Saturday, 30 July 2011

Happy Birthday Card

Woohoo! I actually got to make a card recently for Ians Mum birthday so I thought I would share it with you so you believed me!!

I created it using my craft CD ROM Craft the Year Away , the papers are from the Come what May Collection. 
With moving my craft box I found lots of crafty stash that I'd completely forgotten about..namely my craft wire.  I used to use this all the time and I'm afraid it's back again!  Just to add a little more girlyness I added a couple of beads to it which moved around as you moved the card.  Ians Mum loved it so that's all that really matters.  Here's a close up of the wire and bead combo..

Before I go I wanted to remind you of the Challenge we have on over on the Get Funky Challenge blog..Ruth has set the monthy challenge titled Boys Boys Boys.  There is, as usual, a Funky Freebie download on my website to help you get started if you don't have any Funky Hand paper yet.  We love seeing what you create, visiting your blogs and getting your comments so visit us soon.

Speak very soon
Anice xx

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Been on my Holidays!

I have to admit I don't get too much time off these days..that includes weekends so when we were invited to visit our friends Andy and Vics family villa in Majorca we nearly ripped their arms off!!  With getting the new CD ready for manufacture (more about that very soon I promise) moving house, moving business premises, Ian and I were ready to just run away!

As I have been away for a few days I haven't been crafting but I thought I'd share a couple of photos of us on holiday just to let you know that I'm still here..

This is me by the little bay close to the villa..notice the fetching hat..I burnt my head!!  It was wonderful weather and the place was beautiful.
and here is Ian and I just a little later waiting for food!!  Ian is doing his 'undercover' look.  Dark glasses and hat..he watches far too many Bourne movies!!

Anyway I thought I'd just let you know where I have been and what I've been up to.  I'm back rested, slightly pink and ready to take on the world again.  We have nearly finished the new CD release and I've started designing papers for the next one!  Expect to see a few new things from us in the very near future!

Whilst I was off sunning myself the wonderful girls in my Design Team kept on working and they have launched another fab challenge over on the Get Funky Challenge Blog.  There's a very relevant Funky Freebie over on my website available until 14th August so if you haven't any Funky Hand products yet then this download will make joining in with this months challenge extra easy.  I'm looking forward to seeing you over there.

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Friday, 15 July 2011

Roll out the red carpet .. and a new Get Funky Challenge

Thank you to everyone who took time to enter last months Get Funky! Sketch challenge set by yours truly!  As always there can only be one winner and that winner for the month of Junes challenge is.....

Thank you very much for all your fab contributions. It's always wonderful to see what you are inspired to create when you join in with the Get Funky challenges.

Right, with the winner of last months Get Funky challenge announced all there is left to do is hand over to Ruth who is in charge this Funky 15th.  Her challenge is to make cards for BOYS. Arrgghh! the dreaded male cards!  Get over to the Get Funky! Challenge Blog now and see what she has in store for you.  Just remember to entry the Get Funky challenge you need to include at least one Funky Hand paper or extra.  If you don't have any Funky Hand products don't worry every month I give everyone a FREE paper download from my website  just go to Funky Freebie to pick it up.  This months paper is specially designed to help you create a boys card so give it a look!

I can't wait to see what the Design Team will create for this one and see your entries to win a free Funky Hand download.

Speak again very soon
Anice xx 

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Happy Birthday!

As I'm always telling you I hardly ever get a chance to make cards just for fun but recently I have actually forced some time for getting the craft box open and recently I had an extra excuse when one of our good friends had a birthday..

Oh no, the dreaded male birthday card..don't we all cringe just a little when we need to make a card for a man. Out go the flowers, glitter (usually) and other standard card making essentials as chaps just are not interested in that sort of stuff!!  Ivor is a landscape gardener so he is a bit of an outside sort of lad but still I don't think he would put up with a flower on his birthday card!!

I decided to make this card pretty simple but to really grunge it up using black inks not just around the edges but actually on the main body of the card as well.  I used papers from my Funky Daze CD Rom and the topper is a happy birthday sticker I have had forever..sorry I can't remember where it is from.

After a bit of grunging and layering all it needed to finish it off was some simple straight (ish) lines doodled with a black Sakura jelly roll pen.

Before I leave you I want to remind you that Thursday 14th is your last chance to enter this months          Get Funky sketch Challenge.  If you want to be in with a chance to win a free Funky Hand download of your choice get your entries on the Get Funky blog by then.  On the 15th a new challenge will begin.

'Till I see you again..
Anice xx

Friday, 8 July 2011

Free Our Betty Stamps in Papercraft Essentials

Just a quck post today about the exclusive Our Betty stamps that are available in this months issue of Papercraft Essentials Magazine (Issue 70)

The Our Betty stamps were exclusively drawn for the magazine so you can't buy the stamps from me or get them anywhere else!

If you like Our Betty Stamps then this is a fab addition to your collection of them.  If you haven't tried them yet then it a great way to try them out and get a fab magazine at the same time!  Then if you get a liking for Our Betty you can find the four clear stamp sets available on my website and not get a stamp double up! 

Find the magazine in your local shop from now or order it from the Practical Publishing website.  Enjoy meeting Our Betty!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Thursday, 7 July 2011

I couldn't resist these stupid shoes!!

I have to admit to not being like alot of other ladies I know..I don't really care that much about shoes and handbags.  Show me a new craft gadget and I'll be rushing for my credit card but shoes..not bothered.  Until last week when I was shopping with Vic in the Metro Centre.  Vic was trying on something in Next and I was just looking around while I waited for her to finish.. then I saw them, the most stupid shoes I had seen in some time.

I found that I just NEEDED them!   So I tried them on, tottered around the shop and bought them.  I'm only 5'3" so I'm used to seeing everything from my level..when I have my new shoes on I'm nearly as tall as Ian, which I think freaked him out a little bit!!..I can see everything as people who are 5'9" or so's great!  Of course I can't wear them all the time..but just you wait until the next time I'm out.. I might actually get seen at a crowded bar by the bartender for a change!!

Right what else stupid can I buy now? I'll get my thinking cap on!
Speak again soon
Anice xx

Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Congratulations Card

It's been some time since I've had a chance to make a card for someone, so I've decided that I'm going to try to make time every week to make at least one card.  I mean I'm supposed to be a crafter..but work just always seems to get in the way. 

Well, one of my closest friends Vic finished her Physio degree and got her results last week and I was so pleased for her that she had passed that I made her this card to celebrate...

I printed the base card with a paper from my CD Craft The Year Away the November Rain collection.  The Congratulations digital stamp also came from the Craft The Year Away CD.

I coloured in the congratulations wording on the banner using a dark blue Sakura glaze pen and added her results using my favourite Doodlebug rub on letters.  Once I'd got everything together the ribbon, sparkly stick on dots and a bit of doodling around the edge of the card, I felt that it needed just something else and after much messing about I added black craft wire which I twisted around the sentiment and curled the ends to make it look fun. 

I have to say I was pretty pleased with the result, I'd forgotten about my craft wire, and how much I love working with it!!  With the move of offices I uncovered alot of different colours and weights of craft wire so expect to see it back on my cards more often now!!

Right back to working on the new CD, but before I go don't forget that we have a sketch challenge on over at the Funky Hand design team blog Get Funky! You can still take part until 14th July so pop over and take a look at what the DT have been making then..join in yourself.  We would love to see your creations and visit your blogs.

Speak again very soon
Anice xx


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