Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Spring flowers & birds

I needed to make a special card for my dad's partner Delia, as she turned the good old age of 70 on Good Friday....... no Easter eggs for her birthday though - I always ended up with eggs as birthday gifts if my April birthday fell anywhere near Easter, always made mum mad as 'birthdays are birthdays no matter what date you're born'. At least as a kid I liked all the eggs, I feel sorry about people born near Christmas though.

Anyhoo, back to the card! I took the theme of spring flowers and birds from Lunagirls current challenge.

image Fripperies & Butterflies freebie
backing paper from Jodie Lee Designs
resin & paper flowers
stick on gems
computer generated sentiment

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

B for Bronze & buttons/Shabby Chic Easter card

I am in love with this card.

pale green backing paper 'Birdsong' free paper
pink patterned paper 'Fairy Belle Collection' Jodie Lee
Bronze resin flowers
vintage buttons
small posy flowers
large rose flower
chipboard butterflies
white pearls
bronze gems
Easter topper Gecko Galz email freebie March 2015
                   gecko galz = shabby chic easter

Tuesday, 8 March 2016


Atc done today for Wicked Wednesday.

image Art-ezine freebie
Hot off the Press 'Soft Nostalgia' paper pack
CAP2 generated text
Henna promarker
Stazon red ink

grape & glitter

Odd combination! Over at Mrs A's Butterfly Challenge the theme for this times challenge, which ends this evening is G for the colour grape and/or glitter.

I was going to do a card but took a hint decided to do another altered playing card, after posting my first ever one the other day.

Do Crafts Geometric Mono stamps
Stazon ink: vibrant violent, blazing red, jet black
Indigo Blu sentiment
Hot off the Press 'Soft Nostalgia' paper pack
Glittery foam butterfly

I put a thin layer of white Gesso on the card, as it is quite shiny and the ink etc would rub off. Waited till it was dry, doesn't take long, then randomly stamped the red triangular pattern on, again waited a few minutes so I didn't smudge the ink and then did the same with the black honeycomb stamp. Waited then stamped the sentiment 3 times, unfortunately  the purple wasn't that bright against the background and you could hardly see it, so I then had to have a rethink. Decided to stamp onto a scrap piece of card and then using the red ink I smudged lightly to blend it in with the background - made a sentiment topper.
Stuck the butterfly on, then fussy cut round some flowers from the  paper in the HotP kit to fill the spaces.

Friday, 4 March 2016

mothers day card

Mothering Sunday is this weekend in the UK. Sunday 6th, so I needed to make a card for Delia.

And shock!horror! going doily free for this.

baking paper - Gecko Galz 'Coquette' design kit paper no5
image - Gecko Galz 'Victorian Spring' design kit icon no 20
old postcard
Wildfire wood white pearls
flower lace
hobbycraft small white posy
encore metallic ink in bronze
pigment ink in black
Xcut corner punch

Using CAP2, I resized the backing paper to fit a card slightly smaller than A5 and then sized the image. Printed out, cut out and then fiddled with the design till it ended up as you see in the finished project. I choose a blank backed postcard and then rounded the edges using my corner punch. I smudged both inks over it to make it look a bit shabbier, did the same with the image as the whiteness was too much against the other colours used. I stuck the postcard down, then lay the lace over and then finally glued the image down. Everything else was then stuck down.
The sentiment was done in CAP2 also, colour matching the blue from the little girls bow.

Hope Delia likes it as much as I do.

Thursday, 3 March 2016

valentine ornament

Over on the Gecko Galz Papercrafting challenge FaceBook page one of the challenges was to do a Valentine ornament. I wasn't going to enter as I couldn't think of anything to make, until I received the monthly newsletter from


I didn't have the correct bits n bobs, so I winged it by using one of those plastic Christmas Baubles you decorate, Andrew had to Dremel the little stopper of to make a the dome flush, but other than that it was perfect.
I decided to make it an ornament for me, containing things I love: the colour purple, flowers, vintage buttons & lace, butterflies and gems. The little 'love' ticket came from Gecko Galz 'Love Potions' crafting kit and was shrunk down using CAP2, to just about an inch in length.
The base is just strong cardboard covered in a dictionary page and I used normal PVA glue to stick the dome to it.