Sunday, 23 August 2015

Cherub tag

Hi all,

So yesterday, when I really should have been getting on with rather pressing projects due in a few days, I instead ended up making a cherub tag, after being inspired by Sandie's guest tag over at Tagalong.

I knew I still had a Prima cherub somewhere in my stash, so after I located it, out came the Distress Paints... (In tattered rose, worn lipstick, dried marigold and white, in case anyone was wondering) I marbled them onto a manilla tag, and once it was dry, had some fun with texture paste and stencils, before adding the cherub on top of some cheesecloth.
Some lace, pins, a charm and TH sentiment stickers finished it off.

When everything was done, I misted the tag with my cosmic shimmer spray, to add a lovely sparkle...
Which of course is impossible to capture accurately.

I did alter the charm a little before adding it. It was a plain silver colour, which would not do, so added black ink, white distress paint and a touch of shimmer and spun sugar distress ink..

And there it is. I'm off to play along at Tagalong, and then I guess I'd better get back to work! lol.

Hope you're all having an awesome weekend!


Saturday, 22 August 2015

Spots or stripes or both - Sweet Stampin' DT

Morning folks!

Well, there was another episode in the hiatus hernia saga today. Doc told me they won't operate, as it's not life threatening, and instead they'll just treat the symptoms for the rest of my life.
I don't think so!! Aside from the fact that I don't want heartburn and medication for the rest of my life (I'm still the right side of 40, for goodness' sake!), but the hernia is interfering with my ability to sing, and that I CAN'T live with!
So I made an appointment with another doctor, and will try again next week. I fully intend to keep making appointments and making a nuisance of myself until they do something to sort it! lol.

Anyways, there are more fun things to be talking about. Like this week's challenge at Sweet Stampin'. And the theme this week is Spots or Stripes or both.

Easy peasy. I'm sure you're all as bad as me and have stacks of spotty stripy things lying around, no? (Surely I'm not the only compulsive paper hoarder? hehe...)

I opted for both, and put together a card for a friend's birthday. She likes red, so that was my starting point, and I chose a bluey/teal to go with it for contrast.

I do love these stamps. And of course they just beg to be paper-pieced!

Originally this card did not have corners, but before I managed to photograph, there was a slight mishap involving Distress blending tools, lol.

I hope you'll find the time to play along with us this week!

Have a fantabulous weekend!


Saturday, 15 August 2015

The Crafting Cafe has moved!

Hi all,

You may or may not have noticed that The Crafting Cafe has closed its doors here in Blogland... But if you enjoyed joining in with our monthly challenges, there is good news, as the challenge is continuing on our Facebook page instead!

And this month the theme is Pearls and Lace. I jumped at the opportunity to go all girly for this one!

So if you fancy playing along, come and find us on Facebook. And you will be so welcome to show off any other makes you want. We're a very friendly, sharing kind of place :-)

Have a most wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, 12 August 2015


Morning all,

It's time to announce the winner of my latest candy, and I enlisted the help of Mr. for this one (my son being faaaaar too busy on his computer to come and help out this time, lol).

And Mr. Random chose:

Which is Tracey!  Drop me an email, and I'll get your goodies posted off to you.

I am already planning the next candy, so keep your eyes peeled!

Now, I must go get ready, as my darling son and I are off for some afternoon tea shortly (providing I can get him away from that computer!).

Have a fantastic day all!


Sunday, 9 August 2015


Hi all,

As my blog has just turned 2 years old (on the 10th), and by way of apology for my frequent absences at the moment, I thought I would host a wee candy for you all.
 I put together a few colouring mediums, some TH goodies and grabbed a gift voucher for Art From The Heart (my current favourite shop, who deliver internationally at cost!) and put it all together ready to send to one of you!

The rules are simple: Be a follower (old or new), and drop your name with the little blue frog below. I would love a spot in your sidebar if you can manage it, and candy only blogs are NOT considered. Simples, no?
If you feel like it, clue me in in the comments on what your favourite colouring medium is. (Optional!) I have always loved my Promarkers, personally, but when it comes to making backgrounds, you can't beat distress inks!

The candy will run for a few weeks, as I have a busy spell coming up at the end of the month, so I'll draw afterwards.

Right then, that's enough waffle from me. Have a fantastic day!


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Anything but a birthday - Sweet Stampin' DT

Good morning everyone!

First of all, there's still a day or so left to enter my candy if you haven't done so yet. See the sticky post at the top of my blog.

So, I was away at Standon Calling festival last weekend, dressing up as a cowgirl, teaching folks to sing "I Shot the Sheriff" and entertaining lots of little deputies, cowboys and Indians with wild west related crafts. Luckily the weather was absolutely glorious, so no mud to contend with!
I did over-do it a bit, so have spent most of this week in bed, but all in all, I'd say it was a success :-)

Now then, on to this week's challenge over at Sweet Stampin'. The theme is a very easy Anything but a Birthday so there's no excuse not to join in.

I took the opportunity to have a play with one of the fab Tim Holtz burlap panels that I'd picked up a little while ago. LOVE them. Because they are wood underneath the burlap, there's no distortion that you might sometimes get when using a canvas.

Everything on this panel, besides the twine, is TH. Paper, tissue tape, ephemera, sentiment, metal bits and of course stamp, markers and inks. There's also some Distress paint on the sides of the panel to add some interest.

Soooooo much fun to make, and definitely one I'm keeping for myself!

Hope to see some of you enter the challenge this week, and I hope to come visit your lovely blogs soon too.

Have a fantabulous weekend!


Saturday, 1 August 2015

August challenge - Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Good morning all.

Is it really August already? Well, when you're reading this, I should be sitting in a tent in a field, more than likely lamenting the constant rain and trying not to sink too deeply into the mud!
I should be back in a few days, and be very much looking forward to sleeping in an actual bed again...

Anyways, for my August DT project at Rhedd's Creative Spirit, I did something a little different, and decided to make a whole collection of items with a few items from the G45 "Home Sweet Home" collection.

There's a recipe book, a couple of tags, a couple of magnets, a set of cards made with leftover scraps of paper, and a mini album.

I've still got lots left over, so there will probably be a recipe box happening in the near future too!

Some pictures of the mini album pages:

The front cover

First page with photo mats/journalling cards

The next page has a series of photo mats stacked on top of each other

The other side of the mats

More mats

Journalling cards on the flaps which open up to leave more space for photos.

A recipe card tucked into a pocket

More mats and journalling cards.

And the back.

I do love making these mini albums, and I adore this G45 collection. It's not often I work with primary colours (and green, lol), but it makes for such a striking combination.

Now I hope you'll come and join us this month. Remember Anything altered art goes!

Have a fabulous weekend!