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Tuesday, 29 March 2011

CHALLENGE #16 - EASTER

First of all we'd like to thank everyone who joined in with our Mum's The Word challenge.  Your designs were absolutely stunning!  The winner of the K&Co Bailey papers is No.7, Vicky, congratulations!  Please email Mandy your address and we'll get them in the post to you.

We are pleased to announce we have a fabulous Guest Designer joining us for Challenge #16.  A big hello and welcome to Marlou as she joins us for Easter inspired projects....

Hi everyone and here are my Easter themed projects….


The little card is 4”x4".  I used lilac pearl card as my card base then added white pearl card embossed with hearts. I made the felt flower with cuttlebug flower dies adding a pearl stone and a heart pin.

I double nested labels 4 die with oval {my first attempt at this}, before running through the wizard.  Then raised the label part on sticky pads, the sentiment is from Papertrey mini messages.  I tied sheer spotty ribbon and added more pearls for detail.


The felt posies were so easy to make, I made 7 in total.  All you need is a flower die {mine is cuttlebug}, fold in half and then in quarter.  Stitch a few stitches up the side and stick a cocktail stick through.  I cut the top off the cocktail stick and adhered a pearl stone with glue.  Then I hand cut a leaf from felt and glued one side to the flower head, so simple!!!


Thanks Mandy and Eileen for having me as a Guest Designer :) xx


You can see more of Marlou's wonderful creations on her blog, Scrapping with Love.


Mandy

For my Easter Project I've used Lauren Meader's Anyway You Slice Template and my all time favourite K&Co Bailey Papers!


I love the versatility of this template and it's a great size at 4 3/4" tall and 3 1/2" deep.


Perfect for holding lots of Chocolate Bunnies !!


This very cute image is a download from The Graphics Fairy, Karen has a lot of fab vintage images.

I've used Blosom felt from Sarah at Paper and String for my flower along with buttons from The Ribbon Girl.  Lace and Seam Binding are also from The Ribbon Girl.  I've dyed cream seam binding with Stampin Up's Cameo Coral stamp pad and added a little Antique Linen Distress Ink on top.  I love the subtle tones you get dying the binding this way.

The large tag was cut using Papertrey Ink's Tag Sale #1 Die and then tea dyed...another of my favourite past times at the moment!  Always have a bowl of tea on the go!!  I did the same with the teeny tiny tag before adding stamp detail.  The tiny heart is cut using Papetrey's Heart Collection Dies and is attached along with the tag with a Making Memories Garment Pin.

Eileen


I have decorated this little box and tag for Easter.  The lace I used I have had for a long time and I'm not sure where I actually got it from.  The ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl which Mandy kindly sent to me along with some other bits and bobs which I can't wait to use.   The gift tag has lovely string, also from The Ribbon Girl.   I embellised the little box with some cute little flowers, buttons on the bows and used a stamp for the easter messages.  I then filled it with little caramello eggs which will make a nice gift.


Our Easter challenge will run until midnight, Tuesday 12th April New Zealand time.  Please leave a link to your design using Mr Linky or email either of us with a photo attached.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations, and below is a picture of our little gift for one lucky person who takes part in this challenge.  Die cut shapes in felt and cork paper, decorative pins and tea dyed tags.




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Monday, 21 March 2011

A CHANCE TO WIN SOME FAB CREATIONS BY A.R. TEMPLATES....

Would you like a chance to win a fab new template created by the very talented Adela?  If so, come and visit my blog tomorrow and take part in the AR Design Team Blog Hop.  All you need to do is visit each Designer on my list and leave a comment and you will be in with the chance to win!  The hop starts at 6:00am PST, that's 2pm here in the UK and a winner will be chosen randomly by each Designer and anounced on Friday.

Below is a little sneak preview of the new designs....




We look forward to seeing you.....and good luck, I can assure you the new templates are absolutely fab!!

p.s. Don't forget to scroll down to take part in our Mum's the Word Challenge!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

CHALLENGE #15 - MUM'S THE WORD

It was wonderful to see all the fab St Patrick Day inspired projects, a big thank you to all who joined in our challenge.

Congratulations to Donna, you were chosen by Random Org as the winner of our little gift.  Please email Mandy your address and we'll pop the goodies in the post to you.

Challenge #15 is Mum's the Word.  It's Mother's day in the UK on Sunday 3rd April, so we thought this would be a great opportunity to start thinking about cards and presents!  We'd love to see your creations with the theme of Mums or a special lady in your lives.


Eileen






Here is my latest card using the teapot template which I got from Adela.
I used papers from a selection called My Mind's Eye which I got from Warehouse Stationery.  



I have made a little cone hanging basket and filled it with Cadbury's chocolates The paper used is from Rosies.  The flower and leaves are made using the Marianne Creatable Dies.  



For mother's day I made this little apron card.  Again I used the Rosie's papers and an image of tatty ted baking muffins.  The little paper roses always look good to finish it off.  You can click here to get the template for the apron.


Mandy


A gift of Marks & Spencer's Lavender Shower Gel and Soap was inspiration for my matching card.


I used Papertrey Ink's Large Heart Die to cut chipboard, inked it up with ColorBox Wisteria Chalk Ink, added some Silver Pearl Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Then dressed it up with some scrummy Seam Binding, Decorative Pins, Button Twine and a Tea Dyed Tag complete with sentiment from Papetrey's Love Lives Here stamp set.  I also added Tea Dyed white lace.


The Ribbon Girl: White Lace, Decorative Pins, Button Twine, Seam Binding, Buttons.  Papertrey Ink: Heart Prints Die Collection, Love Lives Here Stamp Set, Kraft Cardstock. Graphics Fairy: Vintage Postcard Download.  Stampin Up: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

 

We have a few ideas up our sleeves for future challenges, but we'd also love to hear what challenges you would like to see here.  So, please feel free to leave a comment for us and we'll take it on board.

It was lovely to have Vicky join us as a Guest Designer and it's something we'd  like to do more often.  If you would like to join us as a Guest Designer could you pop that in the comments box too.

Our Mum's the Word challenge will run until midnight, Tuesday 29th March New Zealand time.  Please leave a link to your design using Mr Linky or email either of us with a photo attached.

We look forward to seeing your wonderful creations, and below is a picture of our little gift for one lucky person who takes part in this challenge.  A gorgeous K&Co Bailey 6" x 6" Paper Pad.





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Thursday, 10 March 2011

Don't forget our St Patrick's Day Challenge runs until midnight Tuesday 15th March NZ time.


Here's a perfect little box for this challenge, I do love green !


If you fancy making one of these very cute Nugget boxes you can find information about it here on Adela's Blog.  It's such great fun to make and I love the fact it opens at the ends which means you don't need to disturb the embellishments to get to the goodies inside!


Stampin Up: Old Olive Cardstock. The Ribbon Girl: 16mm Moss Green Taffeta Ribbon, Heart Pin, Teardrop Pin, Natural Jute Button Twine, Button. K&Co: Bailey Papers. Papertrey Ink: Love Lives Here Stamp Set. Other: Tea Dyed Tag

Please scroll down for our St Patrick's Day Challenge information.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

CHALLENGE #14 - ST PATRICK'S DAY

A big thank you to all those who took part in our Anything But a Card challenge.  It was lovely to see so many different ideas.

Congratulations to Marlou, you have been chosen to receive our little gift of lace and filagree pins.  Enjoy!  Please email Mandy your address and we will pop them in the post to you.

With St Patrick's Day just around the corner, we thought it would be fun to use it as inspiration for Challenge #14.  Again, we like to keep our challenges as open to interpretation as possible, so be as creative with this theme as you would like to be.

Mandy


Green is my favourite colour and I love all shades of it.  I used a gorgeous Flower Cube box template created by the very talented Adela.



My felt flowers were made using Papertrey Ink's large Scallop Border Die, after gathering together with thread, I embellished them with tiny seed beads in different shades of green.


Just perfect for giving small gifts such as jewellery!

Creations by AR: Flower Cube Template. Papertrey Ink: Kraft Cardstock, Large Scallop Border Die, Everyday Blessings Papers, Friendship Jar Stamp Set. The Ribbon Girl: Natural Lace, Jute Button Twine.

Eileen



I have used bright colours for my St Patrick's Day Card.   Tilda is coloured in using water coloured pencils by Mondeluz.  I have used the spellbinders hearts to make the clover and Marianne Creatable Dies for the swirls.

I coloured in the little boy on his bike with the water coloured pencils, then used the colourful paper from the Rosie's range.  The card was embossed with the sizzix dots embossing folder.

 

Our giveaway for Challenge #14 is pictured below and includes flowers, doilies, tea dyed tags and a selection of buttons including 3 wooden teapots. 


Please leave a link to your project using Mr Linky or send us an email with a picture attached. This challenge will close midnight Tuesday 15th March New Zealand time.  We look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations!

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