Hey! Today’s my day over at Make The Day Special
I’ve just created a simple card using the ‘Oh Yeah’ set and the Chevron dies.
Using up the stash as usual.
It’s fair to say I’m taking it slow.
After the mammoth blog hop was immensely fun and tiring in equal measures, I also ran an all day workshop for a whole bunch of girls on Saturday.
So I’m a little slow.
I’m getting nowhere fast! Normal service ( if there is such a thing) will be resumed as normal.
Do you join me in kicking back a little.
See you when I’ve woken up!! xx
Welcome to a really special post! This is probably one of the biggest blog hops EVER! Hopefully you’ve joined me from Moxie Fab World
We are honouring Cath Edvalson. I know I’ve already posted about her- but this is the better post! We decided to create a blog hop to say THANKS! She coined the phrase ‘Moxie Fab’ to describe anything truly amazing, splendid or gorgeous- & I guess she never knew how big it would come or how much we all think of her. I went all the way back to look at the first post.. Cath described what it was to be all about..
“But more than that, Moxie Fab World is a place where we can all get to know one another a little better. It’s a place where we can enjoy a stout cup of coffee, a warm spot of tea, or a sweet sip of cocoa and gather around our computers on our own time and on our own terms. It’s a place where we will share ideas, explore the trendy possibilities, and uncover the magical opportunities we have to connect with one another in this most heartfelt of hobbies, paper crafting.” (Nov 11 2008)
It has remained true to her wish for it. She has little idea about the place she holds in our hearts- without ever meeting her you just know that she is sincere and real. I don’t know her amazingly well, but whenever I’ve corresponded with her, you get a lovely impression of her. She’ll always leave a lovely comment when visiting your blog, and some of her comments on my cards have made me sigh with happiness. This card that I’ve created says ‘Cath’ to me. She loves colour & is a real wordsmith (note the letter type paper in the background).
She will get to read some amazing tributes along the way. What she doesn’t know is that in the space of less than a week, a secret Facebook group was set up just to organise this. We thought we’d get a few.. but there are 756 members! Not all of them were able to join in- but we have retailers & individuals. At the moment there are about 276 people signed up to hop. Having that many people wanting to honour her makes her special indeed. There were many who wanted to be part of this hop-
There are some people that we have to thank in all of this. A lot of the administrative work & problem shooting was done by the amazing, lovely and funny Virginia Lu & Taheerah Atchia. Chatting with them through the week has totally made my week. They have been utter stars. Thanks go to Kryssi Ng who put together the fantastic graphics for the blog headers & button. Michelle Liimatainen did some sterling checking of the spreadsheets & we must particularly say a big Thankyou to Aris from Inlinkz who has been so helpful in trying to organise the link system. Before it sounds like an Oscar’s speech- big thanks to Stacy Croninger for letting us begin at Moxie Fab World & Susan Opel who is cheerleader extraordinaire! Thank you to all of the girls (& gent) who have posted or been part of the group. With such a large group, you’d think there’d be difficulties- but they’ve all been a super supportive bunch; the epitomy of what Cath envisaged for Moxie Fab World all that way back in 2008.
So, here’s to you Cath! Inspiration supremo, Trendsetter and trendwatcher, Champion of the beginners (and the rest!) and Confidence cheerleader. If it wasn’t for you & gaining confidence through joining the Moxie Fab challenges, I’d never have plucked up the courage to submit to Paper Crafts (as it was then). We all think you’re wonderful- we can’t wait to see where you take your sunshine next!
Grab a few coffees (in fact, better go get a flask)- some of the brightest & loveliest people have all joined to say THANKS to Cath. Next up is Jennifer Ingle. I just know you’re about to see something amazing!
For a list of all of the links of those taking part (in case you get lost or a link doesn’t quite work), check the Inlinkz symbol just below or pop back to Moxie Fab World who has the list there too.
This is a super simple card- using a set from a new company that you’ll be hearing a lot about in the near future. It’s one of those cards that remind me of lots of people. Some people are just complete ‘joys’ aren’t they! One of those is Cath Edvalson. This card is for her. She’s one of those lovely person that sprinkles sunshine wherever she goes. I know that tons of people hold her in really high regard & she is stepping down from being the mastermind & contributor at Moxie Fab World . We know she’ll be planning a new and exciting future & so I simply had to post and say THANKS! One day, if I ever get to visit the US, and had a wish list of places to go and people to see- she’d be on that list somewhere right at the top!
Some of my most exciting challenges (wins or not) have been over at Moxie Fab World. Cath would post unique challenges that made you think & get really creative. Some of my fave cards have come as a result of entering her challenges. I loved being part of last years ‘Trendy Card’ list & I can tell you, if Cath visits your blog & leaves you a comment..well, your day is totally made! She posted daily a inspiring picture which often left you thinking about colour or design or just how beautiful nature is. She will be so missed – she’s irreplaceable!
If any of you have missed this link up- there’s one over at MFW- you could join in too and leave her your best wishes and thanks.
This week has seen me prepping for an all day workshop. I do love teaching- I could do it happily all day. Prepping is less fun- but I’m nearly sorted! We have had a few hiccups this week- let me tell you about one!
I play taxi a considerable amount of the time. I’d picked up 2 kids, went elsewhere to pick up 2 more & was waiting half an hour before picking up the last one. We popped to Tesco to pick up some bits ready for Bonfire night. As we’d loaded the shopping, one of the kids was messing around. They couldn’t close the boot on account of being too diddy, so I asked an older child. This child didn’t take too well to being asked.
They went to back of the car & instead of pulling the door down (it’s a hatchback type), they grabbed the rods that allow the door to open and close. They obviously did this with some force & then whacked the boot down.
There was a crunch noise.
Not a good sort of ‘crunch’. It was in fact the sound of metal bending. Not realising what they’d done, they decided to give it a second go, further damaging the car. I was out of the front seat in a hurry but the second bending had already occurred. Granted, I didn’t know this is what had happened until I looked into the boot.
The boot was not going to shut. Nor could I drive home with an unstable boot in the wind. I knew that if I let it drop down any further, it would bend the metal further & possibly break it. So I had good (?) idea no.1…I balanced the boot on my head & phoned my hubby.
‘Hi Steve, I have a slight problem”
“go on” he said, sounding unphased
“One of the kids has broken the boot & I’m balancing it on my head’
“Pardon? You’re balancing the boot on your head?”
“Yes, I thought it the best thing to do”.
I could hear him explaining the ridiculous situation to his colleagues. “Hang on, can’t you manage?”
Well I couldn’t, I don’t have any tools in the car. I will be getting some shortly. He arranged to come & I waited, in the cold & now with the light fading, watching the shoppers in Tesco come in and out.
After 5 minutes the boot was hurting my head. Daughter no.1 came to my rescue- fortunately we’re about the same height. Two of us stood, like complete numpties balancing a boot on our heads.
Did anyone stop? Did anyone check we were ok?
No. Not a sausage!
Our friends who visited that evening for Bonfire Night, remarked it was little wonder that no-one stopped- we must have looked a little odd.
After a while, it hurt too much. I took the rash decision to rest it on one shoulder. When the cold & weight got too much, I simply shifted it onto the other shoulder. There I stood, for at least 15 minutes. The other daughter (who I was supposed to have picked up by now) wasn’t responding to my phonecalls. Then my phone died. The end of the story was seeing a very bedraggled daughter make her way crossly up the hill joined also by my husband who removed the strut (after trying to return it to the original shape) & closed the boot.
The offending child became public enemy No.1 to the other siblings who were freezing and less than patient at that point.
Needless to say, my shoulders are a little stiff. If you ever see someone in that predicament- do say hello, or help them; they’ll be very thankful! All ended well, we enjoyed some fantastic fireworks, bacon butties & gingerbread cake washed down with some hot chocolate. The perfect end to an otherwise imperfect day!
See you on Saturday for a very exciting post- you won’t want to miss this one!
I’m imagining its warm and I’m sitting somewhere beautifully sunny. Instead I’m wrapped in a snuggly fleece and blanket & trying to type to keep my fingers from ceasing up completely! Seriously though- this post was supposed to be all singing and dancing (in fact, neither of the two!).
I wanted to post a video with a little walk through of the XPRESS machine. Things were going well until I tried to upload it- it took 20 minutes to get to 96.4%- and , you guessed it, promptly crashed. So I’m hoping to upload the two quickies onto YouTube & just post the link. In order to be a good reviewer- I should declare all biases. I do demonstrate for Docrafts & so in some ways that makes me a little biased- HOWEVER- those of you that know me a little know I like to be honest- so what I say, I do actually think is accurate and fair.
What is it? It’s a machine with the capacity to take A4 sized folders/dies. There is no die or embossing folder known to man that it can’t cope with. (I wish the same could be said for me and my kids ). It will take any manufacturers dies & happily chomps through fabric, foam, light chipboard, cardstock etc. If you can get scissors through a product, then you should be able to use the X-Press for it (dies allowing).
One of its greatest features is that you can fold it up. Most of us don’t own craft studios (sigh!) and so space is at a premium. This folds up and down as much as you need.
Ok- here’s part 1 of the walk through ( before my phone dies and I had to make part 2!)
And after …
Yes- I’m squished down trying to fit into the frame (no rude comments please!) and I guess I should have smartened myself up a little but here’s the lowdown:
A4 machine- stack up loads of dies in one rotation. Saves you getting RSI (!!) & will handle the bigger A4 folders and dies.
No more ‘sandwiches’- just a dial that will allow for every different thickness of cardstock without having to add multiple shims etc.
Cuts a variety of materials
Great product guarantee. This is important. Having worked for them- they are brilliant at sorting out queries- and of course, I’m like your 24 hour help line too
Able to use dies facing up or down (although the manufacturer shows them facing up & the cutting pad will be much less expensive to replace than the base pad.
It’s a nice neutral colour. Some recent machines have colours & designs that are pretty let’s say ‘bold’!!
No electrical elements to stop working (we all know of difficulties this has caused)
Pads are not see through- although I’ve heard a whisper they might be bringing out transparent pads- which are so good for placement & partial cutting of dies (such as in Joy cards etc.)
So- in conclusion- the lowdown… this is an investment. It’s not a ‘pop out and buy with your pocket money’ piece of kit but its well worth its price. It’s priced at less than the eBosser- roughly £50 below both RRP’s although obviously you’ll find different places doing different deals.
Do I think its a good machine- yes. I love it so much, I gave my Big Shot to my Mum!! If there are any queries you’ve got (other than why is your craft room such a mess)- feel free to email me. I’ll happily answer them if I can.
Better dash- I’ve another post coming about my jaunt to Bournemouth!
See you soon, x
Just flying in- with a quick card as its my day over at Make The Day Special
It’s using Mama Elephant stamps; another fab US company with some seriously cute stamps.
I wanted to give the impression the bird had just fluttered onto the swing which is why I stitched in 3 colours and gave the card some ‘movement’!
I can’t stop long today. Mama Elephant is not a new term for me either- although I quite often feel like that! The 20 years?
Well tomorrow we celebrate our 20th Wedding anniversary.
Makes me feel soooo old.
And yes, I WAS young when I got married! ( cheeky!)
It’s been a privilege to be married to Steve for all these years. I’m definitely a better person thanks to him.
Before you get the sick buckets out, I’ll stop.
We’re celebrating by driving down to Bournemouth so I can do a little work for Docrafts.
Such is my commitment!! 😉
No- and yes.
They asked for me to go down on the very day.
We weren’t planning on going anywhere for it- so this seemed like an opportunity too good to miss.
I get to work and Steve gets to relax!
Should be lovely.
And my even lovelier parents are holding the fort whilst we’re gone.
Say a little prayer for them.
In fact- they may need more than one!
See you soon- when I’ll have lots of fun to share with you; there’s bound to be a funny story- they seem to follow me around! x
Hullo!! Saturday- and I’m not working .
I was promised a lie-in but my children were obviously uninformed about that decision and I’ve been hiding in the bathroom since about 8:30!
The card is somewhat random- but is an example of a simple card that I needed to make from one of my boys to say thankyou.
It’s using a Hero Arts alphabet and I love the modern font. Added to the black ( obviously supposed to be space themed- which was the idea behind the club) it was a quick and easy card. I used up oddments of cardstock lying around because stripes are a sure fire winner on blokey cards and I had bought some badges a while back which I used as the embellishment. Embarrassingly simple.
But aren’t the simple ones such a relief!
Don’t you find yourself sometimes poring over one card. You spend forever and it still isn’t quite right? Or is that just me!
This week I’ve been disappearing under clothes. Not because I’ve lost weight ( chance would be a fine thing), nor have I been wearing my husbands jumper. Instead I have been boldly going into my teen and Tweens bedroom.
I rarely make that mistake often. Life is far too short to fight about messy bedrooms. We occasionally request a tidy up but deep cleans are reserved for spaces I have more control of.
However- one of mine was away and as I was changing the bed clothes, I could stand the mess no longer.
I took a picture ( to be fair, I’d just taken off all the bedding and toys).
Despite having others things to do- I dug deep ( quite literally too) and cracked on with it.
Unfortunately as soon as I improved one space, the next shone forth in its squalor.
From this eventually to this
It’s way away from perfect- but I’m a momma who knows she has to stop and draw a line under tasks.
Bless them- they were both so delighted, I was thankful to have done it. Bets may be placed on just how long it lasts although I feel a storm coming… One of them looked at me in dead earnest and said forcefully “I love it so much that I will MAKE sure she doesn’t mess it up”. The ‘make’ was uttered so menacingly that even I was scared.
I suspect that their room may not be the scene of a totally harmonious coexistence over the next few days.
Do you ever feel like you’re disappearing under all the jobs! We often have discussions amongst my friends about how as mothers we feel that the ‘us’ disappears but, me? Well I’d be happy just to emerge from the mess- with my ‘inner self’ hidden or otherwise!
See you soon, when I’ve finished sneezing from all the dust 😉!! x
Morning!! I’ve got a few things to show you and tell you!
Thought I’d post a few cards I did at last Saturday’s demo. I took one single stamp, stamped in dye ink and pulled the colour from the hearts using a water brush. A really simple way of getting the watercolour look really easily.
On the Docrafts front I’ve been asked to join their Design Team for their Creativity Club. The Club is a brilliant resource for ideas, special downloadable papers/sentiments and a massive wealth of filmed tutorials.
I do like to give credit where credit is due- goodness knows I’ve told you a few retailer (non-craft) hiccups over the years.
Anyhow, what I’m trying ( badly) to communicate is that I’ve been really impressed with Design Objectives as a company to work for. It is brilliant being a demonstrator for them as they are incredibly generous and supportive of their demonstrators.
It will be a pleasure giving a little back to them in the way of creating regular projects. I may not be able to post them here but certainly if you’re interested in looking into the Club, you can find the details here
I’ve bundled my littlest girl off to a school residential today.
She was excited and nervous.
I wasn’t aware that even going to an outdoor pursuits YMCA hostel was such a big deal on the clothes front.
If I said ‘its not a fashion parade’ once, I said it 6 billion times ( perhaps a slight exaggeration!). She wanted to make sure that even track suit bottoms and sweatshirts were correctly coordinating.
Is there such a thing?
I have trouble ‘rocking’ ordinary clothes- I’d be a dismal failure in sporty attire.
After some lengthy negotiations, we managed to pack the case (& indeed shut it!)
She has sent me copious silly messages on her way there & I have a feeling there will be tons more to come.
I told her not to go to bed early and have fun (I’m hoping the reverse psychology works at least on the bedtime thing!!)
At this rate, I’ll be picking up a bedraggled, soggy and tired daughter come Friday…
But at least she’ll be colour coordinated!!
See you when I’ve finished my spring projects.