Wednesday, 22 July 2009
I love these Xmas papers because really in essence apart from the ones with snowflakes on they can be used pretty much all year round and are FABULOUS for men's cards.
But true to style for our ancient and decrepid PC its refusing to load my photies onto the pc so I'll have to try that one again probably Friday now as I have to be at the hospital tomorrow.
As a result I wanted to share with you a lovely card I have just found on my great friend Amanda's blog - I haven't done much blog hopping recently but have been catching up with some friends this afternoon. There is a gorgeous owl card on there that I love and now I'm having difficulty getting the piccie on here for you to look at so I'll just have to add her blog here!!! So please click here. Scroll down and you'll find it - Am LURVING owls and birds at the mo as a theme on cards.
Amanda is one of those other lovely Docraft designers out there - and I really must get the links on here. If you get the opportunity to get to a demo she is doing then do hop along and say hi! And I have to say Amanda is one of those people that having a bit of a natter too always makes me smile and cheers me up!!!
I've also found the cure to my blues from yesterday and have thrown myself into a huge pile of ironing and about to start housework with Lord of the Rings on in th background. I really am not the worlds greatest housewife but there is somthing soothing sometime about throwing yourself into the mundane where you can switch your brain off and forget about stuff. Of course there are other things more pressing to do but I didn't want to do those so I'm off again soon to climb back into my house-wifley world. I'll face reality again tomorrow :o)
Take care and I'll try to sort out my camera/ pc problem to bring some more projects if I can.
PS If anyone can tell me how to add a "watermark" to my pictures before I publish them (you know the sort of thing "designed by XXX 2009") then I would be really grateful!!!
Tuesday, 21 July 2009
I know its been a long time no speak but well things have been a little mad.
The title of this post comes from a lovely lady I saw at my demo on Saturday in Swindon. I think I said I was having a green day on an earlier post with my butterfly card... well today its a blue day... but not because of the colour blue but rather the emotions associated with the colour.
Firstly though I want to say a big thank you to anyone who came along to my demos since my last post. I should have been on here to say how lovely as always it was to see you but well time has flown by - but never mind it is ALWAYS lovely to see you all and share tips, ideas, sometimes a little gossip.... and I love seeing new friendships developing out there... crafting is such a fabulous catalyst for friendships and bringing like minded people together...you only have to go along to the craft club I go to each month to see all the fun, laughter and sharing that goes on.... for me it has to be one of life's great pleasures :o)
This was never meant to be a blog for personal stuff but only for crafting related things but today that colour I was talking about has over taken my feelings a little bit... I can't believe it but I've been married to my lovely hubby coming up for nearly five and a half years and ever since a few weeks after we got married when I fell down the stairs we never seem to have had any peace - for three years I was in so much pain I could barely do anything so bang went all the little luxuries in life I had hoped we would have from my high flying career, we had to make the decision not to have children because of the accident, we've spent nearly three years looking after my mother in law who has myeloma and now suffers from dementia, supporting my father in law and now for all intents and purposes doing most things for him because his life now consists of the home where my mother in law is being looked after and Sainsburys, there is to be another conference with the doctors about her care next week, having got to a point where I could do some part time work the lady I have done some book keeping work for on a subcontracted basis has withdrawn any work I was doing for her because she doesn't have enough and owes me hundreds of pounds, I have very little work left at all that I can do and after three years of my husband's job being messed around with he is now being made redundant (you may say he should have moved before but there are reasons why it is difficult for him to move job that I won't go into here) and so we are worrying about keeping a roof over our heads... my family live miles away and I barely ever see them and I am tired of trying to keep on top of it.....
And after another phone call I had earlier which I really don't want to go into here just for today it all seems a bit much.... and should I have written about it here... well maybe not but sometimes I just don't know where to turn, I just want some good news for once....
BUT then, I remember I spoke to a lovely lady on Saturday who was really poorly recently and has found out she has a life changing condition she'll have to deal with and I read the posts I'd missed from the blogs I follow and I see the one from Nikki in Scotland who recently lost her very young husband and I realise that things could be so much worse. I realise well maybe today things do feel a bit bad but I do have so much to be grateful for and I'm sure we can sort our way through this. It seems hard at the mo but could be so much worse and tomorrow is a new day....
So I was blue but having got it all out my system maybe I feel a little bit more pink!! :o)
I'll be back in the not too distant future with more designs and crafty stuff because that is so much more interesting!!! But thanks for bearing with me whilst I have a hard day.
PS. And if anyone can think of any ways I can find more craft related work I would be so grateful - because I have designed my work room to allow me to stand up it is the one thing that I can do without too much impact on the level of pain I have.
Sunday, 3 May 2009
At this time of year I love shades of green so here I've matched luxurious flocked Papermania cotton papers (try applying glitter chalks to the flock - the glitter seems to stay in place really well) with a beautifully delicate design from the new Papermania Jesse Edwards Boutique papers which are a must have in my crafting stash - the gorgeous patterns are suitable for men's cards as well as lady's and create some stunning scrapbook pages!
Thursday, 23 April 2009
Dawn I'm borrowing your title - come on someone own up - they're not just nicking all your time they're nicking mine too!!!
In truth I've been a little bit floaty the past fortnight - so much has happened and I have so much to fit in!!! I've been working on a rather interesting and new project which is far too much fun to let things like accountancy get in the way - sorry can't divulge but what I will say is I'm loving it and I'm also learning alot. New skills - I mean of the life kind not the craft kind - though a few of those have materialised en route aswell (the craft kind not the life kind) - new people, a new perspective on this fabulous hobby (that I am lucky enough to call part of my work!) and a chance to prove something to myself and hopefully to others. Lets just say its something I never even thought I'd get involved in, its pushing the problems I have with my nerve damage right to its limits but its turning out to be great fun and in some ways just like my demos I can say my job is my medicine - long story as to why but you wouldn't be that interested believe me ...
Ok for those of you wondering, really I can't tell and if I did you probably wouldn't think it was exciting but I do!!!! :o)
So what else though I hear you say - surely that can't have taken up all your time... well, sadly I've also had to fit in the book keeping because I have to keep up with my other work as its only a short term project I'm involved with so I'm generally pooped.
And next week it all starts again - but with the added bonus (and I do mean bonus cos I LURVE doing 'em hee hee) - I've got a couple of magazine bits to do and my other joy in life - a demo to prepare for for a new promo! (And if I'm lucky maybe I'll get to see the other love of my life - my hubby.... but that may be pushing it!)
It would appear my antiquated eight year old pc decided to join me in the "tired and worn out stakes" and gave up the ghost on internet access. It took me three days to get back on the world wide ether to communicate again so here I am!
Just a couple of things as I have so much to do before my little head hits the pillow and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz land takes over!
(1) to all you ladies on the Island last Saturday night at Crafting Around it was lovely to see you!!!! I hope you got lots of inspiration to go and try new things. I'll start posting the pictures next week. I'm so looking forward to checking out Brenda's new shop in Newport when I see you all next month so put the date in your diary - its on my list of demo's on here so go do it now!!!
(2) If you want to know whats hip and happening in crafting you need to follow this website - click here to visit Becks Faggs blog - she's our woman in the know at Docrafts and head of Product. If Becks doesn't know it its not worth knowing! So why not keep up to date with all the latest news by clicking into her blog (PS you may have seen her on QVC recently launching one of our TSVs)
(3) I have to find the date but if you are in the vaccinity of the Glitter Pot in the next couple of weeks Clare Curd is demonstrating Forever Friends, her own Signature Range and also a rather super exclusive set of Daisy and Dandelion stamps made just for the GP. I've never got there myself but many tell me its an amazing craft store!!! So how do I know how super this set of stamps are - now that would be telling :o) Oh go on then, cos I got sneeky ickle peek of them hot of the proverbial press a couple of weeks ago..... ooooooo I do love my job!!!
Anyway have to dash - hubby has been visiting his mother in the home tonight and I think I may be soothing a sore brow tonight.
Lots of love to you all - please bear with me in this stunningly busy time and I'll get more projects on asap (when I can I will tell more) and also please stay in touch - I love to hear from you
Monday, 6 April 2009
Well I am taking a teency weency little break from running around with the hoover and duster getting the house ready for our imminent visitor!!!
I thought I would leave you for the rest of the week with a project along similar lines to one I demonstrated on Saturday with the old marketing CD. Here I have used Basic Grey Wassail papers so this was designed to be a little hanging Christmas decoration. I love these warm, rich shades - perfect for Christmas!! But I know its a little bit early for that (though at the rate this year seems to be disappearing I'm sure it will be round again in five minutes flat!) I guess I wanted to show you that the idea can be adapted to suit so many different occasions and colours. Why not make a similar project but as a special card that can be displayed all year round - instead of attaching ribbon to hang give a plate holder as a stand - a gift and a card all in one!
This was a project I made for a special demo on the Isle of WIght last year so it has been hanging around for a while - but I also submitted it to "Papercraft Essentials" for last years Papercrafter of the Year for which I was a runner up so (with out bragging!) I'm quite proud of this little design.
So now its time to say goodbye for the rest of this week and I will return next Tuesday. In the meantime, have a fabulous time... eat too many Easter eggs (like I will).... and take care!!!
Love and hugs
Sunday, 5 April 2009
How are you today???
Here on the South Coast it is bright and sunny and everything seems alright in the world!!!! Well for the next few minutes whilst I post on here anyway - after that all hell lets loose :o)
Tomorrow evening my oldest friend arrives from Germany to visit until Easter Sunday and currently she would have to sleep in the sofa - not very hospitable really... So I have my pinny, my duster, my hoover and also I've had three weetabix this morning because to make any sense of that room I am going to need them... it has been one of a couple of general junk rooms since we have started work on the house and there is currently a four foot high pile of goodness only knows what spread all over the room. I have to work tomorrow morning and I will be a whirl wind round the rest of the house after I get back so now is my only opportunity to sort this room out!!!
Why haven't I done it before I can hear you asking? Well a combination of two things really - firstly little time due to other things happening but more importantly I am a "Last Minute Becky" - everything seems to end up being done last minute as usual - yes, this is the woman who decided to scrap her dissertation six hours before it had to be handed in and start again (a good move as I got a first), rushing over to the post depot to get my mag commissions in in time, clearing out rooms before friend's from Germany arrive - you get the picture. According to my yummy mummy I have never been any different in all my @*&^ years!!!
So I am going to finish this lil' ole post and then don my "Mrs Mop" outfit and blitz this place!!!
Anyway, why crafty hubby???? Well you may be thinking he has been raiding my cupboards and creating something spectacular to stun me when I returned from my demo yesterday but not so. I mean crafty in an entirely different sense of the word.
Firstly I must thank all you lovely ladies (and yesterday it was fabulous to welcome a few gentlemen too!!!) who came to see me in the Marlands Centre for my demo for the new Market Gallery store in Southampton. It was lovely to see you all - and lovely to have so much space too - even more for me to clutter up until I have a 3inch by 3inch square to work on.... Well you know I'm a cluttersome crafter by now so I know you would expect nothing less!!! I hope you enjoyed your day - it was lovely to see friendly faces and also to meet new people!! And also to see you all making new friends amongst yourselves - crafting is just the most sharing and giving hobby you can have - I LOVE IT!!!! (and I love you all for coming to say hi!!!)
Thanks Kim for showing us the stamps stored in your Papermania ATC wallet - an ingenious use of it - but personally I think that I should have been able to keep the Hero Arts bird stamp!!!! And for sheer dedication to the crafting cause the award has to go to Kathleen for coming all the way from Thatcham... especially on such a sunny day!!! And as for everyone else who made the effort to come - it is always always lovely to see you!!! :o)
Now why was hubby crafty? Well the little tinker was upstairs in the Mall taking pictures of us chatting whilst I was demonstrating to you before he arrived to pick me up. Oh yes - he has managed to capture some real unpleasant shots of me but also there are some that you may be able to spot yourself on. The camera has decided to not play ball this morning BUT I will try and post a few of the not too bad ones (if there are any when I inspect them on a larger screen) at a later date. Hmmmmmmm....... :oI
Anyway, I do need to just let you know I will try to post a project tomorrow but from tomorrow I won't be on the computer much so I will be back probably on the Tuesday after Easter.
Until tomorrow I hope the sun shines where you are and that all is well with you and yours!
Lots of hugs
Friday, 3 April 2009
Hope you like it!!!!!
Must dash before I'm dragged kicking and screaming away from the PC!!! I'm demoing tomorrow so I'll be back on Sunday!!!
Tatty bye until then!!!
PS please excuse any typos - my fingers go quicker than my brain sometimes :o)
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Today is one of those posts not about me but some other incredibly talented individual and today you gotta go see (and then go buy) Kirsty Wiseman's new Patti Picklicious CD. You may know Kirsty from a number of places - she holds workshops for the incredibly popular Craftwork Cards, has worked with the Uber talented Dyan Reavely from "Art from the Heart", presented on QVC for Papermania and is seen in a number of mags on a regular basis - most especially her lighthearted column in Crafts Beautiful. Her must haves on the afore mentioned do sometimes make me really giggle. not only that she is so damned talented she's one of those people that makes me come out in a most unsightly green spotted rash!!! Envy can be an ugly disease :o)
Late last year she designed papers for Craft Beautiful Magazine and now she has just released her own Cd of scrummy-yummy papers and embellishments. To go see click here. First click on the link on her blog to see just what lovely yummelicious goodies you will get then click on the link to go buy it!!!! Also take a peak at the gorgeous cards her design team have created - they are truly inspiring!!!! If you can resist you're a better woman (or man) than me.... think I'm just hopping over there to go and get my copy before I head of out and before they sell out... by all accounts they are going down a storm!!!
See yaz all tomorrow!!!!
Loads of love
PS forgot to add - to go follow Kirsty's life (a real good read!) visit her other "blah blah" blog by clicking here.
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
How are you today????
I am still recovering from the most fabulous weekend with Leandra French of Paperartsy and Linda of LB Crafts. I had been waiting for six months for this weekend to arrive and it was so very much worth the wait! I spent time playing with luscious goodies like glimmer mist, alcohol inks, distress inks, new stamps, metal work, beeswax, perfect pearls and oh too many things to remember.... the only bad thing about it was that it went far too quickly and now I am back to normal life!!! But I learnt so much that I hope I can bring to my projects and design work in the future. If you got the chance to go on one of these weekends take it - I promise that you will not be disappointed!!! I also spent far too much aswell but you know I just had to have all that yumminess in my own craft room... I'm sure you know what I mean :o)
I can't show you any pictures just yet because I do have to complete my projects - the bits need putting together and I do also have to tinker and add the Becky touch to a couple of things. as I have a friend over from Germany next week it will probably be the week after when I can get some photos together but I do promise to share with you the fruits of my labour!!
However today I am sharing with you my Project of the Week card on the docrafts website. The main piccie is the one from the website because they have photographed it far better than I ever could but the others are some close ups I took before I passed it to Louise at Docrafts to work her magic on!!!! I hope that you like todays offering and if you want to create your own click here for the instructions!
I am in ameeting most of tomorrow but I do hope to get on here - I have somewhere super dooper I want to send you too.
With lots of love and hugs until next time
Friday, 27 March 2009
I promised myself I would attempt to post every weekday but this week has just been so mad - work, meeting friends, my anniversary and now this tiny little post to tell you I can't post again until Monday. It has been a somewhat "headless chicken" time this week and everytime I have sat down to pop a post on here no matter how small something has happened - phone rung, hubby needed me to help him put furniture together, work plopped into my email box that I needed to sort yesterday.... But I promise hand on heart I will be back on here on Monday to show you what I have been up to. I've got loads of piccies to post and I am hoping that I will be able to tell you about the Paperarsty crafting weekend me and my friend Becky are leaving for in no time at all... which reminds me I must go and get my directions!!! I'll take loads of piccies and plop them on here for you to see the fruits of my labours and I am hoping to learn lots and lots of new techniques and tips to use in my future projects and also to pass on to you too!!!
So HUGE HUGE apologies but I promise I will be back in full flow again next week!
Love and hugs until Monday
Monday, 23 March 2009
Anyway, I love my little DSLR - a bargain secondhand Nikon D70 - but I'm not the best photographer in the world as you can tell. Still I am learning and I do love having more versatility in the pictures I can take. I especially love my Macro lens. However I'm a little worried though that a splodge seems to have developed in my pictures. This has been see before and last time the whole camera had to be taken apart and cleaned. It cost a hefty packet and my hubby was not overly impressed - though some of it we think was as a result of the previous owner some was also glitter.... hmmmmm I wonder where that could possibly have come from...
Anyway, I'm going to give the lens's a good clean, see if I can find anything and hope beyond hope it doesn't have to go back to Nikon again....
Now today's card is one I made using a co-ordinated kit but I never ever use them as they are meant to be - I do my own thing with them. As you can see this is another mother's day card - this one was for my mother in law who is now in a home. Its not a good situation but as she was an avid card maker I always make an interesting card for her and it is one thing she does seem to have recollection of.
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Mother's Day happiness to you all - hope you've had a lovely day with lots of super pressies and some real pampering treats!!! :o)
Firstly thank you to everyone who came along and said hello at The Range in Swindon yesterday, especially given the fact it was a beautiful sunny day outside - i appreciate you taking some time out given the opportunity to enjoy the weather. I had a lovely day with you all and really enjoyed sharing favourite designs, tips and techniques with you!!! Didn't we love Daisy and Dandelion - those cutsie little dogs really are superstars!!! I loved spending some time with you and hope you can make it along in May (see the list of demo's a bit further down for the exact date!)
Now today's post is a little late and sadly I couldn't get on here on Friday as the day was a little manic. I want to share with you my mom's mother's day card which I really enjoyed making.
A few post ago I mentioned that one of my aims this year was to look at old stash and get it out and use it. Well this card really is a case in point!!! And also shows how you can have something floating around for ages (in this case it must be about four years!!!) before the perfect opportunity to use it arises. My mom is a huge cat lover and I was sorting out some old embellishments when I found this little Express Yourself "pusscat fairy" floating around. I knew I had to use this for my mom's card and not wanting to detract from the little munchkin I have added it simply to a background made from Clare Curd's Signature Range Papers with a sentiment from scrap cardstock and Doodlebug All Mixed Up Lily White rub ons.
I'm delighted that after a rendition of "Happy Mothers Day to you" down the phone (this is an experience that really does require ear plugs!!) mom told me she loved it which I am delighted about. She seems so far away and our little calls seem to help bridge the "distance" between where I live and my ma and pa are.
Anyway I hope you like my little creation for today - I know its a bit late for you to use it to inspire your mother's day cards but maybe you could use it for a base of a card for special friend and also it will encourage you to look through your old embellishments - you never know that perfect little addition to your design maybe waiting there for you to pick it out from its hidey-hole and give it life!!!
Thursday, 19 March 2009
This little piggy is based on my svelter proportions :o) and has been a firm favourite at recent demo's so if you can't remember how she was made then her she is for you to follow!!!
This is such a quicky post as I am about to be picked up to go out... but really all she is is circles cut with the brilliant brilliant Xcut shape cutter and a circular punch. All the rest is just inks and gorgeous embellishments. She really is so easy to make so I hope you enjoy making her yourself!!!
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
(A little message before I start - when writing this post it has all the paragraphs in the right place but for some reason when it publishes it does so without them - so sorry if it looks like a bit of a badly written post but from the posting side it looks perfect.)
So before I go let me tell you where to go and find out more about Nikki and also see more of her designs - I particularly like the St Patrick's Day card she created for the Forever Friends Challenge Design Team of which she is a member. So let me encourage you to click here and go and take a peak at her lovely blog. You may notice she has something of a "passion for purple"!!!
With love until next time - do come back soon!
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
I have just spent another hour looking at my blog background. I spotted this design which was luuurrrrvvvveeelllyyyy with the matching banner.... it so springy (not just in a seasonal way but in a bouncy way too!!! - Love bright bouncy colours!!!! :o) )
So I have to potter off back to my little life and actually do some of the boring book keeping work. But tomorrow I'm going to post a new card - it isn't one by me but from a lovely fellow designer Nikki from all the way up north of the border - we did a card swap for a happy new year and she sent me a gorgeous little Forever Friends card. I've been wanting to show it off for ages so I'm hoping to do that tomorrow!
Anyway until then take care
Lots and lots of love
Monday, 16 March 2009
Well I'm back today with a new look as you can see.... I like it but not certain if I'll stick with it. I do love the papercrafty, scrapping and cardmaking feel to it but I'll live with it for a few days before I decide whether to stay with it or not. I'd love to know what you think.
As you can see there are still changes to make - I need to sort out my blog banner and I did try that earlier but getting my title on it wasn't as simple as I had thought so I will maybe try that tomorrow or the day after.
Anyway, time to close for today as I've spent goodness knows how long trying to decide on which one to stick with!!!
Take care until tomorrow
Sunday, 15 March 2009
Friday, 13 March 2009
I can't believe another week has passed... Tomorrow I have a demo at The Range in Southampton which I am so looking forward to!!! If you can get along to see me then please do - I'd love you to come along and see what I am up to with the latest docrafts products which just seem to be flying off the shelves at the moment... My little treat to myself tonight is to come up with some lovely designs which I hope you will enjoy... and if you can't come along I will be posting my samples on to here for you to enjoy so please do come back.
The next few weeks are so busy but where ever possible I will be posting daily... next week I'm going to try to jazz this blog up a bit with a funky background and over the next few weeks I hope to put more info about what I do, where I design etc etc. Also I'm going to introduce you to some lovely people who are my inspirations (one of whom I'll be telling you about today!) and if you want to see it I may get some pictures of my new work studio on here aswell... its by no means finished but it is getting there - its just so cluttered with things I've bought but not used but I have made a pact with myself to challenge myself not only to use lovely new items but also not to waste old things that some how seem to have passed me by in the mists of time!!! I so enjoyed myself looking back at old products for my clearance demo a couple of weeks ago I thought this would be a really good approach to looking at my stash!!! When I use them now they don't look like old products - they look wonderfully fresh and new. So the phrase for the coming months is to "waste not want not!" - not just in crafting but other areas of my life... i'm going to get jazzing up some tops, cross stitch some pictures to decorate our house as we whirl through it decorating our home, revamp things for the garden.... you get the jist!!!
And I'd also like to know what you think of this idea - its not for now, but for in a few months time... I know there are many out there in terms of challenge sites for crafting but I was looking to set up something different that challenges us to look beyond just cards and scrapbooking but to challenge our other crafting skills and toolbox - be it papercraft, jewellery, home decor, sewing, etc etc.... And if so I may be looking for design team members... so I'll keep you posted on that one.
As you know I've been away a few days. It was my wonderful mom's birthday and so hubby and I ventured to "wastelands of the north" - his phrase not mine - and as we live on the south coast I guess anything here on the mainland is North - but it is the West Midlands in truth. We had a wonderful meal with my fabulous parents and my amazing aunt and uncle who after many wasted years of not being in touch I am so delighted and thrilled that we are. We also had an amazing couple of days with my parents just pottering about and relaxing too. Dad was able to take a couple of days off work and that was great too as he is self employed and in these uncertain times it isn't always possible. So we were grateful for the time we had with them...
One of the highlights of our trip was the search for our anniversary present. We follow the tradition of buying something that matches the anniversary that we are celebrating... goodness only knows where its gone but we celebrate our 5th anniversary in the next few weeks. So ma and pa wanted to get us something "wood" - we are so lucky because shortly we will be decorating our own bedroom and so they have very generously given us two new bedside tables from Ikea which match our wardrobes. We bought those after we got married (as this was a man's house before I moved in there was no where near enough storage :o) - and it has been the bain of my hubby's life ever since!) I know bedside tables don't seem very exciting but we had so much fun together deciding on a gift - with plenty of tea and coffee and cake (yum yum in our tums!) for sustenance!! - that it made it very special!!! In truth any time with them is extra special!
Anyway I'm about to sign off as I must get some design work done but I would like to direct you to the blog of one person who really does - and has for a while - inspired my designs and style. I love the articles she has written both for Creativity! and other magazines. Her designs are often fun and she has a wonderful was of using and creating characters - but I also love it when she does "shabby chic" and when she distresses her designs. She just really is amazingly talented!!! Her name is Jo Kill and you may have seen her regularly in our UK magazines. If you haven't been to her blog then click here and go and get even more up to date inspiration!!! Enjoy!!!
Until next time - probably Sunday now!!!
Have loads of fun crafting!
Sunday, 8 March 2009
Apologies for my absence of a couple of days but I have been hard at work locked in my "mad" studio creating for an up and coming issue of Creativity! and thought I would just pop a quick post on here before I finish the wordy bit to accompany the projects involved...
Do excuse the pun in the title... my brain may have been candy floss earlier this week but today it is mush, pure and simple.... to match the theme of animal templates I've been working on I thought I would share this card with you - its so simple and would make and ideal kids project as well as a great one to make for kids of all ages!!!
This card also came into being as a response to the clearance demo challenge I had last weekend! In this one I revisited old Papermania Designer papers and fell back in love with the daisy background - it had to be daisy covered grass now didn't it!?!?! I can see this one cropping up in several of my new designs!!!
As you can see my artistic talents in drawing stretch to those of a six year old so the sheep is oh so simple to do - basically a cloud, an easy face and some sticky out bits for legs!!! Come on you can do it too - you know you can!!! I'm also big into the googly eyes for these little critters - they just add such character!
On my card I've used supercalifragalistic (if i've spelt that wrong I stand corrected - I used to be able to say it backwards when I was young but no hopes now - the grey cells aren't what they used to be!) sparkling Sugar Coated doodlebug cardstock - go get some if you don't have it - you won't regret it!!!! If you want a more natural fluffy effect go for the flocked version by the same company - its seriously touch feely and if you are a paperstroker like me it will satisfy any urges!!! :o)
I'm sorry for the completely naff and corny sentiment but sometimes it just has to be done! These are the tiny little simply sweet rub ons by Doodlebug - they fit in anywhere, and can be used on all sorts of medium - ribbon, buttons, metal, brads (see Becky's 21st birthday card below), wood, glass etc etc etc... go on you know you want some!!!
Wednesday, 4 March 2009
I was absolutely delighted to see that one of the hottest colour combinations this season is grey with A.N.-other colour!!! It reminded me that I had still to share my "You're so Tweet" card with you.
Personally I love to experiment with colour and style whatever we are being told is the next best thing and this was one of those occasions. I wanted to show in my demo's that you really don't have to go with the flow but by being a little adventurous you can create something that stands out from the crowd and is unique. I know this colour combination isn't to everyone's taste but believe me it works in any mix of shades so play around with the same design to appeal to the recipient.
I've also been having fun with making my own templates and paper piecing designs - I have to tell you they HAVE to be simple designs - I'm no artist!!! Anyone who has been to my demo's knows the story of me being kicked out of art classes when I was 11 - I'm sure my art teacher would turn in her grave to know what I get up to these days!!! :o) Bless her....
Recently I've been messing about with animals and birds so this card shows one of my ultra simple little characters. I have a couple more to show you in coming days.
Scallops continue to be popular in designs and I love to cut my own. I rarely use a cutter or punch, preferring to get out my scissors and "Just go for it!" giving a different pattern every time!! Punch holes with a cropadile and your done - don't be afraid to have a go at this. Its oh so simple!!!
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
A couple of posts ago I mentioned I had a clearance demo last Saturday and I had been challenged to look back at old products and come up with some new designs.
A few years back Papermania had a Vibrant colossal paper pack and when I revisited itthis weekend I really enjoyed working with the simple designs. The joy of it was that whichever colour you used in the pack, all the designs in that colour co-ordinated so really all you needed to do was to choose your favourites. Here I have taken two of the blue papers and made a collage style background. I've added holographic glitter glue to the white dots on the dotty background and then fashioned a flower with a felt flower head and some papermania ribbon. Some inking with fluid chalk inks, simple doodling and a metal butterfly prised off a Papermania hand made topper (fold wings back for dimension) finished it off. The simplest of designs to accomplish but hopefully one you'll like!
Monday, 2 March 2009
I haven't put a piccie on there yet because I'm not very photogenic and i don't have a nice picture of me to put on here. when I do you can see what I look like - if you don't already know that is!!!
Lots of love until tomorrow when I'll get the old camera out and take some more piccies of my cards!
Sunday, 1 March 2009
Firstly I have to thank all you lovely ladies on the Isle of Wight who came to see me at Crafting Around yesterday for our Clearance demo. What bargains you all took home - thanks for making it such a successful day!!! It was, as always, lovely to see you all and to share lots of tips and techniques with you!!!! For me it was a challenge to revisit old products but as time goes on we all develop our styles and techniques and it was wonderful to look on these fabulous products with a fresh eye and see what i could do with them now!!! I hope you were all pleased with the results!!! I will post the pictures of the projects you all enjoyed the most on here over the coming week so don't forget if there was something you liked you can always come back on here to jog your memory!!! And for those of you who couldn't make it I hope that the designs to come will inspire you to drag products out, dust them off and look at them afresh. Its amazing what you can do with all those goodies you have packed away.
Now today's offering goes back a week or two - my goodness how time flies - to my bestest boy's Valentine's card. We don't do big things on Valentine's day - we have our own little ritual of KFC and a bottle of pink Cava (given to us by my mom and dad every Christmas) infront of a video. I know its daft but its our little tradition and we look forward to it!!!
So this year, after a very tough year personally, I wanted to tell him just what a special person he is to me. In this card I stamped and paper pieced my favourite Forever Friends stamp and used Basic Grey (LUUUUURRRRRVVVVEEEE Basic Grey) luscious cupcake papers. Its bright and bold but I was so pleased with the outcome. I hope you like it too and that it inspires you to grab those bold and sassy papers and not to be afraid to go mad in your own designs!!! Grab those sunglasses now!!!!
Friday, 27 February 2009
Its a beautiful morning here down South and as you can see I am up and about early posting on to here. I'm about to rush out the door to work before returning to make some samples for tomorrow. If I don't get on here now it will all be lost in the melee of creativity which will be taking over our household later on today!!!!
I'm incredibly surprised at the speed the pc is letting me type into my blog today (hoorah!!!)- Friday is PC scan day - my hubby set it up that way (I think - or did it just set itself that way and am I falsely accusing him of setting it up on a weekday when I am often really busy and could do without the whole system being dragged down to snail pace....) Probably the latter - he is usually so good with these things!!! :o) Bless him where would I be without him.... LURRVEEE him to bits!!!
Anyway, today's post moves away from cards and papercrafting for the day! I tinker with beads and jewellery - its that sort of sat in front of the TV and really can't sit there still (despite hubby's best efforts) and so I have to create something. The little offering below is what I made for Becky (see post further) down for her 21st Birthday. As you can see I tied the colours of the card and the bracelet in together. I just love these bracelets - they are elasticated and make a perfect base to add charns and beads to your own design. You can add a large focal bead to make a simple, stylish design or really go all out for it as I have done here and add lots of charms and beads.