Tag : greeting-cards

The Crafty Lass Etsy store!

The Crafty Lass Etsy store took a small break over the last few months whilst I am on maternity leave – and while I am still enjoying some amazing time with my ever growing lovely little one (check The Crafty Lass Instagram account for lots of photos!! #babyspam) – the Etsy store has now reopened!

 

etsy.com/uk/shop/TheCraftyLassDoes

 

To celebrate, there is currently a 20% discount* on all purchases over £5.00 – simply use the code REOPEN17 at the checkout! 🙂 The perfect place for your Valentine’s Day cards (it may still be January, but it’ll be here before you know it!!)

And keep checking back – as there will be some exciting new designs coming very soon…!

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*Expires 14/02/2017

Categories: Birthday, Business, Easter, General Craft, Stationery, Valentines, Anniversaries & Lovey-Dovey Stuff, Weddings

Top 5… Valentine’s Crafts!

I love Valentine’s Day.

Yes, I know it can be commercial, and yes it can sometime’s can also be tacky and yes – just an excuse for you to HAVE to spend more money on your dearest loved one. But, that is kind of the point? I feel I can say I love you to The Husband on any day of the year – and, I do buy him little gifts for random meanings and occasions (and yes, he is lucky, right?) and not just because it’s a ‘special day’. However, I do like that it is a very specific romantic day of the year where, should you desire – tell the person you love, secretly – or not, declare the reasons you’re with that important person in your life, just make someone feel loved and special.

I wouldn’t EVER go to a restaurant for it, or in fact at the weekend’s around then – they cram the tables in, put on a ‘special’ menu, charge over the top, you are sat with everyone trying to have a personal and private moment – and you invariably are sitting so close you can actually hear what the other people are saying. I usually opt for cooking The Husband dinner – and occasionally – him cooking one for me. Gifts? I don’t NEED an extravagantly purchased item to make me know that I am thought about… perhaps just some flowers? Even from the garden… haha! Or just my favourite chocolate bar? Damn – shouldn’t really be writing this! The Husband usually reads the blog… and so with that in mind – of course if he would really like to spontaneously cave into the commerciality (unlikely!) then please do dearest! Those Alex Monroe earrings would be pretty special… 😀

Anyway – one thing I do always feel is important is to give a card. Now I know what you are thinking – well, you would say that – you sell your own greetings card range! But, precisely – that is part of the reason I designed greeting cards in the first place. They aren’t just a bit of paper – they allow you to express your thoughts and emotions inside! (By the way, you can get a special offer at the minute – FREE delivery on all orders on The Crafty Lass greeting cards on our Etsy store with code TCLVAL16!!) Enough of plugging the promo, and back to the real point. I just think that the opportunity to pen a few lines to your other half, your special one, your snugglekins (!) can be a special moment.

I wouldn’t ever expect a blank card to be completed with “Dear Janet, Love John x”… What, that’s IT?? You need to put some effort into it! Maybe I should be grateful of a card at all – and it certainly sounds upon reading that I am a crafty little Valentine’s diva – but I certainly keep my ‘special’ cards in a shoe box for ever more, to be annually, or perhaps decadely reviewed every now and again with an ‘awwww’ and fuzzy feeling moment – so you had best be writing something that little bit more emotive!! For those that already do this – high five. Just take the opportunity whenever you can to just make someone your focus and let them know you care, however that might be.

Whatever your thoughts on the big February 14th, presents or no presents, card or no card, here are some suggestions of cute little crafty ways to make it special. There is a bit of a ‘hearts’ theme going on…

 

1. DIY Heart Card

If you are planning to MAKE a card how about this lovely DIY embroidered card idea!

 

2. Heart Gift Wrap

Craft knifes at the ready! If you are buying a gift for the special someone – what a simple, but ever so effective hearts gift wrapping idea with the red and brown paper. There are two ideas in one here, as they also offer a creative stamping effect too – simply using a pencil eraser!

 

3. Heart Garland

Another gift wrap idea here, but could also be used as a decoration garland afterwards! Cute, again – simple but effective!

 

4. Chocolate Shortbread Heart Cookies

If baking is your thing (you can’t beat a bit of baked goodies to certainly make someone smile) what about this lovely chocolate shortbread and sprinkles idea. There is also a good US measurements converter here at Good To Know. You’re welcome!

 

5. Heart Cheescake

Still on the baking theme – just how amazing does this hearts cheesecake look?? It must be SO satisfying to make that swirl… wow!

 

Enjoy!

 

 

Categories: Foodie Delights, General Craft, Sweet Tooth Scrumptious Stuff!, Top 5, Valentines, Anniversaries & Lovey-Dovey Stuff

The Crafty Lass Christmas cards… As seen on TV!

Today is the start of The Craft Channel’s new FOWO (For One Week Only) promotion – a fantastic crystal card kit, a very therapeutic the-crafty-lass-christmas-cards-with-gems-563cc87d35ed2-product_fullcraft – almost like ‘painting by numbers’ except more crystal glueing by numbers and letters…Some amazing designs and good value too!

As part of the FOWO programme myself and Katy John look at all manner of card creations including some simply amazing pop-up cards – you can actually decorate a 3D Christmas tree and send in the post! Some laser cut greeting cards that you can ‘bling up’ with glitters and gems to your hearts content… and lastly (but not leastly (is that a word?!)!) – The Crafty Lass greeting cards also feature in this programme! A new addition of 650 self adhesive gemstones in vibrant pinks, turquoises and blues are also included to personalise them for yourself and add some glittery bling! And of course, colour coordinating envelopes too.

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I really like this idea – that you don’t have to take a greeting card at face value – if you like a design, but think it needs something extra – just jazz it up with some additional decoration! Now of course, I am going to say this – but I think The Crafty Lass Christmas cards, are lovely just as they are – but I do also like them with a few gemstones here and there to make extra EXTRA special.

 

 

The FOWO programme is airing at multiple times across the week – please check out our latest schedule on the below channels. Enjoy!

SKY 261 & 660
FREESAT 402 & 808
FREEVIEW 254

www.thecraftchannel.tv

 

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Categories: Christmas, General Craft, Stationery, TV

The Crafty Lass does… TV!

Wow.

 

That’s all this post needs. If you had asked me 1 month ago a) would I work for a shopping channel on Sky in the buying team and b) would I do the on air demos?? I would have laughed in your face.

In fact, what I will do instead is tell you to tune in to Sky 660 at various times across this weekend for The Craft Channel’s ‘Festive Weekend Wonder’ with The Crafty Lass. Crazy right…??

Once again, I apologise for the lack of recent blog posts – but in reality I basically have enough time at the minute to make sure I am eating, sleeping (albeit less!), commute to London to The Craft Channel, try and stay in touch with loved ones, and of course some crafting… And the odd bit of gym/socialising/nails being done for the camera (!). The point I am trying to make is my schedule has become ‘complicated’. Ha!

I have always been crafty (as we know on this blog – the clue is in the name!!) and I have in the past been into theatre – a regular in the local am dram scene where I grew up in Sunbury-on-Thames at Riverside Arts Centre – however, I am not sure I was prepared for TV! Well, perhaps prepared is the wrong word – expecting?? – basically, it felt natural, but I do also feel – how did this happen??

For those of you who don’t know this story – I basically sent ONE tweet to The Craft Channel simply saying:

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@craftchannelTV how do you get to be on The Craft Channel?? Only (part) joking. What sort of programmes will you show? x

 Before I knew it, the following week – I was in The Craft Channel offices having a meeting with Head of Buying – quickly on the same day (about 20 minutes after arriving!) had a screen test – then the following week a follow up meeting – during which, I was offered a job in the buying team… and the rest is history. I now work for them 3 days a week, with the balance The Crafty Lass time…So what started as a quick almost throwaway tweet as now landed me a dream job! If you don’t ask you don’t get…

So, if you are interested in craft, and you are interested in me, and you are interested in TV… check out The Craft Channel and this weekend’s Festive Weekend Wonder featuring a 1 hour show with The Crafty Lass! There are plenty of opportunities to see across this weekend (and order the beautiful laser cut greeting card designs with embellishment gems!)

It’s the start of things to come….

 

Sky 660, Freesat, FreeviewHD & online www.thecraftchanneltv

Saturday 24th Oct 11pm
Sunday 25th Oct 7am
Sunday 25th Oct 1pm
Sunday 25th Oct 9pm
Sunday 25th Oct 11pm

 

Also featured on Christmas at The Craft Channel show on Sunday 25th at: 10am and 6pm

Make. Create. INSPIRE.

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Categories: Business, Christmas, General Craft, The Crafty Lass does..., TV

The Crafty Lass does… Christmas Cards!

Ho ho ho! Meeeerry Christmas!

Ok, it is only October… however, why not get ahead and get your The Crafty Lass ‘Graphic Brights’ Christmas Cards…on sale via my Etsy shop NOW!

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All cards printed on thick, luxurious ‘Omnia’ board.

**Special price for Christmas!**
Cards only £1.80 each (normally £2.20)
Multipack of 6 (1 of each design) only £9.50… therefore only £1.58 per card!

https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheCraftyLassDoes/

ALL CHRISTMAS

 

Categories: Christmas

The Crafty Lass does… 20% off promotion!

Promotion time! To celebrate the launch of ‘The Crafty Lass’ online Etsy greeting cards shop – there is now a lovely 20% discount off all orders between now and the 30th September!

Simply use this promotional code at the checkout…

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Categories: Business, Stationery, The Crafty Lass does...

The Crafty Lass does… Online Greeting Card SHOP!

The moment you have all been waiting for… well, what I have been waiting for pretty much my whole life.

Today is a big day in The Crafty Lass journey.
It has always been my absolute dream to (a) start my own business (b) this be in craft and/or design and finally (c) have my own online shop selling greeting cards.

Greeting cards are a really important thing to me – we all send/give them regularly – and they mean an awful lot! Just how special do you feel when a little brightly coloured envelope lands on your doormat and you know that someone has taken the time and effort to 1. select a card, 2. hand write it and 3. send it to you – maybe for a special occasion, or perhaps just to say ‘hey’, ‘sorry’ or ‘I miss you’. Even better when it is hand delivered! Whatever the reason, whatever the words inside – it is always special to receive a card.

With today’s multitude of ways to communicate – texting, emails, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, WhatsApp (to name just a few!) – there is still a love and desire to send a REAL bit of post. A hand chosen card, with a lovely little note inside – it means far, FAR more than just sending a quick text message.

The GCA Greeting Card Market Report 2014 reinforces what a huge and successful industry this is with £1.29 billion spent on single cards in the last year – more than tea and coffee put together. More cards are bought per person in the UK than in any other country – 31 per person an astonishing 884 million single greeting cards were bought from retailers of all shapes and sizes in 2013.

For more simply amazing Facts and Figures about the UK card industry, check out the Greeting Card Association’s website!

The Crafty Lass greeting cards are simple, (but effective!) modern designs, all lovingly created (over the last decade!) on Adobe Illustrator, by myself and printed on heavy, white Omnia board within the United Kingdom.

All cards are left blank for your own lovely message – your own words always mean far more!

In addition to my new online store – The Crafty Lass greeting cards are also now stocked at The Old Hall Bookshop, Brackley! Exciting times. 🙂

Check out our full range HERE and our Etsy store HERE.

Enjoy!

Categories: Business, Stationery, The Crafty Lass does...

The Crafty Lass does… Greeting Cards!

Well, a life long dream is in progress of actually happening…Publishing my own greeting card ranges. 🙂

I have always loved design, stationery design in particular – and love nothing more than sending and receiving a traditional hand written card. Don’t get me wrong, I love Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and all other social media as ways to communicate almost instantly with the world what you are up to, what you have seen that inspires you. However, it does not beat a brightly coloured envelope landing on your doormat and reading a heartfelt message whilst curled up on your sofa with a cup of (Yorkshire) tea.

The cost of stamps, is continually on the rise and part of me recently started to question will people eventually stop sending cards if it just becomes too much money? With another recent price hike to 63p for a first class stamp, and with the average cost of a greeting card around £1.44 you are factoring in at least £2.07 per card. However, to make someone smile, to make someone know you remembered, you are thinking of them, as the Mastercard adverts say… is “Priceless”. It’s less than the UK average price of a pint of beer! If you hand deliver, you can of course save some pennies AND have a beer with the recipient! 😉

The next steps for ‘The Crafty Lass’ greeting cards:

Approve the proofs, order the envelopes, cellophane bags, and then the online shop and…sales!

The first sale of ‘The Crafty Lass’ greeting cards, will be a big moment for me – let’s hope I get some ‘congratulations’ cards to celebrate! 😉

Categories: Business, The Crafty Lass does...

The Crafty Lass does… The Brackley Community Carnival AND The Great Brackley Bake Off!

Saturday 13th June 2015 – a date for your diaries – The Brackley Community Carnival!

The Crafty Lass not only has a craft stall in the ‘Craft Marquee’, selling my new greetings card ranges – (soon to be sold online, watch this space!) – I now also have a space in The Great Brackley Bake Off! I had best get practicing my Victoria Sponge…!

The Brackley Community Carnival looks set to be a great day, check out the website for full details of events!

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Categories: Business, General Craft, Places to Go & Things to See

The Crafty Lass does… Handmade Washi Tape Birthday Card!

Well, the official ‘National Stationery Week’ may be over – but in the words of Sarah Millican on Twitter:

“This week is National Stationery week. For some of us, EVERY week is National Stationery week.”

So, why not carry on your love for stationery and get creative with a handmade birthday card! All you need for this simple idea is some blank card, some scissors and the ever popular – washi tape! 🙂

It was recently a special birthday in this house, and my husband’s favourite colour is green…Understandably this card may be a little bright for some tastes – but go with whatever colours your recipient would love of course 🙂

A very simple card and craft, but I think with an effective outcome!

wpid-imag1528.jpg– Print out, or draw the ‘3 and 0’, or a letter, or even a short phrase! (backwards if possible so that no opportunity for lines to be seen when on the card) – cut out, turn over and wrap in washi tape!

– Cut out a rectangle of card, in whatever size and shape you would like – and score down the middle so that the card folds nicely in half.

– Cover the front of the card in alternative/contrasting tape to make sure you can see the numbers/font clearly and just trim neatly at the edges.

– I used some Sellotape sticky foam pads to then attach the numbers to the card so that they stood out slightly, but you could just glue straight on.

– ‘Et Voila!’ one personalised, handmade birthday card! 🙂

 

 

 

 

Categories: Birthday, General Craft, Stationery, The Crafty Lass does...

New Royal Baby!

Well, the VIB (Very Important Baby) has finally arrived – Congratulations to Kate and William on the birth of a lovely little girl…!

PS – The Crafty Lass greeting cards are coming soon…(including ‘New Baby’ range – with ‘boy’ options too!) 😉


Categories: General Craft, Stationery

Happy Mail :)

Aren’t sisters the best?? Ok, not all sisters are – but mine is. A heart of gold and so clever and creative!

I got sent some ‘Happy Mail’ today. Not for any particular reason, other than to make me smile. A funky card design, some lovely words inside, and to top it all – even a decorated envelope! When I got in from work today, there it was on the mat, saying – ‘Oooh look at me, I am here to make you happy!’ OK, it obviously didn’t speak literally – but it did achieve it’s objective and had me grinning before I had even opened it!

I think all post should arrive like this. Imagine if HMRC letters, and your electricity bill came with beautiful envelopes – people are more likely to a) open them b) pay them on time c) be happy and cheery in life.

Thanks, sis – you’re the BEST!

 

 

Categories: General Craft, Stationery

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