Thursday, 24 July 2014

Where did the time go?

It feels like ages since I last blogged, and in fact it Is ages! But I'm finally back working on my shop with Ian and feel like I'm back in the land of the living now that my little girl has now started nursery.

Since I last blogged we have had a new addition to our family-Isis Rose who is now 2 years old. Her and Leo are adorable together! It has been a bit of a rough ride though and getting back to work has taken longer than usual. Isis was born with congenital heart disease, a particular defect called pulmonary stenosis and it wasn't discovered until she came down with a cold at 2 weeks old and during the check up my GP heard her very loud heart murmur and we got sent for tests. Ultimately she had to have heart surgery at 10 weeks to reduce the narrowing in her heart and it did work to the extent that if she hadn't of had it within a month or so she would have died and it has opened the valve up somewhat but unfortunately it isn't a total 'fix'. This pic of her was a few weeks after her operation.
She still has her heart problem which she will always have and we have regular check ups to see how the heart is functioning etc. and she could well have more heart surgery in the future. Her heart problem has also meant she has been poorly a lot and takes longer to recover than other children, and we just have to be really careful to watch how she is when she's poorly because things could worsen very quickly. There are lots of other elements to it but safe to say things have been difficult.
Isis September 2013
We are lucky though, there are so many other children with problems worse than her. The hospitals have all been great. All you can do is try and live in the moment as much as possible and get on with things.
Leo and Isis Summer 2013
It feels great now to be able to work on my shop etc and do something for me. I've started making some new bits and bobs. I really want to extend our Wizard of Oz section. So far I've managed to make this set of Wizard of Oz bookmarks.
I'm looking forward to getting back to blogging-we might go in slightly a different direction but I hope you'll come along with me:)

Also I'm on Instagram now so if you want to follow me there I'd love it and I will follow you back too! http://instagram.com/craftypagan

Friday, 9 September 2011

Last Candy Re-Draw

Still not claimed so the first person who leaves a comment under this post can have it:) If you're the first can you also email me at craftypagan@gmail.com

Thanks!

Friday, 2 September 2011

Another Candy Re-draw!

Oh dear! Not claimed again! So the winner this time is Karen Tallon. Please email within 4 days to claim at craftypagan@gmail.com.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Candy Re-draw

Hi guys,

The person who won the candy hasn't claimed so I've re-drawn-the Winner is KITTIRIN If you can email me at craftypagan@gmail.com I will get your prize to you! If it hasn't been claimed in 4 days I will re0draw again!

Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Blog Candy Winner

Hi guys!

Apologies for the lateness, been a bit under the weather but I've now got a winner for you!

There were 88 entries and random org picked number 28 which is MARIAN.

If you could shoot me an email at craftypagan@gmail.com and I'll get your goodies posted off to you!! Thanks everyone for entering!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Blog Candy Alert!!

Hi guys! As a thank you to all my followers I think it's about time I did another Blog Candy so I've been collecting some yummy bits and bobs for you all-there's loads here! This post will stay at the top of my blog until it's finished so scroll down for new posts!

Stamps Close-up


What you can win:

1 Basic Grey Hello Luscious 6 x 6 Paper Pad
1 Pack of Kaisercraft rhinestones
1 Stickles in Waterfall
1 Wooden Mini Birdhouse to Alter
1 x Mixed Bag of Charms
1 x Pack of Prima Flowers
1 x Paper Makeup Stamp-'Look after my heart I've left it with you'
1 x Sugar Nellie Manga Stamp 'Cheerleader'
1 x Wags and Whiskers rubber Stamp 'Gemma and Bella's Spring Fun'
1 x Whimsy Stamp 'Skunk'
1 x The Greeting Farm 'Flutter Anya'
1 x The Greeting Farm 'Ruby'
1 x Sugar Nellie Simply Adorable 'Joy'
1 x Gorjuss Stamp 'I Found My Family in a Book'
1 x Sweet November Stamp 'Darby and Skip'
1 x Prima Background Stamp with rhinestones (flora)

Phew!

How To Win: This Candy will remain open until June 20th 12am GMT. All you have to do to enter is leave a Comment and add my Candy Pic to your Sidebar with a Link-if you want to follow me you can but it's not a requirement-just spread the word! I will enter a winner at random after that date and they'll have 3 days to contact me or another winner will be re-drawn.

I will post International so everyone can enter!! Good Luck! Rowena aka Craftypagan

Thursday, 9 June 2011

SCACD Spotlight-Something A Bit Steampunk

Morning all! Fun post again for you today because as part of the Quixotic Paperie 2nd Anniversary celebrations this month, we are throwing the spotlight on some of the fantastic stamp companies in stock.

First in the spotlight are SCACD Stamps! I absolutely love the SCACD range-the different artists means there's something for everyone!

SCACD Stamps is run by the lovely Susana of Susana's Custom Art & Card Design in the US. TheSCACD Stamps range is available in the UK exclusively at Quixotic Paperie.

There are three fab artists in the current range from SCACD Stamps - Carmen Medlin, Elisabeth Bell and Victoria Case, each with a different style.





As part of the celebrations and the spotlight today, we have a PRIZE GIVEAWAY! Pop on over to the Quixotic Inspirations blog to get all the details and enter the draw to win some fantastic SCACD Stamps and more!

ALSO - until midnight on Sunday 12th June you can enjoy 10% off the SCACD Stamps range (does not stack with existing offers).

Now, on to the inspiration! Some of the Quixotic Paperie Design Team have SCACD creations to show you today, and we also have some special guests from the SCACD Stamps Design Team!

This isn't a hop - feel free to dip in and out of the list of designers in whichever order you fancy!




So as part of all this I decided to have a play with Carmen Medlin's image 'Naturally Styled'. This image was actually part of the new release and after seeing the image on the hop (original post here) I bought it immediately-with a few others!!

I decided to go all Steampunk and used the absolutely gorgeous Graphic 45 papers Steampunk Debutante.
I used the fab Make it Crafty Chipboard Gears Galore which I inked and rubbed perfect pearls bronze onto. Here's a close-up:

The lovely crochet ribbon in bronze is available from Quixotic here. Here's an image close up-image is coloured with copics.

I'm going to enter this into a few challenges:

I used the sketch over at Sketch and Stash-the stamp is new! I'm also entering over at A La Card Monkey who's theme is vintage. And Craft Your Passion-anything goes challenge, Crafts and Me-Stamp Something challenge, Anita B-Layer it On, Oldie But a Goodie-Layer it On.

This card will be for sale in My Etsy Shop shortly.

Thank you so much for joining us, we hope you enjoyed checking out SCACD Stamps with us today! I'm off to see the other girl's makes! See you again soon and thank you for any comments you might leave! Ro xx

Don't forget to Enter my Blog Candy Here. xx

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Alice in Wonderland Stationery Set

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As part of the month long celebrations forQuixotic Paperie's 2nd Birthday all the Design Team ladies are making a special project-along with all sorts of other fun days! And this is mine!

For my project I just had to play some more with my Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderlandpapers-and decided to team them up with the awesome Artistic Outpost Wonderland Collage Stamps. What better combination!

I've made some notecards-a Set of 8 with envelopes using the papers and stampsbut decided they needed to have a proper 'home' so I made a box for them! There's going to be quite a few piccies so hope you've got a cuppa!

Notecard Box:
Bottom Lid with quotes:

2 of the 4 notecard designs:

last 2 of the 4 notecard designs:

All the notecards:
You can also purchase the stamps directly here at Artistic Outpost for those not in the UK or Europe.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

Deep Ocean Blogspot-Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly-Anything Goes
Bearly Mine-Anything Goes
EAC-Distress

That's it from me-I'll be back Thursday! This Set will be available to purchase in My Etsy Shop very soon.

Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you may leave-I truly appreciate them! Rowena xxx


Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Quixotic Paperie 2nd Birthday Celebrations!


Good Morning all! Hope you're all well!

Today is an exciting day! Why? It marks the 2nd Anniversary for Quixotic Paperie!

2 years ago on 1st June 2009, Elaine (Quixotic Cards) took the leap and opened an online craft store selling a small selection of crafty stash. Now, the store features stamps from favourite companies around the world, lots of pretty papers and embellishments and other papercrafting favourites.

To celebrate this year, we have a month filled with fun! Stick with us as we show off projects featuring products from around the store, bring you tutorials and tips, and throw the spotlight on some of the awesome stamp companies in stock at Quixotic Paperie! There will be prizes along the way (and a big one at the end of the month), so you won't want to miss a thing!

To get the ball rolling, this week there is a birthday special offer at Quixotic Paperie:


1st June to 8th June 2011


10% Off Throughout The Store!


(This does not stack with existing sale offers or discount coupons, and does not include Gift Certificates.)


Plus, the Design Team are all showing off their favourite creations from their time so far with Quixotic Paperie!

Pay a visit to the rest of the team to see a round up of their favourite makes.



But first, here are a few of my personal favourites!

I Love Whimsy Stamps and Crissy's Carousel Horses are my personal faves in the range-this is card I made last year featuring 'Wings of Hope'. The gorgeous papers are Basic Grey Olivia.

When Graphic 45 arrived at Quixotic Paperie these were the first papers I bought-'Halloween in Wonderland' and I am in love with them as they combine 2 of my favourite things-Halloween and Alice in Wonderland! I don't think they're limited to Halloween makes at all-I will be showcasing these papers next week!

This was the first image I used- 'Stepsisters'- when Mo Manning's images got turned into rubbah and is one of my favourite cards I've made-it very quickly found a new home after selling in My Etsy Shop. The papers are from one of my all time favourite pads-Tim Holtz 'Vintage Shabby'

One of my most recent cards using the fabulous Christy Croll image 'Alice'. I went a bit darker with this card and got out the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland papers again! This card is still available to purchase here.


Don't forget to pay a visit to the other lovely ladies in the DT (links above). See you all again soon for more fun!

Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Proud Momma

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Afternoon all! For those of you who have had a long bank holiday weekend hope it was a good one! I've popped on to show you a card I made over the weekend-it's a New baby Card and features the gorgeous stamp by Whimsy designed by Crissy Armstrong called Proud Momma. I coloured the image with my copics and also did a dotted background-great fun to do if you've got a bit of time to have an extra play!

I've used the gorgeous Prima papers 'Melody' stack and used te same papers for the little flowers I punched out. I added some pearls to the centres using the Viva Decor pearl Pen in Ice White (re-stock coming soon).

Close up of Image:
I'm going to enter this into the following challenges:

Sketch Saturday (followed sketch)
Creative Card Crew-anything goes
Southern Girls-lace and pearls
Delicious Doodles-lovely lace
Totally Papercrafts-girlie and pink
Crafty Sentiments-Special Occasions
Crafty Cardmakers Spotlight Challenge-New technique (dotted background with copics)
Party Time Tuesdays-Anything Goes

This card will be in My Etsy Shop shortly here.

Also don't forget to enter my Huge Blog Candy Here.

See you tomorrows!

This week is going to be a fun one as it's Quixotic Paperie's Birthday and there will be tons of things going on-indeed I will be back here tomorrow with a fun make!


Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Oh Alice!

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Good morning! Hope your week is off to a good start! Popped along to show you a make made with the gorgeous new Stamping Bella-Christy Croll image Alice (just been re-stocked too!). I really love her style of images so just had to have a play with this one! She has been coloured with copics.

I decided instead of going down the traditional route of turning her into quite a girly Alice I'd go a bit dark;) so out came the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland papers (LOVE these!). I cut up the playing cards to make them into an embellishment which are the Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland pack.

I'm going to enter this into the following challenges: Make it Mondays (anything goes).

This card will be added to My Etsy Shop in this Section shortly.

That's it from me today! Rowena xx

Sunday, 22 May 2011

A Gothic Wedding Card

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Evening all! Hope a good weekend has been had by all! I had a lovely day yesterday at the seaside with Leo and my mum (pic below of me and Leo in the sand).

Anyways recently I discovered Cristy Croll and her fabulous images after seeing Elaine stocking some of her awesome Stamping Bella stamps. This though is a digi available here. Really love all things gothic (my house has an unusual amount of bats in it-not real ones obviously!) so these images are right up my street. I decided to make an easel card-I think I've probably only made 5 in my life but I love them so and they always look so special! I coloured the image in with my trusty copics!
I took inspiration from the challenge at Tiddly Inks in that I used lots of layers on my card so I am entering this there. I'm also entering this at Simon Says (sparkly and shiny), Truly Scrumptious (anything goes), A Spoonful of Sugar (anything goes), Paper Play (sparkle galore).

All the papers are DCWV La Creme-probably my fave ever set of theirs-it is so luxurious with all the flocking. I also used some awesome Make it Crafty swirls which I am now officially addicted to-soo versatile to use! I inked these and then added Viva Decor glitter on top.

Close up of the glittered skull.

This card will be added to my Etsy Shop shortly.

Think that's about it! Thank you for stopping by and for any comments you leave me-I love hearing from you! Ro xx

Friday, 20 May 2011

Good Morning! Welcome to the brand new release hop by Carmen Medlin for SCACD! I hope you'll join in on the hop-there's some beautiful amazing pieces of work-in fact I'll be hopping along myself in a sec!

The Quixotic Paperie design team have once again joined forces with the SCACD design team for a blog hop to celebrate the release of the fantastic new NATURAL BEAUTY COLLECTION illustrated by Carmen Medlin. We hope you'll agree that these are images to fall in love with.

There are SEVEN stunning images in this release,and they are available either individually or as a full set at a special discounted price!


If you’re in the UK/Europe you can buy the stamps NOW Quixotic Paperie

There is a special offer on SCACD Stamps during the next week - buy ANY FULL SET or FOUR OR MORE individual stamps from the SCACD Stamps range and receive a FREE STAMP (free stamp will be selected at random by Elaine)!


If you’re in the US you can buy the stamps NOW at Susana’s Custom Art& Card Design.


Susana is offering a Prima freebie to anyone purchasing the full set - see the http://heartsandhugz.blogspot.com/ SCACD Store Blog for full details!


On to the hop!
If you have hopped on over here from ELAINE's BLOG then you are on the right track, if not then the first blog on the hop youneed to go back to Elaine's blog to start again!

For my make today I got to play with the utterly beautiful 'Sitting Pretty'. I decided I wanted to try and create a bit of a mystical scene so I had a little play with some vine stamps I've had forever and stamped in an olive ink and then added Sakura Stardust pen over the outlines to add a bit of extra definition. for the 'Sitting Pretty' image I used copics to colour-she is a total dream to colour in-I love all the details on her!


All the papers I've used are Basic Grey the new Hello Luscious collection. In my DT pack this month was also some of the fab Make It Crafty chipboard elements-I have the used the Filigree Jewels. They are so easy to use-I will definetly be stocking up on these! They're also so versatile to alter-I decided to just use some glitter on mine-specifically the Viva Decor in Holo-I think Viva Decor is the fastest drying glitter I have ever used-great if like me you have no patience for things drying!

I am going to enter this card at Cupcake Crafts (challenge is in the garden) and Diva's by Design (for the girls challenge) and also Simon Says Stamp (sparkle and shine).

Well that's it from me! This card will be available for purchase shortly in My Etsy Shop in this section.

Thank you for hopping with us today! I hope you are enjoying the journey.
YOUR NEXT STOP ON THE HOP IS Iris's Blog

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Best Friends

Afternoon! Hope you're week is going along nicely! It's all go here-lot's of orders and we're going away at the weekend to Whitby for a lovely weekend break! Also getting some new tattoos done tomorrow!
Anyways, popped along to show a card I've made using the fab image BBBFF by Mo Manning-available here which I coloured with copics. The papers are all Basic grey Life of the Party -just love the designs and colours in this set!

Also used by label maker for the sentiment and added some buttons. of course everything has been stitched to within an inch of it's life!

I'll be adding this to my Etsy Shop very soon in this section.

See you again soon! I might even pop on and post my tattoo pics tomorrow!

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Jane Austen

Evening all! Hope you've had a lovely week and for those in the UK we're looking forward to a long bank holiday weekend! And a Royal Wedding! I can't wait myself! Absolutely dying to see the dress!

Anyways, wanted to pop on to show a card I made last night. Now I love of Austen so I was thrilled when Elaine got these awesome new Artistic Outpost stamps in-especially the Jane's Countryside Set! By the way as a special deal this weekend Elaine is offering free p and p on all orders over £25 and since the new lush My Mind's eye papers in 6 x 6 have just arrived it seems a good time to stock up!

So for the paper I used some more Basic Grey and stitched em up! The image is stamped in coffee and I gave it a good ole inking! I'm going to enter this over at Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is anything goes!

If you want to buy these stamps I've used on this card in the US then you can head over to Artistic Outpost.

This card is available for purchase in My Etsy Shop Here! Have a wonderful weekend!