Friday, 27 December 2013

Getting back in to blogging!

Well it's been over 12 months since I posted on here so I have made a new year's resolution to update my blog and my docraft's gallery. How long it will last I don't know but I am going to try and do it anyway!
Here is my Christmas village card made using Xcut Build-a-scene dies. With the addition of some irridescent glitter and battery lights, I have managed to bring it to life. Hope you like it x

Monday, 24 September 2012

A few cards

 I thought I should update my blog. I know, I know...I am rubbish at this sort of thing but I decided to add a little post with some pictures of my recent cards.
Since I was on here last, I have been on holiday to Spain with my husband. We had six days in the hot sunshine in a tiny villa perched up in the hills of Frigiliana (Southern Spain). It was absolutely beautiful with breathtaking scenery and peace and quiet. We desperately needed a break after a year of working hard so we just chilled by our pool and came back refreshed and relaxed.
Back to work now though with lots of projects, demos and shows to plan for.
During the next couple of months I will be demoing all over the place so I have listed where I will be during October in case you want to come and say hello!

September 29th H G Crafts, Poynton
October 6th Craft Central, Freeport, Fleetwood
October 13th High Legh Garden Centre, Nr Knutsford
October 20th Wilmslow Garden Centre, Wilmslow

All the demos start at 10am and finish at 4pm and are free events so do come along if you are in the area!

Off to play with my new Xcut dies now...yummy!!!!

Sheila x

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Here goes...

Well, as usual, I have left my blog untouched again for months! I just can't find time to keep it updated. BUT...I am going to try my best from now on to post as often as I can.
It's been a busy few months for me with docrafts demos, Creativity magazine commissions, Create and Craft / Ideal World shows along with their first ever crafting cruise and the docrafts Open event which lasted for almost a week. I could now do with a holiday to relax and unwind!
Having a job which involves crafting every day is both a joy and a privilege but it can get extremely challenging sometimes when you have to continually create project after project. If you wake up feeling 'uncreative' or 'not in the mood', it can make reaching deadlines very difficult! That doesn't stop me loving every minute though and just being able to sit and make a project at my desk every day is a wonderful thing.

Here are a few cards I made for my current loop of demos in docrafts stockists.
These projects were made using Forever Friends Best of British, Papermania's Bexley Black from the Capsule collection and the wonderful Wellington Bear.
My next demonstrations using these lovely products will take place on Saturday the 16th June at The Range in Rochdale and Sunday the 17th at HG Crafts in Poynton.

Now don't forget to keep popping back, I will be updating regularly starting today!!!

Thanks for visiting,
Sheila x

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Happy 2012!

January is here so that means we are al back to work and ready for some new crafty projects with new crafty products!
Docrafts have once again brought us lots of new items to play with including the fun 'Hot Diggety Dog range', the wonderful 'Portabello Road' collection and some beautiful new colours in the Papermania 'Capsule Collection' which always proves to be popular with everyone...particularly this time, those gorgeous BIG paper flowers!

I had my first weekend of demos at Craft Central in Fleetwood and The Range in Wigan. I must admit, I struggled through as I wasn't very well and spent the whole day coughing and sneezing. I tried to be happy and enthusiastic but it was hard because I felt exhausted and blocked up. Anyway, it was nice to see lots of crafting friends at both events and I enjoyed both days regardless of the germs!

On the 24th and 25th of January we have a docrafts Pick of the Day launching on Idea World at 9pm so try and tune in if you can, there will be some nice products on there. I am just about getting started with my demo prep and samples for those shows so I am looking forward to heading down to Peterborough again for the launch.

Better get back to crafting now!

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Three days in a row

Yes I have posted every day now for three days AND added photos too!
Here is the card we made at my club last night using the Papermania Noel stamps. I love this snowman. We used backing papers from the Docrafts Digital Designer cd-rom, a Sizzix embossing folder and some adhesive gems from docrafts too. Everyone added some glitter and sparkle to finish off their card in true Christmas fashion.

Right, now I am off to close the curtains and hide from the stormy weather that's hit the UK today.
Cheerio x

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Another creation for the Festive season!

Well, here is my lantern that I made on Sunday. I bought the amazing template from the Craft range in Burnley about 2 months ago and haven't had time to make it. So on Sunday morning, I decided to get some cream card off the shelf and have a go. It took about three hours and I really enjoyed myself cutting, sticking and inking.
I added a flickering candle inside (which I got free with the template) to make it more authentic then we turned out all the lights in the lounge and I sang 'O come all ye faithful' as I carried it in!
"Very good" was my husband's comment, a man of few words!
I am hoping to add some embellishments to it...maybe some trailing ivy or snow. I will keep you posted on here of any changes though.

Bye for now x

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Christmas projects

Oh I am so pleased that December is here and I can finally start to slow down with work. This has been such a busy year and 2012 looks set to be just as busy. In the meantime though, I am looking forward to tidying and cleaning my house in preparation for the Christmas tree and decorations...I love going out to choose a tree, it takes me forever though as I choose about 10, then narrow it down to five, then three, then two and finally...I decide!
Talking of Christmas trees, we made an Advent calendar at my craft club two weeks ago using a Christmas tree cake stand as the base. With the help of my Cricut machine, I cut 8 small boxes for the top layer. The middle and bottom layers needed bigger boxes so I had to make templates for these. To cut a long story short, I spent two days cutting out 160 small boxes on the Cricut and then copied 320 larger boxes on my scanner then printed them out! That's 480 boxes in total and that was before decorating them and cutting out the numbers too.
I think my craft group enjoyed making them though so I thought I would share a photo with you here.
Hope you like it too x

Monday, 17 October 2011

I know, I know... has been months since I blogged!
Life is so busy these days that I don't have time for anything except work. So much has happened since I was last on here that it would be impossible to fill you in.
So, I will try to blog more often from now on. It won't be every day but will be more frequent than twice a year!
Docrafts are keeping me very busy which is great as it means there is always work for me. Being self-employed means every day is different and it can be very busy or very quiet, so I am thankful for the work I keep getting.
October is usually a quiet month for me but not this year. So far, I have had 3 store demos, 9 hours on Create and Craft, 2 craft clubs. I still have 1 local demo remaining, Creativity tv filming, more hours on Create and Craft and a weekend of demos at the Glitter Pot in Sussex. Oh yes, I almost forgot...magazine prep with a November the 1st deadline. All this amounts to many hours of prep, many hours of travelling and not much sleep!
I have a new phone too now so I am going to Bluetooth some of my photos across to my laptop then you can see some of my latest creations. Watch this space.....

Saturday, 2 April 2011

One year on...

Yes, it has been more than a year since I wrote on my blog page, isn't that terrible?!!
So much has happened over that time and I can't begin to tell you everything because it would probably take me a year to write it!

So, it is the 2nd April 2011 and I am having a little rest from my busy life as a crafter. The whole of March has been taken up by docrafts demonstrations, filming Creativity tv down in Bath followed by four days of Card making workshops at the Olympia exhibition halls in London. It's been such a busy month so the next couple of weeks will allow me to re-charge my batteries ready for my next spell of work.

For those of you that know me, you may remember that we had a little black cat called Jess. She was my baby and we had her with us for 15 years. Unfortunately, she took a turn for the worse in June 2010 and we had to let her go. We were very sad and missed her being around.
So in August we decided to get a couple of kittens from a rescue centre in Blackpool. After looking at many kitties, we found two tabbies (brother and sister), who now have made their home with us. Lester and Sadie are their names and they are just two crazy bundles of fun and frolics...they really are cute! So they keep me busy and snuggle up with me on the sofa when I am lonely, hee hee!

It is time for me to finish my Mother's day card now for tomorrow so I will make sure I keep blogging from now on.
Bye for now x