New Addition...

...to the family

You may recall in a post a few days ago, this big box was left by Santa at our house.

It took Paul a few hours to put it all together, as shown

It was a drum kit that he has been wanting for years, well it is now in the living room. No I dont have a large living room and I am sure it wont be too long before I start putting ornaments on the symbols.

And now he cant even get a look in.

The girls are loving it but I am not too sure about the neighbours, oopps sorry. The grandchildren have yet to see it but I cant wait for them to try it out


Family Christmas Cards - Part 2

The remaining cards that I made for the rest of the family.

Spot the mistake

Everyone loved them and as they are so quick and easy, these will be made throughout the year too. Sorry about my thumb

Who knows, I may just about be organised for next year, fingers crossed.


Family Christmas Cards - Part 1

With the run up to Christmas, getting everything ready for my daughter's and their friends arrival and Paul being away, I totally forgot to share some cards with you, made especially for my family. I try to make one type of card for mums, dad, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers....much easier as I have lots of stuff out all at once.

This was an embossed card which I loved to make. I used Bravo Burgandy SU cardstock, gold embossing powders and gold mirror card. Using my new heat tool, on a slower setting meant that the problem I always had with card bending, never happened. A really good buy.

Here is a close up.

I plan to have one night a month making Christmas cards (I did say plan) and this is one of the cards I shall be making ready for next year.


A very Merry Christmas

to you all, and what a magical day it was.

It was made very special by having two of my three daughters with us. They both had friends here with them also so it was a busy one. I must have been a good girl as Santa was especially nice to me, lots of surprises and lots of what I had asked for.

My eldest daughter remained in Cyprus for her first Christmas with her boyfriend, in their new home.

Here are some pics of what we woke up to Christmas morning.


New Colours

Thought I would have a bit of a makeover and have some new colours on the blog. Not too sure if it works or not but will leave it a few days to see how I get used to it. If only decorating was this simple.

Woke up this morning and realised that I had made all my Christmas cards....and forgotten to make one for my other half. YIKES. I spent an hour later on in the day making it, phew, he will never know it was a last minute rush. Will take some pictures of it tomorrow in daylight.


Day out at Blyth

Last week Pam and I went for a day at Blyth along with another 60 or so people. It was a long day and a big thanks go to Pam for doing all the driving. We met some really nice ladies and had a great day.

Here are the cards that we made

This was made using sheets of fantasy film, think thats the correct name for it. There were three sheets all ironed together and a punch for the borders.

Used peel offs, mirror board and a ribbon punch for this wedding card

Peek offs coloured in and then suspended. Liked this idea

Made using one of the keepsake boards

Waterfall card

Made a nice change from making Christmas cards


Santa's comimg soon but...

.... I am not yet quite ready for him.

Every year I say I am going to be more prepared and every year I just get worse. I have a list as long as my arm of chores and shopping and wrapping etc. etc. still to do and less than a week to do it all in. Oh well what will be, will be.

Thought I would share with you a card I made for a voucher to go in.

This is the voucher cover which has a wrap to hold it all in place. The last thing I wanted was for the voucher to fall out.

This is the inside of the card with tabs to secure the voucher, plenty of space on the flap for a verse or wishes to be written.

This is the actual wrap that went over the cover

I have made quite a few more for Christmas presents but cant show you them until after the 25th.


Jackies Workshop Cards part 2

This is the second card we made at Jackies. As there were quite a few people there we had the card making session in two halves, to cater for everyone. I'm afraid not everyone had chance to make two cards but, I promise we will make up for it at the next workshop.

A great day was had by all and a big thank you goes to Jackie for holding this.


Cardstock Whisper White, various other colours for the scalloped border
Stamps Always in my thoughts, Sincere Salutations and Birthday Best


Jackie's Workshop Cards

Here is a picture of one of the cards we made at Jackie's workshop. I saw this on the
net a few weeks ago and fell in love with it.

Does look a bit sad though


No stamps
Punches 1" 1/2" 1 1/4" and 1 1/8" circles
Cardstock Black, Real Red and Very Vanilla.


Cute Christmas Cards

This is a picture of the first two cards I made using these cute stamps. I have made a lot more of them and personalised them with names on the front.

The other Christmas Stamps I have with these cuties on will be put away until next year


Christmas Snowmen

The image on this card has been stamped out twice. I cut the hats out of the second image, covered them in glitter and then used 3d foam pads (cut very small) and decoupaged them onto the original image. There is so much glitter on this but it doesnt show up too well on the photo.


More Christmas Cards

I do hope that you are not yet fed up with Christmas cards as I have a lot more ready to show you.

This was was made using the Fun Fast Note stamp set and I have made so many of these on 4 x 4 whisper white cardstock. They have all been layered onto real red and olive green card.


Best Christmas Card of 2008

Here is the best Christmas Card ever to be made in 2008

My granddaughter Millie has made this. The original was sent off by the school and it was then printed.

Here is a picture of Millie with her card.

Amy also had a picture taken, holding Millie's card.

Christmas Cards part 4

I did say that I have been busy with the card making in a previous post.  I believe that I have posted out all the cards now so I can post them on here.

These are a some that I made which are not my usual style.  Took a lot longer than I anticipated but really enjoyed making them.  I first saw these at an evening I went to with Rachel at Hobbyhorse in Elvaston.  We didn't actually get the opportunity of making this card on the evening that I went but Rachel very kindly gave me the project instructions.  I have changed it slightly for my cards but just love the colours.

Thank you to the talented Rachel for showing us how to make this.

Forever Friends for Andria

Here is my first Forever Friends card. My daughters love these little characters so I have started to do them for cards that they give out, to their friends.

Happy Birthday Andria, hope you like your card


Christmas Cards part 3

I have been making these cards in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Dont want to bore you with pictures of everyone of them.

I have used the same stamp that created the Christmas Tree decoration.


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If at first....

I wanted to use Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie cardstock together for a mans card. This was the first card that I came up with. I thought that the colours go well together but, it just wasnt quite right it was um....couldnt put my finger on it.

So then I decided to change the colours around a little and came up with this one, which I am a lot happier with.

I found some ribbon that I had in my stash, not SU but thought that the colours went well together and this was the card that the ladies at the Co-Op Guild made a couple of weeks ago.

I was going to put the first card in the bin but then I thought that I would share it with you.


Look what I got from the states

A double slider card that I received. Thank you so much for this.


Yankee Candles and Dashing

Who could ask for a better combination than Yankee Candle Tins covered with Dashing papers. These will be going on my display at my workshop on Saturday.

A big thank you to Debbie and to Karen.


More fun and fast notes

Here is another Fun and Fast note card.

I am busy finalising all the little bits for my first Workshop this Saturday in Derby. Really looking forward to it but a bit nervous at the same time. If it proves to be successful, I shall hold one every two months.

There are still a couple of places left if anyone fancies it. A great bunch of ladies, some music, lots of tea/coffee/juice, cakes and biscuits, a prize draw and on top of that at least 3 cards and some novelties. All for the price of £7.00, a bargin.

Please get in touch for more details

Season of Joy

A few more cards from Lesley who has used the Season of Joy Stamp set to make these simple, but stunning Christmas cards.


A big hello to the Stamperettes

I would just like to say a BIG hello to the Stamperettes. 7 fantastic ladies from all over the UK who are as in love with Stampin' Up! products as I am.

They will be getting fantastic stamps and other SU products through the post each month, along with project sheets, cards and a hostess set.

Lets hope that we can all arrange to meet up somewhere convenient after Christmas

In the Bag

Here is a bag I have made, yep using Dashing again. I hope it doesnt all run out but I know it will eventually.

This will go on the display table this weekend and then I shall use it, along with the others I am making, to put 4 x 4 cards in for all occassions, to give to the family as Christmas presents. They are always asking if I have a spare birthday card, or a thank you card ready, somewhere in my stash. This should keep them going for a while into 2009.


Fun and Fast

I cant believe how versatile this stamp set is. I sat down and cut out lots and lots of 5 x 5 cards and went through this stamp set one by one with different colours. It was a most enjoyable afternoon (I actually forgot to cook oops) as I was enjoying myself so much.

Here are a couple of samples of cards made, and there are more on their way.

Stamp set - Fun and Fast Notes
Card Stock - Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion, Old Olive, Real Red
Made the little corner cuts by using 1" corner punch


I have been busy over the weekend trying to get myself ready for Christmas. I cant tell you how many tags I made, just sat and stamped out the images and then cut them out with the tag punches. Decided to add a bit of chalk around the edge of the vanilla and just stuck them together. I know I have lots more to make but as I have started the Christmas Shopping, need to get the presents wrapped up and sent to Santa.

Stamps : Winter Wishes
Cardstock : Vanilla, Old Olive and Real Read
Punches : Small Tag Punch and Tag Punch
Old Olive and Real Red chalk added to the edges using a dauber


Cards made by friends

These cards have been made by Lesley, I just adore this tree and may be asking to borrow it in the very near future.

This comical little chappie card was made by Jayne, so cheeky. I think it is a brilliant stamp, just for those fellas out there

Thank you for letting me put your cards on my blog......and there are more to go on in the next few days


More pictures on their way

Sorry for not posting any new pictures....technology has beaten me. I am hoping normal service will be resumed tomorrow.

But, it has given me chance to catch up with all those horrid little jobs that I keep putting off, paperwork, filing as well as answering all the e-mails that have been sitting there.

I have also started all the preperations for the Workshop on November 8th. There are a couple of places left if you are free for an afternoon. More details can be found on the right hand side of this blog.

Will be finalising the ribbon share and the Club 8, it was to be a 10 but I believe that there are 8 ladies out there that have been patiently waiting........if there are any more that would like to join this, just let me know.

I would love to do a paper share but, I am a little unsure if my cutters would cut a 12 x 12 perfectly into 6 x 6.......scary.

Got another 3 workshops in November. If you live in the Derby, Nottingham or Burton area and would like to find out more, please let me know.


All wrapped up

This box is covered with, yes you have guessed it, Dashing Designer paper. I have put a little bow on using the real red ribbon

Here is a box that I have covered with the holly roller, just perfect for that special christmas present.