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Friday, 8 March 2013

A Touch of Spring & Craft Group Photos - Friday 8th March

Good Morning Friends,

I want to get quite a few 'snippets' in this post today, so please forgive for skimping on the card construction details! First of all, welcome to  my new follower, it's great to have you along! To those of you who joined me this week, I haven't forgotten and will check out your blogs, I just need to get tomorrow's Craft Fair over with!

Last night was our regular 'Out of the Blue' craft group evening and this is the card I designed for my group of ladies to make..

Amy and I use the same general idea - stamps and dies, but each make a card for our group: the theme this week was Spring/Easter and I deliberately left it sentiment 'free' so that it can be used for various occasions - I will be blogging with this stamp/die set again because I made a few demo samples but I won't bombard you with them all at once!

The stamp used is 'Garden Bunnies' by Wild Rose Studio and the main idea behind the workshop was colouring with Promarkers...and everyone did brilliantly. Last night we had some new ladies and they had never used these pens before, but were thrilled with how soon you can get excellent results with them after a brief tutorial!

Now for some other news...

Hat's off to Creative Expressions...
Do you remember my problem a few weeks ago with the new Creative Expressions glue top, where it shot off across my desk, ruining a card? After I blogged that, quite a few of you said they had a similar problem. I decided to send them a quick email, just to say I had the problem and didn't seem to be the only one...well almost straightaway I got a lovely email back from them... it looks like  more people had been in touch because they explained that the bottle is being changed back to the original...and they sent me 2 bottles and their latest book! So thank you CE, excellent Customer Service!

Thank's Christine

I also want to say a big thank you to Christine Emberson, who is the UK member of the Spellbinders Design Team and a big inspiration to my paper craft. Some of you will remember that after Christmas my faithful old Grand Calibur started chugging along and rattling inside. I contacted Spellbinders in the US and they were brilliant - repair is free, but as it was out of warranty, I would pay postage to get it to the UK repair man. I explained my GC symptoms to him, but he said I'd have to send it to him and he couldn't guarantee repair, so I was in a quandary as it's quite a heavy item to pack and post safely. In the end I decided to have a new one for my birthday later this month (although I already have it and use it!). However, I didn't want to give up on my original, so I asked Christine's opinion. As it was one of the original GC's there was a 'design fault' which can cause the screws behind the handle to work loose and Christine said this is what might have happened - and told me how to take it apart. Some of you will have seen my photo last week of the 'exposed' GC! Well I'm happy to report that it is all back in one piece now and was used at last night's workshop...whooopeee! So a big thanks to Christine for her help.

Sorry this post has been so long...I am off now to get everything packed up for tomorrow's craft fair...happy Friday all!

Carole X


  1. Good Morning Carol,
    Your card is fantastic and all those photos..........!!!
    Your ladies certainly are enjoying their class and their makes all look great, bet they all skip home with delight.

    Patricia xx

  2. What a lovely cheerful card Carole. Just what is needed because it is extremely misty and dull here . Your ladies obviously had a great time! Christine x

  3. Morning Carole.....fabulous card and looks like your ladies had a great workshop...


  4. Morning Carole, lovely bright cheerful card. All your ladies seem to be having a good time crafting. Glad your GC is sorted.

  5. Hi Carole, your card is so beautiful, lovely and Spring-like and clearly your ladies had a wonderful time making it too. How nice of CE, it is nice to see great customer relations still exist. Well done to the lovely Christine (I have met her when I took one of her classes and she really is lovely) for helping you to sort out your GC too! Hope the Craft Fair goes well for you. Lovely to see Amy blogging too, I have joined her too and look forward to seeing her creations. Hugs, Anne x

  6. Hi Carole,
    It looks amazing your busy craft lesson, the card is really lovely, bright and cheerful, all the ladies look enthralled and happy doing the project. I too had the same happen with my first GC, did not get any response from Spellbinders, but I pulled my GC to bits and fixed it myself, but I bought another and gave the old one to my sister, she was very happy, lol.

  7. Morning Carole, what a beautiful card, definitely reminds me of spring! Thanks for the workshop photos, everyone looks like they are having a great time with fantastic results. Good luck with the craft fair.xx

  8. What a lovely post, the ladies look as if they are having a grand time and no wonder, the card is beautiful, a drop of sunshine on a dull day! I'm glad about you old GC, it must be so useful to have two when you do workshops. Hope the craft fair goes well, hugs, barb x

  9. This is so bright and cheerful Carole, and the cards the workshop ladies have made are beautiful. I love the image she is really sweet.

    Glad you have sorted your GC, they really are difficult to be without!

    Big hugs to you and sorry to have left it so long!

    Sue Pxxx

  10. Hi Carole

    What fabulous card you designed for all your ladies to replicate .. .. everyone looks to be enjoying themselves!

    I hope the craft fair went well over the weekend.

    Well done on sorting the old GC out too. That will feel like another great sense of achievement.

    Love Jules xx