Sneak peeks…

29/11/2009 at 4:20 pm (card making)

Well I’ve been away far too long I know, please forgive…got over the old swine flu (thank god I didn’t have it too bad it was bad enough in a mild dose) and then I’ve had to literally shut myself off from the world to finish the new CD. I virtually lost 2 working weeks with the flu so it takes some catching up let me tell you, but it is finally done, just the show prep now for Thursday.

Before I forget the entries for the Design Team are now closed but thanks to everyone who entered, we will be choosing soon, soooo exciting…

It’s quite exciting this week as we’re actually airing on Ideal World for the first time so it will be interesting to see if the larger audience makes a difference to us. I’m also hoping I might get to work with lovely Leonie this week too. So make sure you tune in on 3rd Dec at 2pm.  In the meantime here’s a sneak peek at the new CD…

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Design Team call…

16/11/2009 at 3:38 pm (card making)

…well I feel pants, I’ve been struck with the dreaded Swine Flu and it’s taking ages to get rid of it. Obviously it’s stinted my ability to work over the past week which has really put me behind with the new CD but hopefully when I get the antiviral today I should be able to kick it once and for all. Needless to say I can only have picked this up from the NEC so thanks whoever that kind person was and if I’ve infected anyone else since, I’m truly sorry! So I’m feelin’ a bit sorry for myself today, it seems to come and go, felt miles better yesterday and thought I was in recovery but today has knocked me for six I don’t mind telling you! BTW if you feel like you have a bad cold you just can’t shift just do the online assessment it only takes a couple of minutes and it’s best to get that medicine fast if you can or it will drag on and on!..

Anyway, the good news for all you guys out there is that we have a new Design  team call…

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Christmas Tree Tutorial

08/11/2009 at 10:09 pm (card making)

Hi all

Well it’s better late than never! I know I promised a tutorial for Sunday and it is still Sunday – just! Sorry this is so late but I’ve had technical problems with the video and it’s taken me about 4 hours and 3 attempts to do this tutorial and in the end I’ve lost a section but hopefully it’s not too bad! Hope you enjoy it and have a go.

If you would like to make this lovely 3D Christmas tree just watch the video…

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08/11/2009 at 12:12 pm (card making)

Oh em geee it is ages since I blogged, I really must do it more often, just never seem to have the time when something funny happens and then I forget, as I age I am getting the memory and mind of a gnat. And the bladder too. I love Autumn and I love November – Halloween (yep I KNOW it’s Oct but it’s on the cusp, ok!), Bonfire Night, dark nights, warm radiators and the excitment of leading up to Crimbo. I like the build up more than the actual day – the pressies are always such a let down aren’t they! hahahah not that I’m materialistic or anything!

Anyways I’ve had a rather busy week, went to the NEC Hobbycrafts with me mucker Kirsty on Thursday – might have known it would turn into more of a roadtrip with her in tow, and as for the two of us together it was bound to be fraught with comedy moments. And it was. I set off to her house on what should have been a 1.5 hr journey – I arrived 4 hours later! Bloody Tom Tom – what does he know – nowt, that’s what!! I reckon now  I was less than 2 miles from her house for about 2.5 hours because the flipping technology kept sending me round and round in a circle any crafter would have been proud of. It didn’t help that the traffic was horrendous so every time I went down a wrong road it then took about half an hour to get back to the top of that road again. I seriously thought I was gonna pee my pants in the car and had to make a quick divert into what turned into a dead-end street and relieve myself behind a waste bin. Luckily it was a big one to hid my fat arse (I hope) and to anyone that saw me in the long queue of traffic 20 yards away and is now traumatised – I’m sorry but I just had to. And to the owner of the rubbish bin – I’m also sorry but it just mixed in with all the rat pee and the torrential rain washed it all over my feet anyway.  So eventually after having to get the DH to guide me a la Kirsty’s via a mobile phone lodged on top of me boobs and google earth as a guide, with me snivelling down the phone having gone beyond the point of miserable  I did get there evench. So we set off on another 1.5 hr journey to Birmingham which then took us 3 hours and 2 stops to try and find the elusive Krisy Kreme’s of which there were none and – thankyou all you greedy **** that didn’t leave us any in the services we were not impressed!

Needless to say when we got to the hotel which turned out to be at the airport, not the NEC as we found out, we realised there was only extorsh NCP parking. OMG. At this point I had totally lost the will to live after 7/8 hours of travelling and I didn’t care how much the parking cost me, we’d booked the hotel for 3 of us to share and someone dropped out so it had already cost me an arm and a leg anyway, what’s another 20 quid!  I’ve never seen someone look so pale at parking charges though, LMAO! Anyway we were very relieved to finally get in the room and hit the bar – only to find we couldnt even afford a glass of water between us. Ok, slight exaggeration but almost!  So we had the cheapest snack on the menu we could find and decided to retire. Needless to say this wasn’t without hilarity either (on my part anyway) as the sofa bed collapsed into a pile of  firewood, and for once it wasn’t me that was in it, so I nearly pee’d my pants for a second time in one day.  So up early Friday, we counted the few miserly pennies we had left and off we went, clutching our crumpled tickets, purses in hand! I couldn’t wait to buy all that stash. When I got inside I realised I was so knacked I could have just bogged off home quite happily but I managed to haul myself around all those lovely stands with their sparkly wares and part with a miserly 30 quid. I cannot believe I went to NEC and spent only 30 quid! But, I think the total cost of getting there and having to stay in a hotel had ruined it a bit for me, I kept thinking about how much more stash I could’ve bought with all that moolah the hotel had extracted from my sticky mitts.  Never mind, i had a good time and caught up with lots of peeps (Amanda Bateman you are sooooo racy you little minx, LOL!)  and met a couple of lovely ladies who were PD fans so it made it all worthwhile in the end. On the return journey we did manage to find the elusive Krispy Kreme’s but Kirsty hun, I really didn’t think they were all that!

So it was up early Saturday morning for a class and lucky for me my gals all took pity on me and were easy on me this week, thanks girls! With traipsing round all day my back is killing and my sciatica has returned, yayyy but they let me sit down for most of the class and I spent the rest of the day with my mum and watching X Factor (Lucie to win). So today I’m ensconced on my brand noo mammoth chair and I ain’t moving an inch, except to maybe make sausage and mash for Sunday lunch, yumster.  Anyway, I’ve already bored you to death I know, but here are the projjies we made yesterday, I really like these and I’m going to tidy up in a min and do a tutorial for that tree so check it out later today.

IMGP3321IMGP3322IMGP3323I really like this card and the girls did a great job with their versions. This is all made using the PD Crimbo Doodles rubber stamp set and a die cut strip from Bazzill’s Just The Edge Christmas. The poinsettia’s are coloured with marker pens and then layered up and I cut one flower in half to make the cascading leaves. White pen to doodle around the edge and there ya go…

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This fab tree is SOOOOO easy to make and they loved this one.

me1This was made with papers from Jingle Jangles (love the festivities collection, it’s sooo wintery) and a selection of stamps from the Christmas Doodles stamp set to decorate.

Right, sausage and mash is callin, I’m off to fill my face and then I’ll be back to add the tute.

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ooo spookayyy…

08/11/2009 at 11:06 am (card making)

Halloween. It came, it went we were left with loads of sweets – why is it when you forget to get any and be prepared you get loads of kids knocking – when you are totally prepared you get barely any? Oh well, it was still cool, I love Halloween and I want it to be as big here as in the US. I didn’t dress up, I dont need to quite honestly, this mug peeping out from behind the door is enough to scare anyone, but I did make some dead cute little Halloween cones and I did eventually find some pumpkins to carve. Apparently we had the best sweeties and pumpkins for miles, well, yards anyway! lol! It chucked down with rain overnight so we left them out and then we could hear all the kids going to school oohing and aahing at them on Monday morning, bless them. Can’t wait till next year now, bring it on!

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…another saga…

23/10/2009 at 5:19 pm (card making)

…well we’re back from Peterborough after the show and I just had to share this time’s little saga. I reckon it cant’ JUST be us that sh*t happens to, and if it does, it means we are both indeed the hand of death and the finger of woe after all. So…After arriving last night and raiding big M’s for a healthy tea (right!)  I got a craving for McNuggets, I LOVES ’em I do!! And the OH also loves the Big Mac too. So after we both concurred that they are only a small portion and to hide our shame after sitting in already, we went and got in the car and went back through the drivethru for seconds!! Greedy fat pigs that we were!! Altho’ I do have to say we hadn’t eaten anything else except a bag of crisps in the car and we didnt actually have full meals so that makes it ok.  So we then had to sneak our calorie-ridden treats into the Hotel which houses the most miserable receptionist ever, so we tiptoed and sniggered our way back to the room and tucked in sharpish. Only  I had no curry sauce so the secret feast was spoiled totally for me and I almost threw a tantrum.  So there I am sitting minding my own business and all of a sudden there’s a shriek next to me. And I mean a shriek! Men are D.U.M.B.      There he is, sat in a chair dripping in caramel McFlurrie.  And I mean DRIPPING, as in dripping everywhere.  He doesnt move, just sits there looking at me like I should do something! And all he was bothered about was it was a brand new top and the first time out and he didnt have a spare with him! TUT!  So after I shouted at him uttering a few profanities, in typical man fashion he decided to stand up and just let it all drip everywhere else. So he got shouted at again.  Next thing,  trainers come flying out of the bathroom  – literally, flying in the air! After a minute or so I couldnt cope with the despair coming from the bathroom so I went in to find him trying pathetically to wash it off and I’ve never seen so much mess – watery ice cream goes a looooong looooong way.  Honestly, you have no idea and no, I do not have enough medals and yes, I do need one – a BIG one. So this was justice for overdosing on the old maccyD’s obviously.

So we get into bed to watch THAT Question Time with scourge of the earth Griffin (haha didnt he show himself up good and proper for what he is), and meladdo (who incidentally has a bottomless stomach and is skinny as a pin) decided to eat a stinky pot noodle. Yuk! My husband grazes constantly.  Anyway, he thought he could hide a certain smell with the stench of the stinky chicken and mushroom but NO! My nose is very sensitive and I protested in a rather loud screech – and, you guessed it, he jumped so much he threw his pot noodle everywhere!   When I tell ya that I despair now you know why.

So we get up this morning and before I leave the room I tripped on fresh air and have lightly sprained my foot. Great. Only me can do that. Whilst we were at the Studio, Kris had an encounter with something unpleasant which I dare not mench here but needless to say he hasn’t stopped going on about it yet and we will be dining out on that story for some time to come, ohhhh how much would some of you pay me to find out the juicy goss, hahahahaha it would be worth a forch! Any bids are welcome! Anyway, we do the show, and stop off in our fave place on the way home for a drink – and as I stirred my lushy strawberry milkshake I say “how funny would it be if I spilled ice-cream all down myself like you did last night”…yep. You guessed it.  So we both came home – in shame – and are clearly worthy of being on Jeremy Kyle. x

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..oo behind behind…as usual!…

21/10/2009 at 11:19 am (card making)

IMGP2803What a morning! Tsk tsk. Firstly I was rudely awakened at 7 with cat fur in my face where Mod had crept up and ensconsed his big ginger fatass on my pillow with my head still on it. Now I would normally shoo him off but I have to admit I quite liked the warm fluffy addition and he must have been feeling lonely as it’s the first time he’s ever done it. So I had a little furry cuddle with him for 10 mins till I had to go to the loo. I was so tired I got back into bed for another half hour but he launched – and I mean launched himself off in a fright.   So I just nodded off again and was woken again to the sound of a Jugonaut the size of Kennedy Space Station outside the house, banging and clashing and making a right old racket.  So I got up again to see what the hell was going off. I stuck my head out the curtains to have a skeggy and some random council worked in grubby overalls was looking at me in a frightened manner from about 10 feet away, I got the frikkin shock of my life!!  He was standing on top of a giant mound of dirt which was on the back of a massive lorry and was parked right outside the house filling in a tiny 2ft square hole they dug out last week, but because he was up so high he was on a level with our window! Good job I had me night attire on!  So I rapidly shut the curtains again not wanting to scare the poor fella, me and my haystack head on a  morning aint good, believe me, and determined to have a little longer snooze I crept back under the duvet. So then, I woke up at 10.30, yes 10.30 ! on a schoolday no less! eeeek! And now I’m all a kerfuffle cos my day is disrupted and I’ve got to go to the hairdressers in an hour or so. Hardly time to start work so I don’t think I’ll bother! I’ll wait till I get back and crack on later, so in the meantime I find a couple of hours spare to do some little bloggypoo’s and other stuff.

So what I’m actually supposed to be doing today is finishing off my demo’s for our Create and Craft show on Friday, which is 10 am, another early start, hurrahhh.  Last time we went down we used our new gadget “the Tom Tom” to find a local craft shop but I don’t think I am allowed to go in this time, I spent an absolute forch! Actually I DAREN’T go in to be honest, it was a lush mountain of irresistable stamps. sigh.  And I must confess I have a plethora of crafty parcels winging their way to me at the moment (they’re for classes, yeah yeah yeah) , and that’s on top of going to the NEC on Friday, think I will just have to make sure I take cash only or I know what will happen!  REALLY looking forward to the NEC, there’s me and 3 of my fave people coming too, I just know we will have a sidesplitting day of fun and food and more hilarity than you can poke a stick at. And aching feet and legs and a  creaking bank account I shouldnt wonder too.  But I’m looking forward to it because I’ve never actually been a VISITOR before so that will be an experience, so if you go and you hear some kerfuffle ahead and can see elbows flying, it will be me, bashing and elbowing my way in, trampling you all with my elephant feet along the way, hahahaha!!  So if you see me and me cronies (and they ARE cronies!LOL!) make sure you come over and say hello, I will be the one bent double like a pack-horse craning under the weight of stash!

Right, I’d seriously better go now, I have a shedload of work to do really and I think I’ve come round now, having just devoured a fishfinger sarnie. yumster!  Don’t forget to watch or record the show Friday, have some cute demo’s lined up including more burgers! xx

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shoe drools again…

11/10/2009 at 5:57 pm (card making)

been drooling again, I sooooooo wish I could wear heels, I NEEEEEEED all of these. Maybe I could have a shoe wardrobe where I can just stroke them and never wear them. Oh yeah, I just remembered I have that already! I am seriously thinking of finding someone who will train me to walk in heels again like whens I was a teenager.

…check these babies out…dontchya just want want want…

and theeeeeese….

Cortesan Round Toe Polka

and theeeeeeeeeeeese I REAAAAALLLY neeed…..

I’m in love, sighhhhhhh…..

and maybe these….

and my babies are STILL waiting for me after alllllll this time, come to me, come to me, I love you I adore you, I need you, you should be mine…..I think it’s fate they are still in stock and available in my size …..

wait for me, wait for me………………………. I’m coming to get you my lovelies…..

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phew!

09/10/2009 at 10:00 am (card making)

Well what a busy few weeks I’ve had – life just seems to be totally mental at the moment with not a minute to spare (‘cept the addiction I’ve developed to Restaurant City on Facebook, lol!).

Well I actually managed to join in this week’s challenge over on Polkadoodles Challenges so here it is…

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The challenge for today is to follow my sketch and use Jingle Jangle Christmas papers and the Rubber Stamp collection but I failed to enter my own challenge correctly, LOL! Doh, what a div. So I used the Crimbley Doodles download collection instead which I must admit I DO love to bits, it’s so bright and colourful. I actually think this collecsh is good for mens xmas cards.

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I’ve cut out the trees from a scrap of the paper and 3d’d them.  The wide message is from the Crimbo stamp set and I coloured it in with Copics.  Now, I went a bit mad with circles. First of all I pur-chased a yummy yummy new border punch the other day from EK Success which is called Swiss Cheese and I am in LOVE with it! So all the little holes around the edge of the card are using that baby and I ran around the edges of the circles with a black pen just to add definition as the papers are a bit busy (in hindsight I wouldnt use that punch on something this busy next time, but you know when you are just desperado to use a new toy, heheh). Then I also cut a hole using a new circle punch I bought the same day (had a total craft blowout, and I MEAN a blowout!) . I put an insert inside the card and stamped the snowflake on the insert, through the circle hole to get the positioning right. I added a bit of colour with copics again and some tidgy crystal gems I found. Then I decided to tie the ribbon thorugh the hole by cutting a small slit with a knife down the spine of the card. I’m in love with that red dotty ribbon it’s Sooo expensive looking and lush.  The Noel circle is also from the stamps and was perfect for the 2nd circle on the sketch.

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The colouring on the Noel is  a bit pants, I do find that the Copics bleed a lot if you’re doing fine work. I do like ’em but I’m not sure I don’t like my Tombow pens better and wish I’d bought into that range more now, think I will have to switch! I think Copics are great if you have the entire collection so you can have all the colour tones but I personally think that Promarkers are better cos I like the finer tips, Copic tips are too big for colouring fine detail.  And I am a big watercolour fan and you just can’t beat your waterbrush for getting some great shading. Oh well, no doubt there are trillions of peeps who will be screaming at me now but its just my opinion! (and I do have all 3 brands and Marvy le Plume too).

Right, what else has been happening lately…ooo lots and lots…

Create and Craft are keeping me totally busy with show after show, we seem to be on twice a month at the moment and the CD’s are becoming more and more popular, yayyy, thanks to all of you who have bought one then another and another…thanks everyone.  It makes me feel all squishy inside when I know you all love the designs, as a designer you, well I, am always a bit insecure about my own stuff and I always have a few wobblers when I put a CD together (“I dont think it’s good enough, I need to put more on, I’m not happy with that”) blah blah blah. Luckily Krissy gives me a good hard slap around the smackeroo now and then otherwise I would never make the show, so he keeps me on the straight and narrow bless him.  So this last week we launched Not For Girls which is a brand new Mens collection on a double – yes, double, CD. I have to say, I’m a bit of a mentalist as I really love doing men’s stuff and it was great doing this CD. There are lots of grungey designs on there with some distressing and ephemera with loads of cool tickets and bits and pieced to cut out and ink.  The show itself was really popular and we had to increase stock as it almost sold out within about 10 mins I think, but the show itself almost finished me off before we went on air, I don’t think I’ve ever had such a stressful morning! I don’t want to relive it all again but lets just say it involved a computer from Noah’s ark and a laptop which wouldnt play – as we went live on air I didnt actually know if the PC was going to work or not and we couldnt show the Crimbo CD or Candy Doodles because we couldnt get them to work! Needless to say there was lots of pointing and whispering and shuffling around of the program whilst we were on which is why you all got to see loads and loads of the samples! I can laugh now but I am scared, as I woke up that morning having had a nightmare about the very same things!! I think I am psycho!

So, our next Create and Craft show is 23rd Oct at 10am and there will be a couple of new things on there as always so make sure you check out the show – it’s also a great way to see some of the samples close up and personal too.  Ooo how lovely the postie has just been and delivered my first set of brand new rubber stamps for the next show for me to approve! Oooops I shouldnt have said that! ;D  I love it when things turn up, so I’m off, I need to go play, sorry TEST them out! ttfn campers! xx

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ta dahhhh…

18/09/2009 at 7:16 pm (card making)

At last it seems like I had a productive day, has only taken a couple of weeks! Must be cos the OH was out the house all day at his geekfest thing. He came home with a tale of £13.95 for a pack of 4 x AA batteries and something about his mate exclaiming obscenities and showing him up – makes a change, it’s usually the other way round!

Right, I am actually going to post some piccies, dont fall out of your pram, but yes, I have pics!  This week over at the Polka Doodles challenge Ruth asked us to make our own DIY flowers and this was my offering…IMGP3146IMGP3147IMGP3148
…have to say I do love this card, sometimes the best ones are those you chuck together in 15 minutes without any thought arent they…I used papers from the Jingle Jangles CD and my luscious-ty lush brand new Flourish stamp from the Daisy Doodles Stamp collection which I am totally in love with.  As a designer I love it when I create something which I really like, but then when I actually come to use it in an everyday setting it turns out even better than I’d planned – it doesnt always happen and it makes me feel all fuzzy inside…I was a little nervous about designing my first sets of stamps, so many choices to make and lots to consider but personally I think they turned out great.

If anyone is looking for some fab inspiration I’ve just uploaded all the show samples onto the website gallery so make sure you  have a look, you can get a really good feel for the products on there.

Well, at Haggie last week I was a really good girl. I did spend lots of cash in a very short amount of time (one stallholder seemed horrified when I said I’d spent up and it was only 11am! I wasnt lying!), but I didn’t actually get a lot but what I did was useful things and have all been used already, except for a couple of reels of ribbon.  I topped up my copic collecsh (bit disappointed in the ol’ Copics, prefer Promarkers because the nib is smaller) with some key colour choices. My fave buy of the day is this little beaut…

sizbag…this bag is HUGGGGEEEEEEE! Didnt really buy it for crafty stuff or Sizzix, more as an overnighter bag – it opens really wide and it was an absolute bargain I thought.

Well yesterday I managed to actually get out the house and see my luvverlee chumlee Jozza for a coffee at her favest place, Costa.  Felt bad dragging her away from the lovely Maddie who had been spilling chunks all night and was off school pawly sick, but the cappuccino and slab of choccie cake heaven soon took over the guilt complex.  And we had an obligatory trip to Tesco afterwards which resulted in me spending £29 buying 2 jumpers for DH, a space hopper and top for my niece, a treat each for the cats and a pack of gorge Owlee socks for moi. Me and J will match cos she got them too and at 3 bar for a pack of 4 another bargain I thought.

When I was in Peterborough on Monday we found this emergency supply…had to get me a couple of course and needless to say i did have an emergency later which required one – how handy was that!…

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So a busy week all in all but not as manic as it has been lately, must admit.  I’m currently working on my next CD which has now turned into a double CD because I’ve already filled one and I have so much more I want to do with it. It’ll be released on C&C on 2nd October so watch out for it, I think it’s going to be a popular one! Right ttfn! x

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