Wednesday 30 January 2013

Warning picture heavy about a pair of mugs!!!

Michelle and I headed off to Craft Range today to deliver workshop samples.  On the way home we decided to stop off and potter at Boundary Mills.
Look what I found!

 This fab little box did honestly shout at me - it begged to come home with me and bring a friend so I bought one for me and one for Michelle.
 Inside is a fabulous Mug at the bargain price of £2-50!
 I paid more at Tescos for less pretty ones!
Here is one mug shot (pardon the pun - or just have a giggle)

and here is the other.

This was so apt! It was literally pouring down side ways today so this was perfect!
Just got to hope OH wont notice one more "British" themed mug appearing in the cupboard.
I am thrilled with my mug and my fab box which will take pride of place on my red white and blue themed shelving - must take you on a tour of them very soon! it will be perfect for storing my red, white and blue ribbon reels!

Have a fab day folks xx

Monday 28 January 2013

something completely different......

A long time ago I was sent a few Hangler stamped image.  In a little sort out yesterday I came across this little cutie begging to be played with.

 kind of handy when I had a birthday card to make anyway.
Shame I only had one image but thats ok I cant make another card so its definitely a one off!
I am entering this into The Sweet Stampin' Challenge which is Ribbon
I love Promarkers (which indeed I do) anything goes
and Stampin' for the Weekend which is something girlie. (Not only is she girly it was made at the weekend!!)
I am quite excited today as I posted off 3 of my pass it forward gifts. Sssshhhhhhhh don't tell!
hope they like them as I really enjoyed making them xx
2 more to post but I will wait a week or two !
Thanks for stopping by xx

Sunday 27 January 2013

An unexpected play day......

Yesterday I should have been at Samuel Taylors, Roseville Street, Leeds store with Michelle doing a stamping clinic . Like many folks we had heavy snowfall overnight Friday - about 8" - which made it impossible for Michelle to get out of her village in the Dales.
So what to do with an unexpected day at home??? Play of course!.
I managed a few Christmas cards - which I have added to my Christmas blog if you want a look here .

I then played around making a little gift.  I am just showing you the box - the inside is a secret but I had such fun for an hour or two just playing.
 The image is by Crafty Individuals and papers have been in my stash ages so I cant remember what they are.
 I followed Michelles tutorial on Lovin' Ink for most of it so the measurements were all calculated specifically for the contents.

I think I may make more today!  yes today was an actually planned play day - how lucky am I ? 2 days on the trot! Back to work tomorrow - this has been my first "free" weekend in months so its been lovely to fiddle with my stash.
Hope you have a fabulous Sunday - thanks for stopping by x

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Creative moments - Neutral challenge

Over at Creative moments this week the challenge is to make something with a neutral feel using neutral colours or nature themes. I used a square punch to make the tiles and used various stamps to give the look.
some thin twine through the middle section holds the tag greeting in place.

Stop by Creative Moments here for more inspiration.

Don't forget the Art giveaway over on Lovin' Ink - check that out here 

Thursday 17 January 2013

Crafty giveaway

Over on Lovin- Ink so do stop by for a look  here xx

Monday 14 January 2013

using a magazine freebie

 I admit it I am a magazine addict! I love them, I collect them, I stroke them much like my favourite papers I have favourite magazines.
I am easily tempted too and here is one such occasion.  This wee quirky fella was a free stamp on a magazine before Christmas.  I love his pose. So I thought I would have a little play.
Papers are by docrafts 2 different ranges - the blue is from the Happy Days set and the red from the home for Christmas set.
Perfect excuse to play with new stash - on here is the snowflake border (EK success) snowflake punch (Martha Stewart) and also the sentiment which is by Stampin up.
This time I played with my promarkers which have been neglected for the distress markers recently.

I thought this would be great for the Crafty Hazlenuts challenge (no Reindeer Rudolph is resting)
as well as the glitter challenge over on the FB page.
Christmas at Sweet Stampin' challenge is cold and frosty
and at Pixie Dust challenge its Winter
Thanks for stopping by today xx
Janet x

Friday 11 January 2013

Just found

an online shop called The Ribbon Room - check it out here

Love the different sections of the shop especially the Christmas one!

I notice they also do large rolls (great for sharing with a friend) or smaller rolls too!

Have fun - I know we crafters all love ribbon!

Janet x

Wednesday 9 January 2013

New design team

I was thrilled to be invited to join a design team last week for Creative Moments Blog
I have been getting to know the girlies on other facebook groups so was really touched to be asked.
Here is my first DT card - The challenge was Monochrome so I have opted for cream and black and made a card for my brothers birthday later this month.

 The sentiment - by Indigo Blu seemed perfect as he was given notice of redundancy just before Christmas and with over 25 years of service to the NHS this is going to be a massive change for him.
 I love the aeroplane leaving love in its wake and of course its sending him my love without being too sentimental about it.
Papers are just remnants of other projects - stamps are by Indigo Blu and Glitz and inside are by Kanban.

Hope he likes it!

The inspiration for my colour scheme came from another blog challenge - The Cupboard Trilogy where interestingly the challenge is to take inspiration for one of the design teams pieces - I took mine from Traceys card here .
The cupboard trilogy is a challenge I have been meaning to play along with for a while and now the two have  come together well.

Tuesday 8 January 2013

Happy New Year from Lovin' Ink

Michelle and I have been busy over the holiday, reflecting on the wonderful year we've had with Lovin' Ink, and working out what we need to do to make this year as special. So many times, we come back to the knowledge that it's not what we do that make special moments happen, it's what we share with you all that ticks our success button.
The friendship, support and joy we find in sharing our love of paper, ink and stamps with you, is what makes our days with you such a pleasure.

This then is our aim for the year....

To make the year a year of sharing fun and laughter with very inky fingers as the bonus.

Much love, happiness and peace in the new year with a HUGE thank you for playing along with us on our journey.
Do stop by and follow us on the Lovin' Ink blog to keep up to date with all our news and tutorials.

Saturday 5 January 2013

Whoops Christmas again!

I Know I know but forgive me as the season passed me by in a cloud of tissues and cold remedies!
I have been gripped by the 52 week challenge over on the FB page Crafting with Attitude and as the challenge only began last night I feel ahead!

This is one of my fav Edwin stamps - my pal Kerry let me stamp a few and now I own him myself.  I even broke into this Bo Bunny pad which is only 2 years old!! Still lots of stroking time left.
Coloured with distress markers - I have not quite got to grips with blue it seems and my fav glittery snowballs from woodware just add a touch of snowy glitz!

I am also adding this to the Winter Wonderland challenge which is travel - lets face it Edwin is travelling on that sledge!!!
and Crafty Hazelnuts challenge which is give Santa a rest!
Back with a non Christmas project I promise next time!
Thanks for stopping by x

Friday 4 January 2013

My first crafting of 2013

and its a Christmas card! No the lurgy has not put me off and I am ready to be excited about this year!

Went to Samuel Taylors Embsay store on Wednesday and picked up this cute Penny Black stamp in the sale so she just begged to be inked.  Coloured with distress pens this is a simple design for a challenge over on facebook with the Crafting with Attitude crafters.
Am ready to get motivated again so hopefully there will be some non Christmassy stuff on its way soon.

Have a great day x

Thursday 3 January 2013

A bit late I know but here goes

with my favourite projects of 2012 - I honestly tried to whittle it down to 12 but I'm afraid I could not! So with a few extra links to back posts and a photo heavy post here they are........

This was a little paperbag book I made for my lovely pal Georgy for her birthday back in February.  I loved how it turned out.
Original post here 

This was one of a batch I made which were such fun. I love Tilda with spoon shes a sweetie x

Gosh this is still up on my dresser but represents so much more than the project its self.  The paper bag I used to mosaic the frame is from the Cath Kidston shop when we went prom dress shopping - a really girly day with Megs, my God daughter Emily and my SIL Linda - loved the day and doing this x

Another paperbag book this time with Molly Blooms - representing another memory really this time from my childhood and a favourite story called the Diddakoi.original post here 

This was a fun project for my crafters evenings and is in fact a flag book - I loved playing at making it and still have it up on display.  Original post here

My fav craft product of last year was my distress pens - Love them and love playing with them.  The Hobby Art stamps work perfectly with them too! Original post here
This was practical purchase for the craft room - a second hand spice rack given a makeover with the fab papers from Papermania.

This was a bit of fun one night having seen something similar on Pinterest I made this for a friends daughter who had just finished a textile course.  She loved it and I loved making it!!

Heritage scrapbooking - something I want to do more of for sure.  this tells a love story and evokes memories for me - original post here

Another just for fun project - I loved making it and this became my secret Santa pressie for the Christmas in Claxby weekend.

This was just a fun journal page summing up nicely the important things!

Gorgeous baby announcements - I loved making these so much not least because the baby was the first in my sons friends to come along - all be it unexpectedly - Henry is 3 months old now and growing so fast.

This was an experiment - sloe gin cake - I loved making it but more than that loved sharing it - I sent 10 pieces into facebook land for official sampling - such fun!

This was a commissioned Christmas card - I enjoyed colouring it immensely with my distress pens and how easily it came to life.

So there you have it - an eclectic collection to be sure but I enjoyed every one.

Happy New year folks xx