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Monday, 17 April 2017

Love is a Battlefield

You'll be pleased to hear the urge to do housework has passed!  I am back to normal again ;-)

I got completely abandoned by mojo recently & asked Susan to give me a random word that I had to get inspirations from.  The second one she threw at me was...unicorn which I interpreted very literally!  Very proud here as I used up some very old paper, the backing is Brilliant Blue from Stampin' Up & the paper pieced body is a velvet paper.  Ideal for a little one as they can actually stroke the unicorn 'fur'.

So if you fancy a bit of paper piecing this week, come & join us at Sweet Stampin'.


Thought I'd join in with a few challenges too:

Come and Get it - It's a Girl Thing
Crafting when we can - One for the girls
Cupcake Inspirations -



Thanks so much for dropping by,

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

A Galway girl and a perfect night

I need lots of cards made in a short space of time at the moment and the Freshly Made Sketches team always inspire me so I've been waiting for the new sketch to appear today!  Well I haven't been sat by the pc waiting, I actually did some housework to keep me occupied.  Alright, I was forced to do housework so as to avoid being caught in complete chaos by a house guest.  But then that weird thing happened where I actually started enjoying myself & wanted to carry on!

To add to my productiveness today, it's the first time I've used this Sheen Douglass die of a loosestrife flower.  I read something recently about all flowers having meanings & so I looked this one up.  Apparently it means 'peace'. 


There we have it, I'm off to lie down in a dark room until the weird housework urge disappears ;-) but I just want to join in some lovely challenges first:


Shopping our Stash - Punches and/or Dies

Have a great day folks xx

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Just wanna dance the night away...

Over at Sweet Stampin' this week we have a 'Mellow Yellow' challenge.  Truthfully, your yellow doesn't have to be mellow.  It can be a bright as you like !

Every time I see yellow cards, I promise myself I'll use more yellow....it's lovely & cheery but I still forget!  I think I might go make another one while it's on my mind!

I used a lovely image from Stampin' Up's Simply Soft set and some spotty paper also from S.U. 


Participating in some lovely challenges:

Come and Get It - In the Garden
Dragonfly Dreams - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Please don't stop the music

Can you tell I got some new toys recently?  As a belated birthday gift, I got some Inkylicious ink dusters and I have to say I rather like them!  I made several cards with them in one lovely inky crafty session.  This one is for the current Sweet Stampin' challenge of Anything but Birthday.  


This was another that I forgot to make a post about although it did appear on the SS challenge blog...oops!  So just for Wends, here it is:


We're not talking about the stamp on this one.  Because I'm not buying and it isn't new.  Well, not any more!

Short & sweet from me, I have lots to do but thanks so much for dropping by,

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 11 February 2017

He was long gone when he met me

With a female card, if in doubt you can pop some flowers on & it works.  The nearest I can get to that for a man, are trees.  They may not drink beer, play golf, watch football or indeed have any hobbies at all but they can't take offence at a tree!


My distressed, inky, splodgy tree is for this week's challenge over at Sweet Stampin' where we're looking for masculine creations.  A fairly quick make but sometimes, that's all you can fit in!

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

At least I can say that I've tried

Here's one of my favourite Christmas cards I've ever made.  I love it's simplicity & clean lines, honestly it's a card that totally makes me happy!

I've used a James Bear pre-coloured image from LOTV, my swiss dots embossing folder & the little mittens came from who knows where....I have the vaguest of feelings that it could possibly have been Lakeland.

He's my card for the Sweet Stampin' Christmas challenge this month.  We had a phenomenal start to the challenge in January, plenty of organised people around so come & join us in February.  We're always Anything Goes (Christmas themed of course).


Playing along with some challenges:

A Snowflakes Promise - Anything Goes
Christmas with the Cuties #2 - Christmas Carols & Songs (definitely a 'White Christmas' here, love that song!)
Merry Monday - Clean and Simple

Thanks for popping by, have a great day,

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 28 January 2017

You never say hey or remember my name

A quick appearance by me but an appearance nonetheless!  I've been making quite a few New Home cards recently as lots of people seem to be moving.   Either that or they're having birthdays, it's crazy busy for birthday cards too!  I'm off to a joint birthday party this weekend for 2 of them and looking forward to catching up with some good friends too.

This little card was also made for the new challenge over at Sweet Stampin' which is Spots & Dots


Some days you just want to go simple.

I've used the Good Neighbours stamp set from SU and a very old sentiment.  Still trying hard to use up the old (antique) stash!

I hope you'll take the time to play along with us & break out the spotty/dotty papers.

Also playing along with some of my favourite challenge (been a long time!)

Allsorts - Let's Celebrate
Brown Sugar - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - All that glitters is gold (sentiment)
Penny Black & More - Anything Goes

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Another night, another dream

In case you're wondering, more blogging wasn't part of my New Year resolution making. Using up my ridiculously over excessive stash collection was however. So here I am playing along with team Susan's theme of Dies & Punches. Inspired by watching Lisa Horton on Hochanda the other day when I felt proper poorly.


We'd love to see you join us at Sweet Stampin', inspiration to use our dies is always a good thing!

The Genius (Occasionally!) xx
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