Thursday, 28 March 2013

Starry Starry Night

There have been some beautiful starry nights lately and I've spent some lovely peaceful moments staring up into the night skies contemplating how small we really are, and thinking about the fab sentiment in my latest woodware stamp set.......

Thought I'd make a secret panel book for the next workshop at the Craft Range at Burnley

Had a great time playing with pan pastels and working out different techniques I could include in the workshop. Managed to fit in 4 different techniques as well as designing a new take on the secret panel card so that the picture is continuous. Can't wait to share it!

The workshop runs on the 12th April from 1pm till 4pm. Lets hope the bad weather is a distant memory by then!

In the meantime, have a fabulous Easter and enjoy the break.

X Michelle & Janet

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Busy, Busy, Busy!!!

Well, the lovin' Ink Craft Retreat is almost upon us and Janet and I are busy sorting out last minute bits and pieces to get ready for the big day on Friday, when 14 lovely ladies will retreat to a beautiful converted chapel near Beamsley in the Yorkshire Dales for a full weekend of uninterrupted creativity! Just can't wait to get started!

I've spent the day today gathering up everything we need to start altering books by the dozen and have just landed home after picking up a car full of succulents.
Intrigued? Watch this space! We'll be posting pics throughout the weekend!

In the meantime we'd like to show you what we've been preparing for the next workshop at Samuel Taylors, Embsay......

Now I wonder how many of you like violets?..

You've probably already seen the photos of this little box around, inviting you to guess what we've filled it with, well here is the rest of the photo.....

Who remembers these?

My Niece works in a fab little olde worlde sweetshop in Skipton which I have been known to pop into from time to time, and when I saw these wonderful Spellbinders stamps I knew just what to do with them!

Here's a photo of the inside of the card too

This workshop is running on the 6th of April (details here) and even if you are not fond of eating Parma Violets (you either love 'em or hate 'em), the smell is divine!
I even wondered if I could use them as an embellishment so that my cards smelled of violets....what do you think?

Time to get on with more prep for the weekend me thinks, looking forward to seeing you all soon

X Michelle & Janet

Friday, 15 March 2013

March Giveaway

Isn't it always the case that if you start a project in class and don't get it finished, it stares at you, unfinished from your craft room shelf forever more?

That's been the case with this little treasure which Janet and I are offering as lovin' inks March giveaway pressie

These wonderful exploding boxes have been a recent workshop and have been so popular we thought we'd give you a chance to own your very own.
All you have to do is leave your name with Mr. linky below and we will draw the winner at the end of the month.

The inspiration for the boxes came from the most talented lady, Elaine, at Magic Boxes. check out her blog here and you'll see what I mean, she's truly inspirational!

Hope you're having a great crafty week
X Michelle & Janet

Just Right Violets

Our next workshop at Samuel Taylors in Embsay, is on 6th April and has been an absolute delight to prepare for. I've been lusting over the Just Right stamps for quite a while but as they are a tad on the expensive side have hesitated a little.

I will, however hesitate no longer!
Here's the sample I've been playing with

What a joy these stamps are to play with. I couldn't resist making this little treasure!

The box stands on four little feet and has this delightful box liner......and inside???

We've filled the box with Parma Violet sweets but it could equally hold some violet perfumed soap or tea lights.

During the class we will be exploring more ways to use Tim Holtz distress inks and Archival Inks, along with embossing folder techniques, to create this little box and matching card, a lovely present for someone special!

If you fancy joining us you can find all the info here
Don't hesitate as this workshop will fill up fast!

Hope to see you there
X Janet & Michelle

Friday, 8 March 2013

Stamping club

Today we have been practising our watercolouring skills whilst making a gorgeous Easter decoration.  We had 12 ladies here today but a few were not finished when I took the pictures.

All so beautiful don't you think?
and here is Michelles sample

Stamps are Some Bunny by stampin up with the Molly Blooms bunting to add to the look.
A lovely day with some lovely folks.

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

An Easter project with a touch of Old Fashioned Spring

 At Craftrange this month Michelle is hosting this class to make a cute little egg with an old fashioned feel. Gentle colouring and some fimo eggs give this a lovely look for Easter as a decoration or alternative gift to a chocolate egg.
If you fancy joining her then give Craftrange a ring on 01282 833091.  
The class is on Friday15th March 
1-4pm .

We have just got our date for our "do your own thing retreat" at Beamsley, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire. 23rd-25th August 2013 with the option of staying over until Monday 26th.

If you would like to know more drop us an email at

Back with the giveaway very soon .


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Crafty Giveaway winner

Yep time to announce last months winner of this gorgeous postcard set made by Michelle.

So drum roll please...............

Random org has picked number 6 which is Debbie !

Well done Debbie - do email us on lovinink.lots@gmail .com with your address so we can post it on to you .Back with a new giveaway very soon.

Happy Crafting xx