Saturday, 15 November 2014

Week 285 - Anything but a card

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope that you are all well and that your week has been busy and happy.
I apologise for not doing a post last week, I was at the NEC and the hotel internet was a little testing!!
I gave up in the end! sorry!
Anyway - onwards to today's post and a fabulous challenge from the Allsorts crew.
Our lovely team member Tracey Mouse has asked us all to make ...........

Anything but a Card.
This is a great theme and as it is so close to the Festive season I hope that we see lots of lovely ideas on the Challenge for ideas for Christmas presents perhaps.
I have decided to show you a plaque that I made for Joanna for the NEC and plaques always make a lovely crafty present and you know that I love making them too.

 This is using one of the oval plaques from Joanna Sheen and we are so pleased to have them in the shop now so that we can do all of our lovely projects. Firstly, I covered the plaque with some Kaiser background 12" x 12". I have used lots of dies on the project. The flowers are the quilled roses from Spellbinders cut out of patterned paper.  The butterfly is the middle of the lattice aperture die from Joanna Sheen which has also been used on the background of the plaque.  The ivy flourish is a mdf shape that is a replica of Joanna's ivy flourish die.  These are such fun and lovely to use. 
I hope that you like my idea and that it  has inspired you to have a go at the Challenge this week.  The team have made some gorgeous projects so please pop over and have a look at these on the Allsorts blog. Thankyou to our generous sponsors for this week. 
I would love it if you left a comment for me and let me know what you think of my project.
Also, enjoy a fabulous weekend.  As always we have a busy one with a workshop day near Lincoln today with a fabulous group of lovely ladies and Sunday is Let's Create Dabble Day in Tattershall and we have 52 lovely crafters having fun all day with our lovely guest Mel Heaton.  Really looking forward to seeing everyone over the weekend.
Next week I am busy on Create and Craft covering the Pick of the Week hours for Tattered Lace. These are all new dies with the Pick of the Week being an amazing Panorama set with fantastic results when they are put together. My first show is Monday at 6pm. I hope that you can join me then.
Must dash now its a bit foggy this morning so need to hit the road.
  Hope to see you again next week,
enjoy a lovely weekend whatever you are doing,
Bye for now,
Jo x 

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Week 283 - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning Everyone!

................................and November already!
Oh my goodness! Time is flying!
Well I have a lot to show you today so keep with me!

Firstly it is Saturday so it is the Allsorts Challenge and today the Team have been asked to make a card using .................

Masculine ideas
 and this is my take on the title ~

  I have used a Pinflair scene as the background and coloured with Gentle Blends. The main focal point is the owl which is one of Joanna Sheen's mdf shapes, I have inked it and then embossed it with bronze embossing powder.  These shapes are stunning and you can find them on Joanna's website.  they are so unusal and can be used for so many different projects but still light enough to put onto a card.  The leaves are from Tim Holtz Tattered Leaves die and I have inked and stained them to give a real Autumn feel.  The branch is also a Tim Holtz die.  Matting and layering the design finished off the card.  I hope that you like it.  The real leaves on our window sill in the shop seem to have joined in with the picture but hope that you can see the card!

We have had a busy week starting with a trip to the Tower of London to see the spectacular Poppy display.  Thousands of people had the same idea - it was so busy but well worth the trip. Here are a few pictures so that you can see the amazing project ~

When the display is finished there will be 888,264 poppies representing the lives that were lost in the First World War.  If you have the time before they are taken away after Remembrance Sunday I would highly recommend a visit.  It is truly breathtaking.

Also this week we have had the Children's Halloween craft class which has become a regular activity at Let's Create and these are a few of the pictures we took and also the window at the shop which looks fabulous!
The children choosing their leaf before painting them and making them into ghosts!

Great fun!
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to have a look at the other Design Team members projects.
Thankyou very much for popping by and hope that you can leave a comment.
Let me know if you have been to the Tower of London.
Enjoy a lovely weekend and if you are going to the NEC next week pop by Joanna Sheens stand to say hello we will be there!
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Week 282 - Allsorts Challenge - Simply Christmas

Good Morning Everybody,

Well it is Saturday and that means another Allsorts Challenge and we have a great Challenge from our lovely Brenda who has asked for projects with the title ~
Simply Christmas
and this is the card that I would like to share with you all today ~

 I have used a combination of embossing folders, dies and stamps.
The background is one of the Christmas Die-sire Create and Card and I have inked in all over with Vintage photo distress ink and then used Treasure Gold over to top to give it the lustre and shine.
The postbox stamp is a Molly Bloom and I have used pro-markers to colour with and then covered the snowy areas in ice diamonds from Pinflair to give it a real Christmas look.
The poinsettias have been cut using a Sue Wilson die from Creative Expressions and the holly die is a Marianne design.
The size of the card is 7" square.
I hope that you can find the time to pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to check out all of the design ideas from the Design Team.
Thankyou to our fabulous sponsors this week ~
so thank you to them for their generosity.
 I also need to add a little apology as I didnt realise that whilst I was putting projects on my 30 days of Inspiration I repeated a design! whoops and things were going so well!!
So to compensate this is another Christmas project ~

This is another of Sheena's Christmas stamp range.  I made this for a customer who wanted a card making for some very close friends who are keen walkers in the countryside so I thought this fitted the bill nicely.
So, we are straight now! definately 30! and Jean was thrilled to bits to win the blog candy.
Mark and myself are meeting friends and going for the day to London today to have a look at the Poppies at the Tower so I will let you know all about it next week.
Thankyou for popping in and please leave a comment if you have a few minutes.
Enjoy a fabulous weekend and hope to see you next week.
Many thanks
Bye for now
Jo xx
 P.S dont forget to put the clocks back tonight! an extra hour in bed! 

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

AND THE WINNER IS ............................................

Hello Everyone,

I have just spent some time going through all of the fabulous comments again and I am so chuffed that you all took your time to comment and some of you were so kind and made so much effort to comment everyday! 
I have really enjoyed blogging everyday and I feel that I really want to do it again!!! I am a bit busy for the next few weeks with shows, NEC, dabble day and workshops but am thinking that I might have another bash a bit later on.
I hope you all think it is a good idea!!??
Until then dont forget to pop back on a Saturday for my regular post.
Well I will stop going on now and announce the winner.
This is the candy that I am giving away ..............

There is stamps, dies, papers, ribbon, cardstock, magazine (with dies!) gems, decoart wreaths, bells.
Everybodies name that has left a comment over the 30 days went into a hat and I asked Kate to pick out a winner and........................

I do hope that ...........................................................................

is really pleased because she is the winner!!!!!!!


Please contact me on and let me know your details for me to send your lovely goodies!!!
Thankyou to you all, I am so pleased that you enjoyed it as much as I have enjoyed posting.
Please keep in touch even though I wont be able to give away candy every time!! lol x
Pop in on Saturday for the Allsorts blog,
Bye for now
Jo xxx

Monday, 20 October 2014

DAY 30 - Christmas Inspiration - Last Day!

Welcome Everyone!

I feel a little sad today as this is the last day of my 30 days of Christmas Inspiration.
I cannot thankyou all enough for all of the fabulous comments and the feedback.
I have loved to read these everyday and I am going to miss them.
Thankyou also for all of my new followers, welcome the my crazy world and I hope the you enjoy following me.
Today had to be a design that I love (I have enjoyed them all but this one is one of my favs!)

There seems to be a little too much light on the picture but hope that you can still see what is going on with the design.  I have used the Rustic Wreath embossing folder from Spellbinders to emboss the design for the background.  I have then spent quite some time colouring with distress inks - vintage photo and walnut stain.  Then I covered the image in different colours of guilding waxes.  I have scuffed up the edges on both layers to keep the rustic effect.
The reindeer is also a Spellbinder design and I have used guilding flakes on double sided sheets and then cut the design.  It really works well with the intricate cut on the reindeers antlers.
Some organza bronze ribbon and hat pins finished this off a treat.
Well, this is it :( the final blog of my 30 days of inspiration. As I said before I hope that you have enjoyed it and please leave your final comment and I will be back tomorrow to announce the winner of some lovely stuff.
Thankyou a million times for your participation - without your lovely feedback it would be so boring!
I will be back on Saturday with the Allsorts Challenge but, for now, 
Bye for now
Jo xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

DAY 29 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello Everyone,

Firstly, apologies for the lateness of today's post.  We have had a problem with charging the lap top but all sorted now! 
This is the penultimate day! of our Christmas Inspiration and I hope that you are still enjoying it.
Today I would like to share a black and white little number.

This is a  stencil from the Sweet Poppy Range and I have used white matt paste through it to give this fabulous raised effect.  Whilst the paste is still wet I sprinkled white glitter over the design to bling it
up. I also popped some red pearls onto the design which adds that little extra.
Simple matting and layering with a little cord wrapped around the corners finishes the design.
Oh! mustn't forget the bow! 
This would make a quick card to make if you have a lot of cards to make this Christmas.
Thankyou for popping in, I really appreciate you coming to visit and hope that you leave a comment to be in with the almost last chance to win the blog candy.
Hope to see you for the last day tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 18 October 2014

DAY 28 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello Again!

Well its day 28 (where has those dissappeared to !!)
Only 2 more days to inspire you and really trying to get to the 30 days without a blip!!!

Today I would like to share this with you ~

This is the Holly embossing set and I have used the corner part of the set - I have embossed it 4 times and matted it onto some cream card.  I have also highlighted the embossed area with Treasure gold.
I also embossed some craft metal for the centre square and I used the main 8" x 8" folder.
The Poinsettia is the Sue Wilson design and I have cut it in pearl red card stock and pinched the petals together using my tweezers to give it some shape.  I also sprayed them with some mica spray to give them more interest.
We have got the embossing folders in the shop to sell now so I will be making lots more samples to display, I love using them they give such a great embossed image.
A little ribbon and a flourish finishes the design off.
Please leave a comment to be in with a chance to win the Blog Candy at the end of the 30 days.
Thankyou for popping in,
Enjoy a lovely weekend and hope to see you again tomorrow.
Bye for now
Jo xx