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Saturday, 9 August 2014

Baker Ross...Just Add Adults!! :)

Hi all :)
This is the first of a few projects that I have done for the craft company Baker Ross. Now, most of us probably connect Baker Ross with children's crafting, but the lovely Katy approached me and asked if I'd be interested in using some of their products in 'Adult Craft Land' ...well...you know me!!!.........
Sooo....with a box full of goodies...I set to work ......

For this project I have used some papers from the 'Mittsommerland' Paper Pad to make the roses and leaves...and a Paper Lantern.
The paper pad is FAB!! It measures 24 x 34 cm and has 26 sheets. 13 designs and two sheets of each...BUT...the wonderful thing about it is....one sheet is 270gsm and the other 80gsm!! How brilliant is that?!!! I used the 270gsm red polka dot paper for the roses and the 80gsm green paper for the leaves.
The paper lanterns are in a pack of 4 and measure 12cm in diameter. They come flat packed with a metal center piece to keep their shape and a piece of gold trim to hang them up with.

 I have used a BATTERY OPERATED tea light in mine. Pleeeeeeeeeease do NOT use normal tea lights for risk of fire...well...certainty of fire!!

Therefore, mine makes a lovely little side light for those 'chill' moments.

I have other projects to come so watch this space!!!
Have a fab weekend and Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Friday, 1 August 2014

Tattered Lace ~ August Challenge...

Helloooo!!! :)
August has arrived and summer is well and truly here!! Yayyy!! :)  I can't remember the last time we managed to string so many lovely summery days together! I look out of my craft room window and I'm seeing beautiful blue skies, and watching all the little sparrows in the hedge and on the feeders...I'm not exaggerating when I say there are more than 20 at a time out there sometimes!
Anyway...here is my DT project for this months challenge at Tattered Lace...our theme is 'Decadence' ...

A tough challenge this one as it entailed me having to go into the very yummy cake shop in the next village!! I had will power...however I also had three other passengers in my car!!! O.o

I used a 6 x 6 card base...
Matted a pearlised pink layer, then a TL Rose Garden embossed pearlised Cream layer... 
Cut 4 Chantilly Hearts - shaped and glued 
Cut 1 plain and 2 lacy roses per flower (5 needed altogether)
Cut out Chantilly Rose to go around the wedding cake pillar
Cut 2 of the largest rosette pieces and made 1 rosette
Finished off with a beautiful cupcake from Debbie @ Delicious Cakes...

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

IndigoBlu !!!

Good afternoon from a VERY sunny South of England!!! :)
Exciting stuff because it's soooo nice to have more than one day of sunshine....BUT....even more exciting  than that is my news that.....
I am now a fully fledged IndigoBlu Demonstrator!!! 
I applied at the beginning of June to their demonstrator call...and a couple of weeks later had an email saying I'd been selected for the training days!!!! Whoop!!
Well...I traveled up last Tuesday to the Hotel... armed with a few projects (samples sounds sooo wrong!! lol).  On Wednesday I headed across to IndigoBlu HQ  and met up with a few other girls on the same mission! I think I probably speak for us all when I say that we had THE most AMAZING two days of solid, hard work (well...I mean, how can I write TOTAL FUN?? ;) ) ...getting messy...drinking lots of coffee...learning heaps...spending time with wonderful crafty friends...eating gorgeous food...being totally looked after...... and then being told........ WE MADE IT!!!! Wooohooooooo!!!!!! :)

Kay is such a wonderful, bubbly, yet down to earth person (even though she locked us in the car park!!! Lol)  ...and along with her lovely hubby Alfie, I will be very proud to wear my badge and work my little socks off for them! x

This is one of the 'projects' I took with me..I just love the Alice range of stamps x

................. for Kay and all the girls....a track that will forever remind me of a fantabulous time, shared with awesome company xx

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

A Touch of Elegance.........

Good morning all :)
Wow!! It's July!!! Which means that we're half way through 2014!  What happened to the first 6 months?? They've whizzed by!  In another 6 months Christmas will be over and we'll be starting a New Year!!! Eeeek!!!
Moving swiftly on Lol .............................. ;)

Thank you to everyone who took part in the June challenge at Tattered Lace...it was great to see so many fab creations for the Guys.

Our theme for July is....Elegance.... an easy one as far as Tattered Lace dies are concerned! The hardest part is choosing which dies to use!! :)
Soooo...after a few cups of coffee and several stages of whittling down...I chose ....

Dies used:
Over the Edge Baroque....
Doily Corner dies...
The 'belly band' was made with
Beloved Borders
Chantilly Bow (small)
One of the brand new Tattered Lace embossing Folders - Rose Garden

The background was embossed with one of the gorgeous BRAND NEW Tattered Lace embossing folders... I used vellum to make it more delicate looking...then edged with Pan Pastels for that elegant pink touch...as have the Doily corners.
Inside this criss cross card I have cut two of the Corsets, gathered Tulle and sandwiched it between the layers. To finish it off I've added two of the beautiful diamante flowers from Tattered Lace and also a few single Diamante.

I hope you'll come and join us for the Tattered Lace challenge this month...you'll find it hard to make something other than elegant with these stunning dies!!  :)

Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Saturday, 28 June 2014

Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue 2014-2015 Launch Blog Hop

It's almost time for the BRAND NEW 2014/15 Stampin' Up! catalogue!!!!  The 1st of July is the UK launch date and boy are you going to LOVE it!!!!  <3
I am part of Amanda Fowler's lovely Inspiring Inkin' team...and about 20 of us are giving you a sneaky peek of some of the fab new products coming in the new catalogue with a Blog Hop!!

If you just popped in for a casual visit...'Welcome!!...it's really lovely to have you here. If you'd like to join our Blog Hop, the links are at the bottom of this post...just hop on board :)

For my sneaky peek I have made a nursery mobile with the very new...very cute and adorable Something for Baby bundle. This is a stamp and die set bundled together to save 15% on buying separately :)
I have used Calypso Coral card stock & ink (from the Subtles colour family) ...brand new Lullaby Designer Papers for the prams and the rolled roses...which have been made with the Stampin' Up! 1 3/4" 2 1/2" circle punches...all finished off with some of the gorgeous Stampin' Up! Pearl Basic Jewels.

I hope you've enjoyed your visit and my project. Top up that tea cup and enjoy the rest of your hopping :)

Thank you for stopping by
Lydia xxx

 Your Hop links are below :) x

Sunday, 1 June 2014

One for the Guys!

Morning one and all...from a lovely sunny (at the moment!!) South of England :)
Here we are..a new month...and a brand new challenge at Tattered Lace! Something a bit different this time...it's One for the Guys ...and it's surprising just how many of those elegant, delicate dies can turn macho!!! ;)

I have made a wall hanging for Rob's shed from a scrap of MDF, which Rob kindly cut and routered for me. It's been painted and crackled and then I've added Tattered Lace elements.

Can't wait to see what everyone comes up with this month...so have fun with it and ...
Happy Crafting :)

Lydia xx

Monday, 19 May 2014

My Stampin' Up! Online shop is...LIVE!!

Hi all :)
Just thought I'd let you know that at long last I have a Stampin' Up! online shop ...and it is now ....OPEN!!! :)
So for those of you who have a love for all things Stampin' Up!....you can now make that cup of coffee and .............SHOP...from the comfort of your home! x

The link is HERE....and also at the top of my blog on the right hand side. If you have any questions, my email address is at the top of my shop page x

Happy crafting
Lydia xx

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Tattered Candle...

Hi all :)
Just nipping in with a reminder of the Tattered Lace challenge  for May :) The theme is Romance & Roses and you can use any of your Tattered Lace dies this time.
I have used the beautiful Lace Carriage...Hidden Amore Edge...Lacy Rose collection...and leaves from the Rambling Rose die.Cut them from gold tissue to add to my candle x

These dies are so versatile...we'd all love to see what you do with them! AND...there is a chance to WIN a THREE month subscription of the Tattered Lace magazine too!!! 

Good Luck...and Happy Crafting
Lydia xx

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Romance & Roses - Tattered Lace - May challenge

Morning all :)
A new month...and a new challenge theme with Tattered Lace. Firstly, thank you to everyone who joined us for our first ever challenge last month...well done to Jacquie who won my blog candy of Lavish Blooms....and...don't forget to check over on the challenge blog to see who's won the £50 voucher for entering :)
Soooooo...here we are in May...and our Tattered Lace blog challenge theme this month is ......
...Romance & Roses....

I've made an exploding box ...and look...even had matching crackled Navy and White nails!! Lol 
The Roses on the side panels are from the Rambling Rose die. 

The little butterflies are made from the tiny bow from Lattice Bows. 

...wrapped up with a ribbon...
...the centre box top is edged with hearts from the Beloved Borders

And the rose made from the Lacy Rose collection takes centre stage. 

There we have my DT piece ...

You don't have to use specific Tattered Lace dies this month ...
The Tattered Lace Dies I've used are:
Rambling Rose (free with issue 5)
Westminster Corner
Beloved Borders
Doily Delights
Lattice Bow
Lacy Rose Collection
Mini Love Plaque
We'd all love to see your creations ...
Happy Crafting 

Lydia xx

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

And the Tattered Lace Candy winner is...

Hi all ... so sorry for keeping you in suspense!!!!
Thank you for entering our Tattered Lace blog candy...and for your messages. As some of you used Linky and some left comments, it was easier to draw it the old fashioned way. So...I wrote names on paper... and before she mooched off to bed earlier...got Daisy to pick a winner :)

.....and that winner is....

Jacquie at  Jacquie's Jewels 

Congratulations Jacquie... if you can email me with your details
I will arrange for your goodies to be sent out to you xx

Monday, 28 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,  fill in your details with Mr Linky or leave a comment if you don't have a blog....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 !! :) 

Thursday, 24 April 2014

This...is Tatty Twinkle!!

Hi all :)
Just nipping in with a super quick post as I can hear my bed calling!! :)
I've finally got around to having a quick play with Tatty! Isn't she wonderful? She's so ....tatty...bless her :)  Coloured with Copics...and a brush of sparkle just to make her feel special :)

My new Cinch (book binding machine) from We are Memory Keepers arrived the other day too, so I just had to have a quick play.
I covered/decorated two pieces of mountboard...cut some pages to size
 ...made the holes and then added the wires. Made a tiny Tatty from shrink plastic as a dangly charm...bound the book and added heaps of colourful ribbon to the wires to finish :) 

                      Look...even her little shoes are tatty...bless her little cotton socks :)
Well...that was my flying visit for today...I must away to my bed. But I'll be back tomorrow with something a little less tatty!! ;) 
Night all xx

Oh...and don't forget my Blog candy from Tattered Lace is still running...so nip to the post above and enter....quick!! :)

I'm entering Tatty into ...

Polkadoodles - Springtime
Fairy tale Challenge - Butterflies

Everybody Art Challenge - Cute 
Make my Monday - Distressed 

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  ♥

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