Sunday 26 February 2012

Opals are a girls best friend?

This week on SPA our host is Nancy Maxwell James and she has chosen the theme of "birthstones". I was a bit stumped at first with this theme, but figured I'd think of it more of a colour theme. I was born in October so my birthstone is an opal, which isn't a colour as such! lol
but I came up with these 2 postcards for the theme.
all images are from Lisas Altered Art.
Mandy x

Friday 24 February 2012

Steampunk Tag

I've made this super large tag with items from That's Crafty ~ except my wackadoodle steampunk girl. See how this was made here I'd like to enter this into the ART CARDS challenge of STEAMPUNK TAGS
Mandy x

Let them eat cake

I wonder if Marie Antoinette actually said that?
This week's TOFF challenge is "anyone for cake" so I've gone with Marie Antoinette which fits the theme on Daring Cardmakers too!
Mandy x

Thursday 23 February 2012

All Stitched Up

Here is my entry for Dilly Beans this week.
I'd also like to enter it for...
Simon Says Stamp ~ 3 papers (hoping mine is ok, i've used 4 different background papers, but I have made them myself.)

Here is my entry for last week's Dilly Beans... I forgot to put it up.
Mandy x

learn to pause....

Here is a postcard I've made ~ I'd like to enter it for

If you'd like to see how I've made this including the background, please check out this

mandy x

Monday 20 February 2012

Dream Wish Tag

Here is my entry for Take a Word's theme of Turquoise. one of my best fave colours to create with.
all items to make the background available at thatscrafty. The Zetti Girl is my own creation.

Mandy x

Saturday 18 February 2012

Happy Sunday

We at Octopode Towers are off to the NEC today so I'm posting my SPA early. Deb from rustycage is our host on SPA this week and she's chosen the theme GOTHICTFL and have a good day.
Mandy x

Tuesday 14 February 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

just wanted to wish everyone a happy ♥ day.

This is a pic of the books I've read so far this year... not doing badly as my new year's resolve was to read 12 books this year (one a month) as I never had enough time to read until now.
Want to wish my gorgeous girls a happy ♥ day too
yes, Lily does have a paper decorating overall on... do not ask me why!
look at that blue sky! pics from Disneyland last October
Have a great day!
Mandy x

Sunday 12 February 2012

My heart belongs to you.

on SPA this week we are celebrating Valentines Day. here is my postcards for this. I've used my fave stamp of the moment, the grungy heart by tim holtz. can't stop using it! it's a fantastic background stamp.
Mandy x

Saturday 11 February 2012

Saturday 4 February 2012

Give me Wings

On the CES challenge blog the theme is either wings/sketch/both.

I can't do sketches, I'm not a sketch person ~ however I do DO wings. I love wings, i love making Fairies. Here's two ATC's i've made that have wings on them!
Mandy x

Classic Movies

... or films. This is the theme on SPA chosen by Kris. I am in love with Kris' style of collage artwork and she is totally inspiring.

I've done 2 postcards, firstly THE KID ~ a Charlie Chaplin classic. (background made with mists, Kid stamp and crafters workshop mask ~ all available from That's crafty)
and Audrey Hepburn in the classic BREAKFAST AT TIFFANYS (background is misted, stamped with Kaisercraft mini stamp and the Audrey Hepburn stamp from the octopode factory, finished by drawing the little circles through a mask ~ all available at That's crafty online)
thanks to Kris for hosting and thanks for looking!

Mandy x

Friday 3 February 2012

Exciting News!

I am going to be working with That's Crafty ~ an online shop that sells fabulous items, loads of rubberstamps, lots of journalling things, lots of paints, spritzers and inks. ooohhh it's so exciting! I will be getting my first package soon and I cannot wait to play... it's like Christmas!

Mandy x

love, love me do

you know I love you. Here's my card for Dillybeans this week, where the theme is Zombie love.

I'd also like to enter this card into

thanks for looking
Mandy x

Shades of Grey

is the theme over at the TOFF challenge. I decided to use this guy from the Steampunk Nippers set as he rarely gets used. I made the card then began looking for a suitable quote, low and behold I stumbled upon this one from Orson Welles! How very apt... so I used it! It says "a film is never really good unless the camera is in an eye in the head of a poet"

mandy x

Thursday 2 February 2012


here's my entry into this week's SPA. I'm really late blogging this, even though I made it before last Sunday!TFL
Mandy x