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Sunday, April 28, 2013


I recently took part in an 'inspiration swap' whereby you sent somebody something that was to inspire them to make something with it.  It could be anything from a die cut to a strip of ribbon or paper.  Or, as I was sent by my buddy Alison, some spanners and a hex key!!!!  Hmmmm, I thought, what am I going to do with spanners???  Well, 4 days ago, I finally came up with something.  This is The Hunter Queen and she stands 16 inches tall.

Everything was painted using acrylic paints and I used some techniques that I've learnt from my ANDY SKINNER workshops - the rusting from TimeWorn and her body and skirt panels from Book of Ruination.

 Her spear is a barbecue skewer with a bit of string tied round.  The spanners were rusted with acrylic paint and some texture medium.  I cut the vine using a Cheery Lynn die on the fantastic Grunge Paper.  Tim Holtz tissue stuff is what I covered the bottom of the dummy and the stand with. Her body strap and buckle were also made with Grunge Paper but her shoulder pads and skirt panels were made with ordinary card stock.  The crown is also Grunge Paper, painted and then rubbed with Treasure Gold waxing paste and finished with a few little gems.

Entering into:
CRAFT MY LIFE #5 - Anything but a card.
HAUNTED DESIGN HOUSE #165 - Skeletal remains. WINNER
ALLSORTS #204 - Anything but a card.
THAT CRAFT PLACE - Altered item. (dress form)
CDAC  (June 30th) - Anything goes.

Friday, April 26, 2013


 I recently made this for a crafty buddy of mine.  I did a file folder class at a retreat and forgot to take the prize with me, so I asked Cath if she'd like some stash or something made by me.  She likes 'pretty' so I used the pink and peach shades.  The little bag holds  the post it notes, bookmark, pen and a couple of blank cards I made too.  I have no clue who the papers are by as I just went to the craft shop, chose them and used them without taking any notice of manufacturer.

Entering into:
CRAFT MY LIFE #5 - Anything but a card.
CRAFTY CREATIONS #219 - Pink and 1.
CRAFTY RIBBONS #44 - Anything goes with a ribbon.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW.......(sing everybody, you know the song, la la la).

First I'd like to say hi and welcome to my newest followers, Anne and Sarah.  It's lovely to have you.

It's week #165 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and this weeks theme is ' A Square Card  With Something Round On It'. Our sponsor is the lovely PINK GEM DESIGNS.  All the design team used images by PGD and I chose to use 'Rainbow Chloe'.  Now, on many occasions, myself and other teamies have made a card but actually forgotten that we have a theme to follow, lol. Duh!!!  This week, it was my turn to forget.  But..I figured that although this is an easel fold, it's actually a square card and for the something round, I stuck the buttons on.  They were an afterthought, but hey ho!  They work, ha ha.

When I got Rainbow Chloe I knew exactly what I wanted to do with her.  A couple of years ago, I'd bought the rainbow/clouds shape from The Cutting Cafe and have never used it.  It's actually a card template, but I resized just the one half in Photoshop to fit my card. I also cut extra clouds and stuck the top layer on with 3D foam. The rainbow paper is from a years old K & Co pad which I found completely by accident  when I was looking for a paper for something else, and I thought it was perfect for this.  The top 2 little clouds and the butterfly are Memory Box dies and the sentiment ticket was from the now gone, Crafty Pad.

Entering into:
CRAFTING BY DESIGNS - Anything goes.
PENNY'S PAPER CRAFTY #124 - Anything goes.
BEARLY MINE #83 - Digi Days.
MAKE IT MONDAY #137 - Anything goes.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013


This is my take on Tim Holtz's tag for April.  As always, you'll have to go to HIS BLOG to see the techniques used.  I had to improvise a few things again.  I had no distress paints so I used ordinary acrylic paint and bottled metallic ink.  It worked OK I think.

I also had none of the transparent film he used, so I used ordinary heat resistant acetate which enabled me to shape the dragonfly wings a little.

Entering into:
Tim Holtz Tags of 2013 - April.

Monday, April 22, 2013


I've recently spent two months scrapping a wedding album for my daughter Nicola and hubby Jonny so I thought I'd show you a few of my fave pages.  Originally, I was going to stick with neutral shades, but I knew the minute I started, that I had to use some colour and non-wedding papers instead and I think I made the right decision as Nic and Jonny love it.

This is my absolute fave page.  I don't know why, but I LOVE this (even if I'm blowing my own, lol).  I cut the title and the top left flower on my Cameo.  Cheery Lynn heart die and Marianne bird.

Anyway, that's it for now.  Maybe I'll show you some more next week.

Entering into:
613 AVENUE CREATE #16 - Anything goes.
CHALLENGES4EVERYBODY #18 - Anything goes.
CORROSIVE CHALLENGE #172 - Life's special occasions.

Thursday, April 18, 2013


Just a quickie post from me this week.  It's week #164 over at I ♥ PROMARKERS and the theme is pastels.  Our sponsor this week is THE PAPER SHELTER and the prize for our winner is a $10 voucher.

I wasn't sure about the black music notes on this, but my teamies liked them, so I left them. The notes were cut on my Cameo along with the paper bow.  I used 2 Spellbinders dies and a Cheery Lynn.  My papers are Basic Grey 'Lily Kate'.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


I'm debating whether to tell you what I was presented with when I got up this morning????  Suffice to say that my dog wasn't well in the night.  Right through the bungalow from one room to the next from both ends.  YUK!  Bet that's made your day hasn't it? Ha, ha.  Can the day get better?  Hmmm, I shall see.  I am off on a craft retreat this weekend, so today I should start getting all my stuff ready.

Anyway, it's week #163 over at I ♥   PROMARKERS and this week's theme is embossing.  Heat or dry, it's entirely up to you.  We have two great sponsors. J & C CREATIONS and INKY IMPRESSIONS and the DT all used Inky Impressions images.  I used two, 'cause I couldn't decide which one to use. Umbrella Lili and Angelica Crafting.  For both cards, my embossing was done on the card itself.

The papers used on Lili were Echo Park 'For The Record' and on Angelica MME 'Fine and Dandy Girl'. On Angelica, I also used a Martha Stewart border punch, a Spellbinders corner die and a Cheery Lynn greeting die. The shading around the image was done with a pan's pastel.  Lili's raindrops were done with liquid pearls.

Entering LILI into:
CRAFTY RIBBONS #42 - Anything goes with ribbon.
CRAFT YOUR PASSION #157 - Water, water everywhere.
PAPER MAKEUP #83 - Water.
PAPER GIRLS #29 - April showers.
SQUIRREL AND FOX #41 - Inspired by song/movie (Raindrops keep falling on my head).
OPUS GLUEI #154 - Colour challenge (all bright or all pastel).
CATCH THE BUG April - Anything goes.
OSAAT #158 - Anything goes.
WAGS N WHISKERS #101 - April showers.
DRUNKEN STAMPERS #122 - Singing in the rain.

Entering Angelica into:
OPUS GLUEI #154 - Colour challenge (all bright or all pastel).
CATCH THE BUG April - Anything goes.
OSAAT #158 - Anything goes.
MY GRAFICO #148 - Anything goes.
MAKE IT MONDAY #135 - Anything goes.
BEARLY MINE #81 - Anything goes.

Friday, April 05, 2013


This week over at I ♥ PROMARKERS, is #162 and the theme is What's Your Favourite Colour?  I'm not sure I've really got a fave, but I do like neutral tones, so that's what I've gone with.  Our sponsor is the fabulous LILI OF THE VALLEY and the prize is a £10 spend for the winner.

I used papers from the gorgeous 'Country Boutique' pad by Fancy Pants.  I cut the large frame from one of the sheets of ready printed papers. The border was made with an EK Success punch and the flower was punched from some matching papers.  Obviously, it was coloured with my Promarkers and the shading around the image was done with a Pan Pastel.  A few pearls finished it off.  Pretty simple really.

Entering into:
LITTLE MISS MUFFET - Anything goes.
DIGI STAMPS 4 JOY #64 - Anything goes.
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