Thursday, 23 June 2011

Decorative Jars

Another landmark day today - Chris had his final A'Level exam and has now officially finished school. It only seems a moment ago that he was going off to Nursery School! As a spur of the moment treat we went out to TGI Friday for a meal. I amazed myself by not being able to finish a desert!! Now it wasn't planned at all, but the restaurant is very near a retail park which has the well known craft store. I couldn't help myself - I had to go a have a wonder round!

I picked up a couple of glass jars and battery operated tealights, as I had a little inspiration earlier in the day. Here are my creations. I had hoped to capture the tealight, but struggled, but you get the idea.

The second jar is perfect for the springtime vintage buttons.

Off to put on my pjs and have a drink before bed.

Thanks for stopping by.


Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Just Believe

Morning, a quick post from me today before I go off to college.

Same design - different colours.

Colour Combo:
Peach Parfait
Daffodil Delight
Real Red
Concord Crush
Basic Black

Colour Combo;
Pretty in Pink
Blushing Bride
Real Red
Concord Crush
Basic Black

Colour Combo
Baja Breeze
Pacific Point
Not Quite Navy
Basic Black

And a lot of brayering :-)

Have a great Tuesday and thanks for stopping by.

Love Becki

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Dasher in June

Morning, Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there. Do you ever have a morning where you wake up feeling inspired and can not do anything until a couple of hours have been spent at your craft station? Well this morning that is exactly how I woke up.

Two people have inspired today's creation. One is Julie who will be having Xmas in July! The other is a tutorial on Youtube - Stampin with Tami. Tami used the Lovely as a Tree set to create a winter night scene. I woke thinking of Dasher and how lovely he would look set against a night sky.

Several elements to this card, but it isn't too complicated, just a little patience required.

Stamp Set: Dasher (leaves created from my own tree stamp), Sincere Salutations
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Basic Black
Card Stock; Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Die: Top Note
Embossing folder: from own stash
Ribbon: Whisper White Organza Ribbon
White Gel Pen

Guess who else has the brayering bug? Yep it's Leanne (I think I might have a downline waiting in the wings!). Here she is busy in my craft corner.

And this is her creation. I love the Concord Crush hills - think I will have to "borrow" this idea.

Well I really must go and get myself sorted as I am doing Sunday lunch today for 7. Have a great day.

Thanks for stopping by


Saturday, 18 June 2011

Father's Day

Hi there, hope everyone is well. The weather doesn't quite know what to do with itself, one minute sunshine, then next showers. So it means in and out with the washing!! Reading the blogs I know I'm not alone with this!!

Father's Day tomorrow and I am still lacking in male stamps! In addition it is my Dad's birthday tomorrow too. I have managed to make 2 cards and a cheesecake today. Cheesecakes are my favourite deserts at the moment, and they certainly are not for those that are calorie counting :-)

Card No1 is for John from the Kids. A really quick and easy card to do. And I have added a bit of DSP to the inside.

Card Stock: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red, Baja Breeze, Old Olive
DSP: Celebrations
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red and Old Olive
Stamp Set: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet
Punch: Star Extra Large

Card No2 is for Dad (not sure yet if birthday or Father's Day) and yes it has my newly discovered technique - brayering! I really must buy SU's Lovely as Tree set. In the meantime this tree is from my own stash.

Card Stock: Whisper White and Chocolate Chip
Ink: Pacific Point, Old Olive, Sahara Sand and Early Espresso
Sentiment from own stash

And this is an Oreo Cheesecake :-D

Have a lovely day with you are able to spend it with your Dad and loving thoughts to those that can't.

Thanks for stopping by

Monday, 13 June 2011


I did warn you that I got brayer happy yesterday, so I apologise for brayer overload! And I hope I can be forgiven for the lack of SU stamps on tonight's post!!

Leanne has fallen for these magical fairy and pixie stamps and I have to say I have too!!

I have used all SU ink and card stock. I love that different techniques give a different dimension to the colours.

Ink: Basic Black, Pacific Point, Concord Crush, Baja Breeze
Card Stock: Concord Crush, Basic Black & Whisper White
Dazzling Diamond Glitter

I am off to put my feet up after a full day at work then a 3 hour ironing marathon!! I shan't let the ironing pile get the big again.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Silhouette Sentiments & Brayer

What a miserable afternoon it is, but the gardens are well in need of a good downpour. Very pleased to report that the rain held off for Leanne and Christopher's birthday BBQ yesterday.

I mentioned the other day that Jean was making the cakes, well here they are with their respective recipients! Leanne was sooo excited when she saw hers. She made Jean's day as I know it kept her awake thinking of the design. What do you do for an inbetweener who has specific favourite colours? Then you do a very girly cake, with an Ipod.

Leanne will be 10 tomorrow! A decade has disappeared so fast!

Chris was easy - he plays the guitar, so a guitar cake it is. Chris was 18 on Thursday! 18!! now those years have really flown by.

Two fabulous cakes for two fabulous children (or one child and one young adult)!!

I have been out to a craft show today. I wasn't going to, but I did and spent more money than I intended. Now I have only been crafting for a short time, so am a little bit late picking up on techniques, but I have discovered braying and I can not stop!!!

Even went a little mad and did the inside!

Card stock: Perfect Plum, Basic Black & Whisper White
Ink: Melon Mambo and Perfect Plum
Stamp Set: Silhouette Sentiments

My neice popped round this afternoon and declared that the brayer would be perfect for layering up a tan!! Hhhmmm don't think I will be trying that one.

Hope you have enjoyed my first venture with this technique - there will be loads more to come.

Thanks for stopping by


Tuesday, 7 June 2011

18th Birthday

Hi there, thought I would blog tonight as have got a couple of very busy days ahead.

My wonderful son turns 18 on Thursday and I truly can not believe where the time has gone. One minute they are getting ready for Nursery school and the next they are sitting A Levels and preparing for University.

Not only does Chris turn 18 but Leanne will be 10 on Monday. Two birthdays very close together. To celebrate I'm organising a family BBQ at the weekend, so please all wish for a dry Saturday. I'm not asking for it to be hot, just keep the rain away!!

Shamefully my SU stash is very very limited on male stamps, I really must address this! So I had a raid of all my 12x12 papers and came across a rock star stack that I had forgot about. As Chris loves his music and plays bass guitar this is the card I came up with. Went for a grundgy look and did some distressing.

Card Stock: Early Espresso, Baja Breeze and Crumb Cake
SU Top Note Die
Stamp Set: After thoughts (level 1 hostess set)
Vintage Type Transfer
Paper: own stash
Spritzed with Early Espresso
SU Linen Thread

My wonderfully talented colleague Jean is making the birthday cakes and I can not wait to see them. They will be amazing!! Pop over to her blog and just see for yourselves the sugar craft that she creates!

Will be back after the weekend with photos and of course Leanne's card.

Take care and thanks for stopping by.


Sunday, 5 June 2011

Post Box with Big Shot

Hi there, how's your Sunday so far? Shame that the weather has held out for the weekend, but it isn't too unpleasant.

I have completed my biggest project to date. I was asked to make a post box for the forthcoming wedding of a really lovely customer. The theme was gold, cream and butterflies.

Now I have never made a post box before and was wondering what to use as a base, when inspiration came in the shape of an SU delivery. The box the items came in was the perfect shape and size!!

The box was covered using cream A2 sheets from a local supplier. Once I had the base sorted I set to making butterflies - lovely as they were just punched out, I ran them through the Big Shot and hey presto they had more depth and the gold card seemed to shine brighter. The vine was made using a corner flourish I bought absolutely ages ago, but could never get it to work in the previous die machine I had.

Claire saw the daisies (or are they Gerberias?) that I made with the Big Shot and we decided to use them too.

The tricky bit came when trying to figure out to fasten it all up, but with access for the cards without destroying it. I did use velcro adhesive fastners, but was worried it wasn't secure enough, so opted to get out the crop-a-dile and use a little bit of ribbon to tie it all together.

Fingers crossed that the weather is much improved for Claire's wedding next Saturday.

Thanks for stopping by