Sunday, 27 January 2013

Have you heard...

... of Project Linus?

Named for the Peanuts cartoon character who carries his blanket everywhere with him, it's a wonderful charity that arranges for very ill children to have a beautiful quilt specially hand made and given to them, to snuggle up to during their treatment and, hopefully, take it home with them as an heirloom and symbol of their survival.  You can help this worthwhile charity by making a quilt (if you're so inclined!) either on your own or in a group, or by making a donation in time, cash or in fabric!  They will even take unfinished projects and complete them!!!  Read more about Project Linus UK here, and watch this space for a Project Linus quilt from this little corner of Surrey...

You may not know that Stampin Up does a lovely range of cotton printed fabrics, sold in bundles of three fat quarters-ish.  Here they are!

If you would like to order some and will be using it to make a Linus quilt, I would be happy to discount it by the full amount of my commission on these items, please give me a call to discuss.

Stampin Up is sale-a-brating...

...with some great bargains!  There are all sorts of treats for customers, hostesses and demonstrators this season:

For every £45 you spend, you can choose a free item from the 17 items on offer in the sale-a-bration leaflet. Give me a call and I can have the goods shipped direct to your home/work or if you're local I can order them on my next order and you can collect them from my home, saving you the £4.50 postage. Follow this link to the catalogue or call me for a paper one!

Hold a Stampin'Up Party for you and your friends and as well as earning hostess benefits you can earn extra freebies too!  Get a free make and take session, a chance to see other great products, and, if the sales are £150+, as well as the usual additional £25 to spend on catalogue or hostess exclusive products, you will receive a FREE pack of Silver Glimmer Paper and if the sales reach £300+ you will receive a FREE product bundle which includes the Madison Avenue Stamp Set, Sycamore Street Patterned paper pack and Sycamore Street Ribbon and Button Pack.  And your guests will still receive a free sale-a-bration product for every £45 they spend!  If you don't feel like a party, why not just gather an order together with your friends and share the postage costs and the freebies?  Get in touch today to book your party!


Become a demo during sale-a-bration and Stampin' Up! reward you with an extra 25% of lovely crafting goodies. Choose £162.50 worth of products from the catalogues, pay only £99 and get a free business kit including 8 of all the current catalogues.  If you want you can start selling to your crafty contacts, making more savings and getting even more freebies! I reckon that with the cost of the catalogues and the free postage, that means you are getting the bundle for virtually HALF PRICE!

We only have till 22nd March to make the most of these wonderful offers so please get in touch asap so I can help you with anything you need.  

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Pretty butterflies...

...form the basis of today's card.  You may remember I used the Stampin Up butterflies embosslits folder to stamp and emboss the butterflies for this framed picture...

The folder makes five butterflies, including one very small one, and I found after making a few of pictures that I had lots of the teeniest ones left over.  So last night I made this:
You could use any tree stamp base and I just used my super sticky tombow mono multi glue to attach the little critters by the middle, then added a touch of sparkle, and stamped a small message using my word window punch (much easier to get it straight that way!).

Not too long till the spring....

Friday, 18 January 2013

The silver lining... the snow blizzard is that I can't get to the shops so I just *had* to stay in and craft.  It's a scrapbook page today that I've had in mind since September, about our weekend in Stockholm, where quirkiness abounds.  I had such a strange mixture of photo sizes that I didn't even try to find a sketch and went with this really simple layout:

Feeling very inspired... the moment.  I have finally discovered the joys of Pinterest and am busy pinning crafty ideas of every sort and getting to grips with how to use it for PR.  Plus, yesterday, I went to a real life craft show with Jen-down-the-road in her shiny new ve-hi-cle.  So between real and virtual, I have been noticing lots of new ideas, materials and methods this week.

As soon as I got home yesterday I made this very cute and simple Christmas tree decoration, inspired by  this via Pinterest and enabled by buttons from fantastic ribbons :

How cute, and simple enough to do with littlies!

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Blue Day...

The sun is out, the sky is blue, the frost glistens on the branches, it's actually glorious today, but isn't this week supposed to be the most depressing of the year? In that case, it's very appropriate that the challenge over at Tando Challenge Blog this month is "Blue". Everyone can rise to that challenge!

I made this quick card in StampinUp's "Baja Breeze" (it's paler and more greeny than it came out in the photo), my absolute favourite EVER colour and the lovely Lilies die from Memory Box.  I made the dots by running the end of the card through my polka dot embossing folder. and then stroking it with a white ink pad. You can't really see it but it's mounted on a white card which brings out the white features.

Happy card making!

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Your advice is needed...

...dear Reader!

There is  a chap who dumps his nearly empty can of Strongbow cider on our front garden nearly every day.  I know who he is, because I've seen him do it.  He also always has a dog with him, looks like a little Staffie, which he walks off the lead.

You see my dilemma, I'm sure.  Any suggestions?

Thursday, 10 January 2013

I've been busy today...

...having some crafting fun!  I keep a selection of this year's Christmas cards that I especially like, and today I turned them into some of next year's cards. Once I had the paper and equipment out, I just kept going and this is what was done by 3pm --->

...way more satisfying than folding a pile of washing, eh?

Wednesday, 9 January 2013

That's it all over then...

...I put Christmas back in the attic yesterday.   The house looks tidy and rather scuffed, the Quality Street tins have gone into the recycling, the crumbs of cake, tree needles and snippets of pretty paper have been cleared away.  I'm always a little bit relieved to have the house in control again and although we have had a really nice time together, I am glad that everyone is back at work/school and when a surface is tidied it is likely to stay that way, at least for a few hours.

Do you need a bit of inspiration for the New Year?  I did, and I can do no better than refer you to Keren Baker's WONDERFUL idea for celebrating her special birthday with 40 Random Acts of Kindness that she blogged about here.  Want to know more? and are apparently broken, but I found, and also these photos, plus this on Pinterest, if you're looking for some more ideas.

I hope you get to give and receive lots of RAK's in 2013!

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

My Christmas journal making ....

... has come to an end for another year.  Here are the last few pages :

Boxing Day was a double paged spread with a transparency in the middle and some special "NOEL" packing tape that was used on our Christmas presents:

I had a few little themes I still wanted to scrap so I set up a double page called "Christmas Cameos":

New Year's Day was about looking back over last year's highlights:

I received this as a Christmas card last year, and decided after last year's resolution fiasco, it was more suitable to make some wishes instead, so I will add those in later!

Found this quote in a book and thought it might be suitable to close the book:

And here it is all finished, definitely the neatest one out of the four I've made:

I'll be running a Christmas Journal Workshop next November/December so if you're interested in joining, please get in touch straight away!

Merry Christmas...

...and a Happy New Year to you!  Hope you had a great break and lots of lovely presents.

I have been busy finishing off my Christmas Journal, I thought you might like to have a look.  This is the next few, I will put up the others in my next post: