Saturday, 26 April 2014

Week 256 - Allsorts Challenge Blog - Oriental

Good Morning Crafters,

I hope that all is well with you all and everyone enjoyed a lovely Easter Weekend.  We visited friends in Stevenage for a couple of days and it was bliss! time out with lovely friends, catching up and having a laugh. What more could we ask for.

This week our lovely Team Member Susan is hosting the Challenge for the first time and she has asked us all to design a project using ~


Fabulous bright rich colors spring to mind with anything Oriental and this is the project that I have decided to show you ~

We made this for a workshop a couple of months ago and the technique involved was using fantasy fibre and film. If you haven't tried using either of these really interesting crafty products it is well worth having a go. 
I have used both the fibre and the film - encasing the fibre folded into a couple of pieces of the film before heating. This makes it very strong and can even be machine stitched if you wanted to.
The stamped image is from Sheena Douglass's collection. They are really lovely sized stamps too.
This week our very generous sponsors are:

Flonz & QKR Stampede

Thankyou to both.
Please pop over to the Challenge Blog and have a peep at their stunning oriental inspirations and have a bash at the Challenge as well - 

I hope that you enjoy a lovely weekend and find time to fit in a little crafting!
Pop a comment in if you have time, 
Take care and bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Week 255 - Allsorts Challenge - Birds and Feathers

Hello Everyone,

Thankyou so much for all of your lovely comments I really did appreciate them and it is nice to think that I have been missed.

Well I hope that the Easter weekend has started really well for everyone. We are going to visit some really dear friends in Stevenage this weekend - it has been far too long since we have seen them and we are so looking forward to it. Kate is coming too but unfortunately Karl is having to work.
I hope that you have all got some plans even if it is chilling! and eating lots of chocolate of course!
Did you all have fish to eat today? we have always eaten a fish meal on Good Friday for as long as I can remember but to be honest I don't know why - would anybody be able to fill me in on that one please!

This week at Allsorts we are being Challenged by our lovely Mervi's first time as a host and she has chosen a great title for us to have a bash at.

Birds and Feathers
and this is my take on the Challenge ~
(I couldn't decide which one to show you so both it is!)

 This image has been made using a DreamWeaver Stencil. I have inked through the stencil with a variation of dye based inks. This is such a quick and easy technique but so effective. The background has been brought together using paper from my stash.

This second piece has all been made using Kaiser products. This was a project that I made for a make and take session. These mini projects make lovely presents.  The stamp fits nicely into Mervi's Challenge.

We have 2 excellent sponsors again this week and they are:-
Thankyou to them both.

Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog to check out the other fabulous projects from the Design Team and please leave a comment if you have a minute - you know that this is always appreciated.

Thankyou for popping in and enjoy the rest of this lovely Easter Weekend,
bye for now
Jo xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Week 254 - Spring Blossoms

Good Morning Everyone!

Firstly I would like to apologise for my absence over the past few weeks. Unfortunately, I have been quite poorly and had to have some time out from a number of jobs and my blog was one of them.
I have really missed blogging each week and have especially missed being part of the Allsorts Challenge each Saturday. The team have been very supportive and have kept my duties up.
Everything is looking a little better at the moment and I am having hospital treatment, physio and popping the right pills and things are on the up!
This week our lovely Brenda has asked the Team to make our designs with Spring Blossoms in mind.
Because I have been away for a while I thought I would show you 2 cards that I have made.
The first one is a parchment piece which, as you know, I love to do.
I also have a closer shot to show the colouring in a little more detail.

I would also like to show you this cute little number
this card has been made using one of the really pretty Wild Rose Studio range of stamps. They are really lovely to stamp and colour and I have used pro-markers to colour mine.
The background has been made using scraps of paper to create a weave. I really enjoy doing this for a background as it looks textured but remains flat for posting.
The flowers are from one of Creative Expressions designs by Sue Wilson and the bunting has been cut from a die from the Signature range from Joanna Sheen.
We are extremely pleased to be able to sell Joanna's die range in our shop and we are one of 3 stores that have this privilege.
This weeks sponsors are:

Please pop over to the Allsorts Challenge Blog and have a peep at the lovely designs from the Team.
I am so pleased to be back blogging again I have really missed blog land.
It would be lovely to hear from you when you leave a comment.
Many thanks for popping in,
Bye for now
Jo xx