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Tuesday, 28 December 2010

New Blog chall "Do It With Digi" Candy Launch

Lynne has THREE candy Prizes up for celebrate the Launch of DO IT WITH DIGIS.

The launch Candy runs until 31st December 2010.

1st Prize is "The Everyday Candy"

2nd prize Yummy "Christmas Candy"

3rd Fab Prize Candy 

All you have to do is pop over to DO IT WITH DIGIS by clicking here for a chance to win.

Their first challenge starts Thursday 6th Jan & will be 2 weekly

Monday, 27 December 2010

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

Over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge, this challenge is the turn of the recipe challenge which is:

3 Papers, 1 Ribbon, 1 Charm.

After seeing the challenge, immediately I made the card, minus with the charm. The three papers are the background dark pink paper, the paper across the middle in the background with the ribbon. The third paper is the paper piercing used for her dress.

With the snow being so horrible and only bound to getting everywhere by foot, i could not make it to the Hinckley Craft shop Kims Craft to see I can get a charm. If you are a regular viewer of my work, I am not a charm user.  So I was disappointed, that I did not have the charm or shrink plastic to make my own. Whilst sulking, I emailed Kath - who came back with such a sweet reply and suggestions to make your own charm such as a snowflake. However, the card I had in mind was a birthday card. So i have stamped a handbag and added 3d glossy accents to make my charm. I hope that is acceptable girls.

I am really pleased with the look of the card. Let's see if I can say the same in 6 months. I spent an hour last night, looking at cards i have a long time ago and even those I have made recently in the last few months and the cards i liked then, I currently have changed my opinion on. Hey ho - we are our own worst critics.
Products used:
Penny Black - Ginger Stamp
Born to Shop - Nostalgia Paper
Black Ribbon
3d Glossy Accents
Whispers dual tip water brush markers
Black Archival Ink Pad
Letraset Fineliner Pen
Memento Ink Pad
A6 Card Blank

Handbag image is from:
Clare Curds Signature Range - Shop Til You Drop Stamp Set

Sentiment is from:
Woodland Folk - Perfect Day Stamp

P.S I will return in the new year to catch up with you all

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Hero Arts

A new collection of the latest Hero stamps have arrived at The Glitterpot.  They are gorgeous, click on the name the glitterpot and it will take you direct to the site. Click here to be taken to the new range of the Hero Art stamps.

In particular I am eager to get these as a treat for myself for Christmas or with my Christmas spending money, i love the background text stamp and the girl stamp. Both so versatile and right up my alley. I am very tempted.

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Merry Christmas

Wishing all my crafting and blogging friends and followers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thank you for staying wit me thsi year, especially the last three to four months, where I have had ltos of issues and not been a very good blogger. Keep tuned to lots more, and that project I wanted to start a while ago will soon come around.


Just a quick flash, to let you know that the glitterpot are offering 10% of absolutely everything. So if you have been eyeing up anything, recently - now is the time to buy. I have never seen any discounts offered previously. Go and grab it quick. Click here to go and grab yourself a bargain.

They have the new Forever Friends Stamps in. They are so cute and adorable!

The new Penny Black Amour collection. The new Hero Art stamps.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Milton With Stocking

Here is my continued spotlight on the stamp Milton with Stocking. This time the black card is Black Magic Coordinations Cardstock. You can reveal the colour undearneath by sanding. I love using buttons on a project and this card as reminded me that buttons are a great topper to any card. So out comes my forgotten stash of buttons.
Products used:
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Stocking
Wild Rose Studio - Polka Dot Paper
Papermania Buttons
Ribbon from stash
Black Magic Coordinations Cardstock

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Stranded Passengers

All these passengers who have been stranded here going abroad and for those who have been stuck abroad. I am pleased that a lot of flights are now resuming full / normal service. And that they can get to their destinations.

I hope that the ordeal will be over for all these passengers soon. And they can finally get home. However, I do feel for them as some will still miss Christmas with their loved ones.

Monday, 20 December 2010

Clare's Inspiration Challenge

Over at docrafts, in the craft talk forum there are weekly challenges by Clare Curd in which if you are the randomly selected winner you win some goodies. This week it is the Inspiration Challenge, where you have to draw inspiration from a picture for your card. Here is the picture Clare has provided:

Here is my snow entry. I took the snow from the picture, and it reminds me that I have to go out in this weather for a walk to post some cards. Whether or not they get there is another matter!
Products used:
White Embossing Powder
White Pigment Ink
Blue Pigment Ink
Cosmetic Sponge
Glitter Glue
Glossy Accents

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Ruby Anniversary Blog Candy

Over at Nanaseaside's blog, she is offering some amazing blog candy to celebrate her Ruby Anniversary and Blogversary. To enter and a chance to win the below - please visit her blog by clicking over Nanaseaside's name.

Go on, pop over and help her to celebrate.
This candy is drawn 31st December 2010.

There could have only been one winner, Pamela was the best dancer and the true winner in my eyes. But well done Kara on winning! Awaiting the christmas edition of the show!

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Strictly Come Dancing 2010 Final

It has come the time for the Final of Strictly Come Dancing 2010 and then the dreaded weekend after - when there is no good tv to watch! lol.

It has been a brilliant line up - those who I thought would do well from the preview show did not do so well and others have triumped. This year is an open show, and I really have no favourites. I will base my decision on the performances of the night and not any favourites.

I also look forward to seeing all the contestants good and bad returning for a quick dance. Ann Widdecombe - i hope she does the titanic number. However it is usually the dance that they exited on. I was disappointed with Michelle Williams - being from Destiny's Child and doing so much dancing on stage - i thought she would have been amazing. However, it shows that even if you are from a pop group you are not automatically talented and able to do these dances. Maybe she was not given the right partner - who knows, she did well with Ian Waite the week Brendon was off.
Who do you think will win? Matt? Kara? Pamela?

So the winner of Strictly Come Dancing 2010 is....

Friday, 17 December 2010

Penny Black Autohog

Hello everyone. For a long time, on my blog you have seen a lot of Christmas cards and the genuine feeling I am getting from a lot of people they are getting pretty tired of the view. So i thought I would show a card I made recently using this new Penny Black stamp I purchased from The Glitterpot, called Autohog. It is a fab gorgeous stamp to make some mens card.

I have to confess, this card was sort of a happy accident. I was attempting to make a male contemporary Christmas card, however the image I had in mind did not look right so I swapped it to this Penny Black image. I hope you like.
Products used:
Penny Black - Auto Hog Stamp
Wild Rose Studio - For Men Paper
Red cardstock
Papermania Red Ribbon
Memento Ink Pad

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Pink Gem Freebies

In my blogging visit roll call - I visit Pink Gem. An amazing stamp designer of her own range, and her cards are very inspirational. She has a great online shop as well.

She recently dabbled her hands in designing papers, and is offering her papers as a freebie. BUT There are rules in downloading them - please RESPECT these and do leave her a comment if you do download them and or use them. 

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Penny Black Amour 2011 Collection

Have you seen the gorgeous collection of the new Penny Black stamps, they have called the range Amour. Needless to say they have jumped in my basket, whilst OH is not here. I will have to stop simply looking at all their website - it is the only way I will be able to stop spending!

I tend to buy my Penny Black stamps from the Glitterpot online, and you can view the collection at the Glitterpot and buy, by clicking here.

The stamps and projects can be viewed at the official Penny Black site, by clicking here. And there are oodles of inspiration for their products at their official blog here. Here is a card from their official site:

Monday, 13 December 2010

Milton with Stocking

I have uploaded a new blogging background from Elegant Custom Blogs. I found it by googling blogging backgrounds, and viewing the larger images.

Rebecca lost :( but is still a winner in my eyes. Often or not, runner ups have a better career and I am sure she will do well out of the show. Congratulations Matt on winning.

Scott and Gavin left the show. I was expecting Gavin to go, but Scott was a potential winner. I am really looking forward to the final next week.

I have made so many christmas cards, and I do not have enough days to post them all before the 25th December, so you will find me still posting these new cards in January!

Whilst having today off from work, I am going to take this chance to update my blog, schedule some posts and catch up on everything

Still focusing on this stamp Milton With stocking from Wild Rose Studio. GORGEOUS and so cute. Here is another card I made with this stamp. If you live near Hinckly or Wigston, you can get your stamp from Kims Craft or you can buy yours from the Glitterpot online. The best online shop I think with the best variety of crafting goods and always stocking new lines. 

I feel this card is missing something - gems, ribbon. I do not know, but maybe because I use a lot of them on my card it feels like it is missing something.
Products used:
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Stocking Stamp
Wild Rose Studio - Christmas Papers

Sunday, 12 December 2010

X Factor Final Tonight: Who is your favourite?

We have certainly had a talented bunch of hopefuls this year on X Factor. Because I missed the first few weeks of the show from picking the final contestants to go on the show and the first shows, I did not have a favourite. I usually connect to someone from when they pick the final contestants. I did have it on record, however my box auto deleted the earlier shows to make room for the other shows.

From the auditions I did love Cher Lloyd, but in the recent couple of weeks I was no longer a fan. However, I still think she will have a music career just look at Diana Vickers, left really early in the show and still had a number one record.

However after watching last nights show, and Christina Aguileras double chin, lol. I have become a huge fan of Rebecca Ferguson. A misfit, always looking on the floor, never felt she was good enough. All of these things I can relate to. And I got a little emotional. She has an amazing unique recognisable voice. She is very inspiring. For me Rebecca Ferguson to win, she has my vote.
So leave me a message, if you a fan of the show or not and who is your favourite, if you have any.

And yes Strictly Come Dancing - which two will leave the show. I feel this maybe a shocker. But from the leader board - it looks like Matt & Alona and Gavin & partner.

I respect the show is totally in the hand of the viewers - however I have missed the dance off. I think that gave some celeb dancers a chance to show it off, and a kick in the backside to improve, which was sometimes needed. Whereas, X Factor who did have the sing off - however kept in a singer, who went in the bottom two on numerous occasions. So I have not decided which one way is best.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Thank you Gill

After stating the other day, how I would love more nestabilities but simply can not afford any. I received a very generous message from gill, to say that she would send me some shapes in the post. It was very generous. So when she asked me what card I wanted, I did not want to be greedy and say all the colours of the moon and everything. So i said I would like it white plain card. I was expecting 10 maybe. Then I received this in the post! In glitter card as well! Wow! so many and impossible to photograph them all! Very generous. We live in a world of crafting folk who are so kind and generous.

Thank you Gill, and do not forget to visit her lovely blog by clicking here.

Please email me your address Gill, so I can replace your stock especially your Glitter card!
Now off to craft with these...

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Stocking

Life has taken a turn on me. I feel like recently I am being punished for whatever wrong I may have done! It has constantly been a downward spiral. With so many problems. I want to be a good blogger, and I do not want to be one of those blogs where people always look for updates, but they are far few in between. I apologise. I hope to keep this up to date as much as possible, and get back to posting regularly. Just recently so much of my time has been taken up looking after my mother.

This time, I am spotlighting another gorgeous stamp from Wild Rose Studio. It is the turn of Milton with stocking stamp. It is gorgeous and so adorable.
Products used:
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Stocking Stamp
Wild Rose Studio - Milton Christmas Papers
Promarkers - Honeycomb, Oatmeal, Crimson and Cardinel Red
Capsule - Heather Ribbon and Bows

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Quick update

At home, life has become a bit manic this week and I have been a bad blogger this week as a result. So I have not been able to blog or get around to commenting this week. I will hopefully catch up today or tomorrow. I have some cards to finish up for challenges and hopefully will have these posted.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Wagner has left and Katie Wassail...

I am happy that Wagner has left the show, and that the facebook campaign to make him a winner has fallen down. Louis was probably allowed to bring Wagner to the show to give the show ratings.

Yes Katie was talented, but I found Simon Cowells remarks contradictory last night. Its good that the show is back with the talent and in the hands of the viewers. Well if he respected the viewers, why did they keep saving Katie - others in the show that went in the bottom two deserved a second chance. Clearly the public did not want Katie and I am happy that she has gone. The judges showed no respect to the viewers with Katie.

That is my moan of the day...

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Creative Expression Demonstration Card

Here is one of my cards I made on the day of the demonstration at Kims Craft. I used here the Christmas Sleigh Ride Stamp set, the swirl stamp and the sentiment. Oh yes, and the cuttlebug has made a reappearance with the use of those nestabilities. I manually cut out the aperture because I do not currently have a rectangle nestability. Next on the list of things to purchase and hide, and pretend they have always been there!
Products used:
Creative Expressions Christmas Sleigh Ride Stamp
Papermania Organza Christmas Ribbon
Adhesive Gems
Versamark Ink Pad
Holographic Embossing Powder
Various shades of card

Friday, 26 November 2010

How much would you charge for?

I need your help and kind advise, please.

I have recently made a few candles to sell at a craft fayre and try them out in my area. I have took this picture from a friends site. I was wondering how much would you charge for a large candle and a small candle. A candle packaged up and decorated all the way around?

And in particular if you do sell them, how much do you charge and how much have you seen others charge for it?

I was thinking of £4 for the large one and £2 for the small one. My smaller candle is slightly smaller and slightly fatter than the one shown? Its also includes these style and stamped images on both sides.

I would be very interested in hearing your views.

I will delete this post by Monday / Tuesday of next week.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Bow Making

Once upon a time, a long long long while ago, someone very generously shared this over at the docrafts forum. I am really sorry, as I can not remember who it was. If it was you, please leave me a message, I will credit you accordingly and link to your blog.

Just been to a demonstration, and one of the topics was bow making. I referred the ladies to my blog, and told them it has been a while since I have posted it (July in fact). So for the ladies from my demonstration, I have reposted how to make this bow using the fork. It has been photographed step by step. Hope it helps.

I will post the card I made using this bow tutorial later this week.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Creative Expression Demonstrations

The two last weekends, I have had fun demonstrating the Creative Expression stamps and making my samples. For details of the stamps, click here.

Thank you for everyone who did turn up to both the demonstrations, I had fun and do not be afraid to ask questions. I do not mind answering them at all. My pink Cuttlebug had its first travel, because of the second shop you never know which shop has the Cuttlebug in. 

If you do want any of the limited edition Cuttlebug, Kims Craft only stock the green ones. Do ask, and they can order one in for you. I did, thats how I met the pink cuttlebug I just love. And I demonstrating a bit of my new toy. A great toy

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Milton with Poinsetta

Another card using this gorgeous stamp from Wild Rose Studio, and teamed it up with the Masculine papers. Can you see the embossed effect on the card, that is courtesy of my new Cuttlebug which I love!

At the bottom of this post you will see the stamp name, click on that to see the other cards I have posted. Do not forget about the blog hop over at Wild Rose Studio. There is prizes to be won, and if not - pop on just to see all the amazing inspiration.
Products used:
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Poinsetta Stamp
Wild Rose Studio - For Men Paper
Coordinations Cardstock
Glitter Glue - blue and gold
Papermania Swirls Embossing Folder

Monday, 22 November 2010

Wild Rose Studio Blog Hop

Wild Rose Studios first ever blog hop!!!!!

Would you like a chance to pop along a blog hop for a chance to win some amazing Wild Rose Studio products?... More below.

I recently became an well to be honest, an addict of all things Wild Rose Studio and spent a small fortune on a lot of stamps, (really a lot!) and their papers and CD's.

They have released some new stamps, they are absolutely gorgeous. They can be adapted for Christmas or anytime of the year. For details of this new range, click here. Whilst hubby is away, these new stamps did pop into my shopping basket - how naughty of me.

From blogland, I know a few of you own these gorgeous range of stamps - Wild Rose Studio have done a blog hop with a fantastic chance to win some prizes and see some inspiration. However to find out more how to win and what you have to do, click here.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Penny Black At All Sorts Challenge

I was holding back on my Penny Black Christmas cards as this weeks demonstration at Wigston was Penny Black. However due to whatever oversight on part of the shop they did not order any of the new stamps I planned to use. So I will be using the same stamp sets from last week to use this week at the demonstration and using the prep I did for Penny Black with a Creative Expression image - where I can fit one! Its not easy as I thought it would be!

Here is a card that I am going to enter into the Penny Black At All Sorts Challenge where the theme is 'Its Beginning to look like Christmas'
Products used:
Penny Black Winter Whites and Green Clear Stamp (Sentiment)
Penny Black Jolly Friends Clear Stamp
Papermania Classic Christmas by Stephanie Dymant Papers
Papermania Capsule Mini Buttons
Glitter Glue
X Cut Scalloped Border Punch
X Cut Mini Circle Punch

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Remembrance Sunday

I have seen this post on Kaths blogs, and definitely would like to support this. So spread it around.

Remembrance Sunday....a time when folks all over the world come together to remember the ultimate sacrifice made by brave men and women in wars past and present....
In our local town, we always have the March and a poppy fly over with weather permitting on the actual day of 11th November. It annoys me for those who can not observe the 2 minute silence. You have the freedom because people lost their lives. Respect...

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Promarker Aquamarker Give Away

Letraset must well and truly be feeling the holiday season. I just discovered another give away. This beautiful Aquamarker Give Away set. Fabulous - I have been looking at this for a long time and already thinking of ways to use it.
To be with in a chance of winning this beautiful set of Promarkers,  you will need to visit Ruth's blog by clicking here and see what you need to do. But do check out her beautiful digi images, there are new gorgeous images out. Good luck

Friday, 12 November 2010

Would you like to win all of the Promarkers?

This is the time I normally tease you with sneak peaks before my forthcoming demonstration. However I do not have many samples, but lots of cards prepared to be made up on the day for the demonstration. Once they are done, I will start posting them for the Creative Expressions demo. During my last visit to Kims Craft in Hinckley, I noticed that they are now stocking Wild Rose Studio stamps. So I will add that to the demonstration.

However, I wanted to come online to tell you about some amazing candy.

Going Buggy is offering a chance to win all 148 of the promarker collection, 148! I did not even know that there were that many promarkers, the stand at my local shop does not look like it holds 148 different promarkers! wow!

To win this amazing candy, click here to be taken to the site.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Creative Expression Demonstration

This Saturday I am demonstration Creative Expressions / Wild Rose Studio at Kims Craft, Hinckley Branch from 10am to 1pm. Do come by and say hello, this unfortunately may be my last demonstration their for a while. I have not yet decided, but I would love to say hello to all the lovely ladies at Hinckley.

For those who may live by the address is:
Kims Craft
4 Coventry Road,
LE10 0JT.
I have selected the following stamps to demonstrate:

Christmas Sleigh Ride

I believe in Santa Claus

North Pole Friends

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Poinsetta

hi there, before I went on a break I was focusing on this gorgeous stamp from Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Poinsetta, click here to see the other cards using this gorgeous stamp. Here is another card using this gorgeous stamp, however I have used the Masculine Papers from Wild Rose Studio.

Products Used:
Wild Rose Studio - For Him Paper
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Poinsetta Stamp

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Glitterpot Demonstration Weekend Spectacular

I went to the Glitterpot this Sunday gone for their demonstration spectacular and finally met Clare Curd! I really enjoyed her demonstration and her card samples were stunning as always. She is a really nice friendly person and I enjoyed talking to her about my wedding and card making. Thank you for your advise, I will certainly take it on and will let you know how I get on.

She made some really stunning cards, however I wish docrafts would publish more of her stunning cards in project of the weeks or in Creativity section of the site. Instead of taking them and not doing as much.

I really enjoyed the demonstration and had fun. Yes I did buy some new goodies but as Clare said I was reserved with my purchases from my normal buying self.  Which was true, but now I have to becareful of my pennies! I bought some individual copic markers to try out a technique will let you know if this works.

I have been busy making cards but as they are all for the demonstration this weekend and next, I have nothing new to show you at present. I will however post some sneak peaks later in the week once I have had a chance to take some pictures of the card samples.  I will post details of the demonstration and pictures of the stamps that I will be using.

I am itching to craft with the new oriental range from Papermania, it looks fab and I like oriental cards. It is something different.

I still have not managed to get around to many blogs, but with some free time today I should be able today.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Birthday Celebrations

I have been unable to get back to blogland since Thursday because I have been celebrating my partners birthday then my birthday today. Will be back tomorrow afternoon after a bit of rest. Thank you for all your comments, I have managed to visit some blogs some left to go

Thursday, 4 November 2010

I am back

hi all, sorry for the long absence it could not be helped. I am back in the UK. This is a short post in fear of loosing more followers!!!!

After the last post things have been a bit hectic around here. The wedding prepartions, the wedding, all the things that needed to be done after the wedding. However I am now back in blogland. I should be able to catch up on all your lovely blogs by this weekend and oh yes I have been crafting lots whenever I can!  

Today is a bit of a short post, but I hope to provide you more of a update about my wedding. A lot of people have asked for pictures, but it took me a long while to post pictures of myself here...

Business will resume shortly with cards I have been making since I have been back.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Clare Curds Final Candy Giveaway

Hi there, just came by to drop a quick note about Clare Curds Candy give away.  Her final candy is Erica's design of Penelope and Percy paper pack, and aperture card blanks. The paper is enough to enter the candy for.  You have til Saturday 9th October 10am to get your entries in - all the best. 

Click here to be taken to Clare Curds blog and candy. And details of how to enter this candy.  I am unable to upload a picture because I have been unable to get my head around windows 7 on this pc at my cousins place. 

All the best.  Catch up with you in the near future. 

(lol, I just can not keep away...) 

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Safe and Sound

hi, just a quick note to say that I arrived safe and sound in India on 29th September.  I have seen most sites in Delhi, but here is a couple of snapshots of this recent visit. 

The one is of a statue of Hanuman, one of the gods.  He is built from the ground, and higher than the building and overlooks the Metro Station and track. It is stunning.  It is certainly something to see. 

The second picture is of a world famous Bangla Sahib Gurdwara and is graced with history.
After today I doubt I will have a lot of time to post, catch up with you soon.

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

I am off...

Just came on to wish all my fellow crafters, loyal followers and all my cyber buddies a farewell. In just a matter of hours, I will be at the airport ready to take off. I am still remembering things, have I packed this, have I packed this. Whatever I do not have now I will buy when I get there. 

Monday, 20 September 2010

Thank you

Since my last post on Saturday, you have all been so kind with your comments. Thank you for all your lovely comments, your support, the time you take to leave such generous comments.

I will try to post when I can, but again I can not promise anything. I notice I have lost and gained followers. Thank you for becoming a follower of my blog. Hopefully I will not disappoint as there is plenty of posts you can catch up on.

I hope I am not away for long, because I have worked very hard at this blog. I may be back quicker, if my other half can get a job working nights and weekends!!!! lol. Do you know of any?

I will soon be off flying away to India to get married.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Goodbye for now...

Whilst I am getting ready for my wedding, I have been trying my best to come online to carry on building my blog, which I have worked very hard for. But its not just about posting on the blog, its supporting those who support you in blogland and in my gallery at docrafts. Whilst preparing for the wedding and due to fly out in 10 days, panic has set in and I have had to make the very tough decision to say goodbye for now.

I have a couple of other tough decisions to make, but my brain and my heart is still fighting it out.

I could schedule posts for four to six weeks, however I have no idea what to write out so in advance. I have so many other commitments, and so much stuff I need to prepare for in advance.

I appreciate everyones your kind comments and your visits to my blog, I will try to update it from time to time, but I can not promise.

I can not promise when I will return, may be sooner than you all think. However if it all goes to plan, I should successfully return before christmas with a bang. I have two little surprises planned, so please do not abandon me yet.

It is with much sadness, and a few tears, I will be saying bye for now. Catch up with you soon.

P.S. For those who I have demonstrate to at Kims Craft, you will still see me in November. I am not cancelling that.

P.S Thank you for all your comments, you were fast off the mark before I had the chance for this to go live.

Friday, 17 September 2010

Wild Rose Studio

Again focusing on the Wild Rose Studio Stamp - Milton With Poinsetta stamp. Here is another card I made using this stamp set, this time teamed up with the Wild Rose Studio Masculine Papers. First of all is the sneak peak I gave you, followed by the card.

Products used:
Wild Rose Studio For Men Paper
Wild Rose Studio - Milton With Poinsetta Stamp

Thursday, 16 September 2010

Clare Curd's 5th Blog Candy Giveaway

hi Clare Curds ongoing blog candy, until 8th October. Worth the chance to sign up for the candy and she is one talented crafter, click here to go to her blog. Definitely worth the visit. Here is her next blog candy.
To win some of her candy, visit her blog for more instructions.

Wednesday, 15 September 2010


Welcome to another week of WOYWW. If you would like to know more please pop  on over to Julia Dunnits blog by clicking here.

I managed to visit and leave comments for all those who participated in WOYWW 66. And for the first time I did it, it was my luck that there was a record amount of people who participated in it.

So much to my clever plan in making lots of cards so I would not have to worry about it after the wedding! I should be so lucky! also some cards i prepared for the wedding.

I have put my bank card away, and shredded it so i can not spent any more money!

On my desk is card samples awaiting to be completed from the demo at Wigston, which I will complete.

Would love your thoughts on my post from yesterday.

Swinging right from the above, is a pile of stamps waiting to be used.

A bit further right is glass paints, gloss varnish, whoops my deodarant, and other crafty stuff

Whilst crafting my bed becomes a place for everything... a crafty mess...

Edit: Regarding the impulse deodorant, lol, i could come up with some clever story how I use it! But this desk holds everything a girl needs - makeup, perfume, tissues, mirrors. etc. Sorry to disappoint, it is not used for crafting.

Clare Curds Blog Candy Number 4

Clare has posted some more gorgeous deliciousness, some beautiful stencils. If you would like to be in a chance of winning some candy, please visit her blog here. Here is a picture

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Belly Dancing

I must tell you all about a Belly Dancing class I used to go to, I will not name any names but if you are ever interested and want to join any classes, email me and I will be happy to provide you with advise for things to watch out for. 

I joined the Belly Dance class, initially I thought it was super. The best.  I felt I was learning and improving.
In any class, people attend for various reasons whether it is just for a laugh or to learn. Also, you always see other dancers from a personal perspective, things that they are doing right so that you are inspired to be like that or exceed, or you see something that isnt quiet right. That you also can learn from by ensuring that is correct for yourself things like posture or hand positions. In any class, in my opinion people are at different standards. People will learn differently. This is not a criticism. This was encouraged by the teacher, as she got you to perform at the end of the class for feedback. Before I was only concentrating on myself.

This teacher always encouraged regular attendance, as it was not the fair on the others who had been there having to go over the same material. I never missed a class part from holidays. 

I became unhappy in the class. We started choreography for a routine, and we had been on the same part for 6 weeks. Due to poor attendance, or people not remembering. 6 weeks! 6 weeks of money down the drain.  The teacher would do what this one particular person would ask for and people supported because they knew her. I asked her, if she just would perform the next piece so I could take something home to practise. I emailed the teacher to say I would like to move to the advanced class. I feel I would fit in and would enjoy the class more. I had no reply.

So in the next class,  I would like to progess and move to the next class. This was the teachers own idea, as for a while she had been saying that at the start of the year, that she would review and move people across classes. She never did this.  

Her response was that if you are not happy with my class, find another class. And I do not think that you are a good enough dancer to be in the next class! I found this very rude. As a teacher, which she kept callling herself if someone is not happy, its her job to sort it, and not to tell someone they are not good enough and to find another class!

So i did, I left class and did not text her once. Whenever anybody leaves class, she always takes the time to ring or text to see how they are and if anything is ok. I never once received any such contact from her.

In my opinion, even in the advanced class which I always saw the end of - people were at different standards, i.e fast learner, slow learner.  And personally I felt I could fit in the class. This was not a criticism of such, it is fact. Everyone learns differently.

Out of the blue, many months later, she sent me a rude email which she called a polite acknowledgement. It was far from polite. To me there was no need to send an email unless she was going to ask about returning to class, or how I was, etc. Which she never did. The email was presumptious.

So i thought I would be honest with her, as for all the time I was there, she never had regular attendance from anyone and a lot of people missed class. So i thought my honesty would help her.
She came back with a rude response, that I am a teacher, I am in no position to judge others and dictate who goes to which class. (all i said everyone is at different standards and learn differently) And she was not going to stand there whilst I insulted her class students or her class planning! (I never insulted anyone!) Coming from a teacher who for our class, came without any planning and see it how goes style. Started choreography part way through the song, because she had not decided on the rest of the music piece!  Who encouraged feedback, etc. If I am in the audience, paying to see or visit - I will have an opinion and that ia my right.

Hello, where did this come from? As a student and as a person who is paying £5.00 for a class that never started on time, I have every right for an opinion and for input. I never judged any of the dancers, in fact it was this teacher who got us to perform at the end of every class to look at others and for feedback. To see if we could spot what was right or wrong and to learn from it. That is how I was learning and improving! Then to criticise me for it and jump on me for it! She also wanted to increase class prices and cd prices - i know how quick they are to burn and how much you can pay for it.

I found this very rude. What do you think?

Monday, 13 September 2010

Craft Fayre & Demonstration

hi there, this weekend on Saturday I demonstrated in Wigston at Kims Craft for the first time. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended the demonstration, it was a pleasure and my nerves flew away after the first 10 minutes of shakey hands!

I was not sure what to expect of the demonstrations as with their Hinckley branch I am a regular and know the people now. The demonstration went very well, lots of questions were asked which I appreciate. The time flew by so fast, I did not notice that it became 1pm. The last 20 minutes or so was very quiet which gave me a chance to finish of samples for the shop. I thought I had left my camera at home, so I could not take pictures of the samples. But when I got home and looked for my camera, the camera was in my handbag!

The demonstration room in Wigston is upstairs, and I was given a phone in case I needed anything I was told to press a button, and as per the norm I forgot something! I needed some white card and wet glue. I pressed the button, and nothing happened. There was no ringing tone. So thinking it had not worked, I carried on demonstrating. Then virtually in a few seconds, a lady from the shop popped up and it had us all laughing! I am good with gadgets, but she did admit she pressed the wrong button to pick up the phone downstairs.

Before I fly away for my wedding, and when I come back I do not know how much of a chance I am going to have to blog and make cards. Will see what the future holds.
Products used:
Wild Rose Studio Milton with Poinsetta Stamp
Wild Rose Studio Christmas Papers
Two different shades of red cardstock
Cuttlebug embossing folder - swirls
Adhesive Gems
Glitter Glue