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Altered Match Box

Back again this time with an altered project which I made whilst at home with the grandchildren.
Claire, Amber, Irene and myself all piled over to my wonderful friend and teemie from FSC Brenda’s for the night to have a little playtime and we each altered an old used matchbox … pretty cool eh!!

Thanks Brenda can’t wait for another playtime see you in April … Hugs Shirley x x

Entering for: 4 Crafty Chicks – Anything But A Card
Crafty Creations Challenges – Vintage Fashion
Little Red Wagon – Use A Vintage Item
Anything Goes Challenges – Altered Projects
Crafty Ann’s Challenges – Anything But A Card
Sugar Creek Hollow – Trash To Treasure


Penny Black Meets Magnolia


Lots of folding and scoring to make these two envelope cards but well worth the effort. The cards themselves are each made from a single sheet of 12 x 12 paper …. think they were both from a QVC buy. Loads of stamping, masking, colouring, inking, glitter, micro beads, diamond glaze and punching went into these two projects but enjoyed every minute. Put the cat through the swiss dots embossing folder and covered the dots with micro beads, added stitching and lace to the Penny Black card.

Entering for:
Allsorts Challenge – They want at least three punches
Penny Black at Allsorts – Punch away
Craftalicious Challenges – Thanks


Scarlet’s Letter



Basic Grey and digi whoo hoo …. Scarlet Letter was one of the paper pads that I never managed to get over the years but now I have it forever in digi.

Off home to see the grandkiddies today (4 months since I have seen them), because they are still at school I am having a crafting day with Irene and Diane tomorrow. Made lots of tags so I can colour them in but had to keep them safe so made this book … (wallet really but too many letters for the tag). The book is made from the Scarlet Letter digi papers and all the embellies on the tags are from the kit as well, buttons and brads look so real will be adding the cotton later.

Three of the tags have images which I stamped and then scanned (you can just see a peak of the new stamps from docrafts it’s from the Nostalgia collection called Rainy Day oh so delish) but all the rest are digi images from various shops. Tags are 13.5cm in length (5.5 inches) and the book is 15cm (5.14 inches).

Had to colour at least one of them so chose an image from Phindy’s Place called Romantic Moment …. ahh …. Grande Dame is another of her images and couldn’t resist adding sentiments. Watch out for the image called …. Mrs Comfy crafting …. on my to do list. Ribbon will be added later to the tags.

A big big sorry girls but not sure what has been happening with the Crafty Angels Challenge blog since 7th June. Week 39 challenge for In Vogue Papers didn’t get posted, week 40 not mentioned, week 41 only posted the day before which was too late for me to make my DT card but this week we are back on track yippee.

Crafty Angels Challenge today want to see some red and black on your projects, Laura set the challenge which really went well with my new kit …. must be some kind of telepathy because I could not have chosen better. She has been having a painting session with the colour red, it all sounds really yummy.

Take care and I will be back in one week.


Happy Birthday Bernie

Can now show the card which I made for a very very dear friends birthday. It’s a gate fold card and when opened the inside explodes out.



Easter Bunny Basket


The Fussy and Fancy Challenge this fortnight is Easter and I have chosen an Ethereal Forest Designs Easter Bunny image…been saving this image especially for this challenge.

The Charm Barn are sponsoring this challenge and all charms used have been donated by them.

Made an Easter basket…one side has the bunny image and the other has the beautiful charm bunny ….sooo cute.

Every time I moved the basket to take a photo an egg fell off…so….as you do… I ate it. Didn’t realise until I saw the photo of the side where the charm is that I had eaten all the eggs on that side… oops.

Long story time……when home in the UK Amber’s Easter egg was sitting in a little box and I realised I could take it apart and make a template of it. It was too big to fit on an A4 sheet so after quite some time…. and a few chosen words….Andrew and I made a new template….had just made the basket up with copy paper… just to make sure it worked OK… when in walked JP and Clare and what had they bought me the same Easter egg but in a smaller basket…again a few choice words were uttered.


Coloured bunny with USArt sparkling pearlescent pastels, added diamond glaze to the eggs and a pearl for his eye…..really lovely effect. His ears and tail are covered with flower soft which I then painted over.

Flowers are made with tissue paper and gives a soft and floaty look to the basket….have placed tiny little flower baubles in the middle of each. At one end of the basket there is a huge chiffon bow and at the other another tissue flower. The string of beads along the scalloped edge are stitched in place and also the lace trim beads at the bottom. Petals and white flowers from stash.

Entering for these challenges:
PaperPlay Challenge – Easter
Colour Create Challenge – Pastels
Cute Card Thursday – Dimensions
KL Stampin N Scrappin – Flowers and Stitching
Stampin for the Weekend – Easter


Sweetie Bear


Had a wonderful time at home (UK), really miss the grandchildren already. Both birthdays went well and can’t wait for Lauren’s birthday in April she will be seven (the baby in the family).


Sweetie Bear is another cute image and you can buy her from Ethereal Forest Designs Store along with other wonderful designs. If you enter our blog hop…. there is still time…. you never know it could be you who wins the $10 voucher and then you too can own Sweetie Bear and more.

For my card this week I printed the image directly onto the card and paper pieced it. Folded it in half and cut around the image through both pieces of card. Left a straight piece either side to give substance. The inside is decorated with two flowers and a bow. Two of the flowers are made by me and two are prima flowers. The ribbon is from my stash.

Inked, distressed and sanded sweetie bear and the eye shadow is coloured in with a sparkly Sakura pen, lace is also from stash.Entering for the:

Cupcake Craft Challenge 81 – Flower Power


Yummy Tag Books


Karen of the Madhatters taught me how to make these with 12 x 12 papers and I think they are really yummy.

Both are made with Anna Griffin double sided papers.

The stamping on the paper, not sure who the stamps are made by, bought the stamps from a little stand at Thorpe Park Craft Fair UK (now Farnborough Craft Fair) they are really fantastic for vintage work.

Images on the tags are from a CD by Joanna Sheen.

Aren’t they just divine



Sweetest bird house

I still go to crops as much as possible and I made a birdhouse at one of them.

Needless to say couldn’t wait to get home and make another one.

This is the end product, went a bit OTT but what the heck I like it.