Friday, 29 May 2009

Finally some Challenge Cards !

Lately I haven't had the time to join in with any challenges so today I decided that I wasn't going to miss out for another week. I have cheated a little as I have combined two challenges into one card but..I'm sure I'll be forgiven! The challenges are from Daring Cardmakers to use 5 of something on your creation and the sketch is from one of my favourite designers Di Hickman.

The papers are all from my CD Now that's Funky and I decided my five things had to be buttons that I seem to have rather a large collection of at the moment! I decided to use lots of different sized, coloured and texture buttons to give the card a bit of a random feel rather than it be all regimented and organised. I have a thing for hand cutting stuff at the moment and as I am pretty awful at hand cutting, everything turns out a little rough..but to tell you the truth with this card that was just what I was going for. Hence the squares have been stuck on at slight angles..there isn't a straight line on it! That's why I decided to use the 'Handmade with love' sentiment circle as it certainly looks handmade and I love it!!

I'm spending the weekend getting ready for my TV show on Create and Craft next Tuesday at 12 noon, second time lucky as I had to cancel last time due to being ill. I'm all back to normal now..well as normal as I get anyway, so hopefully I'll see you on Tuesday..well you'll see me anyway if you are watching. I'll be demoing my latest CD Funky Word Books and having a play with a Zutter Bind it All.

Speak again soon.
Anice xx

Sunday, 24 May 2009

I'm back and crafting!

Well, it's been an 'interesting' week here at Funky Hand Towers. Thankfully I seem to have turned the corner with my allergic reaction and after taking the truck loads of pills my GP prescribed (no joke!) I am finally on the road to recovery! I was sorry to have to cancel my live appearance on Create & Craft TV on Tuesday but I couldn't stand up for longer than about five mins so it would have been a rather interesting show with me disappearing behind the counter to have a sit down!! Everything was all prepared for the show so it's just been re arranged for the 2nd June. Gives me a bit more time to practice using my Bind it All!!

Well as I am feeling better I got on with a bit of crafting this morning..and I actually made cards to be sent out rather than as demonstrations! What a treat! I thought I'd share them with you as these crafting moments for fun are rare occurrences these days.

The first one is for Ians Dad birthday. I have kept it pretty plain as Ians Dad isn't really a ribbon and jewel kind of guy! But I couldn't resist just adding a few buttons.. It was made using the For the Lads Word Book Collection from my Funky Word Books CD.

This next one is a wedding regrets card. It's always a shame when a wedding clashes with a holiday..especially as we don't get to go on or to either very often! But this time we will be on holiday when Ians cousin ties the knot so a regrets card it had to be..

The paper is from my Funky Daze CD and the fab ribbon is from a huge stash that Enfys from my DT was able to get for me when she was last over in the's amazing what Enfys can find in the bargain tubs around the craft stores of Florida..I have enough ribbon now to keep me going forever.. well I'm sure until the next time she is over there anyway!! You know us can never have enough stash!

Well, I hope you have a fabby bank holiday weekend. I'm hoping to get a new download collection started with all this sun and talk of Weddings maybe that will be my direction for a new collection..who knows?!

Speak again very soon.
Anice xx

Monday, 18 May 2009

Oops! Create & Craft show is off tomorrow.

Just a quick note. I'm afraid I'm not feeling well, some sort of nasty allergic reaction on my legs, so my live show on Create and Craft has been postponed until Tuesday 2nd June at 12 noon instead.

Now I'm off back to the sofa to continue to feel sorry for myself! Hopefully I will be better very soon and I'll be back to share some crafty stuff that I've been working on.

Anice xx

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Create and Craft Live show Tuesday 19th May.

Yes, you are going to have to put up with me again on live TV on Tuesday at 12noon. The Create and Craft channel (Sky 671, Freeview Channel 22) have started having live shows a number of times a week to bring crafters new products and on Tuesday it's my turn.

I'll be working with my new CD Funky Word Books trying to give you a few more ideas of what sorts of things you can create with it. But what will be quite exciting is that Create and Craft are premiering the Zutter Bind It All machine (the new pink one) and I get to have a play with it and show you ways you can use it with my Funky Word Books CD

Luckily I do already own a Bind it All so I am making sure I have a practice so I don't show myself up on Live TV. Which doesn't mean I wont so it might be worth watching just for the laugh!! I hope you can join me, I should have more time for demos and having a closer look at the fab samples that my Design Team have created with the CD than I did on the launch show on Ideal World a couple of weeks ago.

Anyway I haven't finished the demos yet! So I'd best get going and finish them off or it will be a pretty quiet show!!

Speak again real soon
Anice xx

Friday, 15 May 2009

I'm very pleased to announce our new DT member..

..but first before I do that, I want to thank every single one of the wonderful crafters that took the time and made the effort to apply to fill our Funky Hand Design Team vacancy. You should all have received a personal email thanking you by now but I wanted to say it publicly as well. We have some amazing crafters around blogland and I'm very honored that some of you wanted to join our little gang. I wish I had more room, you made it a very difficult decision.

Well with that said let's get on to who IS joining us, I am very pleased to introduce to you...

You can see her great blog Blush here I love the wonderful, funky but clean style that Dolly has in her card making and I know that she is going to fit in wonderfully with the rest of the team. Welcome Dolly, I am really looking forward to working with you.

Well that's it from me today, just a quick one, as I have to prepare for meeting with my business advisor this morning..the fun just never stops here at Funky Hand Towers I can tell you!!!

Have a great day!
Anice xx

Wednesday, 13 May 2009

Digi scrapping fun!

It's been a mad house here at Funky Hand Towers since we launched Funky Word Books CD on Monday.(Thanks very much to all my customers who have already purchased a copy you have been keeping Gary my Dispatch Manager very busy!) So, I thought I would share a digi scrap page I made a little while ago when I had a little bit of spare time..

Eleanor Rose is the little girl of our good friends Andy and Sally who live over in the USA, so we don't see them too often. Infact we haven't even met Eleanor Rose in person yet. We keep in touch with pictures and email (oh and Facebook of course!) When I saw this picture it just screamed out to be scrapped..what a beautiful face! I used to scrap alot more before I started Funky Hand but now really I hardly get the time. As I have little space available Digital scrapbooking has always been a good option for me as it doesn't take up much room..except on my PC hard disc of course! This page was created using papers from my CD Funky Daze. I'm not the greatest digi scrapper in the world but I enjoy playing and I think that is what crafting is all about, it's not how good you are it's how much joy creating gives you.
Anice xx

Monday, 11 May 2009

Funky Word Books CD Released Today !

I'm really pleased to announce that our new craft CD release Funky Word Books has been officially released on our website today at 9am. Grab your copy and I'm going to grab a cup of tea !!

Enjoy your day
Anice xx

Friday, 8 May 2009

My Design Team creations..

With the date of the release of my new craft CD Funky Word Books looming, (Monday 11th May 9am if you don't already know!) I thought I would share some of the amazing creations that my Design Team members have produced using the papers from it. Hopefully they will give you an idea of some of things you could be creating with the new CD and also I wanted to show them off early as they are all so great!! There are loads more which you will be able to see on the gallery on my website on Monday.

I just sneaked the last one in from me!! Anyway I hope you enjoy looking at what my talented team have created and don't forget to pop over to their blogs to see what they are up to.

Speak again real soon.
Anice xx

Monday, 4 May 2009

WANTED: New Design Team Member

Would you like to join our design team here at Funky Hand? I am looking to recruit a new team member and it could be you..

'What do I need to do?' I hear you ask!

Well, on your blog put a post with a couple of your favourite cards that you have created and link back to this 'Wanted' post, then leave me a message here so I can pop over and visit your blog and see your fav creations. Don't worry your examples don't have to be made with Funky Hand papers if you don't have any available, just show us the work you are proudest of. Then email me directly on this email address telling me a little bit about yourself and why you would like to join our team. Title the email 'Funky Hand Design Gang' (I thought that side of things is a bit more personal so lets keep it that way!)

'What's in it for me?' you are quite rightly thinking..

The Funky Hand Design Gang have been together for just over a year and I am lucky enough to have a collection of some of the most talented card makers around involved. You will receive free advanced copies of all my craft CD releases and Download collections which you then get to play with before anyone else! Your card and craft creations will be showcased on my website in the relevant galleries and they will also be shown on my live and recorded craft shows on Ideal World TV and Create and Craft TV. We are planning some very exciting additions to the Funky Hand brand portfolio over the next year so you will be involved first hand with working with these new products as they are launched.

This design team is a very friendly, supportive talented group of crafters.. does that sound like something you would like to be involved in? If the answer is yes, then I want to hear from you !

If you would like to apply please leave a message with your blog post and get in touch by Monday 11th May and we will make a decision before the end of that week.

I am really looking forward to seeing all of your creations and I know the rest of the design team are as well. So, get posting we need a new gang member !!

Anice xx

Sunday, 3 May 2009

My lovely flower brooch..

I've had a few emails about the flower brooch that I was wearing on my show on Ideal world on Monday, asking me where I got it from. It's a beautiful handmade item that I purchased from from the very talented Gillian of Gilflings Designs. You can find her Etsy shop here

It is the most beautiful quality and everyone is so going to get fed up of seeing me wear it, but I don't care!! HeHe! Infact pretty much everything I see on I be careful if you pop over there to take a's rather tempting!!

We are very busy here at Funky Hand Towers this weekend as we prepare everything for the launch on our website of my new CD Funky Word Books. We are not taking pre orders of this CD but I can assure crafters, that are interested in buying it from us on Monday 11th May, I have lots of stock so crossed fingers you should have no trouble getting a copy when you order it. I hope I haven't jinxed myself now by saying that!!

I will be back here very soon because I have an exciting opportunity to offer to one of you who is interested in joining my fabby Design Team...I'll be back with more information and how you can apply...

Anice xx

Friday, 1 May 2009

Wonderful Word Book !

I never forget how lucky I am to have the great customers for my Funky Hand products that I have but, it's even better when those customers share their wonderful creations with me.

Which is just what Wendy Harris did this week when she sent me these fab pictures of the word book that she made for her Granddaughter Freya's first birthday recently. She used the Huge Funky Love Download collection and added some of her own crafty talent and a lot of love to create this wonderful keepsake. Freya might be a little small to appreciate it just yet but I bet her Mummy did!

Thank you so much for sharing your word book with me Wendy and allowing me to share it with all my blog readers.

Well, this week has been a bit of a blur after the launch show on Ideal World for my Funky Word Books craft CD on Monday. Since then I have been running around doing a very good impression of a headless chicken! Finally today things are getting back to some normality but this weekend we have to begin to prepare as the countdown for our launch of the CD gets closer. Just as a reminder the new CD will be available for sale on at 9am on Monday 11th May.

I will be back over the weekend because I have something exciting to share with you..

Speak again soon
Anice xx


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