Tuesday, 26 July 2011

PevFest 2011 - Rachel Brett Band

Well Saturday came and the weather stayed fine and PevFest was a great event; and the Rachel Brett Band were brilliant and went down a treat.

If you click on the picture above it will take you to 'You Tube' and a montage of the bands gig.  Their set was an hour long so the video is just of selected clips.  The Band has recently formed and they have already been booked for further gigs.  They are currently unsigned but raising lots of interest in the music world.  Rachel has been in the recording studio recently and she will soon be releasing her new album which will include her newly written songs.  Details will be released here and on her own website. 


Sunday, 24 July 2011

Condolences to Norway

At KazBee Crafts we were very sad to hear of the tragic news from Norway and just to say our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time.

'i den dypeste sympatien'

Friday, 22 July 2011

Trines-papirkaos - Summer Candy

Follow the link here by clicking on the picture or by the sidebar to visit this bog.  Stunning designs full of inspiration and also some excellent candy on offer.  Follow the links and good luck :) 

PevFest - Rachel Brett Band

Well it's Friday, the day before PevFest and my daughter and her band, Rachel Brett Band (RB Band) are the first act on.  PevFest is an all day event, where lots of bands play at the local pubs in Pevensey Bay; it's a great day out, with something for everyone.  There are all types of bands from soul, jazz, blues, rock, pop & heavy metal. The organisers try and put the same/similar genre of music on at all the venues. There is also a stage on the beach, which is great.  That's where my daughter and her band are starting it all off.  So here's to sunshine and a great day.

Click on the poster to find out more about Rachel.  The band have recently formed together and they are all brilliant musicians. 

Rachel sings and plays guitar, ukulele & keyboard, writes her own songs and is joining the MGA Academy from this Sept. 

Jamie is an excellent guitarist.  His guitar playing is brilliant and shows maturity despite his young age; he also plays an excellent version of the classic, 'Parisienne Walkways'.

James, the awesome drummer!  James' drumming is fantastic, his enthusiasm for the music and his instrument shine through and he's another definitely to watch for the future.

The Rachel Brett Band will perform a selection of Rachel's own songs and some covers at PevFest. They've also been requested to play at the 1066 Cruisers Event.  At this event there is a display of Classic, Vintage and Hot Rod Vehicles, more details to follow.

If you can pop along to PevFest, come and join us,
it's a great day out (all details on the poster)

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Sweet Magnolia & Happy Birthday WOC - Challenge time

I love this Magnolia stamp and decided to use it to celebrate WOC Birthday Sketch challenge along with the Magnolia Thursday challenge.  I used my favourite Copics and found that the card would also fit the challenge on the 'Copic Creations Blog', so here's my card.

The theme for the Magnolia Challenge is, Pink, Purple and Pearls and I thought that she would look real cutsie in these.  
I used Copic markers, blending the colors to give her movement and to add the highlights of auburn in her hair.  I love the way the inks blend so well on the neenah cardstock.  I think she's a real little darling and reminds me of my own daughter who had mauve dungarees like these when she was small and auburn highlights too!!!!!  Think that's who I had in mind when I coloured her.

I embellished the card with flowers, pearls and seam binding from WOC.  I coloured the pearls & seam binding with my promarkers to match the seam binding to ensure a good colour match.  The pearls and seam binding from WOC are perfect for this.  The flourish was cut using my cricut and I coloured a piece of cardstock to match the ribbon and pearls, cut it and then spray varnished it to match the second flourish cut from pearlescent cardstock.  The sentiment is from LOTV and just perfect I think to match the feeling that I get from this image.

Hope you like it

I am going to enter this in to the following challenges.

Just Magnolia hAnglar & sTanglar Challenge Week 115 - Pink, Purple & Pearls
WOC Challenge 28 - A Birthday Sketch
Copic Creations Challenge 54 - Pastel Colours

Christmas in July - WOC and LOTV

Visit WOC and LOTV for their Christmas in July giveaways. It's the launch of their new Christmas stamps which are fantastic.  There are loads of inspiring projects from the DT to you get you thinking for that festive season.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Blue and Pink and Summertime Challenges

Well in between the rain and whilst still recovering from a major operation, I made this card and decided to enter it in to the challenges listed at the end.

The card base is made from 'Crafter's Companion' Centura Pearl Snow White which has a light lustre to it.  The papers were from a free pack from Pink Petticoat which came from a magazine that my hubby bought for me this week and I thought were just perfect. The fairy image is from LOTV and I think just adorable, just love using it and the text is from a set of Country Companion stamps.  I used silver mirri card to add dimension to the layers.

My lil' blue fairy was coloured with Copics and Promarkers, just love the depth of colour that you can build with these and how they blend so well.
 And of course the inside got the finishing touch too!

Hope you like the design.

I have entered this into the following challenges:

LOTV Challenge 105 - Pink & Blue
Paper Play '11 Challenge wk 28 - Things with Wings
Divas by Design Challenge 6 - Pastels
Crafts for Me Challenge 43 - Summertime
Allsorts Challenge wk 112 - Free & Easy

Jacque's Joie de Vivre- Happy Birthday Candy

Jacque who is a DT member of LOTV, WOC and Just Magnolia and hAnglar and sTanglar amongst many other strings to her bow, is celebrating her birthday by offering some fantastic candy.  Jacque's designs are beautiful and inspiring, so pop over and have a look and maybe join in with a chance for some candy; candy ends 31st July 2011.

Marianne's Craft Room Candy

Congratulations to Marianne who has just become a member of the DT for 'Squiggle Stamps'.  Marianne's candy offering is a £10 voucher for 'Squiggle Stamps'.  I enjoy looking through Marianne's inspiring creations, so pop over and have a look and maybe enter for the candy - good Luck :)

Friday, 15 July 2011

Bunny Zoe Candy

Bunny Zoe's Candy this week, is the chance to win the fabulous new Magnolia DooHickey Die - Old Oak. Fantastic for all the autumnal days which will soon be on their way - Oh no!!!!!!! 
but also Halloween :)
Candy entries must be in by Midnight, Thursday 22nd July 2011
so visit the blog now, link above or see my side bar 
- Good Luck -

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Sketch & Summer Challenges

Well saw Donalda's sketch on the LOTV Challenge and  and had to stop what I was doing to put a card together and thought it combined so well with the other challenges of summer and seeing that ours is pretty cool at the moment, thought the blue tones were very apt. 
Loved the sketch for this card - hope you do too!!!

I made the card base from Centura Pearl, Snow White Card Stock from 
Crafter's Companion, it has a lovely pearlescent sheen to it, not sure you pick it up really well in this photo though.  The backing papers are from my stash, from a 'My Minds Eye' paper stack and a Kate Knight paper stack.

Well this is my 'Cool Blue Lil' Girl Fairy' close up.

Usually, I would probably colour her in pinks or lemons, but I decided to go for a blue feel to make a change.  I used a mixture of Copics and Promarkers and the tips of her wings were highlighted with a touch of ultra fine glitter, as were the dandelion leaves.

And here's my artistic crop of the flowers - LOL.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, except for the green lower layered petals, which are from a tin in my stash - thank goodness for a stash!!!!

Hope you like the card, please let me know, love hearing from all you like minded crafting buddies

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

LOTV Challenge 104 - Sketch by Donalda
Dream Valley Challenge 11 - Summer Theme
One Stitch at a Time Challenge 70 - Anything Goes
Scrappy Frogs Challenge Blog - Summer Flowers
One Stop Craft Challenge 139 - Summer Time

Pixie Dust Paperie - July - Giveaway

Pop over to Pixie Dust Paperie (follow this link or click on the piccie on the side bar!)to see some of the DT's wonderful designs.  They have some wonderful Candy on offer for July - Giveaway runs until 18th July - so have a go & good luck

Hugs x

Saturday, 9 July 2011

One For the Boys and a Tent Card Challenge

I was inspired to make this card for the challenges; 
Crafters' Companion Challenge No.14 - One For the Boys 
Wild Orchid Craft Challenge - A Tent Card (see my last photo here)
Little Darlings Challenge's No 2 - Favourite Colour Combo

I created the backing by using Versa Magic Chalk Ink - in Sea Breeze and a blending tool.  I used Neena Card stock which I prefer for my copics, it also draws the ink for the colour for the sky.

I used my copics and promarkers for the 'Lil Boy, who on this occasion I named Alfie, probably after my daughters Hamster - LOL, but just seemed very fitting.

I used the usual E21 E00 E000 and R00 for the skin and then
a mixture of greens and browns for the clothing.
For the hair I used Promarker Buttercup and Copics Y11 and Y15 ( I think) for the odd highlight.
I cut around the image leaving a small border so that i could suspend him from the front layer of the card, hence the shadow behind him.

I decided to veer away from the old adage 'bue and green should never be seen' as I quite like them together and so I thought it was fitting for the Little Darlings Challenge

The border of the card was stamp with a large leaf Ivy and coloured with Copics, to give the impression of the outdoors.  I added some flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts to give dimension and used the stalks of the flowers to create tendrils, bringing the ivy to life.  I did add a little Crystal Stickles to the tendrils to lift them and to add another dimension.

This is the back of the card.  I kept the theme running through with the clouds and sky and added a bit of Baker's twine, in blue and white, from WOC,  to keep the boy/male theme running through.  Thought I'd go for a bit of artistic display on this one!!!!

Well here is the finished card, showing the tent form of it.  I hope that you like it.  I had other ideas for my Tent Card but I'm glad I stuck with this one n the end.

I have entered this in to:

Wild Orchid Challenge - A Tent Card
Crafter's Companion Challenge No. 14 - One fore the Boys
Little Darlings Challenge's No 2 - Favourite Colour Combo 

I will be selling my cards soon, I hope, in my Folksy shop, Once I've got the boxes made!!!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Freshly Baked Apple, Sultana and Cinnamon Bread - Yum

Thought I would share this with you, as this morning instead of crafting I made fresh yoghurt, that is still brewing and this loaf of bread.

Don't know about you but I just love the smell of fresh bread; well almost as much as eating it.  This is made from a flour mix, that I buy from a Farm locally, which is a Apple & Cinnamon Bread Flour, the recipe to then make the bread is as follows (in English imperial measurements) :

1lb 2oz Flour (Apple & Cinnamon already added)
2.5 tsp Dried Yeast
1.5 tsp. Salt
1.5 tsp Sugar
2.5 tsp. Olive Oil
320ml Water (hand warm)
Sultanas - added to preference

I have a bread maker, that I love, and this all goes into that on the dough programme.  When it's ready, about 1.5 hours later, I pop it into a traditional loaf tin, or make rolls and bake accordingly.

If you can't get the ready mixed flavoured flour, I would guess that some dried chopped apple and cinnamon with a bread making mix or bread flour, would give the same results; although you would have to experiment with quantities for your own preferences.

The aroma is delicious, and is calling to me, so I have to go now, off to enjoy with butter and a cup of coffee.

***** YUM *****

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Just Magnolia and Crafts and Me Challenges

This is my card for
Magnolia hAnglar and tAnglar  Challenge 113- Anything Goes with Shabby Chic and
'Crafts and Me' Challenge 42 - Favourite Stamp/Image

 The backing paper is a from 'docrafts Papermania' set called 'Summer Bloom'.

Magnolia was coloured with a mixture of Copics and Promarkers. 
Skin: E21, E00 and E000 with R00 for the cheeks.  The pinafore, top, bows and boots were a whole plethora (been waiting to use that word - LOL) of colours.

The flowers and brads are from my stash, not sure where they came from now and the gems were from C&C.  I pergamanoed (if that's the term) the butterfly, colouring the parchment with dorso ink and embossing the outlines etc. The tag is from Tim Holtz and the little pearl gems are from WOC.

I enjoyed this challenge as I had been waiting to use this stamp as I love Magnolia, just think she's soooo cute.

This card is being entered into two challenges:

Just Magnolia hAnglar & tAnglar - Anything goes with the option of Shabby Chic
Crafts and Me - Favourite Stamp/Image

Please leave me any comments as 
I'd love to know what you think too :) 

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Prom Time!

Just thought I would share a picture of my daughter, all ready for her prom, last Friday.  I had a heart op. earlier this year and didn't think I would get to see her in it, so very proud and pleased for many reasons!

Rachel is a singer, song writer and she has her own web site http://rachelbrett.com/www.rachelbrett.com/Welcome.html where you can hear some of her tracks.  She has been recording recently and will have a new album out soon.  Rachel will also be opening a local Music Festival called Pevfest.  It is a day of all kinds of music from blues through to rock, all free and approx. 50 bands will take part; it makes a great day out. I don't think that she will be wearing her prom dress to front her band though!!!!!!

Monday, 4 July 2011

Copic Challenges and Crafts and Me

Well the Copic Challenges were a mish..., as my daughter would say!  Colour White Clothing http://copiccreations.wordpress.com/ and CMC's Copic Challenge of Folds, Pleats and/or Ruffles http://scrapbitzcopics.ning.com/group/cmccopicchallengegroup; I linked these two challenges to the Crafts and Me Challenge of Birthday too http://craftsandmechallenges.blogspot.com/2011/06/challenge-41-birthdays.html (all blinkies down the side bar too for quickness).

I used one of my favourite images at the moment 'Twilight Lily Fae' from Crafts and Me.  I accentuated her dress with copics C-1, C-3 and C-5, to bring out the subtle tones of shade and light.

Her bodice was coloured in a gold and her hair in varying tones of light browns.  The tips of her wings were highlighted with very fine glitter powder - to add a little bit of fairy dust!

I added an LOTV sentiment as I thought it was very apt, a piece of organza shimmer ribbon from my stash along with a few little gem stones.  I also highlighted some of the background fairies and branches from my 'Dovecraft' fantasy paper.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed the challenge.  I am entering this in to the following challenges:

Copic Creations Challenge No. 53 - White Clothing
CMC Copic Challenge Group No. 21 - Folds, Pleats and/or Ruffles
Crafts and Me No. 41 - Birthday



Creating from the Heart: ♥ My 3rd Blogaversary Giveaway! ♥

Creating from the Heart: ♥ My 3rd Blogaversary Giveaway! ♥

Melissa is celebrating her 3rd Anniversary of her Blog, so congratulations.  The ideas and designs and gorgeous; go have a look. Also, see link on the side bar - the Grand Calibur!!!!!

RainMac's Candy

RainMac is celebrating 300 followers and offering a delightful 'Candy' prize.  Well done on your tri-century of followers.  Your cards are gorgeous and very inspirational - keep up the good work and here's to your next 300 followers and many more :) http://rainmacsplace.blogspot.com/ or click on the piccy at the side.