Oh flip…

31/07/2010 at 3:56 pm (blog candy, card making, craft punches, craft tutorials, crafting, crafts, Martha Stewart, Nikky Hall, papercrafts, Polka Doodles, Polkadoodles, scrapbooking, uk craft)

Ok ok ok I know it’s been toooo long since I blogged but I just dont seem to find the time these days. Although I think if I did twitter less then I would, but to be honest Twitter is my daily release. I like blogging but it doesnt have the interaction of Twitter for me. If I’m making something, even if it’s just a sample for a show I can quickly take a pic with my phone and tweet it if I think it’s worth seeing. Whereas blogging is a whole other kettle of fish. This is more a place to ramble methinks.  Also, I think it’s because I’m not a surfer. Far too fat for a board, I couldnt sit on it let alone stand! No, seriously, although I’m online ALL day long and glued to this chuffing desk ALL day long, I cannot surf the web in a casual “lets see whats on this page” kinda way. I wish I could, I know I would find all manner of useless piffling amusing information like the OH does but it BORES me rigid. I end up a million light years in some other internet galazy from where I started not being able to remember what the hell I was looking for in the first place. Only to close the screen in a fit of temper and then remember exactly what I wanted to find and have to reopen it all up again and round and round we go. And lets not even mention Facebook shall we – it’s become somewhere for people to play really crap games that mean nothing and to moan publicly about people and try to humiliate them on the page because they would never dare do it to their face.

Having said that I’ve just moved our Polka Doodles forum off the forum onto Facebook! Well, it had to be done, people do want more interaction these days, so we are now the Polka Doodle Dandies, find us on Facebook.

Anyway what I really came on here to say (just call me Professor Waffle) is that I’ve finally found how to convert my dratted video files into ones you can actually view – HURRRAHHHH!!! Only taken about 4 months that.

SO, if you didnt already know, make sure you check into the Polkadoodles blog between now and the end of August for a fab competition, plus yours truly will be uploading a tutorial every week. This week I even managed the video, wahey!! I’ve been working with Letraset for a while helping them product test some bits and pieces and I was lucky enough to get my hands on the prototype set of brand new Aquamarker colours to play with. My god, they’s lush! The colours are so intense and rich, just lovely. Have had a great time getting back to watercolouring so make sure you check out the competition, you can win the entire set which is worth 80 nicker!

This was one of the cards I made using the Aquamarkers (see tutorial for colouring) and our gorgeous new Stamp Doodles range (if you havent seen all the new products we launched at the Doncaster show yet you’re seriously missing out!).  The papers are from Creative Christmas (Paper Boutique) and the tree paper is from Jingle Jangle Christmas. You can now get an array of different colours of the lovely Doodle Dewdrops from the website too – you all wiped us out of those at Doncaster and were nagging about other colours so go fill your boots!!

Talking of Doncaster, the Summer Crafting show was just awesome! Mega mega busy but I got to meet loads of you peeps and that’s what shows are all about for me, although you kept me so buy yakking for the whole 2 days and demo’ing the CD’s that I only got to make one actual finished card and even that wasn’t very good! Needless to say I could hardly speak by the end of the weekend, but if you popped by and said hello then I thank you, I wish I could have spoken to more of you but it really was non-stop craziness!!AND my OH thanks you as I only had a total of 10 mins for the entire weekend to go and look round everything and that was 10mins before we closed on the Sunday! : (

And I also made something I was pretty smug about the other night (whilst twittering) and I just did a tute for this too as lots of people asked me to when I showed it on Twitter (see, thats why I love it so much!). I liked this so much I sent it to the Crafts Dept at Martha Stewart who tweeted me back, so that is my current claim to fame. Now, Martha – design team, ME, please!!!?? pretty please?? I dont think she will hear me somehow.

I ADORE Martha Stewart products and we now stock the whole range of punches, I love everything about them, the designs, the colour, but most of all the actual quality – until Martha Stewart came along I had NEVER bought a single punch in my life. Now I cant live without them and every time I order new stock for the site it’s one for you, one for me. Then I have to make sure I do all the new product adds before the OH so I can nick mine out of the boxes LOLOL! I am getting quite an obscenely large collecsh and I darent add up the value in the box, that would just be rude.

I shall keep on with my Twitter vs Martha Stewart campaigning.

Right, onwards, here it is, tutorial time – enjoy!! xx

Martha Stewart Punch Flowers

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Trying new fings…

27/02/2010 at 10:57 pm (card making, crafting, crafts, papercrafts, scrapbooking, uk craft)

It is incredibly important to give new things a try. No matter what it is. This is part of my stash problem. I see something new, I have to do it. Once I do it I move on, usually never to touch that thing again unless it was utterly and totally mesmerising. Call me shallow, I probably am! Hence a shitload of stash and a hubby in despair. Although I have improved and I don’t buy anywhere near as much these days and I am a lot more choosy. Or maybe it’s cos I have so much already!!

Anyway the other week some woman was on Create & Craft with Pergamano. Now, I can hear you all going into metamorphic shock – Nikky and Pergamano, surely not!!  Well, for years I have had my beady eye on the lovely technique but it’s always so fancy schmancy and lacy and victorian which is SO not my thing.  Must be about 10 years ago I had a convo with someone where I said i was going to do it but in a different way. Right-o.  Anyway this woman totally made me crave the beautiful butterflies she  had which were no less than orgasmic. So i bought her kit which had no tools, then had to go off and buy some tools. So all in all I spent a small forch, and I mean a forch. The pattern books came and they might as well be written in the language of the Justified and Ancient from Moo Moo land cos I’ll be jiggered if I can understand it and I aren’t a brick short of a wall really.  I’m not saying what they were, most of you probably know already but I was stunned at the price of what I thought was a bit of old photocopied instructions really. Hardly any nice pics to show what you to do and on the show she said even beginners could do them. Well love, if you ever read this you are a big fat billy liar!! Yes, if you’re a beginner and you’ve bought every bloody Pergamano tool you can find maybe you can, but I think it’s outrageous that in one pattern book that had about 5 or 6 designs in it you needed something like 20 odd different tools and grids!! BUT I remained open-minded and vowed to still have a go and tonight the feeling just came over me, so I pulled out the grid, the 7 tools I’d bought and the patterns and gave it a go.  I had no idea what I was doing and after half an hour of trying to understand the book, I tossed it to a side and went for it on my own.  It’s a bit bolloxy in parts where I went wrong, I’m not the most patient of people but I am when i really want to do something but the book had already annoyed the patience out of me by this point.  Anyway here you are, my very first Pergamano butterfly, totally freestyle aka moi…

I have to say that it looked dead pants and I nearly chucked it but once I cut it out it really made a big difference…very time consuming, this took me about an hour to do, and I think my grid is too big for my tools (it’s a standard size grid) but I think I might have another go another day with one of these babies…see, I’ve done it now, time to move on! x

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like a candle in the wind…

22/07/2009 at 8:52 pm (blog candy, card making, crafting, crafts, papercrafts, scrapbooking, uk craft) (, , , )

…flippin ‘eck I’m bushed. What a few days!! What a week, what a month in fact! Have been neglecting my lil blogeroo because of concentration a la challenge blog (polkadoodle.blogspot.com) and trying to get sorted for yet another Create & Craft show which was yesterday.  Am having a bit of a breather tonight which hasn’t been acsh, its’ 9.30 already and I’ve just spent 3 hours messing about with artwork which doesnt wanna be messed about wiv and is playing me up good and prop I can tell ya – aaaagh I wanna throw the ‘puter outta the window!

Anyways if I said it had been a poop few days pre-show it would be an understatement, thought I wasnt going to make it due to a really bad back – 12 hours prior to the show I couldnt even stand up, I was bent over like Mrs Overall from Acorn Antiques, in fact worse I think.  And I have to admit in a stinking bad mood not conducive to making demo’s/samples or anything. Well, obviously the adrenalin must’ve kicked in yesterday! But prior to that the last few days have seen: Kris fell over and sprained his thumb, printer broke yet again (3rd one in 2 months, I’m starting to get a paranoid tic about this now, has someone got a voodoo doll out on me or wot?), back went, mojo buggered off somewhere and didnt take me with him, then finally got to the show to discover we’d left LOADS of samples at home – no doubt they were what Kris tripped over when he did his thumb in. Oh well, never mind! So the show went in a flash and looking back at the recording I tittered my head off all the way through and tittered even louder when I watched last night.  You’d think I’d never ever tied a bloomin’ ribbon in my life – that’s what you get for being too mean to cut it off in case you waste it folks! I think sometimes I go in a little trance and forget where I am you know, I seem to go into FooFoo’s World and then have to snap myself out!!! I also seemed unable to string a sentence together yesterday although I don’t know if that has something to do with a nervous runny nose condition I seem to have developed! It’s true, when I start to demo my nose starts leaking snot like 2 candles and  yesterday I didnt have a tissue so I was just waiting and hoping the camera would go off me so I could wipe my boogers on my sleeve!!! Its very off-putting knowing you are on flippin’ TV with 2 candles for a top lip, not nice girls!!! 😀    I’m also not impressed with said fashion worn yesterday I really liked that top till I saw it wobbling every time I laughed, it made me look like my big fat belly was jiggling about – it wasn’t honestly!!! That top has a drawstring round the bottom which kinda weighs it down hence the jiggle and it will NOT be worn again unless I cut the string out maybe! Urgh hideous, and as a consequence had cucumber sarnies for lunch. WIth cheese & onion crisps. Yeah, I know! I WILL try and make more of an effort but cupboard is like Old Mother Hubbards and I aint got the time or inclination to fill it with anything at the mo.  Anyway, what I really wanted to say is that I was so impressed with Stephanie Weightman yesterday, she is so good at her job and I thought she was great, and an absolute pleasure to work with, she just laughs from one cockup to another which is right up my street and makes you feel better when you do make a mistake a-la-ribbon-not-being-tied-in-under-30-mins variety!  Anyway, she has a big charity craft event on at Chesterfield this weekend so if you are around the area make sure you drop in and support the charity – PLEASE! Right, well gotta go go go am going to make another assault on my obnoxious PC and see if it wants to talk to me now. Flip, I am so tired I could fall asleep standing up. Or not, with this back! Right, g’night John-Boy, ttfn xx

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yayy for Friday and Polkadoodles!…

22/05/2009 at 8:30 am (crafts)

well after a very late night I am still up with the birds (well almost) because I’m SO excited that it’s Polkadoodle day, hurrraaaaahhh!  as we go live a tad later on with the challenge for this week, as a titchy teaser here is some blog candy we are giving away for the launch and this little stash of stash is worth 80 nicker!!! wow! lots of yummy stuff in it too… make sure you leave a comment on the first challenges to have a chance of selection…

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sometimes things get right on my pip…

17/05/2009 at 10:35 pm (crafts)

Well, I haven’t posted properly for a while as I’ve been sooo busy with Polka Doodles and the new Challenge Blog and the Design Team and work and headaches and on top of that, pmt. You just don’t need it do ya.  So apologies but I haven’t made any cards at all this week as I haven’t even managed a sniff of the ol’ glue or a stroke of a paper. Soz.  And now I’m REALLY mad! Mr FooFoo told me to install a registry fixerthingy on my pc and now I can’t get into photoshop and I am SO mad right now I might actually wait up just to give him a piece of my mind!! Meantime I have a stack of work piling up!! grr. Last Sunday a family member passed away and we felt a bit blue on Monday so we decided to go for a ride to the coast and ended up back in my hometown Scarborough. I love Scarborough when I don’t live there! Anyway, I showed Mr FooFoo the mere, which I had to confess I hadn’t visited since I was about 16 myself (probably in the hope of finding some ski-jumping tottie on the lake!).  But I was pleasantly surprised at how much it had changed, mostly for the better.IMGP2809

As you can see, it was a glorious day which for me made it kinda strange considering how pee’d off I was feelin’. It felt like it should have been raining. But I couldn’t resist taking some pics and I was impressed at how well they came out as Mr Sunshine was so bright I couldn’t even see the screen. Now in my day (how old am I) there was a great cafe where you could go and grab a weak milky cup of char and a stale bun but they’ve got rid of that in favour of picnic benches now. Not sure if that’s a good thing or not. But what was REALLY obvious to me was the place had lost all its spookiness as I remembered it. I can remember running as fast as my chubby little legs could go past bushes cos I thought they were in scary dark damp corners and now there is no evidence of this at all – maybe it was just overactive imagination or maybe the man with the strimmer has been busy!IMGP2819

This scary little corner was about as dark as it got!

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Just loved the different shapes and colours of these leaves…IMGP2852

and these adorable little fellas scared the living sh*t out of me! lol! How CUTE are they? The parents were keeping a very watchful eye on me getting too close, I was scarily within pecking distance I can tell you…IMGP2817

now, this photo looks a bit mottley in the water but if you look very carefully all those little specks are actually a million gazillion frogspawn with a few newly hatched taddies! I have NEVER seen so much semolina in all my life! We vowed to go back in a week or so to see them all hatched. We did see one patch of lilypads which were adorned with big taddies sunbathing underwater but the pic didnt work…IMGP2826

…and my favourite fleurs the simple gorgeous little common daisy…and I was amazed when this shot came out it was so awesome, the sun was making the lake shine like little glittery diamonds….IMGP2846

and then there were these strange little buggers…all freaky but kinda cute, these are Moorhen babies all nibbling away in the shallows looking for bugs to munch, they were really funny little things with red bald heads and must have only been a day or 2 old cos they were tiny…

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…all the way round the mere we kept seeing shells which I thought the seagulls had dropped but it turns out these actually live IN the lake, which is a bit bizarre and makes you wonder how they get there as it is freshwater, was tempted to crack one open and steal the gorgeous pearls which are obviously hidden inside waiting for me…

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…and this last pic I had to include for my mate Jozza – this is the landing dock on the island. When we were kids there was a pirate ship which lived on the mere and it used to sail over to the island so all the kids could go and find the hidden treasure. Now this ship was a legend and had it’s own Cap’n Jack (I wish!) but I was way too shy to ever go aboard. And apparently so was Jo, so it seems we both just looked in awe from the side of the lake wishing we could go aboard and find them sparklies! Jo informs me said ship now takes tourists round the harbour so if you are in Scabbie at some point look out for Cap’n Jack!

So after a couple of hours baking in the afternoon sun we then went for the customary fish and chips and I realised being the porcelain white english girl that I am, I’d got a touch of bloody sunstroke with the obligatory headache. And so home to bed we went.

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14/05/2009 at 10:59 pm (blog candy, card making, crafting, crafts, papercrafts, scrapbooking) ()

Well, I’ve had another reet poo week as we lost a very dear family member this week and we have been devastated to say the least.  I’d just like to say thanks to everyone for your lovely comments of support, it’s much appreciated and helped cheer me up a bit.  Anyway, can’t mope about forever and by now he would be telling us to pull ourselves together and look sharp so here we go go go…

I’m sooooo excited about our fabuloso new challenge blog I am almost wetting my big girl pants!

So here we go, over on our brand new blog you can now see the amazingly fantastical awesome brand new Polkadoodle design team, big drum roll please! …. huge round of applause and much admiration all round for these bootiful peeps…

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I’m extremely lucky to have these mega talented ladies working with me (I truly am not worthy ladeeees!).  So, if you love to make cards, scrap or do anything remotely creative with paper and a bit of ink, make sure you check out Polkadoodle every week from the 22nd May 2009 – believe me, with some of the nutters on this team we promise there will be lots of fun, leg-pulling and inspiration-a-plenty from the paper A-listers! Oh and we might have a little bit of blog candy on offer too!!

I’d also like to say a huge thanks to all the other lovely peeps who applied, it took me bloody ages to select the team, I was overwhelmed with the response and it’s sooo hard to leave people out, it really is.  Everyone who applied was very talented and I’m sure they’ll get snapped up onto some DT or other very soon, but a huge thanks for the interest and a big hug to you all. I hope you’ll join in with us on the challenges every week instead!

Right now I’ve imparted the excitement I must hit the hay, I’ve had late nights all week and I’m bush-ed. Mwahh xx

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…haven’t forgot…

12/05/2009 at 1:14 pm (crafts)

…just a quick post to anyone following about the design team – haven’t forgotten this, but we had some sad news yesterday. Promise to announce the team later this week but at the mo I’m feeling a little blue.  Think Scooter is too. xIMGP2806

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…and the winners are…

10/05/2009 at 10:00 am (crafts)

Ok, ok, you all left some fab commentary on the Stackies Blog Candy and thanks to everyone who linked up to these.  Sadly there can only be 2 winners and I used a random generator (called a husband)  to select the 2 lucky peeps.  So without further ado, the lucky names are…….drum roll…….ta da……Lythan and……tada……. Lindsey!       So congrats you two lovely laydeees I hope you enjoy using them all, there’s enough in them packs to last you a lifetime!!! lol xx   Right, I’m off to break the news to the lovely ladies in question….

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..nothing better to do on a Saturday night!..

09/05/2009 at 10:18 pm (crafts)

…I have no life other than craft, it has to be said, hence why I am sat here at 11pm on a Saturday night, content with blog-hoppin’ and the chinese I had earlier and a bit of Hannibal Lector on telly to make me have bad dreams later! Anyway this is a miniscule post to say that the quest for the Design Team is now closed and thanks to the many people who emailed me.  I will be announcing the team soon!!  AND I will also be announcing the winners of the lovely BLOG CANDY tomorrow, so if you havent left a comment yet then make sure you do NOW!!!  Anyway, a lie-in tomorrow methinks, I’ve had a migraine today, not great when you’re trying to do demo’s all day! ciao all xx

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quick update..

07/05/2009 at 9:43 pm (card making, crafting, crafts, papercrafts, scrapbooking)

okily dokily, think I am competing with Anice over at Funkyhand this week as she is also asking for DT members too! Typical of me to get my timing wrong!! Anyway, for those of you who havent sent me an email yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!??? I have to say, I have chosen some awesome awesome peeps already and for those of you who are thinkin’ about it I have to say this is going to be an awesome team with some familiar faces!! 😀 But I am still after a couple more creative lovelies so pull your finger out, stop pro-crast-ie-wotsit and send me some piccies now – you gotta be in it to win it! Oh and hurry up please, I’m going to close this this weekend cos I’m going to burst with excitement if I dont announce the team soon!! xxxxdesign-team-call

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