Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Christmas in July ~ verses

Christmas brings us closer
It's a special time of year
A family time and one to share
With those we hold most dear
Christmas brings us closer
And like this wish it brings
Some very precious memories
And life's most happy things

***

It's Christmas Eve, time for bed.
But not an eye will close.
Too much excitement in the air,
To let you even doze.

So make a magic potion
To help you fall asleep:
Then Santa and his helpers
Can down the chimney creep.

Pour this cocoa in a mug,
And with hot water mix:
Then drop in the magic kiss,
And stir with the candy stick!

Add a few marshmallows,
And sip it slowly down.
Crawl into bed and snuggle in -
The 'magic sleep' will come!

***

One of the real joys of the Holiday Season is the opportunity to say
"Thank You" and to wish you the very best for the New Year!

***

Thinking of You
at Christmas Time
May your days be merry,
your heart be light -
your holiday happy,
your season bright!

***

Life's most
beautiful things
are not seen
with the eyes,
but felt
with the heart.
Wishing you
a special season
of the heart.

Merry Christmas

***

May the wonder
that is Christmas
touch the child
within your heart.

Merry Christmas

***

Because in everything I do
You always have a part,
Because a loving thought of you
Is always in my heart,
Because each little wish of mine
You've tried to make come true --
At Christmas time, I want to say
How dearly I love you.

***

I know I'm sometimes thoughtless
And forget to say and do
The many little things I should
To show my love for you
But since it is Christmas time,
I got (made) this card just to say,
That always, deep within my heart
I love you more and more each day!

***

People really act weird at Christmas time! What other time of year do you sit in front of a dead tree in the living room and eat nuts and sweets out of your socks?







Limited edition 1/2 & 2/2 ~ Always a part of me

Always a part of me.

A few weeks ago I experimented for the first time making a layout on canvas, I loved them so much & had so many lovely comments about them I decided to make a pair to send to my Mum for her Birthday on Friday.

They are slightly bigger than the original pair, these are 12" x 12"



Paper is Makin Memories




Ribbon Share ~ Stampin' Up + 1 ribbon & paper share left

All of this beautiful ribbon is now in hand ~ available for immediate posting

Have you tried the beautiful coordinating ribbon from Stampin' Up yet?


If you have you will already know the difference the co-ordinating ribbon can make to a project.
With this share i'm offering you the chance to buy a selection of ribbon.
What you'll receive is

1/4" Grosgrain ribbon
1 metre of each of the 11 different colours
Whisper white
Very vanilla
Pumpkin Pie
More Mustard
Real red
Elegant eggplant
Night of Navy
Tempting Turquoise
Certainly celery
Always artichoke
Chocolate Chip

5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
1 metre of each of the 8 colours
Very vanilla
Chocolate Chip
Bravo burgundy
Real red
Regal rose
Brocade blue
Certainly celery
Old olive

Gingham Ribbon
1 metre of each of 6 colours
Black
Red
Light blue
Light pink
Moss
Caramel

All of the ribbons are featured on page 80 of the current catalogue.

25m of quality ribbon for just £10.

In addition you will be entered into a draw for the chance of winning a level 1 hostess gift, when you sign up for the share you will be given a number in the order you sign up, this will also be your draw number. When all the slots are filled I will use a random number generator to make the draw & post the winner of the hostess set on my blog.

Orders will be placed for the ribbon once this share is full


If you would like to order a share of these beautiful ribbons or anything else from the current catalogue please send me an e-mail.


Also


Just 1 share left in the ribbon & paper sampler ~ all in hand for immediate posting

New paper & ribbon sampler

From the Stampin up mini catalogue ( click on the picture on the sidebar to view the catalogue )

If you would like to sample some of the new papers and the ribbons then I am going to do a share for them.


12 6x6 sheets of Washington Apple papers (2 sets of 6 designs so you can use each side) Page 11 ( mini catalogue )

12 6x6 sheets of Tea party papers (2 sets of 6 designs so you can use each side) Page 18 ( mini catalogue )


12 6x6 sheets of Ski Slope papers

(2 sets of 6 designs so you can use each side) Page 22 ( mini catalogue )


2.25 metres So Saffron Striped grosgrain ribbon

2.25 metres Pretty in Pink Striped grosgrain ribbon

2.25 metres Bashful Blue Striped grosgrain ribbon

All of the ribbon is on page 12 (mini catalogue)


So 36 sheets of 6x6 papers

Plus

6.75 metres of ribbon

All for the price of £12.00 including P&P



I am able to take Pay pal or cheques.
If you would like any further information please contact me.



Monday, June 29, 2009

Creative weekend

What a creative weekend I managed a bracelet AND 3 layouts, the weather was just devine So inbetween catching some rays, eating fresh Cromer crab with Crusty bread I managed to find some crafting time.
I had a very busy weekstarting last Sunday with a day at Newmarket race course for the bead fair, Sale preview evening until 9pm on Monday & another late night on Tuesday with Stampin' Up regional training at Peterborough it was great to catch up with some fellow demonstrators & swap ideas. So by the time this weekend came I was ready to have some chilled time.











Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Stampin' Up Training

What a wonderful evening we had, though Paula & Kelly had a tough act to follow when we were evacuated from the hotel & the georgous crew from Peterborough fire station attended, they were a lovely bunch even waving for the camera, sadly someone put their head in front of the picture so I cant share it with you.

There was so much talent all in one room I was really inspired by the swaps I received. It is traditional when Stampin' Up demonstrators have a gathering that we make swap cards to share. There is nothing better than a crafty get together.



Here are some of the lovely cards i received, a few Christmas cards in the mix as well.



If you have ever fancied becoming a Stampin' Up demonstrator, then call me for a chat & I will share the benefits with you.

I love being a Stampin' Up demonstrator...............

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Tart & Tangy open house


Ice Cream filled ice lollies

Tuesday is Stampin' Up training in peterborough I am quite excited as I have never been to one of these training sessions. One thing that happens when all of the Stampin' Up demo's get together is the have a card swap, so at the moment I am frantically making 25 cards ready for the swap on Tuesday, check back wednesday & I wil upload the cards I receive in the swap to inspire you.

I am lovin this card that I've chosen for the swap that I have decided to use the design as one of my make & takes at my next open house.



Tart & Tangy
Open house
Friday 3rd July


7.00 ~ 10.00

We will be using the lovely set Tart & Tangy 111514 Page 51
£10.95
The sayings on the stems are from stem sayings 109481 £17.95 page 51

You are welcome to bring a friend

RSVP


If you would like to order any of the products from the current or mini catalogues
please e-mail me.







Friday, June 19, 2009

Christmas In July

Christmas In July

I can hear the groans from here, but many of us need to make a start on our Christmas cards, decorations & home made gifts. So I have decided I will do a Christmas In July feature on this blog. Each day I will upload a Christmas card & Recipe made with Stampin' Up sets. If you have a favourite seasonal set from the current catalogue or the mini catalogue that you would like to see featured then leave me a comment & i will work with your comments.

So bookmark this blog for your Christmas inspiration & check back from 1st July

Dont worry I wont be adding Christmas music for your listening pleasure.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

2nd of the pair of Black & white canvases.

I have finished the 2nd of the two canvases for my Children, the blank canvas was originally a challenge I made on Jane.
They are proudly displayed on Mini easels in the lounge.



Road Trip

Yesterday was a fun day, we went on a road trip to Otley to visit the Paper Maze shop..............Jane, Alison, Abi & I all went to this scrapbookers paradise. Being a newbie scrapbooker I was in heaven and bought loads, that ncluded 5 big bags of buttons in various colour schemes and also some lovely scenic route papers, stickers & chipboard embellishments. You would think that with 3 scrapbookers one of us might have remebered a camera to take some pictures...............No not one picture.
Thanks for a lovely afternoon

My families clothes are no longer in danger of being raided, and you always thought it was the washing machine that mysteriously took all the buttons ! ! !
I can truthfully say I am no longer short of buttons


Monday, June 15, 2009

Work In Progess ~own up who has finished theirs!

During our crop & craft session a couple of weeks ago Jane was trying out a project for a mini book using Money envelopes, Alison, Angie & I decided we would love to try the project under Janes tutorledge.
The mini book took over two hours on the night & was nowhere near completion, over the last couple of weeks between projects I have been finishing off the book. I still have all of the insides to complete using parcel labels and i still have to decide what theme to make the book into.......any ideas welcome, but here is the project so far.


The paper used is little yellow bicycle. The velvet Ric rac is by Maya road.


Own up girls, how's your mini book shaping up?




Blank canvas challenge

A few weeks back we had a crop & craft evening at my house, when Jane came in I handed her an 8 x 8 blank canvas. Jane as usual rose to the challenge & created this beautiful layout of her beautiful little girl.

As ever I am inspired by janes creativity & had a go at making canvases using her layout for inspiration.



Off to get some black & white buttons tomorrow to finish thsi off, but I was so pleased with it so far I just had to share it with you.



Black & white paper is by makin memories

My Challenge

My Challenge should I choose to accept it! ! !



My upline Michelle sent all of her crafty Inklings 3 pieces of Stampin up product, they all arrived in a little envelope, their providence was initially a mystery untill we next met. Michelle was challenging us to make a project with the 3 pieces.

So here is what I came up with

In better light this really shimmers as all of the flowers are hi-lighted with dazzling diamonds

Cardstock ; Close to cocoa, Bashful Blue & so Safron
Stamp set ; Playful petals ~ available until 30th September in the mini catalogue
Sentiment stamp from 113624 One of a kind
Designer paper ; Washington Apple ~ available until 30th September in the mini catalogue
Accessories ;
110194 Dazzling diamonds
110022 earth elements Pumpkin Pie brad
104199 Linen thread
113378 1" Bashful blue grosgrain ribbon
105515 swirl is from the hodgepodge hardware set


All supplies except the canvas are Stampin' Up & are available to purchase from me.






My Fav's

Taking inspiration from Janes blog I thought I'd play along

What is your favorite book? Bookends by Jane Green
What is your favorite song? Oh thats hard I guess it's out of two. Don't stop me now & the song I want played at my final farewell, I did it my way!
What is your favorite color? Pink any shade of pink....If it's not pink it's not worth having, but I am lovin all of the lovely limey greens at the moment but I know thats just a phase.
What is your favorite destination? Greece....so relaxin & it made me realise a lot about myself whilst I was there.
What is your favorite memory? I dont really have a good memory, but I guess it's time spent with family & friends.
What is your favorite TV show? I'm a sucker for reality TV, I love Im a celebrity& Britains got talent.
What is your favorite movie? Aw! just one, I guess being an eternal romantic Ghost, the scene at the potters wheel
What is your favorite food? Food shared with friends especially outdoors with the sun shining.
What is your favorite desert? Thats another hard one as i love most things sweet, just as long as they dont have cream on them.
What is your favorite treat? Craft stash or time out to craft.
What is your favorite car? Not really a car person but if I had to choose something simple like a metallic pink beetle, I always wanted an old style one with a custom paint job to look like a ladybird.
What is your favorite piece of clothing? Jeans & birkenstocks
What is your favorite fashion accessory? My Pandorra bracelet & my Hot diamonds Bracelet, both sentimental gifts from my husband
What is your favorite perfume? Burberry summer~ the mens version
What is your favorite leisure activity? Walking on the beach with a camera in my hand.
Who is your favorite author? James patterson & Jane Green & katie Fforde
Who is your favorite actor/actress? Bruce willis
Who is your favorite singer? I guess if its anyone it still has to be Donny Osmond, but I now have a very eclectic taste in music
Who is your role model? Anyone strong and independant
Where is your favorite place to be? Beach but not to sunbathe!


Jane made a fabulous little box / mini book about her favourite things after filling in this post, I think it is a great prompt for inspiration.


Sunday, June 14, 2009

What a beautiful day

Despite the weather being absolutely beautiful I managed to spend some creative time indoors and scrap a couple of layouts.
It was lovely to just spend time around the house, something that we haven't done for a while, but with Abi still in a lot of pain going out wasn't an option, after spending Friday evening in hospital with her it was nice to just chill out today.



Yesterday I popped into the city to see my lovely friend Dawn who was doing the Raspberry ripple demonstration with the georgous new K & Co papes in Jarrolds. her samples were so lovely that I was tempted to buy a few bits, since finding the photobox website I have a back log of pictures waiting to be scrapped ...... to be truthful as I have only recently started to scrap I have about 18 years worth.



Papers & embellishments from the K & Co range wild Raspberry.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

It got me!

Sunday was a funny day, i felt totally drained, John decided that it would be good to go out & road test my beautiful new camera. i just love the beach & always feel that it always grounds & re-balances me. On the drive out there the weather was really squally and stormy all around us.

I was so busy taking pictures of the rapidly changing weather that I didn't notice this huge wave as it soaked me right up to my knee's, all I could do was laugh and once I started I just couldn't stop.


I was stood 15' from where the last few waves broke


We ended the evening with a picnic of chow mein & chips in the car and guess who forgot to check if the chinese had disposable cutlery so we ended up eating chow mein with chop sticks in the car.





Wednesday, June 10, 2009

What a Giggle

What a giggle last nights stampers 10 was

What else can you use your stamps for?

Well Jane & Michelle showed us another use for the beautiful Stampin' Up stamps.





Janes tattoo is the Brocade wheel with Stampin' Up ink Chocolate chip...... tattoo artist Michelle.

We did also make a lovely card wallet with two cards using the Baroque motifs set.