Friday, 21 December 2012

Week 186 - As simple as Black and White

Hello Everyone!

Well it's nearly here and I have still got soooooooo much to do - bet all of you out there are kicking back with your feet up, presents wrapped, baking done and trimmings looking fab!! Jealous or what! We have had a  2 great Christmas get togethers at Let's Create this week Wednesday evening and today and thankyou for everyone who popped in, we had a really lovely time and a great way to end the year.

This weeks challenge is from our lovely Brenda and this will be a 2 week challenge as it is the Christmas week so everyone will be busy with all the festivities but we hope that you will be able to pop something on the challenge when you have a minute.  My offering for this challenge is ~

Some of you may have seen this on the Pick of the Week Spellbinder shows last week.  I had the pleasure of demonstrating the gorgeous Die D-Lites and I have used several on this design.  Around the edge of the square I have used the Flourish Trim which when cut 4 times makes a lovely frame.  I have also used the Medallion Three which I have cut in black and silver and offset them to give dimension. In the middle of the medallion I have popped a few pearls to embellish the middle.  The Fantastic Flourish Trim die in the corner finishes off the design nicely.

We have 2 lovely prizes up for grabs so please pop over to the Allsorts Blog to have a peep at these and also have a look at the inspiration that the Design Team have given us.

I hope that you enjoy using your dies if you own them - I find them such a great addition to my Spellbinder collection.

Speaking of Spellbinders .................  I have the pleasure of demonstrating on the next Pick of the Day which launches on Thursday 27th December at 9pm and continues throughout the day on the 28th.  Hopefully you will have chance to catch a few shows if you are chilling.  

This just leaves me to say a HUGE thankyou for spending time to follow the blog this year and I hope that everyone in blog land all have a fabulous Christmas and enjoys a happy and healthy New Year.

Please leave a comment if you are passing by
you know I love to read them,
bye for now
Jo xxxxx

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Week 185 - Oh Christmas Tree

Hello Everyone!

Well what a week - I think the car could take itself to Create and Craft - but it has been a fabulous week and I am back on Sunday and Monday.  I have got 3 shows on Sunday 9am and 7pm using some fabulous product from Kaisercraft and 3pm with the Calibur.  Monday I have been asked to step in and do a 10 am show for Kanban as they have a lot of sickness.  So another busy week - (note to self -  really need to fit in Christmas!)

Back to the matter in hand this morning our lovely Deb's at Allsorts has chosen a great Challenge for this week


and this is my project  ~

These are stand alone trees that have been made out of paperback books (please close your ears if you are a librarian!) (don't use Fifty Shades ladies as you can still see some of the text!!! lol.) To have a look at a tutorial pop over to You tube and there is a lovely recording showing you how it is done.
(just type in making a Christmas tree from a paperback book!)
It is great fun making them and it is all thanks to Shellie (a friend of Let's Create) who came in with one that she had made - a friend had shown her and she was intrigued too.  You can make them in a smaller size too for such a cute tree.
There are lots of different ideas to decorate the tree - I have used Forest Moss distress ink, Crafters Companion spray glitter, gems and ribbon.
(If you are wondering Mark has placed them on some snow background paper to take the picture )
I hope that some of you have a go at this - such a great project and so much easier than it looks.

Thankyou for popping by and a huge thankyou for all your lovely comments last week.
Have a look at the fabulous creations that the design team ladies have come up with - pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog

I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend, keep warm get all your presents bought and wrapped and then kick back and relax.
Hope to see you here again next week
Bye for now

Jo x

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Week 184 - White, Gold and one more colour

Good Morning Everyone,

Well!  what a busy week and it has flown by again! 
I had a ball on my marathon Pick of the Day for Create and Craft 11 live hours in 24 hours! 

It is getting really scary how close it is to Christmas now 
but I haven't made a Festive card for Allsorts this week for 
Helene's Challenge which is:

White, Gold and one more colour.

This is my offering for this week ~

This is a card that I have made using Teresa Collins paper products.  For those that are not familiar with her she is an American designer and I have the pleasure of demonstrating her products at the International V.I.P event on Create and Craft on Sunday (scrapping at 10am and papercrafting at 1pm)
I have used Spellbinders Grand Labels 4 for the larger labels and Labels 22 for the inside frame.
the papers are from Teresa Collins Vintage Finds 12" x 12" papers.  The butterfly stamp is from the Tell your Story set.
The flowers have been made from the papers in the set using the Spiral Blossom die.
Wild Honey Distress ink, lace and ribbon finish off the card.
I hope that you like it.

Another busy week ahead with TV again -

Sunday - Teresa Collins papercrafting 10am and 1pm
Wednesday -  Spellbinders dies 9am, 2pm and 7pm

Please pop over to the Allsorts Blog to have a peep at what the DT have to show you for Helene's
I hope that you enjoy a fabulous weekend - keep warm. 

Bye for now
Jo xx

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Week 183 - Advent - Take 2!!

Hello Again Everyone!

Well here we go with take 2 of the Allsorts Challenge which has been my week to think of a title.
I thought with it falling on the 1st of December it had to be


I would like to show you my Advent Calendar that I made for our Daughter Kate (who, as you know is 19 years old but just loves to have an advent calendar still!!)

I have used a Twiddlybitz Advent House which has been painted with white acrylic paint.  I have also sprayed it with silver Spray and Sparkle from Crafters Companion this gave it a little bling.
Because the House is so gorgeous and intricate you don't need to put much decoration on it but I have added some die cuts - snowflake from Spellbinders and the Sleigh and Reindeer is a Marianne design and I have cut these in silver mirri card.

The numbers have been cut from Tim Holtz Vintage Market Alphabet set which is one of my favourites.
The chocolates, of course, are essential just add your favourites and start to count down the days!
This is a project that will come out year after year and was lovely to do.  I hope that you like it too.  I would love for you to leave a comment and also pop over to the Allsorts Blog to have a look and the teams lovely ideas.

As mentioned yesterday in Part 1 of the post I was at Create and Craft demonstrating the Cuttlebug with a  huge amount of folders and the All-in-One system that has been so popular.  It was fun going back to demo the Cuttlebug.  I am back again Monday for a 10am show and if you are interested in a Cuttle Bug this is such an amazing offer.

I have quite a week at the studio and I am also there on the following days and times:

Tuesday 9pm and 11pm - Spellbinders Pick of the Day Launch!
Wednesday 8am, 10am, 12pm, 1pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, and 7pm!!!  PHEW!!
I will be demonstrating the Spellbinders Pick of the Day throughout these hours.

Sunday 9th  10am for Scrapbook Sunday
1pm Demonstrating Teresa Collins gorgeous papers and stamps.

I hope that you can catch a few of these hours and please send an email to let me know someone is out there!!!

Thankyou for your patients this week and thankyou again for Brenda bailing me out yesterday.
Must dash as I have soooooo many demos to prep for next week
Bye for now
Jo xxx

P.s  Pictures of our Birthday weekend will be put on the blog, just waiting for Mum to pop them on a disc.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Week 183 - Advent

Good Morning -

I am really sorry but would you be able to call back to view this complete post later this evening as I was unable due to what I can only think of an aliens!! in blogger last night and could not sort my post or this weeks post on Allsorts.  Brenda has saved the day with Allsorts but I am at Create and Craft until later in the day and wont be able to sort mine.  My apologies and my HUGE thanks for Brenda for rescuing me! x This is a lady that everyone needs as a friend when you are need!!! I really hope to see you later xxx

Jo x

If you notice big chunks of hair missing if you look at the Cuttlebug show that I am doing today it was from me pulling my hair out until the small hours trying to sort it!!! lol x