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 ~
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

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Week 267 - Splish Splosh!!

Good Morning Crafters!

How are you all? what a lovely week for the sunshine, I hope this keeps up it does everyone the world of good.
I hope that you have all had chance to do a little crafting this week too - I have heard a little whisper that the Christmas crafty bits have been unpacked in some crafty dens - is that you I am talking about?
This week at Allsorts our lovely Tracey Mouse has asked us all to show you some inspiration to include
Splish Splash - to include water!
and this is a card that I have come up with -
I have used one of the Hobby House Art pads - I thought that this image was perfect for the challenge.
I have coloured in with pro-markers and popped some glossy accents onto the water bits!
The papers that I have used are the Heartfelt Creations Nursery collection and the baby buttons and ribbons are from my stash.
I hope that this and the Design Team at the Allsorts Blog inspires you to have a go - there are so many ideas you can use which include water - a great challenge and I am sure it is going to be a popular week.
Crafty Ribbons are our sponsors this week - thankyou to them for their support.
I have a week ahead of catching up with work jobs I need to clear up and also try to have some time out as Mark is bugging me about over doing it!!!!!!!
Many thanks as always for popping by and having a read. Please leave a comment if you have a few minutes - I love reading your thoughts.
Take care and enjoy a lovely week
Jo xx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Week 266 - Fairies - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning Crafters,

I hope everyone is well and happy out in Craft Land. My apologies for my absence last week I was snowed under and just could not fit one more job into a very full week.
The end of the week included our fabulous Let's Create day at our local village hall and it was a superb day with 54 very enthusiastic, but tired crafters going home with 4 great projects.
Thankyou to the excellent Paul Church, the very creative Chris Scott and our superb resident tutor Caroline.
These are a few of the photographs that were taken on the day.
Pauls Buff it and Gentle Blends project.

The Mum's getting the lovely food out.

The ladies doing Caroline's very pretty Decoupatch project.
A lovely day had by all.  we are now looking forward to the next one in November - with a Christmas theme!!
Back to todays Challenge for Allsorts.  We have been asked to design a card with Fairies as our inspiration.  The Pinflair Scenes sprang to mind and this is what I came up with.
This was such a quick an easy card to do just a little blending, a little glitter and a flourish and a flower has made quite a pretty card. 
Today at the shop is parchment class and the students will be concentrating doing a little grid work!
I must sign off now and get the workshop ready, thank you for popping in and please also take time to call in at the Allsorts Challenge blog and have a peep at the other design team members ideas on this weeks Challenge.
Thankyou for taking the time to pop and see me and please leave a quick comment if you have time.
Enjoy a lovely weekend,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Week 264 - Allsorts - How does your garden grow?

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope all is well with you all and you have enjoyed a lovely week. Mark and I are in Wales this weekend visiting our lovely friends at Dandie Crafts. Workshops all day Saturday and Sunday using an array of different crafty goodies. We always enjoy our visits here and I am sure this weekend will be no exception. 
Before we set off yesterday I had a fabulous show on Create and Craft playing with all of the wonderful Christmas range from the Hobby House.  We had so many sell outs you were really loving the kits, toppers, gorgeous embellishments, kraft bags and gorgeous ribbons.  I hope that if you were lucky to buy some of these that you will enjoy using them.
Today I have decided to use one of the Hobby House Art pad images for this weeks theme at Allsorts.
the Challenge this week is .................
How does your Garden Grow?
and I thought this cute image was just perfect.
I have kept the background quite simply done as the image is the main focus.  I am really pleased with the colouring, I have used pro-markers and I just play at trying to be good at it!!!  The art pads are really lovely to use as the cardstock that they are printed on takes so many different colour mediums. Let me know if you have had a go. 
As I mentioned in last Saturday's post is was our Daughter's 21st birthday celebrations last weekend and we all had a fabulous time.
The weather kept fine, albeit a little cloudy.
I really had to show you a picture of the stunning cake that my friend Natalie made. She makes cakes as a hobby!!
and a quick picture of the birthday girl and her guests

Thankyou for popping in and please take a minute to have a look at the Design Team ideas over on the Allsorts Challenge Blog.
Enjoy a lovely weekend and the longest day today!
Take care and bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 14 June 2014

Week 263 - Allsorts Challenge - White, gold and one other colour.

Good Morning Crafters,

How are you all? What a gorgeous week for the sunshine - well, in Lincolnshire anyway!
I love the sun it makes everyone feel so happy and people smile and look so much more cheerful.
Mark and I had a great day at Inspirations in Preston last Saturday thankyou to everyone that came to watch my demonstration. We had a good chat and a laugh as usual and sneaked some crafting in in between!!
This week at Allsorts our lovely Helene is hosting and she has asked us to show you a project using the colours White, Gold and one other.  Well I have chosen pink as my additional colour and it rather dominates the canvas that you will see here ............

The gold is in the form of Treasure Gold wax which is my favourite crafting product at the moment. It is simply fabulous to use and creates amazing results with little effort.  The white is in the sentiments and the words and in the flower.  I have used a Special Touch mask to create the flowers and used paste through the mask.  This was dried and then coloured with the Treasure gold.  The butterfly has been moulded out of Paper clay from a Martha Stewart mould. The flower is a Tim Holtz Tattered Floral die which is my absolute favourite flower die.
I hope that you like the design and that you can spare a few minutes to leave a comment for me.
We have a busy weekend coming up but for once it isn't for work!! It is our gorgeous Daughter Kate's 21st birthday and we are having a family get together to celebrate. I hope the weather stays fine as we are having a BBQ in Mark's Mum and Dad's garden!!
Please keep fingers and toes firmly crossed for us!!
Also before I go I am on Create and Craft on Friday (20th) at 1pm with some more stunning Hobby House products and you will never guess but it is Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I know you read correctly!! It is the launch of Create and Crafts Christmas - I am sure it gets earlier each year!.
That really is all for now,
enjoy the weekend and week ahead,
keep well and pop in again.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 7 June 2014

Week 262 - Allsorts Challenge - One Layer Card

Good Morning Everyone!

How are you all? I hope the answer is fit and well!
Well what a busy week since we last caught up. I had an excellent show on Create and Craft with the Hobby House goodies - the first show since February - I felt like the new girl!  Mark and I went to the Hunkydory show at Bolton running a workshop all day Friday and make and takes Saturday and Sunday.  This was a fabulous show and the organisation was first class. Thankyou to Ann, Dan and Adam and all of the Hunkydory Team for making us feel so welcome.
All of the crafters who attended enjoyed the show and are looking forward to next year!
I have some fabulous photographs which I will be putting on next week - we met some lovely people and some very special youngsters also.  Look out for these early next week.
This mornings job is to show you what I have designed for the Allsorts Challenge this week and it is my week to host.
I have chosen the theme -
"Make a One Layered Card"
and this is the card that I would like to show you -
I have used a mixture of some of my favourites stamps from Paper Artsy - these are from the JOFY collection.  They are such fun stamps to use as they are quirky, bright and so cheerful.
I forgot to send a very good and kind friend a birthday card ((I know!!!! bad) and I have made this to hopefully make up for it!
Hope that you forgive me Wendy!!
I used pro-markers to colour the stamped images and distress inks around the edges to create a soft outline.
The middle section where the sentiment is was masked off whilst I stamped the flowers and then I coloured this with Distress ink.
I finished the design off with glitter glue and glossy accents to highlight various areas.
A little bit of doodling on the edge of the border just finishes everything off.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to check out the other design members designs - they are all excellent examples of one layer cards.
Have a bash at it too - we have a lovely sponsor -
Craft Bug
We are at Inspirations in Preston today doing a demonstration and if you are in the area please pop in - it will be lovely to see you.
Must dash now or the customers will be there before me!!
Take care and enjoy a lovely weekend.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 31 May 2014

Week 261 - For the Guys!

Good Morning Everyone,

I'm afraid this will have to be a really quick post as I am away in Bolton all weekend at the Hunkydory Show and have only 30 minutes to do all my catching up on my blog and my post before my 30 minutes limit runs out!! love Premier accommodation but internet service is a bit short!

This week we are showing you cards for the guys and, although it appears that this card is the same as one I posted a couple of weeks ago it is a different theme - this one has more Steampunk ideas with it with the clocks and cogs and the fabulous stamp from Visible Images.  I have also used the new steampunk corners and hinges from Cheery Lynn which I am loving.

Tomorrow will be a busy day as I am doing Make and Takes all day at the show - really looking forward to meeting everyone.

Anyway, sorry it is so short but hope that you like the style. Let me know what you think, please leave a comment and pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to check out the other Design Team ideas which are fabulous!

Thankyou as ever for popping in as ever I really appreciate it.

Take care
Bye for now
Jo xx