My lovely followers x

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


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

New 'Special Offer' from Papermilldirect......

Evening all, and welcome to my new followers...thanks for popping by.
Tonight I just wanted to tell you about this weeks 'SPECIAL OFFER' from
20 Sheets of A4 Harvest Buckram Embossed Card 270gsm. for only £4.00
Gorgeous textured cardstock, that will add a quality finish to any project.....
This isn't a texture we find very often at Papermill, so grab it while you can!
Here is my DT card.....

I cut the birds with an Impression Obsession die, from scraps of inked cardstock.
(look at the close-up texture of the buckram cardstock)

I've then used an X-cut heart die, a Cheery Lynn flourish and a tag sentiment from Lili of the Valley. 
All double-mounted onto Papermilldirect cream 'hammered' and Mocha brown plain.
What do you think??
That's all for now, but I'll be back tomorrow with a lampshade that I've 'altered'.....catch you soon,
Barbara xx

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Chippenham Workshop - January 10th

Hi everyone,  before showing the pics of my last workshop, I wanted to upload a couple of Valentine cards today, using black cardstock, which is on offer this week at
20 Sheets of A4 black card, 250gsm for only £4.00
(fabulous quality)

I've used a Silhouette Studio, cutting file on this card, with black and post-box red cardstock.

 The background on this card has been done with Pan Pastels on smooth white cardstock from 
I've used a Silhouette Studio cutting file for the trees and deer, a sentiment stamp from LOTV and bird stamp from LAVINIA STAMPS

Hope you like them....the black card is wonderful quality, so pop over and check it out at Papermilldirect.

Here are the pics from the Jan.10th workshop....we had a fab day and the creations were amazing.
(Tons of photos to look at )

Sheena Douglas stamps used here.....
 I first saw this idea at one of EILEEN GODWIN'S workshops....Eileen kindly said I could use it in one of MY workshops, so thanks, mate xx

All backgrounds were Pan Pastels. Stamps from,
Lavinia Stamps, IndigoBlu, Little Claire, Impression Obsession, and Inkylicious.

As above

Jean  and  Marion

Vicky's bum.....Steph and Sarah


Louise, Janet and Hazel.

Hazel, Lesley and Heather.

Ena and Lindi.
Until Lindi joined my first workshop in August, she'd never made a card in her life.....she's now doing orders for the whole family!
 Emily and Carolyn (above)

Vicky and Jean

Fab cards, fab colours.

All beautiful.

More gorgeousness!

 Well, that's it for now, apologies for the photo overload, but didn't want to miss anyone out....

Catch you all soon,

Barbara xx

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Pan Pastels meet White Linen......

Hi everyone, just a quick post to show one of the samples I made for my workshop last Saturday (pics to follow on Thursday).....I was demonstrating Pan Pastels this month, and I'd actually forgotten how lovely they are to use.
This is just a very simple CAS card, made with PAPERMILLDIRECT white linen cardstock. I've covered a small square of card with various colours of Pan Pastels then used a Papermania stamp over the top. I stamped the butterfly again, cut it out and covered it with Glossy Accents. A small Sheena Douglas sentiment stamp and voila! Easy peasy....
So, I'll be back on Thursday with pics from the workshop and details of a new special offer from Papermilldirect. hope you will pop back then,
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
Through the Craftroom Door
Top Tip Tuesday
My Craft Creations
Pan Pastel UK