Monday, 7 August 2017

The wedding

So whilst you were all reading and hopping through the gems blog hop this was us. Mostly sunny but the heavens did open with torrential rain just as we were about to leave the church, it just added to the event. It was an amazing day. Met lots of amazing people, friends of Bob and Rhiannon, caught up with family not seen for a while, and lastly but not least joined a new family of delightful people too.
A few pictures today and probably one more post about this event next weekend. Then it will be back to the usual service a week today. Travelling southern England and London this week! Back in Yorkshire on Friday.

This was the start of the day. 10 of us all getting ready in a tiny 2 bedroom cottage with one bathroom! Then out to the pub car park for the bus. The bus was built in 1948, It was a novelty for about 10 mins as it struggled up the hills in a very noisy second gear! It would never have managed the hills up 'our way!'
However the bus was used in the filming of The Shawshank Redemption. So we were told!
There are no pictures of anyone coming out of the church as the rain was torrential, this is the first picture of the married couple as they stayed in the Roller out of the rain enjoying a glass of fizz when they arrived at the reception whilst everyone else arrived. The heels of my shoes are destroyed as I kept sinking into the grass.
I think Robert must have just winked at me as I took the photo. ha ha

We travelled from Church to reception in a 1952 Bentley driven by Rhiannon's father. A friend of his had lent it to him for the occasion, he loved the challenge of driving it. Such a beautiful car, so luxurious sat in the back. I felt quite royal.

The next five pictures where taken by my 11 year old cousin whom I let loose with my camera to take pictures others wouldn't take. She did a brilliant job. Well done Ellie.

This picture shows one of the tables in the marquee. There were 5 of them, each long table was split into three. The names of each table are called after the Nidderdale old system of counting sheep... a link to Yorkshire. We were impressed. The marquee smelt of lavender and eucalyptus which was hanging in bunches across the back of the tent, along the trestle tables and wrapped around the hoops hanging from the roof, but more of those next time.

So at last I officially have  a 'pink' one in the family. She is so lovely, bubbly, full of fun, kind and caring. I am one very proud Mummy.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Jems Blog Hop - Anything but a card

Love this topic for the blog hop. I did think about doing another mirror but I have spent a lot of time in the last few weeks covering journals. They are one of my big sellers at summer/craft fairs. To create this journal cover, this is the first use of the magical mermaid set. I have so many plans for this set.
I started with the backgrounds using the Bermuda Bay and Pool Party coloured card. With the small piece of Pool party I cut it in half with a wavy line then cut one of those half into a narrower wavy piece. I stamped the Bermuda Bay with the sea weed, then repeated on the Pool party in (very) vaguely the place where it would be when attached to the Bermuda bay. I stamped the mermaid on a seperate piece of paper, used the aquapainter and water colour pencils to colour her in, then fussy cut. I have used the wink of stella clear pen to paint the tail. Once the whole was put together I added a few sequins from my stash. This is only a small C6 sized journal.

There is a lovely background stamp in this set with dots like sand and little shells, its brilliant. I have used this along the bottom amongst the reeds and a little across higher up in crumb cake brown.

Another make using this stamp set. For this I have used my stash of Stazon inks. Next time I am going to try it with Stampin' Up ink then spray with a sealant. The part in the middle is a mirror. The outside of the mirror is just asking to be decorated.

You can see the sand, shells and little seaside animals along the bottom edge.

The mermaids tail is coloured with a dried up blender pen nib and green and blue ink.

I think you would agree that would grace any bathroom or bedroom.
I have so many ideas for how to use this stamp set,  I can't wait to show you.

Magical Mermaid   144017

My online Stampin'Up shop is open 24/7 click on the hostess code below and you will be taken straight through to the shop. Remember to use the hostess code when you place your order then in September I will send you a small Stampin'Up goody bag as a thank you.

The hostess code this month is about weddings. Today whilst you read this my youngest of three sons is getting married.....pass the tissues! I will post pictures tomorrow or Monday. Have a great weekend.

If you have travelled the blog hop anti clockwise you will now be going to the lovely Uma's page
If you are travelling clockwise click on the link below.

Next blog is the lovely Linda

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Early Release - Carols of Christmas

I have been up very early this morning as the hayfever has really kicked in.  :( sad face. So to cheer myself up I have placed my order for the ******New Seasonal Catalogues*******
They will be with me next week, drop me a line and I will put your name on one for you.

So I thought I would share with you the details of one of the lovely bundles from the New Seasonal Catalogue that Stampin'Up have released early. Yes you can get this today and get ahead for that busiest time of the year. This one is top of my wish list. I will be putting my order in next week! Thats one of the brilliant benefits of being a demonstrator - being able to pre order.

Its called Carols of Christmas. First some samples made with the set.

I just love that die cut reindeer and the trees are so pretty. Now the details......

and the digits

For all those who order this bundle from my online shop during August. I will send you a  Free Class Pass for any of my Christmas card classes during September. For those who are not local I will post out the resources for the class with the exception of the stamp set(s) we may use. Happy shopping.

Carols of Christmas bundle 146037

When you shop online please use the hostess code below, in September I will send you a small Stampin'Up goody bag as a thank you. You can reach my shop by clicking on the hostess code logo below or the item number of the bundle above.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Re - Craft extravaganza

Ooops, I don't know why the post hasn't appeared. I sat and wrote it last night....and its vanished into thin air. Sorry about that. I will re write and post on Monday.

Craft Extravaganza - Orchids

Monday, 31 July 2017

Something for those on the go

Stationary.... don't you just love it.
2 items for you today. The first is the planner that Stampin Up have launched in the new catalogue on page 12 and 13. Its so pretty...

The second stationary item   - I have made. Thanks to Linda Parker here

These were another big seller at the summer fair. I made 4, one in each of the new in colours except the powder pink, (I had used all that paper!) I sold all 4 and got orders for 4 more. They are so useful, slipping into a bag, knowing that at your next meeting you will have everything to hand.

The note book has a magnet in the back which attaches it to the back of the case so you can take the book out to write in, place it back in place and know that it is secure.

Pens..... go on how many do you get through in a day. This one matches your box so you will recognise who is using it at a glance!

The mini envelope closes with a couple of magnets, ideal for business cards or stamps or the odd fiver!

The paperclips help you keep your receipts in place or a couple of notes.

Lots of colours to choose from

Love Today Planner Kit  144257

The online shop is open 24/7 If you do order and spend between £25 and £150 be sure to use the hostess code below then I will send you a small bag of Stampin'Up goodies in August by way of a thank you.

Sunday, 30 July 2017


August is a funny month, well not funny ha ha but, I have a family wedding early in the month but its the other end of the country, for my American readers the other end of the country here isn't that far but for my other half and I its a long way! We are going for a few days before the wedding and taking a weeks holiday after the wedding. This does scramble the routine classes in the studio particularly the Saturday workshops.
So at the moment I only have Saturday the 19th planned, the following Saturday is bank holiday weekend, I might do another Christmas card class then but eagerly waiting for the seasonal catalogue to arrive before I make a decision. So back to 19th of August - I am planning a real crafting extravaganza.... this will be one of the projects we will complete. 
The orchid set caught my eye when I first looked through the annual catalogue, I knew I wanted to make a 3D plant, I'm not very good with the real things! 
Then I found this black and white frame on Pinterest here and I just thought how classy it is, so I had to give it a go.

Its such a large set of stamps and dies, there are so many projects that can be done with it. Multiple colour ways and designs will keep this stamp on your desk for months. 

This is stunning, so simple and clean. Join me on August 19th in Our Creative Den for a day of wonderful crafting.