Happy July 4th……..

Today the USA celebrates its independence  from Great Britain, a time for family, friends, food (mainly BBQ’d) and the odd foaming peevo!  Normally it would be a hot sunny July day here in North Texas, however we were woken up by huge thunderstorms and rain at about 5:30 this morning.  It is  a little after 10am now, although the rain has stopped it is still very overcast and most ‘unlovely’…… Typical bank holiday weather in my native UK in fact!

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Christmas Banner #2

The other day I shared one of my banners – it was in traditional red and green with tones of glimmer and shine.

The second banner I made this year is in more contemporary Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Whisper White, this one is a lot smaller than the red/green one and made a perfect addition to the Christmas tree in my study ~ since I spend a lot of my time in the study I like to have a tree in there as well!

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Christmas Banner # 1

This time next week we shall be celebrating Christmas Day – I have decorated my house (3 Christmas trees) and my husband had decorated the front garden.  Practically all the decorations we have put up are ‘shop bought’ which is strange when I spend most of my time ‘crafting’ but it true when they say ‘ the shoe-makers children are the last ones to get shoes’!!!  My house is usually the last to get hand made decor – but I do have a couple of banners which I made and have displayed.

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Festive Wreath with the Festive Flower Builder Punch from Stampin’ Up!

When the Holiday Mini catalog was given to us at the Stampin Up! Inspire, Create, Share event in July one of the first things that took my eye was the Festive Flower Builder Punch.  Those of you who know me know that after ‘shiny’ stuff (glitter, glimmer paper, pearls, sequins and rhinestones – to name but a few!)  flowers are my next favorite things.  Back in October I finally had some time to work on an idea for a home decor piece.  I share it with you today – along with a video!

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Happy Birthday – One Sheet Wonder

Recently I have shared ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas – and here we are in the thick of Holiday preparations!  But you know, there are still folks who have birthdays this time of year ……. have you tried to find a birthday card in the stores? – there are some but not a great selection BUT when you make your own cards you can create just the perfect card for the person celebrating!

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Stampin Getaway…….. part 2

Last week I shared some of the preparation and projects for the Stampin’ Getaway I hosted on October 3rd.  We had a great location – in the Community Room of one of the Fire Station’s in McKinney – we had lots of space to spread out, little kitchen area for lunch and snacks and with the exception of the monthly testing of the fire sirens – it was very quiet!

Mark your calendars……………. our next Getaway with be in May 2016.

Here are a few more pictures to share with you of our projects and the day…………

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I’m Back…………………….

I have been conspicuous by my absence over the last couple of weeks, partly this is ‘life’ stepping in but mainly it was due to me preparing for the Stampin’ Getaway I hosted last Saturday.  Although I had done a lot of designing and prep work thru August and September, there was a bunch of stuff that could not be done until the last minute – that took some time!

Anyway, I want to share some of the experience with you…………..

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Awesomely Artistic thank you…….


Have been a little bit quiet over the last few days, I had a Christmas/Holiday card Stamp Camp on Friday and Saturday – I spent most of Thursday preparing for it which included  tying a bunch of ribbon bows!…. and completely forgot to write something for my blog.

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DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THE STAMPIN’ GETAWAY ON OCTOBER 3RD ~ CLICK HERE FOR  MORE INFORMATION

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Celebrate Today Week ~ # 6 Christmas Cards

Welcome to Card # 6 using the Celebrate Today Stamp Set, which takes a Christmas theme.

I know, I know – we are not even half-way thru September and here I am showing Christmas cards!!! but Christmas ‘stuff’ has been in the craft stores for several months now and I am sure the next 3 months will fly by so I don’t think it is too soon to be thinking about getting a head start on the Christmas cards.

DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER FOR THE STAMPIN’ GETAWAY ON OCTOBER 3RD ~ CLICK HERE FOR  MORE INFORMATION

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