Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Crafters Companion - Beatrix Potter

Hi everyone hope you had a fabulous weekend

I can't believe it's been 2 weeks since my last blog but I've been so busy with work , puppies, bank holidays and family I haven't had time to sit down and type swot this month!!!

 Anyway I thought I'd pop on a few cards made for Sara Davis's Germany Show next month . they are from the Beatrix Potter range and made from the card blanks and Rub-ons available over at the Crafters Companion website

Hope you like them xx

 This scene of Mrs Puddleduck was made with a Beatrix potter card blank, Spellbinders blossom corners , Small rose Die'sire rose die and an A4 dotty embossing folder

 The sentiment in the centre says 'Happy Christmas' in German (card above)

This card is my favourite and was made from a single Beatrix Potter rub on, The embossing folders used were A4 dotty and A4 Argyle and the dies were a Die'sire Walzt Decorative  die and a Persian motif Spellbinders die

Here is a box collection of small notelets made from the Beatrix Potter Rub-ons

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Diary of an Edwardian Lady and Nature Notes - Crafter's Companion ...

Are you ready for a sneak peek of the upcoming four day deal on Create & Craft TV next week? Well here's a sneaky peek at whats new from Crafter's Companion stables, its the Diary of an Edwardian lady and Nature notes Coming soon to Create and Craft TV, Watch out for this as its sure to fly out of the studios Monday Tuesday and wednesday .. 
Monday 20th May: 8am, 1pm and 6pm
Tuesday 21st May: 9am and 4pm
Wednesday 22nd May: 8am, 2pm and 6p
Here's my first card

Items used
Scalloped blank card
Diary of an Edwardian lady and Nature notes CD
Marianne Die
paper flowers
Crafter's Companion 'Sparkle and fluff' peach Pearls
If you are a nature lover, you are going to be blown away by the images in this CD, It is one of my favourite's already , loads of water colour images of plants, country wildlife , butterflies and birds . The butterflies are so real they look as they will fly away at any moment.


This clock takes pride of place on my sideboard , it was made with some canvas printable paper bought from a certain shop where every item is a £1 *wink* and mounted on an old frame , the clock mechanism was purchased from evil bay for £2.99 and the corners were cut for a marianne Creatables corner die

Items used 
Diary of an Edwardian lady and Nature Notes
wooden frame
Printable canvas paper
Clock mechanism
Green Pearl embellishments
Silver Card
Marianne Creatables corner die

Thanks for popping in xx

Monday, 13 May 2013

J and C Creations - kite Day

It is generally accepted that kites were first invented approximately 2800 years ago in China, Designs often emulate flying insects, birds, dragons and other beasts, both real and mythical. The finest Chinese kites are made from split bamboo (usually golden bamboo), covered with silk, and hand painted. Now days they are considered toys  common with children , rather than adults, though there is a Kite festival every year in Brighton for the big kids among us....

Here's my card , no dragons on them I'm afraid .....

Items used 

Dotty Embossed card blank
Kite Stamp
spellbinders Banners die
Pink Ribbon

All highlighted items can be found over at the J and C Creations Website ....

Camden Town Stamp set - Crafters Companion

 Hi folks

 Just a quickie today to show off the stamps sets from the Camden Town Range from Crafter's Companion
below is my card made with set 1 using the boots, sentiment and the butterflies, you can't see in the photo but the boots are covered with mirco beads to give them a glitzy look. The little peach pearls, gems and silver charms all came from the sparkle and fluff embellishment kit ,

 Here's another card this time using the small solid rose from the Camden Town stamp set, this stamp is less then 1/2 inch but when repeated you can get a lovely pattern from it, I sure it would be useful as a border stamp too. The butterflies are from a spellbinder die 'Les Papillions' and the backing paper was from the Camden Town paper kit.

 thanks for visiting my blog

Sunday, 12 May 2013

J and C Creations monthly Challenge - Armed Forces

Time again to play along at J and C Creations blog Challenge so come on girls get your camoflague papers out and do us a fabulous creation for this month , and you could win a £20 voucher to spend on their website Heres mine hope you like it

Items used
mens toppers and paper kit

Dont forget the rules, 
To enter this months challenge, please post your entry on your blog and use the InLinkz box at the bottom of the J and C Creations competition challenge blog post  to provide a direct link to your project. The rules are that we only require 1 item which can be purchased from J & C Creations to be featured on your project.  Please include this on your blog post. The Challenge will close at 6pm on the 12th June

As always, could we ask a huge favour please; could you help to make our job at leaving comments easier by turning off comment verification and enabling comment moderation instead. Please, pretty please, it’s ever so easy to do  and you won’t get spam comments as you can easily reject the comments that you don't want to appear. Also, can we remind you nicely that it’s fine to combine challenges but please, no back linking. 

And most importantly don't forget to have fun crafting xx

Thursday, 9 May 2013

New addition to the family

Morning folks,

 just a quick post to introduce you to the newest member of the family..

This is Ruby (formally known as Taffyta) , A westie terrier x (crossed with a toilet brush by the looks of her coat ) She is 14 weeks old (only 9 weeks in Photo, (Right)) and was a rescue puppy from our local dogs home .

 She was bought in with her brothers and sisters to Foal Farm Animal Rescue Centre at  Biggin Hill, Kent, as part of an unwanted litter at 9 weeks old  and has been there since then , All her siblings went to new homes quite quickly but for some reason which we can't work out, no one seemed to want her !!! we just went up to 'Foal' for a visit and to look around as we thought it may be time to start 'thinking' about having another pooch and found her there . All alone in her kennel!!

she has been with us for 2 weeks now, though I feels like a lifetime and she has her paws well under the table as well as wrapped round our hearts. Her favourite things are Pigs ears, brooms, mops and doggy treats,and she hates the hoover and the bath , she is everything a dog should be!!

 We have given her the nick name 'Wreck it Ralf' because if she can get it, she will chew it!!!! and we are still puppy- proofing the flower beds as no matter what little fences we put up to stop her, she gets through it to dig up the blubs, Snails and Stones! She sleeps in our room in a cat box which she loves and is so intelligent, all ready she has wrapped 'Daddy' round her little paw!!


 If there is a heaven for dogs,
I'm sure Spike is looking down and smiling, and thinking ' Go on girl , give that blooming cat a run for it's money!!!! ,he he' x


Another Sneaky Peek - Camden Town

 Check out the new 'Camden Town' Frame Concept card from Crafters Companion and Hunkydory

One last sneaky peek at whats coming tomorrow on Create and Craft TV Tomorrow at noon as the PICK OF THE WEEK , Crafters Companion have teamed up with Hunkydory to bring you their beautiful new range..

'CAMDEN TOWN' Luxury card toppers , papers inserts , Concept cards ,embellishments and Stamps all made to co ordinate with each other !!!
here are some more cards from the ladies kit , will be treating myself to the boys kit on the launch  as that looks fab too..

Here's another concept card this time using the Doily card blank

 Items used 
Doily Concept card blank
Female Camden Town Papers , Toppers and embellishment kit
Cream ribbon
Coloured pearls 
I would like to enter these cards in the following challenges
613 Avenue Create Challenge - shaped cards
challenges4everybody - Anything Goes

Thanks for popping over to my blog , don't forget I love to read all your comments so feel free to leave one below xx

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Another Sneaky peek - Camden Town

Another sneaky peek at the new Hunkydory 'Camden Town' kits that are being launched on Friday 10th May as a PICK OF THE WEEK from Sara and the team at  Crafter's Companion.
  Two kits, one for Girlie's and one for the boys , .
Both kits have backing papers, inserts,  fabulous embellishment packs, crazy concept cards, toppers and a range of beautiful stamps to colour and paint to your hearts desire. I had the girls kits and had a fab time making samples to share with you here are a few more xx

Also included in the range are concept cards and below are two I made one from the topper sheet (right picture) and the other from the backing papers (left picture) with are just as beautiful, I cut the 'Happy Birthday Sentiment from the insert papers xx

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

SNEAKY PEEK .....Crafters Companion 'CAMDEN TOWN'

Today we are having a sneaky peek at the new Hunkydory 'Camden Town' kits that are being launched on Friday 10th May as a PICK OF THE WEEK from Sara and the team at  Crafter's Companion.

There are two kits, one for Girlie's and one for the boys , .
Both kits have backing papers, inserts,  fabulous embellishment packs, crazy concept cards, toppers and a range of beautiful stamps to colour and paint to your hearts desire.

Here's one of the samples I made for the show ......

The embellishment kit includes Silver-tone charms such as cupcakes , shoes, butterflies and flowers, velvet ribbons is pink and blue and pearls to match , over a metre of lace and heart shaped 'jelly top' gems, I just love them all 

so to see more, tune in to create and craft Friday at noon and check out these fabulous kits and stamps

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Party Paws - Crafters Companion

Well I finally found some time to blog again in case you haven't heard we have a new 12 week old puppy called Ruby and she's keeping me very busy at the mo, Anyway Here's a little sneaky peek at whats coming up in the Create and Craft shows on Friday at 9am and 2pm from Crafters Companion. Some fabulous PARTY PAWS Acetate and embellishment kits starring the cutest little bear on the planet, LITTLE BAMBOO IS BACK

Here are a few samples to look out for in the show made with these fab kits....

These cards were all made using the beautiful Sentiments and borders kits   which include borders , toppers ,sentiments and butterfly and flower embellishments and the Acetate pack with 16 sheets of acetate in the pack 8 x gold and 8 x silver.

So Tune in to Create and Craft on Friday 3rd May at 9am  and 2 pm and see whats on offer from  Crafters Companion and party paws xx

Thanks for popping over and visiting my blog , and please feel free to leave comments I would love to know what you think of these x

Crafter's Companion Challenge blog - Masculine

Hi everyboby its time again for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge over at there blog site and May's challenge is 'Masculine' So we are looking for projects/Cards for the blokes/guys/chaps in your life.

The man in my life is my husband Paul, a motor technician who loves anything with clogs and spockets, he's also my best friend and we have been together 27 years now!!

Please don't forget the rules , include a product from the Crafters Companion range to enter and you could win £30 worth of shopping vouchers at their site!!l entries must include at least one of the following items:
  • Any Crafter’s Companion UK or US brand stamp (including Humphrey, Toread, S.W.A.L.K., Sheena Douglass, Paintbox Poppets, Crisalis Classics, Angelica & Friends, Art Kure, Stamp-It Australia, Anthony/Burt, Snowman, Frou Frou, etc)
  • Die’sire embossing folders and flower quilling dies (please state which ones you have used)
  • Anything created with the Ultimate Tool/Ultimate Pro, Envelebox, etc (please state which board you have used)
  • Darice embossing folders (please state which folder you have used)
  • Crafter’s Companion exclusive products
    • CD-ROMs
    • Reddy Decoupage Kits
    • Luxury Card Kits
    • Exclusive Member Downloads
Please note if you have only used Spectrum Noir pens you will not be able to enter.  You are encouraged to take part in the Spectrum Noir Challenge Blog, though, which can be found HERE.

All entries must state which product they have used and also mention Crafter’s Companion UK or Crafter’s Companion US products in their post. Any entries not following the rules stated above will unfortunately be removed.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a £30 / $30 voucher from Crafter’s Companion, Ltd


Items used in my card above are
Crafter's Companion products
 Xcut clog dies, Spellbinders die, Tim 'aged maghogany' inkpad and silver WOW embossing powder

Post Card Week - May 6th - 12th

Postcard Week began in 1984 and is always in early May, this year its 6th - 12th  and celebrates the tradition of the postcard. whether you collect them design them or just like to send them everyone is encouraged to join in the fun. The Post Office was the only establishment allowed to print postcards, and it held its monopoly until May 19, 1898, when Congress passed a law which allowed private publishers and printers to produce postcards. Initially, the United States government prohibited private companies from calling their cards "postcards", so they were known as "souvenir cards". The most famous of all Souvenir Postcards are the cheeky Chappies you could buy at the seaside,Which had a type of 'Carry on' style to them. Saucy Postcards designed by Donald McGill were banned in the 1960's for being too risky which only increased collector's interests and some are quite valuable now in collector's circles

Here's today's tribute to this theme and the items you will need to make it

6'' Card blank
Cream and black cardstock
Stampendous' Postcard 'Stamp 
Gold embossing powder
Tim Holt's 'Brushed Corduroy ink pad 
Versa mark pad
patterned paper
mini Stamp Stamp
Items Highlighted can be purchased from J and C Creations

My Card has been created using the fabulous Stampendous Postcard Stamp mounted onto some patterned paper and decorated with mini stamps and envelopes. The image has been embossed with some gold embossing powder and then dust with some Tim Holts brown ' Brushed Corduroy' ink Pad around the edges, and then mounted onto some black card. The little stamps were individually cut from the patterned paper and the envelopes just folded scraps of paper into the shape of envelopes.