Thursday, 28 January 2010

New Website Goes Live!

Hoorah, my new website went live this morning! I know as a new web parent, my new web baby will take 24 hours attention, do all sorts of unknown behaviours that I haven't read about in advance, and probably not do exactly what I want it to do unless I ask it 3 times!, but hey it's here, it's beautiful and of course it's black and white with hints of purpley/pink! just how I love life!

Do take a sneaky look around, I am still madly loading products and have just been handed over the gallery feature today as well to start loading, but best of all you'll get to see the new Delish collection High Tea which is absolutely gorgeous - well I would say that wouldn't I, but check it out for yourselves.

This is the second website I've built, so it should be getting easier, but its still really hard to try and capture exactly what people want from you being on-line. I would really value any feedback anyone has. Let me know what I'd have to do to make my website one of your favourites - lots of creative ideas would be fab!

Have fun surfing!
eyes have gone cross-eyed being on-line all day, so off to the bank and post office which actually today I'm quite looking forward to!

Monday, 25 January 2010

Painted Postcards & Vintage Tags!

Whizz...well that was the weekend then! I can't quite believe its over already! We had a great time at Scrap Saturday, and I enjoyed welcoming 3 new clients. I love seeing people go away totally inspired and ready to scrap their precious moments. We played with sandpaper this weekend - a really simple medium I sometimes forget to use. Its quick and easy, very portable and cheap to add to your tool kit (just don't tell your hubby that you've nicked a bit of sandpaper from his precious hoard of bits to use sometimes - can't imagine keeping things that might come in handy (LOL) boys ah!!!).

I just love these vintage labels, and have used them on layouts, cards, and even stuck them into books when I give them as a present.

Simply choose your favourite paper - pretty muted florals or neutrals look fab and cut to 8cm x 6cm. Sand the edges all the way around, then use any journalling stamps in your stash. I've layered two of mine here, a frame stamp and then another quote line clear stamp over the top - I love nice straight lines to rubon titles onto which I've done here. I then sewed a button on with pretty contrasting cotton. Next make a mount out of card or I used a Delish Peppercorn Treats paper because I love the way the black sands off well. Cut this about 8.5cm x 6.5cm and stick on your label - Wooo Hooo you are done. This is a great project to make in a little production line so you have a goregous little stash of labels whenever you need them.

We also got out our watercolour pencils - again another love of mine to keep in the toolbox. We used the Delish Peppercorn Buffet paper and cut out the floral boxes, painted in the flowers, then stamped a post card stamp, script stamp and a floral stamp all overlapping onto the front. I then used small alphabet stamps to put on my title. Have a go at colouring in again - its so great for bringing out the inner children in us all.

I'm very excited this week, as later on I'm rushing into the office to inspect all the new High Tea collection that has landed - new website about 95% there - so I'll let you know as soon as it's live and you can see and buy the new collections!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

All About Me Scrapbook Album

Had a wonderful class on Saturday teaching 18 creative ladies near Gatwick. I was given a great brief by a couple of my clients to create a secret mini album workshop for their annual weekend away - just want a designer like me adores!

I came up the idea of a 6x6 acrylic and chipboard album celebrating all the wonderful things about you! ie; All About Me. Too many times we scrap our loved ones, but I daydreamed about what it would be like if I found an album in a gorgeous old vintage suitcase all about my Mum. I would be able to read it and appreciate her passions even more, so I developed an album that might do that for my Holly someday. I took photos of my favourite jewelery, what books are on my bedside cabinet, how I like to eat a cream tea, and what our house looks was really refreshing and also means you get to take loads of cool arty pictures of stuff you collect.

Here is all the lovely packs of kits I pre-made ready for them. You'll notice a new product which is my journalling kit (at the bottom) - just lovely off-cuts of pretty paper that I have used my journalling stamps on, ready for you to use on cards, layouts, even as a jam label. I'll be selling these and other handmade things on my new website due to launch next week.

Why don't you think about scrapping yourself! It doesn't have to be filled with photos of you if that's not what you like, but feel it with all the things that make you YOU!

blog-speak soon!

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Show us ya wellies!

Snow again here, just a fine sprinkle, but lovely to see the garden being coated with winter bling once more....lucky school is open as I really need to have a creative day today and get some new designs out of my head, down my arms, and onto paper...well once I've updated my blog, read a couple of other fab blogs and of course made a huge mug of coffee!

One of my favourite observations over the last few weeks has been the amazing array of goregous wellies (or gumboots as us kiwis say) that are making an appearance each day. I've seen skulls, flowers, chocolates, swirls, insects and keep cursing that I've forgotten my camera as wouldn't it make a fab page - send me an email with a picture of ya wellies and maybe I can make this page happen

Here are mine;

Here is also the table that now looks so different from when it was all dressed for New Year - can't wait to see it covered in salad bowls, crusty bread and a glass of very cold wine!!!

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Happy New Year!

Well pass its due date! but Happy New Year everyone! I can't quite believe its all over for another wonderful year - what did my Mum say about time speeds up as you get older - don't think I took much notice as I was probably a teenager and desperately trying to be old enough for killer heels!

Just wanted to share this delicious table with you that we did for our New Years celebrations, using the Delish Designs Peppercorn paper to make the table mats, gifts boxes, and the Clear Frames stamps for the tags.

Am finally getting upstairs to my newly organised creative santuary this afternoon to start to play with new designs for 2010.

So watch this space!............

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