Tuesday, 30 September 2014

DAY 10 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello Crafters!

Thankyou for popping by again today.  
We have a project using the Tattered Lace Christmas Embossing folders and this was a sample that was shown on TV when these were the Pick of the Day.
The embossing on the card speaks volumes - it is such a deep impression and to make it even more detailed I have used Treasure Gold wax to highlight the gorgeous pattern.
What do you think?

I have used a Tim Holtz Poinsettia die to make the flower and sprayed this with mica to bling it up a bit.  Ribbon and a flourish finishes off the design.
Do you own any of these embossing folders - if you do I am sure you will agree they are a joy to use.

Thankyou for popping by and please leave a comment to be in with a chance of some Christmas blog candy at the end of the 30 days of Inspiration.
Hope to see you again tomorrow,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Monday, 29 September 2014

DAY 9 - Christmas Inspiration

Good Morning!

Monday morning came round a little too quick! but another week and lots of hours ahead to do some more crafting! and another week for a daily blog of Inspiration for Christmas.

Today a little number using another Sheena stamp from her recent collection ~

I inked the stamp with blackVersafine ink and then embossed it with clear embossing powder to give it a lovely lift and then coloured the poinsettias in with Poppy pro-marker and popped glossy accents on the top to enhance them further.
The apature frame started off with forest green cardstock, I cut an apature out using a grand Spellbinder, embossed it using Sheena's holly folder and then highlighted with some Treasure gold.
It needed a little more so I have used Sue Wilson's poinsettia dies to make a couple of flowers.
Very few materials required and such a quick card. If you needed it suitable for posting at the cheapest rate then leave the flowers off, this still looks great.
Enjoy the rest of your day and if you have a minute please leave a comment - a comment left means you will be popped into the draw for blog candy at the end of the 30 days of Inspiration.
Thankyou, as always for popping by,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

DAY 8 - Christmas Inspiration

Good Sunday Afternoon,

I hope that you are all enjoying this gorgeous Autumn Sunday afternoon.  I think this is one of my favourite times of the year especially which the sun shines (and you can still get your washing dried out on the line!)

Are you still following the Christmas Inspiration? today we have another easel design ~

This is full of Marianne Design dies and the stamp is a Marianne too.  I have used a shaped card to make the easel which gives it a little bit more interest. I love this tree - it really is a great size and can be used on its own but also layered up like I have done here.  I have used Weathered wood distress ink to highlight all of the embossed details in the dies and also around the edge of the card.
I hope you like this idea and leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Dont forget if you leave a comment you will be put into a draw for some lovely blog candy at the end of the 30 days.
Thankyou, as always for popping by,
Enjoy the rest of the weekend and see you tomorrow,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 27 September 2014

DAY 7 - Christmas Inspiration

Good Morning Crafters,

Thankyou so much if you are still following on my daily mission to inspire you with some Christmas crafting.

This is a lovely stamp from our equally lovely Sheena Douglass.  It really makes you feel warm inside when you see this image all coloured.  I have used pro-markers to colour.  You will see that I have used a twisted easel design for the card and have used cinnamon sticks as the easel stopper.  Tie one or two sticks together with some organza ribbon.  You can easily buy cinnamon sticks from a good supermarket or health food shop. I have used Spellbinders Labels 1 as the base for the stamped image and a sentiment from the stamp set in the corner.  I have also used glossy accents on some of the image to highlight.
I really enjoyed making this card and it would be lovely to send it to any of your friends and family at Christmas.
Many thanks for popping by for todays inspiration.  
I have posted twice today as it is Saturday and Allsorts Challenge day.
Dont forget a comment will get you in with a chance to win some Blog Candy at the end of the 30 days.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Week 278 - All Stitched Up

Hello again this morning!

For my second post today I have my Allsorts Challenge design and this week it is our lovely Sarah's week to choose a Challenge title and she has chosen ...............

It's A Stitch Up!
and this is my design I have chosen to show you.

This is a decorated MDF shape from Anna-Marie Designs.  It is a 2 piece kit with the letters Boy or Girl supplied.  I have used Craft Creations 12" x 12" paper to cover the whole background .  I have made faux cuffs, placket and pocket with the same paper.  I have machine stitched around all of these areas which makes the project look really realistic.  The heart has the babies name, date of birth and weight on it and it will be kept as a keepsake.  A charm some buttons and ribbon finish off the project.
I really enjoyed making this side of project.
This weeks sponsors are

Marianne Designs
and thankyou to them both for their support.

Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to have a look at all the other marvellous designs
I will be continuing to blog with the Christmas Inspiration so please pop by and I leave a comment.

Thankyou for popping and having a look at my blog and don't forget to leave a comment.
Bye for now
Jo xxx

Friday, 26 September 2014

DAY 6 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello Crafters,

Good Friday Afternoon!
Today I have another card using some of the recent Tonic Christmas designs and really enjoy
all the different designs that you can do with them.
What did we do without our dies I often ask myself!

I have used the star from the Christmas Ornaments set and also one of the Edger dies that shows another way of using these apart from on the edge.  I have used embossed cardstock for the background.
The star and the border on the edge is silver glitter card.  
Some pearl embellishments and ribbon finish off this really quick card.
I hope that you are enjoying my daily Christmas Inspiration, please leave a comment if you want to be in with a shot at winning the Blog Candy at the end of the 30 days.
Please pop by tomorrow when I will have 2 cards, one for the Allsorts Challenge and one for the Christmas Inspiration.
Thankyou as ever for popping by,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Day 4 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello again Crafters,

Day 4 of Christmas inspiration has arrived and I have a really quick and very simple card to hopefully get your mojo going for your Christmas makes.

The is the Nativity scene from Crafter's Companion Create a Card dies.  
I have cut and embossed it once on black Centura Pearl which is ideal to use for this traditional scene. It is a must to emboss it as well as cut as you get all of the fine detail.
I have used guilding flakes onto double sided adhesive for the background - I'm not sure if you can get the real feel of this from the photograph.  Gold gems dotted around gives it a bit of bling. I matted both layers onto cream cardstock and then onto a 7" ivory cardblank.
This is one of Friday's workshop cards and hope they enjoy making it as much as I did.
Thank you for popping by again and hope you can leave a comment,
See you tomorrow,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Day 3 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello my crafty friends,

Well day 3 already of my Christmas Inspiration and I hope so far you are enjoying the ideas. 

This project was one from last weeks workshop with my lovely ladies and they seemed to enjoy putting all of the elements together. 
We were using Sheena's stamps and as ever they are fabulous to use and make a simple card or a busier one as this is. 
The card base has been made from Kraft card which makes a nice change.  The finished card size will fit into an A5 envelope.  All the stamping has been done using distress inks and a damp paintbrush to colour the image further. Some twinkle in the snow and on the trees, ribbon, twine and a few die cuts finish off the card.
I hope that you have been inspired with this one today and pop in tomorrow to see another idea.
Dont forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance at the Blog Candy.
Thankyou for popping by,
Jo xx

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Day 2 - Christmas Inspiration

Hello Crafters,

Welcome to Day 2 of my month of Christmas Inspiration.
It just happens to be another sample using the Tonic Poinsettia and it is another really simple design which would made an ideal card to batch make if you need to make a large number of Christmas cards for friends and family and time does not allow you to spend too much time on each card.  The paper is from Woodware and although the picture doesn't show it too clearly I have rolled the top of the paper which gives a little definition and also inked the edges to give it the vintage look.  A simple knot in the organza ribbon finishes this off.

Thankyou for popping in and don't forget to leave a message so that you will be in for a chance at some really lovely Blog Candy at the end of the Christmas Inspiration.
Hope to see you again tomorrow,
bye for now
Jo xx

Monday, 22 September 2014

Day 1 - Christmas Inspiration! - Tis the Season to be Jolly!

Good Afternoon Crafters,

Thankyou for popping by to have a look at Day 1 of my Christmas Inspiration. It is a gorgeous day here in Coningsby and certainly doesnt feel like I should be inspiring you for Christmas.

Todays offering has been made using a couple of Tonic Dies from their recent launch on the Create and Craft.  
The dies that I have used are from the Christmas Baubles Die sets. 
 It is such a simple card and quick to make cutting the Bell die flat and cutting the middle in a plain card to stamp a sentiment on. The poinsettia die set is also from the Tonic Christmas dies.

Thankyou for popping by, remember to pop a comment in to be in the chance to win some really lovely Blog Candy at the end of the month of Inspiration.

Bye for now and see you tomorrow!
Jo x

Friday, 19 September 2014

Week 277 - Use a film title as your inspiration!

Good Morning Everyone!

I'm back! My sincere apologies for my absence from the blog.  I have been having treatment at hospital over the last 3 weeks and unfortunately it has been a little bit more than I was expecting and there was a lot of R and R to be had in between each treatment.  Wednesday was my last treatment and now we wait to see if it has been successful.
I have missed doing the blog.  I am sorry that I couldn't start my Christmas inspiration with a post every day in September but as mentioned things didn't quite go to plan.  
I am starting this now on Monday 22nd and will post a Christmas project everyday for a month and hope that this inspires you to crack on with your projects.
I will be giving away some blog candy so please  leave a comment to be in with a chance to win some stash!

Anyhow to today's job in hand - its Saturday so it is the Allsorts Challenge.  Thankyou to the girls on the team for being so patient and allowing me time off.

Today the Team have been asked by our lovely Teamie Wendy to 

"Use a film title as inspiration"

and I have chosen 

"The Battle of Britain"
1969 British World War 2 film starring Micheal Cain, Lawrence Olivia, Trevor Howard,
Kenneth Moore and Ian Mc Shane

We are very lucky in Coningsby as we have the Battle of Britain Memorial flight stationed at the RAF base.  At the moment we also have the Canadian Lancaster (Vera) over here on a visit so we have seen some amazing flying displays lately.  You have perhaps seen them around your area as they have also been touring the country.

The base card is made from Kraft card and I have used a topper with the Spitfire on. The paper with the British map was from a paperpack from DCWV.  The poppies were from Sheena Douglass paint fusion illustrations which I thought fitted the project nicely.  A few metal embellishments finished this off.

I would love to hear what you think to my project and let me know if you have been a lucky one to view the Memorial Flight too.

Today at the shop we have the fabulously talented Kathryn Sturrock demonstrating skills using clays and moulds.  I am really looking forward to it as I so admire her work and need to have a go at it!!

Please don't forget to pop in on Monday and each day for the month to check out my Christmas Inspiration.  This time it will be there I promise!!! 
Thankyou again for your patience and please comment if you have time.
Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge see what my other team members have done with this title - they are really lovely designs as usual.

Enjoy a fabulous weekend,
Bye for now
Jo xx