Tuesday, December 26, 2017


Hello, friends! 

It's good to be back, after a 4-month break from creating and blogging.  It wasn't entirely my choice to have such a long hiatus after packing up my craft supplies in preparation for moving house, but I've just "rolled with the punches", and here I am!  In those 4 months, I have:

  •  packed up my old house, and moved into my new (hopefully forever) home that I just love;
  • been on an amazing trip to the US, which included attending a huge Stampin' Up! event in Salt Lake City (the "home"of Stampin' Up!);
  • seen my first-born move out of home, into the house he has bought with his gorgeous fiancee;
  • got divorced;
  • and dealt with both elderly parents being hospitalised, and needing ongoing care, that has put huge strain on our whole family.
Is it any wonder I am chomping at the bit, to get creating again??!!

My new house ticked all the boxes for me, except for having a dedicated space I could use as a craft room.  The 3 (or possibly 4) car garage was way bigger than I needed, so I claimed half of the garage space, to be converted into a craft room.  Are you ready for some "before" and "after" photos?

Here are some photos I took of the garage, before the works started.  The nearest roller door is the one I kept as a car space, and the further door is the area that was to be converted.

Trying the space out for size, for my class tables:

The external door (with glass panels, to left of picture), which will be the entrance point to a newly-created corridor, leading to the craft room.

Day 1 progress!  The roller door was removed, and internal walls created.

You can see the corridor now created by the internal walls having been put up:

Day 2 was an exciting day, as the window frames went in:

Window panes are in!

.... and the floor tiles are down:

At this point, because it had been a bit of a protracted process, and I had so much else going on, I didn't take any more step-by-step photos.  I can now share with you the "finished product"- woohoo!

Here is the room, that is adjacent to my car-parking space:

I have always wanted to live in a house with at least one barn door, so was able to fulfil my dream!

When you slide open the barn door, this is what you see:

Isn't it beautiful?!  It has turned out exactly as I'd planned.  I am waiting on window blinds, but aside from that, everything is in place, and my room is ready for me to use.

I made sure there was room for my Ikea Expedit unit, that has been housed in each of my (now three) craft rooms.  I just love the overhead cupboards, that open upwards, and have soft-close fittings, like the drawers.

This is my creating space.  I used the same cabinet makers who created my last craft room, and stuck with the same white cabinetry, and Organic White Caesarstone benchtops.

This view, from my desk, is looking back towards the garage.  The tables are for use in classes, or when friends come over to craft.  The standing-height unit at the rear left-hand side is the "Big Shot station" -  for embossing and die-cutting.

Here's the finished exterior view:

 .... and looking in to my craft room,, from outside (complete with reflections of my neighbours' beautiful houses!):

I hope you've enjoyed this "tour"of my lovely craft room.  I look forward to sharing some cards with you before too long.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


I'm taking part in a team share today, of Christmas card ideas using Stampin' Up! products.  You can see a list of all who are participating in Week 13 of The Heart of Christmas, on Claire's blog.

My card is a simple design (read: easy to create multiples!) using a colour combo I love, and showcasing my favourite bundle of products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue, that goes live on 1st September.    The bundle is called the Hearts Come Home bundle, comprising a gorgeous stamp set and utterly delightful co-ordinating edgelits.   I need a little more practise with the stars die, to die-cut the cute starry sky without getting an impression of the die's outline!  Just blur your eyes a bit, and you'll never notice, LOL.

I have listed below all the Stampin' Up! products, used on this card, available from my online store.  NB: The stamp set, edgelits dies, and Designer Series Paper will be available for purchase from 1st September.
  Clicking on any of the thumbnail images will take you direct to my store, to go shopping, if you just have to have these products for yourself. :)

We hope you enjoy our Christmas shares today.  We'd love it if you visited each of our blogs, and left some comment love.  

Product List
Heat Tool
Big Shot
Glue Dots

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Today I am joining with some other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, in Claire Daly's Art With Heart team, to share Christmas creations made with Stampin' Up!'s gorgeous products.

I am thrilled to now be in possession of a whole lot of new goodies, that I was able to pre-order ahead of the Holiday Catalogue release on 1st September.  My shares today are very simple designs, all about the metallics.  There is a gorgeous suite of products, called Year of Cheer, in the upcoming catalogue, incorporating copper, champagne, gold and silver elements.  Stunning!

Here's the design I have chosen as one that will be easy to make multiples of.  The design on the Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper is just so lush ... not much more is needed!

Here's a close-up, that better shows the copper-embossed sentiment, which is from a new stamp set called Every Good Wish:

The scalloped circle peeking out from behind the sentiment circle is (despite looking rather silver!) the new Champagne Foil sheet.  It is beautiful, and perfectly complements the champagne-coloured berries on the Designer Series Paper.  I have laid two strips of copper washi tape across the card, before adhering the circular elements.

While I had these supplies out, I made a slight variation of the above design.  I used different washi tape from the Year of Cheer Designer Washi assortment ... this one has a bit of a holographic look, with copper, silver, gold and champagne in the patterns.  I worked some Copper trim out into a webbed look ... I was going for a stylised representation of holly, with rhinestones as berries.

.... and a close-up of the ribbon treatment:

We'd love for you to visit all the blogs in this week's Heart of Christmas share, and we welcome your comments!  Hopefully you'll come away with lots of inspiration for your own Christmas cards.  You will find a comprehensive list of everyone taking part, on Claire's blog.

I can't yet link, to my online store, to the newest products (you'll be able to order them from 1st September), but I have listed below the current Stampin' Up! products used on my cards.

Product List
Heat Tool
Big Shot
Glue Dots