Monday, 27 February 2017


unfortunately due to ill health 
I have had to cancel my Card & Cuppa classes at Mooch1 
which were being held every Monday! 
I am very sad and disappointed about this
but with the amount of pain I am experiencing 
and the serious lack of sleep it causes
 I just cannot function properly to do a good weekly class at this time

sorry for any inconvenience 

I hope to still do my card making buffet 
at Wigglesworths on the first Wednesday of every month

I continue to be an Independent Stampin Up Demonstrator
in fact making cards really helps me to relax 
and think of something or someone 
other than the pain I'm in
even if for just a short while!
it's still my fun fun fun thing to do!

My online shop is still open if you want to shop for Stampin' Up products
just use the link above on the right to browse the current catalogues 
or the my Stampin' Up shop button above
 if you need any help with Stampin' Up products
or general card making questions I would be very happy to help
just contact me (without obligation) for advice
by email at

thanks for dropping by xx

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

From Stress to Success

Do you remember I had posted about my first 
Card & Cuppa event at Mooch 1 in St Annes?
I was so excited about it
I had spent some time designing the initial card and I 
bought a lot of the tools & bits n bobs needed
like cutting mats rulers glue scissors pencils and some new stamps, dies and card for the first month of card kits needed for this event.
I love it when a plan comes together don't you?
 I was all packed up with the kits prepared 
and my full trolley tote on the back of my wheelchair. 
everything was ready for a successful day!

The weather was nice and sunny and not too cold. so I decided to go early and have lunch at Mooch1 before setting up!

I put my key in the lock of my front door to leave my flat
but the key sheered off in the lock
having no back door to my tiny flat meant that I was locked in, 
I was trapped!
Stress! Stress! Stress!... I had been so excited just minutes before, 
Now what was I gonna do?
I contacted my housing association, they said they would try their best to get a locksmith to me A.S.A.P. but he was 26 miles away in Leyland on another job he could be 2 or more hours!
so now the disappointment of having to miss my 
first Card & Cuppa class hit me hard 
I was overwhelmed with stress and very upset
but nothing could be done to change the situation.

I had to just get over it!

At 2pm the locksmith arrived, he fixed the lock in minutes 
then he changed the inside lock so I don't need a key to lock or 
unlock the door from the inside anymore \o/
Within minutes I received a phone call telling me that 2 ladies were waiting for the class, can I still do it?  I tried to calm down 
as I whizzed to St Annes square on my electric wheelchair
Finally, I got to the class an hour late, My card making friend Kath joined us and the class went ahead. PHEW! 

The 2 lovely ladies who had so patiently waited 
were both very new to card making 
we made this "Soft Sky and a Butterfly Card" 
Using my kits and a little instruction, they did really well.
They were both very pleased with their handmade creations. 
I was so pleased how the card kits had worked for them
as they had no cardmaking experience 
yet they produced lovely handmade cards.
My friend Kath who has been cardmaking for some years 
was pleased with her card too
which just confirms that the Card & Cuppa event is suitable
 for beginners and experienced card makers alike.
I totally de-stressed as I shared my love of cardmaking and felt quite relaxed as I simply got creative and did what I love doing
As the afternoon went on we all chatted away as if we had already met before. Wenjoyed a lovely friendly fun atmosphere which made the afternoon a time to get together and share the fun
just as much as a time to make cards.

After all that stress 
the first Card & Cuppa event
turned into a real success

The Card & Cuppa at Mooch 1will continue as a weekly event
every Monday starting at 1.30
just drop in & join us
no more boring dull Mondays LOL

in the near future my card making kits 
will be available to purchase online
as part of a stamp club
I just need to sort a couple of things first!
I will let you know when they are available
please email me for details

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Soft Sky and a Butterfly

Soft Sky and a Butterfly

It's been ages since I entered a card making challenge, 
I came across the Stamp Ink Paper Challenge this morning.
There challenge #84 is a "tic tac toe" challenge which ends on the 5th of February.
you can find the challenge by clicking here!
To use the Tic Tac Toe grid above 
you simply choose a line and use those elements on the challenge card
The top line of the grid shows "blue, embossing, sequins"
which fits fabulously with a card I have been designing
for my first Card & Cuppa event here in St. Annes
I love the colour combo of Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, and Whisper White
I wanted to use my new Butterfly Thinlits dies.
along with the butterfly stamp in the Butterfly Basics stamp set
Soft Sky is a pale blue colour, 3 sequins adorn the card 
the Square Lattice Embossing Folder 
was used to give texture to the pennant
so I have met the requirement for the challenge
all of these products are from Stampin' Up.

Can you see the stamped lace at the very bottom of my card?
look behind the strip of lacy trim
this was stamped using whisper white craft ink and
the delicate details set of stamps shown below.
This stamp set "Delicate Details" is from the 2017 Sale-a-brations catalogue
any of my customers can get this set free of charge
 ***YES FREE!!!***
when they spend £45 on Stampin' Up products
from any current catalogue or clearance rack
(not including postage charges)
for each further £45spend  there are other fab free items to choose from too!

If you really like this card and you live near Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England
then the good news is that this card will feature in my
 Card & Cuppa event
at Mooch1 in Garden st St. Annes
drop in on Monday 13th of February
between 1.30 and 3.30 pm
to make this card and enjoy a nice cuppa 
for just £5
You will recieve a kit and the use of my stamps and equipment 
to complete this card
all the cutting and scoring is done 
and the sentiment can be changed if desired.

well that's my card for today 
 I am already thinking of some slight changes
like colour, embossing folder, sentiment and the square 
but hey that's what gives me such a buzz

 I am here to help
with any Stampin' Up product questions
or general card making tips techniques etc
without obligation

and of course if you would like a catalogue 
then please contact me