Thursday, 31 March 2011

MAWTT Challenge 92 - More than one fold (but not an easel card)

Hi all you bloggers out there and welcome to Thursday and a new challenge at MAWTT.

I know I haven't been around much lately and I am not really MIA, it's just that I have to finish visits to all my schools before the end of term and get their reports out, consequently I am at it full time at the moment with very little left for creating and blogging. After Easter I am out of work completely so I will be around more then.

But here is my gem for the fabulous challenge set by our talented Shell today. She has chosen to challenge us to make something with more than one fold and NOT an Easel card. So I have made a birthday 'card' book for a very good friend whose birthday will be coming up soon. This definitely has more than one fold!!! I used the Technique Junkie CD which was a prize a couple of months ago. This little book is made from 1 sheet of 12 x 12 paper, a piece of card to make the flap (my idea that bit) and owires to bind it together.

As our sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps, I have used several of their digi stamps to make funny cards inside the book for my friend to read. You can find these at -

I had fun doing the adult colouring in using my promarkers and then decorating the front cover. The flap is secured at the back with a small piece of velcro.

Ken bought me a photo light tent for my birthday, but I really couldn't get the light right today, so apologies. I am going to have to experiment with it more.

Hope your week is going well, have fun.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Friday, 25 March 2011

The Stamp Man Challenge # 16 - Anything Tim

Hi Friday Bloggers

The next Stamp Man challenge begins today and yes, you can guess can't you? I have been in my element this week getting inky and playing with Tim's stamps and dies.

I decided to make a tag, mainly because I have been itching to get back to the 12 stamps of Christmas and apply the skills and techniques in different ways. This tag came about not quite as one of those happy mistakes, but similar. I was looking at Tag 3 you know the one of the Christmas bird on a branch with the tissue tape flower. Well ................................................ I happily covered some card with the tissue tape and die cut the bird and wing to do a spring themed tag. (See the Caged Bird at The Stamp man.) But as you can see that's not what came about. No, in fact I looked at the left over piece and though what can I get out of that so as not to throw it away and waste it. So I decided I would die cut a small section of the cage to put in my bag of bits to use on a collage another time.
Only I so love the 'broken' cage that emerged I decided I was going to use that for my tag instead. I grunged it with AI, glue and DI. Having decided I didn't want the die cut bird on this one, I got out the Nature's Moment set (see them at the Stamp Man shop) and stamped the bird, cut it out and covered it in distress stickles. I used the flowers from the same set of stamps to make the background. The words were computer generated and I made the tissue tape flower inked with AIs and added some distress stickles and glamour dust and some beads in the centre. I then added the little hanging piece to show it still fits in with the Spring theme that I originally started with.

Eh voila. 

Supplies used -
TH Caged Bird die
TH Nature's Moments stamps
TH Tissue Tape
DIs bundled sage, peeled paint, forest moss, tattered rose, dried marigold, antique linen, walnut stain and black soot.
AIs gold (on the cage), pink sherbert and watermelon
Trinket pin
Bee charm (also flying free)
Fabric for the tie

Hope your week has gone well.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A Word (well 6 actually but the focus word is FREEDOM)
Tuesday Throwdown - Anything but a card
Bling It On - Anything goes with a charm
There's magic in the air - Vintage card or tag
Polka Doodles - Spring Has Sprung


Wedding Book Page 2

Hi All

Just a quickie from me this morning as I have my Stamp Man post going up at midday.

This is another page for the wedding memories book I am making. The bride to be has chosen hot pink as her main colour. I have made a double tag pocket, two tags and a double photo mat for the parents of the bride and groom to record a short message for their children and their photos to be added later. I will let the pictures tell the story - cor do you remember that album? "Every Picture Tells A Story" - 70's Rod Stewart and I still love it.

Just have to say these tags took a while to make with 3 different layers of paper underneath, then painted with white gesso and left to dry. Next I tore pink tissue paper some plain and some stamped and stuck all over it with matt multi-medium before adding the butterflies and flower ribbon (thanks Lisa, I have found a use for it already).
Thinking of music I am off to see The Script tonight at Wembley with hubbie, daughter and daughter's friend. Will let you know tomorrow what it was like. This was our Christmas present from Maddie.

Have a wonderful day - see you later with my next post.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Crafts4Eternity - Something hidden (2 tags and a photo mat)
Alphabet challenge - Up in the air (The bird is definitely doing that as he is flying to freedom)
Paper Cutz - 3 patterned papers (3 on the layout itself)
Wednesday Stamper - Fabulously colourful
Truly Scrumptious - Tags
Simon Says - Mother's Day/Girlie (This book is for a special girl getting married in April)
Flutterby Wednesday - Open challenge
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
The Shabby Tea Room - Bingo (I chose die-cut (behind the fairy and the photo mat), embossing The mat behind the fairy is embossed card), and ribbon (on the tags).


Thursday, 24 March 2011

ATC Backer

Hi All
I thought I would show you what I have been playing with this afternoon. I have been slow at getting my ATCs I made at the beginning of the month off to The Stamp Man for the ATC swap. The main reason being is that I didn't have a decent stamp for the backer, so today I designed my own using Photoshop Elements.

I used a frame from the Graphic Fairy (I think) and a bee and a butterfly that are also downloaded and set out the info I wanted to include. Printed on strong paper and then cut and stuck on the back of the ATCs. Ken has brought me in some sticky back paper so I can print onto that in future and not have to use glue.

I am pleased with this design and know that it is totally personal to me.

Hope you have been having the lovely sunshine again today if you are in the UK.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


MAWTT Challenge 91 - Precious metals

Hi Everyone

Before I start on my project if anyone is going to the NEC on Sunday and would like to say hello, just leave me a message below. It would be great to meet fellow crafters in person.

This week at MAWTT it is my turn to host the challenege and I have chosen the theme 'Precious Metals'. I would like to see any project that includes a precious metal and the best-known precious metals are the coinage metals gold and silver and another is platinum.

I have chosen silver as the precious metal for my project, which is a page from a memories book I am making. When finished it will be for the wedding Ken and I are going to in Cyprus so that Richard and Sal can record the occasion. When I asked Sal what colour she would like she chose hot pink.

This page has the TH bird and cage made in embossed silver card and I covered the bird with black acrylic paint and rubbed some of it off so that it showed up more. As you can see my colour palette includes pink, silver, black, grey and white. Tucked in behind the the bird cage mount are three tags on which wedding guests will write a short message and I will include some photo and journalling mats for Sal to complete later.

Additional silver includes the corner mount, silver beads at the bottom of the cage and a silver chain and small silver key.

This week Merley Impressions are sponsoring the challenge and are giving away this fabulous prize for the winner.

So I hope I will see you joining in my precious metals challenge this week so I can come on over and leave you some love.

Enjoy the rest of the week.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Truly Scrumptious - Tags
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Something hidden (3 tags)
Saturday Challenge - Anything but a card
Gingerloft - Die cuts/punches


Saturday, 19 March 2011

Vintage typewriter

Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day ........

Good morning bloggers, it's a fabulous bright sunny day with clear blue skies and the cherry tree in the back garden is blossoming - what more could I ask for on my birthday?????

Firstly a huge thankyou to my teamies at MAWTT for their fabulous birthday cards and they can never tell me again they can't do vintage - they have all made me a card in my style and they really are the best. THANKS GIRLS.

Secondly is anyone going to Birmingham NEC next weekend? I will be there on Sunday the 27th, so let me know if you are around and we can say hello. I am already going to seek out Sarah - you must let me know where you will be Sarah!!
So onto my card for today. My inspiration came from the Gingersnap challenge - typewriters, with a monthly theme of the working world and Simon Says Stamp - which is Birthday.

The typwriter image is a download from the Graphic Fairy and I overlaid it onto some vintage text paper that I lightened and blurred in Photoshop Elements, cut with and mounted on spellbinders mats with some ribbon and a Graphic 45 background paper. For the sentiment I found a typewriter key font and downloaded, printed it out, edged with DI and stickles. Most of it has been stapled together and I added a small metal clip and a red paperclip to give more of the office feel to it.

Challenges to have fun with
Gingersnap Creations - Typewriters
Simon Says Stamp - Birthday
Crafty Cardmakers - Fabric
My Partner in Crafting Crime - Retro Cool
Ooh La La - It's a man thing
Little Red Wagon - Office Supplies
Really Reasonable Ribbon - One for the boys
A huge thank you to the girls at Play Date Cafe - I was chosen as one of the Fab 4 last week. Woo hoo.

Have a great weekend everyone.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Friday, 18 March 2011

Stars - altered box

Hi All

The challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is STARS and Maddie (my daughter) just loves anything to do with them, so I thought I would alter a box for her. She is also a No:1 Star to me (hence the tag and banner).

Supplies used
Star paper (from Costco)
TH Rosette die
Stampotique banner stamp
Various embellishments, silver paper stars run through an embossing folder, painted black with some of it rubbed off and the little stars sandpapered.

I have used the rosette die again to make the large star shape (Remember my heart? See tutorials above). I think it has worked quite well, especially with a punched star on it. If anyone is interested in how it's made I will happily do another tutorial. I stamped some 200gm card with a text and music stamp before cutting the die, then made it up in the normal way. Maddie's name was computer generated using an old typewriter font.

Challenges to have fun with
Art Impressions - Punches
Charisma - Die Cuts
Cute Card Thursday - Music/Dance  - This links to one of my favourite songs STARS by SIMPLY RED
Wild Orchid - dies/punches
Scrap Creations - Anything Goes
Bling It On - Anything Goes

Have a wonderful weekend - I hope to as it's my birthday tomorrow. We will just be having a few friends round in the evening for drinks and Pizza.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Thursday, 17 March 2011

MAWTT Challenge 90 - Good Luck

Hi blogging buddies.

Today is MAWTT Thursday - and today our fabulous team member, Pami, has chosen the theme 'good Luck'. Please go to the challenge blog to see the fabulous inspiration from the team.

Another completely different style for me today, I don't think you could call it CAS but definitely less is more for me.

The black cat was stamped onto a cream ATC, edged with DI and stickles and added MS border edge. Small pieces cut from oddments of paper and also edged with DI and stickles. All stuck onto kraft card and three black gems added to the corner.

DI - Walnut Stain
Diamond Stickles
Stamps - Personal Impressions and Just Rite
Coloured papers from my box of bits.

I might try some more like this as I quite like the style.

Funky Farm Scrapbook BarnOur sponsors this week are the Funky Farm Srapbook Barn.

They are stockists of beautiful card making and scrapbooking goodies including stunning papers, buttons, ribbon, lace, pins, 6 x 6 paper pads, punches, flowers etc. Gorgeous Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye, Martha Stewart, Echo Park, May Arts, Molly Blooms, FancyPants, Prima and many more!!!
They have a very fast and friendly service with a personal touch. Funky Farm offers FREE UK postage over £20.00, a loyalty scheme and regular newsletters with offers etc.
Why not give them a try?!
Save 10% off an order over £10.00 with the exclusive code: MAWTTBLOG

The prize this week is a £10.00 gift voucher to the store

Take care and thank you for dropping by.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Crafty Emmas - Men only
Aly's Sunday challenge - Anything goes
Paper Sundaes - Keep it simple
Papertake Weekly - Trio-tastic (3 black gems)


Sunday, 13 March 2011


Happy Sunday everyone, I hope your weekend has been going well and that you are having a good Sunday. I have had a lovely weekend with friends at the Pennyhill Park Hotel for a spa weekend and hen night for Sal who is marrying Richard in April. Ken and I will be travelling out with our good friends Margaret and Bill to Cyrus for the wedding, they are the parents of the groom. We had a fun evening last night with a meal and music and dancing at a club, finally getting into bed at 2.00pm.

I have been given this surprise award from Emma who is The Sparkly Fairy, she blogs some gorgeous soft, vintage work and I am so glad she found me, because I now have found her too.

I accept this award and now must thank the person who gave it to me and and link back to their blog. (Done)
Share 7 things about myself.

Award 7 recently discovered blogs the award and contact them to let them know.

So, Emma, I gratefully accept the award and here are seven things about me:
1. I have two children, both grown up and flown the nest. My son is married and I have 3 gorgeous granddaughters.
2. I have been married for 36 years and 'with' my husband for 40 years - I can't tell you how quickly these years have gone by.
3. I love foreign food whether that be Indian, Chinese, Thai, Mexican etc.
4. Currently I am listening to the album '21' by Adele, she has the most amazing voice.
5. My most favourite part of the world to be is the west coast of America and we are planning to take the whole family back to LA next summer.
6. I love experimenting with mixed media and the more I do, the more I find myself rooted in this genre of art.
7. I love blogging and have 'met' some wonderful people who have become distance friends, and for all of you who are reading this I thank you for your friendship through the www.

7 recently discovered blogs that I would like to award this to -
Donna at paper crows and dragonflies
Tracey at Running with Scissors
Irene - Eye see crafting
Lou at Crafty Lou's Small World
Brenda at Knitty Treasures
Pam at Crazy Stamper
Judy at Stamped Impressions

Got to get to bed now as I will not want to get up for work in the morning.

Have a good week.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Friday, 11 March 2011

Compendium of Curiosities week 35 - Design Details

Oh my, this is the last of the CoC challenges and I can't wait to see what our fabulous hostess Linda, at Studio L3, has up her sleeve. My guess is that something will start at 6.00 am on Monday the 28th March and will be just as fab to do because we will be able to distress and grunge and use recyclable materials. At the same time we can sit and have a coffee, enjoy and have fun. Ok Linda I've used your hints - how have I done?

For my last piece I have made my version of a Bingo board.

My inspiration has come from -

Studio L3 - Design Details
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Metal
The Play Date Cafe - Blue, pink and orange
Art Impressions - Embossing

Supplies used -
TH Bingo texture fade
10 second studio metal
AIs - denim, butterscotch, red pepper, watermelon, pink sherbert
TH Lost and Found paper stash
Tissue tape
Hampton Art Stamps - Bingo stamp
DIs - worn lipstick, chipped sapphire, rusty hinge
Cosmic shimmers - rich gold, cosmic blush
Other - music paper, buttons, pin, metal flower brad, book binding thread, bead and fragment charm
On The Edge Die - Brackets
And my new Vagabond

I think the pictures tells their own story and the design details can be found on P.67 of The Compendium of Curiosities by the great Tim Holtz.

Please do go over to Let's Ink It Up and bookmark it for some challenges. They each last a fortnight which gives you plenty of time to enter and each of them has a fabulous sponsor. Although it is a Sunday start, that is Australian time, so if you are in the UK you will see it posted soon after 1.00 pm on a Saturday afternoon. The current challenge is EMBOSSING and will be open for another week. There is some great inspiration from A Team and Team B will be showing their fabulous makes the next Saturday, and I can tell you they are awesome cos I have seen them already.

I hope you are gearing up for a good weekend. I am off tomorrow morning to join my great friend Margaret, her future daughter-in-laws and some of their friends for a fabulous posh hotel and spa weekend. It is Sal's hen night celebration. We are going to the spa tomorrow afternoon for relaxation and treatments before going out somewhere later for a meal and music/dancing then heading back to the hotel. On Sunday morning we can use the spa again before making our way home. I think I will be very relaxed for work on Monday.

Take care, thanks for stopping by and reading my post.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


The Stamp Man Challenge #18 - Mother's Day Floral theme

Today the Stamp Man has a new challenge for you and Vix is hostess this week and her theme is floral and Mother's Day. So I hope you will come over and join us for this one. There is a £10 gift voucher to spend in  The Stamp Man store for the winner, so it's well worth a try.

I have used Craft UK 'Rose' Flower Collection for this card. The Stamp Man sell this set and others which are at a fabulously reduced price of only £5.00, which is a 50% reduction. Go take a look HERE.

The image was stamped on a lightly coloured background made with DIs and then I watercoloured  the image to make it stand out more. I just love these soft, delicate colours.

I made a TH rose with the patterned paper stuck onto grungepaper, cut the petal shapes and ran them through the embossing folder. Once made up I added some glitter on the edges of the petals and added some lace behind it, also coloured with DIs.

At this point Maddie was around and she helped me re-design the layout, as I wasn't happy with it. This is totally different to the way I had it, but much nicer.

Supplies used - many of which can be found at The Stamp Man on-line shop
DIs - spun sugar, victorian velvet, scattered straw, frayed burlap, old paper
Glamour Dust
Go Kreate Frilly Square die
TH Tattered Florals die
TH Damask texture fade embossing folder
Miscellaneous papers
An old net curtain
Sentiment - my own and made in PE
MS butterfly

I do hope to see you in the list of entrants, my comments all end with an 8, so if you are one of those I will be there to see what you have made.

Have a fabulous weekend.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Stampin' sisters in Christ - Stamp a flower
Incy Wincy - Pastel colours
Wild Orchid - Anything Goes
Stampin' Vacation - Vintage - torn edges
A Spoonful of Sugar - Vintage / shabby theme
Fab 'n' Funky - Girly
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes