Sunday, 1 March 2015

Introducing Monthly Flowers - March

Introducing a new venture - monthly flowers.  Each month a new set of flowers will become available in my ebay shop.  The link to the March flowers is here. 
So what are they - I've made and sold book print and patterned paper flowers successfully for a long time so I've added some crocheted flowers in and each month will be a different colour combination. This month is sees a touch of spring in the colourway. The book print flowers are from Virginia Woolf - To The Lighthouse.
March Flowers
Over the next few days I'm going to be tidying up my shop a bit and having a sort out of the existing flowers too.
My lovely design team have agreed to stay on board and this is what they created using this month's flowers.

 These stunning crocheted flowers made By Kerry added the finishing touch to what otherwise would of been rather plain napkin rings.
 The double layered paper flowers are great embellishments for card making and scrapbooking, the button in the middle is such a lovely finishing touch.

I decided to decorate on of my cards, using one of the gorgeous crocheted flowers...
I think they are just the most perfect finishing touch to any creation!
Flowers are limited in quantity and are available in my shop here

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Future

Having given this a lot, and I mean a lot, of consideration I've made the decision to no longer carry on with the monthly challenges. There are a number of reasons. 

The main one (I don't feel comfortable saying this but it does need to be said because it is the main reason) is the sheer number of challenges out there mean that a lot of people try and make their project fit the criteria for as many as possible. That in itself I don't have an issue with but very often the criteria is not even closely met. If a company/challenge blog gives you a colour palette it doesn't mean take one colour that just happens to be on a card containing no other colours from that palette and say it meets the criteria. If someone has worked hard to make/find a palette and their design team have provided inspiration based on those colours then it isn't fair. If they say use a bird or a flower then it doesn't mean use a star. I won't allow my challenges to be drawn into that any more.

Another reason and again I am not comfortable with saying it but I have had enough of is the sheer rudeness and lack of manners of some people in comments or by email. Just this morning I've had an email saying simply - 'you forgot the linky!'. That's one of the more polite ones. I purposely don't put a linky in the just for fun months and always say to put a link to any project you have made in the comments section as we love to see what you have made. I used to put a linky but then I would be bombarded with messages from people a few days after the closing date saying I had forgotten to draw the prize even though it clearly said there was no prize that month. Hence the change. However I'm coming to the conclusion that people just aren't interested unless there is a prize which brings us back to the problem of making a project fit as many challenges as loosely as possible. I saw one the other day that had tried to be fitted into no less than 50 challenges. To me that is not what crafting is about which is why I've always had just for fun months and only a few prize months. That's what creating should be - fun and not about winning as much as possible. 

I appreciate that this decision is not going to be popular but I cannot let it carry on like this. I want to be true to what I feel and not comply with the sheep way of doing things. 

On 1st March I will be launching a new venture so if I haven't offended you with my comments and feelings above then please watch this space. 

Sunday, 1 February 2015

February Challenge

Welcome to February

I've chosen a palette from Design Seeds this month.

How do these colours inspire you?

This month is a just for fun month embracing what crafting should be about - having fun so there is no link but we would love to see your creations via the comments section. For some inspiration here is what the design team created:

The colours in this months challenge are right up my street so when my friend Lea asked me to help her scrap her photos of Paris I knew exactly what I was going to do. I have used lots of products and techniques and full pictorial details can be found on my blog.

Difficult colors to use for me, but this photo of my stepdaughter let me use some pink and purple.

Shell here, with my creation for this month. I just love these colours & the flowers in the photo are just beautiful. So I decided to use both flowers & colours & ended up making this....I hope you like it!


I loved the colours for this challenge and I was inspired to grab my art journal! The quote that I chose was inspired by the photo!

We will have some news for you later in the month about a different direction we are taking.

Chris / Doodle Pieces

 The main focal point uses my Original Asian Geisha Digital Stamp Design.
I colored her with a combination Bic and Sharpie markers

Thursday, 1 January 2015

January Challenge

Welcome to 2015. We hope you had a great 2014 and that 2015 brings you health and happiness.

Our challenge this month is a design seeds one from here

How does this colour palette and cheeky chap inspire you?

This month is just for fun so there is no link up button but if you want to show us your creation please leave a comment.

Here is what our design team created this month:

I used Gelatos and Stampendous Frantage heat embossing powder to decorate the mask. 
Below is a close up of one of Kerry's crocheted broaches I added with finishes it off beautifully as I'm sure you will agree.


Hi wishing all readers from The Craft Garden Blog a Happy and Creative New Year!! Hoping you will play along with us again this year :-) The color combo of this challenge made me think for a long time what to use. I finally choose these that came the closest to the combo.

I decided to use a new image I had for Christmas of my girlies. Just love her she is a real cutie & a dream to colour. I then decided on what colour out of the choices we had to use & here you go the finished result.... I hope you like it x

I'm still in Christmas mode with the blues and silvers but I tried to put a wintery spin on this card.  I love how the snowman seems to be not entirely happy.  Perhaps there's sun on the horizon....

For my first project for this year, I have created an Arty ATC with the gorgeous color scheme from our color swatch at the top of this post. The main focal point is a digital image I created from one of the pieces from my ephemera collection. For accents, I also used a paper doily, peach embroidery thread, netting and a clear rhinestone.

I do hope everyone that stops by will join us in this challenge and I look forward to seeing your creations, :)