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Sunday, 13 June 2021

Ninety Eight, Ninety Nine, One HUNDRED

 Good morning and a very happy Sunday. I'm over at Country View Crafts again today with my second project for our 100th challenge celebrations.

This time I've gone for the written word as Morty Bottoms is counting the stars.


I started by making my background with black card and Distress Oxides.

I think Morty looks very cute counting the stars. 


I've attached it to the back of this canvas board that has Matilda Bottoms, as I want to use it as an album cover and I like to have both sides covered.

I hope you play along with us and join in with the challenge. Have a very happy day, and thanks so much for looking x



Tuesday, 8 June 2021

My Untidy Mind

 Good morning and a very happy Tuesday. The first challenge this month over at Lost Coast Designs is to Save The Trees. By that, we mean to stamp on anything other than ordinary paper. I decorated a phone holder 'cos you can never have too many of these.



I started with my naked phone holder (I'm sure it's not real wood lol)
I applied some base paint by pressing it on my gelli plate, then I stamped with Doodle Circles. This is a lovely stamp to colour in, which I did with paint pens and silver acrylic.


Next came the sentiment. If I'd thought this through I'd have realised that I could have used tissue paper, but never mind. This is construction tape - a little like duct tape but you can paint it. So I just stuck it to my craft mat then painted it white.

Then I stamped my Carmen's Veranda Tidy Minds stamp.

I just cut around it and stuck it in place. I was a little bit surprised that it was still sticky, but it certainly was!


And this is how it looks with my phone in place! I don't know how, but this cover blends in wherever it is, so it's great to have a proper place for it (and this way I remember to charge it too so it's a win-win!)

I only used 2 stamps on this one, that must be some sort of record! I've used




I hope you like it, and that you join in with our fun challenge. Take care, and thanks so much for looking xx


Friday, 4 June 2021

Smile While You Still Have Teeth

 Good morning and a very happy Friday. Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with a birthday card that I made with lots of Katzelkraft stamps, and a Rubber Dance sentiment.




I started by making my background with the Katzelkraft cloud stamp (I love this!) and a Lavinia stencil.


Then I stamped, coloured and cut out my animals. Oops spare part surgery required. New horns for the cow, and an extra leg for the sheep!


As I was saying, animals coloured and cut out, all ready to assemble.


There we go, all horns and legs present and correct. I love how these two sentiments work together. The top one is from Rubber Dance, and the bottom one is by Katzelkraft.


Honestly, how many stamp sets does it take to make one card!

I hope you like it, and please join in with our challenge to win some new rubber!

Take care, and have a very happy weekend x




Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Happy 100th To Country View Crafts

 Good morning and a very happy Tuesday. We have a fun new challenge over at Country View Crafts to celebrate our 100th challenge.

I've been lucky enough to be on the DT there since September 2014 and challenge No.19 which was 'A Nautical Theme' Here are my very first DT makes for the month back then.


While I was taking a walk down memory lane I checked out the first Country View challenge and was pleased to see that I was playing along there from the start. The challenge was Pick & Mix (anything goes)



Needless to say I still have every one of the stamps and dies that I used then.
I hope that you join in with our celebrations, there's always prizes to be won!
Take care, have a very happy month, and thanks so much for looking x






Wednesday, 26 May 2021

The Usual Suspects

 Good morning and a very happy Wednesday. Today I'm over at the Ink Art Designs Stamping Playground with my usual suspects! 



I started by making a background with paints, stencils, and stamps.

All of the stamps are by Crafty Individuals. These are the new Burglar Cats and It's Cool For Cats sets. Dot has a great range of Crafty Individuals stamps here in the store.

You still have a few days left to join in with our challenge. It's really easy, you just need to use stamps from any of the ranges that Dot stocks.

I hope you have a lovely day whatever you are doing, take care, and thanks so much for looking x

Friday, 21 May 2021

Party Like It's 2009

 Good morning and a very happy Friday, the weekend is almost here! For my second Paris-themed piece for Country View Crafts, I've gone right back to 2009. For my 50th birthday we had a few days in Venice, then took the Orient Express to Paris. I know, I was a very lucky girl! While we were in Paris I bought a calendar (it didn't cost a lot because it was already October lol) and this is what I've used to make my mini album. Please grab a coffee 'cos there are lots of photos (but thankfully not too many words)

The album is 8.5''by 6.5'' so will take 7x5 photos easily. It's based on the Expandable Accordion Mini by Cal Summers of Paper, Scissors Story, I've just re-sized it a little.


These are some of the pages from my lovely calendar - the Chat Noir is my favourite and I must admit I came back with a few images of it from Paris.

This is page 1. All of the left hand pages are from papers that I got from Costco about a million year ago! I've also used a Cool Katz die that lets you cut straight into the page and then slip in your 6x4 or 4x3 photos.


From here on in there aren't many words, just lots of photos!


This one will take a 6x4 on the left, and a 7x5 on the right. 


My favourite black cat! The ephemera cards are Graphic 45 Love Notes and they go really nicely.


This page has some magnets under the paper, and the miniature images are also magnetised so I can hold my photos in place with them and change them around when I want to.

More die cut photo spots. If you take out the cards the slits on the paper disappear.


Another mini magnet to match the right hand page.


I've put magnets under the paper, and under the mini and Eiffel Tower.



Inside the back cover.


And the back cover. If you are still here, well done, and thank you!

You still have loads of time left to join in with our challenge, just base it around a Paris theme and link up.

Now I just need to find where I put my photos. They've been buried for the last eleven years in a place of safety - eek!!
Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing, and thanks so much for looking x






Tuesday, 18 May 2021

La Mer

 Good morning and a very happy Tuesday. Today I'm back at the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity with my second project for our Under The Sea challenge and this time I've made a journal page.



I started by making a gelli plate background on a page. When I've done a few more I'll put them back in the book. It's not quite the shade that I wanted but I really like the white bubbles so I'm going with it!


Next, I did some stencilling and also put in the Steampunk Pony as I didn't want to cut out the numbers.


Then I stamped my hard-working fish on scraps of gelli prints.


Luckily my Bird Bones  jockey doesn't weigh much, and as Steampunk Pony is on wheels the fish can pull him quite easily!

I stamped the pony onto another gelli scrap, cut him out, saddled him up, and we're good to go, it's the Grand National under the sea!

I hope you like my fun/weird/slightly bonkers piece and that you join in with our challenge. As always there's the chance to win some Lost Coast dollars.

I've used

Steampunk Pony

Fish and Heart Set

Bird Bones 

Have a very happy week, and thanks so much for looking x




Saturday, 15 May 2021

Sea Goddess!

Good morning and a very happy  Saturday. Today it's time for a new challenge over at the Lost Coast Portal To Creativity, and this time the theme is Under The Sea. Well, that's a cue for a song if ever I heard one!


I've made a tag/bookmark. I do like a nice bookmark, and the postcard that I've been using for the past couple of years is getting a bit dog eared now!


I started by making a background on my poor, underused, gelliplate with acrylic paint and alcohol inks.


Then I added some stamping and heat embossing.


I stamped and coloured my lovely lady and sea horse a couple of times, but it just didn't look right. Then I found a very delicate piece of blue on a mop up sheet and thought it was just right.


These are the stamps that I've used.

Seahorse With Rider

Fish and Heart Set

Mystery Eternity Hope Goddess

I hope that you like it, and also that you join in with our challenge for the chance to win some Lost Coast Dollars. Please remember that we are a stamping challenge, so no digis please.


Take care have a very happy weekend, and thanks so much for looking x