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Saturday and brrrr that’s cold … looks like winter has started but on the bright side at least it’s dry.

Some more pics of Amber’s album and how it looks when opened.
On the left is the hard chip board cover and on the right is the start of the pages … eh, only one at the moment. Behind the tag and twine Amber can slip in a photo if she wants plus she could add a little photo on the other page … between the dresses.

There will be four pages by the time it is finished and each page is double sided … eight pages in all with lots of hidden pockets for tags and piccies. Also included will be envelopes and these are for the journalling/photos. Love this album because you can work on the pages before you add them.

When you have finished a page simply add by gluing to the spine, then make two holes with the cropadile before adding the ribbon. The picci below shows how it will look on the outside. When completely finished there will be four bows showing … might even be lace … not sure yet but that is the beauty of this album you can change how you want the spine to look when finished.

The above pic is the page when opened again she can add a photo behind the twine, also there is a pocket behind the corset. Come back tomorrow and you will see another page added, this time showing one of the envelopes.


More Album

Thought I would show you the before and after photo of Amber which I put into the album today.
First is the original photo which I edited in GIMP. Second photo is after editing in GIMP, exported it to png format so it would have a transparent background

Third photo I added additional layers within gimp eg., the flourishes and sentiment. Because I wasn’t happy with the colour of the ‘joy’ in the sentiment the fourth photo is showing a change of colour.

Fifth photo is inside the album but because I printed onto photo paper the finished product was too stark. So a little tweeking of … alcohol inks, blending solution plus going around the edges with a gold pen everything came together nicely. See what you think?


Vintage Album

Long time no see … ages and ages in fact since I posted … must be two weeks … well 10 days … no wonder I was getting withdrawal symptoms!!!

Better late than never I say and in between lots of other things I have been working on, here is an album which I am going to give to Amber.

That girl is crazy about anything Victoriana, vintage and just oldie worldy. If she sees anything that has lace, ribbon and vintigie she is like a kid in a sweet shop. Hence I love making things for her because they are so appreciated, loved and well looked after.

This album has a flap to it which will eventually hide some writing which her grandma … me … will write for her … and in my own fair hand. There are too many piccies to show everything in one hit so I am going to bore you with lots of piccies over the next few days.

First two pics are the front which has a flap opening.

These two pics show the front flap when opened, this is where I am going to write a journalling piece for her and it will stay hidden behind the flap … no writing in there yet … that’s between Amber and me ha ha.

I do love making albums especially when I create lots of pockets for tags and photos.
Have used loads of techniques again inking, stamping, stencilling, embossing, frantage, made my own flowers also used some of my new stamps from Anna Griffin.

Papers used are My Minds Eye, used 3 pads actually, Breeze, Paris & Co also Sunshine. Lightly inked over all the pages so that not too much white shows through.

Entering for: Frilly & Funky Challenge – Anything but a card with a twist … the twist is you must have somewhere to hide something.


Love Those Shoes

Before I show the card we are making in class today I just have to tell you about me and cameras … you all know I don’t like taking photos of my work because I am never happy with it. Must get that light box … any suggestions of what to get girls????

I was at Patricia’s on Wednesday having a crafting play day and I took my camera to take piccies of her cards. Patricia is having a workshop next week Sunday, 21st October … (if interested e-mail me or go onto Patricia’s blog for details). Anyway started to take the pics … managed two … then the camera just wouldn’t work … no way no how!!!! You can imagine how calm and serene I was about this … don’t ****** think so.

How is it we always forget about things until we come to use them again!!!! You get it … wanted to take photos of my class card today but that darn thingy wouldn’t work … grrrr.

Oh so sweetly asked him in doors if he could have a look for me … guess what some how I had put it onto record mode, who records on a camera???? Obviously not me.

Well now that takes me to the fun bit … how calm and serene I was. Can’t wait to show Patricia the video of her and me plus what we were saying ….. no I am not going to put it on YouTube!!! Don’t care how mean I am.

Fun over, time to show my card. Wow haven’t done decoupage for ages but he looked just right in the middle of this box card. Still lots of stamping and distressing though.

This is the sort of card that looks quite masculine but if you have a really really good friend who can take a joke then I don’t see any reason why you can’t send to a girl. Change the papers to pinky, stamp some girly shoes, last but not least she doesn’t mind being called a dog … yikes!!! Maybe not.



Will tell you about the post in a minute let me tell you what I just had delivered!!!! Excitement, excitement.

Sitting here doing my post for Fashionable Stamping Challenges, which by the way is Shades Of Autumn/Fall and Larry (my postman) parked outside my craft room.

Have to explain something about where I live in Ireland … in the sticks/back of beyond basically, so we don’t have conventional postman, shank’s pony, riding on their bikes. We have a postman in a van. Anyway if I happen to be in my craft room … which is at the back of the bungalow … and I see Larry pull up that only means one thing ……. crafting goodies … yayyyyy!!!!!

I borrowed an old Sizzix die from Margaret called Picket Fence which I needed desperately … you know the feeling, so I decided to get my own and I found one on e-bay … that came. Next Anna Griffin was on QVC last week and I ordered her beautiful stamp collection, housed in a binder … that came. But the biggest surprise of all was a new Big Bite Crop-A-Dile. My little treasure of him in doors bought me a new one because my other has never really worked properly since I bought it. Had a teensy little stamping of the feet the other day because I went to use it, forgetting it didn’t work.

What a gorgeous start to the day. Huge big kisses and a thank you sweetie pie.

Card what card just want to play with all my goodies.

Gave her a little scarf as the outfit she is wearing is just to summery and I thought she might be cold seeing as how it’s Autumn … ha ha.

Made a large tag and did all my background stamping, glimmer misting, micro beading plus adding of a skeleton leaf before I stitched onto a DL card. Used the leaf pattern for the stitching which I though was quite appropriate for Autumn.

Took a close up of the flower because the singed petals look better.
What a laugh that was, sprayed Dylusions Squeezed Orange onto the flower but OMG it was sooooo bright. So whilst still wet I decided to use the heat gun hoping it would tone down a bit when dry. This was the laugh part everything started to burn … what idiot forgot she had used netting as part of the flower … yep it started to burn. Panic over and everything turned out OK, not only did it tone down the flower with those singed edges but it scrunched up without me having to do it.

Now all you have to do is pop on over to see all the amazing and gorgeous creations that the Design Team have made for you inspiration, check out Marina’s shop to see what you will buy if you win and last but not least leave us a little bit of yourselves so we can hop on over and leave you lots of love.


Sunday’s Fun Day Out

Showing what I made on Sunday … well it is and it isn’t, OK let’s explain a little!!
These are the papers I used for the project they are from Prima called Rondelle. We used the A4 paper pad but couldn’t get a good enough piccy. Such a pretty set and I came home with the box album all covered but nothing else … my choice because I wanted to use the new stamps I bought.

Eve was the person taking the class from Crafty Queens, link here … have to say a very talented lady. First time at one of her classes but it won’t be the last I hope.

Wish I had taken a piccy of the before and after because it looks nothing like I came home with on Sunday.
By the time I had gessoed, loads of acrylic paint, moulding paste, ripped, tore, distressed, stencilled, stamped and pulled everything around to an inch of it’s life, all those papers look nothing like the original article.

Isn’t that face just adorable, I have wanted these stamps from Tim Holtz forever but the postage when buying was always just toooo much. Anyways Kate had her shop there and I was able to get them.

Lots of flippy floppy pages inside ready for adding loads of goodies … when I get around to it … but I may just give this to Amber and let her work her magic on the inside lol.


Just Stepping Out

Vintage Stamping Challenges

Now that you all know there is a new challenge blog in town I can show you what I have created for my very first Design Team card.

The stamped images are from our very generous sponsor Flonzcrafts. I chose this Vintage Fifties style girl for my main image. Also stamped her onto shrink plastic and made a little charm hanging from the organza pink bow. Another stamp I used from leo’s store was this very Vintage Retro Car … how neat does that look.

Stamped the vine leaf on the edge of the card, it’s one from the Tapestry collection of stamps, these are very little stamps but how pretty they make that edge look.

Papers are from the Prima range called Rondelle which came with my pack of goodies which I received at the craft crop I went to yesterday. What a fabulous day out I had can’t wait to show you what I made.

As this is our very first challenge we would just love it if you popped on over to the Vintage Stamping Challenge blog and not only leave lots of love for the new Design Team girls but also to enter whatever creation you feel like making.

Entering For: Paper Play Challenge – Flowers and Lace
Crafty Catz Challenge – Lace and Ribbons
Sweet Stamping – Vintage
Fab’n’Funky – Vintage


New Challenge Blog On The Block

Well here it is girls the new stamping challenge of …

Vintage Stamping Challenges

I am so proud to be part of the Design Team of this new challenge Blog and so looking forward to making some fabulous creations with the stamps from our sponsor

Flonz Crafts.

Please hop over to have a peek at the beautiful creations the Design Team girls have made for the very first challenge and it’s all for your inspiration.

Here are the new Vintage Stamping Challenge Girls.

You are not going to be disappointed with this new challenge and the best news is we all get to use the beautiful stamps from Flonz … how brilliant is that eh!!!