Monday, 30 September 2013

Happy BEEday

To Miz Lils.... wow she is 20! I don't know how that happened. I cannot BEElieve it.

Here she is when she was born, with my mum who was there with me. I'm so thankful that my mum got to see both of my girls grow up to be amazing young ladies.
Pre-Birthday lunch on Friday with both my lovelies.
Here's another Autumn Tag I've made for TagAlong using Hidden Vintage Studios images. One stitch at a time also have an Autumn theme as well as 'it's all about the vintage' has an Autumn Harvest theme. Hopefully, this also fits in with their challenge
 and a yummy honey-coloured BEE tag.
Cheerful stamp pad is having a TAGS theme

Mandy x

Sunday, 29 September 2013

BEE Yourself

Big clue there in the title... it's BEES over on SPA this week... our wonderful host is Tracey from Hidden Vintage Studios who was even inspired to create a digi kit using BEES 

Here is my BEE postcard using one of the Hidden Vintage bees
 and one for my personal challenge of using Lisas Altered Art images on EVERY postcard I make for SPA this year... so far so good. 

All my collages use digital images, however all my work is Mixed Media. Every flower, bee and fairy is painstakingly cut out. 
I'd also like to enter these into the PanPastelUk challenge of anything goes, I've used sprays, paste, masks, pan pastels, collage images, watercolours.

Mandy x

Thursday, 26 September 2013


everyday ones in this case.

Here's a tag, using a digi stamp from The Octopode Factory and some other bits and bobs. I tried stamping on the cardboard, but alas it doesn't work so great ;-) I did manage some grunge n a bit of stamping on the paper.

 This tag is for Rhedd n Rosie's challenge of Something for the men and also Eclectic Ellapu ~ for a boy. PanPastelUK and one stitch at a time have Anything Goes themes.
Mandy x

Autumn Glory

This week's TAGALONG is hosted by my SPA partner and friend Donna. She's chosen the Autumn Glory theme.

Here's my entry... I've used images from LunaGirl

Mandy x

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Riding, Cycling, Flying, Driving

Clues to this week's SPA... the theme is TRANSPORT. And our wonderful host is Mark who is demoing at Ally Pally this weekend. (good luck for that Mark, not that you need it)

I'm continuing on my quest to use Lisas Altered Art images on ALL my SPA entries this year. So proud of myself that up to now I have managed it (yay for me)
I'd already made my postcard at Anne's the other week, however it seemed to grow legs and disappeared so I made these yesterday (albeit with no glasses therefore nigh on blind)

come over and join us
Mandy x

Friday, 20 September 2013


Here is a second entry I've made for Tag Along AND Rhedd and Rosie. TagAlong is a masculine theme and R&R is Steampunkie.

Mandy x

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

I became insane,

with long intervals of horrible sanity ~ EAP

This week's theme on TagAlong was chosen by Deb (I keep wanting to say Our Deb but I don't think she'd approve lol) she wants us to make a tag using a masculine vibe.

What better subject than Mr EAP himself.

come over and join us 
Mandy x

Tuesday, 17 September 2013


is the prompt on Take a Word this week.... here's my entry. I've used an old picture of the Moulin Rouge in the background.
and as this lady has a headdress on i'm also entering her into the Cheerful Stamp pad theme of 'hats'
The words are from Madonna's Vogue which work well with the Eclectic Ellapu theme of 'be inspired by a song'
Mandy x

A little bit of .... Steampunkie

Here is my project for That's Crafty this week. That's Crafty is an online shop based in the UK but they also send overseas. The prices are really competitive and the service fantastic. They also have free shipping if you spend £20

I'd like to enter this into the Rhedd and Rosie challenge of Steampunkie 

Mandy x

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Blue for You?

This week's PanPastelUK challenge is 'make it blue' this week. I've scurried around and come up with this postcard and ATC

Mandy x


“I have called on the Goddess and found her within myself”

Our theme on SPA is GODDESS chosen by DEB 

here are my two postcards. 

the first is Artemis
 The second is an image from Lisas Altered Art and seems very goddess-like

Mandy x

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Dot Dot Dot

This week's TAGALONG theme is ..... POLKA DOTS chosen by the inkilicious Carol

I've made two.... the top one is my second one, mainly inspired by someone's comment that I don't 'do' quirky anymore... the doll is one of my 'wackadoo dolls' that I created myself.
 I love these cat images from Hidden Vintage Studios on DeviantScrap
thanks for looking
hope to see you on the challenge blog.
Mandy x

Tuesday, 10 September 2013


Most people who read my blog know that we have a cat and dog menagerie here at Octopode Towers. We have 2 pupstars ~ Petrie and Myrtle. They are my precious angels who look after me.
Then we have 4 cats who keep me active due to having to be attached to a piece of elastic as they like to use the door to the stairs as a thoroughfare
 Our newest baby Priscilla
Gomez and Austin
Gomez is a girl but she has a 'tache so we named her after Gomez Addams
Austin (named after my psychology tutor)
Anyways, enough of the babies...
Mandy x

Monday, 9 September 2013

Let them eat Cake

On The Cheerful Stamp Pad the challenge is to be inspired by an image ~
 In my mind cake = Marie Antoinette

Mandy x

Luna Girl Moon Beams

I've been asked to join the DT at Luna Girl.... really pleased as you all know I love to do vintage collage... so yes there's more vintage to come!

My first challenge was to make something using the current theme of their challenge blog of Vintage Bellydance.  

come over and join in... you can win some Luna Girl collage sheets

Mandy x

Saturday, 7 September 2013

Dance yourself Dizzy

This week's postcard theme was chosen by Anne for Sunday Postcard Art

Here's my postcard, made using images from Lisas Altered Art.
Mandy x

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Birds of a Feather

for our second challenge on Tagalong we are asking for all sorts of birds....

This was my second attempt at a tag for this challenge :)

Mandy x

Monday, 2 September 2013

Productive Weekend at Anne's

even if my mojo was on strike. I somehow made 14 tags for various things, although I am definitely not pleased with every thing I made. My mojo left on Friday but I persevered and by Sunday I'd finally made something I liked.

Here is one of the tags I made that I like ;-) it's for Lunagirls challenge to use a seed packet/advert

the challenge has been expanded to Vintage Garden but I'd already printed my images out before ;-)
Mandy x

End of Summer

it's been lovely here in Derby today ...
be inspired by Colours of Summer say Stamping for the Weekend challenge! (my stamping is on my background)

Mandy x

Spots and Dots

PanPastelUK is asking us to make something with spots and dots on it. I've chosen to make a card (yes a card!) using this spotty deer. When I bought this set from Deviantscrap I knew I had to use this image ~ it's just so sweet. I've also used a punchinella stamp in the background which is also dotty :-)

Mandy x

The nights are drawing in....

it'll soon be time for Autumn. There's a couple of challenge blogs this week who want us to make some autumnal arty stuff.

Take A Word ~ Autumn
Sarah Hurley ~ Autumn Glow
The Squirrel and The Fox ~ spring or Autumn

Here's my tag entry for these
Mandy x