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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Merry Christmas - Blog Candy :)

 
Hi everyone.
Well Christmas is almost here and I am not ready at all lol.
Never mind, as long as the family are together things will be great.
I have been thinking alt about this year, which hasn't been great for me.  I have chronic health problems anyway, which most of you probably know, but I've also had pneumonia this year, followed by shingles and I still haven't really recovered fully.
However, I am grateful that I am at present able to create things which gives me immense pleasure and I know that many of us craft as a sort of therapy, even if just for relaxation after a tough day at work :)
 
So, I am hoping for a better year next year, but I know that January can be a bit flat after all the preparations for Christmas, which seem to start earlier every year, so I thought I would do a blog candy.  In fact I am doing 2, one here and one on the challenge blog HERE , so you can add your name to both if you like :) (It seems that this happens automatically - not sure how I've managed to do that but now you only need to enter one to be entered into both :) )
 
This is what you could win;
 


It's a little something to say thanks for popping by and seeing me, and also a pledge that I will try to blog more next year with lots of the things that I make.
All you need to do to enter is add you name to the linky at the bottom (it would be nice if you choose to follow me but you don't have to if you don't want to :))
It would also be nice if you left a comment just to say hi, but again, not essential.
 
I am going to run it until the 7th of January, so you have a month to enter and don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and enter there too :)
Hopefully I will be back before the big day, but if not I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you all get some great pressies (ooh, please comment after the day and let me know what you've received, as I'm very nosy and I'd love to know :) )

Take care

xxx
 



Saturday, 1 November 2014

Ladybug Crafts November challenge

Good morning (afternoon/evening/night - choose whichever is appropriate :) )
 
well November is here and I am frantically making Christmas cards and gifts for a craft fair in a couple of weeks - I sense a few late nights coming up!!
 
Anyway, it is that time again over at the Ladybug Crafts Challenge blog and this month the theme is;
 
Bright Colours :)
 
I have used on of the fabulous Sheena Douglass embossing folders by Crafter's Companion
 





 
Such a simple card as the embossing folder does all the work :)
I used the Neenah desert storm to emboss on and then used Spectrum Noir pencils to colour in one of the elephants.
I just love orange and pink together!!
 
I rubbed over the other embossed elephants with some Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax and then buffed them up to give them a glitzy shine.
 
I added a sentiment on a tag in gold embossing powder (from Sheena's A Taste of India stamp set) and tied it to a bright pink organza ribbon.
 
I did the inside of the card to match.
 
I hope you like my bright elephant :)
 
Don't forget to join in the bright colours challenge over on the challenge blog.
 
xxx
 


Sunday, 19 October 2014

It's Birthday Week at Crafter's Companion and I'm celebrating too!!

Hello again :)
 
Well as it is birthday week over at Crafter's Companion UK 
I have a fab 'Celebration' Be Bunni stamp plate to give away to one lucky person :)
 
 
 
 
If you would like to win this little cutie all you need to do is leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Sunday 26th October :) *
 
Don't forget to check out all the fab birthday bargains at Crafter's Companion but be prepared to spend some money LOL  (I promise I won't overspend, I promise I won't overspend - do you think if I say it enough it will really happen LOL).
 
Don't forget to leave a comment below though for your chance to win my cute Be Bunni stamp :)
 
xxx
 
 
 
* Please check back to see if you have won as you will need to claim it by the 28th October.
 


Birthday Week at Crafter's Companion (and a couple of sneaky peeks :) )

 
Hello everyone :)
 
Well it's that time of year again - Birthday Week over at Crafter's Companion UK
so there are loads of offers to be had at fab prices too - don't forget to join the club, if you haven't already - to get an automatic 5% discount as a bronze member.  But then the more you spend, the more points you get and you could become a silver, gold or even a platinum member earning up to 20% off all purchases as well as free courier delivery  - I love it!!
 
So, as well as great offers there will be lots of new releases too so thought I would give you a little sneak peek at a couple :)
 
These use the new Create a Card 'Ornate Butterfly' die - so so pretty.  I also used a mix of Centura Pearl and Core'dinations card stock and lots of the quilling flower dies (I will list them all in later blog posts :) )
 




 
The following use another Create a Card die - this time 'Party Invitation'.  When I received this I was a bit dubious as I don't really have any parties and I don't go to any either and as I haven't got children I don't even go to any kid's parties either LOL.  So I wasn't sure I'd be able to come up with anything but I have to say I really enjoyed making with it as it let me pretend I was going to have a fab party that I could send out beautiful invitations for :)  I love the look for an adults party but with lots of bright colours and some pom poms it make s a fab childrens party invite too :)


I will be back over the week with more details about these projects.
 
If you fancy the chance of winning a Be Bunni Celebration stamp check out my next blog post.
 
xxx
 


Friday, 3 October 2014

Heartfelt Creations wall ahnging

 
Hello all :)
So more Heartfelt Creations today, but this time a wall hanging.
 
The sunflowers in a pail are a stamp coloured with Aquamarkers and a blender pen on hot press watercolour paper.  The middles of the sunflowers have glossy accents on them.
 
The sunflowers are stamped and then cut out with th matching die - I love it as it cuts several out at once so you aren't there forever cutting out layer after layer :).
I also stamped and cut out some leaves.  The centre of these sunflowers are filled with mica flakes by Cosmic Shimmer - sparkle for grown ups LOL.
 
I covered a board with the sunflower paper, inked around the edges and then layered up my images.  The quote was actually in the paper pad as a thin border strip so I just cut it into the separate words and added this.  I added a wire piece as a hanger.
 
To finish off I took a couple of the ladybugs, that are on the stamp plate with the flowers and also in the die that cuts them out, and added them to the flowers.
 
This is really sweet and would look lovely in a farmhouse kitchen :)



 
xxx


Thursday, 2 October 2014

Quilled flowers

 
Hi everyone, I'm here again :)
I thought today I would share a card that uses the beautiful Crafter's Companion quilled flower dies.
 
I used the Core'dinations Black Magic cardstock as a base layer and embossed it with a Sheena
embossing folder Sunflower Meadow.  I sanded it back to reveal the bright yellow underneath.
 
The sentiment is also  from Sheena's range and embossed in black powder so it's really glossy.
 
I used 2 of the quilling dies, the Sunflower large and Sunflower small.
I cut several out of Core'dinations card and wrapped them around.  I made a large flower using both sizes and a small one.
 
I added some small foliage pieces behind the flowers.  I also made a flower out of yellow felt - I liked this so much I added a brooch pin to the back so the recipient of the card can remove it from the card and add to a coat or a bag :)
 
To finish the card I added a big bow and did the inside of the card to match :)
 
Yellow isn't a colour that I use too often but I do love it and it is great with the black too -
what do you think?
 
 







 
xxx
 


Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Challenge at Ladybug Crafts

 
Hello all and welcome to Autumn :)
 
I love the Autumn, especially the beautiful colours that surround us.  I am very lucky to live in a fairly rural area so get to see lots of leaves turning from green to a fabulous range of oranges, yellows and browns :)
 
So, over at the Ladybug Crafts challenge blog this month, the challenge is Autumn and/or Halloween :)
Now I love Halloween, but sadly I don't really have anyone to send Halloween cards to so I have chosen to go with the Autumn theme.
 
I have used Heartfelt Creations papers and stamps to make this card.
 
I stamped in Vintage Sepia Versafine and then coloured the sunflower with Aquamarkers.
I didn't use any water at all (which is what I would usually do) but used the blender pen instead.  I used a hot pressed watercolour paper so it was nice and smooth. 
I layered up some of the papers from the matching pad and added the stamp which I had cut out with a slight margin.
The little stamp like piece with the sunflower on was coated with Glossy accents and a sprinkling of really fine glitter.
I added a big bow with a resin rose on top and also added 2 corduroy brads at the top.
I did the inside of the card to match.
Heartfelt Creations papers make it so easy to make a fab card fairly quickly and most of all I love these amazing Autumnal colours.





 
I hope you like my card today and I also hope you'll join in with our challenge this month.
 
xxx