West Midlands, United Kingdom
Hi I'm Anne and I'm an Independent Stampin'Up! Demonstrator. I live within easy reach of Walsall, Sutton, Streetly and Great Barr in the West Midlands. I hold monthly cardmaking classes. If you would like details of my classes, hold a workshop in your own home ,more information about Stampin'Up! or would just like to place an order please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015


Here we are again. Not sure what I mean - click on the WOYWW on my sidebar and find out more - and join in!!!
Thank you to all my lovely visitors last week - I attempted to reply to everyone.

re the baubles card - it is a Stampin Up Stamp Set and Thinlits.

It's been busy as always here at Copper Beeches.

More of what I've been up to later. First my desk aka dining table. It's a tip again :-) I am now trying to complete all the bits and pieces for the upcoming Craft Fair - amongst other things - so here it is.

 Below a view along the table to where I have gathered some of my  makes for the Fair.

Since last Wednesday I have held my All Day Class - everyone seemed to enjoy and lunch and other refreshments were delicious as always.
The ladies did their chosen kits from Stampin Up in the morning. After lunch they made a trio of curvy keepsakes and a card.
The ladies loved their Goody Jars and were happy with their raffle prizes.

Completed goody jars

Hard at work


Coming to the end

I had two cards to make this week , one was a card for a wedding - I was asked to make this and to their specification. The second is for my sister for her 60th birthday on Sunday.

Since last week's visit I've treated myself to a facial and had a manicure. Also had my hair done.
Last Friday evening I went to a 'Pink Night' my friend cooked dinner for 16 and we all made a donation to breast cancer charity. There was also a raffle and I won a lovely handmade bauble.
The table at the pink night!

Saturday was the All Day Class as I said and on Sunday I visited my Auntie who had a fall. Fortunately she didn't break anything.
|Today I've been baking. Not happy with it though. It's a red velvet and I cooked it in two halves but it took ages and has cracked across the top - hope it will be ok as I don't have time to make another and need to decorate tomorrow.

DH has been poorly for a week. I made him go to GP yesterday - well I took him and as I'd suspected he has a Chest Infection. I am missing his help with everything at the moment, he has been unable to do anything. Hope that he soons starts to improve - not so he can help me :-) but for his sake - he says he has never felt so poorly.

Enough for now. look forward to visiting everyone and will visit as many as I can but definitely all who visit me and those ending with same number as me.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015


It's Wednesday again! Where did that week go? As you would expect I've been busy. Posted most of it in last post. On Saturday we had a unexpected visit to a bonfire/ fireworks. They were just down the road and organised by local Scout Group. My sons used to go there - both becoming Chief Scouts and only leaving when they went to Uni. They are extremely well organised and put on a fabulous display. Our granddaughter begged us to go - so we did :-) Sunday was quiet and I crafted and same yesterday. Today after the leak in boiler was fixed :-( off to do a bit of shopping.
I am ready for All Day Class on Sat and getting on well with craft fair stuff.
Have worked at desk in day but also sat in front of TV at night.

Actual desk this morning!
 Instead of goodie bags I did goodie jars!
Not a lot left as I am getting ready to set out for Saturday!

 Couple of cards made this week.

Late posting this week. Off now to visit others. Want to know what it's all about? Click on woyww button on side of my blog. X

Friday, 6 November 2015

Smiles for Friday

I'm doing well this week. Two posts. Now I'm joining in with Annie 's Smiles on Friday. Her blog is a stitch in time - do pop over - click on button at side of my blog.
I've had lots to smile about as I got to spend lots of time with family last week. This week as been a bit quieter but have crafted, been to Sugar Craft and enjoyed company of friends there. On Wednesday I went out for lunch with a friend - have known her for 48 years. I also got to meet her new grandson - Sam - now 12 weeks old. A little brother for Tom. Lunch lasted all day. Lovely relaxed time.
This morning I am sorting through photos. DS and his wife are having a joint 40th party later this month. They are have a photo stream. Both mum's have been asked for photos. It's taken me ages as I am looking at lots and lots and reliving the occasions !
So I have much to smile about and look forward to.
Here a few photos that have made me smile these last two weeks.
Phoebe's cake - I smiled a lot after I'd finished it and she loved it!

Gorgeous grandsons

 Our eldest son, d.I.l. and Harry!

Son and his sons - Sam and Harry. Love this photo.
Hope you enjoy looking.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015


No time to blog last week! It has been hectic since my last post - more of that in a moment for those interested. First to my desk aka dining table. It was actually used as a dining table Sunday before last! :-) DH and I usually eat at table in the kitchen - but my eldest son and grandsons visited and our youngest and family also came over.
Hard to believe now we all sat here to eat!
I am making tags - they sold well last time.
You can also see some boxes that I bought from SU ages ago - I have stamped with snowflake stamp. They have a see through sleeve so am going to put something inside - a bottle probably!

I did get ready for my class on the 24th Oct and then repeated it on the following Thursday! It was hard work but everyone had fun!
I am now prepping for the All Day Class on 14th Nov plus a craft fair I so wish I'd
not agreed to! I remember the same sense of panic this time last year and vowed never again! Still said yes to everything!
Some cards for inspiration - I was inspired by pinterest
 Phoebe's birthday card

Phoebe's cake.

Will pop along and visit everyone who visits me ( where it's possible - some blogs I can't seem to comment on) also those ending with same number as me.

So since my last visit as I said had two classes. In between a big tidy up ready for visitors- it went like this :-)
23rd Oct - went to help with first of Phoebe's birthday celebrations! Party for six , six year olds plus an eight year old.
Halloween themed

A few photos from Phoebe's party

24th Oct class
and then out for dinner that evening.
25th - had GD's all day. Eldest son and GS's arrived that night. Cooked dinner for everyone.

We watched The Lion King after dinner.

Mon 26th - out with everyone for the day. We went to Cannon Hill Park - start with a game of Crazy Golf! Then lunch and boys played football. It was a glorious day.

Back to younger son's for dinner.
Tues 27th
All children and DH plus two parents took children to park- I prepared lunch!
After lunch eldest son and GS'S returned home to Yorkshire ( their mummy had to work as she is a nurse so DS was in charge ! )
Wed - I went shopping and baked Phoebe's cake.
Thursday Card class
Friday - decorated the cake. DS, D.I.L. called in as it was Phoebe's actual birthday ( cake not seen/ eaten as it was for family lunch on Sunday.
Sat- final touches to cake. Walked to my friend's with DS,D.I.L. and girls as she did a trick/ treat for them. Adults enjoyed a drink.
Sunday - out for lunch - final celebration for Phoebe's birthday- she had a birthday week!
Came home and I felt like collapsing but did some crafting!
Monday - chores and more crafting!
Tuesday - Sugar Craft class Came home and baked mum's Christmas cake . (she is improving all the time I'm pleased to report) .  I also made our Christmas cake sometime last week but I've quite forgotten which day - it's all a bit of a blur lol!!
Have had two awful nights of not sleeping so now feeling very, very tired.
Hopefully back soon.

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

WOYWW and other tales

Oh my where is time going? I've not had time to join in with WOYWW or Annie's Friday Smiles for a couple of weeks. I knew there wouldn't be time to comment .
First to my desk. I have been preparing for another half day class on Saturday. Christmas themed. I am also repeating it the following Thursday. As always I am now doubting my makes :-(
I have also been preparing for an All Day class in November. A little easier this time as for the morning the ladies want to make up one of the kits from Stampin'Up! The afternoon make does not require quite as much preparation as before and my friend does the lunch.

 Can you see the strips of paper - they are to cover some rings to make a wreath for Christmas.
 A view down the table - I have some tidying up to do lol

I have spread onto every space. In the fruit bowl are the two different types of kit. There is also some lovely pom pom trim and ribbon.

As always will try to visit all who visit me - there are a couple of blogs I couldn't reply to last time - think I needed to join up to something. Also visit those ending in same number as me.
If you wonder what WOYWW is pop over to Julia's Blog and join in the fun.

Other tales

Mum is improving slowly and now able to walk using her stick. Doing more for herself as well. Still a way to go but definitely getting there. Thank you for all the good wishes.

Since my last visit I went to Yorkshire again to visit our eldest son and family. It was a beautiful weekend. We were out on the football field by nine o clock on the Saturday and Sunday morning as both grandson's had matches. It was very cold but sunny after the mist had burnt off. On Sunday morning there were bacon sandwiches and coffee - yummy. On the Saturday we all walked down to an Indian Restaurant called Pink Fusion and enjoyed some delicious dishes.

On our return I went out for lunch with friends. Visited a garden centre and lingered in the Japanese Garden section - only small but very relaxing.

Last Saturday I spent the day at The Belfry Hotel - there was a Demonstration Day for Patchwork Cutters - they are in fact used in cake decoration - not sewing :-)
It was a fab day with a super lunch , lots of laughter and a goody bag at the end -
Well that's a little look at what has been happening here at Copper Beeches - hope you have all been having lovely times. See you next time . 

Tuesday, 6 October 2015


Hello and already it's Wednesday!!! it came  by too fast last week and although I photographed my desk I just ran out of time to post. I was busy preparing for a class - and I had eleven ladies attend - that was Thursday evening and then on Friday I went down to visit my mum. She is out of hospital for the second time now and making good progress. Her ribs are healing very well, her pelvis is taking longer but she made an amazing recovery. I was so sad to leave though and will still worry. She is very independent and although she has carers going in four times a day she doesn't like them doing much. She announced today that she wants to try to drive her car again very soon!! I have told her she needs to check that out with someone - remember her injuries and that she is 86 and has not driven now for nine weeks.

hello from my mum :-)

I photographed my desk earlier this evening but it is not terribly interesting - I had managed to tidy up after the class on Thursday and then was just sorting through some papers - so not much to see really. I need to get cracking with my next class projects, then my All Day Class - part of that will be a little easier this time as the ladies want to have a go at one of the Stampin' Up! kits in the first half of the class - so my work done for me , just have to prep for the afternoon session.
I have also been asked to have a table at a Christmas Fair again so I'd best get started.

I think I might have a few too many packs of paper! :-) and those are only the ones you can see !

Two gift bags I started on.

A card inspired by one I saw but altered slightly.

I made some cards from the kits so that the ladies could get an idea before choosing the one they wanted.
Why not come and join in the desk hop
 Click on the button on side of my blog - will take you to the stamping ground - and Julia - founder of WOYWW.

I will visit all who visit me and those ending with the same number as me and as many others as I can manage. Happy desk hopping. x

Friday, 25 September 2015

A busy week !

It's been hectic - I ran out of time to join in on Wednesday with WOYWW. I have been busy preparing for a card class here at home. I also had several birthday cards to make plus some gift packaging. There was a cake for my granddaughter's eighth birthday - she ordered a Moshie Monster design :-) 
Yesterday ( Thursday) I was out all day relaxing. My lovely D.I.L. - Sarah organised a Spa Day , there was me, her mum and her sister in law as well. She collected me at 8.30 and we took the girls to school. Then we met with the others and had breakfast out - yummy. Afterwards off to the hotel and Spa. First of all it was tea/ coffee with lovely pastries. Then we changed and went into Jacuzzi, a swim in the pool followed by a sauna. After some time chatting and chilling we had our treatments - I had a facial - so relaxing and skin felt fab . This was followed by a spell in Spa Lounge, lunch, looking at magazines and putting the world to rights :-) 
We then finished with more poolside activities. A wonderful day with lovely company. Lots of smile about - so am going to link up with Friday's Smiles at Annie's blog - astitchintime 
After some difficult times it was a much welcomed diversion. 

Ella and her sister admiring the cake :-)
 Ella had chosen some of her small figures to put on the cake - well washed :-) but she wanted me to make one as well - so I made the big one on the front - called Jeepers I think :-)

Below a card for Sarah's mum - it was her birthday yesterday.

An anniversary card for eldest son and daughter in law.

Birthday card for Sarah - her birthday today!

The birthday cards inspired by some I saw but cannot remember where? 
Off to link up with Annie.