Thursday, 27 August 2009

Phew its hot

Arrived safe and sound but phew, its hot. Had a great couple of days with girls and caught up with latest boyfriends etc. Paul and I have a few hours to ourselves so what do I do? find the internet cafe.

Happy crafting


Monday, 24 August 2009


I made it onto a Design Team for a new Challenge blog called Sophisti-cats. 1st challenge 7th Sept. I can't wait WOOHOO !
There's plenty going off already over there with candy and Steve's cryptic craft quiz. If you get chance pop along and take a look.

Hope to see some of you there on the 7th. WOOHOO ! Am a little excited can you tell ? !

Love Karen xxx

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Last Friday at Dabblers

I was a little late getting to the Arena last Friday but had a great excuse. Paul cooked me steak and I just had to sit down and eat it mmmm. A big difference to the beans on toast I usually have on a Friday crafting evening.
Here is a picture of us all crafting away.

It was lovely to catch up with everyone and whilst I didnt make any cards, I coloured in some images to make cards with.

This is a picture of Becky who, for some reason is always lucky enough to get plenty of table space, which is really a good job. Becky likes to spread all her crafting bits out so she can see what she has got. Well worth it if you see what amazing cards she produces.

I cant make the next Derby Dabblers on 4th September Sandra has very kindly offered to open up. I must remember to give her the "tea box". The theme for the evening is Christmas Card Stamping.

The next Arena evening is on Friday 18th September, which I shall miss too. The theme for that evening is Stamping.

Have great fun crafting and look forward to catching up with all your creations very soon

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Dabblers at Arena Ilkeston

Well I had a really good night last night - met up with lots of friends, watched them make beautiful cards - I didn't do much crafting myself though. I did however stamp some images of a VW camper van kindly lent to me by Karen. Pam let me use some sentiments to complete some of my cards. I also looked through a North American SU catalogue along with Pam and several other Dabblers. Brenda who is going over to the States soon has agreed to take small orders as she is having a SU party whilst she is over there. Thank you Brenda. Whislt I didn't do much crafting I had a briliant time chatting to people and watching them create. See you all soon
Lesley x

Friday, 21 August 2009


Off to Dabblers tonight at Arena Ilkeston and really looking forward to it - Pam is picking me up and we are getting some tea on the way!! See you all there soon
Lesley x

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Catastrophe last weekendl

Whilst I was out galavanting on Saturday my favourite plant/bush/tree Solanum crispun or Chilean potato tree collapsed. It has been tied up and growing up the side of the shed for the past 4 years and even though it has been cut each year and well cared for the shear weight of it just pulled it away and it broke. Paul tried his hardest to put it back up but no chance so it has been cut to nearly nothing. There are stil some branches and flowers about 10 feet high and we shall just have to see how it gets on over the next few months.

This is the plant that Paul took the cuttings off a couple of weeks ago but it looks as though they aren't taking. Oh well, at least we tried.

Although I thought I wouldnt be able to make it to the Arena this Friday, I can so am look
ing forward to catching up with everyone.

Here are a couple
of photos taken at Debbies Stampin Up party last Friday. I had a really good night and think I may have worked everyone too hard, a
gable box and 3 cards
were produced on the night. And this is Jayne's card.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Baby elephant at Twycross Zoo

This baby elephant born at Twycross Zoo on 8th August 2009


I went to Twycross Zoo with famliy on Saturday and gues what they have: Yes: 'Simples' and lots of them

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

what a weekend

Had a lovely evening Friday night at the Dabblers and we missed everyone who couldnt make it. There was glitter everywhere, as well as flying ants (as I shiver). A big thank you to Pam and Christina for the biscuits and goodies.

I managed to have a play with my rollers and was impressed with the results. I will put up pictures as soon as I take them.

Saturday it was shopping and I shopped till I dropped. Met Paul in town for lunch and then he went and purchased a great big garden frog for his pond. It was too heavy to carry round so we left it at the shop until the end of the day. More shopping more walking and eventually we came home, mashed a lovely cup of tea, sat in the garden and then realised.......we had forgotton to pick up froggy. F
inished tea and off we went again.

Sunday was a busy day and we cooked Sunday Lunch and the folks came and we managed to see lots of the family. Paul has taken cuttings off one of our trees for a friend and I am now looking after it in the hopes that it takes. If anyone has any tips for cultivating plants, please let me know.

Sorry the picture is a bit dark

I am really looking forward to Debbie's Stampin Up party on Friday and hope to see lots of people there, until then, have a great week.

OOPPS - for some reason I scheduled this to go out on 10th October???

Saturday, 8 August 2009


Sorry I missed Dabblers again last night (if you noticed LOL) - I had grandkids all day, and they just pooped me out. Will try to do better next month.

Hope you all enjoyed getting covered in glitter (esp. Jayne of course). Have you all got your snowy glitters ready for Christmas Cards? I have at least three different sorts, so eager to try them and see which ones are most effective.

Enjoy today!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Delivery of essentials

Jayne has had a delivery of essentials which will be at Dabblers on Friday, tape runners, cello bags (by request), foam pads as well as other sticky stuff.


UPDATED Jackie has asked for A5 Cello Bags, sorry Jackie A5 weren't ordered this time but it will be added on to the list for the next order


What are your top 5 essentials that you use to craft?

Please add to the list below, if you have time. This will help Jayne when she places the next order. If you dont know how to add to the blog, send me an e-mail and I will try to help

Tracey's are 3d foam, clear sticky tape for inserts, glue pen, glitter, tape runners