Sunday 28 November 2010

Christmas Decoration....

Evening peeps just got back from a gruelling day shopping at was packed, but I just couldn't find anything inspirational to buy for Christmas, I think its disappointing now that so many of the shops don't even bother with any festive decorations, so todays post is my alternative to Christmas cards for my family this year, the images, paper and frame are all from Crafty Individuals, I dipped the sides of the images in vintage glitter which I brought in the Netherlands earlier on in the year, the beaded fringe I made with pearls and metallic bronze beads. Poinsettis flowers are made using the Marianne die and the scrolls that I painted in bronze are from Sizzix.I added metal gilding to parts of the frame for a smidge more bling.


Tuesday Taggers......A decoration.
PaperTake.......use die cuts or a punched out shape.
Everybody Art.......Use shapes.
Creative, green and gold.
Crafty Creations.....Christmas.
C.R.A.F.T........Christmas present.

thanks for taking a peek

Friday 26 November 2010

Cuddly Buddly.....

Phew it was cold today at work today, in fact I've only just started to thaw out. Today its another fun challenge over at Cuddly Buddly and that means another whopping £20 gift certificate to spend on whatever you want......not only can you get CB cute images and papers but they also stock an amzing range of other goodies like the Tim Holtz range, melted art and Tattered Angels and with posage at just £1 its a great place to shop.  The challenge this week is to use the papers that Kim has kindly designed as a freebie to use on your project pop over to the freebie section and not only will you find the papers there but there is also another free section which also has lots of lovely images for you to try out....... My card is using one of the new digi stamps from the Christmas collection. I've coloured the image in with the usual H2o's and sakura pens.

other challenges
Crafty Creations......Christmas.
Fab n' Funky.....anything goes.
Polly Craft.....feeling blue.
Totally Gorjuss......non traditional colours Christams card.
Spoon full of Sugar......anything goes.
Stampin' B......Holiday card.
Paper Cutz......anything goes.
Totally Papercrafts......Un Traditional colours for christmas.
Fussy and without red and green.

Hope you are all keeping warm
hugs from Daniele

Wednesday 24 November 2010


Yesterday we went to a local garden centre, I took Ethan, Richard and my mum we went to see the Christams decorations and to go for lunch, Ethan was in awe of a snow scene with furry dogs in snow, he kept going back to stroke one of the dogs tails he came back to us clutching a polar bear he'd found  so my Mum decided to buy it for him as he was not about to put it back, all the way home he was singing nursery rhymes to it and kissing it, now Ethan thinks his polar bear is a dog and keeps saying ruff sweet.
 If you didn't know it, its Wednesday today and that can only mean one thing.....its Woyww and so you need to pop over to Julias to take a peek at all the other work desks around the blogging world......on my desk today I'm working on a Christamas ornament which I think will be my alternative christmas cards to my family this year, the paint I'm using is lovely and is only £2.50 a tube from LB Crafts.....the metallic paints are really shiny and cover really well, as you can see I've just finished painting some flourishes for the top of the frame. I thought I'd also show you the finished wall panel I did last week with the talented Lin, I was thrilled to bits with it, I loved all of the little panels that we did especially the first one as we got ot use metallic flakes that I'd never used before.......another item on my wish list.

my favourite panel using the metallic flakes

thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele

Monday 22 November 2010


Monday again.....gosh the weeks fly, guess its because we make every moment count if I'm not working, I'm usually having a crafting moment or catching up with a smidge of telly, so its off to work again soon, well in half an hour just time to post this card which is one I did in a class with Linda a couple of weeks ago, thought I'd be cheeky and enter it in Simon Says Stamp and Show as this week the challenge is distress inks, and being as that is all we used to create the card I thought it was apt...... I must admit doing a whole background is quite tiring on the arms especially building up the colours, but I'd not done cards using just inks to create backgrounds so I learnt alot. The stamps that we used are by B Line......gorgeous range of vintage stamps from L.B Crafts.

Have a good day

Sunday 21 November 2010

Compendium of Curiosities....

I seem to be getting later and later at entering these challenges, this weeks Compendium of Curiosities challenge is called Alcohol Ink Splatter, on page 52 so if you want to join in over to Lindas blog where all the details are as I'm sworn to secrecy about the technique. I'm getting into these inks now....I think, I'm certainly lovin' the effect when used on metal, so todays tag is using the softer shades....I've gone all The challenge at Tag Tuesday was to create a background with the minimum of embellishments , so I guess this fits the bill as well. Sunday Stamper this week has the theme of butterflies so pop over to Hels if you want to play, and apparently lots of butterflies together are called a Kaleidoscope of butterflies, so I guess the background for the tag fits in quite nicely. The butterfly stamp is from B Line, and the sentiment is a Paper Artsy Hot Picks stamp.

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Crafty Individuals......

Morning peeps I think Christmas has begun as it was quite busy at work yesterday, people buying lots of chocolate, must get my stash of Cherries in Liqueur  ready for the big day as they are sooooo yummy, and we usually sell out early......todays card features a crafty Individuals stamp, The corners were made using a Marianne die, which I distressed with Weathered wood and Brushed Corduroy, I then glimmer misted with irr. gold, the papers are called Bella Blue and are a delish range of blues and browns which is not my usual colour choice but I love the vintage feel to them.


Tuesday Taggers.......use the words either Peace, Love or Joy.
Gingersnap Creations......Stitching.
Theme Thursday.....Faces.
Colour create.....use shades of duck egg blue, seafoam and creams

Rainbow lady challenge.......use an edge punch or die
 Have a great Sunday
off to play some more

Friday 19 November 2010

Christening card.....

Phew had a tiring but enjoyable day yesterday at Olney, it was the last class that I have booked this year and it was a metal art one which I was thrilled to bits with the finished piece but will have to wait until I have a day off to photograph it as its all metal and won't photograph so well with a flash. My sis. asked me to make a christening card for her, the name of the baby that is getting christened is cute is that! So I decided to do an Easel card for her using the lovely stamp from Lili of the Valley, I used Sakura pens and distress inks to colour the image with star dust stickles for bling on the stitching and dress. The papers are from Papermania and the flowers are Wild Orchid craft roses.


Lili of the Valley........Glitter and Glitz.
Crafty Creations.....Decorate the inside of the card.
Simon Says.......Sparkle.
Spoonfull of Sugar......Distressing.
Thanks for taking a peek

Wednesday 17 November 2010


Morning fellow woyww'ers another week and another Wednesday so its time to visit Julias, before you know it it'll be Christmas, the weeks just fly by,we've gone back to wind and rain is forecast today, we're sure getting a mixed bag of weather this week. Yesterday I took Ethan to Jam Jam Boomerang which is a soft play area with slides, he ran us all ragged, mind you I got to go down the big slide with him......not sure if I go for him or myself so I can be a big kid again, mind you squeezing through all the openings and ropes etc is kinda hard......think its time to loose weight. On my desk today is a card I made last night with delish papers called Bella Blue, I love the card thats in this months Craft Stamper magazine using these papers. The brown box with drawers in which contain my pearls and gem embellishments originally contained chocolates, the box is perfect for storing lots of bits n bobs the only problem is every time you open the drawers there is an aroma of chocolate.....hmmm yum yum. By the way I didn't eat all of the chocolates just to have the drawers it was a display box from work.

Have a good day

Tuesday 16 November 2010


Todays post is by my daughter, I had a few jobs planned on Sunday but she was fed up and decided to come round so I could show her how to do a distressed scene as a background, actually I'd not done one before so it was a kinda trial for both of us.......used Dusty Concord and Weathered wood, the deer was embossed in clear and the trees were embossed with a sprinkle of white, love the dinky snowflake stamp that I got from the nec......sooooooo sweet. I had to smile though she brought me the metal sentiments round as she didn't know how to attach them, after setting it with the cropodile she took them back home.....and helped herself to more bits n' pieces.....thats kids for you.

Totally Papercrafts......Purple and black.
Oh La La......Rudolph the red nosed reindeer.
Stamp with Fun.....square card.
Simon Says stamp and show.....what ever makes you smile(distress inks, colour purple and peace and quiet)

Thanks for taking a peek
I'm sure my daughter will be thrilled if you leave a comment

Sunday 14 November 2010


This is a tag I've made featuring sewing......this week at Gingersnaps the theme is Sewing Notions, the scissors I embossed in gold, they are chipboard from Maya Road. The minature sewing thread card is from the Craft Stamper magazine in their download section,I reduced the image down in size for a more minature look, the main image is from Cherry Pie stamps which I stamped onto distressed calico and then embossed in of the image came out in gold which gives it a more vintage look. The background of the tag is stamped using a tape measure stamp from B Line and a Tim Holtz stamp.


Gingersnap Creations.........Sewing notions.
Crafty Creations......Use buttons
Drunken Stampers......Sewing

Thanks for taking a peek
Oldie but a Goodie..........Distressing.

Brr....its cold outside..

Morning peeps winter is definately on its way as its quite cold again this morning but at least the wind and rain have died down, so I thought I'd post a Christmas card for todays challenges......Vintage snowman, well the colours are as you can't have vintage snowmen as they, I've kept to traditional colours but they are more muted for a vintage feel. Coloured with watercolour promarkers, sakura pens, and distress inks and blinged with glamour dust and stickles. The image is from Crafty Sentiments.
Well off to do the irioning now and colour my hair later to get rid of the badger look, I keep threatening to go grey all over as its a pain keep colouring every few weeks but my kids have said no !!!so here comes the Frosted Brown least the colour sounds


Totally Gorjuss....traditional christmas colours.
Sweet Stampin'......Snowflakes.
Crazy 4 Challenges......Christmas.
Secret Crafter....Sparkle and shine.
Stampavie...use a tag.
The Crafty Pad......Christmas Sparkle.

Thanks for taking a peep and your
comments are very much appreciated.
hugs x

Friday 12 November 2010

Cuddly Buddly Challenge....

Today sees the start of a new challenge blog over at Cuddly Buddly.....join us in our fortnightly challenges, todays challenge is for a traditional coloured Christmas card, I've used one of the digital stamps featuring the cute mice called Ding Dong Merrily I have coloured the image with h20's and Sakura pens, after completing the colouring and adding stickles for the glittery effect I embossed the whole of the image in holographic embossing doing this you get a lovely glittery effect. The holly punch is from Martha Stewart, and the holly stamp is from The twelve days of Christmas collection. Hope you'll take the time and check out the other design teams cards over at the blog and don't forget you have to use a Cuddly Buddly stamp or digi image and there are plenty of free ones to use from the freebie section so what are you waiting for .....join in the fun. The prize for this challenge is a £20 gift certificate to spend at Cuddly Buddly....don't forget they stock lots of other goodies too including Tim Holtz, Tattered Angels, Spellbinders to name but a few......Good Luck!!

The papers are from The Toby Tumble collection again a digi download.

Other cahllenges
Cute Card Thursday......anything goes.
Lili of the Valley......anything goes and a blog hop.
ABC Challenge.....H for holiday (Christmas).
Allsorts....twas the night before Christmas.
........not a creature was stirring not even a mouse.
Stamp Something.....use a digi stamp
If the shoe fits.....make your own embellishments.

Thanks for taking a peek
and if you leave a comment
many thanks
hugs from Daniele x

Wednesday 10 November 2010


Morning fellow woyww'ers I missed last week.....rather a blur I'm afraid, I thought I'd share with you the project that I did in the Melt Art Class that I went to at LB Crafts last week with the super talented Lin.....I don't know how she keeps coming up with her gorgeous ideas, but thank god she does as I loved this class.I've never done Beeswax or Melt art before but I'm sure gonna have another go after this. Its fun making lots of little projects using different techniques.....they look great in this printers tray if I do say so myself. If you're new to woyww...pop over to Julias and be amazed by all the work desks.

Have a great day everyone
hugs from Daniele

Tuesday 9 November 2010

Compendium of Curiosities....

Its seems ages since I last blogged but I've had a whirlwind of a crafting weekend, sorry for not posting any pics but now its dark in the mornings and evenings when I get home ,I have to wait for my day off work to take any half decent pictures, I think I may have to make a light box. This weeks challenge at Compendium of Curiosities is Perfect Distress....turn to page 38 for the deets, at least we're not doing anything extreme this week, I think I may have to have another go at this as I was a little heavy handed with the spritzing....well you learn by your mistakes as they say....I have photographed the card  this evening, so the photo is not too good but  I didn't want to wait till Thursday when its my day off again. The stamp is one of my favourite Tim Holtz christmas stamps, I've sprinkled it with silver embossing powder, I used Old Paper, Chipped Saphire, Tea dye and Broken China distress inks.I used an image from Crafty Individuals for the bottle top, I covered the image with glossy accents and sprinkled silver glitter on the top before it dried.......


Compendium of Curiosities.....Perfect distress, main tag and sentiment tag done with the technique.
Simon says Stamp and Show......favourite Tim Holtz Tag.
Crafty Calendar....Winter theme, snowflakes.
Crazy 4 Challenges......square card.
Drunken Stampers.....use punches (snowflakes).
Paper Sundaes.....Let it snow.
Sunday Stampers....winter.
Spoon full of Sugar....Snowflakes

Thanks for taking a peek
hugs from Daniele

Saturday 6 November 2010

Gingersnap ......blast from the past

Evening peeps a couple of weeks ago Ali from Gingersnap Creations Challenege asked myself and Annette to join her again with a blast from the past....the challenge is to follow a tutorial from Jo Capper- Sandon on string wrapping as a background twist to the theme was to use mohair wool instead of string and I used a couple of shades of Glimmer Mist instead of paint as I wanted a frosty look for the background, the image was sprinkled with embossing powder for a smidge of colour.The snowflakes are acetate covered in glamour dust and I used a Marianne die.


ABC Christmas....W for winter wonderland.
Sir Stampalot.....Christmas Traditions.
 Thanks for taking a peek

Compendium of Curiosities.....

Well I've had two days of classes at LB Crafts with the lovely Lin and Linda, doing a melt art and Beeswax class and a B Line stamp class, I'm pooped driving there and back for two days but it was soooooo worth it, I'm in love with beeswax now so hubby said he'd ask Santa to get me a Melt Pot for Christmas but only if I'm not on the naughty list......better start behaving. This weeks challenge at Compendium of Curiosities run by the ever so talented Linda (there's alot of crafting Lindas) Industrial Grunge on page 54, so I went for technique rather than Industrial.......the image is from crafty Individuals.I added distress rock candy stickles for vintage bling.

Compendium of curiosities......Industrial Grunge.
Stamp with fun.....all that can fly.
Simon says stamp and show.......shabby chic.
Three time.
Gingersnap Creations......haute Couture.
Flutterby.......Open theme., you get to choose.

Thanks for taking a peek
and if you leave a comment......Thank you very much

Thursday 4 November 2010

Cuddly Buddly at the NEC.....

Kims mum and sister have done a great job transforming their stand in readiness for the show at the Nec that starts today.......I was thrilled to see my cards displayed on the wall along with all the other team members if you click here you can see the pictures showing their progress. Kims mum Kath who is 73 worked a miracle transorming the stand with her daughter. I've got to wait until Sunday to visit as I'm off to Olney for 2 days of classes with Lin and Linda, so I've got to go to work today so that I can have the time off.....small sacrifice. I just hope that they have some of those cute Toby Tumble stamps left as they are released on sale  today along with the Spring collection that I've been working on....will post piccies later.

Just Inspirational.....

Morning peeps, well today is Thursday which can only mean ....another challenge at Just Inspirational, not so many entries last week but I'm sure that this weeks theme will get you thinking......Bonfire/Fireworks. Now I must admit I thought prbably like you I don't have any stamps to do with fireworks....but after scratching my head and using some printed sales material from  the shop I came up with this, I must admit my son did the sentiment for me as he wanted to show off cos hes a whizz on the computer and I'm definately not. If your're having  a bonfire party this safe. the  background was embossed with a star folder and glitter added for bling.

C.R.A.F.T.....dry embossing

Have a great day
hugs from Daniele

Tuesday 2 November 2010

New Challenge.......

Morning peeps thought I'd share with you the exciting news that Cuddly Buddly are going to be starting a new challenge site via their blog, so not only can you keep up with all the news you will be able to enter challenges every fortnight and if thats not enough there will be great prizes along the way......The first challenge starts on Friday November 12th, if you want to keep up to date and follow on the blog click HERE and you will be transported to the blog where there is  awesome candy waiting for one lucky person  to win this month........3 Toby Tumble stamps hot off the great is that, as you can probably tell from my previous postings I'm totally smitten, so todays card features another one of the delightful images from Czes Pachela.


Pollycraft....its chill time.
Crafty Cardmakers....stitching real or faux.
Crafty Pad.......Stitching real or faux.
Die cut Dreams Christmas Club.......use a digital image.
One stopCraft....anything goes.
Totally Papercrafts....bling it on.
Moving along the times....card for a child.
Teddy theme.
Spoon full of Sugar.....lots of embellies.
Everybody Art.....Untraditional Christmas.

Thanks for taking a peek
your comments mean so much...Thankyou
hugs from Daniele

Monday 1 November 2010


Wow what a lovely email I had when I got home from work today......I had been picked as the winner in The Crafty Individuals hand bag mirror holder had to use some Crafty Individuals products in the finished piece which wasn't that hard to do as they have so many lovely papers and images. I used Terra and viva metallic paints for the front, the inside was a collage of some of their images, the little flowers were made from the left over background images of the butterfly. The back of the holder was made using tissue stamped with a swirl stamp over a floral image, I then added gilding for highlights.

Artistic Stamper......something hidden.

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