Sunday, 31 August 2008


Leonies Fab Friday #18 - Punch Power

This gave me the chance to sort through my punches and Sizzix dies, but I couldn't get them back in the drawer!!

I once went to an ATC-making afternoon at Cardcraft Plus in Preston where the theme that day was punches. I just couldn't get on with using them to make something meaningful. This challenge has been the same. I seem to have a mental block when it comes to design. Anyway, not one to be beaten, I gave it a go.

I used a corner punch on 2 of the corners and then 3 different sizes of 3 designs of butterflies, punching 3 each. Must be a good number this 3. Drat! I should have punched 3 corners aswell. I used glossy accents to stick the vellum butterflies to the hammered card before putting little gems on each. The rub on is one from a collection of Anna Griffin.

Can't really say I had fun with this one, but I did have fun trying to put everything away again.

P.S. Happy birthday Leonie.

Sunday, 24 August 2008


Some of us are unhappy at the thought of being another year older, but Toby adds 4 years to his age each year for the next 2 years.

In cat years he is 18, but in human years he is 89 today.

A little spring chicken no less.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008


I had a good day today.

My lovely Toby has been quite settled after his steroid jab yesterday so I took advantage and went into my workroom and 'dabbled' with a few Tim Holtz alcohol inks to make some backgrounds for a couple of ATCs plus, after watching Leonie on QVC, I made one with UTEE, both, also with my new Creative Impressions stamp OASIS1107I, which is a gorgeous mystical lady stamp.

I had fun again - going to be my crafting saying.

Saturday, 16 August 2008


Fab Friday #17 - Flower Chains

I used Leonie's idea of acrylic paints for the background, which has worked quite well. Also, the distress inked edges add a nice effect.

Silicone glue is a bit tricky for such small items but so long as you don't look too closely it works ok.

I didn't use any free hand words or doodles on this one. Do you think it needs something else?

Friday, 15 August 2008


Leonie's Fab Friday challenge #17 - Flower Chains

I tried to emulate Leonie's example this week in order to get to grips with the techniques. A couple of them have eluded me but when I have a go at my proper card, I will try them again. I think this little girl is the original Pears soap girl - if my memory is correct. Oh heck, I even remember wearing a liberty bodice with rubber buttons - just like hers!!!

Thursday, 14 August 2008


Does Toby know how to get comfy or what?!!

I've been having fun with some Art Deco papers. If you are interested have a look at my Flickr.

Friday, 8 August 2008


Please check out my Flickr. I've added a few more pics.


Leonies Fab Friday #16 - Highlights

I managed to buy 3 of the paint sprays, 2 rubber stamps and 2 stencils at the weekend so here goes.

Using the Quince paint, I sprayed the background of 2 pre-cut ATCs. For 'mystical' I used a brush to colour through part of a stencil using Amber Clay chalk inkpad then for 'imagine' I quickly put the other ATC on top of the stencil to pick up the residue giving a subtle reversed image. I then used Brilliance ink Coffee Bean to stamp the lady onto both ATCs and some cream card. I cut out her face from the cream card and 3D foamed it to the main card. A bit of green for her eyes and red for her lips finished it off. I used the same ink for the word. The bit I had left after cutting out he face made the other ATCs' hair which I stuck down round her face and then used 3D foam to lift the edges. The word is made using a Dymo.

I loved doing this so guess what I shall be up to this weekend?

Thursday, 7 August 2008


Leonie's ATC Book: As soon as I knew about this book, I ordered mine from Topaz.

Book Signing: Leonie went to Topaz and had a book signing day - whoopee - got mine signed.

So Excited: How can I use it now that Leonie has signed it? I know I'll buy another, which I did.

ATC Friend: Leonie had another book signing day at Topaz, so I took my 2nd book and asked her to sign it for

my ATC club friend. Fab. but - I'm back to one book again.

ATC Kit: I know, I'll buy one of Leonie's ATC kits to make up. BUT - it's so gorgeous I can't bear to use it!!


Saturday, 2 August 2008


When I sent a pack of ATCs to Leonie's club some months ago little did I know that commenting on a beautiful pink spirelli ATC I received in return would lead to meeting a lovely lady plus creating what is now a firm friendship.

Not only do we email each other almost daily, but we have exchanged greetings cards, spoken on the phone, exchanged more ATCs, and better than anything, we actually met on 30 June when I went down south on holiday for 6 weeks. We both share the feeling that we have known each other all our lives. How special is that!

Without Leonie's ATC club, this friendship would never have happened.

So Leonie, from both Sylvia and me (Joanne) - THANK YOU very much.