Monday, 24 June 2013


I had a snippet of my embossed water droplets card left, and was racking my brains how to use it. Then I remembered this lovely sea shells set from Crafty individuals! And an off cut of 'wavy' paper from a First Edition pad.

You can just about see the droplets behind the seahorses. The original plan was to have just the seahorses, but then I decided to add a few seashells, so raided the white card snippets, stamped, coloured & cut out. 

Then I decided that I needed a second panel with a verse, and then more seashells!  Then I decided they needed to be glazed with Glossy Accents. So what was to be a quick snippets make ended up taking most of an afternoon lol!

Linking this to Pixies Snippets playground cos I used a ton of snippets!

Thanks for stopping by

Debs x

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Ryn Tanaka Droplets stamp

I just had to show you the effects you can achieve with this amazing stamp!

The background behind my little hedgie (Hobby Art) is stamped with Versamark and embossed with WOW Blue pearl embossing powder, which gives this gorgeous 2-tone water effect! 

The papers are from a discontinued Dovecraft set 'Back to Basics II' - I picked up a set if 12x12 with matching buttons & gems for £2.99 at the NEC in feb. 

With mahoosive thanks to Di at Pixies Snippets  Playground, where I won the Ryn Tanaka droplets stamp, and as I used so many snippets, I'll enter this in the playground too!

Thanks for stopping by

Debs xx

Friday, 14 June 2013

Steampunk snippets!

This card came about following a Cuttlebug 'how to' class that I ran earlier this year, and the card is featured in this months (July) Making Cards magazine.

In the class I demonstrated how to squash & cut loo roll tubes to get great cheap'Kraft Kard' - check out the large cogs. Also brown parcel wrapping paper - check out the embossed centre panel. And finally, used drinks cans - the silver embossed butterfly, and the silver and black cogs (can of  Guinness, anyone ;-))

Scraps of black card, embossed, torn and brushed with metallic mica powders. And the card was finished with a few flourish and butterfly die cuts from black card & parcel paper, and a few screw top brads with legs chopped off.  In fact, the only bit of this card that came from 'proper' stash is the printed background, also artfully torn  lol!! 

Cos of all the household bits n bobs used, I'm linking this to Pixies Snippets playground

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend

Debs xx

Wednesday, 12 June 2013


This was my desk this morning, part way thru some landscapes in prep for a future class. Then I remembered a sample I'd seen at a recent show, I think it was the Lavinia Stamps stand, and a set of stamps from inkylicious that I've been wanting to play with, and I saw Deb Pen Pot use at the Crop ......

I love this image! Background blended with Inkylicious duster brushes using Spun  Sugar, Tumbled Glass, dusty Concord, and Black Soot Distress inks. Stamped in black soot & dusty concord, then added glitter with quickie glue pen. Then......the Tesco delivery man rang the doorbell & I spilled the glitter !!

Off to link this to Julia's WOYWW desk hop and will spend the next few days (ok, all week!!) visiting other crafters around the globe - see previous post for WOYWW crop homework sketch card!

Thanks for all the kind thoughts about my poorly knee - wearing a knee brace for now, waiting for referral to Ortho specialist. GP thinks maybe cartilage damaged :-(

Thanks for stopping by

Debs xx

Monday, 10 June 2013

Crop homework

This card is made from a kit included in the goody bag from the WOYWW crop - finally got around to making something with it!

The kit included a sketch, the card blank, snippet of pink & black paper & buttons. I made the backing paper from a scrap of cream hammered paper that matched the card. I stamped the background with brushed corduroy & Victorian velvet distress inks using a script stamp & Papermania urban stamps I picked up ages ago in the sale and this is first time I've used them - they're fab! 

And I couldn't resist adding yet more of the lovely Tattered florals (obsessed, Moi???!) from Shaz, plus a few card candi. 

Entering this in Pixies Snippets challenge, where last week I won the fabulous Water droplets stamp - cant wait to play with that when it arrives!!

Thanks for stopping by

Debs x

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Thank you cards


These were made as Thank You cards for the lovely Julia and Jan for organising the crop on Saturday - should be safe to post now assuming mr postie has delivered on Time!

They were made using leftovers from various K&Co papers, the lovely Tattered Florals that were a gift from Shaz, and my HOTP layering Tool Kit. - great fun! The butterfly in the first pic was found languishing at the bottom of a box, from another K&Co kit (I am rather partial!!)  On the second card, I didn't have quite enough of the teal to make a full size layer as all the pieces were pre-creased down the centre from a previous class, so I had to improvise, and made a border, then there wasn't quite enough of the floral layer, so had to make the top layer shorter than the base layer, and hide the crease with a judicious butterfly, but it looks ok I think

Linking them to Pixies Snippets Playground  cos of copious use of leftovers, snippets and rummage bitz!

Thanks ladies, I had a ball at the Crop!!

Debs x

Wednesday, 5 June 2013


So this is my desk today, on the left a pile of roses & leaves made of air dry clay & painted with cosmic shimmer watercolours. Hiding (not very well!) behind the spotty caddy is my latest DT project using the lovely Beautiful Shoes stamps from Katy Sue & some shrink plastic. And on my cutting mat the project that will use the clay flowers. 

And the WOYWW crop....oh my! (See Mondays post for details) What a great time was had by all. I didn't get much crafting done but had a ball just the same :-) Met lots of lovely deskers and brought home this lovely pile of goodies.....

And a close up of those gorgeous ATC's....

And finally...... The Mötley Crop Crew in all their glory :-)) (Thanks to Gordon Mr LLJ for the fab pics)

Thanks to Julia the keeper of the desks, and Lunch Lady Jan for a lovely day out, I will be linking to Julia's Stamping Ground and travelling the world of desks over the next few days 

PS - for those who asked about the HOTP layering tools you can find them here - there are 2 different sets imaginatively title set 1 and set 2!! 

thanks for stopping by
Debs xx

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Snippets and HOTP layering tools

So this is another snippets make using the lovely tattered florals donated by Shaz - this one uses some leftovers from the Sweet Owl collection by First Edition, and the new Design Tool Kit from Hot off The Press (available here)   - didn't think I would use this as I love my Cuttlebug and dies, but as I have been crafting on my lap, they have been invaluable! Covered the back of the card in a sheet that had a small shape die cut form it, and managed to cover that with the stripey off cut, shaped and cut out using the layering Tool Kit.  butterflies and tag also from snippets using the layering Tool Kit, and the wispy bits are the tiny trimmings from the backing sheet, curled over my scissors - I really like this look, so there will be more of these loL!

this is my second entry in the Snippets challenge this week - I am in love with both sets of stamps on offer, so will be making a third entry too!!

Thanks for stopping by

Debs x

Monday, 3 June 2013


What a lovely day it was on Saturday - meeting up with so many WOYWW'ers! Thanks so much to Julia and Jan for organising the day - I didn't get much crafting done - but a lot of laughing and chatting :-)

I got to meet so many people - apologies if I didn't get a chance to chat with you -there  just weren't enough hours lol!! I saw Mary Anne's beautiful quilts, Zoe's amazing colouring (she's way too modest!) Saw Debs cute kitten with wool card - great idea! Made a button stem for mortis bouquet, found out Janet lives just down the road (coffee & cake soon!) met the famous Fergus who takes Hettie everywhere :-) Showed Dolores how to make air clay roses, cut myself some die cuts (with a lot of help from Julia!!) and received some lovely ready cut tattered florals from the amazingly generous Shaz - they must have taken ages to cut so many! Saw Helen's beautiful journal and so much more......!

And we ate loads, laughed loads, made some money for a good cause and returned home absolutely shattered .-)) thanks to everyone who helped me with the mobility issues - hopefully next time we get together I will be able to walk, talk and hold a plate - oooh such a goal to have lol!!!

The lovely tattered florals from Shaz inspired me, and took Janet's advice and  gathered lots of goodies together to be carted downstairs. Spent a happy few hours crafting on my lap tray with the die cuts whilst also using up snippets to create this.....the wispy bits around the flower are the teeny little strips cut off from the backing panel to fit the card, then curled with the edge of the scissors and glued under the flower with the amazing 'glues anything' Pinflair :-)

Then I had a load of teeny snippets left from that one, so I made this one with leftover snippets from my snippets make! Still with me?? I glued the triangles cut from the ends of the banner strips on the previous card to the flower petals - was quite chuffed with the resulting co-ordinated flower! So I am entering them in Pixies Playground Snippets 

Ok, this post is way too long, and I have work to do, but have more snippets makes to share later in the week :-)

Happy crafting
Debs xx