Thursday, 30 November 2017

Birthday Blog Candy Giveaway

Hello Crafters

I have no idea where this year is going, Autumn has whizzed by and we are now heading full pelt into Winter, I absolutely adore this time of year but it just goes too fast!  

The most recent project to keep me extremely busy is this Crystal Art Craft Buddy logo.  I was so pleased to be asked to do this, as of course it's a one off and will be at all the shows.  It took quite a few days over two weeks but to see the sparkle was worth it. Fortunately I had some help from my hubby on occasions and my mum and sister when they came over for Halloween.  Crystal Art are currently show casing at the NEC and you can find all their products here.

60 x 70 cm canvas, with each crystal measuring just 3mm.

Although the year has flown by there is still lots to look forward including this Sunday, 5th November as it's my birthday, which means it's time for my annual blog candy giveaway.  This year I have two packages to giveaway; a cardmaking/papercraft package and a mixed media package.  

- The only requirement to enter the giveaway is to leave a comment on this post.  If you wish you can let me know which package you would prefer but I can't guarantee you will received this, if picks two entrants who want the same package I will have to randomly pick who recieves which parcel.

- This giveaway is open to all my regular commenters from home and abroad.

- No giveaway hunters please, you will not be included. 

- Closing date is 30th November. Good Luck! 

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Craft Buddy Crystal Art Motif - DT Projects

Good Morning Crafters

Today I'm sharing my most recent make for Craft Buddy Crystal Art.  These little motifs are super cute and so quick to make, and would make excellent stocking fillers.  I have already added these to my own shopping list for a friend's little girl.  You always get plenty of crystals for your project, so you have lost of spares to add to other projects.

There are a few designs to pick from, I recived the Penguin, Snowflake and Tree. 

Once you have stuck your crystals on (the sheet is sticky and the crystals stick easily) just peel the motif off, the backing is clear and add to your project. They can be used on cards, tags, home decor, canvases, bags, phone cases and many more items that I probably haven't even thought of! 

I used the snowflake to make a simple festive hanging decoration, using matt silver card and a Spellbinders die.

I thought the Christmas tree was crying out for snow, so I used a snowglobe card and some polar white Flower Soft to make a shaker card.  I used the left over Crystals for the card front and added a peel off sentiment.

I used the penguin to make a festive bookmark using dotty acetate from Anna Marie Designs and a tassel from Joanna Sheen - who doesn't want a cute festive bookmark right! 

All quick and simple sparkly makes done in under an hour. 

The Motifs will be available at the Excel over the next four days, launched on Hochanda on the 25th November and available on the website shortly thereafter.

Creative Blessings.  x

Thank you to Marianne for letting know the writing on my blog comes up a little small on a tablet, I've increased the font size from normal to large, so I hope this helps those of you using a tablet - please let me know. 

Monday, 13 November 2017

A Weekend Full of Craft!

Good Morning Crafters

I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Mine was very crafty, on Saturday I attended a workshop with my mum at Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.  The workshop was run by Margaret and included all the materials for the class.  We made these beautiful festive house shadow boxes using Paperartsy and Starlight paints, Craft Creations papers, festive wooden pieces and charms. I'm going to add some lights to mine similar to the set Margaret used on her sample.

My festive house. 
My mum's festive house.
We have many more workshops scheduled from November to March, including ones tutored by John Lockwood and Kay Carley of Paperartsy.  Click the link to book a place.

On Sunday I attended Crafting Live at Peterborough, I purchased a few bits and piece for myself and a few Christmas gifts. It was a fun day out and there were lots of "Makes and Takes" available, the ticket price was reasonable, it only cost me £3 as I bought before the event with my Create and Craft discount, parking is free, the one thing that does let it down is the cost of food.  It's a pain to carry food around with you so I choose to buy there, however choice is very limited and it's very expensive. 

Here are my purchases minus the christmas gifts plus a couple freebie packs.

Monday, 6 November 2017

G45 Secret Garden Birthday Card #2

Hello Crafters! 

Last week I shared the birthday card I made from my mum from me, this post is the card I made for my mum from my dad.  Again I decided to use the Graphic 45 Secret Garden paper pad. 

The ribbon, pearl strand, fowers and pearls is from a Happy Mail packaged I won from Linda Simpson.  

I have also used dies from Noor! Design.  

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

G45 Secret Garden Birthday Card #1

Morning Crafters!

Pinch, Punch, First of the Month!  Last month was my mum's birthday and today I am sharing the card I made for her using Graphic 45 papers from the Secret Garden paper pad. 

The flowers, lace and pearl strand are from a Happy Mail win from Linda Simpson, stamens, wheat and dried flowers from Anna Marie Designs and key & die-cut leaves using Noor! Design dies. 

Creative Blessings.  x

Saturday, 28 October 2017

7 Days of Halloween - Day 4

Hello Peeps! 

It's time for day four of my Seven days of Halloween, this card is for my friend's little boy.  I have used a pre-coloured image by Hobby House, the sheet is called Hazel's Halloween from Foil Play.  I added some Dried Marigold Distress Ink around the edge of the image and matted and layered it on black cardstock.

I have added some die cuts from my stash.  The leaf embellishments were sent to me by an Instagram friend in some Happy Mail.  The sentiment is from Docrafts Daisy and Dandelion Pumpkin and Aubergine stamp set. 

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter the following challenge(s);

Noor! Design UK - Autumn/Fall Colours -

Friday, 27 October 2017

7 Days of Halloween - Day 3

Hello Peeps! 

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's spooky cute make, today I'm sharing my third make for my Seven days of Halloween, a card made for my friend's youngest little girl.  I have coloured Valerie in Autumn digi stamp by Mo Manning using Spectrum Noir pencils.

I have used a Tim Holtz Pumpkins stencil and Distress Oxide on black cardstock and embossed it with Cuttlebug Spiderweb embossing folder.

Creative Blessings.  x

Thursday, 26 October 2017

7 Days of Halloween - Day 2

Hello Peeps! 

For day 2 of my Seven days of Halloween I'm sharing a card made for my friend's little girl.  I have used a pre-coloured image by Hobby House the sheet is called Hazel's Halloween from Foil Play.  I added some Seedless Preserve Distress Ink around the image and matted and layered it on black cardstock.

I have used a Cuttlebug Spiderweb embossing folder on the base card and colouring it with Black Soot Distress Ink. 

The spider (Docrafts Daisy and Dandelion:Pumpkin and Aubergine stamp set) is stamped using Purple Glitz Wow embossing powder and I have added a strip of self -adhesive gems.  The spooky witch words, from the same stamp set, are stamped with Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide and embossed with clear embossing powder.  

Pre-coloured Hobby House image Hazel's Halloween sheet.
I added few embellishments, gems and ribbon from my stash. 

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

7 Days of Halloween - Day 1 - ATC Halloween Swap

Hello Crafters

I love Halloween (or Samhain as it's known in the Wiccan community) and I have had so much fun making a few Halloween projects which I will be sharing over the next seven days.  Today I'm sharing my first make for my Seven days of Halloween. This month I signed up to do a Halloween swap over at the Faery Ink Facebook group.  It's been a while since I've taken part in a swap or made any ATCs, I really enjoyed making these and putting together a small swap parcel. 

The images are from Faery Ink and are two of my favourites, Gabbie Vamp and Ghost Lenore, I believe they are now retired.  I watercoloured them with Distress Markers. 
Structure Paste - Keep on Crafting
Autumn Fire Paperartsy Paint - Keep on Crafting
John Next Door Quatro Stars stencil - Keep on Crafting
Non-shed glitter card - Keep on Crafting
Die-cut owl - my mum's stash
Stickers, gems, scraps of Halloween card - my stash
Stamped sentiments - Docrafts

Here is the parcel I put together including a card from my stash.
Creative Blessings.  x

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Keep on Crafting Blog Makes - 18 & 20 Sept

Hello Peeps! 

Still trying to conquer this cough, it's a real stinker and hanger-on!  Although this blog has been quiet I have posted quite a few scrapbook pages on my other blog which you can see here.

Here are my makes from the Keep on Crafting blog for last week. 

This gift bag was made using Kasiercraft 12 x 12 papers and a Woodware stamp. 

My next make is a card using decoupage by Craft Creations Ltd, non-shed glitter cardstock and Boot Prints Mini Stencil by Creative Expressions. 

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 13 October 2017

Crystal Art 40 x 90 Canvas

Good Morning Peeps

So I mentioned on Wednesday that I had been undertaking a large DT project and here it is, Nature's Song crystal art canvas.

It took quite a few afternoons of work but it was very calming.  Also ideal as I have been suffering from a sore throat, cough and just about every other cold symptom, and I still can't seem to shift it, for just sitting and crafting, no need to get out all my stash and it's the first time in a while I have seen my craft table! 

There is also a video but it's too big for blogger but you can can see it on my FB page or Instagram.  You can order this and lots of other size crystal art canvases and cards from here.

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Keep on Crafting Shop Blog Makes 4th - 6th Oct

Good Morning Crafters

My blog has been quiet lately for two reasons; firstly I have been undertaking a very large DT project which I will share on Friday and secondly I have been knocked backwards and upside down by a sore throat and cough which refuses to disppear, it looks as if a trip to the drs might be on the cards if it hasn't gone by the end of this week. 

Anyway that's enough of my woes, here are the samples I made for the Keep on Crafting shop blog last week. 

First up was a card using Izink pigment inks and stamps and stencils from John Lockwood.

My second project was a Christmas card using a Woodware stamp and Kuretake Clean Color pens.

Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Keep On Crafting Shop Blog Makes 27th - 29th Sept

Morning Peeps!

Today I'm sharing my makes for the shop blog from last week.

Wednesday's make was a Christmas card using a decoupage sheet from Craft Creations Ltd, and if you look closely at the bottom of the card you can see I have used the Boot Prints stencil from Creative Expressions to emboss footprints.

On Thursday I used some Crafting Together stamps to make an Autumn birthday card.  Sentiment is a Woodware stamp.

Friday was a masculine Winter birthday using stamps from John Lockwood. Same sentiment as the Autumn card.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 2 October 2017

New Baby

Good Morning!

I hope you all had a great weekend.  On Saturday I took my parents to the Minatura event, dad is a keen dollhouse enthusiast and of course mum and I were in our element with all the minature creations, especially the miniature stitching and haberdashery.

My card today was a commission for a friend to to give to her daughter who has just had a baby boy.  

Patchwork Alphabet - Woodware Stamps
Graph It Markers
Blue cardstock - stash
Peter Rabbit elements
Baby Dungarees - Noor! Design Santa's Suit die
Paperstock - Kanban
Wooden teddy, bib and safety pin - stash

Creative Blessings.  x

I would like to enter this into the following challenge(s);

PINspirational Challenges - Challenge 200 - Anything Goes -

613 Avenue Create - Challenge #202 - Anything Goes/optional twist masculine card -

Creative Craft Cottage - Challenge #96 - For men/boys -

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Memory Page - Kuma

Morning Crafters

Today I'm sharing a scrapbook page of my dog, Kuma, an Akita. He was our dog before we had Fergus.  Sadly he is no longer with us, it's been a few years and it still leaves me feeling sad but Fergus fills my heart many times over. 

I have used various elements from a Studio Light Paper Pad, doily and rosette from Docrafts, buttons and washi tape from my stash.  The photographs were taken by my dad.

I wish to enter this in to the following challenge (s);

Noor! Design UK - Layers -

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September - 

More Mixed Media Challenge - Anything Goes with Optional Brown -

Creative Blessings.  x

Friday, 22 September 2017

Friendship Hanging Heart

Hello Peeps! 

Earlier in the week I met up with one of my dear friends who I haven't seen in a few months, we have both been busy and she has been away visiting friends and family, it was really good to catch-up.

I made this small hanging heart as a friendship gift.  

MDF Heart - Anna Marie Designs
Grey chalk paint - Anna Marie Designs
Tattered Rose Distress Crackle Paint - Tim Holtz
Bottle and Grapes  - The Button Man
Pearls, dried flowers, natural fibres, stamen, etc -Anna Marie Designs

Have a wonderful weekend.  Creative Blessings.  x

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Keep on Crafting Shop Blog Makes 13th -15th Sept

Good Morning!

Today hubby and I have friends coming to visit for morning coffee and cake.  Hopefully the weather will be kind and stay dry so we call take Fergus for a nice walk. 

Today's share is the make for the shop blog from last week which is a the festive bag I made at the Stix2 workshop.

Creative Blessings. x

Monday, 18 September 2017

Wine Cellar

Hello Peeps! 

It's the start of the second week of our holiday (we are not away but taking a break from work).  No specific plans for today, I am meeting up with a friend tomorrow though. 

Today I'm sharing a card I made for a friend's birthday.  This was for a male friend although the card isn't specifically male, it had to be fairly flat and simple so I could post it.

I have used a backing sheet from a Debbi Moore Bookazine and topper and elements from Kanban on a DL card.

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Simply Papercraft - Anything Goes -

Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge - September -

Friday, 15 September 2017

Sing Birthday Card

Morning Peeps! 

Wednesday's dental check-up went well but unfortunately the inside of my cheek had a run-in with the Hygienist's tool which gave me a very soare mouth so no tea and cake just straight home for some Ibruprofen.  Today I have a bone scan, I have to have these every couple of years since the chemo.  It doesn't take too long then we have a play date booked for Fergus with my parents Labarador. 

Today I'm sharing a commissioned card.  My customer spotted this previous card and asked for one similar to give to a family member.

I hope you all have a great weekend.

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s):

Emerald City Crafts - Challenge #3 -

An Inky Mess Challenge #13 -

Unicorn Challenge Blog - Birthday -

If you Give a Crafter a Cookie -

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Keep on Crafting Shop Blog Makes 6th Sept - 8th Sept

Good Morning Crafters

Not sure what we have planned for today other than a check-up at the dentist, I do have a voucher for tea and cake at one of the cafe's in Bury St Edmunds so maybe we shall treat ourselves to that.

Of course today's blog post is to share my makes from the last week for the shop.

Wednesday's project was two festive tags made with Creative Expressions dies and recycled papers.

On Thursday I shared this Polar Bear stamp on a Brusho stencil background. 

Finally Friday's creation was this stencilled robin using Starlight paints.

Creative Blessings.  x

Monday, 11 September 2017

Robots in Disguise!

Hello Peeps!

My hubby now has two weeks off work, we have lots planned, today starts with taking our Newfoundland Fergus to the groomers, he is a little over due his 3 month groom. 

Today I am sharing the card I made from my hubby's birthday at the beginning of September.  He is a big Transformers fan, he loved the cartoon as a kid and now really enjoys the films.  Our VW Transporter which we turned into a camper, had a sticker on the back saying "Transporters, Campers in Disguise."  We had a lot of fun camping in it and hope to have another one at some point.

On holiday in Scotland with our VW transporter.  I made the curtains and hanging heart myself. 
The image is a postcard which I bought from Ebay with a bundle of others.  

The cogs, chain, star and Happy Birthday are freebie stamps from Creative Stamping magazine and the Husband is from the Woodware The Waistcoat stamp set from Keep on Crafting.

I have mat and layered it on black cardstock from Creative Crafting World, red and blue paper from my stash and mirri cardstock also from Creative Crafting World.

Creative Blessings.  x

I wish to enter this into the following challenge(s);

Emerald City Crafts - Anything Goes - September Challenge -

Friday, 8 September 2017

Mission Inspiration: August 2017

Good Morning Peeps

The end of another week and I've been very busy trying to get ahead of myself.  Hubby now has two weeks off work and we hoping to get a few things in the house and garden down as well as a few trips out and friends visiting so probably not much time to craft. 

Today I'm sharing my first Mission Inspiration.  This is the prompt for August.  I joined the Mission Inspiration Facebook Group a while ago but only just found myself with enough time and courage to take part.  

My journal is spiral bound and measures 7.5 in x 6.5 in it's from Imagination Crafts and I bought it from Keep on Crafting in Bury St Edmunds.

The stencil was a freebie from a magazine and the stamp is Prima, also bought from Keep on Crafting.

I have used one of my own photographs for the image. I took this during the Tour of Britain as it passed through Needham Market.

I just read the brief for September and it's going to be very challenging but I'm looking forward to taking part again. 

Creative Blessings.  x