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Thursday, 2 July 2015

JULY challenge from Lavinia Stamps.....

Morning everyone, hope you're managing to stay cool....we've just returned from a few nice days in Edinburgh, but boy, was it humid up there!
Anyway, today is the start of the July challenge from 
The theme this month is 'Flowers', and as usual, the prize is a fab £40 of products from Lavinia Stamps. If you don't have a blog, you can enter by email, by following the link from the challenge blog HERE
Here is my DT project for this challenge.

As always, I've used card stock from
White 'super-smooth' - 300gsm.
A heavy card is needed for this type of project.

I used an old template to cut out the shape of the tissue-box, then scored and folded where necessary. The template needed to be cut twice, to make 4 sides.

I only joined one edge, to enable me to stamp on a flat surface.
Then I covered the complete piece with BRUSHO paints and allowed to dry thoroughly.

Next,  I used various LAVINIA stamps, working along the flat surface, from one end to the other.
A couple of die-cuts,  a white pen for highlighting, and the box was ready to assemble.
These are my fave colours, of course, but I also wanted a light (ish) background to show off the fab stamps.

Well, hope you like it.....if you have time, pop over to the rest of the team blogs, listed on my blog side-bar, there is some fantastic inspiration there.

Just want to remind you of this week's Papermilldirect 'special offer', too.....
At 315gsm this is a lovely heavy card with an embossing that we don't normally have in coloured card.
This comes in a small A4 box of approximately 70 - 75 sheets for only £3.96

Catch you all soon,
Barbara x

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Time for another Papermilldirect 'Special Offer'.......

Hi everyone, it's that time of the week again, when PAPERMILLDIRECT
release details of another great offer......this week it's
White 'felt embossed' 210 gsm
A4 - small box - £4.50 - approx 80 sheets
A4 - midi box - £13.00 - approx 260 sheets
Here are my DT samples for this gorgeous card stock.....

I've used black smooth, and white 'felt' card stock for this card, along with two lovely stamps from
Such an easy card to make.

Same products on this card, with the 'Chinese Lantern' stamp from Lavinia Stamps and a little sentiment from Kirsty Wiseman
Clean and Simple!

 The theme this week for the Papermilldirect DT was 'party invites' .
These ones are simple enough for a child to help with.

Look at the beautiful texture on this white 'felt, embossed' card stock, isn't it lovely?
Well that's it for today....don't forget to pop over to Papermilldirect and checkout the special offers. This white card stock doesn't hang around for long.
Barbara xx

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

It's time for another Papermilldirect offer

Hi everyone, and a big welcome to my new followers.....
Today sees the next 'Special Offer' from 
Our DT theme this week at Papermilldirect is 'Thank You' cards from kids.
I made a quick set of cards using scraps of various colours (I never throw scraps away!)

I'll list the colours I've used below.
The letters were cut with an X-cut alphabet die, but kids can simply write the letters by hand, if they want to do everything themselves.

Doesn't the texture of the white hammered card stock look fab?
A little bit of butchers twine on the bunting and job done!

Colours used are daffodil yellow, lime green, post-box red, raspberry pink, baby-blue, baby-pink, dark violet, teal and smooth black.....all from Papermilldirect, of course.
The weekly 'SPECIAL OFFER' is an
A4 Small Box Violet card 300gsm
This beautiful card is a very similar shade to our very popular Dark Violet card, but at 300gsm it is a must have for those of you who like their card a little thicker!
Approximately 70 - 75 sheets for the amazing price of £5.28
Hope you can find time to pop over to PAPERMILLDIRECT and checkout the range of'll be spoilt for choice... 
Back soon with some pics from Saturday's CHIPPENHAM WORKSHOP.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

One die....5 quick cards.

Morning again....whoohoo, 2 posts in 2 days, I must have some time on my hands, haha.
My post on the PAPERMILLDIRECT INSPIRE BLOG has gone can find it HERE . It would be great if you could pop over and leave a comment.
The theme for the blog was Quick Cards, and you can't get much quicker than 5 cards in 30 minutes!
These are the cards I've made with just ONE die.....sorry can't remember where I bought the die from, or the company who makes it, but I'm sure someone will help me out with the name ......

All card stock is from 
White hammered, white linen, dark violet, daffodil yellow, black, and lime green.
 Don't forget to checkout their weekly

Just a simple die-cut, from black, and mounted onto a scrap
of inked card left over from another project.

These are the fabulous TEDDY-BEAR blooms from
All handcrafted by Lu, and so many variations to choose from.....pop over and check them out!

Ink dusted background with a white die-cut plonked on the top....can't get much simpler than that!
The sentiments are from an old set of stamps I bought off a group, years ago. LOTV sell similar ones.

And finally, another 5 minute card to make, using the gorgeous buttons from
Most of Emily's button are only 10p each, and they are fabulous quality. Such a fantastic range of designs too.

Hope you've enjoyed looking at my 'quick and easy' cards.....I'll be back on Friday with more Petal Lu creations.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Lavinia Stamps new challenge - Any Colour You Like!......

Morning everyone, from a very wet, cold and miserable Wiltshire....hope it's a bit better where you are.
Today sees the start of the June challenge at
The theme this month is 'USE ANY COLOUR YOU WANT', so get out your stamps and inks....and create!
The prize, as usual, is £40 of Lavinia Stamps products, and don't worry if you haven't got a can now enter by cool is that?!
Here are my DT samples...

ALL card stock is from
I've inked through a stencil, then used stamps,
'Nissa', 'fern leaf' and 'fairy wishes'.
Some Rangers 'stickles', a charm and a scrap of ribbon and voila!


Stamps used on this tag are 'autumn leaf' set and 'the world is full of beauty' sentiment.
Various coloured inks and a little bit of masking for the hills. 
A very simple tag to make.

Well, hope you will have time to create something for the challenge....pop over to the challenge blog HERE to checkout the rest of the DT inspiration.

Back soon with new updates for Papermilldirect 'weekly special offer' and 'halfway inspiration' for the new PETAL LU challenge.
Barbara x
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Card Mania
Crafting from the Heart
Craft Your Passion
Not just cards
Crafty Calendar


Saturday, 30 May 2015

New Papermill offer and some Quick Cards....

Hi everyone, I'm back again with details of the latest 'special offer' from
This week it's a gorgeous Light Ivory pearlised paper, 120gsm (fabulous for inserts and wedding stationery)
Small box - 160 A4 sheets approx - £13.20
Midi box - 520 A4 sheets appox. - £30.00

The theme for the DT this week was  'Quick and Easy' cards, and they don't come much quicker than this.....

One die from Memory Box (Shrewsbury Stem)
White hammered & baby-pink card stock from
A sentiment stamp (company unknown, but LOTV sell similar).....
and a few gems.

 Same die as above....
White hammered, lime green and raspberry pink card stock from
A sentiment stamp tag,  Rangers 'Stickles', and a small piece of butchers twine.

Same as above two, with the addition of dark violet card stock.
Well, that's it for today, hope you like these simple cards, great for knocking up in a hurry.
I'll be back over the weekend with another set of 'quick cards', using a different die. Hope you will pop back then.
ps....Papermilldirect have quite a few 'special offers' on at the moment, why not pop over and check them out?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Get ya sunglasses on........

Hi everyone, how's it going ? Hope you're having a nice, sunny day! I've been crafting with my friend Jean this afternoon, trying out my new Gelli Plate. The only thing we made was...... a mess! LOL
Definitely more practice needed, unfortunately.
Anyway, last Sunday Jean and I went to a workshop hosted by Visible Image, and expertly demo'd by my Lavinia Stamps teamie, Pauline Butcher. We had a lovely day.....but it passed tooooooooo quickly.
These are the projects I made......I love them!

Brusho background.
The horse in this tag and the next, were heat embossed to make them 'pop'

This is a brusho background too, mounted onto black card stock from PAPERMILLDIRECT
All stamps from Visible Image.
These are my favourite colours, of course....being a Leo!

The background on this card was created with distress inks .
The feather was heat-embossed, then 'fussy-cut'.

I love these cards, they are even more vibrant in real life.
Hope you like them too.
Back soon with a couple more creations with VI stamps.
Barbara x

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