Sunday, 9 March 2014

March Inspiration and a giveaway.....

Hello friends!

Hope you are all good,
Whoohoo!! Spring has finally sprung and
today has been a beauty!
I decided to open up the shed for the first time this year
and it was so good to be back in my little creative place.....

(pssst in case I forget.......at the end of this post, I'm having a little giveaway..... a signed copy of Tim's new book!)

Over at Inspiration Emporium the challenge this month is a splash of  colour,
Hop over to the blog here to see all the details
Colour is a little scary for me as I love vintage tones but I gave it my best shot!
I started with re-cycling some old cardboard packaging...
I spread over lots of gesso
I also gessoed the Idea-ology clipboard and fixed it using some brads.
Using distress paints I splattered over the cardboard and clip.....
while it was drying I stamped the sea-horse using Archival ink
and set about colouring it in with distress markers and blending using a water brush
(something I'm still trying to master!)
 I used my spritzer to add some black speckles and sewed the edges using my sewing machine
Using the garden greens die I cut out the leaves with core`dinations paper and sanded......
I used distress ink (peacock feathers) around the edges of the stamped image and finished by adding some red/white twine.
I really enjoyed my time in the shed today......it was so good for the soul.
 
Now ..... did I mention I was having a little giveaway??
First of all I was so thrilled to have some of my work published in
 Tim's new  book....how cool is that??
The book is just fabulous....full of inspiration, ideas and techniques..
the book looks like this
Click here to go to Tims blog for more info
and so for the giveaway....
  Tim generously sent me a signed copy of his book
to giveaway to one lucky reader
All you need to do is to leave a comment.....
I will select a winner on March 17th
good luck!!
GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!
WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY 17th MARCH
 
Have a fabulous week
enjoy the sunshine!
hugs
 
Kaz
x
 
 

















102 comments:

  1. I love the splash of colour Kaz, it really pops. Well done on having your work in this book. Hope the new compendium is as inspirational as the previous ones.

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  2. Hey hun - loving your venture into colour - it turned out wonderfully!! congratulations getting some of your work in the latest Holtz publication - you must be so proud!!! Have a happy spring!! hugs xxxx

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  3. It's good to use colour!! Love this, Kaz - it looks so pretty! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of Tim's book. It would go perfectly in my collection with volumes one and two, lol!

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  4. I love your seahorse!
    Thanks for a fabulous giveaway!

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  5. Love your seahorse! It is on my must have list since I live on theGulf of Mexico! If my name is chosen, please pay it forward, Kaz since I already have a copy of Tim's FABULOUS book!

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  6. Love the tag. You've inspired me to rip some boxes :)

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  7. I just love the magic that starts with Gesso and old cardboard! And this is awesome! Your coloring is perfect!

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  8. Your seahorse art is wonderful Kaz! Thanks for the chance to win Tim's new book - I have his first two volumes and would love the latest one!

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  9. Love the colorful seahorse and the idea of the cardboard packaging as a tag fabulous!

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  10. It certainly doesn't LOOK like you are afraid of color Kaz...it looks just fabulous!! TFS!

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  11. Hi Kaz, I love your art. Thank you for the chance to win the new book from Tim.

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  12. Love this stamp and the way you've used it is great! No surprises why you're in Sir H's book :o)

    Lovely of you to giveaway the book - thanks for a chance to win.

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  13. You used a wonderful colourcombo for your seahorse, love it! And what a wonderful giveaway! So great that it will be featuring some of your work. Thanks for giving us the chance to win!

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  14. It looks to me as if you have already mastered the art of colouring and blending with the distress markers! Fabulous news about the book. You is famous ;-) x

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  15. I love your seahorse creation Kaz, it's beautiful. :-)

    I've already got a signed copy of Compendium of curiosities Vol 3 so please don't put me in the draw. x

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  16. Love the seahorse! Congrats on being selected for the new book!

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  17. Well Kaz, I love your journey in to colour. That seahorse is magical and your finished piece is amazing. I would love to own a signed copy of Tim's new book, so thank you so much for the chance to win. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  18. Nice colouring work on the seahorse, I have to make do with ordinary felts as I've only got 2 distress markers so far... Congratulations on having work in the new compendium & I'll cross my fingers in hope of a win :-)

    Sally

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  19. What a great tag. And thanks for the giveaway

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  20. The colour looks great I love the seahorse stamp and how the garden greens die can look like seaweed x

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  21. glad you're back in your shed Kaz, where do you craft in winter then. Love this piece and would love the book, march 17 is my birthday LOL

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  22. WOW love it Kaz...the seahorse is superb,it's a great tag,and what a generous giveaway

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  23. Love the seahorse and corrugated background. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  24. Nice job! You are great with color. Love the blues you used - just makes me happy. Thanks for the chance at Tim's new book.

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  25. Wow Kaz, Fab Seahorse and love the leaves too.
    Did not know Tim had another Book out. Got the others so would love this one too.
    I am at AFTH Friday, don't know if you will be around (Saturday probably if you are at the Taster day), I am also at GNPE, saw you and Kate there this time last year, hope to see you again!
    Debbiex

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  26. That seahorse is so amazing. thanks as always for sharing.

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  27. I love how you have so many layers on your creations, and this one is no exception. I really like the colours you have chosen for the seahorse - just fabulous! Your giveaway is very generous, thank you for the chance to win.

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  28. Fabulous project Kaz, a day in the shed well spent
    Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Tim's latest signed book as well as sharing your talent with us.
    Trudi x

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  29. This is gorgeous Kaz! Love the nautical stamps and your colouring. Many congratulations on being featured in Tim's new book - totally deserved of course ;) x

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  30. Love your use of colour here Kaz, the seahorse is gorgeous and the sea greens complement him beautifully. Thanks for offering such a great giveaway. Xx

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  31. Wow... I love your take on Spring Colors!!! I think you really rocked this challenge!!! I am loving your use of cardboard... I hope you do n't mind if I borrow that idea from you!?! I think it's awesome that your beautiful and creative work is in Tim's NEW Book! Your creations completely Rock! Thank You so much for a chance to win the signed copy! "How Cool Would That Be?" Glad to hear that you are back in your shed! We still have huge piles of snow, so Spring will be a while yet for us! Hugs!!!

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  32. I love that seahorse so SOOOO much, and I'd say you've mastered the markers. :)

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  33. Thanks for the chance to win Tim's book! :)

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  34. Love the colors in this.

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  35. Love the colors in this.

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  36. What a gorgeous colourful piece. Very different for you sweets but still amazing. Makes me feel all sunshine and summery looking at this.
    Congratulations again on having your work printed in Tim's book, very much deserved as your pieces were excellent and exquisite. Xxxxxxxx

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  37. Seems that returning to your shed has inspired a most lovely maritime tag! LOVE the background and the colours! Very gorgeous indeed! Thanks for the chance to win the signed copy! Wow!

    Greetings from Vienna,
    Claudia x

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  38. I love all the texture on this project, you did a great job going outside of your comfort zone. I would love to win Tims new book, thanks for the chance.

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  39. I love your tag, fantastic work.

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  40. Love your blog and your creative inspiration. Fantastic give away

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  41. Lovely venture into colour for you, Kaz. Great tag!

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  42. Love your tag , the seahorse is beautiful Thanks for the chance to win.

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  43. Love your tag with the beautiful seahorse. Thanks for a chance to win such a great prize.

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  44. Love your work. Congrats on being included in Tim's newest book!!

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  45. How wonderful you got to get back into the Shed and just fabulous that your work is included in Tim's new book. Thanks for the opportunity to win

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  46. Wow! what a fab work! I love the color palette you've used and seahorse is absolutely amazing! Thanks for a chance to win!!!!!!!! BARbarayaya

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  47. Gorgeous corrugated background with those colourful splatters, and I love the little seahorse. So cool to have your work published in CCIII (but no surprise - you do such fabulous work!), and thank you so much for the chance to win a copy.
    Alison x

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  48. Very nice Kaz love the piece and colors. Thank you for sharing.
    Congrates on having your work published with Tim.

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  49. Congratulations on being published in Tim's book. The colors look Great. Perfect splash of color with neutrals.

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  50. Everything works so well together on this project! Anything that has an accent in peacock feathers is a hit with me!

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  51. Kaz, You did a great job using color. I want to hank you for the opportunity to win Tim's new book as well. Keep up the great ideas!
    Kathy S.

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  52. Your Seahorse is pretty and the colors all work so well. Great job and congrats on getting your art included in Tim's book. That is so awesome, but not surprising, love your art! Thank you for the super cool giveaway!

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  53. Wow, what a gorgeous project!! I love the pop of color!! The corrugated background looks amazing!! Thanks for the inspiration and for the chance to win :)

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  54. Fabulous as always, Kaz! What's thst about needing to learn colouring and blending? I'm loving the spritzer..... but its harder work than I thought it would be. Or am I just lazy?

    Sue

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  55. Bessie Segal10 March, 2014

    I love your tag, so colourful & texture heavy. Congrats on having your work in Tim's new book & thanks for the chance to win one. Bessie Segal.

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  56. Love the colors (who knew that peacock feathers would work with purple, yellow, pink), details (stitching, rubons, mini-tags) and layers. thank you for sharing!

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  57. Love the colors (who knew that peacock feathers would work with purple, yellow, pink), details (stitching, rubons, mini-tags) and layers. thank you for sharing!

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  58. Wonderful tag !!!! Lovely colours!!!! Always love your work!!! And thanks for the opportunity to win Tim's book!!!!

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  59. Absolutely stunning! Love the sprinkling of color is delightful! Congrats on being published in Compendium Volume III

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  60. I always love your work Kaz - so exciting and inspirational! This seahorse is no less so ... love the vibrant colours! Art is definitely good for the soul and this project must have given you so much satisfaction .... and that's what it's all about, isn't it :)
    Keep on rolling out those gorgeous projects Kaz - what an amazing thing to have your work published in Tim's new book - WOW! Well done x

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  61. Well done Kaz! Your work is brilliant and I look forward to seeing each and every project. I'm not at all surprised you've got your work published in Tim's new book .... you're quite right Art IS good for the soul and don't we all need it! This lovely seahorse is so vibrant and I love the composition .... your foray into colour, as opposes to vintage, really works and I bet you're very pleased with the result and so you should be ..... will we be seeing more of this in future?!

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  62. Love the texture you achieved with upcycled packaging. Makes me want to slap white paint on everything. Great tag and good choice of colours used. Well done keep up the good work. Thanks for the chance to win a fab prize too. Tracy xx

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  63. Hi Love the texture you achieved using upcycled packaging. Keep up the good work and providing us with inspiration. Fab colours used and great choice for the subject. Would like to win the TH book fab prize. Tracy xx

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  64. How beautiful! Those colors are gorgeous and make me think of spring! Love the seahorse! Thanx so much for sharing and all of the inspiration.

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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  65. Oh! I LOVE Seahorses! This is a beautiful project!
    Thanks so much for a chance t win Volume 3 Of Curiosities! I have the first two...but not signed! So cool! Good Luck everyone! ;)

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  66. thanks so much for a chance to win Volume 3 of Curiosities! So cool! Love this Seahorse project! Very nice! I LOVE Seahorses!

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  67. Wowser! What a beaut! Have been carrying a photo of you of my runs so I can point to it and shout 'I know her!'. Thanks for the inspiration and a chance to win the latest in crafting porn, Kaz! Lots of love and smooches from Embra xxxx

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  68. Love your tag Kaz. The colors are so springy. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  69. I love your art work. The colors are so cheerful and springy. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  70. What a wonderful opportunity! I would love to win this! It would be great to win this book and get so much inspiration.

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  71. This is beautiful. Love the colors and the different textures. Makes you know that spring is around the corner. Thanks for sharing.

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  72. This is beautiful. Love the colors and the texture. Makes you know that spring is just around the corner. Thanks for sharing.

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  73. Gorgeous. I love the cardboard. I think I need to start using that in my projects. I see it everywhere. Thank you for a chance to win!

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  74. I love that you use stitching on so many of your tags. It gives such a different textural quality. Your colors are lovely.

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  75. I love your creations, Kaz, and all the wonderful inspiration you share. Thanks to you and Tim for the chance to win this awesome giveaway! Judy D.

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  76. Wasn't Sunday a beautiful day?? All change now, brrr. Don't be scared of using, you're brilliant at it!! That is a gorgeous piece, I love the seahorse & of course, the colours are fab. Thanks for the excellent giveaway, keeping my fingers crossed.......

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  77. OMGosh I would so love to win a copy, so much inspiration

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  78. Love peacock feathers, love seahorses, love your work, so beautiful all together, love the inspiration you give me, watch out blue fingers here I come!

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  79. I sooooooo admire your work and always go to your blog for inspiration!!! so a double whammy when your'e giving anything Tim Holtz away...(I am bowing with both hands facing down in adoration at this point!!) and just like any other thing Tim Holtz....I NEEEEEEED THIS!!! :)

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  80. Great colours and stunning arty creation from everything which you used. Thanks for the chance to win a super inspirational book.

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  81. Another lovely piece, this time in colours, but still gorgeous. I would like to win a book and learn some new techniques! Hugs

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  82. Congrats on being published! I am coveting the 3rd book! Thanks!

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  83. Your splash of color turned out perfect. It made me want to go to my studio to play. I would truly love to win Tim's book. Asked my LSS to order, it just hasn't arrived yet.

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  84. Love the yellow/purple contrast on the seahorse; good job!

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  85. Congratulations on having a piece of work in Tim's book! How fabulous-it just goes to show what can be achieved, it was only 3 years ago I met you at the Paperartsy Tim teaching event-and now you are a Ranger Educator and in his book!!!
    Well deserved, your work continues to inspire!
    kyla

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  86. You make such fantastic pieces but even better you inspire so many of us! Thank you

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  87. I absolutely love that sea horse. Great piece.

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  88. Thank you for sharing your work with the world. Congrats on your pieces being included in T!m's new book. What an honor!

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  89. Love your blog and your great ideas. Would love to read Tim's new book, but keep up your great work!!

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  90. Wow exciting to have your work published.
    I love your sea horse and I am a newbie at this arting ( is there such a word) and really like the idea of using cardboard.

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  91. I love all of the colors and textures in this. Especially like the 3 dimensional seaweed. Congrats on being included in Tim's book!

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  92. WOW WOW and WOW! Congrats to you Kaz! Before you know it- you will be publishing your own book?!!! hint hint

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  93. Looks like a seahorse on vacation. Fun! I would enjoy winning Tim's book, so randomly pick me!! Thanks--- lol.

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  94. I love the sea horse and the colors!!!

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  95. Gorgeous work as always. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway. xxx

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  96. Gorgeous work as always. Thanks for the chance for the giveaway. xxx

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  97. Loooove the sea horse<3 It´s amazing!
    How wonderful to be included in Tim Holtzs new book - what an honor! A big congrats from me:) Cross my fingers in your give away:)
    Hugs, Inger

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  98. I love love love your art work. I am making a prayer chapel for my Dad who passed away November 11, 2013 (Veteran's Day) and I appreciate all the beautiful art you make. So inspirational. Thank you.

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  99. Thank you for your inspiration. I am making a prayer altar for Dad , who passed away, and your art work is truly inspiring. Thank you again.

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  100. A fab make Kaz in your fabulous style. Please don't include me in your giveaway as I am so lucky to have my own personalised copy of Tim's new CC book

    Have a great weekend

    Annie x

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Thanks so much for passing by the little shabby shed....your comments mean so much xx