Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Canvas and a Giveaway!

I just wanted to share a double canvas I recently made using some of the new Bo Bunny Blossoms.  I had a quote I found on Pinterest that I wanted to use which I thought would be perfect to have up on the wall as a reminder for me to take to heart especially with how my life very often is!

I had lots of fun with these two canvases, I painted them, used mists, masks and distress inks.  I also used tissue paper and Gesso to create texture, torn book pages and some texture paste through a brick mask.
 I used some of the Bo Bunny Welcome Home papers to cut out those beautiful swirls.

The beautiful butterflies were done with the Bo Bunny Ambrosia stamp set, definitely one of my most favourite Bo Bunny stamp sets!
This leaf punch is one of my new favourite tools and it is an Xcut leaf Embossing Punch, just love it!

 I just adore all the new blossoms and I think the ones with the big jewelled ball from the Zinnia packs are my favourites followed very closely by the Pansy's (the two toned yellow one with the matt ball in the photo below and the two toned purple one)

As the festive season is drawing nearer I have put together a little Christmas kit to giveaway using the beautiful vintage style Bo Bunny Rejoice!  It includes one each of all twelve patterned papers, the stamp set, some Petals, a few Noteworthy, Trinkets, brads and then a couple of other bits and bobs.  Sorry for the not very brilliant picture and some of the colours are a bit wrong but that is due to the wonderful weather we have had over the last few days!  Winter has definitely come early in the UK ;)

If you would like to win the kit just add your name to the link below and I will draw a winner in two weeks time.  There is no need to post the giveaway on your blogs or anywhere else but If you would like to that would be much appreciated :)

(I know the link is showing up as having to add a URL but I unchecked it on the Inlinkz setup so you shouldn't have to add one )

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Buttons, brads, trinkets and Nickelback!

Let me start off by saying this is going to be a very picture heavy post!

Today's layout was done for a focus on buttons, brads and trinkets and I chose to use the new Powder Mountain range which is is just gorgeous!  I love all the wood textures and silhouettes in this line which make it work perfectly for older kids winter layouts.  I can't wait to use it for some more updated photos of the kids sledding!

I love stitching on layouts and I have done loads of stitching on this one, around the edges, the photos, on the 'snow' and to hang my snowflake. 

To make my 'snow' I wet some white cardstock, scrunched it up then straightened it out and dried it with a heat gun.  I then used my sewing machine to stitch wavy lines all over it and stitch it to the page.
I used an Ek Success bubbles edge punch around the edge of the page and then used some of the punched out circles to scatter around the page for some random snow flakes.

 Supply List :
Patterned Paper: Words, Scarf/Powder Mountain
Cardstock : Buttercup Vintage Paper
Stickers : Combo Sticker; Dimensional Stickers/Powder Mountain
Brads : Powder Mountain
Buttons : Powder Mountain
Jewels : Powder Mountain
Chipboard : Powder Mountain Layered Chipboard
Trinket : Enchanted Trinkets
Punches : Ek Success Bubbles edge punch; Martha Stewart Iron Gate edge punch

We went to our Nickelback concert recently and can I just say WOW, WOW, WOW!  I have been to quite a few concerts at this stage and this was the best one yet, even Paul said it was brilliant and he isn't a huge Nickelback fan and mostly only went for my sake.  The sound was amazing, crystal clear and let me tell you Chad's voice is as good live as it is on cd and there are not that many bands that can say that!  The opening act was Daughtry who I also really like and they were really good too.  Here are a couple of Daughtry photos :)


 These are a few of the Nickelback photos.  This first close up one I took from one of the big screens.

 The lighting was fantastic too!
 This is the drummer doing his solo, he was amazing!

 One of the things that also made the concert so amazing was the crowd.  The stadium was packed they even had all the very top tiers open (I don't think they even had those open for Guns 'n Roses) and the crowd was just sooo responsive and clapped and sang and screamed the whole way through.  In fact when Chad asked them to sing he could have probably not bothered singing the song at all because the crowd sang the whole way through!  I always feel so bad when the band asks the crowd to sing parts and the crowd doesn't know the words or not enough of them sing and you can barely hear them so it was brilliant to have everyone singing along so enthusiastically!

 Now I just can't wait for them to come over again because I will definitely be going again next time! :)

Friday, 19 October 2012

Layout Challenge

This months layout challenge on the Bo Bunny blog is to use at least 2 photos, at least one tag and to use one of the following photos for inspiration....

I chose the second one because I just love that glass leaf design, I want to do it in my house somewhere!!!

It was so fun making the mosaic effect with the diamond shapes, I was quite sorry I had to cover some of them up with photos lol.  I used two different sized diamonds to do the mosaic and I decided not to ink etc them because I wanted a crisp contrast and really clean look.  The 'frame' was just embossed with a ruler and a stylus and then sanded to show the paper core.

That's it for today just a quick one, I have quite a few things I want to post at the moment but just never seem to have the time to post them anymore!  Hopefully it won't be too long before my next post and then I will also be having another giveaway soon.  I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! :)

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Use Your Scraps and a Winner!

I did this layout for a use your scraps assignment for Bo Bunny.  I find I generally end up with quite a lot of long thin strips of patterned paper so I decided to use them like this.  I used a few different paper ranges for this one Zoology, On The Go and Freedom.  The layout is about my youngest  son and all the strange things I would find him wearing when I would go and check on him before I went to bed!  Of course then I would always end up waking him up by taking photos, removing said strange items and of course having to squish him because he was so cute ;)

Patterned Paper : Word/Zoology; Freedom, Old Glory/Liberty; Roads/On The Go
Stickers : On The Go Combo Sticker; Zoology Combo Sticker; Garden Girl Combo Sticker
Stamps : Blast Off

I also supplied a sketch to go with it. :)

Now for the winner of the Bo Bunny Mistletoe card set.  I used and this is the number it gave me......

So Valerie that means you are the winner!  Email me your address at carin(at) and I will get the card kit sent out to you.

Thanks everyone for taking part in the Bo Bunny WCMD blog hop and don't forget that Bo Bunny is giving away a beautiful pink Bo Bunny purse every week this month for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Bo Bunny WCMD Blog Hop!!

Hello Bo Bunny fans welcome to the Bo Bunny Blog hop to celebrate National Card Making Day!

You should have started out at the Bo Bunny Blog and then followed the trail before coming here from Lynn's Blog.  Incase you have got lost along the way this is the order you should be following

  Carin - That's me!

At each blog you will find a letter, once you have gathered all the letters unscramble them to form a word and then email your word to Bo Bunny at the following address : for the chance to win some gorgeous Bo Bunny goodies!
You have until Tuesday 9 October to email your answer and then Bo Bunny will randomly select a name from all the correct answers to win the prize!  The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 10th October.

Here are my cards for today's blog hop.  I decided to choose three cards out of one the Rejoice Card Kit seeing as it is already getting to that time of year again!  
The card kits that Bo Bunny do are fantastic!  Already designed for you with all the bits that you need, perfect for when you still want to give a handmade card but don't want to have to design your own or just don't have the time to worry about it.  
I have kept the cards pretty much as they are in the kit but have just dressed them up a bit by inking the edges and adding small touches like gems, pearls and ribbon.

 As it is WCMD today I have decided to give away one of the new Christmas card sets the super cute Mistletoe set!  I will be having another giveaway of some other Christmas goodies soon!

If you would like the chance to win it then leave a comment and I will pick a winner in a few days!

Now for my lEttEr....wEll if you takE anothEr look at this paragraph thEn I am surE you will bE ablE to guEss what it is ;~) 

Once you have worked out what my letter is then head over to Jolan's blog for the next letter!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
This month Bo Bunny are going to give away one of their stunning Pink Bo Bunny Purses every Monday.
How cute is that little flower purse!
All you have to do is share how being aware has helped you or someone
you know in the fight against breast cancer.
So pop over to the BoBunny blog if you want the chance to win one!
Also pop on over to the Bo Bunny Blog later today to participate in the WCMD Bo Bunny blog hop!