Tuesday, 18 December 2007
Saturday, 15 December 2007
Sisterhood for SU Only Blogs
I know there are several of you out there that prefer blogs that only use Stampin' Up! products, and I am willing to create a special SBS group for you. Let's call it SBS SU!1. If you fit the description (100% pure SU!, except for altered tins, clipboards, etc ...all using SU products), leave me a comment with your name and blog address. I'll keep the master list updated here.
I'm now part of Sisterhood 6 - and am just off to go visit all my fellow sisters. There are two spaces left in this group if you hurry.
I NEED TO TELL ME NEW SISTERS A LITTLE BIT ABOUT MYSELF - I'M FIONA, A STAY AT HOME MUM ALTHOUGH MY CHILDREN DON'T REALLY NEED ME TO STAY AT HOME ANYMORE - BUT HUBBY STILL LIKES TO HAVE HIS DINNER ON THE TABLE WHEN HE GETS IN - LOL!!!! I'VE BEEN CRAFTING FOR ABOUT FIVE YEARS, STARTED OFF WITH SCRAPBOOKING AND THEN GOT INTO CRAFTS WHEN SOMEONE INTRODUCED ME TO STAMPIN UP. I USED TO LIVE IN HOUSTON, TEXAS AT THE TIME AND IT WAS A WRENCH RETURNING TO THE UK AND NO STAMPIN UP!!! LUCKILY WE NOW HAVE SU IN THE UK AND I'M AN SU DEMONSTRATOR. HOPEFULLY AFTER CHRISTMAS I'LL BE BUSY DOING MY CRAFTING THING!
Wednesday, 12 December 2007
But I've been missing all my chats with my cyber friends! I noticed on Donna's blog http://craftykrafts.blogspot.com/2007/12/new-years-resolutions-blog-candy.html that she had a great competition running - post your New Year's Resolutions and she's inspired me to get blogging again. I've not felt like doing anything and haven't had the time either really.
So - what can I think of for My New Year's Resolutions: hmmm:
1. Stop PROCRASTINATING - I seem to be a great one for always putting things off and not doing them
2. Organise my craft room at least once a day after I've finished crafting so I come back to a nice tidy desk - ok - how long do you think that will last????LOL!!!!!
3. Like Donna - I want to aim to make at least two cards per week.
4. I also want to scrap at least one page per week - I have loads of pages in my head and they need to get down on paper. Having a scarey moment like last week with the fire reminds you you don't know how long you've got so stop putting things off (see no 1 above LOL!!!)
5. Go to Pilates or Yoga to help my back which is always a constant source of pain.
6. Study the Runes - these are something I bought myself this year and haven't had time to actually use them or study them yet so that's my project for this year.
7. Try and keep myself and the house free from clutter - I've decided I'm a great hoarder and it isn't good - got a good friend Jan who has offered to Feng Shui my house so that sounds like de-cluttering to me - hope to get that done in the New Year once my house has been sorted.
8 - Get to grips with my Stamping Up business and try and spread the word and meet some crafty people closer to home that I can share this passion with.
I can't think of any more that I'm likely to keep (LOL) - I'll keep referring back and make sure I'm keeping up with them.
Monday, 3 December 2007
Monday, 26 November 2007
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
OR PERHAPS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN A SCHOOL OR ARE A FUND-RAISER AND WOULD LIKE TO RAISE A BIT MORE MONEY
AS A HOSTESS YOU EARN POINTS ON YOUR PARTY'S SALES WHICH MEANS YOU GET FREE STAMPS!
IF YOU DON'T LIVE NEAR ME BUT WOULD LIKE A CATALOGUE PLEASE CONTACT ME.
Not a baby or anything like that - well in a sense maybe yes!
My Starter Up Demonstrator Kit from Stampin Up arrived today - it was like Christmas!
After I'd looked at all my goodies I sat down and looked through the catalogue. It is a lot smaller than the US ones - maybe because its the first one, but I already have a list of some of the new stamps and accessories I'd love to have. Hint, Hint, Santa!!!!! I don't think Santa reads blogs yet though! LOL!
This card is especially for Crissi! LOL! It will be suitable for the Arty Girlz challenge too because it has fibres on it!
Sunday, 18 November 2007
It's been a bit mad in our household this weekend and my hubby has been busy laying a tiled floor in our hall and downstairs cloakroom - there wasn't much I could do to help him so it left me with some time to make a start on my Christmas cards! I've tried all sorts of different styles - I always say that each year I'll just make the one but that would be so boring and I'd get fed up - I think my favourite out of this lot is the Oh Christmas Tree one - which one is yours?
This was made with stamping a SU Xmas tree on background paper, the Oh Christmas Tree was cut out of a sheet of Christmas Paper from The English Paper Company xmas papers - I love their papers - I've used quite a lot of them on this year's cards!
I'm getting so excited at the thought of being a demonstrator with Stampin Up - I just wonder whether it will work over here as well as it does in the States - I know no-one near me who crafts - all my crafty friends are on line! I'm trying to think of a way of holding a cyber hostess party to spread the word about Stampin Up - If I come up with a viable idea - I'll let you know!
This was also background paper from The English Paper Company - the stamped image of the reindeer and the wording is Stampin Up - the tartan ribbon is some from my stock.
Yet again I've used The English Paper Company background papers here - the stamped image though is Cherry Pie Stamps - I just love this Christmas Tree with Merry Christmas in all those languages. The ink used is Stampin Up Spectrum ink which gives you all the different colours. You have to remember though to separate the inks once you've used them - unfortunately my DD didn't know that when she used them once so all my colours have merged a little bit so its not a true representation of how the colours should be - but I still think you get the effect.
Saturday, 17 November 2007
It retails in the catalogue for £28.95 and includes 6 stamps!
This set uses Stampin Up Embossing powder in Olive. Stampin Up Watercolour pencils have been used for the detailing on the Father Christmas. The brads are also SU - part of the earth elements set.
Thursday, 15 November 2007
I'VE JUST HAD CONFIRMATION THAT MY APPLICATION FOR BECOMING A DEMONSTRATOR HAS BEEN APPROVED AND MY GOODIES WILL BE HERE WITHIN THE NEXT WEEK.
ANYONE WANTING TO PLACE AN ORDER FOR STAMPIN UP CAN DO SO THROUGH ME IF YOU CAN'T FIND A DEMONSTRATOR NEAR YOU. EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE NEEDING SOME SU SUPPLIES OR FANCY HOSTING A PARTY AND YOU ARE IN THE HAMPSHIRE/WILTSHIRE/BERKSHIRE AREA. DON'T FORGET THAT WHEN YOU HOST A PARTY YOU GET HOSTESS POINTS WHICH CAN BE TURNED INTO RUBBER STAMPS.
EMAIL ME IF YOU WOULD LIKE FURTHER INFORMATION ON STAMPIN UP PRODUCTS
Tuesday, 13 November 2007
Monday, 12 November 2007
Sunday, 11 November 2007
I'm hoping this will be suitable for the Sisterhood of Scrap Challenge - I used to live in Texas and this was a layout of our pool that we had built when we lived there - can you believe we left there to come back to England! Were we mad or what!!!!!
Friday, 9 November 2007
Today's the day we can send in our applications for becoming a Stampin Up Demonstrator and mine has been entrusted to the Royal Mail - gulp!
I'm lucky enough to have last year's catalogue and could change some of the goodies I wanted for my start up kit - but there are some things in there I can't wait to get and have a play with.
This is an example of a SU card I made with a great versatile set called Love Without End.
One of the things I love about Stampin Up is that you buy sets of stamps which all go together really well and offer you thousands of ways of using them. Added to the fact that they all come in handy cases so no loose stamps about the place, they are easy to find and easy to use.
Do you get the idea I'm a fan! LOL!!!!
Thursday, 8 November 2007
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
There is a challenge on the Cardmakers United forum that is finishing on November 11th. There is a small prize for the winner, so get your entries in!
Here is the challenge:The title is Mr & Mrs. You can make a card for any occasion, but it must feature a Mr & Mrs in some way. I'm thinking Weddings, Anniversaries, Christmas ..... the crafting world is your oyster!
Come on over and join in the fun. There is also a Monthly Card Competition - all you need to do is send in your card entries to win a fab prize! No themes, no rules, just send in your lovely cards.
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
Monday, 5 November 2007
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Well I'm back from my audition in London and have no idea how it went - she cut me off "mid-Aria"!!!! Everyone knows arias don't get going until the end! LOL! It cost us £300 on the train to get down there and I was all done within 2 minutes! She asked me loads of questions and being a mum may go against me! Still, at least I plucked up the courage and did it! I can relax a bit more now - had a terrible headache/migraine when I got back last night and went to bed early.
That's not the reason though why I can't craft - We've had no heating or hot water since Sunday as our boiler broke down. The room where I usually craft is the coldest in the house - I suppose I could get a few things and move into the kitchen where the aga is trying to keep us all warm. Brrr!!!!!! The gas man is supposed to be here first thing to fix it - don't know what time first thing is but he's not here yet.
Got to go and get a few things ready for Hallowe'en this evening -
HAPPY SAMHAIN to all of us who celebrate this festival. I will be laying out my table for all our loved ones who are no longer with us so they can come and be with us in spirit. As the years go by there seem to be more and more places laid - main places of honour will be my sister and my husband's sister who we miss every year, and my father and father in law. Anyway, enough melancholy from me - off to do some jogging to warm up - NOT!!! LOL!
Friday, 26 October 2007
GULP - I have an audition to go to in London on Tuesday for .........wait for it..........Britain's Got Talent! So I've been dusting off the old vocal chords, getting my opera back up to scratch and gathering up my courage to actually go through with the audition. With no music!!! Aarrgh - they don't provide any backing music and its very hard to get opera arias as backing tapes - So I'll be warbling all on my own. I'll let you all know how it goes!
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
Friday, 19 October 2007
Wednesday Stampers wanted to celebrate Children this week - here is a layout showing how close my two children are - they have their off days like all children but they have a great friendship.
Stamps used are Stampin Up
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
Monday, 15 October 2007
Saturday, 13 October 2007
Older cat (14) Felix just sniffed her and walked off. Younger cat (9) Megan had a real hissy fit and then started hissing at Felix who just looked at her as if to say "What's your problem? I was here first before the lot of you!"
DH kept asking me "And why did you want another cat?" It seemed a good idea at the time! LOL!!!
Got loads of scrapbooking to try and finish today - doing this commission is great fun but its on your mind that you need to get it done and finished!
I'm also still poorly and got a friend coming down today who is a reflexologist and she's going to see what she can do for me. Put me on the scrapheap to be honest, the body seems to be giving way - I'm only 45!
Friday, 12 October 2007
So its taken me three years to find another one. I'd given up the search for a grey one, the cat protection homes couldn't help me, and then she just fell into my lap. I think my request to the universe had a lot to do with it.
When we moved the horse to his new stables - the woman's cat had just had kittens and she had one grey one that no-body wanted. I wanted her!!! I jumped up and down, well not really, not at my age! LOL! So she's arriving tonight - but DS thinks he's just going to see her tonight not that she's coming home with us! What the other two cats and our dog are going to think I have no idea - should be a bit hectic around here for the next few weeks, and here's me laid up with a bad back!
DS wanted to call the kitten Master Chief after something he was reading in his book but I explained she was a she and that wouldn't be a very good name so DD came up with Mischief - what a great name - so Mischief she is!
I'll post a piccy on here once we get here so you can all say AAA!
Thursday, 11 October 2007
Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Here are the rules
''Here are the rules which you must abide by if you are tagged.1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird.3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them).4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.''
1. I used to be a bilingual secretary speaking both French and German
2. I first sang on stage at the age of 11 as Wendy in Peter Pan and had to fly around the stage, bumping into scenery and singing at the same time LOL!
3. I sing opera in my spare time and my favourite role was as Violetta in La Traviata
4. I suffer from claustraphobia and had to learn to overcome my fear of lifts when the children were little
5. I lived in Texas for three years
6. Ever since I had the children, I seem to cry at the slightest thing, sad films, books, sad stories
7. I appeared on Ready Steady Cook in 1995 and won!
7 blogpals to tag next -
Julie - http://www.scrapping-away.blogspot.com/
Caroline - http://www.madebycaroline.blogspot.com
Joanne - http://madebyjoanne.blogspot.com
Ros - http://stampandscrape.blogspot.com
Paula - http://minibookpixie.blogspot.com
Andrea - http://andreabrownjohn.blogspot.com
Em - http://blushes-emma.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, 9 October 2007
This one was entitled Wings. I saw this quote on someone else' work , sorry can't remember who, but email me if it was you and I'll post you credit on here. But the quote stuck in my head as I love this song by Randy Crawford! I just think this angel stamp is looking so wistful as if she wishes she could fly away. Don't we all feel like that sometimes?
Monday, 8 October 2007
Saturday, 6 October 2007
What a great site and a very generous offer if you sign up for her newsletter
Thought you might all like to take a look if you don't know her work already - And a great story about how she started out!