Saturday, 19 April 2014

Week 255 - Allsorts Challenge - Birds and Feathers

Hello Everyone,

Thankyou so much for all of your lovely comments I really did appreciate them and it is nice to think that I have been missed.

Well I hope that the Easter weekend has started really well for everyone. We are going to visit some really dear friends in Stevenage this weekend - it has been far too long since we have seen them and we are so looking forward to it. Kate is coming too but unfortunately Karl is having to work.
I hope that you have all got some plans even if it is chilling! and eating lots of chocolate of course!
Did you all have fish to eat today? we have always eaten a fish meal on Good Friday for as long as I can remember but to be honest I don't know why - would anybody be able to fill me in on that one please!

This week at Allsorts we are being Challenged by our lovely Mervi's first time as a host and she has chosen a great title for us to have a bash at.

Birds and Feathers
and this is my take on the Challenge ~
(I couldn't decide which one to show you so both it is!)

 This image has been made using a DreamWeaver Stencil. I have inked through the stencil with a variation of dye based inks. This is such a quick and easy technique but so effective. The background has been brought together using paper from my stash.

This second piece has all been made using Kaiser products. This was a project that I made for a make and take session. These mini projects make lovely presents.  The stamp fits nicely into Mervi's Challenge.

We have 2 excellent sponsors again this week and they are:-
Thankyou to them both.

Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to check out the other fabulous projects from the Design Team and please leave a comment if you have a minute - you know that this is always appreciated.

Thankyou for popping in and enjoy the rest of this lovely Easter Weekend,
bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Week 254 - Spring Blossoms

Good Morning Everyone!

Firstly I would like to apologise for my absence over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I have been quite poorly and had to have some time out from a number of jobs and my blog was one of them.
I have really missed blogging each week and have especially missed being part of the Allsorts Challenge each Saturday. The team have been very supportive and have kept my duties up.
Everything is looking a little better at the moment and I am having hospital treatment, physio and popping the right pills and things are on the up!
This week our lovely Brenda has asked the Team to make our designs with Spring Blossoms in mind.
Because I have been away for a while I thought I would show you 2 cards that I have made.
The first one is a parchment piece which, as you know, I love to do.
I also have a closer shot to show the colouring in a little more detail.

I would also like to show you this cute little number
this card has been made using one of the really pretty Wild Rose Studio range of stamps. They are really lovely to stamp and colour and I have used pro-markers to colour mine.
The background has been made using scraps of paper to create a weave. I really enjoy doing this for a background as it looks textured but remains flat for posting.
The flowers are from one of Creative Expressions designs by Sue Wilson and the bunting has been cut from a die from the Signature range from Joanna Sheen.
We are extremely pleased to be able to sell Joanna's die range in our shop and we are one of 3 stores that have this privilege.
This weeks sponsors are:

Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog and have a peep at the lovely designs from the Team.
I am so pleased to be back blogging again I have really missed blog land.
It would be lovely to hear from you when you leave a comment.
Many thanks for popping in,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Week 246 Allsorts - Use Brads

Good Morning Everyone,
I hope that this finds you all well and enjoyed a little romance on Valentine's Day yesterday.
I sincerely hope that you are all safe and avoiding all of these awful storms that we keep having.
This week at Allsorts Helene is setting our Challenge and she is asking us to ................
'Use Brads' in our design.
This is my project
As you will see I have used the brads for the middle of the flowers and also the middle of the ribbon bow. The brads are pearl and silver and are from the Hobby House.
The rest of the card has been made up using Couture Creations Emboss, Stamp and Cut . It is a lovely set and combines all elements in this card.  The flourish is a Cheery Lynn design which I have cut once and separated it off. For the background stamped image I have used Adirondack Currant and then blended using Distress Ink  Aged Mahogany. The flowers have been glossed with a little Cosmic Shimmer twinkles.  The string of pearls are also from the Hobby House.
This week we have 2 excellent sponsors Digidarla and Craft Fairy. Thankyou to them both.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to have a look at all of the other Design Team members lovely designs.
I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend and that you find time for some crafting time.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Allsorts Challenge Week 245 - Use a colour beginning with 'B'

Hello Everyone,

Good Morning my blogging friends. I hope that this finds you all well and hopefully safe and well away from these dreadful floods and terrible weather.
It has been another busy week and most of it being spent at the studio doing shows that were the Pick of the Week that only lasted the weekend!
It is my turn to host the Challenge at Allsorts this week and I have chosen:-
Use a colour beginning with the letter 'B'. So you have lots to choose from and these are 2 that I have chosen to show you and hopefully you will be inspired to take part.
Well this one is Blue and Black and I really loved making this card. It has one of the card creators from the latest of the Spellbinder launch and also the Shapeabilities Feather die which everyone has been really loving.  The feathers are make of wax paper which is the waste when I have been cutting some other material. I have coloured them with a combination of alcohol ink colours. The picture is from the current Graphic 45 range called Couture.
The second is using Burgundy which always makes the card design pop. It is a tonic Indulgence die which I have used in conjunction with white Centura pearl. These dies have so much scope to create some lovely designs.  The flowers have been made from a Cheery Lynn die - Chrysanthemum.
I hope that you have enjoyed having a look at my ideas for the challenge and that it encourages you into the Challenge.
We have 2 excellent sponsors this week -
 Yours and Mine Papercrafts (
and a Passion for Stamps.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to check out the other team members and their ideas for my challenge.
I am guesting on Create and Crafts 4 Day Deal shows on Monday so if you have a few minutes tune in for some excellent prices.  I am just in for the launch shows on Monday - I have done my fair share this last week!
I hope that you have a great week ahead.
Thankyou for popping by and please leave a comment if you have time.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Allsorts Challenge - week 244 - Love is in the Air

Hello Blog Friends,

Thankyou for popping by this morning and I hope your weekend has started well.
I am at the create and craft studio at the moment showcasing the brand new Create and Craft
 Die-lectables.  Well what a day yesterday these were supposed to be the Pick of the Week but they are sold out already!!  There are still a few available in singles but not sure for how much longer.
My project for our lovely Tracey's challenge at Allsorts this week is this one : - 


This is a card using one of our Doodlish stamp collection from Shellie Blow. These are a set and I'm sure that you have seen them on the blog when we launched them at the shop.  I have used some fabulous guilding flakes from Crafty Notions for the main image. The stamps are extremely detailed and I was very pleased with how well it came out.  The background embossing is a Craft Too large embossing folder and it is one of my favourites.

The design team have done some gorgeous samples as always so pop over to the Allsorts blog to see these and why not have a go at the challenge too! some lovely prizes to be had for the winner! and our lovely sponsors are:
Nice Crane Designs


Digi Stamp Boutique

I have a few samples from the shows from yesterday and I will be popping them on later today so hope that you can pop back to check these out.
I must sign out now and get prepared for my 1 o'clock show.
Thankyou so much for popping in and hope that you like the design enough to leave a comment - you know how much I appreciate you as a Blog friend.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

More Spellbinder Samples

Good Morning Everyone!

Well what a miserable old day it is in Lincolnshire I hope that it is better where you are. I thought I would try to brighten the day up and post a few more samples from the World Launch Shows that I have been doing (I hope that you are not bored yet!)
This is one of my favourites and has quite a few of the goodies from the show including the background which is an embossibility - Mediterranean Medallion. I have inked it with Dusty Concorde Distress Ink and then versamark and covered with embossing powder Aurora Sparkle from Cosmic Shimmer. This makes a lovely effect.  The other dies that I have used in the centre is the Create an Iris, The wonderful Locket Die-lite and one of the flourishes from the Die-lites set.
The background is a Crafts Too embossing folder.
Another one for today has also be created using several dies from several sets and this is one that I started to demonstrate on Sunday but ran out of time.
The background has been embossed using the Labels 34 Medallion Embossibility, the corners are from the Gold Corbels and Accents Shapeabilities, the Butterfly is a Die-Di-lite and the main focal frame is a mixture of Gold Labels Thirty Four and the M|ajestic Squares. I used Joanna Sheens dried flowers for the centre. Quite a list!!
I hope this has cheered you up a bit. I would love to hear from you - leave a comment if you have time and let me know what you think of the designs.
I am back on Create and Craft tomorrow at 5pm and 7pm with some more demo's from this vast selection of wonderful dies.
Thankyou for popping in and
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Day 4 Spellbinder Samples and Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning Everyone,

Happy Saturday to you all! and as we know Saturday means Allsorts so I thought I would mix the Challenge for this week with another Spellbinder sample. 
The Challenge this week has been set by our lovely Sarah and she has asked for us to show a sample with Buttons and Bows.
I have chosen this sample which I haven't had chance to demonstrate on one of the shows yet.
This maybe isn't the best photograph of all time - maybe the gold card on the pine coffee table wasn't such a good idea! but I hope that you can see the design.
I have used the Antique corner cut four times and joined together to make the centrepiece for the Wonderful Locket which sits on top of these corners so well.  The cameo is my button and you can see the organza ribbon with the satin rose on the top.  I have also used Flutters, a Die Di-Lite, and embellished the top wings with Frantage embossing powder.  I used some of the Frantage around the edges to bring this into the design further. 
We have two fabulous sponsors this week at Allsorts and thank you to
Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to check out all the other Team members ideas and hopefully feel inspired to take part in the Challenge yourself.
Here is another Spellbinder sample to finish off todays post.
I have used one of the gorgeous 3D Embossibilities and inked up the folder with a brayer. When you emboss this the ink will press into the debossed areas of the folder.  This is called the Letterpress technique and is especially effective with the 3D folders.  The blue is where the ink has been pressed into the design when it is run through the machine.  I have covered the middle part of the design (Labels 34 shape) with Glossy Accents to highlight the area.  Ribbon, pearls and a couple of
Flutter di-lites finish the design off.
I have 2 shows on Create and Craft today at 8am and 2pm and tomorrow I have one at 12 noon.
I will pop some more samples on tomorrow so hope that you can pop by to have a look.
Thankyou for visiting today and please leave a comment if you have time.
Bye for now
Jo xx