Saturday, 25 July 2015

Week 321 - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning my fellow Crafters!
I hope everything is good with you all and that the last week has been a kind one to you.
I am a very excitable person this morning as we go away for a week in the sunshine today with some very dear friends and I can't tell you how much we are looking forward to it. (Because of this I wont be around for next weeks blog but I am sure you will forgive me!
Today Susan has asked the Allsorts Teamies to make a project and  -
Add a Butterfly
Well, as we all know adding a butterfly to a project is not a difficult one for a crafter and we have so many choices in our crafty stashes from stamps, dies and toppers.  I thought I would share with you a project that I did a few weeks ago for a Friend's birthday and she said that she loved it and I was a happy bunny.
There is quite a combination of different crafty products as you can see.  The main focal point is the parchment butterfly which is a pattern that a lovely friend of mine Josie Davidson has designed and I traced it in black and coloured it in pearlescent paints and embossed to highlight. The background is grid work using one of the pergamano grids and this pattern is so adaptable to so many different projects.  The die cut is the Sweet Pea from Tattered Lace and the flowers have been made from paper clay using a Katy Sue mould.  As you can see I have matted a layered the background in cerise pink pearl card and white glitter.
I hope that you like it as much as my friend did when I sent it to her.
The team have made some fabulous projects over at the Allsorts Challenge so please pop over and take a peep and get some inspiration if need be. Why not have a go at entering the Challenge this week as we always have some fabulous prizes up for grabs, thanks to our great and generous sponsors.
Anyway, must dash now as our plane wont wait! and I will catch up with you again when I get back home.  August is a really exciting and busy month for the shop so will have lots to tell you about.
Thankyou, as always for popping in and hope that you can find a minute to leave a comment for me.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Week 320 - ~Allsorts Challenge - Use a banner or flag

Good Morning! and welcome to Saturday and Allsorts challenge day!
I hope that all is well with everyone and that the lovely sunshine is making everyone happy and smiley.
Today at Allsorts the Team have been asked to show you some projects using ~
A Banner or a Flag
Well this wasn't a difficult one for me as one of my most favourite and very well used dies is the bunting die from Joanna Sheen's Signature range and I used it on this wedding card which was an order a couple of weeks ago.  The wedding was held in a very pretty garden followed by afternoon tea in the gardens and the customer wanted me to reflect this in the design.
As you can see it has very pale, but pretty colours and I also used the Sweet Pea die from Tattered Lace which is so delicate.  I then embellished it further using a dainty punch .  The couple's die is also from Joanna's range.
The background is from Crafters Companion - one of the Create a card range.
I hope that you like the design and also that you take time to check out the other team members at the Allsorts Challenge blog.
I hope that you all have a fabulous weekend, we are spending a few days with our friends Caroline and John in Norfolk and we are really looking forward to a couple of days of just chilling!
I hope that the sun keeps shining and maybe we can fit a BBQ in!
Enjoy whatever you are doing and please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of the project this week.
Thankyou for popping in and take care.
Bye for now
Jo xx  

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Week 319 - Allsorts Challenge - Strawberries and Cream

Hello my fellow crafters,

Thankyou for joining me for another Saturday morning blog post and another week has flown by but how lovely has that sunshine been.
For all of you Wimbledon  lovers I hope that you have been enjoying it and what a shame that Andy Murray has been knocked out :(  bring on next year!
Anyway! lets get on with the job in hand today and  the team have been asked to make a project using the title -
Strawberries and Cream
We could have either chosen to use the colours or the image and this is what I have chosen to do -

So I went with the image of the gorgeous summer fruit and cream and this is a very pretty topper from a set from the Hobby House. The topper already comes die cut in that lovely shape.  The background has been made using a Create a Card die from Crafters Companion.  The bunting has been made using one of my favourite dies from Joanna Sheen's Signature range - I have cut them in the pink and the blue and then layered both strings with a lime green which I have picked out of the background card.
The team at Allsorts have done a lovely job this week showing off all of their different projects so please pop over to the blog. We have 2 very generous sponsors this week so why not post a design and be in with a chance to win.
All of these dies and the Hobby| House toppers, as well as many other Hobby House products that we love are available on our Let's Create website and all orders over £10 are all free p and P!
I hope that you all enjoy a lovely weekend and please find a couple of minutes to leave me a comment if you like the project today.
Thankyou for popping in and hope to see you again next Saturday.
Bye for now
Jo x

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Week 318 - How does your garden grow

Good Saturday morning to you all,
Well it is all going on this week - Wimbledon and Sunshine! two fabulous combinations!!
and I hope that you are enjoying one or the other or both!
Brenda has chosen this week's Challenge at Allsorts and is perfect for this time of the year -
"How does your garden grow"
and this is the project that I would like to share with you ~
This is a project that we did in class yesterday and the ladies enjoyed making this and 2 other projects all using Sheena's Victorian Floral stamps and dies.  As you can see we used the Sweet William set which is so detailed.
I chose Spectrum Noir Aqua markers to colour all the elements.  The card size is 7" x 5".
We have all of the dies and stamps in this range available on the website
Mark has also put all of Sheena's Christmas embossing folders on the web and I cant wait to start playing with these and showing you what I come up with.
The Allsorts Team have made their usual excellent samples on the theme so please pop over to the site to have a look what they have made.
I hope that you have a great weekend and week ahead and that you can join me next week.
Thankyou so much for popping in and please leave a comment if you have time.
Take care and thankyou for popping in,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Week 317 - Allsorts Challenge - Blue as the Ocean

Good morning Crafty Friends,

I hope that this finds you all well and looking forward to the weekend ahead. Thankyou so much for popping in.
Well, what a busy week I'm not sure where it has gone!
Some of this week has been spent getting samples ready for the Tattered Lace pick of the week and I decided to show you one of my samples that I made for Nancy's show today as my project for this week's Challenge.
I used the Charisma Sweet Pea die set and CD rom to create a notebook for all the garden notes (I must say the Sweet Pea was one of my favourites!) I used some background paper and the middle tag from one of my Heartfelt paper pads that I totally love! The Sweet Peas have been decoupaged up so that there is a lot of dimension.  The words are from a wooden set that I have and they are perfect size for this sort of project. I distressed the edges of the paper layers to give interest and added candy dots to each corner.
I hope that you like this and that you will find a minute to leave a comment.  Let me know if you saw the show and what you thought to this fabulous collection.
We have parchment class today at the shop and then Mark and I are off to Coventry on a retailer training event for 2 days so we are keeping busy!! Hopefully we should come back with lots of ideas and inspiration to pass on!
Whatever you are doing this weekend please enjoy it and hope that you can fit a little crafting in as well as other jobs!! 
Please check out the Allsorts Challenge blog and have a look at the other Team members lovely work
Thankyou again for popping in and hope to see you again soon.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Week 316 - Allsorts Challenge "Use a Stamp"

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to another week and I hope that you have all had a good one.
This week at the Allsorts Challenge it is my turn to host and I have chosen
Use a Stamp of your choice
(but not a digi!)
As you all know I love stamping and thought it would be great to see lots of your fabulous creations using your stamp of choice so please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to take part.
We are kindly being sponsored by
This is the project I have chosen to show you -
This is the card that I made for Kate (our Daughter) for her 22nd Birthday.
(it does look as if it is floating off the easel but there is some cotton lace at the bottom of the design!)
This is a closer photograph of the main image

The stamps are from Paper Artsy and are from the Elizabeth Borer collection from the Eclectica range.  We are pleased to be able to stock these stamps in our shop and on our website and remember p and p is free over £10.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge site and have a look at the fabulous designs from the Design Team.
I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you have time please leave a comment for me and let me know what you think of this project.
Thankyou, as always,
for popping in.
Bye for now
Jo x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Week 315 - Flower Power!

Good Morning!

Hello to you all and thankyou for popping in. 
 As always on a Saturday morning we have the launch of a new Allsorts Challenge and today is no exception.
Our lovely Team member Tracey has chosen a fabulous challenge for us all and I think it will be a very busy week -
She has asked us to show a project with the title -
Flower Power!
I am sure that we all can find something that we have made or are thinking of making with flowers on it and this is the project I have decided to show you -
We made this mini canvas in a class a couple of weeks ago and I thought then this will be ideal for this weeks Challenge.
As usual the photograph has not given it justice as there is so much detail on it.
I began by covering the canvas with Tim Holtz newspaper print tissue paper and then painted it with a mixture of acrylic paint and gesso.
In the background I have chosen to use a Tattered Lace die - Birdhouse row - I used smooth white cardstock and coloured some of the detail but left some white so they pop out nicely.
The bolder flowers are a mixture from several JOFY stamps from Paper Artsy and, as you know, these really are some of my favourite stamps.  I coloured these with pro-markers.
The canvas was  7" x 5" in size and this makes a lovely gift to anyone that you would like to give more than just a card.
We all enjoyed making these.
We are sponsoring this weeks Allsorts Challenge and if you are chosen as a winner you will receive a £10 gift voucher to spend on our website
You will also find all of the products that I have used in the project.
Do remember that all orders over £10 are p and p free!
Today is also our gorgeous Daughter Kate's 22nd birthday but she is spending the weekend in Ireland so we will be having some tea together on Tuesday when she gets home. She is rather partial to Guiness so I am sure she will find some there!
Happy Birthday Kate! xx
Later today Mark and I are travelling up to Preston and staying over ready for a demonstration day at the fabulous Inspirations - home of Hunkydory! so if you are in the area on Sunday please pop and see me - I don't get out and about too much now so it would be lovely to catch up with some friendly faces. The times for the demonstration are 11 until 3.30 pm.
Must close now and get my bits and pieces packed, I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend whatever you decide to do and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of todays project.
Also please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to check out my Team members projects - always a joy to see.
Thankyou so much for popping in,
bye for now
Jo xx