Sunday, 24 April 2016

All Change Please!

Hi there,

I really hope this post finds you well and enjoying the brighter weather we seem to be having each day.

Since I last posted there have, yet again been some drastic changes to my life! I was working at Wren (they are an East Yorkshire kitchen bedroom and bathroom manufacturer), living with Peter, Joe,  two greyhounds and two cats and generally enjoying life. even though I was happy, I was having pangs of regret about letting my crafting career slip, and especially as I had just had built and amazing craft haven at the top of the garden, and I really wanted to get back into it as a career, but I really thought those days were behind me. I remember saying to my best friend Sheila 'What can I do? I just maybe better forget it!'

Then, one day, out of the blue I received an email from Sue Taylor. I was sat on the sofa casually checking my emails and within a few seconds of receiving this email you could have knocked me over with a feather! Literally. It was a good job that I was sat down or I would've fallen down. It was like I had quietly asked and Sue had answered. A few emails back and forth, and a couple of meetings later, and I was the New Starter at Craftwork Cards. I believed in fate and destiny before, but boy! did this cement my beliefs!

When I looked into it, it had been 3 years - 3 years since I last appeared on Create and Craft, but with Julie's help it was like coming home. everyone has made me feel so welcome to join the Craftwork Cards Clan It's truly an honor and a pleasure to be working for such an esteemed high quality craft brand, and with such wonderful people.

Its been 2 months since my first shows representing craftwork cards and it's only now that I have had a chance to write this and update my blog. What a whirlwind it's been. It's like Fate said to me "c'mon kid, you asked so I answered. Now buckle up cos this i going to be the fastest ride you've ever been on!"

So let's cut to now. So it's not too boring. I don't want you falling asleep, then waking up at 3am with dribble down your chin and you blaming me for your wasted evening.

Every Friday at 10m n the Craftwork Cards Blog I feature a card I have made. It's called 'Craftwork Cards makes with Clare' - Catchy eh? On the last Friday of every month I hold an online class. A couple of weeks before I will put a list of what's required for you to make the card and then on the night at 7.30pm the first step of the project (along with pictures) will be posted. You can join in and make the project as I will post another step and picture every 30 minutes. Then it's your opportunity to post what you have made and leave a comment for everyone to view your masterpiece.

I've recently done a couple of shows with the Chambray and Lace and Vintage backgrounds paper pads and 'Say it with Words' Chalkboard and Finesse pads and so I thought I would share with you just a couple of the projects I made with these brilliant kits.

This card uses the 6x6 Kraft card blanks. I cut up the finesse word panel for a different look. I also added Stardust stickers glitter to the letters and added handwritten lettering to the Kraft candi. The rose panel at the bottom is the off cut from the finesse word panel which I colored in with pro markers. 

On the next card I embossed the paper from the Vintage paper pack and sanded it back to give a distressed look. I then added a little lacy ribbon and again cut around the chalkboard panel.

I really hope you like these cards.

I've also just completed a couple of shows on Create and Craft using the brand new collection from Craftwork Cards called 'Fabulous Fashionista' and let me tell you, it really is fabulous! Everything in the collection is just to die for! It's just so sophisticated and classy! I'll be sure to post a couple of my projects on here very soon.

Tomorrow I thought I'd share my new Craft Studio with you in all it's glory! Thanks for stopping by!


Jellybaby said...

Fab cards clare,good luck in your New (or is that old?) Venture x

Glenys Beedell said...

Loved reading this blog Clare, loved what you created all those years ago and I even bought a collection that you designed. Sorry but I can't remember what it was called, but I remember I loved it.
Craftwork Cards is my favourite brand and I never buy from any other company now. I'm so pleased that you are now on their design team and working alongside my all time craft hero Julie Hickey.
Love these cards that you have created, looking forward to seeing more.

Glenys xx

Unknown said...

Lovely to read about the journey you have been taken on these last few months. I laughed out loud at you not wanting us to fall asleep through boredom and wake up with dribble down our faces!! No chance of that, your blog is fab and loving your crafty makes Clare such an inspiration and looking forward to crafting along with you on the cwc blog. Also looking forward to seeing pics of your craft studio too.

Sarpreet said...

Hi Clare, welcome back to crafting. Your cards and ideas are amazing, you are so talented. Sarpreet

Lazy Maisie said...

Brilliant read Clare. I am so glad fate intervened and you are now at Craftwork Cards. Looking forward to more crafty classes with you and to seeing more of your inspirational work

Lazy Maisie said...

Loved reading this blog. So brilliant that you are now at Craftwork Cards and I am looking forward to more crafty classes at Garforth and watching your demos on TV

Terri Koszler said...

Clare I love your cards and can't wait to join in on the last Friday of the month and craft along with you. You are a super addition to the CWC family and bring lot of new ideas. xxx