Monday, 27 February 2017


With not much time left to enter a Vintage Valentine challenge, I decided to do a tag (which will later be turned into a topper for next years Valentines day).
Over at the Gecko Galz hang out on Facebook  one challenge was red & pink and another was to use Heather Hudson's freebie design sheet..... So yesterday afternoon I printed the sheet off and set too. This morning I faffed and fiddled with various layouts, bits of ribbon, lace, pearls and hearts till I came up with something along the lines of want I wanted. Out came the glue.

Sorry its a bit dark but the lighting isn't very good.

I fussy cut the girl out the middle of the heart, then cut the border of the heart out so each was a standalone image. 

At the last minute I decided to go mad and totally cover the heart border with pearls, happy with the effect. Then i decided to use clear nail varnish on the rose to make it look a bit dewy. This needed two coats to give it the finished effect i wanted. 

Ta-da, finally finished.

Went to upload my tag and realised I'd forgot to add an actual Gecko Galz image. Duh!!

Oh well, I really enjoyed making the tag - and that's what counts.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Christmas stockings

Quick post today!

Christmas card done for Merry Mondays stocking challenge, I did 2 cards but much prefer this one.

Image from 'A-May-Zing craft into christmas' cd by Nigel May
Black button to match Snowies hat
Red/white bakers twine

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

P is for paper piercing and/or fern

I was a little stumped by the paper piercing element of this challenge but then I remembered that I still had a Parchment Lace magazine which I bought in a fit of enthusiasm whilst watching Create & Craft..... then needless to say, put on my to do pile and promptly forgot about for about a year.

pale green backing paper & topper from magazine
Hobbycraft green pearls & white hearts
White large and smallpearls
Tattered Lace mini butterfly die
 Docrafts oval die

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Snowmen in Twin Peaks!

Okay, posting this, still in a state of AWESOMENESS that Twin Peaks is returning....... Its kind like Marmite, you loved it or hated it... I LOVED it..... Oh My God.... one very happy Peaker here...


*squee's some more*

*ramble, ramble, shlock, amazeballs, ramble*

Anyhoo, onto my card:

Image coloured in  with promarkers, added silver glitter on printed snowflakes, over frosty nights  and in middle of wooden embellishments

snowman from bugaboo stamps 
backing paper from stash
wooden snowflake embellishment
silver glitter

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Clean and Simple

Blogging from work today, as I sit and have my hour dinner, just demolished a huge bowl of fresh fruit, very yummy.
Anyway onto the card!
Clean and Simple was the challenge, so I decided to go with black and white with a stamped image.

Spellbinders Heirloom Ornaments stamps
White pearls
Stazon jet black ink

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

U is for underneath & umber

Have now got a stinking cold, and now sound like I should be doing a Tunes advert, and sneeze! Wowza! Think I may have lost my tonsils a few times.

Did this rather elegant, if I may say so myself, best wishes card for the latest challenge at Mrs A's this afternoon.

Anna Griffin punch
Spellbinders sentiment die

I used cream card embossed with swirls as my cardstock and a left over bit became part of the layered band.
I used the closet brown I could find to umber, it looks more greyer in the photo but it is actually brown. The card actually looks like box of scrummy chocolate colours.

As the main challenge was 'underneath' and the secondary 'use the colour umber' I decided to take both very literal and use the colour underneath, peering through the punched butterflies. There are actually 4 butterlies, but as I was assembling the card I smudged glue in the middle so decided to cover the mess with a matching sentiment topper. (Mess = the teeniest tiniest smudge only I could see), leaving just two butterflies showing. For a touch of elegance I added the double rows of white pearls.

Entering in:  Butterfly challenge = U is for underneath/umber

And now am off to bed to sniff, cough and sneeze my way through the night. I pity Andrew.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

its a wrap

I loved doing this card, the paper is a piece of gift wrap I saved from a swap I joined in with. Such a pretty, bright happy card, exactly what the sentiment says!

Tattered Lace butterfly die

entered in: Pixies snippets playground

Saturday, 4 February 2017

the magic is 5

Slowly getting my crafting mojo going again, here's a Christmas card done using the 'use 5 of something' challenge from Merry Monday.

Its an odd colour for a Christmas card but I think it looks kinda cute.

white snowflakes punched using a DoCrafts punch.
Dovecraft pigment ink Hot Pink
The Hobby House gems 
bits and bobs from stash

sentiment rounded edge using tool from DoCrafts