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, 16 September 2014


Here we are again another Wednesday!!! Where do the days go? Thank you for all the lovely comments last week.
Well I managed to be ready for my class on Saturday and everyone seemed to enjoy it. One lady bought yummy chocolate cake and another scones with jam and cream - yum- yum yum!!! Not helping my healthy eating plan though :-)

A quieter time than of late. However last Friday evening we had dinner with our youngest son and family - really lovely. The girls went to bed and we ate later so that we had chance to chat :-)
Saturday was class and then I went to lunch and a mooch around the garden centre with two of the ladies.
Sunday was a beautiful day and we worked in the garden - well I told DH what needed to be done lol

Monday a few chores and some crafting. Today I went out to lunch again and a mooch around another Garden Centre and managed to get some birthday presents I needed.
So a very relaxed and enjoyable few days.

My work space has been tidied up after the weekend and yesterday

In background is card I was working on for my son and daughter in law's wedding anniversary - it's not going well!

One of the ladies busy making - love that watch.

 Above are cards and bag we made. I did use some ideas I had seen on Pinterest as I was really short of time. I made some little changes to the originals.

Some birthday cards and a thank you card I made .

 Above some ideas I played with.
 If you'd like to join in and show us your desk then visit the lovely Julia's Blog and find out all about it.

I will visit all who visit me and those ending with same number as me. x

Tuesday, 9 September 2014


Hello again. I went walk about last week! Well not really but I had been so busy that I was exhausted and although I took a photo of my desk I just didn't have time to do anything with it.
More of that later. Will show you my desk first as I know that's what the title of the post is all about and I don't want to get told off! :-)
If you are wondering what WOYWW is all about then pop along to Julia's Blog  and join in.

Last Thursday and Friday I was able to prepare for my class on Saturday! Fortunately knew what we were doing but still had quite a lot to get ready. Just about made it. Then forgot to take photos!!! Have three more ladies this Saturday as they couldn't make it last week.
Anyway I took photo of work space this morning as I didn't intend crafting today ( DH and I are on a mission to declutter) and all there was to see is everything ready for next Sat. You can see the two cards and simple tag we made ( cards based on some I've seen but not exactly the same - will have to show you them properly. Oh and the bag we made.

The card to the right above is actually and easel card - was quite pleased with that one!

Then this afternoon I got fed up with sorting and tidying so decided to make a card. So I took another photo after I'd finished for the evening!!

So this is how I left it !!!

You can just see a sneak peek of the card. 

AS I said DH and I on a declutter mission. Yesterday we did the first of two roof spaces. ( Not the loft) There was a lot of stuff belonging to our eldest son. School books, Uni work etc etc. Also stuff of ours - my wedding dress/veil. Baby things I've kept. Books and so on. I do find it hard to throw away things I am very sentimental :-) 

Below is some of the stuff that we are going to take to our son when we visit next. We are not going to be popular with our D.I.L. :-) 

An old camera and some books. 
We spent a lot of time reminiscing and remembering and I must admit I got a bit tearful looking at little baby clothes and shoes and the shawl mum made. 
Well I'd best end this part here. I will visit all who visit me and those who end in same number as me. ;-) x

Part Two

Since I was on last we have looked after these two cheeky monkeys   

On Wednesday a fortnight ago we met up with them and their mum and then brought them back home with us. Had a lovely time but Harry (the eldest) was unwell. To cut a long story short we ended up at A&E with him on he Saturday afternoon. He was ok but got upset and wanted his mum. So my D.I.L. ended up driving down after work and took the day off on Sunday. She didn't want to let her colleagues down ( she is a nurse) but Harry and Sam come first - of course. He seems fully recovered now. Their daddy was doing a coast to coast bike ride in Yorkshire and frantically trying to work out how to get himself and bike down to West Mids in event of an operation. Thankfully all was well. Oh Sam bashed his head on bathroom door and we were looking after the guinea pigs :-) 
On Monday last week we had out granddaughters for the day. Their mum was supposed to collect them about three o clock but she ended up spending whole day in Dental Hospital !! On Tuesday we were due to collect youngest at one o clock from school ( for two weeks new children do until 1 o clock) I had to go to hospital and there was a long delay. DH gets call to collect Ella as well at 3 .30 as D.I.L. still at Dental Hospital - for second day - DS had to leave his car at home and go and collect her and her car and drive them home. She had had an awful time following attempted treatment and ended up having tooth extracted and an awful lot of anaesthetic. She is still having to take painkillers a week later!!! We then collected Phoebe on Wed at one o clock as per plan and on Thursday I rested. Well not exactly as I had to prep for the class I mentioned above - never a dull moment - and that was the short version. On Sunday we went out and rested and enjoyed the lovely weather. back soon x 

Tuesday, 26 August 2014


It's that time again !! WOYWW !!! Want to know more then pop over to Julia's Blog 'the boss lady ' and go on join i,  do.

So since last week we've looked after our granddaughters for a day. We went to local shops to a special sweetie shop so they could have some treats for their holidays. I also took them to look at some clothes. BIG MISTAKE !!! They are only 5 and 7 but oh my word they knew what they did/didn't want!! Some things I said, ' no way'. Then Phoebe said she couldn't choose and wanted all seven items. I don't think so!! I said. So we had tears. In the end they chose something and off we went. Asked them where they wanted to go - they said IKEA lol they love lunch there and to play in the creche. So we did that. After the creche they went on a huge trampoline thing. Fastened in with harness and then jump away - looked fun. Then ice cream and balloons and finally the park. Phew were we tired that night. Good fun though. The next night we babysat because my D.I.L. got her Biology GCSE so I suggested they went out to celebrate  as my D.I.L. has been struggling a lot of late.
On Friday evening this arrived

My granddaughters Guinea Pigs are in there. We are looking after them for a week while they are away. They are called Chloe and Grace - very cute. I managed to get them out of the cage and outside today. Cleaned them out and then got them back without losing them - :-) phew. All this after having my hair done!! I'll never be a glamorous granny!!!
Saturday was just shopping and crafting and then DH cooked a lovely dinner. On Sunday we went out for a late lunch at a nearby hotel. It's really lovely there and the food is superb. We made it an early Wedding Anniversary celebration. It's not until Thursday but we will have our grandsons staying with us from Wednesday until Sunday so no 'Romantic Meals' for two !! Hahahaha 
Yesterday DH discovered a leak in our roof. Oh happy days. So waiting for the roofer to get in touch :-(  and of course we've had so much rain!!!!

Anyway I have managed to craft - yippee - so to my desk   
This is my actual desk and I have put on here the preps for my next workshop plus everything I used. Got to finish prepping when grandsons go home. 

Below the table where I usually craft.

And some makes

This was for our son and D.I.L. - there Anniversary is today ( I'm writing this on Tuesday )

This speaks for itself.

For my nephew's engagement.

I saw one with this fold today and needed a card really quickly and so made this this evening.

Below I was having a bit of a play making some different sized bags ( part of a challenge in a group I'm in) I haven't finished yet.

Well that's it for now! bet you're relieved if you've got this far :-) I will visit everyone who visits me and those ending with same number - and grandsons permitting a few others :-) x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Hello everyone and here we are another WOYWW . Wondering what it's all about? Pop over to Julia's Blog  and find out - oh and join in do.

Thank you to everyone who popped by my blog last week and left lovely comments I appreciated them so much.
Had a slightly more restful few days since last Wednesday. On Thursday I shopped, tidied and made sure DH had ironed shirts etc. I geared myself up for my arthroscopy on Friday. Then at 5.30 on Thursday evening a phone call from hospital my appointment was cancelled!!! :-( so now waiting for another. Very frustrating as we'd made all sorts of arrangements around it all. ) So everything back in the melting pot. Still I know it could be so much worse.

I have managed more paper crafting so that's been good. Mainly prepping for my next class ( if it goes ahead - depends on that appointment. I've made a lot of mistakes working it all out - sometimes wonder if I'm cut out for taking classes. I sort of design as I go along. Usually get an idea from Pinterest etc and then try to do my take on it. Trouble is I have to try it out and get it wrong and so waste card etc. Only way I can do it though.

So here's my space this week.

Space I've been working in. All self explanatory really.

Below a view down the table!!! Most of stuff there I've been using for class prep. The box contains Christmas Stamps - my non Stampin Up ones.
In bottom right you can just see bit of order that arrived today :-) can't show it yet as it contains some of Christmas goodies.

I also spread out to the window sill :-)

Well that's it for this week - not terribly exciting is it.Hopefully put some makes on next time - can't show them just yet.

Will visit everyone who visits me and those who end in same number as me. Bye for now x

Tuesday, 12 August 2014


Again I've missed a week! Missed visiting you all. There really are not enough hours in a day etc at the moment.
Since last time I've been back up to Yorkshire to help with childcare during school holidays. I came home on Sunday 3rd August, hospital appointment on 4th, a sugar craft class on 5th  and down to Somerset on 6th to collect my mum for a visit here. Came back on 7th and then spent time with my mum until yesterday when we joined my brother and family for most of the day. This morning I went to second sugar craft class and I'm now hoping for a few days of rest and chance to paper craft!!!!
During this time there have been a few issues to deal with - some resolved but another I fear won't be. I've tried and can do no more!!!!
Anyway enough of all that and on to the reason for today's post WOYWW - what does it mean - you don't know well pop along to Julia's Blog and find out all about it!!!

I cleared my work space as I wanted to use the dining table on Sunday as our  son and family joined us for dinner and of course Mum was with us as well. So all that is there now are two paper cutters and envelope board. Mum messed up an envelope for a card for my Aunt so I made her another. She was very impressed :-) sadly wasted on my aunt though.

So to my desk

Very , very empty and boring!!!

However I've managed a little crafting of another sort. Remember me mentioning two sugar craft classes? Well this is what we were making an Amaryllis and a rose - both from flowerpaste.

And while travelling backwards and forwards I've been knitting!!! This travelled in my lovely LLJ bag . Love that bag!!! 

Well 'That's all folks' as they say. COuld have written a book but tried to keep it short. I will visit all who visit me, blogs I follow regularly and all those ending with same number as me. Thanks to all who visited me last time. See you soon. x 

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

WOYWW 269 ( and catching up)

Hello everyone. Thought I might not make it this week either. I don't know about one week to the next flying by, the last fortnight has fled.
I will try not to make this too long ( sorry Julia if it does run over a bit)

I did intend to post last week but I ran out of time. I could not believe it when I realised I'd missed learning that I had won the gorgeous 

'Tootie Fruiti Bag'  from LLJ  - Jan that she kindly gave away to celebrate the third birthday of her blog!!! Guess what it arrived today - oh yes it did and it's fabulous. It is going to travel with me - I usually take knitting /crochet with me and in future it will travel in my tootie fruitie bag. Many thanks Jan. 

Here it is complete with the pretty card with kind words inside from Jan. 

Since my last post I've been up to Yorkshire again visiting my eldest son and family. I helped my D.I.L. make two cakes based on the Disney film Frozen and also a football shirt for Sam who was having his birthday party that weekend. His party was at a climbing centre in Brighouse and unfortunately we got a parking ticket. We had paid but it fell off the windscreen. DH appealed and it was rescinded - this time!! Cheek it was the fact that the adhesive was affected by the heat and would not stick.
My photo of one of the 'Frozen' cake has not turned out well. It looks lop sided etc but in reality was fine!!

On our return from Yorkshire I had to gear up to preparations for my Card Making Workshop. I had 9 lovely ladies attending and had not done any preparation. Knew what I wanted to do! It was a difficult week as there were family issues, I didn't feel well and I had a lot of other things that needed to be done. I was very stressed last week. Glad to say I was ready for class, some issues with family resolved and although I still have a cough I feel better than I did.

All my lovely ladies - had to split them up this time :-) no they were not naughty just needed more space.

They made a bag ( thanks to Elaine at Paper craft button for instructions) - with some pretty coloured tea lights inside , a screen card 9 thanks to Linda Parker for the idea and the final card is not the one they made but is similar- thanks to Pootles for the inspiration.

I told them to do as I said not as I did - I didn't punch the clasp bit centrally :-(

I have also made

I bought this gorgeous fabric and ribbon - don't know what I'm going to do with it yet - sure I'll think of something :-)

Oh yes I'd best show you my 'desk' have been making a card for my grandson today - can't show you yet though.

And finally as well as getting my lovely bag today I also received some gorgeous flowers by post - a thank you from my D.I.L.'s friend thanking me for helping with the cake and also heard that my nephew got engaged yesterday - on the beach at Lyme Regis. So pleased for him.

The gorgeous flowers.

I am sorry for a long post - sorry Julia will try and do better next week.
Why am I showing you my desk? Pop over to  Julia's Blog and join in!!! As always will visit those I follow , anyone who visits me and those ending with same number. Have a great week. Back soon - I hope. x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Hello it's that time again!!! A trip around the world via some fabulous crafty desks/spaces!!! WOYWW - don't know what I'm talking about then pop over to Stamping Ground  the home of Julia who started it all.

Well I really can't believe it's that time again. The weeks seem to be flying by!! As always I've been busy, visiting my Aunt, having a lovely pedicure, Church Fete with my lovely DH, DS, D.I.L. and gorgeous granddaughters, I've made a card and almost finished another, knitting - well trying to - have undone more than I've finished, had our younger granddaughter yesterday p.m. and then took both out for tea last night after school - an end of term treat, had my hair trimmed this morning and then to lunch with several ladies from sugar craft class. At the end of the year we go to the house of one of the members for a 'garden party' She has a beautiful garden and this year we were able to sit outside. We all take something for lunch. It was all so delicious and the garden was looking lovely. Ended up staying to chat until 5.30. It was lovely to see everyone again. I've not been to class since March - to begin with because of problem with my knee and after it became easier I had various appointments and so decided not to rejoin until September.
Oh yes also been trying to make a model of Olaf from the film Frozen - for a birthday cake I'm helping with.

Well I digress - to  my desk (aka dining room table) - it's a mess again!! The whole room is. I have cake decorating stuff out, card making stuff and I have been having a big sort out, moving things around and getting rid of things. Have a bit more to do yet so everything is in the dining room.

It doesn't look that bad in these photographs but that's because you can't see the rest :-)

Below is the card I made and have I just realised there are a couple of things not straight and I've forgotten the butterfly that was to go on it!!

I will visit the blogs I follow regularly, anyone who visits me and those ending with same number as me.
Back soon x