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Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Lavinia Stamps Challenge for December....

Morning all, and welcome to the very last LAVINIA STAMPS challenge of the year....can't believe we'll soon be into 2015!
The challenge for December is ADD A FLOWER .....and all we want you to do is make something with either Lavinia Stamps or Lavinia Dies, and include a flower/flowers on it....easy peasy!
The prize for the winner ( chosen by ) is a fabulous £40 voucher to spend on the Lavinia website.
Here is my DT card for this challenge...
 The background on this card is coloured with Pan Pastels....I love the vibrancy of it.
I've used FAIRY HOUSE and BELIEVE stamps,  Tattered Flower die from Sizzix and Leaf Flourish from Marianne.
A bit of Glamourdust and some sequins and 'Voila'!
Hope you like it.....
Back soon with a review of the year from Oak House Studio, and pics of my Saturday workshop.
Barbara xx
Don't forget to checkout the inspiration from the rest of the DT, it's amazing! xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

A very simple 'tag' tutorial for Oak House Studio

Hi everyone, back again, with a very easy tag tutorial for OAK HOUSE STUDIO
While doing some 'winter' themed projects for the November challenge, I unearthed some stamps I hadn't used for a while....CHRISTMAS WREATH SET 

I have lots of Oak House Studio white tags, but typically couldn't find them for this project, so had to cut some....
I've used white linen from
1)  I stamped the branches using Green Oak inkpad, and the sentiment using black inkpad.

 2) Using Spring Green inkpad I stamped the cluster of holly leaves from the Christmas Wreath set, randomly over the branches.

 3) I then mixed some Green Oak inkpad with Peridot acrylic ink together to make a darker shade, and over-stamped with a single holly leaf.

4) I painted in a few holly berries with Valentine Red inkpad and an aquabrush.
When they were dry, I dotted 'Glossy Accents' over the berries, to give them a bit of shine.

5) A bit of red metallic cord, and done!

 I liked the effect so much, I made a couple of cards to match....
Well, that's all for now, catch you soon,
Don't forget to get your entry into the Winter Challenge....
There's a fab prize of £40 for the winner, and also a personalised stamp for the back of your cards!

Monday, 10 November 2014

'Winter' challenge at Oak House Studio......

Evening all....just popped by to tell you of the new November challenge at 
The theme this month is WINTER.
Just make a card or two, with stamps from Oak House Studio, and enter the challenge....the prize for the winner is £40 worth of products.
Here are a couple of DT cards for inspiration....

This is a shaker card .
All cardstock from 
White embossing powder, cobalt blue inkpad, snowflake set, sentiment and beech tree stamps from Oak House Studio

Stamps and cardstock as above.

Why not pop over to the Oak House blog, and find out what the rest of the DT have been making, there's lots of inspiration.
Catch you soon,

Thursday, 6 November 2014

New Special Offer from Papermilldirect....

Hi everyone, it's time for another 'Special Offer' from
This lovely Biscuit card, at 240gsm is available in a small sized box (approximately 80 A4 sheets) for the mouth watering price of only £5.50.  
I've used my Silhouette Portrait for this DT work, thanks to some new friends from a lovely little craft shop in Trowbridge, Wiltshire called EMBOSS & BEAD ......the ladies have kindly helped and persuaded me to use the machine which has sat new, in it's box for 8 months!
This is the very first project done on the SP, a very simple idea, but I'm thrilled to bits with it, LOL
I've used PAPERMILL cardstock in white linen, BISCUIT, brown and red.....and lovely little snowflake stamps from OAK HOUSE STUDIO to decorate the box. 
What do you think???
I'll be back over the weekend with details of a great new challenge from Oak House Studio, but until then, happy crafting.

Sunday, 2 November 2014

New Lavinia Stamps challenge - Snow and Sparkle

Evening all, hope you've had a great weekend, so far. 
I've been busy with TWO workshops, so I've had a fab weekend, spent with lots of crafty friends, new and old.
 I'll show photos from the workshops in a day or so, but first onto the new challenge at 
This month the theme is
There is a £40 prize for the winner of the Lavinia challenge, the only stipulation is that you use Lavinia Stamps....simples!
Here are my DT cards.

ALL cardstock from

Imagine a super, frosty day, bright sunshine, and crisp snow.....

Now, imagine a cold, crisp evening, with a full moon.....

Twit twoo!
The pine trees stamp is one of my most favourites...of all time!
Why not pop over to the Lavinia challenge blog,
You can enter the challenge by email, if you haven't got a blog.
Catch you all in a day or so.
Barbara x

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween........

Happy Halloween....
I HATE 'All Hallow's Eve'......simply can't understand why peeps would want to promote death, ghosts, ghouls, and torture etc.
This is the only card I have made.....from necessity.
Super-smooth and black cardstock from PAPERMILL
Red acrylic ink from OAK HOUSE STUDIO
Computer generated sentiment.
Enjoy the evening, if it's your type of thing.
Back soon with something nicer,
Barbara xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Guest Spot for Try it on Tuesday

Morning all, just a quick little post from me today......
A few weeks ago I entered a tag into a challenge at TRY IT ON TUESDAY .....and won ;-) I was asked to do a 'guest spot' for today's blog (thank you ladies).....the theme is Autumn.
Why not pop over to TIOT, and join in the fun.....?
Here is the tag I made....

I've used a few different coloured inkpads from 
The leaf stamps are from
Sentiment from
Cream 'hammered' cardstock from
I quite like this tag, the colours appeal to me.
Hope you like it too....
Catch you soon,
Barbara x