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Saturday 31 December 2016

Very Last Post of 2016 for Bee Crafty.......

Morning everyone, and welcome to my very last post of 2016.....
Again, because I haven't been crafting for a couple of weeks, I've picked out a few more of my favourite DT samples which I've made for Bee Crafty over the past year.
All Stamps, stencils, distress inks, etc. can be found on the Bee Crafty website (HERE)

 As you can see, I have more than one favourite ....... ;-)

Well, hope you like this little selection, and also hope it has given you some inspiration to join the Bee Crafty challenges in the coming year.
All that's left to do now is wish you all a very happy, healthy & peaceful 2017.
 Thanks for all the wonderful comments left for my creations on the Bee Crafty Facebook page (and lots of others).
See you all next year!
                                                                        Barbara xx

Saturday 24 December 2016

A Few 'Bee Crafty' Favourites from 2016

Hi Folks, no time to craft this week, but just thought I'd show a few of my fave DT cards using stamps from
These were from earlier in the year....I'll have a few more to show next week, before having lots of new creations to blog.
All stamps, stencils and inks can be found on the Bee Crafty website.
All cards are made with cardstock from  

 Hope you like this batch of DT work.....
Have an amazing Christmas & New Year, with lots of good wishes for 2017.
Thanks for popping over to my blog during the past 12 months.

Saturday 17 December 2016

With Love....At christmas

Hi again, Barbara here with a very quick post, my weekend inspiration for BEE CRAFTY......I don't know about anyone else, but my feet haven't  touched the ground this week, lots of baby-sitting and not much time to craft I'm afraid.
 I made a card last weekend for a friend using ALL Bee Crafty stamps, but forgot to take a photo before I posted it, so I re-created it for my son & d-i-l using a computer generated sentiment.
I've used white 'Hemp' cardstock from Papermilldirect as a base and extra layers, then stamped the holly and fir branches from Large Fir Fronds & Holly and Swirl border (find them HERE ).... I used various shades of green Adirondack inks. The holly leaves were stamped 5 more times onto scrap card then fussy-cut. I mounted them around the main image, just to add a bit of interest.
I then added a load of coloured jewels to brighten it up.
 Hope you like it....
Don't forget to get your entries into the Bee Crafty monthly challenge on Facebook.....there's a prize of £20. You MUST use Bee Crafty stamps though, of course.
Back soon with another post.
Barbara x

Sunday 11 December 2016

Saturday/Sunday Inspiration for Bee Crafty.....

Hi everyone, I'm late with my DT post for BEE CRAFTY .......My feet haven't touched the ground this week, although I'm sure you will all be the same......unless you're an organised type of person, which I'm am definitely not!
Anyway, here is my DT card for this week, made with snowflakes, HERE .....white, coloured & black embossing powders and an inky background from my 'inky store'.
The cardstock is the fabulous new 'Hemp' from PAPERMILLDIRECT.
 After die-cutting four squares, I stamped each one with a selection of snowflakes in various embossing powders.
I inked the extreme edges with distress ink, and added a sentiment.
Double-mounted onto white 'Hemp' cardstock and 'voila', finished.
Hope you like it ;-)
Catch you soon,
Barbara x
Don't forget Bee Crafty have a December challenge with a prize of £20....pop over to the facebook page for more details xx

Monday 5 December 2016

Lavinia Stamps ~ December Challenge

Hi everyone,
The December challenge at LAVINIA STAMPS has started.....The theme this month is 
The prize, as always, is a fabulous £40 Lavinia Stamps goodies, of your own choice, so get those entries in. Go to the Facebook page HERE to read full details of how to enter.
These are my DT samples for this month.....
 All card stock is from PAPERMILLDIRECT which has been coloured with Pan's the new 'HOPSACK' textured card and I love it!! Looks just like canvas đŸ˜€
Lavinia Stamps used are :-
Woodland Hares
Fairy Buttercups
The 2nd card uses a Lavinia Stamps die :-
(Not sure if these are still available, sorry.....I'll find out though and update this post)
The gorgeous sparkly card comes from PAPERMILLDIRECT, link as above.
Here is a close-up, hope you like it......
Well, that's it for today, catch you soon,
Barbara x

Saturday 3 December 2016

Season's Greetings Everyone...

Hi I am with another Christmas card made with BEE CRAFTY  stamps.
All stamps used can be found on the Bee Crafty website, link above .....
I started off with white 'hemp' cardstock from PAPERMILLDIRECT and three colours of distress inks, Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint & Forest Moss with which I stamped the Large Fir Fronds ~ HERE

I stamped the Christmas Baubles ~ HERE in Versamark then heat-embossed with fine, gold embossing powder. I coloured them red with a little bit of Festive Berries distress ink and a water-brush.
I stamped the sentiment and heat-embossed in gold.
I mounted the topper onto red and green card-stock from PAPERMILLDIRECT and adhered to a white base.

Well, that's it for another week.....hope you like this very 'clean & simple' card.
It would be great if you could leave a comment.
Back next week,
                                                                         Barbara x

Saturday 26 November 2016

Snowflakes Everywhere.....

Hi again, I'm back with my usual Saturday post for BEE CRAFTY and this week I have a snowflake card to show you.
I've used colours not usually associated with, turquoise and yellow. I love using these three together, and have made quite a lot of cards recently with them.
 I started off by blending the inks together, then when dry I wiped over with an anti-static pad. The snowflakes were stamped in Versamark and heat-embossed in white. I cut a small piece of vellum, heat-embossed the sentiment, then attached it to the inked card. A few twinkly stars and a die-cut reindeer finished it off. The topper was then mounted onto white 'hemp' textured cardstock.
What do you think??
The stamps used were from the Snowflake Flurry Set - HERE
and separate snowflakes - HERE
Find the sentiment - HERE
That's all for now, catch you soon,
                                                                         Barbara xx

Saturday 19 November 2016

New MDF Samples for Bee Crafty.

Hi bloggers, back again.....this time with a scheduled post, as I'm in Singapore at the moment, just checking out some craft shops and doing a bit of Christmas shopping.
Beverley of BEE CRAFTY is on Hochanda on today with some of the new MDF tags etc.
Here are the samples I made for the shows.

The background on this tag was made with Dylusions paints and stamps from the Wordage section HERE
and Backdrops & Textures HERE 

I've inked this tag with Adirondack inks then used the same stamps as above.

This small tag has been double-embossed, but the same stamps have been used with a distress inked background.

On this plaque, I've used glittered texture paste through a stencil

Find the stencil HERE
Well, that's it for today, hope you enjoyed the shows with Bev, back soon with a Christmas card....for a change.
Have a good weekend,
Barbara x

Wednesday 16 November 2016

Lavinia Stamps Challenge - half-way post

Hi folks, just a quickie today to remind you to get your 'Lavinia Stamps' creations uploaded. 
Find all details of the challenge on the  Lavinia Stamps Facebook page - HERE
This is  the card I made for half -way....the theme for November is LET IT SNOW.
 We're off to Singapore tomorrow, Thursday ,and I have tons to do, so this is a very simple card, I'm afraid.
I used the Autumn Tree - HERE
It didn't need much more except a tiny sentiment tag and some 'Stickles',,,,phew!
  We've had some amazing entries in the challenge so far.
Don't forget, the prize is a massive £40 of products.
Catch you soon,
Barbara x

Saturday 12 November 2016

Hochanda Samples for Bee Crafty

Morning everyone, I'm back with my regular slot for Saturday inspiration at BEE CRAFTY and thought I'd show the rest of my samples from Bee Crafty's recent shows on Hochanda....


I inked the background then stamped the feather in Versamark and heat-embossed with gold embossing powder.
The sentiment was stamped onto vellum. 
Find the feather stamps HERE

This one was stamped in various distress inks, using only half of the feather stamp.

Again, the panel on here was inked and stamped with Versamark then heat-embossed in bronze.

Another easy card, using part of the feather stamp and heat embossing.
I've mounted the stamped section onto gold corrugated card from PAPERMILLDIRECT

Well, that's it for this week.....I've been busy working on samples for the next Hochanda shows, so keep a lookout for some sneaky peeks.
Catch you soon,
Barbara x

Saturday 5 November 2016

Bee Crafty - Saturday Inspiration

Hi everyone, welcome back to my Saturday inspiration post for BEE CRAFTY 
I've used the 'Poppy' stamp again (find it HERE) .... it's so pretty, I think it's sad to only use it once or twice AND we like to get mileage out of our stamps....don't we??
Today I've teamed it with the beautiful new, white 'Hemp', intensive red, and lime green cardstock from PAPERMILLDIRECT
 I stamped the poppy head THREE times and decoupaged it.....the stem & leaves were stamped TWICE and also decoupaged.
 I added a few seed beads to the centre of the poppy to give it a bit of interest, and added some shading to the stem, leaves and seed pod with a Promarker.
Two die-cut corners and a few sequins finished it off.
Hope you like it.
Beverley and Bee Crafty are at the NEC this weekend, so if you're going, pop along and say 'hello'
Back soon, have a good weekend.....
                                                                     Barbara x

Wednesday 2 November 2016

Let It Snow........November Lavinia Stamps Challenge

Morning all, from a beautifully sunny day in Wiltshire.....
Just a quick post to say that the November challenge for LAVINIA STAMPS is now live.
The theme this month is 'LET IT SNOW'.
Entries can be uploaded to the challenge via the Facebook page....and the prize for the winner is a massive £40 of products! (only Lavinia stamps to be used)
Here is my DT sample for today, I have another which I'll post in a couple of days.
 I've used navy smooth, sky blue and the new 'HOPSACK' card stock from PAPERMILLDIRECT for this card....I just love the texture of it.
The background was made with Pan Pastels, and stamps used were 
Three Dancing Fairies - HERE
Autumn Tree - HERE
Sentiment - HERE
Lots of glitter and shiny bits.
Hope you like it...
Back soon with another DT sample

Saturday 29 October 2016

It's almost 'Poppy Time'.......

Morning everyone,  here I am again with my regular Saturday post for BEE CRAFTY
Today I want to show you a tag I made using the 'LIMITED EDITION POPPY' stamp...(find it HERE)
This stamp is brand new for 2016, and £2 from every sale is going to this years Poppy Appeal.
This was a very easy make......I started by cutting a tag shape out of black cardstock. Then I stamped the poppy TWICE onto red card, and the leaves & stem onto green card (all from Papermilldirect)
I decoupaged the poppy head to give it some interest and overlapped the seed pod, so it fit the tag a little better
All it needed then was the sentiment and a scrap of ribbon......I think 'Less is More' on this occasion.
Hope you like it, please leave a comment if you've been inspired.
Back soon,
                                                                          Barbara x

Saturday 22 October 2016

Limited Edition Poppy Stamp from Bee Crafty

Morning all, back again with a new stamp from BEE CRAFTY
Beverley has released this gorgeous poppy stamp as a tribute for Remembrance's a limited edition, and £2 from every sale goes to the Poppy Appeal.
I've made a few cards already with it, and will show them over the next week or so......
This card was done on the fabulous new 'Hopsack' cardstock, from PAPERMILLDIRECT and as you can see, the image stamped beautifully. Look at the texture on the card, isn't it great?
I stamped with Versamark and heat-embossed the image, then did a bit of water-colouring with my distress inks.
In the background, I've part-stamped using the Da Vinci script (find it HERE) ...I love this stamp for backgrounds, and you'll find it quite a bit on my DT work for Bee Crafty.
The poppy stamp and sentiment can be found HERE  
But, don't forget it's a LIMITED EDITION.
Hope you like my creation.....I'll be back soon with more.
Have a good weekend,
                                                                      Barbara x

Saturday 15 October 2016

Lavinia Stamps - Mid-month Inspiration

Morning everyone, back again with a couple of cards I made for the LAVINIA STAMPS October challenge.
The theme this month is 'Blue, Purple or Both'
I've used some brand new card stock from 
called 'Hemp'....It's fab, I love it!!
 Stamps used in this card :- Seaweed, Maple Leaf, Fairy Barnacle and Large Deer.

Loads of Ranger 'Stickles' and a few sequins to finish it off ......
The second card features the stamps :- Willow and one other that I will have to find the name of, sorry x (and a sentiment)
Please leave a comment, if you've enjoyed looking, they are all appreciated.
Catch you soon, Barbara x

Bee Crafty Sneaky Peek.....

Morning everyone, I'm back today with a sneaky look at the stamps Bev of BEE CRAFTY is bringing to Hochanda on Monday 17th Oct. 
Sometimes when I receive my DT stamps, I look to see how many ways I can use them, and often I chop them up to make other images.
I've done just this with the set called 'Feather Dreamer' (find it HERE
All the card stock is from PAPERMILLDIRECT
 I cut the feather in two, and used the larger part for this card, masking and stamping with Adirondack inks on hammered card.
What do you think??
It would be great if you could leave a comment....good OR bad, it's the only way we know if we're 'hitting the spot' with inspiration.
Catch you soon, don't forget to checkout the times for the Hochanda shows......a little birdie tells me there's some fab new products, but you'll have to tune in to see what they are!
                                                                    Barbara xx

Saturday 8 October 2016

Here We Are Again......

Hi everyone, well, here we are again....another Saturday blog post for  
This is probably my last 'Autumnal' card, as Christmas is now in sight, which means making Christmas cards....millions of them! ....and as there are some fab new Christmas stamps available from Bee Crafty,  I need to get busy!
I've used an Inkables 'brick wall' template for the background - find it HERE
The stamps are from the Ground Elder set - find it HERE   
I used 3 shades of distress ink for the background
 Hope you've enjoyed looking today....
I'll be back next week with a sneaky peek of samples for the next Bee Crafty, Hochanda programme.
Catch you soon,

Saturday 1 October 2016

Saturday Inspiration for Bee Crafty

Hi everyone....yes, it's Saturday again, and time for my weekly inspiration for 
These are the samples I made for the recent programmes on Hochanda, showing the fabby new Christmas stamps.....I love them all, but only got the chance to make a few cards, due to holidays. Watch out for more samples over the coming weeks. 
ALL cardstock is from PAPERMILLDIRECT
Find the new sets os stamps HERE 

If you've enjoyed looking, please leave a comment.
Have a good weekend,
Barbara xx