Oh WOW! an Ambassador for Graphic 45

By the Sea Layout - Graphic 45 
Happy Bank Holiday Monday to you all. I hope you're having a great day if you're on holiday.  I was until they started knocking down the fence next door lol!!!  What a racket. 

Its a big day today over on the Graphic 45 blog today with the announcement of the new Design Team and Ambassadors.  I'm absolutely honoured to have been asked to be one of the three new Ambassadors,  It's an invite only one year contract and I join Laura Denison (USA) and Jane Tregenza (Aus) on this new venture.  Thank you Charee Diane Amie and the team and everyone who supports me through my blog, You Tube channel and comes along to my workshops and retreats around the country.  I'm very touched and honoured too.  

Here's the link to the G45 blog where you can see all the finalists and their amazing entries along with the totally amazing sneak peeks of the new Halloween Collection - An Eerie Tale, its absolutely gorgeous.  

I'm still on a high here, have a great day yourself and look forward to catching up with you again soon Whooo hoo :-) 


Happy Easter

Decorated Eggs - Graphic 45 
Just a quick post this morning to wish you a very Happy Easter. Enjoy your celebrations what ever your up to and lets hope the rain stays away here in the UK.  Its looking a little grey here this morning.  

I had a great day at Colemans Craft Warehouse yesterday.  Thank you Jo, Karen and all the ladies that kept us topped up with tea coffee and biscuits. We made two projects with By the Sea and Botanical tea papers and great fun learning new ways of putting the papers together.  Here's a few pics:

 Have a wonderful day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 


Crafting in Minature

By the Sea ATC Tag Album - Graphic 45
Happy Good Friday everyone.  It's a lovely warm and sunny one here in the UK.  
Following on from yesterdays post this is the little ATC tag album that hangs in the bottom of my Punch and Judy box.  Its so cute at 3 1/2" tall and was great fun to decorate.  I used elements from both 8 x 8 and 12 x 12 papers for the front of each tag and then the stamps and Denim Blue Adirondak ink to add a little detail to the back. 

Here's a few more pics of each tag:  

and here are the backs.

We had a great time last night celebrating with Sian & Amie.  Oh to be 21 again lol!! Here they are with their Birthday Cake that Andy (the Crafty Elf) had arranged for them.  I've never seen one like it and it tasted soooo good. 

I'm off to Colemans Craft Warehouse in Rushden tomorrow to run a couple of workshops.  Looking forward to seeing you all.  
Enjoy your day, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again soon :-) 


Happy Birthday Wishes and a new project

Candy Box Crafts Punch & Judy Box - Graphic 45 By the Sea
Happy Thursday to you.  Its nearly the end of the week again…….. where do they go!.  Roy and Steve have been busy designing some new products for us girlies on the DT to alter and share with you.  The above is a Punch and Judy Box, and as I'm sure you've guessed I've altered it with the By the Sea papers by G45.  I've just confirmed some more Create and Craft shows for the end of the month so thought I'd better get making a few more samples.  I've used bits from everything in this collection, both sized papers, pockets, stickers and some carefully hidden magnets to hold the cute little craft ATC tag album inside the cabinet at the bottom.  I didn't have Punch and Judy puppets to add ingot he Theatre at the top of the box so thought I'd make a sea themed scene.  The waves are cut out using an EK Success punch I bought about three years ago.  It's just perfect for making a wave effect.  Here's a few more pics of the detail. 

If you fancy making one yourself the MDF blank Punch & Judy Box is available to order in our blogshop

Before I head off to glam up for a Birthday meal I'd like to wish Amie (left) and Siany a very happy 21st Birthday today. (The Crafty Elfs twinset as I call them). Loads of love girls xx.  They caught me unaware this morning calling by before I was up, on their way to shop for new dresses to wear on Saturday night.  See you shortly xx 
Sian & Amie 21 Today 
Have a lovely eve yourself, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon with more crafty makes :-)  Oh and Judy enjoy your crop this weekend.  Lovely to chat earlier xx 


Time for Tea & Whats New

Chateau Lavender Tea Bag Box - DCWV
We had a bad start to the week yesterday when I woke Harry up at 7 for school only to be told it was the Easter holidays and he didn't have to get up at all.  I felt awful lol!!!  I'd completely forgotten and was in GET UP GET UP its Monday mode.  He got to have a lovely lie in this morning…….

I had a great time with Wendy and her ladies at the Stamp Attic on Sunday making one of my little junque journals.  Thanks Wendy for a great day, lovely lunch and our little table gifts too.  Here's a few pics.

The little tea bag box above was made from card stock and papers from the DCWV Chateau Lavender stack, one of the samples I'd made for the Create and Craft show last Friday.  I love the colour combinations in the paper stack, which were perfect for this little project full of herbal tea bags.  They're really easy to make and make lovely gifts too. 

Whats New in the blog shop

We have some new MDF blanks for sale and two kits  to make this adorable little Mini Album and Drawer Cabinet by Candy Box Crafts.  
Kit A - instructions, the flat packed MDF cabinet and supplies for the covers and pages for three mini albums 
Kit B - all of the above, an 8 x 8 and seven single 12 x 12 Mother Goose papers to make the complete project 
Click here to visit the shop 

I'm off for an early night so enjoy your Wednesday, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-) C 


Decoupage G45 Style

By the Sea Easel Card - Graphic 45
A great day had by all at Pink Tulip, lovely to see you all ladies and I hope you enjoy using your ATC gift box and making more too.  Heres a few pics of everyone making todays project. Thanks Sheila, Angela & Tracy for all your help again.  The day just couldn't run as smoothly as it did without you. 

My by the Sea card above was one of the samples made for the G45 show on Create and Craft TV on Friday. I love the By the Sea papers (well I love anything G45 as you know) and had great fun cutting up the signature sheet to decorate the Easel card above decoupage style. The shells have been shaped  slightly to give them a little more dimension.  I've found they keep their shape for longer if you spritz the back of the paper with a little water, shape them and let them dry before mounting them. 

I'm off down to Wantage in the morning to run a workshop with Wendy at the Stamp Attic.  This was the first craft shop I shopped at, and where I bought my original G45 Steampunk and Halloween in Wonderland papers.  I had no idea at the time I'd be back there teaching :-)  Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow ladies. 

I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and look forward to catching up with you again soon :-) C


More out of the box Easter Ideas

Botanical Tea Stamped Eggs - Graphic 45 
Happy Friday to you, hope your weeks been a good one.  I'd like to send a huge thank you to Lyn Jones and Karen Richards for making some gorgeous samples for the Graphic 45 show this morning on Create and Craft. When I unpack the show boxes I'll take some pictures of them all and share them with you. Thank you so much both. 

Graphic 45 are sharing  some out of the box Botanical Tea ideas by Denise and myself over on their blog today.  If you fancy making some altered eggs yourself there's also a short step by step guide on how to make them.  To visit the blog click here. 

I'm off to Pink Tulip tomorrow for our monthly workshop and then down to see Wendy and her ladies on Sunday at the Stamp Attic, so a busy weekend ahead for me.  Have a relaxing time yourself and loo forward to catching up again soon :-) C


The Sea is calling ……

By The Sea Bon Voyage Card - Graphic 45 

Afternoon there, hope your Tuesdays going well.  I've been making cards this week, and decided to challenge myself to make a card using all of the By the Sea stamps from Set 1 that go with the By the Sea paper collection.  I love the colours in this collection. I used Sea Salt paper for the main structure of the card and stamped the images onto cream card using Nautical Blue Memento ink and then pondered over what sort of card to make.  Having never made one before I decided on a Bendy Bon Voyage Card.  

As always the cutting out took a while, but once that was done the card went together really quickly.  Hope you like :-)

Here's a few close ups;

These are the bits and pieces I used to make the card if you fancy making one yourself;
12 x 12 By the Sea Papers
Sea Salt 
By the Sea Stamp Set 1
By the Sea Sticker Sheet - A Skilled Sailor sticker strip
Cream Card 
Memento Nautical Blue ink 
Versa Colour Scarlet ink (14) 
Kaisercraft Foam Dots 

Enjoy the rest of your day and hopefully catch up again tomorrow with another nautical post :-) C 


Easter Gift Ideas and and a big thank you from me

Happy Friday to you and hope you're week's gone well. I'm back in the swing of things and getting ready for my workshop this weekend at Colemans, Rushden and two shows on Creat and Craft TV next Friday. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow ladies :-) 

I've been looking at the Easter Eggs in the stores but haven't bought any yet for the boys.  I'm thinking of making some.  Its quite a few years since I made chocolate eggs but I've made a start and found the moulds from the back of the cupboard.  Just need to decide what chocolate to use.  Are you buying eggs this year or thinking of making some too?  If your going to get crafty there are two great gift ideas by Denise and me over on the Graphic 45 blog today.  

On another note I've reached a bit of a milestone this week.  It's a little over three years since I opened my You Tube account, found and joined the crafting community and picked up tips and ideas from the many videos crafters so generously shares.  This week my Channel has topped the 2 millionth video view which is absolutely astounding.  I'd like to send out a huge, huge thank you to you all for following me and being inspired by my projects.  I'm really touched. 

Have a great weekend, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-)