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Take A Wreath…

Hi! Sorry I’ve been missing. End of term is such a hectic time and I’ve had to make a LOT of teachers gifts. This is a post about taking a Christmas stamp set and transforming it for everyday use. Here’s my starting set 

 It’s for the Make The Day Special Stamp Store monthly challenge– use a Christmas set for a non-Christmas card. Do join in, there are vouchers for the store to win! 

So I took the littlest wreath bit and stamped 

I stamped it in some distress ink. Then added some central colour using a small circular stamp in the set. I started pulling out colour from the first stamping with a waterbrush.

Keep pulling out colour and add some colour around the edges using Artiste markers. Stamp out some leaves using the smaller wreath bits. Keep adding colour and you’ll end up with something like this.   Not a Christmas image in sight. 
I’ll be back sooner, now I’ve got so much more time on my hands ­čśë.

Happy Weekend !


July 17, 2015 at 7:08 pm 6 comments

Origami Birds & Encouraging Words


Hi! Hope you’re all ok on this blisteringly hot day. I’ve gone a little calm and gentle today using the set Encouraging Words from WPlus9 

 See the birds? Well they’re mountains to start off with. Third mountain down- flip it upside down, stamp it, then ink the fatter end and stamp onto the ‘bird’ at a 90 degree angle.  

But maybe you just want to stamp it simply?  I’ve stamped over vellum after creating a distressed ink background by sponging into a circle aperture. Things are pretty busy here- preparing for a new school for my eldest boy and new uniforms for at least 4 of them. 

I do dread the shopping- it’s the debate whether you’re organised and get it sooner and hope they don’t grow or you hold out and join the 100s of other parents at the last dash!

I just need a personal shopper…amongst other’s a list of my favourite ‘wouldn’t that be lovely’s’

1. A picker-upper of all the toilet roll middles.

2. A scraper-downer of all the plates with the little ( or large) leftovers

3. A school-run clone. A happier version of myself who delights in the 2-3 hours of a daily school run and is always perfectly able to soothe ruffled tempers and calm jangled nerves!

4. A sock picker-upper and matcher. Where do they go? How do I lose so many and why can I rarely find all matching pairs. In the winter, vaguely matching socks aren’t an issue- but once summer comes and shorts and donned, it’s perfectly obvious which children aren’t wearing the correct sock partners!

5. A dish-washer scum remover ..’nuff said.

6. Definitely a toilet cleanser person. 

7. A pooper-scooper lady. 

Is my list excessive? Let’s not begin with the ironing, kitchen floor, revision help, homework supporter or change the bedclothes-er ­čśë

What would be the one task you’d like someone else to do?!

June 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm 4 comments

Kitty Love!


 Hi! Hope your Tuesday is going well. I’ve some puurrfectly formed little kitties to show you today.  

You would be forgiven for wondering where the hula hoops are in this set.. you’ve not seen them before? Check out the set… 

 See the hoop? It’s the mat!

People ask sometimes how to have ideas that are different from the norm. The secret?

Look at the set in a broad way.

Don’t try and match up the different elements initially; i.e. the mat is for the cats to go on top of.. simply look at the shapes. When I saw the elongated oval…I thought ‘hula hoop’!

Obviously, she is a smart kitty to hula 3 at once, so the sentiment fits perfectly.

Now, as the cats are unmarked, it’s easy to change them… add in new colours of alcohol marker and a little fun with a blending pen and the cat looks so different.  

 See the splat.. It’s from Waltzingmouse stamps. 

 plus some of the gorgeous Silver Deco Foil 

I’ve simply added mats at unusual angles and made sure there was enough of the grey card touching the ground so the card remained balanced. I also added some eyelashes and slight lips to the mouth with a fine liner so it creates a female kitty! 

  Add sequins onto both cards to complete them. 

Two very different ways to use the same cat stamp- without even touching the extras that go to create cute scenes for the cats.

I’ve picked this set as there are enough to go around. I’ll leave the pampered pets alone for a week or two!

Which pets would you like to see in a stamp set?

Better go now, I’m actually really allergic to cats…I feel a sneeze coming on ­čśë

Keren xx

May 26, 2015 at 8:42 am 9 comments

More Stamping Contrasts- Die Cutting


I promise you’ll have a break from me for a day or two! Just needed to post the last Stamping Contrast from Make The Day Special Stamp Store blog. The lovely Julia Altermann who is a real fun and talented teamie produced a gorgeous misted,layered and embossed creation here.

We were playing around with the Fresh Cut Florals set and matching dies 

I always like to try and do things differently- this one was a labour of love. Over 40 little leaf diecuts. I saw the leaves and immediately thought they’d be wonderful petals. 

I drew a circle onto some card and starting with the darker colours stamped each of the matching die cut pieces with ink and the matching lead vein too.

Amazing how by using non leaf colours, it’s hard to tell they were originally leaves! After bending each petal and sticking them around the pencilled circle, I added the previous layer’s colour as the colour for the next vein and just gradually added each layer of leaves. 

Once filled in I added a flower as the centre and then traced around the edges of the petals and cut out leaving a straight central piece.

I die cut the ‘happy’ twice, mimicking the flower stem as one was cut in green and used as a shadow. I then mounted it on an acetate tent base and added washi tape to accent the edges.

By using grey ( it’s even a Christmas tree tape, but you’d never know) it doesn’t detract from the flower but still gives the edges a little grounding.    

Finish with a green swirly dashed line to add movement and it’s done!

I loved this challenge – and it seems lots of the blog readers have too. If you’ve been inspired by any of the contrasts, there’s a linky and there’s even a chance of a small prize too!

Better let you enjoy your weekend!

See you next week.. xx

April 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm 7 comments

Dazzling Diva’s Challenge #71


Post no.2.

Hope I’m not clogging up your feeds! Dazzling Diva challenge today from Add A Little Dazzle

I went literal again…focussed on those gorgeous peaches! 

But what’s a girl to do when she has no peaches? ….use BALLOONS!

See the round balloons? I just stamped them in a light orange, trimmed around cutting the balloon knot off and then using the little white area as the indentation at the top of the peach!  Add in the colours of peaches using some Copics and then add in the metal! 



The blue looks great as leaves when contrasted with the orange and I’ve used the Trio of Happy dies for the sentiment in the Princess Pink metal.


Want to have a go? No metal required. Just create using the photo as inspiration and a $15 voucher for the store could be winging its way to you. You’ve a week to enter..what are you waiting for?!!! 



Hope you’re all having a lovely wet and dreary day like me!! I’ll be back soon with a tale of the missing glasses! 



April 15, 2015 at 3:03 pm 4 comments

Dazzling Divas #66


Hi! Wednesday means challenge day. It’s a case of creating using the mood board. My eyes were drawn to the wellies and the watering can and here’s what I came up with´╗┐

I’ve simply drawn a watering can shape, cut it out of Brushed Copper ´╗┐


It’s easy to add dimension- I just used an embossing tool to push out and mark. I added 3D foam pads underneath to keep the dimension. 

I’ve used the WPlus9 set Fresh Cut Florals´╗┐


´╗┐´╗┐A simple and restful card! ´╗┐


Do join in here and win some of these gorgeous sheets. Just post a project using the mood board to create a card ( or something else!!)

Will see you tomorrow with an unusual card !

Keren xx

March 11, 2015 at 3:06 pm 9 comments

Diva Challenge #61

challenge61Brrr. It’s a freezing Wednesday and the challenge is a photo inspiration- I’ve gone a vague Valentine 5
I thought I might show you how easy it is to do embossing without a die-cutting machine. First I made a template that was supposed to be mittens but looked rather like Oven Gloves ­čśë Cut them out after tracing onto the metal.
photo 1
Next, lay them onto the embossing folder, close the folder and use a rolling pin with plenty of pressure!
photo 2
And..ta-daah.. perfectly embossed metal with no equipment!
photo 3
The stamps are all from WPlus9 -stamped in London Fog (Memento) and Pale Tomato (Hero Arts)To create the little heart I added glue to some Lawn Fawn twine and held it in the heart shape until it dries. I’ve added some Scarlet Red hearts with the Wondrous White mittens.

wondrous white

photo 4
The challenge is easy to join with- and you don’t need to use metal either challengepicJoin in here- you’ve one week to join in and there’s a voucher for the store to be won as usual.

Wishing I had a pair of mittens to wear to the school run today!

I’m also joining in with the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge…H is for ( Hearts- obviously!!)

See you tomorrow xx


February 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm 14 comments

Add A Little Dazzle Diva Challenge #49

#49Hi! This week’s┬áChallenge photo is simply an inspirational photo. Do with it what you will! I went a little ‘left field’.

I went with a couple of colours- the gold and the green. I loved the different textures so added them by way of the textured tag. I wanted to make the tag part of the design so die-cut the words out of the tag to make the design more seamless.

The metal is by way of die-cut tiny stars. It’s a real mix of products. The stars are from Mama Elephant. The happy die is from Wplus9 (Trio of Happy dies), the tag die is from Avery Elle (Gift Tag Elle-ments).

First, cut out the word from the base card, add watercolour around the letters, and then stuck the word back into the aperture except securing it with some Sweater Weather paper (Lawn Fawn) & adding some Green Sparkle twine (Lawn Fawn too).

The Golden Glimmer metal can be found here

Golden Glimmer

If you’d like to join in with this week’s challenge just post a link to your blog post here. If you don’t have a blog, just link up via Flickr or other online gallery with the tag DIVA#49. You could win $15 to spend in store. Do check out what the teamies have created- I love how we all go in such varied directions with the same inspiration.

See you soon xx

October 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm 6 comments

Technique Challenge at Make The Day Special Stamp Store

Hey! It’s one post and then another later!

Today, I’m posting over in the Challenge post from┬áMake the Day Special Stamp Store.┬áThe challenge this month is to try a new technique or one that you’ve not done in a while.┬áI had a go at this technique a couple of years ago and haven’t tried it since!

I must say, having done it with different stamps, I’ll┬ábe using this again, and in fact have┬áa project half done using this very technique.

It’s called the Stained Mosaic technique and you can see where I learned about it here at Splitcoast Stampers
Frustratingly, I haven’t got any step-by-steps, despite being sure I took them. I have one- but it’s not much use. In a nutshell, you make the equivalent of stampers crazy paving using rubber stamp offcuts- the best ones are a red rubber stamp that has the outside to trim off or Stampin’Up! sets used to leave the rubber on the outside. I’ll check whether the Unity ones have any spare rubber. Simply cut the flat plain rubber into shapes, mostly triangles and odd shapes. Push all of these onto an acrylic (make sure it’s clean or they WILL fall off!). I’ve resorted to putting Versamark onto the block sometimes to help give a little suction. If you were desperate, a bit of Pritt sitck would work too.

Once you’ve stamped your image and coloured it (I used the WPlus9 Woodland Wreaths set), you make this ‘crazy paving’ with stamp leftovers bigger than the size of your image. Then gently ink with Versamark…GENTLY or you’ll pull them off as you take the inkpad off the rubber (yep, lost count of the times it did that).

Next, stamp over your coloured image and add clear embossing powder. Heat to set. At this point you’ll have an unusual shiny image.

Now, add ink. I blended Distress ink into the area, adding as much or as little as you need. The tutorial by Beate Johns shows using black- I didn’t want it that heavy, although Peacock Feathers looks gorgeous over this wreath image too.


Once you’ve the level of colour you want, buff with some kitchen towel and then decorate to your hearts content. You have to give it a go- it’s a ton of fun!

Check out the challenge and join in- there’s a ┬ú15 voucher for the store up for grabs.

Gotta dash- back with another post tomorrow and bit more of the usual non-newsy news!!


October 8, 2014 at 1:37 pm 2 comments

Speed Craft Challenge 3 & Really?

SSC-badge-01Hi! How are you all this dark and murky Thursday. We’ve been busy- that is the group of girls playing along with Speed Craft Challenge & set up a blog for the challenge here-It’s simply called . Due to the fact I have severely limited connection (aka my phone)- I’ve not been able to complete an Inlinkz link- but bear with us- we should have one up soon.┬á In the meanwhile, if you fancy joining in, you can always leave a link in the comment.

Do go visit- it’s a lovely smart new site, and hopefully will be great fun!

Ok- so..onto today. It was my turn to pick. I chose this photo as inspirationtheme

Some of the other girls thought it was hard- I just saw lots of options. Click to go Pam Garrison’s blog- it’s her upcycled garland.

Here’s my collection of products, ready and steady to go.speed1I thought I’d use up some scraps and took my inspiration quite literally! So I got going and it took me this long

speed2Wahoo- I made it.. though it was a massive rush.. and here’s what I came up withspeed3

It’s more eclectic than I usually do. Had I more time, I’d have die-cut some felt out too. The stamp set is from WPlus9 called Dockside. The leaves are from Xcut and the papers are random ones I’ve had in for a while. Buttons and charms from Papermania.

Do join in.. it is fun and a massive sense of achievement. Think of how many cards you could make if they all took you 10 minutes! Do go and check out the blog for the list of all the other crafters joining in the hop

I’m trying to remain calm whilst getting on with life. Sky are still silent.

My 33 minute phone-call yesterday went along the lines of ‘Mrs Baker.. please check all your details’.. because we think it’s your fault initially.

Then we progressed to how to cope with the problem.

I asked what exactly the problem was..appears that quite likely, it was the engineer transferring our phone line, not transferring it properly. Apparently the issue is it ‘that they’re a little snowed under right now’.

We then had a little chat about what we were supposed to do in the meanwhile. I work from home, my kids need internet for their work. What are we to do?

The call handler’s response was to ask if I had nice neighbours and ‘borrow some of their wi-fi’.

I’m not sure either of our neighbours have ‘that’ much spare data. We use a ton.

‘oh- and then you could buy them a nice bottle of wine to say thankyou’.

I answered him quite incredulously

‘so, we go and beg our neighbours to ‘borrow’ their wi-fi and buy them a nice wine at our expense for a mistake caused by you;.

He remained  quite quiet at this point.

We then talked about using my phone. I asked if Sky would compensate me for all my phone data useage which I was quite likely to have used up in the process of 2 days.

Again, he remained strangely silent.

The upshot is,, we await a call on Saturday to work out what the problem is?!!! Then they book an appointment to come out to fix it.

So- we have no phone. No internet.

The kids are despairing. I kid you not.

No homework, coursework, game time, etc.


I am so ready to get internet access- you just try and transfer money on your money!

Hope you are all enjoying surfing. At this rate, I’ll be living in an internet caf├ę.

See you.. hopefully when I’m back in the land of the (cyber)living!! xx

September 25, 2014 at 2:01 pm 8 comments

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