Friday, January 23, 2009

One world one heart giveaway

Bloggers - win this Beadyjan handmade pendant necklace absolutely free!
Find out how by reading on ....
Whilst blog hopping to find some new craft blogs to peruse I've come across the one world one heart blog. its a huge international blog giveaway event created to encourage arty crafty bloggers around the world to get together, give away a piece or more of their art and discover new people and find new blogs and possibly win something too!

It sounded right up my street so I thought I'd find out more about it and having read that its been happening for 3 consecutive years I decided to take part this year.

For my giveaway I've decided to offer this handmade donut pendant which I made from polymer clay with glittery inclusions and then I wove a spiral rope from seed beads and added a tibetan silver toggle clasp.

To be in with a chance of winning this one of a kind necklace all you need to do is add a comment to this post, you must have a blog of your own and I should be able to contact you through your blog so no anonymous comments.
All valid comments received up to and before midnight (uk time) on February 11th will be put into a hat and the winner will be drawn on February 12th 2009. At this point I will announce the winner on my blog and contact them via email asking them to contact me within 14 days with their snail mail address.

This is an international event and entries are welcome from all bloggers wherever in the world you are.

Good luck.
If you're an artist or creative crafter who'd like to join in please visit Lisa Swifkas blog for more details. We'd love to have more people aboard our "gypsy caravan" as its also called.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Couple of new necklaces I made

I've had a little break from beading as my arthritis has been so painful with the colder weather, however its a touch less cold now so I have made this black necklace for a friend in the USA.
I made her a black and grey wrap bracelet before Christmas and she asked me to make a necklace to match in black and grey. I hope she doesn't think its too dark or dull. She doesn't blog so I know she won't see this.
The second, freeform necklace is one I began making for myself before Christmas and didn't finish it, I picked it up yesterday and completed it and I must say I'm pretty pleased with the end result.

Monday, January 12, 2009

My lovely blog candy arrived

Before Christmas I received an email from Mel at Paper Imagery Designs that I'd been picked as the winner of her blog giveaway.

I've recieved 5 scrummy romantic collage sheets aren't they lovely.
If you fancy som efor yourself you can buy them from her website or why not pop by one of her lovely blogs and get some creative ideas.
Now I just have to make myself some time this week to sit down and get creative with them.
Thankyou for my lovely prize Mel.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Heritage scrapbook page Mum when she was young

I just downloaded some lovely free digital scrapbook paper from and had to use it straight away to make this layout.
It seemed to me to be both youthful and yet vintage so suited perfectly this very old photo of my lovely Mum when she was a little girl.

I made the entire page with free digiral scrapbook elements. The beads and pin are from DSP.

The Quote is by AlyAly Designs and the corners by PascaleA
I hope you like it.

Sunday, January 04, 2009

Altered chocolate box

Once the chocs are eaten the box often gets thrown away or put in the recycling but this one was such a useful size - it holds 2 stacks of 6 or 7 cds, I decided to collage it up a bit and use it to store my cds of vintage images and collage sheets etc.
I covered it with some K & Co Vintage themed scrapbook paper of old envelopes and postcards, then added 2 rubber stamped vintage images from The Stampsmith and an altered slide mount, then trimmed the edge with a scrap of old lace.
I think it looks really vintagey yet it sits next to my pc and doesn't look out of place.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

New Scrapbook page

Its quite cold today but we did manage to spend an hour or so in the garden, cutting back some shrubs and trees which has tidied up the back garden and surprised a few birds when they came down to my seed feeder to find half the tree they sit in, gone!

Doing a bit of hard graft has made me feel justified in spending the remains of the afternoon indoors, on my computer making a few scrapbook pages.

The other day I downloaded the excellent free photo editing programme and am learning how to use that to make scrapbook pages and digital collages. I'm not very Au Fait with it yet but have managed to make one or two.

I cheated a little with this one by using a gorgeous ready made quickpage by Pam Lefors Designs and just added a couple of images.

The pictures I used are of really poor quality. They were taken over 30 years ago on a really cheap and tacky camera. Since then they were stuck in a non acid free album which faded and damaged them. I came across them and even though they're so poor they are the only photos I have of my little dog Ben who died a few weeks after these photos were taken.

Even though he was just a baby when he died and spend just a few short months with me so many many years ago, I have never forgotten my lovely sweet baby Ben.

This way a few more people can share him.

He was a miniature long haired dachsund and the big white dog was his best friend whose name was Hypo and belonged to a neighbour. Even though Ben was so tiny he could sit in the palm of my hand he was a feisty little chap and used to run this big puppy ragged, jumping all over him and showing him who was boss.

I hope you like the scrapbook page.