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Sunday 12 February 2012


Hello everyone

Not really summer, but certainly warmer today than the last few days.  We have had minus double figures in Christmas Pie recently.  boy, has it been cold.  I hope you have all survived without any mishaps.

First of all I want to thank Pamela and Lottie of Livelearnlaughbehappy who have very kindly awarded me the Liebster Award.  Thank you both, it is very much appreciated and very welcome from a fellow crafter; your blog posts are always very happy and a great read.  The Liebster Award is given to bloggers who have up to 200 followers in the hope it will bring them new followers and friends.  The tradition is that is is then passed on to five other bloggers to help them too.

To accept the award, you need to:

1  Link back to the person's blog who gave you the award and thank them
2  Post the award on your blog
3 Give the award to five fellow bloggers who inspire you
4  Leave a comment on their blogs to let them know

My inspirational 5 are:

Ali's Craft Studio

Jem of Jam Dalory

You blog posts are great, I love your 'makes', you offer great advice and help when needed and you are lovely regular visitors to my Blog.  A big thank you.

Almost needless to say there are lots of other great bloggers I would have liked to give this award to, but you are so popular and have over 200 followers, so my apologies but I love reading your posts.

A busy week, lots of crafting started and woo hoo, finished too.  Slowly, very slowly, working on my website - very time consuming taking pics and thinking of words to put with them and also the 'about me' bit is hard.  Want to make it interesting and not frighten away potential customers but feel it comes own to the knowing what is just enough.  Perhaps I need a ghost write or maybe Jazz and Daisy can come up with something for me.  Er, on second thoughts, not so sure about that - in between snoozing and chasing things around the garden, doubt they have much time for anything else.

One of this week's makes was a gift bag for a friend.  She wanted something in dark blue and orange, so I came up with this:

For the backing I used bronze-coloured mirror card; the letters were negatives from Starform adhesive letters which I placed on mixed shades of orange-coloured card and cut around the outlines.  I added Starform stars (using the same card I had used for the letters) and fixed the whole page to a dark blue gift bag.  I used to make quite  few cards with the negative part of Starform letters, but haven't done so for some time.  I like the effect - both the positive and negative parts of the letters - and think it is something I should pick up on again.

Don't forget to check out Handmade Monday's Bloggers - week 53!  How amazing is that - as always I am sure it will be packed with great makes and lovely blog posts to read.

I am still looking for guest posters - if you have a topic related to handmade please do get in touch.  this is a great way of driving extra traffic to your blog and your website.

Have a good week - I will be back on Wednesday.



  1. Gosh you've been busy again! Congratulations on the Leibster Award,
    Penny x

  2. Jill - thank you so much for the Liebster Award! Loving your card - Like the bronze coloured backing - just that bit different and looks really good with the blue. Michx

  3. Definitely Spring in the air, down here in Cornwall. Your card looks super. Good luck with your website.

  4. Great Card. Very professional. Thank you for the award. You know I am a techie idiot so I will get you to talk me through on HMBM prob. tomorrow. I have never got an award before. I must be moving up the ladder of fame or maybe notoriety. lol.

    1. Hi Carol - if you right click on the pic on my blog, save to your desk-top and then add as a normal picture to your blog, that should work.

  5. Well done on the award and love the card stunning

  6. Lovely card and well done with the award - hope it brings lots more followers x

  7. Lovely card wish it was warmer here :( I did the farmers market which is inside the museum in Uppermill and it was freezing. I can't wait for warmer weather.

  8. Congratulations on the award :) and your receipients are all worthy winners too!

  9. When I first saw that gift bag, it made me think of the Happy Days TV show :-)

  10. Congrats on your award! Thank you for visiting and leaving a lovely comment on my blog. New follower of yours, have a fab week! X

  11. Well done one the award! Love the falling snow effect on your blog... could we have the rolling fog next week, cos that what we have got coming in off the estuary this morning. :)

  12. Great gift bag - congratulations on your award!
    Jo x

  13. Thanks for dropping by my blog. Definitely not quite summer here yet - but I love your optimism! Thought i'd post the answer to your query here to make sure you saw it. The little craft iron is from u-handbag. The only place I could find that supplied them. Must find time to give it a test run soon!

  14. Thank you for passing the award onto me, it's great to be well thought of.
    The snow is melting here and will soon be all gone, it was very pretty but I'm glad it is disappearing. I like the card, blue and orange make good partners.

    Jan x

  15. Congratulations on your award. Love the gift bag - it's so bright and cheery. Just what you need when it's cold outside.

  16. Congrats on the awards!The weather has been very terrible since this Feb :-(
    I just can't wait for a little sunshine.
    Thanks for linking up in Exposure 99% weekday hop, following via GFC and i look forward being part of your blog. Have a great week.

  17. It's mild here in our part of Scotland. Hope we dont get snow in May! The bag you've made is lovely, it almost looks like glass.

  18. Oh, I like that gift bag, it's so pretty! I just love pretty gift presentations, thank you for sharing.

  19. Fantastic card! Can't go wrong with that phrase either.

    Congrats on your award!!

  20. Nice gift bag - blue and orange is a great colour combination. And let's all hope for a little warmer weather, sooner rather than later please! Have a great week.

  21. Happy Valentine's Day! I am a new follower from the 99% Exposure Hop. When you have a moment I would love for you to hop over to Saving and Sharing It and visit.


  22. Cute gift bag! Thanks for the comment, love your blog! Have a great rest of your week!

  23. Orange and blue is one of my all time favourite colour combinations! Love the bag!

  24. Thank you so much for the Liebster Blog award. I know how hard it is trying to write an 'About Me' section, its easy to talk about but very hard to actually write it down. Good luck with that. The gift bag looks great, those colours work well together. x


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