Sunday, 28 October 2012

My Forest Ladies

On the last Wednesday of each month I join up with a lovely group of ladies in Coleford which is in the beautiful Forest of Dean.

At the class we learn a technique and then make two cards using what we have learnt. This month was the turn of the faux tear technique. We made one feminine and one masculine card.

We used the French Foliage set for the top card together with River Rock, More Mustard and Always Artichoke inks.  Some linen thread tied along the bottom finishes off the card.  Both Greetings come from the stamp set Made For You, which is just perfect.  In the set you get both of the above and also a Thank You.

Some organza ribbon and rhinestone gems were added to the bottom card and we use Primrose Petals ink and the stamp set Papillion Potpourri, together with the matching butterfly punch.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

A day late...

Yesterday I promised you a sneak peak of my team swaps for convention next week, but time ran away with me, I had taken the photo but hadn't uploaded the photo to post.

Anyway here is the sneak peak?  I will show a full picture after 4th November.  So if you are the inspiring inkees team one of this will be waiting for you on Friday lunchtime in Mainz Germany :).

Right I am off to either push the hoover around or craft!!!! now what shall I choose?

Back soon.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Here again!


I have just got back from a visit to the dentist! so my purse is feeling a little lighter.....Alice has gone off to work after raiding my purse for bus fare and Hannah is quietly playing upstairs (long may this last) and I thought I would make a quick post whilst having a coffee and then I am off to make my team swaps for convention next week.

I also want to cook a meat and potatoes dinner today with a pudding for my hubby.  I sort of promised last night as he is fed up with yoghurt's.

At the beginning of the month I held my launch party and it was an amazing evening....busy but fun and everyone received their own copy of the new catalogue together with a chance to make the card below.

This is one of my favourite sets in the new catalogue, Affection Collection.  I have used inks from the subtles  range of colours, a few pearls and the modern label punch holds the greeting.

Right I am off to craft and hope to be able to show you a sneak peak of what I have made tomorrow.

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

A post Shock Horror!!!!

Goodness I have finally managed a post......mind you I am still in my PJs.  I decided to get up with my husband this morning at some obscene time! to try and get some jobs done.

It worked though.  I have finished my general swaps for convention next week and my roomy gifts are almost finished.  Next on my list our my team swaps all 27 of them, so the plane is to finish these by tomorrow.

I have a class later on today in the forest and we are going to be concentrating on the faux tear technique so some photo's to follow later.

I have uploaded some photo's of this months projects and thought I would share the 2 cards we made at my Friday class with you today.

Here is the first one.  I just love all the heat embossing and accessories on this card.  Don't forget you can order all the ingredients from me at any time, or join in the next class which is on the 9th November.

The second card was a stair step card, looks amazing but so easy to make.  Many thanks to Jo who popped back home to get her inks as silly me had forgot to pack any!

This card used lots of punches and the yummy comfort cafe papers.

And a little update on Hannah.....she is still getting around on crutches and now has a boot to support her foot, but it's like having a young child again, everything takes longer to do, she can't carry anything as she has her crutches and she is moany as she can't do all the things she normally does and NOOOOO cheerleading for 6 weeks.  I had a light bulb moment over the weekend as to how she was going to get to school whilst I am away next week as she normally has a walk to catch her lift and then they walk home from school which of course she can't.  Thank heavens for great friends of mine.  Hannah is going to stay with one on Wednesday and Thursday of next week and she is going to do all the school runs and bring her home to nanny on Friday after school. Phew panic over.....

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Why is life never easy?

I saw my sister yesterday evening for a quick catch up, as she is very busy studying for a university degree as well as working full time and having a family, and she commented that I haven't posted recently!!!!

My answer is life is hectic at the moment....I know it's the same for us all, but yesterday I was planing projects for my class this Thursday and couldn't find my scissors and glue and then realised I had lost the bag they were in!  my camera is also in the bag and I had taken some photo's of projects so thought I could post them.  Thankfully the bag has turned up and I will get it back on Thursday I left it at our quarterly training meet in Hampshire last Saturday.  So no photo's until after then.

Today I planned to craft all day until 5pm, but oh yes Hannah had other plans, she fell at school last Friday and was limping but I just did that mum thing and said "you will be fine" well after a visit to the GP this morning, and then A & E, and Xray she isn't quite fine!   She has broken a bone in her foot and is on crutches and has to go back to the fracture clinic on Friday.

Not sure she is going to let me get away with this one.........

So I am still here, working hard and off to convention in Mainz Germany on the 1st November I have swaps to make, team gifts to make and my roomy gifts tooooooo, getting together with my fellow demo's tomorrow evening to finalise if you have any idea how I can fit more hours in the day please let me know.

Please come back soon and I promise I will have something to show you all.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Christmas Stamp a Stack continued

Good Morning

Here are the final 3 cards from my Stamp a Stack session last month.

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas Cards, If you leave me a comment telling me which is your favourite card and why I will send you some goodies.

I am very much looking forward to hearing from lots of  you.

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

wow two posts in one day..

Yesterday saw the launch of our new annual catalogue......

 If you click on the side bar you can view the catalogue online, but if you were lucky enough to come to my launch party last night you will have received your own copy of the catalogue and hopefully some wonderful bargains on my BOGOF offer.

Last night people arrived from 6.30pm onwards but were unable to enter my room until 7pm!  Ladies I am sorry for those of you who had to wait but I decided the fairest way was for the doors to be opened at 7pm when the event opened.  Next month the normal Monday class will resume and the door will be open as normal :)

We had a busy two hours with people looking through the new catalogue, catching up with friends and there was also a make and take card, which I will show you below.

This morning I had the lovely task of choosing lots of new products from the catalogue, so that I can
 show you lots of new ideas over the coming months.

My Christmas Stamp A Stack

On the 22nd September I held my first Stamp a Stack Class.

Here is the bag of goodies that everyone received and they then went on to make 10 christmas cards.

I had 5 designs and everyone made and finished 2 cards of each design.

Everyone received The Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper Stack, 1 12 x 12 sheet of early Espresso core'dinations cardstock, 1/2 a sheet of glimmer paper, a metre of organza ribbon, 1/2 metre of Cherry Cobbler tulle ribbon, 1/2 metre of bakers twine, 2 antique brads, 2 pearls and a pot of mini brads as well as all the cardstock and envelopes to make their cards.

The morning was a great success and I am all ready planning another stamp a stack session for after christmas.

Here are a couple of the cards we made.

Dasher and Serene Snowflakes have now retired and are no longer available but you could use the Christmas Deer page 19 of the new annual catalogue instead of dasher and Snowflake Soiree page 5 in the seasonal catalogue instead of Serene Snowflakes.

Join me tomorrow for the final 3 cards.