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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Always Distressed

As I am awaiting an order with the appropriate card stock the card itself is from my store cupboard.

Card ; Whisper white and basic black
Stamps; Always
Stamp Pad ; Basic Black, Tea Stain, Mahogany and Charcoal
Extras ; Sticky Strip

and then Voilà!

Distressed Christmas

Well here is another card I have been playing around with, please forgive the lack of professionalism about them as I am only a learner. I just love this stamp set, you will see more of it I am sure.

Card ; Real Red, Whisper White and Basic Black
Stamps ; Holiday Lineup and Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks ; Versa Mark, Basic Black, Distress Essentials Tea Stain and Mahogany
Extras ; Black Emboss Powder, Sticky Strip, Real Red Marker

then Voilà!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Weekend Update

Last week I attended a great class learning all about distress inks. WOW are they great! Keep checking this spot for a sneak peek. I also started on the Christmas Cards, I just love my Christmas stamps.
So watch this space

Sunday, September 5, 2010





Launceston Seminar Sept 4th 2010

What a miserable day to drive up to Launceston, rain and fog all the way and the usual stream of idiots on the road. What happened to "Drive to the Conditions"... anyway  Kelly and I arrived bang on 8.30am to register. There were quite a few ladies in attendance all meeting, greeting and swapping. A few very generous ladies gave me some swaps without receiving one in return, so thank-you. Aaron Scott started the day as our Host and the first session was taken by one of the Norths most bubbly and vivacious demonstrators. She had many of us laughing and we were in great spirits by the end of her workshop presentation. There were quite a few demos of tips and techniques that for a new Stampin Up! lady were invaluable. These were hosted by Ladies from HQ and also by some of Tassie's own demonstrators. Our lovely Southern Ladies, Lynda and Claire both gave talks on some of the business aspects of Stamping Up! which also for a new recruit was very enlightening. I managed to complete only 1 of the 4 make and takes in situ, but I managed to complete the rest of them this morning while they were still fresh in my mind.... so here they are using the "Every Moment" set of stamps that was featured through out the day

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome to my very own piece of Serendipity

serendipity noun 

Click to hear the UK pronunciation of this wordClick to hear the US pronunciation of this word/ˌser.ənˈdɪp.ɪ.ti//-ə.t ̬i/ [U] formal
the lucky tendency to find interesting or valuable things by chance

What a great word, one of the best I think for me anyway. Thats how I felt when I discovered craft!
I started with cross stitch, but soon got bored making all those little crosses. Then an elderly friend introduced me to Stumpwork. How great is it! I love it and often revisit this craft for a relaxing and enjoyable change. Then she showed me how to knit with beads.... need I say more. Beautiful porcelain dolls wearing gowns laden with tiny beads and crystals. Those very thin knitting needles and me not even a knitter!. From there to a love affair with beads. So many to chose from and where to begin and end! So i ended up having a shop full of them. I began to dabble with paper crafts through a group of ladies "The Holy Cows". My best friend affectionately known as my little sister then showed me card making. So beading ends and stamping and papercrafts begin. I signed up to become a Stampin Up! demonstrator in August 2010 and hope to show you some great examples of my work. My very tolerant husband has allowed me to convert a room in our house to my craft room and has patiently put up shelves, bought in storage units, given me tools and listened to me rabbit on and on about my plans for overtaking the house!! He has quite often had to remind me to feed him and the pack of poodles and when I crawl into bed after gazing at so many internet sites in the wee small hours, he lets me sleep in.
So I say lets do some stamping and creating. This weekend I am off to the Launceston Stampin Up! seminar and look forward to meeting some new people, stamping with the new stamps and learning new techniques. Then I am off to Swansea for a 3 day CWA state conference where I will also teach some beading, and drink endless cups of tea and chin wag with friends.
So until later fellow stampers........have many serendipitous moments til we meet again.

Lottie is the chocolate girls with the doleful eyes and she is resting on Zephyr, our little stud boy. The pen in the background is housing a little of tiny poodles. The dogs like to sit on the back of my chair and that way they can survey all the own!!!