Its Raining Cats and Dogs ......

Helllooooo, we're home off our hols, my did that do quick,  and ready to start  a fantastic run of workshops over the next two months around the country and a few other new ventures too which will be exciting. I'm off down to SirStampalot today for a demo day in true G45 style .  I'll be using the latest collections to make some stunning altered art pieces and then tomorrow we have a full day workshop making the five gorgeous Mini Albums and altering the cabinet they go in Cats and Dogs style.   I love these papers  in the dark signature palette G45 are so famous for.  Although I'm not the greatest of dog lovers I do like cats and without realising had picked out all the cat elements for some cards I made recently.  If you'd like come along, join us and make the project, the workshop is being repeated in November.  Call Janice direct at the shop for more info. Link above. 

Well off to shake a tail feather, get in the car and hit Peterborough avoiding the Cathorpe Interchange which I heard is shut.  Have a lovely day, maybe see you at Sirstampalot if you're able to call by and if not look forward to catching up again soon. :-) 


A Whimsical Bird Cage without a bird.......

morning.......  I thought I'd share my altered Bird Cage with you.  It was one of the Come Away with Me samples off the G45 shows on C & C TV.  I've had the template for quite a while and not used it, maybe I was waiting for the right project to come along, although there's no bird in this cage.  The template is from the House of Zandra, and to give the finished piece more strength I stuck the paper to card stock before cutting out the pieces. and then fussy cut out the images for the inside from 12 x 12 papers. You do need a steady hand, a sharp knife, a craft mat and some patience for this one if you're thinking of making it.
The video below gives a better view of the whole project.  
On my way back from Peterborough I called in on Isobel at Scotch Lodge Farm and she's now got the cage in her craft shop. 

Well thats all from me today, off to buy a gorgeous coat I saw yesterday If its still in the shop.  Have a great day to, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon. 


Keep off the grass ..............

Its all happenin' down here in Brixham, boats in, fish everywhere and the seagulls are having a ball.  Shame they can't do it quietly lol!!!  I'd forgotten how fascinating it is being by the water.  Our little cottage had a balcony that looks out over the harbour, Marina and Fish Market.  Amazing views. 
Yesterday we walked out to one of the last seawater swimming pools in the country. It closed at the end of the season last week but what an amazing place.  

While we've been uploading our holiday pics I found this file folder I'd made a few weeks ago.  I'd made the dimensional plaque of flowers and decided to frame it under acetate on the front of the folder to protect it.  All the flowers are stamped with JOFY stamps and coloured using distress inks and water.  I love the soft effects you get using this technique.  Just got to finish the dividers for the inside .........! 

I'm loving all these relaxing mornings, no early morning taxi runs.........  Enjoy your day what ever you get up to, thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again later int he week :-)  


Look who bumped into us ...............!

I had to share these gorgeous guys with you.  We met them yesterday at the local Festival in Brixham.  They were really loud, very chatty and really photogenic :-)   Loved the arts and crafts at the show to.  Here's one or two pics taken as we wondered about. 
This display of fish caught around our shores caught our eye, and we stopped for a while to talk about some of the fish on display.  The blue shark was caught in Newlyn waters.   
Fancy a kiss xxx 
There was a huge crowd around the guys from the Inshore Fisheries Conservation Association as they shared some fascinating facts about crabs and lobsters.   

We're going to have a mooch aboard the Golden Hinde tomorrow.  one of a number of  replicas of the ship Sir Francis Drake sailed around the world in back in 1577-80.  This one's moored in Brixham harbour just around the corner from our cottage, and maybe take in the Agatha Christie experience at Greenway House.  

Enjoy your day and catch up again soon :-)  


Crafting drekly with the Mullion Maids......!

Hello and happy Sunday to you. We've had a great few days travelling south, a surprise stay at the Mullion Cove Hotel and a day of crafting with Margaret and her maids at Mullion making a By the Sea themed Chest and Mini Album.  Jokes were flying and we laughed from 10 - 5 ish. How we got any crafting done is a complete mystery but amazingly we did Here we all are:

I see no ships ............!  Is that you Margaret behind those X Ray specs :-) 

Thank you Margaret for being the hostess with the mostest and more lol!!!! and thank you ladies for coming along and making the day one of the best :-) I always love to see you all. 
We're having a few days on the English Riviera.  I haven t been here since I was seven or eight.  We had a rowdy day yesterday at the Fishstock Festival in Brixham, wow what a great event, amazing food and live music in support of the fisherman's Mission and today I think its Dartington Glass and Dartmouth.  Enjoy your Sunday and look forward to catching up again soon :-) C


Christmas Themed Samples as seen on TV :-)

 Helllooooo there, its 8.40 in the eve here and I'm just grabbing a few minutes of time off before starting another project that has a deadline of yesterday lol!!!  the first of the three collections to sell out on the shows over the weekend was the Twelve Days of Christmas so I thought I'd share a few of the samples I'd made for the set with you this eve.  

If you follow me you'll know I always turn to Sandra s fabulous templates when I'm lacking inspiration.  I redid the Christmas Sleigh that I'd first made with the Nutcracker Sweet collection and shared over a year ago.  It's still the most viewed post on my blog.  the baubles were made from left over paper.
The little Christmas tree below comes in kit form from Tando Creative Ltd.  I finally managed to catch up with Di at the Leigh Show and have a right old chin wag.  She has some fabulous altered items in her on line store if you haven't visited be lore. 
This is one of my new recipe box kits 
And lastly here are a few of the cards, some made during the demos.  The cute little cream tent card blanks came in a pack of 10 from Paula s shop, Whichcraftuk.co.uk.  They were a real joy to make and quite quick too.  Theres one or two of my own tent cards in there too :-)

I hope you enjoyed the samples, its off back to the workroom for me, so thanks for calling by and look forward to catching up again and sharing a few of the Come Away with Me samples with you over the next few days :-) C


Come Away with Me to Create and Craft TV

Morning............... I can't believe its Monday morning already.  I've done the unbelievably early taxi run and am back enjoying a quiet early morning coffee and thought I'd share some of the weekends highlights with you.  If you follow me you'll know I spent the weekend down at the Create and Craft TV studios in Peterborough as the guest on the Weekender Graphic 45 shows.  WOW! what a weekend.  The shows are weeks in the planning for the team at C & C and in the making for us guests, creating the set samples to  complement the collections.  I had a lot of late nights and early starts over the last seven days but all well worth it seeing the samples on set and ready to be shared on the live shows. 
Here's one or two behind the scenes shots taken before one of my shows with Nigel. Our set is to the left, lights low while the live show is rolling at the back of the studio. 
Our fabulous floor Manager and camera crew 
Anne and Chris our show producer and director 
I loved each and every one of the shows. they seem to be over so quickly.  I hope you enjoyed them if you tuned in.  I'm looking forward to sharing the fabulous world of Graphic 45 with you again in the coming months. Huge thanks to Nigel, Leonie, Dean, Stephanie the Production team and floor crew for a great weekend of craftiness and huge thanks to Lyn and Karen for their gorgeous samples too.  Girls I may be getting in touch again shortly :-)  ..........

I'm off to unpack the car, catch up on mails and orders and then start the to do list for today so enjoy your Monday, thanks for joining us and calling by and I look forward to sharing more craftiness with you soon :-) 


Twas the Night Before Christmas & September Workshop Dates

It's been a full on week of creativity here in our little old household, I've been on a real colourful journey through the Come Away with Me, An Eerie Tale and Twelve Days of Christmas collections and now have four crates worth of G45 gorgeousness all packed up and ready to take to Peterborough early doors on Saturday. I've had two crafty accidents this week.  I was stabbed on the cheek bone by the corner of a flying tray and then stood on the paper trimmer blade that had fallen on the floor.  That one was more painful than a paper cut. No accidents today thank goodness lol!! 

Join me, joining Nigel, Leone and Stephanie for the Graphic 45 Weekender shows on Create and Craft.  theres loads of fabulous products and offers and of course demos too. You can watch the programmes live via the link below and mail into the show while we're on air too.  Your mail could get read out on air and find its way into the cup of chance.  Winners drawn at the end of the show receive one of the demo cards signed by us all :-) 

The new collections arrived earlier in the week but I hadn't had a chance to look at them properly until today.  Ohhh my they're all gorgeously different but equally as beautiful.  I love all the colour ways, and the fact that they all work with other G45 collections too. 
We'll be using some of them in the workshops that are coming up too. Here's a list of where I am over the next month.  If you fancy coming along and joining me for a crafty day G45 style click the link to the shop and call for more info.
Scrapbook Magic - 12th September 
SirStampalot - demo day 2oth Sept/one day workshop 21st Sept
Its Crafting Times - 27th September - We're making the Christmas Box above 
Daisys Jewels and Crafts 28th September 

That's all from me for now so enjoy your Friday, thanks for calling by and catch up again soon :-) 


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 Mark Webber, 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