Sunday, 24 January 2010


This morning the Broadland East Anglia Region (BEARs) Goldwing club had a practice bowling session for the Inter Region competition taking place on 21st March.
Look who got the award for the highest ladies score (me on the left !) ......... Mick (centre) got the highest men's score and Sonia (right) got the award for the lowest score. I was told that I had also qualified for the men's team as I got over 120 !!!!
Just a shame that I can't make the Inter Region competition itself as I am away crafting that weekend at the Stamp With Us Retreat in Stratford on Avon.
You see I have my priorities right as always !!!!
Happy Crafting


Husband away, the crafters will play ............ here's the deal ............
Our house is not designed to fit many people together for crafting so ....... I have booked Northwold Village hall (opposite our estate) from 12.30 - 5pm (can't have any earlier due to regular weekly booking).
Cost will be £5 each for 4.5hrs crafting and I will supply class materials and tea, coffee and bickies. Please bring your own mug !! There will be a small 'crafty' raffle to pay for the hall.
I will have the SU catalogue and Sale A Bration leaflets with me if you wish to purchase anything and take advantage of the FREE stamp sets but this is an impromptu 'crafting for fun' day and not an organised party/workshop.
You will need your basic crafting kit, eg cutting board, trimmer, scissors, pencil, ruler etc and come and have fun crafting with us. All I ask is that you drop me an email text or call me on 07806 616704 to let me know how many to expect so I have enough materials.
Looking forward to hearing from you !!


This card was made with one of the SU Hostess level 3 gifts - Queue Up !

The actual stamp has 13 candles on the mount, however, depending on the age of the person you are making for, you could use the right number of candles for any age birthday. Here I have only inked up 10 of the candles on 3 strips to make a masculine 30th birthday card for one of my friends' husband. You could add any number of candles using a Stamp-A-Ma-Jig to line them up. This works particularly well for mens cards (we all know how difficult they can be !)

The DSP used here retired from the catalogue last year but you can use any colour, take cardstock colours to co-ordinate and then colour candles accordingly. To finish, I used Crystal Effects on the candles to give shiny 3D effect as if they are glowing.

Saturday, 23 January 2010


In the past, when terrorists attacked the Twin Towers, when a Tsunami struck Indonesia, when a hurricane destroyed New Orleans, and when wild fires ravaged Australia, Stampin' Up demonstrators and customers stepped forward and showed their commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.

Help make a difference now, in the lives of those who continue to suffer the effects of the devasting earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January. From now until 28th February 2010, Stampin' Up will set aside £1 from the sale of every Greenhouse Garden stamp set and donate it to the Red Cross' Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well-established in Haiti and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

If anyone is interest in knowing more, please let me know and I will email you the flyer as a PDF document - unfortunately I cannot link to this entry.

This is a lovely set of 10 stamps retails at £22.95. I will hopefully have some samples on here very soon.

Monday, 18 January 2010

SNEAK PREVIEW - February Workshop

Next months Workshop @ Moreton Hall, Bury St Edmunds is on Saturday 27th February, 10am - 4pm. Booking is essential as I know this is already proving very popular.

You will all be given a 12"x12" sheet of Perfect Plum DSP (page 76 SU catalogue) and we will make 15 cards using my own unique OSW - you will be given a template at the end of the Workshop to take home. You may have seen other versions for this type of project but together with my downline Pat, we have made a simplified template and designed our own card layouts, incorporating the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set and Butterfly punch. Here are just 2 of the cards we will be making next month.

I know several of you are looking forward to this Workshop, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

If any of you have a group of crafting friends and would like me to bring this project to a venue near you, please contact me.


Sunday, 17 January 2010


Yesterday was another fab workshop with a 'Love' theme. Crafters made a selection of cards that could be adapted for Valentine's Day, Weddings, Anniversaries, Mothers Day etc.

The day started with an easy card from Pixie Pink cardstock with hearts trio from Love You Much stamp set embossed in white onto Bravo Burgandy and punched using the Heart to Heart punch. The eyelet border punch trimmed the edges and a Sentiment from Curvy Verses finished the card.

This card was made from Basic Black and Real Red cardstock. Stamp was from Love You Much set and was completed using the Scallop Square, Heart to Heart and 1 1/4" circle punches. I also had a sample of this worked in reverse with a red base, however as you cannot stamp onto black card, I did an extra layer with black 1 1/4" circle punch and stamp punched from red cardstock as with this sample.

This was the first of two 'Easel' cards. It was good that no-one in the class had made these before but all agreed this was a simple but very effective way to make a different style card. The base is chocolate chip cardstock with DSP from Bella Bleu. The stamp is from Fun and Fast Notes. The sentiment is from Wonderful Words which are a beautiful set but don't think you have to use the entire length of the stamp. I punched the centre with Large Oval punch from Naturals Ivory and a Scallop Oval from chocolate chip. This was mounted with 3D foam pads for the 'easel' to prop up against.

This card was made from Ruby Red cardstock with DSP from retired set Holiday Treasures and Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon. Two large hearts from Love You Much stamp set were embossed with Versamark and clear embossing powder and cut out by hand (sorry SU do not have a punch for this one). Sentiment is from Wonderful Words, stamped in Chocolate Chip ink on Ruby Red cardstock and matted and layered onto Chocolate Chip with a scallop edge border.

This 'Easel' card was made from white cardstock, edged with Versamark pen and silver embossing powder. This was the first time I have used the new white satin ribbon. Sentiment is from Curvy Verses, champagne glasses are from New Year's Celebration, hearts are from Love You Much and punched with Heart to Heart punch. The wedding Day greeting is not SU.

Hope you like this little selection.
Can't wait till next month sneak preview will be showing soon.


The final card made at yesterdays workshop, I gave each person an open invitation to use any products in the room. There were several different colours of cardstock which we had used during the day, pens, ink pads, lots of sets of stamps, including all 4 FREE Sale A Bration sets, a large selection of punches etc.

Zena's card
Zena chose to use the Pheasant from Autumn Days, sentiment from a retired Hostess set and retired DSP Holiday Treasures. This was finished off with chocolate chip Grosgrain ribbon.

Julie's card

Julie used the baby pram strip from Hostess level 3 gift 'Queue Up', retired DSP Holiday Treasures and sentiment from new SAB 2010 set Whimsical Words. The hearts punch made a 'window' to see the DSP underneath. The background is very pale but was stamped with delicate flower head from Very Versatile which I've only just realised was retired from the last catalogue !
Michelle chose to make another 'Easel' card and used the large heart from Love You Much stamp set. Hearts were stamped and punched and drinks strip was stamped from Hostess gift Queue Up. Sentiments were Curvy Verses inside and one from retired set Very Versatile on the outside. Unfortuantely the camera does not show the colours very well - Michelle has used Bravo Burgandy and Pink Passion which worked very well together. The words 'Mum' were cut freehand.
Carol's card

Carol chose DSP from Bella Bleu with Brocade Blue cardstock and ink on a Naturals Ivory card base. Sentiment was from Wonderful Words and flower topper from FREE Sale A Bration set Happy Moments. The buttons were created by hand using the 1/2" circle punch and all images were sponged with Brocade Blue ink.
Vicky's card

Vicky made her card from chocolate chip cardstock with DSP from retired Holiday Treasures. The flower was layered from DSP using 5 petal and Boho Blossoms punches. The sentiment was from retired set Very Versatile. Vicky had great fun with the very fine Stampin' Glitter covering everything in gold !!
I hope you agree these are lovely cards and I think everyone appreciated having a 'play' with products they might not nomally use. We may have to try this again at future workshops.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Jo's party

Thanks Jo for letting me back to your house for another workshop. As always we had lots of fun and looking forward to seeing you all at Marilyns next month. Here at the cards we made :-This card was made from one of the FREE Sale A Bration sets - Happy Moments. The DSP is from Tea & Crumpets using Chocolate Chip, Always Artichoke and So Saffron. I deliberately didn't put a greeting on mine as I am waiting for the Word Window to arrive to finish it off. Some ladies used small neat words from the free sets and matted and layered.

This card was made using another of the FREE Sale A Bration sets - Vintage labels. This stamps works excellently with the scallop punch. The base card is Kraft cardstock and matted with remnants of Naturals Ivory and Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The DSP was a gorgeous pack called Bella Bleu and was finished off with a piece of Chocolate Chip 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon. These are some of my favourite colours.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Little Creations

Here are two 10x10cm cards that I have made from 'scraps'. I save most of my remnants left over from projects and, no matter how small, most of them can be used. The strips that are left over from the border punches or that have been trimmed down when matting and layering are what I used to create these 2 projects.

Thanks So Much greeting is from Sincere Salutations and uses the new Sandy Speckles roller with Old Olive ink and DSP, layered with Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla cardstock.


Birthday Wishes is again from Sincere Salutations uses a small piece of DSP from Tea & Crumpets with Pocket Silhouettes stamps in Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip cardstock and the eyelet border punch.

Sister-In-Law's Wedding Invites

This is the design my sister-in-law Mandy chose for her wedding invites for February 2010. Husband-to-be has Irish in his family and they wanted green and shamrocks to be included somewhere in the design. The card stock is Hunter Green and Very Vanilla but the remainder are non-Stampin' Up products (I'm sure you will all recognise the Swiss dots embossing plate !) . The card is an A6 gatefold style with the ribbon ends cleverly 'hidden' between the layers. The inside has a plaque matted and layered on Hunter Green and Very Vanilla with punched and embossed corners with a shamrock in the corner.

Thanks Sharon for lending me the cartridge for the Shamrocks - they were perfect !!

Sale A Bration is here !!

This is the first card I have made with my free Sale A Bration set Good Neighbours. The clouds fit well with this set but are a bit pale to show up on the photo.

Christmas Commisisoned Order

This card was commissioned by one of my customers at work. I made 120 of these at short notice for delivery 1st week of December !! The photo doesn't show very well but I used Woodcut Holly roller with Versamark to create a watermark and the same for the green band. The greeting is from Season of Joy stamp set and completed with the scallop edge, scallop oval and large oval. This worked well with 10x10cm card that I made for a demo swop at Peterborough earlier in 2009.

Happy New Year - 2010

Firstly let me wish you all a very Happy New Year and hope you are all staying safe with all the snow that's been falling.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to get my Blog fully functional. The other one wasn't so good as got broken after 3rd day back at work !!

I've finally got the Stampin' Up catalogue and Sale A Bration links uploaded, they can be found on the left hand side of this blog. Just double click on them and they will take you to view the catalogues.

If this entry has worked OK, I will catch up again very soon.