A Classic in Times Nouveau, on an Easel.

I broke out the Graphic 45!  I did.  I really did.  Graphic 45 in their Times Nouveau collection, and made a Tag Card,  on a Graphic 45 large tag, and it’s all held onto an Easel which has a working stand, which ‘folds’ out from the back and holds the card like an easel would hold a piece of art work in a Gallery.  It has two hidden tags (one you can see in the picture above) and a little something special on the back, for writing the message.

I wondered if perhaps we could do another GIVE AWAY for this card if anyone would like it.  I’ll explain in a minute how to enter the give away if you’d like to, but first … I thought I’d better show you how I made the card.

  • SHOPPING LIST (roughly’ish’ – if I’ve forgotten to mention anything just point it out in a comment and I’ll let you know.)
  • Pinflair Novelty Easel Card – minus the ‘canvas’
  • 1 x Graphic 45 Lrg. Tag from a Regular Tag Album (9 pack)
  • Kraft Mannequin from a pad of 45 (2 sizes: large, smaller, & either plane or foiled in gold and silver) by Craftwork Cards
  • News Print card by Anna Marie Designs
  • Olive Spot  and larger spot in black card – both by Anna Marie Designs
  • Graphic 45 Times Nouveau Classic Collection – plus some chipboard tags and stickers from this collection.
  • Very pale mint spot from stash.
  • Tiny black with off white spots paper from stash.
  • Ribbons and twine are all from stash.

How I made it:-  Take one black card tag … cover it on one side with Newsprint card,


Add a tiny piece of very pale mint spot paper, and a larger piece of olive spot card.  Making sure you leave a section for a tag to ‘hide’.  (shown by the bit of white and grey leaf card)


Add a piece of Graphic 45 Times Nouveau in the dog-tooth design.  (Again building in a section for a tag to hide in – not shown in this picture (above) but you’ll see the tag hiding place in the next photo)


Can you see where the little hiding spot is on the right hand side now?   Here in this photo (above) I’ve added some black card with very tiny white spots on it;  a mannequin which I distressed and wrapped in a little length of green organza;  I added a fussy cut rather stylish lady, which I mounted on first black larger spot card, then again on small spot card – just for the contrast;  A vintage Car – again fussy cut, but this time from some papers I had in my stash.  I then popped the chipboard ‘Swanky’ tag onto the card and pushed two pearly hat pins behind the card, so that they peeped out a the top of the chipboard tag.


Then came some finishing touches …  Added ribbon, made a bow and added netting in two colours and a couple of flower from my stash;  some tiny pearls around the neck of the mannequin and tucked some sequins into one of the folds of the organza so that they would catch the light.  I then made some little tags using both spot papers and some Graphic 45 Paper, . . .  and then came the easel for it to be displayed on  …


There is a little ‘making’ to the actual easel – but it’s nothing which is difficult.  They’re fabulous easels, and so beautifully made.  Everything is cut ready for you, and REALLY well cut too.

I had trouble lighting this card.  I tried it with the flash, without the flash, with desk lamps, with ceiling lights … and every combination of the previously mentioned ways.  I would say that the true colours are somewhere between the last two photographs above.  The one on the easel seems to have a little too much of a yellow tinge to it.  Where-as the photo before it is rather pale and wiped out by the flash I think.  It looks like it needs to be taking iron tablets.  lol

OK… here’s the  *instructions*   for entering for the give away for this card if you would like to throw your name into the mix and be in with a chance of winning it . . . .


You MUST be a follower of the blog –  The Cobweborium Emporium. (This is because I have to keep in mind that I’ve made great friends with almost all of my blog followers and so have a great loyalty to them and would want one of them to win the card.  I think this is fair).

IN A COMMENT BELOW YOU MUST TYPE THIS WORD IF YOU WANT YOUR NAME TO BE INCLUDED  …. and that word is:-  GIVEAWAY.  ← Exactly like that.  One wordType it at the start or end of your comment.

You have to put it exactly like that –  one word, in capital letters.  Simple – and it makes sure that I don’t miss anyone.  🙂

And that’s it.  That’s all you have to do.  Simply make a comment with the word GIVEAWAY either at the start or the end of your comment.  It couldn’t be easier, could it!  Oh … and …   Please  DON’T  put your real name or address in the comments box.  I need to look after your privacy and security.  If you win, I’ll organise how to get your address afterwards.

To make sure that all is fair,  each entrant will be assigned a number in the ‘time order’ in which they make the comment, and  I’ll get the Random Number Generator to choose the number, and do a screen shot of the R.N.G and post it so that you can all see which number was generated.

I’ll ‘run’ this giveaway from today (Wednesday 5th October 2016), until next Tuesday – TUESDAY 11th OCTOBER, and it will end on that day at 6pm UK time.  Just a week – so that no one is kept hanging around waiting for the result. (We don’t have zones in the UK, we just have one time zone for the whole of the UK – so you’ll have to ask (perhaps) Google to work it out for you so that you know what time that would be where-ever it is that you are.)

This is open to ANYONE IN ANY AREA OF THE WORLD so long as your country allows a card posted to you from outside your country through your customs. You won’t be asked for any postage or any monies what-so-ever.  This really is just a little fun between us friends.

Well, Wednesday has found it’s way to us all again.  I have a plan for today already ear-marked:   I’d love to show you, if you don’t already know, how to make your own professional looking Christmas Crackers.  Not from a kit …   not those kits you buy for making Crackers, which are from thin card and don’t look like proper Christmas Crackers at all.  I want to show you, if I can, how to make firstly a regular Christmas Cracker …  and then how to spice them up a little and make them into something way more special.  The problem is can I do it in pictures?  I’ve only ever shown folks how to do this face to face, sitting next to each other so that they can see exactly what I’m doing.  And … I still don’t know how to do the video thing … and load a video onto YouTube – which perhaps would make things easier.  But … I’m going to give it a try and see if I can make it work, and hopefully I’ll be able to share the secrets with you.

So anyway ...  what are your plans for today?  Going anywhere?  Making anything?  Cooking something?  Sewing?  Knitting?  Anything?

Do share the information with me because I can then come to your blog and badger you if you don’t post the results of it for me to drool over!  🙂  lol – just joking.  Actually … no, no I’m not.  I feel, as your friend, that it is my duty to come and badger you.  So yes, I shall come and badger you and poke you with the end of my stick!  It’s a tickling stick and so will make you laugh!

If you’re still reading,  (well done),  I wish you an absolutely WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY!  May the day be bright.  May the winds be gentle.  May your day be easy.  And, until we meet again, may your God hold you in the palm of his hand.

Have a blessed day my friends,




Author: The Art of Cobwebs - aka:- thecobweboriumemporium

Hello. I'm 'Cobwebs'. I live in a wee little cottage in the South of England, aptly called Cobweb Cottage. This little dwelling really is a cobweb factory. Not inside (well, occasionally) - but outside - flipping heck! This information should give you a clue as to why my blog is called The Art of Cobwebs aka: The Cobweborium Emporium. I've been arty and crafty from a very young age, and although my crafts have sometimes turned a corner and taken me in another direction, I've always crafted in some way, shape or form. One day, in the blink of an eye, life changed somewhat for me and the consequences were many. I had to find a new way of being 'artistic'. Card making; scrap-booking; producing ATC's and ACEO's; needle felting; Polymer clay; painting- but in a more relaxed style than I had before, and sewing, - are all things which I visit, as and when life allows. I've fairy recently become a Textile Artist and am enjoying this new creative outlet very much as it offers me so much scope for letting my imagination run through a grassy field and feel the wind in my hair - (mentally, of course). I love to create. To make things. I truthfully believe that the best gifts in the world are those in which you've given your time, rather than your cash. Thank you so much for visiting. Please visit my blog (link below) and have a look around. I'm sure you'll find something to enjoy, even if it's only a handful of jokes! (yes, seriously - there really are jokes!) Wishing you a truly blessed rest of your day! ~ Cobs. <3

45 thoughts on “A Classic in Times Nouveau, on an Easel.”

  1. I’m still swooning over the card that I won. You are really into fancy and I do love every inch of it. Go for it bloggers. You will be very glad you jumped into the giveaway.

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    1. YAY! I’m absolutely thrilled to bits that it arrived safely! I just read your email – and am still feeling the smile and warmth from what you said. I’ll reply a little later on today.

      Just because you’ve won once, doesn’t mean you can’t enter again y’know. Feel free to enter Beverly if you’d like to. No one here will bother about seeing your name pop up as an entry. Everyone is just so lovely that I absolutely cannot imagine anyone getting put out at seeing your name pop up in an ‘entry’.

      Thank you so much for letting me know that the package arrived, and also for encouraging others to have a go at winning a card. I know that for some folks it’s a bit daunting to enter things like this, so you letting them know that it’s ok, and you really do get the card, will help them to feel happier.

      Sending you oodles of love and squidges. (I’ll reply to your email a little later today)~ Cobs. x


  2. GIVEAWAY…I do love the thought of a giveaway!! I’m new to your blog (thanks to the chicken grandma) and terrible at crafts. Kindergarten crafts I’m a whiz! Give me blunt scissors and crayons, tape and glue and I can create a master piece that would rival most 4 year olds! How absolutely clever you are!!

    While it’s not quite Wednesday here, my day will include some burning of downed timber and wood stacking. Perhaps Dog and I will have campfire roasted hot dogs for lunch! Then my day will conclude at prayer meeting at the church, it’s uninterrupted peace! Thank you so much for sharing your craftiness! And thanks for hosting a GIVEAWAY!

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    1. Hello Marijo, and a personal welcome to the blog! I saw you join our merry team here a few days ago, and I’m so thrilled that you’re here.

      Your Wednesday sounds like a joyous day – and the inclusion of your Dog (who I’ve met on your blog) for the wood burning, timber stacking and hot dog roasting will make it all the more wonderful. And what a fabulous end to your day … a prayer meeting at Church. Friends all gathered together in love, with many hearts, and one aim. ❤

      Glad that you're joining in with this bit of fun, for the card. It really is just a bit of fun, but it kind of shares the smiles. I love to make and create, and I love to share my smiles – so it’s a double whammy for me!
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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      1. Thank you so much for the kind welcoming! I am delighted to be a part of your crafting happiness! You have the gift of creative (one I lack) and I’m eager to read and learn! Blog land makes me happy!

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  3. OMG Cobs this is superb. I can’t stop looking at it. Thanks for showing the photos on how you made it. Yes please put my name into the mix for the GIVEAWAY. I do envy the beautiful finish you achieve with your projects. Looking forward to seeing the crackers. Nothing exciting for me today. Cleaning up the terrace and the driveway. What fun!!! Take care, Hugs Flo xxx

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    1. Hello Flo!
      Aw so so glad that you’ve decided to enter, and thrilled to bits that you like the card. You are such a fabulous card-maker yourself that I always have hope that one day I’ll be able to produce something as breath-taking as your cards make me!

      The crackers … well I’m just about to go into the craft room and see if I can make a tutorial in words and pictures, and see if it actually works. If I can make it work I’ll be so happy, because I really do want to share this fabulous bit of crafty with everyone. There’s a little bit of magic which makes it all come together, but once you know how to do it, you KNOW how to do it. I began making my own crackers … oooh.. how long ago? Oh My Goodness! It has to be at least 20 years! (actually – more than that … eeek!) and it really is quite an easy thing to do, if I can show you how to do it. (I wish I could work out the video thing. It would be so easy if you could see my hands and what I’m doing which makes it all work).

      Cleaning the driveway and terrace … wear your best lipstick and favourite earrings. I bet the whole thing will be a lot more fun if your glamorous! 🙂
      Sending love and squidges ~ Cobs. x


    1. Hello Kathy!
      Aw thank you for your kind words.
      I’m going to do the whole thing, and photograph it in each step and then set Mr. Cobs to work and see if he can make a cracker just from the photographs and my written instructions. Either it will fail miserably … or it might just show up where I need to explain more, or take better photos … or it will be a great big win! And if it’s the latter, then I’ll post it all onto the blog here so that everyone can do it for themselves. FINGERS CROSSED … eyes crossed, toes crossed, legs crossed … basically I’m not looking my most attractive right now, but I’m hoping that it helps. LOL

      Sending squidges to you from me ~ Cobs. x

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  4. Oh my dog! Cobs. 🙂 Such another creative piece of art! It is Beautiful, I too kept looking at it 🙂 You tube is easier than you may think, give it a go, I surely would subscribe 🙂 Have a Wonderful and Blessed Wednesday ! xxx

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    1. Hello lovely Ruthie!
      Aww thrilled you like the tag card. (you didn’t enter for the give-away, so please remember to do so if you’d like to be included my friend).

      You Tube … I know it has to be easy, but I only have one brain cell and although I’m great with some technical things, You Tube is just escaping me at the moment, along with actually making a video and loading it onto my pooter, then onto YouTube. [sigh] there is no hope for me. run… save yourself. LOL

      Thank you for the wishes and blessing. Right back atcha!
      Sending squidges ~ Cobs. x

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  5. GIVEAWAY. GIVEAWAY. GIVEAWAY. I’d type it more times but it would look a smidge greedy….. Love, love, love this tag Cobs. Such an amazing amount of detail. It is a truly gorgeous thing. I’d love a Cobs YouTube channel and think you might go viral. And no, I don’t mean sneeze all over the camera….

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    1. Ohhhh Puff, I doooo love you. I’m laughing so much right now and it’s a BIG laugh. The type that comes from around your Solar Plexus, and it’s kinda ticklish. LOL
      You sound like me when I’m in a craft shop…”OOOOOOooo I want, I Want, I WANT, I WANT!! [stamps foot]
      In the hope that Mr Cobs short arm and long pocket actually meet someday with all that money he’s got stored in there. (Can’t be under the floorboards cause I’ve had every floorboard up in this place and still haven’t found it – so must be in his pocket!)
      ❤ ~ Cobs. x


      1. You live in the country (sort of, I think?). Get some farm equipment and turn him upside down…..If you live in a town try a building site….


        1. I live 7 minutes from the sea, (by car – as the crow flies about 45 seconds), but farming land just around the corner by a hop, skip and a jump.
          I like the idea of turning him upside down with some equipment. Thinking a digger, with that pronged digging bucket on the front, with Mr. Cobs tied by his ankles, and strung upside down then being given a little jiggle, jiggle, jiggle, which would make his money, wallet and all those sweeties he has hiding in there (along with some moths) all fall out, in a litter lout sort of way onto the floor.
          lol ~ C. x

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            1. me smiley nicely all the time. It happened one day when the wind changed and I was smiling at the time.
              Although that doesn’t excuse the constant furrowing of eyebrows which makes melook cross all the time. I’ve even considered botox for that. tsk tsk.
              C. x

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  6. Oh my what a beautiful card *drool* you certainly have a serious talent for capturing an image then adding a whole new dimensional element! I’m really looking forward to the cracker post, it would be something Moo & I could do together I was in bits at your comments about dangling poor Mr Cobb’s from farm machinery 😂 gawd help the man LOL … Would I like to be entered in your super duper GIVEAWAY ? you bet ya I’ll catch up on the rest of your posts & comments tomorrow, I’m using my iPad at t mo let’s just say we are not seeing eye to eye the darn thing has a will of it’s. own & doesn’t take into account my thoughts at all !!!

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    1. Hello Mrs.P.
      I’ve got my fingers and everything I can possibly cross, crossed about the Christmas Crackers. I’ve spent a couple of hours this afternoon trying to work out how to go about doing it, and when to take photos, so that it shows what I’m trying to tell the reader about.

      If you saw me do it in real life, you’d probably have got the basic idea after I’d done it twice. It’s really quite easy. So .. I’ve got my fingers crossed that I can pull this off and make it work for everyone.

      Oooo the dreaded Ipad. I have one and Mr.C has one. He uses his to read books mostly but he paddles around the web too on it. Me? Mines switched off and on the undershelf of my bedside unit. I’ll turn it on if something strikes me … but the darn thing is a pain in the rear end. I tried to order something I saw on (I think) QVC. HELLS BELLS! It would be easier to drive a herd of camels through the eye of a needle than navigate that darn thing. It will show you what you want to buy … then put you through misery trying to buy it. (I ended up getting out of bed and waking up the hamster and putting it back on it’s wheel inside my laptop. It was easier and less frustrating).

      There’s a knack … and I don’t have it. I could probably have it, if the machine would let me buy one, but it just taunts me and laughs at my attempts. grrrr.
      ~ C. x

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      1. Ta dah back on the old computermebob this morning, although it’s not quite panning out …K9 is trying to surf the net for his birthday pressie ~ he’s now hit the BIG 2 !! at the same time I’m trying to wrestle the keyboard away from him to comment you !!! perhaps I ought to try putting that on youtube LOL
        The last crackers Moo & I attempted were of the toilet roll middle variety covered in crepe paper ….I somehow get a inkling yours will be slightly more upmarket 😀 it might just make a comedy parody post to yours though…now there is a thought ……………
        K9 here I won the laptop wrestle …bye

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        1. Well, to be blunt, I’m actually on K9’s side. His birthday takes first place over EVERYTHING else. So I’m fully behind him and his needs/requirements.

          I certainly hope that you’ll be making him a special Birthday Cake, and hanging balloons filled with a little water, for fun, and even maybe a Kong or two filled with peanut butter, hung from a pole in the garden, where he can chase it round and round and round trying to get to that elixir of life. (personally I can’t stand the stuff, but apparently I’m alone in my feelings)

          I also hope that you manage to locate a toy or two which is K9 durable, and which will last longer than five four three two one minute…. survives the unwrapping! (our own K9 can destroy a toy with gusto in 0-6 seconds).

          Give my favourite BIG BIG boy a birthday kiss on his head, from his Aunt Cobs. ❤

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          1. Peanut butter is stuff of the devils making, now Marmite that IS truly yummy ..Beloved begs to differ !!
            K9 got to choose his own sugar beet ~ don’t ask~ it’s something he has a huge passion for, and (un)fortunately Farmer Field grows them every year so K9 thinks he has his own personal supply https://oscartherottweiler.wordpress.com/2015/10/20/what-beet/
            A new ball found it’s way into his possession as well as some random toy that is now in doggy destroyed heaven, oh & I’m about to cook him his favourite tea liver n’ gravy …
            As for his kiss K9 would like to report the kisser on the lips involved a little more tongue than he’s use to LOL

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            1. Absolutely laughing my head off.

              The kiss was specified as ON THE HEAD. I said nothing about lips! Naughty Mummy! Aunt Cobs only kisses on the head (and normally leaves a visable kiss behind in the form of a little lipstick on the head). I’m sometimes known to kiss the feet too. But ONLY doggy and some cat feet (Alf Capone to name and shame. He has the most adorable, big soft feet).

              I know of K9’s sugar beet obsession, and frankly it’s just too weird to contemplate. But I guess we all have our weird likes and loves. Marmite isn’t one of mine. Yucky, smelly sticky stuff – and Mr. Cobs loves it. euggggghh!

              Love the ball, and fully expected any toy to be in heaven within minutes of it being given … it’s the way of all K9 toys in this family too.

              Happy Birthday to my beautiful doggy nephew.

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  7. My day is nearly done, and I shall soon totter off to dreamland. But I had to pop by and say Hooray! You broke into your G45!!! Well done you! What a darling little tag with so many fun elements. I love the mannequin tucked behind. Great job with all the layers and fussy cutting, too. Thanks for sharing with me! Hugs!!! K

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    1. Aw hello dearest Kathy! What an absolute treat to see you here.
      I knew you’d be proud of me for finally breaking down the protective walls around my G.45 stash … and boy, what a stash it is. I have two 12×12 storage units, dedicated just to G45 collections. Everything is pristine and where there were wrappers on things, those wrappers are still intact. Except now for Times Nouveau.
      I’m forcing myself to use my collections because .. a) although lovely to keep, it wasn’t doing anything for me by simply keeping it, and .. b) I cannot fit any new collections onto the storage units. They’re packed to capacity!
      (it’s an addiction! lol)

      I’m very proud of myself for finally talking myself around, and thrilled you saw this ‘first’.
      Love you heaps Kathy, and am sending squidges from my corner to yours ~ Cobs. x


  8. GIVEAWAY!! I debated starting my comment with that but I wanted to be sure you did not miss it. (I know if I do not have my glasses on things get somewhat fuzzy. I am not sure how your eyes are but mine are no good without glasses.)
    Anyway….what I did today: Canned 22 pints of applesauce and started two crocks with apple juice that I will can tomorrow. (You can badger me Friday if I don’t get something posted with those results!), I even managed to clean up after and find my counter back. Then I went and saw my neighbor lady and found out how they were doing. Fed my husband with some good homemade hamburger soup (he was grateful — he said it was good -he is a smart man.), did a little blogging and here I am! Ready for the GIVEAWAY :).

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    1. Hello Chicken! Wow … you excelled yourself today (probably yesterday now, looking at the time)! What a fabulously full day, filled with love.

      The making of things (food or paper or .. just about anything) is always so wonderful. So much fun and the results make for such a great big happy feeling. But … ohhhh the clean up!

      Finding your counter at the end must have been one of those joyous moments that make you feel life is extra good. (and ready to get on with another thing too!)

      Hamburger Soup? I’ve never heard of this before! Wait till I tell Mr. Cobs … he’ll be on the internet looking up the recipe! lol.

      Aww … the fuzzy eyes with no glasses… yes, I can absolutely relate to that one. My very worst time is in the shower – with a new hair product … and trying to read the instructions on the back to see if your have to massage in and wash out or leave it on for a moment? Minute? Two minutes? …. it always ends with me putting the product down and trying to remember to read it with my glasses on before I clamber into the shower next time! Blind

      You are definitely ‘in’ for the Give away. Thrilled that you like it. 🙂

      Sending oodles of squidges and love~ Cobs. x

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      1. My husband has the same issue with hair care products in the shower LOL. He has washed his hair with conditioner before and left out the shampoo entirely. He couldn’t figure out why his hair felt greasy…..and then he put on his “readers” and checked it out.


        1. Oh My Goodness … well I was going to admit to doing that very thing myself .. not once but three times, before I mentioned to Mr. Cobs that I thought they’d changed my hair shampoo. It was he that told me I’d been using the new bottle of conditioner. I didn’t admit it because I thought you’d think I was a proper idiot. LOL.
          I now feel I’m in an exclusive group. LOL
          Thanks for the smiles ~ love, Cobs.x

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            1. OH. MY. DOG!!!

              I so want to laugh but feel guilty about doing so, so I’m holding it in. However … inside me, I can actually feel a huge belly laugh going on.

              Aw I’m going to dine out on that one for weeks! LO… no, no Cobs. DON’T laugh. [cough. splutter]
              C. x

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  9. GIVEAWAY……. A gorgeous tag. I get how hard it can be to use such lovely patterned paper lol.

    You make Christmas crackers?! There are no limits to your talents Cobs and I look forward very much to seeing how you do it. Hannah x

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    1. Still trying to work out how to take the photos in order to show you how. It’s not difficult … it’s just difficult to photograph the steps and show you in piccies! … but I’m trying.
      (Mr. Cobs says I’m very trying. lol)
      love ❤ ~ Cobs x

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  10. What a wonderful euphoria of green! I love the easel stand attachment, brilliant idea! I also await eagerly for the Christmas Cracker show, *excited*. Hugs Kim x

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