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The final all day event for 2012

Here are the dates for 2012 Experience days that Sharon & myself have organised.

Now Booking

Saturday 1st December at Hethersett Village Hall for the last all day event of 2012 & a Christmas Card & gift event
Theme - A whole day crafting
Cost - £25

Future Dates:

Saturday 1st December ~ Christmas gift event

And don't forget for every event you attend you will receive a FREE raffle ticket which could win you a

(Draw to take place during December's Event)


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Just by showing your catalogue around to your family, friends or craft group, If you collect together orders totalling over £150 you will qualify for a free hostess benefits.

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Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Childrens Christmas cards

BubbleShare: Share photos - halloween photos

Happy Halloween

"Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said,
Five little

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said,
"Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said,
"But we don't care."
The third one said,
"I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said,
"Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said,
"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Happy Halloween... A day off from work for me, so I am finishing all of the half finished projects I have on my desk today. I had some new Stampin up Christmas stamp sets arrive last week from America & I have mounted them in anticipation of having a stamping day. I will add these tonight into my gallery.

Tuesday, 30 October 2007

32 ways to love your heat gun

32 Ways To Love Your Heat Gun

1. Use it with shrink plastic!

2. To dry glue on almost anything!

3. To set the pigment ink on our Paperclay

4. To dry sealer on paperclay quickly

5. Embossing

6. Glassy Glaze

7. Liquid Applique

8. Heat & Stick

9. Heat setting Fabrico

10. Remelting hot or low temp glue to restick something

11. Stamp & Scratch paper

12. Paint stripping

13. Reheating tea

14. Blowing glitter across a stamped area to get a fine sprinkle.

15. Speeding up drying for radiant pearls, ancient page and some other inks.

16. Blowing glitter or other small debris off of the table

17. Carefully now: dry your nail polish! Heat gun holder means no smudges on 2nd or 3rd coat. It stays on my craft table in its heat gun holder and I paint then press the on button and wave my nails under the flow.

18. To puff up fabric puff paints on sweatshirts (Gotta be careful!).

19. To heat up those price stickers on glass--just heat and then peel them right off. This works great on jelly jar labels .

20. My favorite heat gun use is to make smores. 2 graham crackers, chocolate pieces, marshmallow, wooden skewer, heat gun. Heat the marshmallow a nice toasty brown, assemble and enjoy. We did this with a Brownie troop for one of their try its and they loved them.

21. Repairing computer parts: I have a story to tell about my heat gun... It happened this week, and it saved my YOU-KNOW-WHAT!! I am setting up and trial running a new computer in my bedroom, next to my old one, making sure it works, and getting it set it up for transfer of my documentation to the new one, was checking on the CD speakers, and it worked, and I took the

CD out, and the phone rang...........Then, later when I was flipping my mattress over, (need to do it once in a while), the mattress caught on the OPEN CD ROM holder....and bend it toward the ground, and it wouldn't go back into the holder space. It would go so far and then stop, I could force it back in by holding up the plastic, but it wouldn't do it on its own....BRAND

NEW, not even REGISTERED yet! After I stopped hyperventilating, I used my heat gun to heat the plastic a little at a time, and I slowly maneuvered it until the tray would slide shut on it own, and it plays and all is well, THANK HEAVENS FOR OUR HEAT GUN!!!

22. Takes a dipping and keeps on ticking!! My favorite heat gun story is from this web site. One demonstrator dropped her heat tool in her coffee, while it was plugged in. She jumped quick and unplugged it, rinsed it off and let it dry off. Plugged it in, turned it on and it is still running like a top.

23. You can use your gun to remove hardened candle wax. Aim the heat at the wax. When it starts to melt, use a white paper towel to blot it up. Do this a little at a time to prevent scorching your surface.

24. For artsy daredevils: pool some metallic ink on glossy c/s. Aim heat at its center. It will spread the ink and create a nice blob. Sprinkle some of the confetti in our new glitter stacks on top of the blob, then pour on some clear Embossing Powder. Heat again, pour on more EP, melt, and allow

to dry. It makes a nice accent or background for your artwork. I discovered this when trying to find things to do with the new confetti we have. I tried something similar with the regular reinkers and didn't like the results - non impressive. If any of you try a variation of this, please

share your results!

25. Use the heat gun to melt some candle wax onto your paper creating an abstract design, then do a direct to paper technique over it. The wax will resist the ink and also give your paper texture.

26. Melt bits of broken crayons for a background resist. I would melt the various colors of crayon bits until there were melted puddles scattered around the cardstock. Then I would let them harden and use the foam brayer to brayer ink over the whole piece of card stock. Next, I would reheat the crayon until remelted and then soak up the excess with a paper towel. This

would leave some color on the card stock, plus the ink would have resisted these areas. It might make an interesting background. Maybe a little like a faux batik look. (Note: This idea has not been tried! Please report back to the list if you try it!)

27. I use mine with friendly plastic! It's so much easier than putting it in the toaster oven every time you need to soften it! Friendly plastic is THE coolest stuff ever!! It's not even new if you can believe that! I heard they used it in the '70's to make jewelry and now it's making a big comeback. I use it make jewelry and components to embellish cards. It comes in really pretty metallic colors and it kind of wrinkles when you heat it up. While it's hot you can blend colors together and put in beads, charms, even stamped images. Then when it's dry I put a coat of crystal effects over

it because: 1. It makes the plastic super shiny and pretty and 2. if you use charms or beads (as I do) they will fall off when the plastic is cool unless you seal it! Honestly,

28. Speed up effectiveness of bleach stamping by heating the bleach stamped image from underneath after stamping.

29. Make gift baskets and use it to shrink the shrink plastic over the basket. I tried it and just like magic shrunk in no time flat.

30. You can use the heat tool on fun foam. You heat and then imprint a bold or bold line stamp in it.

31.My DH used it to heat the glue of our old linoleum as he peeled it up to lay new stuff. He was impressed by my suggestion to use it and that it worked like a charm!

32.I use it to melt stamped tissue paper to a candle. You can also heat the surface of the candle and then stamp a DD stamp into it. Highlight the impression with paints - maybe our metallic reinkers would work? I tried this a long time ago and didn't get really good results. This past year, I've been making candles with dried flowers in them to sell at a local farmer's market (my other business). Sometimes the flowers wouldn't show up well and I would use

the heat gun to melt off a layer of wax.

Uses of Glitter


GLITTER/Candle Stamping

1. Pour Dazzling Diamonds glitter onto a sheet of paper…spread it out a little.

2. Take a rubber stamp (bold outline, like Flutterbys) & stamp the image into an embossing pad.

2. Next stamp the image into the glitter.

3. Check to make sure stamp is evenly coated, tap if there is too much. Turn your stamp rubber side up.

4. Heat your candle with hair dryer or heat tool until just warm & the wax has softened.

5. Stamp directly onto the candle using a even firm pressure. Or roll the candle onto the image making sure you get the entire image. Lift the candle off the stamp or raise the stamp off the candle & admire!!


For a basic card:

Cardstock * Sticker Paper * Lace * 1 Dark Shade of Glitter * 1 Light Shade of Glitter

  1. Cut your sticker paper into 1/4 sheets. Pull the protective backing off the sticker paper to reveal the sticky area.
  2. Stick a piece of lace to the sticker paper & smooth it down firmly.
  3. Pour a dark shade of glitter all over the card, making sure the whole thing is covered. Shake off extra.
  4. Strip lace off of card.
  5. Next pour light shade of glitter all over card. It will stick to the areas that do not have the dark glitter. Shake off excess glitter.
  6. Spray seal your glitter with hairspray.
  7. Tack down onto folded cardstock or whatever your project may be.


Clear Window Sheet (1/4 size – postcard size) – static free * Black Pigment Ink * Open Image – ex: Stained Glass set * Glue with small nozzle on end

  1. Stamp image onto the window sheet with black pigment ink, heat set the ink!
  2. Fill in an area in the image with glue & do one area at a time.
  3. When area is filled with glue, put glitter on & dump off the excess glitter.
  4. Continue to fill in each area.
  5. When dry put the card together. The card should have an opening to create a window frame. Glitter side should be facing down.


  1. On a previously stamped image, use the Two-Way Glue pen to apply glue where you want the glitter.
  2. Sprinkle loose glitter on the image, pour off excess glitter, putting it back into the jar. This technique adds glitz to any card.


  1. Stamp your image using an embossing ink pad.
  2. Pour Heat & Stick powder all over this image. Remove excess powder.
  3. Heat with heat gun. Do not overheat. The Heat & Stick powder has become “sticky.”
  4. Quickly pour on glitter onto your “sticky” image.
  5. Heat the image again….just to set the glitter.

Uses for fibres


1. Map out your vacation route with fiber threaded through eyelets.
2. Use as laces on paper pieced-shoes.
3. Make a frame around a matted photo or journal box.
4. Tie through the hole of a tag.
5. Use in a sports scene as a basketball hoop, soccer net or fishing pole.
6. Create grass or trees.
7. Spell out a title using fibers to stitch out the letters.
8. Wrap around a border, nugget, tag or corner accent several times.
9. Make hair or other features on paper dolls.
10. Use as a string for balloon diecuts or eyelets.
11. Tie lassos for western pages.
12. Create seaweed on an ocean or vacation page.
13. Attach a tail to a kite.
14. Build a mountain/water outline.
15. Use a rope for a tug of war scene.
16 Fringe on animals.
17. Wrap fibers around letters.
18. Create a shadow for die cut letters.
19. Use fibers to tie 2 or more elements together.
20. Weave through mesh.
21. Create bows.
22. Scarf on a paper pieced snowman.
23. Attach to a brad and use it as a yoyo.
25. Used to stitch pieces together to form a pocket.
26. As embroidery stitching.
27. Attach tire (swing) to tree.
28. Wrapping presents.
29. Crossing corners of a photo mat or journal box.
30. Clothesline for hanging mittens with wooden clothespins.
31. Stitching a template design.
32. Thread punchies on fiber and create a bracelet around a photo/mat.
33. Down the length of the page, photo mat or journal box as a border.
35. To hang/attach buttons or charms.
36. Used to hang signs or metal rimmed tags from buttons, brad and eyelets.
37. Decorations on a Christmas Tree.
38. Decorations on an Easter Egg.
39. Create a spider web.
40. Lacing 2 pieces together.
41. Ends of a hammock.
42. Wind fibers tightly to form the centre of a flower or leaves.
43. To knit or crochet page accents.
44. As a blanket stitch around a border, or mat.
45. Tassels.
46. Braiding the fibers together to create borders, page breaks etc.
47. As needlepoint stitches on your page elements.
48. Hanging header letter squares or mini tags.
49. Enhancing die cuts

70 ways to use eyelets & Brads

1. connectors on paper piecing for moveable parts
2. attaching vellum
3. accents on journal blocks
4. to "hang" things from
5. center of flowers
6. center of letters
7. spell out words (outline letters)
8. corners of picture mat
9. eyes of paper dolls
10. nails in a fence
11. earrings for a paper doll
12. belly button jewel for a paper doll
13. "stone" in a ring
14. buttons on a snowman
15. decoration on a child's ball
16. stepping stones on a garden layout
17. attach a fiber to a brad to make a yo-yo
18. attach elements on a page by wrapping wire or fiber
19. to form "bullets" for a list of things
20. as an accent on the tail of a letter
21. in the hole of a tag
22. white - as stars on a black or navy blue sky
23. white - as dropping snowflakes
24. light blue - as falling raindrops
25. orange - as pumpkins
26. white - as moonbeams
27. jeweled belt on a paper doll
28. brown - as chocolate chips on a cookie
29. toppings on a pizza
30. M & Ms
31. buttons on a shirt
32. decorations on an Easter egg
33. decorations on a Christmas tree
34. purple - grapes in a cornucopia
35. lights on top of a police car or fire truck
36. center of a pinwheel
37. center of tires
38. tires on a toy car
39. end of antenna on a bug
40. center of fiber spider web
41. hair ornament on a girl paper doll
42. the "dot" on an i or j
43. attach handle to a basket
44. to attach fibers or lacing something together
45. attach a sign to a post
46. rocks
47. center of propeller on an airplane
48. on serendipity squares
49. sesame seeds on a bun
50. jeweled skirt on a paper doll.
51. use as a spider and paint a face on it with the legs behind it or
use wire for it's legs
52. dots on a ladybug
53. as fillers
54. use as nails on wood (like haunted house windows)
55. Christmas Bulbs on a tree paper piecing
56. eye on a frog
57. use to embellish the corner of tags or
58. borders or
59. titles
60. Attach fabric, twistel or lace to paper
61. use star brads to replicate a night sky
62. ends of a hammock (saw that on a layout at the lss using
Brad-Dazzled brads)
63. use on butterfly wings
64. oval nail heads as Easter Eggs
65. Buttons on a dress
66. shoe buckle
67. dots on a clown suit doll or paper piecing
68. sprinkles on an ice cream cone
69. sprinkles on a cupcake
70. use seashell nail heads on paper torn sand paper to create a beach

Versamark ideas



Use like you would the Top Boss. Just stamp and emboss with colored powder or clear powder for a see through shine.


This is great for backgrounds, it will deepen the shade of coloured paper wherever you stamp. Just think about this, for every colour of paper you own, you now have a complementary colour of ink!


There are a couple of ways to accomplish this effect on light colored card stocks.

1.) Apply chalks to the area to be stamped, stamp with VersaMark and allow to dry or use heat gun. Then rub gently with a clean cotton ball. You can get a dramatic effect by adding more chalk to a cotton ball or dauber after you stamped with the VersaMark. Or you can emboss while stamped image is still wet with clear embossing powder and the image will jump out at you!

2.) Stamp first then chalk gently over the stamped area and watch the image magically appear.


This time you use brightly coloured chalk to cover dark coloured card stock (Basic Black, Night of Navy, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, etc.) and then stamp over the chalked area. The ink will pull out the colour of the paper from beneath the chalk. Be sure to clean the stamp before re-inking it as the chalk you removed is now on your stamp and you will dirty your VersaMark pad.


This is a technique to use with Kaleidacolor pads and word stamps but you can use it for anything really. Just stamp directly over your first image. Because you will seldom be exact you will make a shadow that gives the initial image a 3-D effect. You can even take it a step further and emboss with a transparent powder like Pearl or Iridescent Ice.


This technique can be done with Gold Encore or VersaMark. Stamp image(s) onto Glossy White card stock using one of the above inks. Gently wipe away the ink using a lotion-free tissue and small circular motion. Ink up your brayer and roll it over the paper. Wherever the VersaMark ink was stamped, the paper will resist the coloured ink from your brayer. This works on matte card stock but looks better on glossy.


Stamp the same image first with VersaMark & then with metallic (Encore). Just shift the image a little bit when stamping the metallic ink. It gives it a shadowed look. Looks great on baroque burgundy and forest foliage!


Using the embossing buddy first, then using the VersaMark to stamp the image on a glass container, then emboss with detail gold or silver. Fill it with candy and tie a ribbon on it.


Ink your stamp with VersaMark then stamp on one of our 48 color pads or you can use a dauber to apply the color ink if you are worried about the color pad. Stamp and use clear embossing powder. Heat. Now you can emboss and be perfectly coordinated with the SU! markers, cardstock and inkpads. Be certain to clean stamp before re-inking on VersaMark pad or you will leave color on it.


Although the VersaMark ink is sticky when applied, it dries like regular ink and loses the stickiness. It is Acid-free and safe for scrapbook pages. It works perfectly on all of our colored cardstock.


Simply stamp your image using Versamark on ultra-smooth white or confetti or some other light CS and then emboss with clear embossing powder. Let cool. Then gently wad paper into a ball or you could fold it into a small square for a different look. Unfold it and smooth it out. Place it on a towel and wet with water so the paper is very damp. Next ink your brayer with a Kaleidacolor pad and brayer across the paper. The image will stay white while the ink will seep into cracks and the rest of the paper will have a batik look. (Like back in the 70’s when you applied wax to a pattern on a shirt and then dipped it in dye, cooled and chipped the wax away.)

50 ways to use rubber stamps

Fifty Things to Stamp


Magnets ** Frames

Christmas Cards ** Lamp Shades

Paper Plates ** Puzzles ** Gable Boxes

Wrapping Paper ** Flash Cards ** Ornaments

Gift Sacks & Bags ** Baskets ** Awards ** Calendars

Napkins ** Tablecloth ** Bulletin Boards ** Memory Pages

Bookmarks ** Coupon Books * Book Covers ** Marshmallows

Business Cards ** Bookplates ** Gifts ** Birth Announcements

Boxes * Thank You Notes ** Cookies ** Easter Eggs * Invitations

Pictures ** Bank Checks ** Trick or Treat Bags ** Tissue Paper

Change of Address ** Clay Pots ** Post Cards ** Pins ** Aprons

Stickers ** Lunch Bags ** Jewelry ** Memos ** Post-It Notes

Advent Calendars ** Streamers ** Cups ** Shrinky-Dinks

Recipe Cards ** Birthday Cards ** Labels ** Gift Tags

Flyers ** Stationery ** Placemats ** Place Cards

Walls & Borders ** Pop-Up Cards ** Party Hats

Balsa Wood ** Hot Pads ** Coasters

Tennis Shoes ** Date Books

Balloons ** Journals


Monday, 29 October 2007

Snowman Poop

Snowman Poop

I hear you've been naughty,
So listen, here's the scoop...
I'm running short on coal this year,
so you get "Snowman Poop"
Love, Santa

[use mini-marshmallows]

Reindeer Poop


We were awakened when we heard Santa call,
"Dash away, dash away, dash away all!"
But soon we discovered out on the front lawn,
Santa and his reindeer were gone.
With our little shovels, we started to scoop,
all of the droppings.....YUCK, reindeer poop!
So, then we generously filled you up a sack,
Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your snack.

[The above can be made with a cardboard french fry container
and stamped with Christmas stamps all over and then filled with
little plastic bags with malteasers]

The Christmas pudding ~ poem

The Christmas Pudding

Into the basin put the plums,
Stir-about, stir-about, stir-about!

Next the good white flour comes,
Stir-about, stir-about, stir about!

Sugar and peel and eggs and spice,
Stir-about, stir-about, stir-about!

Mix them and fix them and cook them twice,
Stir-about, stir-about, stir-about!

Merry Christmas in different languages

How "Merry Christmas" is said .....

Afrikaans: Geseënde Kersfees
Afrikander: Een Plesierige Kerfees
African/ Eritrean/ Tigrinja: Rehus-Beal-Ledeats
Albanian:Gezur Krislinjden
Arabic: Milad Majid
Argentine: Feliz Navidad
Armenian: Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Pari Gaghand
Azeri: Tezze Iliniz Yahsi Olsun
Bahasa Malaysia: Selamat Hari Natal
Basque: Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Bengali: Shuvo Naba Barsha
Bohemian: Vesele Vanoce
Brazilian: Feliz Natal
Breton: Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat
Bulgarian: Tchestita Koleda; Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo
Catalan: Bon Nadal i un Bon Any Nou!
Chile: Feliz Navidad
Chinese: (Cantonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Chinese: (Mandarin) Kung His Hsin Nien bing Chu Shen Tan (Catonese) Gun Tso Sun Tan'Gung Haw Sun
Choctaw: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
Columbia: Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo
Cornish: Nadelik looan na looan blethen noweth
Corsian: Pace e salute
Crazanian: Rot Yikji Dol La Roo
Cree: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
Croatian: Sretan Bozic
Czech: Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok
Danish: Glædelig Jul
Duri: Christmas-e- Shoma Mobarak
Dutch: Vrolijk Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar! or Zalig Kerstfeast
English: Merry Christmas
Eskimo: (inupik) Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
Esperanto: Gajan Kristnaskon
Estonian: Ruumsaid juulup|hi
Ethiopian: (Amharic) Melkin Yelidet Beaal
Faeroese: Gledhilig jol og eydnurikt nyggjar!
Farsi: Cristmas-e-shoma mobarak bashad
Finnish: Hyvaa joulua
Flemish: Zalig Kerstfeest en Gelukkig nieuw jaar
French: Joyeux Noel
Frisian: Noflike Krystdagen en in protte Lok en Seine yn it Nije Jier!
Galician: Bo Nada
Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil agus Bliadhna mhath ùr! German: Froehliche Weihnachten
Greek: Kala Christouyenna!
Haiti: (Creole) Jwaye Nowel or to Jesus Edo Bri'cho o Rish D'Shato Brichto
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka
Hebrew: Mo'adim Lesimkha. Chena tova
Hindi: Shub Naya Baras
Hausa: Barka da Kirsimatikuma Barka da Sabuwar Shekara!
Hawaian: Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!
Hungarian: Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket
Icelandic: Gledileg Jol
Indonesian: Selamat Hari Natal
Iraqi: Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah
Irish: Nollaig Shona Dhuit, or Nodlaig mhaith chugnat
Iroquois: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut. Ojenyunyat osrasay.
Italian: Buone Feste Natalizie
Japanese: Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto
Jiberish: Mithag Crithagsigathmithags
Korean: Sung Tan Chuk Ha
Lao: souksan van Christmas
Latin: Natale hilare et Annum Faustum!
Latvian: Prieci'gus Ziemsve'tkus un Laimi'gu Jauno Gadu!
Lausitzian:Wjesole hody a strowe nowe leto
Lettish: Priecigus Ziemassvetkus
Lithuanian: Linksmu Kaledu
Low Saxon: Heughliche Winachten un 'n moi Nijaar
Macedonian: Sreken Bozhik
Maltese: IL-Milied It-tajjeb
Manx: Nollick ghennal as blein vie noa
Maori: Meri Kirihimete
Marathi: Shub Naya Varsh
Navajo: Merry Keshmish
Norwegian: God Jul, or Gledelig Jul
Occitan: Pulit nadal e bona annado
Papiamento: Bon Pasco
Papua New Guinea: Bikpela hamamas blong dispela Krismas na Nupela yia i go long yu
Pennsylvania German: En frehlicher Grischtdaag un en hallich Nei Yaahr!
Peru: Feliz Navidad y un Venturoso Año Nuevo
Philipines: Maligayan Pasko!
Polish: Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia or Boze Narodzenie
Portuguese:Feliz Natal
Pushto: Christmas Aao Ne-way Kaal Mo Mobarak Sha
Rapa-Nui (Easter Island): Mata-Ki-Te-Rangi. Te-Pito-O-Te-Henua
Rhetian: Bellas festas da nadal e bun onn
Romanche: (sursilvan dialect): Legreivlas fiastas da Nadal e bien niev onn!
Rumanian: Sarbatori vesele or Craciun fericit
Russian: Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Sardinian: Bonu nadale e prosperu annu nou
Serbian: Hristos se rodi
Slovakian: Sretan Bozic or Vesele vianoce
Sami: Buorrit Juovllat
Samoan: La Maunia Le Kilisimasi Ma Le Tausaga Fou
Scots Gaelic: Nollaig chridheil huibh
Serbian: Hristos se rodi.
Singhalese: Subha nath thalak Vewa. Subha Aluth Awrudhak Vewa
Slovak: Vesele Vianoce. A stastlivy Novy Rok
Slovene: Vesele Bozicne Praznike Srecno Novo Leto or Vesel Bozic in srecno Novo leto
Spanish: Feliz Navidad
Swedish: God Jul and (Och) Ett Gott Nytt År
Tagalog: Maligayamg Pasko. Masaganang Bagong Taon
Tami: Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal
Trukeese: (Micronesian) Neekiriisimas annim oo iyer seefe feyiyeech!
Thai: Sawadee Pee Mai or souksan wan Christmas
Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun
Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym or Z RIZDVOM HRYSTOVYM
Urdu: Naya Saal Mubarak Ho
Vietnamese: Chung Mung Giang Sinh
Welsh: Nadolig Llawen
Yoruba: E ku odun, e ku iye'dun!

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Rusty pickle papers

I'm so excited I have managed to find an on-line shop that stocks the Rusty Pickle pink princess papers. I have a scrapbook with only three pages done so I am hoping the arrival of these papers next week inspires me to make some more pages. I wannabeeee..... A scrapbooker as well as a card maker.
I spotted some Basic Grey Christmas papers whilst I was out yesterday and have some ideas for some Christmas cards from some templates that I have seen on a craft forum.... Yes those curvy cards.

Friday, 26 October 2007

A busy day.....but take time to ponder

The Mayonnaise Jar and Two Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in
a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the two cups of


A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The
pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes".

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar, effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor, as the laughter subsided, " I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.

The golf balls are the important things in life. Your God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, and your favorite
passions: things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.

The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, and your car.

The sand is everything else: the small stuff.

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you. Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.

Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your partner out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean house and fix the disposal.

Take care of the golf balls first; the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand.

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee
represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

On a roll!

On a roll today, I managed to complete 22 Christmas cards....I do however work in batches I have a day stamping, a day water colouring or whatever medium I am using, a day matting & layering and lastly a day making up the cards, I have just finished the inserts & bagged them all up ready for tomorrow.
I still have about 20 piccies ready to make up, I have decided to finish these before I start another project and I have loads in mind after looking through some of the fab blogs online, especially as I have the two latest copies of Making Cards magazine un-opened. That is going to take huge amounts of willpower to finish what i've started.

What is a Grandchild?


What is a grandchild?

Well may you ask.

It’s a song in the heart

It’s a funny clown mask

It’s an ache in the back

And swings in the park

It’s crumbs on the floor

And a cry in the dark

It’s kittens and tadpoles

It’s jigsaws and snap

It’s scissors and paste

A squirm on your lap

It’s a quivering lip

A hot clutching hand

It’s a stake in the future

The hope of our land

Tuesday, 23 October 2007

Reindeer Food

Reindeer food

You need sandwich bags to put it in, and then you can either print the message and fix it onto a tag then attach to the bag with ribbon and a bow or print the message directly onto sticky labels and stick them on the bags, the choice is yours.

Mix together:

a little sugar

a little oatmeal

2 tbsps of glitter (substitute edible sprinkles if you live in an area with wildlife)

or even add chocolate chips, nuts or bird seed.


Sprinkle this food on your lawn at night,

the moon will make it sparkle bright.

Santa's special reindeer fly and roam

and this magical food will guide them to your home.


On Christmas Eve sprinkle this magical dust on your front lawn. The glitter will sparkle in the moonlight and the smell of the oatmeal will help Santa and his reindeer find your house.


It's the night before Christmas and all through the house, everyone has eaten - even the mouse.

You give Santa a mince pie and a glass of milk too,

please don't forget the reindeer and give them some food.

Open this bag and sprinkle outside,

then hop into bed, Santa is soon to arrive.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.


On Christmas Eve before you sleep,

Step outside and take a peek.

Can you see them? Are they near?

You don't think so? Never fear!

While still outside do this simple deed:

Sprinkle this packet of special feed.

The glow of the stardust, the smell of oats

Will draw to YOUR house those special folks!

They can't miss you now, there's nothing to fear,

For this special mix is guaranteed

To draw Santa and his famous reindeer.

Don’t forget to have some chocolate coated raisins to leave as reindeer droppings to leave out as evidence of the visit on Christmas morning.

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Crafts are here

Crafts are here, crafts are there,

My craft supplies are everywhere.

I really should clean this mess,

but I like it I confess.

Floor is littered, chairs are piled,

Kitchen's looking pretty wild.

On the table, counter too,

Seems that any place will do.

Hall is stacked with cartons high,

filled with things folks like to buy.

Garage is full, but so far....

there's still room to park the car.

I never have an idle day,

New ideas come my way.

Don't know yet what I'll create,

but my imagination's great.

My family smiles, they don't complain,

although at times I am a pain.

but when all is said and done,

I really am a crafty one!

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