Monday, 28 February 2011

I've won an award !!!!

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The lovely Elaine Harding has sent me the above award.  Now it's my turn to think of 7 things about me and 7 people to pass this award on to and link back to the person who sent it - Elaine.

I'm not good at talking about myself but here goes :

1. I used to be a successful branch manager of a high street building society.
2. I am mum and dad to my two teenage children following the death of their father.
3. Until 3 years ago I used to road run for miles daily and was a tiny size 6.  For those of you who know me I would now struggle to get into my size 10's.!!!!!!
4. I have a daughter who competes in National Cheerleading competitions, and can make as much noise as the other doting parents..
5. I have a gorgeous sister who is my best friend.

6. I am a full time carer to my stunning 16 year old daughter Alice who has Asperges Syndrome.

7. I am very lucky to have 3 fantastic kids who I love with all my heart, even if life comes with daily challenges!
...and the nominations for the next seven blogs are
Michaela because she is a "Newby" and managed to make swaps for our team Quarterly meeting in January despite having not received her starter kit.

Gilly again because she's a "Newby" and is so passionate about Stampin Up!

Kerry because she is my upline and full of inspiration and never ceases to amaze.

Jenny Moors - words fail she is just amazing.
Julie Kettlewell - just love the simplicity of her designs.
Jo Dumbleton - projects are out of this world.

Jane Cutting - my grandmother in the stampin up world!

"Mission" completed - I think, I hope I've done it right! I would love to nominate Trevor Poole if only he had a blog, for those of you that have received a "Trevor swap" you will understand why!  Come on Trevor time to get a blog if only to post your designs.

Lat Chance to get you sale-a-bration sets

Ladies today is the last day for you to receive your FREE sale-a-bration sets with each order of £45. I will place my last order at 3pm TODAY so you will need to phone me or email your order through. Payments will need to be made by mastercard or visa unless you are able to hand deliver cash or cheques to my home before 3pm today.

Sunday, 27 February 2011

My Team Training Event 10.2.11

As My team is starting to grow I have decided to run a monthly team meet of my own, which will give us a chance to chat and craft as well as talk business!!!!
This was the make and Take I designed for Trevor, Vicky, Irene and Georgina (Irene and Georgina are our honory members).
My colour combo came from the colour coach and is early espresso, pink pirouette and baja breeze.
We used the Baroque Motifs and Party this Way stamp set together with the spiral border, and scallop border punch, word window and the modern label punch. The flowers were punched out using the boho blossoms punch. A small pearl was added in the centre.
The small strip of DSP was from Greenhouse Gala.
I also got out the spritzer tool and we used this with the early espresso marker pen.
Tomorrow I will show you some swaps that the team brought.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Trevor's Swap

This beautiful card was made by Trevor as his swap for my training evening. The papers are from a retired set and the stamp set used is I hearts. Trevor has used the large and small heart punches. The ribbon is the real red satin.
As always it is clean and crisp.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Monday Class 6 Cards

And the last card of the night............
Very Vanilla cards base, and regal rose and night of navy ink. We used Bliss and So Happy for you. The butterfly in the centre is hand cut out and has some of the tiny pearls added along the body.
Our next Monday Class is on the 7th March, There are spaces so please let me know if you would like to join in.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Monday Class 6 Cards

Card 5 of the evening........A very vanilla base topped with a scallop circle of perfect plum, rose red and whisper white.
We used images from Punch Bunch and So Happy for You. The flower was coloured in using the marker pens in Rose Red and Wild Washbi.
Can you see there was a bit of a pattern going on with this card. All cards use one or more of the SAB Sets. You still have a few more days to purchase a set from me. All you have to do is place an order of £45 and you can choose from the 4 sets available

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Monday Class 6 Cards

Our fourth card. This card is ideal for a wedding card or an anniversary card.
We have used a whisper white base and stamped in Marina Mist and Melon Mambo. The images come from Punch Bunch and So Happy For You which are both SAB sets.
The branches are punched from the 3 step bird punch and the heart from the small heart punch.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Monday Class 6 Cards

This is our third card of the evening. Its a very vanilla card base teamed with certainly celery.
The DSP circle comes from the subtles paperstack. The image comes from the Party this way stamp set and is stamped in peach Parfait and hand cut out. The greeting is from the same set and stamped in Certainly Celery.
An ideal card for a teenager...

Monday, 21 February 2011

Monday Class 6 Cards

This was our second card of the evening. We used whisper white and old olive cardstock teamed with old olive, so saffron, rose red and soft suede ink. Blender pens were used to pick up ink from the lid to colour in the image. Post it notes were used to mask of the greeting on the stamp. (a huge thank you to Sharon for going home and getting some as I had forgotten to pack them)
The stamp sets used were Fun and fast notes and the SAB set So Happy For you.
The Punches used were the modern label and scallop corner trim.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Monday Class 6 Cards

This is the first card we made earlier this month at my Monday Class.
The design of this card is suitable for a male and uses a simple layout of a whisper white cardbase teamed with a layer of pacific point card stock of which the edge has been punched with the scallop edge border punch. A strip of DSP was then added from the blueberry crisp range. The centre happy birthday stamp is from Punch Bunch one of the SAB sets, which was inked in pacific point and then punched out using the scallop square punch.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011



This week my home is being completely re-wired.........omg yesterday I didn't things were too bad, minimal noise and mess..........well I think they were going easy on me because today there is lots...............of mess and dust.

At the mo I am trying to work through my swaps for our regional training event in Fareham on the 26th being very organised and getting as little as possible out on the table. Now of course I can't show you my swaps yet but if I can retrieve the camera back from Paul tomorrow I will give you a sneak peak. I also have cards from the Monday class last week to show you.

Please bare with me this week as I try to work in a building site!!!

Friday, 11 February 2011

Valentines Day exploding box

Morning, I am having major technical problems with my computer and posting at the mo. Its really frustrating but will hopefully be resolved over the weekend. Fingers crossed this post does what it is supposed to.......
This is the inside picture of the exploding box we made earlier on in the week at our valentines day class. There were little tickets to write personal messages on in private!!!!!! We used textured cardstock in whisper white, pretty in pink and real red for the box. The DSP were from my subtles paper stack. (this is such great value for money at £15.50).
At the end when we came to put the lid on the box my ladies were surprised that it fitted....They did such a great job over the morning and should have more confidence in their abilities ...
I will try and be back tomorrow with another post.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Valentines Day Class

Today I held the first of my new class events at my home. Our class was to make gifts for our loved one next week.

This is the Valentines day card we made and I have to give all the credit to Kerry Timms for this one as I have part cased a recent card of hers.

Our card base was real red and layer of whisper white was placed on top. We have used the En Francis background stamp on the bottom half of the card and stamped in basic black ink. We then used the large flourish from Bliss and stamped in real red after first stamping off on our grid paper to give a much softer print.

The sentiment is from the Bliss set also and was stamped in real red, punched out with the oval punch and then layered up onto a black scallop oval. It is raised on dimensionals to give some depth to the card.

The hearts at the top of the card come from I Hearts and were stamped in basic black again. (you need to give the black ink some time to dry or it will smudge!!!) The middle heart was stamped in the real red, hand cut and again raised on a dimensional as is the small heart.

A piece of black 1/4" ribbon was knotted and adhered around the middle using sticky strip.

If you like this card why don't you check out my events section and have a look at future classes and book in.
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Monday, 7 February 2011

Its Monday Class

Just a reminder that its our 6 cards class tonight at St John's Church Hall 7pm.

Apologies for the recent lack of posts. I have been very busy crafting away so have lots to show you, but want to keep some things a surprise for the classes that I am running.

I have some LOVELY things to show from my Valentines day class which is on Wednesday and of course there are the six cards we are making tonight.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Me With Michelle Last

This is me with Michelle Last. Michelle came along to Amanda's training last weekend and shared her business journey with us as well demonstrating to groups of us. Do you remember what I was like when we went to convention and I had my photo taken with Shelli who is the CEO and co-founder of Stampin'UP!......Well Michelle is our No 1 Demonstrator of the year and I was just as excited.
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