My lovely followers x

Wednesday 2 December 2015

Last Challenge of the year at Lavinia Stamps

Hi again everyone, another quick blog from me tonight, 'cos I'm late showing my Lavinia DT samples, whoops.......
This month, the challenge theme at 
.......and don't forget, you don't even need a blog to enter the challenge, you can enter by email.....the prize is a massive £40 worth of fantastic products.
Here are my DT cards.

ALL cardstock is from

The backgrounds are made with Brusho's, and the stamps used are Merry Christmas sentiment and Zen snowflakes

I did two identical cards in 
contrasting colours.

Distress ink background, 
Spotty Toadstool, Merry Christmas sentiment and a tiny £1 star stamp

This background is made with distress inks.
Stamps used are Wild flower, Vine and Gaggle of Geese.....a little splash of white ink for snowflakes finishes off the scene.

Well, that's it for tonight, off to put a few more Christmas lights up.....yeah!
Catch you all soon,
Barbara x

Monday 16 November 2015

New tutorial on the Papermilldirect blog

Morning everyone, how's things??
Still no craft room for me, as the room I intend is still packed to the ceiling with packing boxes....hey-ho.
I managed to clear a tiny space yesterday, to do my DT project for 
If you pop over to their blog HERE you can see the full tutorial for these tags....I really enjoyed making them.
I've used the gorgeous Zen Snowflakes and a selection of £1 stamps all from
 Distress inks from TH and of course all cardstock is from PAPERMILLDIRECT.
That's all for now, hope you have time to leave a comment on here AND pop over to the Papermilldirect blog to leave a comment or 'like' there.
Barbara xx

Monday 2 November 2015

November Challenge for Lavinia Stamps.

Hi everyone, I can't believe it's 4 weeks since I one time I used to blog EVERY day!
Anyway, we finally moved on 20th October, and I absolutely LOVE our new house. My new craft room is not sorted yet, and has to be decorated and recarpeted.....that will be after Christmas though, as we have lots to do before then. 
Anyway, our new challenge has started at 
This month the theme is CHRISTMAS......(such an easy theme, so we are hoping for tons of entries!!)
All you have to do is use Lavinia Stamps as your main image. You can even enter by email if you haven't got a blog....what could be easier??
I only had time to make one card this month...
These are the stamps I used :-
Have a Fairy Merry Christmas,
Dancing Till Dawn,
Christmas Tree Group,
Creeping Vine
I also used distress inks and white linen cardstock from
Well, that's all for tonight, but I have lots more to show you over the next few days....
Call back soon xx


Saturday 3 October 2015

Lavinia Stamps October Challenge......Glitter & Gems

Whoopsie, I'm late with my post for the new challenge at
This month the theme is GLITTER & GEMS
If you haven't got a blog, you can enter by email, simply be following the link on the challenge blog.
Here are my DT samples:-

Lots of glitter and sequins on this card made with a Lavinia die....
Celtic Dreams - Night Falls

All cardstock from 
I cut the die out about 6 times, then mounted them on top of each other to give lots of depth.

This is a shaker card, made with the fabulous Zen Butterfly and Leaf Trail.

Another shaker card made with 
Christmas Tree Group, Stars 1, and Icicles.

Don't forget to pop over to the Lavinia Stamps challenge blog to checkout inspiration from the rest of my teamies.
Back soon with pics from my Chippenham workshop, held today, another great laugh ;-) 
Barbara x

Wednesday 23 September 2015

Workshop Samples and Papermill Offer

Hi again....I'm back with a couple of samples made for this mornings workshop in our local Craft Shop. Thought we'd revisit Brusho's today with some heat-embossing thrown in, as some of the girls hadn't done it before.

All cardstock is from 

This was an IndigoBlu stamp with
Brusho backgound.
The words were computer generated.

This little bookmark was made with a
leaf stamp from
and a sentiment from

Hope you like them, I'll be back tomorrow with another couple. In the meantime, why not checkout this week's Special Offer from Papermilldirect?
A4 Ivory Stucco Embossed Card 270gsm
This gorgeous A4 Ivory Stucco 270gsm card is perfect as a card blank and ideal for wedding stationery projects. The texture of the card is similar to hammered card but a little lighter.  
There are two box sizes on offer:
Small Box only £4.00
Midi Box only £11.50
Very limited stock of this lovely card so order yours while you can!
B xx

Monday 14 September 2015

A new 'Special Offer' from Papermilldirect........

Evening everyone.....hope you haven't all floated away today.  We've had torrential rain most of the day, so it was a perfect time for crafting.....and packing in between. Still haven't got a definite date for moving, but we're getting on with packing up.
Anyway, today sees the start of a new special offer from
and the theme for the DT was 'BOOKMARKS'
These are the bookmarks made for this offer....

All cardstock used is white linen and black smooth, from Papermilldirect, of course.
This bookmark is coloured with Adirondack inks

The stamp I've used on both bookmarks is from Penny Black.
I wanted to show the different effect on plain white background and coloured.

This bookmark was simply inked and stamped with a flourish stamp from La Blanche (I think)
I quite like the effect.

Don't forget to pop over to the Papermilldirect Special Offer page  HERE
and checkout all the offers.
A4 Small Box of Black Card 230gsm
This 230gsm Black card is ideal for all your Halloween crafts and at £3.50 for a small box, it's not a scary price!!
Catch you soon,
Barbara x

Friday 11 September 2015

Another play with paints.....

Hi everyone, just another quick post to show a new piece made with Dylusion paints and stamps.....I'm really liking experimenting with the paint, and sometimes it's nice just to do something that isn't on a time-limit.
The cardstock was from PAPERMILLDIRECT
Hope you like it, have a good weekend,
Barbara x

Wednesday 9 September 2015

Playing with paint......

Evening everyone, just a quick blog before I have to go into the kitchen and start dinner (love eating, hate cooking)
Ooooooo, just realised this is my 350th post......
Last week I bought some Dylusion paints, and over the weekend I had a little play with them....NOW I'M HOOKED!
This is the first card I've made, and got to say, I'm quite pleased with the vibrancy!

Cardstock from
(of course)
White smooth, mounted onto black.
The paints are Dylusions and the large poppy stamp is from
(quickly turning into one of my favourites, thanks Zoe)
Hope you like it.
That's all for tonight, I have another Dylusions creation to show you tomorrow.
I'm leaving you with a couple of pics of our darling little Eva. I can't wait until we move and my craft room is up and ready....I think she will adore being in there getting messy.

She's only 2, bless her, but so much concentration
And not happy using one hand, she thought she'd use both ;-) an artist in the making.
Catch you soon, Barbara

Monday 7 September 2015

Tick tock, tick tock..........

Evening everyone, hope you've had a good weekend.
It was my Chippenham Inky/Messy workshop on Saturday, and what a great laugh we all had, as well as making some fab creations.
 These were the CD clocks I made as samples.....

All cardstock from
I used a Tim Holtz stencil on this one.

Same stencil on here, with

Stampscape stamps on this clock

Distress inks on this one, with a gorgeous poppy stamp from IndigloBlu.

Hope you like these little clocks, I really enjoyed making them.
Back soon,
B xx

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Lavinia Stamps - September Challenge.....

Back again with the September challenge at
The theme this month is HOT BRIGHT COLOURS and as usual the prize is a fab £40 of products from Lavinia Stamps.
Don't worry if you haven't got a blog, you can upload your entries by email. (see email button on the blog)
Here are my DT cards for this challenge.
All cardstock is from PAPERMILLDIRECT
Zen Butterfly -  My favourite butterfly of all time!
Stamps used -  Tree Goddess'Luna', Vine, & Tree Root
Stamps used -  Dancing 'til Dawn and Believe sentiment.
Stamp used - Spotty Toadstool
Stamps used - Fairy Dust Silhouette. Maple Leaf, and Fairy Wishes sentiment.
Lots of hot bright colours, just how I like them!
Phew.....3 blogs in one day, that's a record for me!
Catch you soon, 
Barbara x
I'm supporting the following challenges with this post :-
Scrap and Craft
Colouring in Scrapland

Christmas Cards on the Papermilldirect Blog

Hi....Just another quick blog to tell you that my recent tutorial for batch card making is now on the PAPERMILLDIRECT blog
Why not pop over, checkout the whole tutorial, and leave a comment on the Papermilldirect blog.
Checkout the Special Offers too, there's always some fab deals to be had xx

Petal Lu...Mid-Challenge Inspiration

Evening everyone.....just a quick reminder that we are halfway through the challenge month at 
Have you entered yet?? The theme is
Here is my mid-month inspiration.....I love these gorgeous little flowers!
Pop over to the Petal Lu challenge blog to checkout the rest of the DT inspiration, and join in this months challenge.
Back soon,
Barbara x

Saturday 29 August 2015

A little BLING for Tim Holtz ;-)

Hi everyone.....happy bank holiday weekend.
Just showing a quick tag I made yesterday......I'm so enjoying making tags at the moment, maybe it's because I bought the Sizzix tag die, lol.
Anyway, here it is, quite bright, as usual....

I've used super-smooth white cardstock from
and coloured with Dylusion Inks

Tim Holtz stamps and masks.

And finally a bit of 'bling'

Hope you like it.
Back soon, have a great weekend, whatever you're doing......I always think Autumn starts the day after August BH, so my creations might take on an Autumnal feel next week, haha
Barbara x

I'm supporting the following challenges with this post :-
SPLENDIFEROUS CREATIONS (Bloggers challenge, come fly with me)

Tuesday 25 August 2015

Get ya sunglasses on.......

Hi folks, torrential rain all day here, so again managed to get into my little crafty space. 
This is a quick card made with Dylusion Ink Sprays and stamps from Dyan Reaveley, hope you like it!
The cardstock is from PAPERMILLDIRECT
 We also had a lunchtime visit from our gorgeous little grandchildren, Eva & Charlie

I never thought I could ever love a child so much, who I hadn't actually given birth to ! She & Charlie have changed our lives immeasurably.....

She's so adorable, I could eat her!

Lovely little Charlie....only 5 months old, and on the move already, he is such a happy baby.

Well, that's it for tonight,
catch you soon,
Barbara xx

Monday 24 August 2015

Gorgeous new stamps from Lavinia Stamps.......

Morning's very wet and drab here in Wiltshire today, but perfect for crafting....yeah!
Just wanted to tell you that Lavinia Stamps have released some new additions to their fabulous collection, and I've been having a little play with them. 
Find them all here    
Made a couple more tags, (really enjoying making tags at the moment)

All cardstock from 
inked with distress inks and re-inkers
 The new stamps on this card are 

I've used quite a bit of Glossy Accents on the 'fairy orbs', to make them stand out.
The new stamps used on this tag are

That's all for now, catch you soon, I'm off to craft
B xx

Saturday 22 August 2015

A few new tags.......

Morning everyone....happy weekend.
Just a quick post to show a few colourful tags I've made this week.....I know some peeps can't see the point in a 'tag', but I think they're fun to make, and make a lovely wall display in a craft room.
Anyway here are the ones I've made this week.....

All tags made with card stock from
White linen, & white smooth, mounted onto black. 

Distress inks and Dylusions Stamps.

This poppy stamp is from Indiglo Blu.
My crafty friend Zoe Russell made me a beautiful birthday card with this stamp and I LOVED it! much so, that I had to buy it. I'm going to use it at my next Chippenham Workshop, so keep popping back to see how the ladies use it. (thanks Zoe)
That's all for now folks.....if you have time, pop over to 
Papermilldirect, and checkout their special offers, there's always something new x

Sunday 16 August 2015

Mid-month reminder for Petal Lu......

Evening....hope you've had a good weekend. I've had loads of crafty time, so it's been a great couple of days.
Here is my mid-month reminder for the challenge at

 All card stock is from

 The challenge theme is ANYTHING GOES, so lots of scope there. 
Lucinda makes the most delightful little handcrafted flowers, which can be found
Back soon with loads more to show.
Barbara x

Tuesday 11 August 2015

Chippenham Workshop.... August 2015

Hi everyone, back again with a few pics taken at my Chippenham workshop on August 1st. It was our 1st birthday too, so a lovely day was had by all.....tons of food and laughs, which is exactly how a workshop should be!
The following pics showed the ladies using the Joseph's Coat technique.

All card stock is from 

Because it was the last demo of the day, the ladies didn't get time to mount them onto card bases, so were going to finish them at home. 
I think they'll look fab when all finished. 
Back soon with more samples from the workshop.
Have a good day,