My lovely followers x

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

Friday, 1 August 2014

New 'special offer' from Papermill......

Morning all, how's things?
Have you been over to the fabulous, brand-new PAPERMILL website yet?......( HERE ) It's full of gorgeous products....envelopes, papers, and top-quality cardstock in some amazing colours. (good cardstock helps make your creations look so much more proffessional ). Pop over and checkout the weekly 'Special Offers', there's always some bargains to be had.
This week, it's a mixture of lovely summer colours.....In the box you will get Bright Orange, Raspberry Pink, Pale Turquoise, Dark Violet, Daffodil Yellow and Ocean Blue.....a 'midi-box' for only £21.60 which is a saving of 10%. Of course there are lots more offers on the site, so hope you can find time to have a little look.
These are my DT projects, using some of the special-offer cardstock....

Bird mobile.....using lots of summer colours. the sun was too bright on the day I took this pic, so the colours don't show up too well.

I wanted this card to use 'rainbow' colours,

On this little set of cards I used the large daisy stamps, and coloured inkpads all from 

Hope you like these projects.....I'll be back soon with the new challenge from Lavinia starts tomorrow x
I'm entering these projects into the following challenges :-
Art Impressions
Stampotique Designs
Kraftin' Kimmi
Deep Ocean Challenge

Monday, 28 July 2014

Oak House Studio, and Lavinia Stamps challenge finishing soon........

Morning everyone......just a quick post to remind you that the challenges at 
are coming to an end on 31st still time to get your entries in......
A MASSIVE £40 prize from both companies, for the winner, so what are you waiting of??
The theme for the Oak House Studio is 'Wedding', so this could be a wedding card / stationery /or anything 'weddingy'.....if that's even a word LOL
These are my DT projects....

All cardstock, on every project, from 
Large 'Walesby Heart', sentiment stamps and Colour Chemistry Inks from

 A simple stationery set using 'Mountain Ash' stamp, Rose inkpad, and embossing powder from Oak House Studio.
Sentiments were computer generated.

The Lavinia Stamps challenge theme is 'Summer Colours'.....this was one of my DT projects.
Hope you can all find time to still join in these challenges....they both finish on 31st, so no time to waste.
Catch you soon, with details of a new promotion from PAPERMILL....
Barbara xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

Christmas in July.....another great offer from Papermill

Morning all, hope you're well, and surviving the heat....never happy, are we??
I have a very quick post today showing my first Christmas card of the year......very strange thinking of snow, in 26 degrees.....
Anyway, for those who like to get ahead on Christmas crafting, PAPERMILL have a great offer this week.
Small Box (approximately 80 Sheets) only £5.73
Mid Box (approximately 260 Sheets) only £17.00
This is a fab offer and a chance to start early on Christmas plans.....I only got one card finished this week, don't know where the time is going at the mo, however I'll have a few things to show you in my next blog.
Don't forget to pop over and grab this offer, before it sells out,
Catch you soon
Barbara xx
There are some great inspirational projects from the rest of the DT, here are their blog deets xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Oak House much going on!

Morning everyone, just a quick post, before I go into my craft room for the day.....
Wanted to say a big thanks to Lynnda Worsnop at OAK HOUSE STUDIO for another brilliant 'One Stamp' Challenge over the last weekend. This is where everyone used just ONE stamp, to create as many projects, cards, boxes etc, as possible ....this time it was the Walesby Heart HERE, and oh, there was sooooooooooo much inspiration from just this one stamp. Tons of pics on the Oak House Studio blog, and on the new facebook page HERE....please pop over and check it out if you have time.
These were the cards I made for the challenge

ALL cardstock from
ALL inks, embossing powders, and stamps from 
Oak House Studio

I wanted you think this 'fits the bill'??

Needed a few thank you cards for my Craft Fair boxes....these were so simple to make.

Hope you like these cards.....I'll be back soon with my DT cards for the brand new challenge at Oak House Studio....this time the theme is WEDDINGS. don't forget to pop over and checkout the blog xx