This week we're excited to let the fabulous Cathy Rumball share a little bit about herself!
"Hi my name is Cathy and I am in my mid 40's and I live in Mid Wales with my wonderful hubby Martin and 1 cat, 1 dog and 2 chickens. I am a staff nurse and run the outpatients department at our local hospital and have now been nursing for about 26 years.
Sadly ill health has been with me for the past 20 years after been diagnosed with a very rare neurosurgical condition. I have had endless surgeries and things are ongoing but I still manage to work my 3 days a week with crafting in between even though it is a real struggle.
I have crafted all my life after my nan taught me to knit and I took up dress making as a rebellious teenager as I could not find clothes I liked but would not know where to start now. I loved doing cross stitch embroidery but sadly due to my medical condition I have lost the fine dexterity in my hands so had to give it up but needed a new hobby as I have spent a lot of time at home after numerous surgeries.
Much to my hubbies distress I found Create and Craft TV and that has launched me into the world of card and jewellery making but Martin was the one who introduced me to Crafter's Companion after I had found an advert about there 2nd craftaganza. He encouraged me to get tickets and was happy to come along for the 3 days. Most of you who were at that Craftaganaza will remember him as he was the only male and as the only non-crafter in the room he won the competition on the last nights entertainment!!!! I never knew what he did with that flower soft kit!!!
I am now addicted to everything Crafter's Companion. There CD-ROMs are so easy to use and an endless resource but the stamps and the die cut decoupage are just stunning. I am slowly coming to terms with spectrum noir pens but are far away from getting accredited.
I was delighted to be asked by Sarah Millsop to become a Design Team member for Beader's Companion and then when Sara phoned asking me to join Crafter's Companion as well she could not have realised what a huge impact it would have on me as that very day I had received some devastating news about my condition and felt that my world was falling apart but thanks to Sara and all at Crafter's Companion I can now spend all my spare time crafting away to my hearts content.
My passion is making things that are more than just cards.......several of my projects which are some of my favourites and have been on Create and Craft over the past few months include:
My Party Paws easel card/ gift. This was first shown at a trade show and then at the launch of the Party Paws CD. It allowed me to use the Die'sire dies and the stunning Centura pearl card that is a must for all crafters.
Another project which was also on the Party Paws launch was my address book which would make a perfect gift for someone. It let me have a play with some odds and ends from my ribbon stash, you can never have enough ribbon, and some was put to good use.
My final favourite would be my calendar book made using the stunning images from the Angelica and Friends CD. Again I got to play in my ribbon box. This started as a single card and turned into a 12 hr crafting session but I loved the finished results.
All of them could be given to someone as a gift but also they do sell well at craft fairs as they are something that little bit different.All my proceeds go to a charity that funds research into my condition but also supports other people who are also struggling with this rare disorder.
Why not pop over to my blog for a look at some of my makes and become a follower. I must admit a lot of my inspiration comes from a nights blog hopping.. Happy crafting. Cathy x"
We are delighted that Cathy is part of our family here at Crafter's Companion, and always look forward to seeing her work! She also shared a few top tips with us, that are definitely worth passing on:
"My top tips are,
1) be organised so that you can find things at a glance instead of wasting valuable crafting time hunting for things.
2) Have a regular clear out so that you realise how many crafty goodies you may have but have never used!
3) If you find you just can't throw things away why not donate to a local hospital or charity where things you no longer use will be put to good use."