Monday, 31 December 2012

Butterfly Card

This is my last posting this year, I'm a bit late with it as it should have been posted earlier in the month. I used Gecko Galz December products to make the card.

I probably won't post anything tomorrow so I would like to wish you all a very.

Image from the Gecko Galz Industrial Age Digi Stamp Set.
Quote from the Gecko galz Quotes To Live By Collage Set.
Gecko Galz Snow On Ceaders Background Paper.
Card Blank.
Tissue Tape.
Black Gems.
Felt Tip Pens.
Stormy Sky Distress Ink.
Cover the card blank with the background paper.
Print the image twice, cut one out and cut the butterflies out of the other. Colour the butterflies with the felt tips.
Lightly colour the image with the Distress ink and adhere the butterflies.
Adhere the image and embellishments to the card.

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Wonderland ATCs

Here are a few ATCs I made using  The Octopode Factory Alice In Wonderland images. I coloured the images with Promarkers.
I also used  Gecko Galz  Wonderland ATC background papers and a couple of images from the Wonderland collage sheets.

I also used pages from and old Alice In Wonderland book and a few gems.

Thursday, 27 December 2012

Tulip card

I hope you all enjoyed the Christmas festivities, as usual it went far to quickly and I ate much too much chocolate - definitely on a diet in the New Year.

I'd like to share a card that I made a couple of months ago.

I sprayed a card blank and a piece of white card with bubblegum pink Dylusions ink then matted the card onto some black card and adhered it to the card blank. I took another piece of white card and stamped the stitches [Woodware stamp] and added the ribbon. I used a Studio 490/Wendy Vecchi stamp and stamped it a couple of times onto different coloured card, then I cut them out and layered the different coloured parts.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas

I'd like to wish all my followers and visitors to my blog a very
Merry Christmas

Monday, 24 December 2012

Happy Christmas

Here is my Happy Christmas postcard for the Sunday Postcard Art challenge.

The holly/mistletoe frame is from Plush Possum Studio and everything else is from CraftArtist digi kits.

Friday, 21 December 2012

A Christmas Tag

Here is the tag that I made for Gecko Galz.

Gecko Galz image from the Winter Time 1 collage sheet.
Gecko Galz image from the Alter Me 1 collage sheet.
Gecko Galz Holly Days background paper.
Gecko Galz First Day of Christmas background paper.
Old Paper, Bundled Sage, Festive Berries and Walnut stain Distress Ink.
Sizzix/Alterations Holly Branch Die.
Crystal Ice Stickles.
White Lace with Bobbles on it.
Red Beads.
Colour the tag with old paper and flick water on it, when it's dry edge with the festive berries and walnut stain, also edge the rest of the papers with the same inks.
Fussy cut the girl image and then layer up all the elements. Add the white lace.
Die cut the holly and colour the leaves with the bundled sage and the branch with walnut stain.
Add glitter to the leaves then when this is dry adhere to the tag, add the red beads.
Add the ribbon.

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Paris Candle

I decorated this candle using an image from the  Gecko Galz  December products.

Gecko Galz image from the Postcard Memories 1 Collage Set.
Tissue Paper.
Wax Paper.
Heat Gun.
Memory Wire Bracelet.
Print the image onto the tissue paper and cut out.
Lay the image over the candle and cover it with the wax paper, then using the heat gun heat the candle until you can see the wax melting over the image, remove the wax paper.
Thread the beads onto the memory wire to decorate the candle.

Sunday, 16 December 2012

Blue and Silver

The Sunday Postcard Art want us to use Blue and Silver for their challenge this week.

I used Gecko Galz images and CraftArtist digi kits for my card.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Craft-Room Challenge - Make A Tag

Another fortnight has gone by so it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge. It's my turn to choose the challenge and I'd like you all to Make A Tag. Your tag can be any shape and you can decorate it with whatever takes your fancy.

This is our last challenge this year as we are taking a break over Christmas so you have four weeks to create and enter your tag.

The sponsors for our challenge is Flonzcraft a stamp company based in New Zealand.

The rest of the DT have made some wonderful tags so why not visit the Craft-Room to take a look.

I used bundled sage and fired brick Distress stain to colour my tag, then I adhered some white hand made paper and lace. I used a Spellbinders holly motif die and coloured it with Distress ink. The stamp I used is a Flonzcraft stamp - I coloured the image with watercolour pencils. I added a Sizzix Stacked Word sentiment that I'd coloured with distress ink. I also used some Stickles but it doesn't show up on the photo. I added some gems and ribbon.

We had some wonderful entries in our Ooh La La challenge, thank you everyone that took part.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Steampunk Christmas

The Sunday Postcard Art challenge this week is It's a Steampunk Christmas.

For my postcard I used a mixture of Gecko Galz images and CraftArtist digi kits.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

Andy Skinner Workshop

On Sunday I went to the Craft Barn for fabulous Mixed Media Workshop run by Andy Skinner, using Stix 2 Canvas.

Andy had printed the images onto the Stix 2 canvas and we all had a great time playing with paints, oil pastels, multi matte medium, texture paste and much more. I copied my friend Alison by putting a letter over the eye.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

The London Eye and Oh What A Frosty Morning

Last night a group of eight of us went on a Champagne Experience on the London Eye to celebrate our friends birthday. I'd been on the Eye a few years ago during the day and was very excited to be going on it at night - I wasn't dissapointed - it was fabulous. We all went for a lovely meal afterwards and had a great evening. Here are some of the photo's that I took, they're not brilliant but you get the idea.

 Despite not getting to bed until the early hours of the morning we still managed to get out at 7am to take the dogs for a walk and boy was it cold, -2 degrees. Here are some frosty photo's.

Friday, 30 November 2012


I thought I'd join in with the first ever challenge at Addicted to CAS.  For the challenge there is a code word and the word is SNOW.

I embossed the snowmen with a Craft-Too embossing folder, then I went over the raised areas with some stormy sky Distress ink and some ice stickles - although the glitter doesn't show up very well on the photo'. I added some ribbon and a peel off Merry Christmas.

I'm also going to enter my card in the
 Challenge Up Your Life 1st Snow Challenge.

Thursday, 29 November 2012

UK Stampers ATCs and Twinchies

These are the ATCs that I made for the UK Stampers windows swap.

 I used a Stampotique stamp for the faces, I coloured them in with watercolour pencils.
The window is a Crafty Individuals Tatty Button stamp that I coloured with watered down vintage photo Distress ink.

These are the Twinchies that I made for the UK Stampers travel swap.

I think the background stamp was a Craft Stamper freebie and I don't know who made the car.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Gecko Galz Cyber Sale Extended

Gecko Galz have extended their Cyber Sale for another week. Check out the Design Team blogs as some of them have free images to download.
I made this card with my free image.

I also used Gecko Galz country house and high tea background papers. I printed the image three times and decoupaged it. I used stormy sky and vintage photo Distress ink to colour the edges and added some Ice Stickies.

Here is my free image.

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Oh La La-Anything French

It's time for another Craft-Room challenge and Debi has chosen Oh La La-Anything French.
We had an amazing response to the punches/die cut challenge, thank you everyone that entered, I don't envy Mervi having to choose her top three.

For my DT piece I've made a card.

Our sponsors for the challenge are Stamp Addicts.

 I covered my card blank with some K and Co paper, all the other papers that I used are by K and Co as well.. I used a Stampers Anonymous stamp for the background. All the images that I used are from Gecko Galz, before adhering them to the card I covered them with Micro Beads. I used the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Accents die for the strip across the bottom. I added lace, ribbon roses  and a charm.

This photo shows the micro beads covering the images.

The rest of the DT have made some fabulous samples so why not go to the Craft-Room to take a look.

I'm entering my card in the following challenge.
Emergency Crafters Anything Goes.

Monday, 26 November 2012

Cyber Monday at Gecko Galz

It's cyber Monday over at  Gecko Galz, so why not pop over there and join in the fun and mention that it was me that sent you there.
Here is a free image for you to play with.

I'd like to share with you the great deals that Gecko Galz is having this Cyber Monday.

  • Buy One Get One; On all of our regular Priced items when you buy one you get another of equal or lesser value all day Monday!

  • $1 Collage Sets; Selected collage sheets will be $1 per set all day so come collect all of them!

  • FREE Gift Pack; When you spend $50 or more you will get an exclusive gift pack which features a paper pack, stamp set and collage set

  • Get a $5 gift card; When you purchase a gift certificate worth $25 or more you will get a gift card for yourself worth $5!

Hope all of you can Visit their online shop at and take advantage of all the wonderful deals!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Rainy Days

This is my entry for the Sunday Postcard Arts Rainy Days Challenge.
I found the images and background on the Internet.

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Cyber Monday At Gecko Galz


We would like to invite all of you to come and check out all our huge Cyber Monday deals.
On Monday November 26th hop over to the Gecko Galz Website at and check out all the savings during our Cyber Monday Rockin Deals. It includes the Buy One Get One sale buy any regular price product from our shop and get a second of equal or lesser value FREE! Also we will have a collection of digital collage sets that will be only $1 a set, this is our first ever $1 sale. And if that were not enough if you spend $50 or more you will get an exclusive gift set of a digital paper pack, digital stamp set, and a beautiful collage set. And our last amazing goody if you purchase a $25 or more gift certificate you get a FREE $5 gift certificate for yourself! It is going to be a great Cyber Monday with us and we have other fun goings on all day!
Have a great day
Gecko Galz

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Two Colour Twinchie

The challenge over at Show Us Your Twinchie is to make a twinchie using two colours.

I used the snowflake from the Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprint stamp set and stormy sky Distress ink. The image was matted onto a piece of snowflake embossed card. I used Stickles on the edges.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Fabric Tag

For the latest Artful Times challenge Neet and Von want us to make a fabric tag - I decided to make a tag to hang on my Christmas tree.

There's not a lot to say about it really except that I used aida, red thread, felt, beads and ribbon.

I'd also like to share with you the very first piece of needlework that I ever made, it was made a very long time ago at school when I was five and it's the only thing that I have from my childhood besides photo's.

It's looking very tatty now and the threads have started to break.

Monday, 19 November 2012

Calendar Tag Book

I'd like to share with you this Calendar Tag Book that I've made using the beautiful November products from Gecko Galz.

Images from the Gecko Galz Calendar Days 1 and 2 Collage Sheets.
A selection of Gecko Galz Background Papers.
Vanity Fair Tags.
Distress Stain.
Distress Ink.
Date Calendar.
Buttons, Lace, charms, beads, flowers, etc. from my stash.
Christmas and Halloween embellishments.
White Tags.
Large Book Ring.
I coloured the tags with Distress Stain - each one a different colour.
I covered the back of the tags with different background paper and adhered one of the calendars from the Collage sheets - I thought these could be used to note special days i.e.. birthdays.
On the front of the tags I adhered a Vanity Fair Tag, an image and a date calendar. Before I adhered them I coloured and edged them with Distress Inks.
I added lots of embellishment and ribbon from my stash.
The last thing that I did was to attach the book ring through the holes in the tags. 

 January, February, March.

 April. May, June.

 July, August, September.

October, November, December.

This is what the backs of the tags look like.

Sunday, 18 November 2012

A Tangled Postcard

The theme for this weeks Sunday Postcard Challenge has been chosen by Deb from RustyCage and she has chosen the theme Pattern.
I decided to have a go at doing a Zentangle style card.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Marilyn Layout

I made this layout using some of the fabulous November products from Gecko Galz.

Images from the Gecko Galz Bombshell collage sheet.
Emma and Picadilly Gecko Galz background paper.
Gold card.
Spellbinders die.
Film Strip ribbon.
Gold peel off stars and letters.
Sticky backed gems
White flower.
Gold mesh.
Words done on computer.
I adhered the background papers onto a piece of 8" x 8" gold card, then I adhered the gold peel off letters to the film strip and adhered to the card.
I made a frame with the Spellbinders die and adhere to one of the images, then I adhered the images, gold stars, gems, flower and words to the cards.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Punches and Die Cuts

Another fortnight has gone by so it's time for another Craft-Room Challenge. It's Mervi's turn to choose the theme and she has chosen Punches and Diecuts.
We had some fabulous entries for the Time challenge, I don't envy Suzanne having to choose her top three.

The wonderful Rare Bird are the sponsors for the challenge.

I started my card by colouring the edges of my card blank with holly berries Distress ink and adhering some Gecko Galz background paper. I embossed the holly branch with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, I coloured it with iced spruce and bundled sage Distress ink. For the holly I used a Sizzix/Alterations Holly Branch die and coloured the pieces with Distress ink, I then added some frosted lace Stickles. I die cut the sentiment with the Sizzex/Alterations Christmas Stacked Words die and coloured it with holly berries Distress ink and the stickles. I embellished it with some ribbon. 

The rest of the design team have made some wonderful samples so why not take a trip to the Craft-Room to take a look. 

I'm entering my card into the following challenges.
Challenges 4 Everybody Anything Goes.
Dream Valley Challenges  Anything Goes.
The Crafty Bloggers Network Christmas Anything Goes.
The Stampman Emboss It.

Monday, 12 November 2012

Prada Handbag Cake

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to make Prada handbag cake for my friend's daughter's 21st birthday party - this is the result.

The icing on the sides should have been a bit baggier but I couldn't get the icing to sit right so it had to be flat but I must admit that I was quite pleased with the result as I haven't decorated a cake for about 4 years.