Monday, 21 February 2011

You have to see Kathys card!

It's time for another post from the Funky Hand DT ladies on their Get Funky! Challenge blog and Kathys card is a real stunner.

She explains wonderfully how she created the card as well, which has given me some ideas.  Go and take a look and be inspired to join in with this months challenge on the Get Funky! Challenge Blog

Yesterday (Sunday) Ian, Corrina and I made the 3 1/2 hour journey from Newcastle to Birmingham to visit the Hobby Craft and Stitch Trade show.  It was very interesting talking with new ribbon and button sellers and lots of other lovely must have sparkles!!  After this visit we have lots of great ideas to add to the ones we already had for the rest of the year for Funky Hand.  We arrived home last night after 8pm (that was after a quick pop into my Mom and Dads for a cuppa and a lovely piece of Chocolate cake!! Yum) very tired but full of ideas!  We are still buzzing today so I'd best get going and put some of these ideas into action!

Speak again very soon.
Anice xx

Saturday, 19 February 2011

It's my turn at Get Funky!

The challenge on the Funky Hand Design Team challenge blog Get Funky! has been set this month by Jules so it's no surprise with her love of all things heart related that the theme is 'Show us your Heart'!

I decided not to go with the usual red for hearts this time and headed more for my favourite colour green with my entry and here it is..

Now if you head over to the Get Funky! Challenge blog you will be able to see exactly how I made this card as I've put details of each step along with images on the post..prepare for a long post!!

But then why don't you make a card to join in with us this month whilst you are crafting this weekend?  The only rule is that you need to include at least one Funky Hand paper or element on you card..don't worry if you haven't got any of my products yet as I am being extra nice to everyone and giving away a freebie paper download on my website each month so you can join in. you'll find it in the downloads section.whilst you are there why not take a look around you might find some Funky Hand products or stash that you suddenly NEED!! (We have new items in the Stash section of the website..Glossy Accents that none of the DT seem to be able to live without!!)

We are getting all sorted out to go down to Birmingham over the next few days to attend the Stitches Trade's the UK version of the CHA you've probably been hearing about all over blogland.  I'm looking forward to see new products and meeting some new potential manufacturers for the Funky Hand items we have planned for the rest of the year but also meeting up with our current manufacturers and magazine contacts face to face again and having a good old catch up!  There is sure to be alot of coffees being drunk I can tell you!!

Very soon I hope to be able to tell you about some more Create and Craft TV shows that we will be presenting and bringing a new little friend along with us...But that's all for another time.  Don't forget to visit the Get Funky! Blog and if you don't have time to join in at least leave a comment so we know you've had a look around, we all love to hear from you.

Speak real soon
Anice xx

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

It time for a new challenge on Get Funky!

Congratulations to our winner from last months Get Funky! Challenge and great big thank you to everyone who joined in last month.  It was fab going around and seeing your creations..also I had fun visiting new blogs and following some new interesting crafters!

Anyway last month is all done now so it's over to Jules our hostess for this months Get Funky! Challenge to get you inspired and creating!  This months challenge is Show Us Your Heart  here is the beautiful card that Jules has started us off with this month..

Those hearts she has added are taken from the freebie paper that is available on my website to compliment this months challenge.  So if you'd like to join in but don't have any Funky Hand papers yet..then try this one out and see if you'd like more!!  There are more funkettes now so..we will be posting something new on the Get Funky! challenge blog to inspire you every two days this month so keep popping back for tips and inspiration all month long. 

Speak again soon..and don't forget to join in with the challenge!!
Anice xx

Friday, 11 February 2011

All aboard the Get Funky! Challenge Blog..

I just wanted to let you know that today was the final posting from the Funky Hand Design Team members for this months Get Funky! Challenge Going round in Circles set by Allison.  Todays cards are from three of our newest members of the team Jackie, Amanda and Jenny.  Jenny did the honours writing the post so here's her lovely fun card to give you a taster of what you will see over there..

The first month of our changes over at Get Funky! have been a great success and I know all the DT lasses have enjoyed posting their cards seperately during the month and being able to tell you a little about how they made them and sharing tips and techniques all month long.  If you haven't had a chance to join in with the challenge this month you still have sometime as it closes at 7pm on Monday 14th you have the weekend to get a bit of crafting done!!  

I'd like to say thank you to everyone who has already entered their cards and projects they are all fab! I'm looking forward to seeing a few more before the closing time and visiting some more new blogs and meeting some new crafters.

Talking of meeting new people..are you a member on Facebook?  If you are then you might like to join our Funky Hand Fans page where you will see any new blog posts mentioned and have an opportunity to meet other Funky Hand fans.  There have been some fab cards from crafters posted on there recently showing what creations they have been making with the new craft CD Craft The Year Away.  So come and join us!

Also, we received a new delivery today of the stash items that we have added to the website so if there was any stash that you had fancied but it was out of stock the last time you wont be now!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

A few cards that I have thrown together!

Sorry I haven't been around much over the last few days.  With the preparing for and then guest presenting the TV shows on Create and Craft last week it's been a little hectic around here, as I'm sure you can image.  I'd like to say thank you very much to everyone who watched the TV shows and supported the launch of our newest Papercraft Factory release Craft The Year Away by either buying from Create and Craft or directly from our website  It's been a great success and the wonderful reaction, comments and general support we have received from you all overwhelms me everytime. 

OK OK, the Oscar speech is over now don't worry!  As some of you wont have caught the shows I guest presented last week on TV I thought I'd share a few of the demo cards that I made to give you a taste of the new craft CD.

I'll start off with the LOVE word book that I made using word book pages from Craft The Year Away CD ROM the February Love collection.

The heart is a digi stamp on the CD which I coloured in using Promarkers.  The 'All you need is..' writing is also from the CD.  I just wrote it using the new writer available on the CD using the Impact Label font..which is proving to be pretty popular with my Design Team!!

Next up is a nice bright Easter themed card..

The daffodils are also a digi stamp from the CD. What I did was print the plain black outlined version of the digital stamp directly onto the yellow gingham paper and then printed out another coloured version of the daffs. exactly the same size, on white card which I cut out and then layered over the top using a few foam pads to give it a bit of height.  The sentiment was created using the writer on the CD (Impact Label font again!) and by layering it onto a co ordinating paper from the same collection (April Fool) a relatively simple but very effective card was pulled together pretty quickly.

Right onto another card,  this one is actually one of my favourite cards I've made in a while.  We are back on the love theme, with Valentines Day so close I suppose it has to be done..

This card was created using one of our new templates, a wobble card.  If you print the card full size it will be an A5 card but you can reduce the size in the workspace in the Craft The Year Away CD and make it any size that you like really. This one is A5. I used the Marching On paper collection for this one. The rainbow image is another digital stamp from the CD.  I used the coloured version for speed but if you want to colour your own rainbow then there is a black outlined one available to use.  The sentiment was printed out using the writer on the CD. To finish off I just added a little doodling around the edges of the layered paper using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in black and a Sakura Gelly Roll pen in gold on the sentiment.  Another simple 'Anice' card but still fun to make!!

Last but not least for my cards today is another lovey dovey card I'm afraid..

This card was created using a template to create the square card with patterned hearts picked out on it.  In the other templates available on the CD there are two in the same vain but with circles and stars picked out instead.  They make a great base for a card.  The 'U&ME' part of the sentiment was created using the individual characters available on the CD for each collection (this collection is Evening in June) and the 'Forever' the writer again and that favourite Impact Label font!  With a little inking around the edges of the sentiments and a heart on opposite corners just doodled with a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen in Silver it was finished!

Well that's my round up of cards I made on Create and Craft last Friday so I just have time to remind you that this months challenge over at the Funky Hand Design Team challenge Blog Get Funky! is still on the go, so you can still join in until the 14th of the month.  Paula has just posted her entry for this month and it's a great reminder to use up those left over bits of paper us crafters never seems to be able to throw away.  Take a look at it here

If you are inspired, join in with the challenge and have a chance to win a little prize. If you don't fancy the challenge this month, have a glance at all the fab posts the Design Team have put up so far this month and leave them a comment, I know they would really appreciate them. We'd love to see you over there!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx

Thursday, 3 February 2011

I'm on TV again..& we have a new Download available

I know it only seems like a few days ago that I was gracing your screens on the Create and Craft channel launching our new craft CD ROM Craft The Year Away... actually it was only last Sunday!! But, you will have the 'pleasure' of seeing me live again tomorrow (Friday 4th February) I'm guest presenting two live shows tomorrow on Create and Craft at 10am and then again at 2pm.

I've been working away here in Teapot Studios making new demonstrations for each of the shows so..if you missed the launch last weekend maybe you'll be able to catch one of the shows tomorrow.  I'll be showcasing the new CD Craft The Year Away, (which is selling like hot cakes by the way!!) Colour Me Happy and Dreams Come True.  There also will be an opportunity to purchase the two earlier Papercraft Factory CDs together for the exclusive price of £24.99.  This is only available on Create and Craft so grab it whilst they still have stock..remember if you purchase the new CD Craft The Year Away, when you install it, it will upgrade the older two craft CDs and you will have the new Workspace to use on both of them as well! 

If that's not enough to tell you today, I'm also pleased to let you know that there is a new Funky Hand Download collection called Love Love Love available NOW on the website

It is of course Love themed in time for Valentines Day card making but it would be great for any romantic card you need to make.  Though I haven't gone for pinks this, white and three shades of grey are the colours for this collection so great for making cards for men!  Another good thing about this download collection is that it's priced at just £3.19.

Anyway..I'd best get back to work and let you get on with your day!  Join me tomorrow if you can, it's nice to know that some friendly virtual pals are watching.

Speak again very soon..
Anice xx

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Just a quick thanks..

I'm very quickly dropping in today to say thank you to everyone who has been in touch about the Create and Craft TV show on Sunday.  You are all very kind and I am more pleased than I can really express here with the wonderful reaction that we have received for our new craft CD Craft the Year Away.

Thank you to everyone who has already ordered the CD either from Create and Craft or our website  Releasing a new product that you have been working on for months is always a nerve wrecking experience..but you all make it a much more bearable!

Oh, whilst I'm here, you may or may not have noticed on our website that we now have a STASH section with a few crafty 'must haves' to keep you going but..we have also added this weekend with the launch of Craft The Year Away co ordinating ribbons and buttons for six of the twelve collections included on the CD.

All the ribbons are lovely double sided satin and the buttons are good quality plain,spotty & striped in mixed sizes..just what the crafty Doctor ordered!! As well as ribbons and buttons to match the CD there is also a collection of ribbon and buttons in black and white..always a winner with crafters..who can craft without a bit of black and white gingham ribbon in their stash?!

If they prove to be popular it might just be the beginning of more Funky Hand branded stash coming your way!

Speak again very soon
Anice xx


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