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Pink and Grungy

When just having a play I love to use as many fabulous mediums as possible (just because I can lol).  It gives me a warm feeling to see the end result and also if everything has gelled together.

Just lately my makes have been devoid of the grunginess (quite crisp and neat for me).  So this one is sweet and pretty but full of grunginess which leaves those puddies very messy indeed.

Flowers cascade around the frame, I seem to have got out of the habit of using them but it works for this make.

Printed off the image onto canvas paper as I love the weaved texture effect it gives to the picture.  The frame was die cut with pearlescent card so there is a little sheen showing through.  Stamped the quote with Versamark and heat embossed with white powder.  After finishing with the paints, inks and stamps I spritzed all over with dylusions white linen.


Gentleman’s Pen Holder

How guilty do I feel today?  Andrew asked if he could take his pen holder to put on his desk today.

So where does the guilty feeling come from???  I made this 3 months ago and it has been sitting on my desk ever since.  I wouldn’t let hubby take to work until I had photographed it.

Well me and photo taking is still not a match made in heaven but how bad am I to make hubby wait this long?  Shame on ya girl!!!!

Andrew actually brought home the toilet rolls from work for me to make these crafting implement holders for my craft room.  You can see the first one here.

He really liked what I made so asked if I could make one for him.  Cock-a-hoop and thrilled to bits as this was the first thing he has asked me to make specially for him.

It turned out rather well and has the look of leather, just like those expensive pen holders on a Victorian gentleman’s desk.

All done and dusted hunny so you can have it to sit on your desk (sorry)!!!

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I have another one which I want to show as soon as I have taken the pics.

Do you remember Mr Key Box here, well he is nearly finished.  I found this key which I want to put on the front of the box but it needs two holes drilled into the wood and Andrew is waiting for me to tell him where the holes should be!!

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Funkie Junkie Bonus Tag #2

Well I did it, really wasn’t sure I was going to as I had to attend Waterford hospital for my check up today. This is my 2nd and very last bonus tag for Linda’s challenge.

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s #2 Bonus Tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

Thank you Linda for taking the time to give blogland this challenge and for sharing all your amazing tags so that we had inspiration along the way.

I ordered Tim’s stencils from Linda’s Boutique and when they arrived she had very kindly sent me some lovely little freebies, two of which were the jumbo tags that she sells and also a metal corner piece. Both have been used on my tag.

I followed the #2 bonus tag as far as the folding for my inspiration then off I went on my own merry little way.

For the 8″ tag I made my first score line at 1″ from the top (where the hole is) then I turned the tag around and scored at 3.5 from the bottom. When folded this makes a cute looking envelope.

Covered front and back with G45 papers but when adding the back paper I did not glue over the cardstock flap, instead I left the paper so it made another flap and trimmed the edges to match the front. This made a patterned flap and a plain. The plain flap was painted, then coloured with gilding wax before adding crackle medium. The metal corner embellie was also given the gilding wax treatment. Dimensional paste was added down the edge with a stencil and this too had a touch of wax.

Two magnetic discs were added to the inside flap and covered over with paper but guess which wally forgot to cover the two discs on the front piece of cardstock? When opened you can see the discs but I will rectify that later … might see how they react to wax as well, lol. I also stamped a Thank You on the inside lid.

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When opened you can see the lovely sentiment paper with a very romantic image. On the back there are gorgeous roses showing.

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Must take time to finish my file folder now.


Write Your Story

The little Christmas craft market which I went to on Friday was such fun but it wouldn’t have been so amazing without the girls and men at Elavon who very kindly bought nearly all of my crafty products. I couldn’t believe how much I sold, it was amazing. Wow I now have a little stash of lovely dosh for more crafting goodies.

Thank You Elavon for inviting me – so looking forward to next year already.

It was a real dirty day yesterday with the weather but I had a crafty friend who turned up for a little mucky play which was much more fun. She is experimenting with paint at the moment so we made a couple of backgrounds using paints and crackle.

My first background piece was made with red and black paint, she used the colours of black and green for hers. After making the backgrounds she had to dash off but I carried on playing.

The molding paste came into play with the Tim Holtz Stencil Eye Chart. When all was dry the stamping started, I used a dirty lime green chalk paint to stamp the numbers from Tim Holtz’s Urban Chic collection before dabbing it around the edges. I buy my chalk paints from a beautiful little shop in Camolin where she makes me up little pots of whatever colour I want. The faces are from the PaperArtsy Mini 10 and Mini 05 and both were stamped onto papers from G45 the Typography collection … gorgeous. The Do Not Bend came from another PaperArtsy collection called Ephemera 3.

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Entering for: The Artistic Stamper – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Use A Stamp.


Alas Not Quite A Perfect Sentiment

Thought I had found the perfect sentiment for this tag but alas no.

Now I could have made a computer generated one but I wanted to see what it looked like if the words were crossed through …
HER and SHE then changed to HIM and HE. Judge for yourself!!!

The original sentiment is from a set by Studio 490 called She had a flair for Fashion. Mr Darcy is from an Indigo Blu set.

Used a SU ink pad called Night Of Navy to stamp him before colouring with Distress Markers.


Peace & Tranquility

As if I need to tell you it’s Friday today … all you crafters out there will be chomping at the bit for 5 0’clock to come around so that you can dash off home ready for your weekend of crafting heaven to start.

Today is week 4 of the Crafts-Too-Challenge You which has this months theme of texture.
Onto twist 2 of the theme and we would dearly love to see you add something shiny or glittery.

My DT make this week is a tag which has just about everything on there that makes me a happy and relaxed bunny when crafting.

Stamping and especially colouring really surrounds me with such a charming sense of peace and tranquility. Everything just shuts off around me and I hear and feel nothing except the stroke of the paintbrush. I know that sounds really mushy but I do honestly feel like that.

All the cares and woes just drift away and leaves me with a face like this … 😀

Painted her with a mixture of mediums but mainly Cosmic Shimmers. Loads of texture on the tag … oh my, even die cut some gold mirri card … which I have to say I rather like!!! Stamped the butterfly onto DP then added glossy accents before pressing the little gems into it.


The pretty embossing folder is an A4 Crafts Too which I used on the tag and the vellum envelope. More texture with the gauze material and the stamped sentiment which is one of my faves from Dyane Reaveley. Now it’s your turn to have fun and enter those scrummy pieces plus hop on over to see what my other teamies have made.


Chubby Cheeks

All you want to do with those gorgeous cheeks is pull a little face, shake your head and say in a babyish voice “cooochi coochi coo”!!!


Lauren’s Forgotten Book

Started hunting for some material which I desperately needed when I came across this little book which was started over a year ago with my granddaughter Lauren. Material forgotten about at this stage.

Lauren wanted to learn how to sew and this is what she wanted to make. We both started off with some hessian cloth or burlap as it’s also known for the outside. Used a striped material for the inner and stitched to the hessian. Lauren lost interest at this stage so I put it away ready to finish later.

Nearly finished the inside I still want to put in a few pages for additional photos to be added but have to leave it again until I have finished the project which I needed the material for in the first place.

Entering the Forgotten Things challenge at Our Creative Corner


First Scary Then Beautiful

Haven’t shown a class card for ages but I just had to show this Christmas card that the girlies will be making today.

I found a 12 x 12 paper pad languishing in the murky depths of my craft room after the big clear out.
If you could have seen the total horror on my face when I found it. Going through my mind was what can I do with that?

Share of course!!!

As you can guess the class today is all about altering those papers that we have in our stash … which seemed a good buy at the time … can’t think why!!


AFTER … not so scary now eh!!

What a transformation, below is everything we will be using to make this card.

Who would guess that getting messy with loads of paint on your fingers can create a lovely Christmas card like this?


Textured Book For C2CU

Made a little book for my DT make this week at Crafts-Too-Challenge You and I’m still in the embossing folder mode. Crafts 2 always have a little twist to their challenges and for the first part of the challenge it is Texture but Choose Your Own Style.

These are the three toppers which I made for my wallet last week and below is the little book which I made with them.

For the front of my book I used the last topper tucked behind the others. Swiped Bundled Sage distress ink on the edges but when putting together it didn’t quite gel. Very gently wiped off some of the Bundled Sage ink and over blended with Worn Lipstick. Definitely toned better with the rose image. All the embossing folders used are from Crafts-Too.

Love the front of this little book and I couldn’t resist using some of the Graphic 45 Ladies Diary for the other pages.

Fussy cut some images from the papers and added other elements, like stamping, masking, inking, a little flower making, loads of lace and of course embossing.

Please hop on over to see what the other DT members have made because I know you won’t be disappointed.