Sunday, 18 December 2011

I design for.... ooooooo my exciting news!!!

I design for........ Eureka Stamps AND Biblical Impressions... I have just started working out the ins and outs of the DT and am sooooooooo excited!

I applied for the DT months ago and heard nothing, so you can imagine my delight when I had an email from The owner to ask if I would!!! I jumped up and down!! Lucky for me I have a couple of their stamps so can at least make a start on bits for the upcoming blog hops,

Bible themed stamps are soooooooo difficult to come by, there are only a few suppliers of stamps to the Christian Community. I am a huge fan of verse stamps, I LOVE nothing more than a big verse on the front or to build a scene ( a recent leaning curve) I can't wait to dig out my distress inks, glitters, glues, ribbons, blooms and dies!!!

So watch out for 6 months of fab fun from me, and a lifetime from the company!

Here is a link to the facebook page QKR Stampede -

Friday, 9 December 2011

Arthritis Care and the Hardest Hit campaign

For those who don't know and are new to my blog. I have a teenager with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Katie is 15 now and was diagnosed in 2006 with Enthesitis Related Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis. I have been a fundraising girl for about a year now and in 2011, I raised £824.

 This is Katie, Melanie from Arthritis Care Scotland and Myself in May. I had just abseiled from the Forth rail Bridge despite a massive fear of heights, think it took a few weeks for me to stop crying. 

I hope to top that again next year by continuing to run card making groups for Crafting girls. By selling handmade items and by talking to groups about how Arthritis affects ALL ages.

It isn't a Disease for auld folk. My daughter has it and will have it for life, she will continue to require drips 6 weekly, daily pain medications and weekly low dose chemo tablets called Methotrexate. on top of that she has steroid injections into her joints and physio...

We have a motability car, this allows us to get about without putting stress on her joints, to get her to all the Drs and clinic appointments and not to mention collecting her from school as much sometimes as 3 times a week due to pain levels. Her attendance levels are at 75%. we cant count the sent home levels as its not recorded.

She struggles to get in a bath, cant run for a while with her friends, had extreme exhaustion, she can easily sleep from the moment she gets home from school until the next morning, struggles to write for periods of time has no muscle in her hands so is unable to hold heavy things and drops alot!

Pain levels are through the roof so Codiene, Amatryptaline, Paracetamol and Brexidol are her daily friends... shake her and she does rattle. We have a referral to pain management clinic so that is another clinic to add in to the mix.

She has joint damage to a lot of her body,  jaw joint damage and is in need of a jaw replacement, she has steroid injections on a regular basis, on average 3 times a year. to sometimes as many as 18 joints at a time.

Winter is a killer for Katie's joints. her pain increases ten fold and her grump factor multiplies by 1000. My grump factor also increases ;)

People look at her and think..... she looks healthy, she is tall and slim and pretty, smiles a lot so cannot be so poorly.... live with us for a week and see what its like.

So please support the Campaign. There are many Katie's out there. Different ages and different conditions.

Sometimes we look at a charity and think ok they have our money and we don't hear from them again, we have no need mostly. we just part with pennies when asked and think nothing more of it. Happy that we have done a wee bit to help others.

Arthritis Care however are not a behind the scenes style of Charity. They are a campaign type of Charity. I saw their facebook update today for The Hardest Hit Campaign. The are petitioning, not just for Arthritis BUT for other conditions too.  Asking the government to STOP the attacks on Disability benefits and the sick.

Their Campaign can be found here...

My Tree is up, no its down!

My cats are as usual having an absolute blast with the Christmas Tree! Resulting in much fun and hilarity for them, and for the teen and NOT for me :(

Enjoy the pics and please ignore the mess, I am also re jigging my craft work area which happens to be in my living room and its no fun!

 Sirius with HIS bauble.... He is my half a panther and I lurve him to death! sooooooooooo squishy and cuddly
 Sophia busted for pulling down the tree!!!! Uh Oh human!!!! wasn't me!!!!
 Sophia laying claim to HER tinsel
Watching out for Sirius....

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

December Card Kit and Blooms Kit

Here are the peeks for the Card makers Kit and the blooms kit.

The Cardmakers kit is gorgeous this month. Pinks, Greys and Blacks, with Lace, Pearls and blingy ribbon slides. Here is a list of the kit contents :)

6"x12" Patterned Papers
6"x12" Bazzil
10 Card Blanks and Envelopes
Diamante Ribbon Slide
2m of Ric Rac, 1m Dark Pink Satin Ribbon and 1m of gorgeous Black Lace . A full packet of pearl flat back gems, Buttons, dew drops and 4 gorgeous charms. Roses, and some journalling tags.

To order a subscription kit please email me, The card makers kit is £12 posted within the UK. All I ask is that you take out a subscription and give me a 4 week notice period of need to cancel. The kits do go further afield. so if you live in the EU and would like a kit please contact me.

A one off kit can be purchased for postage in the UK for £13, this does not obligate you to a monthly subscription.

Now onto the Blooms Kit.

Its a kit packed full of 60 - 70 paper flowers, ribbons, gems, charms and other goodies, 3d flowers and other goodies.

This months kit is pinks, blacks and greys, with lace, ribbon and blingy bits.

the subscription kit is £11 per month posted in the UK. or £12 posted to EU.

Non subscription one off kits are available subject to availability.

On the facebook group there is a chance to see photos from kit girls, get ideas and give me ideas on themes you want.

I look forward to seeing you over on the Facebook group :D


Found my password!!

Soooooo much news to fill you in on so get a coffee and sit down....

I had until this afternoon lost my password! It has taken me months to work out how to fix it and thankfully now its done and fixed with my password safely tucked away :D yayyyy

Katie continues to do well with her arthritis, and thanks to many wonderful fundraising crops and sponsors the grand total for my fundraising for Arthritis Care Scotland I managed to top.... £824 !!! I couldn't believe it! and thanks everyone for all your shoves, pushes and kind words. This was taken just after my abseil, I was in floods of tears and it has done NOTHING to improve my fear of heights. Katie at the end is my gorgeous girly! she is much taller than that now!! and in the middle is our Melanie from Arthritis Care Scotland, she is a wee ball of energy and positive thinking. Her dad held my hand and stayed with me until I was tipped unceremoniously off the Forth rail bridge SCREAMING like I have never screamed before. It took me weeks to stop crying! Had it not been for Mick I doubt I woulda got up the stairs to the bridge jump site never mind shoved over the side by the instructors.

October saw the Your Wedding Dress ball to raise funds for Clic Sargent house in Prestwick. I jumped in with both feet as it was a charity close to my heart, my friend Nicolas' adorable and gorgeous Princess passed away sadly in August due to Leukaemia and many a night did I break my heart after visiting her in intensive care. I will miss her gorgeous sunshine smile, her cheeky ways and how she fought soooo hard for so long. Fly high baby girl xx

The wedding dress ball raised over £7500 and more money is still coming in. I went wearing a fabulous corset, I have never been married so was unable to wear a wedding dress :(  Yes there is waaaaaaaaay to much flesh on display! and Nicola looks gorgeous. It was hard for her to be there and she felt she wanted to support the charity. I am so proud of her strength and grace. xxx

I was back working for Samuel Taylors in October at SECC HobbyCraft show. I had a blast, was thoroughly exhausted but survived and said hi to soooooooo many gorgeous crafty people! on the Monday after it finished I went to have coffee with Angela from and planned to go and crawl into my bed.... fate has a way of stopping you!!

 I had a call from David asking me to wander down to NEC Birmingham and work for them again... cue another week of demonstrating ...oh its a hard life eh!! LOLOL!!

This is my lovely Facebook and real life crafty friend Michaela who came along to say hi and gave me a boost. I was soooo nervous! as I was unsure if anyone would understand my accent! She gave me a massive cuddle and a huge grin! It was enough for me to get going!

Must dash as my NEXT blog post in an hour will tell of the December Card makers kit and the Blooms kits :) and boy they are gorgeous!!!! oh and I am also going to be sharing some candy.... yummy floral candy!!!

There is a blinkie on my blog, please grab it and pop it on your blog! Also come and visit me on Facebook!! say hi and speak to the other kit Girlies!! they really are lovely! xxx