Saturday, 29 October 2011

Please join me for Funky Hand's First Ever BLOG HOP

Hi there


A big massive warm welcome to Funky Hand's 1st ever Blog Hop...  If you are here to join in with the blog hop, you have probably just arrived here from Amanda's blog .

If you haven't but would like to join in the fun and win a really cool prize, you really need to start by going over to Anice's blog for a welcome and short introduction to the hop.  Anice is the incredibly talented designer and owner of Funky Hand.

It is quite fitting that this should be Funky Hand's first ever blog hop as it's also a first for me, so I've been really excited all week making the arrangements and getting this post ready to actually be part of the blog hop and not be the one hopping - if you know what I mean.

Anyway, the purpose of this exciting blog hop is to introduce you to the very latest Funky Hand CD:

This CD Rom is the latest addition to the Papercraft Factory collection and is even bigger and better than the last - they just get better and better each time - although the design team didn't think that it was possible after the launch of the 'Happy Happy Birthday' collection!!!

As usual the CD Rom has 12 colour collections which each have 20 patterned and textured papers in.

Each collection is centred around 5 colours to ensure that every paper in that collection co-ordinates with the others perfectly.

As well as the 240 (12 collections x 20 designs) design papers there are:
  •  Nine templates
  • a write feature to type your own message or greeting - you can choose from 9 different fonts and the 5 colours from each colour collection - plus black or white
  • 5 re sizable upper and lower case alphas to match each colour collection. 
  • Wordbooks - you choose the colour collection, design and letter - and colour of letter (from the 5 in the colour scheme)
  • Numerous sentiments to put on your card front

In addition, "12 Crafters Crafting" also has a humongous amount of Christmas digistamps (over 100)- which come either ready coloured or black line and ready for you to print out and colour in.  All digi's can of course be re-sized too and can be printed out on plain or patterned paper which is great for paper piecing and saves having to put your paper back through the printer.  Digi's include Santa, snowman, Christmas Tree, Angels.... and SO much more.  Look at it this way - if you had to purchase each digi separately elsewhere - you could easily pay for the CD over and over again - but this way, you have them all in the same place and they all match each other perfectly - it just gets better doesn't it?  The images have a timeless charm so they can be used to make your Christmas cards and papercrafts for years to come.

Blog Hop details...

The blog hop will start 9.00am on Saturday 29th October and end at midnight on Sunday 30th October.

The winner will be announced by Anice on Monday 31st October and will receive a copy of the fabulous "12 Crafters Crafting" CD ROM.

How to complete the hop:

  • Firstly visit Anice's blog (HERE) for a welcome and introduction to the blog hop
  • Visit each design team members blog to have a look at their sample
  • Collect the letter for the word/s from each blog
  • Leave a comment for each design team member at the end of their post
  • Go back to Anice's blog and post that you have visited each member (this will be checked later if you win) and tell her the word/s you have come up with after rearranging the letters you've collected on the hop (don't worry because comments made with the answer included will not be published)
  • Note any blogs where you had difficulty in leaving a message and include this in your message
What you need to do next:

after you've done as stated above (left a message here and collected the letter), then go on to visit the very talented:

Collect your letter from Jenny, leave a message - and so on until you've collected a letter from each of my fellow designers.
Once you have rearranged those letters and you have the word/s, you will need to leave a comment on Anice's blog telling her what you think it is (remember she won't reveal your answer, but keep it safe through moderating her comments).  Once the blog hop is closed, Anice will check all entries and put those names who have given the correct answer and have left a message on each DT members post in a hat and will announce the winner on Monday - she'll make a video of herself pulling out the name of the winning entry.
Remember - the winner will get a (yet-to-be-released) copy of the fabulous "12 CRAFTERS CRAFTING" CD ROM... How fantastic is that then???

So, as each member will be sharing a card or project from the new '12 Crafters Crafting' CD ROM, here is mine:

set of pillow boxes using the resizeable template
My project is from a collection on the CD called 'O'Christmas Tree' which is themed around shades of plum and shades of green - a very stylish and contemporary colour collection.  The pillow boxes have been made using one of the 9 templates on the CD - i've used the stars design paper.  The greeting on the boxes has been made using a combination of the writer where you type your own text from a choice of 9 fonts (the words 'Have a'); the word 'Funky' has been made using the alpha in one of the colours from this collection (from a choice of 5) and the word 'CRIMBO' is one of the digi stamp greetings on the CD...  The holly is one of the coloured digis that can be re sized to suit.

The template is re-sizeable - as are all the templates on the CD (and on the other CD's), and  here I've re-sized it to create a set of 3 pillow boxes which descend in size.  You could continue to reduce the size to make even smaller boxes, but I made this set of three to show you some of the many features you will find on this fabulous CD.

Anyway, now you need to collect that letter - right?  so without further ado, here is my letter for you for the hop...'R' 

Don't forget to leave a comment (no matter how small) in order to qualify for the winner's prize as Anice will check that those with the correct answer have left a comment on each blog hop post before she puts you into the hat for the draw which will take place on Monday.  Answers will be accepted until midnight on Sunday 30th October.

If you are not successful, or don't want to join in but would still like to purchase the CD, it is available for pre-order HERE for £16.99 starting TODAY- and further still, it will be free p&p. 

Remember that the official release date is Saturday 5th November 2011so you won't have to wait long for it to be shipped.

Anice is due to appear on Create and Craft for the first TV viewing of 'Twelve Crafters Crafting' on Wed 9th Nov 8am & 1pm however, keep a look out for updates and any possible changes to this on Anice's blog HERE.

Don't forget that once you have left your comment, your next DT member on the hop is:

If you encounter any broken links on the way, please make your way back to Anice's blog to view the whole list and take it from there.  Similarly, if you have any problems leaving a comment on any of our blogs, just let Anice know which blog you've had problems with - but remember your letter from that blog though!

Good luck with the hop and hope you have fun and find plenty of inspiration on the way!

Thanks for reading - crafty hugs to you

Paula x x x


  1. morning paula!
    thought I would hop in on you and say hello!!
    love your pillow boxes hun!
    huge Lou xxx

  2. Hi Paula I love what you have done with your Christmas pillow boxes I am loving this CD already!

  3. Just hopping in to say hi and that I love your pillowboxes.


  4. Hi Paula, love your pillow boxes. Lyn x

  5. Great set of boxes - perfect for those little gifts. Hazel x

  6. These pillow boxes are just wonderful. I love that you have shown that they can be resized using the CD ROM to what ever size you need. I know I will be using these all the time never mind just at Christmas!!
    Anice xx

  7. How fabulous that you can resize the templates to suit your gift. Love the pillow boxes.

  8. they are just wonderful Paula

  9. Fabulous pillow boxes Paula; so bright, modern and, of course, funky!!

  10. Such fab & funky boxes, Paula! That template is going to be so useful! HUGS x

  11. morning hunni!! Gorgeous boxes, I like how you resized them, you've inspired me as I have some small boxes to make for Christmas presents and I somehow always forget we can resize the templates lol


    Amanda xx

  12. Paula,

    great to be reminded that these FAB boxes can be resized.

  13. Hello, lovely boxes.


  14. thanks for sharing these.. good to remember they can be resized! Bella

  15. I just love boxes! sonja Stannard

  16. Loved the funky christmas boxes, so handy for jewellery gifts.

  17. I can definitely see these under my tree!

    Deb x

  18. How lovely, will make a gift extra special.
    Hugs Jacee

  19. Lovely project, love the colour combo of this one. Lynn xx

  20. Loving the pillow boxes. Am thinking that's how I'm gonna be wrapping everything this year.

  21. Perfect little pillow boxes to suit every size of small gift! Hugs, Lesley

  22. Hi Paula

    A lovely little collection of pillow boxes .. .. great to see all the different sizes.

    Hope you are having a good weekend.

    Love Jules xx

  23. Ooh those pillow boxes are fab, I'd be really happy to get one of those on Christmas morning

  24. Great pillow boxes Michelle, thank you.
    Jan x

  25. Hi Paula
    Fantastic pillow boxes!
    Michaela xx

  26. Oh what lovely pillow boxes great colours.
    Hugs Fi xx
    Phew I didn't think I would make it, I couldn't gone but third time luck I'm here. Lol

  27. Lovely boxes, great for lttle gifts.
    Carol Cole

  28. Hi Paula.What lovely pillow boxes you've created, love that you you have done them in 3 sizes.Great paper used and wording.Love them.Love Debbie Johns x

  29. Love the boxes, would be great for the kids presents

  30. Hi Paula, I love your boxes and the way you have shown the different sizes xx

  31. Hi Paula
    Love your pillarboxes. Lovely colours. Denise Hurst x

  32. Great set of pillow boxes. Carol x


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Crafty hugs, Paula x x x


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