Friday, 8 May 2009

Skinny Ribbon winner

A huge Thank you to those of you that joined in Aprils competition. Here are what they came up with. They are all beautiful and very original. I have just popped over to Ellis blog. You must visit her, she makes the most gorgeous jewellery.





Thank you ladies for taking the time to enter. It took me ages to choose but I have decided the winner is Carly, as her card is very elegant and feminine. So congrats to you, if you could contact me, then I can get your voucher off to you.
Later this month I will unfortunately have the final Poppicrafts competition, due to lack of response.
Also, as most of you have probably noticed, I am not crafting anymore or blogging. I have been thinking about it for a while now and as Poppicrafts grows I have less to time to play and have decided that business comes first right now. Also, in the last 12 months I have noticed a huge change in blogging and it just isnt for me anymore. Maybe one day it will change back to some sort of normality, but for now I am going to have a break from it. So, I just wanted to say a huge thanks to everyone who has ever stopped by and had a read, or left a comment, it means a lot.
I shall of course put the next competition on my blog, but that will be the final post from me.

Thanks for looking,
Mich x

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

April competition - Skinny ribbon

Aprils competition is to use thin ribbon (7mm wide or less) as the focal point on your card, or other project.

Up for grabs is £20 in Poppicrafts vouchers for you to spend on whatever you like. Please email good quality photos of your entry to or leave a comment and link to your blog, so we can pop over and see what you have come up with.

Thin ribbons in my opinion are very under-rated, they can be used for so much, not just finishing touches. Heres what some of the Design Team have created, arent they just fabulous!!!















Please remember that the ribbon has to be used as the main focal point of your project.

The closing date for all entries is April 30th 2009

Thanks for looking,

Mich xx

Thursday, 2 April 2009

March Competition Winners and entries

Thank you to everyone who entered the March competition and also giving a little something to charity in the process. I am extremely grateful to you all. I truly enjoyed seeing your fantastic creations. However, I could not decide on a winner, so handed the task over to my 3 year old little girl - Poppi. She decided that her favorite was:




Elli made this beautiful ring and bracelet by covering the flowers with diamond glaze, to make them harder, glossy and water resistant. She then fixed them to some double frill elasticated velvet to make the band. How cool....

Congratulations Elli, your £35 voucher is in your account.

I then decided that I would also give a prize for runner-up. I just had to choose this beautiful card by Pam. I do like a card with a bit of depth and this card certainly has that. I think the colour match is just perfect. So there is a £10 voucher in your account too. Congratulations Pam.



And here are all the other fantastic entries. Thank you ladies - they are stunning!













Thanks for looking and next week I will posting Aprils competition, I hope you will be able to join in.



Saturday, 7 March 2009

Poppicrafts Competition - Fun with flowers

This months competition is focusing on flowers and what we can do with them.

The winning prize will be a £35 Poppicrafts voucher to spend on whatever you like.

£35, here at Poppicrafts goes a long way, so what would you choose? Maybe 500 blooms, or well in excess of 100 yards of ribbons, or over 1400 buttons. Well, whatever you choose it will certainly stock up on some serious stash.

So, what can you do with papers flowers?

I had a little play and this is what I came up with. I hope it whets your appetite.

Dry Embossing:

Run them through your embossing folder, for a textured effect.


Mount them on Chipboard

Our 4 pack chipboard flowers are the exact same shape and size of our large blooms to go, making it so easy to just glue them straight on top - no sanding or filing the edges!!! For a more interesting effect, why not stamp them too.

Stamp them up
Get your rubber stamps out and have a play...
I used Autumn leaves imaginisce stamps with black stazon ink.
Stamp and colour
I stamped them up and just coloured in, using a white gel pen and sakura gelly roll pen
Ink the edges
I used Tim Holtz distress inks
Draw round the edges.
I used sakura gelly roll pens
And here are a few cards....
Add sentiments or lettering to the centres.
Use Liquid Pearls.
Doodle on them
Bling em' up...
I covered mine with glossy accents and then went mad with the glamour dust
And here are Saras fantastic more unconventional ideas:
Cut them down and make some cute little wings.
Cut them into a Christmas tree:
Make a little skirt:
Or umbrella:
Right, so how do you enter???
All details on how to enter are here, in the "competitions" category on the poppicrafts website. The competition is open to all european countries.
Thanks for looking and if you join in, good luck.

Monday, 2 February 2009

What a Fun day!

It seems like only yesterday I was posting about building snowmen and here we are again.
Well Rileys prayers were answered last night - Loads of Snow!!!
Now apparently (so Riley tells me) if you say 2 prayers at night, one to god and the other to jesus, then it should come true, because if god is too busy answering more important requests, then Jesus will answer your prayers for you.
So this is what we got today, 5 inches of soft white fluffiness. I decided not to take the children to school, as the lanes are a nightmare. So it was a day of fun instead.

It was great!!! So of course we had to build a snowman. First the dinkies asked for a castle, with water around and turrets. Then Poppi insisted on having a princess in it, Riley wanted a King, so they argued while I started building.
Eventually they decided that they would join in and actually a snowman could be quite cool, if we gave him windmill arms.

After about 15 minutes Riley decided it would be far more fun to try and attack me. Having the camera on zoom, I could see he was trying to spy exactly where I was.

I am not very patient when it comes to taking photos, but I was quite pleased that I actually caught this shot with the snowball in mid flight.

As for Poppi, well she is very impressed with her new friend (also called Poppi) and waved goodnight to him from her bedroom tonight.

Who knows what tomorrow will bring, but its likely they will be off school again - hooray!!!
Did you enjoy the snow today?

Monday, 19 January 2009

Awards and a couple more gifts!!

Well, still no camera!! AAAGHH, how frustrating. I have lots of lush Poppicrafts creative designer work and new stock to photograph, but cannot get any of it done right now.
Anyway, over the last week or so two fantastic girlies have given me awards. I feel very honoured, because I don't get much time to blog anymore, so I very much appreciate that they haven't forgotten me - thank you ladies!

They are Susie who I have known for about 3 years now. She is very,very sweet and and has helped Poppicrafts no end, by recommending the shop to her friends. For that I am always grateful. However, I didn't know that she had a blog and if you want to pop over and see some of her gorgeous creations and wow! she just has the most organised craft room. Check it out here !!
And Tracie, who is one of my creative designers, who certainly works her magic with Poppicrafts products and is a special person and great friend.
Now, I am meant to pass it on to 5 other people, a couple of which I know wont put it on their blogs, but that is cool, its not compulsory. I just want them to know that they have encouraged me one way or another. They are:
My mum who has always encouraged me to be myself and believe in my dreams, throughout my whole life.
Sarah who doesn't even know it, but encouraged me to start a blog.
Dawny - Yes, you know why you have encouraged me of late...
Melissa - whose blog I have never left a comment on, but every time I read it, it encourages me to try and make something really beautiful and enjoy something about every day.
Andrea - whose blog encourages me to one day attempt something hybrid.

Well as I still camera -less!!! I thought i would show you a couple of brag books that I made as little Christmas prezzies.

And one of my LITTLE FAIRY -

Well that's it for tonight then. TFL,