Thursday, 24 July 2014

a bag of candi.....

 Here's a couple of the samples I made for the Craftwork Cards TV shows, on today throughout the day. They have the prettiest papers as usual, and some really gorgeous candi - those little domed discs of patterned cardstock that are like legless brads, and it's amazing what you can do with them. For these flowers, I folded them in half, then stuck them onto a little punched circle, there's a drop of liquid pearls in the center......

the paper cried out for a kraft card base.....

For this next one, I stuck two of the embossed edge 6 x 6 cards together, then folded back the front'll get more of an idea in the last photo. I made a wrap band and die cut a butterfly from one of the folied papers to decorate it. So pretty! I added a tiny drop of gold liquid pearls to the center of each of the embossed flowers

I have scheduled this post, so I can't tell you all about my London trip until tomorrow, when I will also be giving the names of the winners of the blending sets. See you then x

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Texture, texture and a bit more texture....

 A simple little card today, but it's loaded with texture......

I found my DCWV burlap stack - the relief was overwhelming! I just cut a wide strip then snipped the end into a banner. The leaves were cut from the gauze pad, also DCWV, and the flower is one of the lovely ones that my pal Carol gave me when we met up in Orlando in March. The background was done with a embossabilities embossing folder, and the sentiment..........

well, the sentiment is my long awaited shadowpress embossing folder by Tim Holtz. The shadowpress shows up quite well on some coloured card (I haven't had much time to play around with them yet), but for this white card I wanted a bit more definition and just inked the debossed bit with a distress marker (antique linen)

and I fitted in a quick trip to Hobbycraft to stock up on some stuff that I need to make Christmas projects for design teams, just the thing you want to be doing on the hottest day of the year!

and some chipboard boxes and letters, already with a coat of gesso....

Later this morning we are heading to the station to catch a train down to London for a rather fabulous treat - a Father's day surprise for Mike, so we have been looking forward to it for a few weeks. We are staying on Park Lane in a very swanky hotel, and going to a show tonight. Expect photos! I'll be back tomorrow with a peek at some of the samples I made for the Create and Craft Craftwork Cards shows, on tomorrow, I think the first show is at 8 a m, be sure to check your schedules, there's some very gorgeous stuff on there....

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Delft Tiles....

 I bought this stamp set from Katy Sue Designs in their recent sale. I was intrigued by the subject - Delft tiles

We once lived in a lovely Georgian house in a Yorkshire village, one of the rooms had a fireplace with original delft tiles. How I loved that fireplace - if I could have taken it with me when we moved, I would have done. So for this card, I wanted to just simply recreate the look of the tiles - you get the central image, which I just stamped in Stormy Sky distress ink, no shading, the lovely little corner stamps and a crackle stamp..... 

I stamped the crackles with antique linen distress ink

and here is a photo of an original tile......I think the stamp set does a pretty good job, don't you?

I continue with my quest to become the next Stephen Spielberg....I have now learnt how to download a video clip to my computer, that is where I am stuck. I am 'test driving' various free video editing software, and frankly, I'm not getting anywhere very fast. I would quite like to be able to clip out unusable bits, and do a voice over rather than having to work and talk at the same time, that way I could just concentrate on what I am doing then talk through it afterwards. There must be a video editing programme for dummies out there somewhere. Any suggestions anyone?

See you tomorrow x

Friday, 18 July 2014

Blending Set 4 - Blues

 Here's the last (for now) of the brand new Promarker blending sets up for grabs today we have the blue set, the colours are:

Powder Blue, Arctic Blue, Sky Blue, Azure, True Blue and a blender

Leave a comment under this post to be in with a chance - I have had a few anonymous comments from people who have made a comment but forgot to tell me who they are. So please, if you are checking the 'anonymous' box, leave your name or some means of identifying you if you win

I forgot to show you these earlier in the week, here's a couple of cards made with the green and yellow sets, made when I was helping the Letraset team decide on the colours for the new sets - I wanted to see how they looked on an image. The girls are from the Emma Canning CD at Polkadoodles

and here's a little suntanned beauty decked out in the yellow set....

 Look what I bought today - I have been meaning to make some more videos for a while now, but my little Flip camera has given up the ghost, so I am doing research, but in the meantime, I found this......

Isn't it great? Now I can have a camera pointing right down at my work surface (note to self: book a manicure) and you will all be astounded because it will look as if I have a camera clamped to my forehead while I work!

Now I want you to tell me what sort of videos you would like to see. I promise to get it sorted out soon, until then, I will practice talking without saying 'ermmm.........uhhhh..........mmmmmmm.......... in every sentence

See you tomorrow x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Day Three Promarker Blending set givaway...

 My turn to post over on the Letraset blog today, three cards from me, all made with my Promarker 'rainbow' paper. Pop over there to see, leave a comment, then pop back to leave your name below this post to be in with a chance of winning today's giveaway - the red blending set. As before, the winner will be drawn randomly from all the comments under this post, but this time, I would like you to leave a quick comment on Letraset's site as well - as you know, they are so very generous to Going Buggy readers, so it's only fair that we should return the compliment.....

The red blending set has:
Lipstick red, Red, Berry Red, Poppy, Burgundy and a blender pen

I had a lot of fun with this week's post, and was very happy with my 'rainbow' cards. Did I ever tell you that the literal meaning of my name, which is Welsh, is rainbow? I don't suppose I ever gave it much thought when I was a small child living in Wales, where everyone knew how to pronounce it, but by the teen years, we had moved to England,  I started to be embarrassed/irritated/shy about my name, which was always pronounced wrongly (you can call me doesn't rhyme with fizz or  envy!). This feeling persisted for most of my life, how I longed to be called Penny...... But then I had an epiphany. How lovely to have a name that means I can write Christmas cards saying just 'with love, Enfys and Mike'. None of the tortured little explanations that friends have to put..........'with love Sue and John (Brenda's sister, Yorkshire)' - (just in case we think it was from Sue and John (David's second cousin, Surrey). So now that I have reached my 'red hat' years (if you are too young to know what I am talking about, see below.....) for the first time in my life I really quite like my name. The only time I falter is in Starbucks, where they take your order and stand poised over your grande cup with a felt tip please?............. pause. sigh. 'Penny' 

So in tribute to all those who have learned to live with the insecurities of their youth, and now don't care a fig, here is Jenny Josephs poem, which I love

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Day 2 Blending Sets Giveaway

Today's card first - here's a pretty little image from the Work and Play collection by Polkadoodles. Coloured with ProMarkers of course! Look at the pretty background paper, all those tiny ballet shoes. There are a lot of super digi images and papers on this CD, and if you are in a hurry, you can print out the images already coloured as well.....

I love the little sentiment tickets....the border was done with a Martha Stewart punch, I layered it onto pink card and punched a few tiny pink stars to pop along the top with some sequins. There's a bit of Wink of Stella glitter here and there as well, but of course that doesn't show up in the photo

Okay, here we go. All the comments under this post will go into the draw to win the yellow blending set. The colours are:
Primrose, Soft Lime, Lemon, Canary, Sunflower and a blender

Just a reminder, if you don't have a blog or google account, I accept anonymous comments. Email subscribers, you need to click on the grey Going Buggy header on your email to come over here. Scroll to comments at the end of this post, write your comment, tick anonymous if necessary, and click on publish. If you click on the anonymous option, be sure to leave your name or some way I can identify you if you win.  Only comments under each of the posts will be entered into that day's draw

Be sure to drop by tomorrow to be in with another chance - this time the red blending set, and it's my turn to post over on the Letraset blog as well, so you can see my efforts for this week - see you then x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Top Secret.....

Letraset are bringing out some brand new blending sets - they are made up of existing Promarker colours that will blend together perfectly. I worked on these with their team, so I was ridiculously pleased to see the packaged sets arrive. I have a set of each of the colours, and I will give one away each day for the next few days. These sets are so new, they aren't even available for sale yet, so you would be getting something nobody else has..... Today, you could win the green set - all you have to do is leave a comment under this post. these giveaways are a thank you for all my faithful supporters (click the follow button if you are new and like what you see)

The green set has meadow green, apple, leaf green, bright green, forest green and a blender pen

You need to pop back tomorrow when there will be another post, and leave a comment to win the yellow set, and so on, for the next few days. I will use a random number generator to pick the winners on Friday 25th July. Good luck x 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Pinecones for Craftwork Cards

It's my turn to post on the Craftwork Cards blog today, go HERE to see the post and to see how I made my pine cones, which are nice and flat and won't add bulk (and extra postage costs) to your Christmas cards. I used the brand new papers called Magic of Christmas, which are absolutely lovely. Firstly, I made a tag...............

Then I covered a kraft box that I'd saved when it arrived in the mail, covered it with paper and added a spray of pine cones and one of the lovely vintage looking sentiments....

A quick post today - we have been invited to a barbecue later this afternoon, I have just checked the local weather forecast and it says 'clear' but I'm not risking it, just off to dig out a brolly and a warm sweater....
I'll be back tomorrow with a rather special Letraset giveaway for you, see you then x

Friday, 11 July 2014

Goodbye Tension.....

 Here's a fun idea for a retirement card using punched shapes.......

You could easily turn it into a female card - a ribbon bikini top, and a ribbon turban with a couple of thread ringlets escaping from it. Oh, and a bit of bling! I used a circle punch, stamping up word window punch for the legs, an oval cut with spellbinders, and the glasses are a couple of scallops snipped off a small scalloped circle. I cut the arms freehand

No crafting for me yesterday, I took the day off and had a day out with my sister. We shopped a bit, sat and chatted over coffee a bit, sat and gossiped some more over lunch, then came back home and chatted a bit more in the garden.  As we talk though, it's amazing how human memory differs - you would think that two little girls who went through childhood together would have, roughly, the same memories. Not so. I have very vivid memories of events that my sister has no recollection of, while she remembers events - and people - that make me wonder where on earth I was when all this stuff was going on. How could I forget a woman who we, apparently, thought was a witch? Why do I remember the day we found a dead weasel and insisted on taking it to school for a 'show and tell' - a pretty significant event in my mind, I mean, how many dead weasels have you found in your lifetime? But she can't remember this at all.........although she insists that she can remember coming from my grandmothers house by train to find me in a crib by the side of my mothers bed. She was only three when I was born so this seems a bit remarkable to me - but one thing is for sure, she has now known me longer than any other person on this earth, and we still enjoy a good chat together, even if our memories are a bit fragmented! See you tomorrow x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Hero Arts Mason Jar....and another winner!

 Here's another one made with the same Hero Arts stamp set as my card posted on Monday. It looks simple but in fact took quite a long time to make....  

I cut out the stamped image, stamped some hearts then covered the lot in glossy accents, after a bit of ProMarker shading. The Tim Holtz hearts stencil was used with Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste. I dug out the 'for you' sentiment - I love the script but didn't notice the strange little dashes and dots until it was too late, and I wasn't about to start all over again.....

Now the original winner of the set of twelve promarkers hasn't been in touch, so as promised I did a random draw from all the comments left on the original post and the new winner is


For goodness sake get in touch! These pens have been hanging around looking sad for over two weeks now. Email me with your address and they will be on their way

So Max and Milo discovered that their favourite pizza place was closed for refurbishment. ''What does that mean?' asked Milo. 
'It's like when there is an update to an app on the iPod or iPad' explained seven year old Max
My son, who works in the online games industry is so proud of his boy!!!

See you tomorrow x

Monday, 7 July 2014

Clean and Simple

 Here is a CAS card that came from nowhere - I had been using the Hero Arts stamp set for another card, and all of a sudden this little branch jumped out
and here is the result.... 

I used distress inks, then just matted each layer with black,  the sentiment is a old Stampin Up one, and I used my new favourite way of adding some sparkle - a few sequins. Cheap as chips and I think they look really effective...

Those of you who are hoping the markers will be up for grabs again, may be in luck. Still no word from the winner, who was called Lesley Lawton, so if I haven't heard from by the end of today, I will draw another winner from all the comments made on the original post tomorrow. See you then x

Friday, 4 July 2014

July Sale News, and looking for a winner.....

First of all, I must wish all my American friends a very happy 4th - I'll be thinking of you all today, I used to love being in the USA for the 4th July, such a unique American celebration, and such a lot of fun, have a great time whatever you are doing today 

 Here's a link for you - there's a fantastic sale going on over at KatySue designs this week, rock bottom prices, so head over there pronto......

Photo: Our mega £1 sale has just kicked off on our UK website. We need to make room in our warehouse for brand new products and so we are giving our customers a once in a lifetime opportunity to pick up some of our most iconic papercraft products for as little as 75p! We have double CD Roms which were retailing at £24.99 for an AMAZING £2!!!! Be quick, when they are gone they are gone. Sale ends Monday 14th July 2014.

So did I go sale shopping. Silly question, of course I did, they added some really nice stamps and I got some flower soft as well

There has been no work from the winner of the Promarkers, scroll down to see if your name is there. If I haven't heard by next Monday, I will draw another winner from all the comments left 

No card from me today, I have been busy with stuff that I can't show you yet, ho ho ho. All done now apart from the dreaded step by step write-ups, then they can be packed up and sent on their merry way.

I'll be back tomorrow though - see you then x

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Retirement Card

 Here's another magazine card, this time a retirement card. I used my favourite Katy Sue designs little pot, shaped out of air dried clay and coloured with ProMarkers, then 'varnished' with glossy accents....

The image is also from a KatySue Designs CD, called Fabulous Fellas, it's full of male themed images, so I thought this card would be good for a fella (fabulous or otherwise!) who plans to spend a lot of time gardening. I chose the background embossing folder because I thought it looked like a garden trellis. I used ProMarkers again to colour the image, and the sentiment was printed onto Safmat then smoothed onto a panel of coloured cardstock. And you are right, the top right hand corner looks a bit bashed around - the cards have to be mailed to the magazine to be photographed in their studio, then they eventually come home to me, sometimes looking a bit worse the wear for their travels!

So yesterday was one of those perfect UK summer days, cloudless skies and pleasantly warm without being scorching and sweatily hot - and what was I doing? Sitting in my cupboard making Christmas projects for a magazine. I can't tell you how odd that seems. Another problem with working so far ahead is that, in the main, the Christmas release papers and stamps haven't hit the shops yet, and as everything you use has to be current and available for readers, that can be a bit of a problem. Thank heavens for Craftwork Cards who released a fabulous Christmas range on Create and Craft TV last week. So even though it was just pleasantly warm, it did get a bit on the sweaty side in the crafty cupboard, but three cards down, one to go. Result! Now on to New Year and Valentines...........

See you tomorrow x

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Butterflies and Splashes - and a winner

 Here's a bright and breezy card today - I used Tim Holtz splatter stencil and distress inks, the butterflies are a Martha Stewart punch..... 

I just quite randomly splattered different coloured splashes onto the card, then scribbled the same colours onto white cardstock from which I punched the butterflies. The sentiment is Hero Arts 

Time to pick a winner for the Letraset Promarker set. Thanks to all of you who left comments - and to those who tried and tried on the Letraset site. The site has been down for maintenance over the weekend, perhaps the comment problem will have been resolved by now...

The winner is


Congrats, email me with your address and I will get them in the post

We had a fun and fairly exhausting couple of days looking after Max and Milo.
We were amused to hear Max say to his little brother in the car on the way to school 'you are treading on very thin ice young man'
Well, I wonder where he picked that little phrase up!
Then when I went to pick up Milo from an after school club, we got back to the car and I had a parking ticket on the windscreen. Needless to say, I was a bit peeved. I had to explain what a ticket was to Milo, who slipped his little hand into mine and said earnestly 'well, you have to be disponsible Ma....'
Yes Milo, I agree, it wasn't very responsible to think I'd get away with it for five minutes.....

See you tomorrow x

Saturday, 28 June 2014

A Butterfly Border

 Here's one I made with a Martha Stewart butterfly stamp, stamped with distress ink and then just a tiny bit of scribbled lime zest Promarker added 

I stamped the butterflies close to the right edge of the card, then cut away around the edges - tip, make sure you don't put the antennae facing outwards, impossible to cut around neatly. It took me three tries before I finally learned that lesson.....

The inside of the card is covered with a pretty Prima paper, which of course shows when the card is closed. A few dotted gems and a Hero Arts sentiment, and I was done

Friday, 27 June 2014

Summer in Venice 3

Here's the third card I made with the stamp - now you can scroll down and tell me which card is your favourite... for this one I made a pretty label, more of that later

and this one is the only one I coloured, with ProMarkers,  I used very neutral tones, to me she looks like the type of lady who would always wear soft restrained colours and look totally fabulous. I would dress like this every day if I could, but washing the kitchen floor and getting inky would make me look a bit silly - I can imagine the look on the postman's face if I answered the door in this get-up! I was imagining her going to a fabulous Venetian wedding, or maybe to a rendezvous with her lover.....sigh. There's quite a lot of embossing on the base card, not showing up very well in the photo

I was playing around with punches to make some pretty sentiment labels.....

I just cut strips of cardstock, and inserted one end into one of those corner Martha Stewart punches.....

This strip was a bit wider, but not a problem....

I just snipped off the corner, following the curve.....

an ended up with this. I did use a regular long punch on a couple of them, it works just fine as long as you turn the punch over and position the card very exactly before punching - the one on todays card was made with a long punch, you can see the little notches on the ends, but I quite like that look

That's it for today, I'll be back home tomorrow, probably with a couple of Max and Milo tales to tell, see you then x