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

Friday, 17 October 2014

WEEK 281 - Embossing

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope everyone is well, Saturday already phew!! what a busy week!!
5 shows on C and C and 3 workshops, lots of prep and sample making!
Its great to be back!! but for all of you that are so lovely to be thinking about me I am taking it easy and pacing myself I promise! xx Mark is watching very closely!! lol 

Today we have 2 posts and the first is for the Allsorts Challenge as it is on a Saturday.
This week the Challenge is to show a design using Embossing.
Now this could be embossing with a embossing folder, parchment embossing or embossing using embossing powders so the choice is vast this week.

I have chosen to show you a design using an embossing folder ~

This is a white on white design using quite a few Tonic products.
the embossing is one of their A4 embossing folders, there is also a border punch, flower punches and the bow die from the Rococo range. 
I hope that you can see the embossing detail as it is really lovely in the flesh!

We have two sponsors this week so there will be two lucky winners, one of you will win a £15 store gift voucher from:

and one of you will win a $20 store gift voucher from:
 Flonz $20 store gift voucher Also 12% discount offered on purchases to those entering the challenge
We are so happy for our generous sponsors and they have gorgeous things to choose from!
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge to have a peep at the Design Team ideas, as usual, they are fabulous and using all the different variations of embossing too.
There is another post today - dont forget to have a look at Day 28 of my Christmas Inspiration - not a lot of time left to leave your comment!
I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend,
Bye for now
Jo xx

DAY 27 - Christmas Inspiration

Good Friday morning to you all,

Well, day 28 and still going strong!! I really hope that you are not fed up with me! If you are getting that way not long to go now!!
Todays post is still following the theme with Molly Bloom but it isn't a card again.

It is a hanging plaque which could be attached to the front of a card (would need to be 8 x 8).
I started off with a ring of cardstock with a piece of acetate sandwiched in the middle of it.
I then stamped the cottage and the trees, coloured them with promarkers and twinkled with glossy accents and glitter.
The holly leaves have been cut on my Cricut using the Winter Wonderland cartridge.
They were glittered too, it was quite a glittery affair!  the berries are card candy.
the drift wood sign is another Molly Bloom stand, I added a little organza bow and some bakers twine to this.
The twine was also used to hang it up.
This was a great fun project and we all enjoyed making it in the workshop.
Thank you for popping in again,
Have you left a comment yet? time is running out to grab that blog candy so please leave a comment to be in with the running.
Must dash I am at the studio again today for a 9am and 7pm show.  Might even hit the shops in between shows!! or maybe just chill in the green room!
Bye for now
Jo xx