Friday, 26 November 2010

A blog award :)

A big thank you to the lovely Deborah for nominating me!

So, the rules when accepting this award is to list three things that make me different... I'll have to think about this!

1. I'm a qualified Make-up Artist and Nail Technician. I worked on a few short films before deciding it wasn't for me (I don't like standing in the cold for too long haha)

2. I have a lonnnnng tongue! I can do the Mexican Wave, touch my nose and even touch my elbow (with said long tongue) although it's supposed to be impossible... go on... try it!

3. I'm a Stampin' Up! demo, does that count?? And I loves it :) xx

Wow, that took a while! Ok, so now on to chosing 5 others to pass the award onto... this may take even longer.

In no particular order:

1. Linda

2. Carole

3. Jo

4. Kim

5. Alex

Go check out their blogs, they are some seriously talented ladies there.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Simple butterfly

Hi everyone, hope you've had a nice week so far.

Yesterday was my Nan's funeral, it was a lovely service.

Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who left a comment on my last post :)

I wanted to share a simple butterfly card I made recently with one of the Level one hostess sets called Punch Potpourri. The flowers on the background are stamped in my new favourite-est colour Sahara Sand, I've been through 3 pack of A4 card stock already haha.

The butterfly is also in the hostess set and is stamped in Peach Parfait.

This hostess set is so lovely, and matches our Butterfly, Boho Blossoms and 2 Step Bird punches!

Hope you like it,

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sad weekend.

Hi everyone,

This may be a bit of a downer post so feel free to skip this :)

It's been a bit of a sad weekend here. You may remember from my last post that I mentioned it was my nan's 93rd birthday on Sunday.

It was also the day she passed away - without any warning.

It was such a shock, we were getting ready to go see her and celebrate when my Auntie from London called my dad to say she had spoken to my Nan and she didn't sound herself.

Now, my nan lived on her own without a stair lift, without any outside help. She didn't even have a walking stick or hearing aid, we were all so inspired by how she got on with life.

My Dad called Nan to see how she was, she said she didn't feel too good and was getting a bit dizzy, so they called an ambulance and my dad went to meet her at the hospital with his other sister whilst my Auntie from London decided to drive up to Liverpool.

My dad kept us informed, we were told her blood pressure was low, and she was having some difficulties breathing. We expected her to bounce back like she always did.

Within 2 hours she had passed away.

I never got to give her her birthday card, I hope she would have liked it.

Love you Nan, R.I.P xxx

Sorry for a down post, hopefully I'll be back soon with some nice things to share, but they say it's good to get things off your chest - and I know you lot are good listeners :)

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Some thank you gifts...

Phew! I go away for a few days and I fall behind on everything!

So this week I've been chasing my tail again, I will get round to sharing pictures from convention soon I promise!

Today I wanted to share a thank you card and gift I made for Monica and Natalie who organised a Pre Convention Party on the Thursday night.

It was so lovely, we even got a goodie bag!

So I thought that one of these each was the least I could do, I can't begin to imagine how much preparation went into organising it.

I love the Thanks so much stamp, it's available as a single stamp and I've used it so much already.

The brown paper is actually what our Stampin' Up! order boxes are stuffed with!

So useful, I normally iron it to take out the creases but I quite like the crinkle effect (It has the Flower Accent stamp inked with Crumb Cake on to it) I also scrunched the thank you 'tag' and used the new Spritzer tool to add ink 'splodges' - love love LOVE this new tool!

I hope to be back soon with more pictures, I have a jam packed weekend - it's my nan's 93rd birthday on Sunday :)

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

I'm back!

From another Stampin' Up! convention.

I have had the most amazing few days, seriously, all the other Stampin' Up! demo's are amazingly talented and so very kind and warm hearted.

I can't wait for next year, it's in..... Disney Land Paris!!!

Oh my gosh, when they announced it on the last day there was an uproar of applause and cheers.
How exciting!

Would you like to join me there and soak up all the creativity and friendliness? Contact me today for more information :

Ok, so onto some crafty gifts I said I'd share.

I made 3 of these little french fry boxes, they are filled with chocolate truffles (not all of them found their way into the cello bag though, hehe)

The box itself is made with Crumb Cake card stock (Formally known as kraft) with a strip of Blushing Bride and some gorgeous Pear Pizzazz ribbon.

I love that ribbon, and you get so much on a reel.
I have them in all the In Colours ! Yum.

And of course, I had to finish the little bottle off with a coordinating piece of ribbon.

At convention we received so many freebies, from stamp sets to bags!
And we were also let in on a few secrets... that's the beauty of being a demo :)

Oh, and I won prize patrol!! I will share some photos of the weekend with you soon.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Convention gifts


This is another scheduled post as I'm still in London enjoying time with my Stampin' Up! friends.

I wanted to share the gifts I've made for my downline, Linda, who is attending Convention with me.

First up is a notebook for her to jot down anything over the weekend. I love that Marina Mist ribbon!

I included a little pocket for the pen so it can't be lost! (Or that's the plan..)

It even has her name on the front!

Now some supplies to get her through the day.

Water, Tic Tacs and Lip balm. What more could a girl need? Haha

I cracked open my new spritzer to use on this. Love that tool, can you see the splatters?

I also made her a little French Fry box with Crumb Cake, filled with yummy truffles. (Not pictured here, but will post it soon)

I popped them all into this little brown bag for her.

Dressed up with the same Marina Mist ribbon as Linda's notebook, some Flower Accents and jewelled brads.

Hope you like!

I should be back soon with photos from the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

Friday, 5 November 2010

Some Swaps

Morning everyone,

This is a scheduled post.

I'm guessing by now I'd have swapped all these out so no worries about them being spied and ruining the surprise :)

I've made 150 in total.

Would have loved to do more but in all fairness, I don't think I'll need more than 150 samples back!

They are very simple, I think that's the key when making in bulk.

This one is using up some scrap strips of card and ribbon. I then used the Thanks sentiment from Perfect Punches in Crumb Cake and punched out with the scallop oval punch.

I added a bit of faux stitching to the strips using my mat pack and white gel pen.

For this one I inked up my Sparkling Jumbo wheel in Crumb Cake and rolled it onto Crumb Cake card to give a subtle finish.

I stamped the little reindeer from Sparkly & Bright in Chocolate Chip, coloured in his nose with my Real Red marker and punched him out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.

The sentiment at the bottom is from Contempo Christmas.

I think this one is my fave!

The card base in Melon Mambo, the butterfly is stamped in Old Olive.

The butterfly and sentiment are from Butterfly Prints. Love this set.

I punched a 1 1/4" circle out of the base and placed my butterfly to one side, then finished off with some faux stitching.

And Dasher! I love this little fella.

He is stamped in Riding Hood Red, I punched some Chocolate Chip strips (which I had left over from a previous project) with the scallop border trim punch.

I matted it onto some Baja Breeze and I just love the contrast.

The little sentiment is from Tiny Tags.

Hope you like them!

When I get home I will share some of the swaps I received at Convention.

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

The waiting is finally over!

In just a few short hours I will be setting off with Keren, Vicki and Linda, my wonderful Stampin' Up! demo friends, on our way to London Baby!!

I'm all ready, swaps and all. I'm too excited for words. Last year was so much fun!

Ok, so I can't really share my swaps or any of my gifts I've made as I don't want to ruin the surprise but I do have some posts scheduled so watch this space.

I shall leave you today with a card I made recently with the Artistic Etchings set.
I got the inspiration for this card from Monica :)

And I just love that scallop border trim punch, don't you? So elegant.

I don't think you can tell from the picture but I've sprayed it with some Shimmer mist (Shimmer paint mixed with rubbing alcohol. Makes it so sparkly!)

Well, I'm gonna go back and check my list to make sure I've not left anything!

Thanks for stopping by,
take care.