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
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 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 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 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