Saturday, 25 May 2013

Happy Birthday Allsorts! 4 Years Old Today!!

Hello Everyone!

Happy Birthday Allsorts!

As you caN see today is Allsorts Birthday and the Team are celebratiNg with a fabulous Blog Hop aNd there are lots of crafty prizes to be had.

You need to pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to find out how to play the blog hop (it is really easy!)
The theme for the challenge this week is very appropriate

Happy Birthday!
aNd this is my project for you to have a peep at .................... 

I am particularly pleased with this project as it is using our fabulous New raNge of stamps from our shop ~ Let's Create. 
The maiN image aNd the corNer are from the set Sealed with a Loving Kiss.

This oNe is Wild Flowers

 This oNe is VictoriaN Frame
I used this one for the greeting and I stamped it onto shrink plastic and then shrunk to this size.and the sentiment was also used  die                                                                      

This one is Victorian Pleasures

This one is Rosetta

and this one is Labelled with Love

 all images are a lot bigger than
what is shown on the froNt sheet as we had to make room for the header and footer.
I would love to hear what you think about the designs and if anyone is interested in purchasing a set please email me on with your details and I can get in touch with you and post a set to you.  Our website is being worked on at the moment but its not quite ready. Each set in £10.99. 

If you pop over to Brenda's blog on and she has posted a couple of stunning designs working with the new stamp range.

At the eNd of the challenge this week everyone that has commented on my card will be in a draw and I will  pick a winner.  I have a set of our stamps - which will be your choice - coming your way.

There are lots of other prizes to be won from the Allsorts Challenge site and from the other members of the design team blogs.

If you are in the area I will be at the Sincerely Yours Show in Lincoln on Sunday, if you are there please pop and say hello.

I hope that you all enjoy a lovely BaNk Holiday weekend aNd the weather improves.
Thankyou for popping by and I hope that you have found my letter for the blog hop!!!
Bye for now
Jo xxx

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Week 207 - True Blue

Hello Crafters!

I hope that finds you all well and have had a good week.  What a busy one in the Channon household  As you know from the lateness of last week's post we surprised Mark with a 4 day trip to Dublin and it was fantastic.  Not sure if I could deal with all the stress of organising a surprise trip again though! phew it took some doing as we are together 24/7 working and living together! 
I will pop some photographs on the blog in the week but they are on Kate's camera at the moment and she is working.  
We also went out for a meal on Wednesday evening at it was Mark's actual birthday and we had a fabulous time in the company of our family and special friends.  Thursday was our 26th wedding anniversary so with one thing and another the lounge is full of cards!

Back to this weeks Challenge - it is our lovely Sarah's week to set our challenge for us and she has chosen:

True Blue

In todays workshop at the shop today we were crafting using the Fabulous Shoes cd rom and stamp collection from Katy Sue Designs which were fun to use.
This is one of the projects that we did and I thought it fitted the Challenge brilliantly so I thought I would share this with you.

This is a digi print from the CD Rom and I love it - it was so much fun to colour and there is so much detail on the picture.  The sentiment is from a stamp sheet from the series too.  The blue paper is from my stash and the flower has been cut out from the Grande Peony Spellbinder Die. The design was coloured using pro-markers.
I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it.

I will be back on C and C on Tuesday for 5 more sales shows which I am sure will have some great bargains on again so pop by and have a peep if you have time.

Please pop over and have a look at the Allsorts Challenge Blog and check our the other design team members ideas for the Challenge.

Thankyou as ever for popping by and I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend and a busy week ahead.

Bye for now and enjoy your crafting this week,
Jo xx

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Week 206 - Any Sport

Hello Everyone,

Sorry for the lateness of this post for this weeks Allsorts Challenge but we have been away for a long weekend in Dublin to celebrate Mark's 50th Birthday.  It was a huge surprise for him and I was that tied up with trying to keep everything a secret that I forgot to schedule my post before we went!!  I was on the plane when I suddenly remembered and, of course, it was too late!! 

So, better late than never, here is my card for Wendy's Challenge this week which is entitled


This is a House Mouse decoupage from Joanna Sheen and it is one of my favourites.
There is so much going on in the picture and it tells a great story.  It certainly fits the bill for this weeks Challenge.

I hope that you like it and that you agree that it is a really fun filled card.

I am sure by now that you have checked out the other Allsorts Team but if not pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to have a look.

I will share some photographs of our weekend away with you when we get them sorted.
Thankyou for popping by and please leave a comment if you have time.
Bye for now
Jo x

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Week 205 - Add some sparkle

Hello my fellow bloggers,
I hope that this finds you all well and happy now that the sun has finally started to shine. 

This week at Allsorts we have been asked to .................

I am sure that there isn't a crafter out there that cant fulfill this request!!

This is my offering for this challenge.

This is a closer photograph of the stamped image which has been embossed in black sparkle embossing powder from Creative Expressions.

and a close up of the Butterfly showing the sparkle

I started with an A5 size Centura Pearl card blank and popped a layer of black glitter card over the front.
The decorative edges have been made using a new Marianne die - it is gorgeous.
The butterfly has been made using another Marianne but this time it is a stamp and die and it really works perfectly.
The stamp in the middle of the card is from Let's Create's new Victorian stamp range and we are so pleased with the way that these have turned out.  We have 6 sets in the range and I cant wait to get stuck in and make lots of samples from them.

I have a busy weekend ahead on C and C guesting on the half price event shows on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  There is a varied list of products from paper stash to storage and it is really worth having a peep at some of the shows - it certainly is May Mayhem!!

Whatever you choose to do I hope that you all enjoy a fabulous weekend.

Dont forget to pop over to the Allsorts Blog to check out my teamies great work and have a bash at the challenge too if you can keep out of the sunshine for long enough!!
Bye for now
Jo xx