Wednesday 3 July 2013


Before I get to the nitty gritty of this post I am so excited and would love to know who else is going to the Tim Holtz workshop at Coventry in August. I got a morning place (woo hoo) – so an early start for me unless anyone else is travelling Wednesday and staying over Wednesday night? In which case I might do the same.

So to the real focus of this post. I just can’t believe I have tipped over the 500 Followers mark and written 750 posts, that’s in just over three years of blogging.
So to celebrate and to say a huge ‘Thank You’ to those of you who follow my creative journey, here's a little Give-Away and this time it’s something I have made especially for the occasion. Not much I know, but I actually really like this little hand bound book and wished I had thought of something different to give lol. No doubt I will find something else to add to it before it gets sent out. I would also like to enter this into the Simon Says Stamp and Show 'Anything Goes' challenge,
I am calling it a Bundle Book, you’ll see why in a few photos time.
As I undo the tie to reveal the style of inking it includes.
With odd size pages inked and stamped and a piece of inked and crumpled glassine at the front.
It includes various types of light cream card and watercolour paper with some kraft included as well bundled together – hence the name.
Each page inked and stamped with a different design but all the same style.
Even a mask included at one point.
The stamps are a Rubber Stampede bee seal and the text is Penny Black letter background.
I brushed, dipped, dribbled and splattered the inks to achieve the looks I wanted.
The colours used are tea dye, vintage photo and walnut stain.
The inside of the covers are reinforced with some wood that has been sanded, dipped in inks and stamped to fit in with the overall design.
One on the inside front and one on the inside back covers. These prevent the tie from damaging the covers and cutting into them.
So it’s available to whoever Random Org picks from the people who might like to leave a link below. The linky will close on Wed 24th July and only those who follow will be eligible for the draw. Thank you again for your support, your encouragement, your inspiration and your continued companionship and friendship, who would have thought three years ago I would have ‘met’ so many new people and made so many new friends. You really are the most kind, considerate and caring people there are in the world.

God bless.

hugs {brenda} x0x


Amanda said...

What a lovely handmade book it's beautiful! Have a great time with Tim, sadly I couldn't make it as much as I would have loved to have been there, worth the early start I think. Enjoy!
Amanda x

sally said...

Oh wow! What a fabulous book that is :-) just think how much more gorgeousness you'll be creating with Tim, you lucky girl! You are the second person this morning that has announced their impending fun!!!


Gio said...

Oh it's a very precious and unique piece, Brenda. Thanks for your generosity! I'm in, of course!

Rita said...

Good Morning Brenda. Annie and I are doing the afternoon session with Tim. We are staying at the venue on Wednesday and Thursday. What a fabulous giveaway. Something I'd love to win. Hugs Rita xxx

Redanne said...

Hi Brenda, what an absolutely beautiful book and congrats on the 500 too. Sadly I tried for many hours but was not successful but I am thrilled for so many of my friends who were - it will be a wonderful day. Hugs, Anne x

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Brenda...congrats on reaching the 500 mark!!! This is an absolutely gorgeous book just on it's own. I hope random org is kind to me :)
Dot x

Neil said...

Hi Brenda, I'm sure you will enjoy EVERY moment of your Tim day! Have a wonderful time. Absolutely love your book.

Kathyk said...

A simply GLORIOUS project Brenda - love the way you have adorned each page.

HUGE WELL DONE on your 500 followers too - well deserved as your posts are always so darned creative!

Enjoy your workshop in Coventry - sadly, not me, but I expect many will be "overnighting" so you can start early!

I've put my name in you Mr Linky and am hoping to be lucky!


Karin said...

Congrats on the 500st blogpost! and
wow what a absolutely fabulous handmade book! Groetjes Karin

Jenny Marples said...

Alternatively come and stop with me! I'm booked on the morning session too and only live 40 mins drive away, so if you fancy it let me know.
I'll be back to link later for the chance to win that gorgeous book (hardly 'a little something' Brenda). Gotta dash to work but saw your post come up and had to respond. Hugs, Jenny x

Nancy Wethington said...

This is a gorgeous book. The composition is elegant. It looks like an old world classic. Love it!

Ellie Knol said...

O, it's gorgeous, no need to add 'something' else! I'd be so happy to receive it just as is!

Inkypinkycraft said...

your book is gorgeous, congrats on all the well deserved followers xx wow have fun at the workshop...sadly I will not be going, need to be here x enjoy ...hugs trace x

Netty said...

Congratulations on all your achievements Brenda. Love the little book. Am sure you will love Tim's workshops. hugs Annette x

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Annie said...

Hi Brenda.......this is a fabulous book and I so hope I am lucky with Mr RO x going to the afternoon workshop but I am sure we will meet up x

Crafty hugs Annie x

Karen P said...

Thank you for the chance Brenda - this is gorgeous! I will have to see what Sir Tim is up to - had no idea he was due over here! Karen x

Words and Pictures said...

This is an absolutely exquisite book, Brenda - I would be ecstatic to win it... thank you so much for the chance.

Congratulations on your huge blog milestones - following your work is always a joy and an inspiration. Greatly looking forward to a lunchtime rendezvous on the 29th!
Alison xx

CJ said...

Beautiful Book Brenda... Will surely love to have one. Thank u for the chance.


ElizabethR said...

It's a beautiful book Brenda, I wanted to go to see TH but am booked up that day already, always the case :( Happy 500th. Elizabeth xxx

hazel said...

What a beautiful book, thank you for the chance to win it.
xxx Hazel.

Terry said...

Oh you are in for a grand "Tim" time! How fun! Congratulations on reaching the 500 mark, but not a surprise here! It is such a pleasure to know you and not only has a fellow blogger! Big Hugs!

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Congratulations on both the workshop and the number of followers! Truly Deserved x

Jane said...

Many congrats Brenda, I am a recent follower and your work is gorgeous. This hand made book is a work of art and a very generous thank you ;0)

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Brenda! Congratulations on ALL your recent successes! Enjoy your time with Tim! Your handmade book is scrumptious and I would be thrilled if I would be o lucky as to be selected. Take care my friend. Yvonne

Sandy said...

I would just love to go to Coventry!!! You lucky girl. I hope you can take loads of pictures and share them with us!! I don't think you realize how wonderful your book really is!! I think it is a beautiful work of art. Brenda this is fabulous and who wouldn't love to win this!!!!

Tincan Crafter said...

Brenda the book is so beautiful. I am really hoping that finds my link randomly because I would LOOOOOOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEE that. Congrats on the subscriber count and post count. Its not hard to see why so many follow you though.

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Wow Brenda, I really love your gorgeous little book and would be so pleased to win it! Well done on your milestones, so well deserved. Have a wonderful time being sent to Coventry, enjoy dear lady! Hope to see you again soon, Heidi x

Monique said...

Gorgeous, I love your brushed, dipped, dribbled and splattered booklet. That's a stunningly beautiful booklet. Thank you for the chance to win this.

Margie said...

That's a gorgeous book to offer up as a prize and I'm keeping my fingers crossed! Congrats on reaching your 500 followers - that's amazing. Margie x

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous book, so many wonderful pages and congratulations on reaching those milestones in blogland. Lucky you going to one of Sir Tim's workshops.
Yvonne x

Nan G said...

Love the Bundle book! It's a fab piece of bog cams y for some lucky person. And aren't you the lucky one...a class with 'himself', TH! Enjoy. Hugs. X

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda,
I can feel the excitement through your post of the upcoming class with Tim, I envy you.
You have made a wonderful little book and it would be more than wonderful to own it. Thank you for the chance to win it.
Smiles :-)

catherine said...

You must be so excited Brenda and I am sure you are going to have a great time. Thanks for the chance to enter your giveaway and congrats on your followers.
x catherine

Candy C said...

Brenda...your little bundle book is awesome! I love all of the brown tones. It looks so vintage and in areas, so distressed. LOVE IT! :) All of the ink splatters and runs among the lovely pages really is striking. Congrats on your blog success! And...thanks for the opportunity to win your amazing book! And...THANKS for sharing your ideas with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a fantastic piece of art. Love every details. I'm following you via my blogroll, hope this counts, too.

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

It's a lovely, lovely book, Branda, it would be a real joy to receive it :). Have fun at the TH! xxx

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on having over 500 followers. 750 posts wow thats amazing. Beautiful book too. Thanks for sharing. Karen.x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Big huge congrats to you!!! I just love your work! This little book is vintage cool! The cover and pages are great! Love the way you close it too! Thank you for sharing your wonderful work with us here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Marjie Kemper said...

Congratulations, Brenda! I love coming to your blog and am always inspired. So happy to hear you are going to Tim's classes!

1CardCreator said...

Congrats on your milestones, lovely journal too. I can't wait to see what you make after your workshop with Tim! ~Diane

trisha too said...

Beautiful handmade book, Brenda--a wonderful treasure.


Ephemera said...

Congratulations on your fantastic blogging achievements Brenda, and thank you for the chance to win such a beautiful handcrafted treasure. xx

Cath Wilson said...

Love your little book, Brenda - it looks perfect :-)

Paper Profusion said...

What a beautiful bundle book Brenda - it really illustrates the fantastic artist you are.

Congratulations on 500 followers - I am so glad to have discovered that I can visit you again! I didn't make any more changes but hey ho I can now see you and your fabulous creations.

Very generous of you to give away such a special artpiece Brenda. All your posts are a pleasure and inspiration. Nicola x

Anonymous said...

I cannot believe I nearly missed your Giveaway, sorry Brenda, such is life at the present.
A beautiful book. Since my childhood I have had an obsession with any form of notebooks/Journals so if they are deemed too pretty then I cannot write/draw in them I just like to have them there in my life.
A beautiful creation, very inspiring.
Thank you for this opportunity.

maria's knutselplezier said...

This is ARTB , I never saw something so beautiful, with just so little to show, some spots ,some marks, I really love your art , I did some shopping on your blogg and I really liked it!!!