Wednesday, 30 September 2009
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Bet you wish I had a knack for knowing how to use light properly when I have a camera in my hand, huh?
Sunday, 27 September 2009
Friday, 25 September 2009
If you're off to Alexander Palace this weekend: take cash. When the cash has gone, GO HOME! (Life tip!) I'm not going, on purpose. But I am going to a class to learn about me Copics, looking forward to that. Have a lovely weekend, interweb.
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Come on then - show us your workspace - desk, floor, surface, lap tray...we don't mind! Show us what you're working on and how you work. Fab. We'll drop in for a nosey. Add a button from the left margin if you like. Makes you easier to recognise!
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
Shameless self promotion here, I'm gonna repeat the 2 Scrap Ladies announcement - look away if you're sick to death of it please! We've a handful of seats left which we'd love to fill - obviously, and I think this micron of interweb space is one way of erm, exposing those empty seats!
A Magnetic Year in a Day
31st October 2009, 10am to whenever!
Ludgershall, Nr Andover, Hampshire
2 Scrap ladies, 2 scrap styles, 2 kits to choose from - 1 fab result!
We'll provide 1 magnetic board, framed in untreated Ash, Pine or Oak (- choose on the day) and a kit to make calendar layouts for each month of the year. Kits will contain all the papers, and embellishments you need, and illustrated instructions for each month's layout. This way, you can come along and work at your own pace without fear of having to finish by tea time. We'll work in a warm and friendly workshop environment with plenty of room. We'll stop for a hot lunch and our 'beverage gal' will be on hand all day to keep us topped up. Quick contests and prizes and Hallowe'en stuff will be added to the mix. It will be fun, and you'll have a perpetual reminder!
The catch? You will have to stain, polish or paint the frame at home, and you have to choose which kit you'd like to work with!
Price - £75 per person
Full details and booking terms are available at www.2scrapladies.blogspot.com - there's a button in the sidebar to take you there.
I've finished the white cards. Wish I'd thought of Ann and her bargain mountain of white stock! The mountain reference was made to help you extend the Heidi thing...yes, I'm getting silly now! The photographs are horrible, but I'll let you laugh over them after the workshop! Onward and upward, I feel some scrapbooking is in order. But first, I have to go to a certain local craft shop. Apparently, a particular punch that I might have expressed a desire for has arrived - and it has my name on it. So it would be very rude not to, huh.
Monday, 21 September 2009
Just want to say thanks for the Comments - I know what a time consumer it always is, so really appreciate them -especially when they extend a discussion. Or compare me to famous literary heroines. I mean, Heidi of course, but let me have it for a few non hysterical seconds, huh! Of course I invited it by making an erroneous comparison between myself and Heidi Swapp (scrapbooker extraordinaire, and pretty hot self-promoter too), but it was worth it for the laugh. And I did laugh!
Saturday, 19 September 2009
I have been really surprised by public and private reaction to yesterday's post about the card Marathon that I described. All positive and in some cases a little envious. I wanna get on my soap box and say a couple of things: the first one is that I came up with the Marathon based on workshop formats that I've been running for yonks. I'm perfectly sure it's not original, but it works for me and my 'customers'. It's a day long commitment and then it's over. You don't have to find daily, weekly or monthly time. You book it into your diary. One day to yourself, booked in advance so that arrangements for everyone else can be made, freezers stocked and bribes applied well in advance. And maybe a journey. I haven't been asked to 'bring the Marathon' to a store or another location, so it's usually around here. The 'furthest travelled' prize often goes to someone who has come a significant distance to make a bunch of cards, if you ask me. Significant distance? Well, if you consider I'm near Andover, Hampshire -but only 20 miles from Salisbury, an hour from Swindon, hour and half from Oxford, Bristol, 45 minutes from Southampton - all these places people bother coming from! Sometimes, online friends meet at the Marathon because they wouldn't meet elsewhere - shows are too fraught and there's no time to talk, hooking up whole families for 2 crafters who may only have that one thing in common is a bit too brave, and hey - what about that rule about meeting strangers off the internet?! So a journey just becomes part of the planning. I've been to album or specific project based events like we're running at 2 Scrap Ladies, I've driven miles for such stuff. My experiences, positive and negative, certainly shape my preparations and plans for Marathon and 2SL days. I want the customer to turn up, relax and craft. At a steady but achievable pace (I fret if the 'output' seems low, and am not averse to 'helping out' - I want everyone to get their money's worth) and in a friendly and fun environment. This includes banter, sweeties, cakes and certainly at one point, food which might contribute to the five-a-day rules. The pleasure of a workshop or project day for me is that I haven't had to do the choosing, (ink colour, card colour, paint colour, which gems, which glue, blah blah) I can work at my own pace, I won't be deemed rude by chatting with my neighbour and wonderfully, when I've finished or had enough I can go home. I don't have to clear up, wash up or hoover. Bliss. So, if you're a card maker, cut along to your LSS and ask 'em. If you wanna hear about the one I'm doing this year, watch this space I guess, and if you're looking for a project, join us for Hallowe'en at 2SL. It did turn into a sales talk, sorry. Closest I'll ever get to emulating Heidi Swapp though!
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Saturday, 12 September 2009
So the reason this post is called 'Great Minds'? Well, that Helen Miles talent has discovered the very same page protectors and come up with her own idea for using them. Again, very happy to associate myself with this coincidence if I possibly can!
And actually, just to blow the whole delayed gratification theory out of the water, look at this bad boy. I bought it yesterday in Ikea, it was £8.99. (Well, 9.69 really - did you know they charge 70p for a credit card transaction?!)Clamps to the table - here you see it swung away from the table - just showing off! Am really pleased with it. Of course, I didn't pick up a bulb for it, so there is some delay in my gratification after all. I hear the distant splash as the theory comes back from launching and safely touches water!
Friday, 11 September 2009
Thanks to a goodybag of undeserved treats from Paige, this layout of Miss Dunnit's post-prom first rose came together in about 5 minutes flat. Don't you just love it when that happens. And don't you just love that printed sticky note? The sort of stash that once was stationery - the reason a lot of us wander around Staples and WH Smith with our minds in alert state 'total'. I used Basic Grey Wisteria - BG is a thing for me, like Linda said about the Magnolias and Tildas in her post on Wednesday - it's a marmite thing. I either love or don't like at all the BG releases. Sadly for my financial situation, I love more than I don't! It was no reach for me then, to opt to use BG as my base kit for the 2 Scrap Ladies event. It works with everything for me. I expect other lines would too, but I get tunnel vision! Linda also asked if I could show some of the papers I bought yesterday, and because Blogger is happy to oblige, so am I:
The middle shot is the reverse of the Basic Grey and the end picture is the Cosmo Cricket...don't ask me why I didn't upload the photo of the backs. I don't know. It could be my terrible memory or the speed at which I'm being made to do things this evening. Miss Dunnit and I went back to Ikea today. To buy the things we'd seen last time and thought we could live without. She's all excited now that Mr Dunnit's home, there's more stuff to build! I have insisted on allowing time for another gourmet supper before they start though, so now they're champing at the bit and here I sit, typing like fury.
See this? One of five that are for sale. In their original state plus dust. £18 each plus UK P&P which will be the up to three kilo standard parcel rate of £7.06. Let me know if you're interested - email me from the button in the margin.
Thursday, 10 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Tuesday, 8 September 2009
.....fiddle about with a couple of challenges. After all, haven't I got a list of things 'to do' that leaves no time for fiddling about? Yes indeed. What the hell. The sun, magnified by the window, is not helping my Christmas cards workshop for sure! Actually, nor is it helping my need to sleep, but that's possibly because I should open it and let in some fresh air. Or move.
This card is for the Daring Cardmakers challenge this week. I used to have several sunflower stamps, including the most famous botanical by PSX. But alas and alack, they are long gone to a flea market and therefore new owners. So I rummaged through my diminishing stash and found this pewter adhesive embellishment. By Magenta, about 8 years ago I expect. At the time, they were a fiver a pair and they were expensive. Which is why I didn't use them. And in order to use it today, I filled it with holographic gold glitter and daubed on some stickles. It's as close to a Sunflower as I can get. Call it an 'interpretation', I'm sure it will suddenly look very arty and sunflower-ish. The background stamp is, by the way, one of my most used, most favourite text stamps ever in the whole world. A Stamp in The Hand. I think any stamper who likes text should have one, by law.
And this card is actually all about the inchy, for the challenge over at Fiona's. The theme is 'Asia', and so here are my excuses for this one too: I don't do asian, all too gentle and thoughtful for me really. But I love this Penny Black bird image - largely because I've always thought that it could have been painted in that sinlge stroke style that the Chinese calligraphers favour. Anyway, because I don't want a pile of inchies lying around - because that's a pile of 1 inch pieces of card waiting to go in the bin - I made it straight into a card. And let me immediately say that although the inchy is erm, an inch square, the final card is 4" square. Just so the Lady Nurse doesn't think I've been a nimble fingered genius. I'm saving that moment for something else. I think.
Oh Lordy, edited here at 7.21pm: there's been a change over at 2 Scrap Ladies, the date and location - please view!!
Monday, 7 September 2009
You know, since I posted yesterday and asked what you thought about the Peel Offs, I've done some thinking myself. I've also done bathroom cleaning, window cleaning, hoovering, kitchen duties and fretting. And I talked to my lovely Mother on the phone for ages. The thinking was a good distraction then really! The fretting was over Miss Dunnit's first day at College. She left home a slightly shy and nervous teen, but literally swaggered in this evening, empowered and full of her own potential. How marvellous. Really, I did think that - as I was emptying the laundry bin for the second time today, feeling like I was fulfilling my potential!
Anyway, Peel Offs. Some of you commented that you have or do use them a lot on cards that you sell; they are popular after all. Working smart is what that's called. After all, if people want 'em, use 'em! I tend to go for the numbers and alphabets, and I'm attracted to some teeny words on sheets when I see them. I'm certainly not unknown for using word Peel Offs - what I'd like ideally, is for them to be made of a more matte material. But I don't tend to buy pictures, images. That's mostly because I have 3 billion stamps and all the embossing equipment a girl could need. If I need an image, my first thought is always for a stamp - it usually wouldn't occur to me to look for a Peel Off. My prejudice is rooted in my past - when I had the shop, (and I'm sure that for the price, this probably is still applicable) selling a sheet of Peel Offs with 30 christmas greetings on meant a tiny contribution to cash turnover. Selling the same greeting on a stamp would actually render me a tiny profit. So when the Peel Off explosion began, I lost stamp sales. It may no longer be logical, but I'm pretty sure that's the reason I think I don't like them! That and way back we had a discussion about using die cut kits to make cards and calling it 'craft'; I have a sneaking feeling that I think Peel Offs may be cheating. And one last reason - over-use. Borders, corners and a central image and text, all on one card - too shiney for me. Although, as you've seen and will continue to see, I'm happy to cheat when it's all about my advantage!
Oh and I forgot yesterday to say that one of the Scrap Ladies has posted a sneak peek montage - now you work out which technically minded Scrap Lady that would be!!
Sunday, 6 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 3 September 2009
5. Unless you feel the need to waste your life, punish yourself and make friends with a bag of talcum powder and the smallest paintbrush in the world, don't bother embossing on the acetate. Set aside the need to remember to find and use the heat proof acetate and focus on the mind numbing static quality of the stuff. Aaaagh.
This bunch of lovely stash was delivered to my door yesterday. A gift. An unsolicited gift - how incredibly thoughtful is that? As thoughtful as undeserved, for sure. Thank you to Paige, my Ladybird friend. I love all of it. It was also a really fab consolation prize for the family holiday day that well, wasn't. Although actually, we did spend it together, so that was a bonus really. We finished the assembly of the Ikea furniture for Miss Dunnit's room. She is insanely pleased with it, we are insanely pleased that it's all over and I'm insanely pleased that she's busy moving back in with a deal of enthusiasm. Do not burst my bubble about how long it'll stay nice and tidy and blah. I'm not ready. And by the way, Mr Dunnit is on holiday again today. And he's mending the shower today. It's all good. Really!
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
So my desk is really quite tidy and actually not very interesting. But if you squint, you might be able to see this: