Saturday 29 October 2016

Inspired by a book/film/song - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning bloggaroos,

If all goes according to plan, this post will reach you while I am up in the cold northern reaches of Scotland. fingers crossed...

It's Saturday once again, which means a fresh challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. This week's theme is one of my favourites... Inspired by a book, film or song.

Now I'd just finished watching a pretty excellent version of Rear Window, and so was in a rather Hitchcock themed mood, and figured I'd play around with another of his films as my inspiration. Can you guess which one from the card below?

The film is of course The Birds, and I brought it to life with a selection of three different Inkylicious stamps and some distress inks for colouring. I picked earthier and darker tones, to stay in keeping with the feel of the film.

This kind of one-layer scene-building card is a little different for me, but I enjoyed it a lot!

Now I know you'll want to go rush off and join in with us this week, but before you do, go see what my fellow Sweeties have made. Can you guess at their inspiration from the finished cards?

Have a grrrrrrreat weekend!


Tuesday 25 October 2016

Being productive

Good morning my dears,

Let me just polish my halo here... Determined not to be caught out in December with only two Christmas cards made this year, I've been a little busy...

(It looks like the flash was a little too bright and washed out the colours a little. Apologies, I did not notice until I posted!)

Which brings my current total up to 10! Still nowhere close to enough yet, but getting there at least, lol.

Have a busy day ahead, so going to dash.

Have a fantastic one people!


Tuesday 18 October 2016

DecoArt funtime over at Crafters' Palette!

Morning all,

We're showcasing decoArte products over at Creafters' Palette at the moment, and I made a card using their scrumptious crackle paste (I am soooo in love with that stuff!)

There's more pictures and info up on the blog if you want to take a peek!

Hope you're all having a fantabulous Tuesday!


Saturday 15 October 2016

Mid-month tutorial - Rhedd's Creative spirit

Hi all,

Back again to let you all know that my tutorial for this canvas is live on the Rhedd's Creative Spirit blog now.

And now off to work I go...

Have a great day all,


Spots and/or stripes - Sweet Stampin'

Good morning bloggaroos, it's Saturday again, which of course means a new challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. The theme is spots and/or stripes.

I wish I could enter myself this week, as we're being sponsored by Lili of the Valley!

I dug out a LOTV Christmas stamp, and decided to use both spots and stripes...

He's such a cutie, isn't he?

I hope you'll come and play with us, and don't forget to go see what my fellow sweeties have done if you'd like some more inspiration!

Have a most fantabulous day!


Monday 10 October 2016

Postal service update...

Hi all,

No card from me right now, but I just wanted to swing by with an update on the postal situation in my parents' village. Some of you may remember that a few months ago, I posted a plea for signatures on a petition, as the Royal mail closed the Ballater sorting office and posties were forced to sort the mail out in the open in a public car park.

Many thanks to all of you that signed the petition. Several petitions (there's a lot of elderly folk in Ballater who aren't online, so there was even a paper one, lol) were taken to the local councillors, and they took action and had stern words with the royal mail. The posties now once again have a roof over their heads while sorting the mail! They have access to facilities, the location in far more secure than the car park, and the letters/cards and parcels are no longer getting soaked.

Thank you all. I (and the residents of Ballater) really appreciate your help!

Have a fantabulous day!


Wednesday 5 October 2016


Hi all,

There's a few pink themed challenges around at the moment, so I was inspired to make a little something so I could play along...

Instead of a stamp, I used an image from one of the old LOTV art pads. It kinda feels like cheating, but it certainly makes it a quick and easy make compared to colouring!
I also used LOTV papers.

I'd like to play along with:

Live and Love Crafts - Traditional pink
In the Pink - Flower Power
The Ribbon girl - October card challenge

Have an excellent evening all.


Monday 3 October 2016

Heart-shaped mini book - Crafters' Palette

Hi all,

Just popping by to share my latest make for Crafters' Palette.

I spent a little time playing with the absolutely gorgeous Prima Rosibelle collection, and made a heart-shaped mini book.

More pictures and info over on the blog!

And now I must be off up the wooden hill to Bedfordshire, before I drop into a coma at my keyboard, lol.

Sweet dreams Bloggers.


Saturday 1 October 2016

October Challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

And here I am with my third and final post for this morning!

If my spooky Hallowe'en themed project was not your cup of tea, maybe a pretty pink canvas will suit you better?

I just so happen to have one of those for the October challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit!

 I'm not adding any details right now, as I'll be back with a step-by-step for this on the 15th!

As a side-note, I just entered this in a competition at our local Hobbycraft. Wish me luck! And if you happen to be in the area (Crown point, Leeds), please do pop in and give me a vote... or vote for my daughter, who entered an amazing drawing!

In the meantime, please do come and play with us at Rhedd's, and if you need any more inspiration, there's lots of it on the Rhedd's blog from my super talented teamies!

And that's it from me. Have a fantabulous day today, and spare a thought for those of us toiling away!


October challenge - Altered Eclectics

Hi all, back again with post 2 of 3!

It's October, yay! That can mean only one thing... Spooky Hallowe'en themed goodies of course!
like my DT piece for Altered Eclectics this month!

I used a Tim Holtz paper pad to decorate my little shadow box (which started life as a little wooden box with wooden beads in that someone gave me at work), after I'd painted the walls and dividers with Black Soot Distress inks. I cut some elements to use from the pad, and also added some pumpkin buttons, game tokens and orange and black seed beads, as well as lots of charms.

I attached some small torches to the sides of the shadow box, and if you look closely at the little charm in the top left cubby, you may recognise it as a Twilight one. My daughter used to be a big fan, but has since grown out of it, so donated the "new moon" bracelet she had to the project.
In the top right cubby I've added some of my old Warhammer miniatures, which fit the theme perfectly too.

Some die cut letters finish it off, et voila! One finished Hallowe'en shadow box for me to take to work when the time comes to make it all look super spooky (and then hopefully sell to make money for the charity, lol)

There's some amazing projects waiting to be admired over on the Altered Eclectics blog, and if you fancy altering something (doesn't have to be Hallowe'en themed), why not come and play with us?

Ok, back in one minute with my final post of the morning!


Babies - Sweet Stampin'

Morning all,

It's going to be a hectic morning here (or at least, it will seem to be, but in fact all my posts are scheduled, as I'll be at work, lol). As I have posts to share for almost all my DTs!

First up is Sweet Stampin', where we have a new challenge starting with a babies theme!

I took a previously un-inked TH blueprint stamp, and teamed it with some baby papers I've had in my stash since a week or so after I started crafting!

The sentiment is a sticker from the same pack as the papers.

My fellow Sweeties have some real beauties lined up for you, so make sure you go take a peek. afterwards, why not grab a baby themed stamp (digital is also fine) and come play along with us?

I'll be back in an hour with more to share!

Have a fantabulous morning!