Monday, September 18, 2017

Taking a Huge Step

On Saturday I drove our daughter Sophie to Heathrow for her onward journey to China to trek The Great Wall, all in the name of Charity.  Such a huge step for someone so young to endure, not knowing who she would be travelling with or what obstacles she might face, I'm sure my feelings of anxiety for her are natural.

Leaving her at the airport was heartbreaking, but I know that the adventures that lie ahead through the next 12 days will be ones that she will cherish forever and look back on as another of lifes great experiences.  Proud is an understatement.

My feelings of sadness became greater once I reached home and the WhatsApp messages came through, I long for her to be home and filling us with news of her adventures.

So with my son away on his holidays and Jay car racing it was just me and Alfie today.  Thank goodness for creativity, it took my mind away from my family worries for a while!

I'm spoilt for choice on products to play with.  Having the Annual Catalogue released in July then just recently the Autumn/Winter Catalogue I'm struggling to decide what to play with first!

I have a couple of favourites, in my previous post you will see how much I'm loving the "Merry Cafe" set.

Now as crafters we like to get ahead of ourselves when it comes to Christmas creating, but often I find I burn myself out by November as I've jumped in both feet first so this year I'm trying to be more restrictive on just how much time I spend creating Christmas projects, it's trying to find that balance when there's so many nice festive products arriving on my doorstep!

So today I'm going to share something festive, and although I've created tons of Christmas things already, I've not actually shared them here, so here goes.....

My card uses a set called "Carols of Christmas", love how easy this set is to use, the fact that it has co-ordinating dies makes it easy to be creative.  I love everything about this set, the deer, the trees, the ornaments and the little elements that can add some finishing touches too!

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I created a really simple card, of course you could add more layers but this took very little time to create and I love it's simplicity.

A couple of mini sequins and some thread add a little glitz to sparkle things up.

So I hope I've inspired you to make a start on your Christmas Crafting if you haven't done so yet.  If you're planning on giving handmade cards this year then there's no better time to start making them than now!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Life is taking over right now!

Since returning from the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Thailand in the middle of July, life has been a whirlwind and sadly my blogging had to take a back seat for a while.  It has been hard to "let things go" but I had to tell myself that I physically can't do everything, even though I thought I could!

I've since moved house and now beginning to settle into our new home nicely and have to say that we are loving it here!  I've not moved far, just a 20 minute drive (without traffic) from our previous home but we are definitely more rural which has meant I've had to let go a couple of my longer distance classes.

I will continue with a couple of my classes that are local to Whitminster but my plan is to convert an office here into my new Craft Studio so that I can run events from home.  Watch this space for news of an upcoming opening event!

I have set up a temporary craft room in our new home so I've managed to run a couple of classes and still be creative amongst the boxes during the move, and in this time we have seen the launch of the new


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There are so many wonderful new products to get you started on the festive season, it's never to early to make a start!

Here's a recent card using a new set called "Merry Cafe", totally love how cute this set is and that it co-ordinates with the "Coffee Cafe" set and dies in the Annual Catalogue. This set is very versatile and has multiple greetings included.

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