Thursday, 31 May 2012

Final Jubilee card JUBILEE CUPCAKES!

Good morning, good morning, how the devil are you?, good morning, good morning to you! (My mum used to sing that to be every morning when I lived at home) 

Here is the last card that I made for the Jubilee class, a jubilee cupcake shop!
I love how this has come out, this stamp set  and punch is my absolute favorite and have really enjoyed playing with it. I have again used the bright papers and some red, white and blue card.

I will pop back tomorrow with a very simple 8x8 layout using in a jubilee theme!

See you then!

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

KEEP CALM Jubilee Class Card

Morning bloggers, I am so sorry for my lack of posts, life has taken over for a while but I am back on track now so hopefully no big gaps in blogging for a while!

Here is another of the cards that I made for my Jubilee class, there have been lots of versions of the "Keep Calm" cards in blog land and here is my take on them:
I have again used the brights paper pack with the "Just perfect" alphabet and crown from artistic etchings. I am pleased with how it has come out but it did take hours to line up each letter!!!! I won't be making many more that's for sure!

Right I am off, thank you for coming back and reading my waffle!

See you soon xxx

Thursday, 24 May 2012

"Tea for two" Jubilee Class Card

Morning everyone! WOWSER what a scorcher! It was so hot last night that Mr Wonka decided to have the air con on in the bedroom, I must have been the only person in the country frozen under the duvet with jim jams and bed socks! I think he may have to tinker with the settings! 
Today I am showing you one of the jubilee class cards that I made at the weekend. 

I am really pleased with this one, I have used the "Tea Shoppe" stamp set and created a flag using the bright designer series paper stack. I have also used the new frame dies, which I HAVE to have, must pop an order in! (let me know if you need anything I'll happily add it on to my order)

I am off to sit in the garden and try and add some colour to my pasty complexion! 

See you tommorrow with a cupcake inspired jubilee card! xxx

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Wow a GOLD at the Chelsea Flower Show!

Morning bloggers!

Sorry to be interupting my show and tell of the craft day classes but I just wanted to share with you some wonderful news! My Uncle, Peter Beales has won his 19th gold at the Chelsea Flower show. 

Here is a picture of my cousin Richard presenting the Queen with their new rose called "The Queens Jubilee Rose", isn't it beautiful 

You can see more of his beautiful roses here 

I'll pop back tomorrow and get back to the cards show and tell! Have a good day, xxx

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Craft Day goodies!

Morning bloggers, hope you are all well this lovely sunny morning. Looks like the sun will have his hat on for a few days, and I intend to make the most of it!

Just a quickie from me today, I just wanted to show you the craft day goodies, every event Natalie & I do we like to provide a screw top drink to avoid spillage and a bag of sweeties, here is what they had this time:
They were full of fudge, toffee and chocolate eclairs! YUM YUM I do like the table looking pretty. That's not all though, Nat & I like you to have a day full of prezzies this time they also all received a little plastic crate, a roll of ribbon,
a whole box of bright buttons,
 and a full pack of 12x12 brights DSP! 

That's over £30 of product before the three class kits, make and take, unlimited tea, coffee & soft drinks, cake biscuits and lunch! FAB value for money and a day of delicious goodies, good friends and crafting too! 

I know you're kicking yourself! Don't worry I'll let you know when the next one is!!!! 

I'll be back tomorrow with the first of my cards that I made in my Jubilee class!

Monday, 21 May 2012

Craft day make and take, Twitterpated handbag.

Monday Monday da da da da da da (Sung in my best Mamas & Papas voice) I hope that you all had a good weekend filled with fun, laughter & family! I know I did.

This is my first show and tell from our craft day, this is the make and take that we made.

It is a handbag gift bag made from a brown paper bag and decorated with "Twitterpated" paper and grey card. I have used the new labels framelits and the fun flowers die for the clasp and decoration. This would make a fabulous gift bag with a matching card. The handle was made with some ruffled ribbon, it was a bit floppy so you can't really see it in this pic.

I will pop back tomorrow and show you the little goodies that we made for everyone! 

See you soon xxx

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Luscious lemon meringue cupcakes

Morning blogger friends. WOW we had a blast yesterday! I will pop back tomorrow and share some pics with you. In the meantime I thought I would show you one of my favorite cupcakes the "Luscious Lemon Meringue", I made these for an order last week.
It has a lemon sponge, filled with a homemade lemon curd and topped with a rather large dollop of meringue, which is finished off with the blow torch! If you are a lemon fan then you NEED to taste one of there one day! 

Hope that got your taste buds tingling!

See you soon xxx

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Two spaces left on our "Crafting Extravaganza" Retreat

Morning, I am just off to set up for our craft day so will have to be quick, I just wanted to tell you about the retreat that Natalie O'shea and I are running.


I would love you to join myself and Natalie O'shea for a whole weekend of non- stop crafting, fun and laughter at our intimate and exclusive retreat in Loughton, Essex!

The excitement starts from 6pm Friday 5th October and continues right the way through till 4pm Sunday 7th October 2012.

What's included?

We have sole use of the venue, so no bumping into anyone who doesn't understand papercrafting!!

Crafting space available to you all weekend, pick your space on Friday night and stay there all weekend.

5 CLASSES INCLUDED - Most weekend retreats charge extra
for classes, but not us, everything is included.

Accomodation in a single room
for the Friday and Saturday nights.

All meals - evening meal on Friday night; breakfast, lunch and evening meal on Saturday; breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Unlimited tea, coffee, water and nibbles all weekend.

Prizes for Challenges (There will be the option to purchase additional Challenge kits which you can complete over the weekend and enter for a prize at the end of the weekend if you wish.
The cost for the weekend is..

£275 Single Occupancy

Payment Options:

1. Pay a deposit of £55 and then the remainder
by 1st September 2012.

2. Pay a deposit of £55 and then
£55 per month from June - September 2012.

3. Pay in full when you book.

Payment can be made by cheque, Paypal GIFT, or Bank Transfer ONLY.

Please contact me or Natalie for more details.

Friday, 18 May 2012

Penny Black challenge "In the Garden" card.

Good morning bloggers, I  hope that you have all got that happy Friday feeling! I know I have! I am so excited about our craft day tomorrow, all my favorite things in one day, friends, crafting and CAKE!

Today I wanted to show you a card that I have made for the Penny Black challenge the challenge this week was "In the garden" and here is my card:
I have used a Penny Black stamp called "Butterfly Bear" and have teamed it with some of the new "Twitterpated" Stampin' Up! paper and some pink taffeta ribbon. The greeting is from the "Trendy Trees" stamp set & the image has been cut out using the new Stampin' Up! framelits labels dies. You can have a peep at them in the new mini catalogue here

Right I must be off as I am off to the shops to get some bits for the weekend. See you soon xxx

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Happy Easter!

Good morning from a cloudy West Sussex! 
Happy Easter?!?!?!?  I know it is a little late but I just wanted to show you a project that I made for a recent Crafts Beautiful article. I completely forgot to share it with you as I was in hospital over Easter so I thought you might like to have a look today. 
I have used the "Easter Blossoms" Stampin' Up! stamp set and have embellished with white taffeta ribbon and adhesive pearls.

I would also like to show you my Easter flowers that were a present from Mummy & Daddy Wonka they are still doing well 6 weeks later!

I am a busy bee today as I am getting everything together and organised for Natalie & I's craft extravaganza that is taking place on Saturday, I will be able to share the projects with you next week!

See you soon xxx

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Happy Birthday Kimbus McFeebus!

Morning Bloggers, looks like we are going to see some sunshine today! Makes a nice change! I just wanted to pop on and show you a card that I made for the fabulous Kimbus McFeebus whose birthday was last week.
It isn't exactly how I hoped it would come out but it's okay. I have used the Subtles DSP papers and the cupcake punch, both from Stampin' Up! 

I am off out this morning, then may just pop into a local craft shop on the way home, well it would be rude not too! 

See you soon xxx

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Olive the hiding tree cat!

Just a quick one from me today, have got lots to do and not enough time to do it all in! I just wanted to show you this pick of Olive that we took on Saturday in a rare moment of sunshine.
She has found this little branch in the smallest shrub/tree ever, it is a brilliant hiding place and she sits and waits for Arthur to stroll passed then jumps on his head! She was there hours! Silly Cat!

Be back soon xxx

Monday, 14 May 2012

Cute Card Thursday Challenge Card

Good morning, I hope that you all had a lovely weekend, didn't it make a lovely change to have the sun out! We had a rather manic one which included friends staying and actually managing to put up the shed that has been wrapped in plastic for a month on the patio! It is still standing 12 hours later and there are no casualty's to report so all in all a successful DIY project! 

Today I am entering a card into the "Cute Card Thursday" challenge. The challenge is "Food or Drink" and here is the card that I have made:

I have used the Penny Black clear set called "What's cooking" and teamed it with some Doodlebug papers and a button from my stash. It was sent to the lovely Sarah K, a little late but it got there in the end, no thanks to Mr Wonka and his posting skills! 

I also want to say thank you to all who came to the craft sale on Saturday, it was the busiest one to date and we will be doing it all again in October! I will let you know more details when I have sorted them out.

I am off to lunch today with some good friends so I will catch up with you soon. xxx

Saturday, 12 May 2012

Just a last minute reminder for the "Second Hand Craft Sale" being held TODAY from 11am to 1pm. Free admission and  "Carole's Cafe" so you can also have a cup of tea and a slice of cake in between your shopping frenzie! You will find us here:
at St Francis Church, Balcombe Road, Horley, Surrey. RH6 8AB. Come and grab yourself a bargain or two!

See you there!!!! x

Friday, 11 May 2012

Secret Crafter Saturday Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday! Nearly the weekend! We have got a manic one this weekend again but we just love to entertain! 
Today I am entering the "Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge" I have made this card to send to Angela to thank her for my brilliant blog transformation, I may have also included a little choccy too......

This is the sketch that we have been given to follow:
I have used the Stampin' Up! "Charming" stamp set, unfortunately you can't get your mitts on this one as it was featured in the Spring Mini. You never know it may come back in the next book! I have teamed it with Mocha Morning papers and Soft Suede and Crumb Cake card stock. I have even done some spritzing which took me completely out of my comfort zone, I am quite pleased with the effects though.

Right I am off to sort out all of my bits for the second hand craft sale that I am holding tomorrow, there will be bargains galore!!!!!! Hopefully see you there.

See you soon x

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Pretty in Pink Birthday cupcakes

Morning bloggers, 

I hope that you haven't all been washed away........

Just a quick show and tell today, I was asked at the weekend to make some cupcakes for one of my best friends nieces and the brief was pink with glitter and chocolate!

I made a vanilla cake with chocolate filling with a chocolate butter cream, garnished with pink sugar balls and a pink heart. The birthday girl was very happy so mission complete! 

I hope that you have a nice day, I am off for a carvery lunch with a friend, ohhhhh I love a carvery! 

Be back tomorrow with a card to show you. 

See you then xxx

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Ooh La La Cupcake Craft Challenge

Morning bloggers, 

Just a quick one from me today as I am off out this morning. Today I wanted to show you a card for the Cupcake Craft Challenge  the challenge this week was called "Ooh La La" and here is my card:

It is super simple, and not my normal style but I quite like the simplicity. I have used the "Artistic Etchings" SU stamp set and the greeting is from the birthday hostess set. 

I hope you have a lovely day whatever it is you are up to! 

See you soon xxx

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Second Hand Craft Sale! Sat May 12th

Morning blog readers! How was your bank holiday? Wet and windy like mine? We had to abandon the shed assembly yesterday and took full advantage of a day of rest, chilling, catching up on our ever filling Sky planner and munching our way through the treat cupboard, a perfect day!

I just wanted  to let you know that I am holding the fifth "Second Hand Craft Sale" in Horley on Saturday May 12th from 11am to 1pm. We have lots of sellers, all selling new and used papercraft items! Last time there were Cricut cartridges for £5 and Penny Black stamps for £1, who wouldn't want to come and stock up your already over stocked craft room! There will be "Carole's Cafe" so you can also have a cup of tea and a slice of cake in between your shopping frenzie! You will find us here:

at St Francis Church, Balcombe Road, Horley, Surrey. RH6 8AB. Come and grab yourself a bargain or two!

If you would like anymore information please just get in touch, it is free admission and lots of friendly crafting faces! 

Monday, 7 May 2012

Papertake Weekly "Anything goes" Challenge card.

Morning Bloggers!

I hope that you are having a lovely bank holiday weekend and managing to dodge the rain! We are having a lovely weekend spending time with friends and family and eating and drinking too much!

Today I have made a card for the Papertake Weekly  challenge. The challenge this week is "Anything goes" so quite an easy one!

This is the card I have made:

I have used the "Chit chat" Penny Black stamp and teamed it with some patterned paper from the Doodlebug "Snips & Snails" 6x6 pad. The greeting is a Stampin' Up! set called "It's your day", this is a really cute little greeting in a two stamp set, a real must have!

Right I am off to supervise the shed building that is taking place in the back garden today! I have already talked hubby out of purchasing a nail gun......those that know him know that this would have been lethal!

See you soon xxx

Sunday, 6 May 2012

"Best Of British!" Cupcake Craft Challenge card.

Hello, thank you for stopping by to see me this morning. Today I wanted to show you a card that I have made for the latest Cupcake Craft challenge. The challenge was "Best of British" and here is my card:

I have used a Penny Black stamp called "London Calling" and it was calling me after I saw the inspiration photo that they supplied:

I have teamed the stamp with some "Portobello Road" papers and some bunting made using my Stampin' Up! bunting punch. The greeting is by Craftwork cards and it fits beautifully over the Stampin' Up! curly label punch. I have paper pieced the actual telephone box which I think has come out really well, although it was incredibly fiddly cutting out all the window pains!

I hope you like my card, I am loving all of  the red white and blue papers and embellishments that are around at the moment and I have a feeling that there will be more to come!

We have guests today so I had better go and make myself beautiful (yes it may take some time! lol)

See you soon xxx

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Homemade Chocolates.......Or are they???????

Happy Saturday bloggers!

There is a bit of a story behind this beautifully crafted box of homemade chocolates so I thought I would share it with you all.

I made them for a very dear friend of mine Anita we have a history of pranks and a love hate relationship with sprouts, you may like to read this post from December as a refresher.......

I thought you would like a step by step of how they were created:

1. Melt the chocolate.

2. Add mini cases to a mini cake tray:

3. Pop the sprouts on cocktail sticks........can you see where this is going! LOL

4. Dip them in the chocolate, making sure to cover all the green sproutyness......

5. Place them into the already prepared mini green cases.

6. Decorate with melted white chocolate in a mini piping bag.

7. Make a mini (green) box and wrap in cellophane and tie with a (green) bow.

I then popped them into the car and took them to the March crop where we were celebrating Anita's birthday. I popped them on the table with the other prezzies and filled everyone else in on the secret and waited for her arrival. As you can imagine we were like a bunch of school children giggling and looking around waiting for her to take a bite. After what seemed like forever she opened them up and passed them around, we all sat there picking bits of chocolate off and pretending they were delicious. She eventually took a big bite and had a mouthful of sprout! She had no clue bless her! I also have to report that she called me some rather rude names!

Feel free to have a go at the

Have a good weekend, see you soon xxx

Friday, 4 May 2012

Sketch Saturday Challenge Card.

Good morning, it's nearly the bank holiday weekend! Not that I work so it really doesn't make much of a difference for me, but I do enjoy having extra time with Mr Wonka at home.

Today I have made a card to enter the Sketch Saturday challenge. I know it is a little early but I wanted to make a start on my Christmas cards. I always have a manic rush at the end of the year, so I thought that if I can make one a week I should have them all ready to go! Here is the card that I have made:

and this is the sketch that we were given for our inspiration:

I have used a Penny Black stamp called "Tweet Christmas" and have teamed it with some "Dear Santa" My Minds Eye papers. I do love Christmas and I really enjoyed making this.

Right I must dash, I have lots to do today and as everything is still taking me a little longer than usual I had better crack on!

See you soon x

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Penny Black "May Day" Challenge Card.

Good morning!

I just want to start by thanking you all for your lovely comments about my blog makeover! It is so reassuring that people do actually stop by and read my waffle!

Today I am entering one of my favorite challenges, the Penny Black Saturday Challenge . The challenge this week is to make a Spring inspired card. This is the card I have made:

This is a new stamp that hadn't even been inked before so I really enjoyed making this one. The stamp is called "Tender Showers" and I have teamed it with some Sugar & Spice Doodlebug 6x6 papers and a Craftwork cards circle greeting. The gems are Stampin' Up!, they are, in my opinion the sparklyest (not sure this is a word!) gems EVER! If you don't own any then I strongly advise you to get your mitts on some!

Well I hope you like my offering, I am taking it easy today as I have been overdoing it a bit lately, I forget that I need to take things slowly then make myself feel grog again! So feet up and some chocolate medicine is in order!

See you soon xxx

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

I've had a makeover!!!!!

Just a quick one to say thank you to Angie Whalley for my choccytastic new blog! It was so quick and easy, all I had to do was tell her what I was after, then she sends over the design, you can tweak if needed then she does all the hard work of loading it all onto blogger as well! She is indeed the blog makeover fairy! 

Does your blog need a new look? You can get in touch with her by clicking the button with her details on the right hand side. 

Now for a once in a lifetime offer, would you like me to flash on your blog?

Had you worried clothes will be removed! You can find the code on the right hand side, just cut and paste it onto yours to add a few choccy calories.

So what do you recon? i'd love to hear your thoughts.

See you soon xxx

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A couple of places left! Booking closes Sunday!


Join us (me & Natalie O'shea) for our one day crafting extravaganzer! Including three classes during the day where everything is provided for you to make three gorgeous projects.

A light lunch is included as is a lunchtime Make and Take together with a free raffle ticket for the generous raffle!

There will be a few surprises along the way and a whole heap of fun.

The day starts at 10am and finishes at 5pm and you'll be crafting all day long.

All of the above for only £45pp Payment can be made by cheque, Paypal or bank transfer (please email me or Natalie for details)