Friday, 19 September 2014

Week 277 - Use a film title as your inspiration!

Good Morning Everyone!

I'm back! My sincere apologies for my absence from the blog.  I have been having treatment at hospital over the last 3 weeks and unfortunately it has been a little bit more than I was expecting and there was a lot of R and R to be had in between each treatment.  Wednesday was my last treatment and now we wait to see if it has been successful.
I have missed doing the blog.  I am sorry that I couldn't start my Christmas inspiration with a post every day in September but as mentioned things didn't quite go to plan.  
I am starting this now on Monday 22nd and will post a Christmas project everyday for a month and hope that this inspires you to crack on with your projects.
I will be giving away some blog candy so please  leave a comment to be in with a chance to win some stash!

Anyhow to today's job in hand - its Saturday so it is the Allsorts Challenge.  Thankyou to the girls on the team for being so patient and allowing me time off.

Today the Team have been asked by our lovely Teamie Wendy to 

"Use a film title as inspiration"

and I have chosen 

"The Battle of Britain"
1969 British World War 2 film starring Micheal Cain, Lawrence Olivia, Trevor Howard,
Kenneth Moore and Ian Mc Shane

We are very lucky in Coningsby as we have the Battle of Britain Memorial flight stationed at the RAF base.  At the moment we also have the Canadian Lancaster (Vera) over here on a visit so we have seen some amazing flying displays lately.  You have perhaps seen them around your area as they have also been touring the country.

The base card is made from Kraft card and I have used a topper with the Spitfire on. The paper with the British map was from a paperpack from DCWV.  The poppies were from Sheena Douglass paint fusion illustrations which I thought fitted the project nicely.  A few metal embellishments finished this off.

I would love to hear what you think to my project and let me know if you have been a lucky one to view the Memorial Flight too.

Today at the shop we have the fabulously talented Kathryn Sturrock demonstrating skills using clays and moulds.  I am really looking forward to it as I so admire her work and need to have a go at it!!

Please don't forget to pop in on Monday and each day for the month to check out my Christmas Inspiration.  This time it will be there I promise!!! 
Thankyou again for your patience and please comment if you have time.
Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge see what my other team members have done with this title - they are really lovely designs as usual.

Enjoy a fabulous weekend,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Week 274 - Early Christmas Makes

Hello Everyone,

When you are reading this we will be on our last day of our holidays :[ but I am sure we have had a lovely time!  I always say that when the holiday comes to an end you need to come home and start back to work to save up for next years! it is a positive to get over a negative!!

This week the Team have been asked to show a project entitled:-

Early Christmas Makes

I always say that I wont start Christmas workshops until after August so that we can then get into the Christmas spirit but not whilst the sun is shining but I have actually been making samples for demonstrations, T.V and design work since the end of May so I have got into the swing of it.

This is a project that I did for Tonic Studios - I am working as part of the Design Team.
These dies were part of the Christmas Tonic show a couple of week ago and they were all stunning and so fabulous to use.
The star is a Christmas ornament and can be used on its own hanging from your tree which is lovely.
The Winter wishes are part of a set of edger dies and these flew when they were shown on T.V.
I wasn't surprised as these really were a joy to use.


I hope this gives you some inspiration and if you need some more please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog where the rest of the lovely team will be able to give you some more to get you started on the road to Christmas!

Thankyou, as always for popping by and I hope that you can find a minute to pop a comment down - you know I love to hear from you x
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Week 273 - Warm Summery Colours

Good Morning Crafty Friends,

Well it has finally arrived - our week away on holiday! today we fly off to Rhodes and we are both so ready for a few days of R and R! a little sunshine would be lovely too.  I am in the throws of packing so this wont be a mega long post!
The week understandably has been a bit hectic trying to fit everything in and get all my work caught up so I wont have too much to get on with straight off the plane! We have had a couple a lovely workshops and these have been using the Joy floral stamps and I have chosen one of the projects to show you as it is perfect for this weeks Challenge ~
Warm Summery Colours

The Joy stamps are clear and very easy to use.  The print is excellent.  The whole design is in one with the gorgeous Lilly and the script in the background so we decoupaged the Lily and coloured it with Distress Pens, Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade.
You cant see the envelope too well but the bottom half of the design has been made using the WR Memory Keepers Envelope maker which is such a great tool and I would highly recommend it - so easy to use.
A flourish and a tag with a sentiment finished off a really lovely but quick project.

The Design Team have made some gorgeous samples this week, as usual, and if you pop over to the Allsorts Blog you can get some more inspiration.
We also have 2 fabulous sponsors this week:


and 

so a massive thankyou to both of these for their support.
Must dash now, I will post next week but I m afraid that I wont be able to do any commenting as I wont be taking the lap top! 
Have a lovely week and enjoy the Bank |Holiday whatever you are planning.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Week 272 - Use a Stencil or Mask

Hello Crafters,

Well, another week under our belts and only one week until we go on our holidays!!!
Not that I am really looking forward to it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol x
That is a week away so back to the business in hand today! as it is Saturday it is time for another Allsorts Challenge post and this week we have been asked to design a project using a stencil or a mask.
This is the card that I have chosen to show you ~


 This is a card that I made for my Dad's birthday last week. He collects pocket watches so it was perfect for him. (I really should have put a chain coming from the top of the watch but didn't have one! that would have finished it off nicely)
The stencil that I have used is a Sweet Poppy and I have used the gold paste through the stencil to get the definition.  The stencil comes in 2 parts so you can put the clock face on in a different medium so I used Pinflair Buff-it in Slate colour.  I used an embossing folder on the background and coloured it with distress inks and the buff it to match in with the watch. The background papers were from my stash and the card candy finished the edges off.
I hope that this has inspired you to have a go at the Challenge - the design team have been busy again this week so pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to have a look.
Take care and enjoy a lovely week,
Bye for now,
Jo x




Saturday, 9 August 2014

Week 271 - All Sentimental

Good Morning Crafters,

How are you all today?   It has been a busy week following a very successful Birthday celebration last Saturday.  Sheena was  absolutely amazing and demonstrated her fantastic new range of Christmas design stamps and embossing folders.  I would have like to have shown you some photographs but I am waiting for Mum to send them through from her camera as she was in charge of taking the photographs on the day!
We always run a raffle for special events at the shop and the profit from the raffle goes to one of our local charities.  We raised £93.00 this time and we are going to send it to the Emergency Blood Bikes - Lincolnshire section as they are in need of funds to keep giving us this amazing service.
the first prize was £150.00 hamper full of crafting goodies and one of our lovely customers Heidi Rice was the lucky winner and this is a picture of Mark and myself presenting it to her on Tuesday.
She was thrilled to have won and we are so pleased that she did. 
I also had some Birthday Blog Candy up for grabs and the prize was a choice of a set of Sheena's Christmas stamps and the lucky winner picked at Random is .................................................................................................................................................................
...................................................................................................................................
...................................................  Carolyn B !!!!
Thankyou Carolyn for the lovely comment and well done!  please email me on lets.create@btinternet.com and let me know which set of Sheena stamps from her latest collection you would like!
 
As it is a Saturday morning it is also our Allsorts Challenge and it is my week to host the Challenge this week and I have chosen ~
 
All sentimental
 
as a title for you to have a go at for the Allsorts theme.  I love to put a sentiment on a card design or a canvas and there are some fabulous sentiments available either by using a rubber stamp or  computer generated. 
 
The design that I have decided to show you is this one ~
 
 
I really enjoyed making this card - we made it in a workshop a couple of weeks ago when the theme was Crafters Companion Die-sire Dies. I love these very clever dies they really are so easy to use and create a fantastic result. The one that I have used here is called Enchanted.  I chose not to use the middle die section but used a die-d'lite frame to make an aperture so that the sentiment can be centered on the design. I cut the die out of craft card and then used chalk inks and inked through the die. The sunflowers are from Cheery Lynn and love using these as they are
 so pretty. The sentiment is from a set of stamps from Paper Artsy.
I hope that you like the challenge and you will have a go this week.  We have 2 fabulous sponsors this week giving away some great prizes ~
Thankyou to them for their generosity.
 
Today is a busy day as we are at the Hunkydory show at Stoneleigh doing Make and Takes. We are expecting 60 people in each class throughout the day so I think we will be kept on our feet!
I will let you know how it goes!
In the meantime thankyou for popping by and please pop into the Allsorts Challenge Blog to have a look at the Design Teams gorgeous samples and this will inspire you for sure!
 
Must dash now and see the lovely people in the workshop room!
Take care and please leave a comment for me,
Bye for now
Jo xx
 
 
 
 


Saturday, 2 August 2014

Week 270 - Our Favourite Things and Anniversary Blog Candy!!!

Hello my Crafty friends,

How are you all? Have you enjoyed a lovely week with all this sunshine and of course the school holidays are well on the way - its great to see all of the children enjoying time out and especially with the sun shining.

This week has been particularly busy for us at the shop as it is our 1st Anniversary at the Tattershall shop today and we are celebrating by having the lovely Sheena Douglass to demonstrate.
She is a very dear friend of Let's Create and never fails to amaze us when she comes over to demonstrate.
We have been getting all of the latest crafty stash in the shop - it is very difficult being a crafter and the owner! you really need to get your hands on everything that is new but this, of course, can't be done!!

To celebrate our first, very successful, year in the Tattershall shop I would like to give away some Blog Candy and have decided that with our fabulous friend Sheena visiting it would only be fitting to give away a set of her gorgeous new Christmas designs. The lucky winner will be able to choice from a selection that we have got in for the demonstration tomorrow.
All that I am asking you to do is leave a comment on this weeks design and then next Saturday I will ask Random org to choice a winner.

This week at Allsorts we have been asked by our lovely Tracey to design something that shows everyone what our favourite things are.


This card really shows several of my favourite crafting items:
Colour, inks, stamping, embossing and guilding wax
The stamps are from Sheena (a coincidence I might add!) and the embossing folder is from her Indian designs.
The flowers have been stamped and embossed onto heat resistant acetate and then coloured on the back using fine glitter and dries clear glue.

The pearls are from pearl drops from Pinflair.
I love using colour and inks in my work - but I am sure you know me so well by now!
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to check out the other girls favourite things - as usual there is some gorgeous work.
The sponsor for this week is Penny Black and we all know how fabulous these stamps are.

I must dash now as it is going to be a very busy day, I need to get the kettle on ready for our lovely visitors and put all of our lovely cake out! I will pop some photographs on here next week so that you can see the fun that we had.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that is a customer of Let's Create - you are the ones that have made our little palace so successful and I hope that we can bring many more Anniversary weekends to you. We really appreciate your support.

If you are in the area please pop in everyone is welcome and you will learn so much from the very talented Sheena.
Thankyou as ever for popping by and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance of grabbing a lovely stamp set!
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Week 269 - time for tea

Good morning everyone,

How are you all? Well I hope and continuing to enjoy this lovely weather.
Apologies for my absence last week - I intended to post on the Tuesday that we came back from a long weekend in Norfolk with our lovely friends Caroline and John.  Unfortunately Mark has been a bit poorly this week with a bug and I have been in charge of the shop as Mr C had to have a few days at home :( He is on the mend now and back at work today. Understandably it left me a bit busy so I am afraid work had to come first.
 
The weekend was fabulous such as relaxing few days with lots of sunshine, ice-cream and fish and chips!! Norfolk has such unexpected beauty with pretty little villages and quaint towns with little boutique shops and cafes and the coastal towns are fabulous. It was also Caroline's 40th birthday so we had a little celebration on the Saturday evening!
 
Well back to the topic of today we have been asked by our lovely Sarah's turn to choose a theme for this weeks Challenge and it is ~
 
TIME FOR TEA
 
I think this is a lovely Challenge and I have chosen the following project to share
with you ~
 
 
 
 
This is mainly a Heartfelt Creation project with the stamp and the background paper.
The stamp for the tea cup China Fragments set and for the flowers it is the Tattered Florals die cut and stamp set. The papers are from one of the Heartfelt Creations paper packs.
I have finished the flowers off with some black micro beads in the middle to give them some definition. 
 
The design team have made some excellent projects too and so pop over to see them at the Allsorts Blog. Our Sponsors this week are Flonzcraft and Eureka Stamps
 
Today I am getting my samples ready for tomorrow's demonstration at Inspirations in Preston.  It is Christmas all the way and if you are in the area on Sunday it would be lovely to see you.
 
We also have a very exciting event at our shop next Saturday 2nd August - it is our 1st Birthday in our Tattershall shop and we have the fabulous Sheena Douglass coming to demonstrate. The event will be on from 10 am until 4pm, with refreshments all day and inspiration by the bucket full from Sheena. I am also going to put some blog candy up on my blog next Saturday to celebrate our Birthday weekend so watch out for this too.
 
 Thankyou for popping by and hope that you can find the time to leave a comment.
Enjoy a lovely weekend whatever you are planning to do and don't forget to join in the Challenge for some great prizes.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
Bye for now
Jo xxx