Tuesday, 21 September 2021

Ike's World Challenges #148 Fall/Autum

  This is my make for Ike's World Challenges!

 I have used Autumn Nymph.

  1. Gesso.
  2. Acrylic paint - turquoise and orange.
  3. Image and frame (in pieces) printed on tissue and attached using matt medium.
  4. Added paint around the edges of the image.
  5. Removal of paint through stencil with a baby wipe.
  6. Script (Stampin Up Very Versailles) stamp in hickory smoke Archival ink.
  7. Leaf stamps (Stampin Up Love of Leaves) in vintage photo and ground espresso Archival ink.
  8. Cheddar paint through Tim Holtz leaf stencil.
  9. Gold paint and brown watercolour pencil on hair.
  10. Extra colour to image with markers.
  11. Sentiment from Love of Leaves stamped on chipboard strip.
  12. Penwork in black Micron.

Happy Crafting!

Monday, 20 September 2021

Blog Along With Effy Post 20

Once again Effy is doing a month-long Blog Challenge on Facebook I thought I would share some more 'diary' posts, along with some of the crafty things I have been doing.

We had been hoping for another picnic today - this time with Tom and Clare. Tom is our oldest son. But... Tom and Clare work in different parts of the same company but they were 'pinged'. Someone there is a Covid case and so today they had to go for Covid tests and now they are waiting...

In any case the weather has not really been brilliant for picnics - I took this video on our deck!

So no picnic...

I am on the Design Team of Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge (I make Christmas cards all year round!) For the last two weeks I have been late uploading my card - this lockdown has  really made it difficult for me to remember what day it is! So today I have made 4 weeks in advance. Obviously I can't share as they will be on my blog each Saturday in the next month.

So what can I talk about? I often complain to my daughter that I only have memories to share. She always says 'look at your view'...'Is there a pelican?'

Anyway, I will share some memories. 6 years ago today, Kevin was cutting the lawn in our Breaston house for the first time. We thought it might take a long time as it was quite a large lawn! Note the elephant...

7 years ago today, our stuff in Mumbai, India was being packed up. This was my craft room:

This was one of the Indian guys packing up that elephant - that was left in the UK by the way...

This is how our shipping left the apartment:

See you tomorrow...


Thanks to Elle...
My pirate name is:
Red Prudentilla Bonney
Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate. You can be a little bit unpredictable, but a pirate's life is far from full of certainties, so that fits in pretty well. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
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Sunday, 19 September 2021

Blog Along With Effy Post 19


Once again Effy is doing a month-long Blog Challenge on Facebook I thought I would share some more 'diary' posts, along with some of the crafty things I have been doing.

I read the following information on Sky News at the beginning of the month:

Melbourne is set to become the unenviable world record holder for most days spent in hard lockdown.

Currently, Melbourne is set to remain in lockdown until the end of October, meaning the Victorian capital will break the world record.

The Argentinian city of Buenos Aires is the current world record holder with a whopping 234 days under hard lockdown.

Melbourne is set to reach 70 per cent first dose vaccinations on September 23 which will mark the city’s 235th day in lockdown.

Other major cities of note with record days in lockdown include London with 207 days, Prague 201, Dakar 169, Paris 161, Baku 152 and La Paz 131.

The current lockdown is the city’s sixth since the beginning of the pandemic and according to Covidlive.com.au, based on seven-day averages, Victoria won’t be 70 per cent double dosed until November 18 and 80 per cent double dosed until December 10.

However as of this week we have had a little easing:

Up to five people can socialise outdoors (excluding dependants), from two households, if every person over 18 years is fully vaccinated.

So yesterday we went on a picnic with Dan and Lizzie and our new grandson. He is now 7 weeks old and we had yet to see him!! We had taken our masks off to eat the picnic...

The distance we can travel has increased from 5k from home to 10k. So today our daughter drove towards us and we drove towards her and we had a picnic where we met! Really the weather hasn't been fit for picnics this weekend - but it was worth wrapping up to see Ollie yesterday and Sophie today! We were in Mordialloc...

I like this painted building:

Not had a lot of time for crafting today - but I did do a quick journal page from one of Carolyn Dube's prompts #playstarterprompt, #alert. The image is from Createful Heart Designs - I hade a copy lying on my desk having made the card in the previous post.

More tomorrow...

As I swing, as I swing,

This is my make for the DT team of Outlawz

 September 19th - October 2nd, 2021

Sunday - Songs and Rhymes 

 Our sponsor this month is: Createful Heart Designs


Prize: 3 images from the shop


Note:  The theme doesn’t have to be taken literally.  You may use any word or phrase out of it for your project.

Find inspiration in the song or rhyme:

Swing Song

by Laura E. Richards

Swing Song is a motion poem featured in Ms. Richards' collection of morality tales and poems, The Pig Brother and Other Fables and Stories (1881). 

As I swing, as I swing,

Here beneath my mother’s wing,

Here beneath my mother’s arm,

Never earthly thing can harm.

Up and down, to and fro,

With a steady sweep I go,

Like a swallow on the wing,

As I swing, as I swing.


As I swing, as I swing,

Honey-bee comes murmuring,

Humming softly in my ear,

“Come away with me, my dear!

In the tiger-lily’s cup

Sweetest honey we will sup.”

Go away, you velvet thing!

I must swing! I must swing!


As I swing, as I swing,

Butterfly comes fluttering,

“Little child, now come away

’Mid the clover-blooms to play;

Clover-blooms are red and white,

Sky is blue and sun is bright.

Why then thus, with folded wing,

Sit and swing, sit and swing?”


As I swing, as I swing,

Oriole comes hovering.

“See my nest in yonder tree!

Little child, come work with me.

Learn to make a perfect nest,

That of all things is the best.

Come! nor longer loitering

Sit and swing, sit and swing!”


As I swing, as I swing,

Though I have not any wing,

Still I would not change with you,

Happiest bird that ever flew.

Butterfly and honey-bee,

Sure ’t is you must envy me,

Safe beneath my mother’s wing

As I swing, as I swing.

I have made a card:

First I prepared the background, writing words to the poem on a piece of white cardstock in Micron (waterproof) pen. I then sprayed this with various colours and blotted them with a paper towel. Once dry I cut this to a circle and added squeezed lemonade Distress Ink around the edge. I added this to a white square card blank.

The image is  Momma Bird & Littles  printed three times and each print sprayed with a different colour and blotted with piece of kitchen roll. When dry I die cut the green version to a circle, and added squeezed lemonade Distress Ink around the edge. I glued this to the centre of the other circle. I cut out the blue version around the littles and adhered it in place. I cut out the Momma from the orange version and added that.  Finally I added penwork scribble around the outer circle, then the foliage die cuts which had been sponged with squeezed lemonade and three yellow/green puffy embellishments.

Hope you will join in the challenge...

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, 18 September 2021

Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas challenge #560 for 18th September 2021 - Add some plaid, check or gingham

 A new Christmas Challenge every Saturday!

Today Crafty Hazelnut brings a new weekly Christmas Challenge
with the theme 'Add some plaid, check or gingham.'

Do pop over and see the fabulous inspiration from my teamies!

If you enter you could win a prize... 
Every week a prize is given to a randomly chosen winner...this week it is


Bo Bunny
Butterfly Kisses layered chipboard

My patterned papers came from old pads in my stash - maybe Francheville and Bo Bunny. I added one to a black rectangular card blank and drew black penwork around the edge

The deer die is a favourite from My favourite Things. The sentiment was in an advent calendar a couple of years ago. I used double sided adhesive film to help with these tiny dies and the second paper.

Happy Crafting!