Saturday 30 March 2013

Mary had a little lamb

I've had all day today with nothing I had to do and have I spent it crafting ? Noooooooo, I've read the papers, watched tv, eaten (too much) and then when its almost time for bed decide I must make a card. Sugar Creek hollow challenge is for fairy tales and nursery rhymes. I found this pretty image on the internet and used up some more papers from a stack of free papers from magazines, fleur des Lys
nestie,bit of ribbon and some die cut flowers, the little buttons are old mother of pearl ones although they look blue on here, I've been hoarding them but I'm on a mission to try and use things instead of hanging onto them!

Sugar Creek Hollow - Fairy tales and Nursery rhymes

All sorts Challenge - Vintage


Tuesday 26 March 2013

Paper piecing

Not often that there are cute cards on my blog as it's not my kind of stuff ,however this Polkadoodles stamp sort of fell into my shopping basket at the Harrogate show, think I just fell for her big boots!
Fashionable stamping challenge this week is Paper Piecing which is something I like doing and I thought this stamp just asked to be paper pieced. The background paper was free with a magazine and the flowers were also stamped on some of the free papers and cut out,stalks and leaves free cut from the same papers. The flower stamp is also a freebie from another magazine. I didn't put a sentiment on but this will probably be a birthday card for one of the great grand daughters.

Make it Monday - always anything goes

Fashionable Stamping - paper piecing

Sunday 24 March 2013


Spent this afternoon making a few Easter cards, this is one of them, also had a card to make for daughter-in-laws birthday , need to get caught up with some swaps too, it must be an age thing as I'm finding it takes me so much longer to do stuff these days and I've decidedly lost the plot as far as inspiration goes!  I've got lots of new stuff from last weeks show at Harrogate but this card is using two older stamps, I was disappointed that Making Memories was not there this time as I always buy one of their Cover a page stamps, the one I've used here is my favourite one,coloured it with pan pastels,the daffoldil stamp is Stampendous and wording is computer generated.

The Squirrel and The Fox - Easter or Passover

Bloggers Challenge - Easter

Simon Says Stamp - Easter

Saturday 23 March 2013

P is for........


Lots of choices for the letter P, finally plumped for Photography, stamps are from Creative Impressions Vintage Photography apart from the lady in the frame who is from Acid Drops and Whatnots. Usual background of gesso, inks,stencils etc,few bits of Tim Holtz photo strip and a couple of word staples. 
We got back from Shropshire just ahead of the snow thankfully, we have had a lot here overnight and this morning.  Our central heating decided to pack up last Saturday just before we went away and of course we couldn't get anyone to come out at the weekend so no heat and no hot water again! However we left the key with a neighbour and were very relieved to get home yesterday and find he had fixed it that morning. The house was freezing after having no heat on all week, poor cats must have been frozen, they both slept on our bed last night, not something they usually do!

Craft Barn Dictionary Challenge - Letter P

Wednesday 13 March 2013


Another quick card, this time for my brother's wedding anniversary next week, I feel like I'm wading through treacle trying to catch up with all the cards I have needed to make this week!  Going to the Harrogate show on Saturday(Yippee !) family Christening on Sunday and then we are away most of next week and March is one of the busiest time for me with birthdays etc, plus its Easter the week we come back so have been trying to get a few cards made for that but not doing very well on that score ,I'm afraid, I gave in and bought some yesterday but I still prefer to make my own if I can.I hope the background stamp is swirly enough to count for Fashionable stampings challenge . I do like the cover a card stamps as they  make lovely quick backgrounds. The butterflies are painted with Starburst stains and are lovely and shimmery which doesn't show on here..
Make My Monday - heat embossing
Flutterby Wednesday - Winged creatures

Friday 8 March 2013

Peacock butterflies

Well I've had a really inky time this afternoon and tonight and you should see the mess in here! I came across some Starburst stain inks that I've had for several years, I bought them as dabbers by mistake so they got shoved away in the cupboard, anyhow tonight I put some of them into mini misters and used them as sprays, they do have the most glorious shimmer to them!. The Peacock stamp is from a Kanban set and has never seen ink before although I have used the other stamps,it always looked like it would be too much bother to colour but I really like the effect on here, pity the shimmer doesn't show up on here.I made this card for Make my Monday challenge

Make My Monday - Inspired by nature

Use It Tuesday -Hoarded supplies - un-inked peacock stamp and starburst stains

Artistic Inspiration - things with wings

Thursday 7 March 2013


Just got round to doing my dictionary page for the Craftbarn Challenge which this week is the letter M but only words beginning with Ma /Me. After my usual sitting studying the dictionary and getting so interested in various words I forget what I started looking for! I finally decided on Magnolia. As usual stuck my dictionary page to a piece of card and started spraying with dylusions but I had forgotten to gesso the page first and all the colours seemed to just soak in the paper and it looked a mess,had to dry it off,gesso it and start again, disaster as I tried to peel of the masking tape over the wording as it peeled the words off too, had to scan the definition from another dictionary and stick it on. The Magnolia stamp is from SeeDees Gothic Magnolia set and the vine is an old Penny Black stamp.

Craft Barn Dictionary Challenge - Letter M

Saturday 2 March 2013

Bit grungy!

I had no idea what I was going to do when I started this piece, there were a few challenges I wanted to do but couldn't settle to what I was going to do.  Try In On Tuesday challenge is Time, I do have lots of time related stamps etc, Simon says stamp and show - use a stamp you love but hardly ever use, well I have a few of those! The winged clock is an old Stampers Anonymous one, its a wood stamp and has numbers flying round the clock but I cut them off, I can't remember who's make is the boys on bikes but it was one of the first unmounted stamps I bought and I did use it a lot at one time,found it while I was looking for the clock stamp,the background stamps are from an oldish See-D's set.It was only when it was finished I realised it also fitted Fashionable Stamping's colour challenge of Red/Black and Brown.