Monday, August 29, 2011

Bank Holiday today and the sun is out

Bank holiday monday and the sun is out, in fact its been out for a couple of hours now. Today we leave Falmouth and move on to St. Ives, stopping off at anywhere we fancy inbetween.

Yesterday was another great day with some unusual sights. Firstly we went to Helston, cough cough, whilst it looked like a lovely place to visit, there was one very long street, all on a steep hill and everywhere was closed, well it was sunday. Not even a place for a cuppa, so off we went and ended up at the Lizard where Paul had a look around the vintage cars and I sat with the laptop. Next it was off to cadgewith covewhere we stumbled across lots of boat races in the cove. Here are a couple of photos.

I actually went into the shop at the top of those stairs, wasnt I brave? I did come down backwards though.

Next was a little place called Mullion and we discovered the teddy bear parachute jump. Yes you read that right, we stood for an hour and watched the majority of the 50 teddies in their parachutes, such a laugh.

Then somehow, the day just flew by travelling through little villages, another walk around Falmouth, where we found my road

and then the beach for a coffee and a burger (oops to the diet). We spent the evening listening to a jazz band, what could have been nicer.

Just a few days to go now before the SU retirement list comes out. I shall hopefully put a post on my blog and send emails out to everyone.

I was hoping that I could have shared some more wedding cards with you as well as pictures from the wedding, what I had forgotton was that they are all on my computer at home, silly me. Here are a couple of cards that we made at the last Saturday crafting day using the Clearly for you stamp set.
Thank you for having a read and a look at the pictures. Enjoy your day.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Our Honeymoon tour of Cornwall

Well here we are, on our honeymoon tour of Cornwall. I am currently sat on a balcony, in the sunshine overlooking the beach in Falmouth listening to the sounds of the waves hitting the shore, it sounds wonderful.

We had a nightmare of a trip here, started out on Friday travelling to Bristol. It took over 4 and a half hours to do a two hour trip, we have never seen weather like it. In some places the visability from the rain was 0 and you still got the idiots travelling at 70 miles an hour whilst the majority of people were only doing about 20. Then there was the queues, well, how was I to know that 100s of people were going to travel south on a bank holiday he he. Never mind we had a lovely chat in the car, talked about allsorts, especially the wonderful day of the wedding.

This is me on our first pit stop on the motorway, just before we hit the rain

Bristol was lovely, wet but lovely. The hotel was very modern and we had a walk out, in the rain, got soaked but laughed a lot. I think I must have SU fever because just look at the hotel carpet, I could see cherry cobbler, pear pizzaz, whisper white, basic gray etc. etc. okay, so I am sad
Saturday we set off for Falmouth but stopped off first in Lauceston

We got quite peckish so when we stumbled across the Mad Hatter Tea Room, we just had to nip in for a cuppa and a sandwich.

Next stop was Truro. After a quick pint, Paul, not me, we had a wander round. A very big sprawling town with lots of the usual shops, marks, monsoon, phone shops etc. etc. nothing very quaint about it but nice to have a walk around. A very impressive cathedral, so would that make it a town? Here's Paul next to the drainage system, little gullies next to the pavement

and a view of the cathedral up a little alley.

Goodness, I had forgotton how long it takes to write up a piece for the blog on the laptop. WiFi seems to be available at quite a few places so far so I am staying in touch with the girls on Skype and Facebook.

I am really pleased to say that in just a few days Sophia and Katerina will be coming to the UK with their dad. We are meeting them in Preston as Katerina has been lucky enough to get into Preston Uni, a new chapter in her life.

We are off to the Lizard now so more photos for you tomorrow. Paul has found an old car display so he is wanting to have a look at that. Thanks for having a read and hope I havent bored you too much

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Yachts and Weddings

I am up with the larks this morning, in fact I think I am up before they are. Its still dark outside and so quiet. Why am I up so early? no idea but I will make the most of it and continue with my earring hunt. The hoover has to come out tonight so I will make one last look around. Wish me luck.
Here is another card from last week's crafting nights, hope you arent getting fed up of them as I made lots of samples for everyone to have a look at

no sentiment yet as it will box in my box for the right occassion.
This is the second card that everyone made along with a matching tag and envelope.

The photographer has been in touch and I can go and get my wedding photos YEAH. As soon as Paul comes home we shall go and collect them, something I am really looking forward to. Speaking of wedding, I have finally got round to photographing all the wonderful handmade cards we received. There are so many of them that I would love to share with you so here are a few, the rest I shall pop on the blog over the next few days.

Have a lovely day and thanks for visiting.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Tuesday Twitterings

Tuesday again and the forecast today is rain, rain and a bit more rain, well my garden does need it even if I dont.

Another busy day in the life of a crafter. After my day at work its off to the post office as there are quite a few birthdays this week, I will show you the cards at the weekend when everyone has received them as I know two of the ladies will be looking at my blog. Then its back home to continue the earring I didnt find it last night. After tea it will be a little more washing and ironing and then as a treat, into the craft room I go. I have a new baby card to make that is going to be going to the states and I really need to get cracking on items for the table at the papermax show in September. If any of the dabblers or the ladies who come to the crafting events fancy making some cards, boxes, 3d items etc PLEASE get in touch, I would appreciate all the help I can get.

I hope you arent fed up of the Plane and Simple cards yet as I have another one to show you, which I used my distressing kit on. Yes, Stampin' Up! have a wonderful little distressing kit which we shall be using this weekend at the Clearly for You card making event.

Whilst I was playing with the Plane and Simple stamp set, I used Soft Suede ink on the ivory card and then put Crystal Effects on the image. Next morning I couldnt believe how wonderful the colour was, the Crystal Effects had total changed it. I hope that you can see the difference in the photo.

My friend, neighbour and fellow crafter celebrated her birthday last weekend. Here is the card that I sent to her, using my old time favourite, pocket silhouttes. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this stamp set is going to be in the new Stampin Up catalogue as I am sure that there is a lot more that I can do with it.

Enough twittering for one day and apologies for such a long post. I hope that you have a lovely day, whatever you are up to. Thank you to everyone for all your wonderful comments and please, keep them coming. Off to do a bit of blog hoping myself now, to see what everyone has been doing the past few days.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lost and Found

Well the weekend came...and went. It started off lovely with Paul returning home and my friday night crafting night. We had lots of chatter and laughter, which is a must during crafting and everyone worked really hard.

Here is one of the cards we made, which there are a lot of out there in blog land at the moment. I used soft suade, elegant soiree, crumb cake and the neutrals ivory card, teamed up with some crumb cake ribbon, large eyelets and the spiral punch. The stamp set is plane and simple. I have seen something very similar on someones blog during my wedding blues week so I would like to thank them for this idea. If it was you, please let me know so that I can put a link to your card.

This is the insert I did, after everyone left. I think that it was Nina that suggested it and I thought it was a great idea....

During the clean up on Saturday I found this
its a lovely red pencil and I dont know who it belongs to. Unfortunately on Thursday night I lost an earring
It is from a set that Paul got me during on our first christmas together. I have searched high and low for it, to no avail. I still havent had the hoover out, just in case (well thats my excuse) so tonight, I have to start hunting in silly places. The dishwasher is being taken apart, the drain in the sink etc. etc. and I have borrowed a metal detector to get into all the nooks and crannies around the skirting boards. I will find it, I am determined to.

Do you fancy a cardmaking class on Saturday in Derby? We are going to do a little heat embossing, some distressing and have a play with clearly for you. There are a few places available in the morning and afternoon. Please give me a call on 01332 721877 if you would like more details

Well that's all for this evening, now its time to cook tea, start the treasure hunt and who knows, I may get an hour in the craft room.

Saturday, August 13, 2011


I have been having some computer lessons on a programme called Canvas 8. Its a bit hard for the brain to get into gear and understand everything but I really wanted to put lots of photos on my blog, without boring everyone and having pages and pages of them. This is my first proper attempt, (for those that saw the other photos over the weekend apologies). I shall get another lesson next weekend and hopefully I should improve, with practise.

Here are the ladies that kept me company during crafty week. I had a wonderful time and by the sounds of what everyone was saying, they did too. We made two cards, decorated envelopes and hopefully, everyone made a tag at home. If you didnt manage to finish your tag, let me know and I will make sure you get to finish it next time we meet up.

Some photos of cards and a lost and found will be on the blog tomorrow. Thanks for having a read and I hope you enjoy your evening

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Tuesday Twitterings

The weekend came and went, far too quickly as they usually do but I kept myself busy with getting lots of samples done for the Plane Sailing Crafty week this week. As I hadnt got too much mojo, my Stampin' Up! fellow demonstrators helped with the inspiration of the cards. Thank you to everyone whos blog I visited, too many to mention but if you see your card in my inspiration, please let me know so that I can link back to you.

Here are a couple of the samples, these arent the cards we are making this week, I will show you those at the weekend.

Of course, the evening wouldnt be quite right without a little bit of coffee and cake so I made these

And a quick peek into the raffle basket, everyone loves a raffle and P.Ann was the lucky winner last night.
Do you remember this card that I made for the newest member of our family?
Well I have been asked to run a class to show how this is made. This will take place THIS SATURDAY at 10.30. There are more details on my events page but there are only 5 spaces available so if you want to come along.....please hurry and book.

Thanks for having a read and I hope you have a lovely day

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Home Safe and Sound

Christiana and Panayiotis flew home yesterday and I am pleased to say that they got there safe and sound. We spoke last night and she said the flight was perfect, which was brilliant news especially as Sophia told us the week before that the flight was too bumpy and she cried most of the way home, made me feel so sad. We did have a few little hiccups packing for Christiana though. They had one large case weighing in at 23 kilos and 2 small cases weighing in at just over 10 kilos each, sounds a bit like a boxing match. A couple of hours before we were due to leave home we re read their flight ticket which stated "1 piece of luggage per person can be taken into the hold" yikes. So out came the BIG BAG, and I mean BIG and surprisingly enough, all the contents of the small cases went into the bag, but it was full. Then, being such a silly mummy that I am, I agreed to take them to Primarks for the last time so off we went. They got a few bits but the cases were full, they were overweight and happy.
I am going to miss them.

We drove back from Manchester in fairly good time and I was able to go to the Derby Dabblers last night. Unfortunately I wasnt feeling the best, well not a surprise really, so I didnt stay until the end, sorry ladies. It was lovely seeing everyone and hearing all the news. I did manage to hand out some of the SU orders and here is the thank you card for this month. I have used the Silhoutte Sentiments stamp and the photo corner punch. I couldnt make up my mind if the photo corners should go in front of the image or behind it?

All I have to do now is send out the Thanks You's from the wedding.

Monday, August 1, 2011

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Here we go, another Monday morning but phew, its a so hot already.
Stampin' Up! have a new promotion starting today YEAH. You can get your hands on this wonderful costmetic bag, some rich razelberry ribbon and a 24 piece assortment of clips. All this can be yours for every £75 order placed throughout the month of August. If you are thinking of having a Stampin' Up! party during August, you can get your hands on the freebies if your party has an ordering total of £250 so what are you waiting for, give me a call today 01332 721877 to place your order or book a party.