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Sunday, 20 April 2014

Tattered Lace Challenge Blog Candy!!

I'm back again!!!
I'm back to show you what I made today using the Tattered Lace Lavish Blooms Poppy dies and Lavish Leaves.... AND....if you're still with me at the bottom of my post...An EASTER SURPRISE awaits you!!!!! ;)
Our challenge this month on the Tattered Lace challenge blog is for your project to include Lavish Blooms...and there is still time for you to join us! :)
For those of you who own any of the Lavish Blooms, you'll know that each of the flowers have three dies to them...and they're a good size! Well, I decided to see if they'd cut shrink plastic...and in what kind of detail!! I was pleasantly surprised...the large and small plain ones cut brilliantly as expected...and the middle sized fancy one...also FAB!!
I think if I'd given them an extra shim and another pass they would have cut all the intricate pieces right out...but...I didn't think they'd heat so well then, so I left them as they were. I coloured a couple of pieces of scroll work and the centre with Copics...shrunk them with my heat gun...and voila!! Gorgeous little flowers!!
The large plain Poppies I flicked with a Copic from the centre out...shrunk...and then blotted the back of them with white acrylic paint.

What other perfect accompaniment for these scrummy flowers, but the very lovely brand new Basket die...also from Tattered Lace. I cut two from Kraft cardstock...leaving one of them 'as was' ...and triple embossed the other with pearlised embossing powder. I then layered the embossed basket on top of the Kraft one (slightly offset) and filled it with flowers and leaves...attached them to my circular easel card and added finishing touches of ribbon...a shrink plastic bow (die comes with the basket) and a shrunk fancy poppy as a stopper. 

Now....the Easter Surprise bit....
If you would like to make some of these flowers...you'll need the Lavish Bloom dies!  Don't have them???
Do not worry....you have the chance of winning them!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yes...I know!! Exciting stuff huh?!!! 

I have been allocated a set of Lavish Blooms as Blog Candy!! One lucky winner will receive
Lavish Blooms Poppy
Lavish Blooms Aster
Lavish Blooms Lily
Cherished Centres
Lavish Leaves
(card not included x) 

All you have to do is follow the Tattered Lace Challenge Blog...follow my blog and fill in your details with Mr Linky....easy!! :)   

** The winner will be picked...checked they've followed the simple rules...and I'll post on here on the 29th April.
* The dies will be sent to you direct, so I will need to pass on your address to Tattered Lace, please bear this in mind x

So, there you have it! ... get following...and get linking !! :) 

Saturday, 19 April 2014

HaPpY EAsTeR !

Good morning one and all....and Happy Easter weekend to you too xx
Just thought I'd nip in quick to show you my Easter duck.
 I have covered her in one of the flower designs from the Tattered Lace Mini Blooms set...and also used one of the flourishes from the Florentine Flourishes set for wings and tail feathers.
And yes...I have noticed that a certain someone is after her eggs!! Caught red handed!!!!!! :O

I am entering this into these challenges...
The Crafty Bloggers - Die Cuts and Embossing 
A Creative Romance -  Eggcellent Spring 
Alphabet Challenge - E is for Easter
Crafty Catz - B is for .....Blooms, bird, beak!!! ;)
Fussy & Fancy - Pearls & Lace  - pearls around neck, lacy tail and wings

My new We Are Memory Keepers Cinch has just arrived so I NEED to go and play!!! ;)

Have a great weekend

Lydia xx

Saturday, 12 April 2014

On your Wedding Day.....

Where has the first week of the Easter Holidays gone?? ...the last day of term seems like yesterday!!  Having said that, my poor Daisy has spent all of that week poorly.....not good having to use your school hols to be ill!!! Hopefully next week she'll be better :)

 Today I'm sharing with you a wedding card and matching candle. I was asked to make these for one of the members of staff at the school where the girls used to go...and I spent soooooo much of my time too!!! :)  I decided it needed to be a bit special...and big enough for all the staff to sign!

Mission accomplished......
 I made a gatefold card which had a 12" base and 6" folds. These had acetate 'windows' so that you could read the message and their details with the card closed....
I then needed to make a box for it to fit in!! 
...and this is the matching candle...
The centre of the card which held it closed....
(and in the true colours ) 

I wish Rachel & Sam all the best for today.....
.....and forever  ♥

Sunday, 6 April 2014

Tattered Nests and a NEW Tattered Lace challenge blog!

Helloooo! :)
I come bearing such exciting news!!!!!
I am sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo thrilled to have been asked to be part of the Tattered Lace Design Team for their brand new challenge blog...I just adore their dies and now I have an even bigger reason to play with them!!!!! :)

The challenge blog has just launched, and the very first monthly challenge is to create something - anything!! - using the gorgeous Lavish Bloom Set. 

I had Easter in my thoughts...hmmm...or was it just chocolate? ... when I picked up the Lavish Bloom set of dies...and so...Easter baskets with nests were created. 

The overall winner of the challenge will receive a prize of a £50 voucher to spend at www.Crafting.co.uk

For this project I have used 
Tattered Lace -
Lavish Blooms Lily
Lavish Bloom Leaves
Lavish Bloom Stamens
and tiny flowers from
Beautiful Blooms

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

A Thank You gift...

Another Made with Love and Coffee make! This time a keepsake from the bride and groom to their matron of honour.
I just adore the Tattered Lace range of dies...perfect for the delicate and elegant look on this gift. Handcrafted (by me)  bead pins...rolled roses and a ruffled ribbon finish it off nicely x

I will share the matching table decorations soon.
Stay safe everyone x

Monday, 6 January 2014

Happy New Year......with Coffee!!!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year... to one and all x I hope you all had the most wonderful Christmas and enjoyed your New Year celebrations.
As we settle into our first days (for most of us) of 'normality' in 2014...I'm sure a coffee break would be most welcoming!  If you feel like a 'wander' with your mug and biccy (carrot stick if you've seen quite enough biscuits for a while!) ...I would like to point you in the direction of our new venture! If you're on Facebook, you can find us here at....

but if not, don't worry... I am doing my best to understand the construction of websites...FAST!! :/  A steep, and patience trying, learning curve....creating delicate little flowers are by far easier for me!! Lol 
We will be bringing you...OOAK personalised...Keepsake Boxes (weddings, births, Christenings etc) Wall Hangings, Treasure Boxes, Candles, Plaques, Gifts and Cards x
The boxes and most of the other wood items are made by Rob...and I fill/cover/alter them :)

Keepsake Box

Treasure box

Thank you to each one of you who follow me, and leave such lovely messages...you and they, are very much appreciated....and hopefully there will be more for you to look at this year!! :)
Take care...and happy crafting in 2014
Lydia xx

Saturday, 7 December 2013

A Snowman set...

THAT time is fast approaching and if you're anything like me.....you're not ready!!!! :O  I don't know about you, but for me 365 days just isn't enough notice for Christmas!!! Eeeek!!!
BUT...Fab news!!!! Help is at hand!! The wonderful people in La Pashe land have jumped to our aid with the Christmas Box CD. There are heaps of images...digi's...toppers...gift tags...embellishments...sentiments and of course - decoupage on there, just ready for you to print and turn into something special for Christmas!
I've made a card/gift card holder...a candle and a little candy cane holder, which could be used as either a tree decoration or a table place name. All of these can be made quite easily with the images from the CD.
La Pashe also have an offer on at the moment where you can try their fabulous printing papers for FREE!!! ... HERE ...
So go...go...go.... you know you want need to!!!! :)
Happy Christmas Crafting All xxxx

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Your Carriage Awaits...

EXCITEMENT ALERT!!! :)   ...    BRAND NEW from LA PASHE!!! ... available TODAY!!!!  ...
La Pashe along with Adela Rossol from Creations by AR, have brought us a fantastic new CD full of 3D Templates!!  It is available TODAY...from the team at La Pashe at the NEC Hobbycrafts show Birmingham!
There are 30 templates...all coming with full step by step instructions and available in either SVG or PDF 'cut by hand' formats...BOTH included on the disc...and all for £19.99!!  You're just going to LOVE these!! :)

Monday, 21 October 2013

Coffee Time ...

Yuk, yuk, yuk....what a miserable day here in the South of England!! But I suppose it is Autumn... and I know our friends out in Australia would dearly love this amount of rain right now x
Daisy had a 'duvet day' today as her school had an inset day... which was good with me as I had a quick tidy on my desk...and then....untidied it all over again!! :)
Today's card sets the scene of a little coffee house :)  Coffee?? Me?? Nah!!! Lol
Using a gorgeous Lily of the Valley image...Tim Holtz 'Wall' embossing folder...Marianne Lamp post die...La La Land Fence die...tiny blossoms from WOC...and a Spellbinder window......here it is x

Take care all x

Monday, 7 October 2013

A Christmas Cracker!!

Jak kindly sent the DT some of the new Cracker cards from La Pashe last week, and yesterday I got around to playing :)
Now...you know me...I'm a bit of an 'Out of the Box' kinda girl and they just shouted for me to 3D them!!
I've cut strips of red card to hold the cracker panels together...and made a 'box base' which I attached to the inside to act as a shelf so it can hold a treat.  
I've used four of the 'stackers' from the Christmas Box CD...layered them up and used one on each side.

I've cut one of the window panes out of this one so it looks as if he's peeking inside the cracker...

 ...and used stackers from the CD on each side....

 Hope you like it...and have a go yourselves. They'll make great gift boxes for Christmas! xx

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Oh Yeah!!!! MSMS is back!!!

The everso fabby Marcea is back with her Saturday... 'Music Saves My Soul'! Yipppeeee!!!! :)
I don't need an excuse to play music...it's pretty much a 24/7 thing with me...but this is such a good excuse to share it with you! x
Biggest problem I have is choosing what to share!! Lol

Well...this week I'm going with Tich...she was a support act for Olly Murs when Emily and I went to see him back in March this year. She is tiny, but comes with a wonderful and HUGE voice...and never sung a duff note in her hour on stage!!

Love this  ♥

Hope you have a great weekend xx

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Mess and elegance with Heartfelt Creations

Morning world...oh no wait....it's now afternoon!! Eeek...where did my morning go?? O.o
This is the third and final project that I submitted to the Heartfelt Creations DT call. I had a wonderful time playing in the world of girly grunge :)

Voting...HERE... is open until the 18th Oct and I really appreciate your time...and vote x
Thanks for looking and have a fab day xx

Monday, 30 September 2013

50 Golden Years!

Me again!!! ...getting back to the old days again with more frequent posts!!! :)
  I was going to share my third Heartfelt Creations DT project with you today, but as it was Rob's parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary on Saturday, I thought I'd share a bit of gold with you instead :)
Always a huge milestone in my eyes...and a very special occasion. We went down to see them yesterday and were thoroughly spoilt as 'we' were treated out for dinner and then went back to find Marion had made the most ENORMOUS...squishy...and very yummy raspberry pavlova!! I should have been a bit quicker with my camera than we all were with forks and spoons...as very rapidly there wasn't much left to photograph!!! O.o
I made them a card with added carnations, which is what they had as buttonholes and bouquets...and a 3 tiered decorated cake in a display box...from Scary Mary! Just love her kits x
Somehow I'd forgotten to take a proper photo of it...just a 'rough' one :/  I'll have to get Rob to take one when he goes down next weekend.

Take care...hope you all have a great week xx

Thursday, 26 September 2013

I Need YOUR Help!!!!!!

Pretty please :) x

A few weeks ago I saw a post on Heartfelt Creations FB page with a shout for a new DT.  I thought about it...thought again...and then thought ...unless I entered I wouldn't stand a chance! So off to my craft room I went!
Wellllllll......yesterday was THE day when they released the names of the semi finalists....and I'm on the list!!
Yayyyy!!! :) 
Now, I'm not usually one to shout about things...what will be will be...BUT...there is a voting system in place...and I would like  'need' your votes!!! :) 
One of my old (back in time not age! LOL) team mates from another DT  - Enfys - has also made it through  along with Liz - also from the UK...and as you need to pick 5 semifinalists to complete your vote, I'm sure they would appreciate an extra tick in the box :) 
Sooo...if you have a couple of minutes to spare while you drink your coffee and dunk your biccies, I'd very much appreciate your vote...which you can do over
Oh...and you will also have a chance of winning a $50 Heartfelt Creation gift certificate!! :)
This is one of the projects I submitted  ...the Hearts and Lace white card (a couple of posts down) was another xx

Thanking you very much...cheekily...and in advance *Mwah* xxxx

Flutterbies and Flowers...

Morning all :)
Just going through picture files and realise there is so much I haven't blogged!! Bad me seems to Facebook things these days and neglect my blog...tut tut !!
Sooooo....here is a card I made mainly with the Time Flies collection from Craftwork Cards and an image from Saturated Canary.
I have also used Grand Decorative Circles from Spellbinders...Stampin' Up! Rich Razzleberry ink...Fran-tage embossing enamel (LOVE that stuff!!) ...a bow made from lace.. the image coloured with Prisma pencils...all put together and made with love xx
Have a fab day xx

I'm entering this into ...
Sweet Stampin' Challenge - Glitz and Glamour 
Stampavie and More - Flowers 

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