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by Julie Brooks

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Saturday, 6 October 2012

News from Tim Holtz, shopping at the GNPE and more Memory Lane Inspiration

Hello everyone

Hope you're all well on this sunny Saturday? We are certainly enjoying some lovely, sunny autumn days at the moment aren't we? I have to say autumn is my favourite time of the year - harvesting all that fruity goodness in the garden (pears, apples and plums all ripe and ready to enjoy), the sun is still warm enough to dry the washing outside and the chance for some lovely long walks to enjoy the changing scenery. I love the fact that we can still have glorious blue sky, bright yellow sunshine, but then thrown into the mix now are not just different shades of green, but also orange, yellow and red as the trees don their beautiful autumn coats. Of course, the fact that my birthday falls right at the start of this wonderfully colourful season is a mere coincidence!

So, firstly I have some exciting news and a link to share with you! Ranger and Tim Holtz have just announced that those wonderful limited edition seasonal distress ink sets (picked raspberry, peacock feathers, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, shaded lilac and gathered twigs to name just a few) are to become part of the year-round Distress palette, so the year-round range has just grown from 36 to 48 colours - how fab is that? Now, I am lucky to have been able to buy most of these colours over the last year since I discovered the joys of stamping and inking(!), but I am missing two - Ripe Persimmon and Seedless Preserves - so I will be so excited if I manage to lay hands on these at some point in the not too distant future! Check out the announcement here and share the excitement!

So the next thing I wanted to share with you all is that I had a fab time at the GNPE in Harrogate today. For those of you who do not know, this is a twice yearly craft show organised by Craftwork Cards Ltd and one which I look forward to every time because there is always such a wonderful mix of stands, plenty of room to move and look properly at all of those lovely products (and so much fabby crafting candy to choose from), and the atmosphere is just great! I got to meet some of my lovely Craftwork Cards Design Team buddies for the first time, I heard Barbara Gray and co enjoying their karaoke crafting, and I confess to spending very much more than I intended to - I think I got a bit carried away with the buzz of it all! Still, I now have some lovely new dies, I've added to my chalk acrylic paint palette (and learnt some new techniques too!) and bought some new goodies which I can't wait to have a play with when time permits. Today is World Card Making Day and I saw so many beautiful card designs put together by lots of very talented individuals. Alas I have not had an opportunity to make any of my own cards today, but hope to get some time in my craft room in the next few days. But fear not, for I still have two lovely cards to share with you, which I made recently for Craftwork Cards Ltd using their new Project of the Month kit called Memory Lane.

The first design is a wedding anniversary card, made using a Fanciful card blank, and various elements of the kit. I love the way this design came together, and I think using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone around the edges of various elements just adds to the vintage feel of this card, but what do you think?

close up of the beautiful dainty blooms

My second design would suit lots of different occasions as it has the simple sentiment "Congratulations" on the front.

I love the big chandelier image on this paper and had great fun highlighting some bits with Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue in Stardust, and adding clear gems to other areas - so much added sparkle! I was also really pleased with the way my lovely little blooms turned out and the colour combination of lilac, pink and brown works really well for a vintage feel. I inked all around the edges (and onto the flower petals) with chalk ink this time in a pink to tie in with the pinks in the flowers and in one area of the chandelier paper, and I think it pulls the whole design together really well.

close up of the beautiful flowers

more beautiful blooms!

and yet more beautiful dainty blooms!
So that's me! Hope you like my two designs and that I've provided you with some more inspiration.

Until next time, take care.

Love from me xx