Sunday 20 June 2010


I feel honoured and privaleged to be the guest designer this week for Sweet Pea Stampers .

The theme is Earth Wind and Fire. I've had these jigsaw pieces for ages and never opened the packet - well now I have. So here are the key ingredients for my entry for Sweet Pea Stampers this week - apart from my copics (inlcuding one of my new stamps from Crafts and Me).

NB - update to this post. I have been contacted to find out where I got the Jigsaws from - they were from Lakeland and they no longer sell craft items, but google pointed me in the direction of Handy Hippo - so you can buy them from there.

And this is what I made!

Saturday 19 June 2010

Strawberry Watch

I've created a monster! A monster obsessed with Alpine Strawberries! I have a little pot containing some strawberry plants and they began to get ripe last weekend. They are little alpine ones and look like this... teeny small - just like my dog!

So I picked the first one and a little face appeared - so stupid me - I shared it with her... Now she is on strawberry watch!

Every time I let her in the garden she heads straight for the strawberries and just sits there - waiting to see if there is a ripe one for her. My bad!

Happy Father's Day

I am a bit behind at the moment as I am doing some pre-study for a 3-day intensive course I am starting on Monday but I am having lunch with my Dad tomorrow so made this card. Wish I had more time to make something better.

He has been so great this past year. After I was burgled he paid for all new locks on all the doors and windows of my house, external security lights and a house alarm... all so I could feel safe again.

So this Father's Day I have a lot to thank him for.

Happy Father's Day!

Monday 14 June 2010

Sweet Pea Stampers - Sketch

The theme this week for Sweet Pea Stampers is a sketch - as per below. Luckily I had some images stamped and coloured ready for use.

I have used the following:
Sweet Pea Stamp - Spring Spread
Tim Holtz Papers - Vintage Shabby
Prima Flowers (leaves from Marianne Design dies)
Card Candy
Grosgrain ribbon
Oval and scalloped Nestabilities.

These are not usually colours I do but I like it.

Saturday 12 June 2010

Aqua and Brown

The theme this week at Sweet Pea Stampers is Aqua and Brown. so here is my creation :) The paper I used are from my scraps box so I have no idea where they came from. The dragonflies are Jolees Boutique and the flowers are Prima. I used a Ribbon die by Marianne Designs and some brown grosgrain ribbon - I had planned to use cork but I couldn't find it in my messy craft room!

Wednesday 2 June 2010

Nestabilities Storage

I am forever getting into a mess with my nesties all over the place, so today I made a storage solution for them (not a new idea but this is what I did). I bought a black chipboard album from Artist Trading Post for £5.95.
There are 6 sheets of black chipboard along with 3 book rings. So it allows you to make 12 pages in total. I then bought some self adhesive magnetic sheets from eBay and cut them to size for the pages (except for the front and back pages) and stuck them onto the chipboard sheets. This is where the nesties now live - with the description of them hand written with an Inkssentials opaque white pen

I then chose some lovely basic grey papers for the front and back of the book and cut them to size.

I then used versafine ink in sepia green to add Tim Holtz scratches, dab on some sequin waste and stamp the word inspire onto the front page. Shock horror that a Sweet Pea stamp (which you can get from Crafts and Me) is the main focal point - and obviously I had to use nesties to cut her out and layer - finished off with a fabric flower and brad.

And as I have a brain like a sieve and can never remember the cutting and embossing sandwich instructions, I decided to put these onto the back of the book - with the background paper stamped once again with Tim Holtz stamps and maintain the butterfly theme on the back.

Simple as that!

Tuesday 1 June 2010

A Sprinkling of Fairy Dust!

This is the first time I have entered the Sweet Pea Stampers challenge, but as I appear to be addicted to these stamps, I decided to have a go. The theme is a sprinkling of fairy dust. I coloured her in using my copic ciaos, added crystal stickles to the end of the wings and flowers and ran a sakura pen through strands of her hair for additional shimmer. Because she turned out so lovely I wanted to keep the card simple, so added some lilac daisies, a little phrase and edged the card with distress ink.