Wednesday, 21 September 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Week 120

I don't usually play along with WOYWW as I go out early on a Wednesday
but hubby is on leave this week so I have a different routine
and can reveal my desk today!

Above photo is the long shot - you can see the fun bunting
I made at the weekend hanging from the bottom shelf.
All details and more pics are on the previous post if you're interested.

Here's a closer shot of what I'm working on at the moment.
The tin I've just covered in Decopatch papers as the first stage
in altering it for the
I'm not exactly sure of the next step yet, I just make it up
as I go along sort of thing!  I've sorted out the autumn coloured
buttons that will go into though, they're in a little white tub
at the back of the photo.

What else?  Five ATCs in really bright colours -
again just the first stage, they'll be quite a lot different when
they're finished.
They are for a swap I joined yesterday being hosted by Penny
which sounds really interesting as she will collect together
five ATCs from different participants and send them out in the
form of a concertina book. 

Finally I'll show you a close up of another tin.

I bought this in a charity shop last week.
I was intrigued by the tin as it was so old and rusty,
and when I looked inside it was full of old buttons!
Unfortunately, I didn't take a pic of the buttons
first, and have now sorted and merged them
into my collection.
I'm not sure what to do with the tin now though - any ideas?

That's about it really,
If you want to see more workdesks,
hop along over to Julia's blog
where you're find links to loads!

Have a great day, and thanks for looking :)

Monday, 19 September 2011

There'll Always Be An England ......

.... or in my case, there'll always be a copycat!!
Yes, I must admit to a bit of blatant copying here.
As soon as I saw some Union Jack bunting made with the stamp
from the Artistic Outpost set, I just had to make some of my own!

The bunting is so easy to make - I love it!!!
Full credit to
for this wonderful idea!

I used faded denim from some old jeans of mine to back the little flags on.
I rubber stamped the image onto white cotton fabric
using acrylic paint directly onto the stamp and spritzing with a little
water just before stamping.

I machine stitched the flags onto the denim backing fabric
and used seam binding to stitch them together.
It couldn't be easier!

I made some more in girly colours and added buttons to the centres.

Here's a peek at the back.

All I need now is another Royal Wedding,
I'd really go bunting mad then - LOL.

Thanks for looking :)

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Stampotique Designer's Challenge: BOOKMARK

The current challenge over on the
blog is to create a bookmark, any kind of bookmark using one of the fabulous Stampotique images.

I'd never heard of a corner bookmark before, but had a look on YouTube
and found a good tutorial here on which I based my bookmark.

The tutorial also shows how to incorporate the bookmark into a birthday card - what a 
great idea! 

The Stampotique rubber stamp I used is one of my favourites
'Moth Fab' by Daniel Torrente.

The back of the bookmark isn't as pretty, but you can see more clearly how it's made if I show you.

Here's the bookmark in action!

... and last photo

I'd better go and link this to the Stampotique blog asap
as the challenge ends today!

Thanks for looking :)

Charms from Charm Swap and a Birthday Card

A while ago I took part in a charm swap hosted by

I made five charms and received 5 back together
with the silver charm pin as shown above.

The charms I received were made by
(from left to right)
Roni (the hostess),
Helen Cleary and Cheryl L.
A big thank you to all the above as I love the charms
and it's always so interesting to see the different techniques used.

Here's the charms I made for the swap.

If you click on the photo it should take you to my blog post
about how I made the charms.

Thanks again Roni for a great swap!
If you want to see all the different charms made
Roni has photographed them all on her blog
here, here and here.

Now for something completely different
(are you humming the Monty Python theme tune now....)

It's nothing at all to do with Monty Python (lol),
but a birthday card I made for my sister-in-law.

The background is a combination of stamps
Very Vintage Set 2 La Couture by Katy Fox
Vintage Sewing by Sam Poole for Creative Expressions.
The die cut shape is from
'The Sewing Room'
by Tim Holtz/Alterations range from Sizzix.
I embossed it, painted it and added a couple of embellishments.

Thanks for looking :)

Monday, 12 September 2011

I'm back and catching up!

I've been home for a week now and the holiday seems so long ago!
  Here's a few random photos - the location was Protaras in Cyprus.

This was at the Monastery in Ayia Napa. 

This is the villa we stayed in.

The table secretly decorated for my sister's 40th birthday -
lucky she went to bed early the night before and it was awaiting her
 in the morning!

One of her birthday treats was a Fish Pedicure!
Well, I had to have a go too of course.
Those little Garra Rufa fish sure did tickle!!


Well I did say they were random photos!

Back home and it was my birthday at the weekend.
Thank you again to those of you who kindly sent me lovely cards.

Want to see a photo of me?
  No, I didn't think so, but I'm going to show you anyway
...... gasp, horror, whatever next - LOL

I'm the little one on the left (I wish!!).
Sorry Chloe xx