Sunday, 21 September 2014

Paper Haven Retreat project

Hello there! I am currently blogging LIVE from my Paper Haven Retreat weekend (the ladies don't mind, they are all far too busy with today's make!!). We started on Friday at 3.30pm and it's been fun, fun, fun from the get go! I'll blog about it in much more detail when I have recovered but for now I thought I would share one of yesterdays projects with you. When I showed it to the ladies on Saturday morning most of their chins hit their chests as they thought they would never achieve this but they all did and they all look wonderful. I have 2 people to thank for this project. Firstly Erica Cerwin, a lovely demonstrator from the USA who designed the project, you can purchase her class planner HERE. Thank you Erica for your constant inspiration. I also need to thank my lovely friend and downline Sam who made one a few months ago for her Mum for Mother's Day and did such a lovely job that I knew I had to make one at some point!

I will go through the project in more detail on another blog post and will share all the makes from the ladies as they created some wonderful masterpieces. 
 Here is how my project looked in stages as I made it.
Thank you Erica and Sam and thank you to my lovely ladies who made it, for your enthusiasm and wonderful creations!
I'll be back tomorrow with a proper blog post!
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Friday, 19 September 2014

Holiday Home stamps

One of my favourite sets in the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue is the Holiday Home set and matching framelits. It had also been a popular choice with my customers too! I do love the little houses and they are easy to colour, I've used the Blendablities on this card and will be running a class on using these fab pens on Saturday 25th October.
 I have used a Cherry Cobbler card blank here, think thats my staple Christmas colour every year with some Silver satin ribbon, sister to my favourite Gold Satin ribbon!
 The background was sponged with Pool Party ink and I added some of the Frosted Sequin snowflakes (love these)
The great thing about this set is that the sentiment is from the same set too, as is the tree!! A perfect set to get all your Christmas makes done!
That's all from me today! For those of you who have followed my blog for a long time, you may remember the day I took part in the Strictly Come Dancing event at the theatre company I am involved in. Well it is 5 years ago today since Ray and myself won this after learning the quickstep in a day! Since then I have discovered a hobby and a whole new circle of friends whom I have met through dancing, not to mention my boy who also discovered a skill and a hobby that has given him confidence! Here's the the next 5 years dancing......

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Special Cards for Special People!

So unless you have been living under a rock recently or you don't have children you may have noticed that the Disney film Frozen has been an epic hit over the last few months!!! Mini Elsa and Anna costumes are selling like hot cakes. Apparently it is now the highest grossing animated film of all time and the reason little girls are asking people if "they wanna build a snowman" in the middle of summer! I took Evan to see it and as soon as I saw the first 5-10 minutes I said that it will be made into a West End Show and I recently read somewhere that it will be! 

So where is this going? Well I have some lovely new Aussie friends courtesy of this wonderful Stampin Up life and 2 gorgeous little ladies (at opposite sides of the country) were celebrating birthdays a couple of weeks ago. Annabelle in Sydney was going to be 6 and Sophie in Perth was going to be 8 so I set about trying to make them a Frozen themed birthday card. 

I found an amazing video on how to create Olaf the snowman HERE on Michelle Suit's fab blog. She also made a Hawaiian version too which I found on Pinterest. I cased most of it but I don't think she has a video for it, I just added the extras on myself. Don't you just love his little coconut bikini!!!!
 So here is Sophie's card and I had a lovely Skype call with Sophie and her Mum Sarah (my bestest Aussie friend) and sister Hannah on Tuesday. Sarah messaged me to say the package had arrived but she had hidden it that morning and we Skype'd so I could see Sophie open it "live" on the Skype! Isn't technology fantastic when it works like that! It was so lovely to see her little face as she opened the card and gift!

 So I made one for Belle too but I was on a tight time scale with this one and couldn't do her name. I did a 6 using the Metro alphabet and I added sunglasses on this one so they were both a little different. 
These cards are big cards, they are 8x8 inch cards as Olaf ends up being quite big! I would love to know what you think of my Olaf creations as I was rather pleased with them and I know my cute Aussie friends were too!

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