My lovely followers x

Wednesday 31 July 2013

Have you entered the Oak House Studio competition??

Morning all, and welcome to my new followers....hope you enjoy looking at what I create.
Thank you all so much for all the fab comments on my previous posts, I love reading them.
Today I just have a very quick post, to remind you about the Oak House Studio finishes tonight!
Lovely Lynnda, of OHS is giving one lucky 'commentor' the chance to win SIX bottles of the fabulous Colouir Chemistry inks.
All you have to do is leave a comment on any of the July posts HERE to be in with a chance to win.
Here is another card made with the 'citrus' shades....they really do rival any other makes of ink on the market at the moment....I LOVE them!
All cardstock from Papermill, and inks & stamps from Oak House Studios. (sentiment from LOTV)
Well that's it for today, I'll be back tomorrow with my DT samples for the new Lavinia Stamps challenge.
Hope you can pop back then,

Thursday 25 July 2013

Don't Forget The Lavinia Challenge......

Evening all.  Hey, get me....blogging 2 days running! 
This is another quickie though, just to remind you about the Lavinia Stamps challenge.....have you got your entry in yet?? The prize is a HUGE £40 worth of products.
You don't need to own hundreds of Lavinia stamps & you don't have to be an experienced crafter either.  The card below has been made with ONE set of stamps, and the sentiment.
So, come on everyone, what are you waiting of.....get busy!
Checkout the Lavinia challenge blog  HERE

All the cardstock is from
Special offer this weekend is FREE POSTAGE
on orders over £25 @ Papermill
Inks are from the Colour Chemistry range,  by

Hope you like the bright colours, ( I love them )
And, I love the sentiment too,  it typifies Alan & I
Catch you all soon, have a great weekend.

Wednesday 24 July 2013

Fit for a Prince.......or Princess!

Afternoon everyone, from a very (still) hot Wiltshire....we haven't had the promised rain, and it's sweltering.
Just a very, very quick post today, as I'm helping in the shop again, and then going straight to baby-sit our beautiful little Eva. Lots of cuddles for me tonight......
Todays cards were made a few weeks ago when I was thinking 'babies'!  What better time to blog them, than after the new Prince has arrived?
I made a few to go into my stock boxes....they've since sold, so customers must be liking the CAS effect at the moment.

All cards made with white 'hammered' cardstock from

The 'girl' and 'boy' dies are from Sizzix, I've had them for years and never used them.

Computer generated sentiments.

 Jewels from stash.
That's it, what could be simpler?
Hope you like them

Well, that's all for today, said it was going to be a quick post, didn't I?
 Enjoy the rest of the week, catch up with you at the weekend.

Monday 22 July 2013

Last butterflies....for a while, anyway!

Afternoon everyone, hope you're keeping cool !
Before starting, I'd just like to thank everyone for all the comments on my last few cards (especially the green butterfly one) I love reading them, and appreciate each and every one xx
Just another quick post today, as I'm blogging between customers in the shop.
This is my last butterfly card for a while, as I have soooooooooooooo many new stamps and stencils to play with when I get the chance.
It's another card made purely with inks, stamps and embossing powders from 
And, of course, all cardstock is from 

This butterfly was another scrap from a previous card.

Such beautiful coloured inks.

I just added a piece of lace, a die-cut and a butterfly charm.
All the stamping has been heat-embossed, still one of my favourite techniques.

Catch you all in a day or two....enjoy the sun while it lasts.
Oh, and don't forget to pop over to the Oak House Studio blog, HERE to be in with a chance of winning a fab selection of inks xx
 Barbara xx
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
Penny Black
One Stop Craft Challenge
Alphabet Challenge Blog
Designs by Lisa
Creative Fingers
Make It Monday
My Craft Creations 

Friday 19 July 2013

Using Up My Citrus Scraps

Hi everyone,  here again with a very quick post. (hello to my new followers xx)
I just wanted to show a clean and simple card I made with my inked scraps.....( at this point I'll tell you that I NEVER throw away even the tiniest scrap of inked card which I've made myself....they all go into a box separate from all my other scraps )  The squares were cut out of the scraps from my last card (below), and stamped with the gorgeous large butterfly from Oak House Studio HERE 
I also inked the American seam binding, to match.
If you're sick of the sight of butterflies, don't worry.....I only have one more to show you after the weekend, haha

All cardstock is from 
it's their beautiful White Linen.
The butterfly,  sentiment  & Colour Chemistry inks are all available from Oak House Studio.

Hope you like it.
Don't forget to pop over to the OHS blog, & join in with the competition to win a selection of these gorgeous inks. The colours are fabulous xx
Have a great weekend

Wednesday 17 July 2013

Oak House Studio Sample

Hi everyone, thanks for popping by today......still enjoying the heat??
I'm in Adam's shop today.... we sell pet supplies and judging by the amount of flea treatments/sprays I'm selling, it looks as if the heat has made every flea in the area suddenly wake up, YUK! However, business is booming on these products, so I'm happy....good ol' fleas! haha
Anyway, todays card is made using products from 

All cardstock from 
 Colour Chemistry Inks in
Citrus Lime
Citrus Yellow
Peacock Green
All found 

I've used 
White embossing powder
and stamps, English Garden and 3 Butterflies

What do you think then?? Aren't these colours fabulous?
Well that's it for today, I'll be back with another OHS sample tomorrow. Until then, enjoy the sun xx

I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
Joanna Sheen
Through the Craftroom Door
Tuesday Throwdown
Created with Love
House Of Gilli
Imagination Crafts
Incy wincy Designs
Make It Mondays
My Craft Creations
Rhedd and Rosie

Monday 15 July 2013

New Papermill 'Special Offer'

Good morning everyone, welcome to my new followers......hope everyone is enjoying the heat. Anyone sick of it yet??
Well today sees another blog post for 
to promote their latest 'Special Offers'
Why not pop over HERE, to checkout the fab 'specials' this week.
Here are the cards I made with the 'White Felt Embossed' and 'White Leather'

All cardstock from
I like the 'drama' of this card, with the black & pink on bright white.
The flower is a Sizzix die, and leaves are Spellbinder dies.

The butterflies and yellow/green 'mat' were punched from cardstock which has been inked with colours from the 'Colour Chemistry' range from
(there's a fab competition running at the mo on the OHS blog....why not pop over and check it out )

This card is using the 'Leather Effect' cardstock, it's so versatile.

The 'Love' is a brass stencil, used with Sweet Poppy white embossing paste and sprinkled with Glamourdust whilst still wet.
A little heart charm finishes it off.

Well that's it, for now, I'll be back later with some samples for 
but untl then, enjoy the sun

Thursday 11 July 2013

Gift for Teacher??

Morning all, just a quick post from me today as I'm home trying to catch up on all the washing, ironing & changing beds etc, then off into my craft room, hopefully. Not bothered that the sun is breaking the pavements, it's crafting for me today.
The girls at PAPERMILL DIRECT asked the DT to make a few little gift idea for children to give their teachers at the end of term......I thought these little bookmarks were a cheap & cheerful gift, although if the teacher was 'incredible' a bottle of Vino could be added, LOL (Got to say at this point, that I had no time for teachers whilst my youngest son Adam was making his way through school....almost every one said he made no effort, and would only be carried through life by his smile, so consequently he got little or no encouragement from them.....HOWEVER....he went on to get a University Degree and now has THREE businesses....I rest my case!) ( no offence to any teachers reading this, maybe Adam just didn't have the right ones)
Anyway, here is what I came up with....... Don't forget to pop over to the Papermill blog and see what else the DT have made, there's some fab inspiration x

All cardstock is from
and this one has been coloured with Pan Pastels and stamped with 2 foliage stamps from
The sentiment is computer generated.

These gorgeous inks are part of the Colour Chemistry range from
the lovely Lynnda at
I LOVE them!
Again, the stamps are a selection from 

This last one is using 
and a lovely selction of stamps, also from
The ribbon has been coloured to match.

Hope you like these little gifts, let me know what you think.
Catch you all in a couple of days, enjoy the continuing good weather.....

Monday 8 July 2013

Where has the last week gone......?

Hiya everyone, hope you're all enjoying this fab weather....we shouldn't be surprised though, it is Summer after all ;-)
I had a great day on Saturday at Newbury Racecourse, with my lovely cyber-friend, Elaine (Elaine and I met on facebook, and meet up whenever we can, along with our 'partners in crime' Joan and Janet ) was the Artstamps Exhibition......we spent loads of money on stamps, stencils & inks etc. now I just need to find time to use it all.
We said hello to Tracey & Kev from Lavinia Stamps and Lucy from Sweet Poppy Stencils, and of couse bought loads from their stands ;-)
Anyway todays cards were made to show that you don't need to have thousands of Lavinia stamps to join in with the challenges. Clean and Simple cards can be made with one or two stamps, as you can see here.

All cardstock from 
coloured with Pan Pastels
Sentiment - Sheena Douglas
Foliage Stamps - LAVINIA STAMPS

This card uses just ONE  Lavinia stamp, 
Creeping vine, 

Last but not least, this card is made using the Fuchsia  
The gorgeous inked background is made with Colour Chemistry Inks from 
I love all the new colours, they're so this space, lots more samples for OHS coming soon!

Well, that's it for today....don't forget to pop over to Lavinia Stamps Challenge Blog - HERE and enter the challenge....the prize is a whopping £40 to spend on Lavinia stamps!
Please leave a comment if you've enjoyed looking xx
Barbara x

Monday 1 July 2013

Lavinia Stamps - Challenge No.5

Morning everyone, from a very sunny Bath.....I'm in the pet shop today working, so if it takes me ages to write this post, it means I'm busy with customers....Yay!
Anyway, today sees the start of Challenge No.5 over at the wonderful
The prize is a MAHOOSIVE £40 to spend on Lavinia products, and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is to create something with a DIE-CUT or PUNCH, using their stamps.
Here is my Design Team creation for this challenge

This card was made with 'white linen' cardstock from
and coloured with Pan Pastels. (Papermill card covers beautifully with PP's!)
I've used Spellbinders Grand Scallops and 2 sizes of Classic Circles, and of course my beautiful Lavinia Stamps.
The ribbon was coloured with PP's too, a little Glossy Accents on the flowers, and tiny sentiments from LOTV finish it off.
I've got to admit I LOVE this card, 'cos it's MY fave colours .... hot & firey (just like me, LOL)
Hope you like it.....don't forget to pop over  HERE to checkout the rest of the DT creations, there's some real 'works of art'!
Catch you all in a day or so.
Barbara xx
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges :-