Wednesday 31 March 2010

About time!

Hi everyone,

Thanks for being so patient with me, as I sit here amoungst a mountain of things to do still, somehow I feel much calmer now I'm writing to all of you.

Life got so busy here, I took on extra classes and parties to keep up with demand and found myself running just to keep up with everything. I used to cut up all the bits for a class a week in advance and recently found myself still chopping bits at 11.00p.m. the night before a class or party - I hope you didn't notice!

With all the extra classes and other things I said "yes" to, something had to go and it was my blog that you all noticed - so apologies for that. All the rest of the stuff I shoved to the bottom of the pile will just have to wait until the summer now!

Whilst writing this, I've had a call and have to head away tomorrow for a couple of days so will try and 'post' again when I return.

Until then, here is a little something I've made recently:

and this is just one picture of one of my recent Stampin' Up deliveries of ink for all you lovely ladies now lovin' our super duper ink pads:

Wishing you all a very peaceful Easter. Will update my blog and email you all as soon as I'm back.

Happy crafing and thank you all for your continued support.


Monday 15 March 2010

Busy again.........

Hi Ladies,

Just letting you know that I haven't forgotten you! I'm just up to my eyes in work and stuff at the moment and need to catch up!

Sorry to keep you waiting and I do know that this blog needs updating, but I am only just little old me and could do with a whole load of staff!

Keep smiling.

Will post something soon, I promise.

Happy crafting.


Tuesday 9 March 2010

Scrapbooking "Grunge" style - page one

I posted a photo over the weekend of the front page of my Grunge style mini album. This is a picture of the first page. Again I have used mostly Stampin' Up stash with just the addition of some rub-ons (I've had for ages!), mini diamonds and some kitchen foil.

I love these butterflies, they are a Stampin' Up Embosslits die, only available in the USA at the moment, lets hope we get them soon! My wonderful friend sent me the die and I was extremely grateful.

I'm taking the day off today, I tried to yesterday, but it didn't happen!

Have a great day.


Sunday 7 March 2010

I'm on a roll....

This is like waiting for a bus, you don't get one for ages and then all of a sudden, there are loads of them!

While I've been messing around with "grunge" and trying to mix Stampin' Up with products I've had in my cupboard for years, I've just come up with these two lovely cards. Enjoy!


After a good nights sleep......

It was pretty late when I started this project last night. My daughter had a couple of her really lovely friends over for dinner and it wasn't till after they had gone that I decided to "work"! I took advantage of my completely tidy and clear table and got a whole lot of different stuff out and I was pleased with what I had made, which is why I posted it onto my blog late last night. But after a good nights sleep, I got up and wasn't so pleased. It only took a few minutes to work out what this page needed.....I hope you like it.

Have a great crafty day.


Saturday 6 March 2010

Scrapbooking "Grunge" style

Second "post" of the day, I can't believe it!

Thought I'd share a little something with you, you see its all work and definitely no play round here again and as you can see I've been working really hard! I have tried to see if I can meet Grunge with Stampin' Up! I have made this 6 x 6 scrapbook page to trial out as many Stampin' Up products as I can on a Grunge theme. I have used alcohol inks for the background, but I have used my Stampin' Up Vine wheel, versa mark, heat and stick powder and my new favourite SU toy - gold glitter. I have also done the whole page on Whisper White cardstock, which takes the alcohol ink really well. The "all about" is stamped on to Whisper White too, I used an old retired Stamp Set and the tiny square SU punch.

The photo is a transfer using clear packing tape, laser printer and a bowl of hot water. It took a little patience rubbing the paper of the back, but I think it adds to the Grunge appearance.

Let me know what you think.


Touch of Nature

It seems ages since I "posted" a card here on my blog, so thought I'd just post one we have been making in class this month. I think the stamp set Touch of Nature was one of the first I bought when I became a Stampin' Up demo and I use it pretty regularly. This time I tried a stamping technique that I haven't tried for ages, basically I stamped the buttlerfly with Stazon onto some acertate, turned it over scribbled on Crystal Effects, sprinkled on some of the Stampin' Up fine gold glitter, covered the image/Crystal Effects with a peice of crumpled tissue paper and put on 4 drops of 2 colours of re-inkers, spread those about with a paint brush and left it to dry. As soon as it was dry I cut it out and glued the tips of the butterfly to the cut out circle on the card.

Why don't you have a go? If you haven't got re-inkers try turning a couple of Stampin' Spots over and twisting them onto a non-stick craft sheet next to each other, wet your tissue paper with Crystal Effects and pick up the colour with that directly from your craft sheet and place that on top of the glitter on top of the stamped image on the acertate. I just tried it and it worked, the colours were pretty light, but it did work.

See you soon.

Happy crafting.


Wednesday 3 March 2010

I love my ladies!

Hello everyone,

I have had the most wonderful day today. I have had one of my all day workshops here, and everyone seemed to enjoy it. We made some lovely projects, all in our own time with lots of stops for coffee, chats and even cooking demonstations!

All those of you who would like to lose a stone in 5 weeks should email me separately and I will let you know all my secrets - and every day you can eat chips!

I enjoyed so many parts of my day and my ladies make me laugh but the biggest laugh today goes to my wonderful Stampin' Up customer who ordered some things over the email and posted me a cheque with this card:

Bless her, she wanted to send me something handmade quickly, so that she could get her cheque in the post and I think this card has got to be one the best cards I've ever had! I just called her and asked if it was OK to add it to my blog and she was happy to make you all smile just like I did!

I could add now that - this is actually how I feel right now, as after a whole days teaching I may have had a glass of wine (or even 3)!

Hope it makes you all smile and thanks Lesley, you are a star!

Happy creating......