Saturday, 17 November 2012

Week 181 - It's A Gift

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope that finds you all well and looking forward to a lovely weekend.  There is a bit of a chill in the air and it is certainly reminding us that it is now November!

Another busy week for me - I have finally been discharged from hospital this week - they are happy with how everything has gone and don't need to see me anymore.  I have also had my return to Create and Craft this week with an hour on the Get Britain Crafting section.  I really enjoyed the hour with Dave Bradford showing you some gorgeous kits from S.E.I.  The quality of these papers are second to none and it really wasn't a chore playing with these!

The shop has been as busy as ever we have had 2 great workshops using Molly Bloom stamps which was throughly enjoyed by everyone.  We are also preparing for our 2nd Birthday weekend Event which is a week today - I can't believe it is 2 years already time certainly has flown.  We have a fabulous line up of super duper demonstrators - on Saturday we have the fabulous Anne-Marie from Hunkydory and the gorgeous Phill Martin who will be demonstrating Wild Rose Studio stamps and Pro-markers.  On Sunday we will be having Ali Reeve showing us how clever she is using everything inky with masks, sprays, and anything else she can use in the Grande Calibur to wow us all.  We will be open 10-4 both days and refreshments will be available all day.  A brilliant weekend to celebrate 2 brilliant years.

Back to the matter in hand today. Our lovely Emma has set the challenge for this weeks Allsorts Challenge and it is ...................

This certainly gives you all a great deal of scope and hopefully at the moment when everyone is preparing and making crafty gifts for friends and family for Christmas is would be a great time to show some of your gorgeous creations.

I couldn't make my mind up which project to show you this week, they are both decorated frames which make fabulous and individual gifts.  See what you think -

This one is on a Christmas and scrapbooking theme using 2 pictures of our gorgeous friends children Brandon and Rosie.  They are such adorable children and we think the world of them so I thought let's show them off in this little frame project.  The frame is a twiddlybits wave frame which really catches your eye.  I have crackled the actual frame using acrylic paints and crackle glaze from Crafty Notions and decorated the framework with twiddlybitz snowflakes and mini Christmas tree.  The words were cut out using Tim Holtz alphabet with mirri card and a little bling finishes the project off nicely.  This is a great project to do, it is quick and gives lots of smiles when you give it away.

The second project is a shadow box frame that I put together on the C and C show on Thursday using S.E.I papers.

This was so quick and easy to make.  Everything apart from a little ink was part of the S.E.I kit including the shadow box which came flat but very easy to make up.  The paper in the centre of the frame was cut down from a 12 x 12 and the flowers were made using a Spellbinder die and papers from the kit.
A couple of Cheery Lynn flourishes and a little ink here and there finishes it off.
I would be very happy to receive this as a gift - let me know what you think.

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Must dash, as ever, Parchment class again today at the shop.  Also lots to still organise for next weekend.
don't forget to pop by if you are in the area - we can guarantee a great fun filled and entertaining weekend.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thank you, as always for popping by.  Take a look at the other Design team projects for some inspiration for gift making.

Bye for now and happy crafting,
 Jo xxx


  1. Two super pieces Jo, as you might guess I have to go with the second as my absolute favourite.

    Sounds like you got a great weekend lined up next week, think I will have to come and camp on the pavement as I love watching Ali and Phill. How I wish we were closer but a two hour drive both ways is a bit ambitious from my body nowadays.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    B x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous projects Jo, so pleased to read you have been discharged from hospital, gives you more time to craft!

  3. So pleased that all is going well health wise and you have been discharged fromn the hospital.
    Love both your project Jo - but my ultimate fav has to be the flutterbys :o)
    Loved the show on C&C.
    Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Debs xx

  4. Lovely Frames Jo, sorry for the late visit been working today. Tracy x

  5. Hi Jo glad to hear you are doing well and have now been discharged from hospital.
    Loving both your frames, but my favourite is the butterflies.
    Anita x

  6. Love both the frames and especially the butterflies, love them on any project! So pleased to hear you have now been discharged from hospital,and sorry to see I missed your show this week! Carole Z X

  7. Gorgeous frames Jo they look fabulous. So glad to hear you have been discharged from the hospital now. Good luck with everything going on at your shop and enjoy the celebrations.

    Linda xxxx

  8. Great frames Jo they are both fab but I love the wavy one best such a lovely way to display winter pics..

    Em xxx

  9. Fantastic pieces Jo and so glad everything is finished with the hospital now and all mended!!
    Hope you have a greeat bithday weekend and wish I could be there!!
    Take care
    x catherine

  10. Both projects are absolutely fantastic! These are the kinds of gifts that really count! Your Snow Fum Frame is a treasure! Love the butterfly shadow box too!