Saturday, 13 August 2011

Anything but a card

Good morning one and all, it's time for a new challenge at Allsorts and this week Debs would like us to create 'Anything but a card', but before my DT work a few bits and pieces of news.

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who has joined in at Stampalot Challenge this month despite the little 'problem' earlier this week. And a little heads up that that there is a very special weekend coming up at Stampalot shortly, more details further down this post.

And lots of you have been so kind and asked about the post holiday saga so just to update you, no joy with my jewellery I'm sad to say. The concierge from the ship got back to me to say they had done a thorough search of our cabin just to make sure the box hadn't got pushed under the bed or something like that, but nothing turned up. Our cabin steward was a lovely lad from Mauritius and was so thrilled to have just been promoted to being a suit steward and their jobs are so precious to them that honesty is second nature and I have no doubt if found he would have handed it in. So I can only conclude it was stolen from my case in Paris at some point.

Fridges and freezers still empty but sparkling least it forced a well needed job to be done............. as I've just not had time to shop since we got back as work and files up to the ceiling sort of took over, but it's high on my agenda for the weekend. And after all the indulgence on holiday a lean diet won't hurt us for a few days.

On to my DT piece for this week and I have come up with a Christmas tag book which I cut on the Big Shot Pro (thanks for the loan Stampalot), distressed each page with TH fired brick and sage, then spritzed with Glimmer Mist pearl. I stamped round the edges of the pages with Inkadinkado 98396 and the birds on two of the page are from the same Christmas set. The sentiment on the middle page is Art Impression J1674.

Finally, I added red Stickles, some punched poinsettias and tied the spine with ribbons.

I am off to Stampalot tomorrow, new Hero Arts and Le Blanch stamps beckon, so all going to plan I should have a few shares shortly as I need to get cracking with samples for the big Christmas launch weekend starting on Saturday 27th August. Some of the goodies are already available and can be found here.

Thanks for visiting and hope you have a good weekend.


  1. OH Brenda - am so sorry to hear your Jewellery hasn't turned up..
    LOve this beautiful book..and even though i dont like birds .. this one isn't too scary as its only the outline lol..
    Cant wait to see the new samples
    Lisa x

  2. oh hun so sorry to hear your jewellery has not turned up must be heart breaking,just love that book hun your detail is always first class hugs cherylxxxxx

  3. Brenda, so sorry to hear about your jewellery. I don't have anything of much value but would be heartbroken to lose any of it as it's all sentimental. Your book is awseome, love the stamps you have used.

    Hugs Hazel xx

  4. Wonderful bird on this amazing fairylike card!

  5. wow veramente bello :)))
    Bacio Roberta from Italy

  6. So sorry to hear you haven't got yur jewellery back.
    Love your book, though - and have a good weekend! Lets hope we get off to a winning start....

  7. Really sorry to hear that your jewellery hasn't been found Brenda and hope it isn't too upsetting for you.
    Gorgeous artwork as usual and love that tag book particularly.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  8. This is a beautiful tag book. So sorry your jewellery hasnt been found though, thats such a shame. Lee xx

  9. Oh, this was beautiful.
    Such a gorgeous little bird.

  10. Hi Brenda
    I absolutely love your Christmas tag book (? is it an actual die for the Pro that you have made it from), also love the stamps & colours that you have used. This would make a lovely Christmas present (for some one special).
    I am so sorry to her that your jewellery didn't turn up, hope this won't spoil your holiday memories too much. I do wonder sometime's if these toe rags (thieves) realise how much sadness/misery they cause, particularly if it is of sentimental value.
    Sandra (craftynan)

  11. Amazing project Brenda, love the colours, and the stamping and distressing finish it off perfectly.

    So sorry you didn't get your jewellery back, such a shame.

    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  12. Brilliant project! I love the colors, and the stamps you used!

    So sorry you didn't get your jewellery back. Was any of it insured? What about all the food you lost was that insured thru you home owners policy? Hope you can recover something.
    Blessings Bernie

  13. Hi Brenda,
    I'm just back from holiday and catching up on your posts. I'm so sorry to hear about your jewellery and your food.
    A wonderful tag book. I love the distressing and the stamps around the pages are great.
    Nikki x

  14. Hi Brenda - so sorry to hear about your post holiday troubles.

    This is lovely tag book - SA forced me into starting Christmas and i'm planning on keeping it going now i've started so look forward to the Stampalot launch!!

    Take Care - Esther xx

  15. So, so sorry to read about your missing jewellery Brenda and the other problems :-( Your tag book is stunning, beautiful festive project, I suppose the big event is not that far away now is it. Take care xxx

  16. Gorgeous tag book Brenda, it would make a lovely present for someone special.

    Sorry to hear your jewellery hasn't turned up. Love the idea of a nice clean empty freezer but I don't fancy how yours got that way!

    Kat xx

  17. What pretty stamps you have used on this tag book. So sorry that your jewellery was never found.

  18. This is fantastic!!! Such a lot of work has gone into it! Beautiful, Ruth x

  19. So sorry to hear about the jewellery. Lovely intiguing project - I'm hoping to obtain a Big Shot in the not too distant future so interested to see what dies are available. Shall have a look at the Pro too. Love the bird design & the softer use of the Christmas colours. Enjoy your trip & looking forward to seeing the new samples.
    Paula (PEP)

  20. Beautiful Christmas card, awesome stamps!

    Sorry to hear about the jewellery,.

  21. So gorgeous hun love the delicate stamping round the edges

  22. Hi Brenda so sorry to hear you havent got your jewellery back, its sad when they mean so much to you. But pleased to hear that your fridge and freezers are now waiting to be refilled, have fun shopping do.
    Stunning tag book and i love that image is gorgeous on the cover as is the sentiment inside. hugs Shirleyxxx

  23. Hi Brenda. I'm a new follower to your blog, so am taking a look around your projects. :)

    This is such a gorgeous project, which is done so beautifully. :) X X

  24. This is fabulous, Brenda! I love it! Sorry you haven't got your jewellery back. If I lived closer I'd have done you some shopping. Big hugs and see you soon xxx

  25. This is gorgeous. I love the bird image on the front.

    Becky x

  26. oh no Brenda Im so sorry to hear about your jewellry saga, its terrible when something precious is stolen from you isnt it...your card is an amazing piece of work, so beautifully designed
    Mina xxx

  27. Hi Brenda,
    sorry to hear all the troubles!

    Beautiful booklet, just divine;-))m

  28. Fab book - the bird on the front is to nice for words. xx

  29. Hello Brenda,
    your maps are so beautiful, how long you tinker already?? Mach far like that it are really beautiful. Your blog pleases me very well, already makes me happy on your new creations.
    I wish you a beautiful Sunday with many beautiful hours. All dear Stella

  30. I think it's shopping bag show in picture! Such a very cool. I am so impressed by that. It design and decoration looking amazing. I really appreciate for your work. I will also make it..


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