I am ashamed to say (well not very,  to be honest) that I have browbeaten Angie and Liz into doing some demonstrations in the shop.

The first date is Wednesday 13 April 2011.

Angie will be showing how to make simple little gifts just using a couple of sheets of cardstock or papers. She will also be making a few other things, like a topiary tree or cone, depending on how far I can twist her arm. A couple of these things we have made in classes, usually with Anita, so it is basically for people who haven't seen them before.

The second date is Wednesday 27 April

and Liz will be demonstrating some cardmaking. She says she will be using the Faye Whittaker stamps and decoupage sheets, and also be embossing, using glitter and stamping etc.

So of you are free do come along from 10.30 - 3 and have a cuppa and watch the demonstrations.

Don't forget the address: Cardinal Colours, 42 High Street, Polegate, east Sussex, BN26 6AG. Telephone: 01323 488718.

The shop is open Wednesday to Saturday 9.30 - 4.30.

We do have a couple of car spaces at the back of the shop but if they are taken there is a free  car park  for 2 1/2 hours just by the station.
It was my birthday on St Patricks Day, 17 March, and I received so many beautiful cards and girfts, I was overwhelmed. I know so many kind and talented people.

The following weekend I went to Debden House for a crafting weekend with some friends. Well actually they invited me to come 4 years ago, to make up the numbers, I think, and they haven't been able to get rid of me since. It is an annual event and I really look forward to it. This year it fell just after my birthday, and also my friend Anita's birthday was on Monday 21st. So the weekend was extra special this year. My daughter Angie kindly looked after the shop for 2 days and designed the Mothers Day window for me.

Here are just a few of the lovely cards that I recieved. I am sorry for the quality but I have quickly photographed them on the dining table. Not the best way to present them I know.

I am sure that no one will mind if I especially point out this card. It was from Dot. Dot has been seriously ill for the last 18 months or so and has days when she has trouble with her joints etc and cannot hold a pair of scissors. I was so touched by the effort that she put into making this beautiful card. Thank you Dot.

And thank you everyone else for making my day so special.

Well it has been several weeks since I last updated this blog - and I am truly ashamed of myself. So much has happened so there is no excuse for not blogging. I haven't done any blog hopping either. Something that I intend to rectify though.

Well I am taking this opportunity to let you know about the demo day that we have in the shop on Friday. It runs from 10 - 4 and Pam from Creative Expressions will be showing different techniques using distressing. She will be stamping the image and then distressing the backgrounds  I don't have too much information but I know that she will be using the Tim Holtz Distress Ink pads, Shimmer Mist Sprays, Mica Paints and Watercolour paints as well as other mediums.

I think she is aiming for a vintagy feel as she has asked for some of the Creative Expression stamp plates, including the Vintage Wine Labels, Sewing and Vintage photography, but there is a butterfly one in there too.

I met Pam for the first time last week and she is very passionate about her crafting and has just returned from a 42 day cruise where she was teaching carfting to the ladies on the cruise. In a couple of weeks she is off again, I think she said to the Bahamas for an 18 night cruise this time. A tough job but I suppose it saves someone else from having to do it lol.

You may have seen some of the Creative Expression demos on Create and Craft TV with colleagues of Pam's. She herself is one of Creative Expressions demonstrators.

So Friday looks to be an informative and enjoyable day so if you are about please do call in and see what you can learn from her.  Make yourself known and have a cuppa and a chat.