Latest Die Haul from Ebay

I got my latest set of dies from  this morning.. the slow boat from China .. is getting much quicker  LOL

I recently discovered from a friend who is a die Designer  that  some of the Cheap dies are rip offs of other die designers products, so I try to be really careful with what I buy and so far I don’t seem to have picked up any of her designs…   but she has found them  for sale other places and I can imagine these designers are losing a lot of money… so if it doubt.. support your favorite designers.  A few extra pennies to keep these fab designs  flowing our way.. totally worth it.

We all love cheap craft  supplies, but I wouldn’t intentionally buy a knock off ..  that is just wrong to me and we need to support these designers and manufacturers who bring us such fab goodies.


anywho.. here is my latest haul.  I don’t have a huge amount of dies so try and fill in with some cheapies when I see things I like and will use frequently… and of course who can resist a few sentiments and holiday designs?  These new gears and clock face will be perfect with my KennyK Stamps steampunk projects

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Oversized humorous Christmas Card for Tea Drinkers

More fun oversized cards… this one features “Mad Hatter” by Cute As A Button.  I have had my eye on coloring this digi since the first time I browsed the store.  Such a fun image  and a lot of fun to color…who doesn’t love the Alice in Wonderland’s Hatter?

I’m British and a total tea monster, I would be attached to my teapot intravenously if possible. I discovered pretty quickly after moving to the US that Electric Kettles were not the norm…and I had to find a solution to that problem REALLY quick.  I discovered that 12 cup coffee pots work perfectly for people like me lol.  I just throw in 2 Tea bags and off it goes…. stays hot without getting that nasty film on it like a traditional teapot too 🙂 Finding a coffee pot without a 2 hour cut off can be a challenge though lol.

I have to admit I have relegated a fair few coffee pots to the coffee maker in the sky over the last few years lol.  I’m a bit tough on coffee pots *sigh

So when I  went searching for a fun sentiment/quote for this image… I did a search for “tea” and up this one popped… PERFECT !!!  It is absolutely me.

I am not a huge fan of the whole big family celebration thing…. much to my IL’s disgust lol. I prefer to spend my holidays, specially Christmas just me and my hubby and son.  He is a lot like me and 18 adults all yapping at each other isn’t much fun for a little guy..or his mommy lol.

So when I saw this quote… well hell…. there it was ..  I had to do my oversized Christmas card.  I had just ordered some cool new dies that would go perfectly with it.  I must admit, personal preference…I think next time I would stamp the background in black, not white… but it still looks cool.

  • Card Base Craft Smith Solid color 12×12 Pad
  • Background Stamps were a mix of Teacups  which I got free on a magazine last year, a pocket watch which I picked up in Michaels and  a harlequin stamp that I got  in a mix bag on Ebay.. and some hearts from a  valentines collection…stamped with white Momento Ink.
  • Image  Cute As A Button Mad Hatter, printed on Canson Mix Media and colored with Chameleon Pens, Zig KureColor Pens, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Pens and some CraZart pencils and a home made blender pen.  Mounted on Darice Foam pad with Zig Photo Tape
  • Flourish  is made up of 3 Gina Marie Designs Die Sets  and some  berries from a Michaels Christmas Garland.  Die cuts were made on Recollections Card Stock in various shades of green & brown on Sizzix Big Shot
  • Quote by Robert Godden –

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Friday Freebies…I haven’t slept yet.. so it’s still Friday to me lol.

Ok.. better late than never right.. here is a quick round up of some Friday Freebies.. feel free to check the Digis tab for more artists, some of which are also offering freebies 🙂

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“Molly Moo plant pot”  at Bugaboostamps this week…and don’t forget to  check out the half price new releases  this week 🙂

and of course… check  out the challenges too 🙂










Over at KennyK stamps the newsletter freebie this month is Bathing Beauty .. and if you hop on over to the facebook group Club Kenny, Surfer Dude is one of the current digis for the challenge going on right now.







Over at Scrapper’s Delights… you can still pick up Funky Ashley ..and you still have time to grab the current challenge image from the new Steampunk Collection and enter the facebook challenge  before a new challenge image is released next week.


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Over at Faery Ink you can find this fun freebie

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Steam Punk New Release Sunday Blog Hop

What a fab  new release we have at Scrapper’s Delights and a fun blog hop full of really cool projects.  I am so looking forward to playing with these.  This is my DT piece for the blog hop.  I wanted to try something a bit different from my regular “Steampunk” with these.  I found this fabulous quote ….unfortunately it didn’t have a name on it, so I can’t credit the author.

But I love this quote …. I am 46, still chasing my dreams… and you bet I am still wearing my heels lol.

It’s a standing joke with my Oby because I wore my 4 inch heels till the day I gave birth to my son.  I think I was the happiest pregnant woman that office ever saw lol.
Every time I have an appointment with my Oby, he comes in to the examining room and the first thing he looks for is my shoes/boots.  If he cant see them he shakes his head and tells me he is disappointed in me.. till I produce “them heels” lol.

Well what did you expect.. that I would have a normal Oby?    This is the guy who started singing Rhinestone cowboy as I delivered….just as he had promised. Yup, my favorite crazy Asian Oby Dr singing Rhinestone Cowboy.  If you have ever seen the movie Air Am, you will probably know why that was funny…. you kind a had to be there LOL.

I’ve  been wearing boots like these since I was about 16 and in my Goth /Biker days.  Ah fun, fun times !! lol  That is what I love about images like these….memories….and personalization.  So many 80’s kiddies in here…. come on, I know some of you wore these boots and rocked  out to all the hair bands too lol.

boots_DT_wmdedOk ok enough wandering down memory lane…. But, are you humming Bon Jovi  Living on a prayer yet? lol…

Sooo details… details… let me see


  • Image  – Steam Punk Boot 1 from the brand new  Steampunk Collection, fussy cut.
  • Image colored with Zig Kurecolor pens from the Hair and Muted Tones set.
  • Bling is a mix of big brad stars from a Recollections brad pack and some small stars from the new Rhinestone bling I picked up on Amazon  that arrived last week.
  • Sentiment was done in Paint Shop Pro and  then foam padded with Darice adhesive foam and  Zig Photo Tape ( review here .. LOVE this  new tape runner, specially for foam ) and a slap dab of glitter round the edge.
  • Card base was from a Recollections card & envelope set.
  • Image and sentiment printed on 110lb Georgia Pacific Index Card

Happy Hoppin’… and don’t forget to use your coupon while shoppin!!!!!


Can’t wait to see all the fab new projects in the Scrapper’s Delight Group real soon. Don’t forget to comment along the hop for a chance to win digis.  You can find the rules/requirements and entry point on the challenge blog. 

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Time is precious..share it wisely

In this crazy world we live in it is so easy to lose touch with friends and people you care about.  We’re all so busy with this and that and sometimes you don’t realize you haven’t stopped to breathe for months. Yes .. you over there with the blue face and the Iphone…. put it down!  The latest viral video will still be there in 10 minutes…. chill.

Sure your phone has a calendar to remind you to send a card to someone on their birthday, but the best gift of all…. is your time. Even when you think you don’t have any to spare…. make it.  All those tomorrows you keep promising you will do things, may never happen… tomorrow is never promised for you….or anyone you love.

Don’t wait till your phone tells you it’s time to send a card; send it now.. just for the heck of it, show them you care and you are NEVER too busy for them.

Call them up, go have some coffee, hang out, talk, laugh and live a little..and show them you always have time for them..and for you.  This is a fab card just to let someone know….anytime, anyplace, anywhere.

……of course if you are like me…. the inside will have some humorous comeback to take the edge off that “serious” squishy moment  lol.  Did you really think I was going all serious on you ???  NEVER gonna happen … haha

Ok, on to the seriousness of crafting…



  • Background:  Dark Gray Recollections Card Stock, various stamps in  black Craft Smart ink
  • Image: Scrappers Delights Friday Freebie Challenge image colored with Zig Kurecolor pens from the hair and muted tones pack and a top coat of Gansai Tambi Starry Colors new pearlescent water colors.  Edges dry inked with Ranger Time Holtz Distress ink pads and a brush.  Foam mounted with Darice Foam using the new  Kuretake Photo Tape I reviewed earlier this month. Double mounted on a second contrasting pad using black Recollections Card stock and edged with a metallic gold pen.
  • Quote: Beryl Dov at Goodreads

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“Brianna Blaster” card

My first card of 2016


..and I got to use one of my favorite KennyK images “Brianna Blaster”,  color her using skills I am learning at Kit & Clowder and I used my new Velvet paper…. and finally got to use some of the watch pieces I picked up last year.

Tough one to photograph with a flash …. so I might try to take some more pics later this weekend when I do a detailed project post on this one.

Love this card… kept it simple so it didn’t overpower the image with bling and sentiments.

Wink of Luna pens and playdoh

Just a real quick post… I am working on Part II of my recycling old playdoh post… and one of the  pieces I am decorating to use on the final projects..well it just looked so cool I had to share.  You will see more pieces later when the post is complete…. but for now, check this out.

That nasty old playdoh on the left was run through a Darice Embossing folder and left to dry after a quick 15 minute low bake in the oven to hurry it up a bit, it’s still a bit almost has a tough old leather feel and flexibility to it.  I sprayed it with a black enamel spray and then I ran my new Wink of Luna metallic copper pen over it horizontally…. the  bits where I over shot the raised design… no brainer. I just rubbed it in with my finger and created that old rubbed bronze look.  This is going to be really cool for creating steampunk themed crafts….and if you are a follower, or message board member, you already know how much I love my kennyk steampunk digis.

My wink of Luna pen was provided  free of charge by for an upcoming review. This is NOT my review. I just happen to have used it for another great project before I got started on it haha…. so look forward to seeing my review  on wink of Luna and wink of Stella pens coming soon 🙂