Sunday, 29 November 2009

Christmas Extravaganza with Stampin' Up!

We all like something for FREE don't we?

Stampin' Up! have a special offer starting on 1st November, if you spend £45-00 or more on products from their Christmas Gift guide then you get a FREE tag punch worth £12-50!

The Christmas gift guide has loads of gift ideas for stocking fillers, cardmakers, scrap bookers etc...

To place host a workshop or place an order then feel free to email me at

Thursday, 26 November 2009


We all have a place where we put our scraps!! well yesterday I popped over to Shaz's and helped her to finish moving into her "Craft Cabin" it took us about 2 hours sorting the last little bits and pieces sorted out, then we sat down to play.......we had great fun.
I decided as Shaz had a rather large box of scraps I would challange my self to use these to make some cards with. I hope you like my creations, I used Winter Post and Spotlight on Christmas stampsets.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Sorry ladies its been a while since I have posted anything to my blog but my health has been suffering. As some of you know I have severe anemia at the moment which is leaving me rather tired and lifeless which hasn't gone down to well with my arthritis and other problems, therefore I haven't done any crafting to post on my blog to share with you.

This weekend I perked up a little bit as Amy came back to visit from Uni, we haven't seen each other for over a month and she's really hard to tie down on the phone or msn (out raving I expect).

So hopefully the Iron tablets and change of diet are taking their effect as well as Amy's visit and I'll be back crafting by the end of the week..........

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


is catching up upon us really fast. For my workshop this evening the hostess asked if we could make gift card holders for her make and take, these are becoming very popular especially when buying for teenagers.....

I used the Scandinavian Season Stampset, this set has slowly grown on me since being added to the new idea book & catalogue. I wanted to stay with traditional colours so I used - Old Olive, Whisper White cardstock and inks. I have decorated the tree with some Dazzling Diamonds using Stampin' Up! s new 2 Way Glue pen. I have also used their new Mat Pack and Paper peircing tool to decorate the corner.

Sunday, 8 November 2009


What a fab time I had at convention despite the awful weather we had. Shaz and I arrived about lunch time on Thursday and decided to take a little walk, the heavens just opened and we got
soaked.......but I managed to find this to duck into to keep dry....

Fancy travelling all that way and finding an old fashioned telephone box. I had an early night as I wanted to be up early ready for registration on Friday morning and to trade my card swaps. We had some really good speakers after our lunch break and I came away with some fab ideas and really inspired. On Friday evening we had a formal dinner and an awards cermony, Shaz my upline "Mummy" was award a certficate and pin for acheiving 24th Demonstartor of the year in the UK (at present there are approx 400 demonstrators in the UK).

On Saturday we had a really early start where we got to play with the stamp sets that we received for attending convention ~ Circle Circus and New Year's Celebration...... As the session ended Shelli and her husband Stirling started to help every one clear up the tables for the next session, I had done so much chatting that the others on the table had tided their bits up and where off chatting, strecting their legs or getting refreshments. As I started to pack away the last few bits that I had been using back into the box Shelli came over to help putting my stamps into the box I had to quickly retrieve them and we both had a giggle over it.
The last session ended with both Shelli and Pam sharing some techniques and tips with us before we had to sadly return home. It was a great experience and I cant wait until convention next year especially as it will be here in the UK!!!!!!!!!!
I did take more pictures, but I'm saving them for the scrap book pages that I'm going to do over the next few weeks to share with you.

Friday, 6 November 2009

more card swaps

This is the second batch of cards I made for the swap and I was pleasently surprised at how the colour combination went really well together and looks clean and fresh.

The stamp set is Garden Whimsy and I stamped the sentiment in Basic Gray and the images in Certainly Celery.

I popped some Whisper White card stock through a cuttlebug folder before matting it onto a Basic Gray card base. After matting the sentiment on to some Certainly Celery card stock I edged this with some Basic Gray cardstock that I had put through new Eyelet Border punch from Stampin' Up. I love this lacy effect!!!!!!!

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Card swaps.........

Stampin' Up! is holding their first ever European Convention, and I'm really excited at actually being able to go. I'm looking forward to actually putting faces to names on our forum, meeting the staff from HQ especially Chris and Eileen and of course demonstrators from France and Germany.

In preperation for this some of us have been busy beavering away making card swaps to build up our bank of ideas of how to use different stamp sets. So today I'm going to share my first batch of cards with you.

In total I have managed to make 70 which considering I'm still recovering from my surgery and other ailments, I don't think I've done to bad especially as the total number of demonstrator's going is somewhere around the 180 mark.
On these cards I've used 2 stamp sets Mr & Mrs, Cheer & Wishes and a standard wheel Forever Flowers. I decided that I would make some samples up in different colour ways, I like them all but my favourite has to be the plummy ones at the moment.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Sparkling Christmas.......

Over at Shaz's last night we made this fabulous desk calander and matching cards. Using one of my favourite Stampin' Up! Christmas stamps Silent Night.

We used Aqua Painters to colour the image before adding Dazzling Diamonds using Heat and Stick (yes I was allowed to use the glitter but only outside as I love to bathe in it....LOL)

I think that I may be making a few of these as gifts this year.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

New home

Over on the Stamp shack we have been taking it in turns to host a variety of different challanges for others to play along with, this week it was my turn. I didn't want to do a reciepe, colour or sketch I wanted to do something different then I thought about the stamps I had laying around that rarely get used, yes I know you all must have one or two that are hidden away but not forgotten.
So I came up with the challange to use a "roller" stamp either as the main focal point (like my sample) or in the background.

For my sample I've used one from Stampin' Up! called "Neighbourhood" which I then watercoloured in with their Stampin' Up! write markers, matted this on to Taken with Teal Card stock before placing on a Whisper White card stamped with a retired sentiment.

This was perfect as I went to see my brother and his girlfriend yesterday in their new home, I wish then all the best together.
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