Christmas Cards in August!

Card Mistletoe Collection Kaisercraft 
It was workshop day yesterday down at the Stamp Attic making Tea Bag Trio sets with the petty Botanical  Tea papers by Graphic 45. Here's most of the group and their crafty makes.  Thanks Wendy for inviting me back to the shop and ladies for coming along and having a fun time. It was lovely to see some new faces too:-) 
This months DT box from Jones Crafts was packed with papers, collectables from the Mistletoe Collection  an August Kaisercraft release now available to retailers from Jones.  The papers are full of bold patterns, bright colours and have a really modern feel to them.   I love the mix of printed and speciality papers and the collectables are really fun to work with.  The ask was for cards, and here they are:
It's a 5am start tomorrow morn so I'm going to head off to bed.  Enjoy the rest of your eve thanks for calling by:


An Enchanted Tower

Top of the morning to you. I hope you're weeks going well.  I'm really excited to be sharing the first of my Graphic 45 Ambassador projects with you today, here and over on the Graphic 45 blog too, along with Jane Tregenzas' amazingly enchanting 'Happy Ever After' layout.  Two very different ways of using the stunning An Eerie Tale papers. Do head over, take a look and leave a comment. 

TI'm always being asked where my inspiration comes from and to be honest its the papers. With this collection I was inspired by the fairy tale images and as theres always a tower in Fairy Tales I set about designing the basic structure for the tower from chipboard and then had great fun rummaging though my die collection to find castle themed dies for the ramparts and windows.  The three sections come apart and the top two could be used as a  sweets/trinkets keepsakes box on their own. The tower stands on a wooden candlestick that I up-cycled, and the hand made flowers are made from Graphic 45 Signature Cor'Dinations (darks) and Susans Garden flower dies.  I love those dies and now have one mahusive collection of them.  Here's a few more pictures of each of the pieces;

The flowers and ivy leaves are all wired together garland style and then twisted around the base just like you would on a sugar paste wedding cake.  Making them out of paper and not sugar paste was fun, no eating involved lol!

Heres the not so short list of supplies I used in the project 

Graphic 45 An Eerie Tale papers
12 x 12 Unsolved Mystery
8 x 8 An Eerie Tale
8 x 8 Wicked Whimsy  
8 x 8 Run and Hide
8 x 8 Unsolved Mystery
6 x 6 Patterns and Solids, black script, orange and cream check and orange solid
Graphic 45 Signature Series Cor’Dinations; Darks Orange, Gold  Black and Green 
An Eerie Tale Chipboard Pieces
An eerie Tale Banners

Other Supplies
Black Acrylic Paint
Black Embossing Powder
Tacky Glue/ hot Glue and Glossy Accents
Florist Wire and Tape

Sizzix Dotty and Flowers Border dies 658583
Die-namites Knobby Branch DN-1048
Sizzix – Susan’s Garden Fern 7 Ivy 658412
Sizzix – Susan’s Garden Hardy Geranium 658861 (for Roses)
Sizzix – Susan’s Garden Rose 658411
Sizzix – Susan’s Garden Catlaya Orchid 658855
Sizzix Susan’s Garden toolkit

Huge thanks for calling by, enjoy your day, and look forward to catching up again soon :-)


A lovely card from Lyn

Card by Lyn 
I thought this card was too pretty not to share with you.  Lyn gave it to me on Sunday before we headed into the craft show.  I didn't know at the time but she'd made it using stamps by Card-io, and she had a visit to their stand on her shopping list.  We spent a good half an hour watching some really interesting demos before doing a bit of shopping.  I love the simplicity of their stamps and the amazing effects you can get with them.  If you're reading this Lyn, thank you soooooo much for a really special card xx lovin' the birdie :-)

I'm off to have a mess about with the stamps I bought on the stand so.catch up again soon :-)


Cake Cake and more Cake.........

Happy Tuesday to you.  It was a wet old day on Sunday as we headed off to the Craft Show. Luckily parking had been moved onto the show ground and we left the cars in the cow sheds lol!  It was fun wandering around, watching the demos, and although we'd both gone with must have lists that we were going to stick to we bought a few more goodies to get crafty with along the way, as you do :-).  
It was great to catch up with Kay and Alfie on their IndigoBlu stand, Wendy & Jeff on the Daisys stand (my kits were selling well) and Sandra and Andy on their House of Zandra stand.  I'm always inspired by Sandra and her designs and stood chatting and browsing through her new range of cake stamps and Mirage alcohol pens. Love those. We both came away with stamps, pens and I also had one each of the new Zandras Cakes decoupage sheets for a little project we'd been chatting about.  And ta da here it is.  

I know my last post was a recipe box but this was a really fun challenge to restyle it with decoupage. The box is covered in cream and green card stock  edges in inks and the Mirage Alcohol marker and decorated with yummy cakes.  Here's a few more pics;

The recipe card dividers were fun to make with all the cakes ........  they look good enough to eat :-) 

It was a really fun project to put together with all the colours, and hard to chose which cakes to use from the collection.  Here's the supply list if you fancy making one yourself;

One Recipe Box kit
Zandras Cakes Decoupage sheets- House of Zandra 
Kaisercard - Vanilla
Kaisercard - Forrest
Mirage Alcohol pen 427 Jungle Green 
Prim Mask and Versa Mark ink - 69 Bamboo for edge decoration on card stock 
Shrink Plastic and Graphic 45 Antique Typewriter Stamp Set
Molly Blooms Postcard stamp
Archival Ink - coffee
Tab Dies from the Sizzix For the Record set 659108
Pinflair glue and foam dots 
Tacky glue, Glossy accents

That's all from me today, I'm chit chatting to the video cam today so I best get off and prepped.  Enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and hope you can call by again on Thursday for an enchanting reveal :-) C 


Enchanting Recipes

Photo Box/Recipe Box with Stand Kit 
It's all quiet here for a Sunday morn, the boys are still fast asleep and it's still cool in the house, although its starting to heat up outside and rain too!.  I love this time of the morning.  The Great British Craft Show is on at Stoneleigh this weekend and I'm meeting up with my lovely friend Lyn in a while and heading over there  for a mooch about.  I'm really excited, my new products are on sale for the first time at a show on Daisy's Jewels and Crafts stand so we'll be heading over to say hi Wendy & Jeff and see how they're doing. If you're going to the show I hope we bump into each other :-) 

One product not at the show is my new Picture Box/Recipe Box with stand kit (pictured above).  I've designed it to fit standard 6" x 4" recipe cards and photos and added a quirky lift up stand for recipe cards too.  The kit available over in our shop contains 18 pieces and comes with a link to the easy to follow assembly guide video.  Here's a few more pics of my finished sample altered with the Eerie Tale papers by Graphic 45.
Oh my, times ticking on. Better get a wiggle on, hop in the shower and get going.  Thanks for calling by and maybe see you later :-) C


August Giveaway

Helloooo there,  we've been having a bit of blip with blogger and a dodgy Internet connection over the last couple of days so apologies if you called by yesterday expecting to see this months giveaway post.  This month I though we'd give away the full kit to make the Come Away with Me album from yesterdays post. It's been a really popular album and great to make and give away as a gift too.  
The kit includes: 
One 8 x 8 Come Away with Me pad 
One sheet A4 Chipboard 
Six sheets of 12 x 12 Card Stock 
One sheet Cream Card 
eight craft magnets
One pack of Come Away with Me Ephemera and Journalling cards 
Full Project Sheet

The project sheet for the album is also available in the Project Sheet section of our shop.   
To be in with a chance to win this months blog candy just leave a comment on this post  or over on the You Tube vid before midnight on 31st August.  The winner will be selected from comments left here and on my YT channel, and announced here on the blog on 1st September. 

Today's photo book in a box project is a really quick make and a great gift idea if you have just a few pictures you want to pull together in a hand made way without spending the hours putting together a larger album.  The box is 7" x 5" and 1/2" deep and the book holds seven 6" x 4" photos. Here's a few more pics of the box and pages.

Have a great evening or rest of your day and thanks for calling by. Catch up again soon :-) C


A Fab Day in Yorkshire

It was an early start yesterday morn and a quick nip up the M1 to the Holiday Inn, Rotherham yesterday to get set up and ready for our G45 Come Away with Us workshop and the arrival of the lovely ladies who came along to join us. We had gents too for about 10 minutes, but sadly we couldn't encourage them to stay and craft with us with us. Our project for the day was a Come Away with Me Folio Album made from an 8 x 8 paper pad,  and the new Ephemera and Journalling cards that go with the collection. Here's a few pics of everyone and our project;
We were all impressed with the hotel and I'll definitely be booking another one day Christmas workshop date with them before the end of the year.  I'll drop the details on the on the events page of the blog shortly.    

Well that's all from me for this moor, I'm off to run the munchkins about, so have to dash.  Enjoy your day and call back tomorrow for details of our August Giveaway :-) C