Saturday, 28 July 2012

Week 165 - Case It

Good Morning Blogland!

Well did you all watch the Olympic Opening Ceremony?  What an amazing spectacular.  I managed to stay up until 11.30pm (lightweight I know) but I have taped the rest.  I hope you enjoyed it too - it makes you very proud to be British.

Anyway, back to reality!  It has been a very busy time again for me with some great workshops at Let's Create but also an excellent trip to Wales to demonstrate at a terrific shop Dandie Crafts which is owned by Debbie and Mandy.  A great day with a demo in the morning and a workshop in the afternoon.  Have a look at the photographs at the end of the post to see what an excellent day we had.

Back to the job in hand this morning, this is my offering for this weeks Allsorts challenge - 

The title that our lovely Emma gave us to work with was Case It.  We could take anything from the card design that she gave us and I chose to take the layout including the circle frame.  My main image is from Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic range which I have coloured using Distress Pens - really loving these they are so versatile (what else do we expect from Ranger!!)  The paper is from the Bo Bunny vintage range and I have used one of the new Cheery Lynn designs - the Sunflower - to embellish.

Thankyou to our Sponsor ~

as ever they will be giving away a lovely prize to our chosen winner.
Pop over to the Allsorts Blog and have a peep at the DT's take on Brenda's Challenge and have a go.

As mentioned earlier our trip to Wales was a great success.  We met some lovely crafters and were made so welcome by Debbie and Mandy who own Dandie Crafts - check the shop out if you are in the area. These are some of the photographs that we took on the Saturday.

Thankyou for making Mark and I so welcome.

We also had time for a little R and R and look at this stunning waterfall that we found!

Must dash, I have 4 Create and Craft shows next week and need to get some prep done!
Thankyou, as ever for popping in.  Leave me a comment I love to read comments from you. Let me know if you watched the Opening Ceremony!

Bye for now Crafters
Jo xx

Saturday, 14 July 2012

week 163 - Brenda's Challenge

Hello Again Everyone!

Well what a week - what has happened to our Summer!!!  Rain, rain and more rain - but it does give us all an excuse to stay in to craft.
This weeks Allsorts is being hosted by our lovely Brenda and this was a great fun challenge.  All the DT were given a kit which Brenda kindly prepared for us.  Each kit was identical and we were asked to create a design using some or all of the kit.
If you pop over to the Allsorts Blog you will see what elements that we had to play with.
This is what I came up with. (I hope you like what I have done Brenda)

I have used a grand Spellbinders Labels 1 die to make the card blank, this is one of my favourites.
It doesn't show too well on the picture but I have made a framework to go around the middle image.  I have distressed this with Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed  DI and overstamped with the Meadow flowers from a Creative Expressions stamp set.
Part of Brenda's kit was the clock face and hands die cut - I have used this as a stencil and inked through it with Walnut Stain.  The cage and bird were also die cuts and I have coloured these with Walnut Stain DI.  I I used the ribbon and the gems out of the kit to embellish the cage and frame.
The flowers have been made from punched scalloped circles, held together with a brad, sprayed and scrunched up.  I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls Copper mica spray.  A couple of Spellbinder Flourishes finished the design off.
I really enjoyed this Challenge and having checked out my fellow DT members designs we have all come up with something totally different.
Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to see for yourself and have a go at the Challenge.
I am in South Wales this weekend demonstrating at the lovely Dandie Crafts - what a fabulous shop that they have and such super ladies Mandy and Debbie and they are wonderful hosts.
If you are in the area it would be fabulous to see you, pop in for a cup of tea and we are having cupcakes in the afternoon!  ummmm
Thankyou for popping in and checking out my blog, please leave a comment I really appreciate hearing from you all,
Bye for now,
Jo xx

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Week 163 - Red, White and Blue

Hello Crafters!

Its a bit of a quick post this morning, we have another demo day at the shop!! Well what about Wimbledon!  Can't believe it (as you can tell I am a keen watcher of tennis) even had it on in the shop yesterday - tennis and craft what a combination!!! lol

For this week I have ~

As you can see it is one of the gorgeous Paintbox Poppet. 
This stamp is called Half Time and I do hope that the score picks up for this little chap because he looks a bit sad at the moment! 

Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge and have a bash at this weeks great idea, the girls as usual have lots to show you.
Sorry about the short post,
Enjoy a super weekend,
if you are around in Newark, Lincolnshire Crafty Notions are having an Open Weekend and I will be there on Sunday so pop along and have a look at their fabulous products.

Bye for now
Jo xx