Friday, 28 December 2012

Back at last

I apologise for not sharing any cards for so long, but life has been a bit difficult since the middle of October, My father died suddenly and then 4 weeks later my lovely step-dad had a  serious.heart attack, thanks to my sister being there when it all happened he survived and is making good progress.  So I am starting to get back to some normality now.  I hope you all had a happy Christmas and I wish everyone a very happy new year.

Below are some cards which I have made using the Seasonal set along with the Seasonal extras, all these cards can now be adapted to make birthday cards just by changing colours and substituting holly for leaves and flowers and of course the wording.  Sometimes I think it is quite a good idea to leave some cards blank as you can always write a lovely sentiment inside. The Santa belt card can be changed to a different colour
i.e. greens and black and you have a card for those difficult men in your life.  Let me know what you achieve.    

I am working on another mini set at the moment it has lots of new flower and leaf shapes which can be used to make some cute new creatures my favourite is a fairy mouse.  The set should be ready in about 3- 4 weeks.  It will adopt the same format as the Seasonal Extras with the project ideas and designs being with the 3 sheets of shapes.This set can be used as an extra to the other Helidot sets.  
I will be holding a workshop sometime in February at Lovingly Made using the new set. If you are interested  in coming to a workshop with me please contact  Trixie or John on 01342 321 766 or online at during January..

Below is a little example from the new set..

Thanks for looking

Bee Happy


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Helidot on You Tube

After many requests last Friday Becky from Hobby Art and myself decided to make a You Tube video featuring a simple demo card from the Helidot`s Seasonal peel off set.
This is a new idea and therefore there are no instructions for this in the booklet.

Well done Becky!!
I hope the link below works!!
Look out for more demos in near the future

Also I will be at the Craft Barn this Saturday 6th October, demoing my new Seasonal Extras, look forward to seeing you there.

Bee Happy


Sunday, 23 September 2012

Lovingly Made Workshop

Yesterday I held my first workshop at Lovingly Made, and what a lovely day we all had.  If you havent visited Lovingly Made yet I would strongly recommend you do.  The owners John and Trixie Bradley make
everyone so welcome with their lovely home made cakes and coffee.  They have a lovely shop where you can browse and a beautiful studio where a lot of the workshops are held. The opening hours are Thursday to Sunday 10.00am - 4.00pm..

Here is one of the cards I made with the group yesterday, using the Bee peel off set.

I will be at Lovingly Made on 17th November
hosting a Christmas workshop so if you would like to join
me please contact them on 01342 321 766 or you can contact them on their website

On Friday 28th September Lovingly Made are having a coffee/Tea afternoon to raise money for McMillan charity there will also be a make and take so go along and enjoy.

Bee Happy


Crafts Beautiful Feature

In this months Crafts Beautiful Xmas special Zoe Pearson has used the Helidot Seasonal peel offs to create some simple but lovely Xmas cards.
You will find the article on page 26 and she has made 7 different cards with the peel offs and Helidot papers.

I would also recommend you purchase the Seasonal instruction booklet for lots more ideas that are not featured in the article.

Bee Happy!!

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

New Seasonal Extra launch

Following a successful launch of my new Seasonal Extra set at Biggin Hill, I have been asked to put the cards on the Blog.
The instructions for these 3 cards are on the leaflet which is included with the new Seasonal Extra set.

Also just wanted to share with you my Grandson`s third birthday card which is created using Faries and Friends and the new Seasonal Extra set.

On Saturday 8th September Lovingly Made are opening their doors for a demonstration day from 10.30am until 3.30pm
It would be lovely if you could come along and join us.
Coffee and Cake will be provided for everyone.

Find them at......
The Homestaed
Off Copthorne Rd
East Grinstead
W Sussex
RH19 2QQ

Hope to see you there

Bee Happy

Sunday, 5 August 2012

New samples from TV

Thanks for all your lovely messages which I have received before and since I went on Create and Craft with Jenny from Hobby Art, and of course a HUGE THANKYOU to Jenny for inviting me on her show.  I was so nervous for about a week before but as soon as I arrived in the green room and met all those familiar faces I felt so much better.  I must say it certainly was an experience!!!!!!
On the way home the grandchildren rang and they were so excited I hadn't seen them as they had been on holiday so Sophie said she had to see me as she had a surprise for me and here it is a gold medal for doing so well who needs to win a gold in the olympics when all you have to do is make a few cards and demo them on the television.  

As promised here are some of the cards from the seasonal set which I demoed on T.V.
The fairy can be made using the instructions from the Fairies and Friends set
but instead of using a skirt and wings you use holly from the seasonal set.

The instructions for the large penguins are in the seasonal booklet but the baby is made using small circles for  the head and the body is made using the smaller oval shapes (AB) on sheet no 2108 and the small lights(Y) on sheet no 2107 are the flippers. The foot is the same as the large penguin.  Hope that is helpful. The pudding is made using (AK) and (P) simply glue one on to the other add a few black dots from sheet no 2109. Add three holly shapes from sheet no 2108 and three circles to resemble berries or just use 3 large red pearls or jewels.  The J and Y are the waste from the J and Y on sheet no 2109.  
The parcels are using the medium square ((R) and (O) for the faux ribbon the bows are made using (K) x 2 on each parcel with a (T) small heart finished with a jewel.
All the patterned papers I have used on the above cards are Helidot papers.

Lots going on at the moment I will be bringing out a mini Christmas set very soon hopefully by the end of August ,  it will compliment the seasonal set so I am busy with that at the moment.

I am joining a new company called Lovingly Made and will be hosting a workshop there on 22nd September  so if anyone is interested please go on their website.

Looking forward to seeing the girls down in Balcombe for a really fun day with my friend Charry will post some pics after next weekend and will share some of the projects we are making.

Bee Happy


Saturday, 28 July 2012

Create & Craft TV!!

I will be appearing on Create & Craft TV this Monday 30th July as a guest of Jenny Mayes, Hobby Art at 3pm.
How exciting, do tune in a see my Seasonal set and cards!!!
I will show the new demo cards on my Blog next week....!

Lisa B Designs
We had a lovely day today in Maidstone with Lisa and her ladies.
So thanks to Lisa and we hope you all enjoyed the day as much as we did.



Thursday, 26 July 2012

Lisa B Designs Demo Day

I will be demonstrating with Jenny Mayes from Hobby Art at Lisa B Designs Demo day.
Its at Fant Community Hall, Maidstone from 10am on Saturday 28th July.
Look forward to seeing you all.

Bee Happy!

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Craft Barn Weekend

It was a great weekend as it always is, lots of lovely people enjoying all the demonstrations... its such a shame we don't have the time to enjoy what each other are doing.  What a surprise is was for me when I arrived in the morning to find a little parcel on my table from Rachael I opened it to find these lovely cards which she had made for me.. I'm sure you will agree that they are just lovely. Thanks Rachael!!!!!

The top two are very patrionic... just right for the olympic games.  

My new papers went very well at the weekend and are now available from my website as well as the Craft Barn  I have had such a good feedback about them so thanks everyone its always  good to have feedback from our customers. I love the colours and the small designs work perfectly with the peel offs.

Here is a  new design from the Fairies and Friends set using the new papers (Bug as the background).

While I was at Craft Barn Jon went to Bracknell with Sincerely Yours this was their first year at Bracknell, it was a  good show for us, although he couldn't manage the demonstrating so thankyou to our lovely friend Charry for helping him on the day.

Looking forward to Hobby Arts day on the 21st July if you havent booked your place yet give Jenny a ring on 01737 789977 it should be a day of fun, Look forward to seeing you there.

 Bee Happy


Sunday, 17 June 2012

Craft Barn Extravaganza Weekend

I will be demonstrating at the Craft Barn on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July.
Do come along and say hello if you are in the area.
You will also be able to see my new Helidot Papers!!

Also Jon and Charry will be at the Bracknell Sincerely Yours show on Sunday 1st July.... a busy weekend!

Our Latest News

First of all a great big sorry we haven`t blogged for so long, but we took a well earned rest and spent a holiday in Menorca.........and very hot, unlike England!!!
We have now printed all the papers but have not yet been able to put them into the online shop yet, hopefully next week, the colours are lovely and the four designs are very small and dainty, I'm really pleased with
them, so I hope you will like them.

We have just come back from a successful show in Taunton with Sincerely Yours and just before our holiday we did a show at Biggin Hill.
Here are some pictures taken without us knowing by Jackie at Biggin Hill.

Thanks Jackie and a huge thank you to Charry for all her hard work on the day .....
and this is a photo of Charry and myself enjoying a well earned meal and drinks after
the show to celebrate Charry's special birthday.  We had a lovely evening with live
music,  we did let Jon come with us as he had worked hard all day, and he paid!!!!!!

Here is another little card I have designed from the Fairy and Friends set, it is so easy to
make but here are the instructions.......

Peel off all the above shapes onto grey card and cut out, except for the inner ears (small heart) onto pink card.
The large heart and small heart have to be cut in half vertically. Then glue half small heart to half large heart and glue to each side of the head.
Glue the head to the top of the body at an angle. Glue the tail at the back of the body between the legs.
Finally glue the trunk to the pointed end of the head. Add two dots for eyes and a small bow around the trunk.
That`s all for now....

Bee Happy!!

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Make and Takes at the Craft Barn

Hi Everyone, just home from the Craft Barn after a day of make and takes, it was great to share and explain how to use the Helidot peel offs. I met a lot of new ladies today and the feedback was grea,t they all loved what they made and they did really well. Thanks everyone for making my day so enjoyable.
Here are the cards we made from the Bee set......

And these two below were made from the Fairies and Friends set......


Busy day tomorrow with my Grandaughter`s 7th birthday and she has asked me to do a craft party.
I will share the cards they make and pictures of the kids if their parents allow.

**** New Helidot designed Papers are on the way, they include 4 different designs in 10 colourways and will be available to buy on the web site very soon (hopefully in the next 2 weeks) Look out for them, I am really pleased with them.

**** See you at Sincerely Yours Biggin Hill on Sunday 20th May.......come and see my new Papers!!!

Bee Happy

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Craft Barn

I demonstrated my new Fairies and Friends set at the Craft Barn yesterday.
A good day meeting lots of new people and looking forward to seeing them again on May 5th for a day of make and takes using Helidot products.
If anyone is interested in joining us for the make and takes please phone the Craft Barn to make a booking.

I had some really great feedback which is encouraging and most people loved the new set as it is so versatile and here are a couple more examples.

The shapes I have used for Teddy are from Fairies and Friends and are illustrated in the booklet.
The only difference is that I have used yellow for shape BG and used the black lines to represent a Bee body.
The wings are shape AQ (heart) put onto white card, cut in half and stuck to the back of the body

The Flower pot is made from shape A with the pointed top cut off and the tag is made from shape B also with the pointed top cut off.
Black lines are added to cover the bottom of the pot and top of the tag.
The butterflies wings are made from shape AR . Peel off and cut out three of these shapes, glue two together point to point and cut the third one in half longways and glue at the bottom of each wing.
The body is shape L glued on top of the wings, finally the antennae is the waste from AU and AV.
The Flowers are shape BB and BC and the centres are AC and AD.Draw face on with fine tip markers.

More ideas soon!!!

Bee Happy

Monday, 26 March 2012

New ideas from Debbie and Wendy

I asked Debbie and Wendy if they would like to make some samples for me, I had no idea they would make so many..... wow!!  They were brilliant and illustrate how versatile the Peel offs are, just use your imagination and your own style.Thank you both so much for all your hard work!!
And they said they would make some more, so I will share their ideas later with you .  Here are their lovely designs made from a combination of the Bee set and Fairies and Friends set....
The first 4 are Debbies....


The next are made by Wendy.....

We will be at the Sincerely Yours show at Thetford on 1st April, hope to see you then,,,,!

Bee Happy

Monday at Japonica

What a lovely sunny day it was for Japonica's day down in Devon.  Met some lovely ladies... here are some of them showing their cards that they made from the Faries & Friends set with me.

They were a really friendly bunch and thanks for a lovely day.
And it was good to meet Janet and to see Francoise Read.


Friday, 9 March 2012

Busy weekend at Leigh

We had a busy weekend at Leigh and it was great to see so many new customers!!
In fact Vicky came back on the Sunday to show us the card she had made on Saturday evening using the Bee Peel off set.
As you can see it is a lovely card, well done Vicky.......its always good to get feedback from our customers.

Next stop Thetford on 1st April, do come and say hello if you are in the area.

As promised here are some more card design ideas using the Bee set

The small flowers are available by the metre from the Craft Barn, Lingfield

Hopefully you can see the shapes I have used to create these designs.
The vase is the large Bees body with the top cut off.

Here is another idea, this time using the "waste" from the flowers in the Bee set, code U and the lines from sheet no. 1103. Also the "waste" from the letters, sheet no. 1104. I have just added pearls to the centre of the flowers. Just use your imagination to make lots of different words, for example you can make a very quick thank you card just using the word Thanks.

The next card is made using the new Bee stamp set.
This time I have stamped out the shapes and used them on the reverse to create a softer effect, this looks really nice if you use some glitter glue.

The Flower is made using heart shapes, code Z, so is the leaf and the lady bugs are made using the small oval, code M. I have used black pearls for the lady bugs heads and centre of the flower.
The edges of the card are chalked and red pearls for the corners.

More ideas to follow.....

Bee Happy!!