Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New year!

At this time of the year its so easy to think back and dwell on the lows of the year - and believe you me, we've had more than our fair share of those over the last few months - but, thinking back further, our year hasn't been that bad.

2010 is going to be full of new beginnings for me, the biggest of which is going to be a new job! no longer self employed and meeting my own deadlines, but, having to adhere to those set by others!!

I'm also going to make some serious new years resolutions and I'm sticking to them too this year!

I can't believe that a decade has past since 2000 much has changed in our world.

So, on the start of the new Decade - which is still to be named - I wish you all a very Happy and Healthy and Crafty New Year!


Thursday, December 24, 2009


to all my blogging friends, swapee crafty pals and friends and family that take time out to read my blog.

to all of you I send this little blog crafty offering:-

have a great time xx

Friday, December 18, 2009

what a week....

things just haven't gone to plan, everything I've touched has gone wrong and if I'm honest I'll be glad to see the back of 2009!

Friday again and my new years resolution will be to blog more than once a week! its the last week for 2009 over at SCD, we've decided, that with Christmas and the New Year and family committments for everyone, we'd take a couple of weeks off and come back on....8th January with a new challenge and more new themes!

So, for this week it's Tammara choice of theme and its "Butterflies"... and, of course, its our last tag week....

Here is my Butterfly tag.

The background is distress inks, overstamped with various stamps and hi-lighted with white pen. The butterflies are chipboard covered with text paper with bling and a few spots of liquid pearls for the tails....The edges were inked with chalk ink.

Have a great weekend and TFL xx

Friday, December 11, 2009

Friday again?

grief where are the weeks and months going? mind you, can't believe that Sian will be home on Sunday yippeee can't wait to get her from the train station - it will be fab to see her again - I know I see her on aim and talk to her just about every day, but, i do so miss her. I've closed my company down and will be working full time, employed (was that a good move after the changes to NI and tax yesterday?? - its done now tho') as from January and so now I have a couple of free days a week for a couple of weeks - so on Monday we are spending a girlie day together and boy am I looking forward to that! mind you knowing Sian we'll bump into everyone she knows and it will take us all day to get around town!! but, thats the fun of it isn't it?

So, as its friday suppose I'd better show you my SCD piece???

We're still on tags month...and the theme this week, set by the lovely and talented Laura, is Party Girls.....this is the first theme that Laura has set so I'm hoping that lots of lovely Party Girl tags are created...

Here it is:-

(Sue no mouth of tea please!) the base is white card stock!! lolxx, I cut a load of tags with the sole intention of joining my hero Sir T!m on his 12 day journey, but, with good intentions went lack of time....sadly - but, the techniques are a la T!m.....three colours of distress ink were swoshed onto the mat and spritzed with water the tag was then swooshed around on the mat until evenly covered - I used a smaller piece of card swooshed (don't you just love that word?) around in the residue so that it wasn't wasted!! The bubbles were stamped with distress ink and then the darker bubbles were stamped using black versafine. All hi-lighted with a white pen. Using the smaller piece of cardstock I stamped T!m stamps with distress ink and then mounted a stamped and water coloured lady christmas image on top - stickles and a bit of glossy accents finished it off!

Hope everyone has a fab weekend.

TFL xx

Saturday, December 5, 2009


I've been making ATC's for years and never bore of them. I read in a magazine this month, can't remember which one or who was the author, that its surprising that ATC's are still in vogue after such a long stay in this crafting world of ours when things come and go so quickly... and I must say I totally agree - swaps are still rife in forums, mags and on line....long may they continue too.

Anyway, over at "The artists Trading Club" monthly themes are set, with fab guest designers, and I was invited to join a couple of months ago...the ATC's I've received are GORGEOUS! and so I'm now an avid par-taker in this swap!!

So, Novembers theme was keys:-

Here are my ATC's:-

All of the backgrounds were created using distress inks and then stamped with various Paperartsy stamps. The ones with purple clock faces - have had the wings hi-lighted with glossy acents, and then the image was stamped out onto acetate, and alcohol inks and blending solution dropped onto the back - when dry this was then cut out and adhered to the top of the stamped images.
The door locks are a paperartsy stamp which was stamped with stazon onto metal, embossed, filled, filed, stuck and sprayed with glimmer mist and then added with a metal key.
The edges of all were inked and then daubed with a gold dauber....

TFL xx

Friday, December 4, 2009

A new month

and a new challenge over at SCD.....

and this month, as its a short month, we're re-visiting tags....and the theme this week is "Marilyn Monroe" as chosen by the lovely and talented Dawn...

Here is my attempt:-

The background is a mixture of patterned paper which was overstamped with a text stamp, the image was downloaded from the web - a flower spritzed with glimmer mist, a bit of ribbon, some fibres and a bit of glimmer and an overall spritzed of marshmallow glimmer mist finish it all off....

I had a scary thought the other day - its nearly Christmas! I've barely started my shopping and have very few cards made! another mad scramble hey! happens every year!! when will I learn?

TFL xx

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last of the card...

weeks over at SCD this week...we've had some fab creations to our themes and its been great seeing loads of new blogs! great source of inspiration for all hey?

This week its my turn to choose the theme and I've chosen:-

Red and Green Snowmen!!

Here's my take:-

Backing paper (don't faint Sue!!) is by October Afternoon and has been distressed and had its edges inked! the stamp, one of sir T!m's, was stamped onto white card and then coloured with red and green watercolour inks - I then sprayed some marshmallow glimmer mist into a dish and painted with it to blend the colours and add some sparkle - still ended up giving it a good blast after too! that glimmer mist is totally gorgeous - its doesn't colour just adds shimmer - its really pretty! the snowflakes are punched with a Martha Stewart punch and small gems added.

Really hope that you can pop along to SCD and join us this week would love to see what you all come up with and don't forget a new month next month with some nice blog candy and new challenges.

TFL xx

Monday, November 23, 2009

A trio of cards....

and all of them different!

Card no 1:-

base card made out of pink bazzil, the stamps are by Purple Onion (have you guessed I just love those stamps!) and stamped with pink stazon onto white card and layered onto deeper pink - I've added mini gems to the larger panel, top and bottom - a pink flower stamped and spritzed with glimmer mists, leaves and pearls finish it off....

Card no 2:-
I just love this - the piccie is a bit light....the base of the card has been masked with a glimmer mist mask and then acryllic paint over the top - the chandelliers are from inkadinkadoo and the lady is one of my fav stamps by rubber stampede and has been hi-lighted with water colour pencils. Bling has been added to the chandelliers to look like lights! the flowers have been stamped and misted with glimmer mist....

Card 3
another one of those easel cards - sugar nellie image coloured in with water colour pencils, happy birthday is a rub on and the stopper is a nestie cut...

TFL xx

Sunday, November 22, 2009

BS advent calender.....

Over on the Bubbly Funk Challenge blog the theme this week is Advent....

This is an advent calender I made using matchboxes which were covered in paper which had been coloured using distress inks and then stamped using hero arts border stamps and also Paperartsy stamps. They were built into a tree shape using chipboard which had been painted in between each layer to keep it rigid - a painted piece of chipboard was placed at the back and santa, coloured in with water colour pencils and stickles, the funky christmas trees are by Purple Onion Stamps - and "happy Christmas" all added. All hi-lighted with stickles and white pen.....The star is cut out of corrugated card and smeared with gold dauber, a gold grungeboard star was then added ontop.....


Friday, November 20, 2009


tis Friday again, and time for another theme over at SCD. We are still on our Christmas Card month and its fab to have so many players taking part.

So, the theme for this week has been chosen by the very talented and my very dear friend, Ang and she has chosen:-

Blue and White Snowflakes

Here is my take:-

I have made an easel card for this week, they are so popular at the moment and so easy to make! The main part of the card has background paper created by using a snowflake stamp from Purple onion, this was stamped in three different blue inks and then ice stickles used to add glitter. The main image is again a stamp from Purple Onion and this was stamped onto metal, embossed, filled, sandwiched and filed and then sprtized with glimmer mists before being adhered to the front of the card. The base uses background paper entitled "Good Cheer" by October Afternoon, the stopper was created by stamping a penny black stamp and gems were then added.

I hope that you pop over to the SCD blog and see what the other DT members have come up with, some gorgeous examples there, and also our special GD, Pia, is still with us.

Have a good weekend and thank you for taking time to look at my blog....xx

Sunday, November 15, 2009

good heavens, twice in one day!!!

whats that all about??????????? roflxx

I've been having a play with some metal and also some ferro and terra paints/texture paste by viva...

I do a monthly swap with my friend Anne, here are the atc's for the month!

All ATCs have a kraft base with basic grey June bug on (You'd never believe it!!) the June bug is far too bright for me - why I've still got it I don't know!! anyway, ATC one (from the left) has pieces of dictionary adhered, then coated with Ranger rock candy then hi-lighted with a chalk ink....the image had been stamped and watercoloured.
The middle has been stamped with a prima dotty stamp, then ferro added and stamped into with terra painted over the top, archie was stamped onto metal, embossed, filled, sandwiched, filed and spritzed with glimmer mists...the last one, has terra paint in the corner and the image placed over the top....

This small pizza box is a work in progress - I think it needs "something else" but not sure what at this moment!!

The box is made from bazill, the top has ferro and terra added and then spritzed with glimmer mist....arch has been made as before....

TFL enjoy the rest of the weekend. xx


I've been very lucky to have been nominated for the following awards....

this one from Gez
this one from Laura

and this one from Tracey
I want to say a big THANK YOU to these dear friends and talented ladies for nominating me for these awards - I really do appreciate it...xx

I can't just choose a few people to pass the awards onto as there is so much talent out there and so many bloggers inspire me so much - so, if you don't have these awards please take them with my love and thanks for being such a great source of inspiration....xx

Friday, November 13, 2009

Pink Christmas trees.................

are the theme over at SCD this week...well, thats how I (the speed reader) read it, but, I think its a pink card with a Christmas tree!! but, its much the same, isn't it?? anyway, the theme has been set by the lovely and talented Gez....

Here's my effort for this week:-

its inspired by the fact that my Hubby, when asked for his opinion on a card I've recently created for an up and coming event, replied with "and what else can you throw at it?" I've never thought of my creations as being "overloaded". So, I've gone for the simplistic touch. I've used a technique outlined by a forum buddy, Kaz, on the BS challenge site....completed the task in pink ink, outlined the edges of my card with a black pen and stamped the sentiment in pink ink....finito!

Do pop on over to the SCD blog - you'll be totally blown away with all of the cards, but, Pia, who is our GD for this month has created something rather special - so go and have a look.

Have a good weekend bloggers....

TFL xx

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I have been going to "crops" for quite some time now and have made friends with loads of lovely peeps! There is a small group of us that like to challenge each other into doing something different! and we take it in turns to set the challenge....Janina recently gave us all a canvas with an easel to alter and then we choose names out of a hat and swapped....

Here's my canvas:-

The canvas and easel were painted with Claudia Hellmuths paints...they were then stamped with an inkadinadoo circles stamp..the easel was then hi-lighted with gold paint. The canvas then had some text paper added and then some background mesh stamps added, a rub on and some bling with a metal word on the side balanced off the water coloured image which is a stamp from stampington and the metal corner - the entire canvas was painted with rock candy distress paint .... The lucky (or should that be unlucky?) recipiant was Janet....

and I got Janets lovely metal canvas....

TFL xx

Friday, November 6, 2009

New month - new challenge

November is here and with it brings a new Challenge and theme over at SCD! So, this month the Challenge is to create Christmas cards! but, with a difference, well what else did you expect?? lolxx - the theme is to include a topic and a colour scheme - so, watch out for some very different ideas!

To start the ball rolling we have the very talented Dawns selection....she has chosen:-

Holly and the Ivy - using the colours green, red and gold!

Here's my card...

the all papers are basic grey wassail. The Tim Holtz "Noel" stamp was stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder and then distress inks in fired red and shabby shutters rubbed over creating a resist effect - this was then spritzed with radiant rain gold shimmer - matted onto gold and then matted onto a piece of card which had been punched with a snowflake punch! The holly leaves are another Tim Holtz stamp and have been stamped onto coloured card and hi-lighted - ribbon and bling added!

This month we also have Pia joining us as GD - do pop on over to her blog for some fab inspiration!

Pop on over to the SCD blog and see what the rest of the team have created!

TFL xx

Saturday, October 31, 2009

more Hallowe'en

well, it is actually Hallowe'en today so what a better way than to post my Hallowe'en twinchies...they were made for the Bubbly Funk Forum monthly twinchie swap, but, they fit in with this weeks Bubbly funk challenge:-

the problem with this full time working malarky is that you don't get any decent light to take piccies - the end two are a bit blurred, but, bearing in mind they were taken in bad light!!! well thats my excuse and I'm sticking to it......Now, Sue, don't take a drink of tea!! lolxx, but, the background was patterned paper!! roflxx, which I stamped with my pumpkin stamp in sepia versafine. The spiders web, spiders, bats and "boo" were all cut on the cricut and then hi lighted with glossy accents. The hats, houses, boots and "hallowe'en" were from a sheet of patterned paper....

Have a great weekend....TFL xx

Friday, October 30, 2009

SCD day and its....

Hallowe'en Inchies week!

Well with the date being as it is what else could we have?

heres mine:-

and just for my lovely friend, Sue, guess what the base is made off? yep white card (ok Sue I can hear you laugh from here!! lolxx) and it was! coloured with distress inked and chalked with brown ink, the pumpkin was stamped with versafine and the top coloured with a green sakura glitter pen, a bit of computer text and the whole thing was coated with glossy accents.... you remember a couple of weeks ago I said that I was making something with my inchies? well, here it is...

...its an inchie cube and each side has a different week on - I must admit that I've got rather addicted to these little cubes - the tree was purchased from a craft fair a couple of weekends ago - I'm still unsure whether to leave it au natural or paint it or use it for its real purpose and decopatch it!! anyway, its to display my beautiful inchie cubes a couple of them have been made for me as prezzies....

Do pop along to the SCD blog there are some scary inchies on there this week, the girls have really done some FABBIE creating!

Don't forget that this week is our last week for inchies. For November we have something rather different lined up and we also have a Guest Designer joining us!

Have a great weekend. TFL xx

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

vintage offerings...

here are some twinchies and an inchie I made for a recent swap ... the middle one has got a bit of glare on it! (bad photography skills).... Backgrounds made with distress inks, glimmer mists and overstamped with a text stamp...images all from Crafty Individuals....various lace, ric-rac, blooms, punched fern leaves, buttons and bling.....


Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday again!

Every Thursday night when I sit down to write a post for my blog for the new SCD week, I tell myself that I should update my blog more! and each week I'm amazed at just how quickly Friday comes around - now thats a fab thing since its the start of the weekend - but, it just show's me how little time I get to do "other" things during the week now that I'm working full time!

So, its Friday again and its SCD time.....
We're still in inchie mode and this week its my great friend, Ang, who choose the theme...and its...


So, here my face (well not literally you understand!!);-

base white card with distress inks, lady stamp from one of those gorgeous inkadinkadoo packs (and no I'm not admitting how many packs I've got! rofl) character defination added with watercolour pencils, mini bling added a voila!

Pop on over to the SCD blog and see what the DT have come up with....

Have a great weekend. TFL xx

Friday, October 16, 2009


....means SCD day!

We are still on the inchies and this week the theme is

"Black and White"

I think that black and white is so elegant, don't you? and its, by far, my fav colour combo....

So, here's my inchie:-

White piece of card which was stamped with another one of those gorgeous Inkadinkado stamps, with black versafine ink ....a couple of mini gem stones and some computer generated text and a voila!

I have made something special with my inchies and will show you all at the end of the month....mind you, one of our players has already pipped me to the post and made a couple!! lolxx (you know who you are!)

These Fridays are coming around quickly aren't they? before we know it it will be christmas!

For anyone that lives nearby or within travelling distance - there is a craft fair, which is being supported by several local craft shops and some not so local! being held on Sunday 18th October in the Community Centre in Needham Market, Suffolk, between 10 and 4pm - I'm told that there are going to be various demonstrations by the stall holders, lots of goodies to buy and also light refreshments.....if you would like further info drop me a mail and I'll pass it onto the organisers...

TFL xx

Friday, October 9, 2009


are the new theme over at SCD this week and has been chosen by the very talented Gez...

Here is my take:-

the white background was shaded using water colour pencils and then the swan which is a 1 inch square stamp from inkadinadoo was stamped in black versafine...I highlighted the spaces with a gel ink glitter pen and inked the edges - I was going to add words and bits but decided it looked better plain....

Its been a strange ol' week this week. It was Sian's birthday yesterday and it was so odd wishing her happy birthday over the phone rather than with hugz and post arriving here either as everyone had strict instructions to post them to the uni!! then to make her birthday complete the University of Gloucester announced that they are closing Pittville Studios -which is where Sian has just started her degree, in January 2011 - so she'll be exactly half way thro' - they have said that they will relocate to another campus - will just have to wait and see!

Do pop on over to the SCD blog and see the other gorgeous creations from our great dt!

TFL xx

Thursday, October 8, 2009

green fairies....

my friend Anne and I do a regular monthly swap - we have a running theme going (remember the numbers) and each take it in turns to choose the theme for the current month.....

One of last months themes was fairies...

here's my take:-

I cut the atc's from white card and then coloured using distress inks (now you'd never guess that would you?) the images on the outsides are from inkadinkadoo and the middle image is unknown....each one was coloured in using watercolour pencils and then highlights added with a gel shimmer pen....I really had trouble parting with this set - might just have to make another set for me !!

TFL xx

Friday, October 2, 2009


...has arrived, the nights are starting to draw in and boy is it getting cold at night? its lovely during the day, but, come 7pm its like someone has switched the fire off! lol

Its SCD day today and as its the first of the month its also a new, for October, its

yep, those lovely little inch square pieces of art.....

and its Dawns' turn to choose the theme this week and she's chosen "Oriental".

Here's my piece:-

I promise you its only 1" square but looks enormous here!! - the background is a piece of white card which was stamped with oriental blossom which was then coloured in using watercolour pencils, the oriental lady was stamped onto a piece of card and shaded using the pencils and then added to the inchie....the text is computer generated. I added glossy accents to hi-light the blossoms and the text and also coated the image....a few little gems to the centres of the flowers and an inked edge or two finished off the piece.

Its also the first week for our two new dt members, so do pop on over to SCD and see if you can be tempted to join us.

TFL xx

Sunday, September 27, 2009

mega challenge post...

I have been doing these pieces all week and just didn't get around to photographing, here are my entries to a few challenges:-

Bubbly Scrumptious:-

Heres my entry to the "Vintage" challenge:-

the main image is a stamp! one of a set of 16 that I have recently acquired, all of them FAB! see another one further down...

This is my "House" entry...

Here is an entry for "Bizzy Becs" where the challenge was to use "pink or plum and burgandy and green, item must include lace, ribbon or fibres...."
The background paper is green with burgnady and pink spots, the flower is green with pink splashes, burgandy ribbon and a piece of lace which has pink and green flowers/leaves on it...the main piece is a piece of card coloured with AI's stamped with an oriental image and matted onto burgandy card....hope this meets the criteria!! lol

and my final challenge piece, although not last piccies...

is for Kathy's Sketch file:-

..that lady is another of those stamps I mentioned!!

and finally:-
Seven of us went to Ally Pally yesterday, if anyone has been following the paperartsy blog you'll know that Leandra was making some Archies to give away yesterday (well, after you'd bought some stamps of course and as I don't have that many stamps!! lolxx) anyway, look at this adorable piece...

ok, so the mannequin is a work in progress!! lolxx and still very stark...but, I hope that doesn't detract from my gorgeous archie??

TFL xx

Friday, September 25, 2009

Last moo of the month....

I've enjoyed this month of the moo...I love all the challenges and themes we've had so far on SCD, but, this month has really been "My cuppa" lol - so, its really sad that its come to an, as usual, the last week of the month always falls to me to choose the theme and I've chosen:-


and here is my ABC moo:-

it started with a piece of white card - now thats a surprise isn't it!! lolxx, which was then coloured with distress inks (another surpise!!) a paperartsy mini was then stamped in black versafine ink. The little ABC was cut out on the cricut and glossed using Rangers Sepia Glossy Accents and little yellow gems added whilst the glaze was still drying. The edges were then edged with brown chalk ink. Do pop on over to the SCD blog and see what the others have created there are some wonderful moos on there....

Ally Pally on Saturday, the usual suspects are all going, purses ready and elbows too come to that!! mind you I know which stalls will be getting the majority of my dosh!! lolxx will let you all know my purchases on Sunday!!

Have a good weekend!
TFL xx

Friday, September 18, 2009

Metal Moos...

This week over at SCD its time for a bit of metal - metal moo's to be exact!! lolxx. Ang has chosen the theme and ever since last April's Ally Pally visit and seeing Linda Brown and Leandra, aka Mrs Paperartsy, she's been obsessed!! so, its no surprise that she chose metal for the theme....

Here's my metal moo:-

The base is a piece of white card cut to size. I then took three pieces of metal ensuring that they were big enough to overlap the edges. I then ran two of the pieces thro' the cuttlebug with different embossing folders. I then added alcohol inks to these pieces and then sanded off the colour on the raised pieces. The middle section was written after seeing a tutorial on Tacho tuesday - if you've never watch this you should not only will you learn something but have a good giggle at the same time. This middle section was then spritzed with glimmer mists. The pieces were then adhered to the moo and folded over with a spare moo on the back as that folded metal can be rather sharp!!

We have also announced our new DT members. I'm pleased to say that Laura and Tammara have both agreed to join our small band I'm hoping that they'll enjoy the challenges already set and come up with some great ones too!!

We took Sian off to Cheltenham on Sunday. The run up to the departure was fine. Five minutes from home it hit me what we were doing, so a few tears !! then when we got there it was all systems go to get the luggage up three flights of metal circular stairs!! and get her food shop in and get her sorted before we left at 4.30pm.....only ok for about 3 mins this time before the floodgates opened again!! Sian is a level headed and sensible girl and I know that she's going to do really well at Uni - I'm so proud of her for all her achievements and the way that she goes about things - MY GIRL xx

TFL xx

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Friday again!

Grief these weeks are going far too quickly, and this week I wanted to go so slow - I wanted each minute to be an hour and to savour it - the reason - Sian is off this Sunday and boy am I going to miss her! I'll be wishing the hours, days and weeks and months away until the 13th December when she comes home again....perhaps I should move to Cheltenham?? far too expensive - lovely place tho'!

So, as its Friday again, its SCD day....we are still on our Moo challenge and this week the theme, chosen by the lovely and talented Gez, is circles...

Here is my effort:-

The base, as usual is a piece of white card cut to moo size!! lolxx, I then stamped a couple of stamps from Inkadindoo's gem stone jewel set with versamark onto the blank card and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder - I then added distress inks over the top - the clear embossing acting as a resist - a couple of gems and inked edges finish it off...

Do pop on over to the SCD blog the girls have come up with some gorgeous creations and well worth a look and I really hope that you're inspired to have a go and create some moo's!

The call for the DT has proved really sucessful - an announcement of who will be joining us will hopefully be made this week so do look our for our new members!

TFL xx

Friday, September 4, 2009

Its Friday....

again, and its Month 5 week 17 - can't believe that its been 17 weeks since the launch of SCD and I'm so pleased that we had so many people playing last week - it was fantastic! and there has also been a great response to the call for new DT members. There have been some very talented people apply so its going to be a tough decision for us to choose just two! A big Thank You to Pia for being such a great Guest Designer last month - her houses were just gorgeous weren't they?

So, a new month and a new Challenge - the challenge set for September is Moo Card - these little pieces of art measure 2.8cm x 7cm (roughly the size of a microscope slide) and the theme for this week, chosen by Dawn, is "BLACK AND GOLD"

Here is my black and gold moo.....

the background is a white piece of card painted with gold acryllic paint.....I then cut a smaller piece of black card and stamped a hero arts rose stamp with versamark and then embossed it in gold then hi-lighted the leaves and head with glossy accents...three black pearls along the bottom finished off the piece.

Well, its not long now til we take Sian off to Cheltenham - to be honest I'm dreading it! she's ticking off the days, I'm trying to hold onto them!! still before we know it she'll be home for Christmas with a suitcase of dirty clothes!!

Hope that some of you will be tempted to have a go with our Moo challenge this month we have some great themes lined up! Pop on over to SCD and have a look at the other fab creations....

TFL xx

Friday, August 28, 2009

Thank crunchie its Friday....

lol I love crunchies don't you? well its the last day of my holiday!! a lovely 2 weeks off on a stay at home vacation!! really lovely just catching up with no real rush to do anything! lush! could do with another week off really!! lol

So, being as its Friday - its SCD new theme day....and this week the theme is:-

This is our last house week and the last week with our lovely GD, Pia

So, here's my house:-

Base cut out of white card and coloured using distress inks. The birds at the bottom are a stamp from T!m Holtz's visual artistry pack and hi lighted with a white pen, the main image is again a T!m birdstamp, stamped onto text paper which was coloured with distress inks!! The little bird at the top and the circle are both cut on the cricut and hi-lighted with glossy accents. The word "Fly" is one from a cheapy pack of stamps picked up somewhere and has lost its label!! lol The text is computer generated.

We are currently looking for two new DT members at SCD. These are in addition to the current DT Team. So, if you're interested either join us this week and comment in your link, or there is a seperate post and leave your details there - the post is open until Next week.

Don't forget next week is the first Friday in September, so that means not only a new challenge but a new theme tooo....

TFL xx

Friday, August 21, 2009


...and boy aren't the weeks flying pass...we're nearly in September!!

This week over at SCD its still houses, any shape but no bigger than 3"x5" and this week its Ang's turn to choose the theme and she has chosen:-

...must include wording or quotes of some description

so, here's my house of words....

itsn't it stange how some techniques you just keep revisiting? anyway, this week for a change, I cut my house out of plain white card and using distress inks created the background (roflxx), I then inked around the edge with distress inks just to give it a finished off look....using various stamps I then stamped all over the background and then scribbled around the edges. The centre piece has got a name but I can't remember it....its a piece of cardboard inked with versamark, then two coats of clear utee, then I inked the uteed panel and applied three different colours of utee before heating I inked up my stamp with black ink, melted the utee and whilst still hot pressed the stamp into it....I have photographed this house several times but it still doesn't show the purple/blue/turquoise colour...but, its near! after allowing the utee to cool I removed the stamp and voila indented is the quote! a bit of bling finished it off...

The dt have come up with some gorgeous houses over at SCD this week and the lovely Pia is still our GD, so pop on over and I hope you'll be inspired to create your own house of words...

TFL xx

Thursday, August 20, 2009

on the build....

over at Bubbly Funk we recently had a house swap....there were 11 of us involved and so we made 11 houses. My pal, Gez, was unable to particpate, so I made 12 one for

Here are my houses:-
All the houses started off as white card - cut into shape and then coloured using distress or chalk inks or acrylic paint, one even had a piece of pattern paper (ouch!). Every house had a piece of stamping on it, whether it was a background stamp or a phrase on the card....alot of the stamps are paperbag studios with fill ins of others!

I have now got my houses back and will photograph them later...



Well, the day has come! A level results day and the time when I find out if my eldest, Sian, is Uni - well, we haven't found out the results yet - but, she's been onto tracker and she's off!! she's had it confirmed that she's got a place at Cheltenham Uni - and will be off on the 13th September....she is so excited and we're all so very, very proud of her...



Friday, August 14, 2009

Week 14...and its....

Houses with the theme of "Greenhouses" as in flowers.... over at SCD

so, here's my "greenhouse"

The base started off as a piece of white card (why do I have all that patterned paper??), and coloured with distress inks....the house was then stamped with inkadinkadoo swirls and hi-lighted with a green pen and glitter added with a copic glitter pen thing!! (soz not into copics)...the prima flowers were stamped with black versafine ink using a Technique Tuesday stamp, and the little flowers are also a technique tuesday stamp, loads of doodles, a bit of bling and the current obligatory leaf finish off the piece!!

Do pop on over to SCD this week and see what the other Dt members have come up with and perhaps this week join us? The lovely Pia is still our guest designer and she has come up with the most gorgeous house....

TFL xx

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Entry to BS pin challenge....

This is one of my fav all time pieces...and I'm entering it for BS "pin" challenge week...

loads of different techniques here...embossing, fantasty film, stamping, doodling and the fab pins....TFL xx


August is always the month for cards - thank you cards after a birthday and my brother, Dad, Aunt,various cousins and a couple of dear friends birthday, this week I have been making cards like they are going out of fashion...

This one is for my Nan who sent me some money (to spend at Ally pally) for my birthday:-
Really basic and not fancy just right for an 80 year old....



all using various basic grey (k and co for Thank you card) papers and stamped images....all images have been coloured in using those caran d'ache watercolour pencils that I just so love....

TFL xx

Friday, August 7, 2009

Month four - week thirteen!

Month four on SCD already - and its been a great four months!!

We have a very special Guest Designer joining us this month too - the lovely and very talented Pia has agreed to join us this month....if you've never seen this ladies work do pop on over to her blog and be truly inspired...

Also, as its a new month that means a new theme and the theme for August is:-

any shape house you like only rules on this one is the maximum size is 3" x 5"....

and the theme this week set by Dawn is:- Love and Romance...

so, here's my love and romance house:-

base, as usual is a piece of white card, cut to shape. Distressed inks were then added a la T!m - then a gorgeous brickwork stamp was stamped in black ink, and a basic grey new love heart stamped over...the heart was cut out of grungepaper and a crafty individuals picture added, sepia accents gave it a rustic glow!! (for want of better description!!), computer text and a bit of doodle with some of those minute gems finish it off...

Do pop on over to the SCD blog the DT and our very special GD have come up with some fantastic houses....Looking forward to visiting some blogs and see your houses of love and romance this week!!

TFL xx

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Month 3 - week 12 - CIRCUS....

Friday again and the last Friday of so many things....the last Friday in July, the last Friday of being this age!! lolx, the last Friday of the Postcard Challenge!

and the theme is:-


Here is my take on the theme:-

The papers are all by T!m. The text has been hi-lighted using Ranger Sepia accents, the little tickets were a rak from Ang and were distressed using inks...the circus banner was made using 1" squares cut into a point and using rubons to write circus - different coloured mini gems were added to each point and then adhered to a piece of cord.....That clown doesn't look very happy does he?? lolxx

Pop along to SCD blog and see what the other DT members have come up with and we hope that lots of you join us this week - we love visiting your blogs and seeing what fab pieces you have created.

Next Month at SCD we have a great new challenge, a fab theme and a very special guest designer joining us......

TFL xx

Friday, July 24, 2009


We are still on Postcards over at SCD and this week was Ang's turn to choose the theme....well...she choose....

Now this is your take on the theme, book titles, favorite passage, love of reading whatever your take is , we can't wait to see what you come up with.

..and here's my take for the week:-

well and truly Breakfast (full english) at Tiffanys!! roflxx

Pop on over to the SCD blog and join in the fun and see what fab examples the dt have come up with and don't forget - if you don't have a blog and would like to join in, just email me a piccie and I'll post it up on the blog for you.

The winner of the blog candy has also been announced so pop on over and see if its you!

Can't wait to see what you all come up with this week.