December 31, 2012

Thank you card-Blooming with kindness

The last day of the year and it is pouring with rain on the south coast. I ventured out to Waitrose which was packed and now staying in for the rest of the day.
I made a few Thank you cards using the lovely Blooming with kindness stamp set. The bloom is beautiful and the set comes with 5 sentiments so is quite versatile .

December 30, 2012

New Years Card

Hi all
I hope that you are all enjoying the Christmas break. I ventured to the sales on Friday, bought a new iron, some Christmas crockery and some towels. It is lovely to have some extra time to o some crafting so I have a New Years card to share with you today. I have also made a couple of thank you cards which I will show you tomorrow .

December 29, 2012

Birthday card using Papaya collage

Hi Ladies
I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas with your families.We had a great time with my daughter in Nottingham and had lunch with our daughters future in laws. The Santas that I made for the table were enjoyed by all.
Today I have a birthday card to show you using the lovely stamp set Papaya collage, come take a look.
Please come back tomorrow when I will show you a New Years card.

Margaret x

December 24, 2012

Ho Ho Ho Santas on his way - or 9 Santas

Hi Ladies

Sorry I haven't posted for a while. We have had broadband issues  and I have been really busy crafting so not a lot of spare time.
We are going North tomorrow to spend Christmas with our eldest daughter and we are all having lunch with Felicity and John who are my daughters future in laws , so no cooking this year . I have just made  a Black Forest Trifle to take with us. There are going to be 9 for lunch so I have made table gifts to take with us.
Come take a look at what I have made:

They were made using the Stampin up cone die and then lots of different punches for the shapes for Santas face. They are just big enough to hold 3 Ferrero Roche so I hope everyone will enjoy them.
Hope you all have a lovely Christmas
Margaret x

December 04, 2012

Bags, Tags and Boxes Part 2

Good Evening Ladies
As promised yesterday , today I am posting further photographs of projects that the ladies did at our Stampin up event at Valley Park Community Centre last Saturday.

The ladies also made a treat box , but I can't seem to find the photograph of that so I will try to post that in my next post.
We always have a display table to show lots of different projects that the ladies could try. This month the table was obviously dedicated to Christmas.
Can you see the lovely Christmas wreath that Aly has made - isn't it gorgeous.
I seem to have been making Christmas cards for months but I think that I have about finished. I have made over 110 cards this year, 30 for my mother - in- law and 30 for my eldest daughter and then over 50 for me to send. I just need to write them which I want to get finished this week. In the new year I need to get going on the bulk making of wedding invites for my daughter who is getting married next August.

Margaret X

December 03, 2012

Bags, Tags and Boxes

Hi Ladies
Yesterday we held our " Bags Tags and Boxes " at Valley Park Community Centre where we demonstrated projects that could be used for Christmas gifts. We had lots of projects for the ladies to do and we worked them quite hard because several of them were still with us nearly an hour after the event was due to finish. We either gave them too much to do or perhaps we talked too much - a bit of both I think, but they all seemed to enjoy themselves and all took home lots of goodies. I am going to show you a few of things we did in this post and will be back tomorrow to publish the rest, so please pop back tomorrow to see more lovely projects using the products from Stampin up.

I am sure that your family and friends would be pleased to have their Christmas goodies wrapped up with any of these projects that we made at the weekend.
The first crop of 2013 will be held on 26th January at Valley Park Community Centre when  the title for the day is "Butterflies, Birds and Bees" , we will be making projects using stamps and papers with this theme. If you would like further details or would like to join a lovely group of ladies please email me
Please come back tomorrow when I will post some more of the goodies that we made.


November 24, 2012

Christmas Snow

Hi Ladies
A new challenge website has just started " Addicted to Clean & Simple" and their first challenge is for cards with a Snow theme. Well we haven't had any snow yet but the rain just has not stopped and it has been dark all day so the photo is not very bright but this is what I have produced.

The embossing folder is one of my favourites  and when teamed wth the snow flurry die it works very well .

Materials used :
Cardstock : Whisper White, Midnight Muse,Glimmer Paper
Inkpad: Midnight Muse
Stampset:Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Embossing Folder & Dies:Snow Flurry Die, Holiday Frame Embossing Folder
Punches: Modern Label , Lacy Border punch (Now retired)

Hope that you have a good weekend - try to stay dry!!

November 23, 2012

Summer Silhouettes card

Hi Ladies
I haven't taken part in any challenges for quite a while so I thought that I should put my mind to it and enter at least one a week. This challenge has been set by  Case this Sketch.
I really like the effect that paper piercing has on my cards so I have CASE'd a design from Vicky Hayes who does some lovely designs and this is what I have produced
The paper piercing is such a simple technique but produces  a great effect. I used the new Essential Piercing Pack from the current Stampin up catlogue. I also used every one of the new 2012 - 2014  In Color collection which has the following colours in it: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.
To make this card you would need the following supplies:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Stampsets: Summer Silhouettes, Affection Collection
Inkpads: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit.
Tools: Essential Piercing Pack, Brayer, Stamp-a-majig

Hope that you all have a good weekend, and that you have not been affected by all the rain we have had this week. The South coast is going to have rain all day tomorrow so think I will try to finish making my Christmas cards

Margaret X

November 12, 2012

Valley Park Crop

Hi Ladies
Our last event for 2012 will be held at Valley Park Community Centre on Saturday 1st December from  10.00am - 4.00pm.
The event is called " Bags, Tags and Boxes" and as the name suggests we will be making some lovely  projects for your Christmas gifts and give you ideas for your Christmas table.
All the projects will be demonstrated and all the materials will be provided so that you can make and take the finished projects home with you. As usual there will be Stampin up products to purchase and orders will be taken on the day.
Lunch and beverages will be supplied throughout the day.
If you would like to reserve your place or need further details please email me on: or phone 07761166187.

November 05, 2012

Stampin up Convention 2012

Hi Ladies
I went to my first Stampin up Convention in Germany over the weekend. I had a really good time, met lots of lovely ladies, did lots of swapping . My head is now buzzing with all the project ideas that  I saw. I need to finish my Christmas cards so that I can then enjoy making some of the projects that we were shown over the course of the weekend. Here are just a couple of the projects that were on display.

I love this frame and I think that my youngest daughter would like something similar in her bedroom.

You could also come to the convention in Manchester if you were to join Stampin up as a demonstrator. It is a good chance to enjoy your hobby, share your ideas with others and earn a bit of money in the process. November is a really good month to join as  receive additional benefits . If you would like me to give you further information and tell you about all the rewards please contact me and I will be happy to explain everything.
Please come back later in the week when I will show you more of the lovely projects from convention.


October 29, 2012

Christmas Stamp - a - stack Part 2

Hi Ladies
Yesterday I posted some of the examples of cards that Aly had designed for the ladies that attended the Christmas event that we held on Saturday. Today I am going to show you some of the examples that I designed.

Sorry that some of them are a bit blurred, but I am sure that you get the idea of some of the lovely cards that you can make with the great products from Stampin up. The new Ornament Keepsake set is one of my favourites at the moment. There are lots of different shaped ornaments to use and the Framelits which cut the shapes out are brilliant.
I am going to the Stampin' up convention next weekend which is being held in Mainz, Germany. I am really looking forward to it as it is my first convention and I haven't been to Germany before. I am sure from all accounts of previous conventions that it is going to be a great weekend. I have still have a few swaps to finish off and some roomie gifts to do but I am nearly ready.

October 28, 2012

Cards from Christmas Stamp -a -stack

Hi Ladies
Yesterday we held our Stamp - a - stack in Valley Park Community Centre. The ladies made 12 Christmas cards, covered a  tin and also made a little stand up Santa - he was so cute, and they all went away with a bag of goodies . They were kept so busy during the day that is was really very quiet as they were all busy concentrating and beavering away.
Here are a few of the cards that they made :

These are the cards that Aly had prepared for the ladies to do. Come back tomorrow when I will show you the cards that I had prepared.
Our next event on 1st December is titled " Bags, Tags and Boxes" when will be making lots of boxes for all of your Christmas gifts. If you would like to join us please email me on:

October 11, 2012

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

Hi Ladies
Our Christmas Stamp-a-Stack is approaching fast. We will be making 12 Christmas Cards and a Christmas 3 Project so why not come and join us and make a start on those cards.
It is all taking place on Saturday 27th October from 10.00 - 4.00 at Valley Park Community Centre in Hampshire. You will receive all the materials you need to make the items. There will be some Stampin Up goodies for you as well as lunch, all the beverages for the day and a Christmas raffle.
You will be able to buy and order Stampin up products during the day.
The price for the day is £30 and a deposit of £5 is required to reserve your place.
If you would like any further details please either email me on: or phone 07761166187

October 03, 2012

Perfectly Preserved

Hi Ladies
The Perfectly Preserved stampset  from the Autumn/Winter catalogue is the perfect stamp for any autumn project especially if you make jams or chutneys.  This set is part of the Orchard Harvest suite which include Designer Series papers, Perfectly Preserved stampset, Cannery Set Framelits and Fabrics.
At our last Stampin up event we used the Designer Papers from the set when we produced a mini album.
I also created some cards and gifts that were on display for inspiration for the ladies.
Come take a look at what I produced.

To make these cards I used the following materials:
Orchard Harvest Designer Series Papers #126895
Perfectly Preserved Stampset #126690
Cannery Set Framelits Dies #127822
Orchard Harvest Designer Fabric #126915

You  can purchase the bundle you get both the Stampset and the Cannery Set Dies  and get a 15% reduction.
If you would like to purchase any of these items please email me on

October 02, 2012

The new Stampin up catalogue has arrived

The new UK Annual Catalogue  has arrived and it is packed full of lots of lovely new products.  Stampin up have aligned the UK and European catalogues with the US and this catalogue now has over 200 pages and is almost identical with the items that are available in the US.

Click to go to catalogue

If you would like your own copy please get in touch ( or 0776 1166187) and I can post one to you.  I am selling the catalogue for £3 each plus postage which is £2.30 by royal mail first class post. 
I have put in my first order and can't wait until all the goodies arrive. With Christmas coming it is a good way to get started on those Christmas cards and gifts.

Stampin up have got an unbelievable offer for new demonstrators:

If you join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator during October or November you can get 6 packs of FREE Patterned Paper (of your choice, one pack a month)!!!  What a fantastic deal which makes the starter kit exceptional value at £99. Click the image below for more information of contact me on

September 25, 2012

Valley Park Crop - September

Hi Ladies
Sorry that I have not blogged for a while . I was busy sunning myself for a couple of weeks  in Rhodes, we had such a lovely time. This is the view from our patio window:
Doesn't it lovely. it was so relaxing.
On Saturday Aly and I held one of our Stampin up events on Valley Park where 11 lovely ladies joined us to make  a mini album similar to the one in my last post , but using different papers . We used the Orchard Harvest papers  and all the books looked really good.
A page showing the Orchard Harvest papers, the Perfectly Preserved stampset and the Cannery dies
We set our display table using lots of examples for the Perfectly Preserved set. They do look really good and are useful if you make jams and chutneys.
The fabrics that are part of the Perfectly Preserved suite

Here are a few more  photos from the event

The Christmas fabrics

The venue before the ladies arrived

The ladies hard at work on their mini albums

Our next event is our Christmas stamp and stack where you will make a start on the Christmas cards. You will take home 12 Christmas cards that you have made plus a 3D Christmas project.
This event will take place on Saturday 27th October and will cost £30. This includes all the materials to make 12 cards, the 3D project, a lovely lunch and beverages for the day.
If you would like to join us please email me

August 17, 2012

Valley park crop

Hi Ladies
The next Stampin' Up event takes place at Valley Park Community Centre on Saturday 22nd September  at 10.00am . This month we will me making a mini album together with some tags to go in the album. Here are some photos of a mini album that I have been working on but is not yet finished. I have still to do the tags, add the photos and embellishments.

This is a lovely project which I am sure you will enjoy. The papers used on the day will be different from those that I have used in the album above. We will be using some of the papers from the new Winter mini catalogue which will be available from 1st September so I can't show you them yet but they are lovely.
If you would like to join us or want further details please email me