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Saturday, 21 December 2013

New DT Post!

Yay! I've just been accepted as a DT member for Christmas Fun Challenge Blog starting in January - so watch this space!! Can't wait to get going.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Friday, 16 August 2013


Hi - it's been a beautiful day here, so was pottering about doing stuff outside & in. Then I remembered the one word wonder!
The word today over on One Word Wonder is flourish. I searched through my stash trying to decide what to make - I decided on an ATC.
I painted my ATC with some Decoart Americana acrylic paint in Burnt Umber. I then covered this with Ranger Distress Crackle paint in broken china. Once it had crackled I went over with Metallic Gilding Wax from Creative Expressions in Golden Light. I also went around the edges with the gilding wax. I stamped my sentiment, from Creative Expressions Button Floral, with Ranger black archival ink & heat embossed with clear embossing powder from Inkadinkado. I used my GC to cut out my Spellbinder Shapeabilities die Fantastic Flourish One. I painted the die cut with Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paint - Emerald Gold for the leaves/stems & Lavender Shine for the flowers.
Hope you had a good day, thanks for stopping by,
Bev x





Thursday, 15 August 2013

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Christmas in August

I thought I would try to make a card using only dies. I cut the shaped card, using a Spellbinder labels 25 die, out of red card. Made this into an easel card by folding the top in half then cutting another shape to stick onto it. Used another die (can't remember what this die is) for the white 'doily' to put the sentiment onto. Used 'Merry Christmas' word dies from Britannia Dies bought from Joanna Sheene. Die cut some snowflakes from some silver mirri using Tattered Lace dies. Added a little bit of silver ribbon from my stash & some white pearls to the snowflake centres.

I have entered this card in:

Crafts & Me Challenges - anything goes 
The Crazy Challenge - anything goes 
Christmas Cards All Year 'Round -  Christmas extravaganza
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge extra for August - anything goes

Thursday, 25 April 2013

A little obsessed.....

I think I am getting a little too obsessed drawing flowers on envelopes! I do find it very relaxing though. Think I will have to watch the rest of the videos on that workshop & find out what I'm supposed to be doing with them.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013


On my work desk today are some flowers I am drawing for Ro Bruhn's Flower Power workshop on 21 Secrets. We had to use recycled envelopes - the insides on some of these are patterned & had to use this side. Think they are going to be used for journalling at some point. Am really getting into these workshops - love watching the videos.
 I have posted some closer pics of the flowers below, so you can see how the pattern on the envelope gives the flowers some depth, also alters the colours a little. I have used a fine permanent marker to draw the flowers, coloured with ProMarkers & highlighted areas with the black pen & a white gelly roll pen. 
Head on over to Stamping Ground and have a nose what's on other people's work desks.
Off to watch the other videos - have a great day everyone.

Monday, 22 April 2013


Inspired by the Cathy Bluteau workshop on 21 Secrets here's my twinchie for Spring. I used the collage/doodle theme .I used some free papers from magazines for the background, found the tulips from the same magazine. I doodled a flower & some swirls, found the word Spring, coloured it with promarkers. Outlined around the edges with promarker.
I have entered this in:
Show us your Twinchies - Spring

Busy time

Hi has been a while since I last posted anything.
A few things have happened - I have retired from work - whoop! Keith has cut his hours at work down to 3 days - Mon, Tues, Wed - so we get long weekends together, which is working out great. Good to have a few days to do things together without being too tired etc.
A big thing I have done is PASSED MY DRIVING TEST!!! YAY!! Can't believe I put myself through that at my age, but now I've done it can't believe I haven't done it before now.
So I am tootling about - take Keith to work then tootle around doing things I have to do. I love it!
No doubt Keith finds it strange being driven instead of driving - good job his hair was already white!!
Another thing I am doing is the online 21 Secrets Workshops.
I have enjoyed looking around the different ones, but decided to start with Cathy Bluteau's Doodling Our Way - which is a combination of collage & doodling.
It took me a while to get going but once I did I really enjoyed it.
Here's what I did - hope you like it.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

My first twinchie

I came across the Show us your Twinchies Challenge Blog while nosing around some other blogs. Thought I would give it a go as I enjoyed doing some inchie challenges a while back.
The challenge is 'Love is in the Air'.
I stencilled my background using pale blue ink through part of a That Special Touch mask - it was part of a flower. I drew the heart, I went around the edge of the heart with a Gelly Roll Gold pen in pink, then brought the colour into the rest of the heart using my water brush. I put some patterns on the heart using Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paint in lava red. Stuck on some pink hearts from my stash and edged the edge using barn door distress ink. Added a gold bow & put a small red heart in the pink heart.

I have entered this in:
Show us your Twinchies Challenge Blog - Love is in the air.
Creatalicious Challenges - challenge #44 L'Amour
Dream Valley Challenges - ribbon and bling
GingerloftChallenge - red
My Mum's Craft Shop -  challenge2 valentines/love
Ooh La La Challenge Blog -  sparkle & shine

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Vintage/shabby chic

Really got into making this today! My mojo is definitely back.
I stamped the lilac flower image from Woodware onto white card using Stazon. Coloured it in using Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints. Ripped around the image & distressed using frayed burlap Distress Ink. I ripped some more white paper (really into the ripping!) folded it as if making a fan, then flattened it out so it looked like ribbon. Stuck this around the image and inked around it with - guess what... frayed burlap!I embossed some more white card using an M-Bossabilities folder (tweets and twigs) using my GC, coloured using Cosmic Shimmer Mist (bronze blush), ripped around the edge of this (told you I was into the ripping! ) & distressed using the frayed burlap again. When the background dried buffed up with some paper towel.Stamped on the card with the lilac flower stamp, using the frayed burlap. Made 2 flowers using a Marianne Creatables die (english rose), put a little stickles glue on these.

I have entered this in:
Anything Goes Challenge Blog - Vintage/Shabby Chic 
Ruby's Rainbow Challenges - Ch#48 In the Garden 
Crafty Cardmakers - Challenge 85 Blooming Images 
Challenges 4 Everybody -  challenge#14 anything goes
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges -  challenge #159 flower power
MyGrafico Challenges -  #144 anything goes


Actually remembered about WOYWW over at Stamping Ground before late at night!
Hope everyone is having a good day - dull & damp here so nice to be indoors being crafty :)
I am trying to make a vintage/shabby chic card for a few challenges. I've used a lilac flower stamp
from Woodware using Stazon ink onto some watercolour paper. Coloured the image using Cosmic Shimmer watercolour paints. Torn around the edges of the flower & distressed using Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I am just trying to decide which embossing folder to mat this flower image onto. Hopefully will be making some flowers as well - I'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013


Well it's WOYWW again and I actually have something on my workdesk (dining table) that I am working on! I did manage to make hubby's valentine card from last weeks stuff & think I have found my crafty mojo - YAY!
Anyhoo,  thought I would try and do the Craft Den ATC swap. The theme is sewing. The one you can see is nearly finished. I found a royalty free image on the web, resized it. Cut material to the ATC size & sewed the image onto it choosing thread from my embroidery collection. Sewed a button in the corner - just deciding whether to add anything else to this one. Can enter upto 5 ATC's - I think I will try to do 5.
Have enjoyed looking around your workdesks. Hope there isn't too much snow where you are.
Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Work finished....

Well I did it! Finally produced something - finished Keith's Valentine card.
Would like to say a big THANKYOU to Kaz for helping me find my long lost mojo - please checkout her blog for some great projects, and her Kazkrafts FB site for a great cuttlbug giveaway.
Just needed a few embellishments which I did with the help of my GC & some gold card. Wrote the sentiment on some white card, edged it with barn door distress ink. Stuck the sentiment onto gold card which had been through my GC. Made some little embellishments to stick on the corners.
Made an insert with a mushy verse.
I think he'll like it - hope you do, thanks for stopping by x

Tando Creative masks bought from Polka Doodles
Memory Box die bought from Joanna Sheen
Ranger Distress Inks
Spellbinder Dies

I have entered this card in:
Fab'n'Funky Challenges - challenge 157 - valentines/hearts
Crafty Catz - Love is in the air
Simply Create Too    -    #30 Valentine's Day/Hearts
My Mum's Craft Shop -  valentines/heart
One Stop Craft Challenge - 215 Love is in the Air
allsorts challenge blog - week 193 Valentines
Polkadoodles and Studio 12 Challenges - Valentine Love

Monday, 11 February 2013

Work in progress....

Finally got around to some crafting - thought I'd better seeing as it's Valentines Day on Thursday! And thanks to Kaz, my Facebook friend, for helping me to find my crafty mojo again. Check out her FB page Kazkrafts as she has a great Cuttlebug giveaway, and her blog to see her great projects.
Keith is really into his watches at the moment, especially the ones where you can see all the workings, so I thought I would try & do a card with that theme.
I decided to use a clock mask & cogs group mask by Tando Creative, which I bought over at Polkadoodles. I ran the clock mask through my Grand Calibur onto some white textured paper, while the mask was still on, I went over with some Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink in Barn Door. I cut out the clock. I placed a Memory Box cream puff heart die, bought from Joanna Sheen, in the centre of the clock & ran through my GC to get the heart aperture.
I ran the cog group mask through my GC on some gold textured paper. I then cut out the cogs. I placed some red mirri card behind the heart aperture. I stuck the cogs onto the mirri card. placed some bling in the centres of the cogs. I edged the clock with the Barn Door distress ink. I went over the numbers with some glossy accents, found a small love sticker in my stash, stuck it under the 12, then left the clock face to dry.
I used the cog group mask as a stencil & inked through onto some white card with Rusty Hinge distress ink. Inked around the card edges.
Stuck the clock face onto the background.
I think it may need a few embellishments, and there's the sentiment to do - but quite like how it's turning out and glad I have finally done something - watch this space!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Clare Curd - new online shop

Checkout Clare Curds new shop here 

To celebrate the launch of her store she is offering a prize to one of her followers, she is giving away a fantastic Silhouette SD, how cool is that!

Head on over to her blog to find out more .

Cuttlebug giveaway!

Great Cuttlebug giveaway over on Kazkrafts blog - head on over there & take a peek !

Friday, 8 February 2013

sad day...

Can't believe it is a year today since Dad died :(  I miss him every day....

I have a meeting to go to at work fist thing but then am going to try & keep busy....

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Craft Den

Went to the Craft Den - what a great place, and so near ! Had a lovely chat and a coffee with the owner, Lynne. Am now booked onto workshops with Hels Sheridan in April & July. My FB friend Kaz Brown is coming to the July one - so we will be able to have a proper chat instead of FB chats - can't wait. A few purchases were made :)
 Lynne also has a challenge blog - Anything Goes Challenge Blog.

Found a new craft shop!

Have found a new craft shop! The Craft Den, literally just around the corner from me, that does workshops too. Have already booked one with Hels Sheridan in April! Am off round there this morning to drool over crafty stuff & no doubt the odd purchase or two will be made :) Have a great day whatever you are doing .

Wednesday, 6 February 2013


Thought I would join this site, what's on your workdesk Wednesday, to try & make me actually do some crafting instead of just buying crafty stuff.
You can see my spellbinder dies, memory box dies, that special touch of masks & templates & loads of sticky stuff, glitters & embossing powders. If I can't come up with something out of all this think it may be time to sell up !

3rd blogaversary giveaway

3rd blogaversary giveaway over at Bumblebees & Butterflies

Another chance to win...

Some great stuff over on Andy Skinner's blog

Great blog to nose around as well - go & take a look.

Blog candy over at The Scrapbook Garden

Hi everyone!
There is some great candy up for grabs over at The Scrapbook Garden.

Pop on over & take a peek.

Saturday, 19 January 2013


Here are 2 bracelets that I have made, I don't think they're too bad for a first attempt. The one with the owls on is for a friend for her birthday - they are big Sheffield Wednesday fans in their house - their logo is an owl & they are called The Owls & they play in blue & white. I hope she likes it.

Post Christmas light

Well I didn't like the hallway without light after taking the Christmas tree down so......

New Year, new mojo(hopefully) & new puppy

Well it's a new year and hopefully this one will be better than the last one.
I'm hoping to get back into my crafting and have tried my hand at jewellery making.
I have been off work since last August with a trapped nerve in my neck, which has affected the thumb, forefinger & middle finger of my right hand. I am still having physio and somedays I feel ok but other days not so good, but I keep trying. Now I also have sciatic pain down my left side.
Have got some new stuff to play with so next week am really going to try.

James has a new puppy called Poppy - as she was born on Nov 11th. She is cute. He keeps bringing her for a visit - boy is she lively, well she is for a while then she just sleeps! Thought I'd post a few photo's on here.