My lovely followers x

Friday 31 May 2013

New 'Special Offer' from Papermill.....

Morning everyone......the sun is shining, whoohoo!
Thanks for popping back to checkout the latest 'Special Offer' from
Today sees the start of a great offer on some lovely cream card...... It's 270 gsm and you can get a small A4 box right now for only £5 !
Why not sign-up for the Papermill newsletter, that way you'll get all the special offers direct to your inbox.
I've made 3 cards to show how nice it is.....the colour varies due to the light at the time of photographing, it's a really lovely rich cream colour in real life.

Various embossing folders (it embosses beautifully)
Butterlies are the new stamps from 

Here I've inked and stamped with Distress Inks and stamp from Tim Holtz. The word stamp is from Inkylicious

This card is simply made with Papermill cardstock, a Sheena Douglas sentiment stamp, and gorgeous flowers from 
(all handmade, in tons of different must check them out!)

Don't forget to pop over to the PapermillDirect blog HERE to checkout the other DT creations.
I'll be back tomorrow with my Lavinia DT samples.
I'm entering these cards into the following challenges :-
Milk Coffee Challenge
My Heart Pieces
Five Simple Things 

Sunday 26 May 2013

Hedging my bets........

Morning everyone, hope the sun is shining wherever you's a fantastic day here in Wiltshire.
My lovely sis-in-law Ros, is staying with us and Nick, Emma and Eva are coming over for a Sunday roast, so we're in for a great day.
Well, I'm hedging my bets at the mo, 'cos 2 lots of Nick & Em's old Uni pals are awaiting the arrival of first babies any time now. Thought I'd make a couple of simple cards whilst I had time......Might get to use them both, if the right babies appear, if not, I'll just have to do a 'quick-make'!
I saw a similar idea somewhere on the internet. Not sure if it was Pinterest or a blog, so sorry that I can't link back.

The white linen cardstock is from 
(of course!)
The gorgeous flowers are from 
(so pretty)

The patterned papers are from my stash.

All the dies are from 

Sentiments are computer generated.

Hope you like these little cards.....please leave a comment if you've enjoyed visiting.
Catch you all tomorrow.

Thursday 23 May 2013

Papermill Direct - Special Offer - Don't Miss It!

Morning everyone, thank you for popping back to my blog, 
and a big welcome to this weeks new followers.
Todays cards are the first special creations made for 
 The Peppermint coloured card I've used is on  SPECIAL OFFER, starting today, while stocks last. Please keep checking back to the Papermill site, as I'm not sure of the exact time the offer goes 'live'.
The pics don't do the colour justice, it's gorgeous......240gsm in either A4 or A3, for larger projects.
Pop over to the website for further details HERE
There are lots of offers coming over the next few weeks.....if you don't want to miss out, why not sign up for the Papermill newsletter,  HERE and you'll get the special offers direct to your email inbox.

Double sided coloured card, embosses beautifully!

Smooth surface for a lovely finish

Card is dyed throughout, there is no white core, so great for these roses. The French navy is from Papermill too, I thought it was a nice contrast.

Cuts fine through a die-cutter and punch, and stamps beautifully.

Hope you like the cards I've made with this lovely peppermint green cardstock. Don't forget to checkout the SPECIAL OFFER

Hope you can leave a comment, if you've visited, I appreciate them all so much.
Back soon
Barbara xx

I'm entering these cards into the following challenges :-
Milk Coffee Challenge
Creative Belli Blog
Fab 'n' funky
Fresh Brewed Blog
Rhedd and Rosie
Perfect Sentiments

Tuesday 21 May 2013

Hello again to my Pan Pastels!

Evening all, hope you had a good day, and managed to fit a sneaky bit of crafting in......
I managed to get 5 cards done by about 3 pm, so very pleased about that. Then my gorgeous daughter-in-law, Emma came over for tea with baby Eva.  Everything is put on hold for Eva, but I'd much rather be cuddling her, that crafting ;-)

 Anyway, just a short post tonight to show a couple of todays makes, both very similar but slightly different backgrounds.
I've kept these very, very simple, without even a sentiment, I really don't think they need anything else....what do you think??

Both backgrounds made with Pan Pastels, stamps from Lavinia Stamps and Stamp-it. I've matted onto black then white linen cardstock from 
(Watch out for a special offer coming from Papermill in a day or so!)

Well, that's it for tonight folks....I'll be back on Thursday with details of the Papermill special offer.
Bye for now,
I'm entering these cards into the following challenges :-
Anything Goes Challenge
Bearly Mine
Our Daily Bread
Cards in Envy
The Cheerful Stamp Pad
Make It Mondays

Sunday 19 May 2013

What a great weekend.........

Evening everyone, and welcome back to my little piece of blogland.... 
A big hello to my new followers.
Hope you've all had a great weekend......mine has been fabulous!  I met up with loads of crafty friends in London and Kent......Janet Lofthouse, Elaine Maisey, Eileen Godwin and Zoe Russell, and had a fab day at Eileen's workshop with all the other lovely crafters. It was such good fun, and we laughed a lot! 
The card I'm showing tonight is one I made yesterday at the workshop.

I've used Pan Pastels on White Linen by  
Papermill .....see how lovely it is close-up, just like canvas.

 The Pan Pastels blend so well on the linen cardstock.
I've used Sheena Douglas stamps for the flowers.

I love these colours, and I'm quite pleased with the card itself....
Hope you like it.
Catch you soon

Sunday 12 May 2013

Happy birthday Alan......

Hello again everyone, thanks for calling in....hope you've had a great weekend, despite the weather.
It's my lovely man Alan's birthday today and we've had a fabby day with all the family here, including baby Eva......she is 4 weeks old tomorrow, can't believe where those weeks have gone! Life is so very busy at the moment.....
Anyway, I won't ramble on, just want to show you the cards I did for Alan.

 Alan certainly fills my life with colour, and more importantly, laughter!

Scraps of inky card...I never throw my inky bits away .

All cardstock is from Papermill Direct
The base card is 'hammered' white.

This card is from Finn to Alan ....the background is Pan Pastels.

My chocolate strawberries always come out on special occasions ;-)

Mmmmmmmmmm, they were scrummy!

Our gorgeous little Eva, she's even more scrummy than the choccie strawberries.
When they arrived, Eva was dressed beautifully, then alas she embarassed herself and had to be changed into a babygro. She looks lovely in anything though, I could squeeze her to bits!

Well, that's all for tonight, sorry it's been a long post....catch you all in a couple of days xx

I'm entering the first card into the following challenges :-
Totally Papercrafts
Addicted to CAS
Hiding In My Craftroom
Paper Creator's Crafts
The Crafting Cafe  (Lady luck certainly smiled on me the day I met Alan!)

Wednesday 8 May 2013

Happy Birthday Dave......

Good evening to all my followers, new & long-standing....thanks for popping in tonight.
I'd like to show you a card made for Emma's dad, Dave....he's 60 today and definitely wasn't looking forward to it....We have this bit of misery going on between us 'cos it's my turn in August, and neither of us want to be 60! haha
I made a card that didn't have a huge 60 on the front, as I think he probably had lots of these.......

Kraft, black and cream 'linen'  cardstock all from

 The 'wire' stamp is from Inkylicious, the wine set & scrolls are by Creative Expressions and the grunge corners are from LOTV

Central image cut with a Spellbinder label die.
Gorgeous 'fine detail' gold embossing powder from 

Computer generated sentiment.

The inside!
I coloured the image with Adirondack ink and promarkers.
Well, I sincerely hope Dave has had a fab day, with all the family, on doubt we'll go out next week to celebrate his 'milestone' birthday......and (not) look forward to mine!
Catch you all soon,
Barbara xx
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
My Craft Creations  (60th birthday)

Tuesday 7 May 2013

A Cheeky Little Card.....

Evening all, hope you've had a great Tuesday. It's been very hot in Wiltshire today, but I've still managed to get loads done....washing, ironing, gardening and I've made 2 cards and a tag. So, I'm feeling pretty happy with myself tonight ;-)
Anyway, this card is for the same customer as yesterdays post.......her daughter is 40 on Saturday, and to celebrate, she's doing the 'Moon Walk'. I thought the bra card would be perfect, 'cos I think they walk wearing their bra on show..... I've had the templates forever, but this is the first time I've used them.

I love animal print, and I used to have a bra similar to this.....That bloomin' fluff irritated me to bits!

This is the  reverse of the card, a sexy little thong! (haha)

The 'jewels' were part of an old necklace.
Well, that's it for tonight everyone, hope you like my fluffy little number!
Would love you to leave a comment if you've enjoyed looking.
( The customer loved the cards by the way )
Barbara xx
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-

Monday 6 May 2013

Happy Sunny Day........

Hi everyone, just popped in with a quick post for today, as we're going to have a ride out in the 'cabbie' (my gorgeous 'Summer' car ) it's such a fab day here in Wiltshire.
The card I'm showing today was an urgent order for a really good customer, and happy customers mean more orders, and dosh, of course ;-) so I didn't mind being in my craft room on Bank Holiday Sunday.

The 'white linen' and lilac cardstock is from
Look out for lots of new offers from Papermill coming soon

The charm is one of a batch I bought in Italy last year..... I'll be sad when they've all gone

I've used & blogged this design a few times, but still think it's a classy, elegant look, and seem to come back to it time after time, when I'm stuck for ideas.

Hope you like it enough to leave a comment, I appreciate them all.
Catch you tomorrow with a 'fun' card, made for the same customer as this one.
Enjoy the rest of your Bank Holiday 

Wednesday 1 May 2013

Lavinia Stamps - Challenge No. 3

Morning everyone, and a warm welcome to my new followers..Hope you're all enjoying some Spring weather wherever you are.
I'd like to thank you all for the wonderful messages and good wishes for our gorgeous little Eva, on my last post.  I was overwhelmed by the amount of followers who spared time to leave a comment and really appreciate them all xx
Anyway, today I'm showing you my design team card for the 3rd Lavinia Stamps Challenge....the theme this month is 
Please pop over to Lavinia Stamp challenge blog and checkout the's a gigantic £40!
I've chosen to use the 

White Linen, pink and brown cardstock, all from 
( as you know, I never use anything else )

I made the embossed background on a scoring board.

The sentiment is a wood-mounted stamp, but I can't remember where it came from, sorry.
  I've inked with TH distress ink, worn lipstick.

I really do like making simple cards, with lots of white on saying that, I also love getting messy and inky and filling the page with colour, so best of both worlds, I suppose ;)
Please pop over and see the rest of the design team creations, they're fab!
Catch you all soon.
Barbara xx