Thursday, 31 October 2013

Cards Today....

                                                                   From IndigoBlu Stamps.
Hi, happy halloween! for those of you who take part in all things pumkin and ghoulie. Some years I feel more in the mood than others but this year I'm really not getting in the spirit. So have fun if you are.
Today I'm showing you two of the cards from my IB display from my demo at the weekend. This one above uses the Floral Swirl Stamp and the Antique Songbird Stamp. I've used Distress Inks to colour the card and also the sticky labels that I've stamped the image onto.
I can't tell you how many people asked me about this card. It seems not many had ever done this technique before. I however how been stamping onto labels for quite some years.
When you have coloured the labels stamp your design. Make sure all inks are dry before you lift them off and position them onto black card. If you don't press them down too hard you will be able to lift them again if they are not straight.
It won't matter how big the gaps are on the label sheet because you can place them however close you want. You can cut the black card to size first or trim to fit afterwards. It's up to you.

 Failed miserably with the photography on this card. Thought I would mention that before Mrs G picks me up on it!!! She is going to have to be my personal photography tutor. Anyway back to the card. It can look really effective to make a feature out of a section of a stamp. I've used the IB Wild Flowers Stamp on this one. Again coloured the background first with Distress Inks and stamped after, then added a bit of colour to the poppies. I've used a bit of mountboard for the panel, just because it is firm and makes a good panel.
Have to say this stamp was the first sellout of the day, but I'm not surprised as it was very popular when I used it to decorate a candle. Have you done that technique I wonder????? Do I see a quick tutorial coming on........

Monday, 28 October 2013

Pics From....

The Lakes. Well I'm back and what a Fantastic time I've had!!!
I know, I know,  yes it is called work but when you are with such wonderful people it really is hard to call it work.
I have already had some really good feedback from the event and they want me to return which is totally amazing. I don't mean totally amazing that they would want me back of course!!!!! Who wouldn't want me back hee hee! And I'm more than happy to return (if only to have Friday night in "The Crown" again)
                      This is the most wonderful view from the house where I was staying on Friday

                                                     Setting up my display of samples

                                                           and ready to rock and roll

                                              And meeting some of the lovely customers

And this is the wild, wet and windy view from my hotel just before I left for my journey home on Sunday 

Saturday, 26 October 2013

A Perfect Day......

With some amazing crafty friends in the Lake District.
What a busy day at Grosvenor House Papers. Eleven Demonstrations going on from Molly Bloom, Woodware, Crafters Companion, We R Memory Keepers, Lindsey Mason, Fimo, Pergamano, the lovely Janet from Grosvenor House and of course little old me demo'ing the fabulous IndigoBlu stamps and flakes, to name but a few.
Such an action packed crafty day and I'm just feeling a little exhausted right now. I have to say a HUGE big thank you to Janet and Keith for their hospitality this weekend and a fab time at the pub, The Crown at High Newton, and followed by a yummy curry for dinner.
Another big thank you goes to Jane and the team in the Grosvenor Craft Shop for all their running around, cups of tea and lovely lunch. To say I have enjoyed myself immensely would be an understatement and I might have to report back to HQ that I think I should be the only demonstrator that goes to Grosvenor House from now on, the FOUR HOUR journey wouldn't matter at all.
I only hope I will get back home tomorrow before the hurricane catches me up because here in Kendal the wind is howling outside already.
I'll be putting some pics on here soon

Thursday, 24 October 2013

With Jingle Bells......

A while ago I made this sleigh, with the help of a House of Zandra template, and decorated it to match the Christmas Advent Box I designed for Pink Tulip Creations last year.

It's even got Jingle Bells
So many people have asked me about doing a class that I have decided to do just that and have booked Webheath Village Hall on Saturday 23rd November 1.30 - 4.30pm
The cost will be £15.00 with a £5 deposit to confirm your place
It will be filled with tissue paper and chocs and if you made the Advent Box it will sit beautifully along side of it

Email me at  if you are interested
Places will be limited so don't delay

Before I go I said I would put a pic of Janes' prize on here, and this is what she will be getting....
Some Alterable Items......

Hope Jane shows us what she does with them

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Take A Note......

Just couldn't help myself.
I love a notebook and have seen some stunning samples whilst out and about but I do like to have a go myself. I've managed to get my hands on a supply of these Kraft covered books so set about designing one myself, and here it is.....

So I've decided to do a class.  If anyone is interested just contact me for details and I'll arrange a class date. We can have a design your own book or you can follow my design.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

A Card For Cumbria....

I'm so looking forward to my visit to Kendal, Lake District on Saturday. I will be demmonstrating all the amazing IndigoBlu products at Grosvenor House Papers so if any of you fabulous followers are around here on Saturday I do hope you can come along and visit me here. So whilst I was making some samples to take with me I thought I would make them a card using.... Tah Dah.... none other than the IB Map stamp, which is of course showing the Lake District. PERFECT!!!!
So what do you think....... 

Monday, 21 October 2013

IndigoBlu Challenge......

It's the 21st of the month so that means a new challenge begins on the IndigoBlu Challenge Blog.
This months theme is Chocolate Orange
This is my DT card.
You can join in or have a look here

I have taken a panel of white card and painted it with the delicious IB Cottage Paints in Hot Cocoa and Burning Bonfire.I have not coloured the card completly so that you get bits of white showing through. I sort of dry brushed the Hot Cocoa so that it wasn't too strong. Next I stamped over it with the Love Is stamp in Versfine Sepia Ink. I then die cut the panel with a flower die and shaped and layered them together. I stamped an 8"x 8" card with my favourite Vintage Flourish stamp, again in sepia. Then I stamped the Discover Your Passion onto a peice of orange toned card and then placed a die over it, if you do it this way you can correct it if you haven't stamped it straight. Ink the edges with a little distress ink in Frayed Burlap. Add pads for dimension.
Hope you like it and feel inspired to have a go. Just remember if you haven't got the right colours for a project, paint your own!! 

Friday, 18 October 2013

Diary Dates......

Hi everyone, are you looking forward to a great weekend??
For those of you who have been asking for where I will be demonstrating here's a few diary dates.
Saturday 26th October I will be at Grosvenor House Papers in Kendal, Lake District
Sunday 3rd November you can join me at Osborne Stationers in Sheldon, Birmingham 10-3 I will be demo'ing IndigoBlu products
Saturday 9th November I'm at Osbornes in Worcester 10-4 again using IndigoBlu

If you are around these areas I would love for you to drop by and say hi, it would be great to meet you.
P xx

Thursday, 17 October 2013

One For The Guys....

So many peolple say they have trouble making cards for men. Here's one I made using the Tim Holtz Old Jalopy die and the little car embossing folder. This folder comes in a pack along with the umberella man and cogs. Also some Kaisercraft stamps and the Couture Creations Tied Together Embossing Folder, just love this folder.
I have embossed the cars detailed bits with some Frantage aged embossing powder and then stuck them on.
Add a little Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks and there you have it. I think this car die done in white pearl card would look great on a wedding card if you added some flowers and ribbons.
Hope this gives you a couple of ideas.

By the way, just realised I haven't shown you a pic of Jane's prize yet!! I will get onto it asap.

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

IndigoBlu Bauble Tutorial...

Good morning bloggers and friends. Here it is at last, the long awaited tutorial of my IB Bauble.

I've used the Stag Cliffhanger Stamp, Gee So Good White Gesso, Gee So Good Black Gesso, Kroma Crackle, Slap It On and an IB Bauble.
Start by painting your bauble with the black gesso. It's so good you will only need one coat. If you need to speed up the drying process you can use a heat gun.
Next you need to paint the tree and the stag with the white gesso. You only need to paint down to the line of the tree.

Mask off the bottom of the stamp with a sticky note. Now place the painted stamp onto the black bauble.

Allow to dry, or speed it up with a heat gun. If you are like me and can't wait for "paint to dry" you will use a gun.

Now mix a small amount of Kroma Crackle, in a little pot, with a tiny amount of the white gesso. Spread this mix over the bottom of you bauble. This can take up to three days to dry, it will depend on room temperature etc.. You will watch it change and start to crack as it dries.
If when it's dry it isn't white enough all you need to do is paint over it with a little more gesso.
When your bauble is completely dry you will need to paint over the crackled section with Slap It On. If you don't do this the crackles will start to peel off.
The last thing to do is to add some Stickles
to the tree, just to add a little bit of

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Delayed tutorial and...

 A thank you...
Sorry guys the big bad internet wasn't playing yesterday day on my laptop so couldn't do the tutorial. My iPad only allows me to write to you, it won't let me add photos etc..  I've been having a few connection problems lately so that may have something to do with it.
I'm blaming yesterday's awful weather and the fact that I have such limited computer knowledge!!! So it will be done, just bear with me

A big thank you goes to Solihull Craft Club for making me welcome last night and I hope you all enjoy your mini books. I look forward to teaching you again soon. X

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Prize Time....

What a grotty Sunday guys, good thing I've got a giveaway to pick to cheer us all up. There are thirteen names in the draw from the order they were posted
1.  Kate T
2.  Debby B
3.  Button
4.  Sue G
5.  Laura
6.  Jackie B
7.  Samantha Wade
8.  Liz Green
9.  Pauline Butcher
10. Heidi Smith
11. Jane L
12. Sylvia Anderson
13. Asokasuri
And the winner is..... Tah Dah....
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So that's you Jane L congratulations your prize will be waiting for you the next time I see you.
Thanks again all of you who took the time to comment.
Before I go can I just mention that yesterday, at the Mega Craft Day, there were two ladies for were very taken with this black and white bauble and I said I would try to do a tutorial of how it was made. So if you look in tomorrow I will do a demo of it for you. 

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

The Time Is.......

Nearly up.....
Hi to you all.
Theres just a few days left to get your comments in so you can be entered in the prize draw.
I will be picking a random winner on Sunday with the help of as my thank you to those of you who have taken the time to tell me about your favourite visit to my blog.
So if you haven't already done so give it a go and you never know it could be you!! You have to be in it to win it !!  
 Now where have I heard that before ??????

Friday, 4 October 2013

Page 58.......

Of the fabulous Craft Stamper Magazine
I have been lucky enough to have another card published again
Take a look, yes it's on page 58, and tell me what you think
It's made with the masking technique I so love to do
The mag is for sale at a store near you from today
Or you may be like me and have a subscription in which case you will have already had it delivered yesterday
Looking forward to your feedback
P xx

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Demo Days....

Hi guys, I have been asked to give details of where I am demonstrating so I hope this helps.
5th and 6th October
I will be at Gardenlands, Cadbury Garden and Leisure,
Bridgenorth Road,
This demo is for IndigoBlu and I will be working with all the scrummy Christmas stamps. I would love it if anyone is in the area and wants to pop by and say hi. I will be there both Saturday and Sunday.
The follow Saturday the 12th October I will be here at Osbornes Mega Craft Day which is at the Crown Banqueting Suite,
Hurst Lane,
 Shard End,
B34 7HP
I will be one of five demonstrators doing workshops and make and takes. All this for £20 and a goody bag and cake too.
Again I hope to see you here too.

Keep the comments coming in on the Did You Hear It post and you may be the lucky one to win the goodies.

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Don't Forget....

To leave a comment on the last post.
You won't be in with a chance of some blog candy unless you leave a comment on the previous post, so come on girls leave me your comments on what you have enjoyed here.

A big thank you to my new followers, nice to have you with us
P xx