Saturday, 30 May 2015

Allsorts Birthday winner!! and Week 313 - Vintage

Good Morning Everyone!

Hello and Happy Saturday to you all.
I have lots to tell you and show you in this post this morning and the first is to announce my winner from everyone that took the time to comment on last weeks project which was to celebrate the 6th Birthday of our fabulous Challenge Blog - Allsorts! 

I am so grateful for everyone that took part and for leaving me all of the lovely comments.   I am so pleased to announce the winner who is 


Congratulations! please contact me by email to and I will arrange for you to be sent the £10 voucher to spend on our website! 
It was a fabulous week all round and all the entries on the Allsorts blog were fabulous. Please pop over to check out the winners.

Todays challenge has been set by our lovely team member Tracey and she has asked us all to show you a project that fits under the title ...........


So here goes with what I would like to show you (I couldn't make up my mind so I have posted 2!!)

 This was another of the many samples that I did for the Tattered Lace Trio show a couple of weeks ago.  I used an assortment of flowers and leaves from the sets and coloured them in very vintage colours which really suited the main focal point which is a Graphic 45 image.  I think the bird is stunning.
and, this is the second project

Again, I have used a Tattered Lace die and teamed it up with some Heartfelt Creations paper and by using inks it has turned this project into quite a vintage look too.

I hope that you can spare a couple of minutes to leave me a comment and let me know what you think. You know I love to hear from you. Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog and have a bash at taking part this week! If not check out the other design team members projects.
Thankyou, as always for popping in and hope that you enjoy a fabulous weekend.
Bye for now,
Jo xx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Week 312 - Allsorts Challenge is 6 years Old!!

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to Saturday again and today is a very special day for the Allsorts Crew!! we are 6 years old today and we have reached this fabulous milestone because of all of the support that you all give to the blog, so thankyou! from us all.

As a massive thankyou the Team at Allsorts are offering lots of fabulous goodies for winners that take part in this weeks Challenge suitably entitled ....................

Happy Birthday!

This gives so much scope for whatever style that you love to do so if you haven't ever took part in our Challenge before this would be a great time to have a go!
As well as the main prize which has been kindly given by Stephanie at Tattered Lace the Team members are giving away individual prizes on their blogs too so pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog and check out all of the team members blogs leave a comment and you will be entered into their draws too! 

This is my project that I would love to share with you all as part of the Birthday Celebrations ~

This is a very girly card using some lovely girlie stuff!  including one of Sweet Poppy's fabulous shoe stencils, in black glossy paste, Craftwork cards fabulous papers from the Time Flies paper set and the wonderful flowers are from Tattered Lace Trio emboss and cut flower selection.
I have used some Dusty Concorde Distress Ink to enhance the image and papers.
I hope that you like it!

As I mentioned at the beginning we are offering individual prizes for the Birthday too and I would like to send a lucky winner -

£10 gift voucher
 for Let's Create Website ~

All you have to do to be in with a chance to win my prize is leave a comment here on my blog and a winner will be picked at random next week and announced on Saturday morning when I post again.
Please also pop onto the Allsorts Challenge blog and comment on the other individuals posts they would love it! 
Well, so much to win so don't miss out!

I am only blogging once a week, on a Saturday, at the moment as I have not been able to pop in on a Tuesday and Thursday for the time being but hope that you will still stay with me and pop in on Saturday's for the time being. I am, however, popping projects onto our Let's Create Facebook Page so please check this out and what excellent offers we are running on the website too.

 I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your comments.
Enjoy a fabulous long weekend whatever you are doing and hope to see you next week,
Thankyou again for popping in and
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Week 311 - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning Crafty friends,

Welcome to Saturday morning and another Challenge from Allsorts and Susan has asked the Team to make this weeks  project - 

Not using Squares!

so I hope this fits the bill -

This was a project from class today - everything House Mouse! and this is one of the most cute! I have used lots of circles cut using the Tattered Lace collection of circle dies I thought this followed on from the bubbles in the stamped image.   The stamp is from Stampendous and is one of the cling range.  These stamps are excellent quality and you always get an excellent image.  We used momento to stamp with as we used pro-markers to colour.  
Today in class is MDF and we are decorating a Candy Box project so really looking forward to this and it is our wedding anniversary today (27 years) so good all round!
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog and check out the other team members really great projects and the fabulous prizes up for grabs.
If you are a Tonic die fan we have some excellent bargains on our website up to 30% off on some of the sets so check these out before they all sell out!

I hope that you enjoy your weekend and please pop a comment in if you have time.
Thankyou very much for popping in and hope to see you back soon,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A little Tattered Lace Trio!

Good Morning Everyone,

I hope all is well with you all.  I thought I would share a few samples that I have made for the Tattered Lace Craftinator shows that Nancy is launching today on C and C.  They are a gorgeous idea and the dies cut perfectly, as usual, and the embossing is so deep - a fabulous collection.

This started off as a Candy Box Boxette and I have covered it using Kaiser papers and then matched the colours of the flowers from the paper collection.
The Boxette's (mdf) are fabulous and so affordable to decorate and send as a present. 
I sprayed the flowers with Pearl spray from Crafters companion and then popped very small pearls into the centres of the flowers and this gives some dimension.

This is another sample from the collection that is on Tv today 

The colour is a little lighter than it was in reality but I hope that you can see how stunning the flowers are and how deep the embossing is.

Check out Nancy's shows today at 12pm, 3pm and 5pm to see some of the other design team samples - they really are stunning.

Hope that you enjoy the rest of your day and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of the new Trio collection.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Ummm Brushos and Sweet Poppy!

Hello and good Tuesday to you all,

Thank you for popping in and hope all is good with you.
We had a fabulous round of workshops last week in the shop using one of the most popular and eye catching crafty products that are currently on the market - Brushos.  We used them in conjunction with Sweet Poppy stencils which are a match made in heaven.

This is one of the projects that we did in class -

This is a 7" x 5" size card so you can get the idea of the proportion of the centre focus which is the background using the Brushos and the stencil.  This one is the Wildflower stencil and I stippled black gesso through it first and then took the stencil off and moved it along slightly and then put black glossy paste through it and covered the image with clear micro beads. I used a selection of blue, yellow and greens for the background.  I have fallen in love with the Brushos and the ease of use to make the most stunning and effective backgrounds to accompany many of your other crafting techniques.
Well,  thats all for today but hope that you can join me again on Thursday with another project.
Enjoy the rest of your day,
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 9 May 2015

Week 310 - Allsorts Challenge!

Good Saturday Morning to everyone!,

How are you all?  Hope all well and looking forward to your weekend.
This morning is our usual Allsorts Challenge post and today our team member Mervi has asked the Team to show some projects using -

Die Cuts 2 or more!

Well as you all know this won't be a problem for me as I love my dies so a great week ahead on the Challenge site I am sure. Please pop over to have a look at the other members makes and the great prizes on offer.

This is a card that I have made for a friend of mine that is going to be a certain age! (the numbers on the card give the game away but I have kept it a little subtle!)

I have used more than 2 die sets - the flowers are from Heartfelt Creations and it is the Sun  Kissed Fleur stamp and die set, the tag is from a Tim Holtz die and the little bit of border is from the Sue Wilson range.  I have stamped the background with versamark and embossed with white embossing powder and then coloured using distress inks - Peeled Paint and Broken China.  A little blending around the edges with the Broken China brings it all together.
We have some fabulous Heartfelt dies and stamps on our website if you are a Heartfelt fan and it is always free p and p on orders over £10.00! 

We have also loaded all of the Sheena Douglass new perfect partners range that are featured as a Weekender on C and C this weekend.  They are the most gorgeous flowers - stamps and dies to match and we can guarantee that we can beat the prices on TV! check it out if you love Sheena's work.

Must dash now as I have to get down to the shop and then this afternoon is my Friend's birthday party so I hope she likes the card.
Hope that you all have a fabulous weekend and please leave a comment for me - you know \i love to hear from you all.
Thankyou, as always for popping in 
Bye for now
Jo xx

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Good Morning!

Good Morning Everyone

I hope that you all had a lovely long weekend and that you were able to spend time doing lots of things you love to do.
We spent the weekend with our very dear friends Caroline and John - Mark and John were busy sorting DIY stuff (boys things!) and Me and Caroline were 'having' to spend time in her craft room playing with lots of bits and pieces we have been meaning to do for ages.  A great time had by all!!

Today I have a really simple card to show you - one that I made some weeks ago for the Golden Age shows on C and C with Tattered Lace.
I sometimes find matching perfect background papers to fit the occasion a problem (even though I have a room and a shop full!! (as Mark would say!) so when I am out and about I pick up wrapping paper and know that it will come in at some point.  Well, this music paper certainly did on this occasion as I had a sample to make using the trumpet and I decided to use blocks of the paper to make a background, matting and layering them with black so that they pop out.
The stunning oval die that the Trumpet is sat on is the Eleganza die.

As you can see I made it into an invitation idea but this could easily have any sentiment on it for whatever occasion it is for.
Simple but effective I think.  What do you think? I would love to hear from you and let me know what you did at the weekend.
Hope that you can pop in again on Thursday for another little idea.
Thankyou, as always,  for popping in and 
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Week 309 - April showers bring May Flowers!

Good Morning my Crafty Friends,

Apologies for Missing in Action this week I have been a little under the weather (nothing new just usual rubbish!) so have had to concentrate on what was really needing to be done rather than what I wanted to do! But, back now and ready to go!
and as it is Saturday we know that it is an Allsorts post and today our Team Captain -  Brenda,  has asked us to make a project with the title -

April Showers bring May Flowers!

and what a fabulous title - well done Brenda for thinking of this one.
Now straight away my mind went  to Graphic 45 and the Time to Flourish and it didn't disappoint me - as if!! and I had a look through the paper rack and May papers in the series certainly fits the bill nicely and this is what I have put together - 

This is a definate collage style card and the papers certainly lend themselves to this style.
I have used several elements from the 12" x 12" paper pad and also cut out the large flower and decoupaged it up a little (although the picture doesn't do it justice - it looks as if it is flat on the
 paper :( 
All I have added is some cotton lace and a little mauve cardstock to mat the papers onto.  This series of Graphic 45 have been extremely popular and we still have a small stock left of the 8" x 8" paper pads on the website  if you are interested.  The pad covers all through the year and you can make some fabulous projects with each month.  I think it is particularly lovely if you can send someone special a card with their month of birth - it makes is very special and thoughtful.
As we are chatting about Graphic 45 I would like to mention that we have the extremely talented and very lovely Clare Charville coming to visit at Let's Create in September - she will be doing a demonstration day on the Saturday and a workshop on Sunday.  ( I will pop some more information on the blog next week.  If you are interested please let me know either through my Facebook page or ringing the shop on 01526 344457 or emailing me at

Today in class we have parchment and I am really pleased with the project that we are starting.
I will take some photographs and post them next week - it is a picture that we will be doing over 2 classes. 

Please take a look at the other Team members projects - they really are excellent and gives us all so much inspiration for this time of the year.
Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog and you may even fancy having a go at the Challenge yourself and be in with a chance of winner a fabulous prize.
Thankyou, as always,  for popping in and  I hope that you all enjoy a lovely long weekend and that the weather is kind to you all.
Take care and bye for now
Jo xx