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Friday, 23 January 2015

Friday hugs!

Hello, and thanks for visiting me today. So this week has passed by relatively quietly which has been nice, and I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Hope that whatever you got planned for the weekend involves keeping warm and snug!
 
I have a backlog of photos in my dropbox of cards that I'd made before Christmas so I decided to share one today, have used the same image as the card on my previous post, but when its as sweet as this - that's ok!
The image is from the LOTV girls sketchpad, and I have coloured her with promarkers. Having cut out image using go kreate dies I mounted into a gorgeous doily. The paper is from Papermania stack, the flowers were made using a very old woodware punch, and I've added a bit of faux stitching with white gelly pen. The ribbon and pearls are from stash and sentiment is my own work.
 
Haven't taken part in any challenge for a while, but I would like to enter this into:
 
 
 
I also have exciting news to share..............back in December I entered a DT call with Creatalicious Challenges, and was delighted and excited when Melanie emailed me to offer me a spot. Due to the events of the last few weeks, I've not taken part in January's challenge, but I will be there next month - very much looking forward to working with this lovely team, and being a teamie for a change instead of the boss lady!

Monday, 19 January 2015

A whole lotta whiteness with The Cuties

Hello and thank you for visiting me today!
 
I want to start this post with huge thanks for the lovely comments on my previous post. Dad's funeral was last Friday, and we gave him a lovely send off. The service was beautiful and it was both emotional and comforting to hear his good friends saying such lovely things about him.
 
The only other "crafting" I have had chance for this year, was making the order of services, so it was a welcome relief for me yesterday to have some time at my desk and put the finishing touches to my DT card. Last Monday saw the start of a brand new challenge with the Cutie Pies and our theme this time is
 
White on White (and oh so cute)
 
We have already had some stunning entries, but there is still plenty of time to play along, not least as we are lucky enough to have two lovely sponsors this time both offering fabby prizes........
who are offering a prize is £10 worth of goodies that they will select, and will go to our chosen winner, and also

http://disdigidownloads.blogspot.co.uk/
are offering a wonderful Digi stamp prize to our randomly chosen winner.

 For my own DT card (above) I plumped for a LOTV sketch pad image, which is coloured with promakers, have kept everything else fairly simple with a bit of swiss dots and sentiment embossing,
and buttons and a box.
 
My wonderful and superbly talented teamies have also made some gorgeous cards that you may want to have a looksee at!


Thursday, 8 January 2015

Not such a happy little me

Hello, my lovely blog friends. Hope you're keeping well and have had a happy Christmas and new year time. It hasn't been such a happy time here as my darling dad suddenly and sadly passed away on December 29th.
 
For a chap of 85, he had been in reasonable health, although he had been having a few issues caused by low white blood cell counts, but after a transfusion last year, he had appeared to have got over this. Anyway, he had been feeling poorly on Christmas eve but at the time Mum thought it just to be a bit of a "bug", they came to my house boxing day and he managed a little dinner but really wasn't himself. By the next day we'd had the doctor out to him and by the evening we had him taken into hospital as it was clear that he wasn't well at all. After being admitted onto a ward and meds being given to treat a chest infection/pneumonia. On the Sunday night, the phone call came that he wasn't likely to make the night, we rushed to the hospital and when we got there the Doctors were with him, but it was too late and he was gone. 
 
I wanted to share this photo as, when I was a little girl, I was always holding on to my Dad's hand and this was the very last thing I did too.
 
He was a lovely soul, a proper "old school" gentleman and always had time for everyone. He never swore and very rarely spoke badly of anyone, he also had a wonderful sense of humour too.....which I definitely have inherited.  I miss him so much, but I do take comfort in knowing that he went peacefully.
 
His funeral will be next Friday, and as I type I am in the process of printing out the Order of Service sheets (this is largely why I have the time to write this post)  
 
As you can imagine, this is a time to be focussing on family, rather than crafting or blogging, but I will be back with you all soon xx

.......just to add, and I know my Dad would chuckle and agree - this wasn't a recent photo!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Anything But a Card with The Cuties!

Hello there and thank you so much for visiting me today....hope you are fine and well.
 
Despite the fact that I've had the last four days off from work, I've not actually stopped, and this is the first time I've had chance to sit down and do this post for the new Cutie Pie challenge. For this, our last challenge of the year, we would like to see your makes with "anything but a card"......and for my own project I really wanted to focus on what this time of year means to me, as well as all of the running around, weeks of preparation, card writing, pressie wrapping and then opening, the food and family time!
 
 
 
Our challenge is sponsored by the wonderful
 http://www.bugaboostamps.com/
 who have been generous in giving us some adorable images to play with, which as you can see, I've used on my dt project.

also, as a special Christmas Treat we welcome

http://www.flourishwithabling.com.au/store/

who will be offering this wonderful prize for a randomly drawn winner.
 
To create my own effort, which is now hanging from my own Christmas tree, I coloured image with promarkers, and freehand created this little stable, having embossed the card stock with an Cuttlebug folder to give it a more woody look,, the star is an Xcut die.
 
My super talented DT have also been busy with some amazing makes, so please hop over to have a peep, and why not join in too!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

I'd Rather Be Blogging #1

Hello there! Hope the week has started well for you.......so after my lovely relaxing week off, it was back to work yesterday morning. I woke up at about 3:40 and I was very aware of the fact that I only had an hour till my alarm would go off, so I never really got back to sleep..........,this may well be the reason that at 7:40 am this morning I was woken by a phone ringing and my boss on the other end asking if I was ok - I have never, ever, ever overslept and I'll tell you what, I do feel rough today!!!! Nice soak in the tub and an early night, tonight, me thinks!
 
Anyway, after being able to do a lot more blogging last week, I have decided to try and get in at least one post a week as my "I'd rather be blogging" time!
 
I have a wee card to share today..........and this is my absolute bargain stamp that I purchased in The Works for the princely sum of £1, yep one whole squiddley!
 
It is from the Helz Cuppleditch Special Delivery range that was out a couple of years ago.......I think this puss cat is a sweetie. 

Image coloured with promarkers, and layered onto a yummy Dovecraft dotty green paper. Bow and Card candi from stash.

I would like to enter this into:
polkadoodles - 2014/11- week-46,clean and simple
A Little Bit Crafty - Clean and Simple
crafty catz - Christmas is coming


thanks again for visiting me, I think its time for another cuppa for me......so I will catch up with you soon xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

MY 500 POST FREEBIE

It was only a couple of days ago, when I noticed on my blogger dashboard that I was up to post #498, so I decided I wanted to do something to mark the 500 post milestone, we all love a bit of blog candy but there can only be one winner, so I decided to put together a little sentiment, which you are all very welcome to help yourselves too, to say Thank You so very much to you all..........
I feel very blessed to have you following my little blog and in doing so being part of my life, your comments are always so very much appreciated and have inspired me and in many times comforted me during difficult times.
 
So.................thanks, hugs and here's to the next 500!
 
 
 

Friday, 14 November 2014

An Oldie But Goodie and very Much a Cutie

Hello there, and thank you so much for visiting me again......I've had such a lovely week off and its been wonderful to be able to blog so regularly too, when I'm back to work next week, I wont be able to manage such frequency but I am determined to be a better blogger!
 
Its a real wet and dreary day here in Kent, so the planned "leisurely walk in the woods" with the dogs changed to a "quick run around the park" and now they are napping and I'm here!! I took my Mum out yesterday afternoon, for a visit to The Range which is situated at a nice little outlet centre and a very pleasant time was had.......did have a wee spend too, so will be having a little play with my new stamps and bits later.
 
So, I do have a card to share and as much as I love the traditional Greens and Reds for Christmas cards, sometimes I look for alternatives, so for this card I've used, what I refer to as, my Peppermint Aero colour combi (its actually Mint Green and Sandstone Promarkers - but you know what I mean)
For my image I went back to an old favourite of mine called, Millie....with snowball, which goes back to when Digi Stamp boutique were Grab-a-doodle-do, I think she is a real sweetie and I look forward to "dusting her off" every year. Kept it fairly simple here, using a Cuttlebug Snowflake Embossing folder, a bit of Frosted Lace stickles to give the snowball some texture, added pearls and mini rik-rak.
 
I would like to enter this into:
 
Thanks again for popping in, hope you have a lovely day ahead xx