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Truly A Gentleman’s World

Can any of you guess what I got for my birthday from hubby … wait for it … all the Tim Holtz stencils, one very happy bunny, hence my playing around with backgrounds. Totally going to bore you in the coming weeks as I just want to use everyone of them. Andrew bought them from Linda at the Funkie Junkie who has a terrific deal going on which you can see here.

Sharing another background piece that I made on Sunday. This was achieved with another of the Tim Holtz stencils, this time I used the Rays.

Everything thrown at it as usual … you know me and collaging. From the word go with my journey into crafting my natural course seemed to gravitate towards collaging. Totally love to take random composition pieces from my bit boxes and make art from them.

Unifying my colours is always so important to me when doing this form of art because if you are not careful it can look a complete mess. But I am learning all the time.

For years I was more into my colouring of very pretty stamped images so I have come fairly late into the world of paints and other mixed media art but I am totally loving where it is taking me.

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The little Christmas craft market which I went to on Friday was such fun but it wouldn’t have been so amazing without the girls and men at Elavon who very kindly bought nearly all of my crafty products. I couldn’t believe how much I sold, it was amazing. Wow I now have a little stash of lovely dosh for more crafting goodies.

Thank You Elavon for inviting me – so looking forward to next year already.

It was a real dirty day yesterday with the weather but I had a crafty friend who turned up for a little mucky play which was much more fun. She is experimenting with paint at the moment so we made a couple of backgrounds using paints and crackle.

My first background piece was made with red and black paint, she used the colours of black and green for hers. After making the backgrounds she had to dash off but I carried on playing.

The molding paste came into play with the Tim Holtz Stencil Eye Chart. When all was dry the stamping started, I used a dirty lime green chalk paint to stamp the numbers from Tim Holtz’s Urban Chic collection before dabbing it around the edges. I buy my chalk paints from a beautiful little shop in Camolin where she makes me up little pots of whatever colour I want. The faces are from the PaperArtsy Mini 10 and Mini 05 and both were stamped onto papers from G45 the Typography collection … gorgeous. The Do Not Bend came from another PaperArtsy collection called Ephemera 3.

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Entering for: The Artistic Stamper – Anything Goes

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Use A Stamp.


Funkie Junkie 12 Tags Of Christmas – #11

Christmas Tag #11 – Funkie Junky Style

#1 tag is here with the rules. Linda’s # 11 tag and the Funkie Junkie Boutique is here.

I am going to be so disappointed when Linda posts her final tag as I have enjoyed following along with everyone of them.

Today’s tag on Linda’s blog is probably my favorite to date but we still have the 12th to go so I will wait until she has posted this before I make a definite choice. My inspiration came from the trees, colours and reindeer on her tag.

The tag has been painted, crackled, stamped on (not literally), embossed, frantaged to an inch of it’s life as well as adding the gorgeous napkin reindeer with a layering of Mod Podge.



First Christmas Party

Yesterday was our Crafty Christmas party, we had an absolutely amazing time. All the girls brought some goodies with them.

We had homemade mince tarts and a Toblerone cheesecake which our Phil supplied, yum yum mmmm. Susan brought the home made quiches which were soon devoured. Maria came with the dips and cheese nibbles, melt in the mouth. The lovely Theresa not only supplied the Christmas crackers plus the entertainment in the form of dressing up … but we wont mention the tail shall we Theresa lol … she also gave each of us a goodie bag to take home. Oh, my contribution was the boring ole salad. Kay kept us entertained with jokes. A little about Kay, she has been coming to my class for a good few years now but doesn’t participate anymore because her eyesight has deteriorated so badly. She wanted to contribute with the food but her SIL Phil wouldn’t let her because she said “she would probably only poison us all”. All said very jokingly … even Kay agreed with her. New Phil turned up at the class and was totally in the dark about it all because she was away the week before and we decided it would be a nice surprise for her.

Guess who’s cross because we didn’t take one photo, even forgot to take a photo of the quick and easy make that we did beforehand.

Anyways here’s a man’s version of what I made after the class and I will show the girly version of the class make sometime during this week.


Captured Forever

Each year on my birthday one memory always comes to mind … something that somebody said to me many years ago. It always triggers a picture of me holding my mum’s hand as she is standing speaking to a friend. I can remember the day as if it were yesterday.

It was my birthday, so I didn’t want to stand around chatting. I was doing the usual child thing, fidgeting about, bored and saying “Are we going now?”. Her friend laughed and turned to me saying “make the most of today because as you get older they will come around so fast and you won’t want them to”. I can remember thinking gosh it takes ages for a birthday to come around. As a child I didn’t realise the meaning of those words … I do now.

Who watches The Paradise, just love the clothes … especially what Katherine wears … and the era? Last week’s episode was the taking of photos. How stern did they look when posing, no sunny smiling faces in those days.

Used another freebie image from Astrid. Thanks for these, sweets, we really appreciate all your hard work in giving us these.

Made this 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ photo frame. Forgot to take a photo of the back but I used the Sizzix Small Easel Die which makes a terrific stand. Cut the Sizzix Scalloped Frame three times then layered one on top of each other so that I could recess the photo. How terrified do they look!!!

December’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is The Natural World. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and today we are starting the first part which is add a flower.

Used a Crafts Too stencil with some molding paste to create the rose effect, the flourish die is also a Crafts Too. The larger flowers are a Stampin Up stamp called Flower Shop.


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


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..


That Loving Angelic Look

Printed the beautiful girl image onto canvas paper, you can find her here. I have had this image printed off for ages but only just found her again the other day. It is one of Astrid’s freebies, if you haven’t seen them before they are well worth downloading and using. She has some more freebies on offer today.

This started with very soft and natural colours but just seemed to evolve and take on a life of it’s own. Layered with some fussy ripped napkins. Handmade the flowers using muslin, cardstock and newspaper also added some D I, Victorian Velvet. The ribbon was also dragged into the D I.

I am such a softie when is comes to pretty and feminine.


Shabby Chic Christmas

Fingers crossed that this schedules OK as I will be winging myself off to Dublin for a workshop with Eve. This is her first one in months and I can’t wait.

Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight is: Shabby Chic Christmas.

Shabby chic is an appearance of age and signs of wear and tear (sounds a bit like me) … or … where new items have been distressed to achieve the appearance of age … ahhh that’s more like me!!

Really ruffled the edges of this cardstock. Scratched, rubbed, pinched … sounds like an itch … and tore but eventually got the effect I was after.

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Please please pop on over for a peak at what the rest of the Fashionettes have created.



November’s main theme at Crafts-Too-Challenge You is A Vintage Christmas. There are two parts to the monthly challenge and today we are onto the second part which is: – Polychromatic

This is the opposite to Monochromatic so now you can use colour to your hearts content for the rest of the month.

Corrugated cardboard again (so much cheaper than using cardstock all the time) which was diecut then put into an A4 Crafts -Too embossing folder. This was again put through the big shot to flatten so that Mr Jolly Holly snowman, which is from Hampton Art, could be stamped. Sentiment is from Indigo Blu, used with Versamark then sprinkled with white embossing powder before being hi-lighted with a fine black pen.

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


First Wall Hanging

This is my first wall hanging simply because not sure if this was my type of thing.

Had a play day yesterday with the melt pot, corrugated cardboard, paint, beeswax, napkins, mica powder, gilding wax, border die, stitching and ribbon.

This is the result after all the playing and I really loved how it turned out. This piece will be hanging in my craft room as of today and I just might be doing some more!!!

The stitching came about because I wanted a decorative edge at the top. Cut it out with an Xcut border die which had lots of little holes when cut.

Stitching and myself go hand in hand so out came the needle and thread to do a quick back stitch along the top.
Just didn’t want to glue or tape the ribbon handle so this was stitched onto the wall hanging at the same time. This appealed to the neat freak in me so the back also looked nice.

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