Saturday 30 June 2012

Frantage anyone?

Tee hee that sounds a bit funny but basically at the Craft Barn the design team have all this week been playing with Frantage.
Welcome here, I hope you are well and it's SATURDAY oh Yeah always a good day!!! I'm off  for a wonderful day at the Craft Barn Extravaganza, wahoo 2 whole days of crafting goodness. So much to see and I get to watch all the brilliant demos by crafting legends, have you been before? Well worth a visit if you can get there!!!

There are many ways to use embossing powders but I chose to triple emboss a die cut. When it was cool I stamped an image on the top in Stazon. I didn't like the result so I reheated the EP and swirled the design with my pokey tool and then I was a happy bunny. A great big pearl and some neutral papers and I was done. Thank you for dropping by, Gay xx

Here is a list of the products that I used, sorry it's in a looong list, not really sure how to rectify this,. ah well technology...................................... works most of the time LOL



Tuesday 26 June 2012

Paper piecing? Oh yeah! Love it!

Hi there I'm back with a quick card for LIM, this week Chrissie and Mandi have a recipe for us and it's paper piecing :0) Something I do quite often, it's a very effective way of colouring an image. This time I set myself the challenge of not colouring anything at all so I had to paper piece all of my image
 That was a bit of a challenge especially with this little guy's hair and skin, well I did do all of the image but I had to add a little rosy glow to his cheeks, some shadows and a little colour to the pieces of paper he was so diligently cutting LOL His scissors are tissue paper with silver embossing and darn fiddly too, the little thumb poking up didn't help LOL You can enlarge the pictures by clicking on them.
This is the sentiment inside, it makes me smile, hope you like my card! I need to check out the LIM challenge now, I've not felt up to taking part lately ( too much stuff to do and a little bit of off colour to contend with) so it's lovely to be getting back in the saddle! Thank you for stopping by, Gay xxx
I use,
Penny Black slapstick stamp and paper from Crate Paper pad called Toy Box Collection.

Monday 25 June 2012

Seeing double?

Hi there crafty people,
I'm back crafting again with a Stampotique challenge card. This time Stampotique have asked for twin images, well I've had a play

Not sure whether this would make you feel any better if you were off colour but there is quite a bit to look at, it might take your mind off things for a couple of minutes LOL
I got a bit carried away with my deep sea scene but I had the best time, it was just so much fun! Thanks for dropping in:0) Gay x
I used
Octopet by Stampotique and
Smushalluam's hair and fingers :0)
Dylusions inks  and the new Summer distress inksI got mine from the Craft Barn!

Saturday 23 June 2012


Hello and I wish you a very happy Saturday, Welcome!!
I'm happy to be at this end of the week because the beginning was horrid for me:{ I've had a bout of food poisoning and I'm so glad I'm all better now but I've missed a lot of my favourite challenges and visiting my favourite crafty people,  I hope that you are all bright eyed and bushy tailed today?

Lettering, mmmm I've often looked at the big lettering around and always thought that would be fun to have my initials up in my crafty space. People don't need to know that it's my space LOL I just liked the idea! So when this opportunity came up at the Craft Barn blog I was really pleased and I have to say I had great fun altering my initials

 I have decorated mine with Fresco chalk paint and Tim Holtz Stamps, below you can see them sitting on a window sill in my crafty place. I'm quite pleased how well they sit with the blind :0) I could also hang them on the wall if I need the window sill for something else as some of the walls are white :0)
Thanks for stopping to have look ! Gay xxx

 I used,
Letters G and P
Claudine Hellmuths Gesso
Fresco Chalk paints, Black dress and Snowflake
Tim Holtz Stamps Purely Random, Rockstar and Going Somewhere

Over at the Craft Barn there is an offer on the paints I used,

    10% off PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints
Just type
                                                    in the offer code box as you go through checkout!

Saturday 16 June 2012

Memory Box Dies

Hi Folks, Hope all is good with you? Welcome here and to the weekend, YAY I love the weekends!

At the Craft Barn Blog this week the team have made some lovely samples with the with Memory Box dies.  Oh yes they are beautiful dies, I have used these dies rather a lot since I bought them and I 've made two cards to share today I hope you like them

My first card is using the die as a mask and inking over it. I masked the whole area to be inked first and then finaly added a huge pearl:0)

This next card I used the cut outs to finish the design

This is what I used

I embellished my journal cover with the same dies just different coloured embossed velvet paper and a very small die cut in metal.

This is the back of the journal

Thanks for dropping in, hugs Gay x

  The special offer linked to Memory Box dies at the Craft Barn
Spend £30 on Memory Box dies between 14th and 17th June and get a £5 voucher back
(you will find it in your parcel)

Sunday 10 June 2012

In which there are ramblings about flourishes and a lovely surprise

Hi Folks,
Welcome here and thanks for stopping by, I hope you're having a good day.
LIM 71 this week is all about One Layer and using flourishes. I have amassed quite a few in fact I'm amazed at how many I have, note to self, don't need any more flourish stamps. The trouble is that there is always a slightly better shape or one with more detail and that becomes the next must have:{ Another note to self, too many stamps must sort them out:{
Anyhoo on to my efforts

This card is a Basic Grey flourish stamped twice with two colours and perfect pearls added for a little added extra :0)

This card is actually intended for Dotty Jo. I was very fortunate and won her blog candy for her Race for Life. This race that she took part in was in honour of a very good friend of hers who  unfortunately was a victim of cancer. Thanks very much Jo and congrats on running the race you are a star!!!

And this is what I won, a voucher to spend at Bunny Zoes,  I really enjoyed choosing these lovely goodies

I am such a lucky bunny, I've used the EZ mount already, so good for unmounted stamps :0) The copic pen is a new one that I 'needed' so much it's a very light warm grey :0 The dies are just scrumptilitious and I can't wait to use them.

When I was up looking after the grandchildren we went with the youngest to a place called Eagle hieghts at Eynsford near Dartford in Kent. They have a collection of birds of prey and owls and many other animals, a camel, cheeta and a giant tortoise to name a few. Whilst there we watched a display of the birds flying over our heads and getting their exercise, it was facinating. The barn owl was my favourite, fabulous birds

If you've lasted this long I thank you for your patience and I hope to be around to visit you very soon:0) Gay xxx

Saturday 9 June 2012


Hi there my crafty friends,
Right well, Masks!  That's what we've been playing with this week on the Craft Barn Blog
and here is my card.

All the details and a little step by step explaining how I got to this stage with my masks is on the Blog!

I've not been around much lately, life has been a little busy. My son went off to Las Vegas to celebrate his birthday, so Mr Mustavcoffee and I went to stay at his and looked after the gorgeous grand daughters:0) Oh what fun we've had:0) Back home now and lots of catching up to do!

Thank you for stopping to have a peek, hopefully I'll be around to see you soon. It will be good to get back into the groove again!

I used
Crafters workshop mask mini peacock feathers
Dylusions inksBubblegum Pink, Vibrant Turquoise and Lemon Zest
WOW stamps Brocade

Saturday 2 June 2012

3D for me!

Hi there, It's Saturday welcome!! Grab a coffee and sit a while:0) Today I've made something a little out of the ordinary for me, I hope you like it and I apologise for it's very early arrival,
 yes it's a christmas project, sooorrreeee :0) If you pop over to the Craft Barn blog all the deets you need to make this quirky little Christmas tree are there


This is a card using the Tando Star and  the Impression Obsession Snowflake stamp! The background is made using the and red ink with clear embossing powder. With a humongous :0) pearl in the middle. The star was picket fence crackle paint and I added glitter before it dried:0)

I used
Tando shapes
Circles, grab bag and the Stars grab bag.
Father Christmas
Fresco Chalk Finish paints
The card
Distress Crackle paint 
Barn Door ink
Snowflakes from Impression Obsession
Clear embossing powder

   The special offer this week at the Craft Barn is
10% on Americana Acrylic paints
Just type 
in the offer code box as you go through checkout!

Jubillee Weekend at The Craft Barn

To celebrate we are offering
from 6pm on Friday 1st until 9am on Wednesday 6th June. 
If you don't live in the UK you can still have your parcel delivered free as follows:
EU deliveries postage is free for orders over £25 and
for the rest of the world it's free on orders above £35

 Thank you for taking the time to stop by and I'll be round to see you soon, Gay x