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Feeling Brown, Blue and Cream

Here is one of my fave colour combinations when crafting, blue and brown, it is especially beautiful when teemed with flowers and birds.

All the stamps are from Indigo Blu, “Live, Laugh Love” and “Nature 1” except the little flowers which are from Stampin Up.

Stamped the bird onto tissue paper and whilst drying I painted the Ornate Frame die with some blue and beige chalk paint. Used the same paint for the bird before adding to the middle of the frame. Also ripped the tissue very gently to add a more distressed feel. Matted everything onto brown embossed cardstock which I enhanced with a little gilding wax called Patina.


Nature Walk

Made a very quick one layer card with one of the new stamps from the Stampers Anonymous Nature Walk set.

The birds nest was always going to be the one I used first because it is my fave from the set. Background ink colours are Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Crushed Olive and Frayed Burlap.

Stamped and embossed the Indigo Blu stamp set called Nature I with white embossing powder. Used another of my fave stamps at the moment from Stampin Up called ‘Off The Grid’ this was stamped with Versafine Vintage Sepia.

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Hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoy making.


G45 Nuts & Bolts Album

I made another of the “Nuts & Bolt” album as I call them, with my SIL Irene, but this time with Graphic 45 papers called Coutour. The last one I made was primarily stamping which you can see here and here but this one is very little stamping and more about the papers.

Who shows the last page first … well I had a play around with my graphics program again and liked the background, looks super cool eh!!! Loved the result of what I did here so played again.

I can hear you saying less of the playing and more of the showing Shirl!!!
OK here is the first page with some molding paste and ink through a stencil. Just to hi-light those super fussy cut pieces.

Each tag has a number, die cut from the movers and shapers magnetic set called Cargo, with a different embossing folder being used for each black page.

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Fussy cut the tickets and also the prim and proper Miss Madam sitting in the chair.

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Also mixed some of the papers from the French Country collection from Graphic 45.


Wish List Wallet

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have an Anything Goes theme which was picked by the lovely Esther.

I have made another project which will sit on my craft desk it is a wish list wallet and inside I have added a little notebook plus pen ready for adding all the crafty goodies I want to buy at Ally Pally in April. Loads of stamping and the little goose in the top right hand corner was made by triple embossing an oval piece of chipboard then stamping into it before adding gilding wax to the edges.

When fully opened you can see my bird has been stamped onto some faux leather card. Used the age ole technique of making faux leather, which Sheena has revived but her method is with glycerine. When I first saw this being done with card it was with the Rangers Ink Refresher and I have now tried both products and the Ink Refresher just has the edge for me but they both do work. Also added a little pocket for a tag I made but forgot to take a photo.

The notebook and pen were bought whilst shopping in Newbridge last week, only €1 for both.


Such a classy image but for the life of me I can’t remember where I bought it. Printed onto canvas paper to give an aged look then stamped the edge with a grid stamp from Stampin Up. The rather oversized bird cage is a Kaiser craft stamp. The rest of the stamps are from Indigo Blu, Darkroom Door, PaperArtsy and last but not least Stampers Anonymous.The background cardstock is of course from G45.


It would be fantastic if you could pop on over for a peak at what the rest of the Fashionettes have created.


Tag Box Holder

Apologies for the lack of posts to my blog. In between a nice little 18 hour power cut due to the storms, no internet connection because the ISP had no power and a garage roof ending up in our garden, all’s well with the world.

A true crafter lets nothing interfere with her creativity and this little make was made mostly by torch light … hubby really thinks I’ve lost the plot. Hands up those of you who have really wanted to make something so badly that nothing will stand in your way, not even having no electric. They managed it years ago!!!

Haven’t finished the ends of the doweling yet because I need to find something that will fit them. The plain tags displayed at the moment are cut from the Sizzix Tag & Bookplate die which fit perfectly.

I first saw this on the fabulous Anne’s blog here and just knew that I wanted to make one as well. So I duly followed all the links which Anne provided (thanks sweets) and bought the instructions. Click here if you want to make one too. Anne also has more info about how the the tag holder works than I do.

Sorry Helen but I tweaked mine just a teensy bit differently to yours in the front opening and didn’t do all those fiddly scores in the paper. Made mine flush instead of standing proud of the front which means that it doesn’t really need anything to hold it shut. Put two tiny clips either side just in case it gets a bit loose with use.

For the sides I made little pockets and the little tag hanging from the middle fits inside these.

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Chose some beautiful Graphic 45 papers to cover which you can see more of when the front is pulled down. Cotton reels for the feet but left them unpainted because I thought they matched better with the papers. Painted all the edges with a dark brown also distressed the edges and used crackle glaze for a more aged look.

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This sits beautifully on my shelf in the craft room and when I eventually fill with finished tags I won’t have far to look for inspiration.


Kinetic Fun In A Card

My first words are a huge thank you for all your lovely comments whilst being away. I am so behind with everything but I will be popping along to see you all in the coming week.

Finally back but when did I stop taking everything in my stride?? – Circumstances just went haywire when I went back to the UK for my grandsons birthday and they totally took me out of my comfort zone. A few years back I would have just shrugged and said “ah well what the heck”. I think I must have grown up somewhere along the line and not realised it!!!

When due to sail back they cancelled the boat due to bad weather conditions, Andrew went on line and changed my sailing dates for the next day, all good at this point.

Up with the larks and raring to go so off I started on my journey to the boat …two trains later and only as far as Bristol … Andrew telephoned to say they had cancelled the boat yet again. This time it was cancelled for two days. Got off the train and making my way across to another platform, ready for the trek back, it was then I realised that if I had been twenty years younger this would have been an adventure. I felt complete frustration that in this day and age they couldn’t inform the passengers sooner. Nobody’s fault when there are bad weather conditions but and a huge BUT we have all this technology at our finger tips and yet they couldn’t make a decision until the last minute … and I mean last minute … about whether the boat should sail!!

The up side was that I got another full day of crafting with my SIL Irene, three full days in all. We made some wonderful creations which will all be shown at later dates.

I have always had a fascination with kinetic cards, it’s the challenge of working out how the movement works. Sometimes just pasting things on and die cutting isn’t enough and the old grey cells want more stimulation. The workings out on copy paper for the pilot gets the juices flowing and when it works out it is a tremendous feeling.

Two birds with one stone and this is the card which my class made yesterday and they loved it.

This is a brilliant touchy feely card because of the flaps. When you first look they are not that noticeable it is only on closer inspection that you realise they are there. Then of course the fun starts all over again by the decorating of colour and stamps.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight have the theme of Build It Up which was picked by the lovely Avril. You need to add at least three stamps or more to be in with a chance to win the $20 from Flonzcrafts.



It would be fantastic if you could pop on over for a peak at what the rest of the Fashionettes have created.


Even More Stamping

Thank you for all your kind comments about my Nuts and Bolts Album, you can see the first few pages here but be careful what you ask for!!

The lovely Alison from Words and Pictures left a sweet comment and at the end said “hope you’ll let us see the other pages some time”. Well here they are Alison, a mega photo fest of the rest of the pages but you will be pleased to know that these are the last. Alison mail me your address and you can have this little mini album sweets .. (that is if you want it)!!

The beauty of this album is that you just undo the bolts and add more pages when you feel the need. After this little stamping fest I don’t feel the need!

I really had to sit on my hands with some of the pages because each of my stamps were shouting … “use me”. The noise was starting to get deafening because the masks and stencils wanted to get in on the act.

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Love the above page which has various stamps on it but the girl is from PaperArtsy called Buttons Plate 3. I cut an aperture so that you can see the bird on the next page (incidentally he just happens to be sitting on another PaperArtsy mini) and when the page is turned you can see a pair of eyes.

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Hope you enjoy looking as much as I enjoyed making.

Entering this for: The PaperArtsy challenge. They have a new GD Julie Ann from Magpie Heaven.


Just Bee You

Made this little wall hanging before New Year and it was going to be my first make of 2014 until I was sidetracked by my memories of Kuwait.

Creating and crafting allows each and everyone of us to be ourselves and that is how this piece came about. I wanted something in my craft room that, when I am searching for a particular item on my shelves, as my eyes wandered they would glance upon it and remind me “Just To Be Me”.

I saw this fabby post from the lovely Anne, which I am sure relates to most of us, and below is a quote from part of her post:


“This January I decided that it’s the perfect time to finally get rid of that guilt. I challenge you to find one of your former ‘shopping sins’, open the packet, stroke it one last time, and then USE IT!

So bring out all of those treasured hoarded items that you feel guilty for buying and put them on show – and make your secretly gnawing scrapaholic’s guilt go away. As simple as that”.


Anne’s post is referring to the new challenge at Our Creative Corner – No More Shopping Sins which is a fabulous theme for a challenge.

I did exactly as Anne suggested – I opened the packet, stroked it (hopefully not for the last time) and USED IT. Phew that felt good!! Well not really because I had already made the hanging but I would have done that if I had seen your post first sweets.

Sadly Anne I am not going to take the rest of your advice and bring out all of my treasured hoarded items as hubby will see just how much I spend!!!

Bought these stamps by Wendy Vecchi back at the end of October but never had chance to use. Again lots going on with paints, inks, molding paste, an EF but the best part was using melted bees wax around the edges. Covered the sentiment and the bee with wax also..

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A very dear friend gave me a bag with teensy little cotton reels in it. The bag was cellophane but it was stapled to a rather nice piece of brown card with a logo on it. I carefully took out the staples so that I could have the brown card, turned it inside out so that it was plain, stamped on it and glued onto my wall hanging for the string to go through. Chuffed to bits how it turned out.

“The bee is a stinging winged insect which collects nectar and pollen, produces wax and honey and lives in large communities.”


Winged Creatures At C2CU

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and here we are starting twist 2 which is – Any Winged creature. This is sure to be a favourite with everyone

I am still going with the natural tones for my colour palette as it has been a refreshing change from all those reds and greens of Christmas. Wahoo not long now for the little fat man to come a knocking. Can’t wait to see what Santa will be bringing me!!!

Used the flourish die from Crafts Too. Firstly I placed onto the tag and inked over to leave a subtle background impression. The left over die had pieces snipped off which I added to the tag.

The rest of the design team have worked really hard to bring you some amazing inspiration so pop here to have a peek.


Simply Spiffing

Stamped and embossed this cheeky chappy from Time Travellers with black E P onto craft card then coloured with Distress Inks. For the background I used white E P with this stamp from Indigo Blu (just the music part). Also used Tim’s Journeyman tissue tape which was added randomly but very sparingly.

Part of the Ephemera 3 collection of stamps from Paperartsy was stamped onto a spare piece of cardstock which was coloured also with DI’s then roughed up the edges a little. For the finishing touches I used a few bits from the G45 Typography papers and a framed die before using my fave Alphabet Stamps for the spiffing and old chap sentiment.

Brrr, well this was a surprise this morning. Winter is well and truly here the fluffy white stuff has started flurrying around in huge swirls. Took a quick photo from inside … I was not going outside for anything.

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Entering for: The Artistic StamperAnything Goes
Simon Says Challenge – Use A Stamp