Monday, 28 November 2011

In loving memory...

...of Jo Rohrer, well-known and very well-loved lampworker, who died this month, after several battles with cancer over 25 years.  A wonderful lady and an inspiration both personal and creative to me and many others.  RIP Jo x

Thursday, 24 November 2011

How Christmassy is this...

...little bauble? And how easy! Here it is:

It's just about 20 1/4"x 3" strips, with holes punched in both ends (I used the smaller hole in my cropadile) and joined with two rather beautiful antique brads, then fanned out.  This was not my own idea, I found it at this blog.  Well worth a look and some very good instructions for this project too.   Lots of creative potential for this project, go on run with it!

Wednesday, 23 November 2011


... Stampin Up have done it again.  You are going to love the new Salebration products AND the SU Spring Mini Catalogue. I have just seen the preview of these new products and they are FAB!  Can't say anything else, it's a secret, but I will be letting you see stuff as soon as I get my hands on it, I promise.  Subscribe or become a follower of this blog to make sure you get to see the new products soon as....

Penguins are so cute...

...and my local "cards for good causes" sale has hardly any this year.  So I decided to make this little card:

I used the scallop circle die with my BigShot to cut the igloo from a piece of folded cardstock, embossed it with the polka dot folder to suggest snow, and cut the door and speech bubble with the oval punch.  The penguin is made with the owl punch. Hope you like it.

Monday, 21 November 2011

You know I said I needed Christmas greeting stamps...

...well, I got loads from StampinUp - 16 to be exact - and I only paid £8.50.  How did I achieve this?  I cut up the Christmas jumbo roller stamp, Oh Yes!  It's not that I don't like the roller, but it's just brilliant for on the front AND inside the card.  Here it is, gently peeled off the jumbo wheel:

I started cutting it up before I remembered to take a photo, oops.  Some of the words are very close together, so if you do do this, try to use some good small, sharp scissors.  Samples coming up soon!

Jolly Jingles 120864 £8.50

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Been busy, busy, busy ...

...this week:  my daughter organised a fashion show at her school this week, my mum visited, all the usual stuff, plus getting ready for Friday/Saturday's Open Studio at my house.  Thank you so much to all who came to say hi and also to those who were kind enough to buy something.  As usual I LOVED having you call by, doing glass bead-making demos, taster sessions, and catching up with your news. 

Joe and Tessa were great colleagues and I think a good and successful time was had by all.  Just in case any of my family are reading my blog, "you were brilliant with all the disruption and thank you too".

There was lots of interest this weekend in the Christmas Journal workshop that I will be running starting THIS TUESDAY, and I understand that there is a feature on the Christmas Journal by Shimelle in this month's Mollie Makes magazine - I will be back with news as soon as I get my hands on one tomorrow.  If you want to know more about creating your own Christmas Journal, get in touch on 01737 762078, and if you decide to come one or more (only £8 per session), I promise you will not regret it - you will end up with something precious and totally unique to you, whatever you decide to make.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Christmas journal workshop...

...In a fire, after making sure my family is ok, I'd rescue my journals!  There is something so special about this unique record of my family, thoughts, events and feelings.  And favourite of all are my Christmas journals.  Lots of people have admired them and expressed a desire to make one for themselves, but I can tell it is a daunting prospect for many.  So...  I have decided to run a christmas journal workshop over the next four Tuesday evenings (22nd & 29th November, 5th & 12th December).  The sessions will include, in roughly this order depending on what people what to achieve:

Preparation:  Deciding on a format, getting a foundation ready, planning, putting a kit together

Getting Started: First steps into journalling, using photos, gathering your thoughts, creating foundation pages, cover and introduction page

Moving Forward: Getting some daily pages under your belt, thinking about style, using photos, additional ideas for pages

Keeping going, considering conclusions.

The workshop will be at my house, 64 Fengates Road, Redhill from 7:30 till 9:30, cost £8 per session, and will include light refreshments; you're also welcome to bring a bottle!  You will have full use of all my non-consumables like stamps and die cutters, and I will help you to chose a small kit of basics (like glue etc) and of course, paper, which I can supply if you like either direct or through Stampin Up.  If you order more than £30 of Stampin up goodies, that session will be free!  The evenings will be very informal and I'll be sharing all my christmas journal and crafting know-how and supporting you to learn new skills and create heirloom journal pages that you and your  family will love forever.

Spaces are limited so get in touch as soon as you can; I hope to hear from you soon (tel 01737 762078).

Monday, 14 November 2011

You're invited to my open studio...

...this Friday 18th November (from 5 till 8 pm) and Saturday 19th November (from 10 till 5pm).

There will  be three rooms full of craft and christmas loveliness all made by our own fair hands including

TiaraTiara (that's me!) : Glass bead making in progress, jewellery, silver clay, cards, papercraft kits and quilting items for sale

Leaded Line (that's Joe): Stunning stained glass creations including lampshades, mirrors and christmas tree decorations.

Colours and Textures (that's Tessa): Beautiful painted silk including pictures, scarves and pendants.

Perfectly priced for christmas gifts or treating yourself, at my home
64 Fengates Road, Redhill

We hope to see you there!

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Pockets in my christmas journal...

...are an essential part of the design this year.  About every other page is going to have a pocket for a postcard.  My plan is to do my journalling, wherever I can anyway, as a postcard to a named someone.   I have tested this plan by making a page  which is a postcard from me to Santa telling him what I would like, and then I just slipped the postcard into the pocket.  Well, plans often evolve, so if the postcard idea gets a bit awkward I will just snip off the pockets, as they are only folded.  The other side of the postcard below is an off cut of the paper collection I'm using, but I guess it could also be a photo.

I am using the postcard and franking stamps from my Stampin  Up set  "Winter Post" which also includes a stunning snowflake and four other very versatile stamps.  I embossed the snowflake in silver on Thursday having never used it before, during a christmas packaging demo at a workshop and I couldn't believe how beautifully it came out!

My Christmas journal will definitely have a date on every page because...

1) it speeds up making a page because you can do it in advance, and can get away with not much more than the date, a photo and some words, if you're in a hurry

2) it helps me mark pages that I want to fill in later

3) it adds a kind of coherence to the whole thing, but I like how you can still vary each date a little

4) I really wanted to use my new stampin up ornament bauble punch and tim holtz alphabet

5) I have never used luggage labels before and I want to use them on this project

And that's why I was knee-deep in paper yesterday deciding what to do.

This is how I intend to use the plain date tag (the right-hand page is a sort of practice page to make sure it works and help me get going on christmas lists nice and early! Left hand page is just a draft) :

And this is the more ornate label tag for the non-pocket pages:

I expect the various tags to look different, but the same tag base and the same bauble.

You can order the Bauble punch from me if you like! It costs £15.50 + postage, but you can collect locally for free.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

There's a Christmas crafting bonanza...

...going on at Shimelle's blog this weekend!  She's hosting a preparation session for her fabulous "Journal your Christmas" class.   There's blog candy of all sorts, masses of christmas crafting ideas and fun challenges.  One of today's challenges is to upload a christmas paper project you made earlier, so here's mine, a tag garland inspired by Shimelle's blog last year.  Sorry that the photo's a bit cluttered, hope you can see it ok.  I used fancy pants' "Christmas Magic" range.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

The oldest filofax in town?...

...I love my filofax, and I've had it about 15 years (none of that iphoney stuff for me).  The problem was, it was a very boring black colour.  So I decided to cover it with a piece of StampinUp's designer paper.  It's turned out great, very "orla kiely", and I tied it with some narrow grosgrain ribbon to finish. 

I'm considering more embellishment, what would you add?

If you'd like some paper to cover your filofax or any other important book, check out the website (link in the sidebar), and get in touch! 01737 762078.

Cheerful treat DSP - £8 for 12 double-sided sheets

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Finished the quilt at last...

... and very pleased with it!  It's the same jelly roll as the last one, but quilted and bound in blue, it gives it a completely different look.

I hand quilted it using anchor embroidery thread and really big running stitch in a sort of wave-y pattern which ended up looking a bit like an hour glass.  For my next quilt (am  I really saying this?) I am going to invest in a walking foot and quilt by machine.

Friday, 4 November 2011

A Christmas card from left over paper...

...I have been making a little christmass-y book out of scallopped circles and I couldn't bear to throw the left over squares away.  Yesterday I thought again of the LiM "stars" challenge this week, and came up with this simple card which uses the beautiful "Dasher" stamp.