Saturday, 30 November 2013

Secrets Out......

And I am now able to tell you all.
It's officially been announced that I been chosen to be on the Design Team of Jones & Co. The supplier of Kaisercraft, Graphic 45 and much more.
I will get to play with all the scrummy products they supply and I just can't wait!!

The Design Team consists of myself and the highly talented Hels Sheridan, along with the fabulous Clare Charvill. We also have with us Marion Emberson, Sandra Carey and up in Scotland we have Lorraine Brown Robertson. What a team!!
A really big thank you goes out to Darren Saxton for asking me and a big thumbs up to the guys at Jones. You can check out jones Facebook page for the official announcement
Now all I have to do is wait for the postman to knock my door.........

Friday, 29 November 2013


You win!! here's the other cards I made. This one is from a Papermania paper pad of all dotty and stripey papers - the name escapes me,  it's all pastel but bright colours. Very contemporary I think.

Now this is the Christmas design. I was teaching the Redditch Ladies Circle and I new they were all going to be of a "younger age" shall we say. So I decided to do the design in some more papers with a trendy, funky christmas theme. They are pearly too to so along with the glittery reindeer, snowflake and flourish  it makes it another very contempoary styled card

Here are the ladies with the two cards they made. It was a great night 

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Pauline Has A.......

 I know what you are thinking. It's here we go again, how long do we have to wait this time I wonder before she lets us in on this here secret. Well the answer is not long and I'm itching to tell you but I can't let the cat out of the bag just yet. It's all hush, hush for now but I can say that Pauline is one happy bunny and very excited.

You'll have to keep popping back to see so I'll have to try and keep you entertained whilst you wait. So for now I'm showing you a card I made by using up scraps of leftover paper from another card design. The papers are Tilda but I think they look very Cath Kidston, don't you.??
I've added stitches with a pen (as much as I love the stitched effect on cards you won't get me doing the really thing). A die cut leafy flourish and a rose with a couple of hat pins add the finishing touches.
I've since made a contemporary version and a christmas version. If you would like to see them let me know.

Sunday, 24 November 2013

A Big.......

Thank You!!!
This goes out to all the lovely ladies who attended my Christmas sleigh class yesterday. What a great afternoon.
With mulled wine and muffins and chocs in our sleigh we had a fabulous crafty class.
A special thank you for Chris who was in both the refreshment and die cutting corner, Gail for the mulled wine, Jayne for the muffins and helping to set up the class and My Carol for all her never ending support.
Another thank you for Susan and Nicky who travelled all the way from Telford for the class.
Here's a few pics of them all hard at work.

Saturday, 23 November 2013

IndigoBlu Challenge.....

The IndigoBlu Challenge for this month is "Lest We Forget" so of course I just had to use the Poppy Meadow stamp set for my design.
As you have probably heard me say, on numerous occasions before, that I do love a bit of the masking technique so I have done precisely that and used the smaller poppy stamp to stamp around the main large poppy image and masked the design as I have gone around.
I've coloured the main poppy with ProMarker pens and I've also stamped it a couple of times onto spare card so that I could layer the design. I cut away the front section and added that to the final image.
Spellbinders dies were used for the circles and a Martha Stewart butterfly punch,Memory Box alphabet for the lettering. IB stamp for the background stamping.
If you would like to see what the others in the Design Team have made just take a look here on the challenge blog, or maybe enter the challenge yourself.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Crafty Ribbons....



Hi Everyone,
Time to share some news with you all..... Over on the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration blog we are going to be having another one of our fabulous events,yes it's time for our Christmas Advent Event which will run from 1st December through to the 24th December........

Each day we will be highlighting a different Craft Company or Shop,the Design Team will be posting cards/projects on  the Inspiration blog and on their blogs each day there will also be a prize from the highlighted Company up for grabs that's 24 prizes  in total and you can enter each day,only one entry per person per day to make it fair,so make sure to become a follower over at the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration blog   and remember the Christmas Advent will start at 8.30am (GMT) on the 1st December the Design Team hope you will all join in the fun and countdown to Christmas with us....... 

To kick off our new event we are offering a fabulous surprise ribbon candy......

 If you would like to win this fabulous ribbon surprise,then all you need to do is go over to the Crafty Ribbons Inspiration Blog and checkout the post about the Christmas Advent Event...

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Candle Tutorial.....

I'm Back.......
and I am soooo sorry for keeping you all waiting for this tutorial. I won't bore you with all the details I'll just get on with showing you how I decorate candles. Joyce Egar, this is for you.....
Here I'm stamping the most fabulous IndigoBlu Baubles Flourish stamp onto a 3 ply facial tissue. I'm using a black Versafine ink pad as you do need to use a waterproof ink because when we come to add it to the candle a dye based ink will bleed.

When you have stamped your chosen image, dry it off with a heat gun just to set the ink quicker. Now tear around the image, you will get a better finish if you tear it rather than cutting it out.
You will need to separate the three layers as you only need the top layer for your candle.

Place this top layer onto your candle in the position you want it then cover it with a layer of wax paper.

 Hold the wax paper firmly then heat the candle with a heat gun. You will see the colour change to translucent as the wax melts. DON'T LEAVE IT IN ONE PLACE TOO LONG. As soon as you see the colour change move the heat gun onto the next bit.
 As soon as you have finished the heating remove the wax paper or it will cool down and stick to the candle.

And there you have it, one decorated candle. I have finished mine with Platinum Stickles to add a bit of "Christmas Sparkle"
But before I go I wanted to show you this.......

This is a two foot tall candle I've just helped my friend Jane to decorate. It took nearly two hours to do, but we had a great time doing it.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Christmas sleigh class...

Hi bloggers,
I've had a couple of cancellations on my Christmas sleigh class next Saturday 23rd November
1.30-4.30pm at Webheath village hall ,Redditch   so if you are interested just let me know
P x

Friday, 15 November 2013


Hi to you all,
Friends, followers and bloggers. You have my utmost apologies for not being here with lots of crafty inspiration for you but unfortunately life has just got in the way of blogging.
I haven't forgot you all, I'm still here and the candle tutorial is imminent, I promise.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, stick with me and I will bring you lots more tutorials, ideas and information about classes and all things crafty.
Much love
P xx

Friday, 1 November 2013


And counting!!!
It's not gone unnoticed ladies. I have seen and welcomed the new followers I have got. It's great to have you here and I hope you enjoy your visits to my crafty world.
I seem to have picked up followers from the We Love IndigoBlu FB Site and followers from my visit to Grosvenor House Papers in Kendal but wherever you have found me from I'm very happy to have you here.
I quick reminder that I will be doing an IndigoBlu Demo at Osborne Stationers in Sheldon this Sunday, 3rd November at 10-3pm and it would be great if you could come along and say hi. I will be demo'ing Christmas stamps. If you can't make it to Sheldon I will be at the Worcester branch the following Saturday 10-4pm so perhaps you can join me there.

After having soooo many people enjoy my demo of the decorated candle I'm going to be doing a tutorial on here very soon, so maybe you can come back and have a look.
P xx