Next Meeting dates

Here are the some dates for 2018 so you can all organise your diaries.

Aylsham -Saturdays 2pm -5pm (please ask for address)

14th July
August TBA
September TBA

Hethersett Village Hall - Sundays 09.30 - 12.30 pm

15th July
August TBA
September TBA

Friday, 11 December 2009

December Calender cards

Well here it is at last my calender card. I really do not know what's going on with Blogger but I've had real problems with both my blogs, is anyone else having the same problems?
This card uses a "figure of eight" beer mat, which I have to admit is harder to cover but then you do not have the problem of joining it together at the end. I will have some of these mats available for you to use.

On this second card I've made it slightly more complicated by adding 4 different pictures that can be changed according to the season. As time is of the essence we will be doing a 1 image card but this is for extra inspiration.
See you all Sunday.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

December cards

Well hello again, are you all ready for Christmas yet? I know I'm not so if anyone fancies buying some presents or making a few cards for me then let me know.

So here are a couple of this months offerings & as I get the pictures for the others (hint hint Sylvia) I'll upload those too.

This card is Sheila's acetate card & in real life it is very pretty but unfortunately I could not get it to photograph that well. Sheila's example is a Christmas one but I do have some non Christmas acetate for those who prefer to make a different theme.

This is my 2 in 1 card so called because you can get 2 cards out of 1 C6 card. You can make your card into any theme but I will have the stamp I have used with me (Stampin Up). We will also be using the Cuttlebug with the Nestabilities folders so if any of you own any of these please feel free to bring them along.

I'm now off to make my last project - the calender card.

For those who will be unable to make it on Sunday may I wish you on behalf of Sylvia & myself a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.

Don't forget our January meeting is on 31st January at our new venue Hethersett Village Hall.

Friday, 27 November 2009

An Extra Craft Day

As the original craft weekend has had to be postponed till Spring I have managed to organise a day of crafting instead.

We will be doing lots of different projects that we do not have time to do at our usual meetings. All the supplies will be provided for you as well as refreshments & biscuits.

So if you fancy having a whole day of crafting with lots of giggles & fun & a chance for you to forget about the hustle & bustle of Christmas then book your place with me.

The cost is £15 but you will get everything to make all the projects on the day (you just need to bring our basic kit).

Places are limited so don't miss out.

Monday, 9 November 2009

November Meeting

Thanks to all who attended the 2 groups this weekend. I hope you all enjoyed the projects we did especially as they were a bit different from just cardmaking, let me know if you want more of the same.

I thought it was about time the wider world got to see all your projects & not just my efforts. As most of you noticed I had my camera with me at the weekend & spent a lot of my time busily taking snaps, so here are all your wonderful creations for everyone to admire. I'm sorry I cannot put a name to all the projects but if you spot yours & want your name attached to it let me & it will be done.

Here are some of the Aylsham gang - Heather, Jean & Sylvia all hard at work.

This is Heather's lovely owl card, I love the background she has used.

This is Jean's card, I love the purple & blue combo

And last but not least is Sylvia's beautiful card, I'll let you into a secret she forgot to attach her ribbon prior to sticking her matting layers down so she improvised by cutting them into V's & attaching them with double sided tape & I think that really works.

These are some of the lovely triangular cards that were made at Bawburgh

And here are some more.

Here are some of the 3d Christmas ornaments we made at Bawburgh.

And lastly here are a couple of the lovely boxes we made.

See you all next month which is our last before Christmas & our last meeting at Bawburgh before our big move to our new location in Hethersett in January

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Extra Card

Here are some more decorations I've made.
Here also is the card I promised (as you can see I've made 2 different ones).

If you want to make the cards can you bring with you the following:
C6 card - colour your choice
Christmas backing paper
Corner rounder #
Green & red inks#
Fir tree/branch stamp#
Wet glue (PVA)
# - will be available for use

See you at the weekend & Happy Crafting

Friday, 30 October 2009

Craft weekend


Just to let you all know the exciting news Jill Boulton in conjunction with Jill Tuck from The Stampman (as seen on Create and Craft) have organised a Craft Weekend in Norwich.

The details are as follows
When: Saturday & Sunday 5th & 6th December
Where: St. George's Hall, Stoke Holy Cross near Norwich
Time - 10.00 - 16.00

Topics covered

Saturday - Starburst stains workshop where you will learn all the spraying and painting techniques, including scrunch and cling film to create a lovely book.

Sunday am - Metal work using the Walnut Hollow tools - Come and learn the basic techniques to get the most out of these tools and create some lovely cards

Sunday pm - Tim Holtz stuff - alcohol inks, distress inks, grunge paper.

Cost - £100 for all weekend

The price includes Walnut Hollow metalwork tools worth £35 which are yours to keep after the workshop. If you already have the these tools (or the Ten Second Studio equivalents) you'll get a discount.

Light refreshments will be provided on both days but you will need a packed lunch.

So what do you all think? Do you like messy? Are you interested in learning some new techniques?

If you'd like to secure your place please email me as soon as possible with your name, address and phone number together with whether you'd like to attend one or both days and if you have your own metal craft tools.

We'll be taking a 50% deposit at time of booking & the remainder to be paid by end of November.

Happy crafting

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

November Cards

Well here we are again, it does not feel like a month has gone by!.

I'm sorry I was not on my best form this past weekend, for those Aylsham girls who thought it was due to my late night the previous night, I can now assure you this was not the case. As when I got home & looked in the mirror at my sore throat I discovered I had rip roaring tonsillitis - now all say AHHHH.

Well here are next months offerings. We thought we would try something different & not have only cards this month. Hope you all approve & do tell us what you all think.

Card 1 for Aylsham you will find in the September posting & we promise to do these first so as not to run out of time again.

These are the card 2 or should that be decorations that both groups will be making. I will also complete a card using the same decorations so if we have time you can have a go at that too. Watch this space for more details.

These were made using scallop punches so if you have your own bring them along as it will speed things up. The punches can be any shape or size but scallops work best. I've used both thin paper & normal weight card & I have to say that once made up the thinner paper seems to work best but I'll leave it up to you to decide. I've also added some bling using a glue pen & glitter.

Card 3 for both groups has been designed by Judy from the Aylsham group. Its an unusual triangular card that folds flat for easy posting.

Judy has cleverly used leftovers from old cards & tags to decorate her cards so bring along all those old cards you saved from last year & put them to good use.
Card 4 for both groups is aptly called 4 in a row & is a way of using those peeloffs we all end up buying but never using.

Sylvia has used a bag & shoe theme but if you have other peeloffs you prefer to use bring them along instead.

Our last project for Bawburgh has been designed by Sheila & again its not a card.

This looks complicated but she has assured me its really simple to make. I'll be bringing along my cuttlebug to help make the panels for the front so if any other cuttlebuggers fancy bringing theirs along too it will be greatly appreciated.
Phew it looks as though we have got our work cut out to finish all these great projects in 1 session.
See you all on the 7th or 8th of November.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

October cards

Well here I am at last, I still have no internet connection at home so I'm now using a connection at Norwich ski club whilst watching my daughter doing death defying jumps AARGGG.

Here are this months cards but you also need to see September's post to see the other cards we will be doing.

Card 1 Christmas owls - see previous post

Card 2 Christmas relief card

These cards are only small 7cm x 8cm (if I remember correctly) so once you master the technique they are a great way to use up all those scraps of cards we all hoard. As you can see I'm in a bit of a blue/lilac mode but if you prefer more traditional chrimbo colours please bring the appropriate supplies to do those colours instead.

Card 3 - Anytime card

A quick & simple card that uses all those peeloffs we all have. I'm sure Sylvia will not mind if you bring Christmas ones if you prefer.

Card 4 for Aylsham is in previous post & for Bawburgh this one will be a surprise as I have no images for you.

Hope this helps you all & see you next weekend.

Bawburettes don't forget the clocks go back Saturday night

Friday, 18 September 2009

My slider cards

Well I hope everyone enjoyed the cards this time & Sylvia seemed to come away unscathed from her solo outing at Aylsham, although that could mainly be due to a lack of attendees. For all of you that were unwell I hope you are now feeling better soon & will be well enough to attend next month.

I thought I would show you my slider cards that I made following Sylvia's instructions.
I've used mainly Penny Black stamps. The trees in the background are cut from a sheet of backing paper that was in last years Dovecraft 8x8 pack & was called Christmas Blues, I think they work really well but let me know what you think.

This little fellow is just too cute for words. I added some bling by applying Stampin Up's Dazzling Diamonds using a 2 way glue pen to his hat & collar.
As you can also see I decided to add a greeting to the slider part of the card prior to assembling it, this was not so easy as it sounds but I found if you draw a line onto the slider through your gap on the card front you can then stamp onto this line to ensure it straight & can be seen. I hope that explanation made sense if not let me know & I'll take some photo of what I mean, to explain it more clearly.

This is another card I did using the same principles but this time the message is below the slider & is only revealed when the slider is pulled - Good Huh!!!!

If anyone would care to take a photo of their creations from the meetings please feel free to email a copy to me & I will upload it to the blog.

Well that's all until nearer next months meeting which is later than usual & is on the weekend of 24/25th October. Hope to see you all there, we have some great cards coming up.

Monday, 7 September 2009

Remaining cards for Bawburgh

Well I never did find my original samples despite turning my craft room upside down in an attempt to find them so I've quickly put together another couple.

This first one is a simple christmas card using a leaf punch to make the wreath.

I will attempt to punch out enough leaves for you all but if any of you have a carl punch like this one please can you bring it along with you on Sunday as it will save time if more leaves are needed.

Also if you have any red glitter glue can you bring that along too instead of clear glitter glue that was on your lists.

My final card is entitled Christmas surprise on your list. The surprise being I had no idea what my 2nd card I showed you last month looked like, so I hope you like what I came up with. We are going to use liquid applique & glitter on the santa hats. If any of you have another cute animal stamp you would prefer to use then bring that along with you. As you can see I went for less tradional christmas colours this time.

September cards

Hi everyone hope you all had a good summer I know I certainly did. I cannot believe school holidays are over no more leisurely lie ins BOO HOO.

Well back to business here are some of the cards we will be doing this month. Cards 1 & 2 are for both groups but 3 is for Aylsham only. Aylsham can see their 4th card on last month post, its the folded card.

I'm afraid I have managed to lose my own card samples in the pit I call my craft room so if I do not find them today, I will quickly make up some more samples & upload them tomorrow.

Also I will not be attending Aylsham this month as its my daughter Amy's 8th birthday party so I'm afraid I will be up to my eyes with screaming children. So please spare me some thought while you are all busy "playing" & go easy on Sylvia.

Card 1

Here are the individual images that make the card 3d

Card 2

Card 3

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Sheila's folded card

This is the card that Sheila taught us. It uses a single sheet of 12" x 12" double sided patterned card which is cleverly folded to form a square card with 2 slots on the card front. Into these slots a gift card, picture or tags could be placed.
I'm no good at folding (don't ask me to do teabag folding, the resulting "mess" is not a pretty sight!!!) but even I did not mess it up & I was really pleased with the end result.
If you do not have any double sided pattern card then why not stamp a random design onto the unpatterned sides. The finished card size can also be decreased by using a smaller than 12" square to begin with.
When I can fathom out how to explain the folds I will be adding the instructions to this post.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Sylvia's flower card

This is my version of Sylvia's flower card, I have left my front panel blank until I decide what greeting I want to add.

I did enjoy making this card & it did get me using my paper flowers again. Its also a versatile layout to use. Although this card used an A4 sheet folded in half, we managed to make a square version for one of our group, Louise, as she did not have the supplies to make the larger version & it turned out really well (although I do say it myself). You can see the card on our Bawburgh group shot, Louise is in the middle row in a pink top just behind Sylvia.

So for those of you who want to make this card at home here are the supplies you need.

1 A4 sheet of card.
Patterned paper cut to 21 x 14.8cm
Coordinating coloured or mirri card - 17.5 x 5cm & 12.5 x 3cm
another piece of different coloured coordinating card - 16 x 3.5cm
white card - 13 x 3.5
paper or silk flowers
3 small brads
18cm length of 1cm ribbon or could use a piece of your patterned paper
coordinating inkpads

The A4 sheet of card was folded to form base card. The patterned paper, largest coordinating card & white card were all cut with a deckle edge.

Some of the flowers & the cut white card were edged with the coordinating ink prior to being put on the card. The front panel was also raised with foam pads.

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Thankyou All

Just wanted to say thanks to everyone who came to this months meetings, I really didn't expected so many people to make the effort given the glorious weather we are having this weekend.

I took some pictures at the Bawburgh group today, which I have just sent to a card making magazine in the hope they choose us as their group of the month. I thought it would be nice for you all to see the group shot we had taken by the hall's caretaker (Thank you Mr Caretaker) We are all holding our favourite project of the day.

You can see I did try to hide behind my card but I did not quite succeed Ha Ha.

Tuesday, 4 August 2009

August Cards

I'm sorry that these cards have been posted later than I hoped but I forgot I had to go on holiday!!!!! Well better late than never & hopefully you will all forgive me.

This card we will be doing at both groups & was designed by Sylvia. She has coordinated the flowers & papers together & if you look closely you will see she has used ink to change the look of the original flowers & this will be something she will show you how to do.

Card 2 is one of my own designs & I have used some Stampin up stamps. Although this card is a Christmas card by changing the colours it can easily be adapted to become a birthday card & I will have an example of this with me.

Card 3 for Bawburgh only can be seen in the previous post & is the one with the cat on the front (unfortunately this stamp will not be available to use).

This is card 3 for Aylsham & is the flowerpot card that Sandra taught at Bawburgh last month.

There are similar cards to be found on the internet but Sandra has designed it in such a way that her version can be stood up like a normal card.

As you can see, to make the card quicker & easier to do I've used punches for my flowers & these will be available to use on Saturday.

Unfortunately the other cards on your lists I do not have examples for yet so these I will post after Sundays meeting.

Hopefully this has wetted all your appetites & I hope to see lots of you at the weekend.

Monday, 20 July 2009

July meeting

Well what an eventful weekend that was, it really made me appreciate it takes 2 to run the groups smoothly regardless of how many attendees we have.

You will all be pleased to know that Sylvia has made a full recovery & she promises that she will be fighting fit for the August meeting baring any more accidents with tables or dodgy tummies.

Well here are the pictures of the cards we all made & in a later post I will attempt to upload the cards for next months meetings.

This trifold mouse card was made at both groups. The stamps are by Dimension Fourth & I think I got the original idea from a card I saw on the stand at the Thetford show, which is on again on Sunday 23rd August. Please excuse the crease on my back page border, however much I try to get rid of it, it seems to want to stay put.

This wallet card was original taught to me by my friend & Stampin up upliner Lisa, who kindly agreed to let me teach it to the groups. This is not my original card as mine was accidentally taken home by one of our members so this was one I made very quickly hence its not quite finished. We used an A4 sheet of brown card which we halved lengthwise. After rounding off all the corners we applied versamark ink to the front only & then sprinkled on clear embossing powder. Prior to heating we made patterns using an embossing tool & then heat set the embossing powder. The effect is really cool & it looks as though you have used expensive leather effect card. Inside the wallet we created pockets using the leftover brown card. This is a great card for all those really hard to please men in our life's.

This last card we made at Aylsham only but we will be making it at Bawburgh next month. This is Sylvia's creation & she has used eyelets as an effective decoration as well as serving a purpose by holding the front & back of the card together.

The third card we made at Bawburgh was designed by Sandra using Stampin up products. When I obtain a picture of her card or I complete my own (which hopefully will be soon as Aylsham will be doing this card in August) I will upload an image for you all.
Dates for next meetings are 8th & 9th August.