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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