Tuesday, November 30

Opps nearly forgot!!

Its my last week as a Lovely Ladybug :(  Sniff sniff.... HUGE thank you to Kerry, Lisa and the girls for making me so welcome.

It was my challenge to set this week and I chose a colour challenge.  Now we all have favourite colours right?  Well look at the colour wheel, choose your favourite and then go to the COMPLETE OPPOSITE colour and thats the colour you need to base your card on, not all one colour, but it must be main colour on the card.

I love orange, so my colour was blue.  Usually blue is a colour I struggle with.  BUT with the new blues that Stampin' Up! have brought out it was less so.

and here is my card.  I used Robyn and Magnum Accessories for this card
My beloved Flourish punch from Martha

I got to go now, caiden has just got up and he is not very well


PS last post said no snow... opps we have now

Monday, November 29


We haven't got any, but I know a lot of you have.... this is what my boys would LOVE to be doing.  Another Magnum... his face says it all... this was us last year sledging, it went so fast I screamed all the way down.

Its been a productive day.  I made my first ever cupcakes today.  Turned out lovely too :)

Mmmmm had an urge to eat a cupcake. No where near sells them so I made some :)  bit deadly though and I must not do it too often.  Only 3 cakes left.  I had 2, Caiden 1, Harvey 2, Darren 3 and Robert 1.  I enjoyed the decorating part, only wish I had something more creative to decorate them.  Punched out rice paper would look good wouldn't it?  In hindsight I suppose I could have papercrafted some toothpicks and made some things to stick in.  Next time eh?

Saturday, November 27


There are lots of beautiful papers, ribbons and more in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Would any of you be interested in a paper or ribbon share??  email me to let me know which.


Cute meets serious

I wanted to see if my wonderful Stampin' Up! stamp from the Just Believe set would work as a background for one of my cutie stamps and I have teamed it up with one of the adorable Magnum stamps from Ladybug Crafts Ink.

Makes a nice background for moonlight Magnum :)

Thursday, November 25

Another card

A simple card made at a recent Stampin' Up! party.  This was their create and take . Lovely colours, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze.


Wednesday, November 24

Stampin' Up! order

I am just about to place an order tomorrow so please email if you need anything.

Caz x

Tuesday, November 23

Tuesday again..

I love Tuesdays so I can show off my cards for my Guest Design Team at Ladybug Crafts.  My time is coming to an end (sniff sniff) so there are only 2 more cards I will show off.

Here I have used "Jack with worm".  I love this stamp.... reminds me of Harvey.  Caiden loves the mud, although not into creepy crawlies like Harv is.

I used watercolour crayons to colour this in.  Small snipets of Stampin Up! papers, an oval nestie and one of my favourite Stampin Up! punches too.

I hope you like today's card.

Caz x

Friday, November 19

Been really busy

Had a table at my sons school at their shopping evening.  Here is what I have been making :

Reindeer Poop Bags

Chocolate Toffee and Chocolate Raisins

Decorated Mini Books and Paper clip bookmarks

Pirates and Owls

Monsters or Aliens - fun for the boys

Decorated sweet jars for the kids fete

I sold lots of snowman soup
Twilight and Monster books still up for grabs if anyone wants any let me know.

Its a very busy time, I have a party next week so I better get a wiggle on


Thursday, November 18

USA friends??? Cricut Lite, black friday sales plea

Any friends in USA going to black friday sales please please please if you see a Cricut Lite cartridge Four legged friends and Jolly Holidays I would love you forever!! (and pay for them of course) Caz xx

Tuesday, November 16

The lovely Ladybugs card for today

Tuesday again?  Where does time fly.... Another challenge card for my Lovely Ladybugs guest design spot.
This week is was CHRISTMAS SPARKLE.  I used the TOM and SNOWMAN stamp.  This is toooo cute, a beautiful stamp to colour in.  I decided to make a little box today.  This has a little battery tealight inside and will sit out on the side for Christmas.  I have used Stampin' Up!s Dazzling Diamonds glitter and home made shimmer spray with their shimmer paints.

And here is a little closer one to see the BLING BLING.

Only a couple of weeks left with the Lovely Labybugs :(  I hope you are enjoying me stamping a little more often :)


Thursday, November 11

A quick Make

My Mother in Law has gone home this morning, I thought I had better make a card for my Father in Law who's birthday it was the other day.  So I picked out my Magnum Add on set and the add ons and made this card.

I also used the Fabby Stampin Up! celebrations paper and the Party This way stamp set for the arrow.

Perfect comical and fun card for a man dont ya think?


Tuesday, November 9

Totally Ladybug Tuesday card

Hello and welcome to today's card for the TLT challenge blog.

I used the Christmas Magnum stamp, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this cat!!  Cute and comical and can be used for men and women alike.

Isn't Magnum and his little mousey friend cute?!  Reminds me a bit of bagpuss and fingerbob!

The theme for this weeks challenge was ribbon and I used some of the lush new ribbon from SU, a Martha Punch, EK Punch, SU Punches, jewels from Ladybug and coloured with inkpad's.  I do love the traditional Christmas colours of red and green.


Monday, November 8

Convention Day 2

Slightly later today, not much but I actually slept the night before, like a log infact!  I don't think I woke until the alarm went off, which made me jump up in bed as I am not used to alarm clocks waking me up.  Breakfast at the Hilton was yummy with lots to choose, I am not one for  fry up in the morning, so I had cereal and toast and then the little cinnamon whirls that were so fresh and warm and calling me :)

When we arrived we had the make and take sessions, these were 4 fab projects that were made using the sets that we got in the convention bag.  I was thrilled with these sets, both were very much on my wish list, but I was being patient as I didn't want to buy something I knew I was getting in my bag.

The one on the right is a little treat cover, inside it houses a cello bag with tiny tiny cards inside, this was made using the "Just Believe" set.  very cute.  The second card was made using the same set.  This time we used the   WONDERFUL watercolour paper, this paper (more like card) is beautiful, so thick and feels so gorgeous to use.  We inked the stamp with pens, sprizted with water and then stamped.  We then got our hands on the Colour Spritzer tool, WOW I hadn't used it before, I was dying to and I am glad I got to try it and see how fab it works.  On my wish list for sure.    Next were two projects made using "Party this way" set, again another one I had wanted and was waiting for.  This set is such fun!  and we made a memory page and the small card with the arrow that can rotate around, so many fun idea with this.  Of course I was drawn to the bunting in the set too.... I need to add the "Just Perfect" alphabet to my wish list as well as this will be perfect to add lettering to the bunting.  Unfortunately Harvey knocked a cup of tea over my projects when I got home, but they weren't too badly ruined.

We had more talks in business, lunch and then Momento Mall was opened again, limits were off and sadly by the time I got up there the items I wanted to buy were gone, people were going crazy and buying armfuls :(  all that was left was rulers and pens.  Oh well I got what I wanted really, just wanted to get a couple of gifts.

The closing session was fabulous, we had a great demos and a speech about Carrots, Eggs and Coffee beans, which ended with us all doing the Cupid Shuffle!! it was sooooo funny.  Yes even me, a Carrot managed to do it and enjoy it!

We had a surprise sneak peek at something coming early next year and we got a FREE STAMP SET too relating to the same surprise :)  We promised  Shellie not to let on what it is so I will be a good girl and keep it to myself :)  Sorry!! LOL   AND we got to find out one thing that will be in the Mini Catalogue in April and lets just say there was a LOT of excitement and squeals of delight!

The last announcement was the location of next years convention, now we knew it would be France as we seem to take turns for it, and it is DISNEYLAND PARIS!!! Whooooo Hoooooooo!!!!!!  I cant wait, if you want to come you will have to sign up to become a demonstrator and come along too :)

There were dozens and dozens of inspirational cards on the display boards and I have dozens of fab swaps from fellow demonstrators.  My sample books will be looking great!

Well that's it from Convention.  It was a fab time, I hope to go next year (just try and stop me!)  Thank you to all the fellow demos who swapped with me, to Kirstie my roomie for 2 nights, I had never met her before, its amazing how stamping can bring 2 strangers together and give us a common love and we chatted easily like old mates.  Thanks to Debbi, Helen and Co for letting me go to dinner with them Thursday night and to the numerous demos who chatted with me, gave me headache pills (I had a headache the entire 3 days) and with whom I made some wonderful memories of Convention 2010.

Huge congrats to all the demonstrators that won awards, especially those talented and hardworking demo's in my downline.


Sunday, November 7

I am back.... with a long post

And what a fantastic trip it was.  Very tiring, I dont think I have felt a shattered as this for a long time.  Late nights, not much sleep the first night as I was just buzzing with excitement and a banging headache.  early Mornings but it was worth it.

There were 300 demonstrators there.  I took around 100 swaps and joined a few organised swaps and WOW the cards and creations I got back were fantastic.  It was great to meet so many fellow demonstrators, all be it very briefly as I swapped with them, but all these creative ladies in one room was amazing.  Thursday night was a good start as I attended Natalie and Monica's party.  This consisted of a party bag with crisps, a water, a little gift box with one of those rubber watches and 2 make and takes.  There was a separate room for these make and takes.  One was a pirate memory page and the other was a Christmas card.  I haven't taken a photo of those yet but I will try.

Friday we had to be in the hotel reception for 7;30 to get one of the 6 coaches to Addington Palace.  The palace was a fantastically beautiful building with grand paintings and chandeliers hanging from the huge ceilings.  The main events took place in the marque.  The refreshments were plentiful with teas and coffees and the biggest cookies on a tray I have seen. Donuts and Custard tarts too!  I took this picture for my boys as I knew they would be jealous!

We had to check in and collect our Convention Bag.  This bag was a little zany for a lot of people but personally I loved it.  I love orange and it was nice a roomy for all the stuff I ended up carrying around with me.

Here is a picture of the bag and the contents.  The brown bag on the right was not part of the bag contents but something I got from Momento Mall (More to follow)  But we got the bag and 2 stamp sets, our name tag and pen.  We also picked up any award pins that we may have earned at that time.  By the skin of my teeth I managed to get an award, not really for me though, it was for my wonderful team who had promoted.  My team however got lots more awards than I and I was very proud of them.  Natalie will give the top spots a run for their money next year!! She did fantastically well this year, she was up so many times I cant remember what she got.  Joanne was up there with a sales and top 25 reward.  There were many others from my first levels own downlines too.  Well done ladies! x   I hope to do better next time, I feel I can do better with more effort if I want to and I really need to work at it to get on the stage next year.  It is getting harder and harder.

Also at this time we could visit paper, pad and marker where you use a blank template and fill it up with colours from all the collections using the paper, pads and markers from SU.  I didn't do it this year as I had so many swaps to swap out.  Also I wanted to visit Momento Mall as this year they actually had stock we could buy and take with us, as opposed to last year in which they just let us order.  Here is my haul on this stuff....  They limited you on the quantities you could buy.  Sadly for many the totes ran out, but they are able to order them for a later delivery.

Now I was sooooo excited by Momento Mall and in seeing the pictures of the USA ones I had already a wish list, above all the others stuff I wanted the cute little stamp they were selling.  I actually dreamt the night before convention about getting the stamp, the bin and the tote and being on the hunt for the brown flower bag in the other picture and I am thrilled I managed to buy them all :)  I do have other totes its true, but non as jazzy as this and non of which can hold 12 x 12 in the centre, its a big old tote!

The rest of day one was lunch, main session, training, demo's, talks and more the business and motivational side of the SU business.  Very interesting, but also quiet hard going as we were all so tired.

Thursday evening went onto the awards dinner and it was wonderful to congratulate all the hard working demonstrators.  The food was good, but me being miss fussy pants didn't eat it all.  The pudding so I hear wasnt great which was a shame as they said all the rest was lovely.

I will continue with day 2 tomorrow...... I hope I have not bored you.


Thursday, November 4

Off to convention

I am off to Stampin Up! 2nd European Convention today.  It starts tomorrow but I am leaving today as its an early start tomorrow.  I am all packed and got lots of swaps to take me with.  I will take a photo to share before I hand them out.  We will have business talks and training, demonstrations, make and takes, swapping and lots of fun!!  We will get a snazzy bag with 2 stamp sets inside :)  and Momento mall where we can get our hands on some SU branded items.  I cant wait!!!  There is also an awards dinner where the best of the best SU demonstrators will be earning badges and prizes.  I wont be on stage this year I am pretty sure :(  but I will be there to clap on my stampin friends who have done fantastically well!!!

I am back Saturday late afternoon.  Kids are excited and be spending time with Daddy :)  so its all good.

I will let you know all about it when I return.  xxx

Tuesday, November 2

Ladybug Hop

Hello Everyone...well it's a big day today here at the Ladybug Crafts ink Challenge blog .
Not only is it our very FIRST challenge but Kerry also has a new release of stamps and we are having a Blog Hop to celebrate !! 
Double the chance to win a prize!!

Firstly the Hop.. all the DT have not only had to use the challenge theme , but they have also used the new images . There are 5 in all and I think you will agree when you see their creations the new images are just fabulous! (none of the DT have seen each other's cards so we cant wait to hop either!)

So onto the rules of the Hop - which are...

a) Visit each of the DT members in order and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.
b) Leave a comment at the bottom of this post telling us which is your favourite image.
c) Display the blog hop banner which is at the top of this post on your blog either in a post or on your side bar.
The Prize is all 5 images in the new release

Easy eh?

The hop will close 9am GMT on Monday 8th NOV and the winner will be announced at 9am GMT on Tuesday 9th NOV.

The first stop along the hop is  MARY J

If you get lost here is the order  -

Now onto the challenge....over to Mary who will tell you all about it....

Hello all and thank you so much for joining us today - I am very excited as it's the first time I've ever set a challenge.  Be kind, I'm new at this...!  So onto the challenge and it's a sketch with a twist!  As some of you will know, I have been making an extra effort over the last few months to decorate the inside of my cards for that extra finishing touch and I want you to do the same for this challenge!  Here is the sketch...

And here is my card!!

And a little peeky inside

So hop on over to Anitas to see what she has made! :)  I cant wait to see it either.


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