Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Texture folders

Hi all!!
I have been a bad blogger :(  Things have been so hectic since Christmas and we haven't had the best start to the year as hubby is poorly and we lost our old dog a few weeks ago which has heartbroken not only us but our young Irish setter too, who is missing his chum so much.
Anyway, as a result I have neglected my blogging duties, but I am back now and I thought I would share the pictures of the samples I made for the Crafter's Companion texture folders that were on Create and Craft a couple of weeks ago.
They are really fab folders, so useful for so many projects - they are the sort of folders you never really put away as you can use them so often.
So here are some of my samples;
 with the hessian folder -

leaf vein -

Pebbles - 

Dry Stone Wall -

Such great fun to work with.
If there are any techniques you would like to know more about please let me know and I can do a tutorial :) 
I also used some of the new stamps that were released with the folders - a brilliant combination and great if you like the distress look but don't really like to get too messy!
Don't forget that the folders and the stamps are available on the Crafter's Companion website. 
I will be back soon with some crafty things I've been making recently

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Hi all - sorry I'm a bit late with the winner of the blog candy - I've been my usual poorly self and sadly we lost our old dog at the weekend so we have been very upset over that too.
Anyway, I am here now to do the blog candy here and on the other site.
So the winner for this blog is...
congratulations :)
Please email me HERE and put
'Blog Candy Winner' in the subject bar so I won't miss it. - don't forget to put your address
so I can send out your prize :)
Back soon with some 'Tweedies' card from Crafter's Companion.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Merry Christmas - Blog Candy :)

Hi everyone.
Well Christmas is almost here and I am not ready at all lol.
Never mind, as long as the family are together things will be great.
I have been thinking alt about this year, which hasn't been great for me.  I have chronic health problems anyway, which most of you probably know, but I've also had pneumonia this year, followed by shingles and I still haven't really recovered fully.
However, I am grateful that I am at present able to create things which gives me immense pleasure and I know that many of us craft as a sort of therapy, even if just for relaxation after a tough day at work :)
So, I am hoping for a better year next year, but I know that January can be a bit flat after all the preparations for Christmas, which seem to start earlier every year, so I thought I would do a blog candy.  In fact I am doing 2, one here and one on the challenge blog HERE , so you can add your name to both if you like :) (It seems that this happens automatically - not sure how I've managed to do that but now you only need to enter one to be entered into both :) )
This is what you could win;

It's a little something to say thanks for popping by and seeing me, and also a pledge that I will try to blog more next year with lots of the things that I make.
All you need to do to enter is add you name to the linky at the bottom (it would be nice if you choose to follow me but you don't have to if you don't want to :))
It would also be nice if you left a comment just to say hi, but again, not essential.
I am going to run it until the 7th of January, so you have a month to enter and don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and enter there too :)
Hopefully I will be back before the big day, but if not I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that you all get some great pressies (ooh, please comment after the day and let me know what you've received, as I'm very nosy and I'd love to know :) )

Take care


Saturday, 1 November 2014

Ladybug Crafts November challenge

Good morning (afternoon/evening/night - choose whichever is appropriate :) )
well November is here and I am frantically making Christmas cards and gifts for a craft fair in a couple of weeks - I sense a few late nights coming up!!
Anyway, it is that time again over at the Ladybug Crafts Challenge blog and this month the theme is;
Bright Colours :)
I have used on of the fabulous Sheena Douglass embossing folders by Crafter's Companion

Such a simple card as the embossing folder does all the work :)
I used the Neenah desert storm to emboss on and then used Spectrum Noir pencils to colour in one of the elephants.
I just love orange and pink together!!
I rubbed over the other embossed elephants with some Pebeo Empire gold gilding wax and then buffed them up to give them a glitzy shine.
I added a sentiment on a tag in gold embossing powder (from Sheena's A Taste of India stamp set) and tied it to a bright pink organza ribbon.
I did the inside of the card to match.
I hope you like my bright elephant :)
Don't forget to join in the bright colours challenge over on the challenge blog.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

It's Birthday Week at Crafter's Companion and I'm celebrating too!!

Hello again :)
Well as it is birthday week over at Crafter's Companion UK 
I have a fab 'Celebration' Be Bunni stamp plate to give away to one lucky person :)
If you would like to win this little cutie all you need to do is leave a comment and I will draw a winner on Sunday 26th October :) *
Don't forget to check out all the fab birthday bargains at Crafter's Companion but be prepared to spend some money LOL  (I promise I won't overspend, I promise I won't overspend - do you think if I say it enough it will really happen LOL).
Don't forget to leave a comment below though for your chance to win my cute Be Bunni stamp :)
* Please check back to see if you have won as you will need to claim it by the 28th October.

Birthday Week at Crafter's Companion (and a couple of sneaky peeks :) )

Hello everyone :)
Well it's that time of year again - Birthday Week over at Crafter's Companion UK
so there are loads of offers to be had at fab prices too - don't forget to join the club, if you haven't already - to get an automatic 5% discount as a bronze member.  But then the more you spend, the more points you get and you could become a silver, gold or even a platinum member earning up to 20% off all purchases as well as free courier delivery  - I love it!!
So, as well as great offers there will be lots of new releases too so thought I would give you a little sneak peek at a couple :)
These use the new Create a Card 'Ornate Butterfly' die - so so pretty.  I also used a mix of Centura Pearl and Core'dinations card stock and lots of the quilling flower dies (I will list them all in later blog posts :) )

The following use another Create a Card die - this time 'Party Invitation'.  When I received this I was a bit dubious as I don't really have any parties and I don't go to any either and as I haven't got children I don't even go to any kid's parties either LOL.  So I wasn't sure I'd be able to come up with anything but I have to say I really enjoyed making with it as it let me pretend I was going to have a fab party that I could send out beautiful invitations for :)  I love the look for an adults party but with lots of bright colours and some pom poms it make s a fab childrens party invite too :)

I will be back over the week with more details about these projects.
If you fancy the chance of winning a Be Bunni Celebration stamp check out my next blog post.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Heartfelt Creations wall ahnging

Hello all :)
So more Heartfelt Creations today, but this time a wall hanging.
The sunflowers in a pail are a stamp coloured with Aquamarkers and a blender pen on hot press watercolour paper.  The middles of the sunflowers have glossy accents on them.
The sunflowers are stamped and then cut out with th matching die - I love it as it cuts several out at once so you aren't there forever cutting out layer after layer :).
I also stamped and cut out some leaves.  The centre of these sunflowers are filled with mica flakes by Cosmic Shimmer - sparkle for grown ups LOL.
I covered a board with the sunflower paper, inked around the edges and then layered up my images.  The quote was actually in the paper pad as a thin border strip so I just cut it into the separate words and added this.  I added a wire piece as a hanger.
To finish off I took a couple of the ladybugs, that are on the stamp plate with the flowers and also in the die that cuts them out, and added them to the flowers.
This is really sweet and would look lovely in a farmhouse kitchen :)