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Monday, 24 December 2007


The Guv, Looby, Shary, Charli, KTP, Alix and Ruth would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!
We hope you have enjoyed this last year with Blog 'Til You Drop and we hope you will join us in the New Year for more fun!
Wishing you all a wonderful time, see you back here on 2nd January!!

Saturday, 22 December 2007

Challenge #22 - New Beginnings

Today was our last day at the B&M store, which closed its doors for the very last time at 4pm. So I'm thinking about new challenges, new paths & new direction. I have friends who have moved into a new home today (how brave this close to Christmas! LOL) & I also know of several babies born this month (all girls, I always wanted a pink one too!) Of course we are fast approaching a new year as well - who knows what delights that might bring!
So the challenge for this week is simply this: NEW
Show us 'new' in any craft form you like: layouts of all sizes, mini books, ATCs, FLAPs, inchies, quilting, cross stitch or whatever else floats your boat.
My card was made with HOTP Cardmakers Creative Pack & Ribbons (Classic) & chipboard from Fancy Pants Biggest Board (Dreamer) - made really easy with a sketch from Di Hickman. All the deets & links to Di's challenges are over on my blog.
As always, e-mail your entry to me & post a li'l comment here so as everyone knows to go look in the gallery. There'll be a prize at the end of the month for the overall winner from all December's entries as chosen by our DT.
Good luck!!

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Last Minute cards

If you haven't yet finished all those Christmas cards, and are getting stressed, here's some really quick and easy cards for you to try.

All of these cards have been made using the HOTP Personal Shopper kit, November 2007 and some A Muse sentiment stamps. The kit contains a full Finished in a flash Christmas kit, a set of Christmas brad buddies and silk poinsettias and loads of yummy patterned paper. I used nothing but the kit, and having made these 6 cards I still have LOADS left for all those Christmas pics we're bound to take!

Well, that's it from me for this year, so I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I'll see you in the new year!

Saturday, 15 December 2007

Challenge # 21 - A stitch in time.....

Hi guys and welcome to this weeks challenge!!
Charli here - and my challenge to you this week is to use sewing on your projects!
Now in case you're like our Looby, and you're not keen on sewing - fear not!! The sewing or stitching could be real, doodled, rub on, or could be already on your paper as it is on the next LO I'll show you. First though, my really really stitched on LO, using the vintage sarapapers available from Bev at this email address -
I made my own flower petal template, cut round it a few times using different papers from the vintage sarapapers kit, then used a zig zag stitch to attach them to the page. I sewed a border around the page and made my own little tag with the quote on, also using papers from the kit, and a bit of stitching on too. I also added some tiny metal flower shaped embellies on the tag too. Added some button brads, and a naked chipboard button, painted pink and jazzed up with a little bit of ribbon.

Next LO - not a real bit of stitching in sight!! Used the English paper company collection of Christmas papers on this one, but just cut out the Christmas squares as my pic was not Christmas related!! Cut the title out of the same papers et voila!

So come on - have a go!! You could win yourself some fabulous goodies - email your entries to the above email address, and leave a comment here to let us know you have entered - then we can all have a peep!

Happy crafting to you folks!

Friday, 14 December 2007

Last minute Christmas makes...

If you are anything like me, you'll be running out of time about now...and realizing that all those great plans you made...are just not going to all happen in time...Fret are some quick ideas that you will have time for...and one of them even reduces the amount of washing up you'll have to do!! lol

This card can be made in about 10 minutes and is suitable for both a male or female relative. You could also change the message and make it suitable for pretty much any occassion too - you can't ask more than that, can you?

I've stamped and embossed a paisley design in black embossing powder 5 times onto the front of a silver card blank. I've embossed one of the chipboard blanks with silver sparkle embossing powder and mounted it over the middle motif. I've then attached one of the HOTP Word Fragments atop this with foam pads. Finally, I've tied black ribbon from the HOTP Classic Collection around the spine and with DSST across the two right-hand corners. Job Done!

My second project for today is these rather useful glass charms. They help guests {tipsy or otherwise...} to remember which glass is they are not always reaching for a clean one...and you get to do less washing up!!! Yay :)
Very simple to make, I've taken a selection of the Charms and attached each one to one of the HOTP Spiral Clips and tied this onto the stems of my glasses with some of the soft black ribbon from the HOTP Classic Collection. I think they look quite smart...and they even allow you to make a little comment on the personality of each person... For glass would be the Champagne charm...Mum's would be the watering can, FIL's would be the tractor...and OH's would be...

the saw!! lol
I hope you have a go at these projects, and would love to see what you create...
Remember to check in tomorrow for the new Challenge...there are prizes to be won...and prizes are almost as good as presents, right?
Bye for now...

Thursday, 13 December 2007

18 Days Til 2008!!!

Can you believe how fast this year has gone??

But in preparation for next year I have made a little desktop calendar!

For it used some of those wonderful Jumbo playing cards, and it works out really well, with 13 cards in a suit, you get the 12 months and a front cover, so that's 4 calendars from one pack of cards! BARGAIN!
I decorated mine with some Vintage Sarapapers and a set of free calendar blanks which you can print off the internet! I used a Helix stencil and some punched out flowers for the cover and a couple of bookrings to join it all together, the best thing is though this cards are strong enough to support themselves so it is completely freestanding! (at least it will be til it gets buried on my desk!!)They are so quick and easy to make so they would be great for a last minute stocking filler!

And secondly I am going to show off a little gift box I made, very simple using BoBunny Jack Frost Ornament Paper, I just loved this paper but I found it too busy to use a full sheet on my LO's so this was great way to use some of the paper up and still be left with enough to use elsewhere!

Wednesday, 12 December 2007

me again!!

Suprize, suprize...its me again!!!
And with the same yummy Bo Bunny papers! This time I've used the matching cardstock stickers too, and lots of ribbon from the HOTP Classic Collection, as well as 2 HOTP Really Big Brads and one of the lovely metal charms now in the shop!

Like dogs, these papers are not just for Christmas!! {hears}

I've made this page all about my fascination with fresh snow...and my urge to declare my feelings in it!!

I hope you like it...and do remember to enter this week's challenge, all the details are here.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Gotta lurve those decorations!!

We really go overboard with the decorations at Christmas so I decided to make a little mini book to record this year’s decorations.

I used papers from the Bo Bunny Homespun Holiday range as well as papers from the HOTP December 2006 Personal Shopper kit, all the brads, ribbons and overlays are also from this kit and the buttons are by Craftime.

I cut 8 scalloped squares (5” in size) and then decorated the pages with papers and embellies and added my photos and some doodling and journaling – mainly about where the decorations came from and when we bought them. For the title page I die cut the title (our house is referred to as “The Grotto” at Christmas!!) from the black cardstock, then drew over with a white gel pen. The back page (not shown) is just plain cardstock and I simply journalled about what dates we decorated this year, how long it took etc.

I then stuck all the pages back to back, so I ended up with 4 double-sided pages and bound them together with book rings.

All the products used for this project are still available, despite the webshop being down at the moment. Simply email Beverley at and she’ll be more than happy to help!

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Here it is...Challenge #20...

and this one is all about *wishes*.
You can make a LO {of any size}, a card, an altered item, whatever you like really {as long as you use some scrapping related products...} but the theme must be about something you *wish* for...or something you *wish* for someone else maybe?
My example is a 12x6 LO made from the yummy Bo Bunny Press Homespun Holidays collection spotty paper, some red glimmer paper by HOTP, red spotty ribbon by Bo Bunny, and red plain ribbon from the HOTP Classic Pack. I've also used one red HOTP brad {in the middle of my punched flower} and one large Blossom with a Button Brad in the middle. And of course my white did I ever scrap without it???
All these goodies are available from BEVERLEY by E-mail while the shop is unavailable in the usual way...and I know she'd be pleased as punch to hear from you! now you know the Challenge...get to it!!! Remember to e-mail your entries to us and to post in the comment section of this thread to let everyone know your entry is in the gallery!
I *wish* you all the best of luck and happy crafting!!

Friday, 7 December 2007

A Chrimbo LO!

Hey guys! Its me again, just one project from me today - a page of me and my sis a couple of Christmases (?) ago.
I mixed and matched products on this LO. I used papers from the Personal shopper Dec 06 kit (which I believe is on offer at the moment!!) for the base, cutting a decorative border on the right hand side (that's for your challenge Phoenix!!!). Then I scrunched up the light green paper, unfolded it, then sanded it to get the distressed look. I used Bo Bunny Hot Cocoa paper for the heart - love love love these papers - they're double sided and they come in a fun range of colours and designs! I stamped around the heart using the Winter Swirls stamps. I used some ribbons from the classic cardmakers ribbon pack - I weaved some on the left and bottom sides of the LO and used the sewing machine to attach the criss cross underneath the title - sister sister - which I cut out using papers from the personal shopper Dec 06 kit.
I used a HOTP Big brad to attach the plastic tag word 'Christmas', with some of the ribbon from the classic cardmakers kit, and hand wrote the journalling onto some strips of the red papers from the kit.
And in case you're wondering, anyone who has looked closer at the LO and seen the journalling about the green hippo thing, I was wearing a green top, was pregnant at the time and ready for popping any second!!
Now the webshop is undergoing essential maintenance at the moment - as you can see from the above post there has been a slight techy problem, but it is being sorted as we speak! So for any orders please contact Beverley, the store owner on .
Have fun creating guys and dont forget - another challenge tomorrow! Be sure to stop by and check it out, enter and you could be in with a chance of winning some fabulous stash!
See you soon!

Wednesday, 5 December 2007

We have a winner!!

November's DT challenge had a clear winner - Sarah Carrington for her challenge #15 entry - 'fireworks'. Sarah, please e-mail me with your address & I'll get a yummy collection of goodies out to you.
Make sure y'all enter the weekly challenges this month for a chance to win another great prize!!
This week I've been playing with the Dec 06 HOTP Personal Shopper kit...which I have to say...I absolutely adore :)
It contains all sorts of goodies, but I just couldn't resist this lovely little envelope card, which I'm going to send to my Mum {for Christmas, obviously!} It is so simple to do, the basic envelope card is printed onto the cardstock so all I had to do was cut it out and fold it up! I used the additional artwork to make a faux ribbon closure, secured with one of the greetings.

When you open the card and fold back the flaps it will stand up by itself,
and I decorated mine to look like this:
{All done using the PS kit.}

Something else I'm adoring at the moment is the yummy paper ranges from Bo Bunny Press. This LO is made from 2 of the papers from the Jack Frost collection,
a sheet of red glimmer paper by HOTP and a sheet of red cardstock.

All the products I've used are on special offer in the webshop atm...
so if you'd like any of them do e-mail Beverly, aka Guv,
to get yours while the webshop is down!
I'll be back on saturday with a new challenge for all you crafters out there...see you at 6pm!

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Tuesday's Offerings

Today I'm showing off a little box I made for my 4 year old daughter to put her doll stuff in. I covered a square box using the HOTP glimmer paper. For the lid I used the HOTP vintage paper. I added some gorgeous little "dance" brads and some flourish die cuts, which I made from the glimmer paper, to the lid. To finnish off I added a sheer purple ribbon around the sides of the box. Brilliant for a little girl to keep her small bits in so they don't get lost!

My second piece is a 12x12 layout. Now I don't normally do much scrapbooking let alone 12x12 but the "marriage" transparency was just too fab not to use. So the 12x12 papers are again HOTP vintage papers. I used two different ones and to blend them in I put a piece of ribbon along the join. Attached to the ribbon are some little luck charms, one is a horseshoe and the other says " dreams come true". I backed the photo with the upper vintage paper and made some little contrasting corners. I wanted to keep it quite simple so I just added a big white bloom with a small heart brad and a little bit of ribbon. The transparency went over the top, attached with some mini brads in each corner.

Monday, 3 December 2007

A non-Christmassy project!

Now, I love Christmas as much as the next person (probably more!) but we all need a break sometimes, so here's a couple of non-Christmassy bits for you!

For this LO I used papers, tag and pocket and alphabet tiles from the HOTP Busy Scrappers Boys to Men papers book. The earthy tones and african theme were perfect for these pictures! This LO also qualifies for our weekly challenge as I've used some scalloped edges. The journalling is on the tag in the little pocket, to which I added a lion from the HOTP Zoo brad buddies pack.

With the scraps of paper and some of the other artwork I made this "Bon Voyage" card, which would be perfect for someone going on Safari (shame I don't know anyone who's going on a Safari anytime soon! LOL). I added a scrap of ribbon from my stash attached with a brad from the HOTP Masculine embellishabilities.

Unfortunately the webshop is down for maintenance at the moment, but as soon as it's up again I'll add links to the products I've used.