Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Shabby Chic Embossing

Hi everyone,

So today I am in crafty heaven as my Docrafts kit arrived ready for the many demonstrations I have coming up this month. The products are just amazing. I will share a project with you on Friday featuring the new xcut gift bag die and A4 embossing folder and the Bellisima range. Very feminine and just gorgeous.

The make I am sharing today is made from the free embossing folders that came with Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine, a card in the magazine inspired me to make this one, but of course I had to add a little bit of Docrafts to them!

I didn't have any cardstock that I could sand back to make shabby chic so I wiped over the embossed card with a papermania white mini ink pad instead.

The big flowers are from Prima and the small resin flower is from the Sew Lovely collection by Docrafts.

The metal label and alphabet are from Docrafts Madame Payraud collection.

As is the lace behind the purple card and the 3d butterfly.

Just a quick post as I am trying to get ready for Saturdays demo and finish editing my husbands website before the school run.

Hope to see you on Friday!


Monday, 24 February 2014

Docrafts Monday Madam Payraud Canvas

Hi everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend? Last week was half term and absolutely manic here in a good way. We went bowling, to the cinema, to the park, woods, farm, indoor soft play and a museum / gardens. Phew! I managed to get a bit of me time yesterday as we had a pj day so whilst cooking the Sunday Roast I finished off this Madame Payraud Canvas I started a few weeks ago. What is it with me and the crafting / cooking combo?! So this is my contribution to #docraftsmonday on facebook and twitter. Don't forget to join in using the #docraftsmonday and tag @officialdocraftspage on facbook or @docraftsteam on twitter.

 I started off with a blank canvas and stuck my chosen piece of Mrs P paper using pva glue. I then made a colour wash of Artiste Acrylic Paints using the colour 'Dusty Rose'. This made the background a lovely warm pink to co-ordinate with the pleated ribbon and alphabet stickers which I inked with pink Artiste pigment ink.

The birds were cut from the 12x12 Mrs P papers which has one design that is a collage of all wonderful bird prints which I love so much I'm keeping the second sheet for a special project! I added them using foam pads for extra depth.

The green fabric tape is from the Vintage Notes collection which was released last year and the twine is from a pack of bunting that I had left over.

The feathers are cut from the same page as the birds and the rose from another page in the 12x12 pack. I added this with glue and foam pads to add depth.

I have made another lovely shabby chic card to share tomorrow so please pop back and say hi!

Take care all, off to look at all the wonderful #docraftsmonday projects people have been posting.


Tuesday, 18 February 2014

'We Do' Scrapbook page

Hi everyone

So this afternoon is going to see us braving the elements and venturing out on a much needed walk through some local woods and then onto the park so the kids can let off steam. We ended up being stuck indoors yesterday so a trip out is needed for my sanity as much as that of the kids! Last night whilst making dinner I made a quick scrapbook page which I don't do very often. I really enjoy scrapbooking but I find I'm often quite indecisive about where to place items on my page and still don't like writing on them! It's mad as with a card I have very definite opinions about where things should be placed.....

The papers, die cut heart, frame and decorative tape are all from the 'Sew Lovely' range from Docrafts.

The filigree lace heart is from the Parisienne Blue range from Docrafts. I can't wait for the range to come out next month as 'Oyster Blush' in lovely neutral beige / cream tones! Perfect for weddings in the coming spring / summer. 

The crochet heart and the alphabet were from the Tilly Daydream range again from Docrafts.

Thank you for all your lovely comments yesterday, they were really appreciated as always. I'm off to type up instructions for a magazine project now which I can't wait to share with you and then onto the park.

Take care

Monday, 17 February 2014

Nature inspired #docraftsmonday

Hi Everyone!

So it's Monday again - time is just flying by at the moment. Then again I am a very busy lady! So today is #docraftsmonday so don't forget to go on facebook or twitter and share your makes with docrafts using the #docraftsmonday and @official docrafts page on facebook or @docraftsteam on twitter.

I was inspired by nature as yesterday I actually saw some Crocuses starting to pop up out the ground and because the sun was actually out! It was beautiful weather and made me think ahead to spring, surely it must be on its way?! So I managed to make a quick card whilst the kids were eating lunch today using last years Gorjuss ultimate A4 pack & decorative tape, the new Madame Payraud Alphabet, Bare Basics heart tag and some papermania paper flowers from my stash. All products used from the lovely Docrafts. 

Happy #docraftsmonday everyone!

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Good Things Come In Small Packages

Hi everyone

As you know I have a big family, myself, the husband and seven children aged 10 and under means a very busy household! So this year I thought I should put myself forward for some product testing and reviewing - everything is tested to the extreme here so I thought we would be good candidates.

With this being my first campaign assignment as a Bzzagent I couldn't have been more excited and curious to try the new Sure Compressed Deodorants. I'm a rather large lady and with seven children and work I am always running around like a headless chicken, getting hot and bothered and have found deodorants a bit of a problem to be honest! My pet hates with previous brands have been that they powder when applied, they don't last long enough and I end up using more or that they just don't smell fresh enough. I'm therefore a pretty harsh critic and I was worried about how this trial was going to go.

I have been incredibly surprised overall and I have found my deodorant of choice in the form of the Compressed Sure for Women Crystal Invisible. The smaller can size is perfect for fitting in a handbag which was a good point for me just in case I needed to use more but I didn't! I used the deodorant just before a manic, stressful school run and day which saw me setting up a group at the community centre and working and I didn't apply it again at all. It says on the can 48 hours and I thought no way - but I think it's true, I woke up this morning before having a shower and still smelt fresh. I'm pretty amazed! 

The other part of the deodorant that has really impressed me is how soft my skin feels. The deodorant didn't flake or powder when sprayed on, didn't leave marks on my clothes and my skin feels very silky and smooth. I have never felt that using another brand. I've noticed such a difference in fact that I am not going to use another deodorant apart from this one again.

I have been using the compressed deodorant for a week now and I am just using it like I would a normal can and it seems to be lasting just as long as its regular sized relatives. I'm not overly environmentally minded but will do little things to try and make a difference so the fact that this uses 50% less gas and 25% less aluminium and is better for the environment is really the icing on the cake.

So final thoughts would be you need to try Sure Crystal Invisible Compressed Deodorant for yourselves. You won't be disappointed! The phrase 'Good things come in small packages', really does apply.

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Can't wait to find out which product we will be reviewing in our extreme household!


Monday, 10 February 2014

Its #docraftsmonday and more spritzing fun!

Hi everyone,

So today is the first #docraftsmonday run by the lovely docrafts over on their facebook and twitter pages. If you share a recent make then add the #docraftsmonday and tag @officialdocraftspage on facebook or @docraftsteam on twitter so they can see what you have been up to. This will be running each week and looks set to be great fun - I'm a bit of self confessed social media addict - time allowing so will be keeping an eye out on what everyone posts.

Now last week was a bit of a shambles for me with the poorly bubbas and various other things going wrong. I somehow managed to loose most of my week at one point as well (I posted and tagged my docraftsmonday make on Thursday so you can see I was slightly exhausted and confused!). Anywho I managed to catch back up with things on Friday just in time to have a lovely weekend. I worked on Saturday at Clarkes Stationers in Brighton doing a cardmaking demonstration for Docrafts. We were concentrating on my favourite new toys this time which are the new Artiste Spritzing inks. 

In this card we mopped up some excess red and blue spray ink mixed with water off my glass mat and dried with a heat tool. We then stamped some text in random areas using blue and green ink, then sprayed the ocean blue spray ink onto an old embossing folder packet and picked the ink up with used bubble wrap and stamped it randomly across the page. I then stamped the sentiment using the Madame Payraud alphabet from Docrafts and punched it out using the Xcut Mini circle palm punch and stuck down with foam pads. It's really fun just playing with the inks and seeing what they can do - I think nearly everything on my craft desk has been dipped in them now and used to stamp to see what the results look like! Not everyone's cup of tea but they are great fun. I have lots more to share this week using the inks and tomorrows won't be as messy looking for those who appreciate a neater finish ;o)


Take care