Friday, 28 November 2008

Where is the sunshine?

I have been meaning to add photos of the rest of the Stamp-a-Stack cards together with some swap cards that I've done too, but when I have got home each night this week, there has been no light.

So, hopefully tomorow I'll be able to take some photos and post them on here.

I've got some Stampin' Up news to share too, so keep your eyes peeled this weekend!

Have fun!

Natalie x

Sunday, 23 November 2008

I promised that I would be back and here I am.....with pictures too!

I promised you some more pictures of the album that I taught at Scrap-a-Ganza and here they are. This class was originally designed by the BasicGrey Design Team with lots of pink and girly photos and I was asked to make a boy album from the same kit and this is what I cam up with. I love the colours and the sentiments too. The whole album is called "I wish you enough!"

The above page says: "I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive and everlasting"

"I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun"

"I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess"

"I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright no matter how grey the day may appear"I

Mums pearls of wisdom for Ethan and Kian:

" I wish you comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follw the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when your spirit sags, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, and love to complete your life!"

Even though this is a bit slushier than I am used to (more american than english, if you know what I mean) but I do really like it.

I did my first Stampin' Up Stamp A Stack class last Thursday which went down really well. A Stamp A Stack is where you stamp a stack of cards! We attempted to make 12 cards in 3 hours - we over-ran but I always guessed that would happen LOL! We had four different designs and made three different colourways - brown and pink, red and green and BLUE and white.

Here is a picture of the first set:

We had christmas music and even christmas cupcakes - how about these? Mrs Wonka is very very good at making cupcakes....
Anyway, I'm hoping to have a catch up week this week, and get myself a little bit organised as I seem to have lost any organisation I had. So I'm going to try and sort myself out and who knows, I might even start making christmas cards LOL!!!!
I'll show you some of the other Stamp A Stack Sets throughout next week too!
Natalie x

Friday, 21 November 2008

I'm here, I'm here

Will be back over the weekend with lots of piccys and a general update....


Natalie x

Thursday, 13 November 2008

I'm leaving......on a jet plane

Just a quick post. Despite still having this cold / lurgy, I am off to Holland tomorrow to teach at the last Scrap-a-Ganza event.

Thought that I would give you a sneaky peek at the mini book class that I am teaching athough the photo looks a bit blurry and distorted as there is transparency covering the front (and it's a pretty bad photo anyway LOL! - but it gives you the idea! I wish you enough..... I will share the rest after the weekend!
It's Kian's birthday tomorrow - my last baby will be 8!!!!! Unfortunately this photo sums them both up entirely - even though the photo is about 2 years old now!

Bless them! So up early tomorrow and then flying out to SAG in the evening. Things should start calming down a little after this weekend and you never know, I might just think about starting some christmas cards - helped by the fact that I'm teaching a class to make 12 xmas cards next Thursday - so that will be 12 made then!
Have a good weekend and have fun!
Natalie x

Monday, 10 November 2008

Finally some pictures.....

Well the desktop is still broken but I've managed to get some photos downloaded on the laptop, so thought that I would share photos of the Scenic Route album that I taught at Scrappers Paradise. I've managed to load them all back to front so you start with the back page! It talks about our first few Scrappers Paradises and has some very apt stickers used for journalling!
This was originally a class designed by Layle Koncar from Scenic Route and I've just added my little twists to it.
I've had a cold for well over a week now and I've got a Stampin' Up party to do tomorrow night so I'm off to sleep now.
Have fun!
Natalie x

Friday, 7 November 2008

It's friday already.......

I really cannot believe it -where has this week gone.

I've been busy preparing for a Stampin' Up! class tomorrow and also doing my class for Scrap-a-Ganza which is next weekend.

It's also Kian's birthday next Friday too - I cannot believ my little baby will be 8 - and that's the youngest one - how can all of this be happening when I'm still 21???? :-)

I guess I should mention the new American President. I have to say that as someone who doesn't get too involved in politics (I know, flame me now!) I did feel quite emotional that a man with a dream (which not so long ago would have been an impossibility), believed in himself and made it happen. I guess it just goes to prove that if you want something bad enough, whatever the odds against you, with sheer determination (and a few million dollars!) you can achieve it.

I am still without the main computer so still unable to upload any photos.

A reasonably quiet weekend planned this weekend (thankfully) so just some football for the boys and my party tomorrow am - rest of the time, doing the housework etc etc.

Got lots of things planned but can't share them just yet. Sorry!

Have a good weekend!

Natalie x

Monday, 3 November 2008

Did you see the blue box on the right hand side there?

I am planning on doing monthly newsletters which will tell you all about special offers and news together with some tricks, treats, tutorials and inspiration (hopefully!), so what are you waiting for? Go and sign up and I'll let you know when you can expect the first one!

Just to tease you something that Stampin' Up! are offering you if you host a party either in November or December - click on it to see it bigger - not only do you get great free gifts for hosting a party is more great news for you if you are a hostess:
And do you love the **NEW** textured cardstock and rub-ons in the new catalogue? Well spend £20 on anything between 10th - 31st November 2008 and you can get 20% off both. Go on - treat yourself! You know you want to......
So if you live close enough and want to have a fun night, then get in touch and if you want to order any of the cardstock or the rub-ons, then give me a shout too -

On another note, details for the next Scrappers Paradise event went live last night. We had lots of feedback saying that people thought that this was the best event yet, so we are keeping numbers down for April 2009, so if you're interested in joining us, you'd better make it quick.....send me an email requesting a booking form and find full details here at and go to the Getaways tab page.

Okay, that is it for another day (two posts in two days - I hope you are very impressed!). I have a stinking cold, so I'm off to make tea, do some boring household chores (dishwasher and washing!) and then I think I'll have an early night - got another SU party at my house tomorrow night!

Good night!

Natalie x

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Well my PC died..........

That's the desktop that I use on a daily basis - not sure if we will be able to retrieve anything off it (that'll be the last four years of my life then!) but let's just say that I'm glad that Damon moved all of our photos onto an external hard drive a couple of months ago - phew! That's another reason why you haven't seen the photos of my classes from Scrappers Paradise last weekend yet either.

Scrappers Paradise was just great. We had reduced the numbers and it really had the intimate feel that we had at our first event. So many people commented on the fact that they thought that it was the best one yet, so we are reducing numbers for the next one too - which I've just released again - last weekend in April 2009!

I was straight back to work on Monday - knackered due to lack of sleep (lets just say husband with kidney infection before I went away and new snoring sleeping partner at Scrappers Paradise!). I was straight back into a Stampin' Up! party for over 20 people on the Tuesday night and then of course rushing around for Halloween and such.

Now I have to say that for the last four years, I have become somewhat renowned for my Halloween parties but lets just say with bedrooms being painted and new carpets being fitted last week too, I am really happy that one of the other mums offered this year! The kids loved it - all of our road are ready for Trick or Treaters too which adds to the fun and what with Damon being off work with the kids for half term, it was nice for my husband to be at the party too (he normally arrives just as it is finishing!) Plenty of alcoholic beverages were consumed by the adults and lets just say that we felt a bit worse for wear on Saturday morning.#

Our weekends are starting to be taken over by the boys football and they had training Saturday morning and then it was a clearing up the house from all the painting etc - the house looked like a bombsite - boxes and furniture everywhere. And then we were off to a dinner party with Mrs Wonka . Now Damon and I are real foodies, so we love going around to someone's house for dinner who is a foodie too. I have to say that Tony (Mr Wonka!) did himself proud - dinner was gorgeous and yes, of course it was chocolate for pudding :-) Thanks Mr & Mrs Wonka - you are my gastronomique heroes. Over to us next time xxxxxx.

And then we were up again this morning. Both the boys had their first official matches on their new teams today and I had promised to go and watch them both - one at 12 and one at 4. So we all went off to Pizza Express to fill the gap in the meantime. Then of course, it is back home to sort out and make sure that we have school uniforms, PE kits and such like as the boys are back to school again tomorrow.

And that is kind of where we are up to right now. I have another Stampin' Up! party on Tuesday, dentist on Wednesday and I cannot remember the rest of the week so better go check.

Okay, war and peace over - sorry for no pictures. I really need to start uploading some of my Stampin' Up! work too. There is a couple of great offers on for November and December but I'll wait to tell you about those in a day or twos time!

Hope you have all had a good weekend.

Have fun!

Natalie x