Wednesday, August 30, 2017

FaDoodles Candy

This post will stay at the top until 30th August.

My daughter Faye  (Fluff)  now has another feather in her cap. Her first set of stamps are out! Commissioned by Whimsy Stamps and called FaDoodles.  I have bought two of them one for me of course and the other to give away as candy here on my blog.
Candy will run from 31st July  - 30th August

FaDoodles  - CWSD226
Clearly Whimsy Stamps collection 

Candy will close on 30th August at 8pm (GMT)

Just a Few Rules.

1.One entry only per person.

2. International followers welcome to join in.

3. Please be one of my regular  followers .

4. Add the the Candy picture on my side bar to
your own blog side bar.

5. Add your name to Mr Linky  below.

Winner  will be drawn by Random Org  on
31st  August.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Peace, Love and Joy

Time once more for the girls in the Christmas Card club to show our makes. It was Christine's turn to choose the theme which is The True Meaning of Christmas. A rootle round in my used christmas card box only turned up one suitable card . I simply trimmed it down slightly and adhered to several layers of different coloured cardstock. The base is made from green cardstock. The joy sentiment comes I think from The Works and I have coated with Glossy Accents.
I only had time to make the one card today so this post is short and sweet.

Entering into the following challenges:
The Holly and The Ivy Christmas challenge #12 Anything goes.
A Snowflakes Promise #42 Anything goes.
Crafty Hazelnut's Extra # Anything goes.
Sweet Stampin Christmas # Anything goes.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Spot The Doodle.

It's into the second week of the latest Butterfly Challenge which is running for a total of 4 weeks.

#84 Butterflies + You Choose  and/or Wedgewood Blue

Here is my inspiration card for you.
I was very lucky to receive this die cut image  in the post from my lovely blogging friend Greta and as it was a total surprise it made my day for me. Thanks Greta. I knew exactly what I was going to be using it for and kept it safely on my desk to use on this card. The die is a PTI coverplate and as Gtreta had used white  Bristol paper I was able to colour with my blue promarker pen to get the exact shade I needed. The background is from some sheets that I had made earlier in the year using the Shaving Foam Technique  and this particular sheet looked perfect behind the butterflies. I have mounted onto dark blue linen card  which in turn is adhered to a white card base and as Faye's 'FaDoddles ' were out on my desk I just had to use them to finish off the card. I have stamped them this time using Memento Dew Drop Nautical Blue . I also added blue gems to the butterflies antenna which I have left waving on the card.   To win one of these  fabulous stamp sets I'm giving one away free in the Candy at the top of this page which ends 30th Aug.

Entering into the following challenges:

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I recently spent a crafting day with Jean from B J Crafts and this is the second project that I made.
I had asked to recycle a book using Mixed Media  products and Jean provided me with a hard covered book to use  and I just had to bring an old picture/photograph for the front.

I was pleased when I saw the book I would be using as I had already read it in paper back form so wouldn't have to sit there reading it before I could get started !! Lol.  The first thing was to cover the entire front and back covers using Imagination Crafts Rusty Patina. I chose to use a dark brown and a sea green This dries remarkably fast so the next stage was to get really messy and using your fingers daub on Imagination Crafts Starlight Wax in a rustic gold colour and rub into the surface to give the sparkle. I could choose the embellishments and I went for butterflies (what a surprise ), an old key, buttons and a Heartfelt flower die  which were all given the same treatment.  The old photograph I took along was a photo copied image of my G.G. Grandfather. The original photo is a lot bigger and shows he is carrying a shot gun and has his faithful black dog at his feet. 

The Frame was created from stiff card and  I used a craft  knife to cut a cross in the centre  carefully peeled back to create the aperture. Coated same as the other embellishments and then the picture was tucked behind and the frame glued to the book front.   I had told Jean that I intended making the book centre into a hidden compartment by carefully cutting the centres from the pages and gluing together but when I got home and had left it on my desk for a week or two decided instead that as the picture was of one of my ancestors I would start the book off with his details and then add all the rest of the family on subsequent pages. (I love genealogy and this particular branch of the family tree I have manage to trace back to 1463)

I have glued two pages together to make them more sturdy throughout the book and painted over the pages with a cream paint to cover the wording. I used a tree stamp to decorate the top of the front  page which has Samuel's details on it listing his parents and siblings and subsequent pages  will go through each of the family members in turn. I will be in there right at the back eventually along with my children and their children. Something to keep me occupied on a cold winters night!

Entering into the following challenges:
Altered Electics # Anything goes altered projects.
Electic Ellapu # Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


This is a card I made for a swap that I did way  back in April and have never shown. The theme for the swap was to make a card using shades of pinks and greens and to use a stamp somewhere on your creation.
The stamp is by Woodware called 'Amaryllis' which I coloured in with my promarkers with 3 shades of pink and 3 shades of green using the Pointillism Technique of colouring. Die cut using  spellbinders  Labels Twenty -Eight S5-127. Edged all round using a pink glitter glue. Die cut again using a pale green cardstock. Mounted onto pink card which I have backed onto more of the pale green cardstock and then finally onto a pink card base. Left blank for the recipient to add their own sentiment.

Entering into the following challenges:

Friday, August 11, 2017

Box with Lid

I recently spent a crafting day with Jean from B J Crafts and this is one of the items that I made.
A wooden Decoupaged box. I started by taking all the hinges off and painting the lid and sides of the box with Imagination Crafts  MDF paint in cream gold.  Once dry I chose two sheets of Imagination Crafts  Decoupage Rice Paper in a pretty roses and butterfly design and used these to cover the sides and lid.  Now this is where I made a boo boo. I hadn't been paying attention to where the screw holes on the lid were for attaching back to the box so the pattern on the lid is actually sideways! Der.

 The flowers were made by gluing more of the rice paper to plain white card and then die cutting using a Heartfelt creations flower die. They look completely different don't they but it is the yellow paint that is giving the subtle shading on the box.

Where the butterfly is now I had originally pasted a decoupaged butterfly to hide the pattern  mistake but when I got it home I wasn't happy with the way it looked so I managed to scrape together enough of the leftover pieces of decoupage paper that Jean had given me and glued to some more cardstock and die cut the Cheery Lynn Design butterfly out. Again I wasn't happy with the result until I  had  painted the bottom section of the butterfly with paint to match the box.  With the flowers and the filigree corners attached the sideways pattern hardly notices.

Note to self. Pay more attention to detail instead of chatting away.  Below is a close up of the butterfly and flowers.

Entering into the following challenges:
Altered Electics # Anything goes.
Electic Ellapu # Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Blue Birds

Time for another new challenge over on The Butterfly blog.

So you are free to choose your own theme/embellishments/design as long as their is a Butterfly somewhere in your creation.

You may choose to use just the letter/theme + butterfly or use the colour +butterfly.
There will be Two Winners drawn for this challenge which is lasting 
4 Weeks due to the school holidays.

Here is my inspiration card for you.

I have used a digi paper from blossom Art called Blue Birds 1807 No (11) which I have teamed with pale blue card stock and layered up. The butterflies were in a container on my desk so not sure if they are diecuts or punches now.  Pale blue gems from my stash and I couldn't help using some more doodle edges from Faye's FaDoodle set.  I have a set for free in my Blog candy post above. This time  I have used one of the straight edge patterns, a double x and a trio of x's with the sentiment stamp which is  a clear stamp by Hobbycraft.

I decorated the inside of the card with the left overs. 

Entering into the following challenge:
Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper #  August Anything goes.