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Hi, I'm Pam and thank you for visiting my blog. I have been making cards for over 10 years and am an independent demonstrator for Creative Expressions. I am lucky enough to teach on cruise ships and also get the chance to demo at The Big Stamping and Scrapbooking Show at Alexander Palace. I run workshops for a local craft shop and if anyone would like details of the them please e-mail me at stephen.smith870@ntlworld.com I love to scrapbook but my all time favourite thing is to get messy with ink!

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


Good morning all and happy WOYWW!

It's that time of the week that we all have a trip around the world and see what everyone has been up to.

Well, I went to an auction on Friday evening and being a sucker for all things "storage" I had to bid for this really handy drawer set.  It's actually what's on my desk today until I fill it and find a home for it!

The bottom drawer is big enough to take my misting ink sprays so I think they might end up living in there as it's best to store them on their sides and not upright.

I've been busy putting packs together for the November cruise workshops and now have 4 projects completed.  I finally finished 50 packs of Shaker cards yesterday and really don't want to see them again until I get on the ship and start teaching!

My project for the Creative Studios Design Team this week is using Sam's brand new Shabby Chic stamp sets.  I've used the heart stamp along with the rose and leaves for this project.  There's a step by step (with photos) on the Sam Poole Designs website (link on the right).

It's a shame I'm not better at photography!  The main stamp is a heart shaped text stamp.  I've heat embossed it in white and covered the whole thing with Micro Beads.
I've been making samples for the shows on Create and Craft on July 22nd when Sam will be demoing these stamp sets and I'll put some of them on here over the next week.

Well, apart from the travel photo, that's about all.

Staying with last weeks topic of cathedrals, here's a photo of Lindisfarne.

Many thanks for visiting and leaving all your lovely comments.  I'll try and get round to as many of you as possible (I got to 100 last week so I'm getting better!).
I won't be here next week as we're away at a couple of music festivals so until next time, have a happy crafty time!


Anne Papillons said...

Love seeing your phots, thanks! Busy time for you! Beautiful work going on at your desk and I'm a sucker for anything with drawers...gotta try 'em out!!! Happy WOYWW!

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a fabulous thing to do - craft workshops on cruises! I love your photo of Lindisfarne - have always wanted to go there! Well, a hundred visits is a great achievement. I must keep trying to improve my visiting skills! Julie Ann xx #54

Monique said...

You have been busy. Love your photo's
Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
xx Monique #74

Ria Gall said...

we all love a bit of storage and that is a great piece you have there will you decorate it?

That is a very pretty DT piece really lovely
Happy WOYWW and have a great week
Ria #52

BJ said...

Love the heart piece in the soft lilac as too the drawers, can never have too many of those.

Sorry I'm a bit late replying but my son had his drum exam this morning, glad that is over now. Thanks for stopping by this week BJ#13

Julia Dunnit said...

Pretty stuff, like the idea of adding the microbeads. No doubt you're sick of kitting, that's a lot of shaker cards!

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Pam, I'm not surprised you don't want to see those shaker cards again - 50 kits to put together must get monotonous in the end.

I'm a sucker for storage too, are you going to "alter" it? Thanks for your visit today and have a happy week. MMx #47

Maisie Moonshine said...

P.S. Greyboard works OK with BigZ dies which don't have too much detail, such as Tim's tags and bookplates (in fact if you're going to put a lot of texture paste or embellishments on your tag the thicker board stands up really well to the extra weight).

It works really well with the large TH sewing room die too - I made a great 3D piece by laminating layers of greyboard dress forms (here's the link - I did a tutorial http://maisiemoonshines.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/these-wings-were-made-to-fly-sunday.html)

Didn't want you to think greyboard was a TOTAL no-no, you just need to pick and choose. MMx

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I've got a soft spot for little chests of drawers like those...what a find you had! You're going to have deciding what to put where!
And that's a lot of kits to do....you must be sick of cutting out by now...though the cruise sounds good ;-)
And I lived in Northumberland for many years....I love Lindisfarne...one of my favourite places.
Hugs,LLJ 59 xx

Ali H said...

Hi Pam - thanks for stopping by earlier - great new cabinet - didn't know that the mist should be stored sideways - why is this ? Always keen to learn new crafty insights !! Ali #28

Nikki said...

What a cute little cabinet, looks like I must knock my few misters over and wow have you been busy that's alot of kits hugs Nikki #5

Daniella said...

Love that storage unit, and your heart came out beautiful!!
Enjoy the music festivals!!

lisa said...

Your new storage looks great, you can never have enough drawers can you?
Love your heart DT piece, it's beautiful, as is Lindisfarne, one of my favourite places.
Hugs Lisax #72

Christine B. said...

Great storage find. Pretty use of Sam's new stamps. Enjoy your musix festivals. Hugs x ChrisB

Barb King said...

Nice storage, I'm sure it will work out well. Teaching on a cruise ship, that sounds wonderful! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Barb #11

VonnyK said...

Love that storage box, that's one thing I really need but don't have much room left in my room. How great is a cruise with crafting, sounds like heaven. I love that rose stamp, the whole thing looks lovely.
Have a great week.
Von #14, thanks for visiting already

Nan G said...

Craft workshops on a cruise?! And you're teaching? Wow o wow! How cool is that! I might actually go on another cruise if I could craft all night. (can't sleep on a moving boat) love the new little storage thingy. Enjoy the festivals. Thanks for the earlier visit. Happy WOYWW! Nan G #25

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ah so agree it really is a fab little drawer set well done you .. and great idea for your spray - store mine lying down too as Joanna Sheen said that.

- as asked them about it once and that was their answer to me..

I dont get many cosmic shimmer though as they still block but glimmer mists are much better.. min are in basket lying down on my back side of desk.. in reach :D
thanks for popping over and happy WOYWW Shaz in z.x #36

Annie said...

I'm rather late calling by this week....a long day looking after the twins yesterday and I just ran out of time.
Love your set of drawers....I have 3 sets I intend redecorating when we get moved.
Thanks for calling by at mine.
A x # 46

Claire said...

oooh! i'd love to visit lindsfarne! and iona...
love your drawers - i'm a sucker for storage too!
thanks for stopping by, happy WOYWW and have a blessed week :)
no. 35


G'day Pam
thanks for dropping by my blog for WOYWW. OMG are you insane LOL...allthos shaker cards and in the post before that all those punched leaves!!! Hope they pay you well. How many more packs to go LOL?
Annette In Oz #21

Jacqueline said...

Hi Pam,

Thanks for dropping by, good luck with those shaker cards, nice idea but I never was any good at making them! Good luck with the cruise workshop.

I need to get back into my crafting side of things again, been concentrating too much on the art side and am just trying out a few ideas of how I can combine the two, hence the stashing of the sketchbooks at bargain prices lol!!

Take care

Jackie x

sandra de said...

Love the pic of Lindisfarne - your travel photos are always so interesting.
Sandra de

Twiglet said...

You can never have enough drawers I say! Those little Ikea ones are so useful and can always be blinged up to make them unique. x Jo

voodoo vixen said...

Now that sounds like a dream of a teaching experience, teaching crafting on a cruise ship!! :) Love the heart shaped piece, very pretty!Happy WOYWW from Annette #4

Ginny said...

Love your work. Teaching on a cruise ship sounds perfect. Cruising and sharing what you know and love with people who are interested in what you do - who could ask for more? Ginny #24

Eliza said...

Oh wow those drawers are exactly like the ones on my desk before paper got to them. Wow you can do so much with them, have fun, I sure did. I think I will check back later to see what you have done to them.

Eliza & Yoda 81

Michelle said...

Hi Pam,

Thank you for visiting my humble work desk:) I love your card and your pic of the cathedral, so nice to share your travels with others.


Michelle #26

Anne said...

Hi and thanks for popping by my blog! Are the drawers Ikea? I have 3 sets and am trying to alter them! Love what you have been working on. We went to Lindisfarne two years ago. Loved it there. Anne x # 65

Lisa-Jane said...

I didn't even realise that you COULD teach on cruise ships! That sounds like a corker of a job. Do you come down to Southampton to do it?

Karen Ives said...

I have a couple of those drawer sets and they are really handy, will be looking out to see how you customise the drawers!!
Thank you for visiting.
Karen #55

Karen Ives said...

I have a couple of those drawer sets and they are really handy, will be looking out to see how you customise the drawers!!
Thank you for visiting.
Karen #55

Karen Ives said...

I have a couple of those drawer sets and they are really handy, will be looking out to see how you customise the drawers!!
Thank you for visiting.
Karen #55

Kyla said...

50 shaker cards!!! Wow,that is a serious amount of work!! Well done.

Happy belated WOYWW

kyla #50

fairy thoughts said...

Hi Pam
don't you just love those Ikea chests I have 2 or is it three of them .... might have to go and check... but I haven't decorated them, never seems enough time.
late getting round because of the tennis
janet #31

Neet said...

Hi Pam

We were on Lindisfarne not many weeks ago and took pictures of that same statue. Beautiful place isn't it. Now what's this about a cruise? Must have missed that posting. Lovely heart!
Sorry I am so late - I've just been prioritising my class prep - hope I am forgiven.
Thanks so much for visiting me, I will try to do better next week.
Hugs, Neet xx

Cazzy said...

That is a lovely little drawer unit, and will be lovlier when you have altered it. I have a project waiting to be altered I bought in a charity shop, was a bit pricey but had to have it.

Lovely photo, I have never been to Lindesfarne, maybe one day.

Did I ask who won the blog candy?

Well Happy WOYWW, bit late,

Cazzy x #136

scrappyjen said...

fabulous storage... love the lindisfarne photo... the gospels are back in durham over the summer where they belong... if you like all things celtic, i have just done a special FB post about my clever dad... you would probably like it :) Have a lovely week, jenx

Meihsia Liu said...

The draws look awesome! Love your beautiful stamped image, too. Thank you so much for sharing. :)