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