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Friday, 31 October 2014

Trick or Treat

Good morning all.

Another very mild day yesterday although after rain overnight it remained dark and damp all day here. The intrepid travellers have mostly come down with a flu bug so have had to get medication. I've got two here with tonsillitis so I'm quite pleased Gary's not here too!

Treat bags to share today...all filled and ready for the onslaught this evening. I've just got the front porch to decorate now. The plain ones are the design I used for the 36 mass produced ones all card used came from my snippet busting session.

Dies from Spellbinders. I used DI to colour a moon. Trick or Treat stamp from Close to my Heart. The background on the middle bag is another attempt at alcohol marbling this time using darker colours and adding a little black to the mix. 

Challenges entered:
Crafting by Designs - Halloween
Divas by Design - anything goes
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday - anything goes
Crafty Sentiment Designs - trick or treat
2 Cute Ink Challenges - Halloween treats

Thursday, 30 October 2014


Good morning all.

We had a beautiful mild day yesterday and there appears to be more of the same forecast until early next week. I managed to get my treat bags all filled yesterday after a walk over to Asda to restock...I've now got a few extra sweets in case it's very busy.

The challenge over at Less is More this week is newsprint....I had all sorts of thoughts then I remembered a recent purchase of a pack of newsprint wooden shapes from Joanna Sheen. 

Mat dies from Spellbinders, flower die from Memory Box, sentiment from Craft Companions, flower heads from Joanna Sheen. Some of the many snippets put to good use too.

Challenges entered:
 Less is More - newsprint
The Sailing Pineapple - newsprint
Daring Cardmakers - sentimental
Crazy for CAS - sketch

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Crafting for all Seasons #89 "Tag It"

Good morning all.

The rain arrived yesterday so the day was a washout. Luckily I'd shopped online so the groceries were delivered to me before lunch. After lunch I set to sorting out my snippet die cuts then I made 36 treat bags which got rid of a few of said snippets....must get them filled and sealed before I eat all the treats!!

Today it's time for our next challenge at CFAS and this time the theme is "Tag It". We're  looking forward to seeing all your makes. Our sponsor this time is Bugaboo who gave the DT images to work with.

Image is called Noel Birds and I've coloured with promarkers before adding a little stickles and die cutting and layering up with gold mirri and red card. All dies from Spellbinders. Ribbons are from my stash.

Fabulous Sponsor 2014

Do pop over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the girls inspiration, you won't be disappointed.

Challenges entered:
Crafty Cardmakers - dies or punches
613 Avenue Create - bags, tags and boxes
Allsorts - Christmas
Paper Minutes - Christmas and red
Passion for Promarkers - add some sparkle

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Altered Frame

Good morning all.

We had a warm, dry if slightly bleak day yesterday but the rain is forecast for today.
Lots more snippets busted yesterday afternoon, though some of you expert snippeteers would be horrified at what I threw out....but I needed to take control of the situation and show them who was boss lol. I was very pleased to find the box under the one I was working from was actually full of photos and not snippets so I'm one down and only two to go!

An altered frame to share today. I actually altered the frame a while back but couldn't decide what to use it for so it's being lying in one of the piles in my craft room for some time!!

The frame was originally a lovely rosewood one which I painted with acrylic chalk paint in purple before using  crackle glaze and some acrylic chalk in lilac. I had painted the hardboard piece from the frame in white acrylic after doing the frame and decided to decorate this....unfortunately because I hadn't used any gesso on the card it hadn't sealed and the coloured inks were soaked up a little.
Stamps are from Visible Images, Premium Craft Brand and Bo Bunny and stamped in either Memento, Distress or Archival inks. Stencils from Memory Box. Ribbon, flowers and pearls from my stash. 

Challenges entered:
Frosted Designs Friday - mixed media
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals - stay focussed on stamping
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - flowers
Eclectic Ellapu - texture
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
The Mirror Crack'd - the human form
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Sweet Stampin - anything but a card
Craft-Dee Bowz - anything goes with a hand made bow

Monday, 27 October 2014

Imperfection is Beauty

Good morning all. Hope you've all had a pleasant weekend.

Well I tackled the snippets invasion yesterday...I probably spent 8 hours die cutting and I've only just made a dent in the first box (there are four of varying sizes and fullness),  I think this was the largest! All the workspace I created on Saturday is now full of piles of die cuts and mats!
Off to the hairdressers this morning but I think I know what I'll be doing this afternoon!

An altered notebook to share today.

Cover was coated with several layers of gesso before being painted with no 6 aquatints. I then used various background stamps from Artistic Stampers, Bo Bunny and Visible Images inked with DI or Memento ink. Main image is from Indigo Blu along with the flowers in the top right hand corner and were a magazine freebie. Two sayings are from Visible Images along with the flower in the bottom left hand corner. I finished off with some white splats from my Premium Craft Brands set.

A picture with the protective front closed and one after the first coat of gesso as I forgot to take a before photo!! 
Challenges entered:
Frosted Designs Friday - mixed media
Inspiration Destination - anything goes
The Three Muses - shades of blue
Red Rubber Inspirationals - stay focussed on stamping
Not Just Cards - anything goes
Eclectic Ellapu - flowers
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
The Mirror Crack'd - the human form
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - anything goes/Halloween
All Crafts Challenge - anything but a card
Sweet Stampin - anything but a card

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Trick or Treat

Good morning all.

Had a productive day yesterday and got  Gary's bedding all washed and dried including his duvet, pillows and all the protective covers. Then I gutted his bedroom and sorted his drawers out before remaking his bed...all ready for his return in two weeks! Then it was into the craft room and I got some sorting out done in there too...got rid of all the piles and now have room to work without having to manoeuvre everything round the room as I go. It still needs more tidying done and my bit boxes need sorting as they're taking over the place but hey Rome wasn't built in a day! 

I finally got around to buying some rubbing alcohol to try out this technique Alcohol Marker Marbling. I made a couple of treat bags with the results. 

I decided to use Pumpkin, Purple and Lime Green promarkers to make Halloween backgrounds - the result was a little too light for my liking but I decided to ink up some stamps with some Memento inks in similar colours to jazz things up a bit. 
On the left I used various little stamps from Clearly Besotted and a Premium Craft Brand set. Trick or Treat image from Close to my Heart. I edged the topper with black soot DI and layered onto black card.
On the right I inked a Visible Image harlequin stamp with three different colours of Memento and stamped across the background. Image from Close to my Heart. I stamped all round the topper with a splat stamp from the Premium Craft Brand set...I thought they looked a little like spiders...and layered onto black card.
As always I did forget to take a before picture to show how the backgrounds looked before I altered them!!

Challenges entered:
Visible Images - get spooky
Crafts 4 Eternity - Halloween
Creative Corner - Halloween
That's Crafty - spooky
Crafter's Cafe - spookable
Creative Moments - Halloween
Decorate to Celebrate - anything goes 3D
CRAFT - Halloween
Craft Room Challenge - make your own background
Tuesday Throwdown - Halloween colours
Vintage Stamping - colour challenge
A Gem of a Challenge - trick or treat

Saturday, 25 October 2014


Good morning all.

Gary is off to Bulgaria today, all being well he should be on a bus from Edinburgh to Manchester as we speak. They're staying in a little town east of Sofia called Elin Pelin with the orphanage being about 15 minutes drive away from their hotel. I've already got his bed stripped and the washer going!

Sharing the card I made for my sister's engagement today. Guess which wally used her craft knife when working on her heat resistant mat...yes that would be me!!!

Embossed backing is a create a card die from Die'sire. Backing paper and image are from Cuddly Buddly, I've layered the image to give dimension. Flowers from Petal Lu and bow from my stash.


Challenges entered:
The Stamping Boutique - congratulatory
4 Krafty Girlz - anything goes
Die Cuttin Divas - think pink
Dragonfly Dreams - mainly pink