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Monday, 30 September 2013

Brilliant Weekend!

Hi everyone,

Firstly, I must thank all of you that have left comments on my last posting. I have never had so many comments on one posting. So thank you all very much. I now just have to beg for more followers!! If I get 50 by Christmas, I will find some candy to post.
I am absolutely shattered today and even my husband is too. Fortunately he had booked today off work. The reason is, because we did a Craft Fair both Saturday and Sunday, in Knockholt in Kent.  About a 40 minute drive from home. It is in a marque in a Garden Centre, that people to go to for their famous restaurant.
On Saturday we had over one thousand people through!!! (clicker counted at the door) and I think they said around 700 on Sunday, but will get confirmation on that. To say it was busy was an understatement. It didn't even ease off at lunch time, when most markets do, but it was an amazing atmosphere. We really enjoyed the weekend. And of course we sold loads of things. I ended up with 4 empty crates!
This is an easel card I made last week, with one of the stamps I bought from the Lili of The Valley stand at Ally Pally.  She is called Snow Queen and is beautiful. I used Distress Inks to colour her. The backing paper is from a Joy Crafts paper pad called Winter Paper Bloc.

The die I used is Go Create, Large Frilly Die set 10. I bumped into Paul from Go Create at Ally Pally. When he first started doing his dies, a few years ago, he used to come to The Craft Barn where I was a Tutor and Demonstrator. He would have a stand at our Extravaganza days and do demos along with us. He is really funny and we always had a good laugh. It was nice to catch up.

The snow flakes are a Memory Box  die and the flower is a Spellbinders Aster flower die. The sentiment is an old one. Can't remember from where it came!

For the snow I used Americana Writer glue, with Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels, Diamond Sprinkles on top. I sold the card on Saturday!
If you wonder why I haven't posted very often, read on and you may understand why!!
Now I don't want to bore you but I managed to take a few pictures of my stall, just after 1 o'clock! It opened at 10am and we were too busy to take any pictures until then. So I had already sold loads of things before these were taken.
After these pics were taken, in this picture I had sold the seed books, the large oval teal box, the football note books, 5 small notebooks, 9 Post-it pads, (just to the left of the pink clock)  2 heart books (behind the football books) and the pink chest right at the front.

In the pic below I sold, the dark pink daisy box, the boxed card, the gardening books (standing up to the right of the pink clock) plus 2 from my spares box. The poppy clock ( I had already sold one Poppy clock) this one was my spare and the same lady bought the Poppy mirror and 2 Poppy candles. She couldn't decide what to have, so bought them all!

On the top shelf the white flower pot went. On the shelf below, the small Teal wooden box at the front. I had already sold a pink bag/box, similar to the one in the back right corner. Also 7 of the little round baskets on the top shelf.
In the picture below, most of the Christmas gift boxes have gone. Along with the bath bombs right at the front (the blur of cellophane!) Also a gold cracker gift box.
In the next pic, the box of cheap cards, most have gone! Along with the boxed card (LOTV angel stamp) at the front. Also the little James and Snowman (LOTV stamp) box went. The top image was tied with ribbon to another circle underneath. The one below was stamped with a LOTV fairy  and coloured with DI. It meant that the box could then be used as a trinket box. 

My cards racks were bursting with cards when I started the day. They are now nearly empty!

Fortunately I have 2 weeks before my next Craft Fair and then the following weekend again. The second one is always busy too!
I think I am going to have a few late nights for the next few weeks. I am not complaining, as I love the excuse to sit and craft! Also the more I sell, the more money for my charity!
Sadly, I now have to do the ironing and not crafting!
Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments.
Carol S.xx

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

The Cutest Bear On The Block!

Hi Everyone,
Surprise!! Two posts in one week! 
I have been really busy making things for the Craft Fair I am doing at the end of the month in Sevenoaks, Kent. Christmas gift boxes, with gifts inside, clocks, treasure boxes, Christmas door hangers and of course, loads of Christmas cards, to name but a few.
This card is using James the Bear from Lili Of The Valley. It was one from the latest release of their Christmas stamps.
I first sprayed the card blank  and the piece of card for the topper, with 'Tattered Angels' Gold Glimmer Mist, Mica Spray. I also stamped a bit of a snowflake in each corner, with gold Brilliance Ink.
The backing paper is from last year, so have no idea where I got it! I stamped James with the Christmas Tree, using Versafine Grey Ink Pad. I then coloured him with Distress Inks, my favourite product. For the fur on his hat and the snow on the tree, I used Americana Acrylic dimensional writer.  Whilst it was still wet, I added a mixture of fine Crystal glitter and white Flock, which gave it a fluffy feel.
The sentiment is a Hobby Arts stamp I bought from The Craft Barn. I stamped it with InigoBlu Flitter Glue and then applied gold Mega Flakes to the glue. I then matted this onto a piece of silk finish gold Mirri Board.
I cut out James, so I could 3D him onto the piece of card, alongside the sentiment. I used Pinflair Gel to do this and then added some Stickles to the star and the baubles.

I hope you like little James and if you do, you should visit LOTV for even more James the Bear stamps. I do have a couple more!!
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
                          Papertake Weekly Challenge - Make it Sparkle
                          Creative Card Crew - Christmas
                          Crazy Hazel Nuts Christmas Challenge - Cut It Out
                          Sister Act Card Challenge - Anything Goes
                                     Crafty Hazel nuts Christmas Challenge2
Thanks for stopping by and please return again soon. If you are not a follower, then I would love it if you took the time to join me.
Big hugs,
Carol S.xx

Monday, 16 September 2013

Beautiful Angel

Hi Everyone,
Just another quick post with my beautiful angel.
I bought this stamp a few weeks ago, on my last trip to The Craft Barn in their new building. They have an amazing selection of crafting goodies.
This stamp is Framed Angel, from Crafty Individuals. I have wanted her for ages and finally bought her. She is so pretty and makes a very quick card.
I stamped her with DI Chipped Sapphire, which I then dried with my heat gun. This enabled me to add some Antique Linen and Tattered Rose to her face without bleeding. I added some Stickles Star Dust to her head band and her wings.
As always of late, the photos do not do this gorgeous stamp justice.
I am off to Ally Pally on Sunday with a friend. Really looking forward to it, as I didn't get there in April. I will obviously make a bee line for the LOTV stand!
Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your lovely comments.
Carol S.xx

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Dentist, Sainsbury and a Crafty Chat!!

Hi everyone, firstly I would like to welcome my newest follower, Annie from Australia. Maybe I will get to 50 followers by Christmas!!
I had to go to the Dentist today, which is about 12 miles away and from there I went to a bigger Sainsbury store, as we only have a small one where I live. I was hunting through the craft magazines and there was a lady doing the same. We started to chat about our craft hobbies and we ended up spending about half an hour chatting! She was really nice and although she was born here, she had spent may years in South Africa. Craft people are always nice peeps!
Just a quick post today, as I must get back to my desk. I spent yesterday painting all my new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamped images and I really want to play with them!
I used a LOTV fairy stamp for this card. I know she is not a Christmas stamp but I just covered the flowers in her hair with stars. It just shows how versatile their stamps are.
The sentiment stamp is a Jenny Mayes, Hobby Art, Christmas text sheet of stamps. They are a great selection and at a good price. I bought them from The Craft Barn in South Nutfield, Surrey. They stock an amazing selection of stamps.

I stamped the text with IndigoBlu Flitter Glue and applied Gilding Flakes. The Fairy was coloured with Distress Inks, Tattered Rose and Bundled Sage for her dress and wings. Her hair is Vintage Photo. All glittered up with Stickles.
The Holly leaves were cut with a Die from Dee's Distinctively. I can't remember where I got it from. It is a set of 8 Dies to make a wreath. The backing paper is from a pad left from last year.
Thanks for stopping by and thank you for all your lovely comments you take the time to leave.
Right, I am now going back to my desk!! Oohh blast, I have to go and prepare dinner first!!
Carol S.xx

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Gosh It's September!

Hi everyone,
September already! It was my birthday on Monday and 2 of my friends arrived on my doorstep, with an enormous bouquet of flowers and they then took me out to lunch! We went to a pub that has just been revamped and also had a name change. It was The Hedgehog Inn and is now, The Curious Pig In The Parlour!! Goodness knows where that came from! The food was still brilliant.
This post will be quite short, as I have just had my Trigger Finger injected and have to rest it as much as possible for the next 2-3 weeks! Yeah right, I will do my best as I want to get rid of it.
Firstly I must apologise for the standard of the photos. The light was rubbish this morning. This card is using one of the latest Christmas stamp releases from Lili Of The Valley. I love this one as they look a very happy snow family.

I coloured it with DI as I prefer to use them where I can.

The snowflakes are a mixture of dies, old and new.

The tag just slips behind the backing layer.
Right I will have to stop now as my finger is aching. I really need this now, as I had a good market last Saturday and need to replace my stock. I am not a very patient patient, when it is my hands!
I would like to enter this card into the Papertake Weekly Challenge.
Thanks for stopping by and welcome to my new followers. I do always love reading the comments and returning the same to your blogs.
Carol S.xx