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