Summer Sun…Holidays….Paleo and an offer for you

So here we are again – time slipping away like water through a colander! I think there are time thieves about cos mine just disappears right under my nose!

I said I would post my version of the challenge I set at the weekend to keep you all busy whilst I am away. Here it is:

Summer Fun
Summer fun

I used Tempting Turquoise, Night of Navy, So Saffron, Poppy Parade and Old Olive Card Stock, Versamark and Cajun Craze Ink pads and Summer Splash and Broadsheet alphabet stamp sets. This was a quickie!  I may revisit and tweak!

As you may know I head off with my Beloved and boys for our summer break on Friday night.  We are all so excited but please do not ask if we are packed because the suitcases are still in the store cupboard! The answer is a categorical no!  We will be though and it wont take long – the boys have ‘sorted’ their things and are just awaiting being given a suitcase each and my stuff is ready in a pile. Admittedly some things still need ironing but theres LOADS of time left, isn’t there? Hey Ho – I have never been on holiday yet without all my things….

Paleo is a blast still – I am delighted to say that after a short plateau of levelling out I have finally reached a stone and eight pounds weight loss! I am thrilled that my weight has started shifting again and in the right direction too! I know that I will feel comfortable in my summer clothes for a change. If you fancy investigating a healthy way to lose weight and feel in better general health you cannot go far wrong than with this book. Read it, be prepared to want to give it a go and remember it only works if you do it!

So while I am away I have scheduled a couple of posts for you but I am also offering a super fabulous deal.

PLACE AN ORDER BY EMAIL BEFORE SUNDAY 10th JULY WITH ME OF £50 OR MORE AND GET AN EXTRA £10 TO SPEND AS YOU WISH.  PLACE an order for £75 or more and you get £10 to spend as you wish plus FREE POSTAGE- £4.95. How good is that?  But don’t forget these orders will not be processed until I return on Monday 11th July.

Okay – so off to make another list ready for packing tomorrow night! See you soon and don’t forget to stamp your place in the world! xxx


I was so excited I forgot the Challenge!

I was so excited over the classes I forgot the challenge! How crazy is that!  

Ok here is the challenge – Using the attached sketch as a guide create a card using summery colours. No, I don’t mind what you consider to be summer colours, just no black, no grey and no clouds! Ha Ha Ha! I am so very fed up of rain I just want some summer sun now!

Sketch 1  You should be able to click on this link, then on the next page it simply says “Sketch 1” click there and the pdf should (!) just open showing you a sketch of the card challenge.  If you have never followed a sketch before that’s ok. What it will give you is a basic outline to follow, so in this sketch, you have a basic card shape and then a couple of layers in different shapes. The idea is that you use it as a guide to get you started on a project. You can follow it strictly or not so strictly – both will be right – it is merry a guide. Good luck and I look forward to seeing what you come up with. If you are lucky enough to have a phone with a camera, or know how to upload pictures to your emails, please feel free to forward or email me a picture of your creation – I will be delighted to see them all and will post my design here in the next couple of days.

So go get creating – summer colours and the sketch – until next time remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx

With sadness and joy…. deep, deep JOY! and a challenge!

So time has passed since the venture called Simply Stamping set sail! It is a full six weeks since the very first class and an enormous learning curve for me getting the class materials prepared, adjusting the classes themselves to fit everybody’s needs and accommodating the different learning types in each of the three classes, because not everybody learns the same way! What a blast! Very sadly, today was the last of the two Saturday classes and on Tuesday it is the last of those ones too. I have met some incredibly talented people, many of whom could already do the things that I have helped them to ‘learn’ but really needed some confidence to put them into practice.  Their talent is evident from the results of their creativity. And as well as helping you to learn you have all taught me too! I have learnt to have a little more patience with people who don’t necessarily pick things up as quickly as others, I have learnt humility from people who have been incredibly gracious over my bumbling attempts to deliver the classes when my confidence wasn’t exactly bubbling over, and I have learnt to have an open mind over creative differences: like beauty, creativity is in the eye of the beholder! To each and every one of you – THANK YOU – I have loved meeting you and have loved every minute of the class time we have had together….except that very first minute of the very first class when for that minute I lost confidence over whether I could actually deliver what I had promised, but you all helped me through. A BIG kiss to you all X. I am sad it is over.

I have deep, deep joy to be able to tell you that following a meeting with Craft World this afternoon it looks like we will be back with another six week set! YIPPEE! This will build on what we have done already and be called More Simply Stamping! YEEHA!  How great is that? There will be clear notification over class times etc but it looks like they will recommence right after the children go back to school mid august….and you know what?  I can’t wait!      If there is sufficient demand then we will run the Simply Stamping class all over again so if you missed any of it you can cover the bit you missed, other wise you can just enjoy some more simple stamping techniques building up to a final project and have I got some fun for you! When that email drops in your box get yourself booked right in – it should be coming your way mid to late July so watch this space!

Right! onto what you came here for – some crafting – Golly I am almost too excited to get this post done!   As you know I quite like to CASE designs and this first card is definitely a CASE! 

Build a Bossom Citrus

I was inspired to this card and the next by this website by Jenny Moors – these are her designs and you can go and purchase a PDF set of instructions from her for a reasonable amount of money and make your own fantastic card designs – just like these! I love the fresh feel of them and the beautiful colours: So Saffron, Regal Rose, Pear Pizzaz and Early Esspresso – Could it get any fresher? The centre piece is stamped in Pear Pizzazz then costed liberally in Glossy accents and sprinkled with my favourite ‘tool’ – Glamour Dust! It shines so beautifully, will I ever groom out of needing that glitz?

Build a Blossom Citrus

This card is from the same set but features a little more of the gorgeous Pear Pizzazz, I simply love the Regal Rose petals on this, I curved them with my bone folder to really make them sit up , the bottom layer curl inwards and the top layer curl out and combined with the dotty layer beneath – this is a real 3D card!

And finally, a card inspired by my cousin who lives out in Australia – her daughter is getting married next year and Sharon – my cousin – asked me to send her a stamp from our Mini catalogue as ours is different to the Australian one.  The stamp is a couple on a bicycle and has a very weddingy feel to it.  When she first asked me I was terribly perplexed as I hadn’t seen this stamp in the Mini and couldn’t actually find it at first! then I did and as soon as I saw it I wanted it – I think it is simply delightful and has so many potential applications – I love it!  So Sharon, thank you for pointing this out to me, yours is on its way to you!  

Cycling to a new life..


The card is made using Shimmery white, Basic Black and Melon Mambo and the stamp set is Always Elegant, Wedding Wheels, the embellishments are pearls and Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon. 


Okay, I think that’s me – I am trying to make these posts a little shorter and I have a couple to pre make ready for when I am away on my holidays – I write them now and the self post in my absence – Cool Eh? So till next time – remember to stamp your place on the world!  xxx

Good Grief! where did the time go…? and whats next?

I cannot believe that we have now finished week five of our Simply Stamping course but we have and my girls have come so far  in so short a time. This week we finish our final project: an eight page booklet with pockets. The girls actually folded their booklets this last week and in our final session they are going to use all the techniques they have learned so far to decorate the booklet and fill in the pockets. The inserts are approximately ATC size so not too big to be overly daunting – nothing my girls cannot cope with!  Here is their home work from this week – again they have, without exception, surpassed themselves! 

Silver WeddingTurquoise Bouquet
Golden Mask

Perfect Flowers

Pink Wishes

Brayered Leaves

Seashell Coral

Golden Trees

All Squared

Cute to a T

Rainy Days

Blue Miracle

Dad's Travel

Clean and Simple

SeaHorse Trio

There isn’t one of these amazing designs that I wouldn’t be thrilled to receive! The girls work incredibly hard to ‘do their homework’ each week and produce spectacular results every time!  I am so looking forward to their finished mini books too!

Now I have featured my girls work heavily but please don’t think I am not creating myself – I am. I am working on the next six week Simply Stamping session, a one off Stamp camp and also preparing some blogs for whilst I am away.  Did I not mention that I was have a wee break? My Beloved, two boys and myself are flying off to the Cape Verde islands next week for a brief sit in the sunshine. I bought a sun top at the beginning of May and it feels like it has rained ever since so we are off for a break from the rain! I am preparing a couple of posts for you in my absence, just to keep you going and a delightful new card shape for you to learn how to do as well – so watch this space!

I mentioned a stamp camp just there so here is a little more detail although there is still lots to work out yet; it’s going to be towards the end of July, it will feature one of the fantastic new stamp sets from the summer mini so will be a Mid Summer Stamp Camp! We will make  four to six cards, a possible scrap book page and at least one 3d project. The venue and cost are still in the process of being ironed out but please start to let me know if this is something you would be interested in attending – the more the merrier and of course it will be a longer session than usual to get all that amazing crafting done!

Okay, need to go create some more before withdrawal symptoms set in! so till next time remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx

Do you Wanna Be in My Gang? ….

So lots of you crafty girls have been making the most amazing cards and projects using your fantastic Stampin Up products and you seem to absolutely love them! Who wouldn’t? They are brilliant stamps! They stamp clean and crisp every single time and give superb results for making your cards and projects special…every single time! WhooHoo! But would you like to have more Stampin Up products? Would you like to buy them for yourself at a discounted price? without any commitment to do anything more? Would you like to earn a little bit of money for yourself doing something you already love to do? ie CRAFT!

Well, thats exactly how I got started. Think you haven’t got what it takes? I can assure you, if you love to craft, that is ALL it takes! NO! you do not have to go and do workshops! I do them because I love meeting all you lovely ladies and showing you what Stampin Up can offer. NO! you do not have to meet a target each month, I offer my stamp clubs for you ladies who want to make a small but regular purchase. NO! you do not have to go into peoples homes and demonstrate. I have not done that but I have had the occasional couple of girls over to mine for a craft evening which is great fun! We got loads made, drank lots of tea, ate loads of biscuits and talked and giggled for hours! Great Fun!

What’s in it for you? Good question. Well to begin with you get to buy the ‘starter kit’ which is chock full of amazing things but better still you can also choose what comes in your starter kit! The value of the starter kit is £230 BUT you only pay £119!! Yes that is amazing! and Yes I did hand pick the contents of mine choosing just the things I felt I would use because when I started out I intended to just be a ‘Discount demonstrator’ which means that what I really wanted was to be able to purchase my Stampin Up products at a discounted price and if any of my pals wanted to buy as well then I could get them their products at a discounted price too! Does this all sound too good to be true? Thats what I thought until I got a copy of the small print and read it for myself. I now fit my demonstratorship round my ‘proper’ job, round my home and my family. I only do as much or as little as I can fit in and want to do: so some months I do nothing at all! And I am under no obligation to do more.

Did I mention that in November I am going to DisneyLand Paris to the Annual Stampin Up convention? Would you like to come too? Its not too late….

And now I am looking for one person to come and join me and be part of my team. I am looking for one person who wants a flexible way to earn a little extra income doing what she loves doing most – Crafting!

What have you got to lose? If you purchase the starter kit for £119 there is no more commitment necessary from you, nothing to pay back and no penalities for not purchasing any more products. The goods in the starter kit are valued at £230 so you are getting £110 worth of goods for FREE before you even start AND if you place an order for £150+ within your first 45 days of signing you can earn a MASSIVE 30% discount on the net sales. Your favourite stamp set for 30% off? Yes it’s true!

If you are beginning to think this is too good an opportunity to miss, give me a call and we can chat some more about it – there is no hidden obligation I promise! call me on 01505 842550 or drop me an email and I will answer all your questions. Do YOU wanna be in my gang? WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Whether you decide to call or not remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx

I feel like Bruce Forsyth but…..Didn’t they do well?!

So my crafting girls had homework again. This time they had to make something out of two die cut pieces but they needed to stamp something, anything, on them. Here is how they did!

Pink Bag
Fern stamp Bag
Sea Horses
Yellow Flower Bag
Yellow Flower Bag
Wee Mice
Cup Cakes
Flower Book Mark
Puffin Book Mark
Japanese Girl in a Box
Japanese Girl in a Box
Aligator Mail
Yellow Box
Pink and Turquoise Bag
Monochrome Butterfly
Monochrome Bird
Monochrome Heart
Monochrome Flowers

What fantastic designs! I love each and every one of them and the magnificent effort they all have put in to these. Everyone has worked hard to get these done and really come up trumps with them – I am so proud!

This next weeks home work is really going to be something  and I cant wait to see what they do with it – another 3d project with stamping!

It’s a long one….Condolences….gardens….teenage sons and packing! What’s your weekend been like?

I didnt think I had much to say today but seems I do. If you are struggling to sleep at night, this post is for you!                                                                                                                                                  I mentioned previously that I was making condolences cards. This is not something I am particularly good at I am afraid.  I feel like I don’t come across as sincere as I would like although to be honest I was very pleased with the Thank You cards I made following my Mum passing away. I will share one sometime, they still make me pretty sad at the moment but I made them in lilac colours which were my Mum’s favourite. I thought I would share this one with you as I tried to use a totally different ‘stamping’ method for it.

Because I Care

I used the rather beautiful ‘Because I Care’ stamp set for this and coloured the stamp with Concord Crush, Marina Mist and Blushing Bride marker pens, the leaves are Pear Pizazz marker pen too! I then huffed onto the stamp before stamping the image onto my card stock. I also stamped and cut out some individual petals and leaves to layer up.                                                                                                                                       Today it managed to not rain long enough to get some plants in the beds at the front of my house. My beloved and I bought these plants at the beginning of May! and every time we have been free to plant them it has been raining heavily, when it has been dry we have been at work! So this afternoon my youngest and I headed out, trowels in hand to get these plants planted. There were about 25 of them to go in of various sizes ranging from little tiny Viola’s to a couple of relatively mature Rhododendrons. Just as we were watering that last into place we started to feel spits of rain….then came the deluge and it hasn’t stopped raining since! Thank you Lord for the three hours respite to get those plants in place. When it stops raining again I will take a picture of how lovely they all look…I think I have a really good flash on my camera for those odd night shots…..!                                                              

If you are a parent, this is every parents nightmare. As you know I have two sons, both teenagers. My eldest son is away at Uni and just about to finish his first year. It has not all been plain sailing for him however but I think he will ultimately do fine – he is no quitter and will work hard for a result…I think. Anyway, Friday I got a text from him saying ‘I love you Mum x’. In itself not too concerning but remember he is nineteen. And at Uni. I text back among other things ‘And I love you too son’. I included a couple of questions and waited for the answers. And waited. And waited.    By tea time I was concerned. By nine o’clock I had text him again, emailed him, ichatted him and checked his face book account. Nothing! I rang him and left a message as his phone was switched off…’It’s Mum, ring me back…I don’t care what time it is’. By eleven I was really worried, I had imagined every type of suicide possible and every sort of trouble a nineteen year old could get himself into and not be able to call his Mum. At around ten past eleven the phone rang and it was my son cheerfully asking ‘Hi Mum, everything okay?  Was just at a formal do so had my phone switched off’.   I relaxed… a little! ‘So what was the text about this afternoon?’  He began laughing. Its a good thing he was on the phone cos I might have throttled him at this point. ‘Oh that was nothing Mum, just one of the boys thought it would be a great laugh to pinch everyones phone and text the parents to see what their reaction would be.  But don’t worry Mum, yours was the best!’  What did the other parents say I asked….”Oh they came back with “is everything ok” “do you want your Dad to come over” you know the kind of stuff, really concerned.  But not you Mum, you nailed it! He thought “What have you done, what are you about to do and how much is it going to cost?” was just brilliant!’     My son is home in a week. I am going to fetch him. He might not make it past the journey home.  

My other son is heading away for a weeks residential trip with his school. Its an outward bound thing and just the kind of trip my boys love. We got the equipment list home and it reads like the one Scott will have made before he headed in to Arctic! A quick trip to Primark, an evening spent packing and we are all set. I cannot believe the value you get in that store. We bought loads and it still came to very little. I realise it’s not high quality but this is an activity trip: if it all needs binning when he gets home, so be it. He is so excited about it all and it’s another of those events that fills me with dread. I have a very vivid imagination I am afraid, particularly where my boys safety is concerned.  I will keep you posted on how I am coping…..                                                         This next card is that most favourite of stamp sets Strength and Hope. I just love this one. Purchasing this stamp set will generate a donation directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation so don’t wait around – if you haven’t bought it yet, DROP ME AN EMAIL and support this fantastic cause.     This time I have done it in Pear Pizazz, Whisper White and Early Espresso. The punch is a Martha Stewart one – I just felt it needed something large and bold. The ribbon is of course the rather beautiful Pear Pizazz seam binding ribbon.

Strength and Hope

And finally an inspired card: The original is from here and created by the very talented Kerin Sylvester. I love Kerins’ work and am always inspired by it, When I saw this one I thought hhmmm?! I really like that.  I had to change some bits: the background papers, but I loved the ‘ageing’; the flower papers and the ribbon colours, but my favourite bit is the Tiny Tags sentiment! I just got this stamp set and I love it already.  It has so many potential applications!

Tiny Tags Big Flowers

Okay, so it’s time for me to head to bed…finally. The old limbs are beginning to ache a little after my time in    the garden and I can feel the potential for further aching tomorrow. Gardening does that to me! I need to bet my little blessing to his school bus ready for his trip in the morning so the make up won’t be going on till I get to work – I always cry!  I am just a silly old softy!                                                                                               In the next blog I will be showing off my girls amazing talents again – their homework this week was pretty spectacular so look out for that! But until next time remember to stamp your place in the world! xxx