Friday, 30 November 2012


I thought I'd join in with the first ever challenge at Addicted to CAS.  For the challenge there is a code word and the word is SNOW.

I embossed the snowmen with a Craft-Too embossing folder, then I went over the raised areas with some stormy sky Distress ink and some ice stickles - although the glitter doesn't show up very well on the photo'. I added some ribbon and a peel off Merry Christmas.

I'm also going to enter my card in the
 Challenge Up Your Life 1st Snow Challenge.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

UK Stampers ATCs and Twinchies

These are the ATCs that I made for the UK Stampers windows swap.

 I used a Stampotique stamp for the faces, I coloured them in with watercolour pencils.
The window is a Crafty Individuals Tatty Button stamp that I coloured with watered down vintage photo Distress ink.

These are the Twinchies that I made for the UK Stampers travel swap.

I think the background stamp was a Craft Stamper freebie and I don't know who made the car.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Gecko Galz Cyber Sale Extended

Gecko Galz have extended their Cyber Sale for another week. Check out the Design Team blogs as some of them have free images to download.
I made this card with my free image.

I also used Gecko Galz country house and high tea background papers. I printed the image three times and decoupaged it. I used stormy sky and vintage photo Distress ink to colour the edges and added some Ice Stickies.

Here is my free image.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Oh La La-Anything French

It's time for another Craft-Room challenge and Debi has chosen Oh La La-Anything French.
We had an amazing response to the punches/die cut challenge, thank you everyone that entered, I don't envy Mervi having to choose her top three.

For my DT piece I've made a card.

Our sponsors for the challenge are Stamp Addicts.

 I covered my card blank with some K and Co paper, all the other papers that I used are by K and Co as well.. I used a Stampers Anonymous stamp for the background. All the images that I used are from Gecko Galz, before adhering them to the card I covered them with Micro Beads. I used the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accents die for the strip across the bottom. I added lace, ribbon roses  and a charm.

This photo shows the micro beads covering the images.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous samples so why not go to the Craft-Room to take a look.

I'm entering my card in the following challenge.
Emergency Crafters Anything Goes.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Cyber Monday at Gecko Galz

It's cyber Monday over at  Gecko Galz, so why not pop over there and join in the fun and mention that it was me that sent you there.
Here is a free image for you to play with.

I'd like to share with you the great deals that Gecko Galz is having this Cyber Monday.

  • Buy One Get One; On all of our regular Priced items when you buy one you get another of equal or lesser value all day Monday!

  • $1 Collage Sets; Selected collage sheets will be $1 per set all day so come collect all of them!

  • FREE Gift Pack; When you spend $50 or more you will get an exclusive gift pack which features a paper pack, stamp set and collage set

  • Get a $5 gift card; When you purchase a gift certificate worth $25 or more you will get a gift card for yourself worth $5!

Hope all of you can Visit their online shop at and take advantage of all the wonderful deals!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Rainy Days

This is my entry for the Sunday Postcard Arts Rainy Days Challenge.
I found the images and background on the Internet.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cyber Monday At Gecko Galz


We would like to invite all of you to come and check out all our huge Cyber Monday deals.
On Monday November 26th hop over to the Gecko Galz Website at and check out all the savings during our Cyber Monday Rockin Deals. It includes the Buy One Get One sale buy any regular price product from our shop and get a second of equal or lesser value FREE! Also we will have a collection of digital collage sets that will be only $1 a set, this is our first ever $1 sale. And if that were not enough if you spend $50 or more you will get an exclusive gift set of a digital paper pack, digital stamp set, and a beautiful collage set. And our last amazing goody if you purchase a $25 or more gift certificate you get a FREE $5 gift certificate for yourself! It is going to be a great Cyber Monday with us and we have other fun goings on all day!
Have a great day
Gecko Galz

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Two Colour Twinchie

The challenge over at Show Us Your Twinchie is to make a twinchie using two colours.

I used the snowflake from the Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint stamp set and stormy sky Distress ink. The image was matted onto a piece of snowflake embossed card. I used Stickles on the edges.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fabric Tag

For the latest Artful Times challenge Neet and Von want us to make a fabric tag - I decided to make a tag to hang on my Christmas tree.

There's not a lot to say about it really except that I used aida, red thread, felt, beads and ribbon.

I'd also like to share with you the very first piece of needlework that I ever made, it was made a very long time ago at school when I was five and it's the only thing that I have from my childhood besides photo's.

It's looking very tatty now and the threads have started to break.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Calendar Tag Book

I'd like to share with you this Calendar Tag Book that I've made using the beautiful November products from Gecko Galz.

Images from the Gecko Galz Calendar Days 1 and 2 Collage Sheets.
A selection of Gecko Galz Background Papers.
Vanity Fair Tags.
Distress Stain.
Distress Ink.
Date Calendar.
Buttons, Lace, charms, beads, flowers, etc. from my stash.
Christmas and Halloween embellishments.
White Tags.
Large Book Ring.
I coloured the tags with Distress Stain - each one a different colour.
I covered the back of the tags with different background paper and adhered one of the calendars from the Collage sheets - I thought these could be used to note special days i.e.. birthdays.
On the front of the tags I adhered a Vanity Fair Tag, an image and a date calendar. Before I adhered them I coloured and edged them with Distress Inks.
I added lots of embellishment and ribbon from my stash.
The last thing that I did was to attach the book ring through the holes in the tags. 

 January, February, March.

 April. May, June.

 July, August, September.

October, November, December.

This is what the backs of the tags look like.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A Tangled Postcard

The theme for this weeks Sunday Postcard Challenge has been chosen by Deb from RustyCage and she has chosen the theme Pattern.
I decided to have a go at doing a Zentangle style card.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Marilyn Layout

I made this layout using some of the fabulous November products from Gecko Galz.

Images from the Gecko Galz Bombshell collage sheet.
Emma and Picadilly Gecko Galz background paper.
Gold card.
Spellbinders die.
Film Strip ribbon.
Gold peel off stars and letters.
Sticky backed gems
White flower.
Gold mesh.
Words done on computer.
I adhered the background papers onto a piece of 8" x 8" gold card, then I adhered the gold peel off letters to the film strip and adhered to the card.
I made a frame with the Spellbinders die and adhere to one of the images, then I adhered the images, gold stars, gems, flower and words to the cards.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Punches and Die Cuts

Another fortnight has gone by so it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge. It's Mervi's turn to choose the theme and she has chosen Punches and Diecuts.
We had some fabulous entries for the Time challenge, I don't envy Suzanne having to choose her top three.

The wonderful Rare Bird are the sponsors for the challenge.

I started my card by colouring the edges of my card blank with holly berries Distress ink and adhering some Gecko Galz background paper. I embossed the holly branch with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I coloured it with iced spruce and bundled sage Distress ink. For the holly I used a Sizzix/Alterations Holly Branch die and coloured the pieces with Distress ink, I then added some frosted lace Stickles. I die cut the sentiment with the Sizzex/Alterations Christmas Stacked Words die and coloured it with holly berries Distress ink and the stickles. I embellished it with some ribbon. 

The rest of the design team have made some wonderful samples so why not take a trip to the Craft-Room to take a look. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges.
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes.
Dream Valley Challenges  Anything Goes.
The Crafty Bloggers Network Christmas Anything Goes.
The Stampman Emboss It.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Prada Handbag Cake

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to make Prada handbag cake for my friend's daughter's 21st birthday party - this is the result.

The icing on the sides should have been a bit baggier but I couldn't get the icing to sit right so it had to be flat but I must admit that I was quite pleased with the result as I haven't decorated a cake for about 4 years.

Sunday, 11 November 2012


This week the challenge at Sunday Postcard Art is Diwali - the Hindu Festival of Light.

I used the Serif Craft Artist software and the Fading India digi kit. I found the images on the internet.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Orange, Brown and White

The latest challenge at Artful Times is Orange, Brown and White - I've made tag using Crafty Individuals stamps.

I mixed some walnut stain reinker with water and mica powder and sprayed it over a stencil on my tag, when it had dried I added a piece of ribbed kraft card that I'd put finger prints on with white acrylic paint. I stamped the background stamp onto some white card with rusty hinge Distress ink and then flicked some water over it. I coloured the torn edges with rusty hinge and walnut stain DI. The main image was stamped with coffee Archival ink, the cats were coloured with watered down rusty hinge. I added some ribbon, flowers and gems.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Hot Colours

The latest challenge at Show Us Your Twinchies is Hot Colours.

I coloured my twinchie by scribbling red, pink, orange and yellow Kuretake felt tip pens onto my mat, sprayed it with water and coloured the twinchie. I stamped the images with black archival. The stamps are by Clarity Stamps, they're are small stamps and just the right size for twinchies. I went round the edge with black ink.

I'm entering my twinchie in the following challenges.
Show Us Your Twinchies Hot Colours.
Order Of The Opus Gluei It Figures.

Monday, 5 November 2012

Card For A Man

It was our friend Steve's birthday yesterday and this is the card I made for him.

The background and Fiat image were made using the Debbi Moore Designs Shabby Chic CD.
The red car image is by Gecko Galz.
I also used some ribbed kraft card that I had dry brushed with white acrylic paint.
I embellished it with some nail head brads, cogs and string.

I'm entering my card in the following challenges.

Do You Stack Up  Brads
Allsorts For Men Only.
Cards For Men Anything Goes