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Sunday, 28 November 2010

Christmas Handbags


How are you? Had a good week? Mine's been ok. Busy, busy, busy as usual. Where is the time going. There is only a few weeks 'till christmas. O.M.G. I haven't even been able to get started with prezzie buying.

You have been lucky if you have managed to escape the white stuff this week. We finally got a coating here in Leeds, which put the fear of you know what into me. I love the snow when i don't have to go out to work, it's the after effect i don't like.


On saturday i held a class for my ladies and the theme was a christmas party as it is the last one before the big day. We made handbags made out of the Jolly Holiday christmas papers.

Now these did go down well. They absolutley loved them so thanks for the idea Jules. To decorate we used the Delightful Decorations stampset. We also used Filigree Brads to join the handles on to the bag. I love these brads and they just finish off any project.

We made 4 cards to go into the bags which just fit perfectly.

These were made from the Contempo Christmas stampset for one and the Two Step Extra Large Bird Punch. The colour compo is Cherry Cobbler cardstock and Ink pad and Old Olive card stock. The ribbon on the robin card is the Real Red Satin Ribbon which finishes it off really nice.

These 2 are using the Delightfull Decorations baubles again and the tree is the Contempo Christmas again. Abit hard to tell but the baubles have got little gems and pearls on which are absolutley gorgeous.

Hope you likey. I'm off to get more course work out of the way and the dreaded chores too.lol.

Have a great week.


Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Girly Graduation Card


Happy wednesday to you. How are you in craft land? Me, I have had an ordinary couple of days really. Done course work that seems to be multiplying on it's own accord.

I thought i would show you a card i was asked to make for a friends graduation. My friend had seen the 'Well Done' card i had made in the summer and asked me to make a more girlier version for her daughter. Now this i could do...Pink, sparkly and having some bling.

I have used some Bridesmaid Speciality Papers that are now retired. (which is a real shame!). I did the sentiment on the computer and then framed it with the Frames with a Flourish stamp set. The ribbon is from my old stash which I am trying to use up so i can buy lots more s.u goodies.Lol. To finish off i have used the Stampin' Up Jewels which i love. They are so much more sparkly than others i have used.

Here is another take on the same card but this time finished off with a Filigree Brad. What do you reckon? Nice eh?

Well, I am off to prep for saturdays class. Lots to do so little time.

P.s Have you seen the new album from The Boys? It's called Gravity and it's great. Check out the pic on the right, I love it....

Have a good rest of the week.


Saturday, 20 November 2010

Convention part ???....


I know don't faint, me posting twice in one week. Flipping eck!!

Today is my first proper day off for ages, having said that i have spent all day on the computer catching up with alot of course work. I am a little bit further forward thank goodness.

I know I'm still harping on but i haven't had chance to show you some of the fabulous goodies i got when we went to convention.

Do you like this beautiful little box? Well my Stampin' Up mum, Julie, gave me this.

Well, I was estatic to get this but look what i got inside!!

This picture does not do this justice. It's beautiful. A lovely jem for one of Julie's Jems. How lucky am I??

The next pic is of my lovely goodies i got from Kate, my roomie. Inside is some gorgeous lotions. I'm not a very good sleeper and Kate thought the Lavender lotion would help me sleep. How lovely are these? ( they are also in my favourite colours of the moment- Concorde Crush and Pear Pizzaz, and Kate didn't know that)

I was spoiled that weekend. Look at what jeanette made for me. This lovely little box has my name on and some lovely chocs inside with a card saying for me to enjoy convention. And boy did I. It was really nice to get something with my name on. I usually do for others but don't normally get for me. (also means Lauren can't pinch it, lol.)

And here is one more photo of only a few swaps and things i recieved. I would recommend joining Stampin' Up even if it was just to be able to go to convention. What a trip.

So course work done for today, blog updated, next on the list to get a glass of wine and chill out for abit.

Have a great week,


Thursday, 18 November 2010

Leeds Lights are switched on.


How has your week been? Where has it gone for starters? I can't believe that we are another week nearer christmas already. We have just got back from Leeds City Centre where they have switched on our christmas lights and boy am i shattered. Lauren was mega desperate to go, so after abit of persuading i agreed to take her. There is a German Christingle Market on in Millenium Square so after some food i took her for a mooch around there.

This is Lauren outside one of the stalls. There is a moose on the one of the walls and it sings to you. She thought this was quite amusing.

Lots of lovely food stalls, this being one of them making candy floss. Lauren was really fascinated how they made it. I'm sure that if i had let her she would have stayed there all night.

Here we are in the middle of the caos. We ended up right at the back but there was a big screen. Lauren is abit taller than me now so she could see more of it. McFly and Shane Ward turned on the lights and then there was a fire work display just after. There were approx 20 thousand people there tonight. Lauren loved it and that was the main thing.

Sorry for the not so great photos, they are taken on my Iphone, but as you can imagine there were so many people bumping into us.

Right, I'm off to bed now. Nite nite.


Friday, 12 November 2010


Oh my goodness, where has this week gone? It doesn't seem a week ago that we were all getting ready to attend the awards evening at Addington Palace for the Stampin' Up Convention. I am still trying to sort myself out. I have so many swaps and gorgeous pressies that i don't want to put them away. I will show you some of them but i haven't been able to take photos yet. I have gone to work in the dark and i don't get home till after dark.

The first picture i want to show you is of my roomie,Kate, and me at the dinner on the friday night. Monica took this photo of us and i really like it. Thanks Monica.

The next photo is on the stage. All Julies Jems were gathered together on stage with our lovely mum Julie, in the middle at the back. How fab do we all look together.

The next photo is showing you the fabulous venue that the convention took place in. This is Addington Palace. This is set in lovely grounds and also has a golf course. We had all on to keep Kate focused on Stampin' up instead of golfing. She nearly went and asked a group if she could have a go!!

And here is a couple of photos of the hall. This was where Shelley met us when we arrived. It is also where most of the swapping took place. You can just see on the right there was a board where some of the swaps where put on display.

Another view..

And finally here is a pic of a gift that i made Kate. It was a gift bag that held some luxury hand creams in it. The colour combo is Melon Mambo and Concord Crush. I have used the flower from the True Friend set. The frame is from Frames with a Flourish. I am really pleased how this has turned out, so much so i have had a few people trying to convince me to give it to them instead.

I hope i haven't bored you too much and i know there were quite a few photos. Come back soon so i can show you some of the other goodies.

Have a lovely weekend,


Monday, 8 November 2010

O.M.G Convention 2010


Oh My Goodness, what a week end. I have had the most amazing weekend at Stampin' Up Convention. What a whirlwind of crafting. Some of our group, Julies Jems travelled together - Gemma, Jill, our mum Julie, Kate ( who did most of the driving to Surrey, and didn't she do amazing!!) and of course last of all me. Julie had named the car the Mystery Machine just like on Scooby Doo.
We got to Surrey on thursday afternoon where we met up with lots of other Jems, ladies who i had heard about but finally got to meet. We went out to eat and then joined in with Monicas Pre-convention party. This was another chance to mingle with lots of other demonstrators who alot of them were as unsure as i was what on earth we had let our selves in for. Alot of swapping took place, we also got a lovely goodie bag and did some make and takes. Phew!! and this was only the begining.
On friday we attended the first day. convention was held at Addington Palace. We all arrived on six coaches and others arrived under their own steam. I don't think i have seen so many people in one area. Shelley was there to meet us which was nice. We then registered and recieved our convention goodie bag. There was then lots of chance for us to mingle and swap projects. We then went for lunch in the big marquee.

Here i am sitting on stage. I'm actually sat on life size wooden stamps that where on the stage. I just loved the fact that these where proper stamps but the size of them was huge. I wouldn't like to have tried to ink one of these up!!

Here i thought i would show you my swap offerings. I made book marks but with the added twist of a calender for 2011 on the back.

I have used the colour combo of Rich Razzleberry and Certainly Celery. The stampsets are Boroque Motif and flight of the Butterfly. The butterfly is inked with Melon Mambo. I made 140 of these to swap with other demonstrators and got lots of lovely swaps back.

For our convention bags we had to make name labels. Can you imagine that there were 300 other demonstrators all from the UK, Germany and France and we were all given exactly the same bags. This is my label for on my bag. I have used Melon Mambo cardstock, used the flourish from the tiny tags and inked it with Concord Crush. I have taken Concord Crush card stock and given an edging using the Scallop Trim Border Punch. These are very much my favourite colours.

There is so much to tell you and show you and i am sure you will get c0nvention overload after looking on other peoples blogs too so i am going to leave you for now and try and recover from all the exitement of it all.

Have a good week