Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Runway Inspired Challenge

Hi everyone, hope you are all ok.

Just a short post today, got a few other things I want to post later, but haven't quite got round to sorting them yet.  I did however, finish my card for the Runway Inspired Challenge, this was the picture they gave us..

I love the colours together and realised I had a Stampin Up stamp Posy Punch with that pattern on one of the flowers, so I decided to use that, here is my card...

I cut a section out of the base card, I like doing that with flowers.  I am a tiny bit disappointed as I was going to use three pieces of ribbon to add to the top, but realised I didn't have any blue, so had to resort to inking up some paper border.  Hope you like it.

I off now, I'm going for a sit down as I'm shattered.  I went to see Dirty Dancing at the theatre last night (which was excellent and a very good Patrick Swayze lookalike, which made me very happy) and tonight I'm off to see Westlife in concert.  I'm taking my mum, as it was her Christmas present.

Bye for now

Jo x

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Less is More - Week 71

Hi everyone

Hope you are all having a good weekend, the weather here is still rubbish.  My husband and kids have gone off camping in Bala, North Wales for a canoeing festival this weekend. They've met up with my brother in law and sister in law and two nephews and despite the weather they seem to be having a good time.

The reason I'm at home is that on Sunday I'm travelling down to Rugby for a crafty workshop with Jayne Nestorenko, the brains behind the Cute Companions and Adorables stamps and CD's.  I've been to a few now and they are wonderful and Jayne herself is a really really lovely person.

The house is really quiet without them, but I've managed to have a good sort out of my craft room and make my card for this weeks Less is More Challenge.  Mandi and Chrissie have challenged us this week to a one layer card using flourishes.  Here is my offering...

Due to the weather being so pants, its hard to get a good picture in natural light.  Think I'm going to invest in a light box!  The stamps and from Uniko Studio Fontiment Fancies - Swirls and Flourishes.  I've used just one stamp and gone round an imaginary circle alternating colours (I've used Memento Grape Jelly and Lulu Lavender - yes it's hard to tell but its purple).  The sentiment is from the Fontiments - Birthday set. I then went over the darker flourish with some ultra fine glitter.

Hope you like it.  Bye for now

Jo xx

Monday, 4 June 2012

Less is More - Red, White and Blue

Hi everyone, I hope you are having a lovely Jubilee Weekend.

The weather was typically British yesterday (it rained all day here), so I decided I would get in the Jubilee spirit and sit back and watch the Flotilla of boats go down the Thames. It was lovely to watch.  I then watched the delicious Gary Barlow on how he made the Jubilee song.  When the Military Wives and the little girl from Africa sang, it brought a tear to my eye.  I felt very proud to be British.

Anyway, ramble over.  I managed to get some time and make my card for this weeks Less is More challenge, with the theme of Red, White and Blue.  

I've had this handbag stamp a long time and it reminded me of the shape of one the Queen may have.  I got my inspiration from one of Mandi's previous Less is More cards and used the Itty Bitty punch to punch red, white and blue vellum flowers and to cover the bag with those. The sentiment is from Uniko Studio Fontiments stamp set. (Sometimes less is more doesn't mean quick and easy!!)

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out, think I might go into handbag design!!!

Bye for now

Jo xx

Saturday, 2 June 2012


If you are looking for an update on the Candlelighter's Ladies Night scroll down to previous post

Hi everyone again,

I wanted to show you a card I made this week for a friend who asked me to make an 80th Birthday card.  The lady loves Bluebells and her friends even call her Blue.  

I made a easel card with an image from Just Inklined and coloured it with copics.  The papers are Pink Petticoat.  The card blank and mats are from Craftwork Cards.

You can't tell clearly but each little bluebell has been covered in Glossy Accents.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:-

Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's - Anything Goes
Party Time Tuesdays - Anything Goes
Shopping our Stash - May Flowers
Divas By Design - Anything Goes

Have a fantastic Jubilee Weekend.

Jo x

Candlelighters Ladies Night

Hi everyone and happy Diamond Jubilee Weekend!!

This is the first post of a few as it's been quite busy here recently.

The first on my list is to let you all know how things went on Thursday night.  As most of you know a friend of mine organised a Ladies Night (no strippers!) in aid of Candlelighter's, a Yorkshire based children's charity.  This started because a friend of hers little girl Florence had terminal cancer at only 4 years old.  I have to say 'had' as unfortunately little Florence sadly lost her battle on Tuesday evening of last week.

Many of you out there saw my appeal either through my blog or other people who posted about the event and sent the most fantastic cards for me to sell on the night.  I want to show you a few photo's...

My mum and I had a fantastic time, going through them and pricing them and this was when we had finally finished 5 (yes 5) full baskets!

At the club, the table was a little cramped but we got them all on.  Everyone loved standing and flicking through them.  A couple of ladies took the baskets to their table and sat with them going through them.

I put this note on the table as I wanted everyone to know what people were so kind.

From 5 baskets to 2, this is all I went home with (and the four cans of beer which my mum won in the raffle)!  We are still selling the rest, my mum is taking them to work next week, followed by myself when half term is over.

So the grand total of the night, I gave Jayne £133 from the sale of the cards.  With the rest of the money she sent a cheque off to Candlelighters for £500.  Brilliant!

I want to again say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated cards, posted on their blogs and sent good wishes.  We should be all very proud of ourselves.  If you did post on your blog and you want to mention how we did (as a lot of messages came via other people) I would be grateful.

Lots of Love

Jo xxx
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