Friday, 14 March 2014


Getting ready for next weekend prepping using what's got to be my favourite range of dies - I love them all, it's got to be said, but I do extra love the bigz dies from sizzix. I love how they cut through so many different types of material, or through loads of layers if card. With ease. This is particularly fab when your prepping a workshop!!

I can't show you any finished results as yet, but I will pop up plenty of photos after the workshop. For now I'll have to just show you the packaging!!

Wednesday, 12 March 2014


PREP!!!  Eeeek, really excited.  It's now only a week and 4 days to my workshop!!!  I can't believe how fast it has come round.

If this is news to you, there is still time to book.  The workshops will be at the Royal Bridlington, which is a 4 star hotel, in the South Beach area of Bridlington.  BEACH.  So excited.

Now, I'm sorry if this isn't near you.  Please don't post saying it's too far away, and asking me to try and do one nearer to your home.  As you might not have heard, this is the last workshop I am allowed to do on my own - or for myself should I say.  There is nothing else planned this year, so it's my one and only time to get out there and see some lovely crafters!!  I can't believe it.  I've been running workshops and doing demonstrations for years, lets hope something gets sorted soon.

Anyway, the workshops will be on the 23rd, 24th and 25th.  You can book a day, 2 days, or come for the whole event.  The lovely thing about it being in a hotel, we can all stay over and spend the evenings crafting (or drinking wine and gossiping).  I'm so excited.  The workshops will just be £55 per day, that includes all your materials, morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon coffee. Oh, and me teaching of course :)  That is such a good price!!  Obviously it will be amazing if you can stay over, but if you can come for a day, then that will be equally fab.  And what a wonderful place of the world to visit.

Please contact the Hotel for the full details and prices if you can stay over, and to book your workshop.  Their number is 01262 672433, or you can drop them an email:
Soooooooo extied :)

Tomorrow's crafting will mostly be.....

10am Fabric Crafting with Pinflair
12pm Rahcelle Anne Miller POW
3pm Brother Scan and Cut
5pm Pfaff Sewing (love this title!!)

A long old day tomorrow!!  Hope my creaky back is okay, not sure what I've done - probably the amount of food I've put away at teatime!!

Anyhow, Seeya tomoz crafters  xxx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Workshop bookings now being taken

Hooray, workshops.  Now, as you may or may not know, these may be my last workshops for a little while, as I'm not able to do my normal independent ones, nor am I able to visit the wonderful shows like the Summer Craft Fair, or Ali Pally.  So, this is really exciting, as I've got a full 3 days of workshops!  Each day is different, and you have the choice to come for a day, two, or even the full 3.

It is a bit of a trek for me, and no doubt some of you as well, but that's the beauty of it being held in a hotel!  This means whoever is coming along can craft during the day, and chill out in the evening.  We will all be in the same hotel, so I'll be looking for dinner time buddies and wine enthusiasts :)

I will copy the details from the advert.  To book you will need to contact The Royal Bridlington (the number is on the ad), but any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Very excited indeed....

Marbling fun!!

Hey crafty folk.  I know how I always babble on about how much I like my job, but it's true, I really do.  I especially like it when we have something brand new that is one of those that I just have to try.  And this time it was marbling.  

Now, I don't know about you, but I remember this as a kid.  It was ace, but it seemed like a lot of faff, and the patterns always seemed the same.  So, when we had Craig in recently (from Marbling4fun), it was such a relief to see my childhood memories definitely were a thing of the past when it came to what you can now do with this ace hobby.

Craig has put together a kit that is pretty easy to use, but very very good fun, and the results are amazing.  It is all made and sourced in the UK.  Non toxic.  Not to messy, and very affordable.   All you need is soft water (this was the only thing I had trouble finding actually, but next time I'll order it off the computer rather than searching Peterborough).  

My first attempt was actually for my magazine piece for Cardmaking and Papercrafts.  Of course I'd try this brand new hobby as my magazine article!!  No pressure.  And of course I would do it with absolutely no time to spare....this is as on the edge as it gets in my crafty little life!  However, I was pretty lucky, as I loved my first attempts. I marbled card, a chipboard letter and a little box.  Easy peasy (isn).  I need to practice, there's no doubt about that, but the basics are so easy to get to grips with, and I know what I need to do to make it better next time.

Normally I share photos - but I can't this time I'm afraid, you'll have to watch out for them in the magazine.  I'll just share the colours looking amazing floating around on the floating mixture just waiting to be printed:

Thursday, 23 January 2014


I am so chuft, and surprised, I have just found out that I have won the Craft Award for the Crafts Beautiful for the Best Craft Presenter/Demonstrator.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote, I really am so touched that people voted for me.  And thank you for tuning in and joining us on Create and Craft.  It's a wonderful job, and so much better when I know people at home are enjoying the crafting, and a few giggles.

Without you lovely folk there wouldn't be a Create and Craft, and I wouldn't have a shiny, again, THANK YOU

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Easy envelopes with your brother scan and cut

Evening crafters, in the middle is my cleaning sprea, I decided to interrupt the dull hoovering to just have a quick go at something I was thinking about when I should have been sleeping.

Now, this is very easy and obvious, so I know a lot of you out there will have already done this - but for those of you a little bit like me, plodding along with their new toy, then this is for you.

Envelopes. Ridiculously easy with the brother scan and cut. Simple take an existing envelope, place it on your mat and scan, using the save data option. Save to your brother or USB stick thing.

Now fully open out the envelope - making sure you don't leave torn strands of the envelope poking out, otherwise it will scan these as well. Scan and save:

That's it, you now have an envelope and an insert for really posh envelopes!!

All you need to do now is choose your paper, bring up your saved template, make sure it's only picked up the scan lines (delete any you don't need) and then cut. For the insert,  simply reduce the size a little so it'll fit neatly into your envelope:

Posh envelope!!

Because you are using your brother, if you have the pens, you would be able to write on the envelope! You would also be able to cut a fancy top flap using one of the borders already installed on your machine.

And, you could even scan a scrap of paper, the same size of your card, and see if the envelopes you have stored will fit your card, before you need to start cutting. This means you would be able to alter the envelopes size so it will fit the actual card you have made. As long as it fits on your cutting mat, then your envelopes should be nice and easy from now on :)