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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

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