Updates and Plans

Here at Cards and Candles For All Occasions things have been pretty hectic over the last month or so, both Gordon and I have had a lot of personal situations to deal with, on top of that we have been busy re-organising the craft room.

We had a huge spending spree last week and stocked up on all of our supplies and bought a few things that we’ve been thinking about for a while… a selection of Sizzix cutting dies and embossing folders, including the Sizzix “In My Heart” alphabet set, a Sizzix Sidekick for those times when the Bigshot just isn’t practical (and the fact I got a good deal on my alpha set and Sidekick together!), another design book for my Xyron machine, lots of gorgeous cardstock, and much much more… it was fab to be able to see things and just buy them!! There really are some crafty bargains around just now.

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Only when it came to putting everything away did we realise that bookshelves without any sort of storage wasn’t really working so we invested in some A4 storage boxes so we could separate everything, label the boxes and be able to find things as we need them. And now we have a little desktop set of drawers with all of our cardstock in which means it’s always to hand and easy to find 🙂

So now we have a restocked, tidy and organised craft space… even a tidy desk and clear work bench ready to start all over again and see what crafty creations we can come up with. It’s always exciting playing with new toys, so watch this space to see what we come up with!!

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A few people have suggested that I should start selling some diecuts on places such as Ebay but there is just so much competition on there just now that I’m not sure it would be worthwhile, but if anyone is looking for something I’ve got then I’ll gladly help out. At the moment I have the following dies, but will be adding more shortly:

Baby Block A
Baby Block B
Baby Block Y
Baby Face
Baby Rattle
Booties with Bow
Bow
Build A Flower Set #2 (set of 4)
Champagne Bottle & Cork
Christmas Tree
Cow
Cross #2
Doodles “Fun” Phrase
Doodles Flower #2
Dove
Dragonfly
Fairy #2
Firecracker
Flower Bouquet
Funky Box (set of 4)
Gift
Gifts #2
Golf
Heart #2
Hearts, Tipsy
In My Heart Alphabet – 35 die set
Leprechaun Hat
Mouse
Piggy Bank
Polar Bear on Sled
Post box and snow
Rectangle Tag – Window Cut
Santa Head
Snow Hat
Snowman #2
Star #1
Swirly Tag Alphabet – 35 die set
Tags, Traditional
Teddy Bear #1

Laura has also been experimenting with some of her new Stampin’ Up! stamps… not actually made any cards as yet and these aren’t perfect but they’re a start and you can see what she’s been buying:

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At the moment we have a pretty busy “to do” list… get our Christmas stock ready for the craft fairs, make all of our own Christmas cards and what gifts we can, keep on top of orders and try out new ideas and techniques as well as constantly expanding our range.

Laura has other ideas too away from cardmaking… she is working on a crochet blanket for her Gran and a crochet baby blanket for a friend who has just given birth to a gorgeous baby boy, as well as planning to try out making sock monkeys and hopefully fitting in some watercolour painting at some point. Lots and lots of ideas but just not enough hours in the day… we’ll get there though 😉

Thanks for reading!!

Laura & Gordon xxx

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