Saturday, 29 October 2011

Guest Demo at local craft group

Last night I was really pleased to have been invited to be a guest demonstrator at a local craft club that meets fortnightly in my 'next door' village, Foulden.

Although I have previously joined them a couple of times as a customer, unfortunately then I was working long hours and travelling so couldn't make it a regular commitment. I was thrilled to be asked to teach a group of 17 ladies of various ages and abilities.

This is the project they made .........

I was keen to create a project that they could reproduce at home on their own. The box lid was created using the width of an A4 sheet of card, making into a 21cm square and scoring at 7cm intervals all the way round. The bottom of the box was made exactly the same using 20.4cm square and scoring at 6.8 intervals all the way round.

We all had a wonderful evening and many of them asking me to go back in the New Year after their winter break.


Sunday, 9 October 2011


David and I have enjoyed a 'chill out' week on The Algarve, Portugal with sister-in-law and her hubby. We were extremely lucky with the weather too. Chatting to the taxi driver on our journey from the airport, he said they had the same heat wave experienced in the UK at the end of September, with the Vilamoura having their usual July and August temperatures.

Vilamoura Marina

We have been to Villamoura a few times now but this was our first time in a self-catering apartment. Mandy and Glyn were in the one below. This gave us more freedom and there was still a pool adjacent if we wanted to use, although with lovely beaches and warm water both sides of the Marina, we didn't bother.

David and I managed to fit in a couple of excursions to see the sights inland.

We also managed a couple of visits to my favourite Thai restaurant, sitting outside on the veranda. This is simply the best Thai food anywhere !!

David, Glyn, Mandy, Sandra enjoying a cocktail @ bar on Marina

Rui's bar is a small bar just off the Marina where Brits tend to hang out. The resident singer is a Scouser and we think he has been there for some 15years !! When he sang The Hole of the Moon by The Waterboys, we were all reminded of the Interpretive Dance artist 'David Armand' and impulse made us do all his interpretive movements !! Yes, OK so we had had a few drinks. For those of you who haven't seen or heard of him, I highly recommend Googling his name and looking at the many You Tube links. He is so talented and has so much energy. For an even greater laugh, play the clips to your friends / family without the sound on and see if they can guess what the record is.

David chatting to Manager of the Champagne bar

Mandy has a bit of a passion for Champagne, so we had to visit the Champagne bar a couple of times.

This is one of those holidays we choose to just chill out although I did take the laptop and fit in some craft planning ......... well it was a really bad time to go away on the day the New Ideas Book and Catalogue launched !!! Well that's what you get travelling with and fitting round other people.

A lovely relaxing break and now back to the grindstone.


Saturday, 1 October 2011


The waiting is now over !!!

It's always so exciting to receive the new Ideas & Catalogue book each year. As an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, we get to see the preview one month early but with so many new items, it's difficult to have to wait until 1st October to be able to order.

Stampin' Up! have introduced many new changes this year. The biggest one being the NEW HOSTESS BENEFITS. There is no longer a 3-tier hostess level gift reward ... I know everyone wants to earn the level 3 and how difficult this can be to achieve.

How fantastic would it be to choose ANY of the exclusive Hostess gifts. Well now you can. You will now recieve Hostess Pounds which you can spend as you choose. If you do not wish for a any of the exclusive Hostess stamp sets, you can simply spend your money on any items in the catalogue. How fantastic is that !!!!

The next HUGE benefit is that for a £300 party, in addition to your £50 FREE SPENDS, you can choose an item from the catalogue at HALF PRICE. Yes, that really does mean, choose the most expensive item you wish and you will only pay half price. (I can tell you my choices are already made and I will have a doctors bag to keep my Big Shot on it's way to me today - I can't wait.


I am really excited to be ordering many new items to share with you at my upcoming classes and I would like to share this with you.

Throughout October I will be placing orders every Sunday evening. For OCTOBER, I am offering all my lovely customers a fantastic offer to help you get your hands on even more new items. For every £30 of product ordered from today, you will receive a raffle ticket number for entry into my FREE PRIZE DRAW to earn fabulous gifts from the New Catalogue. Prizes will be Hostess benefits from that week's orders and you will be able to choose your gifts. If orders are over £300 in any particular week, there will be an additional DRAW for the HALF PRICE ITEM. So make sure I have a telephone number I can contact you on or leave me your wish list in order of preference !!

Please note - this is not a Stampin' Up! offer but my personal offer to you. It does not apply to Stampers 10 commitments as this is a regular commitment where Hostess for that month receives benefits and any individual orders over £150 as you will receive full hostess beenfits for the total of your ordrer.


With such fantastic offers to be earned for FREE, why not contact me to book your own party now ? I would love to hear from you so please contact me on 07806 616704 or email sroberts07@btinternet and I will get back to you ASAP.

If you haven't yet got your hands on a copy of the New Ideas & Catalogue book, click on the image at the top left of this blog until I can get one to you. RRP is £5.95 but I am selling at £5 posted to your door.

Happy craftin' till I see you next.