Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Eid Mubarak

Hello everyone, Louise here.
Today is a very special day for Muslims all around the world. It is the day of Eid and it marks the end of Ramadan. I will be celebrating later on today with my partner and I have made him this  lantern as a little token
Last year I made him a card, but it's hard making cards for men at the best of times - themes for Eid seem even more limited! I decided to have a look through my Silhouette library to see if there was any inspiration. There were a few nice ideas but I decided to have a look at their online library...... low and behold, look what jumped out at me! Perfect! I have to say, I have been a Charmed customer for years now and my Quickcutz Silhouette has to be my favourite purchase ever!
I simply fed brown card into my Silhouette and press 'cut' popped out the flat shape and folded is into a lantern as you see here. To give it a bit of an aged yet magical look I sprayed it with Sticky Fingers 'shake-n-spray Gold ink.(not sure if Charmed still stock it but its ace! it's lasted me forever!)
Anyhow it's time to go and beautify myself for the party.
Eid Mubarak everyone xxx

Monday, 22 August 2011

A card for my Hubby

I am finally home from vacation and had some time to play with this new collection. I really love this one. So fun and a dream to color.
My hubbys birthday is in the beginning of september and I had to use this image and sentiment on his card. Had a fun time making this. So now I just have to get him a present for his Bday.

Image and sentiment is from the collection: Let it shine. papers are some old scrap and some is from TH and I really can`t remember the company, but the collection is called: Once Upon A Time, and old collection. Flowers are punches, ticket from Pink Paisly and charms are really old stuff from my stash.
So I hope this is for some inspiration to you.
Gunn :-)

Saturday, 20 August 2011


Ha ha ha, bet that made you sit up and take notice :-) We are of course giving away free downloads again. This time our lovely Louise has created a smashing set of fun-ness that is bound to make anyone smile. This is about something that we all have known about for years - that chocolate mysteriously make our knickers shrink! Strange isn't it? Baffling wouldn't you say? The bundle comprises several pairs of knickers , along with sentiments. Sentiments are with "knickers" pants" and panties" - so you can use them where ever you are.

Here is a lovely example card created by Lou.

Lou used:
Free Knickers download Bundle
Cut and Paste cake embellishments
K&Co Lotus Tea Box papers
The card is an Easel card, you can find instructions how to make that HERE.

ENJOY the free downloads. Come back with a link when you have created something, we would love to see what you have come up with.

Candy Winner

Oops, I'm late with this, sorry guys. I wont chit chat, just get down to the nitty gritty. The winner was chosen at random.org:

That is MARY LOU. Congratulations to you Mary Lou, please email me to get the bundle. Thank you to all who "had a go" x x - there will be a MAJOR candy next week, you do NOT want to miss out on that, believe me.

We have a freebie later today, so come back and get it :-)

Thursday, 18 August 2011

New Goodies

Things have started to arrive from all the new releases at the CHA trade show. We have many more fabulous goodies to come, but here are what arrived yesterday:

Christmas Emporium and Magic of Oz

Halloween Papers

Ooh tis a luverly time of year :-)

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Techniques - Stick Pins

Hi gang, hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It has brightened up here in London, and I actually managed to get a little colour by sitting in the garden. Woohoo! Long may it last!

Our wonderful DT member Maddy Hill posted this to the forum a while ago, and I would like to share it with you here on the blog:

Did you know that hidden in the depths of the massive Charmed Cards & Crafts shop are some fabby little beauties called stick/hat pins .Now if you buy them pre-done they cost a lot more than making them yourself ....all you need is this ..

Now you get 12 in a pack - but they are long so you can half them with pliers.
One end is the stick end (you need a dab of glue to secure it in place ) and the other end is a head pin end , this makes it possible to get 24 pins !

Add some beads - a dab of glue on the last bead keeps it in place, add some glitter to the stick if you wish, and some mesh, and voila! You have fabby gorgeous hat pins, and 24 of them and you have saved some pennies !

This is what it looks like finished ..

Aren't they just fabby - I am so chuffed I had such a good root through the shop !!!

Stick Pins
Maddy also used on card:
Tilda Stamp
Crackle Paint
Thanks Maddy for a GREAT idea! xxxx

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Crafty Storage - Brads

Hello Folks Louise here, I hope you're all enjoying the beautiful weather, it's raining here but I actually think the rain is ace so for me that's beautiful :)
I've been giving my craft room a make over and it's all been such fun! I can't show you the photos of the room yet because it's not all finished but I would like to show you a really neat storage idea I came up with. Some of us collect stamps, some love buttons but the thing I have wayyyyy too many of is brads. I suppose it's a good one to be a hoarder of because they are small. I always kept my brads very well organised in those plastic white boxes but every time I wanted to use a brad I had to go through them all to find the one I wanted and some really fab ones were sometimes missed. I was doing some blog hopping recently and I stumbled across a really cool idea; this lady had used a cork notice board to stick all of her brads in, so the were all there on her wall in front of her as she crafted. I wondered if maybe a cork board wouldn't quite be deep enough for some of the brad stems and then....I had a brain wave! canvases are in all the shops right now and sometimes very very cheap....perfect! I already had this hanging set of three in my cupboard, it was about £4 from The Works....I got to work......
so now all of my brads (actually not ALL I ran out of space) are on show and ready to be 'picked'

All you have to do is prick the canvas with a craft knife and pop your brad in. Here you will see I have some spaces- that's because I had a crafting session with my step-son yesterday and he took a liking to them :o

The one drawback I can say about this is that they fall out easily but you could add some polystyrene to the back of your canvas to rectify this, or if you are very patient you can open up the backs of all your brads.
So there you have it, an incredibly handy storage idea that looks like a work of art for your room too! Please leave us a link if you make one, we'd love to see what you come up with.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Let it Shine CANDY

We are giving one of you a chance to get this totally awesome bundle FOR FREE. Just add a link to your blog in Mr Linky below and mention it on your blog. Don't worry if you have already purchased this bundle, you can choose another one instead. The candy closes on Sunday.

The picture above of course only shows a fraction of this AMAZING value bundle.

Our DT member Bev Rochester created a wonderful card using one of the images, and one of the sentiments, from this fabulous collection.

As well as the Let it Shine images, Bev used papers from the Basic Grey Out Of Print collection.

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Sunday, 7 August 2011

Candy Winner, and Let it Shine

It's Sunday afternoon and the weekend is slipping away, can someone rewind please! Not been a great weekend here in London weatherwise, wouldn't think it was the height of summer. Hope it's better where you are. Funny how we (OK, me) moan if it's wet, hot, humid, whatever, out there LOL

Here's something to cheer at least one of you up: the result of our latest little candy, a Gorjuss Rubber stamp. The winner was chosen at random.org:

That is DENISE G. Congratulations Denise. Can you drop me a line and let me know your address and which stamp you would like please. Contact details can be found in the tab at the top. Thank you to everyone who entered. Stand by for a FABULOUS candy v-e-r-y soon! You definitely DO NOT want to miss that one!


I had a little play with the new Let it Shine downloads. I used one of my favourite images on both my cards here. I realised it would have been good if we had included a celebrate and a plain birthday sentiment in the bundle and decided to create a couple around this image. If you have purchased the Let it Shine bundle you can get the image with the sentiments as shown (including the circle behind the ladies, but of course without my friend, Tee's, name on there. LOL Just send us an email with your order number and I shall give you the extra bits.

I used Copics to colour in both of the images here (did I tell you the next Candy includes lots of Copics??). This image is so versatile, and can be used for so many occasions.

Everything here is of course available from Charmed Cards & Crafts:
Image from Let it Shine Digi Collection. The sentiments were created for these cards, but you can get the image with these two sentiments if you have purchased the Let it Shine bundle. Just drop us an email with the order number.
Papers: Prima Sweet Fairy Pad
Pink Pearls
The Lilac pearls were created with Liquid Pearls
Prima Butterfly Pebble
White sparkling Lace
Metal Corner (will get this on site as soon as poss)
Pink Roses

This one uses:
Again image from Let is Shine, and again you can get the sentiment behind it (minus my friend Tee's name on it of course).
Papers are Basic Grey Hello Lucious
Trim is Bo Bunny Olivia
Flower is Petaloo with a Prima centre.

Remember that our digis are available to everyone, anywhere, IMMEDIATELY. We also have a big collection of FREE downloads, so don't forget to get those.

Just in case you hadn't noticed we have added some badges for your blog in the right-hand column. If you love our products then PLEASE let the world know. Thank you ♥

Saturday, 6 August 2011


New to the shop are six fab GoRJUSS rubber stamps. We are giving one away for free. Just add your name to Mr Linky below and link to the post on your blog. You can choose any one of the 12 stamps in the new Gorjuss range. A winner will be chosen at random next Sunday.

Also new to the shop are two great new collections by K & Company. By the way, if you waiting for the SMASH range it has been delayed until September! A pain I know but unfortunately nothing we can do about that, no-one in the UK will get it until then.


We are offering pre-orders on the new CHA Basic Grey and (SEVEN) Bo Bunny collections. Ooh they are all lovely!!

There are many many more new products expected in August, I'll post more information on those to the blog very soon.

Have a great weekend xxx


Hello to you all :-)

It`s been so long since I last posted anything to Dotties World, so we try again to this new blog with a brand new collection.
And I really love this collection, so much fun images to play with. I haven`t had time to play much, because I am on vacation and my internet are limited.
I made this card to the SFTW challenge. The challenge is all about spots and dots. I thought that something with a positive energy would be perfect and I had the perfect sentiment and image for this.
Well, here is my card.

Friday, 5 August 2011

Little Flower

Hello friends, Louise here.
I haven't been crafting or blogging for a whole week....but the reason is a good one....I'm having a craft room makeover! Woo Hoo I'll show you some pictures soon. I made a roman blind the other day and I'm very impressed with myself :)
Right onto the card. I made this one a little while ago but I've only just got around to showing you. If you scroll down you will see the winter version of this image on my previous card. I love this image because it's perfect for paper piecing and that is my absolute fave technique, it brings the picture and the background all together so nicely, creating a rally balanced look. Here is the card front......
Do you see how the paper piecing has allowed me to match the flowers to the hat? Those flowers are the cheapest flowers ever! Just tear scraps of paper into circles, scrunch them up and add buttons! Voila!
The image AND the sentiment underneath are from the 'Let it Shine' digital collection at Charmed Cards and Crafts, yours at the click of a button!
The papers are Basicgrey but The name of the collection escapes me right now so I'll update later.

You may have noticed that most of my cards are Easel cards, that's cos they're my favourite! Their is a fab tutorial at the Charmed store here and I'm going to put on on here when I get around to it.
Now the flat packed furniture is calling me so I am off. Have a lovely day in the sunshine xxxx