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Seaside Time At FSC

FSC wants to see the Seaside this month which the lovely Hanne picked as her theme.

Wow, Summer has really arrived in this part of Ireland, we have had no rain for a few weeks now just wall to wall warm weather, long may it last!  My tan is coming along nicely just in time for my hols next month.  Not going to look like a milk bottle this year when I go away.

For some reason Clare and John-Paul let the grandkids pick where they wanted to go and they picked Las Vegas … can you believe it?  Apart from the fact that Amber and Alex can’t drink (Lauren’s still too young, only another 3 years to go) nor play at the casinos, that was their choice.

Off to see all the sights though, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam etc.,

We made a compromise with the kids, only 5 days in Vegas then off to Los Angeles for a fortnight.

Whilst in LA Andrew and I are hopping off to San Francisco so that I can see the Golden Gate Bridge.  He’s been there before but I haven’t so now’s my chance.

Used Crafty Individual stamps for my seaside theme and also still using my dies.

Long time since I have shown a Saturday class card but better late than never eh!!!

Below are two of my makes.

My classes always start with the showing of the card that the girls will be making and then I demonstrate how they will be doing it.

We were going to make the seaside card also but there was no time left as we were running late.

I am sure there will be time in next week’s class to start it as we are only finishing off a frame that we started two weeks ago.

Would really love it if you hopped on over to see all the DT’s work as they are simply stunning.

Ink Art Designs Etsy Shop is sponsoring FSC and they will be offering a stamp for the winner of each new challenge.


Why Three Birthday Cards???

My youngest granddaughter Lauren starts a new journey on Friday as she becomes a teenager.

The biggest part of missing out on Lauren’s growing up is keeping abreast of how her personality has changed and how her creative style in life has done a complete turn around.

Whereas Claire, Amber and I love the messy, inky and busy side of crafting Lauren, to my complete surprise, has gone more like her Dad and loves the CAS look.

Lauren and a girlfriend of hers came to Ally Pally with us this year and they loved it.  Flitting about the huge hall like butterflies they were in their element.  Hardly saw them at all during the day.  We eventually stopped for lunch and they showed us what they had made at one of the make and takes.

On the Sunday after Ally Pally Lauren, friend and myself made an album.  Mine was pretty with lots of embellishments on it, her friend’s was like a pizza with everything added but Lauren’s was very stark and minimalistic.

This was when I realized that her developing creative style is so different to mine, Claire’s and Amber’s.

Way to go Lauren, be unique and make your own path sweetie.

Lauren’s birthday card was already made by the time I set sail for Ally Pally but on discovering how she likes CAS I had to make another.  Hope she likes it.

Used watercolour card and also watercolour paints to achieve the background effect plus the stamped sentiment (from Stampin Up) was done with black embossing powder.


Might as well show the two other cards which I created (not Lauren’s cup of tea methinks).

Did two because I wasn’t sure what colour she was into at the moment but it doesn’t really matter now as I won’t be sending either.  DI inks were used to create the background plus various stamps.

Used two new dies that have been added to my collection recently and the picture stamps are an old set from Crafty Individuals.


It’s been extremely hard for Andrew and myself as all through the grandchildren’s lives we have lived abroad.  Hence the reason for all the missing out on their growing up and the changing stages of their personalities.

Entering the Penny Black  and More Challenge – Birthdays


Time And What Matters

Andrew and I are like two ships that pass in the night at the moment.  As he is winging his way back from Tennessee in America, I will be winging my way to Ally Pally in the UK.  Guess we all know who has got the better deal!!!

Dot and I skyped again yesterday and we both concentrated on making backgrounds.  Both used Dylusions sprays (the one I used is called Vibrant Turquoise).  Dot made three backgrounds but miss neat freak here only managed to get one background finished.

Ahhhh but at least I added lots of stamped ephemera to my background, Dot put hers away ready to add embellishments at a later date.  I also had to wait for the crackle paste to dry!!!!


I love the stamped bulldog clip on this card it looks so real.  It comes as part of a stamping set from Anna Griffin and has loads of stationery paraphernalia on it.  The girl is a very old freebie stamp from The Craft Stamper magazine and the butterfly is also an old postcard stamp (think it’s Crafty Individuals!!!).

Coloured both with my Faber Castell pencils plus I slit around the wing of the butterfly to pop the note paper behind.  The note sheet comes from Stampers Anonymous called School Desk.

We had one more skyping session this morning and I will show you what I made later.

P.S.   My granddaughter Lauren Rose would love it if you checked out this video link and subscribed to it.


This Is Where I Would Love To Be At The Moment

I don’t do enough of these one layer projects. Not sure why because you can pack as much into them as an OTT layered card.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight is:

In The Holiday Spirit.

Our fabulous teamie sister Terry picked the theme this fortnight and all I can say is thanks babe it gave me the chance to get away from those gggrrrr Christmas cards (Christmas I love to bits, cards maybe not) and just play away.

Dot and I went for a holiday theme, mine is a wish you were here Postcard of France and hers is a bathing beauty. Now some of you eager beavers will spot that France isn’t exactly hot at this time of the year but a girl can dream can’t she!!! And it was the only stamp I had with the name of a country.


This image always reminds me of my two granddaughter’s, Amber and Lauren. Getting homesick so I am going to stop right there.

Loved doing this postcard so much that whilst all the goodies were still on the desk I made another, just slightly different.


The Crafty Individuals stamp CI – 283 was just perfect for the postcard. Then came the inks, paint and pure heaven on a piece of card.

Please please pop on over for a peak at what the rest of the Fashionettes have created they are all stunning as usual..


Magical Resist Technique

Wow she seriously looks hung over or all the worlds troubles are on her shoulders. How many of us have looked like that at some time or another?? Her mum looks as if she is writing a little note to cheer her up!! My mind certainly gets imaginative when I make something but I adore the image which you can find here that I just had to use it.

Love challenges because they remind you to do things that you haven’t done for ages or you have forgotten about them. Fashionable Stamping have the theme this fortnight of “Can U Resist”. We have Fliss to thank for this challenge and for making me nudge my brain about resist terchniques.

Wax paper was used for this technique which I haven’t done in ages!! Who also remembers doing this from their school days when wax paper was so readily available … ehh not with embossing folders just by scrunching the paper in your hand!!

Embossed a piece of wax paper with an A4 Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Garden Lattice. (When you break the fibers of the wax paper it enables you to use as a resist.) Sandwiched it between two pieces of cardstock (works better on glossy or satin) placed a piece of copy paper over the top then ironed. It makes the most delicious background but you can’t see it until you add some ink. Ink used was Fired Brick, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Vintage Photo. Gently blended the colours over the top and then like magic the embossing begins to appear.

The stamped sentiments came from a Dyan Reaveley Quintessential Quotes set. Both ladies are from Flonzcrafts you can find one above and the other here . “Just A Note” is an Anita’s stamp from Docrafts, ladies face on the tag is a Creative Expressions stamp. The postcard with the flowers from Crafty Individuals was stamped onto a die cut envelope, added a tag inside and also one on the outside. In the right hand corner a PaperArtsy mini stamp was used called French Script.

Our Creative Corner – Forgotten Things

Dancing On Air

Time for Tuesday Treasures again and the treasure on my card today are the buttons I have made, love making these.
The reason I call them my treasures is because they are bottle tops which Andrew crushed for me so that I can make pretty things with them. Now I don’t think he really understands my obsession with crafting but if there is any heavy donkey work to be done he will help. I have a box full of crunched up bottle tops just waiting to be turned into little treasures. Thanks babe.

Both bottle tops have been Gessoed, whilst still wet I added pieces of voile gauze, the first I made two holes for the cotton to go through then added crackle accents, my second I again added voile but this time added a piece of purple material plus the crackle accents. This piece started off as a 6″ x 6″ piece of cereal box, Gessoed then added pieces of cotton voile gauze, the beautiful stamped image is from Crafty Individuals and coloured with copics. Another thing my little treasure did was buy me all the copics ahhhhh.

Another fave thing I did … haven’t done it for a while though is printed onto kitchen roll then die cut with various dies before adding to the edges. Love the dimpled effect you get when you use a quilted piece of kitchen roll. Below are the two images I printed out.

Entering for – Bunny Zoe’s Challenge – Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show – Anything Goes
CMC Copic Challenge – Anything Goes
The Stamp Man Challenge – Favourite technique – Love these buttons
CCEE Stampers – Make your own buttons or brads
Craft Room Challenge – Add Fabric
Joanna Sheen Challenge – Remember When