Sunday 31 October 2010

I'm on holiday, yeaaaaaah................

Yippee, it's here at last, my holiday in Peterboro.
I'm staying with Janice and Andy at Sir Stampalot. I don't do holidays as such, a week on a beach is my idea of hell, but I do so look forward to my little breaks here.
The guys set me up a table in the store, and I sit and play. There are usually a few challenges awaiting me, and I often end up doing an impromptu demo when customers ask questions about something in the shop, but it is the least I can do to help out.
I'm also in charge of getting us up early in the morning and making sure that everyone is fed and watered.
I try and help out where I can, and tend to be go-fer when it comes to running upstairs to get stuff from the warehouse. I wish I could say that it helps to keep me fit, but the reality is that a week where the nearest I get to exercise is choosing a new piece of paper or card from the racks has a rather nasty effect on the waist line. Still, there is always next week for the diet to begin, for now I will just continue to enjoy a little bit of crafting heaven.
As you can see from the picture above I am nicely set up and have spent the day making a couple of cards using some of the left over bits from the Pearlex part 2 class that I taught on Wednesday evening.
The background has been made using metallic cats eyes and powdered Pearlex. I have then stamped and embossed using an old Penny Black holly stamp.
The square panel has been cut from another newer Penny Black Poinsettia stamp and coloured using distress inks.
I felt mean sitting in the shop making a card that I would then take home with me, so I ended up making a similar one for the shop. I didn't have my Pearlex powders with me, but Janice has got Cosmic shimmers so I used those instead.
The holly stamp this time is from the new Tilda Christmas collection.
One of the major advantages there is to sitting in the store is that I can always find just the right thing to finish off the card that I am working on - not so good on the wallet though!!
Of course one of the first things that I did when I arrived last night was to have a good look around the store and there have been numerous items that have found their way into my shopping basket, or should that be box lol. The guys have set aside a section of the store for some bargains, and lets face it we are all drawn towards them.
I had better sign off now as we are planning another early start, at least we get an extra hour in bed with the clocks going back.
If I'm lucky I might get to blog again tomorrow, I have another card finished ready so who knows lol
Enjoy your lie in.
Love and hugs

Friday 22 October 2010

Holly and Mistletoe

Afternoon Everyone
Well so much for getting back into the blogging, I haven't been able to wrestle the laptop off the kids lol.
In fairness that's not strictly true, but I have been so tired with these 5am starts that blogging has been the last thing on my mind. I've even had to come home and grab a granny nap which means that by the time I wake up the kids are using the computer for their homework and then I have to try and get an early night. It really does seem such a waste of an afternoon and evening.
I have managed to get some Christmas cards made though.
I have been playing with the new Hobby Art Christmas set CS022D Christmas Elements. This has to be quite my favourite stamp set so far I think.
You may have seen some of my samples on Jenny's TV show on Tuesday. Had I been a better blogger I would have let you know before the event wouldn't I!!
This is one of the cards that I made for my Pearlex class last Wednesday.
I painted the mistletoe using the new Vintage palette and then cut them out. They looked too flat positioned around the blue oval, so I stamped and painted the holly onto a piece of white card stock before attaching the trimmed mistletoe using silicon glue. The stitched border just finishes everything off.
I loaned all my art work to Jenny for the show and I haven't got it back yet.. In fact she phoned me this very afternoon to ask if she could post a couple of samples on her blog. I will check out which ones she has posted before I share any more with you.
You never know I might even get to post again over the weekend. It's half term now so hopefully there won't be too much homework to do so I might get to see the laptop lol.
Hope you have a good evening. I get to go to bed late tonight - if I can stay awake that is - as I don't have work tomorrow. And a lie in, how wonderful!!
Love and hugs

Thursday 14 October 2010

Back at last!!!

Where's a good witch when you need one!!
The girls say that I am obviously old as I've been calling for Samantha from Bewitched to wiggle her nose, while they thought of Harry Potter. Either way their presence has been seriously lacking in our house.
You may have wondered why I have been absent from blogland for quite a while, well that is why we require a little help from sorcery. Merlin, Gandalf, Mary Poppins, I'm not fussy. Anyone who can come in and wave a magic wand, or snap their fingers and sort out the chaos that we have currently been living in and I would be eternally grateful..... No offers? Oh well I guess we will just have to resort to more human endeavours and put our backs into it - again!!
It has been all change in our little Tardis over the last few weeks. I have now officially lived in every room in the house except the bathroom and kitchen - but who knows what the future may hold.
I have been having definite withdrawal symptoms from my lack of crafting, but it has been impossible to get to anything let alone be inspired.
I finally got my room back at the weekend - just in time for my birthday!!
I was bought breakfast in bed, handmade cards and 3 seasons of House to watch on DVD. How lucky am I.
I then spent the day prepping for last nights Pearlex class - crafting heaven lol. You really can't beat painting with Pearlex.
I decided to be like the Queen and have two birthdays. It is traditional in our house to choose dinner on your birthday. My choice was Roast lamb and six different vegetables. That has to be eaten at the table I think you will agree and as we still couldn't manage that on Sunday I have decided to celebrate again on another day when we can all sit down and enjoy it.
It's my youngest daughter Becki's birthday today so we will be having two celebratory meals - so much for the diet lol.
So now to some crafting. I had a fabulous , if small class at Davina's last night. There is so much that can be done with Pearlex that I decided that rather than confuse them, I would start with Part 1 - Watercolour Pearlex, and move onto Part 2 - Dry powder Pearlex and all its uses in a fortnight.
So I guess I ought to share at least one of the cards with you after you have patiently sat through my ramblings.   
This card uses the Poinsettias from the new Hobby Art Christmas set.
Hope you like it. I really must get to bed now as there have also been some changes at work. I now have to start at 5am !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Will try and get back into the blogging groove I've missed it.
Love and Hugs