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Saturday, 11 October 2014


Morning everyone, happy Saturday....
There is a 'mini ONE STAMP' event on today, over at 
The idea of the 'one stamp' event is to use ONE stamp in as many different ways as possible....this time it's the turn of the lovely CHRISTMAS CORNER.....available HERE
These are my DT cards using the Christmas corner stamp.....hope you like them.

ALL cardstock is from
Heat-embossed and coloured with Colour Chemistry inks from
Oak House Studio

Same method, then coloured with Cosmic Shimmer....(the pic doesn't show up the lovely sheen on the flowers)
The sentiment stamps are also from Oak House Studio, of course.

As above but a bit more 'clean and simple'

My least favourite, but I'll send it to someone whom I don't like, hahaha
I've used pearl silver embossing powder on this one and acrylic inks from Oak House Studio.
Don't forget to pop over to the blog and see the fab inspiration from the rest of the team. You can also join the facebook page - Inkspired by Oak House Studio - to keep up to date with offers etc. 
Catch you all soon,
Barbara x

Friday, 10 October 2014

New Challenge at Lavinia Stamps....

Hi-di-hi's ages since I blogged, so hope you're all still with me ;-)
We had a fab holiday in Morocco, and came home refreshed and ready to crack-on with stuff that we've been putting off for decorating, clearing the garden, going for long walks with Finn.....all those things that are better done in Summer of course, but we just didn't have time then...hey-ho!
 I'm also gonna have more time to craft now, as we've employed a full-time manager in the pet shop, and I don't need to go in 3 days a week...yeah!
Anyway, onto this month's challenge at LAVINIA STAMPS...
the theme is AUTUMN COLOURS.
As usual, the prize is a whopping £40 to spend on Lavinia products, and you don't need a blog to enter, we also take email entries. 
You need to use Lavinia products to enter, so grab your stamps, and get busy....
I've made a couple of tags this month...hope you like them.
On this tag I've used the stamp
  Nigela Damascena
 one of the tiny star stamps, a sentiment,
and loads of copper embossing powder and spray inks 
This tag uses the same spray inks
with the Zen, large mushroom house,
and a couple of the foliage stamps.

I absolutely LOVE the Autumnal colours, but I don't like Autumn very's because no matter how pretty the colours are, the trees are closing down for Winter and everything is dying.
Anyway, not much we can do about it, so may as well just enjoy the colours, and look forward to CHRISTMAS!!! 
Catch you all soon,
Barbara x

Friday, 12 September 2014

New challenge at Oak House Studio

Morning everyone, and what a great day it is, 'cos we're going on holiday today .....yay! Morocco here we come. Last time we were there, the temperature reached 49 degrees......It won't be so hot on the coast, but that's's the break we need, as opposed to the heat.
Anyway, best get on and tell you that the new challenge at OAK HOUSE STUDIO  has started, and the theme this month is 'Autumn'.....There are FIVE prizes of £10 to spend on Oak House Studio products, and you DON'T have to have a blog. Pop your creation in the album on the Inkspired by Oak House Studio facebook page here to be in with a chance of winning....oh, and of cousre you have to use their products.......
Here are my DT cards for this challenge.....

All cardstock from PAPERMILL  
All inks, stamps and embossing powders from
Oak House Studio

Love this sentiment!

    Catch you all soon....maybe a post from Morocco! 
Barbara xx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

A new challenge at Lavinia Stamps....

Morning everyone.....the sun is shining, whoohoo!
Today sees the start of the September challenge at LAVINIA STAMPS and as usual, there is a fantastic prize of £40 to spend on whatever you want from the Lavinia website.  The theme this month is 'USE SOME RIBBON'...easy peasy!
Lavinia products MUST be used, and you can enter via your blog, OR by email. So, without further ado, here are my DT cards for this month....

ALL cardstock is from 
Inks and embossing powders are from

Hammered cardstock give a great 'blotchy' effect when inked. 

The Lavinia stamps I've used on this card are
Vine ( here )
Dandelion ( here )
Sentiment (one of my faves) ( here )

Cardstock & inks same as above.....
Lavinia Stamps used are
Leaf trail ( here )
Fairy dust silhouette ( here )

So everyone, hope you like them.
Please pop over to the Lavinia Stamps website as there are LOADS of new stamps available. ( I'm watching for the postie, as I write this blog, waiting for my new images being delivered )
Please checkout the rest of the DT creations, they're amazing...

Back soon
Barbara xx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

I'm back.......!

Hi everyone.....well, finally I have a few minutes / feel well enough / have the energy to blog....first time for over 3 weeks! Everything seemed to come at once, and although I've THOUGHT about blogging, I just haven't had the time.....or the inclination. Feeling much better now, thankfully, and trying to get back to normal before our hols, in two weeks ....YAY!
So, a quick blog to show a couple of cards I made as part of my DT work for PAPERMILL, weeks ago. Very simple cards to show the hammered effect on white cardstock.  (still one of my most favourite designs)

I like the 'clean' look to this card. The polka dot was printed onto white cardstock too.

White 'hammered' again, with flowers from
and a Jofy sentiment.
Well. I did say they were simple cards, didn't I ?? LOL

I'm taking part in a blog hop this weekend....if you have time, pop over to the facebook page of
and checkout the fabulous inspiration. I'll be working my way around them all later tonight.
BTW, Papermill have another fab offer on this week, checkout the website for full details. (link above)

Catch you all in a day or so, but until then, have a good weekend,
Barbara x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

THREE great offers from Papermill this week......

Hi everyone, PAPERMILL have THREE fab special offers on this week......
1) Antique White Pearlised - 300gsm - small box, 75-80 A4 sheets - £7.50
2) All 'essentials' - ie white/cream hammered/linen cardstock. 10% off all orders.
3) A chance to win a great pack of hand-crafted flowers from PETAL-LU - check the Papermill blog for details.
Here are a couple of cards made with the 'Antique Pearlised'

I have inked the cardstock with spray inks from OAK HOUSE STUDIO
The stamp is from Little Claire.

All Oak House Studio inks and stamps (except the LOTV sentiment)
Both cards have Papermill 'Mocha Brown' bases.

All white hammered cardstock, including the polka-dot background, which I ran through the printer as a digi-background.
The 'HOME' die is a Sizzix Bigz. I cut 6 pieces and piled them on top of each other to give depth.

Back soon with a few more samples,  made with 'essential' carstock....don't forget to stock up while the 10% offer is on.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Lavinia Stamps challenge.....Add some glitter

Hi everyone, back again with my second post in 2 days......I can't quite believe that I used to blog every day! Where did I find the time?
Anyway, the new challenge has started today at LAVINIA STAMPS.....the theme is 'add some glitter'.
As usual, a fab prize of £40 is up for grabs.... however to be entered into the draw, you must use Lavinia Stamps, of course.
These are my DT inspirations for this month.....

All cardstock is from

I just wanted this card to be simple and elegant. I still love cards with lots of white.
'White linen' works so well for this type of card.

This is the FUCHSIA stamp from Lavinia, still one of my favourites.

All inks on these cards are from
Lavinia Stamps used are :-
Cherry Blossom, Vine, Nigella Damascens, Dandelion
Here is a close-up of each one....

Well, that's all for today....enjoy your weekend.
Catch you soon,
Barbara x