10 August 2015

My first experience with Art Journaling

Well … well … well…
Probably in hindsight not the best week to start, but such is Life, sometimes, things just don’t happened as you imagined or has you planned
I started, and I will show you later, but I wasn’t getting the vibes.
I don’t like to plan creativity, I like to go with the flow
My job, has to be extremely well planned, organized and so on, with my creative Life I let loose, and I loose myself
Seriously one of the best things in the World
Quilting , Card making, cooking you name it, I don’t like to follow plans, and if I do I always somehow put my mark, but every single thing I do, it comes from within, it really comes from the heart
If I don’t like it, and this is a great lesson, I learned with age, some might say, I just walk away, again, a lesson so hard to learn, but once you learn it, believe me it’s worth every single minute you battled to get there.
In my case, this has happened with People and with Things. Why when Life is so short, do we bother? When we know is not leading anyway.
In some people, it’s not their fault, not at all. In in certain stages in Life, you change, and you want other things, and you just can’t be bothered with certain attitudes
It’s good and it’s positive, it means you’re growing
Last night from 4 am, I just couldn’t sleep, first I was worrying about one thing, then with another, and you know what was really bothering me?
My first attempt of Art Journaling…. totally ridiculous I know…. specially for somebody, that at home, I’m just so relaxed, I love my little house, I adore this space, the way it makes me feel, it’s so relaxing, and the energy is just out of this world. This is the Home I created, and this is the space where I just feel 100% me
So last night I was disturbed, about a page I was creating, about a card that I made to a friend, and when I decided to write my message it just wasn’t right, the way it turned out to be
So there’s me at 4 am having these thoughts, that are just not like me. So I knew I had to do something
The card was easy to redo the part I didn’t like and alter it.
The page , well it had to disappear because it just wasn’t working for me. So like Real Life, I realized that I just create beautiful things, therefore that just didn’t work for me
Funny how your thoughts work, I kept comparing with real Life, with situations. The Human Mind is just amazing
So you ask, have you given up? Not at all
I’ll just have to approach it from a different angle, I’ll have to go soft, and probably just went too much the other way
But now I’ll start again, with a clean slate, and make sure, because I’m a novice, I’ll have to go slower
What have I learned from this experience?
Well that I truly put my heart on things I create
That I have a style, try and keep on those boundaries, yes allow small changes, in small doses
Don’t do extremes, being a balanced person, I should know that extreme changes is really not for me
So I have learned a lot as you can see, only with one page of my Moleskine
The beauty of this, is that with everything you do in Life you keep learning, and that, will never stop.
After all, a great experience, in a funny sort of way

This was the page, started like this, and it had pinks and browns in the end
And here is the card, after I made the changes
Have a great week everybody xx

6 August 2015

New hobby

……just because I have so much time, and not enough to do as it is…… Winking smile
When work, is to busy, I just don’t seem to be able to concentrate and get creative. Just doesn’t happen
So what I love to do then, is to watch You Tube, and just get lost, with the amazing artists that there are around the world.
It totally relaxes me, I just learn so much, and then I just can’t wait to try.
Obviously, we all have different styles, like different things, we’re all different.
I like to, at least try everything. You name it, knitting, crochet, sewing, quilting and the list goes on and on
In Patchwork, friends used to say, that they could tell which quilts were mine, you tend to have a soft spot for a colour, design, whatever
But I have a problem, well, more than one, if you really want to know … joking
I’m a perfectionist, and I’m sure I’m going to loose it a bit with this new hobby, I have to say, sometimes I needed to walk away I was quilting, because sometimes things just get messy
And in this new hobby, a lot of artists get really messy, that’s part of the fun, I know
But how far can I get that messy? I don’t know.
It’s going to be challenging
I don’t believe, I’ll be extremely adventurous, i.e. blacks… dark colours and so on. That’s just not me
I’m a soft (colours) kind of girl, so I’m sure it will show in my work.
Well I have part of the materials with me already, still a lot to arrive yet, but it’s exciting
Will I still do cards? Of course I will, because this new one, needs time to dry and so on
I love making cards, and that will always carry on, new techniques, to be tested, also there some exciting things happening, watch these space
In the next few days, I’m going to get lost, in my own little world, and start Art Journaling
Can’t wait, and it will be fun to watch my development, I’m going to try to go out of my comfort zone
Seriously I am… let’s just see if I can do it
Wish me luck…
A Gemini is always a Gemini ….. Winking smile
Meanwhile, enjoy Life, and make the most of every minute

31 July 2015

Living each day in Full

That’s what has been happening lately.
As you know, I have a full time job, which in normal circumstances is very busy, related to holidays, you would expect these months to be full on, and they have been, more so this year.
So when I get home, I’m exhausted, to be honest.
I always say, I have two Life’s, one from nine to six, and the ‘Other’
Well, the ‘Other’ this time of the year, really suffers, because work really takes all my energy.
Slowly I’m changing, one night is dedicated to Yoga, which I just love love love
And then the rest I have a few routines, being an organised person, I just love my small habits. Make sense, especially after a busy day.
My ‘Other’ Life is just Wonderful, I Love it so much, is just relaxed and it’s exactly what I dreamed a few years ago, and in the end of the day I just want to make and live it to the full.
Even if it means sitting in my Craft Room, for hours, just procrastinating, with my cups of tea, straight from the garden, listening to the birds outside, that for me is Heaven
So yes, I need to change a few things, less procrastinating has to be the next step, for sure, but it feels good, and I can do it sooooooo well ;-)
I would say I’m quite professional in doing so.
I live for the day, I Live for what it pleases me, and to those closer to me.
I’m a Lucky Lady, and I feel blessed every day, for reaching this way of Life and enjoying it like I do.
I’m grateful that after such a long time of not writing in my blog, I still have invitations, offers, which unfortunately now, I’m not able to take on, people still come to my blog every day and read it.
Thank You!!
It’s my plan to follow other routes in my Craft Journey.
Yes you can tell that I’ve been watching a lot of You Tube, there are so many amazing Artists, in this World, and I get so inspired by them.
I’m willing to try other things, every day, I want to learn something new every time
I’m in the process of buying even more materials,  so I can do what I really like, try new stuff, it’s just so exciting, by the way, Amazon loves me.
I’ll go through with you, when things start taking shape, it’s just exciting at the moment, I’ll carry on with my cards, for sure, but I’ll have other things too
So this is it, I’m here but unfortunately not as present as I would like, in the Blog
Once again thank you for being there, it’s really appreciated
And once again, it’s definitely my goal, to come here more often.

Have Fun and Enjoy every Single minute of Life!!!

5 July 2015

SU Brick Wall embossing folder

This SU embossing folder have to be in my top list since the launch of the new catalogue.
Absolutely love it.
It’s just so versatile, and just looks amazing
I’ve added some white pigment ink pen so it brings out more of the brick
Really pleased with this one, and I’m sure I’ll be using it so many times
Totally in love with it

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Hope you have a great week

27 June 2015

You make me Happy!!! ….. Blog Hop

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And the New Catalogue from Stampin Up is out.
It’s always a very exciting time, to see what new goodies are we going to be able to get
And it couldn’t be a better time for us to have a Blog Hop
I have been a bit slow, in putting my order, too many things at the moment, so it’s not surprising that when I need to make a card … I have to be extremely creative.
I have to admit, it’s great to do these blog hops, because I totally come out of my comfort zone
And this one is for you, the people that follow me here, in Facebook or Instagram, being the latter the one that gets updated more often, because it’s quicker.
I’m so grateful of your comments, your opinions, it’s always great to know what you, in that side think
Thank you so much
And here is my card,


I tried to give you a good selection of products
If you have any queries, about any of the products please feel free to ask
Meantime, have fun, and go and see all the amazing cards that the other Lovely Demonstrators are showcasing
Have fun!!!

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20 June 2015

It’s a busy time …

As you know, I’m always short of time, it’s not new
The new Stampin Up Catalogue has launched and it has some lovely things, go and check it if you don’t believe me.
I want to say a Big Thank You, for using my shop, some of you are not leaving any contact, I think it does that by default.
If you want your privacy I totally understand, but just like me, when I started buying SU products, I was unaware that I wasn’t leaving any contact, and my demonstrator couldn’t contact me
If you have any questions, where I might be able to help, feel free to send me an email.
If you need any suggestion, I might be always rushing but I always have time to help
SU have a great offer at the moment, you spend £99.00 and you get £130.00 worth of products plus two free stamps, and automatically you become a demonstrator and you can benefit of 20% off your purchases
It’s a great time to join, also if you have a Facebook, you can join our group of demonstrators, there’s always one ready to help with any queries that you have
It’s fun, let me tell you.
You can be just a hobby demo, business, you pick what’s it’s convenient to you. No pressures
Meanwhile, I have been playing, my new Craft Room, is very distractive … that window facing the garden this time of the year…. not sure if it was a good idea.
I’m easily distracted Winking smile but it’s great!!
Anyway I have been playing with my ‘Crazy about You’ bundle and that new Banner Triple Punch.
I really love it
And here is the proof,



Next week, it’s Blog Hop, can’t wait.
It’s always so much fun when we can show you some products that are in the New Catalogue
Stay tuned, and see you next week x

31 May 2015

More cards and some recycling

As per some of my previous posts, you know I like to recycle, whenever I can
Same with sewing, it gives me an extra buzz, when I can turn something into something more Special, at least to me
This happened again this week when I went to the Local Charity Book Shop, and I picked up this

Not sure if Mozart would have approved, mind you…

I’m still learning a lot, testing a lot, and it’s exciting
Because of some of my Friends are far away from me, I’m specially fond of anything that has envelopes, mail and messages
Therefore, I can’t get enough of making cards like this

Anyway, I better go and create a bit more today, I’m having a great weekend in the Craft Room
Hope you are having a relaxed one too

25 May 2015

I have been playing ….

Well as I keep testing and practicing new techniques, new materials and new stock, I have to say I never thought that card making could be so addictive.
During Spring/Summer time is more restricted, there’s always more time spent in the garden, with friends.
Work is very busy at the moment, so any spare time is just so precious, and every day I just feel so blessed, so thankful that I can create something that gives me total pleasure.
I don’t do as much as I would like, I take too much time, creating, thinking and putting them together.
Last week I only had about a dozen left, in stock, and a very Special Person, just took them all
Well that means I have no stock at the moment, so I better put my skates on
People keeping asking me about selling them, they are being sold, but not online yet, they don’t make it to the web, they taken before hand
So really I should do something about it.
I know, but for me, it’s more about the journey, at the moment. I’m sure it will change in the near future, but for now, I’m just enjoying the process
I’m a Very Lucky Lady, that’s all I can say
Here are some cards and a box with some chocolates




The one with the owls, I took the idea from You Tube


The box card it was a Special one, for Mother’s Day, and yes Mum loved it

Anyway have a great week, and as for me, I‘m going to rebuild my stock
Take care xx

12 April 2015

New Craft Room

Well it seems like I haven’t been here for ages, and I haven’t , so much has been happening, and Life just keeps moving in one speed…. fast!!
Unfortunately is now going for the third week, that I haven’t been well, I had a chest infection, and just seems to be lasting forever, so my Easter break was just miserable, and hardly could get out of bed.
All year round I dream of the Easter break, the spring arrives, four days off work, and I just like to be at home, starting to think what we are going to do in the garden, bike rides  and so on.
But it just couldn’t have been quite the opposite.
Anyway hope soon, I start feeling myself again!!
Because of this, we had to postpone my Craft Room renovation, because the energy just wasn’t here
So last Wednesday we started, and all finished by today
Let’s just say, I’ve never felt so tired, still recovering from the infection and have to put everything back in my Craft Room, that is major, and I mean, seriously major
Seriously after months of planning, of what to do with quite a small space, of watching videos and more videos in You Tube, I came to a decision
I needed a light working area, where before I had my back for the window, and I needed a large worktop. These were the two essentials!!
And I managed that!!
I am really pleased with the result, and even now, sitting in one end of my desk, I look right, and I see all the space still left on the desk, and I just think to myself
Sometimes Dreams do come true, and for the last year, I have been ticking so many boxes, that I truly feel like a very Lucky Lady
Anyway let’s show some pictures,









And the result


Love this long desk


25 squares full of goodies


Let’s not forget the sewing


And the books


And above all facing that window

Am I pleased?
That’s an understatement
I just Love it!!
It was hard work, it was, specially not feeling well, but the positive side, is I’m going away this week, to be with the people that mean most in my Life
So really apart from this infection, I can only say that Life is pretty Good
Take care of yourselves, and remember:
Dreams do come true!!


28 February 2015

Happy Day

If you follow me in Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have been very busy lately, making cards. It has been wonderful to try all this different techniques, all these new materials, I'm truly enjoying, just a slight problem, if I didn't have much spare time before, now it's even less, but it's worth it.

Joining Stampin Up has been great, the products are just fantastic, and you can really let yourself go.

And now, and up till the 31st of March, for every £45.00 you spend, you get a free product of your choice, and from today there's an extra four products you can choose, all free.

So really this is a fantastic chance to Join Stampin Up at the moment, there's quite a few freebies going, but if you want more information, please do not hesitate to contact me, or if you just want a few things, that's fine too, just visit my shop and that will take you direct to some wonderful things.

But joining SU also, gives you the chance, to join a fantastic group in Facebook, and there's always so much going on,  great ideas and tips, and if you have any queries, there's always somebody that can help you.

And today this is the group's first Blog Hop, we had to use products from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue and from the Spring/ Summer Catalogue, you can check them on the right hand side


So this is what I came up with, couldn't think of anything better then a Happy Day Card, you know I send cards, sometimes, for no specific reason, just because I feel like, just letting people know that I'm thinking of them, because with friends all over the World, and Family not living in the same country, it's always so nice to get something in the post, quite rare at the moment, with the internet

And their reactions, when they get them, is worth every single second I spent making the card.

I want to do more, and once I get up a speed or two .....I'm sure I will be sending more

I love the end result of this one, hope you do to, and I hope I have inspired you

And please visit the Ladies that have joined this Blog Hop, great ideas and there's also a giveaway.
Good Luck !!!

We've got some Blog Candy up for grabs - to be in with a chance of winning a bundle of goodies, including the Best Day Ever stamp set, the Best Year ever paper set and the co-ordinating ribbons and buttons, all you have to do is work your way through the hop before midday on Sunday and leave a comment on every blog.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced in the Pootles Craft Forum and here on Tuesday, 3d March


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