Wednesday 27 June 2012


Oh gosh... two weeks? Is this how long it's taken me to get back onto the laptop to do an actual blog post?? Sorry...

As you may guess, I've done lots of running about for the past few weeks, and with demo's, Create and Craft and other bits and pieces to do, time has been quite valuable.

This Tuesday, as in yesterday, I had my bi-monthly Craft Class, and it was lovely to welcome some new ladies too... So Hello Susan, Kath, Olive, Charlotte and Cheree... it is lovely to have you all with us..

here's one of the projects that was on offer for last night. (sorry I can't bring it into the centre... blogger must be having a bit of a hissy fit!)

We also made an exploding box, but that can be another post for another day. So, this card was created by simply layering some punched borders cut onto the Colossal cardstock from Papermania and then adding a little punched flower decoration and some wording. Simple.

I do promise that I will try to get back to post again very soon - I just need to get the photos off the camera.. lol.

Until next time!
Happy Crafting!!!

Friday 15 June 2012

Fathers Day ...

Well, my To Do list has gone to pot again today.. and I should be making a start on some projects for next weeks shows, but all the fab cards that are over on the Crafty Bloggers Network on Facebook are keeping me from crafting.. so I've decided to come away from there, post on here and give you a little inspiration for Fathers Day...

The only fathers day card I send, is one to my husband, and this was just perfect for him this year as my lovely, wonderful hubby has been doing lots of work in the garden this year. Well, he and my fabbie next door neighbour Ian, who I can't thank enough for my new garden!!!

Anyway... here's the card I want to show. We created this one at my card class last week as we were learning how to colour with the Papermania watercolour pencils.. I think they all did really well and all the cards created were so lovely..

I used the sentiments stamps from Docrafts for the sentiment - nice and chunky, just what I like.. and they come in a pack of two, male and female.. so everyone is catered for.

Here's the close up..

Isn't he cute??

So, what are you doing for Father's Day? I think we're just going to have a lovely quiet day in.. maybe go out, maybe not.. I'll decide at a later time..

Whatever you're upto, please enjoy it.. but don't forget to get some crafting in too!

Thursday 14 June 2012

Q... for Quilling? Quilting? Qwoss Stitch?

You know, I really don't know where the time is going recently - it seems to be absolutely flying!! I have had a quiet week all considered, so decided to have a play along with the Docrafts Alphabet challenge... and we are currently upto letter Q.. okay, so I have A to P to complete, but I don't think that will be this week!

Anyway.. here's my card for you.

As you can see, I have cut up the backing paper into 2cm squares, inked around the edges then remounted onto a piece of white card. This was for the Quilting section of the challenge. The quilled flowers were for the Quilling (obviously!)... here it is in more detail..

After the background was stuck onto the card, I did a little doodling to create faux stitching. The centres of the flowers are adhesive pearls. The flowers were created by using the XCUT quilling die. I love the dimension that these flowers give.

To finish, I added some lace that was given to me by a lovely lady at one of my demos in Derby. The bows were from ribbon given by the same lady.

I hope you like the card - I enjoyed doing it even if it was a tad fiddly.. !

Just one other little thing... a birdy... in fact one of my starlings from the garden.

I was sat outside the other day with my camera trying to get a photo of a robin, and this little cheeky chappie came and sat on the fence.. it sat watching me for a while whilst the babies were all feeding, so I took the opportunity of getting a quick snap.

I just think the colours of the starling are beautiful - a little like oil on water. It's such a shame that the starlings are in decline (and thankfully not solely due to the stupid sparrowhawk that keeps visiting the garden!) particularly in the south and west of Britain. They are greedy, messy eaters who relish the meal worms and peanut paste that I put out for them.. such odd little characters, but I love to see them.

Anyway.. until next time - I do have some other cards to share too, so I know it'll probably be tomorrow. xx

Thursday 7 June 2012

A great quote...

‎"Low Self-Worth leads to low funds which in turn leads to panic rather than profit. Start valuing yourself and your unique contribution!"

I just really needed to share this...

You know I love my pupsters. Well, I just needed to share this beautiful photo that my daughter took whilst out walking the furbabies... Isn't it just wonderful?

Oh dear me....

My Blogging malarky isn't going too well is it!!!

I started off with all good intentions too - it just never quite reaches expectation! lol. So.. here we are again - a few weeks later than planned, and a little update of what's been going on. Shall we make this blog post number 1 of quite a few more? I think I just may.

Okay - so I haven't blogged for quite a while - mid May probably my last one - and I've been very busy. I've been to Create and Craft for a Pick of the Week or two, and I've also had a few extra shows featuring the most amazing Docrafts products .... Michael Powell no less!!!! I love his designs.

I have also been to Bath to film more Creativity episodes, and to Bournemouth for the Open Event at Docrafts.

I think I'll share a few photos from the Docrafts event, as it was a highlight for me. I met so many lovely retailers, crafters, fellow demonstrators, and Creativity Club members it made a perfect week.

We held workshops, demonstrations, chatted, learnt quite a bit, and generally had a jolly good time... as this photo shows!

This was taken on the Thursday evening, and this bunch of ladies are just the best!!

From the left we have Georgina, Janice, Cheremane, Naomi, me and Sheila..

I had arrived in Bournemouth on the Saturday to start the retailer event on the Sunday through to the Wednesday, and it was great fun... I really enjoyed talking to everyone, doing the workshops (a couple of weeks of panic attacks were soooo unnecessary!!) as well as meeting the folks at Docrafts everyday.. it was like a dream come true! Some of the Docrafts team I really hadn't spoken to before, so it was nice to get to know them a little better. And this is one very special lady I had the pleasure of doing it all with - our Sheila.

On the Wednesday afternoon was the start of our Demonstrator Conference, and we had some really great things planned - although I think falling over and landing flat on my face *quite* a few times really wasn't included in the plan! We did some Social Networking talks, tutorials on taking better photographs, a mini awards (yey!! I got an award too!!) ceremony, and lots more! It was nice to catch up with the folks I hadn't seen for a couple of years and to meet some really special people I had not met before. Naomi was one of these people... oh gosh she is such an adorable young lady and we had such fun and laughed so much..

On the Thursday, we had a full days schedule ahead of us.. it was all good fun. Thursday night we arrived back at the hotel and met up with some of the Creativity Club members who had arrived for our very first ever Club Day. The photo above was taken on the beach after our meal, when we got to know each other a little better and had a little fun. Poor Naomi nearly lost her Hermy Ducky in the sea (yes, the hotel give you little yellow duckies...) and we were quite lucky it got bought back inland.. but our Sheila lost her beautiful bracelet in the sea, and it didn't come back into land...

Friday was our Club Day and we had members of Creativity Club come to enjoy our day with us. Emma put so much effort into the day, and it was a great success! Here are a few piccies.

We had a really lovely time... and then it was time to go home.. and time to say goodbye to everyone, including this very special, lovely lady... our beloved Emma...

The memories of this week are all ready to go into my new Scrapbook that I have - Katy Godbeer you are a very naughty lady for tempting me!!!

I hope you had enjoyed my update! I hope you can visit again soon to see what else I'm upto.. and as I always promise.. there will be a card or two being uploaded too.. I just need a little time.. lol.

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