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Sunday, 21 September 2014

Gruffies and Guests Challenge - September 2014

It is mid-way through the month for the challenge at the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.

The topic for September 2014 is "anything goes with the option of fall into fall".

Pop on over to the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog to see both Team A's creations and Team B's creations.

Normally there would be a card from me today as I am Team B but I did a swap this time so you have already seen my card.

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Bearly Mine Designs - End of Summer Savings

Just a reminder that Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs is having an "End of Summer Savings".  

It has already started and ends at midnight on Monday 22 September 2014 (UK time).

Hurry on over to the Bearly Mine Designs Store and grab some bargains.

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Saturday, 20 September 2014

Thinking of You Always!

Here is a vintage style card I have made using a Scribble and Scrap vintage photo digital image
  
The backing papers I have used are from Bearly Mine Designs "Plain and Simple" and "Krafty Wishes".  I have put one piece through an embossing ffolder and inked this and all the papers with Tim Holtz's Vintage Photo distress ink.

I have finished the card off with some flowers (layers die-cut from a book and inked with Tim Holtz's Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and held together with a brad), seam binding (from Buckwell Craft Supplies - originally white but I coloured brown with a Promarker), lace, pearls, tag shaped die-cut sentiment and some string.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Scribble and Scrap - Anything goes
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes
Robyn's Fetish - Use an embossing folder
Totally Gorjuss - String
The Pink Elephant - Embossing
Love to Scrap - Anything goes
Crafting form the Heart - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes/add some bling
Through the Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Crafty Boots - Anything goes
Crafty Creations - Vintage
Penny's Paper Challenge - Embossing - wet or dry
Simon Says - Tag it!
Ruby's Rainbow - Anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
Crafty Girls Challenge - Anything goes
Creative Fingers - Anything goes
Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper September Challenge - Anything goes

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Bearly Mine Designs - End of Summer Savings

Just a reminder that Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs is having an "End of Summer Savings".  

It has already started and ends at midnight on Monday 22 September 2014 (UK time).

Hurry on over to the Bearly Mine Designs Store and grab some bargains.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

New Challenge Blog Starting - Buckwells Crafty Challenge

Buckwells Crafty Challenge Badge
There is a new Monthly Challenge Blog starting on 1 October 2014.  It is called "Buckwells Crafty Challenge" and the owner of the challenge blog is my crafty friend Lozzy who opened her own online craft store recently called "Buckwell Craft Supplies".

There are some very basic rules for the challenge blog:
  1. you can enter any card/creation
  2. you can combine your entry with any other challenges
  3. If you use an item that has been purchased from Buckwell Craft Supplies and linked back to the shop for the item used you will get two entries into the draw
  4. your entry MUST be your own work
  5. you can enter up to 3 cards/projects per month
  6. your entry must be a new entry and no backlinks are allowed
  7. you must provide a direct link back to Buckwells Crafty Challenge (a blog badge is available)
  8. most importantly - you need to have fun!!!
Make sure you pop on over to Buckwells Crafty Challenge and become a follower.  The very first challenge goes "live" on 1 October 2014.  The challenge will be ............................ well you will just have to wait and see!!!

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Bearly Mine Designs - End of Summer Savings

Just a reminder that Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs is having an "End of Summer Savings".  

It has already started and ends at midnight on Monday 22 September 2014 (UK time).

Hurry on over to the Bearly Mine Designs Store and grab some bargains.

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Delicious Doodles Challenge - Friday 19 September 2014 - Tags

 It is the start of another challenge over at Delicious Doodles.  This week the challenge is  "Tags - it could either be a tag or a tag on a card".

It is Team A's turn to show you their creations.  
Pop on over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog to look at their wonderful cards/creations.

I am in Team B so I will be next Friday with another challenge and my card/creation to show you all.

The Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog is here.

The Delicious Doodles Shop is here.

The Delicious Darkness Shop is here.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Design Team

Ching-Chou Kuik recently held a Design Team call on her Facebook Group recently.  I have loved her images for many years so I applied.  Guess what??  
As you can see I was lucky enough to get on the Design Team.  I recently made a card with the image above (click here to see the blog post and full picture of the card) and I have now my own personalised Design Team Member badge using an image that I have coloured in.  I LOVE IT!!

I am overjoyed to be on this Design Team and shall look forward to seeing what gorgeous images Ching-Chou Kuik designs for us in the future.

Her digital stamps can be found in her Etsy store at:

If you do Facebook why not pop on over to the Ching-Chou Kuik Digital Stamps Facebook Group.

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Bearly Mine Designs - End of Summer Savings

Just to let you know that Donna over at Bearly Mine Designs is having an "End of Summer Savings".  

It starts on Friday 19 September 2014 and ends at midnight on Monday 22 September 2014 (UK time).

There have been some lovely additions to the store in the last few months:
  
 
   
 
   
 
Pop on over to the Bearly Mine Designs Shop tomorrow onwards to grab some wonderful bargains.

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Delicious Doodles and Delicious Darkness

Just a reminder
Delicious Doodles Shop
Delicious Doodles images can be found in the Delicious Doodles Store.  There is a vast array of wonderful images there.
Delicious Darkness
If you prefer images that are on the darker side these can be found at the Delicious Darkness Store.
Delicious Doodles Challenges
There is also a weekly Delicious Doodles challenge.  Pop on over to the Delicious Doodles Challenge Blog EVERY FRIDAY to see what the new what the new challenge is and to see the Design Team inspiration.  You don't have to use a Delicious Doodles image to enter but you get an extra entry to win the weekly prize if you do so that is a good incentive!!
Delicious Darkness Challenges
If you fancy a challenge on the darker side you could enter the Delicious Darkness Monthly Challenge.  Pop on over to the blog for the rules and the topic for the month.
If you use Facebook then there is both a Delicious Doodles Facebook Group and a Delicious Darkness Facebook Group where you can add the creations you make using Delicious Doodles images and there is sometimes competitions as well.

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Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog and Gruffies and Guests Facebook Group

Gruffies & Guests
Every month there is a new challenge over at the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog.  

To enter the challenge you must use a House Mouse, Gruffies or Happy Hoppers image.

Pop on over to the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog to see the topic of the challenge and to see inspiration from the Design Team.

The Design Team on the Gruffies and Guests Challenge Blog is split up into two teams.  Team A will show you their creations on the 1st day of the month.  Team B will show you their creation on the 15th day of the month.  This means that there is a good excuse to pop on over to the Challenge Blog at least twice a month to see the inspiration from the Design Team.
If you use Facebook why not pop on over to the Gruffies and Guests Facebook Group.  Here you can have a good natter and show your House Mouse, Happy Hoppers and Gruffies creations.

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Bearly Mine Design and the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog

Just a quick reminder to say that Bearly Mine Designs digital papers are available from the Bearly Mine Designs Store.  Here you will find a wonderful selection of papers.  If you look there are also some freebies so you can "try before you buy".

Every month there is a challenge over at the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog.  If you pop on over to the challenge blog you will find out details of the challenge and see inspiration from the Design Team.

If you want more Bearly Mine Designs inspiration, every two days you will get an inspiration card/project from one of the Design Team members.  So this is a good excuse to keep on popping over to the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Buckwell Craft Supplies

If you want some crafting goodies why not pop on over to Buckwell Craft Supplies.

You will see items from Creative Expressions, Spellbinders, Couture Creations, Rangers and Tim Holtz.  Soon the shop will stock items from Crafters Companion.  She is also stocking some gorgeous ribbons.  I have to say the organza ribbon is the best quality I've ever used!!!

P&P for items under £20 is £2.95.

When you spend £20 it is free P&P.

The shop can be found at:  http://buckwellcraftsupplies.co.uk/

Lozzy can be contacted for any questions at:  buckwellcrafts@yahoo.co.uk

Why not pop on over and take a look at Buckwell Craft Supplies.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Easel Calendar and Post-it Note Holder Instructions

I never knew when I posted my Easel Calendar and Post-it Holder yesterday it would result in so many private/public messages asking for dimensions on how to make it.

This is what they can look like when finished:
  
 
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Well for those that wanted to know here are some instructions.  If you have any problems just let me know and I will help you:
For my calendar/post-it note holder I have used 280gsm-300gsm weight card as it has to be able to withstand being on show for a year as it is a calendar.

The actual calendar I have measured across at 10cm and used the full length of the A4 card which is 29.5cm.
With one of the pieces of card score in from the left at 7cms and 14cms.

Then score in 14cms from the right hands side edge.  This will leave a gap in the middle which you don't normally have with an easel card but you need it this time as you need space to clear the height of the post-it note holder.
You then need to cut a piece of matching card which is 10cms across and 14cms in length.  This is for your easel mount ie so you can put your topper on.
You need to crease the lines very well with something like a bone folder.  All the bends in the card then need to come forward and it will look like this above (obviously without all the writing on it!!)
Then you need to use a piece of matching card and the size of this has to be 8cms wide and 16.3cms in length (the length dimensions can obviously be tweaked a bit if you have a fatter post-it note pad or a thinner post-it note pad)
Then with this piece of card (if you are using my dimensions) you need to measure in 7.6cms in from the left and 7.6cms in the right and score down these two lines.  I have drawn the marks for scoring in with a pen just so you can see it easily.  The gap in the middle is for the depth of the post-it note pad.
This is then what the three pieces of card will look like.  I have changed to the actual card I am using for the calendar/post-it note holder.
You then need to choose some backing paper and cut it to 9.5cms across by 13cms high.
Then cut two pieces of backing paper to go on the top and inside of the post-it note holder.  These I have cut to 7cms across and 7cms high.
You then need to stick some double-sided tape to the bottom of the post-it note pad and some red super sticky tape to the fold on the post-it note holder.
Stick in the post-it pad.  Make sure the glued end of the pad sits right next to the folder in the holder (I nearly made the mistake of not doing this on my first try!!).  I tend to add a bit of wet tacky glue on top of the tape to make sure it stays put.  Remove the cover of the red tape, add some tacky glue and then push this up against the edge post-it pad and leave to dry.  It doesn't take too long.
Now you need to stick in the backing paper to the base of the holder and also the mount for an image to go on.
Make sure when you stick the piece onto the easel mount you put glue on the bottom half of the fold and put the bottom half of the mount on top of this.

You need to stick the calendar onto the top of the post-it note holder (I got my calendar tabs (as they are known in the crafting world) from here).

Then the final step is to decorate as you wish.  I'll have to leave mine for another day.

I hope you can make sense of my instructions.  It is very easy once you have done 1-2 of them.  I prepared 4 in one go and it didn't take too long.  Decorating them is another thing!!

Once completed they are a unique piece of artwork that the recipient can have on show at work or at home for the whole of 2015.

Please let me know if you use my template as I'd love to see what you come up with.

The black and white backing papers I have used are Bearly Mine Designs "Black and White Essentials".

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