Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Belated Happy Christmas!

And an early Happy New Year!! LOL

Hope Santa was good to everyone! I was a lucky girl and got some crafty stuff. I haven't had much time to use it yet with making up kids toys etc but I will! I'm giing myself till the 2nd January 'off' crafting as we have things on till then. Then it will be all systems go to re-stock for the stall for early February. I need to get that done as I then have to decorate the living room, dining room and craft room ready for a new carpet. The craft room will be a nightmare as all my craft stuff will have to be packed away and moved out of the room! It's such a big job that I'm not really relishing the idea. I may have a quick look in Ikea for new storage while I'm at it.

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and have a very happy new year. I'm not one for making resolutions but I will try to post more things to my blog!

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Post it covers

I managed to get some square lined post its from Tesco in pretty pastel colours. So I made some pretty pastel covers for them. The cardstock are the soft subtles from Stampin Up. I think I need to stock up with some more of the cardstock soon, especially with valentines and easter coming up. (yep, us crafters like to think ahead don't we!)

These ones are post it clipboards - some I did with the wee calendar tabs hanging underneath. These sold out as soon as I put them on the table!!

Now after 4 cards to do tonight I can then make, write and post my own cards!

Oh well. They'll have to wait. I'm off to the Brownie Christmas Party first

Friday, 11 December 2009

Finally I can breath!

Last night is the last of my run of Christmas Craft stalls. I have had a fabulous time doing them and my items seem to go down well. The really odd thing is that you cannot second guess what is going to sell or not. What goes like hot cakes one day doesn't sell at all the next - even in the same location!

I've also finished the costumes for the school Christmas show. Oh, and the backdrop! I still don't know the story but I do know there are 2 cows, 2 sheep, 2 ducks, 3 robins, 3 mice, a santa, 2 worms and a donkey!

Now I can concentrate on cleaning the house before putting the Chritsmas tree up tomorrow. I've been that busy with fairs, replenishing stock, costumes, Brownies etc that I've not managed to do any real housework for 2 months! The duster was in that much shock I had to give it time to recover before doing the 2nd half of the job tomorrow! Then, after the tree goes up I have my own cards to make - I was going to use the ones left over from the stall but there's nowhere near enough. Good in one way I suppose.

I finished the order for the 200 christmas cards. They didn't take as long as I thought which was good. I had help from my fab pal Ali while she was over one weekend, celebrating her and my birthday. This is what they look like.

That's one full box!

These were the simple ones for the kids. The toppers are made from gift tags that were in many of the pound shops round here. They make fab, quick cards. I also sold lots of these on the stall. It's a pity that I bought out the supplies I found as I would have loved to have some in to get a head start on next years! Nothing like starting early!

This was my least favourite of the cards I sent as an example and was the first the boss picked out. It's always the way. The star is from a stamp set by Waltzing Mouse stamps. I love the star but just not what I've done with it here. There were 50 of these to do. I stamped them then cut the star out using the largest star nestability. The stamps also come with a beautiful heart shape that also cuts out with the nesties - i already have plans for valentines cards!

This is the one I made 100 of. The image is printed from a set I purchased on digiscrapkits.com. They have fabulous images you can print and use on cards etc. The Merry Christmas label is from my hostess set in the current Stampin Up catalogue.

Ta for popping by - hope your Christmas plans are going smoothly! I can start with my own now!:D

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Big OOOpsie!

Please tell me I'm not the only one to have done this. Picture the scene. An email comes through from a charity you have done work for before. Could they please order 150 Christmas cards. No problem, says I. I work over the weekend making some samples, working out costings, timings etc. Turn up on Monday morning, chat with the manager who promises to tell me exactly which cards they want after chatting with the staff. Fine! And off I trot a very happy bunny!

The email comes tonight asking for 200 cards!! 3 Different designs. All great. Still with me??

I go into my craft room to start and then realise I can't remember what the cards look like!!! Some silly person (me!) didn't photograph the cards before taking them and leaving them!! So now I have to wait until after school tomorrow to go and retrieve them!

Wonder if I'll learn my lesson and not do it again!

Friday, 20 November 2009

At last - caught up!

At last, for all of 1/2 a day, I think I'm caught up with stock for the stall and orders! I can have tomorrow morning off without worrying!

For your delights today I'm showing you some notepads I made for an order. The lady who ordered them is a lovely lady and great friend. It is her daughters birthdays tomorrow. Each year for their birthday or christmas she orders notepads and magnetic shopping pads as stocking fillers for them. So, by putting them on my blog I can easily look back next year to see what I have already done!! She also ordered some for other people for Christmas so you'll have to wait till after that to see them just in case they stumble on the blog LOL.

Kirsteen doesn't really like girly pink stuff so these are what I designed. The notepads at the top are inspired by a notepad my SU demo gave me once. The magnetic notepad uses the SU circles stamps - I've been dying to use them!

Kathryn does like more girls things so the magnetic notepad was much easier to make. With the notepads I had enjoyed brushing the edges of the Kirsteen's pads with ink using a duster brush so I did it again for Kathryn's. I used the pocket silhouetttes stamps from SU to decorate the bottom of the notepads.
I delivered them today and was relieved to see they were liked. It's always a worry when you are given free reign with a comissioned project!
Well, I'm off to play some Farmville and Fishville guilst free!!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

No crafts today..

Not sure if I've done this right you can click on the poster. If I have you should be able to read the whole poster. Basically, come along to the Christmas Ayrshire Arts 7 Crafts fair on Saturday 5th December in the Concert Hall, Troon between 11am and 4.30pm. You can enter the draw to win £75 to spend at the fair and help us raise money for th Parkinson's Disease Society!
I'm so lucky to have this monthly craft fair on my doorstep. There's not many places have them this frequently at this calibre of stalls. The crafts people are so friendly. I look forward to catching up with them each month as well as trying to raise some money from my crafting!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Tell me a Story....

Remember when your granny or grandad started reminiscing about times gone by and you were too young to appreciate the stories? Then years later you wished you had listened to them? Journal jars are a way of getting those stories down on paper now to pass down a piece of history. I thought I'd try some journal jars for on the stall. The idea is that you pull a piece of paper out of the jar and use it as a prompt for your memories. A starting place for your story. There's about 100 slips with questions such as where did you first meet, talk about your memories of Christmas as a child, what is your favourite food etc. The jar comes with a matching notebook.

Monday, 9 November 2009

My fabby pal Ali was asking for inspiration for a 100th birthday card. So Ali, here's the style I do for number birthdays. This one is a men's 21st but any number fits. The numbers are made from a sheet I've made of 1 inch squares. It's great for using up all the scraps of papers. For ladies I use a papermania pack of co-ordinating papers and it's gorgeous if I do say so myself!!

It's an A5 card by the way.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

A bit more organised.

I'm having a quick breather from crafting and decided to sort out my photos on my SD card. I need to get a new one as the kids fiddled with it breaking the lock on it. I still have all the photos but now can't add any or delete any!

I found a few of my crafts and have edited them so now I have a small stock to feed you with over the next week or so. See I can be nice sometimes! LOL

The first photo is my version of storing my nesties. I'm getting quite addicted to these things. In my defence I do use them a lot for different cards etc I've stored them in a wee 6x6 album that has page protectors in. This one came from a Heidi Swapp kit from Costco the other year. I cut some cardstock into 6x6, added a strip of strong magnetic tape and then added the names of the sets. Just have to find time to decorate the front now. I find it really easy to use!

The second photo is of my stall at the recent Church Ladies Night. It was a fabulous night with chocolate fountains and wine. There was a fabulous selection of stalls.

The SABP family fair on Saturday was fantastic. Plenty of people through the door, all in the mood for spending too! My children's school table that I helped make the things for did well too. I'm looking forward to hearing how much money SABP raised. It seems as though it may be a lot of money!

The last photo is of a card similar to the one I showed in the last post - just changed the colours a little. I must put this with an envelope and prepare it for sale!

Monday, 2 November 2009

Wow! 2 posts in one day! Please don't faint!!

I've signed up for an online course by shimelle called 'blogging for scrapbookers' The aim is to improve my blogging and maybe even more frequently!! No promises though! It started today - have a look here if you're interested. This is the 3rd or 4th class of Shimelle's I've done. I can't wait for the Journal Your Christmas one to start again.
Well, the piggy wands went well. People kept coming back for more! So the wand factory has been full steam ahead for the next few. I'm trying to make enough for the next few fairs so I don't need to make any between.

The snowman soup went too. I had a major panic over the mini white marshmallows for replacements though. After hunting everywhere I found that our local sweetie shop had them. I bought 200g and was as happy as anything. I used them up and went back to get some more to find she had sold out!! Panic again! I found a 1kg bag online so was happy, but wasn't sure it would get here on time due to all these postal strikes. So I bit the bullet and joined Bookers cash & carry. What a result! The same 1kg bag but even cheaper! So, I've half used that one and the other bag still hasn't arrived.

Just the one card to show you today. My neighbour recently came back from seeing her daughter in America and brought me some Papertrey Ink stamps! I've wanted some of these for ages but the postage to the UK is extremely high. I'm sure if they brought their postage rates down they would make a fortune over here!

Monday, 26 October 2009

Long time no update! I've been busy getting ready for umpteen christmas fairs. 2 down, 7 to go! I'm now knee deep in half made piggy wands & snowman soup. At least I have next weekend free before the next one on the 7th November - for South Ayrshire Befrienders in the Walker Hall if you are free to come!

Here's the piggy wand. Not my idea - found it surfing on the web but I'm afraid I can't remember where. They seem to be going down a storm - even a dietician bought a couple!!

This is a card I made for the school parent council to give to our retiring head. He had actualy left on a sabatical the year before but decided not to come back and retire early. I know he is missed as he was fabulous with all the kids.

Off to tame some more pigs to pop onto wands!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Some new home cards to show you today. These are easy to do with paper piecing or with a simple stamp. They make an elegant card.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

How do you keep track?

My blog isn't that old and I'm already losing track of what photos I've posted already! How do you remember which ones you have posted? Any hints & tips are graetfully received!

Today I have a set of wedding stationary to show you. These are relatively simple with lots of heat embossing & gold cardstock. The stamps are Stampin up - Baroque Motifs I think.

My craft space is a right tip as I'm in the depths of christmas crafts. It's a fine balance between having the right number of christmas cards to sell and having too many. I've found that people don't really want to purchase hand crafted cards as they are expensive in relation to a pack of 10 cheap christmas cards. But, there is still a market for the 'specials' to immediate family etc. On the flip side, if I have any left over that saves me buying some or making more!

Friday, 18 September 2009

Where did the time go?

Time is running so fast these days! I've been busy with craft clubs, Centenary Parades for Guides, family visiting, craft fairs, school cycle training, Brownies, Rainbows ...... Just the usual for me! LOL Here's another couple of cards & 3d items.
These 3 (I've no idea why I've photographed them together!) are simple cards for the stall. The middle one is a sugar nellie stamp and the others are stampin up with cuttlebug embossing on each. Maybe that was my reason for the group - they all use the cuttlebug!
Another cuttlebug card with stampin up stamps.

These are post it note pads covered and trimmed with ribbon, punched shapes & fabric flowers!
I promise not to leave it so long before I update again!!

Thursday, 3 September 2009

The Mural is Finished!

Yippee! It's done. I'm pleased with it, and the time taken. More importantly, the family are very please with it. Here's a few photos of it. If anyone in the Ayrshire area and wants a mural painted - just give me a shout!!

Pack Holiday was amazing. We had so much fun even though the weather was rotten. The leaders all worked together well - especially as it was our first district one. Now we just would like good weather for the parade through Ayr on Saturday to celebrate the beginning of Girlguiding's centenary year!

Thursday, 27 August 2009

I really can't believe the kids have been back for over a week already! Time is really flying. I don't think it helps that I have been planning and preparing for a district Pack Holiday this weekend. We are taking 70 girls away for the weekend. I know, I'm mad!!

I've also been doing some mural work. This is something I started a few years back and although they don't happen often I do enjoy them. This one is for a gorgeous little boy who is having Roary the Racing car, Charlie & Lola, Pingu, hot air balloons and anything else I can cram onto the walls in his brand new bedroom.

So that means there hasn't been much crafting being done in our household.

Here's one of my favourite wedding invitations. It takes some time as the hearts are stamped with a script stamp, cut using a sizzix die then the wire and pesky beads wrapped round. Sorry for the squinty photo. Don't know what happened there!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Yey! The kids went back to school today! I get a day of freedom to play with my friends and go out for lunch! Then Brownies started back too ao that was another hour and half of fun. (I've been a Brown Owl for almost 20 years!!)

Onto some cards & stuff! This is a couple of sets of notelets I made for the stall. The square ones are 4x4 inches. I really like that size as they are good for thank you cards etc - you don't have to write an essay to fill them! The others are a set of A6 flat notecards I designed with my elderly neighbour in mind. She loves sending notes through the post still - a dying art I think!

These are a couple of chipboard hanger for my kids. The used scraps of paper, paint & ribbon I had lying around. I have far too many scraps and should use them all up!

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Evening all. We've had pretty good weather the last few days and so I've been out and about. Problem is that I've not been in a crafty mood at all so not got a lot done at all. Now I'm off camping for a few days so nothing will get done then either! Never mind. The kids go back to school on Tuesday so normailty can soon resume!

These cards are some of my boys best seller cards. They're sugar nellie rockstar images that have been watercoloured using derwent inktense pencils. The stars are hand cut and then doodled on.

This is a gift bag of cards. It is made from 1 sheet of 12x12 cardstock and decorated to match the cards. The cards are stamped with stampin up's pocket silhouette stamp set and uses the cuttlebug embossing plates. I have to make some more of these! They make a good gift for teachers etc.

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Ok. Time to add more photos! I've spent the last few weeks working on a 12x12 album of wedding stationery samples. Sometimes it's felt as though it will never end! But today I finished it. Yippee! Tomorrow I'm taking it to the wedding dress shop in Troon for prospective clients to look at. Fingers crossed that I'll get lots of orders.

This is the front cover (obviously!). I clear embossed the black cardstock and computer generated the title.

This feathery one is quite pretty. Not my style but I'm sure it will be perfect for someone.

Now these 2 I love! The top one has seed beads sewn along the branch. The bottom one is a SU set called Baroque Motifs I think.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Here are a few of the items I make for sale at the Monthly Craft Fair in Troon. I have another on Saturday so I should get going with making more stuff! If there is anything you want to know about them please give me a shout.

Monday, 29 June 2009

Welcome to the Elin's Cards Blog. Here I hope to showcase some of the cards and invitations I make.