Thursday, 31 May 2012

WOW! Fabulous Comments!!

Hello Everyone!

I hope that you are having lots of fun with the Allsorts Blog Hop!  Thankyou all for the fabulous comments I have received.  As promised I am giving away some birthday goodies and have decided that a set of Little Claire stamps would be nice.  Hope that you think the same!  Good Luck with the draw I will blog the result on Saturday morning so keep an eye open for this.

Bye for now

Jo x

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Allsorts 3rd Birthday Blog Hop!!

Hello Everyone

Welcome to the 3rd Birthday blog Hop for Allsorts.  Also welcome to the amazing weather that we have had over the last few days - how gorgeous its been and people feel so much happier with a bit of sunshine.

Back to Blog Hopping .........

The title of this weeks Allsorts Challenge, which has been set by the lovely Emma, is

Happy Birthday to Someone Special

here is my card that I would be proud to send to someone special

and another shot to try to show you the dome on the front.

I have used a combination of several of Joanna's products that I have been very lucky to have demonstrated on TV.  The background paper and the sentiment are both from Jayne Shasky CD rom.  The flowers are a mix of papers flowers stamped from the fantasy flower stamps and real pressed flowers.  This is a great way to spread your real flowers out.  Some distressing with Bundled Sage around all the available edges really suit the style.
Some cotton lace and gems finish off the card. 
When you use real pressed flowers you need to protect them in some way. I have chosen to use an acetate dome over the front. Hope that you can see this in the second picture. 
As it is the 3rd Birthday at Allsorts I would like to offer a prize as well as the fabulous prizes that are on offer on the Allsorts Blog this week from our very special sponsors,  I have some fabulous stamps to give away to someone that leaves a comment on this post.  The winner will be picked at random at the end of next week.  I will ask Mark to take a photograph of them and post them later in the day so that you can see what you might win!

I  hope that you have read the rules about the blog hop which Brenda has kindly written on the Allsorts Challenge Blog

Hopefully you will have just hopped over from

 Emma at and hopefully you have found the letter

and after having fouNd the letter on this post

please move onto Debs  at   blog to find another letter.

Good Luck with the Blog Hop Everyone - this is great fun with lots of prizes up for the taking !
Enjoy and thankyou on behalf of the Allsorts Team for all the fabulous projects that have been sent in over the last 3 years!

Bye for now
and Happy Hopping!!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Allsorts 3rd Birthday!!! Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Just a quick post to remind you all that it will be Allsorts 3rd Birthday on Saturday!!! don't forget to pop over to the Allsorts Blog to have a go at the Blog Hop!

Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Week 155 -Buttons and Bows

Good Morning Everyone!

This weeks offering has been inspired by the lovely Debs entitled Buttons and Bows.
I have used one of the fabulous Stamp Addicts silhouette stamps which I love to use which I have stamped in Sepia Archival ink which gives a great sutle appearance which really suits the design.
I used a Marianne dye as the base for the stamp and have distressed it with Vintage Photo distress ink.  The background papers are from my stash, I have distressed the edges with my TH tool and inked them with the Vintage Photo.  The tags have the heart shaped buttons on them.  To finish off the card I have used Marianne daisy punch to add flowers in the garden and added cream cotton lace and some chiffon ribbon. 
This card would really suit so many occasions from engagement to anniversary or a friends birthday card.
I hope that you like today's offering and as always pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to be inspired even more with the stunning designs that the Design Team have brought to you today.
Thankyou so much for popping by, please leave a comment if you can.

Bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Week 154 - For the Boys and Men

Hello Everyone,

I hope that this finds you all well and keeping busy crafting.  Well, it has been another busy week (when do I blog when it hasn't been lol!)  Our Son Karl turned 21 yesterday and we had a great day at a Quadbike centre - no I didnt take part but Mark, Karl and Lisa, Karl's lovely girlfriend, did and they had a great laugh and got very dirty! In the evening we had a fabulous family meal at Gino's Italian Restaurant in Lincoln which we can highly recommend for anyone that enjoys Italian food.

Talking of Karl's birthday I thought that I would post the card that I made for him as the lovely Helene's challenge at Allsorts this week is cards for the men and boys.

As ever the picture isn't perfect but I hope that you can make out all the detail on it.  I used We R Memory Keepers Vintage Distressed Jeans paper which I love and I distressed it a little more with TH distress tool and gold Adirondack paint Dabber.  I also used grungepaper accents, alphabet and numbers, distressed and painted these with the gold.  I have also embellished with a key hole (not easy to see) and attached a brass key.  The corners and sprockets are metal, again, from Ideaology. 
To finish off I have used Creative Expressions screw brads which are great fun to use.

I hope that you like my piece this week, Karl thought it was 'cool'!

Tomorrow is another busy day as I am going to the Parchment exhibition in Harrogate which I am very much looking forward to and next week we go away for a few days to celebrate our Silver Wedding Anniversary so I hope the weather keeps behaving itself.

Pop over to the Allsorts Challenge blog to have a look at the fab DT inspiration.

I hope that you all have a go at the Challenge and also have a fabulous week.
Bye for now
Jo x


Saturday, 5 May 2012

Week 153 - Allsorts Challenge

Good Morning Everyone,

Thankyou for popping in.  What a shocking week for the rain again, and, I have heard today that May is going to be the coldest for centuries!! Great! Mark and I are going away for a few days in just over a week so I hope that it picks up a bit!!! He has booked a few days away as a surprise,  we are going to be celebrating our Silver Wedding Anniversary on the 16th - I know I don,t need a passport so winter woolies may be required!!

Back to todays post.  I am hosting this weeks Allsorts Challenge and I have chosen Black and White as the title.  I would like to see a project made with just these 2 colours.  I know with me it isn't difficult as I love to work in monochromatic colours. This is my card of choice .......

As you can see I have used Joanna Sheen's Cameo stamp set and Lace set.  The cameo's were stamped onto parchment and embossed with black embossing powder.  I have embossed the white areas of the cameos (this maybe difficult to see).  I have also used the Grand Peony die set from Spellbinders to add the centre piece flower.  The black pearls are from Creative Expressions black PVA glue which is an excellent product to add detail to any project.
The lace border has also been stamped onto parchment and embossed with white embossing powder.
The corners have so much detail it is incredible.
I hope that you like the look of this and I would love it if you left me a comment.

I also promised to show some of the photographs that we took at the demonstration day last Saturday.  The lovely Hels Sheridan came along to demonstrate Studio 490 stamps and Art Parts.  as you will see from these photographs what stunning work!

Great photo of Hels! Great to see her desk looks just like mine!

A stunning piece made from a very plain frame.  The details are incredible, but so achievable.

Great aren't they!  We have booked Hels again for October so for those that would have liked to have popped in and couldn,t there will be another chance. 

Must dash now I have got the Scrapbooking class today at the shop and must get the kettle on ready!
I hope that you all enjoy the Bank Holiday - whatever you do.
Thankyou again for popping in, I would love a comment from you, and dont forget to pop over to the Allsorts Challenge and have a bash!
Bye for now
Jo xx