Monday, 29 July 2013

A christmas Sneaky Peek ......

Crafter's Companion are ready and waiting in the wings to release their latest launch.

 coming soon to Create and craft TV, (Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748)
 this Thursday evening, 1st August as the 'PICK OF THE WEEK'....... Its their Luxury Christmas Card kit. And its Fabuloussssssssssss!!!

 In conjunction with Hunky dory they have produced a traditional and luxurious foiled die-cut Christmas kit for everyone to share.  The images are so beautiful and the colours so vibrant that you are going to be amazed by this collection.

Included will be Topper images in all shapes and sizes , Decoupage die cut toppers, top quality foiled backing cards and full scene cards.

 I loved working with it and will definitely be putting one in my shopping basket next week

 Here are a couple of my favourite's from the collection that I made for the show.

This Robin card was made using a topper and  the decoupage poinsettias in the kit and some snowflake acetate which is also available on the show.

This is a swing card made using the foiled card stock from the kit and the die cut images included, I love it ..... Hope you do too xx

Thanks for popping by , come and visit again soon xxx

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Time away...

Hi folks

hope you have all been keeping well , I've had some time out from blogging what with family, pets and life in general, we (hubby and I ) have just celebrated our 23rd wedding Anniversary and to treat oursleves we had a sneaky weeks holiday down to  the Devon coast at the last minute,we had a caravan down at Dawlish Warren , a beautiful part of the countryside only 1 mile from the beach and myself and Paul and Ruby of course, (couldn't leave my fur -baby behind) had a well earn rest from life in the smog!!

Stourhead stately home

we set off at 10.30am that morning not expecting it would take us 10 hours to get to our campsite. Should had done it in 5 but we were delayed by heavy traffic and so diverted to a pub for lunch at 12 noon and then a lovely stop off at the National Trust's Stourhead House and gardens for a few more hours at 3pm to escape the heat  inside the car which had gone into the 30's and the traffic on the A303 which had slowed to a crawl. Finally arriving at 8pm that night. The week flew by so quickly but I think we had a good time sadly one minute we were there and next minute we were back home again .

The lakes and grounds at Stourhead

Anyway I haven't had any time to post anything lately, but I'm back from my hols now and so its nose to the Cuttlebug and time to get back to work (if you can call this work!!)

Christmas is just 5 paychecks away and so I'm told its time to start thinking about the guy in the red coat and the things he likes to share with us, like presents and decorated trees and of course SNOW!!

 Now I love Christmas as much as the next person but its a little hard to imagine winter outside when the temperature is over 30 degrees in the shade and its not the snow that's melting on the path but more like the tarmac on the pavements!!

 Anyway here are a few Mulberry wood cards I put together before we packed our case and headed down to the English Riviera for the best of the weather. 

 My Christmas range of cards has already been quite popular at a summer bar-b-Que and half a box of 40 cards were sold to friends and friends of friends there. Who would of thought 'big hairy bikers' would like Mulberry wood cards!!  lol

 Crafter's Companion have also kept me busy with some launches going ahead in Germany last week too and they have something really special lined up for you all in Create and craft next week, so keep a crafty eyes out for that . (Will be posting my usual sneaky peeks soon, ).  I also have my country shows looming on the horizon, starting next weekend with  lingfield steam fair, in Surrey, so have been beavering away making cards for those .

Thanks for popping by xx

Thursday, 11 July 2013

One more from Barkley...

Well the weather is scorching outside again today as the summer has finally arrived, so thought I'd blog again indoors (and out of the blazing heatwave) as there is still time for one more sneaky peek before the launch at lunchtime on Create and Craft TV, this time its a gift box made from the Crafter's Companion BARKLEY CD.... 

Here's a twist on an exploding box , an exploding rectangle!! inside there are 2 wax butterflies and some herbal teabags in the centre box so you can have a chill out and relax with a cuppa and some scented candles.

 The box was made from a template in the 'exploding boxes' section printed off 3 times and then stuck together and features the little kitten in the images for a change, as I know there are just as many pussy cat lovers out there as dog owners

The lid was made on the ultimate pro with some silver white centura Pearl card and the flowers were in the embellishment section. There's a ribbon around the edge and some on top with an image from the 'toppers' on the CD.

All stuck together with the fabulous Collall glue and the new tacky glue from Crafters Companion available on the website.

don't forget to put on your sunblock or better still  tune in today (friday 12th) at 12 for the launch of the BARKLEY CD AND STAMPS and chill inside in the shade like me!!!!!!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Another look at Barkley from Crafters Companion..............

Here's another chance to see whats in store from Crafters Companion and its this darling little puppy BARKLEY..

Now we all know that secretly that WE have the best dog in the world living in our house as a member of our family but this little guy comes a close second.

There are 2 CDs to choose from Everyday and Christmas a range of stamps to accompany the CDs too and I know you will love them both . Here's a card I made from one the stamps, and some of the backing papers from the CD. I also used a Enchanted Spring Die'sire die cut from Pink Core'ordinations card and a tonic edge punch on some Snow white Centura pearl card stock as a mount

  Here are a couple of baby vests, as you know there are lots of uses for these images, so don't just think its the card makers having all the fun here.

I made these 4 weeks ago before the wonderful news was released from Crafters Companion that our lovely Sara and her husband Simon were expecting their first baby , So I am delighted that they will now go to a good home after the show!!  Next time not to self , make the baby vests lemon and cover all the bases lol!!

Firstly I have to apologise for the bad photo as these vests in real life are a fabulous bright pink colour but somewhere in the photography that has been lost!! The images are from the Barkley everyday CD which have been printed on to iron on transfer paper and then onto the baby vests and I pretty sure they will get an airing at the launch as the news of  the new arrival is bound to be the topic of conversation on the show at some point. So watch out for these little cuties coming to a TV near you soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So check out the PICK OF THE WEEK SHOW, Friday 12th July 12 noon on Create and Craft TV,

Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748

 And Congratulations to Sara and Simon again on their fabulous news........

Monday, 8 July 2013

Crafters Companion - Barkley Sneaky Peek time...

Sneaky Peek time again and this time its this adorable little guy BARKLEY THE DOG, Along with his pussy cat friend he will be the star of the show for Crafters Companion on Friday the 12th of July over at the Create and Craft Shopping Channel as their PICK OF THE WEEK.

There are 2 CD's one everyday and one Christmas and I promise you the images are soooo cute, any dog or cat owner would be over the moon to receive a card with these little darling on, The girls on the design team all went crazy for him!!!

Here's another card this time from the everyday range , don't they make a pretty couple , both cards were made using the CD , there are backing papers, card toppers card companions exploding boxes and much much more to choose from on each CD, I know you are going to love them all

So don't forget to tune in ...Create and Craft

Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813 | Virgin 748

Thursday, 4 July 2013

wedding fever....

 It won't be long before the wedding season starts, we have already received an invite for September so I thought it might be a good time to restock on some of the wedding gifts I like to make for the country shows and craft Fayre's we attend in the summer months

This gift of a couple in front of an arch is made from paper and card, The arches were Centura pearl card cut on my Cricut die-cutting machine from a church window design along with the flower/vine surrounds. The stand is a box shape 1 1/2'' deep and edged with a martha stewart punch and the base also cut from Centura card. The kissing couple was purchased at a craft show but they are widely available on most Internet sites , (Ebay always has them) the arch is decorated with mini silk flowers and pearls, the acetate box is dressed with ribbon and gold peel off stickers.. The wedding cake topper is purely my design but the Acetate display box is from another keepsake kit I bought but I plan to make my own from its template next time

This wedding cake gift is from scary Mary cards from the keepsake range and comes flat-packed for you to build, its quite easy It takes me a couple of hours from start to finish and you have total free range how you decorate it.  I sell these for £12 each and get 3 cakes and display boxes from each pack costing £17.99 so make nearly £20 profit on each pack I buy. I already have orders for these and can not recommend them enough!!

Monday, 1 July 2013

Crafters Companion July Challenge - Dies and Die-Cuts ....

Time again for the Crafters Companion Challenge and this month its about the dies , so go and get out your favourites out , along with your Embosser ( or any other die cutting machine) and lets see some fabulous creations, you could be the lucky winner of a £30/$30 voucher to spend in their website store!!!!
 Here's my inspiration  for you to get you in the mood...

I've used the Die'sire Waltz frame die along with the Ornamental flower die and the eagle-eyed will have spotted a couple of spellbinders in there too... the mini topper is from the Angel Whispers CD and the backing card was created from the new range of 8 x 8 Embossalisous folders this one is called Celtic Frame and is absolutely stunning on Centura Pearl card stock!!

NOW IT'S YOUR TURN..........

Don't forget the rules

All 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 & Faerie Poppets, Crisalis Classics, Angelica & Friends, Art Kure, Stamp-It Australia, Anthony/Burt, Snowman, Frou Frou, Camden Town, 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.
The Design Team will choose their favourite top 3 creations.  If you are a chosen you will get a blinkie to display proudly on your blog.

Good luck and happy Crafting...