Monday 26 November 2007

Book Signing!!!

How very exciting! My book is out, I am signing a batch tomorrow for the lovely ladies who all ordered it in Portugal (thank you very much!). For those of you who I was not lucky enough to meet, I am going to do my very first book signing at Topaz on the 8th December, so it would be great to see some of you up there.

I will be in the shop Saturday from 11 - 4, then on the Sunday 11 - 1. I am really looking forward to my visit, and doing some shopping (I feel Christmas pressie shopping is a must - especially now my mums addicted to this card making malarky!!). How funny, doing a book signing!!! Who'd have thought.

Anyway, it will be great to see some familiar faces and catch up on all the gossip.

Wednesday 14 November 2007

Portugal ATC's

This card has been made using components from my Sunshine Shades kit. This is a really easy one. Take one of the pre-printed cards, simply add torn flower paper to the top of the card, then edge the card using a matching ink-pad (I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink spiced marmalade). I then added a rub-on to the bottom of the card then glued three buttons along the paper line. I completed the card by adding a little ribbon underneath a jewelled flower. Easy-peasy.

This card has also been created using items from my Sunshine Shades ATC kit. I have covered a blank card with the spotty paper,with a printed car and aeroplane on it. I tore the paper to give a little interest. I trimmed the frame down, so only part of it would fit onto my ATC. Before attaching the frame I stuck another piece of dotty paper (all the papers are different to give variations to the card). This fits under the frame only. I attached the frame with 3D foam then used a "Happy" rub on to the right of the frame. To complete the card, I cut a larger aeroplane card image out and attached it to the frame, adding a jewel star to the centre of the wings.

Back Home

We're back after our successful trip to Portugal. It went brilliantly. It was hard work, with some extremely long days, but I really enjoyed it and met some wonderful people. I hope everyone who went enjoyed themselves and came away feeling inspired. I slept for 12 hours Sunday evening to recover!! Fantastic.

A massive thank you to all the people who went. It was great to catch up with everyone from Topaz, the team back together again, awwww. It was also great to see Joey again, and also to work and have fun with Carley, Paula, Jackie, Alli and Jenny who joined our little team this year. It was also great to be joined by Jules from Xyron, Dave from Fiskars and of course Sara from HOTP, who are all lovely. If you ever see Paula at any crafty do's ask her to give you a demonstration of her Spanish dancing - brilliant, she really cheered us all up when we were a little frazzled.

Anyway, I could babble on for ages about it, but I do want to share a few cards I made for the trip. I will put a couple on here with instructions, then the others on Flickr. Hello to any of the ladies who joined us in Portugal - I hope you all got home safely and have fully recovered!