Art Draw 2014

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Actually I usually call them WIPS (Works in Progress) but UFOs (Un-Finished Objects) is a little funnier. I’ve got a zillion of ‘em. Wanting to do ‘art’ on Sunday (it was cold in the garden) but not having much mojo I tidied my craft room then sat down to tackle a few.

Probably wasn’t the best idea…….

IMG_1400[1]This  tag has been sitting around for months. I had been trying to use up some old vellum stickers over a stencilled background. It looked OK but I didn’t really have a feel for where it was going. The Gorjuss stamps were out for another project so I stamped and coloured one and added some flowers (also old stash I’m trying to use up). Feel a bit blah about this one but at least it’s finished and can go in my ‘giftable tags’ box rather than the bin. (If you ever see anything you like do shout, it’s getting a bit full as you can see. And yes I am that sad). 












This tag just needed a string. It features possibly the most pointless die purchase ever. It’s from Tonic and I really liked it when I saw it at a show, now I can’t decide what to do with it and I’ve ever only used it this once.

Possibly just my lack of imagination.


A third tag for the box. This one was a Timmy Tag variation I think, and also just needed a string. It looked a bit flat so I stuck a word on it as well. And glossed it. Blah.







Really fed up with moving this MM piece about. It started off with an image transfer that didn’t quite come off but was interesting enough to keep. The rose covering up the bits of the transfer that didn’t work is from a set of weird laser cut shapes I have (they smell funny and are very odd paper) which I had coloured, then clear embossed. Butterflies - just some die cuts I had. I added some gilding flakes and a transfer. Still  not happy. Stuck another flower on. Decided to add a word or two – ‘embrace imperfection’ caught my eye and made me laugh. Ironically. Even they wouldn’t stick on in the place where I wanted them to go. Still, done now, no more faffing or I’ll start regretting that second flower.

That’s it for now, but on a mission to clean up more of these UFOs (yep – giggled again)….. more to follow!!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

More Vintage (and flowers) from me…

Another birthday card for a friend. This one was actually my first attempt at using the Arianna Blooms die. So pretty. Please get used to it, I think I will be playing with this set for a while.


I decided to go for a different shape with this rocker style card and rather than an image just added a bit of text on the central topper – I think the flowers do most of the work actually. The butterfly is from my other fave new set. More to come!!!

Saturday, 16 August 2014

By The Sea for Fantasy Stampers Challenge #17

FS Blog Button Goodness another two weeks have flown by.

This fortnight at Fantasy Stampers we are looking for stamped projects around the theme of ‘By The Sea’.


When thinking what to do I immediately knew I wanted to use the Crafty Individuals stamp set CI-284 – I just love this image of young girls at the seaside. (Unfortunately the bunting stamp has gone walkies so I had to improvise with the bunting!!) IMG_1387

I have a few other CI seaside stamp sets and they were pressed into use for beach huts, shells and backgrounds along with various stamps for Paper Artsy. I love how this little hanging turned out and had great fun putting all the bits and bobs together.

So now it’s your turn!! Don’t forget  as long as there is some stamping on your project we’d love you to link up with our challenge. Have a good day!!

Friday, 15 August 2014

Birthday Cards

Gosh I do seem to know a lot of peeps with birthdays this month. And I have actually  been managing to get them in the post on time.

It’ll never last.

Here’s 2 more that should have been received by now. I have been in a bit of a spotty phase lately.

Clarky J 2 Kay

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

What’s On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #271

Morning Deskers!!

Well. I am not exactly ashamed of todays desk as there is evidence of crafting. However I think I will entitle my offering today ‘What happens when you get involved with lots of projects at once and keep going onto the next thing without finishing the first or putting anything away’. I’m sure we’ve have been there. (And I don’t need to know if you haven’t).

First we have the window desk. I have been making sunflowers. You can’t see very well but that little guy is kinda cute.What may not be obvious to you is that there are still stamps, dies and paints on the desk from finished projects. I am in fact working on top of my dies that are attached (fortunately) to a magnetic sheet when they should be filed away. This of course is how one loses things.

IMG_1389[1]  Second desk, well it has been a flower frenzy this week. You can see all the detritus from the sunflower making and some of the other flowers I have been faffing around with. Yet to find a project for most of them and loath to put them away – out of sight out of mind so to speak. My gorgeous LLJ tote on the bag of the chair – still unpacked from a crafty sess at Mum’s on Monday.


Oh goodness just spotted dies ON THE FLOOR. Helen would feel right at home. Really need to tidy up I think, this is just about as messy as I can bear.

So that’s me this week, pop over to Stamping Ground to link your desk or just to find out what I’m on about. Say ‘hi’ why don’t ya. Whatever you do, have a great Wednesday.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monthly Art Draw – Ooh la la it’s August!!

Well, this month, indeed this year, are flying!! Been such a lovely summer, Hurricane Bertha notwithstanding. Hope you are all safe after that dreadful weather yesterday – it practically missed us down South and that was bad enough. Beautiful day today though, nice and breezy so washing going out as soon as I’ve done this.

But to business. Here is this month’s giveaway.


I used a template from the Dreamees Templates and More CD to make the box frame and just a load of stamping and cutting of bits from various stamp sets to a Paris theme. Lace, wooden embellies and hand made flowers. The template worked very well although I do wonder if the centre couldn’t do with some additional support. Anyhoo, usual rules apply, if you want to be put in the drawer for this then leave a comment on this post before 9.00 pm on Sunday August 31st. Overseas players welcome, please feel free to link from your own blogs – if you let me know you have I’ll put you in the draw twice. Simples.

I am linking this into a couple of challenges;

Artistic Stamper – (August) Anything Goes

Altered Eclectics – (August) Anything Goes/MM/Not a card

Right I’m off!!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Waiting impatiently and another bloomin’ birthday card….

This one is for one of my besties, and indeed she is one of my best card customers as well though her very precise specifications do give me a giggle at times (although nothing will ever beat a polar bear, coffee, chocolate and Yoda). She does however like a flower, some bling and a bit of personalisation so that is what she got for her own card.Jane 2

The fancy die cut bits are a Sue Wilson Die, and the flowers are made using my Heartfelt Creations Arianna blooms stamp. These stamp really well!! Unfortunately I AM STILL WAITING for the matching die to arrive, so had to cut them out by hand. Not too big a hardship but the die would be quicker. I hope you feel my pain. GRIN.

Jane 4

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