Monday, June 18

Time To Say Goodbye!

Oh yes people ... today will be my very last post for Simon Says Stamp and Show. I have loved every moment of my time with the Amazing Heidi ... the little chocolate chip cookie that is Steph and the rest of the wonderful team at the Simon Says Stamp store. I have loved every minute of working alongside a truly talented group of Simon Says Stamp and Show DT members ... past and present ... and I thank them all very very much for putting up with me... but now ... it is time for me to start a whole new journey!
So without further ado ... the theme this week over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is A Bit of Brown!
My last submission is a screen covered in delicious Paper Artsy Daisies. Of course I used lots of Lord Tim of Holtz products ... you know Tim ... the man that invented Motown in Hitsville ... USA while walking a tightrope across Victoria Falls with just a Blending Tool and a Waterbrush! Of course the challenges over at Simon Says Stamp and Show will continue without me ... wait til you see who is now in charge ... she is like UBER talented ... I just know you are all going to LOVE her! Don't forget to join in with your bit of brown ... you could win a $50 Shopping Spree at the amazing online store that is Simon Says Stamp.
So ... who wants to know what I am doing next??? ... well ... I am hanging up my blending tools for a short time to become a pub landlady! Oh yes people ... John and I have bought a traditional english pub and we hope to be moving very soon!
I will of course continue to blog and craft as much as I can so ...
Have a great week ... and ...

Monday, June 11

Simon Says Stamp and Show ... Anything Goes!

Wow! Who knew the week was going to fly like that! One minute it was Monday ... then as if by magic ... it was Monday again! They say life goes faster as you get older ... I must be getting reeeeeeally old!
Anyways! Monday it is and time for a new theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show! This week ... it's anything goes ... so if you make anything this week ... lierally anything ... you can join in for a chance to win a $50 Shopping Spree at the magnificant online store that is ... Simon Says Stamp.
My tag is lots and lots of layers of Lord Tim of Holtz goodies! You know Tim ... the man that paints colour into people's dreams while walking across the channel in bare feet with just a jumbo ring and a paper piercing tool!
My layers started with spritzing Picket Fence and Faded Jeans stains with water on my craft sheet and then just playing from there really. Some Vintage Photo Distress Ink; Olive Archival ... Gold Dabber and then Black Archival to finish before adding my Steampunk men ... gotta LOVE those men!
Righty Ho ... I must away ... I have a gazillion forms to fill in for the house sale ... I just love filling out forms ... NOT! Any one out there like a good form??? I will supply the coffee ... and ... erm ... cake ... not home made obviously!

Monday, June 4

Simon Says ... Texture!

You guys know me by now ... I LOVE Grunge paper ... so with a theme of texture over at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week ... there was only one direction I was ever gonna go in!
Yup ... I headed for the Lord Tim of Holtz Grunge paper and Distress Inks ... and THE Wendy Vecchi Studio 490  stamps! You know Tim ... the man that walked on water instead of using a boat on the biggest Thames Flotilla ever ... while single handedly raising the Tower bridge with just a Distress Blending tool and a spot of Glossy Accents!
Those of you that are that enjoying an extended weekend celebrating Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee have no excuse not to join in ... and those of you that don't have extended weekends ... well ... if you have an excuse ... it had better be a good one :0) You can of course win a $50 Shopping Spree courtesy of the wonderful site sponsor that is Simon Says Stamp! Come on ... you know you want to...
Have a great week people ... wherever you are!

Monday, May 28

One for the Boys!

Yay! Summer is finally here ... I am soooooo glad to see the back of all that rain! Let's hope the weather stays hot now ... until ... erm ... about December!

First things first ... thank you all for sharing my joy at selling my house ... sooooo excited ... but soooooo much to do too ... to be fair ... it was about time I had a declutter! And because we are kind of down sizing it really is quite liberating getting rid of baggage ... I just need to keep that nagging voice at bay ... you know the one ... "You MIGHT need that!"  I am being firm with myself ... either I need it or I don't ... I am even turning down shopping trips ... totally unheard of for me!
The theme over at  Simon Says Stamp and Show this week is One for the Boys! I decided to recreate a card that I made yonks ago for a friend's special birthday! I hope he likes it!
All stamps used are Lord Tim of Holtz ... you know Tim ... the man that can hold his breath underwater for 24 hours at a time ... while giving safe passage to the entire Seal population through a mass of Great White Sharks ... with just a long legged brad and a Picket Fence Distress Stain.
Is there a term for a lot of Great White Sharks? You know like Shoal or pod or summink?
I must away ... Have a good week people!
OOOOooh! Don't forget to join us for the challenge ... you could win a $50 Shopping Spree donated by Simon Says Stamp!

Monday, May 21

Expect No Sense from me Whatsoever!

Seriously ... I am too excited to talk sense! We have finally SOLD our house! Yay! The people that are buying it are totally lovely and I feel even more excited knowing that someone else is going to LOVE it just as much as we have!
Anyways ... I will try really hard to make sense of the new theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show ... this week we are asking you to share your Summer Holiday Art. Tricky I know when it has n't stopped raining for like for-ages ... but if you look out your window right now ... we ordered some UK sunshine to get you all in the mood!
The challenge runs from Monday to Monday ... and our wonderful site sponsor ... Simon Says Stamp gives us a $50 shopping Spree to give away every week.
Did I mention the fact that we have SOLD our house!
My summer holiday tag was inspired by the countless hours I spent as a child ... sitting and chatting with friends while making Daisy Chains in the sunshine. I used Dylusions Pure Sunshine and Squeezed Orange sprays ... Paper Artsy Hot Pick 1203 ... and some Lord Tim of Holtz Idea-Ology and text stamp. You know Tim ... the man that individually paints all the butterflies wings while combing the tangle out of the mane of Wild Lions with just a Distress tool and the lid of some Glossy Accents!
I must away ... so much to do ... packing and ... erm ... packing ... did I tell you we SOLD our house!

Monday, May 14

Simon Says ...

A quickie post from me today ... I know ... I know I am a terrible blogger ... I have no clue where the time goes ...
Talking of time ... clever link huh???
Who said "No!"
My project for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge this week is a archy wood thingy covered in Metal and decorated with lots of Lord Tim of Holtz goodness! You know Tim ... the man that daily polishes the moon while organising the stars with just a pair of Tonic Studio Scissors and a long legged brad!
The theme of the challenge is Anything Goes ... which is great ... it means if you make anything at all ... and I mean anything ... you can share it here and be in with a chance of winning a $50 Shopping Spree at Simon Says Stamp! What are you waiting for?
I told you it would be a quickie post ... I have gossip ... really really exciting gossip ... life changingly exciting gossip ... which I am not allowed to share just yet and if I stay here any longer ... well ... it might just slip out ...
Have a good week people ...

Monday, May 7

Simon Says Stamp and Show ...

... Your Favourite Stamp! Yup ... the new theme over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog this week is indeed your Favourite Stamp! Simple ... you would think! But not for me! In fact I found it decidedly difficult! I just could n't make my mind up! I was torn between Lord Tim of Holtz's hot air balloon ... The Wendy Vecchi's butterfly and then of course you have the delectable Dyan's Dylusions!
After much debate ... internal obviously ... I did n't walk around the supermarket openly arguing with myself ... I decided I would think outside the box ... so ...
I have represented Dylusions with the vibrant backgrounds on these tags by using the Dylusion's sprays! I have indeed used The Wendy Vecchi's Botanical Art set for all the stamping! And Lord Tim of Holtz is covered by adding his Distress Inks and Gold Dabber! You know Tim ... the man that walked across the Masai Mara to feed any hungry lion cubs and baby Monkeys while catering for all the Queen's birthday events with just the lid from a single Distress Marker and a paper pricking tool!
So ... hands up who is sick of the rain ... I mean May Day Bank Holiday and it has n't stopped raining!! Enjoy your extra long weekend people ... Oh and before I go ... a BIG Thank you to everyone at the CraftBarn ... and to all the people that watched me demo on Saturday and all the lovel peeps who did my Suitcase class with me on Sunday!
If you are stuck in because of the rain ... Why not make summink using your favourite stamp ... enter it into the challenge ... who knows ... you may win a $50 Shopping Spree to spend at Simon Says Stamp!

Monday, April 30

Keeping it Simple!

A quickie post from me today ... really sorry ... but I have a window for about half hour before I go out ... or ... I could get up before 4am and post then! Oh yes boys and girls ... it took me all of a nano second to make a choice on that one!
I had a fabulous day demoing at Coleman's yesterday ... it was great to be working with the lovely Karen again and all the staff were so friendly and eager to help ... LOVED it! And talk about a LOT of people ... oh my goodness ... great to see lots of faces ... old and new! A BIG Thank you to everyone from me!
Well ... tis Monday ... so a new theme at Simon Says Stamp and Show ... and this week is all about colour! I had a play with some Faber-Castell products ... which were so simple to use ... great on textured surfaces too ... and I added water with my new big fat and chunky Ranger Water Brush ... LOVE that too! As always the super wonderful people at Simon Says Stamp have donated another $50 Shopping Spree for us to give to a lucky random person ... so do join in!
The stamps used are THE Wendy Vecchi Botanical Art and the flowers are Lord Tim of Holtz Tattered Florals ... you know Tim ... the man that designed every flower known to the most expert of experts while making a scale model of the new Olympic Stadium on the top of a pin head with just a Distress Marker Pen and a swoosh of Distress Stain.
I must away ... My half hour is up ...
Have a great week y'all!

Monday, April 23

With Regret ...

First things first ... Monday is here again and this week the theme over at Simon Says Stamp and Show is your Favourite Word! Well ... with the Olympics and the Queen's Jubilee ... London is my favourite word right now! So I got all patriotic with my Artistic Outpost stamps and some PINK ... I know ... not like me at all ... but it gives a different feel to these wonderful stamps me thinks!
So why with regret I hear you ask ... well ... basically ... Queen Liz was a bit tardy with her tea party invites ... so I have had to RSVP the whole with regret thing! I did tell Kate ... the Duchess of Cambridge ... only the other day that if they arrived any later ...myself and The Wendy Vecchi would not be able to attend! The Wendy had flights to book for heaven's sake and our Ranger Pinnies don't clean themselves ... Hey Ho! Liz's loss I fear ... but at least she will learn in time for the next one!
So ... what did I miss? Who else went? Were there Cucumber sandwiches and sausages on sticks? If you did/did n't get an invite ... or had to decline ... do tell ... and if you have some spare time why not join in this week's challenge and then you may have reason to celebrate yourself as there is a weekly random prize of a $50 Shopping Spree to spend at the amazing place that is Simon Says Stamp!
Right ... I must away ... I have a to do list that is full of references to other to do lists ...
Have a great week everyone!

Monday, April 16

Delicious Dylusions!

Blimey ... I am getting really really bad at this blogging lark! Not only have I not updated it ... but I have n't even checked in this week ... not once ... so my poor blog is feeling very neglected! Even my side bar is about twenty years out of date! I really MUST make more of an effort!
In my defence ... I have been really really poorly! Nasty head cold ... and when I say nasty ... I really am not exagerating! Could n't do any crafting ... because every time I put my head down ... I thought it was going to fall off!
Anyways ... by this morning I started feeling a gazillion times better ... so I have gone a bit mad! Yes people ... there is a small chance I will actually be blogging every day this week ... coz I have been playing with Delicious Dylusions and a whole pile of manilla tags!
This first tag is my Design Team sample for Simon Says Stamp and Show ... the theme this week is Anything Goes ... so you can join in by making ... erm ... anything ... for a chance to win a $50 Shopping Spree to spend at Simon Says Stamp!
I must away ... I am getting a rather irritating error message keep popping up and I am not entirely sure this post is actually going to ... post! Maybe I have been away sooooo long that even Mr Blogger has forgotten me!

Monday, April 9

Lord Tim Technique!

One of the perks of running the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge blog is ... that I get to pick the themes! So ... what could be nicer on a Bank Holiday weekend than playing around with a Lord Tim of Holtz technique!
Nothing I reckon!
You know Tim ... the man that makes all the chocolate eggs in all the world ... while attaching all the fluffy tales on all the bunny rabbits with just a small piece of Ranger Speciality Stamping Paper and an Ornate Frame.
Don't give me that ... you know ... the ... I am not sure how to do a Lord Tim Technique chestnut either! Just sign up for the Creative Chemistry 101 online class ... and trust me ... you will be amazed by how much you learn! And you get lifetime access!
I am loving the new speciality stamping paper too ... you need to try embossing on it ... I used Versamark ... and it made the most delicious slurping noise as I pulled the stamp away! Blending is a doddle and the clarity of the stamped image is second to none!
Righty-Ho! Please join us this week for the challenge ... you could win a prize of a $50 Shopping Spree at Simon Says Stamp ... then you could get some paper too ... simples!
I must away ... I had the most yummy delivery of Dylusions stash on Saturday ... I neeeeeeeed to play! What you doing?

Monday, April 2

Inspiration Studio 490!

Oh My Giddy Aunt ... Don't even ask me where I have been ... I am more stressed than a stressed thing! I have a gazillion and three things on my to do list and literally no time in which to do them!
Yes folks ... the week just vanished ... vanished I tell you ... one minute I had a whole week ahead of me and the next minute ... well was behind me! I really need to organise myself a bit better I can tell you! Any good organisation suggestions would be very gratefully received!
Anyways ... I am pretty darn sure you did n't pop by to listen to me whinge ... so I shall stop myself this minute!
The theme over on the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog this week is Inspiration Studio 490 ... we are indeed paying homage to the lovely and amazing THE Wendy Vecchi! It has been a while since I got really mucky colouring Grungepaper ... and I had a fabulous time in the process!Lots of lovely Wendy things ... some Kaiser mini book covers ... lots of Lord Tim of Holtz Grungepaper ... you know Tim ... the man that successfully designed a machine for time travel while feeding 5000 penguins with one loaf of bread; a Peeled Paint Distress Pad  and a Paper Piercing tool!
Do join in the THE Wendy Vecchi fun here ... Simon Says Stamp have once again donated a $50 Shopping Spree for one very lucky entry! I must away ... I have pages to fill! So sad that we are saying goodbye to one of the original SSS&S crew ...Nancy ... she is an amazing inspiration and I am reeeeeeeally gonna miss her!  Wishing you the best of everything Nancy!


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