Stampin Up Shop

18 January 2015

My new venture as a demonstrator…

Happy New Year…. wow… how time flies
I hope that 2015 brings you everything that you wish, but let’s just not sit there and write lists, let’s act on our goals and plans for this year.
And that’s exactly what happened here at Simply.
I started last year buying the lovely products from Stampin Up, and because of the quality, the variety, their designs are just great . It really matters when you want to go that step further with your projects.
So I decided to join Stampin Up, in my case as a demonstrator.
The great thing about SU is that there are no huge obligations, you know me and obligations don’t go hand in hand, but with SU you just go at your own pace
Basically I started to buy products for my new hobby at discounted prices, was just too appealing, but quickly that changed and very soon I’m going to selling my cards, who would have thought that I already have requests, if you would have said this to me a couple of months ago I wouldn’t have believed.
So when this started to go in that direction, I thought why not, let’s start the ball rolling
You can have all the help that you need, you have access to information that you may require, and above all, there’s a lovely group of Ladies, that at any time, can help you if you have any queries.
So the product is there, new things coming out all the time, the help is there, the inspiration and motivation is there. What have you got to loose?
Absolutely nothing.
So you want to become a demonstrator, great, you can buy great products at discounted rates, you have the credits, the commissions and all that, or  just like how I started, you want to buy and test, that’s is great too, you can follow the route that it suits you.
Also why don’t you join us in the Sale-a-bration for everything you buy for the value of £45.00 you can choose a free product, from the Sale-a-bration catalogue. If you spend £90.00 you get two, and so on. You can’t buy those products, you can only get them free with your purchases
If you are at home, if you can do with a little bit extra cash, the options are there
As I said I started as a hobby, it has now changed, because I’m going to start selling my cards, I will have some made, and I will take requests for personalised ones, at work, at local shops, people are now appreciating more handmade stuff, so the options are there.
But you might not just want to make cards, probably cards are not your thing. Not a problem at all. If you have kids, fun projects to make with them. How many photos have we got in our mobiles, tablets, laptops and we do nothing with them?
Project Life let’s your imagination flow. You do your own thing, and you don’t even have to worry about matching, because their kits sorted that job for you.
No more leaving those photos abandon in your phone, without recording the memories, the funny remarks that kids usually come out with it. Holidays, time spent with your friends and family why not do something that will be so appreciated in the future.
The choice is yours, if you need any information, do not hesitate to contact me, if you want a workshop, a one to to one, or even if you just want a card, just email me
You have all the information in my page, how to contact me, have a browse and above all let’s kick 2015 and start creating memories..
I’m doing just that….

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This is just the beginning!!
2015 is going to be a great year
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30 December 2014

Final post of the year!!


Well where do I start?

I have been quiet in the blog front. It’s true, but let me assure you it’s only in the blog.

When I decided to do Card Making, I knew I had to start somewhere, and I thought I would start slowly, well that is not case, the more you want to do, the more materials you need.

And I had to make the decision, to go for it, and get basically, all of it, still haven’t got it all, because I made this decision recently, and with the Christmas holidays most suppliers are closed, so I would say in January I will have sorted most of it.

It has been hundreds of hours watching videos, blogs, and my God, there are so many creative people around the world, and the amazing thing is that you’re constantly learning, and that for me, it’s just the Best!!!

I’m loving it, and the experience has been Fantastic!!

The Patchwork, surely it will continue, but for now is a bit on a stand by.

2014 has been the Best Year for me, in various fronts, but I’m finishing the year in such a good and calming place.

It’s amazing when you sit back, when you relax, when you go quiet…. How many more things you notice, how much more you ‘listen’ … but above all, how important it is to listen to yourself, and let that voice inside you speak, but most important of all, is you listening to that voice.

I feel great, I feel so good about this person I‘ve become, and I’m sure that brings my creativity level right up.

So 2015, has all the ingredients that I need.

I’m sure I’m not expecting all to go smoothly, because Life is just not like that, but I can react to problems in a different way, look after this person, what I want, what I feel like.

Life is good, and I’m going to make sure that 2015 will be a memorable year, just like 2014 has been

Simply the Best!!

Let me take this opportunity to Wish you all the Very Best for 2015, Thank You for being there, and I’m sure that soon the blog is going to me much busier than it is now.

If you follow me in Instagram, or Facebook, I’m a bit livelier there as it is so much easier to post a picture than to write a text, so please do follow me if it interests you

Meanwhile, Be Happy, and look after yourself x

2 November 2014

New hobby and recycling

Most recently and if you follow me in Instagram or Facebook, you know I have started a new hobby.
Bought a Sizzix Big Shot, and there’s no stopping me
This was the 1st card I made with this machine

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There’s just no stopping me at the moment

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Apologies about the lighting but it’s a very grey day in this part of the world
But I was up for a challenge, and if you remember some of my transformations
Dad's shirts and Charity Shop Skirts
You just know that transforming something gives me a total buzz
So yesterday I saw this

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I played with it

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And this is what it became

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I love it.
Have a great Sunday x

19 October 2014

The sewing mood is back on

Sometimes it disappears, for a few instances, whether I’m happy, sad or just with lots on my mind
But it’s back, and nothing better than have just one quilt on hands let’s have two Winking smile
If you follow me in Instagram or Facebook you have already seen the one I started for myself
It’s a very soft, light coloured quilt, and I can already imagine that one finished
I love the two colours basically, and I just wanted something as simple and as effective as this one

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This will be a very peaceful quilt, for a different state of mind.
I go through stages, don’t know if it’s me, but being a Gemini, change is very important too
So every, so often, the Quilts rotate,according to the moods
And then, well, if there’s not much colour on the previous one, this second one, for a gorgeous little boy makes up for it

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Choosing fabric to be added on, it’s proving to be a bit harder
So many options, definitely makes it so much harder
But hopefully soon a decision will be made

As you can see the mojo, is definitely back on, and at the moment there’s no more plans to start a different quilt, because there’s a few sewing projects, on the side, that have been started, but yet, to be finished
Just as well I’m not is a rush Winking smile
Have a great week xx

17 October 2014

It's all a matter of balance


When I started in the Patchwork world, I was amazed how many people in that circle were related to the Finance world, me included.

But it makes sense, because it’s a sort of escape, from numbers, spreadsheets ……

It’s a great combination, I have to admit, to have the balance of these two worlds.

It’s brilliant to be creative, a dreamer but in the other hand it’s a great help to have your feet on the ground and having the ‘real’ side of the brain turned on every so often.

A few years ago, I decided to turn my Life, upside down. I had ‘everything’ in other people’s eyes, but yet, I had nothing.

It got worse before it got better, but my God was it worth it?

The answer to that one is a massive fat YES!!!!

Back then I knew, very deep, that there had to be something much better in the other end, didn’t know what, didn’t know how to get there, but I knew something had to exist.

The path was hard, very hard at times, and when I joined the Patchwork group, I definitely was giving the most important step to achieve, some of my goals in Life

To find the Balance, Contentment and  the Joy that I wanted from it.

Today I ticked all those boxes. I achieved goals, that before I thought that they were going to be ‘almost’ impossible, but never gave up

Today I can tell you that yes I’m a dreamer, but also a doer, and this is what I was after all those years ago.

I found the balance, and never thought that walking in that Patchwork course one September morning that I would find all the answers that I was looking for.

Sometimes in Life something that seemed at the time, insignificant, was one of the most important decisions in my Life.

Dream BIG, because like me when you get the rewards, my God … they are so worth it.

29 September 2014

Where have you been? … You may ask

Well well …. long answer.
I have been a very busy girl, with courses, visitors and holidays. It has all been happening in this corner of the world.
But Life itself, it has been very good. I can’t complain at all.
Finished my sewing course August/ September, so now I’m ready, she says …….. to get out of my comfort zone, and adventure myself into the sewing world.
In the Patchwork world, want to start a baby quilt this weekend, again not following any pattern, just following my instinct. Really Life would be so much easier If I followed a pattern, but it wouldn’t be the same would it?
You know me, just find the part of creating as interesting as the making of it.
So that are the plans for this weekend.
The holiday …….. oh the holiday ……. was just ……….. perfect!!
I had a great time, with family, three generations that got on so well, it was just amazing.
And Lisbon as beautiful as ever …….
The people, the food, the city itself, full of new vibrant places, what a great place
So Life is treating me well, and with age, one thing I’ve learned is to savour every single minute, enjoy every moment and make the most of what it has to offer me.
I’m a very Lucky Lady, have some truly Special people in my Life, so I don’t stress about writing, I don’t stress about much nowadays, wish somebody would have told me this a few years ago.
But … as they say it’s never too late
Plans keep changing, but for now I’m going to make the most of what I have, truly and honestly because I deserve it.
I leave you with a few pictures from my holiday, till my next post, remember…..

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Be Happy, because Life is Beautiful xx

28 August 2014

Time flies

Surely does!!
Work is busy, so many things to do so little time
There’s an holiday approaching, a short one but again with lots of things on
There’s ‘To do lists’ everywhere, before holiday, during and after…..
Life is going at a pace, that to be quite honest, it’s too fast for my own liking.
Life hasn't always been like this
I didn’t like my thirties, yes I had everything, but I had nothing, if that makes sense.
My forties, I surely am making up for the lost time.
I’m enjoying every single minute, and it gets better and better.
Life has been good, and I am so grateful, for every single moment.
A few years ago, I could only dream of what I wanted my life to be.
Today I’m living the dream.
Simply, peacefully and just appreciating every single detail of it.


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This picture was taken in my garden yesterday, I’m assuming it’s the last rose this year.
Just beautiful!!
We haven’t had the greatest of the summers in the UK, but this just sums it all up.
In Life when things don’t go the way you want to go, never give up, there’s light in the end of the tunnel
Life is Beautiful
Enjoy it xx

17 August 2014

Quilts Ladder

I was after one of these for a long time, I just think it’s such a great idea.
Whenever you feel cold, they are just there. Handy, tidy and you don’t have to go through your cupboards to get one
And they look good too.
More chances for you to admire your work

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I’m pleased with the results!!
It only has four rungs, could do with a few of these Winking smile
Hope you are having a great weekend x

10 August 2014

Shorts

Yesterday, and for once I did what I was told. It’s not very often, that I do , let me tell you.
With my dressmaking, I was have the problem, that the fabrics I have, are very good, like Liberty.
And because I’m a novice, I think hundreds of time before starting something, and then I was change my mind.
So yesterday and after a trip to my Loft, I picked up some material, that if the project was going to go wrong it wouldn’t hurt
So I did, I wanted to these shorts.
I couldn’t be happier, I can now do some nice ones with Liberty Fabric, feel confident to do so.
Unfortunately the weather couldn’t be any wetter, due to Bertha hitting us today, but once the weather improves I will take proper pictures.
By that time I might have another pair. Winking smile
These are ideal for holidays, to wear around the house, and they are so confortable.
They are not made from a beautiful material, but you know what I really like them, and the contrast with the beige, did it for me.
And I got a chance to try my new sewing machine feet, and it makes such a difference to have all the right tools.
Very Happy girl here today Smile

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Apologies for the lighting but today is not the best day to take pictures, but it’s a great day to get back to sewing Winking smile
Have a great Sunday x

6 August 2014

Time for a challenge

Well I do have to start with the sewing.

The problem is the fabric I have is too good for a beginner like me

So nothing better than hitting the charity shops

Excellent quality, lots of material, and most important …… cheap!!

And I do like a challenge Winking smile

So I bought this nice shirt, the biggest size that I could find, and I do love my stripes, as you know

 

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I haven’t got a clue what I’m going to do.

First there’s a bit of unpicking to do

Wish me luck

And let’s see what this shirt will look like, once I decide to strip it

I do love a challenge!!!