Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Lucas's trip for Christmas

I do hope that you all have a wonderful Christmas and that 2017 will be a great year. Over the past few weeks I have been keeping a big secret. Our daughter was talking to me and was a little sad that she would be spending Christmas alone as most of her friends were going to their home country's for the holidays and she was unable to come home. SO we decided as a big suprise we would arranged for our grandson (who is 21yr) to go visit with his mum in Abu Dhabi for Christmas.

Firstly we created a 'fictional friend' named 'Jan" who was going to go to Dubai and needed someone to pick her up and take her to her hotel. Our daughter was delighted to be able to pick up a NZ'er and especially as the fictional Jan was from Palmerston North. It was quite hard work asking questions to get information from her so that we would know that she was actually going to be home for Christmas. We spoke often on skype and each time I talked a little more and asked a few more questions. Seems she managed to get several days off over Christmas - that was good. Then she had to work on the day that he was flying in, so she said 'don't worry, tell 'Jan' (our fictional friend) that I will swap a shift and be there to get her. Then she started asking questions like - how long is she staying? would she like to stay with me? is she visiting family here? Oh dear, I did have to dodge some of those questions.

Well the day came and my sister and I took our grandson to Auckland to catch the flight to Dubai. He boarded the flight and was off on his great surprise journey.  I stayed up most of the night and all the next day I was on my laptop with fb up waiting for him to let us know how things went. He text me from Brisbane, then again when he landed in Dubai. He headed out to the arrivals and text me to say she was not there. I told him to just wait, all would be well, she was probably parking the car. We waited and 5 minutes later the video came up!!!! he walked along the arrivals isle and saw her holding a sign "JAN" he walked up and said 'hi'!! she was sooooo surprised so with lots of tears and laughter and questions they met again. She asked 'is Jan coming' - he laughed and said 'no, I am 'Jan' she is not real'

Enjoy your Christmas both of you - with all our love.

I will try and find some way of putting the video up on here. not sure how so need to ask an expert for help to do.

I big thank you to my sister for coming with us to the airport, for keeping me calm though the excitement, and also a big thank you to our friend in Hamilton who put us up for a few nights before we went to Auckland and when we came back.

next trip will be going up to Auckland to get him when he returns!!

in the mean time I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and remember it is all about family and the love between you.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

some Nov events

My week is getting busy as usual.

 Just to let those who read this know that there is a Card sale/making on Nov 7th from 9.30am at the Milson Scout Hall - $5 entry and $2 per card. You can stay and make your chosen cards or take them away and make them at your leisure.

On Thursday 10th Nov. Warehouse Stationery are holding another crafty night from 6 - 8pm. $10 entry.

Our card classes in November are Tue 8th, Wed 9th, Thur 10th, Sat. 12th. Look forward to seeing you here.

well that it from me for now....

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sunday 16th

Hi all,
have managed to get through this week with all it's drama and had a few laughs along the way. 

What wonderful classes I have had this week - everyone is so nice and it is soooo relaxing with us all doing such lovely cards. It is great to have new people along and I do hope that you enjoyed it and come again. 

I spent an evening with a good friend and we played with the new MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) - you know when you stamp a stamp and only part of it turns out right - it is soooo frustrating, well now with the MISTI you are able to put your card stock on the misti base, place your un-inked stamp where you want it, close the misti (which will pick up the stamp), open the misti, ink your stamp, close the misti and Wha La you have stamped your stamp exactly where you want it - but oh no - only part of it stamped clearly - no problem, just leave everything where it is, re-ink your stamp and re-stamp it!! because it is attached to the misti it will re-stamp EXACTLY where the first one was - Yeh a perfect stamp!!  NOW do you have those stamps that either have several parts to them that overlay each other, or a flower head as one stamp the stem as another stamp and the leaves as yet another stamp - I find it difficult to stamp them all so that they look connected, or so they look great overlayed. With the misti it is soooo easy - once again you put the first stamp on and stamp it, leave your card stock where it is, place the 2nd layer and repeat with the misti, then other layers. it works really well. Oh just in case you are wondering NO I do NOT sell the misti, I am just giving you MY thoughts on it.
the two roses and the leaves were done using the misti. I have to admit that this is the first time I had used this stamp set as I can NEVER line up the layers right by hand. the flower has 3 layers and so does the leaf. I was impressed as the 3rd leaf stamp is so tiny but makes such a difference to the finished product. (yes the stamp set comes with the dies to cut the flower and leaf).

The parcels of cards and tags that I send to Rae are being received with great excitement. She has now received the last parcel that I sent - it does take several weeks to reach her, however there is much pleasure from the recipients when the parcels arrive.  I am now continuing to gather for the next one to sent. 

On the 29th October Flo and I are off to Wellington to teach Design Space to a group of ladies who have bought the new Cricut machine. 

Card classes here in November are on Tue 8th - Wed 9th - Thur 10th - and Sat 12th. If you are interested in coming along to any of these classes just give me a call (3533880, or email: madgeb@xtra.co.nz) love to have you along.

Then on 21st November Flo Joycelyn and I are off to Sydney for some inspiration, new ideas and well yes I guess some shopping.

Then December will be upon us!! whatever happened to 2016 - it seems to have gone soooo fast.

Well I am off to prepare for some more classes so will come back on my blog again soon.

October Newsletter

Madge’s Newsletter
October 2016
Hi All,

Well first of all I must apologise for not putting this newsletter out sooner!!!  Sometimes things ‘just happen’ and not all goes according to plan. I have to admit some of it was my fault, as some of you know I met with 6 friends in Hamilton for a weekend ‘cricut-ing’. My weekend started on the Friday morning at 4am when I went to work, then at 8am off to Massey, at 11.30am was picked up by a friend and quickly loaded the car and we were off to meet another friend on the way. Changed cars and we were finally on the way to Hamilton. Arrived and to cut a long story short by the time I got home on Sunday evening I had had about 6 hours sleep during the whole weekend!!! But oh what fun we had. Especially as it was my birthday while I was away and the girls did an awesome job of surprising me with tooters/balloons/and singing happy birthday and I had the special luxury of having TWO birthday cakes. For many years in our family I have had a little critter that when you press his foot he dances and sings happy birthday. As my children have gotten older they always try to hide it when it is their birthday so that I don’t play it, however they never win and I always play it. My darling husband phoned me the morning of my birthday and when I answered the phone guess what was playing through the phone!!! Yes the little critter singing. We laughed soooo much. So a big thank you to everyone who was a part of setting everything up and to Julia and Heather for my lovely cakes.
Now, once I got home from the weekend, with very little sleep, I was off to work at 4.30am on the Monday morning!! Tried hard to catch up on things during the week, to little avail and then on the Friday a 4wd decided that the side of my car was rather plain and could do with some definition!! So I am driving a car with much ‘definition’ on the side and waiting for the panel beater to do some ‘doctoring ‘ to it.  With everything that was going on the news letter did not get written, sorry.
Love to hear from anyone who has had a more eventful week!!!

Poor car                 on the good side these are some of the cards we made this week                         

Well now that week has passed I can go forward and let you know what is coming up:

Design Space Training:
For any of you who have the Cricut Explore or Cricut Air we are doing a teaching in Wellington on Saturday October 29th. If you know anyone in the Wellington area that may be interested please tell them to contact me as spaces are limited. We will be starting at 9.30am through to 4pm (ish, you know how it is) and the cost is $60 for the day. We will be going though Design Space and answering any questions people may have.

If there are enough Palmerston North people interested we will run a class here in Palmerston North. So do give me a call or email if you want more information.

August/September  Prize
Don’t forget, when you come two consecutive months you go into the draw to win a prize pack.
Our winner is : SHIRLEY!!
Congrats to you Shirley, you can pick up your ‘pack’ when you come to November class or give me a call to collect earlier.

Card Classes for November:
Tuesday 8th                                                   10.30am
Wednesday 9th                          6.45pm
Thursday 10th                      1.30pm and again at 6.45pm
Saturday 12th                      10.30 and again at 1.30pm

These will be our final card classes for 2016 – but wait, there’s more…
on   December 4th  we will be having our final ‘party for the year’ so do mark this date on your calendar and be prepared to have a great time with lots of prizes and fun. The day will be from 1.30pm till 4.00 ‘ish.

I will be in Australia from 21st to 29th November – having some ‘information gathering’ and of course a little shopping spree.

To those of you who have been unwell, I do hope that you are recovering and I look forward to seeing you all at card class in November. 

Happy crafting,


Sunday, 4 September 2016

tidy up time

Just spent all day tidying up my craft room cupboards and getting things a bit more organised. Amazing how many things I found that I had been looking for or forgotten I had!! I think it pays to have a good sort out once in a while, and as I have such a busy week next week I thought it was a good time to do it. Time for a hot choc break and then come back and finish off.

Saturday, 3 September 2016

news letter hic up

sorry, couldn't get the newsletter on here, then got it on twice!!! cant win!! still at least it is there now so lets hope next month will be better.

August 2016 News letter

Madges Newsletter
August 2016

What a great weekend we had at Wellington Paper Arts!! Lovely craft stalls, lovely people!! Congrats to those of you who now have a Cricut buzzing away at your house.  I finally got my voice back after so much talking! 

I am looking at holding a ‘Cricut day” in Wellington soon, so if you have a Cricut and are in the Wellington area keep watch for when that will be – soon I hope!!

As some of you will have seen Three Little Whimzee’s have finally moved into their lovely new premises at 50 Devonport Road in Tauranga. If you are not near Tauranga do check out their website (3littlewhimzee.nz) with the lovely items they have for sale.  Also Cricut supplies.  Flo has been cutting like crazy for them and things are looking really lovely. Congratulation to Juliet and Dion, hope you do well and prosper in the new premises.

STOP PRESS STOP PRESS: oh no! I have just heard Dion and Juliet had their truck broken into and heaps of their lovely stuff has been stolen!! What a horrible thing to happen – however they are on to it and will be up and running again by Friday 2nd.  Lets hope that the people who did this get caught!!! 

Back in the Manawatu – we have had a couple of ‘cricut days’ and are looking forward to having them at least once a month on a regular basis.  Will let everyone know when we have sorted the dates. I would like these sessions to be for very new to very experienced people. The idea is to share ideas and knowledge with each other. For those new to Cricut I would like to be able to have some one-on-one time.  If you are interested please let me know so I can make sure you are kept informed.

Our Card Class Dates for September are:

Tuesday 13th                        10.30am
Wednesday 14th                 6.45pm
Thursday 15th                      1.30pm and 6.45pm
Saturday 17th                      10.30 am and 1.30pm

Dare I say…. It will only be 14 weeks to Christmas!!! I know that some of you are getting started with Christmas cards and decorations, especially those that need to be posted overseas. The days do seem to go by quickly and I often sit here and wonder ‘what happened to 2016” It seems to have flown by!!

I decided in all the busy-ness that I needed a ‘time out’ so a couple of weeks ago I went to see Poi E the movie – I found it very informative, a lovely movie to watch, and SO enjoyed the music. Then earlier this week I went and saw Shallows – the one about the shark!! If you enjoy surfing and swimming in the sea it is probably not the movie you want to see (ha ha) – however I did enjoy it. I was pleased that I went during the day as I do not think that I would have slept well if I had gone at night!! And having a surfing grandson – well I wont think about that!!

Young Zak came and spent the weekend with us and wanted to do ‘something on the Cricut’ – so this is what he made… He choose what to make and what to put on it…a box with ‘happy father’s day’ on it for his dad.  He used my Cricut very well!!  Naturally we had to fill box with lollies!
 New little baby sister is doing very well and at one month old is sleeping through the night!!

I am trying to keep my blog up to date – so you may like to follow my blog on madgescreations.blogspot.co.nz

I know that some of you have been unwell, especially with the cold and wind that we have had here. I do hope that you are all starting to feel heaps better as we head into the nicer weather. 

Remember, come to card class for two consecutive months and go in the draw for a goodie bag.

Happy crafting,