texture on so I am pleased with it:

Texture is on the T!m car embossing folder piece, the leaves on the palm tree are triple stamped - inked, cut out and mounted on top of each other and then the other texture is on the soda flavour labels for which I put coordinating paper through the dymo.  Papers, diecuts and alphabet are Crate Paper - Static Collection, The palm tree is an Autumn Leaves Mindy's Zoo image, also used a compass mask and vintage photo and forest moss distress inks.  Layout is based on an October 2011 page map.   Can't believe I got it done so quickly yesterday - these photos have been in my "waiting to be scrapped" pile since May 2009!

Thanks for looking - and I will set a new challenge tomorrow.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

It's been a busy week again

Spent Wednesday morning at DS2's school watching the harvest festival then was out and about, Thursday involved a trip to the local farm with Year 2 (had 7 children to look after all day!) which was really good fun and my usual Friday of going for a swim at 8am, my art class then visiting my Mom, Dad and Nan in the afternoon - so I haven't had much time to craft as the evenings have involved another parents evening, disco (for my eldest - not me!) although yesterday his football wasn't on so we did actually get a Friday night in! whoo hoo. 

So last night I managed to finish off these two projects (they have been on the go since I set the challenge 10 days ago!).  The challenge is to use texture in some form on a tag, here's mine:

(isn't that Martha Stewart gravestone punch just the best!)

and also on a card:

haven't gotten around to doing a layout yet although I have done the layout for my next crop class - will post that another day.  If you would like to join in with my challenge then the details are here - I would love to come and see what you come up with!

Yesterday was also rather fab as my brand new replacement melt pot turned up! had only emailed my address back to Ranger on Thursday too!  It's out of the box but currently just sitting waiting on the dining room table as today we are moving the study into DS2's old bedroom and vice versa - bit of a nightmare!

A big thank you to Lou P for following me - it's nice to have you onboard!

Thanks for looking :)

Wednesday, 19 October 2011


Well I am here for the third week running! only managed to look at about 60 desks last week but it was still all very inspiring!

Here is my desk this morning:
the makings of a card there and still the little pile of backgrounds I made last week waiting to made into something more fabulous!  The tin at the back I found in Sainsburys last week and treated myself - its still full of the biscuits (which I dont want!) at the moment but will soon have something a lot more yummy in.  The blue folder at the back is because I took myself off last week to join weight watchers (been trying to lose some weight for years!) and have already lost 3lbs - whoo hoo.

If you want to join in the fun at peeking at other desks around the world then pop over and visit Julias blog.

Thanks for looking and also a big thank you to Cindy - thanks for following me :)

Wednesday, 12 October 2011


I didn't word my post last week very well as some of you thought my mojo was visiting somewhere else whereas in reality it was with me - however, as usually happens!, I was really busy with other bits and pieces so didn't get to use most of it and then yesterday when I had a free afternoon (whoo hoo!) I found I had lost all my ideas! Oh well I sat and put these pieces of cardstock through the big shot to put texture on them (my challenge for this fortnight is to make a tag, card and/or layout with some texture) so I prepared these in readiness.  A few will be for Halloween which we don't really celebrate in our house but I so love making spooky things and then I have finally started on the Christmas things - 74 sleeps left!

So here is my desk this morning:
If you want to join in the fun of looking at other desks around the world then pop over to Julias.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Lets Think Creatively challenge no 7

It's Tuesday! so

Can't believe I had no takers for my challenge during the last fortnight - where have you all gone?  Anyway this fortnight to get our creative juices flowing the challenge is to use texture on your pieces - by texture I mean by using embossing folders, texture plates and such like.  Here are photos of all mine:
Texture plates and Tim embossing folders

Cuttlebug and other embossing folders

smaller sizzix and cuttlebug folders

Now I am not bragging here - I know I have a lot of these however they have all been accumulated over the years as I love texture backgrounds on my artwork however these have kind of been neglected of late and hardly used at all therefore over the next two weeks my challenge is to fall back in love with them and start using them.

Luckily I have some new stash to help me:
whoo hoo pretty neat eh! have coloured those mushrooms with inka gold red paint - as you can see I haven't used any of the goodies yet - shame really as my mojo seemed to be visiting last week but I was busy with other things - not least this little munchkins 7th Birthday celebrations:

here he is with his big present and his homemade bunting!  And now I have an afternoon with the house to myself today I can't seem to get motivated to start crafting - so enough of my waffling texture/embossing folders here I come!!
My challenge is to make either a tag, card or layout using a texture technique on them (you can make just one item or all three or even lots of each them if you so wish!) If you would like to join me on my journey to rediscover texture then please leave me a link here so I can come and have a look at your creations:

Thanks :) and also a big hello to Sarah - thanks for following me :)

Wednesday, 5 October 2011


Here I am again - two weeks running so I am really pleased - looking forward to some desk inspiration as my mojo is visiting again at the moment!

This is my desk actually this morning (I usually take a photo on Tuesday in the light) and I am surprised just how dark it is this morning at 6.48 - surely it was lighter than this yesterday???  anyway:

Tag is left there from my tutorial that I put together yesterday (blog post below if you are interested in joining in with my challenge) - pile of stamps in the middle of the table, Horace the owl (on another post), a ball of string as DS2 has made a bunting to hang on the wall for his birthday - bless him - the A4 notepad on the other side of the table is my things to do list - its over that side as thats the side that I put the laptop, just an everyday dining table of clutter really - need to tidy it all up by Sunday as thats when DS2's party is as he is 7 on the 10th.

Thanks for looking and if you want to join in with the fun pop over to Julias for a weekly desk hop of fun.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Lets Think Creatively challenge no 6

This challenge No. 6 has still got a week to run but so far I haven't had any one join in :(. So I thought I would put together a quick tutorial on how to make a tag, this one:

took me less than half an hour although I have to confess the calico ribbon was predyed (leftovers from my owls legs!) and the crackle paint on the butterfly isn't quite dry just yet!

So you start off with your tag, card or layout base that you want your feature on and the shape you want to use as a mask:

Photocopier paper is ideal for this mask as anything too thinner and the inks will bleed through it and anything much thicker won't let you stamp right up to the image but will leave an extra space around it where the stamp can't quite reach the tag - this is also fine but you might end up with a mask slightly larger than you anticipated.

Next affix the mask down lightly on the tag - I use a tiny piece of double sided tape in the centre or a flat blob of blu tack if there is any close to hand (there isn't usually though - my children have a thing for sticking up posters everywhere!) and then stamp around the edge with a selection of stamps in a variety of colours, here I used Crafty Individuals flowers with distress inks:

Stamp completely around the mask to get the full effect, with some images overlapping onto the mask and some directly on the tag itself (in this case the two red butterflies):

then remove the mask:

now you have a beautiful image and all you need to do is finish decorating the tag, so add some colour around the edges and add further stamped images if necessary, then place a slightly smaller shape in the centre of the masked outline.  Here I used a circle cut from calico with a simple quote and inked edges:

then add some embellishments to give your creation a wow factor:
and as I said earlier this whole tag took me less than 30 minutes.  This technique is ideal if you have a batch of Christmas cards or similar to make where you can make a whole bunch in hardly any time at all.

Here is one of my finished cards using this technique too:
not sure if it's a bit too yellow for my sister in law though (had to do that due to a big finger print on the outer white (why does that always happen???)) so it might get redone tonight!  I kept all the embellishments plain and simple as I thought we would be posting the card but she is now coming to my son's party on Sunday (even though it is actually her birthday) so I can have another play if necessary - we shall see.

Thanks for looking and if this tutorial has inspired you to have a go please join in with my challenge and link up so I can come and see your creation.

Monday, 3 October 2011

All sewn up

Just a flying visiting from me today as I need to tidy up before the school run, so firstly a big thank you to CraftyWomble and Marjo for following me - welcome to my little world!
So did I spend the weekend outside making the most of the fabulous weather we have been having? Nah of course I didn't instead I finished this:

His name is Horace - isn't he adorable, and here is a view of his beautiful tail too:

Pattern was taken from a book called "The Artful Bird" by Abigail Glassenberg and the materials used were plain canvas and a charm pack I had lying around. 

Thanks for looking :)

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Week 4 art class

Well this is what we did in our art class on Friday:

which was using watercolours with a wax resist - am very pleased with this too.  There isn't a class next week as our tutor is holding an exhibition at the NEC but I will be trying to get new recruits at the schools PA coffee morning so it's still all go!

I have also managed to get the crop layout done even though the papers only arrived on Wednesday (that's super fast for me!):

uses some lovely Echo Park papers along with some stamping, distressing and inking (of course!).

Have spent quite a few hours this week sitting with my Nan so I have also managed to get quite a lot of hand sewing done too so my owl and my Mandy Shaw quilt are coming along very nicely now!  Will probably be able to show pictures of them later this week.

Can't believe the weather we are having at the moment - I have even managed to put some washing on the line this weekend - thought I ought not run the tumble dryer during a heat wave!

Thanks for looking and don't forget my challenge below runs for until 11th October if you would like to join in.