Tuesday, 20 June 2017


Gosh where did the last two weeks go? I couldn't manage a visit last week and knew that I'd have trouble trying to visit so decided best to not come and say hello.
Thanks to everyone who visited week before last. I did try to reply to all where I was able to.

I managed another twenty cards to send to all involved in aftermath of the attack in London - I could not believe it when we heard the news of the fire at Grenfell Tower - hope our cards reached all those involved - probably the same people. My heart goes out to all affected.

Last Tuesday saw me out to lunch with friends, on Wednesday I did a class for one of my ladies and the rest came along on Thursday evening. Friday DH and I travelled up to Yorkshire to visit our eldest son Matthew and his lovely family and to meet the latest addition to the family - a gorgeous beagle named Ralph :-) We were also there to help eldest grandson, Harry begin his week of 12th birthday celebrations - where did those 12 years go?

Sorry I meant to show my desk first
The card is for my very best friend, it is her birthday on Friday - same day as my eldest grandson :-) and my grandma. I love the Daisy Delight Bundle from Stampin Up and have used it a lot. Inspiration for this card came from one made by Monica Gale - I have changed it somewhat though.This week I have to finish making cards I promised to send to the Care Home mum was in for a month - for their Summer Fete.

At last below are the ATC's I received. Aren't they gorgeous? Have a book full of lovely items as well from Morti and I will put that on next time.

Below are my cards for London. The group sent almost six hundred.

Below my display/ inspiration station for my class last Thursday to launch the 2017/2018 Stampin Up catalogue.

So that's all my makes for the moment. I am looking forward to visiting as many desks as I can to admire everyone's work. If you would like to join in then visit Julie's Blog and find out more!!!

If you can cope with more - a few photos of the weekend. On Sunday we left Yorkshire and all met up in Derbyshire for lunch for Father's Day and for younger son's family to meet Ralph and all visit with each other :-)

Harry and Sam - grandsons. Harry is at back. My D.I.L. made the cake and I decorated it.

Stand off between Ralph and my son, after Ralph took his sock  lol it was soooooo funny.

Grandpa and Sam playing cricket.

Well I think that's it - more than enough I think.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017


Hello there, Sorry I was missing in action last week . especially after the ATC swap. I still have two to send but that's because I was waiting for a couple of addresses , I think I got the others out  pretty promptly for me :-)
I still need to photograph all my lovely swaps - it;s been a very busy, etc time. More at the end as I know you have come to see my work space.
 I have been trying to get ready for my next class - this Saturday , although now I only have three coming. Others are coming next week on Thursday evening :-)

As you may realise I am also a Stampin Up demonstrator . My Upline, a lovely lady named Julie Wade was devastated by events in Manchester. She really wanted to do something, 'to make a difference' she invited as many as wanted to, and who were part of the team known as Julie's Jems ( Julie Kettlewell)  to make cards to send to all Doctors, Nurses and Emergency Services who were involved with the aftermath of Manchester, to thank them for all they did. She did a lot of research etc and we sent almost 1000 cards to Manchester.

Then of course we heard on Saturday evening/ Sunday morning of the dreadful events in London. Julie again invited as many of the team who were able to make cards to send to all those involved in aftermath of the London atrocities.

I could only commit to 20 cards for each these are the ones I made  for Manchester

I will show you the London ones next week.

My work area tonight ( Tuesday ) it will not change until tomorrow pm.

You can't see the exact spot I work in as the cards for London are there and I don't want to show those until they have been received.

I will endeavour to visit as many desks as I can. I am sorry that there are some I can't leave comments on as they are Google+ and I don't want to go that route. I will leave a reply in the comments though. Please if you don't know what WOYWW is then please pop over to Julia's Blog and discover more, you won't be sorry.

I have had a lot going on re my mum. She is quite well really, considering what is wrong with her. There are issues re what care etc she will need in the future. Also issues re where she lives and how that is affecting us all. Last week my brother and I arranged for mum to visit a Reitrement Apartment here in Birmingham ( mum is in Somerset) this Monday. I went down to visit last Thursday, my brother was going to join me on Saturday and we hoped to bring her back. Anyway she wouldn't come. made all sorts of excuses - even though she has said it was what she wanted. So I had to come back and leave her. one of my sisters does live near her. Mum has a bungalow where she lives but has been spending a little time in a Care Home , she has a week left there. The situation is not straight forward or easy to deal with but I don't really want to go into it all.
It was very hard leaving on Sunday, especially as it was the anniversary of my dad's death. Anyway suffice to say that last week was not the easiest.  one of the reasons I didn't make it here.
hopefully back next week.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017


Just want to say that my heart goes out to anyone affected by the dreadful events in Manchester on Tuesday evening. Words just don't seem enough.

Well it's Wednesday again, such a special one, 8 years of WOYWW thanks to the lovely Julia from The Stamping Ground - thanks Julia !

Thank you to all of you who commented last week, I loved reading all your comments. It was interesting re quality of my photos. I did say that I was not sure what had happened to the first one - apologised for the quality. Well thank you Vicky for saying she liked it - all dreamy :-) I didn't think the others were too bad - used my phone and I'm afraid this week's are the same.

I didn't get masses of crafting done last week, catching up with everything.

My work space as left last night. I have been experimenting and playing - trying to come up with ideas for my next class. As I said not had a lot of time so not got very far , and I also seem to have lost my mojo a little. A lot of stuff going on in the background :-(

Little sausage had his PEG fitted. I hope that life will be a little easier now for him and his parents. That is him below having fun before his operation. You may be able to see his feeding tube, it is attached to a pack on his daddy's back. Thankfully no more.

I look forward to visiting many desks later.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Hello again, it can't possibly be Wednesday. Feel as though my feet have hardly touched the floor since last week.
Thanks to all who visited me last week , I did reply where I could.
The Craft Weekend went very, very well and everyone said they enjoyed it - I will put some photos and a little more detail at the end.

I have almost put everything away from the weekend, cleaned my stamps etc.It was hard remembering and taking everything. I normally hold my class at home so everything on hand.

Anyway I have two workdesk/workspace photos.

Oh dear not sure what happened there. You might be able to make out what's there.

The one below is my actual desk, quite small, an old washstand. I've actually cleared it off a bit. Under the sealotape dispenser are the new annual Catalogues from Stampin' Up!

Above are the makes from the weekend. We made the box on Friday evening and I had provided a sweet heart shaped candle to go inside. On Saturday we decorated the heart, the tin and made the cards - there were five designs and each lady had 20 cards they could make. Sorry the photos are really not very good.

If you would like to join in WOYWW then pop over to the lovely Julia's Blog and join in. I will visit all who visit me and who end in the same number as me.

So back to  the weekend.
We started on Friday at five o clock with Bucks Fizz and nibbles and then made the boxes. Later had dinner and then played bingo :-) for crafty prizes. Lots of chatting and laughter.

Saturday morning began with breakfast and then we decorated the heart and made the decoration for the tin.There was a break for homemade biscuits and drinks. Lunch followed - gorgeous wraps.
On Saturday afternoon all the ladies started on the cards. They had all they needed for four of five designs. Apart from lady ( who was a little difficult at times - long story) everyone finished everything.
We finished with a fabulous dinner and a raffle. I was shattered but it was all worth it.

Some photos

Nibbles above

Below part of Friday dinner


Saturday breakfast below

Goody bags -I used shrink plastic for the hearts and beads from my stash

Chocolate and mini gifts

Discovering the contents of the goody bags

And we're off!!!

scones and cream for afternoon tea.

I didn't manage anymore photos as I was busy with finishing off, tidying up for dinner and then collapsed with a glass of wine :-)

Hope you've enjoyed reading and looking.

Mum not brilliant and causing me to worry a lot. She seems more frail etc. So sad to see her like this. Hopefully back next week.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017


Gosh the time is flying by. Here we are again for a peek at desks around the world. Thank you for visiting last week, I did, eventually reply to all I could. If I wasn't able to I left a reply to your comment.
I managed my first Blog Hop on Sunday - a minor miracle. It was my post before this one and you can see the cards I made for DH and our youngest son for their birthdays.

A quieter week than last week, well except for preparation for the weekend. We collected our granddaughters from school on Friday evening and on Saturday I met up with my friend Marion who is hosting the weekend and doing all the catering. It all sounds fabulous. I hope I will remember to take photographs of everything and will report back! :-)

So to my work space. It's looking a lot tidier than it did :-) getting stuff packed up ready.

In first photo I'm starting to make up packs of various elements needed for each card. I used to put everything in one box per card. Found things got lost or damaged, so I now usually put
everything in pack/packs per lady. They tend to take care of their own things better.

Chocolate !!!!! making up packs to put in each individual bag - got to have chocolate :-)

Some Molton and Brown minis - table favours - not finished the packaging yet!!

A sneak preview of the bags!!! will show you more next week.

Well short and sweet- how it's supposed to be I think :-) I've still a few things to do and I think there may be a lengthy phone conversation later with my brother re mum :-(

If you would like to join in WOYWW then visit Julia's Blog and find out more.
I will visit all who visit me and who end in the same number as me.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Jems Blog Hop Something for the Men

Hi there. This is my first Blog Hop ever, hope I've got it right! Have to admit that I don't find masculine cards very easy to come up with! However I needed three this month. One for my husband, one for our son and another for my nephew. Today I'm sharing the ones I made for my husband and our son.

All products used are from Stampin'Up!

I saw this type of card here The Craft Spa  made by the lovely Amanda Bates. 
I used Whisper White Thick Cardstock for the base and retiring In Colour Water Melon Wonder. 
The stars and letters are in Night of Navy. 
The Sentiment is from the stamp set -  Big on Birthdays, stamped in Water Melon Wonder  
I used the  Large Letters Framelits for the letters.

For the card for my husband I used Tip Top Taupe ( another retiring In Colour for the  base, Sahara Sand  and Early Espresso. The backing paper was some I had left from one of the Christmas DSP packs.
I sponged the edges of all pieces of card and paper with Early Espresso
The sentiments were from, Guy Greetings and  Crazy About You. For the hearts I used red and gold glimmer paper. The flourishes were from the  Timeless Textures set. I stamped off first before stamping the flourishes in Early Espresso. 

I am last on the list but if you want to go back to the start of the hop click on the link below.

                           If you missed the one before me then click below to go back one.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017


Thank you for the visits and kind comments last week. I'm sorry I didn't visit more deskers, was late commenting on some. There were also a couple I couldn't comment on but I left a reply after your comment.
Time just flew by last Wednesday. we had to have our radiators all flushed out, Wednesday was the day!!! I went out shopping , Left DH in charge. It was a cold day as well and no heating on brrrrrr.
 On Wednesday afternoon I took two of the ladies ( friends) who have joined Stampin Up with me as their Upline, to meet my lovely Upline. She showed us the New Catalogue ( she had it as she went to Onstage) some new goodies and we had a play. A fun and relaxing time. Afterwards we called at a local pub for our dinner. A good day but we were late back and I was too tired to comment much on Wednesday evening.
Another busy day on Thursday. I went to have my hair done, trying out a new hairdresser - verdict is not in at the moment. But on Thursday evening we went to see Billy Elliot at Birmingham Hippodrome. I thought it was amazing and could happily go again.
On Friday we collected out granddaughters from school as Sarah (D.I.L.) was at the Fort in B'ham with Betsey her vintage ice cream van. As it was our son's birthday we went to their house later and enjoyed some delicious Chinese take away. On Saturday we chilled out :-)
Sunday was DH's birthday,  I treated him to lunch out and then we went to our son's for some cake and tea.
Monday was Bank Holiday, youngest son. granddaughters and DH and I met up with eldest son and D.I.L. and eldest grandson at Carsington Water in Derbyshire - to celebrate the birthdays. Lunch , a walk and then cake and coffee. Sarah was in Brindley Place in B.ham with Betsey and grandson Sam was at Headingly playing cricket with the Yorkshire cricket team - a chance he couldn't miss. It seems we've been eating lots!!! A lovely time though - much needed.
Today not so good as I had to go to the dentist :-( (my tooth broke for a second time so it was decided that a crown was the next step).The preparation for it was very painful :-(

Well I'd better get onto the WOYWW part hadn't I. I finished all the cards I needed. I will show you next week. They should be on my blog on Saturday when I am supposed to be joining in with a Blog Hop. Not done one before so we will see.

I am still preparing for the Craft Weekend - well Friday evening and Saturday - in a couple of weeks time. Still lots to do

 Below - where I was working- still looks same tonight - Tuesday.

 Below, other end of table with some of the samples etc.

I will endeavour to visit a few more desks tomorrow! Certainly visit all who visit me and who end in the same number as me. Want to join in then visit stamping-ground.blogspot.com/ where the lovely Julia- the Boss :-) will tell you how.

 The birthday boy, well one of them :-) blowing out his candles. my friend made him a delicious carrot cake. I put the frosting on and made the carrots!!

Sarah, Jonathan and the girls put together a hamper for DH as there was nothing else he wanted. He is so difficult to buy for.

 Scooting along, three of our four grandchildren.

Carsington Water

Eldest grandson - Harry

DH, eldest Matthew, youngest- Jonathan and Matthew's wife Carolynn

 Well I think I've gone on enough now. Hopefully back with WOYWW next week and the blog hop on Saturday!


Gosh where did the last two weeks go? I couldn't manage a visit last week and knew that I'd have trouble trying to visit so decided ...