Thursday, 2 December 2010

Today's Spellbinder Show

Unfortunately some of the samples I made for todays show,were not delivered to Jo in time due to the snow. Luckily I had taken some photos before posting,so here are the ones that never made it to Peterborough.

Hope you like them.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Eco Safari

Good title,covers the two T.V. shows which are on tomorrow. The first is an ECO show using the paints and glue of course.This time there are some new stamp sets and some new surfaces to paint on.Jo and I have spent most of today covered in paint,all in a good cause though, the results of which you will see tomorrow.
Ok I give in,here is a sneeky peek of something I've enjoyed working on.
The second show is on Ideal world and features some new safari animals.I just love this little guy.

I hope you do too.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Anybody want a cold !

This time I managed to be ill after Ally Pally,some of my friends will remember me not having a voice during a couple of the shows.At least I didn't end up in Barnet A&E but that's another story.
I had a great time at this one, it was lovely to work with fellow demonstrators,Sam,John and of course Julia.The hours flew by.Retailers and shoppers complained of aching feet,my problem.....jaw ache,too much talking I think!! So many customers wanted to know how to make our crackers using the new template,.I couldn't disappoint them,could I.
The sample they were really interested in was the one using the "caught in crystal technique". If you go to on the workshop link,Suzanne Saltwell has done a step by step for you.I'll hopefully post a photo soon.
There was still at lot of interest in my tissue boxes and window cards,I'm so happy these are still popular.They are great for this time of year as presents and for raising funds.Have to get my thinking cap on for another idea.
Here are a few samples I've done in the past;

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Back to School

I'm not sitting here with a big smile on my face honestly !!!
My youngest is back tomorrow....does seem a bit silly to go for only a part day on a Friday.Weekend then before she starts a proper week.
I do have the older one at home as she is busy looking for another job,at least I can give her a list of housework to
Today I'll post some cards samples from the last Spellbinders POW,had fun making these,the ideas just seemed to flow;

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Photography & Rain

Very apt words for yesterday and the cards for today.
Skegness managed to stay dry for four hours for us,enough time to shop and have lunch in the gardens.Walking back to the car was fun,so glad I carried my raincoat all day.Would have liked to have taken more photos but we didn't have time to stop,rain was forecast.When I have time to download them,I'll show you a picture of something that became quite attached to us!!!!
Ok here are the cards;

The first card was made using a necessity, Black Soot distress ink,makes an effective, quick card.
The other two used some Fancy Pants papers and distress ink.The film strip I stamped on acetate using Jet Black Archival ink.
If you have any requests for card samples let me know, I have quite a few stored on my computer.
Back to work on Thursday,with everyone out tomorrow I might have a quiet crafty day.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Ladies' Day

I don't mean at the races but samples from the Elegant and Party ladies show.

These three samples were made using our double-sided paper range to which Christmas colours have just been added.
Well I'm looking forward to tomorrow,a day out with my husband.It's only to the seaside but at least it will be relaxing.Hopefully it will stay dry for some of the time,don't enjoy shopping in the rain.
Will post some photos tomorrow and of course some more cards.

Friday, 20 August 2010

Oh Nuts !

The cards for today were made using the stamps from the A5 plate called Oh Nuts.I've been meaning to post these for a while,a friend of mine asked for some ideas.So here at last are those samples,sorry for the long long wait.

Look out for these on a future show along with a new plate Sam Poole has also designed.
Well I kinda enjoyed a day off today,if you call shopping for school clothes and equipment that.At least that's done now..... usually leave it 'till the last week.This year they've gone back to wearing blazers,shame she will only wear it for less than a year.
Tomorrow will be housework and card making I think,and a trip to the local craft warehouse.Need a new guillotine and I suppose I'll look to see what else takes my fancy.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Partridge in a pear tree

Here I am as promised,no daughter to borrow!!! my laptop.

This was one of my favourite cards I made from the set using distress ink of course and silver shine embossing powder.Those nesties do keep making an appearance ,talking of nesties I know I have something to tell you....... but I think I'll save that 'till a later date.

This one used Lava Red Shimmer mist and Black Sparkle embossing powder.
Thanks for the comments,I will try and post at least 2 cards a day to get through the backlog and then post some more up to date samples.
Well I'm going to have to wait to visit my craft room it's raining,never mind I have plenty of blogs to read.
Did you know Creative Expressions have a facebook group!

Missing for 4 months.

Ok I'm a bad blogger,will try to improve that, promise LoL
So many card samples to show you, that are building up in folders on my computer.
Life is as busy as ever,card making,card making and more card making.DO TRY and fit in the dreaded housework,life with two messy daughters I have too.
I had the pleasure of demonstrating at Stevenage for J & C Creations,last Sunday.It was a very warm but enjoyable day.It made a change,normally I go just to shop there,oh and to chat of course.Managed to chat to some lovely customers as well as the other stall holders.

This was one of the cards I had on display,it was made with a stamp from Sam's Winter Wonderland stamp plate.Using Black Soot distress ink applied with cut & dry foam.The deer was embossed with clear embossing powder over Black Soot.I stopped myself from adding glitter to this one and I'm glad I did, just love the simplicity of it.
Ok one more card to show for today,more tomorrow I HOPE.

Another simple card using Broken China and Bundled Sage.
Have fun crafting.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Samples for Ally Pally

I've remembered to take some photos as promised,only a couple,don't want to give to much away.

With the perfume bottle one I've been playing with the Cosmic Shimmer Utec again,it gave the glass like finish I wanted.Both "cards" show stamps designed by Sam Poole,the playing cards are on a new plate having its' first showing at Ally Pally.
I used two of the new distress inks Rusty Hinge and Bundled Sage,loving the new colours, Chipped Sapphire and Victorian Velvet are my other favourites at the moment.
There's a twist with these "cards",I'm not saying what until Saturday,see if you can guess.
One more day of sample making to go,how many more can I do? I wonder......

Tuesday, 6 April 2010


I see Linda(LB Crafts) is doing a countdown to Ally Pally,I love the reminder to how little time I have left to do samples.
Well I will try to do my own as to what I'm hoping to demo this time.Must remember to take some photos tomorrow, too late today.
Did anybody see Sheena today on C&C? She didn't even remind me that it was her birthday. So it's kinda late but a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY from me.I shall probably be the same come August and not want to be reminded how old I am.( the same age as Sheena by then lol)
We were both very busy over the weekend making samples for the TV show,it's a shame you did not get to see more of them. Hopefully if you are going to Ally you will get to see the other card samples, I even made a coaster. I forgot to take photos of these,I was just glad to get enough done.
I do have some of the previous show,love the canal stamps,I could have easily made many more.They were so easy to use,building up the scenes and then painting with distress inks.

This was one of my favourites,the design was divided up after I painted it.The trees just happened to be in the right place,no planning here.... promise.
At the NEC I was demoing the Cosmic Shimmer Ultra thick embossing crystals,these I was melting in a pie dish,NO... I didn't eat the pie first, we had new ones for sale.
As a reminder here is the recipe;
1)Pour some Clear UTEC into a foil dish,heat from underneath(don't want a snowstorm)
2)Once melted add other colours of UTEC,play,experiment here there are some lovely combinations.
3)Once you have enough,(trail and error here,depending on size of dish)heat from the top to make sure all the UTEC is in liquid form.
4)Either a memory frame (RANGER) or a cookie cutter is place on a RUBBER stamp,you do not need to ink this first.
5)Gently pour the liquid into the mould making sure you get into each corner.Now leave to set for at least 5 minutes.Remove from stamp ,while still warm dust with mica if required or when cold add glitter glue,apply with finger.
Hope this will clarify some points.
Don't worry about the rubber stamp it is molded at such a high temperature,nothing much can damage it.
It's great for jewellery,but I know some ladies were going to try to make buttons,I would love to see those.
Here's hoping I remember to post tomorrow with photos.

Friday, 8 January 2010

It's Snowing Again

Just looked out the window,it looks very pretty but I think I've had enough now.I'm not keen on driving as many of my friends know,( thanks for all those lifts, they were very much appreciated)this weather does not help.
I should have said at the beginning Happy New Year a bit late I know,to busy reading everybody else's blog to do my own.There are alot of new ideas and new products to soon be released here and in the states.Can't wait for some of them to arrive and to start playing.
I had a fairly quiet Christmas,started to do some cross stitching again.This was easier to do as my shed was rather cold and took a while to heat up.Eventually I managed to go down and work on some cards for a C&C show on the 6th January.
The next show is on the 13th January,not sure on the time but I do know the products as I've made two cards and a box so far,several other pieces are part way there.Hope to do some more later tomorrow as I'm at Colemans sale spending some Christmas money.I think it will be on beading products as one of my other Christmas presents were some beads,tools and a mat,thanks Nat.My two girls are very keen that I learn to make jewellery.....I can see where this is heading.My very first necklace I made at a workshop at Colemans,thanks Jo and Jeanette,I gave to my oldest for her 19th birthday,I do feel old........
So to the show next week,we have papers,card,inks & more inks of the alcoholic kind,I'll post some pictures when I can.
So I think this will be the end for this post, more tomorrow I hope.