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Cal i Forn i a

I’m back from a whirlwind Business trip to our USA office. ย We have managed to cram so much in, I thought I’d share with you some pictures of what I’ve been up to. ย I have decided that I really want to take Mr C. over for a holiday, he would love the mountain biking, and I’ll love the shopping! and the food, and the people who are so warm and welcoming.

Day 1 – Rodeo Drive

Craft Shop shopping on Rodeo Drive was a fabulous experience – its just like the movies, I had my eyes peeled for Richard Geere, but didn’t spot him any where ๐Ÿ™‚

Rodeo Drive Baby!
Rodeo Drive

How totally fabulous is this, I’d love a couple of days exploring Rodeo Drive, Sun, Shopping Cocktails and atmosphere in abundance!

At the end of the day we headed to Rattlers for dinner, I’ve visited the USA lots of times (I’m very lucky) but it was my first time in a Rattlers, if you are heading to LA you must go the food was amazing and the atmosphere fantastic, they’d even decorated cowboy boots all around the restaurant – I LOVED them and the traditional kilner my water came in.

Day 2 – meeting the Team

Had a fabulous day in the office with the USA Team talking about all the fabulous new products we have coming up, and then headed out for dinner. ย There were so many of us Donald had to hire a HUGE mini van to fit us all in, I’d hate to see what a maxi van looks like! We then headed out for some fabulous food with the gang and had a wonderful evening catching up, my desert was too fabulous,the most delicious sorbet I’ve ever had!

Day 3 and 4 – another day with the Gang in the office

More food and laughs with the Gang and on our last day a traditional pancake breakfast! this is the one and only time I had them this trip, so a real treat!

“No one does pancakes like the USA!”

Day 5 – Homeward Bound

I’m home, I can hardly believe what I’ve done in the last few days and I’m full of ideas for new products – it was a fabulously inspirational visit, with fabulous people. ย I’m already missing my very best stateside friend beautiful Michelle.


Till next time California.

Crafty Hugs

Leann x


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Another Makey Bakey Competition

Morning all

So, while getting ready for the shows this morning, and amusing myself singing Makey Bakey ditties to myself I thought, I KNOW, why not get everyone else to make up a Ditties too! Genious!

So here it is, please make up you own Makey Bakey dittie to be sung along to the well known tune of achey breaky heart, and pop it on here as a comment, at the end of tomorrow, ill get the gang at create and craft together we’ll have a formal judging session and the winner will be sent one of the demo cards I make from every show till I go home Saturday night!

Whooo hoooo get your thinking caps on cant wait to see what you come up with!

Don’t tell the mice the Makey Bakey mice ……..


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A Hug……

………. is always the right size

Last one for today…… I’m off to snuggle up with hubby and a glass of vino collapso (white Zinfandel – YUM).

Fancied a bit of a change with this one so I used darker colours, The base paper is from DCVW Pocket Full of Posies, I lurrrve this pad, its matted onto coredinations card (the deep purple) a piece of the deep purple coredinations has been cuttlebugged and sanded down to reveal the lovely pattern. Image cut our with circular and scalloped nesties and finished with a floral arrangement. The triple bow has been tied on the ultimate pro.

All of the products ive used for the three cards ive made today can be found at

Enjoy your night whatever you are doing


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I will absent for a little while…..

…….. because I am off to Chicago to the Craft Trade and Retail fayres ….. Whoop Whoop, I’m off to rootle and find goodies galore for the Crafters Companion shop – I love my job …. back on the 2nd August.. soooooo see you then….

L x

O – ps – i am taking my net book thingy and my camera (well posh phone camera thing anyway) so I will try to post you a photo or two while I am away – sneeky peaks and all (OOoooo sounding like I’m from the other side of the pond already ๐Ÿ™‚ )

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BLOG CANDY .. Sealed with a little kiss …… Sneaky Peak ….

Hello all

I have once again let myself down terribly with my lack of bloggy posts…. I have no excuse other than I have been very very busy, up and down the road to Ideal World and also beavering away on new products for you all, even little prods from Claire could not make me lose my focus!. I am hoping to redeem myself fully, by offering you a sneaky peak of the POW launch on Friday on Create and Craft, and the reason I have been *absent* from the bloggy world…..

We are launching a fabulous range of Rubber Stamps “Sealed with a little kiss” (Swalk), with a CD which has been designed to complement the stamps perfectly it features stunningly beautiful design sets, borders, alphabets, inserts, verse writer etc, BUT also included are 2 full sets of co-ordinating papers plus really useable co-ordinating flowers that can be resized and layered to make fabulous co-ordinating embellishments.

To celebrate the launch Sara is offering the complete Pick of the Week to one lucky winner drawn at random at midnight Saturday 17th July and announced on Sunday 18th July. To enter for the prize is really easy, visit The Crafter’s Companions News and Inspiration Blog, and follow the instructions.

To help celebrate the launch I’m offering a little Candy too – the stamp set I’ve used for my sneaky peek “Sunshine”. All you need to do is leave a comment here telling me what you think of this new range. Then pop a post on your blog, if you have one, linking back here…… The other Design Team members also have some candy to offer, so pop along to their blogs to see what beautiful cards they have made for their sneak peeks (all the candies are different so you could gather quite a little stash…..)


and last but my no means least….. my pal Claire

I will draw my Candy winner on Saturday Evening and post it before I head back off to Ideal World for the shows on Sunday….

I hope you will all be watching the release on Friday in case you miss it here is a timetable of the shows:

Create and Craft Friday 16th 11am (2 hours launch) (Leann)
Create and Craft Sunday 18th 10am and 2pm (1 hour both) (Leann)
Create and Craft Monday 19th 8am (1 hour) (Leann)
Create and Craft Tuesday 20th 8am (1 hour) (Sara)

Can’t wait to find out what you all think of this range…..

Now onto how I have made my card. I have made a 5.5 inch square easel Card. Stamped my sunshine image and coloured with Copics. Which I have matted and layered onto contrasting card punched in the order with a Martha Stewart Corner Punch. I have matted and layered the card base with papers printed from the CD, diecut a ribbon border with a Marianne designs ribbon border die (in the cuttlebug) threaded with ribbon and finished with a beautiful layered flower printed from the CD ….

I’m looking forward to hear what you think of this range…

Good Luck

L x

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Roses – my favourite flower ……

Hi all

A Rose with love ........

I am really excited about this post, not only have I been able to make a card with my favourite flower of all time …. the rose, I’ve made it using a sketch I created for the band new Crafters Companion Challenge Blog. Ive used a base Brown card, peach card from the cordinations range for matting and layering, and the embossed panel using a sizzix folder, the patterned paper is printed from the flower fairies rose CD. The stamped rose is from Sheena Douglass’ rambling rose plate all products can be found at

I would love you to come over and join in the challenge, not least because there will be a brilliant prize for the lucky randomly selected winner, so exclusive we can’t tell you what it is because it’s not even launched yet, but you will love it – I promise …..

If you dont want to join in the challenge then pop over to our general chit chat and tutorial blog at Crafters Companion News Views and Inspirations – we are hoping to bring you hot off the press news, sneaky peaks, inspiration and some fabulous tutorials too ….

….and here is the sketch to whet your appetite….

Crafters Companion Sketch - June Challenge - Created by Me! ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Crafting


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Summer is here, ahhhhhhhh let the bright cards begin …….

…….ahhhhhh summer is here, what a lovely scorchio weekend we had. Spent a really lovely day at Raby Castle with hubby, had a picnic, walked in the gardens, mooched around the castle…… then had a lovely play with my newest acquisition – Citrus Stack, Die Cuts with a View Paper Pad. And Oh my goodness how much do I just love this pad of paper, it’s wonderful…. The colours are stunning for summer, but actually why just summer, they’re zingy enough to bring a smile to the lips at any time fo the year. I am loving dark card bases and white for matting and layering lately, I don’t know why, but its working for me anyway! I’ve inked around the edges of the patterned paper with Broken China Distress Ink. I also had a go at the latest craze of making paper blooms…. what fun I had, this blue one on the card was made from the same citrus stack of paper so the colours match in very easily indeed. I have decided that I need to photograph you a step by step for making these flowers, and I will try to do so either tonight or tomorrow, their much easier than they look ๐Ÿ™‚ – In fact I owe you several step by steps I fear, but this will be the first one, as these homemade embellishments are just perfect for lovely summery cards, I am also imagining them in creams for wedding cards. Perfect!.

I’ve included a photograph of my first practice bloom too, which I made with the latte stack again from DCWV, (honestly – it’s a sin to call it a paper stack because actually it’s more like card. It’s a really good weight and can easily be used for card bases too.) I’ve inked this one with vintage photo, my hubby was most impressed, which in itself is no mean feat! he thinks it looks like wood, what do you think? I am going to plan a lovely muted/distressed card to show it at its perfect flowery little best ๐Ÿ™‚

I would recommend you go for the 12 x 12 pad as for the difference in price from the 8 x 8, you can get so much more versatility. Cut the sheet in half to fold 6 x 6 card blanks, (the quality really is good enough to do this.) keep the 2nd half for matting and layering of another card, or to make your paper flowers…. loads and loads of value a large proportion of the sheets in the citrus stack are glittered too…. Oh, OK I’ve waffled enough can you tell how much I love them? Check them out here honestly you wont be disappointed, and the cards you will be able to make are just stunning………….you will be very impressed with their absolute lovelyness, is that a word?

Have a lovely day wherever you are and whatever you’re doing


Ooooo yes – If your budget does not stretch to the 12 x 12 or 8 x 8 pads do what I do – CHEAT! there are some lovely DCWV pre-folded card packs you get 40 cards in a pack (10 designs, 4 of each) and their double-sided. I chop em in half use them for matting and layering, stunning! and I have 40 good quality 4″ x 6″ envelopes to use too ๐Ÿ™‚ SORTED! …..