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MIA, Paleo Man, Subscribing and Cards…finally!

My apologies for being Missing In Action this week. I succumbed to a rather nasty sinus infection which has now settled on my chest. Again. Yep. I know – I have had quite a few colds and infections recently. Having chatted with the Doc I find that I am badly anaemic and potentially suffering Coeliac disease. This is interesting since most of my meals consist of gluten in some form: bagel for breakfast and/or lunch, pasta, rice etc. It seems the anaemia makes me weak (!) and the (potential) Coeliacs prevents my stomach from absorbing the goodness and vitamins from my food – hence the anaemia and susceptibility to everything thats going. This time I have been laid pretty low spending pretty much all my time asleep as I felt too weak to do much else. On top of this my youngest now has Mumps. The big one came home from Uni telling tales of how people had Mumps at Uni and I assured him that he would be OK as he had had the MMR and his boosters: he was vaccinated up! The very next week he looked like a Squirrel who had just remembered where he had put his winter store and its now spring! Monday the youngest got up and said his jaw was hurting. I did the usual Mum thing: ‘You two been messing around again?’ On closer inspection however I realised that this poor boy was beginning to resemble a cast off from a Rocky movie with his swollen face and square jaw! He is loving the jelly and ice-cream though!

So…Back to anaemia and Coeliacs. I am so fed up of feeling unwell that I have decided to take a drastic measure with my health and make serious changes to my diet – I don’t eat badly, we never have processed/package foods but realistically, we can do better! A colleague at work has been banging on about the ‘diet’ he follows. He is a very healthy looking lad with muscles all over the place. I had a chat with him and he pointed me in the direction of The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf. Basically it is about eating like our Paleo ancestors – who were apparently as healthy as our present day Olympian athletes – I am up for that! – even if they had shorter lives (due to nasty animals etc). Whilst Robb does suggest that you will lose weight – I am up for that too! – he advocates a general ‘feeling better’ health wise and challenges you to give his way a go for thirty days. Go check it out and I will keep you posted whilst I do my thirty days to see if I do feel better – lets face it – I cannot feel worse than I have been lately! And no – to the Gods in heaven above – that is not a challenge thank you!

DID YOU KNOW…you can subscribe to my blog? If you look at the very top of the page and to the right there is a bit where you can subscribe and follow my blog – if you want to that is….and of course if you want to find out how my Paleo thirty days is going this would be a great way to follow and keep up to date. Go on…subscribe – you know you want to….

And finally…..I havent actually felt like doing much crafting this week – now you know how really poorly I have felt! However, I did have some stuff I had intended posting right before I hit my low point. So here they are:

Classy Crumb Cake

This is SU Style Beautiful stamp set from the 2010/2011 Idea Book and Catalogue, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla and Soft Suede CS, and Chocolate Chip Ink finished with a few pearls and gold embossing powder – I love the simplicity of this.

Simple Beauty

I totally love this stamp set and think I will get a lot of use out of it – It is the Strength & Hope set from the 2011 Mini catalogue. I used Crumb Cake – again – Night of Navy, Whisper White and Bashful Blue CS, Bashful Blue ink and Rose Red seem binding ribbon. I also buffed a very tiny bit of Rose Red ink into the butterfly. this was finished with a little paper piercing around the scallop circle punched with SU scallop circle punch of course!

Copper Bottomed Finish

This turned out a lot better than I anticipated! I used the Fun Flowers Sizzix die – an exclusive to Stampin Up – and used it to die cut NewsPrint DSP, I mounted it onto Basic Black, Whisper White and again onto Basic Black CS only this piece had been run through Vintage Wallpaper Textured Impressions embossing folder – another SU Exclusive! and gently rubbed it with copper wax to give it a metallic feel before mounting on Whisper White and again onto Basic Back – I added pearls and some ribbon from my – large – ribbon box! Oh and I also rubbed a little of the copper wax on the edges of the flower petals too!

And Finally….

Blue for You

This is another set I think will get a lot of use – This is the Baby Blossoms set and you quite literally make your own blooms yourself – YEP – each flower on this was stamped into parts – the light blue and the dark blue! I also used the frame from the same set to ‘cameo’ the main bloom. I used Bashful Blue, Whisper White and Not Quite Navy CS, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy and Old Olive Ink, Scallop Trim Border punch and some pearls to finish. Turned out quite nice if I do say so myself – mind you it took me ages lining things up, then I got the hang of it – all I had to do was follow the shapes but I was a while figuring that out!

Ok, thats me, I do have a couple more cards but will save those till the next post. I am back to work again tomorrow but will post as soon as I can. Don’t forget to subscribe. Until then remember to keep stamping your place in the world!

Inspiration…Regional Training…whats next?

Ok, so there I was looking over the amazing work of my fellow SU demo’s swaps that I was delighted to receive yesterday at Stampin Up Regional training and thinking…’how do I choose which to pop on my blog? Everyone has worked hard on these, they are all fantastic and there isn’t one that I don’t like. How do I choose?’  Simple, I showcase them all!  so that is what I have done and you can view them and be inspired by the fantastic and wonderful creations right here.

I am going to pop a couple up here now though and give an explanation of why I chose those particular ones:

Ann-Marie Leith

The first up is this simply stunning swap by Ann-Marie Leith. It uses Whisper White CS, VersaMark and SU white embossing powder, Certainly Celery ink and ribbon and the very lovely Vintage Vogue Stamp set. I chose this for the blog page because it is so clean and simple and I totally loved the embossed flowers making a background. Stunning Ann-Marie!  thank you!

Theresa Martin

This card is another stunner – Theresa did this in a couple of background colour ways but they were all equally gorgeous! I chose this on because the background had been embossed and reminded me of those lovely cardi’s your gran used to knit for you when you were little – was it called waffle knit? I think it might have been but I just loved it! Thank you!

Evelyn Calder

I had seen this stamp set in the book and shied away from it – it just seemed too twee for me, and I have boys so wasn’t really convinced. Thats until I saw Evelyns’ swap!  I was totally bowled over by it. It is such a crisp stamp and Evelyn coloured it so beautifully, teemed it with a border punch and even getting some crimping in there! I fell in love with this stamp thanks to Evelyn, and placed it on my personal order the minute I got back from regionals so watch this space to see if I can at least meet the standard Evelyn has set with this!  Thank you!

Gina Connor

Gina had made these delightful book marks in a variety of colours and each and every one of them was beautiful. I had the great pleasure of sitting next to Gina for the days training and was amazed that she and Joy had both travelled from Ireland that morning especially for the training! That is dedication!  I really enjoyed Gina’s company (and Joy’s too) and was really pleased to find that despite not having known her before yesterday she had a brilliant sense of humour even when I called her a slave driver! What a lovely person to meet when you are going somewhere where you may not know any one! thank you Gina and Joy for your company yesterday and for your inspiration too – yes I have already been to your blogs and got you on my speed dial!  Thank you!

Make and take

This final entry is my very own version of one of the make and takes we did. Its a little gift card holder – or indeed note holder – what ever you want it to be really! It was really quick and easy to make using two top note cut outs, an a5 piece of CS inside, some ribbon, a couple of brads and some punched butterflies! Simple! and a great idea for your next card class too!

Ok so you have seen some of the fantastic swaps and even a little bit of sneak peak of what is coming in April – did you spot anything interesting in these pics? head over to the gallery here for a few more sneak peaks but remember to head back here from 1st April for something amazing coming from Stampin Up!  I promise you will be blown away….

So till next time….don’t forget to stamp your place in the world! x

Birthdays, thank you’s and Swapsies

I am off work bunged up with a nasty head cold right now so this will be brief – if I am too poorly to be at work I am too poorly for anything else – fortunately that also includes the ironing! My head is pounding, my throat feels like I have been gargling razor blades and my nose is so sore now from blowing it that I could give Rudolf a serious run for his money!   I feel a Grey’s Anatomy morning coming on….

The card below is a birthday card for my eldest son from his younger brother for his Nineteenth birthday (I still cannot believe that….) but I have a thank you to make for it – I was sent a fabulous tutorial from Sabrina over on SCS after I admired a card she has made. This is my take on Sabrina’s design.

Let's Bake a Cake

Lets Bake a Cake


Sabrina’s card can be viewed here and it is a total delight! I have placed the tutorial over in my Stamping Tutorials Section which I am slowly beginning to populate. This one is called Surprise Pop Up Card and is done by the amazing Beate Johns – I adore her tutorials – they are so straight forward and always turn out just right!

As I have mentioned I am going to the Stampin Up regional training next week and have started to make my ‘swaps’ to take with me. This is a sneak peak of one of my swaps.

Simply for you

I have gone for a very simple design which I CASEd from here. I liked the simplicity of this card. I changed the background stamp and added the tiny strip behind the heart.  I love the colours though and feel they give a really fresh feel to the whole sentiment. This is really only a topper so could look totally different mounted onto a card front. I am still thinking about what my other swaps will look like – I am making around forty swaps and hope they will help me make contact with other SU demo’s here in Scotland.  I will let you know how it goes.

Right time for some more medicine and a little Grey’s now with a big cup of tea and possibly a chocolate biscuit although I can’t actually taste too much – at least I will know I have had chocolate!

Til next time, don’t forget to stamp your place in the world!

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