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!