Friday, 19 September 2014

Snowflake, an "Oldie for Friday"!

Good Morning to You All,  I hope you and yours are well, but thoughts for speedy recoveries going out to those who are going through difficult times just now.

We are a bit of a sad household this morning, the referendum vote didn't go our way, but onward and upward as they say and hopefully there will be another opportunity in my lifetime.  However, on the bright side, we know we can waken up in the morning and know we can face another day without being hit by bombs, suffer starvation and killer viruses unlike some people, and that puts it all very much in perspective.

So it's Friday and time for my "Oldie",
This card was inspired by Erika of http://snappycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
Who incidentally began the Oldie for Friday post.  Erika was a demonstrator for Personal Expressions a wee while back and came along to our local craft shop to demonstrate and she make this sort of card.
I was so impressed by it, it wanted to have a go.  As you can see it's focal point is a SB Snowflake.

It wasn't as good as Erika's, but it was early on in my career with dies.


Do join us in these posts, it's great looking back at our earlier creations.

Heading into another weekend, and off work for five days, yippee!  Off to a concert tonight, which we will certainly enjoy, a bite to eat before that and maybe a wee glass of wine in the interval.  Gosh Alistair and I really live at the wire.  Not that much else planned, but I'm sure something will turn up.

Thank you all for your fab comments on my last card, your very kind, and about the state of play at my work, don't worry, I don't get stressed these days, thankfully, it's only a job and taking care of my well being is more important.

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Steampunk Vintage!

Good Evening Crafty Friends and how has your day been, a good one I hope.
I've been really busy at work  the last two days, but I have only tomorrow to work then off for a few days, I'm always ready for my days off.  Yesterday we received a shock when our Assistant Manager Eileen announced that she had resigned that morning.  Well I felt knocked sideways, never saw that coming, at least not at this point, but when she explained why and how she arrived at her decision, I thought yes, life is too short and you're doing the right thing.  However, it will leave us without a manager as Eileen has been  Acting Manager since Susan our manager was offered redundancy and left.
 Those who have been following my blog for a while might remember that I mentioned Susan having mouth cancer, well she never did return to work although her surgery and treatment have been successful. 

The whole Organisation is changing so much, and not for the good I believe and it feels like I have been the catalyst last year when I was off with stress for such a long time, then one by one colleagues have fallen like nine pins in one way or another.  There is only myself and one other member of staff who have been with the Organisation for a long time, everyone else is new this year.  Oh well, things never say the same but Eileen will be missed, even although we have had our ups and downs professionally, she has been a good manager.  Our clients are very fond of her and it will be another unsettling time for them.

On a happier note, I've had the house to myself tonight as Alistair is at out at his music night so, it has given me time to catch up with your blogs, I think I've got around everyone so far, with being at choral practise on Monday night and too tired last night I had a couple of days worth to look at.  All wonderful creations too.

Thank you all for the lovely, kind comments you leave about my cards, I do appreciate them and just delighted that you are all following my stories and creations.

I will have been blogging on the 27th of September for two years, so quickly have they flown by too, so I will be having some Anniversary Candy to give away, not sure what it will be yet, so watch this space.

My card for today;
I needed a birthday card for a young friend and although I had been keeping an eye on the date, I ended up missing it and had to make this one in a hurry to get it off today.
Kanban Image, papers and sentiment.
Hunkydorry adorable scorable card
Dovecraft Twine and Buttons
The image is from one of the Kanban Steampunky ranges, but can't remember what it's called. I have to say it's a range I like especially the colour combinations.

That's me for tonight folks, I'm ready to head off to bed with my book and a nice cup of herbal tea.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Gingerbread People Mid Month Remeinder for CCAYR!

Good Morning to Everyone, I hope you all had a good weekend, don't they by so quickly!  Trusting you are well, but to those who are not, especially your loved ones, sending out positive thoughts for speedy recoveries.

I'm here this morning with my card for the mid month reminder for;
http://christmascardsallyearround.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/mid-month-inspiration.html

The theme for the challenge is to use Kraft Card and cream and white, I sort of forgot about the colours, thinking only of Kraft Card, hence my quite colourful card, but I was too late to make another one.
I've used a Kraft Blank card, and papers from an old Making Cards Magazine, Bazzil Blue card for border made with Xcut Floral Border Punch. White Seam Binding from The Ribbon Girl, Papermainia Gems, and the cutest Gingerbread Man that I won as part of a Candy Prize from my Lovely Blogging Friend Karen of http://haveascraphappyday.blogspot.co.uk/
If you have time pop in to her blog and see the lovely cards she makes.

Do visit CCAYR and see the other inspirational cards, and there is still time to join in the challenge.

Thanks to everyone who leaves such kind comments on my cards, I do appreciate them,

Friday, 12 September 2014

An Oldie for Friday!

Hello Everyone, hope you are well, but ((((((Hugs)))))) to everyone who needs them.

Another cracker of a day here, very warm and sunny, going to be a sticky night I feel.

Thank you all for the lovely comments on my Angel card, your very kind.

This is just a quick post as I was working late today and it was a very busy day and a bit bushed, here is my "Oldie"
An LOTV image, I think it's a brilliant one, Promarkers for colour. Before I had my die cut machine, so papers and card cut with my woodware paper trimmer.  I tried to blend DI but not successfully. I've moved on a bit since those days.

That's all from me tonight, take care,

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Angel Gift!

Hello to you all, gosh it's getting dark quite early now, and it's only 8p.m.  How are you all today, I hope its been a good day for you.  Sending out positive thoughts to all my Blogging Friends who have loved ones who are poorly just now. I hope it won't be long till you are all well again.

Thank to all you left me lovely comments on my last card, and for Irish Cherokee's very kind comment, it's the first comment you've left, maybe it's your first visit, I do hope you come back again and I'll be along to have a look at your creations.

Well my Hero is back home, just in time for tea and he was ravenous, so the lamb hotpot went down well. They all had a great time, even although both canoes capsized, and Alistair is covered in bruises.  It's lovely to have him back, but the piece and quiet has gone.

I've had a lovely couple of days on my own, managed to do a bit of crafting, and I've met our new neighbours, who appear to be a rather nice young couple, moved up from London.  They have the most gorgeous two dogs, now I did ask the breed, but I've forgotten, they look like Huskies with a thick coat and a curly tail and apparently they are Japanese.  The young dog who is 2 years is autistic, never heard of that in my life, have you?, anyway, as his owner is an animal behaviourist, and physiologist, I guess she knows what's what.  I hope to get to know them all better.

Here is my offering for tonight;
 Second photo is trying to show the sparkle, but I don't think it's showing all that well
SW Angel die, couldn't resist it when I spied it, but you need the patience of job to get it released, even with waxed paper.
Her jacket is coloured with Promarkers and Pismacolour Pencils
Little gift die comes from the same die set, in Gold card
Gold Tattered Lace paper
First Edition White Christmas paper
Sentiment from free stamp set from this months Creative Stamping Mag.
Glamour Dust in Crystal
Papermania Gems
Hobby Craft Gold Lace.

I't such a beautiful die and it comes along with a selection of little dies to put into the Angel's hand.

Well I'm back to work tomorrow for the next three days, I'll have a lot to catch up with there, so I don't expect to get much crafting done, but I will try to keep up with your fabulous blogs.
Enjoy your evening, and I will leave you with a little quote I found on Pinterest, and it's what I've always said;


Monday, 8 September 2014

In the Style of Rennie MacIntosh!

Good Evening to my Crafty Friends, I hope you are well and have had a good day.
Well it is certainly getting cooler here, and dark so much earlier, I guess Autumn is on its way.

Well I should be a choral practise, I'm not playing hooky honest, but I was getting a lift this week with my Buddie as Alistair is away with the car, but unfortunately she text me to say she can't go, so I'm stuck.  Hope she isn't unwell, she didn't say in her message.  Anyway a night off to myself, in fact a couple of days as hubby is away on yet another canoe trip, finishing off canoing the River Spey, but I'm car less.

Thanks to you all for leaving such lovely comments on my last card, I love reading them, so keep them coming you are aways very encouraging.

My card tonight;
I am entering my card into the ;
http://chocolatebaroquechallenge.blogspot.co.uk/

I use one of the wonderful stamps from  the Macintosh Beauty set and coloured with Promarkers.
Vintage Rose Embossialicious Folder edged with DI
Sentiment from Stamp it Up Australia
Various colours of Core'dinations
SB corners

Hobby House Pearls
Dazzler and Ribbon from my box
Star Dust

I wanted to keep if fairly simple as the beautiful image doesn't need much in the way of embellishments.  It's the most lovely set of stamps, lots of images to create with.

That's me for tonight, hope you evening is a relaxing one for you.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

S for Ships for CCC!

Hello to you all once again, and I hope you are well.  There are a few Blogging Friends whose hubbies are not so well just now, so sending out positive thoughts for their speedy recovery.

Thank s everyone for you visit and comments on my last card, you are all very kind and encouraging.

Just a short post which I'm scheduling for tomorrow's CCC  challenge theme chosen by Hazel, something beginning with S;
As you can see my S is Ships, inspired by the Christmas carol "I saw three ships come sailing in on Christmas Day in the morning"
It's a wonderful stamp from LC, coloured with Prisma Pencils and DI
Seniment part of the set.
MB Die
LOTV paper
Silver Mirri Card
Papermania Gems and Star Dust

Hope you like it, that's me for now.