Thursday, 23 December 2010

Merry Christmas

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Sunday, 19 December 2010

'Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat'

Hi folks

are you ready yet!!!! for Christmas that is - remember it is ONLY 1 DAY our of 365 other. But we all insist on shopping as though we are entering a siege lol.
I thought I'd just let you know that although we are awaiting confirmation from Arena Ilkeston - but I am hoping that Dabblers at Arena will recommence on Friday January 21st 2011. Further details to be posted in the New Year. Anne Bull has kindly offered to demonstrate a 'favour' type box - details of what is required so you can make it will be posted after Christmas. This box is gorgeous one that Anne made for our SU table at the Paper Max show. It will take 3-4 speiality tea bag, chocs or after 8 mints.
The cost of the evening will be around £3. If anyone would like to volunteer to bring cakes please let me know?
Well Happy Christmas & Prosperous New Year to all
Lesley x

Friday, 3 December 2010

Our last 2010 get together at Dabblers

On my way home from work last night I was really unsure if we were going to be able to have our last 2010 dabblers get together....the main roads were quite clear of snow but the side streets were very dodgy. I got home to a few emails from ladies who were unable to get their cars off their drives and our numbers were dwindling. After a few phone calls fortunately, there were enough of us to go ahead with the evening.
6.30 found us walking up the very dark pathway to open up when THUD, the tea box fell on the floor, two cups broken but the coffee jar, sandras mug and my mug still in one piece....phew. Opened the doors and brrrrr the heating wasnt on. I can tell was cold. Although we put the heating on the room didnt get warm. The fuddle table soon got covered with all kinds of delicious food and the secret santa bag got filled with presents (it was only a small bag).
After a quick cuppa Alyson gave us the template for the cutest little dog and here is a picture of Hanahs card

Some more pictures of other dogs that were made

This was captured during the evening and as you can see, we are still wearing our coats

Here's the official photo, around the Christmas tree
We ate, we laughed, we sang and then so quickly it was time to pack up, clean up and get ourselves home.....and this is what was waiting for us

more snow. I hope that everyone had a safe journey back home.

Now what you all dont know is..............Sandra and I had a mad few minutes playing in this lovely snow. We got onto our street and it was all pristine, white and not a mark in the snow at all, I danced around with my crafting trolley and made circles in the snow. We wrote in it and even made a few snowballs to throw at each other was warmer out there playing in it than it had been all evening inside the hall.

Thank you to everyone for making it such a wonderful evening and we really missed all of you that were unable to make it. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.



Just to let you know that despite the cold, the snow and the ice, we are still going to go ahead with Dabblers tonight.

Wrap up warm, put on your thermals and I will see you at half 6


Sunday, 28 November 2010

Dabblers can stay put!!!!

Morning Ladies,

Just thought I would let you know that there WILL BE a secret santa this Friday as enough people have replied to make this possible.

For those that went to the last meeting I told you about a letter that we had received from the Church Committee. They told us that they needed to put
the room rate up to so that we were in line with all the other groups that use the facilities. I explained that if this was the case that we would
have to look for other facilities as this increase would probably be out of reach for some of our members, pensions, those on benefits etc. etc.I I received a letter yesterday and
here is a part of it


'I have discussed your difficulties with members of the church and we would like your group to keep
going at the old rate. It is part of our mission to
reach out to the community and support them'.


YEAH I am so pleased that I fought our case and didnt just agree to the price rise. St. Martins does have the facilities we need and are used to
(hot in Summer, chilly in Winter and poor lighting at times) but I am sure that you will does feel that home to the dabblers.

However, why is there always a however or a but, I will have to sign a contract for a year. Therefore I hope that you will all agree that to cover the months where
there may not be so many of us we will need to have a bit of a kitty. Instead of working out the price each evening I nominate that we have a fixed fee of £3.00 per
night, which is only £1.00 per hour. £3.00 is still great value for money... a night out socialising with other like minded crafters, occasional demonstrations, picking
up lots of tips, refreshments and friendships.

I would greatly appreciate it if you could let me know your thoughts on the fixed price per evening.

Looking forward to seeing you on Friday


Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Derby Dabblers last meeting for 2010


The next Derby Dabblers meeting will be on Friday 3rd December from 6.30 - 9.30. This will be the last get together for 2010.

Alyson, who couldnt make it to the November get together due to illness will be sharing her template with us and therefore the items that you
had ready last month can be used in December.

As its a fuddle, this means that everyone who attends brings a little something to eat, sweet, savory, spicy, whatever you wish.

The theme for the evening has to be Christmas, a great opportunity to finish off those cards you have started or even to begin your Christmas
cards. There are always lots of ideas and inspiration from the talented ladies so dont forget your cameras.

Does anyone want to take part in a secret santa? You purchase a gift up to the value of £5.00 and wrap it up. All gifts will be placed in
a box and at the end of the evening you help yourself to one of the gifts in the box? Hands up all those that would like to do this.

Can you please let me know if you will be coming along and dont forget, you may need to wrap up warm.


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Derby Dabblers Night November 5th

Good evening ladies.

Apologies for the lateness of this email but I have had a rather hectic couple of weeks, this week being no exception.

Its Derby Dabblers night this Friday. 6.30p.m. - 9.30p.m. at St. Martins Church Hall. The theme for the evening is pets, yes pets, dogs, cats, fish, birds
any pet at all. In keeping with the theme Alyson is going to demo her template.

Items needed to make this are

Two Pieces of A4 plain cardstock (or 12x12) to make the template. One sheet of 12x12 or two pieces of A4 patterned paper to cover the cardstock. Maybe some ribbon for his collar or some bling! Also a scoring tool, glue, scissors and some scrap paper if anyone wants to keep a spare copy of the template. Oh and Alyson distressed her edges with matching ink too!

As usual, you dont have to follow the theme if you dont want to, just bring something along to keep you occupied alternatively, there will be plenty
to chatter about if you just want to catch up.

Diane and Tracey are the cakerers for this Friday.

I hope that all those off to the NEC this week have a lovely time. It starts tomorrow and ends on Sunday.

Can you please let me know if you will be coming along on Friday and it would be great if any of you can get there for 6.30 to help set up.

Looking forward to hearing from you


Monday, 25 October 2010

Dates for your diary

Paper Max Show 31st October at Moor Ways Sports Hall Derby 10am - 4pm

Derby Dabblers at St Martins Church Friday November 5th


Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Hope that Lesley wont mind me adding this quick post. We have just had a new delivery of tape runners, double sided tape, silicone glue and other bits and pieces including

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Derby Dabblers oooooops

Morning ladies,

I made a bit of an oopps with regards to the items needed for the demo.

"we only need 1 piece of dsp at 3 1/2" x 6" and also about 30" of ribbon"

If I have confused anyone, which I am good at doing, just let me know.

I have had a lot of possitive replies to Friday night and am really looking forward to catching up with everyone.


Derby Dabblers Newsletter for October

Derby Dabblers Newsletter for October

I have returned from my holiday and what a lovely time we had. I hope that all those that have been away have had a lovely

Derby Dabblers will be taking place at St. Martins Church Hall from 6.30 - 9.30. If you are able to arrive at 6.30 to lend a
hand with setting up the tables, it will be appreciated.

Anne Bull offered to do a demo for us, wallets/treat pouches and the materials needed to make these are.

Cardstok 7 1/2" x 6 1/4"
Cardstock 8 1/4" x 5"
Both of these can be cut from one sheet of A4

Patterned paper 2 pieces 3 1/2" x 6 "
Patterned paper 1 1/2" x 6"

You will also need a paper trimmer, sorer (or embossing tool and ruler), scissors and Hi tack tape.
I am sure that if you dont have some of the tools there will be plenty of us there who will have.

Sandra and Jackie have organised the goodies to eat this month. If you havent already brought anything scrummy to one of the
Dabblers Evenings would you like to do so in November? If so can you send me an email and I will get back to you to confirm
who will be doing this.

The theme for the evening has to be Christmas - colours of red, green and gold. As usual, you dont have to follow the theme
and you can work on any project that you wish.


Stamping up Parties throughout the day - more details available at Dabblers but if you are unable to attend dabblers but
fancy coming along to a Stampin Up party, please let me know and I shall send out more information.

Rumour has it that the Papermax show will be taking place at Moorways. This was cancelled in September but unfortunately
I cant confirmation from anywhere about this new date. Should I hear anything, I will keep you posted.

I shall try my best to get these organised this week. If you havent got a discount card that can be used at Reams in Derby
or Sheilas in Spondon, please let me know, if you havent done already.


Sunday, 26 September 2010

Hi all, this friday Sandra has asked me to provide you with a project or two - so I thought I would search the internet and bring you some templates - with halloween around the corner I will bring a cute witches shoe card I made and the template too. Also a tiny "milk carton" template that could be filled with sweeties for your little trick or treaters!! Alyson has a sweet scottie dog template which she made into the cutest card and I'm sure she will bring it with her to share with you all! Please bring a scoring tool, ruler and a sheet of card if you want to make the milk carton - also a brad or small hole punch and a length of ribbon (enough to tie a pretty bow).
I will also bring cakes this month too!
Look forward to seeing you all on Friday
Paula xxxx

Saturday, 25 September 2010

Dabblers reminder

Just a reminder that it is Dabbler at St Martins Church Allenton nest Friday October 1st
Sadly I shan't be there but hopefully you will all have a great time

Volunteers are required for bringing cakes for October, November and December. Please let me know if you are able to oblige?

best wishes

Friday, 3 September 2010

NEC craft fair - spare seats

A friend of mine has organised a mini bus to the NEC on 6th November. The cost is £9 return & the bus goes from Sawley. She has a few spare seats. If anyone is interested or want further details please contact Doreen on 0115 07941344642. She can also get your admission ticket at a slightly discounted rate too.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

Last chance items from Stampin up

With the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue just around the corner, it’s time to bid a fond farewell to several of our favourite stamps and accessories in order to make room for exciting new products. Items on the Last Chance List are only available while supplies last. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!

Plus, in a rare promotion, select retiring products are up to 50 percent off! Don’t miss this last chance to get them.

further details can be obtained through the link.

Please contact your demonstrator to place an order

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Dabblers meeting September 3rd

We will be having a go at a C D Gift Card for the project this month.
These are all the things you will need :-
  • 5 7/8" x 10" piece of cardstock for CD sleeve
  • 5" x 12" piece of cardstock for cover
  • Two pieces of 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" cardstock or patterned paper
  • I am using Bassil spottty card
  • A 4 3/4" square piece of cardstock or patterned paper
  • One yard of Wide ribbon
  • Scoring tool,
  • Ruler and grid ruler
  • Tacky Tape, or other strong adhesive
  • Eyelet hole punch with smallest punch (not Vital)
  • 1/4 “ hole punch
  • Hobby knife
  • Circle punch (1" is fine)
  • Hope you will all have a go.
    See you on Friday

    Sunday, 22 August 2010



    Derby Dabblers will be taking place at St Martins Church Hall on Friday 3rd September at 6.30p.m. If anyone can arrive at 6.30 it would be
    appreciated if you could lend a hand with putting the tables out.

    Sandra has offered to demo an item to everyone and she will be emailing you seperately to let you know what you have to bring with you.
    The theme for the evening is nautical. So anything to do with boats, ships or really, something that floats.....
    The cakerers for September are Jayne and Anne

    Can you please let Sandra know if you will be going along. At the last dabblers there were at least 10 people who said that they would
    be there, the more the merrier.

    Its the papermax show at Moorways. Obviously stampin up wont be there this year as the show is a month earlier than normal. I dont
    know if it has been advertised anywhere either.

    1 place has become available for a crafting weekend away at SirStampalot. If you would like to more details can you please e-mail me
    and I will get back to you as soon as I can

    10% DISCOUNT
    Crafty Ways at Spondon has offered Derby Dabblers a discount of 10%, on the presentation of your dabblers card. Not got a card, let me know
    and I will organise one for you. Sheila has some lovely stuff in her shop, its like an alladins cave.

    I hope you all have a lovely time at the September Dabblers and I look forward to seeing the photos and catching up with everyone at
    our October get together.....if not before.

    Saturday, 14 August 2010

    Well it is Saturday again

    Hi Dabblers

    not sure what you are all up to this weekend but hope you have a good one despite the weather. As it is trying to rain again this morning!!!

    Thought I would share with you one of my favourite cards. I haven't mastered yet how to get the picture to go at the end of my twitterings but I'm sure I'll get there in the end.

    Don't forget it is Dabbling at Arena Friday 20th August and if you want more details contact Jacqui Calladine

    best wishes to all

    Lesley x

    Saturday, 7 August 2010

    Random Dabbler picture taken 6th August

    Jackie will hate me for this one!!!

    P Ann and Paula


    Jacqui and Alyson

    Brenda, Pauline and Jackie

    Pauline's Box Card

    This is the box that Pauline demonstrated and some of the Dabblers made last night

    Friday, 6 August 2010

    Updating the blog

    It is now my responsibility to keep the blog up to date so here we go. We had another well attended evening at St Martins tonight. Pauline showed us how to make a box card which was superb & pictures of it will appear on the blog soon. The next Dabblers in Derby will be the September which Sandra will be organising & letting everyone know the theme for the night, in Tracey's absence.

    It was great catching up with people tonight that I'd not seen for a while as due to family commitments and holidays I've not been to a Dabblers for ages.

    Tracey is having a sale

    • 30 stamps sets
    • 100's of 12 x 12's and every colour
    • A4 card stock
    • 12x12 papers
    • 100's of SU brads
    • buttons and eyelets.
    • Not forgetting all SU ribbon by the meter
    • punches
    • rollers etc. etc..

    On top of that I have lots of non SU 12 x 12 at £1.00 for 15 sheets, others at 50p a sheet and non SU stamps as well.

    Dabblers are invited round to Tracey's on Saturday August 7th after 12 to look at her SALE items.

    Pictures from tonight will appear in the next few days

    Monday, 21 June 2010


    I have received an email today cancelling our evening on 2nd July. The church hall is double booked. This is really sad as I look forward to the evenings as I know a lot of others do. I shall try to see if it is free the following week and let everyone know.


    Silver and Pearls

    Not real silver and pearls but who cares they still look beautiful.
    I bought the pearls from Reams as I just love those colours the darker one reminds
    me of Stampin Up's Sage Shadow, which I will miss when it's gone.
    I will have to order some before I forget.
    Anyway I threaded 3 pearls onto a jump ring then threaded that
    jump ring onto a lik in the chain, I did this about 120 times, but it was worth it.
    I do hope you like it.


    Friday, 7 May 2010

    Derby Dabblers last night

    Quite a few familiar faces were missing last night....hope that those away had a great time, those that were poorly get better soon and those that were not able to make it, we look forward to catching up with you soon.

    I explained to everyone how to make a box card, not sure if that is what it is called but that's what I have named it. If you make one over the next few weeks, let me know and I will put it on here for everyone to see.

    Here is the one that I have sent to Cyprus.

    A few pictures from the evening, although I didnt seem to get one of Wendy and Marion??

    Sunday, 25 April 2010

    Yipeeeee I finished a card at Arena

    Well it must be a first for me for quite a while!!! lol

    I finally started and finished a card at Arena a few weeks ago. Usually I'm talking too much and catching up that I don't usually complete a card. I think it must be just me as most people are very productive at these Dabblers evenings. This is the card I completed that night.

    Really looking forward to the next Dabblers at St Martin's

    best wishes to all

    Lesley x

    Monday, 12 April 2010

    Arena evening Friday 16th

    We shall be meeting up at the Arena this Friday.

    The theme for the evening is a floral one, cards, inserts, scrapbook pages, anything you like with a floral theme or you can bring along your current projects to start/finish off.

    There arent too many going this Friday so if you havent been for a while or if you fancy coming along for the first time....please join us.

    Look forward to seeing you there


    Sunday, 4 April 2010

    New SU stamps

    Good morning Dabblers. This is what I made from my new SU stamp set and it's was for a very dear friend :o)

    I don't have many Marveys but I managed brown and turquoise which is quite similar to the colours Tracey use on a card we made at one of her SU parties althought it's a different style card. I didn't want to copy precisely.
    I hope that you all have a fantastic Easter Day with those you love :o)
    Jackie xx

    Saturday, 3 April 2010

    Happy Easter

    Wishing you all a very Happy Easter. I hope you enjoy the long weekend and look forward to catching up with everyone at the Arena meeting.

    Monday, 22 March 2010

    Hi all, just thought I would share these photos with you. Alyson came to over for a cup of coffee today and we sat and made cards together (well Alyson did - all I seemed to make was a lot of mess!!) We had great fum and the time flew by! Look at the state of my dining table after we had finished - but Alyson made some beautiful cards didn't she.

    Paula. x

    Friday, 19 March 2010

    Arena Tonight

    Hi all
    hope you all have a great time tonight - I shan't be able to make it as I've had such a busy week & the weekend is going to be busy too. I really need time to catch up with myself as I'm not getting any younger!!! lol

    But Spring looks a those it is on the way so I thought I would share a lovely picture with you.

    best wishes

    Lesley x

    Sunday, 14 March 2010

    New Arrival

    Oliver Keith Roulstone born on 12th March 2010 weighing in at 8lb 8oz

    Friday, 12 March 2010

    March Dabblers

    What a lovely turn out we had at the March Dabblers. I think I captured everyone on the photos below, unless you were in the kitchen making a cuppa. Quite a few regular faces were missing but we hope to see you again in May.

    There wont be a meeting in April as it's Good Friday and there will be quite a lot of people on holiday.

    Sunday, 7 March 2010

    Heritage page

    This is the first heritage page I ever created and it takes pride of place in my family album.
    The three generations are my Dad, who died just after my third birthday, his Parents and his Grandmother
    Jackie xx
    Sorry folks, I've put it on the wrong blog and I don't know how to take it off. Call it another 'senior moment' :o)

    Saturday, 6 March 2010

    Missed you all last night

    I really missed not coming to Dabblers last night as I love to see everyone as the commeraderie is great. But just needed to catch up with myself after a busy weekend last week and then followed by a hectic week at work. All I did when I came home is 'mong' in the lounge lol apart from I did go to French on Wednesday as if I don'r speak French at least once a week I worry that I'll forget it!!! lol

    The card is for a man and for those of you who've been round a while they will remember that is is similar to a card that we made at Tracey's first SU 'make and take' over 2 years ago at St Martins.

    Well hopefully see you all at Arena on the 19th

    Lesley x

    Monday, 22 February 2010

    it was very cold yesterday

    Saturday night no snow - Sunday morning a real thick blanket of the white stuff!!!!

    Thursday, 11 February 2010

    My card from Dabblers

    The last dabblers was a lovely evening, it was so nice to catch up with everyone and, like Lesley, I didnt get a lot of crafting done. In fact here is a picture of what I managed to do in 3 hours.

    I was so busy chatting and looking at what everyone else had done. But tonight I have sat down and finished the card.

    I am looking forward to going to the arena on the 19th. Hope to see you there