Sunday, 30 November 2008

Been so Busy

Well it is that time of Year, We apologise that things have been quiet on here for a bit. To be honest things behind the scenes are manic. I have been working so hard on the Jo Sonjas Website and Lynn has been busy with the setting up the new side of that business. The Girls in the shop have been working hard to on samples and future workshops.
So Please accept our humble apologise for the interim.

But it is nice to know That Joanna keeps us on our toes and she has sent me this lovely card to show you all. Using the cricut.

Santa's hat - using the Cricut by Joanna

I used the fantastic Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge to cut out Santa's hat for this card. The lettering used can be from any of the Cricut font cartridges. For those of you who know me red is not really my colour but this Christmas swirls paper from Flutterby Crafts is lovely. I have used Bazzill Bling cardstock, gold card and white glitter card. The embellishments are punches. So quick and easy .... give it a go!

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Hey, I have just seen the card that have been posted for the first challenge. Well, what can I say - they are gorgeous, and I hope they bring inspiration to so many crafters. Thank you, Ladies.
I hope over time I get to know you all a lot better. Lets hope things are coming up Roses for all of us!!
It has been a very tiring few weeks but, hopefully, it is reaching the end of manic work and things are getting (slowly) into place.
My new office is sorted, the workshop is tidy (after a fashion!) and the shops are organised (until any new stock arrives!!!)
(We all need to work on getting Tracy up here now!!)
The coach trip last weekend went off without a hitch. Not many people came with us this year so I probably will not be organising it again. I must say, I was very disappointed with the show. It would have interested new crafters, but for us old hands it has not changed a bit over the past 4 years - the stalls are the same, selling the same. Nothing new seems to be coming out at the moment, just re-hashed! It will be interesting to see what the New Year brings.
Anyway, once again Thank you to all that have taken part in the challenge.
Lynn xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

First Ever Flutterby Challenge!!!

Wowee Its here at long last.
This is the first ever Official, Flutterby Crafts Blog Challenge.
Okay the rules:-
All we ask is you follow the chosen topic / techniques for that month.Make your project out of whatever materials you like, paper, beads or a.n.other.
Post your project on your blog linking back to this challenge and then in the comments section underneath this post leave us a link back to your blog, so we can all come and see it.
Next month as the new challenge is set we will announce the one lucky winner of this months challenge. They will recieve a a £10 gift voucher to spend at Flutterby Crafts , Berkshire.So without Further Ado:-
Everythings coming up roses.

we would love to see your projects with roses on, feel free to use whatever medium you choose. Its not just about stamping, its about all techniques.
Here are the design teams Ideas, to give you inspiration.







We Cannot wait to see what you all come up with.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Joannas' Post.

I have been spending far too much money recently at Flutterby’s but with all the gorgeous Christmas cardstock it’s sooooo hard to resist. Thought you might like to see my recent Cricut cards using the Baby Bug. Since purchasing my Cricut from Lynn last year I have not been able to stop cardmaking. I love my Cricut with a passion. It is so easy to use but beware the cartridges do become addictive to collect! The Joys Of The Season (JOTS) cartridge is fantastic. There are so many lovely cuts that I am slowly working my way through this cartridge. It’s a good job there are a few more card making weeks till Christmas!

The other day I showed my daughter Alice the following Christmas cards. Alice is 8 yrs old (my biggest critic) and she said they were “COOL”. Hope you like them as much as she does!

Snowflake card
This was a very quick card to make. I used the DCWV Metallic card with the Craft Creations paper. The swirls were begging to be glittered but don’t show up very well on the photo. I die cut the scallop square highlighted with a white pen. Bazill Bling was used and embossed with the Cuttlebug folder. The snowflake was cut using the Joys Of The Season (JOTS) Cricut cartridge. I cut the snowflake again with shadow all being accented with the gorgeous Kaiser Kraft pearls (which I can’t get enough of!).

Snow Card
I used Joys Of The Season (JOTS) Cricut cartridge for the snowflakes cut at various sizes accented with pale blue gemstones. . Bazill Bling cardstock was embossed with the Snowflakes folder. Plantin Schoolbook cartridge was used for the text using DCWV Metallic card. Craft Creations paper was used for the background. All items available at Flutterby’s and cartridges available to order.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Good morning, Everybody.

I have just had an email from Deborah Foulkes. At last Saturdays workshop she was waiting for a very happy event. Her daughter was due to make her a Grandma at any time. That 'anytime' happened yesterday!!

Congratulations, Deborah and very well done, Sarah. A bouncing 9lb 12oz boy called William. Not a dry eye in the house.

I feel that there will be loads of cuddling and not much crafting done this weekend!!


Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Something Pretty For you!!

Well, it is only a week to go before the monthly Challenge starts, right here!!!!

I hope the DT are all busying away to get the designs to me.

So in the mean time. I hope everybody going to the NEC on Sunday has a great time.
:-( I am not going, Boo Hoo, I have a demonstration in my Home town to do.

Don't spend to much. Save it for Flutterbys.

Above is a picture of a Beaded snowflake I have made. See you soon. I hope.
Lynn has me locked away in a dungeon, working on the Jo-Sonjas-uk website. LOL!!


Sunday, 9 November 2008

What a weekend! Having had an early (very early) start yesterday it has been a very interesting, great fun and relaxing weekend.

The Christmas Gift making day was extremely successful for the ladies that took part. I keep meaning to take photos on the workshop days so that you can all get a feel for it, but I get carried away and forget. Anyway, Nicky and I made everybody work like mad to decorate a beautiful glass bowl, a candle with matching mat and a memoboard. It was hard work, but great fun. Then Katie came in and things quietened down while everybody made handbag charms. Not bad for a days work!

Then I had my day off of work (Thanks to Catherine & Toni looking after the shop with some help from Nicky and Katie!). Grant and I went out for a lovely walk with the dogs this morning and managed not to get wet!! After that we went out for a drive and did some secret shopping - well we did not actually buy anything, mainly because there was nothing to buy, but we did see a new aquarium that we would like. Looks like we have sorted out a joint Christmas present.

A little doze over my book while Hubby watched rugby this afternoon, then off for a superb dinner with the Phil and Katie. What a wonderful end to the weekend and I still have got Monday to look forward to!

I did not get any beading done, though. Looks like I might have to do some of that tomorrow!!

I hope you have all had a good weekend and that the coming week is good for you all.

Lynn xx

Saturday, 8 November 2008

Good Morning! It's not too early today, only 5.30am! And it sounds like it is wet and windy outside.
Anyway, I came down to write a quick newsletter but the I cannot get on the site to - so I thought I would write in here instead.

We have got the Christmas gift workshop today and I have been lying awake half the night thinking about it. We are going to be playing with decorating glass dishes and candle, making a memo board and something with some beads (don't ask me what, Katie is coming up with the idea for this one!). Just a nice little group today and we have one COMPLETE beginner, a lady called Sue, who I meet each morning when walking the dogs. She fancies having a go at making her Chrissy Pressies (mad lady!). She says she has never done any crafting before. She is in for a treat.

The reason that I wanted to send out a newsletter today is to prompt everybody that this is the last weekend to book seats on the NEC coach trip for next week. I think there will still be seat available, but the late tickets will have to be purchases at the gate.

I want to welcome all the Design Team members. I am looking forward to seeing what you all come up with. And thank you Tracy for organising it all.

Guess what? I am having a day off tomorrow! Not sure how much I am looking forward to it. The weather is supposed to be grotty and Hubby Dear is already moaning about having his Rugby viewing interupted! I might have to take some jewellery making stuff home and catch up on MY chrissy present preparations! But the good news is that we are not cooking the dinner. Being wined and dined by Katie & Phil! I understand that Katie has been practicing her roast pork in readiness and that it is superb - according to Phil, who is a smooth talker like his father!

Anyway, better go to make the early morning tea now and then get on with some work.

Have a great weekend & enjoy some crafting.

Lynn x

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

New DT Member!!

Hello Well the design team is set and ready to go.

I would Just like to introduce one member for Now.
Joanna :-
Joanna was a little bit resistant to join but we cajoled (bullied) technically, to bring her work to you. Joanna is a Whiz with the cricut and we wanted to have someone whos talent lay elsewhere to stamping.

Our blog challenge is for all techniques you see. So we are Unique.

A couple of Joannas Cards are posted above. She has no blog at present.

Monday, 3 November 2008

DT News.

Well Firstly I must apologise for my adsence, I have just been so busy, behind the scenes.

The New Flutterby Design Team Members, will be hearing from me this week, and then I will post the info here for you all to see.

The First Challenge will be set on the 3rd Wednesday of every month.

It will just be a monthly Challenge to begin with.

The Design team ideas are to get your creative juices flowing.

Then all you have to do is leave a comment, underneath the challenge post Saying you can find my entry on my blog, Link back to this site and enjoy.

Every month Lynn will pick a winner from all those taking part and issue a little prize.

Watch this space First Challenge will be on the 19th November.