31/08/2014

August Giveaway Winner

House of Zandra Christmas Stamp 
We had a really enjoyable day mooching around at the Leigh craft fair with Lyn. I think we left really inspired for another crafty week ahead.  I got to meet Di from Tando Creativ and caught up with Andy & Sandra from House of Zandra too.  Both have lots of fabulous new products out, so do go check out their web sites.  It would have been great to have a DT get together but Karen headed off to Siverstone to get a selfie with Marc Marquez, oh and  watched some motor sport while she was there too :-)  Lucky girlie :-) 

And now for our Giveaway winner.  There were over 200 comments this month so huge thanks to you all for calling by and leaving them.  I've loved reading through them.  Random.org has selected comment No 5 from You Tube left by Elizabeth Freville (No 1 in the final draw) and comment no 11 (no 2 in the final draw) left on the blog by Anonymous at 6.01 on 7th August (no name left but reading her comment a shopper with us) to go into the final draw. 
                             You Tube Comment Selected   Blog comment selected            

 And the winner is No 1, Elizabeth.  Congratulations.  If you could mail me your address, I'll get your goodies off to you in  the week.

Just before I go the card on the post today was stamped using one of the new Christmas Stamps from House of Zandra, on a tent card blank from Whichcraft.co.uk and coloured with Chio markers and edges in Platinum Stickles. 
Have a lovely rest of your eve and do call back in the week for the launch of our September   Giveaway. :-) C

30/08/2014

Happy Birthday Aunt P xx































 I'm not sure if my lovely Aunt P will pick up this post but I actually managed to make a card and send it off in time for her @£ Birthday today so the real deal should have arrived on her door mat in time.  I hope you have a wonderful day and Uncle Russ spoils you rotten lol!! 
It's another card one made using the JOFY stamps, distress inks and Copics.  My phase continues Sheila lol!! I love them. 

It's back to prepping demo's for the G45 shows on Create and Craft TV next weekend for me.  Have a crafty weekend yourselves and do call back tomorrow if you ve entered this months draw.  You could be the winner :-) C

29/08/2014

Just Stampin!


Happy Friday all. It's all go here today, H is after a lift to the golf club but appears to have gone back to bed :-) Ol's keeps bringing me last minute washing to get cleaned before he heads off on his hols tomorrow and is in need of a lift to work at and I'm sitting here smiling.  It's the last day of the summer hols before H starts college on Monday and with Oli away too quiet days with no interuptions are just around the corner lol!.  

Today's card is the last of this months design team projects for Darren at Jones Crafts.  I've really enjoyed working with a different collection, it's challenged the old brain cells and got me thinking outside the box.   I used the Mistletoe Stamp Set by Kaisercarft, and red, green and black ink. The wreath background was stamped onto a separate piece of card cut out and adhered to the card before the fussy cut elements were added.  A great way to add some depth and dimension.  I added a recessed piece of card behind the wreath for the sentiment baubles and last little berry sprig. A really simple card but really effective I thought lol! 



I love the sentiments in this stamp set


August Giveaway
There's only a couple of days left to leave a comment on this months Giveaway post.  If you haven't left one already click the link here.  Good luck if your entering :-)

Lyn and I are off to the Craft Show at Leigh on Sunday, so hope to see you if you're going along too. Have a lovely weekend and fingers crossed its not another wet one :-) C

26/08/2014

Happy Birthday JOFY style

Well what a wash out yesterday was.  It rained and rained and then threw some more rain in for good measure.  We've had a blocked drain pipe just outside the back door for a while, but the drip drip drip from it drove me bonkers yesterday so out came the ladder and I finally cleaned it out.  No more drips but I was one soggy girly by the time I'd finished.  Andy looked on in amazement from inside the house telling me I really did pick my moments lol!!!   We trundled as far as Homebase to get a new light fitting for my work area.   got soaked again and came home lol!! It was soooooo busy.  Definitely a DIY day for all.  Hopefully Oli will fit it today. 


My card, now on its way to my Aunt for her birthday was stamped with more JOFY stamps (Shelia thought I was having a JOFY phase as I added another set of stamps to my basket at Pink Tulip on Saturday, and I think she was right lol!!) I love them, and they're great for colouring with Copics and inks.  I've used Stamp sets Minis 21 and 34 and collection 26 for the flowers, and water coloured the images with Picked Raspberry and Ice Spruce Distress Inks with a hint of Crushed Olive on some of the stalks.  All the stamped images were cut out and decoupaged onto the base card for a dimensional effect. 

It looks like we're in for another day of rain today here,  so I'm going to get on with some instruction writing.  Enjoy your day too and look forward to catching up again soon :-)

25/08/2014

An Eerie Tale by Lyn

Card by Lyn Jones 
Helllloooooo and Happy Monday to you.  Are you off out for the day on the last of our Bank Holiday Mondays' before Christmas?  If you are I hope you don't get caught up in the traffic.  I've spent many a bank holiday Monday stuck in traffic jams and now prefer to stay closer to home lol!!!  
As promised today's post is featuring  cards made by the lovely Lyn Jones.  You may also see them in the trailers for the Graphic 45 shows on Create and Craft,  along with Karen's samples featured earlier in the week and one or two of my own.  Keep your eye out for them if your a Create and Crafter.  

Lyn's been crafting away with An Eerie Tale papers, this years Halloween release by Graphic 45 and I'm sure you'll agree has made made some gorgeous cards.  Take it way Lyn.....  

The collection has a fairytale feel to it and although Halloween themed can be used to make projects suitable for all occasions.

Well that's all from the Creative Spirits today, so have a great day, and look forward to catching up again soon :-)

24/08/2014

A fun day at Pink Tiulip


Morning, hope you're having a chillaxing Sunday.  I'm doing Christmas this morning making one or two samples for the C & C TV shows, but yesterday we were in the height of summer creating pretty noticeboards, one of my G45 design Team project for CHA last year when Graphic 45 launched their gorgeous Botanical Tea collection.  

It was a lovely relaxing day fussy cutting and painting. Thanks Sheila for inviting me, Tracey for all your support and ladies for coming along and having a ball. Here's a few pics of everyone crafting away.......

 And here are the finished projects with their mums lol! 

If you fancy making the noticeboard kits are available in the Alter Me section of our shop at 

I was going to share Lyn s samples today but thought I'd save them for her own post tomorrow so please call back and see her beautiful designs.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon :-) C 

23/08/2014

Delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)


delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red) Card
While I was making the little tent card on the blog a couple of days ago, the tall flower spikes in the JOFY stamp set reminded me of the blue delphiniums we used to have in the garden and a poem I used to love reading when I was small. I was from the wonderful world of AA Milne, he of  Winne the Pooh  fame and was called 'Now we are Six' .  Its packed full of the most fabulous poems, all of which I loved but this one was always my favourite, so I thought I'd share it all with you. 
The Doormouse and the Doctor
There once was a Dormouse who lived in a bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),

And all the day long he'd a wonderful view

Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue).
A Doctor came hurrying round, and he said:

"Tut-tut, I am sorry to find you in bed.

Just say 'Ninety-nine' while I look at your chest...

Don't you find that chrysanthemums answer the best?" 
The Dormouse looked round at the view and replied

(When he'd said "Ninety-nine") that he'd tried and he'd tried,

And much the most answering things that he knew

Were geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)
                                                                           
The Doctor stood frowning and shaking his head,

And he took up his shiny silk hat as he said:

"What the patient requires is a change," and he went

To see some chrysanthemum people in Kent.
The Dormouse lay there, and he gazed at the view

Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue),

And he knew there was nothing he wanted instead

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).
The Doctor came back and, to show what he meant,

He had brought some chrysanthemum cuttings from Kent.

"Now these," he remarked, "give a much better view
Than geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)."
They took out their spades and they dug up the bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red),

And they planted chrysanthemums (yellow and white).

"And now," said the Doctor, "we'll soon
                        have you right."
The Dormouse looked out, and he said with a sigh:

"I suppose all these people know better than I.

It was silly, perhaps, but I did like the view

Of geraniums (red) and delphiniums (blue)."
The Doctor came round and examined his chest,

And ordered him Nourishment, Tonics, and Rest.

"How very effective," he said, as he shook
The thermometer, 
"all these chrysanthemums look!"
The Dormouse turned over to shut out the sight

Of the endless chrysanthemums (yellow and white).

"How lovely," he thought, "to be back in a bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red.)"

The Doctor said, "Tut! It's another attack!"


And ordered him Milk and Massage-of-the-back
And Freedom-from-worry and Drives-in-a-car,

And murmured, "How sweet your chrysanthemums are!"
The Dormouse lay there with his paws to his eyes,

And imagined himself such a pleasant surprise:

"I'll pretend the chrysanthemums turn to a bed

Of delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red)!"
The Doctor next morning was rubbing his hands,

And saying, "There's nobody quite understands

These cases as I do! The cure has begun!

                                     How fresh the chrysanthemums look in the sun!"
The Dormouse lay happy, his eyes were so tight

He could see no chrysanthemums, yellow or white.

And all that he felt at the back of his head
Were delphiniums (blue) and geraniums (red).

And that is the reason (Aunt Emily said)

If a Dormouse gets in a chrysanthemum bed,

You will find (so Aunt Emily says) that he lies

Fast asleep on his front with his paws to his eyes

Lovely isn't it .........  I'll share some pics of our workshop day with you tomorrow and some fabulously spooky samples from Lyn too so until then, enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-) 

22/08/2014

Come Away with Me by Karen


Whoo hoo H did well in his GCSE's with one A*, three A's, three Bs and three C's and can head off to college next week for his intro day.  His one or two hours of revision per subject paid off!!! 
The girls have been busy making beautiful samples for the G45 shows on Create and Craft TV on 6th/7th September.  Todays were designed by the lovely Karen Richards using stamps and papers from the Come Away with Me collection by Graphic 45.
Take it away Karen;
I'm off to Pink Tulip for an altered art class G45 style.  If you're coming along see you there,  Have a great weekend and catch up again soon :-) C

21/08/2014

Today's the day!!!!

JOFY Style card 
mornin mornin mornin, brr its gone right chilly here all of a sudden, almost autumnal.  No more nipping out at the unearthly hour of 5.30am without a cardie.  The darker mornings are starting to creep upon us too but on a positive note I do get to see the sunrise on my early morning round trip.  This mornings' was just beautiful.
It's GCSE results day today for Harry bean and all students across England and Wales.  We've all got our fingers crossed he's done well to head off to college next month to start his 3D design course.  I'll keep you posted :-) I'm a bit nervous but H is as calm as a cucumber!!! as usual and still fast asleep. 

Anyway, on to a bit of crafting, my card today is a cutie little 5 1/2" square tent card, bought in a pack of 10 from Whichcraft UK, and altered using stamps by JOFY, Distress Inks and watercolour pencils. I love the tall flower spikes in this stamp set and the sketchy look you get from using the pencils.  Here's a few more pics: 

Supply list 
While Tent Card & Additions pack - Whichcraft UK
Distress Inks - Crushed Olive & Seedless Preserves 
Derwent Watercolour pencils 
Memento Ink - Black 
JOFY 26 stamp set
Secret Garden 6 x 6 papers (purple) by Graphic 45 

Well that's all from me this morning.  I'm going grab a coffee, check out today's to do list and wake up the bambino not necessarily in that order lol!!  Enjoy your day, good luck to those of you that are waiting for results and catch up again later in the week :-) C 

17/08/2014

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:

14/08/2014

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

Dies
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 :-)