My lovely followers x

Thursday 29 August 2013

Fantastic New Papermill 'Special Offer'

Evening all, I'm back again with the latest offer from
Fantastic blue cardstock 270 gms and only £4.50 for approx 80 x A4 sheets.
This card is fab quality with no white core, which is what I love about it.....I'm not a big fan of navy blue, but this shade is really gorgeous, I'll certainly be using it again.
Checkout the offer at

The blue card is matted onto Papermill white linen.
I've used the Tim Holtz 'Tattered Flower' die and a Marianne leaf flourish.
I think the sentiment is by Sheena Douglas.

A few 'pearls' from my stash...job done! 
The cardstock doesn't need loads of 'stuff' thrown on it, it's lovely as a 'clean and simple' creation.

Hope you like it....don't forget to leave a comment if you've enjoyed looking, and also don't forget to pop over to the Papermill site to checkout this, and other special offers. 
Catch you soon, have a good weekend,

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Hurry......Lavinia Challenge SIX Ending Soon.

Hi all, hope you're enjoying a crafty day!
I have a very quick post for today to remind you that the Lavinia challenge ANYTHING GOES, finishes on 31st August at still time to get your entry in.
 'Anything Goes' is such a great theme, so come on, what are you waiting for??  
£40 for the winner....yeah!!

All cardstock from
Distress inks, and stamps from Lavinia Stamps and Stampendous (sentiment)
That's all for today....well I did say it was a quick post, didn't I?.....back on Friday with this weeks Papermill 'Special Offer'. 
Hope you can pop back then.

Thursday 22 August 2013

New Papermill Offer....

Evening all, hope you're having a good week so far......I have my lovely sis-in-law, Ros, down for a few days, 'cos Alan has gone to the Manx Grand Prix on the Isle of Man. Won't get much crafting done, but we'll have plenty of laughs.....
So a very quick post tonight just to promote this weeks 'Special Offer' from

The offer this week is for 'Dandy Embossed' white card 270gms.....An A4 small box for £5 (approx 75-80 sheets)
All cardstock from 

I quite like these CAS cards....there was absolutely no skill needed though so I'll probably make a batch of them for the Christmas craft fairs.
Well, that's all for now, hope you have a brilliant Bank Holiday weeknd.
Catch you soon.
Barbara xx

Friday 16 August 2013

A 'Hindu' Wedding Card....

Afternoon everyone, hope you've all had a good week. Mine has been very busy, as usual....the best bit being a whole morning of baby-sitting our gorgeous little Eva. She really is the most delicious little thing (when she's in a good mood, of course. haha)
Anyway, today I wanted to show you a card I was asked to make for a Hindu wedding. The request was 'bright' with lots of gold.....After checking out some pics on the 'net, I realised why the customer said this......Almost every card I saw was either shocking pink or red/orange/yellow.
I decided to stick with my fave colours then added a bit of bling with heat embossing. 

All cardstock is from PAPERMILL 
I have inked 'white linen' with a selection of colours from 
the Colour Chemistry range by
(fab inks!)

The flourish stamp is an old one, sorry not sure who  by, the gorgeous little stars are from 
All the 'fine detail' gold embossing powder is from 
Oak House Studio (link above)

The sentiment is computer-generated

My lovely customer loved it, and I think it might be the only one of it's kind....unless some of the other guests know an amazing card-maker too, hahaha

Well, that's it for today, hope you've enjoyed looking.
Have a great weekend, catch you all soon
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges :-

Monday 12 August 2013

Another Papermill Special Offer....

Evening everyone, hope you've had a good day....
Welcome to my new followers, and huge thanks for all the wonderful comments left on my last few posts, I appreciate them all xx
Tonight's post is to show the latest 'Special Offer' from 
A4 Embossed Natural White Pearlised Card - 200gsm
50 sheets for only £3!
This is a very quick, clean and simple card to show off the texture of the cardstock.

Bird stamp and sentiment from Pink Petticoat,
leaf stamp from Inkylicious

I like this little bird, and use him quite often x
If you click ONCE on the images you'll be able to see the texture of the card much better.
Thats all for tonight, catch you in a couple of days.

Thursday 8 August 2013

Flowers Everywhere.........

Morning everyone, hope you're all fit and well on this gorgeous day. 
This is quite a long and flowery post, so please bear with me...I'm also surrounded by flowers as I write........but more about that later.
Todays card was made for a young girl to give the Bride and Groom at their wedding last Saturday..... she was a 'flower girl', so her mam asked for something flowery.
They both loved what I made, thankfully.....but because I'm a bit anal about things being perfect, this card had to have a touch up with Promarkers......can you spot where, by looking closely?
No, ok see if this helps....
Now can you see the little white piece showing near the top....I just couldn't let it go like that, so voila! out came the Pro's, and I just 'touched in', using similar colours to the patterned paper.....makes a huge difference though, don't you agree....haha.
So that's todays card......hope you like it.
It's been such a busy few days here.... as some of you will know it was my 'BIG' birthday on Monday, and I was dreading it....however Alan, Finn and the kids (Nick, Emma & Eva and Adam and Emma.....yes, I know, very confusing for me, 2 Emma's ) made it a weekend to remember by spoiling me rotten (I'd already had a week in Devon with all the above and my wonderful bro Colin and sis-in-law Ros as my treat, so didn't expect anything else)....anyway, no cooking all weekend, (loads of meals out) a day out on the Kennet and Avon canal on Sunday, and fabulous gifts and flowers....(good job I have lots of vases, as more have arrived since this pic was taken.)
All of my lovely hand-crafted cards from crafty friends are on the hearth x If you 'single-click' on the pic, you'll see them close-up.
The bright card on the mantlepiece is one of my own..... (made and blogged a couple of weeks ago with Lavinia Stamps)....I won't let Alan buy a crappy 'shop' card, so he always chooses one out of my stock. haha. I love the sentiment on this card, so he made the right choice.
(from Lavinia)
And last but not least, our gorgeous little Eva sent these pics to my mobile on Monday....she's so clever being able to write & text at only 16 weeks, don't you think ?

Thank you Emma, and Eva for taking the time to do you both loads xx
Catch you all in a couple of days.

Friday 2 August 2013

Papermill new 'Special Offer'.....

Afternoon everyone, I'm back again with a quick post to tell about the 'Special Offer' at 
This week it's a beautiful green pearlised A4 cardstock  (pearlised and coloured on both sides)
50 sheets - 285gsm for £4!
Such a bargain as the quality is amazing.....but just what we've come to expect from Papermill.

ALL cardstock is from PAPERMILL, as usual. I've also used
Spellbinder corner dies, and a little sentiment tag.

The main stamp is my gorgeous new Poinsettia from
I just LOVE it, and I'm already thinking of different ways to use this all year round.
I stamped the image 3 times on pink and 3 times on the green pearlised with Versamark, then heat embossed with OAK HOUSE STUDIO white embossing powder.....cut it all out and decoupaged. I love using pink, white and green together, reminds me of cherry blossom.

We have a plant in the garden called Actinidia...the leaves start off white, change to pink, then onto green in late Summer, it's so pretty. This pic shows it last week, growing along the verandah.

Here is our daft-as-a-brush (but fantastic) dog, Finn, admiring it too.

Well, don't forget to pop over to Papermill, and checkout the new offer. I think this weeks 'special' will be great for Christmas projects too.
Catch you all in a few BIG birthday is looming on Monday, and I'm not looking forward to it....(still think I'm 25, inside) I might have to hide away for a while to recover from the yukkiness of it all!
Barbara xx
I'm entering this card into the following challenges :-
Craftin' Boutique
Addicted to Stamps & More
Crafting By Designs
Ruby's Rainbow

Thursday 1 August 2013

Lavinia Stamps August Challenge.....Anything Goes!

Morning everyone, think it's gonna be a hot one.... it's already a beautiful day here in Wiltshire.
Anyway, today sees the start of the August challenge at LAVINIA STAMPS.....the theme this month is Anything Goes, so lots of scope for you here.
The only stipulation is that you use one or more Lavinia stamps. Pop over to the website, there are some amazing stamps on offer.
The prize for the 'randomly-selected' winner is a MASSIVE £40 worth of stamps. (Well done to Elaine Maisey for winning the July challenge with her beautiful canvas bag )
Here are my DT samples for Anything Goes :-

I used PAPERMILL 'leather-look' cardstock for this tag.
Inks and Embossing Powder from  OAK HOUSE STUDIO

Isn't this ribbon gorgeous?

 Lavinia Stamps used.....
1. Believe
2. Mushrooms
3. Stars 1 and 2
4. Tiny Leaf (free with Creeping Vine)

Smooth white and black cardstock from
Same inks and ribbon on this tag as previous,
with a computer generated sentiment.
I've also used Glamourdust and Liquid Pearls.

Lavinia Stamps used......
1. Gaggle of Geese
2. Creeping Vine, used upside down 

Hope you've enjoyed looking.....don't forget to pop over to the Lavinia challenge blog and checkout the other DT makes, they're fab xx
Catch you all soon,