Friday 30 November 2012

New DT Call

Here at Crafty Bloggers Network we looking for design team members.

We are an active Facebook group where crafty people can share their blogs and work for others to admire. We also run a challenge blog where there is a new challenge each month sponsored by different companies such as Indigo Blu, Crafters Companion, Elizabeth Bell stamps etc.

DT members  will be expected to:
1.    Meet post commitments - one for the first week of the month + 2 others (you will be able to use other DT projects for your other posts unless our sponsors require otherwise but this is rare),
2.    Post 1 Technique or hints and tips post per 6 months (maybe less depending on the number of DT members),
3.    leave comments on our wonderful entrants cards (a number system is employed and you will be allocated 2 numbers)
4.    Be an active member in Crafty Blogger Network Facebook group and leave  a number of comments on your allotted day

We also ask that you promote us on your own blog where possible and sign your comments with the CBN name in order to get the group "out there" so to speak.
You will get sponsors images or stamps to use where appropriate and these are yours to keep.

We all keep in touch using a Facebook group and as such you will need a Facebook profile.

If you would like to join our friendly team then please email with a brief introduction and your blog address and 3 pictures of what you consider to be your best work.

Wednesday 28 November 2012

Celbrity Guest Blogger with Hayley West

Another in our series of Celebrity Guest Bloggers, this time its the turn of Hayley, pictured here with Nigel May.

Name Hayley West

If you have a blog, what's the blog address..?

How long have you been crafting? Since I was a child

How did you start crafting? I can't remember....I don't ever remember not crafting

What do you watch/listen to when you're creating? I love listening to music but I have to make sure it's not calming music or I never get anything done.

When creating a project, do you plan it out or go with the flow? I go with the flow, which can be a nightmare if I have to write instructions because I often can't remember exactly how I got to the finished result.

Do you enjoy stepping out of your zone when creating new projects? Yes, although not always initially, but once I've cracked it I'm glad I took on the challenge

When is the best time for you to create? Usually at night when the kids have gone to bed.

What quality do you like and admire in others? People who have a go, it don't matter if you're good or bad at something but the fact that you tried it. 'Give it a go or you'll never know'

Here is some of the wonderful jewellery Hayley has created recently

Monday 26 November 2012

DT Inspiration Monday 26 Nov

Remember folks this is the last week to enter our challenge this month to win some lovely Chocolate Baroque Stamps

and now to some inspiration from our design team:


Chocolate Baroque Stamps
Marianne die
Pearly mist and glimmer mist sprays
Distress ink

Geraldine M

Distress Inks: Evergreen Bough, Festive Berries
Spellbinders dies


Digi Stamp Berry
Micro Beads
Cuttlebug snowflake die
Snowflake punch
Paper's form a craft fair
Glossy accents

Monday 19 November 2012

Inspiration Monday 19 nov

Some more inspiration from our Design team for you:
Please welcome our newest member of the DT:
Supplies used
Core'dinations Card
Word Stamp-Viva Decore
Lace and Ribbon-Wild Orchid Crafts
Tree Die-Marianne Creatables

Chocolate Baroque Stamps
Black EP, Spectrum Noirs
Spellbinders Scalloped Ovals
Red Cardstock
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Paper: Basic Grey Aspen Frost
Lace ribbon


Cream Card
Spellbinders dies
Marianne dies
6X6 embossing folder crafters companion
Memento ink Olive Grove & Rhubarb Stalk  
Liquid Pearls Gold & Bisque.
Messages off the computer.

Friday 16 November 2012

Technique Focus Friday November Double Pocket Card

Hi everyone its Kaz here with a Technique Focus Friday for you this time, I will be showing you how to make a very simple Double pocket card just right for your Christmas cards.

Score board and tool
12"x12" card stock will make a 6" card
Double sided tape  
Backing paper,embellishment of your choice.

1. I have stared with a 12"x 12" light card stock mine is green on both sides up you can use double sided pattern paper as well.
Score your paper at 6"sideways and longways.

2 Cut your card to the center.

3 Fold the bottom right hand corner to the center.

4 Now fold the top left hand corner towards the center but don't go all the way leave about a 1/2 ",this will form the back pocket.

5 Add your double sided tape where shown on the picture.
Then sick them down your card should now look like picture 6.

6 Now add more tape where marked in the picture above.

7 Now fold and stick down the top left hand side as shown above.
This will give you your 1st pocket.

8 Fold the bottom right hand corner over the pocket to have just made and stick down,you should now have you double pocket card .
Crafty Hugs

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Meet the Team - Kaz

Here is your chance to meet another member of our team, this month it is Kaz turn to introduce herself.

If you have a blog, whats the address?

How long have you been crafting?
I started making about 5 years ago,but have always crafted in some way since I was a child.

What do you watch/listen to when crafting?
I like to listen to Snow patrol, Lady Antebellum or maybe a bit of Ed Sheeran depends what mood I am in.

What do you snack on while crafting?
I am on a diet at the moment or should I say I am always on a diet.but if I am feeling naughty I might have some chocolate or jelly sours.

What is your Favorited colour  combination to use on your cards?
I like pastel shades I'm not in to bright colours.

Do you distress everything,not at all or somewhere in between?
I go through fazes when everything get distressed.
What is you favorite thing in your scrappy space.
My two rats Sage & Chestnut, probably not everyone's liking.

   What is your favorite tool in your srappy space?
My Grand Calibur

What type of adhesive do you use?
At the moment i love Collall glue,You get a bit of time to reposition your work before it dries

About how many projects do you create in a month?
A lot maybe 50/60 a month depending on craft fairs and commission.

When is the best time for you to create?
Afternoons I like the light I get in my craft room then.

Happy crafting

Monday 12 November 2012

Inspiration Monday 12 Nov

Time for some inspiration from our great design team


Chocolate Baroque Stamps
WOW embossing powder
Docrafts Boofle Paper pack
Marianne Die


Chocolate Baroque Stamps
Cream & Gold card
Embossing folder Tied Together
Liquid pearls Bisque
Memento Ink Rhubarb Stalk
Message Stamp

Docrafts Lucy Cromwell Papers & Sentiment Rubber Stamp
Docrafts Butterfly Die
K & Co Covered Brad
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder
Unknown Scroll Rubber Stamp

Monday 5 November 2012

Challenge No #5 sponsored by Chocolate Baroque

Another month is upon us and we are pleased to show you the winner and top 3 from last months challenge:
320 - Cathy D

Well done Cathy please contact Indigo Blu with CBN Challenge winner in the title to claim your prize (your choice of A5 stamp set) 
Top 3

34 - Laine

307- Debbie S

321- Marianne's Craftroom

Great job to you as well, please feel free to grab the top 3 badge from the sidebar to display on your blogs.

And now on to our challenge for this month, sponsored by the wonderful people at 

Chocolate Baroque is a small independent art and craft company, based in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham in the North-East of England, run by husband and wife team, Glenda and Adrian Waterworth.

We design and manufacture our own range of natural rubber art stamps as well as a range of paper-craft CDs that provide background paper designs, frames, tags and other artistic elements for you to print out and use in your greetings cards, scrapbook pages and other mixed media artwork. We also design digital art for you to download and use in your own art and craft projects.

They are offering a prize of  a clear stamp set of your choice (value £16.99)  

so onto the challenge:

Christmas Anything Goes :)

WOW Vanilla White
Black Card Stock
Own Ribbon

Perfect Pearl mist
Distress ink
WOW gold embossing powder

Chocolate Baroque Stamps
Cream pearl card
Memento Ink Black
Liquid pearls Bisque
Spellbinders die
Tim Holtz paper Rosette Die.

Silver Embossing Powder
Silver Uniball Signo Broad Pen
Perfect Medium
Card: Cream, Green, Red
Red Pearls, Ribbon

Card: Craftwork Cards Stardust Calcutta and Dovecraft Mirror Card
Papers: DCWV Pink Christmas 6x6 papers
Ink: Versamagic Pink Petunia & Midnight Black, Brilliance Graphite Black & Platinum Planet
Embellishments: Bazzill Tulle, Bakers Twine

Espresso, Vanilla and Kraft Card stock
Stampin Up Christmas paper
Black Stazon
Selection of promarkers
Stampin Up ribbon binding
Foam pads