Wednesday, 29 October 2014
It looked so complicated and there were so many little bits to the Candy Box Crafts Rotary Craft Storage Unit, but seriously it takes longer to say than do LOL !!!
These guys really know their stuff, the "building" of it couldn't have been simpler, in fact I got it all out and put it all together in no time, so much so that i forgot to take a picture of all the bits.
There are so many gorgeous papers out there that will compliment this product, and Sandra, in her wisdom, sent me the Kaisercraft Mister Fox collection, nice one Sandra !!!! There were quite a few to choose from but I went for the simplistic everyday look, I have plans for the other stash !!
Anyhoo's here's what i did :
As per the instructions I put it all together first before decorating, I applied a couple of coats of KaiserCraft KaiserColour paint in Sage and Antique White, then applied a bit of dry brushing.
I used one of the KaiserCraft Wood Flourishes "Bird Twig" I painted it then applied Embossing Powder to give it a bit of texture.
Friday, 24 October 2014
Not sure if you know, but now that Scrap 365 has gone out of publication it doesn't mean it's gone...... Oh no.... You can still get tons of inspo from their regular blog.
I was very honoured to be part of that blog just the other day when I got to be a guest designer on there....thank you Scrap 365.
This is the layout I created for them, I was completely inspired from the wonderful Teresa Collins and her gold reign that's going on at the mo, with a little Heidi Swapp'ness' also :) :)
You can get full details on how this was created by just popping over to their blog HERE .....AND.......... that's not all, if you leave a comment you'll also be in with a chance of winning the 6 brand NEW WOW Embossing Powders, It's as simple as that !!!
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
I'm pleased to announce that I'm on the Layout-A-Week Design Team in the USA.
Its a really inspirational blog bringing you weekly posts on scrapbooking layouts only, no cards, no albums just layouts and full of ideas and hints and tips.
AND here is my first ever post for them.....Drum roll please ........................
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
That's where I've been these past 5 days, Orlando, in fact..but no, there was no Mickey Mouse for me, it was all work work work, well, nearly ;)
I was at the Collins Education and Trade Show, teaching and well, educating the American retailers on the wonderful WOW ! Embossing Powder Brand.
Canvas Corp were our neighbours and lovely they were too
The Elizabeth Craft Designs stand was so long, I should have done it on a panoramic, to here's Els lovely daughter ready to take orders.
Here's the fabulous Craft Dee Bows, this lady is just adorable :) :) although you can only see her arm :) . The guy in the background is the lovely Tim, said owner of the Collins Group Company.
Here's the lovely Lou and photo bomber Kevin from Do Crafts who debuted at the show
The Sizzix stand was fabulous as would be expected, they always do great displays.
Here's a brand new company with some cute little designs.
I'm gutted I didn't get the Bo Bunny ladies in the shot, they're such fun !!!
American Crafts also debuted at the show with their WRMK products. I would like it known I had to shove the guy from Echo Park out the way to get this shot and that's what I think he's laughing at !!!
It wouldn't be a show without Ranger and of course Sir Tim
Here's the lovely Dina Wakley ready to do her 'thang' !!!
Where was the fabbi Dyan (dylusions) well she'd popped out the room in her slippers, mainly because a fridge door fell off it's hinges and landed on her foot....ouch !!!!
And we'll end the show with another photo bomb this time from Impression Obsession.
There were soooo many more manufacturers there, but the doors were about to open and I had to take my position !!!
Here's the lovely Mandy Boddy a fellow Brit now living and working in the States. We had such a laugh with her and Betty that night, let's just say alcohol was involved ;)
This is Els and Joep from the fabbi Elizabeth Craft Designs, we don't call him Joep though to us he's Liam as in Neeson...take a quick look !!! Fabulous couple !!!
Here's Tim and Jenni with myself (just) and Richard (Mr Wow!) his name not mine :) :) none of this could happen without these guys, they're just amazing.
And...... Before we knew it, it was all over, apart from one last day to do paperwork and a teensy bit of shopping, Richard was a star and hired a car and seeked out a Michaels for me so I could get my grubby mits on the exclusive Heidi Swapp stash, looks like I was just in time as I got the last bits on the shelf...phew !!!! #iwasjustalittledesperate. It broke my heart to pay retail prices but hey I'm going to find a way of sharing it with my customers, who I know are also desperate !! After all if it wasn't for those guys I wouldn't be where I am today :) :) so it looks like classes a plenty...watch this space.
Saturday, 27 September 2014
My second post this month (just got in) LOL ... For the Jones Design Team is again using the lovely Graphic 45 T'was the Night Before Christmas collection.
This time I'm making little baubles, as taught to me years ago by the lovely Paula Brown.
They're so quick and simple to make, so get the kids involved and you can fill a tree in no time.
You can use any size circle punch, my fav is the 1.75" , so go ahead and punch out loads of circles
On a scoreboard score down the centre, do this on all the circles
Using DST adhere the halves together
Keep going all the way round, but before you finish pop a bit of Glossy down one of the joins and add some folded twine
Finish off by adding more circles
And hang with pride....now I just have to make a few more to add to my 'tree'
Happy bauble making
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
This is a little homage to the two wonderful ladies who have helped me no end, getting ready for the Handmade Fair.....i couldn't have done it without you guys ....Thank you Paula and Suzanne,
I started off with this gorgeous little Maya Road Calendar stand......but did I use it for a calendar ... NO... to me, it's a mini album, actually everything in my life is a mini album....I love them.
It's fab as it has such a sturdy acrylic base and thick chipboard pages, that it takes Heidi Swapp Colour Shine just perfect.
I know you can't see it clearly here, but the mica is just beautiful.
I've done every other page, using the fab PaperArtsy collage background technique, as shown to us by the wonderful Leandra. I could happily teach this technique forever as no two ever come out the same !!!
I may just do another class in it...watch out for the Sugar and Spice newsletter.
And yes, of course it will be on display at the show :) :)
Monday, 15 September 2014
That was all I needed to justify playing with some yummy Heidi Swapp stash.
This is the front cover and here's a few sneaks inside ....
It was so gorgeous and simple to create with...I can't wait to play some more
Sorry none of it is on the website yet, BUT.... it will be at the Handmade Fair with us, we're on stand A71 in the East Tent and we'll be holding make and takes all day, using WOW Embossing Powder and PaperArtsy yummy products....
We're doing WOW in the morning and PaperArtsy in the afternoon....AND there's lots of brand new products - choose your colours, create your masterpiece and take it home and give it pride of place
See you there