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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 9 October 2013


Good Morning All, Happy WOYWW.

Another week has flown by with lots of crafting and a wedding.
Anyway, to get things underway, here is a picture of my desk as it looks right now.

Lots more packs being prepped for the cruise, Spirelli this time.  It used to be very popular but has fallen out of fashion.  The people I teach on the ships seem to love it so I still keep it in the lessons.  Other than that, there's a basket of chipboard shapes, wooden shapes and small canvases all ready to decorate, a basket with some masks and a couple of small boxes containing odds and ends. 
Fairly boring but quite tidy for a change!

I've been making a project for the Sam Poole Creative Studios DT blog.  It's on there today (link is on the right) with step by step instructions if you want to take a look.  The new Up, Up and Away stamps are gorgeous and I can't stop playing with them!

And finally, the wedding which happened on Monday.  My stepson married his gorgeous fiancĂ©e Claire.  The whole day was just perfect and the sun shone.  Everyone had a great time and here's the happy couple.

Claire made all of the table decorations, buttonholes and her bouquet from buttons.  It was months of hard work for her, but they looked amazing.

Well, that's it for now.  We're off on an archaeological dig on Sunday near Stonehenge for a couple of days.  I'm hoping that the rain holds off for that!  We've been before and the feeling of finding tools that are 8000 years old and haven't been touched since they were left there by their owners is one I can't describe.  So until next time, many thanks for visiting and leaving comments, they are all so kind and much appreciated.  Only 20 more followers before the Blog Candy Draw!  Happy Crafting!


Julie Lee said...

I've said it before, Pam and I'll say it again - what an interesting life you lead! I haven't been to a wedding for years. The bride looks so radiant in this photo and the groom so handsome! My daughter is planning lots of globe-trotting for next year so I don't think I'll be attending hers in the near future. I always love the idea of you teaching craft on a cruise! I haven't a clue what Spirelli is - sounds like a member of the Mob! Maybe - if you have a minute - you could enlighten me! Have a great week! Julie Ann xx #38

Jackie said...

Good morning... As always your busy!!
Love the idea of a button bouquet would love a close up of it please. When your ready to retire from the cruise craft classes let me know I will happily be your stand in! I have cruised a few times and I did a couple off the classes but that was over five years ago . Your weekend plans sound fab have fun
Jackie 40

Neet said...

Enjoy your dig.
The couple look so happy but can we have a photo of the button makes please as I have never seen anyone make a bouquet of them - please.
Now what is this cruise teaching you keep mentioning? Where are you going, for how long and how long have you been doing this - sounds wonderful.
Sorry about all the questions,
Hugs, Neet 35 xx

Francesca said...

I remember spirelli, still have some templates somewhere! Francesca #32

Unknown said...

What a fabulous place to teach crafting!!!! I love to see packs all ready to go for a class or workshop. I have just packed mine away for Friday - I am surprisingly ahead of myself this week!!! I am curious to know how the cruise thing works - do you have a set number of classes to teach over the period of the cruise? How do you know how many packs you need? Intriguing!!!! Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 42

Robin said...

What a wonderful place to teach! I have never seen a button bouquet Hope. To see a photo of that. Beautiful bride and groom!

Hugs. Robin#34

Thank you for your visit

Carole said...

Teaching crafts of a cruise....how do I sign up? Really lovely way to share your love of crafting. I couldn't find the link for step by step tutorial you spoke about.
Happy day... Carole #93

shazsilverwolf said...

What a fabulous weekend you have coming up. I would love to do something like that.The bride looked gorgeous, didn't she? Hope the cruise goes well, and you are right, Spirelli was everywhere at one time, and you rarely see it now.Have a good week, Hugs, Shaz #31 xx

Laura said...

Awesome bouquet!!
no desk this week - just hopping around being nosey!!

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Pam - still busy with your preparations, I hope your students will appreciate all your hard work! Gorgeous wedding photo, glad the sun shone! Have a good week. MMx #51

ria gall said...

you look very organised ready for the workshops and it must be great to do it with different people all the time. Love your piece for Sam's DT.
The newly weds look very happy and it is great to hear the day went well for them
Happy WOYWW and wishing you a great week
Ria #50

Caro said...

The happy couple are positively beaming with joy! How amazing that you teach crafting on a cruise ship...I bet that is wonderful fun. Can we see the button bouquet please? Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x #80

Lunch Lady Jan said...

What a fab pic of the happy couple! They both look so great..the bouquet is fab, I love it because its so different!
Hope you have fun at the dig..I live about 30 mins away from Stonehenge and, as I have an Archaeology degree, know it well. Are you doing the dig for English Heritage or the National Trust?
If you're going past Burbage, you're welcome to have a cuppa!
Hugs, LLJ 44 xx

Anonymous said...

When do you go on the cruise Pam, and more importantly, where are you going? Never tried spirelli but I have seen it done before. Love the project and the wedding photo, both lovely. The dig sounds like a fascinating thing to do too!

Brenda 1

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the wedding!
And brrr... me and boats don't go well together. Hmm no, that's not it. Me and waves, ground that moves don't go well together, I'm quite sensitive to that. Or was. Haven't really tried it out for a few years now.
But to go teaching on a cruise... you can't call home and say you forgot something, and ask if they'll bring it over! That means very careful planning and packing.
Enjoy your trip :)
Debbie #53

Jan said...

A very interesting WOYWW. Have a good week! xx Jan 113

Nikki said...

Wow that button boquet is so adorable and she will have it for years to enjoy :) have fun on your cruise hugs Nikki 39

Annie Claxton said...

That sounds like my kind of cruise! I'd love to see the button bouquet up close too! Enjoy the dig :oi) Annie #114

Claire Grantham said...

Hi Pam, thanks for swinging by earlier, sorry for the late visit. I think you will love the card that I have made for the DT. Love the idea of crafting on a cruise..tell me more. Great photo from the wedding. Cx #30

Kate Hadfield said...

Oh wow, the dig sounds amazing! I hope you will share some photos if you find some more treasures, how exciting! Such a gorgeous wedding photo, they both look so happy. And I love your balloon card!
Happy WOYWW! Kate #54

Julie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Pam, You have been busy all those things you've been making for the cruise. Hope you have a good time at the dig...my partner would just love that he's alway bring home bits of old rock(hes
says that they are fossils, but I have my doubts sometimes!!) How did you get into such a thing?
XX Julie

Unknown said...

hi Pam a lady of many talents I see...firstly congrats for the wedding I hope that the couple will always be happy....thanks for your comment and no i have not been jilted...happy week.

Lynn McAuley said...

Claire's button bouquet looks amazing!! What a delight to add another crafty person to the family!

Love the hot air balloon card!! Sensational design!

Good luck with your upcoming dig. My dad at 84 still goes out every Friday with the local group. Some of the stone tools they have found date back 8000 years.

Kyla said...

wow you have been busy!
Love the idea of button bouquets for weddings (I was lucky enough to help Shaz at the WOYWW crop with hers) and I love the balloon card.

Enjoy the dig

kyla 71

Mrs.D said...

Hi Pam,
Thanks for visiting me and sorry for the delay in getting back.
I love your well ordered desk, looks as if the folks on the cruise will have lots of fun. No one offered craft on the cruises we have been on.
Love the wedding pics too, looks as if it was a lovely day.
Chris #69

Unknown said...

Beautiful couple! Enjoy your cruise! And I love doing spirelli! One of my upcoming posts has a card using the technique! Happy belated WOYWW and thanks for visiting!
Carol N #91

505whimsygirl said...

Have fun teaching on the cruise. You look like you are ready and organized.
Your balloon card is wonderful! Right now Balloon Fiesta is going on in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Hundreds of hot air balloons from all over the world participate.

The bride and groom look so happy. I noticed the pretty button bouquet!

Happy belated WOYWW
Peace, Kay (19)

Eliza said...

I love the balloon card , beautiful bride and handsome groom, congratulations to them both. Have fun on your cruise and thanks for visiting

Eliza & Yoda 3

BJ said...

A button bouquet how amazingly wonderful it that, hope she didn't throw it at the end! Great DT piece and you look all ready for the teaching excellent. Thanks for the visit BJ#102

Spyder said...

I've had to miss a couple of WOYWW's but just had to go on a snoop today, it all looks very busy on your desk! Great wedding photo too! Good luck with your classes. Happy Very late WoYwW?! ((Lyn)) #36

Twiglet said...

Sounds like you are having a great time. What a lovely wedding photo - you were lucky to get a sunny day too. x Jo

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Thanks for stopping by, I'm running way behine!! Your post is so full of fun adventures. Pretty photo of the new couple. Enjoy Sunday, how fun, and weather makes the day.

Unknown said...

I don't envy you getting all the kits ready. Lovely DT work as always.
Karen #70

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your card, but especially that gorgeous button bouquet. Blessings!

April said...

The couple is lovely. So glad the weather cooperated for their big day. There is just something about a hot air balloon stamp - you gotta use em. Have fun at Stonehenge. And thank you for stopping by my blog earlier.
April #21

famfa said...

fabulous post. what a fun time you have. archaeological digs, cruises, weddings. lovely
sorry I'm late
famfa 2

lisa said...

Sorry to be such a late visitor this week, internet problems. Anyway made it at last.
Congrats to your Stepson and his new wife, they looks so happy. I'm glad the day went perfectly.
Spirelli always seems to fascinate people doesn't it, always reminds me of those string pictures we made in the 1970's!!
Thanks for visiting already. Our porch roof started to collapse hours before we flew off on holiday so had to have an emergency prop made out of the remains of my DD's bed!! It's still standing 2 months later although is being replaced next week!!
Hugs Lisax #65