Saturday, 27 June 2015

Week 317 - Allsorts Challenge - Blue as the Ocean

Good morning Crafty Friends,

I hope that this finds you all well and looking forward to the weekend ahead. Thankyou so much for popping in.
Well, what a busy week I'm not sure where it has gone!
Some of this week has been spent getting samples ready for the Tattered Lace pick of the week and I decided to show you one of my samples that I made for Nancy's show today as my project for this week's Challenge.
I used the Charisma Sweet Pea die set and CD rom to create a notebook for all the garden notes (I must say the Sweet Pea was one of my favourites!) I used some background paper and the middle tag from one of my Heartfelt paper pads that I totally love! The Sweet Peas have been decoupaged up so that there is a lot of dimension.  The words are from a wooden set that I have and they are perfect size for this sort of project. I distressed the edges of the paper layers to give interest and added candy dots to each corner.
I hope that you like this and that you will find a minute to leave a comment.  Let me know if you saw the show and what you thought to this fabulous collection.
We have parchment class today at the shop and then Mark and I are off to Coventry on a retailer training event for 2 days so we are keeping busy!! Hopefully we should come back with lots of ideas and inspiration to pass on!
Whatever you are doing this weekend please enjoy it and hope that you can fit a little crafting in as well as other jobs!! 
Please check out the Allsorts Challenge blog and have a look at the other Team members lovely work
Thankyou again for popping in and hope to see you again soon.
Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Week 316 - Allsorts Challenge "Use a Stamp"

Good Morning Everyone!

Welcome to another week and I hope that you have all had a good one.
This week at the Allsorts Challenge it is my turn to host and I have chosen
Use a Stamp of your choice
(but not a digi!)
As you all know I love stamping and thought it would be great to see lots of your fabulous creations using your stamp of choice so please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to take part.
We are kindly being sponsored by
This is the project I have chosen to show you -
This is the card that I made for Kate (our Daughter) for her 22nd Birthday.
(it does look as if it is floating off the easel but there is some cotton lace at the bottom of the design!)
This is a closer photograph of the main image

The stamps are from Paper Artsy and are from the Elizabeth Borer collection from the Eclectica range.  We are pleased to be able to stock these stamps in our shop and on our website and remember p and p is free over £10.
Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge site and have a look at the fabulous designs from the Design Team.
I hope that you enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you have time please leave a comment for me and let me know what you think of this project.
Thankyou, as always,
for popping in.
Bye for now
Jo x

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Week 315 - Flower Power!

Good Morning!

Hello to you all and thankyou for popping in. 
 As always on a Saturday morning we have the launch of a new Allsorts Challenge and today is no exception.
Our lovely Team member Tracey has chosen a fabulous challenge for us all and I think it will be a very busy week -
She has asked us to show a project with the title -
Flower Power!
I am sure that we all can find something that we have made or are thinking of making with flowers on it and this is the project I have decided to show you -
We made this mini canvas in a class a couple of weeks ago and I thought then this will be ideal for this weeks Challenge.
As usual the photograph has not given it justice as there is so much detail on it.
I began by covering the canvas with Tim Holtz newspaper print tissue paper and then painted it with a mixture of acrylic paint and gesso.
In the background I have chosen to use a Tattered Lace die - Birdhouse row - I used smooth white cardstock and coloured some of the detail but left some white so they pop out nicely.
The bolder flowers are a mixture from several JOFY stamps from Paper Artsy and, as you know, these really are some of my favourite stamps.  I coloured these with pro-markers.
The canvas was  7" x 5" in size and this makes a lovely gift to anyone that you would like to give more than just a card.
We all enjoyed making these.
We are sponsoring this weeks Allsorts Challenge and if you are chosen as a winner you will receive a £10 gift voucher to spend on our website
You will also find all of the products that I have used in the project.
Do remember that all orders over £10 are p and p free!
Today is also our gorgeous Daughter Kate's 22nd birthday but she is spending the weekend in Ireland so we will be having some tea together on Tuesday when she gets home. She is rather partial to Guiness so I am sure she will find some there!
Happy Birthday Kate! xx
Later today Mark and I are travelling up to Preston and staying over ready for a demonstration day at the fabulous Inspirations - home of Hunkydory! so if you are in the area on Sunday please pop and see me - I don't get out and about too much now so it would be lovely to catch up with some friendly faces. The times for the demonstration are 11 until 3.30 pm.
Must close now and get my bits and pieces packed, I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend whatever you decide to do and please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of todays project.
Also please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to check out my Team members projects - always a joy to see.
Thankyou so much for popping in,
bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Week 314 - Satin and Lace

Good Morning Everyone,

Well it soon rolls around to another Saturday and hello to everyone that has taken the time to pop in.
I hope that you have all enjoyed a lovely week and that the weekend has lots in store.
I am really busy getting samples ready for the Christmas Tattered Lace shows on Create and Craft at the end of next week!!! really! in the first week in June!!
Well, back to the matter in hand today. 
Our lovely Wendy has asked the Team to make some projects using ~
Satin and Lace
and this is my creation for today ~

I have slightly pushed the boundaries of the title as I have used one of Joanna Sheen's gorgeous lace dies instead of actual lace (hope this is acceptable!) I have included the satin in the ribbon to neaten the edge of the lace.  We have all of her newest designs on our website if you like the look of it pop onto the web and check them all out - there are some fabulous designs that need very little effort to achieve something really special.
The image is one of my favourites from Penny Black and I have used Spectrum Noir aqua markers to colour - we made this in class this week and everyone enjoyed the project.
We have 2 excellent sponsors for this weeks Challenge at Allsorts and the design team have done a stunning job as always so please pop along and take a look.
Must dash now back to Christmas!
Have a lovely weekend and please leave me a comment, you know I love to hear from you all.
Take care and hope to see you again next week,
Bye for now
Jo x