Sunday, 5 December 2010

That's it. The last of the craft fairs for the year. There's been fantastic ones, good ones and OK ones. After Christmas I can review everything, decide what to make, what not to, where to go, where not to as well as the dreaded tax forms to get ready for. But before all that there are commissions to finish, school costumes to finish and christmas to get ready for!!
Thought I'd leave the crafters among you some photos of my stall set up yesterday. I know I appreciate photos like this to help me with set ups etc. I treated myself to a double stall too! :D

Friday, 26 November 2010

Greetings form Troon

I was asked to create a couple of 'Greetings from Troon' cards. It's a style that is rarely asked for but is that because people don't think of it? What do you think. Do you like the ones that say 'Greetings from' or not?

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

I am still here!

Honest! Problem is a lot of what I'm crafting is orders for people for christmas so I can't show you them without giving the secrets away! It does however mean I'll have lots to show you after christmas - or even for next year!

What I can show you is these post it notes. At last I've been able to use my new toy to cut something out. I bought an ecraft machine in October to replace my old craft robo that had dementia!! For the un-papercrafty of you, both of these machines are similar to printers but instead of printing a picture they cut out! It's fantastic (when they work!) to be able to easily cut out shapes or words any size you want rather than have to laboriously hand cut them with a scalpel blade! The ecraft is new out and still has lots of blips I have now discovered. However, I followed some advice and changed the blade so now I can cut from the cartridge that comes with it. I just need to find time to download the new software onto the other computer to try that out and we should be much further on!

The flower shapes were cut on the ecraft - could you imagine trying to cut them out by hand?! I used to!

7 Fairs down, 6 fairs to go! If you're about Coatbridge on Satruday pop into Coatbridge High for their craft fair, and My most favourite school ever, St Patricks in Troon are having their amazing Christmas Fair in the Walker Hall on Sunday from 12.30 to 3 - please come and support us. I'll have my stall there and Santa is coming! The school choirs are singing - lead by Miss Gallagher. I also hear one of our fantastic old staff members is coming to judge the Christmas Card competition too!

Friday, 19 November 2010

Alan is 50!

Not sure who Alan is though as it's a commission! lol It's always difficult to photograph mirri card - I can see the reflection in the camera in it!
If you're about Troon on Sunday it's our Wintertainment! The whole town comes to life on the sunday when Santa arrives in the search and rescue helecopter (if it's not being used on a rescue mission!) to come and visit the children and finally turn on the christmas lights!! There are coffee afternoons and activities all around the town - there's an Animal Fayre in St Patrick's school, Owl Magic in church street, Santa's grotto, the RNLI in the concert hall and best of all 1st Troon Brownies and Guides have a coffee afternoon in St Ninians Church Hall, Bentick Drive from 2 to 4pm! Please come along and support them - I have my stall there (and my friend Stacey has more of my stuff in the library too!) amongst other stalls. Any girls in Brownie/ Guide or Rainbow uniform get in free!

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Journal Jar Gift

Think of all the questions you would have liked to ask your grandma or grandad about their lives - what they played in the playground, what on earth they saw in their spouse, what their wedding was like. How about what they did in their first job, what was Christmas like for them, what did they think when they first became parents? It may be too late to ask them those questions but it's not too late for you to start recording your answers for your grandchildren and great grandchildren!

A journal jar is just what you need to help you get started in writing it all down. Each day pull out a wee strip of paper from the jar and write the question into the book or even paste it in. Then just waffle an answer! It could be a one liner or could take 3 pages to answer, it's up to you! By the time you've answered the whole jar you have a potted history of little interesting facts all about you!
I'm not sure why but this year journal jars have taken off like wildfire! You get the jar of over 100 questions and the notebook. I've got a set of questions for married people with children and a set for 'young, free and singles'. I'm thinking of doing 'part 2' sets and other sets for children to spark their imaginations for stories etc.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Lanarkshire Arts, Craft and Design Festival

Yes, I know I'm a glutton for punnishment but tomorrow I have another new fair. This one is in the beautiful Flowers of Scotland Garden Centre, in the Clyde Valley. It's open between 10am and 4pm. Come along and have a coffee and browse round the garden centre after you've been round the craft fair. Garden centres are always fantastic to look at in the lead up to Christmas!

Friday, 12 November 2010

More Money Wallets

I made some money wallets for an order last week, a rather large number of them and thought I'd see what they went like on the stall. Well they went too quickly! lol, I shouldn't complain but that meant I had to make some replacements for the stall and some for the order. That was today's task. I have a nice pile for the stall, and Kate yours are put aside!

I love creating and don't tire of it but sometimes you can end up in a groove (not quite a rut) when creating many of something on the same day. I'll start for example making cute wallets and then find it difficult to switch to elegant ones. It's much easier to change to cute cards, notebooks etc then do the elegant ones another day. Is anyone else like that?

Any take your fancy?

Falkirk Christmas Craft Fair

Hope you can come and say hello tomorrow at Falkirk. Even more I hope I can find the place OK! I also hope the wind dies down so that lots of people come to visit us. I'd better not hope any more or I'll be tempting fate!

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Haven't shown you this!

Did I tell you about a scrapbook commission I did last month? Well I was told today that it was fine to share some of it with you. I've not had chance to scrap for months due to making cards & gifts so I snapped up the opportunity to do it and get paid! For the non-crafters scrap is a technical term for the act of making scrapbook pages. Could you honestly see me trying to fight someone?!!!

It was an 8x8 album so relatively quick to produce as long as you stick to simple pages with repeated elements. This also helps tie all the pages together even if you use different colours. I used a small tag attached to each photo as a repeat in this one amongst other things.
The best thing is they want to add some more pages to it!

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Amazing start to the Christmas season!

No photos to show today, sorry! My fantastic friend Ali helped me craft all day making 20 post-it calendars, 20 sets of christmas gift tags and re-stocking the snowman soup! It was a great start to crossing off things on my to do list! Thanks Ali!

She was also here yesterday and helped me out at the Ayrshire Arts & Crafts fair which was amazing! I've just heared we had well over 1,000 visitors (not including children!) with 280 of them in the first hour!! No wonder I kept having to fill gaps in the stall before I could even finish putting the price labels up!

The book thong bookmarks did well - especially as the long awaited charms arrived so I was able to make pretty snowflake ones and princess ones. The tags flew off the stall hence having to replenish stocks as did the snowman soup!

I really hope this is the rest continue in this light!

(PS if you want anything reserved give me a shout then you won't be dissapointed!)

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Christmas Gift Tags

Sat playing the other day with the sizzix tag die I borrowed from a friend. I sold mine years ago and have regretted it ever since - especially as it's now retired by sizzix and rare. However, I've managet to track one down in america and hopefully it is winging it's way here to me as we speak.

Used some chipboard shapes I found that I've obviously bought and not used before losing them!

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Christmas Money Wallets

Thought these would be useful for some people with Christmas coming up. I need to make some elegant ones and cuter ones too. Short post as I'm off to get ready for the Ayrshire Arts & Crafts fair on Saturday in Troon Concert Hall - hope to see you all there!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Notelets sets

Well, I thought I was doing well with putting my creations on the blog and after selling some snowflake notelets, and having another order for some I came to find them to refresh my memory. Well not only have I not posted them on here, I never took a photo in the first place!!

So, after making more from a poor memory, here they are for when I need to find them again! lol While I was at it, I made a couple of christmas sets and a more general use one in beautiful browns. The stamp sets are all SU and the snowflake punch is a martha stewart (for those interested). They are sets of 5 notecards and envelopes in a matching folder that can be used later for filing.

Had to edit these more than usual as it's a really dull day and I didn't have time to set up the lights properly etc (OK, I couldn't be bothered really!) so the photos are a but more washed out than in reality. Sorry!

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Hubby's birthday card

Last week was hubby's birthday and I've just got round to photographing his card! In real life it isn't as 'wonky' looking - honest! I photographed it in a rush and had to edit it straight.

A simple layered one with a slightly decoupaged clip art beer glass. If I had some I would have used white puffy paint to make 'foam' on the top. I have red, blue, yellow, green ... anything except white - typical!!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Enchanted Forest

Tonight the kids and I are going to the Enchanted Forest in Pitlochry with fabby friends (well they have to be fabby as they put up with us incliding me lazing in bed in the morning until goodness o'clock! lol)

This will be our 3rd time of going and I can't wait! Hope there's no rain!

Friday, 29 October 2010

Think Pink Test Tube Sweeties

I was asked this week if I could do some of the test tube sweeties for a party a lady is holding today for Breast Cancer Awareness. So these 'Think Pink' test tubes were born. Hope you like them!

Monday, 25 October 2010

A fresh look

You know how it is - you start doing one thing and that leads to another, and another ...  I came to add the Lanarkshire fairs to the 'where to find me' and ended up playing with the layout and colours of the blog!  What do you think?  A few autumn leaves.  I love this time of year with the colours, although this year it's been a little windy up to now so they're falling off before we get the full autumn colour.  I went with my hubby to New England in the fall a couple of years ago.  The site was stunning, full of reds and golds.  When I came back I noticed we have the same stunning reds and golds - just not the blue skies very often to set them off perfectly!! 

Chocolate cake in a mug

This has become an annual favourite for several people. I'm always on the look out for some nice mugs that can be used all year round rather than a christmas one that will only be used for a few weeks!

This year I've put the recipe on a card rather than on a little folder like other years - just for a change. Their 'first outing' for the year was on saturday and I sold 2 which I was quite happy with. I had pack holiday with the brownies so a fabulous friend of mine Kathleen ran my stall for me at a ladies shopping night. It's becoming a must attend annual event - I mean, how glamerous to go out in the evening to a ladies only night where you're handed a glass of wine on arrival and guided towards a chocoalte fountain! Then you have a fabulous evening of shopping to get you in the mood for Christmas! Although I had an amazing time at Brownies I really missed not being at the shopping evening. Next year I will NOT get the dates all mixed up!!

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Candy Cane Seed Test Tubes

Just a fun project for my stall to show you today.  These are test tubes decorated and filled with millions sweeties.  The strawberry ones look like candy cane seeds, the brown ones like reindeer poo (but as I already have that in a bigger form on the stall then this is baby reindeer poo!), the purple ones I decided to call christmas wish seeds and the blue were frozen snowman noses.

I hope these appeal to people for stocking fillers.  I know my kids are desperate to get their stick mitts on them!!

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

The little craft factory is overflowing!!

I have so much going on at the moment I'm sure I'm going to forget something major very soon!  It doesn't help that my son is off to his first scout camp on Friday, along with his Dad, and me and my daughter are going on Brownie Pack Holiday!  I only got his kit list last night and there's a lot on there he doesn't have!  Luckily they're off school today so we'll be going shopping - I hadn't planned for that!

What I have planned for and am ready with is my craft class I'm doing tonight witht he fabulous ladies of the St Anne's Guild.  I'm giving them a taster of stamping with (hopefully) 4 tags to make.  I'm rather pleased with them - one of those things where you sit back, look at them and think 'I do like those'.  What do you think?

Do you like my little fairy too?  One of my best Pal's bought me that for my 40th birthday and although she's christmassy colours she stays out all year adoring her duck friend.  I'll show you him too one day!

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Have I shown you these?

My old brain cells are going on holiday I think - well I hope it's a holiday and that they're going to come back or there's no hope for me!! I don't think I've shown you these wee notebooks that I made for Barassie Senior Citizens Club 30th Anniversary. They are index notecards bound with bookrings which has the advantage that you can re-arrange the notes inside to your hearts content rather than being bound in a fixed state.
They use Stampin' Up's Baroque Motifs stamps in not quite navy and bashful blue. The wording is computer generated with the whole thing finished off with tiny pearls in the flower centres. I think this design would make a lovely wedding card front!
I must catch time over the next couple of days to photograph lots of new things I've made so I can show you. One of them is a comissioned scrapbook - I've not done one of these for a long time and I'm really enjoying it! Which reminds me, blatent plug - if there's anything that sparks your interest to buy or comission me to make a special card, gift or even scrapbook them please get in touch. My prices are extremely reasonable!

Friday, 15 October 2010

I'm on facebook!

You can follow my business antics on Facebook!  Come and have a look, 'like' and say hello!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Handbag notebooks

Well that's what I call these little matchbook notepads. They are so easy to make, with either a patterned cardstock or plain cardstock that's then decorated. The inspiration came from several sellers on etsy. I used re-cycled A4 paper cut down for the inside and stapled them into the covers. On the decorated ones I even went as far as covering the staples with paper too! I soon gave up distressing the edges of all the layers though as it is too time consuming.

How I wish we could have the zutter distrezz it tool over here. As far as I can find on the internet we can't have it in the UK because of diferences in the electricity systems. It's not fair! I think the distressed ones look much better!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Hello Chuck!

I totally forgot to tell you about Chuck, my new pet:D Mairi made him for me. You can see him here! He's fab and such a good boy.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Get Well Soon

My Dad hasn't been well lately so I made him a card. Hopefully he's on the road to recovery - I'll find out today when I go down to see him. :)
The card was fun to make as I used wordart in powerpoint to do the lettering and filled them with a photo I had taken of the view from Troon over sea (well river) to Arran. Do you like the sentement- I want him well NOW not Soon!!

Friday, 8 October 2010

I was doing so well too!

Can't believe how hectic it's got round here! Sorry for not posting!

I spent all day - yep! It took me all day! arranging and re-arranging the stall last thursday so that I can fit as much christmas stock on without it looking like a car boot sale! Prices needed printing etc and I still managed to forget a couple of prices for Saturday's fair. One day I will have it all done. OK, in my dreams.

Thought I'd show you a couple of photos of my table set up - remember this is at home so I've not put the cloths on the table or the price tags up. Hope they help someone!

Thursday, 30 September 2010

Poop! (snowman poop!)

What happens when the snowman has had your soup?  He needs to go poop!  And reindeers leave edible poop - you did know that didn't you?

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

One for the Boys

Found the cards for the boys that I was talking about the other day.  I still can't believe I've not shown you these as they sold really well!  These are the pirate ones. 

It was fun making the backgrounds for the pirate on the island - a bit different to usual.

PS did you know it's 87 days to Chirstmas!  Let the countdown begin!

Monday, 27 September 2010

One or two for the little girls

Shopping the other day with Karen, I came across these cute Fifi the flower tot decorations.  They were ideal for the front of some larger cards for little girls.  Up to now it was images for boys that I found - I don't think I've posted pictures fo them yet so I may dig them out to show you.

Sunday, 26 September 2010

Snowman soup time again!

The soups and poops factory has been in production again at Elin's Cards - which reminds me, no, the baby factory isn't here! lol I had a few strange looks after the last post!  Serves you all right for only reading the title!:P 

Anyway, back to soups!  The marshmallows were in the shops as were the candy canes so it's time for making snowman soup!  I had sent for mini candy canes but when they arrived 20 out of the 40 were broken!  So of course they'll be going back. I fancied a change from last years packaging and went for a cute snowman from a cd from chamelion card craft.  The images are so cute and you'll see lots of items using them coming along in the next week or 2!  I made over 100 of these last year - guesses please on how many for this.  I'm starting conservatively at 20.   First time out for these is on Saturday at the Ayrshire Arts & Crafts Fair - as usual between 11 and 4.30 in the Concert hall, Troon.  Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Baby on the Way!

This one was to be given to a lady leaving to have a baby boy.  That one left me scratching my head for a bit!  I eventually found a download that was perfect for what I wanted!  I decoupage'd the mum to be and cot and then used blue stickles to glitz it up a bit.  I can't remember where the download is from - if I find it I'll come and update here.  If you need to know then give me a shout and I'll investigate sooner!

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Thank you

Our Parent Council Chair was stepping down recently so I made the thank you card - well I wasn't going to buy one was I!!!  Jennifer's done a fab job and I wish she was able to continue - mainly because I've had to take her place! lol  This one uses the butterfly stamp set from stampin up and the co-ordinating butterfly punch.  If you're looking for a Stampin up dempnstrator to but your stamps, inks, papers etc from I can highly reccomend Maggie - she's fab and runs some amazing classes in Largs.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Happy Birthday Dad!

It was my dad's birthday at the end of august so of course I had to make him a card.  I went for a simple one as this seems to be my phase at the moment.  Funny how you do that - go from a simple phase to very complicated cards for a while before going back to simple again.  I've also noticed that I seem to show a lot of cards on my blog rather than the 3d items yet I spend much more of my time making the 3d stuff.  Maybe that's because I've shown lots of them and I'm just repeatingly making the same things for the stall - they may be in different colours but basically the same.

I warn you, Christmas is coming so there maybe a few cards and gifts on the way!

Friday, 17 September 2010

Just trying something...

I've been jumping between a couple of emails addresses to log into things, using one for everything but another for just one or 2 things. I think I've just worked out how to post on my blog using the main email so I'm just testing! It will mean no more logging out of google, logging into blogger and then visa versa when I come out!

I suppose I should show you something while I'm here! Lets see what I can find.
Here's a just moved card. It's actually for the mum and dad of the baby girl I told you about the other day. They moved house shortly before she was born. Marliegh is doing well by the way, the proud grandma showed me some gorgeous photos last night at my dance class. I can't wait for her to be big enough to come home and visit us all! While making this one I also made a matching one for the dance teacher's sister with the word 'again!' added to the bottom! Apparently she moves a lot! lol

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Birthday Card for Canada.

Another order - this time for a nephew living in Canada, originally from Scotland who owns a Scottie (the white one) and a Westie (the black one).  With a remit like that there's only one way to go - tartan and dogs even though I find tartan very predictable and 'twee'.  As it's leaving the country I made myself use it! lol.  The dogs are decoupaged and sit either side of the birthday banner.  You can't see too well from the photo but the tartan and birthday banner were mounted on gold card

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Ruby Anniversary

I'm getting into these 'white on white' type cards.  I look frequently at the fabulous cards on Ali's blog but never actually get round to having a go.  When I did, I loved the effect in real life too!  I decided to use the effect for a ruby anniversary cards I had an order for.  Lots of using the cuttlebug, layering and a touch of colour.  The butterfly in the corner is my new Martha Stewart punch!

Hope you like it!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Nothing like a new baby to make you go Aaahhh.

I love hearing about new babies and this one was no exception!  Although for her sake I would rather she was still cosy and warm in her mummy's tummy for now!  Marleigh Jane arrived 10 weeks early, being a very bigh surprise for everyone!  She is doing well though according to her proud grandma Sharon.  I can't wait to see her in person.

New babies of course mean new baby cards - as I was making one from me I phoned our other friend at check she wanted one made from her too.  'Of course' was the answer, along with one for Grandma and Aunty Victoria!  I tried to make all the cards co-ordinate by using the same colours and patterned papers but different by using different stamps and styles.  I think I managed it - what do you think:

The images were coloured using my promarkers - got to love those things, although I need to remedy the fact that my mum has more than me! :D