Sunday 30 December 2012

There's an open theme on

SPA this week. This is usually the only open themed week we have on SPA... so get over there and make some postcards to share with us!

Mandy x

Sunday 23 December 2012

Chestnuts roasting on an open Fire....

ours is not chestnuts but red cabbage, have spent days cooking it up it seems... 
 and then yesterday, after spending most of the day with my mum who's taken a turn for the worse, me and the girls (yes Miz Lils joined us this year) got down to baking some mince pies.
is she safe with that knife? 
The pie Lily made turned out fab! 
Here's my postcard this week for SPA... I've used my babies so that
 I could turn the postcard into a Chrissy card for Rowan ~ our dog groomer.

Happy Sunday to you all.... 
Gingerbread house making today.... watch this space!

Mandy x

Tuesday 18 December 2012

Mistletoe and Wine

...... had a productive weekend at Anne's, got 2 christmas kisses and some much needed 'me' time.

Here is a decoration that I made for That's Crafty this week.... really super dooper pleased with it.

I'm entering it into the Take A Word challenge blog... tis the season and simon says stamp and show... gift inspiration

Mandy x

Sunday 16 December 2012

Winter Wonderland

This week on SPA the theme is blue and silver... I've sort of ended up blue and glittery :-S
I've used images from The Octopode Factory.

One week to go .....

Mandy x

Friday 14 December 2012

Weekend at last

ok so it's only Friday but my weekend will start at around 10am today. I'm off to my mate Anne's for the weekend. Glad for the break, however, yesterday I woke up full of cold and haven't stopped sneezing since! Typical.

here's my card for Dillybeans ~ theme this week is.... non-trad christmas colours. I really like this card but is it too grungy? (is there any such thing?)
 My life is being made difficult by my glasses because one of the arms has come off, I have wonky eyesight and they keep falling off my face. Annoying much!

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Day 11 of Creepmas

I hold my hands up high.... I've missed a couple of days of Creepmas... not intentionally it's just time seems to go so fast.

So here's my Day 11 creations using Octopode stamps... see the deets over here

The girls put the tree up on Sunday whilst I wrapped prezzies.
 We did some truffle making
 and the animals had cuddles. Here's Ivan and Petrie

The card I'd like to enter into Everybody Art where the theme is anything goes.

Mandy x

Monday 10 December 2012

one man and his dog....

well, technically it's a boy... the stamp is called Milo and Raphael... not sure which is which though.
I've made this for Happy Daze this week.... and I'd also like to enter it into the 'here come the boys' challenge of 'anything goes'

thanks for looking
Mandy x

Saturday 8 December 2012

it's a STEAMPUNK christmas

over on SPA... come over and join us!

Here's mine... I've used the STeampunk Christmas set from Creative Studios.

Mandy x

Friday 7 December 2012

Little Button Girl

once upon a time..... there lived a little button girl.

Made for That's Crafty ~ where you can find all the deets to make the tag and also a closeup pic, and find all the stamps/sprays I used to make it.
I'm entering this into Sunday Stamper... where the theme is TAGS

Mandy x

on the 7th day of creepmas.....

BAH HUMBUG ~ this is def me! lol

Dillybeans this week is traditional christmas colours :-) 

Mandy x

Thursday 6 December 2012

Happy St Nicholas....

did he visit? or perhaps it was his creepy BFF Krampus! Wow ~ he certainly is a creepy character. Here's the story for creepmas day 6

ATC I made using the above image

 I'm going in reverse order here..... here's my offering for Creepmas day 5...
Mandy x

Wednesday 5 December 2012

Christmas Dec's and Novelties

Here is a little birdie dec I made for Creative Studios using the felt that Sam has for sale.

.... and then, as I have a lot of cat-lover friends, I thought I'd try my hand at little felt cats to give as gifts.

 thought this turned out rather well!

Mandy x

day 4 of creepmas

santa came out in his true creepy self....

I picked this image up yesterday at Delicious Doodles ~ it's fab!

mandy x

Monday 3 December 2012

Wonder of Alice

Here's my piece for Happy Daze this week..... the old faithful Alice ~ some ATC's using the Artistic Outpost set :-)

I'm entering these into the One Stitch at a time 'anything goes' prompt

Mandy x

On the 2nd and 3rd day of Creepmas

ooopps.... missed yesterday.... I was out at a fuddle... yes a fuddle. I think it must be a northern English thing? no one knows what a fuddle is... it's just a little party, a get together... everyone brings something to eat and yesterday we had some laughs.... made a few things first as it was at craft club ~ then wait for it! Bingo! I DID win a little stamp set too :-) brilliant. had a fun fun fun day.

and so.... onto Creepmas day 2 and 3

this creepy cutie is the angel of our tree....

 Day 3 of Creepmas ~ some creepy characters for christmas from The Octopode Factory!
Mandy x

Saturday 1 December 2012

all together now

fa la la la la la laaaaaaaaaaaa

yes it's the start of our Christmas themes on Sunday Postcard Art.... the first theme is BAUBLES ~ I did think about just doing some baubles hanging from the top of the postcard but during the week I was sent this image from Hidden Vintage Studios and I just ♥ it!

Mandy x

The first day of Creepmas

.... a tag using some Octopode images.

It's a creepmas bloghop.... you need to head over to Maple Grove Cemetery after here ;-)
Mandy x

Friday 30 November 2012

Cats, Dogs and other things

phew these past few week's at Octopode Towers has been crazy. Firstly, Petrie was really poorly he didn't eat for days on end, we even did the unmentionable and bought cooked chicken... he still wouldn't eat. BUT after a quick dose of antibiotics he's on the mend.
Then this week, the kittens went in to be neutered on Wednesday.... yay now I'm thinking they can go outside :-) and yesterday Gomez had her little op so she wouldn't have any more kitties. I think 4 is quite enough! lol We are all so soppy here we couldn't give any animals away!

This week DillyBeans theme is 'pop dots' so I used 3d foam 
on this little chica on her head and wings
I'm entering this card for digital tuesday's girly theme

Here's my ATC for Creative Studio's this week
using the Steampunk Christmas set  

Mandy x

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Bookmark This Page

This week I've made a bookmark for That's Crafty... I really enjoy making bookmarks 

I'd like to enter this into the stamps and fun blog challenge

Mandy x

Monday 26 November 2012

Butterfly Girl

I've made this card for Happy Daze... I've actually made 2 versions of it... which you can see here

I'm going to enter this into Hels challenge of 'vintage' ~ over here
and one stitch at a time's theme is ribbon (the lilac stripe is a ribbon)

Mandy x

Saturday 24 November 2012

SPA ~ Rainy Days

When Donna and I discussed themes for Sunday Postcard Art a few weeks ago, little did we know just how apt this week's theme would be. It's done nothing but rain here where I am ALL week. I walk everywhere so I'm not too keen on the rain! It's far too wet. But I have made 2 postcards...

Images from Hidden Vintage Studios.

Images from Lisas altered Art and Hidden vintage studios.

Thanks for looking,
Mandy x

Wednesday 21 November 2012

Winter is drawing in

It's an awful day out there, wish I didn't have to go out in it.

I've made these two stamped ATC's for That's Crafty this week....

the first one I'd like to enter into the Crazy Amigos challenge of Colours of Winter

Mandy x

Meet Gulliver

He's one of the little animals I made yesterday using some felt from Creative Studios....

check out the Creative Studios blog for other felt ideas ~ my pattern for Gulliver came from one of my good friends Amy. I must admit I am very fussy about quality of felt and this felt from Sam is definitely great and the colours are lush! I love to use felt as there's no fraying and you don't even have to sew it... you can glue it ;-)

Mandy x

Friday 16 November 2012

Friday Catch-up

Wow ... super busy week.... haven't had a chance to blog anything yet that I've made this week.... so here goes!
A hanging shrine for Happy Daze
JOY card for That's Crafty
 a hanging tag for Creative Studios

Mandy x


Here is a card I made for Dillybeans and Simon Says Stamps this week the theme is thank you.

Mandy x

Sunday 11 November 2012

Festival of Lights

This week we are celebrating Diwali on SPA ~ the Hindu festival of lights.... here is my postcard... made with a picture of Ganesh, some sprays, masks stamps and colouring.

I'm adding this Remembrance card, I made it a while ago for my dad, who I miss very much every day
Mandy x

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Spectacle of the Whimsical

Here is my entry for Sunday Postcard Art... I'm late I know. I had made it on Sunday then time just ran away with me. I've used digi's from The Octopode Factory

My creation for Happy Daze this week.... 
this pic is taken with instagram ~ I'll try to get a better one today.... 
It's a mini notebook.

and finally here are a couple of mini tags for my study card tag book. 
I've made these for That's Crafty.
Strangely I had to scan them twice... this is the second scan....

 this is the first scan... when I scanned them at the same time. 
How digi do these look?

I'd lke to enter these tags into these challenges

Mandy x