Sunday, 1 November 2015

2016 classes

Hi and welcome,

Looking out of my doors onto the garden, it a typical Autumn day.  There is a low mist over the grass and my trees and shrubs are all beautiful shades of green, yellow and orange.  This colour palette has inspired me to use some inks which have been neglected over the Summer months.

I have published the dates for our 2016 workshops and these can be found on the "classes" tab.  There is a slight increase in the cost of the workshops which is due to increased costs which we have to meet but we still feel that our classes provide excellent value for money for a whole day and, as always, will continue to include lunch, treats and beverages plus materials.

If you'd like to book a place on a workshop, or have any other queries or questions please do get in touch with me.

Wishing you all a wonderful Sunday.

Best wishes,

Sam x

Saturday, 10 October 2015

Craft Space

Hello and welcome,

I am always in awe of some the craft room tour tutorials I have seen on the internet and until a few months ago, I crafted on my dining room table which was frustrating when I was in the middle of projects and had to tidy away!

We have a lovely room at the back of our house attached to the dining room which has  double doors onto our garden.  This room has always functioned as our guest bedroom, computer room, filing and paperwork area and book storage.  Whilst we needed to keep all of that, we decided to replace the furniture so that the computer space became a craft desk for me and that I had useful storage pieces which fitted everything so it was to hand and I didn't have to spend time rummaging.

It goes without saying that this room is now called my craft room although it is still used as our family room and spare bedroom!

One of the ladies who attended our Christmas workshop was asking about furniture for craft rooms so I said that I would send her some photos of mine and my Ikea furniture which seems to fit the needs of a crafter perfectly.  So whilst this is not a craft room tour, it is a couple of photos of the great storage I have which really has made crafting a whole lot easier.

This trolley has been a great solution to my Big Shot problem of having to get it out of the cupboard each time I needed it and then having to find space for it.  This now sits nicely next to my desk and can be wheeled out of the way of the drawers.  The shelves have lots of space for embossing folders, dies, plates and wax paper and chipboard and I still have room for more!  By turning the top tray over, it meant I had a platform where the big shot can sit and doesn't need to be moved. 

Most things I need are now to hand.  More A4 paper sits in the desk filing drawer.  As you can see, the computer screen sits nicely on the shelf and the keyboard tucks away leaving me a craft space.

I hadn't intended on buying this unit and I only saw it in Ikea as they were using it as a filing unit in their kitchen planning department!  This is perfect for stamp sets and my punches which fit in the larger bottom drawers.

Here you can see how everything sits together and although it's not a massive space, means that I don't have to tidy up.....I could only wish it was this tidy all the time!  Above my desk is an Ikea bookshelf which we have turned & secured to the wall.  This fits the printers and, of course, has a generous section for my 12x12 papers.

I really love my space now and the difference it has made to being able to craft without tidying away after every session. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Best wishes and happy crafting,

Sam x

Christmas Workshop

Good afternoon & welcome,

At our recent Christmas workshop, we were joined by 20 ladies.  We ran a longer day starting at 9.30am and finishing at 7pm.  The ladies all received goodie bags filled with paper, embellishments, ribbon and a wooden stamp set to make their projects for the day. 

The focus of the day was the Jolly Christmas Stamp set.  I am sure the snowflakes in this set are similar to ones which were available the very first Christmas I "found" Stampin' Up!.  I still love them.

We had a hot lunch of jacket potato and salad and my lovely Hubby had made a fabulous Bolognese as a jacket topping.  Of course, we had cake and mince pies too.

One of the projects was a tin filled with cards, envelopes, gift tags, a notepad and pen.  Everything had to be made and that included the decorating of the tin too.   Some of my photos didn't come out clear at all so I am missing a shot of the inside of the completed tin.

The card above had an acetate window and I love the holly leaves.  I found instructions to make these on Michelle Last's blog which you can see here

This is one of the photos which didn't come out well but this project was an mdf plaque and shape which the ladies decorated.  It's not particularly clear but the shape was covered with Iridescent Ice powder to give it a gorgeous shimmery sheen.  The final project was mini crackers made using the Envelope Punch Board.

Everyone who joined us received a table gift of a mug filled with hot chocolate, a chocolate bar and, of course, a candy cane! 

Here you can see a couple of the ladies' desks. We also held a "Name Plate" competition where everyone who attended were asked to make a name plate to stand on their desk.  There were some fabulous designs.  In the background you can see their bags which were filled with the papers and embellishments to make their projects.  Around the room we had set up stamping, embossing, big shot and punching stations.

In the table gift mugs, was a label with a number on one side and a raffle ticket on the other.  Throughout the day we span the wheel - my Hubby does love a project - and each number received a prize.  You could only come up once and everyone had a prize.  The raffle ticket was for a large proze and the lucky winner of the Sizzix Texture Boutique embosser was Sue.
And finally, we supplied plenty of chocolate to fuel the ladies throughout the day....
Tena and I thoroughly enjoyed the day and we have had some lovely emails and texts thanking us.  Our November workshop will be our final one for 2015 and although we will have a Christmas project, we will also be focusing on non-Christmas projects.  Our dates for our 2016 workshops (including another Christmas in October workshop) will be posted soon.
If you'd like to join us in November or have any questions, please do get in touch with me at
Thank you for stopping by.
Best wishes,
Sam x

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

New seasonal catalogue

Good morning,

You may have noticed that I have added a link to the new Seasonal Catalogue on the right hand of the page.  This is 51 pages of beautiful new products to compliment your Autumn and Winter seasonal crafting and beautiful products they are!

What I am also loving about the Catalogue is that it's packed full of ideas to help you get your crafting mojo up & running.  The product suites coordinate so all of the work has been done for you leaving you more time to create and there's everything from gift tags to stamp sets, dies, punches and ready to use kits.  There are also several bundles offers for great money saving.

I hope you enjoy browsing the catalogue as much as I have and if you'd like to place an order please do get in touch with me.  Delivery can be made directly to your home address and payment can be made by card as well as cash.  If you'd like a copy of your own Holiday catalogue to browse then drop me an email with your address and I'll be pleased to pop one in the post to you.

Thanks for stopping by.

Best wishes,


Sunday, 7 June 2015

Latest Class Projects

Good evening and welcome to my blog,
What a fabulous sunny weekend, especially today where we managed a family meal in the garden.
Yesterday Tena and I held our June workshop which was another productive day joined by lovely ladies.
Below are examples of the projects we made, interjected with lunch, refreshments and every crafters essential - cake!  Luckily we managed not to get crumbs on our projects.
I am still besotted by this selection of Itty Bitty Punches and love the little flower.  Here I used it to create flowers in the new In-Colours with the leaves in the gorgeous new Mint Macaron colour.
For my last project, I had designed a different card but whilst browsing the internet, I saw a few cards really similar to this one.  I just had to replicate it as it was beautiful.  I used Pool Party and Crumb Cake and they "vintage up" really well.
Tena designed projects which the ladies made after lunch...
On Tuesday evening, to celebrate the launch of the new Annual Catalogue, I held an Open House where the ladies did a small make-and-take project.  I decided to use the Sprinkled of Life Stamp Set and punch.  When you purchase this stamp set, £2 is donated to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This Charity keeps families together when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home.  It was also this week that I found out a chap I used to work with had benefitted from a RMHC House locally to stay in whilst their daughter was receiving treatment in Hospital.  Thankfully she made a good recovery and is home.  What a great reinforcement that we are supporting a worthwhile Charity.
Each lady that attended also received a copy of the New Annual Catalogue and, of course, tea and cake.  I really enjoyed welcoming them to my home to share what I love.
If you would like a copy of the new Annual Catalogue or any information about attending a workshop or hosting a party in your own home please do drop me an email at
 For the month of June, there is an offer for people wishing to sign up as demonstrators.  For £99, you can choose £130 worth of products and receive two free stamp sets too.  Now that can't be bad to start to Summer off!  You don't have to hold workshops, classes or publish anything you make, you can simply sign up to become a "hobby demonstrator".  This is what I did initially as I was purchasing a lot of products for my own personal use and realized that as a Demo, I could receive discount on my purchases.
If you would like more information about the current offer or a no-obligation chat about becoming a Demonstrator then please feel free to get in touch about this fabulous offer. I would love to welcome you to my team.
Thank you for stopping by.  Have a great week.
Best wishes,
Sam x

Wednesday, 3 June 2015


Good evening,

Welcome to our new Annual Catalogue!  One of the perks of being a Demonstrator is the sneak peaks from the new Catalogues as well as the opportunity to purchase some of the products being the catalogue is released and I must confess to having spent some time looking through this - on several occasions in the past few weeks! 

The new Catalogue has some beautiful new products as well as some returning favourites so please take some time to click on the photo at the side of the new Catalogue which will take you to a happy crafting product place! 

I hope you enjoy browsing this as much as I did...and still am!  If you'd like to place an order through me, please do get in touch.  I also offer in-house workshops in the comfort of your own home so if you fancy a relaxed evening with a few friends sampling some of the products and making a project for yourselves, I would be happy to discuss this further.

Happy browsing,

Best wishes,

Sam x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

April Card Class

Hello & welcome,
Last week we held our April workshop.  I had designed a screen card using the Blooming with Kindness stamp set, which is one of my all-time favorite sets and a coincidence as I didn't know that it was going to be on the retiring list.  I was so relieved that there were still stocks of this set available as some customers fell in love with it too.  I had recently used this stamp on a Wedding Invitation commission too which I will share at the end of this post.  The leaves are from the Kinda Eclectic set. 
The lighting wasn't great so the ribbon isn't too clear but I used a Rich Razzleberry double bow secured with an antique brad.
Our class also made an easel card using the Wonderous Wreath stamp and framelits with some flowers punched from the small flower punch, and of course some rhinestones to finish the project off.
We also focused on a card for the men using the Adventure Bound designer series paper stack which are great to use as backgrounds for cards and also for mat and layering on your scrapbook projects.  We also used stamps from the Guy Greetings set.  With the stamps being polymer, I find these line up so easily as you can see where you're stamping which is also great for lining up to make stamped backgrounds as shown in Jenny's card which uses the muscle man stamp from the set.
Tena's projects used the Painted Petals set, made easier if you purchase the polymer stamps as this is a 2-step set so lining up the flowers onto the stems couldn't be easier.
Finally as I mentioned above, I had the privilege of being commissioned to make Wedding Invitations for a beautiful Bride to be and her Groom.  My sample was made in Blackberry Bliss but she choose the Cherry Cobbler which fits in with her wedding theme.  The back of the invite has a pocket on which holds the menu and present guide.   I have waited until the invites have been sent and Sarah has kindly given her permission for me to share these
If you would like to see a copy of the catalogues or book onto a workshop then please do get in touch with me at
Wishing you a great Bank Holiday weekend.  Thank you for stopping by,
Best wishes,
Sam x
Hello & welcome,
Today I'd like to share a card I have made for a very special lady who turned 40 this weekend. 
I used the I Love Lace stamp, stamped with versamark and embossed with silver powder.  I think Night of Navy makes a great colour combo with this powder for a classy look and as she's a classy lady, its very apt.
I have been practicing my double bows from a You Tube tutorial as well.....I think I will save these for very special cards as I get them stuck on my fingers!!
Have a great weekend,
Best wishes.
Sam x

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Spring Class

Hello & welcome.
Yesterday we held a workshop focusing on Easter and Spring where our ladies made projects using our subtles colours which, for me, always reflect Spring beautifully.
One of our projects was an Easter card made using punches and dies.

One of the things I enjoy about our workshops is that we encourage our ladies to alter the project designs to suit them if they wish, so it was lovely to see some of the cards made which celebrated birthdays rather than Easter and used the Butterfly thinlets and the embosslits to create fabulous butterflies amongst flowers.  Unfortunately I didn't take any photos of some of the alternative projects and I wish I had as I really would love to CASE them.  Copy and sharing is one of the joys of being part of the wonderful crafting community and whilst I designed this card, the bunny bottom (!) was copied from the internet where I have seen it replicated in different formats....I just loved the bobbly tail.
Tena had prepared 4 quick projects for our ladies to and I will post pictures once I have them as I didn't take photos. 
I also designed a project using the Basket bigz die and again added some flowers and a butterfly.  The ladies were also given a chocolate egg and large gold chocolate bunny to pop in their baskets as a treat.

To line the basket we simply cut another basket with coordinating paper and glued it to the card before assembling the basket.  I find this die really easy to use and I can't wait to use it as gift baskets for friends' birthdays filled with treats and gifts. 
During the workshop we had the opportunity to expand on the use of the dies and the materials they cut.  Aly gave a demonstration of various fabrics the dies cut and today I decided I would do some playing of my own with some felt and a couple of my favourite Stampin' Up dies.  I am so happy with the results.....

I used the spiral flower die to create some flowers and everything stuck together really well using a hot glue gun.

If you would like to join us at our April workshop, this will be held on Saturday 26th April in Gosport.  Our workshops include at least four projects, treats, all beverages, cakes and lunch.  We hold a raffle and have an inspiration table of samples.  The day runs from 10am - 4pm and costs £20.  If you would like to book, please contact me at
Wishing you a fabulous week.
Best wishes,

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Love is in the Air

Hello and welcome,

I am really taken with one of the products from the Spring Summer catalogue - the mini treat bag framelit.  It makes a little treat bag which you cut and stick together.  So far I have tried this with Stampin' Up cardstock, vellum and dsp and all work really well and are so cute.

I decided it would be a perfect envelope for a card and it just so happens the Valentine's card I have made my hubby fits in it!

The stamps used are the "You plus me" set which coordinates well with the hearts embossing folder and "Stacked with love" mini dsp papers - 48 sheets of double sided paper.  At 6.5x4.5" they make a great size for cards and 3d projects and, of course, fit fabulously on a mini treat bag.

If you are interested in browsing any of the catalogues to find out more about any of these products or how to earn free products until the end of March, please do not hesitate to contact me at

Best wishes,

Sam x

First workshop of the year


Yesterday we held our first workshop of 2015.  We were celebrating Sale-a-Bration and, of course, the new spring summer catalogue.  We used products from both and our lovely ladies made a total of nine cards and a little treat box.  I forgot to take a photo of the treat box so will look out my sample and post another time.

We like people to have value for money from our workshops and include lunch too so that you don't have to worry about anything apart from having a good craft day.

This project used the gorgeous Sheltering Tree set.  It is difficult to see, but in the winter card in the center, I used a white gel pen to create frost, the tiny snowflakes stamps which come in this set with illuminate ink and highlighted some areas with a glue pen and a sprinkling of Dazzling Diamonds...lovely. 

I get a little scared with multiple stamping using a two or three step set but this Lotus Blossom set was so easy that even I could do it!  To achieve this image, you use three coordinating stamps on top of each other.  Each one has a little arrow at the top to help you remember where the top is but to be honest, it lines up so well because the polymer makes it so easy to see where you are stamping.  This set is from the Sale-a-bration choices and is one that jumped out at me as soon as I saw it and, bonus, is free with a spend of £45. 

Another polymer set in the spring catalogue is the "Celebrate today" set.  This comes with coordinating framelits and no trying to cut a circle out!

Our next workshop is on March 14th in Gosport, Hampshire.  If you would like to book to attend, please drop me an email. 

I hope you all have a great week.

Sam x

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Spring is in the Air

Hello & welcome.

I apologise for my absence.....the build up to Christmas was exhausting plus I have been ill pretty much since the first week in December.  I am on the mend now and trying to schedule some down time in my diary so I don't get quite so tired again!  This does mean that I haven't been crafting as much over the past month as I'd have liked but I am back in my craft room and working on some ideas for our future workshops.

What did make me feel much brighter was the cover of the new spring summer catalogue which is now available to order from.  It is filled with the most beautiful products and projects.  As usual there are some great bundle offers as well as crafting products to create stunning projects for key occasions such as Valentines Day, Mothers Day and Easter.

We will be using some of the products from this catalogue in our January workshop.  We still have spaces available so if you would like to join us, please contact me to book a place. 

The spring summer catalogue is available to view by clicking on the image to the right.

If you'd like to place an order from this catalogue and/or the annual catalogue then please get in touch. 

Until the 31st March, we are celebrating Sale-a-Bration (SAB).  For those that have been customers or attended our workshops in previous years, you will know that this is a fabulous time to earn free products.  For every £45 spend from either the Annual &/or Spring Summer catalogue, you can choose one free product from a really lovely selection of stamps, papers, accessories and, for the first time, blendabilities marker pens.

Sale-a-Bration is a great time to join Stampin' Up.  For £99 until 31st March, you can choose £130 worth of products plus choose from a free project kit or 2 SAB items.  This really is a great time to join and get more for your money.  There is no obligation as a demonstrator to host parties or workshops, you can simply join just to earn a 20% discount on products for you personally.  If you are thinking this maybe something for you and you want to have an informal on-obligation chat, then please do drop me an email to arrange a convenient time.  

If you would like to view the Sale-a-Bration catalogue, please click on the link to the right.

If you would like a Spring Summer & Sale-a-Bration catalogue sent to you, please do get in contact with me at and I will be happy to post them out to you.

Sending you my best wishes.

Sam x