Monday, 31 January 2011

Hot off the European press...

Got a little surprise when I arrived at the studio today; it's not often we get to see samples of the finished product once we sell a design, but it's so lovely when we do. :) Here's a card that'll be making it's way onto the European shelves over the next festive season....the design was purchased by one of our new customers; TMS International

- they've even printed a little image on the inside!

Friday, 28 January 2011

And one more makes three...

 - that's the final piece in the revamp jigsaw (well; just a sneaky peek!) onto something new!

With the weekend almost upon us, I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed as Inspire By Design Ltd makes its debut at the CHA show this weekend....running from January 29th until February 1st in LA; here's hoping it's a roaring success! Check out my earlier posts here and here for a taster of what's on offer...if you happen to get the opportunity to visit we are in Kentia Hall, booth number 4844 :)

*****Have a great weekend everyone*****

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Tick, tock, tick, tock....

- that's the  sound of the clock quickly counting down to Spring Fair; I've been so swamped that I even missed my daily post yesterday; sorry about that! Here's a jolly Santa peeking round to say 'hello'..he's another one to add to the set I've been reworking....still one more wrap to go before I can move on to something different and it's Thursday afternoon already (not that I'm panicking or anything!!)

..note to self...must work faster!!!

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Repeats, repeats...

....they're driving me BONKERS this week; do you ever find yourself endlessly moving elements around the page in the hope that they might finally repeat?! It seems to be taking me's part of a current work in progress...

I have to rework a couple more wraps in addition to this before I can start on the cards I'm hoping to display at Spring Fair; fingers crossed they don't take too much longer to crack...the time is sure ticking!! :-O

Monday, 24 January 2011

One down, one to go....

Well, I did it, and managed to have a nice relaxing weekend after finishing everything off ready for CHA last Friday afternoon...fingers crossed that all the hard work pays off as we're practically newbies to the scrapbooking scene! Here's a little look at a couple more designs I managed to squeeze in to complete my new cookies and candy set...

...with one deadline out of the way, the focus now turns to Spring Fair - only a couple more weeks to go until it will be up and running, so it's busy, busy, busy yet again - this time it's the turn of the card design. Well, I guess I'd better get on then...

Friday, 21 January 2011

That Friday feeling

It's been a busy ol' week again, with lots to get finished off and done for CHA, but it's been easier with this little face by my side to keep me company....she was curled up in my study aaaalll day yesterday, bless her!

All that remains are the last little bits to print off and mount and then I'm done...just in time for the weekend - hoorah! :)

Have a good one everyone - I do hope this crisp winter sunshine continues so I can get out and about for some much needed vitamin D!! ;)

Thursday, 20 January 2011

First deadline drawing nearer.....

It's only a couple of days until my agent takes off to the US again for another selling spree fingers and toes crossed for the selling bit!! so it's busy, busy, busy, trying to get all the last little bits done before he leaves. Here's a peek at another recent addition to my collection...he's very jolly! :)

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

More candy for the Christmas pot

On to new designs at last, and here's a little peak at one of the designs I've been creating...

...oh - I do enjoy working on the cookies/candy theme! :)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Happy days!

Ooooh...I'm excited; our new mattress has just arrived!! We've been suffering from many uncomfortable nights and bad backs for a few months now (our current mattress looks like a rough sea!!), so I cannot wait to get all comfy and cosy tonight....BLISS! :D

Monday, 17 January 2011

A whistle stop tour..

..well, as the title suggests, it's certainly been a period of flitting from one thing to the other over the last couple of weeks; revisiting existing designs to create new scrapbooking pieces from Christmas... juvenile... wedding... feminine florals...

....and everything in between!

But, now I can finally say it's all done, and I can move onto something new - hoorah! - a good way to begin the new week methinks! :)

Friday, 14 January 2011

Hooray for the weekend!!!

Well, I'm officially frazzled......but smiling inside like the happy little flower shown below as I've had a super-productive week and can now take a well earned weekend off, completely guilt-free - HOORAY!

*****Have a great weekend everyone!!*****

Love it or hate it

Just a little random post from me....seeing as it's Friday.....

- marmite.....and cheese....together?? YES - it really, really works!! Found this little gem in my local supermarket the other week and couldn't resist trying - I'm glad I did - I LOVE it!!! :D

 So what's your take on it or loathe it?

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Cute blog alert!!!

Some of you may have already seen this through 'blogs of note', but it was too cute not to share.....especially for all you fellow cat lovers, check out Kitty Stampede - it's jam-packed full of gorgeous photos...who wouldn't melt?!

*image from Kitty Stampede blog

Wednesday, 12 January 2011


I took some time out from the scrapbooking yesterday afternoon to go and visit a very special little lady called Tilly Belle. :D She arrived in the world over the Christmas break and is such a cutie - was hard to tear myself away!!  Ahhhhh...big, BIG congrats to mummy and daddy - and thanks so much for letting us come and visit; we're so happy for you both :D

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Hearts & flowers.....

Still soldiering on with the scrapbooking....this time the attention turns to all things valentine and feminine...

Monday, 10 January 2011

More patterns for the scrapbook...

It's been all work and no play this weekend as I've been trying to make some headway on these scrapbooking designs....actually...tell a lie - I  did manage to squeeze in a couple of sessions on the new Michael Jackson game for the wii at least (one of my Christmas present highlights! :D)  Here's a glimpse of a few co-ordinates I've been working on....

...I'm now down to a mere 65 left to go...*sigh*

Friday, 7 January 2011

This week I've been mostly working on.......

scrapbooking!?! This is a first for me (hence the question mark!), so I've been a little bit like a fish out of water, but I'm gradually getting the hang of it (I hope?) Its certainly going to be a busy ol' couple of weeks, with 10 sets to complete for a forthcoming show, I've certainly got my hands full! 

Here's a little look at what I've been up to so far...see what you think:

- this is just a small selection from the first set I've put together....with 2 sets down there's only another 96 pieces to go - YIKES!!!!

Wish me luck! ;)

Thursday, 6 January 2011

I do hope you remembered to....

...we took everything down at ours on Monday, but if you didn't do it that early, then you certainly should have done by now - last night was your latest opportunity (it's bad luck, don't you know?!) I always find the transition between fully decorated, Christmassy house to the normal day-to-day look quite sad; looks so bare for the first couple of days afterwards....

Even the cat got festive this year (or should I say last...?!)...

 We had a little bit more snow just before Christmas Day too...luckily not a great deal though - which meant the little paws were brave enough to venture out....

...and I even had a little go at making some gingerbread cookies! Mmmmmm..... that's it for another let the focus on work commence - lots of opportunities coming up, so must get a move on! :-O

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

...and goodbye 2010! Phew...where did the last year go??

I just wanted to say a massive thank you to all my faithful followers that I've picked up along the way; I do hope you'll keep stopping by - I know I've not been too present over the last few months, but this will change; sorry guys. New year's resolution -  to be a better, more frequent blogger...promise!! ;) Hoping to get to know a lot more of you out there over the coming year too...

Here's to a fabulous and positive 2011!!!

Cheers everyone :D


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