Thursday, 22 September 2011

Its Get Funky Challenge Time!

Did you catch the shows that I did on Create and Craft last week?  I had great fun working with Leonie on both of them and the Happy Happy Birthday CD ROM went down a storm with the viewers.  I've had a few questions about the ring I was wearing for the shows..If you didn't see it I'll be back with some pictures and info on another post.. now why am I posting today? Oh yes...

It's my turn to offer you some inspiration for this months Get Funky Challenge from our lovely Jenny which is BIRTHDAY FUN

Well, with no more chat here is my card..

I made it using papers and images from my latest craft CD release Happy Happy Birthday.  The collection I used is Sunshine Birthday.  It's pretty bright as you can see so I decided to colour the topper I created by putting the three outline images together rather than use the pre coloured images available on the CD as well.

I coloured them using Promarkers in colours Lime Green, Canary, Bright Orange and Amethyst.  I used Cool Grey 1 to highlight the images around the edges so help them stand out from the white card.  Here's a closer look..

You may be wondering what I have done with the paper behind the topper..well I had my first go at a bit of paper pleating.  I'm not one for having things all perfectly neat and repeating beautifuly so I scored the paper at random points and got a slightly different effect.  Uneven in other words!!

I am thinking of adding this to my list of video tutorials that I will be filming in the near future so look out here and on my website for the link!

Before I go today I wanted to tell you about the weekly challenge that is going on over on the Daring Card Makers blog at the moment.  It's to make a birthday card with at least one candle on but, Funky Hand is the sponsor so you can win a copy of  Happy Happy Birthday if your card is chosen.  You need to be quick as the challenge closes today but if you are could enter both our challenges with just one card!!

So get yourselves over to Get Funky and Daring Card Makers today and join in, you could be a double challenge winner!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Are you watching Create and Craft?

Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813

If you're not you'll miss my show at 9am!! But if you already have missed me then hopefully we haven't sold out of my new CD Happy Happy Birthday and you can catch me again live at 4pm.

The main reason I'm here today is to remind you have there is a new challenge starting today over on the Get Funky Challenge Blog.Jenny  is in charge this month and she is keeping the Birthday theme going! Pop over and take a look, then get crafting and enter the challenge by adding your blog post of your creation to the linky at the end of each of the Design Teams posts.

All you need to remember is that you need to use at least one Funky Hand paper or extra on your creation so that you can be able to have a chance of winning a free Funky Hand download of your choice. Because there is a new challenge that means there is also a new Funky Freebie on my website to help you join in if you don't have any Funky Hand products yet. So no excuses. I look forward to seeing your creations and having the chance to visit your blog.

So, see you, literally on the Create and Craft Shows today oh, and don't miss the special offer on a multibuy of two of the CD ROMs only available on C&C

Speak again soon
Anice xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Create & Craft Shows Thursday 15th

Hi everyone,
I'm dropping by very quickly to let you know, if you already didn't, that I am showcasing my new CD ROM Happy Happy Birthday on Create and Craft TV tomorrow (Sky 671 | Freeview 36 | Freesat 813).  My shows are at 9am and 4pm don't forget to watch them if you can.  I've got loads of fantastic card examples that have been made by my wonderful Design Team members not only for Happy Happy Birthday, but for all the Papercraft Factory CDs, Dreams Come True, Colour Me Happy and Craft The Year Away. So that is a least one reason to watch!

Here's another,just to give you a little teaser..there is a really good deal on a multi buy of two of my CDs so don't miss out on them from the shows if you don't own them yet!

Also, today is the last day to enter this months Get Funky Challenge set by Paula ' At the Seaside'  There will be a new challenge starting tomorrow lead by the lovely Kathy.  Which also means there will be a new Funky Freebie available as well.  Grab this months before this evening or it will be gone!!

Well, best get on with organising to travel to Peterborough to the Create and Craft Studio, think of me tomorrow getting up at 5am to be at the studio for 7am to set up..yawn. I best get to bed as soon as we get to the hotel tonight or I'll have bags under my eyes big enough to carry the shopping home with!!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Woohoo! Happy Happy Birthday released TODAY!

I'm really pleased to be able to let you know that our new birthday themed craft CD ROM Happy Happy Birthday is now available to purchase from our website

As you can probably tell I'm very excited about it!  There are loads of new papers, templates, word books and digital stamps (over 100 digital stamps!) all themed to help you make the most fab and funky birthday cards!  It's my first CD release since the beginning of the year when Craft The Year Away was released so it's been a while but..I really think it's been worth the wait!  My Design Team have been having a ball playing with it these last few weeks and they have made the most fantastic creations using it. There is a great gallery of the stuff that they have made on the Happy Happy Birthday page on our website to give you some inspiration.  There is also a full run through of how the Papercraft Factory CD works and the first of a few videos from me showing you things you can make using this craft CD. 

I am very pleased with how Happy Happy Birthday has turned out.  I hope you will like it as well!

Speak again very soon!!
Anice xx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

How to make a cake box on video

Hello lovely crafters,

I hope you have had some free time this week to get your craft stash out and have a play.  I have been hard at work as usual getting everything ready for the launch of our new CD ROM Happy Happy Birthday. You can get a good look at what's in store with it by taking a look at it's page on our website  The launch date is very close (closer than you might think actually!!) and I'll be back here shouting that date from the roof tops as soon as it's absolutely confirmed.

Anyway last weekend, Ian and I had a video making session and we created a video tutorial of how to create a cake box, which is just one of the templates on the new CD Happy Happy Birthday.  I thought I'd share it with you here.  It's a classic, me using double sided tape to 'speed' things up but really just slowing me down is why you hardly ever see me using it!  Have a watch, have a laugh, and get an idea of just one of the things you'll be able to create using the new CD..  watch out, there will be more of these videos coming your way soon!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Happy Happy Birthday to Vic

It was my friend Vics birthday at the end of last month so I took the opportunity to make her a card which I gave her last night when we went out for dinner.  Hence the blog post today. It wont matter if she sees it here now !

I made it using papers and digital images from my yet to be released craft CD ROM  Happy Happy Birthday.

The topper is two digital stamps printed together on to white card.  That's one of the the great things about the workspace in the Papercraft Factory CD ROMS, you can mess about with the sizes of the digital stamps and make them fit together how ever you want to.  On this CD Happy Happy Birthday there are loads of digital stamps that can be put together to create tons of different images..I can't wait for you all to be able to get your hands on the CD.  Though there is a page on our website already with a run through video of what's on the CD so you can have a look at that to get a bit of an idea.

Anyway I used two papers for this CD from the Birthday Girl collection and then was a bit lazy and used two coloured digital stamps for the topper.  Most of the digital stamps have identical black and white versions available as well so those of you out there who are not as lazy as me can colour your images however you want them. The buttons are from the Funky Hand November Rain button collection.

To add a little more interest I printed two copies of the birthday parcel and layered them with foam pads, mini decoupage!
Of course as usual I inked around the edges of everything to make them stand out a little.  I was considering a bit of doodling but decided against it as I thought the digital flower wreath around the parcel was doodle enough!

Right, so I will be back very soon with more cards and a date when Happy Happy Birthday will be available for sale. 

Before I go, if you haven't commented on my last blog post about what craft magazines you buy then please take a second to read it and put your comment as I'd really like to know what your thoughts are about where you get your craft inspiration, magazines, blogs etc.  I look forward to hearing what you have to say.

Speak again soon.
Anice xx

Friday, 2 September 2011

Do you read many craft magazines?

I've been thinking lately as I've been putting the finishing touches to my latest craft CD ROM Happy Happy Birthday (to be released later in September) and working on the next CD release, how I get copies of craft/card making magazines each month and I hardly ever have a chance to actually sit down and read them. 

We all have busy lives these days I know, gosh I have been really busy recently! But I'd like to hear about which magazines you buy and the ones you enjoy reading the most.  As an advertiser I do get copies of all the magazines I advertise in but much to my sadness they tend to sit unopened on the shelf in my office, or they are looked at so late that the contents are months old!

I know I should take the time to read them, to see what's new out that I might NEED  for my craft stash! It would be a good way see what is going on in the crafty world that might inspire my card making, and my designing. 

I'd be really interested in what your thoughts are about Card Making magazines, are they an inspiration or do yours sit gathering dust?  Do you not bother buying any and why?  Where are you getting your ideas and inspiration from, somewhere else? 

With the Internet full of amazing blogs, forums, website tutorials are you interested in that side of things more these days or are you a happy magazine reader? Come on crafters, I'm really interested in your thoughts about this.  Leave me a message and tell me just what your inspirations are, when you are creating.

Anice xx


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