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The final all day event for 2012

Here are the dates for 2012 Experience days that Sharon & myself have organised.

Now Booking

Saturday 1st December at Hethersett Village Hall for the last all day event of 2012 & a Christmas Card & gift event
Theme - A whole day crafting
Cost - £25

Future Dates:

Saturday 1st December ~ Christmas gift event

And don't forget for every event you attend you will receive a FREE raffle ticket which could win you a

(Draw to take place during December's Event)


Do you fancy a catalogue party?

Did you know that you can qualify for hostess benefits without having to hold a party?

Just by showing your catalogue around to your family, friends or craft group, If you collect together orders totalling over £150 you will qualify for a free hostess benefits.

If your interested please contact me for further details.

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Sunday, 31 August 2008

Trophy / Stand up card ~ Instructions

A lovely lady Joelyn on splitcoast stampers has put up the instructions for this trophy card, so I just had to have a go, after watching Dawn make one at last weeks demo, she made it look so simple.
I made a few errors, so this is just the prototype!!

I made the Stamped on panel too tall ( I didn't have all of the measurements then )

I used Michelle's tip of using the card that you matt & layer to punch out any shapes.....ooop's I forgot the matted image wasn't going to be completely covered on the back of the card.

Then when I was assembling the card I had already stuck the greeting on the front, assembled the inner part with the image & guess what I had done them back to front.

You will need:
11" X 4 1/2" piece of card stock...piece A (main body of card)
5 1/4" X 2 1/2" piece of card stock...piece B (message card)
2 1/2" X 1 1/2" piece of card stock...piece C (front greeting card)

Decorate the "A" piece of card stock.
Turn "A" over and with a pencil, lightly mark, score and fold to make lines 1", 2 3/4",3 3/4", 5 1/2",7 1/4", 8 1/4", 10".

On the centre line (5 1/2" line) mark in 3/4" on both sides.

With a razor knife cut a line 2 3/4" long between the two 3/4" marks.

Take card stock piece "B" and stamp the message you want for your card, on one side.
Be sure not to stamp on the bottom 1"(This area will be inside the card and won't be seen.)

On piece "A" mark a bottom centre line from the 1" score line down on both ends.

On piece "B" mark the bottom centre line for the bottom only.

Thread the message area of "B" through the center slot of "A".

Align and glue the two centres marks of "A" and "B" together (like a sandwich with B being the centre).

Stamp a greeting onto the front of card stock "C" and glue to the front of the card.

It will help if you look at the diagrams.

When you are finished...your card will slide up and down through the slot. Flat for mailing and Free standing once it is opened.

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 12

Penny Black Saturday challenge 12

Stars & Stripes

The papers are "cogsmo" by Cosmo Cricket they are so cool for male cards this range is actually robots, but the coordinating papers are great.
The card base and the mat and stars are from the Stampin up colour collection " earth elements"

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Feeling my age today

I'm definitely feeling my age today as Dan darling son is 17 today, so this time 17 years ago I had already been in labour for 30 hours and he was born at 12.36pm.

The tag card was made using the beautiful Cosmo Cricket papers called cogsmo, I just love the vibrancy of these papers.

All of the pages are bound together using the Bind it all and just a couple of toning ribbons to set the spine off.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Online card making magazine

Check out this online card making magazine, you can even download back issues.
sheetload of cards

There are lots of really cool ideas, but the downside and there is a small one all of the adverts are american.

Thursday, 28 August 2008

New Halloween stamps

My friend Manda has some of her new Halloween stamps previewing on spiral whisper at the moment, pop over and take a look she is one talented lady.
Spiral Whisper

My First Atc

This is my very first attempt at an ATC for a swap with my SBS15 sisters.
I think I may make a few more when the kids go back to school next week.

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Welcome to the world ~ penny Black saturday challenge 11

Accordion book
made as a welcome to the world keepsake.

Saturday, 23 August 2008

The week just gets better

My week just gets better I have received an award
The aware came from Ooffee over at craftywanderings

A big thank you Ruth.

The rules are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog
2. Link the person you received your award from
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you’ve nominated.

So here goes, this is a tricky one as I have spent a lot of evenings blurffing and have found many talented bloggers who deserve this award.
1.Jenny at Stamping moments
has inspired me to get out my dusty stamps.. Thank you
2. Michelle at Michelles crafty paper a great Stampin up demo, I pick up a new tip every time we meet.
3. Dawn at Anything papercraft Who I have the pleasure to watch demonstrating when she comes to Jarrolds, she is a mine of useful information & some amazing ideas.
4. Mel at Mel stampz super tutorials i have spent hours here.
5. Valita at Valita's designs I love the tutorials especially making your own prima flowers.
6. Sarah at Stash, stash & more stash An amazing card gallery.
7. Robyn at The pink stamper the tutorials Robyn makes an amazing & she is such a lovely character & one of my sbs15 sisters.
8. Monica at Monica's passions A brilliant blog I found tonight.

Thank you everyone for your words of encouragement and the inspiration that you are happy to share.

Prepare to be inspired

Just check out the truly inspirational gallery of shutterbug2124
41 pages of pure talent with many 3d items and gift ideas.

A sneak peak

Just blurffing and found a link to the Stampin up Mini holiday catalogue ( USA only )
But maybe a taste of whats to come in the new catalogue or in the new year. WOW!!! I can see my wish list growing.
Mini holiday catalogue

Stampin up party ~ Last night

I really have been spoiled this week, I discovered digital scrapbooking on a site called Scrap blog I made my first ATC for a swap with Emma my SBS15 sister that I have to pop in the post on Tuesday & then I can post it on here.
Today I have worked, I use this term loosely as I had the pleasurable job of watching Dawn who was demonstrating the cuttlebug and the new Inkadinkadoo Christmas rubber stamps in Jarrolds and assisting all of our interested customers, Dawn left us some beautiful samples & she is always a source of Inspiration.

This morning I won a prize & last night I was invited to a Stampin up party, which of course I went too, how could I refuse. The demo was Michelle who inspired us all as usual and was full of useful tips.So after all of my chat here are the make & takes from last nights Stampin up party.

My 6 x 6 scrapbook page, I just love this set with the animals.

And here is my Crocodile card using a stamp from the same set called Wild about you, unfortunately the faux crocodile skin doesn't show up too well. To make the skin you take a piece of green cardstock and cover it with Versamark pad, sprinkle over the whole area with embossing powder and then with a pen lid or pokey tool drag wobbly lines down and across to make a grid effect, heat with the heat tool and there you have it Faux crocodile skin.
The other thing that doesn't show too well in the picture is the scallop punch used over the corner to look like a crocodile punch, just by using about a quarter of the punch over the top corner.

WOW I won!

Wow i'm amazed I won the draw for the Penny Black Saturday challenge 10
Here is the card.
The flower petals are folk shaped hearts cut from newspaper, scrunched up and inked over with a dye based ink pad. Then I coated each heart with pva glue I placed them on a piece of acetate & that way they peeled off easily. The two sizes of Grosgrain ribbon loops are attached using glue dots and the flower & circle were cut with my Cricut George cartridge. The stamped image was stamped with a permanent ink pad so I could watercolour the cute hedgehog.

Thursday, 21 August 2008

Penny Black Saturday Challenge 10 = Ribbons

So on to this weeks challenge


this week we would like to see ribbons on your project.As always its entirely up to you what you make - card, atc, altered art long as it features at least on penny black image.

So here is my interpretation

The flower petals are folk shaped hearts cut from newspaper, scrunched up and inked over with a dye based ink pad. Then I coated each heart with pva glue I placed them on a piece of acetate & that way they peeled off easily. The two sizes of Grosgrain ribbon loops are attached using glue dots and the flower & circle were cut with my Cricut george cartridge. The stamped image was stamped with a permanant ink pad so I could watercolour the cute hedgehog.

My First Atc

I thought it would be fun to join in the fun with my SBS15 sisters who are doing an ATC swap. I have never made an ATC so I had to Google the information I needed, I found it here at Charmed Card & Crafts

So what is an Artist Trading Card (ATC)?

An ATC is a piece of art that is small and perfectly formed! It is sometimes easy to think of it as a small handmade card, you still do the same work on the trading card – just as a smaller version!

You can either have original ATC’s, which means each card you swap is different, or an edition, which means all cards in your group are the same. The fi nal category is a series, this means that the cards are based on one theme but all cards are different.

Some of you may know about the old fashioned trading cards, like footballers or cartoon fi gures. Well this is very similar only it is along a crafty theme! There are two main things to remember about ATC’s…..

1. The ATC must measure 2.5” x 3.5” (64mm x 89mm).
2. They must never be sold, only swapped or given. To make a true trade, the cards must have the following information on the back. Your name, the date and the reference number. So for card one you put 1 of 4, card two is 2 of 4 and so on.

You can stamp on the cards, use watercolours, inks, or chalks. You can add ribbons, peel offs, rub ons, brads, and buckles – ANYTHING! ATC’s are very similar to the cards that you normally make just smaller.

P.S I just made the base of my ATC and it looks small 3.5" x 2.5" I asked hubby what he thought and in his wisdom he said "are you sure that shouldn't be Centimetres?"
Now theres a new concept postage stamp swap!!
He didn't see the funny side of me laughing.

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

3D Craft items

I have noticed whilst Blurffing that many of our sisters overseas make their crafting projects 3D and into gift items.
There is a gallery on Splitcoast Stampers called "Anything but a card "

Teachers thank you pot, the flower stems are pens & pencils
By Beth Hartley

By Lisag311

Concertina card organiser by Dawn

Altered Memo by Mary Dawn

By Diva with stamps

By Scrappin dixie

I am constantly amazed by the talents of others, I just need to have a go at some of these projects.

Monday, 18 August 2008

Digi scrapping

I saw a post earlier by Robyn who was talking about digital scrapbooking, I thought I would look into it. Well I found a great site called Scrap Blog I made my first page of my granddaughter Kelsea Its basic as I just wanted to have a play, I tried it and I liked it.

1st Scrap blog page

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Playing with colour

I managed to grab a couple of hours in the craft room this afternoon while the football was on, after I had dusted down and rid the room of cat hairs where the boys sneak in for a quiet sleep away from the kitten, I decided to have a play with some colour. One of my current favourite is the stampin up card which comes in four colour families.
Rich regals
Bold Brights

Earth elements
Soft subtles
The sets I used were my new Pick a petal & Simply said both from the current Stampin up catalogue.

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Crafts are here

Crafts are here, crafts are there,

My craft supplies are everywhere.

I really should clean this mess,

but I like it I confess.

Floor is littered, chairs are piled,

Kitchen's looking pretty wild.

On the table, counter too,

Seems that any place will do.

Hall is stacked with cartons high,

filled with things folks like to buy.

Garage is full, but so far....

there's still room to park the car.

I never have an idle day,

New ideas come my way.

Don't know yet what I'll create,

but my imagination's great.

My family smiles, they don't complain,

although at times I am a pain.

but when all is said and done,

I really am a crafty one!

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