Tuesday, December 30, 2014

A Winter Tag

Now I'm not one for tooting my own horn but I've got to toot it this time...toot toot! I'm seriously delighted with this tag that I made as part of a swap over on The Craft Hole. I got my inspiration from Pinterest for this tag too.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Happy Christmas

I'd like to wish you a belated happy Christmas. I'm sorry for disappearing but my computer broke and I had no way of getting back online, so my blog was left empty and a few people where left wondering where I was. This isn't in my nature to not tell people where I am and so I feel I owe a few people apologies.

Friday, October 17, 2014

DT Time - Autumn Colours

It's DT Time for Team Pattieboop and it's project number 102. Wow!

The theme this time around was to create a project using Autumn colours. I used here gorgeous Autumn Wreath image and had so much fun using it. I then themed it up with my autumn coloured backing paper and tied a nice brown ribbon across the card. Pretty happy with how it turned out.

Pattie has some pretty cool images to choose from and you'll find a link to her Etsy store through her blog. To take part in her challenge just click HERE. If you take part be sure to leave a comment below too, so I can come visit your blog and check out what you've made.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Where's the time gone??

Holy moly...where has the time gone. I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted on here. Where has the time gone...more importantly what's happened in the time that has passed? Well, I've been nursing an injured knee, got chipped cartilage at the back of my knee which was misdiagnosed initially...not fun, I can assure you. I'm doing much better now though.

I have gotten some crafting done in that time, mostly working on a Christmas swap and so I can't post those images just yet. I've also gotten a Halloween ATC swap done (hosted on The Craft Hole) and gotten some Mail Art done (hosted on Your Paper Pantry). I'll be uploading pics soon.

This morning I finally got my design team project completed for Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. You'll see the project in my next post. What a disastrous time I've had trying to get that completed. First my internet connection went down last weekend, meaning I couldn't do the DT project or start my assignments for college. That got sorted on Monday but then I couldn't get my printer working. Thanks to the wonderful guy in HP Customer Service though who got me sorted. He was brilliant.

Friday, September 19, 2014

DT Time...Vintage Themed

Well it's that time of the month again where I get to play with Pattie's great digi stamps. This month the theme for my team is Vintage. I've been struggling with my mojo lately and so I decided to keep it simple. I decided to alter a gift bag and to alter a box that my friend cut from me using her die cutting machine. The digi stamps that I chose to use are "Dogwood Branch", "Morning Glory" and "Corset". I'm already planning on how I might use the corset digi again.

To take part in this challenge just click HERE and you'll see the details. You could always pop on over to her Etsy shop and treat yourself to some digis too.

Here's my project.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Artist Trading Cards - Halloween Themed

I am a new member over  on a group called "The Craft Hole", it's a Facebook group and really well organised. I joined my first swap which was Halloween themed ATCs. Here's what I made.

The first two have been heat embossed and the third, as you can see, uses lots of glitter. The images and backing papers come from G45 Steampunk Spells that I have left over from last year.

Thanks for stopping by.


Friday, September 5, 2014


I was browsing Pinterest the other day, looking for some inspiration when I came across this neat idea. It's a bookmark that wraps right around the book and held in place with a hair bobbin and button, the bobbin is nicely concealed behind the image so it's really tidy. Dawn Griffiths of Dawns Stamping Studio (she's a Stamping Up lady) has a video tutorial that I followed. I've admired her work for some time now and so decided to try this out. I'm kinda hooked now. Here's two that I made.


The first one is made using my Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells paper pad and the second one is made using the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet paper pad. I LOVE Graphic 45 papers and think I need to treat myself to some more...really soon!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

A great excuse to craft

So I've been told to rest up and take it easy. This week has been a week of pain. Last Saturday I suddenly found myself in a lot of pain, Sunday it got worse and up until yesterday I was living off two over the counter pain reliefs...without ease. Then yesterday evening I saw my Dr. but only because my personal trainer told me to...I thought it would just go. I got anti inflammatory tablets and they just took the edge off the pain. This morning I took them again, topped up on over the counter pain relief and a gel too...without success. I was in so much pain I found myself nodding off, not like me. So I decided to go to a local clinic that take my health insurance. I was examined, told to book an appointment for an MRI and given both a brace for my knee and crutches, with another prescription for pain relief. I was also given the advice/told to take it easy, rest up and not to over do it.

Yes, it's a nuisance that I can't do what I had planned to do BUT there is a positive. Due to having to take it easy, this now means that I can sit and craft. A great excuse to craft. So between tonight and tomorrow I'm planning on catching up on craft commitments and make caramelized red onion chutney tomorrow. It can all be done seated. Ok, I can think of better excuses than be in pain but as they say "every gray cloud has a silver lining".

Friday, August 22, 2014

DT time

It's DT time over on Pattie's Creations Design Challenge. Challenge No. 98 is to alter/recycle an item using a digi stamp. I'm so luck to be part of this design team because Pattie has some amazing digis to choose from. Check out her Etsy shop HERE.

For this challenge I decided to use a picture frame that's been hanging around the house, in need of some love. I chose her "Water Lilies" digi this time round.

I took the frame, painted it using a Dulux colour sample in "Skylight Blue" and then dabbed some Viva Decor Paste in silver. It gives the frame a nice shine and makes it look distress too. I then took some of my pearl gems and popped them around the frame. I used a mixture of colouring pencils and metallic colouring pencils the colour the image in. I'm pretty delighted with how it turned out.

Below are pictures of the process. Click HERE to visit Pattie's Creations Design Challenge and to join in the fun. If you take part, be sure to leave a comment below so I can check out your project too.



Thursday, August 21, 2014

Altered bottle Steampunk style

I entered Josie's challenge over on Everything Steampunk. The theme was to alter a bottle Steampunk style. I really wanted to do this, got some lovely ideas off Pinterest and decided to get going. The only problem I had is that I've lost my mojo. The last two weeks have been a bit of a nightmare and very stressful, so my mojo has been hit and miss.

I sat down this afternoon and got some of my stash out. No matter what I tried I wasn't happy. This is what I've ended up with but I may make another. What do you think?