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Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Brusho Paints meets Clearly Besotted stamps

Morning everyone, and what a gorgeous day it's turned out to be after a gloomy start.....we're going on holiday tomorrow though, so too busy to enjoy the sun today.....
Anyway, thought I'd show you a card I've made for my 7yr old great-great, nephew......The stamps are from CLEARLY BESOTTED, some new faves of mine and I already had the Brusho paints background made up, it's a perfect match for the stamps. The layout idea came from one of my Papermilldirect 'teamies', Lisa Sumpter, thanks Lisa x
I've used white linen & smooth black card stock, from PAPERMILLDIRECT, of course.
Papermilldirect have another fabulous offer on this week,
  A4 Cream Leather Card 300gsm
This beautiful card has a lovely leather embossing which will enhance any project.
There are two box sizes to choose from:
A Small Box of approximately 75 - 80 sheets for £5.70
A Midi Box of approximately 255 - 260 sheets for £16.90
This is fab card,  but it will sell out very quickly, so pop over to Papermilldirect now and checkout this, and all the other special offers.
Catch you soon,

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Barbara Daines - Craft Workshop 14th March....

Hi everyone, just a quick post (but a lot of pics) to show you the creations from my workshop yesterday....we had a great day, and everyone enjoyed the project we made - An Ikea mirror, which was given the tarmaccy/Treasured Gold treatment. I first saw this idea on my lovely friend Eileen Godwin's blog, and it was Eileen who pushed me into starting my own workshops, so thanks mate, glad you did xx

Janet & Sarah .

Sue, from  
  Sarah & Pat (above)




Emily of 


Jean & Marion




 Louise (above)



My mirror.





Well, what do you think...aren't they all fab??

I'm going on holiday on Wednesday, so might get another post in before I go, hopefully ....I have so much to show you xx

Monday, 9 March 2015

Papermilldirect Weekly Special Offer.......

Evening all....bit of a late post from me, but had to tell you about the new 'Special Offer' from
This week it's a fabulous 300gsm grey/silvery pearlescent card -
 70 x A4 sheets for £11
240 x A4 sheets for £25 
That's over a 50% saving!!
Here are a couple of cards made with the 'special offer' card....

I've used Papermilldirect, white linen, baby-pink and the grey pearlised card.
The gorgeous flowers are from 
Checkout her website for absolutely stunning hand-made flowers.

 This card uses the same card stock as above, and a Spellbinders corner die.
Both sentiments used, are from Anna Griffin.

Hope you like my Papermilldirect  DT cards.
Thanks for all the lovely comments left on my last post, catch you soon,

I'm entering this post into the following challenges :-
Papertake Weekly Challenge
Try it on Tuesday
Dream Valley Challenges
The Crazy Challenge

Monday, 2 March 2015

Lavinia Stamps - March Challenge......

Morning all, from a very sunny, but windy Wiltshire. It looks very bracing out there today, but think I'll stay in and much more fun! We have a new grandchild due this week, so thought I'd better catch up on blogging etc, and maybe ever 'get ahead of myself', that's ever going to happen!
Anyway, as always, on the 2nd day of each month, our new LAVINIA STAMPS challenge has started......the prize is a fabulous £40 to spend on Lavinia products. All you have to do is use Lavinia stamps on your creation, and upload it to either the challenge blog, or by email. Simples.
This month the theme is 'ADD SOME GEMS'

All card stock used is from
Mainly white smooth and white linen, mounted onto black smooth card.

All backgrounds were made using Tim Holtz Distress Stain and cling-film. (such an effective technique)

I only used 2 stamps on each card, plus a sentiment, as wanted to keep the backgrounds 'unfussy' (is that even a word?)

Stamps used were:-
Zen Thistle - here
Butterflies - here
Wishing Tree - here
Dandelions - here
Sentiment - here

Well, hope you've enjoyed looking at my DT creations......why not checkout the rest of the DT blogs for masses more inspiration.
Catch you soon, Barbara xx 
I'm entering these cards into the following challenges :-

Friday, 20 February 2015

Chippenham Craft Workshop - February 15th

Hi everyone.....well, my promise to blog more didn't last long, but I have lots to show you over the next few days, so watch this space. Today I just want to show you the pics from my workshop ladies.....we had a fab day on Sunday, the standard of the creations was brilliant......
Some peeps travelled for over 2 hours to attend....
Clare Messenger (  CRAFTY CLAREY ) did a fab demo using Brusho's and salt! Must try this technique myself next week.
So here are the pics, quite a few, sorry ....

This is the stunning Swallowtail butterfly from Stampin'Up
All the butterflies and backgrounds with coloured with

It's fabulous that EVERY one of them is different.

The card on the top right of the pic was made by an 11 year old girl.....well done Sophie Messenger xx

Various stamps were used on these cards....from
Visible Image
Lavinia Stamps

Some fabulous creations,
Well done ladies
See you on 14th March xx

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Lavinia Stamps - February Challenge.....

Hi everyone, hope you're staying nice and warm! 
We're just back from a weekend staying with lovely friends in Scotland, but boy,  was it cold up there. However , it IS Winter, so of course it will be cold.....
Anyway, onto this month's challenge at
As always, the prize is a fabulous £40 of goodies from their online shop.
You don't even have to have a blog to enter, you can do it by email! Follow the link on the challenge blog page  ( HERE )
So, here are my DT cards.....the theme this month is BRIGHT and you think they're bright enough??

All card stock on these projects is from 
I've used white hammered, smooth black and yellow.

This butterfly is my all-time favourite ....EVER!
I've coloured the background with Pan Pastels.

 White linen, inked, then mounted onto black smooth card.

I bought a few new Lavinia Stamps last week, and as soon as they arrived, I popped into my craft room and made this little card. Love these new stamps.
Pan Pastel background, mounted onto black, then white linen.
So, what do you think? Bright enough??
Thanks for popping by today, catch you all soon,
Barbara xx
Don't forget to checkout the fab inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, by logging into the challenge blog, ( link above )

Monday, 26 January 2015

Another fab offer from Papermilldirect......

Hi everyone.....good to see you here again.
Tonight I have cards to show you which feature the new 'special offer' at
These great offers are coming thick and fast from Papermilldirect at the moment....make sure you're signed up for their newsletter to avoid missing anything!
 Teddy Bear Brown card - 300gsm - small box £6
These are my DT cards, using the special offer.

Teddy bear brown, cream hammered and mocha brown card, stamps from Lavinia Stamps and Stamp-It, Australia.

Teddy bear brown, cream linen and mocha brown card, stamps from Sheena Douglas, coloured with Brusho's, and a leaf punch from Martha Stewart..

Teddy bear brown and cream hammered card. The reverse side of the hammered card has been coloured with Brusho's.....the lovely sentiment stamp is from Visible Image.

I'll be back soon with a few new cards, in the meantime, checkout this weeks competition on the Papermilldirect blog