Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Day 4 in Switzerland

Monday I had 2 x 3 hour classes on the Technique Pages.
We seemed to have developed a rhythm and everything ran pretty smoothly,
we even finished a little early which is very unusual.

Now I need to decide what the next 3 Technique pages will be.
I am thinking Alcohol Inks and maybe Distress Stains.
What would you like to see on a Technique page?


Monday, 30 March 2015

Day 3 in Switzerland

Sunday was a lazy day.   The weather was wet and windy.
We had a leisurely breakfast and then took the dog for a walk before heading into town for a little shopping trip.
In Switzerland most shops are closed on Sundays! 
But we found a few that were open and manged to spend some money.
After shopping we went to the store to plan my workshops for my return visit in June. 
This took us several hours hours before we then we returned home for dinner
and some internet research on products we want to use next time.

Sunday, 29 March 2015

Vivid Dream

Have you ever woken up from a dream that was so vivid you could remember every detail?  It used to happen to me a lot but hardly for the last few years until last night, well 3 o'clock this morning.

It was so vivid it woke me up and then I didn't want to go back to sleep in case I went into the same dream so I started reading to distract my mind.

The dream started with me visiting a salon that my friend had recommended for leg waxing.  The owner of the salon greeted me on my arrival, he was a very flamboyant character with a heavy accent.
I was taken to a treatment room where he popped in to chat to me every now and then but I was in there for a long time waiting for my treatment when Antonio Banderas came in and sat down and started chatting to me.  
This went on for a while, after Antonio left I eventually had a half leg wax.
As I walked out of the room the doorman/bouncer said to me that is 675 - what pounds? I replied.  I was told £20.  OK give me £20 and we'll call it quits and then he walked off towards the pub over the road.  I ran after him and explained that I would rather pay the girl on reception so there would be no confusion.  He shrugged and walked away.  
I walked back to the receptionist and took out my money, as I lay it on the counter it felt and looked strange.  I picked it up as she tried to grab it away from me, it was Russian money.  I thought someone must have given it to me in my change somewhere by mistake so I pulled out another note from my purse, it turned out they were all Russian.  So I started to panic, I pulled out my driving licence photo card and that too was in Russian - someone had stolen my identity and it must have been the people in the salon - it was at this point I woke up suddenly.

Now, some time ago a friend did recommend a salon to me which I recently visited, plus I saw Antonio Banderas on a chat show last week - but as for the rest of it I have no idea where that came from.  Maybe I've been watching too many crime dramas!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Day 2 in Switzerland

I forgot to take my phone today so not even any phone pictures, I will try to do better tomorrow.

The day and all the workshops ran smoothly today, no incidents or accidents.
Lots of lovely ladies with varying degrees of English, they have been helping me improve my German and teaching me odd words as well as giving me chocolate and alcohol!
It's a lot of fun teaching to people when English is not their first language and sometimes they don't know any English at all.  It really makes you think about the way you describe things.  
Luckily a lot of what I do is visual so words aren't always necessary.  But I do find that I try and describe things in as many ways as possible in the hope that they will understand one of them, there is usually a word that is common in both languages.
I taught lots of different techniques today including 4 ways with gold leaf, chalk pencils, masterboard plus more.

I have a day off tomorrow and the weather will dictate what we do, but all the shops are closed on Sundays so no shopping, maybe a museum, some sightseeing or possibly a horse ride.
I shall just have to wait and see what the morning brings.

Day 1 in Switzerland

I really should have brought my camera but some things just aren't easy to capture in a photo.
We drove through several villages on the way from the airport and yesterday on the way to the store, there are some amazing ultra modern buildings and homes and then the very traditional wooden ones that you imagine there will be - Swiss Chalet style.
After the aiport we stopped for dinner in a traditional Swiss Chalet style restaurant.  Even the radio station was playing tradional accordion type music.  The food was amazing but enormous.  Marcels Cordon Bleu was the size of the large dinner plate (vegetables were separate).

I taught classes yesterday and they were all going really well until just after 8pm, I was trying to use a pen with liquid pearl type contents when it exploded in my hand.
I can only imagine what I looked like.  The contents of the pen were black, so the pink top I was wearing is now splattered in black as was my face, hands and arms.  I even found some in my hair.
I think the ladies did very well not to fall off their chairs laughing, which is what I would have done had some not gone in my eye.  I managed to wash it out of my eye and off my skin but unfortunately not my shirt, I think that is ruined - oh well I will just have to go shopping for a new one!
At the end of the evening when I was saying goodbye to the ladies I did notice that most of them had at least one black beauty spot that they didn't have earlier in the day!

Fingers crossed for no exploding pens today

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Opening Hours this week

Wednesday 25th 9am-3pm
Thursday 26th 10am-4pm
Friday 27th 10am-2pm
Saturday 28th - CLOSED

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Distress Stains

If you visited Stamperama earlier this month you might have seen Lesley
creating this card using Distress Stains and Distress inkpads.

Friday, 20 March 2015

Online Store

Have you visited our Ebay store recently - here
I am constantly adding unmounted stamps,
wood mounted stamps, Stampington Magazines
and accessories.

We do combine postage, you can add items to your basket
and then request a total so we can then adjust the postage charge.

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Umbrella of Tulips

Lesley has been playing with some of the recent arrivals from Printworks Collection,
cling mounted rubber stamps.
Tulips are my favourite flower, no idea why, I just love them!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Opening Hours w/c 16th March

Tuesday 9am-3pm
Wednesday 9am-3pm
Thursday 9am-3pm
Friday 10am-3pm
Saturday 10am-4pm
Sunday 11am-4pm

This weekend is one of our Cardmaking Weekends which is why we are open all weekend.

We are expecting deliveries this week of Ranger/Tim Holtz inkpads, Archival inkpads, 
Stampington Magazines plus new Printworks stamps.