Saturday, 29 November 2008

Busy, Busy, Busy!

What a busy week I have had! With my birthday party last weekend, launching my new craft CD Funky Daze on Monday, my 40th Birthday Tuesday and then trying to pull everything together for the four recorded shows I am filming with Create and Craft on Monday coming, my poor head is in a spin!

The launch of Funky Daze has been fantastic! Thank you very much to everyone who has visited the website, sent messages and of course purchased the new CD. I am so honored that you lovely crafters have taken the time to give me your feedback and spent your hard earned crafting cash with us. I appreciate everyone of you. Thank you.

One of the most popular things on this new release has turned out to be the Word Books that you can print yourself. I thought I would share my first one with you which I made as a joke after I had initially designed the pages to see if they would actually work!

When I was a little girl, with a name like 'Anice' I could never have anything with my name on it. You remember when you had one of those ceramic tiles that went on your bedroom door with 'You name's Bedroom' and a picture of a car or a flower on it. Maybe if you are a youngster you wont remember this is the mid to late 70's I'm talking about..anyway. My brother Gary had his on his door but I always had to have GIRLS bedroom, because you couldn't get Anice of course and there was no such thing as getting them hand made specially! This obviously was a big deal to I am still talking about it now 30 years later!!

(reads 'Once upon a time a long time ago....)

(..there was a girl born who was given an unusual name.No one could ever remember what it was and no one could ever spell it. The worst of all the girl could never get anything special, like a mug, with her name on it. She always had to have GIRL instead. It wasn't until many years later that she found a way to change this forever...)

(Learn 2 craft and make it Yourself!)

There I've got it off my chest!!!
Speak to you all again soon.
Anice xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Hurrah ! two reasons for me to celebrate.

Hello everyone!

I'm in rather a good mood today for two reasons. The first one's my birthday! Though I probably shouldn't feel that happy as I am turning 40 years old. I've received loads of fabby cards and presents and I'll pop back over the next couple of days and share the lovely cards that I have received and thank everyone properly.

The second reason for my good mood today is that I have finally launched my brand new shiny craft CD Rom Funky Daze. I thought I would share a few of the wonderful cards that my Design Team members have been frantically making for me ready for launch..this is just a small sample of the wonderful work they have produced. Pop over to my website and take a look at the gallery for Funky Daze to see everything they have been creating.

How lucky am I having such talented Design Team members?

Now I'm off to have a fun day to celebrate my 'life beginning' as I keep being told by well meaning friends !

Speak again soon
Anice xx

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Oh dear my birthday party..

It's not my birthday until Tuesday so last night when I had all my friends around to my house I was just celebrating that I am still 39! Yes I am not particularly happy that I will be 40 on the 25th but there's nothing to be done about it so I decided to have a few friends round to eat, drink and be merry. Now I did over do the 'merry' part I think as I have had rather a headache all day but it was lovely to have all my friends with me to celebrate. The only problem I discovered this morning is that I don't actually have any photographs of my friends at my party! I'm going to share a couple of photos I do have but it looks like I was all alone..I promise I wasn't!! Hopefully other people will let me have copies of their pictures which may actually look like there was a party going on!!

Here's me before everyone arrived and before I had a drink!

and the dreadful moment when I had to have a room full of people sing happy birthday and blow out my candles..

It was a really fun night and it's times like that, that remind me what wonderful friends I have. Even if I can't show them too you!!

Things have been the usual busy around here..I do have a new CD to launch but there was a little hiccup with the manufacturers earlier in the week, which I wont bore you with! I am crossing my fingers that I will be back here on Tuesday telling you all about Funky Daze and that it will be available. I can't wait to share the wonderful creations that the Funky Hand Design Team have made with the new collections..they are totally inspirational as ever.

Even though it's my birthday I will be pretty busy this week as I have alot of card making demos to pull together ready for my visit to the Create and Craft studios on December 1st. I will be spending a day there recording four half hour shows, one each for my craft CDs It's Funky Too, Funky Seasons, V Funky and Now that's Funky. I'm really looking forward to doing them and I imagine they will be added to the Create and Craft schedules in the new year. I'll let you know more details when I have them.

Oh finally before I leave you this post I must send my best wishes to Enfys from my's her birthday today. I hope you have had a lovely day En.

Well I hope you have enjoyed your weekend as much as I have enjoyed mine..speak again soon.

Anice xx

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Scrapping Exhibition memories

Here I am again saying sorry for the length of time between my posts. Sorry (head down in shame..again!) It's a bit busy here at Funky Hand Towers as we get ready for the launch of the new CD Funky Daze, preparing for TV shows and exhibitions. I now have a delivery date for the CD so..we are racing to get everything ready for the launch on the website. As soon as I have a confirmed launch date I will share it with you here.

Hopefully Funky Daze will be something you will want to add to your crafty Christmas list.

Even though it's pretty busy here I still have to find time to do a bit of crafting dont' I?..or what's life worth eh??! So here is an 8"x8" scrap page I created from scrapbook papers included on the new CD.

It's quite a simple page but I wanted to scrap my memories from the trade exhibition that I did early in the year. It's a picture of me waiting nervously on the stand just before the show opened on the first day. The 'Exhibitor' sign is from inside the badge I am wearing in the picture and the ribbon with the exhibition name on was cut from the ribbon on the badge that is holding it around my neck. The title lettering is also from the CD and the small lettering is Doodlebug All Mixed Up rub-ons.

Right.. can't hang around I have orders to process and more demonstrations to try to design. Talk again real soon.

Anice xx

Thursday, 6 November 2008

My crafty customers and an update on my C and C TV shows..

One of the many great things about running Funky Hand are the wonderful crafty people that I get to meet be it face to face or virtually on forums and blog hopping. I'm lucky enough to have some really fantastic customers who, I am honored to say, seem to like my designs. Every now and again they will send me images of cards or projects that they have created using Funky Hand papers and I am always really excited to see what other crafters are inspired to create. Sally very kindly sent me some images of cards that she had created using papers from my craft CDs Now that's Funky and V Funky and I thought I would share them with you as they are great designs.. Thanks for sharing them with me Sally.

On the Funky Hand front everything here is ticking along as usual. The new CD is in production as we speak so I should have delivery timings any day now. I have a new download collection waiting in the wings to be released later in the month so all my designing is up to date..for a nice change!

I know I told you that I recorded some pre recorded shows for three of my CDs for Create and Craft in May and they were on your screens for a few days in August before they disappeared. I've had a few people asking me about that and where they went? The situation is that the recorded shows that I did had some additional items included on them, paper packs I think, for sale that unfortunately were no longer available to Create and Craft to the shows had to be taken out of their schedules. I will be returning to the Ideal World studios at the beginning of December to re-record the shows again which should be on your TV screens in the new year,hopefully. I'm working on some new demonstrations for these shows and my wonderful Design Team have worked their usual magic and made some fab cards and other projects so hopefully these new shows will be worth taking a look at.

Speak to you again soon.
Anice xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

We're back in business!!

I must offer apologies to all the readers of this blog who have been missing out on the right hand bar with my lovely picture in and all the other interesting links to my DT blogs and favorite sites for a while. That's if you have been viewing it in Internet explorer.

I have to put my hands up and admit that it was because I embedded details about Twitter into a post a little while ago and I didn't do it properly..sorry. I didn't notice the problem before now because I don't use IE when surfing the internet.

Can I say a great big thank you to my fab customer and reader Trisha Platon for bringing the problem to my attention and to my wonderful techie guy (or code monkey as he likes to be called!) Ian who has spent the last few hours trying to find what I had done and mend it.

There Ian is that enough recognition for your efforts?

I'll be back with some crafty stuff in a few days, enjoy your Bonfire Night!
Anice xx

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Happy Birthday to my Dad!

It's my Dads birthday today so I thought I would share the card I made for him now that he should have received it in the post.. crossed fingers!!

My Dad isn't really that interested in crafting..but he doesn't have much choice when I run a business in the crafting industry and my Mom is a crafting/card making Queen!! He always says the right words when he receives a card so we let him off!! This card has been made using papers from my soon to be released all NEW craft CD Funky Daze I can't wait to be able to share the wonderful creations that my Design Team are already creating with it. I'll keep you posted on the release date.

November is a pretty busy month on the birthday front here at Funky Hand, apart from my Dads birthday today there's also three birthday girls in my Design Team as well. Kath, Enfys and Allison are all celebrating this month so don't forget to pop over to their blogs (you'll find them in the side bar under my Design Team list) and wish them good wishes. Oh Kath is celebrating a special birthday this year as well, of course I'm not going to tell you a ladies age, but it deserves a message on the 7th on her blog!

Actually Kath isn't the only one with a 'special' birthday this month..I have one as well. Yes, it can't be over looked anymore on the 25th November I will be turning 40 years old. My goodness, when did that happen? I mean I'm sure I only turned 30 a couple of years ago..obviously it was a bit longer ago than that!! So I haven't fully decided how I am going to celebrate here but pop back closer to the time and I'll let you know..maybe a little sale might be in order..who knows!!

Anice xx


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