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

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