Saturday, 31 May 2008

My first ever award

A huge thank you to the wonderful Cass who has just given me my first ever award in Blogland. This was another learning curve for me to figure out how to transfer the award and I managed it all on my own. I would now like to pass this joy on to my buddy in Northern Ireland our dear Karen who has just landed herself a new job this week, Gayle my new blog buddy who lives very close to me & Marge who was the first ever person to leave me a blog message. Hope you all enjoy your awards & pass on the joy.

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Christmas Tickle

This is a cute card I had fun making last year for Telfords Direct, which was part of the catwalk design for the NECC. I decided to make my tree red for a change & used these lovely fluffy feathers trimmed at the edges. Took white card stock, two strips of green ribbon put tree on top then used a sequin as the star on top, mini stickle trees on the background & topped off with some gold pom poms as the balls on my tree.

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Special guests

Sorry about the quality of the picture! This is a picture taking October last year just before the Hobbycraft fair at the SECC. After months of organisation & a lot of help from our visitors, the craft group I am in were lucky enough to spend a full day crafting with the wonderful Amanda Bateman & Stephanie Weightman from Create & Craft. What a day it was. We kicked off with oriental inspiration from the lovely Amanda. Kimonos, paper butterflies, paper beads etc & then continued with exploding boxes with Stephanie. We received many free goodies to help us with our day so I would like to say a special thanks to those companies Cardology, Telfords Direct and Arts & Crafts Direct. In addition thanks also to Amanda & Stephanie for taking time out of their hectic schedule.

I'm now looking forward to spending another 3 days with them at the Create & Craft Experience in Birmingham next month.

Pink of a Friend

This is a little sample I made for a crafty party. Some shocking pink ribbon against the black card & I'm off, on top of that I placed two different shades of handmade papers (which I adore). I then glued a pre-embossed vellum square saying friends to the back of an adorable mini frame & mounted using foam squares. To finish off, 3 simple gems in the bottom corner. Now that is what I call a quick make. All products came from Cardology.

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Baby Blues

Made this little baby when I was trying out Debbi Moore's metal magic for the first time. What a fantastic way to create your own embellishments and it's so much fun. Although I did buy mine in a set from Cardology which includes the rubber stamps.

Decided to mount onto some lovely handmade papers stitched together with some beading wire & finished with a flower gem. A quick & simple make.

Saturday, 24 May 2008

Cardology Craft Consultant

Another little bit about some of the work that I do. Lucky for me I get to work & play at the same time as I am a Cardology Craft Consultant so I get to do craft parties and pass on tips & inspiration to other crafters.

Cardology was established by the lovely Riva Ullman who is always on the lookout for things that are new & exciting. You really should have a look at the website & see what beautiful goodies she has up for grabs.

She also has the opportunity for new Craft Consultants so if you fancy being paid to play then simply click on her website link or, if you simply fancy hosting a party she will be happy to advise you if there is a consultant in your area.

Cardology products has been published in numerous magazines & also on Create & Craft & Ideal World, with new products being launched regularly.

Thursday, 22 May 2008

First time winner

To let you all understand, I've never won anything in my life, that is until I entered a competition at the SECC in March run by WS Design and was utterly shocked when I received a phone call to say that I had won £50 of goodies. Shortly afterwards my package arrived and I couldn't wait to open it. In it were A4 background papers, sample sheets & her wonderful templates (thankfully none that I already had).

What fun I have playing with my templates as it doesn't matter what the occassion but there is always a template I can use as they are so versatile.

Another example of how a little goes a long way, nothing more than some beautiful papers, stickles & gems. I very often find that the challenge I set myself is not what the final card will look like but infact how it can be made using restricted products. As we all know this can be a very expensive hobby and when doing workshops I like to let people see how to cut costs to meet their budget. It's meant to be fun not have us stressed out because we spent too much. Like we all so very often do......... My hubby never knows the true value of things otherwise he'd be the one having a heart attack. Thankfully he loves me.

Explosive Creation !!!

Good morning everyone, here I am again uploading pics only difference is my trusty buddy Kath isn't on the other end of the phone giving me instructions. Trying to make her proud of me today..... (Did it work?)

This is an exploding box I made for a workshop I was doing recently, made using
Wendie Rhodes exploding templates and nothing more than some beautiful K&Co paper, stickles & gems.

The people I was teaching are on restricted incomes and I was trying to show them how something quite lovely can be made from very little and doesn't have to cost a fortune. Thankfully it went down well at the workshop and people were thinking how they could use them for favours at weddings, to give something different for the birth of a child etc. Well done to those attending the workshop.

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Circle of Friends

I've been tagged by my faithful friend Kath so I now have to send this out to 4 other people. Here we go with my choices who are the first four to visit my site as a way of saying thank you.


Giving myself a big clap right now as this is my first download of a pic thanks to my best buddy Kath who is on the phone right now talking me through the whole process. Thank you so much my wonderful crafting buddy. Love ya loads.

Sunday, 18 May 2008

Hi Again

Hi folks,

As you will see my blog was started a while back but I got such a heavy workload that I had to abandon it as I have never done a blog before so it's a learning curve for me that required time. Anyway, I'm back in business now & hope to have some pics downloaded onto the blog soon once my crafty friend Kath at kath-allthatglitter.blogspot.com has told me how to do it. Where would I be without here? Well that's too long a story to go into but she knows just how wonderful I think she is. I will do my best to get up to speed with blogging as quickly as possible & I hope you can bear with me in the meantime.

Hope you are all busy crafting away & please do pop back to see me & feel free to leave comments.

Take care for now