Friday, 11 December 2009

I have been a non-blogger for months...

but now I am going to try and post on here at least once a week!

I have been a very busy crafter since September and have had a really heavy workload. I seem to be winding down now though and can start to think about Christmas shopping and decorating our tree at last.
I was working at the SECC in Glasgow in October and the NEC in Birmingham at the Hobbycrafts and Crafts for Christmas show on behalf of Prima. I was in the demonstration theatre making cards and projects using a Canon photo printer. It was a bit nerve-racking at first but once I got into the flow, I really enjoyed myself. It was a great opportunity and a very worthwhile experience and I am looking forward to being part of it next year if I get offered the work!
Along with my three craft groups and evening classes, demos, shows and other projects, I have had no time to do anything for myself and my house is slowly turning into a junk shop rather than a home!
So, today, I am going to catch up on laundry, cleaning of skirting boards, emptying of the magazine rack and making room for a Christmas tree in my lounge. Then I will catch up on some of my favourite tv programmes while I make tea and iron...yippee!
I am hoping to make some cards too this weekend and maybe post one or two pictures on here.

Okay off to do some chores. Bye for now! x

Friday, 7 August 2009

Welcome back to blogging Sheila!!!


Hi everyone,
It's been 2 months since I was on here which will indicate just how busy I have been. Haven't had a minute free to blog or view other blogs but now I have two weeks off and may get back into the routine of posting on here when I can.
Today I have posted a card on Clare's blog for the Colour challenge which is 'Summer'. So here is my attempt at something summery.....even though the Robin stamp is from the latest Do Craft's Christmas Goody Bag!! If you paint him in blue and yellow, he stops looking like a robin and starts to resemble 'Orville the duck' (from my youth!!!)
Tomorrow we are going to the microlight flying club (where my husband is a member) to enjoy the 'fly-in' where approximately 40 planes will be landing and taking off. We will fly round too so it should be exciting particularly as the weather is going to be good.
I hope you all have a fun weekend and I will be back on here with some photos on Sunday.
Cheerio for now x

Thursday, 11 June 2009

Lots of changes

It's been a busy week again with lots of good things happening and some sad things too.
Firstly, my sister who lives in California called to tell us that her American brother-in-law had died after a short but awful bout of suffering and as he was just 45 years old they are absolutely shocked and devastated. I met him 2 years ago along with the rest of my sister's in-laws and they are such a lovely family to be part of. We are heartily sorry for their loss.
My friend Robert who has also been very sick and in hospital for 8 weeks is now just starting to recover slowly. He can sit up and speak a little and is laughing at my jokes so he must be feeling better! Fingers crossed that he progresses fast.
My cat was ill earlier this week too so we were worried about her and I was watching her every move for 2 days. Anyway, she seems to be getting better and is mooching in a carrier bag full of craft stuff as I type so that suggests that she's getting back to normal!

I am expecting my friend Clare to call me soon as she returned from her Do Crafts expedition today so I am dying to hear all about her trip and what she got up too while she was there. Will be good to hear her voice again.

On the crafting side of things, I am busy making up some samples for a QVC show later in June. I have also started to run the craft club sessions at my local education centre along with my own Wednesday club (Meet the Flockers!). I am about to start my PTLLS course which runs for 5 weeks. PTLLS stands for - 'Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector' which will mean I can teach cardmaking classes in the local college. It will be hard work along with all my demos, clubs and other work that I have but it will be challenging, satisfying and a great opportunity to earn a better living especially with the economic crisis being as it is at the moment. May be able to save up and buy a bigger house with a HUGE craft room!!!!! At last, I think I have decided what I want to be when I grow up...a professional full-time crafter, HOW FAB!
Well it's now supper time for me so I will go and watch a bit of telly with a bowl of cereal.
Good night everyone x

Friday, 5 June 2009

Back to the land of blogging!






I have not been on here for so long due to being a busy bee again! You know what it's like don't you?!!
We managed to ge a day off last weekend so went up to my in-laws caravan just for a break from computers, phones and general 'town' noise. It is just situated in the Eden valley in a place called King's Meaburn, it is very green, very peaceful and very lovely. As the weather was great, I managed to snap a few photos in and around the most fantastic garden centre. It overlooks the Yorkshire Dales and it has so many plants that I didn't know which way to turn. With the temperature in the high 20's and the sun beaming down on us, it felt like we were in Greece...lovely. The purple flower in one of the pictures is an Alyium and I was so taken with it that I had to buy one, so it is now standing in my garden waiting to be planted!
Well I am off to get some demo prep done now for tomorrow and then check my list of jobs to see what's next...oh gosh, it's never ending!
Have a good day everyone.
Sheila x

Thursday, 21 May 2009

Craft Club Anniversary


Last night at Craft club we celebrated 2 years of being together which is fantastic. A big Thank you to all the lovely ladies who have crafted every Wednesday and made our club a fun and enjoyable place to be.
We all had cake (as you can see from the above photo) to celebrate our anniversary and to officially name our club 'Meet the Flockers'. We now all have a membership card each and an official tattoo on our bottoms....no that's just a joke!!! We don't have tattoos!
I also received the most beautiful bunch of roses from one of the members and they are now in full bloom on the fireplace. Thank you Nicki!!

We have extremely heavy rain here today so I think I will stay home and either craft or tidy up, I can't decide...maybe a bit of both as I have the house to myself. My husband left here at 6am this morning to be in Harrogate for 9. He is a professional musician and is playing for an award ceremony tonight hosted by Lenny Henry, so he has an all day rehearsal before the show in the evening. He will be shattered when he gets back at 2 in the morning. No doubt he will want to give me all the details on his return, even if it's 2am, he likes to tell me EVERYTHING that happened over the course of the day. I can't wait!!!!
Hope you all have a good day today wherever you are.
Sheila x

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

My forgotten blog!

I can't believe that it is 18 days since I have been on here...is that good or bad? It is good in that it means I have been very, very busy working my crafting socks off but on the other hand it is bad because it means I have been working so much that I haven't had time to do anything other than work! Does that make sense?
Anyway, I have a couple of free days this week so yesterday, I had a little trip to the hospital to see my friend Robert who has been very ill recently. He is still in Intensive Care but was awake and moving his arms and leg a bit and actually smiled at me a few times. We even held hands too which is fantastic considering he was unconscious last week. It looks like he is slowly getting better, thank goodness.
Well...tomorrow is Craft club and it is 2 years since we got up and running. I can't believe it. I am so pleased and very thankful to all my lovely members who come along every week through wind and rain. They are a wonderful group of ladies and I love each and every one of them. So tomorrow evening, we will have our usual crafting session with the raffle and we will celebrate as we craft with sweets and laughter. We will also be officially naming our club. After many weeks of pondering over names and ideas, we finally came up with 'Meet the Flockers'!!! Isn't that funny?! The ladies started using the flocking powders recently and love them so much that every week they just crack jokes with the word 'flock' in them. So if you have used flocking yourself and also enjoy comedy films like 'Meet the Fockers' you will understand how the name became very appropriate for the club. I am really looking forward to our meeting tomorrow night. I am proud that my little club is still going 2 years later...fantastic!!!
Have a good day everyone!
Love Sheila x

Friday, 1 May 2009

A beautiful sunny morning

Yes, that's right. The sun is shining and there's not a cloud in sight. I am sitting at the dining-room table with the patio doors open and my little black cat is snoozing on the mat by the door enjoying the warmth of the sun on her shiny black coat. At the same time, my husband snores away upstairs, enjoying the thought of his well-earned day off I expect!!
I have a little demo tomorrow and Monday at Craftworld in the Lowry Retail outlet in Salford, Manchester so if you're in the area, pop in and say hello. I will be there from 10-4 making cards, boxes and anything else I can turn my hand to! Have still got a little prep to do for that which I will finish today.
I am also contemplating whether or not to drive over to Bury Market in Lancashire this morning. My mum and I keep saying we will go and have a mooch there but we never seem to get round to it. Some of my friends visit the little craft stall there where there are bargains to be had, so that would be our main reason for going, obviously.
I haven't got any cards to show you today because I haven't really made many this week but if you buy the new issue of Creativity! magazine which is out today, you will see some of my projects in there.
Have a good day x

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Sometimes life can be cruel.

I have had a strange day today. On Sunday, we heard that a friend of ours who was diagnosed recently with MS had taken a turn for the worse and was seriously ill in hospital. He is only 30 and after hearing the news I just haven't been able to get him out of my mind. So I nipped up to the hospital this afternoon. He is really ill and I can't believe the change in him since January. I sat by his bedside today and spoke to him even though he was sleeping all the time and in the last 2 hours of me sitting here thinking about him, I feel really down and upset about him. My head aches with fighting back my tears so now I am having a little cry about him after speaking to his Dad on the phone.
I really hope that he can find some strength from somewhere to help in what might be a long recovery process. We have to stay hopeful and keep our fingers crossed.

I don't want to end my post with unhappy news so I will tell you about a lovely craft shop in a local town which a friend told me about 2 weeks ago. It seems like the shop has been open for two years and I had absolutely no idea!! So I paid a visit there and it is very nice with pleasant staff, lots of stock and tonnes of stamps.....so I will be visiting there again and telling everyone about it. They have also just opened a Coffee Shop within the Craft store so what could be better? Coffee, cake and crafting all at the same time.............JOY! 
Bye for now, Sheila x

Project of the week

For those of you who are Do Crafts followers, you may have already seen my card for this week over on the website. This project had to mainly feature the Quickutz Squeeze so I cut the letters from it but also cut around the metal dies to create the little 'Course work' file. Add some rub-ons and a couple of tiny jump rings and 'Hey Presto'...your completed ring binder! Cocktail sticks were used to make the pencils and pen. A bit of vellum around the cocktail stick and some silver outline sticker borders brought the miniature pen to life which I was really pleased about. There's no greater joy than fiddling around with tiny bits and pieces to come up with something fun. I would love to be the person who was put on a desert island with a hut to build...I would be in my element!!!
Anyway, I had better get some sleep now, it's bedtime again. 
Goodnight x

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Colour challenge


Here is my card for the colour challenge over on Clare's Signature range blog. Kath and I chose to use Turquoise and Yellow for this week's challenge so here is my completed project.
I went to a craft show yesterday at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool and I took my mum along for the day. I bought some clear stamps, jewllery findings, charms and chains, Magic foil card, More Copic markers and some Merino Roving from which I can make felt beads and balls for jewellery. 
Today I have done a few jobs around the house and spent 2 hours playing my saxophone in preparation for my gig tomorrow. We have a rehearsal at 10 in the morning and then our gig starts at 12.30pm so we are looking forward to spending the day at the jazz club, it should be a good concert.
Maybe tomorrow night I will make some cards or maybe practise my jewellery making again!
Have a good day everyone.
Sheila x

Thursday, 23 April 2009

It just goes to show...

...that a little goes a long way!!
I am of course talking about a little incident that happened here about 30 minutes ago.
I reversed my car off the drive so that my husband could get his car out to go to work. As I sat at the opposite side of the street with my engine running, I noticed that after Richard had reversed out, he got out of his car and walked back onto the drive looking very puzzled. He then returned to his car thoroughly checking the bodywork before getting back in. Intrigued, I left my car running and got out to investigate further. As I walked onto the drive, I saw a totally flattened bottle of 'Anita's Tacky glue'.....it must've rolled out of my craft bag last night when I came home from my craft club and lodged itself behind my front tyre without me noticing. Obviously as I reversed over it, the pressure of the car's weight totally splattered it and the lid shot across the lawn (at approximately 75 mph!) followed by a hefty trail of white glue covering both the paving stones and the grass, stopping 2 feet short of my neighbours drive!!!  Wow what a spectacle! So I have just spent the last 15 minutes clearing the glue off the drive with hot soapy water and a stiff brush. Then came the difficult bit.....have you ever tried washing a lawn?!! Well I managed it with an all purpose cloth and another jug of hot, soapy water. I must admit that once it has dried, I am looking forward to seeing if it gives the grass that same clear, glossy finish that it does when you put it on a card, ha ha! 
I will keep you updated anyway so make sure you stay 'glued' to my blog..............!!! x

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

A final Good-bye

We are up early today as we have a long drive to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne to my Husband's Grandma's funeral. It's one of those days that everyone dreads but has to be part of. I am sure there will be many tears but lots of happy memories too as we say Goodnight to Grandma. She was a bit of a party girl in her youth and liked nothing better than a cigarette and a whisky as was the fashion in the 1930's. So we will have a toast to her long life and be thankful that she is now without the suffering that she has endured over the past year or two. She will be happy now I expect, as her spirit will al last be with Grandad Alfie, her life long love of over 60 years. It will also be sad for me too as today would've been my Dad's 75th Birthday had he lived to see it. He died in 1974 when he was just 39 so no doubt he will be in my mind too even though my memories are few as I was very young when he died.  But...when I get up on a funeral day and the sun is shining, then I don't feel quite as bad and I think it helps everyone feel a little less sad. 
I don't want this post to sound miserable so I hope that you all have a lovely day whatever you do and remember that life is short, so enjoy it while you can.
Love Sheila x

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Sunday, at last!

Gosh I am so thankful, for today because I can actually relax with no deadlines to meet or demos to prepare for. 
I spoke to my younger sister on the webcam last night. She lives in California and we don't get to see each other very often, but she surprised us last night with news of a short trip here in July. Her husband has bought tickets for her to come and watch an opera in Manchester (as her 40th Birthday present). The music from the opera has been written by Rufus Wainwright, with whom she is obsessed, and that is her reason for coming. We are so excited to see her and are now busy trying to find some cheap flights for her. I can't wait for her to get here!

Anyway in the meantime and as part of my relaxation, I am going to meet up with a couple of girls from the band I play with and we are going to have a run through a few pieces of music. We all play saxophone and even though we have played this music a million times, we just need to refresh our memory on it before next Sunday's concert. The director of the band has pulled some music out of the band's library from many moon's ago so we need a quick 'refresher' to lock all those notes back into our brains!


After that, I shall be chillin' and that will be lovely. Hope you all manage to do the same!
Enjoy the day!! x

Friday, 17 April 2009

Limited supplies challenge

Here is my entry for last weeks 'Stamping Chic' Blog. We were limited to using just one shape and everything on the card had to be the same shape. So here's my little handbag and change purse using only semi-circles. I didn't realise how hard this would be till I started it though!!! Very busy at the moment and have just enrolled on a course at one of our local adult education centres. This involves a 5 week course where I will be qualify to become a tutor there teaching card-making and crafting. How good is that? There is already a lot of work waiting due to a shortage of craft tutors so this might mean some good quality work for me with the local authority. The course is to start in June so I will be busy from then on as I still have my lovely Do Crafts demos to do along with my weekly craft club. This must be the best job in the world!

Don't forget to tune in to QVC at 4pm today to watch Clare doing her 'Papermania Hour'.....should be fun!!!

Saturday, 11 April 2009

D.I.Y Flower Challenge

Here is my completed card for the challenge on Clare's blog for last week. It was to make flowers from scratch so this is my attempt at doing just that. I have cut some petals freehand, then chalked the edges and added a little detail with a fine marker. I have coiled some tapered strips around a paintbrush using the same paper, then fed wire through the centres and placed them in the centre of the flower. I have also added some curly strips of Core'dinations card and glued these to the  centre also. Each petal point has a white pearl attached to complete the look.
To see the rest of the design team's projects, look here, they are fab x  

Friday, 10 April 2009

Good Friday, Sad Friday

We just had news this morning that my husband's Grandma passed away at 12.10am, so we are sad today. I have always looked on his Grandma as my grandma too because I have known her since 1985 and she treated me like her own Grandaughter, so yes I am sad that she is no longer with us.  She has suffered in the last 12 months after falling and having many strokes and when we visited her up in Newcastle 3 weeks ago, she was mainly sleeping and totally unaware that we were there. But at 93 years old, she has lived her life to the full and is now no longer suffering so we are all grateful for her pain to have left her. We shall all miss her lots.

I am supposed to be spending today preparing for my demo tomorrow and Monday, but my heart isn't quite in it today after news of Grandma, so maybe I will just relax and think this morning then may feel like crafting after lunch. I will just see.....

I hope you all have a lovely Bank Holiday weekend and I hope to be back on here later maybe with a card or two.
Happy Easter! x




Thursday, 9 April 2009

Craft club card revealed!!

Here is the little card we made at the club last night. This  was a really inexpensive card to make because the card blanks and envelopes were just 59p for a pack of 8 from the discount store in town, the lovely pink heart pins were £1.99 for 50 from a local floristry wholesalers along with the bright pink 'pull bow' ribbon which was just £2.69 for 25 metres. Oh I do love a bargain!!! The photo quality isn't great, which makes the colours quite pale, but at least you can see the card.
Don't forget to visit here to keep up with this weeks technique challenge over on Clare's Signature Range blog. The design team have made some delightful projects this week. Go on, get over there and see what's happening!
Have a good day! x

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Club project for tonight

Here is a little peek at part of the project we will be doing at the club tonight. We will be mainly using pinks, black and white along with ribbons, flowers, card and these delightful heart pins which you can see in the photo to come up with a little card that most 'girlie' girls would love!
Will show the full photo tomorrow. Pop back and see! x

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Colour challenge card

Here is a card I made last week for Clare Curd's Signature Range blog which you can see here.
Kath and myself decided to go with Pink and Black as the colour theme so if you hop on over to the blog, you will be able to see all the design team's entries. They are lovely and all very different from each other. Pop over there and have a little look!
I still seem to be quite busy with one thing and another so am hoping to have a little 'craft-free' time this afternoon then I can cut the lawns while the sun is shining. I may change my plans though at any time and just forget the grass for today and make a card instead!
Have a nice day x 

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Sunday.....a day of rest???

No rest for me today. I just can't seem to stop doing stuff. I don't know when I last sat down on the couch to relax. I have even started watching tv during the evenings from the leather chair in my craft room, how bad is that? 
So today, while my hubby went to tinker with his microlight at the airfield, I decided to have a bit of a tidy and yes you guessed it...I  ended up moving my desk around so that I could see the huge display board from the Olympia show which has my card printed on it! If you look at the photo you will see how big it is and why I like it. I can't believe that my little card has been blown up to 1.5m x1.5m. Oh I am thrilled about it and am so happy that Do Crafts let me bring it home...I am dying for someone to come round so that I can show it to them!!!


So now I am going to unpack my bags from yesterday's demo then maybe have a play with my new Cuttlebug which I got from the show last week. I will be able to put it on the shelf then next to all my other die-cutters that I never use!!!
See ya later!

Friday, 27 March 2009

Back home and still making cards!!!

Well I arrived back home on Tuesday evening after a long drive home from Dorset.
We left here on Wednesday the 18th and drove to the Olympia in London to set up for the show the following day. We arrived in the building and headed to our own areas where we started to unpack boxes and set up the tables, materials and tools for the workshops. Beckie Dreyer was hosting the scrapbook workshop and I was doing the card-making. Clare was in the demonstration theatre in the basement demoing her new Signature range.
I could see some advertising boards in my area, two of them which showed one of my projects which I made for the Do Crafts website. I was thrilled to see the huge 1.5m square panels and was given permission to take one home after the show. It is now hanging on the wall of my craft room and I love it!!
Here is a photo of my workshop once it was set up. If you look carefully, you can see the board with my card on, it is to the right of the one with the three punches on. 



It was such a fantastic experience to be part of and I loved it. My feet were what suffered most and I ended up in stocking feet by the end of the first day and there were 3 more days to go! Anyway, I wore my flat shoes for the rest of the week and that seemed to help. They are still suffering a little though.
The workshops went really well for all of us and we had lots of positive comments and good feedback from the customers who attended, so thank you to them for coming along. It was nice to meet lots of passionate crafters and some total beginners too.
So today, I have been making samples for my demo tomorrow and posting my colour challenge card on Clare's blog. You can see it here if you are interested. 
Better get back to crafting now...I have to make a couple more samples yet. 
Cheerio x





Friday, 13 March 2009

Getting ready for a busy time ahead


This is one of the cards for my demo tomorrow at The Range in Wigan. I have used some of the new Papermania paper flowers along with the new Stitch templates. If you would like to see any of the new products for March from Do Crafts Craft Essentials promotion leaflet then pop along to a local stockist this weekend to see if there are any demos on.
Aside from my prep for tomorrow, I have a demo on Sunday at Craftworld in Salford, Manchester from 11-5 where I will be demoing a mixture of products.
I am also putting my step-by-step instruction boards together for the Olympia show next week. Once these are done, I have to make some cards to celebrate.....Birth of a baby for this Saturday, Pregnancy news card asap, Father-in-law's Birthday on Sunday, Nephew's 2nd Birthday on Thursday, 2 Mother's Day cards for next Sunday, Project of the Week for Do Crafts website by Monday and a challenge card for Clare's blog by Tuesday. All these things have to be done before Monday  so as to leave enough time to pack up all my stuff and get ready for my week away from home in London then Dorset. Anybody got any spare hands for sale?!!!!!
I guess not, so I had better get on before I run out of time. Oh yes...I am also currently defrosting the freezer too as I type!!

Wednesday, 11 March 2009

Craft Club Charity evening


Been a busy week for me for lots of reasons but we were extremely busy at my club tonight because we had decided to merge two events into one. The ladies at the club were making cards for the Marie Curie Appeal which is run by Do Crafts every year. Also, my nephew and his friend had been making bookmarks for 2 weeks to try and raise money for Red Nose Day. This was a fantastic idea considering they had thought it up themselves (they are only 5 and 6 years old!) and they have been buzzing with excitement all week since I said they could come and sell them at my craft club this evening! Anyway it all went well and they made quite a bit of money but not sure on the total raised yet! They did a bit of crafting with us too so all in all it was a good night for everyone. They had made some signs to place on their stall, one which read 'Buy 1 bookmark for £1.10 or buy 2 for £35 or buy 3 for £14, All money welcome Thank you'.....this made us all laugh as you can imagine! Bless their little hearts.
Anyway we all enjoyed it and the ladies made some lovely cards to be sent to Do Crafts for the Marie Curie Appeal as you can see from the picture.

So a big Thank you to both the children and my ladies for all their hard work in supporting these good causes.
 

Sunday, 8 March 2009

CCSR Paper Piecing Challenge

Good morning! 

Here is my attempt at the Paper Piecing Challenge using this great range of Clare's.

While I was thinking about making this card, I came up with the idea of swapping the stamps around a little to make another girl out of the existing two in the collection. So by stamping the two girls a few times on to both cardstock and patterned papers, I managed to merge the two together to come up with this hybrid version, complete with paper pieced party outfit in brown and white. I really enjoyed experimenting with this to see if it would work and it did! So meet 'Mixie'.....a 'mixture' of two girls rolled into one! 


 PRODUCTS USED- Clare Curd's Signature Range...Stamping Chic - Party, Sentiments, The Big One papers, 
   Papermania A6 Card blanks - Latte,  Papermania Felt Ribbons, Papermania Adhesive Stones, Papermania Buttons,     Core-dinations Cardstock,  Color Box Fluid Chalk inkpad Dark Brown, Anita's Ribbon Thin Organza, Whispers Brush
   Markers.

Sorry, Sorry, Sorry.

Yes I am sorry for not getting on here for 5 days. This has been one of my busiest weeks for ages, as I have been trying to get lots of projects and write-ups completed for the May edition of Creativity! magazine. The deadline was yesterday and I just managed to get it all finished and emailed by 10.30am yesterday. I was jumping for joy when I had finished it because it had been hard work. So last night I had a couple of drinks to celebrate while out on a gig with the band I play in. 
Some of you will know (and some of you won't), that I play the saxophone and so does my husband, so last night we were playing at the British Legion just near Manchester Airport. They have a monthly jazz session there so we did 3 gruelling sets of Jazz and Big Band music. It is what I like doing best, along with my crafting of course, and the adrenhalin rush is amazing when you play within that group of 16 musicians. The power of the band playing the closely harmonised chords all around you is one of the most amazing experiences you can ever be part of and I am both thrilled and priveleged to be able to do that. I love it so much I could burst! So needless to say we were on a high as we left the club because the band played better than ever and we were just buzzing! Great!
So, tomorrow I will be posting my next card from the Clare Curd Signature range Challenge. I have spent my afternoon completing it in time for a quick photo in the morning and then my posting on here and on the CCSR blog too which you can see here. Don't forget to take a peek every day this week to see what the card designers have been upto!
Till tomorrow....good-night x 

Monday, 2 March 2009

Another Monday morning


These Monday mornings soon come aaround don't they?!
Well I have lots to do for the May edition of Creativity magazine so today I need to get on with that. I had a fun day yesterday with my older sister. She came to my house and we spent the whole day in my craft room. She is making some cards and wanted to cut some big letters and numbers, so out came the Cricut machine and off we went cutting alphabets, balloons and more. We did a bit of stamping too and some embossing and she had a rummage through some of my papers and things. We had a good day and she went home at midnight just 'buzzing' from all the stuff she had put in her bag. She said she was going to get up at 6am cos she couldn't wait to get making cards!!

The card here on my blog is one I made for my Sister and her husband for their Wedding Anniversary. I gave it to her yesterday and she loved it! The Penny Black stamps have been on my shelf for abouut 18 months and I have never stamped with them until now. What a silly girl I am for not using them earlier eh?

Anyway, I had an early wake up call this morning from the Parcel force man. He was delivering my new March design kit from Do Crafts. Oh there are some lovely lovelies in that box, I can tell you! Will be trying them out as the day goes on.

 Have a nice day everyone x

Saturday, 28 February 2009

What....late twice in the same evening Clare?!!!

Uh Oh!! Clare is late at publishing her last post of the night, due to unforseen circumstances!!!
I have been speaking to her on the webcam but she isn't making much sense. She is however, THOROUGHLY enjoying drinking her Gin and Tonic through a straw!!!! No, seriously she is due to post on her blog at any moment now. Hang around cos it will be worth waiting for, believe me!

Enjoy the last bit of the Party and thank you for all your lovely comments x

Sneaky peek


Here is a sneaky peek of the Colour Challenge card that Clare set for us. Yoou will be able to see this in full view back with Clare later this evening.

Now you need to get on over to Kath's blog to see what she's been creating. Enjoy the party!

Sketch Challenge


Okay, if you have been on Clare's blog, you will see the sketch challenge that she gave to us so here is my completed card. I hope you like it!
For this card I have used the papers from The Big One and the lovely Stampin Chic party. This is a great set because all the extra bits are interchangeable. BUY IT!!!
If you are waiting for the Treasure Hunt question then here it is.....This Design Team member has a crafty helper called 'Buddy'.....who is she?

Back on here in a sec with a sneaky peek of something.....keep watching!

Here we go with the launch then...

Well after a short delay, everything is up and running and you all need to get on over here and check the party out. It's going to be fun with games and prizes and lots of lovely cards made with the Clare Curd Signature Range all designed lovingly by Clare. Hop on over there now to see what's going on. I will be showing you my first project on here in 2 minutes using these lovely products. Don't go away!

Whoops...a slight delay...

Well we have a slight delay on the start of the Launch Party so just hang on to your hats and keep checking the blog. All will be up and running shortly!

Launch Party starting soon!

Well we have got 1 hour and 20 minutes to go before Clare 'Blasts off' with her Signature range. You will be able to join in with all the fun and games here so why not pop on over and see what's happening. There are prizes up for grabs too I believe, so don't let the opportunity pass you by!
Go on...get over there from 6.30pm onwards and enjoy the Launch Party............

Friday, 27 February 2009

All ready for tomorrow night!

Here's a 'fun' Atc from a collection of 12 I made which you will be able to see in the March issue of Creativity which comes out on Sunday  1st March. It may already be in the shops by now of course.
DON'T FORGET...that tomorrow evening at 6.30pm, the launch of Clare Curd's Signature Range will start. It will be like a virtual party and you can all be part of it. There will be photos, music, games and lots of blog-hopping along with some prizes. The Design team have been busy creating projects all week for the 'Big Launch' so get on over to Clare's blog tomorrow night for a look at her lovely range!

I am very busy at the moment with CREATIVITY! Magazine commissions, final planning for the show at The Olympia in London mid-March and working on projects from Clare's range. My demos start in 2 weeks too, both for Do Crafts and privately so I am 'snowed under' to say the least.

Off to do more work now after a short break for tea. No time to waste!
Back on here tomorrow x


Wednesday, 25 February 2009

No time to craft

Yesterday I had a manic day because I had to take my car for it's MOT. Only had it for 12 months so was hoping it would sail through. Anyway...IT FAILED...on a broken front coil spring which apparantley is a problem on Fiat cars and a recall was made in 2006 so that the  parts could be modified. After a full day of ringing Fiat and driving to a different garage and ringing Fiat again then driving home then ringing the garage back...I was totally stressed out and almost at breaking point. To cut a long story short, my car will go into the Fiat dealer and be repaired, probably tomorrow then all will be well. SO, that meant that I missed a day of creating projects forDo Crafts Creativity! mag so I am now a day behind. I also have to start my cards for Clare's 'launch party' on Saturday night. I am probably going to be the last of the design team to get them done. Not very professional eh? Don't worry though. I am starting them tomorrow come what may so they will be ready in time for 6pm on Saturday. Don't forget to join in the fun on the blog!

Right, after a busy night at my craft club, it's pyjamas and bed for me I think.

Be back on here tomorrow with a card or two.
Good night all x

Monday, 23 February 2009

No cards today just cakes!


We didn't have anything to have for our pudding after tea last night so I dug deep into the back of my baking cupboard and found a 'Halloween' themed cake kit. Great! Even though they were totally unseasonal, I thought "what the hell" so I threw them together, banged them in the oven then iced them as quick as humanely possible (as you can see by the photograph)!
The one in the picture is for my special friend Clare who is besotted with 'Wicked' the Musical, plus the witches hat reminds me of our day in London watching  Wicked at the Apollo theatre.
Sorry you can't be here to eat it Clare so I will eat it for you............mmmmm........yummy..........hee hee x

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Let's do lunch...



That's the theme of my card I made today. It has taken me a while to finish cos I started it at 8.30 this morning but in between then and now, I have had lunch, put 3 lots of washing out on the line and spent 2 hours in the garden cutting back dead plants and trees. So after doing that, I had a wash, a quick drink and then came back to to my little room to finish the card I started first thing.
I have used: DCWV 'All Dressed Up' 12 x 12 stack, Versafine ink, Papermania Cardstock, Core'dinations card, Making Memories paper flowers,  Stamps from Horseshoe Crafts, Papermania Adhesive stones, Cotton Candy Stickles and Hobbycraft ribbon. 
I hope you like it!

My package from Do Crafts arrived this morning with Clare's Signature Range stamps and papers so I can get started on some projects with those now in time for the launch party next Saturday evening. Don't forget to join us there at www.clarecurdsignaturerange.blogspot.com
We will be on there all night with sneaky peeks, party poppers and party music. It's gonna be great!
Cheerio x
 

Ready for bed

I have just got into bed after watching tv since 7.30. Just wanted to chill on the settee tonight for a change cos usually I go up into my craft room and make a card or two before bed. Not tonight though...I have enjoyed watching some of the junk tv that adorns our screens night after night. It has also put me in the mood for a good old 'card' session tomorrow I think. I have some stamps that I bought ages ago and still haven't tried them so I am gonna stamp and colour using my Copic markers (which I have hardly used) so I may be able to post some pictuires on here tomorrow evening.
I have missed chatting to my friend Clare on the webcam tonight as she has gone to a Murder Mystery Evening with her husband. It will be fun to hear all about that when I speak to her next.

Okay I have to sleep now...my eyes are almost shut. See ya tomorrrow x 

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Christmas and Spring in February?


This morning when I stepped out onto the patio in my pyjamas for a breath of fresh air, I could see a Thrush sitting on the branch of our tree (he was there yesterday too). He was singing at the top of his voice with the most amazing whistles, chirps, and warbles. I stayed out there (freezing) just to enjoy his birdsong as I couldn't believe how beautiful he looked and sounded. To me, that was the first sign of spring and the beginning of the mating season. I was convinced that he was trying to impress a female somewhere in the distance. At the same time however, there was the most fantastic pine aroma coming from my Christmas tree (which I put outside the house in December because it was still blooming and too nice to recycle). The tree still looks great and the smell when you open the patio door is so powerful that I just have to stand there and breathe it in. If my neighbours look out of their windows and see me on the patio at 6.40am wearing pyjamas, with binoculars round my neck and my eyes shut as I take deep breaths, well...they will think that I have gone round the bend. I am totally sane, honestly, but I just love that peace and quiet before everyone wakes and ruins the atmosphere with engines, ringtones and loud voices.
Just though I would share that with you!
Back later x 

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

I will soon be...

Designing for Clare Curd using her lovely new Signature range which comes out in March. 
Her collection is really nice and I have already got some of the products but I haven't used any of them yet. I am waiting patiently for the 'Go-ahead' from Clare!  Oh it's exciting for me and I can't wait to get stuck in. Pop over here to find out more and meet the rest of her design team while you're there.



Sunday, 15 February 2009

A couple of little quick makes


I was playing tonight with some card, paper and ribbon like you do, and I came up with two little cards. I cut an A6 card in half to make two small ones then stamped two images using my 'Stampin' up' stamps which I got free at a workshop recently. They are cute stamps and give a lovely clear image. I also used pink and black Core'dinations card, organza ribbon, pink brads and pink gems. I may use these as the project at my craft club on Wednesday evening. I really like small cards.....finding envelopes can sometimes be a problem though. But there's always a way round it, if you're a crafter you can make anything, including envelopes!!

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

Here is the card I made for my Husband Richard. He never sends cards but always buys me a gift and so I now have a beautiful lemon orchid to go in my yellow craft room and a box of milk chocolates filled with strawberry...yummy! They also came in a nice box which I think I will be covering once it's empty. He really likes the card I made and was very taken with the We R Memory Keepers red gromlets under the greeting. He said he likes the significance of the two rings (as in wedding rings), but that thought never even crossed my mind when I was making it so I just said 'Yes me too' !! That means that he REALLY REALLY loves me today!

Anyway, have a good day everyone no matter what you do and who you spend it with x

Friday, 13 February 2009

What a great week



Here is my card which features on the Do Crafts website as Project of the week. To find out how to make it just go onto their site and find out all about it. It was made using Papermania's Spring Burst range. Lots of purples, lilacs and bright greens, I love this collection along with the Scrumptious range too!

Got back from 4 days in Dorset last night. Had been to Do Crafts to do some more planning for my card-making workshops at the Olympia show in March. I also got to do a couple of Top Tip videos, one of which you can see on the Do Crafts website from today.
I have been given a few projects to do for the May issue of Creativity magazine so I am looking forward to getting those started. However, I am a little under the weather as I picked up a sore throat and feel a bit rough today so the projects may have to wait till the weekend when I feel a bit more lively.
I hope to be back on here tomorrow so Cheerio till then x
 

Thursday, 5 February 2009

Meet my crafting snow buddy!






Here she is...my little snow assistant waiting to help me out with my crafting.  Wrapped up in her woolly scarf, she is holding Core'dinations card and the new Papermania 'Scrumptious' papers along with a Stick it adhesive runner. Her buttons are Basic Grey and her eyes are made using Papermania metal alphabet rings with Core'dinations card.
If you would like to make a snow assistant to help you out with your crafting, you just need the above items, a 2 twigs, a carrot and some snow!!!!
Have fun x

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

It's february already!

Here is a little photo of some of my teeny weenies which I keep in jars. Teeny weenies are things like brads, buttons, flowers, gromlets, gems etc...how I love them, they are so important to me!

I can't believe that January has gone and we will be in March before we know it. I have been busy over the last few days starting with my demo at The Range in Wigan on Saturday and completing two circle journals which were long overdue. They will be posted on to their owners tomorrow along with my 'Project of the week' for the Do Crafts website for next Wednesday. Tomorrow I have my craft club and then Thursday I will be preparing for my demo at The Range in Rochdale on Saturday. May go to the craft exhibition on Friday in Manchester then Sunday I will be preparing for my trip to Do Crafts in Dorset next Monday till Thursday which I am looking forward to.
I have got lots of sorting to do in this room of mine soon because there is too much stuff and it is really starting to get on my nerves. I am finding it hard to move as every inch of space is taken up with boxes and bags of products, half of which I won't use (impulse buys) and products which I'll never use simply because they are TOO gorgeous! 
There is no cure for this craft disease which we all suffer from and apparently it just gets worse and worse with age. I have had it since I was 6 and am now 42 and the symptoms are still the same. I have heard of death by chocolate but not death by crafting!
Well it's time to get back into the kitchen now to make the tea for hubby and me. I hate housewifery and cooking too. I am currently working on 'how to make a meal using leftover peel-offs, ribbon and vellum'....
See you later x 

Friday, 30 January 2009

Tax return, Arrggghhhhh!

Well I have just completed and submitted my tax return online, oh how I hate filling in forms, adding and subtracting, reading big complicated words that I don't really understand. Why can't I just make the Inland Revenue a pretty card, with my income, expenses and tax due written on one of the new Papermania notelets and popped inside the card!!! That would be lovely wouldn't it?
Anyway, it's done now so I can crack on today with the last bit of prep for my demo tomorrow. It is at The Range in Wigan, Lancashire between 10 and 4 and I will be demonstrating all the lovely new Do Crafts products so pop along if you are in that area...but don't forget your purse!!! 
I have also got to undertake a little 'blog' task today set by my friend Clare on Wednesday, so I shall be doing that this afternoon once I have had my lunch.
Hope to be back on here later with a few little 'tasters' of my demo samples for tomorrow. They will only be tiny snippets though so you will have to come along to the demo to see the full projects, hee hee x

Friday, 23 January 2009

I have been given ANOTHER award!!!

Thank you Clare for this award. As you can see, I have managed to do all the 'linking' on my own today and it has worked so I AM THRILLED, Hee Hee! I can't believe that I have grasped it at last. All thanks to my 'blog' teacher, she helps me out when I am stuck with my 'I T' skills!
Be back on here later today, Cheerio x

Thursday, 22 January 2009

I've been given an award

I have been given this lovely award by Susie. So Thank you Susie for being so kind in giving this to me. Thank you also to my pal Clare for talking me through how to link the blogs and awards together. My computer skills are not the best so I am trying to pick up things as I go along...it may take some time though so be patient!!!

Cheerio x 

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Enjoying a bit of free time

I have some free time over the next week or so to do as I wish so I may be able to catch up on a few jobs around the house. I have got my craft club prep to do and some samples to make up for the Olympia show workshops in March but I can still have some leisure time too I think.
Today I have been watching my friend Clare on Qvc with the Today's Special Value slots every couple of hours. Was nice to see one or two of my cards on there along with Do Crafts' Becky and Jenny's cards too. We worked hard for 3 days last week to make samples with the Purple Cows Trimmer for today's show. Check it out if you can today. It's a great bargain at £29.32!

Next week I am going to spend a day with my older sister Allison as we want to start gathering some information for a scrapbook about our Dad. Unfortunately, he died in 1973 at the age of 39. My sisters and I were 11, 6 and 3 when he died so we have grown up without him and only have vague memories of him and just a handful of  stories to tell. We do however, have a lot of photos and newspaper articles about his life as a musician, so we want to get together all the pictures and information with the help of our mum and come up with a scrapbook about his life. We will each have copies of all the photos but will make our own personal albums along with one for our younger sister Gillian who lives in California. That way, we can hopefully learn a bit more about what he was like. My older sister has struggled for a long time to live without our Dad so I think she particularly needs to do an album to help turn her sadness into what may be happier memories of his life (though short) and share it with her own children. This will be good for Allison and even though she will fill a bucket with tears while we do it, she will feel some relief from her hurting and some peace in her heart once we have completed the albums. I am looking forward to doing it and making a scrapbook to treasure. I will post some of the old black and whites on here once we get going.

I haven't actually posted a photo of a completed project on here since last week so I will try and upload some later today. Maybe a snippet of tomorrow's craft club project if I get the chance.

Bye for now x

Saturday, 17 January 2009

A fab few days in Dorset

Here is part of a card I made last week for a friend who's daughter was 21. She is particularly interested in music and plays drums and piano so this is what I came up with. I made one for her when she was 18 and she loved it so much that she framed it so I hope she likes this just as much.
Got back from Do Crafts in Dorset late on Thurs evening after a productive few days there. Clare and myself drove down there to plan the demos and workshops which we will be doing at the Olympia in London between March 19th - 22nd. I am so excited to be taking part in the show where I will be running 4 card-making workshops per day over 4 days. It will be hard work but it's a fantastic opportunity for me and I can't wait to get stuck into preparing my samples and instructions.
Do Crafts headquarters is a fantastic place with lots of people  working hard in the office on all kinds of designs and projects along with everything else that makes a place like that run smoothly. There is a huge warehouse with millions of craft products on shelves from floor to ceiling and lorries in the delivery bay being filled with orders from dawn to dusk. It is a crafters dream!!!
It  was also nice to meet many of the Do Crafts team in person at last. We ate in the hotel together and met for breakfast too before going to the office. After all the meetings and serious stuff, Clare and I went to the 'Bournemouth Asda' before walking along the beach to collect some huge shells. We also overdosed on impressions and laughter as usual so all in all it was a great trip. 
I spent 2 out of 3 days in the craft room making cards for Clare to take to QVC on Tuesday. Another couple of designers were drafted in too to help out with the samples so it was all hands on deck churning out cards, scrap pages and boxes! So make sure you tune in to QVC on Tuesday morning from 12am onwards to see Clare in action!

Off to put some salmon in the oven for tea now. Bye for now x

Saturday, 10 January 2009

For chocolate lovers everywhere





Here's a card I made on Thursday evening with some goodies that I bought in September and hadn't had chance to use. I did a bit of cutting and decoupage, a bit of punching and sanding then added a bit of sparkle, some pearls and some stickles to finish it off. I hope you like it.
By the way, I always dress like the girl on the card when I eat chocolate too, hee hee!

Friday, 9 January 2009

I can feel some excitement brewing...

That's because next week I am going down to Do Crafts Headquarters in Dorset. Clare and I  will drive down there on Monday and return on Thursday. I have been asked by Do Crafts to do the card making workshops at the Olympia show in London between March the 19th - 22nd. This is a big opportunity for me and I am thrilled to have been asked. So I am a little nervous but also excited at the prospect of doing a big show but it will be great and I can't wait to get planning some cards for the event. 
Today I have had a free day so been shopping, done some washing, changed the bed and tidied my craft room. After tea, I am hoping to finish a card which I started last night so if I complete it, I will post a photo of it on here later.
Better go and check the oven, got a lovely meat loaf cooking.
See you later x

Thursday, 8 January 2009

Fun at the club

Last night was our first club meeting of 2009 and it was so nice to see all the ladies again and catch up on everyone's trials and tribulations, of which there were a few!
Everyone spent the whole evening making the card from the kit I had prepared and by the time 10 o'clock came, there were some pretty nice cards completed. Give out 11 identical kits but get 11 totally different cards made, all with the same layout but just slightly different once completed. They all did an excellent job, they can turn their hands to anything these days!
Today I will be completing my write-up for my projects which are to feature in the March issue of 'Creativity'. Deadline is tomorrow so that needs to be emailed asap. I will then be able to delve into my new demo kit and start experimenting with the new Papermania and Anitas products, not forgetting the Forever Friends range too of course.
I will also nip to the opticians as my eyes have slightly deteriorated over the past 3 years so I need to change my reading glasses for slightly stronger lenses, apparently once you are in your 40's everything starts to wear out and I can definitely vouch for that as I approach 43!

Well, time to get dressed now into something warm and cosy. Fog and ice here today.
Take care x

Tuesday, 6 January 2009

Tomorrow's Craft club project


What a lovely fresh morning eh?  When I got up at 8am, our outside thermometer sensor said -5.7 degrees. Gosh that's cold. But the sun is out and it is beautiful, fresh and crisp...don't think I'll be going out just yet though. I have a lot to do today starting with my craft club preparation, my magazine write-up for Do Crafts, a trip to the post office to post my projects for the magazine, returning a top to the shops cos it's too big and finally an eye test at 3.20pm. So quite a busy day for me. 
Here is a little look at what we will be making at my club tomorrow evening...we will be using some Penny Black stamped images. I am not really into 'cute' images especially things like hedgehogs carrying balloons or mice in teacups because I don't think these events would ever take place, but who knows what goes on out in the meadows and hedgerows when we are busy getting on with our lives! I do like these little bear stamps though, so tomorrow night will be their debut at my club. You can just have a little look at part of my card. I don't want to show all of it incase any of my craft club ladies are looking...I don't want to spoil the build up to our first meeting of 2009 you see!
Better get on..bye for now x
 

Sunday, 4 January 2009

WOW,, how fab is this?

My friend Clare, who you will all know by now both from Do Crafts and QVC, has been 'attending' to my blog layout and header etc because I am rubbish at it and look what she did for me! It's so nice, I love it. Thank you Clare for taking the time to do it. Now I just want to look at it all day, hee hee.
I hope that  now it looks like a real blog, it will inspire me to get some cards and other projects on to here quickly. 
I was up very early this morning so have taken all the Christmas decorations down both inside and out. It feels like a normal day now. I know that you should leave them up till the 6th but my husband Richard is back at work tomorrow and it just seems wrong to be going back to work while the tree is still in place. Once they are back in the loft and the hoover has been on, it will be nice and tidy just how I like it.
My craft club starts up again on Wednesday so today I will be cutting and stamping in preparation for that. I think I am going to do a little newsletter for the club just once a month to inform them of craft events, projects, sales, Birthdays etc. It will help  me remember everything that I need to tell them but usually forget! We'll see anyway.
Right, I'm off to get my day going before time runs out. 
Cheerio!

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Blogging is too hard for me

Well I am on here again this morning where you will notice that my blog is now yellow (to match my car!). My friend Clare keeps reminding me that she has 'tagged' me and given me a blog award but I have no idea what I do now to try and get them on here. I don't really have any computer skills but I am pretty nifty at finding stuff on the internet when I want something. However, spreadsheets, word documents, links etc are all alien to me really so I just lose the will to stick at it and ususally end up eating some chocolate and getting back to my scissors and glue!
What I really want to do is get into the habit of keeping this blog up to date and post some clear photos of my projects on here. It just then becomes more of a journal or way of keeping records for myself. It doesn't matter if it never gets seen by anyone, it is just something for me to refer back to. 
So today I am going to get back to my projects and may get to post some photos on this page later tonight.
Have a good day!

Friday, 2 January 2009

New Header

My best friend Clare has today made a header for my blog. It's so nice with a fresh 'spring look' to it. Thank you Clare, you're so kind.
Now all I have to do is keep it updated and learn how to add lots of other interesting links and pictures. I also need to start changing the background colours and fonts to go with the header colours. Quite a job eh? I will start to work on it over the weekend I think.
I haven't really made many cards over the last week however I have just received my new Jan/Feb demo kit from Do Crafts so that means I can get started with some new projects using these scrummy products! No doubt you will start to see these products as you go on your 'craft' shopping trips in the coming weeks. 
Better get back to finishing a magazine commission I am working on because as soon as it's completed I can dig into my new demo kit!
Bye for now.....