Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Are you thinking of becoming an S.U demonstrator?

To all of you that I've emailed or spoken to, here are the four, yes FOUR stamp sets I am offering to anyone who signs as an S.U demonstrator with me! You can no longer buy these sets- they were a limited edition range that were only available earlier on this year and were priced at around £16 per set, so that's an additional £64 worth of product. I've only been with S.U since November myself, but I have made some lovely friends through the company. I'd love to sign me first recruit, so if you want more info, please get in touch!

Monday, 27 April 2009

Stampin' Up! mini catalogue

Hi everyone.
For those of you that haven't seen it yet, Stampin' Up! have released a mini catalogue, crammed full of brand new products that will only be available until September. This little card has been made with one of these limited edition stamp sets called 'Playful Petals'. It is a 7 stamp set that costs £25.95. This card is one that I'm going to be teaching at a workshop in Portsmouth on wednesday evening. If anyone local to Cosham would like to come along, please email me your details & I'll contact you!

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Update on the bird!!

Well, a total success story!!
I nursed the baby thrush, feeding hourly for 5 days. As you can see from the picture, it gathered strength, body weight, but was also becoming a little too tame! I moved it into the garage into a large cage so that it wasn't focussing on me so much, feeding it mealworms, then I had to leave it for longer periods, hoping that it would begin to feed itself. (The movement of live food stimulates it to peck). Once I knew it was eating enough to live on and was flapping around in the cage, I moved it to an outside area (I was lucky to have my inlaws down the road with a large outdoor cat pen, similar to an aviary) We scatter fed for another 3 days, then left the door open. It took about 24 hours for it to want to leave, but it did so yesterday morning. (Unfortunately, before I'd had a chance to take another photo). My mother in law was a little disappointed that it didn't come home that night, but obviously, we both know this is a good thing!!
(I'm sure I don't need to say that if I had found the bird alone ouside, I would have left it, as parent birds would most likely have looked after it, but deposited on my kitchen floor gave me no other choice!!)

Saturday, 11 April 2009


Happy Easter, everyone!
I have been desperate to write a post, but I've had to concentrate on my commissioned work before doing anything else. This card is for my closest friend who is going through a very tough time at the moment. I figured that this might cheer her up a little. I photographed it inside my new pop up photographic tent, which is going to take a bit of getting used to. I really should have bought the larger one, as I write lots of projects that need step by step pictures and I don't think this will be large enough for that, although, you can see from my photo that my desk there really isn't enough space for anything bigger! But for taking a picture of a single card, it's going to be useful. The stamps used on this card are all from a company called High Hopes at based in Canada. I don't usually go for cute images, but I love this company and have a box full of their unmounted stamps! The flowers are Prima and the greeting is printed on the computer and punched out using Stampin' Up! 1 3/8 circle punch, plus the scalloped circle punch. The frond leaf punnch is by Martha Stewart and the patterned paper is from my stash of odds & ends.

Wednesday, 1 April 2009

Jack is no more....

By this I mean that we can't call HER Jack any more! My vet thinks it's probably a thrush or blackbird, judging by the colouring and is most likely a girl!! This may seem like a big mistake on my part, but from the cold bedraggled, cat spittle covered lump I found on the kitchen floor on monday, to the fluffy, bright, chirping thing sitting in a cage in my workroom today, it's like night & day! I am feeding her every hour, from 7 am till 11 pm and she is putting on weight and is now practicing with her half grown wings, so I'm very hopeful that this will have a happy ending.
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