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    Many moons ago (back in 2009/2010) i made these pretty chalk boards. Back then i didn't have a shop to run or children, i was working full time and pregnant with my eldest son Reuben. I used to experiment in my craft room (garage) in the evenings and upload photos to my facebook page 'Little Miss Crafty' i was known as. I guess in a way it was the very early stages of what is now Imagine Design Create.

    I don't get much time now to make things to sell, mostly i make for design work and testing out products for the shop. I also find now that the market is full of handmakers it is really hard to get your designs out there. Everyone is doing everything so competition for sales is very difficult too. That is part of the reason i chose to take my business down the craft products and teaching route. I don't mind sharing my ideas and inspiring others to create.

    What was one of your first creations that you shared with the online world?

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    Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens

    I'm sure if you are a crafter you will have heard about the new Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. I made sure that we had an order placed with Crafters Companion so that as soon as they were released in the UK we would get them in stock. They arrived earlier this week and of course i had to invest in a set for demonstrating purposes! I am so glad i did, i'm really impressed with these pens.

    I chose to get the 3 pack sets as i already have a pen stand myself and thought it would be good for customers with varied budgets to be able to get hold of the pens. The pens do require care and time to set up before being ready to use. (see my video demo using link below) Once primed and ready though they are brilliant quality and they add a little extra to paper craft projects and stamp colouring. I especially love the clear overlay sparkle pens as you can use them on top of your ready stamped / coloured images to give areas a shimmer and sparkle.

    It is really hard to show in photos and videos just how sparkly these pens are but they are well worth a look. If you are in Seaton please do pop in to see them in person.

    I have done a couple of video demos using the pens over on my you tube channel. Please do click the link to take a look.

    If you have these pens please do comment and let me know what you think!!

  3. I recently joined another wonderful blog as a design team member. PhotoGrid_1446811573341
    The Crafty Addicts will be hosting regular challenges so head over and take a look, for the first challenge, Challenge #1 the theme is 'Anything Goes / optional say it with flowers'

    The Crafty Addicts - Challenge #1 - Anything Goes / Say it with flowers
    Sponsor - A day for Daisies

    I used a wonderful Robot image from 'A day for daisies' to create this birthday cards. I'm always looking for images that can be used to create cards for boys. I often find it difficult and customers are always asking for cards for boys not just for birthdays, for get well and genral cards too.

    I coloured the image with my new Spectrum Noir pens. I used a new embossing folder from Docrafts on some mirror board to create the textured piece and the bolts are from Docrafts stickers selection 'robots'. This card was simple to create but i was really pleased with it. It also sold within a day of being on show in the shop, so it must have been good!

    I would love to know what you think and look forward to seeing your entries to the challenge.