Friday 25 June 2010


I've been very naughty and have not done any crafting for a week! Have been clearing out the last of my parents house as the sale was completed on Monday and looking to exchange this coming Monday. It felt really strange standing in the empty house for the last time today before I took the keys down to the estate agent. A lot of memories came flooding back of the happy times we all had there. The end of a chapter and hopefully the beginnings of a new happier one for my son and I. Talking of my son, he’s off to his girlfriends Prom on Tuesday so off we set off to get him a suit after I had to pay a visit to the dentist as I have a gum infection and look very much like Miss Piggy at the moment. Armed with antibiotics and pain killers we set off for the shops. He ended up with a suit, shirt, tie, shoes and he wanted a waistcoat. With purse a lot lighter I marched him up to the hair dressers to see if they could sort out his mop. When he got home he was itching to try it all on, and he looked so smart. I thought this is my little boy all grown up !

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Hopefully next week I will get cracking again with some crafty posts.

Gayle x

Thursday 17 June 2010

Demo evening

Just a quick post tonight as my bed is calling me. I feel absolutely shattered at the moment. Too much work and not enough play I’m thinking!

A few little cards to show when I did a demo evening at Scrapbooksisters shop with Karen and Julie. I was demoing colouring with Copics. I love these cute little girls.

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This was a little easel card made with the nestabilities square scallops. The flourish was stamp was coloured with the copic pen directly on to the stamp and then stamped on to the card. You have to stamp it quicly to get an image, but I think it works quite well. The larger flowers were also coloured with the pens. So you never need be unable to find flowers to match your papers again.

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Hopefully I shall get cracking on box no3 this weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x

Sunday 13 June 2010

Class owls

Thought I would share with you a few of the cards I made for my last card class I taught at Scrapbook Sisters - my version of what seems to  be everywhere ‘Owls’. I drew out the owl and enlarged it on the copier so I could vary the sizes. You can do this with any of your stamped images.

The first picture is the largest and I cut out an extra head, coiled some wire and gave him a bouncy head. He was coloured with distress inks and given a pair of wire specs! 


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This next one is smaller with added wire and leaves on the base. Again coloured with distress inks and tiny round gems added to the wings and tail.

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The branch on this one was torn copy paper and  coloured with distress inks.

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The tree on the final one was made with string. I punched out some holes on the feathers on the owl and mounted it on some contrast card.

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Thanks for stopping by again.

Gayle x

Friday 11 June 2010

Little Brown Box No.2

Hi all

Well this is my second box in the set given to me by Julie at Scrapbook Sisters (apologies as I don’t know how to link yet).

I really enjoyed making this box. Firstly I covered the box and lid with Distress Ink pad – Rusty Hinge. When dry I stippled on Viva Terra (Terracotta effect) Greek, a texture type paste. When that was dry I stippled on top with Viva Ferro Metal Effect colour Golden Green, then a bit of Walnut Stain Distress ink pad. The leaves were stamped onto card and coloured with various Greens and orange distress pads, Some of the leaves I covered with Glossy Accents.


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I used a fine silver metallic thread to create the spiders web. I didn’t have any black beads for the spider so I threaded some pearls onto black wire and covered them with Ranger Black enamel and wired around the beads to create the legs.

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The fly was made in the same way but with wings. I then used Glossy Accents to fill in the wings and then sprinkled with Glamour Dust.

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The little ladybird was a little red bead cut in half and spotted with the black enamel paint. Butterflies to finish off and a few blobs of Glossy accents on the spiders web.

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I found this quite difficult to photograph as it was quite overcast today and when I used the flash the pictures came out like Blackpool illuminations!  If you want a look see in the flesh Julie has the boxes so far in the shop.

Thanks again for stopping by

Gayle x

Thursday 10 June 2010

Penny Black



Posting tonight a card I’ve just finished using one of my favourite range of stamps Penny Black. I usually go for the Brush Stroke stamps in this range but couldn’t resist this cute image from their Slapstick range. I did buy a couple of other images which I will share with you as and when I get them finished.

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Tomorrow I will be posting Brown Box No.2.

Thanks for stopping by

Gayle x

Friday 4 June 2010

Little Brown Box


Thought I would share with you a little project I’m working on. I went into Scrapbook Sisters the other day and Julie gave me a next of plain brown boxes and said “see what you can do with these” Oh and you will notice ‘close ups’ are much improved! A big thank you to Julie for showing me how to use my camera.

This was the blank canvas

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I completely covered the box and lid in  Adirondak Acrylic Paint Dabber, Twisted some string and stuck it around the box and lid. Then stippled on Bronze Dabber and then Snowcap. Stuck some tiny white seed pearls around the box and lid. The flowers were cut from White Crepe paper using the small circle nestabilities. Each petal was then coloured with Copic markers and edged with Glamour dust and the centres finished with silver and pearl embellishments and a few little white stamens.

Julie was kind enough to show this box on the Scrapbook Sisters Blog last night. Hopefully today I can see what I can come up with the remaining sizes of boxes.

I really enjoyed making this and would it would make a lovely Keepsake Gift for someone.

Thanks for stopping by

Gayle x

Wednesday 2 June 2010

If only …………….

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As always, thanks for popping by

Gayle x

Tuesday 1 June 2010

Cutie number 2

The Bank Holiday is over too quickly! Fitted quite a bit into my day off yesterday. Shopping, two wash loads, ironing, a bit of weeding in the garden, re-strung my washing line and some crafting of course.

Had to make this 2nd image up into a card. cards 023cards 025I used the floral paper from the the Dovecraft pack I used in the ‘60’ card. The flowers again from the Tim Holtz Flowers die secured with black brads and of course one of Tim Holtz 'On the Edge' dies

Thanks for stopping by.

Gayle x