Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Meet The MIM Team - Marjorie

** Just realised (two days late) that this scheduled post didn't go up**

Hi, welcome to another Meet The MIM Team feature post.

I have really been enjoying this little peek in to the lives of the fabulous Make It Monday Design Team.
This week we get to visit


Hi everyone..It is my turn this week to tell you a little about myself. You might want to get a BIG pot of tea first lol!!  My name is Marjorie and I was so thrilled and nervous when Michelle asked me to join the team as this is my first DT assignment...Michelle has been marvellous, checking that I'm o.k. and giving me lots of reassurance, and has made me feel very welcome. The design team is a fabulous group of girls with so much talent and such a wicked sense of humour, I feel quiet lucky to be part of it all.
I live in South Yorkshire in the U.K. although I do herald from Manchester in Lancashire ..My hubby and I moved to South Africa when we first got married, a new bride of only 6 months, we only went for a couple of years to travel and make some money, and we ended up having both our children there and staying for 30 years!!  Made NO money!!  but met lots of truly wonderful people and have had the most amazing adventures!!   We would probably still be there now if our children hadn't moved away to lands afar lol!!  After my granddaughter was  born we moved back to the U.K. That was just over ten years ago now..Wow! time flies....
I do miss my friends that are still there, as they become your family, also the glorious weather and the space...we had a smallholding, just outside of Cape Town, which was about 10,000 sq metres..with lots of animals, donkeys, ducks, peacocks etc,  and I had a chicken run with around 300 of the little hunnies running around lol!! and of course two lovely dogs, a  terrier Jessie and a border collie called Candy...
My Hubby and I have two children, and two grandchildren.  Our son lives in Germany with his little family, and Deborah and Candice live 2 or 3 minutes away from us in a rural village in South Yorkshire.  I work  at the local news agents part time..(I needed to meet people when we returned, and what better place than a news agents lol!! )  I look after Candice everyday plus our shared little Jack Russell.. Cassy!

Cassy at 6 weeks
Cassy (loves the snow)

Card making is a whole new experience for me and everyday is a learning curve my first love is colouring...didn't know I could do it until a couple of years ago...The girls (Debs and Candice) were colouring images for there cards and I said "Do you mind if I have a try...and as they say the rest is history lol!! I just love it!!  I love my Prisma Pencils, as I find I can control the amount of shading etc better.   I do have arthritis in my fingers and joints, but I think this is a good form of exercise for them.  I do keep having a go with the copics and promarkers. (Me not likky very much though lol!)  I love all forms of card making but my favourite is Girly, flowers, lace pearls etc....I have to work hard at putting my card together as I'm not  very good with design or colour, but I am getting better lol!! practice makes perfect so they say lol!! I love it when I have to follow a sketch...much easier lol!..even choosing paper can be a nightmare lol!!  
I love blogging and spend far too much time surfing than doing lol!!  I Have met some really beautiful  people who share there talents so willingly... I have learnt such a lot from all you wonderful crafters out there!!...I also love the craft fairs I get so excited, and can't wait until the day is here!! (sad hey!

Will leave you with a few photos of the surrounding area of where I live, we all love to walk, so go to places where we can take Cassy.

Clumber park
Acres of beautiful walks and lovely lakes

2 seconds from my workplace
lovely place to sit and have coffee

One of our local residents enjoying the afternoon sun
This is the mill dam
2 minutes walk from my work place
(Also where Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear comes from and the famous Kilner  Jars)

Sorry there's always something on the table
never seem to have a clear desk
 long enough to take a photo lol!!

My new chair -  a present from my hubby

Hope you have enjoyed my little bio and thanks to everyone for sharing their wonderful  creations here at Make It is one fabulous Linky Party where I have gained so much knowledge and made some great friends!
Big Hugs,

Thank you Marjorie for this wonderful post!!
How cute is Cassy!! I'm in love!! :o)

I would absolutely love to come visit and have a coffee with you in that quaint little cafe.

I'm also very impress with how organised your craft space is. 

Thank you for stopping bye today!

I hope you will come by again next week for the final Meet The MIM team feature where we meet Sandy.

Michelle :o)

A Word From My Sponsor - Stamping Shanni

Have you seen the latest catalogue, played with some of the latest products. . . pleated satin ribbon, framelits labels collection not to mention the stunning stamp sets on offer?  Well if you have looked and loved, used and yearned for, and felt inspired by Stampin' Up! products for a while now ~ I have news for you!

It used to be $289 to join Stampin' Up! Australia (it was even more when I joined in February 2009).  NOW, at the moment, this month. . . it is $169 to get your own account!!  But that's not the best part ~ you get $235 worth of product for the price of $169 ~ AMAZING!!

The greatest thing is that you can COMPLETELY customise your products to suit your needs.  So you select any products that you want from the current catalogues (Ideas Book & Catalogue and Autumn Winter Mini) to the value of $235 and you pay only $169!

 There are so many advantages to having your own account:
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*  have exclusive access to offers and specials, events and ideas, new products and techniques
*  be part of an exclusive on-line international community of Stampin' Up! demonstrators
*  receive monthly newsletters and regular emails from the company
*  share with other like minded and motivated people who love paper crafting, stamping and scrapping as much as you
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So if you are interested in getting your own account ACT NOW, do not wait, do not hesitate. . . I can't guarantee how long this offer will stand for.  Join Straight Away fill in your details, complete the order form of products that you want in your starter kit and process the credit card payment.  You will have your own account within ten minutes of completing the application.

Alternatively if you would like more information, contact me -Stamping Shanni so that I can assuage your concerns and help with anything that you are unsure of.

I am so excited about this offer and would be delighted to welcome you to our team.
Shanni x

PS unfortunately this offer is only open to Australian residents.  I apologise for any inconvenience caused by this restriction.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Make It Monday #95 with Cupcake Cards and Craft


It's another beautiful day in paradise here and my boys are on two weeks school holidays!!

My youngest son's teacher was leaving at the end of the term so I wanted to make her a little gift.

So I decided for my 

project this week I would have a go at making a stationary gift set.

I found the tutorial on Splitcoast Stampers here.

I was going to take individual photos of the cards and tags but  forgot before I gave the gift away

(doh! slaps forehead)

All papers and stamps are from Stampin' Up!

This week we are being sponsored by the lovely Mandy of Cupcake Cards and Craft who creates gorgeous digi paper collections and kits!  Mandy is offering the lucky random winner 3 downloadable paper collections!

Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

Last week' MIM link up was AWESOME!!
So many incredibly gorgeous entries.

I always struggle to choose just one to feature as my favourite but this one was a real stand out to me as was created by

This is just stunning Kasey!! The hair is crazy gorgeous!!

Thank you for sharing with us.

The Make It Monday linky party is now open again!!

It is a great way to showcase your most recent creation or even to share your favourite make from ages ago! You don't need to create a whole new post, linking back to the original post is just fine with us.

So come on and join in the fun and share with us your beautiful paper creations!! 

There is inspiration to be found and blogging buddies to meet!

So come on, show us what you've made!

Michelle :o)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Word From My Sponsor - Stamping Shanni

Gotta love Stampin' Up! Australia!

Stampin' Up! is hosting an amazing promotion until the end of July - We {Heart} Hostesses!*. This is a time for hostesses across Australia to bask in the glory of holding an in-home workshop or party for their local demonstrator. . . when workshop sales reach $650, the Hostess receives an additional $90 to spend.

The additional $90 is on top of the usual exclusive $100 and half price item which the Hostess would usually receive.  So this means that the Hostess stands to benefit BIG TIME!  I love this promotion because it means that I can make sure that my hostesses truly get rewarded for their support.

I have had several workshops already this month and know that my hostesses are loving the promotion and I am enjoying sharing the love of all things Stampin' Up! with them and their friends.

So I am looking for workshop bookings for July and would love to share this opportunity with paper crafters, card makers and scrap bookers in my local area. 

If you are not in the Cairns area don't feel despondent, I am happy to arrange a "Catalogue Celebration" with you to mark this event.  That means that I will post you a current Ideas Book & Catalogue (and mini), you collect orders (of at least $650) and tell me how you want to spend your $200 and what you would like to purchase as your half price item.  I will arrange for the Stampin' Up! package to be posted direct to you along with a make and take and example for each customer who places an order!

If you have been thinking of having a gathering for a while, then now is the time to act.  Don't hesitate, contact me today to arrange a time for your party.

Sharing the love
Shanni xx

* this promotion is only available to residents of Australia, I apologise to anyone who is inconvenienced by this restriction.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Meet The MIM Team - Meihsia

Hi Welcome to another Meet The MIM Team feature.

This week we get to know Meihsia a little better.


Hi, my name is Meihsia Liu. I am so happy to join MIM DT 
and here I'm sharing something about myself.

My husband and I live in Plano, Texas, a city near Dallas. 
We have a 9-year-old daughter and a 8-year-old son.
I spend most of my time with kids as a stay home mom
and school volunteer.

I also enjoy kids' Boy Scout and Girl Scout activities and traveling.

I love drawing, painting and sewing since I was little,
 and just started papercrafting
last summer but didn't "play it seriously" until
I joined some DTs in the beginning of this year. 

I always consider myself is new to the papercraft world,
so I like to try differen/new techniques, styles and materials of art and crafts. 
Basically, I just like all kinds of crafts as long as it's easy and fun.

 These are some fun projects I play with kids.
kids craft - friendship bracelets

Sometimes I do mixed media painting.

Tim Holtz's techniques are also my favorite.

I am so happy to join the party with
all talented MIM DT ladies and all you wonderful players.
Hope you all enjoy the party, too... :)

Love & Hugs... Meihsia


Thank you for sharing a little more about yourself Meihsia.

You sure do like to keep yourself busy!

I am a huge fan of your projects and loved hearing about some of your other creative hobbies (love that little doll!).

Michelle :o)

Monday, June 18, 2012

Make It Monday #94 with Meljens Designs


How has your week been?

Mine has gone so fast, I'm struggling with the fact that this is the last week of term 2 for my boys and that they are now half way through the school year!!

Our weekend was pretty busy with a garage sale on Saturday and Little Athletics on Sunday. 

I really did only just get my card for this week's 

made on time.

I used a sweet image from our sponsor called "Love Birds" and came up with an anniversary card for my hubby (10yrs in October) so I'm feeling pretty organised :o)

Click on the image to see it more clearly

This week we are being sponsored once again by the everfun and cute Meljen Designs Digital Stamps!
Meljen's Designs is a lovely stamp company owned and illustrated by Melissa Jenkins. She illustrates whimsical rubber and digital images inspired by her kids and family. Meljen's Designs has new releases along with a new challenge every Thursday, a Guest Designer each month at the Meljen's Designs Blog, and freebies and promos now and then on our facebookFAN PAGE!  Please visit the Meljen's Designs line of stamps at our store HERE to browse through all of Melissa's lovely designs! You can also see Melissa's rubber stamps at her corner of Whimsy Stamps, too!

Meljen Designs Digital Stamps  are giving away the lovely prize of the winner's choice of 4 single digis!

To be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize all you need to do is leave a comment for another entrant in this week's Make It Monday linky party. Be sure to mention you saw them on MIM. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning.

Come on over and join us this week and share you creations with us. There are loads and loads of fabulous entries each week and the inspiration is endless!!

Before you go have a look at this absolutely stunning scrapbook page that was shared last week by

Fantastic Claire!! I couldn't go past this awesome page as I am always looking for inspiration to help me scrap pages for my boys.

Thank you for sharing with us!

Ok, so now you have seen my creation for this week and my favourite pick, it's your turn to share!!

I look forward to coming to visit you and see what you have been creating!

Michelle :o)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Meet The MIM Team - Tracey


Today's Meet The MIM Team feature post introduces us to one of our new team members

Hi all

 My name is tracey ...aka lalkygirl.

I started papercrafting around 3 yrs ago when i moved from Runorn [Cheshire] to Pembrokeshire with my partner. I will have a go at any  any form of papercrafting but my first love is cardmaking ever since i discovered stamping and colouring with promarkers....I love making girly cute cards with lots of ribbon and may have

As i mentioned i now live in West Wales...Pembrokeshire and it is such a beautiful area to live in with its gorgeous beaches and marina's.

Here is the marina at Neyland where i live and a fab pic of nearby Barafundle Bay.

My own little haven is my craft room ,i spend hours in it ,here are some pics although it isn't usually this tidy ..,

I am also a huge blogaholic ...I love enterering challenges and  seeing all the other fab creations that get entered. It never ceases to amaze me what can be made from papercrafting....

well that's it for my bio ...thanks for listening ....
tracey x

Thanks Tracey!!

We are so thrilled to have you on the MIM team!!
I have craftroom envy, lol, your room looks so spacious and organised.

Bufundle Bay just looks amazing, what a great beach!

Michelle :o)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Make It Monday #93 with Bugaboo Stamps


How has your weekend been?
We are enjoying a wonderful long weekend here (Queen's Birthday) and the weather is just AWESOME!

Did manage to squeeze in a little crafting time between a BBQ and soccer game in the yard with our boys and little athletics to get my card made for this week's

I used an image from our sponsor called "Guy BBQ"

Make It Monday #93 is now open and this week we are sponsored by 

Bugaboo Stamps are offering a very generous prize of winner's choice of 7 single digis!

To be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!

I had such a hard time choosing a favourite to feature this week.

In the end I narrowed it down to two, just couldn't pick between them, lol.

this one from Kathleen

I mean.....WOW! How sweet is this?!!

and this one from  Frances

See what I mean?? How can I choose, lol!
This is awesome Frances. I love the layout and the monochromatic style.

Ok, now you have seen what I have been creating and these two fabulous cards from last weeks entrants have no doubt inspired you so come on, join us this week and show us what you have been creating!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Michelle :o)

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Meet The MIM Team - Lisa


So glad you came by today.

Today for the weekly Meet The MIM Team feature we are visiting the

wonderfully witty and terrifically talented Lisa

I am so happy to have this wonderful opportunity to 'meet' you all here at Pink Paper Paradise. Thank you Michelle for allowing us to share a little bit about ourselves.   I wish I had something riveting to share with you, but I'm a rather simple gal from the Midwest, but here goes anyway. :)
 Here I am as a pretty convincing Avatar, don't you think?

First off, my name is Lisa and I go by many nicknames (IE.. Bird, Twang, Quirks, Mom, 'excuse me, lady with the glitter on her butt', etc...)  I currently reside in Knob Noster, Missouri...home of the B-2 Bomber.  I'm married to a military fire fighter who is currently serving overseas and while he is away, I'm at home taking care of our two teenagers who will BOTH be driving here shortly...that's not scary at all!!! EEEK...

This is it...the huge town!

I had the amazing opportunity to join Make It Monday over a year ago and I never knew that it was going to be THIS much fun to work with such a diverse group of hysterically funny and outstandingly creative ladies.  It's like having an extended family and everyone who joins in the DT or participates in the linky parties are always treated with such warmth and acceptance.  A truly wonderful crafting blog with talent that comes from all around the world...I feel blessed to be a part of it!

I recently stepped down from a few other DT positions, all of which are AMAZING, but I had the best time working with more talented ladies at Karen's Doodles, The Squirrel & The Fox, Stamper's Quest and Craft Us Crazy.  Currently I DT at Make It Monday, Top Tip Tuesday and Nicecrane Designs.  I couldn't ask for better challenge blogs, but the reason I stepped down was to make more room for my latest hobby of refinishing furniture.  I have slowly collected a garage of this n' that and I hope to 'update' these items on a more permanent basis.  It's sad to say goodbye to things you love to do, but it's always so much fun to venture out and try new things too.  Other favorite hobbies of mine are cooking, speed walking, picking up after my children, laughing, naming the dust bunnies in my house, drawing, and spending time with my family.
A few of my furniture projects awaiting...

What would my style of stamping be????  Well that all depends on the amount of coffee I started my morning off with.  Too much coffee and the world is my template, too little coffee and I can barely finish a Clean and Simple card.  I tend to be eclectic in my crafting and always admiring new styles, techniques and textures.  I can't be specific on this answer as I find the card and or the image lead me where they want to go and basically I'm just the hands for it's journey. 

Where do I do my crafting???  I like to refer to it as my 'nook.'  All my work is done on a little desk that I found at a Thrift Store for $10.  The table is completely rickety and wobbles uncontrollably, but I LOVE my little cheap find.  I can't foresee me changing it anytime soon; unless of course it collapses on me midway through a project, then perhaps if wood glue and duct tape can't fix it, I'll get something new.  I've accessorized my desk with a lovely TV tray as well that hosts my sewing machine when needed.  Yes, it's true, I live a glamorous life...don't be jealous...Ha!

What are my favorite supplies???  Anything and everything...I'm not picky. I'll look at an item over and over and find different ways to use it.  If you stuck me in a corner with a bottle of glue, a shoe lace and a stapler...I think I could be happy for hours!

Well, I think I've rambled on enough...I don't want anyone nodding off, but I'd just like to say,
THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for all your participation in making Make It Monday what it is.  This opportunity of fabulous learning, inspiration, sharing and friendship would NOT be possible without the amazing crafters out there, all around the world, joining in to create such a truly fun and memorable stamping blog!

OK, I'm really done can wake up :)
Hugs and Happy Stamping...
You Made Me Ink!

Thank you Lisa, what a fabulous post. 
I love having you on the team and I know you don't believe me when I tell you your hometown looks like paradise to Hubby and I, lol.

If you haven't already (I can't image why you wouldn't have) head on over to visit Lisa.
She is always extremely entertaining and always inspiring.

Michelle :o)

Monday, June 4, 2012

Make It Monday #92 with Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

Hi, welcome to another Monday and to June!!

Where is this year going?

This month sees some changes happening over at MIM.

Last week we said goodbye to Mary J as she stood down from our team and this week we are saying good bye to Kerrie.

And we say a big hello to four fabulous new team members.

This week's Make It Monday linky party is now open.

I was in the mood to make something pretty and feminine this week.

I have used papers and cardstock from Stampin' Up!

This week we are sponsored by The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop

The Pretty Little Ribbon Shop supplies gorgeous ribbons, twine, buttons, embellishments, rubber stamps and embossing products for all of your crafting needs. We are happy to accept small and large orders as well as International customers.  New in stock are the Fabulous WOW embossing powders and clear stamp sets, a large selection of self adhesive pearls and rhinestones in a choice of different colours and our new Pretty Pearl Collection.  We have a selection of special offers HERE.

This week's prize is this gorgeous Pink Pretty Little Ribbon Pack!

To be in with a chance to win this fabulous prize all you need to do is leave a comment for an entry in this week's Make It Monday linky party. Be sure to mention you saw them on MIM. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning.

Before you head on over to the Make It Monday blog to meet the new team members and to check out their fabulous makes this week have a little look at my favourite pick from last week's link up.

I absolutely loved this gorgeous scrapbook layout from

Absolutely gorgeous Sarah, thanks for sharing with us.

Ok, now you've seen my make for this week and my favourite pick from last week, now it's your turn!

Come and join us at Make It Monday this week and show us what you have been creating.

Michelle :o)