Friday, November 26, 2010

Exciting news!

Hi everyone,
I'm sorry for not posting anything lately, and I'm sorry for not having a project to share with you tonight.  I'm feeling a little wiped out, to be honest.

I have some big news to share - over the past four weeks I have been going through a restructuring at my day job and to make a long story short, today was my last day at work.  If you have ever been made redundant yourself you will know how mentally and emotionally exhausting it is, even if you have something else in mind to do.  I was one of several who finished at work today, so at least we were able to support each other.  Those of you who had my work contact details, please check that you're now contacting me solely at home, thanks!

So the exciting news is, I am now officially self employed, and able to devote more time to stamping!

What does this mean?  I'm going to have more time for classes and workshops, and I can't wait!!!  If you've ever wanted to attend a class or host a workshop on a week day or evening, I can now do that!  Feel free to e-mail me and let me know what nights you'd most like to see me hold classes here.  I'm happy to be guided by majority rules!

Not only that, but I will have more time for creating and blogging too, and less excuses not to!  Give me a few days to regain a bit of energy that the last four weeks have drained from me, and come join me on my new adventure!

I've decided to kick things off with a bang, we're going to have a new mini catalogue launch party / redundancy party here at my home on December 1st, 7pm - 9pm.  If you enjoyed my last post, there may even be cupcakes involved...  Spaces will be limited, so e-mail me now to book!

Have a fabulous weekend and I'll be back soon!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Cupcakes!

Hi everyone,
I don't know about you but whenever I go to the Dunkleys show I seem to spend up large - I spend far more than I make from having a stand at the show!  But, it's a great place to buy gifts for Christmas presents so I don't regret the spendup one little bit!

The weekend after the Dunkleys show, I had a class to go to (yes, I got to be a student for a change!) but it wasn't a papercrafting class, it was a cupcake decorating class.  My friend Sarah is getting married soon and so for her Hen's party instead of a traditional boozy night on the town, she opted to go to Millys with us and learn to decorate cupcakes.  It's incredibly trendy right now - and as I discovered, awesome fun and something I could really get into... although I need a new hobby like I need a hole in the head...

I wanted to get a gift for Sarah but I was really stuck until I found a cute little stand at the show called the Soap Barrow which was selling lovely smelling soaps in the shape of cupcakes.  Perfect!  I selected three of them and made up my own carry box to present them to the Bride To Be in.  The box was very simply decorated with a few die-cut flowers, and a little bling...  By the time I'd figured out the box design itself with the apertures and wasted a few sheets of Crumb Cake 12x12" cardstock making it, there wasn't much time left for the decorating part!  But Sarah has very classic taste and likes things to be clean and simple so in the end I think this was perfect for her.
Recipe:
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Pink Pirouette, Window sheets
Other: Blossom Party Die and Big Shot, Boho Blossoms punch, 1" circle punch, Circle Ice Rhinestone Brads, Basic Pearls, Marina Mist 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Now for the yummy bit I promised you in my last post...  Here are the cupcakes I decorated at Millys!  Some I tried to pretty much copy what they showed us, and others (the ones in pink, which my daughter loved!) were my own "design".  Using the grass tip on the icing bag was a little tricky, I think my hedgehog looks like it's been spun around in the washing machine!  The petals on the sunflower were much easier.  I hope I did OK for a complete beginner.  And yes, they were tasty!  I like baking, but have never really tried decorating the things I bake.  I really enjoyed doing this, wonder if I should start doing "cards and cupcakes" events!  What do you think?

Don't forget, if you want to come to Extravaganza, now is the time to contact me, click here!  You could be the winner of one of our fabulous door prizes, as well as having a fun afternoon out to get on top of your Christmas crafting!

Happy stamping,