Friday, 8 April 2016

More shows....

Hi there

First of all, a massive and heartfelt Thank You to everyone who took the time to send messages of support and words of encouragement ahead of my first shows on Create and Craft over the Easter weekend. The shows were great fun and I was looked after unbelievably well by the lovely people in Create and Craft TV land. I did five shows over the weekend and the early part of last week. I was bowled over by the fantastic feedback I received. I had a ball, even though I was unwell during one of the shows - but just minutes later, I was fine!

I didn't post an update straight away as I first needed to speak to the guys back at and Tattered Lace and listen to how the experts felt the shows had gone. I had a very positive meeting on Tuesday in which we looked at a plan for the next few months which will allow me to gain lots more experience of being in front of the cameras.

I've been asked to go back tomorrow (Saturday 8th April) at noon to present a Sapphire die cutting machine 60 minute Craftdown show. Later on at 5pm I'll be presenting a Ribbons Galore 60 minute craftdown show with the wonderful Bow maker, in which we'll be showcasing some fantastic deals on ribbon. I hope you can find time to watch!

Just to keep you up to date I'll be doing some shows on Sunday 17th April introducing the new Tattered Lace 'Tuck in' dies, along with some other fantastic new dies. These are a brilliant new range of dies that add so much dimension and texture to our cards. I feel excited and privileged to be able to present these new dies so soon after their launch. No time for a rest after that though - I'm being kept really busy as I'll be coming up with some new ideas for demonstrations which I'll be presenting on Sunday 24th April when I'll be doing some Border Embossing folder shows! As showtime draws nearer I'll try to give you a sneaky peak on this blog of the sort of stuff I've come up with.

I'd better go now as I still have lots to do before tomorrow. But thanks once again for your kind words and support, your messages mean so much to me. I'll post again soon with some card pictures that hopefully you'll find interesting.

Thanks for popping by,

Corrine xx

Friday, 25 March 2016

Tomorrow - update

I just wanted to post a very quick update following my last blog entry.

Firstly I wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for their kind words of encouragement they are all much appreciated. As you can imagine, tonight the nerves are really staring to kick in.

But what I wanted to update about is that the time of my first show has changed. I will now be on the Big Blue show at 10.00 tomorrow (Saturday) morning. I am then doing another Big Blue show on Sunday at 4pm and the Tattered Lace Stuffed Tote bag at 8pm. Let's hope that Liz and Rosella don't sell everything before I get there as there's already been some sell outs!

I thought I would post a teaser of a card I am planning on demonstrating. I hope you like it?

I'd better go now as I need to make sure I am ready for the morning- it's going to be an early start as I need to be in Peterborough by 8am!

Thanks for popping by

Corrine x

Sunday, 13 March 2016

As seen on TV!

Hi there

I am super excited!

Some of you may know that I've been working with the lovely people at Craft  Channel Productions Limited and Create and Craft TV for a few months now. I submitted a video to the people behind Tattered Lace at Craft Channel Productions Limited back in November, and thankfully they liked what they saw. The next stage was a nerve wracking interview with Stephanie and Nancy a couple of weeks later. I was then invited to the studio for two screen tests, and despite my obvious trepidation at being placed in front of a TV camera for the very first time, I got the thumbs up! I was absolutely delighted when earlier this year they offered me the opportunity to join their team on the Create and Craft TV network as a guest presenter demonstrating Tattered Lace Products.

Just this week I've been given details of when I'll be making my presenting debut! My first TV appearances will be an hour slots beginning at 3pm Saturday 26th March and then two more hour long shows the next day (Easter Sunday) at 4 & 8pm. I've seen the show proposals and know I'll be demonstrating a range of the fantastic Tattered Lace dies and some of their supporting tools and products. Being Tattered Lace it will be super exciting and I truly can't wait and I'm looking forward to making a start on this totally unexpected new chapter of my life.

If you can spare the time on either of these days it would be great if you could tune in. You can watch online at or if you're near a TV, I'll be on Channel 36 on Freeview, Channel 674 on Sky, Virgin on 748 and Freesat on 813. Please let me know what you think and tell me how my presenting can be improved. This is the first time I've done anything like this so your feedback is very important to me.

To celebrate this excellent news I thought I'd show you a card I made this week with the new Essentials by Tattered Lace Rose Garden Panel die. I cut, embossed and layered this on a beautiful raspberry card which I matched up with some pretty flowers, a couple of twists of white mesh, and some raspberry and cream ribbon.
It's really effective - even if I do say so myself!

Wish me luck on 26th March! I'll let you know how I get on - if I survive! 

Thanks for popping by

Corrine x

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Mother's day madness

Hi there

I'm really sorry I didn't post last week, that pesky virus I had a couple of weeks ago decided to make a repeat visit and knocked me sideways! Certainly think that it's gone now - I've dosed myself up on vitamin C and multi vitamins - I don't know whether they work but I feel a lot better now.  I even did an exercise class this morning, so I must be on the mend!

There are certain occasions throughout the year when you know that as a card maker you are going to be extremely busy. Christmas is the obvious one and by far the most demanding. Some very efficient people will have already started their Christmas 2016 cards, and I take my hat off to them, I really do. I wish I was so organised! Like most of us I start the year with good intentions which sadly seem to be forgotten by mid January...

Some people, though not everyone by any means, send cards at Easter. And no sooner have we got over the Valentines Day rush that we find we are racing towards Mother's Day. My post on 21st January showed how I'd got ahead of the game for once with a card for my own Mum - but I didn't plan for the last minute rush from friends asking me if I had any Mother's Day cards for them to send. So  the last couple of weeks have been quite frenetic but I did it, and everyone who asked me to make them a card (or two) received their cards in good time.

As today is Mother's Day and I won't now be spoiling any surprises I thought I would show you a sample of the cards I made for orders.

I can truthfully say that I don't make cards in any one particular style. I always look at cards other people have made and take inspiration from one element on one card and a different element from another one and before I know it I've made my own card. I'm sure other card makers do the same.

This first one was made using the coordinating stamp and die from Heartfelt Creations. It's the Sun Kissed Corner stamp. It is so very delicate. I've changed the sentiment and colour combinations and made cards for other occasions equally well.

All of these cards are 8x8 inches as this is the size I prefer.    

This brown one is made using a topper from Lili of the Valley and the border was made using a Martha Stuart Stamp Around the Page punch.

The card on the right was for the daughter of a work colleague to send to her Nan. It is more Shabby Chic in style. The Love embellishment is a Laser cut wood shape. It fits in so well with this theme. The butterfly in the bottom left corner was cut from a piece of lace.
The final card was inspired by some cards I saw on one of the Facebook sites I am a member of. I changed many elements of the card I saw and came up with this version. All of the flowers were hand punched and then laid on the card blank to make the heart shape. It takes significantly more flowers to make the card than you might think!

I really hope you like these cards. And I promise to post more regularly in future. I've already started preparing my next blog because - and here comes a teaser - I'm hoping to have some exciting news to share with you about my next venture with my card making!

Bye for now and thanks for popping by - if you didn't read this blog there'd be no point in me writing these words! It would be great to be able to read your thoughts about any of the cards you see, so please think about leaving your comments below.

Corrine x

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Love is in the air...


It's often the case that the calendar dictates what sort of cards we make, and when we make them, and Valentine's Day is a good example.

I couldn't share this Valentine's Day card with you before now because my husband reads my blog!  That was a little frustrating, but never mind...

Still, perhaps it might give you some ideas for next year's Valentine's Day - or you could always adapt it when you need a card for that special occasion, such as an anniversary.

Its a very simple card but I felt it was effective - and my husband must have thought so too, because he was bowled over when he opened the envelope.

I don't know why but I always regard red and white as being the 'traditional' Valentine's Day colours, so I kept to those.  By embossing one white layer I was able to lift the card by giving it added dimension, which I felt gave it some additional interest.

I used more layers than I normally would but it gave depth to an otherwise flat card. I graduated the layers by just 0.5cm at a time. It also meant that I was able to be economical with my card stock and cut some of the smaller layers out of the bigger ones - as the next layer hid the gap and stopped the card becoming too heavy. The filigree heart at the centre was cut out with a layer of 'Stick it' so that I could add my usual glitter.

I know that many people who make cards struggle when they try to decide what to write in the card.  It's not surprising really - if you've been with someone for over 20 years it can be hard to come up with some loving words you've not used before.  My advice is, don't panic, and write truthfully from the heart.  You can spend days coming up with a clever verse but often those three little words 'I Love You' speak volumes... Alternatively Google is a wonderful tool!¬

I hope you like this simple card and, as always, I'd love to read your comments.

Thanks for popping by

Corrine x

Saturday, 13 February 2016

Tickled pink about different colours


Hi there, 
I had an idea for a card design the other day - nothing unusual about that of course - but this time I was curious to see what difference it would make to produce an identical second card with a different colour scheme. And here they both are.     

Firstly I chose my colour schemes and then cut out my three layers to be used for the matting. These are 20x20cm cards so the layers are 19.5x19.5cm, 19x19cm and the patterned papers are 18.5x18.5cm but you can adapt the dimensions to whatever works for you.
Next I set about creating the apertures. I selected 4 circle dies to use. These are 4 sequential dies in the set that I have. Using the smallest of the four I created the mask to create the image. Out of an off cut of white card I cut out the smallest circle, keeping the part with the circle cut out. I put this to one side.

The next step was to cut the aperture out of the patterned paper. Centering the die in the middle of the paper I cut out the 2nd sized circle. Then, because I like to be frugal (except when buying shoes and handbags!) I cut out the two frames to go on top from the pieces to be used for the matt and layering. Once its all put together you can't see where the card has been taken from and it also slightly reduces the weight of the finished card. I cut the biggest frame using circle die 2 & 4 and the smaller frame using circle die 2 & 3.

Now for the fun part. To make the image I cut a piece of white card into a square slightly smaller than the patterned paper and then fixed the mask on top in the centre - I use re-positional tape to hold it in place. With chalk on a piece of cotton wool I created the backgrounds - its just a case of playing around until you get the effect you like, and blending well. Apply the chalk right up to the mask for a neat edge. I then removed the mask and stamped and embossed the image in the centre. For this image I added a small amount of glitter on the branches. I think the glitter just lifts it a little. And I must say I really like the way the image runs over the edge of the background. By using a bigger circle die, a lovely white frame is left when assembled. 

The card is made up by matt and layering in the normal way. Just make sure you centre up the image before you stick it down. I put it behind the patterned paper - it's easier.
Finally don't forget to add the ribbon before the card is fully assembled. Then you can tuck it in between the layers and it can sit underneath the circle frame at the front.
This little experiment taught me that sometimes, changing something as basic as the colours used can give a whole different 'feel' to a card, and it's something I'll bear in mind when coming up with future designs.

I'd be really interested to hear what you think of these cards, and if you've had a go, why not let me know how they turned out?     

Corrine x

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Thinking of you

Hi there

Many thanks for popping by. I'm really sorry there's been a short delay in posting but I was laid low with a Winter flu bug and I was just too ill to post my weekly update. I'm glad to say that I'm fighting fit now so normal service has been resumed.

Life brings its occasional sorrows and misfortunes to us all, and in the last week I've had to make two cards to send to friends to let them know they are in our thoughts. I thought I would post pictures of both cards in case they inspire you should you find that you have to make your own 'Thinking Of You' cards.

I like this card as it appeals to my 'arts and crafty' side. I kept the colours quite muted but I wanted something pretty to cheer up our friend. The addition of a homemade bow (made simple by using my trusty bow-maker), some lace and MDF craft shapes are all in keeping with the theme. I sprayed the flowers with Perfect Pearls Mist to soften up their appearance and added Cosmic Shimmer in Golden Pearl to tie the layers together. The wording is made with the Die'sire Only words die.

The second card I made has alternative layers of pale lilac pearlescent and white card. The top layer of card is embossed and I cut out a matching frame for my words, wrapped some matching ribbon round the top three layers of card and made a double bow on my bow-maker. The butterflies just add a little bit of interest and I've added pearl drops on these  as well as on the message and within the embossed pattern. I hope this card will bring a smile to the face of my friend, who is having a tough time at the moment.  It's good to know our friends are thinking of us when life is being unkind, and a card is a great way to send that message of support.

Why not let me know which card you prefer, and why? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Bye for now - and I promise to post my next blog a bit sooner!

Corrine x