Sunday, 25 January 2009

Two Reasons to Celebrate

For those of you who dont know, today, Sunday 25th January is Rabbie Burns Day. All over Scotland, people will be having a Burns Night Supper. This starts with the famous "address to the haggis", and after dinner there is normally great fun to be had with a Ceilidh (Scottish dancing).

We are having family around for traditional haggis, tatties n neeps, yum yum.

As if that wasnt exciting enough, Monday 26th January is Chinese New Year. I love the colourful decorations associated with this.

To celebrate both events, I have two templates on my website that are free to download for one week only. I hope you have fun with them.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Sunday Update

Well I thought Sunday was meant to be the day of rest, how come it always seems to be my busiest. I have a set routine, which always starts with the ironing....I dont mind that though....I normally watch a film or TV programme to help the time pass. After brunch I get on with updating my website and sorting other craft related tasks. Its often the only chance I get all week to do this.


Every weekend I add a free template to my website, today I created a simple lattice mini card, topper, and tag. These are actually all from a font called gridsnthings which works so well for cutting machines.


Not only was my normal day job extremely busy this week, but int he evenings I was working hard to improve and convert templates to the perfect condition required by Paperthreads. Believe me, any templates you buy from them will be pristene and should cut perfectly in all formats. The whole design team is extremely focussed on this and is amazing at helping each other learn the best methods.

I have a batch of templates waiting to go on sale, see an example below. Check out my items on Paperthreads (see sample below).

Monday, 12 January 2009


Wow........I have been asked to become a designer for the fantastic Paperthreads.

They have the most amazing and friendly forum in the world, cover ALL cutting machines and ALL software. You can ask any question you want and an expert will be on hand to help. They also have free templates in numerous different formats for you to enjoy. If you are not already a member, get along now and sign up, you wont regret it.

They also already have a team of truly amazing designers, and I am flattered and honoured to be asked to join them.

JennieBeanCrafts Creative Team

Thank you so much to everyone who applied, both for your interest and your absolutely stunning creations. It was the hardest decision ever, and was based not only on creative skills, but on available time, software preferences, and current technical ability.

I have decided to start off with a small team based on my current needs and to allow me to get used to the process. For those who are not selected on this occasion, I have no doubt that I will be increasing the size of my Creative Team in the near future, and there wasn't one single entry that I would not be delighted to reconsider.

Consequently, I am delighted to announce the following Creative Team:-

Members of the Jennie Bean Crafts Creative Design Team
  • Gadgetmum (aka Yana)
  • Tootsie (aka Di)
  • FairyFable (aka Jo)

Once again, thank you so so much to everyone who applied.

Look out for some stunning designs on display in the very near future.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

UK Scrappers

I am delighted to confirm that I will continue to sponsor the CraftRobo Forum on for another year.

For anyone who is not currently a member, If you use a Craft Robo or the associated software, please join up as soon as possible.

This forum is mainly sponsored by Graphtec, the creators of the Craft Robo. You are guaranteed support from many experts, together with tutorials, activities and thousands of free templates.

Creative Team

During December 2008 I have been advertising for some very creative crafters to join my Creative Design Team. This team will regularly be sent free samples of my new templates, and asked to turn them into works of art to inspire other crafters.
The first few people to join my team will be announced the second week in January. Another recruitment campaign will take place in the near future.

Meantime, here are some of the fantastic work that has been submitted using my templates.