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My world of stamping has now taken on a big change, and has become 'My world of Crafting'. Hopefully I can get back to the routine of more regular blogging.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

My 15 minutes of fame.........well maybe 2minutes!!

Well here I am, alongside Craft Presenter of the year, Stephanie Weightman, for the second year running, inside the studios of Ideal Shopping Direct in Peterborough. My TV debut (and my last I imagine!) - well they do say that everyone has 15 minutes of fame in their lifetime, and this must have been mine. Me on the right (and I forgot to breathe in!) and my friend Kathie on the left, had a wonderful time on Sunday when we had a guided tour around the Studios as well as appearing live - TWICE! - on Create & Craft and Ideal World shopping channels. Their hospitality was second to none, and the friendliness of all the crew was just fantastic. All the celebs were happy to chat with us as they made their way to their individual shows:
Michelle Marsden from Red Hot Bed
Nigel and Hazel of Strictly Card Dancing fame
Sheena promoting her stamps from Express
Robert Addams with his Celtic CD
Martyn, Shaun, Denise, Joanne, presenters from C&C - such lovely people
and Stephanie of course - such energy!
How does she do it , constantly?
So here's a few cards from the Oriental Flowers die-cut collection which I made during the day, and the Saturday morning before. I tried to be a little more adventurous than just layering up on the card.
Two cards put together, and the outline of the flower cut around for the inside edge of the card.

The actual card is cropped here, and layered onto an A5 card with the front folded back to give dimension and movement.

Here, the front of the card has been disected with a wavy cut, and the right hand edge has been adhered to the inside of the card, to make a complete picture when closed. And a 'dangly' hanging from the greeting - I love doing these!

I couldn't forget my beloved Stampin' Up so you can just see the scalloped border on the middle card here!
So back to reality now - catch up on everything at home (when the world stood still!) - and prepare for my Tuesday afternoon workshop, get my Stampers 10 order placed, 'make' 20 x A5 patterned envelopes, and basically get my act together for the coming weekend, when I am on a Copics Workshop in Leeds with the fantastic Maddy Hill. She certainly knows how to use Copics and much more - check out her blog http://madimaginations.blogspot.com/2009_02_01_archive.html
Thanks for popping by - I'll be back soon.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

Just a quick post.......

So sorry, I've not been around for a while - so much to do, so little time, you know the feeling?

Well, tomorrow, Sunday 22nd February, I have been invited to the Ideal World/ Create and Craft studios in Peterborough! And maybe.....just maybe.... I could appear on TV for a brief moment. How scary is that?

It's Craft Weekend on Create and Craft, and I am one of 6 people who will be crafting in the background during the live shows on Sunday from 1pm - 2pm and again from 4pm - 5pm.

So today I am frantically making samples from the kit they sent me to play with. I just hope my MOJO doesn't escape me!

Tara for now - must get started!

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Snowy day makes

No! I didn't make the snowman - far too cold for me. And why would I choose to get cold and wet when I could be playing with stamps and ink?
So this little cutie was born! Very simple but neat, I thought. It's a Sugar Nellie stamp called Daisy, stamped with Stazon and watercoloured with SU watercolour crayons. Flowers were coloured with Sakura stardust in purple and I tried technique of feint light blue painting around the edge of the image to make it 'pop'. Quite easy and I think it works. Then I used my new Nesties Label 1 which are so difficult to find so got them from the States. I see they have new ones shown at CHA and will be released in March - so that probably means May by the time we get them here.
And I won't pre-order cos last time I did that, I waited nearly 3 months from the States and they were in the shops here before I got mine. So frustrating!

And another, which I saw the idea on ILWS forum. There was a link to show how it was made but I couldn't find the instructions so I made it MY WAY. And then I taught this at a craft class with some lovely results.
It's a slider card - when you pull the tag at the top, it reveals a message on the tag and just below the image. I used SU stamps for the wording, stamped directly onto the card surrounded by stamped flowers from my favourite stamp set of the moment Botanical Blooms (Sale-a-Bration set - FREE with orders of £45). If you would like one of these sets, just drop me a line and I'll tell you how you can get this set for free.

From another angle, with the image slightly raised....

......and from the side, to show how it works. I haven't written any instructions as yet, but there could be some to follow - I'm not promising though!
Well, after two whole days of crafting (mainly stamping images) and no W**K, I'm off to work in the morning, so depression is starting to set in. Not really, but I'd much rather be at home, free to do as I please. But most people would need a job to feed my spending habit!
Till next time.

Monday, 2 February 2009

So cute - MINI hAnglars!

What are these, you may say to yourself. But for those who know, these are the cutest little hAnglars. They dropped through my letter box this morning and I've been on cloud 9 ever since.
They are about 3" high and just fabby. I haven't had a chance to colour ant yet but there's always tomorrow - so watch this space!

Snowy day

No cards this time, but just had to have a reminder of today's snow - don't you just love it?
When you don't have to go anywhere, of course.
So perfect - so clean - just romantically beautiful!

Well, at least my car looks clean! Can you guess the make and model??
More posts tomorrow (I promise myself) as there's no school run, no work - yet another day of total crafting - sheer heaven!


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