Thursday, 30 August 2007

Sorry it's been so long since I have posted anything new. I have been so busy with work I haven't even had a chance to think never mind craft! Who would have thought running a business involved with crafting would keep you away from doing it!!
Anyway I found time last night whilst Ian was out watching Newcastle United playing football.(Don't know what can see I am really up on football can't you!!) to make a birthday card for a good friend who's celebrating getting one year older on Friday.

The backing papers are from my CD Funky Seasons and I used a co-ordinating paper to create the topper with her name on. The flowers are Primas (of course!!) It's quiet exciting really as we are all going out to a very posh restaurant on Friday night and I haven't a clue what to wear. Something that fits will probably be a good idea. Oh, I'm on a diet by the way hence the grumpy comments about what fits..prepare for my mood to worsen over the weeks as I love my food and not being able to eat what I want makes me vile..but hopefully slimmer!!

Thursday, 23 August 2007

I'm back from my travels to Tamworth and straight back to work as usual! There are a few exciting things ahead for Funky Hand which I know I keep hinting at..I promise I will tell you once everything is all signed sealed and delivered..all will be revealed soon!
I have been working on my new CD this week and already have 170 papers designed..though how many will go the distance in the end is anyones guess, on a normal CD collection there will be about 500-600 papers but I will have designed hundreds more than that and the others are consigned to the trash when I review them and realise they are rubbish!!
Oh, I was very naughty last week and spent rather a lot of money on my current 'must have' craft item Prima Flowers. Though it could have been alot more money as Craft Obsessions had a sale I bought one of everything! Oopps, lets hope Ian doesn't read this post too soon!!
As well as all this designing (and spending!) I couldn't resist having a break and trying another challenge from the Just Bex forum this challenge was to use Big Numbers on a card so I have used a paper from my CD It's Funky Too which I printed directly onto card and made the card base from it, so the design goes all over the card. I wanted to keep it pretty plain as the paper design sort of says it all! Just a bit of layering, a bit of wire and a few beads and the now required Prima Flower to finish it off. Taking part in these challenges really makes you think about your card making and seeing what everyone else comes up with is really inspiring..I recommend this site wholeheartedly!.

Big Numbers

Well enough chatting, my designing wont do itself I had best get back to it. Until next time..

Thursday, 16 August 2007

It's that time of year again, Ian is off to the V. Festival down south this weekend and instead of staying here this year I am off on my travels as well.. I'm going to visit my parents! It wont be a boring experience because my Mom is a major crafter and has the largest stash I have ever seen!! I might just get lucky if she is feeling generous and come away with items that she has bought and never used..he he..she reads this this blog regularly so she might get the hint!!
Even though I should be washing and packing for my trip I am afraid I have discovered Just Bex and that means I have just had to make a couple of cards for two of the challenges for August on their great forum.

A Family Affair

Tantalising Tangarine

Both cards have been made with papers from my new CD V Funky and using my current favourites Prima flowers!

Well cross you fingers for dry weather for Ian at the festival!

Monday, 13 August 2007

Sometimes life can be a pain..literally! I have MS, but day to day I have to admit it doesn't rule my life, yes I have a right hand that doesn't work that well anymore and I have to take large numbers of pills and injections to ward off problems but the positives I have in my life really do outweigh the negatives.. well usually. For the last week I have progressively been having more and more problems with my feet then my legs and today I am pretty much numb from the waist down.. don't be too worried I can still walk around and do everything that I normally do but it just feels dead strange! It's times like this I have to admit that having MS is a pain, I want to get on with stuff but my Doctor tells me I must rest. Well my body wants to, but my poor old brain wont stop planning the next thing to be done and then making me feel guilty for not doing it!! So I decided as a compromise I would do something that I enjoyed which meant I could also sit down for a while. This is card is the result.

It's made with strips of co-ordinating papers from my latest CD V Funky that were left over from another project I had made. The flower is from my newly purchased Primas that I can't stop getting out of their bag and looking at..I think it's love!! The large brad is from a set I have from Basic Grey that have single words on them. This one I thought was perfect for today 'LIVE' That's what I am going to keep on doing even though this stupid condition I have sometimes tries to get me down..I'm not going to let it. x

Friday, 10 August 2007

It's Friday again so it's time for another card challenge from Daring Card Makers
This weeks Dare is set by Tracie (Bondgirl) and is titled Photo Finish....
This week I want you to make a card for any occasion but it must include a photograph somewhere! The photo subject can be people, items, locations, flowers, absolutely anything so get snapping.

This is a card I have been meaning to make for ages, the pictures are me and my friend Corrina and I wanted to give her a card just to say thanks for being my friend and this challenge pushed me into doing it! The photos are of me and her, my picture was colour so with a bit of messing in Photoshop I changed it to black and white to match Corrinas. The backing paper is from my new CD V.Funky and the sentiment is printed onto vellum.You can probably tell that I have just got lots of new Prima flowers as they are used in abundance on this card!

I had a wonderful surprise yesterday when I found out that I had won a prize on the fab blog OliviaGraceDesigns

How gorgeous is this tote bag? I can't believe that I won it..I never win anything! Debbie hand makes all the totes and bags available on her website Olivia Grace Designs go over now and see the lovely stuff available!

Right I think it's time for that nice sandwich that I have in my fridge and a sneaky watch of the TV..

Thursday, 9 August 2007

The sun has been shining all day here in Newcastle which is a nice change..Summer may have finally arrived! With all this sun it inspired me to do something with a great picture that my friend Sally took when we were on a Cruise for Christmas last year. The water was so clear..

The papers are from my new CD V.Funky
Well think it's time for bed!

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

I had my first order from an Australian customer yesterday which is pretty exciting. To think that someone from the other side of the world was able to see my designs and buy them so easily..isn't the internet amazing!!
I haven't had much time lately to post any of my creations so here is a Digi scrap page I made recently from when we were in that seems like years ago now! The backing paper is from one of the Autumn collections from my Funky Seasons CD Well, I'd best get back to work as I have lots to do. I have an exciting thing that will be happening in the next month or so..but I will keep it to myself until everything is finalised..let you know the details soon!

Friday, 3 August 2007

Is it really Friday again? Where do the days go? As it is Friday it's time for the DCM challenge again:

OK, Absolutely anything goes this week as long as it's on the theme of TIME."It's About Time"So you can use clocks, calendars, quotes, sayings, pictures, nursery rhymes, or altered art-type stuff, whatever takes your fancy - just take some time out to play and have some fun; remember, time flies when you're having fun!

Here is my take on this weeks challenge,

The card hasn't scanned as well as I had hoped.In real life it much more shiny! But my poor old camera died a couple of days ago so I can't photograph it I'm afraid!
The backing is one of my papers from my CD It's Funky Too which I printed onto vellum and attached to the card with brads. The clock hands are fashioned from gold coloured craft wire and a few beads to give it a bit of bling and attached to the clock face with a large jeweled brad. The numbers on the clock are stick on jewels but they haven't really shown up that well on the scan. To finish off I just printed the sentiment on white card, matted it with matching brown card from the clock face and added another small wire embellishment. I really should tell my partner Ian how much I love him for putting up with me so, this is for him!


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